Daily Archive : Sunday May 4, 2014


    Aurora Christian High School basketball player Johnathan Harrell hugs his mother Sunday after receiving an Overcoming Obstacle Award during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence banquet at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Johnathan's mother encouraged him to play in a game last winter just a day after his brother was killed in a car accident.

    Prep Excellence banquet honors suburbs' top high school athletes

    The best in suburban prep athletes' accomplishments, on and off the field of play, were celebrated Sunday at the second annual Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence banquet in Hoffman Estates. A number of teams, coaches and individual athletes received special awards for showing excellence in performance, heart and attitude.


    Dad faces DUI in crash that killed 4-year-old

    A 4-year-old southwest suburban boy was killed and two siblings critically injured early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle crash authorities say will lead to driving under the influence charges against his father.


    Illinois cracking down on unemployment fraud

    State officials in Illinois say they’re cracking down on unemployment fraud. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says that so far this year it has collected $26 million in federal tax refunds from people who knowingly collected unemployment insurance while working.


    Wauconda man shot in apartment, shooter at large

    A 26-year-old man is in stable condition after being shot in the chest at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in his second-floor apartment on south Main Street in Wauconda, according to police.

    An injured female performer is lifted onto a stretcher after a platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Sunday in Providence, R.I. At least nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below.

    Acrobats fall during Ringling Bros. circus stunt

    A support frame collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at a circus performance Sunday, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. Nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered less serious injuries.

    This Sept. 13, 2012, file photo shows a man walking in the rubble of the damaged U.S. consulate, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya.

    2012 Benghazi attacks back at center of debate

    Democrats and Republicans sparred Sunday over recently released documents showing the White House helped craft talking points for former Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice after the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

    Marybeth Buck of Arlington Heights, left, and her son Matthew, 16, with Roger Santagato of VFW Post 981 join family and friends of fallen Arlington Heights Marine James Stack packing boxes of donations at the Arlington Heights American Legion Hall. The donations will be sent to troops serving overseas.

    Donation drive honors fallen Arlington Heights marine

    More than three years after 20-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. James Stack was killed while serving in one of the most violent places in Afghanistan, his family carries on his legacy with an annual food drive to benefit troops. On Sunday, American Legion Merle Guild Post 208 in Arlington Heights was filled with packaged food, DVDs, magazines and toiletries to be packed up and shipped overseas.

    A patient is wheeled through the Damascus General Hospital past a portrait of the President Bashar Assad in Damascus, Syria, Sunday. An official with Syria’s Supreme constitutional Court said Assad and two others will be candidates in coming June presidential elections.

    Assad to face 2 others in Syrian presidential poll

    Embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad will face two other candidates in the coming June presidential election, the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court announced Sunday, a vote he’s widely expected to win amid the country’s raging civil war. The court found 21 other candidates ineligible to run, court spokesman Majid Khadra said on state television.

    An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration April 29 with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria.

    Nigerian leader: New order to free abducted girls

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan met with security, school and state officials and ordered that “everything must be done” to free the 276 girls held captive by Islamic extremists, one of his advisers said Sunday amid growing national outrage at the government’s response to the abduction.

    Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, center, Martina Anderson, left, and Martin McGuinness speak to the media in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sunday. Adams was released without charge Sunday after five days of police questioning over his alleged involvement in a decades-old Irish Republican Army killing, an event that has driven a dangerous wedge into Northern Ireland’s unity government.

    Sinn Fein’s Adams freed after 5 days in custody

    Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams was released without charge Sunday after five days of police questioning over his alleged involvement in a decades-old IRA killing of a Belfast mother of 10, an investigation that has driven a dangerous wedge into Northern Ireland’s unity government.

    Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, March 25. The murder trial of Pistorius is expected to enter a critical phase of testimony Monday as the defense attempts to overcome a faltering start and show how the disabled Olympic athlete fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake because he was overwhelmed by a long-held fear of violent crime.

    Pistorius defense enters critical phase at trial

    Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial enters a critical phase Monday as his defense team attempts to recover from a faltering start and reinforce the disabled athlete’s claim that he fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake because he was overwhelmed by a long-held fear of violent crime.

    Jerry DeLemus, of Rochester, N.H., talks on April 16 about heading a group of self-described militia members who have been camping on rancher Cliven Bundy’s ranch near Bunkerville, Nev.

    Nevada congressman seeks removal of Bundy backers

    A Nevada congressman is calling on elected officials in the state to rid a town in his district of militia members who have rallied around rancher Cliven Bundy in his battle with federal land managers. Rep. Steven Horsford, in an address to the Clark County Democratic Convention in Las Vegas on Saturday, said he’s making the request after hearing more complaints from constituents about the...

    Angel Arroyo, seen here, and the father of Gina DeJesus, who was freed in May 2013 after 10 years of captivity by Ariel Castro, went to door-to-door last summer after a young woman went missing in a neighboring city. Finding DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight generated new tips other girls who disappeared years ago in the same area.

    Families of missing in Ohio wait for their miracle

    The house fortified with boarded-up windows and makeshift alarms where Ariel Castro held three women captive for nearly a decade is gone now. So are the missing-persons posters that were taped to light poles and restaurant windows throughout a neighborhood haunted by the disappearances of so many girls over the years.

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye, right, consoles a relative of a passenger aboard the sunken Sewol ferry at the site where the ship sank in waters off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Sunday. Park told families of those missing in the sunken ferry that her heart breaks knowing what they are going through, as divers recovered two more bodies on Sunday.

    South Korea leader visits kin of ferry missing

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Sunday told families of those missing in a sunken ferry that her heart breaks knowing what they are going through. Park met with some 50 relatives in Paengmok port on Jindo, an island near where the ferry sank April 16 with 476 people aboard, most of them students from a single high school. With eight bodies recovered Sunday, the death toll reached 244 with...

    Lauren Bush Lauren, right, granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush, laughs with Jack Schlossberg, grandson of former President John F. Kennedy, before accepting the 2014 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on behalf of her grandfather during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum Sunday in Boston.

    Former President Bush honored with Kennedy award

    Former President George H.W. Bush was honored Sunday with a Kennedy “courage” award for agreeing to raise taxes to confront a spiraling deficit, jeopardizing his presidency that ended after just one term. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston honored Bush with a 2014 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

    Joshua Haggmark, interim resources manager for Santa Barbara, Calif., stands next to a desalination plant, which removes salt from ocean water, in Santa Barbara, Calif. The city is considering restarting the plant as California withers in a drought.

    California city looks to sea for water in drought

    This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water. The $34 million desalination plant was fired up for only three months and mothballed after a miracle soaking of rain.

    Kevin Gilbert, 42, of Ridgeland, Miss., is a member-at-large on the National Education Association executive committee and a former social studies teacher and coach.

    U.S. teachers nowhere as diverse as their students

    U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.News: Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite. New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this “diversity gap” at elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

    John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center in Bethesda, Md., was named after the longtime suburban congressman. During his more than two decades in Congress, Porter led efforts to direct more funding toward health research.

    New national brain science building named after former suburban congressman

    More than a dozen years after he left his northern suburban congressional seat, the National Institutes of Health has named major brain science building after former Republican U.S. Rep. John Porter.


    Letter carriers to collect food door-to-door Saturday

    The 21st National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is being held Saturday, May 10, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup, Feeding America and other partners.

    Pro-Russian demonstrators march to storm the military Prosecutor’s Office in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday. Pro-Russian forces and their supporters have for a few weeks been seizing and ransacking government buildings across eastern Ukraine amid a mounting anti-government insurgency that is threatening to tip the former Soviet nation into widespread civil conflict.

    Pro-Russian crowd storms police HQ in Ukraine port

    Outrage over the deaths of pro-Russian activists in riots in Odessa triggered new violence Sunday in the Black Sea port, where a mob of protesters stormed police headquarters and freed dozens of their jailed allies. The activists had been jailed for their involvement in clashes Friday that killed more than 40 people — some died from gunshot wounds, but most from a fire that broke out in a...


    Miss Mundelein applications

    Applications for the annual Miss Mundelein Pageants are available online at mundelein.org or at the village hall, 440 E. Hawley St.


    Moylan schedules satellite office hours

    State Rep. Marty Moylan has scheduled satellite office hours for May in Elk Grove Village and Park Ridge.


    Percussion concert planned

    The Mundelein High School instrumental music department will stage a Night of Percussion on Tuesday.


    Year of growth, volunteering at Elgin’s Administer Justice

    The spirit of giving back was evident at the Elgin-based Administer Justice in 2013, as volunteer hours were up 9 percent over the previous year and more than twice the number from 2009.

    Alexa Tello, 3, and her brother, Bryan, 4, of Waukegan color during the first Cinco de Mayo celebration at Gurnee Mills on Sunday. The event include several Latino artists, food samplings, face paintings and giveaways.

    Gurnee Mills celebrates Cinco de Mayo

    Live music, dancing and plenty of smiles were the order of the day Sunday as Gurnee Mills hosted its first Cinco de Mayo celebration. The event featured mariachi music and performances by local Latino artists, including Los Panchis, Banda Tierra Nueva and Hershey y Su Norteno Band on the Telemundo Entertainment Stage.


    Grayslake history program

    Three lifelong Grayslake residents will talk about three former local businesses on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grayslake Heritage Center Community Room, 164 Hawley St.


    CLC showcasing robotics

    College of Lake County in Grayslake will showcase robotics on Thursday, May 8.


    Bartlett cops hold family fishing derby

    Bartlett anglers are encouraged to test the waters at Beaver Pond when the police deparment hosts its annual catch-and-release fishing derby May 17. Organizers will provide the bait and prizes duing the free event from 9 to 11 a.m.


    Des Plaines second-grader wins handwriting contest

    A second-grader at Iroquois Community School in Des Plaines has won a state grade-level handwriting contest and will now have the chance to compete for a national title.


    Rockford police investigating city’s 7th homicide

    ROCKFORD, Ill. — Rockford authorities are investigating the homicide death of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found in her home this weekend.The Winnebago County coroner’s office says Savanna Johnson’s body had “possible gunshot and knife wounds.”

    Survivors sit with their possessions near the site of Friday’s landslide that buried Abi-Barik village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan. Afghan rescuers and hundreds of volunteers armed with shovels rushed on Saturday to help villagers hit by a massive landslide in the remote northeast a day earlier, officials said, while fears of a new torrent of mud and earth complicated rescue efforts.

    Focus now on Afghan families displaced by landslide

    As Afghans observed a day of mourning Sunday for the hundreds of people killed in a horrific landslide, authorities tried to help the 700 families displaced by the torrent of mud that swept through their village. The families left their homes due to the threat of more landslides in the village of Abi Barik in Badakhshan province, Minister for Rural Rehabilitation Wais Ahmad Barmak said.

    President Barack Obama laughs as actor and comedian Joel McHale speaks during the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel Saturday in Washington.

    Obamacare to gridlock, all’s fair game for Obama’s jokes

    From the bungled rollout of “Obamacare” to New Jersey gridlock to the hue of John Boehner’s tan, all was fair game for President Barack Obama and his spirited but pointed humor when he took center stage as comedian in chief. At the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday, Obama observed that the House speaker’s fellow Republicans have...

    Celebrating a victory, Shari Worrell of Lake Barrington sits on the bench honoring a relative she helped exonerate more than three centuries after the woman was hanged on a conviction for being a witch.

    Lake Barrington woman seeks medal for relative

    Shari Worrell of Lake Barrington dedicates herself to seeing that her great-great-grandfather gets presidential recognition a century after his death. She did successfully lobby to clear the name of a relative executed in 1692 during the Salem witch trials. “I'm passionate,” says Worrell.

    The shuttered Polo Inn motel in Des Plaines will likely be demolished to make space for a commercial or mixed use development, which some builders have suggested could include the neighboring site of the McDonald's Museum.

    Developers interested in Des Plaines' first McDonald's

    A Des Plaines building that served as the first hospital in the Northwest suburbs could soon face the wrecking ball, making way for potential redevelopment that some developers have suggested could even include the site of the neighboring iconic McDonald's Museum. The Polo Inn motel, 374 Lee St., has been shuttered since April 2013, when floods left the 80-plus-year-old building under water and...

    Jane Lentino, Schaumburg permit control clerk, tracks down information for a FOIA request in the basement archives.

    FOIA requests, costs increasing in many municipalities

    Some municipal officials are complaining about the cost and time involved in processing a spike in public records requests under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. But First Amendment experts say it is worth the cost to increase transparency of government. “I can't think of anything more important for a governmental body to do,” said Don Craven of the Illinois Press Association.

    Owners of this Mundelein land want the village to pay them up to $750,000 to help move a creek in order to allow retail development.

    Mundelein board divided over land deal that could lead to a new Walmart

    Mundelein officials are preparing a deal that could pave the way for the construction of the town’s first Walmart store — but two trustees vehemently oppose the proposal because they believe the developer is making an unreasonable demand. “You are giving into a bully," board member Terri Voss said.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comNeel {cq} Wadhera, 7, and his dad, Yogesh paint a bench as volunteers from Chicago Cares and District 76 help spruce up Diamond Lake School in Mundelein Saturday.

    Volunteer work day at District 76 schools

    Diamond Lake Elementary District 76 partnered with Medline Industries on Saturday for projects at two Mundelein-area schools. Volunteers worked on baseball fields, indoor and outdoor painting projects, mural designs, remodeling, planting, landscaping and cleaning.


    Professional helpers must maintain relationship boundaries

    When headlines reveal an authority figure in an inappropriate relationship, we label it "abuse" and think of the other person as "the victim," our Ken Potts says. But we may ask ourselves why the victim didn't just say no to the advances. To understand, he says, we first have to appreciate the connections between self-worth and assertiveness.


    Bryan Bickell, here being chased by Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, scored a goal and added 2 assists Sunday as the Hawks beat the Wild 4-1 in Game 2 of their Western Conference second-round playoff series at the United Center.

    Blackhawks’ Bickell brings it — again — in playoffs

    All Jonathan Toews had to hear was the name Bryan Bickell and the Blackhawks captain couldn’t help but break into a big grin. “He’s back,” Toews said after yet another huge performance by Bickell, who had a goal and 2 sweet assists Sunday afternoon to lead the Hawks to a 4-1 victory over the Wild. Thanks to Bickell’s heroics and a pair of goals from Brandon Saad, the Hawks now lead the second round series 2-0 with Game 3 set for Tuesday night in Minnesota.

    Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney dives but can’t corral a single hit by the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter in the sixth inning Sunday night at Wrigley Field.

    Hammel pitches another quality start for Cubs

    Yadier Molina's 2-run single off Hector Rondon Sunday night gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cubs wound up taking two of three in the series


    Cougars blast Bees

    Kane County Cougars coverage: Eight players collected at least 1 hit and eight scored at least 1 run as the Kane County Cougars (21-9) pounded the Burlington Bees 13-3 in Midwest League action Sunday to extend their winning streak at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva to nine games.


    Parker leads Spurs past Mavs in Game 7

    SAN ANTONIO — Faced with the possibility of having a second straight season end with a Game 7 loss, the San Antonio Spurs played with emotion and let Tony Parker have some fun.Parker scored 32 points and the San Antonio led by as many as 31 on its way to a 119-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, closing out a stressful first-round series Sunday in seven games.The finale featured Tim Duncan diving into Dallas’ bench to save a ball and the Spurs’ reserves continually on their feet to celebrate baskets. But no one had as much fun or hit the floor more than Parker.The All-Star point guard was 11 for 19 from the field and 10 for 13 on free throws as Dallas was unable to keep him from attacking the lane, despite a series of hard fouls.“I just knew that I had to be aggressive if we wanted to have a chance to win the game because of the strategy that the Mavericks chose,” Parker said. “They just dared me to score.”Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, Danny Green added 16 points and Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 15 points apiece for San Antonio. Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Dallas.Last season ended for the Spurs with a Game 7 loss in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Facing a much earlier end, San Antonio rode a raucous home crowd and overwhelmed Dallas.San Antonio advances to face the fifth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers, who upset the Houston Rockets in a six-game series. The series opens Tuesday in San Antonio.The Spurs got off to a quick start as they had done at home all series, but the Mavericks were unable to respond as they did in winning Game 2 on the road.Leonard’s 16-foot jumper gave San Antonio an 18-7 lead 6 minutes into the game and the lead swelled to 29 with 2 minutes remaining in the first half. “We gave ourselves a chance but today we got hit by a tidal wave early,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “They had their best game today and we just weren’t able to do quite enough to stay in it early.“It’s hard when you get hit with an onslaught early the way the guys did.”Nowitzki struggled through much of the series, but the Mavericks pushed the Spurs to the brink of elimination behind strong postseason performances from Monta Ellis, Vince Carter, Devin Harris and DeJuan Blair. “On the court what confounded us was that they’ve got shooters all the way around,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Dirk Nowitzki gets a crowd, if you double him you, you leave a lot of other open shooters. So we played him pretty much one-on-one, so we could stay at home a little bit better. That and the ability to shoot it; spread the floor, run the sets that Rick does and the speed of Harris and Ellis was tough for us to handle.” Dallas also played a physical series.There were two technical fouls and two flagrant fouls in Game 7 and two more flagrants reversed upon review.Parker was assessed a technical with 31.6 second left in the first quarter after making a layup on and jawing with former teammate Blair as the two ran down the court. The two had been talking to each other all series and Parker was clearly frustrated at times with the hard fouls committed by Blair on his drives earlier in the series.But Parker said it was all in good fun.“I was just laughing with DeJuan,” Parker said of the technical. “That’s why it was so funny to get a technical for that, because I was not even cursing at him. DeJuan played four years (for the Spurs). He lived for a year at my house. I love DeJuan.”Blair was later assessed a flagrant foul for elbowing Ginobili in the face on a drive. After the foul, Blair stared down Popovich, who was screaming at officials over the severity of the foul.


    Wolves rally to reach semifinals

    The Chicago Wolves manufactured 2 power-play goals late in the second period and added an empty-net tally to rally for a 4-2 victory over Rochester in the decisive Game 5 of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Defenseman Brent Regner and left wing Dmitrij Jaskin delivered the tying and game-winning power-play goals, respectively, and goaltender Jake Allen (3-2) stopped 21 shots to earn the victory in the winner-take-all battle.

    Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jussi Jokinen, center not shown, celebrates his goal with teammates as New York Rangers’ Marc Staal (18) kneels on the ice in the third period of game 2 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series against the New York Rangers in Pittsburgh Sunday, May 4, 2014. The Penguins won 3-0, to tie the series at 1-1.

    Penguins even series with Rangers

    PITTSBURGH — Kris Letang broke a scoreless tie in the second period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for his seventh playoff shutout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night, tying the second-round series one game apiece. Letang’s 15th career postseason goal matched Larry Murphy’s record for Penguins defensemen. Jussi Jokinen scored during a third-period power play, and Evgeni Malkin added an empty-net goal for the Penguins, who managed a home split in the first two games with the suddenly weary Rangers.Game 3 is Monday night in New York.Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for New York, but the Rangers mustered little offense while playing their fourth game in six days. New York’s limp power play went 0 for 4 and hasn’t scored in 29 straight advantages.The Rangers have lost eight straight Game 2s and have dropped 12 consecutive games when leading in a series.They had their chances to jump ahead early, only to be let down again by the power play. Three times in the first 10 minutes New York went to the power play, and three times the Rangers spent two minutes skating around as though they were killing time before getting back to even strength.Only Lundqvist seemed interested in sending the Rangers back to New York with a commanding 2-0 lead. He was typically brilliant, particularly when Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby was on the ice.The NHL’s leading scorer and Hart Trophy finalist is in the midst of a lengthy postseason scoring funk. He began the night without a goal in 12 straight playoff games, a span that included 327 shifts and 275 minutes of ice time. However, the slump has had Crosby’s teammates rising to the captain’s defense.Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma insisted early Sunday he anticipated seeing Crosby at his “best” with the season possibly at stake.Bylsma was right. For the first time in weeks, Crosby looked like himself. Relentless at both ends of the ice, the jump in his game that was missing at times during a listless performance in Game 1 returned.During one stretch at the end of the first period he produced a pair of scoring opportunities, including a nifty deke around two defenders before he ripped a wrist shot that just missed the net.Each time Crosby appeared poised to end the drought, Lundqvist found a way to get a piece of the puck. He made a sprawling leg save on a tip-in attempt by Crosby, though Lundqvist wasn’t so fortunate the next time down.Chris Kunitz began a breakout by feeding Malkin at the New York blue line. Malkin slipped the puck over to Letang, who flipped it at the end. Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi dived headfirst to block the attempted pass to Kunitz. Girardi did his job, but the puck deflected off his stick and past a surprised Lundqvist to give Pittsburgh the lead.Fleury had little problem letting the one-goal advantage stand up. The Rangers rarely challenged him over the final 30 minutes, and Jokinen and Malkin removed any remaining drama by scoring twice in the last 5 minutes.Jokinen banged in a rebound off a shot by James Neal for his fourth goal of the playoffs with 3:30 remaining. Malkin beat two Rangers to tap in an empty-net goal with 54 seconds left as the Penguins exhaled.

    The Hawks’ Brandon Saad celebrates his first goal of the playoffs Sunday against the Wild in the second period at the United Center. Saad added an empty-net goal in the third period.

    Saad can smile after snapping 19-game scoring drought

    It had been a long time since Brandon Saad had watched the puck hit the back of the net with one of his own shots. So, the look of relief on his face after he scored late in the second period Sunday afternoon at United Center was understandable.


    No decision on whether Hawks’ Shaw will play in Game 3

    As expected, Andrew Shaw was out of the lineup for Game 2, but he will be flying with the team to Minnesota for games 3 and 4.


    Daily Herald Prep Excellence award winners

    The Daily Herald's Prep Sports Excellence event Sunday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates provided a platform to recognize some amazing achievements from the finest high school athletes and coaches. Here are our winners in the categories of dazzling moment, overcoming obstacles, sportsmanship and spirit.

    Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson barely skipped a shift after being injured in the first period doing what he does best — blocking a shot.

    ‘Warrior’ Hjalmarson always ready to sacrifice life, limb

    Niklas Hjalmarsson wasn't the star of the Blackhawks' latest playoff victory over Minnesota, but he made an impact by taking one for the team ... right in the neck.

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro looks like a different person both on and off the field, according to Bruce Miles.

    Renteria’s upbeat approach with players working

    With the Cubs playing the White Sox this week, Daily Herald Cubs writer pens a note to White Sox writer Scot Gregor and to South Side fans about what to expect from the Cubs. This season has begun like the last two, but there are signs of life at Wrigley Field.

    White Sox slugger Dayan Viciedo watches his three-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher John Axford in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Cleveland. Viciedo’s homer gave the White sox a 4-3 win.

    Viciedo homer ends White Sox losing streak

    CLEVELAND — Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off John Axford, lifting the White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Sunday and stopping a four-game losing streak.Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings, including a team-record seven straight. He allowed one run, three hits and two walks, leaving with a 3-1 lead after 110 pitches.Axford (0-2) walked Gordon Beckham leading off the ninth and struck out Jose Abreu, who hit his major league- leading 12th home run in the first. Adam Dunn walked, and Viciedo homered to right on a 2-2 pitch, a 96 mph fastball.Daniel Webb (2-0) pitched the eighth, and Matt Lindstrom threw a one-hit ninth for his fourth save in seven chances.George Kottaras, the Indians’ backup catcher, became the first player to homer in his first two plate appearances for Cleveland.Andre Rienzo allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.Kluber’s streak began when he struck out Gordon Beckham and Abreu for the final two outs of the third. He fanned Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez in the fourth, and Jordan Danks and Tyler Flowers struck out beginning the fifth. Leury Garcia broke the streak by walking on a 3-2 pitch, and Kluber struck out Alejandro De Aza.Kluber fell two strikeouts short of the AL record set by Doug Fister for Detroit against Kansas City on Sept. 27, 2012. Tom Seaver holds the major league record of 10 for the New York Mets against San Diego on April 22, 1970.Cleveland’s previous mark was six by Bob Feller, Bartolo Colon, Chuck Finley and Mitch Talbot.Four of Abreu’s five hits against the Indians this season have been homers.Kottaras, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday when Yan Gomes was placed on the paternity list, hit solo homers in the third and fourth. Kottaras had been 2 for 25 (.080) in the minors.Lonnie Chisenhall had an RBI single for Cleveland in the third.Indians center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn missed the game because of tightness in his left hamstring. He was replaced by Nyjer Morgan, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus.Morgan provided some comic relief in the third inning when he attempted to bunt for a hit. He tripped while tossing the bat away and fell down about 20 feet from the bag. Rienzo threw to first for the out, and Morgan received a loud ovation as he returned to the dugout.Morgan doubled in the fourth and singled in the eighth.

    To the delight of the some of the 272nd straight capacity crowd (regular and postseason) at the United Center, the Blackhawks enjoy a group hug after Brandon Saad, second from left, scores in the second period Sunday in Game 2 against the Wild.

    Another wild finish puts Blackhawks in command

    The Blackhawks know they will not lose four of the next five. What’s to be determined is how much time off the Hawks will get. They have within their reach a very short series -- if they’re prepared for what awaits them in Game 3 in Minnesota.

    White Sox rookie Jose Abreu leads the majors after hitting his 12th homer of the season Sunday at Cleveland. Scot Gregor advises Cubs pitchers to pepper Abreau with sliders and change-ups on the outside part of the plate.

    The state of the Sox, at a glance

    As the White Sox and Cubs prepare to play four interleague games this week, two at Wrigley and two at U.S. Cellular Field, Sox beat writer Scot Gregor helps get Cubs counterpart Bruce Miles up to speed on the South Siders.

    Mike Kolzow, left, of Naperville Central High School receives a Heart & Soul Award during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence event at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Sunday afternoon. Kolzow rescued a disoriented elderly neighbor on a frigid February morning this past winter.

    Images: Daily Herald’s Prep Sports Excellence Awards
    Images from the Daily Herald's Prep Sports Excellence Awards event at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Sunday with guest speaker Matt Mayberry and emcee Joe Aguilar.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, right, is hugged by teammate Marion Hossa as Brian Bickell comes to celebrate Toews first-period goal Sunday in Game 2 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center in Chicago.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game Two
    Images of game two of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on Sunday. The Blackhawks won the game 4-1.

    The home crowd celebrates behind Brandon Saad, second from left, and his teammates after Saad’s second-period goal against the Minnesota Wild Sunday in Game 2 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center in Chicago.

    Blackhawks power past Wild, up 2-0

    Bryan Bickell had a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.


    Recent picks at safety haven’t done the job for Bears

    The Bears have attempted multiple times in the past few years to address their deficiencies at safety, but they're still trying to get it right, which means they might target that position again in the early rounds this year.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw (65) watches his teammates during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild in Chicago, Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    If Shaw can't go, Blackhawks still have depth

    Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray says the Hawks have enough depth in their talent pool that even if Andrew Shaw can't go today, they'll have someone ready to come up and fill his spot.

    After hitting a 2-run home run, White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu celebrates with teammate Marcus Semien, who scored, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Chicago.

    It's Cubs vs. Sox — so let it all hang out

    Here's your annual reminder that it's okay to trash talk your neighbor. There is a perfect time for Sox fans and Cubs fans to heckle each other, to compare teams and front offices, to spew good natured venom. That time is this week.


    AT&T, the second-biggest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, will introduce 4G LTE wireless Internet access on commercial flights, mounting a challenge to Wi-Fi provider Gogo.

    AT&T challenges Itasca’s Gogo with wifi on planes

    AT&T, the second-biggest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, will introduce 4G LTE wireless Internet access on commercial flights, mounting a challenge to Itasca-based Gogo. With help from Honeywell International, AT&T will begin offering the service as soon as late 2015 for in-flight Internet connections and entertainment, as well as for cockpit communications. The 4G LTE technology it will use on board is the same standard AT&T employs for its fastest mobile-phone network.

    An Etihad Airways official stands inside a mock-up first class cabin, at a training facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday. Etihad Airways, a fast-growing Mideast carrier, plans to offer passengers a miniature suite featuring a closed-off bedroom, private bathroom and a dedicated butler.

    Mideast airline Etihad offers bed and bath suites

    Talk about some serious legroom.News: Etihad Airways, a fast-growing Mideast carrier, laid out plans Sunday to offer passengers who find first-class seats a bit too tight a miniature suite featuring a closed-off bedroom, private bathroom and a dedicated butler. It is the latest salvo in the worldwide battle among airlines for well-heeled customers. Their willingness to spend big on premium seats can make a big difference to an airline’s bottom line.

    A controversial ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, is being removed from some Powerade sports drinks.

    Powerade drops controversial ingredient

    Coca-Cola is dropping a controversial ingredient from its Powerade sports drink, after a similar move by PepsiCo’s Gatorade last year. The ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, had been the target of a petition by a Mississippi teenager, who questioned why it was being used in a drink marketed toward health-conscious athletes.


    Career Coach: Table etiquette still matters

    Some applicants have lost jobs based on how poorly, rudely or inappropriately they behaved at meals so it's a good idea to make sure you know proper table etiquette.


    Business tax breaks of $310 billion spark partisan squabble

    The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee is heading toward approving $310 billion of tax breaks, as Republicans defeated Democratic objections to the plan's budgetary costs.

    Amazon.com Inc. is taking a hit in states that are collecting an online sales tax. In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing more tax revenue from Web purchases,

    Amazon sales take a hit in states with online tax, study says

    Amazon.com Inc. is taking a hit in states that are collecting an online sales tax. In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing more tax revenue from Internet purchases.

    Federer shares a joke with Slovakia’s Dominik Hrbaty, as they sit alongside each other, during their Men’s Singles, first round match on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, Monday, June 23, 2008.

    Wimbledon pay for early losers on the rise

    It’s starting to pay to lose at the Wimbledon tennis championships. The tournament has boosted pay by 100 percent over the last three years for players who lose in the early rounds, the All England Club said.

    New-home sales in the U.S. took a surprising plunge in March to the lowest level in eight months as buyers balked at record prices and higher mortgage rates that made properties less affordable.

    New-home sales in unexpectedly slump to eight-month low

    New-home sales in the U.S. took a surprising plunge in March to the lowest level in eight months as buyers balked at record prices and higher mortgage rates that made properties less affordable.


    Work Advice: Offering unsolicited solutions

    Aside from counseling, how do I learn to handle frustration in the workplace? I am, unfortunately, a very emotional person and show my frustration with situations where everyone knows things are not working, but no one wants to challenge the status quo.

    The Lenovo Flex 15D laptop computer has a touch-sensitive screen and can be positioned with the keyboard facing down and act as a stand for touch screen use.

    Gift Guide: Solid tech options for upgrading mom

    Mom is busy. To help her juggle everyting, we've found and tested three products with all the latest touch-screen creature comforts: one tablet, one laptop and one all-in-one, which is a computer where the crucial components (CPU, optical drive, hard disk drive, RAM) are all built in to the housing of the display.

    While the Commerce Department Monday said retail sales gained 1.1 percent last month, Moody’s cut its forecast for 2014 sales, saying that March’s results will give little comfort to companies whose sales were crimped by frigid temperatures in January and February.

    March sales gain lends scant relief to stores hit by weather

    For companies such as Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and Family Dollar Stores Inc., a rebound in March retail sales may prove too little late. Even as spending thawed last month, analysts continued to slash estimates for retailers’ first- quarter profits.


    Some Indiana taxpayers facing ID test for refunds

    Some Indiana taxpayers are being asked to take an online quiz to prove their identities before the Department of Revenue issues their state tax returns as part of an effort to combat the growing problem of criminals trying to steal tax returns.


    Your choice: Fixed or adjustable-rate mortgage?

    Adjustable-rate mortgages got a bad rap after the housing bust. Many homebuyers used the low initial interest rates on adjustable loans to keep payments low, but weren’t able to afford to pay their mortgage when the loans reset to a much higher rate a few years later.

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks at the California Republican Party 2014 Spring Convention in Burlingame, Calif. Rice has decided against delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War.

    Rice backs out of Rutgers commencement

    The news of Rice’s decision came a day after Rutger's president Robert Barchi spoke with students who are protesting Rice’s planned speech and told them the board of governors would not rescind its invitation.

Life & Entertainment

    Andrew Garfield and Dane DeHaan star in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” projected to be this weekend’s top-grossing movie.

    ‘Spider-Man’ ropes in $92 million opening

    “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” debuted with $92 million at the box office over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. It was a solid opening for Sony’s Columbia Pictures, which has released five movies about Marvel’s web-slinging superhero in the last 14 years.


    And now, the sequel: Critics expand second Chicago film fest

    Starting Friday, May 9, the second annual Chicago Critics Film Festival begins a week run at the Windy City's historic Music Box Theatre at 3733 N. Southport Avenue. Chicago movie premieres? We have 23 so far. Film shorts? At last count, 14. Special guests? Lots. We have at least nine filmmakers scheduled for personal appearances, more than twice as many as our inaugural festival in 2013.

    Naya Rivera is still a Gleek. FOX Network said in a statement to the AP on Saturday that there’s no truth to rumors that Rivera had been fired from the show. Rivera plays the character Santana Lopez on the popular musical drama.

    Fox says Naya Rivera to remain on ‘Glee’

    Naya Rivera is still a Gleek. “There is no truth to the rumor Naya has been fired from the show,” the Fox Network noted in a statement released to The Associated Press Saturday night, which concluded, “She remains under contract to ‘Glee.”’ Rivera plays Santana Lopez on the popular musical drama.

    Researchers are beginning to understand the neurological basis for why activities such as knitting are good for the mind.

    Sit back and relax! Knitting may have health benefits

    Crafters have long recognized the therapeutic value of activities such as knitting and crocheting. But could crafts such as knitting offer more far-reaching, long-term health benefits?

    Test your knowledge of “Star Wars” films like “The Empire Strikes Back” at the “Let the Wookie Win: A 'Star Wars' Quiz” nationwide event on Sunday, May 4.

    Sunday picks: May the Fourth be with you

    The pub quiz company Geeks Who Drink will host its Let the Wookie Win: A “Star Wars” Quiz at Fizz Bar in Chicago. Long Grove's annual worship of all things chocolate comes to a close today. And get a start on your Cinco de Mayo celebrating at Gurnee Mills.

    Danielle Wade stars as Dorothy in the national tour of “The Wizard of Oz,” now at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, May 11. Wade won the role via a 2012 Canadian reality TV show called “Over the Rainbow.”

    Touring 'Wizard of Oz' wows — and Toto, too

    "The Wizard of Oz" on tour walks a fine line of hewing close to its template of the classic 1939 MGM film musical, while also updating the material with the latest projection effects, new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and the inclusion of a number of modern pop culture references. And at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, it succeeds.

    Dr. Stuart Sondheimer examines a patient.

    Learn about the dangers of glaucoma

    The American Glaucoma Society recommends yearly comprehensive eye exams for everyone over age 40. Glaucoma is a generally irreversible eye disease that injures the optic nerve and retinal ganglion cells that bring vision from the eyes to the brain.

    Small apartments or tiny cottages often lack an entry foyer, so those living in confined arrangements need to create their own version.

    How to create your own entry foyer

    What can you do when you have no proper entry to your home? One of the negatives to living in a small space is that you often lose features common in larger homes.

    Cecilia Gentili, a program coordinator and consultant on transgender issues; Tiq Milan, a media strategist at GLAAD; and Jack Pula, chairman of the transgender committee of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, contributed to “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.”

    For transgender people, a massive new resource

    As transgender people strive to gain more acceptance and legal protections, they will soon have a hefty new resource to assist them — a 672-page book, written by scores of transgender contributors, that encompasses social history, gender politics and wide-ranging advice on health, law, relationships and many other matters.

    Bright, bold colors, like those on this osteospermum (in the daisy family) are hot sellers this year at Lurvey’s Garden Center in Des Plaines.

    Your landscape can be greatest show on earth

    Colors season our world with delicious excitement and beauty, both indoors and outdoors.That is why it is so important to consider the many shades and hues of plants, trees and even outdoor furnishings when planning our yards.

    Kiefer Sutherland returns as Jack Bauer in “24: Live Another Day,” premiering at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5, on Fox.

    Jack Bauer’s back to save the day in ‘24’ revival

    Jack’s back. A counterterrorism agent forced to go rogue, Jack Bauer had been lying low since 2010. For eight seasons of Fox's thriller "24," Bauer repeatedly saved the country from disasters (or tried to) at grave cost to himself. He had no choice but to go on the lam. On “24: Live Another Day” premiering Monday, he is nabbed by the CIA shortly after 11 a.m., London time, as this real-time drama erupts with the first of a dozen episodes that will carry the saga to a breathless resolution 12 hours later in the same hectic day.

    1969 Pontiac GTO, The Judge

    Verdict clear on 1969 ‘The Judge' GTO

    When it comes to muscle car preferences, Ron Moller of Mundelein made his ruling as a teenager. No deliberation was needed to know he loved Pontiac’s GTO. He now owns a 1969 "The Judge" model of this iconic automobile.

    At the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria, Ill., guests watch an introduction video inside the massive mining truck and take photos alongside its 13-foot-tall tires.

    Digging into the cityscape of Peoria

    The movie theater started to rumble and shake as if a giant were stomping his feet. Despite the quaking, I had no reason to be alarmed. I was sitting inside a life-size replica of a Caterpillar mining truck. Its 13-foot-tall tires could easily crush any threat, real or imagined. This is how Peoria, Ill., plays: It takes a standard theme (a film about a hardworking local company) and gives it an unexpected twist (physical effects). The central Illinois city is like a slice of apple pie spiked with bourbon.

    BEFORE: Karen Srednicki of Arlington Heights wants a backyard that’s better for entertaining.

    We want to entertain in yard

    After living in this house for 15 years, the yard is in desperate need of help. We are the “hangout house” for my teenage son and all of his friends. Unfortunately it is too muddy for them to play games in what should be the grassy area.

    BEFORE: Lisa Lesniak of Bloomingdale would like some privacy in her backyard, in addition to some spricing up.

    No privacy, needs updating

    I have been waiting for a contest like this for some time now. I seriously have the MOST boring yard! I have a great view of the park but live along a busy road and with virtually no privacy, we find that we spend no time in our yard.

    RYCO Landscaping and RYCO Design Group suggest a paver area for grilling and plantings to screen the view, along with garden accents and an arbor for this area formerly shaded by an ash tree..

    Elgin side yard

    My wife and I live in a quaint Victorian home, constructed in 1902, in Elgin. This winter we had to remove a beautiful ash tree, because of emerald ash borer infestation, from our backyard patio. It rendered shade, charm, character and a quaint retreat from the summer sun.


    Window air conditioners do not take up much space

    Q. We want to put an in-the-wall air conditioner in the kitchen of a small summer home. The kitchen gets unbearably hot, even when just using the stove burners.


    Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. Associated Press photo

    Editorial: The erosion of public faith in democracy

    A Daily Herald editorial argues that a public servant's highest obligation is to foster public confidence in democracy -- and that the legal challenge inspired by House Speaker Michael Madigan to two citizens initiatives fails to meet that obligation.


    Ennui and self-loathing in This Town

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: This is the time when Americans renew their hatred of Washington and Washington wallows in a bittersweet cocktail of self-love and self-loathing.


    New map method would give voters control
    An Ingleside letter to the editor: I would vote yes to put on the November ballot changing the state Constitution to have a nonpartisan committee devoid of lawmakers draw legislative districts based upon population alone.


    Gun-free zones tell bad guys where to go
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Another shooting at Fort Hood, and more people have died. Our soldiers are the best in the world, and they are left defenseless. Wait for the police or the MP’s, progressive politicians say. The police will protect you progressive, liberals say. Gun-free zones are killing people. What do mass shootings have in common? They have all been in gun-free zones.


    Media missed Quinn’s Holocaust blunder
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: As the Jewish community was observing the final days of Passover, the campaign of Gov. Pat Quinn was promoting a newspaper column that invoked racist rhetoric and Holocaust imagery. Pretty serious blunder by the governor’s team. But unless you get your news from sources outside the Chicago or Illinois press corps, you’d never know it happened.


    Parks should take more care with eggs
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: The Lindenhurst Park District did a wonderful job at John Janega Park. They assured people that they would be creating a safe habitat for the existing wildlife. It appears they have changed their minds


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