Daily Archive : Tuesday May 6, 2014


    Shops and restaurants in downtown Arlington Heights soon will be able to advertise on sandwich board and hanging signs under a measure approved by village trustees this week. The village amended its sign regulations to allow the signs at the request of business owners.

    Arlington Heights now allowing more signs downtown

    Businesses in downtown Arlington Heights soon will be able to market their restaurants and shops with sandwich board signs on the sidewalk or hanging signs, under measures approved taken by the village board Monday. Village officials said the changes came after months of studying the issue, which originally was brought up by downtown business owners unhappy with Arlington Heights’...


    Dawn Patrol: Man pleads not guilty to murder; Savage returns for festival

    Fred Savage returns to area for film festival. Aurora man pleads not guilty in strangulation death. Three accused of drug crimes in Elgin. How Elmhurst Road's diverging diamond will work. Zion man sentenced to 40 years in Gurnee standoff. Kane County control director suspended. Semien comes through in 12th for Sox. Blackhawks' numbers in playoffs extra crazy.


    Barrington crash kills Fox River Grove motorcyclist

    A 19-year-old Fox River Grove man died Tuesday afternoon after suffering serious injuries in a one-vehicle motorcycle crash in Barrington. The man was identified as Joseph Masino of the 9200 block of Primrose Court by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

    D'Andre Howard

    Judge limits mental health testimony in 2009 Hoffman Estates slayings

    A Cook County judge sharply curtailed the number of witnesses lawyers for D'Andre Howard can call during his murder trial to testify about his mental health. Cook County Assistant Public Defender Deana Binstock sought to include the witnesses as part of an insanity defense for Howard, who is accused in the 2009 stabbing deaths of three members of a Hoffman Estates family.


    Day care center planned for long vacant Arlington Heights site

    A new day care facility soon will open in Arlington Heights, filling a shopping center space that’s been vacant since 2008. The village board approved plans Monday for Kiddie Academy at 880 W. Dundee Road, in a shopping center near Kohl’s and XSport Fitness. The 9,400-square-foot space previously housed a buffet restaurant.

    Officials at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines must post an employee notice saying that workers won't be threatened if they seek to join a union, according to terms of settlement reached late last month resolving unfair labor practice complaints against casino management.

    Agreement: Rivers Casino can't threaten workers wanting union

    Rivers Casino management must post a notice to employees promising not to threaten them if they seek to join a union, according to a settlement between the Des Plaines casino and a labor union that's been trying to organize its workers. The agreement resolves unfair labor practice complaints filed by union leaders.

    Arlington Downs includes luxury apartments in the former Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Downs developer drops one hotel from plan

    Arlington Heights officials on Monday approved a changes to the multimillion dollar Arlington Downs redevelopment project, but voiced concerns about the plan that now includes only one hotel and fewer parking spots. “I get a little bit nervous about the parking deficits,” Trustee John Scaletta said . “When I hear a deficit of 120 spaces, it is of great concern.”


    Sugar Grove takes settlement over faulty smart water meters

    Sugar Grove has agreed to take $65,000 cash to close out the case of the faulty smart water meters, instead of having the company that supplied them replace them individually as they fail. The England-based company wanted out of its contract, under which it was sending a representative quarterly to approve meter replacements.


    Lake in the Hills to get hot air balloon business

    Lake in the Hills residents soon will be able to go up in the air in a different kind of aircraft. The village board’s committee of the whole Tuesday night greenlighted a proposal by a hot-air balloon operator to offer trips from the airport. “You know it’s going to spark a bunch of curiosity,” Village President Paul Mulcahy said.

    This Jan. 11, 2010 file photo shows Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown in Chicago. A report published Tuesday says Brown helped manage an organization that received state funds through Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2010 troubled anti-violence program.

    Report: Brown linked to Quinn’s 2010 program

    Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown helped manage an organization linked to Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled 2010 anti-violence program that received state funds, a position she described Tuesday as an unpaid volunteer accountant.

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speak to reporters after a legislative commission that helps review the use of public money voted to grant itself subpoena powers to investigate Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday in Springfield, Ill. Quinn says he didn’t know a Cook County politician’s husband hired to oversee millions of dollars for an anti-violence program was convicted of writing bad checks.

    Lawmakers to allow subpoenas for violence program

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program faces another layer of scrutiny after a legislative panel approved subpoena powers for itself Tuesday to dig into how the program’s money was spent before and after Quinn’s election campaign in 2010.

    In this April 8, 2014 file photo, Illinois state Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, testifies during a Senate committee hearing at the Capitol in Springfield Ill. Manar has revised an education funding reform proposal in the hopes of gaining more bipartisan support. His proposal would require state school districts to demonstrate need before receiving money.

    Illinois senator amends education funding bill

    An Illinois state senator has revised an education funding reform proposal in the hopes of gaining more bipartisan support. Bunker Hill Democrat Andy Manar’s legislation has been amended to cap the amount of state funds given to the poorest schools to ensure money can be spread around evenly to districts with average amounts of poverty. The measure is aimed at streamlining the...

    North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, left, on Tuesday captured the Republican nomination to oppose Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

    N.C. lawmaker wins GOP Senate nomination

    North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis captured the Republican nomination to oppose imperiled Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan Tuesday night, overcoming anti-establishment rivals by a comfortable margin in the first of a springtime spate of primaries testing the strength of a tea party movement that first rocked the GOP four years ago.

    Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, will lead a select committee to examine the response to the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. diplomatic post in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

    Dems open door to taking part in Benghazi probe

    House Democrats opened the door Tuesday to participating in a special panel’s investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, even if they see it as little more than an election-year ploy by Republicans to discredit the Obama administration and motivate GOP voters.

    Cracks in the dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino, Calif. The Obama administration is more certain than ever that global warming is changing Americans’ daily lives and will worsen — conclusions that scientists detail in a massive federal report released Tuesday.

    Federal report: Warming disrupts Americans’ lives

    Most Americans are already feeling man-made global warming, from heat waves to wild storms to longer allergy seasons. And it is likely to get worse and more expensive, says a new federal report that is heating up political debate along with the temperature. Shortly after the report came out Tuesday, President Barack Obama used several television weathermen to make his point about the bad weather...

    Floodwaters from the Souris River surround homes near Minot State University in Minot, N.D., June 27, 2011. Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to the National Climate Assessment report released Tuesday.

    More weather extremes predicted for Midwest

    A report by the National Climate Assessment says a warming planet will worsen a series of weather trends already showing up across the Midwest. Look for more extremes: searing heat, late-spring freezes, floods and droughts across a region that includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.

    Ryan Lambert has resigned as North Aurora village trustee, because he has taken a job as chief of the North Aurora Fire Protection District.

    N. Aurora trustee resigns to take fire chief job

    Ryan Lambert has resigned as a North Aurora village trustee because he is taking over as chief of the North Aurora Fire Protection District.

    Mayor Bob Dixson stands with a soon-to-be completed community theater, at right, and the only downtown building to survive a massive tornado in Greensburg, Kan. Seven years after an EF-5 tornado destroyed most of the community of 1,500, Dixson believes most of the town’s current 850 residents are ready to move on and deal with the same sort of problems that plague most rural communities.

    Tornado-stricken town rebuilds with clean energy

    After a mammoth tornado wiped out most of this rural Kansas community in 2007, supporters of clean energy in the state seized on an unusual opportunity to rebuild a town from the ground up with the latest green technology. They came up with a sustainable-power dreamscape: wind turbines to power hundreds of homes, futuristic buildings with environmentally friendly features and a gleaming new...

    Water makes its way south through the Central Valley by way of the California Aqueduct. The California Aqueduct has been ferrying water from the state’s verdant north to the south’s arid croplands and cities since Gov. Jerry Brown’s father was in office half a century ago. But now, amid one of the worst droughts on record, a group of farmers want to route some of that water back uphill.

    Water flows uphill? Maybe, in California drought

    Water has flowed from Northern California’s snow-capped peaks to the south’s parched cities ever since the California Aqueduct was built in the 1960s. Now, amid one of the worst droughts in history, state officials are considering an audacious plan to send some of the water back uphill. State water engineers say using pumps to reverse the flow of the aqueduct would be a first in a...


    Island Lake board to vote on budget

    The Island Lake village board could approve a proposed $7.6 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year when it meets Thursday.


    Hawthorn Woods villagewide garage sale May 17

    The annual Hawthorn Woods villagewide garage sale is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during an event hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Tuesday.

    Hagel talks of tough defense choices after war

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Tuesday of painful trade-offs as the nation’s military pivots from a 13-year war footing and comes under enormous budgetary constraints, saying there will have to be cuts to military pay, aging weapons systems and the size of the armed forces. Hagel made the comments in a speech in Chicago aimed in large part at members of Congress

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing at the 2014 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference at National Harbor, Md., Tuesday, spoke about mental health, political and social issues.

    Hillary Clinton: Gun culture ‘way out of balance’

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the nation’s gun culture has gotten “way out of balance” and the U.S. needs to rein in the notion that “anybody can have a gun, anywhere, anytime.” The former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said the idea that anyone can have a gun is not in the “best interest of the vast majority...

    Sarah Teehan, 12, helps install a mural Tuesday designed to bridge cultural differences at Jane Addams Elementary School in Palatine.

    Palatine school teams up with nonprofit for public art project

    Jane Addams Elementary students are installing a mural this week with the help of professional artists from Chicago. They are learning a process called bricolage -- blending mosaics, photography and sculpture -- and civic pride. "The whole goal is to build community and empower the kids," teacher Mary Mathey said.

    Lowell Elementary School teacher Carmen MacDonald describes how she makes videos of her lessons that students can review from home. She is heading to Springfield on Thursday with her son and two students to demonstrate to legislators how she is using technology in the classroom.

    Dist. 200 teacher, students ready to showcase techn in Springfield

    Two Wheaton students and a teacher from Lowell Elementary School are traveling to Springfield Thursday to demonstrate to lawmakers how they use technology in the classroom and at home to learn. Carmen MacDonald has been using a tablet and graphic software to record her voice, drawings and writing on a video that can then be accessed by students from home or anywhere that they can bring a device...

    Martin Castro, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, talks to Jamie Garcia, left, executive director of Centro de Informacion, Tuesday at the annual Community Day luncheon benefiting Centro de Informacion at Elgin Country Club.

    Centro de Informacion seeks help after tough year

    This past fiscal year was a tough one for Centro de Informacion, and its executive director is looking for support for the agency that serves thousands through offices in Elgin, Carpentersville and Hanover Park. “This has been a trying year for us” due to the loss of state and local funding, Jaime Garcia said at Centro’s annual Community Day luncheon Tuesday at the Elgin...


    Gurnee police to conduct special traffic enforcement

    Gurnee Police Department officers will conduct special seat belt protection enforcement zones throughout the village from May 9 through 26.


    Children’s health, safety fair coming to Grayslake

    Northwestern Grayslake Outpatient Center hosts its annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 1475 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake.

    Katie Skibbe

    New business chief for Des Plaines Park District

    The Des Plaines Park District has hired Katie Skibbe as its new superintendent of business. Skibbe was assistant finance director for the village of Buffalo Grove for the past six years, and before that, accounting manager for the Des Plaines Park District for three years. She began her new job for the park district May 1.


    Volunteers to hit the roadways this weekend for ALS donations

    Volunteers with the Les Turner ALS Foundation will be canvassing the streets of Barrington for donations May 9 and 10. Wearing yellow smocks and toting silver plastic jugs, the volunteers will ask drivers stopped at intersections all over the village for money to help fight ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    Philip Doepke, a fisheries biologist at Yellowstone National Park, holds a netted lake trout caught from Yellowstone Lake in Wyoming. Scientists say the voracious species of trout that entered Yellowstone Lake and decimated its native trout population appears to be in decline.

    Scientists: Invasive Yellowstone trout in decline

    voracious species of trout that decimated a native trout population in Yellowstone National Park shows signs of decline following a costly and protracted effort to kill off the invading fish, government scientists and a conservation group said Tuesday.

    Hilen Chammas

    Ex-tollway worker pleads guilty to attempted misconduct

    A former Illinois Toll Highway Authority records specialist avoided a trial on charges of official misconduct Tuesday, accepting a plea deal moments before jurors were to be selected. Hilen Chammas, 39, of the 4300 block of Florence Avenue in Downers Grove, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one misdemeanor count of attempted official misconduct in exchange for prosecutors dropping the more serious felony...


    Mountain biking group plans fundraiser for Carpentersville park

    Fresh off losing a $33,000 grant for continued improvements at a Carpentersville park, a local mountain biking group is building on the exposure it received from the grant's contest and planning a fundraiser for ongoing work at Keith Andres Park.


    Mundelein woman, roommate stabbed in Minneapolis

    A college student from Mundelein is recovering from stab wounds suffered during a robbery in Minneapolis, authorities said. Police say the woman’s roommate, who also was injured in the attack, applied a tourniquet that may have saved her friend’s life.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Brian M. McDonald, 22, of Geneva, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while his licensed was revoked, improper lane use and illegal operation of a sound amplification system after a traffic stop at 2:51 a.m. Sunday at North Mill Creek Drive and Alexander Drive near Geneva, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Russian political activists Nadya Tolokonnikova, center, and Maria Alyokhina, left, of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, join Sen. Ben Cardin in seeking action to stop violations of human rights by pro-Russian militants in the Ukraine region, at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday.

    Pussy Riot members tell Congress of rights abuses

    Two members of the Russian dissident punk group Pussy Riot came to the Capitol Tuesday and asked members of Congress to add 16 officials to the list of Russian human rights violators who face U.S. sanctions. Before a throng of cameras and reporters, the women — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina — said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on human rights was...

    Youth services librarian Lisa Coleman reads from a book called “Bob and Otto,” during the Vernon Area Public Library’s Preschool Science Detectives program Tuesday.

    Preschoolers learn about science, literature

    Twenty preschoolers combined some basic scientific concepts with literature Tuesday during the Vernon Area Public Library’s Preschool Science Detectives program. “Today we’re doing butterflies and the life cycle of butterflies,” youth services librarian Lisa Coleman said.

    The shadow of an armed pro-Russian man while guarding the local administration building in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday.

    Ukraine tightens cordon around rebellious city

    A pro-Russia militia holding an eastern Ukrainian city came under further pressure Tuesday from advancing government troops, but militants acted with impunity elsewhere in the turbulent region. The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia met Tuesday, but their open disagreements did nothing to suggest a diplomatic solution was near.

    The Forest Preserve District of Cook County has acquired the nearly 400-acre Horizon Farms property in Barrington Hills for $14.5 million after a judge on Monday finalized the sale. The property acquisition is the district’s largest since 1968.

    Forest preserve acquires disputed Barrington Hills farm for $14.5 million

    A Cook County judge on Monday entered an order finalizing the judicial sale of the nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate known as Horizon Farms to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, making it the district’s largest property acquisition in more than 45 years. “This kind of opportunity doesn’t come up every day in modern Cook County,” said firest...

    Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria’s top military spokesman, speaks to people at a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped school girls from the Chibok government secondary school, outside the defense headquarters, in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday.

    U.S. team to aid Nigerian search for kidnapped girls

    The United States is sending technical experts to aid the Nigerian government's search for nearly 300 teenage girls who were kidnapped from their school last month, the White House said Tuesday. The mass abduction has sparked international outrage and mounting demands that Nigeria do more to free the girls.


    New contract gives Dist. 207 teachers merit pay

    Maine Township High School District 207 teachers who earn “excellent” ratings on annual evaluations will be eligible for $1,250 merit stipends, under terms of a five-year contract extension approved this week. District 207 is believed to be one of the few school districts in Illinois to include merit stipends in a teachers contract, officials said.

    Women attend a demonstration calling on government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday.

    Nigerian girl describes kidnapping; 276 still missing

    The girls in the school dorm could hear the sound of gunshots from a nearby town. So when armed men in uniforms burst in and promised to rescue them, at first they were relieved. “Don’t worry, we’re soldiers,” one 16-year-old girl recalls them saying. “Nothing is going to happen to you.” The gunmen commanded the hundreds of students at the Chibok...

    Wayne Winkler, who suffered burns to 12 percent of his body when butane fumes ignited while he was making hash oil at home, pets his dog Bailey, in his living room, in Denver.

    Hash oil explosions rise with legalized marijuana

    The opening months of Colorado’s first-in-the-nation recreational marijuana industry have seen a rise in fiery explosions and injuries as pot users try to make the drug’s intoxicating oil in crude home-based laboratories.

    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.

    Probe done in circus accident, feds get evidence

    Local investigators have completed an initial probe into a circus accident that sent eight acrobats plummeting to the floor during a hair-hanging stunt and are turning over a broken clip and other material to federal workplace safety investigators, a Providence fire official said Tuesday.

    The Vatican’s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, right, Tuesday revealed comprehensive statistics for the first time on how the Vatican has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children.

    Vatican: 848 priests defrocked for abuse since ‘04

    The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004.


    Buffalo Grove considers whether to allow school in industrial zone

    Buffalo Grove trustees are considering whether to allow a private elementary school to relocate into an area now zoned for industrial uses. The Torah Academy is seeking a permanent home after its previously leased space became the Buffalo Grove Park District's new Community Arts Center.

    Dan Kotowski

    Lawmakers keep pushing concussion safeguards

    A push to create an online certification program to teach high school sports coaches about concussions took another step forward Tuesday when it was approved by an Illinois Senate committee.

    Gurnee Police Chief Kevin Woodside congratulates Saundra Campbell after she’s sworn in as deputy chief at Monday night’s village board meeting.

    Women now in 2 of 3 Gurnee police leadership posts

    While federal statistics show women hold just 13 percent of all sworn police officer positions in the United States, Gurnee defies that number at the top of its department. Saundra Campbell’s promotion from commander to deputy chief at a village board meeting Monday night means women are now in two of the top three Gurnee police administrative posts.


    Finances take stage at next Engage200 session

    Finances are the topic of Wheaton Warrenville District 200’s next community engagement meeting and district officials are urging all taxpayers to attend. “This impacts every community member, regardless of whether they have a direct relation with the school community or not,” said Superintendent Brian Harris.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Frederick D. Danner, 31, of Elgin, was charged Monday with theft after he took an Apple iPhone5s valued at $649 from another person, court records show.

    Jimmy J. Bell Jr.

    Elgin man found guilty of Crystal Lake stabbing

    A 31-year-old Elgin man pleaded guilty to breaking into his ex-girlfriend's Crystal Lake townhouse in July 2013 and stabbing her and her boyfriend. Jimmy Bell Jr. faces up to 60 years in prison when sentenced July 24 for armed violence and attempted murder. He was caught after he fled to Alabama.

    College of Lake County students Julia Metzger, left, and Jessica Gordon, both of Mundelein, pet and kiss Ebytes, a Leonberger, one of the Therapy Dogs International canines greeting students this week at the Grayslake campus. The dogs were on hand to help students de-stress during finals week.

    Dogs help CLC students cope with finals week stress

    Students stopped reading and scanning their computers to pet dogs in the commons at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

    Linda Campos-Moreira

    U-46 appoints Elgin woman to board

    The Elgin Area School District U-46 school board Monday night appointed an Elgin woman to fill a vacancy on the seven-member board. Linda Campos-Moreira, an Elgin Community College employee, replaces Frank Napolitano, who resigned March 21 after moving out of the district. Campos-Moreira will serve until the next election in April 2015, when the seat will be up for election. Whoever is elected...


    Resource center sponsors Dine Away Hunger event

    For one in six people in the United States, hunger is a reality. By participating in People’s Resource Center’s Dine Away Hunger event on May 14 in southeast DuPage, area residents can help the hungry in DuPage County.


    Meet with Hanover Park mayor, board May 10

    Hanover Park residents and businesses are encouraged to join in the next Coffee with the Board, which takes place from 9 to a.m. Saturday, May 10. Mayor Rodney Craig, the village clerk and village trustees will be on hand to meet with residents, answer their questions and discuss village issues.

    Renovations delayed for three years by a series of leadership at the Indian Trails Library District could finally get underway. The work is being funded by a controversial tax-hike referendum approved in 2011.

    Three years later, Indian Trails finally moving on renovations

    The Wheeling-based Indian Trails Library District is moving forward with renovations funded by a controversial tax-hike referendum narrowly approved by voters three years ago.

    Ryan J. Horn

    Hawthorn Woods man accused of child solicitation

    A Hawthorn Woods man is held in Lake County jail on $100,000 bail after being charged with three counts of indecent solicitation of a child. Ryan J. Horn, 25, of the 0-100 block of Park View Lane, posted an online ad seeking a companion on May 2, Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Gianni Giamberduca said Tuesday.


    Police say they are making progress investigating Wauconda shooting

    Authorities said they are making “slow but steady progress” in searching for three suspects accused of shooting a 26-year-old man in a Wauconda apartment Sunday night.


    Taxes on rise for Naperville District 203 residents

    The completion of the all-day kindergarten rollout in Naperville Unit District 203 is one of the highlights of a budget the district is developing that would keep student fees unchanged but raise property taxes by $206 for the average homeowner. The proposed budget also adds $1 million to operations and maintenance to jump-start some building projects and creates a contingency fund in case of...

    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown

    Quinn: Unaware convicted man had grant oversight
    Gov. Pat Quinn says he didn’t know a Cook County politician’s husband — hired to oversee millions of dollars for an anti-violence program — was convicted of writing bad checks. The Democratic governor said Tuesday he found reports about Benton Cook III in the Chicago Sun-Times “troublesome.”


    Nationwide alert issued for Gary slaying suspect

    A Gary police spokeswoman says authorities have issued a nationwide alert for a slaying suspect. Cpl. Gabrielle King said Tuesday that 21-year-old Mark Cherry of Lake Station man is considered dangerous.

    Deerfield photographer Bruce Mondschain with his work. The ones on the wall are sepia versions of his Pete Seeger photos.

    Age not a barrier for Deerfield man chosen for ‘Beautiful Minds’ campaign

    Age is not a barrier for Bruce Mondschain of Deerfield resident, who at 71, runs a consulting company, travels, works out regularly and has dozens of photos in the Smithsonian Institution. He recently added another achievement to this list: he was named as one of this year’s “Beautiful Minds” by life’sDHA and the National Center for Creative Aging.


    What we can do to protect endangered species

    “Why do animals that are endangered live in the same habitat as other animals that are not endangered?” asked sixth-graders in Nancy Sullivan’s classroom at Frederick Nerge Elementary in Roselle.

    College of DuPage art professor Jennifer Hereth, left, and art student Evangeline Alagaratnam show some of the portraits Hereth’s students created from the photos of Sri Lankan children Alagaratnam provided. They will donate the portraits to a nursery school in Alagaratnam’s hometown during a June visit.

    COD professor and student to visit Sri Lanka bringing gifts of art

    Painting student Evangeline Alagaratnam visited her native Sri Lanka two years ago and found children struggling to go to school in that war-torn country. She helped renovate a dilidated orphanage, which is now an orphanage and school for 30 students. She showed pictures of the students to Jennifer Hereth, her painting instructor at College of DuPage, and Hereth had her students paint portraits...


    Wheeling OKs beer sales during adult tournaments at park

    Reversing two previous votes, the Wheeling village board on Monday granted the Wheeling Park District a license to sell beer at adult athletic events in the rebuilt Heritage Park.

    Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Tuesday that instability in Ukraine makes the case for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline in the United States.

    Senator: Ukraine unrest shows need for Keystone

    The head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said Tuesday that instability in Ukraine makes the case for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline in the United States. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., argued that the need for energy independence in the United States is greater than ever. “Americans look at what’s happening in Russia and Ukraine — I think it sends...

    A U.S. Air Force HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter from the 55th Rescue Squadron hovers 600 nautical miles off the Pacific Coast of Mexico to hoist two badly burned Chinese fishermen. The two were among 17 Chinese crew members believed aboard a fishing vessel that caught fire and sank in the Pacific Ocean.

    Chinese fishermen airlifted to San Diego burn unit

    U.S. Air Force rescuers hoisted two badly burned Chinese fishermen from a Venezuelan boat hundreds of miles off Mexico’s Pacific coast to take them to a San Diego hospital. The two were among 17 Chinese crew members believed aboard a fishing vessel that caught fire and sank in the Pacific Ocean.

    Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins has criticized Judge Jeanine Howard’s handling of a rape case after she told a newspaper she thought the 14-year-old victim “wasn’t the victim she claimed to be.”

    Prosecutor blasts Dallas judge’s handling of rape case

    A Dallas judge’s handling of a rape case and her suggestion that the 14-year-old victim was lying has outraged the city’s top prosecutor, who said the case makes other victims reluctant to help authorities. State District Judge Jeanine Howard voluntarily recused herself from the case of 20-year-old Sir Young, who pleaded guilty to raping the girl in 2011.

    Eli Shukron, an archaeologist formerly with Israel’s Antiquities Authority, walks in the City of David archaeological site near Jerusalem’s Old City. The dig, which began in 1995, uncovered a massive fortification and pottery shards that date to 3,800 years old. Shukron says this is the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem.

    Israeli says he has found King David’s citadel

    An Israeli archaeologist says he has found the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem, rekindling a longstanding debate about using the Bible as a field guide to identifying ancient ruins. The claim by Eli Shukron, like many such claims in the field of biblical archaeology, has run into criticism.

    Iran will target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf should a war between the two countries ever break out, the naval chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Tuesday as the country completes work on a large-scale mock-up of a U.S. carrier.

    Iran admiral: U.S. ships are a target in case of war

    Iran will target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf should a war between the two countries ever break out, the naval chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Tuesday as the country completes work on a large-scale mock-up of a U.S. carrier.


    Iran’s hard-line lawmakers grill foreign minister on Holocaust

    Hard-line Iranian lawmakers grilled the country’s foreign minister on Tuesday about Tehran’s step back from past policies of denying the Holocaust. The questioning was prompted by an interview Mohammed Javad Zarif gave to German media in February in which he said the Holocaust was a “horrifying tragedy” that should never happen again.


    Italian solves U. of Chicago ‘Odyssey’ mystery

    The University of Chicago says a computer engineer from Italy has solved a mystery found in a rare edition of Homer’s “Odyssey” in the university library.


    Chicago teachers will forgo 4th year of contact

    Karen Lewis says the Chicago Teachers Union will forgo the fourth, optional year of the contract that ended the 2012 teachers’ strike. That will mean the current contract will expire in June 2015, shortly after Chicago’s mayoral election. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to seek re-election.


    Students donate 1865 book to Lincoln Library

    A group of middle school students has given the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a 150-year-old book that may change a perceived fact about the nation’s 16th president.


    Wisconsin historical site offers bike experience

    Cycling enthusiasts can get a glimpse of what it was like to ride in the late 19th-century at a southeastern Wisconsin historical site this summer.


    82 cases of mumps reported in Illinois so far

    Public health officials say they hope the number of mumps cases in the state has peaked. Through the end of April, 82 cases of the viral infection were reported in Illinois. That’s more than triple what was reported in all of last year.


    Illinois 2013 tax collections higher than expected

    State officials say Illinois is on pace to end its fiscal year with about $1.2 billion in additional revenue. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports most of the money is a one-time occurrence thanks to better-than-expected personal income tax collections and sales taxes.


    4,000 gallons of fuel spill from Wisconsin train

    Authorities say 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel has spilled from a Canadian National Railway train in Racine County. Waterford Fire Chief Richard Mueller says the train hit a piece of metal on the tracks. The debris punctured the locomotive’s fuel tank, causing the spill about 10 p.m. Sunday.


    2 bald eagles to be released to wild in Illinois

    Two bald eagles are set to be released into the wild in northern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the pair of birds will be released Saturday during a special event at the Illinois Conservation


    U.S. MERS patient could leave hospital soon

    Health officials say they expect the first American infected with a mysterious virus from the Middle East to be released soon from an Indiana hospital.


    Contractor strikes oil at Indiana State campus

    A contractor has struck oil at Indiana State University’s campus, but it could be a while before school officials know how much it is worth.

    The United States is planning to use an anti-tax-evasion law to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine, a tactic that could prove to be more costly than sanctions.

    U.S. to use tax law on Russian banks

    The United States is planning to use an anti-tax-evasion law to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine, a tactic that could prove to be more costly than sanctions. The law was passed in 2010, long before the crisis in Ukraine. But it could become a powerful economic weapon.

    St. Charles aldermen spiked an all-ages mixed martial arts show Monday night over concerns about alcohol sales and an unusual request for an outdoor venue.

    St. Charles nixes all-ages mixed martial arts show

    St. Charles aldermen spiked an all-ages MMA show Monday night. Alcohol service and an unusual request for an outdoor venue were leading concerns. “We want to make this a family experience,” promoter Rob Tovar said. “It's not just some bar fight. Our goal is not to just come here and have quick ticket sales. Our goal was to make sure we are bringing business into the local stores...

    Arlington Heights Village Hall.

    Arlington Heights approves new fire, police contracts

    Arlington Heights approved new three-year contracts with its fire and police unions on Monday night that include salary raises, but also higher contributions from employees to their insurance premiums. Both new contracts expire on April 30, 2017, and were reached through the interest-based bargaining process, officials said.


    Wheaton takes a gamble on higher road salt price

    Wheaton officials agreed Monday to purchase salt for winter weather through DuPage County's purchasing program instead of through the state. The county has received a better price on salt than the state since 2007, with the exception of one year.

    Vernon Hills has put up a temporary turtle crossing sign on Hazeltime Drive in the upscale Greggs Landing subdivision.

    Vernon Hills trying to help turtles cross roads safely

    Turtles aren't looking for nesting areas just yet, but as a pre-emptive strike, Vernon Hills has installed temporary turtle crossing signs to alert drivers on Hazeltime Drive in the Greggs Landing subdivision. The village this season wanted to improve their chances. “We did have a significant amount of carnage last year,” said David Brown, public works director and village engineer.

    Cubs fan and mobster Al Capone gets an autograph from legendary Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett during a 1931 charity game between the Cubs and White Sox at Comiskey Park. If Capone had made good on his dream to buy the Cubs, he would have tried to integrate baseball in the 1930s.

    Regardless of Sox outcome, Cubs ‘changed the world’

    The poor Cubs, trying to avoid last place and facing an uphill crosstown battle against the merely mediocre White Sox this week. are so much more than that. “The Cubs have shaped the world as we know it,” proclaims Scott Rowan, 44, author of a new book, “The Cubs Quotient: How the Chicago Cubs Changed the World.”


    St. Charles North’s Jack Dennis looks to his dugout as they celebrate his RBI double during Tuesday’s game.

    Controversial play goes St. Charles East’s way

    Baseball has its share of unusual plays that are often difficult to explain. The top of the fifth inning of Tuesday afternoon’s cross-town grudge match between St. Charles North and St. Charles East included one of the more bizarre plays you’re ever going to witness. “I’m very upset about how the call was administered,” said North Stars coach Todd Genke, who was ejected from the game after arguing the call. “If the call was a dead ball, everything should have ceased. The runner should have stopped — the play should have stopped. That’s how kids get hurt."

    A shot by Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund (64 gets past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) during the third period of Game 3 Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won 4-0.

    Wild makes Blackhawks sit up and take notice

    The largest crowd in Xcel Energy Center history knew it. Minnesota's coaches and players knew it as well. The Wild's very playoff survival in their second-round series against the Blackhawks hinged on them winning Game 3 on Tuesday night. Well, thanks to a pair of goals by Mikael Granlund and the sparkling play of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, that's just what the Wild did.

    Gordon Beckham launches a home run off Cubs relief pitcher Neil Ramirez in the eighth inning Tuesday at Wrigley Field to finish off his 4-for-4 night.

    Beckham goes boom for White Sox

    Gordon Beckham is back from his third injury over the past two seasons, and the White Sox' second baseman looked good, and healthy, in Tuesday night's 5-1 win over the Cubs a Wrigley Field.


    Girls water polo: Tuesday, May 6 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Tuesday, May 6.


    Girls soccer: Tuesday, May 6 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Tuesday, May 6.


    Softball: Tuesday, May 6 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Tuesday, May 6.


    Boys volleyball: Tuesday, May 6 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Tuesday, May 6.


    Boys track: Tuesday, May 6 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Tuesday, May 6.


    Boys tennis: Tuesday, May 6 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Tuesday, May 6.


    Baseball: Tuesday, May 6 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Tuesday, May 6.

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) chase the puck during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Wild completely shut down Hawks

    Erik Haula and Mikael Granlund scored goals less than 3 minutes apart early in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild recovered from a sluggish start for a 4-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series.


    Softball / DuPage County roundup

    DuPage County softball roundup


    Benedictine softball team looking for more

    It’s not often that an underdog to win the conference title isn’t satisfied after winning the conference tournament. While Benedictine softball coach Kate Heidkamp said it is always a thrill in the NACC Tournament, her team is ready for more.


    Naperville Central sisters running track in triplicate

    Twins competing on the same athletic team come along every so often. Triplets are hard to find. Naperville Central juniors Katie, Nikki and Rachel Hoffman can rack up the points from 800 meters on up.


    Blackhawks must beware of ‘the trap’

    Even after losing Game 3 at Minnesota, the Blackhawks still should win their playoff series against the Wild. However, history suggests not to take anything for granted when a trap is set.


    ‘Excited’ Leddy doesn’t get to play

    After being benched for nearly the entire third period of Game 2, Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy admitted two things:“It definitely wasn’t my best game,” he said.And ...“I have all my friends and family watching, so that has a little effect, adds a little excitement.”

    The Blackhawks lost 4-0 to the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night.

    Wild won't go quietly for Blackhawks

    When you're playing it tight defensively like the Blackhawks did in Game 3, it only takes one guy missing an assignment to get you into trouble, and that's what happened when Patrick Kane let his man go on a 3-on-3 and Minnesota got the game-winner Tuesday night.


    Doubles team’s comeback carries Lake Park to win

    Tied 2-2 in the middle of a dual meet, the Lake Park boys tennis team rattled off three straight wins, including a comeback victory in No. 1 doubles to beat Glenbard East 5-2 for the Lancers’ second DuPage Valley Conference victory of the season.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Grayslake Central’s softball team had to go extra innings Tuesday to pull out a 6-5 win over Crystal Lake Central in Fox Valley Conference action.


    Lake clincher features signature Lake Zurich defense

    All season long, the defense has been a delight for fans of Lake Zurich’s girls soccer team. After all, the Bears have allowed just 8 goals in 17 games. And now, they’ve won the North Suburban Lake Division title with a 5-0-1 record to go with an overall mark of 14-2-1. Lake Zurich’s defensive prowess showed again in a 3-1 victory over Mundelein on Tuesday night in Lake Zurich.


    Hjalmarsson silently presses on for Blackhawks

    On Tuesday morning, Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was sporting a protective device over his neck/throat area for the morning skate, and afterward wasn’t talking to the media — or anyone else for that matter. “He’s fine but he’s unable to speak right now,“ coach Joel Quenneville said of the condition that may linger for a while. “But he’s ready to go.”


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Alex Gibson turned in a gem on the mound for Round Lake’s baseball team Tuesday. The junior pitched a five-inning no-hitter, striking out 14, as the Panthers defeated visiting North Chicago 12-0 in North Suburban Lake Division action.


    Waubonsie prevails over Neuqua in eighth

    It was early last month. The Naperville Central softball team had just swept Waubonsie Valley in a Saturday doubleheader by the combined score of 21-2 to drop the Warriors to 6-5. It was the type of moment that teams learn from or the season goes in the wrong direction. The Warriors used it as a learning experience, and since then they have enjoyed nothing but success. The latest win was Tuesday at Neuqua Valley, where the Warriors prevailed 4-1 in eight innings to run their winning streak to 14.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup


    Dolezal, Barrington turn back the clock — and Schaumburg

    The Mid-Suburban League has had its share of high-scoring softball games this spring. But Tuesday’s Mid-Suburban West showdown at the Fields of Dreams brought back memories of yester-year when the pitcher’s mound was 40 feet away from home plate instead of 43. A pair of juniors, both Division I recruits, faced off in a terrific pitchers’ duel that win eight innings before Loyola-bound Keenan Dolezal shutout visiting Schaumburg and Illinois State bound Shannon Felde, 1-0.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers in a late setting sun during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, May 5, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Renteria not stressing over high pitch counts

    Dusty Baker flashbacks? Cubs manager Rick Renteria raised some eyebrows Monday night by allowing staff ace Jeff Samardzija to throw a career-high 126 pitches in a 3-1, 12-inning loss to the White Sox.


    Girls soccer / Lake County roundup

    Nicole D’Ambrose scored off an assist from Allison Vancrey with about 15 minutes left, as Lakes’ girls soccer team capped an undefeated run through the North Suburban Prairie Division with a 1-0 win over visiting Antioch on Tuesday night.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) controls the puck in front of Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) during the second period.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game Three
    Images of game three of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks lost 4-0 to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

    Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham launches a home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Neil Ramirez during the eighth inning of an interleague baseball game Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Beckham gives White Sox 5-1 win over Cubs

    Gordon Beckham’s tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning helped the White Sox beat the Cubs 5-1 on Tuesday night.Beckham was 1 for 6 in the White Sox’s 3-1, 12-inning win Monday over the Cubs, but he matched a career high with four hits Tuesday. The fourth one, on a 1-2 pitch with two outs from Neil Ramirez (0-1), gave Beckham his first homer of the season and the White Sox the lead, one they held to sweep the two-game series at Wrigley Field.


    Girls soccer: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, May 6

    Fox Valley girls soccer roundup for Tuesday, May 6.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, May 6

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Tuesday, May 6


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, May 6

    Fox Valley baseball roundup for Tuesday, May 6.


    St. Charles East tops Geneva in unusual fashion

    Katie Kolb was somewhat clueless in the top of the eighth inning. “I had no idea where the ball was,” the St. Charles East sophomore said. “I was just picking up my coach (Kelly Horan) at third base.” Kolb, who had bunted safely with one out, scored all the way from first base on an errant throw to make the difference in the Saints’ 4-3 victory over Geneva Tuesday afternoon in Upstate Eight Conference River Division softball action.


    Glenbard S. can’t pull off perfect outcome

    With Riverside-Brookfield’s Will Kincanon pitching like the ace he is, Glenbard South’s baseball team needed to play close to perfect in the field and on the mound. For five innings on Tuesday, the Raiders did just that. The Bulldogs ultimately broke through in the sixth and seventh inning, however, to claim a 7-1 victory over Glenbard South in the first matchup of a key three-game Metro Suburban Conference series in Glen Ellyn.


    Glenbard West falls to York

    Jessica Bianchi had bid farewell to soccer. The York junior had fully immersed herself in basketball, but after a three-year hiatus from soccer, she finds herself back on the pitch this spring for the Dukes. Remarkably, she’s not just playing — she’s dominating.


    Boys volleyball / Northwest roundup

    Perseverance served St. Viator well in a 19-25, 25-14, 25-22 decision over Marist in East Suburban Catholic Conference boys volleyball play Monday.


    Oakton, Harper prepare for postseason

    With two games remaining before the NJCAA Region IV baseball sectionals, two teams took to the field Tuesday in nonconference action looking to get pitchers some work. It was also an opportunity for both Harper College and Oakton Community College to get some struggling hitters back on track. The visiting Raiders did a slightly better job of that in a 4-2 victory.


    Hausl sparks St. Charles North past Elgin

    Being successful is, many times, all about taking advantage of opportunities and St. Charles North sophomore Alison Hausl did just that on Tuesday. Hausl ripped sharp singles to lead off both the fourth and fifth innings, setting the table for the North Stars to score 7 runs and pull away from Elgin in an 11-3 Upstate Eight Conference River Division softball contest at Maroon Field.


    Cougars’ Remillard keeps pounding the ball

    Will Remillard was the star again Tuesday, driving in 4 runs with 3 hits, including a bases-clearing double as first-place Kane County (23-9) posted its 11th straight win at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva with an 8-2 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (13-18) in Midwest League action.

    Libertyville’s Evan Skoug claps after a base hit during Tuesday’s game at Mundelein.

    Skoug, Libertyville flying high

    Evan Skoug’s catcher’s mask sailed high, though not as majestically as his ridiculously hard-hit homer, and it punctuated the victory. Or was it that late-inning home run that so perfectly capped Libertyville’s 3-1 win over host Mundelein in the two baseball team’s North Suburban Lake Division showdown Tuesday? Or was it, simply, Skoug’s one-hop strike down to second base for the final out that stood out most? Maybe it was all of the above for the visitors.

    Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko waves to the crowd after receiving a retirement gift from Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija of his number from the Wrigley Field scoreboard before a baseball game between the two teams Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Cubs honor Konerko’s final Wrigley appearance

    Unless the White Sox and Cubs get really hot and play each other in the World Series this season, Paul Konerko was in uniform for the final time at Wrigley Field Tuesday night. The Cubs honored Konerko in a pregame ceremony and presented him No. 14 from the scoreboard.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Elk Grove earned a 5-1 victory over Elmwood Park on Tuedsay in nonconference play.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Elk Grove senior Brooke Barges belted a homer and went 3-for-4 as the host Grenadiers topped Hersey 8-4 on Tuesday. Melissa Picchi (2-for-4) also had 3 RBI for the Grens, who improved to 20-3 and 7-2 in the Mid-Suburban East softball standings where they own a half-game lead over Buffalo Grove (13-8,7-3).

    Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza (30) slides safely into second as Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney is unable to handle a throw from third baseman Mike Olt, during the first inning of an interleague baseball game Monday, May 5, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    No plans to send slumping Olt to minors

    Although rookie third baseman Mike Olt has struggled at the plate in recent days, the Cubs said Tuesday they have nothing drastic planned, such as sending him to the minor leagues. Manager Rick Renteria said he tries to find favoriable matchups for Olt.


    Jacobs implodes in 9th, falls to Prairie Ridge

    The Jacobs baseball team just couldn’t stop the bleeding Tuesday. The Golden Eagles allowed 7 runs in the top of the ninth inning as Prairie Ridge defeated Jacobs, 9-2, in nine innings in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Algonquin.

    Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) moves down the court in the first half of Game 1 in an Eastern Conference semifinal basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Balanced Heat blow out Brooklyn 107-86 in Game 1

    Turns out, the Miami Heat can beat the Brooklyn Nets.And rest hardly led to rust for the two-time defending NBA champions.LeBron James scored 22 points, Ray Allen added 19 and the Heat stayed perfect in this postseason by beating the Nets 107-86 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series. It was the first win for Miami in five meetings with Brooklyn this season.

    Montreal Canadiens right wing Dale Weise (22) celebrates his goal with teammate center Daniel Briere (48) as Boston Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros (41) looks on during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Subban, Weise lead Canadiens past Bruins 4-2

    P.K. Subban, Dale Weise and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist, Carey Price made 26 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Tuesday night to take the lead in their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.comCary-Grove's Amanda DeGroote is congratulated on her two RBI base hit against Jacobs in the fifth inning by assistant coach Mark Olson Tuesday in Cary.

    Cary-Grove breaks free of Jacobs

    Lauren Stanley was something of an escape artist Tuesday. The Cary-Grove senior pitcher got out of a couple of major jams allowing just 1 run as the Trojans downed Jacobs, 4-1, in Cary. Amanda DeGroote’s 2-out single in the fifth drove in 2 runs to give Stanley some breathing room in the FVC Valley Division softball contest. It was a 1-0 game until the Trojans broke it open with 3 runs in the fifth, capped by DeGroote’s hit.


    Burlington Central closing in on BN-East title

    Dan Gerke and his Burlington Central teammates didn’t clinch anything Tuesday, but their 7-3 victory over visiting rival Richmond-Burton gave them the inside track to a Big Northern East repeat. Defending champion Central (13-7, 6-1) extended its BNC-East lead over R-B to 2 games in the loss column with 5 games remaining by prevailing in a battle between unbeaten aces.


    Breaks go St. Edward’s way

    With the wind blowing straight in from left field at Wing Park in Elgin, St. Edward’s baseball team knew that it would have to rely on small ball, and some lucky bounces, in order to secure victory Tuesday afternoon. Luckily for the Green Wave the ball finally bounced their way as they went on to win 4-3 in Suburban Christian Conference action against Chicago Christian.


    Abello, Benet show their power

    Benet slugger Steph Abello doesn’t really care much for walks, so it was actually a good thing for her when she lost track of the count during a second-inning at-bat at Glenbard South on Tuesday.

    Hersey’s Matt Torvik leaps for a kill during Tuesday’s match with Prospect.

    Hersey jumps to it, edges Prospect

    Hersey boys volleyball coach Nancy Lill was encouraging her players to scurry off and hit the books after Tuesday’s match to prepare for their upcoming AP exams. No worries for the Huskies — after all, they’d just ‘aced’ their big Mid-Suburban East test against Prospect. In a match that featured two teams coming in with 6-1 conference records, Hersey pounded out 10 service aces to defeat the visiting Knights 25-23, 25-22 at Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights.

    Dan Mandernack

    South Elgin tabs Mandernack new girls basketball coach

    South Elgin High School named Dan Mandernack as its new girls basketball coach Tuesday. Mandernack, 41, has been the Storm's freshman coach the past two seasons. He is a 1991 Dundee-Crown graduate.


    Barrington comes up big in victory at Fremd

    Historically, there has been plenty of drama when Barrington and Fremd play in the final weeks of the boys tennis regular season. And it’s been the head-to-head battle between the two Mid-Suburban West powers which has decided the division title, often coming down to the final match of the day. Not this year. The Broncos swept the host Vikings 7-0 on Tuesday to move a step closer to a divisional crown, with Palatine and Conant standing in the way of a second consecutive Broncos title.

    Palatine’s Omar El Hoffi, right, looks to pass to an open teammate in tournament play against McHenry early this season.

    Boys water polo: Mid-Suburban League title game preview

    Palatine hosts Hersey in the Mid-Suburban League's boys water polo championship game at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

    FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2013, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette speaks to players during NHL hockey training camp in Philadelphia. The Nashville Predators hired the former Flyers' coach as their new coach on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, making him only the second head coach in the franchise’s history. Laviolette, who signed a multi-year contract, will take over in Nashville once he finishes coaching the United States at the 2014 World Championship. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Predators hire Peter Laviolette as new coach

    The Nashville Predators have hired Peter Laviolette, who becomes only the second head coach in the franchise’s history.

    Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant speaks at the news conference announcing that that Durant is the winner of the 2013-14 Kia NBA Basketball Most Value Player Award in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Warriors fire coach Mark Jackson

    Mark Jackson came to the Golden State Warriors talking big and brash. He promised playoff appearances and championships trophies, and he delivered plenty of wins along the way.

    Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany speaks during a news conference at Verizon Center, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Washington. Delany announced that the 2017 Big Ten conference men's basketball tournament will be held in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

    DC to become part of Big Ten tourney ‘rotation’

    Tom Izzo is coming up on 20 years as Michigan State’s basketball coach, so if anyone might be skeptical about moving the Big Ten Conference tournament to the East Coast, it would be him.Like some fans, Izzo did have his doubts initially when Commissioner Jim Delany decided to put the league’s 2017 men’s basketball tournament at Verizon Center in Washington.


    Clippers President taking leave of absence

    The NBA says Los Angeles Clippers President Andy Roeser is taking an indefinite leave of absence as the franchise tries to stabilize following owner Donald Sterling’s ban.

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant speaks at the news conference announcing that that Durant is the winner of the 2013-14 Kia NBA Basketball Most Value Player Award in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Thunder’s Kevin Durant wins first MVP award; Noah fourth

    Kevin Durant has plenty of scoring titles. Now, he finally has an MVP trophy to go with them. The Oklahoma City Thunder star won the NBA’s top individual honor Tuesday, receiving 119 first-place votes. Miami’s LeBron James, who had won the last two MVP awards and four of the previous five, finished second with six first-place votes, and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was third. The Bulls Joakim Noah was fourth

    Bears offensive tackle Jordan Mills (67) was honored Tuesday for his work on and off the field as the Bears presented him with a Brian Piccolo Award.

    Bears give Piccolo Award to Mills, McCown

    Offensive right tackle Jordan Mills (rookie) and departed quarterback Josh McCown (veteran) were this year's winners of the Brian Piccolo Award, which is given each year to the Bears players that teammates judge as having the endearing qualities that the former running back displayed before he died of cancer at 26.

    Curtis Malm, now the head pro at White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, will try to win his third straight title at the Illinois PGA Match Play Championship starting Monday at Kemper Lakes in Long Grove.

    Deerfield’s India fires a sizzling 61

    Deerfield product Vince India has been struggling as a rookie on the PGA’s satellite Web.com Tour this year, but he didn’t struggle on Monday in a local qualifier for the U.S. Open.The former University of Iowa golfer shot a 10-under-par 61 to earn medalist honors in a local qualifier at Waterlefe, in Sarasota, Fla. Len Ziehm also takes a look at Curtis Malm and his bid for a third striaght Illinois PGA Match Play title.I

    Even though the Hawkeyes didn’t feature the tight end in the passing game, C.J. Fiedorowicz caught 75 passes in his last two seasons at Iowa.

    NFL draft preview: Fiedorowicz can do it all

    Johnsburg's C.J. Fiedorowicz doesn't have the gaudy pass-catching numbers of some of the top tight ends in this year's draft, but the Iowa Hawkeye is a complete player with solid receiving and blocking ability.

    Patrick Kane dazzled Blackhawks fans Friday night with his defender-defying, backhand goal in the third period against the Minnesota Wild.

    Patrick Kane's 5 craziest goals

    Patrick Kane has scored 178 goals in his seven seasons as a member of the Blackhawks, and 34 in postseason play. The tie-breaking goal he scored last Friday night at United Center was among his very best: a coast-to-coast virtuoso performance that left three Minnesota Wild defenders in the dust, and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov helpless against a top-shelf, backhand dagger.


    Top 10 NFL prospects at cornerback
    A quick look at the top 10 cornerbacks in this year's NFL draft.

    Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, here interecepting a pass in the Fiesta Bowl is a top prospect in the NFL draft. He fnished his collegiate career with 12 interceptions.

    Two-man race for best NFL cornerback prospect

    There is a difference of opinion on who is the top cornerback in this year's draft, but most of the draft analysts have Michigan Sate's Darqueze Dennard and Okalhoma State's Justin Gilbert at the top of their boards. Bob LeGere breaks down their skills and talent.


    Top 10 NFL prospects at tight end
    A quick look at the top tight ends in this year's draft, including Johnsburg's C.J. Fiedorowicz.


    Top 10 NFL prospects at linebacker
    A quick look at the top 10 linebackers in this year's draft.


    Top 10 NFL prospects at safety
    A quick look at the top 10 safties in this year's NFL draft.

    NIU safety Jimmie Ward should be taken in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. He’s one of the sure good bets at the position for this year’s draft.

    Teams needing help at safety better move quickly

    With the additional coverage duties that are required of safeties in today's NFL, it's becoming even more difficult to find players who excel against the pass and can also provide strong run support. This year is no exception, with the talent level dropping off quickly.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, making a second-period save in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild, just keeps getting the job done this postseason.

    Blackhawks’ depth gives them edge over Wild

    Look for the Chicago Blackhawks to capitalize on their championship experience to finish off the Wild and move on in the playoffs.

    Conant’s Claire Rosas, right, races Palatine’s Emily Seidl to the ball during Monday’s water polo match at Conant.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring volleyball, softball, water polo, soccer, track and baseball.


    The Artizone home page offers online shoppers a chance to buy artisan foods from a variety of shops and get it delivered the same day. Artizone soon will offer delivery in a few hours.

    Highland Park’s Artizone aims to lure more online shoppers

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Highland Park-based Artizone, which offers consumers a growing assortment of gourmet foods and a new service to deliver it within hours.

    The Salvation Army would like to move into this spot near Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee, but Village President Chris Nelson says the business is more appropriate in a strip mall on Route 31, south of Route 72.

    West Dundee zoning change restricts Salvation Army shop

    Thrift stores, resale shops and any other businesses that offer used goods in West Dundee are now restricted to a specific area in the village, under an amendment to the zoning code. That didn't sit well with the owners of the mostly vacant Spring Hill Gateway East mall, nor with the Bank of Camden, its financier. The Salvation Army was looking to open a resale store at the strip mall just east of Spring Hill Mall.

    Office Depot is planning to close at least 400 U.S. stores, as its merger with Naperville-based OfficeMax resulted in an overlap of retail locations that can be consolidated.

    Office Depot plans to close at least 400 U.S. stores

    Office Depot is planning to close at least 400 U.S. stores, as its merger with Naperville-based OfficeMax resulted in an overlap of retail locations that can be consolidated. The combined company's financial results beat Wall Street estimates for the January-March quarter and it raised its full year forecast for operating income on Tuesday.

    William M. Daley, former White House chief of staff and U.S. secretary of commerce, was the keynote speaker at the fifth annual DuPage County Regional Business Outlook at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

    Daley: TV news ‘negativity’ affecting political climate

    The overemphasis of "negativity and clash" on cable TV news stations is a factor in the increasing "nastiness" in the political climate in Washington, former Obama chief of staff William Daley said that the fifth annual DuPage Regional Economic Outlook Tuesday.

    Diane Swonk, chief economist and senior managing director for Mesirow Financial, addresses the DuPage County Regional Business Outlook at the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. About 700 people attended the event.

    Economist: Growth taking root after harsh recession

    Like the first flower buds blossoming after the long, brutal winter, the economy is showing signs of growth after an equally long, brutal recession, economist Diane Swonk told a group of DuPage County business and government leaders Tuesday.

    The EPA’s inspector general is accusing a unit run by President Barack Obama’s political staff inside the EPA of operating as a “rogue law enforcement agency.” The EPA’s Office of Homeland Security is overseen by the chief of staff to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy is seen here.

    EPA accused of blocking independent investigations

    A unit run by President Barack Obama’s political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a “rogue law enforcement agency” that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA’s inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress.


    Palatine’s Revenew moves to Chicago

    Palatine-based Revenew CEO Nasrin Thierer said the company is moving its marketing technology startup from Palatine to downtown Chicago. The new office, at 200 W. Monroe St., places Revenew in the heart of the city’s tech startup community, the company said in a statement.

    U.S. stocks fell broadly Tuesday as investors found little to cheer in corporate earnings reports. A plunge in Twitter led Internet companies sharply lower.

    Stocks drop on mixed earnings; Twitter plunges

    U.S. stocks fell broadly on Tuesday as investors found little to cheer in corporate earnings reports. A plunge in Twitter led Internet companies sharply lower. Twitter dropped 18 percent after company insiders were allowed to sell stock for the first time since the initial public offering last year. Netflix fell 5 percent, Facebook and Amazon, 4 percent each, and Google, 2 percent.


    Weaker sales slowed US home price gains in March
    U.S. home prices rose at a slightly slower pace in the 12 months that ended in March, a sign that weak sales have begun to restrain the housing market’s sharp price gains.

    Twitter’s stock is down to an all-time low after a post-IPO lock-up period preventing employees and early investors from selling expired Tuesday.

    Twitter stock slumps as lock-up expires

    Twitter’s stock is down to an all-time low after a post-IPO lock-up period preventing employees and early investors from selling expired Tuesday.

    Coca-Cola and PepsiCo said Monday they're working to remove a controversial ingredient from all their drinks, including Mountain Dew, Fanta and Powerade.

    Coke, Pepsi dropping 'BVO' from all drinks

    Coca-Cola and PepsiCo said Monday they're working to remove a controversial ingredient from all their drinks, including Mountain Dew, Fanta and Powerade. The ingredient, called brominated vegetable oil, had been the target of petitions on Change.org by a Mississippi teenager who wanted it out of PepsiCo's Gatorade and Coca-Cola's Powerade.

    Travelers walk through terminal 3 baggage claim at O'Hare International airport in Chicago. U.S. airlines raised $3.35 billion from bag fees in 2013, down 4 percent from 2012. That's the biggest decline since fees to check a bag or two took off in 2008.

    Airlines collecting less money for bag fees

    Airlines are taking in less money from bag fees than they did two years ago, but they are making up for it by adding charges for a slew of extras, including getting a decent seat. The government reported Monday that U.S. airlines raised $3.35 billion from bag fees in 2013, down 4 percent from 2012. That is the biggest decline since fees to check a bag or two took off in 2008.


    Delta first when it comes to bag, change fees

    Top 10 U.S. airlines in 2013 revenue from bag fees:1. Delta Air Lines, $833.2 million2. United Airlines, $624.8 million 3. US Airways, $527.6 million4. American Airlines, $505.7 million 5. Spirit Airlines, $212.0 million 6. Southwest Airlines, $143.5 million 7. Allegiant Air, $112.5 million 8. Alaska Airlines, $96.0 million 9. JetBlue Airways, $74.3 million 10. Hawaiian Airlines, $70.0 million Top 10 U.S. airlines in 2013 revenue from fees for changing or canceling a reservation:1. Delta Air Lines, $840.1 million 2. United Airlines, $756.5 million 3. American Airlines, $521.0 million 4. US Airways, $327.3 million 5. JetBlue Airways, $146.4 million 6. Alaska Airlines, $90.0 million 7. Spirit Airlines, $32.5 million 8. Virgin America, $32.2 million 9. Southwest Airlines, $25.3 million 10. Hawaiian Airlines, $17.9 million ———Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, the social media company’s operating chief and “Lean In” author, says the key is showing business owners how to find new customers by creating Facebook pages and by buying ads that appear on individual Facebook users’ pages.

    Facebook plans campaign to ‘friend’ small business

    Facebook wants to increase its advertising and get more clicks on all kinds of ads. It believes tapping into the lucrative small business market will help it achieve those goals. Sheryl Sandberg, the social media company’s operating chief and “Lean In” author, says the key is showing business owners how to find new customers by creating Facebook pages and by buying ads that appear on individual Facebook users’ pages.

Life & Entertainment


    Wait to plant cold-sensitive annuals

    Be careful not to plant cold-sensitive plants too early. Tropical plants, warm-season annuals such as impatiens and coleus and cold-sensitive vegetables such tomatoes and peppers can be damaged or killed by temperatures that fall to freezing or even by extended periods in the 40s.

    Bernie Tiede is led into the Panola County courthouse Tuesday by law enforcement officials in Carthage, Texas.

    Ex-mortician, inspiration for movie, freed from prison early

    CARTHAGE, Texas — A former mortician whose killing of a rich widow shook an East Texas town and later inspired a movie was released on bond Tuesday after the district attorney who prosecuted him agreed to let him out of a life sentence.Bernie Tiede was set free after a judge who recommended his prison term be reduced set a $10,000 bond.

    Singer Enrique Iglesias is slated to appear with rapper Pitbull in a concert on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Tickets on sale Friday for Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull

    Tickets for the Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull concert, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9.


    Night life events: Pappadeaux mixing up new drinks

    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen introduces new cocktails to the menu; EvenFlow’s open jam night; Hawthorne’s Backyard offers trivia and wings.

    Christian Liberty Academy senior Tim Cruz eases his parents' load by getting dinner on the table a few days a week.

    Cook of the Week: Teen cooks to lighten parents' load

    One day, Cook of the Week Tim Cruz may work as an IT coordinator by day and at night, run his own cafe. The Des Plaines teen loves cooking just as much as he loves using technology and hopes to find a way to integrate the two. For now, Tim cooks for his parents and classmates, who get to sample the lunches he brings, far from peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and an apple. Tim recalls being 12 and his parents giving him the freedom to make his own meals. “It's really cool they support me and my passion for cooking,” he said.

    RA Sushi's May menu includes several new handmade rolls.

    Dining events: RA rolls out new sushi, soups

    April showers brought new May menu items at RA Sushi. Look for $3 hand rolls and new soups for $5. And because one night of chipotle grilled shrimp enchiladas just wasn't enough, Devon Seafood + Steak officially added the dish to its menu.

    Resurrection University celebrated the 100th anniversary of its College of Nursing with edible replicas of the school’s original Oak Park facility and its new school in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood created by chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, Md.

    Cake builds on nursing school’s history

    Celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman presented a one-of-a-kind cake to a roomful of Resurrection Univeristy faculty, alumni and supporters Saturday night in Rosemont during a celebration of the university's College of Nursing. NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary gave the keynote address.

    Dave Beran of Next in Chicago was named the James Beard Foundation top regional chef for the Great Lakes region.

    Chicago chefs honored with Beard awards

    The dining scene in Chicago got a little more star-studded Monday when the Beard Foundation named Dave Beran of Next in the city its top regional chef for the Great Lakes region. Also, the Rising star Chef of the Year went to Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig in Chicago. So, keep those names in mind when making Chicago dining reservations in the near future.

    Chris Martin, right, and Jonny Buckland from the band Coldplay perform at the Beacon Theatre on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York.

    Coldplay dedicates song to Jagger at NYC concert

    Coldplay dedicated its slow tempo tune “Fix You” to Mick Jagger at a concert in New York City. Chris Martin told the crowd Monday before singing the encouraging song about recovering, “It’s for Mick Jagger.” Jagger’s longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L’Wren Scott, committed suicide in March.

    Author Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot were among the featured speakers at a black-tie event championing freedom of expression.

    Rushdie, Pussy Riot featured at literary gala

    On a night championing free expression and featuring speeches by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, no one moved the audience more than the daughter of an imprisoned Chinese dissident. Jewher Ulham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, spoke with emotion, firmness and acknowledged nervousness Monday at the annual gala of PEN American Center.


    James Beard restaurant and chef award winners

    Here's a list of the winners of the 2014 James Beard Foundation restaurant and chef awards announced Monday.

    Former NBC News president Steve Capus will join CBS in July as the top executive at Scott Pelley’s evening newscast, the network said Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

    Steve Capus joins CBS evening newscast as top exec

    Former NBC News chief Steve Capus will join CBS in July as the top executive at Scott Pelley’s evening newscast, the network said Tuesday. Capus left NBC in 2013 after eight years as president of the news division, part of a turnover triggered by troubles at the “Today” show.

    This photo of Chris Brown is one of five photos that prosecutors entered into evidence in the assault trial of Christopher Hollosy, the bodyguard of Brown.

    Photos from Chris Brown bodyguard trial released

    A judge has approved the release of five photos that prosecutors entered into evidence in the assault trial of singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard. One image shows Brown posing with two women outside a Washington hotel last year before the alleged assault. Another shows Brown and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy in custody.

    Lykke Li offers up soul-searching lyrics on “I Never Learn.”

    Lykke Li hauntingly lovelorn on ‘I Never Learn’

    Sweden’s Lykke Li delivers a full fusion of deep, soul-searching lyrics on “I Never Learn,” her third studio album and an artistic zenith for this talented singer. “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone” is a minimalist guitar-and-vocals-only track. Li’s voice strains in all the right places and pleads for love in others, meshing nicely into a raw display of emotion.

    Performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Providence, R.I. A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the 11 a.m. performance Sunday, May 4, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground.

    ‘Hair hanging’: A rare — and painful — circus act

    “Hair hanging” is an incredibly painful, highly specialized aerial performance in the circus world, confined to certain families who pass their secrets about the tradition down through generations of performers. Eight circus acrobats plummeted to the ground during such a performance Sunday when the apparatus they were hanging from fell. Experts say the rare performance art is practiced by fewer than a dozen circus families around the world, though it has existed for more than a century.


    Tell Mom how boyfriend’s kids are affecting your life

    Teen says her mom's boyfriend's young children are wild and need to be controlled, but the adults aren't doing anything about it. Carolyn Hax says it's time to tell mom the truth.

    Karolina Kurkova attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” on Monday in New York.

    Old-world glamour in black and white at Met gala

    Old-style glamour — especially in black and white — ruled the night air as stars of Hollywood and the fashion world converged on the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday evening for the annual Costume Institute gala, the biggest event on the New York fashion calendar. This year, the glamour quotient was raised a notch: Whereas last year’s theme was punk, this time women were focusing on flowing gowns, and men were asked to dress in white tie.

    Police say Scotty McCreery was the victim of an early morning home invasion near the campus of North Carolina State University, where he is a student. Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says officers were called shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, May 5, to an apartment about a mile from campus.

    Police: Singer McCreery victim of home invasion

    Country music singer Scotty McCreery was the victim of an early morning home invasion near the campus of North Carolina State University, where he is a student. Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says officers were called shortly before 2 a.m. Monday to an apartment about a mile from campus. People at the apartment told police that three suspects armed with guns robbed them of wallets, cash and electronic items.

    Susan and Dan Hartmann play with their daughter at home in Odenton, Md. Dan is HIV-positive, but Susan and the child are not.

    More mixed-status HIV couples choose to conceive the old-fashioned way

    Couples in which one or both partners are HIV-positive have been using adoption, surrogacy or donor eggs or sperm for years to start a family, but those avenues are often incredibly expensive. Today, some doctors are endorsing intercourse without a condom as another option. It allows couples to have biological children and it's free.

    Zinnias are easy to grow and butterflies love them!

    Plant tiny seeds, grow beautiful flowers

    Growing plants from seeds can be easy, economical and very rewarding. There is something quite magical about plunging a tiny seed into the soil and watching tiny leaves push their way into the sunlight, nurturing the seedling as it grows into a plant;and then delighting in the flowers it presents.

    Ray LaMontagne, known for his acoustical ballads, let the songs for his new album, “Supernova,” released last Tuesday, lead him to a whole new sonic palate reminiscent of 1960s psychedelic rock.

    Ray LaMontagne ventures out musically on new album

    It may be hard to recognize Ray LaMontagne behind all the reverb and distortion on his new album, but the singer-songwriter says it's the most exposed he's ever been on a record. LaMontagne, known for his acoustic folk ballads, let the songs for “Supernova” lead him to a new sonic palate reminiscent of 1960s psychedelic rock, with airy layers of electric guitar, keyboards, drums and echoing background vocals. “These songs, something about the way they came to me, it feels like it's a very unguarded Ray,” LaMontagne said.

    “An Untamed State” is the solid debut from novelist Roxane Gay.

    Book tells haunting tale of woman held for ransom

    A poignant new book by debut novelist Roxane Gay begins with these haunting words: “Once upon a time, in a far off land, I was kidnapped ...” Meet Mireille Duval Jameson, a Haitian-American who is held for a $1 million ransom as her wealthy father refuses to pay up, while his daughter suffers unspeakably at the hands of her captors. “An Untamed State” goes back and forth in time, revealing a childhood heavy with the demands of a disapproving father, a sweet courtship with the man who became her husband, and a woman who remains defiant even in captivity.

    “Child of Light” is an interactive fairy tale that doesn’t look like any other video game on the market.

    ‘Child of Light’ a luminous fairy tale

    “Child of Light” doesn’t look like any other video game. With its seemingly hand-drawn characters and watercolor backgrounds, it more closely resembles a children’s picture book. It’s a fitting look, since “Child of Light” is an interactive fairy tale. It’s the story of Aurora, a princess who is transported to a strange world called Lemuria where the sun, moon and stars have vanished. She’s armed with an oversized sword and the ability to use light as a weapon. She can also fly, in slow and smooth motions that add to the game’s dreamlike mood.

    Christian Liberty Academy Senior eases his parents’ load by getting dinner on the table a few days a week. Garden Vegetable Soup and Italian Paninis are a family favorite.

    Garden Vegetable Soup
    Garden Vegetable Soup Tim Cruz

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comSoup and sandwich prepared by Cook of the Week Tim Cruz of Des Plaines,

    Arugula Salad
    Cook of the Week Tim Cruz makes a delicious Arugula Salad with tomatoes and parmesan cheese.

    Joe Lewnard/jlewnard@dailyherald.comSoup and sandwich prepared by Cook of the Week Tim Cruz of Des Plaines,

    Italian Panini on Sourdough
    Tim Cruz uses sourdough bread, sliced turkey, prosciutto, mozzarella and roasted red peppers for his Italian panini.

    The bedroom is a natural starting point for creating a peaceful space.

    An oasis of your own

    An oasis for peace and quiet is essential to the well-being of each and every one of us. We all need a private area for private moments.


    Erin Merryn, a child sexual abuse victim originally from Schaumburg, is working to expand the reach of the Illinois legislation that bears her name. Erin’s Law mandates that public schools provide age-appropriate child sexual abuse education.

    Editorial: Join the fight against child sex abuse

    A Daily Herald editorial says we must join Erin Merryn's fight against child sexual abuse to ensure it is never again a silent crime.

    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster

    Preserving our role as a nation of innovators

    Guest columnist Bill Foster: Without appropriate support for basic science research, it is very likely that the next big innovations, and the jobs they create, will occur overseas.


    Legal pot dangerous to the mentally ill
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Every day the subject of marijuana usage appears in the newspaper. Colorado recently legalized the sales of recreational marijuana at the beginning of the year for those over 21. I believe this was a tragic mistake. I do not believe they should have legalized it.


    Religious freedom requires mutual tolerance
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I would like to thank The Daily Herald for publishing articles from Mr. Jim Finnegan. It puts a name to the face of bigotry and intolerance disguised in religious virtuosity. Mr. Finnegan would have us believe that his religious freedom is being violated. He would also like us to believe that those who do not agree with him are not Christian.


    Partisan politics above all else
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The same Republicans who got us involved in Iraq are complaining that President Obama’s foreign policy is “leading from behind.” Well, I for one am glad he hasn’t followed the advice of GOP neocons to get bogged down in another quagmire.


    No real debate on fire station staffing
    A Wheatin letter to the editor: The president of the Association of Fire Fighters of Illinois objects to the editorial on the House bill that would compel town and municipalities to negotiate the staffing levels for their fire departments with the firefighters union. He said, “we agree this issue should be debated.”


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