Daily Archive : Saturday May 10, 2014


    From left, Kathy Villano of Elk Grove Village, Burt Jensen of Inverness, Sheila Schwartz of Hoffman Estates and Jillian Walsh, director of Community Investment at Zurich North America, share some ideas before the On The Table event Monday in Schaumburg.

    On The Table Northwest suburbs: How to make life better

    Ten Northwest suburban residents, all leaders in their communities, came together Monday to put some ideas on the table. This eclectic group of community leaders met in Schaumburg to be part of On The Table, a unique event fostered by the Chicago Community Trust and facilitated by the Daily Herald Media Group.

    Mark Pratt takes a selfie with his daughter Katie, 4, and son William, 1, in a Grayslake fire truck at Northwestern Grayslake’s annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair at Northwestern Grayslake Outpatient Center on Saturday in Grayslake.

    Children learn about health and safety

    Fun activities and a little education were part of the 10th annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair held Saturday at the Northwestern Grayslake Outpatient Center.


    Fire leaves Port Barrington home with $150,000 in damage

    In a rural area without fire hyrdrants, firefighters from a dozen departments battled a blaze that left a Port Barrington home with $150,000 in damage Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

    A bomb technician works with an explosives ordinance disposal robot to help recover an unknown item that was thrown over the fence Thursday on the north side of the White House in Washington. For the second time in three days, the White House was on lockdown because of a security breach. The Secret Service says two people threw something over the fence surrounding the White House complex — one person from the south side and one from the north. The two people were detained and questioned.

    Secret Service agents left posts to guard assistant director

    The agents were members of a surveillance team code-named Prowler, which patrols the outskirts of the White House compound and responds to reported problems. The unit is also tasked with monitoring the southern side of the White House whenever crowds gather to watch the president and first family travel via motorcade or helicopter.Agents inside the Washington field office were concerned that...

    A hot-air balloon that caught fire and crashed Friday evening in Virginia.

    University athletic staffers die in balloon tragdey

    A University of Richmond women’s basketball assistant coach and team staff member were the passengers aboard a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and crashed in Virginia.

    Wheaton named Joseph Knippen, who headed public works for nearly 40 years, the grand marshal of the 1979 Fourth of July parade. He won the honor for his response to the blizzard that year.

    Longtime Wheaton public works director dies

    In Wheaton, Joseph Knippen was the kind of guy you could turn to in a bind. Knippen was devoted to the city, where he headed public works for nearly 40 years. "Everybody always said, 'If you need something done, call Joe Knippen,'" his wife said. Knippen died Friday at age 74.

    Brigid Turner, a Jamaican national who lives in Brooklyn, holds a sign while chanting Saturday during a rally in front of the Nigerian consulate.

    World decries Nigeria abductions

    British security experts arrived Friday to join Nigerian and American forces, and Britain said its aim is not only to help in the crisis over the girls but to defeat Nigeria’s homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network.International outrage at the prolonged failure of Nigeria’s military to rescue the girls was joined Saturday by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.

    Mt. Prospect police investigate an accident where a woman was struck by a car and banged her head on the pavement at the Jewel in Mt. Prospect.

    Arlington Heights woman, 90, dies after hit by vehicle in parking lot

    An Arlington Heights woman, 90, died after being struck by a car in a grocery store parking lot in Mount Prospect, police said. Harriet Abernethy-Ogorzalek was hit when she was using a walker in a marked pedestrian lane, police said.

    Nathan Chaet, 4, of Naperville enjoys an ice cream cone during the Naperville Park District’s Spring Fever Reliever. The event was held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along the Riverwalk, near the Millennium Carillon.

    Warm weather draws hundreds to Naperville’s Spring Fever Reliever

    Organizers for the new Spring Fever Reliever event along Naperville’s Riverwalk Saturday couldn’t have asked for nicer weather. Hundreds of families took part in the kid-friendly activities set up at the base of Rotary Hill — all while enjoying the sun, a warm breeze and temperatures that hovered in the mid-70s. “We’re just excited that we have a beautiful...

    A giant American flag is held aloft over the crowd by two ladder trucks during the annual Elgin Area Firefighters Memorial Service Saturday at George Van De Voorde Firefighter Memorial Park and Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 Museum.

    Elgin service recalls 1974 dam-rescue deaths

    Elgin-area firefighters, at their annual ceremony Saturday to remember those who have died in the line of duty and retired firefighters who have died, recalled two brave men who gave their lives 40 years ago trying to rescue teenagers from drowning in the Fox River. And they mourned with DuQuoin Fire Department Chief Bob Shaw, who lost his son, a firefighter, during a fire three years ago.

    Gary S. Becker, left, from the University of Chicago, receives the 1992 Nobel Economics Prize from the hands of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf, during the Nobel awarding ceremony in the Concert Hall in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Nobel prize winner, champion boxer among past week’s deaths

    This week’s deaths include a Nobel Prize-winning economist who taught at the University of Chicago; a German art collector who kept a secret stash of prized works stolen from Jews by the Nazis; and a former heavyweight boxing champion and longtime friend of Muhammad Ali.


    Ex-East St. Louis cop gets 5 years in drug case

    A former East St. Louis police detective has been ordered to spend five years in federal prison on cocaine-related charges. Forty-two-year-old Orlando Ward pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and to possessing the drug with plans to deal it. During his sentencing hearing Friday in East St. Louis, Ward told the judge he was remorseful.


    Want a robot? Try Chicago Public Library

    The Chicago Public Library has more than just books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots that can be checked out. The idea is to give Chicago residents of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding. The gadgets, known as Finch Robots, were donated by Google Chicago and made the library the first in the nation to have them available for people to take home.


    7 U of I frat members arrested on drug charges

    Police at the University of Illinois have charged seven members of a fraternity with drug offenses after a yearlong investigation. University police detective Sgt. Joe McCullough tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette that since April of last year the department had been using informants to buy marijuana and Ecstasy from members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

    Mark Kirk

    Bill would help disabled veterans remodel homes

    For a Marine who lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan, learning to walk on prosthetics was not the only challenge. His family also had to come up with the money to extensively remodel their home in the Chicago area to make it accessible. On Saturday, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk toured the house in the southwest suburb of LaGrange as part of his push for a Senate bill that would help disabled...

    Hazel Embra holds a Bible while singing with others during a vigil for 93-year-old Pearlie Golden at Golden’s home, Wednesday, in Hearne, Texas. Golden was shot and killed outside her home by a Hearne police officer on Tuesday.

    Texas officer who shot armed 93-year-old woman fired

    Officials in a small Central Texas town voted Saturday to fire a police officer who shot and killed an armed 93-year-old woman during a confrontation at her home.The city council’s unanimous vote to dismiss Officer Stephen Stem came after a meeting that lasted less than 30 minutes, KBTX-TV reported.

    Jennifer Rambo, left, of Jacksonville, Ark., kisses her partner Kristin Seaton, right, of Fort Smith, Ark., as they wait in line at the Carroll County Courthouse to apply for a marriage license, Saturday, May 10, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Rambo and Seaton drove to Eureka Springs Friday night and slept in their car after a judge overturned Ammendment 83, which banned same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas.

    Arkansas issues marriage licenses to gay couples

    About 10 gay couples lined up Saturday morning outside of a county courthouse in northwest Arkansas, one day after a judge ruled that the state’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, second left, takes off her sunglasses Saturday to pose for a group photograph with her husband former President Bill Clinton, left, their daughter Chelsea, second right, and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, as they leave after attending Chelsea’s Oxford University graduation ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, England.

    For Hillary Clinton, a re-airing of past troubles

    Many Democrats say reminders of the 1990s — remember the booming economy? — could help Clinton, and that rehashing her past more than two years before the next presidential election could dispense with a variety of distractions. If a Republican challenger or a Democratic primary opponent invoked Lewinsky, Whitewater, cattle futures or other retro story lines in 2016,...

    John Nava, 19, of Niles

    Niles man also faces charges in McHenry County

    A 19-year-old Niles man who is being held in Lake County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail as the third suspect in a Wauconda apartment break-in and shooting that wounded a man last Sunday also is facing charges in McHenry County.

    Ronald Sweeney, 11, of Palatine scored big at the Palatine Park District Fishing Derby with this smallmouth bass he caught using a worm. He released it back in the pond after showing it off and taking a picture of it.

    Palatine Park District holds fishing derby

    The Palatine Park District held its annual fishing derby Saturday at Plum Grove Reservoir located on Algonquin Road near Harper College.

    Bob Olender, left, and Bob Conidi, right, chairman of the Itasca Lions Club pancake breakfast, watch a rotating hot griddle cook 48 pancakes at a time during the pancake breakfast in the Saint Luke School gymnasium in Itasca.

    Itasca Lions serve up loads of pancakes

    As a hot griddle slowly turned around a motorized base, waves of 48 pancakes at a time were being flipped and made ready to serve Saturday morning during the Itasca Lions Club’s pancake breakfast. About two thirds of the Lions Club’s 90 members were on hand to help more than 400 guests enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, pastries and juice.

    The Geneva Police Department’s new Jeep has its steering wheel on the right side.

    Geneva impresses U.K. visitor

    Dave Heun has a business meeting with a man from the U.K., who was impressed with his stop in Geneva.

    The top floor of a building where a fire Friday took the life of a Glen Ellyn man is boarded up on Saturday.

    Man dies of injuries from Glen Ellyn fire

    A 27-year-old man died Saturday from injuries suffered in a fire Friday in Glen Ellyn. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The DuPage County Fire Investigation Task Force is investigating.

    In this file photo taken on March 29, 1964, Pope Paul VI salutes a crowd estimated at 200,000 as he is carried on portable throne through St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Pope Francis has approved a miracle credited to the intercession of Paul VI and set the date for the late pontiff’s beatification for Oct. 19, the Vatican said Saturday, May 10. Francis had authorized the beatification, the last formal step before possible sainthood, a day earlier, the Vatican said. Paul VI, who reigned as pontiff from 1963-1978, made landmark progress in improving Catholics’ relationship with other Christians. His papacy is also remembered by his decision, after years of study, to ban contraception for Catholics, in a 1968 encyclical, “Humanae Vitae” (“of human life”).

    Pope OKs miracle for Paul VI in sainthood process

    The Vatican says Pope Francis has approved a miracle credited to the intercession of Paul VI and set the date for the late pontiff’s beatification for Oct. 19.


    Man injured in bicycle-car crash in Arlington Heights

    A man was injured Saturday morning in a car-bicycle crash in Arlington Heights.

    A woman places a candle during a rally to pay tribute to the victims and missing passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, May 10. Bad weather and the deterioration of internal partitions in the sunken ferry are hampering the search for those still missing in the disaster, South Korean officials said Saturday. The placards read: “Your fault, President.”

    Search for missing ferry passengers put on hold

    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials say bad weather and the deterioration of internal partitions in a sunken ferry are hampering the search for those still missing in the disaster.More than three weeks after the ferry sank, 29 passengers are still missing, with 275 bodies recovered so far, most of them high school students.


    Insurgents in Nigeria blow up 2nd bridge, abduct wife, 2 kids
    Islamic extremists blew up a bridge, killed an unknown number of people and abducted the wife and two children of a retired police officer in northeast Nigeria, residents said Saturday as an international effort got underway to rescue 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants. International outrage at the failure of Nigeria’s military to rescue the girls abducted a month ago was joined...


    Quake shakes western Mexico, but little damage

    A magnitude-6.0 earthquake has jolted people from their beds in western and central Mexico, but officials say they’ve received no reports of major damage or injuries from the early morning shake.

    Armed men belonging to the Self-Defense Council of Michoacan look out toward the sea as they guard a checkpoint set up by the self-defense group in Chuquiapan on the outskirts of the seaport of Lazaro Cardenas in western Mexico, Friday, May 9. Mexico’s government plans on Saturday to begin demobilizing the vigilante movement that largely expelled the Knights Templar cartel when state and local authorities couldn’t. But tension remained on Friday in the coastal part of the state outside the port of Lazaro Cardenas, where some self-defense groups plan to continue as they are, defending their territory without registering their arms.

    Mexico to transform anti-cartel vigilante forces

    Mexico’s government plans on Saturday to begin demobilizing a vigilante movement of assault-rifle-wielding ranchers and farmers that formed in the western state of Michoacan and succeeded in largely expelling the Knights Templar cartel when state and local authorities couldn’t.

    German chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a statement during a news conference with French President Francois Hollande, in Stralsund, northern Germany, Saturday May 10, during the second day of Hollande’s two days visit to Merkel’s scenic home constituency on the Baltic coast. One of the main talking points was expected to be over whether the European Union should impose further sanctions on Russia, for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

    Germany, France press Putin to help calm Ukraine

    Germany and France pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to do more to calm the situation in Ukraine and make May 25 presidential elections there possible, with Chancellor Angela Merkel insisting Saturday that Putin must send “more signals of de-escalation.” Merkel described sovereignty referendums planned Sunday by pro-Russian insurgents in two troubled eastern Ukrainian regions...


    Ruling party winner after South Africa finishes count

    South Africa’s election commission has completed a vote count that confirms the ruling African National Congress as the winner but also shows the strengthening of prominent opposition groups.


    2 bombings kill 11 people north of Baghdad
    Authorities in Iraq say two bombings, including a suicide attack at a security checkpoint, have killed 11 people north of the capital, Baghdad. Police officials say the deadliest attack happened Saturday afternoon when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into the security checkpoint in the town of Dujail, killing six security force members and a civilian.


    First lady gives weekly address on Nigerian girls

    Michelle Obama on Saturday criticized the kidnapping of scores of Nigerian schoolgirls as an “unconscionable act” carried out by a terrorist group she said is determined to keep them from getting an education — “or grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.”

    An American national, center, reportedly working for the FBI, leaves a police station in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, May 8. Pakistan released an FBI agent on bail Thursday after three days in custody, officials said, a move that is likely to prevent the situation from escalating into a diplomatic spat. The American man was detained after airport authorities found him carrying ammunition and three knives Monday as he was about to board a flight for the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

    Pakistan court asks police to charge FBI agent

    A judge in Pakistan is asking police to file formal charges against an FBI agent arrested there after allegedly carrying ammunition and three knives onto an airplane. FBI agent Joel Cox is free on 1 million rupees or $9,800 bail. Police investigator Khalid Mahmood says Cox appeared Saturday, May 10, before a judge in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province.

    Sen. John McCain embraces Gabriel Basso after she shared how her veteran husband died during a forum with veterans on Friday, May 9, in Phoenix. McCain was discussing lapses in care at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital that prompted a national review of operations around the country.

    Sen. John McCain hears vets complaints over care

    Sen. John McCain listened to complaints from several veterans over the Veterans Affairs system, telling them that reported lapses in care in Phoenix are part of a nationwide problem that needs to be fixed. “This is not a unique situation as far as Arizona is concerned,” McCain said Friday. “I emphasize everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but this appears to be a problem...

    Police and fire department vehicles lead a procession along Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive with the unidentified remains of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as they are returned to the World Trade Center site, Saturday, May 10, in New York. The remains were moved from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Manhattan’s East Side at dawn Saturday. The remains will be transferred to an underground repository in the same building as the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

    9/11 remains returning to World Trade Center site

    The unidentified remains of those killed at the World Trade Center are returning to the World Trade Center site. The remains are being moved at dawn Saturday from the Chief Medical Examiner’s office on Manhattan’s East Side. They’re being accompanied by police and fire department vehicles.


    Saturday opening day for Buckingham Fountain

    Chicago’s famous Buckingham Fountain is scheduled to be turned on for its 87th season. Chicago Park District officials say the Grant Park fountain will operate daily beginning Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. through autumn.

    Investigators gather near a farm on Ruther Glen Road, in Caroline County, Va., searching for missing hot-air balloon on Friday. May 9. A hot-air balloon is believed to have caught fire and crashed in Virginia on Friday night, according to state police, who were searching for the wreckage, a pilot and two passengers after eyewitnesses said they saw the balloon’s gondola in flames and heard screams for help.

    1 body recovered from Va. balloon crash; 2 missing

    Virginia State Police say one body has been recovered from a hot air balloon that hit a power line, caught fire and crashed. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Saturday searchers are continuing to look for two other occupants of the balloon, which went down Friday night in Doswell.

    Problems with a concrete slab on the west side of Oakton Community College’s new $39 million Science and Health Career Center has delayed the opening of the building until January 2015.

    Cracks in concrete slab delay opening of new Oakton science building

    The opening of Oakton Community College’s $39 million Science and Health Career Center is being delayed until next year because a portion of a concrete slab under the building is experiencing cracking, settlement and underground utility issues, officials said. Problems with an 8,000-square-foot section of the slab on grade at the west end of the building have moved the opening to January...


    Bartlett considers whether to relax restrictions for business signs

    Bartlett officials hope to cut the red tape for businesses that want to install or tweak outdoor advertising. Relaxing the rules is part of a blueprint to improve the village's business climate. "They want to make the town business-friendly," Community Development Director Jim Plonczynski said of a village panel's plan.

    John Nixon

    Antioch Fire Department takes over Antioch-area ambulance calls

    For the first time since 1938, the Antioch Rescue Squad is not contracted to provide ambulance service on fire or rescue calls in the Antioch area. The contract between the controversial volunteer rescue squad and the First Fire Protection District of Antioch ended at 5 a.m. Friday, officials said.

    The Arlington Heights Farmers Market opens Saturday, June 7, and runs through October. For the first time in its history, the village’s historical museum will manage the weekly event.

    Arlington Hts. farmers’ market opens under new manager

    The Arlington Heights Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, June 7, under new management.The Arlington Heights Historical Society will manage the weekly event for the first time in the market’s 15-year history. The market has previously been run by resident and local real estate broker Claudia Starck.

    Camden Murphy, left, and Joseph Ragnanese from Technology Center of DuPage work out problems on a car Friday during the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition at Universal Technical Institute in Lisle.

    Fremd seniors work out bugs to win auto skills contest

    Two Fremd High School students captured first place Friday in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition at Universal Technical Institute in Lisle. The students had 90 minutes to correctly identify and repair intentionally installed “bugs” in identical 2014 Ford Fiestas.

    Bloomingdale firefighters investigate the cause of a blaze that displaced three families Friday at the Stratford Trails apartment complex.

    Bloomingdale apartment fire displaces three families

    No one was injured but three Bloomingdale families were displaced Friday afternoon when fire swept through the rear of their Stratford Trails apartment building.


    Document shredding event:

    Ela Area Public Library will be the site of the “Green Your Routine” annual shredding event on Saturday, May 10, from 8 to 10 a.m.



    Sefcik helps Carmel sweep Nazareth

    St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright would have been proud of Carmel Catholic’s Quinten Sefcik. Sefcik showed off a Wainwright-esque knucklecurve along with an equally effective fastball and changeup to pitch a 3-hit, complete-game shutout, as the Corsairs beat visiting Nazareth Academy 2-0 in Game 2 of an East Suburban Catholic Conference doubleheader Saturday.

    The Bears will use former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch at running back and perhaps in the Wildcat formation.

    Former NIU QB Lynch coming to Bears

    The Bears wouldn't confirm it until all the paperwork had been completed, but record-setting NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch reached agreement with the team on a free-agent contract Saturday night after he went undrafted. Lynch rushed for 3,735 yards and 42 touchdowns over the past two seasons.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Bears general manager Phil Emery listens to the Bears’ first round draft pick Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller on Friday.

    Bears’ Emery again taking big chances

    It’s always scary when your GM thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room, that he knows something no one else knows. But Phil Emery has already provided evidence that sometimes he does know something about a player that others don’t seem to fully understand.


    Boys gymnastics: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school boys gymnastics meets for Saturday, May 10.


    Boys track: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Saturday, May 10.


    Girls badminton: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Friday, May 10.


    Boys tennis: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Saturday, May 10.


    Boys water polo: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school boys water polo games for Saturday, May 10.


    Baseball: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Saturday, May 10.


    Softball: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Saturday, May 10.


    Girls track: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Saturday, May 10.


    Girls soccer: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Saturday, May 10.


    Girls water polo: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Saturday, May 10.


    Boys volleyball: Saturday, May 10 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Saturday, May 10.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Ben Dinter had Fremd for dinner. The Warren infielder went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, 5 RBI and a run scored in the Blue Devils’ 9-5 win Saturday.


    Can’t fence in Benet’s Hubona

    The fence at the far end of Bolingbrook’s discus sector stood 186 feet away, a standard chain-link job painted black. To Benet senior Stephen Hubona it beckoned like a neon bull’s-eye.

    Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey runs a drill at the Feburary NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis.

    The Bears believe in Carey

    Taking a chance on super-productive Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey in the fourth round could wind up being a steal for the Bears if he has learned from his off-field problems of the past. The 5-foot-9-inch, 207-pound junior lasted until the 117th overall pick, even though he rushed for 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns in his last two seasons


    Glenbard West puts together some big scores

    Glenbard West senior Joey Mandarino is well aware of the history of gymnastics at his school.

    Sixth-round draft pick David Fales went 17-8 as a two-year starter at QB for San Jose State.

    Fales will battle mentor to back up Cutler

    Quarterback David Fales, the sixth-round pick from San Jose State, has a history with current Bears backup Jordan Palmer, who briefly mentored Fales during the pre-draft process.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Maria DeVito played well for Mundelein’s varsity softball team the last two years. Saturday, her breakout junior season continued. DeVito hit 3 home runs, giving her 10 for the season, as the Mustangs defeated host Deerfield 12-1 in Game 1 of a nonconference doubleheader. After her 3-for-4 performance, the left-handed-hitting DeVito went 3-for-4 again, tripling and singling twice, as visitors completed a sweep with a 12-2 win. The pair of wins hiked Mundelein’s record to 19-8.


    Bloom helps Hoffman power past Libertyville

    Ethan Bloom hit a 3-run homer in the first inning against Libertyville and the host Hawks were able to stay in front and claim a 5-4 victory in nonconference baseball Saturday. Matt Roesch also doubled and scored in the first inning for Hoffman Estates (9-13-1).

    Cubs left fielder Junior Lake can’t reach a ball hit for an RBI double by Braves pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit in the seventh inning Saturday in Atlanta.

    Braves shut out the Cubs, 2-0

    Ervin Santana pitched five-hit ball for seven innings to remain unbeaten, Ryan Doumit snapped a scoreless tie with a pinch-hit double in the seventh and the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on Saturday night. Santana (4-0) overcame a rain delay in the third inning and outlasted Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who had his long winless streak continue.

    Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon and Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) chase the puck during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn.

    Time for Hawks to stop kidding around

    Should be some showdown tonight at the United Center for Game 5 in what is now a best-of-three series between the Blackhawks and the Wild. The Hawks, who have struggled to solve Minnesota’s defensive schemes — being held to 22 shots on goal or less in all four games — are optimistic that they’re sitting on a big performance. “We are a confident team,” veteran Michal Handzus said.


    Depth pays off for Hinsdale Central

    Hinsdale Central showed its depth, winning the Naper Valley boys tennis Invitational Saturday without its top two players.

    Warren softball senior teammates Jana Wagner and Jazmin Bonke were already best friends, and now both are coping, together, with the loss of a parent within the past year.

    Tough times for terrific softball friends Jana and Jaz

    Jaz Bonke and Jana Wagner are best friends on Warren's softball team. Their friendship has been strengthened by horrible loss, as both have lost a parent within the past year.

    Jose Abreu reacts after striking out swinging during the first inning Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chicago.

    White Sox have trouble with Miley in 4-3 loss

    Wade Miley pitched seven strong innings, Cody Ross had three hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Saturday night. Miley (3-3) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six and not allowing a walk. His only mistake came on an 0-1 pitch in the fifth inning that Paul Konerko hit over the left-field fence for a two-run home run.

    Geneva’s Nick Derr makes the tag on Batavia’s Kyle Nieniec Saturday in Geneva.

    Batavia keeps control of River race

    Despite his team carrying a 3-game lead into the final 2 weeks of the regular season, Batavia baseball coach Matt Holm is not about to concede that the Upstate Eight Conference River Division title is the Bulldogs just yet. However, they’re getting closer to sealing the deal.

    Chris Sale is slated to make two rehab starts before returning to the White Sox’ rotation, likely when the Yankees are in town for a four-game set from May 22-25.

    Sale should be back in 2 weeks

    Chris Sale threw 60 pitches in a simulated game Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Afterward, the Sox ace said he felt "very, very good." Sale (strained flexor muscle) is expected to make 2 minor-league rehab starts before coming off the disabled list.


    Dolphins DB draws rebuke for tweet about Sam

    A negative one-word tweet from Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones about the drafting of Michael Sam drew a rebuke from the team. Shortly after the St. Louis Rams selected Sam in the seventh round Saturday, Jones tweeted, “Horrible.” The tweet was taken down a short time later.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, May 10

    The Jacobs baseball team snapped a 4-game losing streak and regained a share of first place in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division with a 5-1 win at McHenry Saturday.

    Harry Shipp

    Rookie leads Fire to first win

    Rookie midfielder Harry Shipp scored three goals, his first in Major League Soccer, to rally the Chicago Fire to a 5-4 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night. Shipp, who led Notre Dame to last year’s NCAA title, gave Chicago the lead in the fourth minute and then added goals in the 54th and 58th minutes to earn the Fire their first victory of the year.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Saturday, May 10

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup for Saturday, May 10.


    Girls soccer: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, May 10

    Fox Valley girls soccer roundup for Saturday, May 10.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, May 10

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Saturday, May 10.


    Hersey wins at Glenbrook North

    Hersey’s boys volleyball team excelled in tournament play at Glenbrook North over the weekend, topping Barrington in the semifinals and then knocking off Niles West in the championship matchup to win the tournament.


    Lake Forest in charge at Deerfield

    Just two days after clinching the North Suburban Conference’s Lake Division with a convincing victory at Stevenson, Lake Forest flexed its collective muscle to dominate the field and capture the team title at the Deerfield 8 invite Saturday afternoon.

    Central’s Kassie Gaylord (23) tries to escape an eventual out during a rundown as Huntley’s Tamara Funke puts on some pressure at Huntley Saturday.

    Burlington Central sweeps away Huntley

    Burlington Central softball coach Wade Maisto has been saying since early March he likes the fact his team has two top-notch pitchers. And while the Rockets’ overall record this season may not be as stellar as it was last year at this time, and while they may have lost out on defending their Big Northern East conference title, Maisto knows getting continued strong performances from senior Brooke Gaylord and sophomore Emily Kisch will give BC its best chance to advance in the postseason, which starts May 26.In a nonconference doubleheader at Huntley Saturday. Gaylord, Kisch and their teammates showed they just might be ready to peak at the right time. Shaking off Thursday’s tough loss to Marengo in what amounted to the BN-East championship game, Gaylord allowed only 1 earned run then Kisch came back with a shutout as the Rockets swept Huntley 8-4 and 5-0.


    St. Charles East knocks down Kaneland

    It’s been a while since Chumbawamba hit the charts with “Tubthumping” — which featured the repeating lyrics “I get knocked down; but I get up again; you’re never gonna keep me down.” Without resorting to music, that’s essentially what St. Charles East girls soccer coach told his team before they took the Norris Stadium field to play Kaneland in a nonconference match on Saturday. He reminded his team of their 3-1 Friday night loss to Geneva, told them that good teams respond in adversity — and then demanded a response from his Saints.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Sophomore Alex Masnica capped off Elk Grove’s trio of home runs in a big way Saturday afternoon. After Becca Maher and Brooke Barges had already cleared the fence earlier in the game with solo blasts, Masnica walloped a 2-run walk-off homer to left center with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Grens a 5-4 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader with visiting Elk Grove. Gina Cirrincione doubled to set up Masnica’s blast which gave pitcher Mary Hirschauer the complete game win that included 6 strikeouts and 1 walk. The Grenadiers went on to sweep the twin bill with a 13-2 five-inning victory as freshman Taylor Leach fired a 4-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk. She also belted a triple.


    Alt pitches Schaumburg past Meadows

    Paige Alt’s main goal was to get ahead in the count on Saturday morning at Rolling Meadows. “Stodds (Schaumburg coach Ellen Stoddard Abreu) just tells me to believe in myself and every pitch I throw,” the Schaumburg sophomore pitcher said. Alt was sure believing as she threw a 2-hitter with a career-high 13 strikeouts in a 7-0 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory.

    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting this past season.

    Report: Bears to sign Lynch

    Undrafted former Northern Illinois quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch has agreed to sign a rookie free-agent deal with the Bears, according to a report on HYPERLINK "http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4692133/bears-to-sign-nius-jordan-lynch"ESPNChicago.com.

    The Hawks’ Brandon Bollig, here battling for the puck with the Wild’s Jonas Brodin in Game 3 of the second-round Western Conference playoff series, will sit the next two games after being suspended for boarding Keith Ballard from behind in Friday’s Game 4.

    Bollig draws 2-game suspension for hit on Ballard

    Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig’s hit from behind on Minnesota’s Keith Ballard late in the second period Friday proved costly for both players involved.


    Yfantis brothers guide Harper

    The urgency of the situation was clear to Harper coach Cliff Brown. “You got to win, or go home,” he said. With a 1-1 record in NJCAA Region IV double-elimination regional play after Saturday’s games at Harper, Brown would rather not be facing elimination in Sunday’s 9 a.m. matchup against Waubonsee Community College. Then again: “1-1 is better than not playing tomorrow,” Brown said.

    Mizzou star Michael Sam came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. The St. Louis Rams drafted him with their seventh-round pick on Saturday.

    Rams draft first openely gay player

    For just a moment, it looked like Michael Sam's chance of being picked by a pro team and becoming the NFL’s first openly gay player might take a detour. Or at least be delayed. The call finally came Saturday from the St. Louis Rams, the team right down the road from where Sam played his college ball at the University of Missouri.

    The Judson University baseball team is off to the NAIA Opening Round in Montgomery, Ala., after winning the CCAC Tournament championship. Judson opens play at the tournament Monday.

    Judson hoping third time is charm at NAIA Opening Round

    Will the third time be a charm for the Judson University baseball team? The Eagles open play in the NAIA National Championship opening round Monday at 11 a.m. against Point University (West Point, Ga.) as part of the Montgomery, Ala., bracket at Faulkner University’s Harrison Field.


    Kalish wins another start for Huntley

    Huntley baseball coach Andy Jakubowski’s midseason decision to switch submarining right-hander Adam Kalish from closer to starter continued to pay off Saturday. Kalish — making his fourth start since departing the bullpen, where he had 4 saves in 4 opportunities — snapped Cary-Grove’s 8-game winning streak by holding the first-place Trojans to 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 in a 5-3 win.


    South Elgin, Metea Valley battle to split

    South Elgin’s baseball team pulled some magic out of its hat for a come-from-behind 6-5 win in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Metea Valley on Saturday and almost did it again in Game 2. However, the Storm couldn’t quite pull off the trick a second time and had to settle for a split after a heartbreaking 10-9 loss that went nine innings in an Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division meeting Saturday in South Elgin.

    St. Viator’s pitcher Mike Piet delivers against host Prospect on Saturday.

    Viator makes quick start hold up at Prospect

    A fast start beat a strong finish as St. Viator held off host Prospect 5-4 on Saturday in a nonconference baseball matchup. Bobby Calmeyn had 3 hits and doubled twice as the Lions pounded out 10 hits and scored all their runs in the first 3 innings to hold of a late surge by Prospect.

    The Blackhawks will be without Brandon Bollig for Games 5 and 6 against the Minnesota Wild.

    Bollig suspended 2 games

    Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig was suspended for two games Saturday by the NHL for boarding Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series.

    Sox slugger Jose Abreu watches his solo home run during the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chicago.

    Welcome to the Sox’ offensive show

    The South Side offense is a heck of a show. As a team overall, the Sox are also entertaining but problematic, Matt Spiegel writes. The problems don’t include men with bats. Instead, the health of the starting rotation is the main issue.


    Larkin, St. Charles North split in UEC River

    Jon Lenz doesn’t get to pitch much because he’s so valuable as Larkin’s shortstop. But with games stacking up, the Royals needed the junior for an Upstate Eight Conference River Division doubleheader against St. Charles North Saturday in Elgin.Lenz came through in a big way, pitching a complete-game shutout in Game 2 as the Royals salvaged a split with a 9-0 win.In the first game another little-used pitcher, Hunter Buerster, got the win in relief for the North Stars, entering a tie game and holding the Royals in check while the North Stars’ offense rallied for a 9-6 win.

    Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey skipped his senior year to come out for the NFL draft. The Bears picked him in the fourth round.

    Bears draft RB, safety, QB, punter and tackle

    After two days of sticking with defensive players, the Chicago Bears addressed other aspects of the team on the final day of the NFL draft while also filling an obvious need at safety. The Bears drafted Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey as a backup to Matt Forte in the fourth round, then traded Denver their fifth-round picks for 2014 and 2015 to move into the bottom of the fourth round and get safety Brock Vereen from Minnesota.

    Libertyville’s Ben Reichert dismounts from the still rings at the Mundelein boys gymnastics sectional on Saturday.

    Libertyville leaps into the spotlight

    The Libertyville boys gymnastics team has been pining away in the shadows of rival teams Stevenson and Mundelein for the better part of the spring. But Saturday afternoon at the Mundelein sectional, the Wildcats stepped to the forefront with their best meet of the season to take first place with a season-high 147.2 points to advance to the Elite Eight meet next Friday at Hinsdale Central. It will be Libertyville’s first trip to the state meet as a team since 2007, and senior all-around champion Alex Pong was a huge key to the Cats’ success Saturday with a first-place 9.02 average (54.1 points).


    Mistakes cost Kaneland against Oswego

    Not much of what happened in Kaneland’s 8-7 loss to Oswego Saturday looked familiar to coach Brian Aversa — which is good news for the Knights.


    Llorens helps Grayslake C. spurt past Hampshire

    Some young athletes who are learning the ropes experience the anecdotal kind of “growing pains.” Grayslake Central junior pitcher David Llorens has had the real ones this season. Just 5-foot-7 last year as a sophomore, Llorens is now 6-foot-4. His body was having a bit of trouble adjusting to its explosive growth spurt. “I’ve had really tight muscles. My growth plate in my arm used to be open because I had grown so fast,” Llorens said. “So I haven’t been able to do too much. I’d get a lot of pain, especially in my elbow.” Llorens, a lefty, started Saturday’s Fox Valley Conference game against Hampshire and guided Grayslake Central to a 3-0 victory. The win moves the Rams to 16-9 and keeps them in first place in the Fox Valley Fox with a 10-5 division record. They’ve won nine of their last 10 games.


    Bowles’ hat trick keeps Carmel rolling

    Sarah Bowles learned a great deal of soccer over the years from her older sister, Lauren. Those lessons helped elevated Sarah’s ability, which in turns has helped Carmel Catholic’s girls soccer team make a habit of winning. Bowles, a senior, started the season as a defender before moving to the midfield. And she’s since become one of the Corsairs’ leading scorers. It was a another big step forward for Bowles on Saturday, as she produced her first hat track to help Carmel past Marian Catholic 7-0 on Saturday morning in East Suburban Catholic Conference play in Mundelein. Carmel has won five straight.


    Short-handed Elk Grove falls to Hononegah

    A 3-goal explosion within six minutes was the undoing Saturday afternoon for Elk Grove’s girls soccer team as the Grenadiers lost their regular-season finale to visiting Hononegah 4-2.


    Langtry, Glenbard West peaking at right time

    A number of leads have slipped away from the Glenbard West softball team this spring, but this week has been another story.


    Montini’s ‘home run club’ overpowers Metea Valley

    Sara Ross is having a lot of fun trying to keep up with the power-hitting sophomores playing softball at Montini this season.

    #11 of Naperville Central Michael Kolzow puts the tag on #3 Alex Barrett of Glenbard North during the Glenbard North at Naperville Central baseball game Saturday. He was out.

    Orze has antidote for hot-hitting Naperville C.

    After Naperville Central spent two days swinging stinging bats, the mound didn’t seem like the best place to be on Saturday. Glenbard North pitcher Eric Orze welcomed the challenge. The junior righty gutted out an impressive 8-inning performance to help the visiting Panthers beat Naperville Central 8-4 and salvage the third game of the DuPage Valley Conference series.

    Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella (6) pins Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) against the boards and away from the puck during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn. Toews said the team just has to put the two-game loss behind them. “It’s playoff hockey — it’s not supposed to be easy,” Toews said.

    Blackhawks try to move on from losses to Wild

    Jonathan Toews just wanted to put the past two games behind him and focus on what lies ahead. What else can the Chicago Blackhawks do? The defending champions had a chance to complete a sweep on the road. Instead, they came home tied 2-2 with the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference semifinals, with Game 5 of the best-of-seven series Sunday. “It’s playoff hockey — it’s not supposed to be easy. There’s going to be some moments where your stomach drops. That’s the way it goes,” Toews said.


    Wolves can’t erase 3-0 deficit, drop Game 1

    Toronto capitalized on its first 2 power-play chances to post a 5-2 victory over the Wolves Friday night at Allstate Arena in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.


    Sky’s Gatling ready to start her WNBA journey

    Chicago Sky rookie Markeisha Gatling is hoping to eventually be one of the best centers in WNBA history. She'll need to be good right out of the box as she'll likely get a lot of minutes while filling in for Sylvia Fowles, who is out until mid-June while she recovers from off-season hip surgery.



    Merkel defends Germany’s early retirement plans

    Chancellor Angela Merkel is defending plans to allow some Germans to retire on full pensions at 63 and insisting they won’t stop her advocating painful reforms in other countries.

    Dan Gerawan, owner of at Gerawan Farming, Inc., left, talks with crew boss Jose Cabello in a nectarine orchard near Sanger, Calif.

    California farmer locked in battle with union

    Dan Gerawan, who runs the family business in Central California and claims it pays the highest wages in the industry, said the union and a runaway state labor board are in collusion, using what he considers to be an unconstitutional state law to take control of his business and rob his workers of their choice of whether to be represented.


    FedEx moving Peoria airport hub to Bloomington

    It will strike a blow to cargo business at Peoria’s airport. FedEx and UPS are its main cargo carriers.

    The South Portico of the White House in Washington on Friday. A bevy of solar panels blanketing the roof of the White House is getting its day in the sun. Technicians have finished installing the panels at the nation’s most famous address.

    White House goes solar with roof panels

    The project required technicians to first drill down to the concrete on the White House roof, then use epoxy glue and threaded rods to install a gridded subassembly onto which the solar panels could be secured.

    Oculus weathered fan backlash after the virtual-reality hardware firm announced in March that it was being sold to Facebook for $2 billion. But now, it’s facing a much bigger problem: a possible legal challenge from one of the country’s largest video game companies.

    Oculus, Facebook might face legal challenge

    Oculus weathered fan backlash after the virtual-reality hardware firm announced in March that it was being sold to Facebook for $2 billion. But now, it’s facing a much bigger problem: a possible legal challenge from one of the country’s largest video game companies.

    In this Dec. 16, 2013 photo, Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson talks during an interview in New York. Dickerson calls the online marketplace “a personal shopping experience — really — in a sea of impersonal retail.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Drones, cufflinks: Q&A with Etsy's Chad Dickerson

    There’s a lot to browse on Etsy. Check out the $2.50 earrings made from the feathers of a “quail raised with love” on a Colorado farm. Or take a look at the $30,000 pub-style bar made to order from pine and cherry. Unique products such as these are the reason Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson calls the online marketplace “a personal shopping experience —really— in a sea of impersonal retail.”


    Snapchat adds chat as messaging space heats up

    SAN FRANCISCO — Snapchat is adding a chat feature to its ephemeral messaging service.Despite its name, the Snapchat app has never offered real-time conversation — until now. Previously, users were only able to send each other photos and videos that self-destruct a few seconds after they are viewed. The Los Angeles startup said Thursday that Snapchat users will be able to chat by swiping right on a friend’s name. When users leave the chat screen, messages will be automatically deleted. In keeping with Snapchat’s tradition, users can take screenshots of the chat if they want to preserve it. Users will also be able to video chat, as they would with Skype or FaceTime. Snapchat’s move comes as mobile messaging apps are soaring in popularity. Facebook is buying WhatsApp for $19 billion.


    Google to Facebook seen as too big for EU nations’ privacy czars

    U.S. technology giants from Google Inc. to Facebook Inc. are too big to be left in the hands of individual national privacy watchdogs, according to the European Union’s top data protection official.


    App reviews: Freedome VPN, The Adventures of Ash and Ollie: ScreenTime

    Freedome VPN, an app from the Finnish security firm F-Secure, gives smart smartphone users an easy tool to protect their Internet traffic and, if they so choose, obscure where their own traffic is coming from with just a tap.

    In a new feature update that went live Wednesday, TuneIn is offering a way to see which songs have just started on 100,000 radio stations around the world, allowing a listener to tune in soon after the song starts.

    TuneIn adds way to hear ‘recently started’ songs

    Tired of flipping through the radio dial? Internet radio service TuneIn is offering a way to see which songs have just started on 100,000 radio stations around the world, allowing you to listen in soon after the tune starts. That’s one of the new features of an update to its app that went live Wednesday.

    This product image provided by Bellabeat shows the mobile app for Bellabeat fetal heart listening system. A heart monitor device, available for $129, is plugged into your smartphone’s headphone port, then a set of earbuds is plugged into the device.

    Review: Pregnancy apps track baby, mom’s progress

    With the rise of smartphones, tablets and wearable devices, there’s no shortage of pregnancy-related high-tech products on the market. There are apps to track how much weight you’ve gained, how often your baby kicks and eventually how far apart your contractions are. There are even smartphone-enabled devices that let you listen to your baby’s heartbeat at home.

    As Alibaba gets ready for its blockbuster U.S. stock sale in the next few months, technology companies are getting slammed in the market.

    As Alibaba prepares for IPO, tech stocks retreat

    As e-commerce giant Alibaba gets ready for a blockbuster stock sale in the next few months, technology shares are retreating. For two years, investors bid up biotechnology and internet companies, enticed by their strong growth prospects in an otherwise weak U.S. recovery. But they have sold off those stocks since late February, realizing they can find better value elsewhere. So-called growth stocks like Amazon and Groupon are out of favor. Companies that pay healthy dividends and have a long record of profitability, like utilities, are in.

    An employee fills a tray with cell compound solution at Neusentis Ltd.’s research laboratory, a unit of Pfizer Inc.

    House votes to make research tax credit permanent

    The research tax credit expired at the beginning of the year, along with more than 50 other temporary tax breaks that Congress routinely extends.House Republicans said Friday’s vote was the beginning of a broader effort to add more certainty to the tax code. In the coming weeks, they hope to vote on bills to make more temporary tax breaks permanent, though they have yet to decide on which ones.

Life & Entertainment

    Jon Hamm, right, poses with his wax likeness at an unveiling at Madame Tussauds on Friday, May 9, 2014 in New York.

    Hamm gets Don Draper wax figure at Madame Tussauds

    What’s the first thing Jon Hamm did when he saw his wax figure unveiled Friday at New York’s Madame Tussauds? Took a selfie, of course. “That’s a no-brainer. I’m probably not done doing that either,” he told The Associated Press.

    Writer-comic Larry Wilmore of “The Daily Show” has earned Stephen Colbert’s coveted Comedy Central time slot following Jon Stewart each night.

    Larry Wilmore to replace Colbert on Comedy Central

    Comic Larry Wilmore of the “Daily Show” has earned Stephen Colbert’s coveted Comedy Central time slot following Jon Stewart each night. Comedy Central said Friday that Wilmore will host “The Minority Report” at 11:30 each week night. Wilmore, who is black, will add a different perspective to a late-night landscape dominated by white males.

    Richard Olate works on a routine with performing dogs, from left, Loca, Copo and Toby, during a training session in Sorrento, Fla. Since the father and son took their 10 flipping, twirling dogs from the center ring of a circus to the stage of a reality show, where they won TV competition “America’s Got Talent,” people pack their performances at large venues.

    Performing dogs go big after $1 million TV prize

    Since a father and son took their 10 flipping, twirling dogs from the center ring of a circus to the stage of a reality show, where they won TV competition “America’s Got Talent,” people pack their performances at large venues and they have been tapped to star in short films bankrolled by Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, one of which is set to screen at the Cannes Film Festival. Richard Olate, 56, son Nicholas, 21, and 10 poodle-mix dogs — most of them rescues — dazzled audiences and grabbed the “Talent” title in 2012 with their jumping, running, hiding, rolling and riding of dog-size cars and scooters. In the fast-paced, trick-filled shows, the dogs use slides and jump ropes better than most kids, fall into a conga line in perfect sync and one does backflips flawlessly.

    Comedian Jessimae Peluso (“Girl Code”) appears at Zanies in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: MTV's 'Girl Code' star hits Zanies

    If you're a fan of MTV's “Girl Code,” then don't miss comedian Jessimae Peluso this weekend at Zanies. Saturday opens Theatre Nebula's run of “Spamalot,” a musical skewering Arthurian legends adapted from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail." The Barrington High School Rithum Machine and the Jazz Consortium Big Band are the same bill for a special Mother's Day Concert today at Durty Nellie's in Palatine.

    This photo shows a species of comb jelly called a Beroe after it swallowed another comb jelly, called a Bolinopsis. Leonid Moroz, a University of Florida neurobiologist, is on a quest to decode the genomic blueprints of fragile marine life, including comb jellies on board the ship where they were caught.

    Do ‘aliens of the sea’ hold the key to brain science?

    “I work on these things that are kind of like jellyfish, but they’re not jellyfish at all. And I take out their brain. And then it grows back. And then I try to figure out how it grows back,” graduate student Rachel Sanford explains about the research on a laboratory floating off the Florida coast. She’s looking for master regulators, key molecules that control that regrowth. If she can find some, a logical next step would be to investigate whether people harbor anything similar that might point to pathways important in spinal cord or brain injuries.

    “The Snow Queen” by Michael Cunningham centers on two brothers who wrestle with the trade-offs between the satisfactions of an ordinary life.

    Michael Cunningham re-imagines ‘The Snow Queen’

    Like the Disney megahit “Frozen,” Michael Cunningham’s new novel is loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen.” It centers on two brothers who wrestle with the trade-offs between the satisfactions of an ordinary life — “you witness ... you persevere” — versus those of “building a big-deal career.” Tyler, a talented musician in his early 40s, struggles to write songs so he can get a recording contract. His younger brother, Barrett, has just been dumped by his latest boyfriend and is broke.

    Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix star in the romance “Her.”

    DVD previews: ‘Her,’ ‘That Awkward Moment’

    Joaquin Phoenix delivers a gentle, thoroughly disarming performance in the wildly inventive, scrupulously understated romance "Her" from Spike Jonze. It joins "That Awkward Moment," "I, Frankenstein" and other movies released on DVD Tuesday, May 13.

    “NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage” captures actor Kevin Spacey and his troupe of 20 British and American actors during their 10-month international tour of “Richard II” from 2011-2012.

    Kevin Spacey takes us behind the curtain in film

    Kevin Spacey put his body through a lot playing “Richard III” for over 200 shows and across three continents. Tumbling down a massive sand dune in Qatar didn’t help. The “House of Cards” star found himself uncontrollably flipping over and over down a dune outside Doha during a fun day trip with the rest of the cast of the Shakespeare play. Thankfully, someone got it all on tape: The Academy Award-winner’s silly plummet is one of the lighter moments in a new feature documentary that captures Spacey and his troupe of 20 British and American actors during their 10-month international tour from 2011-2012.

    “SEAL: The Unspoken Sacrifice” photography exhibit at The Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago offers a look at the post 9/11 world of Navy SEALs now through the end of 2014.

    On the road: SEALs photos on exhibit at Pritzker museum

    “SEAL: The Unspoken Sacrifice” photography exhibit at The Pritzker Military Museum & Library offers a rare glimpse into the post-9/11 world of Navy SEALs. Lakeview's Mayfest opens the neighborhood festival season for Chicago. And Bayfield, Wisconsin, is blanketed with daffodils for the upcoming Bayfield in Bloom festival.

    KISS co-founder Paul Stanley visits Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville on Friday, May 16.

    Book notes: Meet KISS’ Paul Stanley in Naperville

    Paul Stanley, a member of the legendary rock band KISS, speaks with fans and distributes pre-signed copies of his new book "Face the Music" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

    Paintings by artist Winslow Homer hang in the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, New York. The museum, started in 1928 by Bartlett Arkell, founder of the Beech-Nut food company, is located next door to company's former plant in Canajoharie.

    Upstate N.Y.: Home to great art in unexpected places

    Winslow Homers in the shadow of a defunct Beech-Nut baby food plant. A Rembrandt, Picasso, Rubens and Renoir up the hill from a paper mill. The founder of the Hudson River School vying for attention amid baseball memorabilia and old farm machinery. There are plenty of treasures to be found among the collections of lesser-known, off-the-beaten-path art museums dotting upstate New York.

    Istanbul is best-known among tourists for mosques and bazaars, but the city offers many other interesting things for visitors to see, including the classic wooden-framed yali mansions along the waterfront.

    Take a stroll in these Istanbul neighborhoods

    Istanbul, the noisy metropolis on the Bosporus Strait lauded by many a travel ranking, has much more to offer than grand mosques and bazaars. Away from the din of typical tourist haunts, a walk around the neighborhoods of Karakoy, Balat and Kuzguncuk will peel back the surface to reveal the city’s multilayered history, and the lifestyles of those who’ve lived it.


    Boards should be careful with contracts that include automatic renewals

    Q. Our association entered into a three-year elevator maintenance contract. The contract automatically renews for additional three-year terms, unless notice of nonrenewal is given to the elevator company. Is the automatic renewal provision enforceable?



    Here’s what Americans really want
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner is convening a special committee to once again investigate events in Bengazi, even though there is no new information. The House could better waste its time once again voting to overturn Obamacare for the 51st — or is it the 52nd or 53rd? — time.


    Keep local control of schools strong
    An Elgin letter to the editor: As superintendents of school districts representing over 213,000 students across Illinois, we are acutely aware of how important it is to have lawmakers in Springfield who are willing to stand up for local control. All too often, the General Assembly approves unfunded mandates that prevent local districts from exercising discretion on their own school budgets and add to our day-to-day responsibilities.


    Theft of girl’s beloved doll deplorable
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: This is a letter to the person who stole an American Girl doll from my 7-year-old granddaughter on Friday, May 2, around 6:15 p.m. at Woodfield Mall. I wanted you to know that you broke her heart!


    Why no coverage of Special Olympics?
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: On April 27, more than 700 school-age athletes competed at Prospect High School in various sporting events. Throughout Illinois there were 101 other such events. Nationwide, most states held similar competitions. Worldwide, 170 countries participated. Why wasn’t there any mention of these events in the Daily Herald?


    America has been good to Walgreen Co.
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The Walgreen Co. was founded in 1901 by the late Charles Walgreen and has grown to what it is today. “We’re America’s premier pharmacy,” It’s slogan proudly proclaims. Walgreens is an imposing part of the Chicago-area business community. When a prime corner becomes available, a Walgreens store is likely to pop up.


    More social support needed for fathers
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: Celebrating a Mother’s Day really makes little sense, because the mother-child bond needs no social support. It represents instinct, the work of hormones and hard-wiring in the brain. What is needed — desperately — is social support for fatherhood.


    Thanks for coverage of Easter traditions
    An Addison letter to the editor: Thank you for giving front page coverage of Christian faith traditions during this Easter season, in both Saturday and Sunday issues.


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