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10 stories you may have missed this weekend
10 stories you may have missed over the weekend: Suburban Democrats are grappling with upcoming vote on extending income tax hike; a Batavia funeral home operator offers services for family pets; fire damages Elgin Tower Building; man dies from injuries suffered in Glen Ellyn fire; a 90-year-old woman died after being struck by a car in a Mount Prospect parking lot; and Wheaton's head of public...
Official: Unsafe elevator shaft source of fire at Elgin Tower Building
A fire believed to have started Sunday night in an elevator shaft that city inspectors have declared unsafe in the past damaged the Elgin Tower Building, according to fire officials. According to an Elgin Fire Department spokesman fire crews were dispatched to the scene at 7:48 p.m. Sunday. No one was reported injured as a result of the fire at the downtown commercial building.
Suburban Democrats undecided on extending income tax hike
Suburban Democrats' numbers in Springfield have never been higher, and as a result how they feel about extending the 2011 income tax hike could make all the difference when votes started getting counted soon. Most suburban Democrats either are on the fence or openly oppose the extension.
McHenry legion hall damaged in fire
The Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 188 was heavily damaged by a fire Sunday afternoon in McHenry. No one was injured in the blaze. According to Battalian Chief Joe Krueger of the McHenry Township Fire Protection District, firefighters arrived on the scene at 11:42 a.m. Sunday while people were still fleeing the building at 1304 N. Park St.
Spring snowstorm hits Rockies, threatens Plains
A powerful spring storm dropped more than a foot of sloppy, wet snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming on Mother’s Day, and forecasters warned that instability ahead of the cold front created conditions ripe for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Plains states.
Clippers’ Sterling apologizes, says ‘not a racist’
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized Sunday for racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a “terrible mistake.” “I’m not a racist,” Sterling told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in excerpts posted from an interview taped Sunday and set to air Monday. “I made a terrible mistake. I’m here to apologize.”
Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal
With 6 billion text messages exchanged daily in the U.S. alone, law enforcement officers are increasingly being called upon to defuse violent, unpredictable situations through the typed word. Experts say it’s happened enough in the last five years to warrant new, specialized training.
Thunderstorm watch for Chicago area until 10 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Chicago area until 10 p.m. as a result of a system that could produce very large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.
Gunmen storm Iraqi military barracks, killing 2
Militants in Iraq launched an audacious attack on a military barracks in a remote area in the country’s north and killed 20 troops overnight, including some who had been bound and shot at close range, authorities said Sunday as other attacks killed 18.
A look at all that ‘Benghazi’ stands for
To congressional Republicans, “Benghazi” is shorthand for incompetence and cover-up. Democrats hear it is as the hollow sound of pointless investigations. It is, in fact, a Mediterranean port city in Libya that was the site of a deadly attack on an American diplomatic compound on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Rare ‘mono mono’ newborn twins doing well in Ohio
Twin girls born with a rare condition in Ohio were breathing on their own and their mom said she and her husband were able to hold them on Mother’s Day. Sarah Thistlethwaite said babies Jillian and Jenna were removed from ventilators Sunday afternoon after they were able to breathe comfortably. She told The Associated Press that she and her husband Bill both held them for a while on...
Mother’s Day with Birds of Prey
Sure, flowers, gifts and breakfast in bed are nice, but some more adventurous moms and their families decided to mark Mother’s Day this year by spending time getting to know some of nature’s most fascinating creatures. The Stillman Nature Preserve in South Barrington hosted Mother’s Day with Birds of Prey on Sunday, giving bird and nature lovers a rare opportunity to get up...
Gardeners go native at Lake County plant sale
A variety of native plants, flowers, grasses, shrubs, vines and trees were available for purchase Sunday at the Lake County Forest Preserve District’s 17th Annual Native Plant sale at Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville. Almost 1,500 were expected to attend the two-day sale held over Mother’s Day weekend as a fundraiser to benefit the group’s environmental...
Washington Monument to reopen after nearly 3 years
More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130-year-old Washington Monument is set to reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage. The memorial honoring George Washington has been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive analysis and restoration of the 555-foot stone obelisk...
Insurgents say Ukraine region opts for sovereignty
Ninety percent of voters in a key industrial region in eastern Ukraine came out in favor of sovereignty Sunday, pro-Russian insurgents said in announcing preliminary results of a twin referendum that is certain to deepen the turmoil in the country.
Moms celebrate their day with 5K
As dozens of women lined up Sunday for the start of the Run Like a Mother 5K in Hinsdale, 70-year-old Judy Casten blended in with everyone else who chose to celebrate Mother’s Day by breaking a sweat. It was only the subtle spasm in her right arm that made her stand out from the pack. While most moms ran Sunday for simple health, Casten ran for her life.
New Dist. 15 assistant superintendent takes post May 27
Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has hired Meg McEnery-Schnoor as a new assistant superintendent. She will assume the post May 27. "The district is fortunate to welcome Meg to the leadership team, and I know all of us will benefit from her work on behalf of students," Superintendent Scott Thompson said in a statement.
Driving course teaches safety
A two-day driving course will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 15, at St. Matthew Lutheran School, 24480 N. Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods.
Mundelein getting artsy
The Mundelein village board on Monday will consider creating a committee that would help turn village utility boxes into public art.
Learn about Internet safety
Lincolnshire police will hold a discussion about Internet safety for parents on May 27.
Two injured in head-on minivan collision in Long Grove
Two people were injured Sunday morning in a head-on collision involving two minivans in Long Grove, according to the Long Grove Fire Protection District. The crash occurred about 8 a.m. on Hicks Road (Old Route 53), about a ¼-mile north of Lake-Cook Road, according to the fire district.
Pet walk fundraiser in Lake Villa
The Animal Hospital of Lake Villa hosts a pet walk fundraiser called “A Day with the Dogs” at Frank M. Loffredo Park near Lehmann Mansion, from 1 to 5 p.m., May 31.
Contract proposed for jail workers
The Lake County Board on Tuesday is expected to approve a three-year employment contract for workers at the county jail.
Search firm to help Arlington Hts. find new manager
Arlington Heights has hired a search firm to find the village’s next manager, for when longtime leader Bill Dixon retires later this summer.
Mt. Prospect walking club meets Tuesdays
The Mount Prospect Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Senior Walking Club for residents will start meeting for the season Tuesday, May 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the park along Centennial Drive behind the Mount Prospect Plaza.
Snarling bulldog featured on special Wauconda High logo
A specially designed logo will help mark Wauconda High School’s centennial next year. The image — depicting the school’s name and a snarling bulldog, the campus mascot — was designed by Sean Murphy, a 2005 Wauconda High graduate.
Man accused of cheating Elgin, Aurora casinos dies in Indiana
A New York man accused of bilking Elgin and Aurora casinos dies from an illness in custody; a longtime Kane County prosecutor, the first to win Prosecutor of the Year twice, has retired.
Eighth-grade mentors steering children in right direction at District 116
Three Round Lake Middle School eighth-graders are embracing an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of younger children. Marco Hernandez, Allie Ramirez and Abby Hernandez are mentors to at-risk and other students from Round Lake Area Unit District 116 in the Second Saturday program.
Abducted Nigerian girl scared to go back to school
One of the teenagers who escaped from Islamic extremists who abducted more than 300 schoolgirls says the kidnapping was “too terrifying for words,” and she is now scared to go back to school. Sarah Lawan, a 19-year-old science student, spoke Sunday as Nigerians prayed for the safety of the 276 students still held captive. Their prayers were joined by Pope Francis.
Balloon crash looms over U. of Richmond graduation
Virginia state police say they have found the body of the third passenger of a hot air balloon that drifted into a power line, burst into flames and fell into a heavily wooded area about 25 miles north of Richmond.
Driver injured when car strikes fuel truck in Elk Grove
Elk Grove firefighters extricated a woman whose car collided with a fuel truck on Higgins Road Sunday morning. The woman, according to fire officials, suffered only minor injuries.
Garage fire causes $250,000 damage to Hoffman Estates home
Hoffman Estates fire officials are investigating a blaze that caused an estimated $250,000 damage to a home early Sunday morning. There were no injuries reported. The occupants of the home, who were alerted by smoke detectors, were able to get out safely.
Chicago exhibit offers close-up look at Navy SEALs
An exhibit opening this week in Chicago offers a rare close-up look at the Navy SEALs. The exhibit at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library will feature more than 80 black and white images of SEALs and their families shot by photographer Stephanie Freid-Perenchio.
Marshals still going after ex-comptroller’s assets
The U.S. Marshals Service says it’s not done seizing and selling off the assets of a former city comptroller who stole nearly $54 million in public funds. The (Dixon) Telegraph reports that the marshals are still working to get hold of about a dozen other assets belonging to former Dixon bookkeeper Rita Crundwell.
Illinois activists demand moratorium on ‘petcoke’
Registered nurses and community activists will tour petroleum coke sites in Chicago Monday and publicly demand city officials to declare a moratorium on creating the byproduct they say is a hazard to city residents. National Nurses United is planning a news conference alongside the Southeast Side Environmental Task Force, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, and Progressive Democrats of...
Lure of London makes Britain a billionaire haven
A new study of the super-rich finds that London has become the capital of the world's wealthiest, with more billionaires than any other city. The Sunday Times, which published the list, says London has 72 residents whose fortunes exceed 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion). That's well ahead of Moscow, at 48, New York, at 43, San Francisco at 42, Los Angeles at 38 or Hong Kong at 34.The newspaper...
Saying goodbye to a pet? Batavia funeral home one that can help
A Batavia funeral home operator is among those now offering services for pets as well. “Families cherish their pets today, and we see that we offer the same services as we have for their human loved ones,” said Bryan Moss, of Moss Family Funeral home.
Perfect Mother's Day gift? How about a breast-milk bank
The suburbs boast the world record-holder for breast-milk donations, grieving moms who donate breast milk to premature infants in memory of their dead babies and a team of activists intent on opening the state's first breast-milk bank.
Images: Daily Herald staff thanks moms
In honor of Mother's Day, Daily Herald staffers wanted to share with you pictures of their moms. Happy Mother's Day to all.
Wood’s record illustrates ‘Tough Losses’ stat
Pitcher wins (and losses) have long been the source of controversy and debate in our game — mainly because they are often misleading. So, how do we balance out these two things that don’t seem to match up? Here's a stat that can help.
Toews does it again for Hawks with game-winner
Marian Hossa has seen it before, but it never ceases to amaze him what Jonathan Toews can do when everything is on the line. How he can almost will his team to win on pure effort and desire like he did Sunday night at the United Center when he out-efforted everyone to score the game-winner in a 2-1 Blackhawks win in a beyond crucial Game 5 showdown against the Wild.
2031George's 39 lead Pacers past Wiz 95-92; 3-1 leadAP Photo VZN110, VZN119, VZN106, VZN109, VZN108, VZN120, VZN116, VZN115, VZN112
WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul George forced Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel to leave him on the court.George took — and made — the key shots, to the tune of a career playoff-high 39 points. He grabbed rebounds, 12 in all. He guarded the Wizards' most dangerous scorer. When there was a loose ball, it was George diving to the floor to collect it.In sum, the tireless George willed the up-and-down Pacers within one victory of a return trip to the Eastern Conference finals, playing every second of the final three quarters as Indiana erased a 19-point deficit to beat Washington 95-92 Sunday night."I kept wanting to try to get him a rest, and he kept saying, `No,"' Vogel said. "And usually I'll override that, but he kept making big shots, too." Roy Hibbert had 17 points and nine rebounds, continuing his recent surge after a poor-as-can-be, zero-point, zero-rebound showing in Game 1. He responded with 28 points in Game 2, then 14 in Game 3, before helping Indiana win its third consecutive game Sunday, when Hibbert said he got a motivational boost from what he called a heckling fan."He woke me up," Hibbert said. "He said I was tired. He was saying a lot of obscenities. I'm a God-fearing man, so I'm not going to go ahead and say what he was saying."After dropping Game 1, the Pacers have won three in a row to go up 3-1 and can close out the best-of-seven series at home Tuesday night. Only eight teams in NBA history have blown that lead."We've got a chance to make something happen," said Washington's Bradley Beal, who was hounded at the defensive end by George and worked hard to get his 20 points.Beal might be right, but Washington better figure out how to limit George, who averaged 14.5 points in Games 1 and 2, but ramped that up with 23 Friday.And he was not about to let Vogel put him on the sideline down the stretch Sunday.In all, George played 46 minutes, and he scored 28 points after halftime."I already had it in my head that I was pretty much going to go the whole distance," George said. "There was a moment where I was pretty gassed, but that second wind kicked in."The Wizards were up 17 at halftime, then made it 57-38 on Nene's basket to open the third quarter.But Washington showed a propensity this season for blowing double-digit leads — the Wizards lost 11 games after being up by at least 10 points — and again fell apart."We never panicked," Pacers forward David West said.George's 3 with 5½ minutes left made it 85-79, and another 30 seconds later made it 85-82, giving him seven from beyond the arc, matching a franchise postseason mark held by Reggie Miller and Chuck Person.George also helped the Pacers limit the Wizards to one field goal over the final 7½ minutes.John Wall gave Washington its last lead at 91-90 with about 2 minutes to go. George pushed Indiana back in front with two foul shots, and the Pacers forced a shot-clock violation. Hibbert made a 12-foot turnaround hook shot with 1:02 remaining to put the Pacers up 94-91, and sprinted down the court, his arms spread, his smile wide. Left all alone, Wall passed up an open 3-pointer, instead sending the ball to Beal, who missed a 3 try with under 50 seconds left."That's what the play was for, and I made the right decision," Wall said.The Pacers are playing much more like the team that pushed the Miami Heat to seven games in last season's conference finals, and the one that earned the No. 1 seeding by going 46-13 at the start of this season. They're looking less like the bunch that went 10-13 down the stretch this year, then needed seven games to sneak past Atlanta in the first round."We go through ups and downs, and highs and lows," said Hibbert, who scored two points before halftime, 15 after. What's clear is this: When Paul is at his best, the Pacers are, too.
With a little will, Blackhawks find way
Minnesota has outplayed the Blackhawks in nearly every period in the series, but the Hawks at home have found a way to outscore the Wild 6-3 in the third period, and somehow have a 3-2 series lead.
Bickell in right spot at right time
Without Shaw for a fourth straight game Sunday because of a lower-body injury, somebody else had to fill the void for the Hawks in Game 5 of a second-round series against the Minnesota Wild. Enter Bryan Bickell.
Versteeg back in Coach Q’s good graces
Kris Versteeg had to admit it; the past few weeks have been kind of crazy. Playing the first five games of the St. Louis series, then getting scratched for the series clincher will do that to you. So will missing the opener against the Wild due to illness and then being a healthy scratch in Game 4.
Blackhawks’ Bickell again provides that extra gear
It's time for everyone to stop demanding more of Bryan Bickell during the regular season and be content with what he does for the Blackhawks during the postseason.
Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game Five
Images of game five of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on Sunday.The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 2-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
5 of the best Hawks' comebacks
As the Blackhawks prep for Game 5 today against the Wild, it's time for a quick reminder of what every Hawks fan should know: The Hawks have an insane ability to turn things around when it counts. While they may have dropped two on the road, this team has proved time and again that you can't count them out. Take a look:
Bears beat writer Bob LeGere’s team-by-team analysis of the NFL draft
Bears beat writer Bob LeGere provides his team-by-team analysis of the NFL draft
White Sox’ issues not insurmountable
The White Sox have improvements to make, and they're not unreasonable. It’s far too early to start talking trades, but we can examine a few of the White Sox’ needs at this point — and they’re not necessarily about the acquisition of new personnel.
Rangers force Game 7 against Penguins
NEW YORK — Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin scored 2:51 apart in the first period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves and the New York Rangers avoided elimination again with a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.The matchup between the Metropolitan Division rivals will be decided in Game 7 at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The Penguins, who led the series 3-1, failed in their first attempt to advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-1 home loss on Friday. Derick Brassard pushed the Rangers’ lead to 3-1 in the second period. Brandon Sutter scored the lone goal for the Penguins, who got 26 saves from Marc-Andre Fleury.This was a far cry from New York’s disheartening 4-2 home loss in Game 4.The Rangers are 9-2 in their past 11 games when facing elimination, dating to Game 6 of the first round in 2012 at Ottawa. New York has never won a series it trailed 3-1.New York scored the all-important first goal, St. Louis’ third of the playoffs that had Madison Square Garden rocking just 3:34 in. New York had just withstood an extended period of time in its own end when Pittsburgh’s crisp passing and forechecking kept the Rangers under pressure.They got the puck up ice, and defenseman Anton Stralman ripped a hard drive from the high slot that caromed off Fleury. Derek Stepan swiped at the puck in traffic and knocked it off St. Louis’ right leg and into the net.The team that scored first has won all six games.St. Louis capped off an emotional Mother’s Day with his father and sister in attendance, just three days after his mother died suddenly. His return to the team Friday night, without missing a game, provided a lift to his teammates as they kept their season alive.St. Louis heard cheers of “Mar-ty, Mar-ty” during his first shift that grew louder after his goal.St. Louis was the first star of the game. He patted his heart when he came out to an ovation from the crowd.Buoyed by another early lead, the Rangers pressed for more, and got it on Hagelin’s unassisted goal at 6:25. Hagelin’s initial shot attempt from the left-wing boards was blocked by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi. But Hagelin got to the loose puck in the center of the left circle and sent a hard backhand sailing past Fleury for his fourth of the postseason.Penguins coach Dan Bylsma then burned his lone timeout to try to calm his team that was being outshot 7-2.Pittsburgh reversed that trend, cut its deficit in half, and trailed by only one goal at the end of the first period.The Penguins started to gain momentum after they killed a roughing penalty against Jussi Jokinen and then received their first power play after Chris Kreider knocked down Jokinen at the edge of the crease with 8:40 left in the period. New York had built its shots edge to 12-3, but then helped the Penguins make the score 2-1. Sutter flung the puck toward the net, and it appeared to hit Rangers defenseman John Moore and then bounce in off the foot of defenseman Kevin Klein near the left post with 3:04 left. Lundqvist was clearly agitated by the late goal by Pittsburgh, which led 15-14 in shots in the first period. The teams both had chances in the middle period, and neither could connect on a pair of power plays. Pittsburgh twice challenged Lundqvist with short-handed breakaways, and the Rangers had a goal waved off at 5:55 when Kreider was called for goalie interference after he was shoved from behind into Fleury by Kris Letang.The Rangers made it 3-1, however, with 4:30 remaining in the period just 25 seconds after Mats Zuccarello finished serving a tripping penalty.Fleury tried to scoop a loose puck into his glove near the right post, but Brassard was able to get his skate on it and kick it into the air and behind the goalie. Brassard lunged with his stick, knocked it down and put it into the net for his third goal in two games and fourth in the series.
Ventura’s frustration shows after White Sox loss
After the White Sox shuffled through an uninspired 5-1 loss ot the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, manager Robin Ventura had some harsh words, including two stunks and one uninspired.
Eaton eager to get back in White Sox lineup
Injured center fielder Adam Eaton said his strained right hamstring is feeling much better, and he'll be ready to come off the disabled list Sunday when the White Sox play the Astros in Houston.
Clippers rally to tie series with Thunder
LOS ANGELES — Darren Collison scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 2:58, rallying the Los Angeles Clippers past the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday to tie the Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.Russell Westbrook, who scored 27 points, missed a 3-pointer and Serge Ibaka’s tip attempt was too late at the buzzer, allowing the Clippers to salvage a game they trailed until the final 1:23.Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 25 points, making 9 of 11 free throws, and Chris Paul had 23 points and 10 assists. Jamal Crawford added 18 points. DeAndre Jordan had 14 rebounds, helping the Clippers win the boards, 45-43 — the first time in 11 playoff games the Thunder were outrebounded.Kevin Durant scored 40 points, hitting 15 of 18 free throws, for the Thunder.Game 5 is Tuesday night in Oklahoma City.It was the 14th comeback by the Clippers this season after trailing by double digits. They rallied from 12 points down in the second quarter of Game 7 to oust Golden State in the first round.The Clippers had no answer for Durant and Westbrook until midway through the fourth quarter. That dynamic duo drove the lane with abandon, drew fouls and made free throws in leading the Thunder to an early 22-point lead.Durant’s three-point play early in the fourth extended the Thunder’s lead to 15 points, and they were still up by 10 with 7:44 to go.But the comeback Clippers were not to be denied.Paul willed his team back into it, scoring six straight points to get the Clippers within six. Griffin made three of four free throws before Collison got hot. Crawford stole the ball and fed Collison for a fast-break dunk that drew Los Angeles within one. Griffin took a bounce pass from Paul, scored, got fouled and made the free throw for the game’s first tie at 94-all.Durant made one of two free throws before Crawford, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the year, hit a 3-pointer. Westbrook’s basket tied it at 97.Collison scored the Clippers’ final four points on layups. Crawford passed to a streaking Collison for a fast-break conversion on the second one for a 101-97 lead with 32 seconds left. Westbrook scored for the Thunder, but after Griffin missed, Westbrook did too to end the game.Paul missed all five of his shots in the third, when Griffin picked up three fouls to give him five, and Crawford and Jordan each got their third.Ibaka, who shot 9 of 10 in the Thunder’s Game 3 win, got his fourth foul, along with Westbrook in the third. The Clippers came as close as eight points before Reggie Jackson’s 3-pointer beat the shot clock to keep the Thunder ahead 75-63 going into the fourth. The Thunder had the Clippers on their heels from the opening tip, with Oklahoma City shooting 65 percent in building a 22-point lead. Oklahoma City outscored the Clippers 32-15 in the first; the fewest points they’ve allowed in a quarter of a playoff game.The Clippers got to 39-35 using a 20-7 run, with Paul scoring seven, to start the second. But the Thunder closed the half strongly on an 18-11 spurt, including seven by Durant, to lead by 11 at the half.
Sox fall 5-1 at home
Chase Anderson won his major league debut, Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero homered, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the White Sox 5-1 on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.Recalled Tuesday from Double-A Mobile, Anderson (1-0) hadn’t seen any action until Sunday and he made his first big league appearance count, at one point retiring 12 consecutive batters. He allowed one run and only two hits in 5 1-3 innings while striking out six, helping Arizona win for the fourth time in five games and secure its third consecutive series for the first time since June 2012.Anderson, 26, was Arizona’s ninth-round selection in the 2009 draft and made it to Triple-A last season before going back to Double-A this year, where he was 4-2 with an 0.69 ERA.Brad Ziegler threw a perfect eighth to extend his scoreless-outings streak to 18 over 17 1-3 innings. Anderson was backed by homers from Parra and Montero. Parra’s fifth-inning drive off Hector Noesi (0-3) gave Arizona a 3-0 lead, and Montero’s with one out in the ninth off Frank Francisco pushed the Diamondbacks’ advantage to 5-1.Parra also started the game with a triple before scoring, extending his streak of getting on base to 18 games. Montero reached five times with two hits, two walks and getting hit by a pitch.That was more support than the White Sox gave Noesi. Moises Sierra’s solo homer in the sixth got Chicago on the scoreboard, but an offense that had scored 30 runs over the last five games only mustered four hits. Noesi was solid but needed more help, going six innings and allowing three runs and eight hits while throwing 117 pitches.Noesi also fell behind 1-0 in the first thanks in part to shaky defense.Parra led off the game with what appeared to be a routine fly to center, but Alejandro De Aza misjudged it and stumbled before missing the ball, allowing Parra to get to third on what was ruled a triple. Martin Prado’s sharp single to right then drove in Parra to give the Diamondbacks an early lead.Jose Abreu was the White Sox’s designated hitter for the third straight day because of a sore left ankle.Parra then gave the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead with one out in the fifth on his fourth home run of the season. A.J. Pollock led off with a single, and after Cliff Pennington popped out, Parra lined a Noesi delivery into the right-field bullpen.Following Abreu’s single, Anderson retired 12 straight until Sierra’s homer with one out in the sixth cut the Diamondbacks lead to 3-1. Tyler Flowers then walked, and Anderson was replaced by Joe Thatcher.NOTES: White Sox LHP Chris Sale (left arm) will throw again Thursday. Chicago hasn’t decided whether it will be a bullpen session, simulated game or rehab assignment. . Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson appreciates how baseball recognizes Mother’s Day. Gibson’s sister in-law, Lori Sklarski, died of breast cancer in 2011. He wears a white wristband with the numbers 11-11 written on it in honor of Sklarski’s birthday. . White Sox bench coach Mark Parent said OF Adam Eaton (strained right hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment later this week with Triple-A Charlotte and then would “probably” return to the White Sox on Sunday in Houston. Eaton was placed on the disabled list May 3. . White Sox manager Robin Ventura returned to the White Sox for Sunday’s game after attending his daughter Rachel’s graduation Saturday from Oklahoma State. Parent managed the team Saturday night and addressed the media prior to Sunday’s game before Ventura returned.
Cubs swept in Atlanta
ATLANTA — Evan Gattis hit a tiebreaking homer, Jason Heyward added a two-run shot and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 5-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.Gattis gave Atlanta a 3-2 lead with his homer off Edwin Jackson in the fourth inning. Heyward added to the lead with his first home run since April 9, a seventh-inning drive off James Russell that landed in the Braves’ bullpen beyond the right-field wall.Aaron Harang (4-3) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. He had nine strikeouts. He is one win shy of matching his 2013 total in 26 starts combined with Seattle and the Mets.Jackson (2-3) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. David Carpenter pitched the ninth for his second save. B.J. Upton made a sliding catch of Ryan Kalish’s short fly in center field to end it.Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel was rested after pitching two straight days.The NL East-leading Braves have recovered from seven straight losses by winning four of five. The Cubs, last in the NL Central, have dropped seven of eight.Harang has allowed more than two earned runs in only one of his eight starts nine runs in a 9-3 loss at Miami on April 30.Ryan Doumit had a run-scoring single and Andrelton Simmons drove in a run with a double to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead in the second.The Cubs tied it in the fourth. Nate Schierholtz’s double drove in Anthony Rizzo, who led off with a walk, and Starlin Castro, who doubled. Harang recovered with three straight strikeouts to end the inning.The Braves quickly reclaimed the lead when Gattis hit his eighth homer over the 380-foot sign in left field.Jackson allowed only one homer in his first seven starts.Dan Uggla was hit by a pitch from Russell as a pinch-hitter to lead off the seventh. Uggla scored on Heyward’s third homer.
Benet continues power parade in twinbill sweep
With the wind blowing out at the Benet softball field Saturday, it was no surprise that six home runs were belted during the Redwings’ doubleheader against Marian Catholic.
China tensions top Southeast Asian summit talks
Vietnam and the Philippines pushed for stronger action to confront China’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea at a Southeast Asian summit Sunday that was hosted for the first time by Myanmar, a former pariah state now eager to show off its fragile democratic reforms.
Fed govt failed to inspect higher risk oil wells
he government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, highlights substantial gaps in oversight by the agency that manages oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands.
Nintendo apologizes for lack of virtual equality
Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game. The publisher said that while it was too late to change the current game, it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions if they’re produced.
Career Coach: Tips for rising women leaders
Recently, I had the pleasure of taking part in an inspiring event we hosted at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. The third annual event, called “Women Leading Women,” is a celebration of successful women and their career journeys. This year, we honored one impressive alumna, Brenda Freeman, who recently joined DreamWorks Animation as global head of television marketing after holding several other top positions in entertainment and corporate marketing.
Atlantic City tries to reshape tourism image
Volleyball Olympians, boxing matches between police and firefighters, a sand-sculpting competition, free concerts on the beach and daredevil plane pilots are just some of the non-gambling attractions Atlantic City has planned for this summer.
Here’s how much your Tweet is worth to advertisers
Can you pin a dollar value on a positive tweet or Facebook like? According to a new report from social data platform ShareThis, the answer is an emphatic yes.
Work Advice: Pressing a pair of slackers
Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.
Amazon introduces Twitter service
Amazon wants to make shopping online as easy as a tweet. The online retailer is introducing a service that lets Twitter users add Amazon.com products to their carts without leaving the social media site.
Finding new frontiers in mutual fund investing
Finding stocks that zig when others zag is a key goal for investors, and mutual fund managers say they’re finding candidates in places that may be unfamiliar. They’re delving deeper into less-developed economies, buying stock in Nigerian breweries, banks in Kazakhstan and cement companies in Colombia.
Colorado lawmakers shy away from pot bank
A Colorado plan to set up the world’s first financial system for marijuana survived less than 24 hours before state lawmakers changed course and shelved the idea.
The best time to book the cheapest flights
Booking a flight is often confusing, annoying and frustrating. Prices fluctuate so frequently that most vacationers can’t tell if they are getting a good deal. So when is the best time to book a flight?
College graduation: 4 ways things have changed
There’s still plenty of pomp and circumstance, inspiring words from lofty speakers and tossing tassels, but graduating from college today is very different from a generation or so ago. Here are four things today’s college graduates may experience that have changed from 30 years ago.
Life & Entertainment
‘Neighbors’ unseats Spidey to top box office
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron have bested the web-slinger at the box office. Rogen and Efron’s family-versus-fraternity comedy “Neighbors,” was the top draw for moviegoers this weekend, unseating last week’s champ, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The R-rated “Neighbors” debuted with $51 million in ticket sales, pushing Spidey to second place with $37 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Sunday picks: Clown around with Italian Family Circus Zoppe
See clowns, acrobats and possibly even a few animals when the Italian Family Circus Zoppé plays this weekend at the Caputo's Fresh Market lot in Addison. Theatre Nebula presents its run of “Spamalot,” a musical skewering Arthurian legends adapted from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail." And 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.
Josh Hartnett buys into TV, 'Penny Dreadful'
A big reason film actors are drawn to TV is that it offers the sort of character-driven projects found less and less in a movie world tilted toward blockbusters. That's partly why Josh Hartnett jumped into “Penny Dreadful,” an eight-part series debuting at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 11, on Showtime as part of a free preview weekend. He plays a troubled American, a gun for hire, ensnared by Victorian London's dark side in the horror drama-cum-psychological study.
Go for the food: Rhode Island’s taste of summer
If summer in Rhode Island has a taste, it’s lemon — or, rather, Del’s Frozen Lemonade. The lemony slush is nothing fancy: It’s made of water, sugar, lemon juice and includes real chunks of rind. But what comes in that waxy green-and-yellow paper cup — picturing a snow-topped lemon — has become a cultural icon in the state.
Take precautions to prevent skin cancer
The dangers of the sun’s rays take center stage in May for Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has a number of tips to help prevent skin cancer as well as to recognize the danger signs early.
Fighting dizziness: My 138-day battle with vertigo
March 27, 2009. I was fine the night before. The little cold I’d had was gone, and I’d had the first good night’s sleep all week. But when I woke up Friday morning at 6:15 and got out of bed, the world was whirling counterclockwise. I knocked against the bookcase, stumbled through the bathroom doorway and landed on my knees in front of the sink. Vertigo — the feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning — is a symptom, not a disease. You don’t get a diagnosis of vertigo; instead, you present with vertigo, a hallmark of balance dysfunction.
Patricia Heaton talks about career, motherhood
For Patricia Heaton, the last 20 years appear to have been a motherhood marathon. “You can see where people might think that,” says the Emmy-winning actress, who played the long-suffering wife and mother of three on the CBS comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Heaton, 56, stars as the matriarch on ABC’s “The Middle.” And Heaton and her actor-husband, David Hunt, are part of the ensemble cast in the family comedy “Moms’ Night Out,” now in theaters. Oh yes, Heaton and Hunt have four sons, ages 15 to 20.
Woodstock to celebrate Orson Welles anniversary
In 1934, Orson Welles directed his first film and made his debut as an American theater director. And he did it in the suburb of Woodstock. Now, 80 years later, the town of Woodstock is celebrating the legacy of Welles and its own unique role in helping to develop the filmmaking legend’s creative genius. On Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, the nonprofit Woodstock Celebrates is hosting Welles in Woodstock, a celebration honoring Welles as a major force who excelled in film, live theater, radio and TV.
‘Rosemary’s Baby’ remake shifts horror to Paris
Wiry Zoe Saldana got a kick out of wearing a huge fake belly as she played a young, pregnant wife Rosemary Woodhouse on the Paris set of the remake of the classic horror tale “Rosemary’s Baby,” premiering Sunday on NBC. “Every time I wear the really big ones, it breaks everybody’s heart whenever we’re doing all those stressful scenes," she says. Saldana and Patrick J. Adams play an American couple who settle in Paris near posh French neighbors, whose intentions for her baby may not be so innocent.
A dream design for the disabled
Andy and Jennifer Cibula spent 10 years planning and building their new home with two objectives: so that their two young disabled sons can grow up and live there with a caregiver long after they are gone, and that it not aesthetically look out of place. The house will allow the boys to avoid ending up in an institution, the fate of many disabled adults.
Editorial: Are words adequate when it comes to Mom?
A Daily Herald editorial reflects on Mother's Day with some suggestions to help make sure your mother knows how much she means to you.
Making the world a better place — 2 hours at a time
On Monday, May 12, 10,000 people in metropolitan Chicago will meet in more than 1,050 discussion groups aimed at building better and stronger communities. The Daily Herald is leading five such sessions -- in Downers Grove, two in Elgin, and in Libertyville and Schaumburg, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.
Rise up against Madigan, his minions
A St. Charles letter to the editor: Twenty years ago the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that term limitations and legislative redistricting were not proper items to place on a ballot. And recently Mike Madigan and his minions have started legal proceedings to once again deny voters the right to express their opinions on these issues.
Taxes are never really temporary
A Roselle letter to the editor: It seems like no matter how much we pay in taxes, government is never happy. I laughed when our governor said it would be temporary, because I knew they would find a reason to make it permanent.