Daily Archive : Saturday May 17, 2014


    The owner of the former Wolf Camera property on Route 60 in Vernon Hills has received village permission to remove several trees.

    18 trees could be removed at visible Vernon Hills corner

    The busy corner at Fairway Drive and Route 60 in Vernon Hills could look much different with the removal of 18 trees. Village officials recently approved a change in the landscape plan for the former Wolf Camera property, which the owner said had been hampered because of poor visibility. “The wall of landscaping that blocks the building from Route 60, every tenant we talk to said that...

    Markisha Jones and Gene Edwards

    Parents’ bond $250,000 in Barrington baby’s starvation

    Bond was set at $250,000 each for the parents of a 7-month-old girl who died of malnutrition and starvation Jan. 8 in Barrington. Markisha Jones, 19, and Gene Edwards, 22, Bolingbrook High School graduates, Saturday appeared at a bond hearing at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Ave., Chicago, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment.

    A fire swept through the garage of a Geneva home in the Fisher Farms subdivision about 4:40 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.

    Fire starts in garage of Geneva home

    A garage in the Fisher Farms subdivision in Geneva caught fire Saturday afternoon, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the blaze, contained to the garage of a home on the 3100 block of Larrabee Drive.


    Chicago activist may plead guilty

    A Chicago activist might plead guilty in Detroit to failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction in a deadly bombing in Israel in 1969, her attorney said Saturday. A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday for Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. “We are engaging in serious negotiations, which could lead to a guilty...

    An officer on board Vietnam Coast Guard 4033 vessel films China Coast Guard 3411 vessel Thursday sailing in the waters claimed by both countries in the South China Sea.

    Beijing sends evacuation ships to Vietnam

    China’s Foreign Ministry says more than 3,000 Chinese have already been evacuated from Vietnam following the riots this past week that left two Chinese dead and injured about 100 others.

    Associated Press/1971 file photo Director-actor Dennis Hopper poses in Hollywood, Calif.

    Fans honor Dennis Hopper at ‘Easy Rider’ festival

    Saturday would have been the late actor and director’s 78th birthday. Hopper lived in Taos — a diverse town known for skiing, art and Hispanic and Native American culture — for years and is buried here.


    Doctors save man at Portland Heart Walk

    Cardiologists taking part in the American Heart Association’s annual Portland Heart and Stroke Walk saved a fellow participant who went into cardiac arrest on the Eastbank Esplanade.


    Aspiring rapper fatally shot in Las Vegas suite

    Police say Evan Plunkett, who performed under the name “Hollywood Will,” was shot in the chest after a fight erupted between him and three other men during a party in the Palms Casino Resort’s Fantasy Tower.

    Jake Mondlock, 10, of Carol Stream works on his step-ups during the JustPlay! festival at Carol Stream Town Center, 910 N. Gary Ave. There were more than 100 activities, including a BMX stunt show, hula hoops, scuba, zip line, agility, rugby, soccer, 5K, kids dash, mascot race, sling shot, kayak, paddle board, arts and crafts.

    JustPlay! brings recreation to Carol Stream

    JustPlay! sport and recreation festival at the Carol Stream Town Center was the place to be Saturday. Well over 100 activities were available to sample, including rock climbing, BMX bike riding and scuba diving. “I love this event,” said Eunice Martin of Carol Stream. “It is a place for the community to come and interact.”

    Visitors view “A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby,” by artist Kara Walker, on display Saturday inside the former Domino Sugar Refinery, located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY,

    Sugar sculpture honors black workers

    Artist Kara Walker’s monumental installation occupies much of the cavernous interior of the former Domino Sugar Refinery in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

    Images from the Hampshire High School graduation Saturday, May 17th.

    Images: Hampshire High School graduation.
    Hampshire High School held their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Heather Swanson, Kevin Stoffel and Tasha Stinson all wait to walk Saturday at the Elgin Community College commencement in the Spartan Events Center. The three graduates earned Associate in Arts degrees.

    More than 400 grads attend Elgin Community College graduation

    More than 400 graduates attended commencement ceremonies Saturday at Elgin Community College. Separate sessions held for transfer degrees and the career and technical program featured graduates Charmaine McAllister and Eustacio Baldazo Jr., who told inspirational stories.

    Owner Tom Konopacki, right, works with his brother Paul as they ready Liz & Kate Accessory Boutique to open in Dodson Place in Geneva. The store is a spinoff of home decor store Anastazia, and it basically moves the jewelry, handbags, scarves and other accessories into their own shop.

    Owner of Geneva’s Anastazia opening new boutique

    The decision to start selling women’s accessories in a home décor shop Anastazia resulted in a nice problem for Geneva business owner Tom Konopacki, who is moving his jewelry, handbags, scarves, skin and body products across the courtyard to Liz and Kate, named after his daughters.

    Tia Echterling of Antioch, left to right, Andrea Miculinich of Volo, and Ashley Besler of Lake Villa wait in line before College of Lake County’s 45th commencement ceremony on Saturday in Grayslake.

    College of Lake County holds 45th annual commencement

    The College of Lake County held its 45th annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday in the Physical Education Center at the Grayslake campus.

    FILE - This undated electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows novel coronavirus particles, also known as the MERS virus, colorized in yellow. On Saturday, May 17, 2014 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an Illinois man has apparently picked up an infection from the only American diagnosed with a mysterious Middle East virus, but the man has not needed medical treatment. (AP Photo/NIAID - RML, File)

    Illinois man infected with MERS, but not sick

    Health officials reported Saturday what appears to be the first time that a mysterious Middle East virus has spread from one person to another in the United States.


    Illinois GOP elects Schneider as party chairman

    The newest chairman of the Illinois Republican Party said Saturday the state’s reputation and budget are “in the gutter” and pledged to work “tirelessly” to defeat Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats in November. Cook County Commissioner Tim Schneider received the unanimous support of the GOP’s state central committee during a meeting in Springfield. He...

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald Graduate Salvatore James Leonard gets a hug onstage as he receives his diploma Saturday at the Harry D. Jacobs High School 2014 Commencement at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates.

    Images: Harry D. Jacobs High School graduation.
    Harry D. Jacobs High School held their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Jeb Stuart Magruder, then pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

    Watergate conspirator; renowned artist of the macabre

    Notable deaths last week include former Nixon aide and watergate conspirator Jeb Stuart Magruder; the man behind the 'Alien' monster and a former Wisconsin governor.

    Cecilia Marchant of Des Plaines was recognized for her risk-taking by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker during graduation ceremonies Saturday at Harper College in Palatine.

    U.S. Commerce secretary speaks to Harper grads

    Take risks, seize opportunities and "show up" U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker advised Harper College graduates on Saturday. Pritizker was the featured speaker for the 46th annual commencement cerermony at the Palatine-based community college.

    Alivia Owen bounces in the inflatable obstacle course Saturday at the Des Plaines Park District’s Spring Fun Fair.

    Des Plaines Park District’s Spring Fun Fair draws hundreds

    A colorful parade featuring costumed families and their pets drew hundreds to the Des Plaines Park District's annual Spring Fun Fair Saturday. "It's great to see so many come out to enjoy the park, the weater and learn about everything our city has to offer," Superintendent of Recreation Linda Traina said in a statement.

    The last piece was bolted in place Friday on the Goliath roller coaster at Great America in Gurnee.

    Goliath coaster ‘topped off’ at Great America

    Six Flags Great America in Gurnee on Friday put the last piece in place at the top of its new Goliath roller coaster, which will open to the public in a few weeks.. The last section of the 165-foot-high structure was bolted in place at the pinnacle, trailing a banner reading “Coming Soon.”

    Barbara Bush holds Miss Beazley, while accompanying her mother on a visit to the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.

    Miss Beazley, former White House Scottie, dies

    Miss Beazley was born in October 2004. The pooch was later presented to Laura Bush as a birthday present from her husband. The family pet was featured in a December 2005 video, “A Very Beazley Christmas” — a look at White House holiday life presented from the a dog’s point of view.

    People gather late Friday to commemorate the Soma mine accident victims and protest the government’s labor policy in Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey.

    Turkish miner who survived blames company for tragedy

    Miner Erdal Bicak, 24, had just ended his shift Tuesday and was making his way to the surface when managers ordered him to retreat because of a problem in the Soma coal mine in western Turkey. Workers gathered in one area to hastily put on gas masks.

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol in Denver.

    States move to expand access to experimental drugs

    Gov. John Hickenlooper on Saturday signed Colorado’s “Right To Try” bill, which was passed unanimously in the state Legislature.Similar bills await governors’ signatures in Louisiana and Missouri, and Arizona voters will decide in November whether to set up a similar program in that state.

    Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

    Obama considering new housing, budget leaders

    A person familiar with the selection process said Shaun Donovan has been offered the budget director job and has accepted.

    Selena Romano, 19, of Sleepy Hollow celebrates her four years onstage at the 31st Annual Commencement of Dundee-Crown High School at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Saturday.

    Images: Dundee-Crown High School Graduation
    Dundee-Crown High School held their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Supporters shower flower petals Saturday on opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi as he arrives at the party headquarters in New Delhi, India.

    After huge win, next Indian PM begins victory lap

    In a country where elections usually result in cacophony rather than a single roar, Narendra Modi pulled off a mandate of staggering proportions, leaving him unfettered to pursue the agenda of economic revival and development that propelled him to victory.

    Randy Link of Winfield took this picture at the Grand Canyon.

    The many wonders of nature
    Each week’s DuPage County Neighbor section includes at least one entry in our Photo Finish photography contest. Our photo staff picks some of its favorite submissions to run each week and then one overall monthly winner. This weel’s entries all focus on the wonders of nature.

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki speaks with the news media Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Obama, Congress poised to address VA firestorm

    “What’s needed is a total refocusing of the VA on its core mission of serving veterans — stretching from its top political leadership all the way through to its career civil servants,” Sen. John McCain said Saturday in the weekly Republican radio and Internet address.

    Roslyn Brock, right, chairman of the national board of directors for the NAACP, puts an NAACP pin on new national president and CEO, Cornell William Brooks on Saturday.

    New NAACP leader: I’m Brown v. Board beneficiary

    “My life is the direct product, if you will, of the legacy of the blood, sweat and tears of the NAACP and so today I’m particularly mindful that the NAACP has made America what it is, and certainly made my life possible and we are all grateful heirs of that legacy.”— Cornell William Brooks

    Sen. Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican, arrives at the Senate chamber Wednesday for a vote,

    Man accused of exploiting Sen. Cochran’s ill wife

    Authorities say a conservative Mississippi blogger went into a nursing home, photographed the bedridden wife of Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran without permission and posted an image online as part of an anti-Cochran video.


    Court: Mom can be banned from ranting on Facebook

    Her ex-husband’s family and Hunterdon County prosecutors had argued the woman’s Facebook postings were frightening, saying they referenced the Book of Revelation, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, Satan and Adolf Hitler.


    Man charged with tattooing smiley face on girl, 12

    He faces charges of felony aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, corruption of minors, simple assault and tattooing a minor.

    Attorney General Eric Holder speaking in Overland Park, Kansas.

    Holder: Greatest racial threats ‘more subtle’

    Saturday’s speech — which aides said was vetted by the White House and which was delivered on the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school desegregation decision — was centered more squarely on the issues that have animated Holder in the twilight of his tenure, particularly criminal sentencing policies and voter identification laws.

    Carmel High School students Matt Pomierski, left, and Brendan Higgins, both 17 of Libertyville, jump to clean the top part of a side window at Agnes Radakovitz’ house in Mundelein as part of the Village of Mundelein’s annual A-May-Zing event on Saturday.

    Volunteers help Mundelein seniors with home maintenance

    More than 100 volunteers tackled dozens of home-maintenance projects Saturday as part of the 18th A-May-Zing Mundelein’s Annual Day of Caring.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke into two Chevrolet vans the night of April 30 in Des Plaines, stealing tools and other items valued at more than $15,000. One van was in an apartment lot on the 100 block of West Dover Drive and the other in a driveway on the 1400 block of South Danbury Lane.

    Mourners chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while carrying a flag-draped coffin of Ahmed Marzouk an Iraqi officer who was killed, said his family, in a fake checkpoint on Thursday, during his funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 16, 2014.

    Bombing north of capital kills 5 people in Iraq

    Authorities in Iraq say a bombing at an outdoor market north of the capital, Baghdad, has killed five people. Police officials say the attack took place Saturday when the bomb exploded at the market in the town of Tarmiyha, killing five shoppers and wounding 14.

    Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry wait for their missing ones as they watch a rescue operation on the banks of the River Meghna in Munshiganj district, in Bangladesh, Friday, May 16, 2014.

    54 bodies found as Bangladesh ferry search resumes

    Rescuers have recovered 54 bodies from a ferry that sank in a river during a storm in central Bangladesh, resuming their search Saturday after protests by relatives of people missing in the disaster.

    Associated Press This image taken from video provided by Lao National TV, shows the wreckage of a Lao air force plane which crashed in a forested area of Xiangkhoung province, Laos Saturday, May 17, 2014.

    Lao military plane with defense chief crashes

    A Laos air force plane carrying about 20 people including the country’s defense minister and other senior officials crashed on Saturday, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said.

    Smoke plumes rise behind the Marine Corps Camp Pendleton entrance Friday, May 16, 2014, in Oceanside, Calif. San Diego County officials said Friday five wildfires have been 100 percent contained. Still, crews were focusing efforts on two large fires — one in the city of San Marcos and two blazes at the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton.

    Arson suspect charged, most blazes dying down

    SAN DIEGO — A man was charged with setting one of nearly a dozen fires that have destroyed homes and raced through nearly 20,000 acres of northern and eastern San Diego County brush land, but most of the blazes seemed to be dying down, despite the eruption of a new fire at the Camp Pendleton Marine base.

    Members of the Bosnian army rescue a woman stranded in her home due to flooding, in the Bosnian town of Maglaj, 150 kms north of Sarajevo, Friday May 16, 2014.

    Record Balkan floods claim at least 20 lives

    Tens of thousands fled their homes Saturday in Bosnia and Serbia, evacuated by boat or helicopter as rising waters surged into villages and towns. Authorities said the record flooding killed at least 20 people and the death toll could rise further.


    Chilly day ahead for U. of Illinois graduates

    The forecast for the University of Illinois’ first outdoor commencement ceremony in about 40 years looks dry but chilly.


    Haircuts offered in Bloomingdale to help missing children

    A hair-cutting event to benefit advocates for missing children will be held Thursday in Evanston and Bloomingdale.


    Chicago mayor admits governing style is alienating

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is admitting his style of governing has alienated people and he could benefit politically if he were a little smoother in his efforts.


    Artists transforming dead, dying trees in Chicago

    Artists in Chicago are turning dead or dying trees into public works of art at parks throughout the city.


    Radio ads in 2 languages promote boating safety

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is launching a radio campaign to promote boating safety with spots in English and Spanish.

    The Barrington village board Monday will consider giving the developer of the long-anticipated Hough-Main redevelopment project a one-story option.

    Barrington considers one-story option for redevelopment

    Barrington officials Monday will consider giving the developer of a long-awaited downtown redevelopment project at Hough and Main streets the option of building only a single story for stores and restaurants. “It's just giving them the flexibility to get started,” Barrington Village President Karen Darch said. “We definitely want to see this happen ASAP.”

    Grace Belmonte poses with Cinderella while on a Disney Cruise, part of her wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    Annual fundraiser has special local connection this year

    Students and staff at Patton Elementary School in Arlington Heights raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation every year, but this year the funds will be donated in honor of a student at another Arlington Heights school.

    National Education Association staff members from Washington join students, parents and educators Tuesday at a rally at the Supreme Court in Washington.

    5 things to know about Brown v. Board of Education

    Today is the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision. Many inequities in education still exist for black students and for Hispanics, a population that has grown exponentially since the 1954 ruling. Here are five things to know about the case.

    The Little Traveler store in Geneva will be open Sundays starting this weekend. Customer requests spurred the venerable store to make that change permanent, according to owner Mike Simon.

    Sunday shopping coming to Geneva’s Little Traveler

    After 92 years, The Little Traveler store in Geneva is going to be open on Sundays all year long. "Between customers and other merchants telling us (they wanted Sunday hours), we've gotten so many calls, we finally relented," said owner and President Mike Simon. Shopping patterns have changed, he said, and other downtown businesses have told him Sundays are now their best days of the week.

    Onions and rhubarb are some of the vegetables available this early in the season at the East Dundee farmers market.

    Food sales continue on Sunday at Dundee farmers market

    Sometimes a single day just isn't enough to hold all a farmers market has to offer. And there's something to be said about holding a market on a day when there's less competition. These are some of the reasons why East Dundee has split its farmers market into two days -- a Depot Market on Saturday, and a "Farm to Fork" food-based market on Sundays.


    Hanover park commuter lot opens up for shoppers

    Hanover Park trustees plan to allow free parking during certain hours in a Metra commuter lot, just east of the Hanover Park Animal Care Center. The move accomodates Metra commuters and businesses who have pushed for space for overflow parking, officials say.



    DVC title comes down to No. 1 doubles

    No. 1 doubles proved to be the decider once again for Naperville Central as the Redhawks defeated Naperville North for the DuPage Valley Conference title on Saturday at Glenbard East.


    Girls track: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Saturday, May 17.


    Softball: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Saturday, May 17.


    Girls soccer: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Saturday, May 17.


    Girls water polo: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Saturday, May 17.


    Boys volleyball: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Saturday, May 17.


    Boys gymnastics: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school boys gymnastics meets for Saturday, May 17.


    Girls badminton: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Friday, May 17.


    Boys tennis: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Saturday, May 17.


    Boys water polo: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school boys water polo games for Saturday, May 17.


    Baseball: Saturday, May 17 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Saturday, May 17.

    Corey Crawford deflects a shot in front of Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank (17) and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) during Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

    Crawford stepping up in more ways than one
    Whether he's fully appreciated or not, the bottom line is Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has been getting the job done this season.

    Wheaton Warrenville co-op’s Connor Ritchie performs his still rings routine during the state boys gymnastics finals Saturday at Hinsdale Central.

    Memories end on the medal stand

    Perry Zumbrook remembers getting to state on vault as a freshman. The Glenbard West senior will have even better memories of doing it his senior year. Zumbrook tied Wheaton co-op’s David MacDonald with a 9.75 for the vault title during Saturday’s IHSA boys gymnastics individual event championships at Hinsdale Central.


    Runner-up state finish for Buffalo Grove

    Three Mid-Suburban League teams finished in the top ten of the IHSA state badminton finals on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Leading the way was Buffalo Grove (15.0), which placed second to state champ Thornton Fractional South (16.0).


    Two Cougars pitchers combine on no-hitter

    Kane County Cougars coverage:One day shy of exactly three years since the last Kane County Cougars’ no-hitter, Tyler Skulina and Nathan Dorris combined to stop the Quad Cities River Bandits without a hit in a 3-0 win Saturday night before 7,114 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.


    Delle Donne scores 23 to help Sky beat Liberty

    Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points and the Chicago Sky spoiled the New York Liberty’s return to Madison Square Garden with a 79-65 win Saturday night. Jessica Breland added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points for the Sky (2-0).

    Stevenson’s Zack Gilbert performs his horizontal bar routine during the boys gymnastics state finals Saturday at Hinsdale Central.

    Stevenson shows its mettle in state finals

    After bringing home the second-place trophy from the Elite Eight meet the previous day, Stevenson put the finishing touches on a great weekend Saturday night at the 63rd boys gymnastics state meet at Hinsdale Central. With a great preliminary round on Saturday afternoon, Stevenson was able to get four gymnasts into the individual state finals, including three top-five medal winners.

    Elgin’s Nolan Williamson performs his high bar routine during the boys gymnastics state finals Saturday at Hinsdale Central.

    Fitting finish for Elgin’s Merena

    Elgin senior Steve Merena closed out his boys gymnastics career on a high note as he reached the state finals on parallel bars, high bar, vault, and pommel horse on Saturday night at Hinsdale Central. Merena tied for second on parallel bars with an outstanding 9.25 routine while placing sixth on high bar with an 8.6. He added a ninth-place 8.3 on pommel horse and a 12th-place 8.55 on vault.


    Boomers fall to 0-2 as Crushers earn walk-off win

    Schaumburg Boomers coverage:The Schaumburg Boomers fell to 0-2 when the Lake Erie Crushers walked off with a 2-1 victory on Ryan Hutchison’s solo home run Saturday night.

    St. Charles North’s Aaron Amburgey returns a shot against Batavia during the Upstate Eight Conference boys tennis tournament at Geneva High School Saturday.

    Batavia rallies to repeat River title

    Once again the race for the Upstate Eight Conference River Division boys tennis title was a dogfight right down to the end and once again for the third straight year the Batavia Bulldogs rallied from behind to pull it out at the wire.


    Batavia sweeps St. Charles North

    With each passing game, Batavia’s baseball team is inching closer toward capturing the Upstate Eight Conference River Division championship. The Bulldogs (23-3-1, 18-2-1) took another major step on their title pursuit with Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of visiting St. Charles North (17-10, 12-9).


    Glenbard South skips rebuilding, wins MSC crown

    On paper this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for a Glenbard South tennis team that was hit hard by graduation last spring.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    After starting last softball season as a sophomore on varsity, Mundelein’s Hannah Bulgart entered this season with a labrum injury that threatened to jeopardize her entire junior campaign. But she returned to the lineup about midway through the season. Then on Saturday, Bulgart’s first home run of the season was a 2-run walk-off shot in the bottom of the sixth that capped the Mustangs’ 14-3 win over visiting Lakes in Game 2 of a doubleheader. Mundelein won the opener, a North Suburban Conference crossover, 11-7, getting home runs from Maddie Zazas (her third of the season) and Jamie Hemmer (seventh).


    Boys volleyball / Lake County roundup

    Glenbard West cracked a pretty mean streak. Vernon Hills had won its Cougar Classic volleyball tournament for the last four years. But Glenbard West swept the four-time defending champs in the title match on Saturday, 25-16, 25-22. Vernon Hills, which had won the championship in seven of the previous eight years, last finished second in 2003.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    The wins keep coming for Mundelein’s baseball team. This time the Mustangs got a 9-5 nonconference victory over host Sycamore. They are now 27-2 on the season. Derek Parola went 4-for-5 for Mundelein, which rolled up a total of 16 hits. Parola had 2 doubles.


    Buffalo Grove clinches in MSL East

    After going 14 years without playing in the Mid-Suburban League championship softball game, Buffalo Grove will make its second straight appearance on Thursday. The Bison clinched their second straight crown under four-year coach Jamie Paul with a 2-0 victory over visiting Wheeling on Saturday in Buffalo Grove.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Saturday, May 17

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup


    Baseball: Scouting the Class 2A postseason

    Scouting the Class 2A baseball postseason in the Fox Valley.


    Naperville North does things its way

    Naperville North has used its depth all season to become the state’s top-ranked boys water polo team. Why should Saturday’s 9-6 victory over Naperville Central in the Metea Valley sectional final that clinched the Huskies’ third straight trip to state have been any different?


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, May 17

    South Elgin’s push for a title in the Upstate Eight Conference’s Valley Division was dealt a blow Saturday with a pair of 1-run losses at West Chicago. The Storm entered the doubleheader trailing division-leading Waubonsie Valley by a game in the loss column, but they dropped the opener 6-5 when the Wildcats rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Austin Sayre. Nick Menken had the only multihit game for the Storm.


    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Saturday, May 17

    Senior Paige Allen scattered 6 hits and struck out 6 batters Saturday as South Elgin’s softball team upset Neuqua Valley 3-1 in an Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division game in South Elgin.


    Fremd tops Conant, tightens up West race

    Despite trailing 10-4 going into its last at-bat, the noise level in the Conant softball dugout was as loud as ever to start the top of the seventh inning at Fremd. It wasn’t until 5 runs later that the host Vikings had finally silenced the Cougars’ bats and held on for a dramatic 10-9 victory over the Mid-Suburban West leaders.


    New life for Barrington

    Barrington got new life in the MSL West baseball race by topping Prospect on Saturday as both league divisions are going down to the wire.

    Aaron Gordon, from Arizona, waits to participate in the running vertical jump at the 2014 NBA basketball draft combine Friday, May 16, 2014, in Chicago.

    Draft camp gives glimpse of what’s ahead

    The NBA predraft camp, which was held this week in Chicago, has made an interesting evolution.A decade ago, the drills and agility tests were closely-guarded secrets. Now the results are posted on the NBA’s own website.In the old days, everyone would at least show up to get measured and run through the physical tests. This year’s top level players — Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid included — were not there at all. That hardly affects the Bulls, who own picks No. 16 and 19 in the June 26 draft (the lottery is Tuesday).Many of the second tier of players didn’t participate in drills and some didn’t bother to do the physical tests, for whatever reason.One of the most interesting measurements this week was the hands of Indiana center Noah Vonleh, among the biggest in modern history at 9¾ inches long and 11¾ inches wide. Of course, Vonleh didn’t make a huge impact in the Big Ten as a freshman, averaging 111.3 points and 9.0 rebounds, so teams drafting in the top 10 will have to make a tough call on the Massachusetts native.The mock drafts still differ wildly, but there were a few things the Bulls could learn this week. There are basically three categories that could qualify as draft needs:A true shooting guardThe Bulls haven’t been a very good 3-point shooting team since Kyle Korver left, so this might qualify as the No. 1 need.A couple of obvious calls are Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Kentucky freshman James Young. Both fared reasonably well at the draft camp, measuring close to 6-foot-7 in shoes. They both turned in maximum verticals of 35½ inches. By NBA standards, a 40-inch jump is elite level and anything above 35 is good.But Stauskas and Young might be gone by pick No. 16, so then who?Duke sophomore Rodney Hood has a nice stroke and stands 6-8. He didn’t distinguish himself on defense, though, and it’s tough to tell how much of a deal-breaker that would be for the Bulls. The same could probably be said for North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren.If the Bulls would prefer an athletic wing, a couple who stood out this week were Clemson junior K.J. McDaniels and Michigan sophomore Glenn Robinson III. The 6-6 McDaniels recorded the best three-quarter court sprint at 3.1 seconds, jumped 37 inches and has a big wingspan. But in the shooting drills, he did not stand out, going 58 percent from long range and 59 percent on the move. Keep in mind, this is unguarded shooting.The 6-7 Robinson jumped 41½ inches, did the sprint in 31.5 seconds and shot 62 percent from long range. Handles was a question in college.One guy that bears watching is UCLA freshman Zach LaVine. He is scrawny with raw skills, but has the type of athleticism to make people think he could make a Russell Westbrook-style jump in the NBA. LaVine measured 6-6 in shoes and jumped 41½ inches.Not as well-known is Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown, who jumped an impressive 43½ inches. He was a dunking machine while averaging 17.2 points as a senior, but the Bulls need shooters.One guy who stood out in the shooting drills was Washington 6-5 senior C.J. Wilcox, who went 76 percent from long range. He averaged 18.3 points last year and jumped 37½ inches. He’s 23, but the Bulls have experienced success in the past drafting an older player (Taj Gibson was 24 on draft day).Michigan State’s Gary Harris, an accomplished defender, measured 6-4 in shoes, but did not do the athletic tests.A backup point guardSince Marquis Teague didn’t pan out, and D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich are free agents, the Bulls might think about drafting a backup to Derrick Rose.


    Once again, Grayslake Central’s a hit

    Of course, the groundball off the bat of Grayslake Central’s Anthony Fitzgerald hit the heel of teammate Pat Burba, who was running to second base. During its two-day, two-game series with Grayslake North, Grayslake Central had nine batters get hit by pitched baseballs. So getting pegged by a batted ball wasn’t going to faze the Rams. At least Freddie Landers was able to joke about it after visiting Grayslake Central won 15-4 Saturday morning. Rams coach Troy Whalen says Landers and Sam Nozicka each have been hit close to 20 times this season. “We’ve joked that the hit batsman has been our best offensive weapon all year,” Whalen said.

    The White Sox’s Jose Abreu drove in his AL-leading 42nd RBI Saturday against the Astros in Houston. The Sox lost 6-5.

    Astros outlast White Sox 6-5

    Chicago White Sox starter Hector Noesi pitched well over his last five innings Saturday against the Houston Astros. However, his problems in the first inning were too much for the White Sox to overcome. Jason Castro hit a three-run homer and Dexter Fowler homered and drove in two runs to help Houston outlast the White Sox for a 6-5 win.

    Green Wave pitcher Lindsay Zdroik delivers a heater to the plate during St. Edward’s win over Indian Creek at Judson University in Elgin Saturday. Later in the day Zdroik threw a perfect game against Aurora Christian.

    Zdroik perfect as St. Edward wins 3

    Things are coming together for the St. Edward softball team and with the postseason right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better. The Green Wave made it wins in 8 of their last 10 games Saturday when they racked up a triple-header win, beating Indian Creek 10-0 an 4-1 in a nonconference twin bill, then defeating Aurora Christian 19-0 in a rescheduled Suburban Christian Conference game on Senior Day at Judson University. Green Wave sophomore Lindsay Zdroik fired a five-inning perfect game against Aurora Christian, striking out 9. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple and 2 RBI.

    Jacobs’ Heather Hoffmann falls to the turf after colliding with Dundee-Crown’s Franki Scarpelli.

    Girls soccer: Scouting the Fox Valley postseason

    Scouting the girls soccer postseason in the Fox Valley.

    California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course Saturday in Baltimore.

    California Chrome wins Preakness; Triple try next

    California Chrome has won the Preakness to keep alive his bid to capture horse racing’s Triple Crown. As a follow-up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Art Sherman’s horse justified his stature as the overwhelming favorite by outrunning Ride On Curlin to the finish Saturday. He covered the 1 3-16th mile course in 1:54.84. Ride On Curlin finished second and Social Inclusion took third.

    Carlos Rodon, here pitching for Team USA last summer in an exhibition game against Cuba, is expected to be the first pick in next month’s baseball draft.

    Being bad last year has draft benefits

    The draft is coming on June 5, and with the No. 3 overall pick, it's a very imnportant day for the White Sox. Beat writer Scot Gregor examines the players the Sox are looking at, and they are all pitchers.

    David Fales sets to pass during the Bears’ rookie camp Friday. The sixth-round pick will battle Jordan Palmer and Jerrod Johnson for a roster spot.

    Kromer makes it clear: Backup QB spot up for grabs

    Sixth-round draft pick Davis Fales will get an opportunity to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Jay Cutler, but he will have to beat out veteran Jordan Palmer and first-year player Jerrod Johnson.

    Rolling Meadows’ Mack Galvin battles against Fremd’s Eric Pohl in a singles semifinal matchup during Saturday’s Mid-Suburban League touranment at Schaumburg.

    Barrington builds another MSL winner

    For weeks, Barrington has been building toward the Mid-Suburban League tournament, knowing its talent and depth might be the difference in the final tally. And Saturday afternoon, the Broncos were a ferocious bunch at doubles and used command performances from Zach Hennenfent and Mohammed Walji at Nos. 2 and 3 singles to run away from the field for a second consecutive league title at Schaumburg. The Broncos outscored Buffalo Grove 57-45 to win it, with Fremd (34), MSL East champ Prospect (31) and Rolling Meadows (30) rounding out the first five in the touranment standings.


    Crystal Lake South making noise at the right time

    The Crystal Lake South baseball team is heating up at the right time. Due to a slow start at the plate this season, the two-time defending co-champion Gators find themselves eliminated from contention in the Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference, 4 games back with 3 games to play. However, with Saturday’s 4-1 victory at Cary-Grove, CL South finished a 2-game series sweep and completed a 5-0 week, feats bound to get the attention of the other four teams assigned to the Class 4A CL South regional in two weeks.


    Jackson lobbies, then delivers

    When a manager goes to the mound to visit his pitcher, it's the manager who usually does most of the talking. But in Saturday's 3-0 Cubs victory over the Brewers, pitcher Edwin Jackson launched a successful lobbying effort at staying in the game.

    Edwin Jackson attacked Brewers hitters with a fastball that clocked up to 96 mph and a slider that broke and bit during his best start in his one-plus seasons with the Cubs. Jackson worked 7 scoreless innings, striking out 11 at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

    Cubs get to Garza early, then Jackson does the rest

    The Cubs had a plan of attack Saturday in their 3-0 victory over the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Actually, they had two plans of attack. Pitcher Edwin Jackson attacked Milwaukee hitters and racked up 11 strikeouts. Cubs batters went on the attack early, making pitcher and former teammate Matt Garza field the ball.


    St. Charles East beats Kaneland for 8th straight win

    It’s a little hard to see with his catcher’s mask on, but Adam Rojas’ eyes do in fact light up when he sees an opponent trying to steal a base.


    Naperville North sweeps on its way to state

    It was Naperville North’s prom Saturday night, and the girls water polo team got the festivities started in a big way with a 9-8 victory over Naperville Central to clinch the Metea Valley sectional championship and a trip to state. But it was how the top-seeded Huskies (29-1) won the game that will be etched in the minds of those who participated for a long time. With eight seconds left in the game, the Huskies were called for a foul inside of the 5-meter line. Naperville Central’s Jessica Fox made good on the shot to tie the game at 8. Overtime loomed.


    Wheaton North gives itself a chance in DVC race

    For two days Wheaton North’s baseball team watched its DuPage Valley Conference title hopes slip away. The Falcons breathed some life back into their chances on Saturday. With an 8-2 win over visiting Naperville Central, Wheaton North crawled to within three games of the Redhawks atop the DVC standings with three games to play.


    Stevenson wins latest rivalry game with Mundelein

    This Stevenson-Mundelein rivalry in boys water polo is truly something. A good decade ago, both teams were at full strength and battled every year. And they then messed with the pool at Mundelein, and the home team suffered for it. “Two years ago, we were 5-25,’’ said Mundelein coach Russell Gates. On Saturday, it was 19-game winner Mundelein hosting the sectional final against coach Sean Wimer’s 25-game winning Patriots team. Stevenson raced to a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back in a 12-5 win over the Mustangs. And the Pats are going home for the state tournament come Thursday night.

    Palatine’s boys water polo team celebrates its 12-10 victory against Fremd in Saturday’s sectional championship game.

    Proven Palatine turns back fired-up Fremd

    Top-seeded Palatine seemingly had it all under control, leading 11-7 against Fremd after three quarters in the championship game of the boys water polo sectional hosted by the Pirates. The Vikings, seeded No. 6, did everything it could to spring another upset with a concerted fourth-quarter surge, but in the end Palatine’s experience held sway in a 12-10 decision. The Pirates earned a second trip to state under coach Joe Grzybek, but the most recent one was back in 2006. In the intervening years, there’ve been consistently strong teams and conference championships — but also a series of heartbreaking losses in sectional semifinals and finals. “It’s nice to have a different outcome, the one we were looking for,” said Grzybek. “Everyone has their own battle — teams tend to get stuck at a certain level. For us, we’ve been able to make a lot of sectional finals, so that’s been our challenge, to get through.”

    Aaron Gabriel/agabriel@dailyherald.com Palatine coach Mitch Tucker holds the sectional plaque as the Pirates celebrate in their own pool following a 9-6 victory over Conant on Saturday.

    First things first: Palatine makes Elite Eight

    Not too long ago, Palatine was having a hard time winning any girls water polo game, much less the ones that come at the end of the season. Three seasons ago, the Pirates finished with a record of 6-21. Two years ago, that improved to 12-18. Last year, 18-12. The winning trend continued this season, and Palatine punctuated it Saturday afternoon in its own pool with the biggest win in the program’s history. A 9-6 victory over Conant, in the sectional championship game. For the first time, Palatine (27-5) will play in the Elite Eight.

    Libertyville’s Stefano Tsorotiotis plays Lake Forest’s Brice Polender in the No. 2 singles final during Saturday’s North Suburban Conference tournament in Vernon Hills.

    Tsorotiotis takes No. 2 NSC singles title for Libertyville

    Libertyville's Stefan Tsorotiotis won the No. 2 singles title in Saturday's North Suburban Conference boys tennis tournament, as Lake Forest topped Stevenson for the team title.


    Callen, Stevenson oust Mundelein

    Stevenson is still playing girls water polo this spring, and the team's next adventure will take place in the Patriots' own pool next Friday. It’s called the state tournament. Melissa Gartenberg scored 7 goals and Allison Travetto added 6 goals in a 16-6 romp over sectional host Mundelein on Saturday.

    Chicago Cubs starter Edwin Jackson throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Cubs’ Jackson shuts down Brewers for 7 in 3-0 win

    Edwin Jackson struck out 11 in seven innings and Welington Castillo hit a two-run double to lead the Cubs to a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. Starlin Castro also added an RBI double for the last-place Cubs, who won just for the third time in 13 games. Jackson (3-3) had his best outing for the Cubs since signing a four-year, $52 million deal before the 2013 season


    Astros add veteran, ex-Cub Farnsworth to bullpen

    The Houston Astros have signed veteran free agent reliever and former Cub Kyle Farnsworth.The 38-year-old Farnsworth was released by the Mets on May 14 after posting a 3.18 ERA with three saves in 19 appearances this season.

    New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, left, and left wing Mats Zuccarello celebrate after Zuccarello scored against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Montreal on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld

    Rangers blast Canadiens 7-2 in Game 1

    Martin St. Louis started the scoring and Henrik Lundqvist won for the first time in Montreal in more than two years in the New York Rangers’ 7-2 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.St. Louis, set to attend his mother’s funeral with his teammates Sunday, got the opening goal and Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash also scored for the Rangers. New York had only four goals in its past nine regular-season visits to the Bell Centre.


    Benson to be new Huntley boys basketball coach

    Marengo coach Will Benson has accepted an offer to be the next boys basketball coach at Huntley High School, pending District 158 board approval, according to multiple sources. He replaces Marty Manning, who resigned last month to take the vacant head coaching position at Schaumburg. Benson did not immediately return requests seeking comment.

    In 87 NHL playoff games, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has 10 game-winning goals, which is a franchise record.

    Verdi on the 3 C’s of Captain Toews

    Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi talks with NHL legend Scotty Bowman about the many qualities of Hawks captain Jonathan Toews. Far from being a true Captain Serious, Toews is a true leader who embodies the 3 C's: clutch, consistent and complete.

    Only 36 hours after dispatching the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik, right, and standout defenseman Drew Doughty will face the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

    Why the Blackhawks will be Kings of West again

    The Kings have played two brutal, seven-game series and they come in on no rest and are banged up. The Blackhawks, who have had time to relax, are starting to find their game.


    Sky cures its fever

    WNBA: Chicago Sky win season opener, defeat Indiana Fever, 74-71

    David Morehouse, president of the Pittsburgh Penguins, answers questions about the firing of Ray Shero, Friday, May 16, 2014, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins fired Shero on Friday, three days after another early playoff exit, this one a seven-game loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Coach Dan Bylsma remains in charge until Shero’s replacement gets a chance to evaluate the entire organization top to bottom. (AP Photo/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Darrell Sapp) MONESSEN, KITTANNING, CONNELLSVILLE, GREENSBURG, TARENTUM, NORTH HILLS NEWS RECORD, BUTLER OUT NO ARCHIVES, NO SALES MAGS OUT TV OUT ONLINES OUT

    Penguins fire general manager Ray Shero

    The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Ray Shero as general manager eight years ago with the mandate to build a roster around two of the game’s brightest stars and turn ticker-tape parades through downtown into an annual rite of spring.

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, right, from Texas A&M, watches cornerback Justin Gilbert during their introductory news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Friday, May 9, 2014. The Browns selected Gilbert with the eighth pick and Manziel with the 22nd pick in the first round of Thursday night's draft. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Manziel texts Browns he wants to ‘wreck’ league

    Once Johnny Manziel texted that he wanted to “wreck this league” with them, the Browns didn’t waste another second.They rushed to draft Johnny Football.Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains said in a radio interview Thursday that as the Texas A&M star was sliding in the first round of the NFL draft last week, Manziel sent a text message urging Cleveland to select him. The Browns had passed on taking Manziel with the first of their two picks in the first round.



    Hyundai recalling 137,500 Tucson SUVs

    Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 137,500 Tucson SUVs because the air bags aren’t correctly mounted to the steering wheel.


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    Kraft recalls cottage cheese

    The products, with a coded date between May 9 and July 23 stamped on them, were only shipped to stores in the United States. The codes can be found on the cup bottoms or on top of the packages.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Chuck Burr stands with some red chard at his organic seed farm last week outside Ashland, Ore. Fearful that genetically engineered sugar beets being grown for seed by the Swiss company Syngenta could pollinate their crops of beet and chard seed, organic farmers are asking voters to approve bans on growing genetically engineered crops in Jackson and Josephine counties.

    Oregon farmers fire salvo in battle over GMOs

    They wanted to protect their crops from being cross-pollinated by genetically modified ones, and asked voters in two counties to ban the cultivation of GMOs — a move that would drive producer Syngenta out of the Rogue Valley where it grows seed for sugar beets resistant to the popular weed killer Roundup.

    Auto club AAA said it expects a total of 36.1 million people to travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day Weekend. If that estimate holds true, it would be the largest amount of people traveling during the holiday weekend since 2005.

    AAA: Americans ready to travel after rough winter

    A strong case of cabin fever and a little more money to spend should inspire a greater number of Americans to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend. That’s the forecast from auto club AAA, which expects a total of 36.1 million people to travel 50 miles or more.

    Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    Facebook wants to show it’s serious about privacy

    Facebook is stepping up efforts to show it’s taking concerns about privacy and data usage seriously as it seeks to keep its more than 1.2 billion users active on its service. Privacy cases against Facebook, Google and other Internet companies have multiplied as users have become aware of how much of their personal information is being disclosed.

    People should have some say over the results that pop up when they conduct a search of their own name online, Europe’s highest court said this week.

    Google case pits right to be forgotten vs. free speech

    Tens of millions of people have had the painful experience of cruising the Internet and discovering something mortifying -- about themselves. And many have immediately been seized with some variation of the following question: How do I make that go away before my parents/spouse/boss can see it?


    Net Neutrality an oxymoron as FCC decides winners and losers

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said “the prospect of a gatekeeper choosing winners and losers on the Internet is unacceptable.” That’s what the FCC will be, no matter how it fashions final rules.

    This April 11, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama, flanked by outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, and his nominee to replace her, current Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

    Study: Political TV ads on health law total $445M

    A new analysis finds the nation’s health care overhaul deserves a place in advertising history as the focus of extraordinarily high spending on negative political TV ads that have gone largely unanswered by the law’s supporters.

    In this May 9, 2014 photo, people try to connect to the Etecsa server as they wait with other customers outside the offices of the state telecom monopoly Etecsa in Havana, Cuba. Cuba’s government blames their technological problems on a U.S. embargo that prevents most American businesses from selling products to the Caribbean country. Critics of the government say it deliberately strangles the Internet to halt the spread of dissent.

    Cuba mobile email experiment causes chaos

    Tens of thousands of Cubans began emailing like crazy in March — for days, until the service started to fail, taking much of Cuba’s already shaky voice and text-messaging mobile service down with it. The island’s aging cellphone towers became swamped by the new flood of email traffic, creating havoc for anyone trying to use the system. Users had to make eight or nine attempts to successfully send an email.

    Digital technology has revolutionized the counterfeiting craft. Counterfeit specialist Marybeth Dellibovi demonstrates inspecting a counterfeit $100 bill under a microscope in March at Secret Service headquarters in Washington.

    A mom, a printer, and the new digital ease of counterfeiting

    Digital technology has revolutionized the counterfeiting craft. Not long ago, producing good fakes was the province of artisans who etched printing plates and churned out millions in bogus bills on off-set presses. Today, all it takes is a scanner, a color printer and, for best results, some small bills and household cleaner.

    Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel in Los Angeles. Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages they send through its service and collected users’ contacts without telling them or asking for permission.

    FTC says Snapchat deceived customers

    Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users’ contacts without telling them or asking permission.

    Indiana residents with Verizon Wireless service can now text 911 dispatchers in nearly a third of the state’s counties as part of a push that will benefit the deaf, those with speech-impairments or people in hostage situations who are unable to speak to dispatchers.

    Indiana begins adopting 911-texting service

    Indiana residents with Verizon Wireless service can now text 911 dispatchers in nearly a third of the state’s counties as part of a push that will benefit the deaf, those with speech-impairments or people in hostage situations who are unable to speak to dispatchers.

    Google Chromecast, from let, Roku Streaming Stick, AwoX StriimStick, and BiggiFi.

    Review: Roku stands out among streaming sticks

    Recently, Roku and a few small startups have come out with low-cost devices that allow you to stream video content from Netflix, Hulu and other services to your television. This relatively new class of device is known as the streaming stick. Each is about the size of a cigarette lighter and plugs in to your TV’s HDMI port.

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    Gradually increase houseplants’ time outside and exposure to the sun.

    Good mowing habits promote healthy lawns

    For a healthier lawn, use a mulching mower that leaves the grass clippings behind. This means less work for you since you don’t have to rake them up, and it recycles the nutrients in the clippings back into your grass plants. Rake out any wet clumps of grass that remain on the lawn to distribute the clippings.


    Don’t play hostage in family squabble

    Q. I have a very dear cousin and a very dear daughter ... but they do not hit it off. Daughter refuses to be at family celebrations if Cousin is present. Now, of course, Daughter states Cousin is always chosen over her. I feel held hostage by Daughter. I have suggested she contact Cousin to discuss differences, but she refuses.

    Double Knockout is a beautiful shrub rose that's easy to grow.

    Don't be afraid to grow roses

    The thought of growing roses strikes fear in the hearts of many gardeners. Why? Roses are plants like any others. Give them the conditions they prefer, plant them correctly, give them proper care, and they will thrive. Follow these basic guidelines and you'll be richly rewarded with blooms like no other.

    Joe Francis

    ‘Girls Gone Wild’ founder accused of assault

    LOS ANGELES — “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis has been arrested on suspicion of assault after getting into a scuffle, the Los Angeles Times reports.Los Angeles police Sgt. John Juarez told the Times the 41-year-old was arrested Friday evening at an office building on Wilshire Boulevard after some “pushing and shoving.”Francis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year after years of legal troubles and was issued a “stay away” order by a bankruptcy judge.Juarez told the newspaper police were investigating whether Francis’ presence at the building violated the restraining order. Online jail records show Francis was released Saturday on $20,000 bail. It was not immediately known if Francis has a lawyer. Neither Francis nor a representative for him could be reached for comment Saturday.

    Humberto Martinez Jr. and his wife, Sara McKinnon, plan to open O’Toole’s of Libertyville in the former Mickey Finn’s location on Milwaukee Avenue in the downtown area.

    Neighborhood feel the key to new restaurant venture in Libertyville

    Libertyville native Sara McKinnon and husband Humberto Martinez Jr. this summer will be opening O'Tooles of Libertyville in the former Mickey Finn's space on Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville. The couple also operate Timothy O'tools Pub in Chicago and Gurnee. This will involve an estimated $1.5 millioin renovation.


    CDC: Measles outbreak at highest level since 1996

    Measles has infected 129 people in 13 states so far this year, the most in the first four months of any year since 1996, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported. They warned clinicians, parents and others to watch for the potentially deadly virus.

    Adam Carolla will sign copies of his new book, “President Me: The America That’s in My Head,” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, in Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville.

    Book notes: Anderson’s brings Adam Carolla to Naperville

    Comedian, actor and radio and TV show host Adam Carolla reads from and signs copies of his new book "President Me: The America That's in My Head" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, in Pfeiffer Hall at Noth Central College in Naperville. Visit andersonsbookshop.com for details.

    There is much to like in “The Possibilities” by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

    Novel treats heavy subject matter with light touch

    In the resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado, Sarah St. John is mourning her son, Cully, who died in an avalanche while snowboarding. Author Kaui Hart Hemmings demonstrates a light touch with a heavy subject matter in “The Possibilities” as Sarah and her family and friends navigate through their loss and a world without Cully, as they learn about the kind of man Cully had become.

    Bryan Cranston plays a nuclear scientist who becomes obsessed with the cause of a 1999 destruction of a nuclear power plant.

    Bryan Cranston almost turned down ‘Godzilla’ role

    Bryan Cranston says he’s excited to be part of “Godzilla 2014” but almost turned down the role because he was still working on “Breaking Bad” and thought he had to follow with “something serious.” In a recent interview about the film, which opened Friday, Cranston said he was worried that people might compare the two roles and say, “Oh, that’s not anywhere near as good as ‘Breaking Bad.’”

    Hildegard Gigl leads a twice weekly exercise class. “I’m getting older but I’m not getting old,” she says.

    Doctors say you’re never too old to exercise

    The fitness instructor is about to start pushups, but first she has to move her walker out of the way. The exercisers at this suburban apartment complex are all over 75 and their leader, Hildegard Gigl, will turn 99 in June.

    The newest show at Adler’s Grainger Sky Theater is “Destination Solar System,” during which you’ll tour the solar system in the year 2096.

    On the road: Cruise the solar system at Adler

    If you don’t have the cash and cachet to get on a trip to outer space, just hop on Metra and get to the Adler Planetarium for the immersive Destination Solar System experience, where you can tour the solar system via state-of-the-art technology of the Grainger Sky Theater. Feast your senses on Redmoon Theater’s large-scale spring spectacle, “Bellboys, Bears and Baggage,” an environmental exploration of love, loss, and the baggage we all carry through our lives.

    The thought of camping out, like at a campground at Yosemite National Park in California, can be daunting, but packing a few strategically chosen items like an inflatable mattress and food that’s easy to grill can reduce the ick factor.

    Afraid to camp? Nothing to fear but fear itself

    Growing up in Los Angeles, I loved camping. Then something changed. This year I decided to break that 15-year-long camping drought. The experience turned out fun, freeing and easier than I thought it would be. Here are five things you might be worried about when it comes to camping, along with ways to cope.

    Sous chef Arturo Morales, left, prepares a dish at the grill as a plate of oysters sit ready to be served at Broadway Oyster Bar in St. Louis.

    Go for the food: Taste the Big Easy in St. Louis

    The Broadway Oyster Bar may be a mere block from the home stadium of the St. Louis Cardinals, but its heart lies in another Mississippi River city nearly 700 miles south. “We're trying to bridge the connection between St. Louis and New Orleans,” says owner John Johnson, a former painting contractor whose annual sojourns to the Big Easy for jazz and food set the stage for his purchase of the oyster bar nearly two decades ago.

    Matt Damon, left, and George Clooney star in “The Monuments Men.”

    DVD previews: ‘Monuments Men,’ ‘About Last Night’

    The based-on-fact "Monuments Men," the remade rom-com "About Last Night," the spectacle "Pompeii" and the confused thriller "3 Days to Kill" all arrive on DVD Tuesday, May 20.

    Rock group Blue Oyster Cult plays at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

    Weekend picks: Blue Oyster Cult hits the Arcada

    If you love heavy metal music, then don't miss the appearance of the band Blue Oyster Cult this Saturday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. The Woodstock Theatre and the Woodstock Celebrates organization team up to present the three-day Welles Film Festival, honoring the late legendary actor and director Orson Welles. Food, carnival rides, concerts and more are part of the fun at the 34th Annual Taste of Glen Ellyn, running Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18, on Main Street, in downtown Glen Ellyn.


    Guidelines for a cleanr home

    Jolie Kerr, author of “My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha,” was the guest recently on Post staff writer Jura Koncius’ Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

    D.R. Horton Homes now has 23 houses ready for quick delivery and move in.

    Tight resale market impacts builders

    The exceedingly tight resale real estate market in the Chicago area affects homebuilders, changing their business plans and bottom lines. Fewer houses on the resale market encourages builders to invest in speculation homes that afford buyers the best of both worlds — new, state-of-the-art houses they can occupy immediately or in the matter of a few short months.


    Court ruling guides most homeowner associations

    Q. What impact, if any, does the ruling in Palm v 2800 N. Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association have on homeowner associations not expressly governed by the Illinois Condominium Property Act? We are not a condominium, but a common interest community association comprised of single-family homes.



    Herald missed chance to recognize nurses
    A Palatine letter to the editor: As a daily reader of the Herald, I am surprised and disappointed that there was no mention or recognition of nurses during National Nurses Week, which started May 6, in the Opinion columns or letters to the editor. The average nurse today works long hours with complex equipment and very sick patients. No one just is admitted to a hospital for a rest.


    Tax hike needed for those with disabilities
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I just returned from my monthly trip to Springfield, but this trip left me feeling surprised at what I heard. For social service agencies like Clearbrook that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the biggest government issue facing us is whether or not the temporary tax increase will be extended and made permanent.


    Lawmakers should think outside the Madigan box
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I find it difficult to understand what representative government really means in Illinois. Time to read the job description. I read it again and did not see the “kneel before King Madigan” clause.


    Study economy in sectors, not as a whole
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The income inequality research is the worst I have ever seen by economists searching for agreeable political solutions. All the data I have seen is provided in the gross by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The assumption must therefore be that the national economy is a singular system. But, every economist will agree that the national economy is divided into sectors.


    The case against immigration amnesty
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: With time running out before the November midterm elections, liberal, progressive and globalist leaders in both parties are once again pushing for a mass amnesty of the 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.


    World’s attention needed on kidnapping
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: It has been all over the news that about a month ago, 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were captured by the terrorist regime Boko Haram. In this situation, here are the two main issues


    Pastor’s hobby cruel to God’s creatures
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Thanks for the April 10 front-page expose of bowhunting Elgin Pastor Keith Gomez, whose hobby is torture and murder of animals. I believe this article will do more to discredit the cause of religion than the efforts of all the atheist organizations together!


    Term limits best cure for state woes
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: To Bruce Rauner: Is it any wonder that you are pushing as hard for term limits on all members of the Illinois General Assembly as you are?


    Speed a concern on Bunker Hill Drive
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: As a resident of Algonquin, living on the highway, Bunker Hill Drive, I am concerned about what we can expect when our highway is completed from being repaired and paved.


    Show the cost of all these investigations
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Our politicians have created yet another committee. This time they are re-opening the investigation concerning what happened at Benghazi. My question is not about Benghazi but rather the source of funding for these panels regardless of who initiates them or what the subject matter is.


    GOP needs to look within for candidate
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I get so tired of all the nitpicking e-mails I receive pointing out something that Michelle, Biden or the president have done wrong.


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