Daily Archive : Sunday May 25, 2014


    President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 26, 2014. President Obama is leading the nation in remembering its war heroes, the fallen and those still defending the flag, in a Memorial Day tribute.

    Obama on Memorial Day: U.S. at ‘pivotal moment’ in Afghanistan

    President Barack Obama led the nation in commemorating Memorial Day, declaring the United States has reached “a pivotal moment” in Afghanistan with the end of war approaching. Obama, who returned just hours earlier from a surprise visit with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, paid tribute to those lost in battle there and elsewhere over history. He called them...

    Graduate Willie Anderson III waves at family as he enters the arena at the Neuqua Valley High School 2014 commencement exercises at Northern Illinois University Sunday night.

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    Neuqua Valley High School held its graduation Sunday, May 25 at NIU in DeKalb.

    Geneva High School held its graduation Sunday, May 25 in Geneva.

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    Geneva High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 25th at the school.

    Visitors to the DuPage County Veterans' Memorial study the names of residents who were killed in World War II. Roughly 60 people attended a Memorial Day observance on Sunday at the memorial in Wheaton.

    DuPage honors those who lost their lives in U.S. wars

    Roughly 60 people gathered Sunday for a ceremony at the DuPage County Veterans' Memorial in Wheaton to honor and remember residents who died in military service. The memorial at the county complex lists the names of every DuPage resident killed in a U.S. war since the Blackhawk War of 1832.

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a veteran of the war in Iraq, delivers the keynote speech Sunday at the Veterans Memorial ceremony in Streamwood.

    Duckworth pays tribute to fallen soldiers at Streamwood service

    Dozens of people attended the 23rd annual Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony held Sunday in Streamwood to honor those who have served in defense of our country. The event was a mix of the celebratory and the somber, and it featured a keynote speech by U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs while serviing in Iraq in 2004.

    Apparent winning Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko smiles during his news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday.

    Exit poll: Candy tycoon elected Ukraine president

    Exit polls suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko was elected president Sunday in the first round of balloting in the bitterly divided country, and he vowed “to bring peace to the Ukrainian land.” The billionaire who supports strong ties with Europe but also wants to mend relations with Russia claimed victory.

    Looking through reams of records at the Northbrook Historical Society, President Judy Hughes and board member Ron Schinleber find information on Schinleber’s 19th-century relatives, who were among the first German immigrants to settle in the land that once was home to the Potawatomi tribes.

    Tombstone in woods near Northbrook leads to tale of early suburbanite

    The body of George S. Schnabele was lowered into its final resting place 130 years ago. The tombstone marking that spot recently turned up in a forest preserve near Northbrook, causing its finder to wonder how it got there. “There’s a good likelihood the guy was buried there before the forest preserve bought it.”


    Need cash? Report a drunken driver

    Report a drunken driver and collect a $100 reward through the Drunkbuster program by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists; St. Charles police warn of utility scam; Aurora man gets probation after 2010 child porn arrest.

    Patty Ritter, 21, from left, Rachel Keever, 22, and Craig Schaffer, 20, put flowers on a makeshift memorial at the Alpha Phi sorority house, Sunday where two women were killed in Friday night’s mass shooting in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif.

    Sheriffs never saw menacing videos before rampage

    His parents said they were so concerned that they called police. Officers who showed up at his doorstep for a mental health check in April, however, found a well-mannered if shy young man that they concluded posed no risk. They hadn’t seen the videos, and by the time law enforcement had, it was too late: He had gone on a deadly rampage.

    Images of Christopher Martinez are displayed as part of a memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night’s mass shooting took place, on Sunday.

    How California rampage went down: Gunman improvised

    The shooter pounded on the sorority house front door while, inside, the young women he yearned to slaughter were preparing for another Friday night. The awkward 22-year-old was obsessed with exacting “retribution” for what he experienced as a lifetime of social and sexual isolation and had planned meticulously to target as many people as possible. But here again, he was denied...

    Images of Christopher Martinez are displayed as part of a memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night’s mass shooting took place.

    The 6 victims in the Santa Barbara rampage

    GOLETA, Calif. — A gunman went on a rampage Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara that left seven people dead, including him. Here are the stories of the six victims, who were all students at the university. Katherine Breann Cooper

    Haze from smoke covers a highway in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday. Residents in Anchorage woke up Thursday to a smokey haze and the smell of a campfire over the state’s largest city. The smoke is from wildfires burning on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

    Alaska wildfire grows to 193 square miles

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A wildfire in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage has grown to cover more than 193 square miles, but it was only 20 percent contained as of Sunday, fire officials said.


    Containment on northern Arizona wildfire inches up

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Officials said Sunday that they were slowly making progress in controlling a wildfire burning in a northern Arizona canyon that typically would draw many visitors over the Memorial Day weekend.The fire covered 21 square miles and is 10 percent contained, up from 5 percent the day before.

    Party representatives, top, watch the counting of the ballot papers for the London Region of European Parliament elections in Croydon, south London, Sunday.

    Far right, Euroskeptics gain in European parliament elections

    The far right and Euroskeptics made sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday, according to exit polls, signaling a major political shift toward parties that want to slash the powers of the European Union or abolish it altogether.

    Robert Hill and his half-brothers Alvena Jennette and Darryl Austin were exonerated in a decades-old conviction investigated by retired homicide detective Louis Scarcella, who has had some of his tactics have come into question. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit is re-examining more than cases that Scarcella worked on.

    New York prosecutor to re-examine 90 convictions

    NEW YORK — Fueled by the freeing of a prison inmate who claimed a detective framed him in a 1990 murder, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office has undertaken one of the nation’s most ambitious efforts to revisit cases of people put behind bars decades ago to determine whether they were wrongly convicted.


    3 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Myrtle Beach motel

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Three people were killed and a fourth person was wounded in a shooting at an oceanfront motel in Myrtle Beach, one of South Carolina’s most popular tourist destinations.

    Some makers of the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes are using notable brand names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch to sell their wares. Now the owners of those trademarks are fighting back to make sure their brands aren’t being used to sell an addictive drug or being marketed to children.

    Sweets makers work to keep names off e-cigarettes

    RICHMOND, Va. — Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch off the flavored nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.Now the owners of those trademarks are fighting back to make sure their brands aren’t being used to sell an addictive drug or make it appealing to to children.

    Farooq Chaudhry gives a thumbs up to people in the crowd as he takes his seat on the stage before St. Charles East’s graduation ceremony at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday. He was one of the student speakers.

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    St. Charles East High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 25th at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    A man casts his ballot for the European elections and a local referendum on the Tempelhof field in a polling station in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday.

    5 reasons Europe’s elections actually matter this time

    It’s an election like no other: One continent; 28 nations; 16,000 candidates; 350 million eligible voters.The European parliamentary elections come around only once every five years, and every time they do, the world reacts with a giant, collective shrug. And yet, this year’s vote, ending Sunday, could be far more interesting than most. It could also matter more.

    Supporters of Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, presidential candidate for the Democratic Center, celebrate the incoming results of the presidential elections at Zuluaga’s campaign headquarter in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday. Zuluaga finished first in the opening round of the presidential election.

    Colombia’s president, challenger head to runoff

    BOGOTA, Colombia — Former Finance Minister Oscar Ivan Zuluaga finished first in the opening round of Colombia’s presidential election Sunday, delivering a blow to President Juan Manuel Santos’ re-election bid but failing to win enough votes to avoid a runoff ballot with the incumbent.

    Egyptian women chat in front of a banner showing presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the country’s former military chief, center, along with late presidents Anwar Sadat, right, and Gamal Abdel-Nasser, left, two days before presidential elections in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday.

    Egypt’s interim president urges Egyptians to vote

    CAIRO — Egypt’s interim president urged Egyptians on Sunday to come out and vote in this week’s presidential election, saying the vote will shape the nation’s future.In a televised address, Adly Mansour also sought to assure Egyptians that state institutions, including his office, would not interfere in the Monday and Tuesday voting.

    Egyptian shoppers walk under a poster supporting presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the country’s former military chief, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday. Considered all but certain to win is el-Sissi, the man who removed the former president, Mohammed Morsi.

    5 things to know about this week’s Egypt election

    CAIRO — Egyptians will vote Monday and Tuesday in elections to choose a new president after the military’s ouster last year of the country’s first democratically elected leader, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.


    Awning falls, injures two boys in Mundelein

    Two boys were injured around noon Sunday when they were struck by an awning that fell from a commercial building in Mundelein’s Butterfield Corners shopping area, authorities said.

    Some flowers were put close to the site of a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels, Saturday. Three people were killed and one seriously injured in a spree of gunfire at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday, officials said. The attack, which came on the eve of national and European Parliament elections, led officials to raise anti-terror measures.

    Belgium on manhunt for suspect in Jewish attack

    Belgium launched a nationwide manhunt Sunday for a lone suspect in a shooting spree at the Brussels Jewish Museum that left three people dead and one in critical condition. Deputy prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch said “we call on the whole population to help identify this person.” Her office was preparing to publish video taken around the time of the Saturday attack.

    This is a Friday Sept. 18, 2009, file photo of Poland’s last communist leader, Wojciech Jaruzelski, as he attends a symposium entitled “Poland, Coming out of Communism 20 years after” in Paris.

    Poland’s last communist leader, Gen. Jaruzelski, dies

    Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, the survivor of a Siberian labor camp, was an unlikely servant to the Soviet Union and its communist ideology. Poland’s last communist leader, the general in tinted glasses who was best known for his 1981 martial law crackdown on the Solidarity union, died Sunday at age 90 after a long struggle with cancer and a recent stroke.

    In this April 23, 2013 file photo, photographer Bunny Yeager poses next to a self-portrait photograph taken in 1952 at the Bunny Yeager Studio in Miami. Yeager, a model turned photographer who was most famous for photographing Bettie Page in the 1950s, died Saturday at a Delray Beach hospice. She was 85 years old.

    Pin-up photographer Bunny Yeager dies at 85

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Bunny Yeager, a model turned pin-up photographer who helped jump-start the career of then-unknown Bettie Page, died Sunday, her agent said. She was 85 years old.Yeager died at a North Miami hospice where she had been for about a week, her agent, Ed Christin said.

    Victoria Parrilli waves to family during the St. Charles North High School graduation Sunday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Family and friends watched as 505 students received their diplomas during the commencement exercises.

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    St. Charles North High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 25th at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Kelly Wolski, left, and Kevin Woolums wave to family during the Grant Community High School graduation Sunday in the field house at the Fox Lake school. Family and friends watched as 399 seniors received their diplomas during the commencement exercises.

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    Grant Community High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 25 at the school in Fox Lake.

    Stephanie Valerio and Cesar Salinas have their photo taken before the Waubonsie Valley High School graduation on Sunday, May 25 at NIU in DeKalb.

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    Waubonsie Valley High School held its graduation Sunday, May 25 at NIU in DeKalb.


    Island Lake craft fair

    Island Lake officials and a charitable group called Marion’s Angels will host a craft fair in Island Lake on July 26.


    Lambs charity car, bike show

    Lambs Farm’s 2nd Annual Charity Car & Bike Show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1, featuring various makes and models of cars, trucks and bikes.


    Housing authority hosts gala

    The Lake County Housing Authority, in conjunction with Aim North Development Corporation, will host an evening of dinner, live entertainment, and dancing at its Annual Black Tie Gala on Friday, June 27.


    Public forum for District 73 options

    A public forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 at Middle School North, 201 Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, to discuss details of three possibilities the Hawthorn District 73 school board is considering.


    Streamwood Kiwanis hold shopping event

    The Kiwanis Club of Streamwood and Hanover Township Senior Services will hold the 6th Annual Spring Shopping Faire and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Rte. 59, Bartlett.

    President Barack Obama shakes hands during a troop rally at Bagram Air Field during an unannounced visit, on Sunday.

    In surprise visit, Obama says U.S. to keep limited Afghanistan role

    President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan for a surprise visit Sunday and made clear that the U.S. will likely maintain a limited role here even after its combat mission ends this year and America’s longest war comes to a close. “America’s commitment to the people of Afghanistan will endure,” he pledged.

    Pope Francis arrives to celebrate mass in Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

    Pope gives Palestinians a boost of support

    Pope Francis plunged Sunday into Mideast politics during his Holy Land pilgrimage, calling the current stalemate in peace efforts “unacceptable” and winning the acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to pay a symbolic visit to the Vatican next month to pray for peace.

    Alan and Shelly Engelhardt, in back; Laura Engelhardt, center; and Amanda and Jeff Engelhardt, front.

    Trial to begin for 2009 Hoffman Estates murders

    Five years ago, the Engelhardt family of Hoffman Estates was transformed by an awful act of violence. Now, D'Andre Howard -- the man who prosecutors say stabbed to death 18-year-old Laura Engelhardt; her father Alan; and her maternal grandmother Marlene Gacek -- goes on trial for their murders.

    Rose Thompson gives the Senior Reflection Address during the Metea Valley High School graduation on Sunday, May 25 at NIU in DeKalb.

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    Metea Valley High School held its graduation Sunday, May 25 at NIU in DeKalb.

    Gov. Pat Quinn hugs an athlete before the start of the 11th annual Salute Inc. Got Freedom? run/walk Sunday in Arlington Heights. The event raises money for military personnel and their families.

    Arlington Heights run raises money for military families

    More than 1,000 people participated Sunday in the 11th annual Salute Inc. run/walk in Arlington Heights. The event honors and raises money for military service personnel and their families.


    Ill. teacher indicted in school bomb-threat case

    A western Illinois special education teacher now faces a federal indictment accusing her of threatening to blow up her school.


    Quinn confident in fracking rule-making process

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration is reacting to a Marion Democrat’s proposal to jump-start hydraulic fracturing in Illinois after complaints from industry groups.

    Police wait at the scene after a drive-by shooting left seven people dead, including the attacker, and others wounded on Friday, May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif. Alan Shifman an attorney for Hollywood director Peter Rodger, who was an assistant director on The Hunger Games, said the family believes Rodger’s son, Elliot Rodger, is responsible for the shooting rampage near the Santa Barbara, California, university campus. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the shooter.

    Suspect in California rampage blamed aloof women

    n YouTube videos and a long written manifesto, Elliot Rodger aired his contempt for everyone from his roommates to the whole human race, reserving special hate for two groups: the women he says kept him a virgin for all of his 22 years, and the men they chose instead. Authorities said he put that bitterness into action in a stabbing and shooting rampage Friday night across the seaside California...

    This May 17, 2014 file photo shows Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaking in Franklin, Ky. Democrats in this midterm election-year are figuring out whether to embrace or eschew President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul _or something in-between_ as the president argues that his party shouldn’t apologize or be defensive about his signature accomplishment. The candidates aren’t so sure.

    Health law: Embrace, avoid or in between for Dems

    Democratic candidates are trying to figure out whether to embrace or avoid President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — or land somewhere in between. The president says his party shouldn’t apologize or go on the defensive about the Affordable Care Act. Candidates aren’t so sure.

    The report says that federal leaders “need to help undo the deep institutional neglect within major segments of the federal workforce.”

    Report: Federal workforce demoralized, neglected

    A new report on the state of the federal workforce can cause angst even in the sanguine. The title, “Embracing Change,” does not begin to convey the severity of the change that federal chief human capital officers (CHCOs) said is needed in a series of interviews with the Partnership for Public Service, a good-government group that focuses on federal workplace issues, and the Grant...

    The Chicago Art Instiute is among more than 2,000 museums nationwide offering free admittance to military personnel and their families. Click on the Blue Starr link in the story for a complete list.

    More than 2,000 museums offer military families free access

    More than 2,000 museums nationwide are offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer, beginning on Memorial Day.

    Joel and Patti Clousing of Wheaton hold a poem called “Hope” written by their son Keenan, who died of a heroin overdose on March 1 at age 19.

    Wheaton parents who lost son to heroin tell families to have hope

    Hope, Patti and Joel Clousing say, is what they always had for their 19-year-old son Keenan — despite the seven trips to rehab, the multiple stints in jail, the three horrific overdoses and the heroin addiction that ultimately took his life on March 1. “He had so much hope for himself,” Patti said. “He tried so hard and that's the part that just hurts.” The Wheaton...

    Airlines should be required to disclose fees for basic services like checked bags, an assigned seat and a carry-on bag wherever tickets are sold so that passengers know the true cost of airfares, the government said. Under new regulations proposed by the Department of Transportation, information on fees must be provided wherever passengers can purchase an airfare, including on a website, by telephone, or in-person.

    Airlines should disclose bag fees before purchase, U.S. says

    Airlines in the U.S. would have to disclose bag fees and seat-assignment charges upfront when tickets are sold under a proposed change in federal transportation regulations designed to protect consumers. Added fees make up a growing portion of the price of flying and those costs aren’t always obvious while buying a ticket.

    This combination of undated photos from the Megan’s Law website shows suspects, Steven Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, who were arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014, on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif. The two sex offenders charged with raping and killing four California women while wearing GPS monitors had escaped parole supervision and left the state together more than once in the four years before their most recent arrest, The Associated Press learned Friday May 23.

    Killing suspects duck GPS more than once

    A law enforcement official says two sex offenders charged with killing four California women while wearing GPS tracking devices had twice fled the state while under supervision of authorities.


    Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood is a perfect example of what the front office has been doing with its pitching plans.

    Cubs have shown ability to identify pitching bargains

    With all the elbows blowing out around baseball, there is a renewed conversation about how to protect pitchers’ arms or whether they can be truly protected. This discussion is particularly germane to the Cubs’ situation because it is no secret that while their system is deep in position players, they don’t possess a lot of high-ceiling pitchers.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane (88), right, controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings’ Jeff Carter (77) during the first period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

    Blackhawks’ Kane looking for more

    Patrick Kane is bummed. “I don’t think I’ve played up to par the first three games of the series,” Kane admitted after practice Sunday.

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter waves to the crowd after being presented with gifts from the White Sox Sunday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field. Jeter then went out and got 4 hits in the Yankees’ 7-1 victory.

    Yes, Yankees are quite a thing

    Despite arguably the most disappointing loss of the season Saturday, the atmosphere of the four-game series against the Yankees was as good as we’ve seen this season on the South Side. A sold-out crowd Sunday and a near-capacity stadium Saturday, not just to watch the Sox play but also to see Derek Jeter’s last regular-season games in Chicago.


    Hawks hope practice helps power play

    The Blackhawks spent a good deal of time at practice Sunday working on their power play.Being just 1-for-21 on the road with the man advantage — including 0-for-4 in Game 3 — might just be the reason.

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, is presented with gifts from White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko before a baseball game in Chicago on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

    Sox honor Jeter, then he helps defeat them

    Following a "weird" pregame ceremony, Derek Jeter came through with 4 hits and 2 RBI while leading the Yankees over the White Sox Sunday. It was very likely Jeter's last game in Chicago.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Kevin Durant (35) exchange high-fives in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoff series in the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City won 106-97. Durant scored 25 points and 10 rebounds. Ibaka had 15 points.

    Thunder cut Spurs’ series lead to 2-1

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Serge Ibaka scored 15 points in a dramatic return from what was thought to be a season-ending left calf strain to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-97 on Sunday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.Russell Westbrook had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Thunder cut the Spurs’ lead in the series to 2-1.Ibaka started after missing the first two games of the series. The Thunder had said he likely would miss the rest of the playoffs, but the team changed course Friday. “Obviously Serge came in and gave us a big lift not only on the defensive end but the offensive end,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.Manu Ginobili scored 23 points and Tim Duncan added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs.Game 4 is Tuesday night at Oklahoma City.Ibaka, who also had seven rebounds and four blocks, pointed to the sky as he left the game to cheers with 3:17 remaining and the Thunder ahead by 20 points. The Thunder outrebounded the Spurs 52-36 after losing the battle of the boards in the first two games. San Antonio, which shot at least 50 percent in the first two games, shot just 40 percent on Sunday night. “I was very disappointed that we didn’t come out with more of a foot in the neck sort of attitude,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They killed us on the boards, they beat us in 50-50 balls and that’s very disappointing to me.” San Antonio won the first two games by a combined 52 points, but things were different from the start with Ibaka’s return. Brooks also inserted speedy Reggie Jackson into the starting lineup in Thabo Sefolosha’s place. Jackson finished with 15 points.“We bounced back tonight. We always talk about that bounce-back ability and we had that tonight,” Brooks said.The crowd roared when Ibaka’s name was announced during pregame introductions, and it got even louder when he started playing. He had eight points, three rebounds and two blocks in just over six minutes of play in the first quarter. Twice in the final minute of the first half, Ginobili hit 3-pointers, and both times, Westbrook answered with a 3-pointer. The last one, with 0.6 seconds left, gave the Thunder a 57-53 lead. Oklahoma City shot 56 percent in the first half, but turned the ball over 12 times. Ginobili had 20 points and made 5 of 7 3-pointers before the break to keep the Spurs close.Oklahoma City extended its lead to 83-76 at the end of the third quarter. A runner by Durant, then a 3-pointer by Caron Butler pushed the Thunder lead to 90-76 with just over 10 minutes to play. Notes: Thunder C Kendrick Perkins picked up his third foul eight minutes into the game. He played just 13 minutes and finished with four points and three rebounds. Backup center Steven Adams, a rookie, had seven points and nine rebounds. ... Thunder G Derek Fisher took a hit and was bleeding from the top of his head in the first quarter. He got six stitches. ... The Thunder shot 63 percent from the field in the first quarter but trailed 29-28 at the end of the period. ... Westbrook was issued a technical foul in the first quarter. ... Ginobili scored just three points in the second half.

    Driver Jimmie Johnson raises the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 25, 2014.

    Johnson ends drought at Coca-Cola 600

    CONCORD, N.C. — About the only one not worried about Jimmie Johnson’s victory drought this season was the Sprint Cup defending champion. After his dominating show this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Johnson gave his competitors plenty to worry about. Johnson reached Victory Lane for the first time this season at the Coca-Cola 600, finishing off a dominating week at a track many have called “Jimmie’s House.” “It’s great to win, but believe me, and I promise you, all the hype and all the concern and worry, that was elsewhere. That wasn’t in my head,” Johnson said. Now, Johnson can think about his record-breaking seventh Cup win at Charlotte, about his 13th straight NASCAR season with a victory or about his fourth 600 victory to trail only Darrell Waltrip’s five in the series’ longest race. And maybe throw a scare into opponents that Johnson’s run at top isn’t over yet. “They know we are awake,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, the 48 is heading that way and we can give other people something to think about.”This time, Johnson swept past Matt Kenseth nine laps from the end and was never pressured after that. Johnson earned the pole Thursday night, was strong at practice Saturday and led 165 of 400 laps Sunday. Kevin Harvick, who led 100 laps, was second. Kenseth finished third with Carl Edwards fourth. Jamie McMurray, the All-Star race winner last weekend at the track, was fifth. Kurt Busch’s attempt at motorsports history ended with 129 laps to go when he blew an engine. Busch finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500, but could not complete the 600 and become just the second racer ever — Tony Stewart was the first — to navigate all 1,100 miles on auto racing’s biggest weekend. Harvick had won two of the past three 600s and led 100 laps this time. He fell back in the latter stages as he dealt with car problems and could not get back to the front. “We needed a 700-mile race to get back to where we needed to be,” Harvick said. Brad Keselowski held the lead and appeared to have out-pitted Johnson’s No. 48 group with a final stop 55 laps from the end. But a vibration in the Penske machine sent Keselowski back to the pits and a lap down. Much of the pre-race attention was centered on whether Busch or points leader Jeff Gordon would make to the starting line. Busch because of his 850-mile trek South from Indiana and Gordon because of back spasms that cropped up Thursday after qualifying and were still severe enough Saturday for him to leave the track early after just a few laps of practice. But both were there when the green flag dropped, although Busch’s arrival was far more dramatic with the helicopter circling the track and landing on the infield close to the start-finish line about an hour before the race began. He received loud cheers and plenty of high-fives from fans and took a seat on the bench where driver introductions were made. As colleagues and competitors made their way up the steps, most made sure to chat up Busch or shake his hand on a job well done. Busch had a bit of luck to stay on the lead lap, twice earning a lucky dog bid after going a lap down to return among the leaders. He eventually reached the top 10 and was running 16th when smoke started pouring out of his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet and sent him behind the wall and to a 40th-place finish. “Kind of a shame, kind of symbolizes how it’s been for the Haas Automation team,” Busch said. “We gave it our all with the way we were clawing our way up there.” The 42-year-old Gordon, a four-time series champion, has dealt with back problems before and his No. 24 team had driver Regan Smith on standby if Gordon couldn’t go.

    Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski, left, and New York Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello react after New York Rangers’ Derick Brassard scored during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in New York.

    Rangers are one win from Cup finals

    NEW YORK — Martin St. Louis put New York within one win of the Stanley Cup finals, scoring 6:02 into overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night.A loose puck came to St. Louis, the Rangers’ inspirational postseason leader, alone in the right circle and he fired a snap shot over goalie Dustin Tokarski’s shoulder. The Rangers, who lead the series 3-1, were forced to overtime for the second straight game despite holding a pair of one-goal leads. New York lost Game 3 at home.Carl Hagelin put the Rangers in front with a short-handed goal in the first period, and Derick Brassard made it 2-1 in the second. Hagelin also assisted on St. Louis’ goal.Francis Bouillon tied it in the second, and fellow defenseman P.K. Subban made it 2-2 in the third with a power-play goal. David Desharnais assisted on both for Montreal.

    Manny Ramirez signed a minor-league deal Sunday with the Cubs on Sunday and will be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa after he gets some at-bats in extended spring training.

    If Manny can join Cubs, what about Sammy?

    It doesn't make much sense for the Cubs to welcome Manny Ramirez into the organization, as they did Sunday, while continuing to ostracize Sammy Sosa.

    White Sox closer Ronald Belisario reacts during Saturday’s blown safe, when the Yankees scored 3 runs in the ninth inning and won in the 10th. Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday he is sticking with Belisario as his closer.

    Belisario will remain as White Sox closer

    The White Sox didn't need a closer during Sunday's 7-1 loss to Derek Jeter and the Yankees at soldout U.S. Cellular Field. But if a save situation did present itself, manager Robin Ventura said the struggling Ronald Belisario would have gotten the call again.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Monday, May 26

    Joe Kristufek's selections for Monday, May 26, races at Arlington International.

    San Diego Padres pinch runner Tyson Ross sides past Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker, right, while scoring against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in San Diego.

    Padres slide past Cubs 4-3

    SAN DIEGO — Ian Kennedy pitched six strong innings and the San Diego Padres held on for a 4-3 win over the Cubs on Sunday.Kennedy (3-6) allowed one run and two hits with six strikeouts. He walked two in earning his first win in five starts. Huston Street got his 14th save in as many chances, although he gave up a two-run homer to Starlin Castro in the ninth inning.The Cubs, who had four hits, were trying to win their first series since Sept. 9-11 in Cincinnati.The Padres went ahead, 2-1, in the sixth inning on Carlos Quentin’s pinch-hit single off reliever James Russell, after Chase Headley’s sacrifice fly tied the game. Two walks by starter Jason Hammel (5-3) helped extend the inning.For Quentin, it was his third pinch-hit RBI in two games after a two-run, homer in Saturday’s loss. Jedd Gyorko’s double drove in Seth Smith and Tyson Ross, who was running for Quentin, for a 4-1 lead. Emilio Bonifacio misplayed Gyorko’s ball in center, allowing Ross to score.A sixth-inning home run by Junior Lake gave the Cubs a brief lead although it took a little while for him to celebrate. Lake’s arching drive off a curveball took Smith to the left-field wall, where it appeared that Smith snatched the ball before it reached the seats. Lake showed disgust in thinking he had just missed breaking the scoreless tie and he nearly veered off the base paths.But second base umpire Greg Gibson gave the home run signal and Lake resumed his trot at third base.Hammel retired 11 straight before Yonder Alonso lined a single to right in the fifth inning, the Padres’ first hit. Alonso stole second and advanced to third on Cameron Maybin’s one-out infield single. But Maybin was picked off first by Hammel and Rene Rivera struck out to end the threat.The Cubs didn’t have much luck against Kennedy early. Castro got into scoring position in the second inning after a leadoff single and walk to Luis Valbuena. But Kennedy got the next three batters.The Cubs’ only other baserunner before Lake’s home run was a one-out walk to him in the third inning.Hammel pitched 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.NOTES: The Padres are encouraged with the progress RHP Andrew Cashner is making with his sore right elbow. Cashner, who is on the DL, will throw again on Monday after playing catch on Saturday. ... LHP Robbie Erlin, on the DL with a sore throwing elbow, is scheduled to throw next weekend ... Quentin is expected to start on Monday against the Diamondbacks. Quentin had missed four games with a groin injury. ... Valbuena’s eight-game hitting streak, which tied a career high, was snapped. ... Cubs RHP Jef Samardzija (0-4, 1.96) faces Giants RHP Yusmeiro Petit (3-1, 4.76) on Monday. It will be Samardzija’s 200th career game. ... Padres RHP Tyson Ross (5-4, 2.64) goes against Arizona RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 4.67) on Monday.

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett, left, celebrates with catcher Drew Butera after striking out Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley looking for a no-hitter baseball game, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. Los Angeles won 6-0.

    Beckett throws no-hitter for Dodgers

    PHILADELPHIA — Josh Beckett started talking about throwing a no-hitter in the fourth inning, ignoring traditional superstitions and making his catcher nervous in the process.The big, folksy Texan had stuff that was too dominant to worry about a jinx.Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his stellar career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 on Sunday.A year ago, Beckett was nearly derailed by a nerve condition that left him unable to feel his fingertips. On this day, he was downright nasty. “I was joking about it because I was waiting for them to get a hit,” Beckett said. “You don’t think at this point of your career that you’re going to do that. I just don’t feel that my stuff is good enough to do that. I’m probably as hard on myself as anybody.”Beckett stuck out six, walked three and didn’t come close to allowing a hit against a lineup that included two former NL MVPs and four former All-Stars. Beckett has credentials, too: A three-time All-Star, he also was a World Series MVP.The 34-year-old right-hander threw 128 pitches. He fanned five-time All-Star Chase Utley on a called strike three to end the game.“It’s very special. It takes really good defense behind you, a little luck sprinkled in and making pitches when you need to make pitches,” Beckett said. “That’s a good-hitting team you don’t take lightly.”Beckett mixed a sharp fastball with a slow, deceptive curve that kept hitters off-balance while retiring 23 straight batters at one stretch. He pitched the Dodgers’ first no-hitter since Hideo Nomo beat Colorado at Coors Field in 1996, and the 21st in franchise history. Sandy Koufax threw four.“I knew he had something special going early,” catcher Drew Butera said. “I was a nervous wreck from the fourth inning on when he said he had never taken one this far. He’s a guy who is going to keep it loose and he didn’t want anybody to be thinking about it.”Beckett pitched the first no-hitter in the majors since Miami’s Henderson Alvarez did it against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 season.Beckett also became the first visiting pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Philadelphia since Montreal’s Bill Stoneman stopped the Phillies on April 17, 1969, at Connie Mack Stadium.All of the defensive plays behind Beckett were routine. Domonic Brown had the hardest out, a liner that left fielder Carl Crawford ran down near the warning track in the fifth.Beckett sat at the end of the bench, next to a security guard, as the Dodgers batted in the ninth inning, before taking the mound in his bid for history.“It was awesome. You think about it pretty much from the fourth on. I’m not one of those guys that carried a lot of no-hitters deep into games,” he said.Beckett’s longest previous bid was 6 2-3 innings before allowing a single to Detroit’s Curtis Granderson on June 3, 2009.Beckett retired pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. on a popup to shortstop to start the ninth. Speedy Ben Revere followed with a grounder that first baseman Adrian Gonzalez fielded, and he flipped to Beckett covering the bag for the second out.“It was the most excited I’ve ever been playing defense,” Gonzalez said.Jimmy Rollins was up next, and Beckett walked him on a full-count pitch. That brought up Utley, and when the count when to 3-2, Butera went to the mound to talk to Beckett.Beckett then threw a 94 mph fastball that Utley looked at, and plate umpire Brian Knight called strike three to end it.“I knew he wasn’t expecting me to throw a fastball down the middle,” Beckett said.

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, right, is presented with gifts from Chicago White Sox Paul Konerko before a baseball game in Chicago on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

    White Sox give up 4 hits to Jeter in loss

    Derek Jeter had four hits and Masahiro Tanaka rebounded nicely from his first major league loss, leading the New York Yankees to a 7-1 victory over the White Sox on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.Brett Gardner had a big two-run single in New York’s four-run second inning as the Yankees closed out an extended stay in Chicago with a pair of wins against the White Sox. Brian Roberts added a solo homer in the eighth in his return to the lineup after missing a game with a sore right knee.Tanaka (7-1) pitched into the seventh inning as New York improved to 3-3 on its unusual nine-game trip to Chicago and St. Louis. The Yankees split two games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and then had another split in their four-game set on Chicago’s South Side.Conor Gillaspie had two hits and drove in a run for the White Sox, who had won eight consecutive home games against New York before Saturday’s loss. Andre Rienzo (4-1) struck out seven in five innings, but allowed four earned runs and seven hits.Jeter once again heard loud cheers throughout the day in what likely was his final game in Chicago. The 13-time All-Star plans to retire after the season.The White Sox honored the captain of the Yankees with a pregame video and presented the 39-year-old shortstop with three gifts: a baseball-themed bench made by former White Sox and Yankees player Ron Kittle, enclosed infield clay from the shortstop area at U.S. Cellular Field and a $5,000 donation to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.Jeter waved to the sellout crowd of 39,142 after he received the gifts from White Sox slugger Paul Konerko, who also plans to retire after the season. He also acknowledged the home dugout, where the White Sox applauded the pregame ceremony from the top step.Once the game started, it was all business for Jeter.He drove in Roberts with his second single in the second. He tripled past diving center fielder Adam Eaton in the fourth and scored on Rienzo’s wild pitch, and then added another run-scoring single in the sixth.The crowd gave Jeter a standing ovation when he batted for the last time in the eighth, and then applauded again when he struck out swinging to end the inning. It was Jeter’s first four-hit game since a 9-6 loss at the White Sox on Aug. 20, 2012.New York’s 10-hit attack was more than enough for Tanaka, who allowed one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. The Japanese right-hander struck out six and walked two in his 10th major league start.Tanaka was coming off a 6-1 loss to the lowly Cubs on Tuesday that ended his unbeaten streak at 42 regular-season starts. He had been 34-0 in Japan and North America the last two seasons, though he did drop Game 6 of the Japan Series last year before earning the save in Game 7. NOTES: It was Jeter’s first triple since New York’s 22-9 victory over Oakland on Aug. 25, 2011. ... Yankees RHP Michael Pineda is scheduled to pitch two innings in an extended spring training game on Tuesday. Pineda was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 6 with a shoulder muscle injury. ... RHP Frank Francisco, who was designated for assignment when the White Sox activated Chris Sale on Thursday, declined his minor league assignment and became a free agent. ... The White Sox traded minor league C Hector Gimenez to Toronto for cash. ... Yankees slugger Carlos Beltran will attempt some dry swings in New York on Monday. Beltran is out with a bone spur in his right elbow that could require surgery. ... The White Sox host Cleveland on Monday in the opener of a three-game series. The Yankees travel to St. Louis to begin a three-game set against the Cardinals.


    Shocker: Manny Ramirez joins Iowa Cubs as player/coach

    The Cubs on Sunday announced they have hired former big-league slugger Manny Ramirez to be a player-coach at their Class AAA Iowa farm team. They say Ramirez is not going to play for the big-league team. Ramirez was suspended for violated baseball's drug policy as a player. With Ramirez in the fold, should the Cubs bring back their former slugger, Sammy Sosa?

    Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates winning the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday.

    Hunter-Reay holds off Castroneves in close Indy 500 finish

    INDIANAPOLIS — The finish was worth the wait for Ryan Hunter-Reay, who used a series of daredevil moves to deny Helio Castroneves a chance at history. Hunter-Reay became the first American since 2006 to win the Indianapolis 500, passing Castroneves at the Yard of Bricks as the two bright yellow cars raced wheel-to-wheel under the white flag in a thrilling final lap. As Hunter-Reay surged ahead down the backstretch, Castroneves took one final look coming out of Turn 4 but couldn’t pull off the pass. Hunter-Reay won by 0.060 seconds — the second closest finish in race history since Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by 0.043 seconds in 1992. “I’m a proud American boy, that’s for sure,” Hunter-Reay said in Victory Lane. “I’ve watched this race since I was sitting in diapers on the floor in front of the TV. This is American history, this race, this is American tradition.” Castroneves, trying to become the fourth driver to win a record fourth Indianapolis 500, settled for second. He was devastated by the defeat and needed several moments to compose himself, slumped in his car, head down and helmet on, before he was ready to speak. The Brazilian said a caution with 10 laps to go that caused a red flag so track workers could clean up debris and make repairs to the track wall broke his rhythm. “It was a great fight,” he smiled. “I tell you what, I was having a great time. Unfortunately second. It’s good, but second sucks, you know what I mean?”Marco Andretti finished third and Carlos Munoz was fourth as Andretti Autosport had three cars in the top four, as well as the winner. Kurt Busch, also in a Honda for Andretti, was sixth in his first race of the day. He left immediately after the race to fly to North Carolina for Sunday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, where he was expected to run 600 miles in his bid to become just the second driver to complete 1,100 miles in one day. Three other drivers made the attempt, but only Tony Stewart in 2001 completed The Double. Stewart was sixth at Indy and third at Charlotte Motor Speedway.“All in all, I’m very pleased. I cannot believe the execution of this team,” Busch said before hustling away to a helicopter ride to his waiting plane. “I tried to enjoy it. My throat’s real dry because I was smiling the whole time and the fresh air was coming in my mouth.”Marco Andretti appeared to have a shot at the win, but never could mix it up with Hunter-Reay and Castroneves as the two leaders swapped position four times in the final five laps. “Ryan’s just been a huge part of our team, a great guy, a friend,” said Michael Andretti, who won for the third time as a team owner and watched his son finish third. “To have him get a win here is awesome, he deserves it, he deserves to have his face on that trophy. If it couldn’t be Marco, he’s the next guy I wanted.” A year ago, Hunter-Reay was passed for the lead with three laps remaining and went on to finish third as the race finished under caution. He was leading Sunday and had control of the race until Townsend Bell’s crash brought out the red flag. Hunter-Reay figured his chances were over. “I can’t get a break,” he lamented on his team radio. But after swapping the lead with Castroneves three times, including a dramatic inside move in Turn 3, Hunter-Reay made the final and decisive pass as the two cars took the white flag. “At the end of the day there’s stupid and bravery, and I think we were right there on the edge, both of us,” said Castroneves. “I’m glad we both come out in a good way. I’m sad it did not come out the way I wanted.”


    This undated image provided by Kings Island amusement park in Kings Island, Ohio, near Cincinnati, shows the recently opened Banshee roller coaster. It’s named for a wailing mythological messenger from the underworld and includes a 167-foot lift hill and a 150-foot curved first drop.

    Tips for saving money on a theme park visit

    As the summer travel season starts several theme parks have raised their ticket prices. But don’t let that put a damper on your plans. Here are several ways to control the cost of a theme park visit.


    Work Advice: Minding your own business; getting others to mind theirs

    A co-worker recently asked me what was going on between a new male manager (divorced) and our female boss (married). How much do you get involved in rumors? Or warn HR about them?

    The Department of Transportation proposed a new set of rules aimed at protecting airline passengers by requiring more disclosure of airline fees.

    Your guide to navigating confusing airline fees

    The Department of Transportation proposed a new set of rules aimed at protecting airline passengers by requiring more disclosure of airline fees. Here are some common questions regarding the plethora of fees that fliers face today.


    Career Coach: Paying enough attention to the future

    Time is your most precious currency, and investing it wisely is critical to shaping your future. This notion is often neglected, because the present typically takes precedence. Think of the activities that you perform on a regular basis. Reflect on your daily routine from the moment that you wake up to the moment that you go to bed at night.

    When it comes to clothing, Americans don’t need their mamas to tell them they better shop around. And as shoppers take advantage of heavy discounts, prices have been kept lean — setting a limit on the acceleration in inflation that Federal Reserve policymakers are trying to achieve.

    Weaker clothing prices keep inflation in check

    When it comes to clothing, Americans don’t need their mamas to tell them they better shop around. And as shoppers take advantage of heavy discounts, prices have been kept lean -- setting a limit on the acceleration in inflation that Federal Reserve policy makers are trying to achieve.

    Hackers accessed accounts of My Sony Club, Sony Corp.’s loyalty program. Through the series of account break-ins, the perpetrators exchanged the points of 273 members for $7,415 worth of gift certificates.

    Identity thieves target customer loyalty websites

    Websites for customer loyalty programs have seen a rise in illegal access to customer accounts and a growing number of thefts of member program points. The cases involve illegal access to loyalty program sites of airlines, home electronics makers, credit card companies and other firms.

    Children get off a bus in front of what was formerly Kenilworth Elementary School and now the headquarters for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI), which provides after-school programming, in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood of Washington. Backed by a multiyear, $28 million Education Department grant, the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) vows to tackle generational poverty with a fresh approach — if a parent’s level of education improves, so does a child’s prospects. In Kenilworth-Parkside, helping the children get a good education is a primary focus, but it’s the adults they must first engage. And many of them are skeptical.

    Tackling poverty: DC community tries new approach

    Backed by a multi-year, $28 million Education Department grant, the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) vows to tackle generational poverty with a fresh approach -- if a parent’s level of education improves, so does a child’s prospects. In Kenilworth-Parkside, helping the children get a good education is a primary focus, but it’s the adults they must first engage. And many of them are skeptical.

    Small coffee producer Hector Perez show coffee beans damaged by the roya fungus in San Gaspar Vivar, Guatemala. The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease _ and to keep the price of your morning cup down. A fungus called coffee rust has already caused more than $1 billion in damage across the Latin American region.

    Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends

    The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease — and hold down the price of your morning cup. At issue is a fungus called coffee rust that has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin American region.


    Mom and pop wager against hedge funds in junk-rated loan market

    Mom-and-Pop investors have had it with junk-rated loans. Professional money managers, meanwhile, are still piling in and using borrowed money to buy them up.

    Former Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel’s total pay fell 35 percent to $13 million in his last year at the helm as the company’s board revamped compensation plans amid complaints from shareholders that he was paid too much, according to a regulatory filing.

    Target ex-CEO’s pay fell 35 percent in final year

    Former Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel’s total pay fell 35 percent to $13 million in his last year at the helm as the company’s board revamped compensation plans amid complaints from shareholders that he was paid too much, according to a regulatory filing.

    Make sure you take photos for your rental car when traveling this summer to avoid surprise costs.

    Tips for avoiding travel road bumps, costly mistakes

    The secrets to a hassle-free summer vacation seem simple enough: Keep a checklist. Read the rules, especially if you’re flying. Take photos of your rental car. Don’t make assumptions about your hotel. And remember your paperwork when you’re traveling overseas. But simple as that sounds, in practice it’s not always that easy.

    Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the commencement ceremony Monday, May 19, 2014 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. It was Abramson’s first public appearance since her dismissal from The New York Times.

    Why does the top editor of the New York Times make so little money?

    Speculation has been rampant about Jill Abramson's salary as the executive editor of The New York Times. Be it $475,000 or $559,000, why is the top editor at one of journalism’s most prestigious institutions paid relatively so little? But presidents of small colleges get paid more, as do heads of charitable organizations. At major television networks, a $500,000 salary for a top-tier executive looks like pocket change.

    Thai soldiers scuffle with protesters during an anti-coup demonstration at the Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, May 24. Thailand’s coup leaders said Saturday that they would keep former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders detained for up to a week to give them “time to think” and to keep the country calm. They also summoned outspoken academics to report to the junta.

    Thai army holds ex-PM, protest leaders ‘to think’

    Thailand’s coup leaders said Saturday, May 24, they would keep former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Cabinet members and anti-government protest leaders detained for up to a week to give them “time to think” and to keep the country calm. They also summoned outspoken academics to report to the junta.

Life & Entertainment

    Irrigation systems allow for lawns to be watered prperly without wasting water. Some systems are even connected to weather.com for more accurate water usage, said Colin Taheny of RYCO Design Group.

    Right equipment: Tools of the trade keep yard looking nice

    When homeowners think of their backyards, most immediately think of the fun stuff — the flowering trees, beautiful flowers, great patio, comfortable furniture and the fire pit that gives them so much enjoyment. But it is often the basic “nuts and bolts” equipment no one sees that makes it possible for residents and visitors to thoroughly enjoy a yard.

    Actors Steve Carell, right, and actor Channing Tatum laugh during a Monday, May 19, photo call for “Foxcatcher” at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in southern France.

    Images: Cannes fun, fashion
    Cannes Film Festival is about so much more than just movies. It’s also one of the biggest celebrity events in the world — pulling in stars ranging from Marion Cotillard to Nicole Kidman, Lupita Nyong’o and Julianne Moore for 12 days of red carpet photocalls. Here are some of the 67th annual festival’s best fashions and most fun moments.

    Actress Jessica Chastain poses for photographers as she arrives for the May 19 screening of “Foxcatcher” at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival in southern France.

    Cannes’ fashion highs

    Cannes Film Festival is about so much more than just movies. It’s also one of the biggest celebrity events in the world — pulling in stars ranging from Marion Cotillard to Nicole Kidman, Lupita Nyong’o and Julianne Moore for 12 days of red carpet photocalls. Here were the 67th annual festival’s greatest fashion looks:

    Actor Steve Carell poses for photographers during a photo call May 19 for “Foxcatcher’ at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival in southern France.

    The most buzzed-about performances at Cannes

    The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival featured a number of remarkable performances, many of them from big-name stars. Among the actors that had Cannes buzzing: Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall and Robert Pattinson.


    Director of Malaysian plane film rushed promo

    The director of a movie based on the Malaysian Airlines plane disappearance says he rushed the trailer of the project so he could bring it to the Cannes Film Festival. “I was seeing the festival calendars and I could not miss Cannes. And so I told my team to make a trailer immediately,” said Rupesh Paul of his planned film, “The Vanishing Act.”

    Theme nights are part of the fun at Kane County Cougars games in Geneva.

    Professional sports teams kick up fun factor in suburbs

    It's not all big-money, big-city baseball when it comes to summer sports. Locally, you can take the family to minor-league games, professional women's sports and more — all offering hours of activities that go beyond what's happening on the scoreboard. A giant squirt gun fight, concerts, tailgate parties and the chance to run the bases are just some of the fun that local sports teams are offering this summer.

    1941 Harley-Davidson “Knucklehead”

    Small details matter when restoring 1941 Harley-Davidson

    When you get right down to it, hardware is an integral part of our rolling motorized machines. Simple nuts and bolts may seem trivial but it’s small elements like those that get John Incaudo’s excited. He’s restored his 1941 Harley Davidson motorcycle four different times.

    Lionel Richie continues last year’s smash “All The Hits All Night Long” tour through summer 2014 in the U.S.

    Lionel Richie talks BET honor, upcoming tour

    Life, and his kids, are keeping Lionel Richie busy these days. He's kicking off the second leg of his “All the Hits All Night Long” tour, which starts up May 29 in Vancouver, Canada. And next month he will be honored at the BET Awards with a lifetime achievement award.

    Georgia-born Brantley Gilbert says he is more than two years sober, but he’s not giving up singing songs about drinking.

    A sober Brantley Gilbert still singing party songs

    Go ahead and congratulate country rocker Brantley Gilbert on his No. 1 hit, “Bottoms Up.” Just don’t buy him a beer. The Georgia-born singer with the bad boy image is more than two years sober, but his latest hit shows he can still be the life of the party — even without alcohol. “I am still around it. I still party my butt off, man,” Gilbert said.

    Jessica Chastain discussed her upcoming role in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” while at Cannes.

    Jessica Chastain on ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ Cannes

    Years ago at a film festival, Jessica Chastain saw a short by Ned Benson and ran up to him to say she wanted to work with him. “I was his first fan,” she says. When Benson later penned a script about a man’s relationship with his wife before and after a tragic event, Chastain urged him to develop a female perspective. The result was Benson’s innovatively structured “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” which stars Chastain.

    Matt Bomer, background, and Mark Ruffalo star in an update of Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about the start of the AIDS crisis. This new version of “The Normal Heart,” on HBO on Sunday, captures the urgency and righteous outrage that the author first intended 30 years ago.

    HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’: An outrage that’s still relevant

    What luck to have lived long enough to blithely watch an HBO movie adaptation of Larry Kramer’s 1985 play, “The Normal Heart,” from the vantage point of 2014, where the HIV and AIDS epidemic can be included on a list of crises abated. “The Normal Heart,” which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO, no matter how powerful or moving it may still be, exists in a retrospective context. It’s a strange encounter; any perspective feels like a dodged bullet to Americans who came of age under a cloud of sexually transmitted plague.

    Chicago Vascular Clinic specialist Dr. Parag Doshi is the first physician in Illinois to provide vascular care in his personalized outpatient lab in Schaumburg.The nationally recognized interventional cardiologist is dedicated to amputation prevention.

    Schaumburg doctor aims to prevent amputations

    Chicago Vascular Clinic specialist Dr. Parag Doshi is the first physician in Illinois to provide vascular care in his personalized outpatient lab in Schaumburg. The nationally recognized interventional cardiologist is dedicated to amputation prevention and has successfully treated over 5,500 patients who suffer from Peripheral Arterial Disease.


    Reader’s patio condition backslides

    Q. We have a patio in the back of our house. Part of it is starting to slope toward the house and we want to replace it. One contractor tells us not to concrete the patio to the foundation, especially if we worry about water getting in to our finished basement. The other guy tells us we should concrete all the way to the house, including affixing it with pins to the foundation but using something to allow it to rise and fall with the weather. Which one is right?

    Guests can buy, sell and trade coins and paper money at the Geneva Coin Club's Memorial Day Weekend Coin Show.

    Sunday picks: Buy, sell and trade coins in Elgin

    The Geneva Coin Club hosts its Memorial Day Weekend Coin Show at the Holiday Inn in Elgin Sunday. Reveries In Motion Dance Company performs a collection of modern and jazz dance pieces for “Compass,” a fundraiser for Compass to Care to support children who have to travel great distances for cancer treatment. Acclaimed Canadian comedian Jeremy Hotz continues his standup engagement at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Browse the works of more than 100 juried artists from around the world at the Barrington Art Festival this weekend at the Village Center. All this and more in the suburbs and city this weekend.


    State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Republican from Wheaton, shown here at a February forum at the Wheaton Park District Community Center, thinks the process for allotting veterans funds to community colleges “looks awfully political.”

    Editorial: Why are suburban community colleges shut out on grants?

    A Daily Herald editorial asks why only 18 of the state's 43 community colleges receive grant money to help pay for the tuition waivers they grant veterans -- and why none of them are among the community colleges in the suburbs

    Senator Mark Kirk.

    U.S. must condemn persecution in Iran

    Guest columnists Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk: The Iranian regime has long engaged in a campaign to eradicate the Bahá’í Faith. Ensuring that none of these acts go unnoticed is fundamental to preventing human rights violations.


    Wheaton family still sees ‘hope’ despite son’s fatal heroin overdose

    Rather than turn inward and feel sorry for themselves, a Wheaton family wants to tell of their teen son's fatal heroin overdose in hopes that others will learn not to give up on loved ones in the throes of addcition, writes Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.


    Writer misguided about Chicago racism
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: “Chicago has a proud history as a progressive city, so I’ve been surprised to discover just how much old-school racism still lurks below the surface.” So opined John Mehrtens in a “Guest view” column in the Daily Herald, concerning “racist” sport team logos. Has this “assistant professor of political science” just awakened from a long slumber?


    Districts had control over pension spikes
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In the May 18 Daily Herald article on school district pension penalties, Schaumburg Elementary District 54 Assistant Superintendent Ric King states (in regards to pension penalties incurred by his district) that “... the (penalty) payments are out of our control.” School districts in this area continue to act like they had no choice but to dole out outrageous salary spikes to their retiring educators.


    Memorial Day should focus on veterans
    A Park Ridge letter to the editor: Memorial Day is special, and we need to pause and remember why we march. The media has taken over this day and run with it ever since we can recall. Some even use the term have a “Happy Memorial Day.”


    One our oldest and darkest legacies
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I’ve been following the headlines out of Nigeria regarding the mass abduction of school girls by Boko Haram. It seems that Boko Haram intends to sell them into sex slavery and if that’s true they would become the latest victims in one of the world’s oldest and darkest legacies.


    A big snow globe, flying through space
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Michael Mondach in his May 20 letter believes there is no global warming. OK, so the scientists down in the Antarctic and in Greenland doing the ice bore samples are wasting their time?


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