Daily Archive : Monday May 26, 2014



    No one hurt in Elgin house fire

    No one was injured in an early Monday morning house fire on the 800 block of Brook Street in Elgin. The fire was contained to the the rear of the house. It was caused by logs stored near the house from a previous night's use in an outdoor fireplace, fire officials said.

    Three people were shot Monday in a home on Morning Glory Lane in Huntley.

    1 dead, 2 wounded in Sun City shooting

    One person was dead and two relatives were injured after a shooting Monday evening in Huntley, police said. The violence involved three members of the same family and followed an argument, police said. It occurred about 5 p.m. in a house on the 11000 block of Morning Glory Lane. Mark Grundei, 50, shot his brother, Robert, in the chest, killing him, Police Chief John Perkins said.


    Part of grandstand crumbling at state fairgrounds

    Illinois’ dismal finances are being blamed for the disrepair of the grandstand at the state fairgrounds in Springfield. A section of the roof is falling apart, dropping wood onto the seats below. Cleaners noticed pieces of debris in the stands, and workers had to rush to install a safety barrier on the underside of the roof before this past weekend’s Springfield Mile motorcycle...

    Nigeria’s chief of defense staff Air Marshal Alex S. Badeh, centre, speaks Monday during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria. Scores of protesters chanting “Bring Back Our Girls” marched in the Nigerian capital Monday to protest the abductions of more than 300 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government’s failure to rescue them and the killings of scores of teachers by Islamic extremists in recent years.

    Girls located, but Nigerian military wary of armed rescue

    ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country’s chief of defense said Monday.

    Smoke rises at the airport outside Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday, May 26, 2014. Ukraine’s military launched airstrikes Monday against the separatists who had taken over the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk, suggesting that fighting in the east is far from over.

    Ukraine launches airstrike on rebels

    DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president-elect said Monday he wants to begin talks with Moscow and end a pro-Russia insurgency in the east, but the rebels escalated the conflict by occupying a major airport, and the government in Kiev responded with an airstrike.

    Pope Francis talks to journalists Monday during a press conference he held aboard the papal flight on his way back to Rome at the end of a three-day trip to the Middle East. Pope Francis announced he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared “zero tolerance” for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.

    Pope: ‘Zero tolerance’ for clergy who abuse children

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis announced Monday he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared “zero tolerance” for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.

    This Sept. 15, 2013, file photo shows Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaking during a news conference in Harrisburg, Pa. Corbett publicly opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage. One after another and in sometimes evocative language, judges appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents are declaring it’s too late to turn back on the topic of same-sex marriage. The latest ruling, in Pennsylvania, was followed quickly by word from Republican Corbett that he would not appeal and instead let the decision take effect. Corbett is facing a tough campaign for re-election this year.

    String of legal wins bolsters same-sex marriage

    WASHINGTON — One after another and in sometimes evocative language, judges appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents are declaring it’s too late to turn back on the topic of same-sex marriage.

    The results of a three-mile long mudslide are piled below Grand Mesa, where the slide started, background, in a remote part of western Colorado on Monday near the small town of Collbran. Rescue teams are searching for three men missing after a half-mile stretch of a ridge saturated with rain collapsed.

    Colorado mudslide still unstable, hampering search

    COLLBRAN, Colo. — Rescue teams failed to find any sign Monday of three men missing after a ridge saturated with rain collapsed, sending mud sliding for 3 miles in a remote part of western Colorado.

    Assistant Manager Myriah Rogers straightens shoes at Clothes Mentor at 79 S. Randall Road in Batavia. The franchise store is an upscale used clothing resale shop. It buys gently used clothing, shoes and jewelry for cash. Another location in Algonquin will open at the end of June.

    Clothes Mentor opens in Algonquin and Batavia

    There is a new business along the Randall Road corridor where women can sell clothes they no longer wear, no longer fit into, or just never liked. And then other women, who find those clothes to be perfect for them, can snatch them up at resale prices.

    Central Emergency Services firefighters assess whether they can protect a property Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Funny River community of Soldotna, Alaska. A massive wildfire pushed by wind in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage continued to explode in size, leading to mandatory evacuations of 1,000 structures, officials said Sunday.

    Alaska wildfire keeps growing after evacuations

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Officials said that rain forecast this week in Alaska may help crews gain control over a massive wind-whipped wildfire that forced dozens of people to flee to shelters and move some of their animals to safety at rodeo grounds.


    Rauner to speak at GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

    Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner will be the keynote speaker at the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner Tuesday, June 17 at The Cotillion banquet hall in Palatine. The event is aimed to raise money for local Republican township organizations and their work to elect candidates.

    Surveillance video footage shows Lake Barrington resident James Beers tending to his son Cameron after an awning fell on the boy Sunday.

    Dad on awning accident: ‘I thought I’d lost my boys’

    The 10-year-old boy who suffered a head injury after a store awning fell on him in Mundelein spent his Memorial Day resting, his father said. Lake Barrington resident James Beers said Monday he alternates between anger that the Sunday afternoon accident happened at all and profound relief that his two sons weren’t hurt more seriously. “When it happened, I really thought I’d...

    Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch of Gurnee walks in the Lake Zurich Memorial Day parade.

    Remembrance a key theme at Lake Zurich service

    Remembrance was a key theme at the Memorial Day ceremony in Lake Zurich, when speakers like Allen Lynch, a Medal of Honor recipient, talked about Americans' collective duty to remember the sacrifices soldiers have made while protecting the country. “Memorial Day is actually one of the most solemn days we have, especially if you’ve been in the service,” he said.


    Salt Creek cleanup planned in Elk Grove

    A cleanup of Salt Creek in Elk Grove Village is scheduled for Saturday, June 7. Volunteers will be removing debris from the creek and adjacent land and depositing it at eight different locations for pickup by public works and park district crews.


    Free concert in Mundelein:

    The Mundelein High School jazz ensemble will present a free concert at Kracklauer Park at 5 p.m. June 1.


    Tax talk:

    Reboot Illinois will host a taxes discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest.


    Winchester Road closure:

    The railroad crossing on Winchester Road west of Milwauakee Avenue in Libertyville will be closed for 14 days beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, June 5.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comSenator Mark Kirk pins the Bronze Star on Nancy Clauser of Mount Prospect, next-of-kin and first cousin to John Bock, a World War II veteran, during the ceremony at the Arlington Heights Memorial Day event on Monday.

    Veteran’s Bronze Star presented in Arlington Hts. ceremony

    While Memorial Day’s mission is to never forget the sacrifices and ultimate sacrifices of America’s veterans in general, Arlington Heights always shows an entire village can take the time for specific remembrances as well. “Many Americans have forgotten the meaning of Memorial Day,” Chuck Vassallo, commander of Arlington Heights’ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post...


    Palatine Library launching summer reading program

    Palatine Public Library will kick off its summer reading program from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the main library, 700 N. North Court.

    Ten-year-old Connor Crawford of Streamwood stands on a chair to read the Gettysburg Address at Elgin’s Memorial Day event at Bluff City Cemetery Monday.

    Memorial Day memories young and old in Fox Valley

    From a 10-year who stood on a chair to deliver the Gettysburg address to a 94-year-old World War II flight nurse, residents across the Fox Valley marked Memorial Day in a variety of ways. Connor Crawford of Streamwood needed a boost to reach the microphone at the Elgin service at Bluff City Cemetery, an Elgin tradition since 1868.

    The Wheaton North Marching Band high steps during its appearance in the Wheaton Memorial Day parade.

    Dan Shanower among veterans honored in DuPage

    Suburbs abounded with local parades and ceremonies Monday, including Naperville's traditional remembrance of a Naval officer killed in the Spet. 11 terrorist attacks.


    CLC Foundation fundraiser:

    The College of Lake County Foundation hosts its annual Joan Legat Memorial Golf Outing on Monday, June 9, at the Glen Flora Country Club, 2200 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan.


    Gunmen kill U.S. doctor from minority in Pakistan

    LAHORE, Pakistan — Gunmen in Pakistan shot dead a visiting American cardiologist from the minority Ahmadi sect in front of his wife and toddler son on Monday as they left a cemetery after visiting relatives’ graves, police said.


    Judge: Man owing $330K threatened IRS agent’s life

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island man has been convicted of threatening to kill an Internal Revenue Service agent and rape and kill the agent’s wife over a $330,000 tax bill.A federal judge on Friday found Cranston resident Andrew A. Calcione guilty of threatening to assault and murder an IRS revenue agent and his family.

    Pope Francis prays at the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray, in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, May 26, 2014.

    Pope wraps up delicate Mideast pilgrimage

    JERUSALEM — Pope Francis wrapped up his Mideast pilgrimage Monday with a balancing act of symbolic and sometimes spontaneous gestures to press his call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and friendship between Jews and Muslims in the land of Jesus’ birth.


    White House mistakenly reveals CIA official’s name

    WASHINGTON — In an embarrassing flub, the Obama administration accidentally revealed the name of the CIA’s top official in Afghanistan in an email to thousands of journalists during the president’s surprise Memorial Day weekend trip to Bagram Air Field.

    Bill Siebert, of Salina, a member of the VFW Post 1432 Firing Squad, walks through Gypsum Hill Cemetery to join his squad Monday, May 26, 2014, in Salina, Kan. Siebert served during World War II as a soldier in the 80th Infantry Division in France and Germany.

    Images: Memorial Day across the country
    Memorial Day observances throughout the country.

    Cadet Basic of the Civil Air Patrol of Lake in the Hills Jacob Skrzypinski, 13, of West Dundee holds up the center of the giant flag at the Arlington Heights Memorial Day parade and ceremony on Monday.

    Images: Memorial Day in the suburbs
    Memorial Day observances were held throughout our suburbs on Monday.

    A Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly rests on a Puget balsamroot flower on a prairie area used for live-fire exercises at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Army has been working to boost the numbers of the federally listed endangered butterflies, in part because the presence of the insect could impact current training practices.

    Military base among last habitat for butterflies

    An undeveloped stretch of native prairie in south Puget Sound offers one of the few habitats in the world where a two-inch colorful checkered butterfly thrives. It also happens to be the main artillery impact range for Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The butterfly’s listing as a federal endangered species last fall “has the potential to cause major restrictions on training,” said...

    Sen. Charles Schneider and his wife Lisa discuss the state of the Republican Party, the prospective 2016 GOP field, and President Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton at their home in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Iowa Republicans size up presidential options

    Iowa’s presidential caucuses long have been the first event in the nominating process, but for Republicans, they lately have been a poor indicator of future success. The state’s quadrennial GOP straw poll has been even more discredited, an event that no longer draws some of the top candidates.

    Marine Corps veteran Chris Casebeer of Elgin works at his new job in the parts department at Coker Service Inc. in Villa Park after completing a job training program in commercial food service equipment repair through the Vet2Tech program.

    Nonprofit connects veterans to industry where ‘jobs are plentiful’

    Carol Multack of Naperville wasn’t aiming to help veterans. She was trying to solve a workforce problem by finding young people to enroll in a technical training course developed by the company where she was working. But on her first day of market research, she discovered another problem — that of veteran unemployment.

    Armed men belonging to the Self-Defense Council of Michoacan, (CAM), stand guard at a checkpoint set up by the vigilantes in Chuquiapan, on the outskirts of the seaport of Lazaro Cardenas, in western Mexico. Mexico was once the top location for U.S. students studying in Latin America, with so many economic and familial ties between the two neighbors. But the numbers dropped with the spike in drug violence.

    Mexico, U.S. seek to boost student exchanges

    Americans studying in Latin America have stopped looking so intently at Mexico, which has dropped from first to fourth for U.S. students going abroad in the region in 10 years. Only about 4,000 U.S. students study in Mexico, with crime and drug violence being the main deterrent. More American students go to Costa Rica, Argentina and Brazil today than Mexico.

    Craig Bixler, one of the race directors for the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon, studies a device called a Jones Counter attached to his bicycle to measure and certify the course for the second annual race.

    Naperville Marathon aims for course ‘accurate within 3 inches’

    Running a marathon might not be an exact science, but measuring a course is. Organizers of the Naperville Marathon recently took to bicycles to begin measuring and certifying this year’s 26.2- and 13.1-mile routes so the marathon can count as a qualifier for the prestigious Boston Marathon. “In theory, when we finish the course, it can be accurate within three inches,” Bixler...

    Members of La Nueva Generacion Elgin Domino Club play in Alfredo “Cuco” Garcia’s garage in Elgin on a recent Friday. The group has organized a regional domino tournament June 7 in South Elgin.

    Elgin club keeps domino tradition alive

    Tell Alfredo Garcia that domino is a game for kids, and get ready to for a look like you just came from Mars. “There is a lot of thinking involved,” the Elgin resident said. “There is a lot of numbers, a lot of math. It’s a really serious game.” Garcia is the president of the newly created “La Nueva Generacion Elgin Domino Club” whose first major...

    Frank Bart

    New Wauconda mayor gives himself a ‘C’

    Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart acknowledged things didn't go smoothly in his freshman year in office. “I think (we earned) a C,” Bart said. “We’ve had successes, but we’ve also had failures that we need to address.”

    Passengers prepare to board an inbound Metra train at Bartlett’s station on Railroad Avenue. The platform for commuters arriving on outbound trains sits to the west.

    Bartlett officials want to fix Metra platform problem

    Bartlett residents and downtown businesses have long taken issue with the two Metra platforms in town. Now, a village panel has recommended reconfiguring the platforms closer together to make the downtown more accessible and convenient to commuters and visitors.

    Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, right, and his wife Elaine Chao wave to his supporters following his victory in the republican primary Tuesday, May 20, McConnell, R-Ky., is nobody’s example of a tea party Republican.

    Will the tea party rally behind GOP establishment?

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is nobody’s example of a tea party Republican. Just two months ago, in an interview with the New York Times, he said of the tea party candidates challenging establishment Republicans, “We will crush them everywhere.” That’s exactly what McConnell did on Tuesday when he raced passed tea party favorite Matt Bevin to win the...

    Fences surround the Department of Homeland Security’s campus at the site of a former insane asylum in Southeast Washington. Although Homeland Security’s new headquarters is supposed to be built there, the only building on the site so far is a new headquarters for the Coast Guard.

    Homeland Security’s new headquarters remains a pipe dream

    The construction of a massive new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security, billed as critical for national security and the revitalization of Southeast Washington, is running more than $1.5 billion over budget, is 11 years behind schedule and may never be completed, according to planning documents and federal officials.

    Volunteers help ship about 120,000 pounds of comfort items to U.S. troops serving away from home every year as part of Operation Support Our Troops America’s Care and Comfort Package program.

    Operation Support Our Troops provides a taste of home

    With two sons in the military, Deborah Rickert knows all about worry. She started Operation Support Our Troops with a few moms gathered around her kitchen table putting together care packages for their sons in the armed forces. Soon other families started asking the group to send boxes to their service members. Now the Naperville-based organization has grown into Operation Support Our Troops...

    Fourth grader Maddie Rupert asks a question during a video chat with marine biologist Keith Fischer Monday in the learning center at Butterfield School in Libertyville. The students are studying ecosystems and talked with Fischer, who works with the Fish and Wildlife Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edtition of The Week in Pictures features the first lightning photos of the season, preparations for public swimming pool openings, and a protest at McDonald's headquarters.


    Operation Support Our Troops America vital statistics
    Caring in Action package on Operation Support Our Troops.


    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) watches as Jake Muzzin (6) defends Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane (88) and Jonathan Toews (19) during the third period of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs on Monday, May 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 5-2.

    Is Blackhawks’ tank finally empty?

    A year ago Sunday, the Blackhawks won Game 5 at home against Detroit, the start of a comeback from down 3-1 to the Red Wings, a series that sent them soaring toward their second Stanley Cup in four seasons. It remains to be seen if this team has the same all-encompassing need to win, but what’s certain is that the 2014 Los Angeles Kings are in no way comparable to the 2013 Detroit Red Wings.

    Along with Jacob Piechota and Evan Acosta, Colby Green, above, is part of a dominating Batavia pitching staff that helped the team earn the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Bartlett sectional. The Bulldogs have won 19 straight games.

    Batavia riding high heading into regionals

    To be the best you have to beat the best. The phrase certainly works at this time of year.


    The 3 stars of the game

    Blackhawks stories, graphics and photos

    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, stops a shot by Chicago Blackhawks’ Ben Smith during the second period of Game 4 Monday in Los Angeles.

    With backs to the wall, can Blackhawks regroup?

    The Blackhawks never thought they’d be in this spot: three straight losses to the Kings, including a 5-2 decision Monday, and now on the cusp of elimination in their Western Conference Final series.“Yeah, it’s not a good position to be in,” Hawks winger Patrick Kane said. “I think coming into this series you’d be lying if we thought we’d be in this position, but it happens and we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.”


    Power play the difference in Game 4

    The stat of the night Monday: The Blackhawks were 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Kings went 2-for-3 on the man advantage en route to a 5-2 victory and a 3-1 series lead. “Yup, clearly the difference in the game,” said Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter.

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy, left, and defenseman Michal Rozsival hang theirs heads as members of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate center Jeff Carter’s empty net goal during the third period of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles, Monday, May 26, 2014. The Kings won 5-2.

    Defending champions should never go easily

    The Blackhawks are on the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now the primary goal must be to play like defending champions and refuse to go easily or quietly.


    Boys volleyball: Monday, May 26 results
    Results for area high school boys volleyball games for Monday, May 26.


    Baseball: Monday, May 26 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Monday, May 26.


    Softball: Monday, May 26 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Monday, May 26.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Nick Leddy puts his head down as he skates on the ice after Los Angeles Kings’ Tanner Pearson scored a goal during the third period of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs on Monday, May 26, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 5-2.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Kings, Game Four
    Images of Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Finals as the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 5-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the series.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) dribbles pass Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) during Game 4 in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series, Monday, May 26, 2014, in Miami. The Heat won 102-90.

    Heat take command of East finals, 102-90

    LeBron James had 32 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Bosh added 25 points and the Miami Heat moved one win away from a return trip to the NBA Finals with a 102-90 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points for the Heat, who have won three of the first four games in the Eastern Conference finals. They can win the East for a fourth straight season with a win at Indiana on Wednesday night.

    Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, left, shoots past Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya during the second period of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Los Angeles, Monday, May 26, 2014.

    LA Kings beat Chicago 5-2, take 3-1 series lead

    Jake Muzzin, Marian Gaborik and captain Dustin Brown scored in a dominant first period, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference final. Muzzin and Drew Doughty each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves as the Kings moved to the brink of their second trip to the Stanley Cup Final in three seasons with their third straight win over the defending champion Blackhawks.


    Jacobs moves on, will face Barrington next

    They waited — 93 minutes to be exact — but in the end, it had rained too much to make Jacobs’ softball field playable for the top of the seventh inning. Considering all the games the Golden Eagles had lost in the seventh inning this season, maybe there was some poetic justice to that.The Eagles registered a 3-1 victory Monday over Crystal Lake Central in the play in game of the Class 4A Cary-Grove regional.


    Boys volleyball / Lake County roundup

    Lakes didn’t blink at the idea of having to knock off the host school. The Eagles swept Antioch 25-23, 25-21 in a regional play-in game on Antioch’s own floor.


    Combined no-hitter powers Antioch

    Antioch pitchers Travis Slywka, Jose Tellez and Mike McCue combined on a five-inning no-hitter, as the Sequoits opened the state baseball tournament with a 13-1 win over visiting North Chicago on Monday.


    Frericks, Johnson excel at Illinois Wesleyan

    Two former Warren standouts have earned postseason baseball accolades. Illinois Wesleyan’s Joe Frericks and Jeff Johnson were named to the all-Central Region squads chosen by D3baseball.com. Frericks batted .335 and led the team with 61 hits, 15 doubles, 6 homers and 43 RBI, while Johnson had a 6-3 record with a 3.53 earned run average and led IWU with 69 strikeouts in 79.0 innings.


    Baseball: Top 20 rankings
    Mundelein (31-2), Libertyville (29-5) and Batavia (28-3) have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald's ranking of high school baseball teams.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup


    Denten helps Hersey past Wheeling

    Freshman left-hander Kaitlyn Denten did it on the mound and in the batter’s box on Monday to help boost Hersey into the semifinals of the Class 4A Carmel regional. Denten’s single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning drove home Cassie Zouras with the winning run as the No. 14-seeded Huskies topped No. 18 Wheeling 9-8.


    Palatine tops Prospect in a wild one

    Monday’s play-in game of the Class 4A New Trier softball regional between No. 17 seed Prospect and No. 16 Palatine featured 1 run through the first 3½ innings. The next 3½ innings? How about 26 runs? As if the two offenses were playing a ‘can you top this?’ game, the runs were coming at a frantic pace before the host Pirates crossed the plate nine times in the bottom of the sixth inning. That proved to be the difference in Palatine’s 16-11 triumph. The Pirates (10-24) move on to the semifinal at top-seeded New Trier (27-4-1) today at 4:30 p.m.


    Postseason victory for Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows exceeded its seed. The No. 17-seeded Mustangs edged No. 16 Streamwood 25-21, 14-25, 25-16 to earn another match in the boys volleyball postseason, this one against Lake Park on Tuesday as the regional semifinal rounds are contested at Westminster Christian in Elgin.


    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Monday, May 26

    The Crystal Lake South baseball team guaranteed itself a winning season with a 2-1 walk-off win against rival Crystal Lake Central in Monday’s Class 4A CL South regional playoff opener.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Keegan Mugerditchian homered and had 4 RBI to help Hoffman Estates power past Addison Trail in first-round regional baseball action Monday.


    King’s strong outing lifts Larkin

    If Will King was feeling any pressure about getting the assignment to start Larkin’s opening round playoff game on Monday he certainly didn’t show it. The junior right-hander was brilliant, tossing 5⅓ innings of shutout baseball, to lead the host Royals to a 4-0 win over Rockford Jefferson (5-22) in the play-in game of the Class 4A DeKalb regional. Larkin (15-19) earns a shot at top-seeded Huntley on Wednesday.

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning. This time he got run support and the win.

    Crack open a cold one: Samardzija gets a win at last

    Drenched and reeking of the cheap beer his teammates sprayed on him, Jeff Samardzija stood at his locker soaking in a long-awaited win. “I smell great,” Samardzija said Monday, smiling. “I’d rather just drink the beer than them pour it on me.” Samardzija struck out a season-high 10 for his first victory since last August, leading the Cubs past the San Francisco Giants 8-4.


    Bartlett tops Elgin, now gets a shot at No. 1 Batavia

    The Bartlett baseball team on Monday earned the chance to spring another postseason upset. Pitching on his familiar home mound, senior right-hander Doug VanDyke minimized the damage from Elgin threats in the second, third and seventh innings to complete a 5-3 victory in the regional opener. The win improved the Hawks to 6-0 in regional games since 2012.

    Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, right, shown here with general manager Jed Hoyer, caused an incredulous Mike North to laugh when he heard the team hired Manny Ramirez as a player-coach at Triple A Iowa.

    Ramirez hiring spotlights Cubs’ organizational mess

    Mike North column: Mike North can't believe the Cubs brass scoured the landscape for a player-coach for their Triple -A team in Iowa and came up with Manny Ramirez as the best candidate for the job.

    Doug Ghim, center, recently won an American Junior Golf Association tournament and is ranked No. 5 among top juniors. The Arlington Heights native will be a freshman on the University Texas golf team this fall.

    Buffalo Grove’s Ghim eager to follow Spieth’s lead at Texas

    If Buffalo Grove High School senior Doug Ghim wants to know what the future holds, he may have to look no further than the career of current PGA Tour star Jordan Spieth. Like Ghim, a standout golfer who is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation by the American Junior Golf Association, Spieth excelled in the AJGA before moving on to play at the University of Texas.

    Dayan Viciedo watches his 3-run homer in the third inning Monday that gave the White Sox a lead they would never give up against the Indians.

    Gillaspie (4 hits) has day to remember in Sox win

    Just about every White Sox hitter has been much better this season than in 2013, and Conor Gillaspie might be at the top of the list. After going 4-for-4 with 3 doubles in a 6-2 Memorial Day win over Cleveland, Gillaspie is batting .352.


    White Sox’ Abreu gets closer to return

    Jose Abreu was able to shed his protective walking boot Monday and take groundballs, play catch and hit off a tee. On the disabled list with a sore left ankle, Abreu hopes to come off the disabled list next week and play vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles.


    Lynx stars slip past depleted Sky

    Sky drop first game of the season, get edged by defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, 75-72.

    After winning a state title with Wheaton Warrenville South, Thomas Jaeschke, right, helped Loyola University Chicago capture the NCAA men’s volleyball championship earlier this month. Now Jaeschke is practicing with the U.S. National Team.

    Wheaton’s Thomas Jaeschke a rising star in volleyball

    Loyola University volleyball player Thomas Jaeschke recently discovered how fast things can move after winning a national championship. “Last Saturday, the phone rang,” Jaeschke said. “John Speraw, the coach of the national team called. He says ‘How fast can you get out here?’ “I said a few days. Then he says ‘how about tomorrow?’”


    Cougars’ Hankins hits walk-off homer

    Jordan Hankins saw just one pitch Monday — and he sent it sailing over the wall in right-center field for a walk-off homer as the Kane County Cougars beat the Peoria Chiefs 5-4 in 11 innings at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. The first-place Cougars (34-17) guaranteed a series victory over the Chiefs (27-23) and will go for the sweep in a Tuesday matinee at 11 a.m. that will complete a six-game homestand.

    Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka waves goodbye after he suffered a first-round loss to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez by scores of 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 at the French Open on Monday.

    Stunning early exit for Australian Open champion Wawrinka

    The positive vibes and big-deal victories began for Stan Wawrinka at last year’s U.S. Open, back when he still went by “Stanislas.” They picked up steam at this year’s Australian Open, where he earned the right to forever be called “major champion.” And yet all of that seemed so far away late Monday at the French Open.

    Chicago White Sox closing pitcher Scott Downs (37), celebrates with catcher Adrian Nieto, left, after defeating the Cleveland Indians 6-2 during a baseball game in Chicago, Monday.

    Viciedo helps White Sox beat Indians 6-2

    Dayan Viciedo hit a 3-run homer, Conor Gillaspie collected 4 more hits and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Monday.Gillaspie went 4 for 4, scored twice and drove in a run. He became the first White Sox player to hit three doubles in a single game since Paul Konerko on May 26, 2012, against the Indians.Viciedo connected in the third inning against Josh Tomlin (3-2) as the White Sox improved to 5-3 this year against Cleveland.Mike Aviles, Michael Brantley and Ryan Raburn had two hits apiece for the Indians, who have dropped three of four. Brantley and Raburn each drove in a run.Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall committed a costly error in the third inning, allowing Marcus Semien to reach. Gillaspie then singled to put runners on first and second before Viciedo drove a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left for his fifth homer, giving the White Sox a 3-1 lead.Gillaspie is batting .407 (24 for 59) in his last 16 games.The White Sox added two more runs in the sixth on consecutive RBI singles for Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza against Bryan Shaw. Gillaspie’s third double in the seventh scored Semien from first base, making it 6-2.Jose Quintana (3-4) pitched six effective innings for the White Sox, allowing two runs and five hits. Scott Downs got four outs for his first save.Tomlin (3-2) allowed two earned runs and five hits in five-plus innings. He struck out eight and walked one.


    Naperville North recovers to top Proviso W.

    Only nine points into the Naperville North boys volleyball team’s regional opener Monday, libero Will Littell and Phil Olszewski went for a dig and collided.


    Zufan, Batavia slam Metea Valley

    Tara Zufan didn’t hesitate in stating how she would celebrate the first home run of her life. “I’m going to DQ,” the Batavia junior said. “It’s a little hot.” Zufan picked a perfect time for that first homer, socking a grand slam high over the left-field fence to cap Batavia’s 7-run fifth inning and lead the Bulldogs to a 10-4 win over Metea Valley Monday in Batavia.


    West Chicago overcomes slow start in playoff opener

    Monday morning’s Class 4A regional softball game could have started better for West Chicago, but the Wildcats had no problems whatsoever with how they finished.


    Naperville N. keeps momentum going, ousts W. Aurora

    Say what you want about an up-and-down season by Naperville North’s baseball team, but you can’t argue with the Huskies’ timing. They’ve picked the perfect time to trend upward. Naperville North won for the seventh time in eight games with Monday’s crisp 3-0 victory over visiting West Aurora in the Class 4A Metea Valley regional quarterfinals.

    Addison Trail’s Rachel Baumgartner scores one of her teams 20 runs against Larkin. Addison Trail won 20-0 in five innings.

    Addison Trail ready to play

    Addison Trail didn’t want a first-round bye. It wanted to dive into Class 4A Addison Trail regional play right away.


    Persistence serves Hersey as Huber gets No. 400

    The junior pitcher got the start in his team’s regional play-in game Monday against Rolling Meadows. But after surrendering a hit and walking three batters in a row, Allain was pulled. “All I could do was try to hit after that,” said Allain, who was replaced by Tommy Pearson on the mound. “I just had to calm myself down. When I was in right field waiting to start again, center fielder Joe Silva came over to talk to me. He helped me a lot. I knew that I would just try to do what I could to help our team.” Undaunted, Allain came up with a huge 2-run double and drove in 3 runs in the game as Hersey upended the Mustangs 8-4. The Huskies (18-16) advance to play at top-seeded Libertyville on Wednesday. It was also the 400th career win for Hersey coach Bob Huber, who was greeted with a water cooler bath from his team.

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    Buddle hits 3 HRs as South Elgin battles back to beat Streamwood

    After 11 extra-base hits, including 4 home runs, and 7 errors, a can-of-corn flyball ended up being the game-winner. South Elgin’s softball team battled back from an 8-3 deficit to beat Streamwood 9-8 Monday morning in the Class 4A St. Charles East regional play-in game when Taylor Rees’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Brittany Koss with the winning run.


    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Benet, Downers Grove South and Downers Grove North held the top 3 positions in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 softball rankings.


    Chris Wu, left, along with wife Heather, pose with their two daughters. They recently opened Great Harvest Bread Co. in Hoffman Estates.

    From New York to Hoffman, engineer opts for baking bread

    Kukec's People features Chris Wu, of the Barrington area, who left behind a career as an engineer in order to start his own business. He and his wife opened Great Harvest Bread Co. in Hoffman Estates.

    Google says it’s still figuring out how to comply with the European Court of Justice’s May 13 ruling saying the company must respond to complaints about private information that turns up in searches.

    Europe’s move to rein in Google would stall in U.S.

    Europe’s moves to rein in Google — including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name — may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy. But across the Atlantic, the idea that users should be able to edit Google search results in the name of privacy is being slammed as weird and difficult to enforce at best and a crackdown on free speech at worst.

    This Sept. 26, 2013, file photo shows Attorney General Eric Holder pointing to an illustration of auto parts during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. A federal investigation into price fixing in the auto parts industry, made public four years ago with FBI raids in the Detroit area, has mushroomed into the largest antitrust investigation in Justice Department history — and authorities say it’s not over yet.

    Auto parts price-fixing probe rattles industry

    An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department’s largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it’s not over yet. “It’s a very, very safe assumption that U.S. consumers paid more, and sometimes significantly more, for their automobiles as a result of this conspiracy,” Brent Snyder, a deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division, said.

    In this May 4, 2014 photo, the Pfizer logo is displayed on the exterior of a former Pfizer factory in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Pfizer says it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca. The Monday, May 26, 2014 announcement comes a week after AstraZeneca’s board rejected a proposed $119 billion buyout offer from Pfizer, the world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue.

    Pfizer pulls plug on push to buy AstraZeneca

    Pfizer said Monday that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca, pulling the plug for now on what would have been the largest deal in the industry’s history.The announcement came a week after AstraZeneca’s board rejected a $119 billion buyout proposal from Pfizer, the world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue.The decision ends a bid that had raised concerns about the prospect of job cuts, facility closings and losing science leadership in the U.K., where London-based AstraZeneca is the second-biggest drugmaker behind GlaxoSmithKline PLC.Because Pfizer still needs to find new avenues to grow, some analysts think the halt means only a temporary lull.Pfizer had until 5 p.m. local time in London on Monday to extend a firm offer for AstraZeneca or declare its intent not to do so. Under U.K. law, Pfizer now cannot make another offer for six months, although the company can do so as soon as 90 days if AstraZeneca invites another offer.Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor and Viagra, has been courting No. 8 AstraZeneca since January, saying their businesses would be stronger together.Last week, it raised its stock-and-cash offer for a third time this year, to $93 per share. But AstraZeneca rejected the bid just hours later, saying it undervalued the company, which has promising new drugs in the pipeline.On Monday, Pfizer Chairman and CEO Ian Read reiterated that Pfizer’s last offer “was compelling and represented full value for AstraZeneca, based on the information that was available to us,” he said.Pfizer has said it would not mount a hostile takeover bid. The company had previously said that its proposed offer could not be increased unless AstraZeneca engaged in discussions and recommended the deal to its shareholders before Monday’s deadline.In a statement, AstraZeneca Chairman Leif Johansson acknowledged Pfizer’s decision.“We welcome the opportunity to continue building on the momentum we have already demonstrated as an independent company,” Johansson said.A Pfizer-AstraZeneca combination would have represented the richest acquisition ever among drugmakers and the third-biggest deal in any industry, according to figures from research firm Dealogic.AstraZeneca repeatedly rejected Pfizer’s offers, insisting they significantly undervalued the company and its portfolio of experimental drugs.“For Pfizer, this now puts them in a position where they went out there to become the super pharmaceutical company in one fell swoop, and now that’s not going to happen,” said Steve Brozak, president of WBB Securities. “Now the question becomes, do they look for another target or rethink their strategy?”Pfizer’s decision is likely just a temporary strategic retreat, said Erik Gordon, a professor at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. That’s because Pfizer still needs to strengthen its new product pipeline and also minimize the high U.S. taxes it pays on overseas income — two goals an AstraZeneca acquisition could help fulfill. Gordon expects that Pfizer’s next move will be to push the institutional investors who own large blocks of AstraZeneca shares to help persuade the company’s board to open up deal talks with Pfizer after 90 days and share more details on its slate of potential new drugs that could justify a higher offer. “I’d be surprised if AstraZeneca doesn’t hear from Pfizer again,” he said.Pfizer slipped from the world’s largest drugmaker to No. 2 last year, behind Novartis AG, mainly because Lipitor got generic competition at the end of 2011, wiping out several billion dollars in annual sales.

    In this July 24, 2007 file photo, Stephen Tritch, then president and chief executive of Westinghouse, left, shakes hands with Wang Binghua, chairman of the State Nuclear Power Technology Corp. of China (SNPTC), during a signing ceremony to build nuclear power plants in China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The Justice Department’s indictment last week of five Chinese military officials charged them with trying to pilfer confidential information from American companies. But even some of the alleged U.S. corporate victims of the hackers have little incentive to cheer any trade rupture with China.

    Hacking case belies profitable U.S. links with China

    WASHINGTON — China may be trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. businesses, as federal prosecutors allege. Yet for many U.S. companies, China’s vast market remains an irresistible source of business.The Justice Department’s indictment last week of five Chinese military officials accused them of trying to pilfer confidential information from American companies. But even some of the alleged U.S. corporate victims of the hackers have little incentive to cheer any trade rupture with China.One, Westinghouse, is building four nuclear reactors in China. Another, specialty steelmaker Allegheny Technologies, operates a joint venture in Shanghai.A third, Alcoa, is the biggest foreign investor in China’s aluminum market. Indeed, Alcoa went so far as to downplay Justice’s charges: “No material information was compromised during this incident which occurred several years ago,” the company said.American companies are in a delicate position. They want to maintain good relations with China, the world’s second-biggest economy and a market where U.S. firms’ earnings grew nearly 50 percent last year. But they’re also increasingly fearful of Chinese hackers stealing their trade secrets.Looked at that way, the hacking case is “going to be positive in opening up the conversation,” said Jamian Ronca Spadavecchia, founder of the Oxbow Advisory, which advises companies about risks in China and other emerging markets. “It’s bringing into the open some of the issues U.S. companies are facing.”A U.S.-China Business Council survey has found that cybersecurity is a growing threat for U.S. companies in China: It jumped from to No. 14 last year from No. 23 in 2012 on a list of gripes about the Chinese market. American companies are also increasingly irritated by China’s attempts to censor the Internet, according to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in China. The confrontation over hacking — China rejects the charges as based on “fabricated facts” — highlights the often-awkward relationship between China and the United States. They’re frenemies in a globalized world — rivals and partners in both politics and economics.U.S. companies complain that China is becoming less hospitable to foreign companies. They cite policies that give Chinese firms an edge over foreign competitors, cumbersome licensing requirements and endless struggles to protect their intellectual property — from software to music to clothing design — from theft.For all the complaints and tensions, U.S.-China business ties are tight and getting tighter.Last week, even as the hacking controversy raged, former U.S. ambassadors to Beijing rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to mark the 35th anniversary of U.S.-China diplomatic relations. After all, 77 Chinese company stocks now trade on the NYSE. Another big one — e-commerce giant Alibaba — plans to list its stock in the United States, either on the NYSE or NASDAQ.Trade in goods between the U.S. and China last year hit a record $562 billion. American companies earned nearly $10 billion last year in China, another record. American direct investment in China exceeds $50 billion.General Motors sells more cars in China than in the United States. General Electric sells China clean power plants that run on methane. Wal-Mart has 390 stores across China. Starbucks runs hundreds of cafes in China.In a big turnabout, Chinese companies have begun to invest in America, too. Chinese investment in the United States reached $14 billion last year, up from virtually nothing a decade ago.

    In this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo, protestors wearing Guy Fawkes masks hold the logos of the international hacker group Anonymous during a demonstration against Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Budapest, Hungary. Citing his co-operation with the U.S. government in helping to prevent at least 300 computer hacks against targets in the United States, as well has his help in dismantling computer hacking crew Anonymous, federal prosecutors will ask for leniency when former hacker Hector Xavier Monsegur is sentenced in New York on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

    Prosecutors: Hacker helped thwart 300 cyberattacks

    NEW YORK — A prolific computer hacker who infiltrated the servers of major corporations later switched sides and helped the government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets, according to federal prosecutors.New York prosecutors detailed the cooperation of Hector Xavier Monsegur for the first time in court papers while asking a judge to reward him with leniency at his sentencing Tuesday. They credited Monsegur with helping them cripple Anonymous, the notorious crew of hacktivists who stole confidential information, defaced websites and temporarily put some victims out of business.Working around the clock with FBI agents at his side, Monsegur “provided, in real time, information about then-ongoing computer hacks and vulnerabilities in significant computer systems,” prosecutors wrote. The FBI estimates he helped detect at least 300 separate hacks, preventing millions of dollars in losses, they added.After his arrest and guilty plea in 2011, Monsegur faced more than two decades behind bars. But because of his cooperation, the sentence could be two years or less.Court papers say Monsegur first began hacking in a Manhattan apartment in the early 2000s. His aim then was to steal credit card information, then sell it or use it to pay his own bills.In a 2011 interview with an online magazine, Monsegur said he decided to join forces with Anonymous because he was upset over the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.“I’m just doing what I know how to do, and that is counter abuse,” he said.Starting in early 2011 and using the alias Sabu, Monsegur led an Anonymous splinter group called Lulz Security, or LulzSec, which hacked computer systems of Fox television, Nintendo, PayPal and other businesses, stole private information and then bragged about it online. The group was loosely affiliated with Jeremy Hammond, the FBI’s most wanted cybercriminal whose stated objective was to cause mayhem with the attacks, prosecutors said.When FBI agents showed up at his home in the summer of 2011, Monsegur immediately agreed to cooperate, giving the FBI a tutorial on the inner-workings and participants of LulzSec and Anonymous, prosecutors said. Under their direction, he “convinced LulzSec members to provide him digital evidence of the hacking activities” and “asked seemingly innocuous questions that ... could be used to pinpoint their exact locations and identities,” court papers said.Monsegur also engaged Hammond in online chats while Hammond was in Chicago, the papers said. As a result, “physical surveillance teams deployed in Chicago, and an electronic surveillance unit in Washington,” they said. Hammond was sentenced last year to 10 years in prison.Reports that Monsegur was cooperating made him a pariah in the Anonymous movement, prosecutors said. Hackers began posting personal information about him, and he was even approached on the street and threatened, they said.The harassment “became severe enough that the FBI relocated Monsegur and certain of his family members,” they said.Monsegur’s current whereabouts aren’t publicly known. One of his attorneys declined to comment Monday.

    Decades ago, when the skies were more caring, airlines offered grieving family members discounted fares on urgent travel to a funeral or a hospice bedside. Lately, however, the carriers have been quietly dismantling their compassionate programs.

    The sad demise of bereavement fares

    Decades ago, when the skies were more caring, airlines offered grieving family members discounted fares on urgent travel to a funeral or a hospice bedside. Lately, however, the carriers have been quietly dismantling their compassionate programs.

    This Sept, 13, 2007 photo provided by pet photographer Rachael Hale McKenna shows one of her ‘clients,’ Kizzie a 6-year-old boxer-Dalmatian mix, in a commissioned portrait taken in New Zealand.

    Families turn to pros to capture canine memories

    Twenty years ago, most people didn’t think to put their pet in a family photo or on the annual Christmas card. Today, family portraits and cards are likely to be built around a beloved animal. And the older a pet gets, the more owners will think about professional photographs.

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, the chief executive officer of the New America Foundation.

    Q&A with Anne-Marie Slaughter: Gender parity at work, home

    Upon writing the Atlantic magazine cover story “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” two years ago, Anne-Marie Slaughter quickly became known for her views on women’s issues. Today, she says she doesn't see the issue in terms of discrimination against women.

    Rebel Desk, created by a Washington couple, is one of the more affordable options for both the treadmill and desk.

    What you need to know about working standing up

    As standing up has gone mainstream, the price of products has gone down. Still, the fanciest models can cost several thousand dollars, particularly treadmill desks. Here's what you need to know about working on your feet at the office.

    The idea that states do better when they cut income taxes and attract businesses and people is fundamental to conservative economic thinking. It’s an appealing notion — even if the supporting evidence is scant — and goes a long way toward explaining why states such as Ohio, Michigan and Kansas are pushing to reduce or even eliminate local income taxes.

    Business case for state tax cuts isn’t very good

    The idea that states do better when they cut income taxes and attract businesses and people is fundamental to conservative economic thinking. It’s an appealing notion -- even if the supporting evidence is scant -- and goes a long way toward explaining why states such as Ohio, Michigan and Kansas are pushing to reduce or even eliminate local income taxes.

    In this May 2, 2009 file photo, Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, speaks to a reporter before the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb.

    Berkshire may insure against flight delays, lost luggage

    Berkshire Hathaway's new executive is looking at a specialty insurance unit that will sell protection to travelers, tour providers and middlemen that arrange trips, the company said. The policies will guard against risks such as lost luggage, missed connecting flights and delays.

    Global central bankers sounded the alert about the calmness in financial markets, saying it risked creating future instability and complicating monetary policy. The concern of policy makers is that their easy money is making investors complacent, pushing them to search for risk and leaving markets prone to a swift reversal similar to that which began in 2007.

    What lurks beneath? Market calm unnerves global central bankers

    Global central bankers sounded the alert about the calmness in financial markets, saying it risked creating future instability and complicating monetary policy. The concern of policy makers is that their easy money is making investors complacent, pushing them to search for risk and leaving markets prone to a swift reversal similar to that which began in 2007.

    A new McDonald’s Corp. character named Happy was intended to promote healthier Happy Meals for kids but has raised some concerns on social media.

    McDonald’s Happy Meal character spurs alarm

    A new McDonald’s Corp. character named Happy is inspiring a different emotion among Twitter users: fear. The box-shaped creature -- with eyes that pop out of the top of his head and a gaping mouth filled with large teeth -- was intended to promote healthier Happy Meals for kids. So far, though, it’s mainly drawn alarm and ridicule on social media.

    This April 19, 2010 file photo shows then New York Times Managing Editor Jill Abramson at the 2010 Matrix Awards in New York. The New York Times on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 said Abramson is being replaced as Executive Editor by Managing Editor Dan Baquet after two and a half years on the job.

    8 management lessons from the firing at the New York Times

    While few people agree on just about any aspect of Jill Abramson’s dismissal as executive editor of the New York Times, there’s general consensus on this: The company didn’t handle it well. What could the Times have done better? Here are some ideas.

    Courtesy of Bike MedicThe Bike Medic on West Mallory Dr. in Geneva.

    Geneva’s Bike Medic of Geneva rolls into its 20th year
    Mike Palombi, owner of The Bike Medic based in Geneva, provides bicycle repair and maintenance by appointment. He brings the bike shop to the door of his customers.


    Owner mines LinkedIn for connections, prospects

    Ned Miller is a LinkedIn believer, calling the business social media site “a God send for the small business owner.” Small Business Columnis Jim Kendall looks at the issue.

Life & Entertainment

    Pam Brandes credits her husband, John, for being “my rock through the treatment.”

    Local cancer survivors share lifesaving message

    Suburban moms Shelly Collins and Pam Brandes have an awful lot in common. While they don’t know each other, the Bartlett and Addison women have been on a similar cancer journey and share a profound message of determination, survivorship and the vital importance of lifesaving cancer screening. They also are among the more than 14 million Americans living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis and celebrating cancer survivorship this month.

    This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Michael Fassbender as mutant villain Magneto in the film “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

    ‘X-Men’ opens with $111 million

    A team of mutants overpowered one massive mutant monster at the box office during the Memorial Day holiday. Fox-Marvel’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” debuted with $91 million beating last weekend’s No. 1 hit, the Warner Bros. sci-fi adventure “Godzilla,” which earned $31.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

    Mira Epstein, 8, left, lightly touches the feathered pen that her grandfather Richard Epstein uses to finish the final details of a Torah at Chabad of Potomac in Potomac, Md.

    Man completes rare feat of writing mistake-free Torah

    To write a Torah, a scribe must pen 304,805 Hebrew letters using a feather quill on sheepskin parchment -- without making a single mistake. Forget auto-correct. Even one error would invalidate the whole text, making it unfit for use in a Jewish house of worship, according to custom. So completing a Torah is a cause for celebration. Completing one as an amateur is almost unheard of.

    TMZ.com founder Harvey Levin is co-producing a new reality series, “Famous in 12,” so named for the number of episodes on the CW that a good-looking family from sleepy Beaumont, California, will get to prove themselves.

    Fame, family and TMZ focus of CW summer series

    Exactly what does it take to make it in Hollywood? Thanks to Harvey Levin, one fame-hungry family is about to find out. Levin is co-producing a new reality series, “Famous in 12,” so named for the number of episodes on the CW that the good-looking clan from sleepy Beaumont, California, will get to prove themselves. But they won’t be alone: Levin’s TMZ machine will help.

    All those germs from sick people linger on airplanes for up to a week, so be sure to pack your hand sanitizer.

    Your health: Yuck! Germs live up to a week on planes
    Don’t touch that armrest! That was the bad news for airplane travelers today as researchers released results showing that some of the deadliest germs can live for up to a week on airplane seats, tray tables, armrests, and other surfaces, Forbes reports. In fact, think of the germiest surface you can imagine —­­ a toilet flush handle, perhaps? Your airplane armrest is way worse, say Auburn University researchers James Barbaree and Kiril Vaglenov

    CNN anchor Don Lemon has attracted attention by adding his opinion to stories he’s telling. His bosses are rewarding him with more airtime

    Opinionated Don Lemon breaking out at CNN

    CNN’s Don Lemon braced himself after being recognized by a viewer on a Harlem street. “I don’t always agree with you,” the person began, ominously. “But keep it up. I’m not always supposed to agree with you.” Lemon could think of no sweeter compliment. The 48-year-old news anchor has attracted attention by adding his opinion to stories he’s telling. His bosses are rewarding him with more airtime.

    Author and motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez, who possesses a rare and unknown syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, is raising funds on Kickstarter for an anti-bullying documentary titled “The Lizzie Project.”

    Woman seeks anti-bullying film about her plight

    In December 2013, she inspired millions with her TED Talk. Now Lizzie Velasquez, once called “the world’s ugliest woman,” hopes to reach an even-wider audience through an anti-bullying documentary about her story. “I know what it is to be bullied and what is to be bullied online, and I want to be the protector of those who think it won’t get better,” said Velasquez, 25, who has a rare disease that makes it impossible for her to gain weight. She has never weighed more than 64 pounds and is blind in one eye.



    Memorial Day not just another day off
    A Lombard letter to the editor: I would like to take my time to remember the millions of fallen soldiers that have served humanity 24/7, 365 days a year, throughout our country’s history. These powerful men and women sacrificed their lives, their wealth, and their time for the sake of their country and nation.


    Tired of being lied to about Benghazi
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: Important to learn facts surrounding the Benghazi attack: A recent editorial accused the Republicans of “dirty politics” in supporting yet another Benghazi probe. Whatever your political allegiance, the words “dirty” and “politics” are inseparable.


    ‘Clean coal’ deal was a bad deal
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Wake up call for Geneva and Batavia: We are among many cities that have been bamboozled by Peabody Energy that sold us on “clean coal” energy. We are not only partial owners to a growing mountain of coal waste on a 740 acres in southern Illinois, we are liable for their cost overruns, which to date exceeds $2 million for Geneva alone.


    Probe needed of roadwork problems
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I as a North side resident of Libertyville have lived with daily frustration for over a year on the widening of Highway 21 and the intersection at Buckley Road.


    Science has sold out on climate change
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Recently, the Daily Herald printed a “Guest view” article by two University of Illinois staff members regarding climate change. In the 1970s it was global cooling. When the Earth switched back to its natural warming cycle, all of the predictions of an encroaching ice age disappeared and the threats of global warming were proclaimed.


    Learn from history this health lesson
    A Chicago letter to the editor: I am old enough to remember when cigarette smoking in public was commonplace, even among celebrities. When evidence first arose connecting smoking to lung cancer and other maladies, the tobacco industry claimed that there was no proof, that more studies were needed. Yet, people continued to smoke and die, and legislators continued to cash checks from tobacco lobbyists, who insisted that money spent combating smoking could better be spent finding cures.


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