Daily Archive : Sunday June 1, 2014


    Allison Spahr, a 10-year-old girl from Cary, was killed when a large tree fell on her family’s tent while camping at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Sunday morning at around 4 a.m. This photo, taken before Sunday, shows the camp site where the incident took place.

    Officials ID Cary girl killed when falling tree lands on tent

    Authorities have identified the 10-year-old Cary girl who was killed in a Wisconsin state park early Sunday morning when storms toppled a large tree onto a tent where she and two family members were sleeping. The girl, Allison Spahr, was pronounced dead at Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin, shortly after rescuers were called to the scene about 4 a.m.

    2014 Rose Queen Sharon Abraham, left, waves to the crowd Sunday as her float travels down the route of 55th annual Rose Parade in Roselle.

    Through rain and shine, Rose Parade marches on

    Spectators willing to sit through a little rain Sunday for Roselle's 55th annual Rose Parade were treated to a spectacle that included bagpipers, karate demonstrators, hopeful political candidates, American Legion auxiliary members, the Jesse White Tumblers and 2014 Rose Queen Sharon Abraham and her court.

    Graduate Dylan Snodgrass pauses for a selfie onstage after receiving his diploma at the Kaneland High School 2014 commencement exercises Sunday in Dekalb.

    Images: Kaneland High School Graduation
    Kaneland High School held its graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1 in DeKalb.

    Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a press conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, Sunday. Their son, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees.

    U.S. defends captive swap with Taliban, critics stir

    Five years a captive from the Afghanistan war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees in a swap stirring sharp debate in Washington over whether the U.S. should have negotiated with the Taliban over prisoners.

    Param Patel cheers and yells at friends in the audience at the conclusion of the Schaumburg High School commencement at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Sunday, June 1.

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    Schaumburg High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the Sears Centre.

    Lewis Katz, a self-made man who built his fortune in New York parking lots, billboards and cable TV, and went on to buy the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, NHL’s New Jersey Devils and The Philadelphia Inquirer, died in a weekend plane crash. He was 72.

    Philly Inquirer co-owner among 7 dead in jet crash

    Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts, just days after reaching a deal that many hoped would end months of infighting at the newspaper and help restore it to its former glory.

    Maureen Sanderson gives Kelli Pacha a hug before the start of the Benet Academy graduation Sunday, June 1 in the school’s gym.

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    Benet Academy held its graduation Sunday, June 1 at the school in the main gym.

    Jocelyne Gonzalez receives her diploma during the Wheaton Academy graduation Sunday, June 1at the Wheaton Bible Church.

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    Wheaton Academy held its graduation Sunday, June 1 at the school in West Chicago.

    Graduate Erin Bartolone wears a message on her mortarboard at the Aurora Christian High School commencement ceremony Sunday in Aurora.

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    Aurora Christian High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1st at the school.

    A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars is seen in the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kekaha on the island of Kaua’i in Hawaii.

    NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

    The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet. For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hitched a ride to Earth's planetary neighbor using the same parachute design. But NASA needs a bigger and stronger parachute if it wants to send astronauts...

    Fabien Cousteau, the filmmaker and Jacques Cousteau’s grandson, plans to spend 31 days living underwater at the lab, making a documentary and leading a five-person crew on science experiments.

    Fabien Cousteau plans 31-day underwater mission

    Like viewers worldwide, Fabien Cousteau was entranced by his famous grandfather’s films about marine life and human exploration underwater. Now he’s adding to his family’s sea stories with a 31-day underwater expedition in the Florida Keys.

    This 2013 photo shows a California Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental scientist holding a dead juvenile coho salmon found in Little Larabee Creek in Humboldt County, Calif. Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California’s coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say.

    Study finds medical pot farms draining streams dry

    Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California’s coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows. State fish and wildlife officials say much of the marijuana being grown in northern counties under the state’s...

    This is the Liberty Ridge Area of Mount Rainier as viewed from the Carbon Glacier in Washington state. Six climbers missing on Mount Rainier are presumed dead after helicopters detected pings from emergency beacons buried in the snow thousands of feet below their last known location, a national park official said Saturday.

    Official: Recovering fallen climbers too dangerous

    Rescuers likely know the final resting place of six climbers who set out last week to attempt one of the most technical and physically grueling routes to the peak of Mount Rainier in Washington state.News: But the danger of recovering the bodies of the two guides and four climbers believed to have fallen 3,300 feet from their last known location is too great, park officials say.

    These two puppies spent time in the “Parvo Ward” at the Kansas City Pet Project, which is testing a treatment for the canine parvovirus.

    Trial results promising for curing puppies’ parvo

    A North Dakota company that discovered an antibody technology while trying to cure flocks of dying geese is using its research for a more warm and fuzzy purpose: saving puppies.

    Steam rises from the Jeffrey Energy Center coal-fired power plant near St. Marys, Kan. As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards affecting coal-fired power plants, lawmakers in about a half-dozen state already have acted pre-emptively — not to toughen their own standards, but to make it tougher to enforce the new federal ones.

    States move to blunt Obama carbon plan

    As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers.

    President Barack Obama, seen here arriving at the presidential palace in Warsaw, Poland, May 28, 2011, begins a four-day trip to Poland, Belgium and France against the backdrop of successful national elections in Ukraine.

    Obama to urge Europe to keep up pressure on Russia
    President Barack Obama will press European leaders this week to keep up pressure on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, while seeking to assuage fears from Poland and other NATO allies that the West could slip back into a business-as-usual relationship with Moscow.

    Esmeralda Silva gives remarks during the Elk Grove High School graduation Sunday.

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    Elk Grove High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the school.

    Members of Popular Demand and the Expressions sing the National Anthem during the Buffalo Grove High School graduation Sunday in the school’s gymnasium.

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    Buffalo Grove High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the school.

    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, right, a Pennsylvania Republican, stands beside U.S. Sen. candidate Chris McDaniel during a rally on Saturday in Diamondhead, Miss.

    Mississippi Senate race tops Tuesday’s 8 primaries

    Strange, unsavory twists in Mississippi's Senate Republican race are grabbing the most attention of Tuesday's primary elections in eight states. Voters in Alabama, California, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota also will nominate candidates for the Nov. 4 elections.

    Lake Zurich High School graduates toss their caps .

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    Lake Zurich High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1 at the school.

    Mio Kurihara of Hoffman Estates glances into the audience at the start of the William Fremd High School commencement at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Sunday, June 1.

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    Fremd High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the Sears Centre.

    Yemeni boys look at a vehicle destroyed during a police raid on an al-Qaida militants’ hideout in the Arhab region, north of Sanaa, Yemen, which resulted in the death of five militants and six soldiers, in this file photo from May 27.

    Al-Qaida decentralized, but not necessarily weaker

    Al-Qaida has decentralized, yet it’s unclear whether the terrorist network is weaker and less likely to launch a Sept. 11-style attack against the United States, as President Barack Obama says, or remains potent despite the deaths of several leaders.

    Paris prosecutor François Molins addresses the media in Paris Sunday about an arrest made Friday in Marseille.

    Suspect in Jewish museum killings went to Syria

    A suspected French jihadist who spent time in Syria is in custody over the shooting deaths of three people at a Belgian Jewish museum, prosecutors said Sunday, crystalizing fears that European radicals will parlay their experiences in Syria into terrorism back home.

    Anthony Bentivegna, left, Michelle Wilson and Joe Catella wait for their chance to do some kayaking Sunday in the 53rd annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race, organized by the Fox Valley Park District.

    Paddlers aplenty for Fox River canoe/kayak race

    Hundreds of fierce competitors, paddles in hand and game-faces on, arrived at Mount St. Mary Park in St. Charles on Sunday, eager to show what they could do out on the Fox River. They were there for the 53rd annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race, a signature summer event organized by the Aurora-based Fox Valley Park District.

    The sky was filled with kites big and small during the eighth annual Frontier Kite Fly Festival in Naperville on Sunday. Organizers expected more than 1,000 visitors to the festival, which also featured live music and a slew of activities for kids.

    Kites fill the skies over Naperville for annual Fly Festival

    The sky above Naperville’s Frontier Sports Complex was filled on Sunday with kites of all shapes and sizes — from small Spider-Man kites to gigantic streamers that nearly blotted out the sun. More than 1,000 people attended the eighth annual Frontier Kite Fly Festival in Naperville, organizers say.

    Debbie Adewusi, facing camera, receives a hug from Lenora Estes as they line up for the 131st commencement of Palatine High School on Sunday at the school.

    Images: Palatine High School Graduation
    Palatine High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the school.

    Graduates-to-be march into the 49th commencement at Wheeling High School on Sunday at the school.

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    Wheeling High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the school.

    Rishika Bheem, 18, of Roselle and Abigail Barthel, 18, of Schaumburg were the first two to get their diplomas at the 49th annual commencement of Conant High School at the Sears Centre on Sunday.

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    Conant High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the Sears Centre.

    Sam Mortellaro, 17, and Shannon Moore, 18, both of Mt. Prospect celebrate getting their diplomas with a high-five at the 54th annual Prospect High School commencement on Sunday.

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    Prospect High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the school.

    Sarah Rosenberg sings the Star Spangled Banner at the Rolling Meadows High School graduation Sunday.

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    Rolling Meadows High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the school.


    Arlington Heights wins housing grant

    Arlington Heights is among nine Illinois communities to be awarded a housing grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday.


    More dental care for veterans

    More veterans will be able to receive dental care through the Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission thanks to a $25,000 grant.


    Seegers Road to be closed for two weeks

    Seegers Road in Des Plaines, between Fourth Avenue and Rand Road, will be closed for railroad crossing repairs June 5 to June 20.


    Tim Schneider fishing derby is June 8

    Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider will host his annual fishing derby from 9 a.m.-noon June 8 at Busse Woods Grove 25, in Elk Grove Village. Open to both adults and children the event is free, but bring your own fishing gear.


    Attorney hopes Maple Park neighbors can get along

    A 54-year-old Maple Park man, who was sued by his neighbor on allegations he intentionally hurt her horse riding stable’s business, recently was found not guilty of shooting off an air horn last August that spooked a horse and threw its rider. Now the attorney for Donald R. Cinkus hopes his client can get along with Dora Christensen, the owner of Epona Dressage, Inc., who sued him last...


    Farmers market making debut in Hanover Park

    The first-ever farmers market in Hanover Park will open Friday, June 13. Shoppers will find fresh produce, meats and cheeses at the new open-air market on the grounds of the Hanover Park Park District.


    Lake Zurich Citizens Police Academy

    Lake Zurich officials say they are seeking applicants for the next Citizens Police Academy.


    Path being considered near school

    Officials are considering building a path that would make it safer for students walking between Stevenson High School and the nearby Vernon Hills Town Center shopping plaza.


    Motley named parade grand marshal

    The Waukegan Park District announced it has selected Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley as the grand marshal for the American Independence Parade.

    Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, said Sunday that this week he will introduce a bill to address the problems plaguing the federally run veterans’ health care.

    Senate to take up new VA bill after scandal

    Details of a refashioned bill to address the problems plaguing the federally run veterans’ health care system were released Sunday by its sponsor, the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, posted a summary of his bill Sunday and said it would be introduced this week.

    Carly Pisano waves to family and friends during the graduation ceremony Sunday at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. There were 525 seniors who received diplomas at the school.

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    Hersey High School held their graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 1, at the school.

    Tapping in a putt, 98-year-old Dick Breeden golfs with Dick Muhlethaler, who is 103. With a combined age of 201, the Luther Village residents are capable of scoring half their ages over nine holes in their games every Tuesday at Arlington Lakes Golf Club in Arlington Heights.

    Golf buddies aim to break 100 — at 103 and 98

    The numbers on this golf course run together. The thermometer pushes 90. The scores approach 100. And the golfers soaking it all in are doing fine at ages 103 and 98. “Putters are good as canes, too,” says Dick Breeden, the 98-year-old, even if he doesn't need any help striding off the green at Arlington Lakes Golf Club in Arlington Heights after rolling in a 12-foot putt for a par.

    Michelle Licht is part of ALE Solutions' “boots on the ground team” for catastrophic events, such as the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, last May. The tornado swept through a 17-mile area.

    St. Charles company helps pick up pieces after disasters

    The largest temporary housing placement company in the country is located in St. Charles. See how this company, started in a basement, helps about 60,000 people a year find shelter when they lose everything in a disaster. "I was blown away" by the level of help, said Steve Hargis, who lost his home in a tornado.

    Theresa Volpe, left, and Mercedes Santos show off their marriage certificate after being married in Cook County in February. Other Chicago-area counties start offering same-sex marriage licenses Monday.

    Gay marriage now law of land in Illinois

    Monday is the first day when collar county officials will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Cook County started issuing same-sex marriage licenses months ago, saying a federal legal decision allowed it, and it has given out 1,140 marriage licenses to same-sex couples so far. Also beginning Monday, couples with civil unions can convert them to marriages.

    World War II veteran Richard “Bert” King, 89, took part in the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. When he was reminded about the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day, he quipped, “Geez, I’m getting old.”

    At D-Day’s 70th, talking about war with my uncle

    I never got around to asking my uncles about their wartime service. I’d been meaning to. I just never did. Now there is only one left to ask, the one who took part in the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944: Uncle Bert. Richard “Bert” King is 89 and his memory is failing. I’ve had a growing sense that I’d kick myself if I never got to hear his story, from his lips.

    David Jackendoff served with the 101st Airborne Division in Europe. Jackendoff parachuted into Normandy with the 101st Airborne on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and later fought in Holland and Belgium.

    70 years after D-Day, hearing Dad’s stories anew

    Dad fought with the 101st for 37 straight days in France. In September 1944 he went to Holland, to Operation Market Garden, a battle depicted in the movie “A Bridge Too Far.” In December, they dug in for the siege of Bastogne, Belgium, part of the Battle of the Bulge.


    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford reacts Sunday to giving up the game-winning overtime goal in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at United Center.

    Epic series has sad ending for Blackhawks

    Honestly, this epic Western Conference finals series between the Blackhawks and the Kings deserved to go to a Game 7. And that Game 7 deserved to go beyond regulation time because that’s how good it’s been.

    Corey Crawford collides with Dustin Brown during the second period in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Sunday.

    Epic series has sad ending for Blackhawks

    Even though they’ve been in the midst of a furious battle with the Kings, Blackhawks players realize they’ve taken part in one special series againt Los Angeles.

    Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad, right, celebrates with Patrick Sharp on Sunday after Sharp’s second-period goal.

    Saad ramps up his game during 2014 postseason

    Scoreless in his last 12 regular-season games, which cost him his first 20-goal campaign. An upper-body injury that caused him to miss three games in March. A healthy scratch with four games left before the start of the best time of the year for a hockey player: playoff hockey. Brandon Saad, sad? Sadly for Blackhawks opponents, no.

    The Los Angeles Kings celebrate Sunday after eliminating the Blackhawks from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    L.A. proves it’s one tough out

    This is how Kings can rule Los Angeles. By winning a Game 7 on opposition ice for the third time in one postseason. By knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champs. By doing the latter when facing a 1-goal deficit with less than eight minutes left in regulation.

    Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown crashes into Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford in the second period of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Sunday at the United Center.

    Blackhawks’ road to repeat hits dead end

    It was simply not meant to be for the Blackhawks, as the schedule and the competition conspired to ensure that for the 15th straight season, the Stanley Cup will have a new dance partner. The defending champs are no more. Long live the champs.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford gets a hand from Brandon Bollig after letting the winning goal past him in overtime of Game 7 as the Los Angeles Kings win the Western Conference final 5-4 on Sunday at the United Center.

    No real good reason to be hard on Hawks

    A question has been lingering ever since the Blackhawks fell behind early in the Western Conference finals. What should the response be if the Kings eliminate the Hawks from the Stanley Cup playoffs? Well, there's no reason to be hard on a team that ran into another champion at the wrong time.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford reacts to allowing a goal by Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli in overtime of Game 7 as the Los Angeles Kings win the Western Conference final 5-4 on Sunday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Kings, Game Seven
    Images of Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Finals as the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center in Chicago.The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime and now move on to the Stanley Cup Finals.

    Los Angeles Kings celebrate after defeating Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 in the overtime period in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Chicago.

    Kings eliminate Blackhawks in Game 7

    Alec Martinez scored at 5:47 of overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Blackhawks 5-4 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Sunday night.Martinez’s shot went off Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy and over goalie Corey Crawford, stunning the sellout crowd at the United Center and leading to a wild on-ice celebration for Los Angeles. Leddy was disconsolate as the Kings gathered in a big huddle along the boards.Los Angeles improved to 7-0 in elimination games with its third Game 7 win on the road this postseason. It will host the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night.“We never say die ... someone described us as a bunch of cockroaches that don’t go away,” Martinez said.Justin Williams and Tyler Toffoli each had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who once held a 3-1 lead in the series, only to have the defending champion Blackhawks come back to force Game 7. Jeff Carter scored his ninth playoff goal in the first, and Marian Gaborik had the tying goal midway through the third period.Patrick Sharp scored two goals for the Blackhawks, who blew a 2-0 lead. Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Kane had two more assists.Chicago’s loss means Detroit remains the last NHL team to win consecutive titles in 1997 and 1998.The Kings also got 37 saves from Jonathan Quick in another resilient performance for Darryl Sutter’s team. Los Angeles trailed San Jose 3-0 in its first-round series and was down 3-2 to top-seeded Anaheim in the second round before rallying each time.Gaborik, Williams and Mike Richards each improved to 7-0 in Game 7s. Sutter moved to 7-3 in such games, breaking a tie with Blackhawks adviser Scotty Bowman and Pat Burns for the NHL record for most coaching wins in Game 7s.Sharp sent a big power-play drive past Quick to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead at 18:25 of the second. Sharp, who has been mostly quiet this postseason, celebrated the tiebreaking goal with a big fist pump and scream as his teammates rushed in to congratulate him.The Blackhawks held onto that slim lead all the way to 7:17 of the third, when Gaborik swept in a rebound on the break for his NHL-best 12th playoff goal, sparking a celebration on the Kings’ bench and setting the stage for a frantic finish to regulation.Quick turned away prime opportunities for Sharp and Bryan Bickell before he made a terrific save on Andrew Shaw in the final seconds. Dustin Brown had a great rush to the net for Los Angeles that he nearly completed for a breathtaking score. Jonathan Toews also scored for the Blackhawks, and Crawford finished with 27 saves.The finale of the epic series between the last two Stanley Cup winners attracted a frenzied crowd of 22,315 that included NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. And they were treated to another heart-stopping classic full of big shots and great saves by each side.Just like in Game 5, a 5-4 double-overtime victory for Chicago, the Blackhawks got off to a fast start, only to have the Kings come storming back. Kane picked up an assist on each of the first two goals, finding Saad with a slick pass from behind the net, and then getting to the right place at the right time for a lucky power-play carom that went right to Toews for an easy tap-in at 8:36 of the first.The comeback Kings, who seem to play their best the closer they get to the brink of elimination, then went to work. Carter batted a rebound out of the air and past Crawford at 16:31, and Williams scored his seventh of the playoff 51 seconds later, tying it at 2.It was Williams’ seventh career goal in a Game 7, tying Glenn Anderson for the NHL record. Williams added an assist on Martinez’s winning score, breaking Doug Gilmour’s record for most points in such games with 14.


    Another familiar finish for Fire

    No matter how the Chicago Fire lines up, the end result always seems to have a familiar look.


    Abreu expected back in Sox’ lineup Monday

    Before Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said it is the club’s intention to activate first baseman Jose Abreu from the disabled list for Monday night’s road game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale, left, celebrates with teammate Adam Eaton after going the distance Sunday. Sale allowed only 2 hits while striking out nine Padres batters.

    White Sox’ Sale continues to amaze

    Chris Sale has been virtually unhittable since returning to the mound after his stint on the disabled list. He continued that trend against the San Diego Padres on Sunday in a 4-1 White Sox victory. Sale tossed a complete game and allowed just 2 hits — which came in back-to-back at-bats in the fifth inning — while walking zero and striking out nine.

    White Sox starter Chris Sale allowed only 2 hits in his complete-game victory Sunday over the San Diego Padres at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Nothing better than watching Sox’ Sale baffle hitters

    There aren’t a whole lot of things in baseball more enjoyable than watching hitters look completely lost in at-bats against pitchers, and that’s what happens every time White Sox starter Chris Sale is on the mound.

    Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale delivers a pitch during the third inning of an interleague baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Chicago, Sunday, June 1, 2014.

    Sale pitches 2-hit complete game for Sox

    Chris Sale pitched a two-hitter, Paul Konerko homered and the Chicago White Sox defeated the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Sunday.Sale (5-0) struck out nine, walked none and threw 100 pitches. He froze Everth Cabrera for a called strike three to end the game, and retired the final 14 batters.Sale has allowed just one earned run in his last 25 innings over four starts, and has a 1.59 ERA overall. The lefty was on the disabled list in late April because of a strained muscle in his pitching arm.Konerko also doubled and drove in three runs as the White Sox won for the eighth time in 13 games.Eric Stults (2-6) gave up four runs and five hits in six innings.Sale sailed through the first four innings, retiring 12 straight batters to start the game. He struck out four in the first two innings before the Padres began swinging early in the count.Konerko gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the second when he hit a drive to the back of the left-field bullpen for his third homer of the season.Chase Headley led off the Padres fifth with his fifth homer. Tommy Medica followed with a single, but Sale quickly regrouped. He got Jedd Gyorko to ground into a double play and struck out Yonder Alonso to end the inning.Sale was economical with his pitches. Through eight innings he had thrown just 84, making the decision to bring him out for the ninth that much easier for manager Robin Ventura.The White Sox regained the lead in the fifth on a solo homer by Tyler Flowers. They added two more in the sixth when Konerko doubled down the left-field line with two out, driving in Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez.NOTES: White Sox 1B Jose Abreu (tendinitis left ankle) played in a simulated game for the second straight day and said he feels fine. He is expected to be activated DL for Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Sitting out has been difficult,” Abreu said through a translator. “But you have to recognize there are things we don’t control.” ... Padres CF Cameron Maybin missed the game and is listed as day-to-day after leaving Saturday’s game with a sore right calf. ... Director of scouting Doug Laumann said that the White Sox, who pick third in Thursday’s amateur draft, “more than likely” would select a pitcher in the first round.

    Cubs manger Rick Renteria, second from right, tries to restrain Anthony Rizzo (44) who argues with home plate umpire Jerry Meals in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Milwaukee. Rizzo was ejected from the game.

    Brewers rout Cubs 9-0

    MILWAUKEE — Kyle Lohse allowed only three hits and Ryan Braun had a two-run homer to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-0 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.Milwaukee pounded Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija (1-5) for eight earned runs in three innings, raising his ERA from 1.68 to 2.54.Braun homered to left on the first pitch he saw from Samardzija, and the Brewers rolled from there with Samardzija having trouble locating his fastball. Lyle Overbay broke the game open with a three-run double in the third.Lohse’s RBI single drove in Overbay to make it 8-0 for the pitcher’s second run-scoring hit of the game. Lohse (7-1) struck out six in Milwaukee’s first complete game shutout this season.One of the few highlights for Chicago was Brian Schlitter’s single to lead off the seventh for the reliever’s first major league hit.Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was ejected by home plate umpire Jerry Meals for arguing a called third strike in the fourth and Chicago trailing by eight. The left-handed slugger turned to face Meals and pointed angrily with his left arm at the ground before being sent back to the dugout by manager Rick Renteria. The last-place Cubs lost their 14th straight series on the road, a streak dating to last September. Braun hit his ninth homer of the year and second in three days.Scooter Gennett had two doubles off Samardzija before hitting his third homer of the year in the fifth off reliever Justin Grimm.Gennett’s first double exemplified the Cubs’ afternoon. A high fly to shallow left-center in the second fell in between backpedaling shortstop Starlin Castro and charging outfielder Junior Lake, who looked away in frustration as Gennett hustled into second.Notes: Chicago planned to give Luis Valbuena a couple days off as a precaution after Renteria said the infielder was “a little tired, a little sore” with what he described as an abdominal ailment. ... Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) went 0 for 2 and fielded a grounder in four innings in his first game of a two-day rehab stint at the team’s Class A affiliate in Appleton. ... ... Chicago is off Monday and opens a three-game series Tuesday against the visiting New York Mets. RH Matt Garza (2-4) starts Monday when Milwaukee welcomes the Minnesota Twins for a two-game series.

    Ernie Harwell, the voice of Detroit Tigers baseball, was one of the reasons Len Kasper wanted to become a baseball broadcaster. Kasper grew up listening to radio broadcasts by the legendary Harwell.

    The art of announcing baseball and knowing when not to talk

    One of the most important decisions a baseball announcer makes is knowing when to stop talking, which is more difficult than it seems. You see, we are paid to talk. But letting the game breathe is hugely important and letting the moment speak for itself is an essential skill. Here's more on the subject from Cubs insider Len Kasper.

    Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura, who averages 96 mph on his fastball, has been told to hold back on his fastball in the early innings to avoid stress on his arm.

    The win-win for pitchers who dial it back

    Adjustments made to preserve a pitcher’s health need not be thought of as automatic detriments to effectiveness.Chris Sale of the White Sox and Yordano Ventura of the Royals brought this to mind this week for baseball columnist Matt Spiegel.

    Kings goalie Jonathan Quick blocks a shot by Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell as Kings' Jake Muzzin helps defend during Game 6, which went to the Hawks to set up Sunday night's Game 7 at the United Center.

    Blackhawks, Kings put it all on the line in Game 7

    Sunday night, the Blackhawks look to make some magic again in a Game 7 when they host the Kings, a team they trailed 3-1 before a pair of magical victories put them on the cusp of a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final.


    Special teams finally special for Blackhawks

    After going 1-for-11 on the power play and stopping just five of 10 Kings power plays in three straight defeats, the Blackhawks got back on track in Games 5 and 6, winning both games to even the series heading into Game 7 on Sunday night at the United Center.



    Fund investors are looking abroad for dividends

    Markets outside the United States have long been fertile ground for dividend hunters because their stronger cultures of paying dividends have resulted in higher yields. U.S. companies have boosted their own dividends and paid a record amount last year, but many mutual-fund managers say the most attractive dividend stocks are still outside the country. Investors also are showing a preference for foreign dividend payers: That’s where they’re putting more of their money.

    SEIU-UHW worker Kathy Santana, left, assists Ruben Torres, 27, during a health care enrollment event at SEIU-UHW office in Commerce, Calif. The wild hikes in health insurance rates that blindsided many Americans in recent years may become less frequent because of the health care overhaul.

    Big insurance rate hikes might become less frequent

    The wild hikes in health insurance rates that blindsided many Americans in recent years may become less frequent because of the health care overhaul. Final rates for 2015 won’t be out for months, but early filings from insurers suggest price increases of 10 percent or more. That may sound like a lot, but rates have risen as much as 20 or 30 percent in recent years.

    A pickup truck drives down a road of the Homer City Generating Station in Homer City, Pa. Three years ago, the operators of one of the nation’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants warned of “immediate and devastating” consequences from the Obama administration’s push to clean up pollution from coal. Faced with cutting sulfur dioxide pollution blowing into downwind states by 80 percent in less than a year, lawyers for EME Homer City Generation L.P. sued the Environmental Protection Agency to block the rule, saying it would cause a painful spike in electricity bills and grave harm to power producers like itself.

    Pennsylvania plant becomes model for cleaner operation

    A massive coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is turning from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how such a facility can clean up its act. Homer City Generating Station is expected to make the transformation in a few years. When it does, it will end four decades of nearly limitless pollution from two of its units that had long escaped regulation.


    Career Coach Q&A: When the boss is the problem

    Career Coach Joyce E.A. Russell answers questions from readers, dispensing advice to new graduates ready to enter the world of work. Here are some excerpts.


    Work Advice: Gimme a break, or at least pay me for it

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

    CEO Joe Carter wants to hire workers to expand his company that removes asbestos, lead paint and other toxic materials from buildings. Snyder Environmental has two problems: It needs money, and it needs people willing and able to do the work.

    Waiting game: Why small businesses won’t hire

    Small businesses have not been hiring at the pace that’s needed for a robust economic recovery, and many owners have no plans to add to their payrolls, according to recent surveys. In three released last week, the most optimistic reading came from Bank of America Corp., which found that 52 percent of owners plan to hire over the next 12 months. But Wells Fargo & Co. found only 21 percent planned to hire, and in a Citibank survey, 25 percent had plans — numbers consistent with other surveys in the past year.

    Mark Delbeck of Burlington Electric checks the radio frequency of a newly-installed “smart” meter in Burlington, Vt. Electricity prices are expected to rise faster this year than they have since 2009, to a record average of 12.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to the Energy Department. And prices are highest in the summer, just when you need more power to run the air conditioner.

    How tightening your home can save you money

    Many residents are paying far more than they should to cool their homes because cold air is leaking out and hot, humid air is getting in. The air seeps through obvious places, like under doors, and not so obvious places, like cracks around plumbing that you can’t see. “We accept a much higher level of bad performance in our homes than we would in our cars. You shouldn’t be uncomfortable.” says Jennifer Amann, director of the buildings program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

    A tray of food sits on the window waiting for a car hop to pick it up earlier this month at Carlson’s Drive-In in Michigan City, Ind.

    Americans and their cars: A love affair on fumes?

    After rising almost continuously since World War II, driving by U.S. households has declined nearly 10 percent since 2004, with a start before the Great Recession suggesting economics is not the only cause. “There’s something more fundamental going on,” says Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Life & Entertainment

    This image released by Disney shows Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, left, in a scene with her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, portraying Young Aurora, in a scene from the film, “Maleficent.”

    ‘Maleficent’ spooks box office with $70M debut

    The biggest box-office debut of Angelina Jolie’s career propelled Disney’s twisted fairy tale “Maleficent” to a $70 million opening. The PG-rated fantasy beat forecasts to easily top all films over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Though “Maleficent” was early on considered a risky endeavor for Disney that might turn away family audiences by retelling “Sleeping Beauty” from the villain’s perspective, the film emerged as a hit largely because of the draw of Jolie.

    Adirondack chairs epitomize the comfort and relaxation homeowners seek from their backyards.

    Embellishments, fire pits, sound systems keep guests happy

    “People today are living outside as much as possible, enjoying fireplaces, pergolas, outdoor kitchens and much more. That trend is just exploding,” explained Colin Taheny, vice president of RYCO Design Group of Lake in the Hills.

    Thomas Noah of Carpentersville is looking for a deer-proof backyard.

    Picked clean by deer

    At one time, we had a nice landscape foundation that we slowly built upon during the 22 years in our home. Lush hostas and lilies and shrubs surrounded our backyard. Then, 10-15 years ago, an abundance of deer moved into our neighborhood and suddenly our yard became a limitless “salad bar” for them.

    Laureen Cheng of Schaumburg believes her backyard is boring and now in disrepair.

    Boring backyard

    Our boring backyard sits in Schaumburg behind our “new” old home that we purchased in August 2012. It’s a great property in a convenient location with lots of potential, but it’s been neglected and unloved for a number of years.

    Jennifer Ness of Lake Zurich wants to win the Get Your Summer On Contest for her hard-working husband.

    Outdoor entertaining

    I would love to win this contest for my husband. He works so hard in order for me to stay home with our three young children. His hours are long and he never complains.

    In this 2007 photo, Ann B. Davis arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Emmy-winning actress Davis, who played the housekeeper on “The Brady Bunch,” has died at a San Antonio hospital on Sunday She was 88.

    'Brady Bunch' actress Ann B. Davis dies

    Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, who played the housekeeper Alice on “The Brady Bunch,” has died at a San Antonio hospital. She was 88. Bexar County, Texas, medical examiner's investigator Sara Horne says Davis died Sunday morning. Horne says no cause of death is available and that an autopsy is planned Monday.

    Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean) was a character who bonded viewers together and showed us what we expected was wrong in season 1 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

    ‘Game of Thrones’ should change how we think about television

    Our current “golden age” of television drama has largely been marked by an obsession with realness. Everything is holding a mirror to something, and that something is us, as we were and as we are. “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s fantasy series based on author George R.R. Martin’s still-unfinished “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga, is not like those shows. It is about swords and sigils and dragons and frozen baby-crazed zombies and it is decidedly uninterested in transcending these trappings or ironically critiquing them.


    Both traditional, nontraditional medicine came into play for surgery

    For over 25 years, there has been a competition between traditional and nontraditional medicine — which one is better, which was safer and which one is healthier. From my perspective I don't really see a competition between traditional and nontraditional medicine. We should use both as if they were one. Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to not only talk the talk but walk the walk. I had to have surgery.

    Comedian and actor Paul Rodriguez performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Sunday picks: Paul Rodriguez plays Schaumburg's Improv

    Veteran comedian Paul Rodriguez aims to get his humor across this weekend in English with a sprinkling of Spanish at the Improv Comedy Showcase. See a variety of art from 150 artists at the 12th Annual Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts. The annual Rose Festival promises a parade plus loads of games and rides this weekend at the Roselle Metra Station.

    “Ghost Ship” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is another solid entry in the NUMA Files series.

    ‘Ghost Ship’ is solid entry in NUMA Files series

    “Ghost Ship,” the latest NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency) Files entry by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown, is the closest yet to a flat-out James Bond adventure. The best Cussler stories are the ones that are the most personal to the hero, and for Kurt Austin, a failed rescue attempt still causes nightmares.

    Pottery Barn’s large Conservatory bird cage made of mahogany and wire is a statement piece due to its scale, and replicates similar designs of the Victorian era. It would look striking alone, or filled with elements of a personal collection, or even plants. Those drawn to 19th-century style may be happy to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend for spring and summer.

    Victorian garden style lives on

    Those drawn to 19th-century style may be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer. The look involves florals, weathered wood, wire, period typography, bird motifs and accessories, and other elements with a Victorian vibe, says Tom Mirabile, a trend watcher for Lifetime Brands. The appeal lies largely in the era’s garden-as-haven aesthetic, he says.

    Visitors descend a steep portion of the Camelback Mountain trail in Phoenix, Ariz. The 2,704-foot-high mountain offers 360-degree views of distant mountain ranges and closer views of golf courses and pools, all framed by tall saguaros and blooming wildflowers.

    Make the most of hiking in the American Southwest

    In the past, a snake phobia had mostly confined me to the car, or on horseback, in dozens of trips to the Southwest. But the combination of a winter spent in Minnesota’s polar vortex and other life events pushed me onto the trails on a two-week trip this spring. In seven parks from Phoenix to near El Paso, Texas, I wandered barefoot across blindingly white sand dunes, climbed on all fours over red boulders, trekked to waterfalls deep inside a canyon, and played rockhound for a day — all while basking in uninterrupted sunshine and without spotting a single rattler. Here are some highlights.

    Kids of all ages will enjoy the chaos that is “Mario Kart 8.”

    Nintendo’s ‘Mario Kart 8’ defies gravity

    “Mario Kart” is one of those rare video game series that truly everyone in the family can enjoy. “Mario Kart 8” lives up to that tradition, keeping the franchise high on any list of terrific multiplayer games. Beyond slicker graphics, it doesn’t represent a great evolution from 1992’s “Super Mario Kart.” This time around, there are 32 racetracks: 16 new ones and 16 repurposed from previous games and upgraded to high definition.

    Shake Shack’s upscale fast food outpost offers burgers, hot dogs, fries and shakes courtesy of restaurateur Danny Meyer. The lines are long and seats never free, but if you pick a concrete — dense frozen custard ice cream in a cup with a straw — an express line can get you in and out in time for the theater curtain.

    Go for the food: Fare that shines in Times Square

    Times Square is a lot of things — a sensory-overload, horribly crowded, eye-popping and deeply exciting. One thing it has never seemed to be is a place to go for food. But look harder and there’s likely something here for everyone, like the offerings on Broadway itself. Aside from the gaudy chains and tourist traps, there’s plenty of good sushi and juicy burgers and funny cocktails.

    1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1

    Mach 1 Mustang fulfills affinity for yesteryear

    Monico Chavez of Vernon Hills always saved his allowance. Unlike other young boys, he wasn’t stashing away dollars to pay for the newest video game. No, his heart was set on American muscle. Two years ago, it became his with the purchase of a 1969 Mach 1 Ford Mustang.

    Jack White has issued a long apology to The Black Keys, his former bandmate Meg White and a number of others over comments he made in a recent Rolling Stone interview.

    Jack White issues apology letter to Black Keys

    Jack White has issued a written apology to The Black Keys, his former bandmate Meg White and others over comments he made in a recent Rolling Stone magazine interview.

    Mystic Illusion, a bright yellow dahlia with dark, almost black foliage, has helped make the dahlia popular again.

    Please, dahlia, give me one more chance

    The dahlia is diverse in form and spectacularly chromatic, and I have come to view it as both a staple and a luxury of the mid-Atlantic garden from July to October.


    You can convert a garage into a bedroom

    Q. Our family is growing and we need more living space. I plan to convert our garage into a bedroom and build a carport. What is the most efficient way to insulate the masonry garage walls?


    Few options when you fall behind on mortgage

    Q. We are horribly behind on our mortgage payments and unless we win the lottery, we will never catch up. We owe far more than the house is worth. The bank is sending us something almost daily.

    Courtesy of Room + Board Window treatments can make your small room look grand, even if the windows are not.

    Don’t be limited by the size of your windows

    Windows, and how you dress them, can create the illusion of more space. You can use a practical element of architecture and turn it into a design feature that frames what lies beyond in a way that improves the interior. In fact, even in a windowless space you have the ability to craft the impression of a real opening.


    Pressure washers can be powerful tools when used correctly

    Q. I am thinking of buying a power washer and would like some advice on which type to buy. It will be used to clean my deck, fence and vinyl siding. Thank you for any help you can provide.



    Editorial: Demand pledges against lame-duck tax hikes

    A Daily Herald editorial calls on Democratic legislators from the suburbs to join with Republicans in pledging to oppose any tax increases that might be brought up in a lame-duck session.


    Digital age makes for ‘dream quinceanera’

    Brandy Huerta of Carpentersville won two Facebook contests, making possible her selfless 15-year-old daughter's "dream quinceanera." Living in a digital age was key, but it's still an old-fashioned heartwarming story, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.


    The revolt of the nerds

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Parallel to the rise of the Tea Party — with less attention but more potential influence — has been a gathering movement of reform conservatives whom my colleague E.J. Dionne Jr., in an essay in the journal Democracy, dubs “Reformicons.” One version of the Tea Party governing vision was recently and neatly summarized by Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel: “I’m not going to do anything for you. I’m going to get the government off your back, and then I’m gonna let you do it for yourself.”


    Don't scapegoat people with needs
    A McHenry letter to the editor: There is much ado recently about whether the Illinois temporary tax hike should be extended or made permanent. The politics of blame make the headlines, but the governor and legislature have put education and social services in a precarious position with threats of massive funding cuts if the tax isn't continued.


    Just watch income-tax vote next fall
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Here’s what I think: The temporary tax increase will be allowed to expire, although of course if Mr. Madigan and his crew really wanted to make it permanent there can be no doubt that, Illinois politics being what it is, he certainly could do so somehow.


    Proper defense was missing at Benghazi
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: As a former professional Army fire support officer, trained in both the use of artillery and close air support, I can quantify that the recent Herald article recapping the Benghazi facts had a falsehood: There were no military assets available to help the embassy, as declared by the Senate committee. Just because a Senate committee “declares” something does not make it true.


    Be willing to consider different view on deity
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: The May 8 edition of Your Views included a letter titled, “A thought exercise on prayer, deity.” The Daily Herald must feel honored the writer chose your paper in which to question both the existence of God and the effectiveness of prayer.


    A billion dollars to study neutrinos?
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Surely our poor heavily in debt Uncle Sam could find something more worthwhile to spend a billion dollars on than the elusive neutrino.


    Find more stories of science, medicine
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: On May 19, you ran an extremely interesting Health and Fitness article: “Do ‘aliens of the sea’ hold the key to brain science?” This article was so fascinating I could not put the paper down.


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