Daily Archive : Thursday June 5, 2014



    Addiction recovery seminar for churches, groups offered June 19

    Nearly half of today's population is touched by alcoholism or drug addiction, and families everywhere are desperate for solutions to the destructive behavior that this sickness brings. Cornerstone Community Baptist Church in North Aurora recognizes the helplessness that so many feel in the immediate Fox Valley area.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Tyler E. Conley, 31, of Elgin, was charged Thursday with aggravated battery and resisting or obstructing a police officer, court records show.

    Miguel Hernandez Jr.

    Prosecutors: 5-year-old was killed in payback attempt

    One gang member’s attempt to shoot another gang member resulted in the death of a 5-year-old boy, prosecutors said Thursday as the trial opened for the man accused of firing the gun. Eric Galarza Jr. was shot to death on Oct. 7, 2011, while riding with his family in a car on the way to return a rented movie.


    Mount Prospect home catches fire

    A fire at a home in Mount Prospect Thursday night caused some $30,000 in damage, authorities said. Fire officials continued to investigate the cause of the blaze, which they say started outside the structure.

    State law requires 5.4 million mailers go out to Illinoisans about proposed constitutional amendments, at a cost of as much as $4 million.

    State law requires millions of dollars in mailers

    Democracy costs money, and the multiple efforts to change the Illinois Constitution on the ballot in November could cost the state as much as $4 million in printing, mailing and advertising to tell you about it. State law requires Secretary of State Jesse White's office to print and mail about 5.4 million pamphlets — one to every household in the state, plus a few to keep around if anyone...

    The Boston Blackie's restaurant on Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights closed a few months after its owners were charged in a check-kiting scheme in 2010.

    Former Boston Blackie's owners sentenced

    The former father and son owners of the Boston Blackie's restaurant chain have been sentenced for their roles in a check-kiting scheme that defrauded two Chicago-area banks out of more than $1.7 million, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

    A Huntley man who shot and killed his brother last month in a fight over living arrangements, turned the gun on himself afterward, authorities said Thursday.

    Autopsy confirms second brother's death in Huntley shooting was suicide

    A second person has died due to gunshot injuries sustained during a fight between two brothers in Huntley last month. Mark Grundei, 50, died Wednesday from a penetrating gunshot wound to the head that the coroner said was a suicide. Grundei shot himself after shooting his brother May 26, authorities said.

    Police officers conduct body searches on students after a shooting occurred on the Seattle Pacific University campus Thursday in Seattle. The university posted online Thursday that “the campus is in lockdown due to a shooting near Otto Miller Hall.”

    1 dead in Seattle shooting; student disarmed gunman

    A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, Seattle police said. A student building monitor at Seattle Pacific University disarmed the gunman, who police said wasn’t a student, after he entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall. Then several...

    Graduate Christian Lopez crosses the stage for his diploma.

    Images: Stevenson High School graduation
    Stevenson High School held its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 5 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Demetrice Tompkins

    Guilty verdict in stabbing, beating of Lombard mother

    A six-person DuPage County jury deliberated for more than two hours Thursday evening before finding Demetrice Tompkins guilty of severely beating and stabbing the mother of his two young children. The two-day trial concluded with the jury finding Tompkins, 49, of Chicago, guilty of attempted murder, aggravated domestic violence and armed violence in the December 2011 attack.

    Howard Dibbern

    McHenry man charged in death of Island Lake woman

    A 49-year-old McHenry man has been charged with the murder of an Island Lake woman found dead in her house Monday night, authorities announced Thursday. Howard E. Dibbern, previously identified by authorities as a person of interest, was formally charged Thursday with two counts of murder in the death of 48-year-old Karen M. Scavelli, as well as a separate charge of possession of a stolen...

    Nick Martin conducts the St. Viator jazz band Thursday night at Harmony Park in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Hts. opens Sounds of Summer series

    Arlington Heights kicked off its summer outdoor concert series Thursday with the St. Viator jazz band performing at Harmony Park, at Vail and Campbell. The Sounds of Summer will have a different performer every Thursday and Friday through Aug. 7, except for dates that coincide with Frontier Days and Irish Fest.

    Ann Ho, left, and Suzie Chenand Alice Zhang take a picture with a cell phone.

    Images: Vernon Hills High School graduation
    Vernon Hills High School held their graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 5 at the school.

    This photo provided by collector Rodney Hilton Brown shows a tattered 48-star American flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493 on D-Day that was auctioned off for $350,000 in New York on Thursday.

    D-Day ship’s U.S. flag sells for $350,000 at auction

    A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts on Thursday, a day before the 70th anniversary of the invasion.

    Cancer survivor Keith Kmieciak of South Elgin built a police memorial car in order to get his mind off his cancer treatment last year.

    South Elgin cancer survivor creates police memorial car

    A police memorial car created by Keith Kmieciak of South Elgin has made appearances at parades and other events all over the state, but few know the story behind it. Kmieciak refurbished the 2004 Ford Crown Victoria last year as a way to distract himself from his cancer treatments. "It really was a blessing. It really took my mind off my sickness.”

    President Barack Obama said Thursday he “absolutely makes no apologies” for seeking the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a prisoner swap with the Taliban, vigorously defending an exchange that has caused a furor in the United States and has dogged the president on his European trip this week.

    Threat to Bergdahl led to U.S. action, officials say

    The Obama administration told senators it didn’t notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because of intelligence the Taliban might kill him if the deal was made public. That fear — not just the stated concerns that Bergdahl’s health might be failing — drove the administration to quickly make the deal to rescue him,...

    President Barack Obama jokes with British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and French President Francois Hollande, right, during a G7 session in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday.

    Obama and allies: Putin faces critical choices

    Laying out clear conditions, President Barack Obama and Western allies opened a pathway for Russia to ease tensions in Ukraine on Thursday but pointedly warned Moscow it could face new sanctions within weeks if Vladimir Putin fails to go along.

    Richard Duchossois after his graduation from Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago.

    Duchossois in Europe: D-Day's 70th brings memories

    "You don't come back the way you went in," says Richard Duchossois. The 92-year-old chairman of Arlington International Racecourse, in France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, is speaking of world war. Duchossois landed on Utah Beach a month after the invasion and commanded a tank battalion through five major battles and his own near-death wound.

    Adel Daoud

    Error means no audio of vital court hearing

    In a departure from normal practice, federal courtroom staff this week did not record a significant hearing that touched on government surveillance methods, and a court official attributed the mistake to workers spooked by U.S. agents sweeping the courtroom for bugging devices.

    President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan walk among the graves at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial on June 6, 1984. Attending a D-Day anniversary observance in Normandy wasn’t always a presidential tradition. Ronald Reagan was the first, delivering an evocative and emotional remembrance on the 40th anniversary in 1984.

    Reagan set the tone for D-Day observances

    President Barack Obama is the fourth sitting president to attend a D-Day anniversary observance in Normandy and the only president to visit the site of the allied invasion twice during his presidency for an anniversary commemoration. It wasn’t always a presidential tradition. Ronald Reagan was the first, delivering an evocative and emotional remembrance on the 40th anniversary in 1984.

    LTC Patrick Wilkins, right, 42, and Sergeant Major Stephen Yarberry of 173rd Airborne Brigade walk in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, in Colleville sur Mer, France. World leaders and veterans are marking the 70th anniversary of the invasion this week in Normandy.

    Vets, visitors flock to Normandy to remember D-Day

    Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted. World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather to honor the more than 150,000 American,...

    Jose Rebollar

    Round Lake man seeks new trial

    A Round Lake man who was convicted last month of killing a Zion teen because of the way he wore a hat is requesting a new trial, his attorney said Thursday. As part of that request, Robert Ritacca, defense attorney for Jose Rebollar, received permission to interview a co-defendant in the slaying of Gabriel Gonzalez, 18, of Zion.

    Junior Taylor Harrison hugs Holly as therapy dogs visit North Central College in Naperville Thursday during Dyson Dog Days. The therapy dogs are on hand to help students deal with finals-related stress.

    Therapy dogs ease college students’ stress

    Eight therapy dogs met Thursday with students at Naperville's North Central College to help ease the stress of studying for finals. Roll your eyes if you will, but roughly 10 percent of the school's population takes advantage of the chance to rub a dog's belly or scratch behind its ears.


    Illinois budget leaves state agencies in limbo

    Illinois state agencies are restricting spending and bracing for the worst after lawmakers approved a budget that uses accounting gimmicks and punts on crucial decisions about where to find revenue until after the November election.


    Preschool teacher charged with sharing child porn

    Bond has been set at $250,000 for a suburban preschool teacher facing felony child pornography charges. Richard Gertler, 34, of Oak Park is charged with dissemination and possession of child pornography

    Alex Westra, 12, collects hail off of the sidewalk in downtown Sioux Falls, S.D. after a storm struck the area Thursday.

    Winds, flooding blamed for 3 deaths in South

    Strong winds and flooding led to the deaths of at least three people in the South on Thursday as powerful thunderstorms moved through the region. In Arkansas, two people were killed as strong winds toppled trees.


    Barrington student video bids fond farewell to superintendent/video star

    Tom Leonard, the longtime superintendent of Barrington Area Unit School District 220, received a fond farewell during his last appearance in a BHS-TV video promoted in his final e-newsletter on Thursday.

    Doug Krieger

    Naperville manager reprimanded for ‘off-color’ joke

    An investigation into the conduct of Naperville City Manager Doug Krieger launched by a former human resources employee’s complaint has found he was “promptly and correctly” reprimanded for telling an inappropriate joke. The investigation, conducted by Warrenville-based attorney Terry Ekl, concluded Tuesday. The joke, which the city described in a statement Thursday afternoon...

    ASSOCIATED PRESS A full moon rises beside San Francisco’s Coit Tower.

    Moon rocks indicate Earth’s orb born of collision
    A new study strengthens the notion that our moon was created by a collision between Earth and a planet-sized object some 4.5 billion years ago.

    Philip Crusius

    District 25 school board member, 57, dies after battle with cancer

    Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 board member Phil Crusius died this week after a battle with cancer. Crusius, 57, had been on the District 25 school board since 2009, but had been involved with the community for much longer, friends say.

    The Mount Prospect Golf Club is about to undergo extensive renovations, but the existing character of the 18-hole course will be preserved, Mount Prospect Park District officials say. The course will close June 16 so renovations can proceed.

    Renovations won’t eliminate charm of Mt. Prospect golf course, officials say

    Brett Barcel, director of golf operations for the Mount Prospect Park District, believes the upcoming renovation of the district's golf course will hit the right balance of new and old. "We didn't want to turn it into a 'modern' course," he said. The course will close June 16 for about a year while the work is done. The project is expected to cost a little more than $8 million.


    Waukegan fishing derby:

    The Waukegan Park District’s annual fishing derby will be held Saturday, June 7, at the pond in Bevier Park, 2255 Yorkhouse Road.


    “Big Air Dog” voting:

    Online Facebook registration and voting continues for five local dogs to compete in Libertyville’s “Big Air Dog” local jumping competition.”


    Last chance for Woodland online survey:

    Friday is the final chance for residents in Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 to participate in an online survey regarding all-day kindergarten.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Beverli J. Carlton, 51, of the St. Charles, was charged with misdemeanor battery at 2:57 p.m. Tuesday in the 6N800 block of Roosevelt Avenue near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Deshonta Hill, 40, of Elgin, was charged Wednesday with retail theft for attempting to take less than $300 in merchandise from Wal-Mart in the 1100 block of South Randall Road, court records show.


    Des Plaines extends lobbyist agreements

    Des Plaines’ city council has extended agreements with three lobbyists hired to represent the city’s interests in Springfield. The council this week approved lobbyist services agreements with Government Consulting Services of Illinois for $12,000, McGuireWoods Consulting for $25,200, and Alfred G. Ronan for $60,000.

    Naperville Mayor George Pradel

    Naperville denies logo use request from mayor’s golf outing

    Organizers of the Naperville Mayor’s Charity Golf Outing will be designing some new graphics after a request to use the city’s logo on shirts for participants was turned down. “If anyone should be able to use the logo, it’s Mayor Pradel,” council member Grant Wehrli said. “But it sets a bad precedent that the mayor can use it, and I don’t think...


    Elgin CFO steps down because of residency requirement

    Elgin’s Chief Financial Officer Colleen Lavery announced her resignation after five years on the job due to the city’s residency requirements. Lavery, a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in business administration, became the city’s assistant finance director in 2005 and CFO in 2010.

    Greg Morey surveys the roofline after moving a coach house from next door to his family’s Glen Ellyn property.

    Glen Ellyn couple saves coach house from wrecking ball

    A coach house that was headed for the wrecking ball got a new life this week when a Glen Ellyn couple moved the 45,000-pound structure from an adjacent property to their home on Carleton Avenue.


    Palatine hosting disc golf clinic, tourney June 14-15

    The Palatine Park District will host a free disc golf clinic and a disc golf tournament this month at its 18-hole course at the Margreth Riemer Reservoir, located east of Quentin Road between Palatine Road and Wood Street.


    Palatine Battle of the Bands June 9

    The 2014 Palatine Battle of the Bands will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, June 9 at the Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 262 East Palatine Road, Palatine. Admission to the battle — which features the bands Ember Oceans, Nothing Yet, and Shinehammer — is free.

    BOBCHWEDYK/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com 2008 Lake Zurich’s Paulus Park, north of Rand Road and Route 22, is popular with residents. The village hosts a grand-opening ceremony for the park’s new playground at 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Lake Zurich invites community to celebrate new Paulus Park playground

    Lake Zurich residents are invited to have a little fun with a new park playground. Ribbon-cutting festivities for the new Paulus Park playground are set for 1 p.m. Saturday.

    At the urging of the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, Wheeling officials are considering possible membership in the North Shore Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Membership would cost the village $70,000 in annual dues, plus a one-time $35,000 initiation fee.

    Should Wheeling join tourism bureau? Village board weighing options

    At the urging of its premier hotel, Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling might join the the North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau.“We’re the only hotel of its kind — full service, top tier — without convention and visitors bureau representation in the Chicago area,” said Aaron Bastabla, director of sales and marketing for the hotel.


    Sugar Grove likely to OK earlier liquor sales

    Sugar Grove trustees are amenable to letting people buy liquor a little earlier in the day at stores.

    A new sign proclaims the imminent arrival of David Burke’s Grillhouse at 1301 American Lane in Schaumburg, where Entourage restaurant closed four years ago.

    David Burke’s Grillhouse moving into former Entourage

    The former Entourage restaurant just west of Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg will soon house celebrity chef David Burke’s Grillhouse. Chris Cubberley, a representative at the restaurant Thursday, said a late summer opening is anticipated.


    Conflict of interest in Naperville library reappointment?

    The library board reappointment of a Naperville woman whose husband is a city council member is under legal review after a member of the council brought up concerns about a possible conflict of interest. “Now we have a husband and a wife overseeing a line on our property tax bill,” council member Grant Wehrli said.

    Bartlett Fire Chief Michael Falese

    Bartlett celebrates fire chief’s award

    Bartlett Fire Chief Michael Falese has earned one of the state's highest honors in firefighting. A humbled Falese received two standing ovations this week as the village board celebrated his being named the 2014 Illinois Fire Chief of the Year.

    Mosquitoes pick up West Nile virus by feeding on infected birds and pass it on through their bites.

    Bird, mosquitoes found to have West Nile virus

    The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a bird and mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus. Department officials say Henry County Health Department employees found a bird that was infected with the virus on May 29 in Colona. Madison County Health Department found a batch of mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile in Godfrey a day later.

    Hezekiah Whitfield

    Attorney says man guilty of Waukegan murder won’t attend his sentencing

    A 44-year-old man found guilty in April of killing a Waukegan business owner in 1994 he will not attend his own sentencing next month, his attorney said Thursday. Attorney Gillian Gosch said Hezekiah Whitfield recently told her, prosecutors, and a Lake County judge that he refuses to attend the court hearing where he is expected to learn his prison sentence.

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation will be taught to all high school students starting in the fall.

    Quinn signs law requiring students be taught CPR

    Illinois high school students will be required to get training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other safety skills under a bill that Gov. Pat Quinn signed. The new law also requires training on automated external defibrillators. The legislation was inspired by a St. Charles North student who died in 2008.


    Old missile base set for auction

    HECKER, Ill. — A former Cold War missile base in southwestern Illinois can be yours if the price is right, warheads not included.The Belleville News-Democrat reported a missile site that once guarded the St. Louis region against a possible Soviet nuclear strike goes up for public auction July 12.


    Illinois insurance prices rose before health law

    Health insurance prices in Illinois were increasing by about 10 percent or more annually in the three years before President Barack Obama signed the nation’s health care law, according to a report released Thursday.

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

    Chicago police chief treated for blocked arteries

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has undergone treatment for blocked arteries. Spokesman Adam Collins said the procedure went well and McCarthy will remain in the hospital for several days while he recuperates.


    Higher power bills in store for Mount Prospect residents

    Higher power bills are likely in Mount Prospect, where trustees locked in a new three-year agreement this week for residents and businesses taking part in the village's electrical aggregation program. Bills could jump as much as 25 percent.

    Black-bellied whistling ducks are very rare visitors to Illinois, but the species has a tendency to wander, according to the Field Museum’s Josh Engel. This spring, nine of them wound up spending time in a Yorkville couple’s backyard.

    Whistling ducks make rare appearance in Illinois

    Our Jeff Reiter says birders from across the region rushed to the backyard of a Yorkville couple this spring when nine black-bellied whistling ducks showed up. The ducks are extremely rare in Illinois, Jeff says.


    Bulls, Advocate Health team up

    The Chicago Bulls have announced an expanded agreement with Advocate Health Care, resulting in the team’s new training facility will be named the Advocate Center. The training facility is scheduled to open this fall next to the United Center in Chicago.


    Only way to get past grief is to go through it

    Grief - regarless of its cause - is emotionally messy, our Ken Potts says. But while we may want to ignore or deny the pain it causes, the only way to truly move past grief is to deal with it and all its related emotions, he says.


    Bus with 37 and truck collide on Dan Ryan

    A bus carrying 38 special-need adults was involved in an accident with a semitrailer truck on Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway, resulting in minor injuries and a miles-long backup of rush hour traffic.


    2 citizens rescue Wisconsin couple from burning car

    Two bystanders came to the aid of an elderly couple trapped in a burning car in Beloit. Fire department reports say Kerry Mann and Brendon Golden had to break out the car windows to get the couple out of the car, which had stalled Wednesday afternoon.

    PADS Lake County’s lone daytime homeless center will move to Waukegan from North Chicago this summer. During the recent brutally cold winter, many people and families sought shelter there.

    Lake County homeless center to relocate to Waukegan

    A prominent resource center for homeless people in Lake County is moving, officials announced.The PADS Lake County organization is closing its daytime center in North Chicago and opening a facility in Waukegan.The new center will be at 1800 Grand Ave., one block east of Lewis Avenue. The transition should occur this summer, but an exact date hasn’t been determined yet.

    Cindy Piscopo’s cat, Zack, was found by a firefighter after members of his battalion battled a blaze in a series of townhouses, including Piscopo’s home in the Staten Island borough of New York, Thursday, June 5, 2014.

    NYC officials: 34 injured in Staten Island fire

    Fire tore through three townhouses on Staten Island early Thursday, injuring 34 people including two young children who were tossed out of a smoke-filled second-floor window into the arms of neighbors below, authorities and witnesses said.

    A military jet crashed on a residential street in the desert community of Imperial, Calif., setting two homes on fire Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The jet was a Harrier from Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

    Fear, fire but no injuries in California jet crash

    A military jet slammed into a Southern California neighborhood dense with homes and exploded in flames, but the pilot and everyone on the ground emerged unscathed, officials said. Moments after the pilot ejected to safety Wednesday afternoon, the Harrier jet went down in a residential area of Imperial and destroyed two homes and heavily damaged a third.

    This frame grab from video provided by the Coleman family shows Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle. The family of a then-pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last year in which the couple asked the U.S. government to help free them from their Taliban captors, The Associated Press has learned.

    Families release video plea of couple in Afghanistan

    The married couple with a taste for exotic travel set out for Central Asia in the summer of 2012. It was a risky venture for the young travelers who were expecting their first child. An Oct. 8, 2012, email from Joshua Boyle in Afghanistan was the last anyone heard from the Canadian man or his pregnant wife, Caitlan Coleman. Now, in two videos received by Coleman’s parents last year, Boyle...

    Israel’s housing ministry said Thursday, June 5, 2014 it was advancing plans for nearly 1,500 new settlement housing units in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in response to the new Palestinian unity government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

    Israel advances 1,500 settlement homes

    Israel’s housing ministry said Thursday it was advancing plans for nearly 1,500 new settlement housing units in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in response to the formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas.


    Afghans say 3 Taliban arrested in Jesuit kidnap

    Afghan security forces have arrested three Taliban members involved in the kidnapping of an Indian Jesuit priest working in western Herat province, a government official said Thursday.


    Witnesses: Boko Haram militants slaughter hundreds

    Boko Haram militants dressed as soldiers slaughtered at least 200 civilians in three villages in northeastern Nigeria and the military failed to intervene even though it was warned that an attack was imminent, witnesses said on Thursday.

    A sign celebrating the release from captivity of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl stands on a street in the soldier’s hometown of Hailey, Idaho, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

    Bergdahl uproar halts plan for return celebration

    There will be no hero’s welcome for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in his hometown, no fanfare of parades, music or picnics in the park. A planned celebration for the end of June marking his return after five years of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan has been scrapped, largely due to security concerns as his release has touched off a nationwide debate.

    President Barack Obama on Thursday encouraged Russia to open talks with the new government coming into power in Ukraine or face continuing costs imposed by the world’s leading economies if its provocations continue.

    Obama encourages Russia to open talks with Ukraine

    President Barack Obama on Thursday encouraged Russia to open talks with the new government coming into power in Ukraine or face continuing costs imposed by the world’s leading economies if its provocations continue. Obama emerged from two days of meetings with the Group of Seven saying it was a chance for the gathered leaders to make sure they are in “lockstep” on a strategy...

    Authorities plan stepped-up monitoring and commercial fishing operations in the continuing effort to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

    Panel announces steps to protect lakes from carp

    Authorities plan stepped-up monitoring and commercial fishing operations in the continuing effort to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee released its strategy Wednesday for operations this year. The committee brings together federal, state and local agencies to protect the lakes from the invasive fish.


    Missouri will audit Walgreen stores for 3 years

    An independent auditor will act as a “baby sitter,” performing random price checks at Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. stores around Missouri for the next three years under an agreement the company reached with the state, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said Wednesday.


    Illinois insurance prices rising before health law
    A new report finds health insurance prices in Illinois were increasing by about 10 percent or more annually in the three years before President Barack Obama signed the nation’s health care law.

    World War II Navy veteran Warren Mogler of Elgin gives his ticket to re-enactor Craig Schwartz before boarding a train during last year’s ‘Rails to Victory’ re-enactments at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin.

    ‘Rails to Victory’ in South Elgin marks 70th anniversary of D-Day

    Remember the veterans of America’s Greatest Generation as the nation marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, with “Rails to Victory” weekend at the Fox River Trolley Museum.


    Dawn Patrol: Bartlett parents rip Hagel over soldier; Don Zimmer dies

    Slain Bartlett soldier's family blasts defense secretary. Second arrest in large Gilberts drug bust. Lombard stabbing victim was prepared to die, she says. Beloved Stevenson teacher dies. Wheeling woman enters home, demands beer. Details to come in Island Lake woman's death? Hawthorn Woods crash hospitalizes three. Barry Rozner on the death of Don Zimmer.

    Elgin Fire Department firefighters Mike Przybylski, left, and George Steiner have been working on creating a new Fire Explorer program expected to start early this fall.

    Elgin Fire Department starting Explorer program

    The Elgin Fire Department is starting a Fire Explorer program with the hope of inspiring young people to become firefighters while adding diversity to its ranks. The program, open to youth 14 to 20 years old, is expected to kick off in early fall, said Elgin firefighter George Steiner, who spearheaded the initiative.

    Vicki Bethke, president of the Support Staff of Elgin Community College, thanks the trustees for their decision to keep the custodial staff at the Wednesday night meeting.

    ECC board votes to hire outside firm, keep custodians

    Elgin Community College trustees said Wednesday they will seek an outside firm to help with managing custodial services, but won’t lay off any existing employees. That means the college’s 14 full-time and 74 part-time custodial workers will get to keep their jobs, current salaries and benefits, officials said. “While we will be engaging a company to assist in custodial...


    Carol Stream awards contract for Illini Drive bridge replacement

    The Carol Stream village board has awarded a $545,456 contract to replace the deteriorating Illini Drive bridge this summer. Assistant Village Engineer Bill Cleveland said the project is slated for completion Sept. 15, but officials hope it will be finished by the end of August.


    Naperville delays decision on ‘overpriced’ street resurfacing

    Roughly 13 miles of street resurfacing has been put on hold for two weeks while Naperville staff members investigate why bids came in $586,000 higher than originally estimated. “If we send the message out that we’re going to rebid this and we need a new bid as soon as possible, we’re likely to save some significant money,” council member David Wentz said.

    Workers boarded up the Long Grove garage where jockey Eusebio “Eddie” Razo Jr. died in a fire April 24, 2012. The cause of Razo's death and the blaze remain undetermined.

    Arlington jockey's death in Long Grove garage fire remains a mystery

    Longtime Arlington International Racecourse jockey Eusebio “Eddie” Razo Jr.'s death in a garage fire at his Long Grove home two years ago may remain a mystery unless investigators receive fresh leads, according to authorities. Reports obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests show the Lake County sheriff's office closed the Razo case in March. “There are a lot of...


    RiverFest Ducky Derby raises scholarship funds

    Pride of the Fox has paired up with the St. Charles Noon Rotary Club to host the St. Charles Ducky Derby as a part of this year’s RiverFest.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jorge Luis Ochoa, 19, of Aurora, was charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor at 2:31 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of South Randall Road, according to a police report.


    South Elgin’s Ryan Nutof reacts as he crosses the plate with a two-run home run in the first inning against St. Charles North in the Class 4A Schaumburg sectional semifinal game Thursday.

    South Elgin’s roll continues

    South Elgin is making playoff baseball look easy. The Storm scored 7 runs in the first two innings against No. 3 St. Charles North and elite right-hander Ryan Nutof limited the North Stars to an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out 9 in a complete-game victory in a Class 4A Schaumburg sectional semifinal Thursday.


    Baseball: Thursday, June 5 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Thursday, June 4.


    Softball: Thursday, June 5 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Thursday, June 5.

    #18 Jack Eddy,left, and #24 Ryan Strick of Waubonsie dive for the ball during the Waubonsie Valley vs. Downers Grove South at Class 4A Oswego baseball sectional semifinal Thursday.

    Downers Grove South cashes in against Waubonsie Valley

    Good baseball teams make you pay for mistakes.Downers Grove South turned Thursday’s game into its personal ATM. The Mustangs took advantage of 5 errors as they pulled away to a 9-2 victory over Waubonsie Valley in the Class 4A Oswego regional semifinals. Third-seeded Downers South (27-8) now seeks the program’s second sectional title and first since 2005 when it faces No. 1 Plainfield North (28-8), a 3-2 winner over Neuqua Valley, at 10 a.m. Saturday in the championship game.


    Neuqua Valley not perfect enough

    Perfect through five innings, Neuqua Valley needed to be perfect for two more.


    Downers South gets the upper hand

    The teams were matched well with both having good hitting, solid defense and outstanding pitchers. But it was Downers Grove South that picked up a 7-4 win against Downers Grove North at the Class 4A Oswego East softball sectional semifinals on Thursday.

    The San Antonio Spurs handled the Heat, and the heat, during a sweltering start to the NBA Finals. Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat Miami 110-95 on Thursday night in Game 1 inside a steamy AT&T Center.

    Spurs handle all kins of heat, win 110-95 in Game 1

    The San Antonio Spurs handled the Heat, and the heat, during a sweltering start to the NBA Finals.Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat Miami 110-95 on Thursday night in Game 1 inside a steamy AT&T Center.

    Mundelein’s Derek Parola, right, is congratulated by teammate Reese Dolan after scoring a run in the third inning against Glenbrook South in Class 4A baseball sectional semifinal action Thursday in in Glenview.

    Mundelein marches past Glenbrook South

    Derek Parola noted, with a smile, that he’s been around Mundelein baseball “too much” during his life. So following the Mustangs’ 9-3 win over host Glenbrook South in a Class 4A sectional semifinal in Glenview on Thursday, the senior and son of Mundelein coach Todd Parola was confident in his assessment of Saturday’s sectional final. No. 3 Mundelein (34-2) will play — oh, yes — top-seeded Libertyville (33-5) at 10 a.m. The rivals split during North Suburban Lake Division action, with the visitor winning each time. Libertyville pulled out a 3-1 victory, before Mundelein won 8-6 the following day.


    Tough finale as Gordon Tech stops Vernon Hills

    High school graduation is supposed to be a joyous occasion. But Pat Crowley wasn’t sure on Thursday afternoon whether or not he’d be able to muster even a smile at his ceremony. The Vernon Hills senior was at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock about an hour before his graduation was set to take place back at school. He and his fellow senior teammates from the baseball team had the bus ride back to somehow gather themselves and put on a happy face after a stunning and emotionally draining 9-8 loss to Gordon Tech in their Class 3A sectional semifinal game. The 24-14 Rams, who will face Grayslake Central in Saturday’s 11 a.m. sectional championship game at Marian Central, scored 4 runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh for an improbable comeback.


    Cougars beat Clinton to pick up 40th win

    The Kane County Cougars picked up their 40th win of the season Thursday night with a 7-3 win over the Clinton LumberKings (29-29) at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

    Cubs starter Travis Wood, right, celebrates with third base coach Gary Jones after hitting a 2-run homer in the second inning Thursday against the Mets at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs sweep Mets behind Wood’s strong outing

    Lefty Travis Wood hit a 2-run homer and drove in another run on a fielder's choice Thursday night as the Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-4 to sweep a three-game set at Wrigley Field.

    Associated Press Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber was drafted with the fourth overall pick by the Cubs on Thursday in the amateur draft.

    Cubs select catcher Schwarber in draft

    The Cubs continued their trend of taking position players in the amateur draft. On Thursday, they went with catcher Kyle Schwarber out of Indiana University with the fourth pick overall in the first round.

    North Carolina State pitcher Carlos Rodon was selected by the White Sox with the third overall pick in the amateur draft Thursday.

    Sox hope lefty Rodon is right fit

    The White Sox already have three left-handers in their starting rotation. The Sox added another one Thursday when they selected North Carolina State star Carlos Rodon with the No. 3 overall pick in First-Year Player draft.


    Mencacci’s timely triple just what Montini needs

    With one swing of the bat, Montini first baseman Jake Mencacci accomplished quite a bit Thursday afternoon. The swing came on a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 2-2 tie against Riverside-Brookfield and Division I pitcher Will Kincanon. The swing resulted in a two-out triple to deep right field that drove in the eventual game-winning run in the Broncos’ 4-2 victory.


    Glenbard South finds spark for comeback

    All Glenbard South needed was a little spark. Trailing by 3 runs, the Raiders jumped on Lemont for 7 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. That was enough to win Thursday’s Class 3A Glenbard South softball sectional semifinal 10-7.

    Defenseman Johnny Oduya was so physically beaten up after the Western Conference finals against the Kings that coach Joel Quenneville said Oduya might not have been able to play in the Stanley Cup Final had the Blackhawks advanced.

    Blackhawks finally get rest they didn’t want

    Throughout the Los Angeles series, as was the case in the first two rounds, the Blackhawks made uncharacteristic mental mistakes, very likely the result of so many difficult and emotional games the last two years.


    Boomers shut down Greys, sweep series

    Behind a three-hit shutout by starting pitcher Seth Webster, the Schaumburg Boomers earned a 1-0 victory over the Frontier Greys on Thursday night to sweep the series at Boomers Stadium.

    Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, right, celebrates with third base coach Gary Jones after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Chicago, Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Rizzo, Wood homer as Cubs beat Mets 7-4

    Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking homer, Travis Wood went deep and drove in three runs, and the Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-4 Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep.Rizzo’s solo drive off Vic Black (1-1) with one out in the seventh gave the Chicago a lead after they wasted a four-run lead. Andrew Brown’s two-run shot tied it 4-all in the top half.

    St. Charles East’s Mallory Mollenhauer wins a header against Huntley’s Taryn Jakubowski Tuesday.

    Offensive surge key in St. Charles East’s state run

    It’s fitting that St. Charles East’s primary school color is orange, because the Saints caught fire at the midpoint of this girls soccer season, turning into a raging inferno that has devoured nearly all in its path through the second half of the campaign. The blazing Saints have carried their momentum through the postseason literally firing on all cylinders to earn the school’s first state finals appearance since 2000. St. Charles East faces Lincoln-Way North today at 5 p.m. at North Central College’s Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.

    Veteran broadcaster Pat Foley, who has spent 31 seasons with the Blackhawks, has been selected as the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award by the NHL Broadcasters Association and the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Hawks’ Foley earns spot in Hockey Hall of Fame

    Six years after rejoining the Chicago Blackhawks and watching them awaken a city and a franchise with a pair of Stanley Cup championships, veteran broadcaster Pat Foley will receive the highest honor bestowed in his profession. The Hockey Hall of Fame and National Hockey League Broadcasters’ Association have selected Foley, the voice of the Blackhawks for 31 seasons, as the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.


    Locals star for Waubonsee baseball

    Here’s one final college achiever roll call for the 2013-14 sports year ...

    From left, Cubs executive Crane Kenney, CBS officials Dan Mason and Rod Zimmerman, joined Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts on Thursday to talk about WBBM 780-AM becoming the new radio home for Cubs baseball.

    Marketing reach key element of Cubs radio switch

    The Cubs and CBS radio announced their new deal Thursday, meaning games will shift from WGN to WBBM in Chicago. Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said the deal gives the Cubs unprecedented marketing opportunities across all of the CBS stations in Chicago.

    The White Sox selected North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick. The 6-3, 235-pound junior was widely regarded as the top college pitcher available in the draft and had been in the mix to go No. 1 overall.

    MLB draft: Sox take top pitcher, Cubs take catcher

    The White Sox selected North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick. The 6-3, 235-pound junior was widely regarded as the top college pitcher available in the draft and had been in the mix to go No. 1 overall. Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber went No. 4 overall to the Cubs as the first position player selected. The Hoosiers star is regarded as the best catcher in Division I, although he could move to third base or the outfield in the pros.

    Former Notre Dame standout quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2010, has signed with the Bears. He has played in only 13 NFL games.

    Clausen joins crowded QB ranks

    The Bears added former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen on Thursday to a roster that already included four players at the position. Clausen has not thrown a pass in the NFL since his rookie season of 2010, but he could challenge veteran Jordan Palmer for the top backup job behind Jay Cutler.

    Kaneland’s Issac Swithers crosses the finish line for his team in the 400-meter relay during the boys class 2A state track and field finals in Charleston Saturday. Swithers will be one of the top returnees to next year’s team.

    Kaneland’s runner-up featured mix of veterans, youth

    On Sunday, Kaneland graduated a slew of athletes who led the Knights to second place in Class 2A at the Boys Track and Field State Finals in Charleston. They’ll also return key members who in 2015 will try to prevent Cahokia from winning a boys record fifth straight state championship.

    Maria Sharapova returns the ball to Eugenie Bouchard during their semifinal match Thursday at the French Open in Paris.

    Sharapova makes it back to French Open final

    For the third straight year, Maria Sharapova will play in the French Open final. The seventh-seeded Russian lost the first set Thursday but managed to turn things around, beating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Sharapova will face first-time major finalist Simona Halep of Romania on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Halep defeated 28th-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (4).


    Joe Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 6

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.


    Elgin Sports Hall of Fame sets golf outing

    The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will hold its annual charity golf scramble on Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Bowes Creek Country Club.


    Mike North video: Cubs make big news
    Mike North talks Chicago Cubs news, from Ricketts and the rooftops, to leaving WGN radio, to the passing of Don Zimmer.


    Joe Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 5

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.


    General Motors CEO Mary Barra, seen during a press conference at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich., Thursday, said 15 employees — many of them senior legal and engineering executives — have been forced out for failing to disclose defective ignition switches, which the company links to 13 deaths and 54 crashes in which the air bags didn’t deploy.

    GM ousts 15 employees over ignition-switch scandal

    General Motors said Thursday it has forced out 15 employees for their role in the deadly ignition-switch scandal and will set up a compensation fund for crash victims, as an internal investigation blamed the debacle on engineering ignorance and bureaucratic dithering, not a deliberate cover-up. GM took more than a decade to recall 2.6 million cars with bad switches that are now linked to at least 13 deaths by the automaker’s count.

    The Standard & Poor’s 500 index reached another record high Thursday after the European Central Bank moved to revive the region’s flagging economy. All 10 industries in the S&P 500 crept higher, led by industrial companies and banks.

    Stocks head higher after ECB takes new steps

    New steps from the European Central Bank to revive the region’s flagging economy gave markets a lift Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to another record high. In the U.S. market, the gains were broad but modest. All 10 industries in the S&P 500 crept higher, led by industrial companies and banks.

    Caroline Calder at her seventh birthday party themed after the Disney movie “Frozen,” in Boca Raton, Fla. Caroline is wearing a hard-to-find dress based on Princess Elsa's attire from the movie, and is holding a stuffed snowman named Olaf, who is a character in the film.

    Families in a frenzy over Disney's 'Frozen'

    For the Calder family, the “Frozen” frenzy began when the Disney movie came out in late 2013 and they took their 7-year-old daughter Caroline to see it in the theater. Caroline then saw it again, with a grandparent. Then with the other set of grandparents. Then came the Disney cruise to the Caribbean.

    Beltone offers a new hearing aid that can work with an app and be controlled through your iPhone. It soon will make similar versions for other platforms.

    Hearing aid offers remote control via iPhone

    If you have hearing loss, you likely know what it’s like to use your fingers to manually adjust a tiny dial on a hearing aid. Yet, as technology advances, so do the features on those aids, including wireless control. In March, Glenview-based Beltone introduced Beltone First, its first hearing aid that works with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for remote control.


    GasMart opens new suburban Citgo stations

    New Citgo marketer GasMart USA recently completed the conversion of 15 locally owned gas stations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to the Citgo brand.


    United Stationers hires accounting chief

    Christine S. Ieuter will join Deerfield-based United Stationers as vice president, controller and chief accounting officer, effective July 14. Ieuter replaces Kenneth M. Nickel who announced in March that he was leaving the company.


    Gogo partners with American to add internet on regional jets

    Commercial airline Internet and entertainment provider Gogo will begin installing its ATG connectivity service for American Airlines on 30 new Bombardier CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft, which will be delivered to American starting this month.

    Amy Jennewein participates in a rally in support of raising the minimum wage University City, Mo. Jennewein implored lawmakers to raise the minimum wage during a recent visit to the Missouri Capitol. “The middle class is disappearing _ that’s what it feels like,” she said during the visit. “Every single day, I feel it’s getting worse instead of getting better.”

    State governments may be expanding wealth gap

    Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps. Whether such policies will spur businesses to expand as hoped isn’t yet clear.

    J.K. Rowling

    JK Rowling tweet tweaks Amazon in contract dispute

    J.K. Rowling added a subtle comment under her pen name Robert Galbraith on Wednesday about the standoff between her publisher and Amazon.com. The “Harry Potter” author noted in a tweet from @rgalbraith that there are “lots of ways to order” her novel “The Silkworm” in the U.S., as “Amazon kindly suggests.”

    Amazon.com Inc. is planning to introduce a smartphone later this month, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, plunging the world’s largest online retailer deeper into the competitive mobile-device market.

    Amazon said to be ready to unveil smartphone to vie with Apple

    Amazon.com Inc. is planning to introduce a smartphone later this month, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, plunging the world’s largest online retailer deeper into the competitive mobile-device market. Amazon tweeted yesterday that it was holding an event in Seattle on June 18 hosted by Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos for a product unveiling.

    Exercise rider Willie Delgado hot walks California Chrome after a workout, Wednesday in Elmont, N.Y. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 when he races in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

    Few certainties in calculating Triple Crown value

    California Chrome’s bid for the Triple Crown on Saturday is likely to boost TV ratings and, if he wins, create a star for a sport that could badly use one.It will be a bonanza for the horse’s owners, although their payoff will be limited by Chrome’s humble parents and the racing industry’s delicate health.

    April Taylor, of Upper Marlboro, Md., right, buys items with her son Jarhon Taylor, left, on the opening day of a new Wal-Mart store in Washington. The world’s largest retailer Wednesday said that it’s expanding Savings Catcher, its online tool that compares prices on thousands of products with those of some of its competitors to cities nationwide in the next few months.

    Wal-Mart faces big hurdles

    The world’s largest retailer faces new challenges at a time when low prices and one-stop shopping can be a few clicks away on a tablet computer or mobile phone. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. built its reputation on everyday low prices and convenient supercenters that allow customers to do all their shopping in one place.

    Walgreen’s revenue from established stores climbed 4.4 percent last month as more freely spending shoppers trumped a slight decrease in store traffic.

    Key Walgreen revenue metric rises 4.4 pct in May

    Walgreen’s revenue from established stores climbed 4.4 percent last month as more freely spending shoppers trumped a slight decrease in store traffic. The Deerfield company said Wednesday that revenue from the pharmacies of its established stores climbed 5.5 percent, while sales outside the pharmacy rose 2.6 percent.

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. More than 2 million people who got health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law have data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for some, a government document shows.

    Application ‘inconsistencies’ under health law

    Many of the 8 million people who signed up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care now have an asterisk next to their names. A government document provided to The Associated Press indicates that at least 2 million people enrolled for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance have data discrepancies in their applications.

    Guest presenter Jen Hoelzle, deputy director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, discusses recent success in the state's efforts to attract visitors during the annual luncheon of Meet Chicago Northwest at Belvedere Events & Banquets in Elk Grove Village Wednesday.

    'Mini Abe,' other efforts a state tourism success

    Illinois' tourism efforts, including the current "Mini Abe" TV and social media campaign, are paying off, a state official told suburban business leaders Wednesday during the Meet Chicago Northwest annual luncheon. Jen Hoelzle, deputy director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, said her office's social media interaction went up 37 percent the day after the campaign launched last fall and quickly generated more than 20,000 followers on Twitter.

Life & Entertainment


    Tulips losing apricot color after several years

    Q. My beautiful apricot colored tulips seem to be turning red after a few years in the ground. Is there anything I can do to prevent the bulbs from changing color?

    Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) battles aliens over and over again in the time-shifting thriller “Edge of Tomorrow.”

    Time travel, aliens and Tom Cruise make for explosive 'Edge'

    The time-shifting sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow” with Tom Cruises perfectly encapsulates what it is to be a summertime moviegoer. We're dropped into a battlefield of digital effects with the fate of the world at stake. Torrents of gunfire and explosions surround. Some alien clonks us over the head. We black out and it all happens again. And again.


    Actor accused of shooting in 911 call

    A 911 call released Thursday indicates that actor Michael Jace, who is charged with killing his wife, called and told his father-in-law about the shooting soon after it happened. In the three-minute call, the father of April Jace told a dispatcher that his son-in-law had called and texted him about the shooting and wanted him to get the couple’s two young children.

    Wilmette native Julia Collins’ streak on “Jeopardy” ended when she lost on her 21st appearance on the game show that aired Monday, June 2.

    ‘Jeopardy’s’ Collins still busy after being dethroned

    Wilmette native Julia Collins’s 20-game “Jeopardy” winning streak ended this week and she finished with $428,100 in prize money, making her the top female player in the game show’s 50-year history and second overall to Ken Jennings, who won 74 straight games in 2004 and pocketed $2.5 million. On Wednesday, the Washington Post spoke with Collins about gender, her time on “Jeopardy” and the value of a liberal arts degree.

    Performances by Ansel Elgort, left, and Shailene Woodley make “The Fault In Our Stars” ring mostly true.

    Woodley's performance makes 'Fault' touching, never trite

    “The Fault in Our Stars” is, despite the occasional misstep in tone, largely a solid success — a film based on a beloved book that not only manages the transition from page to screen nicely, but also navigates with skill that hugely tricky line between the touching and the trite, the moving and the maudlin. It succeeds largely because of its star, Shailene Woodley

    George Takei, right, speaks with his husband Brad Altman during an interview before a reception at U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy’s official residence in Tokyo Thursday. Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal.

    George Takei sees gay pride beginning in Japan

    George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal. Takei said he has noticed a movement beginning in Japan, though the country of his ancestry still has a long way to go. He said Japanese people need to fight for their own rights and they need to be angry, too.

    Jonah Hill has apologized for shouting a homophobic slur at a paparazzo in an encounter caught on video. A video posted Tuesday by TMZ shows a photographer pestering Hill, who responded with expletives and an anti-gay expression. On “The Howard Stern Show” on Tuesday, the 30-year-old actor acknowledged that he said “a disgusting word.” Hill said the word “does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people.”

    Why would gay ally Jonah Hill let fly with a slur?

    Jonah Hill is winning points for what appears to be a sincere apology for hurling a gay slur at a paparazzo he says was harassing him. But the insult the actor hurled last week still raises the question: Why would someone like Hill, for years a vocal supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, use such a word? Even in a moment of anger?

    Jack (Clive Owen) and Dina (Juliette Binoche) clash before coming together in the witty rom-com “Words and Pictures.”

    Stars earn top marks as feisty teachers in ‘Words and Pictures’

    If it wasn’t for the charming top-liners who can make literary dialogue sound sexy in their sleep, the war in Fred Schepisi’s “Words and Pictures” would have to be called off after the opening skirmish. The battlefield is a country prep school where Clive Owen’s drunken English teacher and Juliette Binoche’s prickly art instructor square off, then pair off, in an amusing school-wide debate over whether literature or painting is best. The way the challenge between these two sharp minds will play out is the only thing that isn’t a foregone conclusion in the smooth-as-vodka screenplay.

    This bust of Ariadne is cast from plaster and hand rubbed to give it an aged look as an elegant objet d’art from the neoclassical era.

    Right at home: A neoclassical moment in decor

    If you’re a fan of traditional decor, you probably appreciate the elegant lines and rich history of neoclassical style. Today, Greco-Roman classicism is the basis of many interior décor styles — Louis XV, Regency, Federal and Georgian among them, says New York designer Elaine Griffin. And while it never falls too far off décor’s radar, it’s really enjoying a moment now.

    This Cooper’s Hawk was an uninvited visitor who arrived at a residence shortly after some songbirds responded to birdcall playback from a smartphone. These hawks frequently hunt smaller birds that flock to home feeders.

    Birdcall playback on phones prompts ethics debate

    Wildlife watchers can now wield unnatural powers, playing actual birdcalls on smart phones and other mobile devices. The practice, called playback, is effective for attracting elusive species but also can harm nesting birds if overused. “It’s kind of a balancing act,” said Jeffrey Gordon, president of the American Birding Association in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    In 1982, Steven Spielberg refused to show the title character in trailers for “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.”

    Reel life: Trailers of the past weren’t spoilers

    Dann explains why he hates movie trailers. Most of them anyway.He avoids them at all costs before seeing the actual movies because, as he has learned the hard way, they will ruin the jokes, kill the surprises and generally spoil what should be a wonderful movie experience.

    Keaton Keller is the founder of TechSmartt, a YouTube-based popular consumer electronics review company that, unlike many online businesses, has proved profitable. The 17-year-old from Arlington Heights has been so successful he's had to hire a pair of employees.

    Arlington Heights teen tech reviewer finds huge audience online

    It's not unusual for high schoolers to get out of class and head to their jobs, but Keaton Keller of Arlington Heights is in a league all of his own. The 17-year-old owns a profitable consumer electronics review company that employs two and produces YouTube videos watched by hundreds of thousands. "I think as people saw the youth perspective we bring to the table, they started coming to us more and more,” he said.

    This summer marks 100 years since the start of World War I, and those with an interest in Great War history can learn more about President Woodrow Wilson’s life and legacy on a guided tour of the house where he lived after leaving office.

    Woodrow Wilson House explores president’s legacy

    This summer marks 100 years since the start of World War I, and those with an interest in America’s role in the Great War and its aftermath can learn more about Woodrow Wilson’s life and legacy on a guided tour of the President Woodrow Wilson House in Washington. The house on S Street just north of Dupont Circle is a unique destination in its own right as the home of the only president who retired in Washington after leaving office.


    Catherine Verbic, left and her wife Jevelyn Verbic, right, converted their civil union to a marriage license at the DuPage County Clerk’s office in Wheaton on Monday.

    Editorial: Positive steps toward diversity, equality

    Positive steps to be more inclusive and cognizant of diversity need to be celebrated because it's clear there is still more work to do, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Obama’s hard choices

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The exchange of five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has reminded us of three unpleasant facts of life: The United States does negotiate with terrorists; the president will circumvent laws as circumstances require; Republicans and Democrats will be summarily outraged as party affiliations seem to require.


    Discretion is the better part of reporting on shocking crime

    Columnist Jim Slusher: There are exceptions to every rule, but in general, our attitude toward sensitive stories with the potential for a long-lasting impact on innocent or vulnerable individuals is to err on the side of the individuals.


    Child sex abuse led to girl’s murder
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: Someone just said to me that Amber Creek was the victim of bad parenting. It was painful to hear that said. While her parents faced many problems, she was led to her death through a path of about 10 years by a dragon of childhood sexual assault. Her parents had nothing to do with that assault.


    Artificial definitions of marriage perilous
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I am confused by the flow of Richard Cohen's recent article ("The Normal Heart - Cure for Homophobia). My interpretation of what he wrote is that universal acceptance, promotion and accommodation of homosexual relations is the only way to eliminate disordered "fear" of homosexuals. I


    Start school year later to beat heat
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: As a taxpayer and parent of two CUSD95 graduates, I’ve read with interest the articles regarding the struggle of District 95 to maintain acceptable temperatures in the classrooms of schools without air conditioning. I believe there is a solution to the problem that no one has addressed.


    Why is this pipeline any different?
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Mr. Minnerick rants that the GOP wants to build the XL Pipeline. What is different about this pipeline versus the thousands of miles of oil pipeline that currently cross the U.S.?


    Road striping near I-90 off the mark
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Has anyone but me noticed the road work that was completed in Elgin off Duncan Avenue under the I-90 tollway? Who inspects then approves the work being done?


    Rubio a candidate for Waterworld?
    Rubio a candidate for Waterworld?Florida Senator Mark Rubio popped up on a Sunday talk show to declare he’s ready to be president and then immediately made a fool of himself, claiming he doesn’t believe in man made climate change. He says he doesn’t believe the scientists, 97 percent of whom not only believe in man made global warming, but are running around with their hair on fire clamoring we take steps to save the planet. We get this nonsense from a senator who sits on the Senate Science Committee. It’s likely Rubio is smarter than he appears when denying the undeniable, knowing he has little chance securing the Republican presidential nomination unless he appeals to the know-nothings who will select the candidate in the GOP primaries. This forces all potential GOP candidates in a race to the bottom to avoid early rejection by them for the brass ring.When 90 percent of Tea Partyers deny global warming — compared to just 25 percent of the entire population — it is not unusual for every candidate in GOP candidate debate to deny it as well.Maybe Rubio should check a map to see how close his Miami residence is to the ocean. Even as he doubles down on his transparently fake denial of global warming, he might start making plans to relocate further inland in Florida. Once the world’s temperature rises sufficiently from man’s folly, Miami might be ground zero in the tide of disappearing waterside real estate. Unless he moves, Rubio may only be positioned to run for President of Waterworld. Walt ZlotowGlen Ellyn


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