Daily Archive : Friday June 6, 2014


    This Six Flags Great America video shows the new Goliath roller coaster from the front car of the ride.

    A front-car view of the new Goliath roller coaster

    Thrill-seekers waiting for of Six Flags Great America's new Goliath roller coaster to open can get a preview of the ride on a new YouTube video being released by the Gurnee theme park. The first-person, first-car video gives viewers an up-close look as the new coaster makes its way through the track's high-bank turns and inverted flips.

    Fine art photographer Igor Menaker of Grayslake talks about his work with Kathryn Powell of Arlington Heights at the 11th annual Promenade of Art in Arlington Heights on Saturday.

    Promenade of Art continues Sunday in Arlington Hts.

    The Promenade of Art, in its 11th year in Arlington Heights, will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8, on Vail and Campbell streets in the downtown. It features the work of 130 juried artists. Offerings include photography, paintings, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, drawings, printmaking, wood and furniture. The festival also features food from local...

    Alex Centeno adjusts Maria Yeraldin Alvarez’s cap.

    Images: Community High School of West Chicago graduation
    Community High School of West Chicago held its graduation Friday night at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Nick Bagatti, center, and fellow graduates throw their caps in the air .

    Images: Libertyville High School graduation
    Libertyville High School's graduation ceremony was on Friday, June 6 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Shari Roll, center, and Renee Currie, right, of Madison, celebrate Friday after getting married by officiant Mike Quito on the steps of the City-County Building in Madison, Wis.

    Gay marriages begin in Wisconsin

    Voters amended the Wisconsin Constitution in 2006 to outlaw gay marriage or anything substantially similar. The ACLU filed a lawsuit this February saying the ban violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. It said the eight couples named in the suit and others like them had been deprived of legal protections that married couples enjoy simply because...

    Law enforcement officers canvass the scene Friday in Cumming, Georgia after a man shot a deputy at the Forsyth County courthouse.

    Man killed after wounding deputy outside courthouse

    While explosive devices were found inside the home, they were not set to detonate, Piper said. Marx had left his house several days before the attack, Piper said.

    Kayla Ellingwood,18, of Wheaton makes a final adjustment before the start of the Glenbard South High School Graduation Friday.

    Images: Glenbard South High School graduation
    Glenbard South High School held its graduation Friday night in the school's gymnasium.

    Alyssa O’Brien,18, of Glendale Heights and Kiana Whitley ,18, of Glen Ellyn high five before the Glenbard West High School graduation ceremony Friday.

    Images: Glenbard West High School graduation
    Glenbard West High School held its graduation Friday night at the school on Duchon Field.

    World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day landings.

    World honors D-Day’s fallen, 70 years on

    Gone are the screaming shells, seasick soldiers and bloodied waters of 1944. On Friday, a sun-splattered Normandy celebrated peace, with silent salutes, tears and international friendship marking 70 years since the D-Day invasion helped change the course of World War II and modern history.

    Metra is under federal investigation for safety questions.

    Feds probe Metra after safety complaints

    The Federal Railroad Administration is cracking down on Metra after three risky situations — two during rush hour — involving speeding and violating signals that led to three engineers being taken off-duty. “By acting now, we can help prevent a serious accident where commuters could be hurt,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement Friday.

    Doug Lillydahl

    Early literacy program coming to Mundelein

    Mundelein's Fremont Public Library is launching a new outreach program designed to boost early literacy in the community, particularly kids who speak English as a second language.


    DuPage prosecutor sworn in as county bar association president

    For the first time in the organization’s 135-year history, the DuPage County Bar Association will be led by a sitting prosecutor. Lynn Cavallo, an assistant state’s attorney in DuPage, was sworn into the association’s presidency during a Thursday night dinner.

    The new logo for District 214

    District 214 reveals new brand, logo

    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has a new brand and tagline, part of an effort by administrators to bring national attention to the local schools.

    Keith Renfroe Jr.

    Judge throws out lawsuit over 2012 Kane jail suicide

    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by relatives of a 20-year-old Minnesota man who committed suicide at the Kane County jail in May 2012. Attorneys for the county successfully argued the lawsuit from Keith Renfroe Jr.'s survivors was filed after the one-year statutue of limitations, that county and sheriff's employees were protected under the Tort Immunity Act, and that the lawsuit didn't make...

    A Timbercrest subdivision family inventories their items for sale Friday afternoon following the morning rush on the first day of the three-day Timbercrest-Woods Garage Sale in Schaumburg.

    First day of Schaumburg garage sale a success

    The annual Timbercrest-Woods Garage Sale in Schaumburg got off to a strong start Friday, but residents of the two subdivisions expect even greater crowds during the weekend. “The morning here was very busy, and I’m hoping tomorrow morning will be even busier,” said Sue Haberer, a resident of Timbercrest for more than 20 years.

    Otilia A. Delatorre

    Probation for woman who burned ex-boyfriend’s minvan in Aurora

    A 53-year-old woman was sentenced to four years of probation after pleading guilty Friday to lighting her ex-boyfriend's minivan on fire in Aurora in January 2014. Otilia A. Delatorre, of Rochelle, also spent 130 days in jail and could be resentenced to up to seven years in prison for arson if she violates probation.


    Duckworth tours Des Plaines ‘green’ gas business

    Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Department of Energy officials on Friday toured the Gas Technology Institute facility in Des Plaines to promote the business’ renewable fuels work.

    Wheeling High School Jazz Band 1 is Europe-bound, where they will play at several music festivals this summer.

    Wheeling Jazz Band raising money for trip to Europe

    The Wheeling High School Jazz Band, winners of multiple awards, has been invited to play a concert tour in Europe this summer, but so far the band has raised a little over half the $100,000 they need to keep from straining the resources of some of their families.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Corey D. Fawver, 18, of Batavia, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis at 2:24 p.m. Wednesday at Whipple Lane and Main Street, according to a police report.

    Tiffany R. Thomas

    Woman accused in carjacking, 6 hit-and-run crashes in Gurnee

    Gurnee police say charges have been filed against a woman accused in a carjacking and of causing six hit-and-run crashes Thursday afternoon.


    Two students charged with disorderly conduct at Metea

    Two sophomores have been charged with disorderly conduct after planning to exchange an air-soft gun for money inside Metea Valley High School in Aurora. Authorities said the school’s resource officer was alerted around 7:30 a.m. Friday that several students had reported either hearing about or seeing the gun, which is similar to a pellet gun.


    Route 22 resurfacing delayed:

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has delayed resurfacing part of Route 22 through the Village of North Barrington until after the completion of a Lake County construction project on Miller Road.


    Lake Zurich village manager receives bonus:

    Lake Zurich's elected officials this week approved a $10,000 bonus for Village Manager Jason Slowinski.

    In 2006 Clark was one of the first in the suburbs to raise the alarm about the emerald ash borer.

    Mt. Prospect honors departing forestry manager

    Mount Prospect honored the work of its forestry superintendent this week, who is leaving about 37 years of advocating for the village trees. “Tonight, the trees are crying,” said Village Manager Michael Janonis, reading from a proclamation.

    An official walks Thursday toward a wall, right, separating the north and southbound lanes of the Interstate 495 bridge over the Christina River near Wilmington, Del.

    Official: Bridge response could have been quicker

    The bridge, which normally carries an average of 90,000 vehicles daily around Wilmington, will be closed indefinitely as engineers figure out how to brace it. Most of the detoured traffic is on already-clogged I-95, which passes through downtown.


    Sales expert coming to Harper College

    Harper College is encouraging sales professionals to hear guest speaker Nancy Bleeke deliver her tips during a breakfast June 26. Bleeke is the founder of a firm that provides sales consulting and training, and the author of "Conversations that Sell."

    Computer Systems Institute campus President Megan McCracken, left, and Roxanne Peplow, director of student services, hand out doughnuts to students and faculty Friday to celebrate National Doughnut Day in Gurnee.

    Gurnee school, business celebrates National Doughnut Day

    The 97th anniversary of National Doughnut Day was marked with, what else? Doughnuts. Gurnee Donuts teamed up with Computer Systems Institute in Gurnee on Friday and delivered 300 doughnuts that were given to students and faculty.

    A visitor looks over paintings in one artist’s tent, at a previous Art in the Park in Elk Grove Village.

    Art in the Park is Sunday in Elk Grove Village

    The Elk Grove Park District’s fourth annual Art in the Park will be held noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8 on the Village Green, 901 Wellington Ave. Besides artwork on display and for sale, you can create your own art at an open air studio, watch hands-on demos, visit a children’s art exhibit, juried art booths, and a silent auction.

    Mark Loewes

    Lake Zurich mayor needs to fill another empty village board trustee seat

    Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton will get to make his third village board trustee appointment in slightly more than a year since he became the top elected official there. Poynton will look to replace Mark Loewes, who resigned his trustee post this week.


    Small fire at Six Flags Great America:

    Employees at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee extinguished a small fire near the new Goliath roller coaster Friday afternoon.


    Des Plaines man gets 65 years for attempted murder

    A Des Plaines man convicted in a 2012 shooting outside a Chicago tire shop has been sentenced to 65 years in prison, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Jeffrey Grafton, 34, of Des Plaines, was convicted in a bench trial of attempted first degree murder and being an armed habitual criminal charge for shooting a victim several times and also beating him...

    Howard Dibbern

    Island Lake murder victim was stabbed, among other injuries, police say

    An Island Lake woman who was found murdered in her home this week was stabbed multiple times and suffered other injuries, local police revealed Friday. But investigators still aren’t sure how well 48-year-old Karen M. Scavelli knew the man now charged in her death, Howard E. Dibbern.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a designer watch valued at $8,500 between 11 p.m. May 30 and 8 a.m. May 31 out of a guest room at Courtyard by Marriott, 100 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, after the owner left it behind by mistake.

    DuPage forest preserve Commissioner Shannon Burns is doing a solo bike ride around the county to help raise awareness about DuPage’s extensive trail system.

    DuPage bike ride might change views of ‘adventure’

    Thirty years after she rode her bicycle from Downers Grove to Springfield, Shannon Burns is marking the anniversary with a two-day bike ride tour of DuPage County. Burns, a forest preserve commissioner, says she hopes it will raise awareness about the county’s extensive trail system. “I’d love for other people in DuPage to rethink their idea of adventure,” she said.

    People hold signs during a same-sex marriage rally outside the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called “reparative therapy” on minors.

    Texas GOP advances ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

    The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called “reparative therapy” on minors.

    Following the lift of a lockdown in the wake of a school shooting, Seattle Pacific University students pray together Thursday, June 5, 2014, on the campus of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.

    Students helped stop gunman at Seattle university

    Seattle Pacific University has confirmed the identity of the student who stopped a gunman on campus, possibly saving lives. Jon Meis was acting as a student building monitor Thursday when the gunman entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall and started shooting. A 19-year-old man was killed and two other young people were wounded. Police say that as the gunman paused to reload, the 22-year-old Meis...


    A look at some college-related U.S. shootings

    Here is a look at some of the worst shootings on or near college campuses in recent years.

    Fears the Taliban might kill Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if word leaked that he was being exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees drove the Obama administration not to notify Congress in advance about the deal, according to congressional and administration officials.

    Concern for Bergdahl’s safe return led to secrecy

    Fears the Taliban might kill Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if word leaked that he was being exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees drove the Obama administration not to notify Congress in advance about the deal, according to congressional and administration officials.

    Sue Martin, a Bergdahl family friend and owner of Zaney’s Coffee Shop in downtown Hailey, Idaho, leans on the counter in her shop watching the crowd of media on the street outside Thursday, June 5, 2014. Martin closed her shop following Bowe Bergdahl’s release in a prisoner swap with the Taliban to focus on serving as the family spokesperson.

    Bergdahl’s hometown sidesteps desertion debate

    Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown is accustomed to celebrity and the attention it brings. Singer-songwriter Carole King owns a ranch nearby. Bruce Willis has been trying to sell his 20-acre Hailey estate for years. But the release of the American soldier in a prisoner swap with the Taliban has drawn a less savory form of attention, surprising some townspeople who are more used to entertaining happy...

    Once released from captivity, a soldier like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl enters a series of debriefings and counseling sessions, all carefully orchestrated by the U.S. military, to ease the soldier back into normal life.

    Pentagon has protocol for returned captives

    Once released from captivity, a soldier like Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl enters a series of debriefings and counseling sessions, all carefully orchestrated by the U.S. military, to ease the soldier back into normal life. In military parlance, it’s known as “reintegration,” and Bergdahl, who spent five years as a captive of the Taliban under circumstances now hotly debated, is working...

    The Taliban said Friday, June 6, 2014, that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was treated well during the five years they held him captive and was even allowed to play soccer with the men holding him.

    Taliban says captured U.S. soldier was treated well

    The Taliban said Friday that U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was treated well during the five years they held him captive and was even allowed to play soccer with the men holding him.

    During the 2012 Community Fishing Derby at South Ridge Lake in Hoffman Estates, 7-year-old Jack Gawlik of Algonquin casts above a culvert with his cousin, Bryan Gawlik of Schaumburg.

    Hoffman Estates Chamber fishing derby Saturday

    The Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce will host its 19th annual Community Fishing Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at South Ridge Lake, 1450 Freeman Road in Hoffman Estates. On-site registration costs $5 and children as young as 2 years old are eligible to participate.

    Alyson M. Ruggie

    Woman surrenders in Sugar Grove bank theft case

    A 30-year-old former Sugar Grove bank employee recently surrendered to police on charges she stole about $100,000 over a four-year span. Alyson M. Ruggie, of Plano, is free on bond and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of felony theft from American Heartland Bank.

    Theresa A. Lau

    Charges dropped against Glenview woman accused of stealing $255,000 from 89-year-old Lincolnshire man

    Charges have been dropped against a Glenview woman previously accused of stealing $255,000 from an 89-year-old Lincolnshire man, lawyers said.

    93-year-old U.S. WW II veteran Jim Martin of the 101st Airborne, left, completes a tandem parachute jump onto Utah Beach, western France, Thursday June 5, 2014, as part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D Day.

    U.S. D-Day vets return to shores of Omaha Beach

    Veterans from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division returned to the shores of Omaha Beach at dawn Friday after 70 years — this time the storms replaced by a bright sun and their mission of war giving way to a desire to remember their fallen comrades.

    A West Dundee firefighter works to open the roof line as East Dundee, Carpentersville and several other departments responded to a fire two years ago at the Community Thrift Store in East Dundee.

    West Dundee orders study for fire departments consolidation

    West Dundee officials have taken a small, but significant step toward possibly consolidating its fire services with its neighbors by ordering a study to map out response times, where most emergency calls occur and more. “Right now we're in the information-gathering phase” said Randy Friese, chief of the West Dundee Fire Department. “The more facts we get, the more better...

    A woman and two children place flowers outside the Codiac Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, after the killing of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

    Man suspected of killing Canadian Mounties: ‘I’m done’

    The suspect in the killing of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police was arrested unarmed early Friday, ending a massive manhunt that paralyzed much of an eastern Canadian city. “I’m done,” a witness said he told police. Police said at a press conference that they received a tip that led them to a wooded residential area where they found the 24-year-old suspected in the...

    Ukraine’s President-elect Petro Poroshenko, left, walks past Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, during the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day in Ouistreham, western France, Friday, June 6, 2014.

    Russian, Ukrainian leaders meet in Normandy

    The American, Russian and incoming Ukrainian presidents spoke face-to-face about ending Ukraine’s violence, a diplomatic turning point that played out Friday along the blood-soaked beaches where the Allies battled for Europe’s peace 70 years earlier.

    People wearing WWII style clothes look toward the sea, on the beach of Arromanches, western France, Friday June 6, 2014.

    D-Day anniversary events around U.S. and abroad

    Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France.

    Though Queen Elizabeth II has cut back on making foreign trips, the 88-year-old British monarch traveled to France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. And it’s little wonder: she lived and lost through World War II and it marked her life more than many.

    Why Queen Elizabeth II was marked by WWII

    Though Queen Elizabeth II has cut back on making foreign trips, the 88-year-old British monarch traveled to France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. And it’s little wonder: she lived and lost through World War II and it marked her life more than many. Here are some reasons why World War II marked Queen Elizabeth so much.

    Don Parrish of Downers Grove was able to acquire armed guards while visiting the Puntland region of Somalia in 2010.

    Moving Picture: Downers Grove man is world’s ‘most traveled’

    Don Parrish of Downers Grove has visited all 193 U.N. countries, he has visited all states, provinces and regions within the countries and many important islands around the world. According to the website Mosttraveledpeople.com, he is the most traveled person in the world.


    D303 budget continues tax abatement, but expenses hit $210 million

    St. Charles Unit District 303's proposed new budget includes a $508,000 deficit, but in this case, that's good news for taxpayers. Instead of levying to the max, the budget proposes a second year of spending down reserves to make up the difference. The district will take in nearly $210 million and use most of that to pay teacher and administrator salaries and benefits. The district's second...

    The Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series held between the municipal complex building and library will cause the latter to close early on concert nights.

    Elk Grove Village library will close early on concert nights

    The Elk Grove Village Public Library will close at 5 p.m. every Tuesday in July to accommodate the crowds coming to the Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series. The library was getting virtually no business done on concert nights in year's past, officials said


    South Elgin sues defunct developer over road, homeowner dues

    The village of South Elgin has filed a lawsuit seeking $400,000 plus fines for code violations from a developer who was supposed to build 16 high-end homes on six acres. The suit argues that Callahan Construction of Batavia, which went out of business in 2009, didn't complete infrastructure improvements and has pocketed money from homeowners association dues.

    The Esprit de She, a sprint-length triathlon for women only, draws about 8,000 participants — some just hoping to finish, others aiming for top times and personal records.

    Naperville's Esprit de She Triathlon showcases women's strength, courage

    Thousands of women will swim, bike and run through the streets of Naperville on Sunday as part of the annual Esprit de She Triathlon, which aims to give female athletes a platform to display their fitness and teamwork. “It's a good mix of athletes, both people that do this semiprofessionally and people that want to see if they are up for the challenge” organizer Lindsay Kurhajetz...

    The site where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire along the James River near downtown Lynchburg, Va.

    Oil train classroom-on-rails trains responders

    A train equipped with four oil tankers and two classroom cars is making a whistle stop at the Port of Albany as part of a multi-state tour providing enhanced safety training in response to increased shipments of North Dakota crude oil. It has appointments in six other states, including Illinois.

    Bruce Rauner.

    Quinn campaign focuses on Rauner’s business deals

    First it was allegations of nursing home resident neglect. Then an admitted serial fraudster on a retirement funds board. Now it’s companies outsourcing jobs overseas. Locked into one of the nation’s closest gubernatorial races, Gov. Pat Quinn is focusing on a key theme as he tries to keep venture capitalist Bruce Rauner from becoming the first Republican in more than a decade.

    Illinois officials say ads for more than 200,000 job openings were posted online in May and 85 percent of them were for full-time work.

    More than 200,000 Illinois job openings posted

    Illinois officials say ads for more than 200,000 job openings were posted online in May and 85 percent of them were for full-time work. The state Department of Employment Security says there were about 151,000 jobs posted for the Chicago region.

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved almost $48 million to help equip and staff Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois.

    Durbin: Senate committee OKs Thomson prison funds
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved almost $48 million to help equip and staff Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois. The Illinois Democrat said Thursday the bill also includes $15 million to modernize and repair the facility.

    Robin Jentes, Big Ten director of branding, demonstrates the use of a display at the new Big Ten Museum, which opens Saturday in Rosemont. The museum features 13 interactive exhibits highlighting the conference's history dating back to 1896.

    Big Ten museum opens Saturday in Rosemont

    The Big Ten Experience, a new interactive museum in Rosemont, will open to the public on Saturday, and it aims to bring the conference's history to fan's fingertips.The museum features 13 interactive exhibits, which showcase notable events in the conference dating back to when the conference was founded in 1896. “It gives people a place to come and celebrate the history of the...


    Dawn Patrol: Charges in Island Lake death; Lombard stabbing verdict

    McHenry man charged with murder. Guilty verdict in Lombard beating. Duchossois in France for D-Day anniversary. South Elgin cancer survivor creates police memorial car. Naperville manager reprimanded for "off-color" joke. Clausen joins Bears. Sox and Cubs make draft selections.


    Divided Hanover Park board reverses course, rehires Springfield lobbyist

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsJust three weeks after Hanover Park trustees parted with the village’s Springfield lobbyist, the board narrowly approved a new deal with the firm.Trustee Jon Kunkel switched positions and voted Thursday night in favor of rehiring Roger C. Marquardt & Co. Inc.

    Dogs can navigate an agility/obstacle course Sunday, June 8, during Medinah Park District’s Dog Day of Summer event.

    Medinah festival helps dogs welcome the summer

    Thorndale Park once again will go to the dogs this weekend when Medinah Park District hosts its annual Dog Day of Summer event. The dog festival is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at the park, 22W130 Thorndale Ave., Medinah. “There’s so many people who walk the parks with their pets that we wanted to have an event for them,” organizer Carol Healy said.


    83-year-old Elmhurst triathlete lets her competitive spirit shine

    Dorothy Sinson wasn't raised as an athlete. “I grew up in the ‘30s and ‘40s, and I listened to the culture back then that said women don’t work out and stay fit," she said. "You were supposed to find a man and support him, and all my competitive energy was repressed so I could focus on my sons.” But something about a triathlon caught her eye, and she's been...


    Detectives team up for Naperville triathlon

    For years detective Elena Deuchler served as traffic control for the women-only triathlon in Naperville. As she watched thousands of women run through the Naperville streets cheered on by friends and family, she realized she was missing out. “I had managed traffic for this event for many years and was so proud of these women that participated every year that I decided to participate...


    Meacham Road lane closures in Schaumburg

    The village of Schaumburg is alerting motorists that there will be only one lane of traffic open on the southbound half of the Meacham Road bridge over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 6 and Monday, June 9. The lane closures will be caused by the installation of temporary light poles during those hours.

    Sam Black

    District 41 preparing to appoint new board member

    A new school board member could be appointed as early as Monday in Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41. The board is expected to vote to name one of 14 applicants to replace President Sam Black, whose resignation is effective at 5 p.m. June 10.

    Jose Alphredo Dominguez-Eleperez

    Three men plead not guilty in Wauconda shooting, attack

    Three men accused of shooting and slashing at a 26-year-old Chicago man in a Wauconda apartment last month pleaded not guilty attempted murder and home invasion charges in Lake County court Thursday.

    Water lilies at the Chicago Botanical Gardens in Glencoe.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of June 2.

    An emergency response team member runs past a trailer where murder suspect 24-year-old Justin Bourque resides in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Thursday.

    Mounties: Suspect in Canada shooting arrested

    MONCTON, New Brunswick — A man suspected in the shooting deaths of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the wounding of two others in a rare case of gun violence in eastern Canada was arrested early Friday, police said.



    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 12

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.


    Bandits beat Akron

    The host Chicago Bandits earned an 8-3 win over Akron, their fourth straight victory over the Racers. Tammy Williams, Brittany Cervantes and Kirsten Verdun had RBI doubles.


    Sparks fly, and Sky unable to counter

    Los Angeles, never without the lead, rolled to a 102-88 victory over the Sky. The Sparks (3-3) were up by as many as 23 points and, by far, scored the most points by Sky opponent this season.

    The White Sox’s Jose Abreu stretches during practice for Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, California. The White Sox lost 8-4.

    Sox rotation showing serious signs of trouble

    How fast can Carlos Rodon get to the White Sox?As Andre Rienzo showed for the third straight start Friday night against the Angels in Anaheim, Calif., the Sox need at least one more arm in the rotation before they can start thinking about printing playoff tickets. There are other holes, for sure, but the starting five could use a serious boost. Chris Sale heads the rotation and, if he can stay healthy, the lean left-hander could be a multiple Cy Young Award winner.

    Maddie Pokora, middle, walks off the field with her teammates as New Trier celebrates its 1-0 win during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

    Injuries catch up to Waubonsie Valley

    Waubonsie Valley hadn’t lost since its season opener against Lyons Twp. on March 17. The Warriors’ incredible winning streak finally came to a startling end Friday night when they dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to New Trier at North Central in a girls soccer Class 3A semifinal.

    Glenbard West’s Jackson Nagle (10) celebrates with his teammates against Morton in game two of the boys volleyball state quarterfinals at Hoffman Estates High School.

    Glenbard West works like a team in a hurry

    Glenbard West didn’t have much of a chance to savor Friday’s boys volleyball state quarterfinal match at Hoffman Estates. Good thing the Hilltoppers will be back Saturday.


    Cougar clobber LumberKings, 12-5

    A 12-5 victory over the Clinton LumberKings Friday night, coupled with a Burlington loss, earned the Kane County Cougars a spot in the Midwest League playoffs for the first half of the season.

    Laura Olney, right, of St. Charles East carries teammate Clair Rasmussen as they celebrate their 3-1 victory over Lincoln Way North during the girls soccer Class 3A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville Friday.

    St. Charles East dominates Lincoln-Way North

    For 40 minutes, St. Charles East and Lincoln-Way North played one of the most lopsided Class 3A girls soccer semifinals. St. Charles East had nearly all the possession, took nearly all the shots — and yet the Saints trailed 1-0. The possession and shot disparity in the Saints favor lasted through the second half — but the scoreboard also tilted heavily in their favor as well — ultimately finishing 3-1 — as St. Charles East advanced to tonight’s state title match.

    Warren’s Bryant Holland slams one back to Payton’s Max Donovan in set one of their boys volleyball state quarterfinal matchup at Hoffman Estates High School on Friday.

    Warren stands tall, makes state semifinals

    This marked the third straight trip to state for the Chicago Payton Grizzlies. And just maybe, the third time would be the charm. After all, they weren’t playing a state power but rather a team from Gurnee named Warren. In fact, a Warren team that had 13 losses on its record and making its own first trip to state. The Payton lead hit 20-15 in set one, and later it was still a healthy 23-20. But this Warren team will play for a state trophy Saturday at Hoffman Estates High School. Warren toppled 30-game winner Payton, 27-25, 25-19.


    Boomers x

    The Southern Illinois Miners picked up their ninth straight victory, a 4-3 decision over the Schaumburg Boomers Friday night at Boomers Stadium. The Miners (12-7) built a 4-0 lead against starter Rey Rodriguez as the Boomers (9-10) rallied late but never led in the game.


    Sparks rout Sky 102-88

    Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver scored 18 points each to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 102-88 victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night. Naperville native Candace Parker added 17 points for the Sparks (3-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak and set franchise records for field goals made (43) and assists (31).

    Anthony Rizzo reacts rounding the bases after hitting a walk-off 2-run homer in the 13th inning as the Cubs beat the Marlins 5-3 at Wrigley Field.

    Rizzo rides to the rescue

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has taken a liking to the late innings recently. He hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning Friday to lift the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field. It was an encore performance, as Rizzo has performed well late in games this week.

    Carlos Rodon of North Carolina State was projected to be the top pick Thursday in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. Instead he was selected by the White Sox with the third overall pick. His reaction? “I wouldn’t say there was disappointment,” Rodon said on a conference call Friday. “I would say motivation. I got picked by a great club with a lot of history. Looking forward to it.”

    Fiercely competitive Rodon motivated by draft snub

    Carlos Rodon has been in the spotlight since he was a star prep pitcher, combining to go 23-2 in three years at Holly Springs (N.C.) High School. The attention and scrutiny followed the left-hander to North Carolina State, and Rodon’s big-time success with the Wolfpack made him the consensus No. 1 overall pick heading into Thursday’s First-Year Player draft. Rodon “plunged” to No. 3 overall, where the White Sox snapped him up Thursday night.


    Boys volleyball: Friday, June 6 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Friday, June 6.


    Girls soccer: Friday, June 6 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Friday, June 6.


    Cubs’ draft haul: 8 pitchers, 2 catchers

    Day 2 of the baseball amateur draft went as expected for the Cubs. After taking a catcher and a pitcher Thursday, the went with another catcher and then seven pitchers in a row on Friday.

    Lake Park’s Dominick Terry spikes past New Trier during boys volleyball state tournament quarterfinal Friday.

    Lake Park puts it all together in state quarterfinals

    Defense wins championships, said Lake Park boys volleyball coach Tim Murphy, admitting the cliché. Yes it does, cliché or not. So does timely offense. The Lancers displayed both in the clutch in Friday’s state quarterfinal match at Hoffman Estates High School, dispatching familiar foe New Trier 25-16, 26-24 to advance to Saturday’s semifinals against Lincoln-Way East, a 25-12, 25-11 winner over Edwardsville.

    Simeon Lucas

    Grant’s Lucas happy to be going pro

    For more than a year and a half, since he verbally committed to play baseball for Illinois State University before his junior season, Simeon Lucas knew what he would do after graduating from high school. Then his plans changed with one phone call Friday. The Cleveland Indians were considering selecting Grant’s powerful, left-handed-hitting catcher in the seventh round of the MLB first-year player draft.

    The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting the game-winning two-run home run during the 13th inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Chicago, Friday, June 6, 2014. The Cubs won 5-3.

    Cubs beat Marlins 5-3 in 13 for 4th straight win

    Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday. Rizzo also had a two-run double in the eighth as the Cubs earned their season-high fourth consecutive victory. Jason Hammel pitched seven scoreless innings and Chris Coghlan had an RBI double in his first game against his former team. Junior Lake hit a leadoff single against Kevin Slowey (1-1) before Rizzo connected for his 12th homer, belting a long drive to right.


    Confident Lake Forest nets Class 2A semifinal win

    Playing at state for the first time, Lake Forest’s girls soccer team appeared to be more comfortable than the reigning champion Chatham Glenwood. First-half goals by Jenny McKendry and Carly Hoke helped lift the Scouts to a 2-0 victory in their Class 2A state semifinal at North Central College in Naperville. Lake Forest (18-6-1) will play Normal Community West (27-1) for the state championship at 1 p.m. today. The Wildcats shut out Hinsdale South 1-0 in the other semifinal.

    Former Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, front left, joins Yogi Berra, who is honored by the U.S. Navy for his service 70 years ago in the D-Day Invasion during a ceremony, Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, N.J.

    D-Day vet Yogi Berra honored on anniversary

    Seventy years ago, a 19-year-old from St. Louis was on a small attack boat launching rockets at the Germans during the Allied invasion of Normandy. Lawrence Peter Berra, a minor league baseball player who would later become known worldwide as Yogi, emerged unscathed from that bloody day. Now 89 years old, Berra was honored Friday by the New Jersey museum that bears his name, as well as by the Navy and several veterans groups.

    St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam runs during an organized team activity at the NFL football team’s practice facility Friday, June 6, 2014, in St. Louis.

    Michael Sam: No issues fitting in with Rams

    Michael Sam says he knows he will be judged on his performance. The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL said Friday there have been no issues fitting in with his St. Louis Rams teammates, no awkward moments in the locker room and that he was accepted right away. Working out with the full squad this week, Sam says he realizes he must step up his game to carve out a spot on a loaded defensive line.

    Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball during the semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Britain’s Andy Murray at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, June 6, 2014.

    Nadal to seek 9th French Open title against Djokovic

    Rafael Nadal will go for a record ninth French Open title tomorrow against Novak Djokovic in a repeat of the 2012 final at the clay-court Grand Slam tennis tournament. The top-seeded Nadal beat Wimbledon title holder Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in Paris yesterday after second-seeded Djokovic beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James answers a question during a news conference on Friday, June 6, 2014, in San Antonio. The team plays Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

    James recovering after dealing with Game 1 cramps

    If the NBA Finals resumed Friday, there would be no way LeBron James could play. There’s no game until Sunday. And James plans to be ready by then. With his gait still affected by severe cramping and dehydration, and feeling the effects of a sleepless night brought on by several trips to the bathroom — an unavoidable drawback of having his body filled with fluids — James insisted he will play when the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs get together for Game 2 of the finals.

    Four members of the Chicago Blackhawks, Sheldon Brookbank, left, Bryan Bickell, Patrick Sharp and Michal Handzus, tested their baseball skills Friday at Wrigley Field when they took part in batting practice.

    Hawks feel the love from fans at Wrigley

    Several members of the Chicago Blackhawks came out to Wrigley Field Friday morning to take batting practice and meet Cubs players. Even though the Hawks lost a tough series to the Kings to end their season a few days ago, they said they feel the support from the fans.

    Exercise rider Willie Delgado gallops California Chrome on a second lap during a workout at Belmont Park, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. 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 horse race on Saturday.

    At retooled Belmont, stars align for Triple Crown

    Martin Panza celebrated California Chrome’s Preakness Stakes victory three weeks ago like most fans — bumping fists, slapping hands and thinking ahead to the possibility of the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. And then Belmont Park’s director of racing operations thought about everything else: the tens of thousands of additional people; the millions more in expected wagers; and the need for more of everything, from seating, concessions to bathrooms, security and about 1,000 additional workers.

    Michael Jordan’s Bulls team would be able to handle LeBron James and the Miami Heat, says Mike North, but don’t even bother to compare James to Jordan.

    Jordan’s Bulls still better than LeBron’s Heat

    Mike North scoffs at the comparisons of Michael Jordan and LeBron James; why skip over other greats such as Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan, Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul Jabbar?


    Cans of Coca-Cola in Doral, Fla. Coca-Cola is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda.

    Coca-Cola ad cites calories, exercise

    In New York City, the Board of Health this week asked the state’s highest court to reinstate a 16-ounce limit on sugary drinks sold in restaurants, stadiums and other venues. The measure, championed by former mayor Michael Bloomberg, was knocked down by a judge after a lawsuit led by the beverage industry.

    A Hertz rental car worker checks out cars at San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. Hertz Global Holdings Inc. says it has to review its financial reports from the past three years after an audit by the car rental company found accounting errors.

    Jobs report spurs stock market

    Major indexes began a steady climb at the start of the day then spent the afternoon sitting tight. Industrial and energy companies, whose success often hinges on economic growth, led seven of the 10 sectors in the index higher.

    President Bill Clinton meets reporters in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.

    Clinton chafed at GOP push to abolish Commerce

    “The reason they want to get rid of the Commerce Department is they are foaming at the mouth that Ron Brown is better than all of those Republican corporate executives who got those cheeky jobs because they gave big money to Republican presidential candidates,” President Bill Clinton told aides.


    Gun importer lays off 41, blames White House

    Last month, Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and Gov. Peter Shumlin sent President Obama a letter asking him to allow Century Arms to import the guns.In their May 20 letter, Leahy and Shumlin said the South Korean government had been given preliminary approval for the deal last year and the departments of State, Defense and Justice had signed off on it.

    A Beats by Dr. Dre headphone display at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Rogers Ark. The annual Wal-Mart shareholder’s meeting Friday is expected to draw about 14,000 people, including its workers around the globe.

    Wal-Mart CEO says company must embrace new technologies

    Despite the festivities, Wal-Mart is under scrutiny. Revenue at established Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. has declined for five consecutive quarters. The number of customers has also fallen six quarters in a row at the division, which accounts for 60 percent of the company’s total sales.


    North Aurora making rules on medical marijuana businesses

    Can you imagine a medical marijuana dispensary next to the JCPenney, or a stone’s throw from the police station, in North Aurora?The village, which has to allow such dispensaries somewhere in the village, might allow them as permitted uses in areas zoned for commercial, industrial and office use.

    The Euro sculpture in front of the European Central Bank, right, in Frankfurt, Germany. The European Central Bank took bold steps Thursday to protect Europe’s fragile economic recovery, cutting interest rates and offering to pump more money into the financial system.

    ECB’s actions are no panacea for Europe’s economy

    Central banks can’t fix everything.The European Central Bank took bold steps Thursday to protect Europe’s fragile economic recovery, cutting interest rates and offering to pump more money into the financial system.

    Warren Buffet

    Buffett auction tops $1 million with day of bidding left

    Warren Buffett’s annual charity auction drew an offer of more than $1 million, surpassing last year’s winner, with a day of bidding still to go.The top bid for a lunch with Buffett was $1,000,700 as of 11:30 a.m in San Francisco, according to a page on EBay Inc.’s website. This year’s event began June 1 and is scheduled to end tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

    David Abney

    UPS names company veteran as next CEO

    Package-delivery giant UPS has named a longtime company veteran as its next CEO. The company said Friday that Chief Operating Officer David Abney will take the top job Sept. 1. Current Chairman and CEO Scott Davis will become nonexecutive chairman at that time.

    People walk by a branch of Vodafone in central London. Vodafone, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday.

    Cellphone operator reveals scale of gov’t snooping

    Vodafone, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator’s network without seeking permission.

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses employees at the automaker’s vehicle engineering center in Warren, Mich., Thursday.

    What’s next in the General Motors recall case

    General Motors on Thursday released the results of an internal investigation into the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. But the 315-page report doesn’t bring the issue to a close. Here’s what’s still to come in the ongoing recall case.

    Luke Gill, of Quicken Loans, left, talks with job candidate Jasmine Boykins at a job fair at the Matrix Center in Detroit. U.S. employers hired at a healthy pace in May for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.

    U.S. employers add 217,000 jobs, rate stays at 6.3 pct

    U.S. employers hired at a healthy pace in May for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year. The Labor Department says employers added 217,000 jobs last month. That’s down from 282,000 in April, which was revised slightly lower.

Life & Entertainment


    Owners caught in tax-code limbo

    Is partisan warfare on Capitol Hill over taxation of medical devices crushing thousands of homeowners’ plans to do short sales this year?


    If you plan to start loan-shopping soon, get your paperwork together now
    Q. I am getting ready to apply for a mortgage. What kinds of documents will the lender need to process my application?


    Sellers worried about lack of permits

    Q. We are in the process of trying to sell our home and are concerned about the various improvements we have done over the years without obtaining building permits. Will these be an issue when we sell the home?


    How to get that put-together look on an IKEA budget

    Unlike other brands of kitchen cabinets, which come assembled, IKEA cabinets are like much of the store’s furniture: You have to assemble each and every piece. The daunting assembly process can make even a well-trained woodworker wary.


    Elk Grove High School Choir to perform with Foreigner tonight

    The Elk Grove High School Choir is scheduled to perform onstage Friday night with Foreigner at Northerly Island in Chicago. The choir was the winner of a 104.3 KHITS radio contest in which the public got to vote online for their favorite high school choir performing the Foreigner song, “I Want To Know What Love Is.”


    Theater events: ‘Annapurna’ a cowboy tale of sorts

    A woman tracks down the cowboy-poet husband she left 20 years earlier at his battered Colorado trailer where he’s working on his “magnum opus” in Sharr White’s “Annapurna”; Light Opera Works reviews 'Damn Yankees'; the world premiere of Sting's 'The Last Ship' sets sail at Broadway In Chicago. All this and more on the Chicago and suburban theater scene this week.

    Ailing radio personality Casey Kasem is in critical condition with an infected bedsore at a Washington state hospital.

    Casey Kasem in critical condition with bedsore

    Ailing radio personality Casey Kasem was in critical condition with an infected bedsore at a Washington state hospital, as his daughter and wife headed to court for another hearing in a dispute over his care. The 82-year-old Kasem was receiving intravenous antibiotics and other care Thursday for a serious pressure ulcer he had when he was admitted on Sunday, according to a statement from St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor.

    Melanie Griffith filed for divorce from Antonio Banderas on Friday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the end of their 18-year marriage.

    Melanie Griffith files to divorce Antonio Banderas

    Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are ending their 18-year marriage. Griffith filed for divorce Friday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences for the split. The actors were married in May 1996 and have a 17-year-old daughter together.

    Sting performed “An Evening With Sting: The Last Ship” in 2013 at The Public Theater in New York. The concert was later broadcast on PBS-TV.

    Sting musical launches in Chicago before cruising off to Broadway

    British rock star Sting goes back to his childhood roots in Northern England for his new musical, "The Last Ship," which is making its world premiere pre-Broadway debut at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago from Tuesday, June 10, through Sunday, July 13. "The Last Ship" tells the tale of a shipbuilding community that faces a loss of dignity and pride when the ship manufacturer is threatened with closure.

    Stephen Colbert assailed Amazon.com on his Comedy Central program Wednesday for delaying shipments for some Hachette books, including for Colbert’s “America Again,” and removing the pre-order option for Edan Lepucki’s “California” and other upcoming works.

    Colbert assails Amazon over delayed book shipments

    On one side of a major publishing feud is Amazon.com, the industry’s biggest book seller. On the other side is a leading New York publisher few readers have heard of, Hachette Book Group, and some Hachette authors virtually all readers have heard of: J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, Malcolm Gladwell and Stephen Colbert. Colbert assailed the online retailer on his Comedy Central program Wednesday night. Amazon is in a contract dispute with Hachette Book Group and has been delaying shipments for some Hachette books, including for Colbert’s “America Again,” and removing the pre-order option for Rowling’s “The Silkworm.”

    Sister Cristina Scuccia won the final of the Italian version of the TV talent show “The Voice” in Milan, Italy, Thursday. With her full habit, sensible shoes and cheering nuns in her camp, Sister Cristina Scuccia made it to Thursday’s finals after capturing attention, and millions of YouTube viewers, with her first-round performance in March.

    Italy’s singing nun wins ‘Voice’ competition

    A nun who became an Internet star for her unadorned pop song performances in full habit triumphed at Italy’s version of musical competition “The Voice” early Friday, singing and dancing to a song from the 1980s movie “Flashdance.” Sister Cristina Scuccia has fascinated a global audience from her first surprise appearance in a blind audition back in March to her final number, “Flashdance ... What a Feeling,” that clinched her victory among the final four competitors during the four-hour finale.

    Jonathan (Alex Stage) takes a call from his former boss during an anniversary brunch with his girlfriend, Betty (Meghan Reardon), in Seth Bockley's world premiere drama “Ask Aunt Susan” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago now through Sunday, June 22.

    'Ask Aunt Susan' exposes online exploitation

    In Seth Bockley's “Ask Aunt Susan,” a cocky twenty-something tech guy becomes an Internet sensation as a phony female advice columnist. The plot of the drama, in a world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, is milder than other online hoaxes perpetrated in real life. Yet Bockley brings a literary pedigree to “Ask Aunt Susan” as a modern-day response to Nathanael West's 1933 novel “Miss Lonelyhearts.”

    Bold red wallpaper and upholstery are combined with neutral colors to create a lively but cohesive design for this home office.

    Ask a designer: No color’s too bold for decor

    It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. But what if you’re a fan of vivid orange, lime green or a luscious shade of lavender? These colors can be tricky to use successfully in decor. But you don’t need to avoid them, says interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn, creator of the Flynnside Out design blog. Just use them carefully.

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in the wine business now. But is he really a farmer like he claims?

    Brad Pitt: ‘I’m a farmer now’

    When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie released the first vintage of rose from their $60 million estate in Provence last year, major wine publications like Wine Spectator and Decanter gave it rave reviews. Wine Spectator later included it as the only rose on its list of the best 100 wines of the year, effectively crowning it the best rose in the world. Now, the magazine has devoted seven pages of its June issue to Pitt and “the inside story of Chateau Miraval.”

    Dog owner Arturo Gonzalez shows his late dog, Chico Blue, at his home in Pico Rivera, Calif. Chico Blue was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies 18 months ago when the deputies came to ask Gonzalez about a shooting that wounded his brother. The deputies say the dog foamed at the mouth while walking down the driveway. Feeling threatened by the dog, the deputies eventually shot him twice with a handgun.

    Videos look to help police curb dog shootings

    The majority of shootings in most U.S. police departments involve animals, usually dogs, and experts say a new series of videos can help change often quick-trigger decisions fueled by fear. “There will be times when police need to defend themselves because they are being attacked by a dog and don’t have a choice, but that is the minority of cases,” said Brian Kilcommons, a Southbury, Connecticut, dog behaviorist and trainer. He is featured in the five-part series that teaches officers to detect the warning signs of an aggressive dog and how to avoid using lethal force.

    Jimmy Page has remastered Led Zeppelin’s entire catalog. The first set arrived Tuesday.

    Jimmy Page re-mastered Led Zeppelin's entire catalog

    Since a Led Zeppelin reunion is out of the question, Jimmy Page has done the next best thing — re-mastered the band’s entire catalog. As a producer on the recordings, Page had many studio takes in his possession. After spending the last few years listening to hundreds of hours of music, nine freshly mastered studio albums will be released in chronological order, three at a time. The first set arrived Tuesday.

    Wayne native Martha McDonnell plays in the orchestra for the pre-Broadway world premiere of “The Last Ship” at the Bank of America Theatre.

    Sting gives Wayne native big break on ‘Last Ship’

    Wayne native Martha McDonnell makes her professional musical debut playing in the orchestra of "The Last Ship," a new musical by pop superstar Sting that makes its pre-Broadway world premiere at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago from Tuesday, June 10, through Sunday, July 13.

    Passengers have been trying to pack more into their carry-on and it’s causing many passengers to “carry on” in an entirely different way.

    Carry-on bags a difficult issue for some travelers

    Have you noticed it’s getting harder to pack it all in? I’m not taking about the itinerary where you keep track of where you are by the day of the week. I’m talking about your suitcase. Ever since the airlines began charging fees for checked luggage, passengers have been trying to pack more into their carry-on and it’s causing many passengers to “carry on” in an entirely different way.

    A tough-as-nails former mobster (Kate Mulgrew), left, and former drug dealer (Lorraine Toussaint) are among the inmates in “Orange is the New Black.” The second season of the prison series will be available Friday on Netflix.

    ‘Orange’ actresses find prison roles ‘liberating’

    The women’s federal prison of “Orange is the New Black” is a different world, populated with a wildly varied group of characters played (alongside series star Taylor Schilling) by TV’s most diverse cast of actors. As this Netflix series shot its second season last fall on its Queens, New York, soundstage, a visit to the all-too-gritty-looking prison set found several of these actresses delighted to be serving time on this groundbreaking drama (whose 13 new episodes are available for streaming Friday on Netflix).

    Jordan Madonia, 20, of Hoffman Estates performs a rap number during Thursday’s auditions for the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

    A new start for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent contest and contestants

    The preliminary rounds of auditions for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent are underway at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. The summerlong talent competition is co-sponored by the Daily Herald, the Prairie Center and the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. “You know pretty much right away whether somebody’s performance is going to be pretty good,” said new judge John Flamini, of the village of Schaumburg.


    Night life: Ted’s whips up adult milkshakes

    Ted's Montana Grill introduces new adult milkshakes; ICe Bar to reopen in Rosemont; Peggy Kinanne’s toasts the World Cup with drink specials.

    Penrose Brewing Company co-founder and brewmaster Tom Korder chats with customers in the brewery's taproom.

    Geneva's Penrose Brewing taps into a love of beer

    If you want to learn more about craft beer, you should take a trip to Penrose Brewing Company, which opened in Geneva in March. Whether you take a tour, try a sampler of their novel brews or just spend some time chatting with their knowledgeable bartenders, you're sure to improve your understanding of suds.

    Canterbury Fields is an upscale townhouse community off Shoe Factory Road in Hoffman Estates.

    Neighborhood focus shines on Canterbury Fields

    During a three-month period, Sara and Jeff Stone looked at 100 potential places to live before they chose to settle in the Canterbury Fields subdivision on the far west side of Hoffman Estates. “I’m very picky,” Jeff Stone said.


    In this June 6, 1944, photo, some of the first troops to hit the Normandy, France, beachhead take cover behind enemy obstacles to fire on German forces as others follow the first tanks plunging through the water.

    Editorial: Cherish the stories of D-Day veterans
    A Daily Herald editorial reflects on the valor of D-Day soldiers and the need to listen closely to the stories WWII veterans share.

    Carrying full equipment, American assault troops move onto a beachhead code-named Omaha Beach, on the northern coast of France on June 6, 1944, during the Allied invasion of the Normandy coast.

    Ernie Pyle’s D-Day, Part 1: A pure miracle

    World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle visited the beaches at Normandy, France, the day after the Allied invasion in 1944. He described the horrific sight and reflected on the costs of war in a series of columns that ran in newspapers nationwide 70 years ago. Three are posted here.

    British troops make their way through low water and up the beach after leaving landing craft which transported them across the Channel to the Normandy beachhead for D-Day invasion in France, June 6, 1944 in World War II.

    D-Day, Part 2: The horrible waste of war

    The second in a series of columns written in the days following D-Day by famed WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle.

    A first wave beach battalion Ducks lays low under the fire of Nazi guns on the beach of southern France on D-Day, June 6, 1944 during World War II. One invader operates a walkie talkie radio directing other landing craft to the safest spots for unloading their parties of fighting men. (AP Photo)

    D-Day, Part 3: A long thin line of personal anguish

    The third in a series of columns written in the days following D-Day by famed WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle.


    Hard to justify superintendents’ pay
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: Why do we pay so much for school superintendents? That was the question that went through my mind reading about the new superintendent contracts in the Northwest suburbs.


    Promises were broken on road funding
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Illinois state HYPERLINK "http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140521/news/140529530/"Rep. Elaine Nekritz proposed using the gas taxes to fund Illinois road construction going forward, as reported in the Daily Herald on May 22. As I recall, that was the original intent when the gas tax was enacted. Her comment infers that the gas tax was being used for something else.


    Voters no longer in control of elections
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Let’s face it; no matter who the American people really want for president, the “establishment” chooses both party candidates during the primaries, with the final selection in the general election. It’s kind of like Coke or Pepsi, virtually no difference.


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    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The two most overworked and meaningless phrases in political oratory: We/I will hold them/him/her/someone accountable. We will bring them/him/her/someone to justice.


    Benghazi victims deserved better
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Clearly the irony was lost on our leadership when the attack began on our consulate in Benghazi.


    Schools prudent with tax dollars?
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Once again the Geneva School Board increased spending without any consideration to the good citizens of our community. Even though this increase is minor in comparison to the total budget, it’s the principle of this action.


    Should all be living within their means?
    A Wayne letter to the editor: Please keep this statement in mind the next time you consider voting for or supporting a tax hike. On May 26, after giving up on extending the 5 percent individual income tax rate beyond 2014, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan stated, “We’re going to call upon the agencies and those that receive appropriations from the legislature to live within their means.”

    The American flag flies from a make-shift staff on a beach on the French Normandy coast on June 14, 1944 where allied troops fought bitterly to push back the Germans. Americans in background push a captured German ammunition cart.

    D-Day, Part 2: The horrible waste of war

    Editor’s note: This is reprinted from a series of D-Day columns written by famed World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle. NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 16, 1944 — I took a walk along the historic coast of Normandy in the country of France.It was a lovely day for strolling along the seashore. Men were sleeping on the sand, some of them sleeping forever. Men were floating in the water, but they didn’t know they were in the water, for they were dead.The water was full of squishy little jellyfish about the size of your hand. Millions of them. In the center each of them had a green design exactly like a four-leaf clover. The good-luck emblem. Sure. Hell yes.I walked for a mile and a half along the water’s edge of our many-miled invasion beach. You wanted to walk slowly, for the detail on that beach was infinite.The wreckage was vast and startling. The awful waste and destruction of war, even aside from the loss of human life, has always been one of its outstanding features to those who are in it. Anything and everything is expendable. And we did expend on our beachhead in Normandy during those first few hours.* * *For a mile out from the beach there were scores of tanks and trucks and boats that you could no longer see, for they were at the bottom of the water — swamped by overloading, or hit by shells, or sunk by mines. Most of their crews were lost.You could see trucks tipped half over and swamped. You could see partly sunken barges, and the angled-up corners of jeeps, and small landing craft half submerged. And at low tide you could still see those vicious six-pronged iron snares that helped snag and wreck them.On the beach itself, high and dry, were all kinds of wrecked vehicles. There were tanks that had only just made the beach before being knocked out. There were jeeps that had been burned to a dull gray. There were big derricks on caterpillar treads that didn’t quite make it. There were half-tracks carrying office equipment that had been made into a shambles by a single shell hit, their interiors still holding their useless equipage of smashed typewriters, telephones, office files.There were LCT’s turned completely upside down, and lying on their backs, and how they got that way I don’t know. There were boats stacked on top of each other, their sides caved in, their suspension doors knocked off.In this shoreline museum of carnage there were abandoned rolls of barbed wire and smashed bulldozers and big stacks of thrown-away lifebelts and piles of shells still waiting to be moved.In the water floated empty life rafts and soldiers’ packs and ration boxes, and mysterious oranges.On the beach lay snarled rolls of telephone wire and big rolls of steel matting and stacks of broken, rusting rifles.On the beach lay, expended, sufficient men and mechanism for a small war. They were gone forever now. And yet we could afford it.We could afford it because we were on, we had our toehold, and behind us there were such enormous replacements for this wreckage on the beach that you could hardly conceive of their sum total. Men and equipment were flowing from England in such a gigantic stream that it made the waste on the beachhead seem like nothing at all, really nothing at all.* * *A few hundred yards back on the beach is a high bluff. Up there we had a tent hospital, and a barbed-wire enclosure for prisoners of war. From up there you could see far up and down the beach, in a spectacular crow’s-nest view, and far out to sea.And standing out there on the water beyond all this wreckage was the greatest armada man has ever seen. You simply could not believe the gigantic collection of ships that lay out there waiting to unload.Looking from the bluff, it lay thick and clear to the far horizon of the sea and beyond, and it spread out to the sides and was miles wide. Its utter enormity would move the hardest man.


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