Daily Archive : Saturday June 7, 2014


    Players compete under the hot sun at last year’s Sean Toedman Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Lions Park in East Dundee. This year’s event will also honor Jamie Wise, a 22-year-old who had pediatric cancer and died of liver failure in April. The event, which also includes raffles, a wellness fair and live music, raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

    Basketball tournament raising money for St. Jude

    The fourth annual Jamie Wise and Sean Toedman Memorial 3-on-3 memorial basketball tournament, raffle and concert honors two young people from the Fox Valley who had cancer and have since passed away.

    Summer White Lynch, center, with her husband Michael, mother Jan White, and sons Aiden and Dylan.

    Bloomingdale woman inspires others to ‘pay it forward’

    The courage of a Bloomingdale woman who's battling cancer is inspiring others to do good deeds in her honor as part of a "pay it forward" campaign. "Any day is a good day to do something kind for someone else," her mom says.

    Ray Battersby, former owner of Mid-town Petroleum, is with his wife, Ann, at the 130th anniversary Mass for Maryville Academy in Des Plaines on Saturday.

    Maryville marks 130 years in Des Plaines

    Orphans and others who had benefited from services provided by Maryville Academy in Des Plaines returned Saturday to help celebrate its 130th anniversary. “The people here all gave us a great deal of support,” said Susan Regan-Cloutier of Villa Park, who met her husband at Maryville.


    3 teens charged with attacking man, 87, in Elgin

    An 87-year-old man was attacked in an Elgin park Saturday by three teenagers who stole his golf clubs and struck him in the head and face, police said. A short time after the attack, patrol officers found the teens, ages 15 and 16, who now face felony charges.

    Andrew Thompson

    Missing autistic 16-year-old found

    An autistic teenager, 16, who went missing Saturday has been found, according to the Kane County Sheriff's Office.


    Quebec sees second jailbreak involving helicopter

    Provincial police said Saturday night that the three escaped from the Orsainville Detention Center. They gave no other details.

    Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack Wednesday in Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad. Iraq is experiencing its worst surge in violence since the sectarian bloodletting that nearly tore the country apart in 2006 and 2007.

    Authorities in Iraq say bombs kill 44 in capital

    A series of car bombs exploded across Iraq’s capital Saturday night, killing at least 44 people in a day of violence that saw militants storm a university in the country’s restive Anbar province, authorities said. The attacks in Baghdad largely focused on Shiite neighborhoods,

    Jon Meis is taken from the scene by medics after a shooting Thursday at Seattle Pacific University.

    Donations pour in for Seattle campus-shooting hero

    Soon after Jon Meis was identified, praise began to pour out on social media sites. Someone found Meis’ wedding registry, and people quickly bought out most of the wish list.

    Robert Hill, center, stands with his lawyers Harold Ferguson, left, and Sharon Katz, right, as Justice Neil Firetog declares Hill exonerated in Brooklyn Supreme Court, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

    Prosecutors revisiting nearly 5,000 convictions

    Over the last seven years, more than a dozen prosecutors’ offices have created sstaff teams or expert panels to review wrongful-conviction claims.

    Urban Prep student Jeremiah Stovall reads in Mr. Stewart’s class in Chicago. The school has a rigorous set of academic standards including a double dose of English and mandatory 20 minutes of reading daily, assessments every six weeks and Saturday classes with summer school for those who need it.

    Inner-city school applauds first college graduates

    Most students were poor, way behind in school and living with their mothers in gang-ravaged neighborhoods. But Urban Prep founder Tim King had made a pledge: If they stayed disciplined and dreamed big, they’d get into college. And sure enough, every member in the Class of 2010, the school’s first, was accepted into four-year schools.


    Suburban student journalists honored at Springfield awards luncheon

    Arlington Heights 17-year-old Jessica Lynk was one of several suburban students recognized in Springfield Saturday for her contributions to journalism. "I've really worked hard to get to where I am today," said Lynk, a member of an all-state team.


    Six cities vie for Democratic Convention

    New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s political base, and two cities in presidential battleground Ohio are among the six locations under consideration for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, officials announced Saturday.

    Confetti falls Friday at the end of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s address to the delegates of the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Texas GOP endorses ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

    Under the new plank, the Texas GOP recognizes “the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”

    Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah. Utah is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that officials must recognize gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned.

    Cop refuses to work at gay pride parade in Utah

    A Salt Lake City police officer has been placed on leave after refusing an assignment to work at a gay pride parade.

    Associated Press/Nov. 10, 2010 Parents wait to pick up their children at Lakeside Elementary School in Pembroke Pines, Fla., after authorities lifted a lockdown of all schools in Broward County. The threatening comments of a Florida woman about “Second Amendment gun rights” triggered the lockdow.

    Free speech or illegal threats? Justices could say

    As the Internet and social networks allow people to vent their frustrations with the click of a mouse, the Supreme Court is being asked to clarify the First Amendment rights of people who use violent or threatening language on electronic media where the speaker’s intent is not always clear.

    Eric Percy, right, with the Living History Detachment of the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, explains ammunition carried by World War II D-Day troops to brothers Jim, left, and John Rudins of Lombard during the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day Saturday.

    D-Day veterans honored at Cantigny Park ceremony

    Dozens of veterans, their families and friends marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944, during World War II, Saturday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. “It was a wonderful celebration to dedicate to D-Day,” said James W. Reid of Oak Brook, who was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal. Reid was among the wave of troops that landed on Utah...

    Larry Schreiner of WGN Radio announces during a mock car crash presentation at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville. Schreiner, a Barrington resident, died on Thursday at age 72.

    Larry Schreiner a legend in Chicago radio crime coverage

    Larry Schreiner, a crime reporter who worked for WGN radio and as a columnist for the Daily Herald, died Thursday at his Barrington home at age 72. “Larry was a legend on the police beat," said Tom Quinlan, his editor at the Daily Herald.

    Sarah Kulevich of West Chicago gets the ponies ready for the Janesway Farms pony rides in Lincoln Park at the City of St. Charles RiverFest on Saturday.

    Diaper Derby a hit at St. Charles RiverFest

    St. Charles’ RiverFest touts its 10 venues of family fun, but Saturday’s Diaper Derby has to be near the top of the list. Put on by the St. Charles Mother’s Club, it had more participants than in years past, with 15 tiny tots competing in a race to the finish line.

    COURTESY OF THE KALIGIAN FAMILY Ray Kaligian III, here with his dog Willie, died 15 months ago in an accident at his Houston home. The Geneva High School graduate will be honored at a golf outing July 12 at Mill Creek.

    Golf outing remembers Geneva standout Kaligian

    It’s been 15 months since former Geneva High School standout athlete and student Ray Kaligian III died in a tragic accident in his home in Houston. His friends and family aren’t about to forget what this young man stood for: Effort and excellence in all endeavors. They plan a golf outing July 12 at Mill Creek Golf Course, where Kaligian still holds the nine-hole course record for a...

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer, left, has his cheek pinched by New York Yankees manager Joe Torre prior to a spring training baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Baseball mainstay Zimmer; women’s movement pioneer

    This week’s notable deaths include a former owner of New Jersey sports teams who recently bought the Philadelphia Inquirer newspape and an ex-New York Yankees and cubs coach who spent 60 years in Major League Baseball.

    Kaine Osburn, deputy superintendent in Naperville Unit District 203, explains a test the district will begin conducting next year of how to incorporate student performance into teacher evaluations. About 30 teachers at 12 schools will be participating in the test.

    Test to factor student growth into Dist. 203 teacher reviews

    A new test is coming for 30 Naperville teachers. They will be evaluated based partially on student growth as Naperville Unit District 203 looks to incorporate pupil performance into educator reviews. "It doesn’t have any ramifications right now other than we want to experiment with it and we want to make sure we get it right,” said Mark Bailey, president of the Naperville Unit...


    Geneva considers flat yearly fee for electricity

    Geneva is considering adopting a flat rate charge for electricity, instead of having summer and winter rates.

    Rachel Callaly greets the Class of 2014 during the Glenbard East High School graduation at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Images: Glenbard East High School graduation
    Glenbard East High School held its graduation Saturday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Tia Collins, left, and Lauren Serritella, right, address classmates and their families during the Glenbard North High School graduation at the College of DuPage.

    Images: Glenbard North High School graduation
    Glenbard North High School held its graduation Saturday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    From left, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, attend the inauguration ceremony of Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday.

    Complex times for VP’s son to work at Ukraine firm

    “The primary problem here is the fact that Hunter Biden has set up a financial arrangement with someone who might have business pending before this administration,” said Craig Holman, an ethics expert with Public Citizen, a Washington-based government reform organization.

    Smoke from a 60-acre wildfire burning in a popular tourist area about 10 miles south of Stanley in central Idaho. The mountainous area is heavily traveled by tourists starting this time of year, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Julie Thomas said.

    Beetles ravaging Mount Rushmore woods

    Infestation and disease threaten 94 national forest areas in 35 states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said May 20 in Denver. The Forest Service is designating 45 million acres for priority restoration.


    Sinn Fein to skip UK inquiry into IRA fugitives
    Sinn Fein leaders say they have nothing to hide about their deal with Britain granting effective amnesties to Irish Republican Army fugitives — but won’t testify to a British parliamentary investigation into the controversy.


    Illinois will erase some juvenile arrest records

    The legislation approved Saturday automatically clears records in less-serious, non-violent cases upon the person’s 18th birthday.

    Afghan police and villagers carry bodies of people Saturday after flooding in the northeastern Baghlan province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

    More than 50 dead in Afghan flooding

    The Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority has stockpiles of food and other supplies in Baghlan province and has started the process of shipping them to the affected area, said Mohammad Aslim Sayas, deputy director of the agency.

    A Ukrainian soldier watches the inauguration ceremony Saturday of Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko on TV in a tent at the Ukraine’s Army position close to Slovyansk, Ukraine.

    Poroshenko sworn in as Ukraine’s president

    Petro Poroshenko took the oath of office as Ukraine’s president Saturday, calling on armed groups to lay down their weapons as he assumed leadership of a country mired in a violent uprising and economic troubles.

    Indiana conservation officers drag the Big Blue River Friday below the dam in Edinburgh, Ind.

    Boy, 17, missing after swimming mishap near dam

    The accident happened when 16-year-old Sarah Mclevish was swept over the Edimburgh dam and became trapped.Jason Moran and three other teenage boys then tried to rescue Mclevish. They were overcome by the force of the water, which was at flood stage.

    A pedestrian takes a photograph of firefighters responding to a fire in a building Friday near Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan.

    Restaurant near Rockefeller Center catches fire

    The Fire Department of New York says the blaze broke out Friday night in the basement and ventilation system of a TGI Friday’s restaurant.Witness Kirby Gargantiel says he saw thick black smoke near the six-story midtown Manhattan building.

    These barrel bombs were discovered in Syria. The use of barrel bombs has spread this year from Syria to Iraq, raising concerns that desperate governments in a number of unstable nations from Europe to Africa to the Middle East will turn to weapons that the international community has condemned as a violation of human rights laws.

    Authorities: Bombs kill 40 in Iraq capital

    Authorities in Iraq say a series of car bombs targeting commercial streets have killed at least 40 people in the capital, Baghdad.

    Best known for seemingly gravity-defying leaps that have prompted many to describe their breed as the equine equivalent of Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Tempel Lipizzans will begin performances for the season on Saturday, June 21.

    Tempel Lipizzans begin season June 21

    Best known for seemingly gravity-defying leaps that have prompted many to describe their breed as the equine equivalent to Mikhail Baryshnikov, the Tempel Lipizzans will begin performing their internationally-acclaimed “Ballet of the White Stallions” on Saturday, June 21, this summer.

    Irate about the federal government sending from Texas to Arizona immigrants who are in the country illegally, Arizona officials are rushing federal supplies to a holding center in the southern part of the state that’s housing migrant children. Gov. Jan Brewer’s spokesman, Andrew Wilder, said Friday June 6, 2014, that conditions at the holding center are so dire that federal officials have asked the state to immediately ship the medical supplies to the center in Nogales.

    Ariz. rushes supplies to site holding migrant kids

    Angry about the federal government sending from Texas to Arizona immigrants who are in the country illegally, Arizona officials say they are rushing federal supplies to a makeshift holding center in the southern part of the state that’s housing hundreds of migrant children and is running low on the basics.

    Visitors take photos outside Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday, June 6, 2014. Former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are joining First Lady Michelle Obama at a weekend memorial service for poet and author Maya Angelou at Wait Chapel. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Private memorial service set for poet Maya Angelou

    Family, friends and famous admirers including first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are gathering for a tribute to poet, orator and sage Maya Angelou.


    Kirk wants easier firefighter hiring for Ill. vets

    Illinois lawmakers have asked Gov. Pat Quinn to make the firefighter certification process easier for the state’s military members.


    Chicago’s zoo welcomes 4 trumpeter swans

    Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is the new home of some fowls that are training to become wild birds.


    Gov. congratulates national spelling bee finalists

    Gov. Pat Quinn is congratulating two Illinois students who represented the state in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


    Chicago’s Sinai Health System announces new CEO

    Sinai Health System in Chicago will have a new president and CEO starting July 1.

    Suzi LeVine is sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein on a digital Constitution on May 30 in Washington.

    New U.S. ambassador takes oath on an e-reader

    Paper books are on the decline. In 2008, the market for consumer print books was north of $15 billion. Now it’s more like $10 billion — and that number is expected to continue falling until it reaches parity with e-book sales at about $8 billion in 2017.


    Money part of last year’s settlement with Wells Fargo Bank

    Hope Fair Housing Center is planning to infuse $678,000 into community development programs in Elgin, some targeting Latino and black neighborhoods that were especially affected by the foreclosure crisis. Anne V. Houghtaling, the agency’s executive director, said the money is part of last year’s settlement of a complaint filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance against Wells...

    A team of freshmen from Bartlett High School developed this app, Fittastick, to monitor health and fitness, earning them first place in the state and Midwest region in the 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

    Bartlett High students’ app now on Google Play

    A team of six Bartlett High School freshmen has developed an app that allows people to track calories and graph their exercise progress. It earned the school top honors in the 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Bartlett was among four winning high schools that placed nationally. Its team also earned the titles of best in state and the Midwest region. “The making and designing of the...

    Improvements at Settlers Hill Golf Course will continue this year, and the No. 1 hole eventually will be moved to accommodate a driving range, according to the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

    County diverts golf improvements to clear way for cross country

    Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners signaled Friday that plans for a new cross country track at the former Settlers Hill landfill will both pick up speed and take precedence over golf course improvements. However, both projects will see significant progress this year.

    Crews continue the demolition of a portion of the former Frank G. Hough Co. in Libertyville. About 3,000 people once worked at the industrial campus making heavy equipment at what became an innovator in the field.

    Industrial tradition being razed in Libertyville

    At one time, the sprawling Frank G. Hough Co., a heavy equipment manufacturer employed thousands in Libertyville. But that industrial past along Route 176 is being erased truck load by truck load to make way for a distribution center and warehouse.


    Junior police explorers camp:

    Lincolnshire Police and Stevenson High School’s PREP program are offering a special course for area kids, grades 6 through 8, to learn about the basics of policing.



    Bees buzz Cougars

    The bats boomed early, then the bullpens battled as the Burlington Bees buzzed the Kane County Cougars 5-4 in the series opener Tuesday night at Community Field.


    Cougars win marathon game in 15th

    The Kane County Cougars rallied with 3 runs in the 15th inning and needed two solid innings of relief pitching from one of their catchers to claim a 7-4 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernals on Sunday at Perfect Game Field.

    Emily Dickens of Waubonsie Valley, right, celebrates her first-half goal with teammate Maggie Roe first-half goal during the girls soccer Class 3A state third-place game against Lincoln-Way North at North Central College in Naperville Saturday.

    Waubonsie Valley finishes with a win

    Waubonsie Valley worked hard all season long it put itself in a position to win a girls soccer championship this weekend. Those plans were thwarted in Friday’s 1-0 loss to New Trier, in the Class 3A semifinals at North Central in Naperville. While there was a great deal of disappointment in that loss, only the team’s second of the season and first since the team’s opener in mid-March, the Warriors put all of that behind them and dominated Saturday, disposing of Lincoln-Way North 5-1 to bring home a third-place trophy.


    Red Stars fall 3-1
    Penalty kicks would mark the difference between the Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC in their first meeting of the season as top-ranked and undefeated Seattle scored 2 and went on to defeat No.2-ranked Chicago 3-1 in Seattle.

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, but the Sox still lost 6-5 Saturday night in Anaheim, California.

    Trout, Hamilton rally Angels past White Sox 6-5

    Mike Trout hit a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the eighth, Josh Hamilton had three hits and scored the go-ahead run, and the Los Angeles Angels erased five-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Saturday night. Chicago starter Chris Sale took a three-hit shutout into the eighth and the White Sox held a commanding 5-0 lead.

    Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Brown, second from left, celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates as New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh skates at left in the second overtime period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Kings won 5-4.

    LA Kings outlast Rangers 5-4 in double OT

    Captain Dustin Brown redirected Willie Mitchell’s shot 10:26 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings outlasted the New York Rangers 5-4 Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. Marian Gaborik tied it with 12:24 left in regulation for the Kings, who rallied from another two-goal deficit in their latest exhibition of clutch comeback hockey.

    Mallory Moltenhauler, right, of St. Charles East hugs teammate Amanda Hilton following their team’s 1-0 loss to New Trier during the girls soccer Class 3A state final at North Central College in Naperville Saturday.

    New Trier edges St. Charles East for state title

    Some things seemed incredibly familiar for St. Charles East’s girls soccer team at halftime of Saturday’s Class 3A title match against New Trier.


    Akron tops Bandits 8-4

    After an offensive explosion, the Akron Racers snapped their four-game losing streak against the Bandits with an 8-4 victory Saturday night in Rosemont. The scoring started early for both teams as Akron’s Taylor Schlopy got the first hit of the night, a home run to deep left field. In the bottom half of the first the Bandits answered with an RBI single by Tammy Williams to score Emily Allard.

    Warren’s Zachary Schultz attacks through the block from Lincoln-Way East’s Aaron Redweik and Austin Royer on Saturday at Hoffman Estates.

    State title eludes determined Warren

    Warren got oh-so-close, just 2 points away from clinching what would have been Lake County’s first boys volleyball state championship. But Lincoln-Way East rallied for a razor-thin win in Game 2 and then put away Game 3 to outlast Warren 22-25, 26-24, 25-19 en route to claiming its first state title in program history on Saturday at Hoffman Estates High School. It capped a dream season for Lincoln-Way East, which closed with an amazing 41-1 record. The Griffins’ only loss was to Lincoln-Way North.


    Boomers rally for 7-3 victory

    The host Schaumburg Boomers ended a nine-game Southern Illinois Miners winning streak with a 7-3 victory Saturday night.


    Cougars win, clinch first-half title

    Even a downpour couldn’t spoil the Cougars day as the Midwest League’s best team clinched a First Half Western Division Championship with a 5-2 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Saturday night.


    Fire at a loss after 3-2 loss to Seattle

    The Chicago Fire has a lot to think about as it heads to Major League Soccer’s World Cup break.

    The Cubs’ Junior Lake celebrates in the seventh inning after hitting his second solo home run in Saturday’s victory over the Marlins at Wrigley Field.

    Samardzija, Cubs’ offense team up for win

    Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija and run support usually do not go together. This time, the offense made sure it held up its end Saturday in a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field, the fifth straight win for the Cubs.Samardzija, often mentioned in trade rumors, was thankful for the run support. “I love the way we’re swinging it right now,” he said, “and, as a pitcher, that gives you confidence.”


    Glenbard West tops Lake Park for third place

    Glenbard West used its height to overcome a strong Lake Park team 26-24, 25-19 to win third place at the IHSA state tournament Saturday at Hoffman Estates.


    Softball: Saturday, June 7 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Saturday, June 7.


    Baseball: Saturday, June 7 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Saturday, June 7.

    Jacobs’ Reilly Peltier (14) and teammates wait at home plate for Prairie Ridge to finish celebrating their Class 4A McHenry sectional championship win at Peterson Park on Saturday.

    Covers, Prairie Ridge deny Jacobs

    The second-best baseball season in Jacobs history ended Saturday. The second-best season in Prairie Ridge history continues. Prairie Ridge left-hander Austin Covers denied Jacobs consecutive sectional titles with a 4-1 victory in the Class 4A McHenry sectional championship game. Prairie Ridge (23-16) advances to Monday’s 6 p.m. Rockford Aviators supersectional against Mundelein (26-2), which defeated Libertyville 8-1 to win the Glenbrook South sectional.

    Barrington savors its 6-4 sectional final victory over DeKalb on the field at Jacobs on Saturday.

    MacDonald drives Barrington through to supersectional

    Rachel MacDonald is living the dream. Just a couple short weeks ago, MacDonald was playing on Barrington’s JV team. Now she’s the Fillies’ latest hero, and not just once but twice in the same week. MacDonald, who had the game-winning hit in Barrington’s sectional semifinal win on Wednesday, did it again Saturday. The sophomore designated player hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, then drove in 2 more runs with a double in the sixth as the Fillies beat DeKalb 6-4 to win the Class 4A Jacobs sectional championship in Algonquin.


    Caliva, Glenbard North oust Conant

    Glenbard North’s Alex Caliva broke her bat at practice on Friday. But for the first time in three years, the senior second baseman did not have a broken heart after playing in a Class 4A sectional championship game. Caliva and the top-seeded Panthers turned the tables from the past two years when they lost 1-run games. This time, it was Caliva’s game-winning double to left that scored Stephanie Campos with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 victory over No. 2 Conant (26-6) at Bartlett High School.

    Epiphanny Prince has returned to the Sky after taking some time away from basketball because of mental exhaustion, but she is not quite ready to begin playing.

    Struggling Prince trying to find answers

    Patricia Babcock McGraw sits down with Sky all-star guard Epiphanny Prince to talk about why she is still sitting out, by choice. Prince, who is mentallly exhausted from year-round basketball, says she needs to get her mind right.

    Former Chicago Cubs shortstop Lennie Merullo looks to the field before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Lennie Merullo is the only living Cubs player to have played in a World Series.

    Lone living Cub in World Series returns to Wrigley

    As his wheelchair rolled onto the dirt, Lennie Merullo took a good look around Wrigley Field. It’d been a while since the last living person to play in a World Series game for the Chicago Cubs had visited the old ballpark. “It’s changed,” he said Saturday, “but it hasn’t changed a bit.” Now 97, Merullo wore a Cubs jersey and used a walker when he threw out the first pitch before Chicago beat the Miami Marlins 5-2.


    Montini can’t sustain early momentum

    First innings can be so deceptive. Allowing a leadoff triple to start Saturday’s Class 3A Glenbard South sectional final, Montini pitcher Eric Frontzak struck out the next two batters and coaxed a groundout to escape unharmed. In the bottom half Montini loaded the bases and went up 2-0.


    Boys volleyball: Saturday, June 7 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball for Saturday, June 7.


    Girls soccer: Saturday, June 7 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Saturday, June 7.

    South Elgin celebrates with the sectional plaque after topping Batavia 8-3 on Saturday in the Schaumburg sectional championship game.

    South Elgin upsets Batavia to win 1st sectional

    Facing a pitcher who no-hit them earlier in the year — not to mention a No. 1 seed riding a 24-game winning streak — might seem like a daunting task to most teams. Most teams maybe, but not South Elgin. It’s going to take a lot more than that to phase the Storm, especially the way they are rolling through the postseason.


    McCoughtry, De Souza lead Dream past Sky, 97-59

    Angel McCoughtry and Erika De Souza each scored 20 points, and the Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 97-59 on Saturday night. The 38-point margin of victory set an Atlanta franchise record. Sancho Lyttle had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta (5-3). De Souza had eight rebounds for the Dream, who held a 51-32 advantage. Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne, who scored a career-high 33 points Friday in a 102-88 loss to Los Angeles, had a season-low seven and made only three of 10 shots. Allie Quigley led the Sky with 11 points. Jessica Breland had 10.

    The Cubs’ Junior Lake hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Chicago, Saturday, June 7, 2014.

    Cubs beat Marlins for 5th win in row

    Junior Lake hit two home runs, Emilio Bonifacio added a two-run shot and the Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to five with a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday. Jeff Samardzija (2-5) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out eight. Pedro Strop got his second save.

    Sara Ross

    No doubt about it: Montini wins 1st sectional title

    In case there was still any doubt, Montini’s softball team made it very clear Saturday: The Broncos are for real.

    Tonalist, left, with Joel Rosario up edges out Commissioner with Javier Castellano up to win the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y.

    No Triple Crown for California Chrome

    California Chrome lost the Belmont Stakes to Tonalist, an 11-1 bet. California Chrome became the 13th horse to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes then fail to take the Belmont title since 1978, when Affirmed won the most recent Triple Crown.


    Heck, yes: Wauconda’s still playing

    Call that a heck of a finish for Jena Heck. Not that the Wauconda senior’s softball season is over. Not after her two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the top-seeded Bulldogs to a 1-0 win over No. 2 Grayslake Central in Saturday’s Class 3A sectional final at Ridgewood.


    The fun continues for Downers South

    Simply by watching, you can tell how much Downers Grove South’s baseball team loves playing together. That joy went to another level on Saturday. The Mustangs claimed the second sectional title in program history and first since 2005 by pounding Plainfield North 10-1 in the Class 4A Oswego sectional final.


    Grayslake C. makes third straight supersectional

    Make that three straight Class 3A sectional championships for Grayslake Central's baseball program, which knocked off Gordon Tech 9-5 at Marian Central Catholic in Woodstock on Saturday. Once 8-8, the Rams improved to 28-10 with their 20th win in their last 22 games. They will try to earn a return trip to Joliet when they face Fenwick at 5 p.m. Monday in the North Central College supersectional in Naperville.

    Members of the Tampa Bay Rays wear senior baseball adviser Don Zimmer replica Brooklyn Dodgers uniforms before a baseball game Saturday, June 7, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Zimmer passed away earlier this week at the age of 83.

    Rays celebrate Zimmer’s life in pregame ceremony

    Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda and Jim Leyland were among the many friends and family members at Tropicana Field on Saturday to celebrate the life of longtime baseball man Don Zimmer.The tribute was held before the Tampa Bay Rays played Seattle. Zimmer, a senior adviser for the Rays, died Wednesday at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin. Both teams wore Zimmer’s No. 23 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey as they lined up along the foul lines. Fans stood and cheered at the end of a video tribute.

    Keegan Hayes

    Naperville Central victory means a little extra

    Yes, a victory over Downers Grove South in Saturday’s Class 4A Oswego East sectional final would put Naperville Central one game closer to the state finals. And the Redhawks certainly wanted that.


    Skoug sets his sights on Texas Christian

    Libertyville catcher Evan Skoug sat in a Glenbrook South dugout with his head buried in his strong hands following the Wildcats’ season-ending, 8-1 loss to Mundelein on Saturday. It had been an emotional couple of days for the Gatorade Illinois baseball player of the year, who will forego professional baseball for now in lieu of competing at Texas Christian.

    Warren’s Rachele Belletini, center, is mobbed after belting a 3-run home run in the fourth inning of the Class 4A Stevenson softball sectional final.

    Warren’s hit parade continues against Lake Zurich

    There was enough action packed into the Class 4A Stevenson softball sectional championship to fill up two games Saturday in Lincolnshire. No. 3-seeded Warren jumped out to a commanding 11-0 lead over No. 2 Lake Zurich after 3½ innings only to see the Bears battle back to cut the lead to 11-8 after five innings in this wild title game between two North Suburban Lake Division rivals. But when all was said and done, the Blue Devils (24-9) were able to hold on for a 12-9 victory over Lake Zurich (27-5) to advance to their second supersectional championship game in a row Monday at 7 p.m. in Barrington.


    Mundelein plays past Libertyville

    Mundelein had Libertyville slugger Evan Skoug played perfectly again, and the Mustangs had another quality opponent right where they wanted them. Again. When shortstop Derek Parola scooped Skoug’s sharply hit groundball up the middle and beat the speedy Jimmy Govern to the second-base bag for a game-ending forceout with two runners on, Mundelein had capped a stunning 8-1 win in Saturday’s Class 4A sectional final at Glenbrook South.


    Lake Forest solves state championship puzzle

    All the pieces came together for Lake Forest, which netted its first-ever girls soccer state championship on Saturday afternoon. First, Lake Forest goalkeeper Ginnie Revenaugh made a key diving save in the penalty kick shootout. Then Paige Bourne delivered the game-winning kick, and the rest was history as the Scouts enjoyed a big postgame celebration in front of the goal. Lake Forest got past Normal Community West 2-1, 4-2 in penalty kicks, in the Class 2A championship game at North Central College.


    Third pick a can’t-miss? Not so fast

    By Scot Gregor

    Expectations are running high for left-handed starting pitcher Carlos Rodon, selected by the White Sox with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft. But as recent history shows, No. 3 overall draft picks are not guaranteed to be star players.

    Patrick Kane

    Credit Blackhawks’ Kane with growing up

    Without reliving the unfortunate incidents of summers not long ago, Patrick Kane now talks about using the off-season to become a better player, be more prepared for next season and mentor young players. Yes, Patrick Kane sounds like he has grown up.

    Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling still hasn’t signed off on the deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer because the NBA won’t revoke its $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

    Clippers owner Donald Sterling hasn’t inked deal

    Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling still hasn’t signed off on the deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer because the NBA won’t revoke its $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

    Senior quarterback Jack Beneventi is transferring to Fenwick from Benet.

    QB Beneventi transferring to Fenwick from Benet

    A familiar face will be missing from Benet’s football team this fall. Redwings football coach Pat New confirmed on Saturday that quarterback Jack Beneventi is transferring to Fenwick. Beneventi, committed to the University of Iowa, was a two-year starter for Benet who is finishing his junior year at the Lisle school. As a sophomore he helped lead the Redwings to the Class 7A state semifinals, and again quarterbacked Benet to the 7A playoffs last fall.

    Russia’s Maria Sharapova holds the trophy Saturday as she poses for a portrait in the locker room after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Romania’s Simona Halep at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

    Sharapova edges Halep for 2nd French Open title

    “It’s a tournament, when I was young and growing up, I wanted to win,” Sharapova said. “To think that I’ve won it two times is, I don’t know — so emotional right now, I can’t even talk.”

    In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, file photo, referee Carlos Velasco of Spain marks a line with vanishing spray during the semi final soccer match between Raja Casablanca and Atletico Mineiro at the Club World Cup soccer tournament in Marrakech, Morocco. For the first time at a World Cup, technology will be used to determine whether a ball crosses the goal line during matches at the upcoming tournament in Brazil.

    Soccer gets technology makeover for World Cup

    For the first time at a World Cup, technology will be used to determine whether a ball crosses the goal line during matches at the upcoming tournament in Brazil. With vanishing spray also being used to prevent encroachment by defenders making up a wall during free kicks, officials at the highest level of the world’s most popular sport are finally getting some assistance.


    President Barack Obama walks down the stairs from Air Force One, upon arrival Friday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

    Obama to take executive steps on student loans

    President Obama plans to announce Monday that he’s expanding an existing program that prevents borrowers from having to pay more than 10 percent of their monthly income in student loan payments. That program is only available to people who borrowed during certain years, but Obama intends to expand the timeframe for eligibility.

    A shopper walks down the steps at a Gap store in Los Angeles. Gap Inc. has announced plans to produce clothing in Myanmar.

    Gap to be 1st US retailer to enter Myanmar market

    While Asian nations have long had a strong presence in Myanmar, it’s only in the last few years that companies from North America and Europe have started returning, thanks to the easing of sanctions imposed on the country during its half-century of military rule.

    A Vodafone sign outside a shop in London on Friday.

    Vodafone report sparks global surveillance debate

    The Irish government defends the need for electronic surveillance to combat Irish Republican Army factions and Ireland’s criminal underworld. But Ireland’s civil liberties watchdog accused the government of legal laziness over the past two decades of telecommunications innovation.

    A farmer holds a handful of hemp seeds, on a day of planting in Sterling, Colo. Marijuana’s square cousin, industrial hemp, has come out of the black market and is now legal for farmers to cultivate.

    Uncertainty dominates new hemp market

    A 2013 report by the Congressional Research Service pegged hemp imports at $11.5 million in 2011, a tiny sum relative to other imported crops. That study concluded that despite an ardent fan base and a market activists peg at about $100 million a year, “the world market for hemp products remains relatively small.”

    Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., delivers a keynote address during the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California, U.S. on Monday, June 2, 2014.

    Apple pitch to programmers shows threat from Google

    Apple Inc.’s pitch to developers at its annual conference this week shows how Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is ramping up efforts to keep programmers from switching loyalties to Google Inc. and others.

    In this Oct. 13, 2010 file photo, Isaac “Biz” Stone, co-founder and Creative Director of Twitter Inc, speaks during a conference at the Innovate Tijuana festival in Tijuana, Mexico.

    Why ‘Star Trek’ matters to Twitter’s Biz Stone

    As the Twitter creation myth goes, Biz Stone was the nice-guy idealist among the social media company’s otherwise sparring co-founders. Although he never served as chief executive, Stone helped guide the company from idea to initial public offering. He has chronicled his work at Twitter, as well as at Google and Xanga, in the book “Things a Little Bird Told Me.”

    CoBook aims to be a unified place for you to keep track of all your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, iCloud and other contacts that you have floating around in cyberspace.

    App reviews: CoBook, Dwellr
    CoBook aims to be a unified place for you to keep track of all your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, iCloud and other contacts that you have floating around in cyberspace.

    Wearables. Cheaper streaming subscriptions. Remotely controlled home electronics. These are the changes consumers are likely to see as Apple buys Beats Electronics for $3 billion, giving the world’s most valuable company a hip, upscale line of music products and a nascent streaming service to rejuvenate its iTunes business and sell existing customers even more products and services.

    What Apple-Beats union may mean for 800 million iTunes users

    Wearables. Cheaper streaming subscriptions. Remotely controlled home electronics. These are the changes consumers are likely to see as Apple buys Beats Electronics for $3 billion, giving the world’s most valuable company a hip, upscale line of music products and a nascent streaming service to rejuvenate its iTunes business and sell existing customers even more products and services.

    Dad might like these walnut wood iPhone cases from Portland, Ore.-based Grovemade.

    Gift Guide: Wood-themed tech gifts for Dad

    Dads try to stay handsome, and their technology should, too. Items that have a blend of technology and wood can look more exquisite than plastic or metal when included in the construction correctly. I found three noteworthy products sure to complete dad’s stylish ensemble of personal technology.

    Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaks in front of a screen for the Yosemite operating system at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 2, 2014.

    New Apple OS more open for developers

    Apple unveiled a new operating system for its desktop and mobile devices this week, exciting developers with its updates but disappointing many who hoped to see the tech giant launch a new product.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James is helped to the bench after injuring himself against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals on Thursday.

    Gatorade apologizes over LeBron-related tweets

    Gatorade has a long business relationship with the NBA. LeBron James is an endorser of Powerade, a Gatorade rival.One of the now-deleted tweets, in response to someone who directed a message toward the sports drink’s feed, read that, “We were waiting on the sidelines, but he prefers to drink something else.”

Life & Entertainment

    Tracy Morgan is in critical condition at a hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Saturday morning following a violent multivehicle crash on the NJ Turnpike overnight.

    Driver charged in 6-car crash that injured Tracy Morgan

    Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured Saturday after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a chain-reaction crash that left one member of his entourage dead and two others seriously hurt, authorities said. A truck driver from Georgia was charged with death by auto in connection to the crash, prosecutors said.

    Braden Hewitt shaves John Childress during student training with residents of the Harmar Place nursing home in Marietta, Ohio.

    For those on economy’s margins, nursing aide job offers meager opportunity

    The fastest-growing job in America is also among the hardest— a nurse aide. The job involves changing bedpans, pushing wheelchairs, cleaning catheters and brushing teeth. Pay is generally just better than minimum wage and burnout rates are among the highest of any career.


    Book notes: Local authors promote debut novel Tuesday

    Authors Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton introduce their new novel "Your Perfect Life" at a debut party beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Cook Memorial Public Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Venon Hills.

    Round is the theme for the landscaping for this foursquare home near downtown Barrington. The circular terrace makes a great conversation area and the design links the home and the landscape.

    Barrington Country Garden Faire worth the trip

    Visitors at the Barrington Country Garden & Antique Faire might hesitate when they pull up in front of a classic foursquare house. But the backyard gardens created by John Staab, a landscape architect with The Brickman Group, are worth the trip.

    The new Catch Wheel Fever! Experience opens Saturday, June 14, at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, Wisconsin.

    On the road: Catch Wheel Fever! in Old World Wisconsin

    Old World Wisconsin captures the fun of the 1890s cycling craze that swept the nation at the new Catch Wheel Fever! experience. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents a retrospective exhibit of Chicago abstract painter Morris Barazani in the “Shoots Straight” exhibit. Pack a weekend in Indianapolis with pasta, art and crafts when a trifecta of events hit the downtown area.

    The Liberty Memorial Tower rises 217 feet above the plaza at Kansas City’s National World War I Museum, which focuses on the century-old Great War.

    WWI Museum highlights century-old war

    The site of the National World War I Museum has weathered a whiplash arc from prominence to decline and back to distinction. With the centenary of the start of World War I being marked this summer, the museum is working to highlight the story of a war that is often overshadowed in U.S. history by other conflicts. The museum is located on the 26-acre site of the Liberty Memorial. The obelisk homage to soldiers of the First World War was completed in 1926. The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial opened in 2006.

    At times fascinating and harrowing, “Euphoria” by Lily King offers a many-sided look at love and eros.

    Eros, gender roles at heart of 'Euphoria'

    Lily King’s new novel, “Euphoria,” unfolds on a South Pacific island where a trio of young anthropologists lives among isolated tribes to make groundbreaking studies of primitive cultures. Rich in detail, at times fascinating and harrowing, the story offers a many-sided look at love and eros — and bracing doses of reality. The time is the early 1930s. A married couple and a single man, struggling with their field studies, have just hit low points when they cross paths in the jungle backwaters of New Guinea.

    An air marshal (Liam Neeson) must stop a terrorist on board a flight in “Non-Stop.”

    DVD previews: ‘Non-Stop,’ ‘Jack Ryan’

    Two action films -- "Non-Stop" starring Liam Neeson and "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" with Chris Pine -- battle it out June 10 on DVD.

    Actress Jessie Mueller is nominated for a Tony Award for her role in “Beautiful.”

    How meeting her idol changed Jesse Mueller’s life

    When Jesse Mueller first sat behind the piano to portray Carole King on Broadway, she had no idea what kind of year she was going to have. It was when the real Carole King showed up unexpectedly at a recent performance that put it all into perspective. During a curtain call in early April of the Tony Award-nominated “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” the legendary musician walked out on stage and hugged Mueller and the cast. “There was sort of a calm that came over me. I was also kind of losing my mind, because I couldn’t believe she was actually there."

    Cher brings her Dress to Kill Tour (D2K) with opening act Cyndi Lauper to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.

    Weekend picks: Cher is always a sight to behold

    Expect plenty of over-the-top stage spectacle when legendary pop diva Cher brings her Dressed to Kill Tour with opening act Cyndi Lauper to the Allstate Arena Saturday. Trekkies will be out in force for The Official Star Trek Convention, which prominently features appearances by actors William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew in Rosemont. Learn all about the singing siblings whose songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” will forever be tied to World War II in the musical “Sisters of Swing: The Andrews Sisters Story” starting Thursday at Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.


    Cash sale can be fraught with problems

    Q. I’m going to buy a half-finished cottage on a lake. The place is free and clear with no strings attached. I’m paying all cash so there shouldn’t be any complications.

    Something to write home about: an elegant “room of her own,” designed to inspire any woman author. Photo: Timothy and Associates Interior Design (END CAPTION)

    Go back in history to define drawing room

    Q. We just toured a designer show house, and I have a question: What is a “drawing room”? This one was done up like an elegant living room, no arts and crafts materials at all. Why “drawing” room?


    Tax purchaser subject to association’s bylaws

    Q. A unit in our condominium association was sold at a tax sale. The unit owner never redeemed the taxes and the tax purchaser received a tax deed. The tax purchaser says that he is not subject to the association’s declaration of condominium. Is that correct?


    When to ignore the APR and when to use it

    For more than 40 years, the centerpiece mortgage disclosure mandated by Truth in Lending has been the Annual Percentage Rate, or APR. But when is it actually useful to compare APRs when comparing mortgage loans?



    Commercialism perilous to public schools
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Heidi Reich, a courageous New York public-school teacher, expressed her views on the Common Core State Standards and high-stakes testing in a letter that was recently published in The New York Times. Reich’s truth-telling letter exposed serious problems with CCSS and her state’s failure to provide support for teachers whose jobs will depend on high-stakes testing. What’s going on here?


    Obama doing what’s right on climate change
    A Palatine letter to the editor: President Obama’s announcement that the EPA will require power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent may prove to be the most important thing he has done. Cynical pundits say this will hurt Democrats in November, but the consensus of scientists is that we must start dealing with man-made climate change now.


    Team purchase highlights messed-up priorities
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Donald Sterling paid $12.5 million for the Los Angeles Clippers and may receive a healthy portion of a cashier’s check worth over $2 billion from Steve Ballmer, ex-CEO of Microsoft, as well as monetary damages from a lawsuit filed against the NBA. Not a bad payday for uttering infective racist remarks for all the world to hear.


    Aging doesn’t signal end to meaningful life
    A letter to the editor: In celebration of Dr. Angelou’s life, my imperative is this: do not give up on your passions because you are aging. With the proper support, you can continue living a meaningful life through your last years. If you’re not yet concerned about aging but care about someone who is, make sure they have the support they need to continue contributing in ways that are important to them.


    A lot of money spent chasing this ghost
    A Huntley letter to the editor: I must be in the category of a “denier” as well after reading the letter from Mr. Rugh lamenting why we don’t just “accept the science of global warming.”


    A case for lowering speed limits?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: It is staggering that the economic and societal harm from vehicle crashes, according to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, amounts to $871 billion in a single year and 32,999 people were killed and 3.9 million injured.


    Surely, VA scandals aren’t new to all?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I never know whether to laugh or cry when I read the news regarding the VA hospitals. It isn’t possible that I am the only person that knows this has gone on for years and years. My brother was a Vietnam veteran and we were forced many times to take him to a veterans hospital as no other options were open due to finances.


    Is this a plot by cable, satellite TV?
    A Round Lake Beach letter to the editor: Since early last night, at times almost half the over-the-air stations have been off the air, at one time or another.


    Rise up to protest handling of VA
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: Why aren’t the veterans and their supporters massing on the National Mall of Washington, D.C.?


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