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Leonard, record half help Spurs roll in Game 3
Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs made an NBA Finals-record 75.8 percent of their shots in the first half in a 111-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night that gave them a 2-1 lead. The Spurs made 19 of their first 21 shots and finished 25 of 33 in the first half, bettering the 75 percent shooting by Orlando against the Lakers in the 2009 finals.
Injured Garcia can’t bear to watch White Sox
Out for the season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, right fielder Avisail Garcia said one of the hardest parts of the rehab process is watching the White Sox play without him. Garcia keeps tabs on the score, but he doesn't watch the Sox on TV.
Rizzo’s big game leads Cubs over Pirates 7-3
Anthony Rizzo homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 Tuesday night, spoiling Gregory Polanco’s much-anticipated debut. Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Francisco Liriano, who left in the fourth with discomfort on his right side. Rizzo also doubled and scored in the fourth and hit an RBI double in the seventh, a drive to deep right-center that struck Polanco’s left wrist as the touted rookie tried to make the catch.
Sky can’t seem to escape injury bug, fall to Storm
Plus one, minus two. That’s Chicago Sky math these days. All-star guard Epiphanny Prince, who sat out the start of the season due to personal reasons, made her Allstate Arena debut Tuesday night against the Seattle Storm. And yet the Sky was short-handed again. Forwards Elena Delle Donne and Jessica Breland suddenly found themselves on the bench in street clothes.
Rainout brings some rotation shuffling for Sox, Tigers
The White Sox and Tigers were rained out Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. John Danks and Chris Sale are now scheduled to start the final two games of the series against Detroit.
Cougars game postponed by rain
Tuesday’s game between the Kane County Cougars and the Peoria Chiefs was postponed due to rain, according to Cougars’ website. To make up the game, the teams will play a doubleheader that starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Dozer Park, the website said.
Storm beat short-handed Sky 80-76
Seattle Storm coach Brian Agler didn’t find out until just before the game that Chicago would be missing star Elena Della Donne. Even without the league’s No. 2 scorer, who was sidelined with a flare-up of Lyme disease, the Sky almost pulled off the win, falling 80-76 to the Storm on Tuesday night. “It didn’t alter (game plans) from the standpoint of our intent of what we wanted to do on the offensive end,” Agler said. “But defensively Delle Donne is a different kind of player so we would have had to give her a lot of attention.”
Elgin Sports Hall of Fame awards scholarships
The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation recently awarded its scholarships for the 2013-14 school year. The ESHOF Foundation, founded in 1980, awards $1,300 scholarships to worthy student-athletes from high schools within the City of Elgin, as well as from Elgin Community College.
Third option might be best one for Cubs
The debate is whether the Cubs will re-sign Jeff Samardzija or trade him. Maybe the appropriate option is behind Door No. 3.
Stanley sweep? Rangers regroup after 0-3 start
The gravity of the situation was etched on the face of New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. One more loss Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Kings and his squad gets the distinction of being swept in the Stanley Cup Finals. No team has been swept in the finals since Detroit did it to Washington in 1998, completing a run of four straight Stanley Cup sweeps. So while the Kings are trying to close out the series, New York’s focus is strictly on moving past disappointment and getting back to LA for Game 5.
U.S. Open a reunion for 2 players, 1 caddie
Michael Greller never imagined that a simple act of kindness eight years ago could lead to a moment like this at the U.S. Open. Greller, the caddie for Jordan Spieth, stood on the 18th tee at Pinehurst No. 2 on Tuesday and conferred with his 20-year-old boss on an important tee shot in a match they didn’t want to lose against Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. Moments later, Greller was sharing a laugh with Spieth’s partner, 21-year-old Justin Thomas, who is playing in his first U.S. Open.It was an amazing reunion among two players and one caddie — not because they were together, but the peculiar path that brought them here.
Kelly: Summer workouts will help players get ahead
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly hopes new NCAA rules allowing coaches to work with players over the summer will help players get ahead for the fall, especially freshmen. “We’re installing our offense and defense again,” Kelly said Tuesday evening.
Family-man Streelman looks to get his game on track
Winfield’s Kevin Streelman remains one of golf’s most promising up-and-coming players, but he’s not going into this week’s U.S. Open with any momentum. Chicago’s only homegrown PGA Tour player missed the cut in his last three tournaments. “It’s been a strange year golf-wise,” Streelman told golf columnist Len Ziehm, “but it’s been a wonderful year off the course thanks to Sophia (his daughter). The former Duke golfer talks with Ziehm about his family and the U.S. Open, which begins Thursday on the famed No. 2 course at Pinehurst, N.C.
Unusual move helps Astros beat Arizona 4-3
PHOENIX — A lot of things are going right for the Houston Astros these days.Take Monday night’s 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, for instance.Even when a left-handed reliever went to the outfield for one batter then came back to pitch, everything worked out just fine.With his bullpen worn down, Astros manager Bo Porter took Tony Sipp off the mound and sent him to right field while right-hander Jerome Williams faced Paul Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt walked, then Sipp went back to pitching, striking out left-handed hitting Miguel Montero.Porter had told Sipp to be ready for the switch.“I didn’t think it actually was going to happen,” Sipp said. “He gave me a warning but I’m like ‘All right, OK Bo.”’Sipp hadn’t played in the outfield since his days at Clemson.“I think I had more focus in right field than I did on the mound,” he said. Sipp left for good and Kyle Farnsworth fanned Martin Prado to end the inning.“ It was a good play unless Goldy hit one to him,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “I have seen it done before. I think I saw Lou Piniella do it in the playoffs once before. It is certainly in the rules. He’s going to manage his team the way he wants to manage it. It worked out for him.”Jose Altuve had three hits, including an RBI double, and Jarred Cosart pitched six solid innings for the Astros.Cosart (5-5) allowed three runs and five hits with two walks. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out eight, matching his career high set in his previous start against the Los Angeles Angels. He retired the first 10 batters, five by strikeout.The Astros scored their four runs in the first two innings off Josh Collmenter (4-3), who settled down to blank Houston over his final five innings.Goldschmidt doubled in a run for the Diamondbacks, who had won five of six going into the game.Chad Qualls pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save in nine opportunities and seventh straight since May 11.The Astros have won four of five and 12 of their last 16. “We’ve all won at some level. That’s kind of what was the motto in spring training,” Cosart said. “Whether it’s college, high school, Little League, whatever, we all know what it’s like to win, so why not get it going up here? And everyone’s just feeding off each other.”Altuve singled and scored in the first, doubled in a run in the second and singled in the fourth. Dexter Fowler had three hits, including a double, and scored twice.Collmenter went seven innings, giving up four runs, three earned, and seven hits.Right fielder Gerardo Parra threw out Altuve trying to score from second on Jon Singleton’s single in the ninth. Porter challenged, arguing that Montero, the catcher, missed the tag, but the call was upheld after a 38-second video review.Fowler and Altuve opened the game with singles, then after an out, Jason Castro was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Matt Dominguez’s sacrifice fly brought one run home. Another scored on second baseman Aaron Hill’s fielding error.In the second, Fowler singled and scored from first on Altuve’s double over the head of Inciarte in center field. Castro doubled Altuve home and Houston led 4-0.Parra was the first Arizona player to reach base, drawing a walk with one out in the fourth. Goldschmidt followed with Arizona’s first hit, a double down the left field line that scored Parra from first. Montero singled to put runners at first and third, but Prado grounded into a double play to end the inning.Arizona got two more runs in the sixth.Didi Gregorius singled, then scored from third when Parra singled and Fowler muffed the ball in center field. Goldschmidt walked, then Montero’s RBI single made it 4-3.
Why horse racing should pay attention to boxing
After hearing Steve Coburn, the owner of California Chrome, apologize for his post-Belmont Stakes statements, Mike North has some advice for the racing industry: "I don’t know what will be done to change things — my guess is nothing — but I find it puzzling that horse racing is always slow on the uptake. For example, when two boxers fight and bring in spectacular numbers or there is a major controversy, the first thing any good promoter does is talk rematch!" A match race with Tonalist and California Chrome at Arlington International Racecourse, North says, would be a huge draw.
Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring softball, volleyball, soccer, and baseball.
Honeybee losses have Illinois farmers scrambling
The harsh winter led to heavy honeybee losses in northern Illinois, leaving farmers scrambling to replenish hives in time to produce enough pollinators for crops such as apples, pumpkins and raspberries. Keepers of honeybees in DeKalb County lost more than 70 percent of their bees, The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday. Producers in the area say they typically lose 40 percent.
United changing how travelers earn mileage rewards
United Airlines is about to start rewarding its big-spending customers at a potential cost to bargain-hunting travelers who rack up miles with long-distance getaways. United follows other U.S. airlines that have begun basing awards on money spent, not miles flown. The changes would benefit customers like elite members of United’s loyalty program who fly at least 25,000 miles a year.
E. Dundee won't block medical pot businesses
When it comes to housing dispensaries and distribution centers for medical marijuana in East Dundee, a majority of the board won't stand in the way of letting that happen. Trustee Jeff Lynam is the only one expressing moral trepidation. “This is just another unraveling, fraying of the edges of the moral fabric of this country,” Lynam said of medical marijuana. “We need to sew it up and stop it.”
FAA OKs commercial drone flights over land
Ben Gielow, general counsel for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a trade association for the commercial drone industry, said the first approval of commercial flights over land is “an exciting moment,” but “we believe more can and must be done to allow for limited operations for small (unmanned aircraft) over land.”
Nintendo shows off ‘Skylanders’-like toy line at E3
The first lineup of figures, due out later this year, features 10 characters from well-known Nintendo franchises: the Villager from “Animal Crossing”; the “Wii Fit” trainer; sword-wielding Link from “The Legend of Zelda”; intergalactic solider Samus Aran from “Metroid”; Pikachu from “Pokemon”; iconic gorilla Donkey Kong; pink shape shifter Kirby; and Mario, Princess Peach and Yoshi from “Super Mario Bros.”
S&P 500 slips, ending 4-day run of record highs
After slumping earlier this year, the stock market has been on a slow and steady climb since April. In recent weeks, a number of encouraging economic reports have helped push the S&P 500 to a series of record highs and left the index up 5.5 percent for the year. Some analysts argue that this success rests on shaky ground.
White House threatens veto of GOP school meal bill
Some school nutrition directors have lobbied for a break, saying the rules have proved to be costly and restrictive. The schools pushing for changes say limits on sodium and requirements for more whole grains are particularly challenging, while some school officials say kids are throwing away fruits and vegetables.
Des Plaines chiropractic business ditches flooding for Arlington Heights
A Des Plaines chiropractic business moved to a new location in Arlington Heights and changed its name to The Wellness Group to escape flooding from the Des Plaines River. “If it weren’t for flooding, we would’t have decided to move,” said Dr. Michael Bagby.
Google buying satellite maker Skybox for $500 million
Google Inc. plans to use Skybox’s satellite already in orbit to supplement the material that it licenses from more than 1,000 sources, including other satellite companies such as DigitalGlobe and Astrium.Eventually, though, Skybox could turn into another Google “moonshot” — a term that CEO Larry Page has embraced for describing ambitious projects that could take several years to materialize.
FDA now says pregnant women should eat seafood
For most people, accumulating mercury from eating seafood isn’t a health risk. But for a decade, the FDA has warned that pregnant or breastfeeding women, those who may become pregnant, and young children avoid certain types of high-mercury fish because of concern that too much could harm a developing brain.
Firm wants FDA to declare smokless tobacco safer
Smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match is asking the Food and Drug Administration to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.The company with its North American headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, is filing an application with the FDA to approve the snus products as “modified risk."
Man bets 400,000 pounds on Scotland voting against independence
A man gambled 400,000 pounds ($671,000) on Scots voting to stay in the U.K. in a referendum later this year. Bookmaker William Hill Plc said the stake, placed in London today, was the largest ever political bet.The customer, “who does not have a Scottish accent,” got odds on a No vote on Sept. 18 of 1-4, meaning he stands to make 100,000 pounds if the bet is successful. As a result, William Hill shortened the odds to 1-5, while lengthening those on a Yes vote to 10-3 from 11-4, the company said in an emailed statement today.The wager is twice the previous record bet of 200,000 pounds, also on Scots rejecting independence and opting to remain in the 307-year-old union, William Hill said.Opinion polls in recent months showed people warming to independence though they are still outnumbered by those preferring the status quo. All three main U.K. political parties have declared their intention to give Scotland more financial power should they vote against full autonomy as they try to arrest the progress of the nationalist campaign.Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a Scot, said yesterday that home rule for Scotland within the U.K. will be a minimum as the country moves away from a unitary state.Ladbrokes Plc, the other of the two largest U.K. bookmakers, offers odds of 1-4 for a No vote and 3-1 for Scotland deciding to go it alone, the company’s website shows.
Japan Olympics organizers review Tokyo 2020 plans
TOKYO — Japan’s Olympics organizers said Tuesday they are reviewing their plans for the venues of Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Games due to concerns about cost.Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe told a city assembly meeting that the overall plan for the venues needs to be revised. “We must respond to concerns over rising facilities costs, including rising costs for labor and construction materials,” Masuzoe said. “We will review the plan as soon as possible from that point of view and revise what needs to be revised appropriately and promptly so that there will be no obstacles for the preparations for the games,” he said.Japan has already informed the International Olympic Committee about its intention to review and revise its plans, the broadcaster NHK cited Masuzoe as saying. Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister and rugby enthusiast who heads Tokyo’s Olympic committee, issued a statement saying that Masuzoe and other members of the committee agree on the need to revise the plan for the venues.The statement did not refer specifically to plans to replace Tokyo’s National Stadium with a colossal, 80,000-seat facility, the centerpiece of the city’s Olympics bid. The proposed new stadium has caused protests over its size, cost and design. The Japan Sports Council has already scaled back its original proposal to spend 300 billion yen ($3 billion) on a 75-meter-tall stadium to a still-hefty 169 billion yen ($1.7 billion). It recently presented its plans for the stadium to the Olympics organizers, saying it did not envision revising the basic design concept but would take other concerns into consideration. Mori said the Tokyo committee was dedicated to creating a “legacy of sports-centered and affluent, healthy living spaces.” Tokyo, the 1964 Summer Olympics host, failed in a bid to host in 2016 but won the right to host the games in 2020 with a plan emphasizing the city’s safety and advanced infrastructure. Of the 33 competition venues, 28 will be within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of the Olympic Village, which will be built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay.
Facebook, Twitter brace for World Cup fever
This year’s World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. On Tuesday, Facebook is adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup — the world’s most widely viewed sporting event — which takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.
What if the Fed has created a new bubble?
Investors might be surprised to learn that they have a lot riding on something that they pay very little attention to: macro-prudential regulation, or what central banks and other government agencies do to reduce the risk of systemic financial disasters. The aim of such regulation is to lower both the probability and potential costs of financial accidents.
AP: Tax cheats took billions from Ukraine
As Ukraine’s tax chief tells it, the billion-dollar theft was planned at a see-through plastic table in a vault of sound-proof steel. The table and six matching transparent chairs sit in a secret chamber on an upper story of the Tax Ministry in Kiev. It was the epicenter, he and other tax officials say, of a massive fraud suspected of squeezing $11 billion from Kiev’s coffers over the past three years.
East Dundee appeals Wal-Mart case to state Supreme Court
East Dundee didn’t waste time opening another legal salvo against Carpentersville to block Wal-Mart’s planned move to the neighboring village. Wednesday, East Dundee appealed its dismissed case against Carpentersville and the retailer to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Bank of England mimics cybercriminals to test security
The Bank of England is testing lenders’ defenses against cyber-attacks by mimicking hackers’ own techniques as online criminals grow more sophisticated. The BOE will “bring together the best available threat intelligence from government and elsewhere” to improve information sharing and cyber-attack testing, Andrew Gracie, the central bank’s executive director for bank resolution, said.
Cisco challenged as Facebook favors software to move data
AT&T Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Facebook Inc. and other companies are embracing software to run their networks -- a shift that poses a challenge to hardware makers led by Cisco Systems Inc. Instead of buying expensive new routers and switches that move Internet traffic, they’re opting for networks that rely more on software and inexpensive hardware.
Weakness in mobile business hurts RadioShack 1Q
RadioShack’s first-quarter loss widened and revenue slumped as the retailer dealt with weakness in its mobile business and consumer electronics. Its performance missed Wall Street’s view. The stock dropped more than 18 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday.
Abbvie to present at Goldman Sachs healthcare conference
North Chicago-based AbbVie will participate in the Goldman Sachs 35th Annual Global Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, June 11. Bill Chase, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will take part in a question and answer session at 10:40 a.m. Central time.A live audio webcast of the question and answer session will be accessible through AbbVie’s Investor Relations Web site at www.abbvieinvestor.com. An archived edition of the session will be available later that day.AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company’s mission is develop and market advanced therapies that address serious diseases.
Life & Entertainment
Stetson Chopped Salad
Stetson Chopped Salad is Penny Kazmier's newest summer salad obsession.
Lean and lovin’ it: Celebrate eggs and the many ways to cook them
Don Mauer dives into Michael Ruhlman’s new book “Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient.” (Little Brown, 2014) He says it's egg-actly the book you need to learn about cooking eggs. While seemingly simple — it’s just a yolk and a white — an egg can be made and used in more ways than you might think.
June is the month for wedding dilemmas
June does this to my inbox. Q. I would like to invite one of my good college friends to be in my wedding party. I’m in the awkward position of inviting someone to be in my wedding when he didn’t even invite me to his. Do I need to broach this, or just invite who I want to invite?
Mount Prospect mom finds success on recipe contest circuit
Remember last January? (Here's a hint: cold, snow and ice, repeat.) Well, while we were busy shoveling our driveways for the umpteenth time, Sue Cortesi of Mount Prospect, and her husband, were winging their way to sunny California. Sue's recipe for Moroccan Lamb Bolognese took the grand prize in a recipe contest held by Kenwood Vineyards, garnering an all-expenses paid trip to Napa Valley.
FX: Morgan’s show waiting for him once he’s well
FX Networks says that Tracy Morgan’s new series is waiting for him once he’s well, but that his recovery is all that matters now. Tuesday’s statement updates the status of the TV project planned for the comic who was critically injured in a highway crash Saturday in New Jersey.
Dietary changes mean friendship may be off the table
Ever since her good friend changed her dietary habits, the couples haven't been able to go out to dine without a sermon on the benefits of the new diet plan. Carolyn Hax says instead of ending the friendship, be honest.
911 calls released in Tracy Morgan limo crash
One witness to the aftermath of the fatal New Jersey Turnpike crash that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan described the scene as “terrible.” State police released a portion of three 911 calls on Tuesday. One of the callers reports a “terrible accident” with a vehicle flipped over onto its side.
‘I Am Pilgrim’ may be one of the year’s best
A man with ties to a top-secret unit of the federal government has to fight his instincts to stop a madman in Terry Hayes’ compelling thriller “I Am Pilgrim.” The man goes by the name of Pilgrim. He’s had so many aliases over the years that he has no memory of his real name or identity. Pilgrim is thrust into a conspiracy that forces the president of the United States to rely on him to save the world.
Rapper Lil Kim gives birth to girl, Royal Reign
Lil Kim has a lil one of her own: The rapper is now a mother. Lil Kim’s assistant, Noel Perez, confirms that the 38-year-old gave birth to daughter Royal Reign on Monday. It is her first child.
EA launches ‘Battlefield Hardline’ beta at E3
Electronic Arts is testing out its latest “Battlefield” game at E3. The video game publisher surprised Electronic Entertainment Expo attendees by announcing it was launching the online beta test for “Battlefield Hardline” on Monday after its presentation at the game industry’s annual trade show. The upcoming first-person shooter trades the franchise’s war-torn locales and military conflicts for an urban assault featuring cops and robbers in the streets of Los Angeles and Miami.
McCartney postpones some U.S. tour dates to recover
Paul McCartney is rescheduling U.S. tour dates as he continues to recover from a virus he received treatment for last month. The former Beatles singer announced Monday tour stops scheduled for mid-June will be postponed to October. He was supposed to kick off the U.S. leg of his tour Saturday. Instead his first show will be July 5 in Albany, New York.
Frustrating, yes, but better to let a boor expose herself
Q. What to do, as a full-grown adult, when a classless coward makes a loud, public and derogatory comment about your mother (a FORMER friend of hers) after your unknowing mother walked out of the restaurant, where this person and party were coincidentally seated near us?
Miso-Marinated Chicken Paillards with Asian Salad
Cook of the Week Sue Cortesi placed in a national cooking contest with her Asian salad and miso-marinated chicken.
Cook of the Week Sue Cortesi's Lemon Bars are a famiy favorite. She's often asked for this recipe and she shares it with us today.
Warm Lemon Chicken over Panzanella Salad with Basil Aioli
Cook of the Week Sue Cortesi of Mount Prospect shares her recipe for Warm Lemon Chicken over Panzanella Salad with Basil Aioli. Perfect for summer entertaining.
Jack White goes country on second solo CD
Jack White’s second solo album is steeped in tones of his adopted hometown, Nashville. Lighthearted piano, sprightly fiddle and soulful slide guitar lend a country twang to most of the 11 tracks. White is more open musically on “Lazaretto” than any of his previous works, whether with the White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather or solo. He shares the vocal spotlight with fiddler-singer Lillie Mae Rische and Ruby Amanfu, who belongs to the Peacocks, an all-female band that backed White while touring for his first solo album, 2012’s “Blunderbuss.”
Fashion awards celebrate modeling diversity
The Council of Fashion Designers of America is not a governing entity for the fashion industry. But to say the trade organization has sway over the thousands of designers, buyers, publicists and staff members who create and disseminate fashion in the United States would be a gross understatement. “Technically they really can’t tell anyone what to do, that is not what they are,” Bethann Hardison, this year’s recipient of the founder’s award in honor of Eleanor Lambert, says of CFDA. “But they have a natural influence.”
New Age healing for trauma of war
The growing popularity of practices such as yoga and meditation is pushing some to demand more from the military. They want more options for the one-third of veterans who say their mental and emotional health is worse than when they were deployed.
Running provides a ‘sense of self’ to young athlete
Rheinhardt Harrison is such a typical, hyperactive 10-year-old suburban boy — loves basketball and Xbox, grossed out by onions and girls — that it’s easy to overlook that he is one of the fastest 10-year-old distance runners in the world, ever.
Luke Bryan’s not the only star to take a tumble
When Eric Church saw video of Luke Bryan’s nasty fall from the stage last week, his first thought was to reach out to his friend and make sure he was OK. While everybody could chuckle afterward — it was the talk of Nashville during the CMT Awards and CMA Music Fest — Bryan’s fall onto the metal security stanchion underscored the dangers involved with live performances. “Luke’s lucky he didn’t break his neck,” Church said. “... It’s pretty nasty, the way he went into it. When you first see it, you’re like, ‘Oh, no, he might be really hurt there.’ But then he pops up.”
Editorial: Can Facebook post lead to help for the very poor?
A Daily Herald editorial says a local mayor's Facebook post about panhandling can be a starting point for a discussion about helping the very poor in our midst.
A farewell to friends
Columnist Kathleen Parker: You know how it goes. You lose track of friends and then one day, someone gets in touch to say the friend has left us to our mortal pursuits.Two such messages came recently within the span of a few days.
Marine in Mexico a disgrace for U.S.
An Elgin letter to the editor: I am so outraged, as every American should be, about Andrew Tahmooressi, a brave Marine being held in a Mexican jail because he made a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico instead of heading home to San Diego, California.
Stick to your guns, forest preserve
A Wheaton letter to the editor: President Dewey Perotti and his DuPage Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners have done a great job over the years denying requests for forest preserve land from government bodies, developers, and special interest groups.
Make higher education for all a priority
A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The time has come for the United States to take a bold step forward. We should make a four-year college degree free for all citizens.
Wrigley’s 100th year already marred
A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: People are talking about the 100th anniversary and the proposed signage at Wrigley Field, but let’s remember that with just under one-third of the season completed, the Cubs are on track to lose 100+ games this year. They have won fewer games than any team in either league.
Some superintendents pensions very sweet
A Barrington letter to the editor: I read an HYPERLINK "http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140521/news/140529690/"article by Tax Watchdog Jake Griffin in the paper on May 21. I learned that Superintendent Loren May, who leads a small elementary district in Glendale Heights, was earning $357,117 per year.