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Daily Archive : Thursday June 12, 2014



    Jake Barrutia

    Baseball all-area team / Fox Valley

    Presenting the all-area baseball team for the Fox Valley.


    Looking back at another season filled with memorable moments

    This is it. This is my last column of the 2013-2014 school year. That might elicit a chorus of cheers from some readers but for me it means that another high school sports season has come and gone.

    Batavia’s Liza Fruendt hugs teammate Erin Bayram after she scored 51 points in a win over Geneva, one of the most memorable moments of the year.

    From A to Z, reviewing the best of the 2013-14 school year

    It seems like only 11 months ago we dived into high school athletic pursuits of the 2013-14 academic year. Passing for a brief summary and admittedly using a familiar crutch, here’s a review from A-Z.


    Cougars cruise past Chiefs

    Coverage of Kane County Cougars baseball:The Kane County Cougars downed the Peoria Chiefs 4-1 to complete a Midwest League series win over the Chiefs on Thursday night.

    White Sox starter Chris Sale kicks the dirt after Detroit Tigers’ Victor Martinez hit a solo home run during the fifth inning Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sale solid, but Scherzer spectacular

    In a battle of premier starting pitchers, Detroit's Max Scherzer got the best of White Sox ace Chris Sale Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, seen here hitting a homer in Tuesday’s game in Pittsburgh, has the credentials to be on the National League All-Star team — but not the votes.

    The case for Anthony Rizzo, Cubs all-star

    It's the time of year when major-league baseball teams campaign for their players to make the All-Star Game. The Cubs have begun a low-key push for first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who is at or near the top in several offensive categories

    Associated Press Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) and Miami Heat guard Ray Allen (34) argue a call, during the first half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball finals against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    A long, painful night for LeBron and Heat

    The Heat trail this title series 3-1 now, having been embarrassed at home once again by the San Antonio Spurs, who took command from the outset and beat Miami 107-86 on Thursday night.

    South Elgin’s Ryan Nutof celebrates a leadoff double to start a sixth inning rally during the Storm’s 7-6 win over Evanston during the Class 4A supersectional game at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg on Monday night.

    Baseball’s Final Four? Anything can happen

    Playoff baseball in the Land of Lincoln remains the least predictable of all IHSA tournaments due to the unforgiving nature of its single-elimination format. A couple of traditional state powers always seem to reach the Final Four in Joliet, but so do a couple of surprise teams that coalesce at the right time, this year being no exception.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Thursday.

    McCutchen stays hot, Pirates top Cubs

    Andrew McCutchen had two doubles and two RBIs to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-0 victory over the Cubs on Thursday night.


    Former St. Charles prep stars selected in MLB Draft

    Being a left-handed pitcher can have its advantages. If you want proof, just ask St. Charles’ Wes Benjamin and Zach Hirsch, who were among the 1,215 picks selected during the 3-day Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that concluded Saturday.

    Dream Aaron

    Softball all-area team / Northwest

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Northwest softball all-area team.


    Barrington doubles up with Bob Frisk Paddock Cup, Trophy

    Barrington High School made a splashy debut when it joined the Mid-Suburban League in 1977-78. The Broncos’ boys sports program immediately won the Paddock Cup, the award that is symbolic of overall varsity sports excellence in the Mid-Suburban. Barrington waited until 1992-93 for its first Paddock Trophy, the award that recognizes varsity sports achievement in girls sports. The sports excellence has continued through the years at the District 220 school. The two prestigious traveling trophies make just one stop for 2013-14. Barrington is the official winner of both varsity sports awards, an accomplishment the school last achieved in 2006-07.


    Sox’ Nieto went from Class A to major-league backup

    Adrian Nieto was playing Class A ball last season, and he typically starts one game a week for the White Sox this year. All things considered, Nieto has made a smooth transition.


    Boomers collect pair of wins

    Justin Vasquez’s solo home run in the top of the ninth inning helped power the Schaumburg Boomers to a 1-0 win over the first-place Washington Wild Things in the completion of a suspended game Thursday night. The Boomers completed the sweep with a 4-3 victory in eight innings in the nightcap.

    Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer celebrates with fans after the Tigers defeated the White Sox 4-0 in Chicago Thursday.

    White Sox fall to Tigers 4-0

    Max Scherzer tossed a three-hitter in his first career complete game, and Victor Martinez hit his 16th homer to lead the Detroit Tigers a 4-0 win over the White Sox on Thursday night.

    Grayslake Central’s Russel Lundius pitches as Hampshire’s Michael Merchut sprints for second base.

    Class 3A baseball: Scouting Grayslake C. vs. Sacred Heart-Griffin

    Previewing the Class 3A state baseball semifinal between Grayslake Central and Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin.

    Warren’s Jana Wagner delivers to the plate against Barrington in the Class 4A Barrington supersectional Monday.

    Class 4A softball: Scouting Warren vs. Glenbard North

    Warren Blue Devils (26-9) vs. Glenbard North Panthers (30-5)What: IHSA Class 4A state softball semifinalWhen: 5:30 p.m. todayWhere: Eastside Centre, East PeoriaWarren’s road to East Peoria: In the Loyola regional, defeated Loyola (9-2) and Mundelein (11-3); in the Stevenson sectional, defeated New Trier (3-2 in 9 innings) and Lake Zurich (12-9); in the Barrington supersectional, defeated Barrington (3-1).Glenbard North’s road to East Peoria: In the Rolling Meadows regional, defeated Wheaton North (7-2) and Willowbrook (7-0); in the Bartlett sectional, defeated St. Charles North (10-4) and Conant (6-5); in the Rosemont Stadium supersectional, defeated Oak Park (4-0).Warren’s tournament history: The Blue Devils are making their second appearance downstate and are playing in their first semifinal. In 1980, the Blue Devils lost in the quarterfinals to Lockport (9-3).Glenbard North’s tournament history: The Panthers are making their third appearance downstate. In both 1996 and 2001, they finished third. In 1996, they defeated Chicago Washington (11-0) in the quarterfinals, lost to Moline (10-2) in the semifinals and defeated Chatham Glenwood (2-0) in the third-place game. In 2001, they defeated Fremd (2-0) in the quarterfinals, lost to Normal Community (2-0) in the semifinals and defeated Belleville West (1-0 in 10 innings) in the third-place game.Coaches: Bryan McNulty, Warren, 1st season; Josh Sanew, Glenbard North, 4th season.Today’s starters: Jana Wagner, Warren (14-3, 3.48 ERA); Cece Dopart, Glenbard North (26-4, 1.00 ERA) Scouting Warren: The Blue Devils have been a postseason surprise after finishing third in the North Suburban Lake Division with an 8-4 record behind Lake Zurich (10-2) and Libertyville (9-3). They lost two of their final five games during the regular season. Unlike like season, when center fielder Megan Sowa (Drake) led them to a sectional championship, the Blue Devils have won without a major star. “We’re just a scrappy team that has a bunch of above-average kids and play together pretty well,” first-year coach Bryan McNulty said. “It seems like when we win, it’s one kid that you didn’t expect that just comes up big. Every girl in our lineup has taken that turn to do that.” Offensively, senior left fielder Michelle Vasen leads the way. She’s enjoyed a breakout season with 60 hits (.469 batting average), which includes 14 doubles. She is the team’s only .400 hitter. The Blue Devils have also received timely production from Shannon McKeon (.331 BA, 11 2B), Megan Scott (.273 BA, 5 HR, 39 RBI), Sabrina Trevino (.246 BA, team-leading 6 HRs, 8 2B), Rachele Belletini (.352 BA), Jaz Bonke (.294 BA), Jodie Hurd (.237 BA, 4 HR), Amber Leneau (.324 BA, 5 2B) and Crystal Pennell (.265 BA, 6 2B). In the circle, Palm Beach Atlantic-bound Jana Wagner, the team’s three-year varsity ace, has shined in the state tournament, throwing 9 innings and yielding just 2 runs against New Trier and allowing only 1 run to Barrington in the supersectional. “We’ve become really close as a team, and we’ve built a special bond,” said Vasen, who was 3-for-4 with a double against Barrington. “We’ve definitely dug deep, and we’ve been leaving everything on the field, like our last game.”


    Once a Tiger, Baumgartner now a Scarlet Knight

    One of the nation’s oldest universities, Rutgers, looks forward to a fresh start. In July it joins the Big Ten Conference out of the Big East. In the middle of the transition is Sarah Baumgartner, and she’s having a blast

    Lindsey Gonzalez of Naperville Central makes it to third while Stephanie Campos of Glenbard North just misses the tag during DuPage Valley Conference play.

    Sanew, Glenbard North making a good impression

    Seven years ago Josh Sanew was heading out to coach a summer league baseball game when Glenbard North principal John Mensik asked if he’d like to interview for the head softball job. Then a Panthers sophomore baseball coach, Sanew expected the interview to take an hour. He felt dejected it ended in a quarter of that time. “I left there thinking, 15 minutes, I really messed this one up,” Sanew recalled.


    Referee's decisions in World Cup spotlight in Brazil's 3-1 victory

    Yuishi Nichimura ensured that refereeing standards at the World Cup will be a hotly debated topic from the opening match on Thursday.The Japanese official awarded Brazil a questionable penalty that Neymar converted in the 71st minute, giving the host nation 2-1 up in what turned into a 3-1 victory over Croatia.

    Petar Arbov

    Baseball all-area team / Northwest

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Northwest all-area team.

    Lake Zurich senior volleyball player Michael Savio.

    Images: Daily Herald All-Area Spring Honorary Team Captains
    Images of Daily Herald All-Area honorary team captains in baseball, softball, girls soccer, and boys volleyball for the Spring 2014 season.

    Anthony Santos

    Baseball all-area team / DuPage County

    Introducing the Daily Herald's baseball all-area team for DuPage County.

    Abbie Boswell

    Girls soccer all-area team / DuPage County

    Introducing the Daily Herald's girls soccer all-area team for DuPage County.

    Jamie O'Brien

    Softball all-area team / DuPage County

    Introducing the Daily Herald's softball all-area team for DuPage County.

    Alex Dickmann

    Boys volleyball all-area team / DuPage County

    Introducing the boys volleyball all-area team for DuPage County.

    Jeff Barton

    Baseball all-area team / Lake County

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area baseball team for Lake County.


    Police and World Cup protesters clash in Brazil

    Protesters and Brazilian police clashed in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and at least three other World Cup cities on Thursday ahead of the first match of soccer’s premier event.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 13

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 13.

    While the Chicago Bulls have a strong interest in forward Carmelo Anthony, it appears the Miami Heat also has a plan to convince Anthony to join them.

    Could Miami upset Bulls' plan to add Carmelo?

    Is it possible the Bulls' plan of pursuing Carmelo Anthony this summer will be copied by the Miami Heat? That's the buzz right now, so here's a look at whether such a plan is even possible.

    South Elgin’s Mallory Mecklenburg will be one of the participants in the 11th Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Game, set for Monday night at Judson University.

    Fehlman Memorial event set for Monday

    The 11th Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Game is set for Monday night at Judson University in Elgin. The event features some of the top senior softball players from high schools throughout the Fox Valley, and honors the memory of Dave Fehlman and his son, Robbie. Dave Fehlman was a longtime supporter of high school and youth softball in the Fox Valley area and a past president of the Fox Valley Renegades. He passed away in 2007. Dave’s son, Robbie, was killed in a tragic auto accident in Colorado in 2012.

    Sabrina Rabin steals one of her 28 bases this year and 89 in the past three seasons — she’s St. Charles North’s all-time leader.

    Rabin one of St. Charles North’s best both on, off field

    In his years coaching football, basketball and softball at St. Charles North, not to mention his lifetime of both playing and watching sports in St. Charles, few people have seen the top athletes come and go the last 20-plus years as North Stars softball coach Tom Poulin. He’s said goodbye to plenty of seniors in all those sports, the vast majority hardworking, talented kids that Poulin has loved coaching and will sincerely miss working with on the basketball court or softball field. It says something then with all those players that he’s seen Poulin’s reaction after Sabrina Rabin played her last softball game in a St. Charles North uniform last week at the Class 4A Bartlett sectional.

    Libertyville’s Evan Skoug captains the Daily Herald’s all-area baseball team for Lake County.

    Healthy finish, bright future for Libertyville’s Skoug

    Libertyville's Evan Skoug overcame some early health struggles to deliver the kind of season everyone expected of him - the kind that got him named to captain the Daily Herald's all-area baseball team for Lake County.

    Megan Baczewski

    Softball: Fox Valley All-Area team

    Presenting the 2014 Fox Valley all-area softball team.

    Chris Akers

    Boys volleyball all-area team / Lake County

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area boys volleyball team for Lake County.

    Senior standout Michael Savio helped put Lake Zurich on the volleyball map through a standout four-year career.

    At Lake Zurich, Savio met his match

    Four-year starter Michael Savio helped Lake Zurich have its best boys volleyball season ever. And for his most excellent season, Savio captains the Daily Herald all-area team for Lake County.

    Mikayla Abbeduto

    Girls soccer all-area team / Lake County

    Introducing the Daily Herald's all-area girls soccer team for Lake County.

    Carmel’s Jenny Behan prepares to take a rip during Class 4A regional play against Libertyville.

    Carmel’s Behan breaks through with 18-homer season

    Carmel's Jenny Behan delivered 18 homers, making a compelling case for herself as captain of the Daily Herald's softball all-area team for Lake County.

    Lake Zurich soccer player Meaghan Gelinas captains the Daily Herald’s girls soccer all-area team for Lake County.

    Great effort set Lake Zurich’s Gelinas apart

    Indefatigable and inspirational on the soccer field, Meaghan Gelinas, who was also a standout in cross country, is the captain of the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area team.

    Fox Valley all-area softball captain Crystal Lake South’s Sam McLean.

    Nothing crazy about Crystal Lake South’s McLean

    Crystal Lake South softball coach Scott Busam freely admits people thought he and assistant coach Mark Hardie were “crazy” in the spring of 2011. Sam McLean was not one of those.

    St. Edward senior Monica Ramirez, the honorary captain of the Daily Herald’s Fox Valley girls soccer all-area team, took this selfie with her class at the school’s baccalaureate ceremony. Ramirez was the salutatorian of the Class of 2014.

    St. Edward’s Ramirez defied the odds

    There was a time not so long ago when Monica Ramirez let being small get into her head. No more. At 5 feet, 1 inch tall and barely 100 pounds, Ramirez became one of the area’s premier girls soccer players. After fighting through injuries the last two seasons, she was finally healthy for the entire 2014 season. What that meant was bad news for St. Edward’s opponents.

    South Elgin’s Ryan Nutof holds the sectional plaque for teammates after South Elgin’s Schaumburg sectional championship win over Batavia.

    As expected, South Elgin’s Nutof turned into something special

    The South Elgin coaching staff realized before the 2013 season they had something special in pitcher Ryan Nutof. The rest of the baseball world found out soon thereafter.

    Cali Andrew

    Girls soccer all-area team / Fox Valley

    Presenting the 2014 Fox Valley all-area girls soccer team.


    Marmion’s Troop turns in dominating senior season

    Marmion fans spent much of the past few months cheering for senior Alex Troop, a left-handed pitcher who was nearly unhittable in leading the Cadets to another conference championship. Before that, Troop was leading the cheers, watching his classmates on the hard court playing a sport that he also used to excel at.


    Waldoch’s smarts match her skills

    The World Cup started Thursday in Brazil, and if you’re looking for an area girls soccer player who’d been counting the days until the tournament began, you’d want to start with Geneva’s Annie Waldoch. That’s not just an idle factoid either. Poll most rosters and there will be a devoted handful who keep track of the games beyond those they play. But if you want a link to the advanced way in which Waldoch played midfield or defense in her time in the Vikings program, her devotion to the world’s most popular sport would be a good starting point.

    Haley Beno

    Softball all-area team / Tri-Cities
    Introducing the Daily Herald's softball all-area team for the Tri-Cities area.

    Annie Waldoch, Geneva all-area soccer

    Girls soccer all-area team / Tri-Cities
    Introducing the Daily Herald's girls soccer all-area team for the Tri-Cities area.

    Brannon Barry

    Baseball all-area team / Tri-Cities
    Introducing the Daily Herald's baseball all-area team for the Tri-Cities area.

    Anthony Santos of York takes a swing at York.

    For York’s Santos, it’s good to be green

    From the moment Anthony Santos put on a York baseball uniform, he was hooked. Hooked not only on the sport or the team, but the entire school. For four years, Santos bled the Dukes’ signature Kelly Green.“They were four great years,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.” As for the Dukes, they’d have been lost without Santos up on varsity the last three years. This senior season in particular, the pitcher and first baseman put the team on his back and carried it to a share of the West Suburban Silver Conference title. Excellence he achieved on the mound, he matched at the plate. The combination made Santos one of the state’s elite two-way players, and has earned him selection as the 2014 Daily Herald DuPage County All-Area baseball captain.

    Downers Grove North’s Dale Ryndak tajes a swing during the Downers Grove North vs. West Chicago in Class 4A Neuqua Valley regional semifinal Tuesday.

    Downers North’s Ryndak back and better than ever

    After a sophomore season as good as anyone’s, Dale Ryndak had a beginning to her junior campaign in 2013 that was about as bad as anyone’s.

    Kristen Dodson, left, of Waubonsie Valley, left, gets in front of Lexi Cesario of Lincoln-Way North during the girls soccer Class 3A state third-place game at North Central College in Naperville Saturday.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Dodson was born to score goals

    It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Waubonsie Valley senior Kristen Dodson led the Warriors to third place in Class 3A this spring. After all soccer runs in her family.

    Quin Krisik of Lake Park.

    Lake Park’s Krisik ready for anything

    The captain of The Daily Herald 2014 All-Area boys volleyball team is senior setter Quin Krisik of Lake Park, who led the Lancers to a fourth-place finish at state.

    Elli Ackermann

    Girls soccer all-area team / Northwest

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Northwest girls soccer all-area team.

    Barrington’s Jenna Szczesny gets ready for a corner kick during supersectional play against New Trier at Hersey.

    Barrington’s Szczesny springs forward

    Barrington's Jenna Szczesny followed the lead of a former teammate in earning Northwest all-area girls soccer team captain honors after finishing the spring with 30 goals in just 19 games.

    Nikita Bulauski

    Boys volleyball all-area team / Northwest

    Introducing the Daily Herald's Northwest boys volleyball all-area team.

    Prospect senior Grant Andler drew raves from both his own coach as well as those trying to slow down his ferocious hitting this spring.

    Prospect could certainly count on Andler

    The best testament to the extraordinary volleyball skills of Prospect senior Grant Andler this season came from opposing coaches. They made it very clear that Andler was the one guy they had to game-plan around, providing many reasons Andler has been selected to captain the Daily Herald's Northwest all-area team.


    Bloom goes out with a bang at Hoffman Estates

    Ethan Bloom was right on time as a standout baseball player at Hoffman Estates, where he leaves with most of the career hitting records after a standout senior season.


    Mike North video: Will Cutler play in 16 games?
    When Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler gets hurt, how well will our second-string quarterbacks do? Mike North thinks not as well as Jay McCown did last year.

    This is how the new two-sided scoreboard will look this fall above Northwestern’s court at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    Northwestern unveils new scoreboards for arena

    Northwestern University athletics will add four high-definiton video scoreboard displays to Welsh-Ryan Arena for the 2014-15 school year.


    This undated photo provided by Twitter shows Chief Operating Officer Ali Rowghani. Twitter on Tuesday, June 12, 2014 announced that Rowghani has resigned from his post and won't be replaced as CEO Dick Costolo seeks more direct involvement with the company's engineering and product teams. (AP Photo/Twitter)

    Twitter COO Ali Rowghani resigns

    Twitter’s chief operating officer, Ali Rowghani, has resigned from his post and won’t be replaced as CEO Dick Costolo seeks more direct involvement with the company’s engineering and product teams. Rowghani joined Twitter in 2010 as chief financial officer and became COO two years later. Before that, he served as CFO at Pixar Animation Studios for nine years.


    Ford miscalculated fuel economy on 6 models

    Ford is lowering the fuel economy estimates for six models, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion sedan, after internal tests found errors in the way they were calculated.

    In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Russell Girsh motions to his driller to turn the equipment on at an oil rig near Watford City, N.D. Oil and gas workers earned an average 11 percent more an hour in April than they did a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s more than five times the average gain across all industries.

    Pay raises go mainly to those in select industries

    If you hope to get a raise that finally feels like one, it helps to work in the right industry.Historically, at this stage in the economy’s recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices. Overall pay has been rising about 2 percent a year, roughly equal to inflation.

    Dramatic changes in oil production around the globe are balancing each other out instead of wreaking havoc.

    Iraq violence threatens OPEC's precarious balance

    The upheaval in Iraq could throw the world's remarkably stable oil market out of balance, threatening a delicate equilibrium that has kept prices steady for much of the last four years. Iraqi oil production is at risk because of the outbreak of violence involving militant groups who seized two cities this week and have pledged to march on Baghdad.

    A combination of so-so economic news and violence in Iraq helped push the stock market sharply lower Thursday. Stocks fell from the start of trading on a government report that retail sales for May came in slightly lower than expected. A separate report on jobs was weak, too. A surge in oil prices as violence flared in Iraq also weighed on the market, and hammered airline stocks.

    Stocks fall on so-so economic news, Iraq turmoil

    NEW YORK — A combination of so-so economic news and violence in Iraq helped push the stock market sharply lower Thursday.Stocks fell from the start of trading on a government report that retail sales for May came in slightly lower than expected. A separate report on jobs was weak, too. A surge in oil prices as violence flared in Iraq also weighed on the market, and hammered airline stocks.For the Standard and Poor’s 500, it was the third down day in a row, a reversal of sorts from steady, if unremarkable, rises for much of the year. The index is heading for its first weekly loss in four weeks.Uri Landesman, president of hedge fund Platinum Partners, said the pullback wasn’t surprising. Investors had gotten too complacent about the S&P 500’s steady rise this year. The index is up 4.4 percent following a remarkable 30 percent increase in 2013.“It’s time for profit taking, taking risk off the table,” he said. “It’s very rare that markets move up in a straight line.”The Dow Jones industrial average fell 109.69 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,734.19. The Nasdaq shed 34.30 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4,297.63. The S&P 500 was down 13.78 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,930.11.In the retail report, the Commerce Department said U.S. sales rose 0.3 percent last month, helped by a surge in auto demand. That was the fourth straight month of gains, but shy of the 0.4 percent increase that economists expected.The Labor Department said that weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 317,000.“The data today was a little unfulfilling,” said Lawrence Creatura, a portfolio manager at Federated Investors. Still, he is optimistic in the face of the selling because he believes the economy is generally strengthening. “We’re definitely not flinching. We’re holding our positions.”Energy stocks rose broadly after insurgents captured two cities in Iraq, raising the specter of disrupted global oil supplies. The price of oil rose $2.13, or 2 percent, to $106.53. Diamond Offshore Drilling climbed $1.89, or 4 percent, to $48.77, making it the second-biggest gainer in the S&P 500.Among the 10 sectors in the S&P 500, only energy and utility companies were up for day.A combination of higher oil prices and a warning by Lufthansa of smaller profits due to weaker passenger demand helped drive down airline stocks. Delta Air Lines fell $2.21, or 5 percent, to $38.50, the most in the S&P 500 index. United Continental dropped $2.66, or 6 percent, to $42.60.Among other stocks making big moves:— Lululemon Athletica fell $7.05, or 16 percent, to $37.25 after reporting that first-quarter profit tumbled 60 percent, stung by a one-time tax adjustment. The Canadian yoga-clothing company also lowered its full-year earnings forecast.— Restoration Hardware jumped $9.05, or 13 percent, to $80.40 after the furniture and housewares company reported stronger-than-expected results in its fiscal first quarter and raised its outlook for the year, topping Wall Street’s prediction.— Twitter rose $1.25, or 3.5 percent, to $36.79 after news that its chief operating officer, Ali Rowghani, had resigned. Rowghani was in charge of expanding Twitter’s user base, but this didn’t happen as quickly as investors had hoped.In government bond trading, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves in the opposite direction to its price, slipped to 2.60 percent from 2.64 percent on Wednesday.

    The Naperville Exchange Club is once again hosting the Naperville Ribfest with one new addition, an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

    Apps to help you get the most out of summer

    Check out these news apps that are designed to help you get the most out of summer. One that will help you navigate the massive Naperville Ribfest this summer, and the other will help you to navigate available parking in Chicago.


    Oil jumps as Iraq violence raises supply fear

    The price of oil jumped Thursday as an insurgency in Iraq raised the risk of disruptions to supplies at a time when other major oil-producing countries are already pumping near capacity.The al-Qaida-inspired group that captured two key cities in Iraq earlier this week vowed Thursday to march on to Baghdad.


    Elk Grove’s Acme Industries acquires Elk Grove’s Bley LLC

    Elk Grove Village-based Acme Industries said Thursday it has acquired machining and fabrication company Bley LLC, also of Elk Grove Village.


    Investment firm buys stake in Addison’s DuAll Precision

    Michigan-based investment firm O2 Investment Partners has partnered with DuAll Precision founders Michael Butler and Stanley Boksa to acquire a majority interest in the Addison-based manufacturer of components for hydraulic cartridge valves.


    Green Courte Partners acquires Arizona property

    Private real estate equity firm Green Courte Partners, of Lake Forest, said it has acquired Mountain View Estates, a 170 site age-restricted land-lease community located in Mesa, Arizona. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.


    Caterpillar increases dividend 17 percent

    The board of directors of Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. voted today to increase the quarterly cash dividend by 17 percent to 70 cents per share of common stock, payable August 20 to stockholders of record on July 21.


    Oak Brook’s A.M. Castle to supply materials for UT

    Oak Brook-based metal and plastic products manufacturer A. M. Castle & Co. has signed a long-term agreement to become a preferred supplier of United Technologies Corp.

    Shares of U.S. airlines have been flying high in 2014, but they’re lower after German carrier Lufthansa’s warning about smaller profits due to weaker passenger demand.

    U.S. airline stocks fall after Lufthansa warning

    Shares of U.S. airlines have been flying high in 2014, but they’re lower after German carrier Lufthansa’s warning about smaller profits due to weaker passenger demand. At midday Wednesday, shares of American Airlines Group Inc. were down $1, or 2.3 percent, to $42.66; United Continental Holdings Inc. fell $2.04, or 4.3 percent, to $45.72.


    U.S. opens investigation of air bag ruptures

    U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether 1.1 million vehicles from five automakers have air bags that could hurt people in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it opened the probe Wednesday after getting six reports of air bags rupturing.

    Soon you may not have to fumble or fight for a power outlet to charge your phone at your neighborhood Starbucks.

    Starbucks to offer wireless charging pads

    Soon you may not have to fumble or fight for a power outlet to charge your phone at your neighborhood Starbucks. Starbucks and Duracell say they are rolling out Powermat wireless charging devices in stores in San Francisco.

    Ray Conner, center, vice chairman of The Boeing Company and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and representatives of Boeing and five Japanese companies after signing a deal to manufacture key components for Boeing’s twin aisle 777X jets in Tokyo, Thursday.

    Boeing, 5 Japanese suppliers ink 777X deal

    Boeing inked a deal Thursday for five Japanese companies to manufacture key components for its twin aisle 777X jets but the contract doesn’t include making the wings, which were a source of delays for the 787 Dreamliner.

    Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week.

    Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members

    Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week. Starting today, Inc. will offer more than a million tracks for ad-free streaming and download to Kindle Fire tablets as well as to computers and the Amazon Music app for Apple and Android devices.

Life & Entertainment


    Car club calendar
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of monthly meetings and car shows.

    Jennifer Kowalski of Bolingbrook enjoys visiting Cafe N Play in Naperville with her daughter, Brenna.

    Cafes let youngsters play, parents connect

    On Friday afternoons, Jennifer Evers usually can be found sitting in her favorite cafe, plugging away on her laptop. With trendy seating, funky pendant lighting and a full espresso bar, the swanky suburban coffee shop allows the Naperville mom to easily indulge in some adult time away from her children. But the indoor playground, play town and toys indicate this is not your typical java joint. Evers, a blogger and social media consultant, is a regular at Café N Play in Naperville, where caregivers can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a variety of beverages and some socialization.

    Jesus (Brian Bohr, far right) leads the ensemble in song in “Godspell” at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. This updated and revised take on the 1971 Stephen Schwartz musical revue of Christian parables and upbeat pop songs makes its Chicago-area debut through Sunday, Aug. 10.

    Marriott’s ‘Godspell’ goes contemporary, losing hippie-era edge

    Groovy hippies have been replaced with pretty and peppy contemporary Christians in the Marriott Theatre's new updating of the 1971 Stephen Schwartz musical "Godspell" in Lincolnshire. The show could be described as one of the most entertaining Sunday school lesson you'll ever attend.

    Harrison Ford has been injured on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VI” and was taken to a hospital. Disney said the 71-year-old actor was being treated for an ankle injury that happened during filming Thursday.

    Harrison Ford injures ankle on set of ‘Star Wars’

    Harrison Ford has been injured on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” and has been taken to a hospital. Disney said the 71-year-old actor was being treated for an ankle injury that happened during filming Thursday. The “Star Wars” sequel is being filmed at Pinewood Studios outside of London.

    Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter.

    Daughter: Actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

    Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, has died at age 91, according to her daughter. Nora Davis Day told The Associated Press on Thursday that her mother died at home at New Rochelle, New York, on Wednesday night.

    Comedian Dave Chappelle says he never quit his Comedy Central show. He’s just seven years late to work.

    Dave Chappelle: ‘I never quit. I’m 7 years late’

    Dave Chappelle says he never quit his Comedy Central show. He’s just seven years late to work. Chappelle appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Tuesday night, his first late-night appearance in more than six years. Chappelle has kept a mostly low-profile since abruptly exiting “Chappelle’s Show” in 2005.

    The band of “brothers” who make of Lifeline Theatre’s “Monstrous Regiment” includes: Katie McLean Hainsworth, front row left, and Sarah Price; Michaela Petro, middle row; and Melissa Engle, top row left; Mandy Walsh, top row center; and Kim Boler. Chris Hainsworth’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel runs through July 20.

    Lifeline’s comic fantasy a ‘Monstrous’ delight

    A witty script by Glen Ellyn native Chris Hainsworth is one of the many delights of Lifeline Theatre's production of "Monstrous Regiment." The zealous, laugh-out-loud-funny world premiere is based on Terry Pratchett's 2003 novel, and may just spur audiences to take on the author's acclaimed Discworld series.

    Schmidt (Jonah Hill), left, and Jenko (Channing Tatum) flank their captain (Ice Cube) in the comedy sequel “22 Jump Street.”

    'Jump Street' sequel misfires a lot, but hits a few funny bones

    The flimsy plot in the sequel “22 Jump Street” barely connects the rest of the story as Jenko and Schmidt (reprised by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) lurch, run, punch and shoot their way through a series of familiar genre situations designed to ridicule as many stupid clichés as possible in an 110-minute period. Still, this comedy never works up to “Airplane” speed as a cliché critique.

    Nic (Brenton Thwaites) can’t figure out why he’s being kept captive in a secret government bunker in “The Signal.”

    ‘Signal’ a sci-fi thriller big on style, short on sense

    Imagine a full-blown art house science-fiction thriller photographed with such luminous, pristine symmetry that Stanley Kubrick would love it. Add to it a touch of a “Blair Witch Project” rip-off called “Catfish” (a trio of searchers regrets entering a weird house). Then attach a head-scratching third act that would give David Lynch a run for his comprehension. That would be “The Signal.”

    Stoick (Gerard Butler), left, and Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), right, reunite with Hiccup’s presumed-dead mother Valka (Cate Blanchett) in “How To Train Your Dragon 2.”

    ‘Dragon 2’ soars into matured territory

    You thought it was tricky to train a dragon? It’s even trickier to take a much-admired animated film and make a sequel that balances the competing needs of stretching the story in new directions but retaining the guiding spirit of the original enough to make fans happy. Good news, for "How to Train Your Dragon” fans: The latest film doesn’t play it safe, and that’s why it’s the rare sequel that doesn’t feel somewhat stale.

    A comic (Jenny Slate) becomes pregnant after a one-night stand in “Obvious Child.”

    ‘Obvious Child’ breeds Fertile grou­nd for reflection

    From the first words out of her filthy, brazenly irreverent mouth, the stand-up comedian Donna Stern (played by Jenny Slate) goes there. Working a room of Brooklyn hipsters, she doesn’t just work blue: She works teal, azure and shades of aquamarine that haven’t even been discovered on the light spectrum yet. And she keeps it up in a thoughtful if crass rom-com about getting pregnant, making decisions and growing up.


    Night life events: Wine for a penny at Karma
    Throughout June, order two entrees at Karma Asian Food and Wine in Mundelein and add a bottle of red or white wine to your meal for a penny. Test the waters this weekend at Thirsty Whale Bar. Catch Hi Fi Superstar starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) plots to blow up a dam — and then must live with the consequences — in “Night Moves.”

    Powerful ‘Night Moves’ builds on sense of dread

    “Night Moves” isn’t so much a thriller as thriller-ish. That’s not to say that the movie — which centers on a plot by a group of environmental activists to blow up a hydroelectric dam — disappoints. It’s a richly engrossing drama, so long as you understand that it’s aiming for the head, not the gut.

    Super agent Shep Gordon confers with one of his first clients, Alice Cooper, in “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.”

    'Supermensch' a doc about colorful agent Shep Gordon

    Shep Gordon has to be a documentary maker's dream subject, one so colorful and astonishing no screenwriter could possibly create such an over-the-top character. He's like the real-life version of Woody Allen's “Zelig,” a bigger-than-life figure who magically pops up at all the right places at the right times to mingle with superstars, effortlessly win their trust and become their instant and lifelong show biz agent. “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” has the inside stuff on Gordon in Mike Myers' insightful, but too respectful, directorial debut.

    “The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol” by Katherine L. House (2014, Chicago Review Press), $16.95, 139 pages.

    Kids book brings White House into view

    Your parents grumble a lot about politics. If you lived in the White House, you’d change those things your parents grumble about. And in the new book, “The White House for Kids” by Katherine L. House, you’ll see what it’s like at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Don’t pour whisky you don’t particularly like down the drain; pour it onto a smoky sauce for roasted potatoes.

    When a whiskey disappoints, fix it in the kitchen

    The fun part is selecting among the new offerings in the whisky aisle is finding those delicious gems that will become regular fixtures in your liquor cabinet. The not-so-fun part? You inevitably will stumble upon some losers. When you do find a clunker, it would be a shame to pour a bottle down the drain. So head to the kitchen instead.


    Bourbon-Peanut Barbecue Sauce
    2 cups bourbon3 tablespoons tomato paste⅓ cup natural peanut butter2 tablespoons soy sauce2 tablespoons sorghum syrup or honey2 teaspoons hot sauce (more or less, to taste)1 teaspoon ground cumin1 teaspoon garlic powder1 teaspoon onion powder1 teaspoon smoked paprika½ teaspoon ground dry ginger½ teaspoon mustard powderIn a medium saucepan over medium-high, whisk together the bourbon and tomato paste. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half and thickened, about 8 minutes. Whisk in the peanut butter, soy sauce, sorghum or honey, hot sauce, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, ginger and mustard powder. Return to a simmer and cook another 5 minutes. If a thinner sauce is desired, whisk in ⅓ cup water.Makes 2 cups.Nutrition values per ¼ cup: 220 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated), 9 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 3 g protein, 0 cholesterol, 120 mg sodium.Alison Ladman for The Associated Press

    Associated Press Don’t pour whisky you don’t particularly like down the drain; pour it onto a sauce for roasted potatoes.

    Smoky Scotch-Date Barbecue Roasted Potatoes
    SMOKY SCOTCH-DATE BARBECUE ROASTED POTATOES are a great way to use of whiskey you'd rather not drink.


    Reel life: Catch special 'Friday the 13th' screaming, er, screening

    In my hometown of downstate Charleston, the local Will Rogers Theater would often run a special bill of horror movies on Friday the 13th. So, I was pleasantly surprised to read that Naperville's Ogden 6 Theatre has revived that tradition by offering the classic horror film “Friday the 13th.”

    Lookout Studio is one of a number of attractions available for sightseeing at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon Railway carries 225,000 visitors a year to the South Rim from Williams, Ariz.

    Take the train to the Grand Canyon

    The drive to the Grand Canyon's South Rim is easy enough. But why take a car when you can ride a train, especially one like the Grand Canyon Railway? Traveling down the same tracks as the pre-automobile original, the Grand Canyon Railway is like a two-hour trip through history, a scenic, informative and entertaining ride from a historic Route 66 town to one of the world's greatest natural wonders.



    Editorial: Help on the horizon for water, flooding problems
    A Daily Herald editorial says regulators should move quickly to clear the way for communities to get access to $1 billion to fund flooding prevention projects.


    Simple blotter reporting is full of complexities

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Our top editors began a conversation this week that is likely to continue for a long time to come. And it’s one in which you may have a direct interest and, ultimately, some desire to influence.


    Governments hide, voters decide

    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Congress doesn’t do much these days, but here’s one bill that could command bipartisan support: a federal shield law protecting journalists against overzealous prosecutors. The urgency behind this measure increased sharply when the Supreme Court recently declined to take the case of James Risen, a New York Times reporter who is facing jail time for refusing to reveal the confidential sources he used in a book about the CIA.


    Keep McDonald’s museum at current site
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I recently read in the Daily Herald that a real estate firm was planning on building a bank (just what we need) on the southwest corner of Rand Road and Lee Street in Des Plaines. They are going to demolish an old hotel. I have no problem with that, but they also have informed our city politicians that they might have to demo the McDonald’s museum next door for a parking lot. Big problem.


    Bergdahl probe more GOP bluster
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Surprise, surprise ... another Republican Congressional investigation. Instead of passing legislation, the Tea Party-led GOP is planning to investigate the release of Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban captives held at Guantanamo.


    In divorce, dads should get the kids
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: Fathers need much more than a day of celebrating fatherhood in June. They need some major restructuring of the educational and legal system. They need, “change we can believe in.” They need, for example, automatic custody of children in cases of divorce.


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