Daily Archive : Friday June 27, 2014


    Abigail Giler, 15, is dragged by her mother, Victoria, both of Fox Lake, through muddy water near the finish of the Dirty Girl Mud Run Saturday at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.

    Dirty Girl Mud Run in Grayslake attracts 10,000

    Women broke out of their comfort zones and got plenty dirty Saturday during the annual Dirty Girl Mud Run challenges at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. Organizers said about 10,000 people participated.

    Huntley firefighter/paramedic Eric Slusin dons Ricky Magana Jr., 2, of Lake in the Hills with a fireman’s helmet as his dad, Rick, helps out. Ricky led his father around the Touch-a-Truck display at the Children’s Safety Expo in Algonquin. Ricky is a big fan of all kinds of cars and trucks, especially construction trucks, said his father.

    Free kids event in Algonquin explains community services

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsThe Children’s Safety Expo, held Saturday at Heineman Middle School in Algonquin was a one-stop information source for parents and their children on detailed resources available in the community.


    Waukegan police investigate murder

    Waukegan police are investigating the murder of a 24-year-old man Thursday night. Police in a brief release said they responded about 10:30 p.m. to the 2400 block of Dugdale Road for an unrelated call when they heard gunshots.

    Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) march in Raqqa, Syria.

    Syrian rebels buckling in face of jihadis

    The Syrian rebels that the U.S. now wants to support are in poor shape, on the retreat from the radical al-Qaida breakaway group that has swept over large parts of Iraq and Syria, with some rebels giving up the fight. It is not clear whether the new U.S. promise to arm them will make a difference.Some, more hard-line Syrian fighters are bending to the winds and joining the radicals.

    Dick Durbin

    Fake news releases latest twist in governor’s race

    The latest campaign tactic in a heated race for Illinois governor — fake news releases — has drawn a scolding from the state’s highest-ranking Democrat. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday a fake press release sent by the Illinois Republican Party marked “a new low.” But it was Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign that started the shenanigans.

    Carlos Quizhpi

    Police: Chicago boy handcuffed in basement, beaten

    A 15-year-old Chicago boy was handcuffed in a basement by relatives who subjected him to a week of beatings with a belt and doused him with buckets of ice water, police said Friday.

    Brace for heavy traffic heading into the holiday week, AAA says.

    How to navigate the weekend on area roads and transit

    As construction continues on major roads, traffic for the upcoming weekend is likely to be jampacked. Here are some options to get you smoothly on your way.


    Cook County sheriff warns of phone scam

    Cook County residents are being cautioned about a phone scam in which a caller identifies himself as a Cook County sheriff's employee. Victims are told they must pay to clear an arrest warrant.

    Sean Keys, left, of Naperville, helps load brush in the back of a truck at Wheaton’s Lincoln Marsh as part of the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. teen leadership conference service day.

    Visiting teens dig in to help DuPage-area communities

    Teens from eight states did all sorts of cleanup work -- including pulling weeks and mulching trails -- in DuPage-area communities Friday as part of their service day activities at the Jack and Jill of America Inc. leadership conference at Wheaton College.


    Residents on DuPage side of border suburbs overtaxed

    Taxpayers in parts of DuPage County overpaid this year because of a billing error, officials say, while some Kane County taxpayers apparently underpaid. In Bartlett's DuPage side, the owner of a $300,000 home forked over an extra $400 in property taxes as a result of the mistake, the Wayne Township assessor says. "It's pretty ridiculous," Bartlett Mayor Kevin Wallace said.


    Con artist wanted in Oregon arrested in Chicago

    A longtime con artist who fled Oregon while awaiting trial has been arrested in Chicago. Portland police said they learned the Nickolas Kasemeha, 73, was in Chicago when an intended victim did online research after becoming suspicious and saw a police alert.


    Two DuPage Democrats knocked off the November ballot

    The campaigns of two Democrats came to an end Friday in DuPage County after an electoral board decided the candidate’s names won’t appear on the November ballot.

    Families and friends from around the Northwest suburbs meet at the Islamic Community Center in Des Plaines on Friday.

    Muslim holy month begins Saturday

    For Muslims around the Chicago area and the world, Ramadan begins at sunup Saturday morning — the holy month when goodwill, generosity and compassion are emphasized.

    Mario Edmunds

    Nine arrested in Aurora street gang raid

    A nearly two-year investigation targeting members and associates of an Aurora street gang, culminated Thursday with weapons and narcotics arrests and charges against nine men in Kane County,Two additional men also facing charges remain at large and another is already in prison.


    Quinn vetoes legislation limiting access to records

    Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would’ve made it more difficult for members of the public to obtain large numbers of records under the Freedom of Information Act.


    Court grants stay of Indiana gay marriage ruling

    A federal appeals court has put on hold a judge’s order striking down Indiana’s gay marriage ban. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued the stay order Friday.

    Bill Suhr of Palatine retrieves a SPAD 13 biplane (World War I era) from the landing strip, serving as “air boss for retrieval” at the Fox Valley Aero Club’s Windy City Warbird and Classics model airplane show Friday in St. Charles. Suhr, a member of the club for the past three years, has been flying model planes since 1975. The plane is owned by Chad Asmus of Menomonie, Wisconsin, who has flown with the club several times.

    Model airplanes of yesteryear take to the skies in St. Charles

    The Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbird and Classics radio controlled airplane event runs through Saturday at their field at Route 38 and Peck Road in St. Charles.

    Several doll pilots sit in various locations in a B-25 Mitchell 1/5 scale plane owned by Paul LeTourneau of Oconto, WI. It has a 162” wing span, weighs 110 pounds and sports twin cylinder engines with 10HP each. LeTourneau built the plane from scratch 11 years ago and has been flying for about 20 years.

    Images: Fox Valley Aero Club's Windy City Warbirds & Classics air show event
    The St. Charles Aero Club's Windy City Warbirds & Classics radio controlled airplane flying event drew pilots and fans alike to the noontime show and open flying time. The event continues through dusk on Saturday.

    Riders depart from the Rosemont fire station on River Road Friday morning at the start of the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride.

    Wounded Warrior Project veterans ride cycles through Rosemont, Des Planies

    Veterans. some riding hand cycles, trikes and bicycles retrofitted to accommodate injuries, are taking to the streets this weekend on a veterans support organization’s annual bicycle “soldier ride” showing camaraderie and mutual support. “Wounded Warrior has saved my life,” one veteran said.


    Garment Extravaganza deadline:

    The Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair is seeking entries for the Garment Extravaganza, Aug. 1-3, in the Expo Center at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake.


    KeyLime Cove helps in Gurnee:

    More than $83,000 was raised at Spring Community Days spearheaded by KeyLime Cover Water Park Resort.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Ryan J. Tinerella, 30, of Elgin, was charged Thursday with theft, according to a police report. He is accused of taking four pocket watches and four items of jewelry between May 12 and Monday with no intention of returning the items to the owner. The stolen items have a value of more than $500. Tinerella’s bail was set at $400,000 in Kane County bond court, and his next court date is July...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A motorized golf cart was set on fire at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday near the seventh tee at Tanna Farms, 39W771 Benton Lane, Geneva, causing an estimated $1,500 damage to the cart, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Buy some comics:

    The inaugural Lake Count-I-Con comic book convention will be held this weekend at the Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 N Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach.


    CLC’s Anderson honored:

    Richard A. Anderson of Grayslake, a 40-year member of the College of Lake County board of trustees, has been named one of two 2014 recipients of the prestigious Ray Hartstein Trustee Achievement Award, presented by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.

    Adam Shoffner, right, shouts his joy after he married Daniel Tolliver on Thursday in Indianapolis. Also pictured is Marion County Clerk Beth White.

    Indiana clerks confused about gay marriage ruling

    Some county clerks across Indiana weren’t issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Friday, two days after a federal judge struck down the state’s prohibition on same-sex unions. Some were holding off, mostly because of the wording of the state’s online application, which is printed out and used by most clerks. The form posted at the state courts website uses the words...

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters about term limits for lawmakers in Springfield.

    Judge rejects referendums on term limits, remap

    Measures that would allow Illinois voters to decide on term limits for legislators and a new political redistricting process can’t appear on November’s ballot, a Cook County judge ruled Friday. Attorneys for the term limits group vowed to appeal, while the redistricting group announced it would scrap efforts for 2014.


    Suit: Lake County man sickened by Trader Joe’s egg-white salad

    A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a suburban leukemia patient who wound up with meningitis after purportedly eating tainted egg-white salad with chives purchased at a Trader Joe’s store.


    Friendship Conservatory marks 25th anniversary
    Friendship Park Conservatory from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 28 for a 25th anniversary party. The Conservatory will celebrate the milestone with music, greenhouse tours, hayrides, face painting, a balloon artist, a fire engine, a petting zoo and works by local artists.

    Raul Perez-Gonzalez

    10-year contempt sentence upheld in 2009 Elgin murder

    An appellate court has upheld a 10-year contempt of court sentence for an Elgin man who refused to testify about a 2009 murder after he struck a deal with prosecutors. Raul Perez-Gonzalez, 23, who also got 35 years in prison for the death of Paola Rodriguez, 22, of Rochelle, argued the 10-year contempt sentence was excessive and beyond a judge's discretion. Two others also are in prison for...

    The current Sugar Grove village hall is at 10 S. Municipal Drive, but the village intends to move its finance and administrative offices to two buildings it bought down the street. The police department would then expand in the existing village hall.

    Sugar Grove buys 2 buildings for village offices

    Sugar Grove has bought two office buildings and plans to move the village hall to them. The move would allow the police department to expand in the current hall. "It's hard to pass up the opportunity," President Sean Michels said, of the $1 million purchase.


    Dist. 15 names new principal of Palatine school

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has named a new principal of Hunting Ridge Elementary School. Kristine Seifert will step into the role starting July 1.

    Lake Zurich officials are considering holding a craft beer festival in October.

    Lake Zurich village board to decide on craft beer festival

    Lake Zurich village board members will get the final word on whether a craft beer festival should be held in Paulus Park. They are expected to vote on the proposal at a meeting July 7.


    Glen Ellyn approves funding for manhole work

    Rehab work will begin in July on roughly 105 sanitary sewer manholes in Glen Ellyn at a cost of $300,000. The village board this week awarded a contract for the work to KIM Construction Company.


    Pension ruling may have to wait until next year

    A ruling on whether Illinois’ pension overhaul law is constitutional could be delayed until next year after a Sangamon County judge decided he wants to hear all the arguments raised on the issue.

    Colorful benches will decorate the sidewalks on Main Street in Wauconda this summer. This bench features creatures from the “Ghostbusters” franchise.

    Annual art exhibition brings colorful benches to Wauconda’s Main Street

    Wildly colorful, hand-painted benches have appeared along a stretch of Main Street in downtown Wauconda, the latest edition of what’s become an annual public art display for the town.


    Ex-pastor charged with child sex abuse

    A 57-year-old Chicago man has been charged with abusing a boy for six years. A judge on Friday set bond at $250,000 for John Hays.

    Soldiers from the U.S. Army’s 720th Military Police Battalion watch as a mine sweeper look for weapons in a hole they dug during a raid on a farmland just outside Tikrit, Iraq.

    U.S. plans to curb land mines, join global treaty

    Human rights advocates applauded the progress, but said the Obama administration should immediately commit to a ban and begin destroying its stockpile, while Republicans accused the president of disregarding military leaders who wanted to maintain land mines in the U.S. arsenal.

    U.S. Border Patrol agents question motorists as they pass through the Falfurrias checkpoint in Brooks County, Texas.

    Mexican law enforcement chopper fires on agents in Arizona

    Art del Cueto, president of the local border patrol union, said four agents were in a marked patrol vehicle when they were shot at. “They could say they didn’t fire at the agents intentionally but for them to say that they were no shots fired within the United States, toward the United States Border Patrol, is a lie. They got in contact with our managers and apologized for the...

    Kids enjoy fire truck rides at Mundelein Community Days.

    Mundelein Community Days begins July 3

    If you’re in the mood for a car show, a carnival, fireworks or a parade, head to Mundelein for the annual Community Days festival. The festival opens Thursday, July 3 and continues through Sunday, July 6.

    Volunteers have fun while helping out at the annual Paint-A-Thon of Carpentersville.

    Deadline for Paint-A-Thon applications is July 1

    Applications due July 1 for annual Paint-A-Thon. They paint 3 or 4 exterior homes for senior citizens and disabled veterans who need some assistance on Sept. 6.


    Boating restrictions lifted on the Chain O’ Lakes, Fox River

    Boats can again travel at top speeds after the Fox Waterway Agency in Fox Lake lifted no-wake restrictions on the Chain O' Lakes and Fox River.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on his way to speak to reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Fear of voting grips Senate Democratic chiefs

    This hunkering down by Democrats is at odds with the once-vibrant tradition of advancing the 12 annual agency budget bills through open debate. In the Appropriations Committee, long accustomed to a freewheeling process, chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., has held up action on three spending bills, apparently to head off politically difficult votes.

    A man carries a table through a flooded street Friday in the Tacumbu neighborhood of Asuncion, Paraguay.

    Floods force evacuation of 200,000 in Paraguay

    Floods caused by torrential rains have forced the evacuation of 200,000 people living near the Paraguay and Parana rivers, Paraguyan officials said Friday.

    Militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) take aim at captured Iraqi soldiers wearing plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. Iraqi insurgents executed at least 160 captives earlier this month in the northern city of Tikrit, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

    U.S. sending drones over Baghdad

    A handful of Predators armed with Hellfire missiles are being used for the mission, a senior defense official said.

    Justin Ahrens of Batavia gets a hug from his mom, Nancy Brenczski, of Joliet, after finishing the 15-day Wheels4Water bike ride earlier this month. The ride started in Boston and ended 1,207 miles later in Chicago. Ahrens and his team raised more than $93,000, which will provide water for life for more than 2,300 people in Lira, Uganda.

    Moving Picture: Batavia man’s bike ride helping Africa

    Justin Ahrens of Batavia conceived the Wheels4Water ride from Boston to Chicago to raise money to supply water for life for 1,000 people in Uganda. He and his team more than doubled their goal and now Lifewater International will be able to supply a lifetime of water to more than 2,300 people with the more than $93,000 raised.

    Flight regulators say the hot-air balloon that made an emergency landing in the middle of an intersection in Huntley’s Sun City neighborhood early Tuesday did not violate FAA flight rules.

    FAA: Hot-air balloon pilot did not violate rules

    The unexpected landing of a hot-air balloon in a Huntley neighborhood earlier this week has prompted local authorities to question whether balloon pilots are allowed to land wherever they please. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory stopped short of saying pilots can land anywhere. She said a balloon can take off and land as long as it is in a safe area where there is...

    Somerset Police respond to the scene of a shooting Friday on West Mt. Vernon Street in Somerset, Kentucky. Somerset police say Mark Stanziano, 57, a defense attorney well known in his small, southern Kentucky town, was shot and killed outside of his law office.

    Police: Defense attorney fatally shot in Kentucky

    Mark Stanziano has been involved in several multiple high-profile murder cases. At the time of the shooting he was representing Kenneth Allen Keith, a local pastor charged with the murder of three people in Danville last year.


    Judge tells Chief Keef attorney to settle or go to trial

    A Lake County judge warned the attorney for Chief Keef -- whose real name is Keith Cozart -- that the rap star has one more chance to reach a negotiated settlement with prosecutors over a misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs charge or the case goes to trial.

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, lost his bid to replace House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California as the No. 3 Republican in the House.

    Roskam: Whip race ‘was a regional issue’

    A week after losing his bid to become the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House, Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton said his position as a Republican from a Democratic-leaning state proved to be the deciding factor. “When it all came down to it, it was a regional issue,” Roskam said this week. “And the argument that prevailed was we need a southern member or we need a red state member...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals broke mirrors and windows on several vehicles in Wheeling inthe early morning hours of June 21, police reported. The vehicles were on the 600 block of Longtree Drive, the 400 block of Longtree Drive and the 700 block of Barnaby Place.

    Dennis Bueschel, a volunteer for the Tribute Fence Preservation Project, gets pieces ready for a public showing to mark the upcoming one year anniversary of the deaths of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed fighting an Arizona wildfire on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in Prescott, Ariz.

    Images: One year since 19 firefighters died in Arizona

    Dusty boots, weathered flowers, boxes of stuffed animals, hundreds of American flags and T-shirts off the backs of firefighters from around the country: The chain-link fence surrounding the former fire station of the Granite Mountain Hotshots became a massive memorial in the days and weeks after 19 of them died a year ago in northern Arizona.


    Elburn vet drops lawsuit over anonymous ‘rag doll’ cat websites

    An Elburn veterinarian has dismissed her lawsuit filed earlier this year in an effort to shut down websites critical of her business of selling rag doll cats, a which are a docile breed with blue eyes that go limp like a doll when held. Jennifer Creed's attorneys would not comment, but the websites were not found on the Internet as of Friday.

    Food carts and street performers in downtown Elgin? Some say both should be encouraged to attract more people, especially along the riverfront.

    Some want food carts, performers in downtown Elgin

    Food carts and street performers in downtown Elgin? Some say both should be encouraged to attract more people, especially along the riverfront. “We’re an urban environment and I’d like to see us use that urban environment,” Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin Executive Director Deirdre White said. “Wouldn’t it be great to have a popcorn kiosk or...

    Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, papal nuncio for the Dominican Republic, has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked, the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative, the Vatican said Friday, June 27, 2014.

    Vatican ex-ambassador convicted of sex abuse

    The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked, the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.

    Faithful listen to the announcement canceling Pope Francis’ visit at Policlinico Gemelli Hospital — the third time this month the 77-year-old has skipped or scaled back an event due to illness or fatigue.

    Pope Francis again cancels event, citing ailment

    Pope Francis canceled a planned visit to one of Rome’s main hospitals Friday, the third time this month the 77-year-old has skipped or scaled back an event due to illness or fatigue.

    Residents on the north end of Kane County might have a new sledding option thanks to a plan to cut costs on the construction of Longmeadow Parkway.

    Longmeadow Parkway construction might result in more winter fun

    Nature lovers may not be a big fan of the plan to send the Longmeadow Parkway right through the middle of Brunner Forest Preserve. But there may be at least one benefit for fans of outdoor activity. There will be so much surplus soil at the site that officials think it can be used to add new recreation opportunities at the nearby Raging Buffalo, primarily a new sledding hill.

    Jeff Jankowski

    Bloomingdale embraces digital library streaming

    Bits and bytes are increasingly replacing paper and plastic at area public libraries. While tablets and streaming services have dominated the entertainment and media market for several years, app developers are starting to integrate the technology into the oldest media hub: public libraries. Bloomingdale is integrating the library media streaming service hoopla into its circulation, and has...

    Flags fly at a memorial gravesite at Pioneer Cemetery honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died fighting a wildfire on June 30, 2013, in the deadliest day for U.S. fire crews since 9/11.

    Year after firefighter deaths, town moves forward

    Over the past year, Station 7 in Prescott, Ariz., has become a source of solace and heartache. People have parked their cars outside, sharing stories of loss and pride in the 19 Hotshots who died on June 30, 2013, in the deadliest day for U.S. fire crews since 9/11. The tragedy has seen the community go from an outpouring of support in the days after the deaths to animosity over survivors’...


    NYC creates public defender system for immigrants

    New York City has created what advocates say is the nation’s first system of public defenders for poor immigrants facing deportation. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project will cover all eligible immigrant city residents detained in the system and appearing in immigration courts in New York City or the New Jersey cities of Elizabeth and Newark.

    The Obama administration announced Friday that the U.S. will no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel land mines and plans to join an international treaty banning their use.

    U.S. plans to curb land mines, join global treaty

    The Obama administration announced Friday that the United States will no longer produce or acquire anti-personnel land mines and plans to join an international treaty banning their use.


    EPA: Gas station leak got into Lisle sewer system

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is seeking enforcement action against a gas station that leaked fuel into sanitary sewers in Lisle.

    Artist Sean McMenemy of Lombard has created artwork with a summer theme that is displayed on light poles around Lombard.

    Lombard artist paints summer images for village’s banner program

    Sean McMenemy loves where his town. It’s just one reason why the 15-year Lombard resident recently agreed to offer his art skills to the village free of charge by painting summer-themed images for the newly expanded decorative banner program. “It’s a great place to live and if I can help bring a little art into the community, what a great thing,” he said.

    Alex Lenski, 16, of Geneva, rims his soccer ball around the 20-inch cup as he plays FootGolf at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club.

    Bonnie Dundee Golf Club brings new hybrid sport of FootGolf to Fox Valley

    Switch out a golf ball for a soccer ball and replace a golf club with your foot, and you get FootGolf, a growing international sport making an appearance in various parts of the country, including in Illinois. The most recent course has opened at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club in Carpentersville.

    President Barack Obama speaks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington. The Supreme Court on Thursday struck a blow to President Barack Obama’s ability to get around political gridlock in Washington by limiting his power to make recess appointments without congressional approval.

    Court ruling comes as Obama’s use of power tested

    Before a unanimous Supreme Court weighed in, the White House had brushed off claims that President Barack Obama was exceeding his executive authority as just so much grousing from frustrated partisans. Then, in a 9-0 decision Thursday, the high court ruled that at least in one case Obama had gone too far.

    Lucinda Marker wraps her arm around her husband, John Tull, after a news conference at Beth Israel Hospital in New York. Tull, a New Mexico man who nearly lost his life to bubonic plague 12 years ago has died. Marker said Tull, 65, died Wednesday in a Santa Fe hospital. Marker says Tull was diagnosed a month ago with a rare cancer. She says doctors didn’t believe it was related to the plague. According to doctors, the couple were infected by flees at their Santa Fe home but experienced symptoms while vacationing in New York City in November 2002. Marker recovered within days but Tull was hospitalized for more than two months. Marker says a memorial service is planned for Aug. 9.

    New York tourist known as plague survivor has died

    A man who nearly lost his life in New York City’s first instance of bubonic plague in more than 100 years has died of an unrelated illness in a Santa Fe, New Mexico, hospital, his wife said Thursday. John Tull was diagnosed with a rare cancer last month, but doctors didn’t believe it was connected to his previous health struggles, said Lucinda Marker, his wife. Tull was 65 when he...

    An Iraqi woman living in Iran holds a poster of the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, in a demonstration against Sunni militants of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and to support Ayatollah al-Sistani, in Tehran, Iran. Prominent Shiite leaders pushed Thursday for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as parliament prepared to start work next week on putting together a new government, under intense U.S. pressure to rapidly form a united front against an unrelenting Sunni insurgent onslaught.

    Iraq’s top cleric wants deal on PM before Tuesday

    Iraq’s top Shiite cleric on Friday called on political blocs to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament sits next week, stepping up pressure on political leaders to set aside their differences and form an inclusive government in the face of Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory.

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, center, poses with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, left, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy during an EU Summit in Brussels on Friday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed up to a trade and economic pact with the European Union, saying it may be the “most important day” for his country since it became independent from the Soviet Union.

    Ukraine, EU sign historic trade and economic pact

    Ukraine’s new president signed a trade and economic pact with the European Union on Friday, pushing his troubled country closer into a European orbit and angering Russia, which warned of unspecified consequences. Agreements signed Friday let businesses in former Soviet republics Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia trade freely in any of the EU’s 28 member nations without tariffs or...

    President Barack Obama speaks to an audience Thursday during a town hall meeting at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.

    Obama to hear update on Veterans Affairs problems

    President Barack Obama is getting an update on the problems plaguing the health care system for veterans from his acting veterans affairs secretary and a top aide. The White House says Obama will meet Friday with Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson after returning from a two-day trip to Minnesota. Top White House aide Rob Nabors will join them in the Oval Office.


    South Carolina man sentenced to life for child sex offenses

    SPRINGFIELD — A repeat child sex offender from South Carolina has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. Sixty-six-year-old Jerry Lee Hendricks was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Springfield.


    Dwarf antelope dies at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo

    Officials of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo say a female klipspringer calf named Asha unexpectedly died this week.


    Program puts Navy personnel to work in trauma unit

    Navy medical personnel will work in a Chicago-area trauma and burn unit as part of a new training program to help the military doctors, nurses and corpsmen prepare for combat situations. The Cook County Health and Hospitals System and the Lovell Federal Health Care Center announced the initiative on Thursday.


    FBI: 9 charged in $15 million Tennessee fraud scheme

    GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — The FBI says nine people from five states have been charged with taking $15 million from investors in a fake coal mining company in Tennessee.The FBI says the nine have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Greeneville.


    Southwestern Indiana man allegedly bilked his ex-employer

    NEWBURGH, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana man faces theft and forgery charges alleging that he embezzled more than $114,000 from his former employer.Thirty-eight-year-old Joshua Kenworthy of Newburgh was arrested earlier this week and is being held on $5,000 bond at the Warrick County Jail.


    Indianapolis airport getting service quality award

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis International Airport will be recognized as North America’s top airport in terms of passenger satisfaction next week.It’s the second straight year the airport has received the Airport Service Quality award from Airports Council International.City officials will join airport administrators at the award presentation July 1.


    Pence reappoints members of State Education Board

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has reappointed four members to the State Board of Education.Pence announced Thursday that Indiana developer Gordon Hendry, Lake County attorney Tony Walker, Evansville teacher B.J. Watts and Huntington teacher Cari Whicker would serve new four-year terms.


    Fort Wayne, South Bend get funding to fight blight

    INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Fort Wayne has been awarded $4.7 million and South Bend $1.6 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes.


    Grissom runway project on track to meet deadline

    PERU, Ind. — The 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base says the reconstruction of the runway there is on track to meet its July 15 deadline to reopen the airfield.Wing Commander Col. Doug Schwartz said Thursday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reported the project at the northern Indiana base has progressed well.


    Fire strikes central Indiana wood-treatment plant

    SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Fire crews are battling a large industrial fire at a central Indiana wood-treatment plant.WISH-TV reports the fire at Culpeper Wood Preservers in Shelbyville was reported about 4:20 a.m. Friday in the city 25 miles southeast of Indianapolis.


    CTA has tips for getting to and from Pride parade

    The Chicago Transit Authority is giving some tips about how to better enjoy next week’s Chicago Pride Parade and deal with the massive crowd that’s expected to be there. In a news release, the CTA says that to avoid the typically large crowds along Belmont Avenue for Sunday’s parade, attendees might want to watch the parade from Broadway, south of Montrose Avenue.


    Ex-cop suspect in deaths of 2 women in suitcases

    The disappearance of a Minnesota mother of seven was just a missing person case when it landed on the desk of Detective Sgt. Lee Hollatz. Seven months later, her body and that of another woman were found stuffed in suitcases along a rural Wisconsin highway, and the former police officer whom Hollatz had long considered his top person of interest is now suspected in their deaths.


    Woman to be sentenced in infant’s 2001 murder

    INDIO, Calif. — An Indiana woman who was recently convicted of the 2001 death of her 2-month-old daughter faces 15 years to life in prison when she is sentenced Friday in a Southern California court.Krissy Lynn Werntz, 34, was arrested along with the child’s father, Jason Michael Hann, in 2002 after the infant girl’s body was found in a storage unit in Arkansas.


    Dawn Patrol: Wheaton teens charged over posting lewd images; Palatine fire

    Wheaton middle-schoolers learn their charges involving the posting of lewd images of students and school staffers. Two units uninhabitable after Palatine fire. Pedestrians find money in Wheaton. Maine West gym addition planned. Bulls trade draft picks for Doug McDermott.

    Beth Ruehrdanz sings with the SwingSets jazz band in the wine and cheese tasting tent.

    Enjoy Wauconda Fest this weekend

    The first day of Wauconda Fest kicked off Thursday. The festival features a food tent, carnival rides, games, entertainment and more with a bags tournament and water fights on Saturday and a craft show and car show on Sunday. Musical entertainment will include Cavern Beat and Modern Day Romeos on Friday; Billy Croft & 5 Alarm and High Infidelity on Saturday; and Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum...

    Wauconda police Executive Assistant Deborah Gompertz is celebrating her 40-year anniversary with the department. She started as a dispatcher in June 1974.

    Wauconda police department employee celebrates 40 years on the job

    When Deb Gompertz started working as a Wauconda police dispatcher in 1974, she simply was looking to boost her family’s income. She never expected she’d still be with the department 40 years later. “I’ve just enjoyed working here so much,” said Gompertz, now the executive assistant to Police Chief Patrick Yost. “I think I’m going to have a problem if I...

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard talks with state Sens. Pam Althoff, a McHenry Republican, and Michael Connelly, a Lisle Republican, on the floor of the Illinois Senate.

    Kirk Dillard: 'I'm ready to move on' from elected life

    As Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale steps away from more than 20 years being elected from DuPage County to serve in Springfield, he says he's doing more looking forward than back. “I will certainly miss the state Senate,” Dillard said. “It's been a huge part of my life. I was an intern, a staff member, a governor's liaison to the Senate and a state senator.”

    Rick M. Selling

    Man arrested on charges of indecency at Palatine pool

    A Glenview man who has three prior convictions for public indecency was arrested after he was accused of touching himself at a swimming pool in Palatine last weekend.

    Dan Cronin

    DuPage County wins award for reform efforts

    DuPage County’s push to reform and consolidate local government has earned the county national recognition. The National Association of Counties has given an Achievement Award to DuPage for its ACT (Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency) Initiative. The award means that NACo has deemed the initiative to be a county government program that’s innovative and enhances services...

    The sunlight brightens an enormous flag as it is carried down the street during the Libertyville Days Parade.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week, you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of June 23.

    Touch a Life will hold its fifth annual garage sale this weekend in Wheaton to raise funds for a rehabilitative care center in Ghana.

    Wheaton garage sale benefits children in Ghana through Touch a Life

    It’s a small world and getting smaller. For proof, look no further than this weekend when a Texas-based charitable organization will hold a garage sale in Wheaton to raise money for children in Ghana. Such an international exchange of volunteers and resources is common for Dallas-based Touch a Life, a not-for-profit group with an emphasis on international aid.



    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 28

    Joe Kristufek's selections for June 28 racing at Arlington International.

    Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu is congratulated in the dugout after he hit a solo home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Friday, June 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Thornhill)

    Abreu star of the White Sox show

    Jose Abreu powered the White Sox to a vital win at the midpoint of the season, and moved more than halfway toward breaking a home run record. Abreu hit two solo homers, Alexei Ramirez added a two-run blast and the White Sox survived a shaky ninth inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 Friday night for their second win in nine games. "Today was a very important win, especially the way we've been playing," Abreu said through a translator.

    Nick Schmaltz pulls on a Chicago Blackhawks sweater after being chosen 20th overall during the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Hawks deal, grab Schmaltz

    After missing out on Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, the Blackhawks still ventured north of the border to acquire a center Friday.North of the Illinois border, that is.Don’t count on Nick Schmaltz providing any immediate help, however. Schmaltz became the newest member of the Blackhawks when the Western Conference finalists drafted him in the first round of the NHL draft, which is being held this weekend at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The 18-year-old center played for Green Bay of the United States Hockey League this past season, leading the Gamblers with 63 points and 45 assists in 55 regular-season games.“I couldn’t be happier,” Schmaltz told reporters after being drafted. “I grew up a Blackhawks fan my whole life, and to hear my name called was a true honor.”Schmaltz, who added that he attended two Blackhawks playoff games this past season, will attend the University of North Dakota in the fall and told reporters Friday that he likely will play 2-3 years of college hockey. If the 6-foot, 167-pounder turns out to be as good as a certain couple of other UND centers the Blackhawks have drafted, they will be beyond thrilled. Jonathan Toews and Troy Murray both played for North Dakota.The Blackhawks liked Schmaltz enough to move up seven spots to select him. Minutes before their selection, the Hawks announced a trade with San Jose, sending the Sharks the 27th and 62nd selections overall in exchange for the 20th and 179th picks.“It shows they’re confident in me,” Schmaltz said. “I’m going to do my part and show them what I got.”Schmaltz was born in Madison, Wis., and grew up in Verona, which is just one mile southwest of Madison.Schmaltz scored 18 goals, including 11 on the power play, for Green Bay last season. He also led the team with 63 penalty minutes and 140 shots on goal. He won a silver medal with the United States at the 2013 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, pacing the team with 8 points (5 goals) in five games. He also led the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, earning him tournament MVP honors with a tourney-high 12 points (4 goals) in four games.During television coverage of the draft, TSN analyst Bob McKenzie called Schmaltz an “enigmatic, talented player” with “top 10 talent” who could have been drafted anywhere from “No. 10 to No. 60.” Analyst Craig Button added Schmaltz’s game is comparable to that of Ottawa’s Jason Spezza.Schmaltz called himself a “play-making center.”While the Blackhawks wait for Schmaltz to develop, they will look elsewhere for a potential No. 2 center. They had to cross off Kesler’s name as a potential veteran to add to their mix heading into next season. Earlier Friday, Anaheim acquired the 6-2 Kesler, a former Selke Trophy winner and six-time 20-goal scorer, from Vancouver in a multiplayer trade.The draft concludes today with Rounds 2-7, starting at 9 a.m. The Blackhawks do not have a second-round pick, after trading it to Phoenix in March for David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois.• The Blackhawks were busy before the draft Friday tying up some of their own players.The team announced it had agreed to two-year contract extensions with forward Jeremy Morin, forward Ben Smith and backup goaltender Antti Raanta.Morin, 23, tallied 11 points (5 goals) in 24 regular-season games last year with the Blackhawks and appeared in two Stanley Cup playoff games. He also recorded 47 points (24 goals) in 47 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.Smith, who turns 26 in July, recorded career highs in nearly every statistical category last season, posting 26 points (14 goals) in 75 regular-season games. He scored 6 goals in the final 15 games of the regular season and then added 4 goals and 2 assists in 19 Stanley Cup playoff contests.


    Prince helps Sky hold off Liberty

    Epiphanny Prince was happy to be back home.The Sky’s star guard scored 30 points to help Chicago beat the New York Liberty 73-69 on Friday night.“I love playing at the Garden,” said Prince, who grew up in New York. “All through high school I played here. At Rutgers once. It feels like home.


    Cougars stop Snappers in 10 innings

    The Kane County Cougars put in a little extra work, and the result was a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Wisconsin Snappers in Midwest League action at Pohlman Field on Friday.


    Boomers blow 4-run lead, drop fourth straight

    Schaumburg was unable to hold a 4-run lead and fell 10-7 to the Evansville Otters in Frontier League action Friday night, the Boomers’ fourth straight loss.

    John Baker watches his 3-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

    Big day for Baker, Cubs

    With the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, John Baker took a swing at a pitch that curved just a little too far. The ball zipped down the line and into the right-field corner. The double capped off his first 3-hit game of the season and combined with Jason Hammel’s 5-hit performance to power the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Nationals on Friday at Wrigley Field. “I had to contain a smile,” Baker said. “I kind of feel the same way right now as I would have had I gone 0-for-4, but we still won 7-2."

    This is a 2014 photo of Dallas Beeler of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. This image reflects the Cubs active roster as of Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Beeler thrilled to start Game 1 Saturday

    The Cubs could have gone with any number of pithers to start the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. They settled on right-hander Dallas Beeler, who will make his major-league debut after being called up from Class AAA Iowa. The best advice Beeler got from Iowa teammates? Breathe.

    Cubs outfielders Justin Ruggiano, left, Chris Coghlan, center, and Ryan Sweeney right, celebrate after the Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday. The Cubs are 21-17 since May 17, but playing above .500 baseball will be difficult if — as expected — the team makes a flurry of trades before July 31.

    When will Cubs get out of spin cycle?

    This season for the Cubs is playing out much like the previous two in the regime of club president Theo Epstein: Bullpen problems hurt the team at the start before getting fixed. The starters pitch well, but only to be attractive to other teams. Will the pattern change at midseason?

    Aaron Ekblad pulls on a Florida Panthers sweater after being chosen first overall in the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Panthers take Ekblad with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

    The Florida Panthers selected defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the first pick in the NHL draft Friday night. The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Ekblad played for Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League. He is the first defenseman to go No. 1 since St. Louis took Erik Johnson in 2006.

    Creighton’s Doug McDermott, left, is more than a scorer, according to Bulls writer Mike McGraw.

    Just what do the Bulls have in McDermott?

    Even though most everyone on the Bulls roster is in limbo pending the summer's free agent chase, Creighton's Doug McDermott seems to be a mutual fit. How will the high-scoring forward fare against NBA defenders?

    Elena Delle Donne has returned to Delaware to receive treatment for a Lyme Disease flare-up, and when she will return to the Chicago Sky is uncertain.

    Delle Donne, Catchings fight illness, injury

    Besides championships, fame and fortune, there’s probably nothing more important to elite athletes than their “own terms.” In other words, they want to dictate where they go, how long they stay, and when they finally say goodbye for good. No one wants to be pushed around, or worse yet, pushed out by someone or something else.Just ask Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, who’s got to be wondering if she will ultimately get to navigate her WNBA career on her terms, or if her Lyme Disease and its nasty flare-ups will have the final say.Meanwhile, Indiana Fever forward and former Chicago suburbanite Tamika Catchings has been fighting her own debilitating demon this season, which has led to some understandable questions about her “terms.”

    Light-hitting catcher John Baker had three hits, a walk and four RBIs, and Cubs starter Jason Hammel again mastered the Washington Nationals in a 7-2 victory Friday.

    Baker, Hammel help Cubs beat Nationals 7-2

    Light-hitting catcher John Baker had three hits, a walk and four RBIs, and Cubs starter Jason Hammel again mastered the Washington Nationals in a 7-2 victory Friday.Baker capped his big day with a bases-loaded, three-run double off reliever Jerry Blevins in the seventh inning. He entered the game with a .160 batting average in 35 games. With the four RBIs, he doubled his season total to eight

    Ryan Kesler didn’t want to wait around while the Vancouver Canucks rebuild. He wants to win a Stanley Cup now, and the Anaheim Ducks believe they’re on the way after landing the star center. Anaheim acquired Kesler from the Canucks on Friday in a draft-day trade for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick. The Blackhawks were said to be in the mix for Kesler right up until the end.

    Vancouver’s Kesler lands in Anaheim, not Chicago

    Ryan Kesler didn’t want to wait around while the Vancouver Canucks rebuild. He wants to win a Stanley Cup now, and the Anaheim Ducks believe they’re on the way after landing the star center.Anaheim acquired Kesler from the Canucks on Friday in a draft-day trade for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick. The Blackhawks were said to be in the mix for Kesler right up until the end.

    United States’ Clint Dempsey chases the ball in front of Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the group G World Cup soccer match Thursday. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is eager for the U.S. to create more chances in Tuesday’s second-round game against Belgium The U.S. had just 72 attacks during three group-stage games, according to FIFA. That ranked 31st among the 32 teams, ahead of only Costa Rica’s 69.

    U.S. hopes to boost World Cup attack against Belgium

    No wonder the United States is having problems scoring at the World Cup: The Americans are hardly attacking.Coach Jurgen Klinsmann is eager for the U.S. to create more chances in Tuesday’s second-round game against Belgium.The U.S. had just 72 attacks during three group-stage games, according to FIFA. That ranked 31st among the 32 teams, ahead of only Costa Rica’s 69.

    Tiger Woods didn’t last more than 36 holes in his return to competition. Woods showed plenty of rust with his short game when he ran off four straight bogeys on the back nine Friday at Congressional to end any hopes of sticking around for the weekend at the Quicken Loans National.

    A short return for Tiger Woods at Congressional

    Tiger Woods didn’t last more than 36 holes in his return to competition.Woods showed plenty of rust with his short game when he ran off four straight bogeys on the back nine Friday at Congressional to end any hopes of sticking around for the weekend at the Quicken Loans National.

    For 2 ½ hours, Venus Williams traded big serves and hard groundstrokes with Petra Kvitova on Centre Court. Williams was playing with some of the power and pace that had brought her five Wimbledon titles. But when it was over, she was left with a sense of disappointment. “The battle is always a little more enjoyable when you win,” Williams said Friday after coming within two points of victory but losing 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5 to Kvitova, the 2011 champion.

    Williams exits Wimbledon after 3-set battle

    For 2 ½ hours, Venus Williams traded big serves and hard groundstrokes with Petra Kvitova on Centre Court. Williams was playing with some of the power and pace that had brought her five Wimbledon titles. But when it was over, she was left with a sense of disappointment.

    Uruguay's head coach Oscar Tabarez makes a statement during a press conference the day before the round of 16 World Cup soccer match between Colombia and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 27, 2014. FIFA banned Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from all football activities for four months on Thursday for biting an opponent at the World Cup, a punishment that rules him out of the rest of the tournament and the start of the upcoming Premier League season. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Uruguay coach quits FIFA position over Suarez ban

    Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has quit his role in FIFA’s strategic committee in protest at the ban that football’s governing body imposed on his team’s star striker Luis Suarez for biting.“It is not wise, at least it is not prudent” to stay within FIFA, Tabarez said Friday at a news conference before his team plays Colombia in the World Cup Round of 16.

    Right winger Ben Smith has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks. Jeremy Morin and Antti Raanta also have agreed to two-year deals with the club.

    Hawks’ Morin, Smith, Raanta agree to extensions

    On the eve of the NHL draft, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have agreed to two-year contract extensions with forward Jeremy Morin, forward Ben Smith and backup goaltender Antti Raanta.

    Vince Colletti, right, Joey Borsellino walk off the field with the state championship trophy after Montini beat Coal City in the 2004 Class 4A state title game.

    West Suburban Conference to propose public, private prep championships

    Officials from the West Suburban Conference plan to propose separate championships for traditional public schools and private schools and others that don’t have district boundaries. IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said in an emailed statement that he would not like to see separate championships. Schools around the state would have to approve any change.

    Fans of Uruguay’s national soccer team await the arrival of Uruguay player Luis Suarez at Carrasco International Airport in the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay, Thursday, June 26, 2014. The Uruguay forward was banned by FIFA from all football for four months on Thursday for biting an Italian opponent.

    Players’ union questions FIFA’s punishment of Luis Suarez

    The international players’ union has questioned the severity and focus of FIFA’s punishment of Luis Suarez for biting an opponent at the World Cup, saying it “infringes his right to work” and doesn’t offer him the treatment he needs. FIFPro said Friday that “rehabilitation and serious treatment ... must be a part of any sanction” for the Uruguay and Liverpool forward.

    Former New England Patriots safety Adrian Wilson is now a member of the Chicago Bears. Wilson missed the 2013 season with a torn Achilles tendon.

    Bears’ safety position still up for grabs

    The Chicago Bears might have signed a Pro Bowler, but Mike North thinks safety Adrian Wilson is on he downside and sends a bad signal to Bears fans.

    Patrick Sharp is available in trade talks because general manager Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks always are looking for ways to remain near the top of the NHL.

    Draft offers Blackhawks a chance to deal

    The reality is you can't have everything when so few players eat up so much of the cap. The answer to improving the Blackhawks' roster -- and getting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane signed -- might be in moving a popular player off the roster, perhaps even for a very high pick in the draft.

    Vanderbilt won its first national championship in any sport Wednesday when its baseball team defeated defeated Virginia 3-2 in the deciding game of the College World Series.

    Young players key to Vanderbilt’s baseball title

    OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin figured last year was his baseball program’s best chance to win its first national championship. It was the 2014 team, though, that got the job done, starting four sophomores and two freshmen in the everyday lineup and relying on a young pitching staff.“There was never a crack in our strong foundation,” Corbin said Thursday. “This group grew together. They were consumed with one another the last month and a half. We started off the SEC 7-8 and having played three series at home. We were about to go through the gauntlet and I remember telling my coaches and my wife that I was concerned. The next thing you know, we finish the SEC 11-4, we started winning some close games and our pitching really started to grow.”The Commodores finished 51-21 after beating Virginia in a three-game College World Series finals. They won the school’s first national championship in a men’s sport and joined LSU (six), South Carolina (two) and Georgia (one) as Southeastern Conference teams to win baseball titles.The contributions seemed to come from everyone.Left fielder Bryan Reynolds was a freshman All-American after leading the team with a .338 batting average and 54 RBIs. Second baseman Dansby Swanson, limited to 11 games as a freshman because of injuries, batted .333 and was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.Third baseman Tyler Campbell, a sophomore who came to Omaha with 15 at-bats in 14 games, was the feel-good story of the CWS. He made the all-tournament team after taking over for Xavier Turner, who was ruled ineligible last Friday for violating NCAA rules.Junior center fielder John Norwood, a backup his first two years in the program, hit his third homer of the season, and Vanderbilt’s first since May 16, to break an eighth-inning tie in Wednesday’s 3-2, title-clinching win.Sophomores Carson Fulmer and Walker Buehler and freshmen Hayden Stone and John Kilichowski turned in clutch pitching performances along with junior Adam Ravenelle.“I looked back last year, my first day here, and I knew that I got into something very, very special,” Fulmer said. “Words can’t describe this experience. It’s something that we’ve always dreamed of doing as a team, and we finally accomplished it.”Last year’s team featured the core of the 2011 squad that was Vanderbilt’s first to make the CWS, including SEC player of the year Tony Kemp and Tyler Beede, who won a school-record 14 games. The 2013 Commodores were ranked No. 2 in the nation in the preseason and won their first 13 games. They won an SEC-record 26 conference games and earned the No. 2 national seed for the NCAA tournament. They survived an elimination game in regionals but were swept by Louisville in super regionals.“Last year,” Corbin said, “we were perfect for a long period of time and then at the end of the year we faltered.”The 2014 Commodores never lost more than two games in a row — a streak that started two years ago.For Corbin, the championship came in his 12th year as head coach. He had been Jack Leggett’s right-hand man at Clemson from 1994-2002 and didn’t know for sure what he was getting into when he took over a program that hadn’t finished above .500 in the SEC since 1980.“I can remember the first game we played: East Tennessee State, and it was raining, 40 degrees, no one up in the stands,” Corbin said. “My wife got there and she said, ‘I thought the game started at 4 o’clock.’ I said it does. She said there’s no one here. I said that’s right, there’s no one here. She goes, ‘You want to go back to Clemson?’ She was joking, but it was just different.”


    In this Feb. 27, 2013 photo illustration, hands type on a computer keyboard in Los Angeles. Frustration over passwords is as common across the age brackets. Bill Lidinsky, director of security and forensics at the School of Applied Technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, recommends using a “simple mental algorithm,” including those that use a space, if a site allows that.

    T1red of psswords? Y0u re N t lone!

    Frustration over passwords is as common across the age brackets as the little reminder notes on which people often write them. “We are in the midst of an era I call the ‘tyranny of the password,’” says Thomas Way, a computer science professor at Villanova University. “We’re due for a revolution.” Luckily, technology is on the way to save us.

    This undated product image provided by Lavazza, shows a prototype of Lavazza’s and Argotec’s “ISSpresso” machine. The final version of the coffee machine will be the first real Italian espresso machine on The International Space Station, and will coincide with a six-month mission by Italy’s first Italian female astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti.

    Station astronauts getting espresso maker

    The astronauts in space will soon be sipping some good coffee. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.

    London has long attracted big spenders. But every year around the holy month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend, a surge of spectacularly rich Middle Eastern shoppers arrive and take retail therapy to a whole new level.

    Ramadan rush: Mega-rich shoppers descend on London

    Before the fast, let there be a shopping feast. From Harrods in Knightsbridge to the glittering diamond stores in Mayfair, London has long attracted big spenders. But every year around the holy month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend, a wave of spectacularly rich Middle Eastern shoppers arrives and takes retail therapy to a whole new level — complete with an entourage of bodyguards, chauffeurs, and Gulf-registered Rolls-Royces and Ferraris flown in just for the occasion. Retailers call the boost in business the Ramadan Rush.

    @*@*ADVANCE FOR WEDNESDAY FEB. 6@*@* In this photo released by GMC shows the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid. (AP Photo/GMC)

    GM issues 3 more recalls covering 474,000 vehicles

    The recalls, part of a top-to-bottom safety review, bring the company’s total for the year to 48, covering more than 20 million cars and trucks. That beats GM’s old full-year record of 10.75 million in 2004.

    A pharmacist holds a bottle of Avandia pills at Maximart Pharmacy in Palo Alto, Calif. GlaxoSmithKline’s diabetes pill is taken orally, but now a drug has been approved to allow for inhalable insulin.

    FDA approves inhalable diabetes drug Afrezza

    The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels during meals.

    The American flag and Wall St. street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York.

    Stocks notch tiny gains, but still end week lower

    A handful of corporate results drove trading in some big names. Warnings of weaker earnings pushed DuPont down, while stronger results pushed Nike up. But the overall market was essentially flat.

    Jonathan Blackman, left, and Carmine Boccuzzi, lawyers representing Argentina, arrive at federal court in New York Friday for a hearing regarding the country’s request to extend deadlines to repay a $1.65 billion debt to U.S. hedge funds.

    Judge: Argentina bond payment would be contempt of court

    A lawyer for the Bank of New York Mellon said it had received $539 million from Argentina for distribution to the bondholders who had exchanged their bonds for lesser value ones. Judge Thomas Griesa ordered the bank to return the money to Argentina.

    Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market IGA opened Friday in the former Dominick’s at 325 Palatine Road.

    Joe Caputo & Sons opens new store in Arlington Heights

    Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market IGA opened its fifth Northwest suburban store Friday morning in the former Dominick’s at 325 Palatine Road. The opening was celebrated with a ribbon tying ceremony with local business officials and Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes.

    Workers carry a Macy’s banner during the gay pride parade in Salt Lake City. Corporations have increased visibility this summer at gay pride parades around the country as same-sex marriage bans fall in the courts and polls show greater public acceptance of gay marriage.

    Sponsorship of gay pride parades on the rise

    In between muscular men in speedos gyrating to thumping dance music and drag queens decked out in formal gowns, Salt Lake City’s gay pride parade also featured a few, more conventional participants: Some of America’s most well-known companies. From Starbucks to eBay to Macy’s, the increasing visibility of corporations at gay prride parades across the country in recent years comes as same-sex marriage bans fall in the courts and polls show greater public acceptance of gay marriage.


    U.S. seeks resumption of cyber talks with China

    The United States next month will urge China to resume discussions on cybersecurity that were suspended abruptly after the U.S. charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets, a U.S. official said Thursday.

    Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said at a meeting of EU leaders there needs to be “more flexibility, specifically for certain countries seeking to balance their budgets a few years later.” “Growth needs to be restarted to avoid hurting companies and citizens,” he added.

    EU leaders clash over limits on budgets and debt

    With economic growth still anemic across the European Union, the bloc’s leaders clashed Friday over whether to loosen rules limiting government budget deficits and debt. Italy, Belgium and others argued more flexibility is needed so they can boost the economy and support job creation, but the more hawkish northern European nations including Germany rejected the idea.

    Spain’s Andres Iniesta wears his Nike Magista cleats. More athletes are wearing Nike’s shoes at the World Cup than all other brands combined, with more than a third of them wearing the Magista cleats.

    World Cup investment paying off for Nike

    Nike’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 5 percent as higher revenue in most geographic regions offset heavy investments in marketing for the World Cup soccer tournament. Nike is outfitting 10 teams, including the U.S. team, during the World Cup. It also introduced four new soccer shoes ahead of the tournament. More athletes are wearing its shoes at the World Cup than all other brands combined.

    Casino contraction hit Atlantic City again Friday, as the parent company of the Showboat Casino Hotel announced it will close the Mardi Gras-themed casino on Aug. 31.

    Caesars says it will close Showboat in Atlantic City
    Casino contraction hit Atlantic City again Friday, as the parent company of the Showboat Casino Hotel announced it will close the Mardi Gras-themed casino on Aug. 31. Caesars Entertainment told The Associated Press on Friday morning the company will shutter the poorest-performing of its four Atlantic City casinos.

    Greg Brown

    Motorola's Brown: Keep immigration reform alive to keep businesses competitive

    Despite reports Thursday that immigration reform is dead, Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions CEO Greg Brown pounded home the urgency that a crisis looms for business leaders and the economy if immigration isn't addressed. He urged members of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and others not to give up the fight to get talent from around the world so their companies can remain competitive and continue to contribute to the economy.

Life & Entertainment

    Fireworks light up the skies over Wauconda.

    When, where to see fireworks in the suburbs

    Fireworks will soon fill the skies — and not just on July 4. While some suburbs hold off on their displays until Independence Day, others get the party going sooner. Here is a look at when to see fireworks and where.

    Musician Bobby Womack, 70, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who impacted artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the singer died but had no other details to provide.

    Bobby Womack, singer with brave 2nd act, dead at 70

    Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70. Womack’s publicist Sonya Kolowrat said Friday that the singer had died, but she could provide no other details. Womack was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and overcame addiction and multiple health issues, including prostate cancer, to pull off a second act in his career.

    Matt Lauer, co-host of the “Today” show, interviewed Pippa Middleton in London this week. Middleton told NBC News that she had no idea how big her sister Kate’s 2011 marriage to Prince William would be, since she saw it as just another family wedding. “Today” is airing Lauer’s report in two parts Monday and Tuesday.

    Talking to princess’ sis part of Lauer’s busy week

    In her first TV interview, Pippa Middleton told NBC News she had no idea how big her sister Kate’s 2011 marriage to Prince William would be, since she saw it as just another family wedding. “That stopped me in my tracks, that she looked at this as, ‘Oh, my sister is getting married,’ not that, ‘Oh, I’m the maid of honor in the royal wedding,’” said NBC’s Matt Lauer, who conducted the interview. “Today” is airing Lauer’s report in two parts Monday and Tuesday.

    “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” plays the Sears Centre Arena Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28.

    'Beat It' and a former Beatle make for 'Thriller' weekend

    Not all weekends are created equal. This one, for example, serves up an embarassment of entertainment riches -- including a show featuring the music of pop legend Michael Jackson with the choreography of Cirque du Soleil. Other options: a sports convention in Rosemont, blues fest in Aurora and the chance to see Ringo Starr in Chicago.

    The New York Police Department confirmed on Thursday that Shia LaBeouf was taken out of a New York City theater for being disorderly and causing a disruption.

    Shia LaBeouf arrested on charges of disrupting Broadway show

    Shia LaBeouf was released from police custody Friday after he was escorted from a Broadway theater for yelling obscenities and continued to act irrationally while being arrested, authorities said. After his court appearance, the actor, wearing a ripped blue T-shirt, skinny jeans and boots, walked several blocks to The London NYC Hotel on West 54th Street. He declined to comment. The 28-year-old, who starred in the first three “Transformers” movies, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and harassment Thursday night at the Broadway show “Cabaret.”


    Ask the House Detective: Home inspector says nothing about mold

    Q. When we bought our house, the home inspector included pictures of the foundation under the building. In one photo, there are black stains that look like mold, but nothing about mold was mentioned in the report. Why would a home inspector say nothing about mold in his inspection report?

    A number of custom homebuilders have constructed houses in Savanna Lakes, creating a mix of styles and designs.

    Neighborhood profile focuses on Savanna Lakes in Elgin Township

    Nicole and Erik Landrowski rave about Savanna Lakes, the community where they live with their three young children. Situated at Nolan Road and Savanna Lakes Drive in Elgin Township, the neighborhood offers a pretty setting where individual custom builders, as well as homeowners, have built about 40 or 50 homes on large lots.

    Sherri Shepherd, second from left, and Jenny McCarthy, second from right, are both leaving ABC’s daytime talk show “The View.” Also pictured are Bill Rancic, Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg.

    ‘The View’ prepares for change with new hosts

    Sherri Shepherd is leaving “The View” after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she’s right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters’ retirement from on-camera duties. In a written statement Thursday, Shepherd said that after “careful consideration” she has decided it’s time to move on.

    A model wears a creation for Louis Vuitton men’s spring-summer 2015 fashion collection presented in Paris Thursday.

    Vuitton VIPs boil, Miyake make attire from bananas

    Louis Vuitton boiled guests in a sweltering greenhouse. Rick Owens caked models in chalk paint, while Issey Miyake made clothes from bananas. Such was Thursday, an average day of vibrant eccentricity, in Paris’ spring-summer 2015 menswear calendar. Here are the highlights and show reports from Day Two of ready-to-wear.

    Homeowners often choose the wrong shape of shutters for arched windows. The shutters must be the right shape and size so that they will meet in the middle of the window and completely cover the opening.

    Open and shut case: Choosing and hanging shutters

    Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. “They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house,” says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C. But to get the right look, you still have to consider function when choosing and hanging shutters, experts say. “Beauty in architecture, as with many objects, often stems from seeing a detail that illustrates its purpose,” Cleary says.

    Karin Slaughter wraps an intense thriller around a legacy of sexism, race relations and politics in the engrossing “Cop Town.”

    Karin Slaughter’s ‘Cop Town’ is engrossing

    Karin Slaughter wraps an intense thriller around a legacy of sexism, race relations and politics in the engrossing “Cop Town.” Slaughter, author of the Will Trent best-sellers, keeps her first stand-alone novel from becoming a history lesson by investing it with a gritty, action-packed plot and strong, believable characters. “Cop Town” opens in 1974, when the appointment of a new public safety commissioner in Atlanta — the first black man to hold such a position — promised that change is coming.

    Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and T.J. Miller star in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

    Cast changes give 'Transformers' a fresh start

    The robots aren't the only part of the latest “Transformers” film that changed. Led by star Mark Wahlberg, a whole new cast was brought in to give a fresh start to the blockbuster franchise.

    Strong fragrance in addition to beautiful blossoms double the pleasure of the Strawberry Hill rose.

    What’s behind different floral scents

    Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring. Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant, and now dame’s rocket, pinks and roses. Of course, it’s not for us that flowers waft those sometimes delectable aromas. Flowers release their aromas to attract pollinators. As such, floral aromas might mimic countless other kinds of aromas, depending on just what creature a particular flower is trying to attract.

    Beth Harpaz and her family saw the holiday lights in Medellin, Colombia, with a private guide who drove them around the city. Private tours are no longer the exclusive domain of wealthy travelers as websites make it easy for tourists and local guides to connect.

    Private tours no longer just for wealthy travelers

    I had one night only in Medellin, Colombia. It was Christmas and I was determined to see Medellin’s famous holiday lights. An online search led me to LandVentureTravel.com, which specializes in private Medellin tours. By email, I booked a guide to meet my family at our hotel and take us to see the lights. We were lucky: Our guide was phenomenal.

    Police chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), center, deals with fallout from the Sudden Departure — where 2 percent of the world’s population disappeared — in HBO’s “The Leftovers.”

    HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ begs the question: What on Earth?

    What has happened to the world? The question can be asked generally, but it has a more specific application in the case of “The Leftovers,” HBO’s series adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel about the aftermath of the so-called Sudden Departure, a possible Rapture that has taken 2 percent of the population — or 140 million people — from the planet. Developed for television by executive producers Perrotta and Damon Lindelof (“Lost”), the drama premieres Sunday, June 29.


    Theater events: ‘Brigadoon’ revived at Goodman

    Cirque du Soleil brings its "Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour" to the Sears Centre, Goodman revives "Brigadoon" and Steppenwolf premieres Bruce Norris' latest, "The Qualms" this week in Chicago-area theater.


    A male prairie chicken is shown at the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area near downstate Newton. The state is working to rebuild the numbers of the species, endangered in Illinois.

    Editorial: In campaign season, flashy tactics can detract from goals

    The endangered prairie chicken's saga provides a chance to examine how candidates campaign about government spending, a Daily Herald editorial says.

    Gerald Schochetman

    This is National HIV Testing Day: Know your status

    Guest columnist Gerald Schochetman: It has been more than 30 years since Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler made a historic announcement. “The probable cause of AIDS has been found,” she began, “a variant of a known human cancer virus.” It was 1984, and she stated that a vaccine would be available within two years. It was a statement based in hope rather than in science.

    Paul Kersey

    Target overly generous state salaries to cut budget

    Guest columnist Paul Kersey: Citizens and politicians agree: Illinois’ budget is a mess. Yet nothing ever seems to be done about it. Why not? Because one-third of the state’s spending — employee compensation — is off the table. Until Illinois politicians have the courage to take a scalpel to government employee wages and benefits, Illinois’ budget will continue to be unmanageable. But doing so means challenging Illinois’ most deeply entrenched special interest: government unions.


    Flags with ads on them against U.S. code
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: For several years I have received an American flag on or around Memorial Day with a business card attached, stuck in my front lawn. I feel that this is being used for advertising and is not permitted by U.S. flag code, which states, “The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.”


    Lavish improvements on campus burdensome
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Colleges and universities pay increasing costs for salaries and benefits; I contend that they should not add to the burden of student debt with transient accommodations or unnecessary capital improvements. In my view, the best way to compete for student dollars/debt is to broadcast their efforts to reduce the cost for a college education.


    Guns not largest cause of tragic deaths in U.S.
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Tens of thousands of people — men, women and children — are killed every year in auto accidents, yet I don’t hear anyone wanting to ban cars. The same with drugs — thousands of deaths every year are due to misuse or are crime related. But I don’t see anyone pulling drugs off the shelves.


    Move carefully on undocumented minors
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I would like to express my frustration and concern over our thoughtless and irresponsible government in Washington that continually fails to see the big picture and consider the consequences when they propose legislation like the legalization of undocumented immigrants who arrived as in the U.S. as minors.


    Transition contract is appalling
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I am appalled that after a month of paid transition and as a district that talks about fiscal responsibility, thousands of dollars are being spent on a former superintendent who this year received a 97 percent unfavorable rating by Mundelein teachers in a no confidence vote.


    Not that hard to obey red-light law
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: Does anyone else read the angry letters about red light cameras and feel that the individual is just whining about being caught red-handed and receiving a ticket?


    Naperville continues to lead the way
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The listing of Naperville as a snobby community is envy at play. We who live here appreciate our city as well managed, financially in balance, with excellent police and fire protection and city services, and with great educational institutions, including a progressive college, a very high tax supported public schools system (Districts 203 and 204), private school systems, and several church-orientated schools, along with home schooling in place.


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