Good turnout in Lake Zurich for first Iron Girl triathlon
With endurance events, the measure of success is not a sprint, but a marathon. By that standard, the inaugural Athleta Iron Girl Triathlon, held yesterday morning at Lake Zurich's Paulus Park, passed the test. "I like to do the women-only races. It has a different sort of atmosphere than the coed races. It tends to be a lot more supportive. You pass someone and you (they say), 'Good job. Keep it up. Good going.' The camaraderie's great," said Marsha McCreary, 37, who took third in her age group. Full story.
Swedish Day festival provides lesson in language, culture
The frogs in Sweden sound like the ducks of the United States, and the Swedish pigs say "nuff," not "oink." Saying "hey" will be understood as hello, and the Swedish word "kaffe" isn't far off from English's coffee. Yesterday's 103rd Swedish Day Midsommar Festival gave Swedes and non-Swedes alike lessons in language and culture during the daylong event at Good Templar Park in Geneva. Full story.
Man serving life sentence loses appeal in 2003 Elgin murder
A 41-year-old man recently lost an appeal of his conviction for an Elgin slaying more than a decade ago. Darren Denson, formerly of Chicago, is serving a life sentence at the Statesville Correctional Center for the Feb. 10, 2003, murder of 32-year-old Kyle Juggins. Full story.
Cool morning with only a high of 62 degrees this morning. Temperatures are expected to climb to 85 degrees this afternoon, but a storm is possible. Temperatures will dip to 56 degrees overnight. Full story.
Roadwork continues in Winfield at Manchester Road between Winfield Road and County Line Road. The work continues through August. More traffic.
Bruins certainly a challenge in every way for Hawks
If the Blackhawks have learned anything from the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, it's that this isn't 2010 -- and the Boston Bruins aren't the Philadelphia Flyers. "I think the championship teams, usually when there is adversity, they embrace it, they have fun with it," Hawks center Michal Handzus said. "They're just looking for the challenge. I think you need that. It's a long road to win the Stanley Cup. It's four games. You get a lot of tough moments." Full story.
Cubs' Marmol blows another save
The combination of Carlos Marmol and save situations has tested the patience of Cubs fans like little else this season. The Cubs closer allowed a three-run homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis that capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and let the New York Mets salvage what had been shaping up as another sorry afternoon, startling Chicago 4-3 yesterday. "It's tough," Marmol said. "It's tough for anybody. When you blow a save, you lost the game." Full story.
Sox fall to 10 games under .500
The White Sox have dropped 15 games by one run this season, including six of their last 10 losses. After their latest close defeat -- 5-4 to Houston yesterday -- they were searching for reasons why they can't seem to do the little things it takes to win such games. "When you lose by one run every game, you always go back to that one inning when we did not get things done," Chicago's Adam Dunn. Full story.