Daily Archive : Saturday May 3, 2014


    Cliff Bartelt of Geneva served as the Grand Marshal of the 40th annual Loyalty Day parade in Batavia on Sunday. “It means a lot. I’m very happy,” he said. A member of the Batavia VFW Post 1197, he has been a part of the parade for all 40 years.

    Crowds honor veterans at 40th annual Loyalty Day Parade in Batavia

    Cliff Bartelt of Geneva has participated in every Loyalty Day Parade since the tradition began in Batavia four decades ago, but Sunday's was special for the Air Force veteran because he was chosen to serve as the grand marshal. “It means a lot, I’m very happy,” he said.


    Police: Suburban students fall ill at prom

    Four high students became ill shortly after arriving to prom at the Bolingbrook Golf Club Saturday night, authorities said. The students, who were from Minooka High School, rode together in the same limo and apparently ate the same food on their way to the event, according to Bolingbrook Police Lt. Mike Rompa.

    Newly crowned Lilac Queen Kendall Kott hugs Terri Soehrmann, the co-chair of the Lilac Queen coronation after Saturday’s ceremony.

    Kendall Kott named 2014 Lombard Lilac Queen

    Lilac Royalty runs in Lombard’s Kott family home. Kendall Kott, a 17-year-old senior at Glenbard East High School was selected Saturday as the 84th Lilac Queen during an elaborate coronation at Lilacia Park. She was selected from a court of five Lilac Princesses. Her older sister Kelsie Kott was a Lilac Princess in 2012.

    Parts of more than 1,000 summeries of sex-crime cases involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan. Many reports are quite valuable and well read, such as the ones on Medicare’s finances and on the Pentagon’s assessment of the war in Afghanistan. Many are not, and simply get lost in a Capitol Hill void.

    Useless reports flood Congress

    This is a story about how Congress built a black hole.It started out with a good idea. Legislators wanted to know more about the bureaucracy working beneath them. So they turned to a tool as old as bureaucracy itself — the interoffice memo. They asked agencies to send in written reports about specific things they were doing.Then, as happens in government, that good idea was overused until...

    A Ukrainian Army soldier walks behind a burnt barricade Friday while Pro Russia civilians block the road to Slaviansk in the village of Andreevka, Ukraine. Russia has massed tens of thousands of troops in areas near Ukraine’s border.

    Ukraine presses offensive against separatists

    For every advance that the Ukrainian government made, it seemed to lose ground elsewhere. Angry pro-Russian crowds seized control of more government buildings in Donetsk, and pro-Russian forces in Luhansk, a city just 15 miles from the Russian frontier, vowed war on Kiev, declaring a curfew and seizing weapons inside a military recruitment center.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is presented the Order of Lincoln Award by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Saturday at the Field Museum in Chicago.

    Hillary Clinton honored in Chicago

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton returned Saturday night to Illinois, where she was born and raised, to accept the state’s top honor from Gov. Pat Quinn. “I am so grateful for the experiences that I had growing up here — the quality of education and opportunity that I was given, the support that I saw at every turn,” said Clinton, 66.

    Christine Mirabella of Aurora released her kite during the sixth annual Go Fly A Kite! event at Graf Park Saturday in Wheaton.

    More than 200 kites soar over Wheaton

    As Mary Poppins once sang, “You can dance on the breeze over houses and trees with your fist holding tight to the string of your kite.”And with 20 mph winds Saturday morning, the kites were dancing over Wheaton during the sixth annual Go Fly a Kite! event at Graf Park, 1855 Manchester Road.

    British actor Bob Hoskins gives a television interview as he arrives at a gala screening for the film ‘Hollywoodland’ as part of the London Film Festival at a West End cinema in Leicester Square, London.

    Notable deaths last week

    This week’s deaths include the hall of fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to their only NBA title; the former Mad magazine editor who established its unique brand of satire; a British actor who mixed charm and menace in a wide range of roles; and a longtime TV actor who brought respect and prestige to the FBI.

    This image made from AP video shows people carrying a scaffolding frame through fires on the ground in Odessa, Ukraine, on Friday, May 2, 2014. Deadly clashes took place in the southern Ukraine port of Odessa on Friday, triggered by Ukraine’s offensive to recapture the eastern city of Slovyansk from pro-Russia forces.

    OSCE observers held in Ukraine released

    European military observers who were held more than a week by insurgents in eastern Ukraine walked free Saturday, with Kiev insisting the release proves Russia is fomenting unrest in Ukraine — as Moscow touted the insurgents as courageous humanists.

    Author Mindy Caliguire delivers the keynote address to graduates at Judson University’s golden centennial commencement on Saturday in Elgin.

    Always give your best, author tells Judson graduates

    Judson University graduates were told Saturday to give their best, always, no matter whether they end up working as lawyers or Starbucks baristas. Author Mindy Caliguire, executive director of Engage International and director of transformation for Willow Creek Association, addressed 180 graduates.

    Shoppers carry their bags full of purchases as they make their way through Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles in 2007. When the mall opened 23 years ago it was a go-to place for shopping. Now it’s being revamped at The Quad after several years of being virtually vacant.

    Back in the day, St. Charles a mall haven

    Dave Heun looks back on when St. Charles was bustling with busy stores and malls.


    Five found dead in Pennsylvania cabin

    The two adults were identified as 23-year-old Jacqueline R. Stackhouse, of New Columbia, and 30-year-old Nathan L. Reece, of Muncy. The names of the children — a 3-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl — weren’t immediately made public.The cabin owner says there had been a friendly gathering the night before.


    Minnesota man’s body found in RV cargo bin

    Officials say the men rented the recreational vehicle from someone in Anoka County on Thursday, and they headed south. Jake Wanek, of Minneapolis, was a part of the bachelor party and said the men pulled over in Winona to pick up the last members of their group. While they were there, they began investigating a foul odor and found Casserly’s body lodged in a compartment of the RV that was...

    Four female students of government secondary school Chibok, who were abducted by gunmen and reunited with their families walk in Chibok, Nigeria. The number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing in Nigeria has risen to 276.

    Kerry: U.S. will help in search for kidnapped Nigerian girls

    A team of U.S. officials from several agencies will travel to Nigeria in the coming week for consultations, the official said. Hundreds of women protested in at least three Nigerian cities this past week to express their outrage that the girls had not been found, the Associated Press reported.

    “Free Adams” is written on a wall on the Falls Road, West Belfast, Northern Ireland. Police Saturday continue to question the Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams at Antrim police station about the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

    Belfast police seek evidence of Adams’ IRA past

    Sinn Fein’s deputy leader, Martin McGuinness, said he had been told by Gerry Adams’ legal team that detectives were questioning him about many of his speeches, writings and public appearances going back to the 1970s, when he was interned without trial as an IRA suspect and wrote a newspaper column from prison using the pen name “Brownie.”

    From left, Mary Manning, Margaret Manning, and Barbara Ernesti, all relatives of Margaret "Midge" Donahue, sing during the seventh inning stretch during a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Chicago. The Cubs won 3-0. Donahue was hired by the Cubs as a stenographer in 1919, and rose to be the vice president of the team. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Huntley woman honored by Cubs

    At 16, Huntley resident Margaret “Midge” Donahue moved to the big city looking for a secretarial job and some excitement. Donahue found just that when she was hired in 1919 as a bookkeeper and stenographer by Bill Veeck, club president for what would later become the Chicago Cubs. On Saturday, the Cubs honored the late Donahue's 39-year career with the organization as part of its 100...


    Elgin police investigating 3 shooting incidents

    Elgin police continue to investigate two shootings that took place Friday night and early Saturday morning, leaving one person with nonlife threatening injuries. Altogether, that makes three shootings in Elgin in the span of 28 hours from Thursday night. The first shooting also caused nonlife threatening injuries to one person.


    Family who lost dog during Sandy finds it at pound

    James said the family had planned in recent weeks to get a new dog as a 10th birthday surprise for their eldest daughter, Ally. But when the family of five went to the Monmouth County SPCA on Thursday to adopt a new animal, James and his wife approached the first cage and saw a familiar face inside.

    U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine gives a speech Saturday supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president.

    Senator backs not-yet-candidate Clinton

    “She’s got the accumulated backbone and scar tissue and wisdom and judgment — all of those things that you need in a leader,” Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said at an event sponsored in part by the Ready for Hillary PAC.


    White House reporters to honor black journalist

    “Harry McAlpin is someone who should be recognized and shouldn’t be forgotten,” National Journal correspondent George Condon, the association’s unofficial historian, said this week during a panel discussion about diversity and the White House press corps.WHCA President Steven Thomma noted that the correspondents group is much more diverse now than in the days when it...

    Alex Bartkowiak, 14, and her mom Vicki Bartkowiak and grandmother Karen Wonak of Elk Grove Village warm up before the start of the Shelter 5K Run/Walk Saturday in Busse Woods.

    Shelter Inc. holds fund-raising race in Busse Woods

    The Shelter Inc. 5K Run/Walk kicked off at 9 a.m. on a perfect spring Saturday in Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village. “It’s overwhelming how people come out and support Shelter all these years,” Carol Brown, Shelter’s director of development said, adding that she’s “so grateful of the level of support.”

    A woman weeps during a rally to pay tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Divers battled strong currents and wind Saturday to search unopened rooms in the sunken South Korean ferry for dozens of missing passengers, officials said Saturday. The letters at cards read “ Save Children.”

    Divers looking in unopened rooms for ferry victims

    South Korean officials say divers were battling strong currents and wind to search unopened rooms in a sunken ferry for 70 missing passengers.

    Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was honored for his historic contributions to the FBI. Zimbalist, the son of famous musicians who gained television stardom in the 1950s-60s hit “77 Sunset Strip” and later “The FBI,” died Friday at his ranch in Solvang, Calif., at age 95.

    Efrem Zimbalist Jr., star of ‘The FBI,’ dead at 95

    Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the son of famous musical parents who established his own lasting celebrity in two of television’s most popular series, “77 Sunset Strip” and “The F.B.I.,” died Friday at age 95.

    Untapable, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, wins the Longines Kentucky Oaks on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.  Longines, the Swiss watch manufacturer known for its luxury timepieces, is the Official Watch and Timekeeper of the 140th annual Kentucky Derby.

    Video board brings race closer to Derby fans

    Everything is more audacious at the Kentucky Derby — the crowd, the hats, the wagering and now the gigantic video board.

    People walk on a street of Abi-Barik village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, Saturday, May 3, 2014. Afghan rescuers and hundreds of volunteers armed with shovels rushed on Saturday to help villagers hit by a massive landslide in the remote northeast a day earlier, officials said, while fears of a new torrent of mud and earth complicated rescue efforts.

    Rescuers struggle to help Afghans hit by landslide

    Afghan rescuers and hundreds of volunteers armed with shovels and little more than their bare hands dug through earth and mud Saturday looking for survivors or bodies of loved ones killed by a massive landslide in the remote northeast.


    Marching Illini chosen for 2015 Macy’s parade

    The University of Illinois’ Marching Illini will be one of just a handful of marching bands to perform in next year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.


    Robber sentenced to more than 15 years in prison

    A 50-year-old Chicago man who prosecutors say committed 20 armed robberies over five months has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.


    Ill. schools to receive $25M for security measures

    Illinois schools and universities are receiving $25 million in state funding to improve campus security.


    Sens. Kirk, Franken make beer bet over Stanley Cup

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he’s looking forward to an ice-cold Minnesota beer when the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.

    The Estep family of Elgin suffered unimaginable loss after the sudden death of John H. Estep, 54, on April 19. While his wife Terrie, and children John and Samantha, were at his funeral a week later, their house caught on fire and their three pets died.

    Fundraiser helping Elgin family after father’s death, then fire during funeral

    If someone should be mad at life or fate or a higher power, it’s John T. Estep of Elgin. But the 24-year-old says that’s not the case, even though his family suffered the death of his father and a fire that damaged their house and killed their three pets while they were at the funeral. “The fact that happened in one day, it’s certainly rare. But I wouldn’t say...


    Elgin subdivision worried about possible new rentals

    Homeowners in the Princeton West subdivision in Elgin are worried about a new developer who might build the rest of the property as rental units, but the developer says fears are unfounded. Wilmette developer Cameel Halim of CH Ventures LLC wants to built another 90 townhouses within the next two years.

    Lombard’s Lilac Time festival starts Saturday and runs through May 18.

    Lombard board tussles over scholarship for lilac princess who’s trustee’s daughter

    Lombard village trustees got into a political tussle when they were asked to award a $1,000 scholarship to a lilac princess who happens to be the daughter of Trustee Mike Fugiel. Trustees Peter Breen and Laura Fitzpatrick said it would be a conflict of interest if Morgan Fugiel received the money. “I feel it is morally wrong to accept personal gain from the village,” one trustee...


    Top Kane County educators named

    The top Kane County educators were honored Friday night by the Regional Office of Education at the 39th annual Educator of the Year Awards Banquet in St. Charles. Carol Mertes, first grade teacher at Johnson Elementary School in East Aurora Unit District 131, won the Educator of the Year Award, while Stephanie Ramstad, principal of Carpentersville Middle School in Community Unit District 300, was...

    Housna Ghazoualine, with her daughters Farah Hakimi, 3, and Zaynab, 5, said Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s early childhood program has been invaluable to her and her family. “They teach (the students) how to be independent. They teach them how to be responsible,” she said.

    Mom from Morocco finds early childhood program invaluable

    Since she discovered Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s early childhood program, mother-of-two Housna Ghazoualine has found peace of mind in more ways than one. Not only has the program helped her older daughter, 5-year-old Zaynab Hakimi, with her English and other skills, but Ghazoualine has benefited from the social network that helped her overcome feelings of isolation after...

    Teacher Mandy Konwent works with Diego Artzate and Esteban Hernandez in the 3- and 4-year-old special education prekindergarten class at Barrington Unit District 220’s Early Learning Center in Barrington.

    New early learning centers in suburbs help make Illinois a leader

    A wave of new, purpose-built early learning centers among suburban school districts stands as local evidence for the claim of experts and advocates that Illinois is a national leader in the field of early childhood education. “If you look at where you can be best invested to make a difference, preschool is one of the best investments you can make,” said Larry Joseph, research...


    Loyola players celebrate as they hold the championship trophy after defeating Stanford 3-1 in the NCAA men’s college volleyball championship at Gentile Arena in Chicago on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

    Loyola storms past Cardinal to win national title

    History was made Saturday night as the Loyola Ramblers won the NCAA championship in men’s volleyball by defeating the Stanford Cardinal 25-17, 19-25, 25-16, 25-15.

    Golden State Warriors' David Lee, right, shoots next to Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan during the second half in Game 6 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 100-99. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Clippers hold off Warriors 126-121 to win Game 7

    Blake Griffin scored 24 points, Chris Paul had 22 points and 14 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Golden State Warriors 126-121 in Game 7 on Saturday night to win their thrilling first-round playoff series.


    Girls track: Saturday, May 3 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Saturday, May 3.


    Softball: Saturday, May 3 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Saturday, May 3.


    Girls soccer: Saturday, May 3 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Saturday, May 3.


    Boys volleyball: Saturday, May 3 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Saturday, May 3.


    Boys track: Saturday, May 3 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Saturday, May 3.


    Girls badminton: Saturday, May 3 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Friday, May 3.


    Boys tennis: Saturday, May 3 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Saturday, May 3.


    Baseball: Saturday, May 3 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Saturday, May 3.


    Boys water polo: Saturday, May 3 results
    Results of area high school boys water polo games for Saturday, May 3.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, trades punches with Marcos Maidana in their WBC-WBA welterweight title boxing fight Saturday in Las Vegas.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins a tough fight

    Marcos Maidana did everything but beat Floyd Mayweather Jr., taking him 12 tough rounds before losing a majority decision. Mayweather remained unbeaten Saturday night, but not by much. Maidana swarmed all over him from the opening bell and gave him perhaps his toughest fight in a 16-year professional career. In the end, though, Mayweather got the win — just as he did in his previous 45 fights. He retained his welterweight title by winning 117-111 on one score card and 116-112 on another. A third judge had it even at 114-114.


    Fire implodes, loses 3-2
    Frank Yallop used words like “empty feeling” and “sickening” and “total collapse” to describe the Chicago Fire’s 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Toyota Park.

    Prospect’s girls soccer team, with the State Line Challenge trophy it secured Saturday in Moline.

    Prospect lines up a tournament title

    Prospect’s girls soccer team enjoyed a thrilling finale in the State Line Challenge on Saturday. The Knights first topped host Moline 1-0 in their morning semifinal before rolling past Geneseo 6-1 in the championship game.


    Hersey rolls in own tournament

    Hersey produced a perfect 5-0 run through its own boys volleyball invitational Saturday to improve to 18-3 overall. The Huskies’ toughest test came against York in a 27-25, 23-25, 15-11 decision. The Huskies topped third-place St. Viator 25-16, 25-18.

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) jumps into the celebration of a goal by right wing Marian Gaborik, center, of the Czech Republic, with defenseman Matt Greene (2) in defeating the Anaheim Ducks during overtime in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, May 3, 2014. Kings won 3-2 in the overtime.

    Gaborik leads Kings to 3-2 OT win vs Ducks
    After waiting 20 years to meet in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks provided an overtime thriller in the opening tussle for Southern California supremacy. Marian Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and then scored 12:07 into the extra period to lift the Kings to a 3-2 victory Saturday night.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Round Lake Ace Ryan Newman performed like one Saturday in leading the Panthers to a big North Suburban Conference Prairie Division victory in a 2-1 decision against Antioch. Newman rolled up 13 strikeouts, allowed just 1 hit, 4 walks and no earned runs over 7 full innings.


    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Ever since Stevenson’s softball team earned coach Larry Friedrichs his 500th career win, the Patriots have been on a roll. Stevenson swept a nonconference doubleheader from host Prospect, 15-2 and 6-4, Saturday to improve to 11-12 and cap a 5-0 week. Once 3-11, the Patriots — who entered the season 4 wins shy of Friedrichs’ milestone victory — have won eight of their last nine.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots over Memphis Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince (21) during Game 7 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday in Oklahoma City. The Thunder won 120-109.

    Thunder beat Grizzlies 120-109 in Game 7

    Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series. Westbrook had 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. His assist total tied the franchise record for a playoff game set in 1987 by Nate McMillan when the team was still in Seattle.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Palatine’s softball team took third place in the Rolling Meadows Invite on Saturday with a 6-4 victory over Glenbrook South. Coach Jeff Manz’s squad trailed 4-1 when it scored 5 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, allowing Jules Udoni to go on and notch the win with a compete game.

    Loyola players celebrate as they hold the championship trophy after defeating Stanford 3-1 in the NCAA men’s college volleyball championship at Gentile Arena in Chicago on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

    Loyola men beat Stanford for NCAA volleyball title

    Loyola opposite hitter Joe Smalzer no longer has a chip on his shoulder about being an underdog. California schools have long dominated men’s volleyball while only a few other schools have won a national title. Top-seeded Loyola joined the elite group, beating third-seeded Stanford 3-1 on Saturday night for the Ramblers’ first NCAA men’s volleyball title.

    Cubs third baseman Mike Olt throws to first for an out against the St. Louis Cardinals’ Allen Craig during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Coghlan grateful for this chance

    Outfielder Chris Coghlan had to bide his time at Class AAA Iowa to start the season. But it became worth it Saturday as the Cubs called him up to the major leagues to replace the injured Ryan Sweeney. The Cubs made several other moves before beating the Cardinals 3-0.

    Starlin Castro, left, and Junior Lake celebrate after the Cubs beat the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs claim first series victory since September

    It was a big day of firsts at Wrigley Field Saturday. Jake Arrieta came off the disabled list to make his first start. Park Ridge resident Brian Schlitter picked up his first major-league win, in relief. And the Cubs won their first series since last September with a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.

    Patrick Kane celebrates his awe-inspiring goal on a backhand to break a 2-2 third-period goal in Game 1 Friday night.

    Kane's goal still all the rage

    The Blackhawks had a good time reviewing the tape of Patrick Kane's game-winner from Friday, but when they went over the rest of the tape, the laughter no doubt died down as they watched themselves let a two-goal lead slip away late and had to rely on the heroics of No. 88 to come away with a 1-0 series lead over a no-quit Minnesota team.


    Warren, Mundelein make progress in Glenbrook Cup

    Reaching a higher level of performance has been the goal for Warren’s girls soccer team all spring. And they’re certainly getting there, as shown by an appearance Saturday night in the championship game of the Glenbrook Cup. The Blue Devils produced a strong effort but ended up falling 2-1 to host Glenbrook South at the Techny Fields in Northbrook. In the preceding third-place game, Mundelein suffered a 1-0 loss against Normal West to finish fourth in the 16-team tournament.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Buffalo Grove 5, Stevenson 1: Brendon Murphy allowed visiting Stevenson just 2 singles and 3 walks as the Bison earned a nonconference baseball victory Saturday.Ricky Strba drove in 2 runs, Andrew Cole had 2 hits and Dan Levato doubled for the Bison (6-14).Maine West 5, Waukegan 1: Jordan Baird allowed 4 hits and struck out six in a complete-game victory to help the host Warriors win a Central Suburban crossover.Chris Selgrad tripled and finished 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the offense effort for Maine West (6-12).Dillon Ronan also had 2 hits, and Geoff Duckmann and Eric Outlaw each scored twice.Hersey 21, Chicago College Prep 1 (5 inn.): The Huskies managed to produce 18 hits in 4 team at-bats in a nonconference victory.Tanner Luke (3 IP) got the win and Zach Durec pitched 2 scoreless relief innings.The main contributors for Hersey (9-11-1) offensively were Luis Rosado (3-for-3, 2 triples, 4 RBI), Andrew Segalla (3-for-4, 2 RBI), CJ Reichel (2-for-2, 2 RBI) and Nick Zouras (2-for-3).Vernon Hills 13, Wheeling 1 (5 inn.): Wheeling’s Brenden Spillane had a triple, but the Cougars produced runs in bunches in a nonconference matchup. Pat Crowley earned a victory and aslo produced at the plate with 3 hits, including a triple and 3 RBI, for Vernon Hills. The Cougars finished with 14 hits.Lake Zurich 10, Rolling Meadows 3: The visiting Bears produced 10 hits in earning a nonconference victory over the Mustangs (10-10).Sean O’Brien and Manny Zervos both had 2 hits. Erik Schurtz and O’Brien both doubled and drove in a run, and Bob Suchecki also had a double for Meadows.Palatine 9, Burlington Central 4: Matt Saltess and Zach Serna both had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Joey Roy drove in 3 to pace the Pirates (15-11) in nonconference play Saturday night. Patrick Seeberger pitched 3 innings and allowed 1 earned run to get the win.Palatine 12, Schaumburg 9: In the continuation of a game suspended April 30 and tied 9-9 after nine innings, Palatine scored 3 runs in the top half of the 10th and held on to win.Matt Saltess doubles for Palatine, while Schaumburg’s Michael Fan had 2 doubles and Tyler Teele had a homer.Correction: Saturday’s print edition included some inaccurate information about Friday’s game between Conant and Wheeling. Wheeling’s pitching duties in that 11-inning contest were shared by Justin Webb (6 IP, 4 ER) and Brian Lorey (5 IP, 1 ER).

    As good as Jose Abreu has been at the plate so far in his rookie season, he is as equally impressive as a positive influence on his White Sox teammates.

    Abreu instant hit for White Sox in more ways than one

    Jose Abreu has been an instant hit in the middle of the White Sox' lineup. Abreu has also been a better than expected communicator, especially with fellow Cubans Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford makes a second-period save Friday night in Game 1 against the Wild.

    Blackhawks’ Crawford never good enough for critics

    Minnesota has narrowed the gap on the Blackhawks since a year ago, but they still have serious goaltending issues. With Corey Crawford, the Hawks have no such worries.


    Shaw ‘questionable’ for Blackhawks in Game 2

    OK, now we know why Kris Versteeg, who looked ready to go for the series opener against Minnesota was a late scratch, and we kind of know the prognosis on injured forward Andrew Shaw.

    The White Sox’s Jose Abreu tosses his glove with the ball to starting pitcher Scott Carroll to get Cleveland Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall out at first base during the sixth inning of Saturday’s game in Cleveland. Chisenhall was out, but the White Sox lost 2-0.

    Abreu glove toss highlight in Sox loss to Indians

    Other than Jose Abreu’s snazzy glove toss, Saturday night was a lost cause for the Chicago White Sox. The highest-scoring team in the AL was held to five hits and committed two costly errors in a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians, sending the White Sox to their fourth straight defeat. Abreu, who leads the majors in homers and RBIs, struck out with two runners on to end the eighth. Earlier, the Cuban first baseman made the play of the day.


    Bartlett wins Rolling Meadows tournament

    The Bartlett softball team is on a roll again. The Hawks ran roughshod over their competition this weekend in winning the Mustang Stampede at Rolling Meadows and running their win streak to 5 straight. They have now won 11 of their last 12 games as well.


    Miller jumps to new St. Charles North record

    A new emphasis on mental toughness. Maybe that’s what lifted Erik Miller to the St. Charles North program record in high jump.


    Larkin notches DH sweep of rival Elgin

    The Larkin baseball team gave rival Elgin a taste of year-old medicine Saturday. Last season, Elgin mounted a 6-run rally late in Game 2 to split the annual Trout Park doubleheader and win the series 2-1. Back at Trout on Saturday for the first 2 games of this year’s 3-game set, Larkin capitalized on a pair of Elgin errors to rally for 3 runs in the sixth inning of a 5-3 victory in the nightcap.


    Hinsdale Central sends strong Pitchford message

    Can anyone challenge Hinsdale Central a month from now in the boys tennis state tournament? Not likely, based on the most recent evidence. The Red Devils rolled past 31 teams over the weekend to earn the team championship at the Tom Pitchford ‘32’ Invitational going away on Saturday. Hinsdale Central also likely will get Martin Joyce as the state tourney’s top seed, along with teammates Lope Adelakun and Chase Hamilton at doubles after victories at tournament host Hersey on Saturday. The Red Devils, who last year crushed the field with a perfect score of 80 overall points, nearly matched that record with 76 points, 26 points clear of runner-up Lake Forest and 28 more than third-place New Trier. Stevenson finished fourth in the team race with 44 points, while downstate Edwardsville rounded out the top five with 41 points.


    Metea Valley honors Schmid, then wins

    On a day on which Metea Valley officially named its baseball field after Metea Valley principal and Illinois baseball hall of famer Jim Schmid, the Mustangs honored him in their own way with a 2-1 win over West Chicago.

    Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

    California Chrome wins 140th Kentucky Derby

    California Chrome pulled away down the stretch for a dominant win at the 140th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Taking charge at the top of the lane, California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza made a decisive move and quickly sprinted clear. They finished the 1 miles in 2:03.66. The 5-2 favorite stretched his winning streak to five and Art Sherman, 77, became the oldest winning Derby trainer.

    The girls 4x100 relay, with Palatine’s Corey Rinella claiming victory in the finals at Palatine’s Chic Anderson Stadium on Saturday.

    Riedy, O’Brien power Palatine’s team-first relay win

    Junior Caitlin Riedy and sophomore Katie O’Brien came up big for Palatine’s girls track team on a sunny Saturday. The two combined to power the Pirates to the 82nd Palatine Relays title with 143 points at Chic Anderson Stadium. Barrington took second with 114 points, followed by Fremd (79 points), Lane (67), and Wheeling (65).

    Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott (32) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) during Game 7 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks Saturday in Indianapolis. The Pacers won 92-80.

    Pacers roll past Hawks, 92-80 in Game 7

    Paul George scored a playoff career-high 30 points and Roy Hibbert finally came up big to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Atlanta Hawks, 92-80 on Saturday night in Game 7. Indiana staved off elimination for the second time in three days. It’s the first time since mid-March the Pacers’ regular starters have won back-to-back games.


    Lake Park second at Arnold

    The Edwardsville boys track team made the long journey to Glen Ellyn to take part in Saturday’s 33rd annual Jim Arnold Invitational at Glenbard West and made it a worthwhile trip by winning the competition. But area teams competing also enjoyed strong showings.

    St. Charles East’s Austin Regelbrugge is safe back on first base from Geneva’s Nick Porretto in the fifth inning on Saturday, May 3.

    Geneva, St. Charles East fit to be tied

    Heading into the final month of the regular season as Upstate Eight Conference River Division contenders, Saturday’s baseball doubleheader between St. Charles East and Geneva took on a little extra meaning as well.

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots over Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Anthony scored 30 points as the Knicks defeated the Bulls 83-78.

    Which path should Bulls take?

    Earlier this week, Bulls general manger Gar Forman said he doesn't know which direction things will go this summer. That's because the Bulls' future is essentially based on Carmelo Anthony's whims. Here's a look at the paths available to the Bulls this summer.


    Schaumburg’s Early takes singles title at CL South

    For Schaumburg’s Dillon Early it was a matter of getting control of his emotions. Once he did the rest of the field at Saturday’s Crystal Lake South boys tennis invitational didn’t have a chance. Early whitewashed Crystal Lake South’s Nick Thome 6-0, 6-0 to win the singles title.


    Burton gives Naperville Central a lift

    Junior outside hitter Jack Burton lifted his offensive game to help the Naperville Central boys volleyball team remain undefeated throughout the ninth annual Benet Invitational.


    Burlington Central falls twice

    Burlington Central loses 2: After the Rockets (7-6-2) downed Sycamore 3-2 on Friday in come-from-behind fashion, Central was unable to come up with a win at the Freeport Tournament on Saturday, losing 4-0 to the host Pretzels and 1-0 in the final minutes to Harlem. Goalkeeper Abbi Ciganek made 7 saves against the Pretzels and stopped 3 shots against Harlem.


    South Elgin takes 2nd at Hersey

    The South Elgin boys volleyball team not only finished second at the Hersey tournament Saturday, the Storm also established a new program record for wins in a season.


    Conant keeps connecting, tops Fremd

    After suffering its first loss at Buffalo Grove despite hitting 3 home runs on Friday, Conant’s softball players apparently decided they had to be a little stronger Saturday. So less than 24 hours later, the Cougars crushed 4 homers and got right back on track with an 11-5 victory over visiting Fremd in the Mid-Suburban West contest in Hoffman Estates.

    Lake Zurich pitcher Derek Kornfeind delivers to the plate during Saturday’s game against Stevenson.

    Confident Kornfeind lifts Lake Zurich

    The relaxed, Hollywood smile on Derek Kornfeind’s face suggests his confidence is back. So, the senior lefty is back in Lake Zurich’s starting rotation. And his performance against visiting Stevenson on Saturday morning suggests he’s staying in it for the rest of the season. Kornfeind followed up his quality start against a hard-hitting Grant team eight days earlier by pitching a 3-hit shutout, as the Bears won 7-0 in a North Suburban Lake Division makeup game.

    Fremd’s Jawan Gaines, right, edges out Barrington and Palatine down the stretch in the 1,600-meter relay on Saturday in the Palatine Relays at Chic Anderson Field.

    Bull’s eye for relay-winning Palatine

    Palatine’s boys track team was flying under the radar for most of a sunny afternoon on Saturday, but in the end the Pirates were right on target. The Pirates won only two events but pieced together an impressive title at the 82nd Palatine Relays on Saturday at Chic Anderson Stadium. Palatine finished with 108 points, holding off Fremd (99 points) and Barrington (97 points) to secure the title for the first time since 2011.


    Waubonsie Valley wins Naperville title

    The play looked so effortless, but it was the product of time and effort. Mackenzie Fuller scored two second-half goals a minute apart and Waubonsie Valley captured the Naperville Invitational girls soccer championship with a 2-1 victory against previously unbeaten New Trier on Saturday afternoon.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Saturday, May 3

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup for Saturday, May 3.


    Fremd’s Wu constructs winning finish; BG wins MSL title

    Fremd senior Angela Wu will attend the University of Illinois in the fall, where she’ll study civil engineering at the nation’s top rated program. Saturday in the Mid-Suburban League badminton championships at Elk Grove, Wu had all the design elements in place for an extremely successful tournament. The senior put a cap on four years of excellence on the courts by winning her third MSL title in a 21-14, 21-9 victory at No. 1 singles over Jessica Schwartz of Buffalo Grove; the Bison ended up winning the over MSL title.

    South Elgin’s Nick Menken slides safely into home as Bartlett catcher Jordan Flint reaches for the tag on Saturday at South Elgin.

    A Saturday sweep for South Elgin

    The South Elgin baseball team is coming out of the weekend feeling a whole new sense of optimism. After knocking off Streamwood on Friday the Storm followed it up on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of 3-1 and 12-2 in 6 innings against visiting Bartlett in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division action. South Elgin entered the weekend having lost 5 of its last 6, but has now surged back above the .500 mark at 9-7 overall and 6-5 in the Valley Division.

    The White Sox have put outfielder Adam Eaton on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring.

    White Sox put OF Eaton on DL with bad hamstring

    The Chicago White Sox have put outfielder Adam Eaton on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring. The White Sox made the move with their leadoff man before Saturday night’s game against Cleveland. Eaton was hurt running to first base while hitting into a double play Friday.

    Missouri’s Michael Sam (52) runs onto the field along with their teammates before the start of an NCAA college football game against Georgia in Columbia, Mo., in 2012. With openly gay player Michael Sam about to be drafted into the NFL, several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including coach Marv Levy, linebacker Harry Carson and cornerback Michael Haynes, believe he will be readily accepted into the league and won’t endure any discrimination.

    NFL Hall of Famers say gay player will be accepted

    Once Michael Sam is drafted in the NFL, the Missouri defensive end will be judged strictly on whether he can play and whether he can help his team win. Everything else — even that he’s gay — will be trivial. As the first openly homosexual player to enter the draft, Sam could face scrutiny unlike any player before him. But many of the greatest players and coaches in football history don’t believe he’ll be subjected to any hatred, harassment, discrimination or bullying by teammates.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw may not play against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday because of a lower body injury he suffered during Friday’s series opener.

    Blackhawks’ Shaw questionable for Game 2

    Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw is questionable for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday because of a lower body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday he doesn’t expect Shaw to be out for an extended period. Shaw was injured sometime during Friday’s series-opening win; it was not clear exactly when.


    O’Malley pitches Elk Grove past Prospect

    After being hit hard by Prospect last Wednesday, Elk Grove pitcher Adam O’Malley knew he needed a huge effort Saturday when his Grenadiers hosted Prospect. “I got knocked around pretty good on Wednesday,” O’Malley said. “So I had a different mindset today.” With a better focus, and the Elk Grove bats coming alive, O’Malley and his team surged past Prospect 6-1. That helped the Grenadiers (14-6, 7-2) move into sole possession of first place in the MSL East baseball race.

    Glenbard South pitcher Taylor Carli battles Morton during girls softball action in Lombard.

    Glenbard South back to winning ways

    Morton probably could have picked a better day to make a visit to Glenbard South. The Mustangs came to Glen Ellyn on Saturday morning for a nonconference softball battle against a Raiders squad determined to bounce back from a rare conference setback. And bounce back Glenbard South did — in a big way — using a 7-run fifth inning to finish off Morton 14-4 in 5 innings.Morton probably could have picked a better day to make a visit to Glenbard South.


    Naperville Central widens its DVC lead

    Don’t look now but Naperville Central’s baseball team is starting to build a little separation for itself atop the DuPage Valley Conference standings. Luke Daley’s 2-run seventh-inning single sparked Saturday’s 3-1 win at Wheaton Warrenville South to make it two straight over the Tigers, who came into the series tied with the Redhawks with only one DVC loss.

    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) is congratulated by teammate Daniel Paille (20) after defeating the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 in the second-round of the Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Boston, Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 5-3, tying the series at one game each. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Bruins rally to beat Canadiens 5-3 in Game 2

    The Boston Bruins rallied from two goals down to avoid another two-game deficit against the archrival Montreal Canadiens.Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal with 3:32 left and Boston scored four times in eight minutes to beat the Canadiens 5-3 on Saturday and even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

    After hitting a two-run home run, Chicago Cubs’ Junior Lake, right, celebrates with Starlin Castro, left, who scored, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Lake, Rizzo HR, power Arrieta, Cubs over Cardinals

    Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo homered, leading Jake Arrieta and the Cubs past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 Saturday for their season-best third win in a row.A day after the Cubs tagged St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, they came back to beat Michael Wacha (2-3).The Cubs have their longest winning streak since a three-game sweep of San Francisco in late July.


    Dobler pitches South Elgin past Metea Valley

    South Elgin sophomore pitcher Karli Dobler was elevated from the junior varsity team to the varsity three weeks ago, and she passed a big test with flying colors on Saturday against Metea Valley. First-year Storm coach Stephanie Katzenberger called on Dobler to come on in relief of senior Paige Allen with two outs in the top of the fifth inning and the Mustangs leading 3-1. Metea Valley had runners at first and second and senior Jenna Hall coming up with a chance to break the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division softball game wide open. But Dobler got Hall to ground out to third, the Storm scored 4 runs in the bottom of the inning and Dobler wiggled out of jams in the sixth and seventh as South Elgin notched a 5-3 win in South Elgin.

    Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, center, celebrates with fans, his winning shot against the Houston Rockets during the last .9 of a second of game six of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series game in Portland, Ore., Friday May 2, 2014. The Trail Blazers won the series in a 99-98 win. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Lillard’s 3 at buzzer leads Blazers past Rockets

    Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Portland Trail Blazers stunned the Houston Rockets 99-98 to take their playoff series in six games and advance to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in 14 years.


    Hawks 3 stars

    3 Hawks stars of Friday night


    Versteeg a stunning healthy scratch again

    The ‘from out of the blue’ moment of the night had to be the late scratch of Kris Versteeg from Game 1 lineup, replaced in the lineup by Joakim Nordstrom.


    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Trailing 7-3, Buffalo Grove scored 7 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to handing visiting Conant its first loss this softball season. Junior ace Julia Camardo (8-4) won her third straight game since returning from an injury as the Bison (10-8, 6-3) won 10-9 and took a half-game lead over Elk Grove (19-3, 5-3) in the Mid-Suburban East.


    Local pitcher Rodriguez signs with Boomers

    Robert Morris University pitcher Rey Rodriguez has signed to play with the Schaumburg Boomers, team officials announced Friday. Rodriguez, a 24-year-old lefthander, was a First-Team NAIA all-American in 2012 and 2013 for RMU. The Venezuela native posted a 1.19 ERA over 23 appearances, which included 19 starts. He also recorded 11 complete games and seven shutouts at Robert Morris University. While posting a 17-2 record in his two seasons, Rodriguez struck out 156 in 135 innings, allowing just 18 earned runs and only 75 hits. Rodriguez tossed a no-hitter against Lindenwood-Belleville on March 22, 2013.


    The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 tablet computer. Today’s slim, flat screens are in many ways reminiscent of the video walls that appeared decades ago in memorable visions of the future created by Ray Bradbury. They also formed part of the early wishes of David Sarnoff, the communications pioneer who built RCA, the company where much of Heilmeier’s work was done.

    LCD pioneer Heilmeier dies at 77

    The “liquid crystal” description of the materials that Heilmeier worked with appeared at first to be an oxymoron. Crystals carry an image of rigidity and regularity — almost exactly the opposite of liquids. But liquid crystals can be made, and some have a particularly valuable property: They can scatter light when subjected to an electrical field. By this property, they lend themselves to incorporation in devices that translate invisible electrical signals into visible light.

    Fans watch a race on a large video screen Saturday before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs.

    Video board brings race closer to Derby fans

    Towering 170 feet over the backstretch, the high-definition video screen that cost $12 million is bigger than three NBA basketball courts, bigger than the screens on the monstrous four-sided display at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.The horses are shown some 70 feet tall, more than 10 times their true size. It’s backed by 750 new speakers installed throughout the track, which some fans said weren’t loud enough but caught jockey Rosie Napravnik’s attention.

    A New York City fire department EMT prepares to transport a woman who was evacuated from a subway train after it derailed Friday in the Queens borough of New York.

    Subway rail that snapped in derailment was new

    The rail that broke underneath a train in Queens on Friday morning was manufactured in the U.S. in November and installed in March. The other rails from that shipment will be tracked down and inspected, according to the MTA.

    Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, right, watches former super model and current business woman Kathy Ireland react Saturday after making a bad throw in the newspaper throwing competition prior to the annual shareholders meeting.

    Buffett speaks, plays, prevails at Berkshire bash

    Berkshire Hathaway shareholders overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have encouraged the conglomerate to pay a dividend.Warren Buffett shared preliminary voting results on Saturday. Roughly 97 percent of Class A and Class B shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway voted against the dividend proposal.

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra addresses the University of Michigan graduates Saturday at a commencement ceremony in Ann Arbor, Mich. Barra, the first woman to lead a major automaker, took the top spot at GM in January, just as a deadly ignition switch problem was starting to surface. Barra urged the students to be honest in every aspect of their lives, and to use their optimism and propensity for inclusion to rethink outdated assumptions and expose and correct injustice.

    GM recalling 51,640 SUVs for defective fuel gauges

    The recall involves the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia from the 2014 model year. All of the affected SUVs were built between March 26 and Aug. 15 of 2013.

    The Farmstand app, for iOS devices, depends on user-generated data to let shoppers know the locations and hours of their local markets.

    WPBLOOM 050114: bc-tech-scan
    Farmstand app devices, depends on user-generated data to let shoppers know the locations and hours of their local farmers markets. Pushbullet lets you send links, files, notes and even to-do lists between devices.

    Vic Gundotra, the man who led Google’s foray into social networking is leaving the company. Does this mean Google Plus is dead? It depends on who you ask.

    Is Google Plus finally dying?

    The man who led Google’s foray into social networking is leaving the company. So what does that mean for Google Plus? If you ask Google, absolutely nothing. But if you ask TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis and Matthew Panzarino, it means Google Plus is walking dead.

    Why Google should buy Dropbox. Because it has the potential to create a true Internet of You.

    How to make Siri smarter

    Siri and I don’t talk much these days. Which is odd, because she probably knows more about me than anyone else in my life. By all accounts, I should be outsourcing most of my daily life to Siri. But she's just not that bright.

    Google is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work. Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of the glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to help make their project a reality.

    Google challenges nonprofits on ideas to use Glass

    Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. The tech giant asked nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work. Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of the glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to help make their project a reality.

    Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, pauses while addressing a meeting of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) during Russia Business Week in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

    Commentary: Putin wants his own Internet

    Asked at a media forum in St. Petersburg about Russia’s largest search engine, Yandex, storing its data on servers outside the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Internet was originally a “CIA project” and “is still developing as such.” The former KGB agent is not totally wrong.

    Would you buy Google Glass with its $1,500 price tag? This reporter says she won’t yet.

    My awkward week with Google Glass

    It’s a Wednesday night, and I’m turning heads on the sidewalk. People are slowing halfway down the block as I approach. They’re whispering about me as I walk through the room. Strangers are watching me, sometimes even stopping me on the street.


    Ride-sharing app Lyft expands to new markets

    Lyft, the on-demand ride-sharing app best known by the fuzzy pink moustaches on its cars, is launching its service in 24 new U.S. markets.


    Facebook buys fitness tracker startup behind Moves

    Facebook acquired the startup behind the popular fitness tracking app Moves as it expands beyond its namesake service into a company with multiple, differentiated mobile apps.


    Intel posts lower 1Q net income, higher revenue

    Intel’s earnings fell in the first three months of the year, but revenue grew because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services.


    Google, Apple settle high-tech workers’ lawsuit

    Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.

    Customers browse Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S5 smartphones at a Samsung retail store in the Central district of Hong Kong, China.

    Europe warns Google, Samsung on phone patent abuse

    The European Commission has said that Google’s Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe. Samsung settled a case where it had tried to use its patents to block Apple from bringing a phone to market. But neither company was slapped with a fine.

    Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. joined companies driving a 33 percent jump in New York’s technology jobs in the past four years, making the industry the fastest-growing part of the city’s economy, a report said.

    Technology is fastest-growing industry in New York

    Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. joined companies driving a 33 percent jump in New York’s technology jobs in the past four years, making the industry the fastest-growing part of the city’s economy, a report said.


    Facebook leaves mobile concerns in dust with surge in revenue

    Facebook Inc. was once mired in mobile-advertising doldrums. That was so 2012.The world’s largest social-networking site reported first- quarter profit and revenue this week that blew past analysts’ estimates.

    Attendees type on laptop computers during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    As Facebook matures, it looks to grow mobile reach

    Mark Zuckerberg, like Facebook, is maturing. The soon-to-be 30-year-old CEO of the decade-old social networking company grew reflective as he stood before hundreds of app developers to announce a host of mobile features designed to put “people first.” “We used to have this famous mantra, ‘move fast and break things,’” Zuckerberg said but now the company's mantra is “move fast with stable infra.”


    T-Mobile adds 1.3 million customers as Sprint pursues deal

    T-Mobile US Inc. added more subscribers in the first quarter than AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. combined, heightening the carrier’s allure as Sprint Corp. pursues a merger.

Life & Entertainment

    Cambria countertops are 93 percent quartz, making them stronger than granite — for years the gold standard for countertop durability.

    High-profile modern kitchens benefit from innovative ways to renovate

    As recently as 50 years ago, kitchens in the United States were primarily thought of as efficient, closed-off and back-of-house spaces solely focused on food preparation and dish washing. These days, kitchens are often a highly visible component of open-house plan concepts, places where guests are entertained and kids do their homework.

    A woman looks over a racing program before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

    Images: Kentucky Derby fashion
    For some the Kentucky Derby is all about the horses, for others it's all about the hats, lots and lots of hats. Even some of Hollywood's favorites got into the act.

    Britain’s Prince Harry steps out of a vehicle Thursday to eat at Rendezvou in downtown Memphis, Tenn.

    Crowds gather in Memphis for British princes
    Multiple media outlets reported that the royal brothers on Friday went for a tour of Graceland, the one-time home of Elvis Presley. The men are in the city for Lizzy Wilson and Guy Pelly’s wedding. She is the granddaughter of the late Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson and London club owner Guy Pelly.


    What goes into picking the world’s best restaurants?

    The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is a quirky list, and no one claims it is definitive. Avant-garde restaurants tend to place higher than traditional establishments whose gastronomy has stood the test of time. There’s an element of fashion as the chefs of the moment (many of whom are friends) win greater recognition than the grand old culinary masters.

    Homer Simpson gets re-imagined as a Lego figure in Sunday’s episode of “The Simpsons” on Fox.

    Homer goes hard-body in ‘Simpsons’ Lego episode

    Episode No. 550 of Fox’s “The Simpsons” was put together Lego brick by brick, in a CGI manner of speaking. Using computer-generated special effects, the town of Springfield and its residents have been reimagined in the style of the famed plastic toys for Sunday’s episode, “Brick Like Me,” at 7 p.m. It’s a tart title for a sweet episode, one that combines CGI and the show’s traditional animation to shake up Homer Simpson’s world and teach him a lesson about parenting.

    Make mom a special card on Second Sunday (May 11) at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

    On the road: Make a card for Mother’s Day

    Enjoy some of the South side’s offerings at Second Sunday, a drop-in event for families featuring arts and crafts projects at the Hyde Park Art Center. Join artists from The Plug-In Studio for a pop-up, drop-in art and technology workshop where you will use electronics and found materials to create interactive works that move, make sound and light up. Or, get in on the Mother’s Day workshop designing and hand-printing your own one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day card.

    Rick Springfield signs copies of his novel “Magnificent Vibration” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Book notes: Meet Rick Springfield at Anderson’s in Naperville

    Singer, actor and author Rick Springfield signs copies of his new novel "Magnificent Vibration" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Plus, Garrison Keiller discusses and signs copies of his new book, “The Keillor Reader,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College in Naperville.


    Alternatives to coach might not be that bad

    In case you missed it, a teen jumped the fence at San Jose International Airport and stuffed himself into the wheel well of a plane with less space than a middle economy seat. He planned to go to Africa. Instead, 5½ hours later he landed in Hawaii, alive. Experts said it was impossible. At best, temperatures would dive to a minus 60 degrees and there would be virtually no oxygen at that altitude. The boy survived. And he’s not the first to travel in wheel-well class.

    “Found You There” by Sandra Dieckmann, printed on a rug ($79 for 4-by-6-foot). The rug is available at Society 6, a website that helps artists promote their work.

    Society6 website helps artists create home goods

    Art is not just for hanging on your wall. An online marketplace, Society6, launched a line of area rugs in April — the newest addition to the art website’s growing collection of home goods.

    RosÚs pair well with warm-weather foods.

    When it comes to spring wine, think pink — rosÚ

    Warmer weather has arrived; soon it will be time for rosÚ. Pink wine is a harbinger of spring, like red-breasted robins, cherry blossoms, tax forms and tissues. Those serious reds and buttery whites we’ve been contemplating all winter can be pushed aside in favor of wine that is refreshing and fun.

    “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles tops off at 800 pages.

    ‘Natchez Burning’ is bold look at civil rights movement

    Greg Iles’ fourth novel, "Natchez Burning," about Natchez, Miss., lawyer Penn Cage is a bold look at the civil rights movement, bigotry, parental love and the legacy of violence wrapped in a solid plot that starts in 1964 and deftly alternates to 2005 without missing a beat. But as fascinating as the plot is, “Natchez Burning” almost sinks under its own weight.

    Gene Bonventre became interested in beer while stationed in England with the Air Force; he joined RateBeer in November 2008 after he retired and soon will rate his 10,000th beer.

    Washington man tastes his way toward beer-rating milestone: 10,000 and counting

    With the handle “Travlr,” Gene Bonventre joined RateBeer in November 2008 shortly after his retirement from the U.S. Air Force. Soon he had written brief descriptions of several hundred beers, scoring each on a five-point scale. A few years later, Bonventre soon will rate his 10,000th beer, a feat only 30 people in the world, six of them Americans, have accomplished.

    TV’s “Veronica Mars” (Kristen Bell) is back on the case in a movie version now on DVD.

    DVD previews: ‘Veronica Mars Movie,’ ‘Still Mine’

    The audience for the big screen version of “Veronica Mars” will probably fall into one of three camps: those that loved the mid-2000s television show and would enjoy the movie even if it were a remake of “Grown-Ups 2” starring Kristen Bell; those who adored the teen-noir detective show and got so amped about the film that it could never live up to their expectations; and those that have never heard of Veronica Mars but think the spunky, acerbic heroine seems pretty swell. It arrives on DVD Tuesday, May 6.

    Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, May 3.

    Weekend picks: Aretha croons at the Chicago Theatre

    Arlington International Racecourse starts its 2014 season with Opening Day on Friday and Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday in Arlington Heights. Long Grove's annual worship of all things chocolate begins this weekend. And wash it all down with samples of some of the more than 45 breweries on tap for the Second Annual Ballpark Brew Fest at the Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg. All this and more in the suburbs this weekend.

    Photograph your bulb plantings this month so that you can use the pictures as reference when filling in the area in the fall with new bulbs.

    Track your bulb plantings with photographs

    Take photographs of your bulb displays throughout the month and make notes to help you remember where new bulbs can be added in fall to improve the display. This will make it much easier to order and plant bulbs later this year.

    Iantha Carley

    Small-kitchen measures and countermeasures

    Designer Iantha Carley, who has participated in three DC Design Houses and whose aesthetic is known for its use of unexpected patterns, textures and colors, was the guest recently on The Washington Post staff writer Jura Koncius’ Home Front online chat.


    When selling, first steps don’t cost anything

    Q. I would like to chime in on the often-asked question about whether to remodel before putting a house on the market. As a recent buyer, I walked away from more than one home where the updates were not to my taste.


    Board members are not permitted to cast votes by email

    Q. The members of our condominium associationboard routinely communicate with one another and make decisions by email. Is this permitted?



    Editorial: JRW Little Leaguers winners in every way

    The Jackie Robinson West Little Leaguers have provide inspiration and hope, proving they are winners in every way, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors give quick-hit opinions on suburban happenings.


    The Soapbox
    Daily Herald editors this week are tallying texting drivers, musing on "the butterfly effect" and offering kudos to retiring educators who coach and conduct.


    The Soapbox
    Daily Herald editors speak up about the Arlington racetrack's remarkable anniversary and about suburban ties to a possible Loyola NCAA championship, among other topics.


    Medicare transparency offers limited perspective
    A letter to the editor: Much has been made of the Medicare physician payment “data dump” that occurred on April 9. Pursuit of transparency by America’s single largest purchaser of health care is laudable, but the way this information is being presented lacks some important elements of context. I’d like to share a bit about what this material really means.


    Democrats show their diversity of opinion
    A Palatine letter to the editor: We Democrats are proud of our diversity of opinion. But what’s more telling is that not one Republican supported the proposal to make the wealthy pay their fair share. The people of Illinois will have their chance to show whom they agree with in November.


    President chose money over job creation
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I doubt many heard the announcement made (or rather buried on) Good Friday by the Obama administration because most people were focused on Easter. Once again a decision on the Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas has been delayed until after the elections.


    Whose interests is Madigan serving?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: It appears to not be catching the general public’s attention as House Speaker Michael Madigan sends his top attorney into action in filing a lawsuit to stop the term limits question from appearing on the November ballot. Whose interest does this serve? The voters of Illinois or a public servant who has been at the trough (oink, oink) for some 30 years?


    Madigan shows why remap is needed
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: In your April 29 edition, you wrote on the movement to produce fair congressional district maps and one of its supporters, Mike Fortner.


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