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man wanted in aurora fatal crash found hiding in semitrailer by border patrol in texas

after four years of searching, a man wanted in connection with a fatal crash that killed a woman in aurora has been found.gustavo villarreal, 48, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of dearborn avenue in an unincorporated area near aurora, was wanted in connection with the jan. 21, 2013, crash that killed theresa burns, 57, of des plaines. the crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. on church road, just north of corporate boulevard on aurora's northeast side, according to a aurora police facebook post.burns, a residential counselor at the northern illinois academy, was trying to assist a student who had run from the school and sat down in the roadway. burns and another staff member were able to move the student, an 18-year-old woman, but were struck by a 1997 geo metro allegedly driven by villarreal, according to reports in the beacon-news.burns was pronounced dead a short while later. her co-worker was not badly injured, the reports said.after the crash, villarreal stopped the car and ran away, leaving the vehicle behind, police said.villarreal was able to elude police capture and ostensibly fled to mexico, police said. u.s. customs and border patrol agents took him into custody wednesday after they found him hiding in a tractor trailer in falfurrias, texas, about 70 miles north of the rio grande river.he was in the custody of brooks county sheriff's police in texas on friday, awaiting extradition to illinois.villarreal's charges include leaving the scene of an acciden...





travel ban ruling paves way for more refugees, but supreme court appeal awaits

an iraqi man who fled to the u.s. during the gulf war and trained tens of thousands of american soldiers is facing deportation orders that could lead to his death in his homeland, his supporters say.kadhim al-bumohammed, 64, decided to seek refuge thursday inside a new mexico church. he announced...





3 dead, 12 injured in fire in honolulu high-rise building with no sprinklers

at least three people died and 12 were injured friday in a fire at a honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said, and hundreds fled the giant condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors.the dead were found on the 26th floor, where the fire broke out around 2:15 p.m. and then spread to the 28th floor of the marco polo residences, fire chief manuel neves said. firefighters went door-to-door searching for people who might be trapped.the 36-floor building was built in 1971, before sprinklers were required."without a doubt if there were sprinklers in this apartment, the fire would be contained to the unit of origin," he said.resident teresa sommerville was shaken after hearing a woman's pleas for help."this lady's voice ... i'm trembling," sommerville told khon-tv. "she's like 'help me, help me,' and i couldn't see her because the smoke was so dark. all of a sudden the wind shifts and you see this lady is standing inside the lanai. she's not standing over the edge or anything, and she's like 'help me, help me.'"the blaze was still smoldering as the sun set, some four hours after it broke out, but no more flames were showing from outside the building and authorities said they expected to have it out soon.audrey mcavoy / apsmoke billows from a high-rise apartment building in honolulu on july 14, 2017.smoke billows from a high-rise apartment building in honolulu on july 14, 2017. (audrey mcavoy / ap)the high-rise, one of...





florida sinkhole swallows boat, 2 homes, forces evacuations

a sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in florida swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from about a dozen homes friday.dramatic video showed the home in land o' lakes, north of tampa in pasco county, collapsing into the hole friday morning. it quickly engulfed one home and a boat and then consumed about 80 percent of another home, said kevin guthrie, pasco county's assistant county administrator for public safety.by friday afternoon, the hole stretched up to 250 feet wide and 50 feet deep, and threatened to damage a third home, guthrie said.pasco county fire chief shawn whited told reporters that no one was home when crews responded to a call about a "depression" under a boat in the backyard of a house in lake padgett estates in land o'lakes. within minutes, he said, "the hole opened up" and the boat fell in.firefighters were able to get two dogs out of the home and retrieve some belongings before the first home started collapsing into the quickly expanding hole."this is people's lives. they have everything in that house. the house that i went into, the elderly woman was in a walker, so we wanted to make sure we got medications — things that she needed," deputy jay murphy said.no injuries have been reported.sheriff chris nocco said that within roughly 30 feet of the sinkhole, the ground was soft underfoot and felt like it was moving."walking down the street, you can see in ...





wisconsin lawmaker stole sign that called gop 'gropers'

a wisconsin republican lawmaker admitted friday that he removed an 80-year-old man's anti-republican sign from the state capitol rotunda without permission in may in an effort to uphold "decorum" in the building.rep. dale kooyenga of brookfield released a police report detailing the incident, saying in a telephone interview with the associated press that he had heard democrats were trying to obtain the report and he wanted to get out ahead of them.according to the report, 80-year-old donald e. johnson told capitol police on may 23 that his permitted sign was missing and it was worth $40. surveillance video showed kooyenga walking off with it.the report said the sign was "very critical of president trump, u.s. house speaker paul ryan, governor scott walker and the gop in general." kooyenga said in the telephone interview with ap that the sign called all the republicans "gropers" and said "damn all republicans."one of kooyenga's aides told an officer that the sign was in kooyenga's office, where the officer recovered it, according to the police report. police later returned the sign to johnson.kooyenga told a detective that he didn't believe taking the sign was a "big deal." he said he took the sign as a joke and because it contained the words "groper" and "damn" and children in the capitol saw it.according to the report, he told the detective that he planned to turn the sign over to the state department of administration, which oversees the capitol building a...





ryan lochte cleared of false-report charge after incident at rio olympics

an appellate court in brazil ruled friday that the case against ryan lochte should be dismissed. the u.s. swimmer had been accused of fabricating a story about getting robbed at gunpoint in rio de janeiro during august's olympics, causing an international scandal that drew in some of his teammates.lochte was charged with a false crime report, which could have resulted in a sentence of one to six months in jail, although he would have been unlikely to serve it. the 12-time olympic medalist returned to the u.s. before the games ended and the charge was filed, but he was given a 10-month suspension by usa swimming for his behavior in rio.according to usa today, the court concluded that lochte, who eventually admitted he "over-exaggerated" the story and apologized for his "immature behavior," did not break brazilian law. the three-judge panel, in a 2-1 ruling, noted that rio police, not lochte, had initiated the investigation and that the story he first told nbc did not meet the standard of a false report.prosecutors could still challenge the ruling, and they have 15 days to do so. lochte's lawyers have been pressing for a dismissal of the case, but a lower court had ruled 2-1 to uphold the charge."we are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against mr. lochte, while at the same time, appropriately recognizing that he committed no crime," jeff ostrow, a florida-based attorney for lochte, told usa today. "it has been a long year, but in th...





cubs blow 8-0 lead but survive to take 9-8 victory over orioles

anthony rizzo noticed a spark in the cubs coaches who seemed as invigorated by participating in the all-star game as the players did shortly after learning of the acquisition of prized left-hander jose quintana."winning is addicting," rizzo said. "we want to get back to the top and be the best. there's going to be no room to slack now."but even an eight-run lead wasn't good enough friday night for the cubs, who gradually sank into a vortex of failures before addison russell's one-out home run rescued them in the top of the ninth for a 9-8 victory over the orioles."we got through it," manager joe maddon said. "we'll take it. it's not always going to be an oil painting. i'll take it. it's a nice first step."it's really important under the circumstances. we had such a wonderful lead and then forfeited that led. that's the part that would have made it more difficult."the victory saved the cubs (44-45) from what would have been an embarrassing loss after building an eight-run lead through 2 1/2 innings. it also backed up the faith president theo epstein displayed in them when he acquired quintana from the white sox for four prospects. quintana should enhance their chances of catching the brewers in the national league central and strengthen their rotation for the short and long term."sometimes you can get so wrapped up in what's happening in the moment, with the tough first half we had, that we failed to take a step back and realize that not only can this be a ...





cubs' bullpen faces unfamiliar struggles in 9-8 win over orioles

the cubs escaped what would have been an embarrassing outcome friday night, as addison russell's home run in the ninth inning was the difference in a 9-8 win over the orioles.much of the anxiety prior to russell's homer was the lack of the control by a cubs bullpen that posted a 3.26 era in the first half.the relievers were responsible for five of the seven walks issued, and many of the walks added stress in the latter innings as the orioles erased an 8-0 deficit."we can’t walk that many folks," manager joe maddon said. "we walked way too many folks. i want to believe it’s the rust from the layoff, but the layoff is necessary. it's one of those catch-22 moments. it just the way it is."we got through it. i’ll take it. we did play well. we did a lot of good things tonight. we did not pitch well out of the bullpen, which has been our strongest point of the first half."the bullpen threw 312 innings in the first half, and maddon has been careful not to tax them in preparation for the final two months."it would have been very difficult to lose this game," maddon said. "i will not deny that. but we didn’t. we won. the bullpen guys, take a break like that, they’ve been throwing a lot. you try to save them."we got through it. let’s come back (saturday night)."





3 dead in fire in honolulu high-rise apartment building

at least three people died and at least 12 were injured in a fire that broke out on the 26th floor of a honolulu high-rise friday, and hundreds fled from the giant apartment complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors, authorities said.the blaze at the marco polo apartments spread from at least up to the 28th floor and hit several units, said honolulu fire department spokesman capt. david jenkins.the three dead were found on the 26th floor, said fire chief manuel neves.firefighters say there were reports of people trapped in their units in the burning building and some residents were unaccounted for.the conditions of the injured were not immediately clear. four people were taken to hospitals, honolulu emergency medical services spokeswoman shayne enright said.the wave-shaped building, built in 1971, was not equipped with fire sprinklers, honolulu mayor kirk caldwell said."without a doubt if there were sprinklers in this apartment, the fire would be contained to the unit of origin," neves said.the blaze was still burning some four hours after it broke out, but authorities said they expected to have it out soon.the high-rise, one of several of similar height near the tourist mecca waikiki, has 568 condominiums that sell for an average of about $560,000 and four commercial spaces. paramedics treated several injured people and at least four people were sent to the hospital. at least 12 people needed medical help, jenkins said.audrey mcavoy / apsmoke billows from a high-rise...





cubs edge orioles 9-8 after addison russell's 9th-inning home run

the cubs, invigorated by the acquisition of prized left-hander jose quintana from the white sox, scored eight runs in the first three innings. but they needed addison russell’s tie-breaking home run with one out in the ninth to hold on for a 9-8 victory friday night over the orioles at muggy oriole park. the start of the game was delayed by 49 minutes because of rain.at the plate: the cubs displayed their power from the start against kevin gausman. willson contreras hit a three-run home run, and kyle schwarber followed with a solo shot during a four-run first. ben zobrist lined a two-run home run in the second over the right-field wall, and jason heyward cranked a two-run shot in the third that landed on eutaw street behind the right-field wall.on the mound: left-hander mike montgomery effectively used his off-speed pitches through the first two innings, but the orioles began to solve him the second time through the order. welington castillo homered to start the third, and chris davis smacked an rbi double in the third. brian duensing induced davis to hit a soft pop to third with the tying run at first to end the sixth. but koji uehara allowed a two-run, game-tying homer to mark trumbo in the eighth.in the field: third baseman kris bryant made a strong throw near the third base line to retire trey mancini for the final out of the second. contreras sprinted quickly out of the catcher’s box to retire adam jones on a strong throw to start the sixth. heyward made a sliding ca...





white sox know 'game goes on' after jose quintana trade

jose quintana went to guaranteed rate field on thursday to clean his belongings out of the white sox clubhouse, and former rotation mates derek holland and carlos rodon engaged him in one last game of catch.a day later, quintana was in baltimore in a cubs uniform, and the sight of his empty locker served notice to sox players they could be in the middle of a changing clubhouse as the baseball trade deadline approaches.general manager rick hahn declared before friday night's 4-2 loss to the mariners that his club is "very much open for business" after the trade that netted four prospects from the cubs on thursday. and first baseman jose abreu said he wouldn't be surprised to see more moves, though he noted he was "very happy where i am.""we all know that this is a business and there's not too much that we can control about those decisions," abreu said through a team interpreter. "if the team believes that this is the right move for us to be a better team for the future, i'm all in on that."it was tough to digest. but like i told (quintana), 'you're going to be good. you're a good pitcher. you're a great human being.'"none of the sox should have been particularly surprised to see quintana go, considering the rumors had been out there since december. but holland, who posted a humorous goodbye video on social media thursday, said it was "definitely going to be tough" without him.the players weren't the only ones who felt a tinge of disappointment.hahn said ch...





3 dead in fire in honolulu high-rise apartment building

at least three people died in a fire that broke out on the 26th floor of a honolulu high-rise friday and hundreds fled as smoke billowed from the upper floors of the giant apartment complex.the blaze at the marco polo apartments spread from the 26th floor to at least the 28th floor and hit several units, said honolulu fire department spokesman capt. david jenkins.the three dead were found on the 26th floor, said fire chief manuel neves.firefighters say there were reports of people trapped in their units in the burning building and some residents were unaccounted for.the high-rise near the tourist mecca waikiki has 568 apartments and four commercial spaces. paramedics treated several injured people and at least four people were sent to the hospital. at least 12 people needed medical help, jenkins said."we could see smoke billowing out already and the ground was scorched outside the stairwell," said patrick williamson, who lives on the 32nd floor with his two sons, ages 10 and 12. they evacuated when they smelled smoke."i feel worried, concerned and a little angry," he said. "for the fire to get this out of control is a little suspicious. either the fire department was late in response or there was something going on in that unit. either way one wonders what happened and i feel a little bit less secure living in the building."jennifer kay and freida frisaroa sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in florida swallowed a boat, dest...





silicon valley firm compiling a blacklist of investors who harass women

faced with a burgeoning sexual harassment crisis, leaders in silicon valley have come up with a very silicon valley solution: use technology to create a blacklist.one of the region's most prominent firms recently emailed an online reporting form to 3,500 entrepreneurs, encouraging them to blow the whistle on sexual harassment by venture capitalists. now it is spearheading an effort to create an app that could provide reviews of financiers, akin to yelp or the workplace-review site glassdoor."we don't call it a blacklist, but that is essentially what is happening," kat manalac, a partner at the influential start-up incubator y combinator, said of the blast email. "there has always been a whisper network, where investors and entrepreneurs know which other investors are bad actors." two other groups are also launching tech start-ups to help victims share their experiences.the efforts by y combinator and others are part of the industry's urgent search for answers in the wake of sexual harassment scandals that have cemented silicon valley's reputation as hostile to women.but for all the success the tech industry has had in building products based on ratings systems and online feedback, this is uncharted territory for silicon valley and may be fraught with risk, legal experts say.anonymous apps, blacklists and databases could backfire - on the makers of the apps, on people who felt unfairly accused or on women themselves - and exacerbate the problem of gender discrimination...





russian-american lobbyist was present at trump jr.'s meeting with kremlin-connected lawyer

a russian-american lobbyist and veteran of the soviet military said friday that he attended a june 2016 meeting between president donald trump's oldest son and a kremlin-connected lawyer.the presence of rinat akhmetshin adds to the potential seriousness of the trump tower gathering that is emerging this week as the clearest evidence so far of interactions between trump campaign officials and russian interests.and it underscores how, despite donald trump jr.'s pledge this week to be "transparent," new details about the encounter continue to become public amid investigations by congress and a special counsel into alleged collusion between russia and the trump campaign.emails released this week show that trump jr. believed he was meeting with a russian government lawyer who would provide damaging information about democrat hillary clinton as part of a russian effort to assist his father's presidential campaign. he was joined at the meeting by jared kushner, trump's son-in-law, and paul manafort, then a top campaign aide — but trump jr. said this week that nothing came of the discussion.the attendance of akhmetshin, who says he holds u.s. and russian citizenship and who has been accused by some u.s. critics of having links to russian spy services, also appears to tie the trump tower meeting to a broader effort underway at the time to influence u.s. policy toward russia.akhmetshin says he has never had ties to russian intelligence, and he and lawyer natalia veselnitskaya ...





silicon valley firm compiling a blacklist of investors who harass women

faced with a burgeoning sexual harassment crisis, leaders in silicon valley have come up with a very silicon valley solution: use technology to create a blacklist.one of the region's most prominent firms recently emailed an online reporting form to 3,500 entrepreneurs, encouraging them to blow the whistle on sexual harassment by venture capitalists. now it is also considering creating an app that could provide reviews of financiers, akin to yelp or the workplace-review site glassdoor."we don't call it a blacklist, but that is essentially what is happening," kat manalac, a partner at the influential start-up incubator y combinator, said of the blast email. "there has always been a whisper network, where investors and entrepreneurs know which other investors are bad actors." two other groups are also launching tech start-ups to help victims share their experiences.the efforts by y combinator and others are part of the industry's urgent search for answers in the wake of sexual harassment scandals that have cemented silicon valley's reputation as hostile to women.but for all the success the tech industry has had in building products based on ratings systems and online feedback, this is uncharted territory for silicon valley and may be fraught with risk, legal experts say.anonymous apps, blacklists and databases could backfire — on the makers of the apps, on people who felt unfairly accused or on women themselves — and exacerbate the problem of gender discrimination ...





cubs president theo epstein open to making more moves before trade deadline

if the cubs display the form they did in the first three innings friday, when they hit four home runs on the way to an 8-0 lead against the orioles, president theo epstein could stay busy until the july 31 trade deadline."if we can get hot and start to play the way we're capable of, it puts us in a more aggressive posture, trying to maximize all 25 spots on the roster and do some things just for this year," epstein said before the game. "but if we don't get hot, we'll have a longer-term perspective."i like the look in the guys' eyes. i think everyone is refreshed and ready to put the first half behind us and being accountable for it and ready to move on and play better baseball."it's no secret the cubs are searching for another starting pitcher, but that search could last into the offseason. the cubs also would welcome a veteran catcher and perhaps a reliever.return trip: jake arrietaadmitted he wonders what his career would have been like had he stayed with the orioles instead of being traded to the cubs midway through the 2013 season.arrieta will pitch in baltimore for the first time since the trade saturday. he faced the orioles at wrigley field on aug. 22, 2014, a 4-1 cubs win in which he allowed four hits and one run in seven innings."there's no perfect formula or equation for success at this level," arrieta said. "it just took me quite a while to figure some things out. it would have been nice to have a better landing here and gain some traction and be her...





prosecutors: brawl over parenting skills sparked man to fatally stab brother

a judge set bail at $1 million friday for a man accused of fatally stabbing his older brother "for not being there for his kids,’’ prosecutors said.tyrone a. montalvo, 28, was charged with murder after the wednesday night incident at his home in the 1400 block of north kildare avenue in the west humboldt park neighborhood, according to police.judge maria kuriakos ciesil set bail on friday at $1 million during a hearing at the leighton criminal court building.killed was 32-year-old alejandro montalvo, of the 5300 block of west addison street, according to the cook county medical examiner's office.the brothers and several witnesses were hanging out in the basement apartment drinking beer about 8:10 p.m. when the 28-year-old started lecturing his older brother about his parenting skills,  according to asst. state’s atty. jamie santini.the argument escalated into a fight and the montalvos began punching each other, said santini. as the older brother began to “get the better’’ of his younger brother, one of the witnesses intervened and tried to stop the fight, santini said.at that point, the younger montalvo left the home but he returned a few minutes later and began lunging at his brother, plunging a knife into his neck and shoulder five times, according to santini.chicago tribune staffa 32-year-old man was stabbed to death late wednesday in a west side home, according to chicago police. about 8:05 p.m., a 32-year-old man was involved in an altercation with someon...





newly released racist, sexist emails show scope of scandal at chicago's water department

city emails newly obtained by the tribune cast light on the scope and offensiveness of racist, sexist and anti-gay slurs by politically connected supervisors at the top levels of the chicago water department.an image of a ku klux klan "scarecrow" amid a watermelon field, a picture of a naked woman on a beach and off-color comments about gay people found their way into inboxes between early 2013 and april — a month before an investigation of the emails led to high-ranking officials losing their jobs at the department of water management.the emails, among nearly 1,300 provided by the city in response to a request under the illinois open records law, include more overtly sexist and anti-black messages than those in an earlier, more limited batch obtained by the tribune that also contained anti-islamic insults. and the new emails for the first time reveal homophobic statements.they also show that they were sent and received during a yearslong period without any sign that supervisors, including recently ousted department commissioner barrett murphy, did anything to quash the troubling chatter. and in at least one case, murphy forwarded an offensive email to another department employee.many of the emails obtained by the tribune go to the heart of an ongoing investigation by the city's inspector general. the original sender of many of them is former district superintendent paul hansen, the son of a onetime alderman whose political connections go back to the administration of fo...





1 dead, 4 wounded after west, south side shootings

one man has died and four others were wounded after shootings on the west and south sides friday.the fatal attack happened at 6:03 p.m. in the 4500 block of west jackson boulevard in the city's west garfield park neighborhood.a 20-year-old man who was shot in the chest was taken to mount sinai hospital  where he later died, police said.further details were not available.two minutes later, three men were shot at 6:05 p.m. in the first block of west pershing road (39th street), in the stateway gardens neighborhood, police said. a 21-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and shoulder, a 22-year-old was shot in the back and a 19-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the head and hand, police said.all were taken to stroger hospital where the two oldest were listed in serious condition. the 19-year-old's condition had stabilized there, police said.another shooting happened around 3:10 p.m. in the 5200 block of south calumet avenue, the city's washington park neighborhood.the victim, 27, was shot in the buttocks and was taken to an area hospital where he was in good condition, police said.no one was in custody for any of the shootings.





white sox know 'game goes on' after jose quintana trade

jose quintana went to guaranteed rate field on thursday to clean his belongings out of the white sox clubhouse, and former rotation mates derek holland and carlos rodon engaged him in one last game of catch.a day later, quintana was in baltimore in a cubs uniform, and the sight of his empty locker served notice to sox players they could be in the middle of a changing clubhouse as the baseball trade deadline approaches.sox general manager rick hahn declared before friday night's game with the mariners in the first action back from the all-star break that his club is "very much open for business" after the trade that netted four prospects from the cubs on thursday. and sox first baseman jose abreu said he wouldn't be surprised to see more moves, though he noted he was "very happy where i am.""we all know that this is a business and there's not too much that we can control about those decisions," abreu said through a team interpreter. "if the team believes that this is the right move for us to be a better team for the future, i'm all in on that."it was tough to digest. but like i told (quintana), 'you're going to be good. you're a good pitcher. you're a great human being.'"none of the sox should have been particularly surprised to see quintana go considering the rumors had been out there since december. but holland, who posted a humorous goodbye video on social media thursday, said it was "definitely going to be tough" without him.the players weren't the onl...