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aurora groups band together for earth day cleanup

two groups with a common purpose to bring out the best in aurora teamed up to help clean up city parks in honor of earth day.volunteers from several of the city's 23 neighborhood support groups and the newly formed aurora youth council spent their saturday cleaning up litter from four neighborhood parks and phillips park, as well as areas around their own neighborhoods.angela malloy said her family represented the community support team that looks out for their neighborhood on the city's east side. her children,hayden, 8, and mason, 6, were among the youngest that pitched in."earth day is when we clean the world," hayden said. "cleaning up litter is good for the animals and people."malloy said she was proud that both of her children are environmentally conscious."we were at a drive-in when my daughter confronted someone for tossing out litter. they told us to mind our own business. she told them our earth is our business. hayden is a very compassionate child," the mother said.linda girardi raechel peters and her son behr found only one candy wrapper that had blown into the sunken gardens in phillips park as part of aurora's earth day city-wide cleanup on saturday.raechel peters and her son behr found only one candy wrapper that had blown into the sunken gardens in phillips park as part of aurora's earth day city-wide cleanup on saturday. (linda girardi)aurora's chief innovation officer adrienne holloway said officials brought all of the neighborhood groups toge...





willson contreras and addison russell sit as cubs try to win series finale at colorado

willson contreras and addison russell will not start sunday as the cubs try to win the third and final game of their three-game series against the rockies at coors field.victor caratini will start at catcher for the third time in place of contreras. russell, who is 5-for-24 with no extra base hits, will be replaced by javier baez at shortstop. tommy la stella will start at second for the third time.left-hander jose quintana, who needs three strikeouts to reach the 1,000 mark for his career, will oppose german marquez.here is the cubs lineup:almora jr. cfbaez ssbryant 3brizzo 1bla stella 2bschwarber lfcaratini cheyward rfquintana [email protected] @mdgonzalescubs' david bote treasures major league debut with family, teammates »yu darvish’s fifth-inning struggles continue in cubs’ 5-2 loss to rockies »kris bryant comfortable moving from second to third in cubs batting order »





4 dead in nashville waffle house shooting; suspect sought

a man wearing nothing but a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a waffle house restaurant in tennessee and shot four people to death before dawn sunday, according to police, who credited a customer with saving lives by wresting the gunman's weapon away.the gunman shot people in the parking lot before entering the restaurant, where he continued firing until a customer snatched the rifle, nashville police spokesman don aaron said. four people were injured.the police department tweeted that authorities are searching for 29-year-old travis reinking. police named him as a person of interest because the pickup truck the gunman drove to the restaurant was registered to reinking.witness chuck cordero told the tennessean newspaper he had stopped to get a cup of coffee and was outside the restaurant when he saw the chaos unfold around 3:25 a.m."he did not say anything," cordero said of the gunman, who he described as "all business."cordero said the man who wrested the gun from the suspect saved lives. "had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant," he said.police identified the customer as 29-year-old james shaw, jr.shaw told the tennessean in an interview that he was "just trying to get myself out. i saw the opportunity and pretty much took it."the newspaper said shaw was grazed by a bullet, treated and released."when i was in the ambulance to hospital i kept thinking that i'm going to wake up and it's no...





tourists at iconic french abbey evacuated after threat

french authorities evacuated tourists from the mont-saint-michel abbey and searched houses sunday on the famed outcropping in the english channel for a visitor who apparently threatened to attack security services.the exceptional evacuation of one of france's most-visited tourist sites came after a string of sporadic attacks around france in recent years targeting police, some of them fatal.the site reopened sunday afternoon and a trickle of tourists started returning to the mont across a promontory that connects it to the mainland. several hours of searching failed to turn up the suspect, and police expanded their search to neighboring towns, according to the national gendarme service.details of sunday's threat were unclear, but the gendarme service said authorities ordered the evacuation as a precaution.during the police operation, an associated press reporter at the scene saw at least three police helicopters circling over the peninsula, notably famous for being isolated by high tides. the hilltop abbey, whose origins date to the 10th century, and surrounding sites attract more than 2 million visitors every year.police officers patrolled the steep cobblestone paths leading up to the abbey, packed with restaurants and souvenir shops — and normally packed with tourists and pilgrims 365 days a year.thousands of people were affected by the evacuation, but the mood was calm. some tourists were taken out of their hotels, while others were blocked upon arrival."we wanted to ...





white sox offering space, remaining respectful to danny farquhar’s family

white sox officials say reliever danny farquhar remains in critical but stable condition after collapsing in the dugout friday and suffering a brain hemorrhage.manager rick renteria, speaking sunday morning at guaranteed rate field, said he has addressed sox players about it but is keeping updates brief out of respect for farquhar’s family.“we made sure they knew that he’s still in critical condition but stable and that the best thing for us to do would be to give them space,” renteria said. “let the medical staff do what they can do and then at the appropriate time, everybody will let us know when it’s ok to go ahead and reach out and go see him.”farquhar, 31, remains in the care of dr. demetrius lopes and the neurosurgical team at rush university medical center.“besides him being a great teammate and part of this brotherhood, i have to be respectful of his family,” fellow pitcher carson fulmer said. “he’s a brother, he’s one of our teammates and we’re all here for him and his family.”the sox enter sunday having lost 13 of their last 15 games after getting waxed on back-to-back nights by the defending world series champion astros, getting outscored by a collective 20-1.“i think getting beat by anyone regardless of the score, is getting beat,” renteria said.yoan moncada returns to the leadoff spot sunday against astros right-hander lance mccullers. reynaldo lopez starts for the sox.moncada exited saturday’s game in the third inning after not ...





trump says north korea agreed to denuclearize. it hasn't.

president donald trump on sunday claimed north korea has agreed to "denuclearization" before his potential meeting with kim jong un. but that's not the case.north korea said friday it would suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of summits with the u.s. and south korea. kim also said a nuclear test site would be closed and "dismantled" now that the country has learned how to make nuclear weapons and mount warheads on ballistic rockets.but the north has stopped short of saying it has any intention of abandoning its nuclear arsenal, with kim making clear that nukes remain a "treasured sword."trump nonetheless tweeted sunday that the north has "agreed to denuclearization (so great for world), site closure, & no more testing!"being committed to the concept of denuclearization, however, is not the same as agreeing to it, as trump claims.south korea, which is set to meet with north korea later this week, has said kim has expressed genuine interest in dealing away his nuclear weapons. but the north for decades has been pushing a concept of "denuclearization" that bears no resemblance to the american definition, vowing to pursue nuclear development unless washington removes its troops from the korean peninsula and the nuclear umbrella defending south korea and japan.south korea's president has said kim isn't asking for the withdrawal of u.s. troops from the korean peninsula as a condition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. if true, t...





michigan health care center accused of honoring patients' racist demands

a health care center in western michigan is accused of agreeing to requests by patients for white-only caregivers.six black certified nursing assistants filed a lawsuit april 11 against providence healthcare and rehabilitation center, where they all work or formerly worked. the zeeland facility offers memory care, rehabilitation, retirement and assisted living to mostly senior patients.the cnas are accusing the center of race discrimination, race harassment and retaliation. they're seeking compensation for mental anguish, emotional distress and damage to their professional reputation."it's embarrassing and humiliating and it shouldn't be tolerated," said julie gafkay, an attorney for the women.the cnas listed in the lawsuit are kimberly french, gloria reid, tiesha branch, marquita mills, providence ngoh and valencia washington.providence life services spokeswoman sheila king declined to comment on the allegations due to the litigation but said providence doesn't change staff assignments based on race. the center falls under a nonprofit that also has locations in illinois and indiana.the lawsuit alleges some residents said they didn't want black caregivers, and the facility would grant the requests and put them in the patient's care plan."when (the cnas) were assigned to care for said patients, they would be switched with a caucasian employee, they would be told not to care for the patient," gafkay said. "if they cared for the patients, they were called racist names...





hazel crest firefighters rescued from burning basement following 'mayday' call

two hazel crest firefighters had to be rescued from a burning house sunday morning after being overcome by heat exhaustion, officials on the scene said.hazel crest deputy chief samuel hunter said the firefighters were battling a blaze in the basement of a home in the 17700 block of stonebridge drive just after 9 a.m. when they “went down” from heat exhaustion.hunter said he couldn’t yet say exactly what happened to the firefighters, but that one of them put out a “mayday” call — a distress signal for a life-threatening emergency — which prompted a swift rescue response.“we sent a team in to get them,” hunter saidzak koeske / daily southtown two hazel crest firefighters had to rescued from a burning home sunday, april 22, 2018, after being overcome by heat exhaustion, officials on scene said.two hazel crest firefighters had to rescued from a burning home sunday, april 22, 2018, after being overcome by heat exhaustion, officials on scene said. (zak koeske / daily southtown)both firefighters were taken to south suburban hospital in hazel crest, where they were doing well sunday, he said.the home’s owner, who was inside with his son when the fire started, also was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation, hunter said.both the firefighters’ and the homeowner’s injuries were considered minor.the fire started in the home’s basement and “went up from there,” hunter said. its cause had not yet been determined, he said, but it did not appear...





2 posed as ride-share drivers to rob man on near north side: cops

the spike in violent crime that has plagued chicago since 2016 has even more gravity when viewed in comparison with six decades of homicides in chicago. since 1957, the city has had homicide totals of 700 or more nearly half the time, 27 of 60 years, and has been lower than 500 a third of the time,...





aurora library display prompts both hate and censorship claims

a poem that was part of a display at the aurora public library prompted such a flurry of comments throughout town saturday that it was removed before the library opened on sunday.residents, patrons, organizations and aurora mayor richard irvin weighed in through discussion with library staff and social media, calling the poem an example of hate speech against muslims and particularly muslim women, and demanding that it be taken down.other comments called the move censorship of what was promoted by library officials as a satirical statement on racial hatred.john savage, aurora library board president, reviewed the situation and told library staff to take the offending poem down saturday night. the library contacted the author, who came and took down his entire display.“when i saw the language, i found it extremely offensive and inappropriate,” savage said sunday. “i have no issue at all about the decision i made. i totally respect the issues of free speech, but there are boundaries, and this crossed the boundary.”in a statement posted on facebook and released to the press, irvin said the words in the display, “should never have seen the light of day in our city,” and were “offensive, divisive and downright prejudice.”“the display prejudged a group of people under the banner of art and satire,” he said. “furthermore, the title alone promoted assault against women underscored by verses which blatantly disrespected an entire faith community. this shouldn’t...





another crude video surfaces after syracuse fraternity's expulsion

syracuse university expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that members say was intended as satire, but the controversy is continuing with the emergence of more video simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person.chancellor kent syverud called the latest video clip of crude behavior at theta tau "appalling and disgusting" in a statement sunday."i am deeply concerned about how the continuing exposure to hateful videos is causing further hurt and distress to members of our campus community," he said, while acknowledging that the new york school had known about the latest clip since the first one emerged and sparked outrage on wednesday. the chancellor said he hadn't spoken specifically about the additional video earlier because of ongoing police and student disciplinary investigations.he and other administrators planned to gather with students to discuss the matter sunday evening.theta tau's syracuse chapter apologized friday for the initial video, saying it was part of a "satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person.""nothing like this will ever again be tolerated," the chapter said on its website. "not in private, not as part of a joke — not ever."the chapter, part of a national engineering fraternity, hasn't immediately responded to emails saturday and sunday about subsequent developments.campus newspaper the daily orange posted the latest video saturday, shortly after theta tau's expulsion...





white sox pitcher danny farquhar in critical condition after suffering ruptured aneurysm

a white no. 43 white sox jersey hung from the bullpen fence saturday night at guaranteed rate field.visible to much of the ballpark, danny farquhar’s uniform served as a striking reminder that the relief pitchers seated behind it and the rest of the sox had their minds on something bigger than baseball during their 10-1 loss to the astros.farquhar collapsed in the dugout after throwing 15 pitches in a relief outing in friday night’s 10-0 loss to the astros. he suffered a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm and as of saturday afternoon was stable but in critical condition in the intensive-care unit at rush university medical center under the care of dr. demetrius lopes and the rush neurosurgical team.sox players met with manager rick renteria in the afternoon to receive the latest updates before resuming their normal baseball activities to prepare for the night game. they left a quiet clubhouse to take batting practice and play catch, but players said their minds were on farquhar.they wrote “d.f. 43” in silver on the front left side of their black caps.“it crushes us in this clubhouse,” pitcher james shields said. “and nothing really matters baseball-wise when something like that happens, you know? when you see one of your brothers go down like that, it’s not very fun to watch. he’s such a resilient human being, and we’re praying for him.”the commotion in the dugout was the first sign something was wrong friday night.farquhar entered to relieve...





cubs are losing jake arrieta vs. yu darvish the way they lost dexter fowler vs. leadoff hitter roulette

jake arrieta, the starting pitcher the cubs used to pay, just struck out 10 while allowing only one hit in seven innings.yu darvish, the starting pitcher the cubs chose over arrieta, has yet to throw seven innings and has yet to strike out 10 in his first four outings.arrieta, now with the phillies, allowed four earned runs in his first start, but that’s all he has allowed this year. after another inexplicable fifth-inning collapse saturday night, darvish has allowed at least that many in three of his four outings.luckily, it’s early. that allows time for things to change, and theo epstein has to be hoping things change so arrieta-darvish doesn’t become dexter fowler-your name here – the kind of mistake that continues to get worse and worse.the cubs didn’t want to give fowler big money to remain their leadoff hitter, and what a mess replacing his production has been. i mean, just look:in the world series-winning year of 2016, fowler’s slash line from the leadoff spot was .277/.393/.449.in 2017, the cubs’ leadoff spot after fowler left to sign with the cardinals produced a slash line of .246/.324/.422. for those of you scoring at home, that’s worse/worse/worse.in the first 16 games this season before albert almora jr. began staking a claim to the best leadoff hitter in baseball, the leadoff spot went .219/.305/.315. for those of you scoring at home, that’s worse still/worse still/worse still.every team makes mistakes, but being wrong about a top-of-the-rotati...





4 dead in nashville waffle house shooting; suspect sought

four people were killed in a shooting at a waffle house restaurant in tennessee early sunday, according to police, who credited a bystander with saving "many lives" by wrestling a weapon away from the gunman.the metropolitan nashville police department says the gunman was a white man with short hair who was wearing only black pants and a coat. a customer at the restaurant took the gun from the shooter, who then took off his coat and fled the area.police said via their twitter account that authorities are searching for 29-year-old travis reinking of morton, illinois. they said they named him as a person of interest because the car that the gunman arrived in was registered to him.police spokesman don aaron said three people died at the scene and one person died at vanderbilt university medical center.aaron said the suspect arrived at the restaurant in a pickup truck and sat in the parking lot for four minutes, shot two people with an assault rifle in the parking lot, then went inside and continued firing.a 29-year-old male patron inside the restaurant wrestled the rifle away from the suspect and tossed it over a counter, aaron said."no doubt he saved many lives by wrestling the gun away and tossing it over the counter and prompting the man to leave," aaron said.at least four people were injured.a waffle house spokesman didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.aaron said the victims' names weren't immediately released.the suspect, wearing only a green...





both drivers charged with drunk driving in portage crash

a hammond woman and michigan city man were both charged with driving drunk after their vehicles crashed saturday evening.jacqueline adan 21, of hammond, was attempting to exit onto interstate 94 west from state road 249 north with two passengers when she lost control of her suv, according to an indiana state police release.police said adan ran off the roadway going northeast through the grass when she hit a late-model minivan driven by leonard scott, 32 of michigan city. scott was slowing down for the stop sign at the end of the ramp, according to the release.both vehicles came to rest in the i-94 westbound left-turn lane, the release said.adan and a her passengers, who are from hammond as well, were taken to porter regional hospital in valparaiso with non-life threatening injuries.police said adan was eventually taken to the porter county jail in valparaiso, where she was charged with operating while intoxicated endangerment.scott was also taken to porter regional hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the release. he also was taken to the porter county jail where he was charged with owi refusal, police said.both vehicles had extensive damage, the release said.the portage police, fire and ems departments and precision towing assisted the indiana state police in the incident.





linda c. black horoscopes for 4/22/18

today's birthday (04/22/18). collaboration reaches new heights this year. look back on what you've learned before pursuing new curiosities. polish old research for summer presentation. network and connect from your cozy home base. reimagine your perfect career and pursue educational journeys this winter. prioritize family and love. to get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. aries (march 21-april 19) -- today is a 7 -- clouds have a silver lining. make professional plans, with pluto retrograde for five months. advancement on long-term goals seems slowed or suspended. consider hidden possibilities. taurus (april 20-may 20) -- today is an 8 -- plan educational adventures over five months, with pluto retrograde; conferences, trips or classes, for later this year. prioritize home and family today and tomorrow. gemini (may 21-june 20) -- today is an 8 -- gather and share information for a few days. review shared finances over five months, with pluto retrograde. revise agreements and terms. review investments for long-term growth. cancer (june 21-july 22) -- today is a 9 -- today and tomorrow are good for making money. strategize and plan with a partner over the next five months, with pluto retrograde. refine routines and procedures. leo (july 23-aug. 22) -- today is an 8 -- take charge, especially through tomorrow. adjust your fitness practices, with pluto retrograde. prepare for an event later in the year. consider how to grow s...





i was judged for having sex after my husband died, but i think he would have understood

i reimagine the last moments i had with my husband, jacob, often. the feel of his freshly washed hair slipping between my fingers. the smirk on his face as he sat next to me on the floor of our bathroom while i soaked in the tub, handing me a lit joint and fumbling. he dropped it on my chest and we laughed at the little flame that posed no real danger. nothing could hurt with him protecting me. in the contentment and warmth of our home that new year's eve, we made love in the afternoon. sweetly, tenderly he said without words:i know you so well, i love you so much, i want to make you feel so good.when i woke up from a short nap, he was not in bed with me. i turned down the hall from our bedroom and found him unresponsive in the bathroom. i wanted to protect him and bring him back to life. but there was nothing medics or i could do; he died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed aortic dissection. the last moment i shared with my husband was intimate, and in the darkness without him, i longed for his touch.every day for a year, i wrote mini-essays that told of the many ways in which being with jacob changed me, and how life without him continued. using our vast photo archive, i shared these tributes publicly on instagram. next to these public love letters i scribbled on my phone, i kept a private journal - a digital black book. the numbered list describes each sexual partner i've had since becoming a widow and a short summary of our encounter. some of them i met only once; others as...





chicago loft with three parking spots, wine cellar: $3.8m

900 n. kingsbury st. unit 950 in chicago: $3,750,000listed on april 16, 2018unit 950 is located on this riverfront building’s northeast corner and sprawls 5,500 square-feet. the space’s features include 15-foot ceilings, east-facing windows, a walk-in wine cellar and a game room. there are three fully-enclosed bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, along with a family room and three balconies. the chef's kitchen boasts full-size double sub-zero refrigerators, a 48-inch wolfe range stove and a miele convection microwave and dishwasher. the ninth floor at the domain is the top floor of the original building and the only one with 15-foot ceilings. three prime garage spaces, all on the same level, are included.agent: sophia klopas of berkshire hathaway homeservices koenigrubloff, 312-893-3522to feature your luxury listing of $800,000 or more in chicago tribune’s dream homes, send listing information and high-res photos to [email protected]





women wonder whether to call out male friends for sexism

dear amy: i am lucky enough to have found a group of people who share the same deep love and support for an international sports team. we meet up to watch the games, but we also enjoy each other's company and see each other outside of match day.we've established a group text that covers a range of topics. the makeup of the group is predominantly male. occasionally, some casually misogynist language -- one might call it "locker room talk" -- will slip into a conversation. at first, it was gently commented on, but of course no one wants to be a killjoy, so now it just sort of ... happens.i've spoken with the other women in the group, and everyone's pretty uncomfortable with how these occurrences derail the conversation of an otherwise great space. none of the men involved ever speaks to the women in the group in remotely similar fashion face-to-face.we don't want to be harpies; we just don't want to be reminded that the majority of people -- even one's we're friends with -- still see our presence in a group as the exception to the rule. do you have any advice on how to address these momentary lapses in conversation judgment without making too many waves?-- not just one-of-the-guysdear not just: you have two options here. for option one i would like to paraphrase therapist-turned-oscar-nominated-writer emily v. gordon: in a 2014 article written for the toast, she stated that the word "inappropriate" is almost magic. in her experience, when she told someone that their...





solar farms set to sprout across illinois

a new crop is ready to sprout on illinois farms, with gleaming solar panels supplanting rows of corn and soybeans.drawn by new state requirements and incentives, renewable energy developers are staking out turf on the rural fringes of the chicago area and beyond, looking to build dozens of solar farms to feed the electric grids of commonwealth edison and other utilities.it’s a potential sea change in the illinois energy landscape that proponents say is long overdue and will provide customers with a green power alternative. but the rise of solar power also has generated opposition from some residents over everything from changing landscapes to toxicity concerns.the fledgling solar energy boom is driven by the future energy jobs act, which took effect last year and requires illinois utilities to get 25 percent of their retail power from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2025.solar power, which has been growing in other parts of the u.s., has yet to make much of a dent in illinois. the state is looking to change that with a call to add 2,800 megawatts of new solar energy over the next few years — enough to power about 450,000 homes, experts say.earlier this month, the illinois commerce commission approved an update to the state’s plan for utilities to buy renewable energy credits. the plan includes a blueprint that specifies production by new large-scale solar farms, community solar gardens and rooftop solar installations to meet the state’s renewable energy goals...