Sun-Times headlines - Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

  • Flight took off with disruptive passenger despite red flags Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 05:08

    HONOLULU — Anil Uskanli, who authorities say inspired so much fear among flight attendants that military fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane to Hawaii, raised a series of possible red flags between purchasing his ticket and being the first passenger to board the American Airlines flight.

    Uskanli, 25, of Turkey, purchased his ticket about midnight and went through security screening at Los Angeles International Airport. About 2:45 a.m. he opened a door that led to an airfield ramp, airport police said.

    He smelled of alcohol, but he wasn’t intoxicated enough to be held for public drunkenness, so police cited and released him.

    Uskanli’s boarding pass was confiscated, and he was walked out to a public area of the airport, police said. He went back, got another boarding pass for the flight and went through security screening again.

    Even though he was traveling to Hawaii, he didn’t have any checked luggage or any carry-ons, other than a laptop, a phone and items in his pocket, according an FBI criminal complaint.

    Before takeoff, he sat in a first-class seat and had to be asked several times to move to his assigned seat toward the back of the plane, the complaint said.

    While the six-hour flight was midair, Uskanli, with his head swathed in a blanket, tried to get to the front of the plane. When he put his laptop on a drink cart a flight attendant used to block him, flight attendants feared the computer contained explosives, prompting the captain to initiate bomb-threat procedures. Two Hawaii National Guard fighter jets escorted the plane to Honolulu, and Uskanli was arrested when it landed.

    His intentions weren’t known, and a federal judge in Honolulu on Monday ordered Uskanli return to the U.S. mainland to undergo a competency evaluation.

    Federal Public Defender Peter Wolff said he requested the evaluation in part because of the actions described in the criminal complaint and because of comments Uskanli made that Wolff declined to describe.

    A Turkish interpreter spoke with Uskanli before the brief hearing. Engin Turkalp said outside court that he told her he can speak English.

    It’s not common practice for police to notify an airline if someone opens a door to a restricted area, like Uskanli did, Los Angeles airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said. “If he was a danger, we would not have ever let him go,” he said.

    Because he had walked into the restricted area at the airport and he was determined to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, crew members helped him to the plane using a wheelchair, the complaint said.

    An American Airlines spokesman said, however, that it was Uskanli who requested the wheelchair at the ticket counter, then went through security and on to the gate for the flight.

    At the door of the plane, flight attendants helped Uskanli, the complaint said.

    Passengers told the FBI that Uskanli acted strangely on the flight, including talking about being a famous actor and pounding on walls after someone walked into a restroom he had left unlocked.

    Flight attendants were afraid of his laptop, the complaint said, because they are aware “that laptop computers potentially pose a new threat to airplane security because they may contain explosives that are undetected by airport screening measures.”

    The captain initiated bomb threat procedures, and flight attendants barricaded the laptop with crew bags. An off-duty law enforcement officer sat with Uskanli for the remainder of the flight, the complaint said.

    No explosives were found after the plane landed. FBI agents then interviewed Uskanli.

    “When I asked him if he ever had terroristic thoughts, he responded, ‘We all have those ideas,’” an agent wrote in an affidavit.

    The agent asked again later about terroristic thoughts. In response, Uskanli made a gun shape with his fingers and pretended to shoot her, she wrote.

    “He then did a gesture simulating a chopping motion toward my neck,” the agent wrote.

    He then told another agent, “I’ll kill her, get out the following day and shoot myself,” according to the court documents.

    The complaint said he consented to a urine test and field sobriety tests. The urinalysis was presumptively positive for benzodiazepine, a tranquilizer, and the field tests indicated possible use of stimulants or cannabis, the complaint said.

    Associated Press writers Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles and David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.


  • Dear Abby: Is Florida man nuts for wearing a kilt? Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 05:00

    DEAR ABBY: I’m a 60-year-old semi-retired widower living in central Florida. On hot days (hot, humid days are abundant in central Florida in the summer), I have taken to wearing a kilt. The kilts are the most comfortable garments I have ever owned.

    Most folks are tolerant hereabouts, but I do get some odd looks. I say it is my right to be comfortable and to heck with the (very few) snickers I get while riding the bus or at the library, post office or grocery store.

    Abby, am I normal or just a bit nuts? — ODD LOOKS IN FLORIDA

    DEAR ODD LOOKS: I don’t think it’s “nuts” to want to be comfortable. If wearing a kilt provides the ventilation you need to feel comfortable, I say more power to you. However, I would not classify you as normal because most people prefer to just blend in, and what you’re doing is unusual.

    DEAR ABBY: I have a close friend, “Samantha,” whom I met in law school four years ago. We both graduated in 2014. I have passed the bar exam, and so have all our friends from school, but Samantha has not.

    She was in a bad relationship back in school and planned to marry the guy. That fell apart, and she’s now dating a guy who seems to be pretty great.

    Samantha has failed the bar exam twice now, and I know she’s smart enough to pass. I have offered encouragement, to help her study and critique her practice essays, but she has refused.

    I want to find a way to get through to her that it’s OK to ask for help. I’d like to suggest that maybe she should put the new boyfriend on hold for a while as she studies for the next exam.

    I know it will be hard for her and most likely embarrassing, but I am her friend, and I want her to get what she worked so hard for. — CHEERING HER ON IN BROOKLYN, N.Y.

    DEAR CHEERING: You are a caring and well-meaning friend, but Samantha has refused your generous offer. While you may wish she’d put her romance on hold until she passes the bar, it’s possible her emotional needs are greater than you understand.

    If you want to retain her friendship, back off and let her find her own way through this, or you may wind up driving her away.

    DEAR ABBY: My daughter is being married at a resort hotel where the bridal party and spouses, several relatives and friends will be spending the night. This resort has an upscale restaurant on site.

    My husband and I are spending a lot on this wedding already. Must we also host a morning-after wedding brunch for everyone staying at the hotel and for other guests who have flown in from out of town (who may be staying at other hotels in the area)? Please advise! — BRUNCH FOR A BUNCH

    DEAR B.F.A.B.: There are no formal rules regarding post-wedding brunches. Usually they are hosted by the bride’s or groom’s family or friends.

    However, if paying for the brunch would strain your budget, consider inviting your guests to a “no host” brunch at a restaurant that’s less expensive than the one at the hotel.

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  • Georgia Nicols horoscopes for May 23, 2017 Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 05:00

    Moon Alert

    After 7:45 a.m. Chicago time, we have the “all clear” today to shop and do business. The Moon is in Taurus.

    Aries (March 21-April 19)

    Today you are focused on your possessions, assets and cash flow, which is just fine. However, be aware that you have an emotional attachment to what you own today. This can affect your objectivity about financial decisions.

    Taurus (April 20-May 20)

    Today the Moon is in your sign, which gives you a bit more luck over all the other signs. However, it also makes you more emotional than usual. Nevertheless, this is a good day to ask the universe for a favor because what have you got to lose?

    Gemini (May 21-June 20)

    There is a Jekyll and Hyde affect today for you because, in one way, you are out there flying your colors because the Sun is in your sign. “Hello world!” Meanwhile, however, the Moon is hiding in your chart, which makes you seek privacy. A contradiction.

    Cancer (June 21-July 22)

    This is a good day for a meaningful conversation with a colleague or friend, especially a female. You might want to share or discuss future goals. Quite likely, this conversation will take place with someone younger, or someone you might advise.

    Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

    This is a popular time for you! Many of you are in competition with someone, perhaps physically or in sports. Others are in competition at a subtle level. Today, personal details about your private life seem to be public. Hey, this is nothing a Leo cannot handle.

    Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

    Travel plans will interest you today. Basically, you want to “get away from all this.” Do something that gives you a sense of change and stimulation, even if it’s a small thing. Go someplace you’ve never been before. Talk to people from different backgrounds. Widen your scope in life.

    Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

    Today you will focus on inheritances, insurance, taxes, debt, bills or shared property. This is a good day to attend to these matters and clean up some loose ends. Because travel appeals to you now, it’s wise to get a sense of your assets and your debts. Know what you have.

    Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

    Today the Moon is in a sign that is 180 degrees opposite from your sign, which means you will focus more on close friends and partners. Be careful not to be too emotional about something that someone says. Don’t abandon your logic and your fine mind.

    Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

    Today you want to feel better organized. (Don’t we all?) Set aside 15 or 30 minutes to tidy up things at home or at work so that you feel better. Basically, it’s a headspace. You don’t want to feel out of control. (Do yourself this favor.)

    Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

    This is a fun-loving, playful day! You might enjoy sports events, the arts, the theater, musical performances, playful activities with children or fun schmoozing with friends. Financial speculation might also appeal. Caution: You’re not the type to play now and pay later.

    Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

    Today you want the comfort of your home and familiar surroundings. A family conversation might be important, especially with a female family relative. You might also be interested in something related to real estate or a family activity. Take some time out just for yourself.

    Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

    This is a busy, fast-paced, interesting day. You need to get out and see others, especially to share ideas and thoughts that you have. Time spent with siblings, neighbors and relatives will be meaningful and enjoyable. You want conversations with others to be real, not meaningless chit-chat.

    If Your Birthday Is Today

    Singer Jewel (1974) shares your birthday today. You are intelligent. You’re a great communicator with a fun-loving sense of humor. You like to make those around you happy. This year you will find yourself more in the background. It is a time for cooperation and building relationships that will benefit you in the future. Because your success lies with interacting with other people — be friendly! Your interactions will be mutually beneficial.


  • Brett Anderson (back) gets healthy, has ‘confidence’ he’ll help Cubs Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 04:57

    The Cubs take a step Tuesday toward restoring their starting pitching depth when left-hander Brett Anderson throws a bullpen session for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a back strain.

    “The back feels good. The arm feels strong,” said Anderson, whose diagnosis was a relief after having returned from two back surgeries in recent years. “I just know I was happy it was a different part of my back than my disk. That’s how I stay positive.

    “[Tuesday] will be a big step. Get through the bullpen and go from there.”

    Anderson, who signed an incentive-loaded one-year deal with the Cubs after an injury-filled career record, was expected to be an upgrade over 15-game winner Jason Hammel with good health.

    But he struggled even before this relatively minor injury, and his timeline for a return could still be measured in weeks even without a setback.

    When his two poor outings in May are removed, the rest of the Cubs’ rotation had a 3.32 ERA this month before John Lackey’s rough outing Monday – 2.98 the previous 10 games.

    “I never really got into a rhythm in any of them,” said Anderson, who went on the DL May 7. “But I still have confidence in myself that when I’m healthy and everything’s right I can still [contribute] a lot. I’ve just got to get there.”

    Anderson, who has an 8.18 ERA and averaging 3 2/3 innings in six starts, will work his way back through a minor-league rehab assignment. “But we haven’t put pencil to paper in regards to doing that yet,” manager Joe Maddon said of an uncertain timeline.

    How Anderson might fit if, say, Eddie Butler or Mike Montgomery is pitching well in that rotation spot is just as uncertain.

    “There’s so many different variables involved,” Maddon said. “For me the biggest thing is for him to be well, to go pitch and be pitching well, and then you’ll make that decision.”

    Roster move du jour

    The Cubs swapped out relievers to start the Giants series, optioning right-hander Dylan Floro back to the minors and calling up left-hander Zac Rosscup from Class AAA Iowa.

    Rosscup, who missed all of last year with a shoulder injury that required a “clean-up” surgery, returns to the majors for the first time since making 33 appearances (4.39 ERA) for the Cubs in 2015. He had a 3.45 ERA in nine appearances for Iowa this season.

    He said his only expectation this year was to be healthy again and stay that way.

    “It’s incredible,” Rosscup, 28, said. “I like going out there every day knowing that my arm’s not going to feel like crap. The recovery’s been great, and just being able to compete again is unbelievable.”

    Floro threw 37 pitches in two innings to finish a blowout victory over the Brewers on Sunday, including an ugly five-run ninth.

    This and that

    When Ben Zobrist tripled in the third, he extended to 20 his streak of games reaching base via hit or walk.

    • To make room on the 40-man roster for Rosscup, right-hander Jake Buchanan was designated for assignment.

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  • Diamondbacks, Greinke halt White Sox’ win streak at three Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 04:56

    PHOENIX — Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 12 batters and came within one out of finishing a complete game in a Diamondbacks’ 5-1 victory Monday night which ended a three-game winning streak for the White Sox.

    Greinke (6-2) gave up four hits, one a harmless homer to Leury Garcia, and improved to 5-0 in his last six starts.

    Manager Torey Lovello got booed by the Chase Field crowd when he came out to get has ace after Jose Abreu doubled with two outs in the ninth. The crowd then cheered as Greinke walked off.

    Daniel Descalso’s three-run homer in the fourth broke a scoreless tie and Paul Goldschmidt hit his 11th against Miguel Gonzalez (3-5), who lasted five innings. The D-backs have won six of seven while the Sox fell to 3-5 on their Western road trip.

    Gonzalez was unhappy with himself for walking Chris Owings with two outs in the fourth before serving up the homer to Descalso.

    “You see what happens when you walk guys,” Gonzalez said. “That wasn’t in a good situation to walk the guy. You have to keep grinding, keep making my pitches. Really two pitches were the ones that hurt me tonight.”

    The Sox had scored 16 and eight runs in their previous two games against the Mariners, but Greinke proved to be a much tougher challenge than the pitchers they faced in Seattle.

    “He keeps the ball down out of the zone a lot,” Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s kind of enticing. He keeps the ball in the hitter’s area and it ends up falling out.”

    Yolmer Sanchez saw his 12-game hitting streak come to an end against Greinke.

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  • Actress Dina Merrill, starred in ‘Butterfield 8,’ has died at 93 Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 04:44

    Actress Dina Merrill, who starred in such films as “Butterfield 8,” “The Young Savages,” “The Sundowners,” “Caddyshack II,” “The Player” and “Operation Petticoat” has died. She was 93.

    The New York Times reported Merrill “died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. Her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, confirmed the passing and revealed she had suffered from Lewy Body dementia.”

    According to the Times, Merrill was the daughter of the Wall Street broker E. F. Hutton and the cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post.

    She was married three times, most famously to actor Cliff Robertson, who died in 2007. Merrill was a frequent guest on television series, including “Bonanza,” “Cannon,” “The Odd Couple” and “Batman” (where she starred as Calamity Jane; Robertson would also appear on the kitschy TV series as the western bad guy, Shame).

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, “she made her feature debut in 1957 as one of the eager young research assistants who work for TV executive Katharine Hepburn in the comedy “Desk Set,” and she played a long-suffering wife whose husband (Laurence Harvey) cheats on her with Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8” (1960). In John Frankenheimer’s “The Young Savages” (1961), Merrill portrayed the well-to-do wife of assistant district attorney Burt Lancaster, and she was a sophisticate who’s not crazy about Glenn Ford’s kid in “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” (1963).

    More to come…


  • Estate of man killed in 2016 Skokie crash sues driver Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 04:43

    The estate of a man who was fatally struck by a vehicle last December in north suburban Skokie is suing the vehicle’s driver.

    Joanne Hwa Lee, special administrator of the estate of Tae J. Kwon, was seeking more than $50,000 in the wrongful death suit against Janice K. Hamilton, according to the lawsuit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court.

    The suit alleges that Lee was riding a bicycle south on Kostner Avenue on Nov. 18 when he was struck by Hamilton’s vehicle in the intersection of Kostner and Mulford. Hamilton was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox east on Mulford and turning left on Kostner when the crash happened, the suit alleges.

    Kwon was pronounced dead at 12:33 a.m. Dec. 30, more than a month after the crash, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found he died of complications from his injuries, and his death was ruled an accident.

    Skokie police did not immediately respond to a request for information about the crash.


  • This time Cubs’ late rally falls short vs. Giants in playoff rematch Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 04:42

    It might have been the closest a game in May could come to showing what the Cubs feared in a potential Game 5 against the Giants in the first round of the playoffs last year.

    In the teams’ first meeting since the Cubs eliminated them with a furious ninth-inning comeback in Game 4 of their best-of-five series last October, the Giants jumped on Cubs starter John Lackey for five runs in five innings to beat the Cubs 6-4 at Wrigley Field Monday night.

    This on a night shortstop Addison Russell and center fielder Albert Almora Jr. set the tone for a tight fielding game with gems in the first inning and a night Lackey “threw the ball better than I had the last three [starts].”

    “That’s the game we’re looking for right there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “If we keep playing like that, we’re going to win plenty.”

    Maybe Tuesday’s nationally televised meeting will demonstrate more of what the Cubs feared in October, in a game that features the pitching matchup of All-Stars Johnny Cueto and Jon Lester that never got its Game 5 chance to unfold in the postseason.

    “That’s OK, compared to last whatever that day would have been,” said Maddon reflecting on the peril the Cubs faced Oct. 11 when trailing 5-2 in San Francisco heading to the ninth inning.

    “I’m telling you, man, Game 4 pretty much won the World Series,” Maddon said. “I did not want to see Mr. Cueto pitching back here again. To have to play the Giants, who were battle-tested, in Game 5, back here with him pitching, I did not like that thought at all.

    “I thought pretty much the postseason hinged on that one game in San Francisco.”

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy: “You look back, that’s how close that series was.”

    While little of substance seems to hinge on a four-game rematch in May, both teams are struggling to find their paths back to the playoffs after rough starts.

    And for one night at least, the Giants looked closer to the path.

    The Giants hit two homers and three doubles off Lackey and led 6-0 before the Cubs staged another big rally in the eighth.

    Giants starter Ty Blach took a five-hitter to the eighth.

    Two-run homers by Javy Baez and Ben Zobrist and three pitching changes by Giants manager Bruce Bochy in the eighth induced flashbacks of last year’s epic Game 4 comeback – until Willson Contreras grounded into an inning-ending double play.

    Could this week’s series – and a three-game set in San Francisco in August – serve as appetizers for another October matchup?

    Both have to get there first.

    After losing their ace, Madison Bumgarner, for an extended stretch because of a dirt bike accident last month, the Giants slumped to 12-24 before going on the 8-2 run they take into the Cueto-Lester game.

    Blast from past: Carlos Zambrano with the ceremonial first pitch.

    No team has ever made the playoffs after starting 12-24.

    “We dug ourselves a little hole here and created a challenge,” said Bochy, whose team won three titles in five years, most recently in 2014.

    “We’ve also put ourselves in a great situation for a great story.”

    The Cubs didn’t sink that far since their franchise’s greatest story, but hovering near .500 more than seven weeks into the season was part of nobody’s vision of another October run.

    Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward pointed at a bunched National League Central in which all five teams are separated by a total of 5½ games.

    “You kind of get the drift the wild card team’s not going to come from this division at this point,” he said. “We understand that whoever steps up and finishes the season strong is going to come out on top.”

     

     


  • 76-year-old woman with dementia missing from Belmont Cragin Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 04:18

    Police are looking for a 76-year-old woman with dementia who went missing Monday from the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

    Belia Arrington was last seen about 7 a.m. in the 2100 block of North Lawler, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police. She was wearing black Skechers shoes.

    Arrington was described as a 5-foot-2, 123-pound Hispanic woman with an olive complexion, brown eyes and gray hair, police said. She is known to frequent the area of 24th and Hamlin, police said.

    Anyone with information on Arrington’s whereabouts should contact the Area North Special Victims Unit at (312) 744-8266.


  • Police: Man tried to lure 12-year-old girl in Gage Park Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 04:02

    Police are searching for a man who tried to lure a 12-year-old girl on her way from school in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

    About 3:25 p.m., the girl was on her way from Morrill Elementary School, 6011 S. Rockwell, to a former neighbor’s house in the 5800 block of South Artesian when the man approached her on the sidewalk, according to Chicago Police.

    The man called the girl cute and asked if she wanted to go to the store and buy something, police said. She walked past him and continued to her neighbor’s house, where she knocked on the door for several minutes, but no one was home.

    The girl was standing on the porch when she saw the same man standing nearby on the corner of 58th Street and Artesian, watching her, police said. He then ran away in an unknown direction.

    The suspect was described as a 5-foot-10 black man in his early 20s with a skinny build, police said. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, black jeans and white shoes with a colored stripe on them.

    Anyone with information on the incident should contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.


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