Horoscope for Tuesday, May 21, 2024


Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Scorpio.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today your focus will be on the wealth and resources of others, especially your spouse or partner. (Possibly, it could be the government or your employer.) At any rate, take care of loose details regarding taxes, debt, inheritances and shared property. Stay on top of your game!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the moon is opposite your sign, which means you will have to go more than halfway when dealing with others. Therefore, be prepared to compromise and accommodate others. You will also have a stronger focus on partners and close friends.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today, it will please you to be helpful to others. You might want to perform a service for someone because you’re willing to put their needs before your own. You will appreciate learning tips or new methods about how to improve your health or the health of your pet.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You’re keeping a low profile; nevertheless, you’re quite ambitious now. Furthermore, interaction with friends is pleasant. Today is a playful day, which means it’s a good idea to accept invitations to socialize and enjoy sports events plus fun times with kids.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You’ve been out there flying your colors, which means even you need to take a rest. This is the perfect day to lie low and relax at home. You’ll feel comfortable taking it easy among familiar surroundings. You might want to contemplate your navel and think.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You’re high visibility now. In fact, people admire you. This could be one of the reasons that today you feel a strong need to talk to someone in a real and genuine way — something heart-to-heart. Hopefully, you will find someone who will listen with interest and sincerity.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You’re eager for adventure now, which is why you would love to travel or do something different that’s stimulating and exciting! Today in particular, you might be checking out your funds and your cash flow to see what is doable. (So hard to have champagne tastes on a beer wallet.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The moon is in your sign, which will make you a bit more excitable and more emotional than usual. (You can handle this.) However, the good thing to know is that when the moon is in your sign, which happens for 2 1/2 days every month, it improves your good luck! Sweet!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You will be smart if you play things low-key. Work alone or behind the scenes because that is how you will get the most done. Nevertheless, sports might be competitive, and you’re working hard at your job — no question. Grab some time for yourself if you can.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

A heart-to-heart conversation with a close friend, probably a female acquaintance, could be meaningful for you today. You might want to share your hopes and dreams for the future with this person to see what they think. Their feedback could be helpful. (It’s hard working in a vacuum.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

People notice you today. (No doubt, you’re aware of this.) In fact, some people seem to know personal details about your private life, perhaps because you have something for sale or your resume is out there — could be anything. Be aware of this in case you have to do some damage control.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today you’re restless because you want a change of scenery or a bit of adventure. Ideally, travel would be perfect. If you can’t travel, you can be a tourist in your own neighborhood. Go someplace you’ve never been before. Check out the scenery.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Lisa Edelstein (1966) shares your birthday. You’re courageous in pursuit of your dreams. You have an upbeat approach to life and bravely face challenges. You have mettle. This year is about learning and teaching. Take time to explore new beliefs, ideologies and philosophies to broaden your understanding of the world and yourself.

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Family seeks justice after driver cited, not charged following deadly Wheaton hit-and-run crash

WHEATON, Ill. (WLS) — Paige Donahue was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Wheaton in January 2023, just months before her wedding.

Over one year later, the driver accused in the crash has been cited, but not charged.

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A Good Samarian who tried to save Donahue’s life was honored on Monday as her loved ones called on the state’s attorney to reconsider filing charges.

The family expressed their gratitude for Heather Weitekamp, who brought light to their darkest hour.

Weitekamp received Wheaton’s Good Citizen Award for stopping to perform CPR on 31-year-old Donahue when she was hit and killed by a driver who left the scene while crossing Roosevelt Road at Crest Street on foot.

“The nightmares that I have to go through about my daughter laying on that ground and being alone, she’s comforted me,” said Traci Palucci, Donahue’s mother. “She’s our hero. I couldn’t ask for anybody to be with my daughter in the worst situation that anybody could ever imagine.”

After investigating the crash for more than a year, Wheaton police said they identified and located the driver involved, a Batavia woman who they say cooperated with detectives.

My daughter was worth way more than a citation

The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office says it “conducted an extensive review of the facts and circumstances,” and “under Illinois law, criminal charges were not filed,” citing case law that “requires proof that [the] accused driver had knowledge that he or she was involved in an accident that involved another person.”

Instead, the driver was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

“My daughter was worth way more than a citation,” Palucci said.

Now, Donahue’s friends have started an online petition, calling on the state’s attorney to reconsider charges.

“We were supposed to grow old together, and now, I’m stuck without her, and it’s not fair,” said Lisha Harris, Donahue’s friend.

That online petition has garnered more than 440 signatures.

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Lane beats Kenwood to win the city title and celebrates twice after a bizarre ending

Lane senior Oliver Evans leaped off the mound at Wrigley Field, threw his glove into the air and celebrated winning the Public League baseball title Monday.

Evans appeared to close out the Champions’ 5-3 victory against Kenwood by getting Broncos senior Savion Flowers to ground out to first for the final out. The scoreboard proclaimed Lane as the champions, and the grounds crew headed out to the warning track in trucks to finish off their work for the night.

But it wasn’t over.

The first-base umpire had called Flowers’ grounder a foul ball. It hit Flowers in the batter’s box. No one noticed — not even Flowers, who was lying on first base, dejected.

The trucks left the field. The Lane players went to find their hats and gloves and prepared to do it all over again.

‘‘My coach came up to me and said it was a foul ball, and I thought he was messing with me,’’ Evans said. ‘‘But then I had to get back into the mental headspace of getting ready to play more baseball.’’

Evans needed only one more pitch. Flowers flied out to left field, and the second celebration began.

‘‘I knew it was my time to shine [heading into the final inning],’’ Evans said. “I was ready to step up to the moment and came right at it.’’

Evans pitched the final three innings to earn the victory.

The Champions (26-9) trailed 3-0 in the seventh and were down to their last two outs when junior Theodore Greco drew a walk. Sophomore Sebastian Wilson followed with a double to center. Senior Ethan Borggren singled to left to bring in one run before junior Tyler Rwakatare-Trapp delivered the big blow, a two-RBI double to center that put Lane ahead 4-3.

‘‘It was a changeup down the middle in my perfect spot,’’ Rwakatare-Trapp said. ‘‘And I just did everything I could to hit it.’’

Kenwood left-hander Kevari Thunderbird, who shut out Payton in the 2023 city title game, was dominant. He struck out 11 and allowed two hits in 5⅓ innings.

‘‘He gave us everything he could,’’ Broncos coach David Reed said. ‘‘I can’t be mad at any of my guys.’’

Kenwood (20-9) started the season slowly but is playing well now. Its season will continue in the state playoffs, which start later in the week.

‘‘It’s amazing to play in back-to-back city championship games,’’ Reed said. ‘‘We didn’t complete the goal, but this will make us better heading into the state playoffs.’’

The do-it-over ending wasn’t the only strange occurrence in the game. There was a 10- to 15-minute delay in the sixth when an umpire had to leave because of illness or injury. The rest of the game was played with three umpires.

‘‘Our coaches mentioned the Cubs [rain delay] in the 2016 World Series,’’ Rwakatare-Trapp said. ‘‘They played [Cleveland], and they had a delay to recuperate themselves and came back and won the game. So it reminded them of that.’’

CPS rotates the title game between Guaranteed Rate Field and Wrigley Field. Kenwood won last year on the South Side. Lane won two years ago at Wrigley.

‘‘It is unreal to play at Wrigley Field,’’ Borggren said. ‘‘The emotions were flowing from the start, and I feel like once we got settled we were into it more and things felt more realistic. Because it really felt unreal at the start.’’

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Cubs’ offense, with reinforcements coming, is hopeful it can turn the corner

Cubs third baseman Christopher Morel’s sacrifice fly with runners at second and third in the sixth inning Sunday had the looks of a hit off the bat.

And that would have been the case 77% of the time, according to Baseball Savant. But the wind at Wrigley Field knocked the ball down, and what could have been multiple runs turned into one.

That has been the story for the Cubs of late. The offense can’t seem to put them in position for a big-scoring inning. But as the Cubs begin a series Tuesday against the Braves, it’s the offense’s turn to carry the load.

That the Cubs are 26-22 is a testament to their pitching staff. They have had 16 players hit the injured list since the start of the season but have persevered, thanks in large part to the performances of starters Shota Imanaga (0.84 ERA), Javier Assad (1.49) and Jameson Taillon (2.20).

‘‘They’ve done a tremendous job,’’ center fielder Cody Bellinger said. ‘‘Starting pitching and the bullpen have done a tremendous job to keep us in these games.’’

The Cubs, however, are starting to get some positive news on the health front. Late Monday, they activated shortstop Dansby Swanson (sprained right knee) from the 10-day IL and expect him to return Tuesday. Second baseman Nico Hoerner (tight left hamstring) also is expected to be back.

The Cubs also optioned utility player Miles Mastrobuoni and center fielder Pete Crow-Armstrong to Triple-A Iowa and reportedly will call up middle infielder Luis Vazquez from Iowa.

After the series against the Pirates, manager Craig Counsell said he’d smile because of Hoerner and Swanson being back, ‘‘but I don’t think it guarantees scoring runs.’’

The Cubs’ dearth of run production has been startling. The team has a 95 weighted runs created-plus in May, five points below the major-league average. They aren’t getting baserunners over or taking advantage when runners are on base.

Counsell noted the quality pitchers the Cubs have faced in the last couple of weeks, from the Padres’ Dylan Cease to the Braves’ Chris Sale to the Pirates’ Paul Skenes. But they also struggled Saturday against Pirates left-hander Bailey Falter (4.51 career ERA).

‘‘This is the game, and we’ve got to have good at-bats,’’ Counsell said. ‘‘We’ve got to have guys take turns having big days. We’ve got to get guys that are swinging it really well, and you work on doing it every single day.’’

The underlying numbers show a turnaround might be brewing. Entering Monday, the Cubs were seventh in the majors in barrel rate (8.4%) and launch angle (14.2 degrees), according to Baseball Savant. But they were whiffing far too often and not making enough hard contact on pitches in the zone.

The players in the lineup have a track record of success, so there’s optimism the bats will break out soon. Right fielder Seiya Suzuki had a stretch toward the end of last season in which he was among the best hitters in baseball, and — at his best — left fielder Ian Happ can hit for contact and power. It’s on the players not to let the offensive lull continue.

‘‘We feel good, but that’s the hard thing about baseball,’’ Suzuki told the Sun-Times through an interpreter. ‘‘Things don’t really go the way you want them to, and clearly we’re not getting the results that we want. So it’s just about waiting for that wave to come again.

‘‘[The pitchers] have been helping us out a lot, so there’s going to be a time where we can help them sometime. And that’s what we’re going to do.’’

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AI phone scam mimicking your voice can now be used to scam family, friends, experts warn

CHICAGO (WLS) — AI is everywhere now, including in robo calls that could be used to scam you. There’s a new trend of AI phone scam calls in which technology is used to mimic familiar voices to fool your family and friends, and it may soon be flooding your phone.

All the scammer needs now is a small audio clip of your voice and they can create an AI robocall.

Tech experts created an AI generated voice of our own ABC7 Consumer Investigative Reporter Jason Knowles, asking, “Can you send me $500?” But he never actually said those words.

“It’s Jason, I’ve been in a car accident here on my vacation in Mexico,” the AI generated voice continues. “I’m okay for the most part, but I am at some hospital and they say I need to pay money for x-rays and treatment. My credit card isn’t working and I don’t have enough cash.”

“Anybody receiving that call would think it’s you and you’re in trouble,” said Greag Bohl, chief data officer with Transaction Network Services.

The company, with a Chicago office, helps wireless carriers stop robocalls. Bohl made Knowles’ AI call using cloning software and a clip of his voice from an ABC7 broadcast. He said scammers can do the same thing to you simply by trawling social media.

“They can go on TikTok, they can go on any of these media platforms and go ahead and extract that voice,” he said. “Actually, what can take place is a bad actor can take your voicemail from your cell phone and replicate that from your voice for as little as three seconds.”

The Federal Trade Commission said it’s making AI robocalls a top priority, and educating people on the issue. The FTC said the new technology is making what’s known as the “imposter scam” even more convincing.

“The number one scam for the FTC for the last several years has been imposter scams and voice clone calls are a form of imposter scams,” said Todd Kossow, director of FTC Midwest Region Office in Chicago. “Imposter scam is any scam where somebody pretends to be somebody they’re not in order to gain your trust so a government agency, a private company like Microsoft or your friend or family member for the grandparents scam.”

“It’s just the start,” explained Bohl. “It’s early in the year, and we’re going to see more and more activity as we roll through and get closer to elections.”

In January, there was an AI recording of President Biden meant to discourage New Hampshire voters from showing up to the primary.

And it’s not just recordings; Bohl said it’s possible for scammers to fake voices on a live talk-back call, making it seem more real.

“Everybody has to know that this is technology that’s here today, it’s not in the future it’s here it’s very low cost,” he said.

You can prevent scammers form using your voice by thinking twice before posting videos on social media. Also, use the automated voicemail greeting on your phone, instead of your own voice. You can also outsmart scammers pretending to be your loved ones.

“Even if it sounds exactly like your grandchild, one thing you can do is you can ask the caller you know a personal question that only you would know so even if it sounds like you,” recommended Kossow. “They won’t be able to answer that question.”

Something that simple can help you avoid these high-tech fakes.

The FTC recently made it illegal for scammers to impersonate government agencies or businesses, and a pending law could make it illegal to impersonate an individual.

If you get an impersonation call that you think is from a family member saying they are injured or kidnapped, you should contact that family member directly.

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