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Man charged with DUI after driving into Barrington Hills pool
A Schaumburg man escaped injury but was charged with drunken driving after his car plunged into the swimming pool behind a Barrington Hills home early Thursday morning. Bikramjit S. Sian, 30,was pulled from the water by the home's owner after crashing into the pool, police said.
Investigators reach Ukraine jet crash site
As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.
State Dept.: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA tactics
The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. “This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” says the four-page...
Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 30 dead
Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 30 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.
Sierra Leone declares health emergency amid Ebola
The president of Sierra Leone declared a public health emergency as the Ebola crisis blamed for nearly 700 deaths deepened across West Africa, vowing to quarantine sick patients at home and conduct house-to-house searches for others who may have been exposed.
Family continues on at farmers markets
Mary Brubach’s Saturday mornings in the summer have been the same since as long as she can remember.Mary’s mother, Susie, ran Susie’s Garden Patch in Garden Prairie, and 31-year-old Mary said “for the past 27 or 28 years” they’ve been bringing fresh produce to the Belvidere Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday from early June...
Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court. Thursday’s ruling has no immediate impact given that the law was struck down in April by a federal judge in Milwaukee. His ruling is under appeal, and a federal appeals court would have to overturn it for the law to take effect.
Jury deliberations to begin in kidnapped-baby case
Jurors are set to begin deliberating in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures.The testimony phase finished Wednesday. The prosecution and defense will give closing statements Thursday, and jurors will begin considering a kidnapping charge against 31-year-old Kristen Smith.
Coroner: Indiana motorcyclist in crash identified
Fort Wayne area authorities have identified a speeding motorcyclist who died in a fiery crash with a pickup truck while doing a wheelie.The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that Christopher Burcham of Fort Wayne died Tuesday from blunt force trauma. The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Court filing details carnage of fatal bank robbery
A man accused of killing two Illinois bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery attempt — stabbing one of them more than 50 times — told officers he “made sure” they would die, investigators say in an unsealed court filing. In an application for a search warrant, made public Tuesday and first reported by St. Louis’ KMOV-TV,...
Notorious Chicago officers top misconduct list
Two members of a notorious unit of Chicago Police officers that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers were the subject of dozens of citizen complaints between 2001 and 2006. However, they were never disciplined beyond a single reprimand for one of them.
Girl Scouts to get new campground in Litchfield
The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois are getting a new camp ground.The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports real estate moguls Loretta and Joe Scott, Sr. are donating the Honey Bend Campground and Resort in Litchfield, which is located about 130 miles southwest of Champaign. Girl Scouts officials say they will officially become owners of the site Sept. 29 and plan to begin using the property as soon...
Chicago man gets 20 years for attempted murder
A Cook County judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 20 years in prison for attempted murder by choking and stabbing a flower shop employee. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 26-year-old Alexander Hampton pleaded guilty to the February 2012 crime and was sentenced Wednesday.
Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip “with or without a cease-fire,” as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory.
UN official: Israel, Hamas committing war crimes
The U.N.’s top human rights official accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war, but reserved her harshest words for the Israeli government, which she said Thursday was deliberately defying international law.
18-year-old Deerfield man lost in Oregon wilderness
BEND, Ore. — Authorities are searching for an 18-year-old Deerfield man who was reported missing from a wilderness program in a remote area of Lake County in central Oregon.State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings says Kevin Mulert was last seen Wednesday morning at about 4:30 a.m. He was reported missing from the therapeutic nature camp at about 8 a.m.
Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal
Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday. The newspaper component, Journal Media Group, will be headquartered in Milwaukee and operate in 14 markets, according to news releases from the companies.
Evanston approves partial ban on plastic bags
Evanston is joining other U.S. cities that have proposed bans on plastic bags because of environmental concerns.The City Council on Monday approved an ordinance barring stores larger than 10,000 square feet from distributing plastic shopping bags at the point of sale. Plastic bags for wrapping produce and meat inside stores will be allowed. Shoppers can bring any type of bag to a store for their...
Consumer advocates watching Exelon-Integrys deal
Energy watchdog groups are worried that Exelon’s Corp.’s plan to buy one of its business competitors will be bad for northern Illinois electricity customers.Exelon said Wednesday that it’s buying the retail business of Integrys for $60 million. Integrys Energy Services sells electricity and natural gas to about 1.2 million customers in 22 states and Washington DC.
Report: Two men charged in shooting that injured Addison family
Two men from Hammond, Indiana, have been charged with shoting an Addison woman and her two daughters during a cell phone purchase on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune is reporting. Alan Lavelle Ross Jr., 17, and Joseph Alonso Pleasure, 20, both of Hammond, are charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery resulting in serious injury and aggravated battery, the Tribune reports.
Dawn Patrol: Body found in woods; same-sex engagement leads to firing
Body found in Lake County forest preserve. Inverness church music director fired over same-sex engagment. Tree cutting sparks vandalism in Rolling Meadows. Construction worker hurt by falling concrete near Rosemont. Round Lake gang member sentenced. Aurora molester gets 15 years. Delle Donne could play tonight. Cubs keep dealing as deadline approaches.
Mt. Prospect parks building new playground near Dara James Road
The Mount Prospect Park District is moving forward with plans to create a new playground just west of Dara James Road in Des Plaines. The playground will replace an existing one located about two blocks away on land owned by ComEd. The Dara James site is owned by the park district.
Schaumburg siblings find success outside comfort zones
Those who know Ejike and Adaora “Daisy” Okpa say what makes them stand out is how they make others stop and pay attention to them. That’s among the reasons Ejike, 18, and Daisy, 17, of Schaumburg were among 50 students selected — from hundreds of applicants nationwide — to participate in the annual Four Star Leadership program offered by the General Tommy Franks...
Mike North video: Why couldn’t Tebow be a backup QB for Bears?
Mike North thinks Tim Tebow would make a better backup quarterback in the league than several of the second string players out there.
Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch being readied for sale
For sale: California estate once home to the King of Pop, named for the island of the Lost Boys. Spacious Tudor-style mansion ideal for entertaining. Chimpanzee not included. Neverland Ranch, the Los Olivos, California, property where the late entertainer Michael Jackson lived, may soon get a new owner. Thomas Barrack Jr.’s Colony Capital LLC is readying the estate for a sale as high-end home values return to peak levels in the area.
EU blacklists Russia tycoons as U.S. mulls anti-Putin moves
The U.S. is considering further punitive measures on Russian business after Europe blacklisted tycoons close to the Kremlin to pressure President Vladimir Putin to halt backing for separatists in east Ukraine.
Venezuela is seeking buyer for Citgo Petroleum
Petroleos de Venezuela SA is seeking a buyer for Citgo Petroleum Corp., its U.S. refining company. PDVSA, the state-owned oil company, “is currently seeking to monetize its ownership interest in us,” Citgo said in a bond prospectus document. “There can be no assurance as to whether a transaction will occur or as to the nature or timing of any potential transaction.”
Wall Street faces new scrutiny of tactic to evade swaps rule
Wall Street banks face heightened scrutiny from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission over their latest tactic to escape U.S. trading rules for overseas derivatives. The regulator sent letters yesterday to JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., and Morgan Stanley seeking further information about the practice of removing parent-company guarantees from overseas trades.
Target chooses former PepsiCo executive Cornell as next CEO
Target Corp., struggling to fix a botched expansion in Canada and undo the lingering damage of a holiday hacker attack, hired former PepsiCo Inc. executive Brian Cornell as chief executive officer. Cornell, 55, also will become chairman, the Minneapolis- based company said today in a statement. The executive most recently led PepsiCo’s Americas Foods unit and previously had been CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Sam’s Club and craft-goods seller Michaels Stores Inc.
Boeing will handle final assembly of 787-10 in SC
Chicago-based Boeing said final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its “Dreamliner” aircraft, will take place in South Carolina. The company says the work will be done in North Charleston, South Carolina, because the plane is too large to efficiently transport it from North Charleston to a facility in Washington state.
U.S. Index futures slide as Whole foods, Kraft fall on earnings
U.S. stock-index futures declined, signaling the Standard & Poor’s Index will trim its monthly gain, amid earnings at companies from Whole Foods Market Inc. to Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc., while Argentina missed a debt payment.
T-mobile adds more subscribers than estimated as forecast raised
to challenge rivals with cheaper plans and promotions.The company added 908,000 monthly branded customers, which exceeded the 717,000 estimated in a Bloomberg survey of eight analysts. The company now projects it will add as many as 3.5 million postpaid subscribers this year, according to a statement today.
New Glen Ellyn store showcases handmade jewelry
Shoppers have a new option for jewelry and trendy clothes with the opening of e & e aubé Designs in downtown Glen Ellyn. The store at 477 Forest Ave. is a few steps from the downtown Metra station and opened Wednesday.
Business Ledger receives three Inland Press awards
The Daily Herald Business Ledger received a number of awards in the 2014 Inland Press Association New Business Development contest.
Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix
Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency.Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan says the passenger was a woman in her 50s. Santillan says the woman lost consciousness while the plane was in the air. He says she had no pulse and was pronounced dead by responders after the plane arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
Life & Entertainment
Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC’s Peter Pan
NBC has picked its Peter Pan: “Girls” star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC’s new staging of “Peter Pan Live!” The live telecast of this classic musical will air Dec. 4.
Contract dispute delays ‘Big Bang’ production
Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television’s most popular comedy, said that Wednesday’s scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There’s no word on when “The Big Bang Theory” team will be back at work.
Back to school brings dorm-room dilemmas
Millions of households in America are sending a child off to college next month. The student leaving home for the first time can experience anxiety mixed with excitement. Most dorm rooms are empty shells that are purposely designed to adapt to any color scheme. At the very least, students are encouraged to participate in the selection of new furnishings. Resist the impulse to decorate your child's room.
Arlington Hts. glass studio helps woman finish Sandy Hook tribute
When 26 children and adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Patti Muller, who lives in New Orleans, was inspired to teach herself a new form of artwork to create a stained glass “quilt” remembering the victims. Now, she is in Arlington Heights finishing her artwork at a local stained glass studio and hoping it will motivate others to make a change. “This was a horrific tragedy, but I tried to create something beautiful out of it,” Mueller said.
Reel life: Did ‘Hercules’ surpass studio’s expectations?
Did the studio screw up by burying the "Hercules" screenings until it was too late for positive reviews? Dann offers up his assessment. He also reveals the five hackneyed lines of dialogue he would like to never hear for the next five years.
Brewers feed growing thirst for American craft beers overseas
Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States’ largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs. It’s the latest phenomenon in the flourishing craft beer industry, which got its start emulating the European brews that defined many of the beer styles we drink today.
'Child of God' a horrifying look at darkness
As Lester, an angry, violent homeless man who may be borderline developmentally disabled, mad, or both, Scott Haze is both riveting and revolting in "Child of God." Adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel by the filmmaker and actor James Franco, "Child of God" is a deeply disturbing film centered on a murderous, animal-like necrophiliac. Yet Franco keeps viewers' attention, mainly by harnessing the power of Haze.
5 free things to do in Iowa capital of Des Moines
Nestled in the middle of Iowa, surrounded by miles of rolling hills green with corn and soybeans, is the capital city of Des Moines. A metropolis that’s experienced a popularity surge in recent years thanks to new businesses and housing opportunities, Des Moines has plenty of activities that will be kind to your wallet.
'Get On Up' captures James Brown's charisma — and moves
Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic "Get On Up" features "42" star Chadwick Boseman, in a thrillingly magnetic performance, as the singer with the growling vocals and the thrilling dance moves. If Boseman was impressive as the dignified Jackie Robinson in that movie, he's electrifying as Brown.
Editorial: The real goal of the millionaire tax referendum
An advisory referendum asking whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed at a higher rate might sound like a straightforward way to gauge the will of the voters. But a Daily Herald editorial points out there’s a lot more to it than that.
Darth and taxes: Assumptions can be misleading
Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes, assumptions are so embedded in our consciousness that not only do we take for granted their universal acceptance but we forget there could even be an alternative view.
The GOP as the party of reform
Columnist Michael Gerson: The Democratic cast of mind — in the midst of multiple failures — manages to be complacent, culturally polarizing and bereft of policy innovation. For all its disadvantages, the GOP is suddenly the party of reform — and our politics are richer for it.
President has shown his lack of experience
A Mundelein letter to the editor: In a letter to the editor in December 2009, I wrote that I feared we had elected a president that lacked the experience to deal with both domestic and foreign polices.
Elgin’s 311 system an initial success
An Elgin letter to the editor: A few days ago, we noticed our streetlight wasn’t on. In the past, we would call and report it along with pole type (metal or wooden) and number.
Why not ban alcohol, tobacco, too?
A South Elgin letter to the editor: The St. Charles City Council has refused to allow consideration for video poker approval for charitable causes because of the objections of two disgruntled aldermen who oppose even discussing it.
Is a memorial appropriate here?
A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Naperville Park District suggests a plaque at the quarry following the death of two people. While I have sympathy for those who lost loved ones, the article goes on to tell about the fact that these people were intelligent and had potential. But a memorial?