Daily Archive : Monday January 26, 2015




    Grocery and dairy assistant Reyna DeLoge stocks dairy products that only use milk from pasture-raised cows, at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, in Denver. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk.

    Milk industry fights back against ‘anti-dairy folks’

    As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and other perceived enemies getting louder online.

    Major stock indexes notched small gains on Monday, with six of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index closing higher.

    Stocks drift before eking out small gains

    Major stock indexes barely budged early as investors took in stride the election of a Greek political party that has called for the elimination of some that nation’s rescue loans. Market players also weighed the latest batch of corporate earnings

    A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters Sunday. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party’s win in Sunday’s early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country’s regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past.

    Eurozone looks for dialogue after Greek elections

    The election in Greece of a radical party that wants to overhaul the country’s bailout program raises new uncertainties for the eurozone. But several European creditor nations hinted they will seek a compromise deal to avoid disastrous scenarios, like Greece falling out of the euro.

    Attendees take a selfie before a press conference announcing the return of the Motorola brand to China Monday in Beijing. Motorola, one of China’s earliest mobile phone brands in the 1980s, left the country in 2013 following its acquisition by Google Inc.

    Motorola unveils 3 smart phones for return to China

    Chicago-based Motorola Mobility unveiled three smartphone models on Monday for its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market. Motorola was a mobile phone pioneer in China but pulled out in 2013 after its acquisition by Google Inc. Computer maker Lenovo Group bought Motorola last year as part of its effort to become a global competitor in wireless devices.


    Missouri assistant withdraws from Illini coaching search

    Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski says he is staying with Missouri after withdrawing from Illinois' search for a co-defensive coordinator.


    Ocwen and Mattel are big market movers

    Ocwen, Mattel, HCA Holdings, MeadWestvaco and Seagate Technology are big market movers

    FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, the statue of George Washington on the steps of Federal Hall faces the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Global financial markets shrugged off the election victory of an anti-austerity party in Greece, with most investors appearing to conclude on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, that it is unlikely to lead the country to fall out of the euro. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    US stock market finishes with small gains

    US stock market ends with small gains as investors weigh earnings, mergers and news on Greece


    Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower

    CHICAGO (AP) - Grain futures were mixed Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery fell 9.50 cents to $5.2050 a bushel; Mar corn fell 2.75 cents to 3.84 a bushel; Mar oats were .25 cent higher at $2.9075 a bushel; while Mar soybeans gained 10.75 cents to $9.8350 a bushel. Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Apr live cattle was off .80 cent to $1.48 a pound; Mar feeder cattle fell 1.85 cents to $1.9997 a pound; while Apr lean hogs were 2 cents higher at $.7265 a pound.

    In a Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, Joe Bowling, supervisor for the Englewood Solar Project, looks over solar panels on the roof of the Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis. Solar energy supporters are pushing back against a bill backed by Indiana's utilities that would change how much credit owners of small-scale solar installations get for the power they generate. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Mike Fender) NO SALES

    Solar energy supporters, utilities spar over legislation

    Solar energy supporters, utilities spar over bill that would change power generation credit

    Box, Inc. Chairman, CEO & co-founder Aaron Levie runs his fingers through his hair Friday before an interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Box Inc. shares soared 56 percent in their stock market debut, after the online storage provider raised $175 million in its initial public offering.

    Stocks mixed on uncertainty in Europe

    Financial markets drifted between small gains and losses in morning trading Monday, as investors weighed the implications of an election victory in Greece by a party opposed to that country’s bailout plan. Traders also had their eye on the latest batch of earnings and corporate mergers.

    Mattel said Monday CEO Bryan Stockton has resigned after about three years of leading the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars.

    Mattel CEO resigns, toy maker results miss expectations

    Mattel Chairman and CEO Bryan Stockton has resigned after the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars reported fourth-quarter results that fell far short of analyst expectations.


    Angie's List wants Indianapolis taxpayer money for expansion

    Consumer review service Angie's List seeks up to $18.3M from Indianapolis for expansion plans


    Ruling on Meijer tax assessment could have sweeping impact

    Tax board ruling on Meijer assessment could have sweeping impact for big-box stores

    Elgin-based Omega Demolition tears down the Ohio Feeder ramp in Chicago. This project consisted of closing half of the Kennedy Expressway for 57 hours at a time to demolish the 637-foot-long bridge. The project was initially scheduled for three consecutive weekends for demolition, but due to Omega's planning, scheduling and execution; all demolition was completed within two weekend shutdowns.

    Elgin company makes art of demolition

    Internal dangers, such as asbestos, can hamper the safe removal of a building. So customizing a plan for a teardown, using the right heavy-duty equipment, and being flexible so changes can be made quickly are all necessary, said Chuck Gerage, co-owner of Elgin-based Omega Demolition Corp.

    William Terlato

    Terlato, pro golfers make perfect pairing with new wines

    Kukec's People features William Terlato, CEO of Lake Bluff-based Terlato Wines, who is an amateur golfer who can hold is own with some of his favorite partners on the links, including pros Luke Donald, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els and even Mike Ditka. Those close friends also entrusted the executive with launching special lines in their names.


    Creative ideas can help attract right employees

    In a hiring mode? A creative approach to matching job requirements, benefits, the workplace and candidates might make a difference, says Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.

Life & Entertainment

    FILE - In this May 15, 2014 file photo, Melissa Rivers, left, and Joan Rivers attend the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2014 Upfront at the Javits Center in New York. Melissa Rivers filed a malpractice lawsuit Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, against doctors and the clinic where her mother Joan Rivers had a routine medical procedure, stopped breathing, and later died. Rivers said in a statement that filing the suit was one of the most difficult decisions she had to make. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan Rivers' death

    Melissa Rivers files malpractice lawsuit against NYC clinic in mother Joan Rivers' death


    Cuomo: Snow-related travel ban on roads, subway to shut down

    Cuomo: Storm-related travel ban on area roads, subway system shut down starting at 11 p.m.

    Stanley Tucci plays DCI Eugene Morton in "Fortitude." The 12-hour psychological thriller kicks off with a two-hour premiere Thursday at 9 p.m. on Pivot.

    A murder at the edge of the world takes 'Fortitude' to crack

    A sick child. Buried treasure. A bit of wiggle room in honoring wedding vows. An all-important tourist project suddenly imperiled. Plus polar bears that outnumber humans, which means everyone (kids included) totes a rifle just in case. That's about the size of it in tiny Fortitude, population 713.

    From left, Goldie Hawn, Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace and Kate Hudson pose as they arrive for the show of the Atelier Versace Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Kate Hudson reveals derriere at Versace, Portman hits Dior

    Kate Hudson reveals derriere at Versace couture show in Paris as Natalie Portman hits Dior

    "The Great Zoo of China," by Matthew Reilly

    Matthew Reilly writes action-packed 'Great Zoo of China'

    Matthew Reilly takes elements from Michael Crichton's classic "Jurassic Park" and gives them a high fantasy spin in his latest action masterpiece, "The Great Zoo of China." Reptile expert Dr. Cassandra Jane "CJ" Cameron is asked to visit a zoo that is soon to open in the middle of China. Staff members at the site are extremely secretive and provide few answers to her questions until Cameron and the others witness what animals are being kept inside the compound: dragons.


    'American Sniper' maintains lead position at box office

    'American Sniper' maintains lead position at weekend box office by earning $64.6 million

    Reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler, center, waves to the crowd before crowning the new Miss Universe, Paulina Vega of Colombia, during the Miss Universe pageant in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Colombian hometown for Miss Universe celebrating

    Colombian hometown for Miss Universe celebrating with pride in her victory

    Years later, “Resident Evil” still holds up as a solid video game franchise.

    'Resident Evil': Still suffering beautifully after all these years

    “Resident Evil” is a high-definition remaster of a 2002 remake of the original 1996 PlayStation game about a secret police group who end up marooned in a hillside mansion overrun with zombies. The 2002 remake was a high point in video game history. Thirteen years later, its layers of delicately intertwined systems are as powerful as ever. Yet the persistence of its power is evidence of a lost future, a style of design, emotional manipulation, and technological trickery that's been mostly abandoned.


    Company suing Anita Baker for work at suburban Detroit home

    Company files suit against Anita Baker; alleges nonpayment for work at suburban Detroit home

    Meghan Trainor and One Direction star Harry Styles got together to write a duet called "Someday Maybe."

    Meghan Trainor, Harry Styles write a duet about heartbreak

    Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles have put their heartbreak into a duet. The American singer known for the megahit "All About That Bass" and the One Direction star got together to write a song called "Someday Maybe." Trainor, 21, told the Associated Press she was impressed with Styles' ability to tap into his emotions, but it's not certain that we'll ever hear the two perform the duet together.

    This July 30, 2014 photo shows Margerie Glacier, one of many glaciers that make up Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. Some ships take scenic cruises through the park as part of their tours of the Inside Passage.

    Sailing to Alaska to relax, but learning a little on the way

    There are three basic types of vacation in my household. A family vacation entails going to visit far-flung relatives. A learning vacation means exploring a new place with my husband, with lots of sightseeing and guide-book consulting. And a non-learning vacation requires relaxing on a lounge chair near a pool or ocean, with a good book and a margarita.


    Ireland unveils credit card-style passports for EU travel

    Fantastic plastic: Ireland unveils selfie-friendly, credit card-style passports for EU travel

    This book cover image released by Spiegel & Grau shows "Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America," by Jill Leovy. (AP Photo/Spiegel & Grau)

    Book tells of gang-related homicides in black neighborhoods

    A detective's search for justice for victims of gang-related homicide in black ghettos of LA


    Airlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snow

    Airlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snowstorm; passengers can reschedule


    2014 was record year for National World War II Museum

    2014 set records at National World War II Museum in New Orleans


    National Cowboy Poetry Gathering begins in northeast Nevada

    'Buckaroo' to you; 31st annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering begins in northeast Nevada


    Michigan's Iron Belle Trail selected as name of new route

    Michigan's Iron Belle Trail picked as name of new route from Detroit through Upper Peninsula


    Legislator wants to remove cap on TV production incentives

    New Mexico legislator wants to remove state's cap on incentive for television productions


    Expanded Blackbeard exhibit opens at museum in N. Carolina

    Expanded exhibit about Blackbeard and new conservation lab open at museum in North Carolina


    Currier museum prepares 1960s, 1970s photorealism exhibition

    New Hampshire's Currier Museum readies exhibition of life in the 1960s and 1970s


    Appeals court won't reconsider cruise malpractice ruling

    Appeals court refuses to reconsider cruise ship malpractice decision


    Dalton Gang attraction among new historical site additions

    Dalton Gang attraction among new Kansas additions to National Register of Historic Places


    PM: Thai Airways won't go bankrupt but faces rehabilitation

    Thai PM: Thai Airways won't go bankrupt but faces major rehabilitation

    A model wears a creation for Saint Laurent's men's fall-winter 2015/2016 fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Salma Hayek leads Saint Laurent menswear finale

    Hayek leads Saint Laurent menswear finale as critics ask whether Hedi Slimane is vindicated

    In February 1984, astronaut Bruce McCandless became the first person to make an untethered spacewalk.

    Celebrating 50 years of floating in space at Air and Space Museum

    Spacewalking. Since the mid-1960s, astronauts have been popping the hatch and climbing outside, usually tethered to life support. “Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity” at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., celebrates the half-century anniversary with a display of spacesuits, moondust-darkened boots, gloves and tethers, among other early equipment.

    1965 Pontiac GTO

    Strike delayed delivery of sweet GTO

    Having just finished engineering school, a 24-year-old John Cutts was in need of some transportation. The year was 1964 and the day happened to be Halloween. Rather than going trick-or-treating, Cutts strolled into Right-Way Pontiac in his hometown of DeKalb.

    Seth Grahame-Smith is on the writing team for this year’s Academy Awards.

    Seth Grahame-Smith defines multihyphenate with busy career

    Seth Grahame-Smith’s life could be described as a mash-up. He’s the author of the best-seller “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and the follow-up, “The Last American Vampire.” He's also busy with a number of other projects, including his directorial debut on the film “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” writing and co-producing the sequel to “Beetlejuice,” writing two “Lego” movies and writing a pilot for CBS. He’s also on the writing team for this year’s Academy Awards.

    Gene Weygandt, left, and David Hess star in Marriott Theatre's production of “La Cage aux Folles,” starting previews Wednesday, Jan. 28.

    'La Cage' kicks off Marriott's 40th season

    For Joe Leonardo, directing “La Cage aux Folles” at The Marriott Theatre was like catching up with an old friend. They were close once — Leonardo directed the same production at the same theatre in 1994. This past fall, he was approached to direct the show again and, despite new challenges, he was surprised at how quickly and naturally things fell into place.


    Lifestyle changes, medication relieve symptoms of BPH

    Q: Can you discuss medications to treat BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)?

    Genesis Rodriguez, right, builds a circuit with a classmate in an auto mechanic training class at Braman Motors Miami. Rodriguez has a lung condition that requires medication, but she lost her coverage and is now one of millions of Americans who are caught in the “coverage gap” between the Affordable Care Act and other forms of aid.

    Treating chronic illness with cough syrup: Life in the coverage gap

    Nearly 4 million Americans live in a limbo of patchwork health care: They are not eligible for Medicaid; they don’t make enough money to afford ACA coverage. As a result, many low-income Americans with chronic illnesses are bracing to make it work for the next four years — or simply through the day. They swap prescriptions for CVS bargains. They rely on family remedies: whiskey for a sore throat, tea leaves for asthma. They tumble into debt when an ailment demands medical attention.

    A Victory Lakes Continuing Care Center activity assistant helps a resident make cookies at the Lindenhurst facility.

    Americans are too optimistic about their long-term care options

    Americans are strongly underestimating their future needs for long-term care, a potentially costly oversight that could hurt them in their retirement years. About 60 percent of adults between 40 and 65 years old don’t think they’ll need long-term care services, according to a new Health Affairs study. That’s much less than the 70 percent of people at least 65 years old who will need long-term care services at some point either in their home or at a facility, according to a widely cited 2005 study from the Georgetown University Long-Term Care Financing Project.

    In a recent study, workers who spent long hours sitting at a desk and had high stress levels were more likely to gain weight.

    Your health: Is work making you fat?
    Are you packing on pounds while climbing the corporate ladder? If so, you’re in good company: in a 2013 Harris Interactive survey of more than 3,000 workers conducted for CareerBuilder, 41 percent of respondents said they’d gained weight in their current jobs.



    She’s having trouble with the curb cuts
    Letter to the editor: Mary Kay Davis ofArlington Heights says now that she's using a walker temporarily, she finds the stones in the curb cuts to be "downright scary."


    A lot of money for not a lot of value
    Letter to the editor: Donald Kuntz has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for Des Plaines' search for a new "brand."


    Why all of these parking restrictions?
    Letter to the editor: A couple says the overabundance of restrictions in the Arlington Heights parking garage feels like "gotcha" revenue raising.


    Society of respect begins with equal rights
    A Palatine letter to the editor: “What happened to people’s right to say no?” asks LeAnne Seavers, when defending an individual’s right not to participate in any aspect of same-sex marriage.


    Consider facts on Cuba relations
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It is frustrating to me that few, if any, critics of President Obama’s recent U.S.-Cuba initiatives are people who’ve ever seen Cuba first-hand.


    Anti-noise groups must join forces
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Since O’Hare’s runways were reconfigured, noise levels have become unacceptable while air quality has deteriorated.


    Why exclude women from priesthood?
    A Lily Lake letter to the editor: I couldn’t agree more with Kathleen Parker’s editorial regarding Pope Francis in the Jan. 22 Daily Herald. As a Catholic myself, I’m well aware of a dire shortage of priests, yet the church hierarchy’s policy continues to be antiquated and myopic.


    Just now concerned about middle class?
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I find it interesting the president has offered an olive branch to the Republican Party since the election that showed him and his party that the people of this country were not happy with his performance.


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