Daily Archive : Monday June 27, 2011



    Major construction set for St. Charles’ Main Street

    Commuters who use St. Charles’ Main Street to cross the Fox River should prepare for longer drive times. The city is ramping up a major construction project that will shut down half the street’s lanes and be complete just in time to give way to an even bigger construction project next year.

    Shia LaBeouf plays Sam Witwicky in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”

    Third ‘Transformers' a big, silly bore

    It takes about an hour and a half for Michael Bay's “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” to get to the good stuff. And when I write “good stuff,” I really mean the stuff that's not as bad as the stuff in the rest of the movie.

    Emily Behny and Dane Agostinis star in the NETworks tour of “Disney's Beauty and the Beast,” which returns to Chicago at the Oriental Theatre from Wednesday, June 29, through Sunday, Aug. 7.

    ‘Beauty and the Beast' back in Chicago

    The NETworks national tour of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" returns to Chicago for a run from Wednesday, June 29, through Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Oriental Theatre.

    Some suburban police have serious reservations about legislation pending in Congress that would raise truck weight limits on interstate highways from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds with an additional axle. Supporters say it would reduce trips, thereby saving gas and reducing traffic, but opponents argue it would be a safety hazard and worsen roadways.

    Big truck debate: Local police say no to weight gain

    Congress is considering bills in the Senate and House aimed at upping truck weight limits from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds with an additional axle on interstate highways. “Increased truck weights will be a detriment to roads and the safety of the driving public,” Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine says.

    These new stamps honor 12 of the nation’s most important and influential industrial designers. The stamps will go on sale nationwide on June 29.

    Stamps honor industrial designers

    Twelve classics of American design are featured on a new set of postage stamps being issued Wednesday.


    Downtown Wheaton group pitches new taxing district

    Wheaton City Council considers the extension of a special service area that would fund the Downtown Wheaton Association.

    In this June 7, 2011 photo is a mine vehicle, powered by a Harley motor, at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The cart, which was created by a mine worker in northern California around 1926, is part of a new exhibit, "Collection X: Weird, Wild Wonders of the Harley-Davidson Museum," which runs through Aug. 21.

    'Weird' Harley-Davidson exhibit has rare items

    A new exhibit at the Harley-Davidson Museum is proof the Milwaukee motorcycle maker is about much more than its classic hogs.


    GAB won't allow Republican on recall ballot

    A Democratic senator facing a recall election likely has one less challenger after Wisconsin election officials decided Monday not to allow a Republican on the ballot because he didn't collect enough valid signatures from voters.

    Jurors found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty on 17 counts of corruption on charges that he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. He was found innocent on one count. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on two of the counts.

    Blagojevich: I've learned to speak less

    Rod Blagojevich, who rode his talkative everyman image to two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including the incendiary allegation that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat.

    Jurors speak out following a guilty verdict for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich Monday in Chicago. The federal jury convicted Blagojevich on 17 of 20 counts.

    Naperville woman led Blago jury, says verdict is just

    While a circus atmosphere buzzed around the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial, the Naperville woman who headed the jury said she and her peers meticulously pored over the evidence to reach "a fair and just verdict."

    Glendale Heights will install its first red-light camera next year at North Avenue and Glen Ellyn Road.

    Glendale Heights adding red-light cameras

    Starting next year, add Glendale Heights to the list of towns using red light cameras for traffic enforcement. Supporters say the cameras have made roads safer and resulted in a change of drivers' habits. But the cameras also have helped municipalities' bottom lines, causing some to question the motivation for camera installation.

    Patrick Taylor

    Trial to begin in Rolling Meadows murder

    Opening statements scheduled for the trial of Patrick Taylor, charged with first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of aspiring rapper and Rolling Meadows resident Marquis Lovings.


    Two injured in Crystal Lake crash

    Two people were injured in a Crystal Lake crash involving three vehicles Monday night, according to police.


    Elburn closer to allowing beer gardens

    Elburn is closer to allowing beer gardens at taverns and restaurants, with trustees close to approving a change in its liquor laws.

    Heather Baumann

    Cops: Aurora woman hit man with truck

    An Aurora woman has been charged after seriously injuring a family member by running him over with a pickup truck late Saturday night, according to police.


    Dist. 26, teachers union still at odds

    Cary Elementary District 26 board president updates public on negotiations between district and teachers union.


    Gurnee eyes economic development committee

    Gurnee village board members Monday night discussed the possibility of starting an economic development committee.

    In this March 28, 2006 file photo, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan and his wife, Lura Lynn, arrive at Chicago’s federal court.

    Ex-Gov. Ryan’s wife in ‘grave’ condition

    An attorney for imprisoned ex-Gov. George Ryan says Ryan's wife is in "grave" condition at a Kankakee hospital.


    8-year-old Aurora boy drowns at state park

    An 8-year-old Aurora boy drowned Sunday after being swept away in a current at the Apple River Canyon State Park in northwestern Illinois, according to authorities.


    Des Plaines teen sentenced to boot camp for burglary

    The second of two teens involved in a string of residential burglaries last year in Des Plaines has pleaded guilty.


    Blagojevich case reached across suburbs

    The case against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich had tentacles throughout the suburbs and involved a number of suburban figures.

    President Barack Obama met with Senate leaders of both parties at the White House Monday in discussions over finding a compromise over federal spending cuts to reduce the debt.

    White House: ‘Significant’ deal on debt possible

    President Barack Obama plunged into deadlocked negotiations to cut government deficits and raise the nation’s debt limit Monday.


    Hunt Club, Millburn intersection to close

    New traffic patterns will take place starting July 9 at Hunt Club, Millburn and Wadsworth Roads.


    MHS freshman registration

    All incoming freshmen at Mundelein High School and their parents or guardians must go through an in-person registration process.


    Waukegan foreclosure workshop

    The free Save Your Home: Foreclosure Prevention Workshop is Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Courtyard Marriott, 3800 Northpoint Blvd., Waukegan.

    Oswaldo Ponce Jr.

    Palatine man gets 10 years for home invasion

    Palatine resident Oswaldo Ponce Jr. was sentenced to 10 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to home invasion and violation of an order of protection. Police say Ponce, 46, broke into the woman's home and threatened her in August, 2010.


    Despite objections, Mount Prospect OKs bank drive-through

    The Mount Prospect Village Board approved drive-through lanes and a parking lot setback for Ravenswood Community Bank, but not without some opposition from the bank’s neighbors.

    Pam Davis, president & CEO of Edward Hospital & Health Services

    Edward CEO pushed back on pay to play

    She wore a wire, breakfasted with criminals and played a role in Rod Blagojevich’s downfall, but Pam Davis has yet to gain the Plainfield hospital that figured in the convictions of the former governor’s cronies. Edward Hospital officials did not comment Monday on the guilty verdicts in Blagojevich’s corruption trial, but the Naperville hospital was part of the tangled web of...

    Lt. Governor Sheila Simon watches a powerpoint Presentation at College of Lake County in Grayslake Monday. She also visited Oakton and McHenry community colleges to learn about efforts the schools are making to improve graduation rates.

    Simon gets crash course at CLC

    Lt. Governor Sheila Simon got a crash course Monday in what College of Lake County is doing to help improve students’ retention and completion rates.

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon listens to student Sammi Zelm during a meeting Monday with faculty, staff and students at McHenry County College.

    Lt. Gov. Simon vows to fight for MCC

    Lt. Governor Sheila Simon visits McHenry County College in Crystal Lake to discuss improving math instruction and completion rates.


    Number of suburban homeless drops, but some fear trend short-lived

    The number of homeless people in suburban Cook County dropped by almost 10 percent since 2009, according to a count in January, but advocates fear the dip could be temporary.


    Local lawmakers react to verdict

    Local lawmakers react to the Blagojevich verdict

    Officials from the Elgin Area School District U-46 Board of Education, the district superintendent, South Elgin High School staff and the SEHS Boosters recently broke ground on what will become the U-46 Stadium at South Elgin High School.

    U-46 stadium groundbreaking reason to celebrate at South Elign High
    Officials from the Elgin Area School District U-46 Board of Education, the district superintendent, South Elgin High School staff, the SEHS Boosters among others, recently broke ground on what will become the U-46 Stadium at South Elgin High School.

    Lewis Gordon

    Elgin man served to the very end

    Lewis Gordon was a man who cared about the community. He is a past president of the Gail Borden Public Library Board and the Sherman Men’s Health Alliance, a charter member of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church and a member of Elgin’s Planning and Development Commission until his death Saturday at 73 years old.


    Augustine to be new SBA chairman

    The Schaumburg Business Association announced Monday that Richard Augustine of R.J. Augustine and Associates , Ltd. CPA's will succeed Jim Gould as chairman of the SBA Board of Directors.


    Teen pleads guilty to Elk Grove car robberies

    17-year-old Des Plaines resident Rohn Agaton was sentenced to two years IDOC, with a recommendation for boot camp, in exchange for his guilty plea to burglary and possession of stolen property following a string of Elk Grove Village auto robberies that occurred between Nov. 4 and Dec. 1, 2010.


    Naperville man among injured in 290 crash

    A Naperville man was airlifted from the scene of a crash that also injured two IDOT workers Monday morning on I-290 near Addison, according to police.


    Winfield police charge man for pistol

    Winfield police arrested a man outside of Caliendo's Restaurant early Sunday morning after they found a gun in his waistband. The man posted bail and was released.

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich comes to speak to the media with his wife Patti at the Federal Courthouse Monday, June 27, 2011 in Chicago. Blagojevich has been convicted of 17 of the 20 charges against him.

    Images: The Blagojevich verdict
    The verdict for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is in. Blagojevich was found guilty in 17 of the 20 counts against him.

    Tennis great Mats Wilander, right, with business partner Cameron Lickle at the Dunham Woods Riding Club in Wayne Wednesday. Daily Herald reporter — and tennis fanatic — Lenore Adkins had a chance to chat with Wilander last week.

    Wimbledon watching with Mats Wilander

    Last week, I sat down with eight-time Grand Slam tennis champion Mats Wilander at Dunham Woods Riding Club in Wayne. He was there as part of his Wilander on Wheels tour and had driven to the club in his Winnebago to run tennis clinics with 32 lucky club members.

    Kane County Board member Mike Donahue toured the Pingree Grove Police Department last week to get a feel for how “green” building technology in government buildings can ultimately result in savings for taxpayers.

    Kane officials tour buildings for green inspiration

    Kane County Board members tour four of the county's most environmentally friendly buildings to get a feel for the positive impacts of green architecture.


    Round Lake Beach woman admits theft

    A Round Lake Beach woman faces up to seven years in prison after admitting Monday she stole $215,000 while working as the manager of a storage facility.


    T-Mobile sues Hoffman Estates

    Wireless carrier T-Mobile is suing Hoffman Estates in federal court to force village officials to allow construction of a cellular tower in Cannon Crossings Park. Village trustees rejected the 85-foot tower last month, despite their attorney’s warnings they might get sued over it.

    Lenore Gonzales Bragaw

    Dist 214 board member Bragaw resigns after 11 years

    Lenore Gonzales Bragaw is resigning after 11 years on the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Board of Education. Bragaw said Monday she is moving to Mundelein, and since her new home is outside the district’s boundaries, she is no longer able to serve on the board.


    Police reports

    tte N. Harris, 36, of the 500 block of North Strack Street in Cortland, appeared in bond court Monday on charges of theft of approximately $8,000 throughout the month of May from the Elgin Family Dollar, 587 N. McLean Boulevard, where Harris was a manager, according to court documents and Elgin police. Bail was set at $40,000 for the felony charge, of which Harris must pay 10 percent to be...


    Police briefs

    Charles S. Herser, 61, of the 800 block of North Avenue in Batavia, was charged June 23 with possession of a weapon without having a firearm owner’s identification card, possession of ammunition without ID card and possession of cannabis (more than 2.5 grams, but fewer than 10) in the 800 block of North Avenue, a report said. He also was issued a city ticket charging him with unlawful discharge...


    Quinn signs Beaubien seat-belt bill

    The late Rep. Mark Beaubien’s widow and family were on hand in Chicago Monday as Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Barrington Hills lawmaker’s final piece of legislation — a law requiring Illinoisans to buckle up in the back seat.

    Evergreen Park is one of three Arlington Heights Park District sites getting playground upgrades this year as part of a $450,000 renovation project. The new Recreation Park playground opens Tuesday.

    Facelifts for three Arlington Heights parks

    A new playground at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights opens Tuesday, complete with new tower and climbing structures, monkey bars and other upper-body equipment. It is one of three park district sites undergoing major renovations this summer.


    Elgin police investigate car found in river

    Elgin police are still investigating how a 1997 Toyota Camry with no license plates ended up in the Fox River early Monday morning.


    Huntley sued over celltower rejection

    A Florida-based firm sues the village of Huntley in federal court over a denial of a 175-foot cell tower last year that would have been used by Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.


    Ex-employee admits stealing from bank

    A former Schaumburg bank employee admitted depositing more than $56,000 in checks into her personal account. Maridee Batibot, 34, of Hoffman Estates was sentenced to 4 years probation and ordered to pay $56,397.82 in restitution.


    Sprouts linked to 20 cases of salmonella poisoning

    The Food and Drug Administration is issuing a rare warning to consumers, asking diners to avoid Evergreen Produce brand alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts because they may be linked to 20 cases of salmonella poisoning.


    500 Des Plaines residents will be first to see casino

    The Rivers Casino will allow 500 Des Plaines residents to get a sneak preview of the casino on July 15 ahead of a VIP party on July 17 and the casino's grand opening on July 18. Residents must register online at playrivers.com/desplaines to win entry. The first 500 residents 21 years or older to register will be invited to the pre-opening party, from 5 to 9 p.m., and can bring a guest.

    Go Play — A Jugar, a business that provided a play area for young children in Schaumburg, closed abruptly this month without compensating families who'd paid for annual memberships.

    Schaumburg business closes, families' payments lost

    A Schaumburg business which provided indoor play areas for young children closed abruptly this month, leaving families who paid for annual memberships without their money or the play environment they were promised.


    Water resources studied in Lake Zurich

    A survey of Lake Zurich residents regarding household water use and other water related issues is under way as part of a trendsetting effort to determine how the village can best manage its resources.


    Palatine teen pleads guilty to damaging mailboxes

    A Palatine teen charged with two others of damaging Palatine mailboxes while riding in a car that did not belong to them, pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property recently in Rolling Meadows. Joshua Rupe, 18, was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to pay more than $4,000 in restitution.

    T. Jordan Gallagher

    Kane judge was encyclopedia of knowledge

    T. Jordan Gallagher, a Kane County judge for the last three years and former two-term DeKalb County State's Attorney, died Saturday from complications from stomach and lung cancer at the age of 63.

    Homeowner Kevin Micklo looks over the extensive damage to his home on the 500 block of Dawes Avenue in Glen Ellyn. No one was injured in the early morning fire.

    No injuries in Glen Ellyn house fire

    A Glen Ellyn house was seriously damaged Monday following an early morning fire, authorities said.

    The “Samurai Burger,” a combination of flavors from Asia and America, won first place in the third annual Burger Throwdown last week. The burger was created by a team of culinary arts students from Elgin Community College.

    ECC’s Samurai Burger wins Burger Throwdown

    Elgin Community College culinary team gives its burger an Asian flair and wins first place in a Chicago-area competition, beating out entries from eight college teams throughout the Chicago area, including two teams from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago and Dominican University.


    Too many blood transfusions? New standards urged

    Check into the hospital and you may get a blood transfusion you didn't really need.


    Postal Service resumes accepting mail for Canada

    The U.S. Postal Service is again accepting mail for Canada, starting Tuesday.

    Christine Mitchell is on a quest to see all 55 of the decorated Adirondack chairs that are part of the Thrones of Summer public art exhibit in Elgin. Her favorite is the entry by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.

    A game of thrones, Elgin style

    Fifty-five individuals and organizations throughout Elgin ordered and decorated Adirondack chairs for the Thrones of Summer competition. Artists can vie for the glory of having their chairs voted as the best by community members and those same community members can vie for prizes based on how many chairs they went to see.


    High court limits state rules on campaign spending

    The Supreme Court imposed new limits Monday on states trying to restrain the influence of money in politics, striking down a law that tied the amount of public funds a candidate receives to how much privately funded rivals spend.


    Explanation of charges, verdict

    Jurors at Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial decided on 20 counts against the former Illinois governor. The verdicts were read Monday. On the official verdict form, there's a box under each charge for the panelists to check “guilty” or “not guilty.” The counts and decisions are:

    The Woodstock Fine Arts Association honored 10 McHenry County seniors at the annual talent show. Pictured are, from left: Tina Lebar, Alex Johnson, Claire Kelly, Mitch Ennis, WFAA member Carolyn Mahoney, Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager, WFAA member Nancy Porstner, Izora Baltys, Chandler Ellison, Alexa Barkocy, Grace Papadopoulos, and Dylan McCartin. Not pictured is Katie Sprague.

    McHenry County students win fine arts scholarships

    The Woodstock Fine Arts Association recently hosted its annual Talent Showcase at the Woodstock Opera House. Ten McHenry County high school seniors were honored.


    A timeline of Blagojevich career, legal battles

    Highlights from impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s political career and legal saga.

    National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Earl Weener answers questions regarding Friday’s Amtrak train wreck at a press briefing in Sparks, Nev., Sunday.

    Answers sought in Nevada Amtrak crash

    Investigators struggled Monday to piece together how a truck driver who plowed into an Amtrak train in the Nevada desert failed to notice the crossing gates and blinking lights that should have been visible a half-mile away.


    Big Noise auditions for fall musical, ‘How To Succeed’

    Big Noise Theatre will have auditions for its fall musical, “How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying,” from 6:30-10 p.m. Sunday and Monday, July 10-11 at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka.

    Greg Andejeski, (back left), and his brother Gerry Andejeski, (holding board), take a moment for a snapshot with some of their family and friends. United Relief Foundation co-founder/president Frank Salato is left of Gerry and United Relief Foundation Director Steve Alma is on right.

    Veterans benefit from bowling fundraiser

    Two men, Greg Andejeski of Arlington Heights and Gerard “Gerry” Andejeski of Roselle, went beyond just donating money at a fundraiser for homeless veterans at the AMF Bowling Center in Rolling Meadows, they also provided a lot of laughs.

    Riders leave Palatine to join roughly 100 motorcyclists from throughout the suburban area for the Shelter-A-Child ride in 2010.

    Register now for Shelter-A-Child motorcycle ride

    The 2011 Shelter-A-Child Motorcycle Run is set for Sunday, July 31. Riders will begin at City Limits Harley Davidson in Palatine at 9:30 a.m. and will meet a second group of motorcyclists at JJ Twigs in Wauconda.

    The 2011 Arlington Heights Council of PTAs scholarship recipients.

    Arlington Hts. PTS group awards scholarships

    The Arlington Heights Council of PTAs recently announced recipients of its Scholarship Award. Each student will receive a gift of $1,000.


    Palatine Public Library District board announces vacancy

    The Palatine Public Library District board of library trustees seeks to fill a vacancy until the new board is seated in May 2013, following the consolidated election on April 9, 2013.


    Notable quotes from Blagojevich trial

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich the witness stand for seven days at his retrial, and that testimony became the focus of proceedings for weeks. Some notable quotes from Blagojevich during his testimony and from attorneys during their closings.


    Other Illinois politicians who faced legal trouble

    Several of Rod Blagojevich’s predecessors as governor, along with a long list of other Illinois politicians, have dealt with their own legal problems. Here are some of the more memorable.

    A wildfire crests over the hills above Los Alamos National Labs Sunday night. The fast-moving wildfire forced officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to close the site Monday.

    Wildfire threatens Los Alamos nuke lab

    A fast-moving wildfire just south of northern New Mexico’s Los Alamos nuclear laboratory has destroyed at least 30 structures, including some homes, and has the potential to grow much larger, fire officials said Monday.

    Protesters of a Communist Party-backed union, PAME, hang banners in English and Greek reading: “The peoples have the power and never surrender. Organize counterattack” in front of the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis hill in Athens Monday.

    French banks to rollover Greek debt

    French banks are ready to help troubled Greece by accepting a significant debt rollover, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday.

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his wife, Patti, leavetheir home for the courthouse.

    Crowds gather to hear Blago verdict at 2 p.m.

    The Rod Blagojevich jury is hung on two of the 20 counts against him. The verdicts are supposed to be read around 2 p.m. today.


    US expands human trafficking blacklist

    The Obama administration is expanding the number of countries that may face U.S. sanctions for not doing enough to combat human trafficking.


    Clinton hails NY legalization of gay marriage

    New York's legalization of same-sex marriage marks a historic human rights victory that will give much-needed credibility and visibility to the international movement for equality for gays and lesbians, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday.


    White House considers big boost to fuel economy

    The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025.


    Gov. Branstad expresses confidence in budget talks

    Gov. Terry Branstad met with top legislative leaders early Monday and said he's increasingly confident lawmakers will pass a budget he can accept.


    Quinn will ‘honor’ verdict in Blagojevich trial

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn calls the jury system “really healthy” for democracy as a verdict is set to be read in the corruption trial of his ousted predecessor, Rod Blagojevich.

    Despite being the runt of the litter and having a malformed leg, Bentley became a champion show dog under the guidance of his owner/handler Catherine Edman.

    How dog who ate everything taught owner about life

    Life with Bentley, her Old English Sheepdog, was a series of never-ending adventures, reporter Cathi Edman says. From his unusual eating habits to his boundless enthusiasm, he taught her a lot about living.

    Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club Garden Walk committee members Ivy Guarise, LaRayne Scharm and Barb D’Ambrosio set up the greeting station for the July 11 Garden Walk through four area gardens.

    Long Grove club to host garden walk

    The Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club Garden Walk will be held from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, July 11, to benefit local student internships in landscaping and maintenance of the Reed Turner Woodland in Long Grove, as well as other local charities.

    Pat O'Shea

    DuPage board member O’Shea wants countywide post

    The longest-serving member of the DuPage County Board says he won't seek re-election in 2012 to make a bid for a countywide office. Pat O'Shea says he's considering whether to run for judge or state's attorney.

    William V. Clifford

    Son pleads not guilty to Aurora man’s killing

    A man accused of fatally stabbing his father at an extended-stay hotel in Westmont last month entered a formal plea of not guilty Monday in DuPage County court. William V. Clifford, 32, faces five counts of first-degree murder.

    Jasmine Ramirez, 17, of Carol Stream, center, reacts as a cinder block is broken on David Fazzini while he lies on a bed of nails during a National Career Pathways Network class at College of DuPage.

    COD professor brings physics to life

    College of DuPage professor David Fazzini believes in “doing science” as wholly as he believes in the laws of physics. He demonstrated his commitment to both in a lesson nearly two dozen high school students aren’t likely to forget.

    “I look for something that catches my eye,” said Jean Tartaglia when she was at the VFW Post 2801 parking lot sale in Villa Park.

    VFW turns trash into treasures

    Cindy Dahl probably doesn’t need a new, still in the box, Lynn Hauldren bobblehead. And her son John could likely do without a Tusk the Walrus Beanie Baby. Yet she justified both purchases Saturday morning in the name of helping a good cause during the Villa Park VFW Post 2801’s first Mega Parking Lot Sale at the post, 39 E. St. Charles Road.


    1 killed when taxi hits parking garage in Chicago

    Authorities say one person was killed when a taxi crashed into a parking garage in downtown Chicago on Monday morning.


    Crystal Lake to widen Pingree Road
    The City of Crystal Lake has announced that the reconstruction and widening of Pingree Road, south of Route 14 and north of Rakow Road, will start Tuesday, June 28.

    U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Clarke Orzalli

    Find out ‘How the Navy Protects America’ at IMSA
    U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Clarke Orzalli and Navy officials will present “How the Navy Protects America” and meet with Summer@IMSA campers to celebrate Chicago Navy Week June 25-July 4.


    Donate a book for kids in military families
    When deployment tours can last up to 15 months, many military personnel often find they spend more time overseas than at home. Coping with family separations and maintaining connections with deployed family members becomes vital, especially for children.

    Wauconda Fest in Cook Park on Friday.

    Images: Suburban weekend festivals
    It was a big weekend for suburban festivals. Swedish Days, Fiesta del Sol, Bloomington Gold Corvettes, Volo Arts Fair, Prospect Heights Block Party, Promenade of Art, Wauconda Fest and Relays for Life in Schaumburg and Geneva were among the events that filled our weekend calendar.


    Buy tickets for AID’s basket raffle
    Make this summer better then ever with the Association for Individual Development Summer Fun Raffle Basket. The basket is full of items that you can win by supporting AID.


    Milwaukee parking garage reopens this week

    A downtown Milwaukee parking garage is reopening Tuesday, about a year after a concrete panel fell from one of its walls and killed a teen.

    Alex Gruber is an eighth-grader at Haines Middle School in St. Charles with an interest in helping others. His latest outreach is the purchase of four soccer balls for short-term missionary friends Ron and Becky Hubbard to give to youth in Uganda.

    St. Charles teen helps the needy in Africa

    Never tell Alex Gruber that one person — especially a kid — can't make a difference. Alex is an eighth-grader at Haines Middle School in St. Charles, but he's been impacting people on the other side of the world for a couple of years now.


    Bikers ride for kids, brain tumor awareness

    Ride for Kids, a charity raising funds for children suffering from brain tumors, features volunteers taking children with brain tumors out for motorcycle rides in the towns surrounding Elgin Community College. The event takes place July 17.

    The new Barrington Library logo.

    Barrington Library logo gets a makeover

    A Glen Ellyn design student's design has been chosen as the new Barrington Area Library's new logo. The library approached the Harrington College of Design in Chicago for help to create a design that represents its community vision.


    Big crowds gather at Chicago Gay Pride parade

    Reports of vandalized floats didn't appear to dampen the festivities Sunday, as massive crowds energized by Illinois' recent law allowing same-sex civil unions celebrated Chicago's annual Gay Pride Parade.


    Health officials in Chicago offer free HIV testing

    It's National HIV Testing Day and health officials at a Chicago clinic are offering free and anonymous testing to the public.


    The Sox' would-be slugger Adam Dunn walks back to the dugout Sunday after being called out on strikes during the first inning against Washington at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Maybe Dunn needs a dose of Dr. Phil

    At this point in Adam Dunn's season-long slump, it sure appears to be more mental than physical. Maybe the Sox should put him on the disabled list and send him to a mental health expert for help.

    Washington Nationals second baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Viera, Fla.

    Hairston has no regrets on his MLB career

    Jerry Hairston Jr., a 1995 Naperville North High School graduate, plays every day for the Washington Nationals in his 14th year in the big leagues. When his playing days end, no one will be surprised if he stays in the game in a decision-making capacity.


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    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Colorado Rockies

    Ed Belfour, seen here in 1993, was named the NHL’s best rookie in 1991 as a member of the Blackhawks.

    Will Hockey Hall welcome Belfour?

    Former Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour is one of the favorites to get enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

    Don’t be surprised if Juan Pierre, right, isn’t with the White Sox soon.

    If the Sox start hitting, watch out

    For as bad as the White Sox have been over the first half of the season, they are still in a good position in the AL Central.

    Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro at Wimbledon on Monday.

    A Williams washout at Wimbledon

    Venus and Serena Williams lost Monday, and the women's draw also lost the top seed as Caroline Wozniacki bowed out. In men's play, Rafael Nadal played through foot pain and managed to win his match to earn a berth in the quarterfinals.


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    sky scout for Tuesday

    Jimmy Butler is introduced to the media Monday by the Chicago Bulls at the Berto Center in Deerfield.

    Butler's journey to the Bulls is remarkable

    The first night he arrived in Chicago after becoming an official member of the Bulls, former Marquette forward Jimmy Butler visited the home of new teammate Derrick Rose. Butler was formally introduced Monday at the Berto Center.


    Quade addresses recent shortcomings

    Addressing poor or inattentive play was a subject manager Mike Quade addressed both before and after Monday’s 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.


    Cubs vs. Giants scouting report
    Cubs vs. Giants scouting report

    With Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta looking on, Carlos Pena watches his 2-run home run during the fifth inning of the Cubs’ victory Monday at Wrigley Field. Pena had 2 homers on the day and now has 16 for the season.

    Pena could be trade bait for Cubs

    Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez each hit 2 home runs for the Cubs Monday in their 7-3 victory over the Rockies. Pena might be an attractive trade target for other teams, but he said he'd like to remain in Chicago.

    Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta looks on Monday as the Cubs’ Carlos Pena watches his two-run homer during the fifth inning at Wrigley.

    Pena, Ramirez power Cubs to victory

    Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez each homered twice Monday to lead the Cubs to a 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.


    Hawks get draft pick for Kopecky

    The Blackhawks acquired a seventh-round draft pick in either the 2012 or 2013 from Florida in exchange for the negotiating rights to Tomas Kopecky.

    Evan Lysacek is considering a return to competitive skating. Although he has not made a formal announcement, the Olympic gold medalist from Naperville has claimed two spots on the Grand Prix schedule for this season.

    Lysacek seeks return to competitive skating

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — After taking last season off and performing only in less-rigorous ice shows, Olympic figure skaing champion Evan Lysacek is taking the first steps back toward competitive skaing.Lysacek is officially back on the Grand Prix schedule. The gold medalist from Naperville drew Skate America and Trophee Bompard on the list of Grand Prix assignments released Monday by the International Skating Union. He has not competed since Vancouver, where he became the first American man to win the Olympic gold medal since Brian Boitano in 1988.Lysacek skipped last season because of a heavy schedule of promotions and appearances, including touring with the “Stars on Ice” 25th anniversary tour. But he did not rule out a return to competition, saying in January he was still doing run-throughs of his Olympic programs and working on quadruple jumps.Lysacek’s return would be a huge boost to the U.S. men, who will have only two spots at the world championships for the first time since 2001. Lysacek was the 2009 world champion, and bronze medalist in 2005 and 2006.According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, Lysacek’s publist says the skate does not want to make a formal announcement of his intentions until later this summer. Lysacek has, however, resumed training with coach Frank Carroll, according to several reports.Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic champion, was not assigned to any of the six Grand Prixs. The Russian’s eligibility was restored earlier this month by the ISU, and he has said he hopes to compete at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.Also skipping the Grand Prix season this year are world champion Miki Ando and Olympic champion Kim Yu-na. Ando said she did not have enough time to prepare programs for the new season while Kim is busy promoting Pyeongchang’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will pick a 2018 host July 6 in Durban, South Africa.The Grand Prix season begins Oct. 21-23 with Skate America in Ontario, Calif. Skate Canada is next, followed by Cup of China, NHK Trophy in Japan, Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris and the Cup of Russia. The Grand Prix final will be Dec. 8-11 in Quebec.

    Former Big Ten champ Darren Niedermeyer of Schaumburg was unable to match his personal best at the USA Outdoor Track &Field Championships over the weekend. Niedermeyer, a former track star at Conant High School, finished seventh overall with a vault of 17 feet, 6½ inches.

    Niedermeyer takes 7th at USA championships

    Former Conant High school pole vaulter Darren Niedermeyer tied for seventh place at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend in Eugene, Ore. Niedermeyer, representing the Jump High Athletic Club, reached 17 feet, 6½ inches. Derek Miles of Nike cleared 18-6¾ to win the event.


    Los Angeles Dodgers file for bankruptcy protection
    The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming the refusal of Major League Baseball to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat.


    In this photo of Thursday, June 16, 2011, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, right, stands with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cantor, who has been participating in bipartisan budget talks headed by Vice President Joe Biden, pulled out today citing an impasse over taxes that required intervention by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

    White House: 'Significant' deal on debt possible

    President Barack Obama plunged into deadlocked negotiations to cut government deficits and raise the nation's debt limit Monday, and the White House expressed confidence a "significant" deal with Republicans could be reached. But both sides only seemed to harden their positions as the day wore on, the administration insisting on higher taxes as part of the package but Republican leaders flatly rejecting the idea.


    High court to rule on TV indecency, GPS tracking

    The Supreme Court has added a couple of high-profile constitutional challenges to its lineup of cases for next term: One looking at governmental regulation of television content and the other dealing with the authority of police to use a GPS device to track a suspect's movements without a warrant.

    In this June 22, 2011 photo, traders gather at the post of specialist Stephen D'Agostino, foreground second left, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World markets were mixed Monday, June 27, as Greece's parliament began debating harsh new austerity measures that must pass for the country get its next batch of emergency financial aid.

    Euro debt news lifts stocks after last week's loss

    Signs that a widespread European debt crisis could be averted helped send stocks up Monday.


    FAA seeks $1M penalty for Boeing 777 problem

    The Federal Aviation Administration is pursuing a penalty of more than $1 million against Boeing Co. because it says the airplane maker didn't follow its own instructions for installing oxygen systems on the 777.

    Convenience story owner Floyd Bisson, lowers the price of regular gas at the pumps in front of his store in Phippsburg, Maine on Monday, June 27, 2011. The nationwide average for retail gasoline fell to $3.57 per gallon Monday according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. Prices have dropped 24 cents in a month.

    Why economists see a stronger second half for 2011

    Farewell and good riddance to the first half of 2011 — six months that are ending as sour for the economy as they began.


    Nike's 4Q profit jumps 14 percent

    Nike Inc. says its fourth-quarter net profit rose 14 percent to beat expectations as the company's sales improved around the globe.


    States consider banning teens from tanning beds

    States consider banning teens from tanning beds


    Can't ban violent video sales to kids, court says

    States cannot ban the sale or rental of ultraviolent video games to children, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting such limits as a violation of young people's First Amendment rights and leaving it up to parents and the multibillion-dollar gaming industry to decide what kids can buy.


    FDA to independently review menthol cigarettes

    The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an independent review of research on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes __ which are mint flavored and one of the few growth sectors of the shrinking cigarette business.

    This undated image provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows a drop-side crib. It's one of the biggest purchase for soon-to-be parents: a crib for baby. Beginning Tuesday, a new generation of cribs, ones that are supposed to be safer, will be the only ones allowed to be sold across the country - in stores, online and even in neighborhood yard sales.

    Tough safety standards for cribs going into effect

    Beginning Tuesday, the government is prohibiting the manufacture, sale or even re-sale of drop-side baby cribs, which have been blamed in the deaths of dozens of children.

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional to bar children from buying or renting violent video games, saying government doesn't have the authority to "restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed" despite complaints that the popular and fast-changing technology allows the young to simulate acts of brutality.

    Court overturns ban on video game sales to kids

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional to bar children from buying or renting violent video games, saying government doesn't have the authority to "restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed" despite complaints that the popular and fast-changing technology allows the young to simulate acts of brutality.


    Court rules for foreign firms in accident cases

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled that a New Jersey man who lost four fingers in a workplace accident on a metal-cutting machine cannot sue the British maker of the equipment in New Jersey.The court voted 6-3 Monday that the manufacturer's connection to New Jersey is too tenuous to allow the lawsuit to be filed there.In a separate case, the court similarly ruled unanimously against the relatives of two teenagers from North Carolina who were killed in a bus accident in France. The court said the relatives could not sue a foreign tire maker in state court over alleged defects that led to the accident.


    Yes, you can still sell your home in a down market

    The home next door is in foreclosure. The neighbors down the street just put their house up for sale at a ridiculous discount. And "For Sale" signs litter lawns all over town.


    Citigroup ex-VP arrested in NYC on fraud charges

    A former Citigroup vice president has been charged with embezzling $19 million.

    In this June 23, 2011 photo, Billy Garlin, left, a sales and leasing consultant at the Big Two Toyota Scion of Chandler car dealership, shows Lacey Rivera, middle, and her sister Shelbey Kearns a new car Rivera had just purchased, in Chandler, Ariz. Americans spent at the weakest pace in 20 months, a sign that gas prices are taking a toll on the economy.

    Consumer spending unchanged; gas prices a factor

    For the first time in a year, Americans have stopped spending more. Consumer spending failed to budge from April to May, evidence that high gas prices and unemployment are squeezing household budgets. When adjusted for inflation, spending actually dropped 0.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department reported Monday.


    High court to rule on FCC indecency policy

    The Supreme Court will take up the First Amendment fight over what broadcasters can put on the airwaves when young children may be watching television.


    High yield checking accounts get harder to find

    High-yield checking accounts are getting harder to find. The interest rates they offer are getting stingier too. Yet for anyone looking to earn more than the negligible rates on CDs and savings accounts, a high-yield checking account is still worth considering.

    This photo provided Jan. 31, 2011, by California-based Genentech Inc., shows the blockbuster cancer drug Avastin. A new analysis raises fresh questions about the risks of Avastin, suggesting the chance of dying from side effects linked to it is higher than the risk for patients on chemotherapy alone.

    Hearing may be end of road for breast cancer drug

    The best-selling cancer drug in the world comes under federal scrutiny once again this week, as drugmaker Roche makes a last-ditch effort to keep Avastin approved for breast cancer, despite evidence that it is ineffective against the disease.


    Oil near $90 on consumer spending, Greek crisis

    Oil slipped near $90 a barrel Monday as weak consumer spending in the U.S. and the lack of a resolution to the Greek debt crisis raised concerns about the health of the global economy.


    GSV Capital invests $6.6 million in Facebook

    Investment fund GSV Capital Corp. said Monday that it has invested $6.6 million to buy 225,000 shares in Facebook. The fund company's shares climbed more than 20 percent in morning trading.


    Court to review rules on slaughter of downed pigs

    The Supreme Court will decide whether the state of California can block the slaughter of sick pigs. The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from the National Meat Association.


    JPMorgan, Facebook, Rio, Galleon, Taylor Bean in Court News

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. should pay a minimum of $19 billion in damages for its role in Bernard Madoff's fraud, Irving Picard, the trustee liquidating the con man's firm, said in a revised lawsuit.


    Exxon Mobil's Joliet Refinery Shuts Furnace, Filings Show

    Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Joliet, Illinois, refinery released gases to a flare because a furnace shut down, according to regulatory filings.

    In this May 11, 2011 photo, a shopper carries a Macy's bag at Macy's in San Jose, Calif. Macy's Inc. said Monday that its Macy's and Bloomingdale's chains will begin shipping to 91 countries outside of the U.S.

    Macy's, Bloomingdale's add international shipping

    Macy's Inc. said Monday that its Macy's and Bloomingdale's chains will begin shipping to 91 countries outside of the U.S., including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and others.


    Meredith buys EatingWell, launches Recipe.com

    Magazine publisher Meredith Corp. said Monday that it has bought EatingWell Media Group and launched Recipe.com, a website and quarterly magazine, expanding its reach in the food media market.

    Rodrigo Gonsalez waits for tourists to pose with him for photos as he plays Elvis along The Strip, Thursday, June 23, 2011, in Las Vegas. Gonsalez, a welder by trade, has turned to street performing in the absence of construction jobs in the city. The number of celebrity impersonators crowding the Las Vegas Strip has grown in recent months, in part because the stalled economy has left many actors and performers in California and Las Vegas without a job. The casinos, however, are trying to stop them. The ACLU is demanding the city protect the performers, who are free to entertain on public sidewalks under the First Amendment so long as they don't charge for their services.

    Cash-starved performers hit Vegas streets for tips

    The Las Vegas Strip is teeming with Spidermen, Elmos and Elvis Presleys of all waistlines.

    This photo released June 16, 2011, by the Iranian Defense Ministry, claims to show launching the Safir, or Ambassador, satellite carrier, which carries Iran's Rasad, or Observation, satellite into earth orbit, in an undisclosed location. Iran successfully launched a second satellite, raising concerns about Iran's rocket and missile programs and, among some experts, doubts about the effectiveness of sanctions in curbing them.

    US space entrepreneur accused of aiding Iran

    Growing up in a provincial town in Iran, Nader Modanlo was fascinated by the flickering TV images of astronauts walking on the moon.


    GM Foundation donates $2.5M to Detroit college

    The General Motors Foundation says it's donating $2.5 million to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

    The Saab emblem above the Saab factory in Trollhattan, Sweden, Thursday June 23, 2011. Saab's Dutch .

    Saab says Chinese order could pay staff wages

    Troubled car maker Saab Automobile AB has received a euro13 million ($18.4 million) car order from a Chinese company that could help pay this month's salaries, its owner Swedish Automobile AB said Monday.

    Edward Rensi

    Local exec inducted into college Hall of Fame

    Kukec's People features former McDonald's CEO Ed Rensi, who worked his way up the burger ladder without a college degree, finally earned one and has been inducted into Ohio State University's Hall of Fame.


    New franchise owner in Lombard shares decision process

    Here's what to expect if starting your own business seems the best way out of a no-job hole.

Life & Entertainment

    Please everyone at the picnic with customizable ice cream, like these cones filled with ice cream containing dried cherries and broken chocolate-covered pretzels, left, and ice cream with crumbled molasses cookies and apricot jam.

    Customize your ice cream

    It's easy to satisfy your yearnings for gourmet ice cream flavors with a handful of add-ins for softened store-bought varieties. Anyone have a hankering for balsamic strawberry chocolate cookie ice cream?


    Doctored Ice Cream
    Custom ice cream

    Ubisoft's “Child of Eden” may just blow your mind.

    ‘Child of Eden' both dizzying and dazzling

    The latest game to take full advantage of Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor, "Child of Eden," does so with a mind-bending approach that is probably unlike anything you've ever played.

    A commodities trader from Austin, Texas, has bought the worn and signed "Thriller" Jacket that belonged to Michael Jackson at an auction Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    Michael Jackson 'Thriller' jacket fetches $1.8M

    Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans have marked the two-year anniversary of the singer's death by gathering for a memorial outside the Gary home where Jackson grew up, while the famous jacket worn in the singer's "Thriller" video sold for $1.8 million in a Sunday auction.

    Billy Ray Cyrus' latest album, "I'm American," will be released on Tuesday, June 28.

    Billy Ray Cyrus returns with patriotic album

    Billy Ray Cyrus, who has performed regularly for troops overseas, salutes the men and women serving in the military on his new album, "I'm American," out Tuesday.

    In this publicity image released by Hulu and Vuguru, Xander Berkeley is shown in a scene from "The Booth at the End." Hulu will exclusively premiere "The Booth at the End" in the U.S. on Hulu.com and the Hulu Plus subscription service beginning July 2011.

    Netflix, Hulu look to UK for content

    You may have seen the original BBC version of "The Office," but have you seen the sketch show "A Bit of Fry & Laurie" with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry?

    Paulina Rubio was charged with refusing to comply with Miami police officers during a traffic accident Saturday.

    Singer Paulina Rubio arrested in Miami after crash

    Singer Paulina Rubio was charged in Miami with refusing to comply with police officers during a traffic accident. According to an arrest report, Rubio's BMW collided with another car Saturday near Miami's Little Havana. When asked to get out of her car, Rubio allegedly refused and cursed at an officer.

    Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz married after quietly dating.

    Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz date, marry quietly

    Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, who play husband and wife in an upcoming film, have taken the roles to heart. Robin Baun of Slate PR, which represents Craig, said Saturday that the actor and Weisz have married.

    Chris Brown took home four honors from Sunday night's BET Awards.

    Chris Brown wins four honors at BET Awards

    The BET Awards honor various arts, but Sunday's ceremony was all about the music. There were more performances than awards during the show at the Shrine Auditorium, where singer Chris Brown, who took the stage twice to perform, also won four awards.

    Your core muscles are critical to enhancing balance and stability.

    Your health: Strong core critical to balance

    Your core includes muscles in your back, side, hips, pelvis and buttocks, as well as your abdominals. These muscles are critical to improving performance in almost any sport or activity, sidestepping debilitating back pain, and enhancing balance and stability.

    Scanning fetal DNA from a blood test brings up many ethical questions.

    Could prenatal testing open a Pandora's box?

    Imagine being pregnant and taking a simple blood test that lays bare the DNA of your fetus. And suppose that DNA could reveal not only medical conditions like Down syndrome, but also things like eye color and height. Scientists have been taking some baby steps in that direction.

    Spending hours watching TV can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to new research.

    Being a couch potato bad for your bod

    Watching television, America's most-popular daily activity after sleeping and working, can raise the risk of diabetes, heart disease and premature death when people do it for too long, according to an analysis of eight studies.

    Opt for healthier options like fruit, veggies and lean meats when you attend parties this summer.

    10 tips for healthy eating at cookouts

    It’s that time of year when the smell of grilling is in the air. For many, cookouts bring together family and friends, but it’s also a great opportunity for you to practice good eating.


    Could supplement have effect on autism?

    The number of children who are diagnosed with autism has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. Although there are no medications that directly treat autism, two recent studies suggest that the dietary supplement, carnitine, may help treat the illness itself.


    Health briefs: Hospitals receive stroke awards

    Edward Hospital in Naperville and Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights both received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.


    Post-herpetic neuralgia rarely causes paralysis

    I am a 70-year-old woman who developed shingles on my right leg last June and am now left with neuropathy. The doctor was surprised that I developed post-herpetic neuralgia. My leg and foot are completely numb and I cannot bend the right foot upward.

    Busy parents can include their babies while doing exercises.

    Baby can be part of a workout

    When do busy parents have time for fitness? One parent has found a way to incorporate fitness exercises into his routine of playing with his daughter, and the term “baby barbells” was born.

    What makes the 1972 BMW 2000tii Touring hatchback so distinctive is that it's one of only two that were ever imported new into Canada.

    Classic recollections: 1972 BMW 2000tii Touring

    Curious as to how the BMW brand entered Western Canada? Thank Martin Meissner's family.

    Chicago commuters wait for an el train downtown. Researchers have found that in city dwellers or people who grew up in urban areas, certain areas of the brain react more vigorously to stress.

    City life may add to stress levels

    This may come as no surprise to residents of Chicago, New York City and other big urban centers: Living there can be bad for your mental health. Now researchers have found a possible reason why.



    Articles unfairly imply guilt
    After reading these articles, I got the impression we don’t even need a jury due to the overwhelming evidence. The person arrested is already guilty and Jack’s Pizza is at the center of some drug-dealing operation.


    Unions’ hand on teachers too heavy
    A teacher friend of mine told me how she would go in early to prepare her lessons and also stay late to grade the students’ work — until the union called her in and told her not to work so hard and put in so many extra hours. She was making some of the other teachers look bad.


    Republicans are all about freedom
    Republicans want Americans to “be all they can be.” On the other hand, Democrats truly want to enslave the citizenry. Entitlements = dependency.


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