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Daily Archive : Saturday July 2, 2011
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Small English town stakes claim to Olympic legacy
Much Wenlock, England, known as the birthplace of the modern Olympics. With the 2012 London Olympics just over a year away,Much Wenlock is celebrating early, and with good reason.
Where to catch the best music at suburban fests
Where to catch the best live music at suburban Fourth of July fests.
Libertyville man charged in trade secrets theft
A 49-year-old Libertyville man has been charged with theft of trade secrets, a felony offense that carries up to 10 years in prison. The FBI says Chunlai Yang, who writes computer code, downloaded files from his Chicago company and had sent some of the information to a Chinese agency, authorities say.
Huntley couple battles window air conditioner ban
Whenever oppressive heat waves hit during the four summers since they bought their lovely home in Huntley, Marilyn and Richard Webel always found relief by popping a small air conditioner into one of their bedroom windows.
Seven-car crash in Vernon Hills
Police are investigating the cause of a seven-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon near Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills.
It was sink or swim — mostly sink — at Glen Ellyn cardboard boat regatta
A giraffe, a robot, a motorcycle, a whale, several American flags and at least one “boat” took to the water Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn during the 18th annual Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta.
Taste of Lombard doubles as St. Baldrick’s fundraiser
With a St. Baldrick's Foundation head-shaving tent and an Irish dance performance, the Taste of Lombard on Saturday afternoon was part barbershop, part dance recital, part carnival and, of course, part food sampling hotspot.
Lakeside carnival is kids’ delight in Crystal Lake
Lakeside Festival in Crystal Lake attracted large crowds Saturday with all proceeds going toward restoring the historic Dole Mansion and funding Lakeside Legacy Arts Park.
Palatine celebrates the Fourth
Palatine Jaycees Independence Day Parade makes its way through downtown Palatine on Saturday.
Tour De Villas comes to Des Plaines
The second annual Des Plaines “Tour De Villas” turned some city streets into a racetrack on Saturday. The race was hosted by the American Bicycle Racing group and was held in the Villas subdivision, north of Algonquin Road and east of Wolf Road.
Staff, dogs OK after fire at Barrington kennel
None of the 30 dogs staying overnight at the Doghouse of Barrington was hurt after the building caught fire early Saturday morning. The business remains open since the fire caused just minimal damage.
Arlington Heights man charge with drug possession
An Arlington Heights man charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance was in bond court Saturday.
Goodbye to leader in caring for underprivileged kids
Tony Danhelka and his wife, Donna left the St. Charles area last week to make a new home — and take advantage of the milder winters — in Fairfield Glade, Tenn. Danhelka touched many lives in the Fox Valley as one of the co-founders, along with Champ Boutwell and Paul Johannaber, of the Riverwoods Christian Center summer camp along the Fox River in St. Charles Township.
Plumbing the conscience of the Unabomber’s brother
Until he became known as the brother of the Unabomber, David Kaczynski lived a content and rather anonymous life as the assistant director of a youth shelter in Albany, N.Y., married to a woman he’d known since seventh grade.
Fierce storm surprises Wisconsin campers; child killed
A fierce thunderstorm swept through a rural Wisconsin county that was packed with holiday campers, toppling trees that killed an 11-year-old girl and injuring more than three dozen people.
Thousands rally against Georgia immigration law
Thousands of marchers stormed the Georgia Capitol on Saturday to protest the state’s new immigration law, which they say creates an unwelcome environment for people of color and those in search of a better life.
Exxon oil spill in Montana river prompts evacuations
An ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River near Billings in south-central Montana ruptured and dumped an unknown amount of oil into the waterway, prompting temporary evacuations along the river Saturday morning.
Iran: Missile progress shows futility of sanctions
Iran’s defense minister claimed Saturday that the country’s missile progress shows that U.N. sanctions are ineffective and won’t stop Tehran’s defense programs.
Kvitova beats Sharapova to win Wimbledon title
Petra Kvitova won her first Grand Slam title Saturday by beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final. Kvitova was playing in her first major final, but it was three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova that showed her nerves.
Route 173 planning begins
Planning has begin for future improvements to a 9-mile stretch of Route 173 from Route 59 to Route 41 through Antioch, Old Mill Creek and Wadsworth.
World War II Jewish vets from Buffalo Grove honored in Washington
Milton Davis, an 85-year-old World War II veteran from Wheeling, was one of three members of Buffalo Grove Jewish War Veterans Post 89 that flew to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to be honored and to see the war memorials as a guest of Honor Flight Chicago.
Illinois congressman tries to call all 300,000 constituents
Rep. Tim Johnson is a quiet man with an incredible story. His goal is to call all 300,000 households in his Illinois district. Personally. Johnson calls from the airport. He calls from the treadmill. Over 10 years, this habit has cost him a vast chunk of his life and left him with little legacy of landmark legislation. But, if nothing else, it has meant he really knows the people in his district.
Rising sea levels threaten coastal towns
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that, outside of greater New Orleans, Hampton Roads in Virginia Beach is at the greatest risk from sea-level rise for any area its size.
NY park to get 3,000 flags for 9/11 anniversary
NEW YORK — Nearly 3,000 flags bearing the names of 9/11 victims will go up in a park near ground zero for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.John Michelotti, a former engineer from Greenwich, Conn., came up with the idea. He says NYC Memorial Field will be open Sept. 8-12.Only victims’ families will have access to the new 9/11 memorial on Sept. 11.
Nextflix, Hulu cut across countries’ borders
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? Catching these British shows in the U.S. used to mean hunting down sometimes hard to find DVDs. But in digital realms, divisions between American and British TV worlds are fast dissolving.
Time capsule discovered by accident
Jason James was looking for some electrical wiring. But he found a time capsule from 1976 at the former City Bank of Champaign.
Tiny pug makes patients smile
A gentle black pug wins hearts and soothes a downstate nursing home’s residents on a daily basis. Less than a foot tall, Allie roams the hallways with her owner, the activities director in the unit where many Alzheimer’s patients live.
Guide offers college cost comparisons
The U.S. Department of Education's online lists track tuition costs among the top and bottom 5 percent of four-year and two-year schools. The measures include public, private and for-profit colleges and universities.
Berry farm to close after 40 years
Blueberry picking will continue throughout next month, followed by raspberries. But this is the last season for the Pontious Farm in downstate White Heath, where berries have been grown for over 40 years.
Pros try to put value to antiques
It’s easy to get all wrapped up in antiques and then carried away by what we think they might be worth. Remember that appraisal on the PBS “Antiques Roadshow" where the guy brings in a blanket he keeps draped on the back of a chair and is told it's worth between $350,000 and $500,000?
Heady win for Cheney, Americans
Once, twice, three times and then a fourth, Lauren Cheney launched a shot with her foot only to watch it go right into the hands of the North Korean goalkeeper. Finally, she used her head. And just like that, the Americans looked more like a team that could contend for a third Women’s World Cup title than the one that took a self-described “bumpy” road to Germany.
Mike Spellman's scorecard
Mike Spellman breaks down Saturday's portion of BP Crosstown Cup at Wrigley Field.
Another 1 vs. 2 in Wimbledon men’s final
No. 1 seed Rafal Nadal will be involved today in yet another 1-2 Wimbledon championship matchup, only it’ll be against No. 2 Novak Djokovic and they’ll switch spots in the ATP rankings a day later.
Abbott, Bandits deliver; Snappers subdue Cougars
Facing her former team for the first time, pitcher Monica Abbott dominated inside the circle once again for the Chicago Bandits, leading them to a 3-1 victory over the NPF Diamonds.
U.S. women salute with victory
The U.S. women's soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals in World Cup play by shutting down Colombia 3-0 on Saturday.
Ragan redeems himself at Daytona with 1st win
David Ragan earned the first Sprint Cup victory of his career Saturday night with a push from teammate Matt Kenseth that helped Ragan atone for one of the biggest gaffes of his young career.
Crowded roster gives Bowman options
All of a sudden the Blackhawks have a glut of players on their roster, leaving general manager Stan Bowman with plenty of options.
Klitschko earns lopsided decision
Wladimir Klitschko wanted to punish David Haye for all the trash talking he did leading up to their title fight. He settled for merely making Haye another statistic in his dominating heavyweight run.
Fowler, Watney share AT&T National lead
Rickie Fowler birdied six of his opening 10 holes — and missed two other chances inside 10 feet. He wound up with a 6-under 64 on Saturday and a share of the lead with Nick Watney, who set the course record with a 62 at the AT&T National.
Williams, Guillen discuss team
White Sox general manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen met before Saturday's game against the Cubs, but not to talk about bringing up top prospect Dayan Viciedo.
Fire hangs on to draw Chivas USA
The Chicago Fire took their unbeaten streak to eight MLS games with a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA in Carson, Calif., on Saturday night.
Pierre just happy to contribute for Sox
The White Sox needed a big hit Saturday and Juan Pierre stepped up and answered the call for the third game in a row.
Only one word for Byrd: Courage
Courage is a relative term but Cubs' center fielder Marlon Byrd certainly demonstrated some, baseball-wise anyway, in a 1-0 loss to the White Sox on Saturday.
Pierre delivers game winner for Sox ... again
It's great to have no-hit stuff--- as Cubs starter Matt Garza did on Saturday afternoon --- but it's no match for the Cubs offense when it has no-run stuff. The White Sox prevailed 1-0 at Wrigley on Juan Pierre's third game-winning hit in as many days.
Sox’ Humber just could be an all-star
Another strong start from White Sox right-hander Phil Humber Saturday against the Cubs should seal an invitation to the All-Star Game.
Keys to understanding NBA, NFL lockouts
One key to the ongoing NFL and NBA lockouts is understanding the differences between the two.
Garza tough-luck loser for Cubs
The Cubs wasted a wonderful pitching performance by starter Matt Garza, who turned in the first complete game for the team this year. For his effort, all Garza got Saturday was a 1-0 loss to the White Sox before 42,165 at Wrigley Field.
Cubs manager says third ejection is enough
Cubs manager Mike Quade earned his third ejection of the year in the second inning of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the White Sox at Wrigley Field.
Images: Cubs vs. Sox at Wrigley Field, game two
The Cubs and Sox met for game 2 of their city series Saturday at Wrigley Field. The Sox beat the Cubs 1-0.
Phil Humber pitches White Sox to 1-0 win over Cubs
Phil Humber, backed by strong defense, pitched shutout ball for seven innings and Juan Pierre singled in the only run Saturday, lifting the Chicago White Sox past the Cubs 1-0.
Kvitova beats Sharapova to win Wimbledon title
Petra Kvitova beat former champion and tournament favorite Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon final to win her first major tennis title. Kvitova defeated the Russian, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court at the All England Club in southwest London.
Kvitova wins Wimbledon title
WIMBLEDON, England — Petra Kvitova won her first Grand Slam title Saturday by beating Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final.Kvitova was playing in her first major final, but it was three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova that showed her nerves. The 2004 Wimbledon champion double-faulted six times, including twice to get broken to 4-2 in the first set.The 21-year-old Kvitova is the first left-handed woman to win the Wimbledon title since Martina Navratilova in 1990.
New Yorkers ask how gay marriage will affect benefits
New York companies and individuals are wrestling with the changing complexities of their financial realities.
Vatican returns to profit
The Vatican returned to profit last year after three years in the red but donations from the faithful fell nearly $15 million, or 18 percent, amid tough economic times and the explosion of the priest sex abuse scandal.
Eurozone releases vital Greek aid installment
Eurozone finance ministers say Greece will get a vital loan installment by July 15 while work continues on a second bailout for the struggling country.
Sprint CEO launches 18-state push to stop AT&T
Dan Hesse’s is launching an all-out war to stop AT&T Inc.’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA. “Clearly, purely, we want to win and block the merger,” he said. “This one poses real risks.”
Obama 2012 campaign to go veyond email, text
Call him the Digital Candidate: President Barack Obama is asking supporters to use Facebook to declare “I’m In!” for his re-election campaign and is using Twitter to personally blast out messages to his nearly 9 million followers.
‘Angry Birds’ CEO hatching movie plans
"Angry Birds" has been downloaded more than 200 million times. Now the CEO of the Finish company that created the game wants to make a movie.
Mobile apps, quick response codes help sell homes
Some real estate brokers are now using quick response codes — or QR codes — on their “For Sale” signs and flyers. QR codes are the small square versions of a bar code that look like ink blots and they’re popping up more frequently in newspaper ads and other locations.
Microsoft fights Google with web-based office
Microsoft Corp. is updating its online corporate software offerings to include a full Internet- based version of Office 2010 for the first time, an effort to stave off competition from Google Inc. for business accounts.
Google Plus increases pressure on Facebook
Google is making a fresh attempt at social networking with a service that competes with Facebook. The service, called Google Plus, has a similar appearance as Facebook, with streaming updates of photos, messages, comments and other content from selected groups of friends.
New brand of hackers just out for publicity
Can you be famous if no one knows your name? A new band of hackers is giving it its best shot, trumpeting its cyber-capers in an all-sirens-flashing publicity campaign. Lulz Security has stolen mountains of personal data in a dozen different hacks, embarrassing law enforcement on both sides of the Atlantic while boasting about the stunts online.
Review: HP TouchPad makes a mediocre tablet
While the HP TouchPad’s software is beautiful and intuitive, overall the tablet is more of a “meh-sterpiece” than a masterpiece, according to one reviewer.
Store sells only Illinois products
Market on the Square is the brainchild of husband and wife Nathan Payne and Aimee Arseneaux-Payne, who got tired to traveling to farmers markets to sell the produce they grow on their 2-acre Carlinville farm.
NFL lockout already hurting fantasy companies
Although players and owners are still trying to figure out how to divide $9.3 billion in revenue and save the regular season, it’s too late for some of those who make their living from the widely popular fantasy football industry.
Study: 12 percent of U.S. households own e-reader
A study finds that 12 percent of U.S. households now own a reading device for electronic books, such as Amazon’s Kindle.That’s three times the number of households that owned an e-reader just a year ago, pointing to rapid acceptance.
Life & Entertainment
Traumatized veteran finds peace in pound pup
Eighteen veterans commit suicide every day in this country, and David Sharpe was almost one of them. Until his dog Cheyenne looked at him as he sat with the barrel of his gun out of his mouth. His love for her kept him from pulling the trigger.
On the Market: Arlington Heights couple created dream home
When a builder and an interior designer team up to create their own personal dream house, the result is usually pretty spectacular. That is certainly the case with a custom, all-brick colonial home in Arlington Heights that came on the market in mid-June.
Should parents visit kids at camp?
The traditional day for parents, grandparents and siblings to check out what their campers are up to is definitely more about the grown-ups than the kids. The day isn’t only long and hot. Routines for the kids are disrupted and it can feel more about the goodies parents bring along than quality time.
Vet says a hairball a week is normal for most cats
Hairballs are normal in cats, but they’re a nuisance for cat-owners to deal with. There are a few things you can do, though, to reduce hairballs and other feline dietary upsets.
Party dress codes can vary by zip code
The invitation to a summer party likely includes the time, place and date, but you might have to look between the lines to get a read on the dress code. What you wear often depends on where you are — and the wardrobe of your friends and neighbors.
Weekend picks: Take in Kansas, carnival at Frontier Days
As if funnel cakes and carnival rides aren't enough of a draw to Arlington Heights' Frontier Days, Kansas rocks the annual fest at 8 p.m. Saturday. Come early to enjoy the “Taste of Arlington,” a carnival, games, live entertainment on three stages and more at Recreation Park.
Condo talk: Windows, doors and holes in the wall
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul; so then, what are windows. Are they the eyes into a major source of aggravation for condominium associations? This column will not address HOAs since most of them require all owners to maintain their own windows, with condominiums, they are an entirely different issue.
Mortgage Professor: Mortgage lender ratings under fire
Q. “How much credence do you place in the 1- to 5-star ratings of lenders that many online mortgage sites provide based on reports from borrowers?”
Ask the broker: Falling foreclosure rate doesn’t equal market recovery
Q. Foreclosures fell in February and have been down for several months. Isn’t this a sign that the real estate market is recovering?
On homes and real estate: Extension is seller’s decision, not agent’s
Q. I am trying to close on a home. However, because I failed to file in 2008 and 2009, I have to wait for the IRS to put my returns into their system. It’s going to go beyond my closing date, and the listing agent is unwilling to give an extension. Is there anything I can do? I still want that house.
Industry Insider: McDowell Inc., St. Charles
Today’s homeowners are exceedingly practical. While they are guarded and conservative about spending money, they refuse to let their largest investments their homes fall into disrepair or not work for them.
Foreclosures: The Time To Buy?
For buyers looking to snag the lowest possible price, a foreclosed home just might be the way to go. According to data from RealtyTrac, buyers who purchased a foreclosed home in 2010 received a discount, paying 28 percent lower than the average sales price for non-foreclosure properties in the area. That's up from the 27 percent and 22 percent discounts seen in 2009 and 2008, respectively.
Renovation finishes on Charleston City Market
A $5.5 million, 18-month facelift has given a new look to the Charleston City Market, among the oldest city markets in the nation and one of the most popular attractions in this coastal city that attracts millions of visitors each year.
Don’t make assumptions
It is unfortunate that Mr. Bell feels I am not worthy of the public trust. I take my job very seriously and do understand the frustration felt over the present tax situation. It is also unfortunate that some people lack the common sense to pass judgment without having all of the facts in hand.
Hot dog purist makes his cas(ing)
Whether Vienna Beef or Red Hot Chicago wins the flavor war, my wife and I will stay with the old-fashioned linked hot dogs in natural casings; They are the real winners. Or is that wieners?
What summer festivals bring to our sense of community
A Daily Herald editorial toasts the community festival, an endearing rite of summer and an enduring link to the past.