Daily Archive : Monday July 4, 2011


    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com The Prospect High School marching band plays during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Monday.

    Patriotism on parade in Arlington Heights

    Arlington Heights and other Northwest suburban residents enjoyed festive Fourth of July parades Monday under a blazing sun and bright blue sky. In Arlington Heights, Carmella Lowth has organized the parade for the last 16 years.


    Ela Area Public Library plans scavenger hunt

    Dive into the Ela Area Public Library’s “Deep Blue Read” scavenger hunt in the children’s department of the Lake Zurich facility. There will be a new puzzle to solve each week, with prizes for the winners. The hunt will end Sunday, July 31. For more information, call the children’s department at (847) 438-3840.


    Help for kindergarten parents

    Special Education District of Lake County, in partnership with Mano A Mano Family Resource Center and Round Lake Area Unit District 116, will provide assistance for parents with children entering kindergarten. Support for Parents Preparing Children for Kindergarten is an expansion literacy education program seeking to improve parent literacy training and help children prepare to enter school. A...


    Finance award for CLC

    For the 10th year in a row, the College of Lake County has received a national finance award. CLC has snagged the certificate of excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. CLC President Jerry Weber announced the recognition during his report to the board of trustees at a recent board meeting. “This award is the highest form...


    Hoffman Estates man remembered as ‘good friend’

    Friends and classmates remembered 20-year-old Austin Watts as a funny, gregarious young man who was always nice to everyone. Watts, of Hoffman Estates, died Saturday after falling off the rooftop of a 2002 Chevrolet Impala he was riding late Thursday.


    Lisle man charged with DUI in pedestrian death

    A Naperville woman died early Monday from injuries sustained when she hit by a car while crossing Yackley Road in Lisle. The accident happened during the annual Eyes to the Sky Festival.

    Joe Boshold, a manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation, marches in the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade Monday.

    Images from the Fourth of July.
    Colorful Independence Day parades, festivals and celebrations were found throughout the Chicago suburbs Monday July 4th.

    Brothers Craig Wong, left, and Gary Wong, survivors of a fishing boat that capsized, relax inside a hotel after they were rescued by the Mexican Navy in the town of San Felipe, Mexico, Monday. A U.S. tourist died after a fishing boat capsized in an unexpected storm in the Gulf of California off the Baja California peninsula and of the 44 people on the boat, seven U.S. tourists remain missing along with one Mexican crew member, the Mexican navy said.

    Mexico may call off rescue of 7 in boat capsizing

    TIJUANA, Mexico — Mexican officials were considering calling off the search late Monday for seven U.S. tourists missing after their fishing boat capsized and turning their efforts to recovering bodies. One American has been confirmed dead.

    Max Klaber, his great-grandfather's namesake

    Buffalo Grove teen represents family in Germany

    It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 15-year-old Max Klaber of Buffalo Grove, who represented his entire family at a ceremony in Germany that honored the memory of his great-grandparents, victims of the Holocaust.

    Daniel white/Dwhite@dailyherald.com A young Marine, Andrew Pickerill, is the grand marshal of the Villa Park Fourth of July parade. He is back for one month, before returning to Afghanistan.

    Surprise grand marshal enjoys parade in Villa Park

    A young Marine who just returned home to Villa Park from Afghanistan is honored as the surprise grand marshal for the village's Fourth of July parade.


    Rolling Meadows woman dies in I-90 crash

    A woman in her 20s died early Monday after the minivan she was riding in was rear-ended on I-90 in Des Plaines, authorities said. Ana Aguilar-Lopez, of Rolling Meadows, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Karen, Mayra and Kimberly Perez cheer on eventual winner Carlos Carranza during Monday’s King of the Wing eating contest in Mundelein.

    Gurnee man crowned King of the Wing in Mundelein

    Gurnee resident Carlos Carranza won the annual King of the Wing contest in Mundelein on Monday, eating an estimated 2.4 pounds of chicken meat in 15 minutes.


    U.N. Security Council to talk Syria nukes

    VIENNA — The U.N. Security Council plans to meet in closed session next week to discuss what to do about Syria’s refusal to cooperate with an investigation of its alleged secret nuclear activities, diplomats told The Associated Press on Monday.

    Venezuela President Hugo Chavez

    Noam Chomsky asks Hugo Chavez to release judge

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky is calling for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to grant clemency to a judge who has been detained since 2009 for releasing a banker accused of corruption.Chomsky has issued a public letter declaring himself in “total solidarity” with Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni.

    Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scout troops carry a large American flag during the LibertyFest Fourth of July parade in Edmond, Okla., Monday, July 4, 2011.

    US celebrates July 4th with parades, barbecues

    NEW YORK — The U.S. marked the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with parades, fireworks, barbecues — plus presidential campaigning, a White House birthday and competitive eating.

    U.S. soldiers kneel on the ground during a searching for a missing British soldier at a check post in Kandahar, Afghanistan Monday, July 4, 2011. The Taliban say that a British soldier who was reported missing in southern Afghanistan was captured by their fighters and then died in the crossfire during a battle with NATO troops. The Taliban claim could not be independently confirmed.

    Petraeus: Fight in Afghanistan to turn eastward

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said Monday that the focus of the war will shift in coming months from Taliban strongholds in the south to the eastern border with Pakistan where insurgents closest to al-Qaida and other militants hold sway.

    Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, poses with Anne of Green Gables characters in Dalvay-by-the-Sea on Prince Edward Island as part of their Royal Tour of Canada, Monday, July 4, 2011.

    Prince William performs water landings in Canada

    Associated PressDALVAY BY-THE-SEA, Prince Edward Island — Prince William enjoyed showing off his military helicopter training with his first-ever water landing Monday to the delight of anxious crowds in Canada, where he and his wife, Kate, have been on their first official overseas trip since their wedding.

    Larnell White, 13, of Chicago leads the South Shore Drill Team along the parade route during Elgin’s Fourth of July parade Monday.

    Elgin’s Fourth of July parade is a toy story

    Elgin residents and visitors found a toy story at their Fourth of July parade festivities. Parade organizers said sunny and cloudless skies encouraged about 15,000 attendees to turn out for the event.

    Paul Fichtner

    DuPage paying the bill for high number of retirements

    The retirement of more than 90 DuPage County employees has officials trying to come up with extra money in the county's budget for employee benefit payouts.

    Lonni Johnston

    Elgin soldier comes home with medals

    When asked how long he’ll be in the United States this time, Sgt. Lonni Johnston said he hopes for the rest of his life. Johnston will return to his hometown of Elgin next week after a year in Afghanistan – with a host of honors to show for it.

    Robyn Vanderlip, left, and James Miller take a break behind a restaurant along The Strip after several hours of posing as Minnie and Mickey Mouse for tips from Las Vegas tourists in June.

    Cash-starved performers hit Vegas streets for tips

    Nevada’s woeful economy has inspired dozens of jobless and under-employed men and women to dress up like celebrities, movie characters and cartoon heroes in pursuit of a buck.

    Men in China have the highest smoking rates in the world, in part because the government keeps tobacco prices low.

    What country consumes the most tobacco?

    Men in China have one of the highest smoking rates in the world. A major factor is the price of cigarettes, which is kept low by the government-owned tobacco industry.


    Suburban landscape goes gray as population ages

    The nation’s suburbs are home to a rapidly growing number of older people who are changing the image and priorities of a suburbia formed around the needs of young families with children, an analysis of census data shows.

    Supporters of the Communist party holds banners demanding of cancellation of the sales tax during a demonstration by opposition parties demanding an end to government corruption in front of the prime minister’s office in Amman, Jordan. White placard on right reads, “People want the stolen money back.” The unrest of the Arab Spring has thrown much of the Middle East into turmoil, but a handful of countries have found ways to prevent or calm the anger of the streets. At the heart of the political standoff in Jordan is a half-British king and darling of Western governments who is trying to avoid the tumult.

    Jordan navigates warily in turmoil of Arab Spring

    The protests of the Arab Spring have shaken much of the Middle East, but a handful of countries have found ways to prevent or calm the anger of the streets. Most prominent is Saudi Arabia, the oil behemoth that has headed off potential opposition by spreading the wealth, spending tens of millions of dollars to boost salaries.

    Weeds rise up through the asphalt in a parking lot outside the Miracle City Mall in Rockledge, Fla. An uncertain future faces cities in Florida’s “Space Coast” as the space shuttle program comes to an end.

    Florida businesses to feel pain of shuttle’s end

    Workers at the Kennedy Space Center always knew the end of the shuttle program would bring hard times to Florida’s Space Coast. They just couldn’t predict how much pain. Some 7,000 jobs are being cut.

    Jocelyn Miller, 8, of Lakewood, has a hard time holding onto her duck, which did break free, at the live duck races at Little Boots Rodeo in Elk Grove Village on Saturday, June 25th.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This installment of the Week in Pictures photo gallery features images from around the Chicago suburbs including summer festivals and other events.


    The United States has already secured a spot in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals. The team faces Sweden in a game that will decide the Group C winner.

    U.S. women can win group with a victory over Sweden

    The United States plays Sweden in the group stage finale at the Women’s World Cup on Wednesday, a game that would seem to have little importance with both teams already through to the quarterfinals. But there is plenty still at stake for the Americans.

    Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has lost just one match this season on his way to grand slam titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

    Djokovic proudest of putting lone loss behind him

    Novak Djokovic is on the path to greatness, and one way to fully grasp that is to focus not on his many successes but instead on a setback. But what Djokovic himself relishes the most is how he set aside his lone loss.

    White Sox DH Adam Dunn launches a 2-run homer to right field in the eighth inning Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Dunn gets it done and wins over Sox' crowd

    Guess who's the new fan favorite on the South Side? Adam Dunn finally hears the cheers after his 2-run homer helps the White Sox edge the Royals.

    Mark Buehrle tries to pick off Kansas City Royals' Melky Cabrera at first but fails during the first inning Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox beat Royals 5-4 on balk in 9th inning

    Adam Dunn showed signs of coming out of a season-long slump. The struggling slugger hit a clutch two-run homer in the eighth inning before a crazy finish gave the White Sox a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.


    Llanos delivers for Cougars in 3-2 win

    Alex Llanos delivered a pair of RBI hits Monday night for the host Kane County Cougars.The first tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, and the second won it in the 11th, as the Cougars defeated the Quad Cities River Bandits 3-2 at Elfstrom Stadium.The Cougars won their third of four series in the second half and regained sole possession of first place in the Western Division.The Cougars trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the ninth when Jake Kuebler led off with a walk, took second on a sacrifice bunt and went to third on a wild pitch.With a 1-2 count and two outs, Llanos lined a game-tying double down the line.In the 11th, the Cougars loaded the bases with no outs, and Llanos drilled a single to right. It was the Cougars’ fourth walk-off win of the season and first since May 30.The Cougars’ Yordano Ventura turned in his first quality start of the season in a no-decision. He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, walked two and fanned seven in a season-high 6⅔ innings.The Cougars received shutout relief work from Mitch Hodge (1⅓ perfect innings) and winner Nick Rogers (1-0) in 3 innings.Fielders 3, Scorpions 2:The Lake County Fielders opened up the home portion of their season Sunday night in walk-off fashion.Right fielder Quentin Luquette stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and drove in the game-winner against the Yuma Scorpions.“It was great to come home and get a win like that,” Fielders manager Tim Johnson said. “These fans make a big difference.”Chris Thompson (2-4) got the win after a strong pitching performance from starter Jino Gonzales, who struck out seven and gave up only 2 runs in 6⅔ innings.


    Sox won't balk at taking win

    It was a weird win for the White Sox on Monday night. More important for the Sox, it might have been the breakthrough victory they've been seeking for more than half the season.

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is set to rejoin the Yankees in Cleveland on today in his return from a calf injury.

    Jeter back with Yankees, eyeing 3,000 hits

    CLEVELAND — On a tradition-filled day, Derek Jeter is back playing shortstop and batting leadoff for the New York Yankees.It doesn’t get much more fireworks and hot dogs than that.Sidelined since June 13 with a calf injury, Jeter was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday to continue his quest to reach 3,000 career hits. Jeter is batting first and playing short in manager Joe Girardi’s starting lineup as the Yankees open a three-game series with the Indians.“It feels great to be back,” Jeter said. “To be out three weeks is tough when you want to be out there playing. But in retrospect, it was probably the right thing to do.”Girardi didn’t hesitate writing Jeter’s name at the top of his lineup card.“It’s easy to put him back in there. It’s like he never left,” Girardi said. “You just put him right back in there.”The Yankees’ captain, named to his 12th All-Star team on Sunday, needs six more hits to become the 28th major leaguer to reach 3,000. Although he has struggled this season, batting just .260 in 62 games, Jeter is also just a few swings from becoming the first player in New York’s storied history to eclipse 3,000 — a distinction that would separate the 37-year-old from all previous pinstriped greats.Jeter said he hasn’t spent a moment dwelling on the milestone, which will only add to a Cooperstown-worthy resume.“At this point, I just want to go out and play a game,” he said. “I mean it’s been three weeks between hits.”Jeter said he has not spoken with Girardi about getting any rest or if the Yankees will hold him out of a game so he can reach 3,000 hits at Yankee Stadium.“I want him to get to 3,000 as soon as he can,” Girardi said. “I’m going to manage him more from a physical standpoint than 3,000 hits.”Jeter’s absence was felt way beyond the boxscore.“You miss his leadership and his consistency on a daily basis,” Girardi said.As he dressed before the game, Jeter quietly chatted with former major leaguer Bobby Bonilla, who now works for the players’ union. Alex Rodriguez walked into the Yankees’ clubhouse after getting a haircut and faked being surprised when he walked up to Jeter, who shared a hug with his teammate.Jeter was eligible to come off the DL last week, but needed more time to strengthen his calf. The AL East-leading Yankees went 14-4 without him and young shortstop Eduardo Nunez showed he may be the one who one day replaces Jeter. Nunez went 7 for 8 with a homer and three doubles in two weekend games against the Mets.Jeter said it wasn’t disappointing to see the Yankees thrive without him.“I wish they went 18-0,” he said. “We did a great job, especially in interleague play. Hopefully, it will continue.”Jeter signed a three-year, $51 million contract this winter but he is clearly on the decline. There has been renewed debate about how long the Yankees should wait before moving one of the most popular players in Yankees history out of the top of the lineup. Jeter said he doesn’t feel any pressure to perform in the season’s second half to silence critics.“I don’t try to prove anything to anyone,” he said. “I try to help my team win. There’s been constant questions. It’s nothing new to me. I try not to pay attention to it (criticism) and try to improve.”Asked what he needed to work on this season, Jeter said, “Everything.”“I need to be a little more consistent than I have been,” he said. “I can’t change anything that has happened in the past. I’ve been criticized before. I take it as a challenge.”Girardi said the time off could serve Jeter well.


    Chicago Sky scouting report

    It’s probably best that the Sky is getting away from the West. After three straight games against Western Conference teams, the Sky is nursing a three-game losing streak. The skid includes 2 losses to the Phoenix Mercury and one to the San Antonio Silver Stars.

    The Bears aren't going to win a Super Bowl unless Jay Cutler becomes one of the game's premier QBs. They might get lucky and reach the NFC title game like last season, but most years their luck will run out much sooner.

    No Cutler in survey? Not a good sign

    The Bears need Jay Cutler to be all he can be, but an NFL Network survey indicates that he isn't even among the league's Top 100 players or Top 12 quarterbacks.

    Casey Coleman winds up during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Monday.

    Cubs falter in 10th inning against Nationals

    Here's how the 10th inning went for the Chicago Cubs: They issued a leadoff walk, lost a pitcher to an injury, lost track of a baserunner and threw a wild pitch to let in the winning run. It all added up to another loss, 5-4 to the Washington Nationals on Monday.

    Tyler Farrar of the US forms a "W'' as he crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 123 miles starting in Olonne sur Mer, Vendee region, and finishing in Redon, Brittany, western France, Monday. Farrar held up his hands to form a "W'' with his fingers and thumbs to honor his friend and training partner Wouter Weylandt, who died in a crash during the Giro d'Italia in May. Farrar had pulled out of the Giro after Weylandt, a 26-year-old Belgian, clipped a wall in a sharp descent, fell off his bike and slammed his head on the ground in the third stage of the race, dying almost instantly.

    Farrar gives US a win on July 4 at Tour de France

    Two months ago, Tyler Farrar was demoralized, sleeping 20 hours a day. He had even stopped riding, overcome by sorrow after his best friend died in a crash at the Giro d'Italia. On Monday, Farrar became the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France on the Fourth of July.

    In this image made with a fisheye lens, NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli, left, waves the green flag to start the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday.

    Edwards has no reason to leave Roush Fenway Racing

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carl Edwards is no longer NASCAR’s points leader, his 10-week streak at the top snapped by an early accident at Daytona International Speedway.The 37th-place finish Saturday night wasn’t his fault, and Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racing team earned a ton of respect by gutting it out through several rounds of repairs and a stretch in which it grew so hot in the car, Edwards was begging his crew to douse his cockpit with water.“We don’t ever give up and that’s the thing. I told my guys to keep their heads up,” he said after the race. “We’ll take this bad day and keep our pride. In the big picture, it doesn’t mean much, but there is a lot of pride in leading those points, so we’ll try to get that points lead back.”Then Edwards talked of strategy, lessons learned and motivation. What he didn’t discuss was his future.Edwards is the biggest free agent in this year’s class, and he’s been determined to not let his contract negotiations play out in public. If he could, he said two weeks ago, he’d wait until the end of the season to figure out his 2012 plans because dealing with it now doesn’t appear to be high on his list of priorities.But waiting isn’t possible, not when Edwards represents the largest piece of the free agent puzzle.Far too much depends on his decision, particularly at RFR, the team that gave the substitute teacher from Missouri a full-time Trucks Series ride back in 2003. He was 23 years old, trying to claw his way into a decent NASCAR job, when Jack Roush gave Edwards the life-changing chance.He was in the Cup series 23 races into the next season as a replacement for Jeff Burton, a longtime Roush man who left midseason for a fresh start elsewhere. Edwards pumped some life into a team stuck in a nearly three-year winless streak with three top-10s in his first four starts, and he was a bonafide star by his 17th career Cup start, when he landed his first celebratory backflip following his breakthrough win at Atlanta.Here we are now, seven years and 19 wins later, waiting for Edwards’ second major contract negotiation. He took all the calls from team owners the last time around, but landed right back with Roush, with an expensive extension that made him one of NASCAR’s highest paid drivers.Now Edwards is apparently again listening to outside offers, and that apparently includes a pretty lucrative one from Joe Gibbs Racing. The team has room to add a fourth car, or could use Edwards to replace Joey Logano and help longtime sponsor Home Depot feel like it can compete with rival Lowe’s string of five consecutive championships with Jimmie Johnson.Denny Hamlin, who nearly knocked off Johnson last season, thinks Edwards would be a very nice fit at JGR. But unlike previous years, when Hamlin said he was used in a failed recruiting effort of Dale Earnhardt Jr., he’s not been asked to reach out to Edwards.“I hear what everybody is saying, but nobody has said anything to me that I’d consider to be a strong indication,” Hamlin said. “In the past, they’d asked me to talk to Junior, or another driver they wanted to sign, but there’s been nothing at all on Edwards. Nobody has said a word to me or asked me to do anything.”That doesn’t mean that JGR doesn’t want Edwards, but team president J.D. Gibbs learned everything from his dad, the former Washington Redskins coach, and both men tend to guard their words as if the Dallas Cowboys themselves might use everything against them.With everyone so silent, it’s turned Edwards’ looming decision into one big guessing game. Only the time has probably come for these talks to get serious and for Edwards to settle on something before it sabotages his season.But for all the outsiders looking in, there really doesn’t seem to be much of a decision at all.

    Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens’ tenacious pursuit of victory on the pitching mound is re-emerging as he enters federal court this week to fight charges he lied about using drugs and ruthlessly tried to discredit the former friend who says he did.

    Clemens ready to fight as perjury trial opens Wednesday

    WASHINGTON — Roger Clemens’ tenacious pursuit of victory on the pitcher’s mound is re-emerging as he enters federal court this week to fight charges he lied about using drugs and to try to ruthlessly discredit the former friend who says he did.Clemens is charged with perjury, false statements and obstruction of Congress for telling a House committee under oath that he never used performance-enhancing drugs during his 23-season career. The record-setting pitcher who once seemed a sure bet for baseball’s Hall of Fame now could face prison if 12 jurors agree that he lied and unanimously agree to convict him. The trial of the United States vs. William R. Clemens, scheduled to begin Wednesday and last 4-6 weeks, will bring a parade of celebrity athletes and plenty of sordid details to the staid Washington federal courthouse. It will feature testimony about illicit drugs, bloody evidence of injections, an abscess on Clemens’ backside allegedly caused by steroid use and allegations that his accuser is a serial liar and a rapist.Clemens isn’t the only all-star baseball player to be criminally charged for lying about drug use, and prosecutors have a mixed record. Infielder Miguel Tejada pleaded guilty in 2009 to a misdemeanor for withholding information about an ex-teammate’s use of drugs when questioned in 2005 by congressional investigators. But in their first jury test, prosecutors were able to convict home run king Barry Bonds of just one count of obstruction of justice in April for giving an evasive answer to a grand jury when asked about drug use. The jury deadlocked on the three remaining counts that Bonds made a false statement by saying he never knowingly received steroids and human growth hormone from his trainer. But unlike the Bonds trial, where the trainer who allegedly provided injections refused to testify against his former boss and friend, Clemens’ strength trainer, Brian McNamee, is the prosecution’s leading witness. For a decade, McNamee worked out intensely with Clemens and helped shape “The Rocket” into one of the most powerful pitchers in the major leagues, even into middle age. McNamee also says he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, and even kept the used needles that will be key scientific evidence at trial. But McNamee, a former New York City police officer, is not an ideal witness for the prosecution. He acted as a drug dealer to several major league players and acknowledges he hasn’t always told the truth when asked about Clemens’ drug use and other matters. McNamee initially denied giving Clemens drugs, he says out of loyalty to his best and longtime client, but eventually admitted to federal agents he injected the seven-time Cy Young Award winner. Clemens’ main defense has been to discredit McNamee, whom Clemens’ attorneys described in a recent court filing as “the only person in the entire world who has ever alleged that he witnessed Mr. Clemens use performance enhancing drugs at any time in his storied career.” Clemens’ lawyers accuse McNamee of being a “congenital liar” who made up the allegations against their client to save himself from drug charges. They also want to introduce evidence that in 2001 McNamee drugged and raped a woman, then lied to police who investigated the allegation but never charged McNamee with a crime. “If Mr. McNamee’s mouth is moving, he’s making an inconsistent statement,” Clemens attorney Rusty Hardin said during a recent hearing. Prosecutors are fighting to keep out evidence of the sexual assault investigation and plan to call several witnesses to back up McNamee’s allegations against Clemens. Among them are Clemens’ former Yankee teammates Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch and Mike Stanton, who all admit getting performance enhancing drugs from McNamee. Pettitte is particularly important because he’s the only witness besides McNamee who says he spoke with Clemens about his drug use.


    Allan E. Goldstein

    Former teacher takes shot at new heights

    Allan E. Goldstein of Elk Grove Village may be afraid of heights on ladders or the roof, but that doesn't stop him from being an aerial photographer. The math teacher-turned-computer guy-turned pilot is hooked, and says his love of flying is not just a hobby, it's an addiction.

    FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008 file photo, flight progress strips are seen in the control tower at Washington's Reagan National Airport. Industry officials say the federal program to create a new air traffic control system is at a crossroads, making delays possible. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    New air traffic control system at crossroads

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is creating a new air traffic system that officials say will be as revolutionary for civil aviation as was the advent of radar six decades ago. But the program is at a crossroads.It’s getting harder to pry money out of Congress. The airline industry is hesitating over the cost of equipping its planes with new technology necessary to use the system. And some experts say the U.S. could lose its lead in the manufacture of high tech aviation equipment to European competitors because the FAA is moving too slowly. Seventy-five years ago this week the federal government, spurred by the nascent airline industry, began tracking planes at the nation’s first air traffic control centers in Newark, N.J., Chicago and Cleveland.The original group of 15 controllers, relying on radioed position reports from pilots, plotted the progress of flights using blackboards, maps and boat-shaped weights. Air traffic control took a technological leap forward in the 1950s with the introduction of radar. That’s still the basis of the technology used today by more than 15,000 controllers to guide 50,000 flights a day. Under FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System program, known as NextGen, ground radar stations will be replaced by satellite-based technology. Instead of flying indirect routes to stay within the range of ground stations, as planes do today, pilots will use GPS technology to fly directly to their destinations. Planes will continually broadcast their exact positions, not only to air traffic controllers, but to other similarly equipped aircraft within hundreds of miles. For the first time, pilots will be able to see on cockpit displays where they are in relation to other planes and what the flight plans are for those other aircraft. That will enable planes to safely fly closer together. When planes approach airports, precise GPS navigation will allow them to use more efficient landing and takeoff procedures. Instead of time-consuming, fuel-burning stair- step descents, planes will be able to glide in more steeply with their engines idling. Aircraft will be able to land and take off closer together and more frequently, even in poor weather, because pilots will know the precise location of other aircraft and obstacles on the ground. Fewer planes will be diverted. Pilots and airline dispatchers will be able get real-time weather information. Computers will spot potential weather conflicts well in advance so that planes can be rerouted. And, controllers will do a lot less talking to pilots. Many instructions now transmitted by radio will instead be sent digitally to cockpits, reducing the chance of errors. Together, the suite of new technologies and procedures being phased in will significantly increase the system’s traffic capacity, FAA officials predict. That’s critical if the number of passengers traveling annually on U.S. airlines grows from an estimated 737 million this year to over 1 billion a year in the next decade, as the FAA forecasts. And, the FAA predicts, NextGen will save significant time, fuel and money. It also will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise. “It really is a revolution in air transportation,” Deputy FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in an interview. “The decisions we’re making in the next several years will set the foundation for the next 75 years of air traffic control.” Paying the tab for NextGen — estimated at as much as $22 billion for the government and another $20 billion for the airline industry through 2025 — may be FAA’s biggest hurdle. The program has widespread support in the Obama administration and Congress, but it isn’t immune to budget cuts in the current climate of austerity. The House wants to reduce FAA’s budget authority by $1 billion a year over the next four years, while the Senate has favored higher funding.

    Veterinarian Bennett Wilson gives generic arthritis pills he prescribed for 12-year-old Maggie, seen in the background with her master, Samantha Lowe, in Portland, Maine.

    Generics advancing on pet drug market

    PORTLAND, Maine — When Samantha Lowe’s 12-year-old Labrador retriever needed anti-inflammatories to ease her arthritis, she found herself facing the same question humans face when it comes to prescriptions: Name-brand drug, or generic? She did the same thing many people do: She chose the generic version to save money.“If a generic works as well as the real thing, I’m all for saving money,” said Lowe, whose family in Cape Elizabeth includes two other dogs and a cat, in addition to her husband and two children.As patents expire for branded pet drugs, more generics are finding their way into veterinarian’s offices, where they offer the potential of big savings for owners of dogs, cats and other pets. In a nation where people have more than 86 million cats and 78 million dogs as pets, the savings are substantial. An estimated 10 percent of animal health drugs are now generic varieties, up from an estimated 5 percent five years ago, and many believe generics will account for half of all pet medications within a decade, said Robert Fountain II, president of Fountain Agricounsel LLC, an animal health consulting company in Connecticut.“We’ve been saying that this is the dawn of the bull market for generic animal health drugs,” he said.Veterinarians can now prescribe any of four types of drugs for animals in need of medication — human-approved branded and generic drugs, or pet-approved branded and generics.While the animal market is a fraction of what is spent on prescriptions for people, it’s still a big-money industry. In 2009, $6.4 billion was spent in the U.S. on animal medicine, with 60 percent of that — $3.8 billion — spent on companion animals and the other 40 percent on food animals, such as cattle, pigs and chickens, according to the Animal Health Institute, a trade group in Washington, D.C.The pet prescription market for the most part has been dominated by large, well-known companies such as Pfizer and Merck, which owns the Intervet Schering-Plough animal health business. But a number of other companies are now developing generic pet drugs as the opportunity arises.Putney Inc. is one of those companies. Started five years ago in Portland, it launched its first product — carprofen, a generic version of Rimadyl, a painkiller marketed by Pfizer’s animal health division — in 2009. Its second product, a generic ketamine used for anesthesia and sedation, came out last year.The company plans to launch a third pet generic this year or next depending on FDA approval, and has another 20 in the pipeline that could be brought to market in the next three to five years, said President and CEO Jean Hoffman. She’s aiming to grow her company’s revenues from about $10 million last year to $150 million in 2015. Americans fill 72 percent of their own prescriptions with generics, she said. But with so few pet-approved drugs having generic equivalents, Hoffman said there’s plenty of opportunity for new generics to be introduced as Americans treat their dogs and cats for everything from diabetes and bronchitis to skin infections and anxiety. Generic drugs on average offer savings of about 25 percent, she said. “There are very few generic drugs approved for pets,” she said in an interview in her Portland office. “We see that as the need.”Veterinarians are slowly increasing the number of generic pet prescriptions they’re writing. At the Forest Avenue Veterinary Hospital in Portland, generics — both human and pet — now make up a majority of the prescriptions that are filled, said veterinarian Bennett Wilson. Wilson prescribed carprofen instead of Rimadyl as a cost-saving measure when prescribing a painkiller for Maggie, Lowe’s black Lab. While pet drugs make up only a small portion of the generics he prescribes, they have grown at 10 to 15 percent in the fast few years, he said.“I think it’s good for the industry, good for pets and good for pet owners,” he said.


    Agency critical of Greece debt plans

    LONDON — A leading credit ratings agency warned on Monday that Greece would be considered to be in default if banks rolled over their holdings in the country’s debt as proposed recently in a French plan.Standard & Poor’s said in a statement that two proposals by an association of French banks “would likely amount to a default” under its criteria because both options offer “less value than the promise of the original securities.”S&P’s position could wreak havoc on Europe’s attempts to deal with the Greek debt crisis, especially if rivals Moody’s and Fitch come to the same conclusion. A so-called “selective default” could trigger insurance claims on Greek bonds and cause another bout of turmoil in the financial markets.“A default is exactly what the European politicians want to avoid,” said Louise Cooper, markets analyst at BGC Partners. “I imagine there are a lot of phone calls being made between the European political elite and the bosses at S&P.”The French banks had announced they were ready to help Greece by accepting a significant debt rollover as part of a second bailout for Greece. Germany’s banks later said they were also considering helping out on similar terms.French and German banks are among the biggest holders of Greek sovereign debt — $21 billion and $23 billion respectively, according to the Bank of International Settlements.The French finance ministry and banks BNP Paribas and Credit Agricole would not comment Monday on the S&P warning but an EU spokesman insisted that a rating of “selective default” would have to be avoided. Amadeu Altafaj Tardio, spokesman for the EU’s Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn, said work on private sector involvement was ongoing and that there is no decision yet on its exact nature.In Berlin, German Finance Ministry spokesman Martin Kotthaus said “We have to look carefully to see what model we can find to have as few side effects as possible.”A second bailout for Greece beyond the current $159 billion package is currently being discussed in the hope of being completed by September. The Greek government has conceded that it will need more money to make bond repayments because it’s not in a position to tap financial markets.Rather than bearing the entire cost of a second bailout, European policymakers are looking at ways to get banks and other financial institutions involved.One proposal sees them reinvesting at least 50 percent of their proceeds from maturing Greek government bonds in newly-issued 30-year Greek bonds, and another 20 percent in debt from other countries as a guarantee. The interest rate would be linked to Greece’s economic growth and their trading would be restricted.A second option being considered would see French financial institutions investing at least 90 percent of the proceeds of expiring Greek bonds in newly-issued five-year bonds. There would again be restrictions on their trading and the bonds would have the same interest rate formula as the 30-year issue.The proposals received a fair degree of support, and appear to be the basis for a similar German plan for some $4.6 billion in debt that is due for repayment by 2014.Greece avoided a near-term default on its debts after its Parliament backed further austerity measures in return for more bailout money from international creditors.Over the weekend, finance ministers from the eurozone agreed to release the vital installment of aid money for Greece but confirmed they will leave the final decision on a second bailout for the debt-ridden country until later this summer.They agreed to sign off on an $12.6 billion tranche of Greece’s existing. An extra (Euro) 3.3 billion will come from the IMF after its board’s expected decision to authorize the payment in a meeting later this week.Without the $17 billion, Greece would have defaulted on its massive debts within days.

    West Chicago-based Training Plus Inc. owners Mary Lou Emami and Lolly Frederick provide skill training and consulting services designed to advance workforce excellence.

    West Chicago business provides skill training and consulting

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    MBX Systems CEO Tom Crowley accepts the 2011 Stevie Award for Executive of the Year/Computer Hardware.

    MBX Systems CEO named Executive of the Year

    Tom Crowley, founder and CEO of server appliance manufacturer MBX Systems in Wauconda, has been named the Executive of the Year/Computer Hardware in the Stevie Awards’ 2011 American Business Awards.


    Financing options exist for small businesses

    Finding financing for small businesses isn’t impossible. Here are some things you should know.

    Former baseball player Eric Byrnes, center, was lucky enough to be signed with his hometown team, the Oakland A’s, and he used the opportunity to save on rent by living with his mom.

    Celebrity real estate: Big-leaguer crashed at Mom’s

    Former pro baseball player Eric Byrnes shares some of the real estate lessons he learned as an athlete on the move.

    A woman has golden teeth put in her mouth at the workshop of a false tooth maker in Havana. The tooth maker charges up to $40 per tooth, including installation, using gold melted down from jewelry and trinkets he buys from secret suppliers.

    Cuba tries to drag shadow economy into the light

    There is evidence that President Raul Castro is persuading at least some black market operators to play by the rules and pay taxes in Cuba.

    New York real estate expert Barbara Corcoran now lives in a three-bedroom apartment on Park Avenue.

    Celebrity real estate: Barbara Corcoran lived in 4th-floor walk-up

    New York real estate expert Barbara Corcoran shares her experiences as a renter and first-time homebuyer. She also offers some advice for today’s uncertain market.

    Chef Guy Fieri transformed a fixer-upper into a sprawling ranch home with a 900-square-foot kitchen.

    Celebrity real estate: Guy Fieri’s home was a fixer-upper

    Celebrity chef Guy Fieri lives in his dream home. But he says the place was a dump when he bought it.

    Ben Stein owns homes in Beverly Hills, Malibu and Rancho Mirage, Calif.; three on a lake in Sandpoint, Idaho, and five elsewhere.

    Celebrity real estate: Ben Stein riffs on dreams, nightmares

    When not making TV appearances, writing investing books and giving speeches, Ben Stein is like anyone who enjoys just hanging around the house. Only in his case it’s 11 houses.

    LaFountain Cadillac in Highland Township, Mich, has a bagel and coffee shop inside its showroom.

    Dealerships spruce up: Cappuccino while you wait?

    Most auto dealers can afford to spend a little money to spruce up the showroom. So they’re adding leather chairs, rich oak walls, theatrical lighting — even hair salons.

    Funding is drying up for tourism marketing as some states struggle with budget deficits.

    Recession forces states to rethink tourism funding

    Like a business trying to sell a product, Washington state has for years attracted visitors by promoting stunning images of some of the nation’s most majestic scenery, but Washington has closed its official tourism agency as it copes with budget deficits brought on by slumping tax revenue.

    Interstate 680, which connects Omaha, Neb., with Iowa at the Mormon Bridge, was flooded last month on the Iowa side, The tornadoes and floods that pummeled much of the South and Midwest also have dealt a serious blow to struggling state budgets. The storms could force new cuts to education and other services to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in disaster aid.

    Tornadoes, floods deliver blow to state budgets

    The tornadoes and floods that pummeled much of the South and Midwest also have dealt a serious blow to struggling state budgets, potentially forcing new cuts to education and other services to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in disaster aid.


    IPO filings hit fastest pace since 2007

    Global filings for initial public offerings are accelerating to the fastest pace since 2007 just as Greece’s debt crisis and China’s rising inflation drag down global stock markets. At least 720 companies including Groupon Inc. and Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy Co. have announced plans this quarter to seek $67 billion in IPOs.


    Overseas-profit tax cut may pack punch

    Giving companies a tax break on transfers of overseas profits may pack a bigger economic punch than bond buying by the Federal Reserve, according to Thomas J. Lee, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s chief U.S. equity strategist.

    Lower gasoline prices should help consumers spend more. And a resumption of Japanese supply production should let U.S. factories resume normal output. A brighter picture has already emerged: Companies ordered more factory goods in May.

    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. Most analysts say economic growth will perk up in the second half of the year. The reason is that the main causes of the slowdown — high oil prices and manufacturing delays because of the disaster in Japan — have started to fade.

    Herb Kelleher, co-founder, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, poses for a portrait in his office in Dallas.

    Southwest co-founder revolutionized industry

    It’s been a decade since Herb Kelleher, now 80, retired as CEO of Southwest Airlines, but the legend of the man who dressed up as Elvis, wore a paper bag over his head on TV, bragged about drinking Wild Turkey and told bawdy stories is still growing.

Life & Entertainment

    Joe Papier of Buffalo Grove bought the GTO in 2002. He is its third owner.

    Classic recollections: July Fourth special

    The pinnacle of summertime enjoyment has got to be the sun-soaked July Fourth weekend. It's the perfect time to get outside in this land of the free to celebrate our great nation's liberty, as well as partake in some classic drop-top, American-made cruising.

    Dave Matthews brings his band and a “caravan” of other performers to Chicago from July 8-10.

    Dave Matthews caravan to set up camp in Chicago

    Dave Matthews took some time off from the road to be with his kids. This summer, however, he leads a series of three-day concerts featuring his band and others. And Chicago is one of their stops.


    Lead poisoning in adults decreases, CDC says

    The lead poisoning rate for U.S. adults has fallen by more than half in the last 15 years, but it remains unusually high in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Kansas, federal health officials said.


    Treadmill desk a workstation ‘walkstation’

    Do you feel like you are working on a treadmill? Jay Buster does — and he lost 16 pounds in the first four months because of it. Buster, a trader in futures and derivatives, who works out of his garage in Boulder, Colo., installed a treadmill desk after reading about James Levine at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis who came up with the idea.


    Brains of vets with PTSD can change as they age

    Combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely to have dementia, cardiac problems and structural changes in the brain as they get older than veterans without PTSD, according to new research.


    Your health: Surf safety
    It’s hard to imagine summer without a trip to a beach. But while a shoreline vacation should be fun and relaxing, it comes with its share of hazards. You might have heard of “riptides” or “the undertow,” but the proper term is “rip currents,” says Tom Gill, the Virginia Beach-based spokesman for the U.S. Lifesaving Association.

    Chronic pain is costing the nation at least $558 billion a year in medical bills, sick days and lost productivity, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

    Lasting pain takes a toll on 100 million Americans

    WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of Americans experience long-lasting pain — the kind that lingers for weeks to months — and too often feel stigma rather than relief from a health care system poorly prepared to treat them, the Institute of Medicine reports. The staggering tab: Chronic pain is costing the nation at least $558 billion a year in medical bills, sick days and lost productivity, the report found. That’s more than the cost of heart disease, the No. 1 killer.All kinds of ailments can trigger lingering pain, from arthritis to cancer, spine problems to digestive disorders, injuries to surgery. Sometimes, chronic pain can be a disease all its own, the report stressed.Whatever the cause, effective pain management is “a moral imperative,” the report concludes, urging the government, medical groups and insurers to take a series of steps to transform the field.“We’re viewing this as a critical issue for the United States,” said Dr. Philip Pizzo, Stanford University’s dean of medicine, who chaired the months-long probe. For too long, doctors and society alike have viewed pain “with some prejudice, a lot of judgment and unfortunately not a lot of informed fact,” he said.The toll isn’t surprising, said Dr. Doris K. Cope, pain chief at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who paused between patients to read the report. The population’s getting older and less fit, and more survivors of diseases like cancer live for many years with side effects from treatments that saved them.Too many patients think a pill’s the answer, she said, when there are multiple different ways to address pain including physical therapy, stress reduction, weight loss, and teaching coping skills. Patients who take control of their pain fare better, but too many have unrealistic expectations.“Pain is not simple,” Cope said. “We as physicians need to be healers and educators as well as technicians. We certainly don’t want to be pill mills.”Doctors do worry about overprescribing narcotic painkillers, and law enforcement steps to fight the serious problem of prescription drug abuse can be one barrier to pain care. But the institute countered that it’s far more likely for a pain patient to get inadequate care than for a drug-seeker to walk out with an inappropriate prescription. While newer, better medicines are needed, those narcotic painkillers are a safe and effective option for the right patient, the report said.But barriers to good care extend far beyond that issue, said the panel, which analyzed research and the reports of more than 2,000 patients and caregivers about pain’s toll.Because pain can’t be seen like bleeding, or felt like a lump, or X-rayed like a broken bone, or heard like a skipped heartbeat, health workers who wrongly believe the intensity of pain should correlate to a specific medical finding may diminish or even dismiss a patient’s complaint, the report found.In fact, pain is highly subjective. Two people with the same injury may feel different degrees of pain depending on genetic factors that affect pain tolerance, what other illnesses they have, stress or depression, and even whether they feel support or criticism from health workers or their families. Care must be tailored to each patient. Yet too few doctors are trained in its management, the report said, citing a study that found stand-alone pain courses aren’t required in most medical schools. Also, insurance may not cover time-consuming counseling in pain-management techniques, consultations with specialists or even non-drug care.Pizzo called the finances sometimes perverse: Some insurance pays for an operation for low back pain but not much cheaper and often more effective physical therapy.

    Tennis great Billie Jean King is back playing tennis with gusto after double-knee replacement surgery.

    Billie Jean King sees net gain with fitness

    Billie Jean King is back playing tennis in Central Park with gusto after double-knee replacement surgery. And at 67, she’s encouraging all ages — especially baby boomers — to exercise and stay fit.But she also says it’s OK to forgive yourself if you can’t match the workouts you did when you were young.


    Risk of injury goes along with all sports

    Sports are a valuable part of a healthy lifestyle for children and teens, but as with other vigorous physical activity, can be associated with some element of risk.

    Janice Shreve and her husband, John, share a laugh at their home. She has been his main caregiver since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

    Research advances bittersweet for Alzheimer's patients

    Promising new developments in the field of Alzheimer's research hold great potential for people not yet facing the disease. But for the families of those already suffering, the news is bittersweet, hinting of solutions to come rather than answers now.

    “Shadows of the Damned” takes a familiar character type — the demon hunter — and sends him on a tour of hell.

    ‘Shadows,’ ‘F.E.A.R.’ weird but not scary

    What makes a video game scary? I ask because I’ve been playing two very different games — "Shadows" and "F.E.A.R." — that have all the trappings of horror fiction but didn’t scare me.



    With gratitude for persistent police

    Daily Herald reported recently on the efforts of police to continue to investigate murder cases decades later, following trails that have long grown cold. To those who follow those trails, a Daily Herald editorial says thanks.


    Self-promotion disguised as sacrifice

    If a charismatic reporter with good intentions and the capacity to commit many different kinds of personal deceptions and federal offenses is the latest poster boy for the sad state of the melting pot, America’s in big trouble.


    Yes, let government control medical costs

    “Centralizers,” a conservative wrote disapprovingly in Reason magazine, “say that the responsibility for making tough decisions about how to keep health care costs under control ought to be made by enlightened, well-intentioned policy elites.” I don’t know. These “elites” beat the heck out of corporate interests trying to sell me treatments I don’t need or whose results can be duplicated at far lower cost.


    Authorities should put car wreck to use
    The recent tragedy has some people placing flowers and candles at the site of the tragic accident.I would like to suggest that the vehicle involved in the accident be put on a flat bed trailer and be displayed for a day or two so all can see the result of thoughtless use of vehicle and loss of three beautiful children.


    Palatine Jaycees make bad decision
    The Palatine Jaycees has denied permission for a pro-life group to march in the 4th of July parade because of the group’s banner that shows a baby in the womb. The “junior” Chamber of Commerce should grow up.


    Palatine Jaycees are way out of line
    The Jaycees of Palatine are refusing the Palatine Pro-Life group from participating in the 4th of July Parade because their banner. which is the same as last year, has a picture of a fetus on it. Let me get this straight: It is inappropriate to have a banner with a fetus on it but it’s OK to march and approve of your children’s homosexuality.


    A big thank you for Candy Days support
    Our heartfelt thanks go out to the caring citizens of Rolling Meadows and Arlington Heights who generously supported Misericordia’s Candy Days. In spite of the financially challenging times we are facing, donations to the drive rose substantially from last year.


    Memorial ceremony felt personal to her
    Dear Village of Arlington Heights, and all who were involved with the Memorial Day Ceremony at the beautiful new Memorial Park: Thank you for remembering and honoring Arlington Heights’ fallen heroes with the solemn special ceremony, memorial wreaths, engraved bricks, and park for them.


    Grateful for support of Freedom Bash
    On behalf of the Hanover Township officials and the Operation Support Our Troops: Freedom Bash 2011 Planning Group, I would like to thank the community for their generous donations to our troops during Freedom Bash 2010 that took place on June 10 and 11.


    Scary situation in construction zone
    I live in Wheeling and while driving to Arlington Heights on Windsor Drive to Dryden on Friday afternoon, I was astounded at the road construction crews who directed traffic through and during a blacktop paving.


    We’ll reap benefits of swipe fee reform
    I wanted to respond and set the record straight about swipe fee reform in Washington raised on these pages by the Heartland Institute.


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