Daily Archive : Sunday July 17, 2011


    Riley, 10, manages to walk in her flippers while showing her costume at the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders’ Day festival in Towne Park on Friday. Riley is owned by Alyssa Kirkpatrick, 12, of Algonquin. Alyssa worked on the scuba costume for over a month. This is the second time Riley has been in the best costume competition and has won both times.

    Images: Weekend festival review
    There were no shortages of festivals in the suburbs over the weekend. The festivals we photographed this weekend were Founders' Days in Algonquin, Streamwood Summer Celebration, Puerto Rican Fest in Aurora, the Corn Boil in Sugar Grove, and the Windmill Chili Cookoff in Batavia.


    Poll: Obesity hitting boomers hard

    Baby boomers say their biggest health fear is cancer. Given their waistlines, heart disease and diabetes should be atop that list, too.

    Fred Koehler, the co-founder and CEO of Lynfred Winery in Roselle, died over the weekend after a six-month battle with cancer.

    Illinois wine pioneer, founder of Roselle winery dies

    Fred Koehler, co-founder and owner of Lynfred Winery in Roselle, passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. Colleagues remember him as "an amazing soul."

    Actor Jim Belushi attends the VIP party at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines to gamble and sing with his band in the Cube Room on Sunday.

    Images: The Rivers Casino opens to VIPs
    Nearly 1,000 VIPs, including investors, attended an exclusive party at the Rivers Casino Sunday evening in Des Plaines.

    Des Plaines Mayor Martin Moylan throws the dice at 5 pm to signal the opening of the Rivers Casino.

    Images: The Rivers Casino opens for Des Plaines residents
    The Rivers Casino held a special opening on Friday night exclusively for VIPs to check out everyting from gambling to dining.


    Hoffman Estates fire causes $10,000 damage

    A detached garage fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damages Sunday night, according to Hoffman Estates fire officials.


    One dead, 5 injured in Round Lake Park accident

    A single-vehicle accident in Round Lake Park left one person dead and five with serious injuries Sunday evening, fire officials said.

    Jordan Aubey, a Winfield native who was working in Joplin, Missouri as a TV reporter, lost everything in the deadly tornado and also broke his hip. He has been recovering in Winfield. Before returning to Joplin Sunday, he spoke with member's of his father's parish, Christ our Savior in Winfield, saying, “I'm so taken away by how people care for me.”

    Local tornado survivor returns to Joplin

    Members of Christ Our Savior Church in Winfield send off TV reporter and Winfield native Jordan Aubey as he returns home to Joplin, Mo. Aubey survived the city's massive tornado this spring but broke his hip, and members of the church helped his recovery.

    Crowds used umbrellas and canopies to help stay cool in temperatures that soared into the 90s on Sunday at the Blackberry Polo Field in Batavia. Forecasters are saying Chicago area residents can expect the weather remain hot through the upcoming weekend, with high temperatures predicted above 90 degrees every day.

    Expected heat wave brings calls for common sense

    With the forecast calls for high temperatures in the 90s all week, experts are asking the public to use common sense while coping with the conditions. The hot weather could last through next Sunday, National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley said.

    United States players pose for a photo Sunday after losing the final match to Japan at the Women’s World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Dramatic Cup final was all that soccer can be

    The World Cup final couldn’t have been more dramatic. It was everything soccer can be, even if the result didn’t go the Americans’ way.

    Reuven Bogoff

    Wheeling man charged with sex abuse

    Chicago police arrested a 58-year-old Wheeling man on charges he molested a friend's son over a four-year period dating back to 1999. Reuven Bogoff faces two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.


    Passenger dies after car accident

    A Rockford man was issued three tickets in connection with a car accident near Hampshire that left one of his passengers dead Saturday night, according to Kane County Sheriff’s Police.

    White House Budget Director Jacob Lew is interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in Washington Sunday. Lew said, “I think that what is encouraging is that the leaders in Congress seem to have all agreed that we can’t push to a default.”

    Congress faces key debt votes

    A bipartisan effort in the Senate to allow President Obama to raise the federal debt ceiling in exchange for about $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years gained momentum Sunday.


    Wheeling man, friend killed in motorcycle crash

    A 26-year Wheeling man and a passenger on his motorcycle died early Sunday morning after losing control of the vehicle along southbound Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling and struck a utility box. Police are investigating the crash, which occurred about 3:07 a.m. near Milwaukee’s intersection with Center Avenue.

    Bernard Fredericks shows off his restored 1928 Ford Model A Roadster during the classic car show Sunday at Itasca Fest.

    Hot time at Itasca Fest

    The heat didn't scare folks away from the annual Itasca Fest on Sunday, which celebrated its final day with live music from American English, a carnival and classic car show.


    Should Emanuel be fundraising for Obama, or Chicago?

    Given that he just laid off hundreds of city workers, columnist Chuck Goudie questions whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should be going to New York to raise money for Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

    Bikers cruise down Bowes Road in Elgin Sunday during the Chicagoland Ride for Kids. The event raises money for pediatric brain tumor research.

    Bikers ride for young tumor survivors

    Hundreds of motorcycle riders converged on Elgin Sunday during the Chicagoland Ride for Kids. The ride, escorted by state and local police, benefits pediatric brain tumor research. Sick children went on a tour of the Fox Valley with motorcyclists.


    Kane judge says man must stay indoors while being monitored

    A Kane County judge denies a St. Charles man's request to go into his parents' backyard while on electronic home monitoring.

    Alfredo Muffalotta, left, and Vinnie VanAction of the group “Wedding Banned” entertain the crowd during Vernon Hills’ Summer Celebration at Century Park Friday night.

    Images: Weekend festival review
    There were no shortages of festivals in the suburbs over the weekend. The festivals we photographed this weekend were Summefest in Vernon Hills, Irish Fest in Arlington Heights, Itasca Fest, Taste of Antioch, the Buffalo Grove Fine Arts Festival, the Vibrant India festival in Hoffman Estates, Firemans Fest in Fox Lake and the Fiesta in the Park in Arlington Heights.

    Rep. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, said calls and emails are running about 50-1 urging him not to increase taxes as part of any debt compromise.

    Tea party debt plan takes center stage

    The next step in the weeks-long saga over how to increase the government’s borrowing cap is to let House tea party forces try it their way.

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and other officials celebrate the demolition of two lanes of the Mulholland Drive bridge over Interstate 405 ahead of schedule in Los Angeles on Sunday.

    L.A. freeway reopens ahead of schedule

    The event that many feared would be the “Carmageddon” of epic traffic jams cruised calmly to a finish Sunday.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, talks with the Greek president Karolos Papoulias at the Presidential Palace in Athens on Sunday.

    Clinton: U.S. backs Greek austerity measures

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced strong American support Sunday for financially troubled Greece’s economic recovery plans and urged the nation to forge ahead with painful reforms that have sparked unrest.

    President Barack Obama intends to nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, shown, to head a new consumer financial protection bureau, a central feature of a law that overhauled banking regulations.

    Obama picks Cordray to lead consumer agency

    Reigniting a partisan fight over banking regulations, President Barack Obama intends to nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to lead a consumer protection bureau.


    Car damaged in Glen Ellyn garage fire

    A garage fire in Glen Ellyn Sunday badly burned a car. The houses around the garage sustained minimal damage.

    It’s going to be a scorcher. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s today and hang there for most of this week.

    ComEd on high alert as heat rolls in

    ComEd officials say they’re on high alert as a scorching heat wave moves in that will keep temperatures in the 90s or above this week. The utility says service has been restored for nearly all of the hundreds of thousands customers who lost power last week.

    Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reportedly has suffered a stroke and is in a coma, says his attorney.

    Reports on Mubarak's condition in conflict

    Hosni Mubarak's lawyer said Sunday that the ousted Egyptian president suffered a stroke and is in a coma. However a top medical official with knowledge of his condition denied the report and said Mubarak was stable.

    Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke plays a shot on the 6th fairway during the final day of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday.

    Clarke wins British Open for 1st major title

    Darren Clarke has won his first major title at the British Open. The 42-year-old from Northern Ireland shot an even-par 70 Sunday that gave him a three-stroke victory over Americans Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.


    Power restored to last of customers cut off by storm

    The final two customers left without electricity after last week’s storm had power restored early Sunday morning. “We’ve reached 100 percent,” said ComEd spokesman Tony Hernandez.

    Sugar Grove residents Amy Manion and her son Kevin, 16, were among 26 teens and adults from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville who recently traveled to Tutwiler, Miss., to work on two Habitat for Humanity homes there.

    Naperville church group builds 2 homes in Mississippi

    A group of 18 teens and eight adults from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Naperville recently traveled to Tutwiler, Miss., to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

    Mount Lokon spews volcanic ash as seen from Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, July 17, 2011. The volcano in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption yet Sunday, spewing hot ash and smoke thousands of feet into the air and sending panicked villagers racing back to emergency shelters. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

    Indonesia volcano spews ash in biggest eruption

    A volatile volcano in central Indonesia unleashed its most powerful eruption yet Sunday, spewing hot ash and smoke thousands of feet into the air and sending panicked villagers racing back to emergency shelters. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

    Rivers Casino in Des Plaines is set to open on July 18. City officials are more optimistic than the state and project the Rivers Casino will generate $325 million to $400 million in its first year, drawing gamblers away from rival casinos due to its sheer novelty, and its proximity to Chicago and O’Hare International Airport.

    Des Plaines betting on casino to spur development

    Will Des Plaines ever realize a “Field of Dreams”-like moment with its new casino? With the curtain rising Monday on the $445 million Rivers Casino, city leaders are hopeful the project will make Des Plaines a destination and spur development.

    A home invasion at U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell Iowa farm ended when his 22-year-old grandson fetched a shotgun and aimed it at the intruder, according to a statement from the congressman’s office. No one was seriously injured.

    Iowa congressman, family safe after home invasion

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A home invasion at Rep. Leonard Boswell’s Iowa farm ended when his 22-year-old grandson fetched a shotgun and aimed it at the intruder, according to a statement from the congressman’s office. No one was seriously injured.


    Schaumburg offers utility consultation

    The village of Schaumburg has partnered with the Citizens Utility Board to offer a free analysis of utility bills and demonstrate ways residents can reduce their costs.

    The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines will open Monday, but the long path to this point started in East Dubuque in 1997.

    How Des Plaines won the 10th casino license after an initial loss

    The battle for the state's 10th casino license has been long and contentious, with Rosemont and Waukegan in competition against Des Plaines, the eventual winner and the site of the new Rivers Casino.


    Falls, eye test may give clues to Alzheimer’s

    PARIS — Scientists in Australia are reporting encouraging early results from a simple eye test they hope will give a noninvasive way to detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease.


    Chinese toddler who fell 10 stories sings to mom

    A Chinese press report says a toddler who fell 10 stories and survived after being caught by a passer-by has been singing songs. It’s seen as progress the little girl is recovering from her extensive head injuries.The 2-year-old girl nicknamed Niu Niu fell from her family’s apartment window in eastern Zhejiang province on July 2. She woke up from a 10-day coma earlier this week.


    Last space shuttle crew almost done packing up

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The astronauts making NASA’s last shuttle flight are almost done packing up their gigantic suitcase for the ride home.


    2 kidnapped Americans allowed to talk to family

    MANILA, Philippines — Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants holding an American woman and her son in the southern Philippines allowed them to talk briefly to their family in the United States as proof they were alive and to press a ransom demand, two security officials said Sunday.


    Police prepare sketch of Mumbai blast suspect

    NEW DELHI — Investigators have prepared a sketch of a suspect they want to question over the three deadly bomb blasts that shook India’s financial hub Mumbai, police said Sunday.


    China slams Obama’s meeting with Dalai Lama

    BEIJING — China on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama as an act that has “grossly interfered in China’s internal affairs” and damaged Chinese-American relations.


    Airlines could pay big when bags are lost

    ALBANY, N.Y. — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says that if airlines don’t start reimbursing their rising fees when passengers’ bags are lost, he’ll introduce a bill to force the issue.The Democrat says that under a new rule airlines would only have to reimburse their baggage fees if the luggage is lost forever. That rule is scheduled to take effect in August.


    NATO hits military depot in eastern Tripoli

    TRIPOLI, Libya — NATO jets destroyed a military storage facility and other targets in Tripoli’s eastern outskirts early Sunday, days after key international players recognized Libya’s rebel leadership as the country’s legitimate representative.


    Illinois takes Home Town awards applications

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is accepting nominations for the Governor’s Home Town Awards that recognize volunteers statewide.The application deadline is Aug. 15.The state gives awards in six project categories based on six population divisions.


    Ill. is key battleground in congressional election

    A Democratic congressional leader says the upcoming election will be all about Medicare, but Republicans say it’s really about jobs and spending.Rep. Steve Israel of New York told The Associated Press Saturday that Democrats will continue to drive home the message that Republicans should be held accountable for voting to reshape Medicare.


    Dalai Lama to hold 2 events in Chicago

    Dalai Lama is back in Chicago for a series of events on creating connections across religions and cultures.The Tibetan spiritual leader will present a public talk Sunday afternoon entitled “Bridging the Faith Divide.”He’s expected to discuss some of the ideas in his recent book, “Toward a True Kinship of Faiths.”


    Ill. teen charged in fatal attack over bicycle

    A Ford Heights teen is accused of beating a man to death while trying to steal his bicycle.Bond has been set at $2 million for 18-year-old Ronald Wade of Ford Heights.Cook County sheriff’s officials say witnesses described seeing Wade and the victim struggling over the bike on Monday night.


    Cook County data offers look into births, deaths

    When are you most likely to die? If you live in Cook County, a recent data analysis could offer a clue.The Cook County clerk’s office says more people die on Feb. 17 than any other day of the year. And more babies are born Sept. 8 than any other day.The Chicago Sun-Times reports an average of 224 babies are born every day, and 114 people die every day in the county.

    Robert Breuder

    COD extends Breuder’s contract as president through 2016

    College of DuPage Board Chairman David Carlin says President Robert Breuder is doing exactly what the board of trustees wants – and that’s why they decided last week to extend Breuder's contract by another year.


    D303 parent joins conservatives pushing for textbook ban

    A St. Charles Unit District 303 mom is leading the charge to ban a textbook blasted nationally by conservatives as promoting socialism. Jennifer Nazlian wants “Social Studies Alive! Our Community and Beyond” removed from the third-grade curriculum and at least one school board member (a local Tea Party activist) agrees.

    Even on the many perfect summer days this month, kids playing by themselves are an endangered species in the suburbs. These empty swings and basketball courts of Carefree Park in Arlington Heights are typical.

    Summers of simple play a distant memory in suburbs

    During a week of perfect lazy summer days, suburban kids were their usual busy selves with camps, school, lessons and such. That's a far cry from the summers remembered by seniors.

    The Milk Pail restaurant property near East Dundee is up for sale.

    Milk Pail complex up for sale near East Dundee

    The Milk Pail restaurant complex near East Dundee was once a tourist destination, drawing thousands of travelers bound for Wisconsin. But the complex, located on a scenic stretch of Route 25 just north of Elgin, has had a rough go of it lately and is up now for sale.


    D95 ponders drug testing after Antioch reports success

    While Lake Zurich High School officials weigh in the idea of drug testing students, Antioch High School says it has had a successful program in place for seven years.


    State cuts put more seniors in nursing homes

    States with gaping budget deficits are cutting home health services, which means more elderly and disabled are being forced into nursing homes. States are reducing how much time a nurse can spend making house calls and ending meal deliveries for the homebound.

    President Barack Obama kicked off his re-election fundraising campaign with three events in Chicago. So far, he’s collected $86 million.

    Obama raises $86 million for re-election

    President Barack Obama’s re-election effort raised more than $86 million during the quarter that ended June 30, his campaign said in an email to supporters.

    Morris Kaunda Michael, 22, center, a biomedical engineer, works with research assistant Pranay Agarwal at Columbia University’s biomedical engineering lab in New York. In 1993, Michael’s mother, at that point raising seven children on her own, decided it was time to flee their village in Southern Sudan as a civil war convulsed the region. They made it to Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma Refugee Camp, where he spent most of his childhood.

    Ocean, years separate ‘Lost Boys’ refugees, families

    In 1993, Morris Kaunda Michael’s mother, at that point raising seven children on her own, decided it was time to flee their village in Southern Sudan as a civil war convulsed the region. Now, 22 years later, a well-educated Michael is faced with a decision of whether or not to return home.

    Multiple-greyhound owner and foster home host Peter Romeo takes a stroll with Belle, Carrie and Cleo in Port Washington, N.Y. Romeo and his wife have turned their home into a modest shelter for greyhounds.

    Greyhounds racing retirees look for refuge

    The Humane Society of the U.S. says the greyhound racing industry is responsible for overbreeding, which leads to too many unwanted dogs. Many of these natural runners suffer from confined living conditions. Others are cruelly destroyed. According to the National Greyhound Association, about 20,000 find homes every year.

    Volunteers Gail Bower and Katie Stoltz fill drinks and put the finishing touches on lunches-to-go at the Soup Stop in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, Ill. The idea for this soup kitchen-style non-profit group was conceived by Rev. Susan Reichenberg as a way to serve those who might otherwise go hungry.

    Soup Stop still feeding downstate hungry after 10 years

    Soup Stop has been serving up free hot food and sack lunches to people in financial need for a decade now. The idea for this soup kitchen-style non-profit group was conceived by Rev. Susan Reichenberg of the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston as a way to serve those who might otherwise go hungry.

    The 2011 Vernon Hills pageant winners are, from left, Junior Miss Grace Christensen, Miss Vernon Hills Cami Christopulos and Little Miss Madisyn Chiarello.

    Vernon Hills names pageant winners

    Twenty-nine contestants vied for titles at the 2011 Vernon Hills Pageant June 26 at the Sullivan Community Center. Contestants include 10 Little Miss, 16 Junior Miss and three Miss contestants.

    “Minnesota Sunset” is a mixed-media painting by Christine Rakow.

    Local family’s art featured in West Chicago exhibit

    “Rakow Arts: Works from the Family Room,” a diverse, mixed-media exhibit featuring work by Gallery 200 member artists Mandy and Christine Rakow and their husbands, John and Jim, is on display through the end of the month at Gallery 200 in West Chicago.

    Banjo, in back, and Skittles

    Take heed of travel tips when on road with your pet

    There are many resources for those of us who travel by car with our dogs and this book is one of them. The Buddy Foundation is not endorsing this book, but we find it extremely informational.

    Rev. Karen Do-on Weik and her husband Rev. Jay Rinsen Weik with their daughter, Isabella Weik, 11, at the Toledo Zen Center in Holland, Ohio. Their center has created a Sunday school and other programs to be especially welcoming to families.

    U.S. Buddhism at generational crossroads

    Buddhism in America is at a crossroads. The best-known Buddhist leaders, mostly white converts who emerged from the counterculture and protest movements of the Vietnam era, are nearing retirement or dying. Charlotte Joko Beck, a pioneer of Zen practice in America, passed away in June.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Schaumburg was arrested in Hoffman Estates around 5:30 p.m. July 12 on the 1900 block of Chelmsford Place and charged with unlawful use of a weapon after he reportedly brandished a straight knife with a 6.25-inch blade.


    Duncan Keith, from left, Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa watch a video commemorating the team during opening ceremonies of the Blackhawks convention.

    Blackhawks look set to go for season

    General manager Stan Bowman said he is done dealing for the summer so this is the team the Blackhawks will take to training camp.


    Cougars’ losing streak hits 5

    The Kane County Cougars’ losing streak reached five games Sunday with a 6-4 loss to the Great Lakes Loons at Elfstrom Stadium.


    Rose reportedly set for Philippines trip

    According to multiple reports, Bulls guard Derrick Rose has agreed to participate in a pair of exhibition games in the Philippines next weekend. Rose will join a squad of NBA stars and take on a pair of local teams near Manila.

    Cubs manager Mike Quade sits in the dugout after the final out, his team falling to a 38-58 with Sunday’s loss to the Florida Marlins.

    Cubs 20 under .500 ... and unhappy with umpires

    Neither Major League Baseball nor whatever the umpires union is called these days will have a whole lot of love for Cubs manager Mike Quade on Monday morning.


    One more wasted opportunity for Mickelson

    Phil Mickelson not only lost to the British Open to Darren Clarke on Sunday, he lost more ground to golf's all-time greats. It's doubtful that at this stage of his career, at age 41, he will ever make it up.

    Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke holds the Claret Jug trophy in front of the scoreboard on the 18th green as he celebrates winning the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George’s golf course Sandwich, England, Sunday.

    Clarke wins British Open on 20th try

    No matter how long it grows or even how quickly, the list of major champions from the tiny country of Northern Ireland just wouldn’t feel complete without Darren Clarke.


    Starting pitching, offense continue to be Cubs concerns

    While all the focus the last few days has been on the Cubs’ closer situation, it must be noted that they have plenty of other problems, too.

    White Sox starting pitcher Phil Humber sits in the dugout after being pulled in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers.

    Humber runs out of steam in Sox loss

    Phil Humber (8-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for the White Sox as the Tigers won, avoiding the sweep.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Royals

    United States soccer playr Carli Lloyd reacts Sunday after missing from the penalty spot during the penalty shoot-out of the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women’s World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Japan takes World Cup on penalty kicks

    Japan has won the Women’s World Cup, stunning the United States 3-1 in a penalty shootout Sunday night after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 tie.

    Cubs starter Randy Wells wipes his brow Sunday after giving up the second home run of the first inning against the Florida Marlins.

    Cubs lose in a hot mess at Wrigley

    Greg Dobbs hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, leading the Florida Marlins to 7-5 victory over the Cubs on Sunday.


    Rupert hMurdoch’s tabloid newspapers long have reveled in the misdeeds of others with salacious photos and pun-packed headlines. Now, one of the world’s most powerful media executives is learning what it’s like to be enveloped in his own scandal.

    Tables turn on Murdoch as scandal rocks his empire

    To his many enemies, Rupert Murdoch is getting his comeuppance. Murdoch’s tabloid newspapers long have reveled in the misdeeds of others with salacious photos and pun-packed headlines. Now, one of the world’s most powerful media executives is learning what it’s like to be enveloped in his own scandal.


    Key dates in the phone hacking scandal

    November 2005: News of the World royal reporter Clive Goodman writes story saying Prince William has a knee injury. Buckingham Palace complaint prompts police inquiry.August 2006: Goodman arrested along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire for suspected hacking into voicemails of royal officials.January 2007: Goodman jailed for four months; Mulcaire given six-month sentence. News of the World editor Andy Coulson resigns.May 2007: Conservative Party leader David Cameron taps Coulson to be his media adviser.July 2009: Coulson tells parliamentary committee he never “condoned use of phone hacking.”September 2009: Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the News of the World and its sister paper The Sun, named chief executive of News International, News Corp.’s British arm.February 2010: Parliamentary committee finds no evidence that Coulson knew about phone-hacking but states it’s “inconceivable” that only Goodman knew about it.May 2010: Conservative David Cameron becomes prime minister; Coulson named his communications chief.January 2011: British police reopen investigation into phone hacking. Coulson resigns Downing Street post.May: News of the World agrees to pay actress Sienna Miller 100,000 pounds ($161,000) to settle claim her phone had been hacked.June: News of the World pays another settlement, this time with former football player and Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray.July 4: The Guardian newspaper publishes report saying phone of 13-year-old murder victim Milly Dowler was hacked by News of the World when Brooks was its editor. Brooks refuses to resign, says she knew nothing about the hacking.July 5: News of the World advertisers boycott the paper.July 7: News International announces it will close 168-year-old News of the World.July 8: Coulson arrested over phone hacking; he’s not charged. Goodman arrested again, this time for suspected illegal payments to police. Cameron announces inquiries.July 10: 168-year-old News of the World publishes final edition. Rupert Murdoch flies into London to deal with the crisis.July 11: News Corp. withdraws offer to spin off Sky News in attempt to save bid for complete control of satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).July 12: Cameron backs opposition motion urging Murdoch to back out of BSkyB bid.July 13: News Corp. pulls its bid to take full control of BSkyB.July 14: Rupert Murdoch agrees to appear before a parliamentary committee; defends News Corp.’s handling of scandal in interview with The Wall Street Journal. Reports emerge that FBI opens inquiry into possible phone hacking of 9/11 terror victims.July 15: Brooks resigns as CEO of News International, is replaced by Tom Mockridge, former head of News Corp.’s Sky Italia television unit. Les Hinton, former News International chairman, resigns as CEO of Murdoch’s Dow Jones & Co. and publisher of The Wall Street Journal. Murdoch meets with Dowler’s family to apologize.July 16: News Corp. runs a full-page ad in seven British newspapers apologizing for “serious wrongdoing” at the News of the World.July 17: Brooks is arrested by U.K. police in the hacking scandal. Murdoch publishes another ad in British newspapers titled “Putting right what’s gone wrong.”


    Arrests in alleged UK phone hacking scandal

    The names of people arrested in the London Metropolitan Police’s investigations into alleged phone hacking and illegal payments to police officers.Operation Weeting: Metropolitan Police investigation into alleged phone hacking.Arrested and out on bail:April 5, 2011: Ian Edmondson, former News of the World assistant editor for newsApril 5: Neville Thurlbeck, News of the World chief reporterApril 14: James Weatherup, News of the World assistant news editorJune 23: Terenia Taras, freelance journalistJune 28: Laura Elston, British Press Association royal correspondentJuly 8: Clive Goodman, former News of the World royal editor, jailed in January 2007 for several months for intercepting mobile phone messages of the royal householdJuly 8: Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor and former communications chief for Prime Minister David CameronJuly 8: 63-year-old man, identity unknownJuly 14: Neil Wallis, former News of the World executive editorStill under arrest:July 17: Rebekah Brooks, News International chief executive and former News of the World editorOperation Elveden: Metropolitan Police investigation into alleged illegal payments to police officers for information:Arrested and out on bail:July 8: Clive Goodman, former-News of the World royal editorJuly 8: Andy Coulson, former News of the World editor and former communications chief for Prime Minister David CameronJuly 8: 63-year-old man, identity unknownStill under arrest:July 17: Rebekah Brooks, News International chief executive and former News of the World editor

    Sky television sources reported on Sunday that former Chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks had been arrested by police investigating a phone hacking and corruption scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s British media company. Scotland Yard confirmed that a 43 year old woman had been arrested.

    UK police arrest Murdoch’s CEO in phone hacking scandal

    London police arrested Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch’s former British CEO, in the phone hacking and police bribery scandal Sunday, bringing the U.K. investigation into Murdoch’s inner circle for the first time.


    Samsung in talks to buy MRI, X-ray makers to challenge GE, Siemens

    Samsung Electronics Co., whose empire ranges from memory chips to televisions, is in talks to buy makers of MRI scanners and X-Ray machines to challenge General Electric Co. and Siemens AG in medical equipment.Samsung is in “contact” with some companies, Senior Vice President Jo Jae Moon, who leads a team of medical-equipment developers, said in an interview in Seoul July 15, without elaborating on the potential targets. The company has said it plans to spend 1.2 trillion won ($1.1 billion) in the medical- equipment business by 2020.Any purchases would build on Chairman Lee Kun Hee’s plans to build the medical-equipment operations into one that generates 10 trillion won in annual sales. Lee is counting on demand for health care gear to spur sales of scanners as the proportion of elderly residents in markets from the U.S. to Europe and Japan climb to records each year.“Demand for expensive medical equipment will keep growing,” said Bae Ki Dal, an analyst at Shinhan Investment Corp. in Seoul. “The market is mostly dominated by foreign companies now. It will be interesting to see how Samsung will compete with them.”The maker of Galaxy phones and tablet computers, with a plan to invest 23.3 trillion won in new businesses by 2020, made its biggest acquisitions in the health care industry last year when it bought a controlling 43.5 percent stake in diagnostic ultrasound devices maker Medison Co., as well as 100 percent of Prosonic from Consus Asset Management Co. for 331.3 billion won. Samsung increased its stake in Medison to 65.8 percent in April.“We have a lot of companies on our list, and we’ve been contacting most of them,” Jo said, adding to say that Samsung prefers to acquire small companies with niche technology. “We have a target to be the No. 1 across ultrasound devices, X-rays and MRIs.”Jo is also head of the Medison’s research center.Samsung is making a push into an industry led by General Electric, which had $16.9 billion of revenue from health care last year, a growth of 5.6 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Siemens had 12.3 billion euros ($17.4 billion) in revenue from medical solutions, a 3.4 percent increase.Royal Philips Electronics NV grew its medical systems business 10 percent to 8.6 billion euros, data show.By comparison, 24.3 percent of Samsung’s revenue last year was from semiconductors and 26.6 percent from telecommunications equipment. The company’s total revenue is expected to grow 7.9 percent to 167 trillion won this year, according to the average of 36 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg.Samsung is expanding into health care as its overall revenue grows at the slowest pace in five years and as populations worldwide get older. The number of people aged 65 and above will account for 8.3 percent of the world’s population by 2014, compared with 7.9 percent this year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data compiled by Bloomberg. Japan may be the oldest society, with the portion of elderly projected to account for 25 percent of the population in three years.Besides takeovers, Samsung will also invest to boost hiring as well as research and development at its own medical-equipment business, where the number of staff grew from less than 10 people in 2009 to more than 200 now, Jo said.Medison aims to increase sales by more than fivefold to $1.6 billion by 2020 from last year, he said. The company had a 5 percent share in the global market for diagnostic ultrasound devices last year and targets to increase that to 24 percent within a decade, Jo said.The company may roll out its first products with the new Samsung Medical brand in the second half, Jo said.Closely-held Medison, which currently has more than 1,000 employees globally with 12 overseas branches, may set up a research base in Seattle, Jo said. The company will also seek more patents, he said.


    Cuomo may face New York worker pay fight

    NEW YORK — Minutes after the New York Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage just before midnight June 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned to an ally on the floor and said, “We got it all done.” In his first six months, the 53-year old Democrat led the divided Legislature to produce the state’s first on-time budget in five years, a property-tax cap, an ethics law for public officials and the marriage-equality bill. Gerald Benjamin, a professor at the State University of New York-New Paltz, said Cuomo’s “extraordinary success” is unmatched since Democrat Hugh Carey helped New York City avert bankruptcy in the 1970s. Cuomo, the son of three-term former governor Mario Cuomo, may face a tougher time in his quest to cut public-employee wage and pension costs, said Benjamin, who teaches political science. He also will meet opposition from Republicans on his call for legislative redistricting by an independent commission. “Wind at his back as a new governor, he’s delivered on the public image, and people believe he’s done a good job,” said State Sen. Martin Golden, 60, a Brooklyn Republican and retired New York City police officer. “Going into next year, he’s going to have a tougher job,” he said in an interview. “We’ll be down on jobs, down on revenue and we’ll have the actual gridlock of trying to get something done with the unions.” The Civil Service Employees Association, the state’s biggest public union, reached a tentative deal with Cuomo’s administration on June 22 to achieve $450 million in savings. Members will vote starting next week to approve the accord, which includes wage freezes and unpaid days off. If adopted by the state’s other unions, the deal will avert almost 10,000 firings. Negotiations remain at a stalemate with the Public Employees Federation, the state’s second-largest government union. Dismissal notices have already been sent to about 700 PEF workers, with firings scheduled to take effect July 22 if an accord isn’t reached, said Darcy Wells, a union spokeswoman. Even after agreeing to concessions, the CSEA is among labor groups vowing to fight the governor’s proposed changes to pensions for future workers. The new system, which Cuomo unveiled last month and the Legislature didn’t take up before adjourning, would increase the retirement age for new employees to 65 from 62 and boost worker contributions. It would save taxpayers $93 billion over 30 years, the governor said. The $146.5 billion pension plan, the third-biggest in the country, is 101 percent funded, according to its 2010 annual report. “We’re not softening our opposition to the pension overhaul,” Steve Madarasz, a CSEA spokesman, said by telephone. “Where we agree with governors, we will stand up and praise them. Where we disagree, we will fight tooth and nail.” Cuomo may be well-positioned for the challenge because he hasn’t created enmity like Republican governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College in New York. More than 60 percent of New Jersey residents called Christie a bully in a Bloomberg Poll, and thousands marched in Wisconsin against Walker’s curbs on collective bargaining. A Siena Research Institute poll released last week found Cuomo had a 71 percent favorability rating, up from 68 percent last month. His job-performance rating rose to 58 percent from 55 last month. The poll of 813 registered voters had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points. Wall Street also gives Cuomo high marks. Investors have driven down the cost of protecting New York bonds against default by almost half since Cuomo took office the first week in January, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.


    Ford struggling with image in Germany

    BERLIN — As it seeks to boost its image and prices in Germany, Ford is up against car buyers like Stefanie Weiland. “Ford’s reputation over here is deplorable,” said Weiland, 46, a former Ford owner, as she shopped at a Volkswagen showroom in Berlin. “I want a car to still be in good condition, both visually and in technology terms, after 10 years. That’s what you get with a VW; these cars are unbreakable.” Ford Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally is aiming to replicate in Germany what he achieved in the United States: Use fuel economy and technology including voice-activated stereos to command more respect and cash from car buyers. Ford says its retail prices lagged VW by an average of 6.3 percent in the past eight months. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker ranks fifth in sales, with 7.5 percent of the German market, according to J.D. Power & Associates. That’s less than half the 20.8 percent for Volkswagen, the automaker founded in 1937 with a name that means the “people’s car.” Ford also trails Mercedes-Benz, BMW, General Motor’s Opel brand and Audi, Volkswagen’s premium line. To take on VW, Ford is promoting its ties to Germany and trying to position itself as a technology leader. This month, it outfitted 1,100 German sales people with iPads loaded with a special Ford sales application that demonstrates fuel-saving technology. It is doubling the size of its stand at the Frankfurt auto show in September, adding a test track and hands- on displays that will make it “an adult science museum,” said Jim Farley, Ford global marketing chief. “We’re a discount brand to Volkswagen, the data is pretty clear and compelling,” Farley said in an interview. “We feel that the product facts are not in line with the perceptions of our brand.” The automaker ran newspaper ads touting the 40 million vehicles it has built in 80 years of carmaking in Germany. At news conferences at its plants in Cologne, where Ford also has its European headquarters, and Saarlouis, Ford has highlighted that it employs 29,000 Germans and is the largest U.S. investor in the country. “One of the things we need to do is stop being shy about all of the things we’ve done in Germany,” said Stephen Odell, chief of Ford of Europe. “In Germany, we’re possibly considered less German. Maybe that’s our fault.” Ford’s outsider status is partially to blame for its transaction prices lagging VW in Germany, said Colin Couchman, a European auto analyst for IHS Automotive. German consumers view VW and other indigenous automakers as having better craftsmanship and more high-tech engines and features than Ford. “The Ford brand is seen as wholly mainstream, whereas VW has a more upscale image,” said Couchman, based in London. “Opel is very much seen as a German brand. But Ford is still seen as an American brand.” Ford’s model line in Germany ranked near the bottom of a 2010 consumer survey of the most exciting automotive brands conducted by Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch-Gladbach. VW ranked among the top five, Bratzel said. “For a company that’s been active in Germany for 80 years, Ford has an extremely unexciting image,” Bratzel said. “People simply don’t know their offerings, whereas VW is a household name.” Brandishing its German bona fides may backfire with the country’s fiercely nationalistic consumers, said Jeremy Anwyl, an analyst with Edmunds.com, based in Santa Monica, Calif. “Ford has been in Germany for a long time, but if they promote that too much it can seem contrived,” Anwyl said. “Audi has an R&D center in California, but how many Americans know that or factor it into their purchase decision?” Boosting German demand for Ford models will take years of overhauling the product line with new technology and designs, said Jeff Schuster, an analyst with J.D. Power in Troy, Mich.


    Finland trying to find growth outside Nokia

    HELSINKI — Ari Koskinen counts himself lucky after he got a job at Finland’s national jobless association. The 37-year-old technology specialist is helping local groups support the country’s 9.8 percent unemployed as the northernmost Euro member grapples with the decline in its two main industries, technology and paper. “Unemployment brings many difficulties — alcoholism, health problems,” Koskinen said in a phone interview from Helsinki. “Finns are vulnerable to depression when the jobs go and there’s no more work.” Finland, one of six AAA rated Euro countries, may face a similar fate to junk-graded Portugal in the next decade unless it finds new growth industries soon, said Timo Tyrvaeinen, chief economist at Helsinki-based Aktia. Mobile-phone maker Nokia has announced 1,900 job cuts in Finland since last year, or 10 percent of its local workforce, as its market value plunged almost 50 percent since January. Without growth, Finland must raise debt to pay for Europe’s fastest-aging population. “Finland has an underlying competitiveness problem and an imbalance in public finances exacerbated by the aging population,” Tyrvaeinen said by phone. “In 10 years, we could have similar problems to those Portugal is facing now.” The number of workers for every pensioner will drop to three from four by 2015. That’s about five years earlier than in the rest of Europe, Luxembourg-based Eurostat estimates. Debt will swell in 2011 to more than 50 percent of gross domestic product from 34.1 percent three years ago, according to the European Commission. “The growth of debt must be stopped,” said Jan von Gerich, chief analyst at Nordea Markets in Helsinki. “Ireland had a AAA rating, a lower debt level than Finland and a surplus in its public sector, but then the crisis hit and the situation changed rapidly.” Moody’s Investors Service cut Ireland to junk on July 12, arguing the euro member’s $119 billion bailout may not be enough to keep it afloat. While Ireland’s plight was linked to overleveraged banks, its example remains relevant for economies where growth can’t keep pace with government spending, von Gerich said. Europe’s debt crisis has shown that failure to tackle fiscal weakness in time can force governments to impose severe austerity measures later. Finland risks having to “take emergency action” to fix its finances if the country’s budget drain isn’t fixed “promptly,” Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen said on June 15. The six-party coalition government, led by Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, may struggle to find the unity needed for cuts. Katainen, who formed his Cabinet in June after two months of talks to keep the euro-skeptic True Finns from office, needs to persuade lawmakers it’s right to back bailouts while enduring cuts at home. Finland’s $255 billion economy, home to Europe’s two biggest papermakers, Stora Enso and UPM-Kymmene, was built on its forests. Since the 1960s, the country’s pulp industry has languished as emerging markets produce cheaper timber. Forestry’s share of the economy dropped to 2.4 percent in 2009 from twice that in the late 1970s. It employed 2 percent of the workforce in 2009, from almost 5 percent four decades ago, government data show. Nokia, based near Helsinki in Espoo, took off in the 1990s to become the world’s largest mobile-phone maker. The company’s success helped pull Finland out of recession. After contracting some 6 percent in 1991, the economy grew 4.5 percent on average in 1994 through 2000. At the peak in 2000, Nokia accounted for 4 percent of Finland’s GDP, according to Jyrki Ali-Yrkkoe, an economist at Helsinki-based researcher ETLA. Now, the company’s days as the powerhouse of Finnish growth are over. Its profit sank 74 percent since 2007 and its share of the economy has dwindled to 1.6 percent as Nokia struggles to compete with Apple’s iPhone and devices using Google’s Android software.


    Seven tips for reblancing your fund portfolio

    Summer is generally a calm season for the financial markets. It offers time to reflect, check your mutual fund portfolio, and see whether you’re on track with savings goals. Yet the summer doldrums haven’t arrived.

    Gadgets have become a staple in back-to-school shopping, but do your kids really need their own e-reader, laptop and printer?

    How to pick back-to-school electronics

    Electronics have become necessities for students heading to college, but it’s easy to spend too much or buy overly elaborate or redundant gadgets. And some that used to be essential aren’t even needed anymore. Here’s what to shell out for and how to save on electronics for your student.

    Identifying your values and managing boundaries are two ways to achieve a better work-life balance, experts say.

    Employees, leaders strive to find balance

    According to a 2010 survey by the Corporate Leadership Council, work-life balance was ranked as one of the top three drivers of engagement for high-potential employees. But it can be tough to achieve.

    The “Inlet House” in Fort Pierce, Fla., was an affordable place that the 55-and-older set aspired to. But now the Homeowner’s association has levied a $6,000 assessment on every homeowner and then foreclosed on seniors who did not owe the bank a dime but could not afford the association bill.

    Homeowner associations fight dirty as economy worsens

    The “Inlet House” in Fort Pierce, Fla., was an affordable place that the 55-and-older set aspired to. But now the Homeowner’s association has levied a $6,000 assessment on every homeowner and then foreclosed on seniors who did not owe the bank a dime but could not afford the association bill.

    The collapse of the real estate bubble in Spain has crippled the country’s economy and left many residents with a mortgage nightmare.

    Spanish mortgage defaulters face debt nightmare

    Since the real estate bubble burst in 2008, more than 300,000 residents in Spain have been hit by the potential double-whammy of eviction and mounds of mortgage debt.

    Total consumer debt, including mortgages, was $11.5 trillion at the end of the first quarter. And Americans piled more onto credit cards in April than in any month since the middle of 2008.

    Five tips for staying under your debt ceiling

    We’ve been on a personal debt binge for a long time. Like the government’s situation, it’s past time to attack debt more aggressively and slash spending to get it down. Here aree five essential tips for managing debt can help you avoid potential pitfalls.

    Fiat and Chrysler, and their management, are merging to reduce costs and achieve a target of more than $140 billion in combined revenue by 2014.

    Fiat, Chrysler synch management structure

    Fiat and Chrysler Group will have a single management structure soon, Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of both companies, said, as he takes another step toward merging the two carmakers.

    As a crafter, you put time, talent and care into each creation. Experts say you should also spend a few moments making sure you’re not violating any copyrights and protecting your own original work.

    Copyrighting a key part of creating crafts

    As a crafter, you put time, talent and care into each creation. Experts say you should also spend a few moments making sure you’re not violating any copyrights and protecting your own original work.

    Family members of late Mariam Hawas, her daughters, Iman, 12, right, Fatmah, 16, left and her husband Bayoumi Abdel-Latif Bayoumi, center pose for a photo in front of the family house in Talkha, Mansoura, Egypt. Hawans lost her life trying to collect her monthly salary. Egyptians have long complained that the cheapest thing in this country is their lives. Under the former regime, wages in the public sector, the single largest employer, were miserably low and the already vast gap between rich and poor only widened.

    Workers fight for $50-a-month factory jobs in Egypt

    Labor protests are sweeping across Egypt after the uprising in January, as workers scramble to right decades of economic injustice. Mariam Hawas, a 44-year-old mother of three, lost her life fighting to get her unpaid wages.


    Utica businesses organizing for success

    Sixteen of Utica’s 63 businesses came to a recent Village Hall meeting with hopes of becoming a vibrant and necessary organization that would be able to weather the storm of road construction in and around town. But while construction is the one of the reasons the Utica Business Association is forming, it is not the main or only one.

    Township of Proviso employee Chester Lamar delivers a meal to Joe Lagen, 67, who suffers from vertigo and cannot drive in Bellwood. Budget cuts to programs that deliver meals to homebound seniors in Illinois may force some frail elderly into nursing homes, a more expensive option for both the individuals and the state, advocates say.

    Cuts to meals for Illinois elderly worry advocates

    Budget cuts to programs that deliver meals to homebound seniors in Illinois may force some frail elderly into nursing homes, a more expensive option for both the individuals and the state, advocates say.Illinois lawmakers so far have protected most money for home health services, despite the state’s serious financial problems. But they’ve whittled back programs that don’t receive federal matching money, such as home-delivered meals.The state’s recently passed budget includes a cut of $2.2 million in funding for home-delivered meals and other services for aging residents, a reduction of nearly 14 percent from the previous year.Meanwhile, the need is increasing along with the elderly population. Illinois saw a 22 percent increase in residents age 85 and older from 2000 to 2010, according to U.S. Census data.The loss of a home-delivered meal can be the tipping point that forces an elderly person into a nursing home, said David Vinkler of AARP Illinois. Most nursing home care in the United States is paid for by Medicaid, the federal and state program.“It really makes no sense for the state to go that direction,” Vinkler said. “People want to live in their homes and it’s costing the state less when they do.”Vinkler said it’s difficult to predict how many people will be affected by the cut to delivered meals and other similar services for the elderly living at home. About 40,000 Illinois residents receive, on average, three to four home-delivered meals per week. The amount of the cut represents about 400,000 meals, or enough to serve about 2,400 clients.In the Chicago suburbs, case managers for the not-for-profit Age Options will start making tough choices about who gets meals and who doesn’t, said Jonathan Lavin, the agency’s president.“People coming out of hospitals will be the first ones to be affected,” Lavin said. Those people want to live at home, and can with a little assistance, but they now may be denied delivered meals, he said. The next step is for case managers to look at each senior citizen already getting meals delivered and ask what other resources the individual may have: “Is the church going to come over? Is a neighbor coming over? Can the person go with three meals a week instead of five?”The cuts will mean the agency serves meals to 3,900 individuals in suburban Cook County instead of 4,580, Lavin said. Some recipients make donations toward their meals and many of the delivery drivers are volunteers, he said, so it’s a cost-effective way to help.Bellwood resident Joe Lagen, 67, pays $18 a week for state-subsidized hot lunches that are delivered to his door Monday through Friday. The program provides his only nutritionally balanced meal each day, he said. He doesn’t drive anymore because of severe dizziness caused by cardiovascular disease. His wife, Doris, died in 1996. She was the cook in the family, he said, and he misses her casseroles.For his evening meal, Lagen makes himself a bowl of soup or a sandwich. The meal program gives Lagen’s children some assurance that someone is checking on him every day and will call authorities if he doesn’t answer his door, he said. For Lagen, a retired village official, it also is a break from isolation and loneliness.“I sit here in the morning and wait for that white truck to pull up and my friend brings the boxes to the door and we chat,” Lagen said. “It’s a real pleasure and you don’t have too many of those in life as you get older.”In Illinois, home health care hasn’t experienced the cuts seen in other states, but the state government’s months-long, $4 billion backlog in paying bills makes it difficult for providers, said Darby Anderson, an executive at Palatine-based Addus HealthCare. The publicly traded company gets about 40 percent of its revenue from the state of Illinois and provides home health care services to 12,000 people in 96 counties.


    Illinois officials offer mortgage help

    Illinois and local officials will be available Saturday for residents of the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods of Chicago to discuss the mortgage crisis. Officials with the state’s mortgage relief project will assist homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arturo Velasquez Institute on South Western Avenue. Experts from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Housing Development Authority will be available to help homeowners and discuss the mortgage problem. State lawmakers from the area will also attend.

Life & Entertainment

    Geneva couple Ernie Mahaffey and his wife, Sheila Penrose, recently completed a historic restoration of a Tudor Rivival home on South First Street in Geneva.

    Geneva Tudor revived with modern energy enhancements

    Old homes are usually anything but energy efficient. But old house aficionados made the sacrifice. They loved the nooks and crannies, charming trim and antique feel of their homes. One Geneva couple fell into that category, until they got more interested in energy issues.


    Art in the garden: Attracting butterflies to your garden

    Butterflies are fascinating and fun to watch, adding vibrant color and movement to the summer flower border. It is easy to attract these fluttery beauties to your garden by providing them with their basic needs.

    Jupiter's moon Io is projected on the ultra high-definition screen in Adler's Grainger Sky Theater.

    Adler's Deep Space Adventure sends visitors soaring

    For 80 years, The Adler Planetarium has been encouraging visitors to look up at the stars. Now it's giving them a way to feel like they're traveling through them at the new Grainger Sky Theater, the most technologically advanced in the world.

    Singer Jennifer Hudson headlines at Ravinia Festival.

    Weekend picks: Jennifer Hudson stops at Ravinia

    Pop/rock singer, Oscar winner and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson headlines the Pavilion at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park Sunday.

    Dog friendly beaches and resorts that cater to canines have grown in popularity in the past few years and can be found around the country.

    Your dog isn’t the only creature at the beach

    You and your dog are headed to the beach — for a day, a few days at a pet-friendly resort or a week at a friend’s beachfront home. What can you expect besides hot sand and salty water? In a word: Wildlife.

    Mowafak Alshagra, center, in 1981 when he was playing water polo in Baghdad before his coaching days. He misses coaching but said “there’s no time.”

    Once-famous immigrants lose status in the States

    For Mowafak Alshagra and other immigrants who were once celebrities in their home countries, starting anew in a land of fresh beginnings often means shedding prestige, status, material comfort and widespread recognition to live in practical anonymity, doing whatever it takes to survive.

    Mulch, including recycled autumn leaves, suppresses weeds and helps soil retain moisture.

    The miracle of mulch: It protects roots, conserves water

    Mulch works miracles in the summer garden. Mulch for vegetable gardens is simply organic matter spread on top of the soil around plants. It works best in a layer about 2 inches thick. At that depth, it will act as an insulating layer to keep the root zone of plants ideal for growth.

    Many homeowners are trying out the bold, unexpected use of color that high-profile designers have been preaching. This room was designed by Cortney and Robert Novogratz, from HGTV’s “Home by Novogratz,” for a home in Long Branch, N.J.

    Getting creative with color: how to do it right

    Striped staircases and lavender walls? They’re not just for high-profile designers anymore. But creative color can be tricky. Three experts offer advice on doing it right.


    Division of housework gets sticky after hours

    Q. I am a mom and my husband is a stay-at-home dad. We have three young, school-age children. Our age-old problem is the division of housework.

    If it’s color you’re looking for, Richter’s day lilies are your plants, and July is the time.

    Warrenville gardener welcomes visitors to his colorful abode

    John Richter loves day lilies, hostas and grafted trees, and he wants you to come visit his Warrenville garden.


    Law talk: Landlord demands more rent

    A renter moves out at the end of his year lease, but fails to notify the landlord. If a 30-day notice is required, can he be charged three months more rent? Attorney Tom Resnick answers readers' questions about real estate law.


    Home repair: Water stains require complex solution

    Q. I have a two-story brick-and-cedar-sided home built four years ago. There is a bayed area in my dining room that is covered by a copper roof outside. A few years ago, we had some water stains show up in the drywall ceiling of this area. My builder and the roofer who installed the cooper roof concluded that the brick sills of the two windows on the second floor above the copper roof must be absorbing moisture, which is draining onto the drywall ceiling. My builder had the brick sills replaced with limestone ones, and there was a rubber membrane installed under the first course of bricks under each of the limestone sills.


    Doug McAllister/Under the Hood: Worry-free road trips

    I love this time of the year! I love boating and sitting on the back porch enjoying the outdoors and I love going on a road-trip vacation. I also love to help my clients get ready for their road trip, unless of course it goes something like this …

    Recirculating pumps get hot water to your shower fast, but add to electric bills.

    Ask the plumber: More on hot-water systems

    Normally, to keep this column fresh, I like to take a break of a couple of months or so between discussions of similar plumbing topics. However, a primer from earlier this month on recirculating systems for water heaters generated such a huge response that a follow-up is in order right now.

    AirVenture, the world’s largest fly-in, is a weeklong event in Oshkosh, Wis.

    On the road: Fly in to Oshkosh's AirVenture

    AirVenture 2011, a weeklong event held July 25-31 in Oshkosh, Wis., is the world’s largest fly-in. See the Boeing 787 on display for the first time in the U.S., witness a rare nighttime air show, see the Zeppelin NT and more.

    The dynamics between Walt (Bryan Cranston), left, and Jesse (Aaron Paul) shift in season four of AMC's “Breaking Bad.”

    Relationships change as ‘Breaking Bad' returns

    It's been more than a year since the nail-biting season three finale of “Breaking Bad” aired on AMC, but fans quickly will find themselves completed sucked back into the dark world of Walter White as the series returns, artistic guns blazing, on Sunday, July 17.



    Expanded state gaming may blunt joy over Rivers Casino

    The opening this week of the Rivers Casino has created a celebratory mood in Des Plaines, but a Daily Herald editorial warns that celebration may be short-lived unless Gov. Pat Quinn reins in the state's expansive gaming plans.


    Yes, obesity in children can be abuse

    Finally, two experts had the courage to state the obvious: Parents who let their children become obese enough to suffer from serious medical complications are committing child abuse.


    Policy pledges have limited value

    A revolt gathers among Republicans against the place of pledges in politics.


    Visitation laws still favor one parent
    More than two decades have passed since Illinois law called for “the maximum involvement and cooperation of both parents” after divorce and yet “every other weekend” parenting schedules for one parent are common.


    Return budget surplus to taxpayers
    School District 95 approved a budget with an $846,000 surplus. Rather than have a surplus, why not reduce registration fees that have increased repeatedly? Better yet, return the money to the taxpayers.


    Reduce the bloated federal government
    For instance there are 12 Cabinet positions funded by taxpayers. Eliminate the Cabinets that are worthless. Since Jimmy Carter instituted the Department of Education have we produced smarter students?


    DREAM Act would give teens hope
    It offers a path to citizenship for children brought here without proper immigration standing through no fault of their own. While it is not a full solution to our immigration issues, it is a bold and positive step forward.


    Little respect for Constitution
    We should not be too surprised that the president has little respect for the Constitution. He told us as much in his Jan. 18, 2001 radio interview on WBEZ. He said the Constitution was a “charter of negative liberties,” suggesting the government needs more power.


    A candidate for GOP’s racist fringe
    Although dismaying, it is not surprising that former KKK Grand Wizard, Louisiana state representative and Republican state district chairman David Duke is considering a run for the GOP Presidential nomination. Duke’s flirtation with a presidential bid comes against a background of growing interest in elective office from white supremacists


    Social Security is not welfare
    Let me first start out by saying God bless all of you who have served this country past and present. I, like you and every other American citizen enjoy the right of free speech. But this garbage about entitlements being the root of everything bad in this country needs to stop right now.


    Candidates, know your catchphrases
    Thinking about throwing your hat into the political ring and running for public office? There are certain catchphrases that you will need in your campaign to solve our country’s ills. Two of my favorites are “at the end of the day” and “kick the can down the road.”


    Secret’s to a team’s success
    It has been my experience that to achieve success as a team, you and your team need to have a good relationship, a high spirit, a positive attitude and, above all, intelligence on and off the field. I believe if they combine these things with their talents, they will achieve great things.


    An apology to our Welsh readers

    There are so many buzzwords, catchphrases and slogans that are part of our active vocabularies that it's easy to forget their origins — some of which are less-than-flattering to specific ethnic groups. Such was the case when I was editing Josh Stockinger's story this week on the latest development in the lawsuit filed by a Naperville theater owner against porn star Jenna Jameson.


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