Daily Archive : Thursday July 21, 2011



    Rock concert in Hanover Park to salute troops

    The VFW Post 5151 and the Hanover Park Park District are putting on a “Tribute to Armed Forces Rock ’n’ Roll Concert” on Saturday, Aug. 13.

    “Zoey” plays at the Hoffman Estates Park District’s dog park in 2009. The park is so popular that the district would like to partner with Elgin on a dog park on the border with the city.

    Elgin, Hoffman Estates eyeing $45/year dog park

    The Hoffman Estates Park District's dog park is so popular that officials want to open a new one - in a joint venture with the city of Elgin. City officials are doing a survey to see if users would be willing to pay $45/year for its maintenance.

    A 15-year-old Jacob Waxberg of Buffalo Grove boy drowned Wednesday night while swimming at a Decatur, Mich., summer camp, Michigan State Police reported.

    Stevenson student mourned after drowning in Michigan

    A 15-year-old Buffalo Grove boy drowned Wednesday night while swimming at a Decatur, Mich., summer camp, Michigan State Police confirmed today. Adlai E. Stevenson High School released a statement Thursday announcing the death of Jacob Waxberg, a sophomore described by his teachers as hardworking student with a great sense of humor.

    Devonte Mahone was arrested as part of a joint sweep conducted by the Elgin Police Department and the U.S. Marshals on July 21.

    Elgin warrant sweep arrests 24 on drug charges

    A joint sweep Thursday conducted by Elgin Police and U.S. Marshals resulted in 24 arrests.

    Sandy Wesselman speaks at a news conference at the DuPage County sheriff's office in Wheaton about new strategies in the investigation of her daughter Kristy's murder 26 years ago near Glen Ellyn. On the right is Sgt. Robert Harris.

    Detective reflects on '85 murder near Glen Ellyn

    Kevin Buchholz was a young DuPage County sheriff's detective when he found the body of 15-year-old Kristy Wesselman in a field near Glen Ellyn 26 years ago, and he still awaits answers. "Whoever it is knows what he did," Buchholz said.

    The Sheraton Chicago Northwest and the attached Coco Key Water Resort in Arlington Heights were photographed when they closed in December 2009.

    Arlington Heights Sheraton has a buyer

    The mammoth Sheraton Chicago Northwest Hotel in Arlington Heights, closed since December 2009, has been sold, the purchasers' managing partner confirmed Thursday. What the hotel will ultimately become is unclear but it will not be demolished.

    "Zoey" plays at the Hoffman Estates Park District's dog park in 2009. The park is so popular that the district would like to partner with Elgin on a dog park on the district's border with the city.

    Elgin, Hoffman Estates eyeing $45/year dog park

    The Hoffman Estates Park District's dog park is so popular that officials want to open a new one - in a joint venture with the city of Elgin. City officials are doing a survey to see if users would be willing to pay $45/year for its maintenance.


    Tri-cities police reports

    A Kaneville man was charged Saturday with misdemeanor animal cruelty after police said he picked up a 10-week old puppy and slammed it on the ground.


    3 transgender residents get new birth certificates

    Three transgender Illinois residents will get new birth certificates with corrected genders following a judge’s order, but advocates say state law remains unclear. Lauren Grey was among those who sued the Illinois Department of Public Health in May. She began sex reassignment treatment in 2001, but her birth certificate continues to say she’s male.


    6 injured after Illinois National Guard vehicle loses control

    RAYMOND, Wis. — Six people are injured after a four-vehicle crash involving a military convoy from the Illinois National Guard in Racine County.According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, an Illinois National Guard convoy was traveling south in the right lane of Interstate 94 near Caledonia at about noon Thursday.


    2 killed in Metra accident outside Chicago

    OAK FOREST — A Metra commuter train partially derailed in an accident with a car in suburban Oak Forest on Thursday, killing two women in the car and injuring several others, authorities said. The front car of a train bound for Chicago “derailed slightly” around 4 p.m., said Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile. She said a car was involved in the accident.


    Man found guilty of killing woman with bat

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A man tried in the beating death of a southwestern Illinois woman who claimed he pummeled the victim with a baseball bat in self-defense only after she first wielded it on him was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday.Relatives of Catherine M. Fowler burst into tears after a jury convicted Scott W. Moore, 34, of murder and armed robbery charges.


    S. Ill. coroner blames heat in 2 more deaths

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A coroner in southwestern Illinois says the heat wave gripping the region is blamed in two deaths.St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that both men were found dead Wednesday night.


    Illinois law bars health licenses for sex offenders
    Ill. law bars health licenses for sex offendersSPRINGFIELD — Illinois is barring sex offenders from working in health care professions.Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Thursday that will deny a health care license for anyone who is required to register as a sex offender. The same ban also will apply to people convicted of any forcible felony, even if it doesn’t involve sex.


    Illinois unemployment rises for second straight month

    CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ unemployment rate edged up again in June, but the experts say that likely means something you already knew: The economic recovery isn’t going nearly as fast as the state needs it to.


    U of Illinois votes to end aviation program

    Trustees at the University of Illinois voted Thursday to end the school’s aviation program, citing cost savings and dwindling enrollment.The move closes the program and degrees it offers at the university’s flagship campus, despite outcry from students and faculty who claim the university targeted the program years ago by not filling positions and that the demand for pilots is rising.


    Emanuel sending children to private school

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s already contentious relationship with leaders of the city’s public school system may have gotten a bit testier Thursday with news that he and his wife will send their three children private school.


    Picnic and motorcyle run to benefit PADS of Elgin

    Rev your engine on Thursday, July 28, as PADS of Elgin celebrates the fourth anniversary of the Douglas L. Hoeft Resource Center, with "The Ride for PADS."


    Enjoy Back to School Fest in Round Lake

    Mano-a-Mano Family Resource Center and Round Lake Area B.E.S.T (Bringing Everyone's Strengths Together) will host a Back to School Festival on Sunday.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday. Later in the day, he was involved in face-to-face talks with President Obama to hammer out a debt agreement.

    Obama, Boehner rush to strike debt deal

    President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner rushed Thursday to strike agreement on a far-reaching plan to reduce the national debt, but faced a revolt from Democrats furious that the accord appeared to include no immediate provision to raise taxes.

    A photo of a ring was unveiled during a news conference at the DuPage County sheriff’s office in Wheaton on Thursday. Kristy Wesselman was wearing a ring very similar to this when she was murdered 26 years ago near Glen Ellyn.

    ‘Critical’ clue unveiled in 1985 Wesselman murder

    DuPage County sheriff’s officials sought to reinvigorate their investigation into one of the suburbs’ most haunting unsolved mysteries Thursday by disclosing a “critical” clue – a pearl ring -- in the 1985 murder of Kristy Wesselman.


    Fire displaces Des Plaines family

    A dryer may have sparked a fire in the basement of a Des Plaines home early Thursday evening, which spread to the first floor and caused about $50,000 in damage, according to fire officials.

    Judge Gene Schick sticks his nose right in there while trying to pick a winner at the Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles Thursday. Schick is a member of the fair board and lives in Elgin. The novelty glasses allegedly aided in odor detection.

    Images: Day two of the 2011 Kane County Fair
    Images from day two of the 2011 Kane County Fair in St. Charles.

    Abraham Barajas

    Police: Carpentersville gang member shot at 5 people

    An admitted gang member from Carpentersville shot at five different people in the village while the five were in two separate vehicles Wednesday night, police said. No one was injured.


    I-90 stalled after rollover accident near Schaumburg

    Two lanes on Interstate 90 were shut down during rushhour today after a four vehicle crash, which resulted in multiple injuries and a rollover, according to police.

    Sullivan Ballou was a 32-year-old major in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry Regiment when he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bull Run 150 years ago.

    Civil War officer’s letter endures 150 years later

    In 1986, filmmaker Ken Burns received a copy of a long-forgotten Civil War soldier’s letter that a scholar thought he might find interesting. It became the focal point of his Civil War documentary series.


    Text of Civil War officer’s letter

    This is the letter Union officer Sullivan Ballou wrote to his wife days before he was mortally wounded in the First Battle of Bull Run, which took place 150 years ago Thursday.


    Electronics recycling in Vernon Hills

    lake county news digest for saturday, july 22


    Depot Street improvements

    Road improvements scheduled for Depot Street in Antioch.


    Butler Lake cleanup in Libertyville

    lake county news digest for saturday, july 22


    Waukegan Road lane closure

    lake county news digest for saturday, july 22


    Barrington girl’s foundation to benefit from rock concert

    Two Lake Zurich women have organized a rock concert fundraiser Saturday night for the Hope4Bridget foundation, started by a Barrington area family whose daughter, Bridget Kennnicott, 6, is a victim of Batten disease, a rare degenerative neurological disease which is always fatal.

    State Sen. Pam Althoff plans to run again in 2012.

    Althoff wants another term in the Senate

    Sen. Pam Althoff, a McHenry Republican, will run for re-election in 2012, she said Thursday.

    Adventist GlenOaks Hospital CEO Brinsley Lewis is leaving after 12 years as head of the Glendale Heights hospital. He shares a laugh with Tina Johnson, the hospital’s community relations manager, during a farewell celebration in his honor on Wednesday.

    GlenOaks CEO gets fond farewell

    Brinsley Lewis, CEO of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, is leaving to become head of University Community Hospital-Carrollwood in Tampa, Fla. on Aug. 1.

    Geneva baseball player Mitch Endriukiatis, 16, sticks his head in a field sprinkler after the Vikings’ game Thursday against Harlem at the St. Charles East regional championship of the IHSBCA Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

    Officials say Kane County residents are beating the heat

    So far, Kane County residents are beating the heat, according to county health officials.

    Dave Figgins, superintendent of recreation and parks, shows the unoccupied preschool room which is available as a cooling center at the Prospect Heights Park District Gary Morava Recreation Center.

    Cooling centers empty despite high temperatures

    The temperatures are high, but the usage of community cooling centers is low. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it could mean folks without an air-conditioned haven are taking refuge in other places, like shopping malls, movie theaters or bars.


    Antioch directs residents to Lindenhurst Parks for special needs programs

    Antioch village officials have decided not to offer recreation programs for children with special needs, and instead are directing residents to the nearby Lindenhurst Park District. “Lindenhurst has offered us the opportunity to send our children from Antioch to Lindenhurst at no nonresident fee, which is a big thing. It’s a little drive, but the residents in Antioch can participate in the...


    Police reports

    Alejandro Jacobo, 19, of the 600 block of Grand Avenue in Elgin, appeared in bond court Thursday on felony charges of aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic battery, according to court documents. Jacobo choked a woman he knew, refused to let her leave a room, hung up her telephone and kicked and punched her, documents...


    JPMorgan’s woes are RTA’s gain

    Fallout from a JPMorgan Chase bid-rigging scheme has resulted in a $8.6 million windfall for the Regional Transportation Authority.


    Savard, Olczyk signing autographs Friday at Arlington Park

    Former Chicago Blackhawks Denis Savard and Eddie Olczyk will be signing autographs Friday at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., in Arlington Heights.


    Months later, Island Lake adds minutes to website

    Following inquiries from the Daily Herald, the official summaries of three months’ worth of Island Lake village board meetings have been posted on the town’s website. Six sets of minutes, as the summaries are known, were posted Wednesday at villageofislandlake.com.

    A sticker warns of an impending tow of a truck outside the Schaumburg home of John Wuerffel, who is back in the village's sights about nine months after a court -ordered cleanup saw several trucks of recyclable items and rubbish hauled off the property.

    Schaumburg, Wuerffel back at odds, this time over a truck

    John Wuerffel, who made headlines all last summer and fall for his legal battle with Schaumburg over the junk accumulated in and around his home, is once again in the vilage's sights, this time for an inoperable vehicle packed with belongings in his driveway.

    An uprooted tree hit the corner of Richard and Linda Whitmore's home on Clifton Road in Round Lake Park following the July 11 storm.

    Lake County residents asked to report storm damage

    Residents in Lake County are being asked to report their storm damage to their local governments in an effort to apply for federal emergency money to offset the cost of clean up. Officials said they need to reach $16 million in damages in the county to obtain the federal money and have FEMA review the potential for assistance money.

    Sandra Clanton

    Elmhurst grandmother ruled not guilty but insane in stabbing

    SaA 40-year-old Elmhurst grandmother was found not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday in the attempted murder of her 9-month-old grandson last September.Judge Daniel Guerin ruled after hearing evidence agreed to by Assistant State's Attorney Michael Pawl and defense attorneys.

    Steven Gustafson

    Former Naperville attorney found guilty of forgery. theft counts thrown out

    Fomer Naperville attorney Steven Gustafson, accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients and former law partners was found guilty Thursday of six counts of forgery.


    Man who impersonated a lawyer sentenced to two years in prison

    Tahir Malik, 47, of Skokie, was sentenced to two years in prison this week after he pleaded guilty to forgery and impersonating a lawyer. Authorities say Malik, who defended cases at the Skokie courthouse which hears Des Plaines cases, falsely represented defendants in at least 50 traffic, criminal and foreclosure cases at Skokie, Bridgeview and the Daley Center.


    Lake Co. hospitals say no surge in heat cases

    People seem to be heeding well-reported warnings about the heat and staying healthy, officials at Lake County’s hospitals said Thursday. Only one area hospital — Advocate Good Shepherd near Lake Barrington — reported a significant increase in cases caused by the heat.

    North Carolina head coach Butch Davis watches during the third quarter of the Music City Bowl against Tennessee on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. Davis said Thursday that he plans to release his personal cellphone records to media outlets covering the NCAA investigation of the school’s football program.

    UNC’s Davis will release personal cell records

    North Carolina coach Butch Davis plans to release his personal cellphone records to media outlets covering the NCAA investigation of the school’s football program.


    New start date for NCAA women’s tourney possible

    The NCAA is considering starting the women’s basketball tournament one week later than usual.


    Kane Co. judge to hear Groupon case

    A Kane County judge next week could rule on a lawsuit filed by a Riverside man, who claims daily deals by the Chicago-based Groupon are actually gift certificates and should be valid for years, not weeks. A St. Charles firm is handling the case, which was filed in March, and also seeks class-action status and an injunction.


    AP Source: Pistons will offer Frank coaching job

    A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Pistons will offer Lawrence Frank their coaching position within two days.


    RTA hires lobbyists to influence lawmakers

    Regional Transportation Authority board directors Thursday agreed to spend $207,000 on four lobbying firms that will focus on state and local governments. Not everyone agreed with the decision. “The public has trouble seeing why a government agency has to lobby another government agency,” Director William Coulson said.

    The sixth annual Libertyville High School lacrosse alumni game on Saturday will benefit the Libertyville Township food pantry.

    Libertyville High lacrosse alumni play for food pantry

    A group of "old timers" and current lacrosse players will gather Saturday at the Libertyville High School football field for the annual almuni game. While considered a nice way to reconnect, the gathering also will serve as a way to help the Libertyville Township food pantry.


    Buffalo Grove man gets community service for mailbox damage

    A 20-year-old Buffalo Grove man charged with a vandalism spree earlier this year involving mailboxes pled guilty to misdemeanor damage to property. A Cook County judge sentenced Jordan M. Weiman to 24 months supervision and ordered him to perform 80 hours of community service and pay restitution.

    Frank Westmoreland

    Wood Dale man guilty in beating of 4-year-old

    Wood Dale resident Frank Westmoreland found guilty Thursday of 10 felony and two misdemeanor charges involving the beating of

    Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde speaks during a media conference after an EU summit of eurogroup members at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday. U.S. markets rose with anticipation of a deal to rescue Greece.

    European debt deal sends markets higher

    News that European leaders were drawing up a new rescue plan for Greece and taking a broader approach to dealing with Europe’s debt troubles drove markets higher Thursday.

    Miguel Rico

    Lake Co. home invasion suspect wants confessions tossed

    The attorney for a 19-year-old Antioch man charged in a pair of home invasions has filed a motion seeking to bar the man's confessions to the crimes from being used against him. Miguel Rico, of the 1100 block of McKenzie Road, faces up to 120 years in prison if convicted of multiple counts of home invasion, armed robbery, armed violence, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated criminal sexual...


    Schaumburg man gets jail time, probation in drug case

    A Cook County judge sentenced Kevin Vergara, 29, of Schaumburg, to 30 months probation and 180 days in jail in exchange for his guilty plea to delivering cocaine.


    Elgin backpack murder suspect wants statements tossed

    The defense attorney for Christopher Peralta, one of two accused in the spring 2010 stabbing death of an Elgin teen over a backpack, wants to have his statements to police thrown out of court because Peralta was a minor at the time and didn't have a parent or attorney present when questioned.


    Glen Ellyn and COD trying to solve building dispute

    Feuding Glen Ellyn and College of DuPage officials say they will work together over the next week to open four of the college’s new or renovated buildings on time.


    2 firefighters injured in Crystal Lake vacant home blaze

    Two firefighters were injured while fighting a three-alarm blaze at a vacant house in Crystal Lake Wednesday night, officials said. Firefighters were called to 1300 block of Gardina Vista in Crystal Lake at 5:18 p.m. for the reported fire in the vacant home.


    Witnesses, good Samaritans from North Aurora crash sought

    North Aurora police are looking for witness to a serious motorcycle-vehicle crash that happened July 8 at Interstate 88 and Route 31.


    Lyrics from our favorite songs may have given poor love advice

    Our Ken Potts says he's discovered the real reason so many baby boomer marriages are in trouble. Are you ready for this? Our parents were right: it was our music.

    Carpentersville Trustee Doug Marks as Bert Healy in an Elgin production of "Annie."

    Carpentersville trustee to take the stage in "Annie"

    Carpentersville Trustee Doug Marks will show a different side of himself in the musical "Annie," which is running for its final weekend Friday through Sunday at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

    FIFI, the Last Flying B-29 Superfortress, will be at the DuPage Airport Community Days festival this weekend.

    Last flying superfortress lands at DuPage Airport Community Days

    Look up in the sky this weekend over DuPage Airport and you'll see a history lesson flying over the airport's annual Community Days. The two-day celebration will feature rides and tours of the only flying B-29 bomber as well as other aircraft.

    Tyrone Young

    Aurora man charged with assaulting woman in store

    A 29-year-old Aurora man was charged with criminal sexual assault and several other felonies in connection with a July 20 attack inside a home improvement store on the city's far west side, authorities said Thursday.

    Ross Truemper

    2 will share principal’s duties at West Aurora High

    Two retired principals will serve as interim principal of West Aurora High School for the 2011-12 school year.

    Joe Rigaud stages a scene from “The King and I” during festivities at last weekend’s Downtown Alive. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical hits the Paramount Theatre in Aurora for four shows this weekend.

    Marmion alum returns to the stage in ‘The King and I’

    Marmiom alum returns to stage for the Fox Valley Park District's “The King and I,” at the Paramount Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22-24.

    Mikey Fornelli of Cary walks with his dog Cubbie, a golden doodle, who won Best Costume at a previous Cary Park District Kids Dog Show at Lions Park.

    Cary prepares for children’s dog show

    Cary Park District is holding a kids dog show Saturday, June 23. Children bring in their dogs and participate in various categories.


    Vintage planes at Wheeling airport open house Saturday

    The Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling will conduct an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring vintage war planes, as well as food, exhibits and family entertainment.

    Bill and Dyllis Braithwaite

    Celebratory chamber music concert in Barrington

    Longtime Barrington residents and Barrington United Methodist Church members Bill and Dyllis Braithwaite will share the joy of their 60 years of marriage at a vocal and chamber music concert and fellowship at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the church, 98 Algonquin Road, Barrington.

    Participants of the Hometown Nazareth vacation Bible school at St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights learn how to use old fashioned tools in the carpentry shop.

    Arlington Heights grade schoolers travel back in time

    More than 330 students got a real-life lesson in what it was like to live in Bible times recently at St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights during the Hometown Nazareth five-day vacation Bible school.


    Budzban: Shake off adversity for hopeful future
    Like the parable of the donkey stuck in the well, we need to shake off the dirt, pick ourselves up and find solutions to our problems.

    Molly and her cousins spent hours in the pool, making a big splash as they jumped in the water using foam snow sleds.

    Your Sweatin' in the burbs photos
    Congratulations to Molly Zacher of Geneva who turned in some great shots of her and her friends keeping cool during this week's heat wave for our Sweatin' it in the Burbs photo contest. Molly won six passes to Arlington Park. Thanks to everyone who shared their pictures. We hope you all keep cool.

    Rides Scerbin, left, and his brother, Max, carry the flags before the meeting of the Arlington Heights Village Board Monday, July 18.

    Arlene Mulder’s grandchildren from Massachusetts do the honors at Monday’s meeting

    When Arlington Hts. Village President Arlene Mulder's grandchildren came for a visit this week, she put them to work. The three youngsters performed the flag ceremony Monday to open the village board meeting.


    Village Tavern of Long Grove hosts pig roast for veterans

    You can say 'thank you' to a veteran at a daylong party with a pig roast and concert from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m Sunday, July 24, at the Village Tavern of Long Grove . Veterans eat free.

    After sampling a variety of sports growing up, Ali Andrews of Huntley decided to focus on basketball about two years ago.

    Huntley eighth-grader one of Marlowe Middle School’s best

    Ali Andrews, who will enter eighth grade this fall at Marlowe Middle School, is a promising basketball player.

    Lake Zurich’s Alpine Festival starts Friday, July 22, featuring bands, kids entertainment and rides.

    Tradition runs deep at Lake Zurich’s Alpine Fest

    An event spanning 69 years once again makes its way to Lake Zurich with the return of Alpine Fest. Organized by Lake Zurich’s Lions Club, the festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday, July 22, and runs through Sunday, July 24, and is expected to have more than 10,000 attendees.


    Japanese Festival coming Aug. 6 to Arlington Heights

    Yoko Noge’s Japanesque will headline Mitsuwa Marketplace’s Bon-Dancing Festival in Arlington Heights. The group with a jazzy fusion of Japanese traditional and Chicago blues will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

    Safeway’s second-quarter net income rose as higher selling prices and strong gas sales helped offset rising commodity costs. Safeway owns the Dominicks grocery store chain.

    Safeway 2nd quarter net income rises

    Grocery store operator Safeway Inc. reported Thursday that its second-quarter profit grew as higher prices and strong gasoline sales helped offset its rising costs for commodities.

    President Barack Obama introduced his nominee to serve as first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, right, at the White House on Monday.

    House tries to shackle new consumer agency

    As the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officially opened its doors Thursday, the House was considering legislation that would restrict its power.

    Express Scripts Inc. agreed to buy Medco Health Solutions Inc. for $29.1 billion to become the largest pharmacy-benefits manager in the U.S.

    Express Scripts buying Medco for $29.1 billion

    The top two U.S. companies managing prescription drug benefits are uniting in a $29.1 billion deal they say will help achieve key goals of the health care overhaul: reining in costs and improving patients’ health.

    An American Airlines plane is parked at the terminal at O’Hare International airport. The government is delaying some airline consumer-protection rules to give the airlines more time to prepare for them.

    Some airline passenger-protection rules delayed

    The government will delay some airline consumer-protection rules for several months after airline groups said they needed more time to prepare for the changes.

    A man and a woman crossed this metal barricade above the 317-foot Vernal Fall on Tuesday, making their way over slick granite at the waters edge of the Merced River at the top of of the falls.

    No plans for new signs after Yosemite tragedy

    Yosemite National Park officials said Thursday they have no plans to add new warning signs or other protections to the area where three young people were swept over a 317-foot waterfall this week.


    Casino donates to local charities

    The “cha-ching” of cash registers ringing at the new Rivers Casino in Des Plaines must sound like music to the ears of city leaders. But while casino owners and investors are probably laughing all the way to the bank, they’re not keeping all the revenues to themselves.

    Shannon Baucus of Mundelein, center, speaks before a panel of judges on Wednesday during the annual "Mario, Make Me a Model" tryout at Mario Tricoci Salon and Spa in Oak Brook. At four locations over two days this week, about 800 people ages 16 and older entered the contest.

    Hundreds compete in 'Make Me a Model' contest in Oak Brook

    Think modeling is just about "smiling with your eyes," as supermodel Tyra Banks says? Suburban residents find out what it really takes to be cover girls and boys during the annual "Mario, Make Me a Model" tryouts at Mario Tricoci in Oak Brook.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 29-year-old Buffalo Grove man was arrested and charged with interference with a public utility. Reports said a ComEd employee discovered that the electricity had been shut off but the man had jumped the meter.

    Runners finish a five-mile group run Tuesday in Arlington Heights, despite the extreme heat.

    Crazy or dedicated? Suburban runners workout in extreme heat

    As temps hovered around 95, Grace Wasielewski didn't worry about running. The Prospect Heights woman has been a constant on the Tuesday runs in Arlington Heights. Yet, doctors and trainers warn such single-minded pursuit is dangerous during heat waves.


    Europe eyes new Greek aid, rescue fund overhaul

    Eurozone leaders were preparing a radical overhaul of their bailout fund, new loans for Greece and a plan to have banks help ease the country's debt load in a sweeping deal that aims to turn the tide of the crisis.


    Applause, no tears in Mission Control as Atlantis lands

    As the last space shuttle landed Thursday morning, the two dozen men and one woman in Mission Control stayed focused. But now, this historic room — which has overseen more than 60 shuttle flights — will revert to a training center for future controllers for the International Space Station.


    Boehner: House will compromise on debt limit

    House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans controlling the chamber are willing to compromise on legislation increasing the government's borrowing authority.

    Mike Bujalka of Fantasy Amusements takes a break from running the dart game to put his head in a spray mist to keep cool.

    Images: Opening day at the Kane County Fair
    Opening day of the Kane County Fair 2011 in St. Charles.


    Troubled Lety's bar closes in Mount Prospect after year

    After less than a year of business and repeated liquor license violations, Lety's Sports Bar & Grill in Mount Prospect has closed. Restaurant owner Jesus Rosales said he opened the bar for people to watch sports, but instead they came to "drink and drink and drink."

    Reconstruction of the Ardmore Avenue bridge, just south of North Avenue in Villa Park, is expected to begin this fall. The bridge has been closed for almost two years.

    Villa Park bridge project to start in fall

    Work could begin this fall on reconstruction of the Ardmore Bridge over the railroad tracks in Villa Park. It's been closed to traffic for almost two years.


    Waukegan man found dead in Menominee County, Wis.

    A 45-year-old Waukegan man was found dead after a two-day search on Legend Lake in Menominee County, Wisconsin, officials said. Donald B. Keenan was found washed up on shore Wednesday morning after the man disappeared below the surface of the lake Monday afternoon, authorities said.

    Dietitian Dana White, left, chats with Adrienne Wojcik of Downers Grove at Good Samaritan Hospital’s third annual Bariatric Reunion Wednesday evening.

    Local bariatric patients celebrate new lifestyle

    Adrienne Wojcik of Downers Grove could have never dreamed of ziplining in Alaska just seven months ago. But on Wednesday she will share tales of doing just that, as she meets with about 100 other patients who underwent bariatric surgery and found success.

    Elite runners and in-line skaters will participate in races this weekend at the Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports Festival, held on the grounds of AT&T, Hoffman Estates.

    Sports Fest in Hoffman braces for hot weekend

    Organizers at the Alexian Brothers Fitness For America Festival this weekend in Hoffman Estates know they can't outrace the heat so they're ensuring athletes have plenty of water, access to medical staff and shade. "You can never be too careful," says Peter Starykowicz said.

    The Carol Stream Library board voted 4-3 Wednesday to hold onto a 7.5-acre property it owns at 480 N. Kuhn Road.

    Carol Stream holds onto library-owned property

    The Carol Stream Public Library will remain owners of a 7.5-acre property that it originally bought to house a new library facility.


    Des Plaines History Center has new director

    The Des Plaines History Center board has appointed Shari Caine as executive director. Caine has been as interim director, and has been an employee for 14 years, previously as the archives manager. She takes over for retired executive director Joy Matthiessen.


    Salvation Army offers Des Plaines cooling centers cooling center

    The Salvation Army wants to help Northwest suburbanites beat the heat, by turning the Corps Community Center in Des Plaines into a cooling center throughout July and August. The center is open daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 601 W. Dempster St.


    Robin Ventura

    Sox’ Ventura ready for new role

    Robin Ventura is officially back with the White Sox, and the former standout third baseman starts his new job as advisor to Buddy Bell this weekend when he drops in on Class AAA Charlotte.


    Cougars win again in extra innings

    For the second night in a row, the visiting Kane County Cougars beat the West Michigan Whitecaps 7-6 in extra innings at Fifth Third Ballpark.The Cougars won in 15 innings Wednesday and pulled out a comeback win in 10 innings Thursday. They never held a lead until Orlando Calixte, who went 4-for-5 with 4 RBI, singled home Jovan Pickett with the go-ahead run.The Cougars are back in sole possession of first place in the Western Division and own a 2-game lead over Beloit for the top playoff spot in the division.The Cougars fell behind, 4-0 in the third inning when the Whitecaps scored against starter Santiago Garrido, who lasted 5 innings and got a no-decision.The Cougars got on the board in the sixth with an RBI single from Geulin Beltre, and they scored twice in the seventh with a run-scoring single by Calixte and a Whitecaps error.After West Michigan got one back in the bottom of the seventh against Cole White, the Cougars tied it at 5-5 in the eighth on Calixte’s 2-run single.Chas Byrne yielded an unearned run in the eighth for a 6-5 deficit, but the Cougars answered in the ninth.With outs and Julio Aparicio at first, Angel Franco singled to left, and the Whitecaps threw the ball away at third trying to get Aparicio, who scored to tie it.Then Calixte singled in the 10th to bring home Pickett for a 7-6 lead. Byrne (3-1) picked up the victory.


    Bears ought to be primed, ready to go

    The Bears should be open for business as soon as the NFL owners and players sign on the dotted line. With all these months to get ready, the Bears know exactly what they need to do in free agency.


    Why it's good Bears aren't playing in Hall game

    The good news Thursday was that the Hall of Fame Game, which was to feature the Bears and the St. Louis Rams, has been canceled. It's a game for backups and rookies with the primary goal of escaping without injury.


    Prairie Ridge ends Libertyville’s run

    Libertyville's surprising run through the high school summer league baseball tournament ended with a 5-4 loss to Prairie Ridge that was decided in the most heartbreaking fashion.


    Benet’s Young commits to Duquesne

    Benet volleyball player Nora Young has committed to Duquesne University.


    Schaumburg strikes back for stunner

    A dropped third strike with two outs in the seventh inning sparked Schaumburg's comeback for a 12-11 victory in 8 innings over Huntley in the Lake Park regional semifinal of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.


    Elk Grove bounces back

    Elk Grove bounced back to beat Arlington and Palatine won again in the second day of the Cook County American Legion baseball tournament. Barrington stayed alive in the Second Division tournament with a 16-6 win over Streator in 7 innings.

    Indiana Fever center Jessica Davenport is fouled by the Chicago Sky's Sylvia Fowles during the second half Thursday in Indianapolis. The Fever defeated the Sky 77-63.

    Sky drop below .500 with loss to Fever

    Fever reserve center Jessica Davenport scored 20 points to lead Indiana to a 77-63 victory over the Chicago Sky on Thursday night. Sylvia Fowles scored 21 points, Erin Thorn had 15 and Epiphanny Prince added 12 for the Sky (8-9).

    NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell, center, announces that NFL owners have agreed to a tentative agreement that would end the lockout pending the players approval on Thursday. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, left, and Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt look on.

    Bears won't be playing in Hall of Fame game

    The NFL on Thursday canceled its Hall of Fame game between St. Louis and the Bears despite owners voting in favor of a tentative deal to end the lockout, pending player approval. The Rams and Bears originally were scheduled to open their training camps this weekend.

    NFL general counsel Jeff Pash listens to a reporter's question Thursday during a news conference where it was announced that NFL owners have agreed to a tentative agreement that would end the lockout, pending player approval.

    NFL labor: Owners OK deal, players yet to vote

    NFL owners overwhelmingly approved a tentative agreement Thursday to end the lockout, provided players re-establish their union and sign off on the deal. The players, however, didn't vote, saying they had not seen the full proposal.

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson smiles as he speaks at a soccer news conference Thursday in advance of Saturday’s match against the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field.

    Ferguson, ManU warming to the task

    The heat was on the mind of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson when he sat down to discuss Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire shortly after arriving in town. After defeating Seattle 7-0 on Wednesday, Ferguson was in a joking mood, even about the heat.


    LCFSA schedules tryouts

    The Lake County Fastpitch Softball Association will soon be holding tryouts for the 2011-2012 season. Travel players from all areas with a desire to play competitive A-level fastpitch softball and who have an interest in playing middle school, high school and college varsity ball are welcome to try out. There is no fee for the tryout.


    American Legion Post 57 from Elgin reaches final

    They’re sitting pretty now. The baseball team from American Legion Post 57 from Elgin occupies the catbird seat after dispatching host Lena 13-3 in seven innings in Second Division Tournament play Thursday. The victory was keyed by a complete-game pitching performance from North Central College recruit Sam Klein (6-1) and advances unbeaten Post 57 to the tournament finals in Lena today at 5 p.m.


    Neuqua Valley nets repeat state berth

    Neuqua Valley's baseball team beat Naperville Central 3-1 in Thursday's Glenbard South regional final to advance into the Elite Eight of next week's Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

    Geneva’s Bobby Hess legs out a single against Harlem during the St. Charles East regional championship game Thursday.

    Harlem’s ace shuts down Geneva

    It’s probably not a good thing to have your baseball fortunes compared to the Chicago Cubs, and that’s where Geneva found itself after a 9-1 loss to Harlem Thursday in the championship game of the St. Charles East regional.


    White Sox scouting report

    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Indians

    Starlin Castro reacts after striking out Wednesday during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies won 9-1.

    Quade's handling of Castro situation all wrong

    Although Cubs manager Mike Quade's message might have been right when he criticized young players Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney, his method was all wrong. And there are many other players in line for criticism before Castro and Barney.

    Auburn coach Gene Chizik denied Thursday at SEC media days that an exchange with the NCAA enforcement director was confrontational.

    Chizik: talk with NCAA rep "not confrontational"

    HOOVER, Ala. — Auburn coach Gene Chizik fielded a steady barrage of questions about an NCAA investigation and a reportedly testy exchange with the governing body's enforcement director.Repeating as national champions? Not surprisingly, that topic didn't come up at the Southeastern Conference media days on Thursday.Most of the key players from the Tigers' national championship run are gone, most notably quarterback Cam Newton and defensive tackle Nick Fairley. The NCAA investigation into Newton's recruitment still shadows the program and Chizik, and that was clearly evident when it was the subject of nine of the 21 questions he fielded from the podium.Chizik was confident, if not entirely accurate, in his portrayal of the situation."The NCAA on more than one occasion said that Auburn has done nothing wrong in the recruitment of Cam Newton," he said. "Nothing's changed. I can't control everybody's microphone, can't control every opinion. I don't try to. But I feel very good when my head hits the pillow at night."The NCAA reinstated Newton after Auburn briefly suspended him before the SEC championship game, saying that there wasn't sufficient evidence that either he or the school knew of father Cecil Newton's efforts to sell his son's services to Mississippi State.NCAA President Mark Emmert has since explained it as a judgment call by the reinstatement — not the enforcement — staff while acknowledging that some found the decision "morally objectionable.""There was no evidence that money had changed hands and there was no evidence that Auburn University had anything to do with it," Emmert said in February.The NCAA has said those comments only dealt with the reinstatement decision and that a school is notified when an investigation is closed.NCAA enforcement director Julie Roe Lach emphasized that point again after Chizik questioned her in a room full of coaches and administrators at the SEC meetings in June, according to The New York Times, which quoted four basketball caches who were present.Chizik said Thursday that the exchange was "not confrontational at all.""I was simply asking Julie, who is the top enforcement official, to clarify some process," he said. "I was just very appreciative that she was willing to give me some clear answers."I was just looking for clarification of the process, which she was happy to do," Chizik added.Auburn has not received an official letter of inquiry.That hasn't stopped the matter from remaining a hot topic, but Chizik said Auburn's recruits don't ask about it "very much at all."And the coach did get to talk some football at media day.The Tigers have to replace eight starters on both offense and defense, along with both kickers. That includes the Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 NFL draft pick Newton and Fairley, who won the Lombardi Award and was also a first-round pick."Players leave, but tradition doesn't," tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen said. "I don't think there's ever going to be another Cameron Newton in college football. He did some things that were just freakish."The closest player Auburn has to a returning star is running back Michael Dyer, the offensive MVP of the national championship game. The Tigers will be relying heavily on players from two straight consensus top-5 recruiting classes.Barrett Trotter, Clint Moseley and freshman Kiehl Frazier will battle for the starting quarterback job in preseason camp. Only one quarterback question was asked in his media day session or an earlier meeting with beat writers."Everybody's going to ask about the quarterback, and rightly so," Chizik said. "The reality is battles going on everywhere, and a lot of young guys are going to be in the battles."


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Corey Pavin of the United States, left, stands alongside Wales’ Ian Woosnam Thursday during the first round of the Senior British Open Golf Championship at Walton Heath Golf Club.

    Calcavecchia shares lead at Senior British Open

    WALTON ON THE HILL, England (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia defied the afternoon rain to shoot a bogey-free 68 and take a three-way share of the first-round lead at the Senior British Open on Thursday.Bidding to become the fourth player to win both the British Open and the senior version, the 51-year-old American fired two birdies either side of the turn before parring the final five holes.Earlier, Ireland’s Mark McNulty and Australia’s Mike Harwood also shot 4 under in still, dry conditions on the parkland course at Walton Heath that hosted the 1981 Ryder Cup.South Africa’s David Frost and Scotland’s Albert MacKenzie were a shot behind, with defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany one of seven players at 2 under.

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay believes Peyton Manning’s neck surgery will not slow down the league’s only four-time MVP this season. At the owner’s meetings in Atlanta, Irsay said Thursday that Manning is doing well and he expects Manning to “be ready.”

    Colts owner Irsay expects Manning to be ready for camp

    Colts owner Jim Irsay believes Peyton Manning’s neck surgery will not slow down the league’s only four-time MVP this season.At the owner’s meetings in Atlanta, Irsay said Thursday that Manning is doing well and he expects Manning to “be ready.” Irsay did not say when he expected Manning to start practicing.Irsay’s comments come one day after The Indianapolis Star first reported Manning is expected to miss the start of training camp -- whenever the league’s players and owners agree to a new collective bargaining agreement and end the four-month lockout.Irsay also expects to Manning to sign a new long-term contract that will make him the league’s highest-paid player when the lockout ends.

    Thomas Voeckler of France, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, speeds down Agnel pass Thursday during the 18th stage of the Tour de France cycling race.

    Andy Schleck wins Tour stage; Voeckler keeps lead

    LE MONETIER-LES-BAINS, France — Andy Schleck led a daring attack to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, leaving Thomas Voeckler clinging to the yellow jersey and defending champion Alberto Contador out of contention.Contador had a dismal final climb, and the Spaniard insists his chances are gone for a fourth title in cycling’s showcase race.“Victory is impossible now,” he said. “I had a bad day. My legs didn’t respond and I just hit a wall. It was a very difficult day right from the start.”Schleck began the day in fourth place and is now 15 seconds behind Voeckler. He attacked his top rivals on the second of three grueling climbs and held on all the way on the fabled Galibier pass to the highest-altitude finish in the race’s 108-year history.“I told the team yesterday that I had this in mind. I wasn’t going to be fourth in Paris,” Schleck said. “I said I’d risk it all. ... It’s my character: I’m not afraid to lose.”“I felt super good today,” the Luxembourg rider added. “Tomorrow is another day, and I hope to have the yellow jersey.”Frank Schleck was second Thursday, trailing his brother by 2 minutes, 7 seconds. Cadel Evans of Australia was third over the 125-mile route from Pinerolo. Voeckler was fifth on Thursday, 2:21 behind. Frank Schleck was third overall, 1:08 back.Contador was the day’s biggest loser, trailing in 15th place — 3:50 behind. Overall, he trails the French leader by 4:44 in seventh place.“Please, let me breathe,” an exhausted Voeckler said at the finish, mustering the strength to raise a fist in joy once he saw he’d kept the yellow jersey. “At 2,650 meters, the oxygen is thin.”“I limited the damage,” he added. “I went all out.”Schleck, the Leopard Trek team leader, came in knowing that he would need to gain time on rivals ahead of Saturday’s time trial — a discipline that’s not his specialty.On Friday, the pack faces the last of three days in the Alps. It again features an uphill finish at the renowned and dreaded Alpe d’Huez.Ahead of the stage, Contador tweeted in Spanish about “What leg pain!” awaits on three climbs so tough they defy cycling’s rating climbs: the Col d’Agnel, the Col d’Izoard and the Col du Galibier.The pack scaled more than 37 miles of total climbs, about one-third of which had a gradient of more than 9 percent. Tour director Christian Prudhomme called the 15-mile Col d’Agnel (9,000 feet) the hardest climb in this year’s race.Agnel, the day’s first big climb, wasn’t the site of the showdown. At one point there, Contador drifted back to the race doctor for a check, though it wasn’t immediately clear why.Instead, Andy Schleck took his chance on Col d’Izoard. After riding behind Leopard Trek teammate Stuart O’Grady, he sped from the main pack about midway up, with 13 breakaway riders ahead.Contador moved up to the front of the pack but didn’t chase. Neither did Voeckler or Evans, possibly a tactical error that could cost them victory in Paris on Sunday.The stage showed how teamwork and strategy can be essential. Leopard Trek sent out two riders in the breakaway so they’d be available to escort Schleck in case he could shake his rivals.With 56.6 kilometers left in the stage, Schleck chiseled out a lead of more than a minute against the contenders and caught his teammate Joost Posthuma, one of the breakaway riders who welcomed Schleck into his wake to go up Izoard.Schleck crossed the top alone, still behind the rest of the breakaway but about 2½ minutes ahead of Evans, Voeckler and Contador. On the downhill — not one of Schleck’s strengths — Schleck caught up with Belgian teammate Maxime Monfort, who slowed down to escort him.With about 40 miles left, nearing the foot of the final climb, Schleck and four other breakaway riders caught Maxim Iglinsky of Kazakhstan, who had ridden solo at the front for much of the stage.

    Lakers Kobe Bryant gives an instruction for South Korean students during his basketball clinic for youth in Seoul, South Korea, earlier this summer. Turkish club Besiktas says it is in talks to bring the star to Turkey to play during the NBA lockout.

    Kobe Bryant talking with Turkish basketball club?

    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish club Besiktas says it is in talks with Kobe Bryant’s representatives about the possibility of the Los Angeles Lakers’ star playing in Turkey during the NBA lockout.Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman says “It is a fact that Kobe Bryant’s managers have contacted us” after the club signed New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams last week.Ataman says on the club’s website Thursday that Bryant is waiting for an offer from Besiktas. He says the club would need a sponsor to be able to pay for Bryant’s contract.He says “our board will evaluate that.”Bryant has won five NBA titles with the Lakers and is a 13-time NBA All Star. He has a career scoring average of 25.3 points.


    Mark Bishof, CEO of Schaumburg-based Flexera Software

    Flexera gets new majority shareholder, plans to hire more workers

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Schaumburg-based Flexera Software, which now has a new majority shareholder and plans to hire more workers this year.

    The 3 Gs — the new ownership group behind the Miner Street Tavern in downtown Des Plaines — are Alex Giannikoulis, John Grammatis and Kostas Giannikoulis. The tavern will still serve patrons until 4 a.m.

    Des Plaines reverses position on 4 a.m. liquor license

    The Miner Street Tavern in downtown Des Plaines will change its ownership but still will be able to serve patrons until 4 a.m. after the city council approved a proposal it rejected a year ago. D The debate shifted after officials approved six 4 a.m. licenses for the Rivers Casino.

    United Continental's second-quarter profit fell 11.9 percent as fuel costs rose sharply and travel to Japan dropped. The airline company still reported net income of $538 million, or $1.39 per share, for the second quarter. It spent $145 million on integration costs as it continues to merge United and Continental airlines into what will be the world's largest carrier. Without special one-time items, it would have earned $1.49 per share. Revenue rose 10.3 percent to $9.81 billion. That was $100 million more than expected by analysts polled by FactSet. Adjusted profit was 3 cents per share higher than analysts expected, too. Fuel expenses rose more than $1 billion — 45 percent higher than a year ago. Hedging gains of $278 million took away some of the sting. United said revenue was reduced by $100 million because of the drop-off in travel to Japan after the earthquake disaster there in March.

    United Continental 2Q profit drops 11.9%

    United Continental's second-quarter profit fell 11.9 percent as fuel costs rose sharply and travel to Japan dropped.

    The country's largest telecommunications company said Thursday that it added a net 331,000 new subscribers on contract-based plans, up from a record low of 62,000 in the first quarter.

    AT&T stays strong against threat of Verizon iPhone

    NEW YORK — AT&T saw a rebound in the number of new contract subscribers in the second quarter, showing resilience in the face of competition from Verizon's iPhone.


    Exxon seeking shale-gas acquisitions

    Exxon Mobil Corp., the largest U.S. natural-gas producer since last year's purchase of XTO Energy Inc., is evaluating more acquisitions with an eye toward expanding its gas holdings.


    Back-to-school spending may change very little

    Slowing U.S. economic growth and the 9.2 percent unemployment rate may weigh on shopping in the season, which trails only the holidays as retailers' second-largest sales period of the year. About 44 percent of shoppers said the economy was forcing them to spend less.

    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks at the Financial Stability Council meeting Monday on the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

    Delays in financial rules could dominate hearing

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other regulators are expected to face tough questions today from lawmakers over missed deadlines and delays implementing the most sweeping overhaul of financial laws since the Great Depression.

Life & Entertainment

    Actress Lauren Ambrose, best known for her role as Claire Fisher on the HBO drama series "Six Feet Under," plays a "vicious and ambitious" PR pro on the new season of "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

    Lauren Ambrose leaves death behind on 'Miracle Day'

    "An unnatural global phenomenon takes place where nobody is dying anymore ... And I play the person who's there to sell it!" Lauren Ambrose relishes her role in the new season of "Torchwood: Miracle Day."


    Car club calendar
    Daily Herald listing of suburban car shows, cruise nights and car club meetings.

    Microsoft Corp. unveiled the "Kinect Star Wars" gaming system at a Comic-Con panel on Thursday.

    'Star Wars'-themed Xbox 360 unleashed at Comic-Con

    The Force will be with the Xbox 360. Microsoft Corp. unveiled a limited edition Xbox 360 console at a Comic-Con panel on Thursday that will be modeled after the character R2-D2.


    Dining events: Italian beer pairings in Elmhurst

    Francesca's Amici hosts its first beer dinner. The five-course meal plus pairings begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

    Ttowa adds special touches to traditional Korean dishes.

    Ttowa takes Korean cuisine to unexpected places

    Situated just off the main drag of downtown Arlington Heights, Ttowa is a gem of a storefront, one offering a break from the norm. The menu is a small one, but it's full of items both interesting and (relatively) familiar -- at least to those who have sampled Korean cuisine.

    Former wimp Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) battles the Nazis as a red, white and blue superhero in "Captain America: The First Avenger."

    'Captain America' has its moments, but never catches fire

    Although well-made, "Captain America: The First Avenger," a new superhero flick disguised as a classic Hollywood war movie, suffers from generic action sequences and flat and dull characters.

    Lauren Pizzi plays Haley Walker, a single mom re-entering the dating scene, in Theresa Rebeck's "Bad Dates," running through Aug. 7 at Fox Valley Repertory Theater.

    'Bad Dates' chronicles one woman's comedy of errors

    Spending an evening with Haley Walker is like hanging out with your BFF. The central character in Fox Valley Repertory Theater's "Bad Dates," Haley understands the hardships and comedy that go along with re-entering the dating scene.

    Jamie (Mila Kunis) has a little fun at Dylan's (Justin Timberlake) expense in "Friends With Benefits."

    Mocking 'Friends' comes off as a little too smart

    Two pals (Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake) hook up in "Friends With Benefits," a romantic comedy seeking laughs by poking fun at the whole genre. It aims to ditch schmaltz and replace it with snap.

    Reality actor Kim Kardashian is suing Old Navy over ads that feature a woman who looks like her.

    Kim Kardashian sues Old Navy over lookalike in ads

    Kim Kardashian wants Old Navy to stop using a lookalike to advertise its clothing. The reality show starlet and model on Wednesday sued the clothing store and its parent company, The Gap Inc., in a Los Angeles federal court alleging their ads violated her publicity rights with ads that feature a woman who looks like her.

    Singer Katy Perry leads the MTV Video Music Award nominations with nine, including video of the year for her song "Firework."

    Katy Perry notches 9 MTV VMA Award nominations

    Katy Perry's "Firework" had enough sparks to help her claim a leading nine MTV Video Music Award nominations, including video of the year. Perry — who hosted the network's Wednesday night special announcing the nominations — was also nominated for best female video for "Firework," and best pop video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)."

    Terri (Jacob Wysocki), left, has a heart-to-heart with Vice Principal Fitzgerald (Chicago's own John C. Reilly) in the quirky character study "Terri."

    Dann in reel life: Quirky 'Terri' an anti-John Hughes movie

    "Terri," starring Chicago's own John C. Reilly, skips over Hollywood formulas to present a quirky coming-of-age tale that underscores a key line of dialogue: "Life is messy."



    Lessons in conquering life’s bumps

    The stories of Sean Stephenson and Jordan Aubey that appeared on the front page of Monday’s Daily Herald are inspirational in their own right. A Daily Herald editorial says they also can tell us a few things about dreaming big and not letting life’s bumps in the road knock you off your bike.


    Harry Potter and the power of myth

    The world’s great stories get reincarnated for a reason. Created to explain the world, myths eventually began to explain us and our pre-rational values and culture. When these strings are touched, we feel the vibrations deep down.


    ‘Hot off the presses’ takes on new meaning

    Keeping the ideas flowing in the midst of a heat wave ... Finding room forstories of courage and inspiration ... Paying bribes? Hacking phones? Really? Not at your local news source. Assistant managing editor Jim Slusher reflects on news events of the past week.


    I’ll stop fidlling if you’ll hang up
    True, parents should “set the ground rules” for teen driving, and indeed, much of the education and PR have been directed at teens. But most of those I see yakking on a cell phone — including the gesticulating lady who almost ran over me as she exited Ogden Mall — are adult women. Watch traffic at the corner of Washington and Ogden in Naperville for 15 minutes and you’ll see what I mean.


    We all should value human life
    Susan Estrich in her column of July 18 says “If you don’t value human life, I don’t want you in my community. Ever.” This was written in regard to hard core criminals in our prisons, who are asking for better food. What about all those people in this country who do not value the life of an unborn child and favor abortion rights? These children are denied the rights of even existing or living in her community.Many think that another person’s abortion is none of their business. But whenever someone’s choice destroys someone else’s life, that’s everyone’s business. Yes, we should all value human life. Mary Stuhr Addison


    Congress, president can get us on right path
    A letter writer from Libertyville notes that we need that addressing U.S. problems would take a large dose of compromise washed down with copious amounts of common sense


    Congressman Joe Walsh takes the lead
    Congressman Joe Walsh showed all Republicans how to stand their ground with class on the critical debt ceiling issue.


    Politicians have gotten out of touch
    They want to give free scholarships to illegals and we had to pay for our children to go to college. We get our Medicare deductions raised and politicians get their medical fees free. They should have to pay like the rest of us.


    Life and liberty are unalienable rights
    Some of those kids may grow up to be leaders in charge of making wise, fair decisions, based on knowledge of the fundamental principles of a democratic republic. They will have to be taught the truth behind this the First Amendment: not-so-wise decisions are being made by their community “leaders.”


    Show reverence for all types of life
    The atrocious massacre of dozens of deer in Kane County was inhumane, useless and a waste of money. When will humans leave wildlife alone? Worst of all is the abomination that on a daily basis young children are murdered by family members.


    Hold your nose; do what’s right for U.S.
    If our American family needs to come together and solve the financial crisis we are facing, is the cost of not closing this loophole an example of the “tax increases” the tea partyers think are worth standing for?


    Spend bridge money on downtown
    Anyone who voted for the Red Gate Bridge project is not a logical person and should be removed from office if they are spending citizens’ tax dollars.


    Do something about bike path threats
    The bike path along the Fox River is one of the Elgin area’s greatest assets. Sadly, once one is directly south of the riverboat, one must often run the gantlet through groups of belligerent drunks, gangbangers or otherwise disenfranchised teens.


    Frustrated with ComEd over outages
    There is however one major problem with living in this part of north Wheaton: It is the lack of electrical power. It is a chronic problem. I understand that old neighborhoods have overhead lines which increases the likelihood of outages when a storm passes through. I’m not talking about that. I am talking about the chronic outages that plague this area.


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