Daily Archive : Sunday August 7, 2011


    Barrington officials on Monday are expected to authorize an engineering study, a precursor to building an underpass beneath the CN tracks at Route 14.

    Barrington takes first step toward underpass beneath CN tracks

    Barrington officials plan to authorize a $3.5 million preliminary engineering study Monday for an underpass beneath the CN tracks at Route 14. The village's own financial contribution will be zero.

    Pete Stephan, left, is living with a family while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. Stephan is a business volunteer and will teach entrepreneurship in local high schools.

    Wheaton Peace Corps volunteers inspire friends

    Two 2006 graduates of Wheaton North High School have joined the Peace Corp for a 27-month committment. To show support, their friends and families will participate in the Live Like a Peace Corp Volunteer Challenge to live without luxuries like air conditioning for one week.

    A pack of nine riders break from the rest during the men's stage 3 race Sunday afternoon at the 6th annual Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove.

    Images: Tour of Elk Grove, Day Three
    Sunday marked the final day of the Tour of Elk Grove cycling competition. Featured races on the last day included the Heart of the Marine Foundation Adaptive Athlete race and the third stage of the pro men's and women's circuit race.

    This is the red-light camera at Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates.

    Hoffman Estates to start ticketing at Barrington/Higgins

    No more Mr. Nice Guy: Starting Aug. 7, the Hoffman Estates Police Department will end the warning tickets and start issuing real tickets to drivers who run red lights at Barrington and Higgins roads.


    Illinois veterans conservation group forms

    Illinois veterans interested in working on a volunteer basis on projects that restore the state's natural habitats can join the Veterans Conservation Corps, a joint program from the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


    Walsh coming to Palatine Twp. breakfast
    Congressman Joe Walsh will be the guest at Palatine Twp. GOP/TOPPER’s next breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 13. It will be held at Vittorio’s Restaurant, Smith and Northwest Highway, Palatine.


    Body pulled from Duck Lake

    An unidentified man’s body was pulled from a lake in Fox Lake Sunday afternoon, fire officials said.


    Elgin workshop to offer career planning assistance
    Individuals in need of career planning assistance can participate in a career discovery workshop offered by Elgin Community College’s Career Services Office. Each two-hour session will be held at the college, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

    With one lap left in the men's Stage 3 race, riders crashed after a rainstorm Sunday afternoon at the sixth annual Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove.

    Rainy, accident-filled finish to Tour of Elk Grove

    A rain-soaked finish in the Tour of Elk Grove's third stage Sunday featured a pileup involving anywhere from 10 to 20 bicycles on the straightaway near Elk Grove Boulevard and Victoria Lane.

    Louise Osada

    West Dundee art enthusiast dies at 81

    Louise Osada, 81, was an active member in the Dundee Township art scene for many of her 50 years living in West Dundee. She died Aug. 2 after an illness that kept her in and out of the hospital for the last six months.

    The Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek performs during the Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011.

    Images: Lollapalooza Day Three
    Lollapalooza wrapped up its three-day run of music in Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday with several bands such as Flogging Molly, The Cars, and Foo Fighters performing.


    Some Lake County officials oppose job grant

    Americans frequently say the government should help get people back to work, but Lake County Board members are divided about whether to give a suburban company a federal grant to train and employ a Waukegan man.


    1 dead, 1 on life support in Lake Villa Twp.

    Lake County sheriff’s police were investigating a shooting Sunday afternoon in Lake Villa Township. Wayne Hunter, sheriff’s chief of administration, said a 52-year-old man was dead and a 49-year-old woman was hospitalized and on life support late Sunday.

    Samantha Bowden/sbowden@dailyherald.com Kathy Wiegel, right, a Marines Veteran and her friend Rita Wade, both from Elk Grove, cheer on the riders in the Adaptive Atheletes race Sunday morning. Heart of a Marine Foundation sponsored the Adaptive Athlete race, veterans and non veterans were encouraged to participate. The 6th annual Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove winds down Sunday.

    Rainy, accident-filled finish to Tour of Elk Grove

    A rain-soaked finish in the Tour of Elk Grove's third stage Sunday featured a pileup involving anywhere from 10 to 20 bicycles on the straightaway near Elk Grove Boulevard and Victoria Lane.


    Streamwood mom accused of killing son's enemy

    Timara Branch of Streamwood goes on trial Monday, charged in the murder of an Elgin teen two years ago. Police say she rammed the teen with her car, pinning him against a building. The boy was an advesary of Branch's son, and the two had fought over a girl.


    State police clear Arlington Hts. cop in 2010 shooting

    An Illinois State Police report exonerates an Arlington Heights officer who shot and killed a man who held them at bay on Aug. 1, 2010, with what later proved to be a starter pistol.

    Timothy Geithner has told President Barack Obama he will remain on the job as Treasury secretary.

    Geithner says he will stay at Treasury

    Timothy Geithner has told President Barack Obama that he will remain on the job as Treasury secretary, ending speculation he would leave the administration.

    House Speaker John Boehner, with Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, talks about job creation back on June 14.

    Congress to debate jobs-creating bills

    When Congress gets back to work after Labor Day it will have the chance to achieve something that has largely eluded it for the entire year, passing legislation that might actually create jobs.

    Members of the Akron Police Department talk to an unidentified woman who claimed to be a relative at the scene of a multiple fatal shooting Sunday in Copley Township, Ohio.

    Police: 8 killed in Ohio, gunman among dead

    An Ohio man apparently angry with his girlfriend gunned down two people outside a home and two more in a car Sunday morning, then chased down another victim in a shooting rampage that left eight dead, including the gunman, who was shot by police, authorities and witnesses said.

    District 62 Foundation President Debbie Post shares the foundation’s programs and reviewed plans for the 2011-2012 school year during a recent school board meeting.

    Dist. 62 Foundation provides grants to teachers

    During the July 18, board of education meeting, Debbie Post, District 62 Foundation president, reviewed the annual activities and achievements of the foundation.

    McHenry native Erica Borggren is the state’s new director of veterans affairs.

    Petraeus protege brings honor, experience to Veterans Affairs

    With the appointment Friday of Erica Borggren as director of veterans affairs, Gov. Pat Quinn not only gets a veteran, he actually gets a Rhodes Scholar too.


    Police reports

    A scratch approximately 8 feet long damaged the paint on the driver's side of a 2005 Ford F150 sometime between 1:15 and 6 p.m. Saturday while the truck was parked at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., in Elgin, according to police reports. The vehicle owner expects the damage will cost more than $1,000 to fix, reports said.


    Millburn screens preschoolers

    Millburn Elemetnary District 24, 18550 Millburn Road, Wadsworth, will offer screening in late August for preschoolers with suspected developmental delays, who live in the district .


    Ela library hosts anime club

    Are you interested in all things anime? Once a month the Ela Area Public Library’s Anime Club meets to watch and discuss anime and manga — Japanese cartoons and comic books.

    Gracie Caputo, 5, doesn’t let a lack of front teeth stop her from taking a bite of pizza during opening day of the Taste of Roselle on Friday.

    Images: Weekend Festival Review
    There were no shortages of festivals in the suburbs over the weekend. The festivals we photographed this weekend were the Taste of Roselle, North Aurora Days, Lake Villa Days, Summer Splash in Vernon Hills, Adler Festival of the Arts, Wheaton Ale Fest, St. Zachary's August Fest.

    Jack Daniel McCullough is accused of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Sycamore resident Marie Ridulph in 1957.

    Prosecutor seeks reporters’ notes in 1957 slaying case

    A county prosecutor is seeking notes from two reporters who conducted jailhouse interviews with a man charged in the 1957 kidnapping and slaying of a 7-year-old girl in Sycamore.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn signs bill to study offshore wind energy

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed bills creating a council to study the potential for wind energy projects in Lake Michigan and allowing counties to establish wind farm districts.


    Chicago girl, 6, shot while she slept

    Authorities have identified the 6-year-old girl killed in a shooting on the city’s South Side that also left two teenagers injured.


    Tollway crash victims identified as Elmhurst residents

    Police say a 43-year-old man from Naperville was driving a Porsche the wrong way on I-88 near Lisle before a multiple-car crash Saturday that killed two Elmhurst residents.

    New York Gov. Hugh L. Carey, right, presses members of a U.S. House subcommittee to enact legislation to aid deficit-ridden New York City. Carey died Sunday at age 92.

    Governor who helped save NYC dies at 92

    Former New York Gov. Hugh Carey, who led the rescue effort that brought New York City back from the brink of bankruptcy during its 1975 fiscal crisis, died Sunday.


    I-88 crash victims identified as Elmhurst residents

    State police say a 2006 Porsche was going the wrong way on I-88 near Lisle when it hit a 2004 Toyota Corolla head-on Saturday night. Two Elmhurst residents in the Toyota died.


    Des Plaines parish Summer Bash starts Friday

    St. Stephen’s parish community at 1263 Prospect Ave., Des Plaines, will host their 9th annual Family fest Summer Bash, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-14, at the church, corner of Prospect and Spruce in Des Plaines.


    Improv in Libertyville holds auditions for “The Music Man Jr.”

    Auditions for youths third through ninth grades for the Improv Playhouse Showstoppers production of “The Music Man Jr.” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at the Black Box Theatre in Libertyville.

    Youths ages 7 to 13 and adults ages 14 and over are invited to take the Elk Grove Challenge being held Saturday, Aug. 13. The challenge is three race events on one day, sponsored by the Elk Grove Park District and Parkway Bank. For information, call (847) 228-3539.

    Kids can take the Elk Grove Challenge

    Adults ages 14 and older and youth ages 7-13 are signing up for the Elk Grove Challenge to be held on Saturday, Aug. 13. The Challenge is three race events on one day sponsored by the Elk Grove Park District and Parkway Bank.


    St. Matthew’s annual pig roast coming Sunday, Aug. 21

    St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Old McHenry Road, between Quentin and Midlothian roads, will hold its annual pig roast for the 21st year Aug. 21.


    Ron Hawking will host BACOA’s ‘Aged to Perfection’

    Singer Ron Hawking will headline an evening of wine, food and entertainment at “Aged to Perfection: An Evening of Note to Support BACOA,” the Barrington Area Council on Aging’s 16th annual wine tasting.

    First Place Winners in the 2011 Wednesday Challenge League Skills Competition, from left, are: Back row: Alexi Heidkamp, Old Orchard Country Club; Miles Ferstel, Golf Center Des Plaines; Preston Drehobl, Golf Center Des Plaines; Robert Garmoe, Old Orchard Country Club; and Jimmy Houkav, Golf Center Des Plaines. Front row: Aidan Megally, Golf Center Des Plaines; Jake Dianovskv, Mount Prospect Golf Club; and Nick Tenuta, Mount Prospect Golf Club.

    Golf Center Des Plaines hosts skills challenge for Youth League golfers

    Golf Center Des Plaines hosted a Skills Competition Challenge on Wednesday, Aug. 3, for 30 young golfers in the Wednesday Challenge League.

    The singing group Volunteer Voices performs for residents at Bickford Cottage in July in Quincy. The group visits nursing and retirement homes on Friday afternoons to sing “the old songs” known to most of the residents. But after nearly 30 years, the group may disband at the end of 2011 if some new members can’t be found.

    Volunteers sing old songs to retirees, need more voices

    The Volunteer Voices group visits nursing and retirement homes to sing “the old songs” known to most of the residents. But after nearly 30 years, the group may disband at the end of 2011 if some new members can’t be found.


    People expressing political frustration in donations

    They memorize their credit card numbers and press the “donate” button — sometimes several times a day — with an urge and a passion akin to an addict’s.

    Jean-Claude Goldbrenner, whose mother Elsa Goldbrenner died at Auschwitz in 1943 during the Holocaust, holds a photograph of himself from around 1945 or 1946, when he was around 3 years old. His mother's letters — given to him by an aunt — are poignant reminders of a childhood shaped by tragedy.

    Holocaust musuem tries to identify children in photos

    More than 1,100 pictures of children who survived the Holocaust were long stashed away and forgotten in the mists of history. More than 65 years later, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is reaching out around the world to find the people in these extraordinary photos.

    Artist Lois Easley based “Tropical Paradise” on a photo she had taken and completed it in a recent workshop conducted by the renowned watercolor artist Tom Lynch at the DuPage Art League in Wheaton.

    Art exhibit features nature’s beauty

    Lois Easley intends to bring the beauty of nature to the people during her monthlong exhibit, “An August Art Frolic,” at Gallery 200, 200 Main St. in West Chicago.

    From children searching for toys to antique lovers hunting down the perfect find, the Yesterday’s Farm Flea Market is sure to have something for everyone. Held this year from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, the flea market has become a staple among the farm’s summer activities.

    Hunt down bargains at Yesterday’s Farm flea market in Wood Dale

    Antique lovers and bargain shoppers alike have flocked to the Wood Dale Historical Society's Yesterday's Farm Flea Market for nearly a decade. "You can find all different kinds of buys," organizer Judi Ryan said. Shoppers can explore vendor's wares from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7.


    Maine coons have both looks and personality
    The Maine coon is both unique in color and personality. With long fur, pointed ears and paddle-like feet, the feline is a true beaty. Not to mention the Maine coon plays more like a dog than a cat.

    The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition’s Interpretive Mural Project, in which murals are hung in a prominent place in the community as a dedication to the history of the highway, includes this installation on South Second Street in Geneva as well as others in St. Charles and Maple Park.

    Lincoln Highway thrives in Kane County

    No one can say the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition hasn’t been doing its part to provide public art for the communities along the highway’s 179-mile stretch from the Indiana border to the Mississippi River. The proof is along Route 38 in Maple Park, St. Charles and Geneva, says columnist Dave Heun.

    Students at Fox Valley Jewish School will spend nearly a quarter of their time outside of the classroom. Caring for a public flower bed in downtown Geneva was one of last year’s projects.

    Geneva Jewish school takes modern approach

    Fox Valley Jewish School in Geneva is taking a modern approach, introducing a new curriculum designed for students living in a non-Jewish community and often an interfaith family.


    Algonquin/Lake in the Hills chamber hosts Cruise Night
    The Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its final Cruise Night for the summer from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Oakridge Shopping Center in Algonquin.


    McHenry County Historical Society hosts open house at school house and cemetery north of Marengo

    The McHenry County Historical Society and members of the Wilson/Weyland Family of Marengo will host an open house at two close-by historical sites from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

    From left are Bob Dohn, the HOH 2011 president; Kathleen Ricketts Hager, chairman of the board; Tracy Marquardt, care package coordinator; and Peggy Kayser, CEO, who are all with Realtor Associates of Northwest Chicago in Arlington Heights.

    Realtors aid veterans in need with housing help

    Kathleen Ricketts Hager remembers sitting with her late husband, Ken Hager, at a convention in 2004, watching other real-estate agents receive awards for service work. “He leaned over and said, ‘We can do better.'” With that, Helping Our Heroes, the REALTOR Association of NorthWest Chicagoland's Charitable Foundation, was born.


    Bears wide receiver and former NIU player Sam Hurd also is expected to make a big difference on kick coverage.

    Hurd more than just receiver for Bears

    The Chicago Bears may have gotten a 2-for-1 bargain when they signed Sam Hurd. While the 6-foot-3, 208-pound wide receiver may help their passing game, he's also a standout special-teams player who had a career-best 21 tackles last season.

    Cubs legend Ron Santo leads the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on July 2, 2006, at Wrigley Field.

    Statue means Santo will forever be part of Cubs, Wrigley Field

    In a very public ceremony Wednesday, the Cubs will celebrate the life and career of Ron Santo, sharing with his fans the unveiling of a statue and a flood of memories. And in a very private ceremony the next day, Santo's family will spread his ashes about Wrigley Field.


    Bears’ O-line coach says he’s got his starting five

    Offensive line coach Mike Tice is adamant: “I have the five starting linemen right now. Unless the five starting linemen falter, there are no changes. OK? there’s not a competition, so don’t write that, because whoever’s writing that is wrong."


    Sky’s victory over Indiana a major coup

    What’s the best way to turn a frown upside down? Well, for the Chicago Sky, it’s following up a record-breaking display of futility with a near 20-point win over the best team in the WNBA’s Eastern Conference.


    Cougars get sloppy, lose lead, game

    The Kane County Cougars made 3 errors and yielded 6 unearned runs Sunday, turning a 5-1 lead into a 7-6 loss against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Elfstrom Stadium.


    Hassli scores twice as Fire falls 4-2

    Eric Hassli scored twice and the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Chicago Fire 4-2 in a battle of last-place teams Sunday.

    Jake Peavy worked 8 shutout innings Sunday to get the win.

    Are the Sox in it to win it?

    Believe it or not, the White Sox rolled over the Twins 7-0 Sunday. In the process, the Sox swept a three-game series at Minnesota for the first time since 2004.


    Illini RB Ford hopes to dine on opposing defenses

    Record-breaking running back Mikel Leshoure turned pro after his junior year and the Detroit Lions snapped him up in the second round. But Illinois has three guys ready to eclipse his output in senior Jason Ford and freshmen Donovonn Young and Josh Ferguson (from Naperville).


    Cubs’ Castro continues to impress

    Starlin Castro is impressing just about everybody with the Cubs these days.

    Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd slips on the wet outfield grass while chasing a Joey Votto pop fly leading off the eighth inning Sunday. The ball fell in for a double and the Reds went on to score the go-ahead run in the inning.

    Cubs’ winning streak ends at 7

    The Cubs' winning streak came to a slipping and sliding halt Sunday as they lost 8-7 to the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. A slip in center field by Marlon Byrd and a rare bad outing by reliever Sean Marshall opened the door to a Reds rally.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report


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

    The Reds’ Todd Frazier scores past Geovany Soto on a hit by Ryan Hanigan during the eighth inning Sunday in Chicago.

    Reds end Cubs winning streak, 8-7

    Ryan Hanigan hit a tiebreaking single off Sean Marshall in Cincinnati’s 2o-run eighth inning and the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 Sunday. The Cubs' win streak ended at seven games.

    Jake Peavy gave up only three hits, all in the first three innings, on Sunday against Minnesota.

    Peavy tosses 8 shutout innings to complete sweep

    Jake Peavy won for the first time in more than six weeks with eight shutout innings for Chicago, and the White Sox beat the Twins 7-0 Sunday to sweep a three-game series in Minnesota for the first time in more than seven years.

    Chicago’s Keith Bogans defends Atlanta’s Joe Johnson in a playoff game in Atlanta in May. According to a person familiar with the deal, the Hawks and Philips Arena will be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo, but the team will remain in Atlanta

    AP source: Atlanta Hawks to be sold

    The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena will be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo, but the NBA team will remain in Atlanta, a person familiar with the deal said Sunday.


    Fire scouting report
    Every game is a must-win match for the Fire (2-6-13, 19 points), mainly because the club is winless in its last seven games.


    No messing with Bears’ Henry Melton impressive at DT

    Defensive tackle Henry Melton has made enough of an impression in the first week of camp to earn a starting spot.


    Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan expects stocks to continue their decline after Standard & Poor’s downgraded the nation’s credit rating.

    Greenspan says stock prices will continue to fall

    Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he expects stocks to continue their decline after Standard & Poor’s downgraded the nation’s credit rating, even as an S&P official predicted little market impact.


    Only harmonica maker in U.S. closing doors

    An Illinois company that last year became the only harmonica maker in the United States is closing its doors. Harrison Harmonicas opened in Rockford in 2010 and was recently featured on CBS’ “The Early Show.”The company has since moved to Chicago.


    Planning allows search firms to find success

    Who says no one is getting hired? The East Wing Group, an executive search firm with a focus on sales and marketing, in 2010 had “one of our top three years” since the business was born in 1985, says Russ Riendeau, senior partner at the Barrington firm. The current year looks equally strong.

    Almost 2 million Americans quit their jobs in May, a 35 percent rise from the lowest level in January 2010, according to the Department of Labor.

    Frustrated employees confident enough to quit

    Frustrated employees are quitting their jobs at the highest level in almost three years as confidence they will find another stabilizes, even with unemployment at about 9 percent for more than two years.


    Lost fight with Medicare to cost nursing homes $3.87 Billion

    Nursing homes’ lost lobbying battle with Medicare will cost the industry $3.87 billion, as the health program tries to recover overpayments it says it made to companies such as Kindred Healthcare and Sun Healthcare Group.

    Yale seniors celebrate during commencement exercises in June. Starting next July, graduate and professional students will no longer be eligible for subsidized federal loans.

    Six ways the debt deal could hurt college students

    College is already expensive. Now the government’s eleventh-hour agreement to raise the debt ceiling is set to push costs higher.

    Some Budget rental cars are outfitted with ads for Sheets Brand Energy Strips, a product launched earlier this summer.

    Budget targets leisure travelers with car ad deals

    With the price of gasoline approaching $4 a gallon and the economy still in bad shape, Budget is hoping more deal-hungry vacationers want to rent cheaper vehicles as long as they don’t mind driving a billboard.

    A survey by the Consumer Federation of America found that the median overdraft fee is $35.

    Overdraft fees remain steep at largest banks

    The country’s largest banks are still charging steep overdraft fees. The highest fees, which can be triggered if customers overdraw their checking accounts by as little as $5, are $33 to $37 per overdraft.


    So far, so good for money funds in debt crisis
    It’s expected that investors will continue to seek shelter from the stock market declines driven by recent disappointing economic news, and pour their cash into money funds.

    Seamstress Anisia Cardenas works on her sewing machine in Havana. She had set up a stall in a neighbor’s patio that she rented for $2 a day. Unable to meet costs, she says she gave up on the stall in March and now works out of her kitchen.

    In Cuba, free market proves easier said than done

    Interviews with tax authorities, government officials and more than a dozen aspiring new business owners in Havana reveal a darkening landscape for those who took up the free market challenge in Cuba.


    French mogul survives slump after deal almost sank him

    Alain Taravella’s restructuring and a sudden recovery in France’s housing market helped prove his critics wrong. He shed one of every eight jobs at Cogedim, sold development sites and began building starter homes for low-income earners.

    Kingdom Tower will be the centerpiece of a $26.7 billion development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, known as Kingdom City

    Alwaleed hires Saudi Binladin to build world’s tallest tower

    Kingdom Tower will be more than 3,281 feet high and cost $1.2 billion to build. Construction of the tower, which will include homes, offices, and a hotel, will be finished in about five years.

    Republican primary contender Mitt Romney’s supporters have donated more than twice as much money to an outside committee dedicated to boosting his campaign than President Barack Obama’s backers did for his outside groups, according to campaign finance reports.

    Pro-Romney PAC raises more than pro-Obama group

    Republican primary contender Mitt Romney’s supporters have donated more than twice as much money to an outside committee dedicated to boosting his campaign than Obama’s backers did for his outside groups. Restore Our Future raised $12.3 million in the first half of the year, mostly through large donations of more than $10,000.

    A University of Washington researcher criticizes some of the marketing for a healthy diet — for example, a plate of salmon — and says a meal like that is not affordable for many Americans.

    Healthy eating means spending more at store

    An update of what used to be known as a food pyramid calls on Americans to eat more foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium. But if they did that, researchers say, they would add hundreds more dollars to their annual grocery bill.

    Fractional ownership of private jets and use of jet cards are on the rise, despite the high cost, as commercial travel frustrates fliers.

    Rich fliers avoid airline hassles, share private jets

    For Phillip Swan, forgoing the headaches of flying commercial was worth $146,000 for 25 hours of flight time on a private jet.Now he skips the lines and hops aboard a private aircraft with leather seats and grilled beef tenderloin meals.

Life & Entertainment


    Parents not obligated to leave inheritance to children

    Q. My parents are in their mid-60s. They’re retired and having a wonderful time, which I’m very happy about. Recently I was visiting them and, out of nowhere, my mother said, “I hope you kids know your father and I aren’t going to be leaving you anything when we die. Our legacy to you was raising you well and loving you the way we do.”


    Airlines wary of pilfering passengers

    Disappearing silver serving sets and other airline memorabilia have cost the airlines millions of dollars. They have solved this problem by virtually eliminating anything of value from the aircraft, which is why even blankets and pillows have become endangered species.

    Caesar the chimp, a CG animal portrayed by Andy Serkis, and James Franco star in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which opened in U.S. theaters Friday.

    ‘Apes’ rise to No. 1 at box office

    According to studio estimates Sunday, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” took in $54 million to open as the No. 1 movie. That was more than analysts expected for the “Apes” prequel, though well below the $68.5 million opening of Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes” remake 10 years ago.

    The tour of Herradura Tequila includes a demonstration by a jimador, who uses a flat-bladed knife called a “coa” to remove the spiny leaves from the center pina of an agave, which is baked until the starches inside turn to sugar.

    Savoring Tequila as a travel destination

    The first thing one learns on a tour of the heart of Mexico’s tequila country is that no one here drinks tequila as a shooter — it’s better sipped from a brandy snifter or champagne glass so that the full sweet and buttery flavors and aromas of the agave can come through.

    Parents and kids can share a tube ride on one of Noah’s Ark’s many water slides.

    Dells makes a splash as water park capital

    If you’re running out of ways to keep your family cool during this scorching summer, you can take the short drive to Wisconsin to spend the weekend at the Wisconsin Dells, which calls itself the Water Park Capital of the World.


    Art in the garden: Succulents in the summer garden

    The hot, scorching days of summer can be as difficult for plants as they are for people, but the thick, fleshy leaves, roots and stems of succulents help them through the hottest, driest part of summer with minimal assistance. This is good news, both for the plants and for the gardeners who care for them.

    When planting trees, look for the trunk flare, where it starts to widen into the roots. Plant the tree so the flare is at or just above soil level.

    August in the garden: Pay attention to water levels this month

    After a busy spring of gardening, it’s easy to start running out of steam in late summer. But the garden still needs care. If weather remains dry, provide supplemental water as needed to plants that were installed over the last couple of years.

    “She Contemplates the Cloister” is one of a series of Gibson girl plates.

    Treasures in your attic: Heirloom Gibson girl plates date back to 1900

    Q. When I married 63 years ago, I was given this plate by my mother-in-law because I admired it. Over the years, I finally found a similar one. Both plates are in excellent condition, and I would like to know about their background. I am still looking for more.

    Bark for Life supporters will hit the trail for a 1-mile walk Sunday to raise money for cancer research.

    Weekend picks: Bark for Life at Sears Centre

    Get Fido to do some good by using all four legs to aid the American Cancer Society and its milelong Bark for Life walk on Sunday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.


    Factors determine whether broken AC warrants immediate fix

    Q. I am a new landlord and recently faced a situation that frustrates me. I have a tenant in a moderate-climate area who said his air conditioning unit stopped working, and he wanted me to have it fixed. The next thing I knew, he went ahead and called a technician to the rental house without my permission and is expecting me to pay for the repair. What recourse do I have in this case?

    Call a demolition contractor to remove cast-iron boilers, bathtubs and other heavy items.

    Ask the plumber: Call in the heavy hitters for old tub

    Q. I'm an experienced do-it-yourselfer and would like to replace my 30-year-old cast-iron tub with a new multipiece lightweight composite tub and surround. Do you have any suggestions on how to remove a large and very heavy cast-iron tub?

    Architect Harry Wild Jones helped Mark and Nancy Morris with updating their 1919 Cotswold Cottage.

    Cottage gets storybook makeover

    For 12 years, Mark and Nancy Morris pined for the "mushroom cottage" on Lake Minnetonka, just west of Minneapolis-St. Paul. When the home came up for sale, the couple got their chance to see it close-up. They fell in love.


    Doug McAllister/Under the Hood: Tires

    Q. Maybe you can share your thoughts on this problem. I have an 2004 Lincoln LS with 65,000 miles. When I had 15,000 on it, I started hearing a thumping.

    A red-faced warbler is considered one of the rock stars of the birding world. Bird-watchers from all over have been flocking to Arizona to spot them.

    Bird-watchers flock to Arizona's deserts

    From the sandhill crane to the red-faced warbler, rock stars of the birding world have spawned a tourism industry in Arizona. “It's one of the two or three best places in the United States to look for birds,” said David Pashley of the American Bird Conservancy.

    All kinds of items are on display at the childhood home of country singer Patsy Cline in Winchester, Va.

    Patsy Cline's childhood home finally open

    Patsy Cline fans curious about the early days of her brief country music career will finally be able to do more than just drive by her old house in Winchester, Va. The Patsy Cline Historic House has finally opened her restored childhood home as a memorial to the singing great.

    The sailing ship “Pride of Baltimore II” will visit Chicago during “A Taste of Tall Ships Chicago 2011” from Aug. 11-14 at Navy Pier.

    On the road: Tall ships sail on in

    Tall ships will be sailing into Chicago and docking at Navy Pier for “A Taste of Tall Ships Chicago 2011” from Aug. 11-14. Count on dockside boarding tours and sailing excursions on Lake Michigan, plus fireworks on Saturday.



    Gambling without the oversight

    A major flaw in the expanded gambling legislation still be considered by Gov. Pat Quinn is a shortfall in regulatory oversight, a Daily Herald editorial says. Who would watch the casinos?


    Be consistent in criticisms
    Arguments by Christians are being made that the the Norway shooter wasn’t a true Christian. I wonder if these folks will use similar reasoning as they judge the violent actions of the next non-Christian religious fanatic


    Stability no argument against gay marriage
    If your primary concern is that “marriage is vital to the stability and preservation of our society,” why are you not proposing a ban on heterosexual divorce?


    Why support nations that don’t like us?
    All this aid goes through Congress on one bill. One big fat package. To pay our dept we need everyone to fork up 45 grand per person. While we are digging in our pockets, our elected knuckleheads are giving our life away.


    House out of power? Car could be too
    As I sat by candlelight a thought came to me: What if I had an electric car? As an incentive, do you suppose car dealers would throw in a gas-powered generator when you purchase a new electric powered car?


    Unpaid child support tells us who Walsh is
    Letter to the Editor: Congressman Joe Walsh says the publication of his record of child support payments is a “smear job.” To me, if the allegations of the petition are true and the exhibits real, Walsh may not be fit for the office he holds, and his supporters and his detractors should know these facts, and deal with them in deciding whether to return him to office.


    Thanks for the Dow nosedive, tea party
    Letter to the Editor: The people of the whole world held their collective breath while the tea party took our financial future hostage by manufacturing a crisis. In resolving the hysteria, Speaker Boehner said that he got 98 percent of what he wanted. Look at the Dow Jones. The tea party also got 98 percent of this year’s gains on my 401(K).


    Handicapped spots are for handicapped people
    Letter to the Editor: People who park in handicapped parking spaces and are able bodied - even if there is a handicapped person along for the ride - is an example of the growing number of people in this country who lack common sense and a conscience.


    Lisle hearing defines cross-examination

    Exchanges between residents and a bus company executive at a Lisle hearing gives some insight into the citizenry's right to interrogate. It gives the public a voice but some say the pendulum has swung too far.


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