Daily Archive : Thursday August 11, 2011



    Hanover Park teen charged with stealing GPS, phones

    A Cook County judge set bail at $50,000 Thursday for a Hanover Park teen charged with stealing a GPS device, cellphones and other items.

    Mike Welch, front, and Iraq War veteran Sgt. Dan Casera, complete a lap on Sunday.

    Tour of Elk Grove adaptive athlete race to return in 2012

    After a successful inaugural race at the 2011 Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove, the The Heart Of A Marine Foundation’s adaptive athletes’ race will return next year with a larger field of hand cyclists competing, officials said.

    Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek, speaks to the Global Leadership Summit on the church's position on gays following Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's withdrawal from the summit after pressure from a gay group.

    Is Willow Creek Community church anti gay?

    The controversial cancellation of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's speech at Willow Creek Community Church's annual Leadership Summit was addressed by Senior Pastor Bill Hybels himself Thursday. He acknowledged Schultz had bowed to pressure from an online petition that he said was based on a misunderstanding that Willow Creek had an anti-gay agenda.

    Caroll Suchy receives a flag from a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Center in Joliet during a memorial ceremony Thursday evening in Willowbrook for her son Randy Suchy, 59, of Naperville. He died Friday while helping to save a 12-year-old boy from drowning.

    Naperville rescuer remembered as friend, ‘Angel'

    It's not a surprise that Randy Suchy's life ended while saving someone else's, the Naperville man's family and friends said at a memorial held Thursday in his honor. After all, his middle initial is A for Angelo, or for “Angel,” as his brother, Bill Suchy, of West Chicago, said.

    Boeing announced Thursday it has booked 19 new orders of its 777 commercial jetliner.

    Boeing books 19 new 777 orders

    Boeing booked 19 new orders for its 777 and said on Thursday that it needs to build its commercial planes faster to keep up with demand. Boeing said unidentified customers ordered seven more of its 777s.

    Citizens for a Better Sugar Grove announced last month at the library board meeting that it plans to disband. Now the Friends of the Sugar Grove Library also are disbanding over the firing of library director Beverly Holmes Hughes.

    Sugar Grove library’s Friends disband in protest

    The Sugar Grove Friends of the Library aren’t friends with the library any longer.“Because the Sugar Grove Library Friends were moving in the same direction as former library director Beverly Holmes Hughes, we assume we are part of the problem which caused the termination of the director. Therefore it was decided at the Friends Aug. 8, 2011, meeting that the current Friends group will...


    Arlington Heights fundraising for officers’ union, not police force

    Arlington Heights officials want to clearify that recent fundraising efforts by the labor union that represents many suburban police officers is not connected to the village's police department.

    Timmothy Pitzen

    ‘Large amount’ of missing Aurora boy’s blood found in mom’s vehicle

    A “rather large amount” of Timmothy Pitzen’s blood was found in the back seat of his mother’s vehicle after her suicide, Aurora police disclosed Thursday as their search for the missing 6-year-old neared its third month.

    Richard Ehrenreich

    Lake County Fielders: Season goes on, league or no league

    Lake County Fielders owner Richard Ehrenreich says his controversy-wracked team will play baseball one way or another next week at Zion's temporary stadium. “The Fielders intend to play all remaining (25) home dates scheduled in Zion."

    Harold Caesar, 25, of Gurnee...four counts of burglary to a motor vehicle.

    Four arrested in Antioch car burglary ring bust

    A 25-year-old Gurnee man has been charged with four counts of burglary to a motor vehicle after he was caught stealing from unlocked cars for the past eight weeks, authorities said Thursday. Harold Caesar, 25, and three male juveniles were arrested for their involvement in the theft ring, Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said.


    Field pacts causing some frustrations in Glen Ellyn

    Glen Ellyn Park District officials think they're getting the short end of a deal with Glenbard High School District 87 over field and facility use.


    District 200 sets goals for new school year

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 Superintendent Brian Harris has his marching orders for his second year at the helm. The board of education approved a list of goals that will provide Harris with a road map for the new school year.


    District 207’s deficit spending continues despite cuts

    Maine Township High School District 207 is projecting a nearly $4 million deficit in its proposed 2011-12 fiscal year budget. Officials say the deficit would have been much larger if the district didn't undertake major cost reductions and some revenue improvements in the 2010-11 academic year. The deficit is largely due to shortfalls in federal and state funding.


    Streamwood VFW post holding military concert Saturday

    VFW Post 5151 in Streamwood and the Hanover Park Park District are presenting a “Tribute to Armed Forces Rock ’n’ Roll Concert” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Hanover Park Community Center, 1919 Walnut Ave.


    Palatine Township residents can appeal assessed value

    Palatine Township residents can now file an appeal to the assessed value of their property with the Cook County Assessor until the deadline Monday, Aug. 29.


    Palatine’s Rotary Club hosts Chinese-American writer Ping

    Noted Chinese-American writer Jian Ping, whose book “Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China” details her family’s struggle to survive the Chinese Cultural Revolution, will speak at the next Rotary Club of Palatine meeting. It takes place from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the Red Apple Pancake House and Cafe, 2121 Plum Grove Road, Palatine.


    Rep. Mussman starts satellite office hours

    Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman of Schaumburg has scheduled satellite office hours aimed at providing local residents with increased access to her constituent service office.


    Palatine police to stay fit with help from drug seizures

    Criminals involved in the illegal drug trade likely don’t realize they’ll be helping Palatine’s finest stay fit. Officials this week approved using $65,000 of federal drug asset seizure money to pay for exercise equipment “I’m pleased to find this alternative source from people involved in the drug trade,” village Manager Reid Ottesen said.

    Melissa Calusinkski, of Carpentersville, is charged with the murder of a Deerfield toddler at a Lincolnshire day care center.

    Calusinski confession motion goes to judge for ruling

    A Lake County judge said Thursday he will rule “On some future court date,” if Melissa Calusinski’s multiple confessions in the death of a toddler at a former Lincolnshire day care center can be used against her.

    Ballet students prepare for this weekend’s show.

    Dance school, autism society collaborate on program

    A unique collaboration between a ballet school in Hanover Park and the Northwest Suburban Autism Society of America has resulted in “Le Ballet Des Moments Saisis,” which will be performed Friday and Sunday at Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg.


    Pet dies in Mount Prospect apartment fire

    A kitchen fire on Wednesday night killed a pet dog and caused $30,000 in damage to a Mount Prospect apartment. The occupants were not injured.

    The 2,400-pound Symbiotic Sojourn sculpture was moved as part of the $200,000 renovation of the patio at Main Street Promenade in downtown Naperville. Sculptor Jeff Adams, left, cleaned and sealed the piece before its return Thursday to Naperville.

    Symbiotic Sojourn returns to Naperville

    Mother Earth took a brief vacation from Naperville this summer in Mt. Morris. She returned Thursday, refreshed and poised to take her new spot behind Hugo’s Frog Bar in the Main Street Promenade.

    ComEd crews work to restore power in Lake County following one of the summer storms.

    Libertyville wants answers from ComEd about outages

    The physical evidence of summer storms has been removed from Libertyville streets, but village officials continue to press for information regarding power outages that have been affecting residents even when the weather is nice.


    Kaneland opposes Sugar Grove redevelopment plan financing

    The Kaneland school district is going on the record opposing the creation of a tax-increment financing district in Sugar Grove near the Aurora Municipal Airport. The proposed TIF is too big in relation to the amount of actual blighted land, it says, and is unfair to other landowners in Kaneland's borders.


    Gurnee DARE awards:

    An awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13, to recognize Gurnee’s Drug Awareness Resistance Education students who wrote winning essays during the spring session.


    Lakemoor Fest ready to rock:

    Lakemoor Fest, the annual celebration punctuated by a big fireworks show, will kick off at 4 p.m. Friday at Morrison Park on Lily Lake, Route 120 between Darrell and Lily Lake Road.


    Interfaith concert:

    lInterfaith 2011 will be held at the Waukegan lakefront band shell from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13


    Lindenfest parade rain date is Sunday:

    The Lindenfest parade rain date in Lindenhurst has been set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14.

    Elgin Township Clerk Kurt Kojzarek

    Elgin Township’s Kojzarek wants Kane County seat

    Elgin Township Clerk Kurt Kojzarek announced his bid Thursday for the Republican nomination for Kane County Board District 19. That’s Cathy Hurlbut’s seat. Kojzarek said, unlike Hurlbut's past GOP challengers, he won't drop out of the race.

    A girl from southern Somalia sits outside a makeshift shelter at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011. The number of people fleeing famine-hit areas of Somalia is likely to rise dramatically and could overwhelm international aid efforts in the Horn of Africa, a U.N. aid official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Images: Famine in Somalia
    The drought and famine in the horn of Africa has killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 in the last 90 days in southern Somalia alone, according to U.S. estimates. The U.N. says 640,000 Somali children are acutely malnourished, suggesting the death toll of small children will rise.


    Addison seeks help with long-range plan

    Addison is inviting its community to dream big. The village is updating its comprehensive plan after nearly 20 years, and this month will look to residents, businesses, community leaders and others to give input on what the village should look like in 2030.

    An artist’s rendering shows the new four-season shelter and scenic overlook that will replace the current shelter at Waubonsie Lake Park in Aurora.

    Aurora’s Waubonsie Lake Park is getting upgrades

    With its outstanding network of trails, sparkling lake, convenient location and eco-healthy greenway connecting it all, the Fox Valley Park District's Waubonsie Lake Park in Aurora ranks as a crown jewel.


    U-46 offers SAFE place for kids to hang out

    U-46 schools will offer a SAFE place for kids to hang out. While attending SAFE before or after school, students can play games, do arts and crafts projects or use computers. Homework assistance is also available, though students are not required to do homework. Children also have the opportunity to play outside or in the gym.

    Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to fair goers during a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Thursday.

    Mystery pro-Romney donor revealed

    The mystery donor whose $1 million contribution set off a furor over secrecy in politics has been identified as a longtime supporter of Mitt Romney. Edward Conard, a former executive at Bain Capital, a private equity firm that Romney helped found, gave the contribution to a pro-Romney super-PAC through a shell corporation.

    Traders Robert Vella, left, and Peter Tuchman work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday.

    Stocks recover Wednesday's losses

    Wall Street’s wildest week since 2008 continued with another 300-plus point move for the Dow on Thursday. This time, stocks shot up after investors saw small signs that the economy might not be headed into another recession.

    Wheaton College head athletic trainer Greg Evans, right, talks to Wheaton Fire Department personnel about moving spinal injury patients. Firefighter Willie Cox poses as an injured football player during the once-a-year refresher course.

    Wheaton firefighters get refresher course for football injuries

    With spinal injuries increasing in high school and college football games, Wheaton fire department personnel undergo a refresher course every year under the direction of Wheaton College head athletic trainer Greg Evans.

    The annual Naperville Sprint Triathlon Sunday, Aug. 14, at Centennial Beach in Naperville includes a 400 meter swim, 22K bike and 5K run.

    Naperville Sprint Triathlon offers trial-size version of the sport

    Interested in trying something new? How about a chilly 7 a.m. swim at Naperville's Centennial Beach? The Naperville Sprint Triathlon might just be for you. "It's short, it's sweet, it starts at 7 and it's over by 10:30," Race Director Bill Burke said.

    Cody A. Searles, 19, of the 100 block of N. Pleasant Road in Lake Zurich, was arrested by Lake Zurich police at his home Saturday on two counts of drug-induced infliction of great bodily harm. Searles is being held in Lake County jail after officials allege he supplied heroin to an 18-year-old male who overdosed and died.

    Victim identified in fatal Lake Zurich overdose

    Lake County Coroner officials have identified the 18-year-old Lake Zurich man who died this week from a heroin overdose for which another man faces criminal charges. Cristian Medina, 18, of Lake Zurich, had a high amount of opiates in his system when he died , Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said after Medina’s autopsy was completed.

    Timera D. Branch

    Mom guilty of running down son’s rival with car

    A judge Thursday found a Streamwood woman guilty of first-degree murder for using her car to run down her teenage son’s rival from behind in November 2009, smashing him into an Elgin apartment building. Timera Branch, 35, faces up to 60 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 28 for the killing of 17-year-old John W. Keyes III, of Elgin. “Justice finally was served. If (Branch) spends 40, 50 years...

    Dave Van Vooren

    Naperville director to lead solid waste agency

    Naperville Public Works Director Dave Van Vooren is the new executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County. Van Vooren takes over at the scandal-plagued office next month.

    Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner says the Texas governor is running for president.

    Spokesman: Perry running for president

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president. That's the word from Perry spokesman Mark Miner. Miner is telling The Associated Press that Perry will announce his intentions to run for the GOP nomination on Saturday as he visits early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire.


    ‘Foot' hooked in Lake Marie was a Halloween prop

    Divers and sonar teams spent nearly 10 hours searching an Antioch-area lake Wednesday after a child reported snagging what he thought was an unattached human foot that fell off his line. Search crews were relieved to find that it was only a Halloween prop.

    Herlinda Cazares

    Four charged with battery of Hanover Park police

    Two Hanover Park police officers conducting a routine business security check received anything but a warm reception from four people authorities say were intoxicated and abusive. Three Hanover Park residents and a Belvidere man have been charged with felony aggravated battery, and on Tuesday the Hanover Park residents were taken back into custody on immigration violations.

    Fixed mortgage rates fell to at or near record lows Thursday. That’s good news for the few who can afford to buy a home or are able to refinance.

    Mortgage rates near record lows

    Fixed mortgage rates fell to at or near record lows. That’s good news for the few who can afford to buy a home or are able to refinance. But the rates have done little to lift the ailing housing market.

    Cablevision and Viacom have settled a dispute over software that lets subscribers view Viacom programs on demand on their iPads.

    Viacom, Cablevision settle suit over iPad TV app

    Cablevision Systems Corp. and Viacom Inc., the owner of MTV and other cable TV channels, have settled a lawsuit over software that lets subscribers view Viacom channels and individual shows on demand on their iPads.


    Final members to debt supercommittee chosen

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s appointment Thursday of three Democrats to Congress’ new debt-reduction supercommittee completes the roster of a panel whose members are already being tugged in competing directions.

    Peter Butzen and Botswanan teens await the arrival of Michelle Obama.

    AIDS clinic volunteer from Hoffman Estates meets Michelle Obama

    Peter Butzen, a Peace Corps volunteer from Hoffman Estates, met Michelle Obama in June while he was working at an HIV clinic in Botswana. “Meeting her, it was very amazing,” he said. “We even joked about the Cubs.”

    Ian Alamilla

    Guilty plea possible in Westmont slaying
    A Westmont man accused of strangling his estranged wife on their daughter’s 5th birthday is likely to plead guilty, his attorney said in court Thursday.

    No in juries were reported when a Glendale Heights house sustained significant fire damage.

    Fire damages house in Glendale Heights

    No injuries were reported Wednesday when fire caused significant damage to a house in Glendale Heights. Firefighters say the blaze started in the garage but are still not sure what sparked it.

    The Rev. Corey Brost, CSV, with student leaders from the congress after the closing Mass. Included, from left, are Steven Patzke of Arlington Heights, Nick Manfredi of Las Vegas, Lauren Drolet of Inverness, Cassie Esteban of Las Vegas and Tim Ivers of Arlington Heights.

    Youth congress draws St. Viator teens closer to faith

    They came from Arlington Heights and Waukegan, as well as from Kankakee, Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. For the second year, the Clerics of Saint Viator mounted the youth congress, from Aug. 1-4, in Techny and at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights


    Wauconda trustees to consider electricity idea

    Wauconda trustees say they are open to considering a plan to seek lower electricity rates that could save money for local homeowners and businesses. “Anything in tough economic times that can help residents out is welcome,” Trustee John F. Barbini said.

    Renowned stone carver Walter Arnold, shown here in his studio with his work, “Vittoria Alata” or “Roman Winged Victory,” has his gargoyles and Gothic sculptures on display at Elgin’s Gail Borden Public Library. The display is in keeping with the library’s Medieval summer theme, “A Midsummer Knight’s Read.”

    Elgin sculptor exhibits work at Elgin library

    Walter Arnold, an Elgin sculptor, is having his first hometown exhibit at the Gail Borden Library. Learn more about his background and his development into an acclaimed sculptor.


    Winfield Criterium spectator tips
    Tips for getting the best viewing experience at the Winfield Criterium.


    Winfield Criterium schedule
    SATURDAY: Winfield Twilight Criterium2:30 p.m. Beginning Men/Category 5, $273:05 p.m. Men 4, $273:30 p.m. Parade decorating station opens3:50 p.m. Men 2/3, $274:40 p.m. Masters 50+/55+, Women Open, $275:30 p.m. Good Old Days Kids Parade, free5:50 p.m. M/I Homes “Move Up” Men’s 1/2 and Pro, $327:30 p.m. Live music in the park

    Jessi Prinner, 18, is a recent graduate of Streamwood High School and a member of the Athletes by Design Cycle Club in Winfield. She competes with the U.S. National Team and will attend Midwestern State University in Texas on a cycling scholarship this fall.

    South Elgin cyclist a top contender at Winfield Criterium

    Streamwood High School grad Jessi Prinner isn't sure what first interested her in competitive cycling but since age 12 she hasn't looked back. She's competed with the U.S. National Team in China and Europe and will return to the annual Winfield Criterium held Aug. 13 and 14.

    The 2011 Winfield Criterium races through downtown Winfield on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14. This is the 12th year the two-day racing event has been organized by the Athletes by Design Cycle Club.

    600 cyclists to race in Winfield Criterium

    More than 600 cyclists will take part of the 2011 Winfield Criterium, an annual bike race that draws cycling enthusiasts from across the suburbs, drawing a bond between riders and participants.


    Elgin Boriqua Fest offers Puerto Rican music, food

    Live music will dominate the packed Boriqua Fest schedule as performances, dance lessons and a limbo dancing competition ensure the sounds of salsa, merengue, bomba and plena fill Elgin’s Festival Park from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday.


    3 settle injury lawsuits over Martha Stewart chair
    A settlement has been reached in lawsuits filed by three people who had parts of fingers snipped off by Martha Stewart lounge chairs sold at Kmart stores.

    Karen McConnaughay

    Kane County to consider one year of property tax relief

    Kane County taxpayers may get a break in their property taxes in 2012 in trade for delaying construction projects, like added parking at the courthouse and more room at the jail. Without cutting virtually all of the capital project tax levy, taxpayers would pay more this year. “In these times, you simply cannot do that,” county board Chairman Karen McConnaughay said.

    Richard M. Daley

    Daley fights torture lawsuit

    Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is fighting a judge’s ruling that he remain as a defendant in a lawsuit filed over decades-old allegations of police torture.


    How do you recover from an emotional wound?
    Today, many people are hurting for various reasons. Most people have experienced emotional hurt. The pain and trauma, the tears and crushing feelings from an emotional wound are as real and as serious as physical pain. So what do you do when you hurt?


    Elgin Symphony concert Saturday to benefit Feeding Greater Elgin

    Elgin Symphony Orchestra will give a free concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Elgin's Wing Park in a way it never has before. The orchestra has teamed up with Feeding Greater Elgin, a non-profit organization dedicated to getting food to hungry people. Though the concert is free, donations to the non-profit are encouraged.

    Lake County Fielders starting pitcher Steve Junker was at home Wednesday instead of traveling to Maui for what was supposed to be the start of a four-game independent league baseball series.

    Lake County Fielders gather for Maui trip, then are sent home

    Lake County Fielders starting pitcher Steve Junker says playing baseball is his dream, so he puts up with not getting paid and a lack of functioning showers at Zion’s temporary stadium. “We’re kids that come from good backgrounds who just want to play baseball,” said Junker, 24. The team scrapped a trip to Maui for a four-game series.


    Police identify Naperville man as driver of Porsche in deadly crash.

    Illinois State Police have identified the driver of the Porsche that killed two people in a weekend crash on Interstate 88 as William Anthony Howe, 43, of Naperville. Howe remains hospitalized in critical condition.

    The number of people who come to Naperville for Veggie Fest has been growing substantially for the past six years. This weekend, 25,000 people are expected to attend, making it the largest vegetarian food festival in the country.

    Veggie Fest in Naperville spotlights health, spiritual benefits of vegetarianism

    Veggie Fest in Naperville is growing in attendance with the rise in popularity of vegetarianism and healthy lifestyles, as opposed to other summer festivals that are struggling.

    Lake Villa Defenders baseball team heading to Cooperstown to play in a national baseball tournament.

    Lake Villa Defenders team head to Cooperstown

    The Lake Villa Defenders have been selected to play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament at Cooperstown Dreams Park. In addition, they will be enshrined in the prestigious American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame.


    Credit union sponsor offers scholarships

    Consumers Cooperative Association, the sponsor of Consumers Credit Union, is offering six scholarships to local high school seniors who are on pace to graduate in 2012.


    Hoffman golf outing aids family struck by ALS

    Register by Aug. 15 for a golf outing and dinner in Hoffman Estates that will benefit a local man diagnosed with ALS and his young family.


    Holy Family Fun Fest has healthy objective

    Holy Family Medical Center’s third annual Family Fun Fest will welcome hundreds of families out for an afternoon of free activities and health screenings from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at its Des Plaines campus, 150 N. River Road.

    Becky Gillam

    West Dundee’s Gillam enters Kane County board race

    West Dundee Trustee Becky Gillam enters the race for the District 21 Kane County Board seat. That seat is currently occupied by Tim Haley. Former Kane County Board Member Lee Barrett previously announced his candidacy, touching off a potential three-way race.


    Wild stock swings? Blame the machines

    Support levels. Moving averages. Breakouts. That strange language is being spoken more forcefully on Wall Street these days. It is the language of technical trading, which is helping to drive recent wild gyrations in stock prices. Within hours, stock prices have been leaping and falling in 300- and 400-point bursts. Technical traders all but ignore fundamentals, such as corporate profits or...

    Doug McConnell, left, and Don Macdonald, both of Barrington, will attempt to swim the English Channel starting Aug. 20.

    Barrington men ready for English Channel swim

    Barrington residents Doug McConnell and Don Macdonald will leave for the U.K. next week to swim the English Channel to support the Les Turner ALS Foundation and the District 220 Education Foundation respectively. “If we get a day that the Channel will let anyone across, I believe I can swim that far,” McConnell said.

    District 200 Superintendent Brian Harris says the federal government needs to move faster to update the No Child Left Behind Law.

    District 200 officials blast No Child after parents opt to switch schools

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials blasted No Child Left Behind on Wednesday after Superintendent Brian Harris announced that 28 students at a school that is “in need of improvement” under the controversial law will switch schools. “It’s extremely frustrating that the federal government continues to drag this along,” he said.


    Former Wauconda and University of Illinois punter Anthony Santella is making the most of his time in the Carolina Panthers training camp.

    Santella savors taste of NFL training camp

    Former Wauconda and University of Illinois punter Anthony Santella is getting his kicks these days. After earning his masters this summer, he's in camp with the Carolina Panthers.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle was masterful, winning his tenth as the Sox cruised past the Orioles 6-3.

    Buehrle wins 10th as Sox top Orioles

    Mark Buehrle pitched eight innings to earn his 10th win, Alexei Ramirez homered in a four-run first inning, and the White Sox cruised past the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Thursday night.

    Dennis Rodman speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. Rodman will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Dennis Rodman: Big piece of the Bulls' party

    Former Bulls assistant GM Jim Stack spent countless hours scouting the Bad Boy Pistons of the 1980s. That's how he learned about Dennis Rodman, whom he later pitched as a replacement for Horace Grant. “What was compelling about Dennis is after he would play 45 minutes in a game, he would go in the weight room for an hour and a half,” said Stack, a Barrington resident.


    Roach embraces starter status

    Nick Roach is the Bears' "other" linebacker, but he's earned a starting spot alongside Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.


    Scouting report: Royals at White Sox
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

    Trainer Mike Stidham stands behind three good friends — Al Lepinski, Marty Nixon and Ron Lepinski — who share part ownership in Willcox Inn, a 3-year-old colt running in Saturday’s $400,000 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. The three friends all graduated from St. Viator and played hockey together.

    St. Viator grads have big stake in Secretariat

    Having a horse run in a Grade I stakes race is the thrill of a lifetime for many thoroughbred owners.But for Marty Nixon and brothers Ron and Al Lepinski, all graduates of St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, they will relive their dream a second time.


    Arlington purse increase turns terse

    Arlington Park will see an increase in purses for the remainder of the season, but only if the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association agrees to the move.

    Carlos Marmol worked out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam and managed to pick up his 26th save as the Cubs beat the Nationals 4-3.

    Cubs stay hot, hot, hot

    Since July 31, the Cubs have gone on a 9-2 run, ending with Thursday's 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. Oh, there are still plenty of problems And the record is still a paltry 51-67. But things are looking up.

    Henry Melton, left, and Matt Toeaina, here celebrating a sack in Miami last season, figure to provide solid depth along the defensive front for the Bears.

    Bears’ defenders are holding the line

    Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is eager to get a look at some of the team's young linemen in Saturday night's preseason opener.

    Aramis Ramirez swings follows through on a 2-run homer in the seventh inning Thursday at Wrigley Field.

    Young Cubs hitters could be more selective

    Nobody will ever accuse the Cubs of being the Incredible Walking Men. They entered Thursday’s 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals ranked last in the National League in walks. Cubs batters have drawn 287 bases on balls for the season. First baseman Carlos Pena has 24 percent of those walks, with 69.

    Carlos Pena’s seventh-inning homer proved to be the difference as the Cubs hung on to beat the Nationals 4-3 Thursday at a sun-drenched Wrigely Field.

    Ramirez, Pena power Cubs over Nats

    Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena hit back-to-back homers and the Cubs survived a shaky ninth by closer Carlos Marmol to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 Thursday.

    Steve Stricker shot a 63 Thursday during the first round of the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

    Stricker ties majors record, shoots 63 at PGA

    Steve Stricker had a shot at history. Tiger Woods set the wrong kind of mark at the PGA Championship. Stricker missed a 10-foot birdie putt at his final hole Thursday, failing to become the first player to shoot 62 in a major championship. Woods staggered to a 77 — his worst round ever at the PGA Championship.

    Interim head coach Frank Klopas of the Chicago Fire says the club’s focus is on improving over the next 12 games and on the U.S. Open Cup. A decision on hiring a new coach is likely to come after the MLS season ends.

    2 MLS clubs hire coaches as Fire waits to finish year

    Despite seeing MLS teams Vancouver and Montreal announce new coaches for next season, Fire interim coach/technical director Frank Klopas said his club is focused on finishing this season.


    Rupert Murdoch

    News 4Q beats Street; Murdoch vows to remain CEO
    Rupert Murdoch vowed Wednesday to remain CEO of News Corp., the media conglomerate under fire for phone hacking in Britain.


    Commodities rise as U.S. jobs report boosts optimism on economy

    Commodities rose for the second straight day after an unexpected drop in U.S. jobless claims spurred optimism for the U.S. economy, bolstering prospects for crop and industrial-metal demand.The Standard & Poor’s GSCI Index of 24 raw materials rose 1.9 percent to 642.21 at 2:54 p.m. in New York. Metals including lead and zinc led the rally. Corn, wheat and soybeans jumped after the U.S. government forecast smaller crops. Gold posted the biggest drop in seven weeks.“Things may not be as bad as some people were predicting,” Tom Mangan, who helps oversee $2.8 billion at James Investment Research Inc. in Xenia, Ohio, said in a telephone interview. “The chances of a recession might seem somewhat less today as reflected by stock prices, and, of course, if the economy is going to grow, then demand for commodities will grow.”On Aug. 8, investors dumped equities and most raw materials for the relative safety of Treasuries, the Swiss franc and gold amid mounting concern over a faltering global economy and mounting debt woes in the U.S. and Europe. Today, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index jumped as much as 4.5 percent, and the franc tumbled.“It’s now back a little bit to risk-on trade,” said David Thurtell, the head of metal research at Citigroup Inc. in Singapore. The Chinese yuan’s jump “is definitely good for commodities as that allows China to import more, and it’s a sign that the government is confident enough about the strength of domestic demand and cares less about exports,” he said.The Chinese currency strengthened beyond 6.4 per dollar for the first time in 17 years after the Federal Reserve pledged to keep U.S. interest rates at a record low.Lead, CornIn London, lead jumped as much as 5.1 percent. Copper futures in New York climbed 3 percent, the biggest gain since March 17. In Chicago, corn jumped as much as 4.4 percent.Gold fell 1.8 percent after CME Group Inc. boosted margins on Comex contracts, prompting investor sales following three-day rally to a record topping $1,800 an ounce.The GSCI index jumped 2.5 percent yesterday, led by precious metals.


    Sabre asks court to dismiss antitrust suit by US Airways

    Sabre Holdings Corp. asked a court to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit brought by US Airways, calling it an attempt to renegotiate their contract.


    Brazil’s real reverses decline, rises .4% to 1.168 per dollar

    Brazil’s real reversed a decline and rose 0.4 percent to 1.6188 per U.S. dollar at 3:02 p.m. New York time.


    Obama says ‘partisan brinksmanship’ stalls economic prgoress

    President Barack Obama said the political gridlock in Washington has shaken the confidence of investors and the public and that can only be overcome if both parties can find a way to compromise on policies that will help the economy grow. The U.S. is reeling from the aftershocks of the worst recession in generations as well as disruptions from unrest in the Middle East and the earthquake and tsunami and Japan, Obama said. On top of that, the nation has suffered from the “self- inflicted wound” caused by “partisan brinksmanship” in Congress, he said.It’s playing out in our stock market, wild swings up and down’’ that “makes folks nervous,” Obama said after a tour of a Johnson Controls Inc. factory in Holland, Michigan, that makes lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. “There’s nothing wrong with our country, there is something wrong with our politics.”To contact the reporter on this story: Margaret Talev in Holland, Michigan at mtalevbloomberg.net


    Bank of America credit-default swaps lead surge in lender risk

    The cost to protect against a default by U.S. banks rose and a benchmark gauge of corporate credit risk reached a 14-month high amid fear that Europe’s debt crisis will infect the global financial system and sink the economy back into recession.Credit-default swaps on Bank of America Corp., the nation’s biggest lender, surged to the highest since April 2009 before paring the gain. The cost to protect against defaults by European financial companies reached a record, and a swaps index that gauges the perceived risk of owning junk bonds, which falls as sentiment deteriorates, is at about the lowest level in more than a year.Investors are turning to the derivatives to protect against losses as European leaders struggle to contain a crisis of confidence that’s sent borrowing costs for Spain and Italy to euro-region records and this week caused credit swaps on France to soar. Confidence in corporate credit deteriorated even as U.S. jobless claims fell and stocks soared.“There’s clearly a panic going on in the market,” Andrew Feltus, a money manager at Pioneer Investment Management Inc. in Boston, said today in a radio interview on “Bloomberg Surveillance” with Ken Prewitt and Tom Keene, discussing junk bonds. “Prices are at such a point that you can even survive a recession, but people aren’t looking at the fundamentals. They’re just looking at the technicals, and ‘get me out of here,’” said Feltus, who oversees the $2.1 billion Pioneer High Yield Fund.BofA SwapsSwaps on Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America soared as much as 71 basis points to a mid-price of 375 basis points, according to broker Phoenix Partners Group. They fell back to a mid-price of 343 basis points as of 2:54 p.m. in New York.The contracts have been pushed to the highest ever relative to its peers as investors speculate the bank will have to bolster capital as mortgage investors sue to force the lender to buy back faulty home loans.Credit swaps on Goldman Sachs Group Inc. added 29 basis points to 224, and those on Citigroup Inc. climbed 24 basis points to 218 basis points, according to data provider CMA, which is owned by CME Group Inc. and compiles prices quoted by dealers in the privately negotiated market. Contracts on Morgan Stanley jumped 28 basis points to a mid-price of 285, Phoenix prices show.“Concerns around the EU and risk in general seem to be dominating fundamentals at this point,” said Joel Levington, a managing director of corporate credit at Brookfield Investment Management Inc. in New York.France, BelgiumSwaps on Societe Generale SA, the French bank whose shares have plunged 16.5 percent the past two days, jumped to a record high for the fourth straight day. The contracts rose 4.5 basis points to 341.5 as of 4:30 p.m. in London after earlier reaching at least 379, CMA prices show. Swaps on the French government fell from a record high reached yesterday, declining 4.8 basis points to 174.5 basis points, according to CMA.Contracts on Dexia Credit Local SA, a unit of Dexia SA, Belgium’s largest bank by assets, rose 32 basis points to a record 600 basis points, CMA prices show. Swaps on Belgium’s debt, which rose to a record 270 basis points yesterday, fell back to 262 today.The Markit iTraxx Financial Index, linked to the senior debt of 25 banks and insurers, jumped as much as 26 basis points to a record 257 before falling back to 241, JPMorgan Chase & Co. prices show.Paris-based SocGen, France’s second-biggest bank, is among banks being targeted by investors because of its perceived dependence on short-term funding, according to analysts at Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc.‘Self-Fulfilling’


    Covidien CFO says offer for drug unit would be considered

    Covidien Plc, the maker of surgical accessories and operating room products, would consider selling its pharmaceuticals business as the company works to bolster the unit’s value, Chief Financial Officer Chuck Dockendorff said.“If somebody were to approach us with an offer that is of higher value than the drug business is worth to us, that’s certainly something we would look at,” Dockendorff said in a phone interview today.Covidien, which is based in Dublin, Ireland, and has offices in Mansfield, Massachusetts, was looking to sell the drug segment in a transaction that could fetch up to $4 billion, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg in June. Today, the unit might generate as much as $4 billion in a sale, said Jeff Jonas, an analyst at Rye, New York-based Gabelli & Co.“Without enough possible buyers that number could slide down,” Jonas said in an interview. Given the current state of the market, it’s unlikely that Covidien will sell, Jonas said.Pharmaceutical sales were $1.46 billion for the nine months ended June 30, down 4.3 percent from a year earlier, Covidien reported on July 26 in its fiscal third-quarter earnings statement. Medical devices generated $5.74 billion in sales, a 16 percent increase from the prior year.Valuable Asset“The pharmaceutical business is an asset we think is very valuable and we’re running it to make it more valuable,” Dockendorff said. “It doesn’t preclude us from doing anything in devices.”Selling the unit may streamline Covidien into a more- profitable and higher-growth company, said Michael Matson, an analyst at Mizuho Securities USA Inc. in New York. He also said it was unlikely a sale will occur in the current market.“The drug business has been a pretty significant drag on their revenue recently,” Matson said in an interview. “It would help their overall revenue growth if they sold the business.”Covidien rose $3.33, or 7.5 percent, to $48.03 at 2:48 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading, the biggest intraday gain since November. Earlier, the shares climbed to as high as $48.53 in the steepest increase since January 2009.The company’s board authorized a program to repurchase as much as $2 billion of shares, Covidien said in a statement today.


    Stick-on patch proposed for patient monitoring

    WASHINGTON — One day monitoring a patient’s vital signs like temperature and heart rate could be a simple as sticking on a tiny, wireless patch, sort of like a temporary tattoo. Eliminating the bulky wiring and electrodes used in current monitors would make the devices more comfortable for patients, says an international team of researchers who report their findings in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.“What we are trying to do here is to really reshape and redefine electronics ... to look a lot more like the human body, in this case the surface layers of the skin,” said John A. Rogers of the University of Illinois. “The goal is really to blur the distinction between electronics and biological tissue.”The researchers embedded electronic sensors in a film thinner than the diameter of a human hair, which was placed on a polyester backing like those used for the temporary tattoos popular with kids. The result was a sensor that was flexible enough to move with the skin and would adhere without adhesives.The researchers said the devices had remained in place for up to 24 hours. Rogers said in an briefing that, while normal shedding of skin cells would eventually cause the monitors to come off, he thought they could remain in place as long as two weeks.In addition to monitoring patients in hospitals, other uses for the devices could include monitoring brain waves, muscle movement, sensing the larynx for speech, emitting heat to help heal wounds and perhaps even being made touch sensitive and placed on artificial limbs, Rogers said.The device will help fill the need for equipment that is more convenient and less stressful for patients, permitting easier and more reliable monitoring, said Zhenqiang Ma, an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin, who was not part of the research team. The electronic skin can simply be stuck on or peeled off like an adhesive bandage, he noted in a commentary on the report.Rogers is a founder of the company MC10, based in Cambridge, Mass., which is working to develop commercial uses of the devices, but he declined to speculate on how soon the electronic skin would be ready for market or what it would cost.The monitor looks rather like a bandage and contains an antenna that could be used to transmit data, though a radio to do that transmitting has not yet been tested, Rogers said. The current design has a small coil and could be powered by induction — by placing it near an electrical coil — Rogers said. That would permit intermittent use, he said, and for longer-term monitoring a tiny battery or storage capacitor could be used.The monitor doesn’t use an adhesive, relying on a weak force called the van der Waals force that causes molecules and surfaces to stick together without interfering with motion. The ability of geckos to climb smooth surfaces has been attributed to the van der Waals force. For longer-term use the electronic skin could be coated with an adhesive.Rogers and co-lead author Dae-Hyuong Kim, have been working on the technology for several years. They earlier worked together to develop flexible electronics for hemispherical camera sensors and other devices that have complex shapes.Funding for the research came from the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, and a Defense Department National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship. ———Online:Science: http://www.sciencemag.org


    Pelosi names final members to debt supercommittee

    WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed three Democrats to Congress’ new debt-reduction supercommittee, completing the 12-member panel’s roster.The California Democrat appointed Reps. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina and Xavier Becerra of California, who are both members of the party’s House leadership teams. She also named Maryland’s Chris Van Hollen, top Democrat on the Budget Committee.Pelosi’s appointments bring racial diversity to the supercommittee because Clyburn is black and Becerra is Hispanic. The panel is divided evenly among Democrats and Republicans. It has until Thanksgiving to propose $1.5 trillion in 10-year budget savings. If it does not propose a package or if Congress doesn’t approve it, $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts will be triggered.


    BC-EU--Greece-Financial Crisis, 2nd Ld-Writethru,0593 Greece: union threaten disruption campaign

    Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's main civil servants union on Thursday vowed to file law suits against the Socialist government over a (euro) 50 billion privatization program, describing it as an act of "national treason," as part of a fall campaign to disrupt revenue collection.Ilias Iliopoulos, general secretary of the powerful ADEDY union told The Associated Press that a final decision was expected at a union meeting on Sept. 22.The once pro-Socialist union has already outlined plans to stage a campaign of disruptive strikes against austerity measures in the fall — threatening the country's already-fragile revenue collection."For us this (privatization) is an act of national treason, and those who attempt it will face the consequences accordingly," Iliopoulos said. "We will use all means at our disposal to, of course, hopefully overturn the government, but mainly to file law suits against those who sign these (privatization) agreements."He said the plan is to send a message to "these so-called investors, who want to snatch our national wealth at a humiliating price. They can do whatever else they like with their money, but this will never happen." The government has faced down months of often-violent protests as it pushed through successive waves of cost-cutting measures that has seen unemployment rise to record levels.The jobless rate reached 16.6 percent in May — a new high — from 15.8 percent a month earlier, according to figures reported Thursday by Greece's Statistical Authority.The agency said 220,534 had lost their jobs in the last year, with the number of people out of work reaching 822,719 in the country of about 11 million people.European leaders agreed last month on a second bailout worth (euro) 109 billion ($155 billion) for Greece, which was granted its first, equivalent rescue from international creditors last year.In return, Greece promised to drastically speed up its privatization program — to stabilize the national debt — and impose strict austerity measures, increasing taxes and cutting public sector pay and pensions.Stuck in recession for a third year, Greece is struggling to meet its deficit reduction targets, while the sell-off of state-owned companies remains threatened by plunging stock prices that hit their lowest level in 14 years this week.Iliopoulos said his union would change strike tactics after the summer, as part of a renewed anti-government campaign."The strike might be confined to one region one day, followed by another that will affect a certain profession, and then joined nationally by civil servants the day after that," he said. "Of course this means that there will be negative consequences for revenues, because employees will not be present to receive payments."On Wednesday, the government warned it would not tolerate any attempt to disrupt tax payments, renewing a threat to review decades-old job guarantees for state-paid workers."This is totally irresponsible and against the public interest," government spokesman Ilias Mosialos told private Skai television. "We have 800,000 public servants, that's roughly the same number of people who are unemployed. (Civil service) job rights are guaranteed by the constitution and, but undermining the public interest is not."Last month, the Greek Inspector of Public Administration reported major delays in tax collection, up to 94 percent of revenue targets by some local tax offices — accusing some employees of carrying out an informal work-to-rule protest.The Greek Federation of Tax Office Employees has called a 48-hour strike on August 23 and 24 to protest pay cuts.————Elena Becatoros in Athens contributed.


    Efforts to calm European markets mount, but fail

    PARIS — French bankers and officials scrambled to calm nerves on Thursday after two days of whipsaw trading that saw their banks’ market value fall and rise by billions of euros.By late in the day those efforts appeared to settle markets jittery about the health of French banks and the heavily indebted U.S. and European economies. Economists said the rebound remained very fragile.The leaders of the eurozone’s biggest economies, Germany and France, announced they will meet Tuesday to discuss solutions to Europe’s financial difficulties.French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office said that the two will come up with “joint proposals” on the governance of the eurozone before the end of the summer. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said the meeting would focus on suggestions for how to improve the zone’s economic policy and crisis management.Bank of France head Christian Noyer blamed “unfounded rumors” for plunges in the shares of top banks, including Societe Generale and BNP Paribas, and said the country’s financial institutions were sound. The country’s market regulator warned of sanctions against anyone who fuels or profits from rumors that fed the sell-offNoyer said that French banks’ first-half earnings “confirmed their solidity in a difficult economic environment” and that the banks’ capital cushions were healthy.The stocks continued to drop until strong U.S. jobs data helped propell solid gains on Wall Street late in the European trading day. BNP Paribas closed up 0.3 percent and Societe Generale rose 3.7 percent.The European Union’s markets supervisor said regulators were increasing surveillance of financial markets following the days of steep selloffs. Greece on Monday banned short-selling — profiting from bets on the decline in a share price — but no other national regulators have followed suit so far. Consob, Italy’s stock market watchdog, said it would meet on Friday morning before the markets open to decide whether or not to take measures about short-selling, which has been blamed for contributing to market volatility.France is taking pains to assure markets that it won’t be the next to see its credit rating downgraded.Sarkozy cut short his holiday Wednesday and ordered his ministers to come up with new budget cuts to ensure that France sticks to deficit-cutting targets.All three leading credit rating agencies reaffirmed their triple-A assessment of France, and analysts said they could not identify a trigger for the market turmoil.“There’s nothing behind it, it’s a market of malintentioned speculators trading on pure rumors,” said Marc Touati, an economist at French trading firm Assya Compagnie Financiere.After Societe Generale, France’s second-biggest bank, saw its share price drop nearly 15 percent Wednesday, the bank asked the French market regulator, the AMF, to investigate the rumors that it was on the ropes because of its heavy exposure to debt from troubled eurozone economies.Societe Generale CEO Frederic Oudea called the rumors “totally unfounded” and “irrational.” Speaking on France-Info radio, he urged calm and insisted that the bank’s fundamentals are sound.Oudea said Societe Generale had already accounted for its exposure to Greece’s debts in its second quarter earnings.“S&P is not going to downgrade France any time soon. Nor are Moody’s or Fitch,” Gary Jenkins of Evolution Securities said. “Growth will be the key to the stability of the ratings for France, U.K and the U.S. over the next 12 months.”He said there will be extra attention to France’s release of second-quarter GDP figures on Friday, and warned that France could suffer if it has to spend significant new money to bail out more struggling eurozone states.

    Suburban foreclosures dropped sharply in July, but experts attribute much of the decrease to slower processing of foreclosure documents rather than to a healthier housing market.

    Far fewer foreclosures in suburbs, but it’s false hope

    DuPage County saw record decreases in foreclosures during July compared to a year ago -- 64%. Other suburban counties also saw large drops ranging from 40 percent in Lake County to 57 percent in Kane County. But experts attributed it to processing delays. “Nobody should have any illusions that this problem is getting any better,” said Jeff Metcalf, CEO of Record Information Services, a research firm in Kaneville.


    Redbox checks in at Foursquare
    Redbox, the national movie and game rental company, has officially checked in on Foursquare, a location-based mobile application with 10 million registered users.


    Italian acquisition spurs Manitex 2Q revenues
    Manitex International announced second quarter 2011 revenues of $37.1 million, representing a 90 percent year-over-year increase, buoyed by the recent acquisition of CVS Ferrari.


    Nordic Energy offers residential pricing to ComEd customers
    Nordic Energy Services, LLC, an alternative energy supplier serving Illinois and Northwest Indiana, today announced a new custom pricing product for residential customers in the ComEd service area.


    Survey: Number of workers living paycheck to paycheck at pre-recession levels

    As the U.S. keeps a close eye on the stock market, CareerBuilder’s survey shows the financial situation for some households is improving. Forty-two percent of workers say they usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, an improvement from 43 percent in 2010 and in line with levels seen back in 2007.


    United picks mcgarrybowen to lead global advertising
    United Continental Holdings has selected New York-based mcgarrybowen as the lead agency partner for the company’s consolidated global consumer and trade advertising.


    Ebeid joins Delta Outsourcing as vice president
    John Ebeid, a 12-year veteran in the pharmaceutical industry, has joined Delta Outsourcing, a division of Delta Pharma and Randstad, as vice president.

    Hillshire Farm is a division of Sara Lee which announced its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell 41 percent even as revenue rose. Its adjusted results met analysts' expectations.

    Sara Lee 4Q net income falls, revenue increases

    Downers Grove-based Sara Lee Corp. said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell 41 percent even as revenue rose. Its adjusted results met analysts' expectations.

    The Federal Reserve's plan to keep interest rates super-low for at least two more years is great news for mortgage refinancers and other borrowers. For retirees and others who need interest income, it's a threat.

    Low interest rates no panacea for retirees

    The Federal Reserve's plan to keep interest rates super-low for at least two more years is great news for mortgage refinancers and other borrowers. For retirees and others who need interest income, it's a threat.


    Spectrum Brands returns to 3rd-quarter profit

    Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., which products include Rayovac batteries, Remington shavers and Cutter insect repellents, returned to a profit in its fiscal third-quarter, helped by an acquisition and improving revenue.


    U.S. stock futures fall again after another big drop

    U.S. stock futures fell Thursday, following European markets lower and a day after another big drop on Wall Street.

    1 file photo, an American Eagle jet taxis at Boston's Logan International Airport. The parent company of American Airlines says it will spin off its regional carrier American Eagle into a separate publicly-traded company.

    AMR moves closer to Eagle spinoff

    The parent of American Airlines is one step closer to spinning off American Eagle as a separate company.

    Kohl's Corp. reported that profit rose 17 percent in the second quarter despite the uncertain economy, in large part due to the success of its store-label brands such as Vera Vera Wang and Food Network.

    Kohl's 2Q profits up 17 percent

    Kohl's Corp. reported that profit rose 17 percent in the second quarter despite the uncertain economy, in large part due to the success of its store-label brands such as Vera Vera Wang and Food Network. The company also raised its guidance for the full year.

Life & Entertainment

    Molly (Emma Bell) struggles to survive a horrible bridge collapse in the horror sequel "Final Destination 5." It's in 3-D, of course.

    ‘Final Destination 5' falls prey to formula

    "Final Destination 5" offers a clever ending that fans of the series will appreciate, but beyond that, "5" is just a creatively moribund slave to its own formula, wallowing in ridiculous and cartoony carnage.

    Christopher Hankins Dried mango and pineapple mix with M&Ms and flaked coconut for an after-school snack everyone can enjoy.

    Hit the trail with braces-friendly snack

    Last winter I had to get braces. The hardest part about having braces is that your food options are very, very limited. You don't want food to get stuck in your braces or pull out the wires.

    Malcolm McDowell

    Malcolm McDowell remembers Stanley Kubrick's snub

    Dann reveals how Stanley Kubrick hurt Malcolm McDowell's feelings on "A Clockwork Orange," plus, he goes to the annual Flashback Weekend horror convention and reviews "The Whistleblower."

    Chet (Aziz Ansari), left, and Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) plot to steal a car in the shrill action comedy “30 Minutes or Less.”

    ‘30 Minutes' a frantic action comedy

    "30 Minutes or Less" might have been a better action comedy had its running time actually been 30 minutes or less. The antic, frantic fact-based story quickly wears out its speedy novelty and never gets below the surface of its annoying characters.

    Clockwise from left, Carisa Barreca, Jimmy Carlson, Amanda Blake Davis and Shad Kunkle star in “Sex & The Second City: A Romantic Dot Comedy,” in a pre-Chicago run at Arlington Heights' Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

    ‘Sex & the Second City' sends up dating in the digital age

    Metropolis' “Sex & The Second City: A Romantic Dot Comedy” is a funny, energetic show about dating in the digital age.

    The TBS network is canceling George Lopez's nightly talk show. Thursday night's telecast will be the final one.

    TBS canceling comic George Lopez's talk show

    George Lopez, who surrendered his TBS time slot to Conan O'Brien and then saw ratings for "Lopez Tonight" slide, got a cancelation notice Wednesday. Lopez's Thursday show at midnight will be the final one, the cable network said in a statement.

    Texas Instruments’ most recent calculator, the TI-Nspire CX, offers color and 3-D graphics capability.

    Make your way through maze of graphing calculators

    You’re on the market for a calculator, but knowing which one you or your child needs for school can be just as perplexing as any high school math formula. With plenty of options available, how do you know what you really need — and what you don’t?

    Beginner's Ceviche

    Cooked shrimp initiates ceviche newbies

    I have long been fascinated with ceviche (“seh-BEE-chay”). While fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro and seafood tossed together and marinated in citrus and peppers sounds wonderfully appetizing, I can't necessarily get past the rawness of the fish or shellfish that is the star among the mix.

    Decorative, brightly lit liquor bottles greet patrons at Drink in Schaumburg.

    Schaumburg's Drink pours on creative cocktails

    The space at 871 E. Algonquin Road in Schaumburg has been occupied by a series of bars in the past few years, changing from Alumni Club to Mad Mark's Mystic Pizza and becoming Drink as of July 8. The newest incarnation is the best yet.


    Beginner’s Ceviche
    Beginners Ceviche: Desperation Dinners



    Shorten session, save the state money

    Illinois taxpayers spend $1.7 million a year or legislators' mileage reimbursements and meals and lodging while they're in Springfield. The best way to cut those costs? Shorten the session and get legislators out of the Capitol more quickly, a Daily Herald editorial says..


    Economic stress across the pond

    With a wary eye on Greece, a top British official fears a “sovereign debt rerun” of the financial crisis triggered by the September 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. He also worries that Britain might be unfairly tainted by Asian and other investors deciding that “Europe is a basket case.”


    Finding a way to energize your insect war stories

    How, we editors often wonder, do we turn people's anecdotal sharing of summer stories into engaging reading? It can start with a curious reporter and a question about cicadas.


    Missed opportunity will plague Winfield
    When a child gets a dollar in his pocket his inclination is to buy candy and toys. When an adult comes into money, the adult allocates the funds to needs, not wants. These differences in behavior are what separate the responsible from the irresponsible, adults from the children.At the Winfield village board meeting of Aug. 4, trustees were presented with three opportunities to allocate money to fix our long-neglected roads. In the first opportunity, AT&T leased space on our water tower for their cellphone antennas. That contract represented $10,800 in found money. Then the board chose between mapping trees for $12,400 and sending the $25,000 budget line item to the road budget. In the third opportunity, I asked that they commit $208,020 of red-light camera revenues to roads even as they spent $208,020 on designing a river walk. The village board voted down all three opportunities — a quarter of a million dollars of road funding — on a straight party-line split. The political party Winfield United and their Trustees Hughes, Bajor and Spande all lined up to spend money on candy and toys. Village President Birutis broke the ties voting for toys over maintenance. It’s deeply disturbing in a time when one in 11 of our village citizens is out of work that half of our politicians would vote against funding responsible maintenance and instead fund what amounts to political candy. When the subject of road maintenance comes up again, you can be sure that the Winfield United meme will be the government is poverty stricken and how we need to raise your taxes. It’s for the residents to remember in 2013, that on Aug. 4 at the village board meeting, Trustee Olson, Trustee Reyes and I demonstrated we were the only adults in the room. Tim Allen Village trusteeWinfield


    Teen driving limits are too imposing
    I find it highly ironic that a Republican in Congress, the type who usually calls for an end to “big government,” would support a law that restricts teen drivers by imposing huge government laws upon them.


    Higher taxes on the ‘rich’ is no solution
    Using cooked surveys is standard operating procedure for liberal Democrats. Its liberal politics as usual. Ms. Harrop’s columns systematically vilify and demonize Republicans and conservatives.


    Let’s make old news of Casey Anthony
    May our children and grandchildren in years to come read an old article regarding this character and say and think “yuck” and “yag” loudly and often. Let’s not feed her ego with one more sentence about her.


    Dems should stop childish blame game
    Letter to the Editor: The liberals and Obama just want to keep raising the debt ceiling without a budget. None of us could survive by spending uncontrollably and continually applying for credit increases. The result is called bankruptcy. It’s time for the liberals to take responsibility for the economic problems they have created and stop the childish blame games.


    Half of us living in denial
    Letter to the Editor: A recent CNN survey of more than 1,000 adults found that 51 percent thought that not increasing the debt ceiling would have little to no harm on the economy. If the majority of adults feel it is OK not to pay our debts, not to meet our commitments and renege on our obligations, then we are a country without honor and self-respect. We are a country that will behave as a teenager, live in denial and act delusional.


    Bike for Life a big success
    Letter to the Editor: By all accounts, the first Elgin Bike for Life event July 10 was a success. More than $6,000 in proceeds will go toward purchasing bike racks for elementary schools in Elgin.

    Maggie Powell

    Cancer should be priority No. 1
    Waukegan letter to the editor: Although I am mindful of the difficult task ahead for lawmakers in Washington as they decide how to best reduce the deficit. I want to make the case that the fight against cancer be made a national funding priority.


    Politicians should sign this pledge
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: These doomsday pledges serve special interests well but inhibit the good governance we need to move forward.


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