Daily Archive : Monday August 15, 2011


    Several hundred families will run, walk and push strollers in the Joshua Kurby Charge for CHARGE 5K, which benefits the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation. The event is Saturday in Carol Stream’s Armstrong Park.

    Family’s run honors son who died from CHARGE syndrome

    For Sandy Kurby, carrying her son Joshua through a troubled, shortened pregnancy was only the beginning of the difficulties in store for her baby boy. Josh had CHARGE Syndrome,a collection of birth defects that led to his death at just 8 months old. On Saturday, a 5K will honor Josh's memory and raise money for the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation.

    Dr. Dean Silas on Monday discussed his actions during the deadly stage collapse over the weekend at the Indiana State Fair. Silas, who practices at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, performed CPR, treated injuries and helped remove people trapped under stage rigging.

    Doctor at Indiana stage collapse: 'The injured were screaming'

    Dr. Dean Silas, the head of gastroenterology at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, helped treat the injured when the Sugarland stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair. “The injured were screaming, and all the spectators were screaming,” he said. “Many of those people stayed behind to help. Crushing injuries are what I saw.”


    Des Plaines discusses generator rebate program

    After a more than hourlong debate, the Des Plaines City Council decided to give the city staff more time to develop rules for a rebate program to help subsidize the purchase of generators by residents affected by power outages.

    A Lake County Fielders spokesman says the team could play at least some of its remaining games against a semipro team from Kenosha.

    Lake County Fielders' latest story: They'll play semipro team

    The troubled Lake County Fielders based in Zion announced it would play at least some of its remaining games against a semipro squad from Kenosha instead of the newly formed Kenosha County Fielders.

    Vincentio Provenzano

    Man charged in Cubs tickets scam

    A 69-year-old Chicago man whose criminal history dates back to 1962 faces theft charges after prosecutors say he promised to sell two people Cubs tickets fro $278 dollars, cashed their checks but never delivered the tickets.

    Martam Construction in Elgin is offering a $1,000 for information leading to the return of a wheel loader similar to this one. The loader, valued at $160,000, was reported stolen Friday from a reconstruction project at 22nd Street and Route 56 in Oakbrook Terrace.

    Thieves steal big machines in Oakbrook Terrace

    An Elgin construction firm is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the return of a wheel loader stolen from the 22nd Street site in Oakbrook Terrace, the third such theft. “You would think we’re in Detroit, not (Oakbrook Terrace),” said Bob Lewan, equipment manager for Martam Construction Inc.

    This home in the Stone Fence Farm subdivision in Vernon Hills has been declared unfit for occupancy.

    Vernon Hills home that was a source of odors declared uninhabitable

    Vernon Hills officials are considering the next steps after declaring as uninhabitable a single-family home that was the source of odor complaints. In 2004, animal control workers wearing protective clothing over several days removed an estimated 130 cats and other animals from the home.

    Paul Boecker, who founded the “Keep the Wreath Red” program, died Sunday morning from an undisclosed illness, officials said. The longtime Lisle resident was 80.

    'Keep the Wreath Red' founder from Lisle dies

    Members of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District are remembering a former chief who was credited with starting a holiday fire prevention program used by departments across the state. Paul Boecker, who founded the “Keep the Wreath Red” program, died Sunday morning from an undisclosed illness, officials said. The longtime Lisle resident was 80.

    Yashesh Desai

    Woodridge man accused of killing dad with weed trimmer

    In a rambling confession that referenced Godzilla, a former University of Illinois student now living in Woodridge admitted he bludgeoned his father to death with a weed trimmer over the weekend, prosecutors said Monday. At one point in a brief court appearance, he asked, “What state do you want? Alaska?”

    Aloysious “Leo” Zucker

    Batavia’s Leo Zucker: ‘He cared for everyone’

    Leo Zucker was a familiar face around the Eastside Community Center in Batavia. At 92 and very active, he never thought of himself as a "senior citizen." That's because he was too busy opening the building for men’s basketball leagues or setting up chairs for meetings, or driving the van to transport seniors to events. Mr. Zucker died Friday.

    Residents upset with a possible change to the Courthouse Square site took their fight to city hall. Here, one of the leaders of the opposition, Gerry Gorski, stands by a shell of what was supposed to be a midrise building in March. That building is now being proposed as an assisted-living facility.

    Courthouse Square fight in Wheaton comes to city council meeting

    Resident of Courthouse Square condominiums in downtown Wheaton took their fight against a developer that is trying to bring an assisted-living facility to their block to the city council meeting on Monday.


    Dist. 203’s final student-built home up for bid

    The last house built through the Building Trades program in Naperville Unit District 203 will be sold in less than a month. Several dozen students from Naperville North and Central high schools have been remodeling the home at 212 Basswood Drive since October 2009. Bids will be unsealed on Sept. 15. at district headquarters.

    A vacant parking lot in Lisle will stay that way for the time being now that village board members have rejected a school company’s request to use the property along Indiana Avenue as a school bus yard.

    Lisle rejects bus yard plan

    Lisle Village Board members Monday night denied a request by Westway Coach to use a large empty parking lot as a bus yard. The bus company was hoping to park nearly 70 school buses in a roughly 2.5-acre lot at the former Tellabs site on the 4900 block of Indiana Avenue.

    Maiya Morales, 10, of North Chicago with her teammates as the Angel Drill Team practices at A.J. Katzenmeir Elementary School in North Chicago. The drill team has been led by Nathaniel Hamilton since he founded it in 1967.

    Gurnee honors Angel Drill Team founder

    Angel Drill Team founder Nathaniel Hamilton received a special salute from the Gurnee village board Monday night. Hamilton, a retired Navy senior chief and drill instructor, founded the Lake County group in 1967.


    Famed Wheeling gymnastics academy relocating to Palatine

    The American Academy of Gymnastics, a longtime breeding ground for the area’s elite gymnasts, will be closing its doors after more than 25 years in Wheeling and relocating to a former bowling alley on Palatine's Consumer Avenue.


    U-46 predicts budget surplus, with conditions

    Elgin Area School District U-46 presented a budget for the 2011-2012 year with an $11 million surplus -- if it sticks. “There remain several unknowns that will affect our budget,” Finance Director Jeff King said.


    Barrington gets 24-hour Anytime Fitness

    Barrington officials Monday night approved a 24-hour Anytime Fitness location next to the CVS Pharmacy at the southeast corner of Lake-Cook Road and Route 14. No restrictions were put on the fitness center’s ability to be open around the clock, but the village board allowed for conditions to be imposed in the future if problems arise.

    Jennifer Dominianni along with her daughter, Natania, look at a memorial in front of the Grandstand at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. The memorial is set-up for those who were killed when a stage collapsed Saturday night.

    Remembering the victims of the Indiana state fair collapse

    Hundreds of mourners gathered Monday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to remember five people killed when high winds caused an outdoor stage to collapse onto an audience awaiting the start of a country music concert.

    A rebel fighter flashes V-victory sign as he celebrates at the gates of the town of Brega, Libya, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Most of the town has been liberated from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, with fighting going on only at the oil terminal, according to rebel military spokesman Ahmed Bani.

    Rebels try to isolate Tripoli, Gadhafi

    "We are closing the roads for Gadhafi so there is no way for him to bring anything to Tripoli," a rebel field commander, Jumma Dardira, told The Associated Press.

    Elk Grove Village police investigate the scene where three people were injured during a fight behind a Chinese restaurant in the Turner Plaza strip mall Monday afternoon. Authorities said one man is in custody.

    Three injured in Elk Grove restaurant fight

    Three people were taken to area hospitals with knife wounds and bruises Monday afternoon after Elk Grove Village police responded to a call of a violent altercation behind a Chinese restaurant.

    President Barack Obama mimics calling on a phone during a town hall event at Lower Hannah’s Bend Park in Cannon Falls, Minn., Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.

    Obama criticizes GOP presidential rivals on taxes

    President Barack Obama launched a rare direct attack Monday on the Republican presidential field, criticizing GOP hopefuls for their blanket opposition to any deficit-cutting compromise involving new taxes.


    Collision with squad car critically injures man in Lake Villa

    A 68-year-old man was seriously injured in Lake Villa Monday afternoon when he pulled out of a side street and was struck by a Lake County sheriff’s office squad car. The sheriff’s deputy was headed to a domestic battery in progress with the car’s lights and sirens activated, according to police.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a $5 million fund will reward the best-performing public school principals in the city. The money comes from private donations.

    Emanuel establishes bonuses for principals

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is establishing a $5 million fund to provide merit pay to Chicago Public School principals. Emanuel says the money, which will come from private donations, will reward the best-performing principals.

    Jeff Knox/jknox@dailyherald.com U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaking to the Daily Herald editorial board on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011.

    Durbin: Congress needs ‘cooling off’ period

    Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, a member of the bipartisan "Gang of Six," talks about why compromise is necessary - but not necessarily in store - for the Congressional supercommittee.

    Gilbert R. Boucher II/gboucher@dailyherald.com Google announced Monday it will acquire Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.

    Officials expect Google to keep Motorola Mobility’s Libertyville site

    Google Inc. could get the same state tax breaks promised to Motorola Mobility -- if it keeps operations in Illinois after its $12.5 billion acquisition of the smartphone maker, said State Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican.


    Gurnee lifeguard champs

    Gurnee Park District pool lifeguards were in championship form in a competition over the weekend.


    Back to school blast off

    The Lake County Family YMCA is hosting a free Back-to-School Blast Off from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Northern Lake YMCA, 2000 Western Ave., Waukegan. \


    Forest district offers dance class:

    Pick up hip-hop dance moves at the Greenbelt Cultural Center Aug. 22-25.

    A 38-year-old Woodstock woman was killed in this Aug. 5 crash in unincorporated McHenry County. Police said 22-year-old Luis E. Ramirez of Round Lake Beach attempted to pass two vehicles and struck her vehicle head-on.

    Round Lake Beach driver charged with murder

    A 22-year-old Round Lake Beach man has been charged with first degree-murder and reckless homicide upon his release from the hospital after a head-on collision that killed a Woodstock woman.


    Schaumburg assessor offers in-home seminars

    Schaumburg Township Assessor John R. Lawson has introduced a new program called “Coffee with the Assessor” to begin Sept. 1. “My goal is to better educate the homeowner and to have more of a one-on-one contact with my constituents,” Lawson said.


    Des Plaines firefighters support blood drive

    The Des Plaines Firefighters Union Local 4211 will join Operation North Pole and LifeSource Blood Center in hosting a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, 50 W. Oakton St.


    Police reports
    Two women received tickets charging them with illegal consumption of alcohol, at 1:51 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of South River Street, according to Batavia police.


    Storm cost ComEd $80 million

    ComEd has had quite a summer with a series of storm creating unprecedented power outages. The company's chief executive says she knows that fewer outages, quicker restoration times and better communication are chief concerns.


    ‘Plan B’ opts for less painful toll hike in short term

    The Illinois tollway can fix its roads and build new ones at a fraction of the cost of the official plan, an agency official says.

    More changes are coming to the Sugar Grove Library, which has been embroiled in controversy this summer. The interim director is quitting at the end of the week.

    Interim director quitting Sugar Grove Library

    Not only does the Sugar Grove Library not have a director, it won't have an interim director by the end of the week, as she is quitting. And one of the trustees opposed to the firing of the former director has come out with what he thinks are the reasons she was let go, and criticized fellow trustees for not speaking out for themselves.

    Jose P. Jimenez-Alejo

    Police:Naperville man lured girls with chocolate

    A 25-year-old Naperville man is charged with child abduction and battery after police say he used chocolate to lure two youg girls into his bedroom.

    Fred Maier, Itasca’s environmental services coordinator, stands in front of an Oak tree he planted 32 years ago when he was the only naturalist on staff at the Springbrook Nature Center. He will retire at the end of the month.

    Springbrook leader to retire from Itasca nature center

    As a college student, Fred Maier helped bring Itasca's Springbrook Nature Center to life when the preserve was just an idea on paper. This month, he will say goodbye after a 32-year career at the center.


    Motorola Mobility shares skyrocket

    After Google said it would buy Motorola Mobility, the MMI shares flew off the shelves and closed up a record 56 percent.


    Police reports
    More than $1,800 was taken in an armed robbery at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday at La Hacienda, 836 Walnut Ave., Elgin, according to police reports. A man came with what may have been a plastic handgun, asking employees where the money was, reports said.

    Vick Patel of Dundee Supermart in West Dundee received a small percentage of a $250,000 Mega Millions prize won by a suburban woman in April.

    Illinois lottery sales average $177 per person

    Illinois lottery ticket sales grew slightly during the past year to set a record of nearly $2.3 billion, or about $177 for every person in the state, officials said Monday.The total was 3 percent higher than the previous year’s mark of just more than $2.2 billion.

    Superintendents across Illinois are working for free after Gov. Pat Quinn in early July eliminated the funds that pay them and their assistants. That’s because there’s a budget dispute over where the money to pay them should come from.

    Quinn wants to work out school official pay

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to work with regional school superintendents on who should pay their salaries. Superintendents across Illinois are working for free after Quinn in early July eliminated the funds that pay them and their assistants.

    Eighth-graders Alexia Milligan, left, and Nicole Oyewunmi share a hug as they greet each other on the way into Westfield Middle School Monday morning in Algonquin. Community Unit District 300 students were back in the classroom Monday, one of the first districts to start classes for the 2011-2012 school year. Both girls are from Algonquin.

    New school year starts in District 300

    More than 20,000 students headed back to school Monday for the first day of classes in Community Unit District 300. “It was a perfect day. You couldn’t ask for a better day,” Superintendent Michael Bregy said.


    A look at other tax packages

    Here's a breakout of companies who recently received tax incentive packages from the state. Now, Motorola Mobility's recent package is in question since it announced it will be acquired by Google.


    Palatine police launch traffic safety campaign

    As part of an effort to keep roadways safe through aggressive traffic enforcement measures, the Palatine Police Department will conduct a roadside safety check late Friday, Aug. 19 into early Saturday, Aug. 20 in the area of Algonquin and Roselle roads.

    Would-be patrons are shocked and surprised as they walk away when they find that the Lowes store in Schaumburg closed its' doors over the weekend.

    Lowes closes stores in Elgin and Schaumburg

    Elgin and Schaumburg have lost their Lowe's stores. The stores have automatic recordings announcing both locations have been permanently closed. The chain told employees they would be closing the doors for good Sunday night.

    The Illinois tollway is considering a rate increase in order to pay for repairs, maintenance and $4 billion of new projects. Under the plan, on which public hearings begin this week, tolls at plazas would go up between 35 and 70 cents.

    What higher tolls mean for your drive
    The Illinois tollway's proposed rate increase could cost some drivers $1.10 more a day or more. In Transit gets into the details. Plus vote on the Best Road Trip Song ever.

    Lake County Board member Stevenson Mountsier, an 81-year-old Republican from Lake Barrington, is in his 15th year on the board and serves as its vice chairman. He announced his decision not to run again in a news release. It gave no explanation.

    Mountsier won’t run again in Lake County

    Veteran Lake County Board member Stevenson Mountsier won’t seek re-election in 2012. Mountsier, an 81-year-old Republican from Lake Barrington, is in his 15th year on the board and serves as its vice chairman. Mountsier also used the statement to endorse Republican Nick Sauer, a Barrington Unit District 220 school board member, to succeed him.

    Chris Nybo

    Law allows emergency EpiPen use at school

    Nurses at Illinois schools might soon be better equipped to help students who suffer severe, unexpected food allergy reactions. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday that allows schools to stock epinephrine for students who don’t have a prescription. This law, said Rep. Chris Nybo, an Elmhurst Republican, can help deal with those emergencies. “Some kids never know they’re allergic to something...


    Kane County chairman’s assistant dies

    Jean Weems, executive assistant to Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, has died. County employees were informed of her death Monday afternoon in an email.


    Two schools awarded ISBE laptop grant in District 15

    Two District 15 schools — Virginia Lake and Jane Addams Schools — have met the grant criteria for the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) Children’s Low-cost Laptop Program and have been selected to receive an iPad for each of their students in grades three-six.


    Metra wants help to put defibrillators on trains

    Metra intends to put defibrillators on trains, but paying for the lifesaving units is another issue.

    Campers work on leg movements to improve their running technique.

    Arlington Hts. woman mentors female runners

    In 1983, Janet Leet won a national championship in cross country. Now, nearly 30 years later, she is inspiring young female athletes to pursue similar dreams. For the last 14 summers, Leet, an Arlington Heights resident, has been in charge of RunSub5, a Nike-sponsored running camp for female distance runners.

    Christian singer-songwriter Mark Schultz will perform Aug. 20 in a concert benefiting Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.

    Christian singer Mark Schultz at Hemmens

    The Chicagoland Regional Office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, welcomes platinum-selling contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Mark Schultz to the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Saturday, Aug. 20.


    NIU uses new logo on website

    Northern Illinois University's new logo is now appearing the school's website as well as on new stationery, brochures and other university publications. The black, red and white vertical illustration features the letters “NIU” and the top of a campus building.

    Democrat Tammy Duckworth is running for Congress in the new 8th District. She previously ran in the 6th District.

    Durbin endorses Duckworth for Congress

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has endorsed Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth in her run for Congress in the newly drawn 8th District in the Northwest suburbs. The Illinois Democrat made the announcement Monday at an appearance with Duckworth in Elk Grove Village.

    Lake County Fielders owner Rich Ehrenreich released a statement Sunday saying the league is adjusting its schedule due to the high costs of air travel and the “distressed economy.”

    Lake County Fielders say they'll still play ball

    Play ball? The embattled Lake County Fielders announced they will remain a member in the North American League but will play "many" of their remaining games against a newly created team, the Kenosha County Fielders.

    Torrie Wolcyz and Brian Lambel are going to be filling their boots with money Friday, Aug. 19.

    Mt. Prospect firefighters will ‘fill the boots’ for MDA on Aug. 19

    On Friday, Aug. 19, Mt. Prospect firefighters will be standing at Route 83 and Northwest Highway and Golf and Busse roads to collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    A Somali child from southern Somali receives a banana from a banana vendor outside a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, Aug 15, 2011. The World Food Program said Saturday that it is expanding its food distribution efforts in famine-struck Somalia, where the U.N. estimates that only 20 percent of people needing aid are getting it.

    Somalia famine aid stolen, UN investigating

    Sacks of grain, peanut butter snacks and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in markets, an Associated Press investigation has found, raising concerns that thieving businessmen are undermining international famine relief efforts in this nearly lawless country.

    The Barrington Hills estate Hidden Ponds will be the setting for the Barrington Chapter Lyric Opera of Chicago’s annual fundraiser to support educational outreach initiatives.

    Barrington Lyric Opera of Chicago to open season

    On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Barrington Chapter Lyric Opera of Chicago (BCLOC) invites members and guests to join them at 2 p.m. for its annual event to support Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Educational Outreach Initiatives.


    Dundee Twp. Park District to build new rec center
    Dundee Township Park District and Lamp Inc. will host the ground breaking ceremony on the new Randall Oaks Recreation Center at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.


    United Way of Elgin to host Day of Caring
    The date is set for United Way of Elgin’s 17th annual Day of Caring, which will take place Friday, Sept. 9. It not only marks the beginning of the United Way’s annual campaign, but also gives community volunteers the chance to improve the lives of individuals who need our help.

    Barb Finn and Pam Larsen admire some of the items for the upscale “French Room” at the Barrington United Methodist Church Rummage Sale.

    Barrington UMC prepares for rummage sale

    Do you love finding a great bargain? The Barrington United Methodist Women are busy preparing for their much anticipated annual Rummage Sale on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Rd. (southeast corner of Route 59) in Barrington.


    Secretary of State’s senior day in Schaumburg

    Secretary of State Jesse White’s Super Senior Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 19 at the Schaumburg Barn, 231 Civic Drive in Schaumburg. The event will feature a mobile unit that will provide a variety of services to senior citizens, including vision screening, driver’s license renewal, vehicle sticker sales and a Rules of the Road class.

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Runnin’ Down a Dream” makes our Best Road Trip Song finals.

    Best road trip song ever? You decide

    "Rainbow connection?" "Runnin' Down a Dream?" "Born to be Wild?" It's voting time for In Transit's Best Road Trip Song ever contest.


    Illinois has rare authority over hospital closures

    Cook County officials, facing a multimillion-dollar budget deficit, are begging to close a hospital that serves the poor in Chicago’s southern suburbs. But no hospitals can shut down in Illinois until a nine-member state board gives the green light.

    Brandon Pitak, of Hoffman Estates, recently competed for and won a spot on the USA Taekwondo Jr. National Team. Now the country’s number one ranked fighter in under the age of 18 in his weight division, Brandon will represent the U.S. at the Pan American Taekwondo Championship in October.

    Hoffman Estates teen’s dedication pays off with spot on U.S. team

    Outside of school and taekwondo, 15-year-old Brandon Pitak doesn't have time for much else. But his dedication paid off this summer when he won a spot on the USA Taekwondo Jr. National Team. The Hoffman Estates teen will represent the U.S. at the Pan American Taekwondo Championships in October.

    Judith Horsley’s Airedale terrier, Beorn, was happily looking out the window in the back seat when she shot this picture in the rearview mirror.

    Vote for your favorite banner in West Chicago contest

    Winners from the 2011 Art Banner Contest in West Chicago are being displayed this summer downtown on Main Street light posts. There's still time to vote for your favorite.


    Rep. Crespo to honor businesses for community service

    State Rep. Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) is requesting nominations for the District 44 Community Business of the Year Award, highlighting businesses that are dedicated to improving their communities.

    Summer Siblings group leader Maura Loftus helps Ryan Maude of Palatine with painting while he waits for his siblings to join him after therapy.

    Siblings are special too at Easter Seals

    Thanks to a grant by the Amicus Foundation, Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region can offer support services for parents and siblings of children with disabilities through a part-time parent liaison, a Summer Siblings Program and a Parent Resource Library.


    Shell: 54,600 gallons of oil spilled in North Sea

    Royal Dutch Shell estimated Monday that 54,600 gallons of oil have spilled into the North Sea from an oil rig off Scotland's eastern coast. "We care about the environment and we regret that the spill happened," said Glen Cayley, technical director of Shell's European exploration and production activities.


    Naperville Wine Festival schedule
    Naperville is hosting a Wine Festival on August 19 and 20 at the CityGate Centre.

    This year the annual Naperville Wine Festival moved to a new location at the CityGate Centre in Naperville. Scott Janess, president of inPLAY Events, hopes the 2011 event will have the group’s largest attendance yet.

    Naperville Wine Festival’s the toast of the town

    Victoria Peterson turned her biology degrees into a wine-making business, selling her vintages in her three stores in Naperville. This weekend, she joins the ranks of vendors at the Naperville Wine Festival.

    Children can have fun while learning safety awareness from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Ken Alley Safety Park, 421 N. Springinsguth Road, in Schaumburg. For information, visit parkfun.com.

    Kids can learn safety tips on Sundays in Schaumburg

    The Schaumburg Park District will hold Sundays at Safety Park from 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 21. Ken Alley Safety Park, 421 N. Springinsguth Road, was developed to teach safety awareness to residents of all ages.

    Speed shooter Ashley Bolda of Crystal Lake will be joining Timothy Vinci of Algonquin and other shooters from around the world at the next Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships on Aug. 18-20.

    Algonquin, Crystal Lake shooters to compete at world championships

    Local top guns Timothy Vinci of Algonquin and Ashley Bolda of Crystal Lake will be competing in the Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championships Aug. 18-20.

    Carolyn Gilbert works with two of her students in home economics class.

    Elgin teacher can't forgive teen who stabbed her

    The Christian thing to do, Elgin High teacher Carolyn Gilbert says she knows, would be to forgive Angel Facio for attacking her with a knife. But lingering medical issues, a host of new fears and few signs of real remorse from her attacker have made forgiveness elusive. "It's too fresh, too soon," she said.

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels wipes a tear during a memorial service Monday held for those killed in a weekend stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

    Ind. fair honors five killed in stage collapse

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed Saturday at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents.

    Angel Facio in prison.

    Impulse: What drove Elgin teen Angel Facio to stab his teacher

    It was an impulse that he still can't explain. Elgin teen Angel Facio stabbed his favorite teacher, nearly taking her life. Three years after his attack on Carolyn Gilbert, Facio for the first time tells what drove him to attack. "I was going to try to slit her throat," he said.

    Iraqis inspect the site of a bombing in Kirkuk, Iraq, on Monday. Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday morning, killing at least 56 people.

    56 killed as wave of violence rolls across Iraq

    Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday morning, killing 56 people in a wave of violence that shattered what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan.


    1 killed as bomb hits Filipino gov.’s convoy

    A car bomb in the southern Philippines killed one person and wounded seven Monday in an attack targeting Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, who took office after many of his relatives were slain in the country’s worst political massacre in 2009.


    Unearthed Indian remains spark protest in Calif.

    Protesters want construction halted at a California housing development after builders unearthed Native American remains at what is believed to be a 6,000-year-old burial site.

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and others remembered the victims of the Saturday stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair on Monday morning in a ceremony at the fairground.

    Ind. fair honor dead before resuming

    Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Monday for a memorial service to honor the five people who died when a strong gust of wind caused a stage to collapse on top of them Saturday.


    Tropical Storm Gert nears Bermuda

    People in Bermuda hauled their boats onto beaches and shuttered their homes as Tropical Storm Gert neared the wealthy British archipelago on Monday.


    Briefcases cause scare at Boehner’s Ohio office

    Briefcases with handwritten signs attached were left at the front door of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's Ohio office on Sunday, bringing out a bomb squad.

    This screen shot taken from myBART.org shows a page from the website after it was hacked by the group Anonymous on Sunday. Bay Area Rapid Transit district officials said they were attempting Sunday to shut down the hacker's group website that lists the names of thousands of San Francisco Bay area residents who are email subscribers of a legitimate BART website.

    Hackers protest blocked cellphones on SF transit

    San Francisco's mass transit system prepared for renewed protests Monday, a day after hackers angry over blocked cell phone service at some transit stations broke into a website and posted company contact information for more than 2,000 customers.


    Ryerson Woods film festival spotlights sustainable design

    On Saturday, Aug. 20, Friends of Ryerson Woods will host a free evening of art and film under the stars. The event will begin with a guided gallery tour of the ART of GREEN group exhibition at the historic home Brushwood at Ryerson Woods near Deerfield. Guests are then invited to relax and picnic on the grounds of Brushwood for a screening of acclaimed short films featuring design inspired by...

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest held its 152nd commencement recently, with 31 students and eight Illinois State Scholars.

    Woodlands Academy celebrates commencement

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest graduated its Senior Class recently in the Woodlands Academy Chapel.


    Rep. Sullivan and Sen. Duffy to host Children’s Fair

    State Representative Ed Sullivan, (R-Mundelein) is pleased to announce he will be hosting a Children’s Health and Safety Fair with a “Touch-A-Truck” area from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at Mundelein High School, 1350 W. Hawley St., Mundelein. State Senator Dan Duffy (R-Barrington) will be co-hosting the event.


    Hoffman Estates receives budget presentation award

    The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is announced that the village of Hoffman Estates has received the GFOA’s “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

    President Barack Obama is starting a three-state bus tour in the Midwest.

    Obama leaves D.C. for Midwest tour

    WASHINGTON — Over the next few days the country will get a glimpse of a President Barack Obama rarely seen in recent months — the one who engages with voters, not lawmakers, and kicks back in Midwestern diners, not just the Oval Office.


    New Illinois State Police cadets begin classes

    A new class of Illinois State Police cadets will soon begin training.Illinois State Police director Hiram Grau says the 74 members of Cadet Class 119 will start their 25-week academy program in Springfield on Aug. 21.


    Teen to go on trial in neighbors’ deaths

    VANDALIA, Ill. — A southern Illinois teenager accused of gunning down two of his neighbors as they slept is about to go on trial.Jury selection was expected to begin Monday in Fayette County in the first-degree murder trial of 16-year-old Clifford Baker.


    Fire ravages World Fair stove in Detroit

    DETROIT — Fire has ravaged a massive wooden replica of a stove that was built for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and became a Detroit landmark.The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/mSyBjZ) fire crews were called to the “World’s Largest Stove” at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Saturday night after storms moved through the area.

    Members of the 795th Military Police Battalion carry the casket of World War II pilot Lt. James Meagher of Elgin to his grave site at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Gilberts on Saturday. Lt. Meagher, of the 352nd Fighter Group, died after being shot down over France in 1944. His body is only now being buried near other family members in Gilberts.

    WWII Elgin pilot laid to rest after 6 decades

    As a child, Pat Meagher used to pray that her father would come home for Christmas. But the World War II pilot never came home. She never met him. Saturday a military funeral was held in honor of Meagher, whose remains finally came home.

    Eric Hogenboom turns a corner during the 5K run portion of the Naperville Sprint Triathlon. The event Sunday drew more than 1,800 athletes to the city’s Centennial Park.

    Triathlon draws 1,800 athletes to Naperville

    First-timers and experienced athletes alike descended on Naperville Sunday to take part in the 11th annual Naperville Sprint Triathlon. The event got under way at Centennial Beach, and included a 400-meter swim, a 22K bike ride and a 5K run.

    O’Hare International Airport is now the second-busiest aiport.

    Atlanta beats O’Hare as nation’s busiest airport

    The South wins the latest airport war, with Atlanta's airport claiming the "busiest" title over O'Hare.


    Report: More Illinois principals younger, female

    More women are principals at Illinois schools and principals’ average ages have dropped over the last decade because baby boomers are retiring, according to a report released Monday by the Illinois Education Research Council. The age drop means more job turnover, with fewer principals keeping their positions for six years or more,

    While adhering to fasting obligations during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Hoffman Estates attorney Junaid Afeef is running to raise funds for orphans in India. Afeef hopes to raise $3,000 while running 80 miles during the month.

    Hoffman Estates man’s fast, running aiding orphans

    Hoffman Estates attorney Junaid Afeef is running to raise funds for orphans in India while fasting for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Afeef's goal is to run 80 miles during the month and raise $3,000.

    Airline passengers retrieve their scanned belongings while going through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta. The TSA was created after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Ten years later, air travelers feel the specter of 9/11 every day

    We remember what it was like before. Keeping all our clothes on at security. Getting hot meals for free — even if we complained about the taste. Leg room. Today, 10 years after 9/11, air travelers feel beaten down even before reaching their seats.

    Jason Kloese, a 10-year veteran of the Batavia Police Department, died Friday after a battle with cancer. Police Chief Gary Schira said Kloese was an inspiration to the entire force.

    Batavia police officer lived to help others

    Jason Kloese spent his whole life trying to help people. Whether it was his personal or professional life, day or night, Kloese would do what he could for someone in need – and not because he felt like he had to, but because he wanted to. The 33-year-old Batavia Police Department officer died Friday after a long battle with cancer.


    Hanover Park hires police officer, deputy village clerk

    The village of Hanover Park has hired a new police officer and promoted a water billing clerk to deputy village clerk.


    Will McDermott

    Run/Walk will honor memory of McDermott

    The family and friends of officer Will McDermott are hosting the Will McDermott Huskie Hustle 5K Run/Walk Sept. 25 in DeKalb to benefit the memorial scholarship fund in his honor. McDermott, who wrestled for Mundelein and Northern Illinois, passed away in the spring.


    Girls golf / Monday’s scoreboard
    Results from Monday's girls golf meets.


    Boys golf / Monday’s scoreboard
    Results from Monday's boys golf meets.


    Rolling Meadows’ Wojtowicz rises to the task

    Rolling Meadows golfer Dan Wojtowicz was just a little bit in awe after playing 18 holes with Glenbrook North sophomore Nick Hardy at Monday’s Rolling Green Invitational in Arlington Heights. Wojtowicz watched Hardy shoot a tourney record 7-under par 65 to claim his second straight Rolling Green individual title — but the Mustangs junior was no slouch himself in this year’s kickoff meet.


    Kil-ler start for BG junior

    Buffalo Grove junior Grace Kil won the Early Bird Girls Golf tournament hosted by Conant High School Monday at Fox Run Golf Links. The junior fired a 2-over par 72.

    Brent Lillibridge, congratulated here by Gordon Beckham after 1 of his 10 home runs this season, knows offensive production is as important as his defense.

    Regarding positions, Lillibridge has White Sox covered

    Brent Lillibridge's remarkable versatility has kept him on the field this season, and his all-around talent has also helped keep the White Sox in the AL Central race.


    Bears’ line makes preseason meaningful

    NFL exhibition games are meaningless. Except, the Bears' offensive line made one meaningful by allowing 9 sacks to the sad sack Bills. The fear now is that preliminary suspicions are founded: This O-line is more like a zer0-line.

    The Twins’ Jim Thome rounds the bases with a smile on his face after belting his 600th career home run in the seventh inning Monday at Detroit.

    Twins’ Jim Thome joins 600-homer club

    In two innings Monday night, 40-year-old slugger Jim Thome reminded everyone why he’s one of baseball’s greatest power hitters. The Minnesota Twin hit his 599th and 600th home runs to help outslug the Tigers. The former White Sox hitter became the eighth major-league player to reach 600.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Nathan Enderle (10) throws a pass under pressure from Buffalo Bills linebacker Danny Batten (57) in the second half an NFL preseason football game Saturday in Chicago.

    Nathan Enderle earns some QB reps in place of Hanie

    The Bears have a quarterback controversy -- at the backup spot behind Jay Cutler. No. 2 quarterback Caleb Hanie, was eliminated from the practice equation Monday afternoon in favor of rookie third-stringer Nathan Enderle.

    Associated Press Chicago Cubs' Geovany Soto stands on second base after hitting a two run double Monday during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in Houston.

    Kerry Wood saves Cubs win

    Geovany Soto had three hits and two RBIs and Kerry Wood earned his first save in over a year as the Chicago Cubs won for the 12th time in 15 games with a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros Monday night.


    Cougars 10 games over .500

    With Monday night’s 7-4 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Kane County Cougars moved to a season-high 10 games over .500. They beat the host Kernels at Veterans Memorial Stadium to improve to 30-20 in the second half and earn a sweep in the three-game set.

    Pitcher Carlos Zambrano has probably pitched his last game for the Cubs.

    Carlos Zambrano offers mea culpa on 'retirement'

    Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano admitted he said he wanted to retire last Friday, but said it was a moment of frustration and that he would like to return to the Cubs. Zambrano currently is on the disqualified list.

    Minnesota Twins' Jim Thome watches his 600th career home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. The home run was a three-run shot.

    Thome hits 600th home run

    Former White Sox slugger Jim Thome become the eighth player to hit 600 home runs, connecting twice against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. The 40-year-old Minnesota Twin hit a 2-run homer in the 6th for No. 599, then added a 3-run shot in the 7th.

    Mark Pancratz and his wife, Brooke, could be looking at another basketball star in the Pancratz family with their 10-month-old daughter, Charli.

    Schaumburg hoops star lands safely at Tennessee

    Ten years ago, Mark Pancratz led Schaumburg High School to one of the bigger upsets in IHSA state basketball annals. Now he's embarking on his sixth year as a member of Tennessee's coaching staff --- but his first without Bruce Pearl.


    Zambrano script familiar to Cubs

    As the Cubs orchestrate the exit of Carlos Zambrano, one can't help but feel like we've seen this movie before.


    Webb, Louis need to step up their game for Bears

    Although the Bears surrendered nine sacks Saturday night, including four by the starters, offensive line coach Mike Tice isn't ready to make any changes -- yet.


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

    Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus expects to have a big season for the Illini and he doesn’t expect the loss of a finger tip in a weightlifting accident to slow him down one bit.

    Illini DE Mercilus puts painful event behind him

    Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus no longer has a portion of his left index finger after a weight-room accident in April. Mercilus, the team's best pass-rusher, has not been affected on the field.


    Mike Skarr

    Is third time the charm for retiring Naperville business leader?

    Mike Skarr of Naperville retired as division vice president with Nicor Inc. after about 30 years. Then he retired after about 11 years as CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Now he is retiring as CEO of Choose DuPage.


    CWA names winners of journalism and photography awards

    CHICAGO — The Construction Writers Association will recognize six construction industry journalists and photojournalists for excellence and commitment with the 2011 Journalism and Photography Awards.Winners will be honored in October at CWA’s annual conference, CONNECTED 2011, in San Antonio, Texas.The Journalism Awards Committee selected impartial industry professionals to evaluate the entries. Mark W. Sprouls, freelance writer, Editorial Services, and Bruce McIntosh, vice president, Portland Cement Association, served as judges. They considered writing style/skill, value to the audience, uniqueness of the approach and impact as part of the judging criteria.Tudor Van Hampton won this year’s Kneeland “Ned” Godfrey Award for Best Body of Work. His articles included “Crane-Failure Case Heading to Court,” Engineering News-Record, Mar. 15, 2010; “Killer Knockoffs: Hot Commodities,” ENR, Oct. 18, 2010; and “Gensler Tapped for Bond Museum,” Architectural Record, Dec. 2010.“Each piece had different appeal, which showed a range of writing approaches,” Sprouls said. “The knockoffs topic is important and was something no one else was writing about. He used many sources to support and balance the longer articles.”The Robert F. Boger Awards honor individuals in four categories. Bill Wilson won the editorial award category for “Don’t Block the Goal,” Roads & Bridges, Aug. 2010. Tom Sawyer won the feature articles category for “Hot-Linked Jobsites Bring Data Home,” ENR, Nov. 15, 2010. Judges awarded honorable mentions in this category to Bill Wilson, “Crossing Out,” Roads & Bridges, May 2010, and Aileen Cho, “Hybrid Hero: Award of Excellence Winner John Hillman,” ENR, Apr. 12, 2010. Nadine Post won the special report category for “Flashing Red Lights: Is Integrated Project Delivery Too Risky For You?” ENR, May 10, 2010. Bill Wilson won CWA’s first video award category for “Construction of the New San Francisco Bay Bridge,” Roads & Bridges, Oct. 2010.William Conway won the prestigious Gordon B. Wright Photography Award for “The Lineman,” Daily Commercial News, Oct. 2010.Award Company of America and Randall Reilly sponsored these awards.The Construction Writers Association, founded in 1958, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, international organization that provides a forum for journalism, photography, marketing, and communications professionals in all segments of the construction industry to connect with other professionals and enhance skills through education.


    AAR wins contract from Virgin America

    AAR Corp. said it has been awarded an 18-month contract from Virgin America to provide maintenance and installation services for the airline’s growing fleet of Airbus 320 series aircraft.

    World stocks started the week solidly Monday amid hopes that the recent sharp volatility in the markets may have run its course following a run of stronger than anticipated economic data.

    Stocks rise for third straight day

    Stocks rose for a third straight day Monday after Google and other companies announced acquisitions totaling more than $19 billion. The return of "Merger Monday" on Wall Street made investors more optimistic about the future.


    Group seeks Amazon boycott over sales tax fight

    A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales tax.


    Congress from a small-business perspective

    In the wake of the federal debt debate, columnist Jim Kendall asks three suburban small business owners what they would like to say to Congress.


    Cargill to acquire Provimi in $2.16 billion deal

    Cargill will spend $2.16 billion to buy animal nutrition company Provimi, the agribusiness conglomerate said Monday, strengthening and expanding its global operations.

    Kevin and Kelly Niedospial are the owners of Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria in Aurora. Like most restaurant owners, the couple battles to bring in more customers during a down economy when people have less disposable income.

    Papa Saverios serves an array of pizza pies in Aurora
    Kevin and Kelly Niedospial, owners of Papa Saverios Pizzeria in Aurora, say the best part of running a small business is seeing the look of satisfaction on the faces of their customers when they look at their pizza before leaving the store. The couple started their shop in 2005.


    Buffett calls for more taxes on ‘mega rich’

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is calling on the so-called mega-rich to pay more in taxes.Buffett says in a New York Times opinion piece that he would immediately raise rates on households with taxable income of more than $1 million, and he would add an additional increase for those making $10 million or more. He says he and his mega-rich friends have been coddled long enough by Congress, and says it is time for the government to get serious about shared sacrifice.He says he has yet to see anyone shy away from investments due to potential capital gains taxes, even when capital gains rates were much higher in the mid-1970s.


    Time Warner Cable buying Insight for $3B in cash

    NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable will buy Insight Communications Co. for $3 billion in cash as it bolsters its presence in the Midwest, the company said Monday. The privately held cable operator serves more than 750,000 customers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. It has about 537,000 high-speed data subscribers, 679,000 video subscribers and 297,000 voice subscribers.Insight is owned by The Carlyle Group, Crestview Partners, MidOcean Partners, members of Insight management and others. “We believe in our business and its long-term prospects and have long thought that Insight’s well-run, technologically advanced systems would fit well with our Midwest operations,” Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt said in a statement.Time Warner Cable Inc., based in New York, said that it expects the deal to create annual cost savings of about $100 million, with the majority of those savings coming within two years of the deal closing. Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable company in the U.S. behind Comcast Corp.

    The nation’s two largest hot dog makers, See Lee and Kraft, are taking their legal beefs to federal court in Chicago, where a judge will determine whether either broke false-advertising laws when boasting about their top-dog status.

    Sara Lee, Kraft escalate wiener war

    The nation’s two largest hot dog makers are taking their legal beefs Monday to federal court in Chicago, where a judge will determine whether Oscar Mayer or Ball Park franks broke false-advertising laws in their efforts to become top dog.

Life & Entertainment

    Suzy Singh

    Buffalo Grove native sent home on ‘MasterChef'

    Buffalo Grove native Suzy Singh could go no further than the final four on the hit FOX show “MasterChef” as she was sent home on Monday's episode — a day before the season finale.

    A Los Angeles judge ordered James Rainford to stand trial on a felony stalking charge filed after he was arrested outside Paris Hilton's home July 4.

    Man suspected in Hilton stalking to stand trial

    A man who once asked Paris Hilton to marry him and has been arrested twice outside homes owned by the socialite must stand trial for felony stalking, a judge ruled Monday.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Julie Szimon of Naperville prepares a pasta dish, featuring tomatoes, olives, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil, rolled into an olive oil walnut sauce.

    Salsa Di Noci — Walnut Sauce
    Walnut Pesto: Julie Szimon


    Chizze Reggiane — Cheese Puffs
    Cheese Puffs: Julie Szimon


    Pasta di Olive – Tapenade
    Tapenade: Julie Szimon

    An Oregon Ducks defender brings down an Alabama player in the much-improved “NCAA Football 12.”

    ‘NCAA Football 12' offers major improvements

    EA Sports is back with “NCAA Football 12,” which keeps last year's improved core game play intact while improving the presentation, animations, and its Road to Glory and Dynasty modes.

    Sweet, juicy plums encased in a butter almond cream are “simply too perfect to ignore,” says Romney Steele in her book “Plum Gorgeous.”

    Plum good summer fruits

    If you experience ecstasies over luscious raspberries, juicy peaches, succulent figs and tangy nectarines, you are not alone. Legions of folks who write articles and cookbooks go gaga over summer fruits. In one new book, I counted dozens of adjectives applied to otherwise humble melons and the like.


    Beautiful ex-girlfriend causes insecurities

    A beautiful ex-girlfriend causes this woman to feel insecure and seek out Carolyn Hax's advice.

    “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was No. 1 at the box office for the second week in a row.

    'Apes' win again with $27.5M; 'Help' does $25.5M

    Rebellious apes have held off Southern maids for a narrow win at the weekend box office. Studio estimates Sunday pegged "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at $27.5 million, good enough for its second-straight No. 1 finish.

    Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, and Bryan Cranston will return for a final season of "Breaking Bad."

    AMC, Sony reach deal for 'Breaking Bad' finale

    The AMC network and producers of its popular "Breaking Bad" series about a chemistry teacher gone bad have agreed on making a fifth and final season of the show. Production on the final, 16-episode run will begin early next year and hasn't been scheduled for air.

    Every year, thousands of Elvis Presley devotees flock to Memphis to remember the singer's death on Aug. 16, 1977.

    During 'Elvis Week,' fans remember pivotal year

    Elvis Presley fans love an anniversary. Every year, thousands of Elvis devotees flock to Memphis to remember the singer's death on Aug. 16, 1977. The main event of "Elvis Week" is the solemn candlelight vigil at Graceland, his longtime home, at midnight Tuesday.

    Debilitating migraines affect more than 10 percent of Americans. Scientists are making progress in potential treatments.

    Doctors develop better undertanding of migraines

    Migraines affect more than 10 percent of Americans. But it's only in the past decade or two that migraines have been taken seriously by the mainstream health care industry, headache experts say.

    According to a new study, women who smoke are 25 percent more likely than men to develop heart disease.

    Women face greater heart disease risk from smoking

    Women who smoke are 25 percent more likely than their male counterparts to develop heart disease, and the risk increases the longer women maintain the habit, according to research published in The Lancet journal.

    Experts say a cardio-focused weight-loss regimen along with some weight training can burn more calories and in turn reduce weight.

    Try new approach with the weight plateau

    After months of walking in your neighborhood or going to aerobics class, your body adapts. You burn fewer calories per minute than you did when the exercise was new. A weight-loss plateau is a clear sign that it's time to change your routine.

    Over the first half of the 20th century, the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Co. sold many vehicles to the U.S. military and police forces across the nation.

    Classic recollections: 1940 Indian Four

    Throughout our country's history, motorcycles have always played an important role in keeping the U.S. safe. While most associate Harley-Davidson as the sole manufacturer for our law enforcement and military needs, another American maker helped to keep the peace both at home and abroad: the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Co.


    38 years of mouth ulcers tried patient's patience

    I have been plagued with canker sores since I was 20 years old. I have been hospitalized for dehydration and have been entered in the medical books with pictures of my mouth and throat. Now, 38 years later, I have finally found the answer. I was recently put on a pill for GERD, and the sores are now under control.


    Sleep apnea may have impact on dementia

    Elderly women with sleep apnea, a disorder that causes pauses in breathing during sleep, have twice the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia than those without the condition, a study found.


    Your health: Getting a handle on health costs

    There is a new website launched by a nonprofit consumer group to help patients get cost estimates by ZIP code before they step foot into a hospital or dentist’s office.


    Starving cancer cells shows potential

    Stanford University researchers have found a way to target and kill certain kinds of cancer cells by starving them to death, instead of blasting them with toxic chemotherapy drugs that can harm normal, healthy cells. The discovery was studied in a common type of kidney cancer cell, but it could apply to tumors in other parts of the body as well.


    It’s expensive to follow a healthy diet

    An update of what used to be known as a food pyramid in 2010 had called on Americans to eat more foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium. But if they did that, they would add hundreds more dollars to their annual grocery bill, according to a new study.


    Moisture can cause swimmer’s ear

    Swimmer’s ear sounds like a trivial infection, but this ear canal inflammation — also known as acute otitis externa — can be a very painful condition, often reducing patients to tears.

    The government has designed a new graphic, called MyPlate, to help people make good food choices. Half your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, while the other half should be split between protein (such as fish or chicken) and grains (such as bread or pasta).

    Making those calories count

    You've probably heard of calories. You may have seen them listed on foods in the supermarket or on some restaunt menus. But do you know what calories are?How many calories you eat determines how much you weigh.



    DuPage benefits trim a wise model

    DuPage County board members approved a plan to trim vacation, personal and sick days for employees recently. Slicing vacation and personal days is expected to save taxpayers $800,000 a year. A Daily Herald editorial says while such cuts are never easy for employees to swallow, board members are to be commended for moving to policies that more closely mirror what many private workers receive.


    The system’s not broken — it works

    The conventional complaint is that the process has been ugly. Big deal. You want beauty? Go to a museum. Democratic politics was never meant to be an exercise in aesthetics.


    Tollway plan key to region’s future
    With this capital proposal, the tollway has demonstrated tremendous leadership toward implementing the vision laid out to improve mobility and bolster our region’s status as one of the world’s great economic centers.


    Fast-food marketing to kids unhealthy
    Its time the burger giant took the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Federal Trade Commission, and health professionals and parents who are calling on them to stop marketing junk food and its unhealthy brand to children.


    Teach the physics of controlling a car
    As a physicist, it is obvious to me that younger drivers (as well as some older drivers) don’t understand the physics of driving that many learn the hard way: via experience


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