Daily Archive : Friday August 19, 2011



    Elgin U-46 to discuss bus service at meeting

    Elgin Area School District U-46 will hold a meeting for parents and community members regarding the changes to the high school bus pickup sites at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, in the auditorium of Elgin High School, 1200 Maroon Drive.

    David Stolman, Lake County Board chairman, testifies Friday during a public hearing in Libertyville regarding the Illinois Toll Highway Authority's proposed $12 billion capital plan.

    Tollway hearing draws crowd in favor of Rt. 53 expansion

    The prospect of jobs and traffic relief, particularly an extended Route 53, appeared to outweigh concerns about toll hikes Friday night as the Illinois Toll Highway Authority continued its public hearings on a $12 billion improvement plan with a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 at the Libertyville Civic Center.

    Santos Nunez

    4 plead guilty in Kane drug bust

    Four men have pleaded guilty to felony drug possession charges that resulted from one of the largest drug busts in Kane County history.


    Convicted Elk Grove strip club owner now sued by dancer

    The former owner of an Elk Grove Village strip club, now serving time, is being sued by a former dancer who says "unauthorized deductions" were made from her compensation, and she wasn't paid for working overtime, according to the federal lawsuit filed last month.


    Regional school chiefs sue to get paid by state

    The state’s 44 regional superintendents sued Friday in an effort to get their salaries reinstated after Gov. Pat Quinn used his veto power to cut the money out of the Illinois budget. The superintendents, who are elected from districts across the state, haven’t been paid since July 1.

    Mitchell ATS Barnes

    Two college students charged in attempted murder at Schaumburg hotel

    Schaumburg police today announced they had charged two men with attempted murder and home invasion in connection with an attack early last Saturday morning at the Homestead Suites hotel.

    Zervant Thomas

    $5 million bail in Gurnee fatal stabbing inside car

    A Waukegan man is being held on a $5 million bail in Lake County jail on a charge of first-degree murder Friday for, authorities allege, stabbing one man to death and wounding another in a bizarre attack in a moving car in Gurnee. Zervant Thomas, 18, was also charged with attempted murder.

    Louis Bianchi

    McHenry County’s Bianchi wants 3rd term to build on successes

    :McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi announced this week that he will seek a third term as the county’s top prosecutor. The announcement comes just weeks after Bianchi was acquitted of felony charges that he gave preferential treatment in a couple of criminal cases. “Every place I go, people come up to me and say, ‘We’re so glad you got through this,'" he said.


    Three cars burglarized at Palatine’s Twin Lakes

    Three vehicles parked the afternoon of Aug. 13 at the Twin Lakes Golf Course and Recreation Area in Palatine were burglarized, police said. Someone smashed the windows of three vehicles and stole purses, cellphones and a camera.


    Saturday concert opens new exhibit at Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove

    The Raupp Museum at 901 Dunham Lane, Buffalo Grove, will celebrate the end of summer and kick off a new exhibit with an outdoor concert from 4-6 p.m. Saturday.


    Palatine’s Countryside Association hosts concert in Lincolnshire

    Countryside Association, a nonprofit organization in Palatine that supports people with disabilities, will host a two-band concert fundraiser Friday, Sept. 23 at Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. The first Rockin’ the Countryside is a 21-and-over show.


    Inspector general criticizes weak conflict-of-interest law

    The law governing conflicts of interest by Illinois legislators is “a toothless tiger” that needs to be strengthened by allowing investigations, public censure and even fines, the legislature’s inspector general said Friday.


    Hanover Park holds special brush collection

    Hanover Park is holding a special villagewide branch collection starting Monday, Aug. 22 after experiencing widespread tree damage to both public and private trees in recent storms. Residents need to have branches at the curb by 7 a.m.


    District 211 approves tentative budget

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Board of Education members moved to approve the district’s $229 million tentative budget for the 2011-2012 school year.

    Rosey Denton, 18, of Naperville puts the finishing touches on her mural Friday on the third floor of the Van Buren parking garage in downtown Naperville.

    High school artists leave marks on Naperville parking garage

    Naperville North and Waubonsie Valley high school students are showcasing their artistic talent by painting murals in the Van Buren parking garage in downtown Naperville.

    Members of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District gather Friday to say goodbye to former chief Paul H. “Bud” Boecker.

    Retired Lisle fire chief remembered

    Friends, family members and fellow firefighters on Friday said goodbye to Paul H. “Bud” Boecker, the former chief of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District.

    Molly Koch, now 3, in the summer of 2010.

    Fundraiser held Saturday for beaten 3-year-old from St. Charles

    A Lake Zurich-based charity, Friends in Deed, will host a fundraiser Saturday for Molly Koch, the 3-year-old girl found severly beaten in a St. Charles hotel last October.


    Man tries to jump from Sen. Kirk’s office

    A man entered U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s downtown Chicago office Friday afternoon, broke a window and tried to jump, officials said. He was later caught.

    Immaculate Conception High School football players Sam Antes, Demetrius Carr, Coach Mike Calcagno, James Peachey and Cody Baker stand beside the U-Haul truck with Tree House resident Barbara Bennett on Bennett’s moving day late last month in Schaumburg.

    High schoolers move low-income residents in Schaumburg

    A group of football players from Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst helped some low-income residents of the Tree House Apartments in Schaumburg move to different units on some of the hottest days of this summer.


    Murder suspect arrested in Carpentersville

    A Chicago man was arrested in Carpentersville this week for killing a 33-year-old female friend in late July, Chicago police officials said.

    Mario Bocanegra

    Elburn man pleads guilty to St. Charles home invasion

    An Elburn man pleaded guilty Thursday to home invasion. Mario Bocanegra was accused of breaking in to his ex-girlfriend's home in St. Charles and attacking her in December 2010.

    Anonymous donors plan to give 23 acres of the former Barat College campus in Lake Forest to Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls Catholic high school. Woodlands is adjacent to the Barat property.

    Lake Forest school to get gift of 23 acres

    Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest may receive an anonymous 23-acre donation of what had been the former Barat College campus.Gerald Grossman, Woodlands Academy head of school, announced the expected gift Friday afternoon. He released a letter from the anonymous donors who have stated an intention to donate the parcel to Woodlands Academy.

    Johnny Silva

    8 arrested Thursday after wild Arlington Heights hotel party

    Eight people were arrested early Thursday morning after a wild party was broken up at the Motel 6 in Arlington Heights. Police said charges range from underage drinking and resisting arrest to property damage.


    McHenry County College land acquisition proceedings delayed

    McHenry County College's plan to acquire a 20-acre parcel to expand its campus hit a snag in court this week. Expansion plans are continuing, however, the college's president said.

    Francisco Cruz

    Elgin man gets jail, probation for Fox River Trail attack

    A man who attacked two women on the Fox River Trail was sentenced to 30 months' probation and 90 days in the Kane County jail Friday. Judge Allen Anderson blistered Francisco Cruz about his behavior in life up to now, and said he was "skeptical" about his ability to meet the terms of probation.


    Police reports
    Jesse C. Martinez, 58, of the 500 block of North Spring Street, Elgin, was charged earlier this week for having sexual contact with a family member on Sunday, police said. Martinez was charged with criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and sexual relations within families.

    Lake County health department official Thomas Job surrendered this afternoon to charges of theft of government property and official misconduct.

    Sex offender evaluation ordered for ghost payroller

    A former Lake County Health Department official who admitted his involvement in a ghost payrolling scam was ordered Friday to submit to a sex offender evaluation and to complete any recommended treatment.

    Senior Sam Faycurry talks with freshman Connor Loy about his schedule during the first day of school at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights Friday.

    St. Viator in Arlington Heights starts 50th year

    Summer projects completed at St. Viator High School, which opened its 50th year of classes Friday, include refurbishing the back parking lot, improvements to the boys’ baseball and girls’ softball fields, renovation of one of the computer labs and work on the school’s fire suppression system.

    Stephen Orland

    West Aurora band director pleads ‘not guilty’ to sex charges

    The West Aurora High School band director pleaded "not guilty" Friday to charges he had sexual contact with students. About 30 supporters watched the arraignment of Stephen Orland before Kane County Associate Judge Allen Anderson.


    Stevenson High honored:

    Lincolnshire’s Stevenson High School has become the first public high school in the country to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold-level certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council, school officials announced Friday.


    MHS board to talk test scores:

    The Mundelein High School board will meet Tuesday night to talk about test scores and other business.


    CUB coming to Lake Zurich:

    The Citizens Utility Board is coming to Lake Zurich on Monday, Aug. 29, to help consumers cut their calling costs by hundreds of dollars a year, officials said.

    Marjorie “Marge” Gieser

    Wheaton College mourns artist, alum

    The Wheaton community is mourning the loss of Marge Gieser, a "wildly creative" artist whose works are on display not only locally, but around the world.

    Members of the 1244th Transportation Company of the Illinois Army National Guard, including Hanover Park residents Adam Smith, fourth from left, wearing no hat, and Juan Millan, farthest right, standing, hold a flag signed by Hanover Park staff and officials while in Baghdad, Iraq. The photo will hang in the village hall lobby.

    Hanover Park officials honor vets here and in Iraq

    From planning to erect a memorial to preserving a snapshot that captures the village’s connection to the Iraq War, Hanover Park is coming up with some interesting ways to pay tribute to residents who’ve ever served in the military.


    Palatine man infected with West Nile

    The state's first two reported human cases of West Nile virus this year include a Palatine man in his 80s. The other is from downstate Marion.


    Lake County veterans treatment court begins

    A special court program to divert military veterans from the traditional justice system and toward treatment for the underlying problems of their criminal behavior opened Friday in Lake County. Officials said cases against three veterans had already been screened and approved for Veterans Treatment Court, and they expected more to join the fold soon.


    Muslims for Life seeks 10,000 blood donors

    On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks that took so many lives, a national Muslim organization is launching a campaign to save even more lives. Baet-ul-Jaamay Mosque in Glen Ellyn will be hosting a Muslims for Life blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 as part of a push to collect 10,000 units of blood by the end of September.


    Civic groups want more input in Naperville districting maps

    Naperville voter organizations are pushing for more public input as the city moves toward drawing a map that will create district representation on the city council.


    Lombard debates transparency in public salaries

    To be transparent online about the salaries of village employees, or not to be? That was the question debated Thursday night among Lombard trustees who disagree about how to define transparency and exactly what information should be posted online.


    Police reports
    Patrick M. Killeen, 20, of the 3N800 block of Hawthorne Drive, St. Charles, was arrested on a drug charge at 1:27 a.m. Thursday on Andrea Court near Lancaster Road in St. Charles, according to a police report. A deputy reported that Killeen and another man were sitting in an illegally parked car, and when questioned after an officer smelled marijuana, the other man turned over a 1.8-gram...

    Mundelein officials are considering a proposal that would dramatically expand the garden center at a local Menards store.

    Menards looking to expand in Mundelein

    The Menards home-improvement store in Mundelein wants to dramatically expand its garden section, which could boost traffic in the long-struggling Oak Creek Plaza shopping center. “The approval of the expanded area could mean an increase in sales tax revenue for the village ... (and) the increased traffic could be beneficial to other businesses within the shopping center,” Victor Barrera, the...

    Garfield Farm Museum's 22nd annual Heirloom Garden Show will feature a variety of heirloom flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables.

    More than gardening at Aug. 28 garden show

    Garfield Farm Museum will hold its 22nd annual Heirloom Garden Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. The show provides an opportunity for garden enthusiasts to spend a summer afternoon touring the museum's heirloom gardens and interacting with Midwestern growers showing off their favorite heirloom flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables.

    On Saturday, Aug. 27, the New Tradition Chorus show, “Broadway Four and More,” will feature two local groups, The Sun-Tones, a group of Sun City residents singing barbershop style, and One More Time, a Sun City women’s quartet.

    Sun City Huntley choruses to perform in show
    Two Sun City Huntley barbershop groups will perform at the New Tradition Chorus Show, “Broadway Four and More,” Saturday, Aug. 27, at Huntley High School Performing Arts Center, 13719 Harmony Road in Huntley.

    Dogs of all different breeds enjoyed the Canine Carnival last year.

    All dogs welcome to Palatine Park District’s Canine Carnival
    Man’s best friend will get a kick out of attending the Palatine Park District’s annual Canine Carnival, which takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 262 E. Palatine Road, Palatine.

    Patty Kottke and her son, Lance, 7, drop off a bag of school supplies during the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200’s Back to School Ice Cream Social, which collected supplies for needy families.

    DuPage groups work to provide school supplies for families in need

    Students in need who otherwise might not have the proper supplies for school are getting helping hands from numerous DuPage County organizations. "It's important to them, and it shows the community thinks their education is important," Supplies 4 Success founder Karen Evans says.


    Seek humility, or it will find you

    Ken Potts learns a lesson in humility while on a stroll along Chicago's Michigan Avenue and reminds us all not to take ourselves too seriously.

    Warren stands behind the four-story IMAX screen, which displays movies to a theater of 383 seats.

    Go behind the silver screen at Randall 15 in Batavia

    Go behind the scenes in the digital projection booth at the Randall 15 theater in Batavia, where IMAX and 3-D movies come to life thanks to some amazing technolog, and some really large speakers.

    The movie image is projected through a polarized lens in the projection booth. Coupled with the polarized IMAX movie glasses worn by viewers, a 3-D image is created.

    Images: Behind the scenes at the Randall 15 theatre in Batavia
    A behind-the-scenes look inside the projection room of the Randall 15 theatre, where IMAX and 3-D movies come to life thanks to some amazing technology.


    Antioch woman denies withholding theraputic dog from autistic child

    An Antioch woman denied she intentionally withheld a runaway dog from an autistic child in hopes of getting a larger reward, authorities said.


    $5,000 reward in hit-and-run that killed Lake Zurich teen

    Lake County Crimestoppers has announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit and run driver that killed 18-year-old Gabriella Drozdz in late July.

    Sugarland duo Jennifer Nettles, middle left, and Kristian Bush, middle right, along with the rest of the tour crew pause for a moment of silence Thursday night in Albuquerque, N.M., for victims of the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed six people.

    Sixth victim dies from stage collapse injuries

    A 22-year-old Ball State student became the sixth person to die from injuries suffered when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair last weekend, family members said Friday.


    Cook County, downstate men Illinois’ first West Nile cases

    Illinois health officials say they've confirmed the first human cases of West Nile virus for 2011.


    Inspector: State ethics law has no teeth

    The man in charge of investigating misconduct by Illinois lawmakers says the state needs a tougher ethics law.


    Emu finds its way home

    An escaped emu in central Illinois has found her way home.

    Associated Press/2007,Arkansas Department of Correction Damien Echols, convicted in 1993, leaves death row Friday.

    Arkansas judge frees Memphis 3

    Three men convicted of killing three 8-year-old Cub Scouts and dumping their bodies in an Arkansas ditch changed their pleas Friday, resolving a yearslong effort to win their freedom.

    A Syrian man who lives in Jordan recites a prayer Friday during a protest against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Syrian forces shoot at protesters, killing 20

    Syrian security forces fired at thousands of protesters who poured into the streets throughout the country Friday, killing at least 20 people.

    President Barack Obama, with his daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, center, leave the Bunch of Grapes book store Friday in Vineyard Haven, Mass.

    Obama not in isolation for vacation

    President Barack Obama began the first full day of his Martha's Vineyard vacation on Friday by dropping into a bookstore with daughters Malia and Sasha, emerging to shouts of "2012!" and "Four More Years."

    Antonio Diaz Chacon gave up trying to gain U.S. citizenship.

    Illegal immigrant saved 6-year-old

    Diaz Chacon, 24, the man who chased down a suspected child abductor and saved a 6-year-old girl, is an illegal immigrant.

    A grasshopper at the Dick Young Forest Preserve. Grasshoppers are part of the group of long-legged insects called orthoptera, who make music by rubbing wings and legs together. These orthopterans are out and about during daylight hours. Others are heard making loud music only at night.

    Crickets, katydids fill summers days with courting calls

    Yet another person asked, “Why are the frogs so loud this time of year?” With a smile I try to explain that the pulsating soundscape of late summer is brought to us courtesy of katydids and their insect cousins, not frogs.

    The Vernon Hills Park District will host the inaugural Little Bear Ribfest Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27, in Century Park.

    Get your taste buds ready for Vernon Hills Ribfest

    The inaugural Little Bear Ribfest will showcase legendary down-home Chicago blues and award-winning ribs in Vernon Hills. The community event will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in Century Park on Lakeview Parkway, north of Route 60.

    James D. Kisla

    New DUI charges filed in fatal Lisle crash

    A Lisle man accused in a fatal crash over July Fourth weekend has been indicted on additional charges, authorities said Friday. James D. Kisla, 51, now faces charges of driving under the influence of painkillers, in addition to alcohol.


    Wheaton parks OK solar panels at community center

    Wheaton Park District will install solar energy panels at its community center.

    Monica Keane gives a PowerPoint presentation at a prayer breakfast earlier this summer, the first part of the “Celebrate Work 2011” initiative.

    CareerPlace offers hope, advice for job seekers

    CareerPlace is hosting “a job seeker conference with a twist” this Labor Day season. “Celebrate Work 2011” will be Monday, Aug. 29, at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights.


    Nominate Arlington Hts. employers who hire disabled

    If you are an Arlington Heights employer who willingly hires people with disabilities, you may be in line for the village's Disability Employment Awareness Award. Nominations are due Sept. 2 for the 2011 award, which will be presented in October.

    A dust storm moves to consume Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz., Thursday August 18, 2011.

    Images: Arizona dust storm
    For the third time this summer, a giant wall of dust swept over Phoenix and parts of central Arizona Thursday, turning the sky brown, delaying flights, and knocking out power to thousands. Weather officials say such massive dust storms, also known as haboobs in Arabic, only happen in Arizona, Africa's Sahara desert and parts of the Middle East.


    $333,000 award to family whose dog was killed by Chicago police

    A federal jury has awarded $333,000 to a family whose dog was killed by Chicago police during a drug raid.

    Jeff Scanlan is a master of Impossible Bottles.

    Mount Prospect magician pursues puzzled audiences

    Jeff Scanlan, America's Sports Magician and Mount Prospect resident, wants to make you think. With 19 years of professional experience, he challenges minds with his sports-themed performances and more recently, he has taken to a new brain-busting art form: Impossible Bottles.


    Des Plaines Foundation holds casino fundraiser

    Want to support the Des Plaines Community Foundation? The Sept. 9 fundraiser is being held at the new Rivers Casino. Foundation Diurector Rosemary Argus says for every $1 collected, the Foundation provides $12 of service to Des Plaines residents. “We are able to do this because we are all volunteers,” she said.

    Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer says get to North Avenue Beach between 8 and 9 a.m. to pick a spot for the Chicago Air and Water show.

    Best ways to watch the Air & Water Show

    Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer has been going to the Chicago Air and Water Show for 20 years so you can trust his tips.

    Scientists are clocking the progress of migrating cuckoo like this one.

    Scientists clock progress of migrating cuckoos

    The five cuckoos were fitted with the tags which look like miniature backpacks before they began their migration in July, bound from eastern England to southern Africa. Four of them have already crossed the Sahara, while the fifth has stopped off in Morocco.


    AU to offer Basic Skills Test review sessions
    Aurora University will host four review sessions to help students prepare for the Illinois State Board of Education Basic Skills Test.

    Rotary Foundation President Mark Nyman presents $3,000 scholarship awards to Bruce Whitman and Nicholas Amatangelo.

    St. Charles Noon Rotary hands out scholarships
    Based on the recommendation of the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee, the St. Charles Noon Rotary Club recently awarded two $3,000 scholarships to Bruce Whitman and Nicholas Amatangelo.


    Nonprofit group helps Aurora homeowners be energy efficient
    Rebuilding Together Aurora, a local nonprofit that provides home repair assistance to low-income families, has teamed with the city of Aurora to help Aurora homeowners make their homes more energy efficient.


    Geneva police will serve burgers at Tom & Eddie’s
    As a special Tom & Eddie’s birthday event titled “Burgers and Badges,” uniformed officers from the Geneva Police Department will serve customers from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Tom & Eddie’s in Geneva Commons.


    McHenry meeting looks at watershed action plan
    On Monday, Aug. 22, community members from southeastern McHenry County will discuss effective ways to share information with the public on how to help protect local streams, lakes, and groundwater resources needed for drinking water supply.

    Percussionist extraordinaire Ron Orland of North Aurora ends 50 years with Aurora American Legion Band.

    Percussionist retires from Aurora American Legion band
    Percussionist Ron Orland of North Aurora recently retired from the Aurora American Legion Post No. 84 band after playing 50 years.


    Lombard to spend surprise $1.3 million on Finley Road

    For Lombard, 2011 is turning out a little better financially than village staff expected. The village has about $1.3 million of “unanticipated revenue,” and that funding likely will allow a road construction project to get under way next year, Village Manager David Hulseberg said.

    This photo was taken poolside in Las Vegas of her sister Erin.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 15th.

    Several concerned residents came to the town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren Thursday at the Geneva Public Works Facility. They were given the chance to ask the congressman a question by taking turns passing around Hultgren's government voting card.

    Hultgren gets cheers, boos during local tax talk

    Congressman Randy Hultgren encountered people on both sides of the fence at Thursday night's town-hall style meeting in Geneva. Hultgren would get simultaneously booed and cheered no matter what he had to say, on topics from job creation to taxes.

    Alex the Clown, a Carson and Barnes Circus favorite, will return to Addison’s annual big top event this year.

    Circus returns to Addison for second year of thrills

    The circus has returned to Addison, with seven performances under the Big Top scheduled between Friday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 21. “It gives adults a chance to act like a kid and go with their kids to see some of these animals up close that they would never get to see otherwise,” Mayor Larry Hartwig said.

    Ed “Outlaw” Hicks, in the 10 plane, flies as part of the Lima Lima Flight Team during a media event Thursday over Gary/Chicago International Airport. The team will be part of the 53rd Annual Chicago Air & Water Show this weekend.

    Glen Ellyn teen gets air show preview from inside plane

    Most people can only imagine what it feels like to barrel through the air in a T-34 Mentor airplane, banking left and right sharply and diving in formation. But one recent Glenbard South grad will be able to look up and say, “I was in that plane.”

    Ghost Bros Trevor Ames, Greg Niecestro of Addison and Itasca and Joe Blunschi, along with Paranormal Hot Squad members Camryn Grimes, Jesslyn Brown and Jodie Parks, investigate the haunted La Purisima Mission in California in Friday night's episode of “Paranormal Challenge” on Travel Channel.

    Addison ghost hunter: “It's like love.”

    Greg Niecestro says his first encounter with a ghost came six years ago in a friend's Elk Grove home. The experience helped propel the Addison native to an appearance on Friday night's episode of the Travel Channel's “Paranormal Challenge.”


    What seniors need to know about new transit cards

    Seniors should have either a reduced fare or Circuit Ride Free transit card by now, advised Regional Transportation Authority officials Thursday. The program allowing everyone 65 and older to ride free on Metra, Pace and the CTA will be phased out Sept. 1 and replaced by a new two-tier system.


    U-46 parent on bus routes: ‘It is stupidity’

    Elgin Area School District U-46 parents shared concerns at Bartlett High School over new routes that will force high school students to walk up to 1.5 miles to a bus stop. "The concern is that there is going to be a lot of kids over there with no supervision,” a Carol Stream parent said. “That’s where the bullying starts. That’s where gangs start."

    A plaque explains the history of the Raven, the Viking ship on display at Good Templar Park in Geneva. Friends of the Viking Ship will host a Viking Visitor’s Day on Saturday.

    Get up close to history at Viking Visitor’s Day in Geneva
    The public is invited to view the Viking Ship from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition at its permanent location in Good Templar Park in Geneva from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.


    While Adam Dunn and Alex Rios have taken the brunt of the blame for one of the most frustrating seasons in Sox annals, Gordon Beckham has continued his disturbing backward slide.

    Sox' Gordon Beckham a bust with the bat

    The White Sox lost another game in the standings to the first-place Tigers Friday night, and Gordon Beckham had another miserable game at the plate. Once considered a rising star, Beckham has fallen fast. What happened to this guy?

    White Sox starter Phil Humber grabs his baseball cap after being hit by line drive off the bat of Cleveland Indians' Kosuke Fukudome during the second inning Thursday. The Sox placed Humber on the 15-day disabled list.

    Kenny Williams lauds Rick Hahn, who expresses no interest in Cubs GM job

    White Sox general manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen each believe assistant GM Rick Hahn is more than ready to move up the ladder, and the Cubs might be a good landing spot.

    Chicago White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez, right, argues with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson during the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers in Chicago. Ramirez was ejected by Nelson.

    Homers sink White Sox; Ramirez gets thrown out
    Josh Hamilton hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning, Mitch Moreland added two homers, a three-run shot in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth, and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Friday night.

    BEV HORNE/bhorne@dailyherald.com ¬ LaRi Mitchell of West Aurora watches her putt on the 11th green at the DuPage Valley Conference girls golf at Pheasant Run Golf Course in West Chicago on Tuesday.

    Tri-Cities girls golf preview

    Scouting the season ahead in girls golf for the Tri-Cities and nearby schools.

    Nikki Marquardt returns for a Stevenson team that is hoping for big things once again this fall.

    Girls golf / Lake County preview
    A preview of girls golf teams in Lake County.


    Kane County Cougars lose to Beloit Snappers

    The Kane County Cougars fell behind 5-0 right away Friday night and never recovered, falling 7-4 to the Beloit Snappers in front of 11,123 at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva. The Cougars, who committed 5 errors, dropped two of three in the series.

    Bing Singhsumalee of Waubonsie during the golf meet at Naperville Country Club Wednesday.

    Scouting DuPage County girls golf

    Scouting DuPage County girls golf

    Hampshire senior Connie Ellett is ready for her final high school season as she and the Whip-Purs will now compete in the Fox Valley Conference.

    Hampshire’s Ellett has lofty goals again

    A fast start to the girls golf season for Hampshire senior Connie Ellett bodes well for a player who's already qualified for the state tournament twice.

    A healthy Zach Isoda has a lot to smile about heading into his junior year at Fremd.

    Fremd's Isoda shoulders high expectations

    Fremd junior Zach Isoda has rebounded from shoulder surgery and is looking to accomplish big things for himself and his team this season.


    Practice makes all the difference for Libertyville’s Ou

    Libertyville junior Camilla Ou has worked tirelessly, and the results are clear for one of Lake County's top girls golfers. “I don’t know if you’ll find a kid out here who’s worked harder at her game the last two years,” said Wildcats coach Greg Pedersen. “She just puts in hours and hours of work. She’s the poster child for what commitment does for a golf game.


    Award-winning camp nearly complete for Illini

    With Illinois ready to pack up and wrap up its fortnight at Camp Rantoul - all that's left is the 10 a.m. scrimmage Saturday - we enlist Illini experts and hand out camp awards.


    Cubs manager Mike Quade: What a day ... weird, I guess

    Cubs manager Mike Quade appears to be in a precarious situation after his boss, general manager Jim Hendry, was fired Friday. Quade did not wish to discuss his situation.

    Sylvia Fowles, right, has been the heart and soul of the Sky this season and boasts MVP-caliber statistics.

    Sky victories will boost Sylvia Fowles’ MVP case

    Sylvia Fowles is a leading candidate for the WNBA's most valuable player award, especially if the Sky makes the playoffs.

    What will White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf do if the Cubs decide to go after Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn to replace the fired Jim Hendry?

    Cubs' GM search more fun if Hahn jumps in

    The Cubs probably can do better than Rick Hahn to replace Jim Hendry as general manager. However, it sure would be fun if Cubs' chairman Tom Ricketts went after the White Sox' assistant general manager.

    While Cubs GM Jim Hendry is credited with making some good trades, such as getting Derrek Lee in 2004, he was criticized for some expensive free agent signings that saddled the club with long-term contracts and no-trade clauses.

    Hendry’s legacy with Cubs a mixed bag

    Former Cubs GM Jim Hendry will always be known for giving out big-money contracts that didn't quite pan out. But he also made some daring trades and inspired loyalty from players and Cubs employees.

    Andrew Friedman, the director of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays, could be among the candidates for the Cubs general manager job. Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena called Friedman’s work in Tampa “really impressive.”

    Some options as Cubs look outside for next GM

    Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said the organization will look outside for a new general manager to replace Jim Hendry. Several names already have surfaced as possibilities, and Ricketts stressed the new GM must be committed to player development.

    All-conference returnee J.P. Talbot has Barrington poised for another big Mid-Suburban League season.

    Northwest/ Boys golf season preview
    A preview of the boys golf season in the Mid-Suburban League and for St. Viator, Maine West and Leyden.

    Bears defensive tackle Israel Idonije celebrates after a sack.

    Bears’ Israel Idonije just keeps getting better

    Israel Idonije had a career-best 8 sacks last season, and he appears poised to build on the progress he made last season.


    Jim Hendry’s Cubs career at a glance
    At-a-glance look at Jim Hendry's career with the Chicago Cubs:

    Former Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry walks through the concourse of Wrigley Field before Friday’s game between the Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs fired Hendry after another disappointing season. Assistant GM Randy Bush will serve as interim general manager.

    Hendry departs as Ricketts begins search for Cubs GM

    There have been many bizarre days at Wrigley Field, and Friday was another. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said he dismissed GM Jim Hendry on July 22, but didn't let him leave until Friday. Now the search for a replacement is on.

    Tyler Colvin, right, celebrates with Marlon Byrd (24) and Matt Garza after his game-winning RBI single off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Octavio Dotel during the 10th inning Friday.

    Colvin’s hit propels Cubs over Cardinals in 10th

    Tyler Colvin’s RBI single in the 10th inning off Octavio Dotel lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.Geovany Soto led off the 10th with a single off Dotel (0-2), advanced to second on Marlon Byrd’s sacrifice bunt, and scored on Colvin’s hit.

    White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn works for GM Ken Williams, but Hahn’s name has been many short lists of teams looking for someone new to run their clubs.

    Cubs should make the call to get Hahn from Sox

    The Cubs fired general manager Jim Hendry on Friday, and assistant general manager Rick Hahn of the White Sox ought to be the next guy that Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts calls.

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson left high school early to come to Notre Dame and find his way in a spread offense that would seem to be a match for running and passing skills.

    Golson making transition at Notre Dame

    Maybe Everett Golson is the quarterback of the future for the Irish in Brian Kelly’s spread offense. But this season he’s expected to mostly be a spectator as Dayne Crist or Tommy Rees run the offense.

    Greg Biffle posted a qualifying lap of 190.345 miles per hour for his first pole since June 2008.

    Biffle takes pole for Michigan Sprint Cup race

    Greg Biffle is 13th in the points standings but without a win this year. A victory would be a significant boost to his hopes of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup.


    Chicago Sky scouting report
    Sky scout for Saturday at Washington

    Former Chicago Cubs’ general manager Jim Hendry walks through the concourse of Wrigley Field before Friday’s game against the Cardinals. The Cubs fired Hendry after another disappointing season. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said it was time for a “fresh approach in our baseball leadership and our search begins immediately.” The 56-year-old Hendry was named general manager in July 2002.

    Images: Cubs dismiss General Manager Jim Hendry
    The Cubs dismissed General Manager Jim Hendry on Friday. Assistant GM Randy Bush has been named the Interim General Manager. Hendry has been with Cubs for 17 years.

    Mike Spellman is freaking out a little about Jay Cutler’s health Monday night against the Giants at The Meadowlands. Three words: Run. The. Ball. Six more words: Put. In. The. Backup. Quarterback. Quickly.

    If you were Jay Cutler, how worried would you be Monday night?

    I have to admit I’m freaking out a little about Jay Cutler’s health Monday night against the Giants at The Meadowlands. Three words: Run. The. Ball. Six more words: Put. In. The. Backup. Quarterback. Quickly.


    State and federal bank regulators say customers who have money in the failed First Choice Bank in Geneva should not worry as the bank's deposit will be taken over by Inland Bank, based in Oak Brook.

    FDIC: Deposits in failed Geneva bank are safe

    Customers of the failed First Choice Bank in Geneva were being assured Saturday their money is safe after that bank's closing was mandated Friday by state and federal agencies. “The biggest thing is everyone's money is safe,” said Raymond Rudnicki, a senior ombudsman specialist with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

    A financial trader looks at the DAX Index curve displayed Friday at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Long road back: Economic recovery will be slow, experts say

    In the rhetoric of the presidential campaign, the long-running economic woes of the United States can be cured with simple, quick remedies. But a coterie of economists who have studied decades of downturns say the recovery from the most recent U.S. recession is likely to be one of the most difficult and protracted in history.

    Burger King’s retiring mascot, ‘The King’.

    Burger King dethrones ‘The King’ mascot
    The King is dead. Burger King Corp. on Friday said it is retiring "The King" mascot, a man with an oversized plastic head and creepy smile who in recent years has been shown in ads peeping into people's windows and popping up next to them in bed. The move is an effort by the struggling fast food chain to boost slumping sales. "We won't be seeing The King for a while," Burger King spokesman BJ Monzon said Friday.

    Specialist Michael O’Connor works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. The Dow lost 172.93, or 1.6 percent, and closed at 10,817.65.

    Market down for fourth straight week

    A growing belief that the country is headed toward recession gave the stock market its fourth straight week of losses. The anxiety in the market was obvious Friday as the major indexes went from modest gains early in the day to another sharp loss. The Dow Jones industrial average had its 10th move of more than 100 points this month.


    NRC sets out timeframe for nuclear safety review

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving forward on sweeping safety changes for the U.S. nuclear industry triggered by the crisis in Japan.

    Reports Friday said that job cuts at Bank of America, the biggest U.S. bank by assets,might exceed 10,000 or about 3.5 percent of its current work force.

    Reports: Bank of America to ax 10,000 or more jobs

    Reports Friday said that job cuts at Bank of America, the biggest U.S. bank by assets,might exceed 10,000 or about 3.5 percent of its current work force.


    Union Pacific to pay $50M to settle part of drug fine dispute

    OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific has resolved part of its long-running dispute with the federal government about fines imposed on the railroad over drug smuggling on trains crossing from Mexico with a $50 million agreement, but the company’s lawsuit challenging the fines remains in place.The railroad and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced the agreement Friday covering about $500 million in fines the government had tried to impose and providing a five-year amnesty for Union Pacific. In exchange, the Omaha-based railroad agreed to invest $50 million in efforts to strengthen security at the Mexican border.But the government agreed to let proceed Union Pacific’s lawsuit challenging about $60 million in fines imposed between 2002 and 2008 when more than 4,000 pounds of drugs — mostly marijuana — was seized.


    Caterpillar to expand facility in Kansas

    Caterpillar Inc. said it will begin work immediately to expand its work tools business in Wamego, Kansas.The company will begin construction of a 40,000-square-foot-building at its work tools campus in Wamego. When the new facility is open, Caterpillar will have a total of nearly a quarter of a million square feet of manufacturing space under roof at its work tools campus in Wamego.“Many of the products we make in Wamego end up being exported all over the world, and this expansion will position our operations in Wamego to grow and meet the expected increase in customer demand as we drive toward Caterpillar’s strategy and goals for 2015 and beyond,” said Bill Springer, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the work tools business.Once fully operational, the new facility is expected to increase Caterpillar’s employment in Wamego by about 120 positions, bringing the total workforce in Wamego to more than 500 people. Caterpillar manufactures buckets, blades and other work tools in Wamego that are used on a wide range of Cat machinery.“Caterpillar’s investment is great news for Wamego and Kansas. This effort is a true testament to the talented local workforce and the collaborative work done by state and local leaders,” Governor Sam Brownback said. “Today’s announcement shows that with the right business environment, Kansas can compete for good jobs and win.”The Peoria-based manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives — with facilities in the Chicago suburbs — Caterpillar is in the midst of strategic capacity expansions globally including new facilities and the expansion and upgrade of current operations in North America, South America, Europe and across Asia. The company plans to invest $3 billion in capital expenditures in 2011, with about half of that investment at its operations in the United States.


    Oil falls to near $81 on global growth slowdown

    Associated PressSINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices fell to near $81 a barrel Friday in Asia, extending a sell-off fueled by investor fears that a slowing global economy will undermine demand for crude.Benchmark oil for September delivery was down $1.07 to $81.28 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude fell $5.20, or 5.9 percent, to finish at $82.38 on Thursday.In London, Brent crude for October delivery was down $1.53 to $105.49 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. Commodities such as oil fell sharply Thursday as signs of weakening U.S. economic growth raised worries that the country could be headed for a recession. A report on Philadelphia-area manufacturing dropped to its lowest in two years while home sales tumbled 3.5 percent in July.Concerns that European banks may face funding difficulties amid the EU's debt crisis also weighed on investor sentiment. The Dow Jones industrial average sank 3.7 percent Thursday and Asian stock markets fell Friday."The world economy has clearly stalled and it is hard to see any meaningful recovery in demand unless commodity prices, and especially oil, continue to weaken," Capital Economics said in a report. "The fragility of the world economy means there is high chance that fresh financial shocks will trigger more falls in commodity markets."Capital Economics said it expects Brent to fall to $85 during 2012.Other analysts are more optimistic, pointing to recent signs of strong U.S. crude demand."The recent U.S. oil demand numbers do not support the view that the economy has fallen back into recession," Goldman Sachs said in a report. "We expect supply-demand balances to continue to move to critically tight levels in 2012, with prices above recent levels by next year."In other Nymex trading for October contracts, heating oil fell 1.1 cents to $2.87 per gallon and gasoline futures dropped 0.4 cent to $2.66 per gallon. Natural gas for September delivery rose 2.9 cents to $3.92 per 1,000 cubic feet.

    After a two-year delay Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s new 747-8 freighter, the biggest plane it’s ever built, won certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to enter commercial service. Associated Press

    Boeing wins 747-8 freighter certification after two-year delay

    After a two-year delay Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s new 747-8 freighter, the biggest plane it’s ever built, won certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to enter commercial service. The jumbo jet also received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency.

    Stores are trying everything they can think of to disguise the fact that you're going to pay more for clothes this fall.

    Still school-clothes shopping? Brace yourself

    Stores are trying everything they can think of to disguise the fact that you're going to pay more for clothes this fall. Some are using less fabric and calling it the new look. Others are adding cheap stitching and trumpeting it as a redesign.


    Icahn seeks seat on Clorox board

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn will seek to install himself and 10 other directors on Clorox’ board after the consumer products maker twice rejected his offer to buy the company.


    Illinois Tool Works reports revenue growth

    Glenview-based Illinois Tool Works Inc. today reported a total operating revenue increase of 17 percent for the three months ended July 31, 2011 compared to the year-ago period.

    Edward Jones, a St. Louis-based investment firm, is warning former Tribune Co. employees, retirees and other shareholders who participated in a 2007 stock buyback that they may be sued by the unsecured creditors aiming to get some money back.

    Tribune creditors may sue former stockholders to get their money

    Edward Jones is contacting all former shareholders of Tribune stock who participated in a buyback. Now, all those employees, retirees and other shareholders are being sought to pay back that money and could be at risk of being sued.

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    Worst fast food meals pack a wallop of fat, sugar and salt

    What’s the worst restaurant meal in America? According to Eat This, Not That’s website, a Carl’s Jr. Six Dollar Guacamole Bacon Burger with Medium Natural Cut Fries and a 32-ounce cola.


    Book notes: Myla Goldberg stops in Naperville
    Author Myla Goldberg reads from and signs copies of her new novel, "The False Friend," now in paperback, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

    In celebration of National Tomato Month, Tuscany is serving up Penne All'Arrabiata for $17.

    Dining events: Tuscany sees red

    August is National Tomato Month and Tuscany is honoring the big, red fruit with Penne All'Arrabiata on special for $17. Created by executive chef Bolla Loza, the dish features homemade sauce, penne pasta, seared sea scallops, garlic, herbs and hot pepper.

    Reality TV starlet Kim Kardashian and NBA basketball player Kris Humphries are set to be married Saturday in a lavish, made-for-TV celebration of love, devotion and product-placement.

    Kim's wedding big business for the Kardashians

    Call it wholly monetized matrimony. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are set to be married Saturday in a lavish, made-for-TV celebration of love, devotion and product-placement.

    This year the annual Naperville Wine Festival is moving to a new location at the CityGate Centre in Naperville.

    Weekend picks: Raise a glass at Naperville Wine Fest

    It's time to raise a glass as the ninth annual Naperville Wine Festival commences Friday and Saturday. Highlights include more than 300 wines from across the globe, tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music and more.

    The Buca Bella is a combo of SKYY Vodka, Caravella Limoncello, Monin Peach Tea and Prosecco.

    Night life: Drink up at Buca di Beppo

    Buca di Beppo unveils some tasty new treats — in a glass. Try the lemon basil vojito, a mix of SKYY Infusions Citrus with simple syrup, basil leaves, fresh lemons and soda water; or the Bella Buca, a combo of SKYY Vodka, Caravella Limoncello, Monin Peach Tea and Prosecco.

    Some of the chefs who have trained and worked at Le Titi de Paris in Arlington will return Sunday for the restaurant's 39th anniversary celebration. This photo shows chefs who participated in the 2010 alumni dinner.

    LeTiti celebrates 39 years with alumni dinner

    Former chefs are coming back to Le Titi de Paris, and they're bringing a memorable menu with them. Join Susan and Michael Maddox as they gather alumni to celebrate Le Titi's 39th anniversary Sunday.

    Sugarland duo Jennifer Nettles, left, and Kristian Bush perform their song "Love" in Albuquerque, N.M., on Thursday during a tribute for the victims of a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair that killed five people.

    Sugarland emotional in first concert since tragedy

    Sugarland returned to the stage on Thursday for their first performance since a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair killed five people. The country duo asked its Albuquerque audience for a moment of silence in honor of "the beautiful lives that were lost."


    About Real Estate: How to deal with a next-door foreclosures

    A staggering 92 million owners will see their home's value plummet an average of $20,000 in the coming months because banks have increased their foreclosures. Smart owners and sellers can limit the damage by calling local officials.


    Local theater: Spouses share 'They're Playing Our Song'

    Offstage spouses Michael Mahler and Dara Cameron play onstage lovers in “They're Playing Our Song,” the musical by composer Marvin Hamlisch, lyricist Carole Bayer Sager and writer Neil Simon chronicling Hamlisch and Sager's real-life romance. It's in previews in St. Charles.

    Brad Pitt acknowledges crowds as he leaves the set of World War Z near George Square, Glasgow, Scotland.

    Brad Pitt shoots zombie movie in Glasgow

    A smiling Brad Pitt has been seen waving to fans in the Scottish city of Glasgow as he left the set of his latest movie "World War Z." The U.S. actor was in town this week to shoot the zombie horror movie, which is based on a book by Max Brooks.

    Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel judge the acts on NBC's “America's Got Talent.”

    Popular ‘AGT' brings odd mix to summer TV

    "America's Got Talent" -- a summer ratings powerhouse -- strives to set itself apart from other talent shows. “Whether it's ‘AGT' or not, it's amazing what somebody will do to garner fame,” said Howie Mandel, who judges the NBC show with Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan.

    Caleb Donat, left, as the ill-treated Antonio, is among the standouts in Janus Theatre's production of

    Janus cast delights in ‘Twelfth Night'

    Purists may take issue with the liberties director Sean Hargadon takes with Janus Theatre's quick and breezy production of “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare's comedy. Some subtleties are lost, but the narrative itself doesn't suffer.

    Batavia's Cherry Park neighborhood is close to shopping and area parks and forest preserves.

    Neighborhood profile: Cherry Hill, Batavia

    Twenty-one years ago, first-time home buyers John and Beth Conroy wanted to live out and away. Moving from a townhouse in Carol Stream, the couple found a nice Colonial home they liked in Batavia's Cherry Park neighborhood with a spacious floor plan, a big open kitchen and open stairway.

    “The Accident” by Linwood Barclay

    ‘The Accident' a compelling thriller

    A husband is forced to confront his wife's secret life in “The Accident,” Linwood Barclay's best thriller to date.


    Two area real estate schools merge
    The Illinois Academy of Real Estate in Aurora, one of the oldest real estate schools in Illinois, has merged with Your House Academy in Bloomingdale.


    Home inspector: Home inspector missed toilet problem

    Q. The house we just bought has problems that were missed or minimized by our home inspector. The main one involves the toilet, which he reported as loosely attached to the floor. He said this was not a major problem but that it should be checked. We bought the house “as-is” but have now learned that there is a major leak in the toilet drainpipe. The plumber quoted $900 for the repair. We relied on our inspector but now believe he was dishonest. Maybe he too a payback from the Realtor to help close the deal. Is this possible? Edward


    The nation’s housing: The VA way to home finance

    In the past three years, the VA has instituted industry-leading mortgage techniques such as requiring lenders to establish “single point of contact” servicing systems, where customers deal with one person about their mortgage issues, rather than anonymous multitudes.

    Don’t forget your dining room’s “fifth wall.” Consider lightly patterned wallpaper or faux paint for elegant accents.

    Turn your free-for-all dining room into an inspired space

    Tired of using your dining room for everything but dining? Check out these ideas to add some life to the room while making the most of your space.

    Ketchup, the big red staple of American pantries, is catching up with the cool crowd as chefs and food entrepreneurs infuse ketchup with peach, raspberry and Thai flavors.

    Ketchup gets cools

    There’s a seasonal shift going on in the condiment firmament. Ketchup, the big red staple of American pantries, is catching up with the cool crowd as chefs and food entrepreneurs seek new inspiration.“It’s a very exciting time to be making ketchup,” says Scott Norton, who with Mark Ramadan founded the recently launched Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup.


    Roast green beans for a bold warm summer salad

    When it comes to green beans, the oven tends to get overlooked. Maybe it’s because steaming and sauteing are so quick, and bringing out the best in green beans calls for just a bit of heat. But a short, yet intense, high-heat roast can have the same delicious effect, with the added benefit of giving the beans a satisfying char. It’s also almost effortless.

    These Carrot Cake Cookies are plenty moist thanks to a small amount of oil (instead of butter) for healthier fats and supplement it with crushed pineapple.

    Carrot cake cookies

    Cookies as an afterschool snack? No trouble selling the kids on that one. Now to convince the adults...



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