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    New Naperville police Chief Bob Marshall says he has a six-point plan for operating the department effectively and efficiently.

    Naperville police chief lays out six-point plan for department

    When Bob Marshall became Naperville's police chief roughly a month ago, he said there were six major goals he wanted to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. He didn't define those goals at the time, but spoke about them in detail when he sat down recently with the Daily Herald. In today's second installment of a two-part series, Marshall outlines his six-point plan to keep the Naperville...

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    Some half dozen suburbs cancel fireworks displays

    The fireworks show scheduled for tonight at Cary's Summer Celebration won't go on. The suburb joined Antioch, Mundelein and Wheaton on Monday as communities calling off fireworks shows due to increased fire risk from dry weather or weekend storm damage. Carol Stream announced today it's fireworks display also has been canceled as has Fox River Grove's..

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    A physicist explains the ATLAS experiment on a board at the European Center for Nuclear Research, CERN, outside Geneva, Switzerland. The illustration shows what the long-presumed Higgs boson particle is thought to look like. Scientists at CERN plan to make an announcement on Wednesday about their hunt for the elusive subatomic particle.

    Fermilab helps find evidence of 'God particle'

    Scientists believe the "God particle" that might explain the underpinnings of the universe is real, and they are about to present their evidence to the world. Fermilab in Batavia presented its final data on the subject Monday. Rob Rosercompared the results scientists will announce Wednesday to finding the fossilized imprint of a dinosaur: "You see the footprints and the shadow of the object, but...

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    Samantha Goc, left, from Gilberts, practices with three hoola-hoops along with Julia Jacob from Mount Prospect during last year’s festival.

    Mt. Prospect Lions Fest has something for everyone

    The 74th annual Mount Prospect Lions Village Fair begins Tuesday and organizers hope the fest will offer something for everybody. "We really try to keep the entire community in mind when we plan this," said Barb Laz, president of the Lions Club. "We took time to get a mix of music styles with our bands. And we're bringing back Family Day, which has been really popular."

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    DuPage won’t change ballot provider — for now

    Saying there's not enough time to make a switch, the DuPage Election Commission isn't going to change its ballot vendor. That means Liberty Systems — the same vendor that used a subcontractor that printed hundreds of oversized paper ballots during the March primary — will provide ballots for the general election. "It was too critical to try to chance it," Commissioner Arthur Ludwig...

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    Mike Povkh and Ihor Kopytko clean up a yard in Winfield, Monday morning after Sunday storm downed trees.

    Suburbs clean up after storm; 48,000 still without power

    As a second day of sweltering temperatures blanket the area, roughly 48,000 people remain without power in the western suburbs. As of 7 a.m., about 48,000 ComEd customers remained without power, said Arlana Johnson, spokeswoman with ComEd. She said 39,000 of those customers are located in the utility's northern region, which include the western suburbs, including the areas of Wheaton, Lombard,...

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    Ryan M. Wlodek

    Kaneland teacher fights DUI arrest, sues police

    A Kaneville science teacher has filed a federal lawsuit against Carpentersville police, claiming he was thrashed around in the back of a squad car after a July 4, 2010 arrest during "No Refusal" weekend in Elgin. Ryan Wlodek says police handcuffed him, but didn't put a seatbelt on him and purposefully sped up, braked and made sharp turns. His attorney also wants the case dismissed because the...

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    Hoffman Estates approves plans for new Audi dealership

    The village of Hoffman Estates unanimously approved planning zoning requests from Hall Enterprises LLC at the July 2 board meeting at the village hall council chambers. Hall Enterprises owns Schaumburg Audi, which will move to 1200 Golf Road in Hoffman Estates. The approval came after some concerns that residents had about lights on the dealership and tree removal, but the the dealership's...

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    Traffic signals confuse Arlington Heights pedestrians, says panel

    Crossing the street in Arlington Heights can be confusing and dangerous for everyone from senior citizens to mothers with strollers and teens, says the village's Senior Citizens Commission. The village board agrees and will try to help.

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    Batavia patrol officers, detectives get new contract

    Batavia police patrol officers and detectives will receive raises, as the city council approved a new contract Monday night.

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    Weekend storms wrecked havoc with electricity and trees, but the moisture is just what was needed for fireworks shows in St. Charles and Batavia.

    Fireworks shows in St. Charles and Batavia will go on

    The weekend deluge wasn't all bad. The grounds in local parks are much more green and moist now, allowing Fourth of July fireworks displays to proceed. St. Charles officials debated canning the show last week because dry conditions could have been a fire hazard.

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    A utilities worker walks through homes destroyed by the Waldo Canyon Fire in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood of Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday. The blaze, now 45 percent contained, has damaged or destroyed nearly 350 homes.

    Fatal crash grounds key part of firefighting fleet

    A military cargo plane from North Carolina has crashed while fighting a wildfire in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but there's no official word on death or injuries, authorities said Monday.

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    Alastaire Randle

    Man charged in Waukegan armed robberies

    An 18-year-old man who police said ordered a victim to withdraw money from an ATM at gunpoint was caught after a short chase Saturday night. Police said the man admitted to Saturday's crime as well as a similar armed robbery that occured last week.

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    Carpentersville man guilty of sexually abusing minor

    A 43-year-old Carpentersville man has been found guilty of having sexual contact with a minor, according to prosecutors. Jonny Haskins of the 0-99 block of Oxford Drive was convicted on two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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    Loon Lake drowning victim identified

    The body of a 63-year-old man who went missing while swimming in West Loon Lake last week has been recovered, officials from the Lake County sheriff's office said Monday. Crews had been searching for the body of John Michalek of Berwyn since Thursday afternoon and discovered it at 10:42 a.m. Monday.

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    Linda Holmes

    Quinn: Keep Aurora prison transition facility open

    A month after saying they'd proceed with an Aug. 31 closure date for the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center in Aurora, Gov. Pat Quinn's office says they're keeping the facility open. Lawmakers provided money to keep it open in the budget they sent to Quinn this year, but ultimately, the fate of facilities is in the governor's hands.

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    Enrique Pena Nieto, candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and apparent winner of Mexico’s presidential election, speaks during a news conference in Mexico City Monday.

    Mexico’s president-elect seeks to reassure U.S.

    The newly elected president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, is a mostly unknown figure in Washington, but he is moving aggressively to assure his northern neighbor that he will fight hard against Mexico's drug lords and continue to pursue warm relations with its top trading partner.

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    New University of Illinois President Robert Easter talks to reporters on Monday in his office in Urbana.

    New president takes over at University of Illinois

    New University of Illinois President Robert Easter shares one key challenge with two presidents before him: balancing the problem of dwindling state support with the need to hold tuition down. But in his first day on the job, Easter listed a new priority, one created by the rocky previous three years that ended with Easter in the president's office: to calm the storms that have become a regular...

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    Doris Sams, a leading player in the All-American Girls Professinal Base Ball League, is seen in her Muskegon Lassies uniform during her playing days.

    ‘Girls League’ baseball star Doris Sams dead at 85
    Doris Sams, a pitcher and outfielder from Knoxville who helped inspire the movie "A League of Their Own," has died at age 85 after a battle with Alzheimer's.

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    The blotter
    Jason F. Born, 43, of the 400 block of North Spring Street in Elgin, appeared in bond court Monday on felony charges of theft of two metal barricade stands that were Elgin city property, according to court documents. Police saw the 5-foot-long stands in the back of Born's truck shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday at his home, when he said he planned to sell the material for scrap metal, police reports...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Anthony B. Briden, 18, of Batavia was charged Sunday at his home with felony aggravated battery — great bodily harm to a peace officer and aggravated battery (strangulation), misdemeanor resisting a peace officer, and two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery, according to a police report.

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    Fire spreads from Buffalo Grove deck to siding

    Buffalo Grove fire investigators are looking into the cause of an afternoon fire that started under a backyard deck and spread to the side of a home.

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    Township funding applications:

    Applications for Libertyville Township funding for 2012-13 will be available at the township office, 359 Merrill Court, Libertyville, on Monday, July 9.

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    Don’t reserve parade spots before 7 p.m.
    Yes, Arlington Heights is proud of its Fourth of July parade. But please don't reserve a spot for it until 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

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    Free concert planned for Mundelein:

    The band Midnight will perform blues and jazz music Sunday, July 8, as part of Mundelein's summer concert series.

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    Dist. 95 preschool screening:

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 will offer a preschool screening on Thursday, July 19 for 3- and 4-year-old children for whom there may be concerns in the areas of gross or fine motor skills, speech-language, or conceptual development.

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    Woman hurt in Lake Villa accident:

    A 21-year-old female pedestrian is in critical condition at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville after she was struck by a vehicle at Grand Avenue and Cedar Avenue on Saturday.

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    Residents tell their stories of storm’s hits and misses

    Jim and Ann Mclearen were huddled in a downstairs bathroom Sunday as the storm raged outside their Wheaton home on the 1300 block of Irving Avenue near Hawthorne Elementary School. Then they heard the crash. "It sounded like an explosion, a big boom and glass shattering and splintering of wood," Ann Mclearen said Monday. The culprit was a large limb that was ripped off a honey locust tree in...

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    Restoration of ComEd power could take days

    Though ComEd crews have been working steadily to restore power to the approximately 250,000 customers affected by Sunday's storms, it will take a couple more days to complete the job, officials said.

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    Arboretum offers tips for handling damaged trees

    The Morton Arboretum in Lisle is offering tips for homeowners hoping to extend the lives of their trees and prevent further property damage in the wake of Sunday's storm. "Pruning when high winds rip large limbs off a tree can help improve the tree's structure by removing branches that are weak, dead or diseased," Plant Information Specialist Doris Taylor of the Arboretum Plant Clinic, said in a...

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    Convict in 2000 North Aurora sexual assault wants new trial

    A 30-year-old Warrenville man facing prison after being convicted of raping a girl in North Aurora 12 years ago wants a do-over. Adrian Ramirez-Alcantar, who was due to be sentenced last week to anywhere from six to 30 years in prison, recently filed a motion seeking a new trial, arguing that his defense attorney was ineffective.

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    Cubs players work out at Wrigley Field the day before their season opener against the Washington Nationals.

    Wrigley renovation plans stalled by political flap

    As the baseball season began, Chicago buzzed about plans to upgrade wilting Wrigley Field. Then word spread that the patriarch of the family that owns the Cubs considered bankrolling a $10 million racially tinged campaign against President Barack Obama, at the same time the team sought his hometown's help with its $300 million renovation.

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    Crash involving dump truck shut down Route 47 in Elburn

    Emergency crews were forced to cut a driver from his vehicle after a dump truck struck the driver's side door on Route 47 in Elburn late Monday morning.

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    Naperville Park District gets high marks in survey

    Naperville Park District Executive Director Ray McGury had a feeling his constituents liked the park district. But even he did a double take when he saw residents rated the district and its facilities even higher than they did three years ago. "I truly was really surprised at how we jumped in value and satisfaction of our residents," McGury said. "We already ranked pretty high and those numbers...

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    Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fla., Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H., and Brian Church, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are accused of plotting to attack President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago with Molotov cocktails during last month’s NATO summit.

    NATO terror suspects plead not guilty

    Three protesters pleaded not guilty to terrorism-related charges Monday that accuse them of plotting to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters with Molotov cocktails during the NATO summit in Chicago earlier this year. Around 20 supporters drew the ire of the presiding judge by cheering and raising clenched fists during the arraignment.

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    Downstate clerks want to defend gay marriage ban

    Two county clerks from downstate Illinois have asked a judge for permission to do what Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan won't: defend the state's gay marriage ban. The Thomas More Society late Friday filed a request on behalf of Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel and Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb, seeking to intervene in the lawsuit...

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    Quinn’s dispute with union back to arbitration

    A dispute between Gov. Pat Quinn and a union over raises is going back to arbitration, a judge in Chicago has ruled. Quinn has refused to pay most of the wage increases for fiscal year 2012 that he agreed to in a contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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    Illinois ranked No. 6 nationally for beer shipments in 2011, falling from No. 5 in 2007.

    Illinoisans consuming less beer

    According to the Washington-based Beer Institute, consumption in Illinois fell by three six-packs per person from 2007 to 2011. Data from the industry group show Illinoisans consumed about 56 six packs per person in 2007. That fell to about 53 six packs in 2011.

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    Toni Preckwinkle

    Raises create challenge for Cook County’s 2013 budget

    Depending on who you ask, it's going to cost Cook County taxpayers between 2 percent and 4 percent more to keep county government operations running at their current levels. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she is relying in part on not filling retirement vacancies to close an expected $267.5 million gap in next year's budget.

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    Gail Borden summer reading signup exceeds expectations

    With about two weeks left for summer reading sign up, students in the Gail Borden Public Library district are far out-pacing prior registration records. About 6,000 kids signed up for the program last year and already almost 8,100 have accepted the challenge this summer. That's thanks to a variety of new outreach initiatives to draw families in.

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    People ticketed for local violations in Island Lake soon will find themselves in front of an administrative hearing officer, not a judge.

    Island Lake to handle some tickets locally with administrative hearings

    People ticketed for village-ordinance violations in Island Lake soon will face local adjudication hearings instead of circuit court appearances. A locally appointed administrative law judge — not an elected circuit judge — will oversee the hearings. The first hearing is scheduled for Aug 7.

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    Xavier Contreras, 17, of Port Barrington, performs a roll as Keith Duck, owner of Raging Buffalo Wakeboard School, drives the boat on the Fox River near Cary Monday.

    Perfect weather for wakeboarding

    A nationally ranked snowboarder from West Dundee took his skills to the water Monday for a wakeboarding lesson that he says is harder than snowboarding. Devin Patterson, 13, was one of two teenagers to cruise back and forth from the Broken Oar Marina in Port Barrington. "It's fun but really hard to hold on for 15 minutes," says Patterson, who is ranked 14th nationally for his age overall.

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    A tree sitting atop a vehicle offers free firewood in Falls Church, Va., Monday, as cleanup continued after Friday’s storm, Around 2 million utility customers are without electricity across a swath of states along the East Coast and as far west as Illinois as the area recovers from a round of summer storms that has also caused at least a dozen deaths.

    At least 18 dead after US storms cut power in East

    Millions of people in a swath of states along the East Coast and farther west went into a third sweltering day without power Monday after a round of summer storms that killed more than a dozen people.

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    City of Batavia employee John West takes pictures of damage along Western Avenue Monday after a short but powerful storm did considerable damage in the Tri-Cities Sunday.

    Geneva, Batavia managing electrical outages

    Part of Geneva was without power Monday morning after a switch failed and it impacted three city substations. Power went out at about 5:30 a.m. but was restored by about 10:15 a.m. for folks west of the Fox River and south of Route 38. But now the switch is acting up again. "It's hot. The demand is way up," said Dan Dinges, Geneva's public works director. Meanwhile in Batavia, power to all but...

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    Gurnee mayor’s son charged with pot possession

    The son of Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik is among four people facing charges after being busted for possession of cannabis, police officials said. Jared Kovarik, 19, of Gurnee, is free on a recognizance bond after being charged with a misdemeanor, stemming from the bust at KeyLime Cove about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Gurnee Police Cmdr. Jay Patrick said.

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    Anna Li performs on the balance beam Sunday during the final round of the women’s Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. Li was named to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team as one of three alternates and will be going with the team to London.

    Aurora gymnast heading to Olympics as alternate

    Anna Li, a 23-year-old Aurora resident, will be heading to the 2012 Olympic Games in London as one of three alternates for the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team. Li was selected for the team Sunday night during the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Both of her parents competed in the Olympics for China and now run a training facility in Carol Stream for gymnasts.

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    Twin brothers Matt and Jack McDermott, 13, heading back to Russia along with their parents, John and Kathy McDermott of Hoffman Estates, who adopted them there in 1999. The family hopes the trip helps the boys learn about their native culture.

    'Identity-building journey' ahead for Hoffman Estates twins

    In school, Hoffman Estates teenagers Jack and Matt McDermott aren't likely to learn much more about Russia than its role in the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union. So the twin bothers' adoptive parents are taking them to their native country this summer so they can learn about their Russian culture and history.

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    Foghat

    Tradition, excitement at Arlington Hts. festival

    Frontier Days in Arlington Heights opens on July 4 for a five-day run, featuring main stage acts Burton Cummings, Foghat, the Charlie Daniels Band, Tonic and American English; plus two more stages of music and entertainment and lots of activities for the whole family.

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    We must work through conflict — even if time passes

    In any relationship, whatever the circumstances, we have to consistently and constantly watch for those misunderstandings, disagreements, or irritations that slowly but surely can come between us, our Ken Potts says. And even if it takes us a day, or a week, or a year to get around to talking about them, we do have to talk about them.

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    New Glenbard District 87 Superintendent David Larson, center, was officially hired by the school board in March, at the conclusion of a seven-month closed-door search. Larson and his wife, Shelayne, appeared at a public meet-and-greet with school board President Rich Heim, right, a month later.

    Why school districts keep superintendent searches secret

    On a single March night in DuPage County, one school superintendent arrived — and another departed — in a cloud of secrecy at two of the state's largest school districts. When the dust settled, residents and taxpayers in both districts were left scratching their heads. What happened in both districts is an example of an ongoing debate. “If every time you apply for a job it's in...

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    Before new stores can be built on this vacant site in downtown Barrington, the village must complete the replacement of its 114-year-old water main underneath Lake-Cook Road, in the background of this photo.

    Barrington to save $100,000 on water main

    Barrington expects to save about $100,000 from what was budgeted on the imminent replacement of its 114-year-old water main underneath Lake-Cook Road. The 8-inch-wide pipe, laid in 1898, will be filled with concrete after the new, 12-in main is in place.

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    Anderson Cooper: ‘The fact is, I’m gay’

    Anderson Cooper, who has been reluctant to talk about his personal life in public, revealed that he is gay in an essay posted online on Monday. The CNN journalist said he had kept his sexual orientation private for personal and professional reasons, but came to think that remaining silent had given some people a mistaken impression that he was ashamed.

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    Thomas Jaeschke, left and Matt Callaway, right, raise a trophy during an assembly featuring ESPN High School's honoring of the Wheaton Warrenville South Boys Volleyball team with a national championship.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features festivals, parades, people cooling off from the heat and more.

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    New bike route signs are in place near the intersection of Weathersfield Way and Summit Drive in Schaumburg.

    Grant spurs move to bikeable, walkable communities

    The car is king in the suburbs ... but a number of Cook County towns assisted by the Active Transportation Alliance are knocking off its crown by promoting bike-accessible and walkable communities. “There's a misconception about the suburbs in that people think they're completely inaccessible to bike and walk because there are big roads and intersections,” ATA Director of Policy and...

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    Strong winds knocked down chimneys of several Winfield homes after an afternoon storm rolled through DuPage County, Sunday.

    Images: Weekend storm damage
    Severe thunderstorms clobbered parts of the Chicago area Sunday afternoon, knocking over trees, damaging homes and knocking out power. More than 75,000 ComEd customers remained without power in the western suburbs. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 60 mph in Villa Park, trees down in Wheaton and heavy rain in Addison.

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    Mr. D’s Magic shows will return to LibertyFest in Bensenville on Wednesday. The event also includes music, a parade and fireworks.

    LibertyFest down to one day, but just for now

    Although the annual LibertyFest in Bensenville will be only one day this year because the Fourth of July falls in the middle of the week, the same food, fireworks and fun will be back Wednesday. The fest has also expanded its offerings with a float decorating contest in its annual parade.

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    Taste of Lombard visitors will find plenty to chow down on at the five-day festival, which begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and ends at 11 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

    Taste of Lombard benefits community causes

    Taste of Lombard visitors know to expect variety from the five-day fest, now in its 30th year. But what many taste attendees don't know is the extent of the event's charitable impact, organizers say. "That's what a lot of people don't realize about the Taste of Lombard," said Jackie West, president of the Lombard Jaycees, which runs the event.

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    Mark Wahlberg with the character Ted, voiced by Seth MacFarlane in a scene from “Ted,” which dominated the box office with a $54.1 million haul.

    'Ted’ outstrips ‘Mike’ in big box-office weekend

    "Ted," Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane's comedy for Universal Pictures about a talking teddy bear opened as the No. 1 movie with $54.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.And the Warner Bros. release "Magic Mike," Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh's male-stripper tale that debuted a strong No. 2 with $39.2 million. "In my heart of hearts, I just felt that everybody was starting to...

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    New Naperville police Chief Bob Marshall says becoming a cop always seemed like a natural thing to do. “I always felt making things better for others was something I was raised to do,” he says.

    Naperville’s new police chief finally lands dream job

    Bob Marshall was sworn in as Naperville's police chief a little over a month ago, replacing longtime chief David Dial. Marshall recently sat down with the Daily Herald to discuss his first month on the job, the six goals he wants to accomplish in his first 100 days and his lengthy career in law enforcement. In today's opening installment of a two-part series, Marshall talks about his deep-seeded...

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    Fernando D. Zavala

    Elgin man accused of payday loan hold-ups across suburbs

    A 38-year-old Elgin man is charged with a slew of armed robberies of short-term loan stores, including six in Elgin, after being arrested by Aurora police last week, authorities said. Authorities say Fernando D. Zavala robbed the some of the same places twice and was caught last week robbing two places in one day. He also is charged in Hoffmane Estates and East Dundee and believed to have robbed...

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    Painting conservator Joanna Dunn removes varnish, which had yellowed with age, as she restores a Gilbert Stuart painting of Luke White at the National Gallery of Art’s Painting Conservation Lab in Washington.

    Conservation renews portraits of founding fathers

    Sixteen paintings by American artist Gilbert Stuart of some of the nation's founding fathers and other figures are showing their true colors for the first time in decades through a major conservation project at the National Gallery of Art. The project is restoring the original appearance of Stuart's portraits of people including presidents George Washington and John Adams.

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    This Saturday, June 23, 2012 photo shows Aimee Copeland, left, with her parents, Andy and Donna Copeland, outside Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

    Woman with flesh-eating disease to leave hospital

    A Georgia woman diagnosed with a rare, flesh-eating disease is set to leave a hospital after nearly two months.Aimee Copeland's father said last week his daughter will be released Monday from Doctors Hospital in Augusta. The 24-year-old will move to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic. She'll spend the next several weeks learning to move herself using a wheelchair after having her left leg, right...

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    Josh Wilson, Christopher Bryant and Willy Foster check out the damage in Winfield on Sunday after storms rolled through DuPage County, bringing strong winds that knocked down chimneys of several homes.

    Severe storms hit the suburbs; thousands lose power

    Severe thunderstorms clobbered parts of the Chicago area Sunday afternoon, knocking over trees, damaging homes and knocking out power. More than 75,000 ComEd customers remained without power in the western suburbs. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 60 mph in Villa Park, trees down in Wheaton and heavy rain in Addison.

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    Associated Press Coady Coughlin, 20, talks about the symptoms of hemochromatosis, a hereditary disease that results in excessive iron in the body.

    Iron overload disease a big challenge

    Coady Coughlin had no energy to care. "I felt tired all the time," the 20-year-old Normal man recalled of a good portion of his late-teen years. "I couldn't do anything. I had no ambition, no energy." After tests for mononucleosis, a thyroid condition and other medical maladies came back negative, his parents — Patrick and Karen Coughlin of Normal — began to wonder if his condition...

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    2 dead, 1 injured in wrong-way Wisconsin crash

    Milwaukee County sheriff's officials say they're investigating a fatal four-vehicle highway crash caused by a wrong-way driver. Authorities say two people died and another was seriously injured in the crash on Highway 41 about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

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    Chicago, meter company bicker over $14 million

    The bickering continues between the city of Chicago and the company running its parking meters. The Chicago Tribune reports the dispute is over out-of-service parking spots, with Chicago Parking Meters threatening to go to mediation over more than $14 million the company says the city owes it.

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    62 kayakers rescued from Chicago River in storm

    Chicago police issued citations Sunday against two kayak tour companies after dozens of people had to be rescued from the Chicago River after strong storm winds capsized several crafts.

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    Bad luck for 5 teens suspected of shoplifting in Chicago

    Some bad luck for five teenagers who allegedly shoplifted a downtown Chicago drugstore. The five were taken into custody Sunday afternoon by police officers who just happened to be in the area responding to another call.

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    Dawn Patrol: Heat sticks, Cubs win, Sox lose

    Storms knock out thousands of ComEd customers. Chicago man drowns in Lake Villa lake. Joe Walsh presents against Obama health plan. Naperville Ribfest names winner. Teen dies in Grayslake crash. Rockets make offer to Asik.

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    Strong winds knocked down chimneys of several Winfield homes after an afternoon storm rolled through DuPage County, Sunday.

    Weekend in Review: Storms hit burbs; Tiger wins

    What you may have missed over the weekend: Storms blow through suburbs; McHenry County woman helps victims of sex traffcking; Carpentersville boy's new kidney working; former Elgin boy killed in Colorado; Mundelein teen killed in crash: 2 Woostock teens die in single-car crash; High stakes in Cruise-Holmes divorce; Ex-Penn State president OK'd not reporting abuse; Woods wins at AT&T National;...

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    Gregg Ireland brings his patriotic hair humor to the Wheatstack Restaurant booth at the Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle.

    Images: Weekend festivals in the suburbs
    This weekends suburban festivals included the Barrington 4th of July Festival, Des Plaines Tour "De Villas" bike race, Crystal Lake's Lakeside Festival, Grayslake's Dirty Girl 5k Race, Hoffman Estates' Arts & Crafts Fair, Glen Ellyn's Cardboard Regatta, Lisle's Eyes to the Skies Festival, Mundelein Community Days, Naperville's Ribfest and Palatine's Home Town Fest.

Sports

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    Wells leads Mariners past Orioles 6-3

    Casper Wells hit a go-ahead, three-run double with two out in the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the slumping Baltimore Orioles 6-3 on Monday night.

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    The newest member of the Baltimore Orioles, designated hitter Jim Thome, went 0-for-4 Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. After departing the Sox, Thome has played for the Dodgers, Twins, Phillies and now the Orioles. Mike North believes Thome will have a better second half than Adam Dunn of the White Sox.

    My money's on Orioles' Thome

    While Jim Thome was just traded to Baltimore Orioles and Adam Dunn could be player of the year for the Chicago White Sox, Mike North believes Thome will have a better second half than Dunn. Joe Torre says Roger Clemens should be in the Hall of Fame, but that's only if you're willing look past some issues, North says. North also shares some emails on Dale Sveum's performance for the Chicago Cubs.

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    Rookies Mesoraco, Frazier lead Reds over Dodgers

    Rookies Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier each drove in three runs and the short-handed Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-2 Monday night.

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    Reddick, Moss homer to lead A’s past Red Sox 6-1

    Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss homered against their former team to send Daisuke Matsuzaka to an early exit and lead the Oakland Athletics to a 6-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

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    Richard, Amarista lead Padres over Diamondbacks

    layton Richard came within one out of a complete game, Alexi Amarista hit one of three San Diego home runs and the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 Monday night. Cameron Maybin hit a 485-foot home run and Yasmani Grandal also connected for the Padres in their third straight win.

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    Cougars pitchers combine on 3-hit shutout

    Three Kane County Cougars pitchers combined on a 3-hit shutout against the host Peoria Chiefs on Monday in a 6-0 Cougars victory.

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    Boomers lower the boom on Bums

    The Schaumburg Boomers delivered an 8-4 victory over the Traverse City Beach Bums in a matchup of first-place teams in the Frontier League.

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    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) throws to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning of their baseball game on Monday at Turner Field in Atlanta.

    Samardzija strikes out 11, Cubs beat Braves, 4-1

    Jeff Samardzija had a career-high 11 strikeouts, Luis Valbuena hit a three-run double in the seventh and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Monday night. Anthony Rizzo connected for Chicago, which has won four straight and six of seven. Rizzo, one of the Cubs' top prospects, has two homers in six games since he was recalled on Tuesday.

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    Craig hits 2 homers, Cardinals rip Rockies 9-3

    Allen Craig hit a pair home runs, Carlos Beltran extended his RBI streak to a major league high nine games and Kyle Lohse worked into the eighth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

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    Aoki helps Brewers top Marlins 6-5

    Pinch-hitter Norichika Aoki drove in the go-ahead run with a safety squeeze in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Monday night.

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    Moustakas hits grand slam as Royals rout Blue Jays

    Mike Moustakas snapped out of his slump, and then some. Moustakas hit his first career grand slam, Everett Teaford pitched seven innings for his first win of the season and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-3 on Monday night.

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    Twins top Tigers 6-4 with 4-run 4th inning

    Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run single during Minnesota's four-run fourth inning, helping the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Monday night. Minnesota had six singles in all during its big rally as it earned its fourth consecutive win to lift Ron Gardenhire to 900 career victories.

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    Jones, Walker homer, Pirates beat Astros 11-2

    Garrett Jones and Neil Walker hit back-to-back homers off the right-field foul pole to ignite Pittsburgh's offense and the Pirates beat the Houston Astros 11-2 on Monday night.

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    Teixeira’s error helps Rays beat Yankees

    B.J. Upton and Carlos Pena homered and the Tampa Bay Rays took advantage of Mark Teixeira's first error of the season to beat the New York Yankees 4-3 on Monday night.

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    Weaver, Angels blank Indians 3-0

    Jered Weaver squirmed out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning and pitched into the eighth to remain unbeaten in Cleveland, leading the Angels to a 3-0 win over the Indians on Monday night.About to lose his shutout, maybe the lead and possibly the game in the seventh, Weaver calmly got three quick outs.

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    Marquis Teague holds up his new jersey during a Bulls news conference Monday at the Berto Center.

    In time, Teague embraced basketball

    The Bulls introduced top draft pick Marquis Teague on Monday at the Berto Center. The youngest of five siblings, growing up in a basketball-focused family, it took a while for Marquis to find his love for the sport.

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    The Fire and goalie Sean Johnson, a standout performer in Friday’s 1-0 victory at Kansas City, face another challenge Tuesday night at Houston.

    Red-hot Fire faces another test at Houston

    The Fire isn't just rolling into Houston for Tuesday night's Major League Soccer match. It's rolling, period.

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    It’s a vastly improved offense now for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, with the addition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall. But some of the preseason expectations for the team might be a bit over the top.

    Can Bears’ season match early hype?

    The Bears certainly have a right to think they'll be better in 2012, but talk of the Super Bowl is all the rage and seems a bit premature.

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    Dara Torres, who was trying to make it to her sixth Olympics, just missed making the U.S. swim team when she came in fourth in a women’s 50-meter freestyle semifinal at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on Monday in Omaha, Neb.

    Dara Torres misses out on 6th Olympic team

    Dara Torres has come up short in her bid to make it to the Olympics for a sixth time. The 45-year-old Torres finished fourth in the final of the 50-meter freestyle Monday night, her only event at the U.S. swimming trials.

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    Michael Phelps, seen here winning the 100 meter butterfly final Sunday at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., has dropped out of the 200-meter freestyle and won’t compete for eight gold medals. Phelps has also said he’s retiring after the Olympics.

    Michael Phelps won’t go for 8 golds

    The world's greatest swimmer dropped one of his eight Olympic events on Monday, leaving him with seven at the London Games. That means 14-time gold medalist Michael Phelps won't equal the record eight golds he won four years ago. "It's so much smarter for me to do that," Phelps said. "We're not trying to recreate what happened in Beijing. It just makes more sense."

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    Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a return to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during a fourth round women’s singles match Monday at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England. Sharapova lost the match.

    Sharapova loses at Wimbledon, will drop from No. 1

    Top-seeded and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova lost Monday and was eliminated from the tournament. Four-time title winner Serena Williams was locked in a three-set tussle against a wild-card entry from Kazakhstan who is ranked 65th. Oh, and over on Centre Court, there was the 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer's medical timeout to get treatment for his aching back. It's "Manic Monday" at Wimbledon.

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    Allyson Felix, left, and Jeneba Tarmoh speak after the finish of the women’s 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 30 in Eugene, Ore. Felix won the 200 but she and Tarmoh tied for third place in the 100 meters. And Tarmoh backed out of the runoff scheduled for Monday.

    No runoff in dead heat tie at U.S. track trials

    The runoff that turned into a walk away to conclude the U.S. track trials. Jeneba Tarmoh conceded the final Olympic spot in the 100 meters rather than meet training partner Allyson Felix at the starting line to break a third-place tie. She notified USA Track and Field early in the day of her intention to withdraw from the Monday night race, later saying it was simply because her heart wasn't into the runoff.

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    Fire scouting report
    Chicago Fire at Houston DynamoWhen: 7:30 p.m. at BBVA Compass StadiumTV: NBC NonstopScouting the Fire: The Fire (8-5-3, 27 points) is riding high after Friday’s victory at Sporting Kansas City, the third straight win for the club. Gonzalo Segares returns from a suspension. Arne Friedrich is fairly healthy again but might get some rest Tuesday as a precaution during a busy week. Playmaker Sebastian Grazzini will miss a second straight road game to attend to family issues. Chris Rolfe started in Grazzini’s place Friday and was impressive.Scouting the Houston Dynamo: The Dynamo (6-5-5, 23 points) is unbeaten at home this year, a good way to celebrate a new stadium. Second-year forward Will Bruin leads the team with 9 goals. Honduran midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia looks like a good addition.Next: Los Angeles Galaxy, 2 p.m. Sunday at Toyota Park— Orrin Schwarz

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    White Sox scouting report
    White Sox vs. Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular FieldTV: Comcast SportsNet Plus Tuesday; Comcast SportsNet Wednesday; Channel 9 ThursdayRadio: WSCR 670-AMPitching matchups: The White Sox’ Chris Sale (9-2) vs. Roy Oswalt (2-0) Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.; Dylan Axelrod (0-1) vs. Scott Feldman (2-6) Wednesday at 6:10 p.m.; Jose Quintana (3-1) vs. Matt Harrison (11-3) Thursday at 1:10 p.m.At a glance: The White Sox return home after going 4-3 on a road trip to Minnesota and New York. The Sox opened the season at Texas and lost two of three. Sale is 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his last 8 starts. The Rangers lead the AL West and have the best record (50-30) in baseball. They have a powerful offense and lead the majors in runs scored with 427. Oswalt signed with Texas in early June. In his last start, against the Tigers, the veteran right-hander won despite allowing 5 runs on 13 hits in 6 innings.Next: Toronto Blue Jays, Friday-Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field— Scot Gregor

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    All-star Paul Konerko continues to lead the surprising White Sox this season, which is why he's at the top of Scot Gregor's power rankings for the 25-man roster. As Gregor points out, some players have to do more to move up his list.

    Konerko tops our White Sox power rankings

    From Paul Konerko to Brian Omogrosso and everyone in between, beat writer Scot Gregor ranks the current White Sox players from top to bottom.

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    Cubs starter Travis Wood is on a run of 18 consecutive scoreless innings, the most by a Cubs left-handed starter since Ted Lilly in 2008. Wood shut out the Astros on Sunday.

    Travis Wood carving a spot in Cubs’ future

    The Cubs and their fans got a good look at their future on the recent homestand. Yes, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo made splashes in their own ways. But Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles writes that fans should not forget about lefty Travis Wood, who also figures large into the Cubs' future of building with young players.

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    New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise (9) says he needs more time to decide where he’ll play next. It is believed the Blackhawks, along with Pittsburgh, Detroit, New Jersey, Minnesota and Philadelphia, are on Parise’s list of possible teams.

    Hawks in pursuit of top free agent Parise

    Zach Parise, the top free agent forward on the NHL market, said late Monday he needs more time to make a decision. "I'm getting closer, but I haven't made any decisions," Parise told reporters who gathered at his agent's Toronto office. "I've set no deadlines."It's believed the Blackhawks, Pittsburgh, Detroit, New Jersey, the Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia are the teams still on Parise's list.

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    Mike North video: MLB All Star game and NBA free agency

    The Chicago White Sox have Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, and Chris Sale make the All Star team, but AJ Pierzynski is snubbed. Starlin Castro makes it for the Chicago Cubs.Tiger Woods is on a roll winning the Congressional Tournament. With NBA free agency beginning, Dwight Howard, Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash are all making news.

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    A lot of people figure that Starlin Castro is going to make a whole bunch of all-star teams.Not many people figured Bryan LaHair would stick in the major leagues, let alone make the National League all-star team.The 22-year-old Castro made his second straight all-star team Sunday, but it was the 29-year-old LaHair who was the subject of perhaps the coolest story of the 2012 baseball season.A journeyman minor-leaguer until making his first big-league club out of spring training this year, LaHair got the great news from manager Dale Sveum in front of his teammates Sunday: You’re an all-star.“This is amazing, such a great day,” said LaHair, who was voted onto the team by National League players, who placed him behind only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto at first base. “A lot running through my mind today. It’s just a really great thing.”It’s even better than that.Think about this: LaHair was a 39th-round draft choice of the Seattle Mariners in 2002. He made stops in places like Everett, Inland Empire and Tacoma before getting a cup of coffee with the Mariners in 2008.After the 2009 season, the Cubs picked him up as a minor-league free agent. He spent all of 2010 and most of 2011 at Class AAA Iowa, hitting a combined 63 home runs.With the new Cubs regime rebuilding this season, they gave LaHair a shot at first base, figuring he’d be OK until hot prospect Anthony Rizzo was ready.Rizzo is here, but LaHair is making the Cubs find playing time for him in right field. He has a hitting line of .284/.364/.526 with 13 home runs and 28 RBI.“It was a dream as a little boy to be an all-star, but to think that it was going to happen this fast or at all, it’s really tough to get in that game, and I’m just really thankful to the players for voting me in,” he said.It would have been only natural for a player in LaHair’s situation to think of quitting altogether at some point.“It’s just incredible,” he said. “I have a loss for words in a lot of ways. I made a few all-stars down in the minors and Little League and those kinds of things. I’m just really thankful and feel really blessed to be (an all-star).“It gives you chills. You get a chance to reflect, and I’m sure I’ll reflect more later on, kind of all the work you put in and the adversity you’ve been through and just the different adventures you’ve had along the way to get your first opportunity in the big leagues, and you end up making the all-star team, it’s just really incredible.”As for Castro, he made his first appearance in the Cubs’ interview room and handled the session in English very smoothly. Two years ago he spoke just a few words of English, and even last year he used a translator many times. He even injected a little humor about not knowing until relatively late in the day about his selection.“It’s different,” he said. “This year I was a little bit nervous because he (Sveum) told me, like, late. Last year, when I came in here in the morning, he (ex-manager Mike Quade) told me right away. So today I went to practice and said, ‘Nobody said anything. I don’t go or what?’”He’s going, on the strength of a hitting line of .296/.318/.428 with 10 doubles, 7 triples, 6 homers and 40 RBI. His 94 hits led NL shortstops entering Sunday.Castro was the top vote-getter on player ballots, but starter Rafael Furcal of the St. Louis Cardinals will be the starter as the fan favorite. “Perennial starter” and not just “perennial all-star” would sound good to Castro.

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    Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves at Turner Field

    Scouting reportCubs vs. Atlanta Braves at Turner FieldTV: Comcast SportsNet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; WGN WednesdayRadio: WGN 720-AMPitching matchups: The Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija (5-7) vs. Tommy Hanson (9-4) Monday; Chris Volstad (0-6) vs. Jair Jurrjens (1-2) Tuesday; Paul Maholm (5-6) vs. Randall Delgado (4-8) Wednesday; Matt Garza (4-6) vs. Mike Minor (4-6) Thursday. All games begin at 6:10 p.m.At a glance: The Cubs took two of three from the Braves at Wrigley Field in early May. Atlanta fell 8-4 to Washington on Sunday, but the Braves are just 4½ games out of the lead in the NL East. Jason Heyward and all-star Dan Uggla lead an Atlanta attack that is middle-of-the-pack in the NL. Martin Prado is among the NL leaders in batting average. Closer Craig Kimbrel leads in saves (23). Minor is the lone lefty the Cubs will face, so Cubs all-star Bryan LaHair should see plenty of action. Next: New York Mets at Citi Field, Friday-Sunday— Bruce Miles

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    Cubs: LaHair can call himself an all-star
    A lot of people figure that Starlin Castro is going to make a whole bunch of all-star teams.Not many people figured Bryan LaHair would stick in the major leagues, let alone make the National League all-star team.The 22-year-old Castro made his second straight all-star team Sunday, but it was the 29-year-old LaHair who was the subject of perhaps the coolest story of the 2012 baseball season.A journeyman minor-leaguer until making his first big-league club out of spring training this year, LaHair got the great news from manager Dale Sveum in front of his teammates Sunday: You’re an all-star.“This is amazing, such a great day,” said LaHair, who was voted onto the team by National League players, who placed him behind only Cincinnati’s Joey Votto at first base. “A lot running through my mind today. It’s just a really great thing.”It’s even better than that.Think about this: LaHair was a 39th-round draft choice of the Seattle Mariners in 2002. He made stops in places like Everett, Inland Empire and Tacoma before getting a cup of coffee with the Mariners in 2008.After the 2009 season, the Cubs picked him up as a minor-league free agent. He spent all of 2010 and most of 2011 at Class AAA Iowa, hitting a combined 63 home runs.With the new Cubs regime rebuilding this season, they gave LaHair a shot at first base, figuring he’d be OK until hot prospect Anthony Rizzo was ready.Rizzo is here, but LaHair is making the Cubs find playing time for him in right field. He has a hitting line of .284/.364/.526 with 13 home runs and 28 RBI.“It was a dream as a little boy to be an all-star, but to think that it was going to happen this fast or at all, it’s really tough to get in that game, and I’m just really thankful to the players for voting me in,” he said.It would have been only natural for a player in LaHair’s situation to think of quitting altogether at some point.“It’s just incredible,” he said. “I have a loss for words in a lot of ways. I made a few all-stars down in the minors and Little League and those kinds of things. I’m just really thankful and feel really blessed to be (an all-star).“It gives you chills. You get a chance to reflect, and I’m sure I’ll reflect more later on, kind of all the work you put in and the adversity you’ve been through and just the different adventures you’ve had along the way to get your first opportunity in the big leagues, and you end up making the all-star team, it’s just really incredible.”As for Castro, he made his first appearance in the Cubs’ interview room and handled the session in English very smoothly. Two years ago he spoke just a few words of English, and even last year he used a translator many times. He even injected a little humor about not knowing until relatively late in the day about his selection.“It’s different,” he said. “This year I was a little bit nervous because he (Sveum) told me, like, late. Last year, when I came in here in the morning, he (ex-manager Mike Quade) told me right away. So today I went to practice and said, ‘Nobody said anything. I don’t go or what?’”He’s going, on the strength of a hitting line of .296/.318/.428 with 10 doubles, 7 triples, 6 homers and 40 RBI. His 94 hits led NL shortstops entering Sunday.Castro was the top vote-getter on player ballots, but starter Rafael Furcal of the St. Louis Cardinals will be the starter as the fan favorite. “Perennial starter” and not just “perennial all-star” would sound good to Castro.“Everybody wants to start it, but I’ll play in the second half (of the game),” he said. “It’s unbelievable because as a little kid, I see a lot of stars, a lot of baseball games, a lot of good players who make the All-Star Game.“I said, ‘Oh, my God. Unbelievable. I want to be one day in there.’ And now it’s my second one. It’s not stopping here. I’ll keep working hard to make some more.”It may “get old” for some players, but there was none of that feeling Sunday around LaHair and Castro.

Business

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    G.A.T. Guns is on Route 25 north of the Jane Addams Tollway.

    G.A.T. Guns now a part of East Dundee

    Over the weekend, East Dundee annexed several properties on Route 25 into the village, including G.A.T. Guns, which officials predict will be the second largest generator of sales tax dollars in the village — behind Walmart. East Dundee officials also sweetened the deal by agreeing to pay for G.A.T. Guns' $5.5 million expansion.

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    Rob Pullen

    Tellabs' Pullen succumbs to cancer

    Tellabs CEO Rob Pullen of Naperville, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in April, died Monday at age 50.

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    Andrew Witty is CEO of GlaxoSmithKline. GlaxoSmithKline LLC will pay $3 billion and plead guilty to promoting two popular drugs for unapproved uses and to failing to disclose important safety information on a third in the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history.

    GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 billion for health fraud

    GlaxoSmithKline LLC will pay $3 billion and plead guilty to promoting two popular drugs for unapproved uses and to failing to disclose important safety information on a third in the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, the Justice Department said Monday.

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    In this June 28 photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the White House in Washington after the Supreme Court ruling on his health care legislation. In promoting the health care law, Obama is repeating his persistent and unsubstantiated assurance Americans who like their health insurance can simply keep it.

    Fact check: Buyer beware in health debate

    President Barack Obama promises nothing will change for people who like their health coverage except it'll become more affordable, but the facts don't back him up. Mitt Romney groundlessly calls the health care law a slayer of jobs certain to deepen the national debt.

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    U.S. stocks on Monday showed some optimism about recently announced measures in Europe to stave off a debt crisis and hopes that interest rates there will be cut this week. Yet gains are being tempered with more evidence of a broader slowdown in China.

    US stocks fall on manufacturing slowdown

    Investors rejoiced over Europe last week. On Monday, they got back to worrying about the United States.

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    This undated file photo made available by Barclays Banksshows the Chairman of United Kingdom-based Barclays bank Marcus Agius in London. The chairman of Barclays announced his resignation Monday after accepting responsibility for a price-fixing scandal that saw the bank slapped with trans-Atlantic fines of $453 million.

    UK fraud office weighs prosecutions of Barclays

    British prosecutors said Monday they are examining whether they can bring criminal charges on top of the massive fines imposed on Barclays bank for a financial market manipulation scandal.

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    Airbus SAS plans to open a commercial-jet assembly line in Alabama, its first in the U.S., to meet demand as North American airlines renew their fleets.

    Airbus to build 1st US assembly plant in Alabama

    In the battle to dominate the global aviation industry, European aerospace giant Airbus announced its first assembly plant in the United States on Monday, a symbolic and significant step in the competition with archrival Boeing.

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    George N. Gaynor Jr. is the owner of Ad Venture Hobbies in Wheeling.

    Ad Venture Hobbies in Wheeling continues to provide fun
    Ad Venture Hobbies in Wheeling continues to provide fun for all ages. We talk to the owner of the shop aobut the ups and downs of running a small business.

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    Dell buying Quest Software for $2.36 billion

    Dell said Monday that it's buying Quest Software for about $2.36 billion, ending recent speculation about who the unnamed bidder was in the battle for the company with investment firm Insight Venture Partners. With consumer demand for PCs declining, Dell wants to branch out beyond the business of making personal computers into more lucrative fields.

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    Small business lending picked up in June

    NEW YORK — Lending to small businesses is recovering after a four-month decline.A study released Friday by PayNet, a research firm that tracks loans to small business, shows that lending rose 12 percent in May from April’s levels. That’s the largest increase since June 2009, when the economy was pulling out of the recession.The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index rose to 108.4 in May from April’s 96.6. That takes it close to the 110.5 the index registered in December, before it began its four-month slide.William Phelan, president of PayNet, says the increase shows that small business owners are feeling more confident. But he said, they’re still uneasy about the economy and are unlikely to “indiscriminately throw caution to the wind and start investing wildly” in new equipment and employees.

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    Demands grow for UK to consider cutting EU ties

    LONDON — Will Britain’s EU membership be one more casualty of the continent’s devastating debt crisis?Senior British lawmakers warned Monday that Britain must consider a future outside the European Union as the 17 members of Europe’s currency union, which the UK has stayed out of, develop closer fiscal and political ties.Plans to exit the EU — a policy once advocated primarily on Britain’s political fringe — are rapidly gathering mainstream appeal and could dominate debate at the country’s scheduled 2015 national election.“I do not believe that Britain’s national interest is served by its current relationship with the EU,” Britain’s former Defense Secretary Liam Fox said in a speech offering support to growing calls for a national vote on the issue.Opinion polls show most Britons are deeply skeptical about closer European ties and eager to win back national decision making powers previously lost to Brussels.Britain last held a vote on its membership of the EU, then the European Economic Community, in 1975.Fox said that European nations which don’t use the euro currency should press for much looser ties to their neighbors, or contemplate quitting the bloc altogether. “Life outside the EU holds no terror,” Fox said, insisting that much like non-EU members Switzerland and Norway, Britain would be able to continue to trade easily with its neighbors.Prime Minister David Cameron has acknowledged that Britain may need a future national vote on its ties to Europe, but insists that shouldn’t happen while the debt crisis is unfolding. “Put simply, for those of us outside the eurozone, far from there being too little Europe, there is too much of it,” he wrote in an op-ed article for The Sunday Telegraph newspaper. “Too much cost, too much bureaucracy, too much meddling in issues that belong to nation states or civic society or individuals.”However, Cameron said euroskeptics were wrong that the only option for Britain to defend its interests was to quit the EU altogether. Cameron pointed to his decision in December to veto changes to the European Union treaty, when he was the only leader among the bloc to refuse to endorse a plan for nations to submit their budgets for central review and limit the deficits they can run.Ex-government minister John Redwood, like Fox also a member of Cameron’s euroskeptic Conservative Party, said many British people would welcome a chance to vote to leave the European Union. While residents in the Eurozone nations “want more EU power over their lives, we intend to have less. We should travel in the opposite direction,” he wrote on his blog.Britain’s main opposition Labour Party has suggested it could include plans for a national referendum in its manifesto for the 2015 election. However, the Liberal Democrats — junior members of the coalition government with Cameron’s Conservatives — are staunch defenders of European ties.

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    People walk past a digital display of Tokyo stock prices at a securities firm in Tokyo Monday.

    Markets remain buoyed by euro summit deal

    Markets made further gains Monday as investors continued to cheer Europe's latest efforts to deal with a debt crisis that has clouded the outlook for the global economy.Last Friday, the eurozone leaders agreed a set of measures to alleviate the financial crisis, including the establishment of a banking union and changes to the way the bailout fund operates.

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    Visitors look at computer products near advertisement for Apple’s iPad tablet computer at an Apple store in Beijing, China, Monday.

    China court: Apple pays $60M to settle iPad case

    Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market. Apple's dispute with Shenzhen Proview Technology highlighted the possible pitfalls for global companies in China's infant trademark system. It also posed a challenge for the communist government, which wants to attract technology investors to develop China's economy.

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    Twitter sees new record during Euro 2012 final

    Twitter says its users fired off more than 15,000 Tweets per second when Spain made its fourth goal in Sunday's European Championship final, setting a new sports-related record on the social networking site.The surge in tweets came just weeks before the Olympics Games in London are expected to bring another unprecedented surge of activity by sports fans on social networking sites.

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    Eurozone unemployment hits new record in May

    Unemployment in the 17-country euro currency bloc hit another record in May as the continent teetered on the edge of recession because of its crippling financial crisis, official figures showed Monday.Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said unemployment rose to 11.1 percent in May from 11 percent the previous month. May's rate was the highest since the euro was launched in 1999 and adds further urgency to the eurozone countries' plan to create economic growth and cut excessive government debt.

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    AMC agrees with ATt&T to keep networks on U-verse pay-tv system

    AMC Networks Inc., which airs "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead" on cable television, reached a deal to keep its shows on AT&T Inc.'s U-verse pay-TV system. The agreement allows about 4 million U-verse customers to continue watching the AMC, IFC, We TV and Sundance channels, AT&T said yesterday in a statement. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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    A man walks from a gasoline tanker truck at a North Little Rock, Ark., fuel distribution terminal.

    Oil falls below $84 amid waning EU euphoria

    Oil fell below $84 a barrel Monday in Asia amid waning euphoria over the latest EU plans to tackle the continent's debt and economic woes. Signs of a slowing Chinese economy also dragged crude down. Benchmark oil for August delivery was down $1.32 at $83.64 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude for August delivery was down $1.39 at $96.41 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

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    Jai Shekhawat

    Fieldglass CEO glad he made committment to U.S.

    Kukec's People features Fieldglass CEO Jai Shekhawat, a native of India, who enjoys the Fourth of July as a reminder of when he became a U.S. citizen.

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    Virtual ‘incubator’ offers small business guidance

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center. Still in its infantcy, the FVEC is a virtual small business support center that is part incubator, part accelerator but mostly its own energetic entity.

Life & Entertainment

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    Designer Brian Patrick Flynn used red, white, and blue, in a modern manner for a boy?s room with graphic wallpaper in blue and white, accented with controlled bursts of fire engine red.

    For July Fourth, add a dash of Americana to your decor

    At the height of summer, many of us look for ways to bring a bit of patriotic style or military flair into our homes. But how do you add a dash of Americana into your decor without giving your home the feel of a bed-and-breakfast in colonial Williamsburg?

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    Chris Bukowski of Bartlett and “Bachelorette” star Emily Maynard enjoy a dinner earlier this season in her hometown, Charlotte, N.C.

    Suburban man sent home on 'Bachelorette'

    Bartlett native Chris Bukowski was eliminated from the ABC reality dating show "The Bachelorette" Monday night after taking the show's star, Emily Maynard, to Chicago and his parents' home in Hanover Park for a hometown date. "She did break my heart and I just don't understand it," he said.

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    Corn on the cob takes about 10 minutes to cook over a medium-hot charcoal grill.

    Don's take on making the most of corn on the cob

    It still amazes me that I can go into a supermarket at anytime of the year and buy fresh corn on the cob. When I was kid, that wasn't the case. We ate corn on the cob only when it was freshly picked from Illinois fields. The rest of the year we had to make do with frozen corn.

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    Jon Bon Jovi

    Avon taps Bon Jovi for new Unplugged fragrances

    Jon Bon Jovi is going Unplugged in a bottle. Avon Products Inc. announced Monday that the 50-year-old rock star is the company's newest celebrity fragrance partner. He'll appear in ads for both Unplugged for Her and Unplugged for Him.

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    Greek Salad
    Greek Salad:Susan Zybko

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    Should she spill the beans about an affair?

    She found out a semi-good friend is sleeping with the husband of another semi-good friend. Is it best to stay out of it, or is she obligated to say something to the married friend?

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    Corn on the cob takes about 10 minutes to cook over a medium-hot charcoal grill.

    Grilled No-Husk Corn-on-the-Cob
    6 large ears fresh corn, husks and silks removedFor a charcoal grill: Open the bottom vents. Ignite 6 quarts or 2½ pounds charcoal briquettes or hardwood charcoal. When the coals are hot, set up for a one-level medium-heat fire (so you can hold your hand 5 inches above cooking rack for only 4 to 5 seconds). Oil the grill rack well. Grill corn over coals, uncovered, turning every 2 minutes for about 10 minutes, until some of the kernels turn golden brown. For a gas grill: Turn each burner to high and ignite. Cover the grill. When hot, set the burners to medium heat. Oil the grill rack well. Grill corn over heat with cover closed turning each ear a quarter-turn every 3 to 4 minutes until some of the kernels turn golden brown. With tongs, remove from the grill and serve hot, passing salt and pepper and fat-free or reduced-fat, trans-fat-free margarine.Serves six. Cook’s note: If you like corn cooked this way, grill extra ears and add the kernels to summer salads and salsa.Nutrition values per serving (without seasoning): 123 calories (12.4 percent from fat), 1.7 g fat (0.3 g saturated), 27.2 g carbohydrates, 3.9 g fiber, 4.6 g protein, 0 cholesterol, 21 mg sodium.

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    “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me” recounts the creative and family life of performer and musician R. Kelly.

    R. Kelly autobiography vivid despite guarded tone

    Let's get this out of the way up front: R. Kelly's autobiography does not discuss what really happened with the sex tape that almost sent him to prison. A tell-all, this is not. Instead, "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me" recounts the creative and family life of a once-in-a-generation performer and musician. Despite its guarded tone, the book is a vivid and entertaining journey that reveals much about the musical engine of a true artist.

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    Junipers produce lots of berries.

    How to invite more birds into your garden

    Birds bring color, song, motion and beauty into the garden. Many have a voracious appetite for insect pests, too. When designing a new garden, choose plants that welcome more birds. You could simply put up a feeder in the backyard to provide food. But many insect- and fruit-eating birds never visit feeders, and to attract permanent residents, shelter and nesting sites are also necessary.

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    The tri-color AMX is fast, but also a pleasure to drive on the highway.

    Man restores 'patriotic' 1969 AMC AMX

    It may come as no surprise that the Fourth of July inspired Ken More to apply a red, white and blue color scheme to his once all-white 1969 AMC AMX. This tri-color car isn't the South Barrington resident's first American Motors Corp. product; the lifelong AMC enthusiast has owned several AMXs over the years.

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    Healthy, growing kids often don’t need vitamins

    In their Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics comment that, "Supplemental vitamins are expensive and probably unnecessary for the healthy child older than 1 year who consumes a varied diet." Without a doubt, there are children who can benefit from certain vitamin and mineral supplements. For patients who don't drink enough milk or have limited dairy intake due to lactose intolerance, targeted calcium and vitamin D supplementation can help promote bone health.

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    Paying attention to new sunscreen rules will help you know what to apply and when to apply it.

    Your health: Sun safety rules

    Review the new rules from Health.com about how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in the sun. SPFs, clothing protection, how much sunscreen to apply are tackled.

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    Catheter insertion is uncomfortable but usually painless
    A good deal of evidence suggests that fish oils are good for your health. I wish I could say, "So just eat fish and take fish oil capsules, and your health will be great." But of course it's not that simple. Fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a kind of "healthy fat." People with diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids seem to have a decreased risk of heart disease and stroke.

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    Don’t let traveling diet weigh you down

    Obesity in the United States is a serious problem and has become a "weighty" problem for the airlines. The passenger's bottom line also affects the airlines bottom line. Heavier passengers require more fuel to stay airborne. However, most frequent fliers will tell you, eating healthy when you're on the wing can be a challenge.

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    Low-fat diet after weight loss may spur pounds to return

    Eating a low-fat diet after losing weight may cause the pounds to return, according to research that recommends a low-glycemic diet, one that doesn't cause spikes in blood sugar, for weight maintenance and total health. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits and minimally processed grains that raise blood sugars slowly allowed the body to burn about 150 calories more a day than eating a diet low in fats, said David Ludwig, senior author of the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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    Jake Eisenstat uses a medicine ball to turn purple lights green in a game called Splot.

    Body and mind get workout at specialized gym

    Like any gym, Fitness for Health is open to anyone who wants to join. But owner Marc Sickel, who grew up with learning disabilities and motor processing difficulties of his own, has spent 27 years providing help for clients with similar problems. His referrals come from child psychologists, occupational therapists, physicians and other caregivers, he said.

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    Juliet Rodman, left, and Aytaj Vily of Wellness Corporate Solutions get ahead of the pack during a four-mile round-trip hike in Maryland. Employees are encouraged to exercise during the workday.

    Company pushes healthy attitude for workers

    When Matthew Benton started working at Wellness Corporate Solutions in 2008, he realized it wasn't going to be anything like his previous job at a bank. For starters, there was the senior vice president, Juliet Rodman, who was always doing headstands in the office. Now he's gotten hooked on the daily 10-minute walks the 30 employees take around the eighborhood, and he has improved his diet. "I'd never eaten hummus, edamame or sushi," says Benton, who today enjoys all three.

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    Patients and doctors should discuss weight and body mass index as part of an examination.

    More doctors urged to screen for obesity

    Chances are you know your blood pressure. What about your BMI? Body mass index signals if you're overweight, obese or just right considering your height. Some doctors have begun calling it a vital sign, as crucial to monitor as blood pressure. But apparently not enough doctors check: A government panel has renewed a call for every adult to be screened for obesity during checkups, suggesting more physicians should be routinely calculating their patients' BMIs.

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    For outside paint jobs, hiring a pro eliminates the need for the homeowner to get up on a ladder.

    Painting a room isn’t as easy as it looks on TV

    It's hard to escape the commercials. In just 30 seconds, two average homeowners pick a shade, move some furniture, pull out the rollers and, voila!, a new room. However, painting a room isn't as easy as it looks on TV.

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    Editorial: Gays, marriage and inalienable rights

    Fifty years from now, the arguments in our era against gay marriage will seem as inexplicable as the arguments in 1960s against racial equality seem today, a Daily Herald editorial predicts.

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    Should the West believe Egypt’s new president?

    Columnist Cal Thomas: The Muslim Brotherhood knows how Westerners think. They are playing us for fools.

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    Here’s to the Yankee Doodle liberal

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Given the swirling rumors that James Cagney had strayed over the communist line, the decision to star in "Yankee Doodle Dandy" must have been a good career move.

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    Health coverage needs different tack
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Voters need reporting that helps us decide who to re-elect, not which party has the upper hand at a particular point in time.

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    Take time to read founding document
    A Chicago letter to the editor: Every American should take the time to read the Declaration of Independence (it only takes a few minutes) and realize what the signers risked.

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    Need for regulation varies by circumstance
    A letter to the editor: Our politicians would serve us better if they acknowledged that economic policy, like life, isn't simple.

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    All groups must be allowed their say
    A letter to the editor: Our system of law and rights does not guarantee freedoms to people based on whether they make you feel edgy.

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    Church not meant to be authoritarian
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: How could Christ have preached love as the core construct of our faith and then radically depart from that construct to preach autocratic means? We were called to be more than followers.

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    Retired teachers getting a bad rap
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: My husband didn't become an educator to become wealthy, but because he truly believed that he could make a difference.

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    In favor of civility at school graduations
    Letter to the editor: When Susan Markese's son graduated, the family for the previous student drowned out the announcement of her kid's name with their prolonged cheers. "The schools are finally getting it right by instituting that (no cheering) rule," she writes.

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    Wants voter control over park project
    Letter to the editor: Gerald and Sandra Hoffstetter of South Barrington are asking Village President Frank Munao to exercise some control over the park district, and not just green-light all they want to do. "You have the power and the responsibility to us, the taxpayers who will have to pay for all of this expansion," they write.

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    Hats off to Jaycees for the Palatine fest
    Letter to the editor: Pamela Collins of Palatine says it's time for the Jaycees to get the credit they deserve for putting on the 4th of July festival every year. "When communities are combining to put on festivals and the economy is so horrible, isn't amazing that people come together to give to their community?" she asks.

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    Letter mirrored her own thoughts
    Letter to the editor: Carolyn Simmons of Des Plaines agrees with Betty Biggerstaff (Neighbor Fencepost, June 12) and says there is "no place for two men or two women to be parents and provide the balance of male-female qualities a child needs to develop fully."

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    Yates tells her voters to keep the faith
    Letter to the editor: Former congressional candidate Maureen Yates says thank you to her supporters and tells them not to lose heart. "I ask you to keep the faith with our President, who is trying to look after the people against the small number of multi-billionaires who are trying to control this country," she writes.

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    Only park dist. can save these animals
    Leter to the editor: Dakota Washoe of Arlington Heights says animals are cruelly dying, and the park district could prevent it with a simple fix. "Countless lives of local wildlife have been lost because the park district refuses to employ common sense, or common decency," she writes.

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    Let’s get that dog park underway
    Letter to the editor: Nancy Norman is enthusiastic that people turned out for the park district meeting on a possible Arlington Heights dog park. "Suburbs all around us have one, why not we?" she writes.

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    Relocate Philhaven to better site
    Letter to the editor: Ann Marie Lundstrom says the Wheeling Village Board did the right thing in denying the Philhaven project. "Yes, there are many people that need a building like this, but let's make it a building that is on a safe site, and one that the neighbors will enjoy having next door," she writes.

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    We don’t want more affordable housing
    Letter to the editor: Paul Lee takes issue with Trustee Carol Blackwood's call for more affordable housing in Arlington heights. "We don't want more affordable housing," he writes, "the crime around the current affordable housing is enough for all of us."

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    Lake Arlington path as dangerous as ever
    Letter to the editor: Barbara Ilic calls on the Arlington Heights Park District to enforce the 8 mph speed limit around Lake Arlington. "Enough is enough! We want our Lake Arlington back the way it was intended to be used," she writes.

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    Most of us are aware of the long term effects of indiscriminate spending when our income has been reduced and we carry a large debt. Unfortunately the Mount Prospect Park District appears to be completely unaware of the concept.When we think of out-of-control government spending, I doubt that many of us consider that our local park district could be the source of millions of dollars of unnecessary expenditures. With a current debt load in the area of $33 million, the MPPD is engaged in a quiet, unrestrained spending frenzy. In April, the park distinct approved, and recently began construction, on a Veterans Memorial fountain in Lions Park. The price tag is nearly $600,000, not counting ongoing maintenance. How does the Park District Board justify non-essential spending of that magnitude considering their debt load? The Board says our veterans have waited long enough for this honor. No one argues that our vets deserve this and every honor we can offer but this project has been on the table for 17 years. Why spend this money now?Other MPPD spending under consideration for 2012 include $285,000 for new lights at Melas Park and $500,000 for artificial turf at Prospect High School. The icing on the cake is a proposal currently under consideration to spend up to $5 million to upgrade the Mount Prospect Public Golf Course. While the irrigation system legitimately needs more than $1 million in repairs, an additional $5 million is under consideration solely to upgrade a golf course the Daily Herald reader’s rated as The Best Golf Course in both 2011 and 2012. The proposed upgrade includes moving the driving range to Melas Park for an additional $1 million. I suppose that explains the need for those new lights!If the budget posted for 2012 plays out as presented, this will be the first year in the past five that the park district doesn’t spend $3 million to $5 million more than they take in. Nearly 25 percent ($4.7 million) of the projected expendures for 2012 are allocated to “bonds and interest payments” yet the board doesn’t seem to hesitate to add to that load. It appears they believe that their -- our -- resources are unlimited. All of this under the watchful eye of a chief executive officer who enjoys an annual salary of $163,000 and 26 days paid vacation.The Mount Prospect Park District does not publish their meeting agenda. It is posted to their web site only a few days before the meetings take place, making it difficult if not impossible for residents-AKA taxpayers - to participate on any meaningful level, if at all. That seems to be the goal of the current Park District Board.  Even agendas handed out at the meetings do not indicate if a topic is being introduced, under discussion or up for final vote. The minutes of only four 2012 meetings are posted to their website: http://www.mppd.org/. No minutes prior to February 2012 are  available online. Residents who want to be involved have few resources from which to scrape together what the Board is up to or has been considering.Hopefully this letter will change that. Park district meetings are held the last Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Central Community Center, 1000 W. Central Rd. in Mt. Prospect. All residents of Mt. Prospect, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village should make of point of attending, insisting on straight answers to their questions, and putting a stop to the fiscal irresponsibility of the MPPD board. At the very least, we should all demand full disclosure,  fiscal accountability, and transparency from this Park District Board. We cannot afford to continue to allow them to fly under our radar. Literally. We can’t afford it!

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