Daily Archive : Wednesday July 4, 2012



    Train derails near Glenview-Northbrook border

    A frieght train derailed near the Northbrook-Glenview border this afternoon. It is unclear whether there were any injuries.

    Festival worker Hanna Schwertfeger, 12, holds a cool towel to her head during the extreme heat at the Hoffman Estates Northwest Fourth Fest at the Sears Centre Arena on Wednesday

    Temperature ties O'Hare's record high at 102

    Wednesday's scorching heat was a test of endurance for festgoers and parade watchers — and those who've been without power for days after Sunday's storms. The heat has even prompted Arlington Park to stall Thursday's racing schedule for four hours. And it's going to feel worse today.

    Carol Nice of Schaumburg walks away with a cool lemonade in a souvenir cup, her way a keeping cool at the Bartlett Fourth of July festival.

    Northwest suburban celebrations honor tradition, start a new one

    Parade and festival goers from Arlington Heights to Hoffman Estates tried to beat the sweltering heat during Fourth of July festivities.

    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.

    Q&A: Why 'God particle' search fundamental for understanding matter

    Scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said its researchers observed a particle that may be the Higgs boson, a theoretical particle that could explain where mass comes from. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the Higgs boson. The information is drawn from the Science Media Centre of Canada and interviews and press briefings by physicists.

    A wall painting by artist Josef Kristofoletti is seen at the Atlas experiment site at the European Center for Nuclear Research, CERN, outside Geneva, Switzerland. The painting shows how a Higgs boson may look.

    Physicists celebrate evidence of God particle

    To cheers and standing ovations, scientists at the world's biggest atom smasher claimed the discovery of a new subatomic particle Wednesday, calling it "consistent" with the long-sought Higgs boson — popularly known as the "God particle" — that helps explain what gives all matter in the universe size and shape. "We have now found the missing cornerstone of particle physics,"...

    A party representative participates in the computation of ballot boxes at an electoral institute district council in Mexico City on Wednesday. The computation is done to determine which ballot boxes used in Sunday's general elections will be recounted in front of party representatives.

    Partial recount in Mexico's presidential election

    Mexican electoral authorities said Wednesday they will recount more than half the ballot boxes used in the weekend's presidential elections after finding inconsistencies in the vote tallies.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut celebrates after he wins his sixth Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating World Championship with a total of 68 hot dogs and buns Wednesday at Coney Island.

    Chestnut wins sixth straight title, downs 68 dogs

    Joey Chestnut ate his way to a sixth straight win at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island on Wednesday, downing 68 to tie his personal best in a sweaty, gag-inducing spectacle.

    Red Cross volunteer Linda Layser, right, helps Gwyn Miller, left, build a crib for Asher Rose, 6 months, while father Matt holds him at Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro, Va. The school served as a Red Cross cooling station after a severe storm left hundreds of thousands of customers without power.

    Lack of power puts damper on July 4th celebrations

    Hundreds of thousands from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic were preparing to spend the Fourth of July like America's founders did in 1776, without the conveniences of electricity and air conditioning.

    The crowd stands and applauds as the American Flag passes Wednesday at the Elgin Fourth of July parade.

    Long-timers, newbies find meaning in Elgin parade

    Bryan McMhan has never missed Elgin's Fourth of July parade in the more than two decades he's lived there. This year, he learned something new, thanks to an American Legion Post 57 float carrying Lao veterans who fought with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. “I think it's excellent. I don't think anybody knew about it — at least I didn't.”


    Two fires in Warrenville

    The Warrenville Fire Department battled two fires at around the same time Wednesday afternoon.


    Fire leaves Wheaton home uninhabitable

    A fire in Wheaton Wednesday afternoon left a single family home uninhabitable.


    Golf Road buckles from heat in Schaumburg

    A portion of Golf Road has buckled, causing lanes to be shut down between Wilkening Road and Basswood Road.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives a thumbs up as he carries his granddaughter, Soleil, while walking in the Fourth of July Parade in Wolfeboro, N.H., Wednesday.

    Romney calls Obama’s health care requirement a tax

    Mitt Romney on Wednesday said requiring all Americans to buy health insurance amounts to a tax, contradicting a senior campaign adviser who days ago said the Republican presidential candidate viewed President Barack Obama's mandate as anything but a tax.

    Eight-year-old Natalie Gorgius of Island Lake is decked out in red, white and blue Wednesday during the Island Lake Fourth of July Community Picnic at Veterans Park.

    Paradegoers prepared for the heat in Vernon Hills

    The Boy Scout motto is "Be prepared," and members of Vernon Hills' Troop 95 took that to heart Wednesday morning as they waited to march in the town's Independence Day parade. With the temperature already climbing toward 90 degrees before the 9 a.m. kickoff, the boys and their leaders stood under shade trees with water bottles ready.

    Austin Cure, 8, of Bolingbrook cools off with a frosty treat at the Taste of Lombard on Wednesday.

    No parade in Wheaton? Go to Glen Ellyn

    James Harris and his family usually attend the Fourth of July parade in their hometown of Wheaton, but on Wednesday they decided to bike to Glen Ellyn after the Wheaton parade was canceled due to the damage from Sunday's storm. "We were disappointed, but we understand that with the weather and the conditions, that's all they can do," Harris said.


    Kids fishing clinic at Greenbelt

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District will offer a four-day fishing clinic for young anglers this month at the Greenbelt Cultural Center near North Chicago.


    Celebrate Fox Lake on Saturday

    Celebrate Fox Lake is set for Saturday, July 7, at the village's Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Drive.


    Peterson Road to close in Libertyville

    The Canadian National Railroad crossing on Peterson Road just west of Route 45 in Libertyville will be closed for about a week beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 10.


    Swanson retires at District 50

    One of Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50's top administrators, Anne Swanson, has retired.

    U.S. Army veterans from Laos ride a float presented by American Legion Post 57 of Elgin Wednesday at the South Elgin Fourth of July parade.

    Images: The Fourth of July
    The Northwest suburbs celebrated the Fourth of July with parades, picnics and festivals. With temperatures reaching 100 degrees, many fireworks shows were cancelled in the area, leaving many parade watchers sweltering in the heat.

    President Barack Obama greets service members after they became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday.

    Obama salutes new service-member American citizens

    President Barack Obama marked the Fourth of July by welcoming two dozen U.S. service members as newly-sworn American citizens, saying the contributions they have already made dramatize the need for Washington to achieve comprehensive immigration reform.

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia drew unusually critical attention during this past Supreme Court term for comments he made in court and in his writing that seemed to some more political than judicial.

    Scalia critics say justice too political last term

    Justice Antonin Scalia drew unusually critical attention during this past Supreme Court term for comments he made in court and in his writing that seemed to some more political than judicial.

    Former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, left, and former athletic director Tim Curley, right, are the two Penn State administrators charged with mishandling a 2001 sex abuse complaint regarding Jerry Sandusky and lying to a grand jury about it.

    Sandusky trial, emails may alter second Penn St. case

    Trial may be months away for two Penn State administrators charged with mishandling a 2001 sex abuse complaint regarding Jerry Sandusky and lying to a grand jury about it.


    Hampshire fire damages three back yards

    Three back yards and two homes were damaged in Hampshire Wednesday afternoon after an electrical transformer shorted out and started a fire.

    Chuck West

    Kane Coroner Chuck West dies after liver transplant

    Kane County Coroner Chuck West died early Wednesday from complications from a liver transplant, family members said. West, who faced misconduct charges, is being remembered by friends for the good he did. He "was not himself" recently, because of his illness, county board member Mike Kenyon said. "I think we need to cut him some slack and remember all the good things."


    After tax increase, Aurora library cuts nonresident fee

    Aurora residents will pay higher property taxes for the next 30 years to support construction of a new downtown library. But for this year, at least, folks living outside the city actually will pay less to use Aurora's library services — and one alderman isn't happy about it. "The library sits there and tells us why they have to spend $30 million (for a new library and technology) and raise...

    Superintendent Kim Perkins is retiring after nine years at the helm of Bloomingdale Elementary District 13, which saw dramatic rises in standardized test scores under his leadership.

    Departing Dist. 13 head credits community for school success

    Bloomingdale School District 13 is saying goodbye to nine-year Superintendent Kim Perkins, who helped the district make one of the largest jumps in standardized test scores in DuPage County during his tenure. But Perkins said it was a team effort: "We've got good kids, good staff, and good community."


    Police briefs
    A chain securing 50 Club Car golf carts was cut and three carts stolen between 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday at the Royal Hawk Golf Club, 5N748 Burr Road, near St. Charles, according to a Kane County Sheriff's report.


    Bianchi conspiracy suit ruling expected in August

    A federal judge could rule in August on a motion to dismiss a conspiracy, false arrest and malicious prosecution lawsuit filed McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi against two special prosecutors and a forensic computer firm. Bianchi, who was acquitted twice last year, argues prosecutors manufactured evidence against him.

    “Water Wonders” is an interactive stream where people will be able to learn about water, including conservation. It was developed by the North Aurora River District Alliance, and opened in June. The water in it is rainfall captured from the roof of the nearby village hall.

    'Water Wonders' already a hit with kids in North Aurora

    There's a new way for kids to cool off this summer, and eventually learn about water and its value to us. The "Water Wonders" stream in North Aurora is up and running. Construction was finished a few weeks ago. Signs explaining the various features, such as a wetland area, though, remain to be installed. There are native plants, and a micro hydroelectric station is planned.

    Prof. Wu Xiaohong, Director of China’s National Lab of Quaternary Chronology, in a radiocarbon lab of Peking University in Beijing .

    Pottery 20,000 years old found in a Chinese cave

    Pottery fragments found in a south China cave have been confirmed to be 20,000 years old, making them the oldest known pottery in the world, archaeologists say.The findings, which will appear in the journal Science on Friday, add to recent efforts that have dated pottery piles in east Asia to more than 15,000 years ago, refuting conventional theories that the invention of pottery correlates to...

    A man dives from a pool tower in the open air pool Nordbad in Erfurt, Germany, last weekend. The heat wave there is over, but we in the suburbs are not done yet.

    The hottest July 4 on record? 100 in forecast, worse Thursday

    Temperatures are expected to climb to 100 degrees today and could threaten the all-time high for the recorded history of Independence Day: 102 set back in 1919. Thursday is expected to be the hotter of the next two days, but the humid conditions could produce a heat index of up to 110 degrees both today and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.


    Gunman kills self, 4 others in hostage standoff in Germany

    BERLIN — Police commandos stormed an apartment in southern Germany on Wednesday after a hostage standoff and found five bodies, including that of the gunman, a spokesman said.The team was sent in to the apartment after police smelled smoke from the top-floor apartment in Karlsruhe at around lunchtime following a standoff that began at 9 a.m., police spokesman Juergen Scheufer said.


    Indiana judge complains of smelly record in appeal

    INDIANAPOLIS — A state Court of Appeals judge complained that the record related to a criminal case from northern Indiana stunk — literally.The court on Tuesday upheld a Monticello man’s January conviction on charges of burglary and criminal confinement, but noted the condition of the court record from Cass County.

    In this June 13, 2012, file photo provided by Disabled Sports USA, members of Warfighter Sports Denali Challenge pull gear while attempting to climb Mount McKinley in Alaska. The five men, all severely wounded in war, including four who had amputations, had to abandon their climb of North America's tallest peak, but say it was weather and not their disabilities that ended the summit attempt. The five men descended Alaska's Mount McKinley on Monday, July 2.

    Weather not limitations end Mount McKinley climb

    Five men all severely wounded in war, including four who had amputations, had to abandon their climb of North America's tallest peak, but say it was weather and not their disabilities that ended the summit attempt.

    Evgeny Roizman, former lawmaker and a charismatic anti-drugs crusader listens to a question during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Roizman says the abuse of synthetic marijuana is turning into a “horrible” epidemic in his country. Experts say a range of hallucinogens known as “spice” are very hard to kick, and addicts lose sleep, weight and get kidney and brain disorders from them.

    Russia fears new epidemic of synthetic marijuana

    MOSCOW — Russia’s leading anti-drug crusader says the abuse of synthetic marijuana is turning into a “horrible” epidemic in his country.Experts say a range of hallucinogens known as “spice” are very hard to kick, and addicts lose sleep, weight and get kidney and brain disorders from them.

    Jamie Dunne

    How Prospect Hts. rebuilt its police force and hopes to keep it

    To say that Jamie Dunne was walking into a tough situation when he took the position of Prospect Heights chief of police would be an understatement. In February 2011, he stepped into a city that had, in the previous six months, seen six of the city's 21 sworn officers laid off and the abrupt resignation of the police chief. “There was a demoralized police force, low morale and a lack of...

    Millions of Americans will enjoy Independence Day fireworks away from home as holiday travel picks up thanks to declining gasoline prices.

    Vacationers hit the road without a hit to the wallet

    Wanderlust is back again, thanks to some relief at the pump. Travel is spiking this July 4th with 42.3 million people taking a trip 50 miles or more from home during the holiday, AAA Chicago reports. Overall, this is the highest volume of vacationers since 2007, reflecting an “appetite for travel, a midweek holiday and lower gas prices,” AAA Regional President Brad Roeber said in a...

    Metra engineer Hector Feliciano pilots a train for the final time upon arrival at the Chicago Street Station in Elgin on Tuesday evening. Feliciano retired after 42 years of service.

    Elgin engineer operates his last train after 42 years

    Train 2231 pulled into the Elgin Depot Tuesday night just after 6 p.m., setting off a handful of small dynamite "torpedoes," adding loud bangs to the sounds of its own whistle and a cheering crowd. Hector Feliciano got hired as a locomotive engineer July 12, 1970. Tuesday — 42 years after he was hired — Feliciano pulled into the Chicago Street Metra Station on his last run, having...


    NY town cancels fireworks over concerns for bald eagles

    NARROWSBURG, N.Y. — Concerns over the welfare of bald eagles have led an upstate New York community to cancel its longtime July Fourth fireworks display.The hamlet of Narrowsburg, on the Pennsylvania border in southeastern New York, bills itself as the state’s “bald eagle capital.” It hosts an annual EagleFest to celebrate the eagles that nest along the Delaware River.


    Dawn Patrol: Hot 100 today; fireworks cancellations

    110-degree heat index possible today. Joe Walsh critiques Tammy Duckworth's military service. Some suburbs cancel firework displays.


    White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis connects on a game-winning RBI-single, scoring Alejandro De Aza, during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Chicago.

    Youkilis wins game for Sox in the 10th

    Kevin Youkilis hit a game-ending RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

    The Cubs’ Tony Campana, center, jumps into teammate Anthony Rizzo, left, as the team celebrates their 5-1 win Wednesday over the Atlanta Braves.

    Three homers power Cubs’ victory

    Bryan LaHair, Jeff Baker and Anthony Rizzo hit home runs and the Cubs continued their success against Atlanta by beating the Braves 5-1 on Wednesday night. Paul Maholm (6-6) gave up one run on eight hits in six innings.

    Zach Parise is no longer on the market: the coveted free agent has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild.

    Minnesota snags top players; what now for Hawks?

    Zach Parise and Ryan Suter — two high-profile players offered contracts by the Blackhawks — surprised the hockey world Wednesday by signing long-term contracts with the Minnesota Wild.

    Boomers reliever Patrick Mincey didn’t give up a run in May and June, and now MLB scouts have taken notice of his success. He could become the first Boomers player to sign with a major-league affiliate.

    MLB scouts have their eyes on Boomers reliever Mincey

    After going undrafted out of South Carolina's Francis Marion University, Patrick Mincey was without a team until he got a call from the Schaumburg Boomers. Mincey has made the most of the opportunity, holding opponents scoreless over his first 18 innings pitched.

    While Chicago Fire players and fans can get excited about scoring a goal in any MLS match, the Fire is the only team in the league without a true geographic rival. If the league expands to a 20th team and places it in New York, the Red Bulls will get an instant rival in their market.

    Fire at a loss without a geographical rival

    While other teams in Major League Soccer have natural or geographical rivalries, the Chicago Fire doesn't. The Brimstone Cup? Don't even bring that up. The lack of a truly hated rival, says Daily Herald soccer expert Orrin Schwarz, leaves Fire fans shorthanded and makes Chicago just another flyover zone for MLS action.

    Like he did here in Game 4 of the NBA first-round playoffs after injuring his left ankle, Bulls center Joakim Noah says he will sit out the 2012 Olympics and not play for Team France in London this month. Noah said he still hasn’t recovered from the injury and isn’t in shape to play.

    Injury knocks Bulls’ Noah out of Olympics

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will not play for France at the London Olympics because he hasn't recovered from the left ankle injury he suffered in the NBA playoffs. "I'm absolutely not ready," Noah said in Wednesday's edition of L'Equipe newspaper. "Not ready to run, not ready to jump. And even less to play."

    She's not expect to win this week's U.S. Women's Open, but Se Ri Pak's win at Blackwolf Run in 1998 led to an international wave of growth for the LPGA Tour. This week there are 28 Korean players in the field at the Kohler, Wis., course, and more than 40 compete on the tour.

    U.S. Women’s Open still feeling impact of Pak’s 1998 win

    Blackwolf Run was the Kohler, Wis., course where Si Re Pak, a South Korean player, captured one of the most dramatic U.S. Women's Opens ever. Her win in the biggest tournament in women's golf triggered a huge influx of players from her country onto the LPGA Tour. So Yeon Ryu, another Korean, is the defending U.S. Women's Open champion, and 28 Koreans are in the field to test Blackwolf Run again starting Thursday. Pak talks with golf writer Len Ziehm about the impact her victory had on her sport.

    The heat and humidity can be brutal on horses, jockeys and handlers. With a high of 100-degrees expected Thursday, Arlington Park track officials have moved back the starting time to 5 p.m. for Thursday's races. The four-hour delay will mean the last race will finish just before 8:30 p.m.

    Arlington Park changes post time due to heat

    It's clearly getting too hot out there for man or beast. With approval from the Illinois Racing Board, Arlington Park track officials have decided move back the start of their thoroughbred racing card for Thursday. After checking with other racing interests and the National Weather Service forecast, Arlington Park's first post will start at 5 p.m. Thursday, a four-hour delay from its scheduled start, General Manager Tony Petrillo announced Wednesday. The high temperature is expected to hit 100-degrees in the Chicago area Thursday.

    Michael Morkov of Denmark, wearing the best climber’s dotted jersey, left, and Mark Cavendish of Britain, front right in rainbow jersey, wait with other riders for the start of the fourth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 214.5 kilometers (133.3 miles) with start in Abbeville and finish in Rouen, France, Wednesday July 4, 2012.

    Tour de France 4th stage gets under way

    ABBEVILLE, France — Riders have started the fourth stage of the Tour de France, a 133-mile leg over rolling hills along the Normandy coast.Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara wears the yellow jersey for the fourth consecutive day. Pre-race favorite Bradley Wiggins sits 7 seconds back in second place, while defending champ Cadel Evans of Australia is 17 seconds back in seventh.



    FDA lays out medical device tracking system

    Federal health regulators are proposing a new system to track millions of medical devices used in the U.S., an effort which they say will help protect patients by catching problematic implants earlier.

    Army veteran Chester Dixon holds an information brochure as he sits in the Georgia Department of Labor office after applying for a a new skills-based program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back in the job market in Atlanta.

    AP survey: Next president faces high unemployment

    A majority of economists in the latest Associated Press Economy Survey expect the national unemployment rate to stay above 6 percent — the upper bounds of what’s considered healthy — for at least four more years. If the economists are correct, the job market will still be unhealthy seven years after the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009. That would be the longest stretch of high unemployment since the end of World War II.

    Italian Premier Mario Monti gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, unseen, during a bilateral meeting at Villa Madama in Rome Wednesday. Monti has insisted Italy doesn’t need a European bailout because it expects a budget surplus next year.

    Monti: Italy does not need a bailout

    Italian Premier Mario Monti insisted Wednesday the country doesn't need a European bailout because its public finances will improve, but acknowledges work still needs to be done to cut government spending, boost economic growth and create jobs.

    The former Dollar General store in Carpentersville has been closed due to poor performance, a corporate spokeswoman said. The store on the village's east side remains open.

    Dollar General closes in Carpentersville for underperformance

    Five years after Dollar General opened a second store in Carpentersville, the corporate office closed it down, citing poor performance, an official confirmed. "In the end, keeping this store open, it didn't fit into our goal of always providing value and convenience for our customers, and so we decided to close this location," said Emily Weiss, a corporate spokeswoman for Tennessee-based Dollar General.

    Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire leaves Britain’s Supreme Court in central London. Britain’s Supreme Court says Wednesday July 4, 2012, private investigator Glenn Mulcaire must reveal who ordered him to hack mobile phone voice mails on behalf of a tabloid newspaper.

    UK court: PI must reveal phone hacking names

    LONDON — A private investigator convicted of hacking phones for a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid must reveal who at the newspaper ordered him to do it, Britain’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.Glenn Mulcaire was jailed briefly in 2007 for eavesdropping on the voicemail messages of royal aides on behalf of the now-defunct News of the World.Hacking victims suing Rupert Murdoch’s News International want Mulcaire to provide evidence for their cases. The case before the court relates to a lawsuit by Nicola Phillips, an assistant to PR guru Max Clifford, who claims her phone was hacked.Mulcaire attempted to refuse to name names under laws that prevent self-incrimination, but five judges from the country’s highest court unanimously rejected that argument. The judges ruled that the defense against self-incrimination does not apply to “proceedings for infringement of rights pertaining to any intellectual property,” and that Phillips’ business voicemails fell into that category. In a statement issued through his lawyer, Mulcaire said he would comply with the order, and would “consider with my lawyers what the wider implications of this judgment are, if and when I am asked to answer questions in other cases.”The judges did not set a deadline for Mulcaire to comply, but Phillips’ lawyer Mark Lewis, said he expected him to reveal the name within the next three weeks.Mulcaire and former royal reporter Clive Goodman are so far the only people convicted of illegal eavesdropping in a scandal that continues to shake Britain’s media, police and political establishments.The revelation that staff at the News of the World had routinely eavesdropped on the phones of people in the public eye in search of scoops led Murdoch to close down the 168-year-old newspaper, scuppered his bid for broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting and spawned a judge-led inquiry into media ethics and three major police investigations into media misbehavior.More than 40 people have been arrested and several have been charged, including Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Murdoch’s British newspaper division.Police arrested three more people in early-morning raids Wednesday in connection with alleged bribery of police and other officials by journalists.The Metropolitan Police did not name the suspects but said they were a 50-year-old woman, a 37-year-old man and a 46-year-old man who is a prison officer.


    Barclays’ ex-boss faces parliamentary grilling

    LONDON — The former chief executive of Barclays will be in the spotlight later Wednesday when he is quizzed by an influential group of British lawmakers over the bank’s manipulation of interbank lending rates.The appearance of Bob Diamond before the House of Commons Treasury Committee had been planned before his resignation on Tuesday, and there is mounting speculation that he will say that others, outside the confines of Barclays, knew about the interest-rate fixing scandal. Particular interest will center on what Diamond says about a conversation he had in 2008 with Paul Tucker, the deputy governor of the Bank of England, about Barclays reporting higher borrowing costs than other banks. A note recorded by Diamond, which has been submitted to the committee, said Tucker initiated the call as senior government officials were wondering why Barclays was reporting higher borrowing rates than other banks.“I asked if he could relay the reality, that not all banks were providing quotes at the levels that represented real transaction,” Diamond recorded. “His response (was) `Oh, that would be worse.”’Diamond added that Tucker told him “that while he was certain we did not need advice, that it did not always need to be the case that we appeared as high as we have recently.”Barclays insists that Diamond did not take this to be an order from Tucker. However, it says a subordinate, Jerry del Missier, mistakenly thought the central bank had ordered Barclays to report lower rates and passed the instruction on.The Bank of England said Wednesday that Tucker was “quite keen” to testify to the committee to give his version of the conversation.Barclays shares were down 0.4 percent at 166.45 pence in midday trading in London, while HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland were all down more than 1 percent.The Bank of England has denied knowing of any impropriety in setting the London interbank offered rate, or LIBOR. “If we had been aware of attempts to manipulate LIBOR we would have treated them very seriously,” it said.Barclays has said it had no intention of manipulating LIBOR in 2008, though some of its traders had done so to protect their own positions starting in 2005.Diamond is not the only victim of the scandal. Barclays chairman Marcus Agius and del Missier have resigned this week too over the scandal. Del Missier, formerly a top executive at Barclays Capital in New York, was identified as the subordinate who gave an order to report lower rates.Pressure had been building on the bank over the past week since U.S. and British regulators imposed fines totaling $453 million against Barclays for false reporting of its borrowing costs between 2005 and 2009. Those reports, along with those of other banks, feed into the calculation of LIBOR.Barclays has said it suspected that other British banks were reporting lower than accurate borrowing rates at the height of the credit crisis. Lower rates would tend to indicate that lenders had confidence in those banks. Barclays has said its higher reports generated rumors that it was in trouble.The release of Diamond’s memo has also piled the pressure on the Bank of England, raising questions about whether the central bank was aware of reports that banks were giving false readings of borrowing costs and, if so, why it apparently did nothing about it.Paul Myners, a Treasury minister in the previous Labour government, said Wednesday that the Bank of England probably would have a recording or a formal minute of Tucker’s conversation with Diamond.“We will find the answer to this quite quickly,” he told BBC radio.The Bank of England has declined to comment on reports that its governor, Mervyn King, joined with Adair Turner, chief executive of the Financial Services Authority, in advising Barclays that Diamond had to go.


    Lufthansa CEO says Intercontinental takeovers now inconceivablei

    Deutsche Lufthansa AG Chief Executive Officer Christoph Franz said consolidation in the airline industry will be focused within Europe and the U.S. in the short term, while intercontinental takeovers are “not conceivable”.The slowing of “liberalization” in the industry makes major intercontinental deals unlikely, Franz said in Planet magazine, which is published by Lufthansa’s cargo unit.“I do not see a near-term perspective for transatlantic majority takeovers, because the dynamics of liberalization in recent years have declined very clearly,” Franz said, adding that Asian takeovers are also unimaginable. “In the long term, there will certainly be global perspectives.”Under Franz’s predecessor Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Cologne, Germany-based Lufthansa acquired Austrian Airlines and Swiss International Airlines, as well as stakes in JetBlue Airways Corp. and Brussels Airlines NV. In May, the carrier said it may consider making a bid for Portugal’s TAP SGPS SA. Outgoing Chief Financial Officer Stephan Gemkow said last week he saw few attractive acquisition targets in Europe.“The path towards consolidation via acquisitions is increasingly being replaced by a market adjustment via airline bankruptcies,” Franz said. “This trend will -- to the disappointment of the employees affected -- continue and reduce the variety of airlines in Europe.”

    Upscale headphone maker Beats Electronics is buying MOG, a music subscription service that has struggled to compete with rivals such as Rhapsody and Spotify. Beats is the parent company of the “Beats by Dr. Dre” line of headphones.

    Beats headphone maker buys MOG music service

    Upscale headphone maker Beats Electronics is buying MOG, a music subscription service that has struggled to compete with rivals such as Rhapsody and Spotify.

    In this June 5, 1984, file photo, a woman in Chicago demonstrates Atari’s new game, Mind Link, which utilizes a headband that picks up electrical impulse from the movement of the forehead and transmits them to a receiver attached to a video game or home computer console.

    Woman behind ‘Centipede’ recalls game icon’s birth

    The year was 1980. Dona Bailey was working as a computer programmer at General Motors when she heard the Pretenders song "Space Invader" and fell in love with it. After playing the video game in a bar, she joined Atari, the company that cemented the video game industry in the 1970s and early 1980s with "Pong," and thanks in part to Bailey, "Centipede." Though she stayed only two years, Bailey left her mark as one of the rare female programmers at Atari.


    Government extends contract to firm overseeing all domain names

    The U.S. Commerce Department awarded a new contract to the nonprofit managing the Internet's address system four months after saying the group hadn't met revised requirements that include a strong conflict-of-interest policy.

Life & Entertainment

    “Heartbroken” by Lisa Unger

    Unger’s ‘Heartbroken’ is a heartbreaker

    Lisa Unger masterfully writes of the joys and frustrations of family life in her latest novel, "Heartbroken." Every summer Kate and her family visit her mother on Heart Island, which is accessible only by boat. They go out of duty, not love. Unger immerses the reader in the nuances of the frustrations and anxiety felt when obligation is the reason for a family visit. She also examines the feelings of abandonment and anger when it seems your family doesn't care.

    Hear ?American Idol? top three finalists Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Josh Ledet perform as part of the American Idol Live! Tour 2012 at the Allstate Arena on Saturday, July 7.

    Weekend picks: And the crowd goes wild for 'Idol' stars

    You've seen the likes of Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Josh Ledet on "American Idol," so now see them in person when the American Idol Live! Tour 2012 plays Saturday at the Allstate Arena. If you can stand the heat, check out Arlington Heights' Frontier Days, Taste of Lombard or Unity Fest in Elgin.

    Magicians Penn & Teller pose for a portrait in 2009. Penn Jillette will appear himself in Naperville.

    The Suburbs This Weekend: Frontier Days, Penn Jillette

    Richard picks The Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival, Civil War Days in Lake County, and Sean picks Penn Jillette, comedian and half of the Emmy Award-winning magic duo Penn & Teller, at North Central College, and Tony Award-winning Broadway vet Idina Menzel ("Wicked," "Glee") teaming up with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor/composer Marvin Hamlisch for a splashy Sunday concert featuring show tunes and pop hits at the Ravinia Festival.

    Serve Shining Star Sangria to your Fourth of July crowd.

    Shining Star Sangria
    Shining Star Sangria

    Katy Perry

    Inspirational 'Part of Me' much more than a routine concert movie

    Think this is just another concert movie about a pop diva? Not even close. “Katy Perry: Part of Me” could be the world's most entertaining motivational speech, an optimistic, inspirational pitch for gleeful optimism and self-empowerment, tempered by cold reality, and delivered by a young woman whose experience and personality clearly are life-changing catalysts for her fans.

    Amy Pinto-Walsh, girlfriend of artist Thomas Kinkade, leaves a San Jose, Calif., courthouse in San Jose, Calif.. Thomas Kinkade’s widow, Nanette Kinkade, and girlfriend face off in court as hearings begin over who will be executor of the late artist’s $66.3 million estate. Kinkade was 54 years old when he died in April 2012.

    Kinkade estate dispute to remain public for now

    Hearings in the dispute between Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend over the late artist's $66 million estate will not be conducted behind closed doors — at least for now, a judge ruled this week.

    Chris Bukowski was on “The Bachelorette,” making it to the final four. The Bartlett native will star on the upcoming season of “Bachelor Pad.”

    Bartlett native heading to 'Bachelor Pad'

    Bartlett native Chris Bukowski, 25, may have been axed from "The Bachelorette" Monday night, but that didn't stop him from moving on to a new reality TV show. Bukowski will star as a contestant on the ABC show "Bachelor Pad," which features former participants on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" who live together and work through a series of challenges for a chance to win $250,000.

    This combination of 2012 file photos shows actors Sigourney Weaver, left, and David Hyde Pierce. Weaver and Pierce are teaming up to play siblings as both make a return to the stage in a Chekhov-inspired play, Christopher Durangís ìVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. î The play, which takes characters and themes from the Russian playwright and sets them in present day Pennsylvania, will start in fall 2012 at the McCarter Theatre in New Jersey before jumping to Lincoln Center Theater in New York in October 2012.

    Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce aim for stage

    Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce are teaming up to play siblings this fall as both make a return to the stage in a Chekhov-inspired play.


    Frugal living: Create a plan for leftovers

    Readers share tips for using up leftovers, peeling garlic and making applesauce.

    This undated image released by The CW shows Ronnie Underwood in the ballet reality series, “Breaking Pointe,” airing Thursdays at 7 p.m. on The CW.

    Arabesques, reality-style: Ballet hits pop culture

    Ballet, often relegated to a dusty, forgotten shelf in the general culture, seems to be having its moment in the sun. Besides the reality show "Breaking Pointe," there's the ABC Family show "Bunheads," starring the Tony-winning actress Sutton Foster. And hugely popular dance-competition shows like "Dancing with the Stars" have featured guest turns by ballet dancers like Jose Manuel Carreno, recently retired from American Ballet Theatre, and the ballerina Tiler Peck of New York City Ballet.

    This book cover image provided by Ballantine Books shows Tracy McMillan, author of “Why You’re Not Married Yet: The Straight Talk You Need to Get the Relationship You Deserve.”

    Author explains ‘Why You’re Not Married ... Yet’

    In 2011, writer Tracy McMillan wrote an article for The Huffington Post titled, "Why You're Not Married." The article became one of The Huffington Post's most popular reads ever. She has now expanded the essay into a book.

    Spiced and grilled angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream makes a refreshing Fourth of July dessert.

    Dressing up angel food cake for the Fourth

    This Fourth of July I decided to come up with a fast and easy dessert that is festive, delicious and made on the grill. The trick is using purchased angel food cake. I tart it up by brushing it with melted butter spiked with cinnamon, cardamom, sugar and lemon juice.

    This May 26, 2012 file photo shows actor Alec Baldwin, left, and Hilaria Thomas arriving for the screening of Mud at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France.

    NY Philharmonic gets $1M gift from Alec Baldwin

    Just days after tying the knot with his yoga instructor, Alec Baldwin donated $1 million to the New York Philharmonic. The gift is in honor of outgoing President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta.

    Grab a $5 pizza from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays atAntico Posto.

    Dining events: Vidalia Steakhouse more than just steaks
    Vidalia Steakhouse open in Schaumburg; Antico Posto's new menu items; Ti Amo's new owners

    Honker’s Ale goes well with a variety of picnic foods.

    Craft brews part of American melting pot experience

    Craft brewing is a melting pot; the best beers borrow from German, English and Belgian traditions while managing to be American originals. Try these with your summer barbeque and picnic menus.

    Bruschetta Burger

    Burgers still the most popular Fourth food

    As you head outside to fire up the grill today, know that you are not alone. According to the 23rd annual Weber GrillWatch Survey, a whopping 90 percent of American grill owners plan to fire up their backyard grill for Fourth of July cooking.



    Editorial: Celebrating every American’s liberty

    On Independence Day, it is natural that the First Amendment comes quickly to mind and with it come thoughts both of liberty and of responsibility, a Daily Herald editorial says,


    Executive women are not that special, either

    Two cultural events have caught our attention this season. One is the stern graduation speech at Wellesley (Mass.) High School in which teacher David McCullough Jr. told pampered students, “Do not get the idea you’re anything special.” The other was an article in The Atlantic magazine by Anne-Marie Slaughter titled, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”Somehow the two belong together.Slaughter’s story: While deeply engaged as a high official in the Obama State Department (after serving as dean at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), she decided that her two teenage sons needed more of her presence and so left the helm to spend more time at home.The conclusion: Ambitious women can’t have it all.The implication: They ought to.My confusion: What the heck do you mean by “it”?The one thing that’s clear: There’s never enough of “it.”Slaughter seems to divide the Earth’s rotation into two halves — scrambling up the pole of executive power and raising reasonably well-adjusted children. Her complaint is that corporate America doesn’t give female competitors time flexibility to succeed at both tasks. Nor does it respect the feat of motherhood.I really do want to sympathize with the sisters, including those like Slaughter with money and helpful husbands. It’s probably true that women could accomplish more if they didn’t have to work on someone else’s schedule. But that would be the case for men, as well.Slaughter rightly complains that the culture of “time macho” -- putting in all-nighters and 60-hour weeks — penalizes those seeking work-family balance. Trouble is, no amount of high-quality child care and control of the clock changes this hard reality: There are only 24 hours in the day.I asked a college-degreed friend, a mother raising three kids full time, what she thought of Slaughter’s dilemma. Her three-letter response was “Duh.”Meanwhile, this micro-organizing of life into either work or family seems itself narrow. There are other things to do: Play the guitar. Watch sunsets. Chat with friends. Worship. Barbecue ribs. Ride horses. Bet on horses. Get a good night’s sleep. The worker-drone existence also swallows male executives, at the expense of their cultural growth and pleasure. Are they having it all?Incredibly, Slaughter refers to a 10-month sabbatical she, her husband and their children took in Shanghai as a time of merely treading water, as “putting money in the family bank.” How many Americans get paid sabbaticals? What Slaughter regarded as one of the “plateaus” in her career, others would consider the pinnacle.A basic problem for Slaughter, really, is that she needs “rubbies” from strangers. Rather than quietly accepting the trade-offs she’s made, she demands recognition for taking care of her family. When giving a lecture on foreign affairs, for example, she insists that the person introducing her note that she has two sons, like she deserves a medal for that.Here’s where McCullough’s graduation talk comes in. Many commentators misread it as a pure dressing-down of entitled kids whom elders call “genius” after every right answer. There was much of that in the speech, but also the more spiritual questioning of a life centered on making big money, accumulating fame or otherwise racking up points on a scoreboard designed by others.“I urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance,” was the take-home line. (I’d add some money would be nice.)A life of self-imposed drudgery in the quest for having others think you’re special sounds pretty grim. Slaughter talks of striving female professionals wanting role models who make “it” all work. A more useful inquiry might be into exactly what the models should be modeling.© 2012, Creators Syndicate Inc.


    John Roberts’ arrogance

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Donning a black robe does not assume or create a superior knowledge of public policy.


    Shame on us for delays in heath care
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I want the richest nation in the world to bring medical care to all of its citizens. All other industrial and democratic nations in the world bring health care to all their citizens.


    Health plan needs less dependence
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I favor an American health care plan that frees the common citizen from dependence upon large corporations and government. The Supreme Court's recent ruling ensures we are more dependent on government and corporations.


    Bring in military to fight the fires
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: I can only imagine the irony of the Air Force Academy burning down while our military's potential was in the chocks.


    A better way to contact lawmakers
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Fred Crespo may call the invasion on his private space "almost personal," but I'm not a politician, and I can call it what it is: harassment and trespassing.


    Suspect descriptions need to list race
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: The Daily Herald needs to explain to the communities it serves why being politically correct is more important than the safety of the general public.


    Bike trail can’t be done by group alone
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: A mountain biking organization's promise to take all the work upon themselves and to just about fully pay all the expenses for a mountain biking trail at a Carpentersville park sounds like a Walt Disney movie. In the end, we, the residents of Carpentersville, again will end up paying out our hard working tax dollars for this fairy tale dream.


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