Daily Archive : Thursday July 5, 2012


    Raymond C. Wolf

    Longtime Wheaton teacher remembered for his ‘service heart’

    Those close to Raymond C. Wolf are remembering him not just as a longtime teacher, but as a selfless man who made others his priority and went out of his way to help them without seeking recognition. Wolf, 69, died Monday after a long illness. He taught art at Wheaton North High School for 33 years before retiring in 2000.

    Shipwright Harold Burnham, 45, aboard the Ardelle while docked in Gloucester, Mass., on June 22. Burnham is a master of a dying art. He builds schooners using hand tools and locally harvested wood, just as his family did 300 years ago.

    Shipwright builds on past to save maritime future

    Many see the 45-year-old Harold Burnham as a master of a dying art. The Essex-born shipwright uses locally harvested wood and hand tools to build schooners at Burnham Boat Building with a modern adaptation of the same techniques builders used on this waterfront land in colonial times. Burnham recently captured recognition by winning one of nine $25,000 heritage fellowships the National Endowment...

    oup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo addresses the media at his headquarters in Kati, outside Bamako, Mali, on April 1. The ease of the junta’s takeover in March, just six weeks before a presidential election, shows how quickly the course of a nation in this part of the world can change, despite or even partly because of funding and training from the U.S. It also underscores how fragile democracies remain in Africa and how the fate of an entire country can still be bent by the ambitions of a single man.

    How 1 US-trained soldier led an ‘accidental coup’ in Mali

    One morning three months ago, all of Mali was surprised when 39-year-old Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo came on national TV and announced the military had overthrown the government — including his parents. The ease of the takeover, just six weeks before a presidential election, shows how quickly the course of a nation in this part of the world can change, despite or even partly because of funding...

    Authorities have identified a Glenview couple killed in the freight car derailment

    Glenview couple identified as train wreck victims

    A Glenview couple was killed in Wednesday afternoon's train derailment in which a bridge collapsed onto Shermer Road in Glenview, according to a law firm representing the family. The victims were identified as Burton Lindner, 69, and Zorine Lindner, 70, who lived about a block from the derailment site, according to a spokeswoman at the Chicago law firm of Michael LaMonica. Autopsies are scheduled...

    Larisa Hertz looks in the mirror as she puts on makeup for a closing ceremony at the Angel Faces retreat in Corona, Calif. Angel Faces is an annual retreat for young girls with severe burns or facial disfigurement that focuses on psychological healing through group counseling, role-playing, art therapy and workshops that teach coping skills.

    Severely burned girls learn to cope at retreat

    The room rings out with the cruel nicknames that have haunted the teenagers for years: Crusty crab. Burnt toast. Snake skin. Freddy Krueger's daughter. Mutant. Scarface. At Angel Faces' annual retreat, young girls with severe burns or facial disfigurement come from all over the world to start healing through group counseling, role-playing, art therapy and workshops that teach coping skills.


    FBI: Lombard man wanted hit after losing $8.2 million judgment

    The owner of an Oakbrook Terrace office complex has been charged by the FBI in a murder-for-hire plot. Authorities say Daniel Dvorkin, 74, of Lombard, offered a person $100,000 to knock off a person who recently won an $8.2 million civil judgment against him. He is due in court Friday for a bond hearing and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

    John Petrone

    Bus driver charged with touching students

    South Barrington police have charged a school bus driver from Lake in the Hills with four counts of misdemeanor battery for inappropriately touching four elementary school students over the course of the past year. John Petrone, 68, who lives on Heavens Gate street in Lake in the Hills was released after posting $150 bond Thursday. His next court date is Aug. 2.

    Mike Knitter, senior keeper at Brookfield Zoo, sprays water on Emma to help the Holstein cow cool off.

    Hot or cold? Outdoor workers can do without either one

    When it comes to sweltering heat and blistering cold, is there a lesser of two evils? Not necessarily, say people who work outdoors — it all stinks in its own special way. "That's like, would you rather be in the middle of a volcano when it erupts or at the North Pole in the wintertime? They're both dangerous but for opposite reasons," a Carol Stream police sergeant said.

    Chuck Arwood of Hogan Plumbing takes a drink during a break on Thursday at a Naperville construction site. “We try to start early and get done early.” he said of working on very hot days.

    Images: Thursday's Heat in the Suburbs
    Images of Thursday's heat. Workers from around the suburbs tried to stay cool as temperatures remained above 100 degrees.


    Fireworks, extreme drought cause of brush fire in Long Grove

    A brush fire in Long Grove that requred the response of more than 30 fire departments was caused by the use of illegal fireworks, according to a news release from the Long Grove Fire Protection District. About 18 acres of wetland burned, the release stated.

    President Barack Obama takes a flag from Katelyn Maloy, 5, of Port Clinton, Ohio, after his speech at Washington Park in Sandusky, Ohio, Thursday. Obama is on a two-day bus trip through Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    New jobs report looms over Obama campaign bus trip

    Campaigning by bus through swing state Ohio, President Barack Obama cast his re-election bid as a bet on the American worker Thursday, even as he braced for a Friday unemployment report that will help set battle lines for the hot summer to come.

    Actor Andy Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made “The Andy Griffith Show” an enduring TV favorite, died Tuesday. He was 86.

    Death certificate: Griffith died of heart attack

    The death certificate for Andy Griffith says the actor's death earlier this week was caused by a heart attack.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Northbrook man was arrested around1:05 a.m. June 28 in Wheeling and charged with possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor. Reports said he rode his bicycle from Mors Avenue into the southbound lanes of Milwaukee Avenue and crossed into the northbound lanes in front of a squad car, forcing the driver o slam on his brakes to avoid hitting him.

    Congressman Joe Walsh speaks during Rolling Meadows Memorial Day parade in honor of all veterans, deceased, and those still serve the United States.

    Walsh spars with CNN personality over Duckworth

    Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh got in a spirited verbal sparring match with CNN personality Ashleigh Banfield Thursday over his comments in Elk Grove Village this week that Democrat Tammy Duckworth says attacked her military service.

    Matt Smith

    Another Jr. Warriors program starting at Maine West

    Maine West already has Junior Warriors football and basketball programs. Now freshmen coach Matt Smith is starting a similar baseball program. "We feel that if we have some type of program, they'll know our expectations," Smith said.


    District 93 goal: a computer for every student

    By 2015, all 4,000 students who attend school in Carol Stream Elementary District 93 could have their own computer to use in the classroom. The district is rolling out its so-called "1:1 learning initiative" that will put new iPads and MacBook Airs in the hands of students and teachers to use as learning and teaching tools. "It's the idea of personalizing education for kids," said Superintendent...


    Wauconda names new village engineer

    Wauconda officials approved Bill Rickert to be their new village engineer at a village board meeting Monday night. Rickert, president of RHMG Engineers will replace Director of Operations David Lawry, who was serving as interim village engineer. Mayor Mark Knigge said Rickert was the top candidate for the job with his local engineer experience and extensive background with sewer projects and...


    Teen OK after being struck by bullet in Glendale Heights

    A bullet that apparently was fired in the air July 4 injured a teenager while she sat on a bench in a Glendale Heights park, police said Thursday. The 17-year-old girl was struck between 10 and 10:15 p.m. at Gladstone Park, 145 Gladstone Drive. Glendale Heights police said they believe the shooting is the result of someone firing a gun "in the celebration of July 4." Happily for the teen, the...

    Dorothy Swiatek of Schaumburg and her husband, Henry, are among a group of seniors playing their weekly bingo game in the air-conditioned comfort of Schaumburg Township Hall Thursday.

    Seniors: Swallow your pride, ask for help to manage heat

    No doubt senior citizens are among the most vulnerable to the intense heat. But some experts say the extreme nature of the current heat wave may actually be helping to jog seniors into seeking relief. "Our seniors are stubborn. They're very proud people," said Gerry Bartnicke, Schaumburg Township director of disability and senior services. But with a 103-degree day Thursday, many seniors are...

    St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect celebrates its 100th anniversary this weekend.

    St. Paul Lutheran in Mount Prospect turns 100 Saturday

    St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect was founded on July 7, 1912, by 17 men, all German immigrants who were tired of carting their families two and half miles south to St. John Lutheran Church every Sunday and sending their children that far to school. The church, which has 1,500 members, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend.

    Jack K. Pickup

    Former teacher charged with “sexting” underage girl

    Jack K. Pickup, 34, of the 100 block of East Liberty Street in Barrington, was arrested after he texted a picture of his genitals to a 15-year-old girl, McHenry County Sheriff's officials said. Pickup is a former middle school teacher at Chippewa Middle School in Des Plaines, where the girl went to school.


    5 states to continue suit demanding Asian carp fix

    Five states are continuing a lawsuit against the federal government demanding action to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, despite recent congressional action. Legislation approved last month requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a plan for shielding the lakes from the invasive carp within 18 months.


    Plan to help guide Carpentersville’s vision of Old Town

    A draft plan for Carpentersville's Old Town outlines how to make the most of the historic neighborhood's assets while making it a better place to live. The village board is scheduled to take a vote on the blueprint on Tuesday, after 10 months of planning.


    Legislation to make it harder to aid fugitives

    A new Illinois law is supposed to make it harder for fugitives to give authorities the slip. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday that's designed to close a loophole in the state's criminal code that effectively exempts relatives from punishment if they aid a family member on the lam.


    Voters have mixed reaction to Jackson’s illness

    Voters in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Chicago-area district are torn about wanting to know more about the Democrat's medical condition and wanting to respect his privacy.

    Cathleen Koch

    Woman pleads guilty to battery that severely injured daughter

    Cathleen Koch pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated domestic battery of her daughter, Molly, that left the toddler with permanent brain damage. Even though Cathleen didn't touch the girl Oct. 27, 2010, legally she is accountable for the actions of James Cooper, Koch's boyfriend, who beat the child.


    Low bids means increased road repairs in Bartlett

    Low bids on the first portion of a villagewide road project in Bartlett will allow the village to fix 15 to 20 more miles of road than originally planned. Paul Kuester, director of public works, said he hopes to now repair between 55 and 60 miles of the village's 141 miles of road with the savings.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A roll of aluminum siding, a cordless air-powered nailer, a stapler, a drill and miscellaneous hand tools were stolen in the 100 block of North Mallory Avenue, it was reported at 12:22 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

    David Harris

    Objection to Arlington Hts. man’s candidacy overturned

    Democrats will indeed have a candidate to challenge Republican state Rep. David Harris in the November election. The Cook County clerk's electoral board Tuesday overruled the objection to Curt Renz's nominating petitions, securing his place on the ballot in the race for the newly drawn 53rd House District seat.


    Prospect Heights Public Library begins search for director

    The Prospect Heights Public Library is beginning their search for a new executive director as the current director, William McCully, is set to retire in September. The consultant hired to lead the job search said no radical changes are anticipated. "The board and the staff are very happy with the library," she said.

    Chuck Arwood of Hogan Plumbing takes a drink during a break on Thursday at a Naperville construction site. “We try to start early and get done early,” Arwood said of working on very hot days.

    Three possible heat deaths reported in area

    Medical officials are warning people to take extra care to avoid the excessive heat after three potential heat-related deaths in Lake and Cook counties in the last three days. One death was reported in Lake County and two in Cook County. Officials are waiting for toxicology tests before making a final determination.


    Huntley survey to measure police department’s effectiveness

    How's the Huntley Police department doing when it comes to serving and protecting the village? If you live or work in town, the department wants you to answer that question as part of a survey meant to measure its effectiveness.


    Records charge increases

    Effective July 1, Lake County's fee for a certified death record increased to $12 for the first copy and $8 for each additional copy of the same record issued at the same time, due to a change in state law. Genealogical records will remain at $4.


    Winchester rail crossing closed

    Lake County Department of Transportation officials said Winchester Road will be closed at the railroad crossing, just west of Route 45, in Libertyville until Saturday for repairs.


    Household chemical waste collection

    The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will hold a household chemical waste collection from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at Deerfield High School, 1959 N. Waukegan Road.


    Cook Memorial libraries to close Sundays

    Starting this month, the Cook Memorial Public Library District facilities in Libertyville and Vernon Hills will be closed on Sundays.

    William Beavers

    Beavers says he has proof tax charges unfounded

    An influential Cook County commissioner facing federal tax charges told reporters Thursday he has proof he paid back money borrowed from his campaign and never sought to evade payments to the IRS. "I'm not a criminal and haven't stolen a dime," William Beavers said.


    Heat possible cause of Shedd power outage

    Searing heat may have knocked out the electricity at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium temporarily, forcing it to close for the day.

    The Fox Valley Park District has been awarded a $217,200 grant by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for the development of South River Street Park on the Fox River.

    Trail connection at Fox River gets financial backing

    South River Street Park along the Fox River's west bank in Aurora soon will become something of a regional pedestrian trail hub thanks in part to a $271,000 state grant. A new ramp connecting the Gilman Trail with the Fox River Trail will be the highlight of the development plan, said Jeff Palmquist, the park district's director of planning, development and grants. "These are two regional trails...

    Czara Wicinski of Fox Lake, 3, is prepared for Independence Day with her flags and patriotic hat as she watches the Celebrate Fox Lake parade.

    More fun still to come with Celebrate Fox Lake

    Fox Lake residents will wait until the weekend to celebrate Independence Day, but the village will definitely celebrate, officials said. The annual Fox Lake Independence Day celebration is set for Saturday, July 7, with a parade, a craft fair, and the annual fireworks celebration over Fox Lake.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two males stole $100 and four bank cards out of a purse in an unlocked 2011 Nissan SUV in an apartment lot in Palatine between 12:30 and 1:20 a.m. June 30. They took the money and cards, but dropped the purse and ran when confronted by a witness. The witness had seen them pulling on car door handles before they found an unlocked vehicle.

    Fire departments from Cook, Lake and McHenry counties respond to a brush fire in Long Grove Wednesday afternoon. The fire was difficult to access as it spread north of Hicks Road near Middlesex Road.

    Long Grove officials probe cause of slough fire

    Investigators have returned to the scene of a large slough fire that sparked Wednesday afternoon. Long Grove fire officials said the cause of the blaze that sparked north of Route 53, near Middlefax Drive, is still under investigation, but said clean up continues in the area.


    MMA event at Libertyville Sports Complex

    MMA comes to the Libertyville Sports Complex at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7, with a full card of bouts in "Who's Next!" featuring top Mixed Martial Arts fighters from the Chicagoland area.


    Exhibit pays homage to Geneva’s Island Park

    Scenic Island Park has been the site of concerts, plays and picnics over the years. This month, the park, which is currently closed for renovation, is the subject of a new art exhibit at the Art Box, 514 W. State St., Geneva. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 6, and the exhibit runs through July 31.

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s medical condition on Thursday was said to be more serious than initially believed and he’s undergoing evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility. The congressman’s office announced last week that he had been on medical leave for two weeks and was being treated for exhaustion.

    Rep. Jackson requires in-patient treatment

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is suffering from "physical and emotional ailments" that require extended in-patient treatment, according to a statement from his office Thursday.

    Yachts are illuminated as a malfunction causes the entire Fourth of July fireworks show to go off all at once over San Diego Bay near Coronado Island in San Diego Wednesday.

    San Diego fireworks malfunction in big, fast flash

    The Fourth of July fireworks display above San Diego Bay was over in a flash after a malfunction that the show's producer blamed Thursday on a computer glitch caused the planned 20-minute spectacle to burn up all at once.

    Polonium first hit the headlines when it was used to kill KGB agent-turned-Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, above, in London in 2006.

    What is polonium-210 and how can it kill?

    Polonium first hit the headlines when it was used to kill KGB agent-turned-Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. This week, Yasser Arafat's widow has called for the late Palestinian leader's body to be exhumed after scientists in Switzerland found elevated traces of radioactive polonium-210 on his clothing.


    Crews in Northbrook clearing wreckage of derailed train

    Crews are clearing the wreckage after a freight train hauling coal derailed and took out a railroad bridge in Northbrook. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the weight of the piled-up cars caused the bridge to collapse over a roadway between Glenview and Northbrook. There were no reports of injuries.

    Air crews continue to battle a wildfire near Alpine, Utah, Wednesday. The fire has charred 2,887 acres since it started Tuesday afternoon. About 500 homes will remain evacuated for at least two days.

    Predicted rain could douse some wildfires in West

    The real possibility of significant rain — finally — could give a much-needed break to firefighters battling enormous wildfires up and down the Rocky Mountains.

    A man sits in front of a downed tree that smashed into a derelict building in Detroit after violent storms tore through the metro area Thursday morning. About 200,000 people were without power Thursday morning after a new round of damaging thunderstorms made its way across the state.

    Utilities struggle to restore power to thousands

    Utility workers were working Thursday to return lights and air conditions to hundreds of thousands of people who remained without power after last week's violent storms, even as more strong storms moved in.


    Open your eyes to the simple wonders around you

    Columnist Annettee Budzban tells how she found a way to magnify the simple pleasures of life.

    Gov. Pat Quinn is considering a plan to sell the coveted No. 1 Illinois license plate to the highest bidder.

    So, how much would you pay to be number 1?

    Want to be No. 1? Well, you could soon get that chance. Gov. Pat Quinn is considering a plan to sell the coveted No. 1 Illinois license plate to the highest bidder.

    Horeshoe sandwich

    Horseshoe sandwich anyone? No, really

    The Illinois State Fair is debuting four new culinary contests this year. One contest honors a central Illinois favorite: the horseshoe sandwich. The Illinois State Fair horseshoe sandwich competition is Aug. 11. Contestants must make two horseshoe sandwiches, which will be judged on taste, creativity and appearance.

    Steve Humphrey, superintendent of DuPage High School District 88, is retiring after more than a decade leading the district and 42 years in education.

    District 88 superintendent retires after 42 years in education

    DuPage High School District 88 is saying goodbye this summer to Superintendent Steve Humphrey after nearly 12 years. While he helped shepherd the $115 million Building the Future project that dramatically modernized Addison Trail and Willowbrook high schools, officials say he will be most missed for "giving kids every opportunity to succeed."

    Kirk Smalley gives a presentation about his son, Ty, who committed suicide after being bullied.

    Rolling Meadows Park District hosts powerful anti-bullying speaker

    One of the families featured in the documentary "Bully" will be in Rolling Meadows July 7 talking to 35 suburban park districts, and later giving a presentation that's open to the public. After his 11-year-old son killed himself, Kirk Smalley made a promise to stop bullying around the world. "I don't break promises to my kid," Smalley said.

    George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

    Zimmerman’s bail set at $1M in Trayvon Martin case

    ORLANDO, Fla. — The neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin can be released from jail on $1 million bond while he awaits trial on a second-degree murder charge, a judge ruled Thursday.

    Tomas Lopez

    Fla. lifeguard fired for rescue outside beach zone
    Lifeguard Tomas Lopez helped save a drowning man and got fired for it.The reason: He left the section of a south Florida beach his company is paid to patrol. The Orlando-based company, Jeff Ellis and Associates, says Lopez broke a company rule and could have put beachgoers in his section in jeopardy.


    Sink your teeth into East Dundee firefighters' meat raffle

    East Dundee firefighters are depending on the success of the annual meat sales to carry their fundraising goals for the year. They won't have the summer barbecue as they have had in years past; they will just sell packages of chicken, steaks, and pork chops. That sale will take place from 3-11 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in Max Freeman Park. Last year the sale brought in $1,500, said Paula Roland,...

    More than 20 Naperville businesses will take part in the national campaign “Where’s Waldo? on Main Street, USA” throughout July by hiding Waldo in their store.

    Search for Waldo at Naperville businesses this July

    Waldo won't just be lurking in "Where's Waldo?" books this summer. Throughout July, he'll be hiding in Naperville businesses waiting to be found. Children and families can hunt for Waldo in more than 20 stores and businesses as part of "Where's Waldo? on Main Street, USA" in celebration of Waldo's 25th anniversary.

    Pictured, from left, Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan, newly appointed firefighter/engineer Jered Milton and Fire Chief Alan Wax following the issuance of the oath of firefighter/engineer to Milton.

    Business Ledger names Dist. 54 official as top CFO

    The Daily Herald Business Ledger selected Ric King, assistant superintendent District 54, as a 2012 honoree in its first CFO of the Year Awards. King was nominated by the District 54 School Board.

    Fort Ticonderoga

    Illinois family donates war artifacts to NY fort

    An Illinois family is donating their ancestor's Revolutionary War artifacts to Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York. Officials at Fort Ticonderoga say the engraved powder horn, musket and walking stick Amos Chaffee carried during the American Revolution will be formerly presented during a ceremony being held at the tourist attraction Saturday afternoon.

    Harpist Nanette Felix plays one of her many harps at her home in Machesney Park.

    Harpist doesn't just play classical

    Nanette Felix started playing harp at age 10 after she envisioned an angel guiding her to do so. The principal harpist for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, for which she has played since she was 20 years old, said the sounds she creates on her many harps are "heavenly" and "healing." Her favorite harp is a 6-foot-2-inch, 95-pound Concert Grand by Venus Harps.


    2 area deaths may be related to heat wave

    Two people in the Chicago area may have died from heat-related causes on the Fourth of July, pending further investigation into the official cause of death. A spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office says the two deaths Wednesday so far are the only fatalities possibly related to the recent wave of roasting temperatures.

    Hillside Fire Chief Michael Kuryla extinguishes a child-sized mannequin that was set ablaze Tuesday by a sparkler at a fireworks safety event sponsored by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance to highlight the dangers of fireworks.

    Despite laws, illegal fireworks easily bring danger

    Illinois police beef up their attempts to keep illegal fireworks out of the state, though there are little resources at their disposal and few deterrents to keep residents from buying the explosives in neighboring states.


    Fireworks: ‘People should use common sense and follow the law’
    Besides noticing the usual vigilance for drunken driving and seat belt-wearing that Illinois State Police troopers employ this time of year, drivers pulled over near the Indiana or Wisconsin borders can expect to be questioned about fireworks as well.

    Fireworks light up the sky against the backdrop of a full moon during a Fourth of July celebration in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

    Images: July 4th around U.S.
    The skies filled with fireworks while people on the ground were sweating it out this July 4. Here are images of celebrations around the country.

    One of the Mount Prospect butterflies.

    Butterfly art project colors Northwest suburbs this summer

    Dozens of brightly painted butterfly statues have been stationed in Mount Prospect, Des Plaines and Park Ridge as part of a public art project benefitting Rainbow Hospice. "We thought the butterfly was a good metaphor for what we do," said Dave Samson, Rainbow's vice president. "It's a symbol of change, of hope, of new life."

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, and his wife Ann, left.

    Romney’s wife says woman being eyed for ticket

    WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s wife says her husband is thinking about picking a woman to be on his ticket this fall.Ann Romney says in an interview, “We’ve been looking at that and I love that option as well.”

    The French air accident investigation agency BEA is releasing its final report Thursday, July, 5, 2012 into the 2009 crash of the Airbus A330 jet en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed 228 victims.

    Air France crash probe finds pilots lacked proper training

    The pilots of Air France flight 447 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean three years ago lacked the right training to respond to a surprise scenario, the French aviation investigator said in its final report of the incident.

    This frame grabbed file image from video provided by the SITE Intel Group, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, an American private terrorist threat analysis company, purports to show al-Qaida’s leader Ayman al-Zawahri in a still image from a web posting by al-Qaida’s media arm, as-Sahab, calling on Muslims across the Arab world and beyond to support rebels in Syria who are seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad. Iraq’s top diplomat on Thursday, July 5, 2012, said he had “solid information” that al-Qaida militants were crossing from Iraq to Syria to carry out attacks, warning of a violent spillover that could shake the Middle East.

    Iraq says al-Qaida fighters flowing into Syria

    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s top diplomat on Thursday said he had “solid information” that al-Qaida militants were crossing from Iraq to Syria to carry out attacks, warning of a violent spillover that could shake the Middle East.Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Baghdad had for years urged Damascus to clamp down on militant traffic as Sunni fighters headed from Syria to aid the Iraqi insurgency.

    Gaza Strip Hamas Premier Ismail Haniyeh. A Palestinian official said Thursday, July 5, 2012 that Gaza’s prime minister will head to Cairo within the next two weeks to meet with Egypt’s new Islamist president, who has close ties with the territory’s Hamas rulers.

    Hamas PM to meet Islamist president of Egypt

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A Palestinian official says Gaza’s prime minister will head to Cairo within the next two weeks to meet with Egypt’s new Islamist president, who has close ties with the territory’s Hamas rulers.


    Deadbeat dad pleads guilty after movie ruse

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A man has been ordered to pay more than $32,000 in back child support after being lured back to Pennsylvania with the promise of a bogus role in a Jennifer Aniston movie.Joshua Garlathy pleaded guilty Tuesday to willful failure to pay child support more than a month after he was arrested after his flight from Hawaii landed in Philadelphia.


    Stuck horse rescued from NW Ind. railroad bridge

    Several people worked to rescue a horse whose hoof was struck between wooden ties on a northwestern Indiana railroad bridge after it apparently was spooked by fireworks and ran off.

    Casey Anthony’s defense attorney, Jose Baez, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Coral Gables, Fla. In his just-published book “Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story,” Baez said prosecutors offered in 2008 to allow Anthony to plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a child and serve up to 13 years in prison. Baez said that in those early days he thought taking it might be in Anthony’s best interest.

    Attorney: Casey Anthony rejected early plea deal

    MIAMI — Casey Anthony’s attorney said he strongly considered early in the case whether she should plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid the death penalty if convicted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, but Anthony adamantly insisted she had nothing to do with the toddler’s death.


    South Korean arrested for unapproved trip to North

    PANMUNJOM, Korea — Shouting “Long live reunification,” a South Korean activist who spent more than three months in North Korea without his government’s approval stepped over the line dividing the North and South, and then was promptly arrested Thursday.


    Vatican Posts 14.9 Million-Euro Deficit on Investment Losses

    The Holy See, the Vatican’s central administration, reported a budget deficit of 14.9 million euros ($18.6 million) last year as the crisis in financial markets added to the cost of staff and expenses to fund its media.

    In the process of cutting up and removing an Oak tree blocking Inglewood Road, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Lynchburg, Va., a crane lifts the crushed Honda Element that Amy Scott and her son, Cooper, were inside of Friday night as the tree fell on top of them. Both were treated for minor injuries and are back at home.

    Power back on for many Mid-Atlantic residents

    BALTIMORE — More Mid-Atlantic residents were a little more comfortable Thursday as power companies hooked them back up with lights and air conditioning over the Fourth of July holiday.

    Nassau County Police Det. Lt. John Azzata, right, gives information about a fatal boating accident during a news conference in Oyster Bay, N.Y., Thursday, July 5, 2012. Police say three bodies have been pulled out of New York’s Long Island Sound after a yacht capsized on the Fourth of July Police say three bodies pulled out of New York’s Long Island Sound after a yacht capsized were all children. The bodies of the 12-year-old boy and two girls, ages 11 and 8, were recovered from the boat’s cabin. Twenty-four other people were rescued, and were treated and released.

    3 children dead, 24 rescued after yacht capsizes off NY

    OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — A yacht full of fireworks watchers capsized off New York’s Long Island on the Fourth of July, killing three children and sending 24 others into the Long Island Sound, where many were rescued by fellow boaters, police said Thursday.


    Wrongful death lawsuit filed in Wis. slaying

    The family of a 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot outside his Milwaukee home has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the 75-year-old suspect. John Spooner has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree intentional homicide charge in the May 31 shooting of Darius Simmons. Prosecutors say Spooner accused the boy of stealing his guns, and shot the boy in the chest when he denied it.


    2 arrested in N. Ind. for breaking fireworks ban

    Police officers arrested two northern Indiana men on charges that they broke a county ban on shooting off fireworks and started a grass fire. Goshen police say the fire spread across four yards Wednesday before firefighters were able to put it out. No building damage or injuries were reported.


    ComEd restores power to 99 percent of customers

    Repair crews have restored service to more than 300,000 Commonwealth Edison customers who were left in the dark after Sunday's storms, but about 1,500 others remain without power in the hardest-hit areas.


    Chicago installing safety signs at crosswalks

    Chicago has started installing signs at intersections to remind motorists they need to stop if pedestrians are in crosswalks. The Chicago Department of Transportation is putting in the signs as part of an effort to increase pedestrian safety and reduce crashes. The department says the city has about 3,000 crashes a year between motor vehicles and pedestrians, killing about 50 people.

    Kane County Coroner Chuck West died Wednesday.

    Dawn Patrol: Kane County coroner dies; Long Grove wildfire; more hot temps

    Kane County Coroner Chuck West dies from liver transplant complications. Hot temperatures tie record; Arlington Park delays race times. Multiple departments battle Long Grove fire. Train derails in Glenview. Cubs and Sox win.

    For the first time, online English classes are offered this summer at Vernon Hills High School. The students work in a computer lab at their own pace. Teachers are there to guide them, help when needed and occasionally step in with some group lessons.

    District 128 offering first online courses to summer-school students

    A pair of computer-based English classes offered this summer at Vernon Hills High School mark District 128's first foray into the expanding world of online education. Twenty-two students are enrolled in the classes for the second semester of summer school, which began last week. Such e-classes already are used in Elgin Area School District U-46.



    US men’s Olympic team set for camp, roster picks

    LeBron James won a championship. Deron Williams became nearly $100 million richer. Kobe Bryant got Steve Nash as his backcourt partner. See, it hasn't been all bad news for the U.S. men's basketball players. But overall it's been a rough year so far, and the impact will be obvious Friday when the Americans open training camp with about three weeks until their Olympic opener.

    The Cardinals’ Lance Lynn struck out seven Thursday at home against Colorado.

    Lynn pitches Cardinals past Rockies 6-2

    Rookie All-Star Lance Lynn broke out of a three-start slump with six shutout innings, and Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran drove in a pair of runs apiece to lead the Cardinals to a 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.

    The Dodgers’ Scott Van Slyke gets a hand slap from teammate Tony Gwynn Jr. for hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning Thursday in Phoenix.

    Dodgers get to Miley, beat D-Backs 4-1

    Scott Van Slyke and Elian Herrera hit solo home runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Arizona to its sixth straight loss with a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

    The Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez (right) is congratulated by teammate Eric Hosmer Thursday after scoring during the third inning against the Toronto Bluejays in Toronto.

    Royals get season-high 16 hits, beat Blue Jays 9-6

    TORONTO — Luke Hochevar won for the third time in four starts after leaving the game with a sprained ankle, Eric Hosmer had three RBIs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Blue Jays 9-6 on Thursday night.All-Star Billy Butler snapped a season-long 0-for-24 hitless streak against Toronto pitching and Yuniesky Betancourt homered as the Royals won for the second time in six games. Salvador Perez tied a career-high with four hits, all singles, and Kansas City finished with a season-high 16 hits.Hochevar (6-8) gave up two runs and four hits in five innings before leaving with his injury. He sprained his right ankle while running to cover first base on Colby Rasmus’ infield single in the fifth. He stayed in the game and struck out Jose Bautista to finish the inning, but was replaced by Tim Collins in the sixth.Collins worked 1 1-3 innings and Greg Holland got the last two outs of the seventh. Aaron Crow got two outs in the eighth but gave up Yunel Escobar’s RBI single before Jose Mijares came on and surrendered a two-run triple to pinch-hitter Ben Francisco before Kelvin Herrera got J.P. Arencibia to ground out to end the threat.Jonathan Broxton finished in the ninth for his 21st save.Arencibia hit two home runs for the Blue Jays and Henderson Alvarez (5-7) gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. Toronto lost for just the ninth time in 14 meetings against Kansas City dating to last season.Kansas City opened the scoring with in a five-run, 10-batter third against Alvarez, an inning that started and ended with Jeff Francoeur grounding out to third base.In between, Alcides Escobar, Hosmer and Billy Butler hit RBI singles. A fourth run scored on Brett Lawrie’s throwing error and Mike Moustakas capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.Butler’s infield single to third base was his first hit against the Blue Jays this season. Lawrie tried to throw Butler out from foul territory behind third base, but sent his throw into right field, allowing Escobar to score.Arencibia cut it to 5-2 in the third when he followed Kelly Johnson’s leadoff double with a two-run drive into the second deck in left.Toronto’s catcher went deep again in the seventh with a one-out solo drive, his 13th homer of the season, off Collins. It was his third multihomer game of the season and sixth of his career.Kansas City made it 8-3 with a three-run eighth against reliever Francisco Cordero. Alex Gordon had an RBI single and two runs scored on Hosmer’s base hit to shallow right, with Jarrod Dyson racing around to score from second when the throw went to first base.Toronto cut it to 8-6 in the bottom half on Escobar’s RBI single and Francisco’s triple, but Betancourt led off the ninth with a solo homer off Drew Carpeneter, his sixth.NOTES: The Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Sam Dyson from Double-A New Hampshire. Dyson replaces RHP Scott Richmond, who was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday. Dyson made his major league debut in the seventh, pitching to two batters. ... Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (strained left oblique) has reached 150 feet while throwing on flat ground. Morrow has been out since June 12, and there is no timetable for his return. ... The Royals released C Humberto Quintero, who was designated for assignment June 27. ... Earlier Thursday, Broxton lost out to Texas RHP Yu Darvish in fan voting for the final All-Star Game roster spot.

    Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche pumps his fist Thursday after hitting a ground ball that scored Bryce Harper in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants.

    Throwback Nats rally, win 6-5 to sweep Giants

    Bryce Harper scored the winning run when first baseman Brandon Belt couldn't dig out a short-hop throw on a potential double-play ball in the ninth, and the Washington Nationals completed a sweep Thursday with a 6-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on a night of fond memories of the 1924 World Series.

    Kevin Youkilis, front right, celebrates with A.J. Pierzynski, left, after the White Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 2-1 Thursday. Mike North contends Pierzynski may be the most important player on the Sox in the second half of the season.

    The significance of the All-Star Game and A.J.

    Compared to other sports, the MLB All-Star Game is much more than an exhibition game, says Mike North, and it has enough importance that the media should stop considering as such. North, however, isn't totally upset that Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was snubbed by the all-star selections. He's too important in the second half to the White Sox roster.

    Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez reacts Thursday after the final out in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Cleveland. Perez got the save in starter Josh Tomlin’s win.

    Indians hit 3 HRs, edge Rays 3-1

    CLEVELAND — Josh Tomlin pitched seven stellar innings and Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Brantley and Travis Hafner homered, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.Tomlin (5-5) limited the Rays to one run and two hits, easily the right-hander’s best outing since April.Choo led off the first with a homer off Jeremy Hellickson (4-5), Brantley connected in the second and Travis Hafner homered in the eighth off Jake McGee.Vinnie Pestano worked the eighth and All-Star closer Chris Perez finished up for his 24th save — all in a row since blowing one on opening day.The Rays have lost eight of 10, fell to 4-13 against the AL Central and have scored more than four runs once in the last 11 games.Luke Scott went 0 for 3 and set the Rays’ record by going 39 straight at-bats without a hit.Hafner gave Cleveland a big insurance run in the eighth, connecting off McGee. It was only Hafner’s second game back after missing a month following surgery on his right knee. His towering homer into the right-field seats was his seventh this season and first since May 23.The Indians have been waiting for Tomlin to regain his consistency since missing three weeks with a wrist injury. He pounded the strike zone against Tampa Bay, throwing 58 strikes in his 88 pitches. He retired the side in order five times and got a big assist from Choo to end the sixth.With two outs, Rays outfielder Ben Zobrist hit a drive to right that pushed Choo up to the wall before he made a staggering, backpedaling catch.Scott exemplifies Tampa’s offensive woes.Manager Joe Maddon played Scott, the team’s usual designated hitter, in the field for the first time this season, hoping a change of scenery would shake him out of his prolonged slump. However, Scott stayed hitless since June 1 by grounding out, fouling out and flying out to Choo before being lifted.Scott broke the previous club record of 37 consecutive hitless at-bats held by Jose Cruz Jr. (2004), and he’s closing on the major league record of 46 set last year by Eugenio Velez.Choo was batting just .235 when manager Manny Acta moved him to the top of the order on May 14, and the outfielder has been on a hitting tear ever since. He’s hitting .327 (64 of 196) with eight homers, 20 RBIs and 42 runs in 47 starts in the leadoff spot. He has raised his average 60 points to .295.He led off the first with his ninth homer, and fourth in the No. 1 slot, driving a 2-0 pitch from Hellickson over the wall in right field.Brantley made it 2-0 in the second with his third homer — and second in two days. With one out, Brantley turned on a fastball by Hellickson, sending just over the right-field wall.The Rays closed within 2-1 in the fifth. With one out, Will Rhymes hit a ball to deep right that just missed leaving the field and caromed off the wall. By the time Choo ran it down, Rhymes was at third with a stand-up triple. Jose Molina followed with an RBI groundout.Tampa Bay could have threatened in the eighth when Elliot Johnson lined a single into the left-field corner off Pestano with one out, but he was thrown out trying to stretch into a double it by left fielder Aaron Cunningham, who came in as defensive replacement for Johnny Damon an inning earlier.

    Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens delivers Thursday during the first inning against the Houston Astros in Pittsburgh.

    Pirates ride Karstens to 2-0 win over Astros

    PITTSBURGH — Jeff Karstens scattered four hits over eight innings and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Houston Astros 2-0 on Thursday night.Karstens (2-2) struck out a season-high eight against just one walk as the Pirates completed their first four-game sweep of the Astros at home since 1979. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth to record his 22nd save.Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee each drove in a run for Pittsburgh, which has won eight of nine to vault into first in the NL Central.Houston’s Bud Norris (5-6) gave up two runs and five hits in seven solid innings but the Astros’ offense sputtered a day after trading slugger Carlos Lee to Miami. Houston managed four singles and didn’t get a runner to third base until the ninth while losing its eighth straight game.While the Astros are struggling, the Pirates are rolling behind an offense that has been among the hottest in the National League over the last six weeks.There were no such fireworks on Thursday, but Karstens looked sharp after spending nearly two months on the disabled list earlier this season with shoulder inflammation and a hip flexor.Deftly mixing his fastball with a curveball that followed orders, Karstens kept the Astros off balance all night. The right-hander threw 62 of his 89 pitches for strikes and looked an awful lot like the pitcher who spent the first half of the 2011 season among the NL leaders in ERA.He tailed off as he piled up the innings last season and his problematic shoulder raised eyebrows this year. He got knocked around by Philadelphia in his return on June 17 but followed that up with seven efficient innings in 99-degree heat against St. Louis last Saturday.It was more of the same against the Astros. Hard-hit balls were scarce as Houston was shut out for the eighth time this season.The Pirates needed Karstens to be sharp after squandering a couple of opportunities to break the game open against Norris.Jones and McGehee led off the second with back-to-back doubles to get the Pirates on the board but McGehee was stranded at third. The Pirates loaded the bases an inning later but could only muster Jones’ sacrifice fly.Another rally in the fifth was stopped short when Drew Sutton was picked off second, the kind of baserunning miscue that’s been rare lately for baseball’s biggest surprise.Pittsburgh is 10 games over .500 for the first time since 1992, the last time it made the playoffs. Nearly two decades of losing have followed, but optimism is continuing to grow.Houston, meanwhile, can’t wait to get home after a dreadful 0-7 road trip. Brent Johnson got the start at first in place of Lee and went 0 for 4. Third baseman Matt Dominguez, one of two players the Astros acquired for Lee, went hitless in two at-bats but was clean in the field.NOTES: The Astros called up reliever Enerio Del Rosario from Triple-A Oklahoma City to give the weary bullpen some help while sending left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel down for at least 10 days. ... The Pirates open a three-game series with San Francisco on Friday. Erik Bedard (4-9, 4.57 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh against Barry Zito (6-6, 3.84). ... The Astros return home Friday to play the Brewers. J.A. Happ (6-8, 4.81 ERA) faces Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo (6-6, 3.87).

    New York Mets manager Terry Collins, left, celebrates with David Wright after Wright drove in the game-winning run Thursday during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in New York. The Mets won 6-5.

    Wright’s hit in 9th wins it as Mets beat Phils 6-5

    NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright singled off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the New York Mets to a 6-5 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night that preserved R.A. Dickey’s 11-game winning streak.Daniel Murphy lined a shot off Papelbon’s leg for the tying run with two outs, setting the stage for Wright. Cole Hamels outlasted Dickey in a matchup of All-Stars that fizzled from the start. Hounded by recent trade rumors, Hamels pitched seven gritty innings and had two hits. But the Phillies’ suspect bullpen couldn’t finish off the win after beating the Mets on Wednesday night.Ike Davis began the ninth with a double off Papelbon (2-3). Josh Thole sacrificed pinch-runner Ronny Cedeno to third before Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out. Papelbon then hit Jordany Valdespin with a 3-2 pitch and walked Ruben Tejada on a full-count to load the bases.

    Beatriz Recari reacts to her birdie putt on the 12th hole Thursday during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open in Kohler, Wis.

    Kerr, Lincicome, Salas share lead at Open

    Although plenty of athletes have used sports to lift themselves up from difficult backgrounds, Lizette Salas' path to the pros isn't the sort of story that's often heard in golf. The 22-year-old Salas shot a 3-under 69 in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open on Thursday, grabbing a share of the lead along with fellow Americans Cristie Kerr, the 2007 Open winner, and Brittany Lincicome.

    Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza works Thursday during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.

    Cubs’ Garza roughed up by Braves in 7-3 loss

    Cubs starter Matt Garza (4-7), who could be one of the top starters on the market ahead of this month's trade deadline, allowed five runs and five hits in four innings. He struck out six and walked three while throwing 94 pitches. Jason Heyward and Brian McCann each hit a two-run homer in the first inning.


    Fesl sets up as Gordon Tech’s coach

    After studying secondary education and starring for the women's volleyball team at Cincinnatti for the past four years, Anne Fesl's new professional career adds up.She has accepted a position as a math teacher at Gordon Tech High School in Chaicago where she will also serve as the school's varsity girls volleyball coach.


    Sweep can’t move Konerko, Sox off message

    White Sox fans have a solid understanding of the drought. Well, both droughts, actually.So they responded to thunder from the skies in the eighth inning nearly as they did to the thunder from Kevin Youkilis' bat in the sixth, one giving a drink of water to the thirsty foliage, the other giving hope that a parched fan base can really believe in the 2012 White Sox.

    Vijay Singh watches his tee shot on the 18th hole Thursday during the first round of the Greenbrier Classic PGA Golf tournament at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Singh finished 7-under-63.

    Vijay Singh shoots 63, leads Greenbrier Classic

    Vijay Singh and Jeff Maggert sent reminders that they're still able to compete with the younger crowd. Singh had his best round in six months, shooting a 7-under 63 on Thursday in the Greenbrier Classic to take a one-stroke lead over Maggert, Jonathan Byrd and Martin Flores — and leave Tiger Woods eight shots behind.

    With temperatures topping 100 degrees, a White Sox fan still had the energy to get on his feet in the ninth inning as the Sox held on to beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 Thursday and sweep the club with the best record in baseball.

    For Sox, confidence a matter of perspective

    The White Sox got a boost of confidence while sweeping a three-game series from the Texas Rangers Thursday. But with 80 games left on the schedule, the Sox aren't taking anything for granted.

    USA outside hitter Sean Rooney of Wheaton, here smashing a shot in an international match, has been named to his second Olympic team.

    Wheaton native Rooney named to Olympic volleyball team

    Sean Rooney of Wheaton was named to the 2012 Olympic men's volleyball team, USA Volleyball announced Thursday. Rooney, 29, will be making his second trip to the Olympics.

    Kevin Youkilis smiles as he celebrates with teammates Thursday after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Quintana, Youkilis fuel Sox’ victory

    When the season started, Jose Quintana was starting for the Class AA Birmingham Barons.Considering he pitched for Class A Tampa in the Yankees’ system last year, Quintana appeared to be competing against the right level of competition.And when the season started, Kevin Youkilis was gearing up for what he thought would be another productive season with the Boston Red Sox.Three months later, Quintana and Youkilis were helping the White Sox sweep the defending two-time American League champion Texas Rangers.You’ve got to love baseball.And White Sox fans have got to be loving their team — particularly Quintana and Youkilis — following Thursday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Texas at U.S. Cellular Field.“It was great,” Youkilis said after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning that decided the outcome. “To win the series against the Rangers is a great thing. That’s a great ball team. But to get the sweep at the end is even better.”You can say the Sox caught the Rangers at the right time, considering they have six pitchers on the disabled list.But the White Sox have five players on the DL, and 10 of their 25 players are rookies.So let’s call it a wash, and let’s give Quintana some major credit for holding baseball’s best-hitting team to 1 run on 2 hits in 8 innings.“Definitely, they’re one of the best lineups in baseball, but I just go out there and do the same thing each time,” Quintana said through a translator. “I just try to do my best and also throw my best pitches for strikes.”The 23-year-old lefty has been a strike machine since stepping into the Sox’ starting rotation after John Danks went down with a bum shoulder in late May.Not only is Quintana 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA after making his eighth start of the season Thursday, he’s walked just 10 batters in 57 innings.“He’s doing great,” White Sox captain Paul Konerko said of the rookie starter. “If you’re going to beat him you’re really going to have to string some hits together. He doesn’t walk a lot of guys, so it seems like you have to string some hits against him and that’s tough to do.“He’s a great story. We’re all happy for him. Good guy. Can’t say enough. He’s been a huge part of our year.”Youkilis has been a huge part of the White Sox since arriving in a June 24 trade from Boston. He kept the big hits coming as the Sox won their third straight over the Rangers.After going 3-for-6, hitting a 2-run homer and driving in 4 runs in Tuesday’s win over Texas, Youkilis decided Wednesday night’s game with a walk-off single in the 10th inning.On Thursday, he took Rangers all-star Matt Harrison (11-4) over the right-field fence in the sixth inning and the solo home run proved to be the difference in a game that started with 102-degree temperatures and ended with rain and lightning.“You just want to go up and have good at-bats,” Youkilis said. “Some days it’s going to be a good hit and some days it’s not going to matter. You want to have good hits all the time, but sometimes it works where it’s a clutch hit and sometimes it’s early in the game. The clutch hit is magnified more.”


    Darvish tops Peavy in All-Star Game vote

    White Sox starter Jake Peavy lost to the Final Vote to Texas Rangers counterpart Yu Darvish and he won't be going to the All-Star Game, barring injury to a player already on the American League roster."We knew we had a tough fight ahead of us," Peavy said. "I just can't thank the White Sox, friends, family, the fans the support was overwhelming. It was humbling, incredible. We had so much fun with it. It just wasn't meant to be."

    Anthony Rizzo is hitting .323 since being called up by the Cubs.

    Cubs not a total train wreck in the first half

    The Cubs finished the first half of the season with a 31-50 record. But there is one area where team president Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have a winning mark: off-season player acquisitions. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles gives Epstein and Hoyer a 4-2 record in their major moves.

    Kevin Youkilis smiles as he celebrates with teammates Thursday after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Quintana pitches White Sox to sweep of Rangers

    Without first-year standouts such as Jose Quintana and Addison Reed, the White Sox might not be on top in the AL Central. Quintana pitched brilliantly for eight innings in searing heat and the White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 to complete a three-game sweep Thursday in the meeting of division leaders.

    Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder watches his three-run home run that broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins in Detroit. The Tigers defeated the Twins 7-3.

    Fielder homers in 8th to rally Tigers past Twins

    Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to break a tie and Delmon Young followed with solo shot to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday and a split of the four-game series.

    The Miami Marlins’ Greg Dobbs is greeted by teammates at the dugout Thursday after hitting a two-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jose Veras during the ninth inning in Milwaukee. The Marlins won 4-0.

    Lee has solid debut as Marlins beat Brewers 4-0

    Carlos Lee doubled and scored in his Miami debut, Mark Buerhle struck out a season-best eight over 7 2-3 innings and the Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 Thursday to split the four-game series.


    Soccer rule makers approve goal-line technology

    Soccer finally embraced goal-line technology. The sport's governing body said Thursday it will introduce the format at the seven-team Club World Cup in Japan in December, with plans to use it in Brazil at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup.

    Serena Williams plays a shot to Victoria Azarenka Thursday during a semifinal match at Wimbledon.

    24 aces help Serena Williams reach Wimbledon final

    Serena Williams wins with so much more than serving, of course. Her groundstrokes are as intimidating as they come. Superb speed and anticipation fuel her court-covering defense. Her returns are more than solid, too. When that serve is on-target, though, it sure is something special, quite possibly the greatest in the history of women's tennis.

    Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman says it would have been foolish not to talk with goalie Martin Brodeur before he re-signed with New Jersey. Nevertheless, Bowman also says he's "quite comfortable" moving forward with Corey Crawford in goal for the Blackhawks next season.

    Hawks ‘very comfortable’ with Crawford in net

    Despite the Blackhawks' pursuit of veteran free agent Martin Brodeur earlier this week, general manager Stan Bowman contends there aren't any issues with goaltender Corey Crawford. "Marty is the winningest goalie in the history of the game, and in some ways you'd be foolish not to discuss that with him," Bowman said. "I don't think it says anything about (our goaltending). We're very comfortable with our goaltending.


    NFLPA, Vilma make more legal moves in bounty case

    The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of three players suspended in connection with the bounty investigation, calling Commissioner Roger Goodell "incurably and evidently biased."


    Elk Grove, Arlington get pitching boosts

    Elk Grove's Ryan Hayes and Arlington's Andrew Van Wazer gave their American Legion baseball teams a boost with strong pitching performances. Plus a look at other notes from Mount Prospect, Northbrook and Palatine.


    Outdoors notes and area fishing updates

    Other sports stories, notes, photos and graphics

    Mike Jackson longs for the days when Lake Michigan didn't have any limits on when local anglers could go after perch. He misses those days when adults weren't banned from fishing for perch in July. And he's calling for the state to end that ban.

    Time for Illinois anglers to launch a revolt

    Outdoors columnist Mike Jackson isn't happy about the state of perch fishing in Illinois, and believes it's time for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to pressure state lawmakers for changes that will give all anglers the right to fish Lake Michigan in July. And hee wants you to join the cause.

    Andre Greipel crosses the finish line Thursday to win the fifth stage of the Tour de France.

    Germany’s Greipel wins 5th stage of Tour de France

    In yet another crash-marred finish, Andre Greipel of Germany led a frenzied bunch sprint to win the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday for his second straight stage victory. Fabian Cancellara retained the overall leader's yellow jersey for a sixth straight day after the mostly flat 122-mile trek from Rouen to Saint-Quentin — almost tailor-made for sprinters except for a slight uphill near the end.


    La Russa, Washington fidget with All-Star lineups

    Ron Washington and Tony La Russa have been spending most of their spare moments the past few days fidgeting with potential lineups for next week's All-Star game. Of course, La Russa has had a little more time on his hands.


    Mike North video: All-Star blunders and Bulls need Asik

    No A.J. Pierzynski or Bryce Harper on the All-Star Team just doesn't cut it. If Bud Selig wants to appeal to a bigger audience, he needs players such as Pierzynski and Harper to participate. Tom Thibodeau says the Bulls need to retain Omer Asik on the team to compete.

    The 2012 Ryder Cup will take place Sept. 25-30 at Medinah Country Club.

    MP Lions Club auctioning Ryder Cup tickets

    The Mount Prospect Lions Club will auction off a pair of tickets for each of the six daily rounds of the 2012 Ryder Cup tournament this fall at Medinah Country Club.The tickets to the sold-out international competition between the European and U.S. teams include the practice round sessions, mixed format rounds and the final day single matches.


    Cougars outslugged 12-7

    In a battle of offenses, the Quad Cities River Bandits outslugged the Kane County Cougars 12-7 in front of a season-high 9,601 on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Quad Cities (44-38, 9-4) jumped out to a lead in the top of the third as David Medina singled home Nick Martini after Martini started the inning with a double. Juan Castillo and Roberto De La Cruz each drove home a run to put the River Bandits up by 3. Quad Cities didn't keep its lead for long as the Cougars (42-41, 8-5) picked up 4 in the bottom of the third.


    White Sox add 10th rookie into the mix

    Jesse Crain landed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sore throwing shoulder, so the White Sox brought up yet another rookie. Deunte Heath takes Crain's roster spot, and the Sox now have 10 rookies on the 25-man roster.

    The White Sox’ Kevin Youkilis, middle, is mobbed by teammates after hitting a game-winning single, scoring Alejandro De Aza in the 10th inning Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Youkilis a big hit already with White Sox

    After going 3-for-6, hitting a 2-run homer and driving in 4 runs in his first home game with the White Sox Tuesday. Kevin Youkilis delivered quite an encore. The Sox' new third baseman hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to spark a 5-4 Independence Day win over Texas.


    This image provided by The DNS Changer Working Group (DCWG) shows the webpage resulting from not having the DNS malware.

    Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

    The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website.But tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.


    Quinn takes unannounced trade trip to Spain

    Gov. Pat Quinn is visiting Spain to court investment in Illinois manufacturing, alternative energy and infrastructure.

    U.S. stock futures fluctuated in volatile trading Thursday, as banks in China and Europe took action to bolster flagging economies and poor retail sales for June offset some promising job numbers from the Labor Department.

    Weak retail sales figures push stocks lower

    Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street Thursday after signs emerged that Americans are spending at a slower pace and that China's economy may be in worse shape than previously thought.

    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions has Mobile Workforce Solutions, which allows retailers to more quickly help consumers shop better.

    Motorola Solutions offers more devices, solutions so retailers can help shoppers

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Motorola Solutions latest equipment and software solutions to help retailers keep shoppers happy.

    GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday pleaded guilty to failing to report to the government safety problems with diabetes drug Avandia. The company also pleaded guilty to promoting popular antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for unapproved uses.

    GlaxoSmithKline pleads guilty to health fraud

    A federal judge in Boston has signed off an agreement by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 billion for criminal and civil violations involving 10 drugs that are taken by millions of people.

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, agreed to buy the owner of the USA Drug chain for about $438 million,

    Walgreen agrees to acquire USA drug chain for about $438 million

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, agreed to buy the owner of the USA Drug chain for about $438 million, gaining stores in southern states including Arkansas and Mississippi. Walgreen will purchase the stock of Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc., which owns most of the acquired business, according to a statement today.

    Shirts and blouse hang on racks at a clothing store in North Andover, Mass. American shoppers, worried about jobs and the overall economy, pulled back on spending in June, resulting in tepid sales for many retailers.

    Retailers report tepid sales for June

    Shoppers, worried about jobs and the overall economy, pulled back on spending in June, resulting in tepid sales results for many retailers. The reports raise concerns about Americans' ability to spend during the back-to-school shopping season, which starts later this month.


    China cuts key interest rate for second time in month

    BEIJING — China cut its key lending rate Thursday for a second time in one month in a new effort to reverse its deepest economic slump since the 2008 global crisis.The central bank cut the rate on a one-year loan by 0.31 percentage points to 6 percent. It said banks will be allowed to offer discounts to borrowers of up to 30 percent below that benchmark, an increase from the 20 percent discount previously allowed.The slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy raises the risk of job losses and unrest at a politically awkward time for the ruling Communist Party. It is trying to enforce calm ahead of a once-a-decade handover of power to younger leaders.“This is a step beyond what was expected from policymakers,” said Mark Williams of Capital Economics in a report. He said the next rate cut had not been expected until the end of July or later.Beijing has been rolling out stimulus measures almost daily since March after growth slowed to a nearly three-year low of 8.1 percent in the first quarter. They cut interest rates June 7 for the first time in four years, reduced gasoline prices and promised to pump money into the economy with higher spending on low-cost housing and other public works.Private sector analysts expect second-quarter growth to fall as low as 7.3 percent before rebounding in the second half.The decision to cut rates so again so soon suggested monthly data due to be released next week might be unexpectedly weak.Chinese leaders had spent two years tightening controls to cool overheating and inflation but reversed course in late 2011 after an unexpectedly sharp drop in export demand.Still, the government is moving cautiously after its 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) stimulus that helped China rebound quickly from the 2008 global crisis fueled price rises and a wasteful building boom.In an unusual step, Thursday’s announcement called on banks to control mortgage lending. That suggested authorities worry about a possible resurgence in real estate speculation as they try to stimulate industrial activity and job creation.Trade has weakened steadily as high U.S. unemployment and Europe’s debt crisis batter global consumer demand.Regulators also have approved a wave of massive investment projects by state companies, including two multibillion-dollar steel mills.Inflation that spiked to a three-year high last year has fallen, giving Beijing room to cut rates and pump money into the economy without triggering a possible renewed bout of politically dangerous price increases.Also Thursday, the central bank cut rates paid on bank deposits but by a smaller margin of 0.25 percentage points. That effectively transfers money from cash-rich state banks to savers by shrinking the margin between lending and borrowing rates.“This will further eat into bank profits but increases the effective amount of policy loosening,” said Williams.

    The average U.S. rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage stayed this week at the lowest level on record.

    U.S. fixed mortgage rates fall to new record lows

    Fixed U.S. mortgage rates fell again to new record lows, providing prospective buyers with even more incentive to brave a modestly recovering housing market. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average on the 30-year loan dropped to 3.62 percent. That's down from 3.66 percent last week and the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.

    Former Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron, left, and former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd testify on Capitol Hill in 2008. The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the nation’s foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of Congress, congressional staff, top government officials and executives of troubled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, according to a House report.

    Report: Countrywide won influence with discount loans

    The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the nation's foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of Congress, congressional staff, top government officials and executives of troubled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, according to a House report.

    Ashley Perkins, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., stands in line with military veterans in Detroit. The number of people seeking unemployment aid last week fell to its lowest level since mid-May.

    U.S. jobless aid applications fall to 6-week low

    The number of people seeking unemployment aid last week fell to its lowest level since mid-May, suggesting layoffs are easing and hiring could pick up. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped by 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 374,000, the fewest since the week of May 19. The four-week average, which smooths out weekly fluctuations, dipped by 1,500 to 385,750.


    Target’s June revenue gauge rises, but misses view
    Discount retailer Target Corp. says a key revenue measure rose 2.1 percent in June as shoppers spent more on food and health and beauty items. But the growth in revenue at stores open at least one year was slightly lower than the 2.4 percent rise analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected. Its shares fell more than 2 percent in premarket trading.


    ECB cuts key rate to new low to help economy

    FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank has cut its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to a record low of 0.75 percent to boost a eurozone economy weighed down by the continent’s crisis over too much government debt.The move followed a rate cut by China’s central bank and new stimulus measures by the Bank of England as global financial authorities seek to shore up a slowing global economy.European leaders last week agreed on new steps to strengthen market confidence in their shared euro currency bloc. They set up a single banking supervisor to keep bank bailouts from bankrupting countries and made it easier for troubled countries to get bailout help.Those steps helped calm financial markets, which have expected the ECB to follow up with more help in the form of a rate cut.The cut in the refinancing rate could mean lower borrowing costs for banks, businesses and consumers. The rate is what banks pay the ECB for loans and through them influences many other rates in the economy. In theory cheap borrowing makes it easier for businesses and people to decide to spend, but some economists say it may have little effect since interest rates are already very low.The ECB also cut its overnight deposit rate — what it charges banks for depositing their money with the ECB overnight — to zero. That encourages banks to lend to one another rather than stash it with the ECB. However, cutting the rate to zero does not eliminate the reason banks are often reluctant to lend to each other: fear that other banks may become insolvent and not pay the money back.Lending activity has remained weak because businesses are not asking for credit because of the slow economy and out of fear that the eurozone may suffer a further financial calamity. Concerns remain that bankrupt Greece could eventually leave the euro, causing more turmoil, or that Spain and Italy could need bailouts that would strain the resources of donor countries.The ECB move comes as central banks around the globe remain under pressure to take more action to support growth, even after expending much of their monetary ammunition already by slashing interest rates and increasing the supply of money in their economies. The Bank of England also added more stimulus Thursday, deciding to purchase another 50 billion pounds in securities to increase the money supply in the UK economy.China’s central bank earlier in the day cut interest rates for the second time in a month to shore up its economy, the second-largest in the world.

    The rubble is removed from the damaged No. 4 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, Thursday.

    Japan reactor on grid; panel slams crisis response

    Nuclear power returned to Japan's energy mix for the first time in two months Thursday, hours before a parliamentary investigative commission blamed the government's cozy relations with the industry for the meltdowns that prompted the mass shutdown of the nation's reactors. Though the report echoes other investigations into last year's disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, it could fuel complaints that Japan is trying to restart nuclear reactors without doing enough to avoid a repeat.

    Executive Vice President Bert Haas stands in front of the new Zanies in Rosemont, which opens July 6.

    Zanies comedy club reborn in Rosemont

    On July 6, Rosemont's growing entertainment district will add a new comedy club with an old name to its lineup of restaurants and bars. Zanies Comedy Club will open its doors in Rosemont with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:45 p.m., followed by free admission to shows on Friday and Saturday. “We tried to make it as perfect for stand-up as possible,” said Executive Vice President Bert Haas.


    WikiLeaks has data from 2.4 million Syrian emails

    The secret-spilling group WikiLeaks says it is in the process of publishing material from a trove of 2.4 million emails from Syria. WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison told journalists at London's Frontline Club Thursday that the emails reveal interactions between the Syrian government and Western companies.


    UN says global food prices down again

    A U.N. agency says world food prices have dropped in June for a third straight month to their lowest level in nearly two years but that dry weather in recent weeks could cause a spike. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in its monthly report Thursday that global prices of a basket of food commodities fell by 1.8 percent from May to their lowest level since September 2010.

    An investor looks at the stock price monitor at a private securities company Wednesday.

    Markets awaiting central bank decisions, U.S. data

    Markets were firm Thursday ahead of policy statements from Europe's top two central banks that are expected to further ease monetary policy to help boost growth. While the European Central Bank is expected to cut its main interest rate to below 1 percent for the first time, the Bank of England is widely-tipped to back another boost to Britain's money supply.


    Oil near $87 ahead of Europe central bank meetings

    Oil fell to near $87 a barrel Thursday in Asia as investors waited for word on whether European central bankers will take measures to boost flagging economic growth.Benchmark oil for August delivery was down 65 cents at $87.01 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude rose $3.91 to close at $87.66 on Tuesday, the last day the August contract settled in New York.


    Bank of England backs another stimulus

    The Bank of England has backed another 50 billion pounds ($78 billion) injection into the ailing British economy.Thursday's move by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee was widely-anticipated and raises the amount it is pumping into the British economy since March 2009 to 375 billion pounds.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Italian Premier Mario Monti speak at a press conference during a bilateral meeting at Villa Madama in Rome, Wednesday.

    German economists warn on summit decisions

    A group of German economists is denouncing decisions made by last week's European Union summit, arguing that taxpayers, retirees and savers shouldn't be liable for the debts of struggling banks. EU leaders agreed European bailout funds could in future pump money directly into banks, rather than via governments, once an effective supervisor is established.

Life & Entertainment

    A visitor looks at a tuxedo worn by James Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan, in the film ‘GoldenEye’ on display in the exhibition ‘Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style’ at the Barbican centre in London.

    007 exhibition looks at screen spy as style icon

    If there's one thing James Bond has taught us it's that behind every great spy is a great tailor. A new exhibition at London's Barbican Centre explores the style of the suave secret agent, displaying costumes, props, set pieces and design drawings from half a century of 007 films.

    Jennifer Dymit

    Suburban actors make Steppenwolf debut in 'Three Sisters'

    New actors Jennifer Dymit, of Wheaton and recent North Central College graduate Garrett Lutz, of Aurora, don't have any lines in Steppenwolf Theatre's "Three Sisters." But being cast in Tracy Letts' adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play may be the break they've been looking for.

    Jerry Seinfeld announced Thursday that he’ll debut the Web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” on July 19.

    Jerry Seinfeld to debut Web series set in cars

    Jerry Seinfeld is going back on the road. The comedian announced Thursday that he'll debut the Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" on July 19. The interview show will feature Seinfeld's comedian friends as guests.

    Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones”

    Flo Rida drowns on 4th album ‘Wild Ones’

    Flo Rida has never been the main attraction on his own records: He's best known for his collaborations with other artists. On his new nine-track album, "Wild Ones," he takes even more of a back seat than usual. But that's not the only problem: Some of the tracks "contain elements" of various songs, making the album sound like something you've heard before — many times.

    Actor Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey are expecting their third child. McConaughey, 42, wed 29-year-old Alves last month in a ceremony at their Austin, Texas home. The couple have a son named Levi, who turns 4-years-old this week and a 2-year-old daughter named Vida.

    Matthew McConaughey and new wife expecting

    NEW YORK — Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila aren't just newlyweds, they're also expecting. McConaughey's representative confirmed that his wife is pregnant with the couple's third child. Both the actor and his bride tweeted the news on Wednesday.

    Florence Lancaster, played by Bonnie Hilton, embraces her son, Nicky, played by Kaelan Strouse in the Dead Writer's production of “The Vortex”.

    Bartlett native rises to the challenge of 'Vortex'

    Kaelan Strouse, a native of Bartlett who has been in the acting business in the Chicago area since graduating from Northwestern University in 2009, rises to the challenge of the lead role in the Dead Writers' production of "The Vortex."

    Cassandra Wilson’s “Another Country”

    Guitarist Sotti gives Wilson CD its sizzle

    Cassandra Wilson's a deferential diva on "Another Country." In fact, she lets her guitarist steal the show. Fabrizio Sotti co-produced the album with Wilson, and he gives the set its sizzle with lyrical, inventive playing on acoustic and electric guitar.


    Night life: PL8’s taste of Japan

    Experience Japan at a PL8 Simply Asian's first stop on a three-part culinary exploration from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Let the taste buds wander with Japanese beer, sake sangria and sparkling sake coolers. Plus, sample some handcrafted maki rolls, teriyaki beef skewers and vegetable tempura.

    Actress Claire Danes has some busy months ahead. Not only is her hit TV series “Homeland” returning for its second season in September, but she’s also announcing she’s pregnant.

    Reps confirm actress Claire Danes is pregnant

    Claire Danes has some busy months ahead: Not only is her hit TV series "Homeland" returning for its second season in September, but she's pregnant as well. Danes' rep, Jodi Gottlieb, confirms the actress is expecting her first child with husband Hugh Dancy.The news was first reported on People.com.

    Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem at Major League Baseball All-Star game in Kansas City, Mo.

    Musical lineup for baseball’s All-Star game

    Stars are lining up for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game next week in Kansas City. Country singer Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem and country artist Kellie Pickler will perform "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch. Before the game, "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips is planning a special on-field performance.

    Wink (Dwight Henry) and his young daughter Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) eke out a meager existence in post-Katrina Louisiana in Benh Zeitlin's first feature “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

    'Beasts' an impressive work of imagination that plays like a documentary

    Benh Zeitlin's imaginative feature debut “Beasts of the Southern Wild” creates an entire world out of muck, water, storms, danger and fantasy, yet it packs the gritty realism of a hard documentary narrated by a 6-year-old girl who views her world with patient wisdom beyond her years, Dann says. He also questions the wisdom of women shooting "rearview" images in "Magic Mike" and celebrates the return of "Jaws."

    Jason and Dana Adams of Geneva enjoy the original dining patio at Sergio’s Cantina in Geneva.

    Daiquiri Deck a draw at Sergio’s in Geneva

    Outdoor seating has always been a hit at Sergio's Cantina in Geneva, with crowds willing to wait extra long for a patio spot during the summer. In May, the bar opened the Daiquiri Deck, a space that lets more customers enjoy the weather with an updated menu of Mexican food and drinks.

    Ben (Aaron Johnson), left, and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), right, chat with a corrupt federal officer (John Travolta) in a rare quiet moment from Oliver Stone's thriller "Savages."

    'Savages' a return to Oliver Stone's violent side

    Sitting through spoon-fed exposition is a small price to pay to witness Oliver Stone's overdue return to the nervously humorous, violently crazy and nightmarishly hallucinogenic thrillers that once defined his earlier films. "Savages" celebrates the return of the "Natural Born Killers" director after he's gone Styrofoam with "W.," "World Trade Center" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

    Cheyenne Indian Princesses tribe decorated stakes and took home free plants to nurture fresh vegetables to be donated to food pantries.

    Fresh Giving Garden concept sprouts all over Itasca

    As many as 70 participants of a new concept in Giving Gardens are nurturing at least one plant dedicated to feeding the hungry through the Itasica Food Pantry. They have one thing in common -- colorful garden stakes proclaiming their commitment.



    Editorial: Encouraging efforts for getting around

    A Daily Herald editorial praises suburban efforts to make streets more accessible to bicyclists and pedestrians, but adds more are needed.


    GOP missing the bus on immigration

    The John F. Kennedy Center hosted a musical last month titled “First You Dream.” When I noticed the ad, I thought about President Obama’s initiative through the Department of Homeland Security to allow undocumented immigrant youth to continue school or work without fear of deportation. Now, those young people can dream, too.That’s the way this country started: with dreams. We’ve been a nation of immigrants who first dreamed of better lives. Even before the Statue of Liberty welcomed “the huddled masses yearning to be free,” we welcomed the hardworking and the hopeful. I’m a Democrat, but I’m first and foremost a citizen. And it’s as a citizen that I’m grateful we have a president who is not afraid to take risks — even when failure (or success!) could cost his re-election. He went after Osama bin Laden when others said they wouldn’t. He passed the first and only national health care legislation — something many other presidents have advocated, but which caused extraordinary bitterness among congressional Republicans. He voiced his personal support for marriage equality. And when Congress refused to pass the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant children, he ordered immigration officials to stop deporting them until Congress did move.Mitt Romney quickly passed judgment on Obama’s directive, calling it a “ploy.” Romney told CBS’s Bob Schieffer, “Well, as you know, (Obama) was president for the last three and a half years, (but) did nothing on immigration.” Unfortunately, this statement ignores a lot of bipartisan progress on immigration reform that has taken place during Obama’s term. Obama promoted and campaigned for the DREAM Act in 2008. While the Democrats were still in control of Congress, Obama secured the House passage of the DREAM Act by 216 to 198 votes. Eight Republicans voted for its passage.However, the DREAM Act stalled in the Senate when Republicans supporters of similar legislation flip-flopped and voted to prevent the DREAM Act from coming to a vote. Those flipping included Senators John McCain, Jon Kyl, Orrin Hatch, Sam Brownback and Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Though 55 senators voted in favor of passage, it fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the roadblock.Republicans who backtracked on their support for immigrant youth said they were opposed to it until the border was secure. Now, thanks to President Obama, the border is increasingly secure. He and Congress have cooperated to increase border security. New illegal immigration has dropped to a trickle. Yet, Republican opposition to the DREAM Act remains. Prior to the Obama administration’s decision, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had discussed introducing a Republican alternative to the DREAM Act, yet the bill has yet to be publicly released. He has blamed the Obama announcement for putting the bill on hold, but it seems more likely that he is having trouble garnering conservative support for the legislation. Perhaps part of the difficulty in getting Republicans on board with rational immigration reform is that their party’s presidential nominee has made such outlandish statements on the matter. Romney has said he would veto the DREAM Act. He suggested that Arizona’s questionably constitutional immigration law is a “model” for the country and said that his immigration reform plan was to make life so difficult for undocumented immigrants that they would “self-deport.” It seems that Romney now wants to walk back these extreme positions, but the record is there.


    Chicago-sized test of wills

    Columnist George Will: Unions can wound themselves by injuring their industries (e.g., steel and autos), but primary blame for improvident contracts with public employees belongs to the elected public officials who grant them.


    Tollway coordinates with other agencies
    A letter to the editor: The Tollway's partnership and investment in transit studies with the Regional Transportation Authority have allowed it to better understand costs and infrastructure needs associated with accommodating transit on I-90.


    (No heading)
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I believe most plan sponsors that properly comply with the new requirements will recognize opportunities to drive down their plan costs and improve the chances of their employees reaching a financially secure retirement.


    You’re unique, just like everyone else
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: If you are reading this letter, you are most likely one of the well-informed of David McCullough Jr.'s now viral Wellesley High School commencement speech, "You Are Not Special." I liked his appropriate ending, "The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you're not special, because everyone is." Had I been consulted, I would have had him add, "But you are unique ... (short pause) ... just like everybody else."


Jul 2012

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4