Daily Archive : Saturday July 7, 2012


    Katie Hogan, of Bolingbrook, prepares rib slabs for Uncle Bub’s BBQ Uncle Bub’s participates in numerous rib fests, showcasing their ribs “from Reno to Boston,” Hogan says.

    Fans and first-timers enjoy Lake in the Hills ribfest

    The Havard family of Cary sampled ribs from each of the seven vendors at Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills — Mojo's BBQ, Pigfoot, Armadillo's, Texas Outlaws, Aussom Aussie, Smokin' Joe's Hog Wild Barbeque, Chicago BBQ Company and Uncle Bub's BBQ. Ribfest continues through Sunday.

    Teens have a water fight while sitting in a small swimming pool on the back of a Fox Recovery and Towing flatbed truck float in the Fox Lake parade Saturday morning near Grant High School in Fox Lake. The temperature at the time was just under 100 degrees.

    Heat wave finally breaks; temps expected in low 80s Sunday

    After three brutal days of 100-degree temperatures, the heat wave affecting the Chicago area broke Saturday morning. After reaching a high of 98 degrees at O'Hare International Airport, by mid-afternoon the temperature had fallen to 82 degrees.


    Five unaccounted for after Missouri dock collapse

    Five people are unaccounted for after a dock collapsed at a lake in west-central Missouri, but authorities don't believe any of them are in the water.


    Border Patrol agents fire shots after rock attack

    U.S. Border Patrol agents opened fire Saturday along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border after being pelted by rocks and having a gunman point a weapon in their direction on the Mexican side of the river, an agency spokesman said.

    Demonstrators shout slogans as they gather Saturday at the Zocalo Plaza in Mexico City.

    Students march against Mexico’s president-elect

    Tens of thousands of protesters are marching through Mexico's capital against President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto, accusing his party of buying votes to help him win the country's presidential vote.

    People walk in a muddy street Saturday after flooding in the Black Sea resort of Gelendzhik, southern Russia.

    103 killed in Russia floods

    Intense flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia killed 103 people after torrential rains dropped nearly a foot of water, forcing many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs, officials said Saturday.

    Chadley Ballantyne, from left, Danielle Floyd and Matt McNabb ham it up in the Fox Valley Repertory’s “Some Enchanted Evening” at St. Charles’ Pheasant Run Resort.

    Diamond master to stop in Geneva

    State Street Jewelers in Geneva will host master diamond cutter Brian McHardy July 20 and 21 to demonstrate his craft. That should be a treat, columnist Dave Heun says, for all those wondering how diamonds are cut and polished.


    One killed in crash near Huntley

    One person died early Saturday following a one-car accident on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway near Huntley, police said.

    Ronn Matt, from Chicago, places first in the championship division of the 39th annual International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship with a spit of 69 feet, Saturday Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire, Mich.

    Chicago man scores big upset in cherry-pit spitting contest

    Ronn Matt's wife encouraged him to enter the annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in southwestern Michigan on Saturday. It's a good thing she did. The 46-year-old Chicagoan pulled a big upset, winning the contest in his initial try and becoming the first champion not named Krause or Lessard in 20 years.


    DWI leads to man’s arrest in cold case killing

    A Missouri man forced to provide a DNA sample after pleading guilty in a drunken driving case has been charged in a 23-year-old killing.

    Streamwood firefighter/paramedic Lisa Meyer sprays water on the smoldering remains of a house fire in the 100 block of Grey Fox Court in Streamwood on Saturday.

    Firefighter overcome by heat in Streamwood blaze

    A two-story house was badly damaged by a fire Saturday in Streamwood, authorities said.One firefighter had to be taken to a suburban hospital after being overcome by the heat, Streamwood Fire Department Batallion Chief Bob Wysong said. No other injuries were reported.

    An election official shows a man how to fill out a ballot Saturday at a polling station in Tripoli, Libya.

    Libyans hold 1st nationwide vote in decades

    Jubilant Libyans chose a new parliament Saturday in their first nationwide vote in decades, but violence and protests in the restive east underscored the challenges ahead as the oil-rich North African nation struggles to restore stability after the ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

    Jessica Nichols, 11, of Downers Grove, gets her head shaved for a donation to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Saturday at the Taste of Lombard courtesy of Cristy Vazquez of Paul Mitchell, The School in Chicago.

    Taste of Lombard attendees go bald for charity

    More than a dozen people said goodbye to their hair — and maybe a few degrees of heat — Saturday afternoon as they got their heads shaved for the St. Baldrick's Foundation at the Taste of Lombard. "It feels very, very good being without all that," said Patrick Carpenter of Stickney, as he pointed at piles of his curly, red hair on the floor of the taste's family entertainment stage.


    Deck damaged in Algonquin house fire

    No one was injured in a Saturday-morning fire at a house on the 1400 block of Lowe Drive in Algonquin, authorities said.


    Downers Grove man sentenced in murder-for-hire scheme

    A Downers Grove man who was convicted last year in a murder-for-hire scheme aimed at killing a federal prosecutor and a drug enforcement agent has ben sentenced to life in prison.

    Authorities say they confiscated about 90,000 counterfeit DVDs while serving a search warrant at this address in the 300 block of Oakmont Drive in Bartlett. The DVDs were being imported from Hong Kong and sold on the Internet.

    Bartlett man charged with selling counterfeit DVDs

    A Cook County judge set bail at $25,000 for a Bartlett man who authorities say admitted selling counterfeit DVDs from Hong Kong. Prosecutors say Joseph Palmisano, 57, made a profit of $220,000 selling the DVDs on the Internet.

    Christa Danielson of Eugene, Ore., stops to take a photo of Ahwahnee Bridge, one of three historic bridges with abutments in the Merced River that could be removed under plans being developed to restore natural flows, in Yosemite Valley, Calif.

    Historic bridges of Yosemite Valley under siege

    The future of the roughly 80-year-old Stoneman and two other spandrel arch bridges has pitted environmentalists, who want the river to flow freely, against historic preservationists who say these early examples of the rustic park architectural style are too culturally important to destroy.


    Aurora man drowns in Fox River, police say

    An Aurora man apparently drowned after jumping into the Fox River to cool off during the heat wave, police said Saturday. Gene Autry Pryor, 52, died Friday night, Aurora police said. The Kane County coroner's office has scheduled an autopsy for Monday.

    Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy tours the district in Los Angeles.

    L.A. schools superintendent shakes up district

    Faced with a shocking case of a teacher accused of playing classroom sex games with children for years, Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy delivered another jolt: He removed the school's entire staff — from custodians to the principal — to smash what he called a "culture of silence."

    The sun sets in Pleasant Plains, Ill., on Thursday. Corn and soybean crops are struggling under dry conditions and a record breaking heat wave that remains over the country’s mid-section and East Coast on Saturday.

    Midwest, parts of East Coast bake for fourth day

    One man figured out a way to beat the heat: stay in the car. That was the plan for 60-year-old Roger Sinclair of Batavia, who was headed home Saturday from Detroit, where he'd spent a few days visiting an old friend and catching Friday night's Tigers game.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    An Arlington Heights man was shot in the face with a paintball gun at Ridge and Campbell streets at 9:28 p.m. July 3. The victim was driving southbound on Ridge with the window down when he felt an object strike his left cheek and he found a green liquid on his clothes. There was no damage to the vehicle and medical attention was not needed.


    Chicago’s Joseph Kirsner, pioneer physician, dies at age 102
    Dr. Joseph Kirsner, a pioneer in the field of digestive system disorders, has died from kidney failure at his home in Chicago. He was 102 years old. University of Chicago Medical Center spokesman John Easton says Kirsner died Saturday. Kirsner was among the first to show the increased risk of colon cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis. He broke new ground in the understanding and treatment...

    A Spanish police officer holds a forged Pablo Picasso oil painting in Sevilla Saturday, July 7. The Interior Ministry says National Police have arrested four people for trying to sell a forged Pablo Picasso oil painting for up to $1.5 million. The canvas, a counterfeit version of a 1964 work called “The bust of Jeune Garcon” was accompanied by false authenticity documents.

    Spanish police arrest 4 in fake Picasso sale

    Span's police have arrested four people for trying to sell a forged Pablo Picasso oil painting for up to $1.5 million. The canvas, a counterfeit version of a 1964 work called "The bust of Jeune Garcon" was accompanied by false authenticity documents bearing the signatures of Paloma, one of the Spanish painter's daughters, and a renowned French art expert.


    Rescheduled meeting on Dimucci property set for July 11

    The Lake County regional planning commission will make its recommendation on a controversial plan for a shopping center on unincorporated land near Hawthorn Woods at a rescheduled meeting July 11. The meeting regarding the Dimucci family's property on the southeast corner of Rand and Old McHenry roads is set for Concorde Banquets Center, 20922 N. Rand Road, Kildeer, from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

    Nancy Chen, owner of Szechwan Restaurant in downtown St. Charles, is nearly ready to reopen her restaurant after being closed for 11 months due to a near-collapse of the building. New to the restaurant are an elevator and bar area, as well as a slightly larger dining room with more window views.

    Szechwan Restaurant rising from building near-collapse

    Szechwan Restaurant in St. Charles had a rough year: It was closed, due to the near-collapse of the building. But it is just about ready to reopen, in an improved space, after 11 months.

    Author Laura Matuszewski, left, poses with illustrator Mikayla Crow, right, with the first copy of the book “A Special Friend”.

    Lake Zurich teacher publishes book written in the point of view of a special needs child

    Laura Matuszewski, a special education teacher at Isaac Fox School in Lake Zurich wrote a children's book to explain what makes children with special needs different. The book, "A Special Friend," is written from the point of view of a child with special needs, demonstrating how they think and act in different situations. "If we foster an understanding at an early age that these kids really just...

    Ken Santowski of Lakewood is among the recipients of the 2012 McHenry County Green Awards. In this file photo, he shows a pile of Styrofoam destined for recycling. He owns Chicago Logistic Service in Elgin.

    McHenry Co. ‘green awards’ go to 4 recipients

    The annual McHenry County Green Awards went to Ken Santowski, of Lakewood, Aptar Cary Campus, Bethany Lutheran Church of Crystal Lake, and the village of Algonquin.

    Mark Gennardo is with Honey, the 8-year-old red lab mix he rescued from a stream in Busse Woods. Honey is recovering at Arlington Heights Animal Hospital.

    Elk Grove Village man rescues dog in Busse Woods

    Stuck in thick mud with her health failing, a dog found almost two weeks ago in Busse Woods by an Elk Grove Village man didn't have much hope. Today, she's on the road to recovery thanks to the work of veterinarians at Arlington Heights Animal Hospital and the nonprofit organization Young at Heart Pet Rescue.


    Hazmat crew called to O’Hare

    Hazardous material crews responded to O'Hare Airport late Friday after a powdery substance was discovered inside a United Airlines cargo building, officials said. There were no reported injuries.


    Downed power line touches fence, sparks fire

    A chain-link fence served as a conduit and sparked a small fire on a house's exterior after making contact with a downed power line in Mount Prospect Friday afternoon, authorities said. The house's gutters and downspout were left charred — but the flames did not spread to the inside.



    Bandits fall 3-2 to Racers

    After topping Akron on Friday night, the teams met again Saturday night at the Ballpark at Rosemont. This time the Racers prevailed 3-2.The Bandits took a 2-0 lead in the first as Amber Patton opened the inning with a single up the middle and scored one pitch later as Alisa Goler hit a double down the left-field line. Adrienne Monka continued the rally with a blooper to left field.In the circle for the Bandits was Michelle Moses, who earned her second NPF start of the season. Hillary Bach (3-3) picked up the win for the Racers pitching all 7 innings.Moses started strong, keeping the Racers off base through the first two innings. However, Akron tied the game in the top of the third on 3 consecutive singles to make it 2-2.Later in the inning, Nicole Trimboli’s single brought Megan Bush home from second with the final run of the game.


    White Sox’ Humber getting closer to return

    John Danks’ return date figures to be mid-August, at the earliest.There is much better news for the White Sox’ other starting pitcher, Philip Humber.After making his second rehab start for Class AAA Charlotte the night before, Humber (right elbow flexor strain) was back at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday.“I feel good,” said Humber, who has been on the disabled list since June 17. “My arm feels great.“This past (start), my fastball command was pretty much where I wanted it to be. That was really what we were going for this start.“The first one was just to make sure you feel good. On this one I really wanted to improve my fastball command, and I feel like I did that, along with throwing sliders for the first time, so that was a good step, too.”While the Sox scatter for the all-star break after Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays, Humber is expected to make 1 more start with Charlotte.“If I do, really the main thing I want to work on next is the command of my off-speed pitches,” said Humber, who pitched a perfect game at Seattle on April 21 and struggled after that.“That was the only thing I felt was kind of lacking this time. Other than that, everything felt good. My delivery feels good. I’m anxious to get back here and pitch in a big-league game.”In 2 starts with Charlotte, Humber has pitched 6 innings and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks.Seeing stars:On Tuesday, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said Chris Sale was going to pitch 1 inning of relief in the All-Star Game.Manager Robin Ventura confirmed the news Saturday.“It’s going to be an inning,” Ventura said. “It won’t be more. He knows it; everybody knows it.”Axelrod up:After starting Wednesday against the Texas Rangers and throwing 107 pitches in 5 innings, Dylan Axelrod gets the start for the Sox on Sunday on three days’ rest.Axelrod fills in for Chris Sale, who is being skipped so he can rest up for the second half.In six games (4 starts) with the White Sox this season, Axelrod is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA. The right-hander feels he has plenty of room for improvement.“I don’t want to give up a run,” Axelrod said. “I expect a lot out of myself. I want to throw a shutout every time.”Hudson sighting:Orlando Hudson played second base in place of the slumping Gordon Beckham (3-for-19) Saturday.It was Hudson’s first start since June 27, and he went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt. Since being replaced by Kevin Youkilis at third base, Hudson has been a positive presence in the clubhouse.“It’s not easy for a guy that’s played every day to accept it and actually do it and feel comfortable,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s still a process.”

    White Sox relief pitcher Matt Thornton earned the save in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays by getting the final four outs.

    Thornton having some fun with young White Sox penmates

    Not only are the White Sox winning games at an impressive pace, they are having a lot of fun.Out in the bullpen, Matt Thornton is the Sox’ only experienced relief pitcher with Jesse Crain and Brian Bruney on the disabled list and Will Ohman out on the waiver wire.Joining Thornton in the White Sox’ bullpen are Addison Reed, Nate Jones, Hector Santiago, Leyson Septimo, Brian Omogrosso and Deunte Heath.They are all rookies, not that Thornton seems to mind.“They’re doing a great job,” said Thornton, who pitched 1 innings Saturday and earned the save. “Jonesie and Hector and Reed came out of (spring training) camp and they’ve been doing a good job. They’ve had their ups and downs, but they come bouncing back from the bad ones for the most part.“The new guys haven’t really had much of a chance to get their feet wet, but they’ve been coming in and throwing strikes and getting outs. It’s great.”As for the fun part, Thornton said he was eating breakfast Friday morning when he got an idea.“I sit at breakfast in the morning and there’s a preschool nearby,” the left-hander said. “I saw the teacher leading all the little kids around, they had a rope they had to hold on to. I got some rope from (groundskeeper) Roger (Bossard) and had some fun with them.”As they headed out to the bullpen early in Friday’s game, Thornton took the lead and the rookie relievers followed behind in a line, rope in hand.“I was just having a little fun with them,” the 35-year-old Thornton said. “It’s really no different. They’re here to help us win ballgames. They’re easy to deal with.“It’s not like I’m the big, bad veteran out there. We just hang out and talk. I’m a kid at heart, too. It’s not like there’s a big difference, except age. We have fun, joke around and get serious when it’s time to go to work. It’s a fun group of guys to be around, and it’s fun watching them learn on the fly.”

    Tony Stewart celebrates his win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Tony Stewart makes late move to win at Daytona

    There was no fire or rain. Still, another frantic finish at Daytona International Speedway. Tony Stewart emerged the winner, charging past Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth on the last lap and holding on as the challengers stacked up behind him Saturday night in one of Daytona's trademark wrecks.

    Na Yeon Choi gestures on the 13th green Saturday during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open in Kohler, Wis.

    Choi shoots 65, takes control in US Women's Open

    Na Yeon Choi was just a kid when Se Ri Pak won the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in 1998. Today, Choi is living proof that Pak's landmark victory 14 years ago really did have the power to inspire girls in South Korea to try to make it in professional golf. And after posting one of the best rounds in Open history, Choi is poised to repeat Pak's feat in the same event at the same course.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija reacts Saturday as New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis runs the bases Saturday after hitting a 2-run home run during the third inning in New York.

    Samardzija's 2nd straight strong start not enough

    If he could take back a pitch or two, Jeff Samardzija might be headed into the All-Star break having won two straight starts. Following a lousy month that threatened to undo his progress from the bullpen last season to the rotation, he'll take what he got anyway — another sign of progress. "It basically came down to a fastball," manager Dale Sveum said.


    Indians pitcher Jimenez beats Rays 7-3

    Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight over six innings and Shelley Duncan hit a two-run homer to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 Saturday. The Indians got three doubles in the second inning off rookie Matt Moore (5-6) as they jumped to a 3-0 lead.

    Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, center, celebrates with his teammates after scoring Saturday during the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies in Washington. The Nationals won 4-1.

    Nats’ Harper, Braves’ Bourn added to NL roster

    Nationals manager Davey Johnson was talking to general manager Mike Rizzo on Saturday when he called for Bryce Harper to come over. Harper thought it was one of two things: "I was thinking I was going down because Rizzo and everybody was over there or the All-Star game," he said.


    Why so many offer sheets this NBA off-season?

    The NBA sacrificed two months and 16 games of last season with the supposed goals of allowing owners to stay profitable and giving small-market teams hopes of being competitive.Then the season began and the small-market thing didn’t go so well outside of Oklahoma City and San Antonio, two teams built mostly through the draft.Chris Paul was traded from New Orleans to Los Angeles, while Dwight Howard demanded out of Orlando, changed his mind, then wavered again this summer.Fast forward to free agency, and in the first week since July 1, owners went back to spending money like there’s no tomorrow. They also seem to be at war with each other.This is tough to confirm, but the summer’s purge of restricted free agents seems unprecedented.In the past, signing restricted players to offer sheets was something of a rarity, performed only when there seemed to be a very good chance the current team wouldn’t match.There have been six agreements reached on offer sheets in the past week, and most of them appear to be “Robin Hood” transactions, designed to force large-market teams deeper into luxury-tax territory.Houston has delivered two of those. One is obviously the offer to Bulls center Omer Asik, which includes a third-year salary of $14.9 million.The Rockets didn’t stop there, adding a four-year, $28 million offer to New York’s Jeremy Lin. No free-agent signings can be official until Wednesday.Toronto made a play for Knicks guard Landry Fields, and Minnesota went after Portland forward Nicholas Batum for four years and $45 million. The Blazers owner is Paul Allen, one of the world’s richest individuals.Two more offer sheets didn’t involve raiding a large- market roster. Portland made a maximum offer to Indiana center Roy Hibbert, which is simply a bad basketball move. Phoenix gave New Orleans guard Eric Gordon a max offer.Why so many offer sheets this summer? More teams than usual have cap space, but luxury-tax creation is a fair explanation. Starting next season, the penalties for exceeding the luxury tax go way, way up.Let’s say Asik’s $14.9 million salary in 2014-15 puts the Bulls $15 million over the tax threshold.By this year’s rules, the penalty would be dollar for dollar, or $15 million. Starting next season the penalty jumps to $2.50 per dollar, so the Bulls would owe a whopping $37.5 million in luxury tax.What happens to the tax money? It’s shared by the nontax teams, of course. So the Rockets could profit later, even if the Bulls and the Knicks match those offer sheets.The pending sign-and-trade of Steve Nash from Phoenix to the Lakers is another money generator, because all of Nash’s new salary likely will be taxed.The tax threshold is expected to be around $70 million this season, and the Lakers’ payroll will be around $89 million when Nash is added.A successful team such as the Thunder also is in a bad spot, because it already signed Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to big contracts and must find a way to work out new deals for James Harden and Serge Ibaka soon.One way the new CBA has cut back on salaries is by shortening the maximum length of contracts to four years for free agents signing with new teams.Max offers to Hibbert and Gordon are $58 million over four years. If only the Bulls could apply that guideline to the five-year, $75 million deal they gave Carlos Boozer in 2010.The Bulls will almost certainly be taxpayers this season.With the tax rules changing, it’s easy to see why they’re acting conservatively when it comes to adding salaries. It’s why veteran shooting guard Michael Redd is on the wish list, because he’s not in high demand.It won’t be easy replacing Kyle Korver if his $5 million contract option for next season is not picked up. The best free-agent, 3-point shooters probably would be the cringe-inducing trio of Jodie Meeks, Willie Green and Marco Belinelli.

    White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis tags out the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista in the ninth inning Saturday. It was Youkilis’ 2-run homer in the fifth inning that tagged Toronto with the loss.

    Youkilis doing it all for White Sox

    It was an interesting scene in the White Sox’ postgame clubhouse following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field.Standing in front of his locker in the far end of the room, Kevin Youkilis was asked if he was trying to prove something to the Boston Red Sox, the team he helped win two World Series rings.Before being traded to the White Sox two weeks ago, Youkilis was buried deep in first-year manager Bobby Valentine’s doghouse.As he was bristling over the question, guess who was on a clubhouse TV screen located just past Youkilis’ left shoulder?Bobby V.Had Youkilis mocked Valentine and the Red Sox for trading him for utility man Brent Lillibridge, minor-league pitcher Zach Stewart, Boston fans probably would be in tears.Even worse, for the Red Sox, they picked up $5.5 million of the $7.6 million left on Youkilis’ contract.What a steal for the White Sox, and what were Valentine and rookie Boston general manager Ben Cherington thinking?Youkilis probably has some interesting thoughts, but he’s not at all interested in sharing them with the public.“I’m not … this has nothing to do with the Red Sox,” Youkilis snapped. “I play for the White Sox, and I’m here to play for the White Sox.”And that’s a very good thing — for the White Sox.“I like that the fresh start has been great for him,” relief pitcher Matt Thornton said. “He’s looking great for us, and we’re happy to have him here.”After coming over from the Red Sox on June 24, Youkilis’ first seven games with the White Sox were on the road. He was pretty good, going 5-for-22 and driving in 2 runs.But since arriving at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday, the 33-year-old third baseman has taken his game to a completely different level.“The games he’s played, they show for themselves,” said Sox starter Gavin Floyd, who was brilliant in Saturday’s win over Toronto. “Defensively, he’s been great, offensively, he’s been picking this team up, getting some big hits.“He just has great at-bats every time. He’s a good clubhouse guy, and we’re excited to have him, and he’s definitely a big plus to this team.”Youkilis’ 2-run homer to straightaway center field in the fifth inning off Jays starter Ricky Romero was the difference, and the 423-foot shot helped the surging White Sox win their fifth straight game.In his first five home games for the Sox, Youkilis is 8-for-19 with 3 home runs and 9 RBI.“It’s just going out there and playing the game,” Youkilis said. “And (manager) Robin (Ventura) does a good job making sure we go out there and just play the game. And guys in this locker room do a good job. We just try to play the game every day, and that’s what we’re doing.”Youkilis was immensely popular with Red Sox fans at Fenway Park for nine seasons, so he’s not letting all of the new “Youk” chants go to his bald head.“You can be popular one week and you can be the bomb the next,” he said. “This game’s crazy, and you’ve just got to keep grinding it out. You can’t get too high and you can’t get too low. You just try to stay in the middle.”Youkilis’ clutch home run was more than enough for Floyd, who pitched 7 innings, and Thornton, who finished the rest of the game for his second save.“He threw the ball great,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said of Floyd. “He worked fast. He commanded all his pitches. There wasn’t a lot of dead time in between pitches and he was super aggressive, which is something we have been harping on him for a while about.“It was nice to see and to see him get the results he got.”sgregor@dailyherald.com


    Fever edge Sky 88-86 in OT

    INDIANAPOLIS — Tamika Catchings had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Indiana Fever to an 88-86 overtime win over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night.Catchings, who is set for her third Olympics later this month, became the first player in WNBA history to score 1,500 career free throws on 6 of 8 free throw shooting.Jessica Davenport scored 15 points and Shavonte Zellous scored 14 points for the Fever (9-6).Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Shay Murphy scored 20 points for the Sky (8-7), who have lost six of seven. Davenport scored the go-ahead basket with 2:41 left in overtime and was fouled on the shot. She missed the free throw, but Zellous grabbed the rebound and Davenport scored to give the Fever an 83-80 lead.The Sky went on a 12-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to get within 68-67. Catchings scored to make it 70-67, but then Murphy hit a 3-pointer to tie the game.The Sky took their first lead of the game with 3:58 to play when Swin Cash, who scored 18 points, went to the line and made two free throws. Fowles scored to make it 76-75 with 1:11 left and the Fever had the chance to gain the lead, but turned the ball on a bad pass to Davenport next to the basket.They could have regained the lead again with 22 seconds left in regulation. The Sky missed a shot and the Fever’s Briann January was fouled driving to the basket and made 1 of 2 shots from the line.January is the No. 2 free throw shooter in the league (.919) and only missed three free throws all season before Saturday’s game. The Fever forces their opponents to an average of 17 turnovers a game. The Sky had five turnovers in the first quarter. The Fever didn’t commit their first turnover until the 3:23 mark in the first.The Fever were perfect from the free throw line in the first quarter going 10 for 10 and didn’t commit a foul. The Fever led 25-15 after the first. It wasn’t until late in the second quarter that the Sky were able to get within four of the Fever and trailed 37-33 at the break. The Fever pushed to a double-digit lead late in the third quarter when Davenport was fouled. She made her first free throw and missed the second, but Jeanette Pohlen grabbed the rebound and scored to make it 60-49 with 1:51 left in the third. The Sky scored on the next trip down the floor, but Indiana’s Katie Douglas made 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute of the quarter and the Fever held the Sky scoreless to take a 64-51 lead into the final quarter. The win was the Fever’s fourth over the Sky this season. The Sky have one more chance to take a game from the Fever when the two teams play again on Sept. 1.Notes: Fever G Erin Phillips didn’t play and is day-to-day with concussion-like symptoms suffered in Thursday’s loss to the San Antonio Silver Stars. ... Fever F Karima Christmas made her debut with the Fever after being acquired from Tulsa in a trade for Roneeka Hodges on July 2. ... The Sky’s leading scorer, Epiphanny Prince, remained out with a broken bone in her right foot that she suffered in an 84-70 loss at Indiana on June 16.

    The San Francisco Giants’ Ryan Theriot drives in teammate Gregor Blanco Saturday with a sixth-inning single off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 3-1.

    McDonald cruises as Pirates top Giants 3-1

    James McDonald scattered four hits over seven innings, Mike McKenry homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Saturday. Neil Walker doubled twice and drove in a run while extending his hitting streak to 11 games and Joel Hanrahan worked the ninth to pick up his 23rd save.

    Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez throws Saturday during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies in Washington.

    Gonzalez wins 12th as Nationals top Rockies 4-1

    Gio Gonzalez pitched six innings of three-hit ball to earn his 12th win, Ian Desmond homered, and the Washington Nationals used a three-run sixth to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Saturday. Gonzalez (12-3) won his fourth straight start to move into a tie with R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets for the major league lead in wins. Gonzalez allowed one run, walked three and struck out six.

    Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder acknowledges the crowd after hitting a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals Saturday during the first inning in Detroit. The Tigers defeated the Royals 8-7.

    Fielder, Young homer to help Tigers top Royals 8-7

    Delmon Young is finally doing what he was expected to this season. And, so are the Detroit Tigers. Young hit a two-run homer to give Detroit a much-needed, four-run cushion in the seventh inning and the Tigers held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-7 Saturday.

    The Houston Astros’ Jed Lowrie races home to score from third on a Jason Castro sacrifice fly against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday during the fifth inning in Houston. The Astros won 6-3.

    Astros break 9-game skid with 6-3 win over Brewers

    Scott Moore homered for the second straight day and J.D. Martinez and Jose Altuve had three hits each as the Houston Astros took advantage of the first-inning ejection of Zack Greinke to get a 6-3 win over Milwaukee and break a season-long nine-game losing streak on Saturday.

    Alejandro De Aza, left, Kevin Youkilis and Dayan Viciedo celebrate the White Sox’ victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night.

    How Youkilis fits the Reinsdorf profile

    On "The Club," MLB Network's reality series that focused on the White Sox two seasons ago, Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf talked about the impending arrival of Andruw Jones. "I like to get guys who were good, had bad years, and now have something to prove." Reinsdorf's latest reclamation project, Kevin Youkilis, is working out remarkably well. In his weekly baseball column, Matt Spiegel takes a closer look at this White Sox tradition, and the change of clubhouse scenery that Youkilis embraced.


    Griffin, Harden, Iguodala on US Olympic roster

    Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala and James Harden were chosen Saturday to complete the roster for the U.S. Olympic basketball team. They earned the final three spots that opened after a rash of injuries knocked out at least four players who would have been on the team.

    White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, left, celebrates Saturday with manager Robin Ventura, center, and bench coach Mark Parent after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Gavin Floyd sharp as White Sox top Blue Jays 2-0

    Gavin Floyd pitched 7 2-3 innings of four-hit ball and Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer to lead the White Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Floyd (7-8) struck out three and walked two while improving to 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his last four starts. The 6-foot-6 right-hander received a standing ovation when he left in the eighth.

    NASCAR has temporarily suspended AJ Allmendinger after he failed a drug test. Allmendinger won’t be allowed to drive tonight in the Sprint Cup race at Daytona. Instead, Sam Hornish Jr. will be behind the wheel of the No. 22 Dodge for Penske Racing. Allmendinger has 72 hours to request that his B sample be tested.

    Allmendinger suspended following failed drug test

    NASCAR temporarily suspended driver AJ Allmendinger for a failed drug test, and Penske Racing officials were scrambling to get Sam Hornish Jr. to the track before Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway.

    The St. Louis Cardinals’ Allen Craig is tagged out by Miami Marlins catcher Brett Hayes Saturday after being caught in a rundown between third and home during the second inning in St. Louis.

    Cardinals beat Marlins 3-2 in 106-degree heat

    Kyle Lohse beat the Miami Marlins with seven innings of three-hit ball in 106-degree heat and Tony Cruz hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the St. Louis Cardinals' 3-2 victory on Saturday.

    Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, right, fights with contender Tony Thompson Saturday during their world heavyweight championship title bout at the Stade de Suisse soccer stadium in Bern, Switzerland. Wladimir Klitschko stopped Tony Thompson in the sixth round to retain his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title belts on Saturday.

    Wladimir Klitschko retains world heavyweight belts

    Wladimir Klitschko stopped Tony Thompson in the sixth round to keep a comfortable hold on his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles Saturday night. The 36-year-old champion Klitschko, 58-3 with 51 knockouts, floored Thompson with a big right hand near the end of the fifth round at Stade de Suisse, and the 40-year-old American never recovered.


    Vikings RB Peterson arrested in Houston

    Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest after an early morning incident where police say it took three officers to subdue him.

    A spectator waves the Scottish saltire, left, and the British flag Friday as she cheers for Andy Murray. Murray will try to beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon men’s final and become a champion: His countryman Fred Perry was the last British man to win Wimbledon. In 1936.

    Britain hails Andy Murray as a hero — for now

    Andy Murray has messed up a lot of people's weekend plans. Murray's surprise victory in the Wimbledon semifinals, after losing at the same stage three years running, has left British royalty, politicians and celebrities — and millions of ordinary folk — scrambling for a spot to watch Sunday's showdown between the Scot and Roger Federer.

    The New York Yankees’ Andruw Jones smiles in the dugout Saturday after hitting his second solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston.

    Jones powers Yankees past Red Sox

    Andruw Jones hit two of New York's four homers, Freddy Garcia pitched 6 2-3 solid innings in muggy conditions and the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 in the opener of a split doubleheader on Saturday.

    New overall leader Bradley Wiggins puts on the yellow jersey Saturday after the seventh stage of the Tour de France.

    Wiggins takes Tour de France lead after 7th stage

    Bradley Wiggins gave Britain its first Tour de France leader in 12 years on Saturday, wresting the yellow jersey from Fabian Cancellara after being helped by a powerful escort in the race's mountain debut. In the Tour's first big shake-up, the Sky squad was dominant up the first summit finish to allow Christopher Froome to win the seventh stage from Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles ski station.

    Serena Williams of the United States, center, celebrates with the trophy after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland to win the women’s final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Saturday, July 7.

    Back at top, Serena Williams wins 5th Wimbledon

    For Serena Williams, the low point came in early 2011, when she spent hours laying around her home, overwhelmed by a depressing series of health scares that sent her to the hospital repeatedly and kept her away from tennis for 10 months. The high point came Saturday on Centre Court at Wimbledon, when Williams dropped down to the grass, hands covering her face.


    5th Wimbledon title for Serena Williams
    Serena Williams of the United States reacts after breaking the serve of Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during the women’s final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Saturday, July 7. Williams defeated Radwanska 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 for her fifth Wimbledon title tying her sister Venus’ record.Associated Press/Alastair Grant

    Twins closer Glen Perkins celebrates with catcher Drew Butera after the final out Friday against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

    Twins hand Rangers 5th straight loss, 5-1

    Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau drove in two runs each for Minnesota, while Francisco Liriano (3-7) allowed five hits and one run with six strikeouts in a 5-1 win over Texas.

    Atlanta’ Brian McCann follows through on a grand slam off Phillies relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo in the eighth inning Friday in Philadelphia. Atlanta won 5-0.

    McCann, Hudson lead Braves over Phillies

    Brian McCann hit a grand slam, Tim Hudson tossed four-hit ball over seven innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the struggling Phillies 5-0 to spoil Ryan Howard's season debut Friday night.

    Michelle Wie waves to fans after her 18th hole during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, Friday, July 6, 2012, in Kohler, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    What Wie’ve all been waiting for

    KOHLER, Wis. — Finally, Michelle Wie is back.Well, at least for a day.Long touted as the next superstar of women’s golf, Wie fired a 6-under-par 66 in the second round of the 67th U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run on Friday, an indication that her lengthy run of mediocre play may be over.“At least I know I made the cut,” quipped Wie after moving into a tie for second place with Cristie Kerr midway through the 72-hole championship. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, playing in the threesome behind Wie, posted a 68 and holds the lead at 5-under-par 139 entering today’s third round. Wie, though, was the story of the day after posting the best round of the tournament so far.“Playing behind her, I never saw her make as many putts as she did today,” said Pettersen. “She was fist-pumping on every putt. Michelle’s a great player with a lot of game.”But until Friday, it hadn’t been so evident. Wie had six missed cuts in her previous 10 tournaments this year with her best finish a tie for 33rd.“I played out of my butt to shoot 6-under. I’m pretty stoked to be back in contention,” said Wie. “I felt it coming the last couple weeks. It’s nice that it all came together today.”Wie, 22, contended for this biggest title in women’s golf in 2005 and 2006 when she was a young phenom. During that period of her life she became the youngest player (at age 10) to qualify for a U.S. amateur tournament, the youngest win one (the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links), the youngest to qualify for an LPGA event and the youngest to make a 36-hole cut on the pro circuit. She turned pro before her 15th birthday.Back then, she was so promising that she even tried to compete against the men in some PGA Tour events. That didn’t turn out so well, and Wie opted to go to college while playing a limited LPGA schedule. Though now a Stanford University graduate, she has but 2 LPGA wins, 1 in the limited field Lorena Ochoa Invitational in 2009 and the other in the full-field Canadian Open in 2010.This year she’s been bugged by putting problems, and she even briefly tried the belly putter made popular on the men’s Champions Tour. Those putting woes disappeared Friday, when Wie 1-putted 13 greens and made 7 birdies en route to her best round — by 3 shots, mind you, in a U.S. Women’s Open. Maybe, just maybe, that magic will carry over for two more days and Wie will get the long-awaited first big win of her career.“It’s nice that people have had those expectations for me,” she said. “It’s better than them having no expectations. I don’t know if anyone gave up on me or not. I’m sure some did and some didn’t. But I never gave up on myself, and today was a good reminder that I still have it.”She still has to overcome Pettersen, Kerr and the flock of Korean golfers who have dominated women’s golf in recent years.Pettersen challenged for the Open title twice, tying for second in 2010 and tying for sixth in 2009. In 1998, Blackwolf Run proved the toughest-ever challenge for the tournament, as champion Se Ri Pak, first of the Korean stars, won with a 6-over-par performance. Pettersen doesn’t think the current Blackwolf — 400 yards longer than 14 years ago — is all that brutal.“It’s pretty straight forward, as wide open as U.S. Open course will ever get, and the greens are pretty big,” said Pettersen. “The course is very playable. You hit the fairways, you give yourself a lot of chances.”


    Greece’s new Finance Minister, Yannis Stournaras, talks to a colleague after speaking Saturday at the Parliament in Athens.

    Greece turing to privatization to deal with crisis

    Greece's three-party coalition government will try to get the economy out of its deep recession by encouraging private investment and making privatizations its "highest priority," finance minister Yannis Stournaras said Saturday.

    Amisha Patel, director of Grassroots Collaborative, a community-labor coalition, stands outside of Emmet Elementary School on Chicago’s West Side. Patel is among skeptics who worry that projects under the Chicago Infrastructure Trust could end up costing taxpayers more, and could skip over poorer neighborhoods where private firms may see less profit.

    More mega projects turning to private investors

    For cities and states buried under mountains of debt, it has become a tantalizing proposition: invite private financial institutions to put up the money to fix aging schools, dilapidated rail lines and beat-up roads. Offer investors steady returns on the projects. And give the public the modern services its governments can no longer afford.

    Associated Press/May 5, 2012 Supporters of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul chant his name during the Nevada Republican Party Convention in Sparks, Nev. Standing second right is Cindy Lake, acting chair of the Clark County Republican Party and a delegate to the upcoming Republican National Convention.

    Fervent supporters putting libertarianism back into politics

    Something's going on in America this election year: a renaissance of an ideal as old as the nation itself — that live-and-let-live, get-out-of-my-business, individualism vs. paternalism dogma that is the hallmark of libertarianism.

    President Barack Obama, flanked by unemployed construction workers, college students and members of Congress, signs HR4348, the Surface Transportation Bill, during a ceremony Friday in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The bill maintains prevents interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students.

    Student loan defaults can lead to nightmare scenarios

    Students who borrow as teenagers and whose degrees don't pay off confront some of the harshest treatment and fewest chances for a fresh start of any debtors, except those owing child support.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks as Afghan President Hamid Karzai listens during a joint press conference Saturday at the Presidential Palace.

    International donors to pledge $16 billion to Afghanistan

    International donors will pledge $16 billion in aid for Afghanistan to stabilize the country after NATO troops pull out at the end of 2014, a U.S. official said.Japanese officials will make the announcement Sunday in Tokyo at an international conference where about 70 countries and organizations will discuss Afghanistan’s economic needs during and after the transition.The U.S. official said the World Bank has estimated that Afghanistan needs $3.9 billion a year. The $16 billion will be given out over four years, starting this year until 2015, the official said.The U.S. share will change from year to year, said the official, a member of the party attending the conference with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It’s expected to be in the range of $1 billion to $2.3 billion and will come with accountability measures to counter graft.

    Associated Press/July 5, 2012 The Marvel Universe S.H.I.E.L.D. Super Helicarrier, at center with a Captain America figure on the foredeck, is seen with, from left background, a DC Comics Vertigo Death figurine, the Polly Pocket DC Comics Villain set, and a Dana as Zuul “Ghostbusters” figure, all special-issue Comic-Con 2012 collectibles, shown in Los Angeles.

    Movies, TV and yes, toys, draw fans to Comic-Con

    From Thursday to Sunday, more than 100,000 pop-culture aficionados will flood the San Diego Convention Center, showing off their Storm Trooper suits, playing yet-to-be-released video games and attending panels featuring A-list filmmakers like Peter Jackson and such hot TV shows as "Game of Thrones."

    Associated Press/June 14, 2012 Beverly Wyse, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ 737 vice president and general manager, talks to reporters in Renton, Wash., as she stands in front of a projected image of the new 737 MAX airplane during a briefing ahead of the Farnborough International Airshow.

    Boeing hopes for year of the Max at air show

    For Chicago-based Boeing, this year's show offers a chance for its revamped 737, called the 737 Max, to close a gap with a rival jet.


    How to make sure you won’t lose all Internet access on Monday

    The date has been dubbed "Internet Doomsday" because everyone still using those servers will lose pretty much all access to the web once the FBI takes them down. The name is a little hyperbolic, given that only a few hundred thousand people are still on the servers. Still, it's probably best to make sure you aren't one of them.

    The Google Nexus 7 tablet is shown on June 29 in New York. The Nexus 7 costs $199, the same that Amazon and Barnes & Noble charge for their tablet. Google is taking preorders for delivery in mid-July.

    How Google’s new tablet computer compares to others

    Google Inc. said last week that it will sell its own tablet computer, the Nexus 7, based on its Android operating system. Google is the latest challenger to Apple, maker of the popular iPad. The new tablet will also compete with Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook Tablet. Here's a look at the key differences between those devices.

    Three years ago, if you picked any smartphone other than the iPhone, you were dooming yourself to a lesser device. Not anymore.

    Apple needs to give us something new

    Five years ago, after waiting in line at the Apple Store for much of the day, I finally got my hands on the first iPhone. I rushed home, plugged it into iTunes, signed my life away to Apple, and activated service with AT&T. As I swiped and multi-touched over the next few hours, I felt the modern world come into focus. Five years later, the iPhone sure has become boring, hasn't it? I find it difficult to get worked up, anymore, about Apple's signature mobile device. Last month, I yawned through the company's announcements at its developer conference.

    VidCon co-founder, author John Green delivers the opening address for the third annual VidCon conference and community gathering for online video in Anaheim, Calif.

    VidCon attracts online video makers and their fans

    A long line of teenagers has formed inside a cavernous convention center. They're waiting to nab an autograph from Rebecca Black, the girl who achieved infamy with her nasally music video "Friday." It's the third annual VidCon, a gathering of online video creators, viral video stars and the people who click "like" on them. The circus atmosphere is the ultimate physical manifestation of activities usually reserved for the privacy of one's lap or hand.

    Vic Gundotra, Google Senior Vice President of Engineering, talks about Google Plus at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Google is phasing out its “iGoogle” service that allows millions of people to personalize its home page with applications such as weather updates and stock quotes.

    Google phasing out ‘iGoogle’ in latest purge

    Google is phasing out a service that allows millions of people to personalize its home page with applications such as weather updates and stock quotes. The customization service, known as iGoogle, will be turned off in November 2013. The mobile version of iGoogle will be discontinued at the end of this month.


    The problem with cloud computing: Clouds

    Thanks to the cloud, websites and apps around the world can tap into vast, remote stores of data and computing power. And thanks to the cloud, one good blow to one of those vast, remote storage centers can take down websites and apps around the world.


    The smartest dumb use yet for 3-D printing: Personalized bobbleheads

    There are a lot of dumb uses for 3-D printing, from plastic bikinis to plastic lampshades to plastic rat-shaped cookie cutters. But I just ran across my favorite dumb use for 3-D printing yet: personalized bobblehead dolls. For around $90, HeadBobble.com will convert any headshot — of you, your significant other, your cat, your boss, etc. — into a bouncy-headed figurine via the magic of 3-D printing.

    The case of woman who was fired over comments are Facebook is stuck in the courts. The case poised to help answer a question for the socially networked era: Which Facebook posts can get you fired?

    Can you be fired for what you post on Facebook?

    On a Saturday morning in October 2010, Mariana Cole-Rivera, a domestic violence advocate at the group Hispanics United of Buffalo, began the Facebook thread that would get her fired. She wrote, "Lydia Cruz, a co-worker feels that we don't help our clients enough at HUB. I about had it! My fellow co-workers how do you feel?" Within minutes, HUB colleagues began posting supportive comments. "What the Hell," wrote one, "we don't have a life as is, What else can we do???"

    Research In Motion, the BlackBerry maker whose stock has dropped 95 percent since 2008, is under pressure from mobile phone companies to reduce carrier fees that generate $4.09 billion in annual revenue.

    RIM cutting carrier fee shows 'spiral' concern

    Research In Motion, the BlackBerry maker whose stock has dropped 95 percent since 2008, is under pressure from mobile phone companies to reduce carrier fees that generate $4.09 billion in annual revenue. "There's definitely negotiations going on right now to reduce" the fees if the company has acknowledged its concern, said Sameet Kanade, a technology analyst at Northern Securities.

    News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng leave the High Court in London.

    Murdoch gets personal with politics

    Rupert Murdoch has never been shy about voicing a political opinion, using his worldwide empire of television and newspaper outlets to promote conservative causes. Now, with a raft of complaints about Republican Mitt Romney, the billionaire media baron is signaling that he intends to boost his visibility in U.S. politics—even if it comes at the expense of the man conservatives hope can defeat President Barack Obama.

Life & Entertainment

    Jeff Reitz, 39, and Tonya Mickesh, 45, are on a mission to visit Disneyland every day in 2012.

    Couple halfway through Disneyland adventure

    It seems like a dream as flighty as Tinkerbell and as quirky as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Yet a Southern California couple have passed the halfway mark in their quest to visit Disneyland every day this year.

    Rangina Hamidi will represent Kandahar Treasure, an Afghan’s women’s cooperative, at the annual market in Santa Fe.

    World’s largest folk art market at home in Santa Fe

    The stories are as diverse as the artists themselves: Afghan women who have lifted themselves out of poverty through a cooperative that sells their traditional embroidery; a former cook for the Sudan People's Liberation Army who now sells beaded corsets to help support her family. The women and their tales are just a sampling of the real lives behind the work that will be featured in New Mexico July 13-15 at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, which sends 90 percent of its $2 million-plus annual proceeds back to the artists and programs that can dramatically alter their lives and their communities.

    A model wears a creation by Italian designer Giambattista Valli as part of his presentation for Women’s Fall Winter 2013 haute couture fashion collection for fashion houses in Paris on July 2.

    Designer shows off fauna-inspired fashion

    Giambattista Valli's haute couture explored the flora and fauna of Mother Nature in a cinch-waisted 1950s offering for fall-winter 2012. Models in billowing floral creations of lightweight silk organza and muslin fluttered by on Monday, some with butterflies covering their mouth.

    A model wears a creation by fashion designer Ralf Simons for Dior during his Women’s Fall Winter 2013 haute couture fashion collection in Paris.

    Dior creative director’s debut hearkens back to past

    When the normally exuberant house first hired Belgian designer Raf Simons, known for his minimalist and linear style, it raised eyebrows. But this week's show will win many over. He revitalized with panache the curved Dior "flower women" silhouette.

    Danish women infected with the toxoplasmosis parasite, a crescent-shaped freeloader that lives in rats and humans but can only reproduce in the guts of cats, were 1.5 times more likely to attempt suicide than their toxo-free counterparts, according to a new study published online in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Jezebel pounced, asking, “Are Cat Ladies More Likely To Commit Suicide?”

    Ok, cats probably aren’t causing Danish women to kill themselves

    Danish women infected with the toxoplasmosis parasite, a crescent-shaped freeloader that lives in rats and humans but can only reproduce in the guts of cats, were 1.5 times more likely to attempt suicide than their toxo-free counterparts, according to a new study published online in the Archives of General Psychiatry. Jezebel pounced, asking, “Are Cat Ladies More Likely To Commit Suicide?”Toxoplasmosis is a simple organism that has evolved an elegant mind-bending mechanism for passing on its genes. When rats eat toxoplasmosis eggs in cat feces, they lose their fear of cats and become attracted to cat urine. These unwary rodents are then more likely to be eaten by cats, and the cycle begins again.So how does it work? Rats instinctively fear the smell of cat pee, but the toxo parasite hijacks their brains to replace the normal hard-wired fear response with sexual arousal, especially in males. These rats don’t lose all fear. They are still afraid of most of the usual rat-scary stuff, like bright lights and dog urine. They just aren’t afraid of the smell of cat pee anymore. In fact, the males literally have a hard-on for the stuff. Of course, rats who are attracted to cat pee are more likely to get eaten by cats.Humans, however, are unlikely to be eaten by cats, so where do we fit in?When humans get infected_more often from rare meat and unwashed veggies than from cat boxes_the parasite settles into our muscles and brains and stays there, hidden from the immune system in protective cysts. About a third of people in developed countries are toxo carriers. The conventional medical wisdom is that toxo causes a brief mono-like illness in otherwise healthy people and becomes dormant thereafter.However, a growing body of research suggests that toxo can subtly affect human behavior. Carriers are, then, more likely to try to kill themselves, and nearly three times more likely to die in car accidents.Toxoplasmosis researcher Robert Sapolsky thinks toxoplasmosis might be affecting us the way it affects rats:[Y]ou take a Toxo-infected rat and it does some dumb-ass thing that it should be innately skittish about, like going right up to cat smells. Maybe you take a Toxo-infected human and they start having a proclivity towards doing dumb-ass things that we should be innately averse to, like having your body hurdle through space at high G-forces.Interestingly, the effects of toxoplasmosis vary by gender in rats and humans. Infected male rats become markedly more impulsive, females not as much. A series of small studies that compared personality tests in carriers and noncarriers found that men with toxoplasmosis were more “expedient, suspicious, jealous, and dogmatic,” whereas female carriers were warmer and more conscientious. It’s not clear how these findings square with the observation that women with toxo are more likely to harm themselves. Maybe toxo actually increases aggression and impulsivity in both genders, but women are more likely to turn these impulses inward.Something to think about next time you’re tempted to order your pork loin super-rare. Then again, the fact that you’re even considering such a reckless act probably means you’re already infected.

    Coco Chanel used scrapings of sexual pheromones from the perianal gland of the Abyssinian civet cat to create the musky base of Chanel No. 5 perfume. A mind-control parasite called Toxoplasma gondii may be getting into our brains and tricking us into liking cats — not to mention certain perfumes and wines.

    Is the secret to Chanel No. 5’s success a parasite?

    On the fifth day of the fifth month of 1921, Coco Chanel changed the scent of the world with Chanel No. 5, using scrapings of sexual pheromones from the perianal gland of the Abyssinian civet cat. A mind-control parasite called Toxoplasma gondii may be getting into our brains and tricking us into liking cats — not to mention certain perfumes and wines.


    Can you help me identify this object I bought at a garage sale?

    Please help me identify this object. It is gold-plated and about 6 inches long. I purchased it at a garage sale.

    Broccoli has a bad rap among kids (who have a natural aversion to bitterness) and picky adults.

    Why is broccoli America’s most despised vegetable?

    There's a 1928 New Yorker cartoon in which a chic-looking mother sits at a dinner table with her young daughter and urges to eat what's on her plate: "It's broccoli, dear." "I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it," replies the tot. The Supreme Court's health care decision mentioned broccoli a dozen times. How did broccoli become the poster child of produce that liberty-loving Americans would hate to be forced to buy?

    As prophetic an instrument as it can be, “Ride a Cockhorse,” by Raymond Kennedy is rarely predictive, in a straightforward, short-range, weather-forecast sense. So completely, in fact, did this work of fiction anticipate the real-life rise of a certain Alaskan politician/celebrity, that were it written today, after the event so to speak, we might read it as a rather ponderous and literal-minded allegory.

    The 1991 novel that predicted Sarah Palin

    As prophetic an instrument as it can be, "Ride a Cockhorse," by Raymond Kennedy is rarely predictive, in a straightforward, short-range, weather-forecast sense. So completely, in fact, did this work of fiction anticipate the real-life rise of a certain Alaskan politician/celebrity, that were it written today, after the event so to speak, we might read it as a rather ponderous and literal-minded allegory.

    Logo, America’s first gay TV channel, is transitioning. When it launched in 2005, Logo aired news segments, sketch-comedy shows and original scripted dramas focused on the lives of gay people. Now, in the age of openly gay — and who you might call openly closeted — talk-show hosts, news anchors, and actors, Logo has embraced the slogan “Beyond Labels” and is shifting away from shows about gays to programming for gays (and the people who love them).

    Gay TV is not just for gays anymore

    Logo, America's first gay TV channel, is transitioning. When it launched in 2005, Logo aired news segments, sketch-comedy shows and original scripted dramas focused on the lives of gay people. Now, in the age of openly gay — and who you might call openly closeted — talk-show hosts, news anchors, and actors, Logo has embraced the slogan "Beyond Labels" and is shifting away from shows about gays to programming for gays (and the people who love them).

    The Bristol Renaissance Faire returns for a summer full of jousting and other Elizabethan fun.

    Weekend picks: Bristol Renaissance Faire returns for the summer

    Celebrate the rituals and pageantry of Tudor England when the Bristol Renaissance Faire returns this weekend for another season just across the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Die-hard fans of “Japanamation” won't want to miss Anime Midwest 2012 in Lisle. And dog lovers should check out Libertyville's Dog Days of Summer event this weekend.

    Pieces of Moorish fretwork are hung in the windows of the Malakoff home.

    Moorish fretwork carves out space in couple’s home

    Carole Malakoff had never heard of Moorish fretworks when she and her husband, Bob, bought an 1871 Italianate-style house in Pittsburgh. But ever since they found an 11-foot section of the delicate woodwork within a wall, they have become experts — and collectors.


    Prodpective buyers can make offfer on nearly everything

    Q. My sister is selling her home. The buyers signed a contract asking for a new dishwasher or compensation, her dining room set, and her Barbie dolls. These are her favorite dolls. Can they do this?


    Valid mortgage price quotes do exist

    How many lenders must you to receive a competitive price? If you have access to valid price quotes, three is usually enough. If you don't have access to valid price quotes, you won't get a competitive price no matter how many lenders you solicit.

    This townhouse in Rolling Meadows’ Plum Grove Village lives like a single-family home.

    Plum Grove Village townhouse is featured listing

    Townhouses that truly feel like single family homes can be difficult to find. However, this lovely, updated ranch-style townhouse in Rolling Meadows' Plum Grove Village certainly fits the bill. This affordably priced home with a two-car garage is in move-in condition.

    Photos Courtesy of Hummingbird Ventures Hummingbird Ventures builds cabinets using saw-toothed shelf adjusters that German and Swiss cabinetmakers used during the 1800s, owner Mike Wilson said.

    Hummingbird Ventures’ cabinets improve on time-tested methods

    It often seems that tongue-in-groove drawer and cabinet construction seems to have gone the way of the dinosaurs. But Mike Wilson, owner of Hummingbird Ventures in Glen Ellyn, has brought it back and even improved on it.


    Law provides access to neighboring property when necessary for repairs

    Chicago's second season, construction season, is well under way. This means it is also maintenance and repair season for associations. But what happens if you need access to a neighboring property to make repairs on your building?

    Warm colors, durable materials and accessories geared to this family’s love for games all contribute to the appeal of this space.

    Basement project perfect for sports-loving family

    This basement rec room should be a fun place for its sports-loving family to gather, but instead the room was as cold as the unused fireplace. I came up with a plan that scored with everyone — sort of a "locker room luxe" design that had the home team cheering.


    There is a method that removes a hump out of drywall

    Q. We decided to add a chair rail to highlight our family room's plain walls. Seems simple enough, but I ran into a hump on the longest wall. How can I repair this without removing the drywall or studs?


    Even neutral colors can have visual pop

    Beige needn't be bland. Create neutral interiors that are relaxing, subtle and sophisticated.



    The Soapbox

    As we sweat our way through the hot spell, there are many reasons for optimism. Read about them in The Soapbox, compliments of Daily Herald editors.


    Gay marriage will be legal eventually
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: We got married for the same reason straight couples do — we found the person we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with.


    Executive order was out of bounds
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Not only has the president had another campaign evolution of thought, a la same sex marriage, apparently he has evolved away from the Constitution he has allegedly studied.


    Next step after health care ruling
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Impeach John Roberts.


    More slots wouldn’t hurt state’s image
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: It seems to me that there is plenty of gambling in Illinois. So, Gov. Quinn, what would a few more casinos or slots be at the horse racing venues?


    Government cuts will result in chaos
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: As this country spirals downward toward little or no government by stripping away all the funding required to maintain it we will pass through a phase of disorder, into lawlessness, and finally into chaos.


    Mom’s track crossing bad example to kids
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Oh, there was plenty of time, you say. And your young children will be able to judge this for themselves, when they try it?


    Use vote to hold leaders accountable
    A Palos Park letter to the editor: Even if we are experiencing financial hardship, we are still expected to pay our taxes. But, unlike us, our elected officials do not have to be fiscally responsible.


    Tea party is far from dead
    A McHenry letter to the editor: To you liberal, tax and spend career politicians we offer this heartfelt tweet: Read the "tea" leaves dudes; you're going down hard in November.


    United crew made delay bearable
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: On July 1, we boarded United Airlines flight 3785 out of Dallas, Texas, destination Chicago O'Hare. Approximately one hour from our destination, the plane was diverted to Indianapolis due to a severe storm shutting down O'Hare. United Airlines responded in the utmost fashion.


    The difference with today’s immigration
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Instead of giving the teachers more money, how about hiring more border agents and immigration officers and give them the tools for the job they were hired to do? Why can't President Obama's administration understand this, instead of suing Arizona for trying to protect their border? We all realize our nation was built on immigrants, but certainly not this way.


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