Daily Archive : Monday July 9, 2012



    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole the catalytic converters from a 2005 Lexus RX330 and from a 2004 Lexus RX330 in a parking garage at 22 S. Vail in Arlington Heights between 7 p.m. July 5 and 11 a.m. July 6. Value was estimated at $3,900. Two weeks ago, thieves stole another catalytic converter from the 2004 Lexus.


    Buffalo Grove OKs 35 percent water rate hike

    On Monday, the Buffalo Grove village board approved a 35 percent increase in the rates beginning in January and a 30 percent increase the following year. Each year following that, the board would have the option of approving a 4 percent increase.In 2013, the rate will climb from $2.40 per thousand gallons of consumption to $3.24.

    Coyotes have a natural fear of people but they have adapted well and it is not unusual to see them in our midst, be it near busy urban gathering spots or near woodsy open areas.

    Whom should you call if you spot a coyote?

    Coyotes have a natural fear of and are rarely danagerous to people. But they have adapted well to the suburban environment and can commonly be seen among us. The Lake County Health Department has created a listing of when and who to call if residents spot coyotes.


    Carol Stream village board leans toward allowing video poker

    Carol Stream village board members say there's a stink attached to allowing video gambling within village limits, but they might still hold their noses and approve it. At a workshop meeting Monday, they expressed an early preference for overturning a 2009 village ordinance that effectively bans video gambling at licensed establishments that serve alcohol.

    Carole Nolan, with her dog, Millie, inside her condo at the Moorings, a retirement community in Arlington Heights, shortly after she was inducted into the Illinois Seniors’ Hall of Fame.

    Chicago Public Radio loses a key visionary
    The founding president and CEO of WBEZ-FM has died. Carole Nolan, who lived at the Moorings in Arlington Heights in retirement, was "unbelievably brilliant — and shrewd," said Torey Malatia, president and chief executive officer of Chicago Public Media. "Her motherly appearance notwithstanding, she was an incisive business professional, who let no obstacle, no matter how formidable, stop...

    Anthony Cerone was sentenced to 30 years behind bars for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old near a Walmart in Antioch.

    Antioch man sentenced to 30 years for a sexual assault at Walmart

    An alleged Antioch gang member has been sentenced to 30 years behind bars for sexually assaulting a teenager at knife point last year. Anthony Cerone, 36, pleaded guilty on June 27 to criminal sexual assault for the attack on a 16-year-old girl on July 26, 2011.


    Wheeling Walmart adding 130 workers

    The expanded Walmart in Wheeling will be filling more than 130 newly created associate positions being next month. According to store manager Roger Fox, the store will be hiring both full- and part-time associates. Associates are needed in all areas and most will begin work immediately to help prepare the store for its grand opening in August.

    Anna Li, who was chosen last Sunday as an alternate member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, was presented an award Monday by Mayor Tom Weisner during a send-off celebration in Aurora.

    Aurora proudly sends gymnast Anna Li off to Olympics

    Anna Li got her first glimpse of a gym when she was 17 days old and started training as a gymnast at 4 years old. Now, at 23, the Aurora native is one of few post-collegiate gymnasts to make it to the Olympics. Family and friends gathered at Eola Community Center in Aurora as part of a formal send-off to wish Li luck. "It was amazing," Li said. "I wasn't expecting seeing confetti flying...


    District 304 to add kindergarten classes at Mill Creek, Williamsburg

    Mill Creek and Williamsburg elementary schools in Geneva will get extra kindergarten classes in the fall rather than busing students to other schools. At a meeting Monday, parents said they didn't want their children to go to different schools.


    Now, tough decisions for St. Charles school board after Summit 303

    A loud call for increased foreign language classes, a wider range of electives and a desire for every student in St. Charles Unit District 303 to have his or her own computer now sits in the hands of school board members. The results of the recent Summit 303 community feedback sessions were delivered to board members. But while the desires of the community are clear, how to bring the wish list...

    Police released this surveillance photo of a man who robbed the Chase Bank. 123 W. Main Street, in Bensenville on April 2. The same man is suspected of robbing the Elmhurst Inland Bank and Trust at 539 S. Spring Road Monday morning for the second time in two months.

    FBI: Suspect in three robberies hits Elmhurst bank again

    A suspect who robbed a Bensenville bank in April and an Elmhurst bank about a month ago, struck at the same Elmhurst bank Monday morning, according to the FBI.


    Cook Memorial library to launch fundraising campaign

    Cook Memorial Public Library District officials are preparing to launch a new fundraising campaign they hope will generate more than $100,000 for the facilities in Libertyville and Vernon Hills. "It's a nice round number," library board member Nate Johnson said during a development committee meeting Monday night at the Libertyville library. "People can relate to it."


    Boy, 12, falls three stories from Gurnee apartment

    A 12-year-old boy was conscious and alert after falling from a third story balcony at a Gurnee apartment complex early Monday night, according to paramedics. Officials said the boy was "horsing around" when he fell through a screen door leading the the balcony and went over the balcony.

    A Caspian tern flies over Crump Lake Island near Adel, Ore., on July 22, 2008.

    Area wildlife center saving winged victims of the heat

    As last week's blistering heat went on and on, wildlife experts noticed a horrifying phenomenon -- young terns, unable to bear the heat, were jumping off roofs in Chicago and falling to their deaths. "These are underdeveloped nestlings, whose flight feathers haven't developed yet," says Dawn Keller of Flint Creek Rehabilitation, which has stepped in to rescue the remaining birds. "They're not...


    Who wants to be a millionaire? About 1,500 in Des Plaines

    The opportunity to pay off a mortgage, get rid of student loans, keep a promise to a relative or just try out for a TV show was enough to bring about 1,500 trivia buffs to Des Plaines Monday. The crowd filled the Rivers Casino for the chance to try out for the television game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."


    Naperville chamber balks at changes to landscaping laws

    Naperville's proposed ordinance to ensure absentee and bankowned homes are landscaped to city code while also limiting when landscapers can do the work, is drawing criticism from the chamber of commerce. Some members say the proposed laws may "go too far" and not be "business friendly."

    Simple methods to divert runoff from downspouts and ultimately local waterways are being suggested for a test program in the neighborhood near Butler Lake in Libertyville.

    It’s dry now but Libertyville neighborhood targeted for stormwater reduction

    Simple methods to divert runoff from downspouts and ultimately local waterways are being suggested for a pilot program in the neighborhood near Butler Lake in Libertyville. In an average year, neighborhood homes contribute more than 2 million gallons of stormwater runoff that can carry pollutants.

    Matthew Hicks

    Des Plaines cop acquitted in domestic battery case

    A McHenry County court recently acquitted veteran Des Plaines police officer Sgt. Matthew Hicks on all counts of domestic battery and related charges. Hicks has been on disability leave since a 2009 automobile accident, and was paid $125,000 by the city to retire upon turning 50 years old on Dec. 20, 2014, and drop all claims of wrongful discharge against the city, including an employment...


    Arrest in 2009 Lincolnshire case

    A Chicago man wanted on a warrant by Lincolnshire police was arrested June 28 at his home, police announced Monday.


    Lake County retired teachers to meet

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association (LCRTA) will meet at noon on Tuesday, July 10, at Lambs Farm, at Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway in Libertyville.


    Vernon Hills planning and zoning vacancy

    Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy on the Vernon Hills planning and zoning commission. Interested persons should send a letter of interest along with a cover letter to Michael S. Allison, village manager, 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, 60061.


    Wauconda bans outdoor water use

    The village of Wauconda announced Monday a villagewide ban on residential outdoor water use.

    Izzy Ruiz, right, receives the Community Character Coalition’s Youth Service Award from coalition President Curt Hansen. Izzy, 7, won the award for organizing a lemonade stand to benefit Chicago Shriners Hospital.

    Elk Grove Village girl honored for charity work

    For a 7-year-old, Izzy Ruiz already has given back quite a bit to her community. Last year, the Elk Grove Village girl's lemonade stand raised more than $600 for Chicago Shriners Hospital. Her efforts recently earned her the Youth Service Award from the Community Character Coalition in Elk Grove.

    Joe Klapka, of Arlington Heights, takes down a wooden shelter on Monday, the day after Frontier Days closed for 2012. “I have been volunteering for five years now, but this year was really important after Gary Lenz (the head groundsman) broke his leg on setup day,” Klapka said.

    Heat drives down attendance at Frontier Days

    Asked what distinguished this year's Arlington Heights Frontier Days festival from the other 36, co-chairwoman Janelle Kulisch replies, "the heat." "I don't believe we ever had three days that were this hot," Kulisch said, describing the trio of 100+ degree days smack in the middle of Frontier Days, the Northwest suburbs' biggest Fourth of July festival that ran July 4-8.

    A bike and wagon parade is scheduled for Saturday at the Grandwood Park Summerfest.

    Grandwood Park celebrates the 50th anniversary of Summerfest

    The small unincorporated neighborhood of Grandwood Park is celebrating 50 years since their first Summerfest summer festival on Friday, July 13, through Saturday, July 14. The festival, which once resembled a backyard family barbeque has grown into a large festival with an average of 4,000 attendees. Bill Reil, president of Grandwood Park Civic Association, said organizers have added carnival...

    James Conner III

    Cops: Bloomingdale woman walks in on burglary

    A Schaumburg man was arrested after a woman returned to find him burglarizing her house in Bloomingdale, police and prosecutors said Monday. James Connor III, 22, of the 600 block of Academy Court, was ordered held on $100,000 bail during a hearing in DuPage County bond court. He is charged with residential burglary.


    Shelter Inc. fundraiser ride July 22 in Palatine

    Shelter Inc. will host its annual Shelter-A-Child Motorcycle Run on Sunday, July 22. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit child welfare agency, which provides emergency and longer-term housing for abused and neglected children and adolescents in the Northwest suburbs.


    Divers resume search on Racine County lake

    Divers resumed their search Monday for a missing swimmer in a Racine County lake. Wind Lake Fire Chief Rob Robins says visibility and windy conditions have complicated the search for the man's body. The 57-year-old victim was boating with family and friends Saturday afternoon when he went for a swim and did not resurface.


    Pingree Grove fireworks show causes 15 brush fires

    Pingree Grove fire officials pulled the plug on the village's fireworks show's grand finale Saturday, because what preceded it sparked 15 small brush fires. "The potential for it to go bad was there, because they were taxed with what they are already putting out here and there," Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Childers said.

    Rebecca Wells of Lake Villa was sentenced to 7 years in prison after killing a Lake Villa motorcyclist in 2011.

    Lake Villa woman sentenced to 7 years for fatal drug-related motorcycle crash

    A Lake Villa woman will be behind bars for seven years after she pleaded guilty to killing a motorcyclist and injuring his 9-year-old daughter. The sentence came down Friday after Rebecca Wells, 34, accepted an open plea to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs during a hearing in Lake County circuit court in early June.


    2 injured in Lombard apartment fire

    Firefighters are investigating the cause of a Lombard apartment fire that left two residents hospitalized with minor injuries, officials said Monday. Crews responded about 4 p.m. Sunday to the six-unit building on the 0-100 block of West Ash Street. Damage was estimated at $50,000.


    Huntley man gets 45 months in prison for $1 million fraud

    Frank Beaudette, 61, of Huntley was sentenced to almost four years in federal prison Monday for wire fraud. He is accused of defrauding 25 people into lending him more than $1 million, which he never repaid.


    Man accused of stealing copper, cash from Naperville school

    A former Naperville schools employee is accused of stealing about $9,000 worth of copper from his employer, authorities said. James W. Logan, 52, of Montgomery, was charged with theft of 4,500 pounds of copper cable from Naperville Central High School "I'm not sure if he was taking a little at a time over the past year, or just took the whole thing, but it wasn't noticed


    Hanover Park Ultra Foods to close

    Ultra Foods in Hanover Park is expected to close by the end of July, costing 111 workers their jobs, according to a state layoff report.

    Pamela Jacobazzi

    Woman convicted of shaking baby has new hope

    Thirteen years after she was imprisoned for the murder of a 2-year-old Bartlett boy, Pamela Jacobazzi is still quick to declare she's innocent. "I would never hurt a child; I love children," she told the Daily Herald emphatically in a recent interview at downstate Lincoln Correctional Center. Jacobazzi, 57, is eligible for parole in just three years — but she hopes to clear her name before...

    As they walk by wanted posters, Richard Barlow, front, Chief of the Tucson Sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol, James L. Turgal, Jr., left, FBI Special Agent in Charge, and Laura E. Duffy, United States Attorney Southern District of California, leave a news briefing after it was announced that an indictment on five suspects related to the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry Monday.

    Feds name 4 suspects linked to Fast and Furious

    Authorities made a rare disclosure Monday linked to the botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, revealing the identities of four men accused of involvement in the shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent 18 months ago.

    Daniel J. Happ

    Fitness evaluation ordered in Carpentersville hammer attack

    A fitness evaluation has been ordered for a Carpentersville man accused of beating a woman with a hammer, raping her young daughter and stabbing their dog in March 2012. A judge will evaluate a report on Daniel J. Happ, 28, on July 18. He faces up to 30 years if convicted, but up to a 60-year extended term if the court finds the crimes were exceptionally heinous or indictive of wanton cruelty.

    Fedell Caffey

    Judge deciding on retrial in Addison cut-from-womb case
    A prosecutor's alleged purchase of illegal drugs could be central to a judge's decision about granting a new trial to a 39-year-old convicted in the 1995 murder of an Addison woman whose unborn child was cut from her womb. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly told a Monday hearing in Chicago that he'll hear evidence on the matter July 19, then rule on a retrial for Fedell Caffey.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center right, and a woman applaud with others as they watch a performance by North Korea’s new Moranbong band in Pyongyang Friday. The source did not identify the woman but South Korean media speculated she could be Kim’s younger sister or wife.

    North Korean woman at Kim’s side sparks curiosity

    A mysterious young woman appearing at the side of North Korea's new leader is the subject of speculation she could be Kim Jong Un's younger sister or even wife, but Pyongyang has released no details.

    An aircraft drops fire retardant on the Kinyon Road Fire off of Horse Butte Road west of Castleford, Idaho on Sunday. More than 150 firefighters are fighting the blaze that has consumed over 75,000 acres.

    Firefighters gain ground in West, struggle in Idaho

    Firefighters gained ground on a number of wildfires across the West but struggled in southern Idaho, where winds fanned a fast-moving blaze across 235 square miles of sagebrush and dry grass, threatening a handful of homes, authorities said Monday.

    Danielle Kochurka and Kristen Rafferty donate blood during a drive at Naperville city hall. Tending to them is Kat Corono, phlebotomist at Heartland Blood Centers.

    Blood drives back on track after heat wave

    Two blood drives were cancelled during the heat wave because two of the mobile vans lacked air conditioning. But things are back on track this week, with two drives scheduled for Wednesday in Lombard. In any weather, hydration remains key. "We are always asking donors to hydrate themselves before they come to a blood drive," Heartland Blood Centers spokeswoman Jill Bernard said.

    Photo courtesy of Jayne Chorpash A Sunday afternoon brush fire threatened about 25 Buffalo Grove homes, as it quickly moved through a swampy area near Buffalo Grove and Aptakisic Roads.

    Buffalo Grove man held on $10,000 bond in fireworks blaze

    The 20-year-old man accused of starting a brush fire that threatened to burn down dozens of homes in Buffalo Grove is being held Monday in lieu of $10,000 bond. "We had a wall of 30-foot flames come toward our homes," said Buffalo Grove Police Sgt. Scott Kristiansen. "The flames made it as close as 15 feet to some homes."

    Warrenville has launched its first Mayor's Fitness Challenge, in which residents can try to keep pace with Mayor David Brummel's exercise regimen through Aug. 26. There is no cost to participate in the program.

    Warrenville mayor challenges residents to exercise

    Instead of banning large soft drinks and trying to regulate what people eat, Warrenville Mayor David Brummel is challenging residents to exercise. "The hope is to encourage people to do more activities that make them healthier," he said.

    Brad Heath, president of the Elgin Classic Little League, plans to use a grant to replace old bleachers in Wing Park.

    Elgin offers grants for youth sports facility improvements

    Elgin youth sports organizations will see a combined $47,800 to make capital improvements to their fields this summer. For years the Youth Sports Grant Program has been funded with revenues collected from the Grand Victoria Casino but a program overhaul this year included eliminating the grants from the Riverboat Fund. Ultimately, though, the city council decided to offer the money knowing the...

    GEORGE LECLAIRE/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Several hundred turn out for music and food as Taste of Lincolnshire 2010 kicks off at Village Green shopping area in Lincolnshire.

    Taste of Lincolnshire to be held July 13-15

    The 12th annual Taste of Lincolnshire will offer food and fun July 13-15. A bevy of area restaurants will offer food and drinks at the event, which will be at the Village Green shopping center on Milwaukee Avenue at Olde Half Day Road.


    Part of Meacham Road closed for emergency repair

    A stretch of Meacham Road in Schaumburg will be closed at times today as crews make emergency repairs to buckling pavement. The work is expected to be done by 4 p.m., but delays are likely throughout the day.

    Honor Guard members Ralph Sykes and James Byrne welcome the traveling World War II Memorial model during the Itasca Lions Club's ceremony on Sunday.

    Few but proud WWII veterans view model of memorial in Itasca

    They sat in the first couple of rows of the chairs lined up in the Itasca Park District gymnasium. But there were not enough of them to fill all the seats. Only 23 World War II veterans were able to come Sunday to see a model of the Washington, D.C., memorial that honors their service. Organizers of the event said the Greatest Generation veterans are dying off at a rate of 1,200 each day.


    Filipino rebels say talks at ‘make or break’ stage

    MANILA, Philippines — The leader of the largest Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines said Monday that yearslong talks with the government have reached a “make or break” stage. Al Haj Murad Ibrahim expressed hope a peace accord could be reached but warned the guerrillas are ready to return to war if the negotiations fail.

    Officials are seen in the Egyptian parliament in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday. The speaker of Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament called Monday for the legislature to meet this week, raising the stakes in a tense standoff with the powerful military, which backed a court ruling to dissolve the chamber.

    Egypt’s top court says ruling on parliament final

    CAIRO — Egypt’s highest court insisted Monday that its ruling that led to the dissolution of the Islamist-dominated parliament was final and binding, setting up a showdown with the country’s newly elected president.

    Shawn Torres, of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, starts a backburn while battling the Kinyon Road Fire west of Castleford, Idaho, on Saturday. More than 150 firefighters are fighting the blaze that has consumed more than 75,000 acres.

    Winds vex crews battling southern Idaho blaze

    BOISE, Idaho — A wildfire raced across 125 square miles of sagebrush and dry grass in southern Idaho in a little more than a day, with strong winds blocking fire crews from keeping it in check.At one point, firefighters had hopes of containing the 80,000-acre blaze by Sunday evening.


    Maine Sen. Collins’ voting streak approaches 5,000

    PORTLAND, Maine — Sen. Susan Collins has gone to great lengths to preserve her unbroken voting streak in Washington.


    Trial set for suspect in deadly 2003 Calif. fire

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Trial is set to begin for a man charged with setting a Southern California wildfire that destroyed 1,000 homes and caused five deadly heart attacks nearly a decade ago.Rickie Lee Fowler, 30, will go on trial Monday on arson and five murder counts with special circumstances that make him eligible for the death penalty.


    Truck drives over tent in N.D.; 2 kids die

    BOTTINEAU, N.D. — Authorities say the driver of a pickup truck killed two children and injured two other people when he drove over their tent at a northern North Dakota campground.The Highway Patrol says the 30-year-old driver from Newburg lost control of his truck shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday while negotiating a curve in the Hahn’s Bay Campground at Lake Metigoshe.


    Dawn Patrol: Brush fire, Borgnine, Sox’ first half

    Man charged with starting major Buffalo Grove brush fire. Driver charged with DUI in connection to fatal crash in 2011. Ernest Borgnine dies. 5,000 attend Civil War re-enactment in Lake County. White Sox in first heading into break. Dempster extends scoreless streak to 27 innings.


    Police: Ex attacked women at son’s Pa. pizza party

    MONROEVILLE, Pa. — A Pittsburgh woman has been jailed on charges she attacked her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend and other women with a knife and a brick at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant during a party for her son.Monroeville police say 20-year-old Lynaa Eva Dobbins attacked four female guests at the restaurant about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Reveler runs on the Callejon way beside a Cebada Gago ranch fighting bull during the third day of the running of the bulls at the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain, on Monday.

    3 gored at Pamplona’s 3rd running of bulls

    PAMPLONA, Spain — A bull gored two Britons and an American during the running of the bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on Monday, officials said.


    IRA inmate wins parole after suing U.K. over secrecy

    DUBLIN — A suspected Irish Republican Army member has been paroled from a Northern Ireland prison after he successfully sued the British government over its power to keep evidence against him secret.

    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, third from left, takes a seat for a regular session of Parliament at Myanmar’s Lower House for the first time Monday.

    Suu Kyi attends Myanmar’s parliament as lawmaker

    NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — Aung San Suu Kyi is attending Myanmar’s parliament as a lawmaker for the first time.The opposition leader took the oath of office in May after winning a historic by-election. But the swearing-in ceremony took place only as that legislative session ended.

    Kathleen Drumond of Warrenville, whose husband is a veteran, meets with North Division Supervisor Jeff Willis of the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs, at the Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville. The pantry is hosting sessions for veterans to talk about benefits available to them.

    Loaves and Fishes Pantry reaching out to help veterans

    While it may be more closely associated with its efforts to help feed those in need, the Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville has added a new program to a growing list of services. Tthe nonprofit organization is partnering with the state's Department of Veterans Affairs for a program designed to ensure area vets receive the federal and state benefits available to them.


    Jordan MP in trouble for pulling gun in TV debate

    AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian lawmaker is being investigated after pulling a gun on his opponent in a live TV talk show, a prosecutor said Monday.

    Shannon Halikias, director of Lisle Public Library, holds a buzzer used for computer reservations. The restaurant-style buzzers were introduced at the beginning of June.

    From Lisle to Libertyville, libraries are striving to make the best possible use of technology

    You've been waiting over half an hour for a seat. It's incredibly crowded because you came at a peak hour, and everyone seems to be taking their time. Just as you're starting to get frustrated, the buzzer in your hand lights up and vibrates, alerting you that a space has opened up. No, you're not at a restaurant during the dinner rush — you're at the library. Restaurant-style buzzers are...

    Emily Rademaker, a Cary resident and recent graduate of North Central College, is heading to South Africa with the Peace Corps for the next 27 months. She will be in Kwa-Zulu Natal, a northwest province, serving as an English and health educator.

    Cary resident travels to South Africa via Peace Corps

    While many recent college graduates may be camping out in their parents' house, frantically sending out resumes and rethinking the degree they just graduated with, 22-year-old Emily Rademaker of Cary is embracing her newfound freedom, and Tuesday, July 10, will pledge the next 27 months of her life to service in the Peace Corps in South Africa.


    Sharks ply waters off Cape Cod in search of seals

    ORLEANS, Mass. — A Massachusetts man had a close encounter with a great white shark off the coast of Cape Cod.Nauset Beach in Orleans reopened Sunday after being closed briefly Saturday when a shark was seen swimming not far from shore.

    The remains of six U.S. airmen, including Air Force Lt. Col. Dennis Eilers, who was shot down on Christmas Eve 1965 over Laos, have recently been identified and will be interred in a single casket Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

    U.S. military to bury airmen killed in 1965 crash

    Nearly 50 years after an Air Force plane went down over Laos, a measure of finality comes Monday: Remains from the six men will be buried with full military honors in a single casket at Arlington National Cemetery.The burial comes after the recovery of remains in 2010 and 2011 by joint U.S.-Laotian search teams.

    Nina Vargas, a member of the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired Young Explorers camp, feels the wing of a live ringneck dove during the camp’s first ever visit to the Illinois Raptor Center in Decatur.

    Birds help visually impaired campers

    When you can't see, you have to depend on your ears more, and the group of campers in the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired's Young Explorers camp learns fast.Illinois Raptor Center program director Jacques Nuzzo's parents are both deaf, so he has a personal interest in helping people who have disabilities. He said he watched his parents endure poor treatment all his life.


    Ill. agency launches traffic safety campaign

    Illinois transportation officials are working to curb the number of roadway fatalities with the help of message boards.Starting Monday, Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider is launching a statewide digital message board campaign that will feature traffic safety messages.

    Yasser Arafat’s body will be exhumed to allow for more testing of the causes of his death after getting permission from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Palestinian president approves Arafat autopsy

    RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has given his permission for the exhumation of the remains of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, a top aide said Monday, days after a Swiss institute reported finding elevated traces of a radioactive substance on the late leader’s belongings.

    Corrections officers leave the downstate Pontiac Correctional Center during a shift change in 2008.

    State prison workers, unions say violence is up

    As Illinois prison officials grapple with shrunken budgets, overcrowding and the governor's plans to close some facilities, they also are dealing with disturbing reports of recent violence in state prisons which have injured guards and an inmate, and a case where two prisoners reportedly overdosed on heroin, The Associated Press has learned.

    A Sunday afternoon brush fire threatened about 25 Buffalo Grove homes, as it quickly moved through a swampy area near Buffalo Grove and Aptakisic roads.

    Weekend in review: Fireworks spark brush fire; Borgnine dies
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Charges filed in Buffal Grove brushfire; manufacturing resurging slowing in suburbs; more suburban Jews embrace conservative candidates; St. Charles woman uses growing form of therapy to beat tumor; bike race returns to Geneva; Nearly 5,000 turnout for Civil War re-enactment; woman charged in crash that killed Woodridge man; actor Ernest Bergnine dies;...

    Nancy Smearman won the first In Transit Poetry Slam Contest.

    Driving ode wins poetry prize for Palatine woman

    It was a crazy election but we finally have a selection. Eleven poems, now down to one. Read on to see who won. Yes, we have a Transportation Poetry Slam winner, plus tell Metra what to prioritize and the latest gridlock. It was a salient reflection on the times and a hotly contested race with 11 poets channeling their inner Shakespeares to win immortality and a free T-shirt. But the readers...

    Pippa Downs of Wheaton plays her cello once a month for residents of Wynscape Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Wheaton.

    Wheaton cellist aids program that brings dignity in life, death

    Before Wheaton resident Pippa Downs had ever met Jennifer Franks, the two women shared similar experiences that changed their beliefs forever. Downs, a cellist, and Franks, a staffer at Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation in Wheaton, had both seen how music can help soothe the dying in their last moments of life. So it wasn't long after their paths crossed that Downs began playing music for...

    Jason Moon, a veteran and singer-songwriter, performs during his June 7 concert in Glendale, Calif.

    Warrior-singer says he’s no hero, but his music helps others heal

    Don't call Iraq War vet Jason Moon a hero. Don't phone him on Memorial Day or July Fourth or Veterans Day to say thank you. Instead, just listen as he strums his guitar and sings about the "things I've seen I won't forget," about the sacrifices — emotional and physical — that a warrior must bear.


    Kane CASA garden plan hits high gear

    Officials at CASA Kane County recently broke ground on a "Grow a Healthy Child Garden" for the west side of the old courthouse in downtown Geneva. And construction is well under way, with earthmoving and excavation proceeding Friday in the extreme heat.

    Around 7,000 women came out to Lake County Fair Grounds in Grayslake Saturday to participate in the Dirty Girl 5k. A portion of the proceeds goes out to the National Breast Cancer Association.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features festivals, storms, hot weather, fireworks and more.


    Philadelphia Phillies' Nate Schierholtz follows through after hitting the game-winning RBI-single off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher William Harris in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 3-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Schierholtz agrees to 1-year deal with Cubs

    More than two weeks after reports first surfaced, the Cubs and left-handed-hitting outfielder Nate Schierholtz officially agreed to terms on a one-year contract.According to sources, the Cubs are awaiting the results of physicals by pitchers Carlos Villanueva and Edwin Jackson before deals for those two starting pitchers can be announced. Villanueva reportedly has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract and Jackson has agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs.

    White Sox all-star Adam Dunn has been one of the many pleasant surprises for the AL Central leaders so far this season.

    What a ride so far — in White Sox' own words

    It's the all-star break, the perfect time to reflect on the White Sox surprisingly successful first half. And what better way to review the Sox' rise to first place in the AL Central than to let manager Robin Ventura and his players retell the story of a team picked by Sports Illustrated to lose 95 games this season.

    By the top of the ninth inning Sunday, White Sox manager Robin Ventura had seen enough and earned his second ejection this season when he argued balls and strike with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. Ventura was ejected on May 30 this season protesting the ejection of pitcher Jose Quintana.

    Was Ventura’s ejection perfect timing for Sox?

    Robin Ventura and his White Sox team had a pretty good first half of the season, but was he sending a message Sunday to the rest of the league when he was tossed for arguing balls and strikes? If he was, Mike North thinks Ventura's timing was perfect. North also has a few thoughts on his mind of the men's tennis final at Wimbledon, and more.


    Kauffman Stadium visit completes Jones’ collection

    Chipper Jones has played in just about every major league ballpark during nearly two decades of service to the Atlanta Braves. The eight-time all-star even outlasted a handful of them, such as the old Yankee Stadium. But he'd never stepped foot in Kauffman Stadium until Monday afternoon.

    While Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City was filled Monday during MLB All-Star batting practice, the game itself has lost a lot of its attractiveness over the years, says columnist Mike Imrem.

    All-Star Game definitely not must-see TV

    Major League Baseball, says columnist Mike Imrem, has done everything possible the past several decades to make the All-Star Game less appealing. And Mike says It isn't difficult to find a new TV show or even a rerun that's more attractive than baseball's annual event.


    Timber Rattlers come back on Cougars

    After falling into a 3-0 hole early, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers roared back to defeat the Kane County Cougars 6-4 ballgame on Monday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wis.


    Cubs, top pick Almora reach agreement

    The Cubs reportedly have agreed to terms with No. 1 draft pick Albert Almora, a high school center fielder out of Florida. Although some details need to be worked out, the deal is said to be worth $3.9 million.

    Kevin Youkilis, here blasting a two-run home run Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, earned AL Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Texas and Toronto.

    Sox’ Youkilis collects AL player of the week honors

    Following his first homestand with his new team, White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis has been named American League Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. Youkilis hit .478 (11-23) with 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 7 runs scored, a .571 on-base percentage and .913 slugging percentage as the White Sox went 5-1 on a six-game homestand vs. Texas (3-0) and Toronto (2-1).

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum was touting Alfonso Soriano for the all-star game earlier this month. Despite more than 100 chances, Soriano has not made an error this season, which is tops among NL left fielders.

    Some key points as Cubs hit halfway point

    At the season's unofficial halfway point, Bruce Miles takes a look at several points of interest on the Cubs: the rise of Anthony Rizzo, the growth of Starlin Castro, the improved Cubs' defense, and some terrific work by a pair of setup men in the bullpen.


    2 Illini football players make national list

    Illinois junior linebacker Jonathan Brown and senior defensive end Michael Buchanan have both been named to the preseason watch list for the 2012 Bednarik Award, given annually the nation's top defensive player.


    Mike North video: Federer wins Wimbledon

    Wimbledon makes tennis front and center for at least for a few days with captivating matches like Roger Federer and Andy Murray's. The Williams sisters- Serena and Venus- have success again.


    Fire clearly miss Grazzini

    Just when it looked like the Chicago Fire was building toward something special as the second half of the MLS season begins, the club showed it isn't so special without a key building block.


    Rush to miss playoffs for the first time

    The Arena Football League postseason will go on without the Chicago Rush for the first time in the franchise's 11-year history. The Rush was eliminated from the playoff race in a 61-54 loss to the San Antonio Talons at the Allstate Arena on Sunday.


    The Arlington Theaters, 53 S. Evergreen Ave. in Arlington Heights, closed on Sunday.

    Arlington Theaters closed; 25 workers cut

    The Arlington Theaters — the only cinema in Arlington Heights — closed Sunday after negotiations on a new lease and attempts to upgrade technology fell apart. Twenty-five employees lost their jobs.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS The Boeing 737 assembly line in Renton, Wash., is seen here. Boeing opened the Farnborough Airshow Monday by announcing the sale to Air Lease Corp. of 75 of its 737 aircraft for a total of $7.2 billion, at least at sticker price.

    Boeing wins $7.2 billion order as air show opens

    Boeing Co. opened the Farnborough air show with a $7.2 billion order from Steven Udvar-Hazy's Air Lease Corp., the first purchase by a lessor for the planemaker's new, fuel-efficient 737 MAX.

    People use Chase ATM machines at a branch in New York. Americans stepped up their borrowing in May, helped by the largest one-month gain in credit card debt in more than four years. But overall credit card use is still well below where it was just before the Great Recession began.

    Americans step up credit card use sharply in May

    Americans put more on their credit cards in May than in any single month since November 2007, one month before the Great Recession began.


    Elgin council considers incentives to entice Portillo’s

    Portillo's lovers in the Elgin area soon may be able to buy the restaurant chain's famous hot dogs and Italian beef closer to home. Elgin City Council members will consider an economic incentive agreement Wednesday to help convince the Midwest's largest privately-owned restaurant company that Elgin is the right place for its next opening. Right now nearby locations are in Batavia, St. Charles, Streamwood and Crystal Lake.

    U.S. stocks fell, giving benchmark indexes the longest slump in more than a month, after a jump in Spanish bond yields above 7 percent intensified concern about Europe’s crisis and as investors awaited Alcoa Inc.’s results.

    Stocks slide ahead of corporate earnings season

    Edgy investors sent stocks lower Monday on Wall Street ahead of U.S. corporate earnings reports and amid more signs of instability in Europe.

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    Bloomingdale CEO gives old practice new tech twist

    Kukec's People features a Bloomingdale CEO's company that provides doctors that make housecalls and carry iPads.

    Greek presidential guards seen during the changing of the guards ceremony outside the Greek parliament in central Athens Monday. A deputy labor minister has resigned from Greece’s new coalition government, saying it should have pressed harder to renegotiate the terms of the country’s bailout agreements.

    EU ministers meet to solve Spain crisis

    European Union finance ministers will work to secure Spain's teetering economy in meetings in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday, with progress expected on the bailout loan for the country's stricken banks and a relaxation of the government's financial targets.

    This undated handout photo shows an advertisement for the new line of Poise products from Kimberly-Clark. The new line, which targets 50 million American women who are or will soon go through menopause includes lubricant for vaginal dryness, panty freshener stickers and feminine wash for odor and cooling towelettes and roll-on gel to treat hot flashes.

    ’Poise’ expands to offer more menopause products

    Most moms have "the talk" with their daughters about their periods. Now the Poise feminine hygiene brand is initiating a "second talk" with women — this time, about menopause.

    Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, warned the combination of big government and big industry is creating a nation that is becoming “too big to succeed.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Conservatives make it rough for business

    Conservative Republicans have roughed up the business community this year — and it's not over yet.

    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is congratulated by lawmakers at Parliament after winning a vote of confidence in Athens, Greece, late Sunday.

    Greece: Deputy minister quits over debt talks

    A deputy labor minister has resigned from Greece's new coalition government, saying it should have pressed harder to renegotiate the terms of the country's bailout agreements.Nikos Nikolopoulos announced his resignation Monday, hours after the new conservative-led government won a confidence vote in parliament.


    Europe struggles, young job-seekers suffer most

    Irene Fernandez lost her job with Spain's postal service five months ago, a victim of government spending cuts. Since then, she's been getting by on spending money from her mother and the $530 a month she earns grooming dogs for neighbors. Fernandez, 24, has had one job interview.


    Windows 8 computers to go on sale in October

    Computers running on the next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system will go on sale in October. Microsoft Corp. announced the time frame for Windows 8's mass-market release Monday in Toronto. A specific sales date in October wasn't provided.

    Workers spray the walls of a radiation-contaminated warehouse in Fukushima, northeastern Japan.

    American praised for radiation data

    Japanese seeking information on radiation levels in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster are turning to a volunteer group founded in the U.S. that has created a detailed and constantly updated visual database online. Sean Bonner, one of the founders of the group called Safecast, said nothing could have been more natural than to jump in and fill the need. Many Japanese were terrified about the health effects of radiation in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, and had no idea whether their homes, schools and offices were safe. They were also frustrated by the lack of government or other official data on radiation. Geiger counters were selling out. Within weeks, Bonner and his team created a handmade Geiger counter connected with a GPS feature that he calls “bGeigie,” a reference to Japanese-style “bento” lunchboxes. It is attached to cars and takes a reading every five seconds, resulting in a massive store of data. There are 30 to 35 such mobile devices traversing Japan and 320 fixed devices. Safecast made the technology and the data open, sharing the design and findings, and has now collected more than 3 million measurements across Japan. Other volunteers have developed online maps with the data.


    Staples stores to sell Google’s Nexus 7 tablet

    Staples office supply stores will sell the Nexus 7, a computer tablet that Google designed to compete against the Kindle Fire and iPad. Monday's announcement makes Staples Inc. the second major retailer to embrace the Nexus 7 since Google unveiled the device last month. Video game retailer GameStop Corp. also plans to stock the Nexus 7 in its U.S. stores.

    President Barack Obama signs the Surface Transportation Bill, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. A new law reduces by billions of dollars what companies have to contribute to their pension funds, raising concerns about weakening the plans that millions of Americans count on for retirement.

    New law gives U.S. companies a break on pensions

    A new law will let companies contribute billions of dollars less to their workers' pension funds, raising concerns about weakening the plans that millions of Americans count on for retirement. But with many companies already freezing or getting rid of pension plans, many critics are reluctant to force the issue.Some expect the changes, passed by Congress last month and signed Friday by President Barack Obama,


    NYC asking developers to test tiny apartments

    New York City renters have long made a habit of sacrificing square footage to save money. Now, the government wants to help them move into even smaller spaces. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is inviting developers to propose ways to turn a city lot into a building filled mostly with micro-units of no more than 300 square feet.

    Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., takes part in a hearing on Capitol in Washington.

    Conservatives make it rough for business

    Conservative Republicans have roughed up the business community this year — and it's not over yet. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and major companies like Boeing Co. and Caterpillar Inc. all wanted quick reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance American companies' overseas sales. Congress had reaffirmed the independent federal agency some two dozen times since its creation in 1934. But this year it took months of pleas, briefings and negotiations to overcome conservative opposition.

    Associated Press Campbell Soup Co., said Monday it will buy natural foods maker Bolthouse Farms in a $1.55 billion cash deal from private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC.

    Campbell Soup seeks to freshen up with Bolthouse

    Campbell Soup Co. hopes to court a new generation of consumers with baby carrots, high-end juices and refrigerated salad dressings. The Camden, N.J.-based company said Monday that it will buy natural foods maker Bolthouse Farms in a $1.55 billion cash deal from private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC. Campbell says Bolthouse's line of juices will complement its "V8" beverage unit, and Bolthouse's packaged carrots will deepen its healthy snack offerings.

    Red Rock Island with Mount Tamalpais in the background from Point Richmond, Calif.

    Owner drops price for San Francisco Bay island

    An island offering a secluded beach, promises of great fishing and stunning views of the San Francisco skyline is up for sale — and at a discounted price. Red Rock Island, a 6-acre mass of rock tucked away in a northern part of San Francisco Bay, is now being offered for just under $5 million, Realtor Steven Higbee said. The property earlier this year was listed for $22 million.

    Norton's Internet Security 2012 software for computer security at Best Buy in Mountain View, Calif. Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may have lost their Internet service Monday.

    Having trouble getting online? Call your provider

    Having trouble getting online? Some may find their smartphones working overtime because the family computer couldn't seem to connect to the Internet Monday morning. You may be one of thousands across the United States who waited too long or simply didn't believe the warnings, and your Internet may have shut down just after midnight because of malware that took over computers around the world more than a year ago.

    President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate away from the dismal jobs market and toward the issue of tax fairness.

    Obama to push extension of middle-class tax cuts

    President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate away from the dismal jobs market and toward the issue of tax fairness. Obama, in an address from the White House Monday, will call on Congress to pass a one-year extension of tax cuts for households making less than $250,000 a year, said senior campaign aide Robert Gibbs.


    Company plans to close N. Indiana wiper factory

    A company plans to close a northern Indiana factory that makes windshield wiper blades by the end of the year, potentially costing about 100 people their jobs. Federal Mogul is planning to move production work from its Michigan City factory to a plant it has in Juarez, Mexico. Company spokesman Jim Burke tells The LaPorte County Herald-Argus (http://bit.ly/L5FZE8 ) that the consolidation will improve its efficiency and make it more competitive.

    Women operate mobile phones in front of the stock index display of a securities firm in Tokyo Monday

    European stocks down as U.S. report dims outlook

    European stock markets had a weak start on Monday after a disappointing U.S. jobs report at the end of last week dimmed the outlook for the world's largest economy. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 0.5 percent in morning trading to 5,634.31. France's CAC-40 dropped 0.6 percent at 3,148.22 while Germany's DAX was down 0.3 percent at 6,389.64.


    WellPoint buying Amerigroup for about $4.46B

    Health insurer WellPoint Inc. is buying managed care provider Amerigroup Corp. for about $4.46 billion in cash, saying the deal will help it better serve Medicaid participants.Amerigroup manages publicly-funded health programs like Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides coverage for the needy and disabled. It operates in 13 states, including Texas, Florida, New York and New Jersey.


    Oil rises slightly to near $85 on stimulus hopes
    Oil rose slightly to near $85 a barrel Monday, clawing back some of a large drop from the previous session amid hope that weak U.S. economic growth may trigger new stimulus measures. The Labor Department on Friday said the U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs last month, which was fewer than expected and prompted speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve may implement more monetary stimulus measures known as quantitative easing.

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. David Camp, R-Mich. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Can IRS police both taxes and health care law?

    Can the Internal Revenue Service police President Barack Obama's health care mandate while simultaneously collecting all the taxes for running the federal government? The question is being renewed in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision upholding most of the 2010 Affordable Care Act as a tax issue rather than one of interstate commerce.


    What to do now about healthcare benefits

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall finds there is little to do right now when it comes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But there are some issues that required attention as early as the fall.

Life & Entertainment


    Gene therapy against nicotine may help smokers quit

    An experimental vaccine against nicotine, delivered using gene therapy, prevents the substance from reaching the brain and may make quitting easier for smokers, a study using mice indicates. A single dose of vaccine allowed the liver to produce antibodies that stopped most of the nicotine from getting to the brain, according to a study in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The concentration of nicotine in the brains of treated mice was just 15 percent of that in untreated ones.


    Timing an issue during ‘Good Afternoon America’ debut

    ABC brought its morning news franchise to the afternoon on Monday, but its producers might want to hold on to their alarm clocks. The debut edition of "Good Afternoon America" ended abruptly in mid-anecdote from singer Liza Minnelli, who was being interviewed after performing "New York, New York" in the show's Times Square studio. Host Lara Spencer interrupted her to wave goodbye.


    What to do about relatives who are always late?

    These relatives are up to two hours late for family functions; never offer to bring food or drink; and usually end up drinking all the alcohol that has been provided for all the guests. Should they be excluded from future functions?

    You don't need to stop at a convenient store for an energy boost. A homemade smoothie of blended blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, spinach, apple juice and milk gets you going.

    Fueling up vs. filling up with homemade smoothies

    The big promises of energy drinks are hardly reliable. At most, many store-bought energy drinks supply a short-lived energy boost and can have undesirable effects. Try a homemade smoothie instead to put pep in your step.

    A settlement has been reached in the divorce of actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise.

    Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes reach settlement in divorce case

    Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes reached a settlement in their divorce case, putting an official end to the much-scrutinized romance less than two weeks after Holmes unexpectedly filed for divorce. “The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed,” Holmes attorney Jonathan Wolfe said in a statement. Cruise’s rep Amanda Lundberg confirmed the settlement.

    Mick Brown, drummer for classic rocker Ted Nugent, was arrested in Bangor, Maine, Sunday night and charged with driving drunk in a golf cart stolen from a concert venue.

    Nugent drummer charged with golf cart theft, DUI

    BANGOR, Maine — A drummer for classic rocker Ted Nugent faces several charges after police in Bangor, Maine, say he was seen driving drunk in a golf cart stolen from a concert venue.Officers working at Nugent’s Sunday night concert were told that 55-year-old Mick Brown was intoxicated, had stolen the cart and was driving it recklessly on a foot path. Police say when officers tried to stop the cart, Brown sped past them and shoved a security officer. Two security officers then removed Brown from the cart, and he was arrested. Brown, of Cave Creek, Ariz., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, theft and assault. He was released on $4,000 bail.

    Lionsgate announced Monday that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, head gamemaker for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” set for release in November 2013.

    ‘Hunger Games’ adds Oscar-winner Hoffman to cast

    LOS ANGELES — “The Hunger Games” has bagged an Academy Award winner.Philip Seymour Hoffman, who earned the best-actor Oscar for 2005’s “Capote,” has joined the cast for part two in the futuristic adventure series, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”Lionsgate Films announced Monday that Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee, the new head game-maker overseeing an annual televised fight to the death staged by a repressive government in post-apocalyptic North America.“Catching Fire” takes place a year after the blockbuster “The Hunger Games,” with game survivors Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson, hurled into the government’s machinations over the 75th annual games.Based on the middle book of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy, “Catching Fire” hits theaters Nov. 22, 2013.

    Savannah Guthrie started Monday in her new role as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show.

    ‘Today’ show welcomes Savannah Guthrie as host

    Savannah Guthrie has been through her first day as co-host of NBC's "Today" show. She was welcomed Monday by her co-host, Matt Lauer, after replacing Ann Curry in the role.

    You don’t need to stop at a convenient store for an energy boost. A homemade smoothie of blended blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, spinach, apple juice and milk gets you going.

    Fuel You Up Smoothies
    Fuel You Up Smoothie

    Christopher Nolan, director of the upcoming film “The Dark Knight Rises,” holds up his hands after putting them in cement during a ceremony for him at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Looking on from left are cast members Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    Christopher Nolan says no to ‘Justice League’ film

    Now that Christopher Nolan is done with his epic Batman trilogy, the filmmaker has quashed speculation that he might be involved in a "Justice League" movie featuring the Dark Knight. Writer-director Nolan said his take on Batman wraps up with "The Dark Knight Rises," his third and final film centered on the DC Comics superhero. In an interview over the weekend to promote the finale, Nolan said he has no "Justice League" plans.

    Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) takes to the streets to protect New Yorkers in "The Amazing Spider-Man."

    Spidey swings back to action with $140M launch

    Your new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has spun himself a $65 million opening weekend and $140 million in his first six days at U.S. theaters. “This was never modeled or was never meant to be ‘Spider-Man 4.’ This was always a relaunch with a new cast and different stories to tell, and quite frankly, it succeeded beyond our imaginations,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s head of distribution.

    Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to a girl she’s naming Penelope early Sunday.

    Kourtney Kardashian delivers baby girl

    Kourtney Kardashian has given birth to a girl and she's naming her Penelope. The reality TV star told E! News that her second child with boyfriend Scott Disick was born early Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Her full name is Penelope Scotland Disick.

    North America leads the way in the obesity department.

    Your health: More than pulling our weight

    Most of the world's fat is concentrated in one place, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. They're looking at us, America. A study this month from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine reveals just how much the 7 billion of us on planet Earth weigh — and that North Americans more than pull their own weight.

    Nigel Lythgoe produces and stars in “Opening Act,” premiering Monday, July 9, on E! Entertainment Television.

    E! reality show gives unknowns chance to be ‘Opening Act’

    "American Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe once again gives unknowns a chance at the big time. But with "Opening Act," producers find talent on the Internet and ambush them with a platinum opportunity — to open for an established international act. There's just one hitch: They have only five days to prepare.

    Barnes is currently restoring a 1957 Chevy Nomad, above, which came from Australia.

    Barrington barn packs plenty of horsepower

    Automotive enthusiasts love to measure their beloved four-wheeled machines' capabilities by using the term "horsepower." Chuck Barnes owns a stable-full of true classic muscle — real horsepower — in his modern horse barn.


    Abuse of painkillers increases in U.S., study finds

    Taking prescription painkillers without a medical need increased 75 percent from 2002 to 2010, and most users were men, according to the first study to look at who is likely to abuse the drugs and how often it occurs. Men and people ages 26 to 49 saw the largest increase in nonmedical use of prescription painkillers, taking the drugs 200 or more days a year, according to the Archives of Internal Medicine.

    Annie Okerlin owns Yogani Studios in Tampa, Fla., and teaches yoga and meditation classes to injured veterans. “The body wants to feel the positive; it doesn’t want to feel upset,” she notes.

    Meditation putting pain, stress to rest

    Researchers think meditation affects the autonomic nervous system, which regulates functions such as heartbeat, breathing and digestion. Neuroscientists have begun to home in on how meditation affects the brain's reaction to pain, and why many meditators say that what was once unbearable is now tolerable or even barely noticeable. Meditation also is widely used to alleviate stress and the many health implications that come with it, from insomnia to heart disease.

    Congressman Tim Ryan runs in the Cleveland Marathon last month. Every day Ryan engages in the practice of mindfulness, a mental technique that dwells on breathing, periods of silence and concentration to keep one’s thoughts in the present moment.

    Mental technique takes relaxed approach to stress

    Marines are doing it. Office workers are doing it. Prisoners are doing it. Increasingly, people in settings beyond the serene yoga studio or contemplative nature path are engaging in the practice of mindfulness, a mental technique that dwells on breathing, attention to areas of the body and periods of silence to concentrate on the present rather than the worries of yesterday and tomorrow.


    Lifestyle changes, medication help restless legs relax

    Restless legs syndrome is a neurological condition that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs. In describing these odd sensations, my patients use words such as "tingling," "prickly," "crawling," "pulling" and, sometimes, "painful." Getting a good night's sleep may seem like a dream right now, but with the right combination of lifestyle changes and medication, it's a dream within reach.

    Having a plan when you travel will help you make healthy food choices and keep your exercise routine going.

    Staying on diet track while traveling requires planning

    Traveling can make healthy eating and exercise a challenge. But, with a sensible game plan, you'll find that you can do a pretty good job of eating healthy even when you're away from home for weeks at a time. First, do your homework. Once you know where you'll be traveling, go online and check out healthy restaurants and grocery stores in that area.


    Probiotics may help offset drug-associated diarrhea

    Bacteria-killing antibiotics have proved to be a friend to mankind, saving countless millions of people worldwide. However, not all bacteria are pathogenic and antibiotics do not differentiate between beneficial and pathogenic bacteria. Medication-associated diarrhea (antibiotic and chemotherapy) has become increasingly common, especially in hospitals and nursing homes.


    Social media in health care creates risks, benefits

    An increasing number of doctors are talking to their patients about medical concerns on social networks. Physicians are adding patients as friends on Facebook and discussing their private health issues in the open. And while getting a wall post on Facebook from your doctor may seem innocuous, such acts can lead to awkward situations, privacy violations or wrong information, say experts.

    Natrussa Williams, right, an HIV tester and counselor, explains to Katherine Tapp, 26, of New York City, how the results of the oral HIV test will show up. Williams works inside the HIV Testing Room at the Penn Branch of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles in southeast Washington, D.C.

    New optimism about stemming spread of AIDS

    An AIDS-free generation: It seems an audacious goal, considering how the HIV epidemic still is raging around the world. Yet more than 20,000 international HIV researchers and activists will gather in the nation's capital later this month with a sense of optimism not seen in many years — hope that it finally may be possible to dramatically stem the spread of the AIDS virus.

    CrossFit is a program that has become very popular among adults and recently their offspring as well. Nine-year-old Miranda Larson pulls her chin above the bar during a class at CrossFit Old Town in Alexandria, Va.

    Conditioning program gets kids in gear

    Megan Columbus last fall enrolled her son in CrossFit Kids classes at CrossFit Done Right in Rockville, Md. Owner Justin Bacon introduced the youth program in early 2011 to combat the notion that exercise isn't enjoyable. "In a lot of sports, it's a punishment to do push-ups," Bacon says. "But if they're having a push-up competition, kids think it's fun."

    Rescue workers examine the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks in New York. Several experts say there's no hard evidence to support the federal government's declaration that 50 kinds of cancer could be caused by exposure to World Trade Center dust.

    Questions raised on 9/11 exposure, cancer

    Call it compassionate, even political. But ... scientific? Several experts say there's no hard evidence to support the federal government's declaration that 50 kinds of cancer could be caused by exposure to World Trade Center dust. The decision could help hundreds of people get payouts from a multibillion-dollar World Trade Center health fund to repay those ailing after they breathed in toxic dust created by the collapsing twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. But scientists say there is little research to prove that exposure to the toxic dust plume caused even one kind of cancer.



    Editorial: No room for confidentiality in public deals

    Confidentiality agreements like the secret quarter-million-dollar severance arrangement between Warrenville Township High School District 121 and its superintendent-in-waiting have no place in public business, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Editorial: Use the new tool to help Cook taxpayers

    If you're a Cook County taxpayer, did you spend any time with that 139-page special section on taxes, spending and debt added to the newspaper recently? A Daily Herald editorial says it's a gold mine of important information.


    The money manager

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: The question isn't whether people can relate to a candidate who has tons of money. It's whether they will connect with a man who didn't make his money the old-fashioned way — by building a better widget — but by sending capital hither and yon via clicks of a computer mouse to take advantage of arcane opportunities most people never even know about.


    Health care politics go into extra innings

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Conservative governors have latched onto the ruling that states won't lose their existing Medicaid funding if they don't expand their Medicaid coverage as envisioned by the Affordable Care Act. Thus, they won't.


    Finding freedom in circumcision

    Columnist Michael Gerson: If this is the definition of a crime anywhere in the modern world, it is a sad regression from freedom.


    Enough debate on Duckworth’s service
    It seems that Congressman Joe Walsh considers Sen. John McCain more of a true hero than Tammy Duckworth. Joe's comments stem from the fact that former POW Sen. McCain seldom discusses his military service while Tammy discusses hers often. Should Tammy feel somewhat slighted? Possibly, that's her call to make. Should all veterans that have placed themselves in harms way feel slighted? No, yet the Duckworth campaign would have it so.


    When life give you rising ocean levels . . .
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Build massive desalination plants on the California coast, pump the rising ocean level into towns and farms that need the water to solve the drought problem, pay for the whole thing by selling the water like any town would.


    Vote Republican and continue the mess
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Now, in addition to their 2008 election strategy, Republican aim to vote against anything and everything the Democrats support. They're on their crusade again.


    Know what will happen to Medicare
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: Medicare premiums will increase a whopping 100 percent by 2014. This concerns all senior citizens who are on a fixed income and, with constantly rising costs, are struggling to keep their homes and families fed.


    TRS welcomes additional review
    A letter to the editor: An independent double-check of the Teachers' Retirement System that compliments the existing reviews will only help increase public confidence in the way pensions are funded in Illinois.


    Quit smoking now, save more than money
    A Chicago letter to the editor: We know the cigarette tax increase is bad news for smokers. In fact, we're counting on it!


    Move ahead on Medicaid expansion
    A Chicago letter to the editor: We urge Illinois and every other state to remain true the Affordable Care Act by expanding Medicaid for their neediest residents. It truly is the responsible thing to do.


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