Daily Archive : Friday July 13, 2012


    Carmel Mullally-Powers of St. Charles searches for green herons Saturday at the Nepese Marsh natural area on Fermilab property near Batavia. Fermilab Natural Areas held the first Discovery Day on Saturday, offering guided tours through four natural areas not normally open to the public.

    Fermilab gives public tours of natural areas

    Many of the people first in line Saturday to get a tour of four Fermilab natural areas not usually open to the public already knew plenty about the cultural amenities the high-energy physics lab has to offer. But areas like Nepese Marsh, Big Woods North, Indian Creek Woods and the Main Ring Savanna are usually only visible to physicists and others working at the lab."It's the first time some of...

    A line of heavy thunderstorms knocked over tents at the first TexMex and Music Fest at CityGate Centre in Naperville on Friday, delaying the event’s start until Saturday afternoon.

    TexMex Fest set to open at 4 p.m. today after storm damage Friday

    The first TexMex and Music Fest at CityGate Centre in Naperville will kick off at 4 p.m. today — a day after storm damage forced the cancellation of its scheduled first day and an hour after Saturday festivities were planned to start, organizers said.


    Storms lead to more than 150 flight cancellations

    A strong line of thunderstorms that passed through the Chicago area Friday led to some 150 flights being canceled at O'Hare International Airport, officials said.


    Lightning strike causes Lisle house fire

    Strong storms that passed through the suburbs late Friday afternoon - and the lighting that came with it - contributed to a fire that left a house uninhabitable in Lisle, authorities said. Lightning struck the top of the house on the 4700 block of Devon Avenue about 4:45 p.m., sparking a blaze that was able to be contained to the attic.


    Motorcyclist injured in crash near Hampshire

    All lanes of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway near Hampshire had to be shut down Friday morning to allow a helicopter land so an injured motorcyclist could be transported to a hospital. The crash occurred just before 10 a.m. near the Marengo-Hampshire toll plaza on I-90.

    In this photo provided by Kings Island, Thelma Gratsch, center, celebrates her 90th birthday Friday by riding her favorite roller coaster, Diamondback, at Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio.

    Ohio woman turns 90, celebrates on roller coaster

    An Ohio woman has spent her 90th birthday doing one of her favorite things: whizzing around the tracks of a roller coaster at 80 mph.


    Quinn’s drought plan to come Monday, but in meantime, pray

    The entire state of Illinois is now officially in a drought, and Gov. Pat Quinn has scheduled a trip to southern Illinois on Monday to discuss the state's plans for responding to the dry conditions.


    U of I contract questioned over potential conflict

    A $4.6 million University of Illinois contract given to an architecture firm is on hold and under scrutiny after it emerged the company is partly owned by the husband of a school administrator whose job includes construction-project oversight.


    Group helps in man’s surrender to Chicago police

    As its partnership with the city of Chicago is beginning, an anti-violence group has helped negotiate the surrender of an 18-year-old man sought by police.Officers were questioning him Friday about a shooting that injured two girls. He has not been charged.


    Jackson’s mom: He’s had ‘enormous disappointment’

    The mother of Jesse Jackson Jr. said Friday the congressman has dealt with “enormous disappointment” in recent years and needs time to heal, the first time she has publicly addressed her son’s secretive leave of absence.Jacqueline Jackson made the comments during a speech at an Operation PUSH event in Chicago that also touched on her work in the civil rights movement and other issues.


    Carbon monoxide leak sends Zion residents to hospital

    A malfunctioning tankless hot water heater is believed to have caused a carbon monoxide outbreak that left six residents ill at a Zion house early Friday morning, authorities said.


    Motorcycle accident closes I-90 during rush hour

    The huge backup on the outbound Kennedy Expressway is expected to ease before 10 a.m., as a crash at River Road and I-90 is in the final stages of being cleared away. The 8:25 a.m. crash involved a motorcycle and three passenger vehicles, Illinois State Police said, and all three lanes were closed for more than an hour.


    Grayslake fire protection bans open burning due to dry conditions

    Due to extreme temperatures and a lack of rain, the Grayslake Fire Protection District has joined other fire departments in Lake County to issue an outside burning ban. Greg Formica, the department's deputy chief said the lack of rain has caused a dramatic increase in fire risk throughout the district. Grass, landscape materials and wetland areas are extremely dry and can ignite and spread...


    Police question ex-boyfriend in dog found in oven case

    Authorities have labeled the 39-year-old ex-boyfriend of an Arlington Heights woman a "person of interest" in the burglary of her home after which the family's pet dog was found dead in a convection oven. The ex-boyfriend, a Lincolnshire resident, was interviewed by Arlington Heights police July 5 — a day after the woman and her two children returned to their home on the 1500 block of West...

    Chester T. Parks

    Waukegan native promoted to commander of attack submarine

    A Waukegan native and third-generation sailor was promoted to commander of an attack submarine Thursday in a ceremony in Connecticut. Chester T. Parks, 40, was honored while aboard the USS Annapolis at the Naval Submarine Base New London, the United States' primary submarine base. "I look forward with honor and privilege to assuming the duties of commanding officer of USS Annapolis," Park said.

    Marci Webber

    Judge sets commitment period for mom who killed child

    A woman who slashed her 4-year-old daughter's throat in Bloomingdale can remain involuntarily committed to a secure mental health facility for up to a century, a DuPage County judge ruled Friday. Marci Webber, 45, of East Nassau, N.Y., was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the November 2010 slaying of her daughter Maggie.

    Clifford McIlvaine, at his St. Charles home last year, will be fined $100 per day the next time he misses a deadline, a Kane County judge said Friday.

    Judge cracks down on man and his three-decade home project

    Saying putting Clifford McIlvaine in jail “would not accomplish anything,” Kane County Judge Thomas Mueller Friday said he will impose fines on the St. Charles man if he doesn't start meeting deadlines on his 37-year home addition project. Mueller said that from Friday forward, McIlvaine will be fined $100 a day for each additional day the project remains behind schedule.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke into a 2006 Dodge Sprinter van in a driveway on the 100 block of North East River Road in Des Plaines between 10 p.m. July 5 and 12:30 p.m. July 6 and stole work equipment valued at $26,600.

    The Launer Family: (from left) Aubrey, Kris, Paul and Sarah. Friends and family have organized the Love 4 the Launers event July 22 to help the family as Paul battles ALS.

    Community rallies around North Barrington man with ALS

    Despite being diagnosed with ALS, Paul Launer of North Barrington is keeping a positive attitude. That's been helped by a team of family and friends who've rallied around him and are conducting a fundraiser in his honor next week.

    Susie Kuruvilla

    Gurnee Park District expects to own Gurnee Grade School land near Des Plaines River

    Gurnee Park District board members may approve a deal that would lead to ownership of five acres near the Des Plaines River after a school is demolished on the site next year. Board members, at a meeting Tuesday evening, will consider approving the expenditure of about $37,500 as the park district's share in a three-way deal to acquire and develop the parcel where flood-prone Gurnee Grade School...


    West Chicago fireworks canceled

    The fireworks displayed for West Chicago's Railroad Days festival has been canceled because of dry conditions, officials announced Friday.


    Elgin man killed in Marengo crash

    A 27-year-old man was killed late Thursday following an accident on Route 20 in Marengo.


    5 batches test positive, including 2 in Carpentersville

    More mosquitoes are found to have West Nile virus, the Kane County Health Department announced Friday afternoon.

    Earlier this week, Com-Ed crews replace utility poles damaged in the Buffalo Grove brush fire.

    Buffalo Grove pushes ComEd on Smart Grid

    The relationship is more cordial these days between the village of Buffalo Grove and ComEd, but the village isn't backing down in pushing the utility to bring the smart grid to town as soon as possible. ""We're going to pay for a decade before we see the AMI (smart meter) deployment," complained Village President Jeff Braiman.

    Michael Buhrman

    Carjacking suspect plotted to flee country, prosecutors say

    A nuclear engineer awaiting trial on carjacking charges has been confined to his home and ordered to stay away from airports after DuPage County prosecutors alleged he planned to flee to Chile in a private jet. The defense denied the allegations: "He wants to stay in the states and fight this case."

    George Luteri in the Historical Society garden.

    Mt. Prospect mourns longtime community contributor

    George Luteri, one of Mount Prospect's Shining Stars for his vast amount of community leadership, has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 63. "George was one of those quiet guys who does a lot for a community and without whom many things wouldn't have gotten done," said village Trustee Paul Hoefert. "He is certainly going to be missed."


    Lincolnshire traffic signal

    Work to replace and modernize the traffic signal at Route 22 (Half Day Road) at Westminster Way/Hewitt Drive in Lincolnshire is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 18, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.


    Mundelein self-defense class

    The Mundelein Police Department is hosting a free class for women who are interested in learning self-defense tactics. The class will be held on Tuesdays between 6 and 8 p.m. beginning July 17 and ending Aug. 7 at the Mundelein Police Department, 221 North Lake St.


    Island Lake concert

    Come listen to "A Love Affair with the Standards" performed by John Ludy Puleo on July 21 at 7 p.m. at Converse Park, off Route 176 east of Roberts Road in Island Lake.


    Libertyville meetings canceled

    Meetings of the Libertyville village board's finance, license and permits and fire and police committee scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, have been canceled and rescheduled for Aug. 21.


    155 townhouses planned in Libertyville Township section of Waukegan

    Waukegan is entertaining plans for a 155-unit townhouse development on the city's far west side in Libertyville Township. If built, the project near River Road and Route 120 would be within the boundaries of Woodland Elementary District 50 and Warren Township High School District 121, both based in Gurnee.


    Elgin Sustainability Commission awards neighborhood grants

    A windmill that once stood at the corner of McLean Boulevard and Larkin Avenue in Elgin, pumping water for the house that was then outside city limits, is getting a new home on State Street.The Elgin Area Historical Society was one of seven groups to receive city grant funding to complete its project. The Neighborhood Improvement Grant Program offered $50,000 this year to neighborhood groups and...

    The new district map approved by Lombard trustees after a redistricting process required by the 2010 census balances the village’s population while making very few boundary changes. The new map ensures each of the village’s six trustees remains in his or her district.

    Trustees keep their districts in Lombard remap

    Remapping of the six trustee districts in Lombard required after the 2010 census resulted in a new map that's much the same as the old map. From 19 options presented Thursday, the village board chose Map 3, the layout two trustees called the most similar to the map designed after the 2000 census."When you look at the map itself, it really does the most minor changes to our current map," Trustee...

    Luigi Castillo

    Private eye pleads guilty in DuPage child porn case

    A private detective from Glendale Heights has pleaded guilty to aggravated child pornography and is awaiting sentencing, authorities said. Luigi Castillo, 34, was arrested in December after a three-month undercover investigation by the Illinois attorney general's high-tech crimes unit.

    Elaine Aumiller

    District 57 extends superintendent's contract

    The Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 school board has given Superintendent Elaine Aumiller a one-year contract extension and a raise in pay. "It's very reassuring to get this kind of support from the board," Aumiller said. "I'm excited and eager to continue working in this excellent district and community."


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A Tennessee man was charged with soliciting where soliciting is prohibited, at 6:10 p.m. July 5 in the 2200 block of Kings Court. Michael D. Carruthers, 30, continued to try to sell something to a resident even after the resident told him solicitors weren't welcome and pointed to a "No Solicitors" sign posted on the door, according to a police report.

    Jorge L. Ramirez

    Rockford man charged with meth possession in Elgin

    A Rockford man is facing up to 50 years behind bars after he was charged with possession of $45,000 worth of methamphetamines, Elgin police said.

    Eugene Sanders

    After manhunt, Wood Dale burglary suspect surrenders

    After police conducted an exhaustive manhunt Wednesday for a suspect who fled a Wood Dale burglary, the man turned himself in Thursday night. Eugene L. Sanders, 32, of Chicago, surrendered to Wheaton police peacefully, one day after his accomplice was jailed on $200,000 bail, authorities said Friday.

    Scott Anderson, 23, is the clubhouse manager for the Kane County Cougars minor league baseball team in Geneva and works as many as 14 hours a day. “I love it,” he says. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

    Cougars’ clubhouse man wouldn’t trade his job for anything else

    Scott Anderson doesn't think of what he does as a job. The 23-year-old clubhouse manager for the Kane County Cougars is a jack-of-all-trades on game day. He helps players, coaches, umpires and fans enjoy the experience at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva, often stretching his work day into 14 hours. "It's not an ordinary job," Anderson says. "There's always a smile on my face. I love it. I wouldn't...

    Even with a green light at Golf Road, traffic eastbound on Algonquin Road is standing still. This is one of several intersections where lane closures are making the roadways more congested.

    Lighting project causes congestion on Algonquin Road

    A construction project to install new street lights has been backing up traffic along Algonquin Road between Route 53 and Arlington Heights Road this summer, but Illinois Department of Transportation officials said the work will be completed in the next week or two.

    Nawaf Fares, center, governor of the Quneitra, Syria, briefs a U.N. delegation visiting the city of Quneitra in the Golan Heights to investigate Israeli practices in occupied Arab lands. Fares was named Syria’s ambassador to Iraq in September, 2008, and became the highest ranking diplomat to defect from President Bashar Assad’s regime on Wednesday. He dismissed the main international plan seeking to stop the violence in his country, saying Thursday that nothing short of Assad’s ouster is acceptable.

    Activists say Syrian regime killed scores in village

    BEIRUT — Anti-regime activists in Syria said Friday that government gunners rained shells on a poor, farming village before armed thugs moved in, leaving scores of people dead in what rebel backers claim is one of the worse single days of bloodshed in the uprising against Bashar Assad's regime.


    Faithful see Virgin Mary in tree

    People are flocking to a tree in northern New Jersey where some say they see the image of the Virgin Mary.


    IPO market starts to thaw

    With new public stock offerings for guitar maker Fender and travel booking website Kayak on deck next week, there are signs demand is starting to grow for IPOs after a five-week freeze triggered by a steep decline in financial markets and exacerbated by Facebook's rocky May 18 debut.

    Milton Township Highway Department crews fill a huge trash bin on Woods Avenue at MacArthur Avenue.

    DuPage still reeling from July 1 storm

    DuPage County communities and townships say it could be weeks to clean the aftermath from the storm on July 1. And while there's an effort to get federal money to help pay for it, it's unlikely that the county will qualify.

    Two of performers at SRA's 2010 Got Talent, held at North Central College in Naperville, an Illinois wide Talent Show offered to twenty eight Special Recreation Associations in Illinois.

    Special people with special talents headed to Naperville

    People with disabilities long have had a showcase for their athletic talents. But a group of local advocates have long believed that a similar venue, for those with other talents, was missing. Five years ago they created Special Talents America, which is being expanded this year to four states. “This talent showcase gives them a nonthreatening environment with a supportive live...

    Al Pino

    Decision has Lake County mall opponents optimistic

    The mayors of North Barrington and Hawthorn Woods say they're hopeful Wednesday's recommendation against the Dimucci proposal by the Lake County Regional Plan Commission will boost their efforts to block the mall plan.


    Suburban teen heroin use focus of Naperville forum

    The growing problem of heroin use among suburban teenagers will be the focus of a community forum Monday in Naperville. Presenters include a recovering heroin addict, a representative from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and several experts in health education and addiction recovery.


    Schaumburg’s Got Talent returns Aug. 10

    As we know by now, even televised talent shows are a lot more interesting when there's a local contestant or two to root for. And next month, the Schaumburg Park District has a talent show that guarantees to be that entertaining. The 2012 edition of Schaumburg's Got Talent will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at the park district's Community Recreation Center.

    First lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign event for her husband, President Barack Obama at the University of Central Florida, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

    DC chief: Conflicting reports on officer’s threats to first lady

    WASHINGTON — There are conflicting reports about threatening comments a police officer may have made about first lady Michelle Obama, the District of Columbia police chief said Friday.

    Toby B. Goldman, a veterinarian present at the scene, talks to media about the escaped chimpanzees on Ann Road just east of Jones Boulevard in North Las Vegas on Thursday, July 12, 2012. The chimpanzee, along with another female chimpanzee, escaped from a private residence near the scene. Metro police subdued and captured the female and shot and killed the male.

    Police kill rampaging chimp after Las Vegas escape

    LAS VEGAS — Authorities say they had no choice but to kill one rampaging chimpanzee and tranquilize another after the primates escaped a Las Vegas-area backyard and tore through a neighborhood, pounding on cars and jumping into at least one vehicle.


    Hawthorn Woods may bring electrical aggregation to November referendum

    With lower electric bills in sight, Hawthorn Woods plans to follow in the footsteps of its neighbors by offering electrical aggregation to residents. At a finance committee meeting Tuesday night, committee members unanimously recommended to the village board to place a municipal electrical aggregation referendum question on the Nov. 6 ballot. This item will go before the full board for a vote at...

    Brenda Charlston holds a photo of her long-deceased dog, Rosie, and a voter registration form for “Rosie Charlston” that arrived in the mail for the canine last month, in Seattle. Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998. A left-leaning group called the Voter Participation Center has touted the distribution of some 5 million registration forms in recent weeks, targeting Democratic voting blocs such as unmarried women, blacks, Latinos and young adults. But residents and election administrators around the country have also reported a series of bizarre and questionable mailings addressed to animals, dead people and people already registered to vote.

    Dogs, dead people get election docs from nonprofit

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — The voter registration form arrived in the mail last month with some key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston’s name was complete, as was her Seattle address.Problem is, Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998.

    The serpentine Escalante River carves its way through sandstone landscape on its way to Lake Powell about 40 miles away to the south. William Martin LaFever, 28, who is autistic, lived on a few frogs he caught and roots as he wandered for at least three weeks in the remote Escalante Desert of southern Utah until being rescued on Thursday, July 12, 2012. LaFever, of Colorado Springs, Colo., told rescuers he drank water from the Escalante River while attempting to walk from Boulder, Utah, to Page, Ariz., a distance of approximately 90 miles or more by the route he appeared to be taking.

    Autistic man survives 3-week ordeal in Utah desert

    DENVER — An autistic man lived on frogs and roots as he wandered for weeks in the remote Escalante Desert of southern Utah until being rescued, emaciated but alive.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during a speech to the NAACP annual convention, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

    Obama says appropriate to focus on Romney’s Bain experience

    President Barack Obama said that if Mitt Romney’s basic premise for his presidential candidacy is “I’m Mister Fix-It on the economy,” then he would scrutinize Romney’s record at the private-equity firm Bain Capital LLC.

    Goat herder Dana McGregor, of Pismo Beach, Calif., surfs with his goats Pismo, left, and Pismo’s mother Goatee, at San Onofre State Beach, Calif., on Wednesday July 11, 2012. McGregor started taking Pismo’s mother Goatee to the beach, and it wasn’t long before she was on a surfboard. When Pismo was born, McGregor put her on a board too, and she was a natural, he says.

    Surfing goats ride waves in Southern California

    SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH, Calif. — Two goats named Goatee and Pismo are wowing California beachgoers with their surfing skills.The goats’ owner, Dana McGregor, says he taught his goats to surf because he loves to ride the waves and thought they would like it, too.

    In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 file photo released by the Iranian Fars News Agency, a surface-to-surface missile is launched during the Iranian Revolutionary Guards maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran. War games carried out in July 2012 showed missiles with improved accuracy and firing capabilities, Iranian media reports said Friday, July 13, 2012, an apparent response to stepped up Western sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.

    Reports: Iran war games showed missile accuracy

    TEHRAN, Iran — War games this month showcased missiles with improved accuracy and firing capabilities, Iranian media reports said Friday, an apparent response to stepped up Western moves against Iran’s nuclear program.

    When Silvio Berlusconi resigned after dominating the political scene for two decades, he left a country in financial shambles and a personal legacy tarnished by a sex and corruption scandals. Commentators called it the end of an era. Eight months later the political world is abuzz with signs that the 75-year-old media mogul is considering a comeback, plotting a return to power that even his closest allies had considered impossible.

    Is Italy’s Berlusconi plotting a comeback?

    ROME — When Silvio Berlusconi resigned after dominating Italy’s political scene for two decades, he left a country in financial shambles and a personal legacy tarnished by sex and corruption scandals. Commentators called it the end of an era.

    A person holds a sign in support of President Barack Obama along S. Independence Boulevard at Edwin Drive Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va., as people wait in line for tickets to see the president Friday at Green Run High School.

    Obama seeks to keep once-red Virginia on his side

    WASHINGTON — Against an increasingly bitter campaign backdrop, President Barack Obama is seeking to shore up support for his re-election in Virginia, a state he won four years ago ending decades of domination by Republican presidential candidates.For challenger Mitt Romney, the state now looms as a battleground crucial to his presidential hopes.


    Road shut down in Rolling Meadows

    Part of Hicks Road in Rolling Meadows was shut down early Friday after an accident downed power lines at Hicks and Kirchoff roads.

    People line up for a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hosted by former Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday, July 12, 2012 in Wilson, Wyo.

    Cheney: Romney ‘only’ man for foreign policy

    WILSON, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Republican fundraisers Thursday night that Mitt Romney is the “only” man who can make the right decisions in unexpected foreign policy crises. The presumptive 2012 Republican presidential nominee called Cheney a “great American leader” — and didn’t mention former President George W. Bush in a 20-minute speech to a country club...


    Bill Clinton perplexed by Romney’s tax statements

    WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton says Mitt Romney’s financial record is a matter of legitimate campaign scrutiny because he’s been selling himself as a fix-it man on the economy.Clinton tells NBC’s “Today” show Romney’s hesitation to release all of his tax returns “struck me as a little odd.” Romney has released a full tax filing only for 2010.


    Judge overturns La. town’s fortunetelling ban

    ALEXANDRIA, La. — A federal judge has struck down a central Louisiana ordinance banning fortunetelling, palm reading, astrology and similar activities in the city of Alexandria.U.S. District Judge Dee Drell’s ruling Wednesday concurs with a magistrate’s conclusion that the ordinance is unconstitutional.


    Syria activists: Regime killed scores in village

    BEIRUT — Anti-regime activists in Syria said Friday that government gunners rained shells on a poor, farming village before armed thugs moved in, leaving scores of people dead in what rebels claim could be one of the worst single days of bloodshed in the uprising against Bashar Assad’s regime.


    Probation for woman accused of keeping kids in kennel

    NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — The last of four people charged with abuse for keeping two children in a kennel inside a filthy trailer in Nebraska has been sentenced to probation.

    Michael Newman’s sons, Kobe, left, and D’metric.

    Benefit basketball game to help sons of ex-Batavia player

    Mike Newman, a 1992 Batavia graduate and member of the Bulldogs' 1991 Elite Eight team, died last November, two months after his wife passed away. Saturday at the high school, the Batavia basketball community is holding an alumni game with proceeds to benefit the couple's children, who live with their grandmother in Hinckley.


    Palatine Chamber to host Rockin’ the Blocks party July 28

    The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce will put on the Rockin' the Blocks community block party July 28 in downtown Palatine.


    Dawn Patrol: Crash victim identified; dog killed in burglary

    A Rolling Meadows man was killed in a crash on Route 53. Cook County will allow some suspects a second chance at lower bail. An Arlington Heights family came home to find their dog dead in an oven. And volunteers spotted a rare blue bullfrog in a DuPage County forest preserve.

    Chef Rick Bayless of “Mexico — One Plate at a Time” will lead cooking demonstrations at the TexMex and Music Fest Friday, July 13.

    First TexMex and Music Fest benefits DuPage PADS

    Carol Simler and the folks at DuPage PADS want people to know that homelessness is only a time in their lives — not a permanent situation. Their efforts will be supported by funding from the first TexMex and Music Fest, which brings Rick Bayless, Chris Isaak and Poi Dog Pondering to Naperville this weekend.


    Carol Stream eyes new day for fireworks

    Carol Stream is considering whether to have to the village's canceled fireworks show and concert over Labor Day weekend. The village earlier this month joined Wheaton in calling off its July 4 festivities because of safety concerns related to hot weather, dry conditions and debris from the massive July 1 storm.

    The fledgling cedar waxwings are among 160 animals, mostly birds, brought to Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn after a July 1 storm left them injured or orphaned.

    Glen Ellyn wildlife center mends 160 animals after storm

    While humans grappled with uprooted trees, torn roofs and power outages after a thunderstorm pummeled the western suburbs on July 1, Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn saw an influx of about 160 animals coping with injuries or abandonment.


    Grandwood Park to postpone fireworks because of drought, dry conditions

    Grandwood Park's Summerfest becomes the latest Lake County community fireworks show to be postponed because of dry conditions. Grandwood Park has rescheduled its 50th anniversary fireworks show to Saturday, Oct. 6. Gurnee Fire Department Fire Marshall Tom Keefe said the dry vegetation risks sparks from fireworks that could cause fires. "I'd rather answer for canceling the show than to answer to...

    Chelsea Laliberte, who grew up in Buffalo Grove, says she struggled with different issues than her parents did after her brother, Alex, died of a heroin overdose in 2008.

    Siblings of drug addicts face unique pain

    Siblings of drug addicts are forced to deal with difficult and unique issues, and their emotional needs often fall through the cracks as others focus on helping the parents and the addict. Now, groups around the U.S., including one local group, are reaching out to siblings. An awareness-raising fundraiser by Live4Lali will be held Saturday at Par King Lincolnshire.

    There is just something so peaceful about a sunrise over a lake. I couldn’t help but stop and take a moment to just enjoy this view. This photo was taken at Edgewater Park, which sits on the west side of Crystal Lake.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of July 9th.


    District 211 talks future of partnership with alternative school

    The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board of education discussed the cost of sending students with severe disciplinary problems to the North Cook Youth Adult Academy for the 2012-13 school year Thursday. The cost decreased by more than 7 percent from last year, but the board raised concerns about the future of the academy, which has faced significant cuts in state funding in recent...

    How many Matchbox cars did you have as a child? Do you know how much they might be worth today?

    Poll Vault: What’s a childhood possession you wish you still had?

    In Ohio, a recently discovered baseball card collection sat untouched in an attic for decades. Do you have a cache of childhood treasures stored away? What do you wish you had back?


    Kevin Youkilis hits the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 14th inning early Saturday in Kansas City, Mo. The White Sox defeated the Royals 9-8.

    Youkilis hits game-winner in 14th for Sox

    Kevin Youkilis hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning, and the Chicago White Sox outlasted the Kansas City Royals 9-8 to win a game that stretched into the wee hours of Saturday morning. Gordon Beckham drew a one-out walk off Everett Teaford (1-3) to start the winning rally, and Alejandro De Aza sent a single down the third-base line to put runners on the corners. On the 14th pitch of his at-bat, Youkilis managed to send a fly ball to deep center field.


    Top pick Teravainen turning some heads

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman are taking names and remembering numbers, according to Tim Sassone. Last summer, it was Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad and Jimmy Hayes making lasting impressions. Now there's one more impressive player to watch, and he's only 18 years old.

    Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot watches a scoreboard during overtime in Friday’s game against the Connecticut Sun. The Sky blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead and lost 80-78.

    Time to ponder another Sky demise

    Missed opportunities in the Chicago Sky's latest collapse, an 80-78 overtime loss on Friday night at Allstate Arena to the Connecticut Sun, will likely play over and over again in coach Pokey Chatman's mind as she settles in to the WNBA's monthlong Olympic break.

    The Bulls’ Kyle Korver, who suffered a rough first-round playoff series against the Sixers, has been traded to the Hawks, according to multiple reports.

    Reports: Korver trade to Hawks in the works
    The Bulls have traded Kyle Korver to the Atlanta Hawks, according to multiple reports. The deal had not been announced publicly as of late Friday afternoon and full details were not available. Apparently, Minnesota is also involved in the trade, which might include a sign-and-trade for guard Kirk Hinrich.


    Donovan’s dominance does it for Boomers

    Robby Donovan was dominant for the West Division-leading Schaumburg Boomers, throwing the first nine-inning complete game in franchise history Friday on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Normal CornBelters in the first game of second-half play in the Frontier League.


    Clutch double play key for Cougars

    A bases-loaded threat in the top of the ninth inning was thwarted by the Kane County Cougars as they hung on for a 2-1 victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

    Alfonso Soriano, right, receives congratulations from Anthony Rizzo and David DeJesus after blasting a 3-run homer Friday in the fifth inning against the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. Soriano had a pair of homers and tied a career high with 5 RBI.

    Happy day for Fonzie, Cubs

    Who says they don't play Friday night games at Wrigley Field? A 3-hour-and-40-minute rain delay pushed back the start of the season's unofficial second half to happy hour — and Paul Maholm and Alfonso Soriano made it happy indeed for the Cubs. It was the Cubs' 10th victory in their last 14 games.

    The Cubs have planned several events in Chicago and Cooperstown, N.Y., to honor No. 10, Ron Santo, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously on July 22.

    Cubs plan events to honor Santo’s HOF induction

    Cubs graphic on Santo events


    Cubs’ top 20 picks under contract

    It's pretty much "mission accomplished" for the Cubs as far as this year's draft goes. On Friday, they announced that they had come to terms with second-round pick Duane Underwood, a right-handed pitcher out of Pope High School in Georgia. With the signing of Underwood, the Cubs have agreed with each of their first 20 draft picks.


    Big Ten, Pac-12 suspend scheduling agreement

    The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced Friday that they were scrapping plans to schedule games against each other in all sports, with Pac-12 officials saying there were too many complications with football schedules to pull it off.


    Millar wins longest Tour stage; Wiggins keeps lead

    David Millar, who describes himself as a reformed "ex-doper," won the longest stage of the Tour de France on Friday while British countryman Bradley Wiggins kept the yellow jersey as the race left the Alps.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44), and David DeJesus (9) congratulate Alfonso Soriano Friday after his three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field.

    Soriano hits 2 homers, powers Cubs past Arizona

    Alfonso Soriano homered twice, doubled twice and had five RBIs Friday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 in a game whose start was delayed nearly four hours by rain.Soriano hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and a three-run shot in the fifth off Ian Kennedy and added a run-scoring double in the seventh off Brad Ziegler.Even though it wasn't raining at the time, the Cubs held up the start of the game after radar showed a big storm coming toward Wrigley Field. When it finally arrived, the deluge soaked the warning tracks and bullpens on either side of the field, creating ankle-deep water in some spots. The game didn't start for 3 hours and 40 minutes after the scheduled first pitch.Soriano launched his 16th homer leading off the fourth, a shot to left that cleared the bleachers and put the Cubs up 2-1. And with two outs and two on the fifth, he hit a high drive that landed over the fence in center to make it 5-1.It was Soriano's s second multi-homer game this season and 30th of his career. The 36-year-old slugger has hit all of his 17 homers this season since May 15. His five RBIs tied a career high.Kennedy (6-8) gave up seven hits and six runs in five-plus innings, hitting a batter, walking two and throwing two wild pitches.Paul Maholm (7-6) allowed six hits and a run in seven innings to win his third straight start. He drove in a run with a bunt in the sixth inning.After four days off for the All-Star break and then the long delay, the Diamondbacks came out ready to go as Willie Bloomquist led off with a double and Aaron Hill beat out a bunt single. Bloomquist scored on Justin Upton's double play grounder, the first of two double plays turned by the Cubs in the first two innings.Kennedy's wildness helped Chicago tie it in the second. Soriano led off with a double, reached third on a fly and scored on Kennedy's wild pitch.Maholm had his shortest start of the season when he faced the Diamondbacks on June 23 in Phoenix, lasting 3 1-2 innings and giving up nine hits and six earned runs. He hasn't lost since that outing.Notes: The Cubs have won 10 of their last 14. ... Diamondbacks RHP Daniel Hudson had successful Tommy John surgery on Monday in Los Angeles. It was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum. ... Cubs 3B Ian Stewart had surgery on his left wrist Tuesday in Cleveland. The team will determine in August if he will play again this season. .., Arizona RHP Josh Collmenter will move back to bullpen with LHP Joe Saunders (left shoulder strain) returning to start Saturday after coming off the DL. ... Announced attendance was 36,878.

    Zach Johnson tees off on the 17th hole during the second round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament at TPC at Deere Run on Friday.

    Stricker’s in the Deere picture

    Steve Stricker is still very much in contention for an historic fourth straight win midway through the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., but the battle lines were more clearly drawn on Friday.

    Veteran jockey Chris Emigh, who last won a racing title at Arlington Park in 2006, collected three wins Thursday at the local oval. After spending last summer in Indiana, the rider from Elburn returned to Arlington Park for this season's meet.

    Elburn jockey Emigh a triple winner at Arlington Park

    Veteran jockey Chris Emigh, who won leading rider honors at Arlington during the summer of 2006, scored a riding hat trick Thursday at Arlington Park racetrack to move up the local standings."It's been awhile since I've had one of those here," said Emigh, who resides in Elburn with his wife and two teenaged children. "It feels great to get one of those at Arlington again."

    Jhan Marinez

    Sox recall pitcher Marinez from Charlotte

    Before tonight's game at Kansas City, the White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Jhan Marinez from Class AAA Charlotte. Marinez, 23, is 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 26 relief appearances with Charlotte this season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has 13.0 consecutive scoreless innings over his last six outings.

    Four graded stakes races are on the menu Saturday at Arlington Park, which also will host a Breakfast at Arlington event in the morning. All four stakes races, part of Arlington’s Million Day prep card, will be run on the famed turf course.

    Arlington Park features 4 strong stakes races Saturday

    The debut of the Stars and Stripes as part of the Million Day Preview card rounds out a powerhouse lineup Saturday at Arlington Park, a lineup which also includes three Grade III $200,000 races — the American Derby, the Modesty Handicap and the Arlington Handicap, all final preps for Million Day.

    USA’s Michael Jordan sails high above teammate Magic Johnson, knocking away a shot during the first half of their preliminary-round basketball game with Croatia at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona in 1992.

    Could the 2012 Dream Team beat the Original?

    When it comes to Dream Team 1992 vs. Dream Team 2012, who are you picking to win this classic series between some of the greatest basketball players of all times? Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan have already weighed in, and Mike North is putting his money is on ...


    Cubs scouting report

    The Cubs were swept in Arizona June 22-24, getting outscored 21-7. The Diamondbacks (42-43) enter the unofficial second half of the season third in the NL West and fighting for a playoff spot.


    White Sox scouting report

    The White Sox make the first of three trips to Kansas City in the second half. They lost two of three to the Royals at home in May and were 7-11 vs. K.C. last season.

    A sign in support of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno hangs from an apartment balcony in downtown State College, Pa., Thursday, July 12, 2012. After an eight-month inquiry, former FBI director Louis Freeh’s firm produced a 267-page report that concluded that Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for more than a decade for fear of bad publicity, allowing Sandusky to prey on other youngsters.

    Paterno legacy tarnished, but fans remain loyal

    A blistering report that claims Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials concealed what they knew about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children may prove to be an indelible stain on the beloved coach's 61-year tenure at the school where he preached "success with honor." Paterno's supporters are legion, though, and some insist the late coach got a raw deal from former FBI Director Louis Freeh.


    Can’t help but be happy for good guy Olczyk

    The only thing cooler than hearing that Chicago’s very own Eddie Olczyk will soon be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame was hearing his heartfelt, emotional reaction to the honor this week.Big-time kudos to Eddie.I’ll say it again:Eddie and Doc; the best national broadcast team in any sport.Burying the lead:The headlines this week screamed how local prep superstar Jabari Parker has dwindled his list of prospective colleges to 10 and that the University of Illinois didn’t make the list.What about the fact that DePaul did?Can you imagine?2013 cross-town series = Chuck Woolery:It’ll be back in 2 and 2.They hear us. They really hear us:First we get a college playoff, now a more realistic MLB interleague schedule.Now if only ... :The NFL could impose a 70-yard penalty for anyone celebrating a sack when his team is trailing by 20 or more points.Active senior:Golfer Bob Charles shoots a 66 in a European seniors event last week.Bob Charles is 76.Amazing senior:Harness racing driver Leo Burns of downstate Albion guides Winsome Wyoming to a wire-to-wire win earlier this week at the Wayne County Fair.Leo Burns is … 97!Bearz-buzz:Two weeks until Bears training camp starts.Two weeks and 10 minutes until we’re officially sick of hearing about Matt Forte’s contract.I’m thinking:We’re only going to see that commercial where Kerry Wood pulls Andre Dawson out of the vines, oh, 347,896 more times between now and the end of the season.I hope the novelty of it doesn’t go the way of the Be Sharps.Doing it right:The Chicago Wolves were honored three times Thursday by the American Hockey League for their off-ice work during the 2011-12 season.The Wolves received the Community Service award, the sponsorship sales department of the year honor and the nod for the most unique sales promotion (for their floor hockey program with local schools).The Hinrich maneuver:In a word: not a bad move.Super send-off:It was nice to see Hollywood heavyweights such as Chachi and the guy from The Bachelor weigh in on the death of actor Ernest Borgnine.What? Was Susan Anton unavailable?Mmm, breakfast buffet:Saturday at Arlington Park should be something, what with four stakes races worth a total of $750,000 on the Million Preview Day card.But it’s the Breakfast at Arlington part of the day I like best. Cooler weather, free admittance, horses working out and ... a breakfast buffet.Doesn’t get any better.He said it:“I’d love to be able to influence a guy like that to come to Chicago.”— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews to the Winnipeg Sun on his repeated texts to try to lure free-agent forward Shane Doan to Chicago.mspellman@dailyherald.com


    In this June 28, 2012, a cherry hangs on a tree on with very few other cherries in the orchards of Seaquist Orchards in Sister Bay, Wis. The company only expects to get about 10 percent of a full crop this year after frost got the buds that developed early from a warm winter and spring. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

    Tart cherry crop in Midwest destroyed by weather

    Walk into Cherry Republic's store in the heart of the nation's biggest tart cherry producing region, and you could end up with jam or salsa with fruit that had to be imported from Poland. Cherry Republic can't get enough tart cherries from its local orchards because 97 percent of Michigan's crop was destroyed this year by a freak weather pattern. An unseasonably warm March that caused trees to bud was followed by an April freeze that killed the blossoms.

    Chrysler Group LLC employees work on a 2013 Dodge Dart as it moves along the production line at the company's assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Chrysler announced it will add 1,800 more jobs at the Belvidere plant, nearly 500 .

    Dart's 6,000 new Belvidere jobs buck national trend

    Chrysler Group LLC's factory in Belvidere, Illinois, is bustling, shipping about 300 Dodge Darts a day. A mile east on U.S. Route 20, a new restaurant has added an assembly line of its own: one that makes steak sandwiches.Business is looking up at Fiesta Market, a grocery that had struggled during the recession, said owner Mike Bolis.


    Tribune gets OK for bankruptcy-exit plan

    Tribune Co. won court approval to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, more than four years after a leveraged buyout left the media company with unsustainable debt.

    Associated Press/June 1, 2009 Frank Kameny talks about his life at his home in Washington. A Canadian amateur astronomer who discovered several asteroids has named one after U.S. gay rights pioneer Kameny who died last year in Washington. Kameny, who earned a doctorate in astronomy at Harvard University, was an astronomer with the U.S. Army Map Service in the 1950s but was fired from his job for being gay.

    Thomson Reuters lines up against gay marriage ban

    The legal, business information and media company Thomson Reuters said Friday that an amendment to ban marriage in Minnesota would be bad for business.


    Nvidia: 400,000 passwords may have been hit

    U.S. semiconductor maker Nvidia Corp. says up to 400,000 users of its forums have had their encrypted passwords compromised in attacks dating back to early July.

    Traders work at the start of early trading at the New York Stock Exchange. U.S.

    JPMorgan leads Dow Jones average to a big gain

    JPMorgan Chase blew away a cloud of concern hanging over the banking industry Friday and set off a rally in stocks.

    San Bernardino, Calif., as seen Thursday from an onramp to Interstate 215. San Bernardino is facing a budget shortfall of $45 million and annual deficits over the next five years.

    Buffett predicts more cities will file bankruptcy

    Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said municipal bankruptcies are set to rise as there's less stigma attached after three California cities opted to seek protection just weeks apart.


    FAA fines Boeing $13.5 million for missed deadline

    Federal safety officials say they're fining Boeing $13.5 million for failing to meet a deadline for providing airlines instruction on how to prevent fuel tank explosions in some Boeing airliners.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, greets U.S. Embassy staff Friday at the Le Royal hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    Clinton declares Myanmar open for U.S. investment

    Secretray of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called this week a "milestone" in U.S.-Myanmar relations as the Obama administration lifted restrictions on U.S. investments in the country.

    Associated Press/Tribune-Star, Joseph C. Garza Jordan Brown of Terre Haute, Ind., sits in the pilot’s seat of the DC-3, Flagship Detroit, as he talks to one of the plane’s pilots, Rick Smail, on Tuesday at the Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field.

    Possible pilot shortage raises safety concerns

    An industry forecast that nearly half a million new airline pilots will be needed worldwide over the next 20 years as airlines expand their fleets has raised safety concerns that airlines will hire lower caliber pilots as they struggle to fill slots.

    Russ Wasendorf, Sr., CEO of Peregrine Financial Group, Inc., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    CEO of troubled Iowa brokerage charged

    Federal agents on Friday arrested the chief executive officer of an Iowa-based brokerage firm that is missing more than $200 million in customer money and released the text of a suicide note in which he confesses to embezzling funds from customers for nearly two decades.

    Workers raise the corporate flag of JPMorgan Chase at the bank’s headquarters in New York Friday.

    JPMorgan says bad trade has ballooned to $5.8B

    JPMorgan Chase said Friday that a bad trade had cost the bank $5.8 billion this year, almost triple its original estimate, and raised the prospect that traders had improperly tried to conceal the blunder. "This has shaken our company to the core," CEO Jamie Dimon said. The bank said managers tied to the bad trade had been dismissed without severance pay and that it planned to revoke two years' worth of pay from each of those executives.


    Navistar Financial sells $501 million in asset-backed notes

    Navistar Financial Corp., an affiliate of Navistar, Inc., has completed the sale of $501 million of asset-backed notes as part of the company's initiative to reduce debt costs and build liquidity


    Network Merchants launches Android credit card processing solution

    Network Merchants launched a mobile processing solution to process credit cards anywhere in the world over a cellular or Wi-Fi connection.


    American Utility Management names chief operating officer

    American Utility Management has appointed Joseph R. Stackhouse Chief Operating Officer.


    Corbett, Duncan & Hubly to celebrate end of hourly billing

    Itasca-based Corbett, Duncan & Hubly, P.C. is celebrating its transition away from hourly billing with an event on Wednesday, July 18 at their offices.

    U.S. wholesale prices rose only slightly last month, as higher costs for food and pickup trucks offset another drop in energy prices. But overall inflation stayed mild.

    U.S.wholesale prices rise 0.1 percent in June

    U.S. wholesale prices rose only slightly last month, as higher costs for food and pickup trucks offset another drop in energy prices. But overall inflation stayed mild. The Labor Department says the producer price index increased 0.1 percent in June, after a steep drop of 1 percent in May. In the past 12 months, wholesale prices have risen 0.7 percent, the same as in May.


    Flight to Madrid leaves JFK after explosives scare
    Passengers in New York City have resumed their flight to Madrid hours after authorities determined that strange wiring found in the plane's bathroom was not an explosive device.Delta Flight 126 had left the gate at Kennedy Airport around 8 p.m. Thursday, but returned about an hour later after a passenger reported finding the wires. The 206 passengers were evacuated.


    Oil near $87 even as Chinese growth slows
    Oil rose to near $87 a barrel Friday even as economic growth in China, the world's second-largest crude consumer, slowed in the second quarter to a three-year low. The decline was in line with expectations.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for August delivery was up 83 cents at $86.91 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude rose 27 cents to settle at $86.08 on Thursday in New York.


    Lexmark falls as printer slump spurs forecast cut

    Lexmark International Inc. fell as much as 15 percent after the company said second-quarter sales and profit will be lower than the printer maker had expected due to weak demand in Europe and unfavorable exchange rates.Shares of Lexmark dropped as low as $20.75 in early trading, after decreasing 7.5 percent to $24.31 at the close in New York yesterday. The shares had lost 26 percent this year.Lexmark joins a lengthening roster of technology vendors -- including Applied Materials Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. -- citing the economic slump in Europe for worse-than-expected second-quarter results.The “outlook reflects a weaker-than-expected demand environment, particularly in Europe, and a larger-than-expected impact from unfavorable changes in currency exchange rates,” Lexmark said.Sales declined about 12 percent in the June period, Lexington, Kentucky-based Lexmark said yesterday in a statement. That’s greater the 7 percent to 9 percent drop the company had forecast in April. Profit will be 53 cents to 55 cents a share, excluding acquisition- and restructuring-related costs, Lexmark said. The company previously forecast 65 cents to 75 cents.Analysts on average had predicted that Lexmark would report per-share profit of 99 cents, data compiled by Bloomberg show. They had projected that sales would fall 8 percent to $959.6 million.Lexmark said the sales and currency trends would probably affect results in the second half of the year as well. The company plans to give an update for the full year on July 24.The shares fell the most in more than nine months yesterday after Barclays Capital downgraded Lexmark stock, citing a slump in corporate spending as more workers use mobile devices. Benjamin Reitzes, an analyst at Barclays in New York, downgraded the shares to underweight from equalweight and reduced his price estimate to $24 from $29.

    Wells Fargo is reporting higher earnings for the second quarter thanks to a pickup in lending and a decline in the amount of bad loans.

    Mortgage applications boost Wells Fargo results

    Wells Fargo is reporting higher earnings for the second quarter thanks to a pickup in lending and a decline in the amount of bad loans. The San Francisco-based bank’s net income rose 18 percent to $4.4 billion, compared to $3.7 billion in the same period a year ago. On a per-share basis, the bank earned 82 cents, in line with estimates of analysts polled by FactSet. Revenue of $21.3 billion was also in line with analysts’ expectations. Wells Fargo’s total loans grew. Commercial and industrial loans increased, and the bank reported a record amount mortgage applications.Delinquent loans fell. The bank released some of the reserves it had set aside to cover bad loans. The stock fell 17 cents in pre-market trading Friday, to $32.68.

    A elderly man plays bagpipes in the street and uses a cooking pot to collect money in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Thursday,

    Red tape still investment problem in Greece

    The European regional policy commissioner says Greece has too much red tape to encourage business investment, and called on the country's new government to tackle the issue "immediately."Johannes Hahn called Friday for the simplification of investment procedures, as well as a clarification of responsibilities between Greece's ministries, as well as between the various levels of local government.

    A security guard tries a bicycle near exhibited furniture during a consumer products exhibition in Beijing Friday.

    With slower growth, China can’t play economic hero

    China's economic growth fell to a three-year low, and a potential recovery later this year will probably be too weak to pull the world out of its slump. The world's second-largest economy grew by 7.6 percent over a year earlier in the three months ending in June, its slowest since early 2009 during the global crisis, data showed Friday.

Life & Entertainment

    Elvis Presley’s signature fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich inspired the Hunka Hunka Ice Cream Pie.

    Hunka Hunka Ice Cream Pie
    Hunka Hunka Ice Cream Pie

    This clapboard-sided house, built in 1786 in Lewes, Del., is listed for $995,000.

    Houses that are really Colonials
    How well do you know your U.S. history? It might have been awhile since your eighth-grade civics class, but you probably know many of the oldest homes and historic areas in the nation run up and down the East Coast.


    The nation’s housing: Health care and housing — a taxing issue

    When the Supreme Court upheld the health care reform law on federal tax grounds, it restoked a housing issue that had been relatively quiet for the past year: The alleged 3.8 percent "real estate tax" on home sales beginning in 2013 that is buried away in the legislation.

    Anna Kendrick attends the “ParaNorman” panel Thursday at Comic-Con.

    'ParaNorman’ conjures up zombies at Comic-Con

    The makers of the animated tale "ParaNorman" like to think of their film in terms of odd combinations. Horror and comedy. John Carpenter meets John Hughes. "The Breakfast Club" meets "The Fog." Or, as writer-director Chris Butler told a crowd Friday at the Comic-Con fan convention, “a zombie movie for kids. Why not?”


    A nutritious, get-your-hands-dirty family activity

    I was introduced to an amazing local organization call Smart Farms, www.smartfarms.org, located in Barrington. The Smart Farm's mission is to build a healthy sustainable community through gardening. According to Kathy Gabelman, founder of Smart Farms, "We have tasks for all ages and love to see the excitement in kids' eyes when they pick a beet or carrot or taste an edible flower."

    Author E.L. James poses with her book "Fifty Shades of Grey" at a book signing during the first day of Comic-Con convention at the San Diego Convention Center Thursday.

    ‘Fifty Shades’ author delights fans at Comic-Con

    The last time E L James came to Comic-Con, she participated in a panel for fans who wrote fiction inspired by the hugely popular "Twilight" series. On Thursday afternoon, she came as the author of her own literary phenomenon — the erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey."

    Michael Clarke Duncan’s publicist confirmed that the 54-year-old actor suffered a myocardial infarction early Friday.

    Michael Clarke Duncan suffers heart attack

    Michael Clarke Duncan has been hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. Publicist Joy Fehily says in a brief email statement that the 54-year-old actor "suffered a myocardial infarction" early Friday.

    “American Idol” is on the brink of a crisis as judge Steven Tyler, left, announced his departure Thursday and fellow judge Jennifer Lopez announced today that she’s leaving the show.

    J.Lo follows Tyler off ‘American Idol’

    Jennifer Lopez is the second judge in two days to say she's leaving "American Idol." Her representative, Mark Young, said Friday that Lopez is ending her time on television's most popular show after two years. Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler said the same thing on Thursday. That means the show's judging panel is down to one, Randy Jackson, and there are reports that he may take a different role on the program moving forward.

    Suburban Chicago's Got Talent top 20 finalist Shane Lubecker, 16, of Algonquin.

    Votes are in for Suburban talent

    Deadline has passed to get your votes in for your favorite suburban talent star. The top 10 will perform at the Metropolis in Arlington Heights on Sunday, July 22. The top five will perform on Sunday, Aug. 5, and the winner will be crowned during the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 11.


    Theater events: Buffalo Theatre ends 25th season with 'Drawer Boy'

    Buffalo Theatre's "The Drawer Boy" and Mary-Arrchie's remount of "Superior Donuts" are among the theater shows opening this week in the suburbs.

    Rebecca & Fiona’s “I Love You, Man”

    DJ duet sizzles on ‘I Love You, Man’

    Swedish DJ duo Rebecca & Fiona is out and about with "I Love You, Man," a light and airy dance album that feels gilded in gold. This album is more about filling the need for fun summer sounds and less about ground-breaking arrangements, because there are none.

    A young boy (Frankie Muniz) forms a life-long bond with his pet in the fact-based drama

    10 cool canine movies to get us through dog days

    As we slip into the official dog days of summer, we honor 10 of the best canine movies ever made, dog stories that aren't, uh, dogs. Ancient Romans, believing that Sirius the dog star caused the extreme heat of late summer, would sacrifice a brown canine to appease Sirius and spare themselves seasonal discomfort during the hot dog days. We have a better idea: watch a hot dog movie instead.


    Night life events: Tunes keep Arlington Park hopping

    A new concert series at Arlington Park keeps the party going after the last horses have raced some Fridays this summer. Catch Murley Shertz Friday, July 13. Get in on the all-inclusive bar package from 6 to 9 p.m. that includes a beer and wine open bar and a beer mug for $25.

    Walter White (Bryan Cranston), right, and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) return in season 5 of AMC's “Breaking Bad,” airing Sunday, July 15.

    New season marks turning point for 'Breaking Bad,' stars

    "Breaking Bad" returns Sunday to AMC for a run of eight episodes that pave the way to a final eight airing next year. By this point in its fast-evolving narrative, the formerly milquetoast teacher has morphed into a triumphant drug lord (played by Bryan Cranston) in tumultuous cahoots with his one-time slacker pupil, (Aaron Paul). And caught in the middle is the main character's wife, played by Anna Gunn.

    Walter White (Bryan Cranston), right, and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) return in season 5 of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” airing Sunday, July 15.

    New season marks turning point for ‘Breaking Bad,’ stars

    "Breaking Bad" returns Sunday to AMC for a run of eight episodes that pave the way to a final eight airing next year. By this point in its fast-evolving narrative, the formerly milquetoast teacher has morphed into a triumphant drug lord (played by Bryan Cranston) in tumultuous cahoots with his one-time slacker pupil, (Aaron Paul). And caught in the middle is the main character's wife, played by Anna Gunn.

    The Pines of Lakemoor is a family-oriented neighborhood with parks and playgrounds, surrounded by open areas like Volo Bog and Moraine Hills State Park.

    Pines of Lakemoor nestled in between recreational expanses

    The Pines of Lakemoor offers a family-oriented neighborhood with parks and playgrounds, surrounding open areas and a convenient location. Residents Tomm and Lori Smithe love the neighborhood where their three young children have plenty of playmates and lots to do.

    Felicia P. Fields plays Mother Shaw in Goodman Theatre's 10th anniversary revival of Regina Taylor's re-imagined gospel musical “Crowns.”

    Hats off to crowd-pleasing but formulaic 'Crowns'

    Engaging yet formulaic, Goodman's "Crowns" is an undeniable crowd-pleaser. It's the tale of a hat-loving church-goer (played by the wonderful Felicia P. Fields), who helps a grieving young woman heal.

    Beale Street is alive day and night with street performers like the Beale Street Flippers.

    A trio of treats in downtown Memphis

    A trio of extras to make your downtown Memphis visit memorable.


    Super handyman: Ladder safety not a laughing matter
    Slapstick comedy can make ladder misuse hilarious! But proper use of a ladder is really important and not a laughing matter. Here are some tips you should follow to make sure you don't get hurt.

    Beale Street is alive day and night with street performers like the Beale Street Flippers.

    There’s much to do in rockin’ town of Memphis

    Heading to Graceland for Elvis Week? Bring the kids along; there's loads for them to do from walking a scaled-down model of the Mississippi River to dancing along with old Soul Train episodes at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.


    About real estate: Unmarried buyers have special concerns when ‘taking title’ to new home

    It's usually best for unmarried co-buyers to take title as "tenants-in-common," even if they plan to wed each other soon.

    Ice cream pie with peanut butter and bananas pays tribute to Elvis Presley, who died 35 years ago next month.

    What better Elvis tribute than peanut butter and banana?

    Ice cream pie made with peanut butter and bananas is a fitting tribute to Elvis Presley, who died 35 years ago next month.


    Home inspector: Desperate angry homebuyers stuck with bad foundation

    Q. We bought our home when it was new. There had been another buyer before us, but he backed out of the deal because of a foundation problem. The builder disclosed that the problem had been repaired. We were desperate and angry, so we purchased the property.



    Editorial: Bringing peace, dignity to the dying

    A Daily Herald Editorial highlights the efforts of a Wheaton cellist who helps bring peace and dignity to people dying in nursing homes -- and emphasizes that we can all find ways to participate in that kind of experience for our loved ones.


    The Islamist ascendancy

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: The Arab Spring is a misnomer. This is an Islamist ascendancy, likely to dominate Arab politics for a generation.


    The numbers game

    Columnist Cal Thomas: The president's policies, which appear to have stifled economic growth, continue to contribute to the dismal jobs outcome.


    How bad is Gov. Romney’s amnesia?
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Romneycare, in Massachusetts, is the model used for Obamacare, and now the Romney campaign hates it.


    Parker notes true triumphs of women
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I thank Kathleen for pointing out the accomplishments of Laura Bush that she chose to keep private. The things our former first lady did for children, education and women's rights are far more important than worrying about schools serving french fries and pizza.


    Loud talking ruins outdoor concert
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Incredibly, the talkers invariably raise their voices so that they can be heard above the music.


    It’s about a life, not a choice
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Human life should be protected and defended, not ended by a "medical procedure."


    Balanced budget? Ask a 5th-grader
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: Put 12 economists in a room and ask them for their solution to reducing the debt and balancing the budget. What you would get would be 13 different opinions on how to improve the economy. So with that being the case, let's ask some fifth-graders for their ideas on how to lower the debt and balance the budget.


    God’s word still mandatory today
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: In response to your July 2 editorial, I understand your opinion that individuals have differing preferences which lead to presumed entitlements for personal choices. You liken today's changes to those which were faced by earlier generations, when each was resolved according to mores of those times.


    Sheriff Zaruba is one cool dad
    Patrick Zaruba has one cool dad. As a 17-year-old high school student, he enjoyed the Take Your Child to Work program in a very special way. His father happens to be John Zaruba, DuPage County Sheriff. Young Patrick just didn't get to sit in his father's office and watch him turn the wheels of criminal justice. He got to ride with deputies pursuing bad guys and even was recorded on a police car camera chasing after a bad guy himself.


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