Daily Archive : Tuesday July 17, 2012


    An American Goldfinch pokes around duckweed near Boy Scout Island in St. Charles. The bird's most common natural habitat is weedy fields and floodplains, but with the drought, creatures of all kinds are seeking water wherever they can find it.

    Water 101: How to weather the drought

    Stuck in the gridlock of Randall Road, I watched as sprinklers shot water in glistening arcs over grass-covered median strips. Millions of water drops were evaporating into thin air, never reaching a blade of grass. I cringed. That was my water someone was wasting. Your water, too.


    Baseball academy opening in Carol Stream

    A baseball skills instruction business is coming to Carol Stream. The Ball Yard Academy, run by coach Mark Hayward, will locate in currently vacant warehouse space at 445 Randy Road in the village's industrial district.

    DuPage Chief Judge John Elsner said the county this year is expected to save an estimated $1.9 million because of a decision to close the youth home and send detainees to a facility in Kane County.

    Closing DuPage County youth home saves millions, judge says

    Eight months after the DuPage County Board made a highly controversial decision to close the county youth home, DuPage's chief judge is calling the move "a financial grand slam." DuPage Chief Judge John Elsner says taxpayers will save "millions of dollars" because the county is sending youth detainees to Kane County's regional facility in St. Charles.

    Tom and Pat Nicarico, left, take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jeanine Nicarico Children's Advocacy Center in Wheaton on Tuesday. On the right is DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.

    DuPage children's center a tribute to Jeanine Nicarico

    Jeanine Nicarico never shied away from helping a child in need, so it's fitting, her mother said Tuesday, that the facility where abused DuPage County children go for protection will be named in her honor. "I really feel her spirit will be here protecting these children," Pat Nicarico said at a ceremony to break ground for the new Jeanine Nicarico Children's Advocacy Center in Wheaton.


    Bartlett ordinance approval readies village for video gambling

    An ordinance approved by the Bartlett village board Tuesday essentially sets out additional regulations in preparation of letting video gambling into town when it becomes operational in the state. The ordinance makes any violations of the Illinois Gaming Act a violation of the village's liquor control ordinance, and requires businesses that want video gaming machines to obtain a village gaming...

    Carlos Faria, 10, right, Brain Haro, 10, and Andrew Faria, 8, all of Round Lake Beach, cool off in the fountains at Grayslake Park District Spray Park Tuesday trying to keep cool in the heat. The temperatures soared toward 100 degrees for another day, adding to the extremely hot summer.

    Feeling hot, hot, hot? Hotter days may lie ahead

    If you didn't know it already, it's been a hot summer so far. So much so that we're two 100-degree days away from breaking a record set in 1988 for most triple-digit temperature days in a year. Though temps are expected to cool off later this week, next week will be back in the upper 90s.


    McDonald's to take another crack at sixth Naperville location

    Naperville city council members aren't ready to give McDonald's a break today but they are going to give them another chance to propose their plans for the southeast corner of Hillside Road and Washington Street. McDonald's attorney Hank Stillwell asked council members Tuesday to allow the corporation to address some of the several concerns expressed by council members last month.


    Fox Valley Habitat likely to help Aurora with home rehab

    The city of Aurora is likely to gain a new partner in its efforts to rehab and resell 10 vacant or foreclosed homes using federal stimulus funding. The new partner, Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity, is likely to gain two properties it can fix up and sell to low-income families, five of whom already are on a waiting list.


    Garbage outsourcing referendum will be on Rolling Meadows ballot

    Rolling Meadows residents will vote on whether they think the city should privatize garbage collection in the form of a referendum on the November ballot, the city council decided Tuesday. "This is something that will literally effect every household in the city on a weekly basis," Mayor Tom Rooney said. "We're the council, and we work for the citizens, and they're asking that they be given the...


    McHenry Co. Board votes to disclose conflicts of interest to HUD

    The McHenry County Board voted to disclose to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development the potential conflicts of interest regarding Community Development Block Grant program funding applications. The potential conflicts of interest involve McHenry County Board members Virginia Peschke and Sandra Fay Salgado, and Community Development Block Grant commission member Phillip Bartmann and...

    Andrew P. Pederson

    Batavia man also faces felony charge for vandalism to squad car

    A Batavia man was arrested Sunday at a party where he and other minors were accused of drinking alcohol -- the day after he received a city ticket accusing him of the same things.


    Whistleblower lawsuit to proceed against West's estate, county

    Although former Kane County Coroner Chuck West has died, a lawsuit filed by his second-in-command will proceed. The attorney for Acting Coroner Loren Carrera said Kane County and West's estate will be added as defendants in the lawsuit, in which she accuses West of retaliating against her after alerting authorities that he allegedly allowed a television to be stolen from the home of a dead...

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns Tuesday Irwin, Pa.

    Romney accuses Obama of casting shame on success

    Mitt Romney, facing heightened attacks by President Barack Obama's campaign for refusing to disclose more of his tax returns, confronts escalating calls from within his own party to put the issue to rest by providing additional filings.


    Buffalo Grove man faces sexual assault charge

    A Buffalo Grove man faces charges of criminal sexual assault after authorities say he molested a 20-year-old woman during a party July 14. A Cook County judge set bail at $100,000 Monday for Omar Ontiveros, 22, who's charged with a class 1 felony.

    A plane flying over the Penn State University campus Tuesday pulls a banner reading “Take the statue down or we will.” The Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium has been a point of much contention. Critics have called for the statue to be taken down after the Freeh report concluded that Paterno was aware of a 1998 allegations against Sandusky — in contrast to his grand jury testimony and an interview given after his firing — and that he was involved in the decision to not report a 2001 incident to the authorities even after his superiors had decided to.

    Penn State to rule on Paterno statue in 7-10 days

    A Penn State spokesman says a decision on the fate of a statue of late football coach Joe Paterno will be made within days. Critics have called for the statue to be taken down in light of a report concluding Paterno and other top university officials concealed information about sex abuse allegations against a former assistant coach to avoid bad publicity.

    Susan Sweeney

    Statehouse candidates start amassing cash

    Suburban candidates for statewide office are beginning to amass funds in advance of the Nov. 6 election, quarterly campaign finance reports show. The big money in races for Springfield, though, will come in approaching months as each party starts to pour money into a handful of the races they deem most competitive.


    A new Hawthorn Woods ordinance bans leaf burning starting next year; alterative options to be studied

    The Hawthorn Woods village board members voted Monday night to ban waste burning in the village. Next year, residents will no longer be allowed to burn leaves and plants. Public Works Director Erika Frable said the smoke may be the root for a lot of health issues for residents. "Looking at the atmosphere, we determined it's unhealthy for some people to be out and about," she said.

    This intersection of Irving Park Road and Wood Dale Road in Wood Dale will be the site of a downtown vision and community park area hoped to attract people to the area.

    Wood Dale moves ahead with downtown vision plan

    Wood Dale officials have asked Uhlir Consulting, LLC to submit proposals for the creation of a downtown focal point and community park before the end of the fiscal year, which ends April 30. "We need to allocate money into the budget, so we need a report before that time," said John Forrest, director of community development.


    Rep. Dold hosting job fair in Wheeling

    Congressman Robert Dold, a Republican from Kenilworth, will be hosting a job fair with special opportunities for veterans on Monday, July 23. The "Get America Back to Work Job Fair" will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wheeling High School, 900 S. Elmhurst Road, Wheeling.


    Hawthorn Woods electrical aggregation

    Hawthorn Woods officials approved placing a municipal electrical aggregation referendum question on the Nov. 6 ballot at the village board meeting Monday night.


    Drowning victim identified

    A 44-year-old woman who drowned in Lake Michigan on Sunday was identified by the Lake County Coroner's Office as Victoria Kut, of the 1200 block of Windwood Drive in Lake Forest.


    Libertyville’s Car Fun on 21

    Vintage cars 25 years and older will be displayed on Church Street in downtown Libertyville on Wednesday, July 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. during Car Fun on 21.

    Former Grant High School District 124 superintendent John Benedetti was known throughout his tenure as a backer of athletics. Now, the field house at the Fox Lake school bears his name.

    Grant renames fieldhouse for retired superintendent

    Former Grant High School District 124 superintendent John Benedetti was known throughout his tenure as a backer of athletics. Now, the field house at the Fox Lake school bears his name. “It was truly fitting to remember his legacy through athletics,” District 124 Superintendent Christie Sefcik said.

    Kevin Duplessis

    Third man charged in robbery of McDonald’s in Oak Brook

    A man who prosecutors say drove the getaway car in the armed robbery of the McDonald's restaurant in Oak Brook last year was held Tuesday on $600,000 bail. Kevin Duplessis, 19, of Hillside, is the third man charged with the Nov. 6 holdup, which netted about $384, according to DuPage County prosecutors.


    East Dundee expands noise ordinance to entire village

    East Dundee officials have expanded a noise ordinance to include not just liquor establishments but everywhere in town. You must not make a noise that can be heard more than 50 feet from your property line between 10:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and between midnight and 7 a.m. Friday and Saturdays.


    Stove fire causes minor damage in Lisle

    No injuries were reported Tuesday in a stove fire that caused minor damage to an apartment in Lisle, authorities said. Firefighters said they responded at 11:42 a.m. to a 911 call from a resident reporting a fire in a two-story apartment building at 4701 Beau Bien. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from a stove.


    Fox Valley police report
    Amanda De La Pena, 34, of the first block of Geneva Street, Elgin, was arrested Sunday and charged with burglary and retail theft, both felonies, and obstructing identification and driving with a revoked license, both misdemeanors, according to police reports. She took an air conditioner from a Target store on Randall Road and drove away, reports said. Police pulled her car over and she gave the...


    Naperville councilman drops bid for mowing restrictions

    Naperville City Councilman Steve Chirico says homeowners no longer support his effort to limit the days and hours during which professional mowers can work. "Ultimately, if I don't have their full support, I didn't feel like it this was something I wanted to do," Chirico said.


    St. Charles aldermen still don't like Corporate Reserve plan

    Developers of the pending Corporate Reserve project on the far west side of St. Charles heard much the same message from aldermen Monday night as they did in November — the project is too dense. Developers did cut back on the number of residential units; the plan presented in November called for 407 rental apartments, while the new plan includes 331. Despite the drop in density, no alderman...

    Elgin SWAT team members approach Gifford Street High School in Elgin during a training exercise Tuesday. The scenario involved a call about multiple school shooters.

    U-46, police and fire departments simulate school shooting in emergency drill

    The Elgin Police Department and Elgin Area School District U-46 conducted emergency training Tuesday morning to help prepare the district and police for a crisis situation. During Tuesday's scenario, armed police and SWAT team members entered Gifford Street High School in response to the possibilty of two male subjects with guns in the school.

    Flag raisers from the British Army raise a British Virgin Islands flag during the Olympic Team Welcome Ceremony at the Olympic Village for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in London. Opening Ceremonies for the London Olympics will be held Friday July 27, 2012.

    Images: Olympic Preparations
    Images of athletes and the City of London preparing for the Summer Olympics.

    Doug Marks and Karen McConnaughay

    Marks out for now but may be write-in for 33rd District Senate race

    Doug Marks, a Libertarian candidate in the 33rd state senate district, has thrown in the towel in his fight to stay on the ballot even before the State Officers Electoral Board rules on objections to his petition signatures. Marks will consider a write-in campaign, otherwise leaving Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay uncontested in the race.

    David McSweeney

    McSweeney out-raising, outspending Beaubien in 52nd House District race

    GOP candidate David McSweeney, whose primary race was the third most expensive in the state, shows no signs of slowing down his fundraising efforts. The Barrington Hills financial consultant is raising and spending about four times the amount as independent candidate Dee Beaubien.

    A cow looks for something to eat as it grazes in a dry pasture southwest of Hays, Kan., in a July 6, 2012 photo.

    Images: Drought
    Images of the impact of the drought of 2012 across the United States. The nation's widest drought in decades is spreading. More than half of the continental U.S. is now in some stage of drought, and most of the rest is abnormally dry.

    Eric Anderson and other workers battle the heat Tuesday as they set up Zoppé, an Italian family circus, in front of Caputo’s Fresh Market on Lake Street in Addison.

    Images: Heat in the suburbs
    Chicago and the suburban area has seen four 100-degree days this summer, just three shy of breaking a record set in 1988. There's also been a prolonged dryness with moderate to severe drought conditions across northern Illinois and northern Indiana.


    Carol Stream expands streetlight program

    More aging streetlights in two Carol Stream neighborhoods will be replaced under a village program that is switching out the existing high-pressure sodium bulbs with longer-lasting LED lights. Another 54 streetlights will be replaced in the Spring Valley and Western Trails subdivisions, in addition to 47 lights that were already scheduled to be replaced beginning this fall.

    Spc. Carl Best, right, of Lincolnshire, checks in for the U.S. Army Reserve's Best Warrior competition at Fort McCoy, Wis.

    Stevenson High grad competing to be Army Reserve's Best Warrior

    A soldier from Lincolnshire is among the troops competing in the U.S. Army Reserve's Best Warrior competition this week. Spc. Carl C. Best and about 45 other contenders for the annual title are being judged in physical fitness, weapons skills, land navigation, radio communication and a variety of other categories. Some tests are kept secret until shortly before they begin.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Donnell McKinley of Lisle, was arrested Saturday night and charged with domestic battery, unlawful interference with the reporting of domestic battery, theft and criminal trespass to state-supported land, at an apartment complex on East Wilson Street in Batavia, according to a police report.

    Members of the Cuban Olympic team arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport Monday, July 16, 2012 as London prepares for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    Olympic organizers put cheerful spin on games woes

    London Games officials dismissed concerns Tuesday over a lost bus driver, a scramble for more security guards and some rain-soaked venues — embarrassments that had one tabloid newspaper headline using the Olympic rings to spell out the word "OOPS!" Organizers said some of the complaints were exaggerated and tried to put the best face on the unfolding security debacle, as well as other...

    Sacred Heart volunteer Jim Leahy says that though German Fest is the Lombard church's largest fundraiser, what makes it special is seeing parishioners together. “It really became a fun thing to see the whole parish come together,” he said.

    Sacred Heart German Fest celebrates church's rich history

    A rich history makes the 100th anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish special. Celebrations of the church's anniversary have been taking place all year, and they coincide with German Fest, which takes place at the Lombard church from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 19; 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 20; 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 21; and 1 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22.

    Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton has received accreditation from the Certified Horsemanship Association. The accreditation was the final piece in an internal review of Danada’s operations after 34 current and former volunteers made claims in November of horse neglect or abuse at the center.

    Danada certification concludes horse neglect probe

    The Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton has received a rare site accreditation from the Certified Horsemanship Association, concluding efforts launched early this year by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District to examine claims of horse neglect and abuse at the center. The horsemanship association has certified only one other facility in Illinois and roughly 130 nationwide, officials said.


    Aurora man busted 30 minutes after bank robbery

    An Aurora man was captured less than 30 minutes after robbing an Aurora bank thanks to a new GPS tracking device that was placed inside the stolen money, authorities said. Miguel A. Ramirez, 29, of the 1100 block of Comet Drive in Aurora, was charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count of bank robbery, FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde said

    A visitor points to the spot in a mural by Michael Pilato where a halo that was above the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has been painted over by the artist in State College, Pa., Saturday.

    Name-dropping: More distance themselves from JoePa

    Joe Paterno's name is losing its luster, whether it's the tent city outside Beaver Stadium where students camp out for prime football tickets or the name associated with his alma mater's football coach job.

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who also served five terms as Wyoming’s representative in the House, returns to the Capitol to meet with Senate Republican leaders at a political strategy luncheon in Washington Tuesday. He is accompanied by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, the Republican Policy Committee chairman.

    House GOP measure would kill AmeriCorps program

    House Republicans Tuesday unveiled legislation to get rid of AmeriCorps, the national service program, and cut off federal funding for National Public Radio, public television and Planned Parenthood.

    In this May 1, 2008 file photo, Ali Ata leaves federal court in Chicago.

    Sentencing set in Chicago for ex-state official

    A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled Tuesday to sentence the former executive director of the Illinois Finance Authority in a "pay-to-play" scheme in which he donated $50,000 to the campaign of then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for the state job.

    In this March 13, 2012 file photo, University of Illinois freshmen Jill Marik, left, and Jeremy Vivit study on the quad on campus in Urbana. The university plans to offer seven free online classes this fall.

    Learn apps and more for free at U of I online

    The University of Illinois plans to offer seven free online classes this fall.The university is teaming up with an online education company called Coursera. The Urbana-Champaign campus is joining schools such as Princeton, Stanford and the University of Michigan, who already have partnerships with Coursera. Among them is the class: Creative, Serious and Playful Science of Android Apps, as well as...

    Co-founder of the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO), John Roberts, focuses on prevention and treatment of heroin addictions Monday during the Heroin Education and Prevention Forum held at the Wentz Concert Hall.

    Naperville police: No heroin deaths in 2012

    Despite the relatively good news Naperville police detective Shaun Ferguson had to share, he hesitated to avoid "jinxing" himself and everyone else affected by the city's heroin epidemic. "This year we've had five known through June who have overdosed on heroin," he said. "The good news so far, and I don't want to jinx us at all, is that summer is halfway over and we've got zero deaths."


    Heat advisory for northeastern Illinois

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for northeastern Illinois.The weather service is forecasting that Tuesday's temperatures could rise as high as 100 to 102 degrees, with heat indexes between 105 to 110 degrees.

    Members of the U.S. Olympic sailing team are escorted following their arrival Monday at Heathrow Airport in London, where arriving athletes added to a record number of passengers. The Games begin July 27 and run through Aug. 12.

    Olympic travel tricky for tourists, let alone pole vaulters

    Suburban spectators flying to the London Olympics must remember to put their small shampoo bottles in a reseable clear plastic bag to get through security. So how do athletes fly with javelins, sabres, shotputs and 17-foot pole vault poles? "You would think it would be hard to miss a 17-foot-by-6-inch case, but I have seen them get run over by forklifts or luggage carts,” says Jeff...


    Antioch sets new limits on park hours

    Antioch officials have established new time restrictions for the village's parks, approving an ordinance stating the parks will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. between April 1 and Oct. 30 and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year.

    The USA Masters Track and Field Championships are coming to Lisle the first weekend of August, bringing top-notch athletes and competitors 30 and older who want to test themselves on the track at Benedictine University.

    Masters outdoor track championships sprint into Lisle

    With Olympic fever in the air, the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex plans to stage an event of national prominence. No need to book a flight to London, the USA Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships are coming to Lisle. "If people want to see the best, most fit adult athletes in the world competing and breaking records, then come to the meet," said Bob Weiner,...

    Barrington officials Monday adopted a policy not to chemically treat public ash trees to protect them from the emerald ash borer. But property owners may continue to treat trees at their own expense.

    Barrington pulls plug on rescuing ash trees

    Barrington officials have decided not to pay for the treatment of public ash trees threatened by the emerald ash borer, but won't prohibit property owners from treating their own trees or any public trees nearby. The only provision is that such property owners notify the village of any public trees they'll be treating.

    This Wednesday, April 25, 2012 photo shows Jennifer Tyrrell and her son Cruz Burns, 7, during a visit to New York. Tyrrell traveled to New York from her home in Bridgeport, Ohio, to build momentum for a petition to overturn what she says are Ohio Boy Scout's anti-gay policies, after she was removed as den leader for her son's cub scout troop. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Boy Scouts of America reaffirms ban on gays

    After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics. An 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, "came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts," the organization'...

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaves a fundraiser that included Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., on Monday, July 16, 2012 in Baton Rouge, La.

    Romney on attack in Pa.; Obama collects Texas cash

    WASHINGTON — A counterattacking Mitt Romney is seeking to shift political attention away from his business tenure and his tax returns with a fresh assault on President Barack Obama’s record. Obama, anxious about losing a financial edge in the contest, is turning to Republican-tilted Texas to raise money from gay, Latino and big-dollar donors.


    Bobcat breaks into Wash. prison; crews on scene

    MONROE, Wash. — An animal that appears to be a bobcat has found its way inside a Washington state prison, and state wildlife officers are at the scene trying to remove it.


    Man pleads guilty to baiting bears at Wash. cabin

    OKANOGAN, Wash. — Authorities say a Washington state man has pleaded guilty to using doughnuts and food scraps to draw bears close to his cabin so he and others could shoot them.


    Utah man uses obituary to confess indiscretions

    SALT LAKE CITY — A 59-year-old Utah man who wrote his own obituary before he died last week used the opportunity to come clean.Friends and family of Val Patterson learned Sunday that the man they thought held a doctorate from the University of Utah received the degree thanks to a paperwork mistake and that he never even graduated.


    90-year-old Maine man skydives for first time

    PITTSFIELD, Maine — A Maine man who learned how to use a parachute as a Navy pilot during World War II has finally made his first jump — at age 90.Lester Slate of Exeter jumped out of a plane for the first time on Sunday at Pittsfield Airport. He was guided to the ground by a tandem jumper and accompanied by another skydiver trailing a U.S. flag.


    Search under way for 6-foot-long lizard in Colo.

    WOODLAND PARK, Colo. — Emergency notification calls have gone out to residents in three Colorado subdivisions to be wary of a missing 6-foot-long lizard.The owner of the escaped Nile monitor lizard named Dino says his pet got loose Monday and he hopes no one will hurt it.


    Senate Republicans block U.S. campaign donor disclosure measure

    The U.S. Senate didn’t advance legislation that would require nonprofit groups to reveal who donates the millions of dollars they spend on campaign ads.

    Kathleen Kearney

    Woman charged with stalking Cubs President Theo Epstein

    A woman from Massachusetts was charged with two counts of stalking after she was arrested near Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein's home Monday. Authorities said Kathleen Kearney, 44, of Canton, Mass., is expected to appear in central bond court on the two counts of felony stalking, Chicago Police officias said Tuesday morning.

    This photo combination shows a sequence of President Barack Obama kissing first lady Michelle Obama while being shown on the large in-house video screen for the “Kiss Cam,” as they watch the second half of an Olympic men’s exhibition basketball game between Team USA and Brazil, Monday, July 16, 2012, in Washington. Team USA won 80-69.

    Obama gets a second chance on the Kiss Cam

    Second chances can be rare in politics, but President Barack Obama found Kiss Cam and an impatient crowd to be just the right motivation.

    Pedestrians look on near the scene of a shooting in Toronto early Tuesday, July 17, 2012, that left at least 19 people injured and two dead at a house party late Monday July 16. The shooting took place after an altercation at an outdoor barbecue.

    2 killed in shooting at Toronto outdoor party

    TORONTO — An exchange of gunfire at a crowded outdoor party in Toronto killed two people late Monday and 22 others, including an infant, were injured by bullets and by trampling in the rush to flee.“It is the most serious crime of its kind that has ever taken place in the city of Toronto,” said Police Chief Bill Blair.

    Tuscaloosa Police on the scene of a shooting Tuesday morning July 17, 2012 in downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala. after a gunman who opened fire outside a crowded bar, wounding 17 people. Police were still searching for a suspect.

    17 people hurt in Tuscaloosa, Ala., bar shooting

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A gunman who opened fire outside a crowded bar has wounded 17 people in Tuscaloosa, the home of the University of Alabama.Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson told The Associated Press that the gunman fired first through a window, then shot at people outside as they fled the bar. He said the gunman never went inside during the assault early Tuesday.

    A Thai customs official takes a close look at an ivory during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, July 17, 2012. 158 pieces of African ivory were seized last week while an attempt to smuggle into the country.

    Thais seize half ton of ivory smuggled from Kenya

    BANGKOK — Thai customs officials have seized half a ton of ivory at Bangkok’s international airport.The ivory was discovered Friday hidden in crates aboard a flight from Kenya. Customs officials displayed the 1,000-pound haul on Tuesday. One official estimated that the 158 pieces of ivory were from the tusks of around 50 elephants.


    Syria uses helicopters to battle rebels in capital

    BEIRUT — Syrian government forces backed by helicopter gunships battled rebels in heavy clashes with rebels in Damascus, a clear escalation in the most serious fighting in the capital since the country’s conflict began last year, activists said.


    Syria hands over bodies of 2 Iraqi journalists

    BAGHDAD — The bodies of two Iraqi journalists killed in Syria’s civil war have been handed over to Baghdad, an Iraqi official said. The journalists’ remains were received at the al-Waleed border crossing on Monday night, according to Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Dulaimi, an army commander in Iraq’s western Anbar province that borders Syria.

    Kenneth Cooper , suspected in an Antioch robbery On 07/15/12 at 9:21 p.m., three suspects entered the Bernie´s Marathon at 830 Main St, Antioch, IL armed with a silver semiautomatic pistol. The suspects pepper sprayed the clerk while holding her at gunpoint and demanded money. The suspects obtained an undisclosed amount of USC and entered a silver Chevrolet sedan headed south on Route 83 at a high rate of speed. A marked Antioch squad car was in the area and followed the vehicle with its emergency lighting activated. The suspects´ vehicle speed approached 100 mph at which time Antioch terminated the pursuit and contacted Lake Villa Police via radio of the suspect´s status. The suspect vehicle lost control at Route 83 and Eagles Nest Road in Antioch, crossed the northbound lane of Route 83, crashed into the ditch and flipped over. One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene; two others were airlifted to Advocate Condell Medical Center and are listed in critical condition. The names of the suspects are being withheld pending the notification of family members. Evidence was located at the scene linking the suspects to tonight´s robbery and another identical robbery that occurred at the BP Amoco Gas Station at 602 W. Route 173, Antioch, IL on 07/10/12. It is believed that this is the same robbery crew that is tied to numerous other armed robberies in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

    One killed in car crash following Antioch gas station robbery

    One person was killed and two were injured in an accident that followed a high-speed police chase through Antioch, officials said Monday. Paris Williams, 26, of Rockford, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash just after he and two other men robbed Bernie's Marathon on Main Street at 9:21 p.m. Sunday, Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said.

    There will be plenty of food choices at the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration.

    Musical acts power Vernon Hills’ Summer Celebration

    Vernon Hills' Summer Celebration started as a neighborhood festival more than two decades ago but in ensuing years has grown to become the second most attended event of the Lake County festival season behind the Lake County Fair.

    Bridge Executive Director Gregg Stockey presents the award to Susan Quinlan.

    Bridge honors two with Sonya Petersen Awards

    The Bridge Youth & Family Services in Palatine has presented its 2012 Sonya Petersen Awards to Susan Quinlan, Palatine High School counselor, and Dani Rogers, a mentor volunteer.

    Naperville resident Jeneane Ryan recently received the Volunteer of the Year award from Naperville CARES. She spends five or six hours a week with the organization helping people in financial need find solutions to their dilemmas.

    Woman lends a helping hand from Naperville to Haiti

    Naperville resident Jeneane Ryan recently received the Yolunteer of the Year Award from Naperville CARES for her work in helping families in crisis. She also volunteers at War Chest boutique in Naperville, and has coordinated mission trips to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, to Haiti and to Joplin, Missouri, after the tornado devastated the town.

    Alex Seehuus, 12, of Hudson, Ill., walks a tightrope as Illinois State University senior Kyle Boyer helps her with her balance as she practices during circus camp at Horton Fieldhouse in Normal.

    ISU runs popular circus camp

    Safety harness adjusted, the aspiring circus performer stepped on the platform with a look that appeared to be part concentration and part apprehension.Her partner on the back of the Russian swing counted as each swing moved the platform higher: "One, two, next one .."


    Contract for railroad bridge gets Metra board OK

    The board of Chicago's Metra commuter rail agency has approved a $93 million contract for construction of a railroad bridge on the city's South Side that a congressman threatened to block.Congressman Bobby Rush threatened to block the project because of a lack of minority participation.


    Illinois utility commission gets new director

    The commission that regulates power companies and other Illinois utilities is getting a new executive director.Jonathan Feipel starts his job at the Illinois Commerce Commission on Wednesday. This is a return to the commission for Feipel. He worked there in the Telecommunications Division for seven years. Then he moved to the state commerce department, where he oversaw the Illinois Energy Office.


    Brothers critically injured after house explodes

    Two Madison brothers are hospitalized in critical condition as investigators search for answers to why their house exploded.


    Dawn Patrol: Rail flaw was seen before fatal derailment

    Signalman saw fault in track before fatal derailment, railroad officials say in Glenview. Walsh criticizes Duckworth's fundraising success. Judge cleared of DUI charge, convicted of resisting police. Suspect arrested 20 minutes after Aurora bank robbery. Elgin mayor wants booze tax to fund drug program. Bears, Forte agree to terms on 4-year deal.

    Timothy Hayden

    Retired, rehired Addison chief gets pay and pension

    To avoid losing longtime Addison Police Chief Timothy Hayden to another department, village officials are creating a new post that will allow Hayden to collect his six-figure police pension while drawing a $136,000 civilian salary as director of police. “(The pension) was intended as a stable source of income for retired people, not to boost the income for people who are still...


    As usual, former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, shown here during at game at Miami last weekend, was not at a loss for words Tuesday night when he brought his Marlins to Wrigley Field.

    Ozzie Guillen in Chicago spotlight again

    Ozzie Guillen was back at Wrigley Field Tuesday night, this time as Miami Marlins manager. He's changed teams, and leagues, but Ozzie still had plenty to say about the White Sox. "Listen, it's like getting divorced and getting married again. What are you going to say?... I got remarried and I wish my wife the best of luck,” he said.

    Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood returns to the mound Tuesday after giving up a grand slam to the Miami Marlins' Carlos Lee, background, during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field.

    Lee hits grand slam, Marlins beat Cubs 9-5

    As much as he hates Wrigley Field, Ozzie Guillen had to enjoy this one. Carlos Lee hit a grand slam and the Miami Marlins beat the Cubs 9-5 on Tuesday night, giving Guillen a win in his first game back managing in Chicago. Lee's slam against Travis Wood highlighted a five-run fifth and tied him with Jimmie Foxx and Ted Williams for seventh on baseball's career list with 17.

    Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood returns to the mound as the Marlins’ Carlos Lee rounds the bases on a grand slam in the fifth inning Tuesday night.

    For Cubs’ Wood, it all unravels fast

    One of the more pleasant surprises of the season for the Cubs has been left-hander Travis Wood, who started Tuesday night against the Marlins. Wood opened the season in the minor leagues after a disappointing spring training, but he took a four-game winning streak into Tuesday.

    White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis throws to first in an attempt to retire Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford Tuesday during the eighth inning at Fenway Park in Boston.

    Youkilis homers in Boston as White Sox win 7-5

    Kevin Youkilis drove a full-count pitch over Fenway Park's famed left field wall, lowered his head and started to trot around the bases as fans loudly cheered "Yooouk!" The scene was familiar everywhere in the ballpark except the scoreboard, where Youkilis' three-run shot was tallied for the visiting White Sox in a 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

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    Wire is Barrington’s baseball hire

    Pat Wire understands he is not taking over just any high school baseball program. And Wire made that perfectly clear Tuesday after he was named the new head coach at Barrington, pending approval by the school board on Aug. 14. The Broncos won a state title in 1986 and have been one of the best programs in the state. Wire replaces Jim Hawrysko, who resigned in June after 14 seasons.


    Boomers fall 3-2 to Lake Erie

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    Marlins pitcher Carlos Zambrano stretches Tuesday as he returns to Wrigley Field for the first time since being traded in early January. Zambrano will not face the Cubs in this series.

    Ex-Cub Zambrano returns with ‘good memories’

    Former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano made his first Wrigley Field visit Tuesday since being traded last winter to the Miami Marlins. Zambrano expressed regret for his actions over the past two seasons and said that any problems were caused by him, not the Cubs.

    Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts Tuesday at the final out in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Milwaukee. Rodriguez saved the victory as the Brewers won 3-2.

    K-Rod earns save as Brewers beat Cardinals 3-2

    Francisco Rodriguez picked up a save on his first night as Milwaukee's new closer, Rickie Weeks hit a mammoth home run and Randy Wolf won his first game since April 30 as the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Tuesday.


    St. Charles East puts it all together vs. Geneva

    Geneva coach Matt Hahn called his team's quarterfinal at St. Charles East on Tuesday a tale of two games — and watched as the Saints outplayed the Vikings in both. St. Charles East led 4-2 through four-and-a-half innings as starters Troy Dykhuis and Tony Landi kept the score relatively in check. The game turned into a slugfest over the final two innings with a combined 18 runs, and the Saints again outscored the Vikings over that stretch 11-6 to post a 15-8 victory in the Phil Lawler Summer State Tournament. No. 5 St. Charles East (17-5) will host No. 9 Kaneland in the regional semifinals Wednesday. No. 13 seed Geneva ends the summer at 12-10-3.


    Dramatic win for No. 13 seed Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows has found nothing unlucky about being seeded 13th in the Lake Park regional of the Phil Lawler Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association summer state tournament. The Mustangs (11-7) won their second straight game in dramatic fashion by scoring 5 runs in the top of the seventh inning to edge No. 5 St. Viator 6-5 in Tuesday's quarterfinal. A 2-run single to left field with the bases loaded by Matt Dennis capped the rally that put them in today's noon semifinal at Lake Park against top-seeded Jacobs, which beat No. 8 South Elgin 6-4.

    Jeff Samardzija will make his first start since July 7 when he faces the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs’ Samardzija gets back to work tonight

    Right-hander Jeff Samardzija will start for the Cubs Wednesday night against the Marlins. It will be Samardzija's first start since July 7, as the Cubs monitor his workload. Manager Dale Sveum said the team is not placing a specific limit on the number of innings Samardzija can pitch this season.

    Linsanity could be put to rest in New York when the clock strikes midnight. That’s the deadline the Knicks face to match the daunting offer the Houston Rockets have made to Jeremy Lin, the Harvard point guard who dazzled all of basketball for a brief stretch last season.

    Linsanity to Houston as Knicks pass on Lin

    Jeremy Lin is leaving New York and taking Linsanity to Houston. The New York Knicks announced Tuesday night that they will not match the Houston Rockets' three-year, $25 million offer for Lin, a restricted free-agent. New York officially had until 11:59 EDT to decide whether to re-sign Lin, who became an international phenomenon in the media glare of the Big Apple.

    The Arizona Diamondbacks’ Willie Bloomquist tags Cincinnati Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs late as he steals third base Tuesday during the third inning in Cincinnati.

    Reds get 1st win without Votto, 4-0 over Dbacks

    CINCINNATI — Right-hander Johnny Cueto showed no significant problem from his finger blister during six shutout innings Tuesday night, and Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer that sent the Cincinnati Reds to their first victory without Joey Votto, 4-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.Votto had surgery earlier in the day to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, sidelining the former National League MVP for up to a month.Cueto (11-5) threw 105 pitches, an indication that a blister he developed on his right index finger last week wasn’t bothering him. He gave up four hits and walked four.Arizona’s Trevor Bauer (1-2), the first of the 2011 amateur draft picks to reach the majors, had the roughest time in his four starts so far. The 21-year-old pitcher lasted only three innings.

    New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers Tuesday during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, at Yankee Stadium in New York.

    Sabathia comes off DL, pitches Yanks past Jays 6-1

    CC Sabathia carried a shutout into the seventh inning during his sparkling return from the disabled list and the steamrolling New York Yankees got an early three-run homer from Andruw Jones in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

    The New York Mets’ Jordany Valdespin (1) celebrates Tuesday with Scott Hairston (12) after his three-run home run during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals in Washington. The Nationals won 5-4 in 10 innings.

    Wild pitch gives Nats 5-4 win over Mets

    Pedro Beato threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning that allowed the winning run to score, and the Washington Nationals rallied for a 5-4 victory after blowing a late lead Tuesday night.

    San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, doubles to score teammate Gregor Blanco Tuesday during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.

    Posey drives in 5 runs as Giants beat Braves 9-0

    Georgia native Buster Posey drove in five runs with three hits, Barry Zito combined with two relievers on a five-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Tuesday night.

    The Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) is congratulated by Bobby Wilson (46) Tuesday after hitting a 2-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning oin Detroit.

    Trout, Angels rout Tigers 13-0

    Mike Trout had another four-hit game for Los Angeles, including a 430-foot homer that was part of an early power show in the Angels' 13-0 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore throws Tuesday during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Moore walks five in Rays’ win over Cleveland

    Matt Moore won despite control issues, Carlos Pena homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Tuesday night.


    Kings assistant Kompon reunites with Quenneville

    Jamie Kompon, who picked up a Stanley Cup championship last season, is the newest assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, team officials announced Tuesday.Kompon, 45, comes to Chicago after spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings

    Eric Meierdierks of Wilmette hits his chip shot on the par 5 14th hole in the second round of the Illinois Open at The Glen Club in Glenview on Tuesday.

    Repeat 68 gives Meierdierks lead in Illinois Open

    Wilmette's Eric Meierdierks shot 68s in both the first and second rounds of the 63rd Illinois Open at The Glen Club in Glenview. His second 18, on Tuesday, was the more notable on a day in which the weather was so hot players were allowed to wear shorts for only the fourth time in the history of the championship. Meierdierks was the hottest, pulling off the extremely rare feat of posting back-to-back eagles. The 68s put Meierdierks at 8-under-par 136 for 36 holes, good enough for a 1-stroke lead over first-round leader Travis Johns and recent Notre Dame graduate Max Scodro entering today's final 18.

    Steve Stricker waves to the crowd as he walks off the 18th green during the final round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament at TPC Deere Run on Sunday in Silvis, Ill.

    Stricker gaining momentum in Ryder Cup run

    As concerned as fan-favorite Steve Stricker was about going for an historic four-peat at last weekend's John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., there was no denying that something else weighing on his mind as well. That would be continuing to rack up points and trying to steadily move up in the Ryder Cup points standings, because the absolute last thing the University of Illinois grad wants to do is to miss out on things when the Ryder Cup heads to Medinah Country Club in September.


    Bears agree to 1-year deal with Booker

    The Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with running back Lorenzo Booker. A third-round draft pick out of Florida State by Miami in 2007, Booker spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and was used primarily as a kick returner and third running back.

    In a court filing Monday, Jonathan Vilma’s attorneys asked U.S. District Judge Helen “Ginger” Berrigan to hear their request for a temporary restraining order before the Saints’ training camp opens on July 23. The judge moved up Vilma’s hearing a week to July 26.

    NFL opposes expedited hearing for Vilma

    Jonathan Vilma's hearing as he attempts to delay or overturn his season-long suspension has been moved up a week to July 26. A U.S. District Court judge in Louisiana granted Vilma's motion Tuesday, although Vilma sought a hearing for Thursday. The Saints open training camp next Tuesday.

    Cycling’s governing body UCI says Frank Schleck has tested positive for a banned diuretic during the Tour de France.

    Schleck positive doping test jolts Tour de France

    The RadioShack Nissan Trek team pulled Frank Schleck, one of the biggest names in pro cycling, out the Tour de France on Tuesday after he failed a doping test, threatening to overshadow Bradley Wiggins' bid to win the three-week race in Paris this weekend.

    Bears general manager Phil Emery has altered the attitude of the team’s fans in the few short months he has been on the job.

    Bears GM Emery changes frowns into smiles

    Bears' rookie general manager Phil Emery has accomplished something noteworthy: He doused the angry mood among fans that a disappointing 2011 season inspired. Is Emery’s activity being confused for production? Maybe. Is change being confused for progress? Maybe.

    Tiger Woods on the 13th tee Tuesday during a practice round at Royal Lytham & St Annes golf club ahead of the British Open Golf Championship, Lytham St Annes, England.

    Weather can be the biggest hazard at British Open

    The most valuable slip of paper found at any British Open is not a list of the odds. It's the forecast. Neither of them can be trusted. Pot bunkers that are staggered down the fairway and surround the green were all the talk Tuesday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and no doubt they will play a critical role in deciding who has his name engraved on the claret jug.

    Lance Ten Broeck finished ninth at the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich. last weekend.

    Ten Broeck finds success as a caddie and player

    It's been 28 years since Lance Ten Broeck won the Illinois Open at Flossmoor Country Club. And while seven winners of that title after him went on to earn PGA Tour cards, not one has had the staying power in golf that Ten Broeck has achieved. Len Ziehm talks with Ten Broeck about his success on the PGA Tour as a player and caddie, and his strong performance at the U.S. Senior Open last week.


    Bulls preseason features games at UI, Notre Dame

    The Chicago Bulls released their 2012-13 seven-game preseason schedule, which includes include games at the University of Illinois and Notre Dame.

    NCAA President Mark Emmert says he isn’t ruling out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. In a PBS interview Monday night, July 16, 2012, Emmert said he doesn’t want to “take anything off the table” if the NCAA determines penalties against Penn State are warranted.

    NCAA boss won’t rule out death penalty for Penn State

    The president of the NCAA says he isn't ruling out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

    Miami manager Ozzie Guillen returns to Chicago on Tuesday night when his Marlins visit Wrigley Field.

    Ozzie Guillen should not be so soon forgotten

    Let's not rewrite history. Ozzie Guillen made baseball maddenlingly entertaining while he was here and he managed the White Sox to Chicago baseball's only World Series title since 1917,


    Geneva has plenty to Bragg about after outlasting Batavia

    It took awhile — 10 innings and a little over three hours of baseball — before Geneva cleanup hitter Anthony Bragg finally delivered a knockout blow Batavia couldn't bounce back from. The Bulldogs had been coming from behind all day against Geneva on Monday in the opening round of the Phil Lawler Summer State Tournament.

    On or off the field, Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster is a good guy to have around, and Mike North believes the Cubs should keep Dempster on the club and not trade him.

    Why the Cubs should keep Ryan Dempster

    Mike North says there are plenty of reasons to keep Ryan Dempster on the Chicago Cubs. With a lights out season and a great demeanor, the young Cubs need to keep a quality pitcher on the team. He's a genuine guy on and off the field, and the Cubs need guys like that.


    Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., whose products run at least 80 percent of the world’s personal computers, are set to report lackluster sales growth as China’s slowing economy exacerbates stalling demand for PCs.Intel, the largest maker of microprocessors, and Microsoft, the No. 1 software company, will report quarterly earnings this week. Analysts project both will say sales rose 5 percent or less from a year earlier, as consumers choose tablet computers and smartphones over PCs or hold off on purchases altogether.

    Microsoft, Intel facing slower growth in China

    Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., whose products run at least 80 percent of the world's personal computers, are set to report lackluster sales growth as China's slowing economy exacerbates stalling demand for PCs.Intel, the largest maker of microprocessors, and Microsoft, the No. 1 software company, will report quarterly earnings this week. Analysts project both will say sales rose 5 percent or less from a year earlier, as consumers choose tablet computers and smartphones over PCs or hold off on purchases altogether.

    Charles Duhigg explores how our brains form habits and how we can change them in “The Power of Habit.”

    Business books for your summer reading list

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz portrays the U.S. government as the billionaire's best friend, while former banker Dambisa Moyo presents a dark look at China's "commodity crusade" in two of the best business books so far this year. Here's a list of recommended titles for yyou to read this summer.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, Monday, July 16, 2012. Microsoft unveiled a new version of its widely used, lucrative suite of word processing, spreadsheet and email programs Monday, one designed specifically with tablet computers and Internet-based storage in mind.

    Microsoft revamps Office for tablets, Internet

    New versions of Microsoft's word processing, spreadsheet and email programs will sport touch-based controls and emphasize Internet storage to reflect an industry-wide shift away from the company's strengths in desktop and laptop computers. The new offerings appear designed to help Microsoft retain an important source of revenue as more people access documents from mobile devices.

    FILE- In this Monday, April 19, 2010 file photo, Google vice president of search products and user experience, Marissa Mayer, attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Yahoo announced Monday, July 16, 2012, that it is hiring longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its next CEO, the fifth in five years as the company struggles to rebound from years of financial malaise and internal turmoil. Mayer, who starts at Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday, was one of Googleís earliest employees and was most recently responsible for its mapping, local and location services.

    New Yahoo CEO-savior was former nemesis

    As a top executive at Google for the past 13 years, Marissa Mayer played an instrumental role in developing many of the services that have tormented Yahoo as its appeal waned among Web surfers, advertisers and investors. Now, Yahoo is turning to its longtime nemesis to fix everything that has gone wrong. The surprise hiring announced late Monday indicates Yahoo still believes it can be an Internet innovator

    Online deals company LivingSocial is adding merchandise to its offerings that until now have mostly been restaurant meals, weekend getaways and spa manicures.

    LivingSocial to begin selling merchandise

    Online deals company LivingSocial is adding merchandise to its offerings that until now have mostly been restaurant meals, weekend getaways and spa manicures.


    Westfield Hawthorn Mall expansion plan includes movie theater

    A 12-screen movie theater with room for 1,600 film fans is the centerpiece of a proposed expansion at Vernon Hills' Westfield Hawthorn Mall, according to plans unveiled Tuesday. Proposed as a two-story structure, the theater would be built on the north side of the building between the existing JCPenney and Sears. Shops and restaurants would occupy 19,000 square feet on the ground floor, and the movie screens would fill the upper floor.

    Yahoo turned in another lackluster performance in the second quarter announce the company on Tuesday. The results underscore the challenges facing Yahoo’s newly hired CEO Marissa Mayer as she tries to turn around the Internet company after a 13-year career as a top Google executive.

    Yahoo 2Q earnings, revenue remain flat

    Yahoo turned in another lackluster performance in the second quarter.


    United pilots vote to authorize strike

    Pilots at United Airlines say they could go on strike after two years of failed negotiations on a new contract at the airline formed through a combination with Continental.


    Harper College manufacturing program leaders in D.C.

    Several leaders behind Harper College's new campaign to help replenish the pipeline of skilled manufacturing labor are headed to Washington, D.C., to discuss their efforts. Harper President Ken Ender, National Pizza and Foods COO Mike Alagna and Wheeling High School Principal Lazaro Lopez were invited by Sen. Dick Durbin to speak Wednesday morning at a meeting of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee in the U.S. Capitol Building.

    Demand for doll brands including Barbie, American Girl and Monster High, coupled with lower sales costs and advertising expenses, helped Mattel’s net income rise 20 percent in the second quarter.

    Stocks rise; Mattel, Coke among earnings winners

    Stronger earnings from Mattel, Coca-Cola and other big companies lifted the Standard & Poor's 500 index on Tuesday for only the fourth day this month.

    Jim Christy moves a five-paneled door after staining at a new home Tuesday in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Confidence among U.S. homebuilders is swelling to a five-year high.

    US homebuilder confidence at 5-year high

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders is swelling to a five-year high, with many now anticipating that sales of new homes will strengthen this year even as signs point to a slowing economy.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco Monday, when Microsoft unveiled a new version of its widely used, lucrative suite of word processing, spreadsheet and email programs.

    EU opens antitrust investigation of Microsoft

    The EU's executive body, the European Commission, announced Tuesday that it was opening an investigation into whether Microsoft has kept the antitrust commitments it made in 2009, and warned that penalties for non-compliance would be "severe."


    Goldman’s net falls in Q2, but tops Wall Street

    Goldman Sachs says its net income fell 11 percent in the April-to-June period after the investment bank's clients made fewer deals and avoided volatility in global financial markets.

    Blouses hang on a rack at a clothing store in North Andover, Mass. Consumer prices were unchanged in June, held down by cheaper gas. Outside the volatile food and energy categories, inflation was mild. Weak growth is limiting the ability of companies to raise prices. The tame inflation environment was underscored by the fact that consumer prices fell 0.2 percent in the April-June period.

    Cheaper gas keeps US consumer prices flat

    Consumer prices were unchanged in June, held down by cheaper gas. Outside the volatile food and energy categories, inflation was mild. Weak economic growth is limiting the ability of companies to raise prices. The tame inflation was underscored by a 0.2 percent drop in consumer prices for the April-June period as a whole. That was the first quarterly drop in consumer prices in two years. Clothing prices rose for the fourth month in a row.

    Coca-Cola Co. products are displayed for sale in New York, U.S., on Monday, July 16, 2012. Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest soft-drink maker, reported second-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates, helped by pricing increases in North America late last year.

    Coca-Cola’s revenue up, but costs eat into profit

    The Coca-Cola Co. said Tuesday that it's selling more of its sodas, sports drinks and bottled waters in most parts of the world, with growth particularly strong in emerging markets. Revenue growth was powered by higher prices in the U.S. and expansion in countries such as India, where volumes rose 20 percent.

    Johnson & Johnson, a health care giant that is struggling with tougher market conditions, ongoing manufacturing problems and other issues, lowered its profit forecast for the year after posting second-quarter net income that dropped by half. The maker of Band-Aids, medical devices and prescription drugs whose iconic image has been tarnished by legal and manufacturing lapses on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 noted some positive signs.

    J&J 2Q profit down by half on lower sales, charges

    Johnson & Johnson, a health care giant that is struggling with tougher market conditions, ongoing manufacturing problems and other issues, lowered its profit forecast for the year after posting second-quarter net income that dropped by half.


    FDA: BPA no longer allowed in baby bottles

    The federal government announced Tuesday that baby bottles and sippy cups can no longer contain the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA.

    In the foyer, The Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove looks like an old-fashioned movie palace from the golden age of cinema, which it is. Behind the scenes, it is strictly state-of-the-art after finishing a conversion to digital movie projection.

    Older suburban theaters must adapt in digital age

    Film will soon be extinct for movies coming out of Hollywood, forcing suburban cinemas to invest in digital equipment. The Arlington Theater cited cost of converting as one reason for its closure. Hardest hit are some beloved landmarks, which soon will have to figure out if they can justify the expense. “You might as well say if you're not going to do this, you're going out of business next year,” says Eric White, Glen Art Theatre in Glen Ellyn.


    Dutch police, FBI investigate Delta sandwich needles

    Police at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport have opened a criminal investigation into how needles got into turkey sandwiches served to passengers on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States, a spokesman said Tuesday. The FBI also is investigating the incidents.

    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke pauses before giving a semiannual report to the Senate Banking Committee, Tuesday, July 17, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Bernanke’s testimony comes as job growth has slumped, manufacturing has weakened and consumers have grown more cautious about spending.

    Bernanke offers no hints of imminent Fed action

    The U.S. economy has weakened and the Federal Reserve is ready to take further action to bolster growth if conditions don't improve, Chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional panel Tuesday. But Bernanke provided no clues about what steps the Fed might take or whether any action was imminent.


    Medicaid Fraud Case Targets 50 People Nationwide, FBI Says c.2012 Bloomberg News

    July 17 (Bloomberg) -- Fifty people, including more than a dozen in New York, are being arrested as part of a national Medicaid fraud case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.The case is part of a crackdown on the illegal reselling of prescription drugs, Peter Donald, an FBI spokesman, said. “Arrests are ongoing,” he said.To contact the reporter on this story: Patricia Hurtado in New York at pathurtadobloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Charles Carter at ccarter12bloomberg.net


    U.S. industrial production rises in sign of factory resilience

    Industrial production in the U.S. increased in June, led by gains among automobile and machinery makers that signal manufacturing is boosting economic Growth.Output at factories, mines and utilities rose 0.4 percent last month after a revised 0.2 percent drop in May that was larger than previously reported, Federal Reserve data showed today in Washington.


    TD Ameritrade profit dips 2 pct but beats forecast

    Online brokerage TD Ameritrade's net income slipped 2 percent as trading slowed, but the company beat Wall Street expectations because expenses were down and investors entrusted the firm with more money.Ameritrade CEO Fred Tomczyk said Tuesday that the company believes its strategy is helping it weather the challenging conditions."Our balance sheet is strong, and we remain well positioned to deal with today's uncertain macroeconomic environment," Tomczyk said.


    Alcatel-Lucent says it had second-quarter operating loss

    Alcatel-Lucent SA, France's largest telecommunications equipment supplier, said it had a loss of about $49 millionin the second quarter, citing "slower-than-expected business-mix improvement."Second-quarter sales topped 3.5 billion euros, the Paris- based company said today in a statement. Analysts projected 3.57 billion euros, the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

    Associated Press NASA’s Advanced Food Technology Project manager Michele Perchonok, right, and Lockeed Martin Sr. Research Scientist Maya Cooper, try a pizza recipe being tested in a kitchen at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

    NASA builds menu for planned Mars mission in 2030s

    Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1950s-era building that has housed research that dates back to the origins of U.S. space travel, a group of scientists in white coats is stirring, mixing, measuring, brushing and, most important, tasting the end result of their cooking.Their mission: Build a menu for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s.

    Chef and owner Josiah Slone, right, prepares a foie gras dish at the Sent Sovi restaurant in Saratoga, Calif.

    CA restaurants duck foie gras ban with little bite

    California's new ban on the production and sale of foie gras took eight years to go into effect, but restaurants have wasted little time in finding creative ways to duck the law. The delicacy sparked the ire of animal rights' activists because it is made from the engorged livers of ducks or geese that are force-fed through funnel-like tubes. It became illegal in the state this month to make or sell food derived from force-fed birds.


    World stock markets rise on stimulus hopes

    World stocks rose Tuesday as optimism China and the United States might take new steps to stimulate growth offset weak U.S. data and the IMF's gloomier outlook for world growth.Expectations of possible Chinese stimulus measures rose after Premier Wen Jiabao's weekend promise of tax breaks and other aid to struggling small businesses. China's second-quarter growth fell to a three-year low of 7.6 percent but analysts said a rebound might be in sight.


    EU opens antitrust investigation of Microsoft

    The European Union's executive body, the Commission, is to open an investigation into whether Microsoft has kept to the antitrust commitments it made in 2009, warning that penalties for non-compliance could be "severe".EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told reporters Tuesday that the indications are that Microsoft, the company behind the Windows operating system, has failed to provide customers with a screen from which they could chose different internet browsers other than just Microsoft's Internet Explorer.


    Oil hovers above $88 on stimulus hopes

    Oil hovered above $88 a barrel Tuesday in Asia amid hopes China and the U.S. will take new steps to bolster their economies.Benchmark crude was up 2 cents at $88.45 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.33 to end at $88.43 in New York on Monday. Brent crude was up 9 cents at $103.46 on the ICE futures exchange in London.


    Federal produce-testing program spared — for now

    The nation's largest produce-safety testing program narrowly escaped closure thanks to a last-minute grudging reprieve from the Agriculture Department, and finding a permanent solution to keep tainted fruits and vegetables from reaching consumers could take an even bigger effort.

    A Chinese woman walks past a hotel in Beijing, China, Monday.

    China’s Wen promises job creation efforts

    China's premier says the country's employment situation "will become more complex and severe" and has promised new efforts to generate jobs.A state news agency reported that Premier Wen Jiabao promised Tuesday to push forward industrialization and emphasize agricultural modernization and rural job creation. It gave no details of possible initiatives.


    Purdue taking applications for disabled vets class

    Purdue University's Krannert School of Management is accepting applications for its next class of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.Krannert is one of eight schools around the country that teach the boot camp aimed at helping post-9/11 disabled veterans start their own businesses. It teaches principles of entrepreneurship and small-business management. All expenses are paid.


    Report: 2M jobs lost if automatic cuts kick in

    Automatic cuts in federal spending will cost the economy more than 2 million jobs, from defense contracting to border security to education, if Congress fails to resolve the looming budget crisis, according to an analysis released Tuesday.

    Mattel Inc.’s second-quarter net income climbed 20 percent as sales of Hot Wheels, Barbie and Monster High products (shown here) increased. The results beat Wall Street estimates.

    Barbie, Monster High push Mattel 2Q profit up

    Mattel Inc.'s second-quarter net income climbed 20 percent as sales of Hot Wheels, Barbie and Monster High products increased. The results beat Wall Street estimates.The biggest U.S. toy maker reported Tuesday that its net income rose to $96.2 million, or 28 cents per share, in the April to June quarter. That compares with $80.5 million, or 23 cents per share, a year ago.The performance beat the 20 cents per share analysts expected.

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    Entries coming in for Cook of the Week Challenge 2012

    Entrees have starting coming in for our 2012 Cook of the Week Challenge and I haven't seen yours yet. If you have a knack for cobbling together dinner based on what's in your pantry and fridge, then this contest definitely is for you. If you long to be that confident cook, then this contest will help you get there.

    Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) decides to put on the Batman suit one more time against the objections of his valet Alfred (Michael Caine) in "The Dark Knight Rises."

    Spectacular 'Dark Knight' rises to epic finale

    "The Dark Knight Rises" never rises above "The Dark Knight." But Christopher Nolan's final chapter in his Batman trilogy remains an exhausting experience, reeking with ambition and intelligence. With an impressive, super zinger finale, but a mostly humorless and overproduced enterprise crammed with action scenes and Hans Zimmer's percussive, melody-challenged music pounding on our eardrums.

    This Jan. 23, 2012 file photo shows James Murphy from the film “Shut Up And Play The Hits,” posing for a portrait during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 in Park City, Utah.

    In concert film, a last waltz for LCD Soundsystem

    Asked to characterize "Shut Up and Play the Hits," a concert film that documents LCD Soundsystem's final, oft-mythologized show at Madison Square Garden, James Murphy deadpans a television promo. "Middle-age guy stops band. Pictures at 11." The film, which played in theaters for one night Wednesday, was a kind of "The Last Waltz" for a new generation: an adored band going out with a self-induced, possibly premature bang.

    In this photo taken Monday, July 16, 2012, a t-shirt depicting a rioter holding an Olympic ring is displayed on sale in a London market. The guardians of the games are vigilant about protecting the integrity - and the commercial clout - of the Olympic brand. But even they can’t stop the irreverent spirit of artists and craftspeople, who have responded to the games with a cheeky mix of celebration, skepticism and satire.

    Olympics satire: Watch out for the brand police

    Here are some Olympic images that organizers have not approved: A hooded youth making off with an Olympic ring; the same multicolored hoops turned into toasters; a dog doing something a bit rude to a London 2012 mascot. The guardians of the games are vigilant about protecting the integrity — and the commercial clout — of the Olympic brand. But even they can't stop the irreverent spirit of artists and craftspeople

    “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour” is coproduced by Cirque du Soleil and the estate of Michael Jackson. The pop spectacular, featuring the pictured number “Black and White,” plays the United Center in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

    Best bets: Cirque du Soleil does 'Michael Jackson'

    Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson present "Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour," which plays the United Center in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

    Lisle resident Zach Thompson joins 150 comedians competing to be the funniest ComedySportz team at a championship starting Wednesday.

    Lisle comic to vie with 150 others in Chicago laugh-off

    Lisle's Zach Thompson has been battling it out on ComedySportz improv stages for more than a decade, and now he and his three Chicago teammates are bracing to take on comic competitors from across the country and, potentially, across the globe. He's one of about 150 comics competing in the 2012 ComedySportz World Championship, starting Wednesday in Chicago.

    “Hero Food” by Seamus Mullens

    Pickled Shallots
    Pickled Shallots

    Seamus Mullen’s simple summer salad of corn and jumbo lump crabmeat can be enjoyed in a bowl or on a bun.

    Corn and Crab Salad
    Corn and Crab Salad

    Chris Colfer

    Book notes
    Fitness expert and author Shea Vaughn reads from and signs copies of her book "Breakthrough: The 5 Living Principles to Defeat Stress, Look Great and Find Total Well-Being" on Wednesday, July 25, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

    Director Christopher Nolan Nolan shot nearly half of his Batman finale “The Dark Knight Rises” using bulky IMAX cameras and decided not to use 3-D.

    No 3-D for ‘Dark Knight’

    Batman has all the gadgets Bruce Wayne's resources can buy, but he doesn't have one thing nearly every other summer blockbuster has: 3-D. Director Christopher Nolan made the 2-D vs. 3-D choice easy for fans seeing "The Dark Knight Rises," the finale of his superhero trilogy that began with 2005's "Batman Begins" and continued with 2008's wildly praised "The Dark Knight."

    Actor Charlie Sheen said he has an interest in being a judge on “American Idol.”

    Charlie Sheen ‘genuinely interested’ in ‘Idol’ gig

    Could Charlie Sheen be a judge on "American Idol"? The actor says he's game. In an interview Tuesday on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, Sheen said "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe publicly threw his name out there as a possible judge and the idea piqued people's interest — including his own.

    At just 33, actress Katie Holmes is emerging from the public hysteria regarding her relationship and divorce from actor Tom Cruise.

    New film expectations for Katie Holmes

    Now that she's divorcing actor Tom Cruise, and their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, is school age, there are mounting expectations that Katie Holmes could again be the actress some thought she could become. At just 33, she's emerging from the public hysteria of her relationship with Cruise with open roads ahead and, possibly, renewed ambition.

    Michael Lalagos enjoys pushing his cooking skills to the limits. Last year those skills earned him a spot in the Daily Herald's Cook of the Week Challenge and he finished in the top four.

    Graphic artist gets creative in the kitchen

    Michael Lalagos generally is a pretty shy guy, but last fall this 33-year-old from Schaumburg found himself at the center of attention as he cooked against three other finalists and in front of several hundred people at the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge. The youngest of the contestants, Michael wasn't discouraged that he didn't win that evening.


    Lady Antebellum speaks out on Springsteen silencing

    The members of Lady Antebellum say they are disappointed that Bruce Springsteen was silenced at his Saturday night gig at London's Hyde Park. The country trio was the support act for The Boss at the concert. Organizers cut off his microphone when his show, which featured a surprise duet with Sir Paul McCartney, ran late.

    Michael Lalagos’s Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Mango Barbecue Sauce and Nectarine Salsa.

    Pork Tenderloin with Mango Barbecue Sauce and Nectarine Salsa
    Pork Tenderloin with Nectarin Salsa: Michael Lalagos

    Fried rice also is on the menu at Fabulous Noodles Chinese Restaurant in Lisle.

    It’s all about noodles at simple Lisle eatery

    Around long enough to call a fixture and tucked away so as to qualify as a "hidden gem," Fabulous Noodles has been working magic since the mid-'90s. Mind you, it faces stiff competition from nearby Katy's Dumpling House and Lao Sze Chuan, but it's up to the challenge.


    Mussels Steamed in Belgian Beer
    Mussels Steamed in Beer Michael Lalagos


    Chicken Souvlaki
    Chicken Souvlaki: Michael Lalagos

    Actor Gary Cole, who grew up in Rolling Meadows, arrives at the premiere of the film “Hop” in 2011. He voiced the character Henry O'Hare.

    Rolling Meadows' Gary “Lumbergh” Cole is serious, too

    Whether he's playing the funny dork or a complex killer, Gary Cole usually steals the show. Comedy has always the Rolling Meadows native's strong suit; he played Lumbergh, the annoying boss in "Office Space." "There's very little sitting down stroking my chin saying, 'Hmmm, what will my next move be?'" he said.



    Editorial: The hidden victims of heroin abuse

    Siblings of young people using heroin are often overlooked as parents focus on the problems of the user. A Daily Herald editorial makes it clear that needs to change.


    Moving beyond generic Republicanism

    Columnist Michael Gerson: President Obama's message is now in the full Labour Party mode: Soak the rich. But the smartest Republican response is not to defend the rich. It is to defend a fluid society in which everyone has the possibility of becoming richer.


    The worst financial scandal yet?

    Columnist Froma Harrop: The public should understand that what they don't know can cost them. The illegal fixing of Libor, the interest rate to which much of the world's financial transactions are tied, took a ton of money out of ordinary folks' pockets and handed it to the select few.


    Springbrook Prairie’s new status welcome
    A DuPage county letter to the editor: The River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club is thrilled to support the Forest Preserve Commission of DuPage County in their nomination of Springbrook Prairie as an Illinois Nature Preserve.


    It’s about Romney’s integrity, not money
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The reluctance by the Romney campaign is fueling the fire about what "truths" they may contain, not regarding his wealth. Everyone already knows that he is wealthy. But he has a history of flipping on issues.


    No guts in Senate to repeal health care law
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Rescinding the health care law should be voted upon in the House until the Senate decides to vote upon it, and it is defeated in the Senate, and we have a president with the courage to sign the defeat of the so-called Affordable Health Care Act.


    Rich already carry too much of the load
    A Wayne letter to the editor: Upper income Americans already pay a disproportionate share of the taxes in our country. How much more should they be expected to "share?" I know that facts are stubborn things but in this case they cannot be dismissed.


    Campaign going to be a long 4 months
    A Naperville letter to the editor: After watching David Axelrod on the CBS morning show I wanted to heave. On one attack he was making against Romney, the broadcaster said that "Fact Check" pointed out his claims were not true, and still he chose to keep talking trash.


    No further foreign commitments
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I'm responding to Putin's recent visit to Israel and how it impacts on our current situation. Let's put ourselves into Putin's mind to more easily grasp his calculations.


    Government can’t make boy a man
    A Chicago letter to the editor: There will never be a solution to gang violence until we solve the father problem. Judging from news reports over many years, most arrested gang members are represented by mothers. Why?


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