Daily Archive : Wednesday July 18, 2012


    Republican Robert Dold, left, opposes Democrat Brad Schneider in the 10th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Schneider's interns parody “Call Me Maybe”

    First it was Harvard's baseball team. Then Cookie Monster. Now, interns in a suburban congressional race have recorded their own lip-synced parody of Carly Rae Jepsen's hit single "Call Me Maybe." "The song's really suitable because we're making calls all day long," said 19-year-old Taylor Riskin, who is spending the summer with Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider's campaign.

    The Round Lake Heights Parade makes its way down Lotus Drive in 2006.

    Round Lake Heights police chief steps up, organizes village’s annual parade

    With the Round Lake Heights parade last year consisting only of emergency vehicles and a village board float, police Chief John Roehlk was disappointed. So when Mayor Terry Lumpkins suggested scrapping the idea all together, Roehlk stepped up and offered to take charge of the event. This year, thanks to Roehlk, the parade will triple in size with about 25 floats scheduled to attend.

    One week after the Lake County Regional Plan Commission rejected the Dimucci family's request to have land they own near Hawthorn Woods rezoned to allow the construction of a shopping center, the siblings brought their case to a new panel Wednesday.

    Crowd heckles Dimucci mall project

    One week after the Lake County Regional Plan Commission rejected the Dimucci family's request to have land they own near Hawthorn Woods rezoned to allow the construction of a shopping center, the siblings brought their case to a new panel Wednesday. The meeting, attended by many who oppose the project, started with a flurry of objections from lawyers. The chairman responded gruffly to the...

    Renato Barsellotti

    Cops: Motorcyclist caught after lengthy chase, striking squad car

    An Elgin man is being held on $500,000 bail after leading police on a motorcycle chase during which he ramming into the side of a squad car and attempted to strike a deputy, officials said. An FBI plane was called to assist in the search for the man, and police arrested him as he was walking from a wooded area about 5 hours after the start of the pursuit.


    Wauconda Township residents applaud a new plan that cuts off full medical coverage for township employees’ spouses and children.

    Wauconda Township officials approved a new insurance plan that will cost township employees, including elected officials, an extra $70 a month. Employees will now pay 5 percent of their insurance policy to pay for their spouses and children. Trustee Gary Thomsen said it's time for taxpayers to stop paying for non-employees. "It's a small price to pay," he said. "I don't think the tac payers need...

    A grass fire burned through multiple backyards on the 1300 block of Spaulding Road on Tuesday, but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to nearby townhouses.

    Grass fire burns through Bartlett backyards

    High winds and dry conditions fuled a grass fire that threatened a row of townhomes in Bartlett Tuesday. The blaze, which started at about 3 p.m., burned through multiple backyards but did not cause any property damage.

    Jessica Dunteman, 9, of Big Rock rests with one of her hogs before her turn to show during the first day of the Kane County Fair in St. Charles Wednesday.

    Images: Opening of the 2012 Kane County Fair
    Images from the talent contest and of opening day at the 2012 Kane County Fair in St. Charles.


    Police report
    Justin Harper, 24, of the 500 block of Wellington Avenue, Elgin, was arrested and charged with possession of 8.3 grams of cocaine and delivering a controlled substance at 10:18 p.m. Tuesday, according to police reports.

    Destroyed buses are seen at Burgas airport, outside the Black Sea city of Burgas, Bulgaria, some 250 miles east of the capital, Sofia, Wednesday. A bus carrying young Israeli tourists in a Bulgarian resort exploded Wednesday, killing seven people.

    Attack on Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria kills 7

    Israel vowed to strike back at Iran for a brazen daylight bombing Wednesday that killed at least seven people on a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria.

    Scott Sanders/ssanders@dailyherald.com Blanchard Hall at Wheaton College.

    Wheaton College joins suits against contraception mandate

    Wheaton College filed a federal lawsuit against President Obama's administration, joining more than 50 religious institutions in their opposition to a mandate that would force the school to provide insurance covering contraception for students and staff.

    President Barack Obama, center, holds up a jersey given to him by members of the 2012 NCAA Women’s basketball champion Baylor University Bears during a ceremony at the White House Wednesday.

    Romney: Obama focuses on his job, not unemployment

    A defiant Mitt Romney brushed aside more calls for the release of his tax returns on Wednesday and instead accused President Barack Obama of protecting his job at the expense of millions of unemployed Americans.

    The Hoffman Estates Park District’s “Bo’s Run” soon won’t be the only dog park in town. The park district, in cooperation with the city of Elgin and Streamwood Park District, next month will open “Freedom Run” at 6150 Russell Road.

    Hoffman Estates dog park nearing completion

    A new $133,000 Hoffman Estates dog park called Freedom Run is nearing completion. The 4-acre park will include a small dog area, water sources, shaded spots and five pieces of agility equimpment that a 15-year-old is building as part of an Eagle Scout service project. A grand opening for the park — which will serve primarily Hoffman Estates, Streamwood and Elgin residents — is...


    Mount Prospect rejects video gambling despite business protests

    Despite pleas from local restaurant and bar owners, the Mount Prospect village board unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday prohibiting video gambling in town. While proponents of video gambling said the vote would cost the village hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue and harm local businesses, officials said they have concerns about the lack of local control and the impact of more...

    Workers at Hart Schaffner & Marx in Des Plaines could soon be making Olympic team uniforms if Mayor Marty Moylan gets his way. Moylan recently wrote a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s chairman urging him to have the next set of Olympic opening ceremony uniforms made locally.

    Des Plaines mayor: Hartmarx can make Olympic uniforms

    Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan has an idea how to quell all the hubbub over this year's U.S. Olympic garb being manufactured in China - make the next ones in Des Plaines. Moylan this week sent a letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Olympic Committee saying Hart Schaffner & Marx - the Des Plaines company that manufactures Obama's suits - should make uniforms for the 2014 Winter Games.


    Chicago school board rejects fact finder report

    The governing board of Chicago's public schools has rejected a fact finder's recommendation to give teachers a double-digit raise. The board voted 6-0 to reject the report Wednesday. The board and the teachers union now have 30 days in which to reach a deal before teachers would be able to strike.

    Tina Hill

    Koehler could have competition if all get re-elected

    McHenry County Board member Tina Hill wants to run for the chairmanship after the November election, and county board member Ersel Schuster said she is interested in doing so.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    John R. Nicholas III, 21, of the 1300 block of North Glen Circle in Aurora, was charged with theft, at 9:27 a.m. Monday at the Circle K/Shell station at 164 S. Randall Road, according to a police report.

    Chelsea Danforth, 17, of St. Charles cools herself and her silky chicken before their turn to show during the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles.

    Cool air, water help keep people cool at fair

    It's a bit easier to stay cool at the Kane County Fair, thanks to more air conditioning.

    Jessica Dunteman, 9, of Big Rock rests with one of her hogs before their turn to show during the first day of the Kane County Fair Wednesday in St. Charles.

    4-H’ers flourish on big fair stage

    The Kane County Fair provides a big stage for the local 4-H members.


    Mathias event helps people find unclaimed assets

    State Rep. Sid Mathias will host a "Cash Dash" program on Thursday, July 19 Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove, to help people find unclaimed property and money the state is currently holding.


    Elburn raises water, sewer charges

    Elburn water customers will pay more for water and sewer service. The village board raised rates Monday.

    Lake Ellyn in Glen Ellyn has been growing more algae because of the recent heat wave and drought conditions.

    Lake Ellyn showing signs of improvement

    In the middle of this summer's record heat, the water temperature at Lake Ellyn in Glen Ellyn has risen to 90 degrees at times, leading to the growth of more algae and dead fish popping up — not to mention a foul-smelling odor. But thanks to some much needed rain in the meantime, the conditions at the lake have improved, park officials said Wednesday. "I was at the lake and it appears...

    Police are looking for Runaldo Ramsey, pictured here in an undated booking photo from a prior arrest.

    Suspect sought in Addison home invasion, fire poker attack

    Authorities say a $50 debt sparked the severe beating of an Addison man who was attacked inside his home with an unusual weapon -- a fire poker. Runaldo Ramsey, 32, of Chicago, is accused of strangling the victim, throwing him into a television set, bashing him in the head with a beer bottle, and stabbing him in the arms, foot, back, face and head with a poker from an outdoor fire pit.


    Lombard couple arrested after fight at 7-Eleven

    A Lombard couple has been arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle and a fight earlier this month at a 7-Eleven near Glen Ellyn, DuPage County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.


    Quinn signs consumer utility laws

    Legislation banning a telephone bill scam known as “cramming” was signed into law Wednesday, making Illinois among the few states to ban third-party companies from adding fees to bills.

    At a pre-trial hearing Wednesday, defense attorneys and prosecutors were making their final pitches on what evidence should or shouldn’t be admitted when Drew Peterson’s murder trial gets under way. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday.

    Decision made on evidence offered in Peterson case

    A judge has ruled on what evidence will be admissible at Drew Peterson’s murder trial.In a hearing days before jury selection begins, Will County Judge Edward Burmila on Wednesday ruled prosecutors could display a three-dimensional model of the alleged murder victim, Kathleen Savio.


    Antioch approves $2.24 million construction bid for new aquatic center

    The village of Antioch isn't wasting any time with its $2 million project to build a new aquatic center. The day after the current facility at Williams Park closes on Aug. 19, construction on the new center will begin, village officials said.


    Sheriff’s deputies say Elburn woman was found near vehicle

    The body of a 57-year-old Elburn woman is found near a car on the roadside Wednesday morning north of Kaneland High School in Kaneville Township, according to Kane County Sheriff's officials. Authorities say there are no immediate signs of foul play and an autopsy on Joyce David is scheduled for Thursday.

    Decorated ceramic horses are on display throughout Barrington as part of a fundraiser for the Barrington Area United Way. This one called “Natural Scapes” by artist Kathy Losch is sponsored by the Lake Barrington Shores HOA.

    Ceramic horses stampede into Barrington

    More than two dozen painted horses are riding through Barrington again this summer, part of an effort to raise money for the Barrington Area United Way while also putting public art on display in the community.


    Addison warns residents about possible tree service scams

    Addison officials are warning residents about reports of tree service vendors taking advantage of villagers after the July 1 storm. "We had a couple of fly-by-night tree services and we felt, in my opinion, that they charged an exorbitant amount of money to do very little work," Public Works Director Mitch Patterson said.

    Randall Visor

    Kane drops felony battery charges against Visor

    Kane County prosecutors drop felony domestic violence charges against Randall Visor, an Aurora man who went to prison after a 1997 drunk driving crash that killed three Naperville teens and a mom. Visor was accused of fighting with a relative but authorities dismissed the charges after interviewing an independent witness.


    Naperville chamber expects to find new CEO locally

    A familiar face is likely to be named president and CEO of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce this fall. "We've received 15 applications or resumes to date and were still accepting them through August," said Cathy Subber, chairwoman-elect of the chamber's board of directors. "So far we've got some great candidates so we have no intention of conducting a national search at this time."

    Errick Brown

    55-year sentence for man in Carpentersville murder

    Errick L. Brown of Carprentersville is sentenced to 55 years in prison for gunning down a man in 2009 over some poor quality cocaine. Brown, 41, faced a minimum of 45 years for shooting Joseph Vonner, a 25-year-old father of five, as he left a party.

    The two surviving original members of the iconic rock band The Who, Roger Daltrey, left and Pete Townshend, are launching their first tour in four years and showcasing their 1973 classic rock opera “Quadrophenia.”

    The Who announce stop at Rosemont’s Allstate

    The two surviving members of the iconic rock band The Who have announced plans for a Nov. 29 stop on their 2012 tour at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The band will play the revered Quadrophenia in its entirety during the tour. Tickets go on sale July 23 for American Express cardholders and July 27 for the general public.


    Geneva bans backyard fires due to dry conditions

    Citing danger, the Geneva Fire Department has banned bonfires, campfires, and use of firepits, because of the drought.

    Suzi Schmidt

    Lake County state senator’s harassment case continued to August

    A protection order obtained by neighbors of state Sen. Suzi Schmidt will continue at least until her next court date in August, a judge ruled Wednesday. Schmidt faces misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and criminal trespass following a June 12 arrest for harassing her neighbors in Lake Villa Township for more than two years over a reputed romantic affair involving her estranged...


    Naperville cops correct record on heroin deaths

    A Naperville police detective misspoke Monday night when he announced Naperville has suffered "zero" heroin-related deaths this year, officials said Wednesday. Megan Miller, an 18-year-old Neuqua Valley High School senior, died Jan. 29 in her parent's Naperville home as a result of a combination of heroin and ecstasy.


    Board of Review analysts charged in bribe scheme

    Two Cook County Board of Review analysts are charged with accepting a $1,500 bribe to facilitate a $14,000 property tax reductions on residential properties in Chicago, Burbank and Tinley Park. The federal complaint alleges the bribe payment was made in 2008. They face a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted.


    Correctional officer’s suit against Hanover Park dismissed

    A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a Cook County correctional officer who was removed from a Hanover Park village board meeting for being armed. Chief U.S. District Court Judge James Holderman ruled that Brad Sandefur's rights weren't violated at the February 2010 meeting


    Georgia man charged with abusing two girls in a hotel pool

    A 55-year-old Georgia man was charged with sexually abusing two minor girls in an Elk Grove Village hotel swimming pool Saturday. A Cook County judge set bail at $200,000 for Charles Smith, a traveling salesman from Lawrenceville, Georgia.

    David Koschman

    Grand jury investigating Daley nephew case

    A grand jury is investigating the 2004 death of a man following a fight with the nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Special prosecutor Dan Webb says the case is complicated by the time that’s passed since the death of 21-year-old David Koschman of Mount Prospect.

    Bill Ganek

    Ganek to step down in early 2013

    Algonquin Village Manager Bill Ganek announced Wednesday he plans to retire in early 2013 after having served in Algonquin for two decades, and village officials say whoever follows is going to have big shoes to fill.


    Wadsworth golf tournament benefit

    Register by July 20 to participate in the Kevin Klassic, a scramble golf tournament at the Midlane Golf Club, 4555 York House Road, in Wadsworth. The event is Aug. 1 at 7:30 a.m.


    One hurt in Fox Lake crash

    A gravel truck collided with a minivan at the intersection of Route 12 and Big Hollow Road about 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.


    Tour Fort Sheridan

    People with disabilities can take a free cart tour of the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve near Highland Park on July 28.


    Three injured in crash

    Three people suffered minor injuries in a crash that involved at least one motorcycle and two cars on Route 41 near Lake Bluff, officials said Wednesday.

    The Fox Lake Fireman’s Festival will take place Saturday July 21, at the volunteer bingo hall. The event will feature water fights, food, entertainment and carnival games.

    Fox Lake Fireman’s Fest returns this weekend

    The annual Fox Lake Volunteer Fireman's Festival returns to Washington Street in Fox Lake this weekend with an outdoor music concert and water fights. Money raised from the two-day event goes to help fund education and supplies for firefighters at the Fox Lake Fire Protection District. The festival will also feature carnival games, refreshments and food as in years past.


    Des Plaines approves gun shop relocation

    The Des Plaines City Council recently approved a conditional-use permit allowing Maxon Shooter Supply and Indoor Range, 1226 Rand Road, to relocate to an industrial/manufacturing zone at 75 Bradrock Drive. Maxon will expand its current 4,000-square-foot building into a 14,670-square-foot facility.

    Jennifer Tyrrell hugs her son Cruz Burns, 7, outside Boy Scouts national offices after a meeting with representatives of the 102-year-old organization Wednesday in Irving, Texas. The Ohio woman, who was ousted as a den mother because she is a lesbian, delivered a petition with 300,000 signatures urging the organization to reinstate her and abandon its policy of excluding gays.

    Ousted lesbian den mom delivers petition to Scouts

    An Ohio woman ousted as a den mother because she is a lesbian has delivered a petition with 300,000 signatures to the Boy Scouts of America headquarters urging the organization to reinstate her.

    President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House following his arrival on Marine One helicopter Wednesday in Washington. Obama was returning from a campaign trip to Texas.

    Administration seeks drought help from Congress

    The Obama administration called on Congress Wednesday to assist farmers suffering from the worst drought in 25 years. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said three-fifths of the U.S. land mass and much of the country's corn and soybean crops have been affected by the lack of rain.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., flanked by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., left, and House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn of S.C., speaks about the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Local nurses: Reform emphasizes business side of health care

    Nurses always have been among those on the front lines of health care, so what do they have to say about the health care reform recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court? The Daily Herald caught up with Cathy Smithson and Kathleen Ferket of the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, in town this week for a convention in Lombard, to get their thoughts.

    Jeff Evitt

    Child porn suspect to family: Let me stay in DuPage jail

    A West Chicago man jailed on child pornography charges said during a court appearance Wednesday that he doesn't want his family to bail him out. Jeff Evitt, 48, was in DuPage County bond court on four counts of aggravated child pornography after the execution of a search warrant Tuesday at his home on the 29W200 block of National Street.

    DuPage Forest Preserve officials approved a $175,000 expansion of the Observe Your Preserve educational website, which will allow users to share their experiences and observations at such locations as Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

    DuPage Forest board to spend $175,000 on website

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials approved a measure to spend nearly $175,000 to continue building an educational outreach website. The Observe Your Preserve site launched in October and is under construction, but officials say it will soon bring a new measure of interaction between residents and their forest preserves.

    Mike Donahue

    Kane officials want more studies before deciding on Fabyan

    Plans to redevelop the Fabyan Road campus that includes Settler's Hill landfill hit the Kane County Board for the first time this week. Development Committee members said they want to see the simplest elements of the plan implemented first (trails) to allow more time to investigate the feasibility of the rest of the ideas. Whether or not the ideas can make money and environmental suitability of...

    Backdropped by Tower Bridge, dancers perform hanging from outside the City Hall in London as part of London 2012 Olympic Festival, Sunday, July 15, 2012. Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has been forced to trim parts of the opening ceremony — including removal of a stunt bike sequence — to make sure the show finishes on time and spectators can get home before public transportation shuts down.

    London shortening Olympic ceremony to end on time

    Lights, camera, action ... Cut! Not the words director Danny Boyle was hoping to shout just days before the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. But the Oscar-winning director has been forced to trim parts of the ceremony to make sure the show finishes on time and spectators can get home before public transportation shuts down.


    Route 41 reopened in Lake Bluff after multivehicle crash

    At least two people were injured in a crash that involved at least one motorcycle and two cars on Route 41 near Lake Bluff. Police have just reopened Route 41 near Route 176, which has been closed since about 7 a.m.

    Just Thigpen of Waycross, Ga., competes in the steer wrestling event at the Big Hat Rodeo at last year's Kane County Fair.

    Kane County Fair boasts bull riding, rodeo shows

    Bull riding and a rodeo will be featured Friday and Saturday at the Kane County Fair in St. Charles. "There are 40 guys coming from all over; it's going to be phenomenal this year," show founder Bob Sauber of St. Charles said. "I think Friday night the record's going to be broken so I'm really excited about it. The bulls and the caliber of cowboys — it's going to be a special event."


    Why do kids no longer play in Arlington Hts. streets?

    Margery Frisbie remembers the days when children used to play in the streets during both the days and evenings. Now, she misses those sounds, which is just one of the many changes to Arlington Heights over the years.

    A SkyWest regional jet sits on the tarmac on the opposite end of the St. George Municipal Airport Tuesday, July 17, 2012. A SkyWest Airlines employee wanted in a murder case attempted to steal a passenger plane, then shot himself in the head after crashing the aircraft in a nearby parking lot, officials said Tuesday. Brian Hedglin, 40, scaled a razor wire fence at the St. George Municipal Airport early Tuesday, then boarded the 50-passenger SkyWest jet while the airport was closed, St. George city spokesman Marc Mortenson said.

    Airport security scrutinized after Utah breach

    SALT LAKE CITY — Pilot and murder suspect Brian Hedglin knew how to fly planes. He just needed access to one.Turns out, it was as easy as using a rug to scale a razor wire-topped security fence at a small Utah airport in the middle of night, slipping past security, boarding an idle, empty, 50-passenger SkyWest Airlines jet and revving up the engines.

    Syrians flash victory signs during a celebration after hearing about the suicide attack that hit the National Security building in Idlib, north Syria. A bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting Wednesday in Damascus, killing the defense minister as well as President Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law in the harshest blow to the government’s inner circle in the 16-month uprising.

    Rebel bombing strikes heart of Syrian regime

    A bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting Wednesday in Damascus, killing three top regime officials — including President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law — in the harshest blow to Syria's ruling family dynasty and the rebels' boldest attack in the country's civil war.


    Naperville police want help solving burglaries

    Naperville police are seeking the public's help to solve two apparently unrelated burglaries.

    President Barack Obama speaks at a fundraising event in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.

    Obama proposes $1B for science, math teachers

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.


    Video shows Fla. man shooting at would-be robbers

    OCALA, Fla. — Authorities in central Florida say two men were trying to rob an Internet cafe when a 71-year-old patron began shooting his own gun, wounding the suspects.


    Charge upgraded for Minn. police sergeant in bar attack

    ANOKA, Minn. — A Minneapolis police sergeant accused of punching a man while off-duty at a bar is facing a more serious charge.The Anoka County Attorney has upgraded the charge against 47-year-old David Clifford from third- to first-degree assault.

    Cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, left, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, have been missing since Friday afternoon, July 13, 2012. The girls were last seen Friday afternoon leaving their grandmother’s house in northeastern Iowa.

    Abduction fear grows for missing Iowa cousins

    EVANSDALE, Iowa — Family members of two young girls who went missing in northeastern Iowa are beginning to wonder whether the cousins were abducted, after days of investigations appeared to produce no significant leads.


    Trenton Mayor Tony Mack denies wrongdoing

    TRENTON, N.J. — The mayor of New Jersey’s capital city denies any wrongdoing after FBI agents searched his home.Trenton Mayor Tony Mack emerged from the house Wednesday and told reporters “we have not violated the public trust in any way.”A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey could not say what was under investigation, or whether the office was involved.


    Suspect in Mich. sisters’ slayings found dead

    DETROIT — Police say an Ohio man charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend and her pregnant sister in Michigan fatally shot himself in a remote West Virginia cabin after seeing U.S. marshals closing in on him.Michigan State Police Lt. Sean Furlong says the federal marshals heard a gunshot then found 38-year-old Thomas Fritz dead in the Sistersville, W.Va., cabin Tuesday night.

    Alvin Watts

    Preliminary hearing set in Tulsa fatal shootings

    TULSA, Okla. — A preliminary hearing will begin Wednesday in Tulsa County District Court for the two men accused of fatally shooting three black people and wounding two more in what authorities describe as racially motivated shootings.

    Comerica Park is the latest Detroit landmark to be the subject of a bomb threat. Police say an anonymous caller issued the threat in a 911 call around 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, as the Tigers were hosting the Los Angeles Angels in front of 34,000 fans.

    Bomb threat fails to halt Detroit Tigers game

    DETROIT — Baseball stadium Comerica Park is the latest Detroit landmark to be the subject of a bomb threat.Police say an anonymous caller issued the threat in a 911 call around 8 p.m. Tuesday as the Tigers were hosting the Los Angeles Angels in front of 34,000 fans.

    The Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports Festival will bring some of the world’s top in-line skating athletes to Hoffman Estates this weekend. The fourth annual festival also includes running and children’s events.

    Hoffman Estates preps for running, in-line skating event

    Hoffman Estates will be filled with hundreds of runners and in-line skaters this weekend for the fourth annual Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports Festival. With more than 20 events over two days, the festival offers a little something for everyone, from a free kids obstacle course and a 10K run to an in-line skating marathon and more.

    The DuPage County Convalescent Center will have a garden walk from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22, to encourage the community to see residents’ gardens.

    Convalescent center garden gives residents purpose

    The garden is so hidden from view of those driving by on County Farm Road in Wheaton that it has come to be known as "The Secret Garden." But to residents of the DuPage County Convalescent Center, the garden is all but a secret — it's an integral part of their lives. "It is so unexpected what you see there," volunteer Julie Moore said. The community can view the center's residents work at...


    Man who stole through card skimming sentenced

    A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to charges he organized a ring that stole more than $200,000 from diners using bank or credit cards at restaurants and other venues has been sentenced to five years in prison.Joseph Woods on Tuesday pleaded guilty in Cook County Circuit Court to felony conspiracy to commit a financial crime.


    Chicago plans $205 million in CTA rehab work

    The Chicago Transit Authority plans a $205 million renovation of the agency’s bus and rail maintenance facilities.Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool announced the initiative Tuesday. They said the construction will create more than 500 jobs while the project lasts.


    Woman charged with stalking Chicago Cubs president

    A Massachusetts woman faces felony stalking charges after prosecutors say she flew to Chicago, rented a red Mustang and tried to deliver a birthday gift to the young son of Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein at his home near Wrigley Field.


    Cellini attorneys to ask for delay in sentencing

    Attorneys for a onetime powerbroker with links to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are expected to ask for a delay to his sentencing hearing scheduled for Monday.William Cellini’s lawyers requested a hearing for Wednesday to argue for a later sentencing date. But the motion they filed in federal court in Chicago was sealed and so their grounds for a delay weren’t clear.


    2nd judge rejects Wisconsin voter ID law

    MADISON, Wis. — A second judge on Tuesday declared Wisconsin’s voter identification law unconstitutional, further guaranteeing that the ID requirement won’t be in place for this fall’s elections.


    Law student is named Illinois Veteran of the Month

    A DePaul University law student and U.S. Army veteran has been honored as the “Veteran of the Month” for July.The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is honoring Daniel Sylvester. He is a doctoral candidate at DePaul’s College of Law, where he founded a veterans’ service organization. He’s working to start a veterans’ legal clinic at DePaul.


    Dawn Patrol: Flirting with 90; theater for Hawthorn Mall

    Temperatures dip back into 80s today. Third suspect charged in Oak Brook armed robbery of McDonald's. Lawsuit against Chuck West to fall on his estate. Movie theater slated for Hawthorn Mall. Elgin SWAT team performs live drill at high school. Gire gives "Dark Knight Rises" 3 stars. Youkilis blasts 3-run homer to lead White Sox.


    4 Wis. GOP Senate candidates to appear at forum

    MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin’s GOP primary for the U.S. Senate is four weeks away, and all four Republican candidates are campaigning in earnest.The four are all scheduled to attend a forum in Milwaukee on Wednesday. The candidates will appear separately and will have 30 minutes apiece for speeches and a question-and-answer session.


    Wis. site to hold Laura Ingalls Wilder Days

    EAGLE, Wis. — Kids will get a chance to dress up like one of their favorite “Little House on the Prairie” characters at a Wisconsin historical museum next month.


    Indiana schools reject needy students, educators say

    INDIANAPOLIS — Some Indiana public schools are accepting only the brightest transfer applicants and are rejecting children with special needs or histories of disciplinary problems, educators and students told state lawmakers.


    Woman sues stop Indiana for suspending license

    INDIANAPOLIS — A Bloomington woman is suing to stop the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles from suspending her license, saying the agency waited too long to mete out punishment for infractions committed years ago and that revoking her driving privileges now would endanger her family’s welfare.


    Man guilty of killing girl in 1986 to be sentenced

    INDIANAPOLIS — A 69-year-old Indianapolis man already in prison is set to be sentenced for killing a 13-year-old girl in 1986.Paul Reese Sr. faces a sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon in Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis.A jury convicted him June 22 for the murder of Dawn Stuard of Indianapolis.


    Kane County will not lower impact fees to spur economy

    The quest by some Kane County officials to lower the fee the county charges new development died in committee Tuesday. Board members who think the fees are necessary to pay for road and transportation improvements prevailed.

    Wauconda Police Chief Doug Larsson said his department has 10 of its 26 officers in supervisory roles because the village was planning for population and development growth that was stymied by the recession.

    Some suburban police departments more top heavy than others

    Several suburban police departments have high numbers of officers in supervisory roles overseeing fewer subordinates, at a higher cost to taxpayers. But a few other departments have supervisory levels that fall too low, says one expert. Leonard Territo, one of the co-authors of the police administration textbook, said specific circumstances should dictate a police department's supervisory...

    Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan said Tuesday he wants an immediate inspection of all railroad bridges that go over roads in the city, including this bridge over Northwest Highway, about a mile west of Graceland Avenue. Moylan's request is in light of a recent bridge collapse in Glenview that killed two people.

    Des Plaines wants railroad bridge inspections

    Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan said Tuesday he wants an immediate inspection of all railroad tracks on bridges that cross over roads in the village. The decision was made in response to this months's railroad bridge collapse in Glenview that killed two people. "We're concerned for the safety of our residents,” Moylan said.

    Gurnee is required to build a memorial to troops who died in Iraq and Afghanistan under a lawsuit settlement with a village trustee who had tried to spearhead the project through his private foundation.

    Contested Gurnee troops memorial will likely be built

    Gurnee would have about a year to build a memorial to troops who died in Iraq and Afghanistan under a tentative lawsuit settlement with a village trustee, who had tried to spearhead the project through his private foundation. Heroes of Freedom Memorial Park would be constructed on Old Grand Avenue on or before Aug. 1, 2013.The tentative settlement, which came just ahead of a scheduled jury trial...


    Starlin Castro homered and the Cubs batted around in a four-run seventh inning to beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 in a rain-shortened game Wednesday night.

    Cubs take rain-shortened 5-1 win over Marlins

    Starlin Castro homered and the Cubs batted around in a four-run seventh inning to beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 in a rain-shortened game Wednesday night.

    What happens when you have limited funds and find yourself right in the middle of the playoff chase heading into the dog days? You keep your fingers crossed and stay patient. That's what the White Sox are doing, not that they have much of a choice. At a premium is pitching especially after starter Pedro Hernandez was shelled Wednesday night in Boston.

    White Sox hoping patience pays off

    What happens when you have limited funds and find yourself right in the middle of the playoff chase heading into the dog days? You keep your fingers crossed and stay patient. That's what the White Sox are doing, not that they have much of a choice.


    Fremd cashes in against New Trier

    Matt Isola's throw was right on the money as Fremd finally found a way to keep a lead from being withdrawn by New Trier in Wednesday's Palatine regional semifinal of the Phil Lawler Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association summer tournament. Isola made a perfect throw to catcher Greg Money to nail a runner trying to score from second on a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning and No. 7 Fremd (12-8) held on for a 4-3 victory over the sixth-seeded Trevians.


    Cubs not likely to go after free agents anytime soon

    Cubs president Theo Epstein didn't rule out the Cubs going after big-time free agents this coming off-season, but he did caution that going that route too often is no way to build an organization. Epstein again stressed the Cubs were committed to building from within.

    Cody Ross hit three-run homers in consecutive innings and Felix Doubront pitched six solid innings, carrying the Boston Red Sox to a 10-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night.

    Red Sox clobber White Sox again, 10-1

    Cody Ross hit three-run homers in consecutive innings and Felix Doubront pitched six solid innings, carrying the Boston Red Sox to a 10-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night. Adrian Gonzalez added a solo homer and drove in four runs, and Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits for Boston.


    Boehmer’ stellar outing power St. Charles East

    St. Charles East's stellar play in the Phil Lawler Summer State Tournament continued Wednesday with the Saints' best all-around game yet. Mike Boehmer tossed a 1-hit shutout while the Saints' bats came alive with 16 hits in an 11-0 victory over travel-weary Kaneland in the semifinals of the St. Charles East regional. The No. 5 seeded Saints (18-5) will play No. 6 Crystal Lake South, a 6-5 winner over Cary-Grove, in the regional championship at 5 p.m. Thursday. Thursday's winner advances to the state tournament next week at North Central College and Benedictine University.


    WW South takes advantage late

    As the score bounced back and forth between Wheaton Warrenville South and Glenbard East, everyone knew the baseball game would come down to one shutdown inning. WW South finally got it in the bottom of the seventh. After scoring a pair of go-ahead runs in the top of the frame, the Tigers claimed a 7-5 victory over their DuPage Valley Conference rivals with a 1-2-3 finish. WW South advances to the IHSBCA Glenbard South regional final to play Montini at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Glen Ellyn.

    Tiger Woods won’t be the only one using an iron off the tee when the British Open commences Thursday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in England. A plethora of pot bunkers and the ever-present winds will put tee shots at a premium.

    British Open at Lytham requires a good start

    The key to this year's British Open is to get off to a good start — not just on Thursday, but on every hole."At most PGA Tour events, the shorter the shot, the more important it is," Geoff Ogilvy said. "This one, the longer the shot the more important it is."The tired adage of "drive for show, putt for dough" doesn't necessarily apply at Royal Lytham.


    Fire’s offense continues to sputter in 1-0 loss

    Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on a Thierry Henry goal only serves to remind Fire fans that time is running out in the summer transfer window for the Fire to sign an attacking player of Henry's caliber, says soccer columnist Orrin Schwarz.

    Max Scodro displays the Illinois Open trophy he claimed Wednesday after a five-hole playoff at The Glen Club in Glenview.

    Scodro claims Illinois Open after 5-hole playoff

    Wednesday's final round of the 63rd Illinois Open didn't have the spectacular shots that were so abundant in Round 2, but it certainly had more drama. Recent Notre Dame graduate Max Scodro and Eric Meierdierks, the tourney's 2010 champion, waged a two-man duel all day long at The Glen Club in Glenview before Scodro took the title on the fifth hole of a playoff. It was the longest playoff in the tourney since Marty Schiene outlasted Gary Groh over six holes at Royal Fox in St. Charles 20 years ago.


    Benet’s Pavich bound for Boston

    For the second time in five years, a Benet middle hitter is headed east to Boston. Benet middle Brittany Pavich, who will be a junior this fall, verbally committed to Boston College this week. Currently 2008 graduate Val Mattaliano plays for Boston College.

    Jeremy Lin loves New York. He wanted to stay. Even so, it was more important to him to be on the court as a starting point guard, and he's convinced the Houston Rockets will put him there.

    Houston braces for Linsanity

    Jeremy Lin loves New York. He wanted to stay. Even so, it was more important to him to be on the court as a starting point guard, and he's convinced the Houston Rockets will put him there. "They made a very compelling pitch in terms of what I could bring to the team and for the city," Lin said in a statement released through the team Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the Knicks decided not to match Houston's bold three-year, $25 million offer sheet.


    Henry scores, Red Bulls beat Chicago Fire 1-0

    Thierry Henry scored his first goal since April 28 to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday. The rare weekday afternoon game was played in record-breaking 106-degree temperatures, the hottest July 18 ever recorded in New Jersey.


    Outdoors notes: local fishing report

    Mike Jackson's weekly outdoors notebook offers a local fishing report for area anglers.


    Sharing an outdoorsman’s perspective from the trenches

    Each region of the Midwest houses its masters of perception and opinion. Take retired outdoor scribe Joseph, an excellent fly fisherman and decent all-around woodsman, and someone outdoors columnist Mike Jackson will never forget.

    Justin Timberlake has been appointed the U.S. Team Ambassador for the 2012 Ryder Cup. The singer/actor/business icon is a passionate golfer who has his own PGA Tour event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas each fall, and also owns a course in Memphis, Tenn.

    U.S. Ryder Cup appoints Timberlake ambassador

    For the first time in team history, the U.S. Ryder Cup team will have a celebrity ambassador — six-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake — when the team gathers for the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club this fall. In making the annoucement Wednesday, officials for the PGA of America also outlined Timberlake's role, saying he will take part in the Ryder Cup Gala on Sept. 26 at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont, as well as Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies on Sept. 27 at Medinah Country Club.


    Mike North video: Bears got best of Forte

    The Chicago Bears win with the signing of a versatile running back like Forte. Between his play and attitude, he is worth the money. The New York Knicks will regret letting Jeremy Lin go. His star power and character will be missed in New York.Ÿ For more, see www.northtonorth.com . Listen to Mike on Foxsportsradio.com, XM channel 169, or your iHeart application Sat 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sun 9 p.m. to midnight. You can also hear him Sunday evenings on WIND 560AM. Look for Mike on WIND on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. and on Fridays at 5:50 p.m. Listen to Mike’s podcasts at foxsportsradio.com/podcast/mikenorth.xml


    Fire scouting report
    Chicago Fire at New York Red BullsWhen: noon at Red Bull ArenaTV: Comcast SportsNetScouting the Fire: The Fire (9-6-4, 31 points) will be without the suspended Arne Friedrich, but he might not have played anyway on short rest after Saturday’s win. The Fire can pass the Red Bulls and D.C. United in the Eastern Conference standings with a victory.Scouting the Montreal Impact: The Red Bulls (9-5-5, 32 points) have very little time to recover from Sunday’s draw against Seattle. Expect coach Hans Backe to rest some of his stars for the midweek matinee. The Red Bulls are one of the highest-scoring teams in the league, but the defense has been a weak spot.Next: Aston Villa, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Park— Orrin Schwarz

    The Seattle Mariners’ Justin Smoak (17) is congratulated by third base coach Jeff Datz Tuesday after his two-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ryan Verdugo during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

    Smoak, Saunders hit 2-run homers to lead Mariners

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Seattle Mariners’ quick-strike offense has scored 13 runs in the first two innings in winning their first two games at Kansas City.Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders each hit two-run homers and the Mariners beat the Royals 9-6 Tuesday night.Every Mariners starter had at least one hit. Jesus Montero went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs.Smoak homered with Montero aboard in the three-run first inning. It was the second straight game Smoak homered in the first. Montero’s double scored Casper Wells with the first run.“Those guys are swinging the bats well, too, so we’re going to have score some runs,” Smoak said. “It was good to get on the board early.”The Mariners, who scored seven runs in the first two innings Monday, added three more runs in the second inning.“It’s good any time the offense goes out there and puts up early runs like that,” said winning pitcher Blake Beaven. “It gives you more confidence to go out there and get them back in the dugout and let them keep swinging it.”Saunders homered in the fifth inning off Vin Mazzaro after Miguel Olivo singled to give the Mariners a 9-3 cushion.“When you set the tone early like that and give yourself some breathing room, it allows our young players to go out there and relax and play and work to their true abilities a little bit easier,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “We’ve had some guys that have been struggling and working to find it. It’s been nice to see them put some consistent days together. It’s nice to see us swing the bats like that.”The Mariners’ three-run second chased left-hander Ryan Verdugo, who was making his big league debut. Kyle Seager doubled home two runs, while Montero singled in the other run.Beaven (4-6), who was just recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, worked six-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He logged his first victory since May 30 after going 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA in two June starts, which merited a demotion to the Pacific Coast League.Verdugo (0-1) yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks in 1 2-3 innings.“I got those first two outs and I was trying to take a deep breath,” Verdugo said. “The game is different up here. It’s much quicker.“I left the ball up a little. I might have been a little too amped up. I was nervous on the drive up here, but it didn’t really affect me,” Verdugo added. “I just really didn’t execute pitches too well. I just left a few pitches up and they took advantage. I know I still have to go out and execute.”Tim Wilhelmsen worked a spotless ninth for his eighth save in 10 opportunities. Wilhelmsen has not allowed a run in 23 innings over his past 19 games.Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh off Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley to cut the lead to 9-6.Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon hit back-to-back triples in Kansas City’s three-run third.The Royals have lost 12 of 15 to fall a season-low 13 games below .500. They are 15-27 at Kauffman Stadium, the worst home record in the majors.NOTES: Mariners LHP Charlie Furbush retired the only batter he faced in the seventh, but left with left triceps tightness. “I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Wedge said. “We didn’t want to push it. “ ... The Royals designated for assignment LHP Jonathan Sanchez, who was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA, and optioned OF Jason Bourgeois to Triple-A Omaha. .The Mariners optioned RHP Steve Delabar, who was 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 relief appearances, to Triple-A Tacoma. . LHP Bruce Chen, who is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA and his lone big league save in 11 career outings against the Mariners, will start Wednesday for the Royals. Chen’s former Braves teammate, RHP Kevin Millwood, will start for Seattle.

    The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Casey McGehee, left, congratulates Andrew McCutchen as he returns to the dugout Tuesday after hitting a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning of the Pirates’ 6-2 victory in Denver.

    Bedard, McCutchen carry Pirates to 50th win

    DENVER — Erik Bedard pitched effectively into the seventh inning for his first win in more than a month, Andrew McCutchen homered, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 Tuesday night to become the fifth team with at least 50 wins.The Pirates joined the New York Yankees (56), Texas Rangers (54), Washington Nationals (52) and Cincinnati Reds (51), whom they trail by one game in the NL Central.Bedard (5-10) went 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs — one earned — on five hits in snapping his second four-game losing streak of the season. He struck out four and walked four in his first win since beating Kansas City on June 8.Christian Friedrich (5-7) gave up five runs on six hits in 4 2-3 innings in losing for the sixth time in his last seven decisions. He walked three and struck out two.With two outs in the ninth, reliever Juan Cruz walked Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez and closer Joel Hanrahan walked Michael Cuddyer to load the bases before striking out pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin to earn his 25th save in 28 chances.Trailing 2-1, the Pirates batted around in a four-run fifth to go in front 5-2.Friedrich walked Michael McKenry and Clint Barmes to start the inning and Bedard advanced them with a sacrifice. Alex Presley’s RBI groundout evened the score and Barmes scored the go-ahead run on Drew Sutton’s single.McCutchen, who homered in the fourth for the Pirates’ first run, then singled. After Friedrich’s wild pitch got past catcher Wilin Rosario and rolled to the backstop, allowing Sutton to score from third and McCutchen to move up, Casey McGehee hit an RBI single that chased Friedrich. Neil Walker singled off reliever Matt Reynolds to extend his hitting streak to 17 games before Pedro Alvarez struck out to end the inning.Bedard retired the first two batters he faced in the seventh before Marco Scutaro singled to right. He walked Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases and was relieved by Jared Hughes who got Michael Cuddyer to fly out to deep center for the final out of the inning.Pittsburgh then added another run in the eighth on an RBI double by McKenry, a former Rockie.The Rockies got an unearned run in the third when Scutaro scored from third after left fielder Alex Presley had Cuddyer’s fly ball kick off the webbing of his glove for an error.McCutchen connected for his 22nd homer leading off the fourth, but the Rockies took a 2-1 lead in bottom of the inning when Rosario walked and Josh Rutledge followed with an opposite-field triple to right.NOTES: Pittsburgh sends RHP James McDonald (9-3) against RHP Jeremy Guthrie (3-9) in the finale of its three-game series at Colorado on Wednesday. ... The Pirates have hit homers in eight straight games and 19 of their last 21, totaling 34 in that span. ... The Rockies have placed infielders Jonathan Herrera (left wrist infection) and Chris Nelson (irregular heart beat) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Andrew Brown and infielder DJ LeMahieu. ... Rockies’ RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder inflammation) came out of a 30-pitch simulated game well Tuesday and is slated for a roughly 45-pitch simulated game on Sunday. ... Walker’s 17-game hitting streak is the longest by a Pirates player this season and one shy of his career high, set in 2010. ... Fowler has 16 hits in his last nine games. ... The Rockies stranded 13 base runners, including three in the ninth.

    The Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer hits an RBI single off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Pedro Strop Tuesday during the eighth inning in Minneapolis. Mauer went 3-for-4 as the Twins won 6-4.

    Mauer, bullpen lift Twins over Orioles 6-4

    MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer had three hits and an RBI and the Minnesota Twins bullpen pitched 4 2-3 innings of scoreless relief in a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Mauer had two singles, a double and a walk to improve his batting average to .333, second in the AL behind the Angels’ Mike Trout. Ryan Doumit added two hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who have taken the first two games of the series against the slumping Orioles. Adam Jones hit a three-run homer for Baltimore, but Zach Britton gave up four runs on six hits with a career-high six walks in four innings as the O’s dropped their third in a row to fall 10 games behind the Yankees in the AL East. Jones was at the plate with a runner on in the ninth, but Jared Burton struck him out for his third save.Alex Burnett (3-2) pitched an inning for the win and Luis Ayala (2-3) gave up two runs on five hits in 2 2-3 innings for the loss.The game was tied with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when Jamey Carroll and Denard Span reached on back-to-back singles. Shortstop J.J. Hardy’s errant throw got past Mark Reynolds at first base on a play that was ruled a hit for Span and an error that allowed Carroll to advance to third. With new life, Ben Revere’s bloop single gave the Twins a 5-4 lead and Mauer followed with a single that tailed just past a diving Hardy’s glove to make it 6-4. It’s been quite a bounce-back season for Mauer, who suffered through numerous ailments last season in the first of an eight-year, $184 million contract. The injuries contributed to a career-worst season for the All-Star catcher and turned many of his hometown fans against him. He hit just .287 with three homers and 30 RBIs in 82 games last season, but has been the model of durability this year. He played in his 82nd game on Tuesday night, mixing his time between catcher, first base and DH while resuming his role as one of the game’s best hitters. He also made a brilliant defensive play in the sixth, pouncing out of his crouch and laying out to snare a popped up bunt attempt from Ryan Flaherty.Jeff Gray, Tyler Robertson, Burnett and Glen Perkins combined to get the ball to Burton after a surprising pitching duel between Britton and Samuel Deduno fizzled quickly in the fifth. Britton was making his season debut after a long road of recovery from shoulder problems. He had platelet-rich plasma therapy in March and didn’t start pitching in the minor leagues until being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on June 6. Britton gave up a run on a double by Jamey Carroll that tied the game in the fourth inning and was knocked out of the game in the fifth after back-to-back walks loaded the bases with nobody out. Doumit followed with a two-run single off Luis Ayala and Brian Dozier’s RBI single tied the game at 4. Deduno threw a pickoff attempt away in the first inning, then bounced a breaking ball for a wild pitch to allow Nick Markakis to score.The right-hander really settled down next three innings but didn’t make it out of the fifth. He walked Markakis and Jim Thome and served up a three-run blast to Jones, his 21st of the season, that made it 4-1. Deduno gave up four runs — three earned — on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings.


    Bob Chinn, owner of Bob Chinn's Crab House in Wheeling, which has been named the top-grossing restaurant in the U.S.

    Bob Chinn's named top-grossing restaurant in the U.S.

    The August issue of Forbes Magazine has named Bob Chinn's Crab House in Wheeling as the top-grossing restaurant in the U.S. The restaurant, situated along Milwaukee Avenue, brings in an estimated $24 million in annual revenue, not counting alcohol sales. "I feel so excited about this," said Bob Chinn, 89, "for me, a little businessman, to get this kind of recognition."

    Capital One Financial Corp. agreed to provide $150 million in refunds and restitution to consumers, plus regulatory fines, to settle probes into its marketing and billing practices.

    What’s in your wallet? Maybe a Capital One refund

    The Obama administration's consumer watchdog agency flexed its enforcement muscles for the first time Wednesday and ordered Capital One Bank to repay millions of credit card customers allegedly tricked into buying costly add-on services.

    U.S. builders broke ground on the most new homes and apartments in nearly four years last month, the latest evidence of a slow housing recovery. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts rose 6.9 percent in June from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 760,000. That’s the highest since October 2008.

    Jump in housing starts, earnings send stocks up

    A new sign of recovery in the housing market and strong corporate earnings sent stocks higher for a second day.

    A US Airways jet takes off at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. US Airways’ CEO is getting impatient over the possibile merger between his airlines and American Airlines.

    US Airways CEO won’t wait forever for merger

    The CEO of US Airways says the airline may or may not be willing to wait for a merger until after American Airlines emerges from bankruptcy protection.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appears before the House Financial Services Committee to deliver his twice-a-year report to Congress on the state of the economy Wednesday. Bernanke told lawmakers the Federal Reserve’s efforts to bolster growth have helped lift the U.S. economy out of the recession but he acknowledged that growth remains weak and the Fed can only do so much.

    Fed survey: Growth, hiring slowed in parts of US

    The U.S. economy expanded modestly in June and early July, but growth and hiring slowed in several parts of the country, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.

    Following in Verizon’s footsteps, AT&T said Wednesday it will introduce wireless plans that let subscribers connect up to ten devices.

    AT&T to introduce shared-data plans

    Following in Verizon's footsteps, AT&T Inc. said Wednesday that it will introduce wireless plans that let subscribers connect up to 10 phones or other devices.

    A proposal to build a clock tower plaza at the corner of Dundee and Milwaukee roads in Wheeling appears to be on again after village leaders reversed course on the $318,000 project and voted to approve it this week.

    Clocktower project on again in Wheeling

    After village leaders reversed their decision for the fourth time in as many months, the clock tower plaza planned for the corner of Dundee and Milwaukee roads in Wheeling is back on again. Village trustees voted 5-2 this week to approve the $318,000 project outside the new Fresh Farms development at the busy intersection. The plaza will include a clock tower, additional parking, landscaping and several benches.


    Senate panel approves trade relations with Russia

    The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a Russia trade bill that could lead to a doubling of U.S. exports and complicate already-frosty relations with Moscow over human rights and other issues.

    Associated Press Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, waits to deliver his semiannual monetary policy report to the House Financial Services Committee in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

    Bernanke: Fed’s efforts have helped the economy

    Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers Wednesday that the Federal Reserve's efforts to bolster growth have helped lift the U.S. economy out of the Great Recession. But he acknowledged that growth remains weak and the Fed can only do so much.


    Oil price climbs above $90 on stronger US demand

    NEW YORK — The price of oil climbed above $90 per barrel for the first time since May after the government said U.S. oil demand is on the rise.The Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday that average oil demand increased last week in the U.S. for the third week in a row. Oil demand had been down most of the year, when compared with 2011, as manufacturing activity slowed and drivers cut back on travel. “We keep talking about the slow economy, but the market is seeing some improved oil demand today,” said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group. Benchmark U.S. crude rose by 36 cents to $89.58 per barrel in New York. It hit $90.04 per barrel earlier in the day, the highest since May 30.Brent crude, which sets the price for oil imported into the U.S., rose $1.02 to $104.97 per barrel in London.EIA’s weekly petroleum report also noted a surprise drop in gasoline supplies last week, as refineries pulled back on production. Oil supplies also fell, though less than what analysts had expected.Meanwhile, China’s biggest companies warned of sharp drops in profits this year. That country’s economy is still growing at a much faster clip than Western nations, including the U.S., but Premier Wen Jiabao has warned that the pace of growth will be unstable. China is the second-largest oil consumer in the world behind the U.S., and a slowdown in its economy could cut world oil demand.U.S. homebuilders broke ground last month on the most homes and apartments in nearly four years, according to the Commerce Department. The report provided more evidence that the housing market is beginning to recover.Retail U.S. gasoline prices rose 2 cents to a national average of $3.426 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. The price of regular is up an average 10 cents a gallon since the beginning of July. It’s still 51 cents per gallon cheaper than it was during the first week of April.In other futures trading, heating oil rose by 1.95 cents to $2.8617 per gallon, while wholesale gasoline increased by 4.65 cents to $2.8915 per gallon. Natural gas rose 12.1 cents to $2.9170 per 1,000 cubic feet.


    UK border guards vote to strike, no date set yet

    LONDON — The union representing immigration staff at British airports says its members have voted to go on strike in a dispute over pay and job losses.The vote by the Public and Commercial Services Union raises the prospect of a possible walkout during the Olympics, although no strike date has been set.Union leaders meet Thursday to decide their next move, which could include a walkout at border control posts at ports and airports, or a ban on overtime. The union is fighting government plans for budget cuts and pay freezes.The British government is keen to avoid any disruption as visitors descend for the July 27-Aug. 12 games.Heathrow Airport has been beset for months by long lines at passport control that the union blames on government spending cuts.


    Capital One repays consumers to end card probe

    Capital One Bank will pay $210 million to settle federal charges that it tricked credit card customers into buying costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring.

    Specialist Mario Picone, left, and trader Gregory Rowe work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, July 18, 2012. U.S. Stocks rose in early trading Wednesday as investors weighed new signs of a housing rebound against weak earnings reports from several big companies.

    Jump in housing starts, earnings sending stocks up

    News signs of a rebound in housing and a handful of better earnings reports are bringing buyers back to the stock market. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 103 points to 12,909 in early afternoon trading Wednesday, overcoming an early deficit of 50 points. The Dow has had a miserable July so far, marking only its third gain for the month on Tuesday.

    A worker stands in the early-morning sunlight on a home construction project in Newtown, Pa., Wednesday, June 20, 2012. U.S. builders broke ground on the most new homes and apartments in nearly four years last month, the latest evidence of a slow housing recovery. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts rose 6.9 percent in June from May to a seasonally adjusted. annual rate of 760,000. That’s the highest since October 2008.

    U.S. home construction in slow but steady comeback

    Home construction is making a long-awaited recovery that could help energize the U.S. economy. From areas like Phoenix that are finally arising from the housing bust to cities like Chicago and Minneapolis where strong economies have lifted demand, residential construction is healthier than it's been than at any time since sales and prices collapsed five years ago.


    Profits plunge in Q2 for Sweden’s Ericsson

    STOCKHOLM — Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson saw its second-quarter profits slashed to almost a third as sales of network infrastructure slowed in China and Russia and the company focused on the more stable — but less profitable — business of offering support services to operators.The Stockholm-based company reported Wednesday a worse-than-expected net profit of 1.1 billion kronor ($156 million) for the three-month period, down from the 3.1 billion kronor in the same period a year ago.The Networks unit, which sells telecommunications infrastructure, contributed significantly less to total sales as the weak economy weighed on demand. The Global Services unit, which offers maintenance and support for the networks, saw higher sales. The net effect of the shift in sales between the divisions was to pressure the company’s overall profit margins. The poor performance in Networks was largely attributed to lower business activity in China as well as slower operator investments in Russia. The company’s profits were also hit by challenges faced by its ST-Ericsson chip-making joint venture, owned together with STMicroelectronics N.V., whose sales of new products have suffered.CEO Hans Vestberg defended the tight squeeze his company is seeing on its margins, saying that the focus shift will pay off in the longer term. “In 2010 we made a conscious decision to gain market share and increase technology and services leadership, well aware of the short-term profitability pressure,” he said. “Our focus is now on translating these gains into sustainable profitable growth.” Vestberg said the number of global smartphone subscriptions are expected to grow from the current 700 million to some three billion in 2017, adding that “based on these drivers, we see an increasing focus from our customers on network performance and quality of service. This will require continuous operator investments in hardware, software and services.”The drop in profitability still disappointed market-watchers however, sending the shares down almost 5 percent to 56 kronor ($7.98) in early morning trade on the Stockholm stock exchange.Revenues in the quarter came to 55.32 million kronor, up from 54.77 kronor, while gross margin contracted to 32 percent from 37.8 percent.Greger Johansson, an analyst with research firm Redeye in Stockholm, said the negatives outdid the positives, with results from the Networks unit disappointing the most. “Sure, Global Services will become the largest unit in a few years from now — it’s a stable business area less dependent on direct sales and with a lot of maintenance work and which carries more of a consultancy role,” he said, “but Networks has been a good lever.”


    U.S. Bancorp profit rises 18% on loan quality, higher revenue

    U.S. Bancorp, the top performer in the KBW Bank Index for the past 12 months, posted its 11th straight year-over-year increase in quarterly profit as fewer bad loans and increased revenue helped drive results higher.Second-quarter profit climbed 18 percent to $1.42 billion, or 71 cents a share, from $1.2 billion, or 60 cents, a year earlier, the Minneapolis-based bank said today in a statement. The average estimate of 31 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was profit of 70 cents.U.S. Bancorp was one of only three firms in the 24-company KBW Bank Index to produce positive returns for shareholders during the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Richard Davis, 54, has credited his strategy of running a “boring” bank that takes deposits and makes loans while avoiding volatile businesses such as investment banking.“We achieved growth in virtually every fee category this period versus the prior quarter,” Davis said today in the statement. “Expenses were well-controlled, and we achieved positive operating leverage on both a year-over-year and linked quarter basis.”U.S. Bancorp is the biggest regional U.S. bank by assets, operating in 25 states as of midyear, and ranks fifth by deposits among commercial U.S. lenders. The firm’s shares have climbed 22 percent this year, compared with an 18 percent gain in the 24-company KBW Bank Index.


    Bank of America swings to a profit in Q2

    Bank of America swung to a profit from April through June and beat Wall Street expectations. It set aside the least money to cover bad loans since 2007, well before the financial crisis. The bank said Wednesday that it made $2.1 billion in the second quarter, or 19 cents per share. Analysts polled by FactSet, a provider of financial data, had expected 16 cents. Bank of America stock climbed 11 cents, or 1.4 percent, to $8.03 in premarket trading.

    American Airlines’ parent, AMR Corp., said Wednesday that it narrowed its second-quarter loss to $241 million from $286 million a year ago. The results were weighed down by the cost of AMR’s bankruptcy restructuring.

    American Airlines has 2Q loss of $241M on bankruptcy costs

    American Airlines is reaping higher fares and record revenue but still losing money. American's parent, AMR Corp., said Wednesday that it narrowed its second-quarter loss to $241 million from $286 million a year ago. The results were weighed down by the cost of AMR's bankruptcy restructuring. Without those costs, it would have earned $95 million, its first operating profit for the early-summer quarter since 2007.


    WW Grainger 2Q net income up on overseas strength

    W.W. Grainger Inc.'s second-quarter net income climbed 12 percent on strengthening sales in the U.S., Canada and overseas, thanks to higher prices and acquisitions.


    Abbott profit tops estimates as sales of Humira increase

    Abbott Laboratories, in the process of splitting into two companies, reported second-quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates as sales increased for the company's top-selling drug, arthritis medicine Humira.


    AAR reports record 2012 sales on strong 4Q return

    Aircraft maintenance and equipment provider AAR Corp. reported a record $2.1 billion in sales for fiscal year 2012 thanks primarily to a strong showing from its commercial air sector.


    Napersoft named Perceptive Software partner of the year

    NAPERVILLE — Napersoft was recently honored as the Perceptive Software Developer Partner of the Year, for commitment, results and innovation by offering document output management solutions that seamlessly integrate with Perceptive Software technology.Napersoft received the award at Inspire 2012, Perceptive’s annual conference that connects global customers, partners and staff.“We are very excited to recognize these terrific partners,” said Paul Hunt, vice president of worldwide channel and OEM partners for Perceptive Software. “Their dedication and success is key to extending Perceptive Software’s global reach through partnerships, one of our most important, strategic areas of focus.”Napersoft CCM solutions streamline business processes for personalized document creation, distribution and archiving. Organizations can quickly and easily create real-time customer documents including letters, notices, policies, agreements, and statements and distribute them via print, email, fax and/or the Web.Perceptive Software customers can utilize the Napersoft CCM ImageNow Connector, a certified integration solution which combines the benefits of the ImageNow enterprise content management solution with Napersoft’s document output management functionality. With seamless communication and data transfer between the two solutions, organizations can further improve customer satisfaction, increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs.Recently, Illinois Mutual Insurance Company, a mid-sized life and disability insurance company, implemented the Napersoft CCM ImageNow Connector to improve customer service, increase underwriter efficiencies and improve communication reporting. Visit the Napersoft website to learn more about Illinois Mutual’s implementation.


    Dover Corp. 2Q revenues increase 8 percent

    Global manufacturer Dover Corp. reported a second quarter revenue of $2.2 billion, an 8 percent increase over the prior-year period.

    Associated Press Qsymia, Vivus Pharmaceuticals’ anti-obesity drug, was approved Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration for patients who are overweight or obese and also have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.

    Highly anticipated weight-loss pill wins FDA approval

    A new weight-loss pill that many doctors consider the most effective of a new generation of anti-obesity drugs got the approval of the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.The pill, called Qsymia, was approved for patients who are overweight or obese and also have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.

    Stunted corn in a field, foreground, overlooks healthier fields of corn, rear left, and soy beans, rear right, in rural Springfield, Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The nation’s widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States now in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Corn rallies to record as drought kills crops

    Corn may rally to a record $8.50 a bushel as the worst U.S. drought in decades cuts production in the world's biggest exporter, driving global stockpiles lower, according to broker Newedge USA LLC. The drought is baking farms from Arkansas to Ohio, reducing yields, after frosts followed by drought cut wheat harvests in the former Soviet Union, prompting the United Nations and the USDA to pare estimates for world grain harvests.

    T-Mobile USA shuttered seven out of 24 call centers and cut 1,900 jobs to reduce costs amid a shrinking client base after the failure of a proposed $39 billion sale to AT&T Inc. last year.

    T-Mobile moved call-center jobs overseas

    Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA unit moved jobs to other countries as it cut local call-center employees, the U.S. Labor Department said, contradicting claims by the company. T-Mobile USA shuttered seven out of 24 call centers and cut 1,900 jobs to reduce costs amid a shrinking client base after the failure of a proposed $39 billion sale to AT&T Inc. last year.


    China touts relations with Africa amid grumbling

    BEIJING — China touted its close relations with Africa on Wednesday ahead of talks with the continent’s senior officials even as some African countries grumble about problems that come from being locked in a tight embrace with the resource-hungry Asian economic power.Commerce Minister Chen Deming wrote in the China Daily newspaper that total trade between China and Africa hit a record high of $166 billion last year. Chen said direct Chinese investment in Africa reached $14.7 billion by the end of last year, a 60 percent increase from two years earlier.Chen’s comments came as African officials, including some heads of state and government, arrived in Beijing for two days of talks on expanding cooperation. Also attending the opening ceremony for the meeting was United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, who praised China’s relations with Africa in his talks Wednesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao.Close cooperation between the sides enabled them to weather the 2008 global crisis, Chen wrote. “As a result, the trade and economic cooperation has witnessed faster growth across wider areas in more diversified forms, bringing more tangible benefits to the Chinese and African people.”China has emerged as Africa’s main trading partner and a major source of investment for infrastructure development, pouring billions of dollars into roads and developing the energy sector across the continent. But its presence has also sparked concerns about labor abuses and corruption.In May, Zimbabwe’s labor minister said the government was investigating persistent reports of rampant abuse of workers by Chinese employers. In Zambia, complaints about Chinese business practices stretch back years. Human Rights Watch said in a November report that despite improvements in recent years, safety and labor conditions at Chinese owned copper mines in Africa are worse than at other foreign-owned mines, and Chinese mine managers often violate government regulations.In a speech on relations with Africa last week that was by turns celebratory and combative, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun hit back at unidentified critics of China’s growing influence in Africa. Zhai denied China is practicing a new form of colonialism. Instead, he said, China’s economic and political backing is giving African countries options they never had before under a Western-led world order.“We stand fully with African countries in upholding sovereignty and dignity and exploring development paths,” Zhai said. He later said: “The unfair and unreasonable political and economic order is still an obstacle hindering Africa’s economic development.”Zhai also outlined modest goals for the Beijing meeting, saying ministers would take stock of past cooperation and lay out an action plan for ties in 2013-15.———Associated Press writer Charles Hutzler contributed to this report.


    Japan commission reviews limits on U.S. beef imports

    Japan’s Food Safety Commission will hold meeting on July 24 to discuss whether to approve the government’s proposal to ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports, said Makato Osone, a commission official.A 13-member committee led by Nihon University Professor Takeo Sakai will hold its seventh meeting since the government asked it to assess the health risks of relaxing restrictions imposed to safeguard against mad-cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Osone said.Japan restricts U.S. beef imports to cattle 20 months old or younger as older animals are at higher risk of having the brain-wasting disease. The regulation was put in place before Japan resumed purchases in 2005 of American beef, which had been banned since the first discovery of the disease in the U.S. in 2003. Japan also requires U.S. shippers to remove materials such as spinal cords from all cattle of any age before exports.“The committee members will begin wrapping up their discussion on the issue over the past seven months,” Osone said today by phone. “If they don’t make decisions in the gathering next week, they may hold another meeting in August.”Japan’s health ministry proposed in December to raise the age limit to 30 months, widening opportunities for U.S. beef shippers such as Tyson Foods Inc. to boost sales to Japan, the largest export market before the ban.The Food Safety Commission must confirm that any change in policy won’t increase human health risks before the government decides to ease restrictions, Osone said.Japan’s ban on U.S. beef prompted restaurant chain operator Yoshinoya Holdings Co. to suspend sales of its “gyudon” beef bowl. The U.S. was the largest beef exporter to Japan after Australia in 2003, supplying 267,583 metric tons worth 128.5 billion yen ($1.6 billion), according to data from the agriculture ministry.Cattle futures for October delivery slid 0.2 percent to $1.1975 a pound on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at 6:34 p.m. in Tokyo. U.S. beef sales to Japan, excluding variety meat, or offal, will likely expand to 150,000 tons this year from 120,605 tons in 2011, Philip Seng, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, said in Tokyo on April 11.


    UK unemployment falls to 8.1 percent

    Unemployment in the United Kingdom fell to 8.1 percent in the March-May quarter, down from 8.3 percent in the previous three months, official data showed Wednesday.

    Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful during the Angelus prayer at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, in the outskirts of Rome, Sunday, July 15, 2012.

    Vatican passes key financial transparency test

    The Vatican has passed a key European financial transparency test, but received poor grades for the effectiveness of its new financial watchdog agency and for the ability of its bank to track suspicious transactions. The Council of Europe report released Wednesday marked a milestone in the Holy See's efforts to shed its reputation as a shady tax haven long mired in secrecy and scandal.


    WikiLeaks takes donations through non-profit

    WikiLeaks is opening a new front in its battle to break the financial blockade imposed by credit card giants Visa and MasterCard, the group said Wednesday, saying it could now accept donations through a French non-profit.

    Passengers disembark from an Air China airplane parked at the airport tarmac in Zhanjiang, China’s Guangdong province. Some of China’s biggest companies, from tech giants to airlines and retailers, are warning of unexpectedly sharp drops in profit of up to 80 percent, adding to pressure on Beijing to reverse a painful economic slump.

    Chinese companies see profits plunge amid slowdown

    Some of China's biggest companies, from tech giants to airlines and retailers, are warning of unexpectedly sharp drops in profit of up to 80 percent, adding to pressure on Beijing to reverse a painful economic slump.

    Markets were resilient Wednesday as investors continued to hope the U.S. Federal Reserve would provide new monetary stimulus even though its chairman, Ben Bernanke, gave no indication that any action was imminent.

    Markets resilient despite Bernanke testimony

    Markets were resilient Wednesday as investors continued to hope the U.S. Federal Reserve would provide new monetary stimulus even though its chairman, Ben Bernanke, gave no indication that any action was imminent. In testimony to Congress on Tuesday, Bernanke was fairly downbeat about the U.S. economy. He did not signal any new stimulus was being considered, though he said the Fed was still looking at "ways to address the weakness in the economy should more action be needed to promote a sustained recovery in the labor market."

Life & Entertainment


    RASopathies Foundation details

    Basic info about Noonan Syndrome and the RASopathies.

    Wearing the right kind of sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh rays.

    Your health: Sun safety tips
    Keep in mind some summer sun safety tips to protect your skin and eyes when you're outdoors. Also, learn how to give yourself checkups without paying a co-pay at the doctor's office.

    Traditional turtle flavors of chocolate, caramel and pecan come together in a delicious bite-size ice cream cup.

    Updated Bake-Off winner a perfect midsummer treat

    There is something about the combination of chocolate, pecan and caramel that makes my mouth water. Traditional turtle candy is my favorite confection. Anytime I see the delicious, ooey-gooey combination in a dessert, I know it will be simply divine.

    Nas, “Life is Good”

    Musical life only gets better for Nas

    On the cover of his 10th album, “Life Is Good,” the urban troubadour known as Nas is dressed in a white suit, glumly holding his ex-wife Kelis' green wedding dress — the only thing left behind after the couple's publicly acrimonious divorce. By way of his art, Nas both washes his laundry in public and shows he has moved on.

    Susanna Hoffs, “Someday”

    Solo Bangle Susanna Hoffs like walking on sunshine

    Don't be fooled by the gloomy-looking cover: Listening to Bangles member Susanna Hoffs' solo album is a bit like walking through a flower patch on a sunny spring day, circa 1967. The birds are chirping. Everyone you see smiles. Everything's groovy.

    Milo Greene, “Milo Greene”

    Milo Greene solid on self-titled debut

    Somewhere in the isolated foothills of northern California, there must be something magical in the water. How else to explain the musical culmination of a house-sitting stint that took three college classmates and turned them into Milo Greene, a very new and very good band with a self-titled debut album?

    Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange”

    Frank Ocean's bewitching on 'Channel Orange'

    In this cynical world, Frank Ocean's timing in revealing his sexuality seems a bit curious: The Tumblr-page announcement that shook the urban music world came less than two weeks before the release of his sophomore album, “Channel Orange,” bringing him an avalanche of publicity and making him the most celebrated figure in music at the moment.


    Leaner Chicken
    Leaner General Tao's Chicken

    Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who are taking “Quadrophenia” and other Who classics on the road for a U.S. tour this fall, but first plan what Daltrey calls a great finale for the Olympic Games in London.

    The Who plan U.S. tour, talk Olympics

    The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are taking "Quadrophenia" and other Who classics on the road for a U.S. tour this fall, but first plan what Daltrey calls a great finale for the Olympic Games in London. The group made the announcement Wednesday during an online video conference.

    Musician Glen Campbell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, is canceling his tour of Australia and New Zealand with Kenny Rogers next month for health reasons.

    Glen Campbell cancels Down Under tour

    Country Music Hall of Fame performer Glen Campbell is canceling his tour of Australia and New Zealand with Kenny Rogers next month for health reasons. A spokeswoman says Campbell is not up for "the very long flight that it would require." The 76-year-old is battling Alzheimer's disease.

    Make sure to use coconut milk, not water, for these pulled chicken tacos.

    Coconut-Lime Pulled Chicken Tacos
    2-pound rotisserie chicken1 cup coconut milk½ teaspoon cumin1 lime, zested and juicedSplash hot sauceSalt and ground black pepper¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped8 flour tortillas (6-inch), warmed1 small red onion, diced1 avocado, peeled, pitted and slicedRemove the meat from the chicken, then use your fingers to pull any larger chunks into bite-size pieces.In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the chicken, coconut milk, cumin, lime zest and juice, and hot sauce. Simmer until heated through and thick. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat. Stir in the cilantro, then divide the mixture between the tortillas.Top each serving with diced onion and avocado. Serve immediately.Serves four.Nutrition values per serving: 610 calories, 33 g fat (15 g saturated), 39 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 40 g protein, 100 mg cholesterol, 970 mg sodium.J.M. Hirsch, The Associated Press

    Chef Seamus Mullen, owner of Spanish restaurant Tertulia, at the bar in his Greenwich Village establishment, in New York. Mullen is the author of the cookbook, “Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Healthy eating a matter of survival for celebrity chef

    These days, it's become the fashion for top chefs to pay lip service, at the least, to the concept of healthy eating. For Seamus Mullen, who suffers pain every day of his life, it is literally a matter of survival. That's because he believes that what he eats can determine whether he can stand on his feet, or move his aching hands.

    Heather Murphy pours a Guinness for a customer at the North Side Sports Bar & Grill in Glen Ellyn.

    North Side hoping to bring a win to Glen Ellyn

    Mexican restaurant Cantina took over Curly's former digs in July, but the owners soon decided their concept wasn't working. In November, the Glen Ellyn bar reopened as North Side Sports Bar & Grill, with the same staff providing locals a place to relax and watch the game.


    No connection between General Tso, chicken dish

    Sometimes the origins of my favorite foods confound me. Like, why does General Tso have a spicy, sweet, deep-fried chicken dish named after him? Turns out, the connection is pure fiction.

    Schaumburg resident Greg Larson has played Robin Hood for the last 10 years at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

    The Suburbs This Weekend: Fairs and more fairs

    Both Richard Battin and Kerry Lester are picking fairs as their top choices of things to do this weekend.

    Actress Halle Berry was taken to a hospital after falling and striking her head on concrete late Tuesday, but was later discharged.

    Halle Berry taken to hospital after film accident

    Halle Berry suffered a minor head injury during a movie-shoot fight sequence and was treated at a Los Angeles hospital and released. Berry's Los Angeles publicist Meredith O'Sullivan says the 45-year-old actress suffered the injury Tuesday night on the set of her upcoming movie "The Hive." She was taken to a hospital as a precaution but was released a short time later.


    Wine sleuth sniffs out fakes, Takes Hammer to Lafite, d’Yquem

    Holding a bottle of 1998 Sassicaia in her left hand, Maureen Downey squints at the iconic Italian label through a large silver-rimmed magnifying glass. It looks authentic, but is it?

    Use coconut milk, not coconut water, for these coconut-lime pulled chicken tacos.

    Off the Beaten Aisle: Understanding coconut milk
    Coconut water is a hip new drink that is made from the liquid inside coconuts. Drink it, but don't cook with it. Coconut milk beverage is a sweetened drink made from coconut milk and sugar. It's usually sold in boxes alongside soy milk. Coconut cream is a very thick, fatty liquid made from steeping shredded coconut in hot water at a 4:1 ratio. It is sold in cans, usually in the international aisle.

    Cantaloupe is a good source of vitamin C as well as betacarotene.

    Club soda, seltzer zero-calorie options for fizzy drinks

    Tonic water, club soda and seltzer all are clear and fizzy, but there are differences. Tonic water is the clear standout because it is the only one with calories. Despite the slight bitter taste from added quinine, it is a sugar-sweetened drink with almost as many calories as regular cola. Diet tonic is available with zero-calories because of artificial sweeteners.

    Pimento cheese, the ultimate Southern comfort food, gets a kick from a chipotle pepper.

    Pimento cheese a southern thing

    If you are a Northerner, you know exactly what a "pimiento" is. It's that sweet red pepper stuffed into a green olive. If you are a Southerner, you know that "pimento" is a key ingredient in pimento cheese, a combination of pimento, cheese and mayonnaise slathered on white bread for sandwiches or served as a dip.

    Traditional turtle flavors of chocolate, caramel and pecan come together in a delicious bite-size ice cream cup.

    Chocolate Turtle Ice Cream Cups
    Turtle Ice Cream Cups


    Chopsticks good for more than eating noodles
    Disposable wooden chopsticks are often taken home by kids after eating out. You might throw them away without ever using them, or you may have a small collection in your junk drawer. Sara Noel shares some ways to use them.

    Raise at least $50 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation by hosting a party and receive this platter designed by celebrity chef Jaques Pepin.

    Hosting a party helps raise money to fight breast cancer

    Kitchenaid and Susan G. Komen are encouraging cooks across the country to host parties — any kind of party from a ladies luncheon to a backyard barbecue — at their homes between July 20 and 29 to raise money to fight breast cancer.


    Night life: Stoney River’s new wines

    Expand your wine tastes with Stoney River's new wine menu; Westfield Old Orchard offers a sip-and-shop wine tasting; Gordon Biersch knocks summer drinks out of the park.


    Daily Herald file Owners should think twice before bringing any pet on a car ride in the heat.

    Editorial: A precaution about pets during the dog days

    Animal cruelty comes in forms we don't always think about, and one is leaving pets in a hot car even for a few minutes, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Harry Reid and the race card

    Let’s peek into the kindergarten classroom known as the U.S. Senate, where mischievous Harry Reid is playing with his colors again. What if everything that Americans thought we knew about race and politics was upside down? Republicans spend a lot of time and effort trying to prove they’re not racist. It’s a hard sell, particularly when running against the first African-American president. It doesn’t help that the GOP has dirty hands. The party benefited from Richard Nixon’s “Southern strategy,” which had the effect over 30 years of courting white Southern voters by exploiting their fears of African-Americans. More recently, the party has hitched its wagon to a Southwest strategy where some Republicans use anti-Hispanic sentiment and anxiety over immigrants to scare up support from white voters in states such as Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. But what if some of those who exploit racial fears are still in the same place that many of them were just 60 years ago during the civil rights movement — the Democratic Party? And what if the Democratic brand of racism is better camouflaged because it shows itself not so much as a tendency to mistreat minorities but a desire to manipulate them? What if some Democrats think so little of African-Americans and Latinos that, at election time, they believe all they have to do is push certain buttons to get them to do their bidding? This sort of thing is hard to detect. Luckily, there is Harry Reid, who plays the race card out in the open. It happened again last week when the Senate majority leader made a not-so-subtle pitch to minorities by saying that wealthy businessmen are trying to buy the presidential election for Mitt Romney — except that Reid was more descriptive. “If this flood of outside money continues,” Reid warned on the Senate floor, “the day after the election, 17 angry old white men will wake up and realize they just bought the country.” That’s Harry. After a statement like that, you’d hope that — somewhere in Nevada — at least one old angry white man would wake up and realize he’s just helped divide the country. Reid has traveled this dirt road before. In 2009, during the health care debate, he accused Republicans of being on the wrong side — just as they were “when this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery.” (Not to ruin a perfectly good slander with inconvenient facts, but it was actually Southern Democrats who were on the wrong side of slavery and firmly advocated segregation for a century after the Civil War.) In 2010, a few years after he had helped scuttle comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate to please organized labor and keep Democrats from being called soft on illegal immigration, Reid tried to shift the blame by accusing Republicans of being hostile to Hispanics because “their skin’s a tone darker than ours” and then said he couldn’t imagine “how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.” Having to put up with Democrats who are presumptuous, dishonest and condescending would do the trick. Sometimes, when Reid goes racial, he insults fellow Democrats. According to the book “Game Change” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Reid said privately during the 2008 election that Barack Obama could win the presidency because he is “light-skinned” and speaks “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” And once in a great while, Reid gets it right. In 2006, after the Republican-controlled Senate took a nativist detour and passed an amendment to an immigration bill that declared English the national language of the United States, Reid astutely called the amendment “racist” and said it was “directed basically to people who speak Spanish.”


    The Stossel solution

    Columnist Cal Thomas: Why does inefficient, costly and unresponsive government continue to grow while the people and companies that could do the work much better are regulated and taxed to death?


    A debate we shouldn’t be having

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Mitt Romney doesn't have any idea of how to create jobs. Neither does Barack Obama. The president has been at it for almost four years now and while the numbers have gone up, they have done so anemically.


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    A letter to the editor: Illinois has long used bonding as a tool for financing transportation improvements. There are two important advantages to bonding.


    Tax money, church shouldn’t intersect
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: My hope is that Rob Sherman will take this blatant case of politicians pandering to religious interests to the U.S. Supreme Court.


    Here’s why vote for Obama bad for health
    A Huntley letter to the editor: I read the letter from Mr. Prescott about why he believes a vote for Romney is bad for your health. Here is the flip side.


    Not why Rahm upset with Ricketts plan
    An Elgin letter to the editor: This is in response to Gail Rose's ridiculous argument that Mayor Emanuel won't speak to Cubs ownership and thus is fighting against job creation and hurting the middle class over his displeasure with a proposed ad attacking President Obama.


    Church stance not stifling rights
    A Roselle letter to the editor: I support the position of the U.S. Catholic bishops that Catholic universities and hospitals must not be required to provide insurance to their employees to cover abortions or contraceptives.


    Warm welcome to Jewish Republicans
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: I found most gratifying Kerry Lester's report on the movement of Jewish voters to the Republican Party. I do think that this represents change we can believe in,' since the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. But this trend started long ago. Many Jewish persons have switched to the conservative side of the political divide.


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