Daily Archive : Thursday July 26, 2012

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    Jesse Owens shocked the world and Adolf Hilter by winning four gold mecals in Berlin in 1936.

    The U.S. Olympic moments that made us cry and cringe

    Admit it. You cheered as the U.S. Hockey team beat the Russians in 1980. You gasped when Greg Louganis hit his heat on the dive board in 1988. You got a little teary when Dan Jansen rose from the ashes to skate his victory lap with his daughter in his arms. Here are some of the greatest Olympic moments etched in U.S. history.

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    Bill Keith of Crystal Lake salutes as the hearse of U.S. Navy Petty Officer John Larimer is escorted down Terra Cotta Avenue on the way to Davenport Family Funeral Home Thursday. Keith, a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, knew Larimer as a Boy Scout in Troop 168. The onetime assistant scoutmaster remembers Larimer as “Just a good kid, full of life.”

    Sailor killed in Colorado returns home to Crystal Lake

    The body of Crystal Lake Navy officer John Larimer was returned to his hometown Thursday, almost a week after the Crystal Lake South High School graduate was killed in the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo. Larimer, 27, was among 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire in a movie theater crowded with patrons watching the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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    Joseph Moreno

    8 indicated on corruption charges

    A federal grand jury has formally indicted former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Moreno as well as a Chicago alderman and six other defendants on federal corruption charges. The indictment alleges Moreno and former Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano accepted bribes in return for using their influence to steer public contracts to businesses.

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    Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. will leave its Libertyville headquarters. Parent company Google Inc., maker of the Android mobile-phone software, is moving the company into the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago.

    Motorola Mobility: Farewell Libertyville, hello Chicago

    Turning away from decades-long roots in the suburbs, Motorola Mobility Inc. plans to leave its Libertyville campus for a downtown Chicago location seen as more in keeping with the image of its new Google owners. After 18 years in Libertyville, the mobile phone maker is moving its headquarters and about 3,000 workers into the top four floors of the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. The move is...

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    Steven Feagin

    Former Illini player gets 90 years in rape

    A Champaign County judge sentenced former University of Illinois football player Steven Feagin on Wednesday to 90 years in prison for raping a student in 1995, saying he wanted to make sure the ex-running back would never be free again.

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    Peter Breen

    Lombard trustee urges support for Chick-fil-A

    A Lombard village trustee will introduce a measure that creates a local "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on Aug. 1. His actions are in response to a Chicago alderman's decision this week to block construction of Chick-fil-A in Logan Square. "My role as a trustee is to support free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, business development and job growth," Trustee Peter Breen said.

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    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez

    Former sheriff's deputy suing, saying firing unjust

    A former Kane County Sheriff's deputy seeks $1.5 million and reinstatement to his job in a new federal lawsuit filed against Kane County, the sheriff's department and Sheriff Pat Perez. Steven Yahnke says Perez fired him in 2008 for supporting his Republican rival and because Perez saw him as a threat to run against him.

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    Carrie M. Gil

    14 years for Crystal Lake townhouse fire, attempted murder

    A 47-year-old woman was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday after being convicted of attempted murder and aggravated arson earlier this year. Carrie M. Gil must serve 85 percent of the sentence for torching her boyfriend's Crystal Lake townhome in September 2010 while he was inside, causing $87,000 damage and killling the man's cat. The man escaped with a slight burn on his leg.

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    Winfield residents have been showing their opposition to any proposal to disband the police department to raise money for road repairs. Now they could be asked in the fall to approve a property tax increase to pay for roads and police pensions.

    Winfield seeks to double its property tax to fund roads, pensions

    Winfield voters likely will decide this fall whether to double the village property tax rate to fix roads and bolster the town's underfunded police pension fund. "We're trying to make it so adults could make adult decisions," Trustee Tim Allen said. "If the public comes back to us and says, We don't want to outsource the police, and we're giving the village the money...

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    Naperville Mayor George Pradel says he thinks transitioning to a ticket-only beer sale process at local fests would make serving jobs easier for volunteers.

    Pradel wants tickets to replace cash as beer line currency

    Naperville officials are working on a way to make purchasing beer easier and more efficient at local festivals. Mayor George Pradel, also the city's liquor commissioner, said he has asked organizers of the city's two largest festivals,the Exchange Club's Ribfest and the Jaycees' Last Fling, to consider a new system in which tickets are substituted for cash during alcohol purchases.

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    Mediator to assist in Dist. 300 contract negotiations

    Community Unit District 300 and the D300 teachers union have requested a third-party mediator to step in to assist with contract negotiations.

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    Connie Mascillino

    Mascillino named Island Lake’s new clerk; Cicero appointed trustee

    In an unusual personnel shift, Island Lake Trustee Connie Mascillino was named the town's latest village clerk. She replaces Jen Gomez, who resigned unexpectedy in June. To take the job, Mascillino had to resign from the village board, and she did so conditionally in a letter to Mayor Debbie Hermann earlier this week. Mascillino was promptly replaced by lifelong resident and retired aerospace...

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    Illinois State Toll Highway Authority construction projects will mean hiring an additional 35 staffers.

    Move Illinois delivering more tollway jobs

    The Illinois tollway’s $12 billion Move Illinois construction program will entail adding 35 positions in the next five years. Most of those jobs will be in engineering and technology with salary ranges between $30,000 and $115,000, officials said Thursday.

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    RENDERING COURTESY OF LAKE IN THE HILLS A rendering of an Associated Bank location with a drive-through proposed for the site of the former Blockbuster at 208 N. Randall Road in Lake in the Hills.

    LITH gives thumbs-down to bank on Randall Road

    The Lake in the Hills village board denied on Thursday night a request to build a bank with a drive-through on the site of the former Blockbuster on Randall Road.

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    McKenna Moss, left, and Holly Gagliano, both 12 and from Algonquin, make their way through wreckage to be the first place winners in the 12 and under category of the Cardboard Boat Regatta at the 53rd Algonquin Founders’ Days on Thursday. This is the fourth year the duo have been in the race.

    Special needs carnival and cardboard regatta kick off Founders’ Days

    The first day of Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin featured what some consider its best features — carnival rides for kids with special needs, and the ever-entertaining Cardboard Boat Regatta on the Fox River. The event runs through Sunday.

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    Randy Hodges holds a firearm at the Gun Vault in High Point, N.C., Monday. Issues of gun sales, especially assault rifles and large amounts of ammunition, surfaced after the Aurora, Colo., theater shootings a week ago. But little is expected to happen.

    Will Washington push for new gun law? No way

    There is no interest among many of Washington's lawmakers to take on the divisive matter on gun control. Especially not with an election in just over 100 days and the National Rifle Association watching closely.

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    John Larimer, a sailor in the U.S. Navy from Crystal Lake, was killed in the Aurora, Colo., theather shooting. His body will return to Crystal Lake Thursday afternoon. A public visitation will be held Friday.

    Band plans benefit for Crystal Lake sailor killed in Colorado

    A local band will perform a free concert to benefit a memorial fund for John Larimer, a Crystal Lake sailor who was killed in the Colorado movie theater shooting. "I never met him, but there is probably the six degrees of separation," said Mike Dermont, lead singer of the band. "I just felt like this was something that needed to be done. It's so tragic and struck so many people close to home."

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    Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives at 10 Downing Street in London Thursday to meet with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron. Earlier in the day, Cameron had rapped Romney’s comments from Wednesday that London Olympics problems were “disconcerting.”

    Romney stirs Olympic tiff as European tour begins

    Mitt Romney wanted to highlight U.S.-British bonds — and show off his diplomatic skills to boot — but he managed to rankle the Olympic hosts instead, from Prime Minister David Cameron on down.

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    The Culex pipiens mosquito is the primary carrier of the West Nile virus. Symptoms of the disease can include fever, headache and stiff neck.

    Bad West Nile season coming, says health expert

    Two suburban Cook County women are the first two human cases of West Nile virus to be confirmed in Illinois this year, and officials are warning that more people may be infected this year than ever before. "We are finding positive mosquito pools everywhere in suburban Cook County," said Amy Poore, spokeswoman for the Cook County Department of Public Health.

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    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said, “I disagree with my colleagues now and then. ... If you can’t do that without taking it personally and getting sore and picking up your ball and going home, you ought to find another job.”

    Scalia: Supreme Court disagreements not personal

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is downplaying reports of discord among the justices following last month's decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

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    A Lake County sheriff’s deputy inspects packages of synthetic cannabis at 41 News in Wadsworth on Thursday as part of a three-month investigation into the distribution of synthetic cannabis in Lake County.

    Fake pot targeted in Lake County’s Operation Log Jam

    Six Lake County businesses are accused of selling illegal fake marijuana as result of an undercover operation that received assistance from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, authorities announced Thursday. Officials said about $103,200 was seized from the six stores, along with the phony pot. "The cash that we seized obviously is significant and it's a great deterrent," Lake County Sheriff...

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    Joseph Digney, 7 of Marysville, Ohio, goes after some bubbles with a sword during the second day of the DuPage County Fair Thursday in Wheaton. His mom is orginally from Naperville and came back to the fair to volunteer.

    Images: The DuPage County Fair
    The second day of the DuPage County Fair Thursday in Wheaton had tots on tractors, kids chasing after bubbles, livestock showing, rides, sweets and everything else that makes the fair exciting for all ages. The fun continues through this weekend.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn, right, holds a jar of honey presented to him Thursday by Lake County Forest Preserve District President Ann Maine. Quinn was at Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve in Deerfield to sign measures involving conservation and the environment.

    Quinn in Lake County to sign laws dealing with water conservation, other environmental measures

    The Ryerson Welcome Center in Deerfield, opened in 2006 by the Lake County Forest Preserve as a model for environmental design, was to have included the use of stored rainwater to flush toilets. But it took four years before a variance was secured from the Illinois Department of Public Health to do so. The process should become easier as Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed a law at Ryerson tp...

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    French Market delays opening

    The Vernon Hills French Market has delayed opening until summer 2013.

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    Island Lake village hall project

    The Island Lake village board will host a workshop about the proposed village hall and police station project on Friday, July 27.

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    I-Cash event in Mundelein

    State Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein is teaming up with Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office to host an I-Cash event on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sullivan's District 51 office at 700 N. Lake St., Suite 101, Mundelein.

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    Water is seen being pumped into Lake DePue in DePue, Ill., from a nearby river to help save the annual APBA PRO National Boat Races that run through this weekend. To save the race, about 350 volunteers helped to create a makeshift dam out of sandbags and millions of gallons of water had to be pumped in from a nearby river.

    Amid drought, volunteer saves Illinois boat race

    It was a harebrained idea: save a beloved boat race event by building a makeshift dam out of sandbags and pumping hundreds of millions of gallons of water into a dying lake in north-central Illinois. Oh, and do it in the middle of a severe summer drought.

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    A field of dried corn plants is seen near Percival, Iowa, Thursday. The widest drought to grip the United States in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating.

    Report shows US drought rapidly intensifying

    The widest drought to grip the United States in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating, a new report warned Thursday, as state officials urged conservation and more ranchers considered selling cattle.

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    80-year-old woman hospitalized after Aurora house blaze

    An 80-year-old Aurora woman was being treated for smoke inhalation at a suburban hospital Thursday after a two-alarm fire at her house on the 500 block of College Avenue. One other person also was injured in the blaze, Aurora spokesman Dan Ferrelli said. Police and firefighters responded to the two-story house about 8:45 a.m. "We had heavy fire coming out (one side), and heavy smoke was banking...

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    New state rules require students entering sixth and ninth grades this year to show proof of a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.

    Health officials issue vaccination reminder

    Illinois health and education officials are reminding parents to update their children's immunizations before they head back to school. New Illinois Department of Public Health rules require students entering sixth and ninth grades this year to show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine. That's a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.

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    Man pleads guilty to trying to send missile parts to Iran

    A California man has pleaded guilty to seeking to export missile parts to Iran via the United Arab Emirates. Andro Telemi of Sun Valley, Calif., changed his plea Thursday to guilty in Chicago federal court.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn shakes hands with Keith Bardell and other current and former Sensata Technologies workers and supporters Thursday in Freeport. Employees from the company, which is closing its Freeport factory at the end of the year and moving work to China, have generated national publicity with a plea to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to keep the plant open.

    Quinn backs proposal to help companies that move jobs to U.S.

    Gov. Pat Quinn said the outsourcing of 170 northern Illinois jobs is a good reason to back a piece of federal legislation to give tax breaks to companies that return jobs from overseas.

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    Drought hurting Illinois livestock

    Livestock producers from across Illinois are reporting that they are suffering water shortages for their herds.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Brian Schiro, 19, of the first block of Gladstone Avenue, Aurora, was arrested and charged with possession of a fictitious driver's license Monday at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, according to police reports. Schiro attempted to use an ID he bought online to get into the casino but it did not scan, reports said. Security detained Schiro until police arrived. He posted at $150 cash bond and...

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    A B-17 will be among the aircraft flying into Chicago Executive Airport on Friday.

    World War II planes fly into Chicago Executive Airport

    Several World War II era war planes will be soaring into the suburbs this weekend, giving people a chance to see, and even ride in, what organizers are calling a "flying museum." "It's not an air show," said Hunter Chaney, the director of marketing for the Collings Foundation, which owns and operates the planes. "It's a living history event."

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    Daniel P. Stage Jr.

    Out of prison, North Aurora pedophile could be held indefinitely

    A Kane County judge rules that there is probable cause to detain a former North Aurora man until a trial is held to determine if he is a sexually violent person and should be committed indefinitely into state custody. Daniel Stage finished serving a four-year sentence for criminal sexual abuse, but told a psychologist about his past pattern of sexually abusing and assaulting severely mentally...

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    Former Bulls and Illini forward Kendall Gill stops by a youth basketball camp Thursday at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle to offer advice about working hard to achieve goals in basketball and life.

    Kendall Gill to campers: Hard work wins in basketball, life

    Former Chicago Bull Kendall Gill is used to having an audience and talking basketball. But on Thursday he wasn't talking to thousands of viewers watching Comcast SportsNet, and he wasn't exactly talking Bulls basketball. In front of more than 80 participants in a HYPERLINK "http://www.bullssoxacademy.com/"Bulls/Sox Academy camp in Lisle, Gill spoke mainly about the importance of outworking the...

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    Morning thunderstorms leave some in dark in Northwest suburbs

    ComEd is reporting pockets of power outages in the Northwest suburbs following early morning thunderstorms. The problems were most severe in the area around Des Plaines. There are varying reports on how many customers were affected.

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    Police identify suspect in warehouse shooting

    Police have identified the suspect in a workplace shooting that injured one person at a distribution warehouse in Manteno. Kankakee County sheriff's office Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said Thursday that an arrest warrant has been issued for 25-year-old Rene Flores.

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    Mt. Prospect man who tried to turn in fireworks arrested

    A Mount Prospect man who wanted to turn in illegal fireworks found himself under arrest for having them in his possession, according to a Mount Prospect police report. Marek Jaruzel, 34, of the 1700 block of Crystal Lane, Mount Prospect, was charged after he told police he wanted to surrender fireworks he had purchased several years ago and had stored in his apartment garage.

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    Geneva businesses apologize for serving beer to minor

    Three Geneva businesses apologized Thursday for selling beer to a minor during a liquor law compliance check during Swedish Days. Liquor Commissioner Kevin Burns has five days to decide whether to fine them and/or suspend their licenses.

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    Leon R. Jeffery

    Aurora man jailed on child porn charges

    An Aurora man charged with child pornography possession was jailed Thursday on $100,000 bail. Leon R. Jeffery, 56, of the 1000 block of Pleasant Run Lane, appeared in DuPage County bond court on four counts of aggravated child pornography possession.

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    Jordyn Davis, 3, of Grayslake, left, milks a pretend cow at the Lake County Farm Bureau’s new Ag Adventure exhibit at the Lake County Fair Thursday morning in Grayslake.

    Lake County Fair agriculture display generates buzz

    The Lake County Farm Bureau helped debut a revamped Ag Adventure area at the Lake County Fair this year. Ag Adventure, an indoor section that features games related to plants, vegetables, fruits, and animals gives children and adults a chance to learn about agriculture and the work of farmers.

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    Fox Lake voters to decide electrical aggregation question on ballot

    Fox Lake offiials have agreed to put a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot that would ask people to approve electrical aggregation. Village officials said the cost savings for a homeowner would be 20 percent to 25 percent if the village is able to negotiate with one company for electricity suppliers.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Des Plaines woman faces multiple charges after reportedly attacking another woman on a Pace bus. Isabel Villegas, 19, of the 600 block of South Graceland Avenue, Des Plaines, was charged with assault, battery, and theft, after officers were called to a Pace bus stopped there. According to reports, Villegas confronted a 27-year-old woman sitting behind her, scratched the woman on her arms and...

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    LaMar Hasbrouck

    State health chief turns over records for DuPage abuse probe

    A judge vacated an order compelling the state's public health director to appear in court after his office reversed course and turned over documents related to an ongoing probe of potential elder abuse at DuPage County nursing homes, officials said Thursday. Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck had previously been ordered to appear before DuPage Judge Kathryn Creswell to explain why she shouldn't find him in...

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    Motocross riders will be demonstrating their skills at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

    Champion motocross riders unleash high-flying skills at DuPage County Fair

    Some of the country's best motocross riders will be showing of ftheir high-flying skills Saturday at the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.

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    Arlington Hts. Trustee Mike Sidor talks about term limits

    Curious about where Arlington Heights Trustee Mike Sidor stands on the issue of term limits? A supporter of Sidor, who is a first-term member of the village board, is circulating petitions to hold a referendum calling for trustee term limits on the village's spring ballot.

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    Inverness organization raises nearly $35,000 for women and children

    At a time when so many social service agencies are struggling to avoid cutbacks, the folks at the Society for the Preservation of Human Dignity were gratified by a recent wave of support. More than 125 golfers from as far as California and Texas gathered last week at Barrington's Makray Memorial Golf Club for a fundraiser that brought in close to $35,000.

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    Recent Bartlett High School graduate Alexa Abaroa pictured with a cake she baked that features the Bartlett emblem. Abaroa, who won an $18,000 scholarship to attend Kendall College in the fall, was honored at a Bartlett village board meeting this month.

    Bartlett cake decorator recognized by village board

    Recent Bartlett High School graduate Alexa Abaroa was recognized by Bartlett leaders this week for her exceptional talent as a baker and cake decorator. Abaroa baked a cake featuring the Bartlett emblem to share after she was honored by the village board. In April, Abaroa won an $18,000 scholarship to attend Kendall College in the fall.

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    Des Plaines firefighter/paramedics Wednesday treat an injured man with a broken leg who was stuck on a bank of the Des Plaines River. The man had to be placed in a basket stretcher to lift him up onto the Golf Road bridge.

    Bees complicate Des Plaines River rescue

    Des Plaines paramedics were swarmed by bees while rescuing a man with an ankle injury stuck on the bank of the Des Plaines River under Golf Road Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The adult male had a serious leg injury and had to be lifted up onto the road bridge about 20 feet above using ropes due to the steepness of the banks and the uneven, rocky terrain.

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    A rooster checks out visitors at the Lake County Fair Thursday.

    Images: Thursday’s Lake County Fair
    The 84th Annual Lake County Fair "A Fair to Remember" is enjoyed by fairgoers from Wednesday, July 25 through Sunday, July 29. Rides, food, animals, entertainment and queen crownings are all part of this annual fair in Grayslake.

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    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday the Senate doesn’t have time to debate gun laws in the wake of the Colorado theater shootings last week.

    Reid: Senate too busy for gun debate

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate's schedule is too packed to have a debate on gun control.

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    British soldiers walk past the Olympic stadium as preparations continue for the 2012 Summer Olympics earlier this week in London.

    Security jitters on eve of London Olympics

    Security jitters were being felt across the British capital on the eve of the London Olympics, with the biggest mall in Europe briefly evacuated Thursday and noticeable security changes in place at the Olympic Park.

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    Large crowds of people attend the Streamwood Summer Celebration.

    Streamwood celebrates 'Hometown Pride'

    The theme of the 19th annual Streamwood Summer Celebration is Hometown Pride, a fitting theme "for people to take pride in the fact that they live here," Streamwood village clerk Kittie Kopitke said. Held in Hoosier Grove Park, the fest gets under way Friday evening and goes through Sunday evening.

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    A gigantic flag makes its way South along Route 31 during the parade at last year's Founders' Days Festival in Algonquin.

    Algonquin Founders' Days provides family fun

    Algonquin's 53nd Founders' Days Festival will reach out to special-needs children, feature a statewide battle of the bands competition and present the town with memorable fireworks. Jerry McEvilly, who sits on the festival committee board, said the committee works year-round to give the community an affordable four days of excitement.

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    Russel Cardelli of Algonquin, 21, earned first place for Team Cardelli, in the Cardboard Boat Regatta at last year’s Algonquin Founders’ Days Festival.

    Algonquin cardboard boat races promote cancer awareness at fest

    Each year the Algonquin Founders' Days Festival entertains the crowds with a boat race. The boats are made of cardboard and duct tape and contestants are given an hour to create them. Then, they race down the Fox River and back for a cash reward.

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    America’s Jesse Owens, center, salutes during the presentation of his gold medal for the long jump on August 11, 1936, after defeating Nazi Germany’s Lutz Long, right, during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Naoto Tajima of Japan, left, placed third. Owens triumphed in the track and field competition by winning four gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, long jump and 400-meter relay. He was the first athlete to win four gold medals at a single Olympic Games.

    Images: Great U.S. moments in Olympic history
    Admit it. You cheered as the U.S. Hockey team beat the Russians in 1980. You gasped when Greg Louganis hit his heat on the dive board in 1988. You got a little teary when Dan Jansen rose from the ashes to skate his victory lap with his daughter in his arms. Here are some of the greatest Olympic moments etched in U.S. history.

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    Lynn Cameron

    Algonquin teen abandoned in Tenn. returning

    An East Tennessee judge has agreed to send an adult teen, abandoned by her mother in a bar, back to her Algonquin home.According to The Knoxville News Sentinel Judge John McAfee ruled for Campbell County Chancery Court on Wednesday that Illinois officials will assume custody of 19-year-old Lynn Cameron.

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    Sean M. Sweeney

    Hanover Park man charged after shooting

    A Hanover Park man was jailed Thursday on charges he recklessly fired a gun into the air in an area where teenagers were playing. A judge set bail at $15,000 for Sean Sweeney, 24, of the 2100 block of Wildwood Lane.

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    A makeshift memorial occupies a field across the street from the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., where a tragic shooting rampage took place last week. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

    Talk with the Editor: We refuse to add to Colorado theater suspect’s fame

    In this Talk with the Editor, John Lampinen explains why you won't see the name of the Colorado theater shooting suspect in our headlines.

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    Richard Anderson

    CLC boosting rent for regional education office

    College of Lake County has boosted rent for another public agency starting in November. Trustees this week voted in favor of a one-year, $75,794 lease for the Lake County Regional Office of Education to occupy 4,140 square feet in a building on the Grayslake campus. CLC board Chairman Richard Anderson said a short-term lease was necessary because the school may need that building as part of an...

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Witnesses saw two youths take a golf cart at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove, around 4:45 p.m. July 18 and crash it into a fence. The fence was damaged and the steering wheel of the cart was broken off. They disappeared before officers arrived.

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    Lawyers: Shower abuse victim to sue Penn State

    Lawyers for a man who claims to be the unknown victim abused in a Penn State shower by Jerry Sandusky in a case that led to Joe Paterno's firing say he intends to sue the university.The lawyers said in a statement that they have done an extensive investigation and gathered "overwhelming evidence" on details of the abuse.

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    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters after speaking about the tragic mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado during a campaign event in Bow, N.H.

    Gun violence shifts to forefront of campaign

    Days after the mass shootings in Colorado, guns shifted to the forefront of the presidential campaign as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney engaged in their most extensive discussions on the issue since the tragedy.

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    Pa. man gets 5 years for pilgrimage trip scam

    A suburban Philadelphia man is heading to federal prison for bilking devout customers out of more than $400,000 by promising holy land trips that never happened.A federal judge ordered 74-year-old John Baird to spend five years in prison for ripping off mostly elderly victims who thought they were buying trips to Christian pilgrimage sites.

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    Emma Walsh, from Wheaton This is the People's Choice winner in the Photography Shoot-Out contest Wednesday at the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.

    Images: The DuPage County Fair Photography Shoot-Out Contest
    Amateur photographers roamed around the DuPage County Fair Wednesday hunting for good photo opportunities in the second annual Photography Shoot-Out contest at the fair. The contest was judged by members of the Daily Herald's photo staff.

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    Elgin OKs incentive plan for Japanese company’s building

    Pancor Construction and Development was back before the Elgin City Council Wednesday for a second set of economic development incentives in less than a year. The current agreement is for a new $9 million building to house Amano Enzyme, a Japanese company that currently runs its United States headquarters from a 25,000-square-foot space at 2150 Point Blvd., Elgin. The new building — planned...

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    A Las Vegas Fire Department high-angle rescue worker lowers down to window washers who stranded outside the 35th floor of the Vdara Hotel at CityCenter in Las Vegas, Wednesday.

    4 window washers rescued at Las Vegas Strip hotel

    Four window washers were rescued by firefighters Wednesday after they were stranded for several hours outside the 35th floor of a Las Vegas Strip high-rise hotel.Clark County and Las Vegas firefighters spent three hours rigging ropes and descending from the roof of the 46-story Vdara Hotel to harness and lower the workers one at a time to a landing area below.

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    Fans cheer and shower Anna Li with confetti in Aurora. Li was chosen as an alternate member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games.

    Images: Suburban Olympians
    Images of 2012 Summer Olympians with ties to the suburbs of Chicago. The London Games run from July 27 through August 12.

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    An Aurora police officer looks at the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday in Aurora, Colo.

    Report: Suspect described killings in package

    As reports emerge of a suspicious package the Colorado shooting suspect sent to a university he once attended, the first memorial service was held for a victim of the massacre.

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    NYPD covers up mural that calls police ‘murderers’

    New York City police officers have painted over a mural that listed the NYPD as "murderers" along with global corporations.The mural was on the side of a dry cleaner in Upper Manhattan for five days. Two plainclothes police officers were dispatched with paintbrushes to cover it up on Tuesday.

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    Oakland police radios failed during Obama visit

    A major portion of Oakland's year-old police radio system failed during President Barack Obama's visit to the city this week, in one what one lieutenant described as a "train wreck."Many of the 100 Oakland officers assigned to handle presidential security were unable to communicate with the Police Department dispatch center for a time during Monday's presidential fundraiser at the Fox Theater.

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    Bill McGrath of Batavia is a sculpture artist. His work will be shown at the Geneva Arts Fair.

    Geneva Arts Fair presents original work in all categories

    The juried Geneva Arts Fair has risen in attendance and notoriety. The fine arts show showcases more than 140 fine artisans from around the country in a host of mediums. The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28-29. On Saturday, eight awards of excellence worth $500 each will be presented for 2-D and 3-D artwork.

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    Cars will smash into each other at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the DuPage County Fair Demolition Derby in Wheaton.

    Demolition Derby a crowd favorite at the DuPage County Fair

    Most people try to avoid accidents, but the drivers at the DuPage County Fair's Demolition Derby deliberately seek them. In fact, the more damage done to another's car, the better. Close to 3,000 people per show will gather inside the Grandstand this year at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 29, for the Demolition Derby.

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    Summer intern Kailee DuVall talks about her work in the butterfly barn at Eagle Creek State Park .

    Butterflies are focus in Findlay

    Kailee DuVall has been spending part of her time this summer looking for all of the butterflies that make their way to Eagle Creek State Park near Findlay.DuVall hopes to catch the butterflies for park visitors to see and learn from throughout the summer and especially during a Butterfly Frenzy event scheduled for Saturday, July 28.

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    Wisconsin’s Dunn Co. extends sand mining moratorium

    Dunn County is extending a moratorium on silica sand mining. The county board voted to continue the six-month moratorium at its Wednesday night meeting in Menomonie. Cheryl Merrill of Menomonie was one citizen who urged the board not to jump on the sand mining boom until regulations are adopted to protect land, water and air.

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    Lawsuit filed over photo in ‘Gang Book’

    A man whose picture appears in the Chicago Crime Commission's Gang Book contends the group damaged his reputation by falsely labeling him as a gang leader.

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    Wisconsin teen trying to help relative run over by bus

    A Milwaukee teen trying to help a relative involved in an altercation on a school bus was killed when the vehicle ran over him.

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    Indiana man sentenced to death in 1983 to be released

    A man sentenced to die 29 years ago for gunning down a northern Indiana town marshal is scheduled to be released from prison this weekend.The Star of Auburn reports 47-year-old William Spranger is due to be released from the Plainfield Correctional Facility on Sunday.

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    Joliet, Waukegan fire departments to share $3.5M

    Fire departments in Joliet and Waukegan will share more than $3.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency grant money to hire more firefighters.U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the funding on Wednesday.

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    Back Country Roads plays Top 40 country covers and a few originals. The group will be at the DuPage County Fair from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, as part of the Spirits of DuPage event.

    Back Country Roads provides fresh look at cover songs

    Back Country Roads is relatively new on the country music scene — the band played its first gig as a full band in June 2009. "We're still kind of breaking onto the scene here," bassist Dave Miller said. "It's only been three years." The group will perform at the DuPage County Fair Friday.

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    Dawn Patrol: Vote on pension cuts? Motive in Lombard arson

    House may vote on pension plan in August. Palatine District 15 lawsuit moves forward. Ikea installs solar panels on roofs in Bolingbrook, Schaumburg. Lombard arson suspect was texting ex-girlfriend before lighting her car on fire, prosecutors say. Man accused of assaulting two ECC police officers. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster tosses water cooler after loss. White Sox regain composure. Johnny Knox's...

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    F. Keith Brown

    Kane County eyes sales tax, borrowing to pay for computer upgrade

    A committee examining a pending $12.6 million technology upgrade for the Kane County court system has decided sales tax money and borrowing will be the best route to funding the project. "It is my hope and desire that whatever we do will be under $12.6 million," the committee chairman said.

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    Arlington Heights pares down parks referendum plans

    The Arlington Heights Park District is inching closer to finalizing a referendum package after commissioners this week were presented with more detailed plans for long-term capital improvements at several of the district's regional parks.

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    Elk Grove Village 12-year-old Jack Falejczyk doesn't let his blindness stop him from playing piano and violin, swimming competitively and getting straight A's.

    Elk Grove Village boy won't let blindness stand in his way

    You can usually catch Jack Falejczyk rock climbing, playing the violin for his school orchestra or competitively swimming because being blind doesn't stop the Elk Grove Village 12-year-old from trying just about anything. "My personal mission statement is to not let my blindness hold me back," Jack said. "If you try something, it takes time, but it comes."

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    Al Miotke of Mount Prospect turns a bowl on the lathe in his wood shop. He and other woodturning experts will host seminars at “Turn-On! Chicago 2012,” a three-day symposium coming Aug. 3-5 to Mundelein.

    How wood workers make the turn from crafters to artists

    "I can make that," Al Miotke of Mount Prospect said after his wife admired a $1,000 wooden vase for sale at a Santa Fe gallery. So he did. Now, he's one of the suburban woodturners gearing up for "Turn-On! Chicago 2012" Aug. 3-5 in Mundelein, featuring expert woodturning artists from around the nation and as far away as Israel.

Sports

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    The Nationals’ Bryce Harper leaps to make the catch on a ball hit by the Brewers’ Corey Hart during the eighth inning Thursday in Milwaukee.

    Nationals stand 20 games over .500 after win over Brewers

    For the first time in 79 years, a Washington-based team is 20 games over .500. Edwin Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings and Steve Lombardozzi hit a three-run triple in the Nationals' 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

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    Pittsburgh’s Clint Barmes jumps over the Astros’ Scott Moore to complete a double play in the seventh inning Thursday in Houston.

    Pirates hand Astros 10th loss in row

    Rookie Starling Marte's leadoff homer in his first major league at-bat helped the Pirates jump out to an early lead, and they held on for a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros.

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    The Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera hits an RBI single off Detroit’s Justin Verlander in the seventh inning Thursday in Cleveland.

    Indians’ 4-run rally sinks Tigers

    Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner hit consecutive first-pitch homers off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning as Cleveland rallied for an exciting 5-3 win over Detroit.

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    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Jason Vargas retired the first 11 batters he faced at home against Kansas City on Thursday.

    Vargas pitches Mariners over Royals, 4-1

    Jason Vargas allowed one hit over eight innings to win his career-high 11th game, and Mike Carp had three hits to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1.

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    Mets pitcher Matt Harvey delivers in his major league debut during the fifth inning Thursday in Phoenix. He held the Diamondbacks to three hits.

    Harvey fans 11 in debut for Mets

    Matt Harvey gave the Mets a brilliant ray of hope Thursday night. The heralded 24-year-old dazzled in his major league debut, holding Arizona to three hits and striking out 11 over 5 1-3 innings in New York's 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

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    Indiana head coach Bob Knight talks with Neil Reed during a 1996 game against Ohio State at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. In March 2000, Reed accused Knight of choking him during a practice in 1997.

    Indiana player once choked by Knight dies at 36

    Neil Reed, the former Indiana basketball player who coach Bob Knight was caught on tape choking in 1997, has died after collapsing in his central California home. He was 36.

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    Cougars fall to Timber Rattlers 4-0

    Kane County Cougars game report:

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    Boomers shut out Slammers in 2-0 win

    Schaumburg Boomers baseball coverage

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    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall signs autographs Thursday at Olivet Nazarene University.

    Bears' Marshall knows a potent offense when he sees one

    This year's Bears offense is definitely NOT the most explosive one that Brandon Marshall has ever played in, and the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is emphatic about it. “Not even close, he said. “(In) 1994, my little league team, the Kingsley Knights — no, I'm being honest — I mean, we were scoring at will,” Marshall told an amused audience Thursday morning, just hours before the Bears' first training-camp practice.

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    White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn hits a 2-run home run off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano earlier this week at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox’ Dunn has found his groove again

    Why has White Sox designated hitter/first baseman Adam Dunn been so good this season after being so awful in 2011? Beat writer Scot Gregor breaks it all down and offers several explanations.

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    Bears hope new DT Price is right

    The Bears gambled very little on Thursday's acquisition of defensive tackle Brian Price, who was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' second-round pick (35th overall) in 2010 but has struggled with injuries and personal problems. But it may be some time before they see much of a contribution from a player who once was believed to have a bright future.

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    It could be an interesting weekend at Wrigley Field for Cubs starter Ryan Dempster.

    Cubs’ Dempster put himself in a tough spot

    Will Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster become the first player to be booed at Wrigley Field for wanting to play for the Cubs? Dempster faces an uncertain reception from the Wrigley faithful as the Cubs return home this weekend. But if social media are accurate barometers, things might get a little rough for a player who has been the face of the franchise for most of the past decade.

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    Illini would welcome Penn State transfers

    In the wake of Monday's NCAA sanctions allowing Penn State University football players to transfer immediately, every coach in the Big Ten was asked Thursday at the conference media day if he would pursue Nittany Lions players.None was as upfront about the issue as Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, who addressed the issue as part of his opening statement."It was brought to our attention by two individuals, prior to even any sanctions being granted by the NCAA, that an opportunity might present itself for a transfer," Beckman said. "We did not go onto their campus. We only talked to individuals that would be willing to meet with us. We did not go after them. They had the opportunity to come to us if they would like to come to us and speak to us."Beckman's statement came a day after ESPN reported that Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien saw a group of Illini coaches at a State College airport this week.

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    NHL fight with players different this time

    For the first time, NHL owners will not find a patsy sitting across the negotiating table from them, but that doesn't guarantee a work stoppage. In fact, it might mean the exact opposite.

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    Aurora gymnast Anna Li was showered with cheers and confetti in her hometown before she left for the Olympic Games in London. Li, a Waubonsie Valley graduate, was chosen as an alternate member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team, but a neck injury has forced her out of competition.

    Neck injury sidelines Aurora gymnast Li at Olympics

    LONDON — It appears the Olympic journey for U.S. women's gymnastics team alternate Anna Li, the 23-year-old uneven bars specialist from Aurora, have ended before the London Games officially opened. Li was held out of training on Thursday following a fall during her uneven bars routine earlier in the week, and according to a report by USA Today she tore a ligament in her neck and "as a result, she is no longer training as a replacement athlete," USA Gymnastics said in a statement. She has been advised to wear a cervical collar as a precaution and told she will not be able to compete.

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    White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf doesn’t exactly have his mind on baseball expansion these days.

    Reinsdorf has right idea on baseball expansion

    White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf didn't get where he is by luck. The guy is one smart cookie. Case in point: during a fundraiser to support baseball in Israel held Wednesday night at Harry Caray's Restaurant, the Chairman was asked about the possibility of international expansion for MLB. Here's what he told those on hand: "I don't see any baseball expansion right now. If it were up to me, I would contract two teams."

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    Stephanie Miller, shown here competing for Stevenson High School last fall, is the co-leader of the Illinois Women’s Open heading into today’s final round.

    Stevenson standout Miller shooting to make history

    In its 17 previous stagings, the Illinois Women’s Open has never featured a high school champion. That could change today when Stevenson’s Stephanie Miller enters the final round as the co-leader.Miller has a great pairing for the shootout at Mistwood, in Romeoville. She’ll play with the other co-leader, Chicago amateur Nora Lucas, who just graduated from Illinois and helped recruit Miller to Champaign. Miller verbally committed to the Illini three weeks ago and said Lucas was a big reason for her quick decision.“I met her on my visit, and she was so nice,” said Miller, a 17-year-old senior-to-be at Stevenson who is playing in the IWO for the first time.The Illinois prep champion as a sophomore, Miller has sought tougher competition this year and recently qualified for next month’s U.S. Women’s Amateur in Cleveland by shooting par golf over 36 holes at Blackberry Oaks, in Bristol.Two professionals — Brittany Johnston and Colleen Cashman-McSween — are 1 stroke behind the IWO co-leaders. Johnston plays on the LPGA’s Symetra (formerly Futures) Tour, and Cashman-McSween is assistant coach at Michigan.Miller has no fears about competing against older, more experienced players.“I get to pick their brains and see what I can do to follow in their footsteps,” said Miller, whose father will be her caddie.A commercial pilot, he flew in from Paris on Wednesday to be on her bag.Lucas won the Illinois Women’s Amateur in 2011 and highlighted her collegiate career by going a school-record 11-under-par en route to winning Wisconsin’s tournament as a senior. The IWO will conclude her summer season, and she will enter law school rather than turn pro.“I’ll just play for fun. I’m excited to move ahead, just like (Miller) is excited (to look ahead to college),” said Lucas. “She should be. I had a great time at Illinois.”Miller had a chip-in in each of the first two rounds. She holed out from 61 yards for eagle at No. 10 on Wednesday and chipped for birdie at No. 7 on Thursday, when she carded a 73. Lucas highlighted her second-round 72 with birdies at Nos. 12 (a 30-foot putt) and 15. Thwy are the only players under par for 36 holes. Both are at 1-under 143 on the recently-renovated course.Forty-one of the 91 starters survived the 36-hole cut. They’ll begin play at 7 a.m. today with the leaders going off at 10 a.m.

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    Jacobs bows out in state semis

    Jacobs' summer baseball run came to an end with Thursday's 5-4 eight-inning loss to Lyons Twp. in the Phil Lawler Classic semifinals at Lisle's Benedictine University. With the bases loaded an no outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Lions' Sam Cybulski singled up the middle to drive in the winning run. The Golden Eagles finished their summer season with a 26-4 record.

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    New Houston Rockets center Omer Asik signed a three-year, $25 million offer sheet and came to Houston when his former team, the Bulls, did not match.

    Omer Asik introduced as a Rocket

    The Houston Rockets welcomed their latest acquisition with far less fanfare than the guy who arrived last week. Omer Asik may turn out to be just as vital to the team as Jeremy Lin.

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hanley Ramirez runs to first base after drawing a walk Thursday during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 7-4.

    Dodgers lose again with Ramirez, 7-4 to Cardinals

    The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their second straight game since acquiring Hanley Ramirez, 7-4 to St. Louis on Thursday as David Freese and Matt Carpenter each had three of the Cardinals' season-high 18 hits.

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    The Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis watches his solo home run Thursday during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Baltimore. The Orioles won 6-2.

    Davis, Tillman lead Orioles over Rays 6-2

    The Orioles had been throttled the night before, and here they were back at Camden Yards trying to avoid a sweep on a hot, humid afternoon. Instead of wilting, the Orioles flourished.

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    Toronto Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie connects for a single against the Oakland Athletics Thursday during the fourth inning in Toronto.

    Encarnacion’s 3-run HR leads Blue Jays over A’s

    With his latest deep drive, Edwin Encarnacion allowed Toronto's offense to take a deep breath. Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Kelly Johnson added a solo drive and the Blue Jays ended Oakland's seven-game winning streak with a 10-4 victory Thursday.

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    Penn State coach Bill O'Brien speaks Thursday during the Big Ten football media day in Chicago.

    PSU coach O'Brien: Team will stay together

    Bill O'Brien is looking straight ahead. It's the only choice he really has at Penn State. The questions keep coming and he doesn't flinch: How will he handle what has become one of the most difficult jobs in college football? "The measure of a man is how you overcome adversity," O'Brien said Thursday at the Big Ten media day.

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    Japan's Yuki Otsu celebrates after scoring the only goal during the group D men's soccer match between Japan and Spain at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday

    Japan upsets Spain 1-0 in Olympic men's soccer match

    Japan produced a major shock in men's Olympic soccer on Thursday, beating medal favorites Spain 1-0. Japan forward Yuki Otsu broke away from his marker during a corner in the 34th minute and the ball landed right at his feet for a simple tap-in past Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

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    Mike North video: Are the A’s the best team in baseball?

    The Oakland Athletics have won 15 out of their last 17 games. Even with a low payroll and Bob Melvin as a candidate for manager of the year, they just might be the best team in baseball right now.

Business

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    The new LG Wireless HD Network IP Cube Camera (model LW130W) offers high-definition video. It also has a free Android or iPhone application for remote viewing and monitoring from anywhere with smartphone connectivity.

    LG in Lincolnshire launches security line

    LG Electronics USA, which has operations in Lincolnshire, has launched a new line of high-definition security cameras and related products to help both businesses and homeowners keep tabs on things. LG plans to roll out 14 products that include both Internet protocol and analog cameras, helping the industry transition more into the digital age, said LG spokesman John Taylor.

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    A worker is seen in the Facebook office in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook, reporting its first results since selling shares to the public, posted a narrower profit margin as costs surged — a sign the company is using higher spending to combat a growth slowdown.

    Facebook’s first public quarter proves solid

    Facebook is reporting stronger-than-expected revenue in the social media company’s first earnings report since its rocky initial public offering two months ago. But investors weren’t impressed and after a brief spike, its stock tumbled nearly 9 percent in after-hours trading.

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    Google has been adding optical fiber in the two-state Kansas City region for several months, after saying last year that the metro area would be the first in the nation to get its “Fiber for Communities” broadband service.

    Google to offer Kansas City ultra-fast Internet for $70/month

    Google Inc. revealed Thursday what it will charge for its long-awaited, ultra-fast Internet service in Kansas City: $70 per month. The service is intended as a showcase for what’s technically possible and as a testbed for the development of new ways to use the Internet. Bypassing the local cable and phone companies, Google has spent months and an unknown amount of money pulling its own optical fiber through the two-state Kansas City region.

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    American Airlines says it will become the first U.S. airline to put lie-flat seats in new planes used on transcontinental flights.

    American to put lie-flat seats on some U.S. flights

    American Airlines says it will become the first U.S. airline to put lie-flat seats in new planes used on transcontinental flights.

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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average capped its biggest advance in almost a month after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pledged to defend the euro.

    Markets like signal from European Central Bank

    It was the buy signal that markets were waiting for. When European Central Bank president Mario Draghi vowed to "do whatever it takes" to keep the continent's monetary union intact, stocks were off to races in the U.S. and Europe.

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    A red “everyday” pricing tag is attached to clothes on display at a J.C. Penney store in New York. Six months after J.C. Penney got rid of the hundreds of sales it offers each year in favor of a three-tier pricing approach, the mid-priced department store chain is revamping its pricing strategy again.

    JC Penney tweaks pricing strategy again

    J.C. Penney is changing its pricing — again.Just six months after the mid-priced department store chain got rid of the hundreds of sales it offered each year in favor of everyday lower pricing, it is reversing course.

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    People across much of the planet were having problems accessing Twitter on Thursday, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are expected to cause a spike in use of the micro-blogging site.

    Twitter back, but still sluggish in some areas

    People across much of the planet were having problems accessing Twitter on Thursday, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are expected to cause a spike in use of the micro-blogging site.The company acknowledged the problem, saying in a statement that its engineers are "currently working to resolve the issue," although it didn't go into any further detail.

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    Exxon profit jumps 49 pct, helped by asset sales

    Exxon Mobil said Thursday that net income rose 49 percent in the second quarter as it made $7.5 billion from selling company assets.Those sales masked an otherwise tough quarter for America's largest oil company. Exxon produced less oil and natural gas from April to June, and it sold both at lower prices. Excluding asset sales, company profit fell by 21.5 percent to $8.4 billion. That's Exxon's smallest profit since the third quarter of 2010. Shares fell 84 cents, or 1 percent, to $84.40 in premarket trading.

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    Job seekers line up to speak to a recruiter during a job fair in Irving, Texas.

    U.S. jobless claims drop by 35,000 to 353,000

    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 35,000 last week, a figure that may have been distorted by seasonal factors.The Labor Department said Thursday that applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 353,000. That's down from a revised 388,000 the previous week and the biggest drop since February 2010.

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    Preproduction 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sports travel on the assembly line at the Mitsubishi Motors North America manufacturing facility in Normal.

    Downstate Mitsubishi plant begins Outlander production
    Illinois production has begun of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in downstate Normal. Mitsubishi's Normal manufacturing plant will begin with production of 50,000 Outlanders annually, with a target of eventually producing as many as 70,000 units per year of the compact SUV — Mitsubishi's best-selling vehicle in North America, the company said.

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    Ford to recall 485,000 small SUVs to fix throttles

    Ford is recalling nearly 485,000 Escapes and Mavericks to fix sticking gas pedals that can cause crashes. The worldwide recall affects the 2001 through 2004 model years that are powered by 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control. It comes just over a week after U.S. safety regulators began investigating the Escape small SUV.

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    Lombard Town Centre looking for new leadership

    Lombard Town Centre Executive Director Karen Stonehouse was fired this week after the nonprofit group's board decided there are differences between her strengths and their goals for the position."The direction that Lombard Town Centre is going in and Karen's forte really wasn't meshing," Colleen Whittington, publicity chairwoman, said.

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    In this Thursday, July 19, 2012, photo, a shopper walks past a Sprint store at the Derby Streets Shops in Hingham, Mass. Sprint Nextel reported Thursday July 26, 2012, losses widened in the second quarter as the country's third-largest wireless carrier wrote down the value of its moribund Nextel network. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Sprint loss widens, but revenue beats estimates

    Sprint Nextel's loss widened in the second quarter as the country's third-largest wireless carrier wrote down the value of its moribund Nextel network.

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    United Continental Holdings Inc. reported lower second-quarter earnings than analysts estimated after higher fuel costs and a revenue adjustment.

    Merger issues still plague United; 2Q profit falls

    No one ever said that putting United and Continental together would be easy. The combined airline's second-quarter net income dropped 37 percent as it continued to wrestle with merger-related issues. United had warned on Tuesday that June passenger revenue rose less than it expected. The shortfall occurred because the airline didn't correctly estimate the value of tickets that had been bought but not yet used to fly.

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    Vice President Joe Biden joins the Senate's Democratic leadership, from left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., after passing their version of a yearlong tax cut extension, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Senators approved the Democratic bill by a near party-line 51-48 vote, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding over the chamber in case his vote was needed to break a tie. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate passes cuts for all but richest Americans

    The Senate has debated, sniped and voted on the politically fraught issue of tax cuts, and next week it'll be the House's turn. Still, Americans won't know until after the November elections how much more of their paychecks will go to the government next year.

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    Oil down as US supplies swell, SKorea growth slows

    Oil prices fell Thursday in Asia after U.S. crude inventories swelled and a slowdown in South Korea's economy underlined that growth in demand for fuel could remain subdued.

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    Nintendo reports 1Q loss on discounts, strong yen

    Nintendo Co. reported a net loss of 17.2 billion yen ($221 million) for the April-June quarter, hurt by product discounts and the strong yen. That was smaller than the net loss of 25.5 billion yen in the same quarter a year earlier, but the company said Wednesday that fiscal first quarter sales still fell nearly 10 percent to 84.8 billion yen.

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    Customers browse discounted goods for sale at a "one euro store" in Athens, Greece, on Monday, July 23, 2012. Greece retakes its position at the heart of the debt crisis this week when creditors assess how far off course the country is from bailout targets, as Spanish yields surged on concern its regions will need to be rescued. Photographer: Nikos Pilos/Bloomberg

    Austerity inspectors start crucial talks in Athens

    International debt inspectors started new talks Thursday with Greece's month-old government that will determine whether the financially crippled country keeps receiving vital rescue loans or is forced to default and potentially leave the common European currency.

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    A German national flag, right, and a European Union (EU) flag fly above the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, in Berlin, Germany,

    Survey: German consumer confidence stable

    A new survey shows that consumer confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, remains stable despite increasing worries that the country will be dragged deeper into the eurozone debt crisis.The GfK research institute said Thursday that its forward-looking consumer confidence indicator for August stands at 5.9 points — up slightly from 5.8 in July.

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    Coke and Pepsi are chasing the sweet spot: a soda with no calories, no artificial sweeteners and no funny aftertaste.

    Soda companies racing for a new sweet spot

    Coke and Pepsi are chasing the sweet spot: a soda with no calories, no artificial sweeteners and no funny aftertaste. The world's top soft drink companies hope that's the elusive trifecta that will silence health concerns about soda and reverse the decline in consumption of carbonated drinks. But such a formula could be years away.

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    The Dow Chemical Co. industrial site in Midland, Mich.

    Weaker demand pressures Dow Chemical 2Q

    Dow Chemical Co. says its second-quarter net income fell 34 percent as weaker demand led to lower prices. Softness in Europe and a stronger dollar also weighed on results.Its results missed Wall Street estimates and its shares dropped 4 percent in premarket trading.

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    A depositor withdraws cash at an automated teller machine in a branch of the HSBC bank in Hong Kong Thursday.

    Hopes for ECB action help European markets
    European stocks recovered Thursday as hopes for central bank action to ease the financial crisis tempered worries that the economic downturn is hurting corporate earnings.Markets have been rattled over the past few days by fears that Spain, the fourth-largest economy among the 17 states that use the euro, could need a bailout along the lines of Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

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    Visitors inspect cars at a gallery at the Nissan Motor Co. global headquarters in Yokohama, Thursday.

    Nissan profit down 15 percent, hurt by strong yen

    Nissan said Thursday its quarterly profit fell 15 percent from a year earlier as the strong yen bit into car sales.The Yokohama-based company reported a $900 million profit, down from 85 billion yen a year earlier. Worldwide sales rose 2.6 percent. Company chairman Carlos Ghosn said Nissan had triumphed in growing sales despite the "harsh economic environment" thanks to its strong model lineup, which includes the Leaf electric car.

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    News Corp buys stake in Web video player Roku

    News Corp. is taking a stake in Internet video streaming set-top box maker Roku Inc. and putting one of its senior executives on Roku's board of directors as it seeks a greater role in distributing video over the Web.The media giant's investment, along with that of its part-owned subsidiary British Sky Broadcasting, is part of a fifth round of funding for Roku of $45 million. It brings total funding in Roku to $77 million since it was founded in 2002.

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    Wal-Mart sued by disabled over payment machines

    Disability rights advocates filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., claiming the retail giant refuses to make payment machines accessible to customers who use wheelchairs and scooters. The plaintiffs allege that Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart knowingly placed point-of-sale terminals beyond the reach of disabled customers at many of its more than 200 stores in California — in violation of state law and the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act.

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    Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, visits a construction site of the Crick Institute in London, shortly before the second quarter GDP figures were released Wednesday.

    UK tries to drum up business ahead of Olympics

    The British government is trying to drum up business, a day after figures showed the country's economy is in a deeper recession than previously thought.On the eve of the start of the Olympic Games, the government has gathered around 4,000 business leaders and international policymakers in London as it attempts to clinch over 1 billion pounds worth of deals and projects this summer.

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    United Tech to sell units to BC, Carlyle for $3.5B

    United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday that is selling three industrial-products businesses for $3.46 billion as it seeks to fund its proposed acquisition of aerospace-parts maker Goodrich Corp.The three units of United Technologies' Hamilton Sundstrand division are being bought by private-equity firms BC Partners and The Carlyle Group.

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    Associated Press Zynga’s stock is tanking after the online game maker reported a loss in the second quarter, with adjusted earnings and revenue below Wall Street’s already-low expectations.

    Zynga stock tanks after weak 2Q report

    Zynga's stock is tanking after the online game maker reported a loss in the second quarter, with adjusted earnings and revenue below Wall Street's already-low expectations. The company behind games such as "CityVille" and "FarmVille" also lowered its outlook for the year because of delayed games, reduced expectations for its "Draw Something" game and what it called a "more challenging environment on the Facebook Web platform."

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    California cities made up seven of the top 10 metro areas with the highest rates of new foreclosures in the first six months of this year, according to data to be released Thursday by RealtyTrac, which tracks foreclosure properties. That’s unchanged from the same time last year.

    California still dominates foreclosure scene

    California is still dominating the foreclosure scene. California cities made up seven of the top 10 metro areas with the highest rates of new foreclosures in the first six months of this year, according to data to be released Thursday by RealtyTrac, which tracks foreclosure properties. That's unchanged from the same time last year.

Life & Entertainment

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    Chickpeas, carrots and other garden vegetables make a healthy, slow-cooked sauce for pasta.

    Turn to slow cookers for hot-weather meals

    Since March, my Crock-Pot has been on a shelf in my pantry where it's sat since it cooked the winter's last batch of chili. Then the Crockin' Girls set me straight. "I use it more in the summer than I do in winter," says Nicole Sparks, half of the Texas duo who recently published "The Crockin' Girls Slow Cooking Companion."

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    Agne G, 10, of Downers Grove, is one of 10 finalists in Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent. Voting conludes Friday at noon.

    Time running out to vote in suburban talent search

    Online voting for the Fan Favorite for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent concludes at noon, Friday, July 27. The Fan Favorite winner receives a Funjet vaction for two.

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    More than 130 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles were selected for this year’s Barrington Concours D’Elegance.

    Barrington concours ensures a scenic cruises

    It can be quite a chore to find decent driving spaces in the Chicago area. One group working hard to preserve scenic routes is the Barrington Area Conservation Trust. Since 2007, the trust has used an annual Concours D'Elegance to raise funds to support its mission.

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    Romantic sparks fly between dancers Emily (Kathryn McCormick), left, and Sean (Ryan Guzman) in “Step Up Revolution.”

    Dance moves true stars of 'Step Up'

    With "Step Up Revolution," their second summertime at-bat after "Rock of Ages," producers Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot return to one of the things they do best — making young unknowns look like the next big thing. In its fourth installment, however, the "Step Up" franchise has traded an air of inevitability for one of predictability.

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    After shooting, ‘Gangster Squad’ opening delayed

    Warner Bros. has moved the release of "Gangster Squad" to January after the film's climactic cinema shoot-out scene drew comparisons to the Aurora, Colo., shooting. The film is expected to be reshot and edited. A spokesman for Warner Bros. declined to comment on how the film would be altered.

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    Los Angeles prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a paparazzo photographer for allegedly racing across a Los Angeles freeway in an effort to get photographs of Justin Bieber.

    Bieber paparazzo faces criminal charges in pursuit

    Authorities are using a new California law to charge a paparazzo photographer in connection with a high-speed chase of Justin Bieber earlier this month. The Los Angeles City Attorney's office on Wednesday filed four misdemeanor charges against Paul Raef, 30, including reckless driving with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain, reckless driving, failure to obey a peace officer and following another vehicle too closely.

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    FILE - This May 29, 2012 file photo shows actress Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders attending the "Snow White and the Huntsman" screening in Los Angeles. Stewart and director Rupert Sanders are apologizing publicly to their loved ones following reports of infidelity. The 22-year-old actress and the 41-year-old filmmaker issued separate apologies to People magazine Wednesday, July 25, saying they regret the hurt they have caused. Stewart has been in a relationship for several years with her ìTwilightî co-star Robert Pattinson. Sanders is married and has two children. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Kristen Stewart, director apologize for affair

    "Twilight" fans are heartbroken by Kristen Stewart's public admission that she cheated on her boyfriend and co-star Robert Pattinson. Some on Twitter are blasting the actress with no shortage of nasty names, while others are pledging support for Pattinson, calling him "sexy" and promising they'd be faithful.

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    Theater events: Experience Theater on Your Feet in Elgin

    Watch adaptations of short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe as part of Elgin's fifth annual Walkabout: Theater on Your Feet. Performances take place at various downtown locations in this environmental theatrical work beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, and running through the weekend.

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    The Gaslight Anthem’s “Handwritten”

    Gaslight Anthem’s ‘Handwritten’ is hardy

    On its fourth studio album, the appropriately titled "Handwritten," Gaslight Anthem offers up plenty of material that is rich in texture and layered in its subtexts about love, longing and losing that careens from composed whispers to impassioned pleas.

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    Book notes: Meet the Hayes at Anderson’s

    Husband-and-wife acting team Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, from TV's daytime drama "Days of Our Lives," read from and sign copies of their new historical fiction novel "Trumpet" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

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    Between the easy availability of English brews and the push to popularize Pimm's No. 1, no one need go thirsty as they watch the Summer Olympics.

    Pints and Pimm's: Cheer on Team USA with London's best beverages

    Even if you can't get to London to cheer on Team USA at the Olympics, you can still celebrate with a bit of British flare. Between the steadily growing number of English brews available in suburban bars and liquor stores and the push to popularize Pimm's No. 1 among stateside cocktail enthusiasts, no one need go thirsty as they watch the games.

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    A group of neighbors (Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Richard Ayoade and Vince Vaughn) discovers aliens on the block in the comedy "The Watch."

    'Watch' prowls all-too-familiar territory

    "The Watch" possesses not a single original joke or even a smirk of cleverness. Not even the flaccid direction by Akiva Schaffer pumps much vitality into this rote vehicle for Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. But it's unchallenging, easily digestible R-rated hokum boasting a lazy Seth Rogen screenplay that could easily be crippled by removing just two words: "great" and "awesome!"

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    People in a South Korean city panic when a mysterious parasitic worm causes a national emergency in the horror film "Deranged."

    Is 'Deranged' as scary as it should be?

    Dann reviews Park Jung-woo's new South Korean killer parasite horror movie "Deranged." (Could it be a metaphor for America's financial meltdown?) Dann also chats about music and the importance of comic tone with Jonathan Dayton and his wife Valerie Faris, directors of the new fantasy romance "Ruby Sparks" starring Paul Dano and screenwriter Zoe Kazan. Dann presents Reel Life notes as well.

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    A famous psychic (Robert De Niro) and his assistant (Joely Richardson) become targets of a skeptic who suspects they are con artists in “Red Lights.”

    Spunky debunkers can't save ridiculous psychic thriller

    Rodrigo Cortes' "Red Lights" ranks as one of the shlockiest mystery thrillers in recent memory, a dark, somber tale that squanders a promising premise with a finale so absurd and nuts that M. Night Shyamalan would reject it as too unbelievable. Even Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver can't anchor a flimsy plot, one that makes "Ghostbusters 2" look like a masterpiece of suspense and style.

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    Old vintages of Stony Hill Vineyard’s Chardonnay chill on ice for a retrospective tasting in honor of the 60th anniversary of the winery’s first vintage, 1952, in New York. Stony Hill is one of California’s great old wineries, with a reputation for Chardonnays that can evolve and last for decades.

    Chardonnay shines as Stony Hill turns 60

    When Peter McCrea's parents paid $7,500 in 1943 for an old goat farm on Napa Valley's Spring Mountain, it came with a house, a barn, a cottage and three chicken coops. The chardonnay vines arrived four years later. The rest, as they say, is history. Their Stony Hill Vineyard is one of California's oldest great wineries.

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    Editorial: Scrutiny needed in wake of train tragedy

    Train track safety needs to be revisited in the wake of the train derailment in Glenview that killed an unsuspecting couple, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Badger Cottage versus Toad Hall

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Sometimes you need children to set you straight. They are so attuned to what they like and what feels good. The status-value of things doesn't register as much as with adults.

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    Splitting hairs in a Texas race

    Columnist George Will: On 99 percent of U.S. Senate business, Cruz and Dewhurst probably would vote alike. Yet the ultimate Republican epithet, the M-word -- "moderate" -- has been bandied.

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    Sally Ride's determination changed the world

    Columnist Susan Estrich: Thanks to Sally Ride's courage, her determination, her genius and spunk, the world changed. The question is: How much?

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    Gun policy’s slippery slope

    Columnist Michael Gerson: What happened in a theater outside Denver was not an act of God — not the moral equivalent of an earthquake or meteor strike — but the act of a mentally unbalanced man with access to destructive weaponry.

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    Amid campaign heat, be vigilant to keep your cool

    Columnist Jim Slusher: I want now -- about a month before the Republicans and Democrats hold their national conventions -- to concentrate on the "politics of gotcha," which goes way beyond one congressional race.

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    ComEd should fix Mundelein grid
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: [No Paragraph Style]NewsThese outages usually include a "brownout," and there are one or two "restarts" before power is fully restored. These surges are damaging our electronics and appliances.

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    How’s this for tacky solicitation?
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: President Obama's re-election campaign recommends that when planning your wedding, you should ask your guests to send a donation to his campaign rather than a gift to the bridal couple.

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    Dold budget stance shows independence
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: While the Senate has been unable to produce a budget, Robert Dold used his independent leadership to support the Simpson-Bowles plan, an "everything on the table" approach to putting a budget together for the American people.

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    Products made in American are safer
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: We blame our government for no jobs, but in reality we as citizens are creating the problem by not purchasing American-made products.

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    U.S. is behind on gay marriage rights
    A Schaumrug letter to the editor: Gay people are first-class citizens just like all the rest of us. Consenting adults should have the right to choose whomever they want to have a relationship or legal marriage with.

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    Better explanations on taxes needed
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Why did the tax bill go up by 10 percent? Well, you see, someone decided to reduce the "homeowner's exemption" by more than 50 percent from last year.

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    Story of interest to Elgin readers, too
    An Elgin letter to the editor: On July 20, I read in the Arlington Heights edition of the Daily Herald that the executive board members as well as several police and fire chiefs of Northwest Central Dispatch Center were presented with the dispatcher employees' vote of "No Confidence" in the day-to-day management team.

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    Obscene spending threatens democracy
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Once again the Republican Party has shown its obstructionist colors by recently filibustering a Senate bill that would have required certain named entities to disclose the source of their campaign contributions of $10,000 or more.

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    Truth must be more important
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: President Obama gave an astounding explanation of what has gone wrong with his efforts in leading the country. He said of the presidency: "The nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times."

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    Positive words on Colorado tragedy
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Regarding "Our View: Murder in a Colorado Movie Theater."Thank you for your positive words. We needed to hear them — well said!

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    Seniors thrown under the bus
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Representative Peter Roskam voted lock step with every House Republican to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This law was passed by both houses of Congress, signed into law by the president, and then affirmed by the Supreme Court.

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