Daily Archive : Saturday August 4, 2012


    DuPage communities from Itasca to Naperville will observe National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 7, with a variety of events designed to bring residents in contact with firefighters, police officers and others.

    DuPage towns observing National Night Out

    The link that connects millions of homes on National Night Out is largely symbolic. Residents across the country will lock their doors and flip on their porch lights Tuesday, Aug, 7, to show their dedication to crime prevention in the annual event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. But many DuPage County communities are taking that a step further.

    Riders negotiate the turn-back curve on Elk Grove Boulevard during the ComEd Category 1/2 of the Tour of Elk Grove Saturday.

    Rain delays, shortens Tour of Elk Grove men's race

    Saturday's leg of the 2012 Tour of Elk Grove went off without a hitch — until storms intervened and forced a 90-minute postponement of the professional men's stage 2 race. Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson opined that the temperature drop will help Sunday. "With a cold front coming through it will be one heck of a finish," he said.

    In this Sept. 30, 2011 file photo, Sailboats and a floating dock lie on the dry, cracked dirt in a harbor at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City as drought continues to be a problem across the state. The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the United States and other parts of the world in recent years is so rare and off-the-charts that it can’t be anything but man-made global warming, a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist says.

    New study links current events to climate change

    The relentless, weather-gone-crazy type of heat that has blistered the U.S. and other parts of the world is so rare that it can't be anything but man-made global warming, says a new statistical analysis from a top government scientist. "This is not some scientific theory. We are now experiencing scientific fact," NASA scientist James Hansen told The Associated Press in an interview.


    AP source: Suspect would get life in Congresswoman’s shooting

    A court-appointed psychiatrist will testify Tuesday that the man accused in the shooting rampage that killed six people and injured 13 others, including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is competent to enter a plea, a person familiar with the case said Saturday.

    FILE - In this July 12, 2012 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers headed home for a five-week break with a laundry list of uncompleted work and little to show for the past year and a half except an eye-popping amount of dissatisfaction _ nearly 80 percent of Americans are unhappy with them. The Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate have set record lows for production and record highs for dysfunction. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Congress breaks for 5 weeks, but much work undone

    Congress' performance matches its approval rating — abysmal. Lawmakers headed home for a five-week break with a lengthy list of uncompleted work and little to show for the past year and a half except an eye-popping amount of dissatisfaction: Nearly 80 percent of Americans are unhappy with them. The Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate have set record lows for production and...

    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, surrounded by tourists Friday, visits the Luxor temple in Luxor, Egypt. Morsi pledged to support tourism during a visit to the ancient Pharaonic temples of Luxor, a move aimed to assuage fears that the rise of an Islamist leader would undermine the country’s allure.

    Egypt’s President asserts authority, defends army

    Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday gave a lengthy speech to the army in praise of its role during the run-up to his election, proclaiming that he, his government and the powerful generals will cooperate for the future. Speaking with the head of the armed forces, Morsi stressed his legitimacy as Egypt's first popularly elected president, but also acknowledged that his ascension to the...

    Runners take off at last year’s Bob Leonard 5K Run and Walk-A-Thon at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles. This year’s event is Saturday, Aug. 11, and benefits the River Corridor Foundation. Leonard was a founder of the group and an advocate for riverfront beautification.

    More vision for First Street project

    A new restaurant has opened along First Street in St. Charles, and the city's ambitious long-term vision for the project has been refocused, Dave Heun says.


    Naperville man pleads guilty to federal drug, gun charges

    A Naperville man pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charges that he provided armed security for a pot-growing operation in Paw Paw, which is roughly 40 miles west of Aurora. Eric M. Konrady, who was arrested March 23, 2011, pleaded guilty at the U.S. District Court in Rockford to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug...

    The high winds that blew through Schaumburg along with the drought conditions were too much for this tree. The inner part of the bark was bone dry. The wind cracked the tree like a toothpick.

    Cool temps, sun follow storm that delayed Lolapalooza, suburban events

    A quick-moving storm disrupted many events for a time mid-afternoon Saturday, including Lollapalooza and Tour of Elk Grove. But the storm also brought cooler temperatures and by evening, sunny skies returned. In Aurora, more than 100 people were displaced by storm damage.

    Ninja from Die Antwoord performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.

    Images from Saturday at the Lollapalooza music festival
    Images from Saturday at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neon Indian, Frank Ocean, Orchard Lane and many more bands played.

    A sheep is shown around the ring at the 4-H Livestock Auction and Sale of Champions at the McHenry County Fair Saturday in Woodstock.

    Farm animals big hit at McHenry County Fair

    Erin Beetstra recalled the days when she last participated in the 4-H auction at the McHenry County Fair as she watched youngsters parade their goats, steers, pigs and poultry around the Hansen Pavilion Saturday. "The kids work really hard. I used all of the money to pay for college without any loans," she said. The fair wraps up Sunday and includes live music, a demolition derby, antique tractor...

    Riders compete in the Jersey Mike’s Category 4 during the Tour of Elk Grove Saturday.

    Images from Saturday at the Tour of Elk Grove Village
    Images from Saturday events as part of the Tour of Elk Grove bicycle race. Racing started early with the masters 35 plus and finished with the Chicago Blackhawks Pro Men Stage 2 race .


    Body found in Des Plaines parking lot

    Authorities are investigating the death of a 47-year-old man whose body was found in the back seat of a car in the parking lot of a Des Plaines hotel. Des Plaines Police identified the man as Wesley Jaworski, whose last known address is in the 8900 block of Knight in unincorporated Des Plaines. Authorities don't suspect foul play. An autopsy is scheduled Sunday.

    Italy’s Rossella Fiamingo, left, competes against the United States’ Maya Lawrence during a match in women’s epee team fencing competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, in London.

    Images from the 2012 Summer Olympics on Saturday, August 4, 2012
    Athletes from the United States competed in track and field, basketball, beach volleyball, fencing, soccer, and many other sports at the 2012 London Olympics Saturday August 4th.

    Ellen Borys of Lombard enjoys a beer sample Saturday during the second annual Wheaton Ale Fest at Memorial Park. The afternoon event offered samples of beers from 53 breweries.

    Ales flow at second annual Wheaton fest

    A green wristband and a necklace lined with pretzels was the mark of a beer taster Saturday afternoon during the second annual HYPERLINK "http://wheatonalefest.com/wheaton-ale-fest.html"Wheaton Ale Fest. The carb-filled snack offered an easy way to cleanse the palate between samples of beers offered by 53 breweries.

    Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., seen here during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 10, 2008, is facing a ‘debilitating’ depression, according to comments his wife, Sandi Jackson made to the Sun-Times.

    Jackson’s wife calls his depression ‘debilitating’

    Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is suffering from debilitating depression and even collapsed at his home in Washington two months ago, his wife said in an interview published Saturday that revealed new details about his secretive leave of absence.

    The car show at Summer Daze in Warrenville offered 80 cars for auto lovers to inspect and admire. The festival also included music, food, bounce houses and a zip line.

    Cars steal show at Summer Daze in Warrenville

    A car show featuring 80 vehicles and awards in 23 categories was the main event Saturday at the 35th annual Summer Daze in downtown Warrenville. Staff from Countryside Customs in Warrenville started announcing award winners at 2:30 p.m., just as skies were beginning to darken with impending storms.

    In this July 31 photo, Aubrey Marks, left, helps a University of Central Florida student to register to vote in Orlando, Fla. While most college campuses are relatively quiet, students at the University of Central Florida have taken it upon themselves to register their peers during the summer. Gone are the days when young voters werenít taken seriously. In 2008, they helped propel Barack Obama into the Oval Office, supporting him by a 2-1 margin. But that higher profile also has landed them in the middle of the debate over some state laws that regulate voter registration and how people identify themselves at the polls.

    Could tougher voting laws squelch the youth vote?

    Since the last election, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Wisconsin and Texas and other states have tried to limit or ban the use of student IDs as voter identification. In Florida, lawmakers tried to limit "third party" organizations, including student groups, from registering new voters. "You think your vote doesn't matter? Then why are they trying so hard to take it away from you?" asks Heather Smith,...

    Six-month-old Luca Galto of Rolling Meadows is teething on a corn cob Saturday at Community Church of Rolling Meadows 56th Annual Cornfest.

    Cornfest a summertime tradition in Rolling Meadows

    For the 56th year, Community Church in Rolling Meadows celebrated a Midwest summertime favorite with Cornfest. Despite all the stories of a drought-ravaged crop, there was no shortage of golden ears of sweet corn at the event, which also feature other foods, including of course watermelon.

    In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, purports to show shelling in Zabadani, near Damascus, Syria.

    Gunmen kidnap Iranians just outside Syrian capital

    Gunmen snatched 47 Iranian pilgrims just outside Damascus on Saturday in a brazen attack that revealed the growing instability at the center of President Bashar Assad's power.The abduction came as Syrian troops moved to crush one of the last rebel-dominated neighborhoods in the capital, shelling the area heavily. No group immediately claimed responsibility, although Iranian state media blamed the...

    Batavia’s Art in Your Eye festival along the Batavia Riverwalk Saturday.

    Batavia art fest has something for everyone

    Fiber art, paintings, carvings, pottery, theater, and music were showcased at the 8th annual Art In Your Eye festival in downtown Batavia. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Island Avenue and Houston Street. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.artinyoureye.com"artinyoureye.com.


    Iran tests upgraded version of short-range missile

    Iran claimed Saturday it has successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a short-range ballistic missile with improved accuracy, increasing the Islamic Republic's capability to strike both land and naval targets.Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the solid-fueled Fateh-110 has a range of 185 miles. He claimed the weapon could strike with pin-point precision, making it the most accurate...

    In this Nov. 30, 2010, file photo, Afghan Interior Minister Bismullah Mohammadi speaks during a press event in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Afghan parliament has passed a vote of no confidence against the country’s defense and interior ministers on Saturday. Lawmakers have demanded that President Hamid Karzai appoint replacements for Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Mohammadi.

    Afghan parliament votes to oust key ministers

    The Afghan parliament voted Saturday to dismiss the country's defense and interior ministers, a move that threatens to throw the country's security apparatus into confusion as foreign forces withdraw. The vote demanded the dismissal of two of President Hamid Karzai's key security lieutenants: Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, one of the top Afghan officials most trusted by Washington, and...

    Clifton Truman Daniel, a grandson of former U.S. President Harry Truman, prepares for a wreath-laying at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Daniel, whose first visit to Japan was sponsored by a Japanese peace group, paid respect Saturday to the 140,000 people killed by the Aug. 6, 1945 bombing authorized by his grandfather.

    Truman grandson visits Hiroshima A-bomb memorial

    A grandson of former U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, is in Hiroshima to attend a memorial service for the victims. Clifton Truman Daniel visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Saturday and laid a wreath for the 140,000 people killed by the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing authorized by his grandfather."I think this cenotaph says it all —...

    Jesus Lupian

    Des Plaines teen was doing what he loved when he died, family says

    A 19-year-old Hersey High School graduate and Robert Morris University student who collapsed and died during a soccer practice Wednesday is remembered as happy and helpful. "He died with no pain and he was doing what he loved," said Lourdes Contreras, Lupian's cousin.


    Illinois getting tougher on human trafficking

    Illinois is getting tougher on those involved in human trafficking and forcing the vulnerable into prostitution. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Saturday that strengthens the ability of prosecutors to target those behind what he called "a tragic trade."

    Willard Helander

    Wisconsin issues voter rights guide after Lake County clerk incident

    Nearly two months after a formal complaint was filed about Lake County Clerk Willard Helander's actions as a poll watcher during Wisconsin's recall election, officials there have taken steps to prevent similar problems.

    Willard Helander

    Wisconsin issues voter rights guide after Lake County clerk incident

    Nearly two months after a formal complaint was filed about Lake County Clerk Willard Helander's actions as a poll watcher during Wisconsin's recall election, officials there have taken steps to prevent similar problems.


    Man injured in Naperville crash

    A man in his late 50s was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville after a Saturday morning crash at Ogden and Aurora avenues that required emergency crews to use extrication techniques, authorities said. The crash occurred just before 7 a.m. at the intersection in Naperville. Two passenger vehicles were involved with one striking the side of the other, Naperville fire Capt. Thomas Hedberg said.

    John and Debby Arcand estimate 4,500 square feet of their 5,400-square-foot home is filled with memorabilia and collectibles. The two have been collecting all sorts of items for close to 30 years.

    Elgin couple have been collecting for 30 years

    Two million sports cards, 49,000 comic books, 10,000 autographed items — including 500 signed baseballs and 250 signed baseball bats. All of these things John Arcand has found space for in his home. And he keeps on buying more. The Elgin man and his wife Debby have been collectors for almost 30 years. She prefers Disney collectibles, especially Snow White, and he leans toward sports...

    Ed Landwehr, center, amid his drivers and fleet of service trucks at the Arlington Heights store, where they moved in 1969.

    Arlington Hts. loses link to early appliance store
    Ed Landwehr grew up dreaming of the hot new field of television, but as one of the original appliance salesmen in Arlington Hts., he went well beyond that. Landwehr passed away on July 14, at age 86. "He worked under the theory that if the business was loyal to the community, the community would be loyal to the business," says his son, Marty Landwehr of Arlington Heights.

    Leo Modica of Wheaton took this photo of a paddler on the edge of Lake Michigan during a sunset. “It was an interesting photo where the subject was the paddler but also the sun, and I like those pictures because they show humans in nature,” he said.

    Wheaton photographer transforms photos into pieces of art

    Leo Modica's journey with photography began 40 years ago when, as a teenager, he would take photos with an old film camera in his spare time. But the Wheaton native has transitioned rather well to the digital era. He now processes most of his images, transforming them to the point where they look like impressionist art. "I consider myself more of an art photographer, and I translate a lot of my...


    10 ways to take advantage of summer

    Summer months are often a time when we are open to new experiences, to a change of pace. It's as though we give ourselves permission to take our nose from the grindstone and look around for an adventure or two.


    Deal with disappointment, start to look forward

    Columnist Annettee Budzban says the one thing she is learning is that in every disappointment we have to look for a new starting place so we can get our emotions going in the right direction and become reappointed with God's plan for our lives.


    Wind-whipped Oklahoma wildfires destroy homes

    NOBLE, Okla. — The gusty, southerly winds that whipped wildfires through rural woodlands north and south of Oklahoma City started to die down early Saturday, but not before burning dozens of homes.


    Wind-whipped Oklahoma wildfires destroy homes

    NOBLE, Okla. — The gusty, southerly winds that whipped wildfires through rural woodlands north and south of Oklahoma City started to die down early Saturday, but not before burning dozens of homes.


    Obama turns 51; plays golf, will go to Camp David

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is playing a round of golf on his 51st birthday, kicking off a quiet birthday weekend away from re-election campaigning.Obama was playing golf at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday before heading to Camp David, the private presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin (kuh-TAHK'-tin) Mountains.

    In this image provided by Brian Buckland, 138 skydivers form a massive snowflake formation Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 over Ottawa, Ill. Three judges representing the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the international air sports agency, certified that 138 skydivers created the formation over Ottawa, about 80 miles southwest of Chicago. It took 15 attempts over three days for the team to break the previous record of 108 skydivers, which was set in 2009.

    Vertical skydiving world record broken in Illinois

    OTTAWA, Ill. — Falling at speeds of up to 220 mph, a group of nearly 140 skydivers shattered the vertical skydiving world record as they flew heads-down in a massive snowflake formation in northern Illinois.


    Police: Man stabbed outside of Lollapalooza

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say a man has been hospitalized after being stabbed near the Lollapalooza music festival.Chicago Police Department news affairs officer Amina Greer said Saturday that a 53-year-old male suffered a stab wound to the chest at about 7 p.m. Friday.

    Adam Steltzner, Mars Science Laboratory's entry, descent and landing phase leader at JPL uses a scale model to explains the Curiosity rover's Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) during the Mission Engineering Overview news briefing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. If you're planning to tune in when Curiosity lands on Mars, you'll need to know the lingo.

    MSL, EDL, huh? Guide to NASA's Mars mission lingo

    Fascinated by NASA's latest Mars mission and planning to tune in? Well, good luck understanding the space agency's everyday lingo, which resembles a sort of Martian alphabet soup. So if you want to know if MSL will nail the EDL and what it can do on different sols, you have to learn the language.


    South Carolina beach latest of many to ban booze

    Sitting in the sun, watching the waves roll in and popping the top on a cold one would seem to be as much a part of the American summer as hot dogs and cookouts. But one South Carolina beach recently imposed a temporary ban on booze on its shores, and a nationally known beach expert says there are more shore towns that ban alcohol than permit it.


    Mexican monument sparks controversy

    The decision to build a monument to honor people killed in drug violence in Mexico next to a military base is sparking debate among victims' rights activists.

    The Indiana State Fair opened Friday with many changes after last year’s deadly stage collapse and hopes of promoting healing as organizers try to move beyond the shadow of the collapse. But there will be many changes — no concerts at the grandstand, higher ticket prices, paid parking that once was free. Fair officials say there are new offerings too, including more concerts on a newly regulated free stage.

    Indiana State Fair tries to rejuvenate tradition after tragedy

    The Indiana State Fair that opened Friday is trying to shake off the emotional and economic shadow of last year's deadly stage collapse, pumping up the event's appeal in hopes of drawing back crowds whose faith in the annual tradition was shaken by the tragedy.


    ‘Teddy bear lady’ shares world record with the world

    As a child growing up in foster care in Minnesota, Jackie Miley never had the quintessential childhood toy: the teddy bear. The 63-year-old resident of Hill City, S.D., has made up for that — and then some. With 7,790 different teddy bears, Miley holds the Guinness World Record for largest teddy bear collection. "I'm referring to it as a house of memories. I've got people's very first...

    United States' Evan Jager competes in a men's 3000-meter steeplechase heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

    Here's what's on tap for local Olympians Saturday
    Friday was a big day for Chicago area Olympians. Steeplechaser Evan Jager had the second-fastest time in the qualifying rounds; Springboard diver Christine Loukas easily qualified for Saturday's semifinals and the women's soccer, water polo and basektball teams all won. Here's what's on tap Saturday

    United States’ Evan Jager competes in a men’s 3000-meter steeplechase heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.

    Images from the 2012 Summer Olympics on Friday, August 3, 2012
    Athletes from the United States competed in steeplechase, judo, diving and many other sports at the 2012 London Olympics Friday August 3rd.



    Exhausted Williams savors Western Amateur title

    The Western Golf Assn. went to its present format for its Western Amateur Championship in 1956.Calling for 72 holes of stroke play qualifying and then four rounds of match play, the 110-year old tourney is one of the most grueling in golf and few players handled that immense challenge as well as Chris Williams did at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park.Williams became only the 10th player to finish the 72 holes as solo medalist and then go on to become the tournament champion.Among his predecessors in accomplishing that extraordinary feat were pro stars Ben Crenshaw (1973), Curtis Strange (1974), Scott Verplank (985) and Phil Mickelson (1991).

    Toronto FC’s Luis Silva works against the Fire’s Jalil Anibaba for the ball in the first half Saturday night at Toyota Park.

    Berry’s goal completes Fire comeback

    On the quality of his defensive work alone, the Fire’s Austin Berry will get a few votes in the MLS rookie-of-the-year balloting.Scoring the odd goal will be sure to get him noticed even more, though.Berry’s laser-beam header off a Pavel Pardo free kick in the 84th minute helped the Fire cap its fifth comeback victory, 2-1 Saturday night at Toyota Park over Toronto FC.“I think the whole back line played well, but Austin, he’s so committed to defending,” coach Frank Klopas said of his first-round draft pick. “At times he wants to do everything on the field, which is a good thing.“But he’s just so competitive. I think he’s gotten so much better with the ball. I think his defensive instincts are very good. And he’s good on set pieces. He’s so dangerous. Great service there by Pavel.”“It was again a very good game,” said Arne Friedrich, Berry’s partner in central defense. “He’s doing all the time very decent and I guess in very good harmony.“We talk very much on the pitch. If you see the first (Toronto) goal it was coming from nothing, and if you see the last couple of weeks we did much better.”The Fire (10-7-5, 35 points) remained undefeated against Eastern Conference foes and will face only Eastern opponents the remaining 12 games of the regular season.Toronto scored in the 16th minute against the run of play when Ryan Johnson intercepted Marco Pappa’s back pass intended for Berry and scored.“It was just a misplay, I think,” Berry said. “Luckily we didn’t let it affect us, kept at it, kept doing things we were doing and me and Marco were able to make up for that goal.”Pappa made amends in the 64th minute when he took advantage of a Toronto failed clearance in its penalty area, deked goalkeeper Milos Kocic and buried the ball in the net to tie the game.It was Pappa’s team-leading sixth goal of the season, and it set up Berry’s third goal of the season.“I was just able to create a little bit of space … and Pavel played a great ball and I was able to get up for it,” said Berry, fending off some good-natured ribbing from veteran Dan Gargan in the postgame locker room, another indication he’s feeling comfortable.“I’ve certainly had enough games under my belt now and the older guys have really been a big help this early in my career,” Berry said. “I can’t thank them enough, along with the coaching staff. Every game now is starting to get more comfortable.”Newcomer Alvaro Fernandez left the game in the 50th minute with a sprained ankle, but Klopas doesn’t think it is a long-term injury.ŸFollow Orrin on Twitter @orrinsoccer

    White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, center, celebrates with teammates Saturday after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels.

    Pujols homers again, Angels beat White Sox in 10th

    Albert Pujols homered again and Howie Kendrick hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning Saturday night that sent the Los Angeles Angels over the Chicago White Sox 6-5.Kevin Youkilis homered twice for the White Sox and A.J. Pierzynski hit a solo shot.Pujols' 24th home run was his sixth in his last five games. Mike Trout singled twice and scored two runs.Kendrick singled with two outs off Matt Thornton (4-7).Kevin Jepsen (2-1) worked a scoreless ninth. Ernesto Frieri pitched the 10th for his 13th save in 14 chances.

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura, far left, discusses the situation with A.J. Pierzynski, Alexei Ramirez, second from right, and Gordon Beckham as they wait for relief pitcher Nate Jones during the seventh inning Saturday night.

    Close games? White Sox can’t win them all

    The White Sox played another close game Saturday night, rallying from a 4-0 deficit on the strength of Kevin Youkilis' 2 home runs. But the Sox came up short in the 10th inning and fell to Los Angeles, 6-5, at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Boomers blanked again 5-0

    Unable to dig themselves out of an early hole, the Schaumburg Boomers fell to the Joliet Slammers 5-0 on Saturday night at Boomers Stadium.The Boomers (41-30) were shut out for the second straight night.Cameron Roth suffered the loss despite allowing just 1 earned run over his 7 innings. Roth fell to 8-5 as the Schaumburg southpaw struck out seven and allowed 5 hits with 4 walks.The former Baltimore Orioles farmhand has allowed just 1 earned run in his last 24 innings.Frank Pfister collected 2 of the 6 Boomers hits with his 18th and 19th doubles of the season.The Boomers did manage to draw 5 walks, with Karexon Sanchez reaching twice in the game on a single and a walk.Jacob Sanchez improved to 4-1, scattering 5 hits over 6 innings and lowering his ERA to 1.91.A 2-run homer from Kyle Maunus in the eighth inning spoiled the return of Jose Rodriguez to the Boomers’ bullpen after a stint on injured reserve (ankle). Kirk Clark pitched a scoreless ninth in his Boomers debut.


    Kernels drop Cougars 5-2

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels did all of their scoring in the first four innings and held tightly for a 5-2 victory over the Kane County Cougars on Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.Drew Martinez singled with one out in the top of the first against starter Angel Baez (6-4) before advancing to second on a knock from Eric Stamets.Andy Workman reached on a fielder’s choice, while Justin Trapp committed an error at second to load the bases.Gary Mitchell walked with the bases full to force home Martinez, putting Cedar Rapids (45-66, 13-28) on the board first.Trevor Hairgrove doubled to begin the second and eventually scored on a two-out single from Martinez to put the Kernels in front by a pair.Michael Antonio helped bring the Cougars (54-57, 20-21) closer by doubling in the bottom of the second and scoring on a groundout off the bat of Julio Aparicio.Frazier Hall connected with a two-out, third-inning home run to put Cedar Rapids back up by 2.Baez allowed 2 more runs in the fourth when Andy Workman singled home Kevin Moesquit and Martinez.Cam Bedrosian (3-8) worked 5 innings for the Kernels as he limited the Cougars to 4 hits.Kane County tacked on a run in the seventh against Joe Melioris, who worked 3 innings. Danny Mateo smacked a single to center, scoring Trapp. Stephen Tromblee (fifth save) retired the Cougars in order in the ninth.


    Pierzynski keeps adding to career-high homers

    After establishing a career high for home runs during Friday's win over the Angels, White Sox catcher A.J. Pieerzynski hit No. 20 Saturday night. "It's literally just being ready on time and effort level," Pierzynski said of his power surge.

    Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has stepped up in more ways than one this season for the Cubs.

    Who will fill Cubs’ leadership gap?

    When the Cubs cleared their roster at the trading deadline, they lost several veterans, leaving a leaderships vacuum. Filling it won't be easy. Manager Dale Sveum said leadership roles can't be designated; players have to grow into them.

    Gymnastics all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas receives congratulations from coach Liang Chow, who said, “She was sacrificing being with her mom in order to be the best gymnast she can be. That touched my heart.”

    Douglas sacrificed much in quest for gold

    Women's Watch takes a look at some of the best stories of the Olympics thus far.


    Liriano to make White Sox home debut vs. Angels

    Francisco Liriano is looking forward to making his first home start for the White Sox, Sunday afternoon against the Angels. Sox general manager Kenny Williams said the left-hander can make an impact if he first makes some minor mechanical adjustments.

    Toronto FC goalkeeper Milos Kocic, back, makes a save while trying to avoid a collision with teammate Logan Emory in the first half Saturday against the Chicago Fire.

    Berry, Pappa rally Fire past Toronto FC, 2-1

    Austin Berry and Marco Pappa scored to rally the Chicago Fire to a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night.Berry headed Pavel Pardo’s free kick over Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic from 10 yards out in the 84th minute to give the Fire the lead. Pappa tied the match from close range in the 64th minute, firing a right-footed shot between the post and defender Richard Eckersley.Pappa’s misplay in the 16th minute led to Ryan Johnson’s goal for Toronto.Chicago (10-7-5), fifth in the Eastern Conference, snapped a two-game winless streak.Toronto (5-13-4) played the last 11 minutes plus four minutes of stoppage time a man down after defender Logan Emory was ejected for a pair of yellow cards, both for rough tackles.

    Former NFL player Willie Roaf speaks Saturday during his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

    Linemen lead charge into Pro Football Hall of Fame

    Willie Roaf was in an unfamiliar role — the center of attention in front of a large crowd, being singled out for something good. No, make that: Something great. With current Saints players standing and cheering, the former New Orleans offensive tackle led a group of linemen into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, a six-man induction that honored those who relish the less-than-glorious role.

    Jim Furyk takes a close look before putting Saturday on the 18th hole during the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

    Furyk takes 1-shot lead into the final round

    Jim Furyk spent more time looking at the forecast than the leaderboard Saturday in the Bridgestone Invitational. He's not sure which one looks more favorable. The scoreboard shows him with a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen, who had a 68. Starting times have been moved up for the final round because of a forecast of thunderstorms throughout the day.


    Wheaton Legion team falls but still advances

    Wheaton still hoped to win an American Legion state baseball title even though it was in a no-lose situation when it faced Moline on Saturday afternoon at Grimes Field in Mattoon.Even though Wheaton (32-12) fell short of a state crown with a 10-2 loss, its season will continue as the top two teams in Illinois advance to the Great Lakes regional starting Thursday in Midland, Mich.

    LeBron James and Team USA defeated Lithuania 99-94 on Saturday, but is it unpatriotic to really care which team won?

    Is there an obligation to wave U.S. flag?

    Am I unpatriotic for not caring whether Lithuania upset the United States in Olympic basketball Saturday morning?

    The United States’ David Lee reacts Saturday following his team’s defeat by Russia in a men’s preliminary volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    Russia ends US streak in men’s volleyball

    Maxim Mikhaylov scored 27 points and Russia snapped an 11-match winning streak for the U.S. men's volleyball team in Olympic play with a 3-2 preliminary round victory Saturday. A win would have clinched the U.S. men the top seed in their pool. They have another chance Monday against winless Tunisia.

    Police say they have several leads in the attack on Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.

    Police: Several leads in attack on Wisconsin RB Ball

    Detectives investigating an assault that left star Wisconsin running back Montee Ball with a concussion have identified "several persons of interest" and believe the altercation may be related to a fight five days earlier, Madison police said Saturday.

    Northwestern alum Corey Wootton, who has 1 career sack in two seasons with the Bears, could play a major role in the defensive end rotation in 2012.

    Bears’ Wootton at cusp of make-or-break season

    There's a good chance that this is a make-or-break season for defensive end Corey Wootton, the 2010 fourth-round pick out of Northwestern. "He's having a good camp," said Bears coach Lovie Smith. "And Corey has had good camps in the past. Injuries (knee and hand in 2011) have hurt him a little bit in the past, but he came back in great shape."

    The United States' men's 4 X 100-meter medley relay team from left, Matthew Grevers, Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps and Brendan Hansen embrace after winning the gold medal at the Aquatics Centre.

    Phelps ends career with gold in medley relay

    The finale was a formality, more a coronation than a contest. Michael Phelps headed into the retirement the only way imaginable — with another gold medal. Reclaiming the lead with his trademark butterfly stroke, the one seen in his Olympic debut as a 15-year-old in Sydney a dozen years ago, Phelps won the 18th gold of a mind-boggling career in the 4x100-meter medley relay Saturday.

    Angels rookie Mike Trout has been hotter than the blistering weather in his inaugural season. The 20-year-old Trout is on pace to finish with at least a .950 OPS, a .340 batting average, 26 HR and 55 stolen bases. No player at any age has reached those plateaus.

    Thoughts on Dempster, Angels’ Trout and more

    Instead of a one-topic blast to the power alley, today I offer an assortment of bloop hits.Surviving drama with well-scented aplomb:Amid Ryan Dempster’s unseemly exit from Cubdom, it’s amazing what Theo Epstein was still able to accomplish. After wasting a week of Atlanta GM Frank Wren’s time as a result of Dempster’s capriciousness, you’d think the relationship with that team would be unworkable. Instead, the Paul Maholm deal was struck, with the Braves sending an arguably better prospect north than in the combusted first trade.Later, with Dempster still dreaming only of joining Ted Lilly for joy and other delights in Los Angeles, he was instead sent to Texas. Theo and Jed Hoyer did not cave in the face of an unworthy Dodgers’ lowball offer. As Dempster struggles in Texas, and he will struggle in Texas, it’s Epstein who smells like a rose.What was your biggest skill at age 20?I was the probably the finest Arkanoid II video gamer in the dormitory.Mike Trout, on the other hand, is the best player in the American League. As his Angels invade the South side this weekend, we’re getting an up-close look at the kid having perhaps the finest season of any 20-year-old, ever. He has a lot of competition.Ÿ At 20, Alex Rodriguez hit .358, with 36 HR, 123 RBI, and a 1.045 OPS.ŸAl Kaline: .340, 27 HR, 102 RBI.ŸMel Ott: .328, 52, and 151(!).ŸTy Cobb hit .350.ŸTony Conigliaro led the AL in homers.ŸBob Feller went 24-9, threw 24 complete games and struck out 246.ŸAt 20 in 1985, Doc Gooden led the NL in everything: 24-4, 1.53 ERA, with 268 K’s.Trout is on pace to finish with at least a .950 OPS, a .340 average, 26 HR and 55 stolen bases. No one, ever, at any age, has reached those plateaus. His particular assortment of skills is kind of unprecedented, with the closest comparable season I can muster being Rickey Henderson’s MVP year of 1990. Not a bad player to measure oneself against. Trout’s calm precociousness is great fun to watch.If you’re keeping score at home:With the calendar now offering full perspective, it’s worth recapping just how good White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is at the trade deadline.To garner three viable pieces for a pennant push in Kevin Youkilis, Brett Myers, and Francisco Liriano, the White Sox gave up the following:ŸTwo utility players, and one has already moved on to another team.ŸTwo low-potential starting pitchers already seen on the big-league level for the Sox — both probably never needed to be seen again.ŸThree prospects ranked No. 23 or lower by Baseball America, from what they deem the worst farm system in baseball.Oh, and the Sox were sent, by my best estimate, more than $9 million in cash considerations toward the remaining salaries of Youkilis and Myers.There are few men more efficient as the deadline looms than Williams.The aesthetic pleasures of a rolling Alex Rios:There is something tremendously satisfying about that man’s power stroke. When he gets hold of one, as he has lately with well-timed frequency, it’s gorgeous. He’s a towering presence, but gracefully so. His bat moves smoothly, quickly though the strike zone. A high fastball, turned around rapidly with explosive, implacable force, is watched by him like the rest of us for a deserved moment. His bat and arms finish high, but calmly. There’s not a lot of violence there, but the results can be. Baseball is a beautiful sport, with physics and geometry resulting somehow in elegance.Ÿ Matt Spiegel co-hosts “The McNeil & Spiegel Show” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM, and The Score’s “Hit and Run” at 9 a.m. Sundays with his Daily Herald colleague, Barry Rozner. Follow him on Twitter @mattspiegel670. Matt thinks a runner trying to score from first on a double into the gap is the most exciting play in baseball.

    Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, left, crosses the finish line ahead of the United States’ Carmelita Jeter Saturday during the women’s 100-meter final during at the Olympic Stadium. Fraser-Pryce won the gold, Jeter finished second.

    Ennis, Rutherford, Farah mine gold for Britain

    The host nation turned Super Saturday into a gold-medal fest within one glorious hour for assembled royalty and 80,000 fans, with Jessica Ennis leading the way in the heptathlon and Mo Farah closing out in the 10,000 meters. The nation had high hopes for both Ennis and Farah, and both through brilliantly. What few had expected was another gold, in the long jump, for Greg Rutherford.

    USA forward LeBron James works the ball past Lithuania’s Renaldas Seibutis Saturday during a preliminary men’s basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    US escapes, Russia beat Spain in men’s hoops

    LeBron James provided the big plays down the stretch to help the United States escape with a 99-94 win over Lithuania and remain unbeaten — barely — at the men's Olympic basketball tournament Saturday. "You want to get tested. The best teams want to be tested. We love the competition," James said.


    US women prep for China in Olympic basketball

    Maya Moore understands her role on the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team perfectly — wreak havoc. Moore has done just that in helping the Americans win their first four games by an average of nearly 35 points. "When I get in the game, I just want to cause chaos for the other team as well as I can," Moore said.

    The United States’ women’s 4 x 100-meter medley relay team members from left, Dana Vollmer, Rebecca Soni, Missy Franklin and Alison Schmitt, bottom, celebrate Saturday after winning the gold medal at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.

    US women set world record to win medley relay

    The United States set a world record to win the women's medley relay at the London Olympics on Saturday. The Americans clocked 3 minutes, 52.05 seconds, slicing 0.14 off the previous mark set by China at the 2009 world championships at the height of the high-tech bodysuit era.

    From left, bronze medalist Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, gold medalist Serena Williams and silver medalist Maria Sharapova of Russia walk out of the court Saturday after the medal ceremony at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London.

    Serena Williams beats Sharapova for Olympic gold

    As Serena Williams stood atop the medal podium, her career Golden Slam complete thanks to an Olympic rout, the gusty wind on Centre Court blew the U.S. flag off its pole midway through the national anthem. "It was probably flying to come hug me because the flag was so happy," Williams said.

    North Korea's Rim Jong Sim competes during the women's 69-kg, group A, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 1. Check out heavyweight women's weightlifting Sunday, while most people are watching Jamaica's Usain Bolt in the men's 100-meter final.

    Enough with swimming, gymnastics: Catch these off-beat Olympic events

    Enough with all the swimming and gymastics. There are 26 sports with 36 disciplines and more than 300 events in the 2012 Summer Olympics so there's a lot more going on than the key events you can see during prime time.

    COURTESY OF ABC7 CHICAGO Scenes from the Chicago Bears Fanfest Friday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.Here, quarterback Jay Cutler makes a pass

    Cutler-Marshall connection thrills Family Night crowd

    Last year, as an undrafted rookie out of Ohio State, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher was arguably the star of training camp.Sanzenbacher's ability to grasp the offense more quickly than other young players, and his knack for getting open and catching everything in his vicinity provided an opportunity to play in all 16 games. Despite more drops than expected during the season, he finished fourth on the team with 27 receptions, 1 more than Devin Hester. But this is a new season, and Sanzenbacher may face an even tougher battle to make the 53-man roster this year on a team that has added a lot more wide receiver talent — like veterans Brandon Marshall, Eric Weems and Devin Thomas, plus second-round pick Alshon Jeffery.


    In this Feb. 9, 2012 file photo, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 waits to take off at Chicago’s Midway Airport as another lands. Southwest Airlines’ attempt to thank its online friends with a half-price ticket sale has backfired with customers inadvertently being billed multiple times, not feeling the “luv.” Airline spokeswoman Ashley Dillon on Saturday blamed a “technology glitch” for the duplicate billings to debit and credit cards.

    Southwest says computer glitch caused ticket woes

    Southwest Airlines' attempt to thank its Facebook friends with a half-price ticket sale backfired when customers were inadvertently billed multiple times for a single flight — they're not feeling the "luv." "No, it wasn't a hack, it was just a technology glitch in our system that caused that," duplicate bookings and billings to customers' debit and credit cards, Ashley Dillon, a Southwest spokeswoman said Saturday.


    MetroPCS starts selling phone with TV tuner

    In time for the Olympics, MetroPCS is selling the first phone that can receive local TV signals, potentially lending TV stations some relevance in the age of the smartphone. MetroPCS Communications Inc., the country's fifth-largest cellphone company, started selling the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G for $459 on Friday.

    Despite the widespread availability of webcams and video chatting sites such as Google+ “Hangouts,” only 23 percent of adult U.S. Internet users had ever tried a video call, according to a 2010 Pew study.

    Why nobody really likes video chatting

    Video chatting has been around long enough that you might assume usage would have ramped up significantly by now, if word-of-mouth suggested that people actually enjoy the experience. The thing is, most folks I know find video chats a drag. Sure, they are useful in select, specific circumstances, but most people prefer the phone or instant messaging for casual conversation.

    Isaac Mao, a well-known Chinese blogger and the founder of Sharism Lab, a social media research group, works on a computer in Beijing. Mao had more than 30,000 users when his Weibo account was deleted in June after he made a series of questioning remarks about China’s space program.

    China in the middle of a microblog craze

    BEIJING — China’s Twitter was raucous Thursday with horn-tooting over Beijing’s gold rush at the London Olympics, a digital reflection of the nation’s exuberant mood — embellished with flashing emoticons. Earlier passions have been ignited on the site by a deadly high speed rail crash and outrage over factory pollution.Launched in 2009, China’s leading microblog site, Sina Weibo, has given a digital megaphone to more than 300 million Chinese, prompting many to wonder if it might drive Arab Spring-style political change and democratic reforms. Others see the platform as a brilliant new surveillance tool for the communist government in Beijing.“You get to know what people are saying and ... it’s a way for the middle class to let off steam,” said Michael Clendenin, managing director of RedTech Advisors, a tech research company in Shanghai. “It’s better to let them blow off steam in a way you can control and delete rather than have 500,000 students all of the sudden show up at your doorstep.”And Weibo is heavily censored. Sina employs around 1,000 people who sift through the digital morass, catching sensitive material that keyword filters miss and deleting it. Not infrequently, they delete whole accounts. The government requires Sina and other Internet companies to do this in-house, and at their own cost, under threat of fines and shutdowns if they fail.The government too has a corps of Internet police, believed to be in the tens of thousands, who patrol the Web and its total population in China of 485 million. They even boast a mascot, a pair of cartoon police officers named Jingjing and Chacha, a play on the Mandarin word for police.Sina has domestic competitors that offer their own weibo, which means microblog in Chinese, but Sina’s service has become synonymous with the Weibo label and has attracted the most high-profile and prolific users. Though modeled on Twitter, Sina’s version has more bells and whistles, like embedded video and images for posts and threaded comments.Clendenin calls it a `frankenclone.’“It’s taken a little bit of Twitter, of Groupon, of Hulu, or YouTube and essentially grafted all these pieces together. In aggregate it’s actually much better than what Twitter is.”Weibo power users are pop and movie stars. Leading the pack, with more than 22 million fans, is a pillow-lipped beauty with glossy black hair and a passion for refugee causes. No, not Angelina Jolie, but Yao Chen, a 32-year-old actress who frequently tweets about her handsome gray cat Badun — named after U.S. Gen. George Patton.Weibo is rife with cat images and banal observations about pets, as well as entertainment gossip, jokes and the ravings of sports fans.“Chinese athletes, you are so great!!!,” Damengmeng Betty posted Thursday on how she felt watching so many of her country’s competitors at medal ceremonies. “I feel so excited! Tears fill up my eyes. Can’t use words to describe how that feels.”But the service has also given Chinese an unprecedented public platform on which to rage over serious social problems.When a bullet train crashed last year near coastal Wenzhou, killing 40, the fury that erupted on Weibo added to a pressure campaign that saw suspension of construction. National outrage over graphic photos of a young mother lying beside her dead fetus, which had been forcibly aborted by local officials, sparked a shame campaign and led to punishments in Shaanxi province.The site has been used to organize as well, a rallying point for real-world demonstrations, including rowdy protests against a paper plant last month in Qidong, near Shanghai. It is this utility that makes the Chinese government nervous and that has become the main focus of the censors, according to recent research.

    BMW will sell cars over the Web for the first time as the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles seeks an inexpensive way to reach more buyers to recoup spending on its electric models. A major concern for the carmaker is if the experiment fails or does not immediately work as well as expected.

    BMW betting big on over-the-Internet sales

    BMW will sell cars over the Web for the first time as the world's largest maker of luxury vehicles seeks an inexpensive way to reach more buyers to recoup spending on its electric models. "There is considerable risk in BMW's approach of promoting the I brand so prominently," said the director of the Center of Automotive Management. "There is the image risk, if they don't succeed as quickly as expected, and then there's the main risk of costs, which can only be countered with high deliveries."

    Hulu Plus is now available on Apple TV.

    Hulu now on Apple TV

    Hulu LLC said its $7.99-a-month Hulu Plus service is available on Apple TV, adding a new source of customers for the company.

    This image made from an NBC Sports website shows some of the live coverage they have offered. For the first time, NBC Sports is showing all competition and medal ceremonies live over the Internet in the U.S.

    Review: NBC offers plenty of live Olympics online

    Soccer and balance beam gymnastics on the desktop. Swimming and badminton on the laptop. Boxing on the iPhone. Gymnasts' floor exercises on the iPad. Vault routines on an Android phone. And rowing on TiVo. Welcome to the Olympics of the digital age. For the first time, NBC Sports is showing all competition and medal ceremonies live over the Internet in the U.S.

    Microsoft is making a clean break with hotmail and launching a new email service — Outlook — that could challenge Gmail.

    A new outlook on email and reason to ditch Gmail

    Microsoft is making a clean break with Hotmail. It recently launched a new Web email service that carries a new design, and — Microsoft hopes — a new grown-up, not-so-embarrassing brand image. The new service does have an old name, but one that Microsoft believes elicits far better associations than Hotmail: It's called Outlook, matching Microsoft's widely used corporate desktop email and calendar program. "We want to signal the right thing — that this is fundamentally new," said Brian Hall, who runs Microsoft's Web mail services.


    Tech startups woo big banks in New York

    In Washington, it took three years for entrepreneur Tim Estes to convince the government to take his digital data-mining program seriously. In New York City's financial industry, Estes needed just one meeting. "It's an arms race right now across Wall Street" to improve data analysis, said a Citigroup executive said. Even amid that competition, "we're all trying to solve the same problems, and collaboration is good for the industry."

    Gary Mead, executive associate director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Enforcement and Removal Operations, stands at a new civil detention facility for low-risk detainees in Karnes City, Texas. The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever before, generating a lucrative business for the nation’s largest prison companies. Mead said that the government has never studied if privatizing immigrant detention saves money.

    Immigrants prove big business for prison companies

    The Associated Press, seeking to tally the scope of the private facilities, add up their cost and the amounts the companies spend on lobbying and campaign donations, reviewed more than 10 years' worth of federal and state records. It found a complex, mutually beneficial and evidently legal relationship between those who make corrections and immigration policy and a few prison companies. Some of those companies were struggling to survive before toughened immigrant detention laws took effect.

Life & Entertainment

    Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin at the 2012 Team USA Media Summit in Dallas.

    Olympic swimmer Coughlin shares beauty tips

    NEW YORK — Natalie Coughlin has been in the pool as long as she can remember, building the muscles and learning the discipline that would lead her to 12 Olympic medals.The 29-year-old says she feels more aware of her appearance than when she started competitive swimming (OK, she was 5 years old) but has learned that cameras go with the territory.“I don’t wear makeup when I compete,” she says. “You’ll just finish the final of a race and you’re on TV two minutes later without makeup on and red in the face. It’s an unusual situation, but it forces me to focus on skin and well-groomed brows. ... I’m not the type to stare in the mirror all day, but I want to look as good as I can.”Many of the same things that help in her training also help her beauty routine.“Eating well and taking care of your body is the No. 1 most important thing for good hair, good skin and good nails,” she says. “Your nutritional needs show up on your hair, skin and nails.”Dryness is what she’s usually battling, but she has success with leave-in conditioner as a weapon, says Coughlin, who signed earlier this year as a spokeswoman for hair-care brand Pantene. She skips the chlorine-removal shampoos, though, because she finds they not only take out the chemicals but also moisture.Given the opportunity, she loves pampering. “I love having my hair done. When I did the Pantene commercial, it was mesmerizing with all that flipping hair. I wish I had a team of hairstylists all the time, but I don’t.”When she does her own hair and makeup, she’ll wear her naturally wavy hair down with “just a touch of help from the curling iron.” She’ll wear brown eyeliner and mascara — both “don’ts” on days she is swimming because they’ll run. She’ll use a dry brush on her skin before a shower or bath, which not only exfoliates dead skin cells but also feels good. “I take a natural bristle brush and brush my entire body. It’s holistic, I’ll brush it toward my heart.”Her diet is a lot of fruits and vegetables, and she calls green smoothies, filled with kale, spinach, parsley, bananas and coconut water, her “secret weapon.”“It’s a way to eat a gigantic salad in a condensed way,” she explains.

    Actress Tippi Hedren, left, star of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film “The Birds,” poses with Julian Jarrold, center, director of the new HBO film “The Girl,” and cast member Toby Jones on Aug. 1 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hedren’s experience on the famed British film director’s “The Birds” and “Marnie” is dramatized in “The Girl.” Sienna Miller plays Hedren and Toby Jones portrays Hitchcock in “The Girl,” which debuts Oct. 20 on HBO.

    Tippi Hedren says Hitchcock ruined her career, not her life

    Tippi Hedren said Wednesday that she survived working with Alfred Hitchcock, but her career was another matter. Hedren's experience on the famed British film director's "The Birds" and "Marnie" is dramatized in the new HBO movie "The Girl."

    This magazine cover image shows Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, on the cover of the September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair. British royalty has made its mark atop Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List, with Kate Middleton and her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, both making this year’s slate. The September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on August 2 and nationally and on the iPad on August 7.

    Prince Harry, Kate Middleton top best-dressed list

    British royalty has made its mark atop Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed List, with Kate Middleton and her brother-in-law, Prince Harry, both making this year's stylish slate. Actress Jessica Chastain, musician Jay-Z and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also made the list.

    Actor and singer Snoop Dog, shown in this May 17, 2004, file photo in Los Angeles, has announced that he will change his name to Snoop Lion and will transform himself into a reggae artist.

    Snoop Dog decides to become Snoop Lion

    The rapper formerly known as Snoop Dogg has announced that he is changing his name to Snoop Lion. The new moniker is part of the rapper's transform ation from an iconic hip-hop artist to an aspiring reggae singer — one that comes as both a surprise and, perhaps, an inevitable career move. That move includes a new Diplo-produced single called "La La La" and the upcoming documentary "Reincarnated," set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

    Jimmy Kimmel will host of the Emmy Awards in September.

    Emmy producer says memorial segment a challenge

    The producer of this year's Emmy Awards said it's a challenge to decide who to include in the ceremony's memorial tribute. About three-dozen stars and other industry notables typically are honored in the "in memoriam" segment, although many more are deserving, executive producer Don Mischer said Friday. "I love that even in death, you're subject to a popularity contest," Kimmel said.

    Julia Hutton sits inside her custom trailer July 31 in Phoenix. Hutton owns ExTreme ReTrailers, which designs custom trailers to look like mini stores on wheels. The trailers include wireless credit card machines, changing rooms and air conditioning. Hutton is among a handful of mobile retails stores across the U.S. hocking vintage accessories, sexy shoes and denim to die for in their haute wheels.

    Fashion takes cue from food trucks

    The first time the brakes went out in her trailer/store, Joey Wolffer ran a stoplight and worried what would happen to her high-end accessories inside. Two years later, she has a close relationship with a mechanic, knows the best spot to park in New York's Meatpacking District and has a devoted summer following in the Hamptons. "I wanted relationships with customers. I wanted to get out there and work with people and meet new people all the time," she said.

    Costumes from the TV movie “Hemingway & Gellhorn” are shown in the exhibit “The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” at FIDM in Los Angeles. “Hemingway & Gellhorn” is nominated for a 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design. The exhibition runs from July 31 through October 20.

    Emmy nominees for costume design celebrate

    Even vintage-inspired costume designers need a thoroughly modern muse. For longtime film and television costume designer Ruth Myers, nominated this year for an Emmy for her tailored 1930s and '40s-based dress slacks and suits in the HBO movie "Hemingway & Gelhorn," that muse came in the form of the film's sleek, svelte, 5-foot-10 co-star Nicole Kidman, whom she worked with on the 2007 movie "The Golden Compass." "Nicole has the best bum in the world. She has the perfect figure," she said.


    ‘Face the Nation’ to remain hour-long show

    Face the Nation" is remaining an hour long. CBS News says the Sunday interview program will stick with its hour length beyond its provisional expansion that began in April.

    Humans and their canine pals can spend quality time together at the annual Dog Days at Cantigny event on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Weekend picks: Cantigny's going to the dogs Saturday

    Get outside this weekend: Dogs and their human pals can spend quality time together at the annual Dog Days at Cantigny event Saturday. Theatre-Hikes presents the classic children's novel “The Wind in the Willows” at the Morton Arboretum. Demi Lovato makes her Ravinia debut Saturday. Or watch a floating boat parade followed by fireworks during the Fox Lake Venetian Night Saturday at Pistakee Lake.


    Condo associations occassionally must deal with hoarders

    Q. A unit owner in our association has become a hoarder. Personal property and garbage is piled to the ceiling of the unit, and there are narrow passages throughout the unit making it look like a maze.

    This recently remodeled cedar home is on Long Lake near Ingleside.

    Home overlooks Long Lake near Ingleside

    This fabulous, recently-remodeled cedar home is located on one of the best kept secrets in Lake County — Long Lake near Ingleside. Long Lake is one of the smaller and more secluded waterways in the 15-lake Chain O' Lakes.


    Homebuyers use reverse mortgage to their advantage

    Many elderly homeowners want to remain homeowners but not in their current house. If they are older than 62, a HECM reverse mortgage may ease the financial pain of a home purchase.

    Property Appeal Inc. owner Stephanie Seiwerth works at her office in Wauconda with a client, Shawn Bergfalk, on a tax assessment he is appealing.

    Assessments often out of line with sale prices

    Assessed valuations have sometimes remained high in the face of falling home market values, said Stephanie Seiwerth, founder of Property Appeal Inc., a Lake County-based business that assists homeowners in appealing their assessed property values.


    Lawyer can clear up ‘cloud’ on the title

    Q. We bought our home many years ago and purchased a title insurance policy. Now we are trying to sell and the buyer is backing out because our title may be questionable. Isn't the title insurance company supposed to help us at this point?


    Easy steps to a proper stairs installation

    Q. We live in a 1948, three-level Cape Cod home. The steps leading to our finished basement appear to have been rather rustically homemade. We've torn the carpeting and padding off them and they all slant forward.

    Baby nurseries and children’s rooms are coming of age, and a growing number of tots are starting life in spaces that are so stylish.

    Kids’ nurseries come of age

    Baby nurseries and children's rooms are coming of age, and a growing number of tots are starting life in spaces that are so stylish, I would trade bedrooms with them in a New York minute.

    Homeowner Patricia Newton sought the expertise of designer Jeff Murphy to rebuild her former log cabin.

    An old log cabin now honed in stone

    More than 100 years ago, boys slept in little log cabins at a summer camp on Lake Minnetonka's Sunset Point in Deephaven, Minn. After Patricia Newton bought the nearly 4-acre site in 1990, she decided to rebuild one of the existing cabins.

    Disappearing act: High-tech mirrors have LCD screens that are indistinguishable from the mirrored surface until the TV is turned on.

    Technology can make any bathroom luxurious

    If there's one room that screams relaxation, it's the bathroom, where anyone can go to escape household hubbub and soak the worries away. These items can turn an ordinary bathroom into a spa haven.


    Is there any value to this barber chair?

    Can you tell me the approximate value of my husband's barber chair? It was manufactured by the Koken Barber's Supply Co. of St. Louis. There is also a brass plaque on the back that reads "Jones Bros. Co. Barber's Supply. Toronto, Canada."



    Health care law will cost us dearly
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: When was the last time a federal spending program came in under budget?


    Penn State deserves what it gets
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: How very, very sad for all of them and their families. I know it will take courage on their part, but I hope every one of them sues Penn State.


    We need fresh start: Vote out incumbents
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor:The perks of their office become more important to them than the people's business. Alas, it has been this way for so long, that our republic has ceased to function in any meaningful way.


    Tax perks shouldn’t be used for layoffs
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: When are the politicians in Springfield going to wise up and attach some strings to these tax incentives like having to maintain and grow the number of employees?


    Lawsuits may injure sports as we know it
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Shaun Gayle's recent lawsuit against the NFL for potential chronic brain damage brings to light questions about athletics and the integrity of sports in general. What about the other sports?


    Health care law is badly needed
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: If I were to lose my job, my cancer would be considered a pre-existing condition and the ongoing care and treatment I receive would probably have to come out of pocket — and my pockets are not that deep.


    No reason to rejoice in some promotions
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Now the first thing I think of is what is this costing the taxpayers in salaries, perks and pensions?


    Give us options for TV, Internet
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: We seniors at Carroll Tower in St. Charles, along with other Kane County residents, are eagerly hoping that more than one company offers cable, Internet and phone services. And for those of us who live in apartment buildings, condos or townhouses, a "dish" for reception is either not possible and/or not desirable. Competition is always beneficial to the consumer.


    Business succeeds despite government
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: So much for giving our president the benefit of the doubt. His recent statement confirmed that he is truly out of touch with reality. To suggest that entreppreneuers are not responsible for their companies is delusional.


    Herald’s shaky stand on gay marriage
    A Carol Stream letter o the editor: The Daily Herald endorsed gay marriage in its "Our View" column of July 2. First, the Herald asserted, "the reality is civil union status is unequal status," to marriage. If a civil union law grants every legal right currently given to marriage, how are the two unequal?


    Tough to spot potential shooter
    The horrific mass shooting in Aurora, Colo. has raised many voices clamoring for stricter gun controls in our country. That may be desirable, but almost impossible to eliminate is the copy cat syndrome these shootings have created by making other such similar scenarios probable in the near future.


    Different view of smartphone theft
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: The Daily Herald on July 26 carried a Page 3 account of a smartphone theft at a location that I feel was incorrectly given. My efforts to verify the exact location of the robbery have been justifiably prohibited by the DuPage County Sheriff's classification of the case as an ongoing investigation.


    When will Reid, Senate get message?
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: Apparently the U.S. House of Representatives is trying to answer the question; "How many times does it have to pass a bill before Harry Reid's do nothing Senate will look at it?" Hello, Harry, someone is trying to send you a message. Are you too dense or arrogant to respond?


    Don’t need repeated visuals of tragedy
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: Thank you for your editoral comments on the Colorado massacre. I appreciate not being bombarded with pictures of the accused. I think many of us are tired of the media's reporting over and over of every tragedy.


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