Daily Archive : Monday August 6, 2012


    Spectators fill in along Old Grand Avenue to watch the Gurnee Days parade. Retired educators Johanna and James Blockinger will be the parade’s grand marshals when it steps off at noon Sunday.

    Gurnee Days ready to go for its 40th year

    Gurnee Days will be in full swing for its 40th consecutive year starting Friday, Aug. 10. Music, carnival rides, food, fireworks and a parade will be part of the action. This year's theme is "Dancing in the Streets." Most of the activities will be in and around Viking Park on Old Grand Avenue, in what's known as Gurnee's Village Center. The fun will begin at 8 a.m. Friday with the weekly farmers...

    Kirk Morris

    Gurnee board rejects war memorial settlement

    Gurnee village board trustees Monday night rejected a tentative lawsuit settlement that would require construction of a memorial to troops who died in Afghanistan and Iraq. Trustee Kirk Morris' foundation and the village struck the proposed deal in July in Lake County circuit court. The agreement came before a scheduled jury trial for the case.


    E. Dundee trustees hold hearing on disputed property

    A neighborhood feud between East Dundee's ex-village president, a man who ran as a trustee in the last election and their wives reached the village board room on Monday night. Former Village President Dan O'Leary and former trustee candidate Patrick Clarke live next door to each other, and their families have been locked in a feud for four years over an easement on Lake Shore Drive, they say.

    Linda Reinert

    Family mourns Bartlett woman killed in crash

    Family, close friends and former students are mourning a longtime U-46 music teacher who was killed in a car crash on Saturday. Linda Reinert was full of energy, friends and her daughter say. "She was just so loved by everyone she touched and she touched so many people," said Reinert's daughter, Kristi Miller of Sunnyvale, Calif. "She passed too soon."

    Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer Tony Gordon, who died Monday of lung cancer. He was 60.

    Daily Herald's Gordon remembered as a writer, gentleman

    Veteran Daily Herald reporter Tony Gordon succumbed to lung cancer Monday, his wife at his side. Gordon, 60, of Wildwood, had covered Lake County courts for the Daily Herald for 18 years and was a fixture in the Waukegan courthouse. "I have never met a finer gentleman," Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Pavletic said.


    NIU probes existence of a secret 'coffee fund'

    Northern Illinois University officials are investigating reports of an alleged secret bank account channeling thousands of dollars to university employees. NIU employees working at a campus physical plant allegedly sold scrap metal to a local company which would write checks to an account for university employees known as the "coffee fund."

    Elaine Nekritz

    Northbrook state rep files new state pension plans

    State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat, has filed two new state pension plans that would, among other things, shift retirement costs from the state to local schools more slowly than originally proposed. The proposals would also cut annual pension benefit increases for retirees as other plans have.

    Former Gov. George Ryan

    Court rejects Ryan's appeal

    A federal court in Chicago on Monday denied George Ryan's latest appeal seeking his release from prison, dashing what was widely regarded as the former Illinois governor's last credible hope to cut short his 6½-year sentence for corruption. Even though the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals complex, 16-page ruling didn't go in the 78-year-old Republican's favor, he doesn't have too much longer to...

    Kawal Preet and her son Prabhnek, 15 months, visiting from San Francisco, take part in the candlelight vigil at Illinois Sikh Community Center in Wheaton on Monday.

    Suburban Sikhs, non-Sikhs come together at two vigils

    Members of the local Sikh community remembered the victims of Sunday's shooting at a suburban Milwaukee temple during two candlelight vigils, in Palatine and Wheaton. In Wheaton, local Sikhs were joined by representatives of other major religions at an interfaith prayer service. "What has happened did not happen to a Sikh, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, but to Americans," a temple...

    Mourners gather at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting Sunday at Cathedral Square in Milwaukee. A gunman killed six people at the suburban Milwaukee temple on Sunday in a rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help.

    Gunman in Sikh attack was white supremacist

    A day after he killed six worshippers at the suburban Milwaukee temple, fragments of the gunman's life emerged in public records and interviews. But his motive was still largely a mystery. So far, no hate-filled manifesto has emerged, nor any angry blog or ranting Facebook entries to explain the attack.


    East Dundee’s video gambling ban stands

    East Dundee trustees will not redo the 2010 referendum in which residents voted to ban video gambling, the board said Monday. Interim Village Administrator Bob Skurla said East Dundee could make $100,000 to $250,000 with video gambling. "It's not an insignificant amount of money, but it's not enough money that would change my position on this," Lynam said. "I really don't see what we get that...


    Who will pay for mold cleanup at St. Charles East rec center?

    Progress continued on the discovery and remediation of mold discovered at the St. Charles East High School campus Monday. Who will pay for the damage caused by the mold remains a touchy subject. "It's the school district's facility now," the center's executive director said. "I'm letting them handle it. I believe they'll have some answers by Thursday. They are giving me some pretty positive...


    U-46 may revise health science, tech curriculum

    To better prepare students for the workplace or college, Elgin Area School District U-46 is considering changes to its health occupations and industrial technology course sequences. "I am so encouraged by what you are bringing us, and I am even more encouraged by seeing the increasing opportunities for students to get articulated college credit as well as certifications they can use when they...


    Hoffman Estates to acquire two Golf Road properties

    The Hoffman Estates village board approved an ordinance Monday providing for the acquisition of two properties located on Golf Road. The vacant and blighted properties will be purchased with $840,000 in TIF money. "These two properties have been vacant for a number of years," Village Manager Jim Norris said. "It's in the best interest of that commercial district for those properties to be...


    Barrington seeks better bike, pedestrian safety

    As Barrington is a suburb that still strives to define itself by its small-town charm, officials are hoping planned improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists will help them feel less stressed by the village's increased motor vehicle traffic. "I think this has really been a long time brewing," Village President Karen Darch said of a draft of the plan Monday.


    N. Aurora amends operating rules for asphalt plant

    The North Aurora village board Monday grudgingly removed requirements about dust and odors produced by the Geneva Asphalt Co. hot-mix plant from the company's special-use permit. Earlier this year, a Kane County judge found the village's regulations to be unconstitutionally vague and unenforceable, to the dismay of people living near the plant on Butterfield Road.

    Ruby Singh,22, of Long Grove holds her candle in Palatine at the Sikh Religious Society temple.

    Images: Suburban Sikh Memorial Services
    Images from the suburbs of Chicago of Monday vigils held at the Illinois Sikh Communty Center in Wheatonand the Sikh Religious Society temple in Palatine in reaction to a Sunday shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Argelia C. Vargas-Gonzalez ofAurora was charged with retail theft at 7:52 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. She is accused of taking four T-shirts from Kohl's, 251 N. Randall Road.


    Police report
    Andrew Crane, 26, of Hoffman Estates, was charged with theft July 28 at a Jewel on the 1000 block of Summit Street, according to a police report. Crane was an employee and told a manager someone had threatened him and told him to take all the money and meet him two blocks away. Crane took $23,842 from the cash registers and safe and hid it, reports said. When police interviewed Crane, he said he...

    Satwant Kaleka was president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

    Relatives speak of those killed in temple shooting

    A religious leader who would do anything for his beloved, tight-knit Sikh community. A former farmer who left his fields in rural northern India and found a new home at the temple. A joke-telling Sikh priest whose family had just arrived from India. The three men were among the six killed Sunday by a man at a Sikh Temple near Milwaukee. Here are their stories.

    Roberta Borrino talks with f at a booth set up by a group trying to start a League of Women Voters chapter in Roselle and Bloomingdale.

    Roselle residents push for League of Women Voters chapter

    First, a candidate debate was canceled last year when several Roselle village board hopefuls cried foul, saying the forum and moderator were biased. Then, this year, Roselle Mayor Gayle Smolinski was stunned with voter apathy during her spring primary campaign for the 28th District state Senate seat. Now a group of women are trying to start the Roselle/Bloomingdale League of Women Voters to...


    Police investigating 3 suspicious Crystal Lake fires

    Crystal Lake police are investigating a series of suspicious fires that occured early Monday morning in a residential neighborhood. During one fire, a vehicle and a boat parked in a residential driveway were destroyed.

    Keitani Graham of Micronesia competes against Charles Edward Betts of the United States, right, during the 84-kg Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in London.

    Images from the 2012 Summer Olympics on Monday, August 6, 2012
    Athletes from the United States competed in wrestling , gymnastics, equestrian, and many other sports at the 2012 London Olympics Monday August 6th.


    Tour boat hits dock on Chicago River

    Chicago Fire Department officials say at least nine people were injured when a tour boat hit a dock on the Chicago River. An employee of the two-level boat's operator, Wendella, said Monday the boat lost power during a docking maneuver and hit a concrete wall at full speed.


    Huntley man killed by boat propeller

    Authorities said a Huntley man died at a northern Indiana lake after falling from a boat and being hit by its propeller. Police on Monday identified the man as 61-year-old Roger Martin.


    Mom who let daughter be tied to drunken driver’s car sent to prison

    A Fort Wayne woman who allowed her 7-year-old daughter to be strapped to the hood of a car her drunken neighbor was driving has been sentenced to six months in prison.


    Mars rover landing picture perfect

    PASADENA, Calif. — NASA celebrated the precision landing of a rover on Mars and marveled over the mission’s first photographs Monday — grainy, black-and-white images of Martian gravel, a mountain at sunset and, most exciting of all, the spacecraft’s white-knuckle plunge through the red planet’s atmosphere.

    A fan replete with representations of Great Britain’s flag watches the competition at the rowing venue, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

    Wear it proud: The flag as a fashion statement

    Patriotism and the Olympic games have long gone together, but gone are the days when one just waved a flag. Now flags are worn.


    Security concerns heightened after Sikh temple shootings, mosque burning

    Concern about copycats is prompting heightened security at suburban mosques after the weekend shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in which six people were killed, and Monday's razing of a mosque in Joplin, Mo. The Department of Homeland Security is advising faith community leaders to be on alert for suspicious persons near houses of worship.

    Gala apples have been badly affected by the drought at Royal Oak Fruit Farm in Harvard.

    Weather hurts orchard’s yield, but apples still ready for picking

    A Bible quote posted at Harvard's Royal Oak Farm Orchard reads, "He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit." Turns out, the owners need that faith this year more than most. Weather issues have caused a 70 percent drop — an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 bushels — this season, which starts Friday and runs through mid-November.


    Joplin mosque destroyed by fire

    Investigators say it will take a few days to determine if the fire that destroyed a southwest Missouri mosque was arson. Michael Kaste, special agent in charge of the FBI's Kansas City office, said Monday that the agency is taking the investigation into the fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin very seriously.

    Mitt Romney

    Romney kicks off fundraising tour in Elk Grove

    GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney kicks off his second summer stop in Chicago with a tour of Elk Grove manufacturing business Acme Industries.


    Have breakfast with the Gurnee police:

    Gurnee's Fraternal Order of Police lodge is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 12.

    Rick J. Corbin

    Palatine men charged with soliciting 16-year-old girl

    Two Palatine brothers have been charged after they attempted to meet an undercover officer who was posing as a 16-year-old girl, police said. A McHenry County sheriff's investigator was working undercover on a social networking site when the investigator was contacted by one of the brothers, police said.

    Japan’s Kenki Sato and his horse Chippieh compete in the equestrian eventing cross-country stage July 30. Sato is a monk at his family’s Buddhist temple.

    Little-noticed Olympic event: Haves vs. have-nots

    Not everyone at the London Games can be showered with corporate largesse like Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time. Most work one, two, even seven jobs while finding time to train to face fully funded pros.


    Open seat on aging advisory council:

    The Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois is seeking a Lake County resident or a person employed in Lake County to represent the county on its advisory council. The position is for the remainder of an unexpired term, and the appointee may then serve a full three-year term.


    Coin appraisal offered:

    Free coin appraisals will be available in coming weeks at three Libertyville Bank & Trust locations. Visitors can have rare, collectible or antique coins appraised by an expert.


    Local group not seeing eye-to-eye with Wayne Township officials

    Local Move to Amend activists are heading into the home stretch in several suburban communities but bracing for a fight in Wayne Township. Move to Amend is a national organization dedicated to amending the United States Constitution to make clear money is not speech and only human beings not corporations are entitled to constitutional...

    Islamic Center of Western Suburbs has filed a federal lawsuit against DuPage County in an attempt to reverse a county board decision prohibiting the group from transforming a house near West Chicago into a mosque.

    Islamic group sues DuPage over mosque denial

    A federal lawsuit is alleging DuPage County discriminated against an Islamic group by denying its request to transform a house near West Chicago into a mosque. The lawsuit, filed by Islamic Center of Western Suburbs, is asking the court to declare that the group can use the home at 28W774 Army Trail Road as a religious institution.


    Grass Lake Road tunnel could be key link in regional trail system

    Behind the scenes work on what is regarded as a potential key link in a trail system in Lindenhurst continues. Several agencies are working together in pursuit of federal funding for a proposed tunnel beneath Grass Lake Road to connect the McDonald Woods forest preserve and local parks.


    Joliet man gets 50 years for shooting 12-year-old son

    A Joliet man has been sentenced to a half-century in prison for shooting his 12-year-old son in the head a few days before Christmas in 2010.


    Chicago doctor, 2 others drown in Lake Michigan

    Chicago doctor who devoted his career to saving the lives of children died trying to assist two young people who were struggling in the treacherous waves of Lake Michigan over the weekend. "He managed to help them, but he got pulled down by the undertow himself," a colleague said. "He really died a hero."

    Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday that imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan should serve out the rest of his corruption sentence in prison.

    Quinn: Ryan has to ‘do the time’

    Gov. Pat Quinn says former Gov. George Ryan should serve out the rest of his prison sentence. On Monday a federal court denied an appeal filed by Ryan.

    State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who has backed legislation expanding the number of casinos in the state, accused the Gaming Board of “dragging its feet” on video gambling.

    After much debate, Illinois gets ready for video gambling

    Diners heading into Chino's Pizzeria in Justice will get more than a chance to try the specialty sausage and mushroom calzones — they'll soon be among the first in Illinois to try their hand at video gambling. More than three years after Illinois approved video gambling, the first batch of machines is arriving. "I want more business, and there are people around here who like to play,"...


    College dorms must have sprinklers by 2014

    Legislation requiring all college dorms to have sprinklers installed by 2014 is one of four new fire safety bills Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law.


    11-year-old boy dies in Chicago fire

    Officials say an 11-year-old boy has died in a house fire on Chicago's South Side. The Cook County medical examiner identified the boy as Sergio Pedroza.


    Dist 300, bus copmany try to stop suit over student’s injury

    Carpentersville District 300 and a bus company are trying to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the parent of a special education student who argues her middle school aged daughter was beaten and had her leg broken on the bus. The bus company says the injury happened when the girl got off the bus, which sparked some harsh words from the plantiff's attorney.

    The Illinois Sikh Community Center in Wheaton is one of two local temples that will host candlelight vigils Monday night for the suburban Milwaukee shooting victims.

    Sikh temples in Wheaton, Palatine plan vigils

    Candlelight vigils will be held tonight at two suburban Sikh temples to honor the victims of Sunday's shooting in suburban Milwaukee. Both vigils are open to the public. The Sikh Religious Society temple, a congregation of roughly 5,000 people in Palatine, will conduct its vigil at 7 p.m. at the Palatine Gurdwara, 1280 W. Winnetka St. The Illinois Sikh Community Center in Wheaton will hold a news...


    D303 school board member starts push for more homework

    St. Charles Unit District 303 officials will explore one of the third rails of education this school year. At least one school board member believes students aren't getting enough homework. So staff members will survey teachers when the school year starts to see how often they assign homework and how long they think homework should take.

    Round Lake Area Park District Ranger police officer Terry Kaminski and his dog, Nadja.

    Round Lake Park District officer’s dog focus of upcoming debate

    The Round Lake Area Park District board will debate Thursday whether one of its Ranger police officers should be allowed to continue using his German shepherd on the job.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole an estimated $2,000 worth of tools from a van. They.broke into a 2005 Chevrolet Express van in a condominium lot on the 1100 block of East Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights between 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and 7 a.m. Aug.4 and stole drills, nail guns, and two canvas bags with tools.


    Smoke alarm alerts Palatine person to flee fire

    A resident of a Palatine multifamily building whose kitchen caught fire Sunday morning was awaked from sleep by a smoke detector and escaped without injury, fire officials said Monday. The Palatine Fire Department received a report at 11:07 a.m. of smoke coming from a three-story building in the 400 block of East Osage Lane. The first crew arrived in 5 minutes and the fire was under control in 15...

    Members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin listen to FBI Special Agent in Charge, Teresa Carlson, during a news conference in a municipal building in Oak Creek, Wis., Monday.

    Some answers about Sikh history in India

    The Sikh faith has roughly 27 million followers worldwide, and the vast majority live in India. Here are some answers about the religion and its history.Here are some answers about the religion and its history.

    In this March 15, 2011, photo, smoke rises from the badly damaged Unit 3 reactor, left, next to the Unit 4 reactor covered by an outer wall at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Okuma, northeastern Japan. The emergency command center at Japan’s stricken nuclear plant shook violently when hydrogen exploded at Unit 3 during the crisis last year.

    Nuke plant chief after tsunami: ‘This is serious’

    The command center at Japan's stricken nuclear plant shook violently when hydrogen exploded at one reactor, and the plant chief shouted, "This is serious! This is serious!" videos taken during last year's crisis reveal.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pushes a shopping cart after buying groceries at Hunter’s Shop and Save supermarket in Wolfeboro, N.H., Monday.

    For July, Romney again tops Obama in fundraising

    WASHINGTON — For the third straight month, President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party significantly trailed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the Republican Party in fundraising.

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan says a more well-rounded curriculum with less focus on a single test, higher academic standards, more difficult classwork and continued cuts to extracurricular and other activities because of the tough economy are some of the changes and challenges that children could notice in the new school year.

    Interview: Duncan on reform and back to school

    A more well-rounded curriculum with less focus on a single test. Higher academic standards and more difficult classwork. Continued cuts to extracurricular and other activities because of the tough economy.

    This photo made available by NASA shows the Curiosity rover, bottom, and its parachute descending to the surface from the vantage point of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Summary

    Photos illustrate Mars rover's precise landing

    The robotic explorer Curiosity's daring plunge through the pink skies of Mars was more than perfect. It landed with spectacular style, said a NASA scientist, describing the first images of its mechanical gymnastics. Hours after NASA learned the rover had arrived on target, engineers and scientists got the first glimpses of the intricate maneuvers it made to hit the Martian soil safely.

    Kyle Proper of Lake Villa won a national award for Lindenhurst Police Explorer Post #2008.

    Explorer wins historic award for Lindenhurst

    For only the second time in the Lindenhurst Police Explorer Post 2008's 28-year history, a member has received a nationall award. Explorer Kyle Proper earned a fourth place trophy in police bicycle patrol and operation at the 2012 National Police Explorers Conference in Fort Collins, Colo. "I was proud of my whole post," he said.

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

    McCain, Haley among first announced for GOP confab

    A trio of female firsts and three former GOP presidential contenders are among the first speakers disclosed for the Republican National Convention at the end of the month in Tampa, Fla. The convention schedule is packed with high-profile names to fire up divergent wings of the Republican Party, from social conservatives to fiscal hawks. They will speak before Mitt Romney accepts the presidential...

    Michael Janczewski

    Lisle man gets 4 years for slashing uncle

    A Lisle man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for slashing his uncle in the face during an altercation sparked when the defendant's girlfriend broke up with him. "There are situations in life such where your emotions get high -- but you don't take out a knife to express those emotions," a judge told Michael Janczewski.


    Talent: Final 5 will perform again Saturday
    To borrow a past slogan used by a local professional baseball team, the five remaining acts in the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition went all in on Sunday.

    The Rev. Craig Wagner, the longtime leader of Christ Lutheran Church in Palatine, is retiring and relocating to Texas. His last Sunday service will be Aug. 26.

    Retiring Palatine pastor reflects on past 20 years

    As the Rev. Craig Wagner prepares to retire at the end of the month, he's reflecting on the many highs and lows that took place during his 20 years of leading Christ Lutheran Church in Palatine. “It’s joyful but also sorrowful, because I’m leaving people who are my friends,” Wagner said.


    4 recover after lightning hits car

    Two adults and two children from Illinois are recovering after having survived a lightning strike to the car they were in as they traveled in western Kentucky.

    Villagers walk in the flood water in Zhuanghe city, in northeastern China’s Liaoning province, Sunday. Rescue workers searched Monday for more than 100 people trapped by a mudslide in southwestern China, while in another part of the country 400 workers were trapped by a flood in a railway tunnel.

    14 dead, 5 missing from heavy rains in China

    Heavy rains that ravaged China over the weekend left at least 14 people dead and five missing, while hundreds of others were trapped by mudslides and floods, state media said Monday.


    Autopsy for Ohio woman allegedly shot by husband in ICU

    A coroner's office has scheduled an autopsy for a northwest Ohio woman who was shot in her hospital bed, allegedly by her husband of 45 years. Capt. Dan Zampelli says an initial court appearance for 66-year-old John Wise likely wouldn't come until at least Tuesday. He says police needed results of the autopsy Monday to decide what charge would be appropriate, but Wise will likely face a murder...


    Philadelphia priest denied bail amid appeal

    A Roman Catholic monsignor from Philadelphia will not be released on bail while he appeals his conviction for hiding abuse complaints against a priest.


    Rail cars burn after derailment in eastern Montana

    At least eight rail cars caught fire and several exploded after a freight train derailed in an unpopulated area of eastern Montana, sending at least one fiery mushroom cloud into the sky.

    Gov. Mary Fallin, left, hugs James Sparr who lost his home and business, in the background, after wildfires burned across the state in Mannford, Okla., Sunday.

    Fire risk still high in Okla.; 1 blaze contained

    Officials say a wildfire that prompted evacuations in parts of Oklahoma has been contained. The Freedom Hill Fire Department says the fire that flared up near Mannford in northeastern Oklahoma is still burning Monday but has been contained.

    Fans leave the stands after the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race was postponed due to lightning and heavy rain on Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

    Officials: NASCAR fans warned of lightning, rain

    NASCAR fans at Pocono Raceway were advised over public address systems and through social media to take cover when lightning and heavy rain hit the track near the end of the race. But the warnings weren't enough to avoid tragedy on Sunday. Racetrack officials say lightning strikes after a rain-shortened NASCAR race killed one fan and injured nine others, one critically.


    Philippine House ends debate on contraception bill

    The Philippine House of Representatives has ended debate on a bill promoting contraception use in the country with one of Asia's fastest-growing populations. Monday's vote is an initial victory for proponents and President Benigno Aquino III who want to fast-track passage of the proposed law.

    Egyptians stand outside the El Arish hospital after an attack that Egypt and Israel blamed on Islamist militants from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula. Israeli intelligence services had reports of an impending attack from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and therefore were able to thwart the latest assault by suspected Islamist militants who killed 16 Egyptian soldiers at a border checkpoint, then stole two of their vehicles to burst through a security fence into Israel, Israel’s chief military spokesman said Monday.

    Egypt prepares Sinai sweep after deadly attack

    Egypt deployed helicopter gunships to the Sinai Peninsula on Monday to hunt for the militants who killed 16 soldiers at a checkpoint along the border with Israel, according to security and military officials. Israel meanwhile stepped up pressure on Egypt to clamp down on the lawless border zone.

    Jason Campbell, center, a Decatur native, sits with two award winning models of his work as a tattoo artist in his Springfield.

    Decatur man creates art

    DECATUR— The man who carves books into art doesn’t stop there.Cross his palm with enough silver and present him with a human canvas and an idea worth the effort, and he’ll get under your skin and turn you into art, too.


    Man killed by boat propeller on N. Indiana lake

    Authorities say a man died at a northern Indiana lake after falling from a boat and being hit by its propeller.


    Indiana to add ‘2’ to I-69 exits, mile markers

    INDIANAPOLIS — Changes are coming to the mile markers and exits along Interstate 69 from Indianapolis north.The Indiana Department of Transportation on Monday will begin changing signs by adding the number “2” in front of all the mile markers to account for the extension being built in southern Indiana. So exit 10 will become exit 210.


    Driver killed when car falls from N. Ind. overpass

    State police say a northern Indiana man died after his car drove off an Indiana Toll Road overpass and struck a semitrailer on the highway.


    Rafter missing on Wisconsin’s Wolf River

    An Eau Claire man remains missing after disappearing while rafting on the Wolf River near Keshena. The Menominee County Sheriff's Department says 39-year-old Michael Danovsky went underwater on Saturday and didn't resurface.


    Coe says he ‘didn’t recognize’ riot-hit London

    London's Olympics chief says the games are showing the true face of the city — exactly a year after riots engulfed it in violence. Sebastian Coe says the world "saw a London I didn't recognize" during four nights of mayhem that erupted last Aug. 6.


    Nuke plant chief after tsunami: ‘This is serious’

    The emergency command center at Japan's stricken nuclear plant shook violently when hydrogen exploded at one reactor and the plant chief reacted by shouting, "This is serious, this is serious," new videos revealed about the crisis as it happened last year.


    Resident: 7 killed in southern Guinea

    A resident of a village in southern Guinea says that security forces opened fire with live ammunition, killing at least five residents in Zogota after a mining protest this weekend. He says villagers later riposted, killing two soldiers.


    Syrian prime minister defects, flees to Jordan

    Syria's prime minister Riad Hijab defected and fled to neighboring Jordan, a Jordanian official and a rebel spokesman said Monday, evidence that the cracks in President Bashar Assad's regime have reached the highest echelons of government.

    Victoria Landavazo holds youngest child, Axel, 1, while wiping tears after seeing what the wildfire in Luther, Okla., had done to their home there. The fire near Luther, which is about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, destroyed nearly five dozen homes and other buildings before firefighters were able to gain some measure of control Saturday.

    Some return to shelters as Oklahoma wildfires burn

    Some Oklahoma residents have returned to emergency shelters despite evacuation orders in many areas of the state being lifted, as wildfires continued to burn. Pastor Greg Mack at Slaughterville Baptist Church, where a shelter was set up for those forced from their homes by the fires in Cleveland County, said Sunday that some residents have not been able to reach their homes and others are finding...

    The annual Catholic Charities Back to School Fair will provide school supplies and other services for low-income families from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

    Wheaton fair provides school supplies and services to low-income families

    Amy Palumbo knows her organization isn't making a huge dent in parents' pockets — but for her, it's about helping to lessen back-to-school costs any way she can and connecting parents with other resources in the community that they can turn to. Low-income families in DuPage County can pick up backpacks and school supplies and receive dental, optical and physical exams for their students...


    Dawn Patrol: Sikhs concerned; Tour of Elk Grove results

    A gunman kills six people in a suburban Milwaukee Sikh temple in what authorities describe as a "domestic terrorist-type incident." Local Sikhs are left concerned about security. U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk releases a second stroke recovery video. A Canadian wins the seventh Tour of Elk Grove.


    Acquitted Elgin burglary suspect arrested again in police chase

    A 32-year-old Elgin man, acquitted of felony burglary earlier this year, appears to be using up his lifelines. Steven T. Luellen, of the 300 block of Jefferson Avenue, was being held on $75,000 bail at the Kane County jail after his arrest last month on felony charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding police.

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's office has released a second video of the Highland Park Republican, as he recovers from a stroke.

    Weekend in Review: New Kirk video, Tour of Elk Grove

    What you may have missed over the weekend: Shooting at Sikh temple in Wisconsin leaves 7 dead; Kirk release second recovery video; soccer community shocked by Lombard native's death; suburbs boost budgets with electric aggregation fees; Winfield cop report doesn't settle outsourcing debate; Usain Bolt goes for gold; Candadian racer wins Tour of Elk Grove; Phelps starts his retirement; Bears wide...

    Cubs fans can leave the driving to Pace, which offers a Wrigley Field Express bus with stops in Lombard and Schaumburg.

    Solving your pressing transit mysteries

    Pace Cubs bus quirks, incorrect stamps on Metra passes, tollway oasis beefs - this week's In Transit column looks at your questions on transportation. Batting first is Cubs fan Richard Bauer of Wheaton, who says Pace’s Wrigley Field Express bus is a home run on the way to the game, but the route home is a curve ball. The round-trip bus picks up suburbanites in Lombard and Schaumburg.

    Kami Craig, left and Melissa Seidemann, second left, reaches down to shake hands with goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong all of the United States water polo team after they defeated Italy in their women’s water polo quarterfinal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in London.

    Images from the 2012 Summer Olympics on Sunday, August 5, 2012
    Athletes from the United States competed in basketball, tennis, water polo and many other sports at the 2012 London Olympics Sunday August 5th.

    Steve Tarzon and Winnie Franzak of Mt. Prospect enjoy the music from the band Diving for Dynamite at Mt. Prospect’s block party on Friday.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features several county fairs, the Catlow theater, and a turtle crossing.


    White Sox right fielder Alex Rios celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run game-winning home run during the 10th inning Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.

    Rios a huge difference maker for White Sox

    The White Sox are a good bet in Las Vegas this year because of performances like Alex Rios had the other night in winning the game for the Sox over the Angels in the 10th inning with a home run. This move by Kenny Williams looks a lot better this year than it did in 2011.

    Chicago Cubs' rookie Brett Jackson reacts as he strikes out for the fourth consecutive at bat against the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 in San Diego.

    The future's on display, starting now for Cubs

    With the Sunday call-ups of center fielder Brett Jackson and third baseman Josh Vitters, the future of the Cubs is now. That future includes not only Jackson and Vitters, but also shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo. We won't know for at least another year how that future is shaping up, but the clock has started ticking.

    The historic clubhouse at the Medinah Country Club will be the focal point for the 2012 Ryder Cup in late September.

    Ryder Cup buzz at Medinah ramping up

    Standing on a wooden platform that 48 days from now will be transformed into a hospitality tent overlooking Medinah's 15th green, the heart rate elevates. It is difficult to look back toward the tee on the suddenly drivable par-4 — redesigned with a threatening lake — without pondering the risk-reward, knowing full well that decisions made right here during Sunday singles may very well decide the 2012 Ryder Cup.

    Chicago Cubs’ rookie Brett Jackson reacts as he strikes out for the fourth consecutive at bat against the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday in San Diego.

    Stults, 4 relievers lift Padres to win over Cubs

    Eric Stults and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, leading the San Diego Padres to a 2-0 win over the slumping Chicago Cubs on Monday night.


    Nationals take advantage of 2 errors in 11th

    Roger Bernadina scored when Houston made two errors on the same play in the 11th inning and the Washington Nationals picked up their third straight win, 5-4 over the Astros on Monday night.

    White Sox starter Chris Sale reacts after getting a strikeout to end the eighth inning Monday at U.S. Cellular Field. Working on nine days rest, Sale (13-3) pitched 8 solid innings, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits with 7 strikeouts and no walks.

    Sale sharp in return for Sox

    The White Sox have been quietly chugging toward something special, but the volume is starting to intensify. And as Monday night's 4-2 win over the Royals shows, there is still plenty of room on the Sox' conga line. After sitting out nine days to give his tiring arm a needed rest, Chris Sale was back on the mound against Kansas City and he looked refreshed and nearly as sharp as he did en route to easily landing a spot on the American League all-star team.

    Terrell Owens attends Game 3 of the 2011 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. On Monday, the Seattle Seahawks signed the 38-year-old wide receiver, who didn’t play last year.

    Owens agrees to terms with Seahawks after tryout

    Terrell Owens is coming back to the NFL, hoping the Seattle Seahawks' search for another veteran wide receiver will get him off the sidelines. Owens, 38, hasn't played in the NFL since the 2010 season with Cincinnati, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.


    Yankees’ Nova roughed up in 7-2 loss to Tigers

    Right-hander Ivan Nova gave up seven runs and 11 hits — matching a career high — over 5 1-3 innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 7-2 Monday night.Nova (10-6) has only one victory in his last eight starts since June 28.

    The Twins’ Ben Revere, left, congratulates Justin Morneau on his two-run home run off Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin in the fourth inning Monday in Cleveland.

    Twins hand Indians 10th straight loss

    The Twins, sparked by a big game from Justin Morneau, scored 10 times in the second inning and rolled to a 14-3 victory, sending the Indians to their 10th straight loss.


    Sheets, Heyward lift Braves over Phillies 6-1

    Ben Sheets pitched into the eighth inning and Jason Heyward homered to lead the streaking Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.Sheets (4-1) had his longest outing since joining Atlanta's rotation on July 15 after missing all of last season. He allowed one run on seven hits while walking one and striking out none.

    Baltimore pitcher Chris Tillman gave up one run, five hits and a walk in 7 1-3 innings Monday at home against Seattle to win his fourth straight start.

    Tillman leads Orioles past Mariners 3-1

    Chris Tillman took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning to extend a run of successful starts by Baltimore pitchers, and the Orioles beat Jason Vargas and the Mariners 3-1 on Monday night.


    Bedard, Pirates’ shut down D-backs 4-0

    The Diamondbacks were flummoxed by Erik Bedard's dominance on Monday night.They didn't get much help from him afterward, either. To Bedard, it was simple. Bedard allowed two hits over seven innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates opened a season-long 11-game homestand with a 4-0 win over Arizona.


    Cook, 8 doubles give Red Sox 9-2 win over Rangers

    BOSTON — Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston’s eight doubles, Aaron Cook pitched seven solid innings and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford each doubled twice and Adrian Gonzalez once as the Red Sox increased their major league high to 248 doubles, 35 more than the second-place New York Mets. And Crawford and Gonzalez drove in three runs each.Cook (3-5) regained control of his sinker after going 0-4 in his previous five starts. Of his 21 outs, 15 came on groundballs. He allowed six hits, walked two and struck out one.Yu Darvish (11-8) also has struggled and fell to 1-4 in his last five starts. On Monday, in the rookie’s first start against the Red Sox, he threw 123 pitches and allowed 11 hits, both career highs.He gave up at least six runs for the fourth time in five games, a stretch in which his ERA is 7.76. That’s a sharp drop from the 3.59 ERA he had at the All-Star break when he was a member of the AL team.The strong game by the Red Sox — both hitting and pitching — came on a night in which owner John Henry issued a statement in support of first-year manager Bobby Valentine.In an email to reporters, Henry said that management is not making a managerial change, and he cited numerous injuries as one reason for the team’s struggles. He also said it is “simply wrong” to blame Valentine for the team’s troubles, and “we all” share responsibility.The Red Sox have hovered around .500 most of the season and have never been in first or second place in the AL East.The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the second on a double by Nelson Cruz and an RBI single by David Murphy. But they managed just two hits in Cook’s remaining five innings while the Red Sox were taking a 5-1 lead. Texas was hitless in four straight innings before Adrian Beltre started the ninth with his 19th homer of the year.Boston went ahead 2-1 in the third on doubles by Ellsbury, Crawford and Gonzalez.Two more doubles in the fourth contributed to a three-run inning and a 5-1 lead. A one-out walk to Ryan Kalish and a single by Mike Aviles put runners at first and third. Ellsbury then doubled in one run, Crawford hit a sacrifice fly and Pedroia capped the rally with a run-scoring double.The Red Sox scored their sixth run in the seventh when Pedroia led off with his third double and scored on Gonzalez’s single.And they added three in the eighth with the runs coming in on a double by Crawford, a single by Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly by Cody Ross.NOTES: Michael Young started at shortstop for Texas in place of Elvis Andrus, who left Sunday’s 7-6 loss to Kansas City in the ninth inning with a sore right shoulder. Manager Ron Washington said he expects Andrus to play Tuesday night. ... The first five batters in Boston’s lineup went 12 for 22 with eight doubles, six runs and nine RBIs. ... Ryan Dempster (5-5) makes his second start for Texas on Tuesday since being acquired the previous Tuesday from the Chicago Cubs. Jon Lester (5-9) goes for Boston. ... Gonzalez reached base at least twice for the eighth time in 10 games. ... Of his last 13 hitters, Cook retired 11 and walked two.


    Gallardo goes 7, gets win No. 10, Brewers top Reds

    Yovani Gallardo pitched seven innings, and Martin Maldonado homered and drove in three runs to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Monday night.


    Cardinals beat Giants 8-2

    Jake Westbrook threw six solid innings and Carlos Beltran hit his 26th home run as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants 8-2 Monday night. The Cardinals have won four in a row overall and seven straight at home.

    White Sox’s starting pitcher Chris Sales throws against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday in Chicago.

    Konerko, Beckham homer, White Sox beat Royals, 4-2

    Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham homered late, Chris Sale pitched eight solid innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Monday night.


    Cougars sink their teeth into Mutz, Kernels

    Thanks to a 4-run sixth inning, the Kane County Cougars handed the Cedar Rapids Kernels a 5-4 defeat Monday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

    Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso, left, handles the ball against the Montreal Impact in the opening game of the MLS season at Crew Stadium in Columbus on March 24, 2012. Urso died at an Ohio hospital after collapsing at a restaurant/bar early Sunday.

    Signs point to ‘natural death’ for Lombard soccer star

    A coroner said signs pointed to "an apparent natural death" pending results from toxicology tests and on other tissue after an autopsy performed on Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso on Monday. The 22-year-old Urso, an Illinois native from Lombard, was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. Sunday at Grant Medical Center after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant.

    Bears coach Lovie Smith isn’t concerned about a fifth straight day without practice for veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher.

    Fifth straight no-practice day for Urlacher

    Brian Urlacher didn't practice for a fifth straight day, but this time he was excused for personal reasons. The Bears linebacker won't play in Thursday night's preseason opener, but coach Lovie Smith isn't worried about his veteran standout.


    Peeved no more: Peavy likes Sox’ approach

    White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy always has something interesting to say. On Monday, Peavy raved about the Sox being much more open and communicative this season, which is a not so subtle slap at former manager Ozzie Guillen.

    QB Jay Cutler is raring to go and looking forward to using the new offensive weapons the Bears acquired.

    Cutler like a kid at Christmas

    Jay Cutler is still in a festive mood heading into Thursday night's preseason opener, but the quarterback admits there's a lot of work to be done before the Bears start playing games that mean something. "It's like Easter now," said Cutler, who likened the start of training camp and his new offensive weapons to Christmas. "We're still in the holidays. It's fun. We've got a lot of weapons.

    United States’ Alex Morgan, center, celebrates with teammates including Abby Wambach, left, and Sydney Leroux after the winning goal was scored past Canada’s goalkeeper Erin Mcleod during their semifinal women’s soccer match Monday at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England.

    US women top Canada, head to gold medal match

    On the verge of missing the gold-medal game for the first time, the U.S. women's soccer team caught a break when the referee made a call rarely seen in the sport. Then the Americans put together a final winning surge, inspired by the familiar — a pep talk from co-captain Abby Wambach. "But it really does just take one moment and one chance, one moment of brilliance for somebody to do something individually spectacular," she said she told her teammates during extra time.

    USA’s Kevin Durant reacts after hitting a three point basket during a preliminary men’s basketball game Monday against Argentina at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

    Durant, US men roll over Argentina 126-97

    Kevin Durant shot the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team out of trouble, and right into the top seed in their group. Durant scored 17 of his 28 points during the Americans' explosive 42-point third quarter, turning a one-point game into a blowout that sent the U.S. soaring into the quarterfinals with a 126-97 victory over Argentina on Monday night.

    In this Aug. 2 photo, U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Douglas will compete in the individual medal on the balance beam Tuesday night.

    Gabby Douglas chases more gold in individual beam

    Already a two-time gold medalist, the American teen Gabby Douglas, nicknamed the Flying Squirrel, has a chance for one more title before she leaves the London Olympic Games, competing Tuesday on the balance beam. "I think toward the end of the Olympics you get mentally and physically tired and you're just, like, drained," Douglas said.

    United States swimmer Michael Phelps holds up one of his gold medals during a news conference Sunday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

    Little-noticed Olympic event: Haves vs. have-nots

    Over his remarkable career, Michael Phelps has struck sponsorship deals with Speedo, Subway, Under Armour athletic wear, Omega watches and Procter & Gamble. But not everyone at the London Games can be showered with corporate largesse like the most decorated Olympian of all time. Most work one, two, even seven jobs while finding time to train to face fully funded pros.

    USA’s Lebron James waits at half court while Lithuania shoots a free throw during a basketball game Saturday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The team faces its biggest challenge yet against Argentina tonight.

    US men’s basketball team gears up for Argentina

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the rest of the star-studded U.S. basketball team have now been tested at the London Olympics — and, admittedly, they weren't quite prepared for it. The NBA's best players face another challenge Monday night when they wrap up pool play against the Argentines, who at 3-1 are not to be underestimated. "We don't come here to lose," James said.

    After a year with the Detroit Lions, former Chicago wide receiver Rashied Davis has rejoined the Bears.

    WR Davis catches on with Bears again

    A simple turn of events brought Rashied Davis back to the Bears. "Somebody walked off the field, and if he didn't want his job, I guess I want it," Davis said.That's how the veteran wide receiver wound up back with the Bears after a one-year hiatus spent in Detroit with the Lions. Davis talked with reporters Monday about his return, his time in Detroit and what it means to be back in Chicago.


    Sox: Danks’ shoulder surgery successful

    The White Sox say pitcher John Danks underwent successful surgery Monday morning at Rush University Medical Center on the rotator cuff and biceps in his left shoulder. Danks will be immobilized in a sling for four weeks and should be ready to pitch next spring.

    Former CSN Chicago reporter and anchor Sarah Kustok has left Chicago to work for the YES Network as part of its Brooklyn Nets broadcast team.

    Kustok joins YES network to cover Brooklyn Nets

    NEW YORK — Former Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter and anchor Sarah Kustok has joined the YES Network as its Brooklyn Nets reporter.Kustok, 30, will provide coverage for the Nets game telecasts and pre- and postgame shows, its Nets Magazine series, other Nets programming, and on YESNetwork.com, according to officials at the New York network. Here is the news release provided by the Yes Network:A former star basketball player at DePaul University, Kustok most recently worked at Comcast SportsNet Chicago, where she was the network’s Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Blackhawks reporter. She anchored weekend sportscasts on WMAQ-TV (NBC) in Chicago. She joined Comcast SportsNet Chicago in 2009 as a feature reporter and occasional anchor on the network’s SportsNet Central show.Kustok, a native of Orland Park, also worked at ESPN as an analyst and sideline reporter on its men’s and women’s college basketball telecasts, and as sideline reporter for its college and high school football telecasts.“Sarah has proven herself to be extremely versatile throughout her career and has excelled at a wide variety of assignments,” said John J. Filippelli, president of Production and Programming at YES. “Sarah has talent, personality, a love of sports and a quick wit.”Kustok captained the DePaul women’s basketball team her senior year, and she ranks fourth at the school in career 3-point field goal percentage and 10th in career 3-point field goals made.She graduated from DePaul in 2004 with a degree in Communication/Media Studies, and received her Master’s Degree in Multi Cultural and Corporate Communication from DePaul in 2005.Kustok will be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 19.


    Mike North video: Who are the top NFL teams this season?

    Mike North is back from Las Vegas and talks about who is being touted as the NFL favorites this year. Are the Denver Broncos the second coming?

    Sean Rooney of Wheaton plays on the U.S. men's volleyball team.

    Suburban Olympians to watch today
    Sean Rooney, of Wheaton, is among the suburban Olympians competing today; Evan Jager, Jacobs High School, is among the local athletes who had a rough go of it Sunday.

    Pitcher Jake Peavy throws against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

    Rongey: Back to a five-man rotation

    For the Sox, there is no greater concern than the health of its starting rotation down the stretch, which is exactly why they must exhaust every option to make sure they have the best opportunity at well-being late in September. I thought they might stick with a six-man for the present, at least, but with the decision to put Philip Humber in the bullpen, it seems they go back to five. For now.

    Texas Rangers starter pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) throws during the first inning last Thursday against the Texas Rangers.

    Kasper: Looking back on busy Cubs week

    The Cubs got a lot at the trade deadline, but could have gotten more. Of the four players they dealt, only Paul Maholm was a guy you could have realistically projected as being a part of this thing over the next few years.


    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said gauges of the U.S. economy's strength may fail to measure the suffering of individual citizens.

    Are you happy? Ben Bernanke wants to know

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Monday gauging happiness can be as important for measuring economic progress as determining whether inflation is low or unemployment high.

    Lisle-based Navistar

    Navistar jumps on report it’s considering job cuts

    Lisle-based Navistar International Corp. stock rose the most in five weeks after Crain’s Chicago Business reported that the maker of International trucks has told employees it’s considering options for the business including job cuts.The shares gained 10 percent to $24.62 at the close in New York, the biggest daily increase since June 29. The company’s stock has fallen 35 percent this year.Navistar told employees last week that voluntary departures and involuntary job cuts are among options it’s considering as it looks to cut expenses, Crain’s said, citing Karen Denning, a spokeswoman. The company has offered a voluntary separation program for any salaried full-time employee, according to the report. Navistar has 3,400 such eligible employees in Lisle, Joliet and Melrose Park, Illinois, Crain’s said.Navistar slid to its lowest price in 3½ years on Aug. 2 after disclosing a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry. The company, which has been developing an engine to meet U.S. emission standards after its earlier technology failed to comply, last week also withdrew its yearly forecast until the release of its third-quarter earnings next month.The company sent a memo to staff members last week announcing that job reductions are an option being considered, Denning said by telephone today.“That is the last lever,” she said. “The number of people cut is contingent on the success in other areas.”Navistar has about 19,000 employees, Denning said.Fitch Ratings today downgraded Navistar’s issuer default ratings to B- from B+, citing “the negative impact of recent developments including already weak operating results in 2012.”

    Knight Capital specialists work at their posts on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Knight Capital announced Monday that investors have agreed to supply it with $400 million in financing, which would help the trading firm stay in business after last week’s disastrous software glitch that shook U.S. stock trading and jeopardized its future.

    US stocks rise; Knight Capital gets lifeline

    U.S. stocks edged higher on a day marked by uncharacteristic quiet following a turbulent week.

    The Shlub Club, a group of runners that meets at Dick Pond Athletics in Carpentersville, runs together near the store weekly. From left are Nicole Kotelman, Paul Turnbaugh, Carolyn Chesta, Donna Hayes, and Joe Maney.

    Walk 2 Run program continues at Dick Pond Athletics

    Inside the Dick Pond Athletics store along Randall Road in Carpentersville you'll find everything a runner could need -- including plenty of inspiration and expertise. The store recently started its second Walk 2 Run program of the year, and will begin a third on Sept. 10. Participants start out slowly, then work their way up to doing a 5K.

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is among the Republican governors who’ve balked at creating new consumer health insurance markets under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    Governors aside, feds building health care markets

    Republican governors who've balked at creating new private insurance markets under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul may end up getting stuck with the very thing they're trying to avoid.

    Federal prosecutors say a deal has been reached to drop the criminal case against Gibson Guitar Corp. after the instrument maker acknowledged its exotic wood imports violated environmental laws. Above is Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.

    Gibson Guitar acknowledges exotic wood violation

    Federal prosecutors say a deal has been reached to drop the criminal case against Gibson Guitar Corp. after the instrument maker acknowledged its exotic wood imports violated environmental laws.

    Spyker, which bought Saab from General Motors in 2010, alleges GM unfairly blocked deals that would have seen a Chinese manufacturer take over Saab production and save it from bankruptcy. It says GM feared competing with Saab in China.

    Spyker sues GM over failed Saab takeover

    Spyker Cars NV, the tiny Dutch company that bought Swedish carmaker Saab from General Motors Co. for $74 million in 2010, said Monday it is suing GM for $3 billion in damages.


    First Midwest takes over assets of failed Waukegan bank

    First Midwest Bank has taken over the assets of a Waukegan-based bank that was closed by federal regulators last week. First Midwest Bank agreed to assume essentially all asset of Waukegan Savings Bank after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized the institution on Friday evening. Waukegan Savings had about $88.9 million in assets and $77.5 million in deposits as of March 31.

    Chef Alain Roby talks at the 2011 Festival of the Vine demonstration stage. His All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva marked its anniversary.

    Geneva’s Roby turns nightmare into a sweet future

    Kukec's People column features Alain Roby, owner of All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, who turned a nightmare hostage situation in Iran years ago into positive energy for his future success as a chef.

    FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2008 file photo, the AIG logo is shown in New York. Bailed-out insurance conglomerate American International Group Inc. is taking a key step toward paying off a bailout that was at one point worth $182 billion _ the largest of the financial crisis. The company says in a public filing Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, that it will repay a loan from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Treasury to receive $750M more from AIG stock sale

    The government says it expects to receive $750 million from the latest sale of stock held in American International Group. The sales are part of an effort to recoup taxpayer money from the largest bailout of the 2008 financial crisis. The Treasury Department says the banks underwriting the sale have exercised their option to buy 24.6 million AIG shares at the offering price of $30.50 each.

    Richard Schulze

    Best Buy founder offers to buy co, take it private

    Best Buy's co-founder is looking to make a buy of his own, offering to take the electronics seller private only months after leaving as the company's chairman following a scandal involving its CEO. It's the latest twist to the Minneapolis company's struggles to stay relevant as more and more people buy electronics online. Over the past year it has announced a major restructuring plan and fired its CEO. Best Buy is trying to avoid the fate of its rival Circuit City, which went bankrupt in 2009, partly because of changing shopper habits.

    Knight Capital traders jacket hangs inside a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the close of trading Friday

    Knight avoids collapse with $400 million lifeline

    Knight Capital Group, the trading firm responsible for last week's stock market mayhem, avoided collapse by lining up a $400 million lifeline from a group of other Wall Street companies Monday morning. But the money comes at a steep price.Knight says it will get the cash infusion from an investor group led by Jefferies Group, as well as Blackstone, Getco, Stephens, Stifel Nicolaus and TD Ameritrade. In exchange, the group will receive stock that can be converted to a 73 percent stake in Knight, which means Knight is essentially handing over control to the investor group.

    Taura Tate, right, a home care aide since 1999, vacuums as Crell Johnson, 76, looks on at Johnson's apartment in Euclid, Ohio.

    Aging baby boomers face home health care challenge

    For the past three years, Taura Tate's mornings have revolved around caring for a woman who suffers from the effects of a stroke and diabetes. She cooks her oatmeal for breakfast, helps with showers and makes sure she takes the right medicine. Without the help of a home health aide, the woman, who's in her 70s, would be in a nursing home instead of living on her own.


    Southwest pays refunds after computer glitch

    Southwest Airlines said Sunday it has begun filing refunds to customers who were accidentally billed multiple times for a single flight, after a half-price online ticket promotion backfired. The special sale designed to celebrate Southwest's reaching the three million mark in Facebook fans was supposed to give customers who booked flights on Friday a 50 percent discount on certain fares.

    Fuel tanker trucks arrive at a North Little Rock, Ark., petroleum distributorship before making daily deliveries to gasoline retailers.Oil slipped slightly to almost $91 a barrel Monday, but managed to hold on to most of the big gains from the previous session after the U.S. reported better-than-expected jobs growth.

    Oil falls slightly to near $91 in Europe

    Oil slipped slightly to almost $91 a barrel Monday, but managed to hold on to most of the big gains from the previous session after the U.S. reported better-than-expected jobs growth.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude was down 36 cents at $91.04 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $4.27 on Friday to settle at $91.40 in New York.

    Currency traders smile at the foreign exchange dealing room of the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday.

    World stocks buoyed by US jobs picture

    Financial markets started the new week in optimistic mood Monday after stronger-than-expected U.S. hiring for July continued to buoy sentiment.With little scheduled economic news due, last Friday's figures showing the U.S. economy adding 163,000 jobs in July continue to drive sentiment. Though the figures eased concerns over the world's largest economy, the rise in the unemployment rate to 8.3 percent provided more evidence, if any were needed, that the recovery is patchy.

    Lenovo Vice President Dilip Bhatia holds a new ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop in Beijing Monday

    Lenovo unveils lighter, quicker ThinkPad laptop

    Lenovo unveiled a lighter, quicker ThinkPad notebook computer on Monday to appeal to customers who like the convenience of tablets and smartphones.The ThinkPad X1 Carbon will go on sale later this month, the Chinese computer maker said.


    IAG chief eyes stake in American Airlines

    The owner of British Airways and Spanish airline Iberia is considering taking a stake in American Airlines.The Financial Times on Monday quoted Willie Walsh, the chief executive of International Airline Group, as saying that a small stake in American could reinforce American's participation in the Oneworld alliance which includes British Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qantas.


    Qantas suspends pilot for exceeding alcohol limit

    Australia's air safety regulator says Qantas Airways Ltd. has suspended a pilot for attempting to fly while under the influence of alcohol.Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said Monday the woman exceeded the limit for pilots of 0.02 percent alcohol in the blood in a test last week.


    Europe’s Debt Crisis Reducing Access to Capital, Gigaba Says c.2012 Bloomberg News

    Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Europe’s debt crisis is reducing demand for goods from emerging markets and cutting access to capital, South Africa’s Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said in a speech in Johannesburg today.To contact the reporter on this story: Andres R. Martinez in Johannesburg at amartinez28bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseriabloomberg.net


    Report: Several companies to expand in NW Indiana

    A report says northwestern Indiana economic development officials are working with up to 10 companies that may open or expand operations in the region in the near future.The Times of Munster reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/OUYawH) that Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority Executive Director Bill Hanna recently told his directors they may have to reshape their economic development incentives due to the large number of prospects that may be ready to close.


    Lawyer today may help you avoid a lawyer tomorrow

    You may need a lawyer today, partly so you can avoid needing one tomorrow: Lawsuits happen, and language that is, or isn't, in your contract can make a difference. Small Business columnist Jim Kendall addresses the issue.

    Jeff Harper

    Downers Grove business owner helps clients avoid financial mistakes

    As recently as 1985, workers at every income level could retire and expect to get more in benefits than they paid in Social Security taxes. Not anymore.

    Is Social Security still a good deal for workers?

    People retiring today are part of the first generation of workers who have paid more in Social Security taxes during their careers than they will receive in benefits after they retire. It's a historic shift that will only get worse for future retirees, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

Life & Entertainment


    Grueling half-marathons deserve respect, runners say

    The half-marathon: It's the race that will kill you and still earn you no respect. It doesn't have an Olympic equivalent; it doesn't even have a name of its own. Yet runners sprint to sign up for it in far greater numbers than its prestigious sibling, the marathon. First-timers tend to think a grueling 13.1 miles shouldn't be called "half" of anything, while veterans think loping to the finish line in an hour and a half makes for an easygoing Sunday morning.

    Three studies reported online in the journals Nature and Science present evidence of cancer stem cells within the original tumors.

    Cancer debate: Are tumors fueled by stem cells?

    How can a cancer come back after it's apparently been eradicated? Three new studies are bolstering a long-debated idea: that tumors contain their own pool of stem cells that can multiply and keep fueling the cancer, seeding regrowth. If that's true, scientists will need to find a way to kill those cells, apart from how they attack the rest of the tumor.

    Chef Sean Curry uses local honey and organic ingredients at Artisan Table in Naperville.

    Artisan Table set in Naperville hotel

    Take your honey for some honey-inspired dishes at Artisan Table, a restaurant in the new Chicago Marriott Naperville; hit Nella's Beef's for their sang-wiches and specials; and hit a hole-in-one with TopGolf's new menu in Wood Dale.

    “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” by Lois Banner

    Books celebrate Marilyn Monroe, 50 years after her death

    Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago on Aug. 5, 1962, at age 36. Timed to the anniversary of her death are a host of books that celebrate and analyze the screen icon. This new batch of Marilyn books doesn't offer that much revelatory new information about the film star. But some offer interesting new takes on Monroe and illustrate how much her iconic image still captivates and confounds.


    Please a parent or follow my own path?

    Q. I am a young man in college with many things going in my favor, including a pair of above-average parents, on the whole. However, one thing that bothers me about my father is his way of controlling my work life. He often advised me as I grew up to enter a certain job field, and steered me in that direction by showing the path required to get there and giving me a firm push (and tuition money). There are several aspects of the career that interest me, and time after time I have put in the effort, knowing that it is a smart decision and that my parents have provided me with opportunities unheard of in many families.When the inevitable rough patches of school and work come up, though, it can really make me second-guess whether I am putting in this effort to please myself or to please him. I have dreams to take my career in a somewhat different direction from the one he expects, one that would be more risky but also more fulfilling to me. When I try to bring up these ideas to him, I am met with a lot of resistance, to the point of his doubting whether I realize the gilded road is before me.This fall, I will be entering my last year of school. Is there something to be said of going against a plan largely created by another for the sake of making one’s own decisions, even if those decisions wind up being mistakes? The alternative that I’m planning is not unwise in the grand scheme of things; just less practical right now than the option my father is pulling for. Is a sense of autonomy worth sacrificing for an easement of guilt?PigeonholedA. The last thing you need is another voice from the clouds (or ether) saying, ”Do this, child.” What you need more than anything is some faith in the authority of your own voice, own desires, own opinions, own competence, own gifts and, yes, own mistakes.Because I feel so strongly about this, and because nothing undermines your authority more than guidance from people with ulterior motives, I’ll disclose mine: I believe the true “gilded road” for any emerging adult is the one that suits and supports their individual passions and strengths. Assuming you’ve represented them here accurately, I emphatically, strenuously disagree with your father’s philosophy and methods.I also don’t think there’s any real question about whom you’re working to please. You said yourself that your interests point to one path and your father points to another, and look which path you’re on. You’re choosing to please your father and you know it. (Exhibit A: Your signature.)So what you’re really asking, it seems, is whether you can, without being an ingrate, choose a path that diverges from the one you recognize as the string attached to those gifts.You know what I think.You know pretty well what your father thinks.What do you think?A more revealing question, perhaps, to ask yourself and potentially your father: Do you think he hoped to raise a strong, independent young man, or a weak, subservient one? And, given that, which is the son he deserves?Ÿ Email Carolyn at tellme@washpost.com, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolyn.hax or chat with her online at noon Eastern time each Friday at www.washingtonpost.com.© 2012 The Washington Post

    Chef Matt Zagorski’s cherry pie won first place at the American Pie Council/ Crisco National Pie Championship earlier this year.

    Chef mastering art of pie making

    Arlington Heights chef Matt Zagorski shares tricks to creating summer fruit pies. Zagorski knows a thing or two about which he speaks: he won the professional cherry pie division at the American Pie Council/Crisco National Pie Championship. "I have a lot of original pie recipes, so I have always wanted to write a pie-themed cookbook," he said.

    Chef Matt Zagorski won a blue ribbon for his oatmeal-topped cherry pie at the American Pie Council/Crisco National Pie Championship earlier this year.

    Life is a Pie Full of Cherries
    Life is a Pieful of Cherries

    Nickelodeon’s hit show “iCarly” made Jennette McCurdy a star and now the network has tapped her and actress Ariana Grande to star in a spinoff tentatively called “Sam & Cat.”

    Nickelodeon taps Jennette McCurdy for new show

    Nickelodeon's hit show "iCarly" made Jennette McCurdy a star, and although the show will air its series finale in November, the 20-year-old doesn't have to worry about what comes next. The network has tapped McCurdy and actress Ariana Grande to star in a spinoff tentatively titled, "Sam & Cat."

    Morgan Freeman, left, reprises his role as Lucius Fox and Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in “The Dark Knight Rises.”

    Screen pals Caine, Freeman talk career longevity

    Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman shared only fleeting screen time in the Batman trilogy now concluded. In a recent interview, the two Oscar-winning actors had such warm, relaxed camaraderie that it's a shame they didn't get to show more of it in those films. Caine and Freeman do appear in the upcoming crime thriller "Now You See Me," in which they collaborate on what they promise will be a "really good scene." Don't they and the audience deserve more?


    Consult your doc about staying on osteoporosis drug

    Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones and makes them more susceptible to breaks. It is slowly progressive unless it is halted by treatment. Fortunately, a group of drugs called bisphosphonates have become available to treat osteoporosis. There is no doubt that these drugs work. They slow and even reverse the thinning of bones. They reduce the risk of hip fractures by 50 percent or more. The question is how long to stay on them.

    Some experts say running on the sand will burn up to 50 percent more calories than running on pavement.

    Take your workout to the beach

    The next time you head out to the beach to catch some rays, pack some running shoes along with your lounge chair. You'll be glad you did. “You won’t find a better workout,” said Jeff Bullock, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-based personal trainer who runs in the sugar sand every chance he gets. “It will make your whole body stronger, not just your legs.”


    Sleep pattern changes may help to detect dementia

    Older adults who have too much, too little or restless sleep have an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease, according to studies that suggest doctors note these conditions in patients for follow-up evaluations. The research, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Vancouver, adds to increasing evidence that Alzheimer's and other disorders have early signs that can be caught by general practitioners.


    Healthy dose of advice for college freshmen

    Getting a teen ready to send off to college for the first time? In addition to the long lists of things to take care of, parents should add getting a student prepared health-wise.Taking a teen for a medical checkup before school is crucial, one doctorsuggests.

    Apps downloaded on your smartphone can help you train like the experts.

    Your health: Working out with websites

    Learn about training like the pros, some unconventional ways to help with dementia and how to soothe itchy skin from problem plants.

    Pure filtered water is the best liquid you can drink for your body to stay hydrated and feel your best.

    Feel better by keeping your body hydrated

    Water makes up about 70 percent of the body, 90 percent of the blood and 85 percent of the brain, so you can imagine that a lack of it could have a negative effect on bodily functions. There are many water sources out there from basic tap water to high-end bottled spring water, but how do you know which one to choose? A main concern when choosing a water source is to be aware of its purity.

    1955 Messerschmitt KR200 Kabinenroller, Jim Garbo, Franksville, Wis.

    1955 Messerschmitt KR200 Kabinenroller, Jim Garbo, Franksville, Wisconsin

    If you know the name Messerschmitt, the image that may jump to mind is of a screaming World War II aircraft engaged in a vicious dogfight. But after the war, the German company produced the tiny road-going KR200 Kabinenroller micro car.

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas has won a gold medal in the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    Mental side of sports: It's not just for Olympians

    Now that you've been watching the world's top athletes compete in London, you may be inspired to go out and pursue your own sport at, um, less than an Olympic level. But even without their talent or practice regimens, you can take a lesson from what Olympians know: The mental game matters, too.

    Bruce Jenner won gold in the Olympic Decathlon in Montreal in 1976.

    Former Olympians aren’t immune to trials of aging

    Olympians are known for their drive and their focus, for their innate talent and hard-won skill, for their courage and competitiveness. And those traits don't disappear when an athlete retires. But Olympic athletes, like everyone else on the planet, aren't immune to the trials of aging, and if they still have the mind of an Olympian, keeping the body of one is a different matter.



    Editorial: Kudos to soldiers fighting the drugs scourge

    A Daily Herald editorial suggests many parents, police and others really don't want to admit that the suburbs have a lethal drug problem. And maintains that self-deception must change.


    Romney does it again

    Columnist Susan Estrich: Romney is on the road again, and his handlers must be wringing their hands and wishing he would stick to that script, after all, even if it's an SNL joke.


    Romney’s excellent trip

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: At the outset of his recent foreign trip, Mitt Romney committed a gaffe. In answer to a question about the Olympics, he expressed skepticism about London's preparations. Soon that initial stumble was transmuted into a metaphor for everything that followed. The mainstream media decided with near unanimity that the rest of the trip amounted to a gaffe-prone disaster. Really?


    Handouts won’t help the poor get jobs
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Progressive liberalism doesn't teach the value of hard work and success, it gives people food (stamps) and does not teach the value to work and earn a living without government handouts.


    Abuse victims need understanding, care
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Those lawyers and all the nonbelievers who will never understand why Matt didn't tell right away, or changed his story as his memories unfolded, can thank God they never had to lock away a shameful file because of something that happened to them that they had no control over.


    Take your jury duty assignment seriously
    A letter to the editor: Unfortunately, the leadership in the House and the Senate refuse to make common-sense jury reform ideas a priority.


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