Daily Archive : Wednesday August 8, 2012


    Racers in the novice Category 5 compete Saturday in the first day of the 13th annual Winfield Criterium weekend. Organizers said they expect to draw more than 1,000 spectators during the two-day event.

    Tough course, fun atmosphere draw riders to Winfield Criterium

    A challenging 0.9 mile course along with a party-like atmosphere of neighborhood barbecues and a starting line festival combined Saturday to draw hundreds of bike racers and spectators to the first day of the 13th annual Winfield Criterium. "It's a fun thing to get the family and friends together when you can and watch the races," said Dermot Ryan. The event continues Sunday.

    Six-year-old Luke Hasan of Naperville holds the bags of lemons that helped him raise more than $2,100 for the clean water project by opening a LemonAIDE stand.

    Suburban residents keep Haiti in their hearts

    When Luke Hasan of Naperville learned that people in Haiti were getting sick from drinking dirty water, his 6-year-old heart rebelled. So he decided to use a lemonade stand he received for his birthday to raise more than $2,100 for a clean water project for Haiti spearheaded by Naperville's Patty Meyer and Bolingbrook's Renee Plaza. The project will hold a HeArts for Haiti silent art auction and...

    Isabelle Sandquist celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday at the Holmstad senior living center in Batavia.

    Batavia woman gives God the credit for her 100 years

    When you turn 100, people ask you your secret to living that long. Some people answer “Clean living.” Others speculate it was genetics, noting their parents lived long lives. Some credit a daily cocktail. Isabelle Sandquist of Batavia knows it was nothing she did. “The Lord isn’t through with me yet here,” she said Wednesday, at a reception in her honor.


    Elgin officials discuss drug and alcohol education, enforcement

    In their capacity as liquor commissioners, the Elgin City Council members discussed drug and alcohol education and enforcement Wednesday and possibilities for funding. Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said state money for DUI enforcement will significantly decrease next year — to $82,000 in 2013 from $260,000 this year. To expand drug and alcohol education efforts and continue the DUI enforcement,...

    Randall L. Hopp

    Elgin library trustee sent to downstate mental health facility

    A Kane County judge refused Wednesday to intervene in the state's plan to have Randy Hopp, a Gail Borden Public Library trustee who is accused of felony battery in a domestic incident in spring 2011 involving his elderly parents, sent to a maximum security facility downstate until he is ruled fit to stand trial. Hopp, 61, of the 1500 block of Pamela Court, Elgin, is banned from the library and in...

    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO The Rolling Meadows Police Department could add part-time officers to its corps in an effort to relieve full-time officers of administrative tasks and get them back on the streets.

    Part-time cops don't mean big-time savings

    Without the costly insurance and pension benefits that full-time police officers receive, many suburban departments are turning to part-time officers as a way to cut costs. But the savings may not always pan out. While the reduction of full-time officers amount to savings in some areas, collective bargaining agreements and the cost of staffing those posts may prevent significant savings.


    New Dist. 15 budget a step toward healthier finances

    Although the deficit will grow from the tentative budget presented a couple months ago, the Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board Wednesday unanimously adopted a plan officials call a huge step toward healthier finances.


    Elgin council hopes for extension on far west park improvements

    The 224-acre park property near Plank and Switzer roads in Elgin is in line for improvements. City Council members voted Wednesday to take the first steps toward developing part of the land, which was purchased in 2006. SmithGroup JJR has been hired as a consultant to complete the engineering phase of the project — a $60,000 job to be paid for with developer fees. But council members hope...

    Two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Roosevelt and Shaffner roads in Wheaton.

    Man airlifted from Wheaton crash, 2 others also hurt

    A middle-aged man was severely injured in a crash in Wheaton Wednesday afternoon that also injured two passengers of a second vehicle. The man was airlifted from the scene, but is expected to survive the injuries, according to a fire department official.


    Grayslake Dist. 46 addresses board member travel

    Some Grayslake Elementary District 46's elected officials Wednesday night discussed whether specifics are needed in a policy governing board member travel. At a previous meeting, board members Michael Carbone, Kip Evans and Shannon Smigielski complained about not knowing two of their colleagues traveled to a National School Boards Association conference in Boston from April 21 to 23.

    Sandra Fluke introduces President Barack Obama at a campaign event in Denver Wednesday. Fluke is a law student who gained notoriety when talk show host Rush Limbaugh spoke disparagingly of her testimony before Congress on the issue of contraception and insurance coverage.

    Ad about woman’s death causes campaign furor

    Mitt Romney's campaign fiercely protested a searing attack ad aired by allies of President Barack Obama on Wednesday, but drew expressions of dismay from conservatives when an aide to the former Massachusetts governor invoked the benefits of a state health care system he signed into law.

    Hart County firefighters investigate a Megabus charter bus after it caught fire near the Georgia and South Carolina border in Lavonia, Ga., Wednesday.

    No one injured in Megabus fire on Georgia highway

    A double-decker bus caught fire Wednesday along Interstate 85 in northeast Georgia, forcing passengers to scramble off and closing the northbound lanes of the busy highway for hours.

    United States’ Clayton Stanley, with his teammate Sean Rooney after losing a men’s quarterfinal volleyball match between the United States and Italy, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in London.

    Images from the 2012 Summer Olympics on Wednesday, August 8, 2012
    Athletes from the United States competed in volleyball , taekwondo, decathlon, and many other sports at the 2012 London Olympics Wednesday, August 8th.

    Cameron Townsend

    Cops: Man fired rifle near Hanover Park home without license

    A 19-year-old Hanover Park man was arrested Tuesday night after firing a rifle in his backyard without a license, according to police.


    Algonquin, public workers approve new contract

    The village of Algonquin approved a new four-year labor agreement with public works employees represented by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 on Tuesday, officials said. The 48 employees will get yearly raises of up to 3 percent.

    Congressman Joe Walsh is taking heat for comments he made about President Barack Obama.

    Walsh under fire for calling Obama ‘son’

    Congressman Joe Walsh is under fire from an online civil rights organization for comments he made at a weekend Busse Woods picnic where he referred to President Barack Obama as "son." ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson said in a statement that Walsh has "decided to stoke racial fears about President Barack Obama in order to leverage support for his own campaign."

    Bob Skurla

    East Dundee hires village administrator

    East Dundee leaders have made Bob Skurla their village administrator, officially removing the word "interim" that preceded his title for two years.


    Man, 20, charged with street racing in July double fatal

    A 20-year-old has been charged with street racing and leaving the scene of a fatal crash more than a month after two McHenry County teens died in a single-vehicle wreck.


    Figuerola returns to previous village position

    Michelle Figuerola was appointed village clerk in Pingree Grove this week. Figuerola served four years in the same position until less than two years ago, but left after a dispute with the former village president.


    Batavia committee recommends Kirk left-turn ban

    Batavia is likely to go along with a plan to put up a concrete median on Kirk Road to prevent left turns at Giese Road and Chillem Drive, judging by a committee's recommendation Tuesday night. The turn ban is expected to prevent rear-end collisions.


    Schaumburg police charge two Wisconsin men with cocaine delivery

    Schaumburg police arrested two Wisconsin men Tuesday during an undercover drug operation during which police recovered 71.88 grams of cocaine, much of which was found in teh defendants' car. A Cook County judge set bail at $200,000 for Ceasar Hernandez, 22, who is currently on parole and $75,000 for Christapher Nelson, who is wanted on a Rockford warrant for resisting a peace officer.


    Hiring of new CFO fuels Kane County power struggle

    There is a split on the Kane County Board about how far officials should go to position the new board and chairman with a new finance director. Some think it's a big waste of money because the new chairman may have a totally different structure in mind. Others think it's irresponsible for the current board to leave the new administration with no CFO. The politics of the discussion may bleed into...


    Top Quinn aide: Still pushing for a pensions deal

    Gov. Pat Quinn's budget director said Wednesday that talks over cuts to the state's retirement plans continue "every day," and he thinks a compromise can be found before lawmakers head to Springfield Aug. 17.

    Christopher Forzley

    Two Lemont men facing burglary charges

    Two Lemont men are facing felony burglary charges after a string of vehicle break-ins and a residential burglary near Downers Grove. Christopher G. Forzley, 17, of the 19W600 block of Hillcrest Drive; and Jacob G. Carpenter, 18, of the 800 block of Main Street; each have been charged with one count of residential burglary and one count of burglary, which are both felony offenses.

    Christopher A. Carter

    Trial opens for Naperville man accused of raping two children

    A Naperville man accused of repeatedly raping two preteen family members sent to live with him after their mother was murdered said the abuse was a secret they should "take to the grave," prosecutors told jurors as his trial opened Wednesday. But the defense contends Christopher A. Carter was falsely accused.


    McSweeney appealing ballot decision in court

    After the Illinois State Board of Elections ruled this week that independent candidate Dee Beaubien can stay on the ballot in her bid for the Barrington-area 52nd House District seat, Republican opponent David McSweeney said he'll appeal the case in the courts.


    Aurora Election Commission survives threat to disband

    The Aurora Election Commission should survive the November election with no challenges to its existence, despite discussion this spring of a possible petition drive to disband the 78-year-old independent election body. To ask voters on Nov. 6 if the commission should be disbanded, a petition with 1,000 signatures would had to been filed in Kane County Circuit Court by Monday. But no one filed...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A resident of the 0N200 block of Brundige Road near Elburn thwarted a home burglary at 1:16 a.m. Tuesday, according to a sheriff's report. The resident was awakened by his dogs barking, opened a door and saw a man trying to leave while carrying a flat-screen television. The resident said, "Let's make this easy, just leave," and the man put the TV down and ran out the door. A description of the...


    Mosque vote will test attendance for Kane County officials

    In a rare move, the people opposed to the new Muslim worship center proposed just outside Carpentersville have filed a formal written protest. That means that when it comes to the full county board for a vote, three-quarters of the board members must approve. Attendance has been a problem at meetings.

    Lincolnshire Police Officer Mike Clark runs through a new high-tech weapon simulator Wednesday at Woodland Intermediate School in Gurnee. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is testing the training simulator made by VirTra Systems.

    Area police try out new high-tech weapons training simulator in Gurnee

    The Lake County Sheriff's Office is testing the latest state-of-the-art firearms simulator in Gurnee and claims the machine will help to better prepare an officer for having to draw his gun and fire at a suspect. The simulator, developed by VirTra of Arizona, works a lot like an extremely high-end video game with video screens surrounding the officer. With the flip of a switch, the officer is...


    Officer: 4th Peterson wife upset over 3rd's death

    Just two days after his third wife's body was found, Drew Peterson sat on a card-table chair next to his tearful fourth wife and corrected at least one of her answers as state police interviewed her about the death, the lead investigator told jurors on Wednesday. "He sat very close to Stacy as we proceeded to ask questions," retired Illinois State Police sergeant Patric Collins recalled. "She...

    This lawn jockey statue in front of Tivoli Garden Antiques in downtown Barrington has sparked debate over whether it’s a racist caricature or it honors the positive role such statues played in marking houses participating in the Underground Railroad.

    Antique statue in Barrington sparks debate over offensiveness

    A Barrington resident says a lawn jockey statue in front of a Barrington antique shop is racist and derogatory. The shop owners say the statue is a positive symbol from when they were used to mark "safe" houses to escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad.

    Juan H. Gardner

    Round Lake High finds new principal

    Juan H. Gardner has been hired as principal at Round Lake High School. He replaces Kurt Sinclair, who resigned last week to become principal at a school in his hometown of Kenosha, Wis. Round Lake High begins the new academic year Aug. 21.

    Addison will install a red-light camera like this one near its municipal complex at Lake Street and Kennedy Drive.

    Addison approves new red-light cameras

    Addison officials this week approved new red-light cameras to be installed near the municipal complex at Lake Street and Kennedy Drive. It will be the second such location in the village; cameras have been in place since 2009 facing west and east at Lake Street and Addison Road. The village also had cameras at Lake Street and Rohlwing Road from 2009 to 2011, but removed them when construction...

    Island Lake officials are considering building a new village hall and police station, but some residents think voters should have a say in the matter.

    Voters could weigh in on Island Lake village hall proposal in November election

    Island Lake residents likely will be able to say whether they think a new village hall and police station should be built in town when they vote in the November election. A group of residents concerned about the project have submitted an advisory referendum for the ballot. To get the question before voters, they circulated a petition this past weekend and gathered 340 signatures, more than the...


    Buy corn, help SHS

    The Sunset Foods grocery store in Long Grove will help raise money for two Stevenson High School programs with a roasted corn sale Saturday and Sunday.


    State rep hosts coffee stop

    State Rep. Carol Sente, a Democrat from Vernon Hills, will host a coffee shop stop from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Mundelein Starbucks, 1174 West Maple Ave.


    Flower show in Lake Zurich

    The Garden Club of Lake Zurich and the Plant and Garden Club of Wauconda will host a Standard Flower Show in Lake Zurich this weekend.


    Antioch special meeting on gambling

    Antioch will host a special meeting on the topic of video gaming on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at village hall, 874 Main St.


    See what Fox Performing Arts Center could be at fundraiser

    As we've reported, Rick Browne, a local architect, is working to convert the old Ziegler's Ace Hardware in West Dundee to the Fox Performing Arts Center, a venue he says will revitalize the downtown and become a hub of activity for local arts groups. The next fundraiser, dubbed "Celebrate the Arts," will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Otto Engineering, 11 W. Main St., Carpentersville.

    Hundreds line up Wednesday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton to attend Catholic Charities’ Back to School Fair. “It gives them resources they might not otherwise have,” said Deloris Walker, human resources coordinator with Catholic Charities.

    Back to School Fair provides help for students in need

    Catholic Charities' annual Back to School Fair returned to the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton Wednesday, where low-income families received school supplies for children and browsed among roughly 70 vendors that provided information on service agencies and resources in the community. "The agency started out as a child-welfare agency, so one of our biggest focuses is to be a part of the...


    Fox Valley police report
    Rene Luna, 40, of Elgin was charged with theft of services at 2:39 a.m. Monday, according to police reports. A taxi driver was called to Elmhurst Police Department to pick up Luna, who had just posted bond for a driving under the influence charge, reports said. Luna was taken to his address and did not have money to pay the $73 fare. Police took Luna to the station where he was issued an I-bond...


    Hoffman Estates library branch closed next week

    The Hoffman Estates branch of the Schaumburg Township District Library at 1550 Hassel Road will be closed from Monday, Aug. 13 through Saturday, Aug. 18 as new flooring is installed. The branch library will reopen on Monday, Aug. 20.


    Deer Park man killed in head-on Lake Zurich crash

    A 76-year-old Deer Park was killed and two other people were injured in an accident on Cuba Road, authorities said. William Wang, of the 24000 block of Hunters Lane in Deer Park, was pronounced dead at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington at 1:54 p.m. Tuesday due to multiple traumatic injuries he suffered in the accident, Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said.

    Naper Settlement offers many programs to preserve history and teach it to others. “The Naper Settlement is always trying to engage the public in new and different ways, as well as ways that reflect our past, present as well as our future,” Learning Experiences Coordinator Jenn Edginton said.

    Naper Settlement wraps up summer season with Hometown Picnic

    As Naper Settlement begins winding down its summer season, it has the task of choosing an event that sums up this year's theme of "American spirit." And to organizers, nothing seemed more American than an outdoor picnic under the summer sun.

    This is a computer enhanced image of a lower jaw, shown as a photographic reconstruction, and the cranium, based on a computed tomography scan of a fossil discovered in 1972, combined with the newly found lower jaw.

    Fossils hint at distant cousins to our ancestors

    Our family tree may have sprouted some long-lost branches going back nearly 2 million years.

    Oak Creek Chief of Police John O. Edwards speaks at a press briefing about the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Wednesday in Milwaukee.

    FBI: Temple gunman shot himself; still no motive

    There's no trial to prepare, no jury to persuade, no judge to hand down a sentence. The attacker is dead, having shot himself in the head after killing six people at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee. But people still want answers.

    Members of an underground sect in Russia’s Volga River province of Tatarstan province stand at the gate of a house outside the provincial capital, Kazan, Wednesday.

    Russia: Underground sect charged with abuse

    A self-proclaimed prophet had a vision from God: He would build an Islamic caliphate under the earth. The digging began and 70 followers soon moved into an 8-story honeycomb of cramped cells with no light, heating or ventilation.


    One person injured, dog killed, in Antioch house fire Tuesday night

    One person was injured and a dog was killed in a house fire near Antioch, fire officials said Wednesday. Antioch Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Chris Leinhardt said firefighters were called to the 39000 block of Circle Drive at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday for a home that was fully engulfed in flames.


    Gambling: Two trustees say alcohol is more of a problem
    Carpentersville is not ready to place its bets on video gambling — at least not yet. Although the village board voted 3-2 Tuesday night against video gambling, Trustee Paul Humpfer left the door open to another vote at the next board meeting.


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    FBI: Temple gunman shot himself; still no motive

    There's no trial to prepare, no jury to persuade, no judge to hand down a sentence. The man identified as the Sikh temple shooter is dead, having shot himself in the head after being wounded by police responding to the fatal shooting of six people outside Milwaukee.

    Todd Mandoline

    Villa Park man formally charged with Lombard arson murder

    A DuPage County grand jury has formally charged a Villa Park man with setting a fire that killed his former girlfriend last month on the eve of her 25th birthday. Todd Mandoline, 23, was indicted on four counts of first-degree murder, three counts of aggravated arson, and one count of criminal damage to property in July 22 fire that killed Paula Morgan and critically injured Jason Cassidy.

    Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

    Ouch! July in U.S. claims hottest month ever title

    This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. And even less a surprise: The U.S. this year keeps setting records for weather extremes, based on the precise calculations that include drought, heavy rainfall, unusual temperatures, and storms.


    Antioch's semi-pro football team suspended for sponsorship sales violations

    An Antioch semiprofessional football team in its first year has been suspended by the Ironman Football League for violating rules involving sponsorship sales, a league official said Tuesday. League attorney James Kelly of the Chicago law firm Matuszewich, Kelly & McKeever LLP said they are investigating claims made by several businesses in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin against the...

    Wood Dale’s Prairie Fest opens tonight in the Town Square at Commercial Street and Wood Dale Road and continues through Sunday.

    Wood Dale’s summer heats up with Prairie Fest

    Between the storms, power outages and excessive heat — it's been a long, hot summer in these parts. The Wood Dale City Council knows full well how tough it has been and plans to honor its residents with free food and discounted carnival rides on opening night of the annual Wood Dale Prairie Fest celebration.

    For the past 30 years the 84-year-old Judaic biblical scholar Professor Menachem Cohen has been immersed in a Sisyphean task of correcting all known errors in Jewish scripture to produce a definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible. Now, thanks to the Internet, he’s bringing it to the general public like never before with a sophisticated search engine that allows even novices to explore the holy text with ease.

    Israeli scholar completes mission to ‘fix’ Hebrew Bible

    RAMAT GAN, Israel — For the past 30 years, Israeli Judaic scholar Menachem Cohen has been on a mission of biblical proportions: Correcting all known textual errors in Jewish scripture to produce a truly definitive edition of the Old Testament.

    In this courtroom sketch, U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns listens in court as shooter Jared Lee Loughner, who is accused of shooting the former congresswoman, and killing six people, and injuring 13, enters his plea agreement sending Loughner to prison for the rest of his life, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.

    Judge sees ‘different person’ in Arizona gunman

    TUCSON, Ariz. — Jared Loughner sat looking relaxed and attentive in a packed courtroom as he pleaded guilty to a deadly shooting rampage in an agreement with prosecutors that will send him to prison for life. He even cracked a smile when a court-appointed psychologist talked about the special bond that he formed with a prison guard.

    This image released by NASA on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012 taken by cameras aboard the Curiosity rover shows the Martian horizon. It’s one of dozens of images that will be made into a panorama. Curiosity landed on August 5, 2012 on a two-year mission to study whether its landing site ever could have supported microbial life.

    Curiosity sends back flood of new views from Mars

    PASADENA, Calif. — NASA has received a flood of new black-and-white pictures from the Curiosity rover on Mars that it will stitch together to make a panorama.The photos began pouring in Wednesday morning after the nuclear-powered rover raised its mast that’s equipped with the cameras.


    Swiss experts to test Arafat remains for poison

    RAMALLAH, West Bank — The chief Palestinian investigator looking into Yasser Arafat’s 2004 death says Palestinian officials have invited Swiss experts to test the leader’s remains for possible poisoning.Wednesday’s announcement by investigator Tawfik Tirawi, a former intelligence chief, came after weeks of zigzagging by Arafat’s heirs over whether they would agree to dig up the remains.

    People walk in a rainstorm brought on by Typhoon Haikui Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012 in Shanghai, China. The typhoon slammed into eastern China’s Zhejiang province early Wednesday, packing winds up to 90 miles per hour and triggering flooding.

    Eastern China, Shanghai battered by typhoon rains

    BEIJING — A typhoon that slammed in eastern China’s coast Wednesday flooded and washed out roads, knocked out power and disrupted transportation in one of the nation’s most populous regions.Damage to roads and bridges stranded hundreds of people though no casualties were immediately reported, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

    Books on Gu Kailai, ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai’s wife who was accused of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood, with her portrait in the cover are displayed at a book shop in Hong Kong. Gu goes on trial Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 on charges of murdering the British businessman in a politically charged case that may have little to do with whether she really killed him.

    Chinese unaware of Gu case on eve of murder trial

    HEFEI, China — One of China’s most politically charged murder trials starts here Thursday. But talk to the student at the cafe, the taxi driver, the software salesman and the flower seller — none of them has any idea that a courtroom in this grimy industrial city soon will be the center of China’s political universe.

    Grisel Ramirez

    Police: Woman stole baby to back pregnancy claim

    LOS ANGELES — A man who believed he was the father of a newborn girl was shocked to learn his estranged wife had faked the pregnancy and snatched an infant from a hospital in an effort to continue the ruse, police said.Grisel Ramirez, 48, is accused of posing as a visitor to enter Garden Grove Medical Center, where she attempted to abduct a baby Monday, Lt. Jeff Nightengale said Tuesday.

    John Wise

    Man charged with murder in wife’s hospital death

    AKRON, Ohio — A man charged with shooting his wife of 45 years in a hospital intensive care unit in what may have been a mercy killing was charged Wednesday with aggravated murder.John Wise appeared before a municipal court judge in Akron via video from jail Wednesday morning on an aggravated attempted murder charge. No plea was entered. He must return to court Aug. 22.


    Pakistan court: PM must appear in corruption case

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the country’s prime minister to appear before the panel to explain why he has not followed instructions from its judges to reopen an old corruption case against the president. The order is likely to further escalate tensions between the court and the government.


    Egypt airstrikes target militants in Sinai

    EL-ARISH, Egypt — Helicopters carried out missile strikes against Islamic militants in Egypt’s first airstrikes in the Sinai Peninsula since 1973, as the military said Wednesday it was launching an offensive to “restore control” over the territory following the bloodiest ever militant attacks on the army.

    Families and residents enjoy food, entertainment, and rides last year at Lindenfest in Lindenhurst.

    Four-day summer festival Lindenfest returns

    Lindenhurst's annual four-day summer festival is back. Lindenfest 2012, again taking place at the village hall, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road, will kick off Thursday, Aug. 9, at 5:45 p.m. for an opening ceremony, followed by the Miss Lindenhurst pageant at 6 p.m. The festival runs through Sunday.


    RNC chair says Walker will speak at convention

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be a featured speaker at the upcoming GOP convention.


    Children, animals removed from Wisconsin home

    Health officials have declared a Doty Island home unfit for human occupancy after finding a family and 28 animals in filthy conditions.


    Father, daughter take flying lessons

    It wasn't long ago that Morgan Dirienzo, freshly 17, learned how to drive a car. But by the end of this month, she hopes to be certified to operate something a little more complicated - an airplane. And a familiar face is taking to the skies with her.


    2 men who drowned in Ohio River identified

    Authorities have identified the man and his nephew who drowned in the Ohio River in southern Illinois.


    July ranks second warmest on record for Illinois

    Illinois just experienced the second warmest and fourth driest July on record. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the average temperature statewide was nearly 82 degrees and 6.4 degrees above normal. Only July 1936 was warmer.


    Dawn Patrol: Woman falls through Palatine manhole; Romney visits Elk Grove Village

    Without a cellphone, a 76-year-old woman would likely be dead after falling through an uncovered manhole. Romney makes stop in Elk Grove Village. Caputo's Fresh Market is coming to busy corner in Carol Stream.


    Patti Blagojevich frustrated with appeals process

    In her first interview since her husband reported to prison in March, Patti Blagojevich expressed her frustration with delays in the appeals process that she hopes will free the former governor.


    Lineman practice with dummy pads during the first day of football practice at Buffalo Grove High School on Wednesday. The first practice was also the team’s first chance to play on the new synthetic field installed this summer at BGHS. The first game of the season is Aug. 24.

    Prep football squads hit the practice turf

    High school football is back, and the first kickoff of the season is only 16 days away.Football programs across the suburbs and throughout the state conducted their first official practices Wednesday in preparation for the 2012 season.For some programs (Geneva, Mundelein, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows and Prospect), it also was their first chance to test new synthetic fields installed this summer at their stadiums.

    Umpire Mike Everitt watches as the Colorado’s Eric Young Jr. crosses the plate on an inside-the-park home run Wednesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Dodgers dispatch Rockies 6-4

    Chad Billingsley shrugged off an inside-the-park home run by Eric Young Jr. on his fourth pitch of the game to win his fourth straight start, Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep by baseball's worst pitching staff.

    San Francisco’s Marco Scutaro hits an RBI single during the third inning Wednesday in St. Louis. He followed with a two-run double in the eighth and a grand slam in the ninth.

    Scutaro hits slam, drives in 7 as Giants rout Cards

    The San Francisco Giants have had a reputation as a team with good pitching and light hitting. After Marco Scutaro's grand slam and career-high seven RBIs helped the Giants paste the St. Louis Cardinals 15-0 Wednesday night, that may be changing.

    With the gymnastics competition over, the U.S. women — Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross — are beginning to realize just how big a deal they’ve become back home.

    After gold, Fierce Five facing uncertain future

    They stood together, arms locked, Olympic gold medals around their necks and — for just a moment — between their teeth. The cameras flashed. The exhausted Fierce Five gymnasts smiled and just like that, it was over.


    Guthrie shuts down depleted White Sox lineup

    With Paul Konerko and Alex Rios out of the lineup Wednesday night, the White Sox' offense was quiet against unheralded starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. The Sox lost to the Royals 2-1 and didn't score until the ninth inning on A.J. Pierzynski's RBI single.


    Boomers thunder to rain-shortened victory

    The Schaumburg Boomers scored early and often on the way to a rain shortened 11-0 win over the River City Rascals in O'Fallon, Mo., on Wednesday night. Schaumburg got a 2-run double from Steve McQuail and added a single run in the second on a sacrifice fly from Sean Mahley. That was more than enough for Robby Donovan, who worked 5 shutout innings, surrendering 4 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.


    LumberKings put the wood to Cougars

    Four home runs by the Clinton LumberKings were too much for the Kane County Cougars on Wednesday, as the hosts won the series opener 6-2 at Ashford University Field in Clinton, Iowa.

    White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, manager Robin Ventura, first baseman Adam Dunn and second baseman Gordon Beckham wait for relief pitcher Jesse Crain Wednesday during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals won 2-1.

    White Sox suffering some aches, pains

    The White Sox’ pitching staff is seemingly set for the stretch run.Young starters Chris Sale and Jose Quintana have been given extra rest, as has the rest of the rotation. The overworked bullpen also looks to be in better shape when Philip Humber was moved from the No. 6 starter to reliever.Give the White Sox credit for taking every measure possible to protect all of their pitchers.Now, it’s time to take care of the regulars.After Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox announced Paul Konerko has a mild concussion.Konerko was hit on the right side of the head by Jarrod Dyson’s elbow during a play at first base during the seventh inning Tuesday. Konerko didn’t play Wednesday, nor did right fielder Alex Rios (back).“He’ll get tomorrow (day off) and get re-evaluated on Friday,” Ventura said of Konerko. “There have been some serious things with concussions. He’s got to be evaluated. There is the seven-day (disabled list) if it’s too bad.“I don’t know if it’s there, but he does have a mild one, so it was more of a precaution to keep him out. No way could he have played tonight. Just better to keep him out of it.”On Tuesday, center fielder Alejandro De Aza sat out his second straight game with lower-back stiffness, and third baseman Kevin Youkilis got the night off due to a sore right knee. Both were back in the lineup Wednesday.As for Rios, he hit the outfield fence hard in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Angels and has been dealing with a sore back. Before Wednesday, Rios had played in 107 of the White Sox’ first 109 games.“It’s been going on for a few days, but yesterday it got stiffer,” Rios said. “But I don’t think it’s something that’s going to keep me out of the lineup for more than a day or so. I’ll be fine.”If sitting out a few days now helps Rios deliver a strong finishing kick, that’s not such a bad thing.“Just take a day and tomorrow we have a day off, so that will be two days,” Rios said. “Then I’m going to come back better and I don’t have to take any other days off.”The White Sox have lost two straight, but as always Ventura isn’t too worried about the short term.“The big picture is you want everyone to play well in September,” he said. “It’s a long season. We want to win every game, but again we’re looking at the long haul of this, and it’s difficult and that’s what makes it a hard season, is guys playing every day.“That’s why you have a 25-man roster. You’ve got to use everybody. We’ve got guys at ages where we need to give them a break.”sgregor@dailyherald.com

    The Orioles’ Nick Markakis heads for third on a triple as Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager waits for the ball during the third inning Wednesday in Baltimore.

    Orioles complete 3-game sweep of Mariners

    Baltimore's Steve Johnson gave up two runs, five hits and two walks over six innings in his second big-league appearance, a 9-2 win over Seattle.

    Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez struck out seven and walked two Wednesday in a 4-3, complete-game victory in Houston.

    Gonzalez pitches, hits Nats to 4-3 win over Astros

    Gio Gonzalez pitched a nine-inning complete game and hit a home run — both career firsts — to lead the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

    New York’s Curtis Granderson rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning Wednesday in Detroit.

    Granderson’s 3-run HR help Yankees top Tigers 12-8

    Curtis Granderson snapped out of a short slump by hitting his 30th homer and driving four runs, helping the New York Yankees beat Detroit 12-8 Wednesday night and ending the Tigers' six-game winning streak.

    Gold medalist Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain celebrates after the men’s individual time trial cycling event at London Olympics last week.

    Cycling director warns Wiggins of price of fame

    British cycling director of performance Dave Brailsford says Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins could struggle next season if he does not find a way to cope with his new celebrity status. Wiggins has become a national hero after giving his country its first Tour de France. He then added the Olympic time trial gold medal to his yellow jersey as a wave of "Wiggomania" spread over the country.

    Atlanta’s Dan Uggla, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Phillies in the seventh inning Wednesday in Philadelphia.

    Braves notch 12-6 win over Phillies

    Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the seventh after Tim Hudson blew a five-run lead and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-6 Wednesday night.


    Dundee-Crown tabs Anderson as baseball coach

    Jon Anderson was coached by some of the best during his playing career, experiences he expects will translate to success in his role as Dundee-Crown's new baseball coach. Anderson, 35, was named D-C's fourth baseball coach in six seasons this week after leading the Chargers in summer league play. He will work in District 300 as a teacher in the educational services department.

    The Pirates’ Neil Walker hits a double to drive in two runs in the fifth inning Wednesday at home against the Diamondbacks.

    Walker’s homer, 5 RBIs lift Pirates over Arizona

    Neil Walker homered and drove in five runs, Kevin Correia won his seventh straight decision and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame four errors to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Wednesday night.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb allowed one run and five hits, striking out seven, on Wednesday at home against Toronto.

    Cobb goes 7 solid innings in Rays’ win over Blue Jays

    Alex Cobb turned an impressive breaking ball into his second straight strong performance. Cobb pitched seven solid innings, helping the Tampa Bay Rays keep up their home dominance of Toronto in a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

    White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo falls down after swing a strike Wednesday during the second inning against the Kansas City Royals.

    Guthrie, Royals best White Sox 2-1

    Jeremy Guthrie picked up his first victory since late May, scattering five hits over eight innings in the Kansas City Royals' 2-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night. Guthrie (1-3) got his first win with the Royals and improved to 4-12 overall since arriving in a late July trade with Colorado. He struck out five and walked none.

    The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton singles in the ninth inning Wednesday against the New York Mets in New York.

    Stanton, Reyes lead Marlins to 13-0 rout of Mets

    Giancarlo Stanton hit two two-run homers, Jose Reyes also connected against his former team and the Miami Marlins routed the struggling Mets 13-0 on Wednesday night, handing New York its ninth straight loss at home.

    Mundelein’s Robert Knar, here driving to hoop against Deerfield in sectional play at Barrington, has suffered a torn left ACL and is facing surgery. He’ll likely miss most of his senior high school season.

    Torn ACL spoils Knar’s senior season

    A torn left ACL suffered recently by Mundelein's Robert Knar means surgery and a senior year that won't be what he and the Mustangs were hoping for. But the Northern Iowa-bound standout guard is using his setback as long-term motivation.

    Montini Catholic’s Fred Beaugard prepares for the upcoming season.

    Andriano not calling it quits just yet

    Back in 2010, in the press box of Champaign's Memorial Stadium after Montini had won its second straight Class 5A championship, a reporter asked Broncos coach Chris Andriano how long he'd stay as coach. Two more years, Andriano said, capping his Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame career after 2012. Wait a minute. The 34-year head coach, whose record improved to 244-117 with last year's 70-45, three-peat 5A title win over Joliet Catholic, has decided to coach at least three more seasons, through 2014.

    Players do “up and downs” during practice during Batavia’s first day of football practice Wednesday.

    Aurora Christian opens title defense without Beebe

    When last we saw Aurora Christian, the Eagles were hoisting the first state championship trophy in Aurora history with their 34-7 victory over Mt. Carmel in the Class 3A state title game in Champaign last November.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Kyle Brown hauls in a catch during Geneva's first day of football practice in LaFox Wednesday.

    Coaches weigh pros, cons of 7-on-7s

    Back in the day, playing high school football in the Wisconsin Dells, Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly's summer training regimen felt light as a breeze.

    Mark Black/mblack@dailyherald.com Ryan Graham of Wheaton Warrenville South varsity football practice.

    WW South juggling quarterbacks

    Ever since the season ended Thanksgiving weekend in Champaign, DuPage County football teams have been aching for Wednesday. With the first day of practice officially in the books, here's a look at five things to think about as opening day approaches on Aug. 24.

    New coach John Hart works with his athletes during the first day of football practice at Huntley on Wednesday.

    Things are falling into place for Hart, Huntley

    Signs of autumn abounded Wednesday as fall sports practices opened at high schools statewide. In the north end zone of Huntley High School's football field, two District 158 workers added a fresh coat of yellow paint to the goal posts. Meanwhile, two others painted the concession stand doors in preparation of the first game under Friday night lights in just over two weeks. On the track, potential members of the boys soccer team ran a timed mile on the first day of tryouts before giving way to members of the girls cross country team. However, the ultimate signs of fall — 110 of them — were clad in black helmets on the competition football field. That's how many seniors, juniors and sophomores combined new Huntley coach John Hart directed during his first official practice as new leader of the Red Raiders.

    Mundelein coach George Kaider runs practice Wednesday afternoon in Mundelein.

    Mundelein’s determined to field a winner

    Wednesday was the first official football practice for Mundelein and high school teams all over the state of Illinois. There's nothing but optimism at Mundelein, where new coach George Kaider is instilling a spirit of opportunity.


    Plenty of interest in Wisconsin’s wolf season

    In the first week of sales, the Wisconsin DNR received 4,726 applications for its inaugural wolf hunting and trapping season scheduled to begin Oct. 15 and run until the state-imposed quota of 201 is met.


    Bears’ Webb to get first look at left tackle

    If there's one certainty about the Bears' offense, it's that coordinator Mike Tice will not sugarcoat the situation. The offensive line, which he coached last season and with which he remains intimately involved, is still a work in progress. "You've got to play the hand you're dealt," Tice said. "You make a decision and you go with it. I wasn't going to put (undrafted rookie) James Brown or (inexperienced first-year player) Cory Brandon over there (at right tackle) to protect Jay Cutler. We have enough trouble doing it with the ones."

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija throws against the San Diego Padres Wednesday during the first inning in San Diego.

    Richard’s 5-hitter gives Padres 2-0 win over Cubs

    Clayton Richard threw a five-hitter and the San Diego Padres swept the Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 win on Wednesday. Richard (9-11), coming off one of his better starts of the season, held the Cubs to five singles and pitched out of trouble three times to hand Chicago its eighth straight loss. Jeff Samardzija (7-10) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked two.

    First-year Hoffman Estates football coach Eric Ilich directs his players on the first day of practice Wednesday.

    New football faces, all in their places

    The faces of the players - and in particular this offseason in the Northwest suburbs - and the coaches may change but the excitement and anticipation does not for everyone who enjoys and loves high school football. Practices for teams officially began Wednesday across the state as teams prepare for the opening of the season the weekend of Aug. 24-25.

    United States guard Russell Westbrook dunks Wednesday during a quarterfinal game against Australia.

    US overwhelms Australia 119-86 in Olympic hoops

    All's fine with Kobe Bryant, and the gold medal hopes of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, too.Bryant silenced his critics and broke open a tight game with six straight 3-pointers in the second half Wednesday night as the Americans advanced to the semifinals of the London Games with a 119-86 victory over Australia.

    The Oakland Athletics’ George Kottaras follows through on a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday during the second inning in Oakland, Calif.

    Carter’s homer caps 5-run 8th as A’s beat Angels

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Chris Carter hit a two-run homer to cap a five-run eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics overcame a shaky outing by rookie Dan Straily to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-8 Wednesday.George Kottaras also homered and Yoenis Cespedes added a two-run single for the A’s, who won the final two games of the series against their division rivals after losing the opener.Oakland, which began the day a game behind Detroit in the AL wild card race, improved to 17-8 since the All-Star break.Kendrys Morales hit two of the Angels’ five home runs. Four of them came off Straily, the A’s right-hander who was making only his second career start.Zack Greinke walked five in five innings, remaining winless since his trade from Milwaukee to the Angels.

    The “O” line works on a drill at Huntley High School.

    Images: Prep Football Begins in DuPage, Kane, and McHenry Counties
    Images of the first day of high school football practice in DuPage, Kane, and McHenry counties. Teams such as Montini, Batavia, Naperville Central, South Elgin, Huntley and others began their 2012 campaigns.

    T.J. Flis, left, and other running backs and linebackers run through drills at Vernon Hills High School Wednesday.

    Images: Prep Football Begins in Cook, Lake Counties
    Images of the first day of high school football practice in Cook and Lake counties. Teams such as Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, Hoffman Estates and others began their 2012 campaigns.

    Kerri Walsh Jennings reacts after scoring a point Wednesday during the women’s Gold Medal beach volleyball match.

    May-Treanor, Walsh win Olympic beach volleyball gold

    Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic beach volleyball gold medal, beating April Ross and Jennifer Kessy on Wednesday night in an all-American final. The Athens, Beijing and now London gold medalists have never lost a match in the Olympics. The two-time defending champions fell to their knees and hugged as Ross' final serve went long on match point, then took the celebration to the stands.

    Padraig Harrington warms up on the driving range under storms clouds Tuesday during a practice round for the PGA Championship on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.

    Olazabal: Harrington faces tall order on Ryder Cup

    Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has a simple message for the Americans trying to earn one of the eights automatic spots on his team this week at the PGA Championship. Relax. He knows from experience it's not that simple. European captain Jose Maria Olazabal still has time. The cutoff for 10 players who make the team is not for three weeks until after the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. But the European captain made one thing clear — Padraig Harrington better pick up the pace.

    Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, left, is welcomed to the dugout by’ manager Ron Washington after hitting a two-run home run off a Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett Wednesday during the fifth inning.

    Hamilton homers as Rangers outslug Red Sox 10-9

    Adrian Beltre had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning after Texas blew a late four-run lead and the Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 10-9 Wednesday. Josh Hamilton had three hits, a homer and four RBIs for Texas, which couldn't hold a 9-5 edge before pulling out its sixth win in eight games.


    Golson, Hendrix in close QB battle at Notre Dame

    Everett Golson's first season at Notre Dame was spent running the Irish's scout team. It was a good learning experience and a chance to mature in the whirlwind of a big-time football program. He acknowledges it was also a bit humbling. "It's time to get back to what I know I can do," Golson said Wednesday.

    United States sprinter Allyson Felix, second from right, crosses the finish line to win gold ahead of Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, right, in the women's 200-meter final.

    U.S win with Felix, Merritt, Reese in golden hour

    Allyson Felix finally won an individual Olympic gold medal, gliding home with her effortless stride to take the 200 meters and end the stranglehold of Veronica Campbell-Brown on the event. Aries Merritt added to the perfect sprint night for the United States, dominating the 110-meter hurdles final ahead of compatriot Jason Richardson.


    Bulls sign first-round draft pick Marquis Teague

    The Bulls say they have signed first-round draft pick Marquis Teague.Teague was taken with the 29th selection out of Kentucky and is expected to fill a backup role at point guard. The Bulls signed Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson in an effort to get by while Derrick Rose recovers from a major knee injury.Teague averaged 10.0 points and 4.8 assists to help Kentucky win a national title in his lone season. Older brother Jeff plays for Atlanta.The Bulls announced the deal Wednesday.

    Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun watches his RBI double Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds in the eighth inning in Milwaukee.

    Braun ends slump with RBI double, Brewers top Reds

    Ryan Braun snapped an 0-for-18 slump with an RBI double in the eighth, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win Wednesday over the Cincinnati Reds. Jonathan Broxton (1-1) started the eighth with the Reds leading 2-1. He retired the first two batters before an infield single by Norichka Aoki.

    Team USA’s Donald Suxho (7) and Sean Rooney, a Wheaton native, react Wednesday after losing 3-0 to Italy during a men’s volleyball quarterfinal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    US men exit Olympics with volleyball loss to Italy

    There will be no magical run to another gold for the U.S. men's volleyball team. There will not even be a medal. The defending Olympic champions were knocked out of the London Games in straight sets by Italy in a quarterfinal Wednesday. "You work four years for this to get here and then just not show up for the game. It's kind of tough," Clay Stanley said, adding after a pause: "Not necessarily not show up, but just kind of get taken advantage of."

    Wheeling graduate Kalvin Thong is one of the top players for the Northbrook American Legion baseball team making an unexpected trip to the Great Lakes Regional tournament which begins today in Midland, Mich.

    Thong enjoys Northbrook’s surprise ride

    It has been a whirlwind 24 hours for the Northbrook American Legion baseball team as it found out late Tuesday it would be the second representative from Illinois in the eight-team Great Lakes Regional in Midland, Mich., after state runnerup Wheaton had to forfeit its spot because it was unable to meet the minimum roster requirement of 12 players. Northbrook, which won the Cook County title, has seven players from Wheeling High School and will open play in the tourney at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Midland.

    Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta, center, smiles as he congratulates Asdrubal Cabrera, left, and Jason Kipnis Wednesday after the Indians defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-2 in Cleveland.

    Indians top Twins 6-2, end 11-game losing streak

    Justin Masterson pitched seven strong innings and Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 4 to lift Cleveland over Minnesota 6-2 Wednesday, ending the Indians' 11-game losing streak. The Indians avoided tying the 1931 franchise record for consecutive losses. Cleveland, which was outscored 95-36 in the streak, won for the first time since July 26.

    Y.E. Yang waits in the rain Wednesday during a practice round for the PGA Championship. Yang shocked the world when he rallied to beat Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship.

    5 big surprises at the PGA Championship

    The PGA Championship has delivered its share of unlikely winners over the years, particularly one stretch in the 1990s when eight of its 10 champions that decade won their first major. Go back to 1990, and the PGA Championship produced the most players who won only one major in their careers. Surprise winners can mean different things to different people, but here are five big ones to consider over the year.

    Dane Sanzenbacher won a spot on last year’s roster, but he is in a battle again to make the 53-man roster this season.

    Keep an eye on these position battles for Bears

    There won't be much time to focus on the Bears starters in Thursday's preseason opener vs. the Broncos at Soldier Field because they won't be out there very long. But backups will get a longer look in order to put pressure on starters whose positions aren't assured, and the depth chart could change based on individual performances. Bob LeGere takes a closer look at the battles that bear watching.

    From left, Alex Morgan, Syndey Leroux, and Heather Mitts train Wednesday in London.

    Morgan may be next face of US women’s soccer

    First-time Olympian Alex Morgan already has her defining moment: A game-winning goal in overtime that put the U.S. women's soccer team into the gold medal match. If she keeps this up, she really will outgrow her nickname. "We came up with the name Baby Horse' a while back when she first came on the team," U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe said Tuesday. "Just so much talent. Obviously very raw, she was kind of wild. "And now she's a beautiful stallion, I think."

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks to throw Saturday during practice in Denver.

    Manning makes his Denver debut against Bears

    Peyton Manning is about to face his first pass rush in 579 days. The four-time MVP makes his Denver Broncos debut in the preseason opener at Chicago on Thursday. If he has an extra pep in his step or anticipates a larger than usual adrenaline rush against the Bears, he's not showing it. "I've always said you love to get a bit of everything in the preseason if you can," Manning said. "You love to get some short-yardage work, some third-down conversions. You'd love to get some red zone, goal line."

    Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid addresses the media Wednesday. Reid returned to the Eagles a day after his 29-year-old son’s funeral.

    Andy Reid returns to Eagles after son’s funeral

    Andy Reid returned to the Philadelphia Eagles a day after his 29-year-old son's funeral, saying it's "the right thing to do." Garrett Reid, the oldest of five children for Andy and Tammy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his dorm room at Lehigh University where he was assisting the team's strength and conditioning coach during training camp.


    A weighty thought: There are many ways to measure outdoors success

    Fishing and hunting naturally place an emphasis on pursuing the biggest and the best of any individual species. Mike Jackson wonders if that kind of thinking might be a little too simplistic and suggests a more full enjoyment of outdoors sports can be had by using other ways to measure success.

    Saudi Arabia’s Sarah Attar reacts after competing in a women’s 800-meter heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Attar is the first Saudi woman to compete in track and field during the Olympics.

    Attar makes Olympic track debut for Saudi women

    Sarah Attar finished last and more than a half-minute slower than her nearest competitor in the women's 800 meters. Yet hundreds rose to give her a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line. For the first woman from Saudi Arabia to compete in track and field at the Olympics, the principle was more important than the performance Wednesday.


    Mike North video: Is Phelps the greatest Olympian of all time?

    Who is the greatest Olympian of all times? There have been many contenders, such as Carl Lewis, Edwin Moses and Mark Spitz, but Michael Phelps is part man and part fish. He has to be considered the greatest Olympian of all times.



    Arlington Heights’ Harris gift shop closing

    The Arlington Heights business community soon will lose one of its most familiar names. Harris Home Decor and More, which last year replaced the longtime family-owned pharmacy, is going out of business. "We really tried to carry on the name, but we just didn't get the support we needed from our community," owner Laura Harris said.

    McDonald’s Corp. says a key revenue figure came in flat in July as diners pulled back amid a persistently weak economy. After years of outperforming rivals by emphasizing value and rolling out popular new items, the stall is also a sign that competition is intensifying for the world’s biggest hamburger chain.

    McDonald’s left hungry by rivals, economy in July

    McDonald's Corp. says a key revenue figure came in flat in July, its worst showing in more than nine years, as diners pulled back amid a rough economy.

    Google’s Android operating system has extended its dominance in the smartphone market largely because of the success of Samsung’s line of phones that run the software. Seen here is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, which runs Android mobile software.

    Android extends dominance in smartphones worldwide

    Got an iPhone? You're in the minority.There were four Android phones for every iPhone shipped in the second quarter, research firm IDC said Wednesday. That's up from a ratio of 2.5 to 1 in the same period last year.

    U.S. stocks fell modestly Wednesday after worrisome economic reports from England and France.

    A rally on Wall Street slows; Priceline tanks

    A stock market rally lost steam Wednesday after mixed earnings from U.S. companies added to fears about Europe's economic slowdown.

    Men stand on top of a marine fender that was ripped from a dock after Hurricane Ernesto made landfall overnight in Mahahual, near Chetumal, Mexico, Wednesday.

    Ernesto races across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

    Tropical Storm Ernesto spun across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday, heading toward the country's oil heartland after forcing the evacuation of thousands of tourists and fishermen from beaches in Tulum and the Costa Maya.

    Apple will strengthen the security procedures used for resetting AppleID passwords over the phone after a Wired journalist called attention to a breach involving his own account.

    Apple beefs up security for resetting passwords

    The company is temporarily suspending the ability to reset AppleID passwords over the phone while it takes steps to make the procedure more secure, said Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple.


    Sports training business coming to Mount Prospect

    A new sports training business, The Ball Park, will occupy an existing 11,120-square-foot building at 604 W. Central Road in Mount Prospect. The property includes a vacant office and warehouse formerly occupied by Hines Lumber."I work with 8-year-olds up to professional athletes," majority owner Ron Cacini told the village board.

    Researchers mailed letters to nonexistent businesses in 159 countries and waited a year to see which were sent back. You might be surprised at the answer.

    To test efficiency, economists mail fake letters

    A half century after Elvis Presley had a hit with "Return to Sender," a Dartmouth College professor and three other economists have used the same idea to rate the efficiency of the world's governments.

    Google is testing a service that’s designed to make it easier for users to search their e-mail accounts while seeking information on the Web.

    Google to include people’s Gmail in search results

    Google's Internet search engine is getting more personal by highlighting information drawn from its users' Gmail accounts on its main results page.


    Wellness Center USA completes acquisition of CNS-Wellness

    Health care and nutraceutical company Wellness Center USA said it has completes its acquisition of its CNS-Wellness LLC in Tampa, Fla.


    TreeHouse Foods 2Q net sales increase 7 percent

    TreeHouse Foods Inc. today reported second quarter net sales increases 7.1 percent due to price increases for its products as well as additional sales from its recent acquisition of the Naturally Fresh brand.


    Beam selects Ogilvy Chicago for Pinnacle Vodka

    — Global spirits company Beam Inc. has named Ogilvy Chicago to handle advertising of its Pinnacle Vodka brand.


    Manitex reports record 2Q net revenues

    Manitex International Inc., reported net revenues for the second quarter of 2012 rose 42 percent to a record $52.5 million, as global demand for the company's boom and lift trucks continue to grow.


    Hub Group named a top supplier For Sears Holdings

    Hub Group has been named a 2012 Partner in Transformation for Sears Holdings Corporation.

    Construction has started on the former BP gas station and Higgley’s Restaurant at Algonquin and Arlington Heights roads.

    Arlington Heights, Algonquin roads development starting

    It was 2006 when the BP station and Higgley's Restaurant at Arlington Heights and Algonquin roads closed in anticipation of a new, bigger development. It's been six years, and finally construction has started on what will be a new BP gas station, 24-hour convenience store and fully automated car wash.


    HP raises outlook, boots head of Services

    Hewlett-Packard Co. on Wednesday said that it will take a massive charge against its earnings for the latest quarter, but that results excluding charges were better than expected. The computer company also said the head of Enterprise Services, its second-largest division, is leaving "to pursue other interests."


    Outback parent co. stock blooms after IPO

    Shares of Bloomin' Brands, which operates Outback Steakhouse and other restaurant chains, rose more than 11 percent in the stock's first morning of trading on the Nasdaq.

    Macy’s Inc. is reporting a nearly 16 percent increase in net income for its second quarter Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, as the department store chain continues to benefit from its strategy to tailor its merchandise to local markets. Macy’s says that its net income rose to $279 million, or 67 cents per share, for the three-month period ended July 28.

    Macy’s posts 16 percent hike in 2Q net income

    Macy's reported a nearly 16 percent increase in net income for its second quarter, helped by cost-cutting and its strategy to tailor its merchandise to local markets. The department chain, which operates stores under its namesake and upscale Bloomingdale's names, says it's also raising its annual earnings guidance. Its shares rose more than 3 percent in morning trading.

    Firefighting crews continue to pour water onto a unit after a fire at a Chevron refinery on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 in Richmond, Calif. The fire, which sent plumes of black smoke over the San Francisco Bay area, erupted Monday evening in the massive Chevron refinery about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco. It was out early Tuesday.

    Chevron response to refinery fire under criticism

    Investigators were looking at how a small, seemingly insignificant leak at one of the country's biggest oil refineries quickly unraveled into an intense fire that sent acrid black smoke into the sky and hundreds of people to hospitals with health complaints. This latest disruption at Chevron's refinery in this city about 10 miles northwest of San Francisco — one of the West Coast's big refineries — was expected to affect gasoline prices in the region.

    Bottles of Sunkist move down the line at the Dr Pepper Snapple bottling plant in Houston. Beverage companies have been teaming up with environmental groups to preserve and conserve water and watersheds, most recently Dr Pepper with the Nature Conservancy on watersheds that the company draws on directly for its product.

    Beverage companies pay millions to conserve water

    Fifty miles outside the nation's fourth-largest city is a massive field of waist-high grass, buzzing bees and palm-size butterflies, just waiting to be ripped up by an entrepreneur. Rather than develop this coastal prairie, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group is working to ensure it remains untouched. The project is part of the company's $1.1 million investment in the Nature Conservancy designed to benefit watersheds from which its bottling plants draw water.


    U.S. worker productivity up 1.6 pct. in 2nd quarter

    U.S. workers increased their productivity in the April-June quarter after companies scaled back hiring and got more out of their existing work forces. The gain was modest and suggests some companies may have to hire more workers if demand picks up.


    RV supplier set to expand N. Indiana operations

    A company that makes components for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes plans to expand its northern Indiana operations and add perhaps 260 jobs in the next few years.


    Markets take breather ahead of Chinese data

    Markets were subdued Wednesday after a run of solid gains as investors waited for Chinese economic data to shed light on the state of the world's second-largest economy.Over the past couple of weeks, investors have chased up stocks, the euro and commodities like crude oil on hopes of further economic support from central banks, particularly the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.


    Oil prices hover above $93 a barrel in Asia

    Oil hovered above $93 a barrel Wednesday in Asia as concerns about supply disruptions supported a two-month, 21 percent rally. Benchmark crude was down 46 cents to $93.21 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.47 on Tuesday to settle at $93.67 in New York.


    France may slip into recession, central bank warns

    France's central bank is expecting the country to slip into recession during the third quarter.The Banque de France said Wednesday that its preliminary figures show that gross domestic product will be down 0.1 percent in the third quarter, which ends Sept. 30. The bank had already predicted that GDP would fall the same amount in the second quarter.

    Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it will keep fighting to buy the shares it doesn’t already own of Tiger beer owner Asia Pacific Breweries of Singapore, despite efforts to upset the deal by a Thai group.

    Heineken to continue pursuit of Tiger beer

    Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it will keep fighting to buy the shares it doesn't already own of Tiger beer owner Asia Pacific Breweries of Singapore, despite efforts to upset the deal by a Thai group.Last week Fraser and Neave agreed to sell its 39.7 percent stake in APB to Heineken for $4.23 billion.

    U.S. homeowners are getting better about keeping up with their mortgage payments, driving the percentage of borrowers who have fallen behind to a three-year low, according to a new report.

    Late payments on mortgages hit 3-year low in 2Q

    U.S. homeowners are getting better about keeping up with their mortgage payments, driving the percentage of borrowers who have fallen behind to a three-year low, according to a new report.Still, the rate of decline remains slow, credit reporting agency TransUnion said Wednesday. The percentage of mortgages going unpaid is unlikely to return anytime soon to where it was before the housing market crashed.

Life & Entertainment

    Three former “Star Trek” captains — William Shatner (pictured), Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula — will take the stage for a discussion of galactic journeys at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con.

    Weekend picks: Chicago Comic Con is here!

    Three “Star Trek” captains — William Shatner, Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula — will take the stage together for a discussion of galactic journeys past and present at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Rosemont. Check out the rib fest, bike rodeo and more at Gurnee Days Friday. Or head into Chicago to see Robin Thicke, Megan and Liz and other music stars celebrate fashion at the Macy's Glamorama 2012 event at the Harris Theatre.

    iLLest Vocals

    Suburban talent contest winner to be revealed Saturday

    After weeks of honing their skills through initial auditions and successive rounds of competition, the final five in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent will soon find out if they are the ultimate winner, the online Fan Favorite — or both. All will be revealed at the Taste of Arlington Heights starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. That's when the final five finalists will perform for an open-air crowd before the winners are announced.

    Stan Lee

    What to do, whom to see at Comic Con

    Grab your cape and head to Rosemont for this weekend's Wizard World Chicago Comic Con! Comics mastermind Stan Lee! William Shatner! "Harry Potter" star Tom Felton! Celebrities and artists will be in large supply ... and if you're lucky, you might even meet a hero or two.


    Car club calendar
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many auto shows and cruise nights, as well as clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of area shows, car clubs and motorcycle groups.


    Timing is everything; scheduling is impossible

    I have a small gap between my two front upper teeth. It's adorable. Take my word for it. My children, however, believe it's something that should have been taken care of by an orthodontist when I was a child. Of course, my kids think everything can be solved by orthodontia.

    Debbie Reynolds will perform at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace for a limited three-show engagement.

    Reynolds returns to Drury Lane
    Debbie Reynolds returns to the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace for a limited three-performance engagment on Monday, Sept. 17, and Tuesday, Sept. 18. Tickets are now available.

    Summer's bounty of cukes and tomatoes combine for a fancy appetizer.

    Crostini bring out fresh flavor of ripened tomatoes

    Growing up in rural North Carolina instilled in me quite a few food expectations, one of which was that tomatoes are best vine-ripened and early August is their peak for flavor. Another food lesson from my youth was that nothing pairs better with those tomatoes than crisp, bright cucumbers. Mixing tomatoes and cucumbers and then topping them off with a light vinaigrette was always a favorite summer side salad. Today's recipe adds a twist: I have upped the quantity of cukes, added fresh herbs and creamy feta cheese crumbles.


    Should I break up with my oversensitive girlfriend?

    Q. How do you handle oversensitive people? I am about to break up with my girlfriend because I can’t take it anymore. I can hear you asking if it’s me and believe me, it’s not. I’ve never had to deal with this before, and everyone in her life feels she has a problem with this. It’s even affecting her work; she got in a snit because her boss put her name last in an email chain a few times; she decided he hated her, and she acted in a passive-aggressive manner with him. He was (ticked). I was flabbergasted when she told me why she was upset.Trying to gently discuss the issue leads to defensiveness and then a couple of days of moody pouting. I’m ready to bail, but is there any way someone like this can change? I know most of it stems from insecurity about growing up in a family of academics and struggling in school. I’d love to help her, even if we don’t stay together. She’s sweet and loyal, but this is causing problems in all aspects of her life, including keeping female friends.AnonymousA. The best way to handle oversensitive people is to do exactly what you least want to do: Be honest. Walk right through the pouty tripwire.For example (calm voice, not angry): “You acted out at work over your place in the address list of an email? If I were your boss, I’d be (ticked), too. This isn’t a rhetorical question, because I genuinely want to know: What did you think you’d accomplish?”And: “You think (Friend/Colleague) was being (something terrible), but I think it’s at least possible she (alternate explanation). Do you think maybe you jumped to the worst-case conclusion?”And: “When you respond to my concerns with pouting, I feel annoyed and frustrated. It’s affecting the way I feel about you. It also acts as a deterrent: It’s getting to the point where I’d rather not say anything than risk a three-day funk, and how is that good for either of us?”And: Suggest she try therapy, please.And: Realize these appeals to logic and self-awareness are a temporary strategy; you’re not the outrage police.Flip side, you can’t keep doing what you’d rather do: tiptoeing, avoiding, editing everything you say, “trying to gently discuss,” dodging, dodging, dodging. As you’ve seen for yourself, that merely wears you out and props her up with false assurance at that.Even breaking up at this point would be a dodge, since you won’t have preceded it by addressing your frustration head-on. If it’s time to break up, then by all means, do it soon, but tell your truth first.“Helping” someone undergo a personality change is a nonstarter, but the idea of letting someone know that certain behaviors won’t fly and breaking up when nothing changes? That’s well worth supporting, especially since you’ve already done the hardest part: You’re ready to go.So, first try those honest responses to her snits.If you aren’t happy with the result, then break up. Say you’re sorry, you’ve appreciated her sweetness and loyalty, and let her suggest you stay friends.Ÿ Email Carolyn at tellmewashpost.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

    Associated Press British actor Bob Hoskins says he is retiring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

    Actor Bob Hoskins diagnosed with Parkinson’s

    British actor Bob Hoskins says he is retiring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In a statement released Wednesday through his agent, the 69-year-old performer thanked his fans and said he had had a "wonderful career."


    The Suburbs This Weekend: Garlic, comics, horror movies and WWII aircraft

    Garlic, Comic Con, a horror convention and World War II planes are among this weekends picks by Sean Stangland and Richard Battin.

    Friends and family of Paige Cichon, 2, shown getting a hug from older brother Will, 3, are able to keep up with her progress through caringbridge.org.

    Social media sites provide support mechanism in bad and good times

    Laurie and Kevin Chichon of Round Lake are able to keep family and friends updated through CaringBridge.org on the progress their daughter, Paige, 2, is making as she is treated for an optic glioma. Other similar social media sites make it easier for supportors to connect with those through difficulties.

    According to the 2012/13 Zagat Survey, dining out is back on the upswing.

    People eating out more often, Zagat Survey finds

    The popular Zagat Survey releases its 2011/13 Chicago restaurant guide. The average meals out per week are up for the first time since the Great Recession. So where are people eating?


    Kids score with park district inclusion services

    It can be so important to be a part of a team, especially one with your peers from school or your neighborhood. For a child with a disability, though, this time of year may produce a bit more stress than for their peers. Parents should know that park districts can provide inclusion assistance so that children with disabilities are not left on the sidelines.

    Whiskey-spiked barbecue sauce glazed burger is a customer favorite at Lincoln Whiskey Kitchen in Schaumburg.

    Schaumburg's Lincoln Whiskey Kitchen hits the mark on food, cocktails

    What drew me to Lincoln Whiskey Kitchen in Schaumburg? Was it the eatery's ties to Naperville's White Chocolate Grill, a place I drooled over some years back? The convenient location in Woodfield's shadow? The sophisticated cocktail menu? Maybe a little bit of them all. But what will draw me back Lincoln Whiskey Kitchen? The whiskey.

    Randy Travis has been charged with driving while intoxicated in North Texas after a single-car crash Tuesday night.

    Country star Randy Travis accused of DWI in Texas

    Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated after the country singer crashed his car Tuesday night in Texas and was found naked and combative at the scene, officials said. It was the second arrest this year for Travis, who was cited in February for public intoxication.


    A little bit of lying can wipe out a lot of trust

    It was like a bad scene from an episode of Law and Order. I was the relentless interrogator, and my 6-year-old daughter was the accused criminal. A day earlier, after having signed her up at the library for the summer reading program, and returning for her first prize, she realized she only needed to read three more books to get a free comic book. She could think about nothing else.

    Honey and citrus juices turn plain fruit into party fare.

    Mexican Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing
    Mexican Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing

    Micky Dolenz, left, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork of The Monkees (shown in 1997) announced Wednesday that the group will launch a 12-date U.S. tour in November. It’s the band’s first tour since Davy Jones, front, died in February.

    Monkees announce 1st tour since Davy Jones’ death

    The Monkees will perform their first live shows since star Davy Jones died in February. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork announced Wednesday that the group will launch a 12-date U.S. tour in November. It's the band's first tour since 1997.

    Fire department vehicles are also valued by vintage car buffs.

    Classic car show features sirens, flashing lights

    Dive into the exciting and diverse world of collector vehicles and you'll find loyal fans for every conceivable mode of vintage transportation. You may even be surprised to find there's a diehard following for emergency vehicles, as seen at the 2012 Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show.

    Sixpence None the Richer’s “Lost in Translation”

    Sixpence shows little growth on new album

    Matt Slocum, co-founder and guitarist of Sixpence None the Richer, says the group has fully transitioned since they disbanded in 2004. But that transition doesn't necessarily reveal itself as any sort of post-metamorphosis art with the songs on their new album, "Lost in Transition."


    Fruit Salad with Grand Marnier Sauce

    Honey and citrus juices turn plain fruit into party fare.

    Stir it up: Put your fruit in party clothes

    Fruit salad. It sounds so great — fresh and sweet and tasty. And anyone can chop up a mess of fruit and dump it in a bowl. But if you are looking for a party-worthy fruit salad, you may need some help. First, think fresh. You can make a fruit compote from canned or frozen fruits, but for a seasonal delicacy, use fresh.

    Summer's bounty of cukes and tomatoes combine for a fancy appetizer.

    Cucumber-Tomato Crostini
    1 loaf ciabatta (about 12 ounces), or other crusty Italian bread2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil½ teaspoon salt½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepperTopping1 cup finely chopped tomato2 cups finely chopped cucumber, seeded¼ cup light feta cheese crumbles2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 tablespoon white wine vinegar¼ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon black pepperHeat oven to 375 degrees.Slice the ciabatta into 20 thin slices, about ¼-inch thick. Arrange the slices on a baking sheet and brush tops and bottoms with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and cayenne pepper. Bake for 10 minutes, turning once halfway through, or until crispy and light golden brown.Set aside and cool to room temperature before topping.For the topping: Combine all the ingredients and allow to stand at room temperature until ready to serve, up to 1 hour.If not serving immediately, serve the topping in a large bowl with the crostini to the side so each guest can make their own. This way the crostini appetizers are fresh and crunchy at the first bite.Makes 20 crostini appetizers.Nutrition values per crostini: 82 calories, 4 g fat (0 saturated), 10 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein, 2 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium.


    Frugal living: Reusing mesh bags and toning down cinnamon

    The durable mesh bags that produce such as onions or oranges are sold in can be saved and reused. Use them for bagging your produce when you're shopping (instead of using disposable plastic produce bags) or reuse one as a beach bag.

    Award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch is best known for the torch song “The Way We Were.”

    Marvin Hamlisch left signature mark on decades of films

    The word "prolific" gets tossed around a lot, but it couldn't be more appropriate in discussing the work of the late, great Marvin Hamlisch. This is especially true in considering his many contributions to film over the past five-plus decades. Yes, he's been duly decorated in other artistic realms — the longtime Broadway favorite "A Chorus Line," which eventually ended up on the big screen, earned him a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 — but he also crafted some of the best-loved and most enduring songs and scores in movie history.

    The cast of “The Expendables 2” — Yu Nan, left, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren — say they’re giving co-star and writer Sylvester Stallone space after the death of his son, Sage Moonblood Stallone, on July 13.

    Stallone skips ‘Expendables 2’ promotions

    The cast of "The Expendables 2" say they're giving co-star and writer Sylvester Stallone space after the death of his son last month. Stallone's 36-year-old son Sage died on July 13 in his Los Angeles home — a day after Stallone was joined by Arnold Schwarzenegger and other "Expendables" stars at Comic-Con in San Diego.


    Joan Rivers protests Costco not selling her book

    Police were called to a Costco store in a Los Angeles suburb after comedian Joan Rivers handcuffed herself to a shopping cart to protest the store, which is not selling her latest book. The 79-year-old "Fashion Police" host was being filmed by a camera crew Tuesday as she complained that the store in Burbank, Calif., had refused to carry her book, "I Hate Everything ... Starting With Me."

    Writer and director Joss Whedon is returning to write and direct the sequel to “The Avengers.”

    Joss Whedon suits up to helm 'Avengers' sequel

    Joss Whedon has been hired on again as boss of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and their superhero pals for a sequel to "The Avengers." The news came Tuesday from Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger, who said during a company earnings call that the filmmaker is returning to write and direct the sequel adapted from the Marvel Comics tales.

    Stuart Swanlund of the Marshall Tucker Band died in his sleep of natural causes at his Chicago home. He was 54.

    Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Stuart Swanlund dies at 54

    Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Stuart Swanlund has died. He was 54. Publicist Don Murry Grubbs said Monday night that the guitarist died in his sleep of natural causes Saturday at his Chicago home.

    Kay and Arnold (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) try to add romance to their stale marriage in “Hope Springs.”

    'Hope Springs' offers perceptive look at marriage

    You don't have to be married for 31 years like the stuck-in-a-rut couple Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play in "Hope Springs" to feel inspired by the film's message about the importance of keeping your relationship alive. It sounds like a cliché. Yet, "Hope Springs" unearths some quiet and often uncomfortable truths.

    The Gaslight Anthem — Brian Fallon, right, Benny Horowitz, Alex Levine, Alex Rosamilia and Ian Perkins — left New Jersey for Nashville, Tenn., in February to record their new album, “Handwritten.”

    Gaslight Anthem writes own story on 'Handwritten'

    The guys in The Gaslight Anthem aren't here to save rock 'n' roll. Their new release, "Handwritten," has a lot of high hopes pinned to it. The band, which played Lollapalooza last weekend and is slated to play at Chicago's Riot Fest in September, is seen by many as one of guitar-driven rock's potential latter-day heroes. "We recorded a record that we all like. It happens to be a rock record, but we didn't do it to try to save rock 'n' roll," guitarist Alex Rosamilia said.


    Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole
    Enchilada Casserole

    Crockin’ Lasagna is a satisfying and delicious meal.

    Crockin’ Lasagna
    Crockin' Lasagna

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

    Garden Vegetable Sauce with Chickpeas
    Garden Vegetable Sauce with Chickpeas

    Slow-cooked pork loin can be shredded and used for sandwiches or tacos.

    Shredded Pork Loin Roast
    Shredded Pork Loin Roast

    Nana’s Zucchini Bread “bakes” in an oval slow cooker.

    Nana’s Zucchini Bread
    Nana's Zucchini Bread

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

    Turn to slow cookers for hot-weather meals

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



    Editorial: ‘Civic contribution’ an unseemly skim

    A Daily Herald editorial decries electrical aggregation contracts in which communities accept a portion of revenues that were intended to provide utility rate relief.


    A difference beyond question

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Mitt Romney could have been more diplomatic about what ails Palestinian society, but he identified what are, indisputably, two problems. The first is that of culture. The second is the reluctance to discuss it.


    The ‘boring’ 2012 campaign

    Columnist Cal Thomas: The Romney campaign should consider speeches and more campaign ads that feature people who have "made it" on their own, or who have overcome personal difficulties by embracing timeless truths.


    Leaders are elected to serve, not gain
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: How can someone preach fiscal responsibility when this intentional financial burden is cast on taxpayers year after year as they go door to door asking Republicans to get out the vote for Joe Walsh?


    Walsh is working to fix the country
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The Patriot of the Year Award, given to Joe Walsh, is given annually to those individuals who have shown remarkable dedication and committed service in preserving and promoting conservative values.


    Tax relief program is badly needed
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The other day my wife and I received a letter from the Illinois Department of Aging stating that 2012 will be the last year senior citizens will receive the Circuit Breaker Tax Relief.


    Don’t feed left’s money machine
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: From Nancy Pelosi to David Axelrod, we hear about the terrible political right that do not want gun control. Maybe we should have more, but has anybody ever thought about Hollywood in this context?


    Fracking is our future
    A Geneva letter to the editor: Energy can reinvigorate our economy, and create millions of new jobs. We need an administration that believes in the development of our resources.


    Support tax cut for middle class
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Recently, the U.S. Senate passed a bill continuing the temporary 2001 income tax cuts for people whose yearly incomes are less than $250,000. Ninety-eight percent of us reading this letter would see no jump in our 2013 income tax rates. But Rep. Randy Hultgren is against this Senate bill.


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