Daily Archive : Wednesday August 22, 2012


    It was move-in day Thursday at New Residence Hall West, as well as across campus, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

    NIU’s first new dorms in 44 years — snazzy!

    Northern Illinois University students moved into New Residence Halls East and West, NIU's first new dorms since the Stevenson towers were finished in 1968. "We're in love with it," said sophomore Barbie Podraza of Lake in the Hills. She and friends Jennalyn Hernaez of Addison and Ashley Kooiker of Hanover Park proudly pointed out all the cool things. "I think this is heaven compared to Lincoln,"...


    Elgin rec center renovations questioned but approved

    An ongoing renovation project at the Eastside Recreation Center was called into question again by the Elgin City Council Wednesday but ultimately approved by a majority of members. Unexpected soil conditions created problems with a retaining wall for a portion of the work, prompting a $56,075 request for additional funding. Councilman John Prigge, as he has before, questioned paying for the...

    Tammy Duckworth

    Duckworth claimed two homeowner exemptions

    Eighth Congressional District candidate Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates improperly claimed two homeowner exemptions at once over a period of several years, a Daily Herald investigation has found. Duckworth calls it an oversight and says she is paying the $1,928 in taxes she saved because of the extra exemption, plus an added $612 in penalties.

    Todd Akin

    Walsh criticizes GOP for ‘piling on’ Akin

    Joe Walsh affirms previous statements that Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's remarks about legitimate rape were "idiotic" and "stupid" but criticizes the GOP failing to stand up for one of its own.


    Elk Grove parolee charged with robbing Fox River Grove home

    A 29-year-old Elk Grove Village man who was out on parole, has been charged with burglarizing a Fox River Grove residence, according to police.


    Arlington Heights man building fireworks injured in accident

    An Arlington Heights man with hopes of obtaining a pyrotechnician's license suffered serious burns while attempting to build fireworks in his basement Tuesday night.

    Eric Moreno, seated, puts away school supplies in his new fourth-grade classroom at Tioga School in Bensenville during the first day of classes.

    Bensenville students dazzled by new-look schools

    Students in Bensenville Elementary District 2 got a sneak peek at their new digs earlier this week, but it didn't detract from their sense of wonder Wednesday when they returned for the first day of classes. Entering additions at Tioga and Johnson schools, they marveled at the size and amenities, enjoyed sunny hallways and even worried about finding their way around. "I'm going to get lost,...


    Chicago man accused of prompting JetBlue landing
    Federal prosecutors say a Chicago man prompted a JetBlue flight to make an emergency landing in Denver after making passengers uncomfortable and groping a pregnant woman. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said Tuesday that Marcus Covington has been charged with interfering with the duties of a flight crew and flight attendant.


    Plainfield police ask to store guns in schools

    Police in Plainfield are asking school officials for permission to store rifles in the village's high schools so they'll be ready if violence breaks out.

    Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County courthouse in Joliet in this 2009 file photo.

    Peterson offered $25K to kill 3rd wife, witness testifies

    A witness testified at Drew Peterson's murder trial Wednesday that the former Bolingbrook police sergeant offered him $25,000 to hire a hit man to kill his third wife just three months before she was found dead. Prosecutors allege Peterson, now 58, ended up killing Kathleen Savio himself because he feared a settlement after their divorce would ruin him. They presented the hit-man testimony in a...

    Christopher Vaughn

    Trial continues for man accused of killing family

    Witnesses testifying at the trial of an Oswego accused of killing his wife and three children say that in the moments after the slayings he was preoccupied by damage to his clothing.

    Daniel J. Happ

    Man fit for trial in Carpentersville hammer attack, sexual assault

    A 28-year-old Capentersville man accused of beating a woman with a hammer, raping her daughter and stabbing their dog last March is ruled fit to stand trial after a fitness evaluation was done over the summer. Daniel Happ is being held on $3 million bail and is next due in court in October.


    Three people injured in Batavia crash

    Three people were injured Wednesday night in a four-vehicle crash on Kirk Road in Batavia that shut down the roadway for more than an hour.


    Elburn Station vote pushed to next month

    The decision whether to approve the Elburn Station subdivision plan has been pushed off again, due to absences of Elburn trustees and the president's desire to have a full board vote on the development.

    Chicago Teachers Union members picket before a Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday in Chicago.

    Chicago teachers inch closer to a strike

    Delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union have authorized the union president to give the required 10 days' notice for a strike. However, Union President Karen Lewis said after Wednesday evening's vote that no decision had yet been made on whether to call a strike. The union's months-long contract battle with Chicago Public Schools remains unresolved with just a few weeks to go before 400,000...

    This book cover image released by Dutton shows “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden” by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer. The first-hand account of the Navy SEAL mission that killed Osama bin Laden is coming out Sept. 11.

    Book on bin Laden raid coming out Sept. 11

    A member of the U.S. Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden has written a firsthand account of the operation, triggering more questions about the possible public release of classified information involving the historic assault of the terror leader's compound in Pakistan.

    Tanner Conroyd, 20, of St. Charles was least seen near Millennium Park in Chicago Monday morning.

    St. Charles woman, 20, missing since Monday

    A 20-year-old St. Charles woman who left her home about noon Sunday was last seen in Chicago's Millennium Park Monday but has not been seen or heard from since. Police said she does not have a phone, wallet or identification.


    Mt. Prospect doing away with old-fashioned water meter reading

    Mount Prospect residents who still read their own water meters and report what they find to the village will soon be relieved of that task. The village board Tuesday agreed to spend $2.1 million over the next four years to install an automated meter reader system that would report water usage directly to the village.


    IDOT Memorial Wall unveiled

    Highway work zones are an incredibly dangerous area for construction crews. Last year, 24 people were killed in work zones in Illinois and three people have been killed so far in this construction season. "The lives lost on our highways are not acceptable," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider.

    Michelle Morrison

    Ex-hospital employee charged with harassing former psychiatric patients

    Bail was set at $50,000 Wednesday morning for an Elk Grove Village resident accused of taking confidential medical records from Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates and using them to harass patients. Michelle Morrison, 52, admitted to Cook County sheriff's investigators that she had stolen copies of patient files from her former employer and sent threatening letters to...

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, shakes hands with Ross Murty, the co-owner of the Village Corner Deli, during a campaign stop at LeClaire Manufacturing on Wednesday in Bettendorf, Iowa.

    GOP upheaval arrives just before Romney convention

    Mitt Romney wanted to preside over a made-for-TV gathering showcasing his economic credentials and GOP unity. Instead, he's heading to Tampa for the Republican National Convention with a nationwide debate focused on rape and abortion and with the divisions within his party — and with running mate Paul Ryan — on full display.


    U-46 mobiles were not in bad shape, expert testifies

    A school facilities expert and a leader in bilingual education contradicted statements other experts had made about the use of mobile classrooms and bilingual programs in the federal bias trial against Elgin Area District U-46.

    Irvana Wilks

    Wilks won’t seek third term as Mount Prospect village president

    Mount Prospect Village President Irvana Wilks will not seek a third term as the village's top elected leader, she announced Wednesday."It has been an honor to serve Mount Prospect," she wrote in a statement.

    Mosquitos are sorted at the Dallas County mosquito lab in Dallas. U.S. health officials say there’s been an alarming increase in the number of West Nile cases. So far there have been more than 1,118 cases reported through the middle of August. That’s three times as many as usually seen at this point in the year. About half the cases are in Texas.

    CDC: West Nile outbreak one of largest in US

    The current West Nile outbreak is one of the largest in the U.S., with four times the usual number of cases for this time of year, federal health officials said Wednesday.


    Slipknot drummer, Chicago-based singer to make anti-bullying video in Geneva

    The drummer from teh band Slipknot and members of Sister Soleill are making a music video, along with Geneva High School students, to decry bullying.


    Route 66 charity journey ends in Mt. Prospect

    After almost a month of cycling along Route 66 to raise money for a hospice in his hometown, Jim Windass of Hull, England, will arrive at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Mount Prospect Monday, Aug. 27.


    Gurnee resident still peeved about taxation without service from sanitary district

    Jerry Kolar of Gurnee is keeping up the pressure on an agency he contends is unfairly taxing some village residents without giving them any service. Appearing at Monday evening's village board session, Kolar said he recently discovered a pre-annexation document from 1977 that was not signed by property owners in his northeast side neighborhood and by North Shore Sanitary District officials, as...


    Naperville hikes mowing fees to $90

    Naperville City Council members have agreed to increase the fee from $35 to $90 if the city has to mow the lawns of absentee or delinquest homeowners.


    Sixty families choose to change Dist. 204 schools

    Sixty families take up District 204 on their offer to have kids change their schools, an option because a couple school didn't make ADP for three consecutive years.

    Maria Bustamante

    Rosemont woman gets 4 years for setting ex-boyfriend’s apartment on fire

    After her boyfriend kicked her out, Maria Bustamante returned to his apartment, put a fuel-soaked rag under the door, lit it on fire and ran. A DuPage County judge on Wednesday sentenced the Rosemont woman to four years in prison for the Feb. 20 arson, which evacuated a three-story apartment building in Woodridge.


    Police and fire reports
    Kenneth N. Ash, 32, of the 6300 block of Hamilton Drive in Chicago, appeared in bond court Wednesday on felony charges of aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting an officer as well as a misdemeanor charge of obstructing identification, according to court documents. Ash was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was not wearing a seatbelt and gave false...


    Rivers foundation honors award recipients Friday

    Rivers Casino in Des Plaines will conduct a reception Friday, Aug. 24, honoring the 2012 recipients of The Rivers Foundation Des Plaines Community Giving Program. The recognition ceremony will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in The Cube. The casino is located at 3000 S. River Road.


    Quinn still deciding on gambling legislation

    Gov. Pat Quinn is days away from the deadline to decide if he'll sign a gambling expansion bill, but the Chicago Democrat says he's not sure what he'll do.

    Camilo Rivera of Aurora is accused of beating his wife with a hammer early Wednesday morning, causing massive head injuries.

    Aurora man accused of beating wife’s head with hammer

    An Aurora man is accused of beating his wife with a hammer early Wednesday morning, causing massive head injuries, according to police. Authorities said three of the couple's children woke up to their mother's screams.


    DuPage likely to keep lobbying firms

    A DuPage County Board committee is recommending that the full board approve one-year contracts with a four lobbying firms totaling $324,000. Three of the firms would lobby state lawmakers on the county's behalf, while the fourth would focus on federal initiatives.


    Dimucci land hearing continued:

    A public hearing regarding a controversial rezoning request for property at the southeast corner of Route 12 and Old McHenry Road again has been continued.


    Vernon Hills company to expand:

    The Vernon Hills village board on Tuesday approved site revisions to allow for a substantial addition at Kanaflex Corp., 875 Woodlands Parkway in the Corporate Woods business park.


    D128 community education:

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 Community Education office has released its Fall 2012 catalog.

    Second-grade teacher Jane Reich has about 12 fewer students in her Mill Street School classroom this fall thanks to boundary changes implemented by Naperville Unit District 203.

    Dist. 203 encouraged by early returns on boundary changes

    Attendance figures always fluctuate early in the school year, but Naperville Unit District 203 officials and parents say they've seen enough to call the first phase of this year's controversial boundary changes a success. District officials say 17,421 students were enrolled for the first week of classes, which is right on target with their projections. But they're even happier because their...

    Arlington Park as it looked about 1930.

    Arlington Park overcomes obstacles to survive

    Arlington Park racetrack has had a colorful history of survival since its first days in the late 1920s. Gerry Souter gives us a tour of its early dark days and it's ultimate triumph, a story that was repeated in the 1980s as well. "It continues to face challenges, but really, what are the odds?" he writes.


    Lake Zurich won’t put Lake Michigan water referendum on November ballot

    Lake Zurich officials say they will wait until the spring to let voters decide whether the village should hook up to Lake Michigan water. Officials had considered taking one of two referendum questions about the issue to the voters in November, but village board members tabled the idea and decided to hold the question off the ballot until next year.


    UIC looking at link between zoning laws, fitness

    Communities around the country are increasingly using zoning laws to make changes intended to increase activity and exercise. UIC researchers say they've found such communities in 36 states.

    Jacqueline Castillo, left, listens to her teacher Sylvia Eagels Wednesday as she eats her breakfast during the first day of school at Gifford Elementary School in Elgin. Harriet Gifford is one of 10 schools in Elgin Area School District U-46 that now offer a free breakfast to each child every day.

    More U-46 students get free breakfast before school

    Before cracking open new books and taking out their new pens, thousands of students in Elgin Area School District U-46 sat down for the most important meal of the day. Every student at 10 schools in Elgin and Hanover Park, under a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, will have access to a free breakfast every day before class.


    ‘Rahm’s Readers’ break summer reading record

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and library commissioner Brian Bannon say more than 60,000 children and young teenagers raced through 1.5 million books this summer as part of "Rahm's Readers."


    Downstate prosecutor hopes to stir debate on gun laws

    McLean County State's Attorney Ronald Dozier says he thinks the state law barring people from carrying concealed guns is unconstitutional. He hopes his policy against prosecuting harmless violations will send a message to Illinois lawmakers.


    Lawsuit against Chicago Archdiocese alleges abuse

    A Cook County man is suing the Archdiocese of Chicago and Cardinal Francis George, alleging he was molested in the 1970s by a dean at a Catholic high school.


    Former Schaumburg resident indicted in $13 million extortion scheme

    A former Schaumburg resident accused of trying to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal executive and threatening to kill relatives if he didn't pay up has been indicted on federal charges. A grand jury in Charleston charged current West Hollywood California resident Vivek M. Shah with four counts of interfering with interstate commerce and using interstate commerce to threaten extortion.

    This image dated Wednesday and provided by NASA shows the Curiosity rover’s wheel tracks on the surface of Mars an image sent from one of the rover’s cameras.

    Mars rover Curiosity makes first test drive

    The NASA rover Curiosity made its first test drive Wednesday on ancient soil of Mars.

    Dr. Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center, shows some of the possible trajectories tropical storm Isaac could develop in the coming days, Wednesday at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

    Could hurricane Isaac derail GOP convention?
    Washington PostIt’s deja vu all over again: Four years ago, Hurricane Gustav threatened Republican National Convention plans. This year, it’s Hurricane Isaac.


    6 former Cook County education officials face charges

    Six former education officials from the Chicago area, including a former district superintendent and a Chicago Public Schools administrator, have been charged with corruption, authorities announced Wednesday. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced the charges as part of an ongoing investigation of public officials and corruption called Operation Cookie Jar.

    Zoo officials say a Bolivian gray titi (TEE’-tee) monkey was born Saturday to a 21-year-old mother and 15-year-old father.

    Tiny Bolivian monkey born at Lincoln Park Zoo

    Visitors to the Lincoln Park Zoo might have to look closely to catch a glimpse of the newest addition in the primate house.Zoo officials say a Bolivian gray titi (TEE’-tee) monkey was born Saturday to a 21-year-old mother and 15-year-old father.

    Elizabeth Stallone

    Prosecution: DuPage suspect took $300,000 from aunt

    A West suburban woman appeared in DuPage County bond court Wednesday on charges she misappropriated at least $300,000 of her elderly aunt's money. Elizabeth Stallone, 60, of Westchester, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of financial exploitation of an elderly person. She was held on $100,000 bail. Stallone gained access to two of her aunt's bank accounts after she “usurped...

    Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva could become the host of the Cubs Class A team, though nobody's saying so officially yet.

    Cougars as Cubs' Class A team a plus for suburbs?

    The Kane County Cougars have consistently been one of the Midwest League leaders in attendance, and a county official and a business owner agree the Cubs making them their Class A minor league affiliate would only boost those figures -- and surrounding businesses. "From an economic and development standpoint, it would benefit everybody in the area," a Kane County official said.

    Lawrence Hanson

    Antioch agrees to 90-day contract with beleaguered rescue squad

    Antioch will continue to receive emergency medical service from the embattled Antioch Rescue Squad through an inaugural, short-term contract. The village board approved the 90-day pact that will provide it some controls over the squad that is under scrutiny by a state agency regarding its operations. "If it ain't fixed, get rid of them,” Trustee Scott Pierce said.


    Cook County wants to expand, improve camping sites

    Are you in favor of new bunkhouses at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington, and new cabins at Camp Reinberg in Palatine? And to have places in Cook County where families can camp?Those are among the issues that taxpayers and camping enthusiasts are invited to chime in on this week, as the Forest Preserve District of Cook County seeks to expand and improve its local camping sites.


    Rosemont voters to weigh in on electric aggregation

    Rosemont will ask voters in a referendum this November to grant the village the authority to negotiate a lower electricity rate with a private company to supply homes and businesses. If approved, all residents and businesses will be switched from ComEd to the alternate supplier unless they choose to opt out of the program.

    Naper Settlement Executive Director Peggy Frank.

    Naper Settlement director to retire

    Naper Settlement's longtime executive director, Margaret "Peggy" Frank, will retire in January after 33 years at the 19th-century living-history museum. Frank announced her plans in a written statement released Tuesday evening. She said it's time to "start another journey, to explore new opportunities, new directions."

    New Country Trails Elementary School principal Jeff King high fives students as they arrive by bus on the first day of school in District 301 on Elgin’s far-west side.

    Images: Back to school for more suburban students
    Wednesday marked the first day of a new school year for many districts around the suburbs. Daily Herald photographers were out bright and early to capture the excitement, and chaos, of the first day back to school.


    Crystal Lake businessman accused of defrauding veterans

    A Crystal Lake businessman and four employees are facing federal fraud charges. Prosecutors allege John C. Blanchard, 51, of fraudulently obtained federal contracts that were set aside for disabled veterans.


    Pingree Grove OKs video gambling

    Following the example of its neighbors Gilberts and Hampshire, the Pingree Grove village board has decided to allow video gambling machines in town.


    Give your input on Fox Bluff Conservation Area

    The McHenry County Conservation District is accepting comments from the public until Friday regarding preliminary conceptual plans for the Fox Bluff Conservation Area, which includes the former 116-acre Camp Algonquin, which closed last year after more than 100 years. Right now only the northern half of the Fox Bluff is open to the public.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, greet supporters, during a campaign rally in Manassas, Va. For all the attention it got, Romney’s selection of Ryan as his running mate has not altered the race against President Barack Obama. The campaign remains a dead heat with less than three months to go, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

    AP-GfK poll shows White House race still tight

    WASHINGTON — For all the attention it got, Republican Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate has not altered the race against President Barack Obama. The campaign remains neck and neck with less than three months to go, a new AP-GfK poll shows.


    Court: Texas can cut off Planned Parenthood funds

    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas officials are vowing to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood after a federal court sided with the state in a challenge over a new law that bans clinics affiliated with abortion providers from getting money through a health program for low-income women.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks during a campaign rally in Manassas, Va.

    Romney pushes on with discredited welfare attacks

    MIDLAND, Texas — Mitt Romney claims he’s got a winner with his criticism that President Barack Obama is giving welfare recipients a free ride. Never mind that aspects of his argument against the Democrat are factually inaccurate.

    President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in Reno, Nev.

    Candidates spar on health care, education

    MIDLAND, Texas — Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are seeking to call President Barack Obama to account on several fronts, going after his stands on health care, taxes and the debt as the GOP ticket looks to build momentum heading into the party’s convention.

    Missouri congressman and Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comments on rape are playing a role in more than dozen House races in battleground states. In Illinois’ 17th District, Democratic challenger Cheri Bustos called on Republican Rep. Bobby Schilling to return a $2,000 donation from Akin. Schilling did so and issued a statement expressing his disgust with Akin’s remarks.

    Democrats seek to tie Akin to House candidates

    DENVER — Meet the newest campaign issue for House Democrats: Todd Akin.

    Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation’s top Republicans and refused to abandon a Senate bid that has been hobbled by fallout over his comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”

    Mo. lawmaker still defiant, won’t quit Senate race

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation’s top Republicans and refused to abandon a Senate bid that has been hobbled by fallout over his comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”

    Investigators were checking videos, track conditions and maintenance records Wednesday to find the cause of a deadly train derailment in Maryland and figure out if two young women sitting on a railroad bridge over the town’s main street contributed to the crash or if their presence was just a tragic coincidence.

    Investigators looking into Md. train derailment

    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — Investigators were checking videos, track conditions and maintenance records Wednesday to find the cause of a deadly train derailment in Maryland and figure out if two young women sitting on a railroad bridge over the town’s main street contributed to the crash or if their presence was just a tragic coincidence.


    Higher wage demands spread to other South African mines

    Even as labor unrest spread to at least two more platinum mines, South African President Jacob Zuma traveled Wednesday to a mine where police killed 34 strikers and wounded another 78, causing outrage and eroding support for the party that has ruled South Africa since the end of apartheid.


    Syrian forces kill at least 31 in Damascus raids

    BEIRUT — Syrian regime forces on Wednesday shelled two Damascus districts before troops backed by tanks swept through to carry out house-to-house raids in search of opposition fighters, killing at least 31 suspected rebels, activists said.


    Special operators to anti-Obama groups: Zip it

    WASHINGTON — A group of retired special operations and CIA officers who claim President Barack Obama revealed secret missions and turned the killing of Osama bin Laden into a campaign centerpiece are coming under criticism from some of their own.Some special operations officers say the activist veterans are breaking a sacred military creed: respect for the commander in chief.

    Attorneys for ousted Penn State President Graham Spanier planned Wednesday to dispute allegations he covered up reported child sex abuse involving convicted former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

    Ex-PSU president’s lawyers to dispute Freeh report

    PHILADELPHIA — Attorneys for ousted Penn State President Graham Spanier planned Wednesday to dispute allegations he covered up reported child sex abuse involving convicted former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

    Al Capone

    Signed Al Capone document to be auctioned

    A New Hampshire auction house is adding a signed deposition by gangster Al Capone, a pistol and a love song about his wife to its "American Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawman" auction planned next month. The Jan. 24, 1925, deposition is part of a 50-page archive of police interviews, testimony and notes in the attempted murder of Capone's mentor, John Torrio. Bobby Livingston of RR Auction in Amherst...

    Young sculptor Wade Ripple, 15, of Mount Zion with clay figures he created.

    Mount Zion teen expresses self in clay

    There's a new Ripple moving through the world of art.Fifteen-year-old Wade Ripple is a sculptor who works where he can and doesn't have a fancy art gallery to display his creations. Instead, connoisseurs will find a modest selection of his slices of the human condition inhabiting a section of counter at Ripples' Auto Body in Mount Zion, the business in which his dad, Chris, is a partner.


    Arson charge for Wisconsin father accused of killing girls

    The man accused of killing his three young daughters in River Falls is facing an additional charge. Prosecutors have filed an attempted arson charge against Aaron Schaffhausen. The 35-year-old father is already facing three counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Eleven-year-old Amara, 9-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia Schaffhausen were killed July 10 in the home they shared with...

    A 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Croydon model catches the eye of passersby during a previous Geneva Concours d’Elegance classic car show.

    Geneva car show gives back to cancer center

    Geneva's eighth annual Concours d'Elegance is a free event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, that showcases unique and vintage cars along Third Street in downtown Geneva. It is a fundraiser for the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, and additional events will take place throughout the weekend in support of the center.


    Illinois’ composite ACT scores hold steady at 20.9

    Illinois students' ACT scores have held steady this year. They're also the highest of the nine states that administer the college entrance exam to all graduating high school students.


    Chicago man accused of prompting JetBlue landing
    Federal prosecutors say a Chicago man prompted a JetBlue flight to make an emergency landing in Denver after making passengers uncomfortable and groping a pregnant woman. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said Tuesday that Marcus Covington has been charged with interfering with the duties of a flight crew and flight attendant.


    Husband accused of burning wife in Madison

    Dane County prosecutors say a Madison man poured gas on his wife and lit her on fire after accusing her of having an affair. A criminal complaint says 59-year-old Andrew Spear hit Mary Spear, a state attorney, and drove her to their storage unit Aug. 16 where he set her on fire. The complaint says the fire briefly ignited her arms and legs before her husband helped put it out.


    Chicago see 28 percent more calls about rats

    Illinois' mild winter was good news for rats and bad news for Chicagoans who don't like rodents.The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago has seen a 28 percent increase in the number of calls to the city's 311 center asking for a crew to get rid of rats. Through the end of July, the city has logged almost 15,900 calls. That compares to a little more than 12,000 over the same period last year.


    Remains found buried in Indianapolis wooded area

    Police in Indianapolis say people searching for a dog found a shallow grave with possible human remains.Police say the discovery was made soon after midnight Wednesday in a wooded area amid a mix of homes and industrial buildings on the city's east side.

    Streamwood police spent more per hour than 38 other suburban departments during the 2011 Labor Day enhanced traffic enforcement campaign, according to Illinois Department of Transportation data.

    The latest on police holiday DUI stings, reader tips

    With Labor Day around the corner, many suburban police departments are saturating roads with extra patrols aimed at snagging drunken drivers and seat belt scofflaws. But the results of these additional patrols, funded by federal grants distributed by the Illinois Department of Transportation, show some departments are more efficient than others. Reports on topics like these, originally instigated...

    Sources are saying the Cubs are talking about making the Kane County Cougars their Class A minor league affiliate. But should the Cubs be talking about that right now?

    Dawn Patrol: Cubs Class A to Geneva? Past accusations in frying pan case

    Cubs minor league affiliate headed to Kane County? Ex-boyfriend had order of protection against Elgin woman accused of killing current boyfriend. Friend was with Wheaton woman minutes before her St. Louis murder. Toni Preckwinkle backtracks on comments against President Reagan. Judge allows evidence that Drew Peterson attempted to hire hitman.


    Naperville delays district map approval for a month

    Naperville City Council members punt approval of district maps to Sept. 18.

    Rescue crews pull a 57-year-old Wauconda woman from mud late Monday night.

    Wauconda woman stuck in mud for 2+ hours

    A Wauconda woman was stuck in mud up to her shoulders for more than two hours Monday night before a nearby resident heard her cries for help and called 911. It took officials 45 minutes to pull her from the mud, but the woman was not injured.

    Joe McMahon

    McMahon plans to broaden scope of anti-bullying program

    The Kane County State's Attorney's Office has been giving presentations on bullying for the past two years at the request of school liaison officers. Prosecutors plan to expand the program, visiting more schools that request a visit and also reaching out to parents and teachers. State's Attorney Joe McMahon said the role of his office is evolving to not only prosecute crimes, but be part of the...


    Raises for nonunion county personnel could be in the future

    Debate revealed Tuesday that Kane County's transportation budget may become the template for any nonunion employees who want a raise. As budget time heats up, county board members said they are considering allowing raises of up to 2 percent as long as the 2 percent either comes from new money or expense reductions. This would be the first raise for nonunion employees in several years.


    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who is in his first full season following elbow ligament replacement surgery, is 15-5 with a 2.85 ERA and a National League-leading 183 strikeouts. The 24-year-old right-hander has thrown 145 1/3 innings, and the Nationals want to hold him to a limit of 160-180 this season.

    Shutting down Strasburg doesn’t make much sense

    The Washington Nationals are shutting down pitcher Stephen Strasburg because his inning count is reaching their predetermined limit of 160. Can you imagine the Chicago White Sox doing this same thing with Chris Sale? it wouldn't and shouldn't be a popular decision with an team in contention, and Mike North hopes the Nationals reconsider.

    Mike Donatucci is now running the Schaumburg defense after ending his successful 19-year head coaching tenure at Fremd last fall.

    Donatucci, Pendergast team up at Schaumburg

    The two winningest coaches in Mid-Suburban League history, Mike Donatucci and Dave Pendergast, have joined forces at Schaumburg as assistant coaches. Plus other football news and notes.

    San Francisco closer Santiago Casilla (46) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    Giants beat Dodgers 8-4 to earn 3-game sweep

    Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings, Joaquin Arias homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Wednesday night to extend their NL West lead to 2˝ games with their first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years.

    The Cardinals’ Jon Jay scores from third on a wild pitch by the Astros’ Bud Norris as catcher Chris Snyder tries to retrieve the ball in the fifth inning Wednesday in St. Louis.

    Cardinals knock off Astros 4-2

    Kyle Lohse pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to earn his seventh consecutive win, and the Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 4-2 on Wednesday night.

    The Tigers’ Austin Jackson, left, scores on a single by Prince Fielder as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis loses the ball in the sixth inning Wednesday in Detroit.

    Tigers hold on for 3-2 win over Blue Jays

    Anibal Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Omar Infante tripled and scored, and Jeff Baker drove in a run with a single to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver struck out five and walked one Wednesday in a victory in Boston.

    Angels defeat fading Red Sox 7-3

    Jered Weaver rebounded from a terrible start by pitching seven solid innings, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

    The Mariners’ Eric Thames hits a two-run double against the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning Wednesday in Seattle.

    Thames delivers game-winning hit for Mariners

    Eric Thames hit a tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday for their eighth straight win.

    The Rockies’ Wilin Rosario celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a home run during the seventh inning Wednesday in New York.

    Rosario homers, leads Rockies past Mets 5-2

    Wilin Rosario hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 5-2 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory at Citi Field.

    Atlanta pitcher Kris Medlen struck out seven and walked none Wednesday in a road win over Washington.

    Medlin pitches Braves to 5-1 win over Nationals

    Kris Medlen pitched seven shutout innings in his latest winning performance, and Martin Prado's two-run double proved decisive to help Atlanta end a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

    San Diego Padres starter Andrew Werner, making his major league debut, allowed four hits, walked four and struck out two Wednesday at home against Pittsburgh.

    Padres rookie beats Pirates in major league debut

    Andrew Werner allowed two runs over six-plus innings in his major league debut and Carlos Quentin drove in three runs, leading the Padres to a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

    The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, right, celebrates with Elvis Andrus after Beltre’s home run during the fourth inning Wednesday at home against Baltimore.

    Beltre hits 3 homers for Rangers

    Adrian Beltre hit three home runs, including two in a nine-run fourth inning, and had five RBIs in the Texas Rangers' 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields struck out seven and walked none Wednesday in a home win over Kansas City.

    Rays beat Royals 5-3 for 16th win in 21 games

    James Shields gave the Tampa Bay Rays another strong pitching performance as they make their push in the AL East.

    The Diamondbacks’ John McDonald rolls as he tosses the ball to teammate Aaron Hill for a forceout during the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader with Miami Wednesday in Phoenix.

    Diamondbacks sweep Marlins

    Rookie Wade Miley pitched eight innings to earn his 14th victory, and Arizona beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 Wednesday night to complete a sweep of the first home doubleheader in Diamondbacks history. Fellow left-hander Tyler Skaggs made his major league debut in the opener.

    The Reds’ Jay Bruce runs past the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins after hitting a home run in the eighth inning Wednesday in Philadelphia.

    Reds edge Phillies 3-2

    Bronson Arroyo allowed three hits in eight-plus innings, and Jay Bruce homered to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

    Chris Sale improved to 15-4 and lowered his ERA to 2.65 during the White Sox’ 2-1 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sale improves to 15-4 as Sox sweep Yankees

    Chris Sale kept on rolling Wednesday night, and this time he dominated - and impressed - the Yankees. The White Sox' lefty allowed only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 13 in a 2-1 win at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Cigelnik fires school-record 33 for Mundelein

    On a perfect day for golf, Mundelein’s Bret Cigelnik was nearly perfect.The junior shot a school-record 33 for nine holes, leading the Mustangs (143) past Niles West (165) and Niles North (181) in a triangular at Steeple Chase Golf Club Wednesday.Mundelein also received 36s from Chuck Mohr and Mike Lima and 38s from Derek Parola and Grant Heelan.Carmel d. Libertyville: At Pine Meadow, Tommy Schofield and Jared Moore shot matching 35s, as the Corsairs carded a 148 to top the Wildcats (163).Jackson Wietecha added a 37 for Carmel, and Nathan Ley had a 41.Matt Reed’s 38 paced Libertyville, while Peter Henderson chipped in a 40.“We need more than one player in the 30s,” Libertyville coach Sean Matthews said.Vernon Hills d. Marian Central: At White Deer Run, Chris Edwards’ 1-over 37 led the Cougars, who shot a 164 to win by six strokes.Eric Swanson and Russell Hutson added a 41 and 42, respectively, while Connor Dickman and James Roussel each had a 44.


    Carmel adds to good start

    Carmel Catholic’s girls golf team continues to shoot solid scores.The Corsairs carded a season-best 173 to edge visiting Deerfield (178) at Countryside Golf Course in Mundelein Wednesday.Carmel senior Isabella Bagshaw shared medalist honors with Deerfield’s Lauren Kelsey, as both players shot a 40. Other standouts for the Corsairs were freshman Alexa Amato (44), senior Rachel Fraher (43) and seniors Taylor Smith (460 and Caroline Thompson (46).Carmel is off to a 3-1 start.“We have a lot of depth,” Corsairs coach Jill Franz said. “It really comes down to the last scorer, and it truly is a team effort. It was a really nice comeback and a great win after a tough loss to Stevenson (176-202 Tuesday).Stevenson d. Warren: At Cranes Landing, Illinois-bound Stephanie Miller fired a 36 to lead the Patriots (183) past the visiting Blue Devils (209).Stevenson also got a 46 from Nikki Marquardt.Junior Gabby Cordova led Warren with a 45.Libertyville d. Grant: At Antioch Golf Club, Camilla Ou’s 41 led the Wildcats (186) to victory over the host Bulldogs (282).Paige Webb and Jessica Lovinger shot 47 and 48, respectively, and Izzy Alesna had a 50 for Libertyville (2-0).Mundelein d. Lake Zurich: At Village Green, Courteney Fabbri fired an even-par 35, as the Mustangs (166) won easily.Hannah Thompson and Holly Gotlund each had a 42 for Mundelein.Lake Zurich (197) was led by Megan Malcolm’s 46.Lake Forest d. Vernon Hills: At Vernon Hills Golf Course, Emily Young carded a 42 for the victorious Scouts (178).Vernon Hills (206) got a 45 from Kari Lee.


    Hinsdale South upsets Marist

    Hinsdale South started its season off in fine fashion, stunning preseason Class 4A favorite Marist 24-26, 25-22, 25-21 on Wednesday in Chicago. The Hornets fell behind 19-7 in the first set, but rebounded nicely in the second and third sets. Jessica Brezwyn had 20 kills and 13 digs, Emily Mihalkanin 17 digs, Colleen Lyons 6 kills, Rachel Kent 5 kills and Samantha Noble 4 blocks for Hinsdale South. Mallory Salis had 17 digs and 10 kills for Marist.


    River Bandits handle Cougars

    Kane County Cougars game report:


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Harvest Christian d. St. Edward 28-26, 20-25, 29-27: The Lions fought tough and pulled out a tough victory as they defeated the Green Wave in nonconference action. Shannon Igielski and Katie Swanson each recorded 10 kills to lead the Green Wave.Crystal Lake South d. Bartlett 25-6, 25-6: The Gators (1-0) showed a dominant performance in their first match of the year as they easily defeated the Hawks. Avalon Nero led the Gators with 7 aces and 7 kills while Carly Nolan added 8 kills.Dundee-Crown d. Streamwood 25-23, 22-25, 25-10: The Sabres (0-1) fell just short as they were defeated in nonconference action. Hannah McGlone and Kaitlyn Hedger recorded 7 and 4 kills, respectively.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Belvidere North 3, Burlington Central 1: The Rockets (0-1-1) battled in the first half, but came up short as they fell to Belvidere North at the DeKalb Tournament. Paolo Sespene recorded the Rockets’ lone goal in the 22nd minute off a feed from Jacob Schutta. Brett Rau turned away 9 shots on goal.Cary-Grove 2, Rockford Boylan 1: Kevin Wilde found the back of the net twice as he led the Trojans (1-0) to a nonconference victory at home. Brian O’Connor added an assist while Kevin Schenk recorded 6 saves in goal for the Trojans.South Elgin 4, Marian Central 0: The Storm used a balanced offensive attack as they won at the Warrior Invite. Phil Saccameno and Adam Smith recorded first half goals off assists from Alberto Bustamante and Daniel Hopkins, respectively. Christian Perez added a goal and an assist in the second half while Quinn Uveges also found the back of the net off and Tyler Pizczek added an assist. Michael Cortez preserved the shutout with 5 saves in goal.Maine West 5, Streamwood 0: The Sabres (0-2) finesse could not keep up with Maine West’s quickness as they were shut out at the Warrior Invite. Phil Lewy recorded 6 saves in goal for the Sabres.


    Barrington bounces back against Mundelein

    After falling to Lake County powerhouse Stevenson in its season opener Tuesday night in two games, Barrington's girls volleyball team hosted another Lake County team on Wednesday. This time, the Fillies were on the winning end of a two-game match. With Emily Watkins delivering 6 kills and Julia Thompson adding 5, the Fillies posted a 25-14, 29-27 triumph over visiting Mundelein.


    St. Viator wins third straight
    St. Viator's girls golf team won its third straight match on Wednesday against the West Chicago. Top scorers for the Lions were Dana Gattone (35), Amy Stringfellow (45), Haley Gainer (47) and Courtney Christophe (47).

    Carmel will rely on Sean Brennan on both offense and defense this season. He’s a three-year varsity player.

    Few breaks in ESCC race

    The East Suburban Catholic Conference has gone to a six-game schedule but even if you miss one powerhouse another one is probably waiting. Joliet Catholic with USC-bound Ty Isaac, Marist and defending champion Nazareth figure to battle for the top spot once again.

    Gordon Beckham (15) greets Kevin Youkilis at the dugout after Beckham scored on Youlilis’ sacrifice fly during the third inning against the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Sox relying too much on home runs

    According to STATS LLC, the White Sox are scoring 45 percent of their runs on homers. In major-league baseball, only the Yankees and Orioles are relying more on home runs to score. Sox manager Robin Ventura wants to see more manufactured runs.


    Webb, Williams still battling to start

    Coach Lovie Smith says most of the Bears’ starters will play into the third quarter in Friday night’s third preseason game — in what is traditionally the most serious tune-up for the regular season. But, since there isn’t a clear-cut starter yet at left tackle, that position will be a job share, as J’Marcus Webb and Chris Williams continue to battle for the starting job

    Brett Jackson and David DeJesus collide as they go after a ball hit by Milwaukee’s Norichika Aoki during the first inning Wednesday in Milwaukee.

    Strikeout bug continues to affect Cubs

    Cubs hitters have been coming up with nothing but air lately. They struck out 13 more times Wednesday in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park. Cubs hitters have whiffed 66 times in their last six games.


    DC United top Fire 4-2

    Lionard Pajoy and Long Tan each scored his first goal with his new club, helping D.C. United to a 4-2 victory over the Fire on Wednesday night.

    Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios, right, celebrates with A.J. Pierzynski after Rios' home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Sox sweep Yanks for first time since 1991

    Chris Sale struck out 13 in 7 2-3 stellar innings to get his 15th victory, Alex Rios hit a go-ahead homer and the White Sox beat the New York Yankees 2-1 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep in the meeting of division leaders.


    Burlington Central sweeps Hampshire

    The season-opening girls volleyball match had all the typical ingredients of first-contest jitters for both teams. But Burlington Central had all the answers to conclude its match against Hampshire at home on Wednesday, closing out the Whip-Purs with a 19-3 run to win in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-16.


    Sky drop eighth straight game

    Sancho Lyttle had 24 points and Tiffany Hayes scored 18 to lead the short-handed Atlanta Dream to an 82-71 victory over the Sky on Wednesday night.

    Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez is tagged out by Travis Wood during the seventh inning Wednesday in Milwaukee.

    100 losses back in play for Cubs

    After a run of respectability in July, the Cubs went back to their losing ways after the July 31 trading deadline. They've been back on a pace to reach triple digits in losses. The team record is 103.


    Boomers thump Evansville, 11-6

    The Schaumburg Boomers raced out to an early lead with a 5-run second inning and cruised to an 11-6 victory over the Evansville Otters Wednesday afternoon at Boomers Stadium.

    Mitch Siver during drills at the Glenbard North football practice on Thursday in Carol Stream.

    The DVC is loaded again

    For the first time since 1997, there were co-champions atop the DuPage Valley Conference football standings last season. Should we expect similar parity this season, or will a dominant team emerge once again? After co-champ Wheaton Warrenville South made it to the Class 7A final and Glenbard North and Naperville Central advanced to the 8A semifinals, another jumble may be on the way.

    Hampshire’s Kyle Anderson (9) hands off last season. The Whip-Purs are hoping to improve in their second year in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division.

    FVC Fox competitive top to bottom

    A football team has to be pretty sly these days to win the competitive Fox Division of the Fox Valley Conference outright. Three teams shared the Fox Division crown last season: Crystal Lake Central (6-4, 5-1), Grayslake Central (7-3, 5-1) and third-year program Woodstock North (7-3, 5-1). All three made the playoffs but lost in the first round. CL Central looks like the team to beat in this year's FVC Fox hunt, according to most league coaches, but the Tigers will likely be challenged by offensive powerhouse Grayslake North and skilled Woodstock North.


    Harper aims to extend last season’s successful run

    Coming off of last season's 33-14 campaign that ended in the NJCAA Division III, Region IV tournament semifinals, the the Harper College women's volleyball team is simply looking to extend its successful recent past — and perhaps build on it. "The finish was disappointing," said Harper coach Bob Vilsoet, who will be looking to fill some major holes due to graduation from last year's squad.


    NHL labor talks canceled for the day

    TORONTO — NHL collective bargaining talks were canceled Wednesday after top executives from the league and players’ union held an impromptu morning meeting to discuss the status of the negotiations.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spent about two hours with players’ association executive director Donald Fehr and his brother Steve Fehr, the union’s No. 2 man.“I think more than anything else it was to review where we are in the process, where we’ve come from, where we are with the various proposals and to determine how to move the process forward in the best way possible — hoping and understanding that both sides are committed to using the time left to making a deal as quickly as possible,” Daly said.The clock is ticking. The current agreement is set to expire Sept. 15, when the NHL says it will lock out the players if a new deal hasn’t been reached.Formal talks between the two sides were slated to resume Wednesday afternoon, but they were postponed until Thursday morning.“This is one of the normal things that happen,” Donald Fehr said. “Sometimes you schedule things and they don’t come off. Sometimes you don’t schedule things and you end up with much longer or more involved meetings. Sometimes you change the format. This is an ordinary part of the process.”The private meeting between the four main principals was kept quiet as media gathered at the NHLPA head office in anticipation of the afternoon talks.“I’m not going to try and characterize it,” Donald Fehr said of the meeting. “I think it would be not conducive to the process for me to try and do that. So, you just (have to) bear with me on it.” Daly said the sides would discuss key issues on Thursday.“I think system-related proposals and economical proposals are the most critical issues and probably the issues where we have the widest divergence of views currently,” Daly said. “I’m all in favor of spending as much time as possible trying to bridge those gaps.”There is a significant gap between the proposals.The union put forth an offer last week that includes a smaller percentage of revenues for players over the next three seasons in exchange for an expanded revenue-sharing program to help struggling teams. The NHLPA estimated that players would be giving up $465 million in salaries if the league continued on its pace of 7 percent growth each season.The league’s proposal called for a 24 percent decrease in player salaries — accomplished by lowering the union’s share of revenue — while introducing new contract restrictions, including a five-year cap.The NHLPA also proposed the creation of an industry growth fund in which $100 million would be contributed each year for struggling franchises. It would be part of a wider plan totaling $250 million in annual redistributed funds, and Bettman would be given the discretion to decide how the money from the industry growth fund is spread around. The NHL is largely happy with the current economic system, but it would like to eliminate heavily front-loaded, long-term contracts. As part of its proposal, deals would be required to pay the same amount each season.

    FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, Oakland Athletics starter Bartolo Colon tosses the ball after Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham hit a two-run single during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago. Colon, a former AL Cy Young Award winner, has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, after testing positive for testosterone. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    Ex-Sox Colon suspended 50 games for positive test

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Make it two 50-game suspensions in exactly one week — both starters for contending teams from the Bay Area, both for testosterone.Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games Wednesday after a positive test, joining San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera on the suspended list for the rest of the regular season.Major League Baseball made the announcement of Colon’s penalty a week after All-Star game MVP Cabrera received his 50-game suspension “I apologize to the fans, to my teammates and to the Oakland A’s,” Colon said in a statement released by the players’ association. “I accept responsibility for my actions and I will serve my suspension as required by the joint drug program.” He will miss the final 40 games of the regular season and the first 10 games of the postseason if Oakland advances that far. Any remainder of the suspension would be served in a future season, if Colon signs another major league contract.“It’s a shock,” Oakland reliever Grant Balfour said. “He’s a guy that we’re definitely relying on right now. I guess you could say it’s bad timing any time, but especially now.”Oakland, which hasn’t made the playoffs since 2006, began Wednesday a half-game out in the AL wild-card race. The A’s were preparing for an afternoon series finale against Minnesota when they got the news from clubhouse televisions. A closed-door team meeting was called.“The Oakland Athletics are disappointed to learn of today’s suspension,” the team said in a statement. General manager Billy Beane received word from MLB earlier Wednesday and began searching for a starter to take Colon’s turn in the rotation Thursday at Tampa Bay. Tyson Ross will be called up from Triple-A Sacramento.Beane addressed the A’s in the clubhouse before the team took the field for pregame warmups.“Listen, it’s disappointing. From a baseball standpoint, we’re scrambling,” Beane said. “We’re all disappointed, not just for the Giants and the A’s, but for baseball.”The 39-year-old Colon is 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts this season, his first with the A’s, and has a 171-122 record in 15 big league seasons. A two-time All-Star, the burly right-hander won the 2005 AL Cy Young Award after going 21-8 for the Los Angeles Angels.Colon will lose the remaining $469,945 of his $2 million base salary this year. He also has earned $750,000 in performance bonuses based on starts and $150,000 based on innings, which are not impacted. Thursday’s start would have earned him another $250,000, and the suspension will cost him the chance to make $850,000 in additional bonuses based on innings.Manager Bob Melvin hadn’t spoken to Colon as of late morning Wednesday.“It is what it is. We certainly don’t support the actions, but you have to move forward,” Melvin said. “You go through things over the course of the season. This is just one of them. ... You have to have a short memory.”Five players have been suspended this year under the big league drug program. San Francisco reliever Guillermo Mota was penalized 100 games in May following his second positive test and is eligible to return Aug. 28. Philadelphia infielder Freddy Galvis and free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd were suspended 50 games each in June.In addition, a 50-game suspension of NL MVP Ryan Braun was overturned after his lawyers argued his urine sample wasn’t handled as the rules in the drug program specified at the time.Beane took a chance on suspended slugger Manny Ramirez earlier this year. Ramirez signed with Oakland while completing his suspension for a positive test but was released in June per his request while playing for Triple-A Sacramento.“Baseball and the union have both been pretty aggressive in their approach,” Beane said.

    Northern Illinois will be counting on wide receiver Martel Moore, here catching a pass in the Go Daddy Bowl last January, to help get the offense rolling under new starter Jordan Lynch.

    Northern’s young offense backed by veteran defense

    As Northern Illinois sets out to repeat as MAC champions, one side of the ball definitely appears stronger than the other. The Huskies are hoping another running quarterback can carry the offense, while the defense is loaded with veterans.

    Brian Urlacher was evasive about knee treatments he reportedly received in Europe.

    Urlacher evasive about knee treatment in Europe

    Eight-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was evasive Wednesday in answering questions regarding a report that he sought an experimental procedure in Europe to facilitate quicker healing of his injured left knee. "I heard about that," Urlacher said after Wednesday's practice "Are there any quotes from me in there? Yeah, I didn't think there were any quotes from me in there or anybody else for that matter. I didn't think so."

    Bryan LaHair is congratulated after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday in Milwaukee. But it wasn't enough as the Brew Crew topped teh Cubs 3-2.

    Cubs swept away by Brewers

    Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 34th home run of the season, Yovani Gallardo pitched seven strong innings and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 3-2 victory Wednesday.


    Topwater fishing fun never goes out of fashion

    Using lures that have been around a while only adds to the fun when it comes to topwater fishing, as outdoors columnist Mike Jackson explains in this week's column.


    Mike North video: Roger Clemens dips into the Sugar Bowl

    Mike North talks about what Roger Clemens reasoning could be for wanting to pitch for the Sugarland Skeeters. Is it money, competitive spirit, or something to do with getting into the Hall of Fame? Either way, can his reasoning be sound?Ÿ For more, see www.northtonorth.com . Listen to Mike on Foxsportsradio.com, XM channel 169, or your iHeart application Sat 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sun 9 p.m. to midnight. You can also hear him Sunday evenings on WIND 560AM. Look for Mike on WIND on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. and on Fridays at 5:50 p.m. Listen to Mike's podcasts at foxsportsradio.com/podcast/mikenorth.xml

    The Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook is for men only.

    Four local golf clubs shut out women

    A decision made Monday by the historically men's only Augusta National Golf Club to offer two women a membership will likely not influence four local men's only golf clubs to change their ways, according to sources. “In these men’s clubs in (the) Chicago (area) ... women are not allowed on the property at all. They don’t even let them get out of the car, as far as I know,” said Barry Cronin, golf executive.


    New pitcher, same result for Cubs

    Rebuilding jobs usually take a lot of time, but the Cubs are retooling their starting pitching rotation on the fly. The trading deadline claimed Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm. An elbow injury has shelved Matt Garza for the season as the Cubs transferred him to the 60-day disabled list before Tuesday night's 5-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. "Obviously, it's completely different than Opening Day," said manager Dale Sveum.

    With Bears punter Adam Podlesh out with a hip flexor, backup Ryan Quigley (above) will get an opportunity Friday night against the Giants.

    Bears’ Bush says he’s more than goal-line back

    On his 8-yard touchdown run Saturday night, Michael Bush proved with a nifty sidestep at the line of scrimmage that anyone who pigeonholes him strictly as a short-yardage specialist does so at their own risk.

    Cubs starter Matt Garza hasn’t pitched since July 21, and now he won’t pitch again until next season.

    Cubs shut down Garza for rest of season

    Simply put, the math caught up with Matt Garza.The Cubs transferred their ace starting pitcher to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday as part of several roster moves.



    Elgin’s changing downtown has core of continuity

    The club of downtown Elgin businesses that have survived the booms and busts of the last few decades is getting smaller. But the owners who can boast 30, 40 and even more than 50 years of service are certainly present and planning to stay. Super Print closed at the end of July after about 30 years in town. Owners of Central Barbershop and Anderson's Engraving, both with 50 years in Elgin, mourn the loss of the business while looking ahead at their own futures.


    Call center in NW Indiana plans adding 600 jobs

    A company is looking to hire about 600 people for a call center in northwestern Indiana. Americall Group Inc. officials say the hiring at its Hobart center is because of business growth with existing clients such as Sears and Comcast.

    Sales of existing homes climbed in July from an eight-month low, adding to signs U.S. housing may pick up in the second half.

    Rise in U.S. home sales reflects steady improvement

    The recovery of the U.S. housing market is looking steadier and more sustainable, a trend that will likely add to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in seven years.


    Call for Spanish language political spending

    WASHINGTON — Just a month after Forbes Magazine recognized the Hispanic television market as “the next media jackpot,” some are complaining that Hispanic media aren’t getting a fair share of attention from the political realm. Randy Falco, president and chief executive of the Spanish-language network Univision, sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates to complain about the lack of a debate tailored for Latino audiences. He asked for an additional debate to speak specifically to Hispanic voters and pitched Univision national news anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas as moderators. The debate commission responded that it strongly believes its chosen moderators “see their assignment as representing all Americans in their choice of topics and questions.” The call for more political presence in Spanish-language television is not made in a vacuum. At stake is a rapidly expanding Hispanic TV market that Forbes estimated as worth $1 trillion. Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, announced this week that his group would track spending by political candidates and organizations on Spanish-language television, radio, and in print and online in 10 states through the November elections. A chamber analysis found that in 2010, spending on Spanish-language TV averaged about 3.9 percent, down slightly from just over 4 percent in 2008. The numbers stand in contrast to reports showing Univision outperforming most English-language networks in certain age groups and specific time slots. “We think the American public recognizes networks like Univision are very effective, but for some reason politicians never got the memo,” Palomarez said. The Hispanic Chamber represents 3.1 million businesses that generate more than $465 billion a year in sales, he said.The presidential campaigns have spent $350 million in nine highly competitive states for all types of commercials thus far, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Those states are Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida. With the presidential race expected to be close, Latino turnout could help decide the outcome in those states. In June, Obama was outspending Romney in advertising directed at Spanish-speaking Hispanics. His campaign had spent $1.7 million since mid-April on ads in Spanish in Florida, Nevada and Colorado, according to SMG-Delta, a media firm that tracks campaign advertising. The Obama campaign declined to speak on the record about its Spanish-language media spending, but sent Web links to a number of Spanish- and English-language sites geared toward Hispanics. “For over a year, we have used all the tools at our disposal from innovative advertising to grassroots organizing in the Latino community to promote the president’s record,” spokeswoman Gabriela Domenzain said in an email.Romney’s campaign had spent $33,000 on Spanish-language ads in television markets in North Carolina and Ohio by early June. Ana Carbonell, adviser to Romney’s organization on Hispanics, said the campaign did two Spanish-language ads during in the primaries and has done a total of eight in the general election campaign in Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio.“We are not only doing Spanish language, we are doing it very aggressively,” Carbonell said. She said she did not immediately have figures on how much the campaign has spent thus far.One in 5 registered Hispanic voters said Spanish is their primary language, according to a December 2011 Pew Hispanic Center survey. Another 45 percent say they are bilingual and a little more than a third said they are English dominant.The share of the 50 million U.S. Hispanics whom networks are scrambling to capture is far larger than the Latino electorate that turns out to vote, but the pool is expanding.

    Parents don’t need to buy all kinds of additional insurance as they pack the kid off to college. But they had better at least review their coverage to know whether they’re prepared for that stolen iPad, trip to the emergency room or worse.

    Don’t forget insurance with college-bound kids

    Insurance needs are often overlooked in the last-minute scramble of getting kids off to college. But relying on existing coverage — or a lack of it — can end up costing families during the college years and perhaps beyond. Parents don't need to buy all kinds of additional insurance, but they had better at least review their coverage to know whether they're prepared for that stolen iPad, trip to the emergency room or worse.

    Richard de Crespigny, the pilot responsible for safely landing the Qantas Airbus A380 plane on Nov. 4, 2010, waves from the cockpit window of the same plane April 21, 2012 in Singapore during a media preview. Qantas cancelled an order for 35 of Boeing’s new 787 jets Wednesday.

    Qantas cancels $8.5B worth of Boeing 787 orders

    Australian airline Qantas is canceling an order for 35 of Boeing's new 787 jets as it tries to cut costs.

    The much-discussed potential merger of American and US Airways continues to look more likely.

    Pilots at American and US Airways discuss labor deal

    Pilots for American Airlines and US Airways are talking about terms for a possible labor deal if the two airlines merge.

    Backupify solves the problem of what to do when critical data is deleted — accidentally or on purpose — from the cloud.

    Why it’s critical to back up gmail, FB and twitter

    At first, Backupify seemed fishy. Afterall, why backup things like Gmail, FB and Twitter, which are already on the cloud. But in the last few weeks, I've seen the light. I now consider Backupify an essential part of keeping my digital life secure.

    In “Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom,” published earlier this month, writer and consultant Marc Prensky looks to quell the fears of those who think we are becoming dumber as we become more dependent on our machines. Instead, he argues that this reliance can be beneficial and could even better the human race — but only if we are wise about it.

    Author writes about digital wisdom v. digital stupidity

    In "Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom," published earlier this month, writer and consultant Marc Prensky looks to quell the fears of those who think we are becoming dumber as we become more dependent on our machines. Instead, he argues that this reliance can be beneficial and could even better the human race — but only if we are wise about it.

    Nokia, burning cash as it struggles to revive its smartphone business, is winning time for the recovery effort by gaining more customers for another product: basic mobile phones it sells for $39.

    Basic phones propping up Nokia

    Nokia, burning cash as it struggles to revive its smartphone business, is winning time for the recovery effort by gaining more customers for another product: basic mobile phones it sells for $39. By adding features such as quicker Web and online games to its Asha handsets, Nokia boosted its share of the basic-phone market to 35 percent last quarter.


    Apple-Samsung jury has 600 questions to answer

    The jurors who will decide the outcome of the intellectual-property trial between Apple and Samsung Electronics must answer more than 600 questions simply to get to the end of their verdict form. The trial produced dozens of exhibits, 50 hours of argument and testimony over three weeks, and a multitude of calculations to arrive at estimated potential damages of billions of dollars.


    Chinese company keeps Syria connected to Internet

    NEW YORK — A firm that tracks the pathways of the Internet says a Chinese company is keeping war-torn Syria connected to the Internet as other telecommunications companies withdraw.The Syrian government ultimately controls Internet connection to the outside world but it’s a major route for rebel communications and news from the country, as the civil war intensifies.Hong Kong-based PCCW Ltd. is now carrying most of the Internet traffic to and from Syria, according to Renesys Corp., a Manchester, N.H., company that studies the structure of the Internet.PCCW has shouldered the load as Turk Telecom, the main phone company in neighboring Turkey, dropped away on Aug. 12. It’s not clear what killed that connection, but Turkey has protested the Syria regime’s actions. China is one of Syria’s few international allies.

    Richard Sustich

    Lake Zurich officials can’t decide on downtown developer, elect to sell land instead

    What started as a discussion to select a developer to help transform a lakeside area of Main Street in Lake Zurich into a retail destination completely flipped and now has officials leaning toward selling off village-owned downtown property.

    A United Airbus A320 passenger plane takes off at Newark Liberty International airport.

    Airbuses suffer cockpit power failure, await fixes

    As United Flight 731 climbed out of Newark with 107 people aboard, the pilot and first officer were startled to find screens that display crucial navigational information were blank or unreadable and radios were dead.They had no way to communicate with air traffic controllers or detect other planes around them in the New York City area's crowded airspace.


    T-Mobile brings back unlimited data plan

    Unlimited wireless data is back. After sliding off the menu of cellphone plans, data plans with no caps are making a comeback at smaller wireless companies trying to compete with AT&T and Verizon.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other Fed officials spoke with increased urgency at their last meeting about the need to provide more help for a weak U.S. economy. The minutes of the July 31-Aug. 1 meeting show many members feeling further support would be needed “fairly soon” unless the economy improved significantly.

    Stocks climb from lows after Fed signals help

    Investors drew some comfort Wednesday from signals that the Federal Reserve is worried about the slow pace of the U.S. economic recovery feels more urgency about providing help.

    In this file photo from 2008, Steven Domalewski, center, sits with his parents, Joseph and Nancy Domalewski, during an interview at their home in Wayne, N.J. Domalewski was left brain-damaged after being struck by a line drive while he was playing in a youth baseball game.

    $14.5 million for boy’s brain injury from metal bat

    A New Jersey teenager left brain-damaged after being struck by a line drive while he was playing in a youth baseball game will receive $14.5 million to settle his lawsuit against the bat manufacturer, Little League Baseball and a sporting goods chain.

    Fed minutes released Wednesday show many officials favored pushing the timetable for any increase in record-low short-term rates beyond the Fed’s current plan of at least late 2014.

    Fed officials weighed need to help economy further

    Federal Reserve officials spoke with increased urgency at their last meeting about the need to provide more help for a weak U.S. economy.

    The plight of the American middle class is worsening. Homes sold off or foreclosed are one of the most apparent symptoms of this decline.

    Middle class share of America’s income shrinking

    The middle class is receiving less of America's total income, declining to its smallest share in decades as median wages stagnate in the economic doldrums and wealth concentrates at the top.

    A flock of hungry shoppers was waiting Wednesday morning when Heinen’s Fine Foods opened its doors in Barrington. The store is the Cleveland-based chain’s first in the Chicago area.

    Heinen’s Fine Foods opens in Barrington

    Heinen's Fine Foods opened its long-anticipated store in Barrington Wednesday morning — the first expansion outside greater Cleveland for the 83-year-old, family-owned chain. The store at 500 N. Hough St. is expected to bring 80 new jobs to the village.

    Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S, left, and Apple’s iPhone 4 at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea. Jury deliberations were scheduled to begin Wednesday in the multibillion-dollar patent trial involving the world’s biggest smartphone companies.

    Epic patent trial over iPhone technology wraps up

    Jury deliberations were scheduled to begin Wednesday in the multibillion-dollar patent trial involving the world's biggest smartphone companies. During closing arguments Tuesday, a lawyer for Apple said that Samsung was having a "crisis of design" after the launch of the iPhone, and executives with the South Korean company were determined to illegally cash in on the success of the revolutionary device


    Pactiv closing Chippewa Falls plant

    Lake Forest-based plastics manufacturer Pactiv Corp. says it will close its Chippewa Falls, Wis. plant, idling 170 workers.

    France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says his government will lower taxes on gasoline to ease the pinch of rising prices on French pocketbooks.

    France PM announces gasoline tax cut

    France is to cut gasoline taxes to ease the pressure of rising prices on French households, the prime minister announced Wednesday, as the Socialist-led government attempts to quell rising concerns about the country's sluggish economy. Jean-Marc Ayrault sought to rebuild public confidence as Paris — like many other European capitals — faces the challenge of reinvigorating the economy despite tight state finances.


    China Telecom profit down 8.3 percent

    China Telecom Ltd., one of the country's three major state-owned phone carriers, said Wednesday its first-half profit fell 8.3 percent amid intense competition and high technology costs.

    Active high-end buyers and the inklings of a housing market recovery proved to be a profitable mix for Toll Brothers in its third quarter, as it delivered more homes at higher prices. Its net income climbed 46 percent and the company raised the low end of its 2012 home deliveries forecast.

    Toll Brothers 3Q profit rises

    Active high-end buyers and the inklings of a housing market recovery proved to be a profitable mix for Toll Brothers in its third quarter, as it delivered more homes at higher prices. Its net income climbed 46 percent and the company raised the low end of its 2012 home deliveries forecast. The trove of good news sent Toll Brothers' stock to its highest point in more than five years Wednesday.


    UPS extends offer period for TNT

    United Parcel Service Inc. is extending the offer period for its $6.77 billion acquisition of Dutch delivery company TNT Express.


    Analysts: Recession likely without budget accord

    A new recession is likely if a stalemate over tax and spending cuts continues between Democrats and Republicans, according to fresh, dire projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. In its annual summertime report, the budget office said Wednesday that letting decade-old tax cuts expire and sweeping spending cuts occur in January "would lead to economic conditions in 2013 that will probably be considered a recession."

    Workers install a motored solar panel at a construction site of a high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) power plant in Hami city in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Chinese solar panel makers that grew fast over the past decade are suffering big losses due to slumping global sales and a price war that threaten an industry seen by communist leaders as a role model for hopes to transform China into a technology leader.

    Chinese solar industry faces weak sales, price war

    Chinese solar panel makers that grew fast over the past decade are suffering big losses due to slumping global sales and a price war that threaten an industry seen by communist leaders as a role model for hopes to transform China into a technology leader. Another looming challenge: Moves by the United States and Europe toward imposing possible anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels.


    Joint Commission launches lab central connect portal

    The Joint Commission today announced the launch of Lab Central Connect for accredited laboratories. The portal is designed to help Joint Commission-accredited laboratories centralize storage of important survey-related documents,


    Watsontown Trucking selects Rand McNally fleet management system

    Rand McNally Corp. said Watsontown Trucking Company has selected its TNDT 760 EOBR devices for a fleetwide deployment, replacing an older existing system.


    Krons Foods sponsors annual ‘Free Gyros Day”

    Kronos Foods, Inc., a manufacturer of premium Gyros and other Mediterranean specialty food items, will host the fourth annual "Kronos Free Gyros Day" on Aug. 28.


    UOP technologist receives trade association award

    UOP LLC technologist Dr. Santi Kulprathipanja will receive the 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Gerhold Award, UOP, a Honeywell company, announced.

    The BestofAllWorlds site, which starts Aug. 27, will allow users to mingle online with like-minded people, find restaurants and nightlife in city guides.

    Facebook faces challenge from Swedish count’s jet-set website

    The Swedish count who founded one of the first social networks is back with a new invitation-only site to attract jet-setters and the well-heeled away from Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn.The BestofAllWorlds site, which starts Aug. 27, will allow users to mingle online with like-minded people, find restaurants and nightlife in city guides and discover who's attending events such as Art Basel in Miami and England's Royal Ascot horse racing, said Erik Wachtmeister, whose father was a Swedish ambassador to the U.S.

    A security guard opens the gate at the Central Valley Meat Co., the California slaughterhouse shut down by federal regulators after they received video showing dairy cows being repeatedly shocked and shot before being slaughtered.

    USDA eyes whether tainted beef entered food supply

    Federal regulators who shut down a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving an animal welfare video were investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply. The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand. Under federal regulations, sick animals cannot be slaughtered for human consumption.


    Concerns over growth and Europe push markets lower

    Concerns over economic growth pushed global markets down on Wednesday, with investors watching meetings between Greek and European leaders for signs the country will get more time to meet its debt reduction targets.Sentiment took a hit after some major corporations — such as BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company — reported lower earnings due to weaker global demand and Japan said it fell back into a trade deficit in July as exports dropped.

    Gas prices are advertised at a Sunoco gas station and market in Lapeer, Mich.

    Oil prices up as traders foresee tighter supplies

    Oil prices rose Wednesday as analysts predicted a strain on supplies and Middle East tensions would support crude prices. Benchmark crude for October delivery rose 3 cents at late afternoon Bangkok time to $96.87 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract finished 71 cents higher at $96.68 in New York on Tuesday.

    A truck driver delivers Heineken beer and other drinks in New York.

    Heineken sees stagnant annual profit amid european slump

    Heineken NV said full-year profit will be stagnant as demand in western Europe stumbles, highlighting the Dutch brewer's need to win the battle for full control of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd. Heineken expects net profit before exceptional items and amortization and excluding acquisitions and currency swings to be "broadly in line" with the the 1.58 billion euros ($2 billion) reported in 2011.


    Merrill fined by hong kong watchdog over client fraud complaints

    Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission fined Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Ltd. HK$3.5 million ($450,000) for failing to properly handle complaints of clients of one of its former private bankers. Some of the clients' complaints were incorrectly rejected and Merrill Lynch has agreed that an independent law firm and auditor will review all client accounts of the banker, Joyce Hsu, according to an SFC statement today.


    China adds to visa demands in move that could slow tourists

    China has tightened visa rules for visitors, adding requirements for a letter of invitation and proof of hotel reservations in a move that could slow its push to become the world's biggest tourism destination. Travelers applying for tourist visas, must submit a letter from an "authorized tourism unit," company or person inviting them to China, along with a photocopy of their round-trip ticket and hotel reservation, according to rules posted on the website of China's embassy in the U.S.

    First lady Michelle Obama is traveling to the electoral battleground of Florida on Wednesday to announce that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, exceeding a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of next year.

    First lady announcing new hiring push for vets

    First lady Michelle Obama is traveling to the electoral battleground of Florida on Wednesday to announce that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, exceeding a White House goal of 100,000 by the end of next year. Buoyed by those numbers, Mrs. Obama planned to announce that the same companies have committed to hire or train an additional 250,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014, the White House said.

    Pedestrians walk outside a pawn shop offering money for gold, in Athens.

    Greece seeks more time; Juncker heads to Athens

    Greece needs more time to implement tough financial reforms and spending cuts, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras says as he starts the first of a series of top-level European meetings to discuss his debt-ridden country's international bailout.Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the Eurogroup, the body representing the finance ministers of the 17 countries that use the euro, travels to Athens Wednesday afternoon for talks with Samaras and his finance minister, Yannis Stournaras.

Life & Entertainment

    Lyle Lovett performs Friday, Aug. 24, at Ravinia.

    Weekend picks: Catch Lyle Lovett at Ravinia

    Lyle Lovett and His Large Band kick off a big concert weekend at Ravinia Festival. Expect plenty of laughs when comedian Bryan Callen brings “The Man Class Tour” to the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Chow down on ribs while listening Los Lonely Boys Friday at the Little Bear Ribfest in Vernon Hills. Or get happy at the “Happy Together Tour” featuring Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and more at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

    “Ill Manors” by Plan B

    British rapper Plan B shines on third album

    On his third album, "ill Manors," Plan B is bold and blunt, telling it like it is with gritty lyrics that sound like beautiful poetry. "There's no such thing as broken Britain, we're just broke in bloody Britain," he protests on the opening and title track.

    The self-titled release for the World Famous Headliners.

    Terrific debut by World Famous Headliners

    Three singers. Three songwriters. Three guitarists. That should be three strikes against the World Famous Headliners. Instead, the chemistry created in this collaboration is captivating. Big Al Anderson, Shawn Camp and Pat McLaughlin — with plenty of help from bassist Michael Rhodes and drummer Greg Morrow — have made an album that justifies the band's hyperbolic, tongue-in-cheek name.

    Los Angeles police say rapper LL Cool J grabbed and held a burglary suspect at his Studio City home Wednesday morning.

    Rapper LL Cool J nabs intruder at Los Angeles home

    LOS ANGELES — LL Cool J plays a special agent on TV’s “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and now he’s caught an actual bad guy.Los Angeles police say the rapper grabbed and held a burglary suspect at his Studio City home Wednesday morning.Police got a 911 call shortly before 1 a.m. from someone who said her father had spotted an intruder in their home and was holding him downstairs.Officers arrived and took a man into custody. Police say he had minor bruises and will be arrested on suspicion of burglary. His name hasn’t been released.LL Cool J wasn’t hurt and apparently nothing was taken.

    Dax Shepard serves as the writer, co-director and star of the new road comedy “Hit & Run,” shown here with co-star Kristen Bell, his real-life main squeeze.

    Dax taking ‘Hit’ and running with it

    Dax Shepard is the star, writer and co-director of the new action comedy "Hit & Run" that opened Wednesday. He came to Chicago's Park Hyatt Hotel to strum up some awareness and admitted that Hal Needham is his personal hero. "My favorite movie all through my childhood, and it holds a special place in my heart, is Smokey and the Bandit'," Shepard said. "I love all of Hal Needham's movies!"


    It’s best to let daughter fight her own battles

    Mom wants to know if her 12-year-old daughter should cool her friendship with "mean girl." Carolyn says it may be better to let the girls figure out their relationship by themselves.

    Homemade buttermilk dressing, creamy and tangy with just the right pepper kick, tops the perfect tomato salad.

    Buttermilk dressing tangy addition to tomato salad

    When tomatoes are perfect, there's nothing else needed but a fine homemade dressing to top them off. I first sampled this heirloom tomato salad in one of Wolfgang Puck's California restaurants and quickly worked its beauty and simplicity into my repertoire. This year, I've lightened the salad dressing by using fat-free Greek yogurt; I think it pairs beautifully with tangy buttermilk and coarse ground black pepper.

    U.S actors Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman arrive for the Dallas launch party at a central London venue, Tuesday.

    From Dallas to London for JR

    LONDON — Cowboys, stetsons, bucking broncos and J.R. masks — it could only be the arrival of “Dallas” in London.Stars Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were at a Southfork Ranch outpost by the River Thames on Tuesday night to launch the rebooted soap with a big Texan party.The younger generation of actors — Jesse Metcalfe, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo — also was there. After success in the U.S., the first season of the new “Dallas” TV series will be shown in the U.K. beginning Sept. 5 on Channel 5.Duffy, who plays Bobby Ewing, says it was British audiences who helped the show become a hit the first time around, when they adopted the night-time soap and made it popular around the world.He’s hoping they’ll do the same with the re-launched version.


    The Suburbs This Weekend: Ribs, Ryder Cup history, clown auditions and aging rockers

    Ribs, Ryder Cup history, clown auditions and aging rockers are among selections by Kerry Lester and Richard Battin for The Suburbs This Weekend.

    Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad starred in the Broadway company of “The Book of Mormon.” The smash-hit musical by the creators of “South Park” and a composer of “Avenue Q” has been extended through June 2 at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre.

    ‘Book of Mormon’ extends Chicago run

    The Chicago run of "The Book of Mormon" has been extended. The adults-only, nine-time Tony Award-winning musical by the creators of "South Park" and the composer of "Avenue Q" is now set to run through June 2, 2013 at the Bank of America Theatre

    Actor Robert Wagner and his former wife, actress Natalie Wood, pose in a 1972 photo. Authorities have amended Wood’s death certificate to reflect some of the lingering questions about how the actress died in the waters off Catalina Island in 1981.

    Authorities amend Natalie Wood’s death certificate

    LOS ANGELES — Natalie Wood’s death certificate has been changed to reflect some of the uncertainties and lingering questions surrounding the actress’ drowning more than 30 years ago in the Pacific Ocean off Southern California.The document was amended earlier this month and shifts Wood’s death from an accidental drowning to “drowning and other undetermined factors,” according to a copy of the certificate obtained Tuesday Associated Press.The amended document also now states that the circumstances of how Wood ended up in the waters off Catalina Island in November 1981 are “not clearly established.”The changes occurred nine months after sheriff’s homicide investigators renewed their inquiry into Wood’s death shortly before its 30th anniversary. Chief of Detectives William McSweeney said the decision to amend the death certificate was ultimately made by the coroner’s office, which has been instructed by detectives not to discuss the case. “I would just say undetermined is descriptive,” he said.McSweeney said detectives still have work to do on the case, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a major shift is coming.“We don’t close these cases,” he said. “These cases have active periods and more passive periods. We’re moving toward the end of an active period.”The changes to the death certificate were approved by Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran in late June, but they were not formally recorded until Aug. 1. The certificate wasn’t made public until just recently. Conflicting versions of what happened on the yacht shared by Wood, her actor-husband Robert Wagner and their friend, actor Christopher Walken, have contributed to the mystery of how the actress died on Thanksgiving weekend in 1981. Authorities have said Wagner is not a suspect in his wife’s death.Investigators reopened the case last November but have released few details about its progress. They traveled to Hawaii to inspect the Splendour, the yacht the trio was aboard on the night of Wood’s disappearance.The renewed inquiry came after the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern, told “48 Hours Mystery” and the “Today” show that he heard Wagner and Wood arguing the night of her disappearance and believed Wagner was to blame for her death.Wagner wrote in a 2008 memoir that he and Walken argued that night. He wrote that Walken went to bed and he stayed up for a while, but when he went to bed, he noticed that his wife and a dinghy attached to the yacht were missing.Wagner has said through a spokesman that he expects the sheriff’s department to conduct a fair investigation. An email seeking comment Tuesday was not returned.Wood was nominated for three Academy Awards during her lifetime. Her death stunned the world and has remained one of Hollywood’s most enduring mysteries. The original detective on the case, Wagner, Walken and until recently, the coroner’s office, have all said they considered her death an accident.


    Judge to rule on Jackson guardianship changes

    A judge is expected to appoint Michael Jackson's nephew as a co-guardian of the late pop superstar's children on Wednesday, establishing continuity for them in case their grandmother becomes unable to raise them. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff has said he is inclined to appoint Tito Jackson's son, TJ, to share guardianship responsibilities with Michael Jackson's mother.

    Photographs of a naked Prince Harry in a Las Vegas hotel room are circulating online.

    Nude photos of Prince Harry turn up online

    Photographs of a naked Prince Harry in a Las Vegas hotel room have popped up online. Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com published two pictures of the 27-year-old royal cavorting with what they called a mystery woman in a VIP suite. Harry appeared nude. It wasn't clear if the woman was naked.

    Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the driving forces behind the third Stand Up to Cancer telethon.

    Gwyneth Paltrow leads efforts for cancer telethon

    An A-list cast of celebrities is joining a telethon to raise money and awareness to fight cancer. Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Samuel L. Jackson and Emma Stone are among the stars participating in the third Stand Up to Cancer telethon, the organization announced Wednesday.

    Homemade buttermilk dressing, creamy and tangy with just the right pepper kick, tops the perfect tomato salad.

    Heirloom Tomato Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing
    Heirloom Tomato Salad with Buttermilk-Peppercorn Dressing: Kitchen Scoop


    Frugal living: New uses for ice cream scoops

    Ice cream scoops work on more than just ice cream. Use the tool to portion pancakes, muffins, meatballs and more. One reader, S.B. from Pennsylvania, shares: "I use an ice cream scoop for perfect cookies! Everyone always comments on how nice they look.

    Fresh peaches taste even brighter in this custardy ice cream.

    Peach Ice Cream
    Peach Ice Cream


    Dining events: Make way for Meatheads in Glen Ellyn

    Meathead joins the Glen Ellyn dining scene with its own take on casual burgers; White Pines offers picturesque views with its four-course dinner; and 2Toots appreciates its customers with treats for kids on August 27.

    “Night Train,” the next album for country singer Jason Aldean, here performing at the 2012 CMA Festival in Nashville, Tenn., will be released on Oct. 16.

    Jason Aldean readies 'Night Train' for Oct. 16

    When Jason Aldean names an album, he looks for a title that fits his life at the moment. He thinks "Night Train," his choice for his much-anticipated fifth album, out Oct. 16, paints the perfect picture. "It's one of those things where we went from one bus pulling a trailer to all the sudden we've got six or seven buses and eight or nine trucks," Aldean said. "We're all rolling down the interstate together at night, and that's what it looks like."


    Bow-tie Pasta with Shiitake Mushrooms and Shallots
    Bowtie Pasta with Shiitakes and Shallots

    Shiitake stems are tough and should be trimmed before cooking.

    A little mushroom history, facts and tips, too

    A mushroom is a mushroom is a mushroom; right? Sure they're all fungi, but not all mushrooms are created equal. Let's look at the basic button mushroom. Button, or white, mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus) are the most common mushroom. They command the most space in the produce section and are the ones most often in cans of soup and on our pizzas.



    Editorial: Congress needs to OK Thomson prison sale to feds

    A Daily Herald editorial says Illinois' congressional delegation on both sides of the aisle should do all it can to stop a Virginia congressman from blocking the sale of state-owned Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government.


    Convention yawners? Not this year

    Columnist Dana Milbank: There will be plenty to discover when the Republicans go to Tampa on Aug. 27 and the Democrats to Charlotte on Sept. 3 beyond the obvious conclusion: that both parties picked really humid places to visit during the summer. Whether you're attending the conventions or — lucky you — following them from afar, here's what to watch for.


    “Legitimate rape”

    Columnist Susan Estrich: The much bigger problem with rape is not how many women report unfounded claims, but how many women are afraid to report at all — because of fear of repercussions from the perpetrator and because of fear of the punishment the system will inflict, especially with men like Todd Akin sitting on the jury.


    Punish those who spent pension fund
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Any legislator who voted to use pension money for other purposes should go to jail for breach of promise. Had they left these monies for the purpose intended, there would be enough to pay the pensions they promised to pay.


    Speak out against rising property taxes
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Please urge your tax-burdened readers to exercise their free speech at these public meetings later in the fall before tax levies are voted on.


    Unions demanding more than they should
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The unions are very important for collective bargaining for a fair wage, but to demand more benefits or they will call a strike and close down a business?


    Dold an advocate for education
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: I'm happy there are people in government like Robert Dold who will work with my teachers and administrators to improve my and my friends' education.


    Walsh’s refusal to compromise is harmful
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: All Joe Walsh seems to be able to do is criticize and complain, and, of course, vote "no" on any measure that attempts to take the nation in a positive direction.


    Support Obama’s jobs legislation
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Our system of bridges and highways are crumbling. Our public schools need repair and updating. Catching up on this delayed maintenance would create millions of badly needed jobs and stimulate our economy.


    A fitting honor for Mayor Mueller?
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: Lombard Mayor William Mueller always had a smile and kind word for anyone. As the volunteer president of the Illinois Prairie Path for several years and as the ongoing voluntary chairman of the Friends of the Great Western Trails, I enjoyed many conversations with the mayor.


    Romney’s candor is refreshing
    An Aurora letter to the editor: This is in response to Eugene Robinson's column of Aug 2. Eugene, as an impartial journalist I thought that you would see how refreshing it is to finally have a politician speak with candor.


    Quinn’s misguided sense of justice
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I don't understand some of Gov. Quinn's solutions. OK, he wants to ban assault weapons in Illinois. No problem. He is going down the road backwards.


    Board members made a difference
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Thank you, DuPage County Board members, for voting 14 to 2 in our favor. You made a difference and saved our unincorporated Glen Ellyn from additional flooding and over building from the developer with inadequate detention basins.


    Stand up for what you believe
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: A significant number of churches and their followers of the Judeo-Christian ethic reject the notion of same-sex marriage. It is incumbent on all who believe this way to make themselves heard and drown out the lies, if the biased media will let them.


    Jesus wouldn’t condemn gays
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: I am writing in response to the letter from James J. Abbott. He states the Boy Scouts of America were wrong in excluding openly gay youth from their organization. He says Jesus Christ would condemn this action, and so should all Christians. Jesus does not condemn us, neither does He desire that we stay in our sin. He offers cleansing, healing and freedom.


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