Daily Archive : Friday August 24, 2012



    Congressman Dold hosts Federal Budget Forum in Vernon Hills

    Congressman Robert Dold will host a Federal Budget Forum from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the College of Lake County South Lake Campus, 1120 S. Milwaukee, Vernon Hills. The event will be facilitated by the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating the public about the root causes and long-term consequences of the nation's debt problems. This educational workshop will...


    Gunman on bike kills Chicago teen, injures woman

    Police say a gunman firing from a mountain bike has killed a 17-year-old Chicago boy and injured a woman on the city's South Side. A 33-year-old man was also killed in a separate shooting in the Bridgeport neighborhood.


    Prairie Grove school locked down for 30 minutes

    A school in Prairie Grove was on lockdown for about a half-hour Friday afternoon after authorities got word that threats had been made against a student there. "At 3:05 p.m. the Prairie Grove police received notice that a bank robber was shot in Walworth County, Wisconsin and threats had been made against his daughter who is a student at our school," according to a message from Superintendent...

    Police officers stand on Fifth Avenue to view the scene after a multiple shooting outside the Empire State Building.

    Eyewitness accounts, video show chaos at N.Y. shooting

    Startled New Yorkers looked up from their morning routines in the crowded business district to see people sprawled in the streets bleeding and a tarp covering the body in front of the Empire State Building.

    Riley Sullivan 14, of Commerce Township, stands among multiple cutouts of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s head while listening on Fridayduring a “Victory Rally” at Long Family Orchard Farm & Cider Mill in Commerce Township, Mich.

    Romney touches on ‘birther’ issue

    Republican Mitt Romney raised the discredited rumor that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States, jokingly declaring "no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate" as he campaigned Friday near his own Michigan birthplace.

    Congressman Joe Walsh didn’t back down Friday from his statements that a radical segment of Islam is a threat to national security.

    Local Muslims spar with Walsh in Lombard

    A meeting between Republican Congressman Joe Walsh and members of the local Muslim community in Lombard Friday evening — intended as a forum for mutual understanding — remained an emotional debate throughout. The gathering of more than 50 members of the Muslim-American community in the backyard of former York Township Trustee Moon Khan was organized at Walsh's request after many...

    Vice President Joe Biden speaks Tuesday at the Institute for Advanced Research and Learning in Danville, Va.

    Biden cancels plans to visit Tampa during GOP convention

    Vice President Joe Biden has canceled plans to visit Tampa during next week's Republican National Convention because of concerns that his trip may disrupt disaster planning for Tropical Storm Isaac.

    Cardinal Francis George appears Friday night at the Drury Lane conference center in Oakbrook Terrace in his first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer. He was attending the archdiocese’s annual Hispanic Ministry Awards Banquet, Noche de Gala.

    Cardinal George not sure if he’ll retire yet

    In his first public appearance since being told he had cancerous cells in his kidney and liver, Cardinal Francis George said Friday he's awaiting word from doctors about official test results and potential treatment options. "I felt I licked something and I didn't," the cardinal said about beating previous cancer in 2006. "So that isn't a good feeling."

    USA’ s Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard performs Friday at the 2012 Air Guitar World Championshps in Oulu, Finland.

    Chicago man takes top spot in air guitar contest

    Shaggy bearded "Nordic Thunder" has outmimed his American compatriot "Airistotle" at playing the air guitar to become this year's world champion in northern Finland.

    Associated Press An armored U.S. Embassy vehicle attacked by unknown assailants on the highway leading to the city of Cuernavaca, is checked by security personal Friday near Tres Marias, Mexico.

    Mexican federal police fire on U.S. embassy vehicle

    Mexican federal police fired on a U.S. Embassy vehicle and wounded two U.S. government employees Friday after their vehicle drove into a rural, mountainous area outside the capital where the officers were looking for criminals, Mexican and U.S. officials said.


    October trial scheduled for JetBlue passenger

    A Chicago man accused of groping a pregnant woman and not following crew instructions on a JetBlue flight is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 15. On Friday, a federal judge in Denver set a two-day trial date for 32-year-old Marcus Covington and ordered that he be held without bond.

    Amanda Engler flies above the water as she celebrates her marriage with a symbolic dance after her wedding ceremony Thursday in Newport Beach, Calif.

    Couple marry while hovering over Calif. beach

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Here comes the bride, all dressed in a jet pack that’s zipping down a California beach.Amanda Volf and Grant Engler donned water-powered packs Thursday to be married in Newport Beach.

    A new state law requires online dating sites to notify members whether they do background checks on users.

    Is your dot-com date a felon? Law could let you find out

    The government can't do much to prevent an awkward date, but a new state law signed Friday could help protect online daters from predators and felons. Internet dating sites will have to tell users whether they do criminal background checks and whether they exclude anyone based on the results.

    Daniel Baker

    Lake County waiting for murder suspect’s profile

    Lake County prosecutors are awaiting a full psychological profile of Daniel Baker, who is set to stand trial in six weeks for the murder of Marina Aksman of Vernon Hills. Assistant State's Attorney Patricia Fix said Friday the supplemental psychological profiles on Baker's mental status could cause potential delays depending on what defense experts say about the 23-year-old Deerfield man.

    Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S III, right, and Apple’s iPhone 4S are displayed Friday at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea.

    Samsung ordered to pay Apple $1 billion
    After a year of scorched-earth litigation, a jury decided Friday that Samsung ripped off the innovative technology used by Apple to create its revolutionary iPhone and iPad. The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion.


    Chicago policeman will fill House seat

    A Chicago police officer has been picked to fill the state House seat left vacant after former Rep. Derrick Smith was expelled by his legislative colleagues over bribery allegations.

    Drew Peterson

    Peterson judge notes potential holes in case

    The judge at Drew Peterson's murder trial exposed potential holes in the state's case against the former Bolingbrook police sergeant, telling prosecutors Friday that they have failed to either place Peterson in the bathroom where his third wife was found dead or illustrate exactly how he might have killed her.


    Elgin man charged with aggravated DUI in retired teacher’s death

    Authorities charged Elgin resident Rafael Gonzalez, 37, with aggravated DUI causing a death in the Aug. 4 accident that claimed the life of 66-year-old grandmother and retired music teacher Linda Reinert and injured her 10-year-old grandson.

    Associated Press/Feb. 22, 2012 Dozens of job seekers line up to enter a National Career Fair in New York.

    Most laid-off workers take pay cuts in new jobs

    Only 56 percent of Americans laid off from January 2009 through December 2011 had found jobs by the start of this year, the Labor Department said Friday.

    A city worker sells eggs at government subsidized prices as people line up outside the city truck in Mexico City, Friday.

    Mexico scrambles to beat egg shortage

    The Mexican government is battling an egg shortage and hoarding that have caused prices to spike in a country with the highest per-capita egg consumption on earth.

    Jack Franks

    Quinn signs law inspired by Casey Anthony case

    A new Illinois law will make it a felony for a parent to not report a child missing for more than 24 hours, a plan inspired by the 2011 Casey Anthony trial.

    ComEd has been upgrading its network for Smart Grid.

    ComEd progressing on network improvements

    ComEd officials on Friday offered an update on the Smart Grid process and how they're working with towns hoping to switch providers.

    People stand in front of their home Friday overlooking the sea as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches in Barahona, Dominican Republic.

    Isaac strengthens, aims for Haiti

    Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened as it swirled toward vulnerable Haiti on Friday evening, threatening to bring punishing rains to people still without homes after the 2010 earthquake, but unlikely to gain enough steam to strike as a hurricane.


    Two 18-year-olds charged in Wheaton volleyball star’s murder

    Authorities charged two 18-year-olds Friday with the attempted robbery and murder of Megan Boken, ending a nearly weeklong hunt for the Wheaton volleyball star's killer. Police identified Keith Esters and Johnathan Perkins through a cellphone stolen in an earlier robbery near the area of St. Louis where the 23-year-old Boken was fatally shot last Saturday. Prosecutors said both men admitted their...

    Greenpeace activists including Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo, board energy giant Gazprom’s Arctic oil platform Prirazlomnaya Friday off the North-eastern coast of Russia in the Pechora Sea.

    Greenpeace activists storm Russian oil rig

    Greenpeace activists were first offered hot soup, then showered with blasts of cold water and pieces of metal after they stormed a floating Russia oil platform and erected climbing tents on the side of the rig Friday to protest drilling in the Arctic.


    Biggert sides with Dems to reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

    Congresswoman Judy Biggert received a standing ovation from a national audience of sexual assault experts Friday morning for denouncing the recent comments by Rep. Todd Akin and calling for re-authorization of a version of the Violence Against Women Act that fellow members of the GOP may find tough to swallow. Biggert supports amendments to the act that clarify support for members of the LGBT...

    Stacy Reever

    Winfield cops sue village over ‘interrogation’

    Two Winfield cops trying to prevent the disbanding of the village's police department claim in a federal lawsuit that they were retaliated against for drafting an alternative plan to downsize the force. "It appears that the chief is seeking to interrogate both of these officers concerning union matters, which are, quite frankly, none of her business," said Richard Reimer, a police union attorney.

    Leon Gonzalez

    Bartlett High School students charged in robbery, baseball bat beating

    Two Bartlett High School students were held Friday on charges stemming from a Hanover Park robbery. Prosecutors said Deishaad Hamlin beat the victim with a baseball bat while Leon Gonzalez acted as the getaway driver.

    “anthology of the anonymoUS,” a collection of letters from people around the Chicago area who have dealt with bullying, hits bookstores on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Its author, Wheeling native Michael Antony, will be back in his hometown Saturday to discuss the book and sign copies.

    Wheeling native returns home to sign anti-bullying book

    Michael Anthony, a Wheeling native now making films in L.A., will be returning to the suburbs Saturday to sign copies of his book and screen part of his locally filmed documentary about bullying. Anthony's book, "anthology of anonymoUS: Volume 1," is a collection of letters from people, some from the suburbs, describing their experiences being bullied.

    Caitlin M. Hill

    Bartlett teen charged with eluding Elgin cops

    A teenage girl from Bartlett faces a lengthy list of charges in Elgin that involve leading police on a high-speed chase early Thursday morning and driving under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana — all while driving on an instruction permit, police said. Caitlin M. Hill, 17, of the 1500 block of Derby Lane, is being charged as an adult for the chain of events that police say began...


    Bartlett fundraiser for Almost Home Foundation

    Dog Day Afternoon, a fundraiser for the Almost Home Foundation, which rescues homeless dogs and cats, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, in front of Brolin's Scoops & Maddies Sips, a new ice cream shop at 144 Bartlett Plaza in Bartlett.


    American Eagle Mechanics, Bag Handlers Split on Concessions (1) c.2012 Bloomberg News (Updates with AMR comment in fourth paragraph.)

    Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) -- American Eagle mechanics rejected a new contract with parent AMR Corp. to reduce labor costs as the company restructures in bankruptcy, while baggage handlers and other airport ground workers approved givebacks.


    Women’s Equality Day is Tuesday

    The Lake County Women's Coalition hosts its annual Women's Equality Day event on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Robert Morris University, 1507 Waukegan Road, Waukegan.


    Diamond Lake Road crossing to close

    The CN Railway will make repairs to the Diamond Lake Road crossing beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27.


    Sign up for sheriff’s citizen police academy

    The Lake County sheriff's office is hosting its citizen police academy beginning in September.


    New Antioch hearing officer taps into his Greyhound experience

    William Franks says life experiences that came from jobs he formerly held at Greyhound bus terminals benefit him when deciding local ordinance violations as an adjudication hearing officer in some Lake County towns. Franks, who became an attorney in 1987, was hired this week to preside over the minor cases in Antioch.

    Martin Waitzman

    Grafton Township supervisor challenged for 2013 election

    Linda Moore, whose term as Grafton Township sSupervisor has been marred by lawsuits with the township trustees and all manner of bad blood, plans to give it another go. The Huntley Republican said she's is running for re-election to continue her fight to save taxpayers money by opposing a multimillion-dollar township hall. Moore made her intentions known Thursday, a day after Martin Waitzman, an...


    Mc Henry Co. agencies question mental health board

    Representatives of two mental health agencies are unhappy about how the McHenry County Mental Health Board has been allocating its funding, but officials says it is a matter of perspective and communications. The loss of state funding and the recent closure of another agency has put everyone on edge, officials said.


    Police briefs
    A Rockford man and an Elgin man were pulled over by Carpentersville police for a traffic violation, but later arrested on drug charges, police said.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Gregory Schmitt, 23, of the 48W600 block of Whispering Oaks Road near Burlington, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use and illegal transportation of alcohol after a traffic stop at 8:19 p.m. Monday at Meredith and Winters road near Maple Park, according to a sheriff's report.


    Algonquin Bypass construction to start in September

    Road construction for the long-awaited Western Bypass of Route 31 in Algonquin is scheduled to start Sept. 10, weather permitting, officials said. The project includes the construction of just over two miles of a four-lane highway that will alleviate congestion by allowing traffic to bypass downtown.


    Referendum not on Wauconda Township ballot

    Wauconda Township voters will not be asked to decide if the township supervisor, assessor and road commissioner should pay 85 percent of their state-supported benefits out of their own pocket. Residents decided during a special township meeting Thursday night that a nonbinding referendum question on the issue should be not put on any election ballot as written because the wording was too...

    Irene M. Kocher

    Longtime Naperville teacher had lasting impact on mayor

    Irene M. Kocher's obituary says the longtime Naperville resident will be remembered as a teacher at Elmwood and Maplebrook elementary schools. But a well-known former student has fond memories of Kocher going all the way back to a one-room schoolhouse along Naperville Road. "She was the first teacher who really made an impression on me," Naperville Mayor George Pradel said.


    Arlington Heights taking applications for citizen police academy

    The Arlington Heights Police Department is now taking applications for the fall session of its Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy is an 11-week program that provides hands-on experiences and insights into the nature and function of police services in Arlington Heights.

    Adrian Ramirez-Alcantar

    Man gets 24-year sentence for child rape in North Aurora

    A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Friday after being convicted on charges that he raped a 5-year-old girl while he was living with her family in North Aurora in the summer of 2000. Adrian Ramirez-Alcantar, now of Warrenville, was convicted of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse after a two-day trial in May.


    Schaumburg man charged with sexual assault

    A 21-year-old Schaumburg man has been charged with molesting a child between April 2008 and June 2009. Jorge Martinez Jr. was living in Roselle at the time, prosecutors said. He could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault.


    Jury in Chicago convicts man in triple homicide

    A jury in Chicago deliberated for about an hour before finding an Iranian immigrant guilty of killing his wife and two other family members.


    New state law governs dry-cleaning chemical

    A new Illinois law will toughen safety measures on a chemical used by dry cleaners. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Friday. It includes improved containment systems, better training and more comprehensive reporting for the use of perchloroethylene.

    Associated Press The Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center located in Culpeper, Virginia.

    ’Essential’ film copyright protection turns 100

    The vaults at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., represent decades of work by copyright officials to not only protect the rights of filmmakers, but also preserve their movies for future generations.


    Classes in Chicago expected to start on time

    It looks like classes in Chicago's public schools will begin on time after the head of the teachers union said she has no plans to file the 10-day strike notice this week.


    Northwest sububan police blotter

    A man driving a silver sedan stopped in front of a driveway on the 1100 block of South Margret Street, Des Plaines, between 3 and 4 p.m. Aug. 21 and told a girl in the driveway, to get into his car. When she did not, he drove south on Margret and turned east toward Lee Street. He was described as a white male, in his early 20s, brown hair in a buzz cut, and wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Nine partygoers were arrested around 1:25 a.m. Aug. 10 on the 100 block of Seventh Avenue in Bartlett and charged with local ordinance minor consumption of alcohol. And in Hanover Park, four people were arrested around 5:05 p.m. Aug. 19 at Marine and Windjammer on a variety of drug charges.

    Herasmo Herrera

    Villa Park cocaine dealer gets 16 years in 70-pound bust

    A Villa Park man nabbed in a $3 million cocaine bust will serve at least eight years in prison for possessing about 70 pounds, prosecutors said Friday. Herasmo Herrera, 31, pleaded guilty to drug possession with intent to deliver in exchange for a 16-year prison term. By law, he must serve at least half the sentence.

    Members of the Madison County tactical response team take a 2-year-old child to a waiting ambulance Thursday evening in Washington Park, Ill. The child was rescued after a teenage girl reported missing more than two years ago escaped from a home and went to police, saying her child was still in the house. The girl reported that she was raped by her captor, got pregnant and had a baby, police said.

    Prosecutor: Teen held captive in ‘deplorable’ home in SW Illinois

    A teenage Missouri girl reported missing more than two years ago told police she escaped a home in a decaying, crime-ridden Illinois village where she was held captive and subjected to sexual assaults that resulted in a child.


    Kane board members say nonunion raises are all or nothing

    Even though several departments are not hawking for raises in their budget requests for 2013, several county board members expressed their support for an all-or-nothing approach to nonunion pay raises Thursday. But there's no exact clarity just yet on what that may cost the county.

    Juan Vargas

    2005 Aurora beating murder was over gang handshake

    Juan Vargas, 23, of Aurora, is sentenced to 31 years in prison for the beating death of 21-year-old Jorge Caro over a gang handshake. Vargas was one of five implicated in the murder from September 2005. The case was charged in 2007 as part of a multijurisdictional effort called "Operation First Degree Burn" to examine "cold" cases and prosecute gangs.


    Two slates gear up for Barrington election

    Longtime Barrington residents Jim Magnanenzi and Mike Kozel are putting together a four-person slate to run for the village board in 2013. Village President Karen Darch and Trustee Tim Roberts will run for re-election and have asked residents Pete Douglas and Sue Padula to join their slate.


    Kane to change code on employee raises after lawsuit

    With one Kane County Board member calling a pending lawsuit against Chairman Karen McConnaughay a patriotic act, a committee of officials developed a change to county code that goes directly to the root of why the lawsuit was filed in the first place.

    Arlene A. Juracek

    Trustees weigh run for Mount Prospect mayor’s office

    Now that Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks has announced she won't run for another term in 2013, the question is who will run for her office. A pair of possibilities have emerged in village trustees Arlene Juracek and Paul Hoefert. Both say they are weighing a run for mayor and will make their decisions next month.

    Working as a bag boy in a grocery store, Wally Tenhoopen, owner of Thuringer Gourmet Meats in Arlington Heights, got his start as a butcher by bagging chickens.

    Moving Picture: From bagger to butcher

    Wally Tenhoopen was asked to help bag chickens one day while working as a bagger in a grocery store in Arlington Heights. He liked the atmostphere and the guys working in the butcher shop, so he hung around more. That was 40 years ago. Now, Tenhoopen is the owner of Thuringer Gourmet Meats in Arlington Heights.

    An Air Force jet creates an interesting effect during the Air & Water Show on Friday, August 17, 2012.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of Aug. 20.


    Work vans burgled at businesses in South Arlington Heights

    Eight vehicles, many of them work vans, parked at various businesses on Algonquin Road west of Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights and Golf roads in Arlington Heights were burglarized between Sunday and Tuesday. Burglars also broke into two work vans, one of them unlocked, that were parked in a driveway a few blocks away on the 200 block of Council Trail.

    Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan, left, and city director of Public Works and Engineering Tim Oakley present three potential development sites for a dog park during a recent meeting with residents at city hall.

    Des Plaines residents weigh in on dog park idea

    Des Plaines residents recently weighed in on the possible development of a dog park in the city. Des Plaines is home to roughly 4,000 dog owners. City officials are considering three potential locations where a dog park could be developed.

    The unprecedented success of Mitt Romney to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in the costliest presidential race ever can be traced in part to a secretive data-mining project that sifts through Americans’ personal information — including their purchasing history and church attendance — to identify new and likely, wealthy donors, The Associated Press has learned.

    AP Exclusive: Romney uses secretive data-mining

    Mitt Romney's success in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in the costliest presidential race ever can be traced in part to a secretive data-mining project that sifts through Americans' personal information — including their purchasing history and church attendance — to identify new and likely, wealthy donors, The Associated Press has learned.

    Fire crews prepare to drop water unto the Ponderosa Fire from a helicopter near Mineral, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. The Ponderosa Fire was 57 percent contained, with full containment expected early next week. The blaze threatened 900 other homes Thursday as it burned a new front to the south. More than 2,500 firefighters are battling the wildfire, which grew to 44 square miles in the hills about 25 miles southeast of Redding.

    Air crews make dent in massive Calif. wildfire

    MINERAL, Calif. — Air tankers and helicopters flew repeatedly into a deep rim rock canyon to douse the spearhead of a massive wildfire in Northern California and stop it from driving into a nearby mountain community and Lassen Volcanic National Park.


    13 shot in 30 minutes in rising Chicago violence

    Police say 13 people were shot and wounded in a 30-minute spate of violence in Chicago, including eight gunned down on a single street. Authorities have been battling an increase in homicides in the city where some aldermen complain gangs have no fear of the police.

    A hippo seen in a swimming pool at the Monate Conservation Lodge, near Modimolle, South Africa, after being trapped there for three days. The young hippo had plunged into the deep pool on Tuesday after being chased off from his herd by male members seeking dominance, wandered into the lodge’s camp and fell into the pool. The animal died just before a rescue operation got under way.

    Hippo dies in South Africa rescue op

    MODIMOLLE, South Africa — A hippo who wandered into a swimming pool at a South African game lodge three days ago died Friday before a rescue team could pull him out with a crane.The high stress may just have been too much for the hippo known as Solly, said the lodge manager.


    Syria spillover clashes escalate in Lebanon

    TRIPOLI, Beirut — Fresh clashes broke out Friday in northern Lebanon between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime, killing two people and wounding 17 others, Lebanese security officials said.The fighting in the port city of Tripoli was the latest instance of the Syrian civil war causing unrest next door in Lebanon, a country long under Syrian influence.

    The Norwegian court sentenced Anders Behring Breivik to prison on Friday, denying prosecutors the insanity ruling they hoped would show that his massacre of 77 people was the work of a madman, not part of an anti-Muslim crusade. Reading the ruling, Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen handed down a sentence of “preventive detention” of at least 10 years and a maximum of 21 years.

    Norway’s Breivik deemed sane, sentenced to prison

    OSLO, Norway — A Norwegian court sentenced Anders Behring Breivik to prison on Friday, denying prosecutors the insanity ruling they hoped would show that his massacre of 77 people was the work of a madman, not part of an anti-Muslim crusade.

    Ramee Larson holds her 2-year-old daughter, Mabel, at their home Clinton, Ill. Mabel has a rare, fatal genetic disorder of the nervous system called Batten disease that ends kids’ lives early. Associated Press

    Woman helps families deal with disease

    Some people live long lives, but don't leave much behind to remember them.With 2-year-old Mabel Larson, it stands to be the other way around.The youngest child of Ramee and Daniel Larson of Clinton, Mabel has a heart-grabbing smile and a heart-breaking genetic disorder.


    IU extends summer tuition cut; saved students $11M

    Indiana University says it plans to extend its summer tuition discount for undergraduates next year after a pilot program saved them $11.8 million


    Ind. restaurant wants to keep 28-foot-tall rooster

    A restaurant owner in a small eastern Indiana town might soon be forced to take down a 28-foot tall-rooster sign meant to promote his menu's fried chicken. Liberty Bell owner Andy Pitcher tells WLWT-TV that since the sign went up this spring many people have had pictures taken in front of it in the Union County town of Liberty.


    Ryan back in Janesville Monday for rally

    Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be back in his hometown before he heads to the party's convention in Florida next week. Campaign organizers have scheduled a "send-off" rally on Monday morning at Janesville Craig High School in Janesville.


    Police name ‘person of interest’ in Wisconsin woman’s disappearance

    Wausau police have identified a man they want to talk with further about the disappearance of a 22-year-old woman. The 32-year-old man is in the Marathon County Jail on a probation hold and was interviewed by police when Stephanie Low vanished in October of 2010. The Wausau Daily Herald reports authorities say they've gathered more information since then and have identified the man as a "person...


    U of Illinois starts over on building contract

    University of Illinois officials will soon seek new bids for a plan to renovate a 120-year-old building after voiding a contract over potential conflicts of interest. The News-Gazette newspaper in Champaign reports the university expects to post a request for bids on the Natural History Building renovation this week.


    Chicago area warned of air pollution on Friday

    Chicago-area residents are being warned about high levels of air pollution. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has declared an Air Pollution Action Day in the metro Chicago area for Friday because of elevated ground-level ozone.


    Dawn Patrol: Lance may lose titles; murder charges?

    Suspects arrested in connection to Megan Boken murder. USADA vows to strip Lance Armstrong of Tour titles. Schaumburg native charged in extrotion plot. Police release video of Aurora armed robbery suspect. Naperville OKs tax breaks to keep Wal-mart in town.

    Back in the day, we toted our lunches to school in metal boxes adorned with cartoon characters or in brown paper sacks.

    Poll Vault: What was in — and on — your school lunchbox?

    Poll Vault's going back to school, and back in time. Walk with us down Memory Lane and into your school cafeteria.


    Pension chaos a ‘negative’ for state credit rating

    Illinois edged closer to having its worst-in-the-nation credit rating lowered even further as a rating agency declared Thursday that failure to address massive pension problems is a "credit negative" for the state.



    Benet scores a big victory

    Ryan Gourley scored 3 touchdowns, and Porter Ontko and Jack Toner had 2 apiece as Benet opened the season by walloping Washington 62-0.


    Marmion can’t slow Jacobs’ Mooney

    Jacobs quarterback Brett Mooney made the most of his first varsity start Friday night. Mooney, a 6-4, 210-pound junior, completed 8-of-16 passes for 179 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns to help lift the Golden Eagles (1-0) to a 35-13 nonconference triumph over host Marmion (0-1) at Fichtel Field in Aurora.


    Amoni runs wild in ACC’s win

    Aurora Central Catholic used the running game to move the chains on Friday, but they made three big plays for their points to outlast Pontiac 25-15 in what started out as a defensive battle.


    Maine West gets in win column

    Maine West wasted no time of ensuring there was no repeat of last year's winless finish. The Warriors scored 43 first-quarter points and rolled to a 57-20 victory over Urban Prep.


    Richard comes through for Schaumburg

    Juwaan Richard made a position change to safety this week and then went out and was a game-changer Friday night. Richard had 3 TDs - with kickoff returns of 89 and 91 yards, in a 27-14 win over New Treri.


    Aurora Christian rolls behind McQuade’s 5 TDs

    Aurora Christian starts the year as defending Class 3A state champs but they also start with one big question, who will replace quarterback Anthony Maddie?

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Geneva's Bobby Hess makes a nice gain up the middle against Oswego during Friday's game at Geneva.

    West Aurora routs East Aurora

    The reminders of a longtime rivalry were inescapable Friday evening at West Aurora.

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Joey Rhattigan of Neuqua Valley, right, holds off ERic Montgomery, left, of Naperville North in football action Friday in Naperville.

    Neuqua Valley stops Naperville North

    Bill Ellinghaus wouldn't have minded some fireworks in his debut game as Neuqua Valley's football coach. The Wildcats gave him a supernova. Excelling in all three phases — but especially with its first-half offense — Neuqua Valley rolled to a 43-20 season-opening win at Naperville North. The Wildcats scored every time they touched the ball in the first half, at least until their final drive at the end of the second quarter. They also got a 59-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Nolan Dean and a blocked punt by Mikey Dudek that set up a touchdown. Leading 36-14 at the break, Neuqua Valley cruised to its second straight victory over the Huskies.


    Impressive start for Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows figured it would put points on the board with Jack Milas, Steven Royster and a deep receiving crew. But the Mustangs' defense also responded in a 42-0 victory over York.

    The Giants’ Angel Pagan claps as he scores on a Pablo Sandoval double Friday against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of Friday’s game in San Francisco.

    Pagan smacks 4 hits in Giants’ 5-3 win over Braves

    Angel Pagan had a go-ahead triple among his four hits to help back Ryan Vogelsong's first victory in three starts, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.

    Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman James Loney, right, talks with relief pitcher Kenley Jansen during batting practice prior to the Dodgers’ home game against the Marlins on Friday.

    Gonzalez, Loney scratched amid trade talks

    Boston's Adrian Gonzalez and the Dodgers' James Loney were scratched from their teams' starting lineups Friday night as the clubs tried to finalize a major trade involving the first basemen.

    Andre Ethier, left, is congratulated by Dodgers teammates Mark Ellis (14) and Matt Kemp after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning Friday against the Miami Marlins in Los Angeles.

    Ethier goes 4 for 4 as Dodgers rout Marlins

    Andre Ethier was 4 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Rivera also went deep against Nathan Eovaldi in his return to Dodger Stadium, and Los Angeles went on to beat the Miami Marlins on 11-4 on Friday night.


    Hinsdale C. blanks St. Charles N.

    The St. Charles North defense had a great stand late in the second quarter of Friday's season-opener at Hinsdale Central, stuffing the Red Devils on fourth-and-goal on the 3-yard line.

    The Geneva Vikings take to their new turf field for the season opener against Oswego Friday in Geneva.

    Geneva fumbles away opener

    Muddy, sloppy, natural grass Burgess Field or shiny new field turf Burgess Field, one thing remains the same. Fumble the ball more than your opponent, you're probably going to lose. Fumble the ball as much as Geneva did Friday night in the season opener against Oswego and you'll bring back memories of the early part of Rob Wicinski's tenure when the Vikings struggled to win a game.


    Waubonsie ends long wait with win over Naperville Central

    Austin Guido and Waubonsie Valley had to sit on the memory of last year's painful first-round playoff loss for nine long months. The Warriors will enjoy reliving this one. Guido ran for 278 yards on a staggering 40 carries and scored 3 touchdowns, powering No. 16 Waubonsie Valley to a 34-14 season-opening win over No. 13 Naperville Central on Friday in Aurora.


    Batavia beats Glenbard North in back-and-forth game

    Wow. That was Batavia football coach Dennis Piron's first reaction, and it could have gone for anyone watching Batavia's 42-41 opening-night victory Friday over Class 8A state contender Glenbard North in Carol Stream. In a game of eight lead changes and two ties, Glenbard North junior back Justin Jackson scored on a 4-yard run with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter. After taking a timeout, Panthers coach Ryan Wilkens elected to go for the 2-point conversion rather than have kicker Hector Ortiz try to send the game into overtime. Behind a double-tight end set plus fullback Shawn Lenahan, Jackson again got the ball, but Batavia senior safety Chris Moran came up to tackle Jackson shy of the goal line. Batavia's Forrest Gilbertson recovered the ensuing onside kick, and last year's 6A semifinalists ran out the clock.


    Montini tops Palatine in OT

    There was no shortage of big plays as Palatine hosted three-time defending Class 5A state champion Montini in a big season-opening showdown Friday night. But Andrew Harte had the biggest play with a 32-yard field goal to give Montini a 40-37 overtime victory.


    Texas-sized win for Elk Grove

    Elk Grove's fans welcomed new head coach Larry Calhoun by waving a flag of Texas, where he had previously coached. Quarterback Adam O'Malley welcomed Calhoun by throwing 5 touchdown passes in a 40-6 win over Highland Park.


    O’Hara runs wild for Prospect

    Devin O'Hara didn't show any problems making the switch from wide receiver to quarterback. The senior rushed for 6 touchdowns and threw for another as Prospect came back from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Glenbrook South 55-41.


    QB Orlandi helps Hersey stand tall

    Quinn Orlandi only took 3 snaps in his junior season, but Hersey's starting quarterback insisted he was ready for his first varsity start. "I was well prepared," Orlandi said. "We have a great coaching staff and we had a great summer. I felt very confident coming into this game." With Orlandi showing a wide array of skills on offense and a fast defense registering 6 sacks, Hersey routed visiting Glenbrook North 49-13 at Roland Goins Field in the season opener for both teams Friday.


    St. Viator KO’s Foreman

    St. Viator started its new era with solid defense and 2 rushing touchdowns from Ben Dickey to give the Lions and first-year coach Brandon New a 48-0 victory over Foreman.


    Stevenson produces big comeback victory

    Sophomore quarterback Willie Bourban answered the question about whether he had enough experience to be a varsity quarterback for a perennial state power. He threw 3 touchdowns to lead host Stevenson past Lyons 35-28 in a nonconference season opener Friday night. Down 21-14 at halftime, the Patriots exploded for 21 unanswered points. Bourban completed 19 of 24 passes for 145 yards on the night.


    Wauconda runs by Woodstock

    Friday night's nonconference football opener for host Wauconda was not an easy one when the Bulldogs met Woodstock. But as long as Wauconda stuck to its game plan, it knew that could ultimately prevail in this battle between two evenly matched teams. And that is exactly what the Bulldogs did as they overcame a 7-0 deficit after one quarter before capturing a 21-7 victory behind a strong running game which netted 199 total yards.


    L-Way East contains Carmel

    Lincoln-Way East 31, Carmel 6: Northern Illinois-recruit Tom Fuessel threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Duffin and ran 54 yards for a score during a 24-point opening half for the host Griffins in nonconference action in Frankfort.Kyle Langenderfer recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for Lincoln-Way East. He also helped lead a defense that limited Carmel quarterback Josh Walinski to 49 rushing yards on 22 carries.


    Flis flits, and Vernon Hills downs Dunbar

    TJ Flis, a Vernon Hills football player Friday night, made his basketball coach proud. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound running back/linebacker appeared to dribble a football at least three times after fumbling it in the fourth quarter of Vernon Hills' 38-22 defeat of visiting Dunbar. VH was up only 24-22 at the time of Flis' clutch recovery. The 17-yard run came three plays before Cougars senior quarterback Brett Peterson's 10-yard touchdown run. And with VH varsity hoops coach Matt McCarty watching from the stands


    Libertyville catches, passes Barrington

    Libertyville was faced with a fourth-and-14 at the Barrington 31 in the final minute Friday night. But the Wildcats didn't fade away as Justin Guarnaccio caught Jack Deichl's fade pass for the touchdown to complete a 24-20 comeback victory.


    Maine South prevails, but Warren makes gains

    Maine South and Northwestern-bound quarterback Matt Alviti put on a show in the first half of Friday's opener at Warren. But the Blue Devils regrouped on defense and may have built some confidence in a 28-14 loss to the state's top-ranked team.


    Lakes slakes thirst with sweet victory

    Mom always says to drink your milk. Chocolate milk, for the boys on the Lakes football team. Head coach Luke Mertens says that, according to new research, chocolate milk is supposed to be an even better post-game replenishment than the popular sports drinks most athletes guzzle. So there was Mertens on Friday night in the wake of his team's impressive 35-21 road win over Grayslake North reminding his players not to forget to drink their chocolate milk.


    The numbers add up in Grayslake Central victory

    They debuted their triple option, received a Connor Daly double, and didn't allow a single point. It added up just enough, if not perfectly, for Grayslake Central's football boys Friday night. The Rams eked out a 14-0 win over visiting Round Lake in front of a loud Opening Night crowd, making it a successful debut not only for their offense but also head coach Ben Ault.

    Matt Forte is tackled by New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora (72) and another Giant, left, during the first half Friday in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Offense struggles badly in big tuneup for regular season

    If Friday night's third preseason game was a dress rehearsal for the start of the regular season, the Bears need to rehearse a lot more. "Starting off in the first half, we didn't play as well as we need to with all three phases," coach Lovie Smith said. "We had a lot of dropped balls." In addition to that, quarterback Jay Cutler was off target much of the night.

    Seattle Mariners left fielder Eric Thames, left, catches a fly ball by Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko's and then collides with center fielder Michael Saunders during the ninth inning of a baseball game and White Sox's 9-8 win Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Chicago. Thames eventually dropped the ball allowing Dewayne Wise to score the winning run.

    Whew! Sox emerge with win after blowing 7-2 lead

    For the White Sox, the ninth inning of Friday night's game against the Mariners started as a yawner. It quickly moved to absolute horror, followed by sheer excitement. In the end, the Sox walked off U.S. Cellular Field with a 9-8 win over Seattle and, ultimately, that's all that really matters. "It was a good team win," Paul Konerko said after the Sox squandered a 7-2 lead in the top of the ninth before rallying back in the bottom of the inning.


    Bandits return to NPF Championship Series

    The Chicago Bandits, the defending National Pro Fastpitch Champions, are headed back to the finals. The Bandits eliminated the Carolina Diamonds in Game 2 Friday night with a 5-1 victory at The Ballpark at Rosemont with Monica Abbott coming on in relief to seal the win.

    Seahawks tight end Kellen Winslow catches a touchdown pass during the first half of a preseason game Friday against the Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo.

    Seahawks crush Chiefs 44-14

    It's going to take a lot more than one dazzling performance against the Kansas City Chiefs' first-team defense to surprise Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Perhaps getting the starting job on a full-time basis would do the trick. Wilson certainly staked his claim Friday night, throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-14 rout.

    Lake Zurich’s Connor Schrader looks for some running room against Fremd on Friday night in Lake Zurich.

    Lake Zurich bears down

    The players and coaches changed but the results didn't for Lake Zurich. Quarterback Jake Stauner made sure Dave Proffitt's coaching debut with the Bears was a success in a 21-0 victory over Fremd.


    Gonzalez’s debut a winner for Wheeling

    Juan Gonzalez had never played an organized football game before Friday night. But the Wheeling senior kicker wound up with a memorable debut by kicking a 20-yard field goal with 1.3 seconds left for a 23-22 victory over Mundelein.

    Mariners starting pitcher Jason Vargas, left, returns to the mound after giving up a home run to Adam Dunn during the first inning Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox don’t worry about low attendance

    The White Sox won another home game Friday night, beating the Seattle Mariners. But it was another disappointing crowd at U.S. Cellular Field, much like the previous three games against the Yankees.

    The Padres’ Eric Stults gave up three singles, struck out four and walked one Friday against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

    Stults pitches, hits Padres to win over D-backs

    Eric Stults threw seven strong innings and drove in a career-best three runs with a pair of two-out hits in San Diego's 5-0 victory over Arizona on Friday night.

    San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak, right, winds up to boot the game-winning field goal as punter Mike Scifres holds the ball against the Minnesota Vikings in a preseason game Friday in Minneapolis.

    Chargers win field goal fight with Vikings

    Nick Novak's 45-yard field goal as time expired gave the San Diego Chargers a 12-10 victory on Friday over Minnesota, after Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder struggled along with the rest of the starting offense. Nate Kaeding made field goals of 50 and 54 yards for the Chargers (No. 16 in the AP Pro32 rankings). Novak, the token training camp competitor who'll most likely be cut next week, kicked two of his own.


    Grant has its day in big win at Johnsburg

    Johnsburg is a long way from Pamplona, Spain. But the performance by one football team Friday at Johnsburg High School resembled the main players in a renowned Spanish festival. Call it the Running of the Bulldogs. Grant stayed exclusively on the ground and charged past the host Skyhawks 42-7 on opening night in nonconference play.

    Relief pitcher Jason Motte, left, and catcher Yadier Molina congratulate each other after the Cardinals defeated the Reds 8-5 on Friday, in Cincinnati. Motte recorded his 30th save, and Molina had three hits, one a home run.

    Cardinals score 6 in 6th, beat Reds 8-5

    Allen Craig and Yadier Molina homered during a six-run sixth inning on Friday night, and the defending World Series champions opened an important trip by beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 and moving six games back of the NL Central leaders.

    Brewers starting pitcher Mike Fiers throws against the Pirates in the first inning Friday in Pittsburgh.

    Brewers’ Fiers limits Pirates in 6-5 win

    Mike Fiers (7-6) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts, Aramis Ramirez had a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh and the Milwaukee Brewers held on to win their fourth consecutive game, 6-5 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.


    Cougars pound out 19 hits in win

    Kane:After getting shut out Thursday night for the 11th time this season, the Kane County Cougars' bats came alive Friday night against Quad Cities with a come-from-behind 11-10 road victory at Modern Woodmen Park.


    Boomers hold off RiverHawks

    Schaumburg raced to a 9-0 lead early but had to hold off the Rockford RiverHawks to win the opener of a road series 9-6 Friday night — the Boomers' 50th victory of their inaugural season.


    Webb-Williams battle not yet settled

    Although Friday night's third preseason game provided the best test yet in terms of evaluating the winner in the competition at left tackle, Bears coach Lovie Smith said that wouldn't be the final determination.


    French’s 41-yard FG lifts St. Edward

    Joe French was confident he could connect on a 36-yard field goal. St. Edward coach Mike Rolando asked the sophomore if he had it when he lined up for the kick as the Green Wave trailed 14-12 with 5 minutes left at Genoa Field Friday night. He double checked after St. Edward was whistled for a 5-yard penalty. "I looked at him and said, You got this,' " Rolando said. "Then we lost 5 yards and I said, You still got this?' That's his range in practice." French easily cleared the goal post from 41 yards out to give the Green Wave a 15-14 lead which held as the defense stymied a late Genoa-Kingston run to win the season opener.

    Adam Dunn, left, and Addison Reed, center, celebrate a 9-8 Sox win over the Seattle Mariners with Kevin Youkilis on Friday in Chicago.

    Sox escape with 9-8 win over Mariners

    Paul Konerko's single with one out in the bottom of the ninth — his third hit of the game — gave the Chicago White Sox a dramatic 9-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. The Chicago bullpen imploded and allowed six runs in the top of the ninth before the offense rallied for two runs in the bottom half.

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall runs away from Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn during the first half of a preseason game Friday in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Bears come back to beat Giants 20-17

    Jason Campbell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joe Anderson with 8:22 to play and the Chicago Bears rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit against the New York Giants' second-team defense to beat the Super Bowl champions 20-17 in a preseason game Friday night. Starting quarterback Jay Cutler threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall, and Robbie Gould kicked two field goals for the Bears (2-1).

    Brandon Marshall runs away from Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn during the first half Friday night in East Rutherford, N.Y. Marshall caught 5 passes for 51 yards.

    Bears don’t merit passing grade

    Considering that Lovie Smith likes to call the third exhibition game a "final exam'' for his team, many of his players won't like their grades from Friday night's contest.

    Eagles tight end Chase Ford (89) fights off Browns linebacker Ben Jacobs after making a catch in the fourth quarter of a preseason game Friday in Cleveland.

    Eagles take down Browns 27-10

    Rookie quarterback Nick Foles, filling in for injured starter Michael Vick, threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 27-10 victory over the mistake-prone Cleveland Browns on Friday night.

    New England Patriots linebacker Niko Koutouvides (90) flips over Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Michael Smith during the fourth quarter of a preseason game Friday in Tampa, Fla.

    Rookies shine for Bucs in victory over Patriots

    Mark Barron and Doug Martin are a pair of rookies the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on to help them rebound from a disappointing season. The first-round draft picks who have moved directly into the starting lineup scored touchdowns on Friday night, helping the Bucs beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 30-28.

    The Orioles’ Chris Davis, right, fist-bumps third base coach DeMarlo Hale after hitting a solo home run in the second inning Friday against Toronto in Baltimore.

    Davis’ 3 HRs lead Orioles over Blue Jays 6-4

    Stepping to the plate with a chance to become the 17th player in baseball history to hit four home runs in a game, Chris Davis had one thing in mind. "I was thinking about trying to work a walk," Davis said with a wry grin. Davis didn't get that fourth homer, but three was quite enough to power the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-4 victory over the skidding Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.


    Sky falls in OT for ninth straight loss

    With both the Tulsa Shock and the Chicago Sky mired in losing streaks, something had to give Friday night at the BOK Center in Tulsa. Unfortunately for the Sky, its playoff hopes are starting to give way as Tulsa (4-18) overcame an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn an 81-78 victory in overtime. It was the ninth straight loss for the Sky.

    Oakland’s Chris Carter, left, congratulates Jonny Gomes at home plate after his two-run home run Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Athletics slip past Rays 5-4

    Jonny Gomes' two-run home run in the eighth inning lifted the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

    Philadelphia starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick allowed four hits and struck out three Friday night at home against the Nationals.

    Phillies knock off Nationals 4-2

    Kyle Kendrick pitched effectively for 6 2-3 innings and Jimmy Rollins drove in a pair of runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

    The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre acknowledges cheers from fans after hitting a single off Minnesota’s Kyle Waldrop in the seventh inning to complete the cycle Friday in Arlington, Texas.

    Beltre hits for cycle as Rangers shut out Twins

    Matt Harrison took a no-hit bid into the seventh and went eight innings for his career-high 15th victory, and Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle for the Texas Rangers in an 8-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

    Yankees batter Derek Jeter, center, complains to home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth after being hit in the head by a pitch from Indians pitcher Corey Kluber in the second inning Friday in Cleveland.

    Yankees snap losing streak, top Indians 3-1

    CC Sabathia came off the disabled list and went into the eighth inning and Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer to help the New York Yankees snap a three-game losing streak by beating the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night.

    Boston’s Pedro Ciriaco hits a two-run double in the seventh inning of Friday’s home game against the Kansas City Royals.

    Red Sox edge Royals 4-3

    Pedro Ciriaco put Boston ahead with a two-run double in the seventh inning, Jon Lester had his third straight solid start and the Red Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

    The Angels’ Howard Kendrick hits a two-run double in the sixth inning to drive in Maicer Izturis and Mark Trumbo on Friday in Detroit.

    Greinke and Kendrick help Angels down Tigers 2-1

    Zack Greinke gave up one run and Howie Kendrick broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the sixth, lifting the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

    The Mets’ Jordany Valdespin is out at second base as Houston’s Tyler Greene leaps and throws to first base to get Mets’ Andres Torres at first for a double play in the second inning Friday in New York.

    Astros beat Mets 3-1 for DeFrancesco’s 1st win

    Jordan Lyles won for the first time in two months and the Houston Astros snapped a seven-game skid Friday night with a 3-1 victory over the sluggish New York Mets, giving Tony DeFrancesco his first win as a major league manager.


    Calcavecchia leads Boeing Classic

    Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia eagled the par-5 eighth hole and finished with a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Boeing Classic.

    Tyler Farrar celebrates after winning Stage 5 of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Farrar wins USA Pro Challenge stage

    Tyler Farrar raced to his second sprint victory in the USA Pro Challenge, and fellow American Tejay van Garderen maintained the overall lead through a tiebreaker Friday.


    Twins’ Diamond suspended 6 games for beaning

    Minnesota Twins starter Scott Diamond was suspended six games by Major League Baseball on Friday for a pitch thrown near the head of Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton. Diamond was immediately ejected after the left-hander's pitch behind Hamilton's head in the third inning of Thursday night's game. The suspension and undisclosed fine were announced by Joe Garagiola Jr., senior vice president of standards and on-field operations for MLB.

    Sugar Land Skeeters pitcher Roger Clemens signs autographs for fans before the Skeeters’ baseball game against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Friday in Sugar Land, Texas.

    Astros manager would welcome Clemens in clubhouse

    If the struggling Houston Astros want to bring back Roger Clemens, interim manager Tony DeFrancesco would welcome the 50-year-old pitcher into his inexperienced clubhouse. "I have nothing against Roger. He's a Hall of Fame pitcher and we can use maybe a guy with 300 wins, who knows?" DeFrancesco, 49, said Friday before his team played the New York Mets.


    Marquette assistant dismissed, Williams out 1 game

    Marquette coach Buzz Williams announced the dismissal of assistant Scott Monarch on Friday, and Williams will serve a one-game suspension as part of the school's self-imposed sanctions for recruiting rules violations it reported to the NCAA.

    Stan Mikita chats with Michal Pavlik of Oak Brook during the opening for the Ryder Cup Exhibit at Oakbrook Center Friday. Mikita and Scottie Pippen attended the opening of the 4,000-square-foot exhibit showcasing historical items from past Ryder Cups.

    Ryder Cup history lives on through mall exhibit

    Two Chicago legends with Hall of Fame credentials — Scottie Pippen of the Bulls and Stan Mikta of the Blackhawks — were on hand Friday to help open a 4,000-square-foot showcase at Oakbrook Center honoring the history of the Ryder Cup.

    Cubs center fielder Brett Jackson celebrates with third base coach Pat Listach after hitting a solo home run against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning Friday at Wrigley Field. That was the third solo home of the game for the Cubs, who went on to rally for a 5-3 win.

    Jackson’s solo shot provides much-needed boost

    Brett Jackson hit his second home run of the season Friday, a game-tying shot against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Fied. It was the rookie's first home run at Wrigley. Despite some rough going at the plate, he says he's trying to remain positive.

    After struggling early against Colorado, Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija recovered and pitched seven innings Friday as the Cubs rallied for a 5-3 win Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Samardzija shoulders the load in Cubs’ win

    Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija has gone from a spring-training question mark to being the de facto ace of the starting rotation. Although he didn't get credit for the victory, Samardzija's strong outing kept the Cubs in the game long enough for them to rally for a 5-3 victory Friday over the Colorado Rockies.

    The Ballpark at Rosemont is hosting the National Pro Fastpitch Championships this weekend. Tickets range from $5 to $15, with championship games on Saturday and Sunday.

    One Rosemont team struggles as another soars

    Women's Watch checks up on the Chicago Bandits, who could be playing for the NPF Championship this weekend. And there's still time for fans to help the Chicago Sky in its push to make the WNBA players for the first time. Patricia Babcock McGraw has the details in today's column.

    This July 23, 2000 file photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong riding down the Champs Elysees with an American flag after the 21st and final stage of the cycling race in Paris.

    Lance Armstrong banned for life, career vacated

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency erased 14 years of Lance Armstrong's career Friday — including his record seven Tour de France titles — and banned him for life from the sport that made him a hero to millions of cancer survivors after concluding he used banned substances.

    This July 25, 1999, file photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of the U.S. left, riding down the Champs Elysees avenue with teammates, from left, Frankie Andreu, of the U.S., George Hincapie of the U.S., and Pascal Derame, of France, after the 20th and final stage of the Tour de France cycling race, in Paris.

    Armstrong gets support from fellow riders

    Lance Armstrong received plenty of support from fellow riders Friday. One former rival, Filippo Simeoni, questioned why Armstrong didn't continue to contest the charges. "It leaves me a bit perplexed, because someone like him, with all the fame and popularity and millions of dollars he has, should fight to the end if he's innocent," Simeoni said.


    Federer, Murray could have rematch in Open semis

    Though no player would admit to looking so far ahead, Novak Djokovic may have been the biggest winner when the U.S. Open bracket was set Thursday. The defending champion and No. 2 seed can reach his third straight final at Flushing Meadows without having to face either Roger Federer or Andy Murray


    High school football season kicks off tonight

    The two-a-days are over, the helmets are all shined up, the cheerleaders, poms and marching bands are ready to perform and the pork chops and brats are ready for the grill. After two-plus weeks of preparation, high school football teams will kick off the season tonight all around Illinois. In the Daily Herald area, nearly 80 high school football teams will take the field for the first time in 2012 this weekend.


    UCI asks USADA to explain case against Armstrong

    The International Cycling Union says it will wait for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to explain why Lance Armstrong should lose his seven Tour de France titles before commenting on the case.

    In this July 9, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong prepares to take the start of the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 227.5 kilometers (141.4 miles) with a start in Montargis and finish in Gueugnon, France. Armstrong said on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, that he is finished fighting charges from the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented cycling career, a decision that could put his string of seven Tour de France titles in jeopardy.

    Lance Armstrong biography

    Born: Sept. 18, 1971 (Age 40)Place of Birth: Plano, TexasFamily: Three children (Luke David 1999, twins Isabelle Rose and Grace Elisabeth 2001) with wife Kristin Richard. Divorced in Sept. 2003. Two children (Maxwell Edward 2009 and Olivia Marie 2010) with Anna Hansen.CareerSeven time Tour de France winner from 1999 through 2005.Retired from cycling in 2005.Unretired in 2009 and finished third with teammate Alberto Contador winning the race.Retired again in 2011.August 23, 2012: USADA announced plans to strip Lance Armstrong of the seven Tour de France titles and ban him from cycling for life.Health issues1996: Diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. The tumors had spread to his abdomen, lungs, and lymph nodes. Began aggressive chemotheraphy, but more tumors were found in his brain. After having the tumors removed from his brain and more chemotheraphy he was declared cancer-free in 1997. Created yellow “Livestrong” bracelets to raise funds for cancer research.Other achivements2006: Ran in the NYC Marathon and finished in 2 hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds.At age 16, Armstrong became a professional triathlete, was the national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990. Won Half Ironman triathlon in Florida 2012.Author of two best-selling autobiographies, “It’s Not About the Bike: My journey Back to Life” (2000) and “Every Second Counts” (2003).Awards1999 ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. 2000 Prince of Asturias Award in Sports.2002 Sports Illustrated magazine name him Sportsman of the Year.2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 ESPN’s ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete.2003 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas Personality.

    In this July 24, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong crosses the finish line during the 19th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 52 kilometers (32.3 miles), with a start in Bordeaux and finish in Pauillac, south western France.

    Lance Armstrong statement

    Statement issued Thursday night by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong: "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now."


    Armstrong’s coach hits out at ‘unjust’ legal case

    Lance Armstrong's longtime coach says the seven-time Tour de France winner is the victim of an "unjust" legal case that could cost him his victories in cycling's greatest race.

    In this July 6, 2010, file photo, Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, Belgium. Armstrong said on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, that he is finished fighting charges from the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented cycling career, a decision that could put his string of seven Tour de France titles in jeopardy.

    Images: Lance Armstrong in recent years

    Lance Armstrong said on Thursday he is finished fighting charges from the United States Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented cycling career, a decision that could put his string of seven Tour de France titles in jeopardy and sets off a lifetime ban from cycling and any Olympic sport.


    Thursday’s boys cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Thursday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Goodell: NFL seeks long-term improvement with refs

    NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says possibly using replacement referees for regular-season games is worthwhile to ensure long-term improvements to officiating.The league and the NFL Referees Association have yet to reach an agreement, and Goodell acknowledged Thursday that time was running out to strike a deal that would make the regular officials available for the openers.Goodell says the officials probably need a week to 10 days to prepare for the season, and the first game is Sept. 5, 13 days away. The first full Sunday of games is Sept. 9.Goodell says of the replacement refs: “We think they’ll do a very credible job.”Goodell spoke at a fantasy football event in Times Square.


    Girls volleyball / Lake County roundup

    Lakes’ girls volleyball team improved to 2-0 by beating visiting Waukegan in two sets Thursday night.Stephanie Reed dished out 15 assists, served 10 of 12 with 2 aces and chalked 6 digs. Haley Halberg was 7-of-7 serving with 1 ace, while Emily Aigner pounded 6 kills. The Eagles also got 4 kills, 2 aces and 5 digs from Sarah Horner.Johnsburg d. Grant: The visiting Bulldogs fell in three sets, despite 7 kills from Alyssa Wilhelm. Jamie Reiser served 11 of 11 with an ace and set 35 of 37 with 12 assists. Mallory Gizowski added 4 kills and 2 solo blocks for Grant. Brooke Buckley also had 7 kills for the Bulldogs.Lake Zurich d. Buffalo Grove: Rhode Island-bound Layne Self slammed 10 kills in the Bears’ 25-15, 25-16 win. Nicole Morrissey added 5 kills for Lake Zurich (1-1).Fremd d. Vernon Hills: Brie Bahlmann and Jenn Claussen had 4 and 3 kills, respectively, for the Cougars in their 25-13, 25-23 loss.


    Robert Vella, center, works with fellow traders earlier this month on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks rebound on Bernanke statements

    Stocks opened lower Friday but turned around after a letter surfaced from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke suggesting there was room for the central bank to do more to help the economy.

    A woman walks by a sign advertising Samsung’s mobile phone Galaxy III at the showroom of its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday.

    S. Korean court rules Samsung didn’t copy iPhone

    South Korean phone maker Samsung won a home court ruling Friday in its global patent battle against Apple and its popular iPhone and iPad devices.

    Michael J. Birck

    Tellabs co-founder says he has cancer, will retire

    Tellabs Chairman Michael J. Birck said Friday he has been diagnosed with cancer and will retire from the company he co-founded next spring.

    The Deer Path Supportive Living Community is now under construction in Huntley at 12500 Regency Parkway. The community, reserved for physically disabled adults between the ages of 22 and 64, is expected to open in July 2013.

    Facility for disabled adults underway in Huntley

    Once done, the Deer Path Supportive Living Community is expected to add a new dimension to the Huntley housing market by offering onsite care to a younger segment of the disabled adult population. Earlier this week, Ledcor Construction broke ground on the $27.1 million project on 1255 Regency Parkway that involves 128 apartments for physically disabled adults between the ages of 22 to 64 years.

    Drought-damaged corn in a field near Nickerson, Neb.

    Drought worsens in Plains, despite cooler temps

    While other corn growers already have knocked down their drought-ravaged crops to feed them to livestock, Nebraska farmer Doug Nelson still waits for his maize to mature, well aware it won't be a banner year. The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly map showed just over two-thirds of Iowa was in extreme or exceptional drought — the worst two classifications. Nearly all of Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois are in extreme or exceptional drought, with Illinois showing the most dramatic climb, spiking 17 percentage points in one week to 96.72 percent, according to the map.


    Court upholds block on graphic cigarette warnings

    A federal appeals court has upheld a decision barring the federal government from requiring tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.

    Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods, excluding the volatile transportation category, fell in July for the fourth time in five months, a sign that manufacturing may be faltering, according to data released by the Commerce Department, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.

    Drop in key U.S. durable goods orders shows weakness

    Signs that U.S. manufacturing is faltering emerged from a report Friday that orders for long-lasting factory goods, excluding the volatile transportation category, fell in July for the fourth time in five months. Overall orders for durable goods rose a seasonally adjusted 4.2 percent in July, the Commerce Department said.


    Navistar loses combat vehicle contract to Wisconsin firm

    Lisle-based military vehicle builder Navistar Defense lost out on a bid to build a prototype combat vehicle for the U.S. Department of Defense. The Defense Department chose Oshkosh Defense, AM General LLC and Lockheed Martin over Navistar and two others to build a prototype vehicle that will replace the military's Humvee for U.S. ground forces, according to Nasdaq news service. The prototypes are lighter and have improved technology and protective gear.


    Lilly Alzheimer’s drug trial yields promising sign

    Eli Lilly's potential Alzheimer's disease treatment failed to slow mental decline in two late-stage studies, but combined data from both trials showed promising results in patients with mild-to-moderate cases of the mind-robbing disease. The Indianapolis drugmaker says pooled data from both studies showed a statistically significant slowing of cognitive or mental decline, as did a subgroup of patients with mild cases of the disease.


    Greek PM in Germany: need ‘time to breathe’

    Greece's prime minister is telling Germany that his country needs "time to breathe" as it carries through painful reforms and spending cuts. Chancellor Angela Merkel didn't immediately respond to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' call for more time to implement reforms when the two leaders met Friday.


    Oil prices fall below $96, reversing gains

    The price of crude fell below $96 as oil markets grew pessimistic over the likelihood of more economic stimulus for the U.S. economy.Benchmark crude fell 55 cents to $95.72 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 99 cents to finish at $96.27 per barrel in New York on Thursday. Brent crude fell 47 cents to $114.54 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.


    1st Ind. resident gets check from restitution fund

    An Indiana man who lost his life savings to a financial scam has become the first person compensated for some of his losses by a state fund. Steve Brodie received a $15,000 check Thursday from Indiana's Securities Restitution Fund. Brodie lost his life savings and retirement nest egg to a hedge fund scam.


    Growth concerns haunt global markets

    Signs that the global economy is weakening and that Europe's debt crisis is still far from solved weighed on financial markets on Friday.Economic indicators from the United States, China and Europe have been consistently downbeat this week.


    Britain’s economic drop revised up slightly

    Britain's economy shrank by 0.5 percent between April and June — slightly less than previously feared — though the revised official figures published Friday still show the country is stuck in recession.The Office for National Statistics said the revision from a 0.7 percent drop was in part due to a milder-than-forecast drop in manufacturing and construction output.

    The government body that oversees the U.S. Postal Service has approved a plan that gives one of the nation’s largest direct marketers a postage discount on advertising flyers known as “junk mail.”

    Postal commission OKs ‘junk mail’ discount plan

    The government body that oversees the U.S. Postal Service has approved a plan that gives one of the nation's largest direct marketers a postage discount on advertising flyers known as "junk mail."The three-year deal approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission on Thursday is intended to boost use of the mail system by Valassis Communications Inc., which sends mass coupon mailings to homes under its RedPlum ad bundles.

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

    Bain documents offer details on Romney holdings

    The release of more than 900 pages of internal Bain Capital investment documents by a media website Thursday offered new details on holdings owned by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's family trusts, including offshore account locations and underlying assets. The confidential records made public by Gawker.com provided financial statements and investor information on 18 Bain investment funds and three hedge funds in which Romney, his wife, Ann, and his children have invested.

    Advertising posters of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S III, right, and Apple’s iPhone 4S, left, at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea,

    South Korean court rules Samsung didn’t copy iPhone

    South Korea's Samsung won a home court ruling in its global smartphone battle against Apple on Friday when judges in Seoul said the company didn't copy the look and feel of the U.S. company's iPhone, and that Apple infringed on Samsung's wireless technology. However, in a split decision on patents, the panel also said Samsung violated Apple technology behind the bounce-back feature when scrolling on touch screens, and ordered both sides to pay limited damages.

    Kodak wants to sell its document imaging and personalized imaging businesses to better focus on printing and business services as it tries to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    Kodak to sell imaging units, focus on printing

    Kodak wants to sell its document imaging and personalized imaging businesses to better focus on printing and business services as it tries to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Eastman Kodak Co. said Thursday that the sale of the units, along with cost-cutting measures and the auction of its patent portfolio, will help it emerge from bankruptcy sometime in 2013.


    State gives tax breaks to aerospace company

    Gov. Pat Quinn says energy and aerospace company Woodward Inc. will receive tax incentives from Illinois for its new $200 million Rockford-area manufacturing campus. The campus will feature a 300,000-square-foot production plant and office center over 60 acres.

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    The music video for South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” released last month, so far has garnered more than 49 million views on YouTube.

    Viral clip gives Korea’s PSY a pop-culture moment

    Korean rapper PSY — who is having a pop-culture moment with his viral music video for "Gangnam Style" — says he's been doing funky choreography for a decade in his native Korea. But he's excited his colorful style is being celebrated in the U.S., and around the world. "I did a lot of strange dance moves for 12 years in Korea," PSY said. The music video for "Gangnam Style," released last month, so far has garnered more than 49 million views on YouTube. The bright, vibrant clip features the comedic and flamboyant PSY delivering somewhat bizarre choreography — including a horse-riding dance — while rapping and singing in Korean over a thumping, dance-flavored beat.

    Salma Hayek says she is proud to be Mexican and that comments suggesting otherwise were “lost in translation.”

    Salma Hayek: ‘I am proud to be Mexican’

    Salma Hayek says she is proud to be Mexican and that comments suggesting otherwise were "lost in translation." The 45-year-old actress issued a statement Thursday after German Vogue magazine quoted her as saying she "hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican."

    First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on “The Dr. Oz Show” to discuss new provisions of her “Let’s Move!” campaign.

    Michelle Obama to appear on ‘Dr. Oz Show’

    Michelle Obama is making a house call on "The Dr. Oz Show." The show's producers say the first lady will tape an appearance Wednesday to discuss new provisions of her "Let's Move!" campaign and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.


    Local theaters: Rhinoceros' returns

    This week's theater events include Organic Theater Company remounting Eugene Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" at North Central College and TimeLine Theatre's season opening production of "33 Variations" by Moises Kaufman.

    Don Burda, owner of Homestead Orchard in Woodstock, said his orchard will open Saturday, Aug. 25, for you-pick Gala apples.

    Apple orchards open for brief picking season

    If April showers bring May flowers, what does an April frost bring? A much smaller apple crop. Although a number of local orchards and farms will not open for apple picking this season because of the weather, some are still offering whatever apples they have. “There is a completely different taste to apples when you are picking them at an orchard in season,” said Eddie Hong, orchard manager at All Seasons Apple Orchard in Woodstock.

    Fritz (Joseph Stearns), left, has more than a passing interest in high school student Esme (Carolyn Braver), who’s taken with preacher’s son Jim (Rob Fenton), in the gritty drama “Princes of Waco,” running through Sept. 22 at Signal Ensemble Theatre.

    Cast gives troubled ‘Princes of Waco’ the royal treatment

    A fateful exchange late in Signal Ensemble Theatre's Chicago-area premiere of "Princes of Waco" reveals both the strength of Signal's production and the unrealized potential of Robert Askins' 2010 play. It takes place between Rob Fenton's Jim, a jaded young man, and Joseph Stearns' shifty Fritz, the older man who jaded him. "Everything I am, I owe to you," Jim says. The troubled acquaintance between the wannabe bad boy and the full-time barfly animates this coming-of-age tale about conflicted sons and ineffective fathers.

    Rapper Eminem performs at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Anti-gay sentiments have been entrenched in hip-hop for decades. Eminem, widely known for offensive lyrics toward homosexuals, has joined Jay-Z in saying people of the same-sex should be able to love one another.

    Hip-hop shifting from anti-gay sentiments

    NEW YORK — Snoop Dogg has rapped in songs where the f-word — the other f-word — has been tossed about. He’s even said it, part of a long list of rappers who have freely used the gay slur in rhyme.For years, anti-gay epithets and sentiments in rap have largely been accepted, along with its frequent misogyny and violence, as part of the hip-hop culture — a culture that has been slow to change, even as gays enjoy more mainstream acceptance, particularly in entertainment.But while perhaps glacial, a shift appears to be on the horizon.“People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they’re different,” Snoop Dogg said in a recent interview.Frank Ocean may be largely responsible for that. The rising star, who revealed on his blog last month that his first love was a man, is technically an R&B singer. But he has produced and collaborated with some of music’s top hip-hop acts, from Jay-Z to Andre 3000 to Kanye West to Nas. He’s also co-written songs for Beyonce, Justin Bieber and John Legend, and is a member of the alternative rap group Odd Future.“When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that,” Snoop said of Ocean’s revelation. “There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that’s what we were brainwashed and trained to know.”When 24-year-old Ocean made his announcement, he received a ton of support from the music world, mainly through Twitter and blogs, including encouraging words from 50 Cent, Nas, Jamie Foxx, Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons, Beyonce and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Even Ocean’s Odd Future band mate, Tyler, the Creator, showed some love, though he’s used homophobic slurs in his songs.While the support for Ocean is strong, and some rappers — including Nicki Minaj — have said a gay rapper will soon hit the music scene, it’s still hard to imagine that the male-dominated, macho rap world could include a gay performer. Anti-gay sentiments have been entrenched in hip-hop for decades. Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels of the iconic rap group Run D.M.C., says it was the norm for years.“You would have had 50 rappers jump on a song, diss the gay people because it’s cool,” said D.M.C.That attitude has abated little, even as other parts of the entertainment industry have curtailed what many consider to be anti-gay material. Eminem was targeted by groups like GLAAD for his incessant slurs against gays, a role that now seems to be embodied by Tyler, the Creator, in his raps. There are also terms like “no homo” and “pause” used in the hip-hop community after an utterance to acknowledge that what was said does not have any homosexual intent.Wu-Tang Clan has had a number of songs that contain the f-word. In an interview, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah recently explained the genre’s stance toward gays like this: “For the most part I think that hip-hop is, you know, we always have been open-minded to a lot of things. It’s just certain things we just — we don’t deal with.”When asked if a gay rapper could make it in hip-hop, Snoop said with a laugh: “There might be some openly gay rappers in hip-hop that’s having success — for real. You never know. There might be some(one) right now that hasn’t pulled a Frank Ocean yet, that hasn’t jumped out of the closet to the living room to make that announcement.”Ice-T said he could see a gay rapper on the scene — depending on what kind of rap he or she performed.

    “And When She Was Good” by Laura Lippman

    Call-girl thriller portrait of madam with mission

    Heloise Lewis, a single mom raising a young boy, is the heroine of the suspenseful and intriguing thriller, "And When She Was Good." She's the cautious operator of a successful call-girl ring drawing discreet clients around Maryland. She provides well-paying work for a half-dozen attractive young women. But her livelihood in the sex trade is coming apart, threatening her other, more reputable life as a soccer mom who prefers privacy.

    Owl City’s “The Midsummer Station”

    Owl City forgettable on latest

    Owl City's "The Midsummer Station" sounds like the soundtrack for one of those Nickelodeon or Disney TV movies you either enjoyed as a tween or endured as an adult. With generic pop-rock songs, it makes for passable entertainment, but ultimately it's formulaic and forgettable.

    The Darkness’ “Hot Cakes”

    The Darkness return, offering ‘Hot Cakes’

    In the opening lines of "Every Inch of You," the first track on The Darkness' new album "Hot Cakes," Justin Hawkins laments his past misfortunes: "Oh baby I was a loser/Several years on the dole/An Englishman with a very high voice." But that loser has made that very high voice work for him as the reformed glam rockers release their third studio album.

    Bartender De Aire’ O’Brien pours a drink at River Rockhouse in St. Charles.

    New music, menu transforms Chord on Blues into River Rockhouse

    When Chord on Blues in St. Charles stopped being strictly a blues bar, the owner decided to rename the club at the end of June to change the perception of the spot. The result is River Rockhouse, which offers a bit of blues music along with plenty of rock and cover groups, plus a new menu and renovated space.


    Make sure neighbor can’t ignore property line issue

    Q. A recent property line survey revealed that my neighbors are encroaching onto my yard. Their garage is built on the property line, and their fence and walkways are three feet onto my side of the line.

    It may look like a vase, but we learn that it had another use in the mid-1800s.

    Green glass piece with gold trim likely 150 years old

    Q. Can you help me identify and value this family piece of glass? It is from my great-grandmother who lived in Harvard, Mass., and is a beautiful green color with gold painted trim. Any information would be appreciated.


    New lighting fixtures bring your home up to date

    One thing that can really date your home is the lighting fixtures. But these can be updated and/or changed out by most do-it-yourselfers. Here are some super tips and ideas that you can try. Let us know how your upgrades turn out.


    Night life events: Get the funk out at John Barleycorn
    Get funky at John Barleycorn's salsa funk night — an evening of high-energy cardio dance that blends some old-school funk, current hits and some Latin-inspired music from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Schaumburg restaurant/bar. Check in at 6:45. Stay after class and enjoy $3 beers and $5 select martinis and half-price appetizers.


    New utility scam heats up with summer temperatures

    The record heat that has gripped most parts of the nation has brought con artists out of the woodwork, promising $1,000 in federal aid to help homeowners pay their cooling bills.


    Improvements sought to home appraisal process

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants you to see the full appraisal report on the house you're buying or refinancing as early in the mortgage process as possible, and without your having to ask the lender for it. Information like this can be crucial in an environment where home sellers, buyers and realty agents routinely complain about botched appraisals that complicate or kill deals.



    Editorial: Wildlife refuge will be boon for ’burbs

    The newly established Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge in northern McHenry County will provide benefits for humans as well as birds and animals, a Daily Herald editorial notes.


    The parable of the two congressmen

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Being an opponent of sex education in the schools does not require a politician to have a poor grasp of human biology.


    The delusions in Ryan’s Medicare vision

    Columnist Froma Harrop: In the real world, private insurers will skim off the young, healthy and profitable. What's left of traditional Medicare will attract the sickest patients, and down it goes.


    Why government needs a diet

    Columnist George Will: Research indicates that overweight individuals have "reasonably close" to accurate estimates of the increased health risks and decreased life expectancy associated with obesity. Hence the weakness of mandated information as a modifier of behavior.


    What’s to like about Obama’s tenure?
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Mr. Carras' letter was a perfect example of parroting the liberal-biased dribble you constantly hear from the establishment media.


    Church should be respectful of laws
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: What I see is where the church wants the freedom to deny insurance coverage for contraception to Catholic and non-Catholic women in their employ in spite of their rights as citizens under the new law.


    Environmental policies will doom us
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Eventually the environment will repair itself but that may take 4,000 years. Meanwhile, the civilization we have known will be dead.


    Islamic terror still targeting Christians
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Congressman Joe Walsh is right to warn us about Islamic radicals, Father Brost should go back to school, as he is just another appeaser.


    GI’s shouldn’t pay for own necessities
    A Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: These kids who volunteer to leave the comforts of their home, traveling to nasty, dangerous places in the world to protect our freedoms, are America's best and bravest citizens who sacrifice everything for us, and we charge them for their own meals and bedding?


    Tea Party-types are the real threat
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Radical Islamists are not leading the charge against those values. Tea Party members are, and Mr. Walsh wears that moniker proudly.


    Get in the game; reclaim government
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Career politicians bank with smug arrogance on the complacency and willful ignorance of the voting public, considering most of us to be easily herded, gullible sheep. We need only look in the mirror to identify those responsible for the corruption and malfeasance permeating government.


    Get income tax code fixed
    A Batavia letter to the editor: The middle class that needs saving is either not paying any income tax or having the other 50.5 percent support their lifestyle. Let's get serious about reforming the tax code.


    More likely to be killed by doctor?
    An Aurora letter to the editor: The tragedy in Aurora, Colo. is unfathomable. So is the political hay being made by the left on this regarding gun control. According to the American Medical Association, 290 people per day are killed by FDA approved drugs.


    Temps increase is unprecedented
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I take issue with Donn Dears' Fence Post letter, "Fracking is our future." He claims that earth temperatures were higher in 1100 AD than today and that temperatures over the past 12 years have declined.


    Don’t cheer for reduced assessment
    An Addison letter to the editor: After many years of fighting the Bloomingdale Township assessor and DuPage County assessor, I finally reduced my home's actual value. This might seem to be good, but please don't cheer. Even though the value has been reduced, I still pay more taxes than I did under my appeal.


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