Daily Archive : Monday August 27, 2012



    Rollover ties up Rt. 53 traffic

    Traffic on the southbound lanes of Route 53 was snarled throughout Monday's rush hour after a semitrailer overturned on the onramp and skidded across three lanes of traffic. Police said the driver suffered minor injuries, and a guard rail stopped the semi from skidding into the express lanes.


    Vehicle crashes through Schaumburg store, pins receptionist

    A receptionist at a Schamburg hearing aid shop was lucky to escape unscathed after an elderly driver crashed through the front of the storefront Monday morning. The driver crashed through the glass window, and pushed the receptionist's desk into a wall, pinning her between the two, officials said.


    Algonquin woman airlifted from Crystal Lake crash

    A 22-year-old Algonquin woman was airlifted from the scene of a rollover crash in Crystal Lake Monday afternoon.

    Gov. Pat Quinn said he’ll act on a big gambling expansion proposal Tuesday.

    Quinn will give his gambling answer Tuesday

    Gov. Pat Quinn, facing a Tuesday deadline to act, is offering few clues to suggest what he might do with a plan to add slot machines at Arlington Park and five new casinos, including one in Lake County. "I'll tell you tomorrow," Quinn said at an event in Carol Stream Monday.

    With the construction site of the new Carol Stream recreation center as a backdrop, Gov. Pat Quinn signs a bill Monday allowing the Carol Stream Park District to fully realize all $37 million in referendum dollars approved by voters in 2010.

    New legislation helps Carol Stream Park District collect full amount of tax money

    Gov. Pat Quinn came to Carol Stream Monday to sign legislation enabling the park district to borrow all $37 million for park improvement projects approved by voters in a February 2010 referendum. The bill signing took place at the site of the park district's $18 million, two-story recreation center now under construction. "I think the will of the people expressed in that referendum was to build...


    Algonquin resident injured in minor garage fire

    An Algonquin resident was injured while atempting to put out a fire inside an attached garage Monday night.


    Teens arrested after stolen car crashes

    Schaumburg police Sunday afternoon arrested two teen boys believed to have stolen a car left running in a driveway and which later was involved in a collision outside a nearby liquor store. Police say they're still searching for two adult suspects.

    A line of traffic extends down Interstate 10 heading towards Baton Rouge, as many residents leave the New Orleans area in anticipation of tropical storm Isaac, which could make landfall on the Louisiana coast as a hurricane, in Kenner, La., Monday.

    Isaac threat to Gulf Coast well beyond New Orleans

    With its massive size and ponderous movement, a strengthening Isaac could become a punishing rain machine depending on its power, speed and where it comes ashore along the Gulf Coast.

    Gov. Pat Quinn extols the virtues of Elgin High School teacher Carolyn Gilbert Monday before signing a bill at the school that will allow the police to share information with schools if there is an investigation of a student. The bill is in response to an attack on Gilbert.

    Elgin teacher on hand as Quinn signs safety bill

    Gov. Patrick Quinn signs a bill that will protect teachers like Elgin teach Carolyn Gilbert, who was stabbed by a student in 2008, from students who pose a threat to others in a school setting. The bill is a result of a Daily Herald investigation. "This is your law, Carolyn," Quinn said. "We're real proud of you."

    Eric Schmidt, executive director of the Ronald McDonald charities office in Oak Brook, is selling tickets to the sold out Ryder Cup. Just prepare to plunk down a few extra bucks.

    Ryder Cup is the hottest ticket in town

    Ryder Cup tickets sold out instantly during last fall's ticket lottery, entered by more than 100,000 golf fans. Now, with the event just weeks away, those Ryder Cup tickets have become the hottest tickets in town. To score entrance to the Medinah Country Club the last week of September to see Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and other golf stars play will require some luck, connections,...

    People who started using marijuana persistently before age 18 risk losing some of their IQ by the time they’re 38, a long-running study says. In contrast, even long-term chronic users who started after age 18 showed no such effect, suggesting the drug holds some particular toxicity for the developing brain.

    Teen pot use linked to later declines in IQ

    Teens who routinely smoke marijuana risk a long-term drop in their IQ, a new study suggests. The researchers didn't find the same IQ dip for people who became frequent users of pot after 18.

    Many empty chairs are seen on the convention floor as Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the party’s convention in Tampa, Fla., Monday.

    A subdued start for GOP convention as Isaac surges
    Republicans staged a remarkably subdued opening to Mitt Romney's national convention Monday in the midst of a turbulent election year, wary of uncorking a glittery political celebration as Tropical Storm Isaac surged menacingly toward New Orleans and the northern Gulf Coast.

    Kirk Dillard

    Suburbs central to Illinois GOP battle plan

    Illinois delegates used Monday's largely unscheduled day at the Republican National Convention to regroup and outline a focus on working more closely than ever for the Nov. 6 election and beyond.

    The new levee wall, constructed with reinforced concrete, is seen at one of the breach sites from Hurricane Katrina, in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans.

    Isaac brings back painful Katrina memories

    Though Isaac is far less powerful than Hurricane Katrina that crippled New Orleans, the system was on an eerily similar path and forecast to make landfall on the seventh anniversary of Katrina, raising familiar fears and old anxieties in a city still recovering from a near-mortal blow seven years ago.


    2 deaths linked to Legionnaires’ disease

    There are two deaths linked to confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease among guests at a downtown Chicago hotel. The Chicago Department of Public Health said Monday announced the deaths and reported eight confirmed cases of the disease among people who stayed at the JW Marriott Chicago Hotel.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Jurors see video of man’s reaction to murder news

    Prosecutors of Christopher Vaughn, who is accused of killing his wife and three children, played videotape of investigators questioning him about the crime, and which indicated he was emotionless when told his family was dead.


    Rutherford, Schock angling for edge in governor’s race?

    The tension in the air may be subtle between Dan Rutherford and Aaron Schock at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week, but it will be present. The two Republicans who are reportedly mulling gubenatorial bids in 2014 also play important - and strikingly different - roles in Mitt Romney's campaign for president.


    Free health and wellness fair

    A woman and senior health and wellness fair sponsored by state Rep. Sandy Cole is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Round Lake Beach Civic and Cultural Center, off Hook Drive west of Route 83.


    Services set for 13-year-old Palatine boy

    Services have been scheduled for a 13-year-old Palatine boy who drowned over the weekend while attending a family reunion near downstate Effingham. A funeral Mass for Benjamin John Stepp will take place Friday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 465 N. Benton St., Palatine. Benjamin will be laid to rest at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine, immediately following the...


    Holiday enforcement events

    The Lake County Sheriff's Office will be out in force during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.


    Gurnee Mills car show

    Car lovers won't want to miss Gurnee Mills' first "Cruizin The Mills" nostalgic car show set for Friday, Sept. 8.


    Watchdog group will discuss school district finances

    Geneva TaxFACTS watchdog group will host a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss the financial picture in the school district.


    Help clean up the beach

    Volunteers needed to join the Alliance for the Great Lakes annual September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup, part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers can join cleanups in their area that are open to the public, or lead their own event on Saturday, Sept. 15.

    The new firefighters memorial in downtown Algonquin will include a steel beam from the former World Trade Center in New York City. The beam was donated by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    Algonquin firefighters memorial on track for Sept. 11 dedication

    Construction started last week on the firefighters memorial being built in downtown Algonquin with a steel beam from the former World Trade Center. "It's an honorable thing that the town has a memorial like that. It honors the people that served the community," said Richard Benson, the son of a firefighter who died on duty. The memorial is on track to be finished in time for a Sept. 11 dedication.

    Steven Johnson

    Man pleads not guilty in captive teen case

    An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Monday to a sex charge involving a teenager who claims he held her captive in his house for more than three years.

    Gov. Pat Quinn wants to close the supermax-security lockup at Tamms, as well as other state prisons.

    Prisons won’t close by Aug. 31

    Gov. Pat Quinn has officially abandoned his hope of shutting down prisons by the end of the week, according to a Corrections Department letter obtained Monday by The Associated Press. In the letter dated Aug. 24, department Director S.A. "Tony" Godinez, instructs employees at prisons that are slated to close — including the supermax-security lockup at Tamms — to continue reporting to...

    Don’t try to make s’mores on a campfire when it’s windy. The drought has created a greater risk of brush fires.

    Fire officials offer safety tips for campfires

    State officials are reminding campers to practice fire safety, especially with the severe drought conditions in Illinois. There were 212 uncontrolled campsite fires reported between 2005 and 2012, and authorities say they could have been avoided.


    Committee wants to reduce salmon stocking in Lake Michigan

    The number of salmon stocked in Lake Michigan would be reduced sharply for three years under a proposal that experts say is necessary to maintain a balance between sport fish and their food sources and to protect a multi-billion-dollar fishing industry, the Lake Michigan Committee announced Monday.


    Seventh West Nile case in DuPage

    The number of confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in DuPage County has climbed to seven, county health department officials announced Monday. Details about the latest case weren't released. But DuPage health department officials said all the cases involve individuals in their 40s to 70s. They were reported in Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville and Villa Park.

    Drew Peterson

    Peterson’s trial defense begins

    Drew Peterson's lawyers began their defense Monday at the former Bolingbrook police sergeant's murder trial, hoping to counter the state's portrayal of him as a man prone to the kind of violence that could have led him to slay his third wife. Prosecutors rested their four-week, 30-plus witness presentation earlier Monday, ending with a dramatic letter from victim Kathleen Savio, who wrote two...

    Paul DiRienzo

    Lombard picks veteran firefighter as new chief

    A longtime firefighter and native of Lombard, Paul DiRienzo, has been named Lombard's new fire chief. DiRienzo, who joined the department full-time in July 1986 and most recently has served as a battalion chief, will assume his new duties Sept. 6. He will be sworn in by the village board that same day, Village Manager David Hulseberg said Monday in a written statement.


    Anti-bullying charity bash in S. Barrington

    The Put Away Bullying Charity Bash to benefit the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 at The South Barrington Club, 3 Tennis Court Lane in South Barrington. Speakers and performers include former Chicago Bulls superstar Bob Love, Eric Michaels of Beatles tribute band American English with his organ trio and vocalist Suzanne Palmer.

    A tractor, right, drags downed trees around to a larger chipper on Monday at the site of a long-vacant corporate training center along Warrenville Road in Lisle.

    Trees removed from future Lisle tech school site

    Hundreds of trees have been removed from the site of a long-vacant corporate training center along Warrenville Road in Lisle to make room for a $35 million technical school.


    Suit against Carpentersville, officer alleges racism, brutality

    A Latino man from Crystal Lake is suing the village of Carpentersville and members of its police force alleging he was roughed up and subjected to racial slurs during a traffic stop last year and that the village's resolution to make English its official language gave police license to discriminate against Spanish-speaking people.

    Trisha Lynn Simon

    Hanover Twp. grateful for all Simon accomplished
    Staff members with Hanover Township in Bartlett are mourning the loss of their community health director, who in six short years built a department that provided greater access to care for residents. Trisha Lynn Simon died Aug. 12 at age 40 after a battle with colon cancer. "She served township residents young, old and all those in between, while building a first class community health program,"...


    Island Lake challenge withdrawn, question will appear on November ballot

    An advisory question regarding a new municipal complex in Island Lake will be put to voters on the Nov. 6 ballot. An objection to signatures gathered to have question placed on the ballot was withdrawn,leading the Island Lake election board Monday to dismiss the case. "We're excited. We're very happy we won," said resident Mark Beeson, who led the signature gathering effort.

    David Hritz

    Charge: Glendale Hts. man stabbed pet bird to death

    After suddenly attacking his roommate, David Hritz threw his own pet cockatiel against a wall and then stabbed it to death, authorities said Monday. The 39-year-old Glendale Heights man was being held on $30,000 bail, charged with domestic battery and aggravated cruelty to an animal.

    Bill Punkay speaks to faculty and staff.

    A true original: Harper honors 45-year teacher

    When Harper College opened in 1967, Bill Punkay began teaching. Today, as the college marks its 45th anniversary, Punkay is the only remaining original faculty member and he was honored this month by 400 faculty and staff. "Bill ... represents the spirit and the bedrock of what the college was intended to be," said Roger Spayer, Harper's chief human resources officer.

    In this courtroom sketch, Drew Peterson, foreground, looks on, as Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow gives his opening statement before Judge Edward Burmila and jurors, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Joliet, Ill., in Peterson's murder trial. Peterson is charged in the 2004 death of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

    Judge rejects Peterson acquittal request

    An Illinois judge has rejected a defense request to acquit former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson before the case goes to a jury. In addition, the judge jokes with jurors who have been coordinating their outfits each day. Today, most were wearing sports jerseys. Judge Edward Burmila told jurors that they were clearly intelligent because, in his words, "nobody has any Cubs clothes on."

    John Walker Lindh is contesting prayer policies in a tightly restricted prison unit where he and other high-risk inmates have severely limited contact with the outside world.

    American Taliban fighter fights prison prayer rule

    American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh testified Monday that the U.S. government is forcing him to sin by denying him the right to pray daily with other Muslims in the highly restricted federal prison unit where he is detained.

    A man walks on the beach in Key West, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 26, as heavy winds hit the northern coast from Tropical Storm Isaac. Isaac is expected to continue streaming across Marion County Monday as it continues toward the northern Gulf of Mexico. National Weather Service officials in Jacksonville on Sunday said Marion County began getting rain bands from Isaac around 2 p.m. and that the rain would continue through Tuesday.

    Isaac crossing Gulf with New Orleans in crosshairs

    Tropical Storm Isaac targeted a broad swath of the Gulf Coast on Monday and had New Orleans in its crosshairs, bearing down just ahead of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

    Daily Herald Politics and Projects Writer Kerry Lester

    Postcard from Tampa: Landed safely

    Greetings from Tampa! Politics and projects writer Kerry Lester settles in after a nerve-wrecking flight to the Republican National Convention. On the ground, the weather is mostly rain and wind as delegates enjoy a free day, thanks to tropical storm Isaac.

    This undated image provided by NASA shows Neil Armstrong posing with a X-15. During re-entry from flight training at 207,000 feet in the X-15, Neil Armstrong inadvertently overshot Edwards Air Force Base in California, heading south at Mach 3 and 100,000 feet altitude. Legend has it he finally managed to turn back while over the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and had just enough energy to land on the south end of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards.

    Private Neil Armstrong service planned for Friday

    A private service is planned in Cincinnati on Friday for astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. The Ohio native died Saturday in Cincinnati at age 82. There have been preliminary discussions about a national memorial service for Armstrong, who often shunned publicity in the decades after his historic mission,

    Wheaton police boarded up a lobby window after Robert Davison threw a brick through it in July. He has been sentenced to a year in prison.

    Wheaton man gets 1 year for throwing brick through police station window

    Robert Davison will have some time in prison to think about whether it was a good idea to throw a brick at his local police station. The Wheaton man pleaded guilty to criminal damage to government supported property and was sentenced to a year behind bars by DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin, prosecutors said Monday.

    Roberto R. Rodriguez

    Schaumburg man gets jail, probation in child sex case

    A Schaumburg man accused of soliciting sex from who he believed was a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to a month in jail and 30 months of probation. Roberto R. Rodriguez, 36, of the 1900 block of Gary Court, also must register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to felony grooming, according to DuPage County court records.

    Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Terry Vavra, shown meeting with residents in 2010, and his counterpart in the police department, Chief Steve Balinski, told village trustees this month they’re struggling to maintain overtime costs in the face of personnel reductions.

    Buffalo Grove police, fire strugle with overtime costs

    Recent declines in personnel have Buffalo Grove police and fire leaders struggling to maintain levels of service without dipping deep into overtime budgets and asking for more sacrifice from officers and firefighters, officials say. Buffalo Grove's police and fire chiefs discussed their attempts to keep their overtime budgets in check during a meeting of the village board earlier this month.

    Chuck Bauer shows visitors an oxen demonstration Sunday at the 23rd Annual Heirloom Garden Show at Garfield Farm Museum west of Geneva. Bauer is a trustee of the historical farm.

    Preservation the theme at heirloom garden show

    In just the last 100 years of modern farming, seed diversity in the United States has been almost entirely wiped out. Vicki Nowicki thinks that's a problem. The Downers Grove woman and her husband Ron joined farmers and gardeners from Illinois, Indiana and Iowa Sunday at the Garfield Farm Museum just outside of Geneva for the 23rd annual heirloom horticultural show. Seeds for old varieties of...

    In this Sept. 16, 2011 file photo, A P-51 Mustang airplane crashes into the edge of the grandstands at the Reno Air show in Reno, Nev, leaving 11 people dead and 70 seriously injured. The National Transportation Safety Board, meeting in Washington, will determine the cause of the September 2011 crash of a modified World War II-era fighter plane into a spectator area during the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.

    NTSB: Plane topped limits in 2011 Reno race crash

    A highly modified vintage aircraft was pushed beyond its structural limits before it crashed into spectators at last year's National Championship Air Races in Reno, according to the findings being presented to the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday in Washington.


    US warns of crime, political violence in Libya

    WASHINGTON — The United States has resumed consular services at its embassy in Libya but continues to warn against all but essential travel to the country.The embassy reopened last September, offering emergency services for U.S. citizens after it was closed for several months during the fighting that ousted longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

    El Sol Market on Main Street in Brawley, Calif., was hit hard by the earthquakes that hit throughout Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Dozens of small to moderate earthquakes rattled Southern California on Sunday, shaking an area from rural Imperial County to the San Diego coast and north into the Coachella Valley.

    Earthquake swarm puts California town on edge

    BRAWLEY, Calif. — A series of small to moderate earthquakes that shattered windows and knocked trailer homes off their foundations is putting people in this small farming town 100 miles east of San Diego on edge as they continue to feel jolts that scientists said could last for days.

    Demonstrator Carole Fields, of Palm Beach, Fla., listens to a speech, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Tampa. Hundreds of protestors gathered in a park in Tampa to march in demonstration against the Republican National Convention.

    Protestors says rain keeps demonstrations quiet

    Protesters blamed Tropical Storm Isaac and a massive police presence Monday for their weak attendance at the Republican National Convention, as only a fraction of the 5,000 demonstrators organizers had expected turned out to criticize the GOP's economic and social policies.


    Desi Fest 2012 at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium

    The Schaumburg Boomers welcome Desi Fest 2012 presented by the Desi Times to Boomers Stadium, 1999 Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg, from noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

    Leslie Goddard, executive director at Graue Mill and Museum, said the re-enactors of the 10th Illinois Regiment are committed to remaining authentic and really know their stuff. “A lot of them can tell you what’s authentic about the collar around their neck to the shoes on their feet,” she said.

    Civil War re-enactors set up camp at Graue Mill and Museum

    In the days of the Civil War, it was brother against brother and countryman against countryman. But what few appreciate is that if we had been alive then, they might have been our brothers, our fathers, our uncles or even us. There's no greater testament to the soldiers who were recruited from Northern Illinois than the members of the 10th Illinois Regiment, who will camp on the grounds of Graue...

    In this June 9, 2012, photo provided by Justin Strine, Strine, left, poses with his younger brother Jamie Strine, center, and older brother, Jim Strine, at Jamie’s high school graduation in Hershey, PA. Justin Strine's hopes for a military career as an Army officer ended after he was kicked out from ROTC for participating in a riot at Penn Statee after Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno’s firing in November 2011.

    Penn St. riot ends aspiring Army officer’s dream

    Stints in jail. Hefty fines and restitution. Clouded futures. The consequences of their bad behavior have been steep for the Penn State students who took to the streets and rioted in the chaotic aftermath of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno's firing last November.

    The charity for troubled youths started by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky said Monday that it will postpone a plan to shut down and transfer programs and assets to a Texas ministry until lawsuits against the charity are resolved.

    Sandusky charity seeks to delay transition plan

    The charity for troubled youths started by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky said Monday that it will postpone a plan to shut down and transfer programs and assets to a Texas ministry until lawsuits against the charity are resolved.


    Ga. murder case uncovers terror plot by soldiers

    Prosecutors say a murder case against four soldiers in Georgia has revealed they formed an anarchist militia within the U.S. military with plans to overthrow the federal government.

    Purdue University plans to honor graduate Neil Armstrong’s achievements with a campus memorial service.

    Purdue sets memorial service for Neil Armstrong

    Purdue University plans to honor graduate Neil Armstrong's life and achievements as the first man to walk on the moon with a campus memorial service. Many people have left flowers and notes at the statue depicting Armstrong outside the Purdue engineering building named for him since he died Saturday at age 82.


    Trooper loses bid to get driving privileges

    A former Illinois State Police trooper whose 2007 high-speed crash killed two sisters has lost his latest bid to get his driving privileges back. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that an Illinois Secretary of State hearing officer denied Matt Mitchell's request to have his driver's license reinstated.


    38-year-old man dies after Wis. bike race

    SUAMICO, Wis. — A 38-year-old man is dead after competing in a mountain bike race in Brown County.According to county sheriff’s department, the man was cycling up a steep hill during the race at Brown County Reforestation Camp Sunday. He got off his bike and told a nurse that he couldn’t catch his breath.


    Iran says it may open military site may to visit

    Iran may allow representatives from nonaligned nations to visit a military site that the United Nations nuclear watchdog suspects has housed nuclear experiments, a website quoted Tehran's deputy foreign minister as saying on Monday.


    2 boaters go missing on S. Illinois lake

    Authorities expect to resume their search for two boaters who presumably drowned in a southern Illinois lake. Investigators say the men went missing from a motorboat on Carlyle Lake on Saturday, and search efforts that day and Sunday failed to locate them. The search was to resume Monday.


    Paul Ryan returns to Janesville for send-off rally

    Paul Ryan is returning to his old high school in Janesville for a send-off rally ahead of the Republican National Convention. Ryan was named Mitt Romney's running mate two weeks ago. Republicans delegates will make the Romney-Ryan ticket official at the convention, but first Ryan supporters will see the congressman off at a Wisconsin rally.

    Construction is snarling traffic along portions of Butterfield Road, especially at the intersections of Naperville Road, shown here, and Winfield Road where vehicles heading north and south are being funneled into one lane in each direction.

    Traffic delays to continue until late fall at Butterfield Road intersections

    Delays at two major intersections along the $52.5 million Butterfield Road widening project are expected to last until late fall, officials said. Traffic has been clogging the major arteries around the Danada shopping centers in Wheaton for some time, but became even worse recently when motorists were funneled into one lane in each direction on a stretch of Naperville Road. The lane closures at...


    Hammond adding police surveillance cameras

    A northwestern Indiana city is following several larger cities in putting up police surveillance cameras in hopes that they will help fight crime. Hammond officials plan to have the cameras at four spots around the city operating within a couple of weeks.


    Trial delayed again for man accused of killing 8

    A judge in northwestern Illinois has again delayed the second trial of a man accused of killing eight people in two states. Nicholas Sheley told Judge F. Michael Meersman on Friday that he doesn't want his trial delayed, But defense attorney Jeremy Karlin says his DNA expert needs more time to examine evidence in the case, and prosecutors didn't object.


    Chicago police get little help after shootings

    Chicago police are trying to solve the surge of shootings plaguing the city, but an analysis shows that they often get little help from the victims. The Chicago Tribune reports that investigators have suspended nearly 80 percent of their investigations into nonfatal shootings in Chicago because the victims wouldn't cooperate.


    1 dead in smoky fire at 10-story Evansville tower

    Firefighters in Evansville used a ladder truck to help rescue some people from balconies during a smoky fire in a 10-story apartment building for the elderly and the disabled where one person died.


    Lincoln Park Zoo hosts online naming contest

    Lincoln Park Zoo is celebrating the birth of a new animal with a naming contest. Animal lovers can cast their votes online to name a newborn African zebra through Thursday. The winning name will be announced Friday on the zoo's Facebook page.

    A Coast Guard patrol boat cruises past the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. The start of the Republican National Convention, being held at the facility, has been delayed because of the approaching tropical storm Isaac.

    Every 4 years, something more than just politics

    The political conventions are back to ask again if we, as individuals and a nation, are better off than we were four years ago. That raises the question, where will we be four years from now? Some 16 million babies have been born in the United States since 2008, the last year the Democrats and Republicans met to anoint their presidential nominees.

    A person braves the rain at Clarence Higgs Beach in Key West, Fla., as Tropical Storm Isaac hits the area on Sunday. Isaac gained fresh muscle Sunday as it bore down on the Florida Keys, with forecasters warning it could grow into a dangerous Category 2 hurricane as it nears the northern Gulf Coast. The Republican National Convention set to start Monday will be adjourned after it's called into session and all programming scrapped until Tuesday.

    Weekend in Review: CLC scholarship scandal; GOP delegates brave Isaac

    What you may have missed this weekend: CLC workers lose jobs over scholarship scandal; hundreds pay respects to Lombard's Mueller; teen activists gets win with "plastic bag veto"; Island Lake officials under fire over building plan; Elgin teacher says law would have prevented attack on her; Illinois delegates say economy the No. 1 priority; GOP delegates braving Isaac to reach national...


    6 dead in weekend flooding in Senegal

    The Ministry of the Interior says that at least six people drowned this weekend, when torrential rains flooded the Senegalese capital of Dakar, as well as major cities in the interior.


    British police deploy in force after lion sighting

    Outside the idyllic English village of St. Osyth, police are hunting a lion. A small army of officers and tranquilizer-toting zoo experts, along with a pair of heat-seeking helicopters, are spending their Monday combing the woods, ponds, and farmland around the coastal community after a resident spotted what was believed to be a lion lounging in a field of grass.

    High waves pound the shore in Yonabarucho, Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, Sunday morning. The strongest typhoon to hit Okinawa in several years lashed the island and surrounding areas Sunday, injuring several people and cutting off power to about 30,000 households. Because of Typhoon Bolaven in Japan, Typhoon Tembin could be looping back around Monday to Taiwan.

    Typhoon Tembin seen looping back to Taiwan

    Typhoon Tembin, which drenched southern Taiwan last week before going out to sea, appeared to be looping back Monday for another run at the island and the nearby Philippines, forecasters said. The revisit comes after another storm about 750 miles to the northeast, Typhoon Bolaven, lashed the Japanese island of Okinawa. It injured five people and left 66,500 households without power as of Monday...

    American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh is expected to testify Monday, Aug. 27, in Indianapolis during the first day of the trial over prayer policies in a tightly restricted prison unit where he and other high-risk inmates have severely limited contact with the outside world.

    American Taliban seeks group prayer in Ind. prison

    An American-born Taliban fighter imprisoned in Indiana will try to convince a federal judge in a trial starting Monday that his religious freedom trumps security concerns, in a closely watched trial that will examine prisoners' rights in the age of terrorism. John Walker Lindh was charged with supporting terrorists after he was captured by U.S. troops in Afghanistan and later pleaded guilty to...

    Former Republican presidential candidate, U.S. Rep Michele Bachman, R-Minn., speaks during a Unity Rally Sunday Aug. 26, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.

    Fight for women’s vote defines presidential race

    A nation at war, crippling joblessness and a looming budget standoff that could wreck the economy have been overshadowed in recent days by an issue that polls show doesn't even crack voters' lists of top 10 concerns — abortion. Missouri Republican Todd Akin's comment that women who were victims of "legitimate rape" rarely become pregnant touched off furious maneuvering by Republicans and...

    Associated Press Managing Editor Michael Oreskes.

    Watching the show: Are conventions still relevant?

    Editor’s note: This is a semi-regular column that will run through the Republican and Democratic conventions.The conventional wisdom about national political conventions is that they have outlived their purpose.


    What to watch for at convention on Monday

    Here are some things to watch for at the GOP convention Monday:1. When the rains came: Hurricane Isaac rolls toward the gop convention in tampa, fla., Threatening a thicket of wet, windy disarray depending on how and where it hits. The storm is on course to pass west of the convention city.


    5 GOP convention moments to remember

    Can they top this? As Republican delegates gather again, check out five memorable moments from their past national conventions: 1912: At one of the most tumultuous of GOP gatherings, former President Theodore Roosevelt challenges sitting President William Howard Taft for the nomination. Taft survives, and Roosevelt bolts to start the progressive Bull Moose Party.

    Missouri delegate Eric Zahnd, right, and his wife Tracy attend the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committeeís welcoming event for the delegates of the Republican National Convention on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Obama-Romney race is focused on 7 states

    TAMPA, Fla. — On the eve of their national party conventions, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in a close race to amass the requisite 270 Electoral College votes for victory. And the contest is exactly where it was at the start of the long, volatile summer: focused on seven states that are up for grabs.

    President Barack Obama speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Washington. Obama talked about the presidential race and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the exclusive AP interview before heading off to a long weekend with his family at Camp David, the secluded presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains. His comments come ahead of the GOP convention opening Aug. 27, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.

    AP Interview: Obama calls Romney’s ideas ‘extreme’

    President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into "extreme positions" on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life. In an interview with The Associated Press, Obama said Romney lacks serious ideas, refuses to "own up" to the responsibilities of what it takes to be...

    Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.

    Paul says his backers will ‘become the GOP tent’

    ep. Ron Paul, the plucky GOP presidential candidate yet to get fully behind Mitt Romney, lashed out Sunday at Republican efforts to marginalize his supporters at the upcoming party convention, telling a counter rally to stand firm because "we will become the tent eventually."

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 officials are seeking community input on the future of the Jefferson Early Childhood Center and some other district facilities. A series of community forums starts Monday night.

    Dist. 200 wants residents' ideas for aging facility

    The future of the Jefferson Early Childhood Center and other facilities in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 could begin to take shape this week at a series of community forums. All four sessions will be held at Jefferson, a building opened in 1958 that ranks high on the district's list of priorities to replace. The first 90-minute forum begins at 6 p.m. Monday at 130 N. Hazelton Ave.,...


    Airlines: You can’t wear that

    DALLAS — Airlines give many reasons for refusing to let you board, but none stir as much debate as this: How you’re dressed.


    27 Afghans, 2 US soldiers killed in attacks

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Attackers hit international forces, the Afghan army and Afghan civilians in two days of violence that by Monday morning had left 29 people dead — two of them Americans soldiers killed by an Afghan colleague.


    Syrian helicopter downed in Damascus clashes

    BEIRUT — A Syrian military helicopter caught fire and crashed Monday after it was apparently hit during fighting between government forces and rebels in the capital Damascus, an activist group said.State-run media confirmed the crash in Damascus but gave no details. A video posted on the Internet showed the chopper engulfed in flames shortly before it hit the ground.


    Taliban behead 17 Afghans in southern militant stronghold

    aliban militants opened fire and then beheaded 17 Afghan civilians, including two women, in the southern province of Helmand, the government said.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaign buttons are displayed ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Sunday.

    Analysis: Akin row shows GOP’s social-fiscal rift

    TAMPA, Fla. — Every now and then, an event awakens the ever-slumbering tensions between the Republican Party’s two core wings: social conservatives and corporate interests.A Missouri congressman’s comment about rape and pregnancy was one such moment, and it came just as Republicans were hoping for a united front at their convention to nominate Mitt Romney for president.


    Local actors talk about playing Illinois power brokers

    Local actors talk about their roles as Illinois power brokers on the Starz series "Boss."


    Survey: Illinois Delegates prefer Rutherford as GOP nominee for governor

    Respondents to a Daily Herald survey of GOP delegates overwhelmingly prefer state Treasurer Dan Rutherford to be the party's gubenatorial nominee in 2014.

    Republican Sidney Mathias opposes Democrat Carol Sente in the 59th state House District race.

    Voters grilling candidates about pension fix

    Voters may not follow all the details of the state's huge pension problem, but they know a train wreck when they see one. Legislative candidates from a sampling of four races around Illinois say voters are pressing them for answers about state government's failure to take control of fast-rising pension costs.


    Dawn Patrol: Palatine boy dies; storm alters GOP delegates’ plans

    Palatine boy, 13, dies after rope swing accident. CLC improperly gave out scholarships. Tropical storm disrupts GOP delegates' plans to head to Tampa. Elgin teacher says law would have prevented attack. Three charged after Gurnee robbery, standoff.

    Amtrak’s 79 mph is just fine for some readers, who pooh-pooh dreams of high-speed rail at 110 mph from Chicago to St. Louis.

    ‘Waste’ or want? Readers split on high-speed rail

    High speed rail in Illinois? Not so fast, you say. The idea of spending from $1.4 billion to $4 billion to allow trains to travel at 110 mph from Chicago to St. Louis made some readers’ apoplectic, peeved others and pleased a few.

    Horses enter the track during the morning workout Friday on the eve of the Arlington Million at Arlington Park.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features first days of school, the Arlington Million, a mother's love, and saying goodbye to a young volleyball star and a suburban mayor.


    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro begins a double play, forcing the Milwaukee Brewers’ Rickie Weeks at second and getting Ryan Braun at first during the third inning Monday at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs can’t leap past Brewers

    Aramis Ramirez hit two of Milwaukee's five homers to lead the Brewers to a 15-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. Ramirez, who played for the Cubs from 2003-11, hit a two-run shot in the fifth and a solo homer in the ninth as Milwaukee beat Chicago for the sixth straight time.

    Grayslake Central’s Hannah Thomas is just able to get under this attack from Richmond-Burton at Grayslake Central on Saturday.

    Grayslake Central grins and bears it

    Despite losing to Richmond-Burton 25-12, 23-25, 25-17 for the championship of their own one-day tournament, the Rams — including Meghan Brewster — had reason to smile. They finished 3-2 on the day (both losses were to Richmond-Burton) and avenged last season's regional-final loss to Johnsburg with a 25-20, 25-19 win in the semifinals of the first-place bracket.

    Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates after winning his match against Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia on Monday at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

    Murray overcomes slow starts, wins at U.S. Open

    Seeking that elusive first Grand Slam title, Andy Murray began his U.S. Open campaign Monday with a straight-set victory over Alex Bogomolov Jr. that included some hairy moments. The Olympic gold medalist overcame early breaks in the first two sets of a 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 win.

    Kim Clijsters thanks the crowd after defeating Victoria Duval 6-3, 6-1 on Monday in the first round of play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

    Clijsters stretches U.S. Open winning streak to 22

    Belgium's Kim Clijsters began her final pro tournament by winning her 22nd consecutive U.S. Open match, 6-3, 6-1 over 16-year-old American Victoria Duval.

    The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre follows through on a double to right in the third inning Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas.

    Beltre homers, drives in 4 as Rangers top Rays 6-5

    Adrian Beltre extended his hot seven-game streak into another week. Beltre was 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs, including driving in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning, to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.


    Purdue suspends LB following arrest

    Purdue has suspended starting linebacker Dwayne Beckford indefinitely. Coach Danny Hope made the announcement late Monday, saying Beckford was arrested for what he described as a violation of Beckford's "probationary status."

    Newly acquired Buffalo Bills quarterback Tarvaris Jackson throws during practice Monday in Orchard Park, N.Y.

    Bills acquire Jackson, release Young

    Vince Young was too inconsistent to win the Buffalo Bills backup job, so now the team's giving Tarvaris Jackson a shot to prove himself. The Bills shuffled backup quarterbacks on Monday by completing a deal to acquire Jackson in a trade with Seattle. They then cut Young.


    Jets, Rams swap right tackles

    The Jets and Rams swapped struggling right tackles Monday night as New York acquired Jason Smith from St. Louis for Wayne Hunter. Both the Jets and Kenny Zuckerman, Hunter's agent, confirmed the deal, adding that it was pending physicals on Tuesday.

    White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis throws his bat in frustration after striking out Monday against the Baltimore Orioles.

    Late homer snaps Sox streak

    Nate McLouth hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, Lew Ford also connected and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the White Sox 4-3 on Monday night, ending the visiting team's six-game winning streak. After the Sox went up 3-2 in the eighth against Pedro Strop (5-2) on a run-scoring infield single by Adam Dunn, Baltimore answered in the bottom half against Brett Myers (2-2).


    Monday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s girls swimming scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's girls swimming meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Monday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Monday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, left, scores past Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy off a single by Starlin Castro during the third inning Monday at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs looking high and low for a few good men

    The Cubs' are well into an open-audition period for jobs heading into the 2013 season. Some of the auditions are going well, and some aren't. It was all on display Monday night in a loss to the Brewers at Wrigley Field.


    Juhas, Elk Grove settle into winning pattern

    Eight bounces and a spin. That's the routine Elk Grove senior Christine Juhas goes through before every serve. It was a routine Maine West would have preferred to have seen a little less of Monday night. Juhas scored her team's first and last points with aces in the nonconference match and in between helped "set" up the win with 9 assists as the host Grenadiers opened their girls volleyball season with a 25-18, 25-22 victory.


    Rosary overcomes slow start to sink Saints

    As an athlete, it often helps to have a short memory. Rosary shook off a forgetful start with a second-game surge and fought off a late St. Charles East comeback in Game 3 to earn a 13-25, 25-11, 25-22 nonconference volleyball victory over the host Saints Monday night in St. Charles.

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Lauren Carlini of West Aurora, left, tips the ball past Renner Burns of Geneva in girls volleyball action in Aurora on Monday.

    West Aurora’s Carlini aces Geneva

    A service error on Lauren Carlini's first serve Monday gave Geneva a point in the Vikings' season-opening match at West Aurora. Turns out winning that point was about the worst thing that could have happened to Geneva.


    Girls volleyball / Lake County roundup

    Behind 7 kills from Jenna Radtke and 6 kills from Liza Pflugradt, Stevenson swept Rolling Meadows 25-21, 25-19 in nonconference girls volleyball Monday. Khailia Donaldson and Anne Geocaris added 5 and 4 kills, respectively, for the Patriots, who improved to 2-0.Geocaris also had 10 assists while Alexa Bykowski added 9. Peyton Bykowski led the way in digs for Stevenson with 7.Grayslake Central d. Round Lake: With a 25-10, 25-14 victory over Round Lake, Grayslake Central started its season off right. Gabi Casper had 7 kills and 6 digs for the Rams while setter Meghan Brewster rolled up 16 assists to go along with 4 kills.Carmel d. Mundelein: Carmel moved to 4-0 on the season with a 25-22, 25-18 sweep of Mundelein. Caitlin Barry led the Corsairs with 9 kills while Courtney Perreault and Ashley Dolin each had 4 kills for Mundelein.Girls tennisCarmel d. Deerfield: Led by sophomore Brienne Minor, Carmel rolled past Deerfield, 9-2. Minor won in straight sets in the No. 1 singles match, 6-2, 6-0. Carmel’s No. 1 doubles team of Kathleen Felicelli and Michelle Kannenberg also won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.Prospect d. Lake Zurich: Despite winning the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches, Lake Zurich was defeated by Prospect, 5-2. Sam Wilson won the No. 1 singles match for the Bears by outlasting Natalie Lysik, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Breanna Casey won the No. 2 singles match over Jordan Pollock, 6-1, 6-2.Girls golfStevenson d. Mundelein: Stevenson squeezed by Mundelein 172-179 at Countryside Golf Course. Stephanie Miller led the way for the Patriots with a 35 while Courtney Fabbri turned in Mundelein’s best score with a 41.Libertyville d. Warren: Libertyville moved to 3-0 on the season with a 184-191 win over Warren. Libertyville’s Lauren Dohse turned in the best score with a 39 while Erica Price topped Warren with a 44.Lake Forest d. Lake Zurich: At Lake Bluff, Lake Forest got a 177-215 win over Lake Zurich. The Bears’ top performer was Melissa Uhl with a 49. Lake Forest’s Lauren Wyatt led the field with a 42.Carmel d. Palatine: At Palatine Hills, Carmel improved to 4-1 on the season with a 180-216 win over Palatine. Senior Rachel Fraher led the Corsairs with a 44, followed by classmates Isabella Bagshaw and Taylor Smith, both of whom finished at 45.Boys soccerMundelein 3, Carmel 1: Adair Lucio, Armando Gomez and Alex Nambo each scored for the Mustangs. Goalie Alex Espinoza had 5 saves for Mundelein (3-2-1).


    St. Edward falls to IC

    IC d. St. Edward: Katie Swanson had 5 kills and 4 digs to lead St. Edward in a 25-19, 25-17 Suburban Christian crossover loss at Immaculate Conception. Rena Ranallo had 4 kills for the Green Wave (3-4) while Allison Kruk added 6 digs and Mallory Gross had 3 digs and 11 assists.Westminster Christian d. Kirkland Hiawatha: Cara Tyrell had 12 digs, 2 aces and 2 kills and Claire Speweik added 7 kills, 3 aces and 6 digs to lead Westminster to a 25-10, 25-19 nonconference win. Elizabeth Farwell had 7 assists and 2 aces and Savannah Dutcher added 5 kills and an ace for the Warriors (3-0).


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Mario Rodriguez had a hat trick and Christian Vences added a goal and 4 assists Monday as Streamwood’s boys soccer team rolled to an 8-1 win over Marian Central at the Maine West tournament.Edwin Rueda, Marcus Rafo and Ismel Dinz each added a goal for the Sabres (2-2) while Phil Lewy and Bryan Contreres split time in goal, each making 2 saves.St. Charles North 1, CL South 0: Logan Dunne scored a second-half goal to lift the North Stars over Crystal Lake South at the Barrington tournament. Steven Follmer had 5 saves in goal for the Gators (1-2) and Gus Alvarez added 2.Elgin 7, St. Patrick 1: Tony Escamilla had 3 goals and Josue Chavez, Hernan Estrada, Oscar Rodriguez and Eddy Perez added one each as the Maroons (2-1) won easily at the St. Patrick tournament.


    Fifth straight win for St. Viator

    St. Viator’s girls golf team won its fifth straight match by edging visiting Buffalo Grove 179-181 at the Old Orchard Country Club on Monday. Dana Gattone (38), Haley Gainer (44), Amy Stringfellow (45) and Courtney Christophe (52) led the Lions (5-0) while top scorers for BG (4-2) were Amber Guiano (41), Courtney Meyer (41), Grace Kil (49) and Kelli Zickert (50).

    Sox starter Gavin Floyd, who left Sunday’s game against the Mariners in the second inning after suffering elbow discomfort, had an MRI on Monday which did not show structural damage.

    Sox play musical chairs with rotation

    An MRI Monday found no structural damage in Gavin Floyd's right elbow, which is good news for the starting pitcher and the White Sox. But Floyd's return is still uncertain, so the Sox had to adjust their rotation.

    Antioch golfer Eric Pascual reacts after missing his putt on the 13th hole during invitational action at Biltmore Country Club on Monday.

    Warner powers St. Viator to title

    St. Viator's Liam Warner doesn't look or play golf like a freshman. Warner shot a 74 to win medalist honors and lead the Lions to a convincing victory in the Barrington Invitational at Biltmore Country Club.


    Cougars making playoff charge

    Three Kane County Cougars pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and a shutout of the visiting Burlington Bees in a much-needed 4-0 victory on Monday, pulling the Cougars within two games of Burlington for the second half wild card with seven games remaining.

    Sox starter Gavin Floyd, who left Sunday’s game against the Mariners in the second inning after suffering elbow discomfort, had an MRI on Monday which did not show structural damage.

    Sox play musical chairs with rotation

    An MRI Monday found no structural damage in Gavin Floyd's right elbow, which is good news for the starting pitcher and the White Sox. But Floyd's return is still uncertain, so the Sox had to adjust their rotation.


    For Boomers, third time not the charm

    The Schaumburg Boomers placed the tying run at third base in the ninth inning but could not complete a third comeback attempt, falling to the Rockford RiverHawks 5-4 on Monday in a makeup game.

    White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, an extremely popular figure on the South Side who brings his unique brand of skills and pugnacious attitude to every game, will be a free agent after this season. In this photo taken Saturday, Pierzynski has just been ejected from the game against the Mariners by plate umpire Lance Barrett, while White Sox manager Robin Ventura carries on the argument.

    Pierzynski’s run with Sox could be nearing end

    At age 35, A.J. Pierzynski has never had a better season, and yet it might be his last with the White Sox.


    Wheeling outlasts St. Viator

    Wheeling's girls volleyball team improved to 2-0 with a 15-25, 25-19, 25-20 victory over host St. Viator (2-5) on Monday night. Seniors Sydney Keith (4 kills), Amanda Mullin (3) and Emily Walker (3) led the Wildcats' attack while Mullin had 14 setting assists and sophomore Deanna Kuzmanic added 13.


    Cubs hope Recker catches on

    The Cubs added to their inventory of catchers Monday, obtaining Anthony Recker from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor-league catcher Blake Lalli. The Cubs assigned Recker to Class AAA Iowa.


    From Ellett to Harrington, a summer worth noting

    Week 1 of the 2012 football season is in the books. Really? Yes, time keeps flying by and before you know it it'll be playoff time and the start of the basketball season. So before we completely close the book on summer, we finally had a few minutes to clean out the inbox. Some things happened over the summer worth mentioning, and there's a couple noteworthy events coming up that we'll wrap up all in one column today.


    Booker, Allen running for a job with Bears

    One of the roster battles most worth watching in Thursday night's preseason finale will be between Lorenzo Booker and Armando Allen for the No. 3 running back gig. Both are undersized but have good quickness, can catch the ball out of the backfield and have return ability on special teams. There doesn't seem to be a lot separating one from the other.

    Fullback Tyler Clutts was playing for the Browns a year ago when he impressed the Bears in the final preseason game between the teams. When the Browns cut him, the Bears signed him and he played in all 16 games last season.

    Careers on the line in Thursday’s Bears game

    There are 20-some players who will be suiting up with the Bears for the last time Thursday night in Cleveland. It will be the final opportunity for some to make their case to be NFL players.

    Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald's offense this season will open with three starters from suburban teams: Fremd, Montini and Wheaton Warrenville South.

    Northwestern’s line stocked with suburban stars

    Northwestern released its depth chart for Saturday's season-opener at Syracuse. Three suburban natives will be first-time starters on the offensive line -- right tackle Jack Konopka (Fremd), right guard Chuck Porcelli (Montini) and tight end Dan Vitale (Wheaton Warrenville South).

    Nicolas Colsaerts, a European Ryder Cup wild-card selection, and team captain Jose Maria Olazabal discuss their team’s chances at a news conference in Gleneagles, England. Olazabal named England’s Ian Poulter and Belgium’s Colsaerts as his two wild-card picks on Monday.

    Poulter, Colsaerts join European Ryder Cup team

    GLENEAGLES, Scotland — European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal said Monday that picking Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium — along with England's Ian Poulter — as his wild-card selections is not a gamble. The 32-year-old Poulter will be competing in his fourth Ryder Cup since making his debut in 2004 while Colsaerts will be playing in his first and is the only rookie on Olazabal's squad.


    Mike North video: Skeeters draw crowds for Clemens game

    Roger Clemens pitched in front of a sold out crowd for the Sugarland Skeeters, Houston's minor league team. Mike North tries to understand what Clemens' motivation could possibly be to pitch for the minor league team.

    Chicago Sky center Carolyn Swords, left, and Connecticut Sun’s Mistie Mims battle for a rebound Sunday in Uncasville, Conn. Swords filled in for Sylvia Fowles, who missed the game for personal reasons, and contributed 14 points.

    Chicago Sky scouting report: Connecticut

    Sky scouting report by Patricia Babcock McGraw for Tuesday's 7 p.m. game against the Connecticut Sun at Allstate Arena.

    Singer and actress Jordin Sparks will perform the national anthem Sept 27 as part of the 2012 Ryder Cup opening ceremonies at Medinah Country Club. Her new film,"Sparkle," was released last month.

    Jordin Sparks joins Ryder Cup ceremonies

    After landing actor/recording artist Justin Timberlake as a Ryder Cup ambassador for Team USA, American officials for the 2012 Ryder Cup had added another recording star to their scorecard. Rrecording artist Jordin Sparks, star of the new Sony Pictures film "Sparkle" and the youngest winner in "American Idol" history, will perform the national anthem at the 2012 Ryder Cup opening ceremonies on Sept. 27 at historic Medinah Country Club.


    Grayslake’s Piggly Wiggly is scheduled to close Nov. 3 because of failed lease negotiations between the supermarket and its landlord.

    Grayslake Piggly Wiggly to close because of failed lease negotiations

    Grayslake's Piggly Wiggly is scheduled to close in November because of what ownership says were failed negotiations for a new building lease. It opened in 1993. "We hate to see the Piggly Wiggly go," Grayslake Assistant Village Manager Derek Soderholm said.

    U.S. stocks fell, following the first weekly decline in about two months for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as investors awaited indications on whether the Federal Reserve will provide further stimulus measures.

    On a quiet day, Apple rules the stock market

    The biggest story in the stock market Monday was Apple, but that wasn't saying much.Stocks barely moved. Trading was light, even by the slumberous standards of August.

    Changes are taking place at the Otter Creek shopping center in Elgin. New businesses have opened, and a Big Lots store is expected to open by November.

    New businesses to open at Otter Creek Shopping Center in Elgin

    Changes are happening at the Otter Creek Shopping Center along Randall Road in Elgin. Big Lots is among at least three businesses expected to open before the year ends in the center, which is on the west side of Randall Road, just south of Route 20.

    Navistar International Chairman, President and CEO Daniel C. Ustian is retiring from the company effective immediately, according to the company.

    Navistar replaces CEO with ex-Textron chief
    Navistar International Chairman, President and CEO Daniel C. Ustian is retiring from the company effective immediately, according to the company. No reason was given for his sudden departure. Lisle, Ill.-based Navistar's board named Lewis Campbell, the former chairman, president and CEO of Textron Inc., as its executive chairman and interim CEO, it said in a release.

    A court ruled for Boeing in a suit that claimed former employees were discriminated against on the basis of age when the Chicago-based company sold its commercial aricraft operations in Kansas and Oklahoma.

    Court: Age discrimination unproven in Boeing sale

    A federal appeals court has ruled that former employees failed to demonstrate a pattern of age discrimination by The Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems.

    The poll found that many Americans believe rich people to be intelligent and hardworking but also greedy and less honest than the average American.

    Most Americans say the rich don’t pay enough taxes

    As the income gap between rich and poor widens, a majority of Americans say the growing divide is bad for the country and believe that wealthy people are paying too little in taxes, according to a new survey.

    Hertz Global Holdings Inc. and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. jumped after Hertz struck a deal to buy the smaller company for about $2.6 billion following more than half a decade of trying.

    Hertz, at long last, buying Dollar Thrifty

    More than two years after its original bid, Hertz agreed Sunday to buy Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. for about $2.3 billion, giving it more ways to attract travelers and expand its international presence. It will also give the company a leg up against competition from an increasing number of smaller competitors.


    Apple stock jumps on $1B Samsung verdict

    NEW YORK — Apple’s $1 billion court win against Samsung is translating into a much bigger jump in its market value.Apple shares were up $11.98, or 1.8 percent, at $675.26 in morning trading Monday. That boosts Apple Inc.’s market capitalization, already the highest in the world, by $11 billion to $633 billion.In opening trading, Apple shares hit $680.87, a new all-time high.Late Friday, a nine-person federal jury in Silicon Valley found that some of Samsung’s products illegally copied features and designs from Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Investors appear to be betting that the verdict will make it harder for Apple rivals to ride on the iPhone’s coat-tails. In particular, analysts said it’s likely to slow the growth of Android, Google Inc.’s operating system for smartphones. It’s used by Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola, now a division of Google.Samsung Electronics Co. shares fell 7.5 percent in Korean trading. Apple could ask the judge to stop sales of infringing Samsung products in the U.S. Samsung, the world’s largest maker of smartphones, could still keep selling its products unchanged in the rest of the world. But the U.S. is the world’s largest market for smartphones, and Samsung is likely to want to remain there.“We believe this verdict could lead to Samsung delaying near-term product launches as it attempts to design around Apple’s patents,” said Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley.While Apple has been the driving force in the smartphone market since the iPhone was launched in 2007, it only commands 19 percent of the worldwide market share, accord to research firm IDC. The high price of the iPhone keeps it out of consumer hands, particularly in emerging markets. That’s left an opening for Android, which now accounts for 64 percent of smartphones sold.UBS analyst Amitabh Passi said that it’s “very unlikely” that Apple could stamp out Android by repeating the U.S. legal victory in the rest of the world. The cellphone carriers like having several suppliers to choose from, and would not accept dominance by Apple, he wrote Monday.Shares of HTC fell 1.9 percent on the Taiwanese stock market. Google shares fell $13.80, or 2 percent, to $664.83 in U.S. trading.Meanwhile, U.S.-listed shares of embattled Finnish phone maker Nokia Corp. jumped 24 cents, or 7.8 percent, to $3.32. That was the highest level for the company since May.Nokia has gone against the grain and based its new smartphone line not on Android but on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone. That operating system is substantially different from Apple’s, and hasn’t landed in its legal sights. However, sales of phones using the software have been slow, imperiling Nokia’s turnaround efforts.


    M&T Bank to buy Hudson City Bancorp

    NEW YORK — M&T Bank, which counts Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway among its largest investors, agreed to buy Hudson City Bancorp for about $3.7 billion to expand in New Jersey.Under terms of the agreement, each Hudson City shareholder will receive 0.08403 of an M&T share in the form of either M&T stock or cash, the companies said Monday. The deal values Hudson City about 12 percent higher than the company’s closing price on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Friday.M&T will gain 135 branches, including 97 in New Jersey, becoming the fourth-largest lender in the state by deposits. The Buffalo, N.Y.-based company will add $25 billion in deposits and $28 billion in loans, according to the statement. The acquisition is the biggest takeover of a U.S. bank announced this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, and includes branches in New York and Connecticut.“It’s a very attractive transaction for M&T right off the bat,” said Joseph Fenech, an analyst at Sandler O’Neill & Partners New York who rates M&T shares “buy.” “If you look up and down the M&T franchise from upstate New York to Virgina, two of the holes were Long Island and New Jersey.”The takeover of Hudson City creates a “comprehensive community-banking franchise that provides a full range of checking and savings accounts, debit and credit cards, home- equity loans and other lending options, plus small-business and commercial-banking services,” M&T Chief Executive Officer Robert Wilmers, 78, said in the statement.Hudson City is led by CEO Ron Hermance, 65, who returned to the Paramus, N.J.-based bank Aug. 1 after taking medical leave in February to receive a bone-marrow transplant.The U.S. Treasury Department said earlier this month it priced an offering of the preferred stock it holds in M&T as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program. As a result, the Treasury will no longer hold any shares of M&T’s preferred stock, though it still holds warrants to purchase about 1.7 million common shares, according to a statement at the time.M&T expanded in 2011, when it completed the purchase of Wilmington Trust for more than $400 million to build market share in Delaware and expand wealth management and corporate services to boost fee income. In 2009, M&T bought Provident Bankshares to add deposits in the mid-Atlantic region.Hudson City was the largest U.S. bank to forgo a government bailout. The lender took an after-tax charge of $440.7 million, or about 89 cents a share, last year from the early repayment of $4.3 billion of so-called structured putable borrowings. The company said it was under pressure from regulators to reduce risk.Denis Salamone, Hudson City’s acting chairman and CEO, said earlier this year that it had become difficult for the bank to profitably expand its residential-lending portfolio amid record- low interest rates and the participation of government-sponsored enterprises in the market. As a result, it began evaluating a “variety of strategies” to adapt, he said.“Historically, we have kept all of our loans on our balance sheet,” Salamone said in July. “While we will continue to offer loans to keep in our portfolio, we will also begin to offer residential mortgage loans that are eligible for sale in the secondary market.”Salamone also said at the time that the bank planned to start making commercial loans to help balance its risks.Bank of America, Wells Fargo & Co. and Toronto- Dominion Bank are the largest banks in New Jersey. They all expanded by acquiring other lenders in the state, which is the third-wealthiest in the U.S. by per-capita income, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Toronto-Dominion, Canada’s second- largest lender, bolstered its presence in New Jersey in 2008 with the purchase of Cherry Hill-based Commerce Bancorp for more than $7 billion.WASHINGTON POST-BLOOMBERG — 08-27-12 1115ET


    Drought-driven food costs may damp consumer sentiment

    The worst U.S. drought in at least 50 years may restrain consumer confidence and spending as it pushes Americans' grocery bills higher later this year.

    Visitors shop around Samsung’s smartphones at a shopping mall in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. The South Korean phone maker won a home court ruling Friday in its global patent battle against Apple and its popular iPhone and iPad devices. The ruling came hours before Apple prevailed in a similar case in the U.S. Judges in Seoul said Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t copy the look and feel of the iPhone and ruled that Apple infringed on Samsung’s wireless technology.

    Apple victory means smartphone changes for consumers

    pple's big court victory against Samsung on Friday is expected to trickle down to consumers, affecting the creation of future mobile technology and potentially raising prices for devices, analysts and patent experts say. A jury's decision to award Apple $1.05 billion after finding Samsung violated six patents will make rivals think twice about smartphones and tablets that too closely resemble Apple products.


    German business confidence down more than expected

    German business optimism fell more than expected in August, according to the Ifo survey published Monday, another sign that Europe's largest economy faces trouble from the eurozone debt crisis. The index fell to 102.3 points in August, down from a revised 103.2 in July. Market analysts had expected a smaller dip to 102.6 points. Economists have been warning that the debt crisis in the 17-country eurozone could eventually catch up with Germany.


    Add microloans to small business financing options

    Small Business columnist Jim Kendall explores adding microloans to small business financing options.

    Ray Kelly has been a pharmacist with Osco for nearly 40 years.

    Wheaton pharmacist recalls changes in profession

    Kukec's People features Ray Kelly, a pharmacist with Osco for nearly 40 years, talks about the changes over the years.

    David Kellen, owner of Studio K Music with locations in Geneva and Oswego.

    Piano school fills a need in the Fox Valley

    A piano teacher says the best part about running his Fox Valley business is watching children grow up, becoming great piano players, and knowing that ge had a part to play in their life.

    General Motors Co., said to be exploring as much as another $5 billion in short-term credit, is seeking to secure low borrowing costs as it pours billions in cash into new products and pension obligations.

    GM doubling credit lines would ensure ample cash, analyst says

    General Motors Co., said to be exploring as much as another $5 billion in short-term credit, is seeking to secure low borrowing costs as it pours billions in cash into new products and pension obligations. GM may seek $4 billion to $5 billion in additional revolving credit from some of the lenders that provided its current line of credit, a source says.


    Google says most claims not related to Android

    Google Inc., responding to a jury verdict that found its partner Samsung Electronics Co. infringed Apple Inc. patents, said most of the claims "don't relate to the core Android" software used in mobile devices.


    U.K. private-school fees increase twice as fast as inflation

    Fees at U.K. private schools have risen 68 percent in the past decade, almost twice the pace of inflation, according to a report by Lloyds TSB Private Banking.Since 2002, the average annual private school fee has increased to 11,457 pounds ($18,140) from 6,820 pounds, Lloyds said in a statement in London today. The highest annual fees are for private schools in London, at 13,359 pounds, the report showed. The U.K. capital and Southwest England have seen the biggest increase in costs, with fees in those regions rising 79 percent in the period.Lloyds said the surge in school fees means there are now several “relatively well paid” occupations -- such as pharmacists, architects, information-technology professionals, engineers and scientists -- where someone on the average earnings for that job can no longer afford a private school without assistance from other sources.The current average private-school fee represents about 35 percent of gross annual average earnings. Lloyds said school fees are deemed “affordable” if they represent 25 percent or less of an average annual salary.The total number of pupils in private schools has declined by 13 percent over the past decade, it said.

    To help ward off a recession, China cut interest rates twice in June and is pumping money into the economy through higher spending on public works construction.

    China’s Wen calls for steps to stabilize exports

    Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called for efforts to stabilize weakening exports amid signs the country's economy is weakening despite stimulus efforts. Wen's weekend comments follow a wave of bankruptcies that has raised the threat of job losses and unrest. That comes at a sensitive time as the Communist Party prepares to hand over power to younger leaders.

    Customers leave Lee’s restaurant in Baghdad, Iraq. A wave of new American-style restaurants is spreading across the Iraqi capital, enticing customers hungry for alternatives to traditional offerings like lamb kebabs and fire-roasted carp.

    Burger boom as fast food finds fans in Baghdad

    A wave of new American-style restaurants is spreading across Baghdad, enticing customers hungry for alternatives to traditional offerings like lamb kebabs and fire-roasted carp. The fad is a sign that Iraqis, saddled with violence for years and still experiencing almost daily bombings and shootings, are prepared to move on and embrace ordinary pleasures.

    In this photo released by Ford Motor Co., a brand new car is checked by a worker at a new Ford/CFMA Chongqing Plant after its launching ceremony in Chongqing, China, Monday Aug. 27, 2012. Ford Motor Co. is building a sixth plant in China as part of an effort to increase its sales in the world’s largest auto market.

    Ford breaks ground on new plant in southwest China

    Ford Motor Co. is building a sixth plant in China as part of an effort to increase its sales in the world's largest auto market. Ford CEO Alan Mulally attended a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the new $600 million assembly plant in the southwestern city of Chongqing. It will have the capacity to make 250,000 vehicles per year when it's finished in late 2014.

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leaves after making a statement to the media after he was shouted down by opposition politicians in the lower house of the Parliament, in New Delhi, India, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Singh took to Twitter on Monday to defend himself against a coal scandal roiling the country, saying accusations his government lost the country huge amounts of money were baseless.

    Indian premier defends gov’t against coal scandal

    fter being shouted down by opposition politicians in Parliament, India's prime minister took to Twitter on Monday to defend himself against a coal scandal roiling the country, saying accusations his government lost the country huge amounts of money were baseless. India's Parliament has been all but paralyzed since the national auditor released a report two weeks ago saying the sale of coal blocks without competitive bidding was expected to net private companies windfall profits of up to $34 billion.

    The PC business is faltering amid shifting technology trends since Apple Inc. shifted the direction of computing with the release of the iPhone in June 2007. HP’s market value has plunged by 60 percent to $35 billion, while Dell’s market value has also plummeted by 60 percent, to about $20 billion.

    HP, Dell: PC makers in desperate need of a reboot

    The PC business is faltering amid shifting technology trends since Apple Inc. shifted the direction of computing with the release of the iPhone in June 2007. HP's market value has plunged by 60 percent to $35 billion, while Dell's market value has also plummeted by 60 percent, to about $20 billion.


    Julius Baer says employee stole data on German offshore clients

    Julius Baer Group Ltd., the Swiss wealth manager established in 1890, is contacting wealthy German customers after an employee stole information on their offshore bank accounts in Switzerland.“We launched an internal investigation and we discovered a case of data abuse,” Jan Vonder Muehll, a spokesman for the Zurich-based bank, said today by phone. “We are in contact with potentially affected clients.”The suspected data thief was fired by the company and arrested, according to Vonder Muehll, who declined to give further details of the theft. SonntagsZeitung reported the information theft yesterday, citing an interview with Julius Baer Chief Executive Officer Boris Collardi.Julius Baer said Aug. 22 it had contacted some German clients because of speculation over data theft and the acquisition of CDs by German authorities. North-Rhine Westphalia, a state run by Germany’s Social Democratic Party, has regularly been the subject of reports it bought CDs with Swiss account information on wealthy Germans.Julius Baer agreed last year with German authorities to pay 50 million euros ($63 million) to end an investigation over undeclared client assets in a separate case of data theft.


    Ford says it got clearance to split China venture with Mazda

    Ford Motor Co. said it received approval from China’s top economic planner to split its venture in China with Mazda Motor Corp., paving the way for the U.S. automaker to increase control of its expansion in the country.The National Development and Reform Commission approved an application for Ford to have a separate venture with Changan Automobile Co. instead of the current three-way ownership structure with Mazda, Ford Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally told reporters in Chongqing, China today. The plan still needs to be approved by two ministries, Ford said in a statement.The separation would restore Ford’s ability to have an equal say as its Chinese partner for the first time since 2006, when the U.S. company transferred a 15 percent stake to then- affiliate Mazda. The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker has sought to break up the China venture after selling down its stake in Mazda in 2008 to raise cash.“For Ford, they won’t have to think of Mazda and will have more freedom in making decision for future development in China,” said Lin Huaibin, a Shanghai-based analyst with industry researcher IHS Global Insight. “They will be able to make full use of Chongqing as a strategic production base in western China and they can focus on developing their own products suitable for the Chinese market.”Increasing its stake in the China venture to 50 percent would allow Ford to book more revenue from car sales and parts, according to Bill Russo, a Beijing-based senior adviser at Booz & Co.

Life & Entertainment

    Michael Jackson’s children — Blanket, 10, second from left; Prince, 15, fourth from left; and Paris, 14, third from right — visited Six Flags Great America in Gurnee on Monday.

    Michael Jackson’s kids visit Great America

    Michael Jackson's three children on Monday visited Six Flags Great America in Gurnee with new co-guardian, T.J. Jackson, and other friends and family. A picture provided by Six Flags shows the children of pop royalty dressed like everyday kids, a far cry from their early years famously spent in veils and masks.


    Mary Ross’ tips for cooking with wine

    When it comes to cooking with wine, many recipes need translation. A standard glitch is the recommendation of "Burgundy" for cooking. Is the chef using French Burgundy, whose vineyards have been heralded by emperors and poets, with bottles priced at $20 and up (way up)? Still, a splash of wine is the easiest way to add flavor, flare and even health benefits to your homiest family meals.


    What did mom do for daughter to defriend her?

    This woman's daughter kept posting on Facebook stuff about her exercise/marathon program The daughter is a professional, single woman with two kids under 10.The mom jokingly posted: "changed my mind, maybe you should get married." And then the daughter defriended her. What to do?

    Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly will be in the booth as anchorman with Bret Baier for the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions.

    Megyn Kelly gets bigger convention role on Fox

    Four years ago, Megyn Kelly roved the Democratic and Republican convention floors as a reporter for Fox News Channel. Starting Monday in Tampa, Fla., she'll be in Fox's booth as co-anchor with Bret Baier for the 2012 meetings. The elevation shows how Kelly, host of the daytime "America Live" program, is rising at Fox.

    Rosie O’Donnell, right, wed Michelle Rounds in a private ceremony in June. O’Donnell announced their marriage on her blog Monday.

    Rosie O’Donnell: I’m married, selling art on eBay

    Rosie O'Donnell has announced that she married her fiancee, Michelle Rounds, in a private ceremony in June, just days before Rounds had surgery to treat desmoid tumors.

    Anna Faris has given birth to a baby boy, her first child with her actor husband, Chris Pratt.

    It’s a boy, prematurely, for Anna Faris

    Anna Faris has given birth to a baby boy, her first child with actor husband Chris Pratt. A spokeswoman for the couple says their son, Jack, "arrived earlier than expected and will be spending some time" in the neonatal intensive care unit.


    Fire hits Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta

    Firefighters are battling a blaze at filmmaker Tyler Perry's Atlanta studios, the second fire in the past four months at the complex. Details of the fire late Monday morning were not immediately available, but video from WSB-TV showed about two-dozen firefighters on the roof of a building at the complex. There were no reports of any injuries.

    Robin Roberts, co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” will be taking an “extended medical leave.”

    ‘GMA’ co-anchor Robin Roberts to start medical leave

    Robin Roberts says Friday will be her last day co-anchoring "Good Morning America" for a while. On Monday's edition of the ABC News wake-up program, Roberts made official the start date for what's being called her "extended medical leave."

    Former astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died at age 82 on Saturday.

    Restrained coverage of Neil Armstrong’s death

    By the yardstick of history, Neil Armstrong was among the most accomplished men ever to walk on the planet that he looked upon from afar one magical week in July 1969. Television news didn't seem to fully recognize the importance of the first human to walk on the moon on the weekend he died.

    Determining how sick a child is can be a challenge for parents.

    What counts as being too sick for school?

    A child should stay home if he is too uncomfortable to participate in all activities and stay in the classroom; if he needs more medical attention than the school can give; or if he might be spreading harmful diseases to others, according to Cynthia Devore, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health. Here is what experts said about some of the most common childhood symptoms.

    More studies are showing that massage’s benefits can include positive effects on depression and anxiety, sleep, stress hormones, immunity and pain relief.

    Massages are more than a luxury

    A growing body of research confirming that massage can be good medicine. "We now know that massage therapy is not just for pleasure, but has significant psychological, physiological and biochemical effects that enhance health," says Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, which has conducted more than 100 studies showing that massage's benefits can include positive effects on depression and anxiety, sleep, stress hormones, immunity and pain relief.


    Genetic tests could explain children dying unexpectedly

    Every year, researchers estimate, several thousand apparently healthy infants and children in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly. Unlike with deaths in older people, there often is no obvious cause, such as violence or overdose. Sometimes an autopsy detects an unsuspected condition such as brain bleeding, poisoning or infection. But otherwise, the fatality is labeled a case of sudden unexplained death. It defies obvious solution.


    Rooting for underdog is in our DNA, study says

    Whether in the Olympics or the NCAA basketball tournament, it's more than just our taste for drama that leads humans to root for the unlikely winner with a compelling back story. It's in our DNA. "It's in our genes to root for our own team, but if you don't have your own team playing, you root for the underdog," said University of Tennessee professor Sergey Gavrilets, an ecology and evolutionary biologist.

    Don and Debbie Wallin have had to restor their 1949 Mercury custom twice.

    Custom 1949 Mercury rises from the ashes

    Area auto enthusiasts Don and Debbie Wallin of Cary have a rolling phoenix that, through hard work and determination, has risen from the ashes to cruise the streets again. After a complete multiyear overhaul of their 1949 Mercury custom, disaster struck in 2007.


    Blind mice see after scientists crack retinal code

    Blind mice had their vision restored with a device that helped diseased retinas send signals to the brain, according to a study that may lead to new prosthetic technology for millions of sight-impaired people. Scientists have cracked the code the retina uses to communicate with the brain, which moves the technology beyond bright light and high-contrast recognition to what may be adopted for human use within a year or two.

    Fitness expert Mario Godiva Green demonstrates Kangoo Jumps, a new exercise routine that uses special boots.

    Bouncing helps increase workouts

    Don't run. Bounce. You'll get fit faster, with far less risk of injury, say enthusiasts. "Rebound exercise is the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man," claimed Albert E. Carter, a former professional wrestler who wrote a book about it in 1979. A NASA study a year later essentially confirmed his claim.


    New device being tested to relieve spinal stenosis

    You're over 50, and when you walk more than a short distance, you get pain or cramping in your legs and lower back. The pain subsides when you sit down. But, you notice the distance you can walk before the pain recurs is getting shorter and when the pain recurs, it is more severe. You may have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column that puts pressure on the spinal cord or a narrowing of the openings where spinal nerves leave the spinal column.

    Toni Farkas demonstrates the exercise chop wood with knee lift.

    Women can benefit from strength training

    "Cardio, cardio, cardio." Sound advice from my favorite gynecologist. I believe in the many healthful benefits of cardiovascular workouts, perform them faithfully and tout their many benefits to others. But I have noticed that many women — almost 80 percent of them, according to one study — rely only on cardio-based exercise and ignore the all-important strength-conditioning component of fitness.


    Precautions urged when making a hospital visit

    Though officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that friends and relatives who visit hospitalized loved ones are "not likely" to get C. dif, they should still take simple precautions during these visits. Hospital visitors should start by checking with the patient's nurse to see if gowns and gloves are needed for a visit. Visitors are also urged to wash their hands both before entering and as they leave the patient's room.


    Blind suffer from ‘devastating’ sleep disorder

    Although doctors have not definitively identified Melanie Brunson's disorder, researchers believe she suffers from non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, or "non-24." The chronic and little-known sleep condition is characterized by a body clock that is not aligned with a 24-hour day.


    Almost half of doctors say they are burning out

    About 1 in 2 doctors are burned out, showing signs of emotional exhaustion and little interest in work as patient loads increase, U.S. researchers found. The number of doctors reporting feeling burned out is surprising and troubling, said Tait Shanafelt, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and lead study author. He said the trend may cause physicians to quit or reduce their workload just as demand for doctors is increasing with the aging population.


    Helping cancer patients decide on options in treatment

    Patients increasingly are more involved in the decisions they make with their physicians. Counselors are being trained for a new program called Open to Options, which helps patients express their concerns to their doctors and assists them in formulating questions.

    Peaches are in season, so grab these healthy and sweet treats while you can.

    Your health: Gotta love those peaches
    Dig into those peaches while they are in season. Summer's peaches are filled with good things for your body. You also may want to step off the scale to determine if you are fit or not.

    Being in a romantic relationship can often improve our outlook on life and how happy we are.

    What makes us happy in life?

    What is it that makes us happy? For the first time ever, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is looking to measure happiness levels among Americans. The United Kingdom has already started to track and measure well-being. Even the United Nations has boarded the happy train, having issued its own 150-page "World Happiness Report" this year.


    Prevent osteoporosis with the right exercises

    Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones and makes them more susceptible to breaks. Weight-bearing exercises and strength-training exercises can help prevent osteoporosis, by boosting the bone-building forces. Weight-bearing exercises force you to support your own body weight. These exercises stress your bones enough to stimulate new bone growth.

    This X-ray image compares mammograms of an extremely dense breast, left, and an extremely fatty breast. According to the American College of Radiology, most women fall somewhere in between.

    No clear answers with mammograms and dense breasts

    More women are getting the word that they may have breasts too dense for mammograms to give a good picture. What's not so clear is what to make of that information. New York this summer became the fourth state to require that women be told if they have dense breasts when they get the results of a mammogram. That's because women whose breast tissue is very dense have a greater risk of developing breast cancer than women whose breasts contain more fatty tissue. Plus, it can be harder for mammograms to spot a possible tumor.


    Alzheimer’s findings offer new direction on treatment

    In separate probes into the roots of Alzheimer's, scientists have uncovered a rare gene mutation that keeps plaque from forming in the brain and found the disease may take hold 25 years before symptoms appear.


    Genetic testing identifies risks of Alzheimer’s

    Alzheimer's disease can't be prevented or cured, and it ranks second only to cancer among diseases that people fear. Still, in an international study last year from the Harvard School of Public Health, about two-thirds of respondents from the United States said they would want to know if they were destined to get the disease. Although there are no definitive tests that predict whether most people will get the disease, people sometimes want such information for legal and financial planning purposes or to help weigh the need for long-term-care insurance.

    Kelsey Grammer stars as Chicago Mayor Tom Kane in the Starz series “Boss.”

    Grammer is 'Boss,' but local talent helps power series

    The producers of “Boss” make a lot of local actors very happy. The acclaimed Starz TV series, starring Kelsey Grammer as a take-no-prisoners Chicago mayor determined to maintain his iron grip on the city, has employed more than 150 of them over its first two seasons — and not just as walk-ons or extras.

    The color of ornamental kale gets deeper with cooler temperatures.

    Art in the garden: Brighten up tired summer containers

    It's no surprise that containers planted last spring may be looking haggard now. Despite the careful selection of plants and proper water and fertilizing, some plants are just plain worn out. Now is the time to perk up those containers and keep the color going through the rest of the summer and then through fall.


    House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Milwaukee, in this April 3, 2012 file photo. (AP Photo)

    Editorial: Conventional challenges for us all

    As the major political parties begin their nominating conventions, voters should resist the temptation to tune out, a Daily Herald editorial says. Tune in to a respected and fair news source.


    The GOP’s rage platform

    Columnist Dana Milbank: Taken as a whole, the platform makes the Republican Party appear angry, inward and more than a little paranoid.


    The platform of the party

    Columnist Susan Estrich: This platform wasn't adopted without Mitt Romney's advisers' participation. And if it was, it's a major sign of a weak nominee in trouble.


    The Cordesman criteria

    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: If we simply continue to drift through negotiations, either America, Europe, the Gulf Arabs and the Israelis will forever be condemned to live under the threat of nuclear blackmail (even nuclear war) from a regime the State Department identifies as the world's greatest exporter of terror.


    Law will protect visitation rights
    A letter to the editor: Visitation abuse plagues noncustodial parents throughout Illinois and the nation. I commend the governor for his signature.


    Attack bag waste problem at source
    A Champaign letter to the editor: I believe a source reduction approach will prevent five times more litter and waste in our community than the statewide recycling program proposed in the bill.


    Tax rollback will benefit businesses
    A letter to the editor: Retailers in Cook County are willing to compete on price, product mix and customer service, not on things outside their control like a higher sales tax, which causes their customers to cross a county line to shop.


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