Daily Archive : Sunday June 16, 2013


    The Round Robin Inn bed and breakfast in Mundelein opened 25 years ago in a home built by Sylvester L. Tripp, who was elected mayor when the community was incorporated as Rockefeller in 1909.

    Former mayor’s home has been a bed and breakfast in Mundelein for 25 years

    The Round Robin Inn bed and breakfast in Mundelein opened 25 years ago in a home built by Sylvester L. Tripp, who was elected mayor in 1909. Innkeeper Laura Sansom Loffredo has hosted an estimated 20,000 guests from every state and around the world in the Victorian style home.

    American Robert Arroyo, center, set three records at the 2013 PanAm Masters Weightlifting Championships Sunday morning. Joining him on the podium were Jose Reyes, left, and Jeff Tincher, right.

    American sets three weightlifting records at Itasca competition

    The morning competition at the 2013 PanAm Masters Weightlifting Championships belonged to American Robert Arroyo, who set three records.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who helped write a bipartisan immigration bill under debate in the Senate, said conservatives who are trying to block the measure will doom the party and all but guarantee a Democrat will remain in the White House after 2016’s election.

    Graham: Without immigration, GOP to fail in 2016

    Republicans are “in a demographic death spiral” and will fail in their effort to win the presidency if the party blocks an immigration overhaul, a leading GOP senator said Sunday.

    Mask wearing protesters hold a banner outside offices of defense firm BAE Systems PLC, during an anti-arms trade demonstration ahead of the forthcoming G-8 summit in London Wednesday. G-8 leaders will meet in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, Monday and Tuesday.

    On Europe trip, Obama will face a frustrated continent
    President Barack Obama this week will visit a European continent deeply worried about its economy, the worsening conflict in Syria and the uncertain direction of American leadership abroad in the fifth year of his administration.

    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, said the government’s reliance on data collection from both Americans and foreign nationals was constitutional and carefully overseen by executive, legislative and court authorities.

    Obama’s chief of staff defends NSA surveillance
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough defended the administration’s sweeping surveillance efforts Sunday, saying President Barack Obama does not think the tactics have violated the privacy of any American, and he signaled that the president will be elaborating on the issue soon.

    Promising to reinvigorate the Freedom of Information Act, President Barack Obama issued an executive order his first day in office and told all federal agencies to adopt a “presumption in favor of disclosure.”

    Glasnost on the Potomac under Obama? Not quite

    It’s as if the United States has two governments, one open and one very much not. President Barack Obama leads both, trying not to butt heads with himself. Since becoming president, Obama has churned out an impressive stream of directives flowing from his promise to deliver “the most transparent administration in history.”

    Abra Keup adds syrup to her Swedish pancakes with lingonberries at the 103rd annual Swedish Midsommar Festival Sunday at Good Templar Park in Geneva. Abra attended with her dad for Father’s Day.

    Swedish Day festival provides lesson in language, culture

    Sunday’s 103rd Swedish Day Midsommar Festival gave Swedes and non-Swedes alike lessons in language and culture during the daylong event at Good Templar Park in Geneva.

    Founders of the Palatine chapter of Navigators USA, an “inclusive” alternative to Boy Scouts, Elizabeth Vesto of Kildeer and Matt Briddell of Wheeling play with a group of kids at the Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist in Palatine.

    Local Navigators USA chapter offers 'inclusive' scouting alternative

    Bothered by the Boy Scouts of America's long-standing policies excluding gay youths and atheists, Elizabeth Vesto of Kildeer wanted her sons involved in an organization she believed in. So, with the support of a Unitarian church in Palatine, she helped begin the first and only local chapter of Navigators USA, which bills itself as committed to providing a quality — and “intentionally...

    Andrea Collins, of Mundelein, competes in the Athleta Iron Girl Triathlon in Lake Zurich Sunday.

    Good turnout in Lake Zurich for first Iron Girl triathlon

    The Athleta Iron Girl Triathlon, held Sunday morning at Lake Zurich’s Paulus Park, attracted 305 finishers. Event manager Sarah Frey said it was a good turnout for the first year, and will lead to another Iron Girl triathlon here next year. “It’s just a perfect fit,” she said. “(Lake Zurich) is a great place for a triathlon.”

    Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus in Austin, Texas. This giant flagship campus — once slow to integrate — is now among the most diverse the country.

    Affirmative action ruling contest: race vs. class

    In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity — race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure a diverse student body. But in a ruling due this month, the court is widely expected to roll back that decision.

    Michel LíHour, left, director of Franceís Department of Underwater Archaeological Research, talks with colleague Olivia Hulot before diving to the site of what may be the fabled Griffin shipwreck Saturday in northern Lake Michigan.

    Diving into the search for lost 17th-century ship

    In a remote part of northern Lake Michigan, divers have started looking at an underwater pit, hoping to find the resting place of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the 17th century French explorer La Salle.


    State Bank taking book donation for kids

    Donations of new or gently used children’s books are being accepted through Aug. 16 at State Bank of the Lakes locations in Antioch, Lindenhurst, Grayslake, Lake Villa, and Spring Grove, in support of Bernie’s Book Bank, which provides books to children in need in the Chicago area.


    Auditions open for Schaumburg Battle of the Bands

    Auditions are taking place until Tuesday, July 9, for the Schaumburg Township Library’s Battle of the Bands. The competitive concert will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Town Square at the southwest corner of Schaumburg and Roselle roads in Schaumburg.


    Man serving life sentence loses appeal in 2003 Elgin murder

    A 41-year-old Chicago man recently lost an appeal of his conviction for a 2003 Elgin murder. Darren Denson, formerly of Chicago, is serving a life sentence for the Feb. 10, 2003, slaying of 32-year-old Kyle Juggins during an apparent robbery attempt.


    Get rid of chemical waste with SWALCO’s help

    The Special Waste Agency of Lake County will collect residential chemical waste for disposal on Monday, June 24, at its offices, 1311 N. Estes St., Gurnee.


    Clothes, cash donations sought for families

    The organizers of Barrington Giving Day in December are planning an earlier Back to School event for needy families in August. Both clothing and cash donations are sought. Items such as new and gently used baby clothes, shoes, shirts, pants, jackets and new socks can be dropped off at Barrington area churches, Tower Lakes and Barrington village halls, the Barrington Public Safety Building and...


    Quinn wants residents to buy Illinois produce

    Gov. Pat Quinn wants Illinois residents to buy fruits and vegetables that are produced in-state. The Chicago Democrat on Saturday announced a new “Where Fresh Is” campaign.

    Pope Francis blesses a sick or disabled person wearing Harley-Davidson garb at the end of a pro-life Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican Sunday. Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley Davidsons and their riders as the American motorcycle manufacturer celebrated its 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

    Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons

    Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer's 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

    The Solar Impulse takes flight during the second leg of the 2013 Across America mission at Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The solar-powered plane neared the close of a cross-continental journey and landed at Dulles International Airport outside the nation’s capital early Sunday.

    Solar plane lands near Washington

    A solar-powered plane nearing the close of a cross-continental journey landed at Dulles International Airport outside the nation’s capital early Sunday, only one short leg to New York remaining on a voyage that opened in May.


    UK police: 5 from diverted plane claim asylum

    Five passengers from an EgyptAir flight diverted to a Scottish airport over an apparent threat to destroy the aircraft are now seeking asylum in Britain, authorities said Sunday. New York-bound Flight 985 from Cairo was forced to make an emergency landing on Saturday after a threatening note was found in the plane’s washroom.

    Levon Brooks, left, hugs a friend moments after a judge released him in 2008 pending a new trial for the murder of a child in Macon, Miss. Brooks was convicted in 1992 of raping and killing his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter and sentenced to life in prison. He was exonerated after years of fighting by the Mississippi Innocence Project.

    Men wrongly convicted or arrested on bite evidence

    At least 24 men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks on the flesh of victims have been exonerated since 2000, many after spending more than a decade in prison.

    Lawmakers will return to Springfield Wednesday, but the path to accomplishing anything is difficult.

    Expectations low for new round of pension talks

    The state's pension costs continue to rise, and compromise is blocked by deep ideological divides or political motives, depending on who you ask. So it's understandable that expectations are low when lawmakers return to Springfield on Wednesday to discuss pension reform.

    Enjoying a moment on the backyard playset with his son, Anthony, Richard Say of Schaumburg says all the hurdles that came before he and his wife, Tambra, adopted the boy from Russia give him a deep appreciation for the joys of fatherhood.

    Fatherhood takes extra endeavors

    Fatherhood literally falls out of the sky for the dad in the new Superman movie. Richard Say of Schaumburg had to endure years of sacrifice and strife and travel to the ends of the world just so he could celebrate Father's Day as a dad. And Say says that turned out super.

    Morris sits Saturday on the lap of Diego Cruz as Sergio Chamorro pets him, at their home in Xalapa, Mexico. Put forth as candidate by Camacho and a group of friends after they became disillusioned with the empty promises of politicians, Morris, a black-and-white cat with orange eyes, is running for mayor of Xalapa in eastern Mexico with the campaign slogan “Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat.”

    Morris the cat runs for mayor of Mexican city

    “He sleeps almost all day and does nothing, and that fits the profile of a politician,” said 35-year-old office worker Sergio Chamorro, who adopted the 10-month-old feline last year.

    Posts to online blogs and forums, public records and interviews with Edward Snowden’s neighbors, teachers and acquaintances reveal someone who prized the American ideal of personal freedom but became disenchanted with the way government secretly operates in the name of national security.

    NSA leaker Snowden’s life surrounded by spycraft

    FORT MEADE, Md. — In the suburbs edged by woods midway between Baltimore and the nation’s capital, residents long joked that the government spy shop next door was so ultra-secretive its initials stood for “No Such Agency.” But when Edward Snowden grew up here, the National Security Agency’s looming presence was both a very visible and accepted part of everyday life.


    Sequester cuts hit poor, elderly, cancer patients

    The first warnings about the spending cuts were dire. In March the sweeping $85 billion reductions known as sequestration kicked in. It’s far too soon to measure the full impact of the start of a 10-year budget-cutting plan, but there is pain and anxiety, too, notably among the poor, the elderly and the sick

    Peter Bush, a research scientist at the University at Buffalo, demonstrates a modified Vise-Grip tool attached to a dental mold that is used for test bites in skin. Bite marks, long accepted as criminal evidence, now face doubts about reliability.

    Bite marks derided as unreliable in court

    A small, mostly ungoverned group of dentists carry out bite-mark analysis, and their findings are often key evidence in prosecutions, even though there is no scientific proof that teeth can be matched definitively to a bite into human skin.


    Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has put up better numbers this postseason than former Boston goalie Tim Thomas did in 2011 — a year in which he won both the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.

    Rask more than fills Thomas’ skates for Bruins

    Boston coach Claude Julien admitted he didn’t know exactly what to expect when Tim Thomas, the Bruins’ 2011 Conn Smythe-winning goaltender, walked away from the game, leaving the starting gig to former backup, Tuukka Rask.As it turned out, there was nothing to worry about.


    Boomers win both games in doubleheader

    Playing their fourth doubleheader of the season, the Schaumburg Boomers recorded a sweep for the first time in franchise history, beating the River City Rascals 11-8 and 5-3 to run their winning streak to four games — matching their longest this season.

    The San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili celebrates during Sunday’s win over Miami in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

    Ginobili powers Spurs to Game 5 victory

    SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili had 24 points and 10 assists in a surprise start to spark the San Antonio Spurs to a 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, pushing the Spurs one victory away from their fifth championship. Danny Green scored 24 points and broke Ray Allen’s finals record for 3s in a series with 25. Tony Parker had 26 points for San Antonio.LeBron James scored 25 points on 8-for-22 shooting for the Heat and Dwyane Wade had 25 points and 10 assists. But the Heat missed 21 of their first 29 shots to fall behind by 17 points in the second quarter of another uninspired performance. Game 6 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in Miami. Whirling through the defense like the Manu of old, Ginobili shrugged off a postseason full of disappointment to deliver a performance that the Spurs have never needed more desperately. He hit 8 of 14 shots and had his highest points total since June 4, 2012. Tim Duncan had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Green was 6 for 10 from 3-point range, and Parker gutted through 36 minutes on that tender right hamstring. Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and eight rebounds, and the San Antonio shot 60 percent to overcome 19 turnovers.Allen scored 21 points and Chris Bosh had 16 points and six rebounds for the Heat, who were stunned by a vintage Ginobili performance early and never really recovered. Miami missed 21 of its first 29 shots and Green hit three straight 3s in the middle of the second quarter to tie Allen’s record of 22. The Spurs led 47-30 on Duncan’s two free throws before the Heat finally showed some fight. A 12-0 run got them back within striking distance at 47-42 and the Heat surged out of the halftime gates to cut San Antonio’s lead to 61-59 in the first 1:17 of the third. San Antonio pushed right back, getting a jumper from Parker, a 3-pointer from Green that broke Allen’s record and a lefty layup from Ginobili to get a little breathing room. Ginobili closed the third with a twisting, off-balance, left-handed runner and a right-handed drive to the bucket to bring cheers of “Manu! Manu!” from the delirious crowd. Nowhere to be found in the first four games, and for most of these playoffs, Ginobili had his fingerprints all over the opening of Game 5. He hit a step-back jumper, had two pretty assists on a backdoor cut from Green and a thunderous dunk from Duncan and knocked down two free throws for an early 9-4 lead.Ginobili’s 3-pointer from the wing made it 15-10, bringing the nervous crowd to its feet. The awakening was a welcome sign for the Spurs, who desperately missed their playmaking daredevil. The Heat reclaimed momentum in Game 4 thanks to a shuffle of the starting lineup by coach Erik Spoelstra, who moved sharp-shooter Mike Miller into the starting lineup in Udonis Haslem’s place, giving Miami a smaller lineup that spaced the floor better and gave James and Wade room to operate. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made a move to match that on Sunday night, putting the struggling Ginobili in for center Tiago Splitter. Ginobili was averaging 7.5 points in the first four games and shooting 34 percent. In the final year of his deal, the soon-to-be 36-year-old was asked about retirement on Saturday. The crowd roared for Ginobili when he was introduced last, with one banner reading “We still Gino-believe!”Wade had endured a similarly quiet start to these finals before erupting for 32 points and six steals in Miami’s Game 4 victory that evened the series. That carried over to the opening quarter of Game 5, when Wade’s assertive play helped Miami withstand Ginobili’s initial haymaker. Wade’s trademark euro-step on the break and two free throws kept the game tight and James hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 17 with under 5 minutes to play in the period.

    Justin Rose, of England, reacts after a putt on the 18th hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa.

    Glory for Rose, another disappointment for Mickelson

    A steady hand gave Justin Rose the shiny U.S. Open Trophy. A wild ride gave Phil Mickelson yet another silver medal. Rose captured his first major championship on Sunday with remarkable calm and three pure shots on the punishing closing holes at Merion. A par on the 18th hole gave him an even-par 70, and that was good enough to become the first Englishman in 43 years to win America's national championship.

    White Sox first baseman Adam Dunn wipes his face while at bat against the Houston Astros during the second inning of a baseball game at Minute Maid Park, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Houston.

    Sox fall to 10 games under .500

    The White Sox have dropped 15 games by one run this season, including six of their last 10 losses. After their latest close defeat — 5-4 to Houston on Sunday — they were searching for reasons why they can't seem to do the little things it takes to win such games. It was their third straight one-run loss in this series. "When you lose by one run every game, you always go back to that one inning when we did not get things done," Chicago's Adam Dunn said. "Pretty much every one of our losses you can point a finger at whether it's first inning, fourth or sixth.

    Cubs runner Nate Schierholtz is safe on a Mets throwing error as New York Mets catcher John Buck can't make the play on Alfonso Soriano's fifth-inning, two-run single in Sunday's game in New York.

    Cubs' Marmol blows another save

    The combination of Carlos Marmol and save situations has tested the patience of Cubs fans like little else this season. Filling in because Kevin Gregg had been used four days in a row, the erstwhile Cubs closer allowed a three-run homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis that capped a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning and let the New York Mets salvage what had been shaping up as another sorry afternoon, startling Chicago 4-3 on Sunday.

    The Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad gets tripped by Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on Saturday.

    Team wake-up call works wonders for Bruins

    The Bruins looked like two different teams in Game 2 on Saturday — the one that let the Blackhawks do whatever they wanted to in the first period, then the one that dominated the second and third periods and most of overtime. “I don’t think there’s an explanation,” Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. “I think it was just us not being mentally ready. I wish we had one, so we won’t do it next game. Again, not being mentally ready is the only thing to think about. It happened, and we just have to be ready from the first minute in the next game.”

    The Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith said that the Bruins’ penalty killers deserve some credit for holding the Hawks scoreless in 6 power plays during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Hawks’ power play leaving a lot to be desired

    The Blackhawks’ power play continues to come under some serious scrutiny.The Hawks are 0-for-6 in the first two games and lost momentum off the special team in Game 2, which they ultimately lost 2-1 in overtime. “I know that both sides, they’re looking for their power play to get some production because there’s not a lot of high-quality chances 5-on-5,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “But at the same time we’ve got to look to, you know, maybe simplify it and play anything at the net, the second and third opportunities around there.


    Red Stars storm back for victory

    It was a slow start for the Chicago Red Stars, allowing an early KC goal, but they persisted and overcame the early deficit to earn a 3-1 win against FC Kansas City. Inka Grings and Sonja Fuss had their first NWSL league goals, while Ella Masar contributed another. Lori Chalupny proved clutch with an assist, while Taryn Hemmings added an assist.

    Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad gets tripped by Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins at the United Center on Saturday.

    Bruins certainly a challenge in every way for Hawks

    If the Blackhawks have learned anything from the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, it’s that this isn’t 2010 — and the Boston Bruins aren’t the Philadelphia Flyers. For starters, Tuukka Rask is a legitimate NHL goalie, and a good one, not like Michael Leighton, who had his best seasons in the minors. The Hawks are in deep here. They have come up against a team with depth as good as theirs, just as fast and with big, strong defensemen.

    Troy Murray

    Murray: Hawks’ speed gives them an edge

    Troy Murray says when it comes to OT, where the Blackhawks have an advantage is in their team speed and the ability to come at you with a great intensity and a great pace. "But when that pace starts to waver — whether it’s in an overtime or if fatigue starts to set in — then the game starts to slow down and in some ways I think that is an opportunity for Boston to execute their style a little more," he said.

    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews tries a wrap around on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on Saturday.

    Blackhawks, Bruins may be at this awhile

    The Stanley Cup Final is tied at a game apiece, as it should be after each team won a game it probably should have lost. Just a reminder that the Blackhawks and Bruins seem destined to go the distance.


    Johnson’s sparkling start, Golden’s bat lift Cougars

    Pierce Johnson tossed a career-high 7 scoreless innings and Reggie Golden drove in a pair of runs to give the Kane County Cougars a 4-2 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva to close out the first half of their Midwest League schedule.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Cubs starter Travis Wood has a shot an earning an all-star berth, according to Len Kasper.

    Cubs boast legitimate all-star candidates

    As we near midseason, it’s time to start thinking about the All-Star Game. The contest itself doesn’t excite me that much and I am not a fan of the World Series homefield advantage component. However, sorting out the participants themselves is intriguing and while the Cubs are a second-division club at the moment, they have several interesting all-star candidates.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford lets in a goal off a shot from Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille during game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins at the United Center in Chicago Saturday.

    For Hawks, no celebrating this time

    For the second time in two games, the Blackhawks and the Bruins needed extra time to decide a winner. This time it wasn't the Hawks doing the celebrating. Daniel Paille's goal at 13:48 of the first overtime gave Boston a 2-1 win and evened the Stanley Cup Final at 1-1 heading into Game 3 on Monday at TD Garden.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews camps out in front of the net during game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins at the United Center in Chicago Saturday.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Bruins, Game Two
    The Chicago Blackhawks faced the Boston Bruins Saturday in game two of the Stanley Cup finals in Chicago and lost 2 to 1 in overtime.


    The number of borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth fell again during the first quarter, another sign of a rebounding housing market that is enjoying surging home prices, according to a report released.

    Housing recovers as underwater-borrowers shrink

    The number of borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth fell again during the first quarter, another sign of a rebounding housing market that is enjoying surging home prices, according to a report released. Only 9.7 million borrowers were underwater on their mortgage in the first quarter, or nearly 20 percent of mortgage holders, down from 11.4 million properties, or 23.7 percent of homes during the same period last year, according to research firm CoreLogic.

    In this Sept. 3, 2010 file photo, spectators enjoy the view from one of the many rooftop bleachers along Waveland Avenue outside the left field wall at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs baseball game in Chicago. A battle is heating up between the Cubs and rooftop owners as the team proposes renovations, including a Jumbotron in the bleachers, that would block the views and threaten the business those views have created. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

    Battle between Cubs and rooftops heating up

    The days of working stiffs lugging lawn chairs and coolers of beer onto the roof to catch a Chicago Cubs game are long gone, replaced by gleaming bleachers and sleek skyboxes that offer a bird’s eye view into Wrigley Field — for a price. These rooftops, 15 of them in all, have become a high-stakes battleground in the effort to turn baseball’s lovable losers into a consistent contender.

    A red stabilizing apparatus carrying a 50-foot-wide electromagnet storage ring is seen at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., on eastern Long Island. The ring, which will capture subatomic particles that live only 2.2 millionths of a second, will be transported in one piece, and moved flat, to its new home at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia.

    Scientists moving 15-ton magnet from N.Y. to Batavia

    New York to Batavia, in five weeks? Scientists on Long Island are preparing to move a 50-foot-wide electromagnet 3,200 miles over land and sea to its new home at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. The trip is expected to take more than a month.

    Farmer David Schwabauer, a partner/manager of Leavens Ranches, a fourth-generation avocado and lemon grower, tours his property irrigation system in Moorpark, Calif. The Schwabauer family has been considering allowing energy companies to drill new exploratory wells in their orchards in Moorpark, in the arid foothills just east of coastal Ventura, Calif.

    Fracking fuels water fights in nation’s dry spots

    But now, as energy companies vie to exploit vast reserves west of the Mississippi, hydraulic fracturing’s new frontier is expanding to the same lands where crops have shriveled and waterways have dried up due to severe drought.

    A tourist sits outside a cafe in a flooded St. Mark square as high tides reached three feet above sea level, partly flooding the city of Venice, Italy, Oct. 15, 2012. The Lagoon City, a system of islands built into a river delta, is extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels. At the same time it is experiencing a lowering of the sea floor. The constant flooding puts the city’s considerable architectural treasures at risk.

    Beyond NYC: Other places adapting to climate, too

    From Bangkok to Miami, cities and coastal areas across the globe are already building or planning defenses to protect millions of people and key infrastructure from more powerful storm surges and other effects of global warming. Some are planning cities that will simply adapt to more water.

    A small shell is embedded in a tar ball on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. After three years and $14 billion worth of work following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the petroleum giant and the Coast Guard say it’s time to end extraordinary cleanup operations in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.

    End of BP cleaning crews leaves questions on Gulf

    Environmental advocates and casual visitors alike are questioning the Coast Guard decision to quit sending out BP-funded crews that have looked for oil deposits on northern Gulf Coast beaches on a regular basis since the 2010 spill spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf after an explosion and fire that killed 11 workers.

    This year’s stock market surge has stalled and the market is too choppy to provide any sort of reassurance.

    Where to invest in an uncertain market

    The investment landscape can be a scary place. This year’s stock market surge has stalled and the market is too choppy to provide any sort of reassurance. Savings accounts earn practically nothing. Bonds, a traditional haven, seem like a poor choice because interest rates are likely to go up. The stocks people invest in for safe, steady income, like utilities and health care, aren’t as cheap as they used to be.


    New York may spend billions to mitigate storm risks

    Almost eight months after Hurricane Sandy flooded New York’s subways, destroyed homes and blacked out half of Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will propose spending billions of dollars to mitigate storm risk along the city’s more than 500 miles of coastline.

    Russ Martin of American Automobile Association (AAA), is seen on a monitor in a research vehicle skull cap to the research vehicle during a demonstrations in support of their new study on distracted driving in Landover, Md.

    Summer days among the deadliest for teenage drivers

    The deadly days have arrived for teenage drivers, along with new data about what makes the warm-weather months so dangerous.


    Can investors make money in social services?

    Six states, including Illinois, are moving to develop so-called social impact bonds, marking a broad expansion of an experiment that taps private investors to fund capital-hungry social programs.


    Advice on handling problems at work

    Surface problems in a workplace can usually be resolved between sensible individuals. Systemic problems require painful, large-scale intervention by management or external forces; without that support, workers are generally limited to hunkering down or fleeing.

    Leasing has its perks, especially if you want to drive a new car every couple of years while keeping monthly payments low.

    6 tips on getting a good deal on an auto lease

    Even with low interest rates that make buying a car more affordable, many consumers are leasing a new car or truck instead. Understanding whether leasing is right for you and how complex lease agreements work is essential to avoid ending up paying more than you bargained for. Here are six tips to get a good deal.


    FAA pushes tighter review of aircraft designs

    U.S. regulators want to tighten oversight of aircraft-industry suppliers, such as the subcontractors that helped Boeing design and build the 787’s batteries, to reflect lessons learned from the plane’s grounding.

    Sales at U.S. retailers rose more than forecast in May, and firings waned last week, indicating consumers will help propel the world’s largest economy past a second-quarter slowdown.

    Consumer purchases climbs as firings slow

    Sales at U.S. retailers rose more than forecast in May, and firings waned last week, indicating consumers will help propel the world’s largest economy past a second-quarter slowdown. Purchases climbed 0.6 percent, the biggest gain in three months, following a 0.1 percent April increase.

    President Bush speaks about the “Protect America Act” outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. When the Protect America Act made warrantless wiretapping legal, lawyers and executives at major technology companies knew what was about to happen.

    Secret to Prism program: Even bigger data seizure

    The revelation of Prism has touched off the latest round in a decade-long debate over what limits to impose on government eavesdropping, which the Obama administration says is essential to keep the nation safe.But while Prism has attracted the recent attention, the program actually is a relatively small part of a much more expansive and intrusive eavesdropping effort.

    Show attendees watch a presentation on the video game “Destiny” Thursday at the Activision Blizzard Booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

    E3 launches the future of video games with a bang

    No doubt, these are anxious times in the video-game business. The Wii U has yet to gain traction, and no one has any idea about how enthusiastically consumers will embrace the Xbox One and PS4.

    Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov speaks Saturday to the Global Future 2045 Congress at Lincoln Center in New York.

    Russian tycoon wants to move minds to machines

    Dmitry Itskov gathered some of humanity’s best brains — and a few robots — in New York City on Saturday to discuss how humans can get their minds to outlive their bodies. Itskov has an aggressive timetable in which he’d like to see milestones toward that goal met.


    Smart Spending: Beach reading stock-up tips

    Summer is around the corner, and it’s time to stock up on all your summer beach reads. But with the expense that it takes to pay for the vacation itself, no one wants to spend a lot on beachy entertainment. Here’s how to save some pennies that can go to other summer splurges.


    Breast implants to get insurance coverage in Japan

    Breast implants used in reconstruction treatment after a cancer operation will be covered by medical insurance starting next month, a health ministry panel decided this week.


    Amazon expands grocery delivery to LA

    Amazon.com says it has expanded its grocery delivery service to Los Angeles and may add more markets in the future.

    In this June 3, 2013, photo, Nora Kouba, an employee at USG Corporation sits at her workstation in Chicago. Over the years, Kouba has made use of a benefit offered by USG that allows their workers to buy and sell vacation time, a perk that gives workers more flexibility in managing their time off.

    Want more time off? Some employers let you buy it

    Want more time off work to hang out at the beach? Need a little cash and have vacation days to spare? Some companies allow their workers to buy and sell vacation time, a perk that gives workers more flexibility in managing their time off.

    Lower Manhattan is visible from the Staten Island Ferry, in New York’s Upper Bay. Giant removable floodwalls would be erected around lower Manhattan, and levees, gates and other defenses could be built elsewhere around the city under a nearly $20 billion plan proposed Tuesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Climate talk shifts from curbing CO2 to adapting

    Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise.The conversation is no longer solely about how to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions. It’s becoming more about how to save ourselves from the warming planet’s wild weather.

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says that while some banks limit the number of times customers can overdraw on their accounts to twice a day, others allow as many as 12 overdrafts that can trigger hundreds of dollars in fees.

    Bank overdraft fees can harm consumers

    Americans are encountering a wide variation of overdraft charges on debit card purchases and ATM withdrawals because of a patchwork of policies at the nation’s biggest banks, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in a report.


    No degree? You aren’t alone

    There are many older workers without college degrees who have plenty of work experience, proven job stability, and a very strong work ethic, but have trouble advancing. Many companies have policies stating that a college degree is required, and applicants without one should not bother applying. So, what can they do about this?

    One big reason why Americans aren’t that outraged by the revelations that the U.S. government runs a massive online and cellphone spying operation: People already assume they’re being tracked all over the Internet by companies like Google and Facebook.

    People trust the NSA more than Facebook

    One big reason why Americans aren’t that outraged by the revelations that the U.S. government runs a massive online and cellphone spying operation: People already assume they’re being tracked all over the Internet by companies like Google and Facebook.


    Potty-mouthed CEOs should know better

    Profane language can be a useful tool for ambitious executives, enabling them to express the power of their convictions and the seriousness of their cause. It can also backfire, as the chief executive officer of Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., Jim Hagedorn, found out last week. Hagedorn was reprimanded for his use of inappropriate language; three other board members of the lawn-care company resigned.

Life & Entertainment

    Miss Connecticut Erin Brady is crowned the winner of the Miss USA 2013 pageant by Nana Meriwether, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Las Vegas.

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    Miss Connecticut wins Miss USA on Sunday night in Las Vegas.

    Julie Marie Berman accepts the award for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for “General Hospital” at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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    Stars from "The Young and the Restless," "General Hospital," ''Days of Our Lives," ''The Bold and the Beautiful" and talk shows like "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Oz Show" turned out for the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

    The Grand Hotel will be 126 years old this July and is one of the few white-frame hotels of the Victorian era remaining in America.

    Vacationers sweet on Mackinac Island

    Cannon firings on the bluff overlooking Lake Huron and antique rifle firings on the parade ground are noisy reminders that history comes to life every day at this 233-year-old fort on Mackinac Island, Mich. Every summer day, that is. The fort, like most of the island, goes quiet the rest of the year. During the May to October season, temperatures barely reach into the mid-70s, cooled by breezes off the Great Lakes.

    Heather Tom accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “The Bold and the Beautiful” at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    ‘Y&R,’ 'B&B’ win lead acting Daytime Emmys

    "Days of Our Lives” won drama series honors for just the second time in 40 years at the Daytime Emmys in a rough-hewn ceremony that included more upsets and an envelope mix-up on Sunday night. Doug Davidson of “The Young and the Restless” and Heather Tom of “The Bold and the Beautiful” won lead acting honors.

    Miss Connecticut Erin Brady, from Glastonbury, Conn., walks the runway during the introductions of the Miss USA 2013 pageant, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Las Vegas.

    Miss Connecticut wins Miss USA title

    A 25-year-old contestant from Connecticut won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night.Erin Brady of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino. Brady gets the crown and a New York apartment for one year. She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising breast and ovarian cancer awareness, the organization’s official cause.

    In this July 6, 2011, file photo, actor Jeff Garlin attends the HBO premiere of “Curb You Enthusiasm” at the Time Warner Center in New York. Los Angeles police say Garlin has been arrested on a felony vandalism charge after a dispute with another motorist over a parking space. Publicists did not immediately respond to phone and email messages Sunday, June 16, 2013.

    ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ actor Jeff Garlin arrested

    Los Angeles police say “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor and comedian Jeff Garlin has been arrested on a felony vandalism charge after a dispute with another driver over a parking space. The 51-year-old actor was arrested on charges he smashed the windows of the other person’s car, according to police.

    Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) comes out as Superman in the retelling of the comic book hero's origin in “Man of Steel.”) The lastest reboot of the Superman franchise banked $113 million in its opening weekend.

    'Man of Steel' takes flight with $125 million debut

    “Man of Steel” leaped over box office expectations in a single weekend. The Warner Bros. superhero film earned $113 million in its opening weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The retelling of Superman's backstory earned an additional $12 million from Thursday screenings, bringing its domestic total to $125 million.

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    Tips for keeping a healthy garden

    Trees planted in lawns can benefit from a mulched ring to reduce competition with grass roots and keep mowers and string trimmers from damaging trunks. If the tree is small, mulch out to the drip line, as far as the branches and leaves extend. If this is not feasible, extend the mulch as far as you can. Even a 6-inch-wide mulched ring can help protect tree trunks from serious damage.

    Lettuce is a beautiful companion to pansies in spring and fall

    Art in the garden: Mix edible and ornamental plants in the garden

    If you don’t have space in the yard for a vegetable garden, you can still enjoy the great taste of fresh picked, homegrown veggies. All you need is some open spots in your perennial borders. Not only is it a space saver, it adds a unique decorative look to the garden. The leaf textures and fruits of many vegetables blend beautifully with annuals and perennials.

    This bust of Louis Pasteur is by a famous American artist.

    Is this bust of Louis Pasteur worth much?

    Q. I inherited this bust of Louis Pasteur from my dad, who was a doctor. I remember him bringing it home in the late 1950s. The bust is signed by Doris Appel. There is a collection of her sculpture at the University of Texas. If authentic, would the bust have any value, and how might I authenticate it?


    Taking the high road

    Q. My youngest sister is getting married in a few weeks. She’s the only child from my dad’s second marriage and the age difference between us is nearly two decades.

    Chris May, owner and artist at Proton Tattoo is a contestant on Season 3 of Spike TV’s hit original tattoo-competition series “Ink Master,” which premieres on Tuesday, July 16, at 9 p.m.

    DeKalb tattoo artist competes for $100K prize

    A northern Illinois tattoo artist is one of 16 contestants on a reality TV show competing for a $100,000 prize. Chris May owns Proton Tattoo in DeKalb and will compete on the Spike network’s “Ink Master” show.

    Chicago-native and WWE Champion CM Punk is set to compete at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Sunday picks: It's all about dear old Dad today

    It's Father's Day, so let him decide what he wants to do today. Here are some ideas: Celebrity wrestlers like CM Punk and John Cena are on the bill for WWE Payback at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Canoe the lakes of the Chicago Botanic Garden in a guided tour today. Check out the Porsche Club Concours in Long Grove. Or take him to see Bill Maher as part of the TBS Just for Laughs comedy festival.


    Lego faces have gotten angrier, study says

    Legos haven’t just become astronomically expensive in the past 35 years. According to a new study from researchers in New Zealand, the popular kids’ toys have also developed a bit of an attitude problem. Lego characters released since the early ’90s are proportionately more angry, the study found.

    Floppy Hat with removable flower by Flap Happy, UPF 50+, $26-$30, M and Em’s, 460 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. “They’re great hats. The brim is larger and goes all the way around the whole hat. Plus it protects the neck; people forget about the back of the neck,” says Kim Fuller, owner of M and Em’s mom and baby boutique in Glen Ellyn.

    Protect your kids from those rays in more ways than one

    Sun protection doesn’t merely come in a can or bottle anymore. You can also build up your defense against the sun’s harmful rays by selecting clothing, caps and even towels, with built-in sun protection.

    Heidi Schulman says her rescue dog, Bosco, inspired her to develop “The Original Dog Tarot: Divine the Canine Mind,” to help people better connect with their pets. It’s an age-old question: What in the world is my dog thinking? It has generated a growing market of scientific research, radio and television shows, books by pet psychics, even pet tarot cards.

    Pet owners turn to the nontraditional

    It’s the age-old and seemingly answerless question: What in the world is my dog thinking? And one that has spawned a growing market not only of scientific research but of everything from decks of pet tarot cards to television and radio shows and books by pet psychics and animal trainers. Whether any one of them can ever provide real answers is a matter of opinion — or belief. But pet owners can spend a lot of time and money trying.

    Creed Anthony of Indianapolis spends time with his daughter Sophie, 5, son Isaac, 2, and wife Amal, on a visit to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Anthony is an example of a new generation of hands-on dads who don’t just change the occasional diaper but who view “parenting as a partnership,” as he put it.

    The new dads: Diaper duty’s just the start

    Laura Radocaj of Vero Beach, Fla., was warned when she was pregnant with twins that motherhood would be harder than she imagined — especially because she planned to go back to work while the twins were still babies. “But this has been the easiest transition,” said Radocaj, 28, who works from home in corporate communications. So what’s her secret? Her husband, Marco puts in just as much time with child care and housework as she does, even though he works full-time for an air-conditioning company. “If your partner is splitting things 50-50, it’s easy,” said Laura.

    LG’s TrueSteam Dishwasher was designed to emit less noise. As people age, their tolerance for noise can diminish. Manufacturers are responding with new products that are significantly quieter.

    Quieter, please: New products keep it down a bit

    Homeowner Christine Igot knows one thing for sure. “I will not have a fridge in my kitchen ever again,” she says firmly. In the new house she’s building, in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, the 51-year-old is putting the refrigerator in a pantry off the kitchen and will double insulate the walls. Why? All that noise, noise, noise. “Decreased tolerance for loud sounds is a fairly common symptom of age-related hearing loss, as the range of comfortable listening levels seems to shrink,” says Ted Madison, an audiologist in St. Paul, Minn., and a representative of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

    Birmingham Barons fans check out Regions Field on opening day.

    Once dying, Birmingham on the rebound

    It feels like Birmingham finally is emerging from the shadows cast by the ugly racial violence of 1963. The city has a new vibe that’s generating buzz all its own 50 years later. Birmingham’s culinary scene is a jewel, with nationally known chefs and restaurants, and decades of white flight are giving way to people moving into flats and condominiums with bare brick walls in once-vacant downtown buildings.

    Celebrate Wisconsin folk life at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle the last two weekends in June.

    On the road: Celebrating Wisconsin’s folk life

    Old World Wisconsin will host Celebrate Wisconsin Folklife the last two weekends in June. Each weekend features live music, dancing, crafts and food from Wisconsin folk traditions. Also, the free outdoor movie night series on Tuesdays starts up at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park.

    Nothing says summer fun like cotton candy, but since it’s a big ball of sugar, go easy on this treat. If you are going to indulge, split this up between the family to disperse and lessen the intake.

    Don’t let water park and fest fare sideline healthy choices

    Spending time at the zoo and water parks is top priority with my boys this summer and I can’t wait! If you’re worried that a fun park adventure may threaten your family’s healthy diet, it’s true. Amusement parks seem to be synonymous with horribly unhealthy, yet tasty concession stand food.


    Garage ceiling should have been insulated when enclosed

    Q. I finished my attached garage with insulation and drywall last year, and now the inside of the garage is wet in the winter. I did not insulate the ceiling. The walls get wet, and so does the ceiling, and then it all freezes — this cannot be good.


    Don’t over fill oil with newer car

    Q. I have a 2001 Buick Regal which, I understand, should take 4.5 quarts of oil on an oil change, NOT five quarts. Is the higher amount harmful to the engine? It does read considerably over the full mark on the dip stick when this happens.



    The poisoning of patriotism

    A number of libertarians and conservative populists have found data collection by the National Security Agency to be the final confirmation of their worst fears about Barack Obama and modern government. It is an attempt, according to Ron Paul, to “deliberately destroy the Constitution.”


    Snowden: all-seeing, or myopic?

    Edward Snowden, the youthful information technician who leaked our nation’s top-secret cyber-spy program, has made his mark on history. I suspect his “moment of fame” will last more than 15 minutes. And after all the debate about what he did, history will have to decide if it’s really a moment of infamy.


    Some changes we should make
    A letter to the editor: As for the Affordable Care Act, the people responsible for this are trying to get themselves exempt. Our government gave over $1 billion to Egypt but cannot afford to keep the White House tours open. Maybe this is why some people are not happy with our president.


    Time for a clean sweep in legislature
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I hope I am not the only person in Illinois who finds it appalling that Illinois Democrats are strongly discussing a change to the Constitution that would allow for a graduated income tax but have not proposed an amendment that would allow for changes in the current pension structure. These same Democrats killed any chance of pension reform because of the current Constitution.


    The real single fathers can succeed, too
    A Chicago letter to the editor: Through the years single fathers portrayed on popular television shows like “My Three Sons,” “Full House” and “The Andy Griffith Show” have always shown us that while it may be difficult for men to rise kids alone, it’s not impossible — as long as they have help. But the reality is most single fathers don’t have help and have done a great job raising their kids despite the odds.


    Silo that feeds trough is empty
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I just wrote our real estate tax first installment check; it reminded me of lessons learned from the farm. I was not raised on a farm but was blessed with the privilege of spending summers on a relative’s farm from age 11 to 15. It was a wonderful experience with many life lessons learned.


    Glenbard program truly a treasure
    A Lombard letter to the editor Recently my wife and I had the pleasure of listening to highly sought after speaker, Stanford University’s Dr. Carol Dweck, talk at Glenbard West High School as part of the monthly Glenbard Parent Series, or GPS.


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