Daily Archive : Monday June 17, 2013


    Mike Carter, of Sugar Grove, carefully arranges flags at a flag disposal ceremony Friday. The event was held at the Sugar Grove Veterans Park, where people could respectfully dispose of their warn-out United States flags.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features kids playing outside, adults playing outside, and dogs playing outside. People ran in races, paddled on rivers, and played in local parks.

    Newly elected President Hasan Rowhani showcases his reformist image Monday by promising a “path of moderation,” the easing of nuclear tensions and steps to narrow the huge divide with the United States. He also made clear where he won’t go, saying he opposes any halt to uranium enrichment, at the heart of the nuclear standoff.

    Rouhani, Obama sound positive, but progress likely to take time

    President Barack Obama and the newly elected president of Iran signaled willingness to improve ties between their nations Monday, but both leaders made clear that a positive tone may not easily translate into progress in resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.


    Wheeling cultural festival is Sunday

    Wheeling Park District will host a community cultural fest on Sunday, June 23, at Northside Park. The event will feature activities that are meant to showcase the different cultures and ethnicities living in Wheeling.


    Bullying movie, forum Saturday in Palatine

    A panel of experts will discuss how to address the nation’s bullying epidemic after a screening of the documentary movie “Bully” at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, 150 E. Wood St., Palatine.

    Courtesy of Lake County Sheriff´s Office On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Susan Knaack and her therapy dog Kubla Khan visited the Lake County Community Based Corrections Center (CBCC). Knaack along with Jail Chaplains escorted Kubla Khan, a 155 pound Leonburger-a German mountain dog, through the female pods.

    Therapy dog visits Lake County Corrections Center

    On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Susan Knaack and her therapy dog Kubla Khan visited the Lake County Community Based Corrections Center (CBCC). Knaack along with Jail Chaplains escorted Kubla Khan, a 155 pound Leonburger-a German mountain dog, through the female pods.

    Jacquelyn Greco

    Wife pleads innocent in Inverness man's 1979 death

    A Michigan woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday at her arraignment on charges of first-degree murder in the death more than 30 years ago of her husband, Inverness commodities broker Carl Gaimari. Gaimari was shot to death on April 30, 1979, during a home invasion authorities say was planned with the help of his wife, Jacquelyn Greco.

    Family members say Bailee, a 3-year-old golden retriever, was stolen after wandering away from their home in unincorporated Cook County near Palatine.

    Palatine-area family's golden retriever believed stolen

    A frantic search for a Palatine-area family's golden retriever, Bailee, had been under way for more than a day when even more devastating news came their way. The Gerdes' 3-year-old pet, who wandered from their home Saturday morning, apparently was stolen later that afternoon. “We're just devastated,” Mike Gerdes said. “I'm devastated for my four daughters and devastated for my...


    U-46 grading changes means no score below 50 for students

    Changes to the Elgin Area School District U-46 grading scale were never intended to be issues requiring school board approval. After weeks of intense opposition by some teachers and parents, the board's newest members — Frank Napolitano and Veronica Noland — pushed for a vote anyway. It isn't going to happen. The change will eliminate the bottom half of the traditional 0-100 scale,...


    Lake Zurich trustees vote in favor of forgoing pensions

    Lake Zurich trustees Monday night voted in favor of ending their participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension plan because they don't work enough hours to qualify. As part of a random audit, IMRF required Lake Zurich to provide certification that the postion of trustee requires a minimum of 1,000 hours annually. An IMRF spokeswoman said the trustees did "the right thing" by...

    People wait in line to vote at polling place located in a church in Phoenix in this Nov. 6, 2012, file photo. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.

    Court: Arizona citizenship proof law illegal

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration form produced under the federal...

    Female soldiers train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan in this photo from September 2012.

    Military plans would put women in most combat jobs
    Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later.

    Mike Krol, the new interim president and CEO of Naper Settlement, brings 40 years of business experience and a love of history to the position.

    Naper Settlement's interim CEO steps in as guardian of Naperville history

    After a 40-year career with Illinois Bell and Ameritech and a decade of involvement with the Naperville Heritage Society, Mike Krol now is serving as the interim president and CEO of Naper Settlement. In his new position, he'll develop community partnerships, work on a succession plan, continue fundraising efforts and move forward with the capital campaign.

    New St. Charles Alderman Todd Bancroft is sworn into office Monday night. The city council unanimously approved his appointment to the vacancy left in the Third Ward when Ray Rogina was elected mayor.

    St. Charles gets new alderman, fire chief

    Coming into Monday night's St. Charles City Council meeting, the only mystery would be what new Third Ward Alderman Todd Bancroft would say after being sworn into office. Bancroft was selected from a pool of 13 candidates who applied for the open Third Ward seat. “What an honor it is,” Bancroft said. “I'm very excited. Thank you, all.”

    Dylan Domek

    Addison Trail senior still hospitalized after crash

    More than a week after he was hit by a car, Addison Trail High School senior Dylan Domek remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition. Domek, a linebacker on the school football team, had been scheduled to graduate when he was injured early Sunday, June 9, just hours before the commencement ceremony.


    Arlington Heights karaoke bar wants liquor license back

    An Arlington Heights karaoke restaurant that lost its liquor license last year wants to get it back, but some trustees say they won't support it. The owner of The Music Box, which formerly operated as Ding Dong Dang at 224 E. Golf Road, said the business has changed its name and cleared up issues concerning a previous owner who had been convicted of prostitution, but Arlington Heights trustees...


    Buffalo Grove trustees defer on assault weapons ban

    Buffalo Grove trustees, saying they were not comfortable with the state of Illinois putting a gun to their heads to meet a deadline for voting on an assault weapons ban, decided to defer the discussion.The village’s Cook County section of the village is already under the control of the county’s assault weapons ban.


    Palatine, IDOT to modernize 30 intersections

    Thirty intersections throughout Palatine soon will undergo traffic signal upgrades, six of which are part of a highway safety improvement project. The village council Monday unanimously approved the Illinois Department of Transportation initiatives.


    Barrington fire district opens bids for contractors

    The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Monday took another major step in its journey to independence by opening bids from private firefighter-paramedic firms to replace its contract for service from the Barrington Fire Department in 2014. But district trustees took no action to approve any of the five Chicago-area firms that applied for the job, and said it was too early to know how...


    Tax bills to be mailed in late June

    The second installment of Cook County property tax bills will be mailed in late June and should be due Aug. 1. This marks the second consecutive year that tax bills will have a midsummer due date, Schaumburg Township Assessor John R. Lawson said.


    Meals at MHS to cost more?

    Mundelein High School students would pay a dime more for breakfast or lunch at school under a proposal being considered Tuesday by the school board.


    Lakemoor 5K run/walk canceled

    Lakemoor has canceled the 5K run/walk to have been held Saturday, June 22 at Morrison Park, due to low participation.


    District 46 to vote on contracts

    The school board of Grayslake Elementary District 46 is expected to approve a superintendent's contract and other agreements at a meeting on Wednesdsay.


    You can comment on Lake County appeal process

    The Lake County Board of Review is accepting public comment on the rules that guide the property assessment appeals process.

    Wayne Goede next to the clock on the farm.

    Suburban ‘pumpkin man’ brought the country to city folk

    People who remember the Plane View Farm in Des Plaines and then South Barrington, will also remember Wayne Goede, the architect of the fun. Goede, who died June 9, built a sucessful business on the belief that city dwellers loved visiting the country.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Jose A. Velasquez, 44, of Carpentersville, was charged with misdemeanor battery at 3:50 p.m. Thursday, according to a sheriff’s report. Velasquez is accused of getting in a shoving match after a dispute involving him repeatedly parking his truck on a private drive on the 33W0-99 block of Richardson Road near East Dundee.


    Lawsuit filed in crash that killed Sugar Grove man

    A wrongful death lawsuit is filed against an Oswego man seeking damages for a Feb. 15, 2013, crash in Batavia that killed David Schele, 61, of Sugar Grove. Craig Schindlbeck was ticketed for failure to yield but is fighting it in court and is set to go on trial in early July.

    WPL Executive Director Richard Lee in Ray Bradbury’s basement looking through some of the foreign editions of his books.

    Ray Bradbury book collection going to Waukegan library

    A year after author Ray Bradbury’s death, the Waukegan Public Library is preparing to inherithis personal book collection and other memorabilia from the science fiction master. It's no small gift. "Every room had a bookshelf overflowing,” said Rena Morrow, the library’s marketing, programming, and exhibits manager.

    Shawna Thompson, left, and Keifer Thompson, of Thompson Square, pose backstage with the award for vocal duo of the year at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7, 2013.

    Country duo Thompson Square to headline Northwest Fourth Fest

    An award-winning country duo will headline this year's Northwest Fourth Fest in Hoffman Estates. For $10, attendees can gain access to see Thompson Square on Friday, July 5, on the Village Green across the street from the Sears Centre Arena.

    Michael Santoro

    Ex-student pleads not guilty to Glenbard East graduation threat

    A former Glenbard East student accused of planning a mass shooting at the Lombard high school’s graduation ceremony has been indicted on one count of felony disorderly conduct, prosecutors said in court Monday. Michael Santoro, 19, of Lombard, entered a formal plea of not guilty to the charge.


    Water main upgrades start near downtown Naperville

    A project aiming to increase the reliability of the water distribution system in downtown Naperville began Monday and is expected to last until September, city officials said. Crews began staging equipment for a $471,000 water main improvement project along 5th Avenue and Columbia Street in advance of construction scheduled to start Wednesday, spokeswoman Linda LaCloche said.

    Sharell Thomas

    Former Lake Park student gets probation for false bomb threat

    A Hanover Park teen has been sentenced to probation and time served in jail for making a false bomb threat at Lake Park High School’s east campus in Roselle. Sharell Thomas, 19, of the 7500 block of Bristol Lane, pleaded guilty Friday to felony disorderly conduct.


    Low-income apartment complex put on hold in Carol Stream

    A $6.5 million, 25-unit affordable housing development intended for low income residents in Carol Stream is on hold after state funding for the project was denied. The Charles Apartments, a three-story apartment building proposed for a vacant 2.7-acre parcel at 24W211 St. Charles Road, was to be considered by the village’s plan commission/zoning board of appeals last week for zoning approvals,...


    Jurors convict ex-Chicago alderman in bribery case

    Jurors are set to begin their first full day of deliberations in the trial of a former Chicago alderman who’s accused of bribery. Ambrosio Medrano and two businessmen are accused of paying bribes they were told would be given to a Los Angeles official to secure a lucrative contract.

    Gillian Stewart-Wells and Steven Layne announced Monday that Judson University will offer its first Ph.D program, a doctorate of education in literacy.

    Judson offering first doctoral program

    Elgin City Council members have become increasingly focused on education in they chose the theme as one of nine key parts of the city’s strategic plan, a move that pulled schooling into the purview of city government for the first time. While the council has no direct control over educating the city’s students, Mayor David Kaptain has led a push to work with Elgin’s educational...

    Sureshbhai Patel

    Itasca shopkeeper gets probation for synthetic drugs

    An Itasca shopkeeper has been sentenced to two years of probation for carrying synthetic marijuana. Sureshbhai Patel, 54, of Des Plaines, pleaded guilty Friday to felony possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced by DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin, according to court records.

    Cole-Parmer in Vernon Hills delivered around 5,000 toy cars, boxes of crayons, coloring books and nonskid socks to the Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

    Cole-Parmer in Vernon Hills donates gifts to Vista Medical Center

    Cole-Parmer in Vernon Hills delivered more than 900 packages of toy cars, more than 1,900 boxes of crayons, nearly 1,400 coloring books, and 800 packages of nonskid socks to the Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

    Montago Suggs

    Trial date set in 2007 killing of Round Lake Park woman during a robbery

    The trial for a man accused of kiling a Round Lake woman during a 2007 Waukegan robbery is slated to kick off Sept 23, attorneys agreed Monday. However, before the trial of Montago Suggs, 29, begins, a three-day hearing will be held as defense attorneys try attempt to suppress evidence.

    From left, Beny Romo, 17, of South Elgin, Jonathan Kuruc, 18, of Bartlett, and Justin Markel, 18, of South Elgin developed a first-of-its-kind prosthetic leg for a regional competition. The recent grads from South Elgin High School now hope to patent the leg and start their own business to market it before heading off to college.

    Prosthetic leg brings U-46 grads engineering fame

    Beny Romo, Jonathan Kuruc and Justin Markel, three recent South Elgin High School graduates, are spending their summer before college figuring out how to apply for a patent and start a business as they look toward marketing a one-of-a-kind prosthetic leg. Their design earned them first place in a regional competition in April and notice from HP and Intel industry leaders.

    A mosquito abatement task force in DuPage County has made several recommendations to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus. The DuPage County Board is expected to review the recommendations on June 25.

    DuPage exploring new ways to fight mosquitoes

    DuPage County apparently doesn’t need 45 governments battling mosquitoes to wage an effective war against the pesky insects. A task force charged with developing strategies to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus, is proposing the county explore having its nine townships oversee all of DuPage’s abatement efforts.

    Laura Rush and her father ride the merry-go-round at Geneva Swedish Days in 1970. Rush, who works at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, has vivid memories of going to the festival as a child. She said she hopes everyone will share that excitement at this year’s 64th annual Swedish Days.

    Geneva Swedish Days: continuing the family tradition

    Laura Rush can’t remember a single year that she hasn’t made it down for at least one day to Geneva’s Swedish Days. “I knew summer was here when Swedish Days started,” Rush recalled from her childhood. She is now in her third year of planning the event, working to bring back the Swedish culture portion of the 64th annual festival, which opens Tuesday, June 18 and runs through Sunday, June 23.

    Catherine Alice Gardens is a proposed permanent supportive housing facility in Palatine consisting of 33 apartments for people with disabilities. The proposal, which has drawn both supporters and critics, will go before Palatine's plan commission Tuesday.

    Palatine housing project faces first big test Tuesday

    The permanent supportive housing development proposed near downtown Palatine will face its first big test Tuesday at a meeting of the village's plan commission. Plenty of supporters and opponents are expected to weigh in on Catherine Alice Gardens, a proposed 33-unit apartment building that would serve people with disabilities.


    Bill Daley proposes plan to end pension deadlock

    A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn says he has fully backed the tough pension proposal supported by the Illinois House and has “fought hard” to get it passed. Her comments came Monday as former White House chief of staff Bill Daley said Quinn should threaten to veto any pension reform legislation other than the House proposal.


    Southern Illinois prison begins video visitation

    Inmates at the Tri County Detention Center in Pulaski County will be able to video chat with friends and family — for a fee.The prison began using the HomeWAV system this month to let inmates virtually visit with people, without having the visitors travel to the facility in Ullin, about 30 miles south of Carbondale. Warden Damon Acuff says video visitations are “the wave of the future.”

    Buffalo Grove Village Planner Bob Pfeil starts out on his 50-minute ride home to Libertyville from village hall as part of the Bike Commuter Challenge last week.

    Suburban bikers find a groove but want safer streets

    Pot holes. Oblivious drivers. Busy streets. There are plenty of hazards for suburban commuters who want to use two wheels, not four, Monday through Friday. But the pleasures outweigh the pitfalls, say participants in last week's Bike Commuter Challenge, held as part of Bike to Work Week.


    Suburban districts spend $320,800 opposing online charter school plan

    The appeal process for a proposed suburban virtual charter school was cut short last week — but not before 18 suburban school districts spent more than $320,800 in legal fees fighting the issue. Not to mention the hundreds of hours school staffs spent researching the proposal, officials say.

    Rolling Meadows inaugurates a monthly Farmers Market/Food Truck event.

    Food trucks a new phenom at Rolling Meadows farmers market

    The inaugural Rolling Meadows Farmers Market/Food Truck event rolled out over the Memorial Day weekend and will repeat one Saturday a month throughout the growing season. The five food trucks that came from as far away as Wheaton and West Chicago sold ice cream, pancakes, grilled cheese and other sandwiches, tacos and cupcakes. “I thought it was a great starting point for a growing community...

    Eleven-year-old Youjin Kim paints a sculpture she made at Summer Academy, one of the enrichment classes offered at Frederick School.

    Summer Academy in progress in Grayslake

    Learning is always fun, but there’s something more relaxing about summer classes. In Grayslake Elementary District 46, students started their second week of the Summer Academy on Monday, a series of both remedial and enrichment classes that run from June 10 through July 3.

    A 2007 artist's rendering of the pedestrian bridge planned for RiverEdge Park in Aurora shows a structure crossing between two groups of trees on Blues Island and connecting the east and west sides of the park.

    Bridge is next step in Aurora's RiverEdge vision

    A bridge is the next frontier for RiverEdge Park in Aurora. The new park, fresh off its grand opening weekend, is meant to revitalize downtown Aurora and the city's Fox River shorelines. Leaders say the next step toward that goal is building a bridge to carry walkers and bikers between the west side of the river and the concert venue and transportation hub on the east.

    Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver shows off his cellphone showing the Brimfield Township police department website in Kent, Ohio. Oliver uses the reach of his department’s increasingly followed Facebook page to interact with residents and take to task criminals and other ne’er-do-wells, his preferred term is “mopes,” for the stupid, the silly and the outright unlawful in messages that mix humor and blunt opinion.

    Ohio police chief takes criminals to task online

    If you’re up to no good in this pocket of northeast Ohio, especially in a witless way, you’re risking not only jail time or a fine but a swifter repercussion with a much larger audience: You’re in for a social media scolding from police Chief David Oliver and some of his small department’s 49,000 Facebook fans. And Oliver does not mince words. In postings interspersed with community messages and...

    Black Forest resident Kristin Brown, left, who’s family lost their home in the wildfire, is joined by Ashley Clipp, Kaitlyn Barlow and Ashley’s son Jackson, 2, as they support first responders outside of a fire camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sunday.

    Colo. firefighters could get more help from rain

    Firefighters could again get some help from rain Monday as they work to put out hot spots from the most destructive wildfire ever in Colorado. A steady rain moved through densely wooded Black Forest Sunday as crews worked to prevent flare-ups that could burn homes left standing in the fire zone. “Every bit of rain helps the crews mop up. It’s just adding another nail in the coffin,” fire...

    Syrian citizens stand on rubble of destroyed houses that were damaged by Syrian forces airstrike in the neighborhood of Darat Azza in Aleppo, Syria, Monday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that many soldiers died in the Sunday night attack in Mazzeh and many were wounded. The neighborhood houses several embassies and a military airport.

    Bomb in Syrian capital kills 10 soldiers

    A car bomb targeting a checkpoint near a military airport in an upscale neighborhood of the Syrian capital killed 10 soldiers, activists said Monday as President Bashar Assad’s troops pressed ahead with an offensive to regain territory they lost to rebels trying to topple his regime. The army has scored major victories in key battlefields in western and central Syria in the past weeks, and is now...

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, stands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Sunday. Cameron had talks with Russian President Putin on the Syrian crisis amid fears that differences between Moscow and the West are pushing the two sides toward a new Cold War.

    Cameron: G-8 must push for Syrian peace talks

    Russia, like all leading industrial governments, has a responsibility to push opposed factions in Syria’s civil war to the negotiating table as rapidly as possible and not to back a government that slaughters its citizens, Britain’s prime minister said Monday. In a blunt assessment, David Cameron conceded that a daunting chasm in opinion remains between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the...

    A well-wisher carrying get-well placard arrives at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa, Sunday. South Africa’s president says that Nelson Mandela is seeing sustained improvement from the recurring lung infection that is forcing him to spend a 10th day in the hospital.

    Mandela’s wife thanks world for ‘love, generosity’

    In tweets, songs, telephone calls, cards and more, messages of love have come from across South Africa and the world for 94-year-old Nelson Mandela, giving the family comfort and hope as he remains hospitalized in serious condition with a lung infection, his wife said Monday. As the anti-apartheid hero spent a 10th day in the hospital, Graca Machel expressed the family’s gratitude for the support...

    The Guardian newspaper says that the British eavesdropping agency GCHQ repeatedly hacked into foreign diplomats’ phones and emails when the U.K. hosted international conferences. The Guardian cites more than half a dozen internal government documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as the basis for its reporting on GCHQ’s intelligence operations.

    Report: U.K. spies hacked foreign diplomats

    The Guardian newspaper said the British eavesdropping agency GCHQ repeatedly hacked into foreign diplomats’ phones and emails when the U.K. hosted international conferences, even going so far as to set up a bugged Internet cafe in an effort to get an edge in high-stakes negotiations. The news prompted an angry response from Russian officials concerned that their communications had been...

    Quincy Herald-Whig Veterinarian Dr. Bob Reich places orthopedic braces on the hind legs of Quincy, an 8-year-old blue merle sheltie, with help from technicians Carilie Wear and Whitney Jansen at the Animal Medical Clinic in Quincy.

    Braces help dog regain mobility

    Every moment Joyce Clelland spends with Quincy, her 8-year-old blue merle sheltie, is like a priceless treasure. Clelland has enjoyed Quincy’s laid-back character since her husband, Bob, bought him from a breeder in Knoxville, Ill., when he was a puppy. Clelland says the dog kindly wobbles up to strangers instead of barking at them. However, it became more difficult for Quincy to do that...

    Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, touches the stones of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem’s Old City. The idea of Palestinians establishing a state in the territory they seek has “reached a dead end,” economics minister Naftali Bennett said Monday in the latest remarks by hard-liners that appear to contradict the country’s official support for a “two-state solution” to its conflict with the Palestinians.

    Israeli official blasts idea of Palestinian state

    The idea of Palestinians establishing a state in the territory they seek has “reached a dead end,” a senior Israeli official said Monday, in the latest remarks by hard-liners that appear to contradict the country’s official support for a “two-state solution” to its conflict with the Palestinians. The statements by Naftali Bennett, economics minister and leader of the Jewish Home party, chime with...


    Chicago area home ‘uninhabitable’ after hoarding
    Suburban Chicago officials are expected to meet Monday to discuss how to handle a home filled with trash and feces that authorities say is uninhabitable.


    Alton car show canceled after low turnout

    A long-running southwestern Illinois car show was canceled after only a dozen classic cars showed up to go on display. Organizers of Sunday’s All-Wheels Drive-In Car Show in Alton tell The Telegraph that they couldn’t afford to run the 16-year-old event with so few entrants. Typically, about 150 classic cars, hot rods and other vehicles are displayed.


    Police up presence in Sandy-damaged sections of N.Y.

    Police have increased their presence in New York City neighborhoods still struggling with the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The Staten Island Advance says break-ins left some residents on the island so frustrated and angry that they’d talked of setting booby traps and administering vigilante justice.


    9/11 accused due back in court at Guantanamo

    Five Guantanamo Bay prisoners accused of helping orchestrate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are due back in court as the U.S. government tries to push the long-stalled case forward. The men are to face a judge Monday for the start of five days of pretrial hearings.


    Violent weekend in Chicago leaves at least 6 dead

    Chicago Police are investigating after a violent weekend left at least six people dead and more than three dozen wounded in a series of shootings. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that it was the most violent weekend of the year in the city.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will be tested again tonight as the Hawks play Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston.

    Dawn Patrol: Lake Zurich hosts Iron Girls; Tough road for Hawks tonight

    Good turnout in Lake Zurich for first Iron Girl triathlon; Swedish Day festival provides lesson in language, culture; man serving life sentence loses appeal in 2003 Elgin murder; Bruins certainly a challenge in every way for Hawks; Cubs’ Marmol blows another save; Sox fall to 10 games under .500

    Adorned with new carpet installed in April, Hollywood Casino Aurora is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. Since opening June 17, 1993, the casino has paid the city $238.7 million in taxes.

    Aurora still betting on Hollywood Casino after 20 years

    Hollywood Casino has been floating on the Fox River in Aurora for 20 years, spanning at least two major pushes to revitalize the downtown of Illinois' second-largest city. The casino has brought $238.7 million in tax revenue to Aurora since it opened June 17, 1993. “There's no question that the revenue infusion that's come to Aurora from the casino is very significant,” Aurora Mayor...

    State Senate President John Cullerton, left, and House Speaker Michael Madigan talk with reporters after a meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn on June 10 to discuss the state’s pension crisis.

    Pension standoff showcases top Democrats’ differences

    As lawmakers strain again this week to find a fix for the state’s $97 billion pension crisis, the stalemate between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton highlights the evolving relationship between two powerful Democratic friends who’ve seldom had such a prolonged disagreement.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford blocks a shot by Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic late in the third period during Game 1 in the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. The series is now tied at one game apiece heading into Monday night’s game, which is the first of two in Boston.

    Weekend in Review: Mom starts scouts alternative; Game 3 for Hawks tonight
    What you may have missed this weekend: Sentence voided in Aurora murder; new challenges for blind Army vet; suburban mom launches Boy Scouts 'alternative'; no high hopes for pension fix; Aurora's RiverEdge gets rave reviews; Lombard eatery closed over e coli; Kim Kardashian, Kanye west welcome daughter; Daytime Emmy winners; Cubs lose to Mets; Sox' woes continue against the Astros; Blackhawks,...

    Architectural drawing of the completed St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Old Mill Creek.

    Lake County church builds future on history

    Rising out of a farm field in northern Lake County is a sand-colored edifice that inspires more than double takes. If the Renaissance-style building facing Route 45 in Old Mill Creek was not so big, one might dismiss it as a mirage. But there is no denying the presence of the new St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, an ambitious combination of venerable elements from long-gone churches in a...


    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara left, of Slovakia, and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) are separate by officials during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Boston, Monday, June 17, 2013. The Bruins won 2-0. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Blackhawks beat up, and down, by Bruins

    Time and time again, the Blackhawks have been tested, and every time they've had the answer. But with a couple of stars hurting, the Hawks are facing adversity again after losing 2-0 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, a game that wasn't as close as the score might suggest. “We didn't give them much,” said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who faced 28 shots but few good scoring chances. “It was a very complete game by our side.”

    Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood has a 2.70 ERA in 20 innings of work in his last three starts — all losses.

    Wood pitches well again but takes loss

    Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood seems to keep pitching better every outing. He just has very little to show for it. Wood (5-6) dropped his third straight start Monday night in St. Louis, as he came out on the short end of a 5-2 score.

    Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg was back in the lineup Monday night after sitting out the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Stalberg’s speed replaces Bollig’s muscle in lineup

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville went back to Viktor Stalberg’s speed over Brandon Bollig’s muscle for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday. Stalberg was back in the Hawks’ lineup after being a healthy scratch for the first two games while Quenneville went with the more physical Bollig.

    Bruins fans cheer behind the Blackhawks’ bench during the third period of Game 3 Monday in Boston.

    Energy abounds at both United Center, TD Garden

    Like the United Center, TD Garden can get very loud, which is what the Bruins were hoping to use to their advantage on Monday when the Stanley Cup Final changed venues. “There’s no doubt you’re a lot happier at home than you are on the road, right?” said Bruins coach Claude Julien.

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum is thrown out by home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn during the seventh inning Monday in St. Louis. Sveum was arguing whether the Cardinals' Yadier Molina had eluded a tag at home plate.

    Miller, Molina lead Cardinals over Cubs

    Rookie Shelby Miller pitched five shutout innings and Yadier Molina had a two-run double to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. Edward Munica gave up a homer to Darwin Barney with two outs in the ninth but still earned his 20th save in 20 opportunities.

    White Sox relief pitcher Jesse Crain pitched 12⁄3 perfect innings Monday and has 27 straight scoreless appearances. He has the most trade value on the roster.

    Is there any trade value on White Sox'roster?

    The White Sox managed to avoid an embarrassing four-game sweep with a 4-2 win over the Astros Monday night. But as the Sox linger in last place, it's looking like they'll be sellers as the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches.

    Sox starter Jose Quintana delivers a pitch against the Astros in the first inning Monday in Houston.

    Sox beat Astros to end four-game skid

    Dayan Viciedo's bases-loaded triple in a four-run sixth inning sent the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the White Sox and allowed them to avoid being swept in a four-game series for the first time since 2008.

    Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville shouts instructions to his team during the third period Monday against the Boston Bruins. Marian Hossa’s absence forced Quenneville to radically alter his lines in Game 3.

    Tough go for Blackhawks without Hossa

    After trying to take the warmup, Marian Hossa was a late scratch with an upper-body injury, and the Blackhawks couldn’t overcome the loss of their second-best all-around player Monday night. The result was a 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. “We’re hopeful he’ll be ready for the next game,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

    Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) scores a goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and defenseman Brent Seabrook (7)during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Boston, Monday, June 17, 2013.

    Bruins shut out Hawks 2-0 in Game 3

    Tuukka Rask shut out the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday night and got enough help from the Bruins' offense to do it without another exhausting overtime. After playing four extra periods in the first two games, the Bruins made an early night of it with second-period goals by Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron to win 2-0 and take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals. Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night in Boston.

    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, center, of Germany, take down Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell, right, during the third period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Boston, Monday, June 17, 2013. The Bruins won 2-0.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Bruins, Game Three
    The Blackhawks couldn't find the offense against the Boston Bruins Monday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals in Boston, losing 2-0 to the Bruins in regulation.

    Boston’s Tyler Seguin became “pretty good friends” with the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane during the lockout.

    Kane and Seguin found friendship in Switzerland

    Patrick Kane and Boston Bruins winger Tyler Seguin were teammates when the hockey season started. During the NHL lockout, they both played for EHC Biel in Switzerland. Now one of them is going to win his second Stanley Cup. Kane talks about the bond and friendship that developed between them in Switzerland.

    Does White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf really believe what he says?

    For White Sox, everything starts and ends with Reinsdorf

    How much more frustrated can White Sox fans get? Losing a series to the pathetic Astros is just another reminder of why the Sox are regressing from afterthought to irrelevant to oblivion on the Chicago sports landscape.

    San Antonio forward Tim Duncan, left, goes to the basket against Miami Heat defender Chris Bosh during the fourth quarter of Game 5 in the NBA Finals in San Antonio on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

    Duncan closing in on 5th NBA championship

    The 37-year-old Tim Duncan has been asked about retirement and heard the reports of his Spurs’ demise for years now. His time, his team’s time, is supposed to be long gone. Yet after scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat, his San Antonio Spurs a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.

    In this Sept. 1, 2012 file photo, Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt throws against Savannah State during an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla. Lunt will return to his home state and transfer to Illinois, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday, June 17, 2013.

    Former Oklahoma St. QB Lunt joining Illinois

    CHAMPAIGN — Former Oklahoma State starting quarterback Wes Lunt is transferring to Illinois, returning to his home state after giving the Illini little consideration out of high school.Lunt is from Rochester, Ill., and started five games last season as a freshman for the Cowboys but was sidelined by an injury. He was the first true freshman to open the season as the starting quarterback at Oklahoma State since at least 1950.The highly regarded Lunt will have to sit out this fall under NCAA transfer rules, but when he’s available in 2014 could be an instant upgrade for a struggling Illinois program and coach Tim Beckman, who is headed into his second season in Champaign. Lunt said Monday that coming out of high school he didn’t really consider Illinois, in part because of turmoil surrounding then-head coach Ron Zook and his staff. Zook was fired after the 2011 season. This time, he said, he connected with Beckman and offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, and loved the idea of coming home.“Playing in your home state — there’s something about that that is special,” Lunt said at a news conference in Rochester, according to the State Journal-Register in Springfield. “You can see family and friends at every game. That’s really nice. It’s great academics — unbelievable academics.”The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Lunt is a pocket passer and was 81-for-131 for 1,108 yards — 184.7 yards a game — and threw for 6 touchdowns last fall.Illinois coaches can’t comment on him until his school paperwork is complete.Lunt went to Oklahoma State after leading Rochester High School to two state championships. Over his last two seasons he threw for more than 7,000 yards and 65 touchdowns while throwing just 8 interceptions.He declined to say why he left Oklahoma State.“I can’t say what it was,” he said. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy had agreed to release Lunt for a transfer after the quarterback went through spring practice, but limited his ability to transfer to schools in the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference, as well as teams on the Cowboys’ schedules over the next few seasons.The Illini finished 2-10 last fall in Beckman’s first season. With Nathan Scheelhaase and Reilly O’Toole at quarterback, Illinois was 11th in the 12-team Big Ten in passing yardage with 168.8 yards a game. The Illini finished the season with just 11 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.Scheelhaase is heading into his senior season.Barring other roster changes, Lunt would compete with O’Toole and incoming freshman Aaron Bailey for playing time.“I expect to compete anywhere I go,” Lunt said. “Hopefully I become a starter.”


    Mike North video: Justin Rose, Winner by Default?

    Mike North wasn’t impressed with the golf yesterday at Merion. Either no one seemed to want it enough or maybe this course is just too tough. All the top golfers, from Tiger Woods to Rory Mcllroy, looked like amateurs this past weekend at the U.S. Open

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, from left, with forwards LeBron James, Udonis Haslem, and Mike Miller watch Sunday during the fourth quarter of Game 5 in the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. The Spurs won 114-104, leading the best-of-seven series 3-2.

    Heat try to stop a 5th Spurs NBA title

    The Miami Heat weren’t supposed to be in this situation. Not now, anyway. Coming home from Texas with their season on the line in 2011 was one thing. They were at the end of their first year together — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh still trying to figure it all out and clearly a long way from it. But this season, they were the NBA’s best team, one that lost three games in three months and made losing three times in one series look unlikely, if not downright unimaginable.

    Phil Mickelson reacts as his ball hit from a bunker narrowly misses the hole on an eagle-attempt during the final day of the U.S. Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

    Don't feel sorry for Mickelson

    Phil Mickelson has accomplished something more remarkable than winning the U.S. Open: Finishing second six times. He calls Sunday's loss a heartbreak, but again it was self-inflicted. There is no valid explanation for a golfer like Mickelson being good enough to win the U.S. Open but never being good enough on U.S. Open week to do so.


    The American Veterinary Medical Association has been based in Schaumburg for 38 of its 150-year existence. This building at 1931 N. Meacham Road has been the group’s headquarters since 1991.

    Veterinary association in Schaumburg celebrates 150 years

    The Schaumburg-based American Veterinary Medical Association is celebrating its 150th anniversary this month, with 38 of those years spent in Schaumburg. After jumping around to different locations since 1863, the group finally ended up in the Northwest suburb in 1975.

    The Applebee's in Arlington Heights will close in the next few weeks, joining eight other suburban Applebee's that will close in June.

    Arlington Heights Applebee's will close

    The Arlington Heights Applebee's will be closing in the next few weeks. The area around the Appleebee's has suffered several restaurant closings, said Jon Ridler, executive director of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce, who couldn't pinpoint a reason why.


    E. Dundee to demand payment from grocer on defaulted loan

    In order to recover more than $26,000 that East Dundee officials say the owner of a now-shuttered grocery store owes them, they are sending a letter of default to the owner that will order him to repay the balance. The letter will also call out owner Fred Thompson for closing the store several years earlier than he was supposed to, Village Administrator Bob Skurla said.

    U.S. History students from Austin (Minn.) High School visit the Supreme Court in Washington Monday in anticipation of decisions being announced. In one of those decisions, the justices said deals between pharmaceutical corporations and their generic drug competitors can sometimes be illegal and therefore can be challenged in court.

    Court: ‘Pay to delay’ generic drugs can be illegal

    Deals between pharmaceutical corporations and their generic drug competitors, which government officials say keep cheaper forms of medicine off the market, can sometimes be illegal and therefore can be challenged in court, the Supreme Court said Monday. The justices voted 5-3 to allow the government to inspect and challenge what it calls “pay-for-delay” deals or “reverse payment settlements.”

    Netflix To Premiere DreamWorks branded Slate Of new original TV series.

    Netflix cuts original TV deal with DreamWorks

    Netflix is going to start running original television series from Dreamworks Animation. Financial terms were not disclosed. Netflix Inc. says the multi-year agreement is its biggest deal ever for original first-run content and includes more than 300 hours of new programming. It expands on an existing relationship between the companies. For Dreamworks, the transaction announced Monday is part of a major initiative to expand its television production and distribution worldwide.

    Stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from last week’s decline, as investors weighed economic data with the prospects for stimulus cuts ahead of this week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting.

    Investors guess Fed’s actions, push stocks higher

    Investors are in a game of wait-and-see with the Federal Reserve. On Monday, they guessed that the Fed will continue trying to prop up the economy, and sent stocks higher. The major stock indexes all rose about 1 percent in early trading and stayed there for most of the day, before dipping slightly in the afternoon.

    Los Burritos Mexicanos, at 1015 E. St. Charles Road, Lombard, remained closed Monday after the DuPage County Health Department said there were four confirmed cases of the same strain of E. coli bacteria in people who ate at the restaurant.

    Lombard restaurant at center of DuPage E. coli probe

    Four confirmed cases of E. coli infections have been reported among customers of Los Burritos Mexicanos in Lombard, and DuPage County health officials said Monday they are continuing an investigation into the exact cause of the illnesses. About six additional reports of gastrointestinal illnesses are among those investigators are probing as possibly associated with consuming food from the Mexican restaurant at 1015 E. St. Charles Road, said Jason Gerwig, external affairs manager for the DuPage County Health Department.

    President Barack Obama, third from left, arrives in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with, from left, daughter Malia, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha on Monday. Obama is attending the G-8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

    EU, U.S. to launch trade talks next month

    Talks on a sweeping trade deal between the European Union and the United States, the world’s two largest trading partners, are to get underway in Washington next month, President Barack Obama and top European Union officials said Monday.

    The financial world looks to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke this week to clarify the Fed’s timetable on economic stimulus.

    World looks to Bernanke to clarify stimulus plans

    Is the era of ultra-low interest rates nearing an end? That’s the question — and the fear — Chairman Ben Bernanke will face this week when he takes questions after a Federal Reserve policy meeting.

    Chris Junker

    SpringCM CEO grows business and his wine collection

    Chris Junker, the CEO of SpringCM, loves to collect wine and has about 800 bottles now in his wine cellar. While he grows the wine cellar, he's also expanding the company and plans to hire more workers.

    Last-minute work is under way Monday at The Fresh Market store in Lincolnshire. A grand opening is set for Wednesday.

    Fresh Market opens Wednesday in Lincolnshire

    The long-awaited Fresh Market grocery store in Lincolnshire will open to the public at 9 a.m. Wednesday, after an 8 a.m. invitation-only event.


    ICT Holdings launches refrigerated division

    ICT Holdings of Glendale Heights recently announced it is expanding its dry van, flatbed and refrigerated truck divisions. ICT now has a fleet of 30 refrigerated trucks and recently invested in new refrigerated trailers. The4 company has also grown its flatbed truck fleet to 40 trucks today and looking to expand in 2013.


    Follett to operate Wake Forest bookstores

    Oak Brook-based Follett Higher Education Group said it will partner with Wake Forest University to operate its University Stores, including the University Bookstore, the Deacon Shop and the Hanes Mall Deacon Shop location. Follett will begin management of all retail operations on June 28, 2013.Follett will bring to Wake Forest the largest inventory of course materials through a network of more than 8,000 publishers and providers.


    Abbott to buy back $3 billion in stock

    Libertyville Township-based Abbott Laboratories’ board of directors recently approved a new share repurchase program for up to $3 billion in common stock. The program replaces the recently completed $5 billion program that was announced in October 2008, the company said in a release. The purchases may be made from time to time as market conditions warrant and subject to regulatory considerations.

    Workers assemble a Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner airplane at the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington, U.S.

    Long-haul jets get boost at Paris Air Show

    Airbus and Boeing both won pledges for big purchases of long-haul, wide-body jets Monday, as the Paris Air Show got off to a robust if rainy start. The global aviation event at Le Bourget airfield north of Paris is once again showcasing the rivalry between U.S.-based Boeing and French-based Airbus. After several years of success for their smaller models, the world’s leading plane makers are hoping this year generates orders for the bigger, more expensive long-haul jets.


    Lowe’s offers to buy Orchard Supply for $205M

    Lowe’s plans to expand its California presence with an acquisition of Sears spinoff Orchard Supply Hardware Stores for about $205 million in cash. Orchard Supply filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Monday, so the offer from Lowe’s will become the “stalking horse” bid for an auction of Orchard’s assets. Such a bid sets the floor for an auction process that lets competitors make better offers.


    Louisville Slugger exhibit features Lego stadiums

    A baseball-themed exhibit built entirely from Legos is attracting adults and children to the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. The exhibit occupies a large space inside the museum and is filled with baseball-themed art, including a 58,000-piece model of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.


    Miners, supporters to rally again in St. Louis

    Retired coal miners and their supporters are planning another rally in downtown St. Louis in an ongoing dispute with Patriot Coal.The rally was scheduled Monday morning in Kiener Plaza, with United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts expected to take part.


    Palatine law firm happy with podcast results

    Businesses that “do podcasts well can get a lot of (website) traffic,” says Brian Basilico of Lavelle Law Ltd. in Palatine. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the issue.

    Sweet Occasions Cake Studio specializes in an array of cakes. This diaper bag is all edible.

    Sweet Occasions Cake Studio heats up in Schaumburg

    An interview with Cindy Brown, owner of Sweet Occasions Cake Studio in Schaumburg.Q: Describe your business. What do you do? A: We do all kinds of cakes for all occasions, also dessert catering, and we have a small storefront for walk in customers to purchase cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, candy and more. The more the traffic increases, the more variety we will have. We specialize in cake art, as displayed in the photo. Q: What made you start your business? A: This business started as a hobby after I took a couple of cake classes. I developed a passion for cake art. Once I started I couldn’t stop. Every project is a new artistic challenge.Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?A: The most difficult obstacle in starting the business was anticipating all of the requirements of local and state governments. No matter how much research and planning you do, there are things that come upthat you don’t expect and you didn’t budget for.Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business? A: I enjoy that I am able to be a small part of everyone’s celebrations. I get to take their theme for their party and turn it into the centerpiece. I’ve met a lot of really nice people. Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?A: This is not what I pictured myself doing when I was young. I’ve had many jobs, but it’s very rewarding to be doing something now that I have a passion for. Everyone should have the opportunity to do something that they love, I’m very fortunate.Q: What keeps you up at night?A: Even though I’m a planner, I always worry that I’ll forget to do something with someone’s order that they requested. I keep a note pad and pen on the nightstand for reminders and late night design ideas.Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?A: I would advise a rookie business owner to remember that every customer deserves to be met with a smile and a great attitude. And when they start to hire employees to make sure to teach them to do the same.Ÿ Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact Kim Mikus at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

Life & Entertainment

    Neil Patrick Harris, here at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, is returning to the stage this spring as the gender-bent rock chanteuse at the center of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

    Neil Patrick Harris to return to Broadway — to act

    Neil Patrick Harris is returning to the stage — and not to hand out awards. The four-time Tony Award host and former “Doogie Howser, M.D.” will star on Broadway in the spring as the gender-bent rock chanteuse at the center of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the cult musical that was made into a cult movie.


    Lean and lovin' it: Putting new products to the test

    Don Mauer puts a couple of new kitchen gadets and ingredients to the test. Can these things really make healthy and delicious foods?


    Broccoli, Toasted Pecan and Raisin Salad
    Broccoli, Pecan and Raisin Salad: Don Mauer

    Comedian Dave Chappelle will make his most substantial return to stand-up comedy in a monthlong tour for Funny Or Die. He’s coming to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Saturday, Aug. 31.

    Dave Chappelle to headline monthlong comedy tour

    Dave Chappelle is making his most substantial return to stand-up comedy with a one-month tour for Funny Or Die. The comedian will headline the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which stops at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Saturday, Aug. 31. Tickets go on sale Friday.

    “Yeezus” the latest release by Kanye West

    Kanye West eerie, erratic on 'Yeezus'

    It's hard to digest all of Kanye West on his new album. “Yeezus” is the rapper's darkest, eeriest and most erratic album of his six solo releases. He is in militant form on the 10-track set, rapping over beats that are artsy, electronic and gloomy. It's a far stretch from the contemporary rap and pop success he achieved with more than a dozen Top 10 hits, including “Gold Digger,” “Stronger” and “Heartless.” But that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

    Bernard “Bernie” Sahlins, who co-founded Chicago’s Second City theater, died Sunday at age 90.

    Second City co-founder Bernard Sahlins dies at 90

    Bernard “Bernie” Sahlins, who co-founded Chicago’s Second City theater and who nurtured the early careers of many of the earliest stars of “Saturday Night Live,” died Sunday. He was 90. Andrew Alexander, one of Second City’s current owners and its CEO, told The Associated Press that Sahlins died peacefully at his Chicago home with his family nearby. He is survived by his wife, Jane Nicholl Sahlins.

    Richard Ormbrek’s house in Seattle is decorated with a 20-foot-wide American flag made up of 180 individually painted tiles.

    For some homeowners, a house is just a canvas

    It’s hard to miss the enormous 20-foot-wide American flag on the side of Richard Ormbrek’s home. Comprised of around 180 tiles painted with scenes of Americana against a background of red and white stripes, the flag pops from the orange cedar shingles with traffic-stopping audacity.

    This party parlor blends bold colors and bright artwork.

    Decorating with art is itself an art form

    Beautiful artwork injects visual impact and brings excitement into a room. But “designing with art” is itself an art form, and if you’re not careful, things can get messy. This was very apparent during a recent project for some clients who live in a colorful home sporting several vibrant hues.

    Use sunscreen when outdoors.

    Take our summertime health hazard quiz

    Ready for summer? How much do you really know about the day-to-day conditions and hazards you may encounter? Test your knowledge of how to deal with sun exposure, mosquitoes, poison ivy, ticks and even road trips with our summer safety quiz.

    If you have a camera designed for underwater use, photos like this are definitely dramatic.

    How to take perfect pictures for your summer scrapbook

    Kids plus water plus cameras equal great family pictures. Or, at least it can, if you remember a few simple tips provided by the Daily Herald's staff photographers. Tip No. 1: Unless you have a camera specifically designed to be used around water, don't let your camera get wet. Most digital cameras are not sealed against water and can be ruined if water, especially saltwater, gets inside.

    1947 Ford pickup

    Body shop owner resists the urge to restore 1947 pickup

    Immediately after acquiring his 1947 Ford pickup, Steve Belknap was faced with a crossroads. The Barrington body shop owner says some enthusiasts would eagerly and completely overhaul the tired, worn-out vehicle, but he opted for a different direction.

    A new yoga book might inspire you to take up this healthy fitness routine, which can help your body and mind.

    Your health: A yoga approach
    A new yoga book helps you achieve a mind and body balance in 28 days. And Harvard Medical school offers tips on getting a better night's sleep.

    Being stung by a yellow wasp can cause a severe allergic reaction in some people.

    How to take the sting out of allergies

    Sonia is among the 3 percent of American adults who suffer a systemic allergic reaction to stinging insects. Fifty deaths occur every year from such reactions. Most occur in adults and in those without a prior history of a stinging-insect reaction. Having hay fever, food allergies or allergic asthma puts you at no higher risk than average of what are known as venom allergies. Nor does having a family member with a stinging-insect allergy mean you’re more likely to have one.


    Cancer drug shortages force treatment delays

    Shortages of medicines for some of the most common cancers have caused nearly half of doctors to delay treatment and forced about a third to choose between patients needing a particular drug. The findings from a survey of 250 cancer doctors highlight the anxious situation some of their patients have faced during the past year as manufacturing lapses and changes in the generic-drug industry have cut off supply of key medicines, said Keerthi Gogineni, a cancer doctor at the University of Pennsylvania.


    Cancer survivors face growing health care gap

    After Teresa Levitch underwent successful chemotherapy and radiation for the cancer attacking her immune system, she believed her health problems were over. Now she knows better. For more than 10 years after her treatment, she felt pain and muscle fatigue in her upper body, and her range of motion was limited. She went to several doctors, she said, but none could help her. Then she found the cancer survivor program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, which identified her illness as radiation fibrosis syndrome and began treatments that have made her feel better.


    Counterfeit drugs pose consumer risks, experts say

    The prescription medicine you get online or from your pharmacy could be fake — and harmful. The World Health Organization estimates that 25 percent of drugs consumed in poor countries are counterfeit or substandard. Some international watchdog groups say up to 50 percent of treatments sold in the developing world are fraudulent.


    Gene therapy to fight the flu?

    In 2009, a global collaboration of scientists, public health agencies and companies raced to make a vaccine against a pandemic influenza virus, but most of it wasn’t ready until the pandemic had peaked. Now, researchers have come up with an alternative, faster strategy for when a pandemic influenza virus surfaces: Just squirt genes for the protective antibodies into people’s noses. The method — which borrows ideas from both gene therapy and vaccination, but is neither — protects mice against a wide range of flu viruses in a new study.


    Music’s healing power noteworthy

    The playlist of evidence that music has a special role in our lives and health has been getting longer in the past few months. Certainly, not everyone likes the same music, and music therapy tries to respect that. But one recent study shows that the brains of most people listening to the same music respond in the same way.

    Nikki Rodriguez tries a family heirloom crown on for size as she looks for the perfect wedding dress at Brides Against Breast Cancer in Sarasota, Fla.

    Every choice resonates for brides fighting cancer

    Nikki Rodriguez stares in the mirror and smooths the wedding dress with her fingers. “This line of pearls is stupid,” she says, turning around and pointing to the small of her back. Karen DeRitter, a volunteer at Brides Against Breast Cancer, suggests a silk sheath gown with a beige ribbon tied around the waist. “Let’s get you into this one,” she says. “I don’t want to frighten you with how I look,” Nikki tells her. “I have a lot of scars.” Nikki closes her eyes, trying to will the nausea away. Maybe it’s something she ate. Maybe it’s the tamoxifen she takes — it keeps the cancer at bay but leaves her back knotted and her joints aching.

    Hospital volunteer Mandi Shimek talks with Duane Jones, who was recovering from a hip replacement.

    Getting in touch with hospital patients helps relieve delirium

    When Paula Duncan's father-in-law was hospitalized with pneumonia at age 80, his personality changed. Almost overnight, he became aggressive and combative. As a hospital nurse, Duncan knew that older patients sometimes become delirious. She just didn’t know how common it was — or that anything could be done about it. Now, she's heading a new program that’s trying to fend off these sudden bouts of confusion.


    Many questions remain about new flu virus in China

    I heard that a dangerous new kind of “bird flu” was recently discovered in China. Should we in the United States be worried?

    Volunteer Felix Preston lies in a odor extractor in a mosquito laboratory at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Researchers at the school have discovered that malaria-infected mosquitoes are more attracted to human odors.

    Stinky feet may lead to better malaria traps

    For decades, health officials have battled malaria with insecticides, bed nets and drugs. Now, scientists say there might be a potent new tool to fight the deadly mosquito-borne disease: the stench of human feet. In a laboratory study, researchers found that mosquitoes infected with the tropical disease were more attracted to human odors from a dirty sock than those that didn’t carry malaria. Insects carrying malaria parasites were three times more likely to be drawn to the stinky stockings. The new finding may help create traps that target only malaria-carrying mosquitoes, researchers say.



    Editorial: A model for streamlining government

    A Daily Herald editorial says cooperation in DuPage County among state and county officials of both parties has paved the way for all Illinois counties to provide more efficient government.


    Editorial decisions appear to be political
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Any one, or all of these stories may be the most important of the year: the Benghazi attack and cover-up, the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, Kathleen Sebelius’s attempt to shake down private corporations. Yet in today’s edition (May 13), there is not a word about Benghazi.


    A word to politicians about abortion
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I know a lot of politicians read the letters to the editor. I would like to see if they can answer this question if they are for abortion. Have any of you asked your parents why they didn’t abort you?


    Check ethics of Reagan administration
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: David Caldarola opines on May 18 that President Obama is the most unethical president in history. I suggest that he check out the sad story of the Reagan administration: 138 administration officials either formally investigated, indicted or convicted.


    Too much regulation causes high gas prices
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Our current administration and the EPA are responsible for these price hikes by instituting unnecessary regulations that affect the industry without any oversight of unforeseen consequences that arise. The question that remains is who is making these enormous profits, and where is that money going?


    Congress not above the rest of us
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: Sen. Kirk seemed to be concerned only about whether or not members of Congress were included in the NSA surveillance. I guess in Kirk’s eyes the NSA can be as invasive as they like to the average citizen, but watch out if they treat members of Congress like the rest of us.


    It was wrong to lie about Benghazi
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: How could you, Mr. President and Madam Secretary, hug and look the parents, wives, and children of the fallen four of Benghazi in the eye and lie? Are you that callous and unmerciful? Were you that much in need of another photo-op to tug at our heart strings? Were you that afraid to call it a terrorist attack because it would hurt your chances of re-election?


    Time to regret that Obama vote
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: One can hardly keep track of the scandals, backfires, missteps and bungles as they fall like confetti in a Times Square parade. Transparent? Funny. Honest? Like a carnival hawker. Effective? The president claims not to know what happens even under his own roof.


    Beware of China buying our companies
    A letter to the editor: China will control pork today and cereal and other agricultural products tomorrow. Americans see short-term results; the Chinese see long-term gains.

    Daniel Darling

    Kirk’s immigration vote disappointing
    A Gages Lake letter to the editor: As an evangelical pastor, I was very disappointed by Sen. Mark Kirk’s vote against continuing the debate on the bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate last week. Like many other conservative Christians, I already disagree strongly with Sen. Kirk on issues such as abortion and some other social issues.


    Why shouldn’t gvmt. listen to your calls?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Unbelievable, we have close to 3,000 people murdered in a single day, more than were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, by people that hate us and we are worried and hurt that our government is looking at our phone records. These same people that want to kill us are constantly planning to do us harm and we are hurt that our government is spying on us.


    Obama uses IRS as it suits him
    Well now that we all know the government is collecting data on people across the nation, the left seems to want to argue that the Bush administration started it all, but there is a big difference between now and then.


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