Daily Archive : Saturday June 29, 2013


    Dr. Jennifer Boland, right, and technician assistant Jennifer Chorba of the Banfield Pet Hospital in South Elgin search Ace, a lab mix, for ticks. Experts are reporting an increase in ticks in the Chicago area.

    Suburbs seeing an upswing in ticks

    Now more than ever, those seemingly harmless trips to a forest preserve or even a particularly lush backyard could result in an uninvited — and potentially dangerous — guest. Experts are reporting an upswing in ticks, those bloodsucking, disease-transmitting arachnids that don’t usually leave their hosts willingly.

    Harold Bergman, 97, of Hoffman Estates stands in front of the home in which he was born. He’s the oldest farmer in Cook County. The Hoffman Estates Village Board proclaimed today Harold G. Bergman Day.

    Hoffman Estates lauds Cook County’s oldest farmer

    Harold Bergman of Hoffman Estates will take a rare day off from his chores today, but for good reason. Village leaders have declared the day to be Harold Bergman Day. “It’s pretty neat,” Bergman concedes. Bergman turned 97 years old on June 1 and at their last board meeting, village leaders issued a proclamation, dedicating today in his honor. “His family has played an...

    Nine-year-old Gavyn Slykhuis cools off Saturday in the spray of a fountain at the Red Ridge Park kids water park in Las Vegas.

    Phoenix, Las Vegas bake in scorching heat

    The forecast called for Death Valley called for 128 degrees Saturday, but it was 3 degrees shy of that, according to unofficial reports from the National Weather Service. Death Valley’s record high of 134 degrees, set a century ago, stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

    Edward E. Stock

    Former Burlington schools chief loved the classroom

    Edward Stock loved teaching so much that he went back to the middle school classroom to teach science after serving as Superintendent at Burlington School District 301 in the 1980s. Stock, of Elgin, recently died at the age of 81. “He enjoyed teaching and education of all kinds,” his wife, Carol Ann, said. “He liked working with students better than administrators.”

    Mortars placed on a barge docked in the Staten Island borough of New York are in front of the hazy lower Manhattan skyline on Saturday,

    Blazing smiley face highlights Macy fireworks show

    Sixty pyrotechnicians worked on Staten Island all weekend before the holiday to prepare the high-tech digital animation. This year, two other novelties will be a jellyfish discovered in China that explodes with a whistling sound, and bursting butterflies. From midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building will play along, showing off its recently upgraded LED lighting along with the fireworks.

    BART station agent Mark Madrigal helps a customer Friday at the Lake Merritt station in Oakland, Calif.

    San Francisco transit talks resume as strike looms

    “Nobody wants a strike,” ATU local president Antonette Bryant said Saturday. “We are prepared to spend the night — a couple of nights — in order to finally reach a deal.”

    An Oregon National Guard Chinook helicopter heads up to Oregon’s Mount Hood Friday in the search for 59-year-old Salem, Ore., dentist Kinley Adams.

    Searchers looking for Mt. Hood climber spot body

    The sheriff’s office said officials believe there’s a high probability that the body belongs to Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old Salem dentist who failed to return June 22 from a climb on the west side of Oregon’s tallest mountain.

    Dave Pearo takes water out of his boots Friday at his home by the Onieda River, in Oneida, N.Y.

    Two missing after storms bring flooding to northeast

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured areas damaged by flooding Saturday and said a disaster declaration would remain in effect for 15 counties.

    Kris Perry, foreground left, kisses Sandy Stier Friday as they are married at City Hall in San Francisco.

    Gay marriage opponents ask court to intervene

    Many legal experts who had anticipated such a last-ditch effort by gay marriage opponents said Friday that it was unlikely to succeed because the 9th Circuit has independent authority over its own orders, in this case its 2010 stay.

    People are reflected in a window Thursday of the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Soweto.

    Millions worldwide share difficult Mandela vigil

    Prayers and vigils, pictures and candles, headlines and YouTube videos. All are measurements of his legend, and yet as the 94-year-old Nelson Mandela’s hospitalization continues, the anticipation has left many caught in an awkward limbo, sharing on a global scale what is usually a private scenario.

    Eric Hovind, with Creation Today, stands on the new atheist bench Saturday and preaches his beliefs during the unveiling of an atheist monument outside the Bradford County Courthouse in Stark, Fla.

    Atheists unveil monument near Ten Commandments

    A group of atheists unveiled a monument to their nonbelief in God on Saturday to sit alongside a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments in front of the Bradford County Florida courthouse.

    In this group photo, Emma Mebane of Geneva is third from the right, and the picture was taken before the group went to a Country Thunder concert in 2009. Emma died in her sleep July 8, 2011, at age 19. Her family is hosting a mini-golf event next week in her memory.

    Fundraiser aims to keep Geneva woman’s memory alive

    Emma Mebane died in her sleep two years ago at age 19. Her family keeps her memory alive and next week will host a mini-golf event at Stone Creek in Wheeler Park and all are welcome, says columnist Dave Heun.

    Katie Rooney of North Aurora plays with sugar gliders, a small marsupial native to Australia, during the Chicagoland Repticon show Saturday. Her family business, Riggs’ Family Furry Pets, was selling them during the show, which continues Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

    Reptile extravaganza is a family event in St. Charles

    Watching her first crested gecko hatchling tentatively break out of its shell and peer onto the world is something that Jennifer O’Connor will never forget.The Elgin resident joined a few hundred people at the Chicagoland Repticon show Saturday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

    The parent company of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines is seeking an injunction on a new Cook County tax on slot machines and other gambling devices.

    Rivers Casino owners sue Cook County over tax

    The parent company of Rivers Casino in Des Plaines is seeking an injunction against a new Cook County tax on slot machines and other gambling devices.

    Astrophysicist Margherita Hack

    Notable deaths last week

    TV producer, Devo drummer and Italian astrophysicist among people of note who fied last week.

    Bothaina Kamel, Egypt’s first female presidential candidate who ran against President Mohammed Morsi during the 2012 presidential race, raises a red card with Arabic reads, ”leave”, during a press conference Saturday of the Tamarod campaign, Arabic for “Rebel”, calling for the ouster of Morsi in Cairo.

    Egypt braces for massive Sunday protest

    More than 22 million Egyptians have signed a petition calling for the country’s Islamist president to step down, the youth group leading the signature campaign said Saturday on the eve of mass protests aimed at forcing Mohammed Morsi from office.


    Facebook is pulling ads from racy, violent pages

    Facebook has sought to strike a balance between giving its 1.1 billion users the freedom to post what they want and providing advertisers with space to sell their products.

    Ray LaHood, outgoing U.S. transportation secretary, speaks in his final news conference Thursday before leaving his post, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

    LaHood fears irrelevancy of his GOP

    Ray LaHood’s barbs about his party are part of his broader out-the-door message. He is dismayed at the breakdown of bipartisanship in Washington and alarmed at the lack of civility and resistance to compromise that now colors political debate.

    Indianapolis Colts’ Joe Lefeged watches from the sidelines during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Houston.

    Colts safety Lefeged arrested on gun charges in D.C.

    Police say Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged has been arrested on gun-related charges after a traffic stop in Washington.D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali says Lefeged was a passenger in a car that fled from police after a traffic stop for speeding early Saturday.

    President Barack Obama reacts as he jokes Saturday with journalists during his meeting with the African Union Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, unseen, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Obama says climate change is make-or-break issue

    At the core of President Obama’s plan are new controls on new and existing power plants that emit carbon dioxide, heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. The program is intended to boost renewable energy production on federal lands, increase efficiency standards and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.

    The U.S. State Department confirmed Saturday that Kenyon College student, Andrew Pochter, 21, of Chevy Chase, Md., died Friday while photographing clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt.

    Family: American killed in Egypt was a teacher

    Andrew Pochter, of Chevy Chase, Md., was killed Friday in Alexandria during clashes between government supporters and opponents. His family said in a statement Saturday that he was stabbed by a protester while observing the demonstrations.

    The view from Beetle Rock in Sequoia National Park, Calif., is seen. In parts of Californiaís Sierra Nevada, the incursion of trees is sucking marshy meadows dry. Glaciers are melting into mere ice fields. Wildflowers are blooming earlier. And the optimal temperature zone for Giant Sequoias is predicted to rise several thousand feet higher, leaving existing trees at risk of dying over the next 100 years.

    California’s Sierra a ‘living lab’ for climate change

    Since 1895, the average temperature across California has increased by 1.7 degrees, and experts say the most visible effects of that warming occur within the Sierra Nevada, where low temperatures are rising and precipitation increasingly falls as rain rather than snow.

    Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton, center, parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, leave the Seminole County Courthouse Thursday with their attorney Daryl Parks at the end of the day’s proceedings in the trial of George Zimmerman, in Sanford, Fla.

    First week of testimony in Martin case wraps up

    Tim Smith, the police officer, testified that when he saw Zimmerman after the shooting, the neighborhood watch volunteer’s backside was covered in grass and wetter than his front side, bolstering defense attorneys’ contention that Martin was on top of Zimmerman.

    Police believe this Jeep Liberty was stolen by three men who tried to rob a jewelry store Sunday at Oakbrook Center mall in Oak Brook. Police found the vehicle abandoned less than a half-mile from the mall Monday morning, authorities said.

    Detroit man, 25, charged in Oakbrook Center robbery

    Levert Jones, 25, of Detroit, who was shot after he tried to rob a jewelry store at Oakbrook Center, was charged with felony attempted armed robbery this morning, authorities said.

    A South African girl holds a poster showing former South African President Nelson Mandela, while her family and other well wishers gather at the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Friday, June 28, 2013. Members of Nelson Mandela's family as well as South African Cabinet ministers have visited the hospital on Friday where the 94-year-old former president is critically ill.

    Mandela: A hard act to follow for South Africans

    In November, just before Nelson Mandela's health began a long downward spiral, the leader of a project to build a children's hospital named after the former president briefed him on efforts to raise construction funds. Mandela, 94 years old and infirm, was exasperated by the delays. Then the reflexes of the world statesman took over.


    Australian man admits using boy in Internet porn

    An Australian man accused of making child pornography with a boy he purchased in a foreign country and allowing other men to sexually abuse the child was sentenced Friday in U.S. federal court in Indiana, where the videos were found downloaded on a home computer.

    George Zimmerman, right, stands next to his attorneys, Mark O'Mara, left, and Don West, during the 15th day of his trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, June 28, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

    First week of testimony in Trayvon case wraps up

    The first week of George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial wrapped up with testimony from two neighbors and a police officer that seemed to bolster the defense's argument that he was pinned on his back by Trayvon Martin before shooting the teen.


    Woman gets 8 years in fatal DUI case

    A Will County woman who was drunk when she struck and killed a bicyclist with her car last year has been sentenced to eight years in prison.


    Ill. state fire marshal warns of fireworks danger

    Illinois' state fire marshal is warning residents to leave fireworks to the professionals this Independence Day.


    Murder charges dropped for man imprisoned 20 years

    A Chicago man who has spent 20 years in prison on a double-murder conviction will be released after a new investigation.

    Sandy Stier, left, exchanges wedding vows with Kris Perry during a ceremony presided by California Attorney General Kamala Harris at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 28, 2013. Stier and Perry, the lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban, tied the knot about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

    Gay marriages resume in Calif. with a flurry

    Same-sex marriages that were outlawed in California 4 1/2 years ago resumed in a rush after a federal appeals court took the "unusual, but not unprecedented," step of freeing couples to obtain marriage licenses, before the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its final judgment in a challenge of the state's voter-approved gay marriage ban.


    Hoffman Estates, local doctor highlight PTSD

    After four decades of suffering from PTSD, Raleigh Showens of McHenry said he planned to commit suicide. Then an experimental treatment by a Hoffman Estates doctor brought him relief. As PTSD awareness month comes to a close, the doctor and the village of Hoffman Estates are working to highlight the problem and encourage people to seek help in dealing with it.

    Construction of a Walgreens is a sign of growth in Lakemoor, officials say.

    Lakemoor makes development hire

    Lakemoor's first community development director already is well informed on the issues and potential facing the little community. Village Trustee Matt Dobrowski, a village resident and planner in Arlington Heights, has been hired for the post.

    Jim Beaudoin

    Lake Zurich trustee hopes to get more residents to volunteer talent to village

    Pointing to the solid start of a new farmers market organized by volunteers, Lake Zurich Trustee Jim Beaudoin says he wants to make a push to tap into other residents willing to share their talents with the village.

    Karen Darch

    Barrington asks fire district to offer hiring bonus

    Barrington officials have gone beyond their original request that the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District hire the village’s laid-off firefighters later this year — suggesting the district offer them substantial signing bonuses as well. The suggestion was made in a June 27 letter from Barrington Village President Karen Darch to fire district President Tom Rowan.


    Arlington Heights man promotes kidney donation

    Having only one kidney hasn’t slowed John Cosentino down one bit. He rides 2,000 miles on his bike every year and to celebrate his 60th birthday last year, he spent a week hiking in the Canadian Rockies. This weekend he’ll add another three miles to his total with a 5K celebrating the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ Gift of Life Walk on Sunday in Chicago.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive Friday at Waterkloof Air Base, in Centurion, South Africa.

    Obama’s ties to Mandela loom over S. Africa visit

    President Obama and Nelson Mandela have met just once, a hastily arranged meeting in a Washington hotel room in 2005 when Obama was a U.S. senator. A photo of the meeting hangs in Obama’s personal office at the White House, showing a smiling Mandela sitting on a chair, his legs outstretched, as the young senator reaches down to shake his hand. A copy of the photo also hangs in Mandela’s office in...

    A ski aerialist jumps in the pool Friday during freestyle ski team training at the Utah Olympic Park water ramp.

    Heat wave scorches West

    The heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. Zookeepers in Phoenix hosed down the elephants and fed tigers frozen fish snacks. And tourists at California’s Death Valley took photos of the harsh landscape and a thermometer that read 121.


    Tom Ricketts talks about his family's new ownership of the Chicago Cubs baseball club during a news conference at Wrigley Field, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

    Ricketts, Emanuel should plow past silly opposition

    Weekly baseball column by Matt Spiegel, who co-hosts "The McNeil & Spiegel Show" 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM, The Score.

    The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano gets congratulations for his two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the 11th inning of Saturday’s game in Seattle. The Cubs won 5-3.

    Soriano’s homer helps Cubs beat Mariners in 11th

    Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to lift the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.Nate Schierholtz opened the 11th with a drag bunt off Oliver Perez (2-2). Soriano then connected on a 1-2 pitch over the center-field wall, his ninth.


    Longest day not memorable one for White Sox

    The White Sox and Indians played the longest regulation doubleheader in major-league history Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Unfortunately for the Sox, it was a waste of time.


    Cougars come back but can’t hold late leads

    A 3-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning was erased by the Kane County Cougars, and they held two separate leads in extra innings before finally succumbing to the host Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 10-9 in 11 innings.

    Alexei Ramirez flips his bat after striking out with two men on base to end the second inning Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    It might be time for Hahn, White Sox to look ahead

    The White Sox lost to the Indians again on Saturday as trade rumors continued to swirl. Paul Konerko was more interested in discussing his improving sore back than speculating on whether or not he'll be moved.


    Ventura happy to see Viciedo’s positive response

    After being pulled out of Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader following a bad baserunning decision, left fielder Dayan Viciedo came back and played one of his best all-around games of the season on Saturday.


    Sky prevails despite Fowles’ ankle injury
    “Big Syl” went down with a sprained ankle just before halftime Saturday and sat on the bench with an air cast on her foot for the entire second half. Big deal? It could have been colossal for the Chicago Sky. Sylvia Fowles, the team’s 6-foot-5 center, was in beast mode at Allstate Arena, pounding the Los Angeles Sparks for 17 points before her right ankle buckled with about two minutes left before halftime.


    Prince scores 21 as Sky beat Sparks 94-82
    Epiphanny Prince scored 21 points and Elena Delle Donna had 20 to lead a balanced offense as the Sky held off a late Los Angeles surge in a 94-82 victory over the Sparks on Saturday night.


    Boomers jump out to early lead, beat Slammers

    The Schaumburg Boomers staked starting pitcher Danny Jimenez a 4-0 lead before the lefty even took to the mound in a 6-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers on Saturday night.

    Chicago Blackhawks fans, new and old, united at Friday's rally at Hutchinson Field to celebrate a team and a franchise that has earned back their trust and admiration.

    Blackhawks’ one goal: a city united

    Once upon a time, 16,666 represented not only capacity for the Chicago Stadium on game nights; it was the ceiling number, hypothesized by skeptics, of Blackhawks supporters in the entire region. Friday’s mass of smiling humanity seemed closer to or even beyond the 2 million estimate for 2010’s coronation. Bob Verdi offers his perspective on the celebration, and the franchise that earned back Chicago's trust.

    Coach Joel Quenneville takes a turn with the Stanley Cup rally at Hutchinson Field rally in Chicago Friday. Although he has been involved in more than 2,000 games in his NHL career, Quenneville was in awe of the effort by injured players in the Stanley Cup Final.

    Blackhawks go down in history for best reasons

    No team has ever won with more drama and heart than the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks. Let that be the reason that we remember these Stanley Cup champions.


    Heat’s Haslem played through injury, needs knee surgery

    Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat is revealing that he played through a torn right meniscus throughout the second half of this season, and tells The Associated Press that surgery will take place soon.

    Brazil's Neymar kicks a ball during a training session of Brazil on the eve of the soccer Confederations Cup final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Dream final: Host Brazil vs world champion Spain

    The Confederations Cup has the final nearly everyone wanted: a long-awaited matchup between world champion Spain and host Brazil.The most dominant national team in recent years and the most successful team ever in international play will meet Sunday at Maracana Stadium for the title of the eight-nation warmup tournament for next year’s World Cup.

    Serena Williams of the United States reacts after winning a point as she plays Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan during their Women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Williams, Djokovic show who’s No. 1 at Wimbledon

    As the sun set on the opening week of Wimbledon, just about the only seeding that truly signified something was No. 1.That’s the number beside the names of Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, who turned in nearly perfect performances back-to-back Saturday on Centre Court to cap nearly perfect runs to the fourth round at the All England Club, while chaos reigned all around them.

    Alberto Contador of Spain, center with number 91, sits on the road after a group of riders crashed during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 213 kilometers (133 miles) with start in Porto Vecchio and finish in Bastia, Corsica island, France, Saturday June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephane Mantey/L'Equipe, POOL)

    Marcel Kittel wins 1st stage of Tour de France

    The first stage of the 100th Tour de France ended with a bus stuck under an archway at the finish line until minutes before the first riders arrived.Shortly after the bus was dislodged, German rider Marcel Kittel was first to arrive, after dodging all sorts of mayhem to win Saturday’s stage on Corsica.

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, top right, high-fives his teammates after their overtime win in Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference semifinals against Detroit. The Hawks are hoping to re-sign some of their free agents for next season.

    No overhaul this time for Hawks roster

    With the team's fifth Stanley Cup championship in grasp (and the second in four seasons), Tim Sassone takes a final look at the 25 Chicago Blackhawks players who contributed to the record-setting season and what the future may hold in store for them..

    Chicago White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo makes a catch on Cleveland Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera in the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    Sox falter against Indians again
    Nick Swisher singled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox for the third time in less than 24 hours, 4-3 Saturday.

    Jeff Schmidt of Bartlett waves his team flag during the Stanley Cup rally for the Blackhawks at Hutchinson Field Friday.

    Why hockey’s a big hit in Chicago

    Why are hockey, the NHL and the Blackhawks so popular in Chicago? Let's take a look at just some of the reasons.


    Boomers slammed by Joliet

    The Schaumburg Boomers allowed 3 unearned runs in the first inning and couldn’t overtake the Joliet Slammers in a 7-4 road loss on Friday night.


    Cougars blanked by Snappers

    With just 4 hits and just one man reaching scoring position, the Kane County Cougars couldn’t find the offense against the Beloit Snappers at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.


    Instructor Thaddeus Owings, left, helps camper Nicholas Sanchez work on creating a video game while at an iD Tech Camp at the Emory University campus in Atlanta. So-called coding camps for kids are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and later careers in technology.

    Coding camps for kids rise in popularity

    So-called coding camps for children are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and careers in technology. Their rise underscores a seeming mismatch in the U.S. economy: people like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tumblr founder David Karp illustrate the opportunities programming skills can create, yet universities are not graduating enough code-savvy students to meet employers’ demands.

    The 10-inch model of Samsung Electronics Company's new Galaxy Tab 3 series tablet computer is seen in an undated photo provided by Samsung. Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7, making its tablet computers look more like its hit Galaxy phones in the hope that the success of the smartphones can boost tablet sales. (AP Photo/Samsung Electronics Co.)

    New Samsung tablets mimic Galaxy phones

    NEW YORK — Samsung is expanding its lineup of tablet computers and making them look more like its Galaxy smartphones, as it hopes to translate its success in phones to the tablet market, where Apple is dominant.Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, on Monday said it is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. The cheapest, a $199 device, will have a screen that measures 7 inches diagonally. An 8-inch model will go for $299 and a 10-inch one for $399.“Our goal is to attract Galaxy smartphone users, and to make it the ultimate smartphone accessory,” said Shoneel Kolhatkar, director of product planning at Samsung Mobile.The “Tab” line is Samsung’s value brand, undercutting the price of similar Apple models. Samsung’s premium tablets are in the “Note” line, which include styluses. The 7-inch and 10-inch tablets had “Tab 2” equivalents, but the 8-inch model is new, and coincides closely in size with Apple’s iPad Mini, which came out late last year.The new tablets have the same three buttons on the front as the Galaxy smartphones. Last year’s Tab 2 had no physical buttons on the front, as encouraged by Google, which supplies the Android software.The 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 has 8 gigabytes of storage memory, while the larger models have 16 gigabytes. All of them have card slots for memory expansion.Samsung and Apple are in a heated tussle when it comes to smartphones and tablets. Each company would like to dominate both markets. Samsung had 18 percent of the global tablet market in the first quarter this year, according to research firm IDC. Apple had 40 percent. In smartphones, the figures are reversed, with Samsung dominating, largely because of its Galaxy line. Apple came in second with a 17 percent market share for the iPhone. In the U.S., however, Samsung is outsold by Amazon.com Inc., with its Kindles.Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder said a hit smartphone traditionally hasn’t led buyers to get a tablet from the same manufacturer. He believes Samsung will get a bigger boost from its new mini-stores inside U.S. Best Buy locations. Having a retail environment it can control bridges some of the gap with Apple, which has its own stores. “Whether you buy it online or in person, people want to touch and feel these products,” Gownder said.Samsung has declined to challenge the iPad on screen resolution. The new tablets have the same resolution as older models, leaving them well behind the iPad and even Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The 10-inch tablet has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, compared with 1920 by 1080 for the phone. The smartphone packs in three times more detail in a square inch than the tablet does. (The 8-inch Tab 3 does, however, have a slightly higher screen resolution than the iPad Mini, the closest Apple equivalent.)Analyst Jeff Orr at ABI Research said that the new Samsung tablets aren’t “groundbreaking in any particular direction,” it shows the South Korean company is honing a strategy that’s been successful in smartphones: producing a wide variety of devices for different customer segments. “Samsung has certainly shown how that can be accomplished with handsets, and I see more of that occurring now with the Galaxy Tab 3 announcement,” Orr said.With the new models, Samsung will have five tablets on sale in the U.S., compared to two at Apple. In addition, Samsung sells the Galaxy Note II, a phone-tablet crossover device.The 10-inch model is the first Android-powered Samsung tablet to use an Intel processor. That’s a significant win for the Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker, which has been trying to break into the market for cellphone and tablet chips now that PC sales are slumping. Other smartphones and tablets run chips made by a variety of companies, all based on designs from ARM Holdings PLC, a British company.


    South Korea mobile network touted as world’s fastest

    South Korea’s largest mobile operator is this week launching what it says is the world’s fastest wireless network. SK Telecom Co. said Wednesday that the LTE-Advanced network can download data at speeds twice as fast as LTE networks and 10 times faster than third generation services. With a transfer rate of 150 megabits per seconds, the network can download an 800 megabyte movie in just 43 seconds.


    PayPal looks to conquer space payments

    PayPal wants to explore space — or at least begin to figure out how payments and commerce will work beyond Earth’s realm once space travel and tourism take off. PayPal, which is eBay Inc.’s payments business, says it is launching an initiative called PayPal Galactic with the help of the nonprofit SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., and the Space Tourism Society, an industry group focused on space travel.

    Models pose Thursday with a Samsung Electronics Co.’s 55-inch curved OLED TV during a news conference at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. After delays, Samsung rolled out Thursday the curved TV that uses an advanced display called OLED. The 55-inch TV will sell for $13,000 in South Korea, more than five times the cost of LCD televisions of the same size.

    Samsung puts curve in OLED televisions

    After delays, Samsung Electronics Co. rolled out Thursday a curved TV that uses an advanced display called OLED. The 55-inch TV will sell for $13,000 in South Korea, more than five times the cost of LCD televisions of the same size. “OLED is about picture quality,” Kim Hyunsuk, the executive vice president of Samsung’s TV division, told reporters. “We are sure that we realized the perfect picture quality.”


    Silicon Valley’s attack of the clones

    I’ve always believed that in tech, ideas matter less than execution. Apple didn’t invent the tablet, Google didn’t invent the search engine, and Facebook didn’t invent the social network. They all just did those things better than others. And if Instagram can do short, viral videos better than Vine — because it has a bigger audience already, or because it offers slight improvements like effects filters and image stabilization — then being second shouldn’t stop it. On the other hand: Sad day for Silicon Valley.

    Microsoft will offer businesses using its Windows Azure service the ability to run Oracle’s widely used database software, application-connecting middleware and Java programming tools, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and Oracle co-President Mark Hurd said this week on a conference call to unveil the alliance.

    Microsoft joins Oracle in cloud-computing pact

    Microsoft will offer businesses using its Windows Azure service the ability to run Oracle’s widely used database software, application-connecting middleware and Java programming tools, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and Oracle co-President Mark Hurd said on a conference call to unveil the alliance. “It’s about time, and we’re really glad to have the chance to work in this much newer and more constructive way with Oracle,” Ballmer said.

    Microsoft’s Office software package iPhone application, which offers people the ability to read and edit their text documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations on a phone.

    Review: iPhone Microsoft Office isn’t worth the wait

    Ever since the iPhone ushered in the era of ubiquitous mobile computing — and especially since the release of the first iPad began a shift away from traditional personal computers — the question has been whether and how Microsoft Office would adapt. Here’s the answer: Grudgingly, and not very well. Office Mobile, which slipped into Apple’s App Store with little fanfare, turns out to be a stripped-down add-on that will leave both Office and Apple users wondering, “Is that all there is?”

    Ouya, the Android-based video game console, aims to challenge the dominance of the Xboxes, Nintendos and PlayStations of the world. The console went on sale earlier this week.

    Review: Ouya brings indie games to your TV

    The ongoing explosion in independently developed, low-budget video games has been a boon for players who travel. Whether I’m on the road with an iPad, an Android smartphone or a laptop, I know there’s a huge library of games to play.When I get home, though, I want to play on a bigger screen. That’s where the Ouya comes in. It promises to deliver the best in inexpensive indie gaming on a high-resolution screen, through a small device that runs the Android operating system designed for phones and tablets.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview of Windows 8.1, a free update that promises to address some of the gripes people have with the latest version of the company’s flagship operating system.

    Review: Windows 8.1 widens gap with older PCs

    Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer says the latest update to Windows is a “refined blend” of its older operating system for PCs and its new touch-enabled interface for more modern, mobile devices. After some hands-on time with it, the update seems to me like a patch over an ever-widening chasm.

Life & Entertainment

    Students learn to kayak at Paddling Camp at Independence Grove through the Lake County Forest Preserve.

    Canoeing suburban lakes, rivers a sweet summer pastime

    Noted outdoor enthusiast Henry David Thoreau said remarked: “Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.” Many local residents believe in canoeing as well, taking advantage of the numerous lakes and rivers in the Northwest suburbs.


    Sunglass choices largely colored by their lenses

    Is seeing life through rose-colored sunglasses right for you? It might be if you’re a fan of early-morning bike rides, if you’re a commuter at dusk or you happen to live in a largely overcast climate. Choosing new summer shades is more than an issue of flattering frames. There are decisions to be made about the lenses, too, and there will only be more in the future.

    Comedian Drew Carey is set to perform at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Carey rocks at St. Charles' Zanies

    Famed TV comic Drew Carey returns to the Chicago area for a special standup engagement Saturday at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. The skilled daredevils of the King BMX Stunt Show risk their lives for your enjoyment this weekend at MB Financial Park at Rosemont. Melissa Etheridge and Friends features Joan Osborne, Paula Cole and Jessie Payo as her cohorts in concert Saturday at the Ravinia Festival.

    A musical inspired by the music of Tupac Shakur hopes to bring gangsta rap to a Broadway stage.

    Musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs being born

    A musical inspired by the music of Tupac Shakur hopes to bring gangsta rap to a Broadway stage. A workshop of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” is currently under way in New York under the direction of Kenny Leon, who helmed the Broadway hits “Fences” and “The Mountaintop.” The new musical sets Shakur’s music to an original story and hopes to be ready for the 2013-2014 Broadway season.

    Now is the time to start looking over your trees and “thinning,” that is, removing, excess fruitlets.

    Fruits may need thinning for growth, flavor

    Fruit trees that were so full of blossoms this spring that they looked like giant snowballs foretell a heavy crop of fruit later this year. Too heavy. Too much, perhaps, for the branches to support. And surely so heavy that next year’s harvest could be paltry.

    Bunny Yeager was a model who become a pinup photographer in the 50s and 60s.

    Model, pin-up photographer returns to spotlight

    Bunny Yeager was a photographer at a time when men dominated that profession, but the model turned pin-up photographer used that to her advantage when photographing women in the 1950s and ’60s. She was able to make everyday women, from stay-at-home mothers to airline attendants, feel comfortable enough to bare it all. In the mid-1950s, she helped jump-start the career of then-unknown Bettie Page with her photo in Playboy. More than five decades after shooting the well-known stills of Page in a leopard-print bathing suit standing next to a real cheetah, 40 framed prints of her work are now on display in a gallery in Wynwood, Miami’s arts district.

    In a small-scale marketing experiment, for $50, some fans got to see Brad Pitt’s hotly anticipated zombie thriller “World War Z” before all their friends. They also got 3D glasses to keep, popcorn, a poster, and a promised copy of the DVD when it comes out.

    Would you pay $50 to see a flick? Some fans did

    So this was the deal: For $50, you got to see Brad Pitt’s hotly anticipated zombie thriller “World War Z” before all your friends. You also got 3D glasses to keep, popcorn and sodas, a poster, the DVD when it comes out, and an intimate dinner with Brad. Just kidding! No dinner with Brad.


    ‘Crime of Privilege’ misses the mark

    How much wealth does it take to be above the law? What rules come with being a member of the privileged class? Those are among the questions posed in Walter Walker’s “Crime of Privilege.”

    Earth, Wind & Fire — Verdine White, left, Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson — will release their first album in eight years called “Now, Then & Forever” on Sept. 10.

    Earth, Wind and Fire dropping new album Sept. 10

    Earth, Wind and Fire initially wanted to release its new album around the 2012 presidential election, but the band realized it wasn’t satisfied with the songs it created. “We have a lot more bells and whistles in place now and the record is better,” singer Philip Bailey said in a recent interview. “Now, Then & Forever,” the group’s first album in eight years, will be released Sept. 10.

    Azia Wiscombe Ludwig with her father, Clifford Robert Wiscombe II, shortly after her wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Ludwig’s father died from a fall at a Mexican hotel shortly after the wedding, and Ludwig says the complicated logistics of repatriating his remains added to her grief and shock.

    Hassles add to grief when someone dies abroad

    Actor James Gandolfini was just one of the thousands of Americans who die while traveling abroad each year. Their survivors need to not only cope with grief, but also the logistics of trying to repatriate the body. For Azia Ludwig, 22, the tragedy of her father’s death from a fall hours after her wedding in Mexico was only the beginning. Her experience included a funeral home she felt was unscrupulous and a Spanish death certificate that wasn’t accepted by all the U.S. banks and insurance companies she’s had to deal with.

    Rob Pacheco, president of Hawaii Forest & Trail, takes in the view at Pololu Valley’s Awini Trail near Kapaau, Hawaii, while wearing the Street View Trekker. Hawaii’s volcanoes, rain forests and beaches will soon be visible on Google Street View.

    Hawaii hiking trails to be on Google Street View

    Hawaii’s volcanoes, rainforests and beaches will soon be visible on Google Street View. Google Inc. said Thursday it was lending its backpack cameras to a Hawaii trail guide company to capture panoramic images of Big Island hiking trails. Photos will be loaded to Google Maps and the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau website, gohawaii.com. “The most magical places that we all know and love in Hawaii need to be reached on foot — they need to be explored that way,” said Evan Rapoport, Street View project manager.

    The lobby of the 82-year-old Mimslyn Inn in Luray, Va., was closed for a year in 2007 while undergoing a $3.5 million renovation.

    Do your research before booking a historic inn

    The only characteristic that historic inns share is that they are old. Some have taken steps to appeal to modern travelers; perhaps they have had extensive renovations, upgraded the bathrooms,modernized the plumbing and electric, put in an elevator or improved safety features. Other historic lodges target purists. These inns have remaining virtually unchanged for 100 years or more, counting on their history or location to attract guests.


    Book notes: Meet ‘Kill Room,’ ‘Downfall’ authors at Anderson’s
    Authors Jeffery Deaver (“The Kill Room”) and Jeff Abbott (“Downfall”) sign copies of their books at 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Iraq War veteran Anthony (writer-director Martin Papazian) helps Wade (Tristan Lake Leabu), the troubled boy next door, in "Least Among Saints."

    DVD previews: ‘Least Among Saints,’ ‘56 Up’
    “Least Among Saints” hits all the notes you’d expect for a film — or at least a cliched one — about a traumatized Iraq War veteran. It's out on DVD Tuesday.

    This “potty” chair would be slightly distasteful to some collectors, but its history may be interesting to others.

    Potty chair will attract some collectors, repel others

    Q. I have owned this “potty” chair since 1970. It has been refinished once to my knowledge. I can find no marking on it, but it came from the old Bridgewater State Hospital in Massachusetts. Any information would be appreciated.

    Pavers and retaining walls have become a popular alternative to wooden decks.

    Weather often prompts landscaping upgrades

    Every year Mother Nature presents different opportunities for landscape design firms in the Chicago area, said Colin Taheny, vice president of sales for Ryco Landscaping of Lake in the Hills. “Last year we were dealing with a severe drought. This year there have been a lot of flooding problems.


    Condo owners may vote as they please

    Q. Our condominium association recently held its annual meeting. There were four candidates running for the three open seats on the board. The ballots identified the four candidates. The instruction provided to the owners at the meeting was to vote for three candidates. About one third of the ballots were cast for only one of the candidates; rather than for three. Are these ballots valid?



    No one church sets rules on marriage
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: I wanted to respond to Joe Schrantz’s June 22 letter “Not so fast on ‘marriage equality.’”


    Court ruling can’t redefine marriage
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: In spite of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision, marriage remains the union of husband and wife, a timeless and universal institution that connects children to their mother and father.


    New approach needed on pensions
    A letter to the editor:


    Thanks for help with food drive
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: The volunteers of F.I.S.H. Food Pantry would like to thank all the area residents who generously donated food May 11 for the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.


    We have a right to complain about job
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: If I want to go on Facebook and complain about my job, that is my right, period. This fundamental right was reaffirmed earlier this year when the National Labor Relations Board ruled I cannot be fired for speaking out about working conditions on social media.


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