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