Daily Archive : Sunday June 30, 2013


    People ride the carousel at Bartlett’s Fourth of July Festival at the Apple Orchard Community Park.

    Bartlett Fourth of July Festival turns 20

    The Bartlett Fourth of July Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, having originated with a committee formed in August of 1992 by a few residents who wanted a “hometown celebration that would create memories for our children and our children’s’ children.”


    Electronic tracker led police to Des Plaines armed robbers

    Three Chicago men who robbed a Des Plaines Radio Shack at gunpoint on Thursday were arrested after police found them via a tracking device on one of the electronics they had stolen, officials said.

    Dean Smith watches as the Yarnell Hill Fire encroaches on his home in Glenn Ilah on Sunday near Yarnell, Ariz. The fire started Friday and picked up momentum as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.

    More elite fire crews go to Arizona after 19 killed

    An out-of-control blaze overtook an elite group of firefighters trained to battle the nation’s fiercest wildfires, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. It was the most firefighters killed battling a wildfire in the U.S. in decades. The lightning-sparked fire, which spread to at least 2,000 acres amid triple-digit temperatures,...

    Palatine residents gather Sunday to discuss how they can get a cell tower moved out of their residential neighborhood.

    Palatine residents want cell tower moved

    More than a dozen neighbors gathered in Palatine Sunday to discuss their issues with a cell tower which they say is too close to residential homes. The cell tower, located on Crescent Avenue in a neighborhood near Palatine and Quentin roads, was built in 1988, before the homes were built and before the land was annexed into Palatine. “All we're asking is that they look into other...


    Inverness police reviewing video in shooting case

    Inverness police on Sunday said they're reviewing hours of security video as they investigate a local shooting. A 63-year-old man was shot inside a house on the 100 block of Crighton Lane on Friday night. He was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and is expected to survive.

    Energized by recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, massive rainbow-covered crowds gathered Sunday for Chicago's annual Pride Parade with attendees, advocates and politicians vowing to continue the fight for gay marriage in Illinois. While crowd estimates were not immediately available, organizers expected numbers to meet or exceed last year's 850,000 people.

    Pride Parade draws gay marriage supporters

    Energized by recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, massive rainbow-covered crowds gathered Sunday for Chicago's annual Pride Parade with attendees, advocates and politicians vowing to continue the fight for gay marriage in Illinois. While crowd estimates were not immediately available, organizers expected numbers to meet or exceed last year's 850,000 people.

    Brittany Smith of Elmhurst was crowned Miss Illinois on Saturday in Marion, Ill.

    Elmhurst woman crowned Miss Illinois

    Brittany Smith, of Elmhurst, now has “people.” She'll need them to manage more than 300 planned appearances between now and next June. Smith was crowned Miss Illinois Saturday night, accepting the bejeweled headpiece and all the responsibilities that go along with it. Isabelle "Izzy" Hanson, a student at Benet Academy in Lisle, won Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen.

    Ava Boren, 2, gets a hug from her mom Robin Boren after finishing the Naperville Park District’s first Junior Tour de Naperville, a 1.2 mile bicycle loop held at Commissioner’s Park. Alan Boren, right, jogged the course with daughter Ava.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features summer festivals around the suburbs, summer camps, and kids in their first bike races.

    President Barack Obama talks with Bishop Desmond Tutu during a visit to the Demond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center on Sunday in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Obama asserts Mandela’s values are Africa’s future

    Challenging African youth to seize a “moment of great promise,” President Barack Obama declared Sunday that the future of the young and growing continent still rests in ailing South African leader Nelson Mandela’s vision for equality and opportunity. Seeking to carve out his own piece of that legacy, Obama unveiled an ambitious initiative to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, vowing...

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said House Republicans’ objections to immigration reform containing a pathway to citizenship for those immigrants already here could block GOP hopes of ever winning the White House.

    House takes up own immigration fix, no citizenship

    The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday that any attempt at comprehensive immigration legislation cannot offer a “special pathway to citizenship” for those in the United States illegally. That approach could block the GOP’s hopes of ever winning the White House, the top Democrat in the House predicted.

    An Egyptian protester chants slogans against President Mohammed Morsi during a rally Sunday in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

    Egypt erupts with protests demanding Morsi ouster

    Massive crowds thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around the country Sunday and marched on the presidential palace in a cheering tide of people that filled a broad avenue for blocks in an attempt to force out the Islamist president with some of the most gigantic protests Egypt has seen in 2 ½ years of turmoil.


    A note about TV listings
    Due to a production error, the TV Week insert in Sunday's edition contained outdated listings. A corrected version of TV Week will be included with Monday's print and electronic editions.

    Tubers float down the Salt River on Saturday in Phoenix. Excessive heat warnings will continue for much of the Desert Southwest as building high pressure triggers major warming in eastern California, Nevada and Arizona. Temperature’s are expected to get as high as 118 degrees.

    Southwest braces for more sizzling temperatures

    High temperatures brought discomfort to much of the Southwest on Sunday as many parts of the region were coming off record-breaking heat days and bracing for more sizzling temperatures.

    Justin Lee was raised Southern Baptist believing that gays could become straight “if they trusted God and had the willingness to do so.” As a college student, Lee began posting about his struggle online, drawing so many responses from other gay evangelicals that he created an online community — now a nonprofit — called the Gay Christian Network.

    Gay evangelicals seek acceptance in church

    Evangelicals are being challenged to change their views of gays and lesbians, and the pressure isn’t coming from the gay rights movement or watershed court rulings: Once silent for fear of being shunned, more gay and lesbian evangelicals are speaking out about how they’ve struggled to reconcile their beliefs and sexual orientation.

    Al Sharpton

    Sharpton to do anti-violence work in Chicago

    While the exact details of his plans are still in the works, the Rev. Al Sharpton said he would rent an apartment and collaborate with the head of a prominent West Side church that’s been central to anti-violence efforts, including a recently launched series of day camps designed to keep children off the streets.

    The farmers who grow roses, asters and delphinia in the thin air of Ecuador’s sun-soaked highlands are deeply concerned that, whatever happens to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, they may turn out to be the most unlikely collateral damage from the geopolitical wrangle over his fate.

    Ecuadorean flower growers in Snowden shock

    Gino Descalzi used to fret about things like aphids, mildew and the high cost of shipping millions of roses a year from Ecuador to florists in the United States. These days he’s worried about a 30-year-old American thought to be stuck in the transit area of the Moscow airport.

    Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa says he had no idea National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s intended destination was Ecuador when he fled Hong Kong for Russia last week.

    Ecuadorean president says Snowden can’t leave Moscow

    Edward Snowden is “under the care of the Russian authorities” and can’t leave Moscow’s international airport without their consent, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told The Associated Press Sunday in an interview telegraphing the slim and diminishing possibility that the National Security Agency leaker will end up in Ecuador.


    Iraq’s Kurdish parliament extends leader’s term

    The parliament of Iraq’s Kurdish region voted Sunday to extend the term of its leader by two years, a sign of internal conflicts in the oil-rich, semiautonomous Iraqi area.

    A Pakistani man carries a critically injured boy, a victim of a Sunday car bombing, from an ambulance upon his arrival at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan.

    Death toll passes 40 in Pakistan bombings

    Bombings killed at least 43 people in three different areas of Pakistan on Sunday, just as Britain’s prime minister was in the capital pledging to help to fight extremism. In the deadliest of the attacks, twin blasts near a Shiite Muslim mosque in Quetta, the capital of southwest Baluchistan province, killed at least 22 people.


    Helicopter lands in NYC’s Hudson River

    New York authorities say a helicopter carrying four Swedish tourists has landed in the Hudson River off Manhattan, but everyone has been rescued.


    Camp back to normal after lightning hurts 3

    An Indianapolis summer camp was back on its normal schedule Sunday one day after a lightning strike injured three children, including one critically. A message posted on the Facebook page of Goldman Union Camp Institute, a Reform Jewish summer camp, said the camp had resumed its normal schedule.


    Fewer state workers retiring this fiscal year

    About 3,100 state employees will have retired in fiscal year 2012, compared with the 4,700 who took their pensions during the previous fiscal year, according to the State Employee Retirement Systems. “It’s definitely fallen off,” said SERS Executive Director Tim Blair.


    Ohio police department using fake drug checkpoints

    Police in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, recently posted large yellow signs along Interstate 271 that warned drivers that there was a drug checkpoint ahead, to be prepared to stop and that there was a drug-sniffing police dog in use. There was no such checkpoint, just police officers waiting to see if any drivers would react suspiciously after seeing the signs.

    An old Army tank now stands as a monument near the entrance to Fort Knox. The Pentagon recently announced that the historic Army post in Kentucky would lose its only combat brigade.

    Despite cuts, Fort Knox’s iconic status endures

    Few military posts have a place in pop culture as rock solid as Kentucky’s Fort Knox, thanks to its mysterious gold vault. But Knox’s days as a war-fighting post may be over with the Pentagon’s decision last week to strip its only combat brigade, which follows the loss of its famed armor school and thousands of tank personnel just a few years ago.

    Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat from Fort Worth, center, holds up two fingers to signal a “No” vote as the session where she tried to filibuster an abortion bill draws to a close Tuesday in Austin, Texas.

    Texas filibuster star still weighing future

    State Sen. Wendy Davis, whose filibuster against Texas abortion restrictions gained her national fame, insists Democrats will be competitive in next year’s statewide races but hasn’t decided whether she’ll be part of the slate of candidates for offices currently dominated by Republicans.


    Schaumburg police to host blood drive July 10

    The Schaumburg Police Department will host a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in the community room of its station at 1000 W. Schaumburg Road. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome as well.


    Public meeting on fire protection Tuesday

    The Lake Zurich Fire Protection District hosts a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the Hawthorn Woods village hall to answer residents’ questions in regards to the fire department’s operations and preparedness.


    Honors for CLC athlete, coach

    Hannah Woods of Grayslake, who played basketball during the 2012-13 season for CLC, has won the prestigious Dick Durrant Academic Award. In addition, former CLC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Richard Watson recently was inducted into the Skyway Conference Hall of Fame.


    Have coffee with Yingling

    House District 62 State Rep. Sam Yingling encourages constituents to share their thoughts while getting their morning coffee on Tuesday, July 9, in Wauconda.


    Island Lake takes no action on guns

    With a bill regulating the concealed possession of firearms in Illinois awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature, Island Lake officials last week discussed whether a local ban on assault weapons is needed.


    Backhoe operator uncovers historic cemetery

    A historic cemetery was uncovered in southern Illinois during work to build a new water line. A backhoe operator was digging a trench for the water line when the gravestones were uncovered just off Route 159 near Prairietown last week.


    Chicago man charged in brother’s shooting death

    A 19-year-old Chicago man is charged with shooting his 16-year-old brother to death. Michael D. Whitney was charged Saturday with involuntary manslaughter of a family member in the death of high school student Malcolm Whitney.


    Chicago expands food assistance to 77 pantries

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the changes will make it easier for needy families to get food, and that the items they receive will be more nutritious.


    Efforts ongoing to keep pilot training in Urbana

    Efforts are under way to keep pilot training in the Champaign-Urbana area after the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation closes next year. Parkland College and the University of Illinois will meet with a New York-based firm called Riverside Research.

    Louis Farrakhan

    Farrakhan shows support for Jackson Jr., wife

    Louis Farrakhan spoke at the headquarters of Rainbow-PUSH. Farrakhan told the audience that no one is perfect. He says “none of us come through this life without making a mistake or committing a sin.”


    You can ‘get away’ from it all without leaving home

    Our Ken Potts says it's good for all of us to get away every so often just to experience the change of scenery, change of pace and, hopefully, change of perspective that comes with such vacations. But even if we can't afford to travel, Potts says it is possible to “get away” while never leaving home, and to do this on a regular basis if we’re determined enough.


    Subscribers: Be sure to activate your e-edition
    Editor John Lampinen reminds 7-day subscribers to activate their replica edition - at no added cost. The free trial for everyone expires Monday, so 7-day subscribers must be registered to maintain access to their replica edition.

    Rosemary Sebastian shows how high floodwater rose in the basement of her Lake Zurich home on Stanton Court, as cleanup from Wednesday’s storm continued Saturday.

    Lake Zurich families band together on flood cleanup

    Many flood-prone areas in the Northwest suburbs suffer over and over again, but the damage done last Wednesday to Rosemary and Ed Sebastian’s Lake Zurich cul-de-sac was as unexpected as it was terrible.

    Hollie Redinger of Elgin gets her son, Mason, 18 months, ready. Redinger is part of a group of parents that have decided to forgo vaccinations.

    Elgin mom advocates for parents to skip immunizations

    Hollie Redinger of Elgin isn't sold on the benefits of vaccines. And she's not alone. While 98 percent of kids in school in Illinois have had their required shots, that still leaves more than 68,000 who didn't for reasons that aren't always clear, but that can include the parents fear of side effects, doubts about their effectiveness, and their religious beliefs.

    Keeping a watchful eye on the process, Bob DeBellis makes peace with the removal of his items from his garage in Roselle. Junk Remedy co-owner Nick De Giulio, kneeling, hands items to team member Derek Moser as part of the garage makeover.

    Roselle man’s garage clutter holds a lifetime of memories

    The vestiges of Bob DeBellis’ past are mostly loaded into trucks to be carted away. The emotional baggage isn’t as easy to discard. “I’m happy. I really am,” insists the 59-year-old Roselle man as he surveys a nearly empty garage. But all that junk also holds memories of good times and laughter with his wife and three kids, memorials to his talents and monuments to...


    Some think religious vaccination exemption is too broad

    In Illinois, a parent can file a religious objection to required immunizations. That has opened a gateway to forego the shots that more and more parents, such as Elgin’s Ashley Focht, are choosing to walk through. She has skipped immunizing her son Gavin, despite not having any actual religious beliefs against vaccines. "We should just be able to say we don’t want to get these shots because we...

    A pair of traffic cameras on Vine Street in Elmwood Place, Ohio. The village was on pace to assess $2 million in traffic fines in six months until a lawsuit brought a ruling from a judge forcing the village to stop using the cameras. The village is appealing the ruling.

    Traffic cameras bring tiny Ohio village to a stop

    Each day, thousands of cars rolled along Elmwood Place’s streets, crossing the third-of-a-mile town to get to neighboring Cincinnati or major employers in bustling suburbs. Many zipped by Elmwood Place’s modest homes and small businesses at speeds well above the 25 mph limit. Bedeviled by tight budgets, the police force was undermanned. The situation, villagers feared, was dangerous. Then the...

    Raul Ramos goes through his online homework during a session of a massive online class in Madrid. Austerity by European governments and U.S. states has hammered the budgets of public universities, leaving students to foot more of the bill. Many have responded by seeking faster and more affordable options, targeted to deliver immediate jobs.

    4 ways higher education has changed, post recession

    More urgent. More crowded. More expensive. Also, more flexible and accessible to millions. That, in a nutshell, is how higher education has changed around the world in the wake of the global financial crisis that struck five years ago, and the Great Recession that followed.

    A marijuana plant flourishing under grow lights at a warehouse in Denver.

    Marijuana marching toward mainstream

    WASHINGTON — It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of “Reefer Madness” to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of “Just Say No.”The next 25 years took the nation from Bill Clinton, who famously “didn’t inhale,” to Barack Obama, who most emphatically did.

    Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia, of Boston, wipes a tear as she talks about her prosthetic leg.

    A marathon bombing amputee now strides forward

    On April 15, she saw a flash of light at her feet while watching for a friend to pass her on Boylston Street on the way to the race’s finish line. Then she heard a popping noise and realized it was too late to run away.

    Reenactors participate in a demonstration of a battle Saturday during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

    As ‘war’ rages, Gettysburg vendors try to cash in

    More than 200,000 people — including thousands of re-enactors — are expected to visit this small south-central Pennsylvania town through Fourth of July weekend to mark the 150-year milestone.


    Subscribers: Be sure to activate your e-edition
    Editor John Lampinen reminds 7-day subscribers to activate their replica edition - at no added cost. The free trial for everyone expires Monday, so 7-day subscribers must be registered to maintain access to their replica edition.


    Woman killed by Metra train near Round Lake

    A woman was killed late Saturday morning after being hit be a Metra train near Round Lake that was headed into Chicago. Several trains were delayed; a Metra spokesman did not have any more information about the woman.


    Fire damages Warrenville hotel room

    Warrenville firefighters responded to a fire alarm on the fifth-floor room at Springhill Suites Saturday morning. By the time they arrived, the room's fire sprinkler put out most of the fire. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.


    3 Chicago men charged with Des Plaines Radio Shack robbery

    Three Chicago men were arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with stealing 90 cellphones, computers and monitors from a Des Plaines Radio Shack, a total of almost $31,000. The men also are suspected in seven additional armed robberies and charges are pending, police said. The men forced two clerks into a back room, but police traced the trio's position to Chicago's southside by using a locator...


    Man returning from dinner shot inside Inverness home

    Police say two men waited inside an Inverness home Friday night and shot a 63-year-old man in the stomach after he returned from dinner with his girlfriend. The victim, whose injuries are not life-threatening, was returning his girlfriend to her home in the 100 block of Crichton Lane and was shot in the hallway.


    Alex Rios argues with umpire Quinn Wolcott after striking out to end the White Sox’ 4-0 loss to the Indians on Sunday.

    Losses, rumors continue to mount for White Sox

    General manager Rick Hahn wasn't tipping his hand on any potential trades on Sunday. But after the White Sox lost to the Indians 4-0 and closed out June with an 8-19 record, expect to see a flurry of moves in advance of the July 31 nonwaiver deadline.

    Ryan Hartman stands between Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, left, and Hawks senior adviser Scotty Bowman after being chosen 30th overall in Sunday’s draft.

    West Dundee’s Hartman hopes to hit it big with Hawks

    Before the Blackhawks traded Dave Bolland to Toronto, Michael Frolik to Winnipeg and re-signed unrestricted free agent Bryan Bickell to a four-year, $16 million contract, they drafted West Dundee's Ryan Hartman 30th in the first round of Sunday's NHL entry draft. Hartman, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound right wing from the Plymouth Whalers had 23 goals last season, 60 points and 120 penalty minutes in the Ontario Hockey League.

    New York Liberty's Katie Smith, center, tries to hold on to the ball between Seattle Storm's Tina Thompson, right, Tanisha Wright, left, and Temeka Johnson in the second half of a WNBA basketball game Friday, June 28, 2013, in Seattle. New York won 67-62.

    Thompson's long ride about to end

    Women's Watch for Monday on the retirement of the seemingly ageless Tina Thompson, who is playing in her 17th WNBA season this summer. Thompson, a forward with the Seattle Storm, is the only player to have played in all 17 WNBA seasons.

    Michael Frolik hoists the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 last Monday.

    Bolland, Frolik gone; Bickell gets new deal with Hawks

    Less than a week after the fourth line scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in Boston, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman on Sunday traded two-thirds of that line in separate deals. In less than an hour at the NHL entry draft, Bowman sent center Dave Bolland to Toronto for three draft picks and winger Michael Frolik to Winnipeg for two more picks.

    Dave Bolland's Game 6 game winner is the last goal he'll score for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stanley Cup champions traded Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks Sunday at the NHL draft. The Blackhawks received the 51st and 117th picks in this year's draft, and a fourth-rounder next season.

    Bickell in, playoff stars Frolik, Bolland out

    Dave Bolland's Game 6 game winner is the last goal he'll score for the Blackhawks. The Stanley Cup champions traded Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks Sunday at the NHL draft. The Blackhawks received the 51st and 117th picks in this year's draft, and a fourth-rounder next season. The Hawks also traded Michael Frolik to the Winnipeg Jets for 2 draft picks. However, they signed forward Bryan Bickell to a 4-year deal.

    Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano is greeted in the dugout after he scored against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Cubs hold off late Mariners' comeback for 7-6 win

    Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney each doubled twice and the Cubs built a six-run lead before holding off the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Sunday. Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs and the Cubs tied a season high by hitting six doubles. The Cubs led 7-1 after four innings. The Cubs' bullpen, which has blown 16 save chances this season, gave up three runs in the eighth.


    Konerko knows any White Sox trade is possible

    Even though he's earned the right to veto any deal, White Sox captain Paul Konerko indicated he would move on if general manager Rick Hahn came to him with a trade proposal.


    Two worlds: celebration and tragedy

    The same morning that Blackhawks fans celebrated a championship in Grant Park, mere miles to the south a high-school basketball standout was shot dead in the family home. Young people dying like that in the city have become too easy for us out here in the suburbs to grow numb to. This isn't a city or suburban issue, however, it's a human issue.

    Martell Webster was the sixth pick of the 2005 draft and started for Washington last season. His long-term future with the Wizards is very much up in the air, though, as the team took Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr. in the draft.

    Expect Bulls to be bargain shoppers in free agency

    The Bulls have some needs to fill in free agency, but will definitely be shopping at the Thrift Store this summer. Their roster is fairly complete already and they’ll also be paying luxury tax on any salary added to the payroll.


    Golden’s home run give Cougars 4-3 victory

    Reggie Golden’s eighth-inning solo home run was the difference Sunday as the Kane County Cougars won 4-3 over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, snapping a seven-game road losing streak.


    Boomers fall 3-1 at Joliet

    The Schaumburg Boomers were fell 3-1 to the host Joliet Slammers on Sunday in the finale of a three-game set.

    Ryan Hartman, a winger, pulls on a Chicago Blackhawks sweater after being chosen 30th overall in the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Blackhawks draft West Dundee native Ryan Hartman

    With their first-round pick and the 30th pick overall, the Blackhawks drafted Ryan Hartman, who hails from West Dundee. Hartman is a 5-foot-11-inch, 185-pound right winger who had 23 goals, 27 assists and 127 penalty minutes in 56 games with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League.

    Justin Masterson pitched his major league-leading third shutout of the season and the Cleveland Indians completed their first four-game sweep in since 1948, beating the White Sox 4-0 Sunday.

    Indians finish off 4-game sweep of Sox

    Justin Masterson pitched his major league-leading third shutout of the season and the Cleveland Indians completed their first four-game sweep in since 1948, beating the White Sox 4-0 Sunday.


    Kenseth wins Sprint Cup race

    Matt Kenseth’s fuel-only pit road gamble helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late and win Sunday’s rescheduled 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

    Cubs center fielder Ryan Sweeney turns back toward the field after running into the outfield wall while fielding a fly ball in the third inning of Saturday’s game. Sweeney broke a rib crashing into the wall.

    Cubs’ Sweeney headed to DL with broken rib

    Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney will be placed on the disabled list after breaking a rib on his left side crashing into an outfield wall. Chicago made the announcement Sunday, a day after he was hurt, and said Sweeney will be held out of baseball activities for four to six weeks.

    Katie Ledecky, 16, reacts to winning the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday during the U.S. National Championships in Indianapolis.

    American swimmers ready for changes at worlds

    Even before the Americans’ world championship swimming roster was complete Saturday night, Natalie Coughlin and Nathan Adrian looked around and realized things were going to be different in Barcelona. The next generation of swimming stars made a splash at this week’s U.S. national championships.

    Adrian Mannarino of France plays a return to Dustin Brown of Germany during their men’s singles match Friday at in Wimbledon.

    New faces alongside Djokovic, Williams at Wimbledon

    Week 2 at Wimbledon begins Monday with a schedule that includes participants such as Kenny de Schepper and Adrian Mannarino, Ivan Dodig and Jerzy Janowicz, Karin Knapp and Monica Puig. None of that group has played in a fourth-round match at any Grand Slam tournament.

    Serena Williams, who has a 34-match winning streak, will play Sabine Lisicki on Monday at Wimbledon.

    5 things to watch Monday at Wimbledon

    Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament that schedules all 16 men’s and women’s fourth-round matches on the second Monday. Here are five matches to watch.

    Jan Bakelants of Belgium crosses the finish line Sunday to win the second stage of the Tour de France in Ajaccio, Corsica.

    Bakelants wins 2nd stage of Tour de France

    Jan Bakelants pulled away close to the finish line to win Sunday’s second stage of the Tour de France and take the race leader’s yellow jersey for the first time in his career. Bakelants made his move with a few hundred meters remaining, and the RadioShack rider did enough to withstand a late charge from Peter Sagan.

    The Bulls didn’t renew assistant coach Ron Adams’ contract.

    Bulls’ decision to cut loose assistant coach a surprise

    On paper, it’s a minor move, but the Bulls’ decision to not renew the contract of assistant coach Ron Adams is an eye-opener. Adams has been tight with head coach Tom Thibodeau for roughly 20 years, since the pair first worked together in San Antonio under Jerry Tarkanian. The exact reason for this change in the coaching staff is not clear. Is there a rift between Bulls’ management and the coaching staff?


    Robb Hilson, small business executive for Bank of America, is trying to convince small business owners that Bank of America does want to do business with them.

    Bank of America exec: Small business on comeback

    In the 18 months Rob Hilson, head of small business banking at Bank of America, has been on the job at the bank it has had some success with its 3.2 million small business customers. Last year, Bank of America made $8.7 billion in new loans to small businesses, up 28 percent from 2011. “I feel really good about the momentum. There's obviously more work to do, but we've made a lot of progress,” Hilson says.

    Ford has agreed to a “customer satisfaction campaign” and will fix problems for free relating to a sticky throttle in older Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans.

    Ford to fix throttle on older Taurus, Sable sedans
    Ford has agreed to fix sticky throttles on nearly 468,000 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans. Because of the company’s decision, U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into the problem.


    Mid-year mutual fund review: Bond funds sink

    After years of steady returns, many bond mutual funds have suffered losses this year. Some of the sharpest drops are in funds that buy Treasury bonds, and it could be a rude awakening for investors lulled into thinking Treasurys were among the safest investments. A look at how other mutual-fund categories performed during the first half of 2013 shows other clear losers, as well as winners.


    6 ways to instill money management skills in teens

    Parents can get their teens started on the road to financial literacy by taking advantage of ways to teach them concepts like making a budget, balancing a checking account, using credit wisely or saving for retirement. That’s because parents can have the biggest influence on their children’s behavior when it comes to personal finance, says Patricia Seaman, senior director of the National Endowment for Financial Education, a nonprofit focused on financial literacy.


    A Bernanke exit might complicate Fed’s pullback

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke hasn’t said he’ll leave in January, when his second term ends. But he’s widely expected to step down then. Among several possible successors, most Fed watchers think the leading candidate is Vice Chair Janet Yellen. Economists say a shift in leadership at such a delicate time might rattle investors. “We know for sure now that Bernanke is a lame duck,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at California State University.

    FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2009 file photo, a career fair attendee looks around the room in New York. According to a report released by The Associated Press in June 2013, the hiring process has become more intense globally because employers are more demanding and companies want more than specific technical skills. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    Firms seek grads who can think fast, work in teams

    The world’s top employers are pickier than ever. And they want to see more than high marks and the right degree. They want graduates with so-called soft skills — those who can work well in teams, write and speak with clarity, adapt quickly to changes in technology and business conditions and interact with colleagues from different countries and cultures.

    Don’t immediately reject the idea of working part time while attending medical school; it’s grueling but not unheard of. You also might be able to thread the suture needle by applying for deferred acceptance, if your desired school offers it.

    Work advice: Should med school dream be deferred?

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

    Steve Mulder, Director, University of Farmers-Grand Rapids, poses for a photo in Caledonia, Mich. The University of Farmers is a corporate training operation, and its students are insurance agents and adjusters, many of whom work for Farmers Insurance Group. It has campuses in California and at a suburban office park beside the Grand Rapids airport in Michigan.

    Post-recession, higher education paths diverge

    In the United States — where top schools have long championed a liberal style of learning and broad education before specialization — higher education’s focus is shifting to getting students that first job in a still-shaky economy. Tuition is so high and the lingering economic distress so great that an education not directly tied to an occupation is increasingly seen as a luxury. Elsewhere in the world, there is a growing emphasis on broader learning as an economic necessity.


    Career Coach: Make the most of a new job
    The first few months on a new job create lasting impressions. So make those first few months really count. Show up every day trying to impress -- by your professionalism, hard work and dedication. Here are some things you think about.


    Extending life of antifreeze carries a financial risk

    Q. My comments and questions are about antifreeze. Some say it lasts two to three years when you buy a car new. Some say you can extend that to five years or 150,000 miles.

Life & Entertainment

    Bucking broncs are just one of the thrilling rodeo events during Cheyenne Frontier Days.

    Cheyenne Frontier Days celebrates culture, heritage of Old West

    A rodeo was the focus of Cheyenne's first gathering back in 1897, but the annual event now stretches to 10 days in late July and includes much more. Frontier Days draws 200,000 people to ticketed rodeos and evening concerts at Frontier Park in Wyoming's capital, a city of 60,000. Thousands more attend free events downtown: parades, pancake breakfasts, carriage rides and a gunfighter shootout.

    In this Nov. 29, 2011 file photo, singer Jessica Simpson, right, poses with her fiance Eric Johnson during her pregnancy with her first child, Maxwell Drew Johnson. Simpson gave birth to her second child a boy named Ace Knute on Sunday, according to US Weekly.

    Jessica Simpson welcomes baby No. 2

    “Fashion Star” mentor and former reality TV star Jessica Simpson has given birth to a boy. Simpson, 32, and her fiance, former NFL Saint Eric Johnson, 33, welcomed their second bundle of joy, Ace Knute, on Sunday, according to US Weekly.

    FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock), right, teams up with bossy Boston Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) in “The Heat.” The buddy-cop film brought in $40 million in its opening weekend in theaters.

    ‘The Heat’ hot at box office but ‘Monsters’ rule

    Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy brought “The Heat” against Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx at the box office. The Fox action-comedy starring the funny ladies as mismatched detectives earned $40 million in second place in its opening weekend, topping the $25.7 million debut haul of Sony’s “White House Down.” The Disney-Pixar animated prequel “Monsters University” remained box-office valedictorian in its second weekend, earning $46.1 million in first place.


    Grubs can cause brown patches

    Grub problems vary from year to year and lawn to lawn. Grubs are the larvae of some kinds of beetles and feed on the roots of grass. The adult beetles lay their eggs in early summer and are attracted to moisture. If the season is dry and yours is the only lawn on the block that is regularly watered, beetles will favor your lawn and you will have a greater chance of having grubs.


    Mushrooms help give lawn nutrients it needs

    Q. Why do I have mushrooms growing in my lawn?

    This dining area, attached to the kitchen, used to be a porch before the Ostryes made it a year-round room.

    Geneva couple restores Curtis house, adds landscaping to match

    The Silas W. Curtis Italianate farmhouse, located at 1301 Batavia Ave. in Geneva, has been lovingly cared for by Craig and Donna Ostrye since 1999. The couple purchased the home out of bankruptcy at a time when it was so dilapidated that the only other offer came from someone who wanted to tear it down.

    Jim Melchert from Garage Store, left, Nick DeGiulio from Junk Remedy center, and Mel Alger, right, plot their cleanup strategy in the DeBellis’ garage.

    Roselle couple clears away years of clutter

    Dianne DeBellis and her husband, Bob, are the winners of the Daily Herald’s Extreme Garage Makeover Contest, sponsored by Junk Remedy in Lake Zurich and the Garage Store in East Dundee. The Roselle couple won the contest after Dianne wrote a letter to the Daily Herald

    A week after celebrity chef Paula Deen’s admission of using racial slurs in the past surfaced in a discrimination lawsuit, pop culture watchers, experts in managing public relations nightmares and civil rights stalwarts who have tried to help other celebrities in her position see a long, bumpy road ahead.

    Is Paula Deen toast in racial slur controversy?

    Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen? One unleashed a bigoted tirade and is no longer a lovable, easily employable clown. The other carved a brand out of crazy — reported hotel N-word rant and all — but is back on TV. “Paula Deen has, I would say, taken an irreparable hit because she had this appearance of being more or less a nice older woman who cooks food that’s bad for you. That in her own way sort of made her lovable,” said Janice Min, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter.


    Lover’s quarrels: are they worth the fight?

    Q. I have been getting more involved with a friend of mine. We have a complicated history of dancing around possible romantic interest, which we have finally decided to act on.

    See a variety of reptiles, amphibians and exotic animals at Chicagoland Repticon at the Kane County Fairgrounds.

    Sunday picks: Snakes on a plain at Chicagoland Repticon

    See a variety of reptiles, amphibians and other exotic animals at Chicagoland Repticon at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The Morton Arboretum hosts the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra in an open-air concert Sunday. Academy Award winner Helen Mirren returns to the role of Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's new London play “The Audience,” which can be seen at two Chicago theaters.


    Faith leaders asked to help members get legal help

    When Grace Liverman needed to write a will, the 66-year-old who suffers from lupus and other health problems didn’t know where to turn. So she called her pastor at Hamilton United Methodist Church in Nashville. Liverman didn’t know it, but the church had recently begun participating in a pilot program that provides attorneys to needy members at no cost. Soon after that call, an attorney came to her home and helped her draft a will.

    Red, white and blue can be worn all year long.

    July 4 colors keep well in the closet

    Red, white and blue are at the heart of the Fourth of July holiday. Mix them. Embrace them. Wear them — and do it again on July 5. You can do it over and over again all year long. The colors are a classic combination that celebrates summertime in all its glory, say style experts, and it’s infinitely more wearable than the other pairings that define other specific days on the calendar. “Red, white and blue are iconic,” says Tommy Hilfiger.

    Crowds gather outside the TKTS booth in Times Square in New York. The booth, which offers same-day discount Broadway and off-Broadway tickets, turns 40 this summer.

    The famed Times Square TKTS booth turns 40

    Hundreds of tourists and New Yorkers show up each day at the famed TKTS booth in the heart of Times Square with questions about Broadway shows. Often they’re very interesting questions. Like: “Can I get a ticket to see the ‘Superman’ musical”? And, “What about ‘Cats’? We really want to see ‘Cats.’”To which the answers are: “You probably mean ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ and, yes, tickets are available.” Or “No, sorry, ‘Cats’ closed in 2000.” The people patiently doing the answering are part of a carefully assembled group of professionals who wear red T-shirts with the TKTS logo. They help visitors navigate the choices as they wait on line for same-day discount Broadway tickets at the Times Square TKTS booth, which this week celebrates its 40th birthday.

    The practice of freezing and sharing our tiniest slices of life in “selfies” has become so popular that the granddaddy of dictionaries, the Oxford, is monitoring the term as a possible addition.

    What did Narcissus say to Instagram? Selfie time!

    In these hyper-connected, over-shared times dwell two kinds of people: those preoccupied with taking and uploading photos of themselves and those who have never heard of the selfie. The raunchy, goofy, poignant, sexy or drunken self-portrait has been a common sight since phone camera met social media. Now, nearly a decade since the arm-extended or in-the-mirror photos became a mainstay of MySpace — duck face or otherwise — selfies are a pastime across generations and cultures. Justin Bieber and Rihanna do it, and so does Hillary Clinton.

    French singer Carla Bruni performs at the Royalton Hotel in New York.

    Carla Bruni, back in jeans and in pop-star mode

    Gone are the prim (but stylish) Dior suits and sheath dresses worn by the first lady of France. Carla Bruni is back in pop-star mode, in a uniform of skinny jeans and cute little boots, toting a guitar. The singer, who’s been promoting her new album, “Little French Songs,” in New York this week and excitedly announcing her first U.S. tour, says she’s happy about her return to her former life — though she insists, “I never really left it, you know?”

    The Goo Goo Dolls — Mike Malinin, left, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac — play three shows this week with Matchbox Twenty at Ravinia.

    Goo Goo Dolls join Matchbox Twenty at Ravinia for three shows

    Originally dismissed as a copy of The Replacements, the Goo Goo Dolls have come a long way since their start in 1985. And the Goo Goo Dolls keep moving forward. The pop-rock band’s 10th album, the recently released “Magnetic,” adds a modern touch while maintaining the integrity of the band. Fans will get a taste of old and new when the Goo Goo Dolls join Matchbox Twenty for three shows this week at Ravinia. The band joins Matchbox Twenty for three shows this week at Ravinia.

    The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival celebrates its 29th year on Fourth of July weekend with an all-star lineup.

    On the road: Headin’ to Mississippi Valley Blues Fest in Iowa

    The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival celebrates its 29th year during Fourth of July weekend with an all-star lineup of 27 acts of blues legends and up-and-coming stars in Iowa. Also, If you were one of those wide-eyed kids on a school field trip in past decades, you’ll appreciate a special exhibition that pays homage to the Museum of Science and Industry’s 80th anniversary.

    A great “aging-in-place” option involves replacing the existing tub with a large walk-in shower base.

    Ask the plumber: Time to pull the plug on leaky tub

    Q. My old cast-iron bathtub is badly stained, and it leaks around the drain. I found a do-it-yourself resurfacing spray kit, and can try to fix all the leaks, or should I bite the bullet and get a contractor to rip it out and start from scratch?


    Excess moisture from cellar’s dirt floor can cause trouble

    Q. My son lives in an old house that has a dirt floor cellar that gets damp in the spring. I was wondering what could be done about covering the floor with plastic, or maybe you have another idea. He runs a dehumidifier down there and it helps some. Any ideas would be appreciated.



    Editorial: The U.S. House’s revealing stance on immigration reform

    A Daily Herald editorial says the U.S. House should reconsider its hostile reception to the Senate-passed immigration bill -- for the good of the Congress, the good of the Republican Party and the good of the nation.


    Why give voice to unconventional views?

    Columnist Jim Davis: Writing about people opposed to vaccinating their children wasn't a popular story -- as evidenced by the resistence we got before a word was published. But it was a story well worth pursuing.


    About those who abuse their health



    The tragic success of mass incarceration



    Bias at polls cuts many ways
    A Third Lake letter to the editor: I have an anecdote that argues that the Southern states are no more likely to discriminate by race in denying the right to vote than those in the North. In short, my experience agrees with last week’s Supreme Court decision


    Many citizens stand with immigrants
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: As a lifelong resident of the Parkside Apartments in Glen Ellyn, and now a student at Wheaton College, I appreciated your excellent coverage of the village of Glen Ellyn’s proposed TIF district, which could potentially displace as many as 500 people, many of whom are refugees and others immigrants that have already been displaced once by war, persecution, or poverty in their countries of origin.


    Immigration prompts call to Kirk
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Have you ever moved? I have. The same is true today as it has been throughout history: people move for a better life for themselves and their families.


    Double standard for southern belles
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: Seems that if you are a black congressman and you call a male Caucasian “whitey,” that’s OK. If you are a member of Congress and violate the rules, that’s OK.


Jun 2013

26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6