Daily Archive : Sunday July 7, 2013


    Secretary of State John Kerry, right, whispers to his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, during the ceremonial swearing-in for him as the 68th secretary of state at the State Department in Washington. A hospital spokesman says Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.

    Condition of hospitalized Heinz Kerry is upgraded

    The condition of Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and heir to a ketchup company fortune, was upgraded from critical to fair Monday, a day after she was first hospitalized, a State Department spokesman said. Heinz Kerry, 74, was flown to a Boston hospital Sunday after first being taken to by ambulance to a hospital on Nantucket, where the couple has a home.

    Artist Adela Vystejnova works on the “Naperville Loves a Parade” mural in October 2011 in downtown Naperville. The mural is one of four Century Art projects scheduled for completion this year.

    Summer of art shaping up for Naperville’s Century Walk

    The founder of Naperville, the American Navy, the artistic talents of high school students and the spirit of a parade all are being highlighted in works of public art Century Walk has a hand in developing this summer. Century Walk’s public art mission has grown since the organization formed in 1996 from an original focus on downtown and telling the story of the city’s first 100 years, to a...


    One injured after Waukegan-bound plane makes emergency landing

    One person was injured Sunday morning after a small plane heading to Waukegan made an emergency landing in Kendall County, officials said. The plane, a two-person propeller aircraft, was registered to a man in Mundelein, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

    From left, Asher Ginnodo, Sam Gabriel, Nicholas Tuczak and Tyler Culliton, all of Arlington Heights, compete in a water fight Sunday during the final day of Arlington Heights’ Frontier Days.

    Frontier Days jogs to the finish in Arlington Heights

    The final day of Arlington Heights’ Frontier Days got off to a running start Sunday with the traditional Stampede run. It set up the rest of the day for a pleasant jog, capped by an appearance by the Beatles tribute band American English.

    This is the front of the T-shirt being sold as part of a fundraiser to benefit the families of the 19 firefighters killed on June 30.

    Prospect Heights parents sell shirts for Prescott firefighter families

    A local family is selling memorial T-shirts to remember the 19 firefighters lost in Prescott, Arizona last month because their son, a Hersey High School graduate, once applied to be part of that crew and now works in similar dangerous situations in Southern Calfornia. “We saw it on the news and felt like we needed to do something for the families because it was just so devastating,”...

    Hazardous conditions hindered firefighters’ attempts Monday to search for some 40 people still missing in downtown Lac Megantic, Quebec, after a runaway oil tanker train exploded over the weekend, killing at least five people, officials said.

    40 still missing in deadly Canada oil train crash

    Hazardous conditions hindered firefighters’ attempts Monday to search for some 40 people still missing after a runaway oil tanker train exploded over the weekend, killing at least five people, officials said. Quebec provincial police Sgt. Benoit Richard said Monday morning there was no searching overnight because the situation remained too dangerous. He said only a small part of the devastated...


    Officials probe why crashed SF jet flew too slow
    Officials investigating a jetliner crash in San Francisco have determined that Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was traveling “significantly below” the target speed during its approach and that the crew tried to abort the landing just before it smashed onto the runway. What they don’t yet know is whether the pilot’s inexperience with this type of aircraft and at this airport played a role. A day after...

    wEs LeE “K” of Bartlett plays the guitar Sunday during the second round of performances by finalists of the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Judges wowed by finalists in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition

    Southern-flavored rock 'n' roll, jazz piano and beatboxing were among the talents on display Sunday night at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The acts represented half of the finalists in this year's Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition, an event presented by the Daily Herald and co-sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. Fifteen acts were slated to...

    Andrew Johnston of Bourbonnais sings Sunday during the second round of performances by finalists of the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The summer long talent contest is presented by the Daily Herald and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

    Images: 15 Suburban Chicago's Got Talent finalists perform
    The second half of the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent top 30 performed Sunday at the Metropolis in Arlington Heights.

    Donald Nippert

    Former St. Charles alderman Donald Nippert dies

    Lifelong resident and former alderman Donald Nippert will be buried in St. Charles this week as his family and the community remember all that he contributed over the years. Nippert, 87, died peacefully at his St. Charles home on Thursday, his family said. “Sometimes it takes something like this to force you to see that my dad wasn’t just the best dad in the world to me, but he was...

    This photo provided by Dawn Siadatan shows Asiana Airlines flight 214 just moments after crashing at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco Saturday.

    Plane crash survivors recount doomed flight

    Within moments, the aircraft was hurtling out of control, its rear portion ripped off. Baggage was tumbling from the overhead bins onto passengers, dust filled the plane’s carcass, and the oxygen masks had dropped down. People all around her were screaming.

    Egyptian soldiers stand on guard at the gates of the Republican Guard’s building during a protest of supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

    Talks on Egypt leaders hit Islamist block
    Secular and liberal factions trying to install one of their own as Egypt’s new prime minister collided into strong resistance Sunday from the sole Islamist faction that backed the military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, reflecting the difficulties in building a broad coalition behind a new leadership.

    Billy Bartin, of Elgin, plays drums outside the Fox Valley Flea Market in Elgin Friday. Bartin has been playing drums for seven years, and played at this location all last summer whenever he could, to make some tip money. “I just love playing drums,” he says. With headphones plugged into his phone, Bartin plays along with music outside the location for over eight hours in the blazing sun. Sometimes he plays outside the Hemmens Cultural Center or along the river.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features kite flyers, butterfly catchers, bird watchers, unicycle riders, and the last of the July 4th festivities.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, second from left, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are seen last November. Congress reconvenes this week.

    Immigration, student loan top congressional agenda

    Republicans and Democrats will put good will to the test when Congress returns this week to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, unresolved disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and the uncertainty of whether lawmakers have the political will to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.

    In this undated photo posted on Instagram, George Zimmerman defense attorney Don West, right, eats ice cream with his daughters. Prosecutors have asked a judge in the George Zimmerman trial to conduct an inquiry into the photo, but the lawyer said Tuesday it was unrelated to testimony in the case.

    Social media infiltrates Zimmerman trial

    Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting garnered worldwide attention when the man who fatally shot him wasn’t arrested for weeks — a backlash fueled largely by social media. Now, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have permeated George Zimmerman’s trial both inside and outside the courtroom.

    In a June 27, 2013, file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn answers questions about the state’s pension crisis during a news conference in Chicago. Both tensions and rhetoric are rising and patience is dropping between Quinn and lawmakers as the contentious issues of guns and pensions start coming to a head.

    Quinn, lawmakers at stalemate on pension fix, gun law?

    When lawmakers return to the Illinois Capitol on Tuesday, they’re expected to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s alterations to a gun bill they spent months negotiating on the same day they blow past at least the sixth deadline he’s given them to fix the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis.


    Forest board to change meeting site

    When the Lake County Forest Preserve District board meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, it won’t be at the county building in Waukegan as usual.


    Alzheimer’s educational program

    The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter’s educational program “Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters”, will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Bourke Hall, 3001 Green Bay Road, North Chicago.


    Household hazardous waste collection

    A household chemical waste collection by appointment will be Saturday, July 13, at the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, 1311 N. Estes St., Gurnee.


    Rolling Meadows to hold Night Out

    Sponsors are lining up to help Rolling Meadows celebrate its first National Night Out, hosted by the Rolling Meadows Police Department and the Crime Stoppers on Aug. 6.


    CLC budget gains approval

    College of Lake County board members have approved a budget for the 2013-14 academic season.


    Former South Elgin man fails to sway judge

    Positive results are rare when a defendant acts as his own attorney. Such was the case last week for Eric Barth, a 23-year-old formerly of South Elgin who chose to represent himself while in court seeking a bond reduction.


    Japan set to restart reactors after nuclear crisis

    Japan is moving a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors as utilities are set to ask for safety inspections at their idled reactors, the clearest sign of a return to nuclear energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster. With all but two of its 50 reactors off line since the crisis, Japan has been without nuclear energy that once supplied about a third of its power.

    Cyclists ride on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. The city joins New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco this year in turning loose the nation's largest bike-sharing programs.

    Chicago neighborhoods getting more bike corrals

    Chicago is adding bike racks across the city in hopes of bringing more cyclists out to shop at neighborhood businesses. In a statement, the Chicago Department of Transportation says it will install 25 on-street bicycle parking corrals in neighborhood business corridors this summer. Gabe Klein is commissioner of CDOT. He says bike corrals make it more convenient and inviting for people to ride a...

    Mainland Chinese visitors gather at the lobby of the Galaxy casino in Macau. Macau is in the midst of one of the greatest gambling booms the world has ever known. To rival it, Las Vegas would have to attract six times as many visitors essentially every man, woman and child in America. Wynn Las Vegas now makes nearly three-quarters of its profits in Macau. Sands, which owns the Venetian and Palazzo, earns two-thirds of its revenue there.

    Tiny Chinese enclave remakes gambling world, Vegas

    Most people still think of the U.S. gambling industry as anchored in Las Vegas. They might think of vestiges of the mob, or the town’s ill-advised flirtation with family-friendly branding in the 1990s. But they would be wrong. The center of the gambling world has shifted 16 time zones away to a tiny spit of land on the southern tip of East Asia: Macau, China.

    Several thousand thrill-seekers tested their bravery by dashing alongside six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on the first day of the running of the bulls at the annual San Fermin festival on Sunday.

    4 hurt, none gored, in 1st Pamplona bull run

    Several thousand thrill-seekers tested their bravery by dashing alongside six fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on the first day of the running of the bulls at the annual San Fermin festival on Sunday. Despite a large crowd of participants because the run coincided with a weekend, only four people were treated for injuries and no one was gored, officials...


    Egypt mobilizes for more street protests

    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is calling for protests to denounce the military's toppling of President Mohammed Morsi, while opponents of the ousted Islamist leader also are urging supporters to take to the streets for mass rallies.The calls for competing rallies have renewed fears of street violence, two days after clashes between the rival camps left at least 36 people dead and more than 1,000...

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., updates reporters on the pace of the immigration reform bill after a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. Congress returns this week to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, disputes over student loans and the farm bill.

    Immigration, student loan top congressional agenda

    Republicans and Democrats will put good will to the test when Congress returns this week to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, unresolved disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and the uncertainty of whether lawmakers have the political will to rewrite the nation's immigration laws. The cooperation evident in the Senate last month with passage of a bipartisan immigration bill...

    In this June 28, 2012, file photo Claire McAndrew, left, and Donny Kirsch, both of Washington, celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington after the high court upheld President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Three months before uninsured people can start shopping for coverage, some big unknowns loom.

    Obama's health law will be judged on 3 questions

    Three months before uninsured people can start shopping for coverage, some big unknowns loom over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The surprise announcement last week delaying a requirement that many employers offer coverage raised questions about other major parts of the law. One delay may not matter much in the end. People will judge Obama's law on three main points: premiums,...

    In this March 23, 2010, file photo, President Barack Obama signs the health care bill, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama's health care law, hailed as his most significant legislative achievement, seems to be losing much of its sweep.

    What now? Q&A about latest snag in health care law

    Nothing's ever easy with President Barack Obama's health care law. The latest hitch gives employers an additional year before they must offer medical coverage to their workers or pay a fine. What does the delay mean for workers? And struggling businesses? And is it a significant setback for a law already beset by court challenges, repeal votes and a rush of deadlines for making health insurance...

    Trooper James Sauter was on duty when his squad car when his vehicle was struck by a truck tractor semitrailer on I-294 near Willow Road. Sauter died.

    Report: Truck driver worked too many hours before deadly crash

    The truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a state trooper's car on the Tri-State Tollway in March had been on duty for more than 18 hours at the time of the fatal accident, according to a federal investigation.

    Royal Family Kids Camp volunteer Danny Sarros of Geneva leads campers and counselors in camp songs during the campfire time that ends the day. Campers and counselors talk about where they saw God in action at camp during the day.

    Suburban couple’s dream lives on in kids’ camps

    The bright sunshine lights up the smiling faces of these children who all arrive at the Royal Family Kids’ Camp carting emotional baggage of unhappy times, abuse and neglect. Facing her first summer without her husband and fellow camp founder, a grieving Jan Krueger of Batavia manages to add her smile to the mix as well. “We see him all over,” she says.

    The Northwest Fourth Fest continues today at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    What’s on tap at suburban festivals today

    The Fourth may be over, but festivals in the suburbs are just getting started. You can get your fesitval fix for anything from ribs and rides to music and games this weekend. Here’s a look at what’s happening today and the rest of this weekend.

    Passengers from Asiana Flight 214 are treated at San Francisco General Hospital after the plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday.

    Plane crash survivor clutching toddler sensed danger

    Jang Hyung Lee clutched his 16-month-old son on his lap as Asiana Airlines Inc. Flight 214 neared San Francisco International Airport, sensing that their descent was going wrong. “The approach looked awkward,” Lee, 32, said yesterday at the airport after he and his family survived the accident that left Seoul-based Asiana’s twin-engine Boeing Co. 777 broken and charred. “I squeezed him hard. I...

    Ken Busse of Wheaton captured this image after releasing hundreds of praying mantises hatched from two cocoons.

    Wheaton photographer finds inspiration in nature

    Inspiration is a tricky thing. It operates on its own schedule. Go looking for it and it will hide like a rabbit in the shadow of a hawk. Let it come to you, though, and you never know what you might discover. Take Ken Busse. When the Wheaton man set out on a family bike ride at the Morton Arboretum, he probably wasn’t thinking much about bugs or photo contests.

    Royal Family Kids Camp Counselor Amy Wildman of Geneva comforts a camper as she walks with him at the camp in Wisconsin.

    Images: Royal Family Kids Camp
    Royal Family Kids Camp is a camp founded by Wayne and Diane Tesch for childeren who have been abused, abandoned and neglected. In 2003, Bill and Jan Krueger founded the Royal Family Kids Camp, Geneva.

    In this April 9, 1997, file photo, Doug Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse and winner of the half-million dollar 1997 Lemelson-MIT prize, poses with the computer mouse he designed, in New York. Engelbart has died at the age of 88. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

    Notable deaths: Mouse, ‘Annoying Music Show’ creators

    Doug Engelbart, a visionary who invented the computer mouse and developed other technology that has transformed the way people work, play and communicate, died late Tuesday. He was 88.His death of acute kidney failure occurred at his home in Atherton, Calif., after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to one of his daughters, Diana Engelbart Mangan.


    Scott Dixon waves from Victory Lane after winning the Pocono IndyCar 400 auto race on Sunday in Long Pond, Pa.

    Dixon wins in IndyCar Series return to Pocono

    Scott Dixon led a monster day for Chip Ganassi Racing, leading a podium sweep for the team with a win Sunday at the IndyCar Series event at Pocono Raceway. He was followed by Ganassi teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti in IndyCar’s first race at Pocono since 1989.

    Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva reacts after the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen hit an RBI double during the fourth inning Sunday.

    Villanueva does his job in Cubs’ victory

    When Carlos Villanueva was reminded Sunday he has been the good soldier all year, he quickly clarified. “I think I’ve been the (good) soldier for seven years now,” he said, referring to his career as a swingman in the big leagues. “It just feels good to have some music on after the game.” The Cubs were dancing to the music because they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 at Wrigley Field.

    Forward Mike Magee was furious with how the Chicago Fire played in the second half of its 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

    Magee hot and bothered after Fire loss
    The Chicago Fire players learned after Sunday afternoon’s lackluster 2-1 home defeat to Sporting Kansas City that teammate Mike Magee doesn’t take losing well.


    Blackhawks get a look at their future this week

    This is always one of the biggest weeks of the season for the Blackhawks. The prospects camp that starts Monday and runs through Friday at Johnny’s IceHouse West is where the organization sees what it really has coming.

    Jonas Blixt watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during Sunday’s final round of the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Blixt won the tournament at 13 under par.

    Blixt wins rain-delayed Greenbrier Classic by 2

    Jonas Blixt of Sweden emerged from a five-player chase over the final five holes to pick up the $1.1 million winner’s check at the Greenbrier Classic. Among the perks for his victory are trips to this month’s British Open and next year’s Masters.

    Catcher Josh Phegley, here celebrating with third-base coach Joe McEwing while rounding the bases after hitting his first major-league home run in Sunday’s loss, was one of few bright spots for the White Sox over the weekend.

    Dismal record fits how White Sox are playing

    What happens when every hitter who didn’t spend time on the disabled list has a subpar first half of the season? What happens when 10 of your 25 players go down with injuries and spend time on the DL? What happens when the defense falls apart and the baserunning drops to Little League level? You check the history books, that’s what happens.

    The Cubs’ Dioner Navarro, lower left, celebrates with teammates after his game-ending sacrifice fly in the 11th inning Sunday at Wrigley Field.

    Nobody’s perfect, but Cubs will take win

    Expecting perfection from this bunch of Cubs is totally unrealistic. Let’s just say they were imperfectly perfect Sunday, and that was good enough to get them a 4-3 victory in 11 innings over the Pittsburgh Pirates at steamy Wrigley Field. Pinch hitter Dioner Navarro’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly with nobody out finally won it for the Cubs, who were one strike away from winning in regulation.

    The Cubs celebrate after Dioner Navarro’s sacrifice fly sunk the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th inning Sunday at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs sink Pirates in 11th inning

    Pinch hitter Dioner Navarro had a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, lifting the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single. He advanced on Alfonso Soriano's single and went to third when Pirates catcher Russell Martin threw the ball into center field while trying to pick Rizzo off second.


    Boomers rally for 4-3 win

    The Schaumburg Boomers won 4-3 on a walk-off hit from Steve McQuail to finish a sweep the visiting River City Rascals on Sunday. McQuail drove in all 4 Boomers runs.


    Cougars fall 12-5

    A 13-hit effort from the Quad Cities River Bandits included 8 extra-base hits (3 home runs) as the Kane County Cougars fell 12-5 on Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

    Daniel Martin of Ireland celebrates on the podium after the ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.

    Martin wins Stage 9, but Froome keeps yellow jersey

    On what may well prove to have been one of the toughest days of this Tour de France, and certainly one of the most tactical and interesting, leader Chris Froome’s rivals isolated him from his Sky teammates and forced him to ride alone — one man against many — up four consecutive climbs as jagged as sharks’ teeth. But they could not make Froome crack. Garmin-Sharp's Daniel Martin won the stage.


    Delle Donne, Prince help Sky rout Liberty 93-64

    Led by Elena Delle Donne, Chicago (8-4) is second in the East, trailing Atlanta by 2½ games. The Sky are trying to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. On Sunday, Delle Donne and Epiphanny Prince led the Sky to a 93-64 win over New York.

    Andy Murray of Britain poses with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the Men’s singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Sunday, July 7, 2013.

    Murray is Britain’s first Wimbledon champ in 77 years

    LONDON — Andy Murray needed one more point, one solitary point, to win Wimbledon — a title he yearned to earn for himself, of course, and also for his country.Britain had endured 77 years since one of its own claimed the men’s trophy at the revered tournament referred to around here simply as The Championships, and now here was Murray, on the brink of triumph after 3 hours of grueling tennis against top-seeded Novak Djokovic under a vibrant sun at Centre Court.Up 40-love, Murray failed to convert his first match point. And his second. And then, yes, his third, too. On and on the contest, and accompanying tension, stretched, Murray unable to close it, Djokovic unwilling to yield, the minutes certainly feeling like hours to those playing and those watching. Along came three break points for Djokovic, all erased. Finally, on Murray’s fourth chance to end it, Djokovic dumped a backhand into the net. The final was over. The wait was over.A year after coming oh-so-close by losing in the title match at the All England Club, the No. 2-ranked Murray beat No. 1 Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 Sunday to become Wimbledon’s champion in a test of will and skill between a pair of men with mirror-image defensive styles that created lengthy points brimming with superb shot making.“That last game will be the toughest game I’ll play in my career. Ever,” said Murray, who was born in Dunblane, Scotland, and is the first British man to win the grass-court Grand Slam tournament since Fred Perry in 1936. “Winning Wimbledon — I still can’t believe it. Can’t get my head around that. I can’t believe it.”For several seasons, Murray was the outsider looking in, while Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic collected 30 out of 31 Grand Slam titles. But now Murray has clearly and completely turned the Big 3 into a Big 4, having reached the finals at the last four major tournaments he entered (he withdrew from the French Open in May because of a bad back). And he’s now a two-time Slam champion, having defeated Djokovic in five sets at the U.S. Open in September.All this from a guy who lost his first four major finals, including against Federer at Wimbledon in 2012. After that defeat, Murray’s voice cracked and tears rolled as he told the crowd, “I’m getting closer.”How prescient. Four weeks later, on the same court, he beat Federer for a gold medal at the London Olympics, a transformative victory if ever there was one.“You need that self-belief in the important moments,” observed Djokovic, a six-time major champion, “and he’s got it now.” Murray’s mother, Judy, who is Britain’s Fed Cup captain, agreed that the setback 12 months ago “was a turning point in some ways.”“Every time you have a really tough loss, a loss that really hurts you,” she said, “I think you learn a lot about how to handle the occasions better going forward.”Murray trailed 4-1 in the second set Sunday, and 4-2 in the third, before wiggling his way back in front each time.He won the last four games, breaking for a 5-4 lead when Djokovic flubbed a forehand, setting off a standing ovation and sustained applause from the 15,000 spectators that lasted more than a full minute. When he got out of his changeover chair, preparing to serve for the championship, an earsplitting roar accompanied his trek to the baseline.Djokovic missed a backhand, Murray smacked a backhand winner and added a 131 mph (211 kph) service winner, and suddenly one point was all that remained between him and history. That’s where things got a tad complicated.

    White Sox newbie Josh Phegley, left, celebrates with third base coach Joe McEwing while rounding the bases after hitting a home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price during Sunday’s sixth inning.

    Phegley homers, but Sox lose again

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Price went the distance to win his second straight start since returning from an injury as the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the White Sox 3-1 Sunday.Josh Phegley hit his first major league homer for the Sox, who have lost nine of 11. The South Siders have dropped 19 of their last 23 road games.It was just the second time that the Rays have swept a series of three or more games against the White Sox. The other time occurred in August 2008.John Danks (2-6) allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings. The left-hander has lost all five of his road starts this year.Price (3-4) worked around eight hits, walking none and striking out five. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner spent 47 days on the disabled list with a strained left triceps, then came back and struck out 10 in seven shutout innings against Houston.The Rays have won eight of nine to move a season-high nine games over .500.Desmond Jennings hit a leadoff double in the first and scored on Ben Zobrist’s sacrifice fly to put the Rays up 1-0. Sean Rodriguez made it 2-0 during the fifth with a two-out, broken-bat RBI single.Phegley got Chicago within 2-1 on a solo shot in the sixth.Tampa Bay regained a two-run advantage in the seventh when Luke Scott tripled and Jose Molina hit a sacrifice fly.The White Sox had two singles in first, third and fourth, but failed to score in all three innings by going 0 for 3 with runners in scoring and having one runner thrown out trying to steal second.Tampa Bay’s James Loney went 0 for 3, ending his career-best 16-game hitting streak.

    Josh Phegley follows through on a sacrifice fly during the White Sox’ 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday. Phegley figures to split the catching duties with Tyler Flowers for the remainder of the season.

    Plenty to watch as teams play out the season

    It’s officially next year, on both sides of town. Winning is no long the main objective. Good thing, since it’s proven unlikely to happen much. How many young players can we develop? Which veterans are best used as trade bait to restock the system? What can we work on with the guys who will be here in 2014 and beyond? The Cubs were considering these questions on Opening Day. The White Sox joined them this week, and it felt even more official Friday night.


    In this Jan. 17, 2013 photo, anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins, left, talks with Yoko Ono, center, and Sean Lennon at a fracking site in Franklin Forks, Pa., during a bus tour organized by Scroggins. Scroggins, a scrappy, in-your-face videographer, is a self-appointed guide to the gas patch of northeastern Pennsylvania, where she lives in a single-wide trailer near a lake.

    Fervent foes devote their lives to fracking fight

    Big energy companies have been trying for five years to tap the riches of the Marcellus Shale in southern New York, promising thousands of new jobs, economic salvation for a depressed region, and a cheap, abundant, clean-burning source of fuel close to power-hungry cities. But for all its political clout and financial prowess, the industry hasn’t been able to get its foot in the door. One reason: Folks like Sue Rapp and Vera Scroggins are standing in the way.

    Wall Street analysts now predict that earnings for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 3 percent in the second quarter compared with a year earlier, according to a survey by S&P Capital IQ.

    Why gloomy 2Q earnings outlook might not be so dim

    For Corporate America, it’s the season of low expectations. Companies have been scaling back their earnings forecasts for weeks as part of a quarterly cat-and-mouse game with financial analysts. It’s not OK just to report a strong second-quarter profit — they also need to beat analysts’ forecasts. And companies are eager to do just that. Earnings season gets started Monday, when aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. reports results after the stock market close.

    Soaring prices are leaving fewer homeowners owing more money than their properties are worth, bringing them off the sidelines of the nation’s surging housing market and offering relief to buyers who are frustrated by bidding wars.

    Home price gains bring sellers off the sidelines

    Robert and Emerald Oravec were itching to sell their condominium late last year to move closer to a favorite surfing spot, but they were stuck. They owed the bank $194,000 and figured the most they could get was $180,000. When they put their San Diego home up for sale a few months later, they fielded five offers within two weeks. It sold for $260,000 in May, allowing them to invest profits in a new home that’s more than twice the size on a large lot and 40 minutes closer to the surfing beach.

    The number of temps has jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago to nearly 2.7 million, the most on government records dating to 1990. In no other sector has hiring come close.

    Temporary jobs becoming a permanent fixture in U.S.

    Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: Temporary work. From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them — about 12 percent of everyone with a job.


    Chambers host Brad Schneider on July 15

    A multi-chamber legislative lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, July 15 in Deerfield, featuring U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider as the guest speaker.

    A boom in auto manufacturing in Mexico is creating worries for U.S. autoworkers about the long-term prospects for auto manufacturing jobs.

    Mexican auto manufacturing boom creates new worries for US workers

    As Mexico cranks out record numbers of vehicles and attracts billions in new investment, Mexican autoworkers are increasingly able to match the skill and productivity of their U.S. counterparts — and at a fraction of the wages. “The Mexican worker is a natural craftsman, and global investors are showing their confidence in Mexican labor,” said Alberto Rabago, a union official who started working for Chrysler in 1959.

    In this Monday, June 3, 2013 photo, a can of Helles Golden Lager with a 360 Lid is displayed at the Sly Fox Brewing Company, in Pottstown, Pa. Brewers and consumers debate using bottles or cans, innovation of the age-old staple continues as breweries seek to differentiate themselves on expanding beer shelves.

    With some tweaks, cans make comeback in craft beer

    Craft brewers have recently rediscovered cans, realizing they weren't just retro-cool, but with a few tweaks might even be able to kick bottles in the can. Welcome to the beer can revolution, 2013-style. Technology once again is transforming how Americans drink their beer. Today, Budweiser sells a bow tie-shaped can that mirrors its iconic logo, Miller Lite sports a punch-top can and drinkers know their Coors Light is cold when the mountains on the can turn blue.

    The French parliamentarian is pushing a law to restrict the use of the label “restaurant” to establishments that prepare their food from scratch. He reckons many of France's eateries wouldn't cut it because they reheat industrially prepared foods. About a third of French restaurants say they use industrial food, and Fasquelle and other officials fear declining standards at the nation's 150,000 restaurants threaten a tourism industry that represents 7 percent of France's $2.8 trillion economy.

    One-third of French restaurants use pre-packaged foods

    If you've ever wondered why French classics such as a “moelleux au chocolat” or a “tarte tatin” tastes suspiciously the same in Paris restaurants, it's probably because it is. About a third of French restaurants say they use industrial food, and officials fear declining standards at the nation's 150,000 restaurants threaten a tourism industry that represents 7 percent of France's $2.8 trillion economy.


    Career Coach: Leaders can’t be afraid to stand up

    In their book, “The Truth about Leadership,” James Kouzes and Barry Posner describe Truth No. 8 as “You either lead by example or you don’t lead at all.” They write, “leadership is waiting for you every day to take action. It’s waiting for you to show others that you mean what you say. As a leader you are responsible for modeling behavior based on your values — in plain view of those you expect to follow those values.”

    Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister and president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), speaks during a debate at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

    Japanese men’s allowance at 1982 low

    The average Japanese husband’s monthly allowance slumped to the lowest level since 1982 at the start of the financial year as workers await the dividends promised by Abenomics. Salarymen’s spending money, typically set by wives managing family budgets, was 38,457 yen ($386), down 3 percent.

    In this July 1, 2013 photo, a couple taste a selection of 12 different beer flights at the Beer Hall at the Harpoon Brewery in the Seaport District of Boston. The neighborhood around the brewery is transforming from a waterfront industrial area to one that hosts upscale restaurants, luxury hotels and an art museum.

    In urban revival beer creates small business hubs

    To see how a small business can transform a neighborhood, just follow the barrels. About 30 years ago, beer lovers wanting to create their own drinks started taking over abandoned old buildings in rundown city districts, refitted them with tanks, kettles and casks, and started churning out beer. The byproduct was a boom in craft beer drinkers: Barrels shipped have more than doubled in the past decade.

    Do you have any Tylenol in your house? Not store-brand acetaminophen pills that you happen to refer to as Tylenol, but the real-deal Tylenol manufactured by Johnson & Johnson? If you’re a doctor, a nurse or a pharmacist, the answer is probably no.

    Are brand-name pain relievers a waste of money?

    Do you have any Tylenol in your house? Not store-brand acetaminophen pills that you happen to refer to as Tylenol, but the real-deal Tylenol manufactured by Johnson & Johnson? How about Advil or Bayer aspirin? If you’re a doctor, a nurse or a pharmacist, the answer is probably no. If the answer is yes, you’re wasting your money. And that’s what an awful lot of us are doing, according to intriguing new research from the University of Chicago Business School into the strange economic underworld of pure branding effects.

    Sabra soon will kick off as the National Football League’s official dips sponsor.

    Sabra pushes hummus into football, beer world

    Ronen Zohar wants man caves everywhere to be stocked with hummus along with the salsa and beer. The chief executive officer of PepsiCo’s Sabra Dipping Co. recently approved its first national hummus television commercials. One instructs consumers to “dip life to the fullest” by dunking carrots and chicken wings into the mashed chickpea concoction. Sabra soon will kick off as the National Football League’s official dips sponsor.


    Work Advice: ‘Biz With Friends’ is a dangerous game

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

    This handout photo provided by the Brookings Institution shows Health and Human Services Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Gary Cohen speaking at the Institution in Washington. Nearly 2 in 3 uninsured low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law may be out of luck next year because their states have not expanded Medicaid.

    A big Medicaid gap looms in Obama health care law

    Nearly 2 in 3 uninsured low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law may be out of luck next year because their states have not expanded Medicaid. An Associated Press analysis of figures from the Urban Institute finds a big coverage gap developing, with 9.7 million out of 15 million potentially eligible adults living in states that are refusing the expansion or are still undecided with time running short.

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    Since ottomans come in just about every shape, size and style, the sky is the limit.

    Five great spots for an ottoman

    Here's how I wake up every morning: I pour myself a big cup of coffee, then settle into my favorite chair with my feet propped up on an ottoman. I think of that ottoman as my daily launching pad, proof that these relatively small pieces of furniture can play a big role in home decor — and life. Here are five of my favorite places to use ottomans:


    Readers tell it like it is on bad habits, grandparents
    These people think they’ll simply drop dead from their bad habits. While that’s one possibility, it’s far more likely they’ll end up living with significant disabilities. The chronic lung diseases that accompany long-term smoking severely limit activities, including walking from the bathroom to the living room.

    “The Australian Bee Gees Show” is making its Chicago premiere at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on Tuesday, July 9.

    ‘Australian Bee Gees Show’ evokes disco legends

    Thanks to his mom, Matt Baldoni was a fan of the Bee Gees before he knew anything about the band. As a 6-year-old, he liked singing along to Barry Gibb’s high-pitched vocals in “Stayin’ Alive.” Now 35, Baldoni is still singing Barry’s lines — and playing the eldest and last-surviving Gibb brother — in the touring cast of Annerin Productions’ “The Australian Bee Gees Show,” which is making its Chicago premiere at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on Tuesday, July 9.

    A family enjoys their food at the Taste of Chicago.

    Annual Chicago food fest adds Pop-Up booths to menu

    Added aromas, appetites and audios will abound at the 33rd annual Taste of Chicago. Rev up those taste buds — the food festival is taking over Grant Park from Wednesday to Sunday, July 10-14. The Taste will feature 35 restaurants, including four new vendors this year, along with 12 Pop-Up booths that will spice up the food selections.

    This year, six cruise ships, including Celebrity Cruises Inc.'s Millennium, Solstice and Infinity, have had norovirus outbreaks on board, the CDC in Atlanta said. A new vaccine may block 95 percent of norovirus strains.

    Norovirus vaccine a shot in the arm for cruises

    As a new strain of stomach flu leaves a trail of stomach-clenching illness from Sydney to San Diego, scientists are moving closer to thwarting it for good. Early stage human studies on a vaccine against norovirus, the top source of gastroenteritis in the United States, are set to finish this year. A course of shots may confer lifelong protection against 95 percent of strains.

    Fire pits have become upscale. This fire table is made to match the patio furniture with such features as automatic ignition and a propane tank hidden in a pullout drawer.

    Outdoor 'fire features' are this year's must-have

    Water's cool, but now, fire's hot. Just as bubbling fountains became ubiquitous backyard accessories, outdoor fire features have become the newest must-have addition.

    The Staten Island Ferry passes the Statue of Liberty as it crosses New York Harbor.

    10 options for seeing America's beloved Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty has finally reopened to visitors for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. But for those who just want a photo op with the statue, there are many other vantage points, from Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Governors Island, to a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The Staten Island ferry takes you right past the statue for free, while those on bigger budgets can reserve a room with a view at the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel.

    Double Take Scarlet, one of a new line of double-flowered interspecifics which Ball Horticultural of West Chicago plans to introduce next year.

    Classic flowers find new life with more colors, better performance

    The breeders who work on annuals have made a major breakthrough in recent years with a new class of geranium (or pelargonium, if you are a purist) that will provide new forms, new colors and better performance by crossing ivy-leafed geraniums with zonal types.

    Neil Diamond tribute artist Denny Diamond headlines a free concert Sunday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Sunday picks: Free concerts abound in suburbs

    Free concert Sunday: Neil Diamond tribute artist Denny Diamond performs for free at Cantigny in Wheaton and The Special Consensus Bluegrass Band performs a free concert in Long Grove. Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players provide a fun way for kids to find out about music and instruments (complete with an “Instrument Petting Zoo”) Sunday at Ravinia.

    Rapper Mac Miller performed during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Miller’s latest album is “Watching Movies with the Sound Off.”

    Rapper Mac Miller turns heads with new album

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mac Miller had a quick decision to make when Kanye West jumped the street date for his new album: Move his “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” to a different week or stand firm in the face of “Yeezus.” In the end, it was a simple decision. The album was too good to wait. “I initially just wanted my own space for my album to drop and then Kanye’s date came out and it was kind of like, `OK, that’s probably the worst person to go up against to drop an album,”’ Miller said. “But I’m one of those weird everything-happens-for-a-reason type people, so I felt that maybe there’s a reason I was dropping the same day as Kanye, and I think there was. I think it let people know that I have a long career ahead of me and I wasn’t just anything that people put me as before.”Miller entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3 behind West and J. Cole, and much of the discussion that week revolved around Miller as interloper. How did Mac Miller find his way into the top three on the biggest rap release week of the year? And just how many sales did he take from West? “It’s dope,” Miller said of the attention while eating curry backstage before his show Monday night at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Miller sold more than 101,000 copies of the woozy, moody “Movies,” which features appearances or production work from Diplo, Flying Lotus, Earl Sweatshirt, Jay Electronica, Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. It’s a redefining moment for the 21-year-old Miller. Cast as the goofy sidekick of Wiz Khalifa and known for his novelty song-turned-celebrity beef with Donald Trump, the quality of Miller’s second album is making detractors re-examine his music.Pitchfork called it “a quantum leap in artistry” and it’s gotten solid reviews all around. He even outscores Cole on Metacritic with a 75 average to Cole’s 72.Miller alludes to his public perception on the album in a skit at the end of “Red Dot Music.” He allows battle rapper Loaded Lux to go off on him for 90 seconds. Lux begins with “You was Cheesy Mac with the easy raps ...” and it goes downhill from there. “It kind of shows you that stuff like that doesn’t matter,” Miller said. “He ethered me on my own album, but the album still plays.”Miller says the album’s depth and quality reflects two years of warp-speed development, his move from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles and just how serious he is about the craft. “There was always a lot more to me than what people wanted to say, that’s the only thing that ever bothered me,” Miller said as he dragged on a Newport. “But I was also 19. You don’t get the fact that everyone’s not going to understand who you are at that point. You don’t understand who you are at that point. Two years, I feel like I grew 20 years in two years.”

    AnnaSophia Robb, left, and Liam James star in “The Way, Way Back,” written by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

    Oscar winners Rash, Faxon make directorial debut

    Way, way back before they were Oscar winners, back when they were honing their skills as members of The Groundlings comedy troupe, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash started writing together. They were just starting out in Hollywood when they penned their coming-of-age story “The Way, Way Back.” Now, with Academy Awards on their shelves and decades of acting and writing experience behind them, the longtime collaborators are making their directorial debut with that nearly 10-year old screenplay.

    The first Windy City Smokeout will feature the best in barbecue and country music from July 12-14.

    On the road: A taste of BBQ

    The upcoming Windy City Smokeout in Chicago will feature the best in barbecue and country music. Also, Bay City, Mich., hosts the largest gathering of tall ships in the state as well as the only official Michigan stop on the Tall Ships Challenge Great Lakes 2013.


    ‘Nine Years’ chronicles life in death business

    Sheri Booker was 15 when she got a summer job at a West Baltimore funeral home. In the beginning, she answered phones and baby-sat bodies, showing guests into the funeral home’s viewing room. But over the next nine years she was given almost every task, from writing obituaries and driving a hearse to lifting bodies and painting women’s fingernails. In “Nine Years Under,” Booker describes her life in the death business.


    Space on planes will get even more cozy

    Looks like the airlines are about to put the squeeze on us again. I’m not talking about charging more for checked luggage, or raising the price of an in-flight sandwich. I’m talking about the close encounter with your seat partners becoming even chummier. American Airlines announced plans to add more seats and cut the leg room in coach on some of their Boeing 737s and MD-80 jets. And other airlines promise similar changes.


    Home needs aluminum wire repair

    Q. The home we just bought is 45 years old and has aluminum wiring for the outlets and lights. Our home inspector said this could be unsafe, so we hired an electrician. He attached short copper wires to all of the aluminum wire ends and fastened them with regular wire nuts. Our home inspector said the electrician should have used special connectors.


    High-quality metal roofs can last a long time

    Q. What is your opinion of metal roofs? Durability? Quality? Longevity?


    Window film improves climate efficiency

    Q. My single-pane windows are still good, but much heat comes in during summer and it’s chilly near them during winter. Would installing one of the newer year-round or heat-control window films help much?


    Courtesy of Hugh Brady Rendering of Catherine Alice Gardens, a proposed facility in Palatine consisting of 33 leased apartments for people with disabilities.

    Editorial: Palatine can make a statement on supportive housing

    A Palatine housing plan for mentally and physically disabled residents deserves to move forward, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    The sudden sainthood of Wendy Davis

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: One may agree with state Sen. Wendy Davis’ principled stand on the Texas abortion bill, which, she argued, tried to do too much. Even so, a little less glee from the bleachers would seem more appropriate to the moment.


    So much about our rights can change in just a week

    Columnist Donna Brazile: The Supreme Court resolved four blockbuster cases — and each one raised the same fundamental questions. To what extent do minorities share in the “inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”? How far does the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment extend?


    Sister cities is about sharing goodwill
    An Elgin letter to the editor: If Elgin really finds it necessary to vote on the “sister city” project, then why not simply cast a ballot on the proposition, “Do we really want to be a part of this program?” If the answer is “yes,” then at least have the conviction to follow the traditions that are a part of this international sharing of goodwill.


    Facts needed when writing about medicine
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: While it’s not sensational Page 1 stuff, medical experts look to science, not unsubstantiated opinion, and conclude that childhood vaccines are vital and safe tools in the ongoing fight against deadly infectious diseases.


    Clinton poor choice for Father of the Year
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: The National Father’s Day Committee (whomever its members are) at a recent New York City luncheon designated former President Bill Clinton as its choice for “Father of the Year.” Come again?


    Would call to police have averted tragedy?
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I’ve been watching some of the George Zimmerman trial, and my heart pours out in sorrow for the families. I would be seeking justice for my child too if this had happened to him.


    No mercy shown over Naperville ticket
    A Warrensburg letter to the editor: Shame on you, city of Naperville, for your surprises! Our family made a recent trip to Chicago to see the sights, staying in Aurora and commuting via Metra. On the first day, to catch the Metra we parked, paid the meter and ticket fees and caught the train. On our return trip our first surprise happened when we found a ticket on the windshield.


    Meaning of love critical to marriage
    A Volo letter to the editor: These days there has been much talk about love. Some people have written that “love is love,” while others take a different approach. Thus I felt it necessary to say a few words about the subject.


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