Daily Archive : Saturday July 13, 2013


    In this image from video, George Zimmerman smiles after a not guilty verdict was handed down in his trial Saturday at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Fla. Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

    Jury acquits George Zimmerman of second-degree murder

    Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

    Lasting only 30 seconds before their boat capsized, Mike Flatley of Lake Villa hits the water, followed in short order by his son, Patrick Flatley of Antioch.

    Antioch cardboard boat regatta a lot of laughs

    Four young girls from Antioch piloted the "4 Majestic Mermaids" to victory in Saturday's Antioch cardboard boat regatta, but all six teams -- even the wet ones -- had a whale of a time.

    A police officer carries weapons down Eighth Street toward the scene of a shooting Friday in San Francisco.

    Police stay mum on jewelry store killings

    Inside the shopping center, officers found two women dead and a man injured with gunshot and stab wounds at the Victoga jewelry shop. One woman was shot and the other suffered “wounds from an edged weapon,” police said. A gun and a knife were recovered from the scene.


    Flights delayed after fire near FAA facility

    The temporary evacuation of a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Elgin on Saturday caused caused some delays at O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, officials said.

    Aspen, a 1-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, rolls over for owner Jenny Bradley of Batavia at the Windmill City Festival on Saturday.

    Batavia’s Windmill City Festival offers family fun

    Windmill City Festival in Batavia was the place to be on Saturday, with the pet parade, music, live entertainment and puppies looking all cute and adoptable. The fest ends Sunday.

    Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, greets abortion rights advocates Friday as they leave the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas. Democrats plan to use the GOP decision to pass possibly the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country during the next election.

    Texas abortion providers fear major shutdowns

    The legislation, passed late Friday following weeks of mass protests and a high-profile filibuster, allows abortions only in surgical centers, requires doctors who perform them to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, dictates when abortion pills are taken and bans abortions after 20 weeks unless the woman’s life is in imminent danger.

    Mark Barkulis, left, and Sean Ryder, both of Chicago, play bags at the Barrington Brew Fest on Saturday.

    10th annual Barrington Brew Fest a success

    The 10th annual Barrington Brew Fest was held Saturday in the Brat Tent, near Station and Spring streets downtown. The beer was plentiful, and so was the food, the live music, and the donations to the Barrington Area Council on Aging.

    Crowds flock to the Food Truck Festival at Arlington Park on Saturday.

    Crowds jam Food Truck Festival at Arlington Park

    Although they’re still catching on in the suburbs, Saturday’s inaugural Food Truck Festival at Arlington Park showed there’s plenty of local demand for the mobile culinary concept.

    Security forces inspect the scene Saturday of a suicide bomb attack at a coffee shop as civilians also look around in Kirkuk, Iraq,

    Iraq: Bombs at Sunni mosques in Baghdad kill 21

    Iraq is weathering its worst eruption of violence in half a decade, raising fears the country is heading back toward the widespread sectarian fighting that peaked in 2006 and 2007. More than 2,600 people have been killed since the start of April. The pace of the bloodshed has picked up since Ramadan began Wednesday, including a suicide bombing at a coffee shop in the northern city of Kirkuk late...

    NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, center, attending a press conference Friday at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks, left. Snowden wants to seek asylum in Russia, according to a Parliament member who was among about a dozen activists and officials to meet with him Friday.

    Snowden as fugitive complicates U.S.-Russia relations

    Edward Snowden’s latest attempt to stay out of U.S. hands threatens to push Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin toward a standoff that both leaders say they want to avoid.

    Bolivia’s President Evo Morales speaks during a meeting with Uru-Chipaya indigenous in Chipaya, Bolivia, where Morales announced NSA leaker Edward Snowden is welcome in Bolivia.

    Snowden affair chills U.S.-Latin American ties

    “What the Snowden affair has done to the reinvigorated effort to re-engage with Latin America is to dump a pail of cold water on it,” said Carl Meacham, a former senior Latin America adviser on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “It won’t stop trade deals, cooperation on energy, but it’s going to be harder for the president to portray the image that ‘We are here to work with you.’ It’s a...

    Don Otto, a former member of the Triton Troupers, performs his unique brand of comedy during Itasca Fest.

    This year’s Itasca Fest one for the record books

    The next-to-last day of Itasca Fest was one for the record books. In addition to plenty of carnival rides, magic and music, the village and Itasca-based Subaru of America Inc. Great Lakes Region broke their own Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Subaru cars.

    The St. Charles VFW Post 5036 on North Third Street was sold to the city and will be demolished for additional parking.

    St. Charles VFW Post 5036 will find another home

    The St. Charles VFW Post 5036 recently sold its building on North Third Street to the city, which will demolish it and add downtown parking. Post members said they will find a new place and continue to promote patriotism, columnist Dave Heun says.

    Jeff Rosinski goes for the Texas Outlaws ribs.

    Rib fans flock to Lake in the Hills Rockin’ Ribfest

    One day remains for rib and pork lovers to get to Lake in the Hills for the "Smack Down" rib fest, now ongoing at Sunset Park. There are eight vendors serving barbeque to choose from.

    This Friday, May 10, 2013 photo shows Indian Bollywood actor Pran after he was honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award at his residence in Mumbai, India. Pran, who played some of Bollywood's most memorable villains in a career that spanned six decades, died of pneumonia at a Mumbai hospital Friday, July 12, 2013, his doctor said. He was 93. (AP Photo)

    Notable deaths last week

    An audio technology pioneer, a Bollywood icon and the widow of singer Pete Seeger are among the notable people who died this past week.

    Abortion opponents Joe Scheidler of Chicago and Rev. Neville Monteiro of Lake Zurich stand at the intersection of Dundee and Rand roads in Palatine spreading their message. Lake Zurich police say they are ready for the return of the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth tour Thursday morning. The tour also will stop in Palatine and Arlington Heights.

    Lake Zurich ready for Pro-Life Action League demonstrators

    Lake Zurich police say they're prepared for the return of the Pro-Life Action League's Face the Truth tour on Thursday, July 18. “We do extra details on this,” Cmdr. David Bradstreet said Friday.

    Michigan City firefighters, police, and first responders dig through a sand dune at Mount Baldy near Michigan City, Ind., while searching for a missing 8-year-old-boy who fell into a hole. Lakeshore Ranger Bruce Rowe said it took crews using heavy excavating equipment about 3.5 hours to pull the boy out, saying he was buried under 11 feet of sand at a dune known as Mount Baldy. The boy initially was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health Medical Center, then flown to a Chicago hospital.

    Rescued boy responding to treatment

    An 6-year-old boy who was playing near a large sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan partially fell into a hole and then got trapped under 11 feet of sand before rescuers managed to pull him out. It took a crew using heavy excavating equipment more than three hours to pull the boy out of a dune known as Mount Baldy on Friday, Lakeshore Ranger Bruce Rowe said. The boy...


    Children’s Advocacy Center selected as recipient of Fitness for America proceeds

    The Children’s Advocacy Center has been selected to receive the proceeds of this year’s half marathon, 10k and 5k run/walk at the Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports Festival. The running events will take place on Saturday, July 20, and begin on AT&T Center Drive in Hoffman Estates. The courses travel through complex roads and paved trails in north Hoffman Estates, the Paul Douglas Forest...

    A Colt 78 double action pistol belonging to Red Angus is one of the items up for sale at the Wild West auction, in Harrisburg, Pa.

    Cash-starved Harrisburg selling Wild West artifacts

    Among the items that have attracted interest are a Colt Firearms Co. advertising board with an endorsement by the Texas Rangers and a circa-1890 coin-operated slot machine called The Owl. The collection also includes a sizable number of Spanish colonial artifacts, as well as documents linked to Presidents George Washington and John F. Kennedy and historical figures Billy the Kid and John Hancock.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Is there a leadership gap at Homeland Security?

    The pattern of putting acting officials in leadership positions at the Homeland Security Department— sometimes replacing acting officials with other acting officials — has been going on for months. This swath of vacancies raises questions about how a department depleted of permanent leadership could implement changes, particularly as Congress considers overhauling the nation’s immigration system.

    Victims of ethnic violence in Jonglei, state, South Sudan, wait in line at the World Food Program distribution center in Pibor to receive emergency food rations.

    Seven U.N. peacekeepers killed in Sudan attack

    Gunmen ambushed a United Nations peacekeeping team Saturday in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, killing seven and wounding another 17 in the deadliest ever attack single attack on the international force in the country.

    Raymond Lafontaine, who lost his son and two daughters-in-law, receives a hug from Quebec Premier Pauline Marois Friday during her visit to Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

    In the night, train brings tragedy to Quebec town

    Any possible culpability on the part of the railway remains to be determined; police say their criminal investigation will proceed slowly and carefully. But it is fact that an unmanned Montreal, Maine and Atlantic freight train with 72 cars carrying shale oil turned into a runaway death machine — rolling away from its overnight parking spot, barreling for miles down an incline in the dark of...

    The whaling ship Charles W. Morgan sits on the lift dock as it nears completion of a $7 million restoration in Mystic, Conn.

    Whaling ship to launch after $7 million overhaul

    The restoration included replacing 80 percent of the framing below the water line, an inner ceiling with 70 planks as long as 42 feet and 174 planks on the outside and rebuilding the stern.The restoration was able to keep 15 to 18 percent of the original wood. The rest is from the latest restoration and earlier efforts.

    Smoke pours off World Trade Center Tower 1 as flames explode from Tower 2 as it is struck by American Airlines Flight 175, after terrorists crashed hijacked airliners into the buildings.

    Judge to mull if airlines owe WTC owners over 9/11

    A judge plans to decide whether the owners of the World Trade Center can try to make several airlines and other aviation defendants pay billions of dollars in damages from the 9/11 attacks.

    Harnett County farmer Kent Revels inspects one of his tobacco fields Friday in Fuquay Varina, N.C. Heavy rain across the nation’s tobacco-growing territories has soaked the dry weather-loving plants to the point that many can’t be saved.

    Across tobacco country, crops wilt from rain

    In Kentucky, the thunderstorms that started two days before Independence Day and continued into the weekend caused tobacco plants to wilt and collapse about a month before burley harvest shifts into high gear.

    General view of the Air Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner ‘Queen of Sheba’ aeroplane, on the runway Friday near Terminal 3, at Heathrow Airport, London.

    Agency: Dreamliner fire not caused by batteries

    Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said Saturday there was “no evidence of a direct causal relationship” between the Dreamliner’s batteries and the fire.


    That’s a lot of holy water

    GIRARD, Ohio — A spate of five-figure water bills in an Ohio city is being blamed on new software, but a pastor jokes his church’s $93,000 bill was from using too much holy water.


    Two remain critical after six-vehicle crash in Gurnee

    Two young people remain in critical condition following a six-vehicle, chain-reaction crash Friday morning on the Tri-State Tollway in Gurnee, officials said. The patients, both minors, are at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

    From left, Pam Kowalczyk of Bartlett, Lisa Czepiel of Elk Grove Village and Jean Link of Rolling Meadows warm up Friday before running a race at an event at Schaumburg High School to benefit the Mikias Tefera Tibebu Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tibebu, an athlete and honor student at Schaumburg, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in December.

    Schaumburg event raises money for memorial scholarship

    Schaumburg High School hosted a fundraising event Friday for the Mikias Tefera Tibebu Memorial Scholarship in District 211. Tibebu, a senior athlete and honor student, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in December.

    The charred remains of an armored vehicle are loaded onto a trick after a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a police checkpoint that killed a police colonel in El-Arish, Egypt, Friday, July 12, 2013. Officials say the attack happened early on Friday south the city of El-Arish when militants fired an RPG at an armored car at the checkpoint, killing 40-year-old Lt. Col. Ahmed Mahmoud. Islamic extremists have intensified attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, striking almost daily against the military and security forces, as well as targeting minority Christians. The violence raises the possibility of a military move, and the region's Bedouin residents are fearing an increase in instability.

    In Egypt's Sinai, militants intensify attacks

    Military attack helicopters rattle over the impoverished desert towns of northern Sinai and the sound of gunfire erupts nightly, raising fears among residents of a looming confrontation between Egypt's military and Islamic militants who have intensified attacks since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

    Firefighters, lower center, stand by a tarpaulin sheet covering the body of a Chinese teen struck by a fire truck during the emergency response to the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. The girl was hit by a fire truck while covered with firefighting foam, authorities said Friday, July 12, revealing a startling detail that suggested she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath.

    Third Chinese girl dies from injuries in SF crash

    A girl who had been in intensive care since the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight has died, hours after authorities confirmed one of the two Chinese teenagers killed in the disaster was hit by a fire truck speeding to the crash site. The disclosure about the Chinese teenager raised the tragic possibility that she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath.


    CTA looks to Theaster Gates for station artwork

    The Chicago Transit Authority is turning to an artist with a background in urban planning to pull off its largest public artwork project. The work of Chicago native Theaster Gates includes sculpture, installations and performance art. He's also gotten attention for using community art projects to revitalize poorer areas of the city.


    Boy rescued from sand dune in Chicago hospital

    Officials say an 8-year-old boy rescued after being buried in a sand dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is being treated at a Chicago hospital. He partially fell into a hole and then got trapped under 11 feet of sand before rescuers managed to pull him out on Friday.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Twenty-three individuals were arrested July 5 on the 2200 block of Elm Road in Barrington and charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor.

    Maureen Lewis

    St. Charles ready for birth of new liquor commission

    St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina has announced both the two citizen and two aldermanic appointees to the pending new liquor commission. If the appointments are approved, and if the liquor commission is created, a host of issues awaits the new body to resolve.


    Group wants teen center in downtown Naperville

    Teens want to spend time in downtown Naperville, yet they have no specific place to call their own. Leaders of a new nonprofit group called Naperbridge say they’re looking to solve this dilemma by establishing a teen center downtown. “They’re already hanging out downtown, so why not give them a safe and welcoming place to belong?” said Andy Jack, Naperbridge’s executive director.

    The Island Lake man who stands to receive a $20,000 payout from the village for settling a lawsuit is married to the treasurer of Mayor Charles Amrich’s campaign committee, state records show.

    Husband of Island Lake mayor’s campaign treasurer getting $20,000 from village

    The Island Lake man who stands to receive a $20,000 payout from the village for settling a politically tinged libel lawsuit is married to the new treasurer of Mayor Charles Amrich’s campaign committee, state records show. “Anytime you have one donor bigfoot an election in that way, it raises questions about whose priorities are driving the conversation,” said David Morrison, acting director of...

    Elgin police officer John Slocum and Keiser, a German shepherd, were a K-9 unit in Elgin for six years. Keiser died on duty July 5 from cancer. Keiser was the first Elgin Police Department dog to die on duty. The department plans to create a memorial in its lobby to honor all service dogs that have worked in Elgin. Police officials still are determining whether to get another dog.

    Elgin police dog is its first to die on duty

    One of Elgin’s three police dogs died of cancer last week. Keiser, a German sheperd, was the first dog to die while on duty in the city "He was an extremely efficient, very high-drive, phenomenal police service dog, as well as good friend and partner to me,” said his handler, Officer John Slocum.

    A cyclist slows to ride past pedestrians on the Busse Woods bike path. Trail advocates list simple courtesy as a top way to peacefully coexist and stay safe on the trails.

    Caution, courtesy keys to safety on mixed-use trails

    The tragic death of a woman who was accidentally hit by a bicyclist as she walked around Lake Arlington, is a sad reminder of the social compact between users that must exist on public trails for people to stay safe. “You have so many types of people ... making the assumption that since they aren't on the road, they're safe,” said Jason Jenkins with the Active Transportation Alliance.

    Glenbard West High School student Morgan Riley shakes hands with Friday, who she is raising for Canine Companions for Independence, which provides service dogs for people with disabilities.

    Glen Ellyn teen trains dogs to serve people with disabilities

    High school student Morgan is raising her sixth puppy for Canine Companion, an organization that provides service dogs for people with disabilities. Morgan, who expects to have raised eight dogs by the time she graduates from high school, will give a presentation on service dogs at the Glen Ellyn Public Library on July 13.


    The Bulls will probably carry on next season without late-game hero Nate Robinson, according to Mike McGraw.

    Could NBA Central be on verge of a comeback?

    The Central Division hasn’t sent a team to the NBA Finals since Cleveland lost to San Antonio in 2007. Maybe things are looking up, though, after this summer of heavy player movement. Here's a look at how the Bulls and their Central rivals shape up.


    Errors costly in Cougars’ loss

    The Kane County Cougars committed 3 errors in the first two innings behind starter Tayler Scott leading to 5 unearned runs in a 9-1 loss to the West Michigan Whitecaps on Saturday night at Fifth Third Ballpark. The lone run for the Cougars (4-17, 34-53) came in the top of the first inning when Dan Vogelbach homered over the right-field wall. Whitecaps pitchers shut down the Cougars from there.

    Cubs starter Matt Garza delivers a pitch during the first inning Saturday against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

    Garza basks in the glow

    There aren’t many sports venues where the home team can enter 9 games under .500 and inspire an atmosphere like the one at Wrigley Field on Saturday night. A lot of good things converged to make that possible: The rival St. Louis Cardinals were in town. The weather was perfect. And the season-high crowd of 42,240 saw an entertaining, if not always pretty, game as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-4.


    Martin keys Boomers rally

    Game coverage of the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League:Bobby Martin’s fourth hit of the season provided the Schaumburg Boomers with their seventh walk-off win of the season, capping a wild final three innings in a 10-9 win over the Traverse City Beach Bums at Boomers Stadium on Saturday night.Martin’s heroics came on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the bases loaded to score both Steve McQuail and Brian McConkey. Martin had entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth.

    Luis Valbuena watches his 2-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago, Saturday, July 13, 2013.

    Cubs not about to rush into placing video board

    The Cubs are closer to getting final approval on their proposed Wrigley Field renovations. But they say they won't rush into putting up a giant video board.


    Jamboree more than a passing fancy for Dist. 203, 204

    In seven short weeks when Naperville Central hosts Waubonsie Valley and Naperville North visits Neuqua Valley to open the 2013 high school football season, sparks will fly. Friday saw a more civil and neighborly meeting of those teams at the inaugural Jersey Mike’s District 203-204 Football Jamboree, Neuqua, Waubonsie, the Napervilles and Metea Valley engaged in a round robin of 7-on-7 passing games at Naperville Central.

    The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of Saturday’s game. The Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 at Wrigley Field.

    Garza pitches Cubs to 6-4 victory over Cardinals

    Matt Garza pitched into the seventh inning for his fifth consecutive win and Alfonso Soriano homered again, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Garza allowed a season-high 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings, but held the NL’s highest scoring offense to two runs while improving to 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts.

    Jockey Rosie Napravnik guides Rahystrada to victory in the Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park on Saturday.

    Ageless Rahystrada gets 3rd Arlington Handicap win

    OK, if Saturday is any indication of what it’s going to be like at Arlington Park in about a month or so, you might want to go ahead and order your Million Day tickets now because you’re in for a treat.


    Bulls roll in summer-league opener

    Shooting guard Andrew Goudelock scored 26 points in 27 minutes and the Bulls rolled to an 81-67 victory over Memphis in their opening game at the Las Vegas summer league on Saturday. Marquis Teague finished with 12 points and Malcolm Thomas added 11.

    Matt Thornton was a solid relief pitcher for the White Sox, but it was time to trade him, according to Matt Spiegel.

    Longing for those old starry nights

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

    Daniel Summerhays is atop the leaderboard looking back at the rest of the field, leading the John Deere Classic by 2 strokes after three rounds.

    Change in the wind at Deere Classic

    Could Sunday bring a changing of the guard at the John Deere Classic? Saturday’s developments at TPC Deere Run certainly suggested that’s a strong possibility.Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker, the poster boys for the PGA Tour stop over the last four years, fell off the pace in the third round as up-and-comers Daniel Summerhays and David Hearn moved to the top of the leaderboard.

    Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham (15) is greeted by Alexei Ramirez after scoring on an Alejandro De Aza double in the fifth inning during game one of a baseball doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

    Ramirez lifts Sox over Phils in Game 1

    PHILADELPHIA — Alexei Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. After a 41-minute rain delay following the top of the ninth, White Sox righty Nate Jones escaped a no-out, second-and-third jam in the bottom half.The teams were forced to play two after Friday night’s interleague game was rained out. John Lannan faces Chicago’s Hector Santiago in the nightcap. Alejandro De Aza hit a two-out triple off J.C. Ramirez (0-1) in the 11th and Ramirez followed with a liner to right-center for his fourth hit. Ramirez then scored when shortstop Jimmy Rollins booted Alex Rios’ grounder for an error.


    Bucks sign OJ Mayo to 3-year, $24 million deal

    The Milwaukee Bucks signed free agent guard O.J. Mayo on Saturday, hoping he will add some much-needed offensive punch to a roster that is searching for some after a summer of upheaval. The Bucks agreed to terms on a three-year, $24 million contract with Mayo last week. But thanks to a series of moves that general manager John Hammond has in the works, the Bucks had to wait until Saturday to make the contract official.The 25-year-old Mayo averaged 15.3 points for the Dallas Mavericks last season, and he should have no trouble finding shots in this new-look Bucks lineup. Hammond executed a sign-and-trade deal with the Suns and Clippers that sent J.J. Redick to Los Angeles and volume shooters Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings could soon be following Redick out the door in Milwaukee.Ellis is reportedly set to join the Mavericks in Mayo’s place and the Bucks have signed restricted free agent point guard Jeff Teague, who played for new coach Larry Drew in Atlanta, to an offer sheet. If the Hawks decline to match the offer, Teague will come to Milwaukee and likely spell the end of Jennings’ run with the Bucks.Ellis and Jennings were far and away the leaders in scoring and field goal attempts for the Bucks last season, meaning Mayo should get plenty of opportunities to show that he is capable of carrying the scoring load for an entire season. After spending his first four seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, Mayo hoped to cash in big on the free-agent market last summer. But the money dried up quickly across the league, and he wound up taking a deal with the Mavericks that paid him more than $4 million last season. He opted out of his two-year deal to test the waters once again, and for a moment it appeared that he could be stuck on the outside looking in for a second straight summer. Mayo’s name was near the top of the list of available shooting guards, a list that also included Redick and Ellis from the Bucks and Kevin Martin from the Oklahoma City Thunder.Mayo was inundated with attention when the market opened on July 1, speaking to the Timberwolves, Clippers, Bucks and several other teams. The Clippers pulled off a sign-and-trade that brought Redick to Los Angeles and the Wolves did the same to land Martin from Houston. With the Bucks getting nowhere in talks to bring Ellis back, Hammond shifted his sights to Mayo. In Milwaukee, Mayo will immediately become an offensive focal point like he was in the first few months of last season in Dallas while star Dirk Nowitzki sat out with a knee injury. They added steady veteran point guard Luke Ridnour in a trade with the Timberwolves earlier this week, but still were looking for the kind of player who can get to the basket and score in transition. Mayo seems to fit that bill. He shot nearly 45 percent from the field, which was the second-highest mark of his career, and showed flashes of potential to be a go-to scorer during the early part of last season while the Mavericks waited for Nowitzki’s return. He averaged 20.9 points and shot 52.9 percent from 3-point range in the first month of last season, including a 40-point game at Houston on Dec. 8.Mayo shot a career-best 40.7 percent from 3-point range last season for the Mavericks, but his production dipped noticeably as the season wore on.The Bucks have Ersan Ilyasova in the front court, but there are few offensive threats on the rest of the roster. Larry Sanders emerged as one of the best defensive players in the league last season, but his offensive game is still raw. John Henson showed some promise as a rookie last year, but likely is not ready to assume a major role yet. Carlos Delfino and Zaza Pachulia have also agreed to terms on deals but are role players.


    Dixon makes it 2 straight with win at Toronto

    TORONTO — Scott Dixon passed Sebastien Bourdais with nine laps to go Saturday to win on the street course at Toronto. It’s Dixon’s second consecutive win after picking up his first victory of the season last weekend at Pocono. The 31st win of his career moved him into a tie for seventh on the all-time win list with teammate Dario Franchitti, Bourdais and Paul Tracy. Bourdais was second in his first podium finish since the 2007 Champ Car season. Franchitti was third after giving up the position to Will Power on the last lap, but Power couldn’t make the pass stick as he hit the tire barrier after slipping ahead.Maro Andretti was fourth, followed by Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan and IndyCar Series leader Helio Castroneves. Power dropped to 15th.

    Stage winner Mark Cavendish of Britain drinks as he rides with his teammates in the breakaway during the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 173 kilometers (108.1 miles) with start in in Tours and finish in Saint-Amand-Montrond, western France, Friday July 12 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Last week of vertical torture will decide Tour

    Now, the Tour de France goes sharply uphill, much more sharply than last year. More likely than not, the champion who will be crowned next Sunday in Paris will be the rider who copes best with this last week of vertical torture.The pain starts on Sunday on the horrid climb of Mont Ventoux.


    Dwight Howard, from Superman to Rocket Man

    Dwight Howard has a new team and catchy new nickname. “He’s not Superman anymore. He’s Rocket Man now,” longtime Rockets broadcaster Bill Worrell said Saturday as he introduced the team’s major free agent acquisition.

    Colton Moskal of Lake Zurich blocks a Crystal Lake South punt for a safety in the first half of the Class 7A state playoff opener.

    Lake Zurich football star plays in dad's memory

    This Lake Zurich football star who has committed to Syrcause thinks of his dad every time he steps on the field. “I definitely hope I make him proud,” said Colton Moskal , a 6-foot-1, 215-pound middle linebacker and incoming senior who will be playing his third season of varsity football. “I’m going to try to follow in his footsteps.”


    Big day of stakes races at Arlington on Saturday

    If you loves stakes races on the turf, then Arlington Park is the place to be Saturday with a Million Preview Day card that features four Grade III races with purses totaling $750,000.


    H.W. “Bill” Treudt

    Retired West Chicago newspaper publisher dies

    H.W. “Bill” Treudt, a retired suburban journalist and publisher, died Wednesday at his son’s home in West Chicago. He was 89. Treudt spent his career with the West Chicago Press, working as a reporter, photographer, editor and eventually publisher.


    Facebook pushes Graph Search feature to more users

    Over the next few weeks, starting on Monday, Facebook is rolling out its new social search tool, called “Graph Search.” To avoid any unpleasantness, Facebook plans to notify users that it’s “getting easier for people to find photos and other things you’ve shared with them." “The goal is to avoid bad surprises,” said Nicky Jackson Colaco. But she stressed Facebook’s view that the search tool “indexes information differently than we have ever been able to do before, in a really positive way.”


    Web monitoring devices made by Blue Coat detected in Iran, Sudan

    American-made devices used for Internet monitoring have been detected on government and commercial computer networks in Iran and Sudan, in apparent violation of U.S. sanctions that ban the sale of goods, services or technology to the autocratic states, according to new research. “The human rights implications of finding these surveillance technologies in these countries are extremely worrying. It’s a systemic problem,” said Morgan Marquis-Boire.

    In this Sept. 22, 2011 file photo, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gestures during the Facebook f/8 conference in San Francisco. He will host a video chat discussing the company’s quarterly results on July 22, 2013.

    Netflix to host video chat in lieu of earns call

    Netflix Inc. said late Monday that instead of its regular conference call, CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Financial Officer David Wells will host a video chat on July 22 discussing the company’s quarterly results. Investors will be able to submit questions to the moderators by email or Twitter.

    The Xperia Z helps Sony catch up with offerings from Samsung and HTC, but one feature stands out; Its water-resistant shell means you can submerge the phone up to 3 feet deep for up to 30 minutes.

    AP reviews new smartphones: Android, iOS and more

    New phones are continually coming out. Which should you buy? Here’s a summary of The Associated Press’ recent phone reviews, including a new Android phone from Sony. — Android Devices:Xperia Z, Sony Corp.The Xperia Z mostly catches up with offerings from Samsung and HTC, but one feature stands out: Its water-resistant shell means you can submerge the phone at least 3 feet deep for up to 30 minutes. Making water resistance a standard feature is something more phone makers should adopt as phones become companions to our active lives. Sony also enhances Google’s Android system, without overly cluttering the phone. Enhancements include battery-saving features. The Xperia also brings a lot of features from Sony’s stand-alone Cyber-shot cameras, while letting you highlight only the ones you actually need. Sony’s new phone offering is impressive for a company better known for TVs, cameras and game machines. — Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology WriterGalaxy S4, Samsung Electronics Co.The S4 is an excellent device from a hardware standpoint. Its 5-inch screen is larger than its predecessor, yet it’s a tad lighter and smaller. The display is sharp, at 441 pixels per inch. Samsung packed the Android device with a slew of custom features, including new camera tools and the ability to perform tasks by waving a finger over a sensor. Many of the features, however, make the phone more complicated to use. In some cases, custom features work only some of the time. In other cases, you’re confronted with too many ways to do similar things. The S4 might be for you if you don’t mind spending time customizing it. Otherwise, you must bypass all the gimmicks to get to what otherwise is a good phone. — Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology WriterHTC One, HTC Corp.The One is a phone that can match Apple’s standards of feel and finish. Plastic and metal are joined together so well that you can’t tell by feel where one ends and the other starts. The 4.7-inch screen is also quite a sight, its 468 pixels per inch among the best. Two front-facing speakers give you real stereo sound when turned sideways to watch a movie. HTC’s camera has a lower resolution than most. Promises of better lowlight shots from its larger sensors only partly delivered. Like other Android phone makers, HTC adds confusion by customizing the interface. There are four different “home” screens from which to launch apps, for instance. The One is worth checking out as an alternative to the Galaxy S4 from Samsung, which also adds complication with its custom features. — Peter Svensson, AP Technology WriterGoogle Play PhonesGoogle has worked with both Samsung and HTC to come out with a “Google Play” edition of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One phones. Instead of using customized software from Samsung and HTC, the Google phones run a pure version of Android, as developed by Google. Essentially, the Google versions of these phones are replicas of the originals, with most of the bells and whistles removed. That’s a good thing, as many of those “improvements” added to Android by Samsung and HTC actually make the phones more complex to use. The bad news: The Google edition of the S4 sells for $649, while Google’s HTC One goes for $599, compared with the $100 to $200 that you can typically get the original models for with a two-year agreement. And the phones don’t work on Verizon and Sprint’s CDMA networks. — Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer — Blackberry Devices:Blackberry Q10, Blackberry Ltd.

    The Xperia Z, helps Sony catch up with offerings from Samsung and HTC, but one feature stands out; Its water-resistant shell means you can submerge the phone up to 3 feet deep for up to 30 minutes.

    Review: Sony phone’s water resistance stands out

    Think of a leading phone maker. Apple and Samsung might come to mind — maybe even HTC, maker of the well-received One. But you’re probably not thinking Sony, a company better known for its TVs, cameras and video game machines. With the new Xperia Z, Sony shows it can play in the smartphone big leagues.

    Robert Post, 85, walks down the stairs in his home, in Mantoloking, N.J., which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy last year. Post has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone, but the phone company refuses to restore the area’s landlines after they were damaged by the storm because it says phone lines are outdated.

    Telephone companies abandon copper phone lines

    Post, 85, has a pacemaker that needs to be checked once a month by phone. But the copper wiring that once connected his home to the rest of the world is gone, and the phone company refuses to restore it. For now, Verizon, the country’s second-largest landline phone company, is taking the lead by replacing phone lines with wireless alternatives. Phone lines are outdated, the company says.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about Instagram’s new video feature at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Facebook’s Instagram starts tool for embedding images across Internet

    Facebook Inc. is unveiling tools for its Instagram service that will let users embed photos and videos on outside websites, including blogs and news providers, seeking to spread its influence and woo more consumers. The new feature requires a few clicks of a mouse to place a video or photo on a Web page, Facebook said in a blog post today.


    Now is the time to hide your Facebook secrets

    Facebook opened Graph Search to a limited audience earlier this year, but it’s rolling it out to everyone over the next couple of weeks, starting this week. Graph Search indexes everyone’s public posts, likes, photos, interests, etc. to make them as easy as possible for everyone else -- from friends to exes to cops to advertisers to your boss -- to find.


    Smartphones dominant force in game industry

    As smartphones become more common, games for the multifunctional devices have turned into a hot commodity, with some logging huge download numbers and game makers for traditional cell phones shifting course toward what seems to be the future of gaming. “Google and Apple have realized how profitable video games are, so they will probably add more game apps this year,” said Atsuo Nakayama, a consultant who specializes in the video game industry.


    Google Plus does photos best

    Almost two years ago, I predicted that Google would soon kill off the network, although now that prediction is looking pretty shaky. While Google has failed to turn its network into a place to catch up with your friends — because your friends are on Facebook — it has turned it into an amazing place for pictures.

    A new Google Inc. Chromebook Pixel laptop is displayed at a launch event in San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. Chromebook laptops are attracting consumers as PC sales decline.

    Google Chromebook under $300 defies PC market with growth

    Google Inc.’s Chromebook was dismissed as a bare-bones laptop with limited appeal when it debuted two years ago. Now it’s defying skeptics and gaining share as the rest of the personal-computer market shrinks. “While we were skeptical initially, I think Chromebooks definitely have found a niche in the marketplace,” Stephen Baker, an analyst at NPD, said.


    T-Mobile to allow frequent phone upgrades for fee

    T-Mobile says it will let people upgrade phones more quickly for a $10 monthly fee. With the new Jump plan, a customer will be able to get a new phone if the old one malfunctions or gets lost, or even if there’s a better phone that comes out.

Life & Entertainment


    Home fix: Condensate drainpipe leak could cause water stain

    Q. Recently I noticed a stain on the ceiling in the hall on the first floor of my home. Because the home is a two-story design, I had no idea a leak could be in the middle of the hall, but there is no leak on the ceilings of the second-floor rooms. The stain is not under or near a bathroom, but there is a chimney to the furnace in a closet on the second floor. I checked the chimney and could not locate a leak. Is this something you might have information on or a solution to my query?


    Condo talk: Who can serve on association board

    Q. Many units in our association are owned by entities, rather than by individual people. Our annual meeting is coming up, and a question has been raised as to who is eligible to serve on the board when a unit is owned by a corporation or limited liability company.


    On homes and real estate: Buyer and seller should hire a lawyer

    Q. My tenant has been renting from me for 18 years. He has received some money and wants to buy the house. It will be a cash deal. What have we got to do now to formalize this sale? I know probably a lawyer will be needed. There will be no inspection because he knows the house. Where do we start?


    Mortgage professor: Calculator can help you decide on affordability

    The house purchase season is now in full swing, and many wannabe purchasers are wondering whether or not they can afford the price quoted on the house they would like to buy.

    Mariah Carey performs in Central Park during the All-Star Charity Concert to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims on Saturday in New York.

    An injured Mariah Carey performs at MLB-Sandy show

    Pop diva Mariah Carey performed in a fashionable sling that matched her shimmering white dress on Central Park’s Great Lawn on Saturday night for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert. It was for the benefit of Superstorm Sandy victims. The 43-year-old went to the hospital Sunday after dislocating her shoulder while filming a music video. She told the crowd Saturday she “was in a tiny bit of pain, but I’m OK.”

    Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire (right) talks with Max Brooks, writer of the best-seller “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars,” at Harper College before Brooks speaking engagement to a packed house about the undead phenomena.

    ‘World War Z’ author Max Brooks visits Harper

    Novelist/actor Max Brooks came to Palatine’s Harper College campus Friday night to talk all things zombie during a presentation at the Performing Arts Center. He is the author of the book “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars,” now a Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt.

    Instead of getting frustrated when your child doesn’t complete their chores, help them out and encourage them by saying it helps when two people work together.

    How to keep your cool with your kids during the heat of summer

    While the summer heat scorches the ground outside, the tension inside your house could reach new highs unless you stay calm, cool and collected with your kids. Here are some suggestions to reduce the stress.

    A model wears white denim shorts and a two-tone blue denim top. Many stores are recognizing that shoppers like to purchase their summer clothing when the weather is warm enough for them to wear it.

    Summer shopping? How to score the best from sales

    Don’t worry if you never got around to buying a summer ensemble in time to make a splash at a pool party or barbecue. Now the fun kind of summer shopping begins, those exhilarating trips to your favorite haunts where you can score a swimsuit, sundress and sandals — all on sale — just before embarking on a week at the beach.

    Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu film season 2 of “Elementary” on the banks of the Thames in London. Sherlock Holmes is back on home turf in the second-season premiere of “Elementary” — and so, a bit uncomfortably, is star Jonny Lee Miller.

    ‘Elementary’ brings a stateside Sherlock to London

    Sherlock Holmes is back on home turf in the second-season premiere of “Elementary” — and so, a bit uncomfortably, is star Jonny Lee Miller. “It’s a little bit surreal, to be honest with you,” said the British actor, who plays a New York-based Sherlock in CBS’ modern-day take on the great detective. It was the U.S. setting that convinced him to do the show, which debuted last fall on the heels of both Robert Downey Jr.’s big-screen Holmes and the BBC’s acclaimed series “Sherlock,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Take a look at new shoots growing on a favorite shrub or vine and you’ll see that the bases of these shoots may be beginning to toughen up, their once soft, green outer layer turning brown and woody. Such shoots, snipped from the mother plants as so-called half-woody cuttings, can be rooted to make new plants.

    Hormones help make new plants from cuttings

    Take a look at new shoots growing on a favorite shrub or vine and you’ll see that the bases of these shoots may be beginning to toughen up, their once soft, green outer layer turning brown and woody. Such shoots, snipped from the mother plants as so-called half-woody cuttings, can be rooted to make new plants. Cuttings made from shoots still soft and green are called softwood cuttings. Those cut from thoroughly woody, leafless shoots taken in winter are called hardwood cuttings. Plant hormones, called auxins, play an important role in rooting any of these kinds of cuttings.

    Trace Adkins is set to perform Saturday at the RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

    Weekend picks: Trace Adkins and Co. play RiverEdge

    Fans of country music won't want to miss Trace Adkins' “Country Lineup” featuring Drake White, Blackberry Smoke and Aaron Lewis Saturday at Aurora's RiverEdge Park. More than 600 re-enactors will portray Civil War soldiers and more at the annual Civil War Days at Wauconda's Lakewood Forest Preserve. Enjoy samples from more than 50 different brewers at the 10th Annual Barrington Brew Fest Saturday.

    “Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of the Changing Global Economy” by Amy Larkin

    Amy Larkin puts conservation in business terms

    Money doesn’t grow on trees, especially not when you’ve cut down all the trees to reap short-term profits, argues a former Greenpeace USA official pitching conservation to corporate executives. Amy Larkin might be expected to publish a screed against corporations for their polluting greed. Instead, “Environmental Debt” highlights the efforts companies such as Puma, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Tiffany & Co. have already made to reduce waste, change their supply chains and embrace environmentally sustainable practices.

    “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner

    Actress Ava Gardner's bawdy banter powers new book

    “I'm tired of remembering,” actress Ava Gardner laments during one of many sessions with the ghostwriter working on her memoir. “I'm sick of trying to explain myself all the time.” The project that began in 1988 fell apart after Gardner discovered that her chosen writer, Peter Evans, had once angered Frank Sinatra. “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” is not the book that either Evans or Gardner had envisioned. It's less the story of Gardner's life than a memoir by Evans.

    Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford, right) integrates the Brooklyn Dodgers by hiring Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) in “42.”

    DVD previews: ‘42,’ ‘Bullet to the Head’
    Brian Helgeland has succeeded in “42,” a soaring portrayal of Jackie Robinson’s entry into Major League Baseball in 1947. Anchored by a quietly compelling lead performance by Chadwick Boseman, “42” begins in 1945, when Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) decides to integrate the team. The film is coming to DVD Tuesday.

    Food trucks bring restaurant-quality yet portable food, like these meatloaf cupcakes, to people in shopping center parking lots and parks.

    Move over Mom: Jerome rolls along with food trucks

    Food trucks is the latest culinary trend rolling through the suburbs. And we're not just talking ice cream trucks here. From cupcakes and grilled cheese sandwiches to tacos and meatloaf, all sorts of on-the-go items are available for streetside eating.

    Provide feeders so hummingbirds have a constant source of nectar.

    Invite hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden

    There is a diversity of wildlife that call your garden home, but none are as welcomed as butterflies and hummingbirds. These brightly colored winged guests are attracted to a wide assortment of annuals, perennials, vines, shrubs and trees.


    @$ID/[No paragraph style]:Blackhawks captain Chris Chelios congratulates teammate Joe Murphy in this April 24, 1996, photo.

    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors are standing on a few soapboxes with opinions about the Metra hearings, Chris Chelios' honor, a local good Samaritan and proposed federal cuts for science research.


    Blame love of money for our woes
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: As a result of reading Gerald Wester’s “A way to rein in college tuition costs” and Mark Evenson’s “Inflated pensions weren’t intended” comments, we are reminded of St. Paul’s letter to Timothy (1 Timothy 6:10), which states, “Love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.”


    Aircraft with problems still in high demand
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: In spite of the problems, the article states that United is very pleased with the Boeing 787 even as the jet “suffers teething pains.” I’d say it is a little more serious than “teething pains.”


    Hultgren a champion for strong infrastructure
    A letter to the editor: I want to applaud U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren and his fellow members of Congress for expressing their concern for infrastructure investment in a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi last week.


    Speed limit increase would bring more deaths
    A Spring Grove letter to the editor: The National Maximum Speed Law enacted and signed into law on Jan. 2, 1974, officially designated the maximum speed limit not to exceed 55 mph. Although some believed the act did indeed assist in lowering the fatality rate, continued safety improvements in automobiles likely contributed as well. Due to general lack of popularity of the act, and noncompliance of many states, the law was eventually repealed.


    Fabulous foul ball memory for the ages
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: My family and I attended the White Sox, Indians doubleheader June 17 at the Cell. It was the longest doubleheader in history for two nine-inning games; 7 hours and 53 minutes, plus 63 minutes between games and a 25 minute rain delay. The Pale Hose blew a 5-0 lead in game one, getting crushed 19-10. Then they blew a three-run ninth inning lead in the nightcap, losing 9-8.


    Peeling back the liberal onion
    A McHenry letter to the editor: Most condemning of the IRS documents detailing the intrusive, politically-motivated probing of Tea Party groups calls for focused scrutiny of those organizations openly “teaching the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.” Apparently this regime deems the Founding documents to be curiously subversive and thereby dangerous.


    Consider Cullerton pension bill
    An Aurora leter to the editor: Teachers have been told their retirement benefits must be cut because the state has a budget problem. This is especially hard for teachers to accept because we do not get Social Security. More than 70 years ago, the state decided to establish the pension as an alternative to Social Security because it would save the state money. And it has. Pensions actually cost less than Social Security.


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