Daily Archive : Tuesday July 16, 2013


    Former featherweight professional boxer Jose Hernandez, right, and his father Jose Hernandez Sr., both of Round Lake, plan to open a training academy in Round Lake after getting the go-ahead from the village board.

    Ex-pro boxer wants to catch “Falling Stars” with Round Lake academy

    Jose Hernandez, 37, hung up his gloves as a professional boxer three years ago, but now the Round Lake resident is looking to pick them up again — to teach boxing to at-risk youths in the community. “We can train these kids to exceed their potential by pushing them. Boxing did it for me. It's hard work,” Hernandez said.

    Wheeling firefighters rest after putting out a fire that destroyed this home on Carnoustie Lane in Inverness Tuesday evening.

    State fire marshal investigating Inverness blaze

    Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office and Palatine Rural Fire Protection District Wednesday morning began sifting through the remains of a charred mansion in Inverness. It may be a couple of days before officials determine what caused the three-alarm blaze that took roughly 100 firefighters from at least two dozen suburban departments more than two hours to extinguish Tuesday...

    A consulting firm is recommending that Schaumburg disband its undercover vice squad after the scandal that developed from the January arrests of officers Matthew Hudak, Terrance O'Brien and John Cichy.

    Schaumburg told to drop undercover vice unit

    Six months to the day after three undercover Schaumburg police officers were arrested on drug conspiracy charges, village leaders Tuesday heard consultants' recommendation to disband the vice unit the officers belonged to. Wide-ranging jobs like the ones the Special Investigations Bureau took on should best be left to truly regional task forces, the consultants said.

    Robert Sauceda

    Controversial Kane County hire's job not in budget

    The most controversial hire in Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen's early tenure may be out of job after this year. There is no billing manager position included in the 2014 Kane County Animal Control budget. However, officials plan on hiring an animal control director, which is the position Lauzen originally wanted Sauceda to have.

    Former state Sen. David Regner is back in Illinois recovering from cancer and two strokes.

    Former state senator recovering from cancer, strokes

    Longtime state Sen. David Regner, who also served as Palatine Township supervisor for 12 years, has returned to Illinois to continue his recovery from cancer and two strokes. The South Barrington man is settling into an Inverness nursing care facility and hopes to hear from friends and former colleagues.

    Kathy Birkett

    District 204 Superintendent Birkett to retire next year

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 will say goodbye next year to Superintendent Kathy Birkett, who is stepping down after a 35-year career in which she rose from teaching physical education to holding the district's top position. “I have a great love for District 204,” Birkett said. “The district grew so quickly and I just never had a desire to leave. This is a great community,...


    Des Plaines puts 6-month stop on issuing new cab licenses

    The Des Plaines City Council Monday approved a six-month moratorium on issuing new taxicab licenses to give city staff a chance to study and develop a proposal addressing the high number of violations by licensed companies. Since 2010, there have been about 600 parking or compliance violations issued to taxicab licensees after complaints from customers.


    Sugar Grove nixes selling guns from storage

    Sugar Grove won't pick up a little extra money by selling turned in or confiscated guns, the village board advised the police chief Tuesday night.

    Cory Monteith, who shot to fame in the hit TV series “Glee” but was beset by addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be alive, died Saturday from a heroin and alcohol overdose, the Vancouver, British Columbia, coroner said.

    Coroner: 'Glee' actor died of overdose

    “Glee” actor Cory Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol, the British Columbia coroner's office said Tuesday. “There is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most tragic accident,” the office said in a statement. The 31-year-old was found dead in his Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday, after he didn't check out...

    Miguel Angel Trevino Morales

    Capture of Zetas leader unlikely to quell violence

    The capture of the notoriously brutal Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales is a serious blow to Mexico’s most feared drug cartel but experts cautioned that taking down the group’s command structure is unlikely to diminish violence in the border states where it dominates through terror. “It’s another link in the destruction of the Zetas as a coherent, identifiable organization,” said...


    Bomb threat empties Indpendence Grove Forest Preserve

    Activity areas at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville were cleared Tuesday evening after a bomb threat. No injuries were reported.

    A fire in a condo on the 300 block of Thornhill Court in Schaumburg on Tuesday left four of eight units uninhabitable.

    Fire causes $600,000 damage to Schaumburg townhome complex

    Fire caused $600,000 damage Tuesday to a townhouse complex in Schaumburg. Firefighters called to 392 Thornhill Court about 2:50 p.m. for a possible electrical fire in a second floor unit encountered heavy smoke and flames on the stairway as the entered. More than a dozen people had escaped safely and were outside when firefighters arrived.

    Military equipment lays in containers aboard a North Korean-flagged ship at the Manzanillo International container terminal on the coast of Colon City, Panama, Tuesday.

    Panama finds suspected weapons on N. Korean ship

    A North Korean ship carrying weapons system parts buried under sacks of sugar was seized as it tried to cross the Panama Canal on its way from Cuba to its home country, which is barred by United Nations sanctions from importing sophisticated weapons or missiles, Panamanian officials said Tuesday.

    This photo released by Zoo Atlanta on Tuesday shows twin panda cubs born Monday to the zoo’s resident giant panda Lun Lun, the first twin pandas born in the United States since 1987.

    Newborn pandas split time between mom, zoo nursery

    Two giant panda cubs are being rotated between their mother and an incubator to ensure the newborn twins are properly fed and receive equal doses of maternal nurturing, officials at an Atlanta zoo said Tuesday. A 15-year-old giant panda named Lun Lun gave birth to the cubs Monday evening at Zoo Atlanta.

    Estefania Galvis, from Jacksonville, Fla., participates in a demonstration outside the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Tuesday in response to the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman.

    After Zimmerman verdict, justice remains on trial

    Justice is supposed to be the American way. But the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin has revealed two starkly different visions of what Americans think justice should be.

    Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. strongly condemned “Stand Your Ground” laws Tuesday, saying the measures “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense” and may encourage “violent situations to escalate.”

    Holder criticizes stand-your-ground laws

    Stand-your-ground laws that allow a person who believes he is in danger to use deadly force in self-defense “sow dangerous conflict” and need to be reassessed, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday in assailing the statutes that exist in many states.

    Hermila Garcia

    Elgin woman gets jail, probation for DuPage credit union theft

    An Elgin woman will serve jail time and probation for stealing more than $3,000 from a nonprofit credit union that serves DuPage County government workers. Hermila Garcia, 34, also must pay back the $3,875 she took from the DuPage County Employees Credit Union in Wheaton, a judge has ruled.

    Jeremy A. Betancourt

    Antioch teen charged in fatal racing crash remains free on $100,000 bail

    Despite a second attempt to increase bail, it will remain the same for a 17-year-old Antioch Township boy charged with aggravated DUI in the death of a teenage girl during a street race in Gurnee last month. Lake County Judge Raymond Collins said Jeremy Betancourt can remain free on $100,000 bail but said it will be reviewed again when the former Antioch High School student completes treatment at...

    Many local mosquito abatement districts and health departments test batches of mosquitoes for the West Nile virus at various labs. This is a close-up of one of the mosquitoes.

    Mosquitoes in Algonquin test postive for West Nile

    The first mosquito trap to test positive for the West Nile virus in Kane County this season is from Algonquin. Officials expect positive tests in other parts of the county to follow within a few weeks. They are also telling people to be on the watch for a higher number of ticks.

    Jack Schaffer

    Internal strife on Metra board peaks with demand for information

    Turmoil continues at Metra as one director accuses its chairman of keeping board members in the dark about the spiraling costs of ex CEO Alex Clifford's separation package.

    West Chicago Park District will break ground next month on its $15.5 million recreation center in Reed-Keppler Park.

    West Chicago breaking ground on rec center

    Work is scheduled to begin early next month on a yearlong project to build a $15.5 million, 67,000-square-foot recreation center in West Chicago's Reed-Keppler Park. When complete, park district officials say the center near 129 W. National St. will meet a long-simmering demand for indoor recreation.

    Grafton Township uses this aging bus and two vans to operate its senior bus service. But officials are making moves to bolster the program as well as the bus fleet.

    Grafton Twp. asking for help with senior bus service

    Grafton Township officials are looking to bolster their senior bus service by seeking help from McHenry County, Pace Suburban Bus Service and Rutland Township residents. Grafton Township Supervisor James Kearns on Tuesday submitted a grant application to the county in hopes of offsetting the cost of the bus service.

    This photo from 2008 shows a satellite communications dome at Waihopai satellite communications interception station near Blenheim, New Zealand. Waihopai satellite communications is part of a surveillance spying alliance known as Five Eyes that groups together five English-speaking democracies — the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

    Experts say US spy alliance will survive Snowden

    A spying alliance known as Five Eyes groups together five English-speaking democracies, and they point to a vital lesson: American information is so valuable, experts say, that no amount of global outrage over secret U.S. surveillance powers would cause Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to ditch the relationship.

    Threats by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to change the Senate’s long-standing filibuster rules apparently succeeded in winning a concession from Republicans, who appear willing to vote on several White House appointments.

    Senate steps back from brink on nominations

    The Senate stepped away from the brink of a meltdown on Tuesday, confirming one of President Barack Obama’s long-stalled nominees, agreeing to quick action on others and finessing a Democratic threat to overturn historic rules that protect minority-party rights.

    Liz Cheney said Tuesday she will run against Wyoming’s senior U.S. senator, Mike Enzi, in next year’s Republican primary.

    Liz Cheney to seek GOP-held Wyoming Senate seat

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney will run against Wyoming’s senior U.S. senator in next year’s Republican primary, her campaign said Tuesday.Liz Cheney's announcement is a political challenge unlike anything Wyoming has seen for years, maybe decades.

    Laura Sandoval

    District 59 appoints Salt Creek principal

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board this week appointed Laura Sandoval as principal of Salt Creek Elementary School in Elk Grove Village. Sandoval will replace Maureen McAbee, who accepted the central office administrative position of executive director of English Language Learning.


    Some question limits on U-46 leadership initiative

    Elgin Area School District U-46 board members Monday discussed the effectiveness of a leaderhsip initiative aimed at encouraging underrepresented parents to get invovled in their children's education at the district level. Some had concerns about the exclusiveness of the program, including the exclusion of non-bilingual parents and the limit of the number of participants in each institute.

    In this image from video made available by NASA, astronauts discuss the aborted spacewalk aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday. A dangerous water leak in the helmet of Luca Parmitano, bottom center facing camera in white suit, drenched his eyes, nose and mouth, preventing him from hearing or speaking as what should have been a routine spacewalk came to an abrupt end.

    Helmet water leak aborts spacewalk; astronaut OK

    NASA aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station on Tuesday because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet that drenched his eyes, nose and mouth.


    Geneva restaurants fined over liquor violations

    Fines and suspensions were handed down Monday for two Geneva businesses accused of selling liquor to a person under age 21.


    Carol Stream considers allowing Pace bus shelters

    Carol Stream officials say they’re open to a proposal by Pace to place bus shelters throughout town. The suburban bus company has proposed installation of as many as six shelters in Carol Stream along Routes 709 and 711 as part of its overall effort to increase ridership.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Rogelio Rosalez, 39, of Aurora, was charged with driving under the influence, driving while license suspended, illegal transportation of alcohol, and driving in the wrong lane after a traffic stop at 12:48 a.m. Monday at North Farnsworth Road and Dearborn Avenue in Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report.


    DuPage County focuses on senior safety as temperatures rise

    With temperatures reaching into the 90s this week, the sheriff's office is reminding DuPage County residents of a free service that aims to protect those most vulnerable to heat-related dangers. Launched in 1997, Sheriff John Zaruba's Guardian System gives users the option of having police check in with them by phone on a regular basis to make sure they're OK.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A resident of the 35W600 block of Tollgate Road near West Dundee reported July 10 that a $180 check he wrote for an in-home nurse had been altered and cashed for $480, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Reward offered in West Chicago sewer grate thefts

    DuPage County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the theft of several storm sewer grates in West Chicago. Police said the grates recently were taken from both the north and south sides of town, with the largest concentration being in the Westgrove subdivision.

    New Lisle village Trustee Bob Mandell takes the oath of office Monday from Deputy Clerk Kristine Curran.

    Lisle names new village trustee

    A longtime Lisle resident with a background in finance has been appointed to the village board to fill the unexpired term of Trustee Ed Young, who stepped down to assume his duties as a Lisle Township trustee. Bob Mandell, the chief financial operating officer of Option Monster Holdings, Inc., was sworn in Monday.

    Police and Elgin Area School District U-46 observers watch from a corner as the Elgin Police SWAT team does a room to room search during a simulated school security breach exercise Tuesday at Abbott Middle School. The scenario included a shooting situation, mock injuries, lockdown, police rapid deployment, building clearing and post-incident debriefing.

    Police, fire officials help U-46 with security drill

    Elgin Area School District U-46 conducts a school security drill at Abbott Middle School with help from the police and fire departments. The exercise will help refine safety measures for the district's students and personnel.

    Culligan International Co. Chief Operating Officer Allan Connolly, left, gives a tour of the company’s expanded Libertyville facility as he talks to Mayor Terry Weppler and Dan Seals, deputy director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The new building consists of manufacturing, assembly, warehousing, and office space and has tripled the capacity of its previous facility.

    Culligan celebrates major expansion of Libertyville facility

    Culligan International Co. employees, clients and others Tuesday celebrated a major expansion of a Libertyville facility geared for engineering, manufacturing and assembly of water treatment solutions.


    Lake Zurich church wants Main Street building for new home

    Northwest Family Church's leader has outlined a proposal to move the flock to a building near an industrial area of Lake Zurich.


    Intersection in Libertyville to close

    Motorists are being alerted that work will begin Wednesday, July 17, to complete the intersection of Brookhill Road and Route 21 (Milwaukee Avenue) in Libertyville.


    District 62 town hall meeting

    House District 62 State Rep. Sam Yingling hosts a town-hall meeting on Thursday, July 18, in Round Lake Beach to discuss issues facing the state.


    Cool off in Waukegan

    Due to the high temperatures expected this week, several locations in Waukegan have been designated as cooling centers.


    Round Lake Beach concert

    The Illinois Brass Band will perform a free community concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18, at the Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach.

    Payton Harlow, left, and his brother, Logan, of Island Lake jump toward their mom, Katie Harlow, at Bangs Lake in Wauconda.

    Hot temperatures, high humidity in forecast this week

    The hottest temperatures of the summer are forecast for the next couple of days, according to accuweather.com. The forecast for today calls for temperatures to almost reach 90 degrees; factor in humidity, and it will feel like it’s 100 degrees. There is a chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon.


    Aurora cops raising money for Special Olympics

    Aurora police will spend about four hours Saturday near Eola Road and Indian Trail accepting spare change from motorists as donations to Special Olympics Illinois.


    Work to close portion of Naperville trail

    A portion of the West Branch Regional Trail near Ogden Avenue in Naperville will be closed for maintenance for two weeks beginning Monday, July 22, officials from the DuPage Forest Preserve District and Naperville Park District said Tuesday.

    Bruce Boxleitner was born in Elgin and lived in Crystal Lake before moving to Mount Prospect and graduating from Prospect High School. He stars in a new Hallmark Channel series, “Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove.”

    Bruce Boxleitner's acting career started at Prospect High

    Bruce Boxleitner, who grew up in Elgin, Crystal Lake and Mount Prospect, has racked up an impressive list of movies and TV shows, including a new Hallmark Channel series “Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove.” Not bad for a kid who used to work at the old Prospect Theater in Mount Prospect. "My dream was to possibly get into television or make movies. I didn't know how to do it. But I...

    Buffalo Grove village officials this week approved a ban on some types of firearms under a measure they say will allow them to take more time with a decision on whether to enact a more wide-reaching ordinance outlawing assault weapons.

    Buffalo Grove approves assault weapon ban, chides state legislature

    A divided Buffalo Grove village board narrowly passed a ban on assault weapons Monday, becoming one of just handful of suburban communities to take up the state legislature on its offer allowing them to bar possession of certain firearms. Approving the measure took a tiebreaking vote by Village President Jeffrey Braiman, who accurately predicted he wouldn’t receive any applause from a capacity...

    D. Court Harris, 28, is sworn in Monday as a Fire and Police Commissioner in Arlington Heights. His is the first appointment to a village commission by new Mayor Tom Hayes.

    Rep. Harris’ son appointed to Arlington Heights commission

    D. Court Harris, Afghanistan war veteran and son of state Rep. David Harris, is making his first foray into local politics, becoming one of the youngest residents to be appointed to a board or commission in Arlington Heights. Harris, 28, was appointed to the Fire and Police Commission on Monday night.

    National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has asked for a temporary asylum in Russia.

    Snowden submits request for asylum in Russia

    National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said, claiming he faces persecution from the U.S. government and could face torture or death.

    Ryan Hukill

    Probation for man who burglarized Elgin cop's home

    A 21-year-old man who got caught red-handed by an Elgin police officer burglarizing the cop's home in January pleaded guilty and received 30 months of probation. Ryan J. Hukill of Elgin also served 180 days in jail, was fined nearly $700 and must submit to drug tests, according to court records.

    Carly Rousso

    Attorney: Highland Park teen suffering from PTSD after fatal crash

    A Highland Park woman accused of huffing cleaning products while driving before hitting and killing a 5-year-old girl has checked herself into a Chicago-area hospital for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, a defense attorney said. Carly Rousso, 19, was unable to attend a mandatory court hearing Tuesday because she was hospitalized, defense attorney Douglas Zeit said. He couldn’t say how...

    Yaritza Vargas

    Waukegan mother held in jail on child abuse charges

    A Waukegan woman accused of beating her 6-month-old child remained held in Lake County jail in lieu of $100,000, a Lake County judge ruled Tuesday. Yaritza Vargas, 19, of the 0 to 100 block of Victory Lane, has been charged with aggravated battery of a child after striking the baby because she not go to sleep, authorities said.


    Cook County businessman sentenced for tax evasion

    A Cook County businessman was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty in March to evading more than $1 million in federal taxes. Prosecutors said Peter Troost, 78, of Skokie, siphoned money he earned from renting commercial properties and a tombstone manufacturing business to an offshore bank account based in Switzerland.

    Silhouetted supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi throw stones toward opponents of Morsi during clashes on a bridge in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 15, 2013.

    New Egypt Cabinet led by liberals

    Egypt’s interim leader on Tuesday swore in the first Cabinet since the military ousted the Islamist president, giving members of the country’s liberal movements key positions and naming three women, the highest number of female ministers in an Egyptian government. The Cabinet of more than 30 ministers does not include any members of Islamist parties — a sign of the deep polarization over the...

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn answers questions about the state’s pension crisis during a news conference in Chicago.

    Quinn, Daley build contrasting campaign funds

    The two Democratic candidates for governor are showing a clear contrast in how they’re building their campaign funds. Gov. Pat Quinn raised $1 million in the three-month report ending June 30. About $625,000 came from individuals. Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley’s national political connections are on display in his fundraising. Daley raised $796,000.

    Actors in “Kiss Me Kate,” from left: Mary Godby; Caitlin Claytor; Seth Groharing; Marc Ford; LeAnne Gadow and Andrew Puccetti.

    Youth troupe to perform ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ at Hersey High School

    The King's Players, a youth theater troupe, will perform Cole Porter's romp through Shakespeare, "Kiss Me, Kate," from July 25-28 at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

    Racers in the pro inline skate tour 10k circuit race are bunched tightly as they roll downhill at the Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports Festival.

    Alexian Brothers fitness festival returns to Hoffman Estates July 20

    The Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports festival is back in Hoffman Estates this weekend. It's a mix of fitness tests and fun events for amateurs; along with the Chicagoland Inline Tour for professionals.

    In this file photo made June 27, 2006, U.S. military guards walk within the Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. A federal judge turned down a bid by three Guantanamo Bay detainees on a hunger strike to stop the government from force-feeding them on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

    Judge turns down bid to end Gitmo force-feeding

    A federal judge Tuesday turned down a bid by three Guantanamo Bay detainees on a hunger strike to stop the government from force-feeding them. “The right to due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments does not include a right to commit suicide and a right to assistance in doing so," Judge Rosemary M. Collyer wrote. Jon Eisenberg, one of the attorneys for the detainees, said Collyer was...

    Estefania Jalvis, from Jacksonville, Fla., wears a hoodie as she holds a sign Tuesday, July 16, 2013, outside the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. The Rev. Al Sharpton announced Tuesday that he will lead a national “Justice for Trayvon” day this weekend to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

    Sharpton to lead ‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies

    The Rev. Al Sharpton announced Tuesday that he will lead a national “Justice for Trayvon” day in 100 cities this weekend to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. “People all across the country will gather to show that we are not having a two- or three-day anger fit. This is a social movement for justice,” Sharpton said as he announced the plan outside the Justice...

    Funnel cakes, such as these, are part of the Lake Zurich Lions Club’s Alpine Fest.

    Festival also has games, rides and a parade

    Lake Zurich’s huge annual party returns for its 71st edition Friday. Sponsored by the Lake Zurich Lions Club, Alpine Fest will run from Friday through Sunday at Lion Fred Blau Park, 81 E. Main St. in downtown Lake Zurich.

    Alex Clifford

    Metra leaves out critical info from CEO's memo

    A stinging memo by Metra's ex-CEO accuses his bosses of condoning political patronage. Why did Metra redact information about an attempt to fire two key administrators when the agency gave the document to lawmakers? Privacy reasons, officials explained. The document keeps secret the titles and names of retired general counsel Theresa Barnett, who advised Clifford on some disputed contracts, and...


    Olympic team champions Maroney, Ross set to compete at Secret U.S. Classic

    2012 Olympic team gold-medalists McKayla Maroney and Kyla Rossare among the field of competitors expected to compete at the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic, scheduled for Saturday, July 27, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.


    Aurora nonprofit group helps District 204 with data needs

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 found a unique way to address its need for more data center space by partnering with OnLight Aurora, a nonprofit organization that leases bandwidth on the city of Aurora’s fiber Internet network.

    Centerfold will perform a free concert in Hoffman Estates Thursday, July 18.

    Hoffman Estates to host free rock concert Thursday

    10.58- with one photo The Hoffman Estates Arts Commission and the Hoffman Estates Park District welcome Centerfold to the Village Green in the western part of the Village. The group will take the stage 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, as part of the “Summer Sounds on the Green” concert series.


    Indiana doctor arrested, a suspect in 4 Nebraska killings

    An Indiana doctor has been arrested in Illinois on suspicion of involvement in the killings of three adults and an 11-year-old boy in Nebraska all with ties to an Omaha university medical school that fired him in 2001. Dr. Anthony Garcia, 40, was arrested Monday during a traffic stop by Illinois State Police in downstate Union County, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said.


    College of Lake County opens child care centers in Grayslake, Waukegan

    The College of Lake County’s two nationally accredited children’s learning centers are now open to the community. CLC offers part-time and full-time care from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at its centers located on the Grayslake campus and at the Lakeshore Campus in downtown Waukegan.

    Beatrice Munyenyezi has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide to come to the United States and eventually obtain citizenship.

    NH woman silent amid Rwanda genocide allegations

    Amid searing testimony by survivors of the Rwanda genocide, a New Hampshire woman sentenced to 10 years in prison after she was found guilty of lying about her role in the 1994 atrocity has said nothing. Through two trials, 43-year-old Beatrice Munyenyezi of Manchester sat silently. She chose not to make a plea on her own behalf at her sentencing Monday.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane upon his arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Kerry headed to Jordan on his sixth trip to the region as he tries to push Israelis and Palestinians back to peace talks.

    Kerry in Jordan for new round of Mideast diplomacy

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry launched a new round of Middle East diplomacy on Tuesday but crises in Egypt and Syria threatened to overshadow his bid to restart stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.


    US: 15 high-risk diplomatic posts need upgrade

    State Department officials say 15 high-risk U.S. diplomatic facilities must be upgraded or replaced to prevent any Benghazi-like attack in the future. Diplomatic security chief Gregory Starr and Bill Miller, the department’s point-man for high-risk posts, are testifying before a Senate panel to defend a $2.2 billion request for embassy security funding in 2014.

    West Intermediate School sits damaged behind a chain-link fence in West, Texas. After a deadly plant explosion damaged three of their four schools, the town is now tens of millions of dollars short of rebuilding them.

    Devastated Texas town ponders schools’ future

    After a massive fertilizer plant explosion devastated the rural town of West, Texas, in April, teachers and administrators did what they could to help the community cope with a disaster that killed 15 people and wrecked three of West’s four schools. But now West’s schools are confronting another challenge as they plan to begin the new term next month in clusters of trailers that some are already...


    Track meet honors longtime Conant coach

    Friends and family members are hosting the second annual Coach Ron Gummerson Summer Track Meet at Conant High School, 700 E. Cougar Trail in Hoffman Estates, on Thursday, July 25. Gummerson was a longtime teacher and track and field coach at the high school who died in 2011.


    District 62 hires new assistant principal for Algonquin Middle School

    Jennifer Rosenzweig has been named the assistant principal of Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines School District 62. Her appointment was approved unanimously Monday by the district’s board of education. Rosenzweig has served as dean of students at Larkin High School in Elgin Area School District U-46 since 2009.

    When President Barack Obama first addressed the death of Trayvon Martin last year, he did so passionately. But now, with the man who fatally shot Martin acquitted and the burden of any future charges squarely on his own administration, Obama is seeking to inject calm into a case that has inflamed passions, including his own.

    On Martin case, Obama shifts from passion to calm

    When President Barack Obama first addressed the death of Trayvon Martin last year, he did so passionately, declaring that if he had a son, he would look like the slain 17-year-old. But now, with the man who fatally shot Martin acquitted and the burden of any future charges squarely on his own administration, Obama is seeking to inject calm into a case that has inflamed passions, including his own.

    Parenting columnist John Rosemond says the state of Kentucky is trying to censor him. Kentucky’s attorney general told Rosemond that his advice column runs afoul of the rules that govern the practice of psychology.

    Parenting columnist targeted by Ky. board sues

    John Rosemond has been dispensing parenting advice in his newspaper column since 1976. But Kentucky’s attorney general and its Board of Examiners of Psychology told Rosemond his column — which regularly offers old-school advice — amounts to the illegal practice of psychology. Rosemond, an author of 11 books who has a master’s degree in psychology from Western Illinois and is a licensed...

    In this June 23 photo, an Indian man crosses over a swollen river with the help of a rope in Govindghat, in the northern India state of Uttarakhand, India. A top Indian official said more than 5,700 people missing since last month’s devastating floods that ravaged northern India are now presumed dead.

    5,700 presumed dead in June floods in India

    More than 5,700 people missing since last month’s devastating floods that ravaged northern India are now presumed dead, a top official said Tuesday. The government had earlier put the death toll at 600 but repeatedly stressed that it would be significantly higher.


    Joliet Applebee’s brawl leads to charges against 4 men

    Four men are facing charges after authorities say a brawl broke out at a Joliet Applebee’s. Investigators say the weekend fight involved two groups of people who were throwing beer bottles, plates and bar stools inside the eatery.

    This undated photo provided by the Woessner family shows Nathan Woessner. The doctor who helped treat the 6-year-old Illinois boy who was buried for hours in a sand dune said Monday he’s responsive and expected to make a full neurological recovery.

    6-year-old rescued from Indiana sand dune still critical

    A 6-year-old Illinois boy remains in critical condition after he spent hours buried beneath an Indiana sand dune. A spokesman for the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital says Tuesday that Nathan Woessner's condition remains unchanged.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Monday that she will seek re-election rather than run for governor.

    Lisa Madigan decision to seek re-election roils Democrats

    The decision by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to seek re-election may have put a cramp into the plans of at least two Democratic politicians — state Sen. Kwame Raoul and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. Raoul has made clear he would make a bid for the attorney general’s office if Madigan ran for governor. Simon has long made it known her political future won’t include re-election next year.


    3-year-old boy dies after fall into southern Indiana lake

    BIRDSEYE, Ind. — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy died after apparently falling from a boat into a southern Indiana lake.


    Massachusetts woman dies after golf cart fall in northwest Indiana

    DUNE ACRES, Ind. — Police say a Massachusetts woman was fatally injured when she fell from a golf cart after attending a wedding reception in northwestern Indiana.


    Fort Wayne to hire 20 more police officers

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Fort Wayne plans to use money collected through a local option income tax to hire 20 new police officers.


    Indianapolis to announce Market Square redevelopment

    INDIANAPOLIS — The city of Indianapolis is ready to announce a proposal to redevelop the Market Square Arena site.


    Chicago school closings court case to begin Tuesday

    A judge in Chicago is set to begin hearing testimony that could lead to a preliminary injunction putting the brakes on plans to close about 50 city public schools.The sides start presenting evidence Tuesday in an injunction hearing that could last three or four days. But U.S. District Judge John Lee isn’t likely to rule for several weeks.


    3 Peoria police officers hurt in crash

    PEORIA — Three Peoria police officers are in stable condition at a hospital after two police cruisers collided.Authorities say none of the officers have life-threatening injuries after Monday evening’s crash. They’re recovering at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.


    Governor Walker going to Colorado for speech, fundraiser
    Walker going to Colorado for speech, fundraiserMADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to join with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a public forum next week in Aspen, followed by a private fundraiser in Denver.


    Vandals damage 2 Wausau cemeteries

    WAUSAU, Wis. — Police are investigating vandalism at two Wausau cemeteries. Dozens of headstones at Pine Grove and St. Joseph’s cemeteries were vandalized over the weekend.


    Mom of slain Wisconsin girls relieved legal process is done

    RIVER FALLS, Wis. — The mother of three young girls killed by their father says she’s relieved he has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. Jessica Schaffhausen tells KSTP-TV she feels safer and more confident now that her ex-husband, Aaron Schaffhausen, has been sentenced to prison with no chance of parole.


    Wisconsin DNR: Watch for invasive Japanese hedgeparsley

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials are urging landowners to be on the lookout for an invasive plant known as Japanese hedgeparsley.Department of Natural Resources plant specialists say the plant was first reported in Wisconsin in 1976. It has spread across southern Wisconsin over the last decade and has been found as far north as Portage County.


    Milwaukee courthouse fire could cost $2 million

    MILWAUKEE — An electrical fire that closed the Milwaukee County Courthouse for a week could cost about $2 million to clean up.County Comptroller Scott Manske tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a restoration firm hired for the cleanup suggested the sum.


    Wheaton delays decision on placement of AT&T boxes

    When is a front door not a front door? That is among the questions Wheaton City Council members believe they need answered before deciding whether to approve local ordinance changes that would allow AT&T to offer it’s U-verse Internet and television and phone services throughout the city.


    Arlington Heights approves affordable housing fund

    Arlington Heights officials on Monday approved an affordable housing trust fund that will draw funding from several sources, including money from possible slots at Arlington Park, although the state has not yet passed a gaming expansion. The trust fund, approved unanimously by the village board, will provide money through grants or loans to entice developers and nonprofits to build more...

    Barrington Hills residents gathered outside after the East Dundee village board meeting last night to talk more about the auto auction site the board just approved after much controversy.

    Dawn Patrol: E. Dundee OK’s auto auction; Barrington fire decisions

    East Dundee OK's auto auction site Barrington Hills objects to. Lake Zurich approves drainage study for flooded area. Carol Stream approves Caputo's deal. Attorney General Lisa Madigan not running for governor. Rod Blagojevich files appeal. Johnny Borizov receives three life sentences for killing three members of a Darien family.

    A top business consultant most of the year, Mike Pinto of Schaumburg spends his summers as manager in the Frontier League of minor league baseball, where he has earned many opportunities to congratulate his Southern Illinois Miners on another victory.

    Nothing minor about suburban executive’s baseball life

    Tonight's All-Star game showcases baseball's greatest. But there are plenty of great things about baseball at the other end of the professional spectrum. Just ask 60-year-old Schaumburg business consultant Mike Pinto, an award-winning manager of the Southern Illinois Miners. “It’s incredibly rewarding when you get to call a player in and say you’ve been picked up by a Major...


    St. Charles activates liquor commission, eases mosquito fears

    St. Charles activated its new Liquor Control Commission Monday night and eased fears about the chemical research a new mosquito company will bring to town.


    Des Plaines committee rejects rezoning property to allow Islamic center

    The Des Plaines City Council’s community development committee Monday night rejected a Bosnian Muslim group’s request to allow a religious center in a part of town zoned for manufacturing. The site was previously occupied by an insurance company but has remained vacant for some time, officials said.



    Hawks Carcillo traded to L.A.

    Daniel Carcillo knew better than most the fine line that high-energy players like himself walked while playing for a loaded team like the Blackhawks. “A person in my position, you almost have to play the game perfectly and contribute anything you can to help the team win or else you’re most likely not going to be in,” Carcillo told the Daily Herald.

    John Anderson

    Wolves bring Anderson back as head coach

    The Chicago Wolves hope the return of four-time champion coach John Anderson will bring back a sense of normalcy. And for the Wolves, winning is normal. At a news conference held Tuesday morning at Harry Caray’s in Chicago, Wolves general manager Wendell Young formally introduced Anderson as the Wolves’ coach for the next three seasons. “Things are back to normal, it just feels right,” said Wolves senior executive vice president Wayne Messmer.

    Derrick Rose says he will be ready to play when the Bulls open the preseason. Mike Imrem says, whoop-de-do!

    Derrick Rose news not really news at all

    Stop the presses! Derrick Rose says he'll be ready to play when the Bulls gear it up this autumn. This attracted media attention, which just proves what a slow week this is in Chicago sports. The only news here would have been if Rose blathered that his knee and head aren't a combined 500 percent healed yet.

    American League’s Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees acknowledges a standing ovation during the MLB All-Star baseball game Tuesday night in New York. Rivera, 43, who is retiring at the end of the season, pitched a perfect eighth inning to help the American League win 3-0.

    Rivera pitches perfect 8th; AL wins All-Star Game 3-0

    Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning in his final All-Star appearance, Jose Bautista, J.J. Hardy and Jason Kipnis drove in runs to back a night of pulsating pitching, and the American League beat the National League 3-0 Tuesday night to stop a three-year losing streak.


    Bulls stay unbeaten in summer league

    The Bulls’ successful summer league squad squandered a 14-point lead, but managed to beat Portland 80-78 in overtime on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Point guard Marquis Teague led the way with 25 points as the Bulls improved to 3-0.


    Conway Farms begins tuneup for BMW Championship

    On course, the buildup for the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest has begun in earnest with crews spread throughout the lovely layout erecting what will be a plethora of corporate hospitality tents and chalets. Off the course, the build up has begun as well.


    Right from Illinois State Amateur to Illinois Open

    The Chicago District Golf Association revamped its tournament schedule this year, and the biggest change comes this week when the men’s 83rd Illinois State Amateur tees off a month earlier than previous years.


    Northern Illinois hires Wisconsin’s Frazier as AD

    Northern Illinois hired Wisconsin deputy athletic director Sean Frazier on Tuesday to be its new athletic director. Frazier replaces Jeff Compher, who left to take the athletic director’s job at East Carolina. Frazier, who has been at Wisconsin since 2007, was also a finalist to become Rutgers athletic director before the school hired Julie Hermann.

    Graeme McDowell listens Tuesday during a news conference ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield.

    McDowell seeks cure for inconsistency at Muirfield

    Graeme McDowell has been consistently inconsistent since the Masters in April, missing five cuts and claiming three wins in his eight events. He’s either back home from a tournament on a Saturday or raising a trophy on a Sunday. So, which way is he leaning for the British Open? “I think links-style golf is in my blood,” McDowell said Tuesday, “and I always feel like I revert back well to it. I naturally and instinctively play well in the wind.”

    Phil Mickelson plays a shot off the 18th tee Tuesday during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield.

    Mickelson brings secret putting tips to British Open

    Phil Mickelson’s summer has been a lot like his career, and the roller coaster shows no signs of slowing down. He’s here with what he believes may be his best chance to win a British Open, though that’s nothing new. Mickelson always believes, even when the drives are going sideways and the 3-footers are lipping out. “I am really optimistic about this week and going forward because I’m starting to putt as well as I ever have,” Mickelson said.

    Rory McIlroy plays a shot on the 18th fairway Tuesday during a practice round for the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield.

    Muirfield produces the worthiest of British Open champs

    Sure, it’s a classic links layout — right by the sea, filled with inexplicable humps in the fairways, terrifying bunkers stuck in the strangest of spots and knee-high grass ready to punish a wayward shot. But Muirfield is different. “It’s not a luck-fest out there,” Azinger said Monday, as the world’s top golfers arrived en masse to prepare for the third major of the season. “If you make the ball do what you want it to do, you’ll play well.”

    Tiger Woods plays a shot off the 5th tee Tuesday during a practice round for the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield.

    Tiger Woods says elbow fine, no loss of confidence

    Tiger Woods said his ailing left elbow is “good to go” for the British Open, and he insisted Tuesday there’s no loss of confidence despite the longest stretch of his career without a major title. “I feel very good about my game,” Woods said. “I feel very, very good going into major championships. I’ve had a pretty good year this year so far — won four times. Even though I haven’t won a major championship in five years, I’ve been there in a bunch of them where I’ve had chances."

    Chris Zorich agreed to Mike North’s challenge of a 100-yard race. North said he could beat Zorich, but he proved to be wrong.

    Despite troubles, Zorich still did a lot of good

    Former Chicago Bears player Chris Zorich received probation for failing to file tax returns, but Mike North hasn’t forgotten all the good things Zorich did, and he hopes the rest of Chicago hasn’t either.


    U.S. stocks fell, halting the longest rally in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since January, as Coca-Cola Co.’s profit dropped and a Federal Reserve official called for cuts to stimulus.

    Stocks decline on earnings; Coca-Cola drops

    A string of lackluster earnings reports from companies including Coca-Cola and Charles Schwab ended an eight-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. Coca-Cola, the world’s largest beverage maker, fell after the company said it sold less soda in its home market of North America.

    Under the AT&T Next option, customers can trade in their phone after a year and get a new one, paying no upgrade or activation fees. As an alternative, they can stop paying the installments after 20 months and keep the device.

    AT&T introduces option for faster phone upgrades

    AT&T is making it easier for customers to upgrade their cellphones more frequently, as long as they’re willing to pay more. The country’s second-largest cellphone carrier says it’s introducing an option called AT&T Next on July 26.

    A new poll shows that 32 percent of Americans put together a budget each month to track income and expenditures, and just 30 percent have a long-term financial plan laying out savings and investment goals.

    32 percent of Americans keep a household budget

    It was an oft-invoked image on last year’s campaign trail: The typical American couple, sitting around the kitchen table making a budget to ensure their bills were paid and spending hadn’t gotten out of control. Turns out, most Americans don’t do it.

    McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, will open its first restaurant in Vietnam next year, taking on earlier entrants such as Yum Brands Inc. as it seeks to profit from the country’s growing middle class.

    Vietnam PM’s son-in-law gets McDonald’s franchise

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s said Tuesday it will open its first burger restaurant in Vietnam after awarding the franchise to the son-in-law of the Communist-ruled nation’s prime minister. The fast-food chain is a relative latecomer to Vietnam where other Western consumer brands such as Starbucks, Subway and Pizza Hut have already opened stores.

    Coca-Cola Co. said profit fell 4 percent last quarter, the second decline in a row, as sales were sapped by economic weakness in China and Europe, shifting tastes in the U.S. and unseasonable weather in places such as India.

    Bad weather complicates Coca-Cola’s soda struggles

    Coca-Cola is struggling to sell more soda in North America, and it can’t seem to catch a break. The world’s largest beverage maker on Tuesday blamed a confluence of factors including unusually bad weather for its disappointing second-quarter results.


    Chrysler recalling nearly 46,000 2013 Ram trucks
    Chrysler Group is recalling 45,961 Ram trucks because their electronic stability control systems may not turn on when the vehicles start.Ram 1500 4x4 trucks built between June 26, 2012, and Feb. 5, 2013, are involved in the recall.

    A surveillance sign is posted outside a Bank of America branch Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Atlanta. Banks large and small are girding for an elaborate drill this week that will test how they’d fare if hackers unleashed a powerful and coordinated attack against them.

    As cyber attacks detonate, banks gird for battle

    Banks large and small are girding for an elaborate drill this week that will test how they would fare if hackers unleashed a powerful and coordinated attack against them. Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, acknowledged that attacks are becoming more complex and dangerous. “Now you’re talking about state-sanctioned folks, hundreds of programmers,” he said in a call with reporters this spring, “taking over not just PCs but servers and mainframes.”

    General view of the Air Ethiopian Boeing 787 Dreamliner ‘Queen of Sheba’ airplane, on the runway near Terminal 3, at Heathrow Airport, London, Friday July 12, 2013. Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes ran into trouble in England on Friday, with a fire on one temporarily shutting down Heathrow Airport and an unspecified technical issue forcing another to turn back to Manchester Airport. The incidents are unwelcome news for Chicago-based Boeing Co., whose Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding due to concerns about overheating batteries.

    UK investigators examine transmitter in Boeing 787 fire

    U.K. investigators say they are examining whether an emergency transmitter might have played a role in last week’s fire on a Boeing 787 at London’s Heathrow Airport. The incidents are unwelcome news for Chicago-based Boeing Co., whose Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding due to concerns about overheating batteries.

    The American flag and a sign for Wall St. are shown outside the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. Weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales sent most world stock markets lower Tuesday, July 16, 2013 as investors awaited congressional testimony from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke later in the week.

    Stocks open mixed on Wall Street; Coca-Cola drops

    Coca-Cola held back the stock market in early trading Tuesday after the world’s largest beverage maker posted second-quarter earnings that disappointed investors. The stock market is back at record levels following a brief slump in June, when the S&P 500 logged its first monthly decline since October on concern that the Federal Reserve would ease back on its economic stimulus too quickly.

    In this Tuesday, July 9, 2013, photo, a worker installs a roof on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New Paltz, N.Y. The National Association of Home Builders reports an increase in confidence among U.S. homebuilders for July on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

    US homebuilder confidence, sales outlook soar

    U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic about their home sales prospects than they have in more than seven years, a trend that suggests home construction will accelerate in coming months. The Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index hasn’t been this high since January 2006, well before the housing market crashed.

    In this Sunday, April 21, 2013 photo, a model poses with a Cadillac XTS displayed at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, China. General Motors’ global sales grew almost 4 percent in the first half of the year, enough to fend off Volkswagen to keep second place and perhaps bring the Detroit company closer to sales leader Toyota.

    GM global sales up 4 percent, may gain on Toyota

    General Motors’ global sales grew almost 4 percent in the first half of the year, enough to fend off Volkswagen for second place and perhaps close the gap with sales leader Toyota. GM may have gained some ground on its Japanese rival this year by growing faster in the U.S., the world’s second-biggest car market. GM was the top-selling carmaker for seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008.

    In this Tuesday, June 11, 2013, photo, Garrett Tomblin operates a remote control that controls the fire in the mine disaster training area of the Running Right Leadership Academy in Julian, Va. The Federal Reserve reports on production from factories, mines and utilities in June on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

    US factories increase output in June for 2nd month

    The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that manufacturing production rose 0.3 percent in June from May. That followed a 0.2 percent gain the previous month. Still, the two consecutive gains barely offset production declines in March and April. The “report confirms the picture of a moderate recovery in the manufacturing sector,” Annalisa Piazza, senior economist at Newedge Strategy, wrote in a research note.

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index increased 0.5 percent in June from May. Two-thirds of the increase came from a 6.3 percent jump in gas prices, the largest since February.

    U.S. consumer prices up 0.5 pct. in June on gas hike

    Higher gasoline costs pushed a measure of U.S. consumer prices up in June. But the overall trend in inflation stayed tame. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index increased 0.5 percent in June from May. Two-thirds of the increase came from a 6.3 percent jump in gas prices, the largest since February.

    The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews government requests to spy on individuals, ruled Monday that information should be made public about a 2008 case that ordered Yahoo Inc. to turn over customer data.

    Yahoo wins court fight in data collection case

    Yahoo has won a court fight that could help the public learn more about the government’s efforts to obtain data from Internet users. Mark Rumold, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation specializing in electronic surveillance and national security issues, called the ruling incremental and said he was reserving judgment until the case details are actually released.

    The main building at Bolander Park along Winchester Road in Libertyville.

    Senior living facility builder withdraws from Bolander Park purchase

    Pathway Senior Living LLC, the selected bidder for the Bolander Park property in Libertyville, has dropped out and talks will proceed with other interested parties for the 5.27-acre site on Winchester Road. “It was surprising this one dropped out as quickly as they did after they told us they were interested,” Mayor Terry Weppler said.

Life & Entertainment

    Penny Kazmier’s ice cream pie.

    Culinary adventures: An attempt to recreate a restaurant dessert proves delicious

    Rrecently Penny Kazmier headed back to a favorite restaraunt her mind set on ordering a frozen treat featuring a cookie crust and layers of fudge, ice cream, caramel and chocolate chip cookie dough only to learn it was no longer on the menu. Still craving that sweet masterpiece she headed into the kitchen to recreate, or at least try to recreate, that decadent dessert.


    Naperville mom helps food allergy sufferers travel safely

    Naperville mom Amy Wicker was determined that her daughter's food allergies were not going to affect their family vacation. That was easier said then done. She spent hours researching food-allergy friendly options on airlines and at vacation destinations, hotels and stops along the way. Now all she, and other parents, have to do is visit AllergySafeTravel.com, a site she started.

    Royal supporter Margaret Tyler displays balloons for the media in front of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London. Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge plans to give birth to her first child who will be third-in-line to the throne at the hospital in mid-July.

    Team Green: keeping baby’s gender a surprise

    While parents-to-be always hope for a healthy baby, finding out the gender of a little bundle ahead of time makes it so much more personal and fun. Or does it? Prince William and his wife Kate have some non-royal company in choosing not to learn whether their first child is boy or girl. Heather Crothall finds herself happily in that camp, too, and there’s even a name for it at the mom site BabyCenter.com: Team Green.

    “Amelita” by Court Yard Hounds

    Court Yard Hounds return with sunny ‘Amelita’

    The Court Yard Hounds open their second album, “Amelita,” with a portrait of a friend who wallows in negativity. But the arrangement and lyrics of “Sunshine” express how this sisterly duo isn’t going to let their downer friend dampen their day. The breezy, buoyantly melodic song is a perfect introduction to a collection of songs that find two members of the Dixie Chicks expressing joy in music once again.

    Actor Hugh Jackman will once again attend the Comic-Con convention in San Diego.

    For many celebs, Comic-Con an annual pilgrimage

    Trekking to San Diego for Comic-Con is usually just another summertime destination for the likes of “The Walking Dead” mastermind Robert Kirkman. However, this year’s pop-culture bonanza will serve as a major milestone for him: the 10th anniversary of the comic series that spawned a hit TV show and undead phenomenon. Over the past decade, the fan-driven event has transformed like an Autobot from a comic book celebration into a multimedia pop-culture extravaganza with presentations featuring celebrity appearances, casting announcements and never-before-seen footage from upcoming films and shows.


    New boyfriend is causing troubles on many levels

    Reader's new boyfriend doesn't get along with his parents, and her paretns aren't thrilled with him. She's getting ready to go to college and needs advice on how to handle the situation.

    Prepare the crust and cookie dough ahead of time and assembly of this layered ice cream treat is a cinch.

    Salted Caramel and Cookie Dough Ice Cream Torte
    Salted Caramel and Cookie Dough Ice Cream Torte

    Earl Sweatshirt performs at The Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, Wash.

    Earl Sweatshirt ready to release new album

    Like pretty much every day for the last year, a fan came up to Earl Sweatshirt late last week at the Walgreens and asked the Los Angeles rapper when his new album will finally be out. Earl did something unusual. He told the fan the truth: Aug. 20. One of rap’s most enigmatic stars has begun to reveal more details about his major label debut, “Doris,” and he couldn’t be more excited to let people in on the secret. That’s because the truth is he just wants the album out. As soon as possible. He’d release it now if he could.

    “My Education” by Susan Choi

    'My Education' in love and loss

    Our first glimpse of Regina Gottlieb is as a graduate student in her first days at a prestigious university. Somewhat naïve, Regina is drawn to a notoriously handsome English professor. “My Education” by Susan Choi takes an abrupt and unexpected twist by thrusting Regina into a torrid affair not with him, but with his beautiful and charismatic wife, Martha. And the novel itself becomes an exploration of love, loss and obsession.

    The second season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” starring Alana (Honey Boo Boo) and her family premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday on TLC.

    Here comes 'Honey Boo Boo' back for season 2

    The message of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” seems to be: Don't worry, be happy, consequences be damned. This devil-may-care philosophy seems to work fine for June Shannon and her outrageous household, at least as captured for the TLC reality show that burst on the scene last summer as a backwoods celebration of mischief-making, fart jokes and dietary excess that would rattle Paula Deen. It returns at 8 p.m. Wednesday with more of the same.

    The last 10 players play a round of Texas Hold’em during the World Series of Poker Tuesday in Las Vegas. The field was whittled down to the final nine in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, with JC Tran of Sacramento, Calif., holding the chip lead.

    Newbies rule in final table for World Series of Poker

    Youth and online skills dominated as the final table of World Series of Poker was set, but it was an experienced grinder who carried the day. As Monday night bled into Tuesday morning, the most veteran player of the final 10 gamblers competing for a seat at the nine-person final table worth $8.4 million for the winner was defeated by the second-most respected player.

    Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich announced Sunday on Twitter they’re pulling their Atoms For Peace (Godrich, left, Joey Waronker, Yorke, Mauro Refosco and Flea) collaboration off the streaming service Spotify over royalty payments they say are paltry.

    Yorke, Godrich pull Atoms For Peace from Spotify

    Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich have started a “small meaningless rebellion” against Spotify, announcing Sunday on Twitter they’re pulling their Atoms For Peace collaboration off the streaming service over royalty payments they say are paltry. The Radiohead frontman and his friend the influential producer-musician initially put “Amok” up on the service but decided after six months to take the unusual step of pulling it down.

    R&B singer Chris Brown appears during a court hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court Monday. A Los Angeles judge has revoked Brown’s probation after reading details of an alleged hit-and-run accident and his behavior afterward, but the singer was not ordered to jail.

    Chris Brown probation revoked; he remains free

    A judge revoked Chris Brown’s probation on Monday after reviewing the details of an alleged hit-and-run accident involving the singer and his behavior afterward. However, the singer was not ordered to jail. Brown, who came to court with a group of family members, appeared downcast as he sat with his arms across his chest and his head down on the counsel table while his lawyer and a prosecutor went to the judge’s chambers to discuss the case.

    Randy Travis Travis is awake and making progress as he recovers from surgery following a stroke.

    Doctors: Singer Randy Travis awake after stroke

    Country music star Randy Travis was awake and interacting with his family and friends Monday as he recovers from surgery following a stroke, his doctors said. In a news release and video from the Texas hospital where the 54-year-old singer is recovering, doctors said Travis remains in critical condition and on a ventilator, but is off a heart pump and is breathing spontaneously. His breathing support is gradually being reduced and he has begun the early stages of physical therapy.

    Jelly Cafe recently opened in Mount Prospect serving breakfast items such as this Baileys and banana French toast.

    Dining events: Wake up with Jelly Cafe in Mt. Prospect

    The recently opened Jelly Cafe in Mount Prospect serves an array of breakfast favorites, as well as lunch sandwiches, paninis and wraps, salads, desserts and smoothies.

    Diana Hambrook’s progress on the weights was tracked by trainer Kara Jeter.

    Exercise may boost recovery in cancer patients

    Her face flushed, Rosemary Lamont sat on the gym floor one recent afternoon, listening to her trainer’s impassioned commands. “Sit up tall and lift that leg,” the trainer coached, counting down the remaining seconds. “Five, four, three, two, one. Beautiful!”Lamont smiled, exhaling loudly. The 69-year-old woman is among legions of cancer patients adopting a new recovery strategy: They’re abandoning their beds and hitting the gym.

    “Black Sails,” starring Clara Paget, left, as Anne Bonny, Zach McGowan as Captain Charles Vane and Toby Schmidt as Jack Rackham, isn’t scheduled to dock until next year, but Starz is screening the first episode of the mature pirate drama near the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con.

    Comic-Con expands as proving ground for new shows

    Nine years ago, the inaugural episode of “Lost” captured Comic-Con attendees’ imaginations when it first premiered at the fan-driven extravaganza. This year, more than 10 new shows are angling to land similar success when they touch down in San Diego this week. Such new live-action series as “The Avengers” spin-off “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” android buddy cop drama “Almost Human” and supernatural saga “Sleepy Hollow” will be hyped with Comic-Con presentations.

    Idina Menzel performs Broadway hits at the new RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

    Best bets: Idina Menzel graces RiverEdge Park

    Die-hard musical theater fans won’t want to miss Idina Menzel (“Wicked,” “Glee”) performing in concert with a 55-piece orchestra at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. Catch Dean Edwards live this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Relive the flashy 1970s with tribute band Arrival's show "The Music of ABBA" Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre.

    A puffin walks next to a decoy of a razor billed auk on Eastern Egg Rock off the Maine coast. Decoys help attract nesting birds to the island.

    Puffins flock home to Maine islands

    The cute and comical seabirds called puffins have returned to several Maine islands and are finding plenty of food for their young chicks unlike last summer when many starved. Young puffins died at an alarming rate last season because of a shortage of herring, leaving adults to try to feed them another type of fish that was too big to swallow. Some chicks died surrounded by piles of uneaten fish. This summer, the chicks are getting plenty of hake and herring, said Steve Kress, director of the National Audubon Society’s seabird restoration program and professor at Cornell University. But researchers remain concerned.

    The stem of a dahlia flower should be trimmed of side shoots for maximum bloom growth.

    Tips to properly arrange a fresh cut bouquet

    When you cut summer flowers for indoor display, do so during a cool part of the day and put them in water as quickly as possible. Remove any foliage that will be under the water in the vase. Keep your arrangements in a cool room out of direct sunlight.


    A cyclist slows to ride past pedestrians on the Busse Woods bike path. Changes at the Lake Arlington trail could have implications for safety on other trails in the suburbs.

    Editorial: A first step toward Lake Arlington trail safety

    The Arlington Heights Park District has acted to make the trail around Lake Arlington safer for all users -- without committing a lot of money or banning bicycles. A Daily Herald editorial says this is a reasonable first step.


    The GOP’s principled suicide

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: 90 percent of life is picking your battles, and congressional Republicans keep picking the wrong ones.


    Special Olympics a winner at 45 years
    A letter to the editor: Special Olympics Illinois has a three-year plan to expand its offerings and to make the program available to more children and adults in communities throughout the state. Help us change more lives. Encourage a local school or community organization to start a program. Become an athlete, a volunteer or a donor.


    Flat tax is most fair for Illinois
    A Shcaumburg letter to the editor: Taxpayers beware! The drum beat has begun for the campaign to launch a graduated state income tax in Illinois. We’ll be hearing more about it in the upcoming 2014 election campaigns.


    U.S. government not the model for all
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I am totally in agreement with Richard Cohen’s July 10 column (“Maybe Egypt doesn’t really need a democracy”). We are still working on our democracy, as he mentioned, after 237 years.


    July 5 was a magical night for Roselle
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Friday, July 5 was a magical night in Roselle. Through the efforts of individual residents (some children), businesses and the not-for-profit organization, For the 10, fireworks were back in Roselle. As usual, the Mad Bomber, (love that name), gave us an over the top display that delighted the crowd.


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    Thanks for the insight on alpacasI just want to thank Susan and Ron Waldron for opening up their Alpaca farm to the public through an open house they hosted recently. It was oh so generous and kind of you to allow us to observe and learn about these delightful creatures.Although Baby Larry was exhausted and resting, we did get to see him get up and frolic around a bit. I took my daughter and grandson and we all enjoyed the experience. Susan Waldron even took the time to talk to and educate us, as I had never seen these animals first hand before. I had only read about them and seen some yarn made from their coats at the stores. I had a lot of questions.Cathy SchmitzElgin


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