Daily Archive : Saturday July 27, 2013


    Jim Brahos, 90, of Beach Park, touches the fuselage of the B-24 Liberator, just like the one he was a tailgunner in during World War II. The plane was on display Saturday during the Wings of Freedom Tour at Wheeling's Chicago Executive Airport.

    Vintage World War II 'warbirds' land in Wheeling

    Three vintage World War II planes — a B-24 Liberator, a P-51 Mustang fighter and a B-17 Flying Fortress — landed Saturday at Wheeling's Chicago Executive Airport as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. Aviation major Alex Kwiatkowski, 20, of Wheaton, got to ride the Mustang as a birthday gift. For others, such as Beach Park resident Jim Brahos, 90, the war planes held too many bad...


    Batavia electrical fire blamed on water tank

    An electrical fire caused an estimated $20,000 damage to a building at a Batavia retirement community, authorities said. The blaze was reported about 10:45 p.m. Friday at the Holmstead, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway. An electrical panel had ignited, according to a news release from the Batavia Fire Department. A firefighter put out the blaze with a portable extinguisher.

    Occupy Elgin member Debbie Dudek, of Elgin, left, holding a bullhorn, called for “Justice for Trayvon Martin” along with about 30 other protesters on Saturday along Kimball Street in Elgin. The group advocated the repeal of stand-your-ground laws.

    People at Elgin rally call for 'justice for Trayvon'

    Fourteen-year-old Myaana Rogers held a sign saying “Justice for Trayvon” on Saturday, and chanted along with other protesters in Elgin who demanded the repeal of stand-your-ground self-defense laws. Myaana was among about 30 people who gathered at the protest organized by the group Occupy Elgin. “The message is, 'Stop racial profiling,'" she said.

    Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

    New Fashion Outlet Mall in Rosemont

    Rosemont's new upscale outlet mall opens Thursday, Aug. 1.

    Pilot Stu Eberhardt of California and formally of Arlington Heights talks about the ride Alex Kwiatkowski, 20 , of Wheaton is about to take as a birthday present to him from his parents at the Chicago Executive Airport on Saturday. The ride cost three thousand two hundred dollars.

    World War II Wings of Freedom Tour
    Images of The Wings of Freedom Tour Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

    A woman talks on the phone outside an apartment building at the scene of a fatal shooting in Hialeah, Fla., early Saturday, July 27. A gunman holding hostages inside the apartment complex killed six people before being shot to death by a SWAT team that stormed the building early Saturday following an hours-long standoff, police said.

    Police: Gunman in Fla. standoff lived in building

    A man set fire to his South Florida apartment, killed six people and held another two hostage at gunpoint before a SWAT team stormed the complex and fatally shot him Saturday, according to police and witness accounts.

    An Egyptian grieves for supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who were killed in overnight clashes with security forces, at a field hospital in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Clashes erupted early Saturday in Cairo between security forces and supporters of Morsi, killing scores of protesters and overwhelming field hospitals with the wounded, in an outburst of violence that put the possibility of political reconciliation in the deeply divided nation ever further out of reach. Arabic on headband of man holding the Quran reads, "There is no God but God and Mohammed is his messenger." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Dozens of Morsi backers killed in Egypt violence

    Security forces and armed men clashed with supporters of Egypt's ousted president early Saturday, killing at least 65 people in mayhem that underscored an increasingly heavy hand against protests demanding Mohammed Morsi's return to office. In chaotic scenes, pools of blood stained the floor and bodies were lined up under white sheets in a makeshift hospital near the site of the battles in...

    Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie poses for a photo in Paris on Friday. Alpeyrie was released after being held for 81 days by a Syrian milita.

    Syrian troops capture historic mosque in Homs

    Syrian government forces captured a historic mosque in the central city of Homs on Saturday, expelling rebel forces who had been in control of the 13th century landmark for more than a year and dealing a symbolic blow to opposition forces.

    Trombonist and St. Charles native Jim Masters.

    St. Charles working on getting its own official song

    Jim Masters never got to finish high school in St. Charles because his family moved to Ohio two years before he would have graduated with the Class of 1972. But it’s possible he’s leaving his childhood home something it can have forever — an official song.

    Rescue workers on a boat search the Hudson River south of the Tappan Zee Bridge for two people who are believed to have fallen into the water during a boat crash in Piermont, N.Y. on Saturday, July 27. Two people are missing and four others are injured after their boat struck a barge under the bridge, according to the Coast Guard.

    Driver in Hudson River boat crash charged

    The driver of a speedboat that slammed into a construction barge on the Hudson River — hurling a bride-to-be and her fiance’s best man into the water — has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, authorities said Saturday.Jojo John, 35, of Nyack was also charged with three counts of vehicular assault at his hospital bedside as he recovers from Friday night’s crash, Rockland County Sheriff’s...

    Firefighters work to extricate people from a bus crash Saturday in Indianapolis.

    Three dead when bus carrying teens crashes in Indianapolis

    A bus carrying teens coming home from a church camp crashed Saturday on a busy Indianapolis thoroughfare, killing three people and sending others to hospitals, officials said.


    Heavy rains flood homes, roads in North Carolina

    A system of thunderstorms across western North Carolina stalled on Saturday and dumped about a foot of rain on the area, causing power outages and flash floods that swamped homes and washed out roads and bridges.

    Karolina Baran drums to get her Walgreens Chicago Suburbs team motivated at the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival Saturday at Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights.

    Dragon Boat Festival held in Arlington Hts.
    The Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival was held Saturday at Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights. The event, which was scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a high-spirited celebration of culture, sport and community that features an ancient Chinese sport that has been gaining popularity in North America over the past 20 years and has become the world’s fastest growing water...

    University of Pittsburgh medical researcher Dr. Robert Ferrante.

    Lawyer: Cyanide suspect will OK extradition to Pennsylvania

    A University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of fatally poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide will agree to be transported back to Pennsylvania to face charges, his attorney said.


    More than 1,000 inmates escape Libyan prison

    More than 1,000 detainees escaped from a prison near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in a massive jailbreak Saturday, officials said, as protesters stormed political party offices in Libya’s main cities.

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday to make Illinois the 18th state to allow online voter registration. “Democracy works best when as many voters as possible raise their voices at the ballot box,” the governor said Saturday.

    Illinois to allow online voter registration

    In a step supporters hope will propel more young people to the polls, Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday to make Illinois the 18th state to allow online voter registration. “Democracy works best when as many voters as possible raise their voices at the ballot box,” the governor said Saturday.

    Dennis Farina in character as Police Detective Joe Fontana on NBC’s “Law & Order.”

    Notable deaths last week

    Chicago actor Farina; oil industry innovator Mitchell; renowned sex therapist Johnson among deaths of note this past week.


    Pitchman in contempt for not paying $37 million fine

    A federal judge has found author and infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau in contempt of court for failing to pay a more than $37 million fine imposed over misleading ads for one of his wildly popular weight-loss books. Friday’s ruling was the latest round in more than a decade of legal battles that began with a suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission. The regulatory agency alleged some of...

    COURTESY OF ABC 7 Martha Worley died following a domestic incident Friday on the 900 block of Craig Place in Addison, officials said.

    ‘Loving’ mom dead after domestic incident in Addison

    A woman who died as a result of a domestic incident early Friday morning in Addison was remembered as loving and caring by a relative on Saturday. An official from the Cook County medical examiner’s office said Martha Worley’s autopsy was being conducted Saturday morning.

    Alex Petropoulos

    Waukegan man dies in Libertyville crash

    A 63-year-old man who died in a two-vehicle, head-on collision Friday afternoon near Libertyville was a member of a prominent Gurnee area family. Alex Petropoulos was a huge Blackhawks fan who had a passion for stock car racing, relatives said.


    Henry Laseke held important place in Arlington Hts. history
    The name of Henry Laseke, the 89-year-old man who died tragically Thursday when his SUV careened into a retention basin in Arlington Heights, resonates with longtime village residents. They remember how he and his father, also named Henry Laseke, ran Laseke Disposal in Arlington Heights for more than a half-century.


    Garage fire in Palatine

    No one was injured during a Saturday morning fire that heavily damaged a garage on the 600 block of South Warren Avenue in Palatine, authorities said.

    Associated Press New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, right, reacts to a question from Peg Brunda during a tour of Superstorm Sandy victims on Staten Island on Friday, July 26, in New York. Brunda confronted the candidate, telling him he didn’t have the ‘moral authority’ to lead the city, as he tries to move past the sexting scandal threatening to derail his attempted political comeback.

    Political oddsmakers diverge on Weiner’s chances
    Anthony Weiner’s improbable recovery from political punch line to leading New York City mayoral contender has been imperiled by revelations that he continued to have illicit online correspondence with women after leaving Congress. Now he faces serious questions as to whether he can still win — or even keep his campaign afloat until Election Day. “I think it hurts him very badly, but I’m not sure...


    Law allowing expungement creating legal confusion
    A northeastern Indiana judge is cautioning those with criminal records to use caution before attempting to have their records expunged under a new state law, saying the measure as approved by lawmakers is complex and that offenders only have one chance at shielding their records from public view.


    Carbondale minister charged with felony theft
    A southern Illinois minister is facing charges after authorities say he stole more than $100,000 from a Carbondale church. Thirty-two-year-old Joshua D. Swain was charged Friday with two felonies for theft and aggravated identity theft.

    Associated Press This undated photo provided by Vivid Entertainment Group shows Ryan Driller, seated center, portraying Superman on the set “Man of Steel XXX: A Porn Parody” in Los Angeles. The film, released three years ago, became the biggest-selling porn movie of the year and inspired a seemingly endless succession of imitators starring the likes of Superman, Spider-Man, Ironman, The Incredible Hulk and Wonder Woman.

    Can superhero parodies rescue the porn business?
    We all know he can leap tall buildings in a single bound and bend steel in his bare hands. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that during a time of crisis even the porn industry turns to Superman.

    Associated Press In this frame grab from video Pope Francis wears an indigenous feather hat given to him by representatives of one of Brazil’s native tribes during a meeting at the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, July 27. Pope Francis is on the sixth day of his trip to Brazil where he will attend the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio.

    Pope tells bishops to get out of their churches
    Pope Francis took his message to shake up the Catholic Church to bishops from around the world on Saturday, challenging them to get out of their churches and go to the farthest margins of society to find the faithful and preach.

    Associated Press President Barack Obama speaks on occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War at a commemorative ceremony near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington Saturday, July 27. Obama on Saturday appealed to Americans to pause “in our hurried lives” and let these veterans “carry us back to the days of their youth and let us be awed by their shining deeds. Listen closely and hear their story of a generation.”

    Obama honors Korean War veterans

    President Barack Obama marked the 60th anniversary of the end to the Korean War, honoring veterans of the “Forgotten War” fought where tensions continue today over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. “Here today, we can say with confidence that war was no tie,” Obama said in a speech at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, along with a wreath laying and tributes honoring U.S. and...

    A passenger train passes the wreckage of a train in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Saturday July 27. Spain’s interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz says the driver whose speeding train crashed, killing 78 people, is now being held on suspicion of negligent homicide. The Spanish train derailed at high speed Wednesday killing 78 and injuring dozens more.

    Driver in Spain train derailment released from hospital
    The injured driver of the Spanish train that derailed at high speed, killing 78 and injuring dozens more, was released from the hospital Saturday, but he was still being held in a police station as authorities increasingly focused on his culpability.


    Thousands of bees attack Texas couple, kill horses
    A swarm of about 30,000 bees has attacked a North Texas couple as they exercised their miniature horses, stinging the animals so many times they died. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports 44-year-old Kristen Beauregard was stung about 200 times and her boyfriend about 50 times.


    Wisconsin gets $11 million in Race to Top grants
    Wisconsin has been awarded $11 million in Race to the Top federal grants to be used for early childhood education. Gov. Scott Walker’s office announced the grants, which are on top of nearly $23 million the state received last year.

    Associated Press This photo, taken July 20, shows the Texas Giant roller coaster as visitors ride another roller coaster at the Six Flags Over Texas park, in Arlington, Texas. The death of a woman who fell 75 feet from Six Flags Over Texas’ Texas Giant roller coaster is reinvigorating discussion among safety experts about whether it’s time to create more consistent, stringent regulations for thrill rides across the nation.

    Amusement park regulations, inspections vary in US
    From Six Flags to Walt Disney World, there’s no federal oversight of permanent amusement parks, and regulations vary from state to state. The death of a woman who fell 75 feet from Six Flags Over Texas’ Texas Giant roller coaster is reinvigorating discussion among safety experts about whether it’s time to create more consistent, stringent regulations for thrill rides across the nation.

    On July 24, protesters carry a sign outside the Levin Federal Courthouse in Detroit. Detroit’s historic bankruptcy filing is a major setback for public sector unions that have spent years trying to ward off cuts to the pensions and benefits of government workers. If the city succeeds, it could put into jeopardy a key bargaining tool for unions that have often deferred higher wages in favor of more generous pension benefits. And it could embolden other financially troubled cities dealing with pension shortfalls to consider bankruptcy, or at least take a harder line with their unions in negotiating cuts.

    Michigan AG on pensioners’ side in Detroit bankruptcy
    Michigan’s attorney general says he’s joining the Detroit bankruptcy case on behalf of pensioners. According to a statement released Saturday by his office, Bill Schuette will file an appearance in federal bankruptcy court on Monday.

    Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press In this June 2004 photo, singer-songwriter J.J. Cale plays during the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas. Cale, whose best-known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with “After Midnight” and Lynyrd Skynyrd with “Call Me the Breeze,” has died. He was 74. Cale’s manager Mike Kappus said the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday, July 26, of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

    JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits
    Influential musician JJ Cale, whose best-known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with “After Midnight” and Lynyrd Skynyrd with “Call Me the Breeze,” has died. He was 74. Cale’s manager Mike Kappus has told The Associated Press that the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.


    Villa Park teen charged in robbery

    A 17-year-old Villa Park resident has been charged as an adult in connection with the robbery of another teenager on Friday afternoon, authorities said. Villa Park police say a 14-year-old boy was robbed about 12:39 p.m. Friday. The victim told officers that the offender, who was armed with a handgun, stole his iPhone, pocket knife and $10.


    Waukegan man dead in crash near Libertyville

    A two-vehicle, head-on collision left a 63-year-old Waukegan man dead Friday afternoon near Libertyville. The victim was Alexander Petropoulos. The accident took place at 12:46 p.m. on Route 21, south of Route 120, and just north of Egidi Lane, according to Sgt. Michael Keller of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

    Judy Brawka

    Foreclosure mediation plan pushed again in Kane

    Chief Judge Judy Brawka made her formal pitch to bring a foreclosure mediation court to Kane County Friday. The plan has been pitched before, but this time actual budget numbers and Illinois Supreme Court guidelines are attached. The idea is to move thousands of foreclosures through the legal system more efficiently by bringing homeowners and lenders into a face-to-face meeting to renegotiate the...


    DuPage forest preserve seeks stormwater fee exemption

    The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is asking Gov. Pat Quinn to prevent the county from imposing a possible stormwater fee on the district. They want the governor to revise legislation that will give the county the authority to charge the fee on every property owner in the county, including those who are tax exempt. Forest preserve commissioners argue stormwater fees shouldn’t apply to the...

    Vocalists from Chicago-based Harmony, Hope & Healing will perform at a fundraising concert for Family Service of the Barrington Area on Aug. 18.

    Barrington-area agency needs help helping others

    Every so often, a helper needs help. For 47 years, Family Service of the Barrington Area has provided counseling and referral services. But now, because it charges only what its clients can afford, the agency needs some financial angels to help out.

    The moon begins to set over a waterfall near Logan Pass on Going-To-The-Sun Road on Thursday morning in Glacier National Park, Mont.

    Researchers say full moon disrupts your sleep

    Scientists at the University of Basel, Switzerland say they have found the first reliable evidence that sleep patterns are influenced by lunar changes. The study, published in Current Biology, shows brain activity related to deep sleep in volunteers dropped by 30 percent around the full moon.


    The Cubs' Nate Schierholtz, right, is congratulated by Darwin Barney after hitting a solo home run against Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo Saturday night in San Francisco.

    Schierholtz's HR in 9th caps wacky win for Cubs

    Nate Schierholtz's recent power surge might not be enough to turn the Cubs' season around. It sure is making the year a lot easier for the slugging outfielder to handle. Getting a game-winning home run against his former club? Well, that's just icing on the cake. Schierholtz homered off ex-teammate Sergio Romo with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Cubs to a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night."I can't really describe it, but it felt good," Schierholtz said. "I always loved playing here."


    Fire, Dynamo finish in 1-1 draw

    Cam Weaver scored for the Houston Dynamo and Mike Magee scored two minutes later for the Chicago Fire as the teams played to a 1-1 tie Saturday night. The Dynamo (8-6-6) are unbeaten in three straight games, while the Fire (7-9-4) are unbeaten in two consecutive games after losing two straight.

    Candace Parker had a blast in her All-Star debut. The Naperville native scored a record 23 points to lead the West to a 102-98 win over the East on Saturday and earn MVP honors.

    Naperville's Parker scores 23; All-Star MVP

    Candace Parker put on a show in her All-Star debut. The Naperville native scored a record 23 points to lead the West to a 102-98 victory over the East on Saturday. "I didn't know what to expect," Parker said. "I hadn't been to one, and this was really special. Being with all these great players and share stories, that's why I'll remember from this All-Star game more than what happened on the court."


    Bandits complete series sweep, win 9th straight

    The host Chicago Bandits took game four of their series with the New York/New Jersey Comets in a 12-5 decision Saturday to complete a series sweep, winning their ninth straight game in the process. Monica Abbott was the winning pitcher. She improved to 13-1.

    Martellus Bennett (83) catches a ball during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.

    Bears TE Bennett loves to talk the talk

    If Martellus Bennett plays half as well as he talks, the Bears will indeed have their best tight end since Mike Ditka. Bennett had a 55-catch, breakout season last year with the Giants after playing his first four years in Dallas in the shadow of Cowboys stud tight end Jason Witten. But anyone with Bennett’s gift of gab who stands 6-foot-6, weighs 265 pounds and catches the ball like a wide receiver isn’t going to remain in the shadows very long.


    Boomers rally past Grizzlies

    The host Schaumburg Boomers put the brakes on a five-game losing streak by rallying from a 3-run deficit to take down the West Division-leading Gateway Grizzlies 6-5 on Saturday night.

    Royals second baseman Chris Getz watches his throw to first base after forcing out Adam Dunn at second base during the ninth inning of the White Sox’ loss Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Another Sox loss that’s tough to stomach

    Alex Rios' baserunning blunder in the ninth inning was costly for the White Sox in a 1-0 loss to the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field. Rios could have scored the tying run on Jeff Keppinger's line drive to right field, but he failed to tag up.

    White Sox’s Adam Dunn reacts after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Chicago, Saturday, July 27, 2013.

    Sunday could be final home game for some Sox

    The losses keep piling up for the White Sox, and Saturday night's 1-0 decision vs. the Royals dropped their record to 40-61. It's been a miserable season on the South Side, but captain Paul Konerko is trying to make the best of it.


    Rough start too much for Cougars

    After grabbing a brief advantage in the top of the first inning, the visiting Kane County Cougars gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the first, and the Peoria Chiefs waltzed from there to a 4-1 victory on Saturday night.

    Third-string QB Matt Blanchard, shown here in last season’s training camp, is getting plenty of reps in Bourbonnais.

    Blanchard, third-teamers getting their chances

    In years past, a third-team quarterback like Matt Blanchard might spend an entire practice as a spectator, but not this year. The Lake Zurich High School graduate and other third-stringers got a healthy dose of action for the second straight day at Bears training camp Saturday.

    The White Sox’s Adam Dunn reacts after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday.

    Sale pitches complete game; Sox still fall to Royals

    Wade Davis pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 1-0 Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory. Davis (5-9) allowed four hits — all singles — and walked three in his longest outing of the season.


    Experienced Elk Grove tops Arlington

    With five college players in the starting lineup, Elk Grove used its experience to bounce Arlington 10-5 Saturday in the American Legion Division 1 championship bracket finals at Recreation Park in Arlington. Elk Grove (29-5) is now just one win from advancing to the state finals. The Red Sox will need a victory Sunday at 3:05 against the winner of Arlington vs. Northbrook, who play at noon on Sunday in the double-elimination tournament.


    Birthday gathering slated for Arlington legend Attis

    Integrity, honesty and loyalty. That always defined Russ Attis, whose name is forever linked to the history of 62-year-old Arlington High School. Attis, a man whose industry and sincerity earned him tremendous respect and many friends during his career in education at Arlington, will enjoy a birthday milestone on Saturday, Aug. 10 that will give some of those friends a chance to shake hands and say thanks once again to an area legend. Attis will celebrate his 90th birthday back at the school he served for 34 distinguished years and now is the home of Christian Liberty Academy. The reception is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon in the air-conditioned former home economics room in the hallway that borders the south wall of Grace Gymnasium. There will be a cake-cutting and brief ceremony at 11 a.m.

    After his 40-40 season with the Nationals in 2006, Soriano averaged just 10 stolen bases and 26 homers with the Cubs.

    Cubs’ Soriano era ends with whimper

    Alfonso Soriano came to Chicago and did just what the Cubs should have expected of him. He was a streaky home run hitter who didn’t have a position on the field he could play or a spot in the batting order in which he was comfortable. For that, the Cubs gave him $136 million.

    U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, left, and forward/midfielder Landon Donovan meet the media Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field ahead of Sunday’s Gold Cup final in Chicago.

    U.S. hopes to claim Gold Cup on Sunday

    How good are things going for U.S men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann? Even when Klinsmann makes a mistake now, it’s not so bad.


    Browns linebacker Ryan Miller taken to hospital

    Browns offensive tackle Ryan Miller was being treated at a hospital after being carted off the field during practice.Miller, who is in his second season with Cleveland, was taken to the Cleveland Clinic by ambulance. A team spokesman said Miller was “awake, alert and has movement in all four extremities.” The team hadn’t released any other information about Miller’s injury or illness.

    New York Yankees' Alfonso Soriano takes his helmet off after being tagged out at first base by Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 27, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Jeter could return to slumping Yankees Sunday

    It’s no mystery the slumping New York Yankees could really use their captain.They could get him back Sunday. Derek Jeter passed one final test of his strained right quadriceps Saturday, playing a simulated game at a location the Yankees kept secret until after they lost 1-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx.


    Eagles WR Maclin tears ACL, could miss season

    Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during practice Saturday and could miss the season.Maclin went down at the end of a non-contact drill and appeared to be in pain while he was on the ground for several minutes. He was helped onto the cart and needed assistance getting off it and going into the team's practice facility.

    Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman waves to the fans after qualifying for the pole position for the Brickyard 400 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday,July 27, 2013. Newman qualified with a speed of 187.531 mph. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Newman knocks Johnson off of Brickyard pole

    Ryan Newman snatched the pole away from Jimmie Johnson with a blistering lap of 187.531 mph around Indianapolis Motor Speedway to set a track record for NASCAR races at the Brickyard.

    Big things were expected for the franchise after the Cubs signed Alfonso Soriano when the team was owned by the Tribune Co.

    Soriano gave us something to smile about

    When Cubs fans talk about Alfonso Soriano, they'll always talk about "the contract." But there is so much more than numbers when it comes to a ballplayer's legacy. Soriano wore a smile every day with the Cubs and was generous with teammates, fans and media members.

    Corey Crawford, center, looks sheepish after being mentioned by Jonathan Toews during the introductions at the annual Blackhawks Convention. Crawford has been inivted to camp for Team Canada next month.

    Bowman gives new goalie high marks

    In a question-and-answer session with fans on Saturday, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman painted a glowing picture of goalie Antti Raanta, who was signed to a one-year contract.

    Bryan Bickell runs the fan gauntlet while being introduced at the annual Blackhawks Convention this weekend. After a big role in the playoffs and a new contract, Bickell is getting married next weekend.

    Big summer continues for Hawks’ Bickell

    Nobody needs to remind Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell how fortunate he has been the last few months.Bickell parlayed a huge playoff performance in which he scored 9 goals and 17 points into a four-year, $16 million contract as an unrestricted free agent and now is considered one of the Stanley Cup champs’ core players. “It’s been an amazing year,” Bickell admitted. “From the season we had to winning the Cup to getting the extension to getting married. It’s going to be a year to remember. It’s been unbelievable. It still hasn’t sunk in and we’re almost halfway through the summer.”

    Chicago White Sox right fielder Alex Rios is unable to catch a long fly ball, scoring Salvador Perez, off the bat of Kansas City Royals’ Mike Moustakas during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Beckham hits ball hard in return

    Gordon Beckham returned to the White Sox' lineup Friday night after missing five games with a sore left wrist. The second baseman hit the ball hard his first two trips ot the plate but had nothing to show for it.


    Associated Press/July 27, 2011 People stand in line for a tour of the cockpit aboard “Fifi,” a Boeing B-29 aircraft, at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

    Federal fee for air show miffs pilots

    One of the nation’s largest air shows begins Monday in Wisconsin, and for the first time, the federal government is charging it an air traffic control fee that amounts to about $45 for each of the 10,000 planes flying in.

    Workers assemble solar panels at a factory in Hefei, in central China’s Anhui province.

    China, EU reach settlement on solar panels

    In Europe and the United States, the price drop in the solar panels market in recent years has wreaked havoc among EU and U.S. manufacturers, forcing several out of business.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the 51st Delta Sigma Theta National Convention in Washington.

    NBC developing Hillary Clinton mini-series

    NBC is developing four mini-series, including a four-hour show based on Hillary Clinton, who will be played by Diane Lane, Bob Greenblatt, chairman of entertainment, said.

    Smartphones can offer doctors a more reliable exam while increasing patient involvement in their care. Within the next decade, the smartphone physical might replace the traditional physical exam. Even now, the long-standing “routine physical” may no longer be so routine.

    A smartphone physical in your future

    How can doctors wielding smartphones make a physical exam more effective? Technologies such as CellScope are often smaller and less unwieldy than otoscopes, stethoscopes and ultrasounds. So while the traditional physical exam may be hands-on, it’s probably time to find ways to improve it; to me, smartphones offer that possibility.

    Facebook’s mobile ads generated 41 percent of revenue last quarter, up from 14 percent a year earlier, helping the company top second-quarter profit and sales estimates this week.

    Facebook mobile-ad success shows model to Twitter, Snapchat

    Facebook Inc.’s success in mobile advertising, which is making it a stronger rival to Google Inc., is also providing a model for other social-networking sites such as Twitter Inc., Pinterest Inc. and Snapchat Inc. Facebook’s mobile ads generated 41 percent of revenue last quarter, up from 14 percent a year earlier, helping the company top second-quarter profit and sales estimates this week.


    NeverWet? More like Oftenkindawet

    In 2011, LancasterOnline, a news website covering Lancaster, Pa., published a story about a seemingly magical invention by a local company. The product was called NeverWet, and it did exactly what its name suggested: When you sprayed the coating on any item, the object would be rendered practically immune to water and other liquids. There was only one downside to NeverWet — you couldn’t buy it.

    So far, academic studies of Instagram’s effects on our emotional states are scarce. But it’s tempting to extrapolate those effects from the Facebook studies, because out of the many activities Facebook offers, the three things that correlate most strongly with a self-loathing screen hangover are basically the three things that Instagram is currently for: loitering around others’ photos, perfunctory like-ing, and “broadcasting” to a relatively amorphous group.

    Why Instagram is even more depressing than Facebook

    So far, academic studies of Instagram’s effects on our emotional states are scarce. But it’s tempting to extrapolate those effects from the Facebook studies, because out of the many activities Facebook offers, the three things that correlate most strongly with a self-loathing screen hangover are basically the three things that Instagram is currently for: loitering around others’ photos, perfunctory like-ing, and “broadcasting” to a relatively amorphous group.

    William Raduchel, a technology consultant and former executive at AOL Time Warner, is little known to the general public, but he is very well known among decision-makers who span the worlds of economics, defense analysis, computers and Silicon Valley.

    Bill Raduchel on getting into Harvard and the future of newspapers

    Ted Leonsis calls Bill Raduchel “a technology guru, a thought leader and an evangelist for all things digital.”Raduchel, 67, is little known to the general public, but he is very well known among decision makers who span the worlds of economics, defense analysis, computers and Silicon Valley. “I was starting high school just after the launch of Sputnik,” Raduchel says. “So I was sent to a summer science institute where I learned mathematics and computers.”


    DuckDuckGo founder on trying to fly with Google, Microsoft

    Gabriel Weinberg is one of the few entrepreneurs who have managed to gain some traction in the search-engine market. His site, DuckDuckGo, touts industry-leading privacy features and “zero click info” boxes, which show information pulled from sites like Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha.

    The Motorola Droid Ultra, offered by Verizon, is unveiled, Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in New York. The 5-inch smartphone has a Kevlar shell that makes it thinner and stronger and it is equipped with a dual-core X8 Mobile Computing System.

    Tech Tips: New phone upgrade plans akin to renting

    Over the past few weeks, three major U.S. wireless providers unveiled plans to combat phone envy. The phone companies call them installment plans, but I think of them as phone rental. Before you pay off the cost of the phone, you’re entitled to hand it back in to get a new one. Here’s a closer look at the three plans to see if they are right for you.

    Michael Zagorsek, vice president product marketing for Leap Motion, demonstrates the Leap Motion Controller at the South By Southwest Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, last March. The controller detects hand motions and translates them into actions on the computer screen.

    Leap Motion controls PCs with wave of a hand

    Imagine being able to control your computer and manipulate on-screen objects not with a mouse, keyboard or even your voice, but with a wave of your hand. Now meet what makes it possible: the Leap Motion Controller, an $80 device that connects to your Windows PC or Apple Mac via a USB cable, that creates a bubble within which your hands’ motions and gestures are sensed and translated into actions on the screen.

Life & Entertainment

    Pianist Vassily Primakov joins with conductor Donato Cabrera to open the 2013 Woodstock Mozart Festival at the Woodstock Opera House.

    Weekend picks: Woodstock Mozart Fest returns

    Pianist Vassily Primakov and conductor Donato Cabrera perform the opening weekend of the 2013 Woodstock Mozart Festival Saturday. Watch traditional Chinese dragon boat race through the waters of Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights during the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival. Celebrate Puerto Rican culture with a parade, food, music, games and more at the Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Fest in RiverEdge Park.

    Sheri Salata, left, and Erik Logan, co-presidents of OWN address reporters during the network’s Summer 2012 TCA Presentation at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    OWN execs talk up Lindsay Lohan series

    The upcoming Lindsay Lohan series on OWN will be more documentary than reality show. OWN and Harpo Studios Presidents Erik Logan and Sheri Salata told journalists attending the annual Television Critics Association press tour that filmmaker Amy Rice will direct the series.

    Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite attends a screening of “Blackfish” in New York.

    ‘Blackfish’ doc dives into plight of SeaWorld’s whales

    What the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove” did for dolphin slaughter in Japan, “Blackfish” may do for killer whales living in captivity while performing at marine parks. “Blackfish,” explores what may have caused Tilikum, a 12,000-pound orca, to kill three people, including veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

    “The Wet and The Dry: A Drinker’s Journey” by Lawrence Osborne

    A novelist’s pub crawl across the Muslim world

    Looking to deal with a serious drinking problem, British novelist and travel writer Lawrence Osborne decides to traverse the Muslim world to gain a different perspective on alcohol. Out of this quixotic adventure comes the book “The Wet and The Dry: A Drinker’s Journey” that examines the role and history of strong drink, its impact on the author’s life and the availability of beer, wine and distilled spirits in Islamic countries from Egypt to Indonesia. The colorful characters and fascinating situations Osborne encounters during his travels provide much of the book’s allure.

    “Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara” by Terry Brooks

    Brooks weaves strong themes into ‘Witch Wraith’

    Terry Brooks has written a slam-bang conclusion to his “The Dark Legacy of Shannara” trilogy with the stellar “Witch Wraith.” The magical barrier that keeps hideous evil demons from the known lands is deteriorating, and soon they will be able to escape.

    A street poet (Gina Rodriquez) raps about political issues and more in “Filly Brown.”

    DVD previews: ‘Filly Brown,’ ‘Teen Beach Movie’
    Tuesday's DVD releases feature two very different movies: Sundance favorite "Filly Brown" and perky Disney musical "Teen Beach Movie."

    Models are prepared for a fashion show by New York-based designers in Beijing, China.

    U.S. designers take trunk shows to China

    Rag & Bone, Marchesa and Proenza Schouler, among the top in their class of cool, youngish New York-based fashion houses, took a field trip to China recently to start a dialogue with consumers there as they all have their eye on expansion. What they learned: Customers want something unique.

    The colorful facade of Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal.

    Portugal’s Pena Palace a kaleidoscope of color

    With sunshine bathing its multicolored facades against a backdrop of deep blue sky, the Pena Palace in Sintra is like a castle seen through a kaleidoscope.

    Crabapples are an important food source for birds in winter.

    Art in the garden: Plant a garden for the birds

    It’s easy to plant a garden to attract birds if you provide their basic needs of food, shelter and water. A wide variety of trees and shrubs will encourage the greatest diversity of birds.

    Stools by Yeji Kim.

    Color, creativity run riot at contemporary furniture fair

    NEW YORK — From a giant vertebra lamp to lights that look like cotton balls, the cornucopia of creativity was overflowing during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair’s 25th-anniversary show and Design Week in New York City this spring.

    Visitors gather at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, which is closed because of a strike earlier this summer. The 124-year-old tower, normally open 365 days a year, sees about 25,000 tourists daily.

    What’s a tourist to do on a Sunday in Paris?

    A great debate rages in France over whether more shops should open on Sundays. In the meantime, here are some ideas of what to do in Paris on a day when much is closed.

    Today’s patio umbrella is free-standing and rotates to cover more “real estate.”

    Outdoor seating and shade get an upgrade

    It used to be that everyone had an outdoor patio table with an umbrella in the middle and four or six chairs around it. The materials varied, but they were primarily dining sets. “It’s a whole different outdoor world today,” said Steve Olson, manager of Viking Ski and Patio in Barrington.


    Four-year board term acceptable

    Q. The declaration of covenants for our common interest community association provides that the term of office for each board member is four years. That seems like a long time. Is a four-year board term permitted?

    Brian Patrick Flynn, who designed this living room, uses a colorful red, white and blue palette balanced by wood tones and muted browns to create a rich, layered look in this weekend home.

    Fun finds and family should fill your second home

    A bungalow on the beach. A cabin for weekend getaways. Second homes, designed for relaxation, are often decorated with hand-me-down furniture and other castoffs from the owner’s main living space.


    Photo courtesy of Mooseheart The Grammar School was completed in 1918. It was turned into offices for the physical plant and construction in 1954, when a new school opened.

    The Soapbox

    Editors sound off on sports as a business, a possible change in a voting law and other topics, but they also offer some well-deserved praise and congratulations.


    Illinois gas taxes already among highest
    A letter to the editor: The July 23 “Our View” editorial concerning gas taxes leaves me with some questions. According to GasPriceWatch.com’s listing dated May 2012, our gas tax totals 62.8 cents per gallon. This puts Illinois fourth-highest in taxation of fuel, surpassed only by New York, California and Hawaii.


    Choice of Trayvon photo creates division
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Can anyone tell me why our unbiased media keep showing an old picture of Trayvon where he actually looked like the innocent child instead of the real Trayvon? I’m sure if President Obama had seen a recent picture he never would have made his “if I had a son” comment.


    Expedite permit process for natural gas exports
    A letter to the editor: There must be tens of thousands of Illinoisans who recognize the enormous economic benefits to be derived from the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to the rest of the world. It would be nice if every one of us wrote to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and encouraged him to speed up his department’s export-permit approval process.


    Pension assumptions on returns unrealistic
    A Palatine letter to the editor: While we often hear the primary reason for the massive unfunded liability of the pension funds is due to “underfunding” by the state, that answer masks the primary cause — unrealistic investment return assumptions by the pension funds.


    Ex-state rep should get prison time
    A Gurnee letter to the editor: Wow! I was shocked to read that another Illinois politician had pleaded quilty to fraud.


    Is Florida tourism safe after verdict?
    A Geneva letter to the editor: One aspect of the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict that I have not heard about is the potential impact on Florida’s all-important tourism. More specifically, I wonder if families of any color are asking themselves, “Is it safe for us to go there?”


    Guns don’t insure a safer community
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Much has been written about the right of George Zimmerman to stand his ground and defend himself, thus justifying his shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin when Martin held him down. Less has been said about Martin’s right to defend himself when stalked by an unknown assailant. Had he no right to stand his ground and defend himself when being approached?


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