Daily Archive : Monday July 29, 2013


    Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division, speaks about Operation Cross Country during a news conference Monday at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. The FBI says the operation was conducted in 76 cities across the country, including Chicago.

    Suburban cops make prostitution arrests in nationwide sex trafficking sweep

    A number prostitution arrests were made at hotels and other suburban locations last week during a nationwide operation aimed at combating sex trafficking of children, authorities said Monday. The FBI said authorities rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution and arrested 150 pimps in the three-day law enforcement sweep in 76 cities.


    Jazz, wine fest at Deer Park Town Center

    Deer Park Town Center will present its second annual “Jazz Patio & Wine Festival” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. The festival features four of Chicago’s finest jazz groups including the Dan Ferris Group, the John Moulder Quartet, the Eric Schneider Quartet featuring Dee Alexander and headlined by the premiere big band in the country, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.


    Wheaton police name officer, civilian of the year

    A Wheaton detective celebrated for her character and competence has been awarded her department’s highest honor. Detective Patricia Potter, who has worked in Wheaton since 2001, received the police department’s Officer of the Year award at a ceremony earlier this month.


    Was Elgin fire extinguisher death 'unlucky bounce' or deliberate action?

    A jury trial began Monday for a 24-year-old Chicago man accused of first-degree murder in September 2011 by throwing a fire extinguisher off a 5th floor parking deck in Elgin, killing a homeless man below. In opening arguments, prosecutors painted Yancarlo Y. Garcia's actions as intentional. His public defender said Garcia was acting like "a punk" but he did not intend to injure the victim.

    The Calvary Academy Cheerleaders of South Holland made the trip to Mount Prospect in 2011 to cheer walkers.

    Bittersweet ending for final Komen 3-Day Walk

    It may be the last, and Mt. Prospect is gearing up to make this year's Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk the best. For years, Mt. Prospect has been a highlight of the Walk, where residents turn out en masse to cheer on the walkers, and police direct traffic in pink shirts. “I was sad to hear about the event being canceled,” said Tarina Wimmer, a Mount Prospect resident and a past participant.


    Gun-rights advocates will appeal ruling on concealed carry

    Gun-rights advocates who failed to sway a federal judge into letting Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state's new concealed-carry law announced Monday they're asking an appeals court to intervene.


    Fired Des Plaines cop alleges racial discrimination

    Fired Des Plaines police officer John Bueno has filed a federal lawsuit against the city claiming racial discrimination and repeated harassment by a superior officer went unchecked by the then-police chief and ultimately led to Bueno's retaliatory dismissal. Bueno, who is of Mexican descent, alleges he was subjected to “unwelcome, humiliating and offensive racial slurs and anti-Hispanic...

    This is Jeneen Smith-Underwood when she was neighborhood services coordinator for the village of Round Lake Beach. She led the Lake County Housing Authority for four months and will receive $122,000 as part of a voluntary separation agreement approved July 10.

    Former Lake County Housing Authority boss gets $122,000 to leave agency

    Lake County Housing Authority's former executive director/chief executive officer will receive a six-figure payment for going away. Jeneen Smith-Underwood spent just four months in the top post after taking over for David Northern, who went to the Philadelphia Housing Authority in March. Northern was rehired to lead the Lake County agency July 10, the same day board commissioners voted 7-0 in...

    Pope Francis, answering questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil Monday, reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation.

    'Who am I to judge?' pope says of gay priests

    A remarkably candid Pope Francis struck a conciliatory stance toward gays Monday, saying “who am I to judge” when it comes to the sexual orientation of priests.

    Israelis and Palestinians wave flags as Israelis march celebrating Jerusalem Day outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s old city on May 8. The U.S. on Sunday announced the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks following years of stalemate, after Israel’s Cabinet agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners convicted of deadly attacks. The return to direct contacts between the sides gave U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry his first concrete achievement after months of shuttle diplomacy.

    Mideast talks to resume amid deep skepticism

    Israeli and Palestinian teams flew to Washington on Monday to end five years of diplomatic stalemate and prepare for a new round of Mideast peace talks, though optimism was in short supply after two decades of failed attempts to reach a deal. The resumption of talks was made possible by a decision by Israel’s Cabinet on Sunday to free 104 long-held Palestinian prisoners in four stages,...

    Police drive arrested train driver Francisco Jose Garzon Amo, center, partly seen in the back seat, to testify in court in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Sunday. Spain’s interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz says the driver whose speeding train crashed, killing 79 people, is now being held on suspicion of negligent homicide. The Spanish train derailed at high speed Wednesday killing 79 and injuring dozens more.

    Spain police to study train ‘black box’ Tuesday

    Police will soon begin extracting information from the “black box” of a train that crashed last week, a Spanish court official said Monday, potentially making clear why the driver failed to brake in time to stop the train from hurtling into a dangerous curve, killing 79 people. Francisco Garzon Amo faces multiple counts of negligent homicide for the country’s worst train...

    In this 1976 file photo, William Scranton Jr., left, is sworn-in as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by Associate Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart at the White House in Washington. Scranton, former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, died Sunday. He was 96.

    Ex-Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate dies

    William Warren Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to the United Nations, has died. He was 96. Scranton died of a cerebral hemorrhage Sunday night at a retirement community in Montecito, Calif., where he lived with his wife, a family spokesman said Monday.

    By a 93-1 vote, the Senate confirmed James Comey as the next director of the FBI on Monday.

    Senate approves James Comey as new FBI director

    The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed James Comey on Monday to become FBI director, elevating the one-time Justice Department official who defied efforts by President George W. Bush’s White House to renew a program that allowed warrantless eavesdropping. Comey was approved 93-1 after one of the Senate’s leading conservatives abruptly ended delaying tactics that had blocked a vote on the...

    Purple and black bunting hang from the facade at the Wheeling Police Department on Monday to honor officer Shamekia Goodwin-Badger, who died Saturday after collapsing during a training exercise Thursday.

    Wheeling police officer was a veteran and mother

    The Wheeling police officer who died Saturday after collapsing during a training exercise two days earlier was a decorated Army veteran with service in Kuwait and Iraq, as well as the mother of a 13-year-old daughter. “Officer Badger was very special to the members of the police department — no matter what was happening in one’s life, you could always go to her for a word of...

    Northwest Central Dispatch is investigating whether dispatchers properly handled 911 calls made Thursday morning after an Arlington Heights man accidentally drove his vehicle into a pond near his home. The driver, 89-year-old Henry Laseke, later died.

    Inquiry launched into Arlington Heights man’s 911 call from sinking SUV

    Northwest Central Dispatch System has opened an investigation into the handling of a 911 call from an 89-year-old Arlington Heights man who drowned Thursday after accidentally driving his SUV into a pond near his home. “We understand that the public expects every call to be handled in the most timely and professional way possible,” a statement from Northwest Central Dispatch System...

    Kurtis Worley

    Prosecutors: Addison man 'angry and jealous' when he stabbed wife, stepson

    Kurtis Worley told police he was “angry and jealous” because his wife wanted a divorce when he fatally stabbed her as she slept inside their Addison home, prosecutors said Monday. Worley, 33, also is accused of stabbing his 15-year-old stepson in the throat after the teen and his 12-year-old brother tried to intervene.

    Frank Bart

    Mayor Bart: Wauconda is re-evaluating water plan

    A voter-approved, $50 million plan to bring Lake Michigan water to Wauconda is being re-evaluated by village officials, Mayor Frank Bart said Monday. Bart said his goal is to reduce the cost of the project.


    One shot in Round Lake Beach

    At least one person was shot Monday night in Round Lake Beach, officials say. The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District responded to a call at 8:14 p.m. at north Barberry Lane and west Mayfield Drive. One person was transported to a nearby hospital, fire officials said.


    Boy struck and killed by truck on Oakton

    A 4-year-old boy died Monday afternoon after the bike he was riding veered into traffic and he was struck by a semitrailer truck in an unincorporated area near Arlington Heights and Elk Grove Village, police said


    Summer concert finale in Round Lake Beach

    Diamana Diya African Hand Drum Group will be the final performer in the Summer Series of Family Entertainment at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach.


    4-year-old shot in the abdomen

    Authorities in Chicago say a 4-year-old is hospitalized after being shot in the abdomen as she rode a scooter in the city’s Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Witnesses say a man came out of an alley Monday afternoon and began shooting, wounding the little girl and a 31-year-old man.


    Rescued parakeet inspires book

    A small, one-legged parakeet that was one of hundreds of birds found inside a feces-filled Aurora home is inspiring a children’s book that an author hopes will help raise money for a zoo.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Saeb Erekat, right, Palestinian chief negotiator and Mohammad I. Shtayyeh, left, Minister Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, arrive at the State Department in Washington Monday for the start of Mideast peace talks.

    Analysis: Mideast peace deal seems far off

    The contours of Israeli-Palestinian peace are clear, experts say: If only the sides summon up the will, the inevitable outcome is two states roughly along the pre-1967 borders, with Jerusalem as a shared capital and a finessing of the Palestinian refugee issue.

    Israel’s Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, second from left, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, second right, Yitzhak Molcho, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Mohammed Shtayyeh, aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, attend an Iftar dinner, which celebrates Ramadan, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department Monday.

    Familiar cast as U.S. launches new Mideast peace bid

    With a cast of characters that has presided over numerous failed Middle East peace efforts, the Obama administration launched a fresh bid Monday to pull Israel and the Palestinians into substantive negotiations. Despite words of encouragement, deep skepticism about the prospects for success surrounded the initial discussions, which were opening with a dinner hosted by Secretary of State John...

    The village of Hanover Park bought the rundown Hanover Square shopping center hoping to update the highly visible property and attract new tenants. There’s been progress, but many of the storefronts remain vacant.

    Hanover Park ready to hire development director

    More than 18 months after Hanover Park’s community and economic development director was fired for undisclosed reasons, the village is on the cusp of filling the position. And officials say the move can’t come soon enough.


    Tax credits finance apartment improvements in Grayslake and Island Lake

    The Lakewood Village apartment complexes in Grayslake and Island Lake will receive upgrades to include energy efficient appliances and fixtures, new library/computer rooms, landscaping and other improvements through the use of federal tax credits. Allocated by tthe state, the idea is to preserve affordable housing for seniors, working families and others.


    District 25 prepares for yearlong review of special education

    While the number of students receiving special services in Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 remains relatively stable, officials are making changes and getting ready for a yearlong review of the program amid growing concerns from parents.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Christopher J. Kvapil, 24, of the 2800 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, Berwyn, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 2:47 a.m. Sunday after a traffic stop on North Tyler Road in St. Charles, according to a sheriff report. Kvapil was a passenger and authorities found a glass pipe with white residue on it, the report said.


    Waubonsee considers $104 million budget

    Waubonsee Community College is considering a $104 million budget for its 2014 fiscal year.


    W. Dundee releasing Facebook page, online service

    West Dundee is dipping a toe in the social media landscape by launching a Facebook page and an online service request system that lets residents report various issues in the village. “Our intention is to upgrade our technological offerings, make it easier for people to interact with us,” Village President Christopher Nelson said.


    Richmond bank robbery suspects indicted

    Two men are facing federal bank robbery charges stemming from an attempted heist at a McHenry County bank in May that left a third accomplice dead after they were confronted by FBI agents. The men face 20 years in prison if convicted.


    Duckworth to host Export Forum in Schaumburg

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates will host an Export Forum in collaboration with the Export-Import Bank of the United States from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 5 in Schaumburg. This will be an opportunity for small and medium-size businesses with 500 or fewer employees to speak with federal and state government officials.


    MHS board meets Tuesday

    The Mundelein High School board will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss staffing for the upcoming school year.


    $1.125 million dog bite settlement

    A $1.125 million settlement, said to be the largest for a dog bite in Illinois history, was obtained Monday for a 17-year old Zion teen who was attacked by a dog while riding his bike, according to the law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.


    Pink Heals Tour to visit Good Shepherd Sunday

    From 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, the Pink Heals Tour will visit the main parking lot of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 450 W. Route 22 near Lake Barrington, in support of the fight against all women’s’ cancers.

    Samantha Bolet, 17, of Lake in the Hills wins the crown in the 2012 McHenry County Queen pageant at the McHenry County Fair.

    Agriculture and entertainment shine at the McHenry County Fair

    Cows mooing. The roar of dirt bikes. Horses whinnying. Combines revving their engines. This combination of sounds could mean only one thing — the return of the McHenry County Fair. It opens Wednesday, July 31, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4 at the McHenry County Fairgrounds off Route 47 in Woodstock.

    Charles Barr

    Retired Schaumburg cop, FBI agent remembered

    Family, friends and the local law enforcement community will honor the life and selfless service of retired Schaumburg police sergeant and former FBI agent Charles Barr at a memorial visitation Saturday, Aug. 3. Not only did Barr, 70, have a distinguished career of dedicated service to law enforcement in the Northwest suburbs and nationally, he was an organ and tissue donor who benefited 20...


    Man sentenced for stealing from nieces, nephews

    A man who stole from his bereaved nieces and nephews was sentenced to 7½ years in prison by a judge who ignored his relatives’ pleas for leniency.


    Car share programs save city $1 million+

    Chicago officials say car sharing programs have saved the city $1 million a year. That includes the car rental and leasing programs Zipcar and FlexFleet.

    Omnicom Group President and CEO John Wren, left, and Publicis Groupe Chairman and CEO Maurice Levy met on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday. Omnicom Group Inc. and Publicis Groupe SA are merging to create the world’s largest advertising firm, one worth more than $35 billion.

    Stocks decline as a busy week for markets begins

    Three days before the end of the month, a blistering rally in stocks appears to be fading. The stock market edged lower Monday as investors waited for a series of big economic reports due out this week. A string of big-name merger deals wasn’t enough to push indexes higher.


    Chicago officer shoots, kills man with knife

    Chicago police say an officer shot and killed a man when he lunged at them after stabbing his estranged wife Sunday night.


    Coroner: Police bean bags killed 95-year-old man

    The Cook County medical examiner’s office says a 95-year-old suburban man died from being shot with a police bean bag gun. John Warna died Saturday following a scuffle with Park Forest police, who had to use a Taser and a bean bag gun to subdue him because he was threatening them with a foot-long knife, a cane and a shoehorn.

    Members of the crowd dance at last year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park.

    City taking safety precautions for Lollapalooza

    Lollapalooza is coming this weekend, and Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management has put together some safety tips for concertgoers.

    This sample collected in eastern Lake Erie shows tiny bits of plastic on a penny. Scientists discovered masses of floating plastic particles in Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie last year. This summer, they’re widening the search to Lakes Michigan and Ontario.

    Masses of plastic particles found in Great Lakes

    Already ravaged by toxic algae, invasive mussels and industrial pollution, the Great Lakes now confront another potential threat that few had even imagined until recently: untold millions of plastic litter bits, some visible only through a microscope.

    Two new Shoe Carnival stores opened in the Chicago area in late July, including one on Randall Road in South Elgin.

    New Shoe Carnival opens on Randall Road in S. Elgin

    Amy Williams' Roamin' Randall column this week details some of the businesses opening and closing this summer along the Randall Road corridor, including a new Shoe Carnival store in South Elgin and Pet Supplies Plus in Lake in the Hills.

    Burr Oak leaf at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia.

    Find out why oaks are endangered and how to help preserve them

    The oak tree was once hailed as king of the forest. People called it magnificent, majestic and mighty. But that was then. Now, the oak no longer reigns supreme. As a group, oaks are in serious decline. As ecological communities, oak woodlands are imperiled.

    Jeremy P. Garrity

    Probation, fines for Batavia man who grew marijuana in home

    A 38-year-old Batavia man pleaded guilty to growing more than 20 marijuana plants in his home and was sentenced to two years of probation and fined nearly $5,000. If he violates probation, Jeremy P. Garrity could be resentenced to up to five years in prison on the felony charge.

    Tunisians carry the coffin of Tunisian opposition politician Mohammed Brahmi during his funeral at Jallez Cemetery in Tunis, Saturday July, 27, 2013. Mohamed Brahmi was shot 14 times in front of his home within sight of his family on Thursday, plunging the country into a political crisis and unleashing demonstrations around the country blaming the government for the assassination. Tunisia’s prime minister said Monday the government will not step down despite opposition demands.

    Tunisia’s leader refuses to step down

    TUNIS, Tunisia — In a defiant speech, Tunisia’s prime minister rejected opposition demands that his government step down and promised on Monday to complete the country’s democratic transition with a new constitution by August and elections in December.


    Country band performs Aug. 1 in Hoffman Estates

    The Jin and Tonic Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday on Hoffman Estates’ Village Green as part of the “Summer Sounds on the Green” concert series. The Jin and Tonic Band is a full seven-piece country band with distinctive three-part harmonies playing favorite covers as well as their own material.

    Rescue personnel work at the site where two passenger trains collided head-on in Granges-pres-Marnand, western Switzerland, Monday, July 29, 2013. Numerous people have been injured.

    Swiss TV: Police say 44 injured in train collision
    Police in western Switzerland say several people have been injured when two passenger trains collided head-on. Vaud canton (state) police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel says rescue operations are still under way late Monday.

    Jill Biden

    College of Lake County still wants Biden's wife as speaker

    Vice President Joe Biden's wife is at the top of College of Lake County's commencement speaker list for 2014. Jill Biden, a community college teacher for more than 30 years, is known to give commencement addresses at two-year schools. She was CLC's top pick to speak at the flagship Grayslake campus for the 2012-13 ceremony in May, but was unavailable.

    Darlene Senger

    Senger jumps into 11th District GOP race for Congress

    State Rep. Darlene Senger today formally announced her campaign for Congress. The Naperville Republican faces possible primary challenges from private investigator Ian Bayne of Aurora, Grundy County Board member Chris Balkema from Channahon or both. Senger will run for the 11th District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville.


    FBI raids rescue 105 kids forced into prostitution

    The FBI says it has rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States and arrested 150 people it described as pimps and others in a series of raids in 76 American cities. The campaign, known as “Operation Cross Country,” was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI’s “Innocence Lost” initiative.

    Former Penn State director of athletics Tim Curley enters the Dauphin County Courthouse, Monday, July 29, 2013, in Harrisburg, Pa. Curley, Graham Spanier and Gary Schultz are to go before a judge Monday to determine whether the three must face trial on charges they covered up an allegation that Jerry Sandusky was sexually preying on boys.

    Witness: Paterno said Penn St. erred on Sandusky

    Penn State's former president and two ex-administrators are in court on charges accusing them of failing to tell police about a sexual abuse allegation involving Jerry Sandusky and then trying to cover it up. The hearing for Spanier, Schultz and Curley will determine if have enough evidence to warrant a trial on the charges against them. Sandusky was convicted last year of 45 counts.

    The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General shows a poster with images of former Penn State President Graham Spanier, top, retired university vice president Gary Schultz, bottom left, and former athletic director Timothy Curley. The question of what exact situation the three men were discussing in a Feb. 27, 2001, email will go before a judge Monday to determine whether Spanier, Schultz and Curley must face trial on charges they covered up an allegation that Jerry Sandusky was sexually preying on boys.

    3 ex-Penn State officials set to go before judge

    It was late at night on Feb. 27, 2001, and Penn State's then-president, Graham Spanier, one of academia's most prominent administrators, typed a brief email to two other top administrators as they debated how to respond to a thorny situation. He was, he wrote, supportive of the athletic director's proposed approach. “The only downside for us is if the message isn't 'heard' and acted upon,...

    Ariel Castro, center, and defense attorneys Craig Weintraub, left, and Jaye Schlachet, stand in the courtroom Friday in Cleveland. Castro, who imprisoned three women in his home, pleaded guilty Friday to 937 counts in a deal to avoid the death penalty. In exchange, prosecutors recommended Castro be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.

    Ariel Castro’s son says life sentence ‘appropriate’

    The son of the Cleveland man who admitted kidnapping, raping and enslaving three women for about a decade says his father belongs behind bars for the rest of his life. In an interview Monday on NBC’s “Today” show, Anthony Castro said he has nothing to say to his father, Ariel Castro, and will not visit him in prison.

    In this April 11, 2005 file photo, Martin Indyk speaks in Doha, Qatar. Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Indyk to shepherd Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that begin Monday evening in Washington.

    Kerry names Martin Indyk to shepherd Mideast talks

    Secretary of State John Kerry appointed former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk to shepherd Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that are to begin Monday evening in Washington. Indyk, currently at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, served as former President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Israel and was a key part of the failed 2000 Camp David peace talks.


    Caterpillar to buy back $1 billion shares

    Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. said on Monday that it will buy back $1 billion of its shares from French bank Societe Generale at market prices.The planned buyback includes 11 million shares right away, at market prices. Based on Monday’s stock price of around $83 per share, those shares would be worth $913 million.

    A bus lies on its side after plunging off a highway near Avellino, southern Italy, Sunday. A tour bus filled with Italians returning home after an excursion plunged off a highway into a ravine in southern Italy on Sunday night after it had smashed into several cars that were slowed by heavy traffic, killing at least 38 people, said police and rescuers.

    Bus crash in southern Italy kills 38 people

    An Italian tour bus plowed through several cars before it crushed through a sidewall of a highway bridge and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 38 people, authorities said Monday. Rescuers wielding electric saws cut through the twisted wreckage of the bus looking for survivors overnight, and state radio quoted a local police chief as saying the bus driver was among the dead. The bus lost...

    David Northern

    Lake County housing boss returns with busy agenda

    David Northern says he has several initiatives he wants to pursue in his second act as Lake County Housing Authority's executive director. Northern returned to this post recently just four months after leaving Lake County for a top job at the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

    Coach Mark Johnson of West Dundee steadies Ryan Santiago, 10, of Lake in the Hills during a Challenger League team practice. Catching is Ed Hayes of Elgin, whose son, Will, 11, plays in the league for kids with special needs.

    Local Challenger team will play in Little League World Series

    From among 900 teams worldwide, 15 members of a suburban Challenger league - an all-inclusive team of players with special needs - will get to take part in the Little League World Series in Williamsport Pa. next month.

    Connecticut state police divers are searching a lake in the hometown of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who is charged with murder.

    Police search lake in Hernandez’s Conn. hometown

    Connecticut state police divers are searching a lake in the hometown of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who is charged with murder. Connecticut police declined to comment on the nature of Monday’s search at Pine Lake in Bristol.


    Afghanistan: Late night, morning bombings kill 14

    An overnight bombing and an early morning explosion Monday in southern Afghanistan killed at least 14 people, officials said. The attacks came as the Afghan government announced the country’s security forces are prepared for the presidential election next April, although five districts remain gripped by insurgency.


    Some scores out of date for transparency project

    Officials from the city of Elgin and DuPage Forest Preserve District say transparency grades recently made public by a watchdog group reflect outdated numbers. “We're being held accountable, but no one's holding them accountable,” said Sue Olafson, a forest district spokeswoman.

    Cubs pitcher Travis Wood, right, is greeted by teammate David DeJesus, left, after hitting a home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum during Sunday’s fifth inning in San Francisco.

    Dawn Patrol: Addison man charged in wife’s murder; Wheeling cop dies

    Addison man charged in wife’s murder; Wheeling cop collapses during training, dies at hospital; man sentenced to 12 years for DUI that killed 2 Rolling Meadows women

    The First United Methodist Church of West Chicago designed its float in the West Chicago Railroad Days parade as an orange high-top shoe in support of its goal of collecting and donating 5,000 shoes to Shoeman Water Projects.

    West Chicago church collects shoes to help Kenya, Haiti

    West Chicago's First United Methodist Church set out more than a year ago to collect 5,000 pairs of shoes as part of a campaign to supply clean drinking water to people in Haiti and Kenya. Now the church is nearing its goal, but it still needs your help.


    4 arrested in Indonesia boat sinking, 20 dead

    The death toll from the sinking last week of a boat carrying asylum seekers has reached 20, while four people have been arrested for people smuggling in connection with the incident off Indonesia, police said Monday. A tugboat carrying more than 200 people sank July 23 off the coast of West Java’s district of Cianjur. Rescuers have so far found 189 survivors.

    Associated Press Alejo Muniz, of Brazil, was crowned the men’s champion of the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing competition after defeating local surfer Kolohe Andino in the men’s final on Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Police say eight people have been arrested after a rowdy crowd surged through downtown after the event, fighting and damaging property.

    8 arrests in Calif. city after US Open of Surfing

    Police say eight people have been arrested after a rowdy crowd surged through downtown in the Southern California city of Huntington Beach after the U.S. Open of Surfing, fighting and damaging property. Domingo says arrests were made for disturbing the peace, unlawful assembly and inciting a riot. One person was held for assault with a deadly weapon on an officer. Police will look at video, and...

    Cairo airport officials say seven flights to Egypt have been canceled and that others are arriving with less than 50 percent occupancy following weekend clashes that killed scores.

    Some flights canceled to Egypt, others half-empty

    Cairo airport officials say seven flights to Egypt have been cancelled and that others are arriving with less than 50 percent occupancy following weekend clashes that killed 84 people. Passengers from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Italy as well as Syria and Lebanon were rerouted Monday onto other planes because of low seat occupancy.

    In this Sept. 1, 2011 photo, author Nicky Hager speaks during a news conference in Wellington. A report in the Sunday Star-Times newspaper said that the New Zealand military, assisted by U.S. spy agencies, collected phone metadata to monitor New Zealand’s journalist Jon Stephenson. New Zealand said Monday, July 29, 2013, there is no evidence that either the U.S. or the New Zealand military spied on journalist Stephenson in Afghanistan who was freelancing for American news organization McClatchy.

    New Zealand disputes report that it spied on journalist

    The New Zealand government said Monday there is no evidence to support a report in the Sunday Star-Times newspaper that the military was assisted by the United States in monitoring the phone data of journalist Jon Stephenson, a New Zealander working for the U.S.-based McClatchy news organization. The report is the first indication that the NSA’s techniques may have been used to spy on a...

    Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at Nasr City, where protesters have installed a camp and hold daily rallies, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday.

    Egypt Islamists arrested as E.U. official visits

    Egyptian police have arrested two leaders of an Islamist party, the latest to be swept up in a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, while the European Union’s foreign policy chief was to meet with officials in Cairo on Monday in an attempt to mediate an end to the political deadlock. Catherine Ashton’s visit to the Egyptian capital is her second this month, a sign of the alarm felt...


    Ga. Waffle House patron opens fire on would-be robber

    Authorities say a customer at a Waffle House outside Atlanta shot and wounded a suspect who was trying to rob the restaurant. Police say the shooting happened early Monday, when a gunman tried to hold up a Waffle House in south Fulton County.

    A helicopter crash in a remote, wooded area of northeastern Pennsylvania claimed the lives of five people, state police said Sunday. The crash apparently happened Saturday night after radar and communication contact with the helicopter was lost, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Helicopter fueled at N.Y. airport before Pa. crash

    The manager of a small airport in New York state says a helicopter stopped there for fuel more than six hours before it crashed in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing five people on board. Gerard Corprew is the manager of the Tri Cities Airport in Endicott. He says records show the helicopter stopped there for fuel at about 4:10 p.m. Saturday.

    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.

    Syrian TV: Troops capture key Homs neighborhood

    Government troops captured a neighborhood Monday in the embattled city of Homs that has been a rebel stronghold since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, dealing another blow to beleaguered opposition forces in the center of the country, according to the state media. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group, however, denied that regime forces had seized all of the...

    People and security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday. A wave of over a dozen car bombings hit central and southern Iraq during morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, killing scores in the latest coordinated attack by insurgents determined to undermine the government.

    Wave of car bombings in Iraq kills at least 51

    A wave of more than a dozen car bombings hit central and southern Iraq during morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, killing at least 51 people in the latest coordinated attack by insurgents determined to undermine the government. The blasts, which wounded scores more, are part of a months-long surge of attacks that is reviving fears of a return to the widespread sectarian bloodshed that...

    Daily Herald File Photo The Metra board of directors is experiencing déjà vu after a second scandal involving allegations of corruption.

    Should Metra’s chair go? Appointing officials weigh in

    There's a collective circling of the wagons at Metra despite attempts by lawmakers to penetrate the defenses. And that goes for most of the appointing authorities who are responsible for picking the nonelected board. “We need to be in full command of the facts and there’s been a lot of political theater,” Lake County Chairman Aaron Lawler said.

    Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville says he’s not worried about the ‘Stanley Cup hangover.’ Going into this year will be comparable to how we started last year,” Quenneville said. “You want to make sure your depth is important and valuable throughout the year, use everybody and try to get off to the right start.”

    Weekend in Review: Charges in bleach attack; Hawks convention
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Addison man charged in wife's murder; Carpentersville man charged with throwing bleach in cabbie's face; vintage WWII 'warbirds' visit Wheeling; Aurora baseball legend in Hallf of Fame; Coach Q talks 'Stanley Cup hangover'; Bears not in a rush to make decision on Cutler; Cubs beat Giants; Sox lose to Royals; and U.S. wins soccer Gold Cup.

    Lutherbrook residential facility in Addison, which treats traumatized children, was the site of 570 police calls in 2011 and 2012.

    Funding, 'traumatized' kids challenge child-welfare system

    Kids in the child-welfare system are in a tough situation already so it's doubly unfortunate some are at risk of running afoul of the law. But the funding and skilled training needed to avert that double jeopardy are in short supply. “Adolescents with a history of abuse and neglect are at a significantly higher risk than adolescents in the general population to enter the juvenile justice...



    Camacho, Elk Grove capture Division I championship

    While pitching in relief Saturday, Elk Grove’s David Camacho was chased by Arlington after facing just five batters. On Monday in the Cook County Division 1 championship game, it was Camacho’s turn to do the chasing. Camacho allowed just 2 hits and 1 unearned run while pitching a complete game as Elk Grove defeated Arlington 11-1 in 8 innings at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights. “You always want to forget the bad and go get them again,” said Comacho, who will attend Rockford College next year. “I was locating my spots real well and they were hitting it right where we were.” Elk Grove coach Kevin Miller, whose Red Sox advanced to the state tournament in Trenton to meet Edwardsville at 3 p.m. Wednesday, was ecstatic about Camacho’s performance.

    Captain Jonathan Toews prepares to hoist the Stanley Cup during opening night of the Sixth annual Blackhawks Convention.

    For so many reasons, the Blackhawks’ 2010 Cup wins out

    The Hawks fan convention over the weekend gave the faithful an opportunity to discuss all sorts of subjects, like which of the Stanley Cup championship teams was more special. And it says here that the answer should be ...

    Wide receiver Joe Anderson, who spent most of last season on the Bears’ practice squad, has impressed coach Marc Trestman in the early going of training camp.

    Injuries give Trestman chance to evaluate Bears’ depth

    The inevitable injury bug bit the Bears on Monday, but it will give Marc Trestman and his staff a chance to evaluate the team's depth. First-year wide receiver Joe Anderson, who got additional playing time with Brandon Marshall sidelined, wasted no time impressing coaches with his play.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who worked 7 shutout innings in a no-decision Monday night against the Brewers, says he likes the makeup of this year’s team.

    Feeling in the Cubs clubhouse: Things are looking up

    Even though the July 31 trading deadline hangs over the Cubs, there is an upbeat feeling around the club, which opened a home series against the Brewers Monday night. The Cubs just came home from a 6-4 road trip.


    Cougars get clobbered by Chiefs

    Kane County pitcher Jose Rosario set a record by allowing a franchise-record 13 runs as the Peoria Chiefs pounded the Cougars 14-1 to claim the three-game series Monday night at Dozer Park.


    Boomers edge ThunderBolts

    The Schaumburg Boomers finished the longest homestand of the season with their third consecutive 1-run victory, earning a 4-3 decision over the Windy City ThunderBolts on Monday night to capture the season series.

    The Milwaukee Brewers’ Jean Segura tags out the Cubs’ Junior Lake as he tries to steal second base during Monday’s seventh inning at Wrigley Field.

    Brewers score 5 in 9th to end Cubs’ 3-game streak

    Carlos Gomez broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning with an RBI single and Jeff Bianchi added a two-run double to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cubs 5-0 on Monday night at Wrigley Field. The Brewers, sitting in last place in the NL Central, won for the third time in eight games and ended the Cubs’ winning streak at three games.


    Gregg’s success with Cubs puts him in trade talks

    Cubs closer Kevin Gregg is well aware of the trade talk surrounding his name as the July 31 deadline is at hand. Manager Dale Sveum says Gregg is one of the key reasons the Cubs have played as well as they have the last two months.

    White Sox slugger Adam Dunn reacts after striking out against Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Rich Hill in Monday’s eighth inning at Progressive Field.

    Indians homer puts Sox 23 games below .500

    CLEVELAND — Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi homered over the center field wall leading off the ninth inning to give the Cleveland Indians their fifth straight win, 3-2 over the White Sox.Giambi, batting for struggling Mark Reynolds, belted a 1-1 pitch from Ramon Troncoso (1-3) high over the wall and into the bushes in center. It was the 436th career homer and ninth career walk-off shot for the slugger, who had a bucket of water dumped over his head by teammates after the game.Chris Perez (3-1) pitched the ninth, allowing a two-out triple to Dayan Viciedo. He got out of the inning when left fielder Michael Brantley made a nice catch for the third out.The Indians moved within 2½ games of the idle Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.The sinking White Sox have lost four straight and 10 of 13.Giambi’s dramatic shot — and postgame bath — provided more memorable snapshots for the Indians, who are making a strong push as August approaches. Cleveland has won 10 of 14 and are keeping the pressure on the first-place Tigers as well as injecting themselves into the wild-card discussion.As he rounded third, Giambi smiled when he saw his teammates awaiting his arrival at the plate. He leaped into their welcome party and nearly had his jersey pulled off in the celebration.The well-respected Giambi has been instrumental in bringing the Indians together and they are clicking at just the right time.Perez got the first two outs in the ninth before Viciedo hit a sinking liner that skipped past right fielder Ryan Rabun and rolled all the way to the wall. Center fielder Michael Bourn hustled over to get it and threw quicky to the infield, preventing Viciedo from trying for an inside-the-park homer.Gordon Beckham followed with a line drive to left that Brantley casually ran down and snared with an overhead catch to keep it tied 2-all. When he got back to the dugout, Brantley was greeted by several of his teammates and a thankful Perez.The Indians got another strong outing from a starter as Zach McAllister allowed just two runs and five hits in seven innings.Cleveland’s starters came in with a 1.79 ERA in the past 16 games.The White Sox fell 23 games below .500 for the first time since 2007.With the trading deadline approaching Wednesday at 4 p.m., the last-place team may make some deals.Before the game, they sent reliever Jesse Crain to Tampa Bay for future considerations. Chicago is also believed to be dangling Jake Peavy, who is scheduled to start Tuesday’s game.“I have all kind of bags packed,” said Peavy, who has been through this before after being dealt from San Diego to Chicago in 2009.The Indians’ streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings ended in the sixth.Blanked by McAllister for the first five innings, the White Sox scored twice with two outs in the sixth on Adam Dunn’s RBI double and Paul Konerko’s run-scoring single.It was the first run given up by the Indians since the eighth inning on Friday. Cleveland posted consecutive shutouts over the weekend against Texas, and lead the majors with 14 shutouts.Held to one hit by John Danks over the first five innings, the Indians tied it in the sixth on Asdrubal Cabrera’s RBI groundout.As has been the case during their recent surge, the Indians grabbed an early lead.They went ahead in the second on Carlos Santana’s sacrifice fly, the 16th straight game Cleveland has scored first a new franchise record. The Indians scored first in 15 games in a row in 1906, and Cleveland’s current streak is the majors’ longest since Milwaukee did it 21 consecutive times in 1990.

    Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jesse Crain has been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Sox send Crain to Rays in unusual trade

    The White Sox traded injured relief pitcher Jesse Crain and cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays late Monday afternoon. Depending on Crain's health and performance, the Sox get back players to be named later or cash considerations.

    Bears head coach Marc Trestman, left, chats with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker during training camp.

    Bears’ new defensive coordinator confident that team is on board

    New defensive coordintor Mel Tucker doesn't anticipate his group experiencing any adverse affects as it transitions from the direction of Lovie Smith and Rod marinelli to a new leader.


    Former Cubs pitcher Frank Castillo drowns

    Authorities have recovered the body of former Cubs pitcher Frank Castillo after he apparently drowned at a lake northeast of Phoenix. Maricopa County sheriff’s officials say divers pulled the 44-year-old’s body out of Bartlett Lake on Monday afternoon. Family members and friends say Castillo wasn’t a good swimmer, but he jumped off a pontoon boat Sunday afternoon for a swim and didn’t resurface.

    Stevenson graduate and current University of Illinois gymnast Mike Wilner won a pair of gold medals at the Maccabiah Games in Israel.

    Wilner excels at Maccabiah Games

    Mike Wilner, a 2011 Stevenson graduate from Buffalo Grove who is a member of the University of Illinois men’s gymnastics team, won the still rings competition at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel last week. Wilner’s effort helped Team USA win the gold over Israel. His 15.45 was easily the day’s top score on still rings.

    Sheryl Swoopes acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony earlier this year to honor the 1993 Texas Tech national championship team at an NCAA college basketball game between Texas Tech and Texas in Lubbock, Texas. The WNBA great, one of the league's first stars, is now the coach of the Loyola University Ramblers.

    Documentary allows Swoopes to tell her story

    Sheryl Swoopes is finally happy again. It’s no surprise that her joy comes at a time when she’s back on the basketball court — a place where she’s always felt comfortable. Swoopes’ struggles with life, money and love are chronicled in a documentary by Hannah Storm as part of the ESPN Films Nine for IX documentary series that will air Tuesday night. Swoopes, the new head coach at Loyola University Chicago, says she was tired of reading about her life story. She wanted to tell it herself.

    Matt Garza, left, fist-bumps Rangers teammate Elvis Andrus after pitching in the third inning against the Yankees on Wednesday. Garza had an impressive run with the Cubs, but the North Siders did the right thing in acquiring some nice prospects last week in a trade, according to Len Kasper.

    Cubs say two goodbyes, but also a big hello

    Quite a week for the Cubs as they traded Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano while watching Junior Lake begin his career in comet-like fashion. Len Kasper looks back on the action, plus offers his insight on Junior Lake, Soriano's tenure and the trouble in Brewers country.


    Mike North video: What is Alex Rodriguez’s future?
    Mike North thinks major league baseball is on the right track for resolving steroid use in baseball, but he has a plan for how to deal with the cheaters. He thinks more harsh discipline once they are caught, for guys like Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, will lead to the complete disappearance of steroid abuse.

    Is Chris Sale untouchable with the non-waiver trade deadline approaching? Not according to Mike Imrem, who would be fine with getting rid of every player on the Sox’ roster.

    Time to jettison every Sox player possible

    The approaching trade deadline is being characterized as the elephant in the White Sox' clubhouse. Heck, it's more like a gift horse providing an opportunity for everybody involved to get out from under this ugly mess. Jake Peavy’s name is in the most rumors and he’s crazy if he doesn’t want to get out from under this pile of mess. It sure looks like he’s ready to film “Escape from Comiskey.”


    Luxury retailer Saks is being purchased by the parent of Lord & Taylor for approximately $2.4 billion. The news comes a little over a month after reports surfaced that Hudson’s Bay Co. was interested in buying Saks Inc.

    Hudson’s Bay buying Saks for about $2.4 billion

    Don’t let the global economy fool you: Luxury is hardly dead. Saks Inc. agreed to sell itself to Hudson’s Bay Co., the Canadian parent of upscale retailer Lord & Taylor, for about $2.4 billion in a deal that will bring luxury to more North American locales.

    Rosemont will receive roughly $2.6 million to settle a village lawsuit against discount travel booking websites over back taxes owed on hotel visits booked through the companies.

    Rosemont gets $2.6 million in settlement with online travel sites

    Rosemont will receive roughly $2.6 million to settle a village lawsuit against discounted travel booking websites to recover hotel back taxes, according to an agreement obtained by the Daily Herald through the Freedom of Information Act.The village board earlier this month approved the settlement with the travel websites, including Priceline, Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire and Hotels.com.

    Kelly Mueller of Naperville tops her chocolate and vanilla swill frozen yogurt at the new B Happy Cafe at 206 S. Washington St. in downtown Naperville. The cafe opened July 13 featuring self-serve frozen yogurt in three sizes without a scale for pricing based on weight.

    Three new shops to ‘transform’ Washington St. in downtown Naperville

    The first of three new businesses coming to one block of Washington Street in downtown Naperville has opened and is inviting customers to eat frozen yogurt and “be happy.” B Happy Cafe is offering self-serve frozen yogurt and create-your-own smoothies from a pastel painted storefront at 206 S. Washington St. and it's soon to be joined by Naperville General Store and Eggs, Inc. Cafe. “The east side of Washington is really going to transform,” said Katie Wood, executive director of Downtown Naperville Alliance.

    Apple Inc. will investigate allegations by advocacy group China Labor Watch that factories run by Taiwanese supplier Pegatron Corp. use underage workers, pay insufficient wages and force employees to work overtime.

    Group accuses Apple supplier of labor abuses

    A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees’ pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple’s pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.

    A U.S. judge said Monday that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke can be questioned in a lawsuit against the government filed by the former head of American International Group Inc. That’s because Bernanke has first-hand knowledge of the government’s decision to bail out AIG at the height of the financial crisis, the judge said.

    Bernanke to give deposition in AIG bailout lawsuit

    A U.S. judge has ordered that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke can be questioned in a lawsuit against the government filed by the former head of American International Group Inc.

    “Rosie the Riveter” dressed in overalls and bandanna was introduced as a symbol of patriotic womanhood in the 1940’s. Rose Will Monroe played “Rosie the Riveter,” the nation’s poster girl for women joining the work force during World War II.

    Trying to save part of Rosie the Riveter’s factory

    The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a “man’s work” by building World War II-era bombers, making her an enduring symbol of American female empowerment, will be demolished if money can’t be found to save it. The Willow Run Bomber Plant, a 332-acre former Ford Motor Co. factory west of Detroit that churned out nearly 9,000 B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II, is slated to be torn down unless a group can raise $3.5 million by Thursday .


    W.W. Grainger in Mettawa names new CIO
    W.W. Grainger in Mettawa named Michael Ali senior vice president and CIO, replacing Tim Ferrarell who assumes the new role of senior vice president, innovation and continuous improvement.


    Gallagher in Ithaca elects new director

    Sherry S. Barrat has been elected to serve on Ithaca-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s board of directors. Barrat has over 40 years of management, operational and financial experience.   She retired in 2012 as vice chairman of Northern Trust Corp.  During her 22 year career at Northern Trust, she served in various leadership roles and was a member of the Northern Trust Management Committee.


    Camping World/Good Sam plans major nationwide expansions

    Lincolnshire-based Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world’s largest RV owners organization, unveiled its plans for expansion and future development to meet customer needs for product and service in new markets.


    Cheaper financing, better results spark business marketplace

    This may be the time to put your small business on the market. For one thing, financing tends to be available and money is really cheap. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at this trend.


    Newlyweds launch Jelly Cafe in Mount Prospect
    An interview with Kaitlin and Billy Kretsch, owners of Jelly Cafe in Mount Prospect.

    Mike Marks

    Naperville inventor sees device sold worldwide

    Mike Marks of Naperville was watching a Chicago Bears game when his wife asked him to hang a picture on the wall. Like most sports fans, he was torn between watching his favorite team versus doing a household task. The task won. It took him about 40 minutes to hang the picture, but it was crooked, and he left it that way when he went to bed that night.“I got up at 2 a.m. and had the idea on how I can do it better,” he said.

    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks it’s important for Siemens AG to get back to smooth sailing after the German engineering group’s announcement that it plans to remove CEO Peter Loescher.

    Merkel calls for Siemens’ return to ‘calm waters’

    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks it’s important for Siemens AG to get back to smooth sailing after the German engineering group’s announcement that it plans to remove CEO Peter Loescher, a government spokesman said Monday. Siemens has local operations in Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Glen Ellyn, Elk Grove, Mundelein, Oak Brook, Rolling Meadows, and Wood Dale.

    Amazon.com Inc. says it is adding 7,000 jobs in 13 states, beefing up staff at the warehouses where it fills orders, and in its customer service division.

    Amazon.com looks to fill 7,000 jobs in 13 states

    Amazon.com Inc. says it is adding 7,000 jobs in 13 states, beefing up staff at the warehouses where it fills orders, and in its customer service division. The company says it will add 5,000 full-time jobs at its U.S. distribution centers, which currently employ about 20,000 workers who pack and ship customer orders.

    The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped eight cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.67. Midgrade costs an average of $3.85 a gallon, and premium is $3.99.

    U.S. gas prices up 8 cents over past 2 weeks

    The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped eight cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.67. Midgrade costs an average of $3.85 a gallon, and premium is $3.99.

    There’s extensive evidence that pigs are as smart and sociable as dogs. Yet one species is afforded affection and respect; the other faces mass slaughter en route to becoming bacon, ham and pork chops.

    Pigs smart as dogs? Activists pose the question

    There’s extensive evidence that pigs are as smart and sociable as dogs. Yet one species is afforded affection and respect; the other faces mass slaughter en route to becoming bacon, ham and pork chops. Seeking to capitalize on that discrepancy, animal-welfare advocates are launching a campaign called The Someone Project that aims to highlight research depicting pigs, chickens, cows and other farm animals as more intelligent and emotionally complex than commonly believed.

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. has asked airlines to inspect emergency beacons on a range of planes after ANA Holdings Inc. and United Airlines found faults in devices on 787s linked to a fire in a parked Dreamliner.

    Boeing urges more jet beacon checks after 787 faults found

    Chicago-based Boeing Co. has asked airlines to inspect emergency beacons on a range of planes after ANA Holdings Inc. and United Airlines found faults in devices on 787s linked to a fire in a parked Dreamliner. The aircraft maker asked operators to inspect aircraft with fixed emergency locater transmitters from Honeywell International Inc., Randy Tinseth, a Boeing marketing vice president, said on a blog yesterday.

Life & Entertainment

    This publicity image released by CBS shows Cote de Pablo in a scene from “NCIS.” De Pablo will not be returning to the series. CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves said Monday that every effort was made to keep actress Cote de Pablo on TV’s highest-rated show, “NCIS.”

    CBS: It was de Pablo’s decision to exit ‘NCIS’

    CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves says every effort was made to keep the actress who plays Ziva David on TV’s highest-rated show, “NCIS.” Moonves says Cote de Pablo was offered, in his words, “a lot of money” because the network didn’t want to lose her from the crime drama.

    This Sept. 13, 2009 file photo originally released by Oral-B Pulsonic shows “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars, Teresa Giudice, left, and her husband Joe Giudice at the Caravan Fashion Show sponsored by Oral-B Pulsonic in New York. Teresa and Giuseppe ìJoeî Giudice were charged in a 39-count indictment handed up Monday in Newark, N.J. The two are accused of submitting fraudulent mortgage and other loan applications from 2001 through 2008, a year before their show debuted on Bravo. Prosecutors say they made false claims about their employment status and salaries.

    2 ‘Real Housewives of NJ’ stars charged with fraud

    Two stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” were indicted Monday on federal fraud charges, accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before their TV show debuted in 2009, then hiding their improving fortunes in a bankruptcy filing after their first season aired. Teresa Giudice, 41, and her husband Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, 43, of Montville Township, were charged in a 39-count indictment with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.

    This April 21, 2013 file photo shows actress Evan Rachel Wood at the “A Case Of You” premiere during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Her representative said Monday that she gave birth to a baby boy. The 25-year-old actress is married to British actor Jamie Bell. They were married last year.

    Evan Rachel Wood gives birth to baby boy

    Evan Rachel Wood is a mom. Her representative said Monday that she gave birth to a baby boy. The 25-year-old actress married British actor Jamie Bell last year.

    Natalie Martinez and Josh Carter star in the CBS series “Under the Dome,” which has been renewed for a second season.

    CBS renews summer series ‘Under the Dome’

    CBS says it’s renewing the summer series “Under the Dome” for next year. The drama, about a small town enclosed in a mysterious dome, has been a success for CBS. It’s based on a bestselling Stephen King book.

    Lea Michele is breaking her silence online after her “Glee” co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith died of an overdose earlier this month. The actress posted a photo of her and Monteith on Twitter Monday along with a message thanking her followers for “helping me through this time with your enormous love & support.”

    Lea Michele breaks silence after Monteith death

    Lea Michele is breaking her silence online after her “Glee” co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith died of an overdose earlier this month. The actress posted a photo of her and Monteith on Twitter on Monday, along with a message thanking her followers for “helping me through this time with your enormous love & support.”

    Naimot Alabi holds her yet-to-be named baby son born July 22 in the Lagos Island Maternity Home, in Lagos, Nigeria. “I want a better life for him,”

    Children who share a birthday with the little prince

    For any family, even the most royal, the birth of a child is a moment to celebrate not just new life, but new potential. It is an occasion of the greatest hopes, but also often understandable fears. A newborn offers the promise of all that is to come — and the trepidation of not knowing just what that will be. When the new heir to the British throne was born last week, three other babies were likely born somewhere in the world in the very same second, statistics show; 254 others within a minute; 360,000 others before the Earth had completed a single turn on its axis. Few, if any, of course, are destined to become a monarch. But, as their parents know, all are endowed with a birthright of untold possibility.

    Got leftover doughnuts? Turn them into truffles (recipes on Page 2) or bread pudding.

    Ways to get creative with leftover doughnuts (as if)

    Leftover doughnuts — if there is such a thing in your world — do not have to wind up smooshed into a casserole with eggs, cream and butter. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but here are some other ideas.

    This twist on bread pudding is so good you’ll want to buy extra doughnuts next time you’re at the shop. Add your favorite berries or fruit.

    Doughnut and Berry Pudding
    Doughnut and Berry Pudding

    Leftover doughnuts get a new life as Blueberry-Lime Doughnut Truffles.

    Blueberry-Lime Doughnut Truffles
    3-4 glazed or plain vanilla cake doughnuts (about 6 ¾ ounces total)3 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger, plus more for garnishPinch kosher saltGrated zest (no pith) of 1 lime and juice of 1 to 2 limes2 tablespoons homemade or high-quality store-bought blueberry jam¼ teaspoon peeled, finely grated ginger root10 ounces good-quality white chocolate, such as Callebaut½ teaspoon vegetable shorteningTear or crumble the doughnuts into penny-size pieces until you have about 3½ cups, letting them fall into a mixing bowl as you work. Add the crystallized ginger, salt and lime zest, tossing to incorporate.Whisk together the lime juice (to taste), jam and fresh ginger in a liquid measuring cup, then pour into the doughnut mixture and stir gently to combine. Taste, and add lime juice if you’d like the mixture to be less sweet.Divide into 9 or 10 equal portions and roll into compact balls. Return them to the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until quite firm.Meanwhile, combine the white chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on LOW in 20-second increments until melted, stirring after each one. Once the mixture is smooth, cool slightly.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set a wire cooling rack over it.Working with one chilled doughnut ball at a time, dip the balls into the chocolate mixture to coat. Garnish with the crystallized ginger. Place on the wire rack until completely set, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve.Makes nine or 10.Cook’s notes: Feel free to substitute your favorite jam flavor, such as strawberry, peach, apricot or sour cherry.The coated truffles can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Nutrition values per piece (assumes 10): 220 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated), 26 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 18 g sugar, 2 g protein, 10 cholesterol, 150 mg sodium. Tiffany MacIsaac, executive pastry chef of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group


    Bayou Bakery Scrap Dough-Nut Buns


    Nutella Doughnut Truffles
    Nutella Doughnut Truffles

    “Mystery Girl” by Davd Gordon

    Gordon doesn’t fool around with ‘Mystery Girl’

    In David Gordon’s “Mystery Girl,” he introduces a new protagonist, a failed experimental novelist named Sam Kornberg who finds work as an assistant to a private detective. The intricate plot of “Mystery Girl” involves Sam’s not entirely sane employer assigning him to tail a mysterious young woman. What seems at first to be a simple job soon snares Sam in a murder case that takes him on a wild ride from Los Angeles to a poor village in rural Mexico and involves Satanists, free love advocates, doppelgängers and underground filmmakers.

    “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke

    Robin Thicke delivers with ‘Blurred Lines’

    Robin Thicke is having quite a moment. After spending most of his decadelong recording career as one of R&B’s journeymen — a sensuous crooner with the occasional crossover hit — Thicke has exploded into pop’s consciousness with “Blurred Lines”: It’s the undeniable song of the summer and may turn out to be the single of the year.

    Actor Blair Underwood will star in the reboot of “Ironsides” this fall on NBC.

    Blair Underwood back on TV starring in ‘Ironside’

    Blair Underwood is returning to series television in a remake of “Ironside,” which shares few similarities with the original series that starred Raymond Burr. The character’s name and job as a detective is the same, and he uses a wheelchair after being paralyzed from the waist down. In a nod to Burr, Underwood’s character ends the day by sipping a glass of bourbon.

    Brenda Ritzco has a genetic predisposition to breast cancer and has chosen to monitor herself for signs of the disease, rather than have pre-emptive surgery.

    Women with predisposition to cancer form sisterhood

    When Angelina Jolie shared her medical history in May with a New York Times op-ed, including her decision to have her breasts removed and have reconstructive surgery, she said it was so “I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.” It also was a gift to the women in the previvor crowd -- women who are survivors of a predisposition to cancer.

    Roses in the garden of a mosque in the Albaicin neighborhood in Granada, in Andalusia, Spain, framing the Alhambra, the city’s medieval Islamic palace complex. Andalusia offers a fusion of Christian and Islamic cultures, found in architectural masterpieces and in everyday life.

    Andalusia a blend of its Christian, Islamic history

    Nowhere in Europe is the complex coexistence between Islam and Christianity more etched in historical landscapes and current customs than here, in Spain’s Andalusia, a vast region of snowy mountains, olive-studded valleys and desert coasts whose tip sits less than 10 miles from Morocco.


    Avoiding sugary drinks can help protect young teeth

    Making a difference in a child's nutrition can be a difficult task. That's one of the reasons I focus not just on the range of solid foods that my patients eat but also on what they drink.


    Weight-loss surgery succeeds only with strong commitment

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announcement about his weight-loss surgery got me thinking. Can you tell me more about this surgery and who might be a good candidate for it?


    Exercise turns bad fat to good in study

    Exercise can turn bad white fat into its healthier, calorie-burning brown version, and may help keep diabetes at bay, according to research. Men who trained for 12 weeks on an exercise bicycle showed a browning of their subcutaneous white adipose tissue in a study presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting. In a separate study in mice, brown fat was linked with better glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, suggesting the substance may play a role in preventing diabetes.

    Certain over-the-counter dietary supplements may or may not help arthritis pain.

    Your health: Easing arthritis pain
    Learn about what dietary supplements can help with arthritis pain. Also, learn about how magnesium can and should be taken.

    As the BBC’s man in charge of the Proms, which proudly bills itself as the world’s largest classical music festival, Roger Wright makes repeated trips to the hall on each of the 57 consecutive days of concerts.

    Roger Wright: BBC’s man behind the Proms festival

    Some people go to the seashore during the summer. Some go to the countryside. Roger Wright goes to Royal Albert Hall. As the BBC’s man in charge of the Proms, which proudly bills itself as the world’s largest classical music festival, Wright makes repeated trips to the hall on each of 57 consecutive days of concerts.

    Characters from “The Awesomes,” from left, Concierge, voiced by Emily Spivey, Prock, voiced by Seth Meyers, Frantic, voiced by Taran Killam, and Muscleman, voiced by Ike Barinholtz. The animated series premieres Aug. 1, on Hulu.

    Seth Meyers unveils new animated superhero

    Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker first began plotting “The Awesomes,” their new comic animated superhero series, in 2006, when Meyers was ascending to the Weekend Update desk at “Saturday Night Live.” “Time-wise, this was a way better idea in 2006,” says Meyers. “That summer was glacial for Seth Meyers. I couldn’t get arrested in 2006.” The summer of 2013, however, is an entirely different matter.

    In his latest film, “Only God Forgives,” Canadian actor Ryan Gosling plays a drug-smuggling mama’s boy.

    Ryan Gosling adds insults to dialogue in ‘Forgive’ script

    When it comes to conjuring up the most mean-spirited insults a mother could hurl at her son, leave it to Ryan Gosling. In his latest film, “Only God Forgives,” the Canadian actor plays a drug-smuggling mama’s boy. In one scene, his character is humiliated by his mother at dinner after he brings a hooker, posing as his girlfriend, to meet mom — played by Kristin Scott Thomas. Gosling said the embarrassments heaped on his character — including comments about his anatomical shortcomings — weren’t originally in the script.


    In Copenhagen, 5 free things to see and do

    While it’s easy to spend a fortune in Copenhagen, one of Europe’s most expensive cities, the Danish capital also has a lot to offer for travelers on a tight budget. The city center is compact enough that you can get around on foot, enjoying the top sights and walking in the footsteps of fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen — without spending a single krone.

    1937 Chevrolet coupe

    Grandfather shares knowledge on 1937 Chevy project

    Grandfathers play an important role, instilling life skills down to subsequent generations. Ben Ritthaler’s grandpa, Hank Groves, shared an important lesson with the youngster: four-wheeled speed. The Woodstock resident and his grandfather worked together to build a 1937 Chevrolet coupe.



    Obamacare battle takes bizarre turn

    Columnist Byron York:


    Focus on root causes of gun violence first
    A letter to the editor: The Wheeling board members all had the wisdom and courage to reject an “assault weapons” ban. They all saw that such legislation would do nothing for gun violence in our community (in fact, is it really an issue in Wheeling?). They all saw that gun violence is an issue of moral character, poverty (relative and absolute), social cohesion, parenting, education, mental health and more.


    No good comes from owning assault weapons
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: They are not needed by anyone who wishes to own firearms for legitimate purposes of sport, target shooting, home and personal protection. They can and do, all too easily, get into the hands of people who use them to produce unspeakable horror in the lives of innocent people.


    Look who voted for more spying
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: On July 24 an amendment was sent to the House to support the Fourth Amendment by defining that only those suspected of actual terrorist activities can be subject to this scrutiny. The amendment failed by a vote of 205 to 217. By a difference of 12 votes, the amendment supporting The Constitution of the United States failed. Eleven of those “no” votes came from Illinois.


    Fix system before changing gas tax
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Does anyone doubt that without a total revamp of how transportation, beyond roads and bridges, is funded and managed, that new gas tax money would only further corrupt a system that is corrupt throughout its crumbling foundation?


    Climate campaign does more harm than good
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: As the Earth cools, President Obama is distracted by a fraudulent warming narrative.


    Keep up the competition in telecom industry
    A letter to the editor: Only one other country on the planet has three kinds of fully deployed broadband networks. And that’s pretty impressive. We owe a lot of credit on this to former President Bill Clinton, who set in place in his 1996 Telecom Act an approach that required these three kinds of broadband technology to compete against each other. And that competition has spurred unprecedented investment.


    Someday, someone will pass the FairTax
    A Huntley letter to the editor: To House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp: I just answered your survey about current events you and the rest of the committee are contemplating. The questions were skewed to get the results you desire, instead of any new ideas.


    Bears mistaken on Cutler backup
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Where is the contingency plan if Jay Cutler fails this year? If this is truly his make-or-break year, then why isn’t there anybody currently on the roster to replace him?


    Why single-payer insurance is needed
    Why single-payer insurance is neededGovernment health insurance currently in progress is the Affordable Health Care Act for all those who lack insurance. For those poorest, the federal government defrays the costs. The federal government can provide the funds to insurers and its borrowing costs are low whereas states cannot supply the funds. States are accepting this course, helping their economies.However, only single payer health insurance, for all, not in effect, but by its Medicare technique would cover all costs or affordable. Medicare system is noncompetitive and it succeeds for that reason, as it wastes no money for administrative overhead, lobbying politicians, demarketing to avoid the sick, marketing for the healthiest only, paying CEOs millions in bonuses, posh offices, denying care. Sixty-two percent of personal bankruptcies emanate from insurance shortage or serious illness, a 50 percent increase from 2001.Medicare would expand Medicare single payer, for all, over and under 65, while national care denies no treatment. Doctors and hospitals treat; the federal government only pays the bills, which it receives from current employees and employers in payrolls. Medicare banks and dispenses.Single payers using national health care could save about $400 billion — enough to cover the uninsured and upgrade coverage for all Americans, but most of these savings require that we go all the way to single payer, i.e. only single payer. Doctors and hospitals spend billions meeting insurers’ documentation. The Affordable Health Care Act is some vital health for those uninsured, an it is federal money that is affordable as well because the federal government can borrow at low interest, which states cannot, so a single payer for all ages must include all insurance systems, including private. Most developed nations have such health insurance.Bernice RussellCrystal Lake


    You won’t get away with hitting our car
    Letter to the editor: Anola Stowick warns the woman who hit her car and then drove off: The police have a good description of you.


    Questions security plan for Catherine Alice Gardens
    Letter to the editor: Michael R. Schwartz, a Skokie consultant, questions the security plan for Catherine Alice Gardens.


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