Daily Archive : Monday August 5, 2013


    Amer Khan

    Pond safety talks may begin in Naperville after boy’s drowning

    Naperville officials say they don’t think fencing around retention ponds is the right solution to prevent drownings like 6-year-old Amer Khan’s death Saturday, but they’re open to discussing other options to increase waterside safety. “Most of the ponds don’t have fencing or barriers,” Puknaitis said. “It’s highly impractical to do that with every pond. Even if you did, there’s nothing stopping...


    Meeting will address development of Bartlett’s downtown business district

    Bartlett residents, businesses and Metra commuters interested in the village’s downtown are asked to attend an economic development commission meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12 in the village hall council chambers, 228 S. Main St. There will be a discussion on strategies and ideas to enhance the relationship between area residents and Metra commuters with the downtown business district. For...

    Catherine Alice Gardens is a permanent supportive housing facility that was being proposed in Palatine for people with disabilities.

    Palatine says site not good for housing for people with disabilities

    A majority of Palatine councilmen voted against a controversial permanent supportive housing development on the chance a manufacturing business could eventually move in. The council on Monday voted 4-2 against Catherine Alice Gardens, which would have served people with disabilities. “I’d like to see us keep our commercial base and the possibility of jobs,” Councilman Tim Millar...

    The Des Plaines City Council Monday night increased the budget for the Metra train station remodel by more than $200,000.

    Des Plaines approves more funding for train station remodel

    The Des Plaines City Council Monday night approved allocating more funding to remodel the downtown Metra train station. The city budgeted $500,000 for the project this year. The extra money will pay for certain items that had been included in the original bid were dropped because the project was over budget.


    District 116, community plan to welcome students back to class

    When the new school year begins Aug. 19 in Round Lake Unit District 116, students are going to know they have the support of their communities. That’s because many local elected officials and heads of local government bodies will be present on the front lawn of schools to greet students, shake hands and wish them well in the coming year.


    Pit bull euthanized for attack that killed small dog in Wauconda

    The Wauconda pit bull that attacked and killed a smaller dog in a Wauconda park was euthanized, Lake County Animal Care and Control officials said Monday.

    Gov. Patrick Quinn signs “Patricia's Law” Monday as the parents of Patricia McNamara, Carol and Wally Spears, right, watch. The law prevents people charged as the result of a fatal accident from receiving court supervision if they've had court supervision in the past.

    McHenry County accident leads to new law

    Slap-on-the-wrist punishments in fatal accidents will no longer be possible after Gov. Pat Quinn signed "Patricia's Law” Monday. The bill, named for Patricia McNamara, who was killed in an accident in McHenry County, prohibits a court from granting supervision to anyone charged as the result of a fatal accident if that person has had prior court supervision.


    McHenry County stomach bug case raises state total to five

    Illinois is reporting one new case of a rare stomach illness, this one in McHenry County, bringing the total number of cases in the state to five. Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says health officials are still investigating the source of the bug and have been unable to link the illness to any food source.

    Valinda Rowe, spokeswoman for Illinois Carry, holds a photograph of Mary Shepard, a downstate woman who was beaten in 2009 by an intruder at her workplace. Shepard has said that had she not been barred from carrying a gun, she could have thwarted the attack.

    Appeals court denies immediate concealed carry

    A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused an urgent request by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state's fledgling concealed-carry law, though the panel has decided to give the matter a speedy review.

    Baninder Clair, 14, left, and her mother, Jutinder Kaur, of Glendale Heights, right, participate in the vigil Monday at the Sikh gurdwara in Palatine.

    Palatine Sikh temple remembers Wisconsin shootings

    Finding inspiration in tragedy, the Sikh community gathered in Palatine to commemorate the shooting that killed six people at a temple in suburban Milwaukee a year ago. The Oak Creek, Wis., tragedy represents a triumph in a sense, said Rajinder Singh Mago. “It has brought our community together and closer to our neighbors and closer to the whole American nation,” he said.

    Stitch, 9, a canine officer for the DuPage County sheriff's office, has died.

    DuPage County police dog dies

    A police dog tasked with detecting human remains for the DuPage County sheriff's office died recently. Stitch, a German shepherd who wore badge No. 914, died Friday afternoon. “Stitch was one of the most unique canines the sheriff's office has ever had,” Sheriff John E. Zaruba said in a statement. “In his career of detecting human remains, tracking criminals and sniffing out...

    Yancarlo Garcia

    Not guilty verdict in Elgin fire extinguisher death

    A Kane County jury Monday afternoon found a Chicago man not guilty in the death of an Elgin man who was struck by a fire extinguisher that was thrown off the fifth floor of a downtown parking deck two years ago. The jury deliberated 2½ hours before finding Yancarlo Garcia not guilty of first-degree murder and not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Richard Gibbons, 61.

    Marissa Dub

    Tiger attack victim returns to work

    A Streamwood native badly injured in a tiger attack at a western Indiana animal refuge has resumed working part time at the center, saying she loves her job caring for its big cats.


    Homeowner injured in Wauconda fire

    A homeowner was taken to a nearby hospital after a fire broke out in the master bedroom of her Wauconda home Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

    U-46 Superintendent José Torres

    U-46 wraps up summer projects ahead of student return

    Elgin Area School District U-46 educators are wrapping up a summer of professional development as class lists are finalized, construction projects draw to a close and the last few teacher positions are filled. School board members got an update on school readiness Monday night, two weeks before students are expected back in their seats for the start of the 2013-14 school year.

    Emergency crews respond to a reported shooting Monday at the Ross Township building that left two people dead in Saylorsburg, Pa. Monroe County emergency management director Guy Miller says the shooting happened Monday evening during Ross Township’s regular monthly meeting. He says the gunman has been captured and is in state police custody.

    3 shot dead at Pennsylvania town meeting

    A gunman blasted shots through the wall of a Pennsylvania municipal building during a meeting on Monday and then barged into the meeting room and continued firing, killing three people, before he was tackled by a local official and shot with his own gun, a witness said. The shooting, which also injured some people, happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. during Ross Township’s monthly meeting, Monroe...

    Jose Garcia

    DNA test requested in death of Zion teen

    A Round Lake Park man accused of killing a Zion teen because of the way he wore his hat was ordered to turn over DNA evidence Monday. Jose Rebollar-Vergara, 25, of the 500 block of North Carol Lane, was told by Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes to submit to a DNA test when state crime lab technicians arrive at Lake County jail later this week.

    Frank DeRosa

    Arlington Hts. mourns strong senior advocate

    With his tireless advocacy for seniors Frank DeRosa was a two-time award winner in Arlington Heights, not to mention a World War II survivor. He passed away at age 89 late last week. “He was fiercely patriotic, with an unwavering sense of right and wrong,” said Karen Hansen, director of the Senior Center. “He exemplified the kind of men that came out of the ‘Greatest Generation’ and he set that...

    No one hit the Powerball jackpot on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, so the $400 million prize will roll over for the next drawing on Wednesday, making it the third-largest Powerball jackpot and the fourth-largest lottery jackpot.

    Weekend in Review: Woman dies in sky-diving accident; Powerball hits $400M
    What you may have missed this weekend: Quinn to require schools to insure athletes; Naperville gym for overweight exercisers only; Naperville boy's death ruled drowning; Buffalo Grove debates budget cuts; video shows driver accelerated through boardwalk crowd; Powerball jackpot hits $400 million; Sox lose 10th straight; and Cubs' offsense keeps coming up empty; and A-Rod brings baseball's circus...


    Antioch Art Foundation event Saturday

    The Antioch Fine Art Foundation will host an open house on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at its new facility at 41380 Route 83.


    Island Lake blog shut down

    A long-running blog about Island Lake politics and events unceremoniously closed over the weekend.


    Property tax presentation on Wednesday

    House District 59 State Rep. Carol Sente said she is hosting a bipartisan property tax presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

    John E. Barrett

    Prospect Hts. Park District seeks commissioner
    In response to the death of Commissioner John E. Barrett, the Prospect Heights Park District is seeking applications to fill his seat on the board — the second vacancy on the board in two months.

    This car went into a pond near an office park in Arlington Heights Thursday morning, but no one was injured.

    Unoccupied car goes for a dip in Arlington Hts.

    A man delivering pizzas in Arlington Heights Thursday morning forgot to put his car in park and came back outside to find his vehicle had rolled into a pond.


    Free children’s dental health event at ECC

    Elgin-area children younger than 6 will have access to free dental services next week as a professional group encourages families to get their kids to the dentist before their first birthday. Training for dentists is Thursday, and the “Dentist By 1” event for the public is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Elgin Community College. “What we’re trying to do is not only educate the patient themselves...


    Convicted mass murderer executed in Florida

    A man who was convicted of murdering eight people in Miami-Dade County in the late 1970s has been executed at the Florida State Prison. John Errol Ferguson died at 6:17 p.m. Monday, following a lethal injection.


    Drinking and walking is deadly, too

    Just as drinking and driving can be deadly, so can drinking and walking. Thirty-five percent of pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood alcohol content levels of .08 or higher, according to data reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by state highway departments. That’s 1,547 fatalities.

    “We need to have fundamental overhaul in the whole oversight of public transit in northeastern Illinois,” Gov. Pat Quinn says.

    Quinn interested in forming Metra task force

    Gov. Pat Quinn said Monday that he’s interested in forming a panel of experts to look at overhauling the Chicago area’s scandal-plagued commuter railroad, Metra, and the Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees it. Four Metra board members have resigned in recent weeks amid criticism of a $718,000 buyout of ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford.


    Al-Qaida chief’s message spurred embassy closures

    Two officials say a secret message that was intercepted between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen led to the shutdown of U.S. embassies. A U.S. intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat said al-Zawahri’s message was picked up several weeks ago and appeared to initially target Yemeni interests.

    Nicholas Panoski

    Bloomingdale brothers face more charges in burglaries

    Two Bloomingdale brothers suspected in a smash-and-grab burglary spree last month in Schaumburg were charged Monday with additional burglaries in their hometown. Nicholas Panoski, 18, and Frank Panoski, 17, are accused of throwing rocks through windows at seven Bloomingdale businesses and making off with cash or other valuables between June 4 and July 19.

    This June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James “Whitey” Bulger, who fled Boston in 1994 and wasn’t captured until 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., after 16 years on the run. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to present lengthy closing arguments to jurors as they lay out their cases in the racketeering trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

    Closing arguments in Whitey Bulger trial

    James "Whitey" Bulger's lawyers used their closing arguments Monday to go after three gangsters who took the stand against the reputed Boston crime boss, portraying them as pathological liars whose testimony was bought and paid for by prosecutors. A federal prosecutor, meanwhile, summed up the government's case by calling Bulger "one of the most vicious, violent and calculating criminals ever to...

    Donald Ratcliff

    Ex-Wheaton College professor guilty of child porn

    A former Christian education professor at Wheaton College faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to aggravated child pornography. Donald Ratcliff, 62, was charged in March 2012 after Carol Stream police found more than 500 images of child pornography on his home computer, authorities said.

    Jitka Vesel

    Federal judge dismisses suit stemming from 2011 Oak Brook shooting

    A lawsuit filed against a gun website by a prominent national gun control organization and the family of Jitka Vesel, a Czech immigrant murdered in an Oak Brook parking lot in 2011, has been dismissed by a federal judge. Officials from the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project said when the suit was filed last December that it was the first of its kind against an online gun website tied to a...


    Immigrants demand transplants at Chicago hospital

    Protesters demanding organ transplants for immigrants who are in the country illegally have gathered outside Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The group of about 40 includes about a dozen or so hunger strikers.


    Union: Special ed, arts hit hard by CPS cuts

    A union representing Chicago’s public school teachers says nearly 15 percent of educators who are being laid off teach special education, while another 9 percent teach art and music.


    4 charged in videotaped beating of woman

    Four Chicago residents have been charged in a beating woman that prosecutors say was videotaped and posted on Facebook.

    Peter Roskam

    Roskam expects to be cleared by ethics commission

    Congressman Peter Roskam says he expects a congressional ethics committee to clear him of any wrongdoing. The House Ethics Committee is investigating a claim made by Office of Congressional Ethics that the Taiwanese government improperly funded a 2011 Taiwan trip that Roskam took with his wife.

    A new Cultured Beef Burger made from cultured beef grown in a laboratory from stem cells of cattle is held by the man who developed the burger, Professor Mark Post of Netherland’s Maastricht University, during a the world’s first public tasting event for the food product in London, Monday. The Cultured Beef could help solve the coming food crisis and combat climate change, according to the producers of the burger, which cost some 250,000 euros ($332,000) to produce.

    Taste test: Lab-grown hamburger short on flavor

    For $332,000, you might expect that burger to come with fries and a shake. But it’s no ordinary hamburger that two volunteer taste-testers are tucking into in London on Monday. The meat was grown in a laboratory, from cattle stem cells. Mark Post, whose team at Maastricht University in the Netherlands developed the burger, hopes that making meat in labs could eventually help feed the world and...

    Spectators at a football game at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Illinois, Wheaton at opposite ends of 'party school' rankings

    The Princeton Review bestowed Iowa with the top ranking Monday on a list determined by 126,000 students in a nationwide survey. Rounding out the Top 5 are: University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; West Virginia University and Syracuse University. The organization also released its “stone-cold sober schools” list — led again this...


    Wheaton considers allowing AT&T to increase service area

    Wheaton City Council members Monday are expected to decide whether to approve local ordinance changes that would allow AT&T to offer it's U-verse Internet, television and phone services throughout the city.


    Republicans want NBC, CNN to pull Clinton programs

    The Republican National Committee wants NBC and CNN to cancel upcoming programs on Hillary Rodham Clinton and is threatening to blackball the networks from future Republican presidential debates if they fail to comply. RNC chairman Reince Priebus calls the programs political ads “masquerading” as unbiased productions.

    Mary Trapp of Villa Park holds 10-week-old comfort dog Shiloh during the annual meeting for the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry held this year at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle.

    K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry recharged by convention in Roselle

    Seventy dogs and handlers from around the country gathered last week in Roselle to learn and recharge at second national convention of the K9 Comfort Dogs ministry. “I’ve been to so many disaster areas that it’s nice to be together with everyone at a happy occasion,” Lynn Buhrke of Palatine said. “There’s so much camaraderie here. Occasionally, we have to build each other up.”

    Grant Wehrli

    Naperville Councilman Grant Wehrli running for Illinois House

    As one elected official from Naperville aims to step from state to federal politics, another announced Monday he will seek a state representative position from his seat on the city council. Grant Wehrli, an eight-year veteran of the Naperville City Council, says he will run as a Republican next year for the District 41 seat in the Illinois House. “There has always been instilled in me a...

    Members of the Palatine Gurdwara held a candlelight vigil last year for victims of the Sikh temple shooting near Milwaukee.

    Palatine Sikh temple to hold vigil for Milwaukee shooting

    The Gurdwara of Palatine will hold a vigil Monday night to honor victims of the shooting at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee last year. Members of the Palatine temple knew some of the six victims. The vigil is not just for the victims but also for first responders and the community — everyone who came together in the wake of last year’s shooting, Rajinder Singh Mago, a temple...

    Vaccinations return to the Arlington Heights clinic just in time for school.

    Arlington Heights immunization clinic reopens

    After being closed so far in 2013, the Arlington Heights immunization clinic will reopen later this month, in time for underinsured and uninsured children to get shots before heading back to school. The monthly Community Partnership Immunization Clinic will open from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, said village nurse Mary Sterrenberg. It is held in the Health Services Department in Arlington Heights...

    In this Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, photo, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning poses for a photo, at his home in Lacey, Wash., as he holds a memorial bracelet for members of his military unit who were killed in a 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. Manning, who still carries two bullets in his body from the shooting that killed 13 people, is scheduled to testify at the court martial for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the accused shooter this week.

    Fort Hood survivors to face gunman at trial

    Now after years of delay, survivors of the 2009 shooting rampage that claimed the lives of 13 people at the Fort Hood Army base will come face to face with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who goes on trial in the attack starting Tuesday. “I have to keep my composure and not go after the guy,” said Shawn Manning, a mental health specialist who was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan...


    Gov. Quinn signs 3 Illinois traffic safety bills

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three road safety laws, including one beefing up adult drivers’ education requirements. Another new law lets the Secretary of State’s office reject driver’s permits or licenses for drivers 18 years and younger who have pending citations. The law was prompted by a 15-year-old who was seriously injured when hit by a teen driver. That driver received a license days later.


    Corn roast fundraiser Sunday at Randy’s Vegetables

    The corn is just about right this year for Randy’s Vegetable Stand and the Sleepy Hollow Police Department’s third annual Corn Roast fundraiser for Illinois Special Olympics athletes.

    A Bahraini armored personnel vehicle reinforces U.S. Embassy security just outside of a gate to the building in Manama, Bahrain, on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Security forces close access roads, put up extra blast walls and beef up patrols near some of the 21 U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world that Washington ordered closed for the weekend over a ``significant threat’’ of an al-Qaida attack.

    State Dept: Posts in 19 cities to remain closed

    Amid online “chatter” about terror threats, U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least through the end of this week, the State Department said. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the continued closures are “merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees, including local employees, and...

    Cosley Zoo keeper Jenny Theuman feeds Sal, one of Cosley Zoo’s two bobcats.

    Zookeeper Jenny Theuman helps visitors connect with animals in Wheaton

    Jenny Theuman, an experienced zoo keeper who has worked at the Shedd Aquarium among other places, now enthusiastically tends animals at Wheaton Park District's Cosley Zoo.

    This Sept. 16, 2010 file photo shows engineers working on the Mars rover Curiosity at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Curiosity celebrated its first year on Mars and is driving toward a mountain in a journey that will take months.

    NASA’s Curiosity rover celebrates 1 year on Mars

    After a poky but productive start, Curiosity recently pointed its wheels south, rolling toward the base of Mount Sharp in a journey that will last many months. Scientists have been eager for a peek of Mount Sharp since Curiosity touched down in an ancient crater near the Martian equator on the night of Aug. 5, 2012. To celebrate the landing anniversary, engineers commanded one of Curiosity’s...

    The FM-2 “Wildcat” Fighter in its prime

    Restoration set for WWII plane found off Waukegan

    Michigan aviation museum is helping to restore a World War-II era plane that was recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan. The plane crashed during aircraft-carrier training near Waukegan, on Dec. 28, 1944. The FM-2 “Wildcat” Fighter went down in about 200 feet of water in an accident blamed on engine failure. Crews recovered it in December after it was in the water for nearly 70...

    In this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at an Iftar dinner with political and religious figures in Damascus, Syria.

    Syrian rebels take villages in regime’s heartland

    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels captured four Alawite villages on the country’s mountainous Mediterranean coast on Monday as they battled government troops in one of President Bashar Assad’s strongholds for the second straight day, activists said.


    Cleanup underway at derailment site in Louisiana

    About 100 homes remained evacuated Monday as officials worked to clean up the site of a 26-car train derailment near the small community of Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge. Gov. Bobby Jindal flew into St. Landry Parish on Sunday night to inspect the scene. “Anytime you have chemicals leaking into the environment, that’s a serious issue,” Jindal said. “Nobody knows the extent of the...

    Egyptians walk behind a banner supporting Egyptian Army Chief Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, with Arabic that reads, “God, keep this truthful honest man,” in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. More than a month after Morsi’s ouster, thousands of the Islamist leader’s supporters remain camped out in two key squares in Cairo demanding his reinstatement. Egypt’s military-backed interim leadership has issued a string of warnings for them to disperse or security forces will move in, setting the stage for a potential showdown.

    US official visits senior Egypt Islamist in jail

    CAIRO — A top U.S. diplomat held talks with a jailed senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood on Monday as part of mediation efforts to end the standoff between Egypt’s military-backed government and protesters supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Egyptian officials said.

    In this file photo from Tuesday, June 25, 2013, supporters of Bay Area Rapid Transit workers hold up signs at a news conference outside of the BART 24th Street Mission station in San Francisco. Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters got at least a temporary reprieve from a massive transit strike when Gov. Jerry Brown ordered an inquiry into a labor contract dispute.

    Calif. gov. orders inquiry, averts SF rail strike

    Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters got at least a temporary reprieve from a massive transit strike when Gov. Jerry Brown ordered an inquiry into a labor contract dispute. “For the sake of the people of the Bay Area, I urge — in the strongest terms possible — the parties to meet quickly and as long as necessary to get this dispute resolved,” Brown said in the order.

    Protesters clash with riot and paramilitary polices as they fire tear gas and use water cannons to disperse them outside the Silivri jail complex in Silivri, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Some 275 people — including military officers, politicians and journalists — are facing verdicts in a landmark and divisive trial in Turkey over an alleged conspiracy to overthrow the government. The court has acquitted 21 people accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamist-rooted government in the five-year “Ergenekon” trial and sentenced of up to 47 years or life terms in jails some of the other 254 defendants.

    Former military chief gets life sentence in Turkey

    ISTANBUL — In a landmark trial, scores of people — including Turkey’s former military chief, politicians and journalists — were convicted on Monday of plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government soon after it came to power in 2002.

    This July 12, 2010 file photo shows a homeless man who goes by the name Guy West collecting cans on Waikiki Beach, Monday, in Honolulu. Homelessness increased 15 percent on Oahu since last year according to a recent report. A growing number of homeless are not from Hawaii but make the most of their situation by taking advantage of inviting beaches and support services. State lawmakers are struggling with the visible problem of homelessness in tourist areas and some have proposed a contentious idea to use state money to fly the homeless back to wherever they came from.

    Homeless could get help returning to mainland

    Hawaii’s human services officials and groups that help the homeless are skeptical about a program that would help fly homeless people back to the mainland. The department doesn’t have any plans to implement the program at this time. Still, officials worry the national and international publicity about the effort will inspire folks to become homeless in sunny Hawaii, knowing they’ll have a...

    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell listens during a session of the National Governors Association meeting Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 in Milwaukee. Democratic governors say they are nervous about getting the new federal health care law implemented but add they will be better positioned in next year’s elections than many of their Republican counterparts who have resisted the far-reaching and politically polarizing measure.

    White House prospects mix at governor’s meeting

    Health care, budgets and education topped the official agenda for governors at their annual summer summit. But the 2016 presidential race was never far from view or conversation, given the clear White House interest from some in the crowd gathered near Lake Michigan. There are two years to go before primary campaigning begins in earnest, but prospective candidates are already putting out feelers...

    Kimberley Wells is the winner of stage 3 of the ComEd Women Pro Circuit Race during the Tour of Elk Grove Sunday.

    Dawn Patrol: Naperville boy drowned; Tour of Elk Grove Day 3

    Naperville boy’s death ruled a drowning; Hoffman Estates man charged after recording under girl’s skirt; Tour of Elk Grove ‘gets better and better’; A-Rod brings baseball’s circus to Chicago

    San Sanberg sings as the top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights Sunday.

    Suburbia's top talent take risks in penultimate performance

    Most of the performers in the top ten Suburban Chicago's Got Talent acts brought something different to the stage Sunday night — their second-to-last chance to wow the judges and become a fan favorite. The summer-long talent competition presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce will end next...

    Daily Herald File Photo Metra riders can expect the unexpected in the coming weeks with calls for board resignations and ongoing investigations.

    Can Metra board function under duress?

    Reports of the Metra board's death are greatly exaggerated, says Jack Partelow, who assumed the unenviable role of acting Metra chairman Thursday when his embattled predecessor, Brad O'Halloran, resigned. “The idea of the entire board stepping down is ridiculous,” Partelow said.

    Drug and alcohol testing using hair samples will take place at St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights.

    St. Viator to randomly test all students for alcohol consumption

    St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights will begin randomly testing all students for alcohol consumption starting this fall, adding to the school's drug testing policy that has been in place since 2007. "It's our goal to help our young people grow spiritually, emotionally, psychologically and physically, but alcohol impedes growth in all of those areas,” said the Rev. Corey Brost,...



    Cellular reaction to MLB suspensions

    Before Monday's Yankees-Sox game, several of the key figures of the day expressed their thoughts about the suspensions announced by Major League Baseball.


    Schaumburg Boomers roll to 11-3 victory

    The Schaumburg Boomers scored in five consecutive innings to soar past the visiting Rockford Aviators 11-3 on Monday night and win the series.


    7th inning sinks Cougars in 12-4 loss

    A 6-run seventh broke open the game for a second straight night as the Cougars fell 12-4 against the LumberKings on Monday night at Ashford University Field.

    White Sox starter Jose Quintana finally got some run support Monday night and improved his record to 6-3.

    ‘Frustrating’ times for White Sox

    The White Sox actually seemed to benefit from all of the Alex Rodriguez distractions Monday night, and they snapped a 10-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory over the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.

    New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez heads toward the dugout at Cellular Field in Chicago on Monday.

    Images: A-Rod and the Yanks play the Sox
    Defiant till the end, Alex Rodriguez is intent on evading baseball’s most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal. He will appeal his 211-game suspension, and in the meantime he can play ball. That started Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox.

    Fans express their feelings towards New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez at Cellular Field in Chicago on Monday.

    White Sox fans get to witness A-Rod’s return

    Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees' lineup Monday night against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. As he fights his 211-game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs, Rodriguez is also going to have to fight off boos from the stands and negative reactions from peers like White Sox DH/first baseman Adam Dunn. "It's sad," he said.


    Fruitful trip west for NWC polo team

    The Northwest Chicago water polo club recently enjoyed a successful trip to California for the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com Left tackle Jermon Bushrod, at left kneeling alongside running back Matt Forte, is nursing a calf injury. But he hopes to play in Friday’s preseason opener at Carolina.

    Bostic, Long looking ‘special’ for Bears

    Even though first-round pick Kyle Long and second-round pick Jonathan Bostic are taking reps with the first team, both are also playing special teams and doing well according to coordinator Joe DeCamillis. “They’ve done well,” DeCamillis said. “Both of those guys, they’ve bought in. Florida has done a great job, and Oregon for that matter, of bringing guys in the league that have already played them."


    Valuable experience now paying off for Bears’ Frey

    Cornerback Isaiah Frey has been one of the most noticeable defenders in training camp, serving notice that a rookie season spent on the practice squad was not a wasted year but rather a valuable learning experience.

    New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez answers tough questions from the media Monday at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

    Rodriguez likely to finish season despite suspension

    Defiant till the end, Alex Rodriguez is intent on evading baseball’s most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal. Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players for their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

    Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, 31, made his second All-Star team this year, and his 50-game suspension announced Monday will make things tougher for the Tigers as they try to outlast Cleveland and win their third straight AL Central title. Peralta is batting .305 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs. Salary lost: $1,639,344.

    Images: Suspended Major League Baseball Players
    Major League Baseball has already suspended or suspended today the following players. Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Peralta, Jesus Montero, Nelson Cruz, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli, Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Yasmani Grandal, Fernando Martinez, Jordan Norberto, Fautino de los Santos and Cesar Puello were all suspended. Alex Rodgriguez is appealing his suspension.


    MLB players, officials, others react to suspensions

    Reaction to MLB’s suspension of 13 players on Monday, after a sweeping drug investigation: Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ“I am disappointed with the penalty and intend to appeal and fight this through the process. I am eager to get back on the field and be with my teammates in Chicago tonight. I want to thank my family, friends and fans who have stood by my side through all this.” — Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ“Those players who have violated the Program have created scrutiny for the vast majority of our players, who play the game the right way.” — Commissioner Bud Selig, from a statement released by MLB.Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ“The accepted suspensions announced today are consistent with the punishments set forth in the Joint Drug Agreement, and were arrived at only after hours of intense negotiations between the bargaining parties, the players and their representatives. For the player appealing, Alex Rodriguez, we agree with his decision to fight his suspension. We believe that the Commissioner has not acted appropriately under the Basic Agreement. Mr. Rodriguez knows that the Union, consistent with its history, will defend his rights vigorously.” — MLB Players Association executive director Michael Weiner.Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ“These are not situations that you’re looking into, so nobody thinks that’s good, but I think when you see these penalties that people realize that if they’re thinking about doing something they shouldn’t, I would think that this would set the standard that you don’t want to do it.” — Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski.Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ“From November, 2011 to January, 2012, I was seriously ill with a gastrointestinal infection, helicobacter pylori, which went undiagnosed for over a month. By the time I was properly diagnosed and treated, I had lost 40 pounds. Just weeks before I was to report to spring training in 2012, I was unsure whether I would be physically able to play. Faced with this situation, I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error.” — Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, suspended 50 games.Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ“In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I have hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers’ organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension. I love the fans, my teammates and this organization and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost.” — Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, suspended 50 games.Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ“The penalties are a joke. If these players were in the Olympics or USA Track and Field, for example - the gold standards of testing - each player’s first major finding like this would cause a two year ban—a real penalty. Fifty games is less than a third of a season. These guys will be back for the playoffs! Baseball is not serious.” — former Clinton administration drug policy spokesman Bob Weiner. Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ“Working together, we’ve delivered messages to thousands of kids and have impacted their lives in a positive way. But today’s announcement leaves us no option but to discontinue our relationship with Alex Rodriguez.” — Don Hooton president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which aims to educate youth about the hazards of steroid use.Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ“I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Phillies’ organization, Phillies’ fans and my family, and look forward to helping the Phillies win a championship in 2014.” — Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, suspended 50 games. Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ


    A look at the players suspended by MLB on Monday

    A thumbnail look at the 13 players suspended by Major League Baseball on Monday in the Biogenesis drug case, along with their salaries lost:Ÿ Ÿ ŸAntonio Bastardo, left-handed pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies, 50 games: At times in his career, the 27-year-old has been a very effective reliever. He is 3-2 with two saves and a 2.32 ERA this season, and the hard thrower averages more than a strikeout per inning. His main problem has been bouts of wildness. Bastardo hadn’t previously been linked to the Biogenesis scandal or performance-enhancing drugs. He has pitched for five seasons with the Phillies in several roles. He’s done well in the playoffs, not allowing a run in five postseason appearances. Salary lost: $382,514.Ÿ Ÿ ŸEverth Cabrera, shortstop, San Diego Padres, 50 games: A switch-hitter who is one of the top base stealers in the big leagues, Cabrera is making $1,275,000 this season. He was the lone All-Star from the struggling Padres, but didn’t get into the game. Cabrera said during spring training that he was “a little surprised” and “disappointed” that his name reportedly was listed in Biogenesis records, but otherwise declined specific comment. He did not say whether he had taken, purchased or received performance-enhancing drugs. He said at the time that he would fully cooperate with MLB. The 26-year-old Cabrera has been with the Padres since reaching the big leagues in 2009. He is hitting .283 and leads the National League with 37 steals. Salary lost: $348,361.Ÿ Ÿ ŸFrancisco Cervelli, catcher, New York Yankees, 50 games: On the disabled list since breaking his right hand when it was hit by a foul ball April 26, Cervelli has said he consulted with Biogenesis after a foot injury in 2011 but did not receive any treatment from the facility. He insisted a recommendation to visit the clinic did not come from an agent or another player and that he never spoke with Alex Rodriguez about the clinic. The injury occurred during what was shaping up to be Cervelli’s best season as a major leaguer. He was praised for his handling of the pitching staff and was hitting .269 with three homers and eight RBIs in 52 at-bats. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said last week “it’s looking more and more like it’s going to be unrealistic to see Cervelli” again this season because of finger and elbow pain. Salary lost: $140,806.Ÿ Ÿ ŸNelson Cruz, right fielder, Texas Rangers, 50 games: The 2011 AL championship series MVP, Cruz had never previously been linked to performance-ending drugs. After his name showed up in the Miami New Times report on Biogenesis of America, attorneys for Cruz issued a statement that read, “To the extent these allegations and inferences refer to Nelson, they are denied.” When Cruz reported to spring training in February he said it was “shocking” and “depressing” to see his name connected with Biogenesis. Even with the lingering questions, he became an All-Star for the second time last month. Cruz, who turned 33 on July 1, is eligible for free agency after this season. He signed a $16 million, two-year contract to avoid salary arbitration in February 2012, when the Rangers were fresh off two straight World Series appearances. He leads second-place Texas with 27 homers and 76 RBIs this year. Salary lost: $2,732,240.Ÿ Ÿ ŸFautino De Los Santos, right-handed pitcher, San Diego Padres, assigned to Double-A San Antonio, 50 games: The 27-year-old was 3-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 34 relief appearances for Oakland in 2011 and didn’t have a decision while compiling a 3.00 ERA in six appearances last year, when he spent most of the season in the minors. He was traded to Milwaukee on July 29 last year, then claimed off waivers by San Diego on Feb. 6. Optioned to Triple-A Tucson (PCL), he went 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two relief appearances before he was released on May 15. Salary lost: $1,473.Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ

    Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says “Baseball must do everything it can to maintain integrity, fairness and a level playing field.”

    MLB commissioner’s statement on drug investigation

    "Major League Baseball has worked diligently with the Players Association for more than a decade to make our Joint Drug Program the best in all of professional sports. I am proud of the comprehensive nature of our efforts ..."

    Susie Adams

    D62 Foundation announces officers

    The School District 62 Foundation announces its executive officers for the 2013-2014 school year.

    Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (75) suffered a season-ending knee injury on Saturday. The Crystal Lake resident has started 33 games for the Packers since they drafted him in 2010 from the University of Iowa in the first round.

    Report: Packers fear Bulaga out for season

    The Green Bay Packers canceled practice Monday amid reports that starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga, a Crystal Lake resident, suffered a season-ending knee injury over the weekend. The injury apparently happened during the team’s annual family night scrimmage on Saturday. According to a report at hubarkush.com, Bulaga’s father confirmed Monday that the team fears his son tore his ACL during a weekend scrimmage and could be lost for the season. But Joe Bulaga also said they are seeking a second opinion.


    Mike North video: Flowers a Flop
    Trading A.J. Pierzynski, a move most Chicago White Sox fans disagreed with, has proven to be a terrible move by GM Rick Hahn. Tyler Flowers can't seem to do anything a good catcher should be able to do. Mike North says the Sox better start looking for a new catcher because they need one.

    Chicago Sky forward/guard Elena Delle Donne was named WNBA Rookie of the Month for her play in July.

    More rookie honors for Sky’s Delle Donne

    For the second straight month, the Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne has been named Rookie of the Month, WNBA officials announced Monday.


    Marvin Teel delivers the five-day a week Benton Evening News in Christopher. Teel turned 90 on July 23 and still delivers newspapers five days a week on his bike.

    Elderly paperboy keeps customers happy

    A look of intense concentration crosses Marvin Teel's face as he eyes his target. With a careful underhanded throw, he tosses the rolled newspaper, smiling as it lands with a thud on the porch of his customer's house. Satisfied, Teel gets back on his Schwinn bicycle and returns to his three-mile newspaper route that zigzags through the streets of Christopher — a route the soon-to-be 90-year-old has taken since 2001 for The Benton Evening News.

    Rocky Clark, a former Illinois high school football player who became a quadriplegic after his neck was broken while being tackled during a play in 2000, is cared for my his mother Annette Clark in his home, in Robbins. Clark who played football for Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, was remembered Sunday at the school as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation which will be known as “Rocky's Law”. The law requires public and private school districts to provide catastrophic accident insurance for students who are injured while participating high school-sponsored or supervised athletic events.

    Gov signs bill mandating insurance for athletes
    Starting next year, Illinois high schools must offer catastrophic insurance coverage for student athletes, under a bill Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law on Sunday. The law was inspired by the late Rasul “Rocky” Clark, who played football for Eisenhower High School in the Chicago suburb Blue Island until he was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled in 2000 during a game.


    Illinois Medicaid upgrade to use Michigan system

    State officials have announced an interstate partnership with Michigan to update Illinois' outdated Medicaid information management system. Under the agreement, Illinois will be able to use Michigan's information system for Medicaid, the state and federal program that pays medical expenses for the poor and disabled.


    Hanover Countryside wins $2,000 in video contest

    Hanover Countryside School in Streamwood has won $2,000 in the Lots2Give video contest sponsored by Big Lots retail stores.

    Daily Herald Business Ledger Editor Kim Mikus, left, Director of Content Development Richard R. Klicki and News Presentation Editor Tim Broderick work on a recent edition of the Business Ledger.

    Daily Herald Business Ledger nets Inland Press honors

    The Daily Herald Business Ledger has received a first place award in the Inland Press Association’s annual New Business Development Contest.


    Harper College foundation to hold Affordable Care Act Summit

    The Harper College Educational Foundation will host an summit on the Affordable Care Act on Aug. 8 geared to small business owners, human resources personnel, professional advisers and anyone interested in learning more from health care experts about the changes going into effect on Jan. 1.

    Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn’t release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Shipments totaled 45.1 million units in the April-June period of 2013, down nearly 10 percent from the first three months of the year.

    Tablet shipments slow with no new iPad

    NEW YORK — Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn’t release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday.Shipments totaled 45.1 million units in the April-June period, down nearly 10 percent from the first three months of the year. Still the second-quarter total is up nearly 60 percent from a year ago, a sign that the market continues to grow.“A new iPad launch always piques consumer interest in the tablet category and traditionally that has helped both Apple and its competitors,” said Tom Mainelli, a research director at IDC. “With no new iPads, the market slowed for many vendors.”Apple normally releases a new iPad in the spring, but it has moved to fall launches to take advantage of the lucrative holiday shopping season. That means people who want iPads may be holding out for a new model. Samsung and other rivals have released new tablet models this spring, but IDC says those launches didn’t get the spillover boost that a new iPad would have provided.Mainelli said he expects weakness to continue in the July-September period, but tablet shipments should pick up again in the holiday quarter, when Apple and others are expected to release new products.Besides a new iPad, Amazon.com Inc. is likely to refresh its Kindle Fire line, while Google Inc. is expected to come out with a new 10-inch Nexus model. Google released a new 7-inch Nexus last week.Apple remains the leading maker of tablets, with 14.6 million shipped in the April-June period. But as disclosed in the company’s earnings report last month, shipments fell 14 percent from a year ago. IDC says Apple’s market share fell to 32 percent in the second quarter, compared with 60 percent in the same period in 2012.Samsung Electronics Co., maker of the Galaxy line of phones and tablets, saw shipments nearly quadruple to 8.1 million in the second quarter. That gave Samsung a market share of 18 percent, up from 7.6 percent a year earlier.Mainelli said Samsung “is certainly gearing up to be Apple’s biggest competitor in tablets, but I think it will still be some time before they catch them.”Meanwhile, makers of Android tablets, in general, are benefiting from the introduction of smaller, cheaper tablets with screen sizes of about 7 inches diagonally. Apple didn’t come out with its iPad Mini until the fall. Mainelli said the smaller screens “made it possible to have a decent experience running Android smartphone apps on the tablets. This helped Android overcome the lack of tablet-specific apps in the market.”AsusTek Computer Inc., which makes the Nexus 7 for Google along with its own branded Android tablets, was No. 3 with 2 million tablets. It was followed by Lenovo Group with 1.5 million and Acer Inc. with 1.4 million. Microsoft Corp., maker of the Surface tablets, dropped out of the top five after coming in at No. 5 in the first quarter, according to IDC. Amazon also lost its top-five status. It had been No. 4 in the first quarter.

    Trader David O’Day talks into his mobile phone as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks slip on a quiet day on Wall Street

    NEW YORK — A quiet day of trading left stock indexes mixed Monday. There was little in the way of news to shake the market out of a summertime stupor, other than a report from the Institute for Supply Management that the U.S. service sector expanded in July, helped by a rise in new orders.It was the latest piece of data that economists and investors puzzled through as they try to judge how well the U.S. economy is doing.Last Thursday, the ISM reported that manufacturing increased last month. The next day, the government reported that companies weren’t hiring as many workers as economists had predicted. The report out Monday wasn’t enough to drive the market above its already high levels.“I think it’s flat for a reason,” said Terry Sandven, chief equity strategist at U.S. Bank’s wealth management group. “With broad indexes near all-time highs, we’re due for a pause.” The Standard & Poor’s 500 index breached 1,700 points for the first time last week. An improving U.S. economy and rising corporate profits have helped push the index up 19.7 percent this year. The S&P 500 index slipped 2.53 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at 1,707.14 on Monday. Utilities led eight of the 10 industry groups in the index lower. Technology and consumer-staples companies eked out gains.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 46.23 points, or 0.3 percent, to 15,612.13. The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index rose 3.36 points, or 0.09 percent, to 3,692.95.Apple, the biggest company in the Nasdaq, rose after news that President Barack Obama’s administration prevented a ban on imports of some iPhones and iPads. Apple gained $6.91, or 1 percent, to $469.45. In June, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that the Apple devices violated a patent held by Samsung and issued the ban. The Obama administration had 60 days to decide whether to let it take effect. Among other companies in the news, Berkshire Hathaway crept higher on the first day of trading after its earnings report. Warren Buffett’s conglomerate posted a 46 percent rise in profit late Friday, easily beating Wall Street’s estimates. Berkshire reported big paper gains on the value of its derivative contracts and higher earnings from its BNSF railroad. Its stock edged up 41 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $118.23.Big companies have been reporting better second-quarter results. Analysts estimate that earnings for companies in the S&P 500 increased 4.4 percent over the same period a year earlier. In the market for U.S. government bonds, the yield on the 10-year Treasury climbed to 2.64 percent from 2.60 percent in late Friday trading.The dollar edged lower against the Japanese yen and rose slightly against the euro. Gold fell $8.10 to $1,302.40 an ounce and oil fell 38 cents to $106.50 a barrel. Trading volume was well below average. Just 2.5 billion shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange, versus a recent average of 3.4 billion. Among other stocks making big moves:Ÿ CBS and Time Warner Cable both fell. The companies are involved in a dispute over fees that left CBS signals blocked in Time Warner Cable’s systems in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. CBS fell 67 cents, or 1 percent, to $53.86 and Time Warner Cable fell 68 cents, 0.6 percent, to $116.42. Ÿ Revlon jumped after announcing that it will buy Colomer Group, which sells hair dye and other products to beauty salons. Revlon rose $1.66, or 7 percent, to $26.16.Ÿ Tyson Foods, the nation’s biggest meat producer, rose after announcing that its quarterly profits more than tripled. Tyson rose $1.18, or 4 percent, to $29.69.

    The Washington Post Co. agreed Monday, Aug. 6, 2013, to sell its flagship Washington Post newspaper to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, for $250 million.

    Amazon CEO to buy Washington Post

    Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos agreed to buy the Washington Post for $250 million, vaulting the e-commerce magnate into the struggling newspaper industry.Bezos is making the deal as an individual and not as part of Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, according to a statement Monday. Washington Post Co., which isn’t selling Kaplan education division and other businesses as part of the transaction, now plans to change its name.In acquiring the publication, Bezos becomes the latest billionaire to try his hand at reviving the newspaper business. Boston Red Sox owner John Henry agreed to buy the Boston Globe last week, and Warren Buffett has assembled an empire of community papers in recent years.“I understand the critical role the Post plays in Washington, D.C., and our nation, and the Post’s values will not change,” Bezos said in the statement. “Our duty to readers will continue to be the heart of the Post, and I am very optimistic about the future.”The deal marks the end of the paper’s stewardship by the Graham family and its relatives, who acquired the paper in 1933.“This is a day that my family and I never expected to come,” Publisher Katherine Weymouth, niece of Chairman Don Graham, said in a letter to readers. “The Washington Post Co. is selling the newspaper it has owned and nurtured for eight decades.”Washington Post Co., which also owns Post-Newsweek Stations and Cable ONE, hasn’t announced what its new name will be. In addition to buying the Washington Post, Bezos will get Greater Washington Publishing, the Gazette newspapers, Express, El Tiempo Latino and Robinson Terminal.Bezos, 49, has a net worth of $27.9 billion, making him No. 16 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, according to data compiled as of Aug. 2. He ranks above Google Inc. co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell.Most of Bezos’s fortune is tied to a 19 percent stake in Amazon. Since the company’s initial public offering in 1995, Bezos has sold almost $2 billion in Amazon stock. Much of that has been plowed into Blue Origin, his closely held space- exploration company.Cash AssetsAfter deducting $175 million in Blue Origin funding, Bezos probably has about $1.7 billion in cash and other investable assets, based on an analysis of insider transactions, dividend income, taxes and market performance.Bezos made an earlier foray into the media business in April, when he participated in a $5 million investment round for Business Insider Inc., the news site co-founded by Henry Blodget, the former Internet industry analyst. The Amazon founder’s Bezos Expeditions investment firm handled the investment.Drew Herdener, a spokesman for Bezos, didn’t have further comment beyond the public statements.The Post’s sale was necessitated by a declining newspaper industry and challenges too large for a small publicly held company to handle, Graham said in a separate statement.“Our revenues had declined seven years in a row,” Graham said. “We had innovated and to my critical eye our innovations had been quite successful in audience and in quality, but they hadn’t made up for the revenue decline. Our answer had to be cost cuts and we knew there was a limit to that. We were certain the paper would survive under our ownership, but we wanted it to do more than that. We wanted it to succeed.”

    The Flaming Grill & Buffet in Rolling Meadows has closed.

    Flaming Grill and Buffet closes in Rolling Meadows

    After being open less than a year, Flaming Grill and Buffet in Rolling Meadows has closed. The Asian buffet that served a mixture of Japanese and Chinese cuisine opened in February in the former Old Country Buffet location at 1440 Golf Road, but closed July 30.


    Time Inc. names new CFO

    Time Inc. has named Jeffrey Bairstow as its new chief financial officer. The magazine publisher said Monday that Bairstow succeeds Howard Averill, who is transitioning into a new role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Time Warner. Bairstow is president of the newspaper chain Digital First Media. It owns chains such as the San Jose Mercury News and the Denver Post.


    California governor averts Frisco rail strike

    Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters got at least a temporary reprieve from a massive transit strike when Gov. Jerry Brown intervened in a labor contract dispute. Sunday night’s eleventh hour order averted the walkout and left the morning commute to proceed normally, without the widespread travel congestion that a strike involving Bay Area Rapid Transit, the nation’s fifth-largest rail line, would have created.

    Boston Red Sox owner John Henry stands on the field before a baseball game in Boston, in this May 11, 2013 file photo. The principal owner of the Boston Red Sox has entered into an agreement to buy The Boston Globe. The Globe says the impending purchase marks businessman John Henry’s “first foray into the financially unsettled world of the news media.”

    3 say they outbid Red Sox owner’s offer for Boston Globe

    Three bidders who fell short in their attempts to purchase The Boston Globe say they offered more than Boston Red Sox owner John Henry’s winning $70 million bid. Springfield television station owner John Gormally, West Coast investment executive Robert Loring and U-T San Diego chief executive John Lynch all say their groups’ bids bested Henry’s.

    This Tuesday, July 16, 2013, photo, shows a sign seen at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Facebook hires Google executive as chief marketing officer

    Facebook Inc. hired Gary Briggs, a veteran of Google Inc. and EBay Inc., to be its first chief marketing officer as the world’s largest social network seeks to expand its global brand. Briggs, who most recently served as an adviser to the head of Google’s Motorola Mobility division, starts Monday, Facebook said in an e-mailed statement. He’s replacing Eric Antonow, who is leaving product marketing to pursue a project in education.

    JetBlue Airways reinvents transcontinental premium travel with a new lie-flat seat.

    JetBlue to add first-class cabin

    JetBlue, known for shuttling vacationers from Northeast cities to the warmth of Florida and the Caribbean, is making a play for corporate road warriors. Starting next year, the all-coach airline plans to offer 16 lie-flat seats on flights between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s the first time the egalitarian carrier will have a second class of service.


    Mundelein’s Medline employees make a difference for Allendale

    Nearly 500 Mundelein-based Medline employees, company executives, friends and family members filled the Allendale Association campus in Lake Villa to put their painting and landscaping skills to work for a good cause. Allendale Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the treatment and advocacy for troubled children, youth and their families, was selected for this year’s “Medline Makes a Difference Day” event.

    Mitchell A. Sabshon

    Oak Brook’s Inland Real Estate Investment names new CEO

    Inland Real Estate Investment Corp. of Oak Brook, named Mitchell A. Sabshon Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Robert Parks, who will continue as chairman of the company. Sabshon most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Cole Real Estate Investments. He will join the company in mid-August and lead Inland as it continues to execute its long-term business strategy and capitalizes on opportunities for growth.


    Chicago’s Hub International passes from one owner to another

    Ownership of the insurance broker Hub International is being passed from one private equity firm to another. Funds advised by Hellman & Friedman will buy a majority stake of the Chicago company in a deal that values Hub at $4.4 billion.

    eerfield-based Walgreen Co.’s total July revenue from established stores climbed 6.3 percent compared to last year, when a business split hurt the nation’s largest drugstore chain. The increase was larger than Wall Street expected.

    Key Walgreen July revenue metric tops expectations

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co.’s total July revenue from established stores climbed 6.3 percent compared to last year, when a business split hurt the nation’s largest drugstore chain. The increase was larger than Wall Street expected. The company said Monday its performance last month included an 8.8 percent gain from the pharmacy and a 2.3 percent increase from the front-end or rest of the store.


    Michael Dell adds dividend payment to buyout offer
    A special committee of Dell’s board has agreed to an increased offer from founder Michael Dell that would add a special dividend for shareholders.4 The struggling computer maker said Friday that a group led by its founder and investment firm Silver Lake Partners will tack a one-time shareholder payout of 13 cents per share to an offer they made last week to buy the company for $13.75 per share.


    Successful serial entrepreneur shares her insights

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall speaks with former Glen Ellyn resident and current entrepreneur Karen Lennon about how she has started eight business. She offers tips to others. Her first business plan was seven words: We should be doing more in Chicago.

    Debra Berman

    Penney hires Kraft executive as marketing chief

    NEW YORK — J.C. Penney Co. says it has tapped a Kraft Foods executive as its new marketing chief to help revitalize the struggling brand and reconnect with its shoppers.The Plano, Texas-based chain said Monday it named Debra Berman as senior vice president of marketing, effective last Friday. She will join the company’s executive board and report directly to CEO Mike Ullman III.Ullman returned to Penney’s helm in April after the board fired former CEO Ron Johnson. Johnson spearheaded a transformation plan that led to plummeting sales and massive losses. Ullman has been assembling a new management team to help improve Penney’s fortunes. Berman served as vice president, marketing strategy and directed global brand strategy for all Northfield-based Kraft-owned brands.

    Associated Press Fast-food worker Michelle Osborn, 23, of Flint shouts out chants as she and a few dozen others strike outside of McDonald's on Wednesday in Flint.

    Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

    Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City — one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant — but he says his paychecks aren't enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car. So he decided to draw attention to his plight: He walked off work in protest. Wise was among a few thousand fast-food workers in seven cities, including Chicago, New York, and Detroit, who took to the streets last week.


    Newsweek to be purchased by IBT Media

    Newsweek is being sold for the second time in just a few years. The owner of the International Business Times said it’s buying what is now an online-only brand for an undisclosed sum from IAC/InterActiveCorp. The publication, which once had a fierce rivalry with Time magazine, ran its last print edition at the end of 2012.

    Pat Cerny Keplinger

    Wheaton's Downsizing by Design geared to reduce stress of moving
    The mission at Downsizing by Design is to simplify and reduce the stress involved in coordinating all aspects of move planning, helping our boomer and senior clients to feel comfortable in their new home as soon as possible. We talk with the onwer about the business.

    Jessica Grelle, owner of Mama Jess organic sauces.

    Barrington entrepreneur takes sauce recipes to store shelves

    Kukec's People features Barrington-based Mama Jess' owner Jessica Grelle, who parlayed her favorite organic receipes into a new sauce line carried in local grocery stores.

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    Crystals used in healing have a long history

    One of the most common and yet rarely discussed alternative therapies is the use of crystals and gems for healing. I have been unable to find any medical studies using crystals or gems, in a double-blind placebo-controlled manner, for the treatment of any medical condition. However, the use of crystals and precious stones for healing in our society is quite common.

    The world’s photographers captured shots of Prince George of Cambridge as he was carried to the car by his parents Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. George’s tiny hands emerged from a cotton swaddle printed with little birds.

    Swaddle-maker swamped after prince’s photo-op

    It took 45 seconds, but it was enough. Newborn Prince George, carried from the hospital to the royal car, appeared in a cotton swaddle with the tiny birds on it. Mums-to-be around the world wanted to know: Who are you wearing? The answer shows what it is like when a small company gets swept into the maelstrom of attention that comes from touching the golden hem of the House of Windsor.

    A study released of gags made by late-night comics, such as Jimmy Fallon, host of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” found that President Obama and the Democrats provided the lion’s share of punchlines during the first six months of the year.

    Comics look to Obama, Democrats for humor

    President Barack Obama, the joke’s on you. A study of gags by late-night comics during the first half of the year found an abrupt change from 2012. Now Obama and Democrats are providing the lion’s share of punchlines. Obama was the target of 288 monologue jokes made by Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel, according to an analysis released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.

    With a model of the flag hanging above her, volunteer Joy Wiley sews a replica of the star-spangled banner in Baltimore as part of a project to commemorate the creation of the flag that inspired Americaís national anthem.

    New star-spangled banner takes shape in Maryland

    It was 200 years ago this summer that a Baltimore flag-maker stitched the flag that inspired America’s national anthem. Now, hundreds of people are helping to re-create the star-spangled banner. The project began July 4 in Baltimore, and it is expected to take volunteers six weeks to hand-sew the estimated 150,000 stitches in the famous flag. When finished, it will be about a quarter of the size of a basketball court.


    Cancers need new name, researchers argue

    Low-risk growths in the breast, prostate and elsewhere should no longer be named cancer and screening efforts to spot them should be cut back, a panel convened by the U.S. National Cancer Institute said.


    Clearing away meditation myths
    One big myth of meditation: Practitioners need to devote vast amounts of time to meditation in order to benefit from it. That isn't true, said Mary Jo Kreitzer, the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. “A lot of people can't find 45 minutes a day to meditate,” she said. “The dose-response ratio will vary with people, but we're seeing results now from people who meditate for just 15 or 20 minutes once or twice a day.”

    Erin Marth, left, Marty Anderson, Deb McMahon and Judy Besch meditate during a Holy Yoga class.

    Stressed learning to let go as meditation goes mainstream

    Attitudes are changing toward meditation. Businesses, schools and hospitals not only have become more accepting of meditation, but many offer classes on it. Meditating has gone mainstream. Why? “Because it works,” says the Rev. Ron Moor who began meditating 30 years ago. Adherents have been saying that for centuries, of course, but now there's a difference: Scientists can prove it.

    You don’t have to eat traditional breakfast foods in the morning. Try a protein like chicken with some veggies.

    Start your day with a healthy meal

    We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It seems like such a logical concept — wake up, feed your body and get on with your day. But many people “don’t have time” or “just aren’t hungry” and either skip breakfast altogether or grab less than desirable options. The following are five great reasons to eat breakfast every day.

    Whether you are bitten by mosquitoes or not can depend on your blood type, body size and drink preference. Whether you are bitten by mosquitoes or not can depend on your blood type, body size and drink preference.

    Your health: So that’s why mosquitoes like me
    Learn what makes you susceptible to mosquito bites, and if hormone replacement therapy is a smart idea for women.

    Jennifer Pharr Davis uses hiking poles to minimize the pressure on her joints. She hiked the Appalachian Trail in 46 days in 2011.

    Female hiker holds Appalachian Trail record

    Think you’ve had a busy summer? You won’t after you meet 30-year old Jennifer Pharr Davis. In June and July of 2011, she hiked all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. With that accomplishment, the North Carolina native broke the previous record — set by a male runner — and proved that ladies can come first in outdoor expertise.

    Seniors jogging on a forest road

    There are ways to avoid shrinking with age

    As we age, we get shorter. Starting about age 40, we lose about four-tenths of an inch in height each decade. By age 70, men lose, on average, about an inch and a half in height; women lose up to 2 inches.As we get older, the disks between the vertebrae of the spine dry out and become thinner, causing the spine to shrink. It also doesn’t help that the arches of our feet flatten as we age. And we tend to lose muscle mass. When we lose it in the abdomen, our posture deteriorates. So shrinkage is a natural part of aging. But recent research indicates that shrinkage can be controlled.

    Actor and TV host Joel McHale, who hosts “Talk Soup,” on E! and stars in the NBC comedy “Community,” will also star in the upcoming supernatural thriller “Beware the Night.”

    ‘Soup’ host dishes on his show, new movie

    There’s no stopping Joel McHale this summer. The 41-year-old actor is busy with his E! reality spoof “The Soup” and preparing for the fifth season of the NBC comedy series “Community,” which starts shooting Aug. 20. He’s moving outside his comfort zone with a starring role in the upcoming supernatural thriller “Beware the Night.” He plays a New York City police officer in the film, and at the time of the interview, was shooting on location in the Bronx.


    Bacteria in brains suggests oral hygiene plays role in Alzheimer’s

    Bacteria linked to gum disease traveled to the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that dental hygiene plays a role in the development of the memory-robbing illness, British researchers said. Signs of the bacterium, known as Porphyromonas gingivalis, were found in four out of 10 samples of brain tissue from Alzheimer’s patients, while no signs of the bug were found in 10 brains from people of similar age who never developed dementia, according to the results of the study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease.


    Immediate treatment crucial with ischemic stroke

    My father recently had an ischemic stroke. He was treated with tPA and has now fully recovered. What is tPA? And how does it work?

    Casting directors like Lynn Stalmaster, right, pictured with director Norman Jewison, get their due in the documentary “Casting By.” Stalmaster helped launch the career of John Travolta and others.

    Stars pay tribute to casting directors in HBO documentary

    John Travolta certainly knows the value of a having a casting director in his corner. If not for the faith a legendary one named Lynn Stalmaster had in his talent, the enduring star might never have won the role of “Sweathog” Vinnie Barbarino in the sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter” ... which set him on a course of fame. Travolta is among those paying tribute to Stalmaster and other casting directors in the documentary “Casting By,” which has its HBO debut Monday, Aug. 5.

    Entry mirrors can reflect light into a home as well as be pieces of art in their own right, such as this Parsons wall mirror with bone inlay from West Elm, left, and Ballard Designs’ bone sunburst mirror, right.

    Foyer is a great place to start redecorating your house

    In suburbs across America, traditional townhouses and developments come standard. But let's say your taste swings more contemporary, or your house dates to the '80s, is brass-infused and needs an update. One of the best places to start redecorating is the foyer.

    1969 Dodge Charger, “General Lee,” Brian Grams, Volo Auto Museum

    Meet an original cast member

    In the world of celebrity cars, few are as iconic as the eye-searing orange 1969 Dodge Charger from the 1980s “Dukes of Hazard” television series. The Volo Auto Museum now owns one of the first eight "General Lees" made for the TV show.



    Most Americans don’t want guns in home
    APalatine letter to the editor: Steve Quick’s letter (“Preserve the right to defend ourselves,” July 31) is replete with false assumptions.


    Who is protecting Zimmerman’s rights?
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: “Zimmerman freed by all-white jury” was the headline widely reported the media.


    Study required to appreciate Bible
    A Palatine letter to the editor: With regard to Colin Barr’s letter published July 26: I am keeping his name for reference in case he decides to begin practicing medicine, in particular surgery.


    Hillary preparing for presidential run?
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Recently it was announced that there will be at least one made-for-TV movie about Hillary Clinton to be released shortly before the next presidential election.


    Biblical naysayers miss the point
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Congratulations to Colin Barr and others who cite objectionable verses to discredit the Bible. You have officially missed the forest for the trees.


    Mulder should leave Metra board
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Due to the severance package scandal of Metra CEO Alex Clifford, Arlene Mulder should do the right thing and resign from their board.


    Why aren’t Democrats’ trips investigated?
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Since 2007 when Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, took office, he has taken six trips worth about $79,000, including the one to Taiwan. Democrats who have taken many more trips, which in many cases included their spouses, are not being investigated,


    Industry hides facts about flesh foods
    A Glenview letter to the editor: A July 29 article regarding pigs being intelligent and cows and chickens being sensitive and endearing creatures was indisputable.


    Daily Herald in cahoots with Obama
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I was recently mentioning to my wife about the lack of information in the Daily Herald concerning the Benghazi killings, the IRS scandals, and the NSA spying. It appears to me that your newspaper, in my opinion, is in the graces of the Obama administration.


    Vote for prosperity — vote for me
    Vote for prosperity — vote for meI respond to the $25,000 Taiwan trip taken by Congressman Peter Roskam. It seems more than coincidental that his daughter attends school there.It is said that “God helps those who help themselves.” One election in the 1940s I once heard Hoagy Carmichael sing, “Vote for Me! Vote for me! Vote for me! If you want prosperity, vote for me! Vote — mee.“Vote for me! Vote for me! And there’ll be prosperity — for me!”Dick MajorCarol Stream


    Not all pols equal to Daily Herald
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Daily Herald’s screaming headline from Saturday July 27, “Ethics probe into Roskam’s trip” splashed across 11 1/2 inches was meant not to inform, but to convict the congressman. When the reader turned to Page 9 to see the rest of the story they would have not been surprised if they saw a photo of the congressman being walked out of his office in handcuffs by FBI agents.


    Roskam trip pales next to Dems’ foibles
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: In 2011, Representaive Peter Roskam takes a trip to Taiwan with wife, sponsored by Chinese Cultural University. While there, he also visits his daughter. A trip approval letter by House Committee on Ethics was issued. Trip cost $25,000, about what our president spends on bottled water on one of many trips, paid by the USA, crying about the meany republicans.


    Roskam trip a lesson to all politicians
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Daily Herald editorial on Sunday, July 28 regarding Congressman Peter Roskam’s 2011 free trip to Taiwan suggests that a line may have been crossed, i.e., that the choice to accept this very expensive gift of travel was, at least, morally questionable.


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