Daily Archive : Tuesday August 6, 2013


    Emergency vehicles lead last year’s Lindenfest parade on Beck Road in Lindenhurst.

    Lindenfest launches Thursday in Lindenhurst

    Lindenhurst’s annual Lindenfest celebration kicks off Thursday. Running through Sunday at the village hall center, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road, the festival includes a carnival, a parade, games, bingo, food and live entertainment.

    Senior Pastor Joe Kamanda of Round Lake gets ready to celebrate Glory House’s 10th anniversary with a ribbon cutting and service this Friday after moving into a building in Prospect Heights.

    Prospect Hts. church celebrates with concert, feast

    Glory House will celebrate its 10th anniversary and show the community its new chapel in Prospect Heights this weekend, starting with a concert Friday, Aug. 9. The international flavor of its congregation — members claim heritage from at least 20 countries — is a source of pride for the nondenominational Christian church.

    Nancy Jacques of Palatine and Gerry Plath, left, of Schaumburg hang protest materials on the bike bridge over I-290/Route 53 calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama on Tuesday near Busse Woods.

    Political group rallies on bridges to call for impeachment of Obama

    Protesters gathered on the overpass above I-290/Route 53 to solicit support for the movement to impeach President Obama. The gathering was part of a national wave of protests Tuesday to get the president out of office. "I know that's difficult, but we're hoping he'll be out soon," said Schaumburg resident Gerry Plath.

    Former President George W. Bush has been discharged from a Dallas hospital a day after having a heart procedure to ease a blocked artery.

    George W. Bush now home after heart procedure

    Former President George W. Bush has been discharged from a Dallas hospital a day after having a heart procedure to ease a blocked artery. Spokesman Freddy Ford says the 43rd president is “doing great” and went home Wednesday morning. Further details weren’t released.

    This undated image released by Thames Water company shows part of a 15-ton lump of fat and other debris coagulated inside a main London city sewer.

    Mind the fat: 15-ton blob of it found in London sewer
    Utility company Thames Water says it has discovered what it calls the biggest “fatberg” ever recorded in Britain — a 15-ton blob of congealed fat and baby wipes lodged in a sewer drain.

    Peter J. Roskam

    Roskam expects to be cleared by ethics commission
    Illinois congressman Pete Roskam, embroiled in an ethics scandal, says he expects a congressional ethics committee to clear him of any wrongdoing. The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports that Roskam made the comments at the opening of an affordable senior housing community in Lake in the Hills on Monday.


    Judge's decision on same-sex marriage to come next month

    After hearing nearly two hours of arguments, a Cook County judge said Tuesday she'll decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Illinois' gay marriage ban late next month. The lawsuit involves 25 same-sex couples who filed for marriage licenses in Cook County and were denied. Attorneys for the couples — from Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois — have...

    The Rainbow Academy day care facility plans to expand into a building in Carol Stream that until last week housed a liquor store and deli.

    Carol Stream day care to expand into liquor store, deli space

    A longtime day care facility in Carol Stream is planning to expand again — this time, inside a storefront that until last week was occupied by a liquor store and deli. Rainbow Academy, which currently operates its day care center at 1280 Kuhn Road, is planning to open another center this year in a portion of an adjacent building.


    Father, son want to open “Ghost Hookah Lounge” in Round Lake

    A Round Lake father and son duo are working to open what they’re calling “Ghost Hookah Lounge” in the village’s downtown area. The village board voted on Monday and at their last board meeting to continue with the process of providing a special permit for Carlos Salgado, 41, and his 21-year-old son, Carlos Salgado Jr. The two hope to open their lounge in early October in...

    Nabi Fakroddin

    Kane County RTA director steps down

    Kane County’s representative on the Regional Transportation Authority is stepping down amid concerns he can’t legally serve both on the transit agency and a state commission.

    Sean Traynor,5, sits on a fire truck during National Night Out in Naperville in the High Meadow subdivision.

    Images: National Night Out in the Suburbs
    Images from National Night Out events in Bartlett, Arlington Heights,Mundelein , Lincolnshire, Naperville, South Elgin, Lake in the Hills, Des Plaines, and St Charles Tuesday.

    Workers wearing protective gear take a survey near tanks of radiation contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, northeast of Tokyo. The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant says it is struggling with its latest efforts to stop contaminated underground water leaks from running into the sea.

    Radioactive water may overflow at Japan plant

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said some of the water is seeping over or around an underground barrier it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidified into a wall.

    Associated Press/April 3, 2013 Chickens at a chicken farm on the outskirts of Shanghai, China.

    Evidence suggests new bird flu spreads person to person

    “In this cluster, the virus was able to transmit from person-to-person,” wrote Xian Qi of the Jiangsu Province Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who was the lead author of the study. The scientists concluded the transmission was “limited and non-sustainable.”

    First lady Michelle Obama sings and dances to exercises with staff, parents and children as she visits the Royal Castle Child Development Center, as part of the “Lets Move!” initiative in New Orleans, La.

    CDC: First national sign of childhood obesity drop

    Obesity continues to be one of the nation’s leading public health problems — health officials call it a longstanding epidemic. A third of U.S. children and teens and more than two-thirds of adults are obese or overweight.


    Man’s body found in Fox River

    A man's body was found floating in the Fox River in Aurora Tuesday afternoon in what police describe as an apparent drowning.

    Sen. Dick Durbin, left, and Rep. Bill Foster joined forces in Aurora Tuesday to challenge House Republicans to bring a Senate immigration reform proposal to a vote.

    Dems tout bipartisan immigration reform bill in Aurora

    Sen. Dick Durbin, Congressman Bill Foster and Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner were among a team of local Democrats who appeared at an Aurora church Tuesday to promote an immigration reform proposal recently approved in the Senate. Republican Senators Marco Rubio and John McCain are among the Republicans who helped craft the proposal. The measure provides a path to citizenship.

    West Dundee leaders will talk to an expert about the merits of its draft proposal to allow homeowners to raise honeybees in their backyard.

    West Dundee to let expert weigh in on honeybees

    West Dundee village board members will consult with a honeybee expert before deciding whether to allow residents to raise bees in their backyards. “The agricultural movement is really taking off in a lot of areas, people bringing food closer to home, that sort of thing,” Trustee Tom Price said. “Beekeeping is becoming very popular as well.”

    Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, from a 2008 arrest in Panama City, Fla.

    Lawyer: Deadly boardwalk crash ‘horrible accident’

    Nathan Campbell appeared briefly in court, handcuffed and dressed in a blue prison jumpsuit. He pleaded not guilty.

    Alex Clifford

    Executive: Ex-Metra CEO could have had dream job in LA

    Alex Clifford could have escaped the Metra debacle and entanglement in Illinois pay-to-play politics by taking a job in California but he chose to stay where he was, an LA executive says.

    Carlos Luna

    Round Lake Park man sentenced to two years for death of friend

    A Round Lake Park man was sentenced to two years in prison for killing a friend in a high-speed crash that started when a rival gang member hurled a landscaping brick through his windshield. Carlos Luna, 24, of the 200 block of Brierhill Drive, was also sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs in the Round Lake Park crash more than...

    Cleve Carney

    Glen Ellyn’s Cleve Carney remembered as art lover, philanthropist

    Cleve Carney was a businessman, a veteran and a lover of the arts, but perhaps he’ll be best remembered for the impact he had on nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County. The Glen Ellyn resident decided to give back after his success from years at the helm of Olsson Roofing Co. in Aurora and the former Bank of Batavia, donating money and volunteer hours to groups including the DuPage...


    Hillcrest Elementary recycles:

    Hillcrest Elementary School in Antioch was one of five winners in a recent nationwide recycling contest.


    Tiger activity prompts federal lawsuit:

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said it filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service contending the agency illegally granted permits to Grayslake-based Hawthorn Corporation to export and then re-import 15 endangered tigers to Canada.


    Letters to veterans:

    The Exchange Club of North Chicago, which recently established Lake County Honor Flight, is asking that short letters be written to one or more veterans in advance of a simulated military mail call.


    Free concert in Island Lake:

    A musician named Thea Roggenbuck will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Island Lake’s Converse Park, which is on Route 176 east of North Converse Road.


    Two men set off fireworks, burn down portable bathroom in Arlington Hts. park

    Arlington Heights police are looking for two men who reportedly set off fireworks in a park and burned down a portable bathroom on Monday night.


    Des Plaines OKs deal for backup dispatch center in Niles

    The Des Plaines City Council this week approved an intergovernmental agreement with the village of Niles for an auxiliary dispatch center to provide service in the event of system failure and to handle overflow calls during emergencies.

    Louisa Ives, 9, of Wheaton, perfects her timed sit-ups with her brother, Nick, a cadet at West Point, during the inaugural health and fitness boot camp for children ages 3 through 12 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton sponsored the free camp.

    Ives gives kids taste of health and fitness boot camp

    What started as a backyard program when her five children were growing up has blossomed into something much bigger for state Rep. Jeanne Ives. The Wheaton Republican played host Tuesday to her inaugural health and fitness boot camp for kids ages 3 through 12 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Naperville police released surveillance images of a man and woman accused of stealing a $900 baby stroller from Buy Buy Baby on Route 59. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

    Reward offered in Naperville theft of $900 baby stroller

    A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man and woman accused of stealing a designer baby stroller in Naperville. Police said the suspects took the $900 Bugaboo stroller June 12 from Buy Buy Baby. Sgt. Lou Cammiso said a store employee saw the pair looking at strollers and offered to help. After he was called away, the suspects “pretty much just walked out with...

    A DuPage County Board committee has delayed its decision on a proposed gas station, convenience store and car wash near Glen Ellyn to give opponents a chance to prove their claim the development would increase air pollution.

    DuPage gas station opponents make air pollution claim

    Claims that a proposed gas station, convenience store and car wash near Glen Ellyn would significantly increase air pollution at a neighboring park have convinced some DuPage County Board members to delay a vote on the project.


    Audit: 240 computers lost from Illinois prisons

    Illinois’ auditor has found that the state’s prison systems have lost 240 computers. Auditor General Bill Holland called the losses problematic because it increases the risk of exposing confidential information.


    Baby dolphin born at Brookfield Zoo

    There’s a new baby dolphin at Brookfield Zoo. The calf weighs 40 pounds and is 3 feet long. The mother is 26-year-old bottlenose dolphin Allie.


    Illinois Democrats bring home food stamp message

    Two Illinois Democrats met in Chicago with food stamp beneficiaries as Congress began its summer recess. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky say the food stamp program is not the place to look for drastic cuts.


    Durbin asks for federal oversight of Metra safety

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is asking federal transportation officials to provide special oversight of Metra as it deals with “serious management and financial challenges.” Durbin says he’s concerned a lack of permanent leadership at Metra “creates a situation where accountability is hard to find and priorities like safety could become neglected.”

    Congressman Bobby Rush denies that he pressured Alex Clifford, the former CEO of the Metra commuter rail agency, to award a contract to a nonprofit organization as part of a massive Chicago construction project.

    Rush says he did not pressure ex-Metra CEO

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush said Tuesday that he didn’t engage in improper dealings with officials at the Metra commuter rail agency over a massive construction project on Chicago’s South Side. The recently ousted head of Metra, one of the largest rail agencies the nation, has said he was forced to step down for resisting pressure from several politicians in personnel and contract decisions and named...

    Escape artist Anthony Martin was handcuffed and locked inside this box before being dropped from an airplane on Tuesday.

    Escape artist pulls off locked coffin skydive

    A Wisconsin daredevil parachuted gently into a northern Illinois field Tuesday after managing to free himself from shackles and a locked coffin while plummeting through the air. Anthony Martin waved to the cameras and the crowd that turned out to watch his stunt after he landed in Serena, Ill., about 70 miles southwest of Chicago.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Octwaviss S. Norwood, 40, of Elgin, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute cannabis about 10:21 p.m. Monday, according to a police report.


    Judge sets Sept. arguments in lawmaker pay suit

    Arguments in a lawsuit over Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to cut legislators’ pay will have a hearing in mid-September, meaning lawmakers could miss another paycheck if they don’t agree on a solution for Illinois’ pension crisis.


    Four injured by a firework in Streamwood

    Police are investigating a firework explosion in Streamwood that left four people with burns or hearing impairment. The incident occured July 28 after someone unknowingly threw an unlit firework in to the bonfire, said Arlington Heights resident Dan Jacob, who was one of the injured.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Daniza N. Leon Gavin, 20, of North Aurora, was charged with operating a vehicle with suspended registration and operating an uninsured vehicle at 3:01 a.m. Sunday in the 400 block of South Third Street, according to a police report.

    In this April 12, 2103 file photo, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Just eight weeks remain before uninsured Americans can start shopping online for subsidized health insurance under the president’s overhaul. Sebelius said Monday consumers can now go online to healthcare.gov and create personal accounts by establishing a username and password.

    Personal ‘Obamacare’ accounts debut

    You can now open your own personal “Obamacare” account — but you’ll have to wait awhile before you can actually use it to pick a health insurance plan. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said consumers can now go online to healthcare.gov and create personal accounts by establishing a username and password. “Let me be clear,” she said. “We are on target and ready to flip the...


    Cook County jail to help mentally ill inmates

    The Cook County sheriff’s office is launching an effort to help mentally ill jail inmates before and after they are released. Sheriff Tom Dart’s office says he is establishing the Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy.

    University of Illinois chemistry Professor Paul Hergenrother, left, and Tim Fan, a veterinary oncologist, stand with Fan’s dog, Hoover, which was among those used in a trial to test the anti-cancer drug PAC-1.

    U of I canine cancer drug to be tried on people

    An anti-cancer drug for dogs being tested at the University of Illinois is showing some promise and could soon be tried out on humans. Chemistry Professor Paul Hergenrother developed the drug compound known as PAC-1 in 2005 and has been testing it since then. The drug has helped many of the dogs involved in the research.


    Joliet shooting suspect held on $10 million bail

    A 31-year-old man is being held on $10 million bail after authorities say he opened fire inside a busy Joilet restaurant, killing a man in front of diners.

    Veterans gather at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. during an Honor Flight Chicago trip.

    World War II veterans sought for honor flights to Washington D.C.

    Since its inception six years ago, Honor Flight Chicago has flown about 4,500 World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to see memorials and as a thank you for their service. The flight scheduled from Midway Airport on Wednesday will be the 50th for the privately funded, not-for-profit organization and includes 10 veterans from Lake County.


    Police issue warning after burglars hit Lincolnshire subdivisions

    Lincolnshire police on Tuesday urged local residents to protect themselves and their belongings after a string of home and car burglaries in town. The five crimes were committed in the past week in subdivisions that are south of Half Day Road and between Riverwoods Road and the Tri-State Tollway.

    The second phase of the Knoch Knolls Nature Center development is the marquee project for 2014, Naperville Park District officials say.

    Naperville Park District to display next year’s projects at open house

    Naperville Park District residents can get a peek at proposed improvements or renovations to 14 parks across the district’s 2,500 acres during a capital projects open house Thursday. The second phase of the Knoch Knolls Nature Center development is the marquee project for 2014, officials said.

    Jose Mendoza-Maceda

    Carol Stream man gets 12 years for raping estranged wife

    A Carol Stream man convicted of raping his estranged wife in front of their toddler son has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, authorities said Tuesday. Jose Mendoza-Maceda, 23, was found guilty of two counts of criminal sexual assault by a DuPage County jury in June.

    Painter Norm McCullough helps bring a 1939 caboose back to its original bright orange color Monday at the Itasca Depot History Museum.

    Itasca restoring caboose for September unveiling

    Most recently used as a storage shed for an Itasca family, a rundown 36-foot, 40,000-pound Milwaukee Road caboose is getting a makeover before becoming the showpiece of Itasca’s renovated Depot History Museum. The caboose is expected to be fully restored prior to the scheduled grand opening celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 for the 140-year-old museum at 101 N. Catalpa.


    9 Mexicans win first step in asylum claim

    The Homeland Security Department tentatively approved asylum requests for nine Mexican immigrants, including some who were living in the United States illegally but left and attempted to re-enter as part of a protest against U.S. deportation policies. It is rare for the U.S. government to grant asylum to Mexican citizens. The immigrants were trying to call attention to hundreds of thousands who...

    All kinds of characters are at the 2012 Mane Event.

    Pre-‘Million’ festivities to rock downtown Arlington Hts.

    Arlington Heights kicks off a week of celebration with the Mane Event on Friday, Aug. 9 and the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 10. The food, music and activities for the whole family are a lead-in to Million Week at Arlington Park, which culminates its own week of highlights with the Arlington Million on Aug. 17.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Teens from Wheeling and Palatine have been arrested and charged with theft after two bicycles were stolen from a driveway in Arlington Heights. The victims stopped one man while Rolling Meadows police officers found the other in a Motel 6 in that town.

    Jose Rebollar-Vergara

    Attorney raises questions about triggerman in slaying

    A defense attorney for one of two suspects in the murder of a 19-year-old Zion man is questioning whether prosecutors are blaming the wrong gang member for pulling the trigger. Attorney James Schwarzbach said a video of the murder shows that his client, Jose Garcia, 19, of the 600 block of Deepwoods Drive in Mundelein, may not have fired the gun that killed Gabriel Gonzalez of Zion, as...

    A Pennsylvania State Police Trooper guards the dilapidated home of alleged shooter 59-year-old Rockne Newell, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Saylorsburg, Pa. Police said Newell entered the Ross Township Municipal Building Monday evening and shot several people.

    Coroner: Pa. gunman tried firing more shots

    Police are searching the property of a man who authorities say blasted his way into a municipal meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains and fatally shot three people amid a dispute with the township.

    Maj. Nidal Hasan will stand trial, in a court-martial that starts Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, for the shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 people dead and more than 30 people wounded on Nov. 5, 2009.

    Hasan: Evidence will show ‘I am the shooter’

    The Army psychiatrist accused in the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation told jurors Tuesday that evidence would “clearly show” he was the gunman during the attack on Fort Hood, but he insisted it wouldn’t tell the whole story. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan briefly laid out his defense as he addressed jurors during the first day of the long-delayed trial for the attack that...

    A man plays a video gaming machine at Rosati's in Lakemoor this past spring.

    Lake County takes another look at allowing video gaming

    Lake County banned video gaming in the unincorporated area in 2009, but officials will be revisiting that decision. "I don't like it but I get it," said Linda Pedersen, a Lake County Board member whose district includes 26 establishments within two miles of municipalities where it is allowed. Pedersen, who voted for the ban, and other supporters say it is a question of competitive fairness.

    Prospect Heights officials announce the opening of a police substation in the eastern part of the city. From left: Deputy Chief Al Steffen, Mayor Nick Helmer, Chief Jamie Dunne, Cpl. Bill Caponigro and Sgt. Joe Pawlicki.

    Prospect Hts. opens police substation on east side

    Prospect Heights has opened a police substation in the Piper Lane area to serve the diverse Latino and Eastern European residents in multi-family housing complexes on the east side as well as the city’s new Tourism District along Milwaukee Avenue, city officials announced. This contrasts with times not so long ago when budget issues meant the city’s main police station was never open to the...

    Alexander Pera

    Man pleads not guilty in thefts to fund Disney trips

    The former manager of a Lincolnshire restaurant accused of stealing more than $50,000 to fund numerous trips to Disney World pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated identity theft in Lake County court Tuesday. Alexander N. Pera, 26, of the 3800 block of North Ottawa Avenue in Chicago, has also been charged with three counts of identity theft and two counts of theft after police claimed he...

    Cub Scouts march in the Gurnee Days parade down Old Grand Avenue on the festival’s finale last year.

    Gurnee Days gets ready to celebrate 21 years

    Gurnee Days is cemented on the village’s social calendar, as evidenced by what will be its 41st consecutive year starting Thursday. The annual festival, which includes fireworks and a parade, runs through Sunday.


    US senators urge release of Egypt’s Islamists

    Two senior U.S. senators have urged Egypt’s military-backed government to release detained members of the Muslim Brotherhood and before starting negotiations. “In democracy, you sit down and talk to each other,” Lindsey Graham said, adding, “it is impossible to talk to somebody who is in jail.”

    Travelers make their way to the departure lounge at Sanaa International Airport, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The State Department on Tuesday ordered non-essential personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen to leave the country.

    Militants shoot down helicopter in Yemen; 8 killed

    Yemeni officials say that militants have shot down an army helicopter, killing all eight people on board including a military commander. The officials say the helicopter was downed by a missile over the al-Qaida stronghold of Wadi Ubida in central Yemen. The attack comes at a time the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by the terrorist group.


    Des Plaines rejects Muslim group's request

    Despite the threat of a lawsuit, the Des Plaines City Council on Monday night rejected a Bosnian Muslim group's request to allow a religious center in a part of town zoned for manufacturing. “It is clear that the denial of the map amendment application filed by American Islamic Center is in violation of the federal laws,” Chicago attorney Tony Peraica said.


    Report: Childhood obesity rates fell in 18 states

    A new government report is the first evidence of a national decline in childhood obesity, health officials said Tuesday. “Now, for the first time, we’re seeing a significant decrease in childhood obesity” nationally, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director. Preschoolers who are overweight or obese are five times more likely than other children to be heavy as adults, which means...

    A boy releases a paper lantern to the Motoyasu River with the backdrop of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, western Japan, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Japan marked the 68th anniversary Tuesday of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with a somber ceremony to honor the dead and pledges to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons.

    Japan marks 68th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

    Some 50,000 people stood for a minute of silence in Hiroshima’s peace park near the epicenter of the early morning blast on Aug. 6, 1945, that killed up to 140,000 people. Hiroshima’s mayor described the pain of those who survived, only to be shunned as contaminated by the radiation. “The atomic bomb is the ultimate inhumane weapon and an absolute evil. The hibakusha, who know the hell of an...

    A memorial sits outside the Reptile Ocean exotic pet store in Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Autopsies will be performed Tuesday on two young boys who were strangled in their sleep by a large African rock python that escaped from the pet store and slithered through a ventilation system and crashed down from the ceiling into the living room of an apartment upstairs from the pet store.

    Python’s strangling of 2 boys in Canada probed

    A 100-pound python blamed in the strangling deaths of two Canadian boys apparently escaped from its pet store enclosure, slithered through a ventilation system and fell through the ceiling into the room where the brothers, ages 5 and 7, were sleeping, the shop owner said Tuesday. A snake expert said it was possible that the python was spooked and simply clung to whatever it landed on.


    In tense Egypt, bodies are surfacing near protests

    Egyptian authorities say that nearly a dozen bodies have been discovered close to Cairo’s two mass sit-ins for Morsi.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Chicago man was arrested Aug. 4 at Arlington Park Racetrack and charged with one count of battery after he got involved in a scuffle with security agents and refused to leave, police reports said. He received a cut on his right eyebrow and a scrape on his right elbow during the arrest and was treated at Northwest Community Hospital.

    In this courtroom sketch, prosecutor Fred Wyshak, standing, speaks during closing arguments in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, right, at U.S. District Court, in Boston, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. A federal prosecutor summed up the government’s case by calling Bulger “one of the most vicious, violent and calculating criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston,” and urged the jury to convict him of charges that include 19 killings committed during the 1970s and ‘80s.

    Jury begins deliberations in ‘Whitey’ Bulger trial

    BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger began deliberations Tuesday in a sweeping racketeering indictment that accuses the reputed crime boss of participating in 19 murders during a two-decade reign over Boston’s underworld.

    President Barack Obama waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base Md., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Obama is traveling to Arizona and California.

    Obama heads to Phoenix to pitch mortgage reform

    President Barack Obama is proposing to overhaul the nation’s mortgage finance system, including shutting down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — a plan with bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. “So many Americans across the country view their own economic and financial circumstances through their homes and whether they own a home, whether their home is underwater, whether they feel...

    In this July 30, 2013 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. after receiving a verdict in his court martial. A military judge has reduced Manning's maximum possible sentence in the WikiLeaks case to 90 years in prison.

    Manning's max possible sentence cut to 90 years

    A military judge has reduced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's maximum possible sentence in the WikiLeaks case to 90 years in prison. Manning had faced up to 136 years in prison after he was convicted of charges related to his disclosure of classified information to the anti-secrecy website.


    Cast your vote for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    Online voting the Fan Favorite of the 2013 edition of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent begins today! Readers can view videos of the top 10 finalists to vote for the online Fan Favorite. The contest is presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

    This Aug. 3, 2013 file photo, Christine Swidorsky carries her son and the couple’s best man, Logan Stevenson, 2, down the aisle to her husband-to-be Sean Stevenson during the wedding ceremony in Jeannette, Pa., Christine Swidorsky Stevenson says on her Facebook page that Logan died in her arms at 8:18 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at their home in Jeannette, about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh. Logan, who was born Oct. 22, 2010, was diagnosed shortly after his first birthday with acute myeloid leukemia. The Stevensons abandoned an original wedding date of July 2014 after learning from doctors late last month that their son had two to three weeks to live.

    W. Pa. boy dies after serving as parents’ best man

    A terminally ill 2-year-old western Pennsylvania boy who served as his parents’ best man at their wedding last weekend has died, according to his mother’s Facebook page and a family friend. The boy, who had leukemia and other complications, was dressed in a tan pinstripe suit and orange shirt for the wedding. His mother carried him on her shoulder, before he stood and was held by his grandmother...

    Protesters cross the street in front of federal court in Detroit Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. Candidates in Detroit’s mayoral primary are racing to lead the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy, while yielding complete control of its finances to a state-appointed emergency manager.

    Bankruptcy clouds Detroit mayoral primary election

    Candidates in Detroit’s mayoral primary are racing to lead the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy, while yielding complete control of its finances to a state-appointed emergency manager. As polls opened Tuesday, the biggest name and most prominent issue in the struggling city are Kevyn Orr and his Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing.

    Getinder Singh Kigtra participates in a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage that left six dead, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Oak Creek, Wis. The white supremacist gunman, who wounded five other worshippers and an Oak Creek police officer, killed himself in the parking lot.

    Wis. vigil for Sikh victims marked by hope, tears

    The children of some of the six victims killed a year ago in a shooting rampage at a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple consoled each other as they remembered their loved ones during a candlelight vigil held next to the very parking lot where two of the six people died.


    Chicago police seize 4,200 illegal firearms

    Chicago’s police superintendent says more than 4,200 illegal firearms have been seized by his department so far this year. Garry McCarthy says the results released Monday are due to citywide violence reduction measures implemented to enhance public safety.

    The U.S. military evacuated nonessential U.S. government personnel from Yemen on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, due to the high threat of attack by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa.

    U.S. military evacuates embassy personnel from Yemen

    The U.S. military evacuated non-essential U.S. government personnel from Yemen on Tuesday due to the high threat of attack by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa.

    The victims killed during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. From top left, Michael Grant Cahill, 62, of Cameron, Texas; Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo, 52, of Woodbridge, Va.; Staff Sgt. Justin M. DeCrow, 32, of Evans, Ga.; Capt. John Gaffaney, 56, of San Diego, Calif.; Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tenn.; Spc. Jason Dean Hunt, 22, of Frederick, Okla., Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis.; Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah; Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, Ill.; Capt. Russell Seager, 51, of Racine, Wis.; Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, of Chicago; Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, of Havre de Grace, Md.; and Pfc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minn. A trial for Nidal Hasan, who is charged in the shooting rampage that left 13 dead and more than 30 others wounded, starts Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.

    Key questions about Fort Hood shooting trial

    Maj. Nidal Hasan will stand trial in a court-martial that starts Tuesday for the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and more than 30 people wounded at the Texas military base on Nov. 5, 2009. Here are some details about the case so far and what to expect from the trial.

    Baninder Clair, 14, left, and her mother Jutinder Kaur of Glendale Heights, right, along with other members of the Gurudwara of Palatine, hold a vigil last night to honor victims of the shooting at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee last year.

    Dawn Patrol: Palatine rejects disabled housing; Sikhs hold vigil

    Not guilty verdict in Elgin fire extinguisher death. Palatine rejects housing for people with disabilities. Palatine Sikh community remembers Wisconsin shooting victims. DuPage County canine dies. Arlington Heights mourns loss of senior advocate. Quinn signs law inspired by McHenry crash. A-Rod is boooooed at the Cell.

    Arlington Heights clarified its prohibited animals part of the municipal code on Monday after receiving a request from a resident who wanted to keep a peacock as a pet.

    Arlington Heights clarifies: No peacocks, pigs allowed in town

    Arlington Heights is outlawing more exotic animals. This ordinance change comes a few months after the village officially changed its code to prohibit backyard chickens. “We made the change earlier this year and we thought the policy was clear, but within a week we got requests from two residents about a potbellied pig and a peacock,” said Robin Ward, assistant village attorney.

    Naperville Riverwalk commissioners say they want to avoid too much commercialism on the popular 1.75-mile path along the West Branch of the DuPage River. A policy they will begin considering Tuesday could spell out how proposals for new plazas, benches, fountains or other elements along the Riverwalk will be evaluated.

    Naperville Riverwalk stewards developing policy on what can be added there

    If there’s any one thing Naperville Riverwalk commissioners want to prevent on the popular path, it’s too much overt commercialism. So they will be working on a policy governing requests for additions to the Riverwalk. “We want to make sure the Riverwalk remains the crown jewel for Naperville citizens,” Commissioner Annmarie Siwik said.


    Aldermen back possibility of residential at old St. Charles Mall site

    St. Charles residents turned out at a public hearing to urge aldermen to vote against even the idea of residential housing at the old St. Charles Mall site being included in a new comprehensive plan. But the majority of aldermen had a different idea. “We need to have all these options on the table,” Turner said. “We’re not going to have the creativity, the ingenuity on our open spaces by putting...


    Talks to continue on new Hoffman Estates subdivision

    A new 19-home subdivision is closer to becoming a reality in Hoffman Estates, but an annexation agreement, a preliminary site plan and a request to rezone the currently vacant 4.78 acres was sent back to the village’s planning, building and zoning committee by the village board Monday.

    A rendering of what the old Ziegler’s Ace Hardware store in downtown West Dundee would look like if it’s converted into the Fox Performing Arts Center.

    West Dundee theater group’s progress questioned

    It could be another three years and roughly $3 million before Rick Browne’s dream to convert an old hardware store into the Fox Performing Arts Center is realized. Several West Dundee trustees are also questioning whether the operation could sustain itself, how long the village will have to maintain the building before Browne takes over and whether the building is the proper venue for such an...

    Brad Fink

    Fink named Wauconda’s interim administrator

    With ex-Village Administrator Zaida Torres on leave from that job, Wauconda trustees on Monday named Public Works Director Brad Fink to fill the post on an interim basis.

    Ann Kallenbach

    Bartlett High School dean remembered for her kind spirit

    Beloved Bartlett High School dean Ann Kallenbach, who joined the BHS staff in 1998, died Friday at age 50. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 but fought it for three years, rarely missing a day of school. “Over the course of the last three years, Ann’s really been an inspiration for a lot of people in the community,” a former principal said.


    Wheaton paves the way for AT&T U-verse service

    Wheaton residents and businesses are now likely months away from having more choices regarding their telephone, television and Internet providers. City Council members Monday, by a vote of five to two, amended a local ordinance, regarding the size and placement of above ground utility cabinets, to allow AT&T to offer it's U-verse Internet, television, phone services throughout the city.


    The biggest problem for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler this season could be keeping all of his receiving options involved and happy.

    Bears' Cutler likes problem of so many options

    Quarterback Jay Cutler was asked how he would go about fairly distributing the football to a larger cast of talented skill-position players than he's ever had at his disposal in four previous seasons with the Bears. "Very delicately," he said.

    Bears quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh talks with quarterback Jay Cutler during a training-camp workout.

    Can Bears’ Cutler be molded into a winner?

    Many offensive gurus throughout NFL history have taken lesser-gifted quarterbacks and molded them into winners. Now Marc Trestman's assignment is to take Jay Cutler's remarkable physical gifts and mold him into a winner. The question is whether Cutler will let him.


    Fever continues to frustrate Sky

    Sky loses second straight game to Indiana Fever, 64-58.


    Cougars cool off LumberKings

    Kane Count Cougars game report:News After giving up a combined 23 runs the previous two games, the Kane County Cougars captured a 6-2 victory over the Clinton LumberKings at Ashford University Field on Tuesday. Oliver Zapata gave the Cougars (15-28, 45-64) the lead in the third with a 2-run homer off starter and loser Charles Kaalekahi (5-4) of the LumberKings (21-23, 54-59). Marco Hernadez smacked an RBI single that gave the Cougars a 3-1 lead.

    Chicago White Sox' Chris Sale pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Sale pitches into 8th, Sox beat Yankees 3-2

    Chris Sale allowed one run while outpitching Hiroki Kuroda in to the eighth inning, and the White Sox beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Tuesday night.

    New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is making his final visit to U.S. Cellular Field. He has not pitched in the first two games against the White Sox.

    Rivera provides quite a contrast to the circus

    The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez continued to hear the jeers Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. New York closer Mariano Rivera, on the other hand, was cheered at the Cell as he nears the end of his final season in baseball.

    The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez walks through the dugout after striking out in the eighth inning Monday night at Cellular Field in Chicago.

    Booing Alex Rodriguez got at the Cell just the beginning

    Alex Rodriguez might win or lose the appeal of his suspension. Either way, judging by the fan response Monday night at the Cell, public opinion is destined to consider him a "C-H-E-A-T-E-R!" While Rodriguez warmed up on the field about 15 minutes before the first pitch, an especially loud fan could be heard throughout the ballpark chanting “P-E-D!”

    Chicago Cubs' Donnie Murphy, left, celebrates with third base coach David Bell as he rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick in the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Cubs can’t pull off comeback over Phils

    Darin Ruf and Chase Utley sparked a three-run fifth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-8 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night. Trailing 9-5 in the ninth, the Cubs scored three runs off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon before pinch-hitter Thomas Neal flew out with men on the corners to end it.

    Safety Tom Nelson, shown here in Bears minicamp earlier this year, is fighting for a roster spot.

    Hersey grad Nelson knows the roster drill

    Arlington Heights native and Hersey High School product Tom Nelson faces a serious challenge to make the Bears' 53-man roster at a deep and talented safety position.


    Defense goes bats and frustrates offense’s rhythm

    The defense took it to the offense in Tuesday's practice with 4 interceptions of quarterback Jay Cutler.


    Chicago Fire scouting report
    D.C. United at Chicago Fire in U.S. Open Cup semifinal action, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Toyota ParkStreaming: chicago-fire.comScouting D.C. United: United has had an absolutely awful MLS campaign, but it can claim a little self-respect by beating the Fire to reach the Open Cup final. Forward Luis Silva has been productive since arriving from Toronto. Coach Ben Olsen said Joe Willis will get the start in goal over Bill Hamid.Scouting the Fire:The Fire is undefeated in its last three matches, and it has a strong history in the Open Cup. Mike Magee is having the best season of his career, and midfielder Patrick Nyarko is playing very well also. The winner of this match will play at either Real Salt Lake or Portland.Next:Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Park— Orrin Schwarz

    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose attempts a last-second shot that the Heat’s LeBron James blocks.

    Rose, Bulls to net plenty of national attention

    This much was obvious with Tuesday’s release of 2013-14 NBA schedule – The league expects Derrick Rose to be back. The Bulls were given a heavy dose of national television appearances, 24 total, starting with opening night at Miami on Oct. 29 on TNT.


    WR Jordy Nelson joins ranks of Packers injured

    The injury hits just keep on coming for the Green Bay Packers. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the rest of training camp after undergoing a procedure on one of his knees. He joins a laundry list of Packers on the sideline, including left tackle Bryan Bulaga, who is expected to miss the season - despite his hope to the contrary - with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees.

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Riley Cooper, left, and Damaris Johnson talk during a joint NFL football workout with the New England Patriots, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Cooper back with Eagles after excused absence

    Wide receiver Riley Cooper returned to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday after a four-day excused absence to undergo sensitivity training after he was caught on film yelling a racial slur before a Kenny Chesney concert.

    In this Aug. 5, 2013 photo, personnel prepare to load NASCAR driver Tony Stewart into an ambulance after being involved in a four-car wreck at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stewart underwent successful surgery Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, to repair the broken right tibia and fibula suffered in the wreck. Stewart will need a second surgery and remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Mary Willie)

    Tony Stewart has surgery following Iowa crash
    Tony Stewart broke his right leg Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, where he flipped his 360 winged sprint car while leading with five laps remaining in the 30-lap feature. He had surgery Tuesday on the upper and lower parts of his leg, and Stewart-Haas Racing said he’ll need a second surgery.

    Former MLB player Magglio Ordonez, seen here during his retirement ceremony at Comerica Park last year, wants to run for mayor of an oil community in Venezuela.

    Ex-Sox Ordonez to run for mayor in Venezuela

    Magglio Ordonez, a six-time Major League Baseball all-star outfielder with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, will run for mayor of a Venezuelan oil town in the socialist party of the late President Hugo Chavez.

    Tiger Woods hits to the 18th green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Tuesday. Illini golf coach Mike Small again earned a spot in the field, which opens play on Thursday.

    PGA Championship to test Small’s game

    Golf writer Len Ziehm catches up with Illini coach Mike Small, who will compete again in this week's PGA Championship. Small, who led the Illini to a Big Ten title and second-place NCAA finish, says his game needs work. Ziehm has that interview and more in this week's golf column.

    Montini’s Sara Ross, center, will attend IUPUI on a basketball scholarship.

    Montini’s Sara Ross picks IUPUI for basketball

    Montini's Sara Ross commits to IUPUI for basketball.

    Mike North likes the policy by Bears general manager Phil Emery to not offer any contract extensions to players this season.

    No extensions a good move for Bears

    It seems the Chicago Bears have finally realized you need to score some big numbers to win in the NFL and Mike North is pleased that GM Phil Emery said there won't be any extensions for anyone this season. It will make all the players strive to do their best this year, and hopefully lead to a great season for the team.

    Former Cub Alfonso Soriano, now back with the Yankees, was happy to return to Chicago on Monday.

    Ex-Cub Soriano has strong feelings about PED use

    Former Cub Alfonso Soriano returned to Chicago Monday as a member of the New York Yankees, and he spoke out against the use of performing-enhancing drugs. “I’m very upset with the people who tried to do something wrong in baseball,” he said. “I know myself I don’t like to talk too much about those problems because I’ve never been, and I don’t know about anything else.”


    A tavern serving 500 craft and specialty beers in bottles and 60 on tap might open in this small shopping center near the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling.

    Wheeling might welcome new-concept tavern

    The concept for Beer House — featuring 500 different craft and specialty beers in bottles and 60 on tap combined with live entertainment — received enthusiastic support Monday from the Wheeling Village Board. The tavern adjacent to the Westin hotel could bring more business to Wheeling’s famed Restaurant Row, as people would bring in or order in their own food.

    State officials say Illinois' cigarette tax revenue more than doubled in July compared to the same period last year.

    State cigarette tax revenue rises 150 percent in July

    Illinois' cigarette tax revenue more than doubled in July compared to the same period last year, state officials said. July revenue reached $30 million, up from $12 million in July 2012, according to data released Monday by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.

    Michael’s Fresh Market in Naperville is alleged to be a victim of bank officers’ shakedown scheme.

    Failed Wilmette bank’s managers arraigned; suburban stores alleged victims

    The leaders of a state-chartered bank in Wilmette that failed in 2012 were formally arraigned on fraud charges alleging a shakedown scheme involving stores in Naperville and elsewhere. “The perpetrators of this criminal enterprise are charged with using taxpayer funds to further their own shakedown scheme at time when our country was on the brink of disaster,” said Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

    The Residences of Lake in the Hills boast a community room, fitness center, computer center, library, walking paths and a gazebo. There are more than 180 people on a waiting list for 92 apartments.

    LITH development offers affordable housing for senior population

    More than 180 people are on a waiting list for The Residences of Lake in the Hills, a senior living development on Village Hall Drive. The 92-unit building is the first of its kind in Lake in the Hills, offering affordable housing to the 55 and older population.

    A customer grabs lunch at a McDonalds drive-through in Chicago.

    McDonald’s franchisees rebel as chain raises fees

    McDonald’s Corp., already struggling to sell burgers in the U.S., now must contend with a brewing franchisee revolt. Store operators say the company, looking to improve its bottom line, is increasingly charging them too much to operate their restaurants — including rent, remodeling and fees for training and software.

    AT&T employees leave the work campus in Hoffman Estates on the news that 3,000 jobs will move to Chicago.

    AT&T moves 3,000 jobs from Hoffman Estates to Chicago, other suburbs

    AT&T said Tuesday it will move about 3,000 jobs out of its Hoffman Estates campus and spread them around Schaumburg, Lisle, Arlington Heights and Chicago. The telecom said it’s not part of a workforce reduction but instead a transition to accommodate a more mobile workforce. "We knew nothing about it, but we welcome it," Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson said.

    The company’s new waffle taco.

    Taco Bell expanding test of waffle taco, breakfast

    Taco Bell already offers breakfast at about 850 locations in 10 Western states, and has been tinkering with new items such as the waffle taco before rolling it out to its 6,000 U.S. locations. Also being tested in the additional locations starting Thursday are a yogurt parfait and oatmeal.


    Palatine approves Dunkin’ Donuts, Jersey Mike’s

    The Palatine village council Monday unanimously approved plans for a four-unit shopping center on Northwest Highway that will include Dunkin’ Donuts and Jersey Mike’s Subs.

    Fritz Henderson, president and chief executive officer of General Motors Co., announces the predicted mileage for the Chevrolet Volt electric car at the company’s Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, in 2009.

    GM cuts 13 percent off price of Volt

    The automaker said Tuesday that the 2014 Volt will start at $34,995, including shipping — $5,000 less than the current model. The new model is scheduled to reach showrooms late this summer.

    A visitor views the front page of the Washington Post, displayed outside the Newseum in Washington, on Tuesday, a day after it was announced that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos bought the newspaper for $250 million.

    Washington Post sale ends Buffett’s stake in paper

    Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate holds 1,727,765 shares of the Washington Post Co. Berkshire has been the largest outside shareholder since the 1970s, and Buffett served on the Post’s board for more than two decades.


    GE takes stake in First Solar

    GE and First Solar, Inc. will join their competing thin-film solar panel technologies in an effort to improve efficiency and decrease costs.

    Associated Press/July 31, 2013 Richard Newman, second left, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks slide on weak profits

    Two of American Eagle’s rivals also slumped. Abercrombie & Fitch lost $2.29, or 4 percent, to $49.40. Urban Outfitters lost $1.25, or 3 percent, to $42.42.

    The front page of the Washington Post is displayed outside the Newseum in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, a day after it was announced that Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million.

    Challenges face Bezos as he buys Washington Post

    Jeff Bezos turned selling books online into a multibillion-dollar business that has changed retailing forever. Many are now anxious to see if Bezos can do the same for the media industry, after the Amazon.com founder announced he is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million.

    Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer than ever, and even with new car sales increasing, the average age will continue to rise, an industry research firm says.

    Quality helps Americans keep old cars longer

    Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer than ever, and even with new car sales increasing, the average age will continue to rise, an industry research firm says. The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads hit a record of 11.4 years in January, the latest figures available from state registration data gathered by the Polk research firm.

    Homeowners are doing a better job of making timely mortgage payments, a trend that brought down the national late-payment rate on home loans in the second quarter to the lowest level in five years.

    Late-payment rate on mortgages fell in 2Q

    Homeowners are doing a better job of making timely mortgage payments, a trend that brought down the national late-payment rate on home loans in the second quarter to the lowest level in five years. The percentage of mortgage holders at least two months behind on their payments fell in the April-June quarter to 4.09 percent from 5.49 percent a year earlier, credit reporting agency TransUnion said Tuesday.

    CVS Caremark says its second-quarter earnings climbed 16 percent, as the company booked revenue gains from both its drugstore and pharmacy benefits management sides.

    CVS Caremark’s 2Q profit climbs 16 percent

    CVS Caremark says its second-quarter earnings climbed 16 percent, as the company booked revenue gains from both its drugstore and pharmacy benefits management sides. The Woonsocket, R.I., company also says it is narrowing its 2013 earnings forecast in part to account for share repurchases.

    Gold Mexican 50-peso pieces that once belonged to Walter Samaszko, Jr. that were up for auction in Carson City, Nev. Samaszko, 69, died in June, 2012, leaving thousands of gold coins and bouillon in his garage.

    Auction set for gold fortune amassed by recluse

    The final treasures of a quiet man who collected a fortune in gold coins will be auctioned off Tuesday in Nevada. The body of Walter Samaszko Jr. was found in his Carson City home in June 2012. After his death, a cleaning crew hired to tidy his modest, ranch style home where he had lived for four decades came upon a stunning discovery — boxes and boxes full of gold coins and bullion collected over an unassuming lifetime. It was enough to fill two wheelbarrows.

    Michael Delland investment firm Silver Lake Partners’ latest buyout bid is $13.75 per share, with stockholders also receiving a special dividend of 13 cents per share.

    Icahn ups stake in Dell

    Carl Icahn’s stake in Dell now stands at close to 9 percent, buttressing his claims that the fight for the embattled computer maker is not over. Icahn disclosed in a regulatory filing late Monday that he’s purchased an additional 4 million shares in Dell Inc. Icahn actually bought the shares Thursday, the same day he filed suit to block any delay in a shareholder vote over company control and a day before founder CEO Michael Dell boosted his bid.

    General Motors is knocking 12.5 percent off the Chevrolet Volt’s sticker price as it tries to better compete with electric car rivals.

    GM knocks 12.5 percent off Volt price

    General Motors is knocking 12.5 percent off the Chevrolet Volt’s sticker price as it tries to better compete with electric car rivals. The automaker says the 2014 Volt now will start at $34,995 including shipping — $5,000 less than the current model. The new model is scheduled to reach showrooms late this summer.


    Several airlines see delays from computer outage

    SEATTLE — Several airlines are experiencing flight delays nationwide because of a problem with a computer system they use for services such as reservations, check-ins and online booking.Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says about 50 of its flights departing Monday night were delayed by an hour or less due to the outage.Egan says the problem originated with Sabre, a company that Alaska and many other airlines use for technology services.She says the problem began about 8:40 p.m. PDT and all systems were restored by about 11 p.m.Nancy Castles, a spokeswoman at Los Angeles International Airport, says 17 flights there experienced delays of up to 45 minutes. Officials say other airlines affected include American, Jet Blue, Frontier, Virgin America, Qantas and British Airways.Flights in the air were not affected.

Life & Entertainment

    Organic and heirloom produce is available in CSA-style boxes at peapod.com.

    From the food editor: CSA produce for the committment-adverse a click away

    Afraid to commit to a CSA? So is Food Editor Deborah Pankey. That's why she likes Peapod's Local Farm Boxes. She also fills you in on a local baking contest and shares a recipe for ice pops that use Samuel Adam's Summer Ale.

    Vocalist Kimberly Church of Carpentersville is a finalist in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent. The top 10 will perform at the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 10, when the winner and Fan Favorite will be announced.

    Best bets: Suburban Chicago's Got Talent countdown

    Find out which of the top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent will be the grand prize winner on Saturday at the Taste of Arlington Heights at Vail Avenue and Campbell Street in downtown Arlington Heights. The contest's online Fan Favorite will also be announced after all the finalists perform. Also, comedian Tone Bell, formerly of the NBC sitcom “Whitney,” performs standup this weekend at Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont.

    John Ford Coley will open Saturday's “Sail Rock” concert playing songs he recorded with “England” Dan Seals, including “I'd Really Love to See you Tonight.” Seals died in 2009.

    '70s and '80s hitmakers 'sail' into Aurora

    John Ford Coley will be on stage Saturday at the new RiverEdge Park in Aurora, as part of “Sail Rock” - a concert featuring some of the 1970s biggest arists, including Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright, Firefall, Robbie Dupree and Player."We're a bunch of nice guys,” Coley said. “No one believes its 1976 anymore. We just love the music."

    Clarisse (Leven Rambin) and Percy (Logan Lerman) navigate a dangerous amusement park in "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters."

    Percy Jackson sequel even weaker than original

    “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” the second film based on Rick Riordan's immensely popular books about a dyslexic boy who discovers he's a demigod, may make some moviegoers feel like they've stepped into an actual Greek myth — one that banishes them to the underworld for nearly two hours. Well, maybe not quite the underworld, since a trip down there presumably wouldn't feature droll quips from Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion, who play small but enjoyable supporting roles in this desperately-trying-to-be-epic adventure. But even likable actors can't obscure the fact that, holy gods on Mount Olympus, this thing is a slog

    Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis (background right) and Will Poulter play losers who come together as a family in the ridiculous comedy “We’re the Millers.”

    ‘Millers’ makes for light, infectious fun

    If any dumb summer comedy ever benefited from low expectations, it would be Rawson Marshall Thurber’s “We’re the Millers.” The Farrelly Brothers-inspired gross-out tale shouldn’t work. Under the contrived crudeness, the actors infuse their loser characters with enough humanity to earn our sympathy. In the end, “We’re the Millers” is a testament to the power of family to heal damaged souls.

    An exhibit on the career of David Bowie will be coming to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art next September.

    Chicago only U.S. stop for David Bowie exhibit

    An exhibition on the career of David Bowie will make its only U.S. stop at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art next year. “David Bowie is” is at London’s V&A Museum until Sunday. The V&A Museum curated the exhibit and says it has been staying open until 10 p.m. to meet demand. Attendance has been about 300,000. The exhibition next goes to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo before coming to Chicago from September 2014 to January 2015.


    Don’t send advice to your daughter unless she asks for it

    Dad wants to know if her should send advice to his daughter about her premarital living arrangements. Carolyn Hax says it's best not to be meddlesome.

    Actor Jason Sudeikis, left, and actress Jennifer Aniston star in the new comedy “We’re the Millers.”

    Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis enjoy comedic chemistry

    Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, who shared the screen in 2011’s “Horrible Bosses,” team up again for “We’re the Millers,” which has Sudeikis’ character assemble a motley crew to play his family in order to complete a drug deal. Like “Horrible Bosses,” the new film — Aniston plays a stripper posing as a mom — is a dark, subversive comedy. Aniston said what makes it appealing is that it’s fun.

    The Andy Warhol Museum is launching a live video feed from the pop artist’s gravesite to honor his 85th birthday. Warhol’s 85th birthday would have been Tuesday. He died in 1987.

    Webcam broadcasts from Andy Warhol’s grave

    The Andy Warhol Museum has launched a live video feed from the pop artist’s gravesite to honor his 85th birthday. The project, a partnership with the EarthCam webcam network, went live this week. Museum director Eric Shiner said the project is titled “Figment” because of a Warhol quote in which the artist said: “I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say, `Figment.”’

    Mango adds a burst of flavor and nutrients to black bean and quinoa salad.

    Eat right, live well: Much to love about mangos

    Mango, often dubbed the “king of fruits” is not only delicious, but packed with vitamins and healthy benefits. For example, reach for a mango, a fruit native southern Asia, to ward off heart disease and leukemia, as well as colon, breast or prostate cancer. Incorporate the king of fruits into your diet this season to stay healthy and eat deliciously.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Nancy Bertschy of Aurora cuts a lime to be used in the Pistachio Basil Spinach Salmon butter.

    Cook of the week: Food gene runs in the family

    While Nancy Bertschy is officially our Cook the Week, the truth is, several of her family members could qualify. Her Croatian grandmother started the whole thing; in her kitchen everything was homemade. Nancy's mother was also a good cook who encouraged Nancy and her brother to spend time in the kitchen. Nancy's brother recently made guacamole for the 100 guests at his niece's graduation party. Nancy's daughter is the food chair at her college in Texas, and her teenage son has his own torch for making creme brule. Clearly cooking is a family affair.

    Thousands filled the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center during last year's Chicago Comic Con. Organizers expect this year's event to be just as busy.

    Chicago Comic Con arrives in Rosemont with something for fans of comic books, movies and more

    Tens of thousands of pop-culture fans are expected to converge on Rosemont this weekend for the annual Wizard World Chicago Comic Con. The event includes appearances by celebrities, comic book creators and plenty of outrageous costumes.

    Westchester native Kathryn Hahn plays Rachel, a woman who "rescues" a stripper in the upcoming movie "Afternoon Delight."

    Westchester native talks about acting before teaming with Jennifer Aniston

    Westchester-born actress Kathryn Hahn says she's always had a knack for comedy. “At school, I was asked to play those comic roles, grandmothers and whatever. I was sort of the class clown,” she admitted. “But I've been lucky I've been able to swing back and forth between both worlds.” She stars in the new movie “We're the Millers” opening this week.

    Linda Blair, pictured here in “The Exorcist,” the 1973 horror film that made her famous, will talk about the movie and her ensuing career with fans at the Chicago Comic Con this weekend.

    What to do while visiting Comic Con

    Walking onto the floor of the Chicago Comic Con can be overwhelming. There's so much to do -- autographs, panel discussions, buying/selling comics. With that in mind, the Daily Herald has provided a list of highlights to consider during your visit.

    Nancy Bertschy of Aurora tops baked salmon with buttery pesto-like topping of pistachios, basil and spinach.

    Pistachio Basil Spinach Salmon
    Pistachio Basil Spinach Salmon: Nancy Bertschy


    Pimento Cheese Toasts
    Pimento Cheese Toasts: Nancy Bertschy


    Smoked Salmon Pizza with Red Onion and Dill
    Smoked Salmon Pizza with Red Onion and Dill: Nancy Bertschy

    Brian Cuban, brother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, has written “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” a self-published account of cocaine, alcohol and steroid abuse, a brush with suicide, visits to a psychiatric hospital and three failed marriages.

    A rare glimpse of male body dysmorphia

    Body dysmorphia, anorexia and bulimia have been studied in women for years, but rare is an account from a man who battled the dangerous, distorted reflection in his mirror. Out this week from Brian Cuban, the middle of two younger brothers of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, is “Shattered Image,” his self-published account of cocaine, alcohol and steroid abuse, a brush with suicide, visits to a psychiatric hospital and three failed marriages.

    Peter Capaldi will take over as star of “Doctor Who” in December.

    Get in the ‘Doctor Who’ loop
    Some of us, myself included, were very excited Sunday to hear that Peter Capaldi has been chosen to succeed Matt Smith later this year as the star of “Doctor Who.” But most were probably asking, “Who’s Peter Capaldi?” Or, “Doctor whaaaaat?” The BBC science-fiction show is coming up on its 50th anniversary and is arguably more popular than ever here in the U.S.

    Mango adds a burst of flavor and nutrients to black bean and quinoa salad.

    Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Medley
    Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Medley

    Salon owner Shizuka Bernstein gives what she calls a Geisha Facial to Mari Miyoshi at Shizuka New York skin care in New York. The facial, which Bernstein has been offered for five years, is a traditional Japanese treatment using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran, and goes for $180 a pop.

    Bird poop may be the secret to glowing skin

    Bird poop for beauty? That’s what goes into facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran goes for $180 a pop. About 100 women and men go into the Shizuka New York skin care salon, just off Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, each month to get the treatment, which is promoted as a way to keep the face soft and smooth using an enzyme in the poop to gently exfoliate the skin.


    Gardeners can help monarch butterflies

    Q. Recently I read about the plight of monarch butterflies (severe weather, illegal logging in Mexico, etc.). What can I do in my garden to attract and help these beautiful winged creatures?


    Metra riders board an afternoon train to Chicago.

    Editorial: Metra needs substantial, but measured change

    A Daily Herald editorial emphasizes that changes are needed at Metra, but an immediate wholesale ouster of the board would be imprudent and unwise.

    Matt Dietrich and Madeleine Doubek, Reboot Illinois

    Where was Quinn’s veto pen on voting issues?

    Guest columnists Madeleine Doubek and Matt Dietrich: Reboot Illinois is all about reform in Illinois government. So the bill signed recently by Gov. Pat Quinn that brings online voter registration to Illinois should have our unqualified support, right? But this being Illinois, we just can’t take a step forward without a couple of steps back.


    The GOP flips the script on Obama

    Columnist Dana Milbank: Republicans need to make up their minds: Is President Obama a socialist or a corporate stooge?


    Use gas tax funds only for road projects
    A Hinsdale letter to the editor: More than $700 million annually is diverted to the state’s general fund, which the Illinois Policy Institute calls a “windfall” for the state’s treasury. That money should only be used for road repairs. If we use the sales tax funds for our roads, we wouldn’t have to raise taxes!


    Path no safer if walkers don’t obey signs
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I could not believe my eyes at Lake Arlington this evening. I rode my bike over after reading about the freshly painted path signs and posted signs in the paper recently. I thought I had made a mistake at first.


    Cars can’t rely solely on powered gadgets
    An Elgin letter to the editor: On the front page July 26, there is a sad story about a man who had to die only because there was no way to break anything in his car to rescue him. No manual option everything was power driven. What a senseless death.


    Start cleaning house with Durbin
    A Carpentersvville letter to the editor: If ever there was a time to start cleaning the political house in Illinois, it is now. Starting with Dick Durbin. He has done nothing for Illinois. Higher taxes; driving businesses out of Illinois, being a rubber stamp for the Chicago politician in the White House.


    Letter writer’s interpretation twisted
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: The writer resorts to name calling and ridiculing people who do not subscribe to his political world. This suggests that he is intolerant of other viewpoints, which makes him ineligible to engage in reasoned debate about these issues.


    Bible clearly outlines laws on homosexuality
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19 should be quite telling of God’s position on alternative lifestyles let alone gay marriage. If you are unfamiliar or don’t have time to read the passages, the account of the two homosexual communities didn’t end well.


    Campaign is over, Mr. President
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Would someone please tell President Obama that the campaign is over? I was firmly convinced that Bill Clinton expressly defined presidential arrogance, but this president takes the cake.


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