Daily Archive : Wednesday August 7, 2013


    Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane carries the Stanley Cup from Grant Park after the team’s celebration in June.

    Blackhawks flag to fly at Government Center

    To commemorate the success of the Blackhawks this year, the Kane County Board unanimously approved a resolution designating August 8 as "Patrick Kane County" Day. Scott Hajek, manager of the Water Resources Division for the county, wrote the bill and has been working to get all communities invovled.

    Steve Herbst of Palatine is all smiles Wednesday as he thanks the Local Heroes Contest for his new Honda Odyssey at Mobility Works in Villa Park. Herbst was paralyzed in 1980 while playing football at Palatine High School. He's one of the winners of the Local Heroes Contest sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, VMI and San Tan Honda.

    Palatine man receives wheelchair-accessible van

    After months of relying on others to drive him around, Steve Herbst will finally be able to get behind the wheel again — and this time, in a new car. Herbst, who became a quadriplegic after a football injury at Palatine High School in 1980, was presented with the keys to a wheelchair-accessible Honda Odyssey Wednesday at Mobility Works in Villa Park. Herbst found out he won the vehicle in...

    New Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss.

    New District 54 chief: Student goals changing

    Andy DuRoss isn't aiming for returning students and their parents to instantly recognize that he's the new superintendent of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 this year. But he does expect they'll quickly learn that the district has updated its vision and goals for student achievement. “Education is a continuous improvement project,” DuRoss said.

    At least three people in two states will split the $448 million Powerball jackpot, after two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey and one was sold in Minnesota, lottery officials said Thursday.

    Winning tickets for $448M Powerball in NJ, Minn.

    At least three people in two states will split the $448 million Powerball jackpot, after two winning tickets were sold in New Jersey and one was sold in Minnesota, lottery officials said Thursday. No winners immediately came forward to claim the jackpot. Winners in both states have a year from the date of the drawing to do so.The winning numbers: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.


    Voters to determine talent contest Fan Favorite

    Online voting continues to determine the 2013 "Fan Favorite" of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, the competition presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

    Nabi Fakroddin

    Lauzen catches heat for illegal RTA appointment

    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said he did not think it was a conflict of interest, nor illegal, for his recent RTA board appointee, Nabi Fakroddin, to also serve on the Illinois Human Rights Commission. But he understands the RTA believes otherwise and accepted Fakroddin's resignation Wednesday. The Kane County State's Attorney's Office has also ruled Fakroddin's dual service was not a...


    New Illinois laws crack down on domestic violence

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed laws cracking down on domestic violence and for aiding victims. One of the bills toughens penalties for repeat offenders. It classifies subsequent offenses as felonies and increases prison time to as much as 14 years for four or more convictions. Currently, many domestic violence cases are considered misdemeanors. The law takes effect Jan. 1.


    New student enrollment creates dorm crunch at SIU

    Administrators at Southern Illinois University are preparing for a record number of new students arriving on campus when fall classes begin later this month. But that's creating a housing crunch at the Carbondale school. WSIL-TV says new student enrollment is on pace to beat 2008's record, thanks to an anticipated 10 percent increase in new students.


    Madigan disappointed in salary lawsuit delay

    House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's disappointed a judge has delayed ruling on the legislator salary lawsuit. Gov. Pat Quinn used veto powers last month to suspend pay because of inaction on pensions. Then Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, claiming a misuse of power.


    2nd set of remains found in central Illinois

    Authorities uncovered human remains in Woodford County and investigators are waiting for tests to see if they may belong to a missing 74-year-old man.The (Bloomington) Pantagraph says the remains were found Tuesday at a farmhouse in rural Secor. That's several miles from where a torso was found in the Mackinaw River this weekend. Authorities believe the man whose torso was found in the McLean...

    Jereme Richmond

    Basketball star charged with harassing a witness

    Prosecutors say former Waukegan basketball star Jereme Richmond scared four employees in the Lake County probation office by pantomiming a gun with his hand and pretending to "shoot," after an argument with his probation officer.

    The interchange at Route 59 and I-88 in Naperville will be rebuilt into a “diverging diamond,” which is designed to eliminate most left turns across opposing traffic by rerouting drivers to the opposite side of the road. Construction is set to begin Aug. 19 and last until late summer or fall 2015.

    Start date nears for Route 59 widening in Naperville

    Work to widen Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora is set to begin in less than two weeks as the governor's office announced Wednesday funding for the last couple contracts in the nearly $90 million project.

    An 11-year-old boy was injured Wednesday afternoon after a minivan struck the north entrance of Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, according to officials.

    11-year-old hurt in Gurnee middle school crash

    An 11-year-old boy was injured after a vehicle struck the north entrance of Woodland Middle School in Gurnee Wednesday afternoon, according to officials. Gurnee Fire Department Lt. Andy Wienckowski said firefighters arrived at 3:50 p.m. and found the boy pinned underneath a minivan. He said it took about four minutes to extricate the boy.


    Two men charged with Lake County home invasion

    Two men are being held on $250,000 bond after tying up two girls and burglarizing a home in Lake County, according to a news release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Dillon F. Wood, 36, of the 1100 block of Fair Oaks Avenue in Oak Park, and Kyle F. Kennedy, 44, of the 3000 block of Elim Avenue in Zion, were each charged last Thursday with one count of home invasion, one count of unlawful...


    Addison man sentenced for mislabeling seafood products

    The owner of an Addison seafood distributor was sentenced Wednesday to five years of federal probation and a maximum $100,000 fine for mislabeling products and misstating weights to charge customers more, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Patrick A. Bruno, 71, of Addison, was sentenced after pleading guilty in April to a misdemeanor violation of the Federal...

    In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    White House wants ‘more results,’ spikes Putin summit

    In a rare diplomatic rebuke, President Barack Obama on Wednesday canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision reflected both U.S. anger over Russia’s harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow’s stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human...

    A sailing ship makes it past Chicago Harbor Light during a rainstorm Wednesday. A group of Tall Ships as well as racing sailboats are in Chicago through Sunday, Aug. 11

    Majestic tall ships sail along Chicago’s lakefront

    The Tall Ships Chicago summer festival began today at Navy Pier in Chicago, with a fog adding mood to the scene of majestic structures. The Parade of Sail, featuring 14 ships took place Wednesday afternoon in front of a throng of spectators along the lakefront who got to see a sailing race, too.

    A policeman checks a car at the entrance of Sanaa International Airport, in Yemen, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. The State Department on Tuesday ordered nonessential personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen to leave the country.

    Experts say al-Qaida remains a potent threat

    Far from being on the brink of collapse, al-Qaida’s core leadership remains a potent threat — and one that experts say has encouraged the terror network’s spread into more countries today than it was operating in immediately after 9/11.

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, dead bodies of Syrian rebels are seen on the ground, killed during ambush by Syrian forces near the Damascus suburb of Adra, Syria, Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013. Syrian government forces killed more than 60 rebels Wednesday in an ambush near Damascus, a blow to opposition fighters confronting a regime offensive in the capital, activists said.

    Rebels killed in Syria may have al-Qaida ties

    Syrian government forces killed more than 60 rebels Wednesday in an ambush near Damascus, a blow to opposition fighters confronting a regime offensive in the capital, activists said. Mohammed Saeed, an activist who is based near Damascus, told The Associated Press that 65 rebels were on their way from the eastern suburbs of the capital to the nearby area of Qalamoun. “The regime forces riddled...


    Arlington Heights saves nearly $500,000 on bond refinancing

    Arlington Heights will save nearly half a million dollars because of bond refinancing approved on Monday night. “This is a reflection of our strong and stable financial position in Arlington Heights,” said village President Tom Hayes.

    In this courtroom sketch, Maj. Nidal Hasan sits in court for his court-martial Tuesday in Fort Hood, Texas.

    Attorney: Fort Hood suspect wants to die

    The standby attorney for the soldier charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage accused Maj. Nidal Hasan on Wednesday of deliberately charting a course toward a conviction and death sentence, abruptly halting the trial after only one day. Hasan is representing himself at his trial, though he has defense attorneys on standby if he needs them. On Monday, he told the court that the evidence...

    Police stand guard as fire engulfs the International arrivals unit of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday Aug. 7, 2013. The fire engulfed the arrivals hall at Kenya’s main international airport early Wednesday, forcing East Africa’s largest airport to close and the rerouting of all inbound flights. Dark black smoke that billowed skyward was visible across much of Nairobi as emergency teams battled the blaze.

    Inferno roars through Kenyan airport

    A small fire at Kenya’s main airport swelled into a roaring inferno Wednesday that destroyed part of East Africa’s largest aviation hub and hampered air travel across the continent. Firefighters were desperately short of equipment in an area where the county government apparently lacks a single working fire engine. Crews needed hours to get the flames under control and at one point resorted to a...

    Debris is loaded onto a truck at a house where three women were held captive and raped for more than a decade, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Authorities want to make sure the rubble isn’t sold online as “murderabilia,” though no one died there. The house was torn down as part of a deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years. He apologized but blamed his addiction to pornography.

    Ariel Castro’s home demolished

    It took about an hour and 20 minutes to tear down the house, which occurred as part of the plea deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence. He was sentenced last week to life in prison plus 1,000 years. Katie Mae Brown, 62, a former resident of the street, said tearing the house down was important for the neighborhood to show “that monster — that he is behind bars and that he’s never...


    Fire damages Round Lake Beach home

    A house and a detached garage on the 1300 block of Beverly Drive in Round Lake Beach were damaged by a fire Wednesday afternoon.


    Trying to call us? We’re having some phone troubles

    The Daily Herald is experiencing problems with its telephone service today and is working to get them resolved.

    Camp counselor Jamie Vincent goes down with his ship, but Julia Wilson and her pink boat look seaworthy.

    Cardboard regatta a wild end to Gurnee summer camp

    Young campers watched the cardboard boats race across the Hunt Club Aquatic Center pool, the annual closing activity for the Gurnee summer camp. “Our boat sank which I did not like,” said 9-year-old Olivia Pas. Still, "it was fun to see all the things that happened and all the funny boats.”


    Flood Brothers, driver sued over crash that killed woman

    The mother of a North Aurora driver killed when a garbage truck hit her car is suing the truck driver and the disposal company, saying the truck had faulty brakes and no working horn, and that the driver was driving too fast to avoid hitting her. Monica Warner was killed May 15 when she made a left turn out of a private driveway and was struck by a truck traveling east on Fabyan Parkway in Geneva.

    Mark Koenen

    Koenen to be appointed new St. Charles city administrator

    St. Charles officials are expected in the coming weeks to name Public Works Director Mark Koenen as the new city administrator.

    A developer who wants to build apartments and townhouses on what’s currently the Ken-Loch Golf Links near Lombard is hoping DuPage County grants a rezoning request from the property’s owners.

    Developer making new push for apartments at Ken-Loch

    A developer who tried unsuccessfully to convince Lombard officials that a golf course near the village should be transformed into a multifamily residential development now is hoping to sell DuPage County on the idea. It’s been more than a year since Donven Homes asked Lombard if it would consider annexing the Ken-Loch Golf Links into the village and rezoning the 31-acre site along Finley Road,...

    A customer reviews the numbers Wednesday after making a purchase on a Powerball ticket. The Powerball jackpot is expected to be about $425 million by Wednesday’s drawing, making it the game’s third largest ever.

    Looking for a Powerball edge? Try these numbers

    Since changes were instituted to the number of red Powerballs available for drawing in January of 2012, there have been 163 Powerball drawings. The five most commonly drawn white balls are 23, 8, 36, 26 and 56. The most commonly drawn red Powerball is 29, pulled 10 of the 163 times.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Numerous electronic items, including a television and a gaming system, were stolen between 7:30 a.m. and 9:18 p.m. Aug. 1 from a home on the 400 block of Dwight Street, police said.

    From left, Des Plaines Police Sgt. Dan Shanahan, Mayor Matt Bogusz, and Police Chief William Kushner pose for a photograph after Shanahan was presented with the Life Saving Award at the Aug. 5 city council meeting.

    Des Plaines officer lauded for saving choking child

    Des Plaines Police Sgt. Dan Shanahan was recognized with a Life Saving Award at the Aug. 5 city council meeting for saving the life of a choking child.

    Community members took self-guided tours June 30 of the First Baptist Church in Batavia. The city owns it, and is considering letting any potential buyer tear the building down.

    Batavia leans to allowing demolition of First Baptist building

    When Batavia puts the former First Baptist Church property up for sale, it likely won't require a buyer to keep any of the buildings, judging by the direction the city council gave informally Tuesday night.


    ‘Despicable Me’ screening for juvenile diabetes

    Barrington’s Catlow Theater and Walgreen’s are teaming up for a charity screening of “Despicable Me” to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The family-friendly film will be shown at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the theater at 116 W. Main St. in downtown Barrington.


    What keeps U.S., Russia at odds

    How do U.S. leaders feel about Russia’s behavior? Not angry, just very “disappointed.” Over and again as they try to patch up troubled relations, Obama administration officials end up reaching for that word that doleful parents use to scold a wayward teenager.


    Authorities identify body of man found in Fox River

    The body of a man who police say apparently drowned Tuesday afternoon in the Fox River in Aurora has been identified. Bruce J. Grissette, 38, of the 500 block of College Avenue in Aurora, was identified by authorities, police said Wednesday.


    Yemen officials say they uncovered al-Qaida plot

    Authorities foiled plots by al-Qaida to take over key cities in southern Yemen and attack strategic ports and gas facilities, a government spokesman said Wednesday amid a heightened alert that has seen Western embassies evacuated and a new suspected U.S. drone strike that killed seven alleged militants from the terrorist group.


    Lawyers in Bulger case huddle but unclear why

    The jury in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger has asked the judge for clarification on several legal concepts. Jurors sent a note to Judge Denise Casper shortly after they resumed deliberations Wednesday, asking her to explain aiding and abetting, along with joint venture.


    South Barrington business holding bocce tournament

    A $15,000 grand prize in a bocce tournament in South Barrington this September is expected to attract players from around the country.

    Jimmie Medcalf

    Naperville train rider gets 10 years in ‘medical-grade’ marijuana bust

    A Naperville train rider whose carry-on luggage was stuffed with “medical-grade” marijuana has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jimmie Medcalf, 30, of Chicago, was caught with the drugs in December after he stepped off an Amtrak train at Naperville’s Fourth Avenue depot.

    This undated handout image provided by Science and the University of Tokyo shows infectious particles of the avian H7N9 virus emerging from a cell. Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain.

    Scientists plan controversial lab-made bird flu

    Scientists who sparked an outcry by creating easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu for research purposes want to try such experiments again using a worrisome new strain. Since it broke out in China in March, the H7N9 bird flu has infected more than 130 people and killed 43. “We cannot prevent epidemics or pandemics, but we can accumulate critical knowledge ahead of time” to help countries...

    In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, alleged ivory trafficker Emile N’Bouke stands amidst seized ivory carvings and elephant tusks while talking with journalists after his arrest, at the offices of Togo’s agency charged with combating the trafficking of drugs and other illicit substances in Lome, Togo. Activists say the high profile trafficker’s work has fueled the slaughter of more than 10,000 elephants dating back to the 1970s. Togo’s environment minister Dede Ekoue said Wednesday that N’Bouke was found to be in possession of 700 kilograms of ivory at the time of his arrest Tuesday afternoon at his shop in Lome.

    Togo arrests large-scale ivory trafficker

    A high-profile ivory trafficker whose work activists say has fueled the slaughter of more than 10,000 elephants dating back to the 1970s has been arrested in Togo, the country’s environment minister said Wednesday. “This activity can no longer prosper because the Togolese government is committed to discouraging further action from criminals who use our territory as a platform,” she said.

    Former Maine West High School head varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo arrives for a June court appearance in Skokie.

    Maine West hazing case against coach gets continuance

    A new court date was set Wednesday morning in the case against former Maine West High School head varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo, who is charged with hazing, battery and failure to report abuse. Divincenzo must appear for a status hearing at 9 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Cook County courthouse in Skokie.


    Boy Scouts sued by 15 former suburban men

    Fifteen former Boy Scouts from the suburb of Burbank filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the organization failed to protect them from a scout leader who was later convicted of molestation. The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court names the Boy Scouts of America and the group’s Chicago Area Council. It was filed by unnamed men — all referred to as “John Doe” — who were members of the...

    Grafelman Park and other West Dundee spots serve as a backdrop in an upcoming web-based public service announcement.

    W. Dundee has joined Twitter and Facebook

    In keeping with its recent social media kick, West Dundee joined Twitter Aug. 1, the same day the village launched its presence on Facebook, as well as an online service request system that lets residents report minor issues.


    Teens sue Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago

    CHICAGO — Two 18-year-old women are claiming that a man who worked for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago coerced them into having sexual contact with him when they were minors.A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court names the Chicago club, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and former counselor Zale Hoddenbach.


    Lawsuit unlikely in Palatine supportive housing case

    Shortly after controversial permanent supportive housing proposals were voted down in both Arlington Heights and Wheeling, the developer responded by filing a lawsuit. That course of action doesn't appear imminent in Palatine's case, however, despite the council's decision to deny similar apartments for people with disabilities. “I don't think we have legal recourse,” Kenneth Young...

    Michael Bicchinella

    Cops: DuPage men stole credit cards, went shopping

    Two DuPage County men are accused of going on a $600 shopping spree with stolen credit cards, police said Wednesday. Michael Bicchinella, 20, of the 29W300 block of Lee Road in West Chicago, and Michael Nonnie, 24, of the 800 block of Dugout Trail in Carol Stream, each face felony identity theft charges.


    Honors for 2 Island Lake cops ‘long overdue’ chief says

    A pair of Island Lake police officers will be recognized Thursday night for their recent heroic actions - one saved a woman who was trying to immolate herself; and the other prevented a boy from dying from a drug overdose.

    People exit a plane from Ireland that made an emergency landing because of an unspecified threat, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia.

    FBI meets plane in Philly after apparent threat

    Federal authorities are at Philadelphia’s airport because of an apparent bomb threat made in connection with an incoming flight from Ireland. Police and airport officials say they don’t have any specifics about the apparent threat or details about from where it may have originated.


    Drug bust outside Waukegan library

    A Gurnee teenager was arrested Monday and accused of trying to sell ecstasy outside the Waukegan Public Library on County Street.


    Ex-Naperville business owners sentenced for tax evasion

    Two men who used to run a Naperville-based consumer discount company have been sentenced to prison for failing to pay taxes on more than $22 million they diverted from business and divided equally. The men pleaded guilty in March and both were sentenced to more than three years in prison.


    US institute: North Korea expanding nuclear plant

    A U.S. institute tracking North Korea’s nuclear weapons program says recent satellite photos show Pyongyang is doubling the size of its uranium enrichment plant, jibing with the country’s announced plans to expand technology that can be used both to create energy and the core of nuclear weapons.


    School choice available at 4 Naperville-area elementaries

    Two schools in each of the main public districts that serve Naperville are required to offer school choice this year under the No Child Left Behind Act — but not all for the same reason. Parents with children at Mill Street and Beebe elementary schools in Naperville Unit District 203 or at Georgetown and Longwood elementary schools in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 are being given the...

    In this May 28, 2013, file photo, recycled cardboard boxes are ready for transport outside a Walmart store in Duarte, Calif. Wal-Mart agreed Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, to improve safety conditions for employees who use trash compactors and cleaning chemicals at more than 2,800 stores as part of a settlement agreement with the Labor Department.

    Wal-Mart agrees to safety fixes at 2,857 stores

    Wal-Mart has agreed to improve safety conditions for employees who use trash compactors and cleaning chemicals at more than 2,800 stores as part of a settlement agreement with the Labor Department. The agreement announced Wednesday covers 2,857 Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in 28 states that follow federal OSHA standards.

    The future of Churchill Woods Forest Preserve’s McKee House in Glen Ellyn will be the topic of an Aug. 21 meeting.

    Forest preserve district to discuss future of McKee House

    The future of Churchill Woods Forest Preserve’s McKee House in Glen Ellyn will be the topic of an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse, 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn.

    John Zaruba

    Zaruba: Staff reduction increases overtime costs

    DuPage Sheriff John Zaruba says he's been forced to spend more money on overtime as a result of a county budget that slashed his department's head count.

    Emiliano Estrada

    Man gets 8 years for sexually assaulting Lombard girl

    A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl while rooming with her family in Lombard was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison. Emiliano Estrada, 44, had pleaded guilty in June to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

    Grayslake Park Board President Ken Ryan presents the 2013 Friends of the Park Award to Rick Missing.

    Youth basketball coach honored by Grayslake Park District

    The Grayslake Park District Board of Commissioners is proud to announce the recipient of the 2013 Friends of the Park Award to Rick Missing.

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, a man looks at documents at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. News reports say the Justice Department has filed the first criminal charges in the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. CNN, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, that unspecified counts had been filed in the 2012 attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

    Libya suspect in US consulate attack denies charge

    The Justice Department has filed the first criminal charges in the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, two U.S. officials said Tuesday. A former Libyan militia commander on Wednesday denied charges filed in U.S. federal court accusing him of being involved in an attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.


    Learn to laugh at silly mistakes and mishaps

    Have you ever had an unintentional goof-up that has left you laughing? Maybe like my friends and I, you have wondered is God laughing, too? asks columnist Annettee Budzban.

    A customer fills out her powerball form at a Baker’s supermarket in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot will be worth $425 million.

    Stores with past Powerball winners lure crowds

    Ticketholders aren’t the only ones who benefit from a win like the one expected in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, estimated at $425 million so far. Stores known for selling winning tickets also see their business pick up as superstitious dreamers pour in, hoping luck will strike again. The jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing would fetch a single winner a lump-sum payment of about $244.7 million.

    Brendan McDonough, the surviving 20th member of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Wednesday that he learned of his fellow Hotshots’ deaths while back with his crew’s vehicles after hitching a ride with another Hotshot crew.

    Hotshot survivor ‘numb,’ wonders why he was spared

    The surviving member of a firefighting crew that lost 19 members to the Yarnell Hill Fire says he was devastated and went “numb” after learning that men he considered his brothers were dead, and he wonders why he alone was spared.

    South Korean workers and owners who run factories in the stalled Kaesong industrial complex, the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation, stage a rally insisting the normalize the operation of the industrial complex at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. About 500 owners and workers gathered near the border area for the rally.

    North Korea lifts ban on joint factory park operations

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Wednesday it is lifting a ban on operations at a jointly run factory park shuttered since Pyongyang pulled out its 53,000 workers in April amid tensions with South Korea, and the rivals agreed to meet next week for talks meant to restart the complex.

    Detroit mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon addresses supporters after the final primary election results continue to come in at the Michigan Conference of Teamsters Welfare Fund building in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.

    Write-in, sheriff move on in Detroit mayor primary

    By early Wednesday morning, with most of the city’s 614 precincts reporting, Mike Duggan and popular Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon had clear leads over the rest of the field in the race to lead the largest U.S. city in history to file for bankruptcy. “All of us are sharing a dream to rebuild this city together,” Duggan told supporters during a victory celebration Tuesday night.

    Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans and hold his posters with Arabic writing which reads “Yes for legality, No for the coup” during a protest outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, where protesters have installed a camp and hold daily rallies.

    Egypt says diplomacy has failed to resolve crisis

    Egypt’s presidency said Wednesday that diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the standoff between the country’s military-backed interim leadership and the Muslim Brotherhood have failed.

    Bernie Kozen, left, stands near the scene, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, where a shooting occurred Monday night at the Ross Township Municipal Building, in Saylorsburg, Pa. Kozen, West End Open Space Commission executive director, “bear-hugged the gunman and took him down,” according to a witness. Rockne Newell has been arraigned on homicide charges and other counts after police say he fatally shot three people during a municipal meeting amid a dispute with the township.

    Man who subdued Pa. gunman describes chaotic scene

    A day after a shooting that left three people dead in his rural Pennsylvania community’s township building, a witness being hailed as a hero described a chaotic scene that ended with him and another man wrestling the suspected gunman to the ground as others hid behind a barrier of overturned tables and chairs. “He was saying, `They stole my land! They stole my land!’ A bunch of curse words,” said...


    2 charged over fake Viagra sold in Texas, Chicago

    Two men have been charged with trafficking about 17,000 fake Viagra pills in an undercover investigation linked to Texas and Illinois. Prosecutors in Houston say an 11-count indictment unsealed Tuesday names 49-year-old Jamal Khattab of Katy and 45-year-old Fayez Al-Jabri of Chicago. Both remain in custody pending detention hearings.

    Pax Stukenberg, age 2½, of Arlington Heights sits on officer Tom Henderson’s police motorcycle during the Arlington Heights National Night Out at North School Park yesterday.

    Dawn Patrol: National Night Out around the ’burbs; AT&T relocation

    National Night Out in pictures from around the suburbs. AT&T leaving Hoffman Estates for Schaumburg, Lisle, Arlington Heights, Chicago. Pond safety talks may begin in Naperville after boy’s drowning. Man’s body found in Fox River. Political group rallies on overpasses for Obama impeachment. Kane County’s RTA representative resigns. Round Lake Park man gets two years in death of friend.

    Lakemoor village trustees Jeff Nykaza, left, and Colin McIntyre compete in a hot dog eating contest sponsored by Lakemoor’s Trackside Grill during last year’s Lakemoor Fest.

    Lakemoor Fest fireworks delivers big entertainment

    Now in its 20th year, Lakemoor Fest is marking a milestone. But the emphasis isn’t on longevity. Instead organizers tout the neighborhood feel and one of the best fireworks shows in the suburbs.

    Hainesville's reserve fund has enough money in it that the village could forgo levying property taxes for at least three years and still have money left in the fund.

    Some suburbs keep more money in reserve than needed

    The majority of suburban municipalities are carrying more in reserves than necessary based on budget recommendations of the Government Finance Officials Association. Some, like Hainesville, Inverness and Green Oaks, keep more than a year or two in expenses. “I do think (the village's reserve fund) is too high,” Hainesville Mayor Linda Soto said.

    D. “Dewey” Pierotti

    DuPage County, forest preserve still at odds over stormwater fee

    DuPage County Board members say the forest preserve district could have saved significant lobbyist fees and the cost of long-distance calls to Springfield simply by asking them about pending legislation to give DuPage the power to impose a countywide stormwater utility fee. “It shows extremely poor leadership on their part," Jim Zay, chairman of the county board's stormwater committee, said.

    St. Viator freshman Brooke Bonk of Des Plaines and Emily Benas of Rolling Meadows trade life stories in a minute during Honors English class on the first day of school at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights in 2006. This school year, the school will will start randomly testing all studentsl for alcohol consumption.

    St. Viator alcohol testing policy draws mixed reviews

    88 percent of St. Viator High School parents polled may support the school's decision to test students for alcohol, but the Daily Herald's online commenters are more evenly split. “Parents should be monitoring this, not the school," argues Megan Gallagher, a 2005 graduate. Peter Kawalek, Class of 2003, counters, "It makes it easier for the kids who don't want to drink to say no to the peer...



    Attis’ 90th birthday celebration set for Saturday

    The legendary Russ Attis will enjoy his 90th birthday milestone Saturday in the building he served for 34 distinguished years. Attis will celebrate his birthday back at his old Arlington High School that opened in 1922, closed in 1984 and now serves Christian Liberty Academy.

    New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera looks at the scoreboard after the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Chicago. Rivera gave up the tying run on a single by Adam Dunn scoring Gordon Beckham. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Rivera can’t shut it down in final game at Cell

    Even the great Yankee closer Mariano Rivera can be human from time to time. Iinstead of nailing down his 36th save in 38 opportunities, Rivera gave up a double to Gordon Beckham before pinch hitter Adam Dunn tied the game with a run-scoring single Wednesday.

    Yankees Mariano Rivera, left, and Alex Rodriguez provide such contrasts.

    Mariano Rivera true beacon of hope for sports

    Why should anyone remain a sports fan amid all the scandals and scumbags? Because for every Alex Rodriguez there is a Mariano Rivera, perhaps dozens of Riveras or hundreds or thousands.

    Chicago Cubs' Donnie Murphy, center, celebrates with Cole Gillespie, left, and Welington Castillo after Murphy's three-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia. Chicago won 5-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Murphy’s homer in 9th lifts Cubs past Phillies 5-2

    Donnie Murphy hit a tiebreaking three-run shot in the ninth inning for his second homer of the game, lifting the Cubs to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

    In 2 starts so far for the White Sox, pitcher Andre Rienzo has a 1.38 ERA.

    Pitching prospects brighten White Sox’ future

    The White Sox are out of playoff contention, and they figure to give several minor-league players a look over the final 50 games of the season. Charlie Leesman is next in line, and the left-hander gets his first big-league start Friday in Game 2 of a doubleheader vs. the Twins.

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, left, slides safely into third base, advancing from first base on a single hit by teammate Andre Ethier, as Chicago Cubs third baseman Cody Ransom tries to make a play during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

    Again for Cubs, what to do at third base?

    When the Cubs used Donnie Murphy at third base in Tuesday's series opener at Philadelphia, he became the sixth player to man that position this year. The Cubs are back in their historical position of groping for an answer at the hot corner. We look at the situation today and in the future.


    Contreras delivers in Cougars win

    Willson Contreras delivered a pinch triple that snapped a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning, helping the Kane County Cougars earn a 7-4 win over the Burlington Bees at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Wednesday.


    Northern Illinois looks to take that next step

    After a three-year run of unprecedented success, Northern Illinois is hoping to take the next step and become a team capable of not only landing an invite to a major bowl game, but also winning. Coming off an Orange Bowl trip last season. the Huskies gathered for media day in DeKalb on Wednesday.


    Boomers game postponed

    Severe weather Wednesday forced the postponement of the opener of a six-game road trip for the Schaumburg Boomers (40-29) at the Normal CornBelters. The game will be played today as part of a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m., with both games scheduled for seven innings.

    Chicago Cubs' Thomas Neal, right, walks off the field after an injury during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Navarro, Neal both leave Cubs game

    Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro and left fielder Thomas Neal both left in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game against the Phillies with injuries.


    Anglers weathering mixed results

    Outdoors writer Mike Jackson shares the latest on the local fishing scene in this week's outdoors notebook.

    Bears quarterback Josh McCown

    McCown excited about return to home turf

    Backup quarterback Josh McCown will see plenty of playing time in the preseason opener, and he'll have his own cheering section at Bank of America Stadium, including football players he coached at a local high school in each of the past two seasons.

    Bears defensive back Kelvin Hayden, who won the nickel cornerback job last year, is out for the season after suffering a torn hamstring last Saturday.

    Bears lose Hayden for season, Frey gets chance

    Bears nickel cornerback Kelvin Hayden is lost for the season with a torn hamstring, and first-year player Isaiah Frey will get the first chance to replace him after an impressive start during the first two weeks of training camp. “I think Isaiah has got to come out and continue to do what he’s doing — make plays,” coach Marc Trestman said.


    1-week break for the Ryder Cup next year

    For the first time in five years, PGA Tour players will face four straight weeks of golf in the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2014.The tour has been scheduling a week off between its four playoff events since 2010, mainly to keep players in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup from too much competition. The last two times in Ryder Cup years, the matches were held a week after the Tour Championship.

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits on the 15th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Pittsford, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    McIlroy looking for the kid who won the PGA

    Rory McIlroy would love to rediscover the boyish kid who won at Oak Hill this week.In its place is a 24-year-old from Northern Ireland who has reason to feel much older. He hasn’t won a tournament, and only once did he even come close. He has finished over par in all three majors, with only two rounds at the British Open.

    FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2012, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel poses with the Heisman Trophy in New York, after becoming the first freshman to win the award. With the NCAA reportedly investigating Manziel for possibly rules violations, could the Heisman Trophy winner be in danger of having the award stripped the way Reggie Bushís was after his NCAA troubles? (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)

    Easy to find autographs of college stars for sale

    A simple search on eBay reveals Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is far from the only college football player whose autograph is for sale.Pick a star and you can find memorabilia with a supposedly verified signature.South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller. Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Alabama’s AJ McCarron. The list goes on and on.

    Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown looks for an opening during the Chicago Bears training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Wednesday.

    Images: Bears Camp on Wednesday
    Images from Chicago Bears training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.

    New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez jogs to first base after getting a walk against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Union files appeal of Rodriguez’s suspension

    The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension Wednesday, sending the case to an independent arbitrator. Union spokesman Greg Bouris confirmed the appeal and said the players’ association had no further comment. A message was left seeking comment from Major League Baseball.

    Little Mike, at far right, won the 2012 Arlington Million race at Arlington Park. This year's race will be telecast by WGN-TV.

    WGN-TV to carry Arlington Million coverage

    WGN-TV will provide live HD coverage of the Arlington Million from Arlington Park on Aug. 17 from 5-6 p.m., officials announced Wednesday.

    Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning jokes with reporters after taking part in the morning session at the team's NFL training camp in Englewood, Colo., on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Manning brothers rap DirectTV ad goes viral

    Jay Z and 50 Cent had better watch out. The rap world has a couple of wigged-out new stars — E-Z and $17.5-Mil. Haven’t heard of them? Well, they’re a little more well-known on the football field. Quarterbacks and Super Bowl MVPs Eli and Peyton Manning burst onto the music scene this week with a three-minute rap videotape in which they promote “Football On Your Phone” for DirectTV.


    Kickboxing league event coming to Sears Centre

    Officials for the kickboxing league Glory announced a world-class fight card for Glory 11 Chicago, which will feature a one-night, four-man Heavyweight World Championship Tournament and a highly anticipated rematch at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Oct. 12.


    There’s no debate: the key’s the bait

    In the heat of summer, there's just no fishing substitute for lively fresh bait. Give it a try before declaring local waters devoid of good fishing.


    Mike North video: No Play for RG III
    Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan’s plan is to not play RG III at all in the pre-season games. Mike North thinks it’s a mistake and wonders how you can expect to make the playoffs this way.

    The Chicago White Sox celebrate their win in over the New York Yankees in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 in Chicago. The White Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Konerko’s hustle helps Sale pick up a win

    Chris Sale didn't get a whole lot of run support Tuesday night, as usual, but the White Sox' ace starter made the most of 3 runs and Paul Konerko showed some surprising speed in a 3-2 win over the Yankees.

    Donnie Murphy, celebrating his 3-run homer with third-base coach David Bell in the third inning Tuesday, is just one of the latest players to get in a game for the Cubs this season.

    Cubs continue their roster rotation

    The Cubs are going through the players on their roster this year. Outfielder Thomas Neal, claimed from the Yankees Monday, became the 49th player used by the Cubs this season in Tuesday night's 9-8 loss to the Phillies. Last year, the Cubs used a franchise-record 53 players.



    Straight North in Downers Grove acquires N.C.-based SEO firm

    Internet marketing agency Straight North LLC of Downers Grove said it has acquired Ephricon Web Marketing, a Charlotte, N.C.-based SEO firm.Terms of the acquisition were not announced. Jon Payne, president and founder of Ephricon, will join Straight North's leadership team as vice president of marketing services & general manager, Charlotte office.

    Ready-made food products are among the varied offerins at this Walgreens on State Street in downtown Chicago.

    The drugstore of the future: Eyebrow waxing and lattes

    At some Walgreens stores, there are health clinics staffed by nurse practitioners, cafes that sell barista-prepared coffee and Eyebrow Bars where trained professionals groom unruly facial hair. Oh, and pharmacists fill prescriptions, too. The nation’s major drugstore chains are moving beyond simply doling out drugs and Kleenex.

    In this Wednesday, July 31, 2013, file photo, Specialist Fabian Caceres, background right, works with traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets fell Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 led by a plunge in Japan’s benchmark index, as expectations mounted that the U.S. central bank will begin to phase out its monetary stimulus next month.

    Weak earnings tug stocks lower

    Disappointing earnings news and a slump in bank stocks tugged the stock market down Wednesday, giving major indexes their first three-day drop since June. Banks had some of the biggest losses following news that the government filed lawsuits accusing Bank of America of misleading investors.


    Spotlight Graphic Solutions acquires National GraphX

    Schaumburg-based Spotlight Graphic Solutions, the wide-format services division of K&M Printing, said it has acquired Franklin Park-based National GraphX and Imaging.Terms of the acquisition were not announced. “With an extremely loyal client base and management expertise developed over more than five decades, National GraphX presents us with tremendous opportunity for growth,” says Chris Kelly, Spotlight vice president.

    Robert L. Breuder

    College of DuPage president named to U.S. Bank advisory board

    College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder has been appointed to U.S. Bank’s advisory board in Chicago. Breuder has been president of College of DuPage since 2009, during which time the college has added 11 degree programs and 38 certificate programs.


    Veracity Hospitality in Gurnee names new CFO

    Gurnee-based Hotel and resort management company Veracity Hospitality, the managing company of KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort, has appointed Mukund (Mac) Rao as chief financial officer.As CFO, Rao is responsible for all aspects of corporate accounting, finance, and budget planning, as well as information technology and purchasing for Veracity Hospitality managed properties.

    Time Warner, owner of HBO, CNN, and Warner Bros., said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income jumped 87 percent, boosted by better results at its film and TV businesses.

    Time Warner 2Q net income jumps 87%

    Time Warner, owner of HBO, CNN, and Warner Bros., said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income jumped 87 percent, boosted by better results at its film and TV businesses. The results beat Wall Street predictions and the New York company boosted its full-year profit outlook.

    Freddie Mac earned $5 billion from April through June, the seventh straight profitable quarter for the mortgage giant.

    Freddie Mac earns $5 billion in second quarter

    Freddie Mac earned $5 billion from April through June, the seventh straight profitable quarter for the mortgage giant. The second-quarter gain reported Wednesday compares with net income of $3 billion in the same period of 2012. Freddie says its earnings were due largely to increased profits from investments made to hedge against rising interest rates.

    Frankie Thevenot, 3, plays with an iPad in his bedroom at his home in Metairie, La. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a Boston-based group, is urging federal investigators to examine the marketing practices of Fisher-Price’s and Open Solution’s mobile apps. It’s the campaign’s first complaint against the mobile app industry as part of its broader push to hold accountable businesses that market technology to very young children and their parents.

    Benefit of mobile apps for toddlers questioned

    Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose? Or learn to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers — Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions — are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infant and toddlers smarter.

    Customers can buy original and limited edition works of art from more than 150 prominent galleries and dealers via Amazon Art.

    Amazon launches site for purchase of fine art

    Amazon.com is getting into the fine art arena. Customers can buy original and limited edition works of art from more than 150 prominent galleries and dealers via Amazon Art. The announcement came Tuesday, a day after Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. announced that its CEO, Jeff Bezos, had purchased The Washington Post.

    This is a renderin of the new Walgreens store in downtown Batavia that Batavia Enterprises Inc. has proposed. The developer has just asked the city for an investment of $1.5 million to issues that have arisen with the new site.

    Developer: $1.5 million needed for new Walgreens in Batavia

    A developer asking to build a replacement Walgreens store in downtown Batavia said Tuesday the plan may not be economically viable without as much as $1.5 million in investment by the city. And city administrator Bill McGrath said the developer has proposed the city front the money by borrowing money, through general-obligation bonds, to be repaid over 20 years.

    The auto industry says people under 34 are gradually starting to buy cars again as their economic circumstances improve.

    Auto industry: Young people will buy cars again

    The auto industry says people under 34 are gradually starting to buy cars again as their economic circumstances improve. After the Great Recession, sales of cars to young people dropped significantly. Fewer of them even bothered to get drivers licenses. Some experts surmised that the group lost interest in cars because of the prevalence of social media.

    A man walks by a logo of Samsung Electronics Co.’s latest smartphone Galaxy S4 during its unveiling ceremony in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung Electronics Co. has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business.

    Samsung seeks smart watch trademarks in US, SKorea

    Samsung Electronics Co. has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business. Samsung described “Samsung Galaxy Gear” as a wearable digital electronic device in the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle in its July 29 application with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A month earlier, it applied for a “Samsung Gear” trademark in South Korea.

    President Barack Obama speaks about housing, Tuesday in Phoenix. Homebuyers could feel the pinch if Congress follows through on proposals to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-run mortgage guarantee giants that were rescued by a $187 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis.

    Closing Fannie, Freddie could boost mortgage rates

    Homebuyers could feel the pinch if Congress follows through on plans to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled mortgage guarantee giants that were rescued by a $187 billion taxpayer bailout during the financial crisis. Borrowers would probably end up paying slightly higher mortgage rates under House and Senate bills that would phase out Fannie and Freddie over five years and shrink the government’s huge role in guaranteeing mortgage securities.

Life & Entertainment

    A skirt made of a T-shirt and other fabrics are sewn together to create swishy skirts. T-shirts from bands of the ’80s, punk rock and the Beatles sell the best at craft shows.

    Favorite old T-shirts find new life as skirts

    Remember that old REM concert T-shirt from 1989? Or the shirt from the 10K race where you set a personal best? It’s a shame they’re living in the back of your closet, because they don’t have to. Recycled into a skirt, our nostalgic Ts get to parade again in public. Denise Chaudhari makes three styles of skirt out of rock-band T-shirts: a casual, asymmetrical skirt, a simple a-line and a more professional-looking skirt for flaunting at the office.

    Comedian Caroline Rhea is part of the show “Momtourage,” which plays 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

    Paramount Theatre releases 2013-14 schedule

    The Paramount Theatre in Aurora has announced its 2013-14 season beyond its already announced Broadway season. Performers include comedians Larry the Cable Guy and Caroline Rhea, and raconteur and radio host Garrison Keillor. Single tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, while current subscribers can order tickets now.

    Mike Kerz, founder of Flashback Weekend, poses with his original theatrical poster for “Night of the Living Dead.” George A. Romero, who directed the film, is a special guest at this year's convention.

    Rosemont horror convention celebrates film classics

    Flashback Weekend, celebrating its second decade as Chicago's largest horror convention, kicks off August 9 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Special guests include legendary horror filmmaker George Romero, actor Danny Glover, reunions of horror movie casts like "Pet Sematary" and "Dawn of the Dead," Chicago TV horror host Svengoolie, among other goblins and ghouls.

    Have hot dogs but no buns? Chop them up into macaroni and cheese or wrap them in crescent dough.

    Frugal living: Use up those leftover hotdogs

    Hot dogs are versatile leftovers. They're easily frozen and reheated later. Cut some in half, roll them in crescent dough and add some cheese for pigs in a blanket. They can be added to macaroni and cheese or chili, too.

    Chilled Tofu With Spicy, Crunchy Topping hits the spot when the temperature spikes.

    Tofu, cool and quick

    In Japan, tofu is so universally appreciated that cooks use it for everyday, off-the-cuff preparations the likes of which most Americans would never dream. That's partly because Japanese cooks have access to some of the world's best tofu: freshly made, sometimes even homemade. But it's also because they think about tofu differently from the way we do.

    Alex Owens (Jillian Mueller) tells Nick Hurley (Matthew Hydzik) of her dreams to become a professional dancer in “Flashdance — The Musical,” now playing at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, Aug. 18.

    'Flashdance' musical better than film, but still silly

    Now in Chicago, "Flashdance - The Musical" may make more sense than the 1983 film that inspired it, but it's still a silly dance-filled tale with identity problems that are not easy to overcome.

    Zucchini Soup with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Basil uses a goodly amount of summer’s prolific vegetable.

    Zucchini Soup with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Basil
    8 medium zucchini1 medium Spanish onion6-8 green onionsLeaves from 4 to 6 stems flat-leaf parsley3 cloves garlic6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1¼ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed¾ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepperAbout 6 large basil leaves, plus more for garnish2 cups water, or more as neededFreshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for garnishTrim the zucchini ends, then cut each vegetable into chunks. Finely chop the onion, scallions, parsley and garlic; piling them together is OK.Heat ¼ cup of the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add one-third of the zucchini chunks and stir to coat. Cook for a few minutes, just until the bottom side is golden and lightly caramelized, then transfer to a mixing bowl. Repeat two more times (no need to add more oil) to use of all the zucchini.Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pot. Once it shimmers, add the onion-scallion mixture and stir to coat. Season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium; cover and cook for about 8 minutes, so the vegetables soften.Coarsely chop the 6 basil leaves.Return the zucchini to the pot, then season with the remaining salt and pepper. Stir in the water, which will not quite cover the zucchini. Increase the heat to high and cook just until bubbles form at the edges, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 12 minutes. The zucchini should be soft but not disintegrating. Stir in the chopped basil.Use an immersion (stick) blender to purée the mixture into a thick soup that retains some small chunks of zucchini. If it’s too thick for your liking, add water as needed. Remove from the heat. Taste, and adjust seasoning as needed.Divide among individual bowls or deep cups. Tear a few basil leaves over each portion, then grate a little Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over each one as well. Serve warm or at room temperature.Serves four to six.Nutrition values per serving: 180 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated), 12 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 4 g protein, 0 cholesterol, 430 mg sodium.Adapted from “Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian,” by Andrew Feinberg, Francine Stephens and Melissa Clark (Artisan, 2013)

    Try Attems Pinot Grigio with egg rolls, dolmades, pad thai or fish tacos.

    Good Wine: What to drink with your favorite take out

    You don't have to cook, clean or even stomp on grapes to have a delicious dinner when you tap into your neighborhood takeout scene. Because takeout is often a quick fix for dinner plans gone AWOL keep a few all-purpose wines at home, especially: light-to-medium bodied red, off-dry white, Sauvignon Blanc and Rose.

    Frankie Thevenot, 3, plays with an iPad in his bedroom at his home in Metairie, La. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a Boston-based group, is urging federal investigators to examine the marketing practices of Fisher-Price’s and Open Solution’s mobile apps.

    Benefit of mobile apps for toddlers questioned

    Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose? Or learn to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers — Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions — are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infant and toddlers smarter. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the Boston-based group whose allegations against “Baby Einstein” videos eventually led to nationwide consumer refunds, is urging federal investigators to examine the marketing practices of Fisher-Price’s “Laugh & Learn” mobile apps and Open Solutions’ games such as “Baby Hear and Read” and “Baby First Puzzle.”

    Zucchini Soup with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Basil uses a goodly amount of summer's prolific vegetable.

    Zucchini soup one way to use up profilic veggie

    Zucchini Soup With Parmigiano-Reggiano and Basil uses up a goodly amount of summer's prolific vegetable: lightly caramelized, then simmered and pulverized. The result is almost too thick and chunky to be called a soup.

    In this image taken on May 20, 2013, grilled Greek chicken salad is shown on a serving platter in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    Greek chicken salad, your way

    Associated Press Food Editor J.M.Hirsch gives us his recipe for grilled Greek salad. "I use the term 'recipe' loosely, for you should use this merely as inspiration, a guide for making good salad choices. Substitute, modify, amplify."


    Inspired by Pamplona, Great Bull Run coming to U.S.

    Organizers of a new event planned for several U.S. cities plan to unleash bulls to sprint through fenced-in courses as daredevils try to avoid being trampled. The Great Bull Run is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It’s set to kick off Saturday, Aug. 24, at a drag-racing strip south of Richmond, Va. A second event is planned for Oct. 19 at an Atlanta-area horse park that hosted events for the 1996 Olympics. More events are planned later for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

    DJ Bobby Lite entertains the crowd at the House of Music & Entertainment.

    Prospect Heights spot is half sports bar, music venue

    Looking for a place to dance the night away, listen to music, watch sports, have dinner or try a new craft beer? House of Music & Entertainment, which opened in November, offers all that and more, striving to be a place where the over-21 crowd can drink and dance late, late into the night. It’s on Rand Road in Prospect Heights, with an Arlington Heights address.

    A a bird-friendly design at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada uses a variety of different materials in addition to glass, including panels depicting plants.

    Some cities adopting bird-friendly building rules

    Birds and buildings can be a fatal combination. The American Bird Conservancy cites studies estimating that hundreds of millions of birds die each year as a result of colliding with walls and windows. But a movement to make skies a little friendlier is taking flight; some cities and other governments across the country are adopting bird-safety building guidelines on a mandatory or voluntary basis.

    Chef Rodelio Aglibot serves curried cauliflower purée to guests at e+o restaurant in Mount Prospect.

    Unearthing the beauty of cauliflower

    Gardeners and cooks wax poetic about tomatoes boasting raisin-colored stripes and zucchini stretching out beneath their golden blooms, but you rarely hear anyone talk with that same passion about cauliflower. Cauliflower is the wallflower of the garden ball, its common white variety barely noticeable among rainbow-hued peppers and glossy eggplants. But just like that wallflower, once you get to know her, you love her.

    Unfortunately for “Pikmin 3,” some of the quirks from the earlier incarnations still haven't been resolved.

    'Pikmin 3' both delights and frustrates

    Since the arrival of the Wii U eight months ago, early adopters have been thirsting for a killer app, that one game that shows off the flair and imagination for which Nintendo's best-loved hits are known. “Pikmin 3” is not that game. It's a solid, amusing adventure that will please fans of the long-dormant series. But it doesn't bring much new to the franchise. As “Pikmin 3” begins, three astronauts are searching for a new food source for their dying home planet, Koppai. The lush PNF-404 looks promising, but a crash landing turns their mission from exploration to survival.

    Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest, Pat McNeely and Koda, at the unveiling of their Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek, Ga. The dog park offers water splash pads, a 3-D dog bone bridge and crawl tunnels.

    Nate Berkus joins team for fantasy dog parks

    Interior designer Nate Berkus has been adding fantasy to homes for 16 years, inspiring people with just the right creative touch. But he’s been a dog-lover even longer, and he’s turning his design expertise to a half-million-dollar fantasy dog park. Berkus, 41, has joined the creative team for the 2014 Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest. Contestants have to answer one question: “If you had $500,000 to create a Dream Dog Park where you and your best buddy can play together, what would you do?”

    Chilled Tofu With Spicy, Crunchy Topping hits the spot when the temperature spikes.

    Chilled Tofu With Spicy, Crunchy Topping
    Chilled Tofu


    Roasted Cauliflower
    Roasted Cauliflower


    Quinoa with Cauliflower and Broccoli
    Quinoa with Cauliflower and Broccoli


    Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Brown Butter
    Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Brown Butter

    Cauliflower takes on vibrant flavors in a stewlike Red Thai Curry from Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman’s “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook.”

    Red Thai Curry with Fall Vegetables
    Red Thai Curry with Fall Vegetables

    For a cool summer side dish, try this chilled cauliflower salad.

    Cool Cauliflower Salad
    Cool Caluiflower Salad


    Cauliflower Soup
    Cauliflower Soup

    Feel free to adapt this grilled Greek chicken salad to ingredients on hand and to personal preference.

    Grilled Greek Chicken Salad
    Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

    Sensitive plants are annuals that are easy and quick to grow from seed. The flowers, looking like small, pink bottlebrushes, are somewhat attractive.

    Some plants model obedience, sensitivity

    There are two plants whose behavior makes me think back to when my daughter was a teenager. Those years can be turbulent ones for kids and parents alike, and these plants might offer a lesson, a distraction — or at least a smile.



    Editorial: Schools right to study drug, alcohol testing

    Random drug and alcohol testing in high schools can be good tools to encourage teens to refrain and a way to find help for those who don't, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Recalling all mavericks

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: As congressional leaders depart the nation’s capital for a much-deserved five-week break, it is with a sense of relief and pride in accomplishment: A grand bargain budget that ends sequestration and makes rational spending cuts, a sane immigration reform package, and progress on a cost-cutting health care plan. Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?


    Only the cheated on can understand such betrayal

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Linda cheated on me. It happened the night before we were planning to go away for the weekend. What brings Linda to mind, as if you could not guess, is Huma Abedin, the much-criticized wife of the quite mad Anthony Weiner.


    Farm bill should focus on healthy eating
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The farm bill sets U.S. agricultural, food, and resource conservation policy for the next five years. Over the past 18 years, our government has doled out an average of $7 billion per year of taxpayer funds to support the livestock and dairy industries. Instead, their products should be taxed to reimburse state and federal governments for the uncounted billions in increased medical costs and lost productivity associated with their consumption.


    Will GOP do any better if given chance?
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: President Obama still looks and sounds good on television giving mostly boilerplate, rhetorical support to “change.” Soon, however, when the expectations of the electorate thoroughly dim, it’ll be the Republicans’ turn once again to get on with Washington’s really serious business of rewarding the already well-off.


    ‘Benchmarking’ is more government overreach
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: It seems the EPA under its ridiculous leadership, who believe in global warming, is at it again.


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