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Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system
Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh prison sentences for certain drug-related crimes, divert people convicted of low-level offenses to drug treatment and community service programs and expand a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, non-violent offenders.
Officer from Cary held on sex abuse charges
A Cook County correction's officer has been deputized and is being held on $50,000 bond after being arrested on Saturday on charges of unlawful restraint and criminal sexual abuse, officials said.
Teen, abductor stood out in Idaho wilderness
The horseback riders who encountered a missing California teen and her abductor said Sunday that “red flags” went up for them because the pair seemed out of place and ill-equipped for the Idaho back country. At a news conference in Boise, the four riders — two men and two women — said they came across 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio on...
Report: Kidnapped RI boy found in housing project
A 2-year-old boy kidnapped from a Rhode Island home where police found two bodies have been found wandering around a housing project in Providence. Massachusetts State Police arrested a man as a suspect in the boy’s kidnapping, but later said the man apparently wasn’t linked to the child’s disappearance. Police wouldn’t say if they released him.
Celebs, costumed heroes pack Rosemont convention
Fans from around the U.S., many dressed in costumes of their favorite heroes and heroines, packed the four-day Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Rosemont this weekend. Attendance figures have yet to be released, but the event’s CEO, John Macaluso, said they had a great turnout, dozens of celebrities, and more than 100 hours of programming. “It’s the biggest show that we have ever put on,” he said.
Ancient Pa. dwelling still divides archaeologists
A fluke rainstorm at an ancient rock shelter in western Pennsylvania has brought a renowned archaeologist back to the site of where a furious debate was launched in 1973 over when the first humans came to the Americas. As a young archaeologist, Jim Adovasio found radiocarbon evidence that humans had visited the Meadowcroft site 16,000 years ago. To archaeologists it was a stunning discovery that...
Floods kill 36 as thousands affected in Sudan
Sudanese authorities say flooding has killed at least 36 people and left thousands homeless. The semi-official Sudan media center said Sunday that many are without electricity as well in the northern River Nile state, just south of Egypt. The center says at least 5,000 homes have been severely destroyed, almost half beyond repair.
Crowdfunding campaign begins for Naperville Navy sculpture
Crowdfunding is part of the strategy Naperville Century Walk will use to come up with the money it needs to move its latest piece of public art to Burlington Square Park.
Amid probe, car company’s plans haven’t panned out
Four years ago, a startup car company announced with great fanfare big plans for the Mississippi Delta: Using money from foreign investors and other sources, it would build a massive auto plant to churn out a new line of energy-efficient cars and bring thousands of jobs to the area. Today, the place where the plant was to be remains mostly vacant except for a temporary construction trailer. The...
In Jamaica, transgender teen killed by mob
Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up. By age 16, the teenager was dead — beaten, stabbed, shot and run over by a car when he showed up at a street party dressed as a woman. His...
Father kills son, himself at YWCA offices in NH
A New Hampshire man used a handgun to shoot his 9-year-old son to death before taking his own life during supervised visitation at a YWCA office in the state’s largest city, officials said Sunday. An adult supervisor was present when Muni Savyon, 54, of Manchester, produced a handgun and shot 9-year-old Joshua Savyon of Amherst before shooting himself, the attorney general’s office said.
Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’
A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and “that one person is Jesus Christ.” The boy’s parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name, but when the judge heard the boy’s first name, she ordered it changed, too.
Twilight Shuffle in Libertyville
The Libertyville Twilight Shuffle 5K run will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 with the start/finish on Newberry Avenue. More than 1,000 runners participate in the professionally chip-timed and challenging course through the picturesque east side of downtown Libertyville.
Gunmen kill 5 Yemeni soldiers at checkpoint
Suspected al-Qaida gunmen killed five soldiers early Sunday in a southern province of Yemen, an official said, as U.S. embassies across the Muslim and Arab world reopened after terror threat emanating from the region. The U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, remained closed Sunday after American officials flew its diplomatic staff out of the country over fears of attack.
Bombings targeting Iraq military kill 5 soldiers
Two bombings targeting an army checkpoint and a convoy near the Iraqi capital killed five soldiers Sunday, officials said. Violence has been on the rise across Iraq since a deadly crackdown by government forces on a Sunni protest camp in April, raising fears that the country could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war...
Family: US man detained in N. Korea hospitalized
An American man detained in North Korea for the past nine months has been hospitalized after losing more than 50 pounds, and the need to bring him home is becoming more urgent, his sister said Sunday. Kenneth Bae, a 45-year-old tour operator and Christian missionary, was arrested last November and accused of subversive activities against the government. He was sentenced in May to 15 years hard...
Dealers now being charged in drug overdose deaths
With the number of heroin overdoses skyrocketing nationwide, a growing number of law enforcement agencies are dusting off strict, rarely used drug laws, changing investigatory techniques and relying on technology to prosecute drug dealers for causing overdose deaths. The aggressive change in tactics comes as more people turn to heroin because of crackdowns on powerful prescription opiate...
Technology soon to transform connectivity while flying
Airline passengers pining for faster in-flight Internet access anywhere in the world — even over the oceans — are about to get their wish as satellite operators find success where Boeing failed a decade ago. Stronger, more focused signals from spacecraft lofted by providers such as Intelsat will replace cobbled-together connections meant for mobile phones and television broadcasts. Costs will...
Cook County property tax appeal workshops coming
A free property tax workshop for residents of Wheeling Township will be held on Monday, Aug. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Country Club at 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wheeling. A second workshop, this one for Elk Grove Township and conducted by Dan Patlak of the Cook County Board of Review, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Elk Grove Township...
Coffee with Rep. Yingling
House District 62 State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, hosts a morning coffee with constituents Friday, Aug. 16 in Wauconda.
WRLR hosts GEO awards
The 4th annual Geo Awards will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Cultural & Civic Center of Round Lake Beach, off Hook Drive west of Route 83.
CLC wants high achievers
High-achieving high school and home-schooled students and their families are invited to the Academic Scholars Expo at College of Lake County from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Huntley transition program aims to ready special ed grads for adulthood
Huntley High School special education student Tess Podraza, 18, wants to be more independent, but to reach that level she’ll need more confidence and sharper life skills. She and her family hope a new program through Huntley Area School District 158 will give her both. Life Instruction Guiding Huntley Transition is designed to give Tess and her peers support and preparation for the adult...
Cantigny honors its history with French Connection Day
Cantigny Park in Wheaton celebrated the personal history of park benefactor Robert R. McCormick on Sunday with French Connection Day. McCormick named his Cantigny estate after the French village that was the scene of the first American victory during World War I.
Egypt police say they will besiege sit-in sites
Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fortified their two Cairo sit-in sites as Egyptian security officials said their forces will move against the entrenched protest camps within 24 hours — perhaps as early as daybreak Monday. The Arab world’s most populous country, where more than 250 people have been killed in clashes since Morsi was toppled July 3, braced for more violence as the...
Snowden’s father gets visa to visit son in Russia
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s father has secured documents to visit his son in Russia and plans to discuss how he could fight espionage charges, Lon Snowden and his attorney said Sunday. Neither Lon Snowden nor his attorney Bruce Fein has spoken directly with the former NSA analyst since he fled the United States and received asylum in Russia, they said.
Veggie Fest comes to Naperville
Billed as one of the largest vegetarian festivals in North America, Veggie Fest kicked off two days of food, music and information about healthy eating Saturday in Naperville. Sponsored by the Science of Sprituality Meditation Center, the eighth annual event features prominent presenters from organic food company Nature’s Path, Whole Foods and Johns Hopkins University, and even a teenage...
‘Massacre Pond’s a tense and clever mystery
The story of 'Massacre Pond' was inspired by a failed attempt to create a North Woods National Park and by the unsolved 1999 “Soldiertown moose massacre,” the worst wildlife crime in Maine history. However, author Paul Doiron has fictionalized all the details, moving the location far to the southeast.
Fort Hood victims want shooting designated terrorist act
Victims and others are demanding, why is the November 2009 attack at Fort Hood being tried as a case of workplace violence and not as an act of terror? Military law expert Scott L. Silliman says the answer is simple. Because the Uniform Code of Military Justice does not have a punitive article for “terrorism.” “They really didn’t have an option,” says Silliman, director emeritus of Duke...
White Sox kind of caught in between on Ventura
The White Sox have the choice to fire manager Robin Ventura on merit or bring him back after investing two seasons in him. All signs are that he'll return next season, but are the Sox still confident enough to once again offer him the contract extension that he turned down last winter?
Ryder Cup star Dufner now a major champion
With the season’s final major championship decided Sunday, and the PGA Championship going to Jason Dufner, it’s interesting to look back now at those who succeeded and those who failed at last year’s Ryder Cup. There were plenty of clues about the 2013 major championship season.
Another quick pick starts Bears practice
For the third time since training camp began, quarterback Jay Cutler started practice with an interception, this time by cornerback Zack Bowman. But oach Marc Trestman called it good practice for overcoming early adversity, as Cutler did in Friday's preseason opener, and the Bears' coach joked that he might start today's practice with the second-team offense calling three straight running plays.
Sky make statement with OT win over Lynx
The term “statement game” was thrown around a lot Sunday night in the Chicago Sky locker room. And as cliché as it may have sounded, the fact is the Sky might have made its biggest statement in franchise history with a 94-86 overtime victory over the visiting Minnesota Lynx.
Cougars get popped by Kernels
The Kane County Cougars fell behind early and never caught up as they fell 8-4 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. In the bottom of the first, Oliver Zapata of the the Cougars (47-67, 17-31) walked and scored all the way from first on a double by Giuseppe Pappacio.
Boomers cap best-ever road trip with victory
The Schaumburg Boomers (45-30) capped the best road trip in team history by defeating the Evansville Otters 7-2 on Sunday. The Boomers, who are tied for first place in the Frontier League, played six games in four days and posted a 5-1 record.
Trestman downplays shift in Bears’ offensive line
Bears coach Marc Trestman cautioned against reading too much into Sunday's demotion of J'Marcus Webb from the first team, but it could be a sign of things to come. Rookie Jordan Mills, a fifth-round pick, started ahead of Webb, while first-round pick Kyle Long was moved up to first team at right guard.
Daly defends St. Charles title
Matt Daly was the human version of a piranha. The defending champion of the St. Charles City Golf Tournament, Daly took a commanding lead over Chris Thomas at the turn of the match-play final at Pottawatomie Golf Course and eased to a 5-and-3 victory Sunday morning at the par-35, nine-hole venue. Thomas, a St. Charles North alum, needed to win the final four holes to force sudden death, but Daly, who was a standout player for St. Charles East a decade ago, used precision off the tee and never trailed.
White Sox’ Konerko not in mood to talk retirement
Paul Konerko was happy to talk about another White Sox loss Sunday, and he also analyzed the miserable season. But as for his own future, the Sox' 37-year-old captain has no comment.
White Sox add infielder to complete Rios deal
The White Sox acquired infielder Leury Garcia Sunday from Texas in Friday's waiver trade that sent Alex Rios to the Rangers. Garcia is a versatile defensive player with standout speed. He'll report to Class AAA Charlotte but should join the Sox before the season ends.
Dufner wins first major at PGA Championship
Jason Dufner has won his first major title with a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship. Dufner bogeyed the final two holes Sunday for a 2-under 68 that was good enough to hold off the 2003 U.S. Open champion. The winning score was 10-under 270. Henrik Stenson finished three shots back.
Steroids' biggest cost? Our loss of belief
With 13 baseball names added to the lists of cheaters and liars, the specter of PEDs looms larger than ever in the sport. The carnage is not just the worth of the guilty, or their isolated reputations. We’ve lost our belief in greatness, as it happens. Weekly baseball column by Matt Spiegel, who co-hosts "The McNeil & Spiegel Show" 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday on WSCR 670-AM, The Score.
Cubs can’t complete sweep of Cardinals
Pete Kozma singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals ended a four-game losing streak, beating the Cubs 8-4 and avoiding a sweep. Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig each had three hits and drove in a run. Jon Jay and David Freese both drove in two runs, though they only had one hit between them.
Twins take three of four from Sox
Kevin Correia pitched seven shutout innings, Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer backed him with home runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 5-2 Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. The Twins took three of four games in the series and have won nine of 12 against the White Sox this season.
Providing some college football answers
To commemorate the final year of a 12-team Big Ten, here are 12 questions heading into the college football season.
A case for the value menu: it’s not as fattening
Fast-food chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are trumpeting pricier, premium offerings to shed their image as purveyors of greasy junk food and convince customers to spend a few extra bucks. But the fact is that “premium” items can come with a big caloric payload. Here are a few points for when deciding what to get at a fast-food chain.
Family insurance in jeopardy at small companies
One casualty of the new health care law may be paid coverage for families of people who work for small businesses. Premiums have been soaring for years because of the rising cost of medical care. But the Affordable Care Act also has requirements that may drive premiums higher, including a tax on insurance companies that is expected to be passed along to employers.
Buying a car online can easier for women
I bought a car online, which made negotiating the price for this cross between a minivan and a hatchback actually fun. Indeed, given how unpleasant the car-shopping experience is for women, who find walking into a dealership to be like landing on an all-male, vaguely hostile planet, buying online is something tantamount to a feminist act. More importantly, it eliminates the land mines of Haggling While Female.
Beer here: Wal-Mart’s quiet push to go big on brew
Wal-Mart has focused as never before on beer — a U.S. category worth about $45 billion — and has moved aggressively to grab market share. The company has doubled the number of alcohol buyers to 12 and offered discounts on a range of brands, from mainstream Coors to such craft beers as Deschutes. “We’re seeing dramatic increases in sales,” said Steve Bailey.
Automakers launch price war to spark interest in electrics
As the auto industry struggled to recover from the recession, it swore off the deep discounting that destroyed profits and led to disaster. Now, a price war has erupted in the industry’s smallest segment: electric cars. “It’s a competitive nightmare out there, so you have to play within the realm of what others are doing,” said Jeff Schuster, a Troy-based analyst with researcher LMC Automotive.
If anyone can save The Washington Post, it’s Jeff Bezos
As a billionaire many times over, the most obvious and immediate benefit Jeff Bezos brings to The Washington Post is his bottomless wallet. But billionaires are a dime a dozen. Bezos’ real value to the Post — the reason that people in the media are both shocked and optimistic about this deal — isn’t what’s in his wallet. It’s what’s in his head.
Nontraditional credit checks worry consumer groups
Lenders are loosening once-tight credit standards, giving Americans with limited or poor credit histories a better shot at buying a car but raising concerns among consumer advocates about their methods.
Work Advice: Potty clarity in the office
A longtime employee in our federal government office was “Bob” and now is “Barbara.” When it was time for Barbara to start living as a woman, she spent a year using a designated unisex bathroom with only one toilet. After a year, she began using the women’s multi-stall bathroom in preparation for her sex-change operation. Under federal policy, Barbara is using the “gender-appropriate bathroom.”
Career Coach: Keeping hope alive at work
Some researchers suggest hopeful companies tend to be more creative and innovative, and make greater investments in employees than those that are not. Employees who are hopeful are likely to be more motivated to initiate a task, and are better equipped to envision alternative paths to achieve those goals, resulting in higher performance. Here are some of the ways you can help make your workplace feel more positive about the future.
Big business bows to small business hiring increase
Employment at companies with fewer than 50 workers is stronger now than before the last recession, while larger businesses are still lagging behind, according to data from Automatic Data Processing Inc., a manager of employer payrolls. Establishments with less than 10 employees are hiring at a faster clip than before the downturn began in December 2007, Labor Department figures show.
U.S. grid faces new threats 10 years after blackout
The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after its largest blackout but remains vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather, cybersecurity threats, and stress caused by shifts in where and how power is produced. “This job of reliability is kind of impossible, in the sense that there’s just so many things that could happen that it’s hard to be sure that you’re covering all the bases,” said William Booth.
New survey tells you what a new car costs to drive
GasBuddy.com, a website that uses data from volunteers, gas stations and other sources to keep track of gas prices nationwide, ranked more than 750 vehicles from the 2013 model year based on the cost of fuel per mile driven. After Honda, the most efficient brands were Kia, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi and Toyota. The worst performers, after GMC, were Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Jaguar, Infiniti, Chevrolet, Dodge, Porsche and Chrysler.
Life & Entertainment
Michele dedicates Teen Choice Award to Monteith
Lea Michele made her first public appearance following the death of her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards. Monteith, who co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards in 2010, was found dead July 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. An autopsy revealed the 31-year-old actor died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
Dean Norris says he’ll miss ‘Breaking Bad’
The wait is almost over. Since the debut of “Breaking Bad” in January 2008, this drama series — horrifying, funny, twisted and addictive — has kept its audience guessing. But one thing seemed certain from the earliest days. Walter White — the milquetoast-chemistry-teacher-turned-drug-kingpin — was on a collision course with Hank, his brother-in-law and a Drug Enforcement agent who was soon hot on the trail of the mysterious meth mass-producer known as Heisenberg.
Boundaries, not guilt, the answer to friend’s meltdowns
Q. I have a friend who has a meltdown about twice or three times a week. I’ve become her go-to person because we are in the same profession.
New Ts now school nonuniform ‘uniforms’
The T-shirt is one of fashion’s most basic items, but even with today’s popular slim cuts, there’s wiggle room to change up the style. That can be pretty important to the kids and teenagers who practically live in them but like to feel that they have something new when they go back to school. This year’s news comes in next-generation graphics, old-school characters, and witty or powerful phrases.
1,900 mile motorcycle trip across Outback just scratches the surface
Australia has thousands of miles of roads crisscrossing the country’s vast Outback. But most travelers miss out on the beautiful sites dotted across the land by flying from one city to the next. Four mates and I decided it was time for a closer exploration of the country we call home. And so, armed with our cameras, we hit the road for a seven-day, 1,900-mile journey across the Outback on our motorcycles.
Sunday picks: Kite festival soars
See members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois show off their skills at the 9th Annual Kite Festival at Chicago Botanic Garden. Also, Sway to rumba, salsa and flamenco music when the Gipsy Kings perform this Sunday at the Ravinia Festival.
Anti-smoking battle moves outdoors as bans increase
First it was bars, restaurants and office buildings. Now the front lines of the “No Smoking” battle have moved outdoors. City parks, public beaches, college campuses and other outdoor venues across the country are putting up signs telling smokers they can’t light up. Outdoor smoking bans have nearly doubled in the last five years, with the tally now at nearly 2,600 and more are in the works. But some experts question the main rationale for the bans, saying there’s not good medical evidence that cigarette smoke outdoors can harm the health of children and other passers-by.
On the road: Air and Water Show
Flying in an airplane is fun again — when you’re a spectator at the Chicago Air and Water Show, that is. The show, which turns 55 this year, will be Aug. 17-18 along Chicago's lakefront. Also, hundreds of garlic lovers will descending upon the city of Highwood for its third annual Garlic Fest.
Gay marriage ruling prompts straight couples to say ‘I do’
No, it wasn’t just an excuse to avoid getting hitched: Some heterosexual couples who postponed their weddings until gay couples had the right to marry are now making plans to say “I do.” And we’re not talking celebrities like Brangelina, Lena Dunham and Kristen Bell, all of whom vowed not to marry until gay marriage was legal. None of them have rushed to announce wedding dates. Instead, it’s ordinary folks who wasted no time following through on their pledges.
New kitchen-sink colors making a splash
Q. I’m looking to replace my kitchen sink and change the wall color of my kitchen to match the new sink. No matter the weather, I want my kitchen to look bright and colorful.
Second mortgage usually prevents ‘deed in lieu’
Q. I want to do a deed in lieu of foreclosure with my mortgage company but I am told I cannot do this because I have an equity loan. Why is that?
Staining concrete is often a better option than painting it
Q. We have an in-ground pool surrounded by concrete totaling 1,050 square feet. I have power-washed these areas for the last few years and now the concrete is pitted.
Leaking head gasket can spell doom for car
Q. I have 2000 Eldorado with 82,000 miles. I bought it new and have always kept up the service. About a month ago it overheated.
New technology lets renovators see homes in 3-D
Thanks to new technology, little needs to be left to the imagination when it comes to home building, renovations and purchases these days. Remodeling companies are using 3-D home-design software to present computer images of what a renovated home could end up looking like.
Editorial: Colin Powell’s message of perpetual optimism
A Daily Herald editorial, noting Colin Powell's message at a visit to Willow Creek Community Church last week, says optimism is a fundamental key to a happy life.
Changes in the family never easy, even in business
Columnist Kathleen Parker: On Monday, when they called the Washington Post staff together to deliver the news, Weymouth and Graham explained what has long been known: The publicly held company simply doesn’t have the necessary resources for innovation and survival in the Internet age. It is a familiar story these days, but the sting is nonetheless fresh when it is one’s own. Divorce is also commonplace, but this fact is of little consolation when one’s own family falls apart.
Editorial wrong, unfair to village
A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: I object to the Daily Herald’s reference to Buffalo Grove in the editorial on Thursday, Aug. 8, regarding housing for the disabled.