Daily Archive : Wednesday August 14, 2013



    Montini: First Day of Football Practice
    Coach Chris Andriano talks about the Montini football team during its first practice of the season Wednesday in Lombard.


    How the Dundees are shaping their parts of the Fox River

    East Dundee and West Dundee have embarked on a few projects to enhance their use of the Fox River. But while West Dundee leaders want to maintain what’s already been done, East Dundee is ready to explore other options. “I think we’re just starting to get into that now because we’re starting to realize some more revenue — it takes money to do things that are in the form of beautification,” East...


    Arlington Heights crash injures one

    A three-car crash in Arlington Heights Wednesday morning left one person injured, according to officials. An Arlington Heights fire department spokesman said the accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Arlington Heights Road and Euclid Avenue.

    Jeanine Jenkins

    Palatine woman gets 12 years for 7th DUI

    A Palatine woman who was drunk when she picked up her 1-year-old granddaughter at a day care center was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday and fined $25,000. It was the seventh DUI conviction for Jeanine Jenkins, 53. “The evidence in this case was overwhelming,” Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon said Wednesday. During the trial, seven prosecution witnesses testified Jenkins was...

    Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson performs during this year's Oscars in Los Angeles.

    Jennifer Hudson gives away school supplies

    Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist Jennifer Hudson has given away school supplies in her hometown of Chicago. Hudson was at the giveaway with her sister, Julia Hudson. The sisters have the charity event every year in memory of their slain family members.

    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, arrive at federal court in Washington on Wednesday to learn their fates for misusing $750,000 in campaign money on personal items ranging from a gold-plated Rolex watch and mink capes to vacations and mounted elk heads.

    30 months prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on TV's, restaurant dinners, an expensive watch and other costly personal items. His wife received a sentence of one year. “I misled the American people. I misled the House of Representatives. I misled the Federal Election...

    Kristina Kovarik

    Gurnee mayor: Lake County gambling vote 'stupid'

    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik labeled as “stupid” a vote by the Lake County Board to allow video gambling in bars and restaurants in unincorporated areas, saying it won't boost the local economy. Kovarik said she will not try to repeal the ban in her village. “It was the stupidest thing the county could have done,” Kovarik said Wednesday. “It was stupid,...


    Student-built solar home returns to UofI

    A solar-powered home constructed six years ago by University of Illinois students is returning to campus. The building has been a community education center in Chicago for the past five years.


    Family can sue in woman's McHenry County jail death

    An appeal court has ruled the family of a woman who committed suicide in a McHenry County Jail can sue the county's former health contractor and a social worker.

    Environmental Protection Agency scientists use ground-penetrating radar equipment at Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A hole similar to the one that trapped a 6-year-old boy under 11 feet of sand has been found on the same northern Indiana dune.

    New hole found at N. Ind. dune where boy trapped

    A hole similar to the one that trapped a 6-year-old boy under 11 feet of sand has been found on the same northern Indiana dune. The National Park Service says a crew using ground-sensing equipment to examine Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore found a 10-inch wide hole resembling the size and shape of the hole described by the boy’s family.

    Kimberly Wasserman Nieto stands outside Midwest Generation’s Crawford Generating Station in Chicago. As a young community organizer, Nieto led a campaign to successfully shut down Chicago’s last two coal-fired power plants.

    State panel to focus on ‘environmental justice’

    It wasn’t difficult to find the biggest polluters in Jerry Mead-Lucero’s Chicago neighborhood, including a coal-fired power plant that coated cars and houses with grit and a smelter blamed for high levels of airborne lead near an elementary school.

    Frank Bart

    Wauconda police chief says he's been placed on leave by mayor

    Embattled Wauconda Police Chief Douglas Larsson on Wednesday informed his department he's been placed on leave. The announcement came in an email sent less than a day after Larsson publicly squared off against Mayor Frank Bart over his job and the future leadership of the department. Bart said Larsson is taking the vacation time he's accrued .

    Crystal Lake South High School is installing new bleachers, prompting a last-minute lawsuit by McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi, who owns a nearby home.

    State's Attorney Bianchi suing Crystal Lake schools over bleachers

    As state's attorney for McHenry County, Louis Bianchi is its top criminal prosecutor. But he is now plaintiff in a lawsuit involving a neighborhood dispute over new bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School. Bianchi, his wife, Jean, and another resident have sued Community Unit District 155 to stop the project. “No one knew (the bleachers) would be that big,” Bianchi said.


    Largest Lutheran group elects 1st female leader

    The nation’s largest Lutheran group elected its first woman as presiding bishop on Wednesday. The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton was chosen as head of the liberal-leaning Evangelical Lutheran Church in America during its national legislative meeting in Pittsburgh. Eaton won on the fifth ballot with 600 votes, defeating the incumbent, the Rev. Mark Hanson.


    MainStreet Libertyville hosts Car Fun on 21

    MainStreet Libertyville will host Car Fun on 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 21, downtown on Church Street at Milwaukee Avenue.

    Gerry Jacoby of Lincolnshire looks at Chinese characters that spell his name. Jacoby lived in a ghetto in China to avoid Nazi persecution during World War II.

    Shanghai Ghetto survivors to gather in Rosemont

    More than 20,000 Jews fled Europe during the 1930s and settled in an unusual place — Japanese-occupied China. Thirteen survivors from the Shanghai Ghetto will be honored in Rosemont Thursday night to mark the 70th anniversary of the ghetto's formation. “This could be the last time so many Shanghai survivors will be together at one time,” said Danny Spungen, who organized the...

    Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi clash with security forces in Cairo’s Nasr City district Wednesday.

    Hundreds reported killed as Egypt smashes protests

    In Egypt’s bloodiest day since the Arab Spring began, riot police Wednesday smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president, touching off street violence that officials said killed nearly 300 people and forced the military-backed interim leaders to impose a state of emergency and curfew.

    President Barack Obama walks toward the tee while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday.

    A difference this Obama vacation: No daughters yet

    President Barack Obama’s fourth summer vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard is humming along with the usual golf games and basketball. But the family vibe is different. For the first time, daughters Malia and Sasha are missing, away at summer camp.


    Authorities say suspect in fatal shooting confessed to pastor

    A father of five confessed to a Chicago pastor that he shot to death a man who was standing near his estranged wife and her new boyfriend, authorities said. Lamont Grant later turned himself in.


    Galesburg woman pleads guilty in student’s death

    A Galesburg woman has pleaded guilty in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a Knox College student last October.

    Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters Wednesday in Springfield. Quinn, who is facing at least one challenge from former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, vowed to beat anyone who opposed him in the election.

    Divisions apparent on Democrat Day

    There was no booing this year, but the divisions and intraparty squabbles among Illinois Democrats were on full display Wednesday in Springfield as they ripped both Republicans and each other during events that traditionally help kick off the campaign season.

    From left, Bob Bettis of St. Charles, Dr. Bill Becker of Hoffman Estates, Mike Radek of Chicago and Brian Burke, president and CEO of Links Technology, tee off Wednesday morning at the sixth annual Links Technology Cup.

    Links Technology golf outing raises money for Schaumburg foundation

    Organizers expect that Wednesday's Links Technology golf outing at the Schaumburg Golf Club, will have raised $40,000 for the Schaumburg Park Foundation. More than 200 golfers participated and businesses from all over the area contributed to the event.

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, seen being escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., July 30, took the stand during his sentencing hearing Wednesday and apologized for hurting the United States and others.

    Manning takes stand, apologizes for hurting US

    Pfc. Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen.

    Fire crews investigate after a UPS cargo plane crashed on approach Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. Fire officials say the pilot and co-pilot were both killed.

    UPS jet crashes near Birmingham airport, 2 dead

    A UPS cargo plane crashed into a field near the Birmingham airport Wednesday, killing two pilots and scattering wreckage over a wide rural area moments after witnesses heard the massive jet coming in at treetop level.

    Dennis Farina

    Addison festival pays tribute to actor Dennis Farina

    St. Charles' Ron Onesti grew up knowing departed actor Dennis Farina's family. Now he's putting on a show in Addison this weekend to honor Farina in a true Italian-American sendoff.


    MHS graduation venue could change

    The members of Mundelein High School’s Class of 2014 could celebrate commencement at a different venue, officials said.


    Auditions for musical-comedy in Libertyville

    Six men and eight women are being sought for Liberty Town Productions presentation of "Company", a musical-comedy. Half-hour auditions will be held the evenings of Monday, Sept. 9, and Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Libertyville’s St. Lawrence Episcopal Church, 125 W. Church St.

    A released Palestinian prisoner Esmat Mansour, center, waves a flag as he is cheered at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah Wednesday. Israel released 26 Palestinian inmates, including many convicted in grisly killings, on the eve of long-stalled Mideast peace talks, angering families of those slain by the prisoners, who were welcomed as heroes in the West Bank and Gaza.

    Israelis, Palestinians kick off peace talks

    With tensions high and expectations low, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators kicked off their first substantive round of peace talks in nearly five years, huddling together at an undisclosed location Wednesday in search of an end to decades of conflict. The meeting was cloaked in secrecy, an attempt by both sides to prevent leaks to the media and maintain trust.

    This combination of undated photos shows James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16. Anderson went online barely 48 hours after her rescue Saturday and started fielding hundreds of questions through a social media site.

    16-year-old uses Internet to describe captivity

    Hannah Anderson says a longtime family friend “tricked” her into visiting his house, tied up her mother and younger brother in his garage and kidnapped her, setting off a massive search that stretched across much of the western U.S. And when she later learned they were found dead in her captor’s burning Southern California house, the 16-year-old said she cried all night.

    This Aug. 10, 2013, file photo shows Yemeni soldiers inspecting a car at a checkpoint on a street leading to the U.S. and British embassies in Sanaa, Yemen. In secretive chat rooms and on encrypted Internet message boards, al-Qaida fighters have been planning and coordinating attacks.

    Terrorists turn to online chat rooms to evade U.S.

    Al-Qaida fighters have been using secretive chat rooms and encrypted Internet message boards for planning and coordinating attacks — including the threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa and the Middle East for more than a week.

    Libertyville Cooperative Nursery School’s staff, board of directors and various volunteers spread rubber mulch at the preschool’s new playground at Trinity Community Church in Libertyville.

    Volunteers help Libertyville preschool finish new playground

    Libertyville Cooperative preschoolers now have a new playground, thanks to a $2,000 grant and help from about 20 volunteers working outside of the nursery school Wednesday morning.


    New Fox River & Countryside fire station clears first obstacle

    Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District officials received a favorable vote from a Kane County committee Wednesday on plan to finally move station No. 3 into the district’s service area. In fact, the new station will be closer to St. Charles North High School than even St. Charles’ own stations. Lingering tension between the city and the district is cooling with St. Charles' new...

    Ashton Kutcher plays Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs in the fact-based drama "Jobs."

    Biographical ‘Jobs’ not the Apple of your eyes

    In the succinctly titled “Jobs,” director Joshua Michael Stern, working from a script by Matt Whiteley, turns the story of Apple founder and revolutionary designer Steve Jobs into formulaic underdog drama fodder, the kind of tepid, bland and expected storytelling that Jobs himself would have despised and publicly ripped. It doesn’t help that Ashton Kutcher portrays him with broad emotions.


    Residents invited to meet Des Plaines cops

    The Des Plaines Police Department is inviting residents to join police officers for “Coffee with a Cop” 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at McDonald’s, 1101 E. Oakton St. “The two-hour session will allow our residents the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know Des Plaines police officers,” Des Plaines Police Chief Bill Kushner said.


    Naperville spraying parks where West Nile found

    Naperville city crews will spray Seager Park at 1163 Plank Road and Springhill Park at 703 Springhill Circle for mosquitoes Thursday and Friday after recent tests of traps have returned one instance of West Nile virus at each location.


    Monaville and Cedar Lake roundabout set to open for traffic

    The intersection of Monaville and Cedar Lake roads in Lake Villa will reopen to traffic with a new look Thursday after being closed for 71 days of construction.

    Mike Earl

    Des Plaines loses another department head to Lake Zurich

    Des Plaines’ revolving door keeps spinning as yet another city department head is leaving for the shores of Lake Zurich. Mike Earl, the city’s human resources director, is the third top level manager to give up his Des Plaines job to take up a post in the Lake County village.


    Batavia police warn of burglars

    A burglar or burglars has struck three houses in the last 10 days in Batavia, stealing cellphones and smartphones while the residents are sleeping.


    Rabid bat found in Batavia

    A bat in Batavia has tested positive for rabies, reports the Kane County Health Department.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Margarita B. Feliciano, 68, who is homeless, was charged with disorderly conduct after she exposed her breast at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of the Elgin police station, according to a police report.

    Charles Williams

    Hanover Park police: Man fired shots in backyard

    A DuPage County judge on Tuesday ordered a 36-year-old Hanover Park man held without bond after authorities said he shot a gun multiple times in his backyard. Charles Williams faces charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon/possession of a firearm by a felon.


    Weight limit lowered on Lombard bridge

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is mandating the weight limit on Lombard’s Hill Avenue Bridge be reduced to 8 tons.


    2 joeys making appearance at Bloomington zoo

    The Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington is showing off two new bouncing bundles of joy. Two wallaroos are just starting to stick their heads out of their mothers’ pouches.


    NATO protester deported after bomb threat

    A 25-year-old man who was convicted of threatening to blow up a downtown Chicago bridge during last May’s NATO summit has been deported to Poland.

    Lollapalooza ran from Aug. 2-4 in Grant Park.

    Fewer Grant Park repairs needed after Lollapalooza

    The company that runs Lollapalooza says restoration of Chicago’s Grant Park after this year’s festival will be “minimal and swift.”WMAQ-TV reports that promoters C3 Presents will have most of the work done in about two months. Lollapalooza sets up in the lakefront park every August for three days. C3 Presents is responsible for paying for repairing Grant Park after the fest.


    Carpentersville police looking for man facing sex assault charges

    Carpentersville police are looking for a man they say touched himself in front of a 16-year-old girl twice — once after he grabbed her and again after he tackled her. A Kane County judge this week signed a warrant for the arrest of Jorge Perez Garcia, 30, of the 300 block of Tulsa Avenue and he faces four charges.

    Visitors to the Dairy Barn at the Illinois State Fair enjoy the Butter Cow exhibit Tuesday in Springfield.

    No security changes after Iowa butter cow attack

    Organizers of the Illinois State Fair say they’re not changing security procedures after vandals threw paint on a butter cow at the state fair in Iowa.


    Will County seats 1st Hispanic judge

    Will County added two new judges Wednesday. They are 42-year-old David Carlson of Plainfield and 57-year-old David Garcia of Joliet. Garcia is the county’s first Hispanic judge.

    Tareya Rhone

    Cops: Naperville woman offered state trooper $350 to avoid DUI

    A Naperville woman offered $350 to a state police trooper in a failed attempt to avoid her second drunken-driving arrest since May, authorities said. Tareya Rhone, 38, of the 1600 block of Kiowa Drive, is accused of offering the bribe during a July 21 traffic stop on westbound I-88, according to an indictment handed up Tuesday in DuPage County.

    Carmelo Flores Laura, a native Aymara, poses for a photo with his great-grandchildren outside his home in the village of Frasquia, Bolivia, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. If Bolivia’s public records are correct, Flores is the oldest living person ever documented. They say he turned 123 a month ago.

    Bolivia records: Aymara herder is 123 years old

    If Bolivia’s public records are correct, Carmelo Flores Laura is the oldest living person ever documented. They say he turned 123 a month ago. Guinness World Records says the oldest living person verified by original proof of birth is Misao Okawa, a 115-year-old Japanese woman, while the oldest verified age on record was 122 years and 164 days: Jeanne Calment of France.

    The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday it is revamping its priority mail program as part of its efforts to raise revenue and drive new growth in its package delivery business.

    Postal Service revamps priority mail program

    The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service is revamping its priority mail program to raise revenue and drive new growth in its package delivery business. The agency is now offering free online tracking for priority mail shipments, free insurance and date-specific delivery so customers know whether a package will arrive in one, two or three days.

    Alex Laliberte

    'Lali-Palooza' to warn of heroin risks

    Lake County authorities say they'll use a battle of the bands competition called Lali-Palooza to start a discussion about the serious issue of heroin and opiate overdosing. The state's attorney's office and Live4Lavi are co-hosting the event Saturday at the county fairgrounds in Grayslake. Lali-Palooza's namesake, Alex “Lali” Laliberte, died of a heroin overdose in Buffalo Grove in...

    Aaron Thurmond

    Chicago man offered plea deal in forced prostitution case

    A Chicago man has about one week to decide if he will accept a plea deal with prosecutors and go to prison for forcing his girlfriend to work as a prostitute. Aaron Thurmond, 23, was offered a plea deal by prosecutors that gave him the choice of serving up to four years on probation and periodic imprisonment or about two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, Lake County Judge Victoria...

    Horse lovers are in luck this weekend, with an entire film festival at the Arcada Theatre centering around horses, and the Festival of the Horse and Drum on Saturday and Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds.

    See horses on screen and in person at St. Charles festivals

    A multicultural celebration of horses comes to St. Charles this weekend, with the first Equus Film Festival at the Arcada Theatre, and the Festival of the Horse and Drum at the Kane County Fairgrounds. Hiighlights will include films about horses, equine demonstrations and crafts, and a Native American Pow-Wow.

    Kayakers move to the right side of the channel in the Chicago River as a tour boat passes by in Chicago. After decades of heaping scorn and pollution upon the Chicago River, the city is opening urban waterways for kayaking and other recreation _ and running into the reality that the river is still an industrial superhighway for tows and tugs hauling floating fortresses.

    Kayaks vie with barges for slice of urban rivers

    After decades of heaping scorn and pollution upon the Chicago River, the city is opening urban waterways for kayaking and other recreation. Similar efforts are taking shape in other cities, including New York and Grand Rapids, Mich. In Chicago, that vision is running into the reality that the river is still an industrial superhighway.


    DuPage County can pursue proposed stormwater fee

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new state law giving DuPage County the ability to impose a countywide stormwater utility fee. Still, it could take years for DuPage officials to decide whether every land owner in the county should help pay for efforts to control stormwater runoff. If the fee is approved, officials could remove stormwater costs from property tax bills.

    Albino Damian-Lopez

    Palatine man charged in baseball bat attack

    A 24-year-old Palatine man faces up to five years in prison after his arrest on allegations he beat another man with a baseball bat over the weekend, Cook County Sheriff’s authorities said today. Albino Damian-Lopez is charged with aggravated battery stemming from the altercation in unincorporated Palatine Township.

    Construction to widen a stretch of Meacham Road north of Algonquin Road in Rolling Meadows remains on hold as city and state officials discuss alternate proposals, but the is moving forward with grant applications to fund a $1.5 million bike path along the roadway.

    Rolling Meadows council backs Meacham Road bike path

    The planned reconstruction of Meacham Road through Rolling Meadows may be a long way off, but the city already is moving ahead with a proposed bike path along the roadway. The city council voted 5-2 Monday to seek grant funding for a path parallel to Meacham stretching between Algonquin Road and Emerson Avenue.

    Naperville Park District aims to reopen this Riverwalk bridge between Centennial Beach and the Millennium Carillon Visitor Center before the Jaycees’ Last Fling begins Friday, Aug. 30. A temporary fix will be installed before crews can address structural problems noticed during regular maintenance.

    Naperville Riverwalk bridge to get temporary fix

    A bridge along the Naperville Riverwalk between the Millennium Carillon Visitor Center and Centennial Beach is out of commission, but officials said Wednesday they aim to have it back open by the end of the month in time for the annual Last Fling festival. Replacement of the wooden planks was expected to take about two days, said Chuck Papanos of the Naperville Park District, who manages park...

    Tammi Rojek’s store, Trendy Tots, has been open in Carpentersville for two years.

    Trendy Tots marks two years with party, food drive

    In its two years along the Randall Road corridor in Carpentersville, Trendy Tots Consignment shop has grown to become a part of the community.

    Terri Hanrahan

    High-ranking Glenbard administrator stepping down

    Just weeks after starting a job that was the result of a recent promotion, a top Glenbard High School District 87 official resigned unexpectedly to take a position in another school district. Terri Hanrahan began work as Glenbard's coordinator of teaching and learning and Title I facilitator on July 1. She stepped down July 16. “I had eight great years at Glenbard. I'm very grateful to have...


    Pentagon to permit benefits for same-sex spouses

    The Pentagon says it will make health care, housing and other benefits available to same-sex spouses of military members by Sept. 3.


    It pleases God when we worship while we work

    Think how happy and productive we could be, and how much it would please God, if we worship while we work, says columnist Annettee Budzban

    In this photo taken Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. members of the “Civilian JTF “ with cutlasses and clubs mount a check point on the street of Maiduguri, Nigeria. They are part of a vigilante force that has arisen here as a backlash against Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist network responsible for 1,700 deaths in Nigeria since 2010, according to a count by The Associated Press.

    Nigerian vigilantes take on Islamic extremists

    A vigilante force has arisen in Nigeria as a backlash against Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist network responsible for 1,700 deaths in Nigeria since 2010, according to a count by The Associated Press. They call themselves the “Civilian Joint Task Force” and claim credit for thousands of arrests in Maiduguri, where Boko Haram started.


    Batavia board learns nuts-and-bolts of school budgeting

    During a budget workshop Tuesday night, Batavia school board members decided that sometime this fiscal year, they want to talk about what to do with the increased property taxes the district will get from the Aurora outlet mall.

    John Lithgow will present “Stories By Heart” at ECC on Nov. 2.

    ECC Arts Center celebrates 20 years, 4,000 acts

    The Elgin Community College Arts Center has gone platinum. Not because it sold a million albums, sure, but the Arts Center has plenty to celebrate in its platinum anniversary season, celebrating 20 years of performances in Elgin. Performing Arts Director Steve Duchrow said there have been more than 200 performances per year since the arts center opened, meaning more than 4,000 acts have crossed...


    Kaneland school board applications due Aug. 26

    Applications are sought to fill a vacancy on the Kaneland school board. Member Joe Oberweis resigned Monday, because he is moving out of the district.

    Mayor Frank Bart

    Wauconda, water agency at odds over fees

    A disagreement over fees is keeping Wauconda officials from inking a deal with the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency for drinking water from Lake Michigan, village officials revealed Tuesday night.


    Kane County Board debates spending riverboat money on social media hires

    A discussion about funding Kane County programs with more riverboat money than the county will receive next year turned into a debate about two jobs recently created by county board Chairman Chris Lauzen. He recently put Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's campaign manager on the county payroll along with a former actor at Aurora's Paramount Theatre to beef up the county's social media outreach.


    Reactions to Egyptian crackdown on pro-Morsi camps

    The reactions of some countries and the United Nations to clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, in which dozens were killed Wednesday.

    A SWAT vehicle sits outside the Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph, La., as investigators work throughout the early morning hours Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in the bank where a gunman took three people hostage Tuesday. The suspect, identified as 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed later released one hostage but around midnight shot the two remaining hostages, killing one of them before being shot and killed by police authorities said.

    Police kill La. bank hostage taker; 1 hostage dies

    A man who authorities said was mentally unstable and believed a device had been implanted in his head shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural Louisiana bank before state police shot and killed him.


    Jesse Jackson Jr-Court Statement
    BC-IL--Jesse Jackson Jr-Court Statement,128Jackson: 'I misled the American people'WASHINGTON (AP) — An emotional Jesse Jackson Jr. says he "misled the American people."He made the statement to a federal judge who is sentencing him for misusing $750,000 in campaign money.

    This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Hampshire shows David Kwiatkowski, a former lab technician at Exeter, N.H., Hospital. Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal drug charges in New Hampshire under an agreement that calls for him to serve 30 to 40 years in prison.

    Tech pleads guilty in NH in hepatitis C outbreak

    A traveling hospital technician accused of causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal drug charges in New Hampshire under an agreement that calls for him to serve 30 to 40 years in prison. David Kwiatkowski contracted hepatitis C, and is accused of infecting others by stealing painkiller syringes and replacing them with saline-filled syringes...

    In this Aug. 6, 2013 file courtroom sketch, military prosecutor Col. Steve Henricks, right, speaks as Nidal Malik Hasan, center, and presiding judge Col. Tara Osborn look on during Hasan’s court-martial Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan is representing himself against charges of murder and attempted murder for the 2009 attack that left 13 people dead at Forth Hood.

    High emotions, little spectacle at Fort Hood trial

    Maj. Nidal Hasan hasn’t made disruptive outbursts while on trial for the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base. For a long-awaited trial that figured to dramatically unfold over months, a swift finish without spectacle now seems more likely inside the small military courtroom where the proceedings are playing out with military precision.

    In this file photograph dated Friday, July 19, 2013 Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF or Doctors Without Borders, Montserrat Serra, bottom left, and Blanca Thiebaut, top right, arrive at the Madrid airport. The two Spanish aid workers were kidnapped by Somali militants from a Kenyan refugee camp in 2011, arrived back in Spain on Friday. The aid group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013, it is pulling out of Somalia after 22-years of work there because of attacks on its staff.

    Doctors Without Borders pulls out of Somalia

    The aid group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday it is pulling out of Somalia after 22 years there because of attacks on its staff. In a scathing indictment of Somalia’s leaders, Doctors Without Borders said the decision is the result of “extreme attacks on its staff in an environment where armed groups and civilian leaders increasingly support, tolerate, or condone the killing, assaulting,...

    James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16. Anderson went online barely 48 hours after her rescue Saturday Aug. 10, 2013 and started fielding hundreds of questions through a social media site.

    Website: Kidnapped teen says captor deserved to die

    The 16-year-old California girl kidnapped by a close family friend suspected of killing her mother and 8-year-old brother says he threatened to kill her if she tried to escape and got what he deserved when he died in a shootout with authorities in the Idaho wilderness. Hannah Anderson went online barely 48 hours after her rescue Saturday and started fielding hundreds of questions through a social...


    Britain’s cat DNA database helps convict killer

    British academics say a newly created DNA database of British cats has helped convict a killer, illustrating how even pets’ genetic material can be a boon to forensic scientists.


    ‘Everything Buffalo Grove’ debuts as Facebook hub
    The Daily Herald has just launched Everything Buffalo Grove, a new "Facebook newspaper" aimed at becoming a hub for news, information and conversation in the suburb.

    Hank Curcio

    Hank Curcio retires as Schaumburg trustee

    Hank Curcio retired Tuesday night after 10 years on the Schaumburg village board. Village President Al Larson has nominated for the vacancy Tom Dailly, who previously served 20 years on the board. “The budget process is the most important thing in the village,” Dailly said. “When you see where the money comes from and where it's going, you get a real keen look at what's going on...

    Newly hatched painted turtles look to escape their container before they are released at a DuPage forest preserve on Tuesday. Their mother was hit by a car and didn’t make it, but Willowbrook Wildlife Preserve incubated the eggs that she was carrying and seven of the 10 were released.

    Dawn patrol: Aurora cops’, Schaumburg teens’ daring dam rescue

    Aurora cops, Schaumburg teens honored for dam rescue. IDOT hosting meeting in Bartlett on Routes 59, 20. Fire burns outside Wheeling High School. Glendale Heights canine officer dies. Turtle hatchlings released after mother struck by car. O’Hare welcomes a new lawnmower. Waukegan sees spate of BB gun shootings. Bears working on balance.


    Pay cuts in store for elected DuPage forest preserve officials

    After months of discussions DuPage County Forest Preserve District commissioners appear ready to cut the pay of future commissioners and presidents.



    Stevenson: First Day of Football Practice
    In this edition of Football Focus, Joe Aguilar visits Stevenson High School for the first practice of 2013 Wednesday in Lincolnshire.

    The Tigers' Austin Jackson reaches first on a throwing error by White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie to first baseman Jeff Keppinger during the sixth inning Wednesday in Chicago.

    Tigers beat White Sox 6-4

    Miguel Cabrera hit a towering three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers ended a three-game skid, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Wednesday. A year after winning the Triple Crown, Cabrera has 38 homers and 114 RBIs and is hitting .360. John Danks (2-10) pitched into the eighth for the Sox.

    Cubs starter Chris Rusin delivers a pitch Wednesday during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

    Arroyo helps Reds sweep Cubs with 5-0 victory

    The Cubs wasted a solid start by Chris Rusin (2-2) in their fourth straight loss, falling to the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 Wednesday afternoon. The left-hander allowed two runs and three hits while throwing just 76 pitches over six innings. Bronson Arroyo improved to 13-9 with a 2.92 ERA in 30 career games against the Cubs, including wins in each of his last four starts. He has been quite good at Wrigley Field, with an 8-3 record and a 2.83 ERA in 15 appearances.

    Fremd football player Jack Albrecht prepares to snap the ball at Fremd High School on this first day of practice.

    Suburban high schools start football practice

    The calendar may say August but with the cool weather, it feels more like fall. And with the opening of the high school football season Wednesday, that seasonal feeling has intensified even more. “I have been thinking about this day since the middle of winter,” Fremd senior linebacker Stephen Walsh said. “All the lifting and the hard work we have put in during the off-season comes together today.”

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, right, waits patiently with teammates, including V’Angelo Bentley, for a team photo Sunday during media day at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Coach Tim Beckman says Scheelhaase is his starter, but there’s already speculation that fans will see freshman Aaron Bailey.

    After 2012 troubles, Illini looking for progress

    After nine straight losses to end last season, the Illini are just looking for improvement. “Just get out and play, that’s’ what the game is all about,” second-year coach Tim Beckman said, explaining his relief that practices had started. “We’ve got to get better and we’ve got to prove we’re willing to do it for 60 minutes.”

    Defensive lineman Brian Arnfelt hoists the trophy after Northwestern’s 34-20 win over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla. With five straight bowl seasons and that elusive victory in their pocket, the Wildcats believe even better days are coming.

    With bowl win comes swagger for Northwestern

    One big hurdle is out of the way. Plenty remain. Northwestern will try to take the next big step and assert itself as one of the best in the Big Ten on the heels of a bowl victory that ended a drought dating back more than six decades. “Our mentality has definitely changed,” running back Venric Mark said. “In the past we came in kind of like as an underdog.”


    16 teams gather for Little League World Series

    The 67th Little League World Series begins today when Panama plays Puerto Rico at 1 p.m. Other games are Corpus Christi, Texas, vs. Sammamish, Australia vs. Mexico and South Nashville, Tenn., vs. Westport, Conn. The final is Aug. 25.

    Avisail Garcia, recently acquired from the Tigers in the three-team Jake Peavy trade, is off to a promising start for the White Sox.

    White Sox believe Garcia's a keeper

    Avisail Garcia has only played in 6 games (5 starts) with the White Sox, so it's too early to judge his all-around talent. The 22-year-old outfielder has already shown he can run and throw, and hitting for power figures to come with age and experience.

    Stephen Houston is back after leading the Hoosiers in rushing in 2011 and 2012

    Hoosiers hoping physical approach changes trend

    Indiana is tired of getting beaten up. Two seasons and just five wins into coach Kevin Wilson’s tenure, the Hoosiers now seem to understand what it will take to consistently make bowl games and contend for Big Ten titles. They must be big enough and strong enough to make all those critical plays.

    The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo is hitting just .204 since the all-star break.

    Cubs get blankety-blanked again at un-Friendly Confines

    The Cubs have stopped hitting just about completeley. They were were shut out 5-0 Wednesday at Wrigley Field by Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs have been blanked in four of their last five games at home, and they've fallen to a season-worst 16 games under .500 at 52-68.

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer signals during practice Aug. 7 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes figure to be right back in the national title hunt in 2013.

    Smiles all around as Buckeyes prepare for 2013

    Braxton Miller smiles when the prospect of a bowl trip comes up in the conversation. There was no midwinter journey to a sunnier, warmer spot for the Ohio State quarterback and his teammates a year ago, the result of NCAA sanctions stemming from the tattoo scandal that rocked the program two years ago. But now the Buckeyes are back in play, both in their conference and in the national picture.


    Cougars rally, then fall

    Kane Count Cougars game report:After falling behind by 4 runs in the first inning, Kane County battled back for a tie in the eighth before the Cougars fell 5-4 to the Burlington Bees on a walk-off n RBI single by Matt Scioscia at Community Field. Jeimer Candelario of the Cougars (48-68, 18-32) had tied the game in the eighth with a two-out solo homer.Earlier, the Cougars’ Reggie Golden blasted a 3-run homer.


    Osterman, Pride edge Abbott, Bandits

    With an automatic bid into the National Pro Fastpitch Championship on the line, the Chicago Bandits and USSSA Pride started a pivotal four-game game series at the Ballpark at Rosemont on Wednesday, and the Pride rallied for 3 runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Bandits 3-2. The Bandits need 2 wins in order to secure a spot in the championship, while the Pride needs to win three to force a tie-breaker for first place. The top two pitchers in the league, Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman, took the circle. Abbott allowed 3 runs on 8 hits with 7 strikeouts, while Osterman gave up 2 runs on 5 hits with a dozen strikeouts.

    Junior quarterback Daniel Santacaterina, pictured at a practice last year, is back under center for Geneva this fall after suffering a season-ending injury in Week 3 of his sophomore season.

    Santacaterina on comeback trail at Geneva

    Geneva quarterback Daniel Santacaterina is ready for that first big hit. It’s been a while since the last.


    Change brings fresh start for West Chicago, Lake Park

    West Chicago and Lake Park officially started their football seasons, having swapped positions in conferences they’d long been affiliated with — West Chicago leaving the DuPage Valley and taking Lake Park’s spot in the Upstate Eight, specifically the Valley Division. Separately, both schools had considered moving for years.


    Boomers drop another one to Aviators

    The host Schaumburg Boomers dropped their second consecutive 4-1 decision to the Rockford Aviators on Wednesday night. Steve McQuail’s 16th homer of the season put the Boomers in front in the bottom of the second inning. The Aviators answered with 3 runs in the top of third off starter and loser Mike Giovenco, who worked 5? innings and allowed 4 runs.

    New coach Jordan Eder leads his players during the first day of football practice Wednesday at Round Lake High School.

    Up and at ’em: Eder era starts at Round Lake

    Lake: First day of football practice at Round Lake started the Jordan Eder era, who was named the new head coach in May.


    Murray leaving Lisle

    Dan Murray has always seemed a coach who could squeeze the most success out of his teams’ talent.Talent, that won’t be in short supply at Murray’s next stop. Murray, girls basketball coach at Lisle the last three seasons and Immaculate Conception prior to that, has accepted the position at defending Class 4A state champion Marian Catholic.


    Arrieta promoted for shot in starting rotation

    The Cubs have tweaked their starting rotation. They will call up right-hander Jake Arrieta to start Friday's opener against the Cardinals. Carlos Villanueva has moved to the bullpen for the second time this season. They've also flip-flopped Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson in the rotation.

    The offense runs through plays during the first day of fall football practice at Bartlett High School Wednesday.

    All systems go for Fox Valley football teams

    St. Edward football coach Mike Rolando said Wednesday he might have panicked had the IHSA’s new practice acclimatization rules taken effect in a previous season. Instituted this year to better acclimate high school players to the heat which so often accompanies the first practices of August, the new rules limited Wednesday’s on-field practice time to three hours as teams statewide began preparations for kickoff weekend: Aug. 30-31.

    The offense runs through plays at Bartlett.

    Images: Football Practice First Day in Northwest, Lake County
    Images from the first day of high school football practice for Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Fremd, Round Lake, and Stevenson.


    No sweep of Tigers, but Sox go 6-4 on homestand

    The White Sox failed to sweep a three-game series from the AL Central leading Tigers Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, but they can find some positives after going 6-4 on their homestand.

    Kyle Rohde.

    With a focus on academics, Rohde regime takes over at Elgin

    New head coaches tend, as a rule, to come into programs with visions of grandeur. If they are taking over a successful program, it’s warranted to have lofty expectations. If you come in talking immediate resurrection to a struggling program, everyone knows it’s pretty much just coach-speak. Then there’s the new head coach who knows what he’s up against and faces it head on, in the right manner, and realistically. That’s Kyle Rohde.

    Once one of the best American women in badminton, Shannon Pohl is now coaching others on all aspects of the game.

    How a badminton lifer gives back to the game

    Shannon Pohl was a Prospect High School student when she decided to pick up a badminton racket for the first time. Little did she know, that decision would change her whole life. Now she's working to give back to the sport as a coach.

    Anthony Rizzo, who is one of the cornerstones of the Cubs’ rebuilding plans, is hitting in the low .230s and struggling at the plate.

    So much riding on struggling Rizzo’s shoulders

    Cubs' decision makers have so much faith in Anthony Rizzo that they acquired him during stops with three different teams. Now his prolonged slump casts suspicions on their ability to evaluate players.

    Bears quarterback Matt Blanchard is hit by the Panthers’ Jason Williams on Friday during preseason action in Charlotte, N.C.

    Lake Zurich grad Blanchard wants to hit ’em with his best shot

    The preseason is No. 3 quarterback Matt Blanchard's time to shine, as he did in the Bears preseason opener, and the former Lake Zurich High School and Wisconsin-Whitewater star hopes to build upon that performance in tonight's second preseason game.

    Little Mike, who won the 2012 Arlington Million with jockey Ramon Dominguez aboard, poses with owner Carlo Vaccarezza.

    Big plans for Arlington Million’s defending champ

    In a perfect world, breeder and owner Carlo Vaccarezza’s schedule for his 6-year-old gelding Little Mike, the defending Arlington Million champion, would look a little something like this: Become the first horse to win consecutive Millions come Saturday evening, and then in say, a month or so, compete in a match race against Wise Dan, the 1-mile specialist who is the reigning Horse of the Year as well as Male Turf Horse of the Year.


    Mobley on the move, to Libertyville

    Round Lake’s loss is Libertyville’s gain. Libertyville boys basketball coach Scott Bogumil has confirmed that 6-foot-3 forward/guard James Mobley has transferred in from Round Lake. As a freshman last season, the athletic Mobley earned honorable mention All-North Suburban Conference honors and was regularly praised by former Panthers coach Jim Roberts, who has moved on to Jacobs.

    Grayslake North’s Carl Russell is safe at third base against Hampshire last spring. The high school infielder has a future as a catcher at Northern Illinois.

    Grayslake North’s Russell catches a break with NIU

    If it meant catching on quickly at Northern Illinois University — and catching, period — Carl Russell was willing to receive, so to speak. So, yes, toss the recent Grayslake North graduate a catcher’s mitt. The sure-handed infielder will catch it, surely. All set on attending Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis., and playing shortstop for the Division III program, Russell got a pleasant surprise this summer while playing travel ball for coach Clay Kovac’s Kenosha Indians. The hard-hitting, speedy Russell caught the attention of Northern Illinois. The Huskies offered him a partial scholarship, and he accepted.

    Silver medalist McKayla Maroney, right, stands with gold medalist Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania during the podium ceremony for women’s vault finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

    Resilient Maroney already pointing to Rio

    Standing on the podium in the O2 Arena, lips pursed to the side after a stunning fall on her second vault cost McKayla Maroney the prize she spent nearly her entire life chasing, she looked like the unhappiest person to ever have an Olympic medal draped around her neck. “I’m standing there thinking, `Man, now I’ve got to go to Rio,” Maroney said. “I was already thinking about what I had to do for 2016.”

    New Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen arrives in Madison after four seasons at Utah State, which went from 4-8 to 11-2 during his tenure.

    New coach, same goals at Wisconsin

    It’s up to Gary Andersen now to keep the Badgers’ streak of three straight Big Ten titles going after Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas last December. “It’s awesome to walk into a program and these kids expect to win," Andersen said.

    Michelle Wie works on her putting during a practice round Wednesday in Parker, Colo. The Solheim Cup, a biennial event between teams representing Europe and the United States, starts Friday.

    Wie in the spotlight again as a Solheim pick

    Few other golfers have received so much attention for winning so little. Now Michelle Wie faces additional pressure as a captain's pick for the U.S. Solheim Cup team.


    Schedule for duck hunting season released

    We can tell we’re getting close to autumn by the Illinois DNR announcement this week about the new duck hunting seasons.The recommendations include 60-day duck seasons in each of the state’s four waterfowl hunting zones, along with Canada goose hunting seasons of 90 days in the North and Central zones, a 84-day Canada goose season in the South Central Zone and a 65-day Canada goose season in the South Zone. The Illinois seasons are based on a five-year plan for waterfowl hunting season dates that was developed in 2011 and continues through the 2015 season. For 2013-14, Illinois will open the regular duck, Canada goose and snow goose seasons Oct. 19 in the North Zone, Oct. 26 in the Central Zone, Nov. 9 in the South Central Zone and Nov. 28 in the South Zone. White-fronted goose seasons open Nov. 4 in the North Zone, Nov. 19 in the Central and South Central zones, and Nov. 28 in the South Zone. The proposed daily duck bag limit is six and may include no more than four mallards (two hens), three wood ducks, one mottled duck, two redheads, three scaup, two pintails, two canvasbacks and one black duck. The proposed daily bag limit of mergansers is five, and only two may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit for ducks and mergansers is three times the daily bag limit by species and sex. Fishing update:Area lakes and ponds: In DuPage County, Deep Quarry has apparently come alive with excellent panfish angling. Mallard Lake good for largemouth. In Cook Co., Busse just fair with lower water levels. Lake County’s Independence Grove just fair for bass, better for bluegills.Fox Chain: Excellent white bass and crappie action on Pistakee Lake. Look for decent walleye action using trolled crankbaits on Channel Lake.Lake Michigan is good one day and just so-so the next. The best news is the 25-pound kings being taken off Waukegan.ŸContact Mike Jackson at angler88@comcast.net, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and live-streamed at www.mikejacksonoutdoors.com.

    Chicago Fire forward Sherjill MacDonald (7) reacts after missing a pass against the Houston Dynamo during the second half of their MLS soccer playoff match, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Bridgeview, Ill. Houston won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    MacDonald experiment proves to be a flop

    Sherjill MacDonald always was something of an experiment, an attempt by the Chicago Fire to strike gold at silver prices. Arévalo Rios is just the opposite. The Fire knows exactly what it’s getting in Rios, a tenacious competitor with a strong resume who arrives from Palermo in Italy’s famed Serie A and also plays for Uruguay’s national team.


    A tactic for bringing out the best in your fish

    Far too many outdoor enthusiasts and anglers believe the only way to cook fish is to prepare it in a beer batter until it’s unrecognizable, and then fry it until whatever natural flavor that was once there has become lost.

    Philip Nelson started seven games as a freshman for Minnesota, but quarterback is one of many positions that must be settled this fall.

    Minnesota feeling the momentum

    At Minnesota, momentum has been trumpeted all summer, despite a bowl game loss last year that left them with a 6-7 record, and only one victory after Halloween. This was still a sign of progress for a program languishing in the Big Ten’s bottom tier for a large part of the last half-century.

    Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith (76) blocks for running back Zach Zwinak (28) last November in State College, Pa.

    QB, depth concerns will test Penn State

    For sure, the NCAA penalties from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal still haunt the Penn State program. Depth is a concern at certain spots as coach Bill O’Brien pares the roster to the 65 scholarship limit required by the NCAA by 2014. But there’s a team-wide confidence that Penn State can succeed under tremendous adversity after finishing 8-4 in 2012.

    Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez needs 2,409 yards passing and 142 yards rushing to join Colin Kaepernick as the only other player in FBS history to reach career marks of 9,000/3,000.

    Softer schedule should help Cornhuskers in Big Ten

    Nebraska’s initiation to the Big Ten is over, and the Cornhuskers, with an assist from the schedule, may be set up to make hay. Coach Bo Pelini starts his sixth season in Lincoln with one of the nation’s most dynamic offenses and a young defense that will benefit from playing its first five games at home.

    Iowa isn’t giving up on coach Kirk Ferentz despite a third straight season of diminishing returns.

    Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz faces intense scrutiny

    Iowa is about to enter its 15th season under Kirk Ferentz — who is signed through 2020 with a prohibitive buyout at roughly $3 million a year — with nonexistent national expectations. The Hawkeyes collapsed last season, losing their last six games and leaving many fans to grumble that the school couldn’t afford to fire Ferentz even if it wanted to.

    Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell fumbles the ball as he is hit by Notre Dame’s T.J. Jones on Sept. 15, 2012. Maxwell completed only 52.5 percent of his passes last season.

    Spartans aiming to rebound on offense

    For all Michigan State has accomplished under Mark Dantonio — the wins over Michigan, a share of the 2010 Big Ten title, a pair of thrilling finishes on national television that will be remembered for generations — there’s still one step that has eluded the Spartans. Michigan State hasn’t played in the Rose Bowl since 1988, and last season brought the Spartans no closer to that goal.

    Purdue’s Antoine Miles strikes a pose during media day on Sunday at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Purdue looking to rebuild

    Darrell Hazell, the man who turned around Kent State’s moribund program, is now trying to lay the foundation for a revival of Boilermakers football. Attendance has declined and the program is struggling to remain competitive with its Big Ten counterparts.

    Devin Gardner takes over quarterback for Michigan this season.

    Wolverines look strong, but are Buckeyes stronger?

    Brady Hoke was about 10 minutes into a preseason news conference when the question was finally asked. It’s been a while since Michigan last won the Big Ten, and now Ohio State — that biggest of rivals — enters this season as the favorite. Does that leave the Wolverines with a little more to prove?

    Alejandro Bedoya of Team USA, left, challenges Bosnia’s Ervin Zukanovic during their friendly soccer match Wednesday in Sarajevo.

    Altidore’s hat trick leads U.S. to 4-3 win

    Jozy Altidore scored a hat trick to lead an impressive comeback for the U.S. men, who scored all their goals in the second half Wednesday and beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in Sarajevo and extend their record winning streak to 12 games.

    Joel Lindpere gives the Chicago Fire another scoring threat as they strive to make the MLS playoffs.

    Fire hopes competition at wing boosts team

    When Joel Lindpere scored in the sixth minute of the Chicago Fire's 2-1 victory Saturday against Montreal, it was as if he was sending a simple message to the coaches: I want to play. When Dilly Duka scored in the 23rd minute, he sent the same message: I want to play also. “When I'm fit my passing to my own teammates is good, and this is my quality. I try to do good service,” Lindpere said, “but also in the middle I can lead the game both ways. That's the position I love to play, and what can I do?”


    Mike North video: Untradeable Konerko?
    As Mike North says good riddance to outfielder Alex Rios, he wonders if the Chicago White Sox will make trades for first baseman Paul Konerko or Adam Dunn if someone comes calling. He doesn't blame Rick Hahn, he still thinks Kenny Williams is to blame.


    All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year.

    ANA, Japan Airlines check 787s for wiring problem

    All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said Wednesday they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year. ANA said the departure of a 787 plane was delayed over problem wiring for a system to put out engine fires.


    Network joins Ill. Medicaid care coordination push

    A Chicago-based health project has been selected to help coordinate the care of 170,000 Illinois Medicaid patients. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced Tuesday that the Medical Home Network is now a “care coordination innovations project.”

    Derek Long uses a John Deere tractor to disk and cultivate a field in preparation for planting corn in Loami, Ill. Deere's third-quarter net income rose 27 percent,

    Deere 3Q easily tops Wall Street expectations
    Deere & Co.'s third-quarter net income rose 27 percent, driven by booming agricultural activity in North and South America. The company easily beat most expectations and shares are rising before the opening bell. The farm and construction equipment manufacturer earned $997 million, or $2.56 per share, well ahead of the $1.96 per share that Wall Street was looking for.

    Sweet Repeats Thrift Shoppe, now located in the Huntley Outlet Center, sells new and gently used items, including books, toys, furniture and appliances. The store is holding its grand opening Friday through Sunday. It moved to the mall about a month ago from another Huntley location.

    Huntley Outlet Center new home for thrift shop

    A thrift store that raises money for its own nonprofit organization has left its former home on Route 47 and moved into the Huntley Outlet Center at Route 47 and Interstate 90. Sweet Repeats Thrift Shoppe is holding its grand opening this weekend inside the store, which is housed near the Gap Outlet. All the store's proceeds go toward the Pioneer Center for Human Services, a 55-year-old. McHenry-based organization that supports children and adults.

    Ed Fitzpatrick

    Motorola Solutions CFO leaving company

    Motorola Solutions announced Wednesday that Chief Financial Officer Ed Fitzpatrick is leaving the company and will be replaced on an interim basis by Gino A. Bonanotte. In a news release, the Schaumburg-based company said it hopes to find a permanent CFO by the end of the year. “Gino’s financial and operational understanding of our business will serve the company well as we continue to execute on our strategies for growth,” CEO Greg Brown said.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lower for the sixth time in eight days, after economists predicted the Federal Reserve will reduce stimulus in September as European data added to signs that the global economy is strengthening.

    Stocks slump on Wall Street; Macy’s drops

    The stock market fell on Wednesday as a poor earnings report from Macy’s cast doubt on the outlook for consumer spending, a vital component of the U.S. economy. Other department store stocks also fell after Macy’s reported disappointing earnings for the second quarter and cut its forecast for the year.

    Two former JPMorgan Chase & Co. traders were accused Wednesday of trying to conceal the size of the investment bank’s $6 billion trading loss in 2012 in criminal conspiracy charges that raised fresh questions about whether Wall Street learned its lessons from the 2008 financial crisis.

    2 ex-JPMorgan employees charged in $6 billion loss

    Two former JPMorgan Chase & Co. traders were accused of trying to conceal the size of the investment bank’s $6 billion trading loss last year in criminal conspiracy charges unsealed Wednesday that raised fresh questions about whether Wall Street learned its lessons from the 2008 financial crisis.

    A man uses a cash register at a market in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday. After six quarters of a debilitating recession that has seen unemployment surge to record highs and public services being cut, the eurozone seems on the cusp of recovery.

    Eurozone’s longest-ever recession comes to an end

    Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, said the 17 EU countries that use the euro saw their collective economic output increase by 0.3 percent in the April to June period from the previous quarter. That’s the first quarterly growth since the eurozone slipped into recession in the last three months of 2011.

    The government is putting its foot down on rising airfares and fees by blocking the merger of American and US Airways — but for fliers, it’s already too late.

    Airline mergers have already led to higher fares

    The government is trying to put a stop to rising airfares and fees by blocking the latest airline merger — but for fliers, it’s already too late. The past decade has seen the largest transformation of the airline industry in a generation. Prior to 2005, there were nine major U.S. airlines. Today, just five.


    U.S. requires car makers to offer data about recalls

    Starting next summer, U.S. consumers will be able to search a giant database to find out if recall repairs have been made to their cars or motorcycles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that regulates auto safety, says it will require major auto and motorcycle makers to give customers online access to data so it can be searched by vehicle identification number.


    Paylocity in Arlington Heights names Gaty to lead product development

    Arlington Heights-based Paylocity Corp. has appointed Ted Gaty as senior vice president of product development. Gaty joins the payroll and human resources services provider after serving as chief information officer, benefits administration for Aon Hewitt in Lincolnshire.

    Women save less for retirement and are more likely to default on loans taken out of their retirement savings than their male counterparts, according to a report from Lincolnshire-based Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc.

    Report: Women lag behind men in saving for retirement

    Women save less for retirement and are more likely to default on loans taken out of their retirement savings than their male counterparts, according to a report from Lincolnshire-based Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc.


    Roselle’s LanzaTech partners in India to create new biofuel process

    LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, has partnered with the Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy in India to create a process for the direct production of low carbon fuels from industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

    Activist investor Carl Icahn thinks Apple should be doing more to revive its stock price.

    Icahn sets sights on Apple, talks to CEO Tim Cook

    Activist investor Carl Icahn thinks Apple should be doing more to revive its stock price, and wants to help CEO Tim Cook with the resuscitation. Icahn, an outspoken billionaire renowned for pouncing on out-of-favor stocks, signaled he has Apple Inc. in his sights in two short messages posted Tuesday on his Twitter account. Until now, he had been deploying Twitter as a weapon in his attack on Dell Inc.’s proposed sale to a group led by its CEO, Michael Dell.


    MannKind’s Afrezza fares well in late-stage trials

    Drug developer MannKind says its inhaled insulin Afrezza met the main goals behind two late-stage studies involving patients with two types of diabetes. The Valencia, Calif., company says type 2 diabetes patients taking Afrezza and the widely used generic drug metformin saw better reductions in long-term blood sugar levels than those taking an oral medication.

    Researchers studying what meals astronauts might eat on a mission to Mars organize food inside a simulated Martian base dome on Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

    Mars food study researchers emerge from dome

    Six researchers have spent the past four months living in a small dome on a barren Hawaii lava field at an elevation of 8,000 feet, trying to figure out what foods astronauts might eat on Mars and during deep-space missions. They emerged on Tuesday with their recipes and without the space suits they were required to wear each time they ventured onto the northern slope of Mauna Loa — an active volcano that last erupted in 1984.

    U.S. retail sales edged up in July despite a drop in auto sales. A category of purchases that excludes the most volatile areas rose by the most in seven months, a sign that consumer spending could boost economic growth in coming months.

    U.S. retail sales up 0.2 percent in July

    U.S. retail sales edged up in July despite a drop in auto sales. A category of purchases that excludes the most volatile areas rose by the most in seven months, a sign that consumer spending could boost economic growth in coming months. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that retail sales increased 0.2 percent in July from June. Sales had risen 0.6 percent in June from May on a surge in auto sales.

    Thomas Perez

    Likely Labor regs would aid vets, disabled, unions

    With Thomas Perez now confirmed as head of the Labor Department, the agency is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that have been bottled up for months — a prospect that has business leaders worried and labor advocates cheering. Some long-awaited rules would help boost employment for veterans and the disabled, increase wages for home health care workers and set new limits for workplace exposure to dangerous silica dust.

Life & Entertainment

    Black Sabbath, featuring founding members Tony Iommi, left, Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler, perform Friday, Aug. 16, at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

    Weekend picks: Black Sabbath plays First Midwest

    Black Sabbath, in the form of the rejuvenated Ozzy Osbourne and co., headline the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park tonight. “Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus” features rock and blues legends Peter Frampton, Sonny Landreth and BB King all on one stage at RiverEdge Park in Aurora on Friday. Organic Theatre Company brings its production of Albert Camus' “Caligula” to North Central College's Meiley-Swallow Hall in Naperville.

    A mobile phone displays Burpee Home Gardens online-based software for horticulture being used at home in Langley, Wash.

    Gardening tools go mobile

    Smart phones that respond to signals from plants? Laptops that coordinate irrigation at dozens of vineyards? Remote weather stations programmed to text frost alerts? Many commercial growers are using laptops, tablets or smartphones to keep costs down and production up. Home gardeners too, if they can afford it.

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial has shrouded scaffolding on both sides. A contracting problem has stalled work to refinish part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where a disputed inscription was recently removed.

    MLK Memorial may not be ready for anniversary

    Work to refinish part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where a disputed inscription was recently removed may not be done until after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Executive architect Ed Jackson Jr. told The Associated Press that a disagreement arose over the past 10 days over how to sandblast and refinish the stone where an inscription was recently chiseled away.

    Chef Angela Hartnett and New York restaurateur Danny Meyer in London last July. Meyer created Shake Shack but has also opened the new Creative Juice store in New York, while Hartnett noted that ‘we do use less butter and heavy stocks.

    World’s leading chefs offer tips for enjoying healthy eating

    Around the world, chefs and restaurateurs are focusing on healthy eating as many diners seek lighter dishes and are happy to embrace the twin ideas of eating to live and living to eat. Here’s what some of the culinary masters have to say.

    The NYPD is investigating a burglary at the Manhattan penthouse of actress Famke Janssen.

    NYPD investigating burglary at actress’ penthouse

    The New York Police Department is investigating a burglary at actress Famke Janssen’s Manhattan penthouse. Police say the “X-Men” actress told officers that when she came home Saturday, she found a children’s book that didn’t belong to her near her bed.

    Black Sabbath, featuring founding members Tony Iommi, left, Ozzy Osbourne, and Geezer Butler, perform Friday, Aug. 16, at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

    Despite health scares and band drama, reunited Black Sabbath moving forward

    When Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, the news hit close to home for the 65-year-old riff master, who only two years earlier lost his longtime collaborator and vocalist, Ronnie James Dio, to stomach cancer. "The first thing you think is, 'Well, I'm going to die -- that's it,'" he told the Daily Herald in a recent interview.

    “Peppa Pig and the Busy Day at School,” (Candlewick Press, 2013), $12.99, 32 pages.

    Book eases first-day jitters for younger set

    In the new children's book “Peppa Pig and the Busy Day at School,” you'll see how much there is to do on your very first day of school. There'll be all kinds of kids to meet, and you'll make some new friends. You'll see your teacher, and you'll find your desk and the bathrooms. There'll be lots to learn, lots to remember, and it's going to be lots of fun.

    In the time it takes to boil water you can prepare a summery pasta with fresh tomatoes.

    Fast and Fresh Summer Pasta
    Fast and Fresh Summer Pasta

    Andrew Ashline, 11, kisses his mother, Jo Ashline, at their home in Orange, Calif. Jo Ashline describes her home as resembling Fort Knox with its array of security measures aimed at deterring possible wandering by her son, Andrew, who has autism.

    Deaths of wandering children prompt action

    The tragic phenomenon goes by various names — wandering, elopement, bolting — and about half of children with autims are prone to it, according to research published last year in the journal Pediatrics. That would be a huge number. A federal survey this year estimated that one of every 50 U.S. schoolchildren is on the broad autistic spectrum — more than 1 million children in all. Wandering has led to the deaths of more than 60 children in the past four years, and the fear of it can make daily life a harrowing, never-let-your-guard-down challenge for parents.

    In the time it takes to boil water you can prepare a summery pasta with fresh tomatoes.

    A pasta dinner in the time it takes to boil water

    Fast and Fresh Summer Pasta is the perfect dish for a weeknight dinner in late summer, particularly as the kids start heading back to school and family schedules get crazy again. The recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients that can all be pulled together in the time it takes to boil water.

    Make “sushi” wraps with bananas and peanut butter or cream cheese and thin-sliced lunch meats.

    Any-Way-You-Want-It Sushi
    Any-Way-You-Want-It Sushi

    Speedy gazpacho.

    Speedy Gazpacho
    Speedy Gazpacho

    Speedy Gazpacho makes for a refreshing lunch option for the school cafeteria or office breakroom. For more lunch ideas, turn to Page 2.

    Versatile takes on school lunches

    Keeping packed lunches fast and easy doesn’t have to condemn you to a day-after-day-after-day PB&J. If you’re willing to be a little creative, it’s easy to find fast, simple and delicious lunches that will keep both the lunch packer and eater healthy and happy.


    Warm weather means early Calif. wine grape harvest

    There's no such thing as “normal” weather in California wine country, and vineyard operators say this year that truism could mean good news for wine lovers. After cool temperatures slowed ripening and kept grapes on the vine until fall in recent years, growers in the nation’s premier wine region are facing a heat wave that has made for one of the earliest harvests in recent memory.

    8,000 Miles' Roselle Roll brings together shrimp tempura, asparagus, jalapeño, avocado, cucumber and spicy crabmeat maki. It's topped with spicy tuna, tempura crunch and mixed tobikos and drizzled with eel sauce, honey wasabi and house spicy sauce.

    Roselle's 8,000 Miles a true culinary journey

    You won't have to travel very far to enjoy the Chinese and Japanese food at 8,000 Miles restaurant, which opened in June to transport a wealth of Asian flavors to Main Street in downtown Roselle. Owned by a quartet of restaurant veterans with expertise in Asian cuisine, 8,000 Miles is named for the distance three of the owners have come since they met as teenagers in their native China.


    Old-Fashioned Carrot and Raisin Salad
    Old-Fashioned Carrot and Raisin Salad: Lean and lovin' it

    Grilled pineapple with orange-infused sauce is a refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

    Grilled Pineapple with Orange Dipping Sauce
    Grilled Pineapple:Annie Overboe

    For a refreshing dessert, try grilled pineapple with orange-infused dipping sauce.

    Baking secrets: Fruit meets grill inspiring a new look to dessert

    Dessert inspiration struck when Annie Overboe's husband tossed leftover pineapple on the grill one night. The flames enhanced the natural flavors and got her creative juices flowing. To make this a dessert it needed a diping sauce, but not one that overpowers the fruit's sweetness.

    “Disney Infinity: The Toy Box” combines real-life figurines with a virtual world.

    To 'Infinity' and beyond!

    Disney has invested a lot of money in promoting their new, expansive, multi-platform video game experience, and now they're hoping devoted fans of the Mouse (and their parents) will respond in kind. “Disney Infinity” hits stores Sunday, Aug. 18, on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Wii U, and brings the company's iconic characters together in one game — but getting access to all those characters isn't as simple as buying one piece of software.


    Illinois carry/conceal gun law presents new problems for the workplace environment.

    Editorial: Already, concealed carry law needs refinements

    It's clear that Illinois' new concealed carry law already needs to be improved even before the first permits are issued, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Hillary’s search for ‘an emphatic now’

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Hillary Clinton has gone to Togo. Joe Biden is going to Iowa. Let us now explicate.


    More are opting out of Obamacare
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Diana Neisman makes Obamacare, the affordable health care, sound so great I want to sign right up. Wait a minute, Unions want to op out, the IRS union wants out, the staff in Washington wants out. Are we so sure this is workable? Maybe there is a better way for health care.


    Secure borders first, and restore faith
    A Crystal Lake letter to the editor: The senate has completed its version of Immigration Reform. Now it is up to the House. The Senate version did not go through the orderly and public committee process but was invented by a Gang of Eight. A bill with thousands of pages crafted with no public review reminds me of something else — health care, which is now being delayed as its consequences are coming out.


    Don’t overlook 911 during a crisis
    A Geneva letter to the editor: 911 services are established in the Tri-City area and are manned 24/7 by competent licensed personnel. A gentle reminder may be necessary that being transported via 911 to the nearest health care facility is the most direct and safest way to deliver care to the injured or those who experience a sudden change in condition.


    Burden of proof is on prosecution
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: In his Aug. 1 letter “Jury Bungled Zimmerman Case,” letter writer Bill Sarto makes assumptions and draws conclusions not supported by the evidence presented at the trial. But the worst part was when he wrote, “Zimmerman’s story was not able to be confirmed as true, and therefore should not have been taken as true.”


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