Daily Archive : Friday August 16, 2013



    Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association street fest scheduled for Aug. 31

    The annual Bartlett Volunteer Fire Association’s Street Fest/Dance and Raffle will be held Aug. 31 on Main Street in downtown Bartlett. The fest is free, and parking is available in the Metra lot.


    Ferry sinks in collision in Philippines; 24 dead

    A ferry with more than 800 people aboard sank near the central Philippine port of Cebu after colliding with a cargo vessel, killing at least 24 people. Hundreds of others were rescued, the coast guard said Saturday, Aug. 17. As of early Saturday, dozens were still missing, but authorities could not give an official figure.


    Lombard cancels police training after protests

    A police counterterrorism training seminar scheduled for Monday in Lombard was canceled Friday following objections from an Islamic group who have called the main presenter an “anti-Muslim bigot.” The North Aurora-based North East Multi-Regional Training group had scheduled the training session with Sam Kharoba next week at Lombard’s village hall, but Village President Keith Giagnorio and Police...

    An American flag flies Friday atop the stage at the first day of Hempfest in Seattle.

    Three-day marijuana festival starts at Seattle park

    The free, annual event was expected to draw as many as 85,000 people per day. On Friday, many strolled by vendor stands, joints in hand as they checked out colorful glass pipes, tie-dyed clothing, bags of “ideal cultivation soil,” and hemp wares, including purses and necklaces.

    Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin approaches a hatch Friday on the International Space Station, about 7 hours into a spacewalk with Aleksandr Misurkin.

    Two Russians perform record spacewalk

    In a record-long spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts rigged cable outside the International Space Station on Friday for a new lab that’s due to arrive in a few months.


    Barrington area intersections get emergency sensors

    Ten malfunctioning traffic signal pre-emption devices in the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District have been upgraded to ensure the safety of firefighters and the residents, the district board said.

    Frank Bart, Wauconda mayor

    Wauconda mayor to name Yost chief without board vote

    Wauconda Mayor Frank Bart on Friday said he won't ask the board to name Sgt. Pat Yost the new police chief. Rather, he'll unitarily appoint Yost to the position on a temporary basis.


    Factory fire causes $20,000 in damage

    A filter in an aluminum and steel grinding machine caught on fire Friday afternoon at a Mundelein factory and caused an estimated $20,000 in damages, authorities said. The fire at Larsen Manufacturing, 1201 Allanson Road, broke out at 2:56 p.m. as employees were working on the machine, according to the Mundelein Fire Department.

    COURTESY OF THE PALATINE PARK DISTRICT Runners take off at the starting point of the 2012 Feet Fest.

    Feet, don’t fail me now!
    The Palatine Park District Feet Fest is back, so lace up the shoes and get out there at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. And stop by for a pancake breakfast at the American Legion Hall when you are done.


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    Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa.

    Pistorius to be indicted; trial in 2014

    Oscar Pistorius will be indicted for premeditated murder on Monday and the double-amputee Olympian will go on trial in early 2014, about a year after shooting dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


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    BC-US--Egypt-International Companies,136 Companies halt operations amid violence in Egypt

    A number of international companies are suspending operations in Egypt as three days of violent clashes make the streets unsafe in Cairo.Electrolux, General Motors, Royal Dutch Shell, Toyota, Suzuki, BASF and others shut down factories and offices and told thousands of workers to stay at home.


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    Associated PressBEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah's leader blamed Sunni extremists Friday for a car bombing that killed 22 people in a Shiite neighborhood south of Beirut, heightening fears that Lebanon will be dragged further into sectarian fallout from the war in neighboring Syria.


    Bombings around Iraq's capital kill 7 people AP Photo BAG102

    Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) — Officials in Iraq say two bombings around the capital, Baghdad, have killed seven people.Police officials said that the deadlier of the two attacks took place Friday night when a bomb exploded as people left a soccer field. They said the attack in western Baghdad killed five people and wounded 15.


    Schools must teach birth control in sex ed

    As of Jan. 1, students in Illinois public schools that teach sex education mus be taught about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases — not just abstinence -- under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Pat Quinn.

    The most notable improvement at Charlestowne Mall in recent years has been a facelift for the parking lot, but shoppers remained few and far between.

    Charlestowne Mall buyers may force decision on new taxes

    St. Charles' Charlestowne Mall will be sold to a Chicago-based development team that promises it will remain a shopping center. The buyers plan to announce details in about 30 days. The ownership change may trigger a move by aldermen to create a new business district, with new taxes, to assist the new buyers.

    Aaron Lawlor

    Judge halts creation of Lake election commission

    A vilified plan to strip oversight of Lake County elections from the county clerk was halted by a judge’s order Friday afternoon. “I think it’s a great first step in challenging the unconstitutionality of the law and preserving voters’ say over who administers the elections,” said Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.


    Police stations offer prescription drug disposal

    The Des Plaines Police Station now has a prescription drug disposal box due to a collaborative effort by the Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation, the Des Plaines, Niles and Park Ridge police departments and the Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation. Residents may drop off unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs anytime, day or night at the station located at 1418 Miner St. Police...

    Marty Moylan

    Suburban hazing scandals spawn new criminal offense

    The 2012 hazing scandals at Maine West and Hoffman Estates high schools have led to the creation a new criminal offense in Illinois for failure to report hazing. Gov. Pat Quinn Friday signed legislation from state Rep. Marty Moylan of Des Plaines and state Sen. Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge creating the new charge.


    Winfield to seek another sales-tax hike

    Several months after Winfield voters approved a sales-tax hike to raise money for road repairs, village trustees have agreed to put an identical request on the March ballot. But while increasing sales taxes would help the town’s finances in the long-term, officials say an immediate problem must be addressed: the number of already crumbling streets.

    Sam Yingling

    Quinn OKs heroin task force

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday creating a task force aimed at beating back the rising use of heroin in the suburbs and throughout Illinois.

    Crystal Lake South High School installed new bleachers on the west side of the football field, resulting a lawsuit from some residents on Amberwood Drive.

    Crystal Lake South to finish, use bleachers while lawsuit proceeds

    Attorneys agreed Friday to allow Community Unit School District 155 to complete a $1.2 million bleachers expansion at Crystal Lake South High School while a lawsuit is pending against the district. The move punts the legal matter to next week, and will allow football games, physical education classes, marching band and other sports to go on unimpeded. The first home football game is Aug. 30.

    A U-2 spy plane is tested at an airstrip 90 miles north of Las Vegas that became known as Area 51.

    CIA acknowledges Area 51

    LAS VEGAS — UFO buffs and believers in space aliens are celebrating the CIA’s clearest acknowledgement yet of the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of elaborate conspiracy theories for decades.


    Moody’s downgrades Cook County debt over pensions

    Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Cook County’s credit rating, citing an ongoing county and state pension crisis. The agency announced Friday it’s lowering the rating on $3.7 billion in debt from Aa3 to A1.

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday to ban handheld cellphone use while driving. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will get a little help in enforcement from another law Quinn approved that increases penalties for drivers using electronic devices who cause accidents.

    Quinn signs bills banning hand-held phones in cars

    The law takes effect Jan. 1.The ban, which doesn’t include emergencies, puts Illinois among 11 states and Washington, D.C., which also prohibit hand-held devices. Texting behind the wheel already is illegal in Illinois.

    The sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. The NSA has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports.

    New NSA revelations stir congressional concern

    President Obama has repeatedly said that Congress was thoroughly briefed on the programs revealed by Eric Snowden in June, but some senior lawmakers said they had been unaware of the NSA audit until they read the news on Friday. The programs described earlier vacuum up vast amounts of metadata — such as telephone numbers called and called from, the time and duration of calls — from most...


    13 Batavia businesses accused of selling liquor to a minor

    Thirteen of 34 liquor sellers in Batavia sold liquor to a minor during a recent check conducted by Batavia police. "This was not a good year," Detective Sgt. Kevin Bretz said of the annual compliance check.


    Civil War-era baseball in Grayslake:

    Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum will stage a Civil War era baseball game at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. The free game will be at the Grayslake Aquatic Center softball field at Central Park, pitting the Grayslake Athletics against the McHenry County Independents. The Athletics played a close away game against the Independents in June, winning in the ninth inning, so it’s expected to be a spirited...


    Lindenhurst treasurer honored for 50 years of service

    Lindenhurst recently honored village Treasurer Art Neubauer for 50 years of service by designating Aug. 12 as “Arthur L. Neubauer Day.”


    Fire damages garage of Naperville home

    A fire in an attached garage Friday morning near Naperville was deemed to be caused by the improper disposal of smoking materials, authorities said. Emergency crews from the Naperville Fire Department were called at 9:57 a.m. to the scene of a house fire at 28W556 Juanita Drive in an unincorporated area near Naperville’s southwest side.

    Kevin Kramer

    New economic development leader in Hoffman Estates

    Hoffman Estates has named a new economic development director to replace outgoing director Gary Skoog. Kevin Kramer of Barrington’s economic and community development department will take on the day-to-day responsibilities of the Hoffman Estates’ economic development program starting Sept. 9. “This is a great opportunity for me, and I’m thrilled to be part of the village’s economic development...


    Man charged with setting fire to pet ferrets

    Cynthia Dickerson, 58, said her husband is a Vietnam veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and he’d just gone through the death of his mother “and sundry other things.” He has struggled with anger and alcohol, she said.

    Irina Walker in booking photo.

    Princess pleads not guilty in cockfighting case

    Judge John V. Acosta ordered her to surrender her passport and told her not to leave her home county, except to go to nearby Hermiston for groceries and doctor appointments.

    A Filipino trooper explains Friday how he survived as his ship sank in Cebu, central Philippines.

    Ferry sinks in collision in Philippines; 17 dead

    A ferry with nearly 700 people aboard sank near the central Philippine port of Cebu on Friday night after colliding with a cargo vessel, killing at least 17 people. Hundreds of others were rescued.

    Scott Witte, superintendent of Cantigny Golf, makes weekly checks on the 10 beehives he keeps on the course. He also keeps a protective eye on three natural beehives in the hollows of trees.

    Cantigny Golf's bee project goes global with gift to high school in Ghana

    Scott Witte is the superintendent of Cantigny Golf, but he's also a beekeeper who keeps 10 hives on the golf course. Recently, the Cantigny Golf Bee Barometer Project went global with a gift of three bee suits and two smokers to a school in Ghana, Africa.

    COURTESY OF ABC 7 A multivehicle crash and resulting fire Friday afternoon on the Tri-State Tollway near Wadsworth caused a huge traffic backup and forced all lanes to be shut down.

    I-94 reopened near Wisconsin line after crash

    All lanes of the Tri-State Tollway have reopened near the Wisconsin state line following a crash involving two semi-trucks and three cars, authorities said. The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. Friday when a northbound box truck blew a tire and sideswiped a 5-axle semitrailer truck. The second truck proceeded to hit a light pole, which fell into the southbound lanes and struck three cars, according...

    Somali vaccination workers give an anti-polio drop to a child, in Mogadishu, Somalia.

    Somalia polio outbreak spreads
    Vaccine-wielding health workers face a daunting challenge: accessing areas of Somalia controlled by al-Qaida-linked militants, where 7 of 10 children aren’t fully immunized.

    A zero net energy home under construction at The Preserve at Mountain Vista in New Paltz, N.Y.

    Big boost in home sales expected in July numbers

    Improving sales, even as borrowing costs rise, and a limited supply of homes, lots and materials are helping boost home values and builder confidence.

    Matthew Hudak

    Prosecutors drop drug charges against Schaumburg man

    Cook County prosecutors on Friday dismissed drug charges against a Schaumburg man after his defense attorney called into question the credibilty of the arresting officer, former Schaumburg undercover officer Matthew Hudak. Sean Cerami got the news on his 50th birthday. "I'm glad it's over," he said.

    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 in Forth Hood, Texas. FBI agent Donna Cowling, who searched the apartment of Hasan, testified it was nearly empty when she led a team to the home the night of the attack.

    Fort Hood suspect kicked gun from officer’s hand

    “I realized he was not slowing down whatsoever,” she testified. “He rounded the corner and within eight feet or so, we blindly began to exchange fire.”

    Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, one holding a picture of Morsi, cross the Nile as they march toward downtown Cairo from the Mohandeseen neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Egypt is bracing for more violence after the Muslim Brotherhood called for nationwide marches after Friday prayers and a “day of rage” to denounce this week’s unprecedented bloodshed. Arabic reads, “together against corruption.”

    At least 64 killed across country in Egypt clashes

    Carrying pistols and assault rifles, residents battled with protesters taking part in what the Muslim Brotherhood called a “Day of Rage,” ignited by anger at security forces for clearing two sit-in demonstrations Wednesday in clashes that killed more than 600 people.

    Kayla Dunlea of Wayne will start her junior year Monday at St. Francis High School in Wheaton. She decided to help women and their children relax while they're staying at the DuPage Family Shelter in Wheaton by donating about 175 books for them to read while there.

    Wayne girl donates more than 170 books to DuPage Family Shelter

    Kayla Dunlea's books cover the kitchen table from one end to the other at her home in Wayne. But they aren't really Kayla's books. Not anymore. On Friday, she donated all of them to the DuPage Family Shelter in Wheaton. Kayla's project, which she calls Words for Women, started with the goal of providing popular novels for women at the shelter in Wheaton. When she discovered it was a family...


    Fox Lake, Lincolnshire teachers have tentative contracts

    Teachers and administrators from Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103 and Grant High School District 124 have reached tentative agreements with their respective teachers unions on a contract. Neither will discuss the details of the contracts until the teachers ratify them in the coming months.


    Teen film fest tonight at Arlington Heights library

    The 7th annual Arlington Heights Teen Film Fest wraps up tonight with a screening of all the winning films, 7-9 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave.

    Thomas Stout

    Man faces child porn possession charge after wife calls police

    A former Carpentersville man is charged with child pornography possession after his wife, now estranged, found it on the couple's computer in March 2012. Thomas Stout, 53, of Mount Prospect, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

    A suspect in an Aug. 8 home invasion in Des Plaines.

    Sketches released of Des Plaines home invasion suspects

    Des Plaines police have released sketches of two suspects connected to a home invasion last week in which they impersonated cops. Police say they are not releasing the location of the home for fear of alarming the neighborhood. They believe the victim was targeted, and the home invasion was not random.

    Tim Sleep, Naperville’s city carillonneur, plays the practice carillon in the visitor’s center of the Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower before a summer Saturday night recital. Sleep recently was named president of the Guild of Carillonneurs of North America.

    Naperville musicians at ‘leading edge’ of carillon world

    For 13 years, Naperville has been home to an instrument found only 650 times across the world — the carillon. And a map showing the locations of carillon leaders — both in North America and internationally — might just center on Naperville, where three regular performers hold prominent positions among bell tower musicians. “For a number of reasons, Naperville is really at...

    Benjamin Biancofiori

    Wood Dale man gets 3 years in gun threat case

    A Wood Dale man accused of wielding a loaded gun during a dispute over a loud party in his neighborhood has been sentenced to three years in prison after attempted murder charges were dismissed. Benjamin Biancofiori, 33, of the 400 block of George Street, pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a Glock 33 handgun and was sentenced this week by DuPage County Judge George Bakalis.

    Mike Hill loves the Little Free Library his son built for him. People can take or leave books at any time. Solar-powered lighting illuminates the shelves at night.

    St. Charles man shares love of reading with free library

    Like many older adults, Mike Hill knew what he didn't want for his birthday this year: More stuff. Hill, 70, has a comfortable life and home at 418 S. Sixth St. in St. Charles. He instead wanted help pursuing his passion of encouraging people to read. He asked his son, Brian, to build him a Little Free Library. And now passers-by can participate in the worldwide movement to make books easily...

    Joe Rothleutner, tree improvement specialist for the Morton Arboretum, documents his St. John's Wort plant data. White bags are kept over the newly pollinated plant, protecting it from pests and cross contamination.

    Moving Picture: Arboretum specialist creates new plants

    Joe Rothleutner, a tree improvement specialist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, helps select, breed or cross trees and shrubs to develop new cultivars to be planted in Chicago and the suburbs. Working at one of the world's premier woody plant museums and facilities, he says he loves the work.

    ComEd crews can't fix a power outage in Carol Stream's Armstrong Park because a broken electrical line is underneath this clay mound.

    Armstrong Park light fix waiting on stormwater project

    A lighting outage in Carol Stream's Armstrong Park can't be fixed because the break in the electrical line sits underneath a large mound that won't be moved until a long-delayed stormwater project begins, officials said. The outage has primarily affected light poles that illuminate the park's roller hockey court and baseball fields.

    Kindergartner Christopher Carmona high-fives his dad before leaving him to begin his first day of classes Thursday at Johnson School in Bensenville.

    Bensenville elementary schools consolidated

    First day of school at Johnson elementary in Bensenville Elementary District 2. The school was renovated over the summer and will now house not only students who previously attended Johnson but also Mohawk School. The school is designed to offer more space for programs and to reduce class size. It also provides improved student services to students requiring English Language Learning assistance.

    Jewish survivor Kurt Jacoby of Lincolnshire, center talks to Arif Quersehi about his experiences before the presentation “Shanghai Memory” based on survivors of the World War II Shanghai Ghetto Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Rosemont. The Shanghai Ghetto in China was an area where Jews fled Europe to escape Nazi persecution. Jacoby's brother Gerry is behind and to the left.

    Survivors of Shanghai Ghetto honored in Rosemont

    Roughly a dozen survivors of a lesser-known chapter of World War II history -- the Shanghai Ghetto -- were honored Thursday at a dinner held in Rosemont and organized by the Lincolnshire-based Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation. “It's always interesting for us to get together and talk — there are not too many of us left,” said Gerry Jacoby, a Lincolnshire resident...

    Hannah Anderson arrives at the Boll Weevil restaurant for a fundraiser in her honor to raise money for her family, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 in Lakeside, Calif. The father of Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old girl who was abducted by a longtime family friend and rescued during an FBI shootout in the Idaho wilderness says his daughter is spending time with family and friends and happy to be home.

    California teen welcomed home after kidnapping

    A 16-year-old girl got a warm welcome home reception five days after FBI agents killed a longtime family friend suspected of torturing and killing her mother and brother and escaping with her to the Idaho wilderness. Hannah Anderson was mobbed by reporters as she entered and left a restaurant that hosted an all-day fundraiser. News crews were told to wait outside while Hannah and her father...


    District 214 approves tentative budget for 2013-2014

    The Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school board approved a tentative, balanced budget for 2013-2014 at Thursday's meeting. “We're lucky we have tremendous support from our community and that they feel schools are important,” board member Dan Petro said. “We're still doing something that Springfield's not doing, we're living within our means.”

    In this image from video made available by NASA, Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin participates in a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin are to install cabling for a new lab due to arrive at the station in a few months.

    2 Russian cosmonauts turn cable guys in spacewalk

    Russian cosmonauts are taking a spacewalk to lay cable for a new lab that’s due to arrive at the International Space Station in a few months.

    President Barack Obama, with daughter Malia, rides bicycles in Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, after first lady Michelle Obama, with daughter Sasha, not pictured, passed by first, during their family vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

    Family bike ride for Obamas on Martha’s Vineyard

    President Barack Obama says he’s having a “great time as always” on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Obama took his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha on a late Friday morning bike ride through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury.

    An attempt to fix a problem with the new health care law has created a situation in which members of Congress and their staffers could gain access to abortion coverage, something that currently is denied to federal employees who get health insurance through the government. “Under this scheme (the government) will be paying the administrative costs,” said Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., author of abortion funding ban for federal employee plans. “It’s a radical deviation and departure from current federal law, and it’s not for all federal employees, but for a subset: Congress. Us.”

    Abortion coverage for Congress under health law?

    It’s an issue lawmakers may not want to have to explain at town hall meetings back home: An attempt to fix a problem with the new health care law has created a situation in which members of Congress and their staffers could gain access to abortion coverage, something that currently is denied to federal employees who get health insurance through the government’s plan.

    Earthquake damage to a property in the small South Island town of Seddon after a magnitude-6.5 earthquake hit in the upper South Island of New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Strong earthquakes shook central New Zealand on Friday, damaging homes, destroying a bridge and sending office workers scrambling for cover in the capital. No serious injuries have been reported.

    Quakes shake central New Zealand, damaging homes

    Strong earthquakes shook central New Zealand on Friday, damaging homes and roads and sending office workers scrambling for cover in the capital. No serious injuries were reported. A magnitude-6.5 temblor struck just after 2:30 p.m. near the small South Island town of Seddon, and at least six aftershocks were 5.0 magnitude or stronger. Several homes near the epicenter were severely damaged.

    A British High Court judge granted a group of Richard’s relatives the right to challenge plans to rebury the 15th-century monarch in the city of Leicester. The relatives want him buried in the northern England city of York, claiming it was the king’s wish. Richard was killed in battle in 1485. His skeleton was found last year under a Leicester parking lot.

    Legal tussle erupts over bones of Richard III

    He’s been deposed, reviled, buried and dug up, and now a new battle looms over England’s King Richard III. A British High Court judge on Friday granted a group of Richard’s relatives permission to challenge plans to rebury the 15th-century monarch in the central England city of Leicester, where his remains were found last year.

    Ruby Macias, 9, center, who was pulled from the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School in the May 20, 2013 tornado, swings on a tire swing with her sister, Aylin, 4, left, and brother Angel, 7. Angel was also at the school on the day of the tornado. Now she gets scared whenever the weather turns bad and remains troubled by the death of her close friend, Sydney Angle. “She says she dreams about her friend,” said Ruby’s mother, Veronica Macias. “I don’t know what to tell her.”

    New school year awaits kids who survived twister

    Nearly three months after a twister blasted through this Oklahoma City suburb and destroyed two elementary schools, officials and many families hope Friday’s start of a new school year will help students put the memory of the deadly tornado behind them. Though many families are ready to return to a familiar routine, parents and teachers say the town’s children have fears that are still fresh and...

    George Economos of Whole Food Markets makes vegan chocolate mousse with organic raspberries during a Taste of the Towns event at Paulus Park in Lake Zurich.

    Taste of the Towns returns to Lake Zurich

    Taste of the Towns returns to Lake Zurich for the seventh straight year on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich.

    A wave of car bombs in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday killed and wounded dozens of people, the latest attacks in a months-long surge in violence. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

    Other crises overshadow growing violence in Iraq

    Security crises in Egypt, Syria and other countries are overshadowing rising death tolls and new fears of civil war in Iraq, once the top U.S. priority in the Mideast. However, the prospect that sectarian violence could fuel instability beyond Iraq’s borders remains a concern for the Obama administration.

    Prosecutors say Oscar Pistorius will be indicted for premeditated murder on Monday and he will go on trial in early 2014 for shooting dead his girlfriend.

    Prosecutors: Pistorius trial early next year

    Prosecutors say Oscar Pistorius will be indicted for premeditated murder on Monday and he will go on trial in early 2014 for shooting dead his girlfriend. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Medupe Simasiku tells The Associated Press the exact date for the trial has not yet been set and will likely be decided on Monday, the double-amputee Olympian’s next appearance in court.

    Kane County officials are starting to put money behind significant recreational changes to the former Settlers Hill landfill in Geneva.

    Settlers Hill work could cost $1.6 million in 2014

    Kane County officials are still waiting for Waste Management to sign off on a plan for the old Settlers Hill landfill to become at least a temporary dump for unwanted topsoil. But they aren't waiting on plans to pay for the site upgrades. A preliminary budget shows $1 million in landfill funds dedicated to beginning construction on a cross country course and another $550,000 for phase 1 of the...


    Reactions to developments in Egypt

    Reactions on Friday around the world to developments in Egypt following clashes in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands injured.

    The U.S. National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the intelligence agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. In one case, telephone calls from Washington were intercepted when the city’s area code was confused with the dialing code for Egypt.

    Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

    The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order.


    U.S. judge refuses to halt Chicago school closings

    A federal judge ruled Thursday that he won’t order a halt to public school closings in Chicago, a decision that followed days of sometimes emotional testimony on the issue last month. In his 54-page ruling, U.S. District Judge John Lee says parents who requested the injunction failed to prove kids forced to attend new schools “would suffer substantial harm as a result of the school closures.”


    2,400 plus Wisconsin students apply for religious school vouchers

    More than 2,400 students applied to receive a taxpayer-funded voucher to attend private religious schools, nearly five times more than the enrollment cap of 500, data released Thursday by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction shows.


    Former Cook County school official accused of stealing $1.5 million

    Prosecutors say they’ve charged a former suburban Chicago school district official with stealing $1.5 million over 20 years. The Cook County state’s attorney announced the charges Thursday against 54-year-old Robert Healy of LaGrange Highlands. He was treasurer of Lyons Township Trustees for Schools.


    Chicago officials expand Greencorps job-training

    Transportation officials are expanding the Greencorps Chicago job-training program this summer to the city’s southeast side. The Chicago Department of Transportation announced Thursday work would include boulevard and median


    Chicago welcomes 4 new food trucks to its streets

    Four new food trucks are hitting the streets of Chicago, and one of them is equipped with an onboard barbecue smoker. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office announced the newly licensed food trucks Thursday. The trucks include the Husky Hog BBQ, the city’s first barbecue truck equipped with an onboard smoker.


    Investigation continues into Ill. pipeline fire

    Investigators say they still don’t know what caused a massive pipeline fire this week in western Illinois. Monday’s rupture and fire in Erie created a 15-foot-deep crater in a cornfield and sent rolling flames hundreds of feet into the air. The fire could be seen for miles.


    Man arrested after leaving ID at crime scene

    Police didn’t have to work too hard to track down a man they say robbed a central Illinois home after he left his Department of Corrections ID card on the ground. The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports 25-year-old Drake A. Ellis was arrested this week. He’s being held in the Macon County Jail on $50,000 bond for variety of charges for the burglary along with aggravated battery.

    Local health officials announced Thursday they had discovered mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in Elgin. It was the second time in the past 30 days infected mosquitoes have been collected in the northern end of Kane County, though no human cases have been verified so far.

    Dawn Patrol: Islamic group protests police trainer; West Nile in Elgin

    Islamic group protests police trainer coming to Lombard. West Nile mosquitoes found in Elgin. 4 arrested in connection with Batavia burglaries. Elgin woman ticketed in car vs. motorcycle crash. Man serving 67 years for 2001 attack wants 2nd chance. Addison remembers high school teacher, chamber treasurer. More good than bad for offense in Bears’ win. Herrmann’s hit in 9th lifts Twins over Sox.

    Marian Rodriguez, a marketing representative at CARSTAR Mundelein, has received the President's Volunteer Service Award. Part of the kudos included the signed letter she's holding from President Barack Obama.

    High praise for Mundelein business' employee for her volunteerism

    An employee at a Mundelein business has received a national service award in recognition of her volunteerism. Marian Rodriguez, who works as a marketing representative at CARSTAR Mundelein automobile body repair, is among the recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award for donating 499 hours last year to the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.

    Brandon Meier recently switched from jockey to working the starting gate at Arlington International Racecourse. Meier is the youngest person working the start gate.

    Former jockey finds new path at Arlington racecourse

    Many Arlington International Racecourse fans know Brandon Meier as the young jockey hoping to follow the successful path of his father, veteran jockey Randall Meier. When they call the horses to post for Saturday's 31st Arlington Million, however, the Wheaton native will not be in the starting gate as a jockey. But he will be at the gate - in his new career as a member of the starting gate crew.

    Henry Kunzer, 8, of Naperville stacked backpacks higher than his head while attending the Wheaton Rotary Club’s backpack stuffing event at Arrowhead Golf Course club house Thursday.

    Backpacks help kids start year off right in Wheaton Warrenville

    As back to school shopping goes, picking out the perfect backpack is tops on many students’ list. But not every family can afford the luxury -- even in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200. With the help of other service groups and businesses, the Wheaton Rotary Club has purchased 1,700 backpacks for kids in need to ensure every student has a backpack full of supplies when school starts on...

    A dragonfly lands on a flower at the Chicago Botanical Garden in Glencoe.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 12th.

    Many parents feel safer because their children have phones.

    Poll Vault: When should kids have their own phones?

    When is the best time to bestow an iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4? Should younger kids have phones that are only, well, phones — with no cameras or Internet access?


    Dandino gets to the finish line first and wins the American St. Leger at Arlington Park on Saturday. “I was locked in the whole race, but he was the best horse,” said jockey Ryan Moore.

    Dandino just dandy at Arlington Million

    Forget about pace making the race. In the second running of the $400,000 American St. Leger it was all about space making the race. And that was especially true for Dandino (4-5), the heavy favorite in the 1 11/16ths miles marathon on the turf at Arlington International Racecourse.


    Cougars shut down by Bees

    A second-inning solo home run off the bat of Willson Contreras accounted for the Kane County Cougars only run against the host Burlington Bees in a 5-1 loss Friday.


    Boomers rally, increase division lead

    The Schaumburg Boomers extended their lead in the Frontier League’s West Division to 2 games with 17 to play by rallying from down three runs to steal a 4-3 win over the visiting Traverse City Beach Bums on Friday.

    Ryne Sandberg takes questions from reporters after being announced as Philadelphia’s manager during a news conference before the Phillies played the Dodgers on Friday.

    Cubs’ Barney thrilled for Ryno

    Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney said Friday he is happy for Ryne Sandberg being named interim manager of the Phillies. Barney played for Sandberg in the Cubs' minor-league system and credits Sandberg for much of his success.

    Paul Konerko, left, congratulates Adam Dunn after Dunn's solo home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Kevin Correia during Friday night's game in Minneapolis. The Sox beat the Twins 5-2.

    Dunn hits 28th homer to lead White Sox over Twins

    Adam Dunn hit his 28th home run and Jose Quintana tossed six sharp innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Quintana (7-4) scattered six hits over 6 2-3 innings, giving up two runs and striking out seven.Jeff Keppinger also homered to help Chicago snap its season-worst, 10-game road losing streak.

    It’s early, but linebacker Jonathan Bostic has shown flashes of great ability in the Bears’ first two preseason games.

    Bears’ Bostic showing special skills already

    Rookie middle linebacker Jonathan Bostic could be on the fast track to the Bears' starting lineup, just like some of the more famous linebackers in franchise history.

    This photo released by Benoit Photo shows Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix, and Gary Stevens, right, holding off Dhaamer and Julien Leparoux for victory in the Grade III $100,000 Sunset Handicap Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Betfair Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/ Benoit Photo)

    Jockey Stevens primed and ready for Million

    A Hall of Fame riding career.A silky smooth segue into film and television.A comeback at age 50 after seven years out of the saddle that has included a win aboard 15-longshot Oxbow in the Preakness — the kind of stuff not even top Hollywood script writers could conjure up.Face it; Gary Stevens is a star.

    A foreign entry, Bayrir (France) with jockey Christophe Lemaire, captured the 2012 Secretariat at Arlington International Racecourse. This year the field included 10 American horses.

    Secretariat loaded with American contenders

    Of the four major stakes races on the International Festival of Racing program, the Grade I Secretariat leads the way with horses representing the red, white and blue flag.Ten horses from the United States join three from across seas to contest the 1¼-miles $500,000 turf showcase. which serves as the third leg of the Mid-America Triple for 3-year old colts and geldings.The American horses are trying to snap a two-year winning streak by the foreign invaders.

    Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix is the morningline favorite for the $750,000 Beverly D at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Can Marketing Mix post a Beverly D win?

    That little 9-year-old boy you used to see wearing a suit and tie in the early 1990s at Arlington International Racecourse hasn’t changed his wardrobe.And he is still coming to the Arlington oval. Except now, instead of following every move of his grandfather, Craig Bernick is following in his footsteps. Elite thoroughbred owner Leonard Lavin, the founder of Alberto-Culver Co., used to bring his grandson to the races to watch his star thoroughbreds race in the 1990s. In 2008, the 93-year-old Leonard turned his operation over to his grandson. Bernick is now president and chief executive officer of Glen Hill Farm in Ocala, Fla., and he will be at Arlington International Racecourse with stable hero Marketing Mix, the 2-1 morningline favorite in the 24th running of the Grade 1 $750,000 Beverly D.

    St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, right, turns the double play forcing out Chicago Cubs’ Donnie Murphy (8) at second and getting Starlin Castro at first during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Chicago.

    Sveum a big fan of coming challenge system

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum is a big fan of NFL football. He says he's in favor of Major League Baseball going to an expanded system of replay, whereby managers can challenge umpires' calls, similar to what NFL coaches are able to do.

    Cubs left fielder Junior Lake, left, and right fielder Nate Schierholtz celebrate the Cubs’ 7-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Chicago.

    Arrieta mows down Cardinals
    The Cubs feel they have some positive intrigue working for them in pitcher Jake Arrieta. The 27-year-old right-hander made his second start for the Cubs since being traded from Baltimore, and it was a second solid start as he and the Cubs beat the Cardinanls 7-0 Friday at Wrigley Field.

    A favorite in the grueling American St. Leger race, Dandino, above, could face a good challenge from Wigmore Hall, a six-year-old gelding that has raced in two Arlington Millions.

    Wigmore Hall pins hopes on St. Leger

    If at first you don’t succeed in the Festival of Racing at Arlington Park, try, try ... and then try again.And if you have to change races along the way, well, no problem, especially if you’re European import and globe-trekking master Wigmore Hall, who will be making his fourth straight Million Day start at a track he seems to adore. “He definitely knows he’s back here (at Arlington),” said Gillian Doman, assistant to trainer Michael Bell. “He loves it here. He’s going around there bucking and squealing.

    Jockey Kent Desormeaux will be a busy guy during Saturday’s festival, riding La Tia in the Beverly D and Tattenham in the Secretariat.

    Veteran Desormeaux enjoying Arlington return

    When jockey Kent Desormeaux relocated to Arlington Park this summer after an admittedly rocky stretch of years, he was a man with a plan. “I came here to reinvent my career,” Desormeaux said Friday morning.Looks like it's been mission accomplished for the veteran rider.

    Marion Bartoli, of France, smiles as she holds the trophy after winning the women’s Wimbledon singles final in July. With her body aching after another loss, Bartoli decided to retire from tennis Wednesday.

    Bartoli retires just 6 weeks after Wimbledon triumph

    There’s something to be said for knowing when to say when in sports. Too many athletes leave broken and gasping, literally limping off on their last leg. Marion Bartoli apparently wanted no part of that. Just six weeks ago, the French tennis star was on top of the world, celebrating a championship at Wimbledon. It was the first Grand Slam title of her successful 13-year career. She surprised reporters earlier this week by retiring after her loss in the second round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

    Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro takes a high throw from second baseman Darwin Barney off a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals’ Jon Jay and forces out Matt Carpenter at second during Friday’s game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 7-0.

    Cubs shut out Cardinals 7-0 at Wrigley

    Jake Arrieta threw seven shutout innings and Nate Schierholtz drove in three runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Arrieta (1-0) allowed two hits and struck out seven for his first win with the Cubs.

    Philadelphia Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg gets his team ready for their game Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Now Philly manager, Sandberg goes full circle

    After a Hall of Fame playing career, Ryne Sandberg rode the buses as a minor league manager for six years, but it was always with the goal of getting back to the big leagues. He finally got there this year as a coach and now he’s a big league manager.

    Ryne Sandberg is the new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Ryne Sandberg new Phillies manager

    Charlie Manuel has been fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, with his team out of the pennant race and in a tailspin since the All-Star break. Manuel was replaced by Hall of Famer and former Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies’ third base coach.

    Former Chicago Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks dances with Laura Ricketts, co-owner of the Cubs, during a ceremony at Wrigley Field honoring Banks, who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this year.

    Mr. Cub certainly deserving of Medal of Freedom honor

    Perennial fan favorite and beloved Chicago Cub Ernie Banks is receiving the Presidential Medal of Honor. Mike North recalls how, even when the Cubs were losing, Ernie’s at bats were a must-see event for him.


    Prince rallies Sky from 16 down in win over Storm

    Epiphanny Prince scored 12 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Sky rallied from 16 points down in the second half to beat the Seattle Storm 79-66 on Thursday night.Swin Cash scored 18 points against her former team, Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 10 rebounnds and Allie Quigley added a career-high 10 points for the Sky (16-8). Chicago used a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter to avoid the two-game season sweep by Seattle.They Sky were without leading scorer Elena Delle Donne due to a foot injury.Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points to lead Seattle (10-13).


    A mural of Mexico’s former President Lazaro Cardenas covers a wall Friday as part of political propaganda from the PRD party in Mexico City.

    Fight over ex-president marks Mexico’s oil debate

    Both sides in the heated debate over proposals to open Mexico’s oil industry to private companies are using the image of former president Lazaro Cardenas, roughly Mexico’s equivalent of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    Trader Peter Tuchman reacts to another trader’s comment as he works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Dow slips to worst week of 2013

    Stocks had a decent start to the week, but investors were hit hard the last three days. The Dow retreated 2.2 percent for the week, its worst in 2013. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 2.1 percent for the week, its second-worst performance of the year.


    GM recalls nearly 293,000 Cruzes for brake problem

    The recall affects Cruzes made in Lordstown, Ohio, from the 2011 and 2012 model years that are equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and 6T-40 six-speed automatic transmissions, the company said Friday.

    George Tsapoitis displays an online usage and utility screen connected to a electric smart meter in his Canada home. Some electric companies are increasingly offering customized pay plans, made easier by the growing use of digital meters that wirelessly link electric companies and customers.

    Power companies dangle free nights and weekends

    “We are seeing a transformation in the way people buy and use electricity in the U.S.,” says Steven Murray, president of Direct Energy’s residential energy programs.

    Demonstrators hold placards Friday during a protest against the coup in Egypt, across from the Egyptian embassy in central London.

    Companies halt operations amid violence in Egypt

    General Motors’ Egyptian operations will remain shut indefinitely, including a plant in the Cairo suburb of 6th October City where it makes cars, light trucks and minibuses. The auto giant has about 1,400 workers in Egypt, where in 1983 it became the first private automaker to establish operations in the country.

    A customer looks at a Samsung Electronics Co. smartphone inside a SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Ltd. store in Hong Kong. Samsung posted second-quarter earnings July 26 that missed analyst estimates as sales growth for the flagship Galaxy S4 was curbed by slowing demand for high-end handsets.

    Sources: Samsung about to unveil wearable smartphone

    The Galaxy Gear being released next month won’t have a flexible display, though the company is continuing to work on developing a bendable screen, one person said. It will be unveiled the same day as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, a combination smartphone and tablet computer.


    Integrys in Chicago declares 68 cent quarterly dividend
    The board of directors of Integrys Energy Group in Chicago has declared a quarterly dividend of 68 cents per share on common stock, payable on Sept. 20 to shareholders of record Aug. 30.


    Deerfield’s United Stationers appoints new CFO

    United Stationers Inc. of Deerfield has named Todd Shelton as senior vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Fareed Khan, who left the company to accept a position. Shelton is currently president of United Stationers Supply and has held several key business and financial leadership roles during his 12 years at United Stationers.


    Lisle-based KONE among world’s most innovative companies

    For the third consecutive year, Lisley-based KONE has been ranked among the top 100 most innovative companies in the world by business magazine Forbes. KONE’s ranking rose to 37 from 42 last year. Of the European companies listed, KONE is ranked as 12.


    Chicago to audit department after ex-head indicted

    Chicago’s mayor will review the last two years of activity in the Finance Department after the city’s ex-comptroller was indicted in Ohio on charges of money laundering, bribery and public corruption. Amer Ahmad is Ohio’s former state deputy treasurer. Federal prosecutors in Ohio charged him Thursday for crimes they say occurred between 2009 and 2011.


    Mom says worm in son’s drink; Kraft investigating

    HOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan woman says she sucked up what appears to be a wiggling white worm when taking a sip of her son’s packaged juice drink.Emmie Field of Livingston County’s Howell Township says she spit it out Sunday and saved it. She tells the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell there “wasn’t enough mouthwash in the world to get the feeling out of my mouth.”Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. says it’s investigating, and laboratory officials are expected to visit Field’s home Friday. Kraft Foods says in a statement that it can’t be sure of what was found without examining the Capri Sun drink pouch.The drink was for Field’s 18-month-old son Carter. The store where it was sold says it also has contacted Kraft Foods.

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders is at its highest level in nearly eight years, fueled by optimism that demand for new homes will drive sales growth into next year.

    U.S. homebuilder confidence nears 8-year high

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders is at its highest level in nearly eight years, fueled by optimism that demand for new homes will drive sales growth into next year. The brighter sales outlook is the latest sign pointing to a sustained pickup in construction in coming months and comes as applications for permits to build single-family houses are at a five-year high.

    Shoppers peruse the aisles at a Wal-Mart in Bristol, Pa. Americans increased their spending at an annual rate of just 1.8 percent in the April-June quarter, down from a 2.3 percent rate in the January-March period. Consumer spending is expected to improve in the second half of the year. But most economists foresee only a slight acceleration to an annual rate of 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

    Tepid U.S. retail sales raising doubts about economy

    Bleaker outlooks at retailers like Wal-Mart and Macy’s are raising doubts that consumers will spend enough in coming months to lift the still-subpar U.S. economy. Though the economy is growing steadily, Americans are being hampered by weak pay, higher taxes and tepid hiring. Sluggish overseas economies are also slowing sales for U.S. retailers.

    The value of Midwestern farmland continues to soar.

    Fed: Midwest farmland value keeps rising

    The value of Midwestern farmland continues to soar.The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis says in a report issued Thursday that a five-year trend of increasing farmland values continued in the district it covers. Farmland values are up 11 percent in the second quarter compared to the first quarter, and are up more than 20 percent compared to the second quarter of 2012.

Life & Entertainment


    Robin Thicke heads to court over ‘Blurred Lines’

    Robin Thicke is asking a federal judge to determine his song “Blurred Lines” doesn’t copy from elements of two other songs.


    Bindweed rootstocks can extend 20 feet

    Q. I was wondering if you can help me with a weed I have on my property. The weed is thin and looks for something to wrap around. It has little green leaves on it. Not hard to pull out, but what a pain if you don’t catch it early. It does die off with a spraying of Roundup or similar glyphosates, but how can I discourage it from coming back.


    Drink events: Specials at Fresco 21
    Fresco 21’s new specials. Mon Ami Gabi’s martini dinner. Cab’s Wine Bar’s new concoctions.

    Host Chris Hardwick discusses episodes of AMC’s “Walking Dead” with guests like Chad Coleman, Yvette Nicole Brown and Norman Reedus in the aftershow “Talking Dead.”

    Cable after-shows keeping the conversation going

    The closing credits of a Discovery Channel Shark Week special barely ended before “Shark After Dark Live” filled the screen. Host Josh Wolf sat in the fish tank-themed studio and bantered with guests on a couch about what type of shark is most terrifying. Taryn Southern, the show’s “social media goddess,” scrolled through a laptop and an iPad simultaneously. A casual atmosphere, a slightly goofy tone and a focused discussion of the TV show that aired mere moments ago, tweets flying across the screen — welcome to the modern day after-show.


    Class act? ‘Downton Abbey’ enters merchandise fray

    Forget “Mad Men” modernism. This season’s style is all about “Downton Abbey”’s Edwardian opulence. Millions around the world have been seduced by the straight-laced but stylish world of the British historical drama. Soon they’ll be able to take some of that style home, getting lips as soft as Lady Mary’s, wine inspired by Lord Grantham’s favorite tipple — and even walls as gray as Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen.

    British stuntman Mark Sutton, who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond, died this week in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wingsuit.

    Q&A on the extreme sport of wingsuit flying

    The extreme sport of wingsuit flying that killed British stuntman Mark Sutton this week involves a special aerodynamic jumpsuit developed about a decade ago. It creates fabric batwing sleeves around a person’s arms and a flap between the legs. Wingsuit fliers also normally use parachutes designed for skydiving or jumping from fixed objects such as a building or a bridge.

    Photographer Lori Fusaro hugging her two dogs: Gabby, 10, left, and Sunny, 17, at Playa del Rey in Los Angeles. Fusaro is working on “Silver Hearts,” a photo book of old dogs.

    Pet adopters urged to consider old, needy animals

    Sunny was 16 when she was left at an animal shelter by the family she had lived with all her life. The 75-pound bulldog-pit bull mix had cancer and infected eyes, and shelter workers figured the family probably couldn’t handle medical costs. “She was so sad and depressed, lethargic, sick looking. She wouldn’t even lift her head for a treat,” said photographer Lori Fusaro, who was taking pictures of old dogs at the Los Angeles shelter that day in June 2012. Fusaro, 44, had always avoided adopting older dogs because she didn’t think she could handle it when they died. Sunny changed her mind. “No old dog should be left to die alone, unloved and broken-hearted on a concrete slab in a strange place,” she said.

    The Rydis robot vacuum from Moneualusa.com which has several cleaning settings, including an option to schedule a clean while you are away and a room indicator system to custom design the vacuuming intensity in different parts of the room.

    There is an art to vacuuming

    Housekeeping, drudgery? Not to us members of the unofficial “clean club.” You know if you belong: You enthusiastically discuss your favorite cleaning tools, staying loyal to equipment and techniques that have served you well over the years. You understand the difference between a crevice tool and an upholstery nozzle. Vacuuming? You see it as an art.


    Theater events: Mike Toomey examines 'TV & Me'

    Mike Toomey brings his one-man comedy show to Fox Valley Repertory, former "Saturday Night Live" veteran Nora Dunn debuts her one-woman show at Theater Wit and more this week in Chicago-area theater.

    Jeff D’Agostino pours a Great Lakes Eliot Ness at D’Agostino’s Pizza and Pub in Wheeling.

    When it comes to food, beer and fun, Wheeling’s ‘Dags’ delivers

    The D’Agostino family opened an outpost of its famous Wrigleyville pizzeria in the former Hackney’s location earlier this year. Walk into D’Agostino’s Pizza and Pub on a Monday night and you’ll be greeted by a balloon artist creating inflatable puppies and crowns for youngsters. Walk into the Milwaukee Avenue on a game day, and you’re in for a different experience, one with football on flatscreens and craft beers flowing from the taps.

    Prospect Heights’ Ben Weasel and Screenching Weasel will perform at this year’s Riot Fest.

    Local bands go big-time for Riot Fest

    Sure, the Replacements and Blink-182 are playing Riot Fest. But here's a look at all the local talent taking the stage.

    Jeff D’Agostino pours a Great Lakes Eliot Ness at D’Agostino’s Pizza and Pub in Wheeling.

    When it comes to food, beer and fun, Wheeling’s ‘Dags’ delivers

    The D’Agostino family opened an outpost of its famous Wrigleyville pizzeria in the former Hackney’s location earlier this year. Walk into D’Agostino’s Pizza and Pub on a Monday night and you’ll be greeted by a balloon artist creating inflatable puppies and crowns for youngsters. Walk into the Milwaukee Avenue on a game day, and you’re in for a different experience, one with football on flatscreens and craft beers flowing from the taps.

    Michael Finley, left, stars in Signal Ensemble Theatre's “This is War.”

    Suburban performers make an impression on Chicago stages

    An undergraduate who juggles classes and a burgeoning career. An actor/choreographer who teaches kids in his spare time. And a middle school student who, at 12, is already a seasoned veteran. These three suburban natives are currently making their marks on Chicago stages.


    Simple steps to unclog that shower drain

    A hot shower is something we all look forward to after a long day’s work. But if the drain is running slow or not at all, it becomes a lot less rewarding. But it can be cleared, hopefully without a lot of drama. Here are some things you can try to free up that clogged shower drain.


    Vacationeers should shut off water before hitting the road

    Planning and packing for a summer trip can be hectic, but smart homeowners don’t lock the front door without first turning off their property’s water supply.


    Inconsistency found in home inspector’s report

    Q. Our Realtor used the summary section to review the inspector’s findings with us. The summary included all of the other safety defects, but did not mention a damaged electrical conduit mentioned in the report. After the sale we had to pay an electrician $580 to repair it.

    A number of custom homebuilders developed the Hampton in the Park neighborhood in Roselle.

    Upscale Hampton in the Park in neighborhood spotlight

    A small enclave of upscale homes in Roselle, Hampton in the Park, began when the developer sold 89 lots to several builders for the construction of custom homes. One of the builders was Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, which purchased about 25 lots to teach carpentry and other home construction skills to students.


    Kill Fannie and Freddie? Maybe not so fast

    You may have seen two sets of news reports last week that didn’t quite add up: First, President Obama called for the liquidation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country’s largest providers of funds for home mortgages. Then a couple of days later, Fannie Mae announced its sixth straight quarterly profit and said it was sending $10.2 billion in dividends to the Treasury. Freddie Mac also reported a hefty profit and said it is providing $4.4 billion in dividends to the government.

    Glass domes add brilliance and beauty to your home’s decor, because they allow you to beautifully showcase daily items.

    Clearly, glass brings beauty and function to decor

    My favorite decorating tools are those that score a perfect 10 in the categories of form and function. Glass delivers on both counts by adding brilliance and beauty to home decor while also serving as a reliable workhorse, helping out with lots of tasks around the home.


    Courtesy of Mike Schoepke, 2010 Veterans gather at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. during an Honor Flight Chicago trip.

    Editorial: An important milestone for recognizing veterans

    A Daily Herald editorial praises the important mission of Honor Flight after it completed its 50th mission serving World War II veterans.


    Blame Democrats for sequestration
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The concept of sequestration came from a Democratic president. The law was enacted by a Democrat-controlled Congress. The law was signed by a Democratic president.


    Jackson sentence doesn’t make justice
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: What a travesty! Poor Rod Blagojevich gets 15 years for lying and didn’t steal a cent, and Jesse Jackson Jr. gets 2½ years for stealing $750,000. Go figure. To top it off, Jackson says he’ll “try” to make restitution.


    Parents, beware of this animation online
    A Glenview letter to the editor: Today, at this very moment, an 8-year-old child can log onto the Fox Broadcast Co.’s website and access extremely explicit animated content with no parental controls. These cartoons are part of Fox’s way to market its new Animation Domination Hi-Def (ADHD) programming block to kids. Kids are going to watch whether the content is appropriate or not.


    How government is sold to corporations
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: Do you wonder why your middle class lifestyle isn’t improving while corporations are making billions and their executives are making obscene salaries?


    Study Bible with open mind
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I wanted to respond to Marion Blais’s Aug. 3 letter “Study required to appreciate Bible.” I couldn’t agree more. But which Bible should be studied?


    Obama policies giving terrorists an edge
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: With the Boston bombing not far behind us and given the recent activities of al-Qaida and the Taliban, all Americans should be vigilant. The failed policies of Hillary Clinton and President Obama have put us all at risk.


    Work to get people out of low-paying jobs
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: In response Donna Brazile’s “People’s contest” column on Aug 9, she writes about a walkout demanding pay raises for fast food employees from $7.50 an hour to $15 an hour. Where’s the money going to come from? Do you think a struggling single mom will pay $10 for a Happy Meal?


    Hardworking Americans are benefiting whom?
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: The Walton family, sitting on a fortune of $90 billion through their ownership of Wal-Mart stock, paid 15 percent in federal taxes on a dividend payout that was accelerated to prevent their paying a tax rate of more than 40 percent. Wal-Mart is also notorious for paying its employees such low wages that many of them qualify for Medicaid, another program financed by public tax money.


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