Daily Archive : Sunday August 18, 2013



    Police to crack down on drunken driving

    A number of suburban police department are taking an even more dim view of drunken driving than usual and will have extra patrols on the streets now through Sept. 2. These include Arlington Hts., Mount Prospect, Barrington, Elk Grove Village and others.

    Kindergarten teacher Julie Silverberg reads to her students during class at Washington Elementary School in Mundelein. The lesson ties into the new Common Core State Standards by teaching kids how to ask and answer questions about books.

    New curriculum standards change suburban classrooms

    Evan Borkowski’s 8th grade math class at Algonquin Middle School doesn’t look the same as it did last year. He arranged his students’ desks differently and changed up his lesson plans. This is the first year Borkowski and his fellow math teachers in Community Unit District 300 will tailor their curriculum to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

    Three-point shooting wiz Josh Ruggles practices from his home basketball court. In a video that went viral, Josh knocked down 135 shots in 5 minutes, missing only 12.

    Video of Wheaton teen's 3-point shooting goes viral

    Sixteen-year-old Wheaton Academy junior Josh Ruggles is building a YouTube fan base with a video showing him making 135 three-point baskets in 5 minutes. That video has gone viral with a quarter-million views. “I've gotten so many texts and tweets from people I don't even know,” Josh says.

    Crews are beginning construction Monday on a Route 59 expansion project in Naperville and Aurora that includes reconfiguring the interchange with I-88.

    Long-awaited Route 59 construction begins Monday in Naperville

    It’s likely to be a hurry-up-and-wait kind of commute for the next two years on a 3.5-mile segment of Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora, but officials say they’re glad the long-awaited expansion project finally is under way. Crews are starting the nearly $90 million project Monday and will be working until an estimated completion date in late summer or fall 2015.

    Three-point shooting Phenom Josh Ruggles takes a shot Friday at his home basketball court in Wheaton. The Wheaton Academy junior is building a YouTube fan base with a video showing him making 135 three-point baskets in 5 minutes.

    Weekend in Review: Rt. 59 work starts; new coaster at Great America?
    What you may have missed this weekend: Rt. 59 work starts today; Wheaton teen's shooting prowess goes viral; Six Flags planning new coaster; teachers tailor lessons for new standards; not everone is happy about the new Common Core; Lombard cancels police training after protests; troops need help getting battle friends home; Cubs lose and Sox win.

    Friends and relatives of Ammar Badie, 38, killed Friday by Egyptian security forces during clashes in Ramses Square, and also son of Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohammed Badie, carry his coffin during his funeral in al-Hamed mosque in Cairo’s Katameya district, Egypt, Sunday.

    Egypt: 36 killed in prison truck escape attempt

    Egyptian police fired tear gas Sunday in an attempt to free a guard from rioting detainees, killing at least 36 as the country’s military leader vowed to tolerate no more violence after days of clashes that killed nearly 900 people.

    President Barack Obama prepares to tee off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard Sunday.

    Obama returns to Washington after summer vacation

    President Barack Obama returned to the golf course Sunday to play a sixth and final round before heading back to Washington after a weeklong vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

    Bo Xilai, a rising Communist Party star who fell from power last year, will go on trial Thursday on corruption charges, a court announced on Sunday that put China’s new leaders on course to wrap up a festering scandal as they try to cement their authority.

    Fallen Chinese political star to be tried Thursday

    Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai goes on trial Thursday on corruption charges in a case crafted to minimize damage to the Communist Party and avoid exposure of party infighting or human rights abuses. Sunday’s announcement of a trial date for the former rising political star puts China’s new leaders on track to wrap up a festering scandal as they try to cement their authority.

    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock Feb. 23, during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa.

    Pistorius trial: What happens next
    Oscar Pistorius is due to re-appear in a South African court on Monday to face charges of killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Here’s what is expected to happen next.

    Noe Aguilera, 22, of Elgin.

    Elgin man held on $900,000 bond following July crash

    An Elgin man is being held on $900,000 bond for his role in a four-vehicle crash that left one person in critical condition last month, officials said.

    A crowd watches as divers continue their search and rescue operation off Talisay coast, Cebu province Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 following Friday night’s collision of the passenger ferry MV Thomas Aquinas and the cargo ship MV Sulpicio Express Siete in central Philippines.

    Death toll hits 34 in Philippines ferry accident

    Divers plucked two more bodies from a sunken passenger ferry on Sunday and scrambled to plug an oil leak in the wreckage after a collision with a cargo ship. The accident near the central Philippine port of Cebu that has left 34 dead and more than 80 missing.

    This undated identification photo released by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Nicholas Aponte. As a 17-year-old, Aponte went along with an older cousin to rob a Subway sandwich shop, where an assistant manager was shot and killed. Aponte did not pull the trigger, but he was tried as an adult and sentenced to 38 years in prison.

    States revisit mandatory sentences for juveniles

    There are an estimated 2,100 so-called juvenile lifers across the country — inmates sentenced to lengthy prison terms without parole — who hope for a reprieve in the wake of a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that determined such sentences are cruel and unusual punishment and therefore unconstitutional.

    St. Charles artist Peggy Sue Seehafer paints with oil Sunday during The Festival of the Horse and Drum at the Kane County Fairgrounds. In the foreground is a carousel horse. She was one of several artists on display in a Next Gallery exhibit called “a horse of a different color” in one of the barns.

    Diversity on display at St. Charles horse festival

    Jousting, Mexican horse dancing, Native American powwows, French, German, Western and Theatrical dressage shows — they were all part of the the cultural diversity at the first Festival of the Horse and Drum at the Kane County Fairgrounds this weekend.

    Richard Nai, 14, of Buffalo Grove, enjoys a popsicle during a break at band camp at Stevenson High School Monday. The Stevenson High School Marching Patriots Band and Color Guard Parents Organization have traditionally provided popsicles for breaks throughout band camp.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features photos of kids on their first day of school, people filling backpacks to be given away, and a couple of late summer festivals.

    Guantanamo detainee Faez al-Kandari, 36, is a Kuwaiti who has been held for more than 11 years at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

    9/11 lawyer to challenge secret Guantanamo camp

    A defense lawyer who gained rare access to an ultra-secret section of the Guantanamo Bay prison said Sunday that the camp does not meet international standards under the Geneva Conventions, an allegation denied by the chief prosecutor for the U.S. military’s war crimes tribunal.

    In this Aug. 6 courtroom sketch, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan sits in court for his court-martial in Fort Hood, Texas.

    Prosecutors getting to motive in Fort Hood trial

    The prosecutors pursuing the death penalty against the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will soon begin trying to answer a difficult but key question: Why did Maj. Nidal Hasan attack his fellow soldiers in the worst mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base?

    Benedictine University officials on Sunday dedicated the new Fr. Michael E. Komechak Art Gallery in Kindlon Hall of Learning on the school’s Lisle campus. Komechak was a passionate supporter of the arts.

    Benedictine dedicates gallery in name of beloved teacher, art lover

    There were many beautiful works of art to see Sunday at the dedication of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak Art Gallery at Benedictine University. But for many, the gallery’s most important feature wasn’t seen, but felt.

    Thomas Blanchette and Sid Carbone try to paddle as their cardboard boat “The Friend Ship” sinks at the start of the 16th Annual Fox Lake Cardboard Cup Regatta Sunday at Lakefront Park. The race offers medals and trophies to contestants who were limited to making boats out of cardboard, duct tape and paint.

    Creative cardboard boats sail — and sink — in Fox Lake

    A festive crowd gathered Sunday afternoon to watch the 16th annual running of the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lakefront Park in Fox Lake. Fox Lake Parks and Recreation Coordinator Amy Serafin said at least 17 cardboard-and-duct-tape boats participated.

    Crystal Dillman is moved to tears as members of Latina show their support, as she leaves a courthouse in Pottsville, Pa., on Aug. 18, 2008, following preliminary hearings for three suspects, charged in the beating death of her fiance Luis Ramirez, a 25-year-old Mexican immigrant.

    A look at federal role in civil rights cases

    Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced “not guilty” in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up. The U.S. government must get “justice for Trayvon,” insisted protesters angry about the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Attorney General Eric Holder, the first black man to lead the nation’s law enforcement, says the Justice Department is investigating.

    Steve Suvada, of Park Ridge, plays classical guitar for the crowds Sunday during the annual A Walk in the Park art fair in Arlington Heights.

    Thousands turn out for Arlington Heights art festival

    Artists from all over the region displayed and sold their works Sunday at the 42nd annual A Walk in the Park arts festival at North School Park in Arlington Heights. An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people came to the fest.


    Lindenhurst consider Grand Avenue streetscape plan

    Lindenhurst officials recently reviewed a streetscape plan that includes lighting, landscaping and other elements focused on Grand Avenue between Sand Lake Road and Lindenhurst Drive.


    Job Center open house

    The Lake County Workforce Investment Board is hosting an open house Aug. 29 at the Lake County Job Center in Waukegan, to show the public what they do and how they help the local economy.


    Arts in Bartlett sponsoring birdhouse competition

    Arts in Bartlett is sponsoring a “Decorate a Birdhouse” competition for the annual Heritage Days Festival Sept. 7-8. Birdhouses of any size or material, store-bought or handmade, will be accepted. The contest is open to all ages and entries can be designed by individuals, families or groups.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Vehicles pass a speed limit sign along Interstate 64 in O’Fallon, Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has until Monday to sign or veto legislation that would raise the speed limit on rural interstates in Illinois from 65 mph to 70 mph starting in January.

    Critics say higher speed limits sacrificing safety

    Illinois could soon join the 34 states that have boosted speed limits to at least 70 mph on some part of their road network since Congress scrapped lower federal limits nearly two decades ago.

    In this photo taken March 10, 2011, Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, becomes emotional as he testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on the extent of the radicalization of American Muslims on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic leaders have generally supported President Barack Obama’s stance on Egypt. But on Sunday, Ellison said, “I would cut off aid but engage in intense diplomacy in Egypt and in the region to try to say, ‘Look, we will restore aid when you stop the bloodshed in the street and set up a path towards democracy that you were on before.’”

    Congress split on cutting off aid to Egypt

    Members of Congress are split over whether the U.S. should cut off military aid to Egypt, highlighting the difficult choices facing the Obama administration amid spiraling violence on the streets of an important Middle East ally.


    Boat safety public hearing

    A public hearing on boating safety legislation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Lake County Central Permit facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.


    Some locals still fighting Common Core

    The Common Core State Standards for reading and math are already here. Illinois adopted them in 2010 and districts have spent the last few years shifting their curricula to line up. Starting this school year, kids will be assessed based on their mastery of the new standards. But parents haven’t stopped fighting back.


    Petition drive to recall San Diego mayor begins

    The effort to recall San Diego’s embattled mayor is kicking off in the nation’s eighth-largest city Sunday, one day before Bob Filner is set to return to work at City Hall after undergoing behavior therapy.


    Ferrari Spyder sets $27.5 million auction record

    A rare 1960s Ferrari convertible sold last night in California for a record $27.5 million. The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 S NART Spyder’s price was the most paid at auction for the Italian carmaker anywhere in the world and the most for any car bought at a U.S. public sale.


    Russia’s worst flooding inundates 124 towns

    Russia’s worst flooding inundated 124 towns in five regions in the country’s Far East, affecting more than 34,000 people.

    In this file photo taken Nov. 5, 2008, former U.S. Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark., comments in Little Rock, Ark. Pryor or members of his family have held statewide office for all but two years since 1974 in Arkansas.

    Family ties factor in key Senate races

    en. Mark Pryor likes to tell voters that he always puts Arkansas first, borrowing the campaign slogan associated with his family for decades. In Wyoming, Liz Cheney bets that her famous father’s name will be gold in her Senate race. And in Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu counts on her kin’s New Orleans ties to help lift her to re-election in a tough race. Family does matter in the runup to next...

    In this Jan. 10, 2013, file photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a post-sentencing hearing in Bellefonte, Pa. A lawyer says his client is the first to settle a civil claim against Penn State related to the Sandusky child sexual abuse case. Attorney Tom Kline confirmed in an email that the client known as Victim 5 when he testified at Sandusky’s criminal trial has agreed to terms with the university.

    Settlement reached in Penn State-Sandusky scandal

    A young man who testified he was sexually abused by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will get a reported multimillion-dollar payout in the first of what is expected to be dozens of settlements between the university and Sandusky’s accusers.

    A woman holds a poster of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi pasted on a Yemeni flag as she and others attend a rally supporting Morsi in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Arabic writing reads, “We are with the legitimacy.” Gunfire rang out over a main Egypt’s Cairo overpass and police fired tear gas as clashes broke out after tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following the country’s bloodshed earlier this week.

    UK, German embassies reopen in Yemen

    The United Kingdom and Germany have reopened their embassies in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, after being closed for about two weeks due to a terrorism threat.

    The U.S. Coast Guard on the five lakes had issued 89 citations for drunken boating this year through Aug. 13.

    Drunken boating remains problem on Great Lakes

    Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains a serious problem on the Great Lakes even though the number of pilots busted for intoxication is down from a decade ago, the U.S. Coast Guard says. Agency personnel stationed on the five lakes had issued 89 citations for drunken boating this year through Aug. 13.


    Rockford police find 82 casings after shots fired

    Police responding to a call of shots fired in the northern Illinois community of Rockford arrived to find 82 empty shell casings littering the street, but no apparent shooters.


    Child’s taped statement allowed in Joliet murder trial

    A Will County judge will allow prosecutors to present the videotaped statement of a 3-year-old child in the trial of a man accused of killing the girl’s mother.


    Ind. woman riding in truck dies in police pursuit

    State Police say a southern Indiana woman who was a passenger in a pickup truck fleeing police died when the truck crashed into a tree during the pursuit.


    Zoeller urges schools: Tap resource officer grants

    ttorney General Greg Zoeller is urging schools to apply for grants to hire resource officers and says the program has a better shot of receiving annual funding if educators take advantage of the money available now.

    Ken Michaels of Schiller Park performs with Kaleidoscope Eyes, a Beatles tribute band, on Saturday during Lali-Palooza at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

    Lali-Palooza spotlights heroin addiction in Lake County

    The innumerable speeches that 17-year-old Dylan Jelinek heard didn't make a dent on his desire to get high. “I heard lots of people who talked about not doing drugs, but they were always older. I would just blow it off and say, 'I gotta go smoke some pot,'” Dylan said. Now clean for 58 days, the Lake Villa resident was among the speakers Saturday at Lali-Palooza, a fundraiser...



    Cougars fall 4-2

    Seven scoreless innings from starter Victor Sanchez carried the visiting Clinton LumberKings on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in a 4-2 victory over the Kane County Cougars to even the series at a game apiece.


    Boomers earn series sweep

    The Schaumburg Boomers swept away the visiting Traverse City Beach Bums by rallying for a 5-3 victory Sunday afternoon before 3,846 fans.

    Adam Dunn is an easy target for frustrated White Sox fans, but the first baseman/DH has been producing better than anyone on the roster.

    Dunn far from problem for White Sox

    Adam Dunn is — believe it or not — actually is having a decent season While subpar for his career standards, Dunn still is producing better than anyone else on the White Sox roster.

    Cubs fans may disagree, but Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is one of Len Kasper’s favorite players who don’t play for the Cubs.

    Many to root for outside of the Cubs

    Len Kasper presents his non-Cubs all-stars, those around the majors he both respects and appreciates.

    Martellus Bennett touched the ball during this kickoff return against the Chargers, but in two games quarterback Jay Cutler has yet to throw to the tight end.

    When will Bears throw to TE Bennett?

    The Bears and quarterback Jay Cutler hope to get tight end Martellus Bennett more involved in the passing game Friday night in Oakland against the Raiders in the third preseason game.

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum argues with plate umpire Phil Cuzzi after the Cubs’ Donnie Murphy was called out on a checked swing in the seventh inning. Sveum was ejected from the game.

    Strikeout call gets Cubs’ Sveum riled up

    Some of the Cubs’ frustration boiled over in the seventh inning of their 6-1 loss to the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Enough had gone wrong Sunday, and enough has gone wrong during the season that it finally got to a couple of people. Manager Dale Sveum was ejected by home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi in the bottom of the seventh inning after Cuzzi ruled that Donnie Murphy had gone too far on a checked swing.

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, here reacting after striking out Sunday in the fifth inning, thanked manager Dale Sveum for putting him back the lineup the day after being taken out for a mental miscue.

    ‘Nervous’ Castro right back in Cubs’ lineup

    Enough was enough as far as Cubs manager Dale Sveum was concerned. Less than 24 hours after yanking shortstop Starlin Castro from a game because Castro made a mental error, Sveum had him right back in the lineup for Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. The manager figured he had made his point, so why belabor it or beat Castro over the head with it?

    Home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, left, and Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum argue after Cubs’ Donnie Murphy was called out on a checked swing during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Chicago.

    Cubs lose 6-1 in series finale with Cardinals

    Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright struck out 11 and allowed one run through seven innings, and Jon Jay drove in four runs with a homer and double to lead St. Louis to a 6-1 win over the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Matt Carpenter singled in two runs in the third to help back Wainwright (14-7), who was in command and allowed just five hits and one walk after going 0-2 in his previous four starts.

    White Sox Gordon Beckham, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring from second on an Alexei Ramirez single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Minneapolis.

    Sox beat Twins 5-2, win series

    Ramirez finished a triple shy of the cycle. He homered to lead off the fifth inning, giving Chicago a 4-2 lead and helping his team win its first road series in more than a month. Jeff Keppinger's single scored Avisail Garcia to make it 5-2 later in the fifth. Brian Dozier had two hits and an RBI for Minnesota, which went 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position and lost for the fifth time in six games.

    If baseball wants to move ahead with instant replay next season, Matt Spiegel would like to see a fifth umpire added at each stadium instead of waiting for a review from MLB headquarters.

    Instant replay progress needs some tweaking

    MLB is ready to embrace instant replay next year, but Matt Spiegel contends the challenge system that Bud Selig supports is overthinking a simple solution. Spiegel offers his solution, plus his thoughts on Ryne Sandberg's new job and an interesting new book, "The Sports Gene."


    In this Tuesday, July 30, 2013 photo, Chen Jingjing, left, and Yang Candi of Beijing, China, strike a pose at a wedding studio in southern Seoul, South Korea, during an eight-hour photo session part of a South Korean wedding tourism package for Chinese couples. China is the source of one quarter of all tourists to South Korea, and a handful of companies in South Koreans $15 billion wedding industry are wooing an image-conscious slice of the Chinese jet set happy to drop several thousand dollars on a wedding album with a South Korean touch.

    ‘Gangnam’ style draws affluent to wed in South Korea

    An elegant urban style exemplified by Gangnam, the tony Seoul district made globally famous by South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” is wooing an image-conscious slice of the Chinese jet set happy to drop several thousand dollars on a wedding album with a South Korean touch.

    The staff of the Long Beach Register prepares for its first day of publication at its office in Long Beach, Calif. Published by the Orange County Register, the Long Beach Register makes its five-day-a-week debut Monday.

    Despite odds, Calif. city becomes 2 newspaper town

    The latest experiment in American journalism is a throwback: a new daily newspaper to compete against an established one in a big city. With Monday’s debut of the Long Beach Register, the ambitious owners of the Orange County Register are expanding their bet that consumers will reward an investment in news inked on paper and delivered to their doorsteps.

    Saci Marty, 10, center, and Callum Brown, 11, at right, put their robotic Lego Mindstorms units through an obstacle course during a Digital Media Academy workshop, in Stanford, Calif.

    Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit

    Few are more excited about Lego’s new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers. Many of them were drawn to the tech sector by the flagship kits that came on the market in 1998, introducing computerized movement to the traditional snap-together toy blocks and allowing the young innovators to build their first robots.

    Bosses favor men over women when employees request flextime, according to a new study in the Journal of Social Issues.

    Bosses favor men over women when employees request flextime

    Bosses favor men over women when employees request flextime, according to a new study. The researchers explain the results by saying that “managers respect high-status men more than high-status women” and that “people have a fundamental psychological motive to defend and perpetuate the status quo,” which, in this case, means reinforcing a gender hierarchy where men have more status and power than women.

    US Airways and American Airlines planes are shown at gates at DFW International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. The Justice Department and a number of state attorneys general on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, challenged a proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines’ parent company, AMR Corp.

    Uncertainty awaits airline industry without merger
    The merger between American Airlines and US Airways was supposed to cap an era of consolidation that helped the airline industry return to profitability. And it would produce a stronger competitor to giants United and Delta. Now a government lawsuit to block the merger has put both of those expectations in doubt.


    Small-business optimism in U.S. rises to second-highest in year

    The National Federation of Independent Business’s optimism index increased to 94.1 last month from 93.5 in June. A May reading of 94.4 matched the highest since April 2012. Six of the measure’s 10 components contributed to the rise, the Washington- based group said.

    In this Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, photo, Jeremy Merrin, right, owner of Havana Central restaurants, reacts to a television nearby as a worker prepares for customes to arrive in New York. Merrin said that while he supports healthcare reform, the current changes under President Obama will hurt small businesses like his.

    Businesses seek cure for health care cost surge

    The expected surge in health insurance costs under the Affordable Health Care Act has many small business owners changing the way they operate. For many, hiring and expanding is going on the back burner. Others expect to cut back on some of the services their companies provide, raise prices or cut employees’ hours and bonuses.

    Construction workers install exterior windows on an apartment complex in Tempe, Ariz. Spending on home remodeling has picked up over the past 18 months and is expected to rise nearly 20 percent to $151 billion by the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a recent report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

    6 tips to weigh the best resale home improvements

    Spending on home remodeling has picked up over the past 18 months and is expected to rise nearly 20 percent to $151 billion by the fourth quarter, according to a recent report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Many homeowners decide to make upgrades with the idea that the bigger kitchen or finished basement will make their home more enjoyable. But those looking to sell should know that not all home improvement projects will boost the value of a home.

    President Barack Obama makes a statement to the media regarding events in Egypt, from his rental vacation home in Chilmark Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. The president announced that the US is canceling joint military exercise with Egypt amid violence.

    State of the Union promises six months later

    During his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined dozens of ways he planned to right the economic ship this year. “Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep, but we must keep the promises we’ve already made,” Obama said. Six months later, has the president started delivering on his promises? The Washington Post examined some of the promises Obama made on the issues that matter most to business owners.


    Keeping your eyes on your target-date fund

    Target-date funds take care of how to divvy up a retirement account among stocks and bonds, allowing savers to put the decision-making on autopilot. The funds used to focus on just U.S. stocks and bonds, but they’re now buying a broader mix of investments, from foreign stocks to commodities, as well as making other changes.

    At last week’s Academy of Management conference in Orlando, Fla., researchers presented a paper that uses that term to discuss how much workplace flirting happens in different organizational cultures — and its consequences, which are not good.

    Strategic flirting at work? What???

    Researchers recently released results of a study that uses the term "strategic flirting" to discuss how much workplace flirting happens in different organizational cultures — and its consequences.

    You may try to soothe a moody boss by connecting with him or her boss when they’re not being moody, and not just when you want something.

    How to handle moody bosses

    I avoid interacting with my boss because he is so moody. My boss is horrible about approving vacation requests. I’ve had a few vacation requests sitting in his queue for more than a month. I’d like to book flights soon, so I can’t just wait for him to get with the program. He should just look at the calendar and either grant it or say, “Sorry, someone has that day off already.” It’s not that difficult.

    To help in an interview, show clearly how you can meet that employer’s needs.

    Career coach: Intangible skills matter

    With the unemployment needle seemingly stuck at a frustratingly high rate around 7.5 percent nationally, many job seekers may be wondering what it will take to break through the stream of rejection letters. The answer is both simple and yet not fully obvious: Show clearly how you can meet that employer’s needs.

    Gun-control advocates including a super-political action committee founded by former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, are regrouping 15 months before the 2014 congressional elections. To muster public support for stricter gun laws, they’re running ads and visiting the states — including Arizona, New Hampshire and Arkansas — of senators they want to persuade.

    Gun control advocates battle online sales

    Online postings for gun sales at Armslist.com, one of the busiest gun-swap websites, are part of an underworld of firearms sales thriving in the U.S. after senators in April failed to advance a measure requiring background checks for private gun purchases. “It’s a loophole so large you could drive a mack truck through it,” Representative Jackie Speier.

Life & Entertainment

    A woman looks at a display on baseball legend Roger Maris Museum in the West Acres Mall in Fargo.

    5 free things to see and do in Fargo

    It’s a good time to be a North Dakotan. An oil boom in the west has fueled an economic surge, the locals’ frugal nature helped to prevent any housing bubble, and the threat of global warming looks like an attractive option for the chilly climate. So why not visit the state’s largest city, Fargo? With just over 100,000 people, this city on the eastern edge of the state offers local culture with a good dose of pride and quirkiness. You’ll need a car to get around, but let’s face it: If you’re in Fargo, you probably drove here.

    This contemporary bench was built out of identical blue bottles and topped with a clean granite slab.

    Poring over some new uses for old bottles

    Building with bottles originated in the deserts, where so many mining towns rose up amid Spartan ecosystems. Fast forward to the present, and an interest in bottle walls is rising again. Rather than being lugged to the recycling center, bottles can be reused in the garden.

    This April 11, 2013 file photo shows actress Lindsay Lohan, a cast member in “Scary Movie V,” at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Lohan says this time it’s going to be different. In an interview that aired Sunday Aug. 18, 2013, with Oprah Winfrey, the troubled actress declared that this, her sixth stint in rehab, has put her on a path of recovery. Lohan said she’s in “a different head space” now and vowed to stay clear-headed and focused in the future.

    Lindsay Lohan says her troubled past is behind her

    Lindsay Lohan says this time it’s going to be different. In an interview that aired Sunday with Oprah Winfrey, the troubled actress declared that this, her sixth stint in rehab, has put her on a path of recovery.

    This film image released by The Weinstein Co. shows Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from “Lee Daniels' The Butler.” The film, also starring Oprah Winfrey, came in No. 1 at the box office with $25 million.

    'The Butler' serves box-office success at No. 1

    “Lee Daniels' The Butler,”starring Forest Whitaker as a longtime White House butler and Oprah Winfrey as his boozy wife, debuted in the top spot with $25 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. But the weekend's three other major new releases, including the action romp “Kick-Ass 2,” failed to find traction with fans.


    Down-sized husband seeking more time with kids

    Q. When we had kids, I stayed home with them while my husband worked, sometimes with long hours and lots of traveling. I got used to having the kids on my own, and taking them to the zoo, museums, hiking trails, etc. Now that they’re older and I’m working during the school year, it’s been harder to go on our getaways.

    The Lima Lima Flight Team will be part of the annual Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend.

    Sunday picks: Soarin' at Air & Water Show

    Today's the last day to catch the Lima Lima Flight Team, Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle and more during the annual Chicago Air and Water Show. See soap star Walt Willey perform standup today at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

    TV personality and businessman Bill Rancic embraces the notion of being part of a power couple with wife Giuliana.

    Rancic on being a power couple with E! News wife

    Bill Rancic embraces the notion of being part of a power couple with wife Giuliana. Both together and separately they have pretty busy careers, made exponentially more intense with the arrival of their son, Edward Duke, last year. You may remember Rancic from winning the inaugural season of the NBC reality show “The Apprentice.” These days the couple remains busy with Giuliana hosting E! News, being part of the “Fashion Police” crew, and having her own fashion line, “G by Giuliana Rancic.” Together they have a reality show “Giuliana & Bill” on the Style Network and are in the restaurant business.

    Emma Watkins, the first woman to join The Wiggles, a sort of Australian fab four of the preschool set, is making her U.S. debut, kicking off a nationwide tour in Philadelphia on Saturday and debuting new episodes of “Ready, Steady, Wiggle!” on Sprout on August 19, 2013.

    Newest Wiggle inspires an army of mini-mes

    A little girl growing up today has no shortage of strong female role models. And now, a female Wiggle. Emma Watkins, the first woman to join The Wiggles — a sort of Australian fab four of the preschool set — is making her U.S. debut, kicking off a nationwide tour in Philadelphia on Saturday and starring in new episodes of “Ready, Steady, Wiggle!” on Sprout on Aug. 19.

    For fall, try a relaxed track printed pant. This is from the youth line called L’Amour.

    Fall is time to get excited about new pants

    Pants are always popular, especially with real women with real lives to lead, but they rarely spark a lot of excitement. What can you do with two legs and a waistband, after all? More than you think, responds the fashion industry this fall. “Pants feed back into the overarching idea of personal style,” says Samira Nasr, fashion director at Elle magazine.

    Luke Bryan has taken an unusual approach to the business side of his career since winning the Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year in April: He’s turning down almost everything.

    Luke Bryan releases album amid high expectations

    Luke Bryan has taken an unusual approach to the business side of his career since winning the Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year in April: He’s turning down almost everything. Rather than cashing in on his win and successful ACM co-hosting gig with Blake Shelton, country music’s newest platinum-selling, arena-filling star has decided to leave sacks of money on the table, ignore television and double down on the live performances that have gotten him this far. Even Bryan can’t believe he’s doing it, but his logic is pretty unassailable.

    Surfer Dave Livingston, of Newport, R.I., left, removes his gloves while standing near a portion of the Cliff Walk, in Newport, R.I.

    5 free things in Rhode Island, from art to beaches

    It only takes about an hour to drive across Rhode Island, which is wedged between Massachusetts and Connecticut and straddles picturesque Narragansett Bay, but its pleasures are many. It boasts stunning wide, sandy beaches and architecture that goes back to Colonial times. Newport and other communities became a summer playground for the rich during the Gilded Age, but you don’t have be a Vanderbilt to enjoy the Ocean State. Many of its most interesting spots don’t cost a thing.


    Book notes: Meet Derek Sherman Aug. 23 in Lake Forest
    Meet "Race Across The Sky" author Derek Sherman as he signs copies of his book beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Lake Forest Book Store, 680 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest.

    “JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President” by Thurston Clarke

    ‘Last Hundred Days’ brings JFK’s final days to life

    For a blunt-titled book with a tragic conclusion that every reader knows from the start, Thurston Clarke’s “JFK’s Last Hundred Days” manages to surprise and even occasionally to delight. This book is about life, a quick-pulsed three months of life, before it’s about death. It’s about forward movement and daily accomplishments before it’s about lost opportunities.

    Cynthia Taylor, of Watertown, Mass., canoes along the shoreline of Camp Santanoni on Newcomb Lake with her dog Arlo, in Newcomb, N.Y. Camp Santanoni is an Adirondack Mountain great camp that is being restored.

    Visitors beating a path to restored Adirondacks’ camp

    Camp Santanoni will never again be a private refuge for the mega-rich to enjoy the Adirondacks in rustic opulence, but after two decades of slow, steady restoration work on the log buildings, visitors can get a sense of roughing it, Gilded Age-style. The once-imperiled camp remains a work in progress.


    Electrical questions should be answered by an expert

    Q. We are planning to replace our vinyl bathroom flooring with tile. We have an electric line to the bathroom initially installed for an electric radiator, but it has not been used. Would this electric line suffice for electric radiant heat?


    Problems with long oil change intervals

    I feel like a broken record on this but I feel like it bears bringing up again because we continue to see cars coming into the shop with little or no oil in the crankcase. The longer car manufacturers push out the oil change interval, the more drivers get a false sense that the oil is just another one of those maintenance-free parts of the car.

    A glass shower door adds a nice touch to the bathroom.

    Several choices in buying a glass shower door

    Q. We recently moved into a new home and the good news is that the bathrooms are in pretty good shape. However, both bathrooms use shower curtains for the tub and stand-alone shower stall. We want to install glass shower doors, and want to know the different types available.

    A parchment lacquered leather inlaid bar with silver eglomise top was designed by Celerie Kemble for Maitland-Smith.

    From cabinets to carts, home bars are swizzlin’ hot

    The truth is that any surface — from your kitchen counter to your nightstand — can become a bar. But if you’re reaching for the alarm clock and knock over the Seagram’s, maybe it’s time to explore your options.


    Patrick Kunzer/pkunzer@dailyherald.com A Metra commuter train arrives at the Elgin Chicago Street Station in July 2012.

    Editorial: The steady vanishing of Metra’s board

    A Daily Herald editorial says it's time to start appointing replacements to fill the vacancies on the Metra rail board.


    Naperville’s duck tickets and other shameless news

    In a shameless ripoff of the Saturday Soapbox, DuPage/Fox Valley news director Jim Davis presents Sunday Soapbox, his longer-winded views on the news of the day. Topics range from feeding the ducks in Naperville (bad) to hometown guys from Lombard and St. Charles doing heroic things (good).


    A fair assessment of politics for 2014

    Guest columnist Paul Green: The Illinois State Fair in Springfield is a grand event for a state whose population is tilting quickly northeast to metropolitan Chicagoland. Its main draw is agriculture and a traditional rural lifestyle featuring goats, sheep, pigs, horses and cows. Speaking of animals, the fair for two days of its run also features old-fashion politics.


    No shame in responsible budgeting
    A Hainesville letter to the editor: Recently an article was published stating that Hainesville has more money in reserve than needed. Many municipalities did not appear on the radar with “surplus funds” due to the fact that they have separate “Capital Improvement Funds.”


    Lowly investors get nothing from deals
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I note that another large bank, in this case UBS (following Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, etc.) has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission for $49.8 million. These settlements allow the banks to avoid prosecution for questionable and/or fraudulent activities. In essence, they buy their way out.


    Writer’s thinking on Founders is all wrong
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Mr. Richard Gideon, in a letter to editor on Aug. 2, wants us to believe that he has an inside track on the thinking of our “Founding Fathers.” He implied that the muzzle loader is equivalent to today’s assault weapons. He stated that the Founders wanted all citizens to be armed, and if they could not afford it, weapons would be provided. He did not say by whom, since the NRA did not exist at that time.


    A success story for housing for disabled
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The Aug. 8 Daily Herald editorial highlighted a number of Northwest suburbs that rejected supportive living housing projects for the mentally disabled. As the editorial accurately pointed out, there is a desperate need in these suburbs for housing for the mentally disabled. However, there is a success story in our area that deserves highlighting.


    What’s happened to this country?
    A Huntley letter to the editor: What is going on in this country? We can send billions to other countries all over the world. We can rebuild Iraq but we can’t rebuild Detroit?


    Tired of Obama campaigning, travels
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Thanks to John Gray for articulating thoughts that I have had for a long time. Not only am I tired of Obama’s campaigning, I am tired of funding his travels.


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