Daily Archive : Tuesday August 20, 2013


    Alex Clifford

    Hire back Clifford at Metra, attorney says

    If Metra wants to end controversy over a lavish up-to-$718,000 separation agreement with former CEO Alex Clifford, they should just hire him back, his attorney Michael Shakman said.

    Eastern Lubber grasshoppers from the Florida area are displayed during Bugfest at the Red Oak Nature Center in North Aurora.

    Bug Fest returns to Batavia

    The buzz is back as the Fox Valley Park District's Bug Fest returns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, with insects as the star attraction. The event is completely free, with no registration required. “Bugs are weird, wild, fascinating … and often misunderstood,” said Margaret Gazdacka, facility manager at Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars entered a storage locker at Public Storage, 903 E. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, and removed a Makita chop saw valued at $650, Honda power washer valued at $750, Porter Cable air compressor valued at $150, Rigid wood planner valued at $500 and a generator valued at $750. Three other units were also burglarized.

    Hanna Gajek, 9, right, and her friend Samai Manzo, 9, give a big thumbs-up to the first day back to the 4th grade at Field Elementary School in Wheeling on Wednesday.

    Most primary schools in Northwest suburbs reopened today

    Many of the elementary school districts in the Northwest suburbs began a new year of school on Wednesday. Among the districts where classes resumed were Wheeling Township Elementary District 21, Prospect Heights Elementary District 23, Arlington Heights Elementary District 25, River Trails Elementary District 26, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Mount Prospect Elementary District 57...

    Emily Weyers, 18, served plates of warm food at a pancake breakfast in January that benefited the Allegiance Youth Color Guard, of which Weyers was a member for three years. Weyers was killed Monday walking along Algonquin Road in Lake in the Hills.

    Lake in the Hills teen hit by car remembered for her 'lust for life'

    Dundee-Crown High School grad Emily Wyers was planning to start in DePaul University's political science program next month and eventually focus on gay rights legal issues. But Weyers, of Lake in the Hills, was hit and killed while walking down Algonquin Road near Oakleaf Road. “She didn't have a full life, but she lived life to the fullest,” said Allegiance Color Guard founder Eric...

    Andres Sanchez

    3 accused of attacking man after South Elgin Riverfest

    A 71-year-old man suffered a serious eye injury after he was beaten up by three men while he was cleaning up after Riverfest early Sunday morning, officials said. The three men later were arrested after they beat up and robbed another man in Elgin, Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said.

    Mariano's Fresh Market is expected to open its newest location in late October at the intersection of Naperville and Roosevelt roads in Wheaton.

    Wheaton Mariano's now aiming for late October opening

    Wheaton shoppers may have to wait a week or two longer than expected for the grand opening of Mariano's Fresh Market at the intersection of Naperville and Roosevelt roads. But the wait isn't expected to be much longer than that. “We're looking at trying to open in late October. I know site work was our biggest issue but we've made a lot of progress,” said Max Dickman, of Roundy's.

    Giles Phillips, left, greets Jake Petersen on the first day of the Business Incubator Startup class Tuesday at Barrington High School.

    Barrington High business course aims to create student entrepreneurs

    Barrington High School launched not only a new school year Tuesday, but also a whole new concept in business education. The Business Incubator Startup class, taught by former Chicago Mercantile Exchange trader Hagop Soulakian, teaches high school juniors and sophomores the basics of starting a business then expects them to pitch their plan to potential investors.

    Naperville Public Works Director Dick Dublinski, right, discusses a recycling cart program the city will be implementing and explains the capacity of 65- and 95-gallon carts that can hold four and seven tall kitchen garbage bags worth of material, respectively. The city also will be offering smaller 32-gallon carts when the program begins.

    Naperville to offer 3 sizes of recycling carts in new program

    If one recycling cart is far too big and another still slightly oversized, a third option may be just right, and the city of Naperville will be offering all three sizes to residents as it switches from bins to covered carts, city councilmen said Tuesday night. Councilmen added a third size — a 32-gallon cart — to a public works proposal to begin a mandatory recycling cart program. “If we want to...

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by Blue Rider Press/Penguin shows award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings. A Los Angeles County coronerís autopsy report released Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, says the 33-year-old Hastings died instantly of "massive blunt force trauma." The autopsy found traces of amphetamine and marijuana in his body but concluded that it was an unlikely contributor to his death in a fiery single-car crash, June 18 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Blue Rider Press/Penguin, File)

    Autopsy found traces of drugs after journalist death

    After 14 years of sobriety, journalist Michael Hastings had returned to drugs and had traces of amphetamine and marijuana in his system when he drove his car into a tree hours after he was seen passed out in his home, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday.

    FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, Hannah Anderson arrives at the Boll Weevil restaurant for a fundraiser in her honor to raise money for her family, in Lakeside, Calif. Hannah's mother, Christina Anderson, 44, whose body was found near the remains of her 8-year-old son at a family friend's rural house, died of a blunt injury to the head, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said. Anderson, 44, was found dead Aug. 4 when firefighters extinguished flames at the home of James Lee DiMaggio, who is accused of murdering her and her son and kidnapping her 16-year-old daughter Hannah. DiMaggio was killed six days later in an FBI shootout in the Idaho wilderness. Hannah Anderson was rescued and returned to California. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, Howard Lipin, File)

    San Diego-area home timed to set fire after kidnap

    A family friend who kidnapped a 16-year-old girl used a timer to set fire to his rural home, where the girl’s mother and younger brother were found dead, authorities said Tuesday.

    Sparkle Potts, left, cries upon seeing her nephew Cameron Bell pull up in a school bus from Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy while waiting with his grandmother Arvis Potts, right, in a Wal-Mart Inc., parking lot after students were evacuated when a gunman entered the school, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Decatur, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    20-year-old charged in Ga. school shooting

    DECATUR, Ga. — A man with an assault rifle and other weapons exchanged gunfire with officers Tuesday at an Atlanta-area elementary school before surrendering, a police chief said, with dramatic overhead television footage capturing the young students racing out of the building, being escorted by teachers and police to safety. No one was injured.

    Rod Blagojevich

    Key ruling goes against casinos

    A judge in a long-running civil case has ruled decisively against riverboat casinos that claimed Illinois legislators passed laws benefiting competitors in the racetrack industry under pressure from Rod Blagojevich as the then-governor sought to cut pay-to-play deals.


    GOP chooses sheriff’s deputy to replace resigning lawmaker

    Republican officials have chosen a Kendall County sheriff’s deputy, who’ll be the first black Republican lawmaker in the state legislature in three decades, to replace resigning state Rep. Pam Roth of Morris. John Anthony, 37, was appointed after GOP officials in the four counties making up the 75th District — Kendall, Grundy, Will and LaSalle — deliberated over nine candidates.


    DuPage considers ethics revisions allowing bigger campaign donations

    Proposed revisions to DuPage County’s ethics law would allow county board members and the board chairman to accept more campaign donations from companies and consultants doing or seeking county government work. The county board next week is expected to vote on the changes, which were drafted by a board subcommittee after DuPage’s ethics adviser found several issues with the existing ordinance.

    Agripina Resendiz

    Missing 76-year-old Schaumburg woman found safe

    A 76-year-old woman who went missing last week from a Schaumburg care facility has been found safe, police announced today. Agripina Resendiz, 76, who is under the guardianship of the Illinois Office of the State Guardian because of her medical condition, was located Monday in Hoffman Estates.

    Tony Borcia

    Family sues over fatal Petite Lake boat crash

    The family of a 10-year-old Libertyville boy killed last summer while tubing on Petite Lake is suing the Fox Waterway Agency, accusing it of not implementing boat safety rules. “The Fox Waterway Agency is tasked to keep the lakes safe,” attorney Matthew Dudley said. “If Petite Lake is so dangerous, and the Fox Waterway Agency knows this, then they should declare the lake off limits to tubing.”

    Walmart in East Dundee is located along Route 25 just south of Route 72.

    Judge again throws out East Dundee’s lawsuit over Carpentersville Walmart

    A Kane County judge dismissed East Dundee's latest lawsuit against Walmart and Carpentersville, saying East Dundee had no standing in the case. “He threw East Dundee out of court — again. East Dundee has no basis for legal argument. It’s tried three times and struck out three times,” said Steve Elrod, Carpentersville city attorney, afterward.

    Ivan Silverberg teaches his American studies class Tuesday at Niles North High School in Skokie. This is the first school year that 34 Illinois districts beyond Chicago will begin grading teachers on whether their students’ test scores are improving.

    Illinois slow to implement new teacher grading system

    Illinois’ slow implementation of an evaluation program aimed at grading teachers partly on whether their students’ test scores are improving is creating problems for statewide school districts that for the first time will be using the groundbreaking reforms beyond Chicago.


    Frozen sperm lost in lab failure, lawsuits claim

    Forty men at risk of infertility because of disease or medical treatments sued a Chicago hospital Tuesday, claiming their frozen sperm was destroyed last year when a lab’s storage system failed.


    Court appoints defense attorney in NIU murder case

    A man who is serving a 37-year prison sentence for killing a Northern Illinois University student from Plainfield now has a court-appointed attorney.


    Teen charged with shooting 7-year-old

    A 15-year-old was ordered held in lieu of $900,000 bail on charges of firing a gun that resulted in the wounding of a 7-year-old Chicago boy. The juvenile, whose name is being withheld because of his age, is charged with aggravated battery and the illegal discharge of a firearm.


    Robbins mayor says police evidence lab has been revamped

    Village leaders in Robbins say the South suburb’s police department evidence room has undergone an overhaul since the discovery of 51 sexual assault kits that were never submitted for analysis.


    Des Plaines considers moving fire dispatch services

    Des Plaines is considering switching emergency dispatch services for the city’s fire department to the Regional Emergency Dispatch Center, a consortium providing dispatch services for 14 area fire departments. “It’s the premier dispatch center for fire departments in the state of Illinois,” Fire Chief Alan Wax told city aldermen.

    Christopher Mentenick

    Two charged in car burglaries near St. Charles

    Two people were charged after a string of car burglaries earlier this month in an unincorporated area near St. Charles. A total of eight car burglaries took place between Aug. 7 and Aug. 10 in the area of Falcons Trail.


    Lisle-area woman falls victim to scam

    An elderly woman in an unincorporated area near Lisle fell victim to a scam Tuesday afternoon, and the DuPage County sheriff’s office is warning residents to be aware of suspicious activity.


    No deal yet on Barrington, fire district cooperation

    A day after Barrington approved its new fire department staffing plan, the village’s hope for an automatic-aid agreement with the Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District remained far from certain. Fire district President Tom Rowan said he and his fellow trustees must still discuss whether an agreement would benefit district taxpayers.

    Christopher Lane, a baseball player from Australia, was shot and killed by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said.

    3 teens charged after Australian player slain

    With the simplest of motives — breaking up the boredom of an Oklahoma summer — three teenagers followed an Australian collegiate baseball player who was attending school in the U.S. and killed him with a shot to the back for "the fun of it," prosecutors said Tuesday as they charged two of the teens with murder.


    Beau Biden, son of VP, undergoes tests after Chicago hospitalization

    Beau Biden, the Delaware attorney general and the son of Vice President Joe Biden, is undergoing medical testing in Texas after being hospitalized last week in Chicago for weakness and disorientation, his office said Monday night. The younger Biden, who suffered a mild stroke in 2010, began experiencing the new symptoms last Wednesday night after driving to Indiana for a family vacation, said...

    Elmore Leonard

    Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dies at 87

    He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of Crime. Pretty much every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller, and every fan of crime stories knew his name. George Clooney was an admirer. So were Quentin Tarantino, Saul Bellow and Stephen King and millions of ordinary readers.

    In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is seen after being detained by Egyptian security in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.

    Egypt questions Brotherhood's top leader in prison

    Egypt's military-backed authorities arrested the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme leader on Tuesday, dealing a serious blow to the embattled movement at a time when it is struggling to keep up street protests against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in the face of a harsh government crackdown.


    County again seeks transportation board applicants

    Kane County is now accepting applications for new representatives to both the Metra and RTA boards. Members of the county's selection committee from the last go around said they expect a similar process, though they have not yet been tapped to be on the committee again. Former selection committee members said they want better scrutiny of candidates this time around.

    Michael Fabian

    Charge reduced for driver accused of swerving at demonstrator

    A Naperville man who was charged with swerving his vehicle at a teen demonstrator outside Planned Parenthood in Aurora -- even though police said surveillance footage showed otherwise -- pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge. Michael Fabian, 25, agreed to serve three months of court supervision and pay $180 in court costs on his plea to improper lane use, a petty offense.

    The deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) adult female, adult male, nymph, and larva on a centimeter scale.

    Lake County residents cautioned to avoid ticks as Lyme disease reports hit record

    The Lake County Health Department is warning residents to be aware of ticks in light of a record number Lyme disease cases, which features a bulls-eye rash accompanied by flu-like symtoms. "They can be in your own backyard," said Leslie Piotrowski of the health department. Twenty cases have been reported so far this year, surpassing 19 cases in 2011.


    D129 teachers start year with new contract

    West Aurora school district teachers will start classes Wednesday with a new contract. There's no increase in the base salary schedule, but teachers will have a voice in deciding how to allocate money for coaches and extracurricular sponsors at the middle and high schools.


    Pay cuts coming for DuPage forest commissioners, president

    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners elected in November 2014 will be paid nearly $3,000 less than current members and the next forest preserve president will be paid roughly $37,000 less than the current president.


    Judge determines trial fitness

    A man accused of killing a North Chicago teen was deemed fit to stand trial Tuesday.


    Road work in Lincolnshire

    Drainage and pavement improvements are under way on Nottingham Lane in Lincolnshire.


    Mariano’s looking for applicants in Mundelein

    The grocery chain Mariano’s is holding a job fair from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Comfort Inn hotel, 517 E. Route 83, Mundelein.

    Christine Sefcik

    Grant High School teachers approve contract

    Teachers at Grant Community High School in Fox Lake have approved a new contract. Grant District 124 board members recently ratified the deal, which has yet to be made public.

    The Chicago Bandits celebrate winning the 2011 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series, the last time the league had a champion. The 2012 championships were cut short because constant rain ruined the playing field.

    Rosemont hosts fastpitch championships Aug. 22-24

    On Aug. 22-24, the nation’s four top professional softball teams will come to Rosemont to compete in the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch championship series. “The NPF is so thrilled to be back in Rosemont for this year’s series,” said Commissioner Cheri Kempf. “We are going to have a very exciting competition this year, especially as the audience for women’s fastpitch softball continues to grow.”

    Monica Williams

    Waukegan police investigating homicide

    Waukegan police are investigating a homicide but released few details Tuesday. The body of Monica Williams, 28, was discovered about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at her apartment building on West Drive, police said. Officers had gone there to find Williams after relatives told police they hadn’t heard from her, according to a news release.

    Emmerson Pierce, 5, is not quite sure what the first day kindergarten holds for her as she stays close to her mom Tuesday at H.C. Storm Elementary School in Batavia.

    Mostly smiles at first day of school in Batavia

    The wheels on the bus went 'round and 'round Tuesday in Batavia, as children returned to school. "I like my kids' excitement about the first day of school," said Megan Gabriel, after her first- and second-graders were inside H.C. Storm Elementary School.

    Sam Torrence rushes to his first class after the morning bell Tuesday, the first day of school at Barrington High School.

    Toddlers to teens return to Barrington schools

    All 12 campuses of Barrington Unit District 220 smoothly returned to full operation Tuesday, welcoming students from prekindergarten to those starting their senior year of high school.

    Streamwood officials this month approved contracts totaling more than $400,000 to remove trees infested by the emerald ash borer and plant new trees in their place. The village estimates that about 70 percent of its ash population is infested by the insect.

    Streamwood officials approve purchase, planting of new trees

    Streamwood officials have agreed to spend nearly $60,000 on about 500 trees to replace ash trees cut down because of emerald ash borer infestation. It’s estimated that at least 70 percent of Streamwood’s ash population — which in July totaled about 2,500 trees — is infested.


    Mundelein woman hospitalized after being dragged by truck

    A 23-year-old Mundelein woman remained hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by a pickup truck in the 900 block of South Lake Street and then dragged about 1,000 feet, authorities said. No charges have been filed against the driver. The accident happened about 10:15 a.m. Monday, police said.


    Metropolis leader says finances are looking up

    Although the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre ended its last fiscal year with a deficit and a need for increased village funding, Executive Director Charlie Beck said the situation is changing for the better. “We're off to a real good start,” Beck said. He referenced increased enrollment in summer camps and positive donation trends.


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    Reporters inspect one of the two-tiered cell pods in the Secure Housing Unit at the Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. California prison officials with the backing of a federal health care receiver are seeking court permission to force-feed inmates who have been participating in a hunger strike that is entering its seventh week.

    U.S. judge approves force-feeding California inmates

    A federal judge approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week. Officials say they fear for the welfare of nearly 70 inmates who have refused all prison-issued meals since the strike began July 8 over the holding of gang leaders and other violent inmates in solitary confinement that can last...

    A mechanical problem ignited a limousine fire that killed five nurses trapped in the back, the California Highway Patrol said Monday as it released results of its investigation and 911 calls filled with screams from those inside.

    Police: Deadly limo fire due to mechanical problems

    A mechanical problem ignited a limousine fire that killed five nurses trapped in the back, the California Highway Patrol said Monday as it released results of its investigation and 911 calls filled with screams from those inside. The blaze broke out on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on May 4 because of a catastrophic failure of the rear suspension system. No charges will be filed, prosecutors said.


    Denver family evicted three days after mother killed by gunman

    The Denver Housing Authority says it had no choice but to evict the relatives of a woman killed by a rampaging gunman three days after her slaying because the victim was the only person listed on the lease.


    Mother of abducted Calif. girl died of head injury

    A woman whose body was found near the remains of her 8-year-old son at a family friend’s rural house died of a blunt injury to the head, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Christina Anderson, 44, was found dead Aug. 4 when firefighters extinguished flames at the home of James Lee DiMaggio, who is accused of murdering her and her son and kidnapping her 16-year-old daughter.


    Senior job club to meet Aug. 27

    Schaumburg Township and Palatine Township will host their next Senior Job Club for jobseekers 50 years old and older at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Schaumburg Township building, 1 Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. A company will be there to talk about current openings it’s seeking to fill for a variety of positions.

    Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), said Monday Aug. 19, 2013, that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship. The Texas Republican and Tea Party favorite announced his plans Monday night in a statement. The move comes in the wake of a report by The Dallas Morning News that Cruz holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship.

    Sen. Cruz says he’ll renounce Canadian citizenship

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has released his birth certificate to reflect that he was born in Canada but says he will renounce citizenship from that country. Cruz first gave a copy of the document to The Dallas Morning News but then provided it to The Associated Press late Monday. The tea party favorite has been mentioned as a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate — even though only natural born...

    Supporters of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner hold up signs during a rally at the San Diego Concourse on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in San Diego.

    San Diego foes may skirt Mayor Filner’s promised recall battle

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner promised to fight a recall stemming from sexual-harassment allegations, yet a pair of legal strategies to remove him without a public vote may deny him the chance to make good on that pledge. As opponents began gathering the almost 102,000 signatures needed to set a recall vote, the Republican city attorney and outside lawyers unveiled legal strategies to oust the mayor...

    Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a U.S. soldier charged in the killing of 16 Afghan villagers, pleaded guilty in June in a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty. His sentencing is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 with the selection of a military jury.

    Soldier to face victims of Afghanistan massacre

    The U.S. soldier who killed 16 Afghan villagers during pre-dawn raids on mud-walled compounds last year is expected to face several survivors of the massacre and relatives of the dead who are outraged his life will be spared. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, an Ohio native and father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., pleaded guilty in June to avoid capital punishment for killing the civilians, mostly women...

    Rescuers pull a boat carrying residents as they enforce evacuation at an area flooded due to a swollen river in Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Some of the Philippines’ heaviest rains on record fell for a second day Tuesday, turning the capital’s roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters. The government suspended all work except rescues and disaster response.

    Floods recede in Manila as thousands evacuated

    Flooding caused by some of the Philippines’ heaviest rains that submerged more than half the capital began receding Tuesday, but authorities evacuated thousands of residents along Manila’s overflowing rivers and braced for more chaos in outlying provinces.

    Gu Kailai, left, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, standing during her trial in the Hefei Intermediate People’s Court in Hefei in eastern China’s Anhui province and former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun speaking in his trial at the Chengdu Intermediate People’s Court in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province.

    Ousted China leader’s trial caps dramatic downfall

    Only a few people heard it, but when one of China’s most prominent politicians slapped his police chief across the face, it would end up reverberating far and wide. The smack unleashed tales of murder and conspiracy at the highest levels of the Communist Party — and eventually, the politician’s own undoing. A day earlier, the chief had confronted Bo Xilai, the party boss of the megacity of...

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, before a hearing in his court martial. A military judge began deliberating Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s sentence Tuesday for disclosing reams of classified information through WikiLeaks.

    U.S. military judge deliberating Manning’s sentence

    A military judge began deliberating Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s sentence Tuesday for disclosing reams of classified information through WikiLeaks. Col. Denise Lind said she would announce the sentence as early as Wednesday morning.


    15 Dist. 203 students switching schools under ‘choice’ option

    Parents of fifteen elementary students in Naperville Unit District 203 have taken the district up on the “school choice” option it was required to offer under the No Child Left Behind Act. Superintendent Dan Bridges told school board members Monday about the results of the choice option, which was offered in a letter sent the week of Aug. 5 to parents of students at Beebe and Mill Street...


    Suspect in Fort Hood shootings waits turn in court

    Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 and wounded dozens, is about to get his best chance yet to explain his actions — though whether he will seize the opportunity remains to be seen. With military prosecutors set to rest their case as soon as Tuesday, the Army psychiatrist, who is acting as his own attorney, will be allowed to put on a defense.

    In this undated photo released by Janine Gibson of The Guardian, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, right, and his partner David Miranda, are shown together at an unknown location. Miranda, the partner of Greenwald, a journalist who received leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, was detained for nearly nine hours Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, under anti-terror legislation at Heathrow Airport, triggering claims that authorities are trying to interfere with reporting on the issue.

    UK defends detention of journalist’s partner

    The British government broke its silence Tuesday about the detention of a journalist’s partner for nine hours at Heathrow Airport, defending the action and saying authorities “have a duty to protect the public and our national security.” A lawyer said the detained man, David Miranda, had begun legal action against the government, calling his detention “unlawful” and seeking assurances that...

    For the Obama administration, there’s a new wrinkle that could further complicate ties with post-coup Egypt: the possible release of the country’s jailed former leader, Hosni Mubarak.

    Mubarak casts shadow over U.S. policy in Egypt
    For the Obama administration, there’s a new wrinkle that could further complicate ties with post-coup Egypt: the possible release of the country’s jailed former leader. For nearly three decades, the U.S. propped up Hosni Mubarak and the Egyptian military in exchange for Egypt's help protecting U.S. interests in the region. But that long and tangled relationship is now casting a shadow over the...

    Marine veteran Sam McPheeters, 82, of Monticello, shows a mug that he received along with many other gifts on a five-day trip to South Korea to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War after his arrival back to Willard Airport in Savoy.

    Illinois Marine veteran returns to Korea

    As a Marine serving in Korea in 1952, Sam McPheeters almost didn’t make it home. The lifelong Monticello resident will always remember getting the call for a major mission the night before he was scheduled to head back to the United States.

    Swamp Metalmark butterflies were bred at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s in Chicago by museum biologists.

    Endangered butterflies to be released in Elgin

    Endangered butterflies are getting ready to be released in Elgin. The Swamp Metalmark butterflies were bred at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s in Chicago by museum biologists. The butterflies are known for their reddish-brown wings that are lightly checkered.

    CEO and President Ron Onesti says running the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles is “all about making magic happen.”

    St. Charles’ Arcada Theatre stays alive where others fail

    Eight years ago, the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles was an unkempt piece of history -- a 1920s vaudeville hall that went from hosting George Burns and Gracie Allen in its heyday to showing movies to a handful of people as the decades wore on. Then along came Ron Onesti, a longtime concert promoter who took a chance on the venue. “It’s all about making magic happen,” the Wood Dale man says.


    5 shot near Chicago church

    Chicago Police say five people were wounded during a shooting outside a church on the city’s North Side. Authorities initially said one person died in Monday’s violence. But Tuesday, a police spokesman said a 21-year-old man was instead critically wounded after being shot in the head in the Uptown neighborhood.


    Judge warns of telephone scam involving jury duty

    The chief federal judge in southern Illinois is warning citizens not to fall for a telephone scam involving jury duty and possible identity theft. U.S. District Judge David Herndon says the caller poses as a court official and threatens prosecution for shirking jury duty. The caller then tries to extract confidential data from the call’s recipient.


    Lincoln Tomb plans historic events

    Illinois’ Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site will have presentations next month on Abraham Lincoln’s least-known son and about black heroes of the Civil War. The Historic Preservation Agency announced Monday that presentations on Lincoln’s son, Edward Baker Lincoln, and Civil War heroes, will be on Sept. 7. The historic site is in Springfield.

    Associated Press Menard Correctional Center in Chester was locked down for 39 hours last week after an inmate struck a guard at the maximum-security facility.

    5 state prisons locked down in a week for violence

    Five Illinois prisons have been locked down in the past week because of a spike in violence. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the incidents involved either full or partial lockdowns at the prisons. Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says authorities don’t believe any of the violence was related. He says no employees were seriously injured.

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is warning Chicago-area residents about high levels of air pollution.

    Air pollution warning issued for Chicago area
    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is warning Chicago-area residents about high levels of air pollution. The EPA says air quality on Tuesday is expected to be unhealthy for people who have breathing problems, active children and the elderly.

    The Rotary Club of Palatine is celebrating its 50th anniversary by creating Rotary Plaza at the northeast corner of Palatine and Plum Grove roads. It will include a community electronic sign, benches, landscaping and personalized bricks.

    Work to begin soon on Rotary Plaza in Palatine

    The Rotary Club of Palatine, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in March, has teamed with the village to create Rotary Plaza in the heart of downtown, at the northeast corner of Palatine and Plum Grove roads. “We wanted to do something that stayed true to our mission and gives back to the community,” project chairman Liz Noe said.

    Freshman Kelly Schmieder, 14, sits in her freshman honors English class as teacher Jeff Horler tells them about the book Moby Dick on the first day back to school at Bartlett High School.

    Dawn Patrol: No 70 mph limits here; Wheaton bullying response

    Most suburban roads exempt from 70 mph speed limit. Wheaton vows to bounce back from bullying, harassment case. U-46 students return to class. Barrington Fire Department to expand in light of layoffs. St. Charles says goodbye to Townsend, hires new city administrator. Rivers Casino to host ‘Price is Right’ tryouts. Schierholtz carries Cubs to 11-1 victory.

    If a study finds that BMW drivers are rude and hybrid Prius drivers are rude, what does that mean for the driver of this hybrid BMW?

    Prius drivers just as rude as BMW drivers? Study says so

    A new study says two kinds of drivers we have in abundance in the suburbs lack road manners: the owners of luxury cars like BMWs and those of us who drive a hybrid Prius. “Maybe, according to them, we’re the exceptions,” suggests Larry Rosenbaum, the BMW sales manager for Motor Werks of Barrington, who couldn’t be nicer when asked if BMW drivers are jerks.

    What do you need for school that’s not on the supply list? Sunscreen, says Sidra Khan, of Glendale Heights.

    Suburban parents share back-to-school advice

    Whether kids are moving into first grade or moving away to college, families face a lot of stress during back-to-school time. And it’s not only the students who have a lot of learning to do — parents need lessons, too, like, "Know exactly what you’re going to get," a Mt. Prospect parent said about shopping. So, we surveyed local moms and dads and collected their tips.


    New gyms in progress for two Dist. 203 schools

    The school year and the construction season will overlap at two elementary schools in Naperville Unit District 203 that are getting new gyms -- Elmwood and Prairie.


    North Aurora gives business more time to repay $200,000 loan

    North Aurora will give a real-estate venture more, unspecified time to repay a $200,000 loan it made in 2008. The money came out of a revolving-loan fund started years ago with state money, intended to help businesses create low- to moderate-income jobs.

    Glen Ellyn officials are considering locating a new police department on the site of the Spring Avenue Recreation Center, owned by the Glen Ellyn Park District.

    Glen Ellyn considers new police station at rec center site

    Space constraints at the 85-year-old Glen Ellyn Civic Center have led to talk of moving the police department off-site and perhaps building a new station on the site of the Spring Avenue Recreation Center. “We as fellow governmental agencies have conversations with one another...” the park district director said. “(But) we’re at a very early stage.”


    E. Dundee wants to clarify loan for village, police renovations

    East Dundee trustees approved village hall and police department renovations Monday but won’t ratify the $5 million deal until the next board meeting.That’s when the board expects to have a letter from U.S. Bank that would outline and clarify the terms of the $2.25 million loan it would issue to the village for the projects.

    Taylor Mae Stinchcomb and her beloved Doberman, Romulus, died together in a crash in 2011. Her family will remember them Saturday in the second Taylor and Romulus Fun Day in the Park in Gurnee.

    Fundraiser remembers Gurnee teen and dog who died with her

    Taylor Mae Stinchcomb and her beloved dog, who died together, will be remembered in a fundraiser at a Gurnee park to benefit causes she believed in such as her church’s mission trips and pet adoption. “Everybody’s grief is different and everyone will handle it in their own way,” Taylor's mother said. “But for us, (the event) has been a real help in the healing process.”


    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

    Bears’ Cutler keeping his options open

    Quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to spread the ball around more this week against the Raiders than he did last week, when the only player he targeted was Brandon Marshall. Cutler downplayed his failure to involve other players last week but said the Bears' new offense will distribute the ball more evenly in the future.

    Paul Konerko runs past Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana as he scores on a passed ball during Tuesday night’s 2-0 White Sox victory.

    White Sox’ Konerko won’t chase numbers
    Paul Konerko is nearing the end of his 15th year in a White Sox uniform. The longtime captain has said he won't keep playing to chase numbers like 500 career home runs, so it looks like retirement awaits at the end of the season. Konerko has 431 career home runs, tying him for 44th place all time with Cal Ripken Jr. Only 25 players in baseball history have hit 500 or more homers.

    Cubs starting pitcher Chris Rusin gave up 2 runs on 10 hits and saw his record drop to 2-3 with Tuesday night’s loss to the Nationals.

    Tough times for Cubs’ Castro and Rizzo

    It’s no secret that things haven’t been going swimmingly for Cubs young players Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. The two entered Tuesday night’s 4-2 loss to the Washington Nationals a combined 3-for-43 on the current homestand. Neither lit up the joint Tuesday, as each went 0-for-4. Castro came to Wrigley Field on Tuesday and found himself batting eighth.


    Boomers lose but maintain lead

    Despite a 4-0 loss to the Southern Illinois Miners on Tuesday night in the opener of a key six-game road trip, the Schaumburg Boomers remained 3 games ahead in the Frontier League’s West Division.

    Mike Ditka

    'Da Coach' bestows some words of wisdom on Bears

    Hall of Fame tight end and Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Ditka made a rare appearance at Halas Hall on Tuesday and addressed the team at the invitation of new coach Marc Trestman.

    The Cubs’ Junior Lake reaches first safely an errant throw from third baseman Ryan Zimmerman soars past as Nationals first baseman Tyler Moore during the fifth inning Tuesday.

    Nationals keep Cubs off-balance in 4-2 win

    Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and drove in a run, Bryce Harper had two hits and scored a crucial ninth-inning run, and Dan Haren pitched six strong innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Tuesday night. Zimmerman had two doubles and could have had four hits as he lined out to third base in the third inning to start a double play and hit a hard shot at the center-fielder in the seventh.

    The Fire will be without Bakary Soumare at home on Friday against Kansas City because he received a red card at New England on Saturday and is suspended for one game.

    Rx for Fire success not as easy as 1-2-3
    Entering the final third of the Major League Soccer season, time’s a’wasting. Here are three things that need to happen for the still seventh-place Fire to claim one of the top five spots in the Eastern Conference and earn a playoff berth.


    LumberKings rough up Cougars pitchers

    Kane County starting pitcher Tyler Skulina couldn’t get through the third inning as the Clinton LumberKings struck early to capture a 7-4 victory over the Cougars on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.


    Bogusevic getting another look in Cubs outfield

    When the Cubs traded David DeJesus to the Nationals Monday, it opened up playing time for others, including Brian Bogusevic, who started Tuesday night's game against Washington. Bogusevic, a native of Oak Lawn, is trying to make an impression for the future with the Cubs.


    Tuesday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Tuesday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Tuesday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Tuesday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Libertyville wins girls golf opener

    Libertyville’s girls golf team carded a victory in its season opener Tuesday. Jess Lovinger fired a 41 to earn medalist honors and lead the Wildcats (173) to a comfortable win over host Elk Grove (202) at Fox Run Golf Links.

    Elena Delle Donne

    Delle Donne returns, leads Sky past Mystics 79-73

    Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and Sylvia Fowles added 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Chicago Sky moved closer to their first playoff berth with a 79-73 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.


    Power surge for Prospect

    Prospect girls golf coach Jim Hamann delivered his post-meet talk as darkness settled in Tuesday night near the practice putting green. But my how his Knights lit up the Mt. Prospect Golf Club just hours earlier. Led by senior Ally Scaccia’s school-record two-under 69 and classmate Kiley Walsh’s school-record 32 on the back nine for a 71, state power Prospect wiped out its former team record of 297 by out-shooting visiting Loyola 291-310 in the 18-hole dual meet.

    Gordon Beckham is congratulated in the White Sox dugout after hitting a solo home run during the first inning Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo.

    White Sox scratch out 2-0 win over Royals

    John Danks shut down Kansas City’s scuffling offense for eight innings, and the Chicago White Sox did just enough damage against Ervin Santana to squeak out a 2-0 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night. Gordon Beckham homered off Santana (8-7) in the first inning for the only earned run.

    Former Bears coach Mike Ditka, here attending the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony last month, visited Halas Hall to speak to the team Tuesday.

    Here’s hoping ‘Da Coach’ lifted Bears’ level of fun

    Mike Ditka made a rare appearance at a Halas Hall practice on Tuesday. We can only hope that he injected that '85 Bears pulse into a franchise that hasn't been much fun the past couple of decades.

    Alex Bassetto of Benet tees off during the 2013 Vern McGonagle Memorial boys and girls golf invitational at the Naperville Country Club.

    Tiebreaker goes to Naperville North’s Brown

    Griffin Brown knew his final score and Jason Marrs’ final golf score would be close Tuesday at Naperville Country Club. He couldn’t know they’d match. “I knew he was a good player and I knew it was going to be close, but thankfully it worked out in my favor,” said Brown, a Naperville North junior. Brown finished his day with a birdie for a 78, defeating Waubonsie Valley’s Marrs for the McGonagle/Naperville City Championship on the tiebreaker because of that birdie on No. 18.


    Confident Fisher eager for second stint at Round Lake

    Older and wiser, Jeremy Fisher feels more prepared to coach Round Lake's boys basketball team than he was in 2006, when Round Lake tabbed him to replace Mark Petrynek.


    Swiss rider wins State 2 at Pro Challenge

    Mathias Frank of Switzerland rode to a three-second win Tuesday in the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge, while Lachlan Morton of Australia finished second to assume the overall lead.

    The Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez is hit by a pitch from Boston’s Ryan Dempster in the second inning of Sunday’s game in Boston.

    Dempster suspended 5 games for hitting A-Rod

    Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster was suspended for five games and fined for intentionally hitting Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with a pitch Sunday night. MLB Senior Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr. also fined Yankees manager Joe Girardi for arguing with plate umpire Brian O’Nora on Sunday night. Earlier Tuesday, Girardi insisted it would be “open season” on Rodriguez if MLB failed to suspend Dempster.

    Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has to sit out six games this season.

    Von Miller to serve 6-game suspension

    Broncos linebacker Von Miller will serve a six-game suspension under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a violation the linebacker said did not result from a positive test. The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season, a person familiar with the negotiations between the linebacker and the NFL told The Associated Press.

    Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese, left, and Hall of Fame Dolphins Coach Don Shula pose with President Barack Obama and a signed team jersey during a ceremony Tuesday in the East Room of the White House.

    ’72 Dolphins finally get their salute at White House

    Nearly three dozen members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins finally received their White House moment Tuesday, 40 years after they made history by winning 17 games and losing none — an undefeated NFL feat that still stands today.

    The 49ers sent A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs for Jon Baldwin in a swap of wide receivers and disappointing first-round picks.

    Former Illini WR dives into life with Chiefs

    A.J. Jenkins never thought he’d be back in Kansas City so soon. The former first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers played in a preseason game against the Chiefs on Friday night at Arrowhead Stadium. On Tuesday morning, after a trade, he was wearing a white shirt with that familiar arrowhead logo while going through a walk-through prior to practice.

    Former Bears wideout David Terrell was arrested Friday after Chicago police received a call about people smoking marijuana in a building.

    Lawyer: Terrell innocent of charges

    A lawyer says former Bears wide receiver David Terrell will plead not guilty to a felony charge of manufacturing or delivering marijuana and a misdemeanor battery charge. Attorney Mark Sutter said in a statement Tuesday that Terrell denies “any participation whatsoever in the alleged criminal acts.”

    Curtis Malm of St. Charles Golf Club looks to improve on his second-place finish during last year's Illinois PGA Championship Wednesday at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake.

    Malm takes aim at Illinois PGA title

    After firing a 9-under par course record 63 at Elgin Country Club on Monday, clearly Curtis Malm is the player to watch in next week’s 91st Illinois PGA Championship on Olympia Fields Country Club’s South course. Len Ziehm has more on Malm, a first assistant professional at St. Charles Country Club and the IPGA’s player-of-the-year in 2012, and other topics in this week's column column.

    Chicago Bears rookie linebacker Jon Bostic (57) delivered some big hits against the San Diego Chargers in last week's preseason game at Soldier Field.

    Bears rookies making their mark early

    The Chicago Bears roster looks promising this year and even though we have only seen pre season games, the addition and play of outstanding rookies like Kyle Long, Jon Bostic and Jordan Mills is encouraging.


    Gov. Pat Quinn, right, and Larry Merlo, CEO and president of CVS Caremark, toured the new CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy and Customer Center in Mount Prospect on Tuesday.

    CVS Caremark's new Mount Prospect site to employ 400

    CVS Caremark Tuesday unveiled its completed $67 million mail service pharmacy and customer center in Mount Prospect, aiming to employ more than 400 people at the facility by the end of this year. “There's always a possibility of moving more operations here,” CVS Caremark President and CEO Larry J. Merlo said. “We're always evaluating our needs.”


    Unemployment rates rise in most U.S. states in July

    WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in July and fewer states added jobs, echoing national data that show the job market may have lost some momentum.The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states. They were unchanged in 14 and fell in eight states — the fewest to show a decline since January.Hiring increased in 32 states in July compared with June, the fewest to report job gains in three months. Seventeen states reported job losses. California, Georgia and Florida reported the largest job gains, while New Jersey and Nevada lost the most.Nationwide, hiring has been steady this year but slowed in July. Employers added 162,000 jobs, the fewest since March. The unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent, a 4 ½ -year low, from 7.6 percent.And while the job market has improved over the past 12 months, the gains appear to be benefiting southern and western states most of all.Unemployment in the West fell to 7.9 percent in July. That’s down from 9.3 percent a year earlier and the biggest decline of the four regions. In the South, unemployment fell to 7.3 percent, from 7.8 percent a year ago.Unemployment has barely dipped in the Midwest, to 7.3 percent from 7.5 percent in the past year. In the Northeast, it dropped to 7.6 percent from 8.4 percent.Steve Cochrane, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, says southern and western states have seen steady growth in manufacturing jobs. And the South is also benefiting from lower taxes and cheaper labor.“Some of the old, long-standing comparative advantages are re-emerging as drivers of growth,” he added.California has propelled much of the gains in the West, adding 38,100 jobs in July to lead all states. And California has added 236,000 jobs in the past year, second only to Texas’s 293,000 jobs.Unemployment in California has fallen to 8.7 percent in July from 10.6 percent 12 months ago — the biggest year-over-year drop of any state.Another bright spot is Utah, which has gained the largest percentage of jobs in the past 12 months. Utah’s gains were in information technology, manufacturing and construction.In the South, Texas, Florida and Georgia have been driving job growth. Georgia added 30,900 jobs in July, the second most of any state. Much of the gains were in categories that include transportation, utilities, retail, hotels, restaurants and amusement parks.Nevada reported the nation’s highest unemployment rate in July, at 9.5 percent. It was followed by Illinois, 9.2 percent. North Dakota continues to have the nation’s lowest unemployment at 3 percent. South Dakota is close behind at 3.9 percent.


    Best Buy tops expectations on cost cuts, web sales

    Best Buy’s net income rose sharply in the second quarter, as the struggling electronics retailer slashed costs and worked to make its website more competitive.The nation’s biggest specialty electronics company beat Wall Street expectations and its shares were up 10.5 percent at $33.97, marking a two-year high. The shares had jumped more than 16 percent before the opening bell.

    In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 photo, specialist John O'Hara, left, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stock futures are edging higher Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, after a four-day sell-off that shaved more than 300 points off the Dow Jones industrial average. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Why the stock market is having a chilly August

    It’s been a chilly August for the stock market. At the start of the month, the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index hit all-time highs. Now the market is down 4 percent from its peak, and August is on track to be the Dow’s worst month since May 2012.


    Barnes & Noble 1Q loss widens; Riggio ends offer

    Barnes & Noble says it plans to keep making its Nook electronic readers and will focus on offering content to its customers, even as its first-quarter net loss nearly doubled.


    Oil drops 2 percent as Fed policy signal awaited

    The price of oil fell 2 percent Tuesday, the sharpest decline in two months, as traders waited for the U.S. central bank to signal when it will shift its monetary policy.

    FILE - This Jan. 6, 2012 file photo shows a Kodak factory in Rochester, N.Y. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, a federal judge approved Kodakís plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection. The ruling paves the way for the photography pioneer to emerge from court oversight as a new company focused on commercial and packaging printing. The company has said it hopes to emerge from bankruptcy protection on Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

    Kodak OKs court approval for bankruptcy plan

    A federal judge has approved Kodak’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection.Judge Allan Gropper’s ruling paves the way for the photography pioneer to emerge from court oversight as a new company focused on commercial and packaging printing. The company has said it hopes to emerge from bankruptcy protection on Sept. 3.

    This Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 photo shows the entrance to a J.C. Penney store at a Hialeah, Fla., shopping mall. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, J.C. Penney reports quarterly financial results. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    J.C. Penney’s 2Q shows signs of life

    The worst may be over at J.C. Penney Co.The beleaguered department store chain on Tuesday reported its sixth straight quarter of big losses and steep revenue drops as it continued to face challenges related to a botched turnaround plan spearheaded by its ousted CEO Ron Johnson.


    Buffalo Grove housing plan would preserve Prairie View farmstead

    A new residential development that preserves the village’s agricultural past while adding to its housing stock could be coming to Buffalo Grove. A development proposal presented Monday to village leaders calls for construction of 41 houses on the 20-acre Hoffman property north of the village. Part of the proposal includes a 1.4-acre working farm.


    By the numbers
    CVS Caremark will debut its new mal service pharmacy and customer center n Mt. Prospect on Tuesday. The 150,000-square-foot facility supports pharmacy inventory and fulfillment, with the capability to fill 50 million prescriptions annually. CVS Caremark CEO Larry J. Merlo will be on hand.

    Waukegan-based Telefonix Inc. is providing the stations, listed at $1,495 apiece, to the airport for free.

    Waukegan company giving Denver airport 10 car charging stations
    Denver International Airport plans to add 10 charging stations for electric vehicles in its parking. Wauekgan based Telefonix Inc., is giving the $1,495 chargers garages for free.

    Traffic is heavy in both directions during the morning rush looking east on the Jane Addams Tollway east of the Des Plaines Oasis. A new federal report says Illinois highways are the fifth-busiest in the nation.

    Study: Illinois interstates 5th busiest in nation

    A new federal report says Illinois highways are the fifth-busiest in the nation. The data from the Federal Highway Administration was released Monday and looked at total miles driven on state highways in 2011. It shows Illinois was ranked behind California, Texas, Florida and Ohio. In 2011, vehicles traveled more than 31 billion miles on Illinois interstates.

Life & Entertainment

    Wedding photographer Braulio Cuenca poses groom Jorge Mejia and bride Irma Aguilar, of the Bronx borough of New York, before their ceremony in New York’s Office of the City Clerk.

    NYC wedding witness needed? Photogs say, ‘I will’

    Hundreds of people get married at New York City Hall every day. Some couples forget flowers or rings, but what about the one real necessity — a witness? That’s where Goran Veljic and Braulio Cuenca come in. Between them, the two wedding photographers have served as witnesses for thousands of couples, a duty that both markets their services and allows them to share in the happiest day of people’s lives. “Any time you’re feeling stressed, or sad, you should come to City Hall to see the weddings,” said Veljic, a 43-year-old from what is now Serbia. “I love being in an environment built on love and happiness.”

    Sheri Winkelmann, 50, poses with her fiance, Desmond Huey, 26. The couple will be featured on the TLC reality TV series “Extreme Cougar Wives.”

    Mt. Prospect native to appear on ‘Extreme Cougar Wives’

    Mount Prospect native Sherri Winkelmann, 50, and her 26-year-old fiance will be featured on Wednesday night's episode of the TLC reality show "Extreme Cougar Wives."

    Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Clary (Lily Collins) spy on demonic activity in the hilariously bad fantasy adventure “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

    Characters below ‘mundane’ in dopey fantasy adventure

    Harald Zwart’s special-effects-stuffed “Mortal Instruments” sets a new, low standard for stupid fantasy adventures featuring shallow characters who can connect with each other only through weapons, magic spells and chortle-inducing dialogue. Here’s a ruthlessly silly, generically familiar story so badly executed that not even the “mundane” characters pay attention to what’s going on in it.

    “50 Shades! The Musical” returns to Chicago for an engagement at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place from Tuesday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 27.

    ‘50 Shades! The Musical’ returns
    "50 Shades! The Musical," a comedy that spoofs the whole "50 Shades of Grey" phenomenon, returns to Chicago for a brief run at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place from Tuesday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 27.

    Reduce’s 10-ounce reusable water bottles fit nicely into kids’ lunchboxes.

    New Sandra Lee novel fits vacation mode

    Heartbreak, secrets, healing, rediscovery, recipes. Sandra Lee’s novel “The Recipe Box” has it all. In her fiction debut, Lee, host of Food Network’s “Semi-Homemade Cooking” and author of 20-plus cookbooks, shares a tale of Grace Holm-D’Angelo, thirty-something divorced mother trying to raise a rebellious daughter, juggle a Hollywood career and deal with the death of her best friend back in their hometown of New London, Wis.

    The Halsey House mansion in Providence, R.I., which served as the fictional home of Charles Dexter Ward, a young man in a 1927 novella by H.P. Lovecraft, who hailed from a prominent Providence family.

    NecronomiCon to celebrate horror writer H.P. Lovecraft

    If you’ve enjoyed the works of Stephen King, seen the films “Alien” or “Prometheus,” or heard about the fictional Arkham Asylum in Batman, thank H.P. Lovecraft, the early 20th century horror writer whose work has been an inspiration to others for nearly a century. The mythos Lovecraft created in stories such as “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” and “At the Mountains of Madness,” has reached its tentacles deep into popular culture, so much that his creations and the works they inspired may be better known than the Providence writer himself. Lovecraft’s fans want to give the writer his due, and this month are holding what they say is the largest celebration ever of his work and influence.

    Scott Pelley anchors the “CBS Evening News.”

    ABC, CBS news gaining with different approaches

    Evening newscasts on ABC and CBS are both gaining ground on market leader Brian Williams of NBC News, but that’s one of the few things they have in common. Behind Diane Sawyer, second-place ABC is making strides with a sleek “World News” that emphasizes the American family, news that hits home and the cultural zeitgeist. Scott Pelley has revealed himself to be a traditionalist at “CBS Evening News,” leading a show weighty with significant national and international events.


    Tips for taking kids out of school to travel

    Family travel gets much more affordable after Labor Day, once kids are back in the classroom. So what’s a traveling family to do? Consider taking the kids out of school for family travel.


    Door County Cherry German Chocolate Cake
    Door County Cherry German Chocolate Cake

    Twin Peaks in Wheeling embraces a rustic feel.

    Ice-cold beers, big food, TVs draws for Wheeling's Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks, a Texas-based chain of sports bars where guests are waited on by attractive, scantily clad servers, opened its first Illinois location in February, taking over Claim Jumpers' former space on Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling. The mix of ice-cold beers, plenty of TVs, big food and “scenic views” has proved a winning combination, bringing in huge crowds of guys.

    A person familiar with negotiations to bring Jennifer Lopez back as an “American Idol” judge said her return will be announced this week.

    Jennifer Lopez expected to return to ‘Idol’

    A person familiar with negotiations to bring Jennifer Lopez back as an “American Idol” judge says her return will be announced this week. The person said Monday that a deal is close to being signed with Lopez, who was an “Idol” judge for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The person wasn’t authorized to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    David Werner started smoking on a Weber grill and quickly moved onto larger cookers, like this rig he uses for pig roasts.

    Cook of the Week: Dad goes whole hog into smoking, barbecue

    David Werner is a smoker — a meat smoker that is. It all started with an experiment in his backyard using his old Weber grill. That first attempt was a pork shoulder; it was a hit. Soon David went out and bought a cheap smoker and it wasn't long until he had a rig large enough to hold a whole pig.

    The second photo if from the Journey exhibits throughout the Museum that follow Abraham Lincoln from the rustic cabin of his youth to the White House and then on his final journey home to Springfield following his assassination. This particular photo deals with the angst and criticism Mr. Lincoln endured as he prepared to sign the Emancipation Proclamation amidst great controversy in our country.

    Looking for Lincoln in Central Illinois

    It can be tough to get kids interested in history. Movies help. So does seeing people dressed and working as their forebears might have. And that’s what you’ll find in central Illinois, the place President Abraham Lincoln called home throughout his adult life.

    Unfortunately for “Saints Row IV,” it’s garishly glitchy when it comes to the graphics.

    ‘Saints Row IV’ goes off the deep end

    “Saints Row,” the shoot-’em-up video game franchise that debuted in 2006 as a knockoff of “Grand Theft Auto,” has always been unapologetically lowbrow and self-consciously silly. “Saints Row IV” doesn’t veer from that pre-established mindlessness. In fact, it drives right through it, off a cliff and straight into outer space. The latest “Saints Row” trades the series’ over-the-top urban warfare for an out-of-this-world cyberpunk romp inspired by the likes of “Tron” and “The Matrix.”

    The first step in saving tomato seeds entails nothing much more than squeezing a bit of the seed-gel mix out of the cavity of a tomato fruit into a glass. No need even to sacrifice eating the rest of the fruit!

    Plan now for great-tasting tomatoes next year

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Home-grown tomatoes are NOT the best-tasting ones. Not necessarily, that is. Now, I’m not advocating tossing in your trowel and doing your harvesting at the supermarket. What I am saying is that choosing the best variety is the important thing if you’re looking to grow a great-tasting tomato.

    Emily Oster is the author of “Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong — and What You Really Need to Know.”

    Coffee, wine and sushi! New pregnancy book says OK

    Emily Oster isn’t a baby doctor. She’s an economist and a mom who wanted to know more about all those rules handed down to women after the pregnancy stick goes pink. Being pregnant, she said, felt a lot like being a child, so she decided to take a deep dive into research covering everything from wine and weight gain to prenatal testing and epidurals. What she found was some of the mainstays of pregnancy advice are based on inconclusive or downright faulty science.

    Joan Jett and The Blackhearts will perform at Festival Park in Elgin.

    Best bets: Rock out with Joan Jett in Elgin

    Feel the beat as the summer comes to a close with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Eric Burdon & the Animals Saturday at Festival Park in Elgin. Get your fill of hot air balloons at the Color Aloft Balloon Festival Saturday at Central Park in Grayslake. Influential British electronic rock band Depeche Mode performs on the same bill as Bat for Lashes Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.

    One Direction — Louis Tomlinson, left, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles — promote their new film, “This is Us,” with director Morgan Spurlock on Monday in London. The film is an intimate all-access look at life on the road for the global music phenomenon.

    1D goes 3-D in boy band’s debut feature film

    In the tradition of great music movies, One Direction’s feature-film debut has sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll — just without the sex or the drugs. The Morgan Spurlock-directed 3-D documentary “One Direction: This is Us” hangs out with Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn backstage, at home and on the road, and comes to the conclusion that the five well-coiffed lads who have conquered the world are, well, pretty nice. Spurlock is on a mission to convert unbelievers (and even Beliebers) into One Direction fans.

    “Coming Clean” by Kimberly Rae Miller

    ‘Coming Clean’ is a window into hoarding

    What’s it like to live with hoarder parents? In Kimberly Rae Miller’s memoir, “Coming Clean,” the writer doesn’t minimize the destruction the disorder causes families. But she uses her own experience to paint a much more compassionate and nuanced portrait of the illness than is usually shown on reality TV shows like “Hoarders.” Growing up, only child Miller knew her family was different. Their house was covered with paper and broken or disused objects. Couches, floors, tables and most other surfaces — eventually whole rooms — were lost to junk. The mess causes constant fighting within the family and a constant fear of being discovered.

    An exhibit on Grace Kelly’s upbringing, Hollywood career and storybook ascent to royalty opens Oct. 28 at the Michener Art Museum in suburban Doylestown, Pa., not far from where Kelly made her professional stage debut at the Bucks County Playhouse in 1949.

    Grace Kelly’s life examined in new Pa. exhibit

    The world thinks of Grace Kelly as a fashion icon, movie star, princess, wife and mother, but in Philadelphia she’s first and foremost remembered as a hometown girl who never forgot her roots. So it seems fitting that an exhibit on Kelly’s upbringing, Hollywood career and storybook ascent to royalty will make its only U.S. stop in the area where she spent her early years, organizers said at a news conference unveiling details of “Grace Kelly: Beyond the Icon” at an event Thursday that was held, aptly, in the Hotel Monaco in downtown Philadelphia.

    When David Werner makes pulled pork he puts several roasts on the smoker, often smoking it for friends and family.

    Dry-Rubbed Pulled Pork
    Pulled Pork

    Begonias, like this Bonfire Chocolate variety, can be overwintered by taking cuttings now.

    Take cuttings of annuals to keep them over winter

    If you have annuals such as geraniums and begonias that you would like to overwinter, take cuttings now. Cool nights in September will cause the stems to harden off, or grow a tough coat, which will make them more difficult to root.


    A Lake Zurich demonstration against distracted driving.

    Editorial: An important step toward cellphone safety

    Gov. Quinn has signed new laws aimed at making Illinois roadways safer; now it's up to drivers, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Just clowning around?

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: We could stand to tone down our political expression for the sake of all our daughters and sons, who bear witness to these events and must make sense of their world. Perhaps more to the point, we might try to take ourselves more lightly.


    Boost investment in infrastructure
    A letter to the editor: Each of us paying a little more each year to provide hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fix this problem is an investment we can make with returns we can see. Let’s get serious about this debate before it’s too late.


    Time running short for Arab Christians
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: The true face of the so-called Arab Spring is shown to be a veiled excuse to eradicate what little is left of the centuries-old Christian community in Cairo and elsewhere.


    Can’t trust IRS to take on new role
    Can’t trust IRS to take on new roleOnce again the IRS is using intimidation. The agency is currently in the process of mailing 20,000 letters to small-business owners asking for more information.The unprecedented initiative is an attempt to flush out underreporting of business income. What we have here is another big government compliance program to increase taxes.The Gestapo tactics the IRS has been demonstrating increases the small businessman’s fear factor of big government. The current administration struggles with efforts to grow the economy and grow jobs. Don’t they realize that small businesses are the heart of the economy’s growth and jobs?This is another example of why funding for this agency needs to be trimmed. How can we possibly trust the IRS to take on an additional compliance role with health care administration?Mike TennisSleepy Hollow


    Nation’s debt will destroy all of us
    An Elgin letter to the editor: In response to Mr. Teune’s view of Aug. 10 regarding “budget cutting is destroying nation” I can only wonder who manages his personal budget?


    Major surgery needed on Obamacare
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Recently a reader touted Obamacare, declaring that health insurance rates are now down 50 percent in New York, and condemning Republicans for continuing useless votes repealing the health bill in the House.


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