Daily Archive : Sunday August 25, 2013


    In this July 12, 2013, file photo, Justin Timberlake performs on stage during the Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. This year's MTV Video Music Awards is all about looking forward as artists with some of the fall's most anticipated new music line up to perform as the show makes its first stop in New York's Brooklyn borough. Timberlake and fellow lead nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are scheduled to perform, but that's just the start Sunday night, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center, where the show kicks off at 9 p.m. EDT.

    Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake own the MTV VMAs

    It may not be a good thing for her, but Miley Cyrus had the most memorable moment at the MTV Video Music Awards. The provocative pop singer was the hot topic at Sunday night's show: Cyrus eclipsed Lady Gaga's opening performance of her new single, Katy Perry's closing rendition of her latest hit and Kanye West's artsy set. The 20-year-old even grabbed more attention than Justin Timberlake's...

    Kathleen McNamara teaches a social gerontology course through Columbia College of Missouri on Wednesday nights in Building K of Elgin Community College.

    ECC students can get 4-year degrees without a move

    Kerry McCullor is just one class away from meeting the graduation requirements for an associate degree from Elgin Community College. McCullor, 38, wants a bachelor’s degree, too, and thanks to a partnership with Columbia College of Missouri, she can stay right where she is and get it. Similar partnerships are in place with Judson University and Northern Illinois University.

    Demetries Thorpe

    Landfill search ended for body of missing Zion baby

    Police have ended the search for missing 5-month-old Joshua Summeries after spending the weekend searching an area landfill for his body, officials in Zion said on Sunday night. “The search and recovery efforts for Joshua Summeries have been terminated at the Zion landfill. Sadly, Joshua was not located,” said Chief Wayne Brooks through a news release.


    Girl, 6, dies from injuries suffered in Round Lake Beach crash

    A 6-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered Saturday in a two-vehicle crash in Round Lake Beach, authorities said. Leyzle Artega, of Round Lake, was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m. Saturday. Police say the crash remains under investigation.

    Sean McCarthy rubs the head of his brother, Ryan, during the Ryan “McCancer” Party Sunday at Eddie’s in Arlington Heights. The charity fundraiser was in honor of 25-year-old Buffalo Grove firefighter Ryan McCarthy, of Rolling Meadows, who is battling lymphoma. Money raised benefitted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    Buffalo Grove firefighters shave heads for colleague fighting cancer

    Buffalo Grove firefighters hosted the Ryan “McCancer” Party Sunday in Arlington Heights to honor Ryan McCarthy, a 25-year-old fellow Buffalo Grove firefighter battling lymphoma. The event raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “Originally, this was going to be a benefit for me, and it looks like we’ve got enough money. So we’re going to pass the funds on...

    After eight years of bringing some of the world's top cyclists to the suburbs, the Tour of Elk Grove is no more, Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson announced Sunday. Johnson blamed the cancellation on a scheduling dispute with USA Cycling and the International Cycling Union.

    Future Tour of Elk Grove races canceled over scheduling dispute

    The Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove, the Chicago region's most prominent cycling event, will cease operations because of a scheduling conflict with USA Cycling and the International Cycling Union, Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson announced Sunday. "After much thought and with a heavy heart, we are left no alternative but to cease the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove,” Johnson...

    Lady Gaga performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

    Images: On stage at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
    Images from the stage of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn.

    Katy Perry wears a grill that says "ROAR" as she arrives Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    Images: Red carpet arrivals at the MTV Video Music Awards
    Photos from the red carpet arrivals for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn.


    Law lowers required age for students to attend school

    Illinois will lower the required age that students must attend school under legislation signed Sunday by Gov. Pat Quinn.


    Quinn says pension panel’s framework is ‘positive’

    The so-called conference committee a 10-member panel formed in June to come up with a solution to Illinois' nearly $100 billion crisis is considering a framework that would, among other things, end automatic 3 percent cost-of-living increases for retirees. Increases would instead be linked to the rate of inflation.

    Firefighter A.J. Tevis watches the flames of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., on Sunday. With winds gusting to 50 mph on Sierra mountain ridges and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect this and other communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.

    Yosemite fire ‘poses every challenge there can be’

    With winds gusting to 50 mph on Sierra mountain ridges and flames jumping from treetop to treetop, hundreds of firefighters were deployed Sunday to protect communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.

    A member of the panda team at the Smithsonianís National Zoo performs the first neonatal exam Sunday on a giant panda cub born only two days earlier.

    Panda cub described as healthy and vibrant

    The giant panda cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo appears to be in excellent health, zookeepers reported after a 10-minute physical exam Sunday morning.

    Syrian army soldiers are seen deployed Saturday in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. Syrian state media accused rebels of using chemical arms on Saturday against government troops trying to storm a contested neighborhood of Damascus.

    Syria agrees to UN chemical weapons investigation

    Syria agreed Sunday to a U.N. investigation into last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack outside Damascus — a deal a senior White House official dismissed as “too late to be credible,” saying the United States has “very little doubt” President Bashar Assad’s forces used such weapons.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says America has come a long way toward racial equality 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but urged President Barack Obama to do more.

    Powell: Trayvon Martin verdict ‘questionable’

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the jury verdict that cleared the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin “questionable” and urged President Barack Obama to speak more on issues of race during an interview that aired Sunday.

    While shooting an assignment in a barn at the Lake County Fair, the rain came down fast an furious. I noticed these two boys dancing in the rain and turned my attention to them. You ever know when a good moment will arise. The photo was published in the weekly Perspective column.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features people enjoying sculpture and photography exhibits, more weekend rib festivals, and several impromptu raincoat adaptations.

    A young girl dances at the foot of the steps of the Capitol in Oklahoma City on Saturday as part of a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.

    Youth see march anniversary as chance to lead

    Just as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Montgomery Bus Boycott at age 26, and Rep. John Lewis helped to lead freedom rides at 23, young Americans are not letting age get in the way as they seek more than a contributing role in the push for social reform.

    Pastor Dean Inserra’s City Church of Tallahassee is researching how they will address the changing attitudes to gay marriage in the courts as well as among the public. “We have some gay couples that attend our church. What happens when they ask us to do their wedding?” Inserra said. “What happens when we say no? Is it going to be treated like a civil rights thing?”

    Divide over religious exemptions on gay marriage

    The battle over gay marriage is heating up in the states, energizing religious groups that oppose same-sex relationships — but also dividing them.


    Heritage 5K Run/3K Walk

    The Rotary Club of Long Grove will be hosting the annual Heritage 5K Run/3K Walk on Saturday, Sept. 7.

    A 1976 Cadillac Eldorado two door convertible, owned by Hinsdale resident Charles Hartley, were among the cars on display Sunday during the Concours d’Elegance in downtown Geneva.

    Rare ‘concept’ cars at Geneva auto show

    The few remaining and seldom-seen 1950s General Motors Motorama concept cars owned by noted collector Joe Bortz were featured Sunday at the Concours d’Elegance in downtown Geneva.


    Mundelein board meets Monday

    The Mundelein village board will meet tonight to discuss a snow-removal contract, a construction project on Archer Avenue and other business.


    District 128 board meets

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board will meet Monday to approve a budget for the 2014 fiscal year and to discuss other issues.


    Children’s Advocacy Center benefit

    The Lake County Children’s Advocacy Center’s first “Color the Park” Family Fun 5k run/walk is 10 a.m. at Viking Park in Gurnee on Saturday, Sept. 7.


    Oakton presents program on climate change

    Faculty members from Oakton Community College, in coordination with Organizing for Action and The Climate Reality Project, will present a commentary on climate change Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the college’s Skokie campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave.


    Schaumburg blood drive set for Sept. 4

    A Schaumburg Community Blood Drive will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the hospitality room of Church of the Holy Spirit, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg. To schedule an appointment, call LifeSource at (877) 543-3768 or register online at HYPERLINK "http://www.lifesource.org/"lifesource.org using code SH98. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

    Ed Hardy

    Arlington Heights fitness instructor inspired fellow seniors

    A former fitness instructor at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, who personified health and vigor to students and co-workers alike, has died. Ed Hardy taught class five days a week at the senior center for 17 years before retiring. He passed away Thursday after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 77.

    There may be new J.D. Salinger works released in the coming years, according to “The Catcher in the Rye” novelist’s biographers. Salinger died in 2010.

    New biography claims more Salinger books due out

    The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing’s greatest mysteries: What “The Catcher in the Rye” novelist was working on during the last half century of his life.


    Kane County continues to investigate inmate’s death

    Kane County authorities continue to investigate the death of a 52-year-old South Elgin woman found dead in her cell at the county jail Friday afternoon. Terry A. Hart died as a result of asphyxiation by hanging, according to preliminary results of an autopsy conducted by the Kane County Coroner.

    Cody Huston, 6, of Naperville plays with a toy during open playtime at GiGi’s Playhouse in Hoffman Estates.To accommodate growing interest in GiGi’s Playhouses across the nation, a National Achievement Center is being built.

    Gigi’s Playhouse expands services to people with Down syndrome on 10th anniversary

    Nancy Gianni took a chance 10 years ago to open a Down syndrome awareness center in Hoffman Estates. Since then GiGi's Playhouse has expanded to more than a dozen locations. Now, the organization is moving to a new location that will have a bigger play area, more learning labs, a comprehensive learning program for adults called GiGi University and a retail store called Hugs & Mugs run by adults...


    China trip aims to boost economy in Delaware County

    MUNCIE, Ind. — Delaware County officials say a decision to send three officials to China on an economic development trip is “money well spent” despite a cash crunch that has forced the county to consider laying off workers and cutting services.


    Filmmaker gets rare footage of Mongol falconers

    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis filmmaker has achieved a yearslong dream by overcoming difficult travel and unsafe conditions to film falconers in Mongolia.Eddie Brochin’s footage is part of his documentary titled “The Falconer, Sport of Kings.”


    DNA advances the key to unlocking assault cases

    ELKHART, Ind. — Advances in collecting, storing and comparing DNA are helping investigators make arrests and track suspects in sexual assault cases whose trails had long run cold.Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill tells the South Bend Tribune that DNA matches recently led to an arrest in a 1988 rape of a 10-year-old girl.


    Bridge crews unearth signs of Indiana’s 1st prison

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A project to build a bridge linking southern Indiana to Kentucky has uncovered remnants of Indiana’s first state prison.The discoveries include flint used to ignite Revolutionary War-era rifles and foundations, trash pits and drains associated with the penitentiary.


    Indiana teacher funnels fear of spiders into short film

    LOGANSPORT, Ind. — A Logansport teacher has put his fear of spiders aside to create a short film about a mutated arachnid.Greg Allen’s “Big Honkin Spider” features Allen as an extreme exterminator who goes head-to-head with a large, extremely deadly spider.


    Indiana tapped $10 million for damaged homes for bioscience

    INDIANAPOLIS — A state lawmaker concerned about Indiana’s recent move to dip into a fund set aside for repairs to homes damaged by soil shifting above old coal mines wants the state’s insurance commissioner to lower the premiums homeowners in the state’s coal country pay into that fund.


    Rockford Art Museum marks 100 years

    ROCKFORD — Rockford Art Museum is celebrating 100 years with a showcase of works from its permanent collection.


    McCormick Place has new ½-acre rooftop garden

    There’s a new rooftop garden at McCormick Place in Chicago that will grow produce for the convention center’s caterers.


    Korean War veteran missing 63 years to get funeral

    MCHENRY — The family of a Korean War veteran declared missing in action 63 years ago will finally get to give him a funeral and burial with full military honors. The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports Donald Victor MacLean was declared missing in action in 1950, about two months before his 18th birthday.

    Sharing a moment that was three generations and 41 years in the making, former Little League Baseball World Series player Peter Vargulich, left, of St. Charles, and his father and former coach Tom Vargulich, right, cheer on Tommy Vargulich, 16. Tommy became the third generation to play on that famous field with his participation Saturday in an exhibition game featuring young people with disabilities.

    St. Charles family keeps Little League world series tradition

    When Tommy Vargulich of St. Charles played with his suburban team in Saturday's Challenger exhibition game for athletes with mental or physical disabilities, he became the third generation of his family to take part in the Little League Baseball World Series. "This is a great connection between me and my dad and now Tommy,” says Tommy's father, Peter Vargulic, who played on that same field...

    New Glenbard South Principal Sandra Coughlin says she wants to increase academic rigor while also making sure the school provides students with the proper academic supports.

    Glenbard South, West welcome new principals

    Students heading back to classes Monday at two Glen Ellyn-area high schools will be greeted by new principals, both of whom have been preparing for this moment since officially taking their jobs over the summer. Here's a look at what brought them to their jobs, and their visions for their schools.

    Boats travel under the Grass Lake Road bridge on the Chain O' Lakes. The family of Tony Borcia who was killed on the Chain O' Lakes are lobbying for new stricter boating laws including the suspension of a driver's license when a boater is found to be over the legal threshold for intoxication and also requiring the operators of a watercraft towing a person behind a boat to display an orange flag to alert others.

    Chain boaters oppose tougher regulations pushed after Petite Lake tragedy

    A state lawmaker and relative of the Libertyville boy who was struck and killed last year by an impaired boater while tubing with his family on Petite Lake has launched an effort to impose tougher boating regulations on state waterways. Boaters say it's "overkill" and are expected to speak out against the legislation at a meeting Thursday to discuss her proposals.

    This undated file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border. The tiny plains town of Deer Trail, Colo. population 500, is considering a proposal to issue permits to hunt drones.

    Colorado town mulls drone hunts to decry spying

    The tiny plains town of Deer Trail, Colo. population 500, is considering a proposal to make itself a national attraction for gun enthusiasts and those skeptical of government surveillance. This fall citizens will vote on whether to issue permits to hunt drones. Yes, those drones. Shoot ’em down for $25. With a $100 bounty for shooters who bring in debris from an unmanned aircraft “known to be...

    Capitol Hill Police officers try to clear a street that was blocked by immigration reform supporters during a rally protesting immigration policies and the House GOP’s inability to pass a bill that contains a pathway to citizenship.

    Voices opposing immigration law muted this August

    A sparsely attended anti-immigration rally earlier this month, along with the cancellation of several events, points to an emerging reality during Congress’ summer recess: Opposition to overhauling immigration laws appears notably muted, almost tame. Meanwhile, advocates who support comprehensive overhaul legislation are claiming they’ve changed at least a handful of minds among House Republicans.


    Two hospitalized in Round Lake Beach crash

    Two people were hospitalized after a crash at Route 83 and Millstone Drive in Round Lake Beach on Saturday afternoon.


    The kind of fire that Josh Phegley shows was on clear display Saturday when he came up with the game-winning hit against Texas. Kenny Williams would like to see more of the Sox play with the edge that Phegley displays.

    Sox’ lack of fire bothers Kenny Williams

    The White Sox are missing the "edge" catcher A.J. Pierzynski provided the past eight seasons, but newcomer Josh Phegley might be able to fill the void in the future.

    The Bears released veteran strong safety Tom Zbikowski (36) on Sunday, cutting the team's roster to 76. Zbikowski, a Buffalo Grove High School product who has played for Baltimore and Indianapolis, is free to sign with other NFL teams.

    Zbikowski, Aromashodu among 14 cut by Bears

    The Bears cut 14 players Sunday afternoon, leaving them with 76 active players, and the biggest name among the cuts was Arlington Heights native and former Buffalo Grove High School star Tom Zbikowski. The sixth-year veteran safety from Notre Dame faced an uphill battle because of an abundance of numbers at his position and received very little significant playing time in the first three preseason games.

    Cornelius Washington sacks Raiders quarterback Matthew McGloin during the fourth quarter of their preseason game Friday. Washington is a top contender to be kept as one of the team’s defensive ends.

    Fourth preseason game big for plenty of Bears

    To the handful of players fighting for their professional lives, Thursday night’s fourth and final preseason game is anything but meaningless. Roster spots are still up for grabs.


    Boomers get crunched by Crushers

    The Schaumburg Boomers were unable to complete a road sweep of the Lake Erie Crushers, falling 11-2 in the series finale Sunday. The first-place Boomers (53-34), who own the best record in the Frontier League, finished 4-2 on their road trip and have 6½-game lead in the West Division.

    The White Sox’ Alejandro De Aza, left, and Gordon Beckham, right. check on Avisail Garcia, who ran headfirst into the wall during the fourth inning against the Rangers on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Danks for the memories

    Jordan Danks hit a key home run for the White Sox in Sunday's win over Texas, and Danks and his brother John accomplished something that last happened in 1955.

    San Diego Padres’ Logan Forsythe slides in safely with the game winning run as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo chases the late throw in the fifteenth inning of a baseball game won 3-2 by the Padres Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in San Diego.

    Padres outlast Cubs in 15 innings

    Nick Hundley hit a game-ending RBI single in the 15th inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Cubs on Sunday. Logan Forsythe set up the winning hit with a one-out single against Hector Rondon (2-1). He moved up on a groundout before Alexi Amarista was intentionally walked. Hundley then lined a clean single into center field and Forsythe scored easily, giving San Diego its third win in the last four games. Dale Thayer (2-3) wiggled out of a jam in the top half to get the victory.


    Cougars come up short in the clutch

    The Kane County Cougars stranded seven runners in a 3-1 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Sunday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium. With the loss, the Cougars (22-39, 53-74) were officially eliminated from playoff contention with eight games to go.

    White Sox hitter Josh Phegley is congratulated by third base coach Joe McEwing after hitting a home run against the Texas Rangers during Sunday’s seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox win eight of last nine games

    :Jordan Danks homered after replacing the injured Avisail Garcia, backing a solid start by his brother John and helping the surging White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox took two of three from the AL West leaders, giving them eight victories in their last nine games.


    Stephen Acquario, executive director of the New York State Association of Counties, is among hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states who get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards, an Associated Press review found.

    Private lobbyists get public pensions in 20 states

    Hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards, an Associated Press review found. Legislatures granted them access decades ago on the premise that they serve governments and the public. In many cases, such access also includes state health care benefits.

    New York’s attorney general sued Donald Trump, seen here in file photo, for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.

    Trump’s institute accused of fraud by New York

    Donald Trump was sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over claims the billionaire operated a fraudulent online educational institute that swindled students out of $40 million.

    Protesters hold a banner outside of Wells Fargo headquarters in San Francisco earlier this month. The protesters wanted the bank to drop a first-in-the-nation plan by Richmond, Calif., to use the government’s constitutional power of eminent domain to “seize” hundreds of mortgages from Wells Fargo and other financial institutions.

    City looks to seize loans to ease mortgages

    Richmond, Calif., wants Wells Fargo Bank to drop a lawsuit aimed at stopping Richmond’s first-in-the-nation plan to use the government’s constitutional power of eminent domain to “seize” hundreds of mortgages from Wells Fargo and other financial institutions.

    Workers stand behind the top of a pump for the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas at a Range Resources site in Claysville, Pa., in this file photo from 2011.

    Fracking health project puts numbers to debate

    A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim.

    LinkedIn announced this week that it is dropping its minimum age from 18 to 14 in the United States to allow teens to build their resumes and connect with colleges on the site. The social network is encouraging universities to build their own “University Pages” so that potential applicants can learn about their offerings.

    The latest terrifying teen tech trend: 14-year-olds on LinkedIn

    LinkedIn announced this week that it is dropping its minimum age from 18 to 14 in the United States to allow teens to build their resumes and connect with colleges on the site. The social network is encouraging universities to build their own “University Pages” so that potential applicants can learn about their offerings. Michigan, Seton Hall and NYU are among the 200 colleges that have already joined the site.

    Bubbles are inflating in Nevada and Arizona even as housing in the rest of the country recovers at a more sustainable pace.

    Bubbles bloom anew in desert as buyers wager on Vegas, Phoenix

    Bubbles are inflating in Nevada and Arizona even as housing in the rest of the country recovers at a more sustainable pace. Gains in the two desert cities are the biggest since the height of the real estate boom, just before their plunge to the bottom of the national housing collapse. “They’re clearly in bubbles,” said Karl Case, one of the creators of the S&P/Case-Shiller property-value index. “What can go up can go down — real quick.”

    HelloFresh, based in New York, ships ready-to-cook dinner kits to subscribers with everything needed to whip up a meal, from the raw meat and fish to vegetables and spices. Targeting busy consumers, Blue Apron and fellow startups HelloFresh and Plated are trying to make cooking at home easier and cheaper than dining out or ordering in.

    Measuring up ready-to-cook dinner kit companies

    Ready-to-cook dinner kits are the latest concept in online grocery delivery. Blue Apron, and fellow startups HelloFresh and Plated, are targeting busy consumers who want to cook at home, but don’t have the time hit the grocery store every week. The kits can sometimes be cheaper than dining out or ordering in, costing between $10 and $15 a meal. But some of the companies require a subscription or buying a minimum amount of meals a week.

    Kelly Daugherty, co-owner of Smashing Golf & Tennis, with her clothing line in the pro shop at Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington. The owners of Smashing Golf & Tennis can’t take vacations this summer because they’re training new sales people for the company’s line of active wear for women. They also are getting their spring styles ready and have to be around for last-minute orders, as this is high season for golfers and tennis players.

    Small business owners pick sales over sun and fun

    Many owners who took a vacation last summer have opted to keep on working this year instead, according to a survey this spring by American Express. Forty-nine percent of the survey’s participants said they planned to take at least one full week off during the summer. That was down from 54 percent a year ago, and a high of 67 percent in 2006, the year before the recession began.


    Repo market decline raises alarm as regulation strains debt

    The U.S. repurchase, or repo, market where banks and investors borrow and lend Treasuries and other fixed-income securities shrunk to $4.6 trillion daily outstanding last month, down 35 percent from a peak of $7.02 trillion in the first quarter of 2008, based on Federal Reserve data compiled from its 21 primary dealers.

    Atlantic City, the erstwhile East Coast gambling mecca, is on an epic losing streak; over the past six years, competitive and economic forces have crushed the local casino economy, driving revenue down more than 40 percent.

    Atlantic City battles to end a losing streak

    Atlantic City, the erstwhile East Coast gambling mecca, is on an epic losing streak; over the past six years, competitive and economic forces have crushed the local casino economy, driving revenue down more than 40 percent. In 2006, gross gambling revenue here was a record $5.2 billion. “The situation there has become catastrophic,” said Steve Norton, a gambling analyst with a long history in Atlantic City.

    “Living Large for the Long Haul” signifies more than a collection of hints for saving money. It cements Clark Howard as a kind of economist folk hero.

    Clark Howard’s new book on how to part the red-ink sea

    Clark Howard, the syndicated radio and TV host, has spent the last 25 years dispensing money advice and consumer counsel to his growing legion of followers. His is a one-stop shop of investment tips, bargain deals, rip-off alerts and seemingly endless hacks for maximizing every dollar you make.


    Want better biofuels? Get the wood out

    Wood is strong, abundant, and cheap. But when it comes to the hot prospect of turning trees and agricultural waste into an energy source for cars and trucks, wood gets in the way. Now, scientists say they’ve found a possible solution to this difficulty, one that could dramatically reduce the cost of tomorrow’s fuels.


    Subtleties — not skill — cost women in pay talks

    It’s true that women often don’t bargain hard enough for higher pay, as shown by a number of studies and a terrific book called “Women Don’t Ask,” by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. The word is out, and solutions (hatched mostly by women) are already in the works, like coaching young women on how to negotiate before they enter the workforce.


    A reason to worry when your boss is on the line

    Recent years have brought us leaders who think it’s OK to fire people by email, by text and by phone. Here’s a new one: AOL chief Tim Armstrong ousted an employee of the company’s struggling “hyperlocal” network of news sites, Patch, during a conference call.


    Work Advice: When a background check goes awry

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.


    Career Coach: A conflict with staying late

    Career Coach Joyce E.A. Russell fielded questions from readers online last week. Here are edited excerpts:

    When a stagnant European economy and picky consumers gave Heineken lemons, the brewer decided to mix them with beer. The brewer rolled out a line of radler drinks, a blend of lemon soda and lager, to 23 markets in its biggest product introduction, hoping to win over female drinkers and young men who prefer wines or spirits. Illustrates HEINEKEN (category f) by Clementine Fletcher © 2013, Bloomberg News. Moved Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Heineken).

    Heineken mixes lemon soda and beer, seeking female drinkers to boost sales

    Heineken this year rolled out a line of radler drinks, a blend of lemon soda and lager, to 23 markets in its biggest product introduction. It’s venturing that the drink, sweeter and less alcoholic than beer, will win over the ever-elusive female drinker as well as young men who prefer wines or spirits. “Beer’s losing out to other beverages,” said Ian Shackleton, an analyst at Nomura in London.

    In July, Tim Feeny became general manager of Feeny Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Elgin. Feeny’s father has been selling automobiles in the area for 30 years.

    Feeny focused on social media, customer satisfaction

    Taking the new car business to the next level is what guides Tim Feeny’s work. Although he has been in the industry for almost all of his 29 years, Feeny is looking at his new position as general manager at Feeny Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Elgin as an opportunity to take the dealership beyond traditional parameters.

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    From Florence, Italy, Devon & Devon displayed for the first time at the ICFF. Classic elegant bathroom furnishings like this cast-iron tub are just some of the products offered.

    Furniture fair focuses on eco-friendly items for kitchen, bath

    The confluence of aesthetically appealing with environmentally accountable solutions for kitchens and baths produced a flood of colorful, creative designs in New York at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

    This undated file film image provided by The Weinstein Co. shows Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” ìLee Danielsí The Butlerî served up another box office-topping weekend, earning $17 million according to studio estimates Sunday.

    ‘The Butler’ stays on top with $17 million

    “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” served up a second helping at the box office, topping the weekend with $17 million according to studio estimates Sunday. Daniels’ historical drama about a long-serving White House butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, last weekend opened with $24.6 million for the Weinstein Co.


    Tread carefully when considering ‘the talk’ with niece

    Q. My niece just turned 15. Physically, she reminds me of myself at her age — she looks about 19. I lost my virginity when I was 14, so, ever since last year, I’ve been wondering if there is a way I can talk to her about what she’s thinking about sex.

    “After Her” by Joyce Maynard

    Maynard’s novel revisits ’80s serial killer case

    Joyce Maynard’s latest novel, “After Her,” is loosely based on the 1980s Trailside Killer case, in which a serial killer targeted victims on hiking trails in Northern California, spreading terror through the region. The story is narrated some 30 years after the murders by Rachel Torricelli, whose father, Anthony, was the lead homicide detective charged with investigating the slayings.

    Best-selling children's recording artist Laurie Berkner is set to headline Ravinia on Sunday.

    Sunday picks: Dance along with Laurie Berkner at Ravinia

    Best-selling children's recording artist Laurie Berkner performs a solo concert with her “Laurie Berkner — The You & Me Tour” at Ravinia. Today's the last day to take in the 25th Annual Long Grove Fine Art and Wine Festival. The Banjo Buddies Dixieland Band, led by vocalist and banjo player Ann Stewart, headline an outdoor concert in the band shell at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Participation in mud runs and obstacle courses, such as the Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder, is growing by leaps and bounds. The right clothes and gear, like this light blue down jacket, could be the difference in performance and comfort.

    What’s the workout wardrobe for the Mudder?

    Participation in mud runs and obstacle courses such as the Warrior Dash or Tough Mudder is growing by leaps and bounds. Besides the training, you should also consider the wardrobe? The right clothes and gear make the difference in performance and comfort.

    It’s not the end of the world, but “The World’s End” marks a creative conclusion for director Edgar Wright, left, actor Simon Pegg and actor Nick Frost. For the British trio behind “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” the recent release of “The World’s End” completes a trilogy.

    ‘The World’s End’ a toast for 3 filmmaking friends

    It’s not the end of the world, but “The World’s End” marks a creative conclusion for Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. For the British trio behind “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” Friday’s release of “The World’s End” completes a trilogy. The longtime friends have no future collaborations planned as each heads into new projects. It’s fitting, then, that their final film together (for now) is a toast — 12 times over.

    Sea rock formations known as the Point of Archers stand under the afternoon sun near Shi Shi Beach in Washington state's Olympic National Parks.

    Taking a hike to Washington's striking Shi Shi Beach

    First there's a drive through windy seaside and tree-lined roads. Then there's a peek at the farthest northwest point in the lower 48 states. Finally, after a two-mile hike along a wilderness trail with a descent down a 150-foot bluff, the reward is one of the most pristine spots on the coastline of Washington's Olympic National Park: Shi Shi Beach.

    A woman receives a Hand Rescue Citrus Reviver treatment from the Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wis.

    Spa trends go from farm to facials

    The farm-to-table movement has become farm to facial for some in the spa industry, with more locations offering fresh herbs and flowers from their own gardens for treatments. And guys are being treated to pampering tweaked just for them as the number of men turning up at spas increases, according to a new survey.

    Visiting an apple orchard in the fall is a tradition for some families.

    Area apple orchards rebound big time from last year

    Last year, local apple orchards were decimated by drought and unusual spring weather that saw blooms killed by frost. Many u-pick orchards had to close early once they ran out of stock, while some such as Woodstock’s More Than Delicious Orchard and Lang’s Orchard didn’t have any crop at all. But after a year of rest, the trees are filled with fruit ready for your family to pick.

    Sara Musillo, assistant store manager at David’s Bridal in New York assists Yolanda Royal, 64, as she tries on wedding dresses with her niece Angelic Lavine.

    Older brides with fancy gowns, garter belts, DJs

    SherryLynne Heller-Wells always wanted a fairy tale wedding. So when she tied the knot last year, she spared no detail. She walked down the aisle in a flowing ivory gown with a long veil and lacy bolero jacket. Ten flower-toting bridesmaids and seven groomsmen were in the wedding party. And after the ceremony, 100 guests dined on beef tenderloin, clams casino and a three-tier vanilla cake. Heller-Wells wasn’t some blushing new bride, though. When the retired registered nurse, 64, wed her husband, Clyde, a small-business owner who is 65, it was her second time at the altar.

    The Midwest celebration of the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary takes place in Milwaukee Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.

    On the road: Revving up Harley-Davidson anniversary

    The Harley-Davidson 110th anniversary is a yearlong, global celebration. In Milwaukee, festivities include a music festival on five stages at the lakefront Summerfest Grounds with the likes of Toby Keith, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, Dropkick Murphys, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Doobie Brothers, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kid Rock and John Fogerty. Also, the Chicago Jazz Festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary with three days of free music and activities in Millennium Park.

    Lynn Rushing shows Mother Nature. She designed and laid the walk with the help of her late brother, Bill Fischer.

    Artist plants discoveries in gardens

    The bronze and ceramic sculptures Lynn Rushing created for her Barrington Hills gardens are fascinating, and so are her stories.

    Kendrick Lamar performed during this year's Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago. As Sunday's MTV Awards approach, Lamar is the focus of the music world.

    With VMAs afoot, Kendrick Lamar takes center stage

    It's been almost a year since Kendrick Lamar released his major label debut, yet the rapper remains very much the focus of the music world as top stars convene this weekend for the MTV Video Music Awards, which air at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. That album, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city,” is about to turn platinum. This month, he called out basically every MC of the day in a fiery feature on Big Sean's “Control.” As the awards show approaches, all anyone has been talking about is Lamar, and the question on their lips has been this: Is the 26-year-old Compton resident the best rapper in the world right now?

    Effervescence tubs are designed to generate tiny bubbles throughout the entire tub with minimum water movement.

    Enjoy a bath in ‘sparkling’ water

    Q. I’m a big fan of your column and need a little help. My wife and I are thinking about remodeling our bathroom and want to include a whirlpool. But, we’re looking for a more gentle massage, and every tub I’ve checked out includes a strong pump that really moves the water around. Do they make a milder whirlpool tub, and, if so, what should I be looking for?

    Organize your closet by grouping similar types and colors of clothing.

    How to design a closet that works

    It seems like we never have enough closet space, and it seems the little space we have in our closets is crammed and unorganized. Let’s see how we can fix that.


    Home inspection results can nullify real estate contract

    Q. We signed a contract to sell our home to a couple about a week ago. They did a home inspection and yesterday our attorney received a letter stating they didn’t like the condition of our property and they wished to cancel the contract.


    Don’t mess with asbestos

    Q. My daughter and her husband are in the process of purchasing a home built in 1950. Their inspector found vermiculite for insulation in the attic and guessed that it probably has asbestos in it. One suggestion he made was to add a layer of cellulose on top of it for a couple of reasons.


    New shocks, struts will be noticed

    I was driving down Route 14 the other day and I was following a car that was bouncing up and down like a basketball. It was almost scary to be behind it because the car looked like it was on the verge of being out of control.


    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

    Editorial: Durbin’s power play on stand-your-ground

    A Daily Herald editorial argues that Sen. Dick Durbin is playing power politics with a letter meant to intimidate supporters of a conservative advocacy group.


    How our reporter got rocker to change his tune on Beatles story

    Jim Davis tells the story behind the story of an Elmhurst musician's big fib about his connection to the Beatles.


    A parent letting go

    Columnist Michael Gerson: I was cautioned by a high-powered Washington foreign policy expert that he had been emotionally debilitated for weeks after dropping off his daughter at college for the first time. So I feel entitled to a period of brooding.


    Conflicting definitions of murder
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: A man named Castro from the Cleveland area was recently convicted of murder of an unborn child plus numerous other crimes.


    Why should Congress get a better deal?
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The Democrats wanted Obamacare, and now the taxpayers are going to pay up to 75 percent of their health care cost for members of Congress, their families and staffers. They have thumbed their noses at us and have shown that they think they are better than the people who elected them.


    A carpe diem approach to Social Security
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: I refute an article recently published in The Wall Street Journal stating that people should not take Social Security at the age of 62. It said that a person should wait longer and, thereby, receive a larger check. I maintain that unless it is financially prohibitive, people should retire as soon as possible and begin collecting the money paid in during the years of employment.


    ID cards needed for voters, too
    A letter to the editor: You need a photo ID card to have a chance to get on a game show, but you don’t need one to vote. What is wrong with this picture?


    Go after the people who harm animals
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: I’ve been an advocate for animals my entire life and rescued abandoned and abused felines in Kane County for 30 years. I can’t sit idly by and do nothing about the inequities I have seen. My strong sense of justice motivates me to try to make improvements that I can. During this time I have learned more about people than these animals.


    Campton Hills Night Out a success
    We would like to thank our local police and fire departments, service organizations, non-for-profit groups, local businesses, sponsors and volunteers for participating in our 7th National Night Out at the village of Campton Hills.Our community residents and their families were provided entertainment, education and information about our village services, special programs, and local small businesses. As a result of everyone’s generosity and participation, we enjoyed our most successful National Night Out ever, Chief Daniel HoffmanCommunity Relations CommitteeCampton Hills


    Ryan, Jackson show inequity in sentencing
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: I just don’t get it. Gov. Ryan takes graft for 20-30 years and gets 6 1/2 years in prison. Jesse Jr. and wife take $750,000 and pay no taxes and get 2 1/2 years for Jesse and 1 year and 1 day for Sandy Jackson. A slap on the wrist.


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