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Northwest suburban police blotter
Two store clerks in Wheeling were arrested and charged with selling tobacco products to an underage patron. Both of them looked at but disregarded an ID belonging to a 17-year-old underage purchaser and sold the teen a pack of cigarettes, reports said.
Deadly tollway crash remains under investigation
Illinois State Police continue to investigate the fiery tollway crash that killed a cab driver from Elgin early Sunday morning, but say there is no reason to suspect alcohol or drugs played any role in the deadly collision. The driver, Melba R, Farr, 56, was killed when her cab was rear-ended by an SUV at 5:09 a.m. on the Jane Addams Tollway near Beverly Road in Hoffman Estates.
Man drowns in Pistakee Lake
A 49-year-old man died Sunday afternoon while swimming in Pistakee Lake in Johnsburg after he and his friends were separated by extreme winds, according to a news release issued by the McHenry Township Fire Protection District Sunday night.
US job market recovers losses yet appears weaker
The U.S. economy has finally regained the jobs lost to the Great Recession. But go easy on the hallelujahs. The comeback is far from complete. Friday's report from the government revealed an economy healing yet marked by deep and lasting scars. The downturn that began 6½ years ago accelerated wrenching changes that have left many Americans feeling worse off than they did the last time the economy...
Woman, daughter, dog killed in Waukegan
A 53-year-old Waukegan man is in police custody after police believe he killed his wife, daughter and dog Sunday night. Police responded to a 911 call at 6:15 p.m. that they believe was from the suspect, who told them he killed his family and was going to kill himself. fficers responding to the call at the townhouse in northwest Waukegan came upon a grisly scene. On the front porch they found...
Images: Addison Trail High School graduation
Addison Trail High School held its graduation Sunday at its school in the gym.
2 officers, 3 others dead in Vegas shooting
uthorities say two suspects shot and killed two police officers at a Las Vegas eatery Sunday before fatally shooting a third person and killing themselves inside a nearby Walmart. Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement saying he was devastated by the murders of the two officers and an “innocent bystander.”
Images: Maine West High School Graduation
Maine West High School held its graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 8th, at the school in Des Plaines.
Cellular tower fight in Libertyville Township
Although a 150-foot cellular tower proposed for the leafy River Road corridor in Libertyville Township is on hold, opponents say they'll continue collecting research to support their position with the expectation the plan will resurface in 2015.
Elgin man charged with hit-and-run turns self in
An Elgin man — who turned himself in to police about a half-hour after striking a boy with his SUV — was charged with leaving the scene of an accident Thursday. Stephen L. Vaughn, 24, struck a boy on a bicycle around 6:15 p.m. near the intersection of Channing and Laurel streets in Elgin, according to reports.
Images: Christian Liberty Academy Graduation
Christian Liberty Academy held its graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 8th, at the school in Arlington Heights.
Images: Willowbrook High School graduation
Willowbrook High School in Villa Park held its graduation Sunday in the school's gym.
13 dead in attack on Pakistan airport
Gunmen disguised as police guards attacked a terminal at Pakistan’s busiest airport Sunday night with machine guns and a rocket launcher, killing at least 13 people as explosions echoed into the night, officials said. A separate suicide bombing in the country’s southwest killed 23 Shiite pilgrims returning from Iran, authorities said.
Supportive atmosphere reigns at Naperville Esprit de She triathlon
The annual Esprit de She Triathlon brought more than 1,500 women athletes to Naperville on Sunday. Participants praised its supportive, upbeat atmosphere. "You have all kinds of people doing it, including a lot of first-timers, and there's so much support and love the whole way," said Kim Novotny of Wheaton.
Kids get close to nature at Funfest in North Chicago
It is all very well to look at pictures of trees on a computer or see nature on the Discovery Channel.But it is another matter to experience nature first hand, somthing the Kids Nature Funfest, held Sunday at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago, gave children a chance to enjoy.
Trolley museum highlights life during wartime
Those expecting a quick stop at Phil Lauricella’s tent Sunday didn’t get it. The knowledgeable Elburn history re-enactor was portraying a medic from the U.S. Army 10th Infantry Mountain Division during the Fox River Trolley Museum’s “Rails to Victory” event in South Elgin.
Three injured by falling branch at Cantigny Park in Wheaton
Three patrons at Cantigny Park in Wheaton were injured Sunday afternoon when a branch from one of the oldest trees on the property fell and struck them.
Japan Festival highlights the nation’s past and present
Organizers of the annual Japan Festival say the two-day event drew thousands of people to Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights, which had been transformed into a showcase for the traditions, business and culture of Japan. Attendees saw demonstrations of traditional Japanese dances, tasted food from a number of Chicago-area Japanese restaurants and sampled a wide variety of the...
Guantanamo prisoners set to leave amid trade furor
Some of the men held here for more than a decade have been drafting plans for work and marriage on the outside or studying languages, preparing for a not-too-distant future beyond the coiled razor wire that surrounds the U.S. prison perched at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. But the current furor over the trade of the five Taliban prisoners for American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have complicated the...
Quebec sees second jailbreak involving helicopter
The search widened Sunday for three inmates who escaped with the help of a helicopter from a detention center in Quebec City as dusk approached a day earlier. It was the second helicopter-aided inmate escape in Quebec province in two years.
Mt. Prospect bids farewell to retiring police chief
Mount Prospect village board members this month honored police Chief Michael Semkiu, who will retire on June 17, for his service of more than 31 years. Semkiu will be succeeded by Deputy Chief Tim Janowick.
Volunteers sought for Des Plaines parks group
The Des Plaines Park District is recruiting new members for the Friends of the Parks, a volunteer organization that promotes cultural and recreational events and provides scholarships.
Schaumburg Flag Day picnic for seniors
The annual Flag Day picnic for area seniors, hosted by the village of Schaumburg’s Senior Program, will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13 in the outdoor plaza between the village’s Atcher Municipal Center and Prairie Center for the Arts at 101 Schaumburg Court. This year’s program will feature entertainment from the 45s, a flag-hoisting ceremony by VFW Post 2202 and the...
District 214, education support union reach agreement
Northwest Suburban High School District 214’s Board of Education on Thursday approved a new three-year contract with the Educational Support Personnel Association, the District’s 400-member union for employees including instructional assistants, campus security, clerical staff and administrative and technology assistants.
Official says suicide bombing kills 23 in Pakistan
An official in Pakistan says suicide bombers entered a hotel in southwestern Pakistan and killed 23 Shiite pilgrims returning from Iran. The home minister for Baluchistan province, Mir Sarfraz Bugti, says the pilgrims were staying at hotels at a town close to the Iranian border.
Bartlett to kick off Clean Up Week June 23
Bartlett residents are encouraged to donate gently used school supplies for a donation drive held at village hall. It's one of the eco-friendly activities lined up for Clean Up Week, running Monday, June 23, through Saturday, June, 28.
St. Charles ex-carnival worker wants murder sentence reduced
Citing his ailing health, a former carnival worker from St. Charles is asking a Kane County judge to reduce his 25-year sentence for killing a man during an alcohol-fueled argument in 2008.
Mundelein board meets
The Mundelein village board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road, to authorize the purchase of five new police cars and a fire truck, as well as to discuss other business.
Lincolnshire tax relief
Lincolnshire residents 65 years or older, who live in a single-family residence, condominium or townhouse and pay real estate property taxes, may be eligible for senior citizen tax relief, village officials said in a newsletter.
Fire safety promoted in June
Countryside Fire Protection District provide fire safety handouts out Chick-fil-A, 701 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 12.
CLC singers heading to Carnegie Hall
Some College of Lake County singers are headed to Carnegie Hall in New York to perform a special show.
Wauconda residents help make DUI arrest after driver strikes parked cars
Citizens detained suspected drunken driver until police arrived on the scene Saturday night after the man reportedly smashed into several parked cars in a Wauconda neighborhood.
Fire damages Algonquin Burger King restaurant
Algonquin fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze Saturday night that caused an estimated $10,000 damage to a Burger King restaurant. The business was occupied with employees closing for the night at the time of the fire, but there were no civilian or fire personnel injuries.
U.S. values collided in Bergdahl’s predicament
Two American values collided in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s calamity. One had to give. The one about never leaving a man behind prevailed. The one about never negotiating with terrorists got lost in the swirling dust storm of a U.S. helicopter retrieving the soldier from his Taliban captors in a swap now provoking recriminations in Washington.
Simpson case at 20: Views in black and white
The O.J. Simpson murder trial exposed many painful truths. None hit harder than the idea that white and black people often look at the same facts and see different realities. Today, 20 years after the case captivated and divided the nation, few opinions about the saga have changed. Despite two decades’ worth of increasing racial acceptance, the Simpson case still reflects deep-rooted...
Figures in OJ Simpson saga have moved on
As if trying to escape a recurring nightmare, most of the survivors of O.J. Simpson’s “Trial of the Century” refuse to talk about it on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. And that includes Simpson who sent word from prison that he has nothing to say. Two members of the famous defense “dream team” are dead and only one, F. Lee Bailey, continues a campaign to...
New Egypt president sworn in, calls for stability
Egypt’s former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in Sunday as president for a four-year term, assuming the highest office of a deeply polarized nation roiled by deadly unrest and an economic crisis since its Arab Spring uprising in 2011. El-Sissi’s inauguration came less than a year after he ousted the country’s first freely elected president, Islamist Mohammed...
Front row seat to O.J. Simpson’s fall, rise, fall
Next to me in the front row of the courtroom sat gadfly writer Dominick Dunne, who came to the trial believing the football hero was guilty of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. But in that moment the playing field had changed. “Did you see that?” Dunne whispered to me. “He took those gloves and he ran with them as if he was running down...
Pope kicks off Mideast peace summit of prayer
Vatican officials insist no political agenda is lurking behind Pope Francis’ invitation to the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to pray for peace together in the Vatican gardens, and no concrete initiatives are expected.
Suburban women work to restore famous trotter Greyhound's glory
A legendary horse during the Great Depression, the trotter Greyhound died in 1965 and was buried in St. Charles. Two local women, who want to make sure the horse gets his due, lovingly dismantled Greyhound's stall in Maple Park board by board so it could be rebuilt for a museum display. “It's a great story of true passion and dedication beyond the wonderful story of Greyhound,” says...
St. Charles church youth group to repair Kentucky homes
Seven high school students will participate in "Mission in the Mountains," a program that will allow them to travel to Kentucky to help build and repair homes. The students are with the St. Charles Episcopal Church.
Maine East students build upon geometry lessons
Students at Maine East High School who learned all about angles, shapes and theorems in geometry classes this year didn’t have to go far to apply those lessons in a real-world setting. A new two-story press box behind the Park Ridge school’s varsity baseball diamond is the result of a yearlong project by two Maine East geo-construction classes. “They’re getting their mind...
Suburban cyclists bike across nation to fight cancer
Twenty University of Illinois students are biking 4,000 miles this summer to support a variety of cancer-fighting causes. “It sounded like something new, something pretty crazy and just like an epic journey,” said 19-year-old Grace Deetjen of Naperville. Other riders on the trip are from Algonquin, Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, St. Charles and Wheeling.
Armadillos slinking their way into Indiana
Indiana’s first confirmed armadillo report was in 2003 on Interstate 64 just east of the Illinois line in Gibson County, but they’ve also been spotted in Daviess, Dubois, Perry, Pike and Vanderburgh counties.
Ill-timed comments tarnish Chrome’s run at history
Horse racing is capable of turning horse radish into horse manure. That appears to be what happened over the weekend when California Chrome's co-owner went on nationally televised rants.
Kasper: Dealing with anxiety part of my game
This week's Cubs Insider column by Len Kasper
Heat edge Spurs in Game 2
SAN ANTONIO — A couple missed free throws cost the San Antonio Spurs last season’s NBA title.A few more misses — by their two best players — probably cost them a chance for a 2-0 lead in this year’s finals as well.Tony Parker scored 21 points and Tim Duncan added 18, but they went 0 for 4 from the foul line in a critical stretch of the fourth quarter, and those points loomed very large at night’s end.LeBron James scored 35 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Miami Heat evened up the NBA Finals with a 98-96 win over the Spurs on Sunday night, sending the series back to South Florida knotted at a game apiece.Game 3 is Tuesday.The Spurs had some costly misses by Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard in Game 6 against Miami last season, part of a wild Heat comeback from five points down in the final 28.2 seconds to force overtime and a deciding seventh game.This stretch wasn’t as dramatic, but just as costly.Even though games are often remembered by one play — Ray Allen’s 3-pointer in Game 6 of last year’s finals, a prime example — coaches routinely say that winning or losing hardly ever comes down to a singular moment.But when the Spurs look back on Game 2, it’ll be a nine-second stretch that they regret most.Miami guard Mario Chalmers was driving with 6:43 left when he elbowed Parker in the midsection, getting called for a Flagrant-1 after review. But Parker missed both free throws, and after Duncan was fouled nine seconds later he missed another pair from the line.Nine seconds, four free throws, two Spurs leaders, zero points.On the ensuing Miami possession, James made a 3-pointer from the left wing, turned and appeared to have a word or two for those in the expensive courtside seats, and the Heat had an 88-87 lead. Back and forth the teams went, but in the end, just like last season, the Heat simply found a way.Just like that, San Antonio’s run of eight straight home playoff wins — all by 15 or more points — was over.And so was the Spurs’ chances of boarding a plane on Monday halfway to a fifth NBA title.
Kernels snap Cougars’ home win streak
An early offensive day turned into a pitching duel later in the game as the Cedar Rapids Kernels (28-35) edged the Kane County Cougars (42-21) by a score of 3-2 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Sunday.
Boomers’ Vazquez hits for cycle in win
Right fielder Justin Vasquez hit for the cycle and the Schaumburg Boomers put on an impressive offensive display in a 14-3 win over the Southern Illinois Miners on Sunday afternoon at Boomers Stadium.
Change is in the air for the Bears
Shea McClelline's conversion from defensive end to linebacker has gotten plenty of attention, but there are a lot more changes this year on a unit that was one of the NFL's worst last season.
Angels sweep White Sox in Anaheim
ANAHEIM, Calif. — C.J. Wilson bounced back strongly from his shortest outing of the season, taking a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and Josh Hamilton drove in three runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.The White Sox concluded a nine-game stretch in Southern California in which they lost two of three to San Diego, won two of three against the Dodgers and were swept by the Angels.Wilson (7-5) was charged with one run over 7 1-3 innings, struck out six, and was lifted by manager Mike Scioscia after 107 pitches. Last Tuesday at Houston, the left-hander gave up five runs, six hits and five walks through 2 2-3 innings in a 7-2 loss.Joe Smith relieved Wilson, giving up a double to pinch-hitter Alejandro De Aza, a run-scoring infield hit by pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie and an RBI single by Adam Eaton before retiring Gordon Beckham in a double-play grounder. Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 10th save.Jose Quintana (3-6) allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks through 4 1-3 innings and struck out four. It was the eighth time in Quintana’s 13 starts that he left a game with fewer than three runs of support, and he is 0-6 in those outings. Quintana escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first when he retired Hamilton on a popup and struck out C.J. Cron. But Hamilton drove in the Angels’ first run with a two-out double in the third, then made it 3-0 in the fifth with a bases-loaded two-run single after Quintana walked cleanup hitter David Freese. Cron followed with an RBI single that chased the left-hander.Freese, who had never drawn more than two walks in any of his 507 previous regular-season games in the major leagues, got a free pass all four times up. That tied a franchise record for a nine-inning game, and was the first time it happened since May 18, 2013, when the White Sox walked Chris Iannetta four times.NOTES: This was the Angels’ third series sweep this season, and Jered Weaver had recorded a victory in each of them. ... The Angels are batting .170 with the bases loaded (8 for 47). ... The last time Wilson faced the White Sox was May 17, 2013, when he lost his second 3-0 decision to Chris Sale in a span of six days. ... Chicago 1B Jose Abreu started in the designated hitter role for the 10th time and was 0 for 4 with a pair of double-play grounders. A top contender for AL Rookie of the Year is 9 for 38 with four homers and 11 RBIs as a DH. ... Wilson has pitched at least five innings in 12 of his 13 starts without allowing any fourth-inning runs. ... The White Sox, who began the day trailing AL Central-leading Detroit by four games, open a nine-game homestand Monday night with a four-game series against the Tigers. SS Alexei Ramirez leads the league with a .381 home batting average.
Cubs’ winning streak ends at 5
Pedro Strop hit Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch in the eighth inning then threw a wild pitch that allowed the Miami slugger to score the go-ahead run, and the Marlins beat the Cubs 4-3 Sunday at Wrigley Field.Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez left the game because of a left hip injury and is day to day.Trailing 3-2 after Luis Valbuena walked with the bases loaded in the seventh, the Marlins scored twice off Strop (0-3) in the eighth. Garrett Jones’ sacrifice fly to left tied it. Then Stanton scored on a wild pitch to give Miami its first lead of the day.Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save in 15 tries, helping Miami avoid the sweep and end Chicago’s five-game winning streak. The Cubs were deprived of the chance for their first six-game run since winning seven straight from July 31-Aug. 6, 2011. Mike Dunn (5-3) got two outs for the win. But Miami’s victory was overshadowed by the loss of Alvarez, who entered the day having thrown 21 consecutive scoreless innings.With one out in the sixth inning of a scoreless tie, Valbuena grounded to Jones at first. Jones’ toss to first was high. Alvarez reached to tap the base with his right foot but missed and landed awkwardly, and straining his left hip.After being attended to by the Miami training staff and manager Mike Redmond, Alvarez threw one warmup pitch to see if he could continue but quickly left the mound. Left-hander Dan Jennings then entered.Alvarez extended his scoreless innings streak to 26 before leaving, but it ended when Nate Schierholtz tripled down the right field line against Jennings to drive in two and give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.Alvarez is day to day for a Miami team that has already lost star right-hander Jose Fernandez for the season after he underwent Tommy John surgery.Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, meanwhile, allowed three hits and struck out seven to match a personal season best. He left with a 2-0 lead but Miami tied it with two in the seventh against Chicago reliever Brian Schlitter, getting consecutive two-out RBI singles from J.T. Realmuto and Adeiny Hechavarria.That rally got Alvarez off the hook for what would’ve been a tough-luck loss.Before getting hurt, the Marlins right-hander kept the Cubs in check for most of the day. He went 5 1-3 innings and allowed two runs one earned while striking out five.Alvarez narrowly missed extending his streak past Luis Aquino’s 26 1-3 scoreless in 1994, the second-longest run in Marlins history.NOTES: The Marlins have two days off in the next four and before the game and Alvarez’s injury, Miami was planning to keep its rotation intact. That could change if RHP Nathan Eovaldi’s pregnant wife hasn’t given birth by Wednesday, which could leave Eovaldi available for that day’s game in Texas instead of his expected Friday start. ... Cubs manager Rick Renteria said “I don’t know how much further” replay review will expand but seemed satisfied with its debut. “So far right now, I’ve got no complaints about it,” Renteria said. ... Renteria was asked if he’s gotten any positive feedback from the fans during the Cubs’ winning streak and said “everybody’s pretty happy, which is nice.” ... Marlins C Jarrod Saltalamacchia was eligible to come off the seven-day concussion disabled list but wasn’t activated. ... As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, both teams wore throwback uniforms. The Cubs wore their 1942 uniforms, while the Marlins dressed up as the 1946 Miami Sun Sox.
Can this White Sox team make a long run?
If there’s anything this season has been so far for the White Sox, it’s consistent. Consistent in the sense that it fluctuates at such a rapid pace, it seems like nothing changes. And it leaves them hovering around .500, as Chris Rongey explains in this week's Sox Insider column.
Respect, admiration for Zimmer grew over the years
Matt Spiegel on baseballI knew him first as a loser.My household loved the 1978 Red Sox. The great 1975 World Series wasn’t far enough removed yet to be just another emblem of failure. The ’86 collapse was but a glint in a young Bill Buckner’s eye.That ’78 team was murderous. Jim Rice was feared like no other hitter I’d ever seen. I was watching on a Monday Night Baseball broadcast when the Kansas City Royals employed a four-man outfield against him. He doubled off the wall.Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk, Dwight Evans, Carl Yastrzemski. Six players hit at least 17 home runs.That team slugged its way to a 14-game lead in late July. Then they blew it all to the Yankees — and lost Game 163 on a homer by Bucky Dent.Don Zimmer was in charge of the whole thing. He caught a lot of blame in my house.
Trial that could reshape college athletics begins
Some believe it could upend the way college sports operate. Others say Ed O’Bannon’s legal crusade against the NCAA already has. Five years after the former UCLA star filed his antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, it goes to trial Monday in a California courtroom.
NHL still grappling with concussions
Hours before the Stanley Cup finals began, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman proudly proclaimed that concussions are down across the league and there are numbers to back him up. That does not mean the league has figured out how to prevent head injuries among its players. Or that the numbers tell the whole story. According to data from STATS provided to The Associated Press, there were 53 concussions during the regular season, a sharp decline from the 78 reported during the league’s last full season two years ago. But even Bettman said there is only so much the league can do about a player hiding a head injury to stay on the ice.
5 things to watch in Game 2 of the NBA Finals
The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat expect more comfortable conditions, and better overall play, in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Here are five things to watch tonight:
Nadal clinches his 14th major with French Open win
Doing what he does so well on the red clay of Roland Garros, a surface and site he dominates so completely, the No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal wore down No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 Sunday to win his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a row, both records.
Amazon spat with publishers escalates as contracts end
Amazon.com Inc.’s sales contracts with some of the world’s biggest publishers, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, are next up for renewal, signaling that skirmishes over e-book pricing are set to spread. The world’s largest online retailer is already feuding with Hachette Book Group and Bonnier Media.
Consumer comfort improves for first time in five weeks
Consumer sentiment rose for the first time in five weeks as Americans, particularly women, grew more upbeat about the economy, finances and the buying climate. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to 35.1 from 33.3 a week earlier. The gauge of whether it’s a good time to spend advanced by the most in more than a year, while views on the economy were the best in five weeks.
Tracy Morgan, 2 others critical; trucker charged in crash
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and two members of his entourage were in critical condition Sunday, a day after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, setting off a deadly chain-reaction pileup. The former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” cast member was returning from a standup show in Delaware early Saturday with six others when the limo bus overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike near Cranberry Township, killing Morgan’s mentor and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.
4 ways to evaluate alternative health coverage
Most of the uninsured have to wait five months for the next chance to seek coverage on the health care overhaul’s public exchanges. But that doesn’t mean they need to spend the summer worrying about their lack of protection from large medical bills.
Career Coach: What’s the real message of a graduation speech?
During this time of the year, it is common to hear speeches at various commencement ceremonies -- whether for high school or college graduations or other graduate schools. With so many speeches given by the selected students, alumni and external leaders, what messages are new graduates walking away with?
Interest rate breaks ending soon
Since the housing market unraveled in 2008, lenders have slashed the interest rates on millions of mortgages belonging to struggling borrowers -- but only for a limited time. And for about 2 million of the loans, that time is up, or soon will be.
Visa to label prepaid cards that have lower fees
Visa wants to make it easier for people to spot a cheaper prepaid card. The payment processor said it will put labels on packages of cards that meet a new set of standards it unveiled this week.
Work Advice: Should you share psychiatrist info?
I recently interviewed an applicant for a food service position for a residential facility. When reviewing availability for various shifts, the applicant mentioned that he had a weekly appointment with a psychiatrist.
Naturopaths are winning insurance coverage for medical nonsense
Many acupuncturists, herbalists and practitioners of ayurveda have been working for decades without formal training or licensure. As it became clear that there was money to be made in the field, four-year naturopathic colleges sprang up and expanded. This year Washington joined Oregon and Vermont in covering naturopathic care under Medicaid.
SEC chair outlines new rules for equity markets
The Securities and Exchange Commission is embarking on a broad plan to tackle growing concerns about the impact of high-speed computer-based trading on equity markets.
Who will pay for new passenger protection rules?
Passenger advocates hope that after a 90-day comment period, the proposed passenger protection rules will bring positive changes to the way Americans fly. Airlines, however, claim that the story will have a darker ending, leading to an overregulated aviation industry in which customers pay more to fly.
New drugs target patient as well as disease — but who will pay?
Pharmaceutical companies have ramped up investment in personalized medicine in recent years, and the number of targeted therapies in the development pipeline reflects that evolution. For patients who benefit, the advantages are striking. But the trend also is forcing hard questions about who should pay the high price.
Life & Entertainment
'Cosmos' takes its final spectacular trip
One of television's most pleasant surprises, Neil deGrasse Tyson's resurrection of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos," ends on Sunday night on Fox. If you missed the series, you're in luck. It releases Tuesday on beautiful high-definition on Blu-ray.
Images: Tony Awards
Stars of the big and small screen (not to mention the stage) put on their Sunday best to celebrate Broadway at the Tony Awards hosted by Hugh Jackman.
Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, NPH win Tonys
The murderous romp “A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” has gotten a lot of love at the Tony Awards — it nabbed the best new musical trophy on a night that saw Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston and Neil Patrick Harris all took home big awards.
Selected winners at the 2014 Tony Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Mark Rylance, “Twelfth Night.”Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Lena Hall, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Best Direction of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”Best Direction of a Play: Kenny Leon, “A Raisin in the Sun.” Best Score: Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County.”Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: James Monroe Iglehart “Aladdin.”Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Sophie Okonedo, “A Raisin in the Sun.” Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.”Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Bryan Cranston, “All the Way.”Best Play: “All The Way.”Best Revival of a Play: “A Raisin in the Sun.”Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Best Revival of a Musical: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Jessie Mueller, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Best Musical: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
'Fault’ tops Cruise at box office with $48.2 million
In a box-office battle that pitted young versus old, female against male, modest drama verse big-budget spectacle, the teenage romance “The Fault in Our Stars” easily bested the time-shifting Tom Cruise action film “Edge of Tomorrow.” With a $48.2 million domestic debut, “The Fault in Our Stars” thumped the $29.1 million opening for “Edge of Tomorrow,” according to studio estimates Sunday.
Spokesman: Morgan ‘more responsive’ after surgery
Tracy Morgan was more responsive Sunday his spokesman says afer the comedian had surgery on a broken leg. Morgan suffered a broken leg, broken femur, broken nose and several broken ribs in a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday morning that left a friend dead and two others critically injured. Tyrone Gale, who was driving the limo bus, told ABC News that he was disoriented after the vehicle flipped over and could hear Morgan yelling for help. “I climbed around and heard Tracy screaming for help,” Gale said.
Predictions for who will and should win at the Tonys
It’s been a year on Broadway so unpredictable that the only thing for certain at the Tony Awards on Sunday is that Hugh Jackman will be the host. There have been no clear juggernauts — although some wonderful performances — and critics have largely bemoaned the lack of strong new good musicals and plays. In fact, the best revival categories this year easily overshadow anything new.
More guys are having cosmetic treatments
Women aren’t the only ones who want to revitalize their looks. Men want rejuvenated faces, too — and in higher numbers they’re seeking cosmetic treatments to achieve a younger, smoother look. “Men today are more interested in all aspects of their appearance. They’re paying attention not just to their clothing but to everything, including their faces,” said Michael Eidelman, M.D.
As the city celebrates its 250th year, a look at what’s old and new again
Bicenquinquagenary. Yes, it’s a mouthful. So are sestercentennial and semiquincentennial, but they all have the same meaning: an anniversary of 250 years. Skip the Latin tongue-twisters and just say happy birthday to St. Louis, Missouri, a city with a colorful history — and one constantly reinventing itself.
A new ‘Destiny’ for non-sequel video games at E3
The recent success of “Titanfall” and “Watch Dogs” has laid the foundation for several new video games that don’t contain numbers in their names to be hyped at next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry’s annual trade show. With anticipation building for several all-new titles, have game developers finally found the cure for sequelitis?
Writer John Green breaks in to Hollywood with ‘Fault’
When “The Fault in Our Stars” landed on bookshelves more than two years ago, John Green’s enthusiasm was nonexistent for a screen version of his story featuring teens with cancer. “I had had some Hollywood experiences before that weren’t great and I felt like Hollywood would struggle to make a movie where the female romantic lead has nasal cannula tubes in her nose for the entire movie,” he said. Well, hello 2014 and Monday night’s premiere of “TFIOS,” the movie.
Update things that take up zero space
Without taking up any space, you can achieve dramatic shifts in a small place. Let’s examine five ideas that you can immediately put into practice.
2014 DreamHome opens at Merchandise Mart
Using bold colors. Displaying artwork. Choosing or even making accessories that finish the look you crave. Deciding which lines you prefer on a chair. The Merchandise Mart DreamHome is the perfect place to get ideas and solutions for all these decorating conundrums.
A reciprocating saw can fit into hard-to-reach places
Q. We have a 5-foot retaining wall in our backyard that is constructed of 6-inch-by-6-inch pressure-treated timbers. The timbers are connected by three 12-inch spikes driven through each one. Many of the timbers are still in very good condition and we would have use for them if they could be salvaged.
Sunday picks: British comedian Eddie Izzard plays Chicago
Acclaimed British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard holds court with his hilarious comic ramblings at the Chicago Theatre. Trekkies will be out in force for The Official Star Trek Convention, which prominently features appearances by actors William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew in Rosemont. Learn all about the singing siblings whose songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” will forever be tied to World War II in the musical “Sisters of Swing: The Andrews Sisters Story” starting Thursday at Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.
Our editorial message for graduates: Be kind
A Daily Herald editorial adds its voice to the advice and encouragement the Class of 2014 has received as it heads off into the world this summer.
Despite troubling news, there’s plenty to inspire
Amid much troubling news, even in the suburbs, there's still an ample supply of uplifting -- if not necessarily happy -- stories, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director. From college kids biking across the nation to fight cancer to the reaction to our profile of a Wheaton family who lost their teen son to heroin, there's a strong message of hope and resiliency.
President’s legacy trumps all else
Columnist Michael Gerson: As a presidential candidate in 2007, Barack Obama told historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, “I have no desire to be one of those presidents who are just on the list — you see their pictures lined up on the wall. I really want to be a president who makes a difference.” In moments of decision, and in rare flashes of passion, we have seen what that means to him.
Teaching Holocaust important in fight against evil
A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: My grandfather, who was a first-generation German-American, was as proud of his German heritage as any man could be. But, when World War I broke out in 1914, he stunned his family by going against his heritage and supporting the Allied cause against Germany.
Make old village hall more than a memory
A Mundelein letter to the editor: This month the new Mundelein Village Hall will be opening and it looks like a great move for the village with a new building, more space, modern conveniences, etc. My concern is what will happen the the old village hall building.
Need to seek serious energy policy
A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: “Global Warming” or now “Climate Change” is code for a scenario that starts with an observation that carbon dioxide and other gases in our atmosphere, like water vapor, trap heat. That is science. But, beyond the science, the whole scenario includes an insistence that the carbon dioxide contribution from fossil fuel burning will become a predominate weather factor, resulting in starvation, death, and destruction.
Tax on pensions, retirement income?
An Elgin letter tothe editor: The federal government taxes pension, annuity and retirement income, in addition to (possibly) up to 85 percent of Social Security benefits, based on total household income. Illinois taxes none of these, yet we are struggling to pass pension reform to make up for Illinois being short in funding and paying benefits for these pensions.
Feds should ‘claw back’ VA bonuses
An Algonquin letter to the editor: Two thoughts on the VA. First, the falsified waiting list motives must have been linked to bonus payments (when did the federal government pay bonuses on top of bloated federal pay?) because it is nearly impossible to fire a federal employee for anything short of treason.