Daily Archive : Sunday June 15, 2014


    Illinois Fatherhood Initiative founder David Hirsch shows off the Band-Aid he’s kept in his wallet since his kids were young. It’s such a simple fathering tip, but it develops the idea that Dad is somebody to turn to when help is needed.

    Being a good dad may start with a Band-Aid, suburban father says

    Having researched, studied and practiced proven, long-term strategies in pursuit of molding better dads, fatherhood guru David Hirsch of Barrington still has a soft spot for the Band-Aid approach. “Carry a Band-Aid in your wallet,” says Hirsch.

    Mitch Goldman, a bicycle riding friend of Andy Adler, talks to a group about searching for his friend Sunday at Joy Lutheran Church in Gurnee. Dozens of people then split up to spend the afternoon searching Lake County forest preserves. Adler disappeared Sunday, June 8, after saying he was going for a bicycle ride.

    Volunteers mount search for missing Gurnee bicyclist

    The search for 57-year-old Gurnee resident Andy Adler intensified Sunday, but ended in the late afternoon with little success. About 100 friends, family members and neighbors gathered at Joy Lutheran Church in Gurnee early Sunday, then began combing the vast Lake County forest preserves in search of Adler, who has been missing for more than a week.


    None injured in Sunday night Buffalo Grove apartment fire

    Authorities in Buffalo Grove said no one was injured in a fire at an apartment complex Sunday night. The building, located at 1114 Johnson Drive in Buffalo Grove, caught fire sometime around 6 p.m.

    The mystery of the “Deep Throat” source that tipped Washington Post reporters in 1972 to key details of the Watergate scandal ended when it was revealed that it was top FBI official Mark Felt.

    ‘Deep Throat’ garage to be torn down in Arlington
    ARLINGTON, Va. — A Virginia county has voted to demolish a building and parking garage that houses one of the most historic journalism sites of the past 50 years.

    Firefighters pick through the rubble of a burned out home as they look for clues to a fire that authorities say killed six people in Newark, N.J., Sunday.

    Blaze rips through New Jersey home, killing 6

    NEWARK, N.J. — A fast-moving fire ripped through a single-family home in New Jersey’s largest city early Sunday, killing six people, authorities said.The blaze broke out at the three-story residence at around 4 a.m. in Newark, the Essex County Prosecutor’s office said. The fire soon spread to another residence, and both homes were destroyed.

    Heavy smoke from the Shirley Fire above Wofford Heights, Calif., is seen Sunday. The Forest Service reported Sunday morning that the amount of acreage charred by the fire burning about 30 miles northeast of Bakersfield more than doubled overnight to 2.8 square miles.

    California wildfire expected to head toward homes

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Federal fire officials accelerated their attack Sunday on a smoky wildfire that threatened more than 500 homes in central California as they raced to control the fast-moving blaze before hotter, drier weather sets in, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said.

    Young salmon that have been transported by tanker truck from the Coleman National Fish hatchery are loaded into a floating net suspended on a pontoon barge at Mare Island, Calif. The young fish, called smolts, were taken into the San Pablo Bay and released.

    Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

    MARE ISLAND, Calif. — In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean.Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerous for juvenile salmon.


    Hoarder dies after 1st floor falls into basement
    CHESHIRE, Conn. — A 66-year-old woman described by police as an apparent hoarder was found dead under a pile of debris after the first floor of her Connecticut home collapsed into the basement under the weight of all the clutter, authorities said.

    A rat moves along the ground near the subway tracks at Union Square in New York. In July 2014, New York City plans to got to war with its rat population.

    Rodents winning NYC rat race, but humans fight back

    Starting next month, the city’s 45 inspectors will be bolstered by nine new employees of a pilot program to tackle the vermin in chronically infested neighborhoods where rats have resisted repeated efforts to eradicate them. Specific targets are rat reservoirs such as parks, sewers, dumping areas and subways where they congregate and breed.

    Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with members of St. Egidio’s Community in Rome, Sunday. Pope Francis is criticizing Europe for becoming “tired” because of low birth rates and increasing numbers of young people who neither work nor study.

    Pope laments a ‘tired’ Europe, decries joblessness

    ROME — Pope Francis on Sunday criticized Europe for becoming what he called ‘’tired” because of low birth rates and the increasing numbers of young people who neither work nor study.

    Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Baghdad’s Sadr city, Iraq. Emboldened by a call to arms by the top Shiite cleric, Iranian-backed militias have moved quickly to the center of Iraq’s political landscape.

    Marines sent to U.S. embassy in Baghdad

    Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was bolstered and some staff members were being moved out of Iraq’s capital city as it was threatened by the advance of an al-Qaida inspired insurgency. A string of explosions killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30 in the city, and an Islamic militant group behind the strife posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters...

    Energy Commissioner Guenter Oettinger, third left, talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, right, and his ministers at a round table discussion in the Ukrainian Cabinet in Kiev, Ukraine.

    Putin is a what? Ukrainians delighted by slur, Russians not

    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians have called Vladimir Putin many bad names, among them a Nazi, a dictator and just plain evil. But nothing has caused a firestorm quite like a Ukrainian diplomat’s use of a schoolyard epithet to describe the Russian president during an unscripted moment Saturday night.

    Louisa Olsen, 11, left, of Aurora and Lucy Smith, 14, of Geneva, walk in the procession Sunday before the Maypole dancing at the 104th annual Swedish Day Midsommar Festival in Geneva.

    Fun with a Swedish flair in Geneva

    One did not have to be Swedish, or even Scandinavian, to celebrate Midsommar at the 104th annual Swedish Day Sunday at Good Templar Park in Geneva.


    Pakistan army launches offensive against Taliban

    ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani army Sunday launched a long-awaited operation against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, hours after jets pounded insurgent hideouts in the country’s northwest, the army said.

    President Barack Obama on May 27 stood in the Rose Garden and outlined a timetable for the gradual withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He confidently declared, “This is how wars end in the 21st century.” But the situation in Iraq is threatening his policy.

    For Obama, fresh questions about how wars end

    From the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama outlined a timetable for the gradual withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said confidently, “This is how wars end in the 21st century.” But less than three weeks after his May 27 announcement, there is a sudden burst of uncertainty surrounding the way Obama has moved to bring the two conflicts he inherited to a close.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, are greeted on the tarmac by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., second from left, and her husband Stewart Boxer, left, as they arrive on Friday in Palm Springs, Calif. — where the Obamas escaped on vacation for Father’s Day weekend.

    Obama gets cabin fever, struggles with vacation timing

    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — It’s perhaps appropriate that President Barack Obama is vacationing this weekend in California, where the state flag features a roaming grizzly.

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus acknowledges the GOP is “a tale of two parties,” in an interview with the Associated Press. “We’ve got a midterm party that doesn’t lose, and a presidential party that’s having a hard time winning,” he said. But he declined to blame the split on policy.

    GOP’s midterm strength a problem in 2016?

    DENVER — Republican strength in this year’s House and Senate races could, strangely enough, hurt the party’s presidential chances by stalling the changes in style and policy advocated after Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential campaign.

    Erik Wright and his father, Bill, of Lombard attend the 46th annual Father’s Day Classic Car Show Sunday at Oakbrook Center. The two have been coming to the show for more than 19 years.

    Variety of classics draws crowd to Father’s Day car show

    Oarkbrook Center plays host to its 46th annual Father's Day Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Classic cars on display range from the earlies vehicles to cars from the 1970s and beyond.

    Israeli Jewish religious students hug before a prayer at the synagogue where two of the missing Israeli teens studied, in the Jewish settlement of Kfar Etzion, Sunday. Israeli security forces searched the West Bank for a third day Sunday, looking for three missing teenagers, including an American, who they fear have been abducted by Palestinian militants.

    Israel premier says Hamas kidnapped missing teens

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Sunday accused the Hamas militant group of kidnapping three Israeli teenagers who disappeared over the weekend, as the military arrested dozens of Palestinians and closed off West Bank roads in a frantic search for the youths.

    President Juan Manuel Santos casts his ballot during presidential elections in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday. He won a second 4-year term as candidate for the Social Party of National Unity.

    Santos re-elected Colombia president in peace vote

    BOGOTA, Colombia — Juan Manuel Santos convincingly won re-election Sunday after Colombia’s tightest presidential contest in years, an endorsement of his 18-month-old peace talks to end the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running conflict.

    It's crunch time at the Supreme Court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases over the next two weeks.The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people under arrest are among the significant issues that are so far unresolved.

    Illinois case among 17 Supreme Court has to decide by June's end

    It's crunch time at the Supreme Court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases, including union fees for Illinois health care workers, over the next two weeks. The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people under arrest are among the significant issues that are so far unresolved. Summer travel, European teaching...


    Honor Flight vets to be welcomed home

    Nine World War II and two Korean War veterans will be welcomed home from a Lake County Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., on Sunday, June 22 at the North Chicago Veterans Memorial, 1801 Sheridan Road.


    Rosemont Health and Fitness Club gets upgrades

    The final round of renovations are being done at the Rosemont Health and Fitness Club as part of a multiyear facility upgrade project.


    Farmers market opens in Mundelein

    Mundelein’s annual farmers market opened last week and will run every Friday through Oct. 10.

    While still a college student 50 years ago, Gail Wise of Park Ridge bought this 1964½ Ford Mustang two days before the new model was to go on sale to the public.

    Randhurst to host its first Cruise Night

    Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect is about to launch its first Cruise Night series, showcasing vintage cars at the shopping center. The first one will take place Wednesday, June 18. Randhurst officials believe the shows will generate interest and buzz for the shopping center. “These kinds of shows are extremely popular in this market,” Randhurst spokeswoman Cindy Bohde said.

    Ethan Burkhardt, 13, of Libertyville, crosses the finish line in the 100 meter dash at the Great Lake Adaptive Sports Association 2014 Adult Regional Games at Lake Forest High School Sunday. Burkhardt was born with spina bifida and has qualified for three events in the national championships in Iowa in July.

    Disabled athletes bond, compete at national event in suburbs

    The Great Lake Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) is hosting the 2014 Adult National Open & Great Lakes Regional Games at Lake Forest High School. On Sunday, June 15 there will be a track meet from 9:00am-2:00pm. Events were also held Friday and Saturday.


    Hidden Gems garden walk in Libertyville

    Town and Country Garden Club of Libertyville will host the Hidden Gems Garden Walk fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, rain or shine.


    Four DuPage candidates face fight to stay on the ballot

    Four candidates the DuPage Democratic Party put on the November ballot will need to overcome legal challenges to stay there. “This is what the Republicans do when we have nominations," said Robert Peickert, who is chairman of the local Democratic organization and a candidate for DuPage County Board chairman.


    Des Plaines fundraiser for girl’s surgery on Saturday

    Volunteers are raising money in Des Plaines on Saturday to help with expenses related to a lifesaving liver transplant for a 2-year-old girl.


    Outdoor concert series starts in Independence Grove

    The Independence Grove outdoor music series offered by the Lake County Forest Preserve District kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, with Caribbean rock by Mr. Myers.


    Buffalo Grove Fire Department to host blood drive

    The Buffalo Grove Fire Department will host a blood drive Friday, June 20.

    In this Jan. 26, 1991, file photo, entertainer Casey Kasem leads a group estimated at 15,000 people through the streets in Los Angeles protesting the United States’ involvement in the Persian Gulf.

    10 things you might not know about Casey Kasem

    LOS ANGELES — Counting down the top 10 things you might not know about radio personality Casey Kasem, the founding voice of “American Top 40,” who died Sunday:

    In this April 27, 1981, file photo, Casey Kasem, with his wife Jean, receives his own “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

    Casey Kasem was an island of calm in swirl of pop music

    In pop culture, Casey Kasem was as sweet and dependable as a glass of warm milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which only made the ugliness of his last few years of life seem more bizarre and tragic. The radio host of “American Top 40” and voice of animated television characters like Scooby-Doo’s sidekick Shaggy died Sunday morning at a hospital in Gig Harbor,...

    In this Oct. 27, 2003, file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas.

    Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dies at 82

    Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82. Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, says Kasem died Sunday morning. Kasem's "American Top 40" began on July 4, 1970, in Los Angeles. The No. 1 song on his list then was...


    Archaeologists find artifacts at Illinois airport

    Archaeologists have uncovered 1,000-year-old Native American artifacts on the grounds of a southern Illinois airport just ahead of scheduled construction projects to extend runways and relocate a nearby road begin. Crews with the Illinois State Archaeological Survey discovered five house plots from the Mississippian Era at the Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro. The archaeological...

    Sergio Loza holds up an envelope that had cash hidden in it in San Francisco.

    Hidden Cash craze hits New York's Central Park

    Guided by a few clues from Twitter, Stephanie Culff hailed a cab to Central Park on Saturday and started searching for money planted there by Hidden Cash, the scavenger hunt craze that made its New York debut this weekend. Culff arrived before the masses of cash-seekers and walked away with an envelope containing a $50 bill and a silver dollar she said was worth $23. Both, she said, will go to...

    Mikhail Gelzin

    Buffalo Grove man gets 20 years for orchestrating hit from jail

    A Buffalo Grove man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to arrange a woman's slaying while he was in jail for allegedly harassing her.The Chicago Sun-Times reports 56-year-old Mikhail "Mike" Gelzin of Buffalo Grove was sentenced Friday.

    Iraqi Shiite fighters deploy with their weapons in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday.

    Militants post images of mass killing in Iraq

    The Islamic militant group that seized much of northern Iraq has posted photos that appear to show its fighters shooting dead dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers in a province north of the capital Baghdad. The pictures on a militant website appear to show masked fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, loading the captives onto flatbed trucks before forcing them to lie...

    Aviva Futorian and Roy DeBerry, in Futorian's Lincoln Park apartment, have been friends since they met 50 years ago during “Freedom Summer.” Although fewer than one-tenth of the 17,000 black residents who attempted to register to vote during the freedom summer succeeded, the effort helped create momentum for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    50 years ago, 'Freedom Summer' changed South

    As a teenager growing up in a Jim Crow society, Roy DeBerry wasn't waiting for white folks to come down to Mississippi and “save” him. But in the summer of 1964, the factory worker's son was very glad to see people like Aviva Futorian. The young history teacher from the affluent Chicago suburbs was among hundreds of volunteers who descended on Mississippi during what came to be known...

    Naperville Mayor George Pradel unveils the new name of the city’s longtime food pantry, which now is called Loaves & Fishes Community Services. The 30-year-old organization announced its new name Friday during the seventh annual Day Without Hunger festival.

    Naperville’s Loaves & Fishes expands mission, changes name

    Loaves & Fishes Community Services in Naperville hasn’t been just a food pantry for years, and now its name reflects its broader mission. The organization also helps people find jobs or kids get school suplies, for example. “We, together, make a difference," said President and CEO Charles McLimans.

    Author Steve Richard, left, with Kurt Wagner as the two discuss how much work went into researching and writing the story of Wagner's life.

    Jewish man finds Nazi brother — and forgiveness

    His mother was killed in Auschwitz. His father was a Nazi. Decades after the end of World War II, a Jewish man from Arlington Heights reaches out to find his brother, who grew up as a Nazi in Germany. Once he found him, he also found forgiveness.

    A cellphone tower inside the bell tower is seen over the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Ankeny, Iowa. As wireless companies fill gaps in their networks, many have sought to camouflage the ungainly outdoor equipment that carries the nation’s daily diet of calls, text messages and data.

    Crosses the latest attempt at stealth cellphone towers

    One might be hidden in a cross on a church lawn. Others are disguised as a cactus in the desert, a silo in farm country or a palm tree reaching into a sunny sky. Whatever the deception, the goal is the same: concealing the tall, slender cellphone towers that most Americans need but few want to see erected in their neighborhoods. Now an Iowa church wants to join the club by building a tower in the...

    Lynn Jones, left, takes a photo of a 2001 Corvette that fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Jones, from Collierville, Tenn., came to the museum to see the smashed cars and the sinkhole, which opened up and swallowed eight cars in February.

    Gearheads, gawkers drawn to Corvette museum sinkhole

    For years, just enough hardcore classic car lovers and curious travelers wandered through the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky to keep the doors open. Now, after a massive sinkhole swallowed eight pristine models of vintage muscle, attendance has skyrocketed. And visitors are as eager to peer into the chasm as they are to see the ‘Vettes, if not more so.


    Michael Bradley, foreground, who is the son of former Chicago Fire coach Bob Bradley and a former Palatine resident, might be the Americans' most important player in the World Cup. The United States opens World Cup Group G play against Ghana on Monday.

    World Cup spotlight shines on ex-Palatine resident

    With all due respect to Landon Donovan, he doesn't matter anymore. Here are five American players to watch over the next three World Cup games — and maybe more.

    Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has 22 points and 10 rebounds to help San Antonio beat Miami in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and win the title. Leonard was named MVP of the Finals.

    Spurs’ Leonard wins NBA Finals MVP

    Kawhi Leonard could have been devastated by losing last season’s NBA Finals. Instead, he vowed to get better. And the San Antonio Spurs’ youngest star is only getting started. He’s a champion now, with the Spurs beating the Miami Heat 104-87 on Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, finishing off a 4-1 triumph. And after watching the Heat celebrate last season, Leonard was the pick as MVP of this series, accepting his award from 11-time champion Bill Russell.

    After dunking against the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) is congratulated by forward Tim Duncan (21) during the first half in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 15, 2014, in San Antonio.

    Spurs oust Heat, take NBA title

    SAN ANTONIO — From their low moment in the NBA Finals, back to the top of the league.The San Antonio Spurs turned the rematch with the Miami Heat into no match at all.The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat’s two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games.A year after their heartbreaking seven-game defeat, their only loss in six finals appearances, the Spurs won four routs to deny Miami’s quest for a third straight championship. Kawhi Leonard, named the finals MVP, had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs. San Antonio added this title to the ones the Spurs won in 1999, 2003, ‘05 and ‘07. They nearly had another last year, but couldn’t hold off the Heat and lost in seven games.San Antonio rebounded from an early 16-point deficit by outscoring the Heat 37-13 from the start of the second quarter to midway in the third.The celebration the Heat canceled last season was on by the early second half Sunday, when the Spurs had finished digging their way out of an early 16-point hole and opened another huge lead.LeBron James had 31 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who lost their spot atop the NBA to the team that had it so long.The Spurs won four titles in nine years, but hadn’t been back on top since 2007, making Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time” an appropriate song choice after the final buzzer.Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich have been here for all of them, and it was the fourth for Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, who with Duncan are once again the reigning the Big Three in the NBA.

    The White Sox’s Adam Dunn was 1-for-9 with 5 strikeouts in the three-game series sweep by the Royals this weekend at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox get swept by Royals

    Looking like a team on the rise last week, the White Sox have quickly plunged into last place in the AL Central. Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field was the Sox' fourth straight.


    Sox’ defense remains work in progress

    Much like last season, the White Sox are one of the worst defensive teams in major-league baseball. Manager Robin Ventura said the Sox are again worried more about making mistakes than simply making plays.


    Osterman overpowers Bandits for 6-1 win

    Coverage of Chicago Bandits fastpitch softball:


    Cougars lose on another walk-off homer

    The Kane County Cougars fell victim to a walk-off home run for the second consecutive day as the Beloit Snappers completed a three-game sweep over the Cougars with a 5-4 victory Sunday in 12 innings.

    Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right, celebrates with Argentina’s Angel di Maria, left, after Messi scored his side’s second goal during a group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014.

    Messi scores, lifts Argentina over Bosnia

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Lionel Messi scored a stunning second-half goal to push staggering Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Bosnia Sunday at the Maracana in the Group F opener for both teams.Messi lifted Argentina in the 65th minute, moving in from the right and striking a low left-footed shot off the inside of the post behind Bosnian keeper Asmir Begovic. It was Messi’s second World Cup goal, adding to one he scored eight years ago in Germany.Vedad Ibisevic scored a close-in goal in the 85th to give Bosnia hope. Argentina took a 1-0 lead in the third minute on an own-goal by defender Sead Kolasinac. For the remainder of the half, Argentina showed little with Messi seldom touching the ball and Bosnia — a World Cup debutant — looking more threatening.

    Martin Kaymer, of Germany celebrates after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 15, 2014.

    Kaymer goes wire-to-wire at U.S. Open

    PINEHURST, N.C. — Martin Kaymer completed an eight-stroke victory Sunday at golf’s U.S. Open for his second major championship title, becoming the seventh player in the tournament’s 114-year history to lead after all four rounds.The 29-year-old German, who also won the 2010 PGA Championship, shot a 1-under-par 69 at Pinehurst Resort’s No. 2 course in North Carolina for a 9 under total of 271. Americans Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton tied for second place at 1 under, the only other players to finish below par.Kaymer led by a record-tying six shots through two rounds after starting the tournament with back-to-back 65s, and carried a five-stroke lead into the final round. He joins Walter Hagen (1914), James Barnes (1921), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Jacklin (1970), Tiger Woods (2000 and 2002) and Rory McIlroy (2011) as the only wire-to-wire U.S. Open winners.The eight-stroke margin of victory is the fourth-largest in U.S. Open history and equals the biggest since McIlroy won by eight at Congressional Country Club three years ago. Woods won by a record 15 shots at Pebble Beach in 2000.Kaymer’s victory comes a month after he won the Players Championship over a field that featured 66 of the top 70 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He joins Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott as the only golfers to win a major, a World Golf Championships event and the Players Championship.Kaymer, who was ranked No. 1 in the world for two months in 2011 and entered this week at No. 28, receives $1.62 million from the $9 million tournament purse.Kaymer was in control throughout at the third U.S. Open held at Pinehurst No. 2 and the first since the course underwent a $2.5 million renovation to remove more than 40 acres of Bermuda grass, reducing maintenance costs and returning the 107- year-old Donald Ross design to its original rustic playing conditions. The U.S. Golf Association, which is staging the men’s and women’s Opens at the venue in consecutive weeks, termed the grounds off the fairways as “natural areas,” with sandy expanses, tufts of scrub and wiry grasses.Kaymer had 11 birdies and one bogey over the first two rounds, as he became the first player with consecutive rounds of 65 or better at one of the sport’s four major championships. His 36-hole score of 10-under par 130 was the lowest in U.S. Open history and made him the sixth player to reach double digits under par at the championship.Kaymer shot a 72 during the third round, yet still carried a five-shot lead over the 25-year-old Fowler and Compton, a two- time heart transplant recipient, into the final day.While only six of the previous 21 major winners were able to ride a 54-hole lead to victory, Kaymer was never seriously challenged during the final round. While his lead was briefly cut to four strokes, he extended it to eight with consecutive birdies on the 13th and 14th holes.Kaymer, who in 2010 joined Bernhard Langer as the only German golfers to win a men’s major, is the eighth non-American to win the U.S. Open in the past 11 years. Kaymer is the fourth player to win multiple titles on the U.S. PGA Tour this season, joining Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed.Phil Mickelson, a six-time U.S. Open runner-up who was seeking the career Grand Slam, finished 7-over par after failing to shoot below par in any round. He finished with back-to-back rounds of 72 over the weekend.“I didn’t have it all firing this week, but there will be other chances,” said Mickelson, 43, who had the first of his U.S. Open second-place finishes at Pinehurst in 1999, when he lost to Payne Stewart. “I believe in the next five years I’m going to have three or four really good chances, and I do believe I will get it. I’m not upset or disappointed.”


    How a father’s love fueled a child’s baseball dreams

    While ballpark were filled Sunday with Father’s Day crowds, White Sox Insider Chris Rongey took time to look back on the man who let him chase his baseball dreams as a young child growing up in St. Louis: his dad.


    Boomers rout ThunderBolts, 10-3

    Matching a franchise record for hits in a game, the Schaumburg Boomers earned a 10-3 rout over the Windy City ThunderBolts in Crestwood on Sunday.


    Sky Blue rallies to tie Red Stars, 2-2

    Despite a strong Chicago attack for much of the match, visiting Sky Blue FC rallied to hand the Red Stars a 2-2 draw in Lisle on Sunday afternoon.

    Watching the Cubs’ Starlin Castro have fun again on the field is one of the things Len Kasper enjoys about broadcasting.

    These are a few of Kasper’s favorite things

    This week's Cubs Insider column by Len Kasper puts aside all the snark and skepticism in the sports world, and takes a wistful step back at what he loves about his job and the people he meets on a daily basis.

    Chicago White Sox’s Adam Eaton right, argues after being tagged during a run-down between third base and home plate by Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8), in the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 15, 2014. Kansas City Royals’ pitcher James Shields was called for a balk which scored Eaton.

    Royals sweep White Sox

    Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 6-3 win Sunday. James Shields (8-3) won his fifth straight decision and the Royals extended their season-high win streak to seven games. He pitched out of trouble throughout his outing.

    France’s Karim Benzema (10) dances with Blaise Matuidi (14) after scoring the third goal during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014.

    France dances to World Cup win over Honduras

    PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goal-line technology as France beat Honduras 3-0 Sunday in its first World Cup match.The dominant win was a relief for France, whose team of highly paid players failed to win in South Africa and was sent home in a disgrace after going on a training strike.“Winning 3-0 at a World Cup isn’t easy,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “(The players should) savor the moment, there’s nothing more wonderful.”France dominated the match from the opening whistle, despite a series of scrappy tackles by the Honduran team seeking its first World Cup win.Benzema’s first goal came from the penalty spot just before halftime after Wilson Palacios was sent off with his second yellow card for charging into the back of Paul Pogba. The Real Madrid striker calmly slotted the ball to the left of Noel Valladares to give Les Bleus a deserved lead going into the break.With Honduras down to 10 men, France continued to dominate and Benzema created the second goal in the 48th minute — the first to be confirmed by goal-line technology at the World Cup. Benzema latched onto a long ball by Yohan Cabaye and his shot hit the post and came back across goal before Valladares fumbled it over his own line. With the new technology system confirming the ball crossed the line, referee Sandro Ricci gave the own goal despite Honduran protests.Benzema scored his second in the 72nd, firing in powerfully from inside the area after a long range shot by right back Mathieu Debuchy was blocked.“It’s my first World Cup and I think we’re all satisfied with the result,” Benzema said. “It was important to win this match.”French keeper Hugo Lloris didn’t have to touch the ball until the 31 minute and didn’t have to make a save all night.France looked dangerous from the start, with Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann both hitting the crossbar before the half-hour mark.The only downside for the French fans was that the teams’ national anthems weren’t played before the game because of an apparent malfunction — meaning they didn’t get a chance to sing “La Marseillaise.” FIFA did not immediately give an explanation to why the anthems weren’t played.

    Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic, front, and goalkeeper Diego Benaglio celebrate after the group E World Cup soccer match between Switzerland and Ecuador at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. Switzerland won the match 2-1.

    Switzerland beats Ecuador with last-minute goal

    BRASILIA, Brazil — Switzerland grabbed a winner with virtually the final kick to earn a 2-1 victory over Ecuador in the World Cup on Sunday, extending a run of come-from-behind wins that are becoming a theme of the tournament.With just seconds left in the third and final minute of stoppage time, substitute Haris Seferovic finished off a length-of-the-field move by slamming home a close-range shot. After wild Swiss celebrations, Ecuador’s shell-shocked players barely had time to restart before the final whistle was blown.It was the fifth time in the first nine matches in Brazil that a team had come from a goal down to win — but this was the most dramatic of all the comebacks.“It was a dream to be able to win this match in the very last minute like this,” Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said through a translator. “It was emotional — it will be important for the morale of the team.”Sluggish in the first half-hour, Switzerland — highly fancied after rising to No. 6 in the FIFA rankings — conceded a sloppy goal to go behind when Enner Valencia rose unmarked in the 22nd minute and headed in a free kick from six yards (meters).Ecuador’s defending for the 48th-minute equalizer was just as abject, however, with Admir Mehmedi finding space from even closer in to nod in a corner.With Mehmedi and Seferovic both second-half substitutes, it was no wonder that the wily Hitzfeld — a veteran coach with two Champions League titles on his resume — had a huge grin on his face at the final whistle.Not so his counterpart.“We were naive and that cost us the game,” Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rieda said. “(The loss) is more our fault. We were not beaten by our opponent.”After being among the bores of the last two World Cups, it was expected to be all change for Switzerland with Hitzfeld putting his faith in a young, dynamic class of 2014 that had come up together through the national youth ranks.But nerves ensured they started the World Cup poorly, misplacing simple passes and overhitting crosses in a drab first half. The second half wasn’t much better either — but Seferovic rescued them, having only come on in the 75th minute for the ineffective Josip Drmic.The Real Sociedad forward scored a 90th-minute winner against Cyprus in June in Switzerland’s unbeaten run through qualifying but he has lost his place to the emerging Drmic.“Haris is a striker through and through,” Hitzfeld said. “What he lacked was practice in terms of playing time at Real Sociedad. In the tournament build-up, he performed excellently but he still needs time to develop.”Seferovic scored the crucial goal, but teammate Valon Behrami deserves just as much credit.It was the central midfielder who produced a perfectly timed tackle in his own box and then embarked on a lung-bursting run up the field in the lead-up to the winning goal. At one stage, he was hacked down near the center circle but he got up and carried on his run, with the referee playing an excellent advantage.The ball was fed to the left, where left back Ricardo Rodriguez — who set up Mehmedi for the equalizer — slid a low cross for Seferovic to crash a finish high in to the net.Cue Switzerland’s entire bench spilling into the pitch to celebrate with Seferovic, with some players choosing to mob Behrami.“It was a great feeling,” Behrami said. “Those 30 seconds were amazing for us.”FIFA President Sepp Blatter was present — and was booed by sections of the crowd — for what was probably the poorest game at this World Cup in terms of quality. Thousands of fans missed the first part of the match because of long queues to pass through security.

    The Chicago Cubs’ Eli Whiteside, from left, Anthony Rizzo and Neil Ramirez celebrate after Philadelphia Phillies’ Domonic Brown hit a fly out in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Philadelphia.

    Wood pitches Cubs past Phillies

    PHILADELPHIA — Travis Wood pitched hitless ball into the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 Sunday to win a road series for the first time this season.Anthony Rizzo hit his 14th home run and Starlin Castro added three hits as the Cubs took two of three at Citizens Bank Park.The Cubs last-place had been 0-9-3 in road series this year, and hadn’t won a series away from Wrigley Field since last Sept. 9-11. This was the Cubs’ first series win in Philadelphia since April 2001.The Phillies finished with just three hits against Wood (7-5) and closer Neil Ramirez while being shut out for the ninth time this year.Wood didn’t allow a hit until Ben Revere’s one-out single in the sixth. He gave up three hits in eight innings while striking out six and walking three.Ramirez got his third save.A.J. Burnett (4-6) gave up three runs and eight hits in eight innings. He moved past Hall of Famer Eddie Plank into 50th place on the career strikeout list with his fifth-inning fanning of Luis Valbuena, giving him 2,252.Center fielder Ryan Sweeney kept Wood’s pitching line scoreless when he caught Chase Utley’s drive to the warning track to end the eighth, finishing on his knees for the grab.Rizzo staked Wood to an early lead with a solo homer in the first. It marked the eighth straight game in which the Cubs have hit a home run at Citizens Bank Park, totaling 12 drives in that span.The Cubs tacked on a run in the third on Castro’s RBI single and then made it 3-0 in the sixth on Nate Schierholtz’s RBI double.A day after passing Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt to become the Phillies’ all-time leader with 2,235 hits, Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 4.Philadelphia threatened in the sixth when Rollins singled to put runners on first and second with one out, but Utley and Marlon Byrd popped out.The Phillies won a challenge in the third inning when first-base umpire Gary Cederstrom’s safe call of Rizzo was overturned after video review.NOTES: Phillies hard-throwing rookie Ken Giles, called up last Sunday, hit 100 mph on the radar gun with three pitches during a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth. ... Castro improved to 13-for-29 lifetime off Burnett. ... To commemorate the 1964 club that nearly reached the World Series, the Phillies wore throwback uniforms from that season. Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, who threw the only perfect game on Father’s Day in major league history for the Phillies against the Mets 50 years ago, tossed out the ceremonial first pitch. And, in keeping with the ‘60s theme, Art Garfunkel sank “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch. ... Philadelphia LHP Cole Hamels (2-3, 3.07) opposes Braves RHP Julio Teheran (6-4, 2.41) in Atlanta on Monday night. ... Chicago RHP Jason Hammel (6-4, 2.81) will face RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.68) in Miami on Monday night.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 15

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International for June 15

    Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey is confident there are more big things ahead for the Huskies.

    Life after Lynch: NIU football moves forward

    The past two years under Jordan Lynch were extraordinary. Never have Huskies fans been so filled with pride. With Lynch gone, some may fear what comes next, but NIU coach Rod Carey sees just the opposite.


    A coal train stops near White Bluff power plant near Redfield, Arkansas. President Barack Obama’s new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they’ll affect your health, and how far they’ll go toward curbing climate change. There’s just one problem: Almost none of it is based in reality.

    Obama’s power plant limits: Stats vs. reality

    President Barack Obama’s new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change. There’s just one problem: Almost none of it is based in reality. That’s because Obama’s proposed rules, which aim to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030, rely on states developing their own customized plans to meet their targets.


    Work Advice: The delicacy of disclosing a disability

    At what point in the job application process should I reveal that I am visually impaired? Last time I was considered for a job, I did not mention my disability in several pre-interview phone conversations with my prospective boss.

    Inside the official Real Madrid shop of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. The European Union is investigating whether government loan guarantees for seven soccer clubs violate EU competition law.

    Spain props up soccer amid crushing austerity

    As austerity measures sap the life from health, education and welfare programs, Spain’s soccer teams have been receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in government aid. An Associated Press review of official documents shows that Spain’s highly autonomous regions are helping to keep some teams alive through massive direct cash injections. Some politicians and ordinary Spaniards are questioning the generous support amid hospital downsizing, teacher layoffs and chronic delays in payments for needy people.


    Career coach: Job-searching tips for the over-50s

    There are about 77 million baby boomers (born between 1946-1963) in the United States, and some estimate that 42 percent are delaying retirement and 25 percent say they’ll never retire. Here are tops for getting hired if you're older than 50.

    In this May, 2014 photo provided by Eagle Mine a rock bolter, which drills and installs bolts to stabilize the mine, moves through a tunnel at the mine in Marquette County, Mich. The nickel and copper operation, scheduled to begin production this fall, will pump $4 billion into Marquette County over its eight-year lifespan and employ about 300 while generating economic activity that will create 1,200 additional jobs, according to the company.

    Troubled mining industry now resurgent in Midwest

    A mining industry that's been in serious decline for decades in the Upper Midwest is poised for a comeback. Mining for iron ore and copper was an economic pillar in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin a century and more ago. But it fell onto hard times as production shifted elsewhere and prices declined.

    This Fusion sedan prototype is 800 pounds lighter than a regular Fusion thanks to more use of aluminum and other materials.

    Auto industry gets serious about lighter materials

    While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards. To meet the government’s goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.

    The Japanese eel, a popular summertime delicacy, has been put on the international conservation “red list,” adding to worries over the decline of the increasingly endangered species.

    Endangered delicacy: Japan eel on species red list

    The Japanese eel, a popular summertime delicacy that has become prohibitively expensive due to overfishing, has been put on the international conservation “red list” in a move that may speed up Japan’s push for industrial farming of the species.

    In this Oct. 31, 2011 file photo, a customer enters a Dunkin’ Donuts store Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Atlanta. The chain has been expanding its sandwich offerings to bring in more business during the afternoon. But Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis said those sandwiches _ which include fried chicken and grilled cheese varieties _ shouldn’t be considered lunch.

    Dunkin’ CEO: Our sandwiches are snacks, not lunch

    If you’re grabbing a sandwich at Dunkin’ Donuts, the chain wants you to consider it a snack, not a full lunch. The chain has been expanding its sandwich offerings to bring in more business during the afternoon. But Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis said those sandwiches — which include fried chicken and grilled cheese varieties — shouldn’t be considered lunch.

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaks to members of the media in the Brady Press Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 9, 2014. President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt, said the rising costs of college have left America’s middle class feeling trapped. He says no hardworking youngster in America should be priced out of a higher education. Obama signed a presidential memorandum he says could help an additional 5 million borrowers.

    Student-debt burden of borrowers takes stage

    Alleviating the burden on student-loan borrowers, who have amassed more than $1.2 trillion in debt, has been a focus this week of Democrats concerned about their drag on the economy. Legislation would let borrowers with federal and private loans refinance their balances at lower interest rates.

    In this photo taken Friday, May 30, 2014, 34-year-old single mother Madinah Nalukenge serves dishes to customers at her food stall, frequented by transport operators, that she owns on the edge of a bus terminal in the capital Kampala, Uganda. About 63 percent of women in the nonagricultural labor force are self-employed in the informal sector in Africa, more than twice the worldwide rate according to World Bank data, which also shows that necessity, not opportunity, is the main driving force behind female entrepreneurship in poor countries.

    Africa’s women entrepreneurs take the lead

    About 63 percent of women in the non-agricultural labor force are self-employed in the informal sector in Africa, more than twice the worldwide rate according to World Bank data, which also shows that necessity, not opportunity, is the main driving force behind female entrepreneurship in poor countries.

    Erica L. Groshen, commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor, breaks down the latest employment statistics for the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recessionary levels, the number of the working-age people with actual jobs is barely over 6 in 10.

    Where have all the missing American workers gone?

    The unemployment rate has been on a slow downward trajectory since the recession ended nearly five years ago. While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of the working-age people with jobs is barely over 6 in 10, hovering at a level reminiscent of the late 1970s.


    Rite Aid memory test spurs needless worries, doctors say

    Memory tests given at Rite Aid Corp. drug stores as an early warning for Alzheimer’s are drawing fire from doctors who say they don’t work well and may cause unwarranted fear among people who don’t have the disease.

    This combo made from file photos shows, from left, financier Carl Icahn, pro golfer Phil Mickelson, and developer and high-profile sports better Billy Walters. A federal official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press that the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission are looking at stock trades that Mickelson and Walters made involving Clorox when Icahn was attempting to take over the company. There have been no charges filed against the three men and the investigation could lead to nothing.

    Illegal profits: A look at insider trading

    Few crimes on Wall Street generate more headlines than insider trading. The definition is straightforward, but proving that someone did it can be complicated without direct proof that they cheated. Difficulties have dogged investigations surrounding high-profile individuals over the years, from Michael Milken and Martha Stewart to SAC Capital’s Steven Cohen.

Life & Entertainment

    Jonah Hill, from left, Ice Cube, and Channing Tatum star in Columbia Pictures’ “22 Jump Street,” which brought in $60 million in its first weekend of release.

    ‘Jump Street’ edges ‘Dragon’ in sequel battle

    The R-rated comedy “22 Jump Street” debuted in first place domestically with $60 million, followed by “How to Train Your Dragon 2” which opened with $50 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Internationally, though, “Dragon” dwarfed “Jump Street” with $24.8 million to $6.9 million respectively.

    In this Sept. 20, 1987, file photo, Casey Kasem, along with his wife Jean Kasem, arrives at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Kasem, the smooth-voiced radio broadcaster who became the king of the top 40 countdown, died Sunday.

    Long Distance Dedication? Hokey Casey Kasem stayed popular

    Already by the mid-1970s, Casey Kasem and his “American Top 40” radio show felt like an anachronism, a hokey blast from a time when everything was supposedly hunky-dory, when all the kids danced to the same tunes and America was all about possibility.

    OneRepublic plays Ravinia in Highland Park on Wednesday and Thursday.

    OneRepublic promises ‘most fun’ tour to date for Ravinia gig

    It’s been more than a year in the making, but OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out” was well worth the wait for bassist/cellist Brent Kutzle. "It’s pretty precious to us,” he said. The band will play that latest song and all their hits when they play Ravinia festival this week in Highland Park.

    Wheaton native Brian Bohr plays Jesus in modern-day dress for Marriott Theatre’s production of “Godspell.”

    Spirituality helps Wheaton native embrace ‘Godspell’ role

    He played Joseph. Now, Jesus. So if Brian Bohr one day lands the lead in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” he said it will complete his biblical-musical trifecta. Bohr, a native of Wheaton, is currently starring as Jesus in Marriott Theatre’s production of “Godspell,” which features a series of songs and parables based on the Gospels.

    Lionel Richie headlines the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park Sunday.

    Sunday picks: Don't miss Lionel Richie in Tinley Park

    If you love Lionel Richie songs like “Stuck on You” or “Say You, Say Me,” then don't miss his All The Hits All Night Long Tour with CeeLo Green tonight at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. Aaron Neville, Bettye LaVette and Dr. John are just a few of the stars performing at the Chicago Blues Festival this weekend. See classic cars, attend concerts and sample a variety of fare at the Elk Grove RotaryFest at Lions Park in Elk Grove Village.

    Aurora native Amber Chavez shows Manny the Frenchie, a male French bulldog, napping in the bathroom sink. Manny is now the world’s most followed French bulldog on Instagram.

    Hashtag hounds rack up followers with wacky antics

    Pet owners are unleashing their pooches on Instagram, setting up accounts to show Manny the Frenchie bulldog (of Chicago) sporting spectacles or Tuna the homely hound poking his schnoz out of a suitcase. For Manny, the dog once rejected by a breeder is now the world’s most followed French bulldog on Instagram, with 502,594 people subscribing to @manny_the_frenchie as of Tuesday. Amber Chavez, an Aurora native, says her dog looks like a cross between a bunny and a piggy, and he is the fourth-most-followed pooch on the social network.

    “The Last Ship” premieres Sunday, June 22, on TNT.

    See-worthy? Summer TV sets its sights on adventure

    Though it hasn't become the revolutionary season that industry watchers once predicted, the summertime TV schedule is still a good place to tinker with formulas: A big network like NBC can try a subtle comedy about living in Europe; ABC can order up a drama based on a nonfiction book about the wives of America's early astronauts; and Halle Berry can get pregnant with an alien baby — or something like that — on CBS. Here's a look at new shows this season.

    This contemporary kitchen by Tim Scott of XTC Design won third place in the 2014 NKBA Design Competition’s small-kitchen category.

    Award-winning designs show what’s hot in the kitchen

    Simple, clean and minimal. Contemporary kitchen design is in for 2014, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s latest style report.

    Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her dragons return Sunday for the “Game of Thrones” season finale on HBO.

    Religions are a key to understanding ‘Game of Thrones’

    As we approach the season finale of “Game of Thrones” Sunday, there has been a lot to keep track of. Where’s Daenerys now? Who died? Who’s that guy with the beard? (No, the other one.) But one question few people seem to have asked lately is how, exactly, the religions of Westeros are playing into the “Game of Thrones” saga at this point. Should we be paying attention to these competing belief systems? Or should we focus on more important things, like who Jon Snow’s mother might be?

    Vocal coach Marishka Wierzbicki, left, and Broadway singer Valisia LeKae, right, flank four of the students they mentored Samantha Koch, left, Matthew Martinez, Falyn Vega and Brittany DeLuca in New York City. The kids will use what they learned at the annual Garden of Dreams talent show Tuesday.

    A Broadway cancer survivor mentors young singers

    Five young, amateur singers assembled a little nervously in a rehearsal room recently near Times Square. This was the day they’d be mentored by a Tony Award-nominated star. The five had overcome things teens should never have to — cancer, stroke, pneumonia, kidney disease and a parent fighting overseas. But they were put at ease as soon as they spotted the Tony nominee’s bald head. “I am an ovarian cancer survivor,” Valisia LeKae told them.

    State Street runs about three-quarters of a mile from the state Capitol to the University of Wisconsin campus. The thoroughfare is car-free except for delivery trucks and buses, attracting a mix of undergrads, locals and government workers for shopping, dining and people-watching.

    5 free things in Madison, from campus to Capitol

    Nestled on an isthmus that’s home to both buttoned-up politicians in the state Capitol and more liberal-leaning college students just a short walk away, Madison lives up to its endearing unofficial motto as “77 square miles surrounded by reality.” Madisonians proudly ride their bikes all year, cheer for the University of Wisconsin Badgers and liberally consume Wisconsin-made cheese and beer. Here are five ways to experience Madison as a visitor, all of them free.


    Dispute likely can be cleared up through bank records

    Q. A former tenant claims he paid $1,200 security deposit. Our recollection is he paid $900 that was returned when he moved out. The tenant's attorney is threatening to sue.

    Finding the perfect dining table for a small room is not an easy task. This one is 44-inches in diameter.

    With dining tables, take the time to get it right

    When you are faced with confined space, getting the size of your dining room right is imperative. Don’t be wooed by style if a table is simply too large for your area. Get out your measuring tape!


    Six tips for small-kitchen renovation

    Designer Iantha Carley loves a good challenge, and designing a small kitchen puts her problem-solving skills to the test.


    Ventilating bathroom fans through roof is far from ideal

    Q. We read your information in a recent Sunday column about not venting bathroom fans through the roof. Our first-floor powder room and second- story bathrooms all vent into the attic. We had an HVAC contractor out to give us an estimate to properly vent the fans. He wants to vent through the roof because we do not have gable ends on our house.


    Fathers occupy a special place in our lives. They are interwoven with who we are.

    A Father’s Day editorial: Remembrances of Dad’s love and care

    A special Daily Herald Father's Day editorial reflects on the special place Dad occupies in our lives, and observes that sometimes you don't appreciate how much a father means until after he's gone.


    Semi-iconic Route 59 full of traffic tales

    From a "diverging diamond" on I-88 to Roma D'Italia in Bartlett, Route 59 has its share of interesting tales, says Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.


    Nothing new about mistreating veterans
    An Antioch letter to the editor: Reading your article “57,000 await va visits,” I couldn’t help but reflect on how we view our veterans.


    Rise up to fight water rate hike
    An Island Lake letter to the editor: To the residents of Island Lake, Port Barrinton, and Lakemoor, I urge you to open your eyes to the 40.2 percent increase the NMWRD board has done to all homes in these towns.


    Solve homelessness one person at a time
    A letter to the editor: Your editorial of June 10, “Rethinking help for the very poor,” caught our attention and raises an important issue in our communities: homelessness. Funding of nonprofit agencies that help the homeless is a critical and ongoing need as homelessness is a local problem. Journeys — The Road Home serves more than 1,000 people annually from the North/Northwest suburbs.


    Voters’ ignorance, apathy hurts all
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: It is frustrating to hear the arguments about whether or not the Illinois income tax should remain at 5 percent. While Illinois is not the poorest state it has to be one of the poorest-run states in the union. For many politicians their No. 1 goal is to get votes and finances needed to retain their lucrative jobs. Whatever is good or bad for the state does not seem to matter anymore.


    Wal-Mart move a terrible idea
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: I read with interest the Daily Herald’s article concerning Wal-Mart moving to Carpentersville. This is a disastrous idea for Carpentersville. A Wal-Mart Super Center in that location on the east side of the village would have devastating repercussions on other existing businesses in the area.


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    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I am somewhat appalled by recent events (in District 200). Only weeks before the school board graciously accepted Dr. Brian Harris’ resignation, he had signed a new five-year contract with pay increase. When he was tempted away by the Barrington schools a few weeks later, he broke his promise, his contract.


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