Daily Archive : Saturday June 21, 2014


    Missing hiker Karen Sykes.

    Mt. Rainier search for outdoors writer ends after body found

    The National Park Service said six ground crews, including two dog teams, were combing an expanded search area near the Owyhigh Lakes Trail on Rainier’s east side. Rescuers also searched by air.

    U.S. Army soldier Ruediger Richter gazes aloft as a helicopter prepares to land to pick up the body of a fallen soldier killed by mortar fire in South Vietnam. Taken by an Army photographer and transmitted worldwide by The Associated Press, the image came to be known widely as “The Agony of War.”

    A life of trouble, a moment of immortality

    Ruediger Richter barely recognizes himself in the yellowed military photograph hanging in his den — one of the best-known images of the Vietnam War.Richter is the man at the center, though he does not look the same. Partly, it’s because of war’s ravages — months after the photo was taken, he was shot in the head, and he spent years coping with anger, alcohol, addiction...

    High winds and rain moved through Crystal Lake Saturday evening, knocking down branches and causing residents to seek shelter.

    Severe storms moving out, thousands left without power

    The threat of severe weather has weakened after storms produced torrential rain and strong wind gusts earlier today. More than 12,000 ComEd customers were left without power by 9 p.m., spokesman David O'Dowd said.


    Mass immigrant graves uncovered in Texas cemetery

    Teams unearthed remains in trash bags, shopping bags, body bags or without a container at all, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times. In one burial, bones of three bodies were inside one body bag. In another, at least five people in body bags and smaller plastic bags were piled on top of each other. Skulls also were found in biohazard bags placed between coffins.

    A pro-Russian fighter holds a flower Saturday after taking an oath in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease-fire Friday and halt military operations for a week.

    Putin backs cease-fire, adds border troops

    Russian President Vladimir Putin backed a cease-fire in Ukraine declared by that country’s new leader, calling for all sides to halt military activities even as he put more than 65,000 troops on combat alert.

    Volunteers in the newly formed “Peace Brigades” raise their weapons Saturday and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant during a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad.

    Three more towns fall to Sunni rebels

    The towns of Qaim, Rawah and Anah are the first territory seized in predominantly Sunni Anbar province, west of Baghdad, since fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group overran the city of Fallujah and parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi earlier this year.

    Relatives of a Muslim Brotherhood member who was sentenced to death react to the verdict outside a courtroom in Minya, Egypt, Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, Mohammed Badie and over 180 others were sentenced to death Saturday by an Egyptian court in the latest mass trial following last year’s overthrow of the country’s Islamist president. The ruling by the southern Minya Criminal Court is the largest confirmed mass death sentence to be handed down in Egypt in recent memory. The court acquitted more than 400 others in the case and family members of the accused wailed or cheered the verdicts. (AP Photo/Ravy Shaker, El Shorouk newspaper) EGYPT OUT

    Egypt court confirms death sentences for over 180

    “There has been an excess in using the death sentences recently, which will only lead to more violence in society because people are now used to the idea of execution, killing and blood,” prominent rights lawyer Negad el-Borai said.

    A faithful hands out some mate’ tea, the typical Argentine tealike drink, to Pope Francis as he leaves Saturday after visiting the inmates of the prison of Castrovillari, southern Italy.

    Pope: All mobsters excommunicated from church
    Pope Francis journeyed Saturday to the heart of Italy’s biggest crime syndicate, met the father of a 3-year-old boy slain in the region’s drug war, and declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church.


    Cary woman hurt in rough hot-air balloon landing

    Three passengers in a hot-air balloon were blown off course and forced to land on a Huntley golf course, police said Saturday. A 93-year-old Cary woman riding in the balloon was taken to an Elgin hospital as a precaution. The rough landing also damaged the 18th green at Pinecrest Golf Club.

    Then-Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., left, speaks with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, after he gave a speech proposing that Iraq be divided into three separate regions during the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia conference in Philadelphia.

    Biden foresaw Iraq crisis eight years ago

    In 2006, Biden was a senator from Delaware gearing up for a presidential campaign when he proposed that Iraq be divided into three semi-independent regions for Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. Follow his plan, he said, and U.S. troops could be out by early 2008. Ignore it, he warned, and Iraq would devolve into sectarian conflict that could destabilize the whole region.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and his wife Chirlane McCray, second from left, pose for a photograph Saturday with their children Dante de Blasio, left, and Chiara de Blasio as they take part in the Mermaid Parade in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York.

    NYC mayor a pirate among mermaids at zany parade

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio portrayed himself as a man of the people in last year’s election. On Saturday, he became a pirate among mermaids.

    Robert Zygarowski

    Police: Zapped driver sheds stun gun barbs, flees

    An unruly driver zapped with a stun gun during a traffic stop yanked out the barbs, assaulted the officer and fled early Saturday, prompting a two-state pursuit that also led him to steal a police cruiser and threaten to shoot officers, authorities said.

    Bob and Pat Waldron of Arlington Heights and their dog, Delilah, a golden doodle, visit the Canine Commons dog park at Melas Park in Mount Prospect, which is a joint effort of the Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect park districts.

    Melas Park’s bark park now open

    Dogs in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect finally have their own park with Saturday mornings grand opening of Canine Commons in a portion of Melas Park. Canine Commons is nearly two acres in the northwest corner of the park and includes three areas — one for large dogs, one for small/medium dogs and a third to be used when one of the other two is undergoing maintenance.

    Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match Wednesday on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center Nogales, Ariz.

    Border agents frustrated by influx of immigrant kids

    The union’s growing criticism of the administration’s border policies has added another sharp voice to the immigration debate in Washington, where the crisis has become the latest flash point between the two political parties. Administration officials Friday announced new measures to strengthen its border policies to stem the flow of migrants, most of whom are from Central America...

    Robert “Bob” Depke

    Lake County giant Robert ‘Bob’ Depke dies

    A major player in Lake County politics and growth has died. Former county board chairman and Warren Township supervisor Bob Depke "didn't back down from any challenges," said Jim LaBelle, a former county board leader.

    Matt Vincent of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, launches a 22-pound hammer during the Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca.

    Pipers, knobbly knees highlight Scottish festival

    Kilts and bagpipes were among the accoutrements Saturday at the Scottish Festival in Itasca. Dave Pollock, a member of the Billy Mitchell Pipe Band, explained that judges were looking for more than just a loud sound. “Musically, bagpipes are quite simple,” he explained. “It’s much more about technique and precision.”

    Joey Pupillo, 11, of Addison tries to block a shot by Mason Mascari, 11, of Geneva in the 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Third Street during the 65th Geneva Swedish Days Saturday in downtown Geneva.

    Geneva’s Swedish Days offers lots of fun, history

    Visitors to Geneva’s Swedish days Saturday had their pick of past, present and future with tours of the historical Viking Ship, fast action during 3-on-3 basketball tournament and future stars competing in the 44th Annual Granquist Music Competition. “Try lifting up that oar … now think about picking that up and down for eight hours,” docent Andrew Woods told a group...

    Antioch Youth Little League players receive trophies in 1988.

    Antioch Youth Little League celebrates 60 years with Saturday event

    America's pastime has been around in Antioch for 60 years. The community will celebrate the 1954 debut of the youth baseball program on Saturday at Williams Park where the league's first pitch was thrown.

    Volunteers of the newly formed “Peace Brigades” participate in a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, June 21. Thousands of Shiite militiamen have paraded in Baghdad and several other cities in southern Iraq with heavy weaponry, signaling their readiness to take on Sunni militants who control a large chunk of the country's north. The Arabic on the banner reads, “No for America, No for Israel, No for Terrorism, No for ISIL (the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant).”

    Sunni fighters take third town in western Iraq

    Sunni insurgents led by an al-Qaida breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province on Saturday, capturing three strategic towns and the first border crossing with Syria to fall on the Iraqi side. It's the latest blow against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his political life even as forces beyond his control are pushing the country toward a sectarian...

    Natalie Woodward of Geneva is touched as Senior Master Sgt. Steve Thulon serenades her while the U.S. Air Force Band plays the Concert in the Park series in 2010 at Lincoln Park in St. Charles.

    Good news, Tri-Cities! More summer music on the way

    Dave Heun says even thought Swedish Days is wrapping up, there's still plenty of music to go around in the Tri-Cities area this summer.

    Thousands of New Yorkers marked the first day of summer by practicing yoga in Times Square.

    Thousands greet solstice with yoga in Times Square

    Row after row of yoga mats were laid out on the street as instructors guided the participants through their poses.“Find the balance,” one instructor urges. “Right leg high.”

    San Diego Padres’ Tony Gwynn hits a double during first inning action and gets his first 100 RBI season during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh.

    Notable deaths last week

    This week’s notable deaths included a Hall of Fame baseball player who was an eight-time batting champion during his 20 years with the San Diego Padres; the radio disc jockey who created the “American Top 40” countdown show of pop songs; and the lyricist behind some of your favorite popular songs.

    Vanessa Miecznikowski, 5, of Long Grove receives a bag of strawberries that she and her brother, Max, 3, selected at the Frank Farms Fresh Produce table during the Long Grove Strawberry Festival Saturday.

    Fruit shares starring role at Long Grove strawberry fest

    While a certain fruit headlines the Long Grove Strawberry Festival, Shane Cobb had another reason for attending with his two daughters Saturday. Cobb, 49, of Kildeer, said: “There’s a wide range of (music), so you can find any kind of band that are you are looking for.” There were 43 bands were booked for the three-day strawberry bash ending Sunday.

    A gray wolf rests on the Colville Indian Reservation near Nespelem, Wash. Two tribal wildlife biologists captured and collared the female wolf. Eight conservation groups recently filed a petition asking the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to require livestock producers to exhaust nonlethal measures to prevent wolf depredations before any wolves are killed.

    Conservationists seek nonlethal wolf controls

    The conservation groups filed a similar petition last summer. They withdrew it based on a deal with Fish and Wildlife to negotiate rules that would encourage the use of nonlethal measures to control wolf numbers.But ranchers and sports-hunting groups refused to consider the proposals, conservation groups said.

    In this Oct. 19, 1989 file photo, Gerry Conlon, center, is seen outside the Old Bailey after being released for being wrongly convicted of the Guilford pub bombings, in London. His family says Gerry Conlon, who was imprisoned unjustly for an IRA bombing and inspired an Oscar-nominated film, has died at his Belfast home after a long battle with cancer. The 60-year-old Conlon was a central figure in one of Britain’s greatest miscarriages of justice. He and three others were convicted and sentenced to life for the 1974 bombing of a pub in Guildford, near London, that killed five people. Conlon always protested his innocence, a position vindicated in 1989 when the so-called Guildford Four were exonerated and freed. By then his father Giuseppe, convicted of an alleged lesser role in the bombing, had already died behind bars. Conlon’s autobiography, “Proved Innocent” was the basis for 1993’s ‘’In the Name of the Father’’ starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Conlon.

    Belfast man wrongly convicted of IRA bombing dies

    Gerry Conlon, who was imprisoned unjustly for an Irish Republican Army bombing and inspired an Oscar-nominated film, has died Saturday, June 21, at age 60 after a long battle with cancer.


    Putin orders forces in the Urals on combat alert

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, June 21, ordered military forces in central Russia on combat alert as well as a drill of airborne troops, a day after Ukraine ordered a cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels.


    Simon to help promote electric vehicles in Illinois

    Community colleges throughout Illinois are planning a three-day road trip to help promote electric vehicle charging stations. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will help kick off the event on Monday, June 23, at John A. Logan College in Carterville.


    Influential Northwestern University professor dies

    A long-time Northwestern University professor and pioneer in the field of swallowing disorders has died. The school on Friday announced that Jerilyn Logemann of Evanston died this week at the age of 72. She was still employed by the university when she died on Thursday, June 19.


    At least 3 boaters missing after Cal-Sag collision

    Coast Guard officials say they’re searching for at least three people in the Cal-Sag Channel in suburban Chicago after a collision late Friday, June 20. Authorities say a 66-foot vessel with a cargo of six barges collided with a 19-foot pleasure boat near Palos Hills.


    Chicago receives $2.2 million for clean energy initiative

    Chicago is getting about $2.2 million in federal grant money and private matching funds to set up a program to help startups and entrepreneurs gain access to testing and demonstration facilities in Illinois and Michigan.


    Clinton, Emanuel promote early childhood education

    Former President Bill Clinton has joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to push for better access to early childhood education. Clinton and Emanuel toured the Metropolitan Family Services Early Learning and Wellness Center in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on Friday, June 20.

    Robert Gibson, the emergency section supervisor at the DNR’s Department of Mines and Minerals, looking at maps of old coal mines at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville that are being digitized by the state. Mine maps marked the locations of rooms, pillars and shafts — necessary then and a valuable tool for state officials, homeowners and developers today because of the damage current structures can sustain if an abandoned mine begins to collapse or sag. But the DNR only has about 2,000 maps for the more than 4,000 separate mines that operated in the state, Gibson said. The state is digitizing those in its archives before they deteriorate, but also is searching for as many missing maps as possible.

    Illinois DNR seeking maps of old underground mines

    State officials are seeking the public’s help to find old maps of long-closed underground coal mines. The maps help determine whether an area is a risk of subsidence — holes or sagging that can damage homes and other buildings, like a southern Illinois school that had to be rebuilt five years ago.

    Afghanistan police forces secure an area as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah hold a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 21. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah, who is running against Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former finance minister, has accused electoral officials and others of trying to rig the June 14 vote against him.

    Hundreds protest alleged Afghan election fraud
    Hundreds of Afghans protested in the capital on Saturday, June 21, against alleged fraud in last week’s presidential runoff, forcing a closure of the airport road amid escalating tensions over what Western officials had hoped would be a smooth transfer of power.

    Afghanistan’s security forces and officials inspect the site of a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 21. The bombing aimed at a senior government official killed one civilian and wounded three others on Saturday but did not harm its apparent target, Afghan security officials said.

    Suicide car bomb targets Afghan official

    A suicide car bombing in Kabul aimed at a senior government official killed one civilian and wounded three others on Saturday, June 21, but did not harm its apparent target, Afghan security officials said.

    Thousands of revelers gathered at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, near Salisbury, England, to celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, Saturday, June 21.

    New agers, neo-pagans gather to greet solstice

    Self-styled Druids, new-agers and thousands of revelers watched the sun rise Saturday, June 21, above the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge to mark the summer solstice — the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.


    Fire guts Muslim shop in Sri Lanka amid tensions

    A fire gutted a Muslim-owned clothing chain in a Sri Lanka district Saturday, June 21, where days earlier Buddhist mobs attacked Muslim shops in deadly violence condemned by the international community, police said.

    This undated image provided by Lola Kemp shows missing hiker Karen Sykes, right, with her friend Kemp. Crews searched Mount Rainier National Park on Friday for Sykes, a prominent hiker and outdoors writer who was reported missing late Wednesday. The search continued early Saturday, June 21. She was working on a story at the time, park spokeswoman Patti Wold said.

    Search ongoing for outdoors writer on Mt. Rainier

    Friends of prominent outdoors writer Karen Sykes are anxious but hopeful that searchers will find her safely sheltered somewhere in Mount Rainier National Park. The well-known Seattle-based hiker was reported missing by a hiking partner late Wednesday while she researched a story. Search teams have had no luck so far, but park officials were resuming efforts Saturday, June 21.


    S. Korean soldier said to kill 5 comrades at border

    A South Korean soldier killed five comrades Saturday, June 21, and wounded another five at the border with North Korea, a South Korean military official said. The army sergeant opened fire with a rifle at an outpost in Gangwon province, east of Seoul, an official at South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department rules. Local media...

    A woman kisses a pro-Russian fighter, after he took an oath in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Saturday, June 21. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered his forces to cease-fire Friday and halt military operations for a week, the first step in a peace plan he hopes will end the fighting that has killed hundreds. The Kremlin dismissed the plan, saying it sounded like an ultimatum and lacked any firm offer to open talks with insurgents. Separatist leaders have also rejected the cease-fire and said they will not disarm. In Donetsk, a group of armed men gathered in the central square to take a military oath to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

    Separatists dismiss Ukraine cease-fire

    Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s embattled east have dismissed a unilateral cease-fire ordered by President Petro Poroshenko as fake, while nine Ukrainian service members were wounded in clashes just before and after the cease-fire began.


    Coast Guard rescues 4 in 2 separate incidents on Lake Michigan

    The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued four people from Lake Michigan in two separate incidents. The first happened Friday about 7 p.m. near Kenosha. A sailboat had capsized, stranding two people in the water.

    Somalis look at the smashed car in which a Somali journalist was killed by a bomb planted under his car in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, Saturday, June, 21. No group has claimed the responsibility the Assassination of Yusuf Keynan, the editor of Mustaqbal radio in Mogadishu, who died as he started his mined car to go to work in the morning, according to Abdinasir Mohamed Ali, a colleague of the murdered reporter.

    Bomb under car seat kills Somali journalist

    Somalia — A journalist in Somalia’s capital says a bomb planted under the car seat of a Somali reporter exploded and killed him in Mogadishu on Saturday, June 21.

    Master griller Jerry Roper turns chicken at the annual St. Nectarios Church Greek Fest in Palatine on Friday.

    Palatine festival serves up authentic Greek food

    The best in Greek food, music and culture will be on display in Palatine this weekend as St. Nectarios Church hosts its annual Greek Fest celebration. The fest kicked off at 4 p.m. Friday and continues from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday. Festival grounds at are the church, 133 S. Roselle Road, Palatine. Authentic Greek cuisine will, as always, be a highlight of the...

    Bartender Haely Jorgensen, right, chats with Andy Lopez and Nicole Szwed, Ditka’s employees, as they sample the food.

    Ditka’s opening in Arlington Hts. on Tuesday

    Da Coach is bringing his restaurant to Arlington Heights starting next week. The Arlington Heights location of Ditka’s Restaurant will open on Tuesday and will be the third, and largest, of the former Bears coach’s Chicagoland restaurants, said Paul Woodard, managing partner.

    The old Sixth Street School property, at 210 S. 6th St. in Geneva, may or may not be the site for a new library.

    Kane Co. considering sale of Geneva’s Sixth Street School land

    Geneva Library officials may have to decide soon how much they wants the old Sixth Street School property to become the home of a new library. Kane County officials all spoke in favor of selling the property, but the county and library have not been able to agree on the value of the land.

    Jonathan Sprawka

    Supportive living facility proposed for Lake Zurich’s north side

    Lake Zurich officials are considering a proposal for a 120-unit seniors complex that would be built on the village's north side.


    Joe Mauer hit a two-run double that just missed reaching the seats and Kevin Correia pitched a smooth six innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox for the third straight game, 4-3 on Saturday.

    Loss to Twins sends Sox into last place in Central

    After another dismal start by Andre Rienzo, White Sox manager Robin Ventura wouldn't commit to sticking with the Brazilian right-hander in the rotation. If Ventura is looking for another option, Rienzo's replacement Saturday at Minnesota might be a possibility. The Sox lost the third straight game to start the four-game series and dropped to the bottom of the American League Central standings behind Minnesota.

    Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan, foreground, barely misses a collision with center fielder Junior Lake while catching a flyball hit by Pittsburgh’s Clint Barmes during the third inning at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

    Resurgent Cubs hit speed bump vs. Pirates

    There’s no doubt the Cubs have been a lot more fun and a lot more interesting to watch over the past few weeks. After a third straight brutal start to the season — all of them marked by bullpen blowups and a lack of timely hitting — they’ve put together a nice little run. They were slowed Saturday in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 11-8 in June after winning 11 in all of May and nine in March-April.

    For the Bulls to acquire Carmelo Anthony, shown here with Denver in 2009, they’ll have to make some tough decisions with their draft picks this week.

    As draft approaches, lots of options for Bulls

    The Bulls have two picks, No. 16 and 19, in Thursday's NBA draft. But since they are planning a run at Carmelo Anthony in free agency, the Bulls might need to get creative with those selections. Here are some possibilities.


    Red Stars fall at Kansas City

    The Chicago Red Stars fell 1-0 to Kansas City on Saturday night in National Women’s Soccer League action. Playing their third match in seven days, the Red Stars hung tough until the 77th minute when Kansas City’s Merritt Mathias played a low cross in front of goal and Jen Buczkowski was left open to slide the ball into the net.


    Boomers knock off ThunderBolts

    The wait was worth it for the Schaumburg Boomers, who captured their fourth straight Frontier League victory by prevailing 4-3 over the visiting Windy City ThunderBolts on Saturday after a lengthy rain delay.

    Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo watches his two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago, Saturday, June 21, 2014.

    Cubs still have faith in struggling Olt

    What should the Cubs do with third baseman Mike Olt? The organization seems intent on keeping Olt with the big club despite a hitting line of .149/.230/.364 with 65 strikeouts in 154 at-bats entering Saturday night's game with the Pirates.

    Kirk Triplett hits a tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Encompass Championship golf tournament Saturday in Glenview.

    Golf encompasses Triplett and his son

    Kirk Triplett wasn’t excited about his Saturday round in the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, even though it was a good one.Triplett, an early starter, posted his second straight 5-under-par 67 and his 10-under 134 is three strokes behind leader Tom Lehman entering Sunday’s final round.

    Tom Lehman watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the Encompass Championship golf tournament Saturday in Glenview.

    Lehman rushes to top before storm at Encompass

    As tournament leader Tom Lehman walked to the 18th tee late Saturday afternoon with some darker than dark clouds closing in from the west, he couldn’t help but think back to a year ago at this very same Encompass Championship.“It was at the end of the first round and we had a big storm and they suspended play,” Lehman recalled. “Then we had to come out the next morning and finish up. I’m not sure what time it was ... but I know it was a bummer.

    Bernhard Langer hits a chip shot on the first hole during the first round of the Encompass Championship tournament Friday. Langer has been impressed with the play of fellow countryman Martin Kaymer.

    Langer believes Kaymer could really go on a tear

    Bernhard Langer is still pretty good at this golf thing, but today he is considered the world’s foremost expert on Martin Kaymer, and there’s really nowhere he can go now without being asked about his fellow German.

    With his family alongside, St. Viator soccer coach Mike Taylor, right, enjoys at day at Iguazu Falls along the Brazil and Argentine borders. Today Taylor will take in the fan fest celebrations for TEam USA before it meets Portugal in a World Cup match.

    Postcard from the World Cup

    Editor’s note: A suburban soccer coach is attending the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. His first game was Chile’s upset of defending champion Spain. Today he shares a report on his travels in the country.Taking a short side trip to one of the new seven wonders of the world: the Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. If I thought I was getting away from the excitement of the World Cup, I was completely wrong. While waiting for our tickets to get into the Brazilian side of the falls, we hear a roar and see two men racing out of a covered area screaming with joy. Uruguay had just scored. Every corner has a TV and all are watching their favorite teams. I have seen Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the Grand Canyon but these falls are one of the most spectacular sights I have ever seen. Both sides (the Brazilian and Argentinian) have miles of incredible falls. The volume of water and the immense size with all the prepetual mist creates spectacular views.Back to Rio tomorrow to get ready to watch Russia and Belguim live, and then join the fanfest to watch the USA-Portugal game. That should be an experience.• Mike Taylor is the boys and girls soccer coach at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights.

    United States’ Aron Johannsson celebrates his team’s 2-1 victory over Ghana during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014.

    Fire’s Mathis to U.S. World Cup team: Go for it

    Clint Mathis knows what it’s like to score in a World Cup. He also knows the feeling of defeating powerful Portugal in a World Cup.

    Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko, right, reacts as his team was defeated as Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo celebrates after the group F World Cup soccer match between Nigeria and Bosnia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Nigeria won the match 1-0.

    Nigeria eliminates Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup

    Nigeria eliminated Bosnia-Herzegovina from World Cup contention with a 1-0 win over the tournament newcomers on Saturday, with Peter Odemwingie’s first-half goal getting the African champions closer to the knockout stage.

    In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, shown here in 2013, was arrested early Saturday morning at her suburban Seattle home, police said. She is accused of assaulting her sister and nephew.

    Police: Soccer star Hope Solo arrested in assault

    Police say U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo has been arrested at a suburban Seattle home for assaulting her sister and nephew.Officers say they responded just before 1 a.m. Saturday, after receiving a 911 call that a woman at the Kirkland residence was hitting people. Police say they found Solo intoxicated and upset, and they saw injuries on her 17-year-old nephew and her sister.

    The United States’ Clint Dempsey, center, and Julian Green, left, work out during a training session Saturday at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. The U.S. will play Portugal in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup Sunday.

    U.S. can advance with World Cup win over Portugal

    The United States can accomplish a pair of American firsts with a win over Portugal on Sunday night: Reaching the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups and advancing with a game to spare. Moths and mosquitoes circled when the Americans took the field for practice Saturday evening at Arena da Amazonia, a 40,000-seat stadium built for $290 million in a remote area of the rain forest.

    Ghana’s John Boye, left, clears the ball from Germany’s Mario Goetze during the group G World Cup soccer match at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Germany draws with Ghana; U.S. advances with win Sunday

    Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw on Saturday despite veteran striker Miroslav Klose coming on as a substitute to tie the World Cup scoring record with the equalizer in their highly entertaining Group G match.

    Argentina’s Lionel Messi, left, scores during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Argentina won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Messi magic gives Argentina 1-0 Cup win over Iran

    The way Iran was defending, it was always going to take a little magic from Lionel Messi to send Argentina into the second round of the World Cup.Until stoppage time on Saturday, Messi had been stifled by Iran’s solid back line. Then, out of nowhere, the Argentina captain produced something very special, as he has done so many times for Barcelona, by scoring a stunning goal for a 1-0 victory.

    Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker, left, tags out Pittsburgh Pirates’ Ike Davis at home plate during the second inning of Friday’s win over the Pirates. The play was upheld on video review.

    Epstein doubts Bryant will join big club in 2014

    Cubs president Theo Epstein said Friday he does not foresee a situation in which third-base prospect Kris Bryant makes to the the major leagues this season. Bryant recently was promoted from Double-A to Triple-A. Epstein also said this year's top pick, Kyle Schwarber, will see a lot of time in left field for the Kane County Cougars.


    Shocker Hall, the new dormitory at Wichita State University.

    Demand, aging buildings spur campus housing boom

    Fifty-two new residence halls at private and public schools to house 19,000 students opened last year or will open this year around the U.S., with a price tag of more than $2 billion.

    A feral hog caught by trapper John Schmidt is caged in New Orleans. An estimated 5 million swine, descendants of both escaped domestic pigs and wild Eurasian boars imported by hunters, do about $800 million in damage a year to farms nationwide.

    Bacon preservative tested as feral hog poison

    A preservative used to cure bacon is being tested as poison for the nation’s estimated 5 million feral hogs.Descendants of both escaped domestic pigs and imported Eurasian boars, the swine cost the U.S. about $1.5 billion a year — including $800 million in damage to farms nationwide.

    Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser, right, and Mitsubishi CEO Shunichi Miyanaga, arrive Tuesday for their press conference in Paris. The CEOs from Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries met with the French president to promote their joint offer to buy parts French engineering company Alstom and head off a rival bid from General Electric Co.

    Alstom board approves GE bid to buy power business
    Also under the deal, GE agreed to sell its railroad signal business to Alstom for about $825 million. The sweetened GE offer also calls for the two companies to set up three 50-50 joint ventures: one for the power grid businesses, another for offshore wind and hydro-power operations, and a third for nuclear steam turbines.

    Ten milligram tablets of the hyperactivity drug, Adderall, made by Shire Plc.

    Shire snubbing AbbVie makes it latest Pharma target

    Shire is the latest takeover target in a record wave of health-care mergers this quarter. There have been about $230 billion of deals proposed or announced in the industry since the end of March, including Medtronic Inc.’s purchase of Covidien Plc this month and Merck & Co.’s takeover of Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. at one of the highest premiums on record.

    YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists’ music videos.

    YouTube to launch music service

    YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists’ music videos.


    YouTube to block music videos by labels not joining its service

    Google Inc.’s YouTube is poised to start blocking music videos from independent labels that haven’t agreed to be part of a planned subscription service.

    This undated photo provided by Clear Channel shows company CEO Bob Pittman. Pittman says online streaming service iHeartRadio makes “hundreds of millions” of dollars in annual revenue, putting it in the ballpark of Internet radio leader Pandora, which posted $638 million in revenue last year.

    CEO: iHeartRadio revenue ‘hundreds of millions’

    Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman says online streaming service iHeartRadio makes “hundreds of millions” of dollars in annual revenue, putting it in the range of Internet radio leader Pandora.

    This screen shot taken from the Watch ESPN mobile app shows action during a group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Watch ESPN)

    How the world watches the World Cup on TV, online

    Television and online rights for sporting events are typically sold by territory. For the World Cup, that means U.S. viewers are limited to what’s available through U.S. television networks ABC, ESPN and Univision. Digital access is changing how people are viewing events like the World Cup. Here’s a look at what viewers outside the U.S. are getting.

    This combo made from images provided by Facebook shows the company’s Slingshot app. After accidentally launching the ephemeral messaging app last week, Facebook says Slingshot is now ready for prime time, and owners of Android or Apple’s iOS devices can download it starting on Tuesday afternoon, June 17, 2014.

    App Watch: Facebook’s Slingshot for fleeting posts

    Facebook is taking another stab at ephemeral mobile messaging with an app called Slingshot. The app is designed to appeal to fans of Snapchat and other messaging apps that let people send self-destructing messages to friends.

    This undated image provided by Lego shows a version of the Lego Fusion line, a play experience that combines traditional Lego brick play with familiar app-based game themes.

    Lego to introduce mixed digital-physical blocks

    On the heels of success with “The Lego Movie,” the Danish toy company is giving kids a chance to put their own blocks on the screen, with a new product line that copies their creations into phone and tablet games.

    This screen shot shows movies and television programs available for free to Amazon Prime members. Amazon changed the dynamics in 2011 when it started offering movies and TV shows to Prime members for free. Unlike Netflix, Amazon offers only part of its collection for free.

    Review: Value in Amazon Prime goes beyond shipping

    Spending $99 a year for an Amazon Prime membership to get free shipping hardly seems like a deal. But Prime’s benefits became apparent gradually over the nine months I’ve used it: Books, movies, TV shows and music come for free with Prime.

    The feature that lets the new Amazon Fire Phone send a movie or TV show wirelessly to a compatible television while the phone serves as a “second screen” to display information about actors, locations, and scenes is shown, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle.

    A closer look at Amazon’s new Fire smartphone

    Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that will be closely tied to the products and services it sells, while adding such touches as the ability to render images in 3-D. Here are some details on the new Fire phone.

    The new Amazon Fire Phone’s Firefly feature, which lets the user take a photo of objects, numbers, artwork or books and have the phone recognize the item, is demonstrated, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. Firefly also can recognize songs, TV shows, and movies.

    Amazon’s smartphone: Repeat or revolutionary?

    There are two ways to view the smartphone Amazon introduced to the world on this week: It’s either the latest in a long line of phones with fancy features many people will never use or a magic wand for shopaholics. The phone’s most significant feature, called “Firefly,” employs audio and object recognition technology to identify products and present the user with ways to purchase the items through Amazon.

    Twitter is acquiring video-editing startup SnappyTV to become more useful to the television industry, as the microblogging service looks to expand its footprint in the media industry.

    Twitter to buy video-editing startup SnappyTV in media push

    Twitter is acquiring video-editing startup SnappyTV to become more useful to the television industry, as the microblogging service looks to expand its footprint in the media industry. SnappyTV’s technology for editing and live clipping is already widely used by media companies that Twitter works with.

Life & Entertainment

    Tyler Herling of Evergreen Park and Dayna Hann of Orland Park splash down at the end of the Bahama Mama extreme rafting ride at Great America’s Hurricane Harbor in Gurnee.

    Summer splashdown Sun, fun, thrills and chills await at suburban water parks

    Summer has officially started, which means it’s time for sunshine and swimsuits — and suburban water parks are a great way to enjoy both. You’ll find all the water park basics at each, including slides, swimming pools and lazy rivers. But a number offer something more, including an 80-foot high-diving act.

    In this May 6, 2013, file photo, TV personality Katie Couric and John Molner attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit celebrating “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” in New York. Couric has married Molner in a small ceremony at her East Hampton home. People magazine reports the former “Today” host and Molner took the vows on Saturday in front of 50 guests.

    Katie Couric marries financier in Hamptons

    Katie Couric has married a New York financier in a small ceremony at her East Hampton home. People magazine reports the former “Today” host and John Molner took the vows on Saturday in front of 50 guests.

    Grand Traverse Resort's Beach Week runs June 27-July 6.

    On the road: Celebrate Beach Week at Grand Traverse Resort

    Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in northern Michigan celebrates Beach Week for its guests with kayak races, candy bingo, 5K run, pottery painting and tons of activities for families and couples. The Chicago Botanic Garden offers a full schedule of musical entertainment Mondays through Thursdays through the summer. And revel in the arts of Michigan at Ann Arbor's annual summer festival, showcasing performances and fine arts downtown and on the University of Michigan campus.

    Angelonia and Rudbeckia are gorgeous planted in front of ornamental grass.

    Two annuals that belong in every garden

    It is easy to fall into a gardening rut and purchase the same annuals year after year for your borders and containers. If your plants performed satisfactorily in the past, why take a chance on something new? But some of the best parts of gardening are learning about new plants, trying new designs and experimenting with new combinations in containers.

    The Italian government is determined to revamp and reintroduce master craftsmen and smaller manufacturing firms to overseas designers.

    Italy aims to reintroduce its goods to world market

    I just got back from Italy with some great new resources. I was invited to a series of business-to-business meetings to encourage “Made in Italy” design.

    Bill McPartlin has purchased fixer-uppers in the past, but he recently bought a move-in ready townhouse in Des Plaines from Lexington Homes.

    A home move with less stress, bigger upside

    After buying one of the beautifully decorated models at Lexington Park in Des Plaines for himself, Bill McPartlin, a real estate broker from Park Ridge, is singing the praises of buying a home or townhouse that is move-in ready.

    Mary Wilson, founding member of The Supremes, recently reminisced on a major milestone: the 50th anniversary of the Supremes first No. 1, million-selling song, “Where Did Our Love Go” — released June 17, 1964.

    Mary Wilson talks possible Supremes reunion

    Someday they’ll be together — well, maybe. Mary Wilson, the longest-reigning member of the original Supremes, is open to a reunion tour with the legendary pop trio’s best-known member, Diana Ross. Wilson was reminiscing recently on a major milestone — the 50th anniversary of the Supremes first No. 1, million-selling song, “Where Did Our Love Go,” released June 17, 1964.

    A lounging robe in printed rayon, a U.S. garment, circa 1942, from Jay Thorpe. From a 1770 corset to a 2014 bra-and-panty set in lacy stretch silk, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has taken on lingerie and ladies foundation garments as the focus of a new exhibition.

    Fashion museum exhibit looks closely at lingerie

    From a 1770 corset to a 2014 bra-and-panty set in lacy stretch silk, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has put the focus on lingerie and ladies foundation garments in a new exhibition. The exhibition, which spans the 1760s to present day, opened June 3 and runs through Nov. 15.


    Book notes: Anderson’s brings Lisa See to Naperville
    Meet New York Times best-selling author Lisa See as she reads from and signs copies of her newest title, “China Dolls,” at 7 p.m. Monday, June 23, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Artemisia (Eva Green) takes aim in “300: Rise of an Empire.”

    DVD previews: ‘300: Rise of an Empire,’ ‘Enemy’

    Oddly, for a franchise founded on the bedrock of man flesh and macho posturing, it’s the women of “300: Rise of an Empire” who make the most impact: Lena Headey, as Spartan Queen Gorgo, makes serious, focused use of her lamentably limited time on screen, and Eva Green rips into her ruthless anti-heroine, Artemisia, with throaty gusto. The sequel comes out on DVD Tuesday.

    Director/producer Clint Eastwood, from left, Erich Bergen and John Lloyd Young on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical “Jersey Boys.”

    Eastwood finds an unlikely harmony in ‘Jersey Boys’

    Amid the swirl of an early 1960s party scene in Clint Eastwood’s latest, an adaptation of “Jersey Boys,” the hit Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a television screen flashes an unexpected face: young Clint, himself, in black-and-white.

    Award-winning musician Jim Gill performs in a family concert in Naperville to benefit the DuPage Children's Museum and the not-for-profit Bridge Communities organization.

    Weekend picks: Jim Gill gets silly in Naperville

    Award-winning musician Jim Gill presents a family concert with interactive dancing, singing and a silly dance contest at Washington Junior High School in Naperville. See competitions involving dancers, bagpipers and caber tossers at the 2014 Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca. And dig in to fresh strawberries and strawberry treats at the Long Grove Strawberry Fest.


    1942 Oscar up for auction

    The Providence Journal reports the statuette will be sold Monday by Briarbrook Auctions in East Greenwich. Art director Joseph C. Wright won the Oscar in 1942 for color art direction on the film “My Gal Sal.”


    How to combine two condominiums

    Q. I am considering buying the condominium next door and combining the two into a single unit. I want the two condominiums recognized as a single unit under the law. I also would like to enclose the small vestibule leading to these units to create a single, dramatic entrance. What is the legal process to accomplish this?


    Too many homebuyers are fearful of adjustable rate mortgages

    The Mortgage Bankers Association reports that only about one of every 10 home mortgages being written today carries an adjustable interest rate. A combination of negative press on ARMs and a widespread belief that interest rates are bound to start rising in the near future has induced extreme caution among borrowers — as if the only proper response to risk is its complete avoidance.


    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.comRiders look excited after experiencing the new wooden roller coaster Goliath at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee Wednesday.

    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors comment on suburban happenings, decisions and achievements.


    Donate to the poor in most effective way
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: The editorial titled “rethinking help for the very poor” in the Daily Herald on June 10 was right on the money. The state of Illinois is in financial crisis, and Social Security payments to agencies are slow. Many of our residents are unemployed or underemployed, dealing with addictions, or have mental and physical health issues. Because of the lack of funding, they have nowhere to turn.


    Elgin charter school enhances children’s learning
    A letter to the editor: As an educator, a grandmother and a citizen of Elgin Area School District U-46, I enthusiastically support the Elgin Math and Science Charter School. Throughout a 43-year career of teaching at several public universities, I have found that my students responded best, and learned most, when they had the opportunity to engage the target subject experientially.


    Free speech shouldn’t be a safety hazard
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: Every few weeks commuters on I-355 are subjected to a traffic jam beyond what should normally be expected. The village of Lombard grants a group of “Down With Obama” protesters the right to drape flags and banners all over the Prairie Path bridge, causing stop-and-go traffic for miles in each direction.


    Safety check could save a senior’s life
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I implore suburban families to take a potentially lifesaving action during June, National Safety Month, by conducting a thorough safety check of their aging parents’ homes.


    Charter schools just for a select few
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I am dismayed that another charter school proposal is before the Elgin Area U-46 school board. My concerns are the negative effects these charters have on the regular educational program.


    Great climate debate: Duckworth v. Lindzen
    A Big Rock letter to the editor: If ever there was a debate I’d like to see it would be between Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Richard Lindzen. The topic of discussion? Global warming/climate change/climate disruption, or whatever the latest buzzword is for that so-called threat to the planet.


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