Daily Archive : Sunday June 22, 2014


    Pearl Harbor survivor Lyle Hancock of Wheeling shakes hands with Eric “Rick” Miller on Sunday during the final meeting of Chapter One of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association in Libertyville. Miller’s late father was a member of the association.

    Suburban Pearl Harbor survivors hold final reunion

    Chapter One of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association held its final luncheon Sunday, attended by its last remaining members, Joe Triolo of Waukegan and Lyle Hancock of Wheeling. The group formally disbanded after the event.

    A large oak tree toppled by Saturday’s storms landed on the porch of the Andrew C. Cook house, the first non-log cabin home built in Wauconda Township. Fortunately, the home itself, which dates back to 1850, did not suffer extensive damage.

    Fallen tree endangers Wauconda history

    Saturday afternoon’s storm took its toll on trees and power lines in Wauconda. It also threatened the village’s history. A huge oak tree behind the Andrew C. Cook House, the first permanent in Wauconda Township, toppled over Saturday and landed on the historic home’s back porch.


    Fire evacuates Penny Road Pub in South Barrington

    A drape behind a stage in the Penny Road Pub near South Barrington caught fire Saturday evening, forcing the evacuation of the business but causing no injuries to occupants or staff. The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation.

    New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, speaks during a press conference announcing a new effort to focus attention on helping end inequality in American cities at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Dallas on Sunday. Others attending were, from left, Maria Shriver, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

    U.S. mayors to use nature to fight climate change

    Mayors from the GOP-dominated states of Texas and Arizona are calling on cities to use nature to fight the impacts of climate change, even while Republican governors and lawmakers repeatedly question the science that shows human-caused pollution contributes to global warming.

    Twice-arrested heroin user Cynthia Fugate, center, is led from Warren County Common Pleas Court April 15 in Lebanon, Ohio. Fugate was given the option of taking monthly injections of the opiate-blocking drug Vivitrol by Judge Robert Peeler. The drug defendant leaving court at right declined the option.

    Courts fight heroin scourge with drug injections

    A growing number of judges and corrections officials across the country trying to combat the fast-growing national heroin problem by fighting heroin needles with treatment needles. Some judges are ordering monthly injections of the opiate-blocking drug Vivitrol if the convicted person agrees.

    Army Sgt. LaQuisha Gallmon holds her 2-month-old Abbagayl, as her children Dallin, 8, and Angelicah, 5, sit in their home in Greenville, S.C. Gallmon said that her local VA office had authorized her to see a private physician during her pregnancy. She went to an emergency room after experiencing complications in her sixth month of pregnancy. Now, she says the VA has thus far refused to pay the resulting $700 bill.

    VA falls short on female medical issues

    Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.

    Parade Marshal Richard Peck waves to the crowd Sunday while riding in a horse-drawn carriage during the Swedish Days parade in downtown Geneva. This year was the 65th edition of the annual summer festival.

    Swedish Days marks 65 years

    The sun was out and the temperature pleasantly in the low 80s Sunday afternoon as the Geneva Swedish Days parade kicked off along State Street. Among the crowd was Ruth Wit of St. Charles. “It’s just a wonderful Americana experience, to be here with our grandchildren. We come here every year."

    This undated photo provided by Lola Kemp shows Karen Sykes. Crews searched Mount Rainier National Park on Friday, for Sykes, an outdoors writer, was reported missing late Wednesday while she researched a story.

    Friends mourn hiker who ‘showed us the way’

    Friends on Sunday mourned a well-known outdoors writer and photographer who had been missing for three days in Mount Rainier National Park before searchers said they recovered a body of a woman. The National Park Service said it will be up to the Pierce County medical examiner to confirm that the body found Saturday afternoon was that of 70-year-old Karen Sykes of Seattle.

    Belgium’s Divock Origi, right, celebrates with Belgium’s Daniel Van Buyten after Origi scored the opening goal during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday.

    Brazil faces issues around racism despite image

    Former Brazilian national midfielder Arouca, playing for Pele’s old club Santos, was doing a sideline TV interview a few months ago when opposing fans began to chant “monkey, monkey, monkey.” Those taunting hit him with another jab: Go to Africa and find a team. Get out of here. President Dilma Rousseff, who has pledged a “World Cup without racism,” tweeted...

    Lamar Fallie, 52, of Chicago buys six Powerball tickets at a BP gas station in Calumet Park in this file photo from 2012. The private operator selected to run the Illinois lottery was supposed to do a better job than the state at bringing in much-needed revenue. But year after year Northstar Lottery Group has failed to hit sales and revenue targets that some say were overinflated in the first place so the company could get the contract. Now lawmakers are calling on Gov. Quinn to make a change.

    Lottery contractor likely $200 million short on profits

    Illinois’ private lottery contract has never reached the lofty sales promises it used to win a bid four years ago and is expected to fall more than $200 million short of what it owes the state when the budget year ends June 30. But Northstar Lottery Group says it’s been hamstrung by state officials, with whom they have an already frosty relationship and accuse of throwing up road...

    Jeremiah Dias and his son, Jaden, 9 of Glenview Pack 154, help in the setup of what Boy Scout officials hope qualify as the world’s longest Pinewood Derby track. Scouts from the suburbs worked in the Woodfield Mall parking lot Sunday to assemble the track in hopes of setting a Guinness World Record.

    Suburban scouts on track for world record in Schaumburg?

    Dozens of suburban Boy Scouts, their dads, pack leaders and others gathered in the Woodfield Mall parking lot Sunday determined to set a new Guinness World Record, and have a lot of fun along the way.


    New Lincolnshire deputy chief

    The Lincolnshire village board will meet today to approve an employment contract for the new deputy police chief, William Price.


    Ham radio operators hold Schaumburg event

    The Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual, 24-hour Field Day event from 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, through 1 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the water tower at 1406 N. Plum Grove Road in Schaumburg. Ham radio operators will be demonstrating their emergency capababilities, which have proved invaluable in such nationwide disasters as the California wildfires, Oregon and Michigan storms and...


    Concert in Island Lake

    A band called Brass From the Past will perform a free concert on Friday, July 11, at Converse Park, 551 E. State Road in Island Lake.


    Kane County Bar Association awards top honors, names new president

    The Kane County Bar Association named a new president and awarded its top honors recently. Among the honorees: attorney Patrick Flaherty, for his work representing the developmentally disabled, and former law librarian Nancylee Brown.

    Richard D. Felice

    Wheaton attorney to lead Illinois Bar Association

    A Wheaton family law attorney has been sworn in as the 138th president of the Illinois State Bar Association. Richard D. Felice was sworn in during Friday’s annual meeting of the association at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

    Frank Nuccio of Glenview, left, and Rick Terlecki of Algonquin launch off the BMX track during a race on a recent Saturday. Terlecki said the Elgin track is longer and has bigger jumps than most facilities.

    New Elgin BMX track operators hope to revitalize, attract riders

    Husband and wife team Jim and Jenna Barton of Belvidere have been trying to revitalize Elgin’s BMX track since they took over as operators in the fall. Scoring the upcoming appearance of Donny Robinson, the 2008 BMX Olympic bronze medalist,should help.


    State funds secured for Elk Grove road project

    State funding totaling $400,000 will help pay for an estimated $1.4 million road reconstruction project next year near Mead Junior High School.


    Interfaith council walk Sunday in Buffalo Grove

    The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council is sponsoring a 5K family walk, “I walk to feed the hungry,” 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29. Registration starts at 1:15 p.m. at the south side of Saint Mary Parish parking lot 10-50 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove.

    Members of Taylor’s Battery, officially known as the First Illinois Light Artillery Battery B, fire a Parrott-rifled cannon Sunday during a Civil War re-enactment at Fischer Farm in Bensenville.

    Re-enactors stage Civil War skirmish at historic homestead in Bensenville

    One hundred-fifty years ago, members of Taylor’s Battery were marching in Georgia, long from their hometown of Chicago, fighting Civil War skirmishes and preparing for a big battle at the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta. On Sunday, re-enactors portraying soldiers in the battery were in Bensenville at Fischer Farm, teaching suburban residents about firing cannons and preparing for a...

    South Korean army soldiers search Sunday for a South Korean soldier who is on the run after a shooting incident in Goseong, South Korea. The military searched Sunday for an armed South Korean soldier who fled after killing five of his comrades and wounding seven at an outpost near the North Korean border.

    Runaway S. Korean soldier who killed 5 surrounded

    South Korean troops on Sunday exchanged fire with a runaway soldier who was surrounded in a forest after he killed five comrades near his North Korea border outpost, and brought in his parents to persuade him to surrender, a defense official said.


    Driver hospitalized after hitting tree outside Fox Lake restaurant

    A driver was transported to a hospital Sunday morning after hitting a tree in Fox Lake, authorities said. The male driver was traveling south on Route 12 when lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree outside a restaurant, according to police.

    A man shouts slogans Sunday during a pro-Russian meeting in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine’s declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise.

    Russia’s Putin calls for compromise in Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expressed support Sunday for Ukraine’s declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and called on both sides to negotiate a compromise.


    District 128 talking computers

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board’s program and personnel committee will meet Monday to discuss a proposed computer initiative for students.

    Kim Dillenbeck’s dog Pig drinks water at a park in Alabaster, Ala., last week. Born with severe deformities, she was adopted by the Alabama woman as a puppy.

    It’s a frog, it’s a gorilla? No, it’s Pig the dog

    It’s impossible not to stare at Kim Dillenbeck’s dog Pig. Born in Atlanta with severe deformities and adopted by the Alabama woman, the 8-month-old mutt has gangly legs, a body that appears to have been chopped in half and no neck. Pig looks like one of those fake animals created with Photoshop to draw clicks on websites, yet she’s real.

    Volunteers in the newly formed “Peace Brigades” raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Saturday during a parade in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad. The armed group was formed after radical Shiite cleric Muqtatda al-Sadr called to form brigades to protect Shiite holy shrines against possible attacks by Sunni militants.

    Iraqi militants seize 2 more border crossings

    Sunni militants on Sunday captured two border crossings, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria, security and military officials said, as they pressed on with their offensive in one of Iraq’s most restive regions. The fall dealt Iraq’s embattled Shiite prime minister a further blow and brought the war to the doorstep of Jordan, a key ally of the United States...


    Wisconsin to offer southern bobcat season

    MADISON, Wis. — Hunters and trappers will get a chance to go after bobcats in southern Wisconsin this fall.The state Department of Natural Resources already offers a bobcat season in northern Wisconsin. This fall the agency will run a season south of Highway 64. Both seasons will run concurrently in two parts, from Oct. 18 to Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 to Jan. 31.


    Businesses, Kokomo reach compromise on billboards

    KOKOMO, Ind. — Some of the 15 billboards that were destroyed by a tornado in November will be allowed to go back up under settlements between the city of Kokomo and the sign owners.


    Insurer’s cuts cloud future for autism therapists

    FISHERS, Ind. — Indiana autism therapists are reducing staff and services following steep cuts by the state’s largest health insurer.


    Illinois private schools must now run shooting drills

    ROCKFORD — Private schools in Illinois will now have to conduct annual drills to prepare for potential school shootings and review their security preparations.Legislation signed into law Saturday brings the state’s 1,800 private schools in line with requirements already in place for public schools.


    Illinois fire departments get more help to buy trucks

    MOLINE — Illinois fire departments are getting more help to buy new trucks.Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday raising the cap on how much money municipalities can borrow from the state at no or low interest for truck purchases.Republican state Rep. Donald Moffitt of Gilson was one of the sponsors.


    Man gets 18 years prison for sex attack of girl

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — An East ST. Louis man has been ordered to spend 18 years in prison for kidnapping a 12-year-old girl and sexually attacking her.


    Memorial planned for Republican leader Radogno’s daughter

    Memorial arrangements have been announced for Lisa Radogno, the daughter of Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno.Visitation is set for Friday afternoon and evening at Hallowell and James Funeral Home in Countryside. A memorial service will be Saturday morning at the funeral home.


    Iran’s top leader opposes U.S. intervention in Iraq

    Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday he is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists and Sunni militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns and cities, the official IRNA news agency reported.

    In charting a new phase of American military engagement in Iraq on Thursday, President Barack Obama pledged that his war-weary country will not be “dragged back” into a lengthy conflict or become ensnarled in “mission creep.” But recent U.S. military history is full of warning signs about the difficulty of keeping even a limited mission from expanding and extending.

    Obama’s test: Try to avoid ‘mission creep’ in Iraq

    President Barack Obama, in charting a new phase of American military engagement in Iraq, pledges that his war-weary country will not be “dragged back” into a lengthy conflict or become ensnarled in “mission creep.” But recent U.S. military history is full of warning signs about the difficulty of keeping even a limited mission from expanding and extending.

    A community leader demonstrates an alert given to the community when a child is abducted using a large drum, in Kampala, Uganda. When a child goes missing, the villagers beat drums into a soaring rhythm that sends rescuers scampering through bushes. Others, riding motorcycles, try to block exit routes. With children being kidnapped and killed in ritual murders, a traumatized community here has created a rudimentary but potentially effective abduction alert system that has saved at least two children this year.

    Ugandans drum alarms to rescue abducted children

    When a child goes missing in this central Ugandan district, villagers beat drums into a pulsing rhythm that sends rescuers scampering through bushes. Others, riding motorcycles, try to block exit routes. In response to the kidnappings and ritual killings of children here, the traumatized community has created a rudimentary but effective abduction alert system that has saved at least two children...

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets Sunday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry at a hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Kerry arrived Sunday in the Egyptian capital to meet with Egyptian officials including President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the highest-level American outreach since he took office. The United States is moving forward with attempts to thaw relations with Egypt that have cooled over concerns that the government in Cairo has conducted sham trials, imprisoned journalists and issued a violent crackdown on its political enemies.

    U.S. pressing Egypt to adopt more moderate policies

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday made the highest-level American visit to Egypt since President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi took office as Washington presses the former army chief to adopt more moderate policies. Over the last year, in particular, the U.S. has watched warily as Cairo has outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political opposition group that was ousted from power last...

    Michael Bradley and Ghana's Andre Ayew challenge for the ball during the U.S.'s big win June 16. Bradley called his play during the match not precise and not focused.

    Bradley's story inspires young suburban soccer players

    Michael Bradley of the U.S. World Cup soccer team is now the primary example at the Palatine youth soccer club where he once trained of how pure desire can overcome any shortcomings in natural ability. “That's the awesome thing now,” said David Richardson, president of Sockers FC Chicago. “You don't have to use Michael Jordan as the example for a soccer player.”

    Together for 14 years, and parents since 2007, suburban dads David, left, and Lee Neubecker finally made it to the altar in Illinois on Saturday with help from their daughter Braiden, 11, and son Michael, 10.

    Foster kids finally find love, family with their two dads

    After bouncing from one traditional family foster home to another as wards of the state, Braiden and Michael finally found a permanent home with foster parents who adopted them. The kids celebrated Saturday as their dads got married. “Before I lived with my two dads, my life was horrible,” Braiden wrote in her journal. “I moved five times until my dad and daddy found me.”

    A 5K race, potentially called the Rooster Run, will join the Fling Mile on Labor Day 2015 as part of Last Fling festivities in Naperville.

    Naperville’s Last Fling adding 5K next year

    Last Fling organizers in Naperville are planning a new 5K, but anyone who wants to run the 3.1-mile race on Labor Day morning will have to wait ‘til next year. Last Fling Coordinator Chad Pedigo said the new 5K is not scheduled to take place until 2015 to make sure Jaycees can coordinate the best race possible. “The process takes well over a year,” Pedigo said.

    A group from Christ Community Church in St. Charles prays in the parking lot before heading out to help people in Willow Lake Estates in Elgin.

    St. Charles church changing lives with mass volunteerism

    About 10 years ago, Christ Community Church near St. Charles started its “Great Day of Service,” and it attracted up to 1,800 volunteers. But church leaders "didn't want it to be just a once-a-year thing where a bunch of people come together and check off a box.” Today, the megachurch runs monthly events, and works to build a relationship with the people served.


    Kevin Streelman kisses the trophy Sunday after winning the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell, Conn. Streelman finished his round with seven straight birdies to win the tournament at 15-under par.

    Suburban native Streelman makes 7 straight birdies to win tourney

    Kevin Streelman, who was born in Winfield and grew up in Wheaton, birdied the last seven holes to win the Travelers Championship by a stroke Sunday at TPC River Highlands. Streelman shot his second straight 6-under 64 to finish at 15-under 265. He broke the tour record for consecutive closing birdies by a winner of six set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open.

    Portugal’s Silvestre Varela heads the ball past United States goalkeeper Tim Howard to score his side’s second goal Sunday and tie the game at 2-2 during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.

    Late goal like a kick in the gut for U.S. soccer team

    Did you really expect it to be that easy? You forgot soccer can be a cruel game. In a World Cup that has been so dramatic, so full of surprises, so high-scoring, it’s only fitting that the United States’ match Sunday against Portugal should end with a heartbreaking, game-tying goal for the Portuguese in the final seconds, the latest World Cup regulation-time goal ever.


    Capital ‘Classic’ highlights Hawks’ schedule

    After a series for the ages against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals, you’d think that the first time the Blackhawks and Kings meet again would top the list of games to watch next season. Close, but not quite. Not when the Hawks are playing in the Winter Classic against the Capitals in Washington on Jan. 1.


    Trying times for struggling Sky

    The worst road team in the WNBA didn’t look like it Sunday at the Allstate Arena. The Tulsa Shock took all of the Chicago Sky’s best shots, and usually answered with better ones of its own. The Shock also delivered in the clutch, putting up 17 points in overtime to outlast the Sky 105-99.

    Tom Lehman celebrates after winning the Encompass Championship on Sunday at North Shore Club in Glenview.

    Encompass win is on Lehman’s terms

    Ho hum, just another former major champion sinking just another 12-foot putt to avoid just another playoff to win the Encompass Championship. Last year it was Craig Stadler taking the title with a tricky bender from a dozen feet away, and Sunday it was Tom Lehman — who had putted himself into a 3-shot lead heading into the final round only to see it disappear late, courtesy of a balky flat stick — coming through with a clutch left-to-righter on the final hole to cap a wild finish at North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

    Bart Bryant watches his ball after hitting out of a bunker on the 17th hole during the final round of the Encompass Championship golf tournament in Glenview, Ill., Sunday, June 22, 2014.

    Sluman returning to site of his lone major title

    The Champions Tour players didn’t all leave town after the Encompass Championship concluded. Many in Sunday’s field stayed around for Monday’s sectional qualifying round for the U.S. Senior Open at Village Links of Glen Ellyn.

    Russ Cochran tees off on the ninth hole during the second round of the 74th Senior PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club Friday, May 24, 2013, in St. Louis.

    Cochran rockets up leaderboard with final-round 64

    It may have been too little too late, but Russ Cochran took more than a mediocre paycheck away from the Encompass Championship on Sunday. The left-handed golfer claimed the tournament 18-hole record with an 8-under-par 64.

    Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel flips the ball after the second Pirates run scored during the third inning Sunday. Hammel allowed only those 2 runs in 7 innings but suffered the loss.

    Bunt successful, but not what follows for Cubs

    To bunt or not to bunt? That was the question facing Cubs manager Rick Renteria Sunday in the eighth inning with his team down 2-0 with two men on and nobody out. Renterial chose bunt. The Cubs away with nothing and lost 2-1.

    Portugal’s Nani, right, scores the opening goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014.

    Portugal battles back to draw with U.S.

    MANAUS, Brazil — Cristiano Ronaldo set up Varela for a late equalizer on a hot and humid night in the jungle Sunday to give Portugal a 2-2 draw with the United States and hope for a spot in the second round of the World Cup.Ronaldo, who has been playing despite a left knee injury, sent in a cross in the fifth minute of stoppage time and Varela scored with a diving header in the last seconds of the match.Nani had scored first for Portugal, shooting past a sprawling Tim Howard in the fifth minute, but the Americans responded in the second half as Portugal seemed to wilt in the stifling heat.Jermaine Jones made it 1-1 with a curling shot in the 64th minute after a cross from Graham Zusi made its way through the Portugal defense.Clint Dempsey, playing with a broken nose, then put the Americans ahead in the 81st. The United States captain used his stomach to direct the ball into the net from a cross by Zusi.The last-second draw denied the Americans a spot in the second round for now, but it kept Portugal alive in the tournament.“Obviously we’re disappointed, but at the end of the day you’ve got to look at the positives, we got a point,” Dempsey said. “It’s going down to the last game and hopefully we get the job done.”The United States now has four points in Group G, the same as Germany. Both Portugal and Ghana have one point. The Americans will face Germany on Thursday in Recife, while Portugal takes on Ghana at the same time in Brasilia.“Now we have to go out and beat Germany, that’s what we have to do,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “We have to play Germany, we have one less day to recover, we played in the Amazon, they played on a place with less travel. We have to do it the tough way.”It was all Portugal for much of the first half, with Ronaldo in the starting lineup but getting less involved as the match progressed. The Americans, however, started to get more and more chances and even had a shot from Michael Bradley cleared off the line by Ricardo Costa in the 55th.The heat in the Amazon rainforest, however, seemed to slow the Portuguese as the match wore on.In the 39th minute, referee Nestor Pitana on Argentina called for a cooling break, the first such decision to be taken at the World Cup.At the start of the match, FIFA listed the temperature at 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) with 66 percent humidity. FIFA uses the “Wet Bulb Globe Temperature” to determine when official cooling breaks should be added, and says the WGBT must be above 32 degrees C (90 degrees F) for them to be considered. The breaks are supposed to occur in the 30th and 75th minutes.Dempsey’s goal was his fourth at a World Cup and second at this year’s tournament. Jones scored his third goal for the United States national team and first in almost two years.

    Carl Edwards holds up a glass of wine after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Sonoma, Calif. Edwards won the race and Jeff Gordon finished second.

    Edwards drives to victory at Sonoma

    SONOMA, Calif. — Carl Edwards made Roush Fenway Racing the unlikely organization to end Hendrick Motorsports’ five-race winning streak. Edwards stopped the Hendrick juggernaut with a win Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, the first career victory for Edwards on a road course. The win came a week after Roush was shut out at Michigan, where the organization failed to put a car in the top 10 for the first time since 2000. Edwards took the lead on a restart with 25 laps remaining and seemed to have the win wrapped up, but Jeff Gordon nearly chased him down on the final lap. Gordon, a five-time Sonoma winner, had one good look at Edwards and couldn’t pull off the pass. “That’s the best I’ve got and it almost wasn’t good enough,” Edwards said. “That last lap was ugly. I grew up watching Jeff Gordon do well here, so to have him in my mirror, that is very special.” It wasn’t a terrible day for the Hendrick organization, which had won every Sprint Cup Series race since Jeff Gordon’s victory at Kansas on May 10. Instead, HMS settled for all four of its drivers finishing in the top seven. Gordon, the Sprint Cup Series points leader, wound up second. He said he made one mistake in overdriving a turn with about five laps to go that allowed Edwards to build a healthy lead. “I just couldn’t put enough pressure on him,” Gordon said. “I think had I put some more pressure on him, I saw him really struggling with the (tire) grip level, but he did everything he needed to do. That last lap, I gave it my best effort and closed up on him and he didn’t overdrive it. I was hoping he might slide up and I’d get a run on him.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third after rallying from an earlier incident that wrecked Matt Kenseth, and was apologetic on the radio and after the race. “I tried to screw it up a couple times in the race, but I calmed down and was able to get a good finish,” Earnhardt said after his career-best finish on a road course. “I got into Matt, I jumped a curb and jumped into the air and just ran into him. Totally my fault. I hope he’s not sore with me.” Kasey Kahne bounced back from an early flat tire to finish sixth and Jimmie Johnson was seventh. In all, Chevrolet drivers took spots two through seven as pole-sitter Jamie McMurray, using a Hendrick engine, finished fourth and Paul Menard was fifth. Fords rounded out the top 10, led by Edwards, Marcos Ambrose eighth and Roush driver Greg Biffle was 10th. The highest-finishing Toyota was Clint Bowyer in 11th. Bowyer was the leader on a restart with 31 laps to go, was passed by Ambrose, and then got a flat left rear tire. The tire problem led to Jamie McMurray turning Bowyer, and as Bowyer’s car was stopped in the middle of the track, bottleneck traffic caused Kevin Harvick to run into Bowyer.“We got ourselves in position and had a flat. It was going down and I was all over the place,” he said. “Jamie just kind of finished me up and got me out of the way. Bad luck, man.”Edwards’ win is his first career victory on a road course, and he’d never been higher than third at Sonoma. More important, it was his second win of this season and locks him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. “This is a moment I’ll never forget, to be standing in Victory Lane and to have held off Jeff Gordon with all of the success he’s had here and in our sport,” Edwards said. “I’m living proof that whatever it is you’re doing, just keep doing it and don’t ever give up because somehow things can work out.”It was Edwards’ 23rd win of his career, the 135th Sprint Cup Series victory for car owner Jack Roush, and it made Edwards the 10th consecutive different winner at Sonoma.

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena makes a tag on Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Chicago.

    Pirates slip past Cubs

    Brandon Cumpton’s first career game at Wrigley Field looked a lot like his previous three starts. It was another smooth outing for the young right-hander. Cumpton pitched seven scoreless innings, Travis Snider hit a solo homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday.

    White Sox starting pitcher John Danks adjusts his cap after walking Minnesota Twins’ Danny Santana during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, June 22, 2014.

    Danks blames himself for Sox loss

    John Danks blamed himself for the very end of a disappointing stay in Minnesota. Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu had two RBIs apiece, but Danks struggled through five-plus innings as the White Sox lost 6-5 to the Twins on Sunday.

    Michelle Wie holds the trophy after winning the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 22, 2014.

    Michelle Wie finally wins first major

    PINEHURST, N.C. — Michelle Wie finally delivered a performance worthy of the hype that has been heaped on her since she was a teenager.Wie bounced back from a late mistake at Pinehurst No. 2 to bury a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, sending the 24-year-old from Hawaii to her first major championship Sunday, a two-shot victory over Stacy Lewis in the U.S. Women’s Open.Wie closed with an even-par 70 and covered her mouth with her hand before thrusting both arms in the air.Lewis, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, made her work for it. She made eight birdies to match the best score of the tournament with a 66, and then was on the practice range preparing for a playoff when her caddie told her Wie had made the sharp-breaking birdie putt on the 17th.Lewis returned to the 18th green to hug the winner after other players doused Wie with champagne.What a journey for Wie, who now has four career victories — all in North America, the first on the U.S. mainland — and moved to the top of the LPGA money list after winning the biggest event in women’s golf.She has been one of the biggest stars in women’s golf since she was 13 and played in the final group of a major. Her popular soared along with criticism when she competed against the men on the PGA Tour while still in high school and talked about wanting to play in the Masters.That seems like a lifetime ago. The 6-foot Wie is all grown up, a Stanford graduate, popular among pros of both genders and now a major champion.“Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening,” Wie said.It almost didn’t. Just like her so much of her life, the path included a sharp twist no one saw coming. Wie started the final round tied with Amy Yang, took the lead when Yang made double bogey on No. 2 and didn’t let anyone catch her the rest of the day. In trouble on the tough fourth hole, she got up-and-down from 135 yards with a shot into 3 feet. Right when Lewis was making a big run, Wie answered by ripping a drive on the shortened par-5 10th and hitting a cut 8-iron into 10 feet for eagle and a four-shot lead.She had not made a bogey since the first hole — and then it all nearly unraveled.From a fairway bunker on the 16th, holding a three-shot lead, she stayed aggressive and hit hybrid from the sand. After a three-minute search, the ball was found in a wiregrass bush that caused her to take a penalty drop behind her in the fairway. She chipped on to about 35 feet and rapped her bogey putt 5 feet past the hole.Miss it and she would be tied.Bent over in that table-top putting stance, she poured it in to avoid her first three-putt of the week. Smiling as she left the green, even though her lead was down to one, Wie hit 8-iron safely on the 17th green and holed the tough birdie putt. She pumped her fist, then slammed it twice in succession, a determination rarely seen when she was contending for majors nearly a decade ago as a teen prodigy.“Obviously, there are moments of doubt in there,” Wie said. “But obviously, I had so many people surrounding me. They never lost faith in me. That’s pushed me forward.”Wie finished at 2-under 278, the only player to beat par in the second week of championship golf at Pinehurst. Martin Kaymer won by eight shots last week at 9-under 271, the second-lowest score in U.S. Open history.Lewis got within one shot of the lead with a birdie on No. 13, and after two bogeys, kept her hopes alive by finishing with back-to-back birdies.“I knew I needed to get out early and post some numbers and make Michelle Wie earn it,” Lewis said.Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland made her pro debut by closing with a 69 to finish alone in third, earning $271,373. That should be enough to secure her LPGA Tour card for next season. Yang never recovered from her bad start and closed with a 74 to finish fourth.

    Tom Lehman kisses the trophy after winning the Encompass Championship golf tournament in Glenview, Ill., Sunday, June 22, 2014. Lehman finished at 15-under par.

    Lehman wins Encompass tourney in Glenview

    After struggling with his putting much of the round, Tom Lehman made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship in Glenview.The 55-year-old Lehman closed with a 2-under 70 at North Shore and had a 15-under 201 total for his eighth senior title and first since 2012. He rebounded from bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 — his only dropped strokes of the week — with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16, parred the par-3 17th and won on the par-4 18th.“It wasn’t my very best performance today, but it was good enough,” Lehman said.Michael Allen and Kirk Triplett tied for second, a stroke back. Allen shot 67, and Triplett had a 68.Lehman, the 1996 British Open winner, opened with rounds of 65 and 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round. He ended a 27-event victory drought and won $270,000.“The check is sweet, but the trophy is sweeter,” Lehman said.His last win was the Schwab Cup Championship at the end of the 2012 season.Lehman, who was bogey-free and made 13 birdies in the first two rounds, parred the first 11 holes before birdieing No. 12.“I had a rough start and wasn’t putting like I did the first two days,” Lehman said. “It put me in a bit of a bind. After 14, I told my caddie, ‘Let’s have the best four holes of the week.”’Lehman sank an 18-footer on the 15th and a 6-footer on the 16th to get back to 14 under.Triplett birdied the first, sixth, 13th and 16th holes in his bogey-free round. His approach on the final hole stopped in the back fringe. He missed a 20-foot birdie attempt.“I said early in the week that 15 under would win and 15 under wins,” Triplett said. “I had some chances, missed a couple and made a couple. I had a pretty tough putt on 18 coming down that hill to keep it on line. So, next week.”Allen birdied three of the last four holes, with his approach on 18 hitting the flagstick and stopping 4 inches from the cup.Doug Garwood was fourth at 13 under after a 66. He played the first 10 holes in 4 under and briefly grabbed a share of the lead at 13 under with an eagle on the 16th hole, but three-putted for bogey on the 17th to fall back.Russ Cochran took advantage of a swing adjustment to shooting the best round of the tournament, an 8-under 64 that left him in a tie for sixth at 10 under.“I got up on my toes more,” Cochran said. “Seems like a little thing, but it seemed like it did the trick.”Colin Montgomerie was 10 under after a 70.Hale Irwin matched his age with a 69 to tie for 39th at 3 under.

    Members of the Algerian soccer team join hands as they celebrate after winning 4-2, the group H World Cup soccer match between South Korea and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014.

    Algeria beat South Korea 4-2 in Group H

    PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — First-half goals by Islam Slimani and Rafik Halliche helped Algeria to a 4-2 victory over South Korea on Sunday, leaving the African nation second in Group H with one match left to play. Algeria led 3-0 at halftime, but withstood a stronger South Korean second half performance to claim its first World Cup win since 1982.Slimani scored on 26 minutes and, two minutes after the restart, defender Rafik Halliche headed in a corner. Algeria made it 3-0 in the 38th when Abdelmoumene Djabou side-footed home.South Korea started positively after the break and pulled a goal back on 48 minutes when Son Heung-min shot through the legs of Rais Mbolhi. Yacini Brahimi then scored for Algeria before South Korean captain Koo Ja-cheol bundled home his team’s second goal.

    Belgium’s Divock Origi, centre, celebrates with Belgium’s Daniel Van Buyten, left, and Belgium’s Axel Witsel, right, after Origi scored the opening goal during the group H World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014.

    Belgium scores late winner against Russia

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Twice now, Belgium has relied on a late revival boosted by stamina and its bench to turn desperate situations around at the World Cup. On Sunday, it was teenager Divock Origi who turned a listless Belgian performance into a late 1-0 win over Russia, enough to qualify for the next round.Belgium barely contained a reinvigorated Russia for most of the match, yet struck with a blistering late spurt of class and opportunism to turn a bad situation into a wild, fist-pumping celebration for coach Marc Wilmots and his team in the 88th minute.“Why were we good in last 10 minutes? Simple, the others were tired,” said Wilmots. “The Russians were so tired they looked at their feet, and it offered us chances to counter.” After its dour 1-1 draw with South Korea, Russia produced the kind of sparkle and dominance that most had been expected more from Belgium in front of 73,819 increasingly restless fans at Maracana stadium.With Belgian King Philippe looking on, substitute Kevin Mirallas hit a freekick against the post in 84th minute, setting off the amazing turnaround. At first it appeared as if late flashes from Eden Hazard would only camouflage a dismal performance. But then the playmaker made a move into the area on the left and spotted Origi free in the center. A pinpoint pass from Hazard and cool right-foot finishing from the 19-year-old Origi gave Belgium the victory.“Nobody could have thought this possible,” said Origi, who was only called into the squad because No. 1 striker Christian Benteke injured his Achilles in April. Most of Belgium barely knew of the talented young player developing quickly for Lille in the French league.Belgium didn’t play with any real authority for most of the game on a bright, sunny afternoon in Rio, confounding predictions that it should be one of the teams to watch at the World Cup.Instead, it was Russia applied most pressure in the second half and was let down by its blunt finishing touch. That helped give Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois his 100th professional clean sheet at age 22.“We got the last pass wrong, or shot too quickly,” Russia coach Fabio Capello said. “The result was unfair, but the fact is we lost.”Belgium moved to six points with the win, five ahead of Russia and South Korea — the Koreans were playing Algeria later Sunday.“Now we will build a party, but then it is back to work as of tomorrow,” Wilmots said. Belgium could be considered lucky to go to halftime at 0-0, escaping a penalty in the 26th minute when German referee waved on play after defender Toby Alderweireld was late with a challenge on Maksim Kanunnikov in the area. While most critics had been expecting a defense-oriented Russia against Belgium, Capello decided otherwise and the addition of 22-year-old Maksim Kanunnikov gave some zip to the team that it so badly lacked against South Korea.Wilmots promoted his two substitute goalscorers from the 2-1 win over Algeria to the starting lineup and while Dries Mertens thrived on the right wing, Marouane Fellaini was sloppy and ineffectual in the center of midfield.Once Russia’s central defense of Sergey Ignashevich and Vasily Berezutskiy worked out how to control the Belgian passing combinations, momentum changed. And after the early massive cheers for Belgium from the crowd, shouts of “Ro-ssi-ya, Ro-ssi-ya,” took over. Belgium captain Vincent Kompany recovered from a groin strain to play a polished first half, but the surprise call-up of defender Thomas Vermaelen to start the game backfired and forced a first-half change. The Arsenal defender injured his knee in the warmup and lasted only 31 minutes before limping off.“That was my only big setback today,” Wilmots said.

    White Sox public address announcer Gene Honda is a familiar fixture at U.S. Cellular Field and many other venues, such as Blackhawks games and the NCAA Final Four.

    P.A announcer Gene Honda the busiest man in Chicago sports

    When he journeyed to the University of Illinois in the early 1970s, Gene Honda thought he was going to be an Engineer. More than 40 years later, Honda is arguably the most recognized P.A. announcer in sports. “I'm getting the chance to do a lot of fun things that I would never have dreamed of,” said Honda, a 59-year-old lifelong Chicagoan.


    Worlds collide — and it’s music to my ears

    Matt Spiegel on baseball


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 22

    Joe Kristufek's selections for June 22 racing at Arlington International.


    Game of Thrones fans stop for a picture on their way to Audleys field and castle in Strangford, Northern Ireland. Audleys field and castle was used for filming season 1 as King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive at Winterfell.

    ‘Game of Thrones’ puts Northern Ireland on the map

    Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland’s folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version — on the sets for the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” But rather than spells and destruction, they’re bringing an economic boost to this British province still healing from its past of political violence.

    This photo provided by Ubisoft shows a scene from the video game, “Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege.” At last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, video game developers hyped upcoming titles featuring assassins, super-soldiers, vigilantes and demon hunters. The lack of female protagonists at E3 highlighted an ongoing issue that continues to haunt the video game industry.

    Why are video action games such a dude fest?

    Where the ladies at? At last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo, video game developers hyped upcoming titles featuring super-soldiers, assassins, bank robbers and secret agents. They all had one thing in common: They're men. Why is it still such a dude fest?

    The features that lets the new Amazon Fire Phone recognize a phone number when the phone is used to take a photo of a poster is shown, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle.

    Review: Amazon phone watches you watch it

    Amazon set out to do something different with the unveiling of its first smartphone. Amazon's “Fire Phone” features “dynamic perspective,” which points four infrared cameras at your face that help judge whether you’re looking at the screen straight-on, at an angle and how close you are to the screen. The phone can then adjust the image accordingly.

    This undated product image provided by Google shows the Google Shopping Express mobile app. Same-day grocery delivery services from Google, Instacart and Postmates are expanding into more cities around the country, delivering everything from cereal to bottled water to toilet paper from nearby stores.

    Ditch the supermarket: These 3 companies deliver

    If you dread making supermarket runs, you’re in luck. Same-day grocery delivery services from Google, Instacart and Postmates are expanding into more cities around the country, delivering everything from cereal to bottled water to toilet paper from nearby stores.


    Career coach: Spending time off the grid

    Research indicates that time away from our jobs improves our health and job performance, while never taking time off (and being constantly connected to technology) can lead to depression, stress, sleep disorders and even an early death. Some note that it is critical for us to mentally recharge each day, having periods of “psychological detachment,” when we disengage from our jobs.


    Work Advice: After 10 years, can this grudge be overcome?

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


    How foreign is your foreign stock fund, really?

    Is Nestle a Swiss stock? Of course it is, if you look at the traditional measures. The company is based in Switzerland, and its stock trades in Swiss francs. But Nestle candy, baby food and other products are on grocery-store shelves throughout the world, from Algeria to Zambia. Switzerland provides just a sliver of Nestle’s revenue: More came last year from the Americas or from Asia than from Europe overall.

    Marsha Lawson talks with a representative from CVS at the Cleveland Career Fair in Independence, Ohio. Optimism among chief executives of large U.S. companies has reached a two-year high, driven by greater optimism about hiring and sales.

    U.S. CEOs more optimistic on hiring, sales this year

    Optimism among chief executives of large U.S. companies has reached a two-year high, driven by a more positive outlook toward hiring and sales. The Business Roundtable said that its CEO outlook index rose to 95.4 in the second quarter, up from 92.1 in the first quarter. That is the highest level since the second quarter of 2012.

    In this photo taken Wednesday, June 18, 2014, a pair of hashtags are written on an instructional board during a Girls Who Code class at Adobe Systems in San Jose, Calif. Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip young women for futures in the computing-related fields, kicked off its summer program in partnership with the world’s leading tech companies. Fewer than one percent of high school girls think of computer science as part of their future, even though it’s one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S. today with a projected 4.2 million jobs by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Tech partnership declares girls, yes, can code

    Fewer than one percent of high school girls think of computer science as part of their future, even though it’s one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S. today. Google is partnering with Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip young women for futures in the computing-related fields.

    In this photo taken Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Annie Ly, 16, works on completing an exercise during a Girls Who Code class at Adobe Systems in San Jose, Calif. Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip young women for futures in the computing-related fields, kicked off its summer program in partnership with the world’s leading tech companies.

    5 Things To Know about getting girls into coding

    Here are five things to know about a new initiative Google is launching this week called “Made with Code.”

    This undated photo provided by Daniela Devitt and posted in April 2014 to the Instagram account of her company, YUMBOX, shows a variety of her company’s product.

    Small businesses finding sales through Instagram

    NEW YORK — A picture is worth thousands of dollars for Limelight Extensions.Phones start ringing at the Farmington Hills, Michigan, salon each time co-owner Miranda Jade Plater posts pictures on photo-sharing app Instagram. Would-be customers call to book appointments or ask questions about hair extensions she posts. Colorful styles get the most attention. Plater still gets calls about a photo of herself that she uploaded two months ago. In it, she’s wearing long, black curly hair extensions with the ends dyed bright orange. That photo alone has generated about $10,000 in sales.“Without Instagram I couldn’t tell you where we would be right now,” she says.Instagram is an increasingly important part of small businesses’ social media strategies. It’s helping them drive sales, gain customers and develop their brand. The app is especially helpful to restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores, hair salons and other businesses that sell items that photograph well. The app, which was founded in 2010 and was bought by social media company Facebook Inc. in 2012, reaches more than 200 million users worldwide. Owners say it’s easy to use and like that they can automatically post their Instagram photos on their businesses’ other social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.Paying for attentionTo boost Limelight Extensions’ followers, Plater pays local models and reality show stars to promote the company on their accounts. Payment is either a percentage of sales, a flat rate or free hair. In return, they post photos of themselves wearing the extensions with a link back to Limelight Extensions’ Instagram account. The company has more than 27,000 followers.Yumbox is trying a similar strategy. The Doylestown, Pennsylvania-based company makes colorful lunchboxes with portioned sections meant to teach kids balanced eating. It recently paid a well-followed health food blogger to post a photo of a food-filled Yumbox. The post spiked traffic to its website and doubled its Instagram followers to nearly 5,000. Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter allow small businesses to pay to promote their posts and gain followers. Instagram, which declined to comment for this story, doesn’t do that yet. On its website, it says it is working on offering advertising to more of its users. Reaching out to customersThere are cheaper ways to build followers. Yumbox reposts customer photos. Devitt and co-owner Maia Neumann scour Instagram for photos others have posted using Yumbox as a hashtag. (A hashtag is a word or sentence that begins with the pound sign ((hash)), such as (hash) yumbox. Using a hashtag, which is clickable, makes it easier for users to find all the pictures about one topic.) Devitt says reposting encourages more people to share photos of their own Yumbox, getting the boxes in front of even more eyes.Women’s clothing shop and online store UOI Boutique broadcasts its customers’ Instagram photos on its website. When someone uploads a picture of a skirt or top or necklace on Instagram with the hashtag (hash) uoionline, it automatically shows up on uoionline.com. The Sterling, Illinois, company also asks its 25 workers to take at least one photo with their smartphone during their shifts. The best are uploaded to UOI Boutique’s Instagram account.Hashtag everything

    This undated photo provided by Tim Parsons and posted in May 2014 to the Instagram account of his company, Adoboloco, features one of his products, Hamajang Hot Sauce, with fresh homemade Aku Poke. “We use Instagram to show what we’re doing in our lives and outside of the business,” says Parsons.

    Instagram tips for small businesses

    Here’s five tips for entrepreneurs looking to use Instagram for their small business.

    A review of content on Google Inc.’s YouTube service turned up dozens of videos selling stolen credit card data, according to an Internet-safety research group trying to shed more light on an $18 billion illicit industry.

    Hackers use YouTube to sell stolen credit cards

    A review of content on Google Inc.’s YouTube service turned up dozens of videos selling stolen credit card data, according to an Internet-safety research group trying to shed more light on an $18 billion illicit industry.

Life & Entertainment

    This 80-year-old Denmark home was modernized with the addition of large windows in the roof to enhance upstairs bedrooms.

    Ways to make an older home work for today
    Remodels present more challenges per square foot than new construction. Is this based on statistics? No way. But I have experienced myriad oddities over the course of years working with builders, homeowners and craftsmen on all manner of projects.

    From left, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito, John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical “Jersey Boys,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release, which came in at No. 4 in its first weekend of release.

    ‘Think Like a Man’ tops ‘Jersey Boys’ with $30M

    The Las Vegas ensemble comedy “Think Like a Man Too” topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood’s new Four Seasons musical “Jersey Boys.” The Kevin Hart sequel “Think Like a Man Too” narrowly edged out “22 Jump Street,” which earned $29 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The DreamWorks animated film “How to Train Your Dragon 2” slid to third with $25.3 million.

    Cirque du Soleil shows Director of Creation, Welby Altidor, center left, and writer/director Jamie King, center right, introduce a sneak peek of “Michael Jackson ONE” by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas. Licensing Jackson's music and image to the Cirque show has been just one way the singer's estate has capitalized on renewed interest in his music in the years since the King of Pop died in 2009.

    Michael Jackson remains a provider 5 years after his death

    It's been five years since Michael Jackson died, yet his career is more alive than it has been in decades. Just last month, the singer moonwalked across a Las Vegas stage in a nationally televised hologram performance. A new album recently debuted at No. 2 on music charts. And a traveling Cirque du Soleil show based on Jackson's songs has logged nearly 500 performances worldwide. The result has been an estate that has earned more than $600 million since the King of Pop's untimely death at age 50.

    Many photo opportunities could be found among the autos at Randhurst Village’s first cruise night.

    The star of this cruise night was storytelling

    This week we revisited some of the stories and autos previously featured in this Classic Recollections column — and learned about some new ones — at the first of three summer cruise nights being sponsored by the Daily Herald and Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect.

    Jennifer and Jason Ness and their three children Max, 6, Lily, 3, and Samantha, 10, in their Lake Zurich backyard. They won the grand prize package in the Get Your Summer On contest and plan to get a new dining table with chairs, a grill and fire pit.

    Backyards get their chance to shine

    Sometimes life doesn’t turn out exactly as you plan it. The backyard is a great example. Hidden from view, it languishes from year to year as you do your best to ignore the ugly old bushes, rusting furniture and uninviting atmosphere. That's what we learned from entries submitted for the 2014 “Get Your Summer On” outdoor makeover contest.

    Heidi Eglund of Prospect Heights, winner of the garage makeover contest, in her “new” garage with, from left, son Austin, husband Paul and Jim Melchert of Garage Store in East Dundee.

    Prospect Heights family wins garage makeover

    Heidi Eglund of Prospect Heights is a self-proclaimed “neat freak.” Her home is always neat and tidy. But until recently, when it came to her family's garage, she threw up her hands. But no more now that the family has won a $5,000 makeover from Garage Store in East Dundee.

    Singer Pharrell, who has the longest-running No. 1 song so far this year with “Happy,” wrote the tune alone. But often it takes a team to create a monster hit.

    Writing a hit song often a team project

    How many people does it take to write a hit song? If you’re Pharrell, one. If you’re Pitbull or Jason Derulo, probably eight — or more. “You got six, you got 18 people in the room, you don’t need me,” said Pharrell, who has written hits for Britney Spears and Usher.

    Actor Jane Lynch performs for the press before her concert debut at 54 Below in New York on Wednesday.

    Jane Lynch hits the stage with cabaret appearance

    Jane Lynch has zipped off the tracksuit and left the Cheerios behind. The “Glee” star is going cabaret. The Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winner made her nightclub debut this week with a four-night stand in front of a three-piece band at 54 Below, a club in the cellar of what was a notorious, coke-fueled disco in the 1970s. The show got to show off another part of Lynch, who has been roaring to take a stage again since she made her Broadway debut last summer as Miss Hannigan in “Annie.”

    Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace and Oak Park home, where the author lived as a young boy, can be visited along with a nearby museum. It’s one of a number of sites Hemingway fans can visit in Florida, Idaho, Arkansas and Cuba.

    Oak Park home among 5 Hemingway haunts

    Ernest Hemingway lived, drank, fished and wrote in many locales around the country and the world. One of his most celebrated haunts is Key West, Florida, where the late writer’s birthday is marked each July with a Hemingway look-alike contest. But fans following the Hemingway trail will also find museums, homes and other places connected to him in Oak Park and Idaho, Arkansas and Cuba.

    A carousel and ferris wheel dominate Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch home in Santa Ynez, Calif. In 2014, Jackson’s playtime palace sits empty now. The backyard circus and laughter of children are long gone, but the house and its fanciful memories live on.

    Michael Jackson’s Neverland remains in limbo

    From outside the gates of Neverland Ranch, it appears as if Michael Jackson’s former home and fantasyland has been frozen in time. While many Jackson ventures are thriving after his death, including a new album and Cirque du Soleil shows, there’s not been similar movement at Neverland, despite rumors the property could be transformed into a Graceland-like homage or sold to the highest bidder.

    Several hundred fans held a candlelight vigil for pop star Michael Jackson in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Jackson’s fervent fans plan to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of his death, June 25, 2014, with worldwide events.

    Fan events mark 5-year anniversary of Jackson’s death

    Michael Jackson’s fans — still as loyal and fervent as ever — will participate in tributes worldwide to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the singer’s death.

    Bret Michaels will rock the Grand Victoria Casino's Festival Park in Elgin Sunday, along with Dee Snider and Tom Keifer.

    Sunday picks: Bret Michaels, hair rockers play Elgin

    Rocker Bret Michaels will be joined by some key contemporaries at the Hair Band Heavyweights show at Grand Victoria Casino's Festival Park in Elgin. The Top 20 contestants of the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition showcase their skills at the Prairie Arts Center in Schaumburg. And it's your last chance to catch Long Grove's Strawberry Fest until next year.


    Lichen a gray-green growth on bark

    Q. I have a maple tree that has a gray-green growth on the bark. What is it?


    Take initiative for chores and mom may be less demanding

    Q. Whenever I ask my mom if I can do something, she replies that I have to mow the lawn first, or pull weeds out of the garden. I make simple requests, but it seems that I can’t have any fun unless she gets some benefit out of it. I am not sure if I am being too demanding of her, or if she is being too demanding of me.


    Years of varnish can be removed like paint

    Q. Can you tell what is wrong with the finish on this woodwork (photo attached) and how we can repair or improve its appearance? Much of the woodwork in our 1929 house has this bumpy mottling. We’re happy to refinish it, if necessary, but aren’t sure how to go about it.


    Any thoughtful discussion of teacher tenure should start with the question: What’s best for students?

    Editorial: Let’s have a thoughtful review of tenure

    A Daily Herald editorial says the vast majority of teachers are excellent and dedicated, but as in any profession, a few are not. Tenure, the editorial argues, is important to protect educational innovation, but it shouldn't be used as a shield for incompetence.


    Survey says: Naperville snobbish, New Lenox boring

    Naperville boasts on its website no fewer than 113 awards the city has won. But will it list its latest distiction: fourth-snobbiest town in the nation, according to a real estate blog that also named Rolling Meadows the second-most boring town in the state. Jim Davis, former longtime Naperville resident and DuPage/Fox Valley news director, sorts through the debate.


    Salvation Army plan is a zoning issue
    A West Dundee letter to the editor: A recent editorial by the Daily Herald stated that the matter involving the Salvation Army’s request for a West Dundee business license was an “image issue.” I disagree. At its base, this is a zoning issue.


    VA, especially Hines, unfairly maligned
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: After reading the letters attacking the Veterans Affairs, in particular Hines VA hospital, I felt it was worthwhile sharing my recent experience with them. As a newly reintroduced veteran into the system (I am returning after a 40 year hiatus), I could not be more pleased with my interaction.


    Let our enemies destroy each other
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: The Sunnis want to rid the earth of Shiites and vice versa. It will never end until one side has killed off he other side, which probably means it will never end. So why should one more American life be sacrificed?


    No tax on income of $20,000 or less
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Deb Martin thinks that wealthy people should pay more taxes. But with the same 5 percent tax rate, they are. A poor person earning $20,000 yearly would pay $1,000 at the 5 percent tax rate.


    Cantor defeat a wake-up call
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Political extremists are hurting our country by not negotiating to solve problems, making cuts to the most vulnerable, alienating many voters, women, and workers, constantly threatening to shut down the government, threatening to impeach the president, threatening to put Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security on the table and trying to balance a budget on the backs of the middle class.


    Finger-pointing between parties must end
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Pertaining to the June 3 letter, “Let’s investigate the bigger issues,” I would like to thank George Blinick for asking the Republicans if there is going to be a “witch hunt,” as he called it, and if so, to make it a big one as there are plenty in their party who should be included.


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