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Rock the Block returns to Lake Zurich on Sept. 13
The village of Lake Zurich will again host its downtown block party, Rock The Block, on Sept. 13 from 5 to 11 p.m. It's an all-ages traditional street dance.
Arlington Hts. wake for motorcyclist draws police, road closures
Large crowds gathered in Arlington Heights Saturday for the wake for Douglas Peters, a 43-year-old Algonquin man who was killed in a motorcycle accident last weekend. The memorial drew fellow members of the Outlaws motorcycle club and a sizeable police presence.
‘Bulldozer Bob’ remembered as visionary, family man
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Robert W. Depke, a longtime Lake County politician whose tenure in office included 35 years as Warren Township supervisor and several terms as Lake County Board chairman.
Shade, sangria keep things cool at Wauconda Fest
The 35th annual Wauconda Fest will end its four-day run Sunday with a craft show, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a car show that opens at 11 a.m., a poker tournament that starts at 4 p.m., and music from Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band, starting at 7:15 p.m.
Gurnee woman fatally shot in Kenosha bar
A Gurnee woman was fatally shot inside a Kenosha bar early Saturday, authorities said. Kenosha police have issued a search warrant for the arrest of a man in connection with the slaying.
Woman accused of carjacking SUV with boy inside
Authorities say a drunken Chicago woman took off in a man’s SUV with his 13-year-old son inside after rear-ending his vehicle on I-80 near South suburban Lansing. Larona L. Green, 32, is accused of driving into Indiana with the boy. Indiana State Police say the carjacking took place around 5:30 a.m. Saturday near Lansing.
Illinois putting $30M of solar into energy mix
Illinois will buy up to $30 million worth of solar power and pump it into the energy mix for electricity customers under legislation signed into law Saturday that also promotes the spread of home rooftop panels. The law, which takes effect immediately, requires the Illinois Power Agency to purchase solar power to meet a portion of the state’s electricity needs. It establishes a competitive...
Notable deaths last week
This week’s notable deaths include a U.S. Senate majority leader who served as President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff and a Tony Award-winning character actor who appeared in more than 100 movies.
Boaters try to stay afloat at Glen Ellyn regatta
Rose Mugnanai and five of her closest “fwends” didn’t enter Saturday’s Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta to win it. The teen girls from Glen Ellyn just wanted to have fun, even if it meant their boat capsized in the lake before they even finished the race. “It started to fill with water, so we just jumped,” Mugnani, 14, explained.
Underwater robot event ends at marine sanctuary
Officials say the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition ended Saturday at Michigan’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The teams now await word from the judges.
Mars ‘flying saucer’ splashes down after NASA test
After taking off at 11:40 a.m. from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the balloon boosted the disc-shaped vehicle over the Pacific. Its rocket motor then ignited, carrying the vehicle to 34 miles high at supersonic speeds.
Metra back to normal after train hits Hinsdale bridge
A double-decker freight train struck a wood beam hanging down from an overpass Saturday morning near Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, causing Metra delays on the BNSF Line operating from Aurora to Chicago.
Bartlett art festival continues Sunday
Arts in Bartlett features the works of more than 40 artists, live music and activities for kids, from 10 a.m. to sundown at Bartlett Park, North Avenue and Eastern Street.
Refusing to take the money and ride
Dave Heun said there was no chance he was getting on Freak Out, a carnival ride at Geneva's Swedish Days, even if it made him $100 richer.
American rows across Atlantic, reaches Caribbean
“Sometimes you can row 10 miles, and then you wake up and you’re 15 miles behind,” Mooney said. “You get those days, and you’re like, ‘Oh, man.”’
High court poised to decide birth-control dispute
The court has never recognized a for-profit corporation’s religious rights under federal law or the Constitution. But even some supporters of the administration’s position said they would not be surprised if the court were to do so on Monday.
Yemen troops foil attack on hospital, 6 killed
There were no reports of damage or injuries among civilians or to the hospital. Yemen is home to one of the most active branches of al-Qaida.
Egypt’s army says “AIDS detector” needs more tests
“Scientific integrity mandates that I delay the start of the public release until the experimentation period is over, to allow for a follow up with patients already using it,” Egypt’s state news agency MENA quoted Maj. Gen. Gamal el-Serafy, director of the Armed Forces Medical Department, as saying.El-Serafy said doctors had already started testing one of the machines, the...
Sirens, phones sound erroneous alert in California
People in San Luis Obispo County received a series of unsettling, erroneous emergency alerts Friday as repairs were being made to a nuclear power plant’s siren system, including a vague cellphone message that told them to “prepare for action.”
Nigerian girl among thousands of divorced children
By the time she ran away, Maimuna bore the scars of a short but brutal marriage. Her battered face swelled so much that doctors feared her husband had dislocated her jaw. She was gaunt from hunger, dressed in filthy rags. And barely a year after her wedding, she was divorced. It would be a tragic story for a woman of any age. But for Maimuna Abdullahi, it all happened by the time she was 14.
Miss Illinois entertains seniors in Vernon Hills
Miss Illinois Marisa Buchheit’s performance in Vernon Hills ended with “The Kiss”. Mitch Lewin spontaneously kissed Buchheit’s hand as she ended her program at Brookdale Plaza with the song “Il bacio” (“The kiss” in Italian). “She held her hand out while she was singing and I just kissed it,” said Lewin, a resident at the...
McHenry man killed in motorcycle vs. truck-trailer accident
A 24-year-old McHenry man was killed Friday evening after his motorcycle hit a pickup truck that was towing a small trailer in McHenry, authorities said. William C. Baehne was pronounced dead at 8:36 p.m., according to a release from Dr. Anne Majewski, the McHenry County Coroner.
Illinois VA centers grapple with influx of women
Illinois’ Department of Veterans Affairs sites insist they have the resources to tend to the fast-rising ranks of female veterans despite evidence of admitted shortcomings nationally.
Iraq launches push for militant-held northern city
Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation early Saturday, June 28, aimed at dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit, one of two major urban centers they seized in recent weeks in a dramatic blitz across the country.
Pakistan refugee crisis creates polio challenge
The rugged Pakistani region of North Waziristan emerged as a hotbed of polio infections after Taliban militants in the isolated area banned immunizations. Now the Pakistani government’s offensive against the militants has sent a half-million refugees fleeing the territory, creating both perfect conditions for the disease to spread and a golden opportunity to immunize many thousands of...
Egypt bomb blast kills teen, wounds mother
Two homemade bombs placed in a government construction site on the outskirts of Cairo exploded Saturday, June 28, killing a teenage girl and wounding her mother, officials said.
US takes gay rights global, despite unsure welcome
President Barack Obama’s administration has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn’t been won at home. Sometimes U.S. advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to backfire, increasing the pressure on those it is meant to help.
Russia accuses US of fueling Ukrainian crisis
Russia’s foreign minister on Saturday, June 28, accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow and heavily weighing in on the European Union. Speaking in televised remarks Saturday, Sergey Lavrov said that “our American colleagues still prefer to push the Ukrainian leadership toward a confrontational path.” He added that chances for settling the...
Monsoon floods kill 11 in India, maroon thousands
Indian authorities rushed food and drinking water Saturday to thousands of people marooned by monsoon rains and mudslides that left at least 11 dead in the remote northeast.
Benghazi suspect in federal law enforcement hands
A Libyan militant charged in the 2012 Benghazi attacks was in federal law enforcement custody, the U.S. attorney’s office said Saturday, June 28. Security at the city’s federal courthouse was heightened.
Soldier’s story shows tragedy of World War I
One century after the start of World War I, the front line of death and destruction still leaves a mark through the Alps, Central Europe and beyond. It claimed some 14 million lives — 5 million civilians and 9 million soldiers, sailors and airmen from 28 countries. The 1914-18 conflict was so unprecedented in its scope and savagery that it became known simply as “The Great...
Images: WWI: 100 years and 100 pictures
A century after the start of World War I, Belgium and France are still scarred by over 1,000 graveyards, countless bomb craters, rusting gas shells, bunkers and trenches that tore apart the Western Front for four years. Here is a special gallery of 100 images of the war collected by the Associated Press.
Island Lake names new superintendent for public works, water departments
Island Lake trustees on Thursday hired a new superintendent for the public works and water departments. Brian Bartnick was named to the post. He now works for Nunda Township in McHenry County and owns Bartnick Construction.
Elgin, South Elgin K9s get vests
The Elgin and South Elgin police departments recently received donated K9 police dogs ballistic vests funded through a Groupon campaign this past winter. Elgin’s Colt and South Elgin’s Rio, both German shepherds, are getting used to the vests, which were delivered a couple of weeks ago, their handlers said.
Elgin getting ready for Fourth of July
The city of Elgin is getting ready for a heavy influx of people downtown for its first outdoor concert and fireworks combo on Fourth of July. “We want it to be a very successful event for the city, for the casino and for the people,” Elgin Police Cmdr. Dan O’Shea said. “We would like as many people as possible to attend, obviously with public safety being our first...
Hadley Junior High to get breakfast program
Students at Hadley Junior High School soon will be able to start their day with a bite to eat. The Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board approved plans for the program after administrators said there’s a connection between student performance and breakfast.
World leaders’ WWI family history links to Obama, Chicago
World War I is a shared chapter in the genealogies of President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. For British Prime Minister David Cameron, it evokes proud family memories of valor tempered by sorrow. For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it involves a grandparent whose actions are tinged with mystery.
Otters rally to down Boomers
The Schaumburg Boomers failed to hold three different leads as the Evansville Otters rallied to a 9-8 decision in 10 innings. Starter Hunter Ackerman carried a no-hit bid into the sixth as he retired the first nine batters of the game and recorded five consecutive strikeouts at one point. The no-hitter ended on a two-run homer in the sixth. Evansville added two in the seventh to grab a 4-3 lead. Ackerman worked six innings and struck out seven while allowing just two runs on two hits.
Schwarber’s big day powers Cougars
The Kane County Cougars relied on the long ball and it paid off in a big way. The Cougars hit 4 home runs in a 10-2 victory over the Beloit Snappers. Kyle Schwarber had one of his best performances for the Cougars (7-2, 52-27), as he finished with 5 RBI on 4 hits, including a seventh inning grand slam. Schwarber added a solo shot in the third inning.
Bulls’ pitch to Anthony begins Tuesday
After all the preparation and speculation, the Bulls can officially being their recruiting pitch to Carmelo Anthony at midnight Tuesday. This process is both simple and complicated, but here are the three steps to the Bulls getting it done.
Renteria not unhappy with Barney despite .201 average
With Emilio Bonifacio on the disabled list since mid-June, the Cubs have given second baseman Darwin Barney more playing time. Manager Rick Renteria said he likes Barney's Gold Glove-caliber defense and added that his approaches at the plate have been better of late.
Rookie shuts down Nationals; Samardzija sees ERA balloon in DB loss
The Cubs' future and their immediate present were on display Saturday in a doubleheader loss to the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field. During the day, rookie Dallas Beeler made his big-league debut and turned in a quality start. At night, Jeff Samardzija had another rough June outing.
Serena Williams loses in 3rd round at Wimbledon
The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams owns 17 Grand Slam titles, but she now has departed before the quarterfinals at four of the past five major tournaments.
Hawks trade Bollig to create cap space
It wasn’t the blockbuster deal that some may have been anticipating, but the Blackhawks did make a trade on Day 2 of the draft Saturday in Philadelphia, swapping rugged winger Brandon Bollig to Calgary for the Flames’ 83rd pick in the draft.
My Option wins Chicago Handicap going away
Multiple Illinois champion filly My Option added to her resume with an impressive 6½-length victory over Flower Spell in the Grade III $150,000 Chicago Handicap on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse.
Colombia beats Uruguay 2-0 at World Cup
James Rodriguez scored one of the best goals of the tournament and then added a second to put Colombia into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a 2-0 win over Uruguay on Saturday. Rodriguez gave his team the lead with a stunning long-range volley on the turn in the 28th minute and netted the second from close range shortly after the break as Colombia dominated a Uruguay side that sorely missed banned striker Luis Suarez.
Wade, Bosh tell Heat they will become free agents
The “Big 3” have all made the same big decision. And now, it’s up to the Miami Heat to keep their star trio happy.Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh told the Heat on Saturday that they are opting out of their contracts and will become free agents on Tuesday — the same decision that LeBron James revealed earlier in the week. Also Saturday, Udonis Haslem told the Heat that he will not pick up his $4.6 million option for next season.
Viciedo homers, White Sox beat Blue Jays 4-3
Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer, Chris Sale pitched seven innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Saturday. Chicago won back-to-back games for the first time since winning two straight over San Francisco on June 17 and 18. It had dropped 11 of 14 before the consecutive victories.
Globetrotters like Streamwood star’s powerful game
Streamwood High School basketball Marcus Lewis has an offer to try out for the Harlem Globetrotters this fall, and the College Slam Dunk champ from Eastern Kentucky is considering it as he weighs his other options in the game.
Van Dyken demonstrates social media’s positive side
Not long after Amy Van Dyken-Rouen had surgery for a life-threatening spine injury, while she still wasn’t completely out of danger, her husband placed a cellphone in her hands. The decorated Olympic swimmer had always enjoyed sharing her life and thoughts on social media, so Tom Rouen figured it might do her some good when she awoke. It worked more than he could have imagined, providing Amy a therapeutic tool as she makes the transition from elite athlete to possibly spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair.
Brazil beats Chile in shootout at World Cup
As the crowd roared, the Brazilian players joined hands in a human chain. The Chileans stood still, staring into the ground, wiping the sweat off their faces.“We tried to give everything, we tried to fight for a dream, and we didn’t achieve it,” Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal said. “But we gave all our effort on the pitch.”
Blackhawks trade Bollig to Calgary, draft 4 more players
The Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Bollig to the Calgary Flames for a third-round selection in the NHL draft.Bollig agreed to a three-year contract extension in March. He had seven goals and seven assists while playing in 82 games this season, and then had an assist in 15 playoff games. The Blackhawks used the draft pick, No. 83 overall, to take forward Matheson Iacopelli.
GM crash victim payment plan won’t have limit
The GM compensation likely will be limited to victims of crashes of older small cars, of which GM recalled 2.6 million earlier this year because the switches can cause engines to stall, shutting off power steering and brakes. That can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles and also disables the air bags. The cars include the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, both of which are no longer made.
Washington starting pot sales with severe shortage
The state’s Liquor Control Board has been warning of shortages when the first stores open. The board plans to issue the first 15 to 20 retail licenses July 7, with shops allowed to open the next day if they’re ready. It’s not clear how many that will be. Board staff said at a meeting last week that only one store in Seattle is ready for its final inspection.
Aereo suspends service after Supreme Court ruling
The Supreme Court dealt Aereo, backed by Barry Diller, a major setback on Wednesday in ruling that the television-over-the-Internet service operates much like a cable TV company.
Feds probe Nissan cars for unwanted acceleration
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Saturday on its website that four drivers have complained that a trim panel near the gas pedal can trap the edge of a driver’s shoe. This can stop the driver from releasing the gas pedal quickly and delay braking.
Beach parties in Cannes help Yahoo, Google
Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer landed on the French Riviera last week with a posse of space adventurers. Her goal: Convince advertisers that the Internet -- with programming such as a new Yahoo sitcom about an alternate universe -- can be as effective as television for pitching brands.
App Watch: FilmOn has much more than broadcast TV
FilmOn offers over-the-air TV channels through a website and mobile apps. While Aereo’s monthly service starts at $8, FilmOn is free. But you have to put up with a short video ad before you start watching. You can watch on Windows and Mac computers, iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 devices and Roku’s streaming player.
Review: Warming up to tablets with keyboard covers
The Lumia 2520 came across as just another Windows tablet when it was released last fall. My attitude changed once I attached its optional, $150 keyboard cover. The tablet itself starts at about $600 and includes 4G LTE cellular capabilities.
Google’s Nest to buy security startup Dropcam
Google Inc.’s Nest Labs is acquiring Dropcam Inc. for $555 million to boost its offerings for the connected home. Dropcam makes in-home cameras that can be checked from a smartphone anywhere in the world.
Oculus plans to make virtual reality a reality
Oculus VR Inc. has a plan for making virtual reality mainstream: Replicate Google Inc.’s success with Android. Facebook Inc. agreed in March to acquire Oculus for about $2 billion, betting that headsets simulating reality would be the future of computing and communication.
Review: Colors come to life in new Samsung tablet
The new display technology in Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S tablet brings colors to life and reduces the device’s bulk. The Tab S with an 8.4-inch screen, measured diagonally, costs $400, while a 10.5-inch version costs $500. Both started selling in the U.S. on Friday.AMOLED screens are more expensive than conventional LCD screens, but they produce richer colors.
Apple’s larger iPhones said to start mass output next month
Apple suppliers in China will begin mass production of its largest iPhones ever next month, according to people familiar with the plans, as the smartphone maker faces increased competition.
Apple, Amazon obsessed with gadget du jour
Apple has a new smartwatch coming in the fall and Amazon has a new Fire smartphone coming in July. That should be good news for consumer technology fans, but the reality is that both products are “me-too” plays that should be setting off all kinds of warning bells.
NSA fears prompt Germany to end Verizon contract
The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said.
Life & Entertainment
Text-messaging isn’t destroying our grammar, research shows
It seems quite plausible that texting and seeing to/too written as 2, or people written as ppl, might mean that these kinds of spellings could start to creep into students’ formal writing. But the research has shown exposure to “textisms” is actually associated with better literacy skills.
On the road: See Dolphins In Action show at Brookfield Zoo
Friday and Saturday nights rock at Brookfield Zoo's Summer Nights programs, including cool animals, roaming performers and a special Dolphins In Action demo. Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood is set for ths weekend's Taste of Lakeview festival, featuring all kinds of food, music and arts and crafts vendors.
New nostalgia: Home decor with a retro vibe
American Retro is a hot design trend. This imagery and decor draws baby boomers back to simpler, more innocent days. Think vintage-style advertising and artwork, lunch-counter dishware, camping motifs, midcentury surf culture. Old bakeries, drive-ins, roadhouses, garages, beach shacks.
How to get more privacy in your backyard
Being able to move outdoors after a long winter is like a vacation in itself. However, backyard bliss can be squashed by a nosy neighbor, subdivision rules, traffic and noise, or an encroaching view. Transitional living spaces and outdoor rooms are hot decorating trends, with people spending big to add kitchens, fireplaces, and complete open-air rooms with weatherproof furnishings. Being in the outdoors also means dealing with bugs, heat, sun, rain and, of course, neighbors.
Quick thinking on the ‘Think Like A Man Too’ set
Romany Malco says the ensemble cast of “Think Like a Man Too” had to be fast on their feet. Malco, who plays semi-reformed ladies’ man Zeke, said in order to get the busy cast back together for the sequel, we “figured out the script as we went along.” “I didn’t see the script until the day I showed up,” he confessed in a recent interview.
Textiles convey emotions, complexity of Civil War
An exhibit of quilts, clothing, uniforms and other Civil War-era textiles reveals a complicated and heart-wrenching time. “Each rip and stain in the clothing tells a story,” said Margi Hofer, curator of decorative arts at the New-York Historical Society, where the show runs through Aug. 24. “And the remarkably well-preserved quilts, some wrapped and safely buried during the war, reveal what treasured artifacts they were.” The exhibit, “Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War,” was organized by the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.
‘Ways of the Dead’ is fast-paced narrative
Neely Tucker’s debut novel is an utterly thrilling mystery set in Washington, D.C., in the late 1990s, just before the Internet and the rise of smartphones changed the landscape of print journalism. Sarah Reese, the teenage daughter of a powerful D.C. judge, is murdered, her body discarded in a dumpster behind a corner shop. Three black kids are arrested and the case against them looks promising, but investigative journalist Sully Carter, who has been curating a map of homicides in the area for several years, thinks her death might be connected to a handful of unsolved cases.
DVD previews: ‘The Lunchbox,’ ‘The Unknown Known’
In writer-director Ritesh Batra’s beguiling romance "The Lunchbox," a virtual relationship blossoms not through a sexy operating system as in “Her,” or email as in “You’ve Got Mail,” but the old-fashioned way, through carefully written notes delivered by hand every day. The film comes to DVD Tuesday, July 1.
Weekend picks: Tickle the ivories with Kurt Bestor
Musicians Kurt Bestor and Danny Wright share the bill for the Saturday show Piano Goes Broadway, part of the weekend-long National Piano Conference at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. Fans of 1990s films like “Encino Man,” “Bio-Dome” and “Son-in-Law” won't want to miss comedian and actor Pauly Shore performing this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. See comics, tabletop gaming items, art, retro toys and more at the Lake Count-I-Con pop-culture expo at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.
Maxwell plans for tour, new music and possible baby
Maxwell is looking to produce something this year that has nothing to do with music. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, the 41-year-old crooner — who plans to release a new album this year — said he also wants to get married and become a father. “This year is really about the people, it’s really about focusing on putting out the music, and taking myself to another level in life," he said.
Read what's on the minds of Daily Herald editors, including waste in county government and arguments over parade seats.
A way to get tougher on human trafficking
A Wheaton letter to the editor: On June 20, Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which ranks 188 countries on their efforts to combat human trafficking, including the United States. This incredibly important diplomatic tool is compiled each year by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office).
Global warming will cost us dearly
A Brookfield letter to the editor: This week the Daily Herald ran a story about global warming (“Money men tally cost of climate change,” Business, June 24), but not the usual stuff. Instead of sad polar bears or disappearing tropical islands, the story talked about something most Americans actually care about: money.
Pride in losing? It’s difficult to watch
A Palatine letter to the editor: In 50-plus years I have gotten over the fact that soccer in the U.S. was played by those who could neither hit a baseball, shoot a basketball or make a tackle. While not the first to say it, I find it curious that the game’s greatest skill is one’s ability to trip and fake being mauled by your opponent.
Memorial Day event surpassed all others
Letter to the editor:"The Memorial Day Committee thanks everyone for making the 95th annual Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony one of the very best in our history," writes committee Chairman Greg Padovani.
Without village inspector, they’d still have gas leak
Letter to the editor: Dorry Dahl of Streamwood says if you don't like village inspectors and having to get building permits, just listen to THIS story.
Reject installation of smart meters
A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: Com Ed is blind-siding its customers by installing digital meters that are harmful, dangerous, invasive and unlawful by claiming that installation is mandatory.