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Missing Arlington Hts. man, 89, found safe in Lockport
An 89-year-old Arlington Heights man missing since Friday has been located safe in Southwest suburban Lockport, police said Sunday. Joseph McMahon was found in his car at 3:30 a.m. Sunday in what police described as “a state of mental confusion.”
Israel tells north Gaza to evacuate; Security Council urges truce
Gen. Motti Almoz, said Saturday there would be more strikes, especially in northern Gaza near the Israeli border. “We are going to attack there with great force in the next 24 hours due to a very large concentration of Hamas efforts in that area,” he said. Late Saturday, the military said it was ordering Palestinians in northern Gaza to evacuate “for their own safety.”
St. Charles-based band singing a happy tune
The Kampfire Kowboys, a Tri-Cities band that has been together since 1999, earns rave reviews from the Chicago Reader, columnist Dave Heun says.
Boy hit by car near Lake in the Hills fest
A teenage boy riding his bicycle was struck by a car on Miller Road in Lake in the Hills as crowds exited nearby Rockin' Ribfest Saturday night, police said. Heavy rains may have been a factor in the crash, Sgt. Ted Ziarkowski said. The boy suffered a minor leg injury.
Kayaker rescued from Fox River in Aurora
A man in his 30s flipped over in a kayak on the Fox River in Aurora and struggled underwater but made it back to shore with the help of an onlooker Saturday afternoon, Aurora fire officials said.
Three-car crash in W. Chicago sends two to hospital
Two people, one of whom was airlifted, were sent to the hospital after a three-car crash Saturday afternoon on Fabyan Parkway near Roosevelt Road in West Chicago.
RUNdezvous puts survival skills to the test
Competitors in Saturday’s RUNdezvous in Crystal Lake found out whether they had the skills to survive.Hatchet throwing, knot tying, trap setting and fire building were among the 14 tasks racers had to complete. The five-mile event at Lippold Park in Crystal Lake was organized by two McHenry County physical education teachers.
Rain hurts Batavia Windmill Fest attendance; Taste of Chicago canceled
Intermittent bursts of rain Saturday forced cancellation of the Taste of Chicago, Batavia’s Windmill City Fest pet parade and a dog show in Cary, and set many suburban events off to a soggy start. Chicago received three to four inches of rain earlier Saturday, and the Batavia area saw anywhere from a half inch to an inch and a half of rain.
Gray skies ignored by true blue Civil War re-enactors
Rain canceled the cavalry charge, but it couldn’t dampen the gun powder. So the battle between the North and South went off as scheduled Saturday at the 23rd annual Civil War Days at the Lake County Forest Preserve near Wauconda. The annual event, the largest Civil War re-enactment in Northern Illinois, brought together many re-enactors recounting the history of the war between the states.
Grandwood Summerfest goes retro
The Grandwood Park District Summerfest went retro in 2014, organizers said, and included family games, pub-sized tables near the food and drink area, and bring it back to a neighborhood event where it had been in the past.
Kerry brokers deal in Afghan election
Both candidates agreed to respect the result, and the winner would immediately form a national unity government. The inauguration, which had been scheduled for Aug. 2, would be postponed, with Karzai staying on a little longer as president.
Rain adds ‘excitement’ to Winfield Criterium
With earlier rain and the threat of more looming, the 15th annual Winfield Criterium bike race took a bit more significance. The dicey weather meant riders needed to be doubly diligent in avoiding crashes.
Naperville art fair draws almost 100 artists
More than 90 artists displayed their works in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood at the Naperville Woman’s Club 55th Annual Juried Fine Art Fair. “This our largest fundraiser. Proceeds from this event are donated towards an art scholarship at North Central College and also to area local charitable organizations in the community...
Divers, snorkelers converge for undersea ‘concert’
The water-themed playlist included such tunes as the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden” and the themes from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and television’s classic “Flipper.” Participants described the music as clear and ethereal, with underwater visibility of about 50 feet.
Hundreds turn out for Barrington brew fest
As many as 800 beer connoisseurs descended on downtown Barrington Saturday to sample new concoctions and old favorites at the 11th annual Barrington Brew Fest. Jade Peters and Jeff Votava, both of Schaumburg, waited in line for more than an hour to be the first through the gate. “It’s great,” Peters said, “better than any beer fest in Chicago.”
Mystery solved! Couple claims lost wedding photos
The mystery of four wedding photos found by the side of an Arlington Heights road has been solved. Ann Langrill saw pictures of her and her husband, Richard, on the television news after the Daily Herald initially reported on the discovery. “I was doing the dishes and I looked up and I thought, 'Oh my gosh, that's me!' I couldn't believe it,” said the Glenview resident. “I...
GOP keeps House edge in Democratic-leaning states
Several other states have sent more Republicans to Congress than their presidential voting patterns would suggest. Obama carried Ohio twice, but Republicans control its U.S. House delegation 12-4. Pennsylvania hasn’t backed a GOP presidential nominee since 1988, but it has 13 House Republicans and five Democrats.
New law to help students with dyslexia
A new Illinois law aims to help dyslexic students by training educators on how to better identify and teach young people with the learning disability. The measure signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday entitles dyslexic students to special education services.
Taste of Chicago canceled for day due to storms
Authorities have canceled the entire day of events at the Taste of Chicago festival because of heavy rain and flooding on the festival grounds. Today’s events were to have included concerts by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and roots-rock songwriter Lucinda Williams. The Taste says on its Facebook page that all tickets purchased online would be refunded automatically.
U of I speeding up search for new president
University of Illinois officials are speeding up the search for a new president, saying they now hope to select someone before Thanksgiving.
Treasurer’s interns had political connections
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office has offered paid internships to multiple young people with connections to influential politicians, campaign donors and lobbyists, according to a published report.
Illinois towns see jobs in medical marijuana
In Illinois, city councils from Crystal Lake to Peru to Marion are considering marijuana zoning ordinances and special use permits, though the state is not tracking precisely how many. Permit seekers have simply moved on from the few communities that have voted down such proposals.
Merkel thinks Germany will win World Cup
Chancellor Angela Merkel is optimist about Germany’s chances of winning the World Cup final against Argentina, but is cautioning football fans that anything can happen.
Lavrov’s absence clouds Iran nuke talks
Decisions by the foreign ministers of Russia and China to skip talks on Iran’s nuclear program this weekend are further denting expectations that the stalled negotiations will produce a deal by July 20.
Jazz bass innovator Charlie Haden dies at 76
Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet and liberated the bass from its traditional rhythm section role, died Friday, July 11. He was 76.
State storing blood samples without parents’ OK
An Indiana Department of Health Department official says the state has blood samples from babies born since 1991 stored for possible use in medical research, saving it without permission from their parents.
UIC notifies ex-students of information breach
Officials have notified former students of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration that personal information — including Social Security numbers — were found on a publicly accessible website from 2002.
Chicago wants more people to drive electric cars
The city of Chicago is trying to encourage more people to drive electric cars.
Construction closes part of Chicago River bridge
The Chicago River bridge at State Street will be closed for a week starting as construction continues for the Chicago Riverwalk.
Dogs make a big splash in Libertyville
The Dog Days of Summer are underway in downtown Libertyville. Activities for your pooch run through the weekend, with Cook Park the center of much of the action. There is also an X-Treme Dog Park with a 30,000-gallon pool in the rear parking lot of PNC Bank. DockDogs jumping resumes at 10 a.m. today.
Kane Co. closing in on $6.8 million technology upgrade
Kane County board members weighed in for the first time on a massive technology upgrade for the county's legal system Friday. The price tag is either more or less than advertised just a couple months ago, but every new estimate is far below the $12.6 million bill county officials feared just a couple of years ago.
Fox Lake to review ‘mistake’ in $8,000 storefront facade grant
Fox Lake officials said they may have mistakenly violated the village’s facade improvement ordinance that limits eligible business property owners to one storefront grant each fiscal year, by awarding two grants to an owner who also is a village trustee. “If it’s a mistake and he shouldn’t have received it, we can fix it,” Mayor Donny Schmit said.
Cupcakes or quinoa? How several school districts regulate snacks
Jennifer Nickels’ complaints about a teacher rewarding her 7-year-old daughter and other Dundee Highlands Elementary School students with candy prompted a schoolwide survey to parents, who were fine with the sweets. Meanwhile, policies about candy and other treats doled out during the school day vary across the suburbs. “It’s the cupcake and quinoa wars,” Margaret Van...
Naperville efforts continue to prevent sewer backups
As one project to prevent extra water from sneaking into the sewer system wraps up in Naperville, a couple more initiatives are soon to begin. One involves fixing manhole covers so groundwater can’t leak into sanitary sewers, while the other will offer reimbursements to homeowners who fix a type of sump pump connection that’s illegal under Naperville’s building...
Arlington Hts. nurse running 314-mile race to help fight cancer
As an advanced practice oncology nurse at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Juli Aistars works with lung cancer patients who struggle just to take a deep breath. That’s why she doesn’t mind being a little out of breath herself this weekend as she runs a 500K — or 314 miles — through Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia.
District 41 considering new technology policy
The Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 school board is considering a new technology policy that could place limits on students bringing their own electronic devices into the classroom. The new policy, written by the district’s legal counsel, has been reviewed by the board’s policy committee. It still must be approved by the full board, which received a draft earlier this week.
Aurora to get long-awaited overpass near Waubonsie
A long-desired proposal to separate trains from car and truck traffic at a railroad crossing in Aurora soon will become a reality. State and local officials on Friday announced plans to construct an overpass along Ogden Avenue where the road intersects the Canadian National Railway tracks. Work on the $40.9 million project is scheduled to begin this summer and be managed by the Illinois...
Chilean visit to Elgin last year sparked interest
Although it wasn’t a boon of economic opportunities, a visit to Elgin by a delegation of Chileans a year ago set in motion wheels that keep turning. The four-person delegation from Cauquenes, Elgin’s sister city, came over the Fourth of July holiday in 2013.
Boomers sweep doubleheader
The host Schaumburg Boomers took both ends of a doubleheader from the Joliet Slammers on Saturday night.
Bandits win 6-3
The host Chicago Bandits took an early 3-0 lead in the game and ended things with a 3-0 lead in the series following Saturday night’s 6-3 victory over the Pennsylvania Rebellion.
Pau but no pow for Bulls
The long wait for Carmelo Anthony's decision came to an end Saturday. After all that time, Anthony did what everyone thought he'd do at the start of this process, took a near-maximum contract from the New York Knicks. The Bulls responded by securing Lakers power forward Pau Gasol.
Cougars shut out by Snappers 7-0
The Kane County Cougars were shut out for the first time since June 29 in a 7-0 loss to the Beloit Snappers on Saturday night.
Fire holds on for 1-0 win over Revolution
Quincy Amarikwa scored in the 3rd minute and Sean Johnson saved a penalty kick in the 86th to seal the Chicago Fire’s 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday.
Argentina: ‘Perfect game’ required against Germany
Perfection is hard to attain in football. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella says that’s what his team needs to achieve to have a chance of beating Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday. The Argentines lost one of their key players in the quarterfinals when Angel Di Maria limped off after straining his right thigh. Sabella said the Real Madrid winger’s condition was improving, but it was unclear whether he would be ready for the final.
Cubs face tough choice with Alcantara
Cubs rookie Arismendy Alcantara looked like an old hand in center field Saturday during an 11-6 loss to the Braves at Wrigley Field. Alcantara made his first big-league appearance in center after starting three games at second base. He's off to a good start, and the Cubs may find it difficult to send him back to the minor leagues.
Jackson shoulders blame for ugly outing
It was yet another rough outing Saturday for beleaguered Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson. Jackson lasted just 3.2 innings against the Braves and gave up 7 hits and 9 runs as he saw his ERA go from 5.05 to 5.64. The Cubs tried to come back a couple of times, but they wound up falling 11-6.
Bulls in pretty good spot
The Bulls missed out on top free-agent target Carmelo Anthony. But looking at the top contenders in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls had a pretty good offseason, except for one Central Division rival who did better.
With Wrigley decision, Cubs have a chance to win
Finally, after years of old ownership that did nothing, and new ownership that tried to play a little too nice, this week brought resolution and the Cubs are in line to become a more viable baseball franchise. Matt Spiegel has more in his weekly baseball column.
Abreu hits 29th HR as Sox down Indians
Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 29th homer, a two-run shot that sent the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Saturday. The White Sox ended a three-game losing streak. Abreu, picked for the AL All-Star team in his rookie season, broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with his drive off Zach McAllister (3-5).
Braves rough up Cubs, 11-6
Chris Johnson homered twice and pitcher Mike Minor hit his second career home run, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Chicago Cubs 11-6 on Saturday. Atlanta scored six times in the fourth inning for a 9-3 lead. Edwin Jackson (5-10) lasted just 3 2-3 innings after giving nine runs, seven hits and three home runs. The Cubs have lost seven of their last nine.
Report: Thorpe to reveal he is gay
Australian media report five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a television interview with English talk show host Michael Parkinson, to be broadcast in Australia on Sunday.
5 reasons Messi is one of the best
RIO DE JANEIRO — A four-time world player of the year, Argentina’s Lionel Messi is gifted with talents that most footballers can only dream of. What makes him special is that he possesses not just one or two but a combination of special skills that give him an edge over just about everyone.Although he hasn’t played brilliantly in every game of this World Cup, Messi’s talents have been on display on Argentina’s road to Sunday’s final against Germany. Here are five traits that explain what makes the Argentina captain so difficult to stop.• Speed: There are plenty of players who could outrun Messi in a 100-meter dash. But running with the ball is a different story. Messi can control the ball at close to top speed, making him an excellent dribbler. Also, it’s his acceleration rather than his top speed that cuts up defenses. Few defenders can keep up when Messi revs up from standstill, creating space for his left-foot shot.• Balance: Like former Argentina great Diego Maradona, Messi uses his short stature to his advantage. His low center of gravity enables him to make quick turns and to stay on his feet when challenged. Often, the only way to knock him off balance is to foul him. Defenders at the World Cup have been taking turns tackling Messi to spread the risk of getting booked around the team.• Accuracy: Messi is one of the world’s top free-kick takers, striking the ball with impressive accuracy with his magic left foot. Almost always he hits the target or just misses it — you rarely see Messi blast a free kick five meters over the crossbar. In Argentina’s final group-stage match, Nigeria gave Messi two free kick opportunities near the penalty area toward the end of the first half. He elegantly curled the first one over the wall, but goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was well-positioned and stopped it. By the second free kick, Messi had fine-tuned his aim, and struck the ball perfectly inside the post. Enyeama jokingly asked the referees during the break to not give Messi any more free kicks.• Patience: Patience is a perhaps and underrated virtue for a football player, and it’s one that has served Messi well in the World Cup. Every opponent has come with a plan to stop him, by closing down his space and tackling him as soon as he touches the ball. As a result, Messi has looked out of the game for long periods. But instead of hanging his head and getting frustrated, Messi keeps looking for openings, patiently awaiting a moment when defenders take their focus off him for just a split second. That’s when he strikes. Against Iran, that moment came in injury time when he scored his second goal of the tournament. Against Switzerland, it happened in extra time as he set up Angel Di Maria’s winning goal with a piercing run down the middle.• Intelligence: He also stands out for his ability to read the game, mapping out paths to the opponent’s goal in his mind before the opponent does. That’s key to understanding why he’s such a prolific scorer. Knowing by instinct where a gap will open up for a quick pass or shot gives him an advantage over others, though it can also complicate things for the team. Sometimes Messi lets chances slip away by being too smart for his Argentina teammates, who aren’t in sync with him to the same degree as Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez in Barcelona.
3 things to change about the All-Star Game
Major-league baseball's All-Star Game is still the best showcase event in pro sports, but White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor says a few tweaks could make the MidSummer Classic even better.
Samardzija deserves to play in All-Star Game
Even though Major League Baseball's All-Star Game has lost some of its luster in recent years, it's still the best of its kind among the major sports. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles offers a few suggestions to make the All-Star Game matter again. First off, how about letting Jeff Samardzija pitch this year.
Netherlands beats Brazil for 3rd in World Cup
Robin van Persie and Daley Blind scored early goals to help give the Netherlands a 3-0 win over host Brazil in the third-place match at the World Cup on Saturday. With the result, the Netherlands finishes a World Cup unbeaten in regular play for the first time, having lost to Argentina on penalties in the semifinals. After finishing runner-up in 2010, the third place is the best position for the Dutch squad since it lost the final in 1974 and 1978.
Rose tied for lead after 3 rounds of Scottish Open
Justin Rose set up a chance to capture back-to-back titles by shooting a 5-under 66 at the Scottish Open on Saturday to move into a share of the lead with Marc Warren after three rounds.
Inbee Park has 1-shot lead in Women’s British Open
One year later, Inbee Park is still chasing history at the Women’s British Open. Instead of trying to win an unprecedented fourth straight major, Park has a chance to become only the seventh woman to win four of the LPGA’s majors. Instead of photographers capturing her every move at St. Andrews, the 26-year-old South Korean has gone about her work without fanfare at Royal Birkdale.
Gasol tweets that he’s joining Bulls
Free-agent center Pau Gasol announced via Twitter Saturday that he was looking forward to the “new chapter” of his career in Chicago. He says the choice wasn’t easy and he decided on the Bulls “after meditating a lot.”
Tennis hall opens doors for Davenport
Lindsay Davenport remembers picking up a tennis racket as a child and the feeling that came with the ease of a powerful return. After giving up on two other sports, she found something she liked. On Saturday, she reached her sport’s highest honor, with her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Kadri wins 8th stage of Tour
In a solo breakaway, Blel Kadri gave France its first stage winner at the Tour de France in the entree to the Vosges mountains on Saturday. Meanwhile, Vincent Nibali extended his lead over his biggest rivals except an important one: two-time champion Alberto Contador, who sped ahead thinking he might win the stage and trying to test the response of the Italian in the yellow jersey.
Alcantara impresses Cubs with his speed, power
While former No. 1 draft picks Kris Bryant and Javier Baez wait for their chance to be called up to the Cubs from Class AAA Iowa, former I-Cubs teammate Arismendy Alcantara has been playing big in his first big-league shot. And his Iowa manager isn't surprised given the skills he's witnessed.
Sorting out World Cup winners and losers
Every once in a while a big event lives up to the hype. Take a bow, World Cup 2014. Forgetting about the Argentina-Netherlands semifinal for a minute, this tournament has been fantastic, ranking as perhaps the best ever. Orrin Schwarz offers up his winners and losers during the World Cup, along with his prediction for the World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina.
Crumbs Cupcake chain files bankruptcy
Crumbs was hailed as a “breakout company” by Inc. magazine in 2010 and became a publicly held business the following year through a merger with 57th Street General Acquisition Corp. The company, then run by Crumbs co-founder Jason Bauer, planned to open 200 locations in the top 15 markets by the end of this year.
Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch
Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the country have made the expensive conversion from film to digital, which typically costs more than $70,000. Theater owners say conversions escalated quickly in 2013 and will help keep the drive-ins in business for now, promising news for an industry that peaked in the 1950s and ‘60s, then with more than 4,000 drive-in theaters nationwide.
Owners of Trump Plaza casino expect it to close
Notices warning employees of the expected closing will go out to the casino’s 1,000-plus employees Monday.If Trump Plaza closes, Atlantic City could lose a third of its casinos and a quarter of its casino workforce in less than nine months.
Aronia berry gaining market foothold
Consumers are taking notice of the potential health benefits, said Stacey Loftus, Hy-Vee’s health and wellness supervisor. Research published last year in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry says aronia’s oxygen radical absorbance capacity — a standard measurement of antioxidant strength — shows the berry has one of the highest values ever recorded for a fruit.
App reviews: Typic Kids, Merlin Bird ID
Typic Kids is a photo editing program aimed squarely at children, which lets users pick filters to lay over photos, custom frames, text and digital stickers to customize pictures from a smartphone camera roll.
Google struggles with hiding it under EU’s right to be forgotten
“Google it” is synonymous with seeking information. Now Google Inc. is struggling with a new rule: “Hide it.” The world’s biggest search-engine company is grappling with how to apply a European Union court decision that said citizens have a so-called right to be forgotten when Internet searches throw up results that are “inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive.”
Galaxy Tab S review: The tablet may be too late
Samsung is taking another big swing at the tablet market with the launch of the Galaxy Tab S, just as many consumers are questioning whether they need a tablet at all. The popularity of the big-screened phones, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, have slowed tablet sales growth to a snail’s pace.
Is this the year to buy a smartwatch?
The LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live both went on sale last week, providing the first test for Google’s just-for-wearables version of its mobile operating system, called Android Wear. If a Google-run life sounds great to you -- let’s be honest, a lot of us are already there -- there are still a few more things to consider before you buy. Unless you’re really, really into the whole smartwatch thing, you may want to hold off for now, reviewers say.
Review: Unlimited e-book services offer plenty
Two startups are trying to do for e-books what Netflix does for movies. Oyster and Scribd let you read as many books as you want for a monthly price — $10 for Oyster and $9 for Scribd. I was skeptical at first, but they surprised me.
Ad agencies target wearable tech devices
Even before wearable technology gains widespread popularity, advertising companies are devising ways to deliver marketing messages directly to people who don watches, glasses and headgear that double as computers.
Google fades into background in fight to save open Internet
Google, once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows. Since the Federal Communications Commission proposed in May to let cable and telephone companies offer special Internet fast lanes for companies willing to pay extra, lobbyists for Google haven’t visited the agency to intervene, FCC records show.
Publisher of Facebook study airs concern about methodology
Facebook’s news-feed study isn’t just controversial among Internet users and academics, it turns out. Now, even the journal that published Facebook’s research says it has reservations about having done so.
Buzz Aldrin launches lunar landing social media campaign
Buzz Aldrin's big focus right now is the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing. His company has launched a social media campaign, featuring a YouTube video in which celebrities and scientists relay their memories of July 20, 1969. “I feel we need to remind the world about the Apollo missions and that we can still do impossible things. The whole world celebrated our moon landing, but we missed the whole thing because we were out of town,” he says.
How professors are using Facebook to teach
Technology is an established part of the lives of students. But university lecturers are becoming increasingly frustrated at how they must compete with tablets and laptops for students’ attention in the lecture hall. In the U.S., Dartmouth computer science professor Dan Rockmore has recently stoked debate in a “New Yorker” article arguing that laptops should be banned in the classroom.
Second federal judge wants info on lost IRS emails
Federal Judge Reggie Walton’s order came a day after another federal judge ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost the emails. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who issued his order on Thursday, gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing.
Whirlpool buys big stake in Italy’s Indesit
Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker’s counterpart in Italy.The deal announced Friday will put the U.S. company in possession of shares representing 66.8 percent of Indesit’s voting stock. Whirlpool, which also owns Maytag, KitchenAid and other brands, will pay $15.06 per Indesit share.
Life & Entertainment
Leave boyfriend with red flags before he becomes husband
Q. My boyfriend and I have been together for five years. However, I’m not sure if staying with him is the best decision for me. He was diagnosed with ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) as a child, and I feel as though this is really detrimental to our relationship.
Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart for crash that killed 1
Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart over last month’s highway crash that seriously injured him and killed a fellow comedian. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claims Wal-Mart was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan’s limousine bus.
Tommy Ramone, last of the Ramones, dies at 65
Tommy Ramone, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, has died, a business associate said Saturday. Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, confirmed that Ramone died on Friday, July 11. Ramone was 65.
Pruning, watering will help keep your yard looking sharp
Prune shrubs as needed to keep them in the proper scale for your garden. New stems and branches that grew this spring will be mostly hardened off in early July, so pruning them now should not stimulate much new growth.
Screening out the curious
Q. We have a little porch just off the living room of our new house. The trouble is, this is a new development, and the neighbors’ houses are really close. What can we do for some privacy in the meantime?
Seven sure signs it’s time to remodel
When it comes to diving into a home remodeling project, homeowners take their time. Often, a long, long time. Procrastination seems to come with the territory.
Book notes: Chris Bohjalian stops at Naperville's Anderson’s
“Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” author Chris Bohjalian discusses and signs copies of his book at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.
Mobile apps offer last-minute travel deals
While new technology and mobile applications have made old-fashion road trips easier, the thrill of spontaneity and surprise still remains. If travelers are flexible, apps can offer ease with last-minute deals, especially good for day trips and overnight stays. Need a hotel room immediately? There’s an app for that.
On the road: Folk Festival brings the tunes to Woodstock
Woodstock's 29th annual Folk Festival features contemporary acoustic performers, folk circuit mainstays and plenty of bluegrass, Americana, country and Southern blues tunes. If you're feeling more urban, visit more than 80 lush neighborhood gardens during the 46th annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival in Chicago.
DVD previews: ‘Rio2,’ ‘Under the Skin’
Like the first movie, “Rio 2” looks great with vibrant colors and lovely animation that pop off the screen. And among the many layers of plots, some are winners. The film comes to DVD July 15.
Weekend picks: Country star Josh Turner to rock Festival Park
Fans of country star Josh Turner won't want to miss the Roughstock and Rambler Tour on Saturday outdoors at Festival Park adjacent to Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin. Comedian Kristen Toomey likes to bill herself as your favorite blue-collar aunt, so get some grounded and working-class humor this weekend when she performs at the The Comedy Shrine in Aurora. Head back in time with large-scale re-enactments of famous Civil War battles at Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda.
President should run board meetings
Q. Our condominium association recently hired a new property manager. The property manager, rather than the board president, runs the board meetings. As an owner, this is a concern. Am I overly concerned?
Daily Herald editors write about several topics of the week, including improvements to a special trail, ugly campaigning and a story that just won't quit.
Tablets for all students unfair to taxpayers
A Gilberts letter to the editor: This is a follow-up to a letter in the Your Views section regarding the purchase of 4,000 electronic devices for Elgin Area School District U-46. I agree that this should not be a purchase that is passed on to the taxpayers of Elgin.
Recycled products not always easy on budget
A Lombard letter to the editor: I remember years ago when recycled plastic milk jugs went beyond school, public and park benches, becoming available to homeowners in the form of outdoor furniture (“Milk jugs make fine backyard furniture,” July 5).After extensive shopping, it became clear the cost was beyond my outdoor-living budget.
Page 1 story on fireflies brightened the day
An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Every morning I pull my Daily Herald out of its wrapper and peruse the headlines about violence, corrupt politicians, calamity and evil. Thank you for making the lead article on July 8 about fireflies.
Scary carnival ride prompts a warning
A Palatine letter to the editor: The height requirement was 48 inches for the Zipper, and my son is 52 inches, so I figured this was the perfect next challenge. We entered the cage with excitement, but this quickly turned to sheer terror at the first flip. My son immediately flew out from under the restraining bar, flying forward from underneath.