Daily Archive : Saturday July 19, 2014



    Registration for U-46 S.A.F.E. program now open

    Registration for the 2014-2015 S.A.F.E. Program is now open. S.A.F.E. provides before and after school child care during all regular school days for U-46 students currently enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade whose parents are working or pursuing their own education.

    Michael T. Szot

    Authorities: Driver in quarry deaths admits smoking marijuana

    A Geneva man accused of driving drunk into a Naperville quarry early Saturday morning, causing a crash that drowned two of his friends, is being held on $250,000 bond, authorities said Sunday. Michael Szot, 21, admitted to smoking marijuana before the fatal crash, and had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit, authorities allege.

    An East Dundee police officer stands guard on Aldis Avenue near Route 68 in East Dundee Saturday.

    85-year-old East Dundee woman dies of stab wound

    An 85-year-old East Dundee woman was found fatally stabbed in her home Friday, police said. Investigators are treating her death as a homicide, Police Chief Terry Mee said. No one is in custody, and police continue to monitor the home on the 100 block of Aldis Drive. The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force is helping East Dundee police investigate, according to the release.

    Kelly Fullerton of Naperville enjoys his beer to the last drop. The Naperville Ale Fest Saturday at Naper Settlement featured more than 180 beers from craft breweries around the country. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Naper Settlement and the Naperville Heritage Society.

    Naperville Ale Fest features more than 180 brews

    Do you like quality craft beer and lots of it? Then the 2nd annual Naperville Ale Fest was the place to be this weekend. With more than 180 beers, even the most picky beer lover could find something to their liking.


    Officials: Woman crashes car into E. Dundee gas station

    A woman drove an SUV through an East Dundee gas station off Route 72 Saturday night, authorities said. Most of the car ended up in the building, but no one inside was hurt, East Dundee Fire Lt. Joe Schwab said.

    Eastbound Jane Addams Memorial Tollway lanes were closed this evening after a five-car pileup near the I-294 interchange.

    Eastbound Addams tollway reopens; motorcyclist hurt near Rosemont

    A 25-year-old woman was seriously injured in a crash involving at least five cars on the Jane Addams Tollway near Rosemont, Illinois State Police said. State police have reopened entrance ramps onto I-90 at Elmhurst Road and Route 53.

    Patrick Cheptoek of Uganda wins the sixth annual Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports Festival half marathon race Saturday with a time of 1:4:50 as the crowd cheers him on near the finish in Hoffman Estates.

    Sports festival full of runners, skaters in Hoffman Estates

    Some of the nation’s top in-line skaters, along with hundreds of other athletes, were in Hoffman Estates Saturday for the sixth annual Alexian Brothers Fitness For America Sports Festival. The event continues today.

    Actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band, took the stage around 8: 45 p.m. Saturday in Wheaton’s Cantigny Park. The concert raised money for Operation Support Our Troops America, an organization formed by a couple of Naperville moms to provide care packages for our troops overseas.

    Gary Sinise and his band rock out in Wheaton

    Actor Gary Sinese and his Lt. Dan Band took the stage in front of a sold-out crowd Saturday night in Cantigny Park in Wheaton. The concert raises money for Operation Support Our Troops America, an organization formef by a couple of Naperville moms to provide care packages for our troops overseas.

    President Barack Obama as he is briefed by Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), right, after arriving at Bagram Air Field for an unannounced visit north of Kabul, Afghanistan. The Afghan election crisis and unraveling of Iraq has lawmakers and others thinking President Barack Obama should re-think his decision to withdrawal virtually all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.

    Some in Congress now question Afghanistan drawdown

    The U.S. withdrawal plan is based on being able to fix the Afghan security force’s shortcomings by the end of 2016.

    A paramedic walks by a part of fuselage Saturday at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine.

    Ukraine says rebels covering up crime

    Amid growing international outrage about the handling of the Malaysia Airlines crash site, Ukrainian officials accused pro-Russian rebels Saturday of confiscating victims’ bodies and plane parts to obscure their involvement in the downing of the passenger jet and the deaths of all 298 people aboard.

    Katie Vaughn, center, of Elgin talks with artist Scott Beaderstadt and his assistant Angel Levine, both of Chicago, at the fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention at the Gail Borden Library in Elgin on Saturday. Beaderstadt is well known for his imagery for Marvel, Disney and Trollords.

    Comic Book Mania Convention visits Elgin library

    The fifth annual Comic Book Mania Convention drew large crowds (with a few people in costume) to the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin Saturday. “For me it’s more about the community of it than the comics themselves,” said Jamie Sarno, whose dad was in the business.

    Ricky Littlejohn of Parma, Michigan, holds the American flag as he glances into the ring before the second round of the Professional Bullriding Championship at the Kane County Fair. Littlejohn has been a “pickup man,” or bull wrangler, for more than 5 years and says he “loves being on the road and rodeo life.”

    Bull riding, talent winners highlight Kane fair

    On the fourth day of the Kane County Fair Saturday, large crowds took advantage of the pleasant weather to spend time with friends and family. People lined up for carnival rides, corn dogs and frozen lemonade. The schedule was packed with activities from Professional Championship Bullriding to pig racing and a performance by the top talent competitors from Kane County.

    Katie Allabough, house director of the Ronald McDonald House across from Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, talks about the construction, which will be completed by Feb. 14.

    Donors visit future Ronald McDonald House in Winfield

    Major donors and future volunteers of the new Ronald McDonald House Near Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield got a sneak peek Saturday at the construction progress of the 12-family facility nearly seven months before it will open. “It’s very stressful to have your child hospitalized,” Julie Evans of Glen Ellyn said. “The whole thing about the community of the (Ronald...

    A Russian SA-11 launcher is displayed at a military show at the international forum “Technologies in machine building 2010” in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

    Without radar, missile crew may not have identified jet

    If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn’t have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday.

    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson leads cyclists around the village Saturday on a ride to promote cycling. The ride was run by the Friends of Cycling in Elk Grove.

    Mayor’s Elk Grove bike ride promotes cycling

    Cyclists took a five-mile spin around Elk Grove Village Saturday as part of the annual Bike with the Mayor event. Mayor Craig B. Johnson led the ride, which started and ended at the Elk Grove Historical Museum parking lot. The day also included refreshments, crafts and games.

    BRIAN HILL/bhill@dailyherald.com ¬ Newly opened Acosta’s Consignment at 1920 W. Main in St. Charles.

    Acosta’s branching out to bigger space in Batavia

    Dave Heun talks to Chris Acosta who says the Acosta Consignment shop on West Main Street in St. Charles is moving to a larger location in Batavia.

    Steven Paredes, 11, of Mundelein checks out the engine of the a 1967 Camaro at the car show Saturday during the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration.

    Saturday fun at Vernon Hills’ Summer Celebration

    Music, food and fun have always been part of the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, but this year’s event included something different -- a car show.

    Demonstrators hold signs and flags Friday outside the Mexican Consulate in Houston. The issue could worsen in the coming months.

    Communities split on child migrant response

    From California to Massachusetts, communities are offering to build or rehab facilities to take in child migrants until they connect with relatives, plea asylum cases or enter into foster care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for ensuring one of those three outcomes before it deports any minor.

    Samatha Gvanbery, left, with Kelli Dillon sign the memorial in Los Angeles on Friday, Jfor former president of the International AIDS Society Dr. Joep Lange. The prominent researcher and others were headed to an AIDS conference in Australia when their Malaysia Airlines flight went down in the Ukraine.

    HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in U.S. over decade

    HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, which destroys the immune system. The World Health Organization estimates 35 million people globally have the virus. In the United States, 1.1 million people are thought to be infected, though many don’t know it.

    Bailee Boczek, 5, of Round Lake Park tries her hand at milk can bowling Saturday during Round Lake Park’s annual Lake Front Summer Festival.

    Round Lake Park holds Summer Festival

    The village of Round Lake Park held its Lake Front Summer Festival on with plenty of entertainment.

    Steven Paredes, 11, of Mundelein checks out the engine of the a 1967 Camaro at the car show Saturday during the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration.

    Saturday fun at Vernon Hills’ Summer Celebration

    Music, food and fun have always been part of the Vernon Hills Summer Celebration, but this year’s event included something different -- a car show.

    Jamal M. Dumas, 18, of Mount Prospect.

    Mount Prospect man with loaded gun arrested in Evanston

    A Mount Prospect man is facing charges after being arrested in Evanston with a loaded handgun on Friday night, police said.

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrators push a bin Saturday to raise a barricade, during a demonstration in Paris.

    French police and pro-Palestinian protesters clash
    Fighting in the Middle East has enflamed tensions in France, home to Western Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish populations.


    3 injured in Crystal Lake rollover crash

    Three people have been hospitalized after a rollover crash in Crystal Lake that slowed traffic for several hours on Saturday morning. Two were from McHenry and one was from Palatine.


    Man hospitalized after Palatine bar fight

    Palatine police are investigating a bar fight that sent one person to the hospital on Friday night.

    Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo.

    Sunday marks two years since theater massacre

    Aurora Strong Resilience Center, set up to help residents deal with trauma, holds events on coping and will hold a Day of Remembrance. The Potter’s House church across the border in Denver will dedicate a stand of trees in honor of the dead.

    Volunteer Adam Gersten sifts dirt Friday looking for artifacts during an archaeological field school dig at Lake George Battlefield Park in Lake George, N.Y. The summer project is focusing on a site that saw heavy military activity during the 18th century, with American, British, French and American Indian forces battling for control of the region’s waterways.

    Archaeologists excavate Colonial battleground

    During the Revolutionary War, the same grounds were believed to have been the site of a smallpox hospital that treated returning American troops infected with the disease during the colonies’ attempt to conquer Quebec. More than 1,000 stricken soldiers may have died here.

    Christian Anderson

    Bolingbrook man arrested in Elgin on weapons charges

    A 23-year-old Bolingbrook man has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after confronting another man in his vehicle, Elgin police said in a news relese Saturday.

    Michael A. Cannady

    Elgin man faces felony drug charges after police execute search warrant

    A 27-year-old Elgin man faces felony drug charges after police found cannabis in his residence while executing a search warrant Friday, police said Saturday in a news release.

    A home and a burned-out car and golf cart remain from a wildfire the night before, Friday, July 18, in Pateros, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble, solitary brick chimneys and burned-out automobiles as it blackened hundreds of square miles.

    Damage from Washington wildfires ‘hard to believe’

    Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call “Paterodise."

    Israeli soldiers ride near the border with Gaza, Saturday, July 19. Israel pounded Hamas rocket launchers, uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and engaged in gunbattles with Palestinian militants Saturday, as fighting intensified on the second day of its open-ended ground operation in Gaza, as the Palestinian death toll continued to rise.

    Israeli troops battle Hamas, uncover Gaza tunnels

    Israeli troops uncovered more than a dozen cross-border tunnels and battled Gaza militants on the second day of an open-ended ground operation Saturday, as the Palestinian death toll climbed past 330 and diplomats scrambled to revive cease-fire efforts.

    On Wednesday July 27, 2011, New Hampshire State Police Troopers enter the family home of Celina Cass in Stewartstown, N.H. It has been almost three years since the 11-year-old body was found in the Connecticut River. Investigators remain silent about the details of Celina’s death except to call it a homicide.

    3 years later, girl’s unsolved slaying haunts town

    An 11-year-old girl whose disappearance prompted a massive search before her body was found against a dam in the Connecticut River remains a haunting presence in her small rural town.

    A pro-Russian fighter guards the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of helping separatist rebels destroy evidence at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in rebel-held territory — a charge the rebels denied.

    Tensions mount over Ukraine crash as bodies moved at site

    Tensions mounted over the Malaysian Airlines jet crash in eastern Ukraine as investigators struggled to get control of the site and foreign governments expressed anger at the chaos on the ground.


    Lt. Gov. Simon tours Aurora farmers market

    Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is scheduled to tour the farmers market in Aurora on Saturday as part of an effort to urge more markets around the state to accept Link cards.


    Quinn to sign ‘Ban the Box’ legislation

    Gov. Pat Quinn will sign legislation requiring private employers in Illinois to first evaluate job applicants’ skills then ask about criminal histories.


    SIU outlines steps to prevent sexual assault

    Students, faculty and staff at Southern Illinois University will undergo more rigorous programs on sexual assault awareness and prevention.


    Chicago girl killed by stray bullet at sleepover

    A 10-year-old Chicago girl has died after being struck in the head by a stray bullet while she was at a friend’s house for a sleepover.

    Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko.

    Elgin inspires Round Lake Park police to start YouTube channel

    Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko says he's trying to boost his department's social media presence with a YouTube channel. “It’s another tool in the box to communicate out there,” he told the Daily Herald.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Marc and Denise Donatelle of Bartlett are all smiles during the 15th annual Wheaton Band Festival. The fest opened Friday night in Memorial Park.

    Wheaton Band Festival plays in Memorial Park

    The 15th annual Wheaton band festival takes place Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, in Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Avenue. This year's event features the Chicago Brass Band, Swing Low Sweet Cadillac, Fox Valley Concert Band, The Nite Hawks and the Northshore Concert Band. On Saturday, an instrument "petting zoo" will be available for children to explore instruments and music.

    Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens’ digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said this week.

    UN: All nations hide rise in digital snooping

    Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens’ digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said this week.

    Round Lake Beach officials gave preliminary approval for a Meijer superstore and other uses at the Mallard Creek shopping center on Rollins Road near Route 83.

    Round Lake Beach approves Meijer plan for Mallard Creek shopping center

    Round Lake Beach officials this week approved a development agreement for a proposed Meijer superstore and related uses at the Mallard Creek shopping center. Long vacant Walmart and Dominick's stores would be demolished as part of the proposed revamp of the old shopping area. "It's a big step," said Jon Wildenberg, director of economic development.

    These canaries recently were found roaming around Capitol Lane on Gurnee’s west side. Resident Carla Hartman took in the birds and named them, from left, Chips, Salsa, Queso and Taco. Her 22-year-old cockatiel, Nacho, has its own cage.

    Neighborhood on Gurnee’s west side becoming tropical bird paradise

    It’s become a tropical summer in a neighborhood on Gurnee’s west side. Tropical birds have been spotted — and six of them captured — since July 6, police and neighbors said. “We have not had any calls from anyone asking for their birds,” Gurnee Deputy Police Chief Saundra Campbell told the Daily Herald on Friday.

    Margarita Guzman of Colombia dives for the ball during the EVP Rocks Rosemont professional beach volleyball tournament.

    Beach volleyball tournament comes to Rosemont

    The center of Rosemont’s entertainment district has been transformed into a beach to play host to a professional volleyball tournament this weekend. The EVP Rocks Rosemont championship tournament that kicked off Friday at MB Financial Park features 27 professional men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams who have qualified after competing in 20 cities across the country,...

    Brooke Herbert Hayes/bhayes@dailyherald.com Enrique Lopez of Oswego and Brian Garcia of Joliet, rosin, or prepare, their ropes with other riders before the Professional Championship Bullriding at the Kane County Fair at the Fairgrounds in St. Charles on Friday. Lopez became on hooked on bullriding from his first try, “you get on the first time and then you love it.”

    Big weekend planned at Kane County Fair

    Looking for a great way to enjoy a beautiful weekend, weather wise? Look no further than the Kane County Fair. The fair is open noon to midnight today and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Today, there’s more bull riding, a demolition derby at 2 and 7 p.m., the Neverly Brothers perform at 4 p.m. and American English at 7 p.m.

    Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band bring their Rockin’ for the Troops concert back to Cantigny Park in Wheaton Saturday.

    5 things you might do this weekend: Gary Sinise; Ale Fest in Naperville
    Rock for the troops with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band in Wheaton, sample craft beers at Ale Fest in Naperville or hit the Kane County Fair in St. Charles. Check here for those and other fun things to do this weekend.


    Rest stop killing suspect pleads not guilty

    A man suspected of two summer murders has pleaded not guilty. The Rockford Register-Star reports Friday that Terence P. Doddy has been charged with first-degree murder as part of a 15-count Winnebago County grand jury indictment.


    Prosecutors: Blagojevich lawyers misread ruling

    Prosecutors responded Friday to a new argument in Rod Blagojevich’s appeal, saying the imprisoned ex-governor’s lawyers misrepresented a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate campaign-finance case. The Illinois Democrat is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption — including for seeking to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack...


    Hoffman Estates offers back-to-school physicals

    The Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services will offer back-to-school physicals for school-age children from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 at village hall, 1900 Hassell Road. Physicals are available for children attending preschool to grade 12 and will be performed by physicians from Alexian Brothers Medical Group.


    Elgin man to head Carol Stream Park District

    An Elgin man, Jim Reuter, has been named Carol Stream Park District’s new executive director. Reuter will begin his new position in Carol Stream on Monday, July 21, and has a three-year contract that will pay him $130,000 a year.


    Can starter Travis Wood find himself again and be a part of future Cubs rotations?

    Still much of interest in baseball

    Since man cannot live on anticipation and Bourbonnais training camp stories alone, baseball columnist Matt Spiegel offers up some worthy objects for your local baseball attention in the season’s second half.

    The Cubs’ Welington Castillo celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning Saturday’s game in Phoenix. The Cubs lost 9-3.

    Wood loses again, Cubs fall to Diamondbacks 9-3

    Cubs starter Travis Wood gave up seven runs — five earned — on eight hits and lost his third straight start in Saturday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

    Rory McIlroy lines up a putt on the 1st green during the third day of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Saturday July 19, 2014.

    Rory McIlroy builds 6-shot lead at British Open

    Rory McIlroy looked as though he had just thrown a knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday. When he rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the 18th green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist. He went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just over an hour.


    Illinois Open to offer plenty of intrigue

    The 65th Illinois Open golf tournament will have a record nine past champions and a record 81 amateurs in its starting field.

    Victor Pineda is on loan to the expansion Indy Eleven of the second-division North American Soccer League until the end of the season.

    Pineda doing what he can to get back to Fire

    When he signed in 2010 at age 17 as the Chicago Fire’s first homegrown player, Victor Pineda looked destined for great things. That career is still possible, but it will have to restart here, 183 miles to the southeast of Toyota Park. The Fire last month loaned the 21-year-old midfielder to expansion Indy Eleven of the second-division North American Soccer League until the end of the season with the goal of getting him the playing time he didn’t see with the Fire’s first team.


    Boomers fall 4-3 in 10 innings

    The visiting Schaumburg Boomers suffered a 4-3 loss to the Rockford Aviators in 10 innings Saturday night. All-star Joey Wagman kept the Boomers at bay most of the night, striking out 11.


    Cougars strike out 4-2 against Loons

    Great Lakes’ bullpen teamed up for 14 strikeouts Saturday night as the Loons held on for a 4-2 victory over the visiting Kane County Cougars at the Dow Diamond.


    Hawks GM says the puck is in Hayes’ rink

    Blackhawks first-round pick Kevin Hayes has until Aug. 15 to reach an agreement on an entry-level contract or he will become an unrestricted free agent. It’s starting to look like that’s a likely outcome, and general manager Stan Bowman’s comments during this weekend’s Seventh Annual Blackhawks Fan Convention did nothing to dissuade that notion.


    Garcia might be answer for White Sox if Viciedo goes

    Initially ruled out for the season after injuring his shoulder in early April, White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia said he's feeling great and is ready to go on a minor-league rehab assignment.

    White Sox reliever Zach Putnam, right, celebrates with catcher Tyler Flowers after picking up the save in Saturday night’s 4-3 victory over the Astros at U.S. Cellular Field. Flowers drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning with a double.

    Konerko: White Sox not really good, but not bad either

    According to captain Paul Konerko, the White Sox are not a "bad team." They're not great either, but the Sox managed to piece together a second straight win over Houston Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Chase Elliott (9) celebrates with teammates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

    Elliott holds off Bayne for Nationwide win

    Chase Elliott held off Trevor Bayne to win the Nationwide Series stop at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night. Elliott had a strong car all day long for JR Motorsports, qualifying third and leading a race-high 85 laps. Bayne tried to chase him down on fresh tires in the final laps, but ran out of time. Elliott’s third victory of the year, following wins at Texas and Darlington, moved him to the top of the series standings.


    Penalty kick ties game for Fire, Union

    Sebastien Le Toux scored on a penalty kick in the 91st minute and the Philadelphia Union came back to tie the Chicago Fire 1-1 on Saturday. Le Toux was awarded the penalty kick after Gonzalo Segares was called for a hand ball inside the penalty area. Segares turned his back on Le Toux’s shot, but the ball hit his right arm. Le Toux calmly slotted home the penalty kick inside the left post, past a diving Sean Johnson. He has scored five goals in his past six games for Philadelphia (5-8-8).

    The White Sox’s Tyler Flowers watches his RBI double during the fifth inning of Saturday night’s game against the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox won 4-3.

    Flowers’ 3 hits, go-ahead RBI lead White Sox to win

    Tyler Flowers had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.George Springer hit his 20th home run, a solo shot, and Jose Altuve had a two-run double for the Astros.Flowers’ RBI double snapped a 3-all tie after Alejandro De Aza tripled. Flowers, who also drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh of Friday’s 3-2 victory, had his first three-hit game since April 24. He is 6 for 9 in his last three games after going 10 for 112 in his previous 34.

    Lee-Anne Pace, of South Africa, lines up a putt on the 17th green during the third round of the Marathon Classic LPGA golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Saturday, July 19, 2014.

    Pace, Diaz share lead through 54 holes at Marathon

    Lee-Anne Pace made a name for herself as an amateur in her native South Africa, then proved herself with eight wins on the Ladies European Tour. Now she’s ready to make waves in the U.S. Pace shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to grab a share of the third-round lead with Laura Diaz in the Marathon Classic.

    Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, speeds down Izoard pass during the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday.

    Tour de France leaves Alps: Pole wins day, Italian well in lead

    Panting hard with his jersey unzipped and wide open in the heat, Polish rider Rafal Majka sped to a solo breakaway victory on Stage 14 as the Tour de France wrapped up its foray in the Alps on Saturday. The two stages were expected to shake up the standings, but Vincenzo Nibali was not only still wearing the yellow jersey, he was farther out front.

    East players celebrate as time expires in overtime of the WNBA All-Star basketball game Saturday in Phoenix. The East won 125-124 in overtime.

    East tops West in OT at WNBA All-Star game

    Showtime Shoni lived up to her nickname in her first WNBA All-Star Game. And a wild game it was. Schimmel scored an All-Star game record 29 points and had eight assists as the East pulled out a 125-124 victory Saturday over the West in the first WNBA All-Star Game to go into overtime. The Atlanta rookie was named the game’s MVP. Tamika Catchings, an All-Star for a record-tying ninth time, made a layup with 6.9 seconds to go to give the East the lead and then knocked the ball away from Skylar Diggins on the defensive end to seal the victory.

    Clockwise from upper left, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Jay Cutler are some key pieces of the Bears offense for 2014, but the high-powered offense also must answer some important questions in training camp.

    6 questions facing Bears offense at training camp

    Expectations are high for a Bears offense that was one of the league's most explosive last season, but there are still plenty of questions as the team prepares for the start of training camp, and most of those questions concern quarterback Jay Cutler.


    Ukrainian emergency workers along with miners search for bodies of victims Saturday at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine.

    Forensic experts gather material to ID victims

    Police said in a tweet that 40 pairs of detectives from the National Forensic Investigations Team would be visiting victims’ relatives over the coming days.Their aims is to build a database of material including DNA and photographs of distinguishing features like scars and tattoos that can be used to identify bodies and body parts recovered from the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

    Joanie Dwyer of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho fly-fishes Monday from her pontoon on Hayden Lake in Hayden, Idaho.

    Study: National parks boost economy in West

    “We understand the part we play in creating a healthy and sustainable economic base, and we appreciate the support of area businesses, neighbors and park partners for our national parks,” Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said in a statement.

    Kris Singh, center, the founder, president and CEO of Holtec International answers a question Monday in Camden, N.J. The company that makes components for power plants said it eventually expects to bring 3,000 jobs to the facility it plans to build in Camden, one of the nation’s poorest cities. New Jersey raised its mandatory minimum wage this year.

    States with higher minimum wages gain more jobs

    Nine of the 13 states increased their minimum wages automatically in line with inflation: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. Four more states — Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island — approved legislation mandating the increases.

    Camel cigarettes, a Reynolds American product, are on display at a liquor store in Palo Alto, Calif. Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is planning to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for about $25 billion in a deal to combine two of the nation’s oldest and biggest tobacco companies.

    Florida jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6 billion in damages

    The lawsuit’s goal was to stop tobacco companies from targeting children and young people with their advertising, said attorney Willie Gary.

    A saltwater disposal facility burns after it was struck by lightning, near Alexander, N.D.

    Lightning a threat to saltwater disposal sites

    Despite the risks posed by lightning, North Dakota doesn’t require companies to install any protections. Some do it anyway — the owner of tanks near the town of Ross that were struck June 27 estimates it will cost $2 million to replace them and clean up the site.

    Eddie Garza of the animal rights group Mercy For Animals speaks in Miami in front of a photo of a worker striking a cow at Hansen, Idaho’s Bettencourt Dairies, where three former dairy workers were charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after the group’s undercover video was shown. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful. Among them are Idaho, where this year’s law says unauthorized recording is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

    Ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

    Chris Green, a spokesman for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which along with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a plaintiff in both lawsuits, said farm groups should be concerned about the public’s perception that slaughterhouses and farms are operating in the dark.

    India proposed allowing mobile telephone companies and supermarket chains to set up payment banks to provide financial products to the tens of millions of people in the nation who lack direct access to them. Such companies would help to tap rural savings in the South Asian economy where the World Bank estimates that just 35 percent of adult population have accounts with financial institutions.

    India mobile-phone companies, supermarkets may soon start banks

    India proposed allowing mobile telephone companies and supermarket chains to set up payment banks to provide financial products to the tens of millions of people in the nation who lack direct access to them.

    This product image provided by Mophie shows the Mophie Space Pack for the iPhone. The Space Pack doubles battery life and gives you an additional 16 or 32 gigabytes of storage. It also serves as a phone case, albeit a heavy and bulky one because it needs to fit a battery and memory.

    Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips

    Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Here's a list of products and services worth bringing along.

    RoadTrippers lets you plot your course and highlights points of interest along the way that may be worth adding to your journey.

    App reviews: RoadTrippers, Watercolors

    Planning a summer road trip? If you’re looking to fill in some spots between points A and B, try out RoadTrippers. For a more creative app, Watercolors is a fun and fluid puzzle game that calls back to your finger painting days but also requires a bit of logic.

    None of Bitcoin’s recent troubles — technological glitches and the collapse of the biggest cryptocurrency exchange, MtGox, the departure of key figures from the bitcoin Foundation — have struck me as terminal. Now, though, I’m starting to think bitcoin needs trust to survive — a potentially fatal flaw for the virtual currency, Leonid Bershidsky writes in his Bloomberg View column.

    How trust may be the ultimate bitcoin killer

    None of Bitcoin’s recent troubles -- technological glitches and the collapse of the biggest cryptocurrency exchange, MtGox, the departure of key figures from the Bitcoin Foundation -- have struck me as terminal. Now, though, I’m starting to think Bitcoin needs trust to survive -- a potentially fatal flaw for the virtual currency.

    A #GoogleDC sign and Google Inc. Fiber signage is displayed at the Google Inc. office in Washington, D.C.

    Google opens lobbying digs on Congress’s doorstep

    It’s a given, by now, that Google is a leader in free food, on-site massages and foosball for its employees. It’s also no secret that the tech giant has become one of America’s top lobbying spenders. In its public unveiling of the new Washington office, Google showed how it may propose to stay ahead of the pack on both fronts.

    This Feb. 16, 2013 file photo shows a printout of the Facebook page for Loren Williams, now deceased, at the Beaverton, Ore. home of his mother, Karen Williams. Williams sued Facebook for access to Loren’s account after he died in a 2005 motorcycle accident at the age of 22. The Uniform Law Commission on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 was expected to endorse a plan to automatically give loved ones access to — but not control of — all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified.

    Should online accounts die when you die?

    Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters? A leading group of lawyers says that families should immediately get access to everything online unless otherwise specified in a will.

    A customer confirms receipt of a bitcoin purchase with cash using a bitcoin automated teller machine (ATM) at the CoinSummit Virtual Currency conference in London, U.K.

    Bitcoin ‘mining pool’ promises to stay small

    The largest group of bitcoin miners, which maintains and processes transactions in the digital currency, is promising to avoid majority control of the currency as a temporary measure to maintain the payment system’s credibility.

    Associated Press/File Google’s chief executive Larry Page Page said he thinks that people’s basic needs are small, yet their need to have something productive to do is significant. One of today’s big social problems is finding a way to reconcile the two.

    Google CEO: Work less, enjoy life more

    After a holiday weekend, many people probably were asking why we can’t work just four days every week. Google chief executive Larry Page thinks maybe we can. Page said he thinks that people’s basic needs are small, yet their need to have something productive to do is significant. One of today’s big social problems is finding a way to reconcile the two.

    LG Electronics, VTech Holdings and Filip Technologies have all developed high-tech watches for children, undaunted by the slow progress the industry has made in pitching the devices to adults.

    Shunned by adults, smartwatches take aim at kids

    With smartwatches drawing lukewarm interest from most consumers, some technology companies are trying a fresh approach: market them to kids. LG Electronics, VTech Holdings and Filip Technologies have all developed high-tech watches for children, undaunted by the slow progress the industry has made in pitching the devices to adults.

    Facebook is putting a button on its site that will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. A “Buy” button appears at the bottom of sponsored ads and is being tested by a limited group of several small- and medium-sized U.S. businesses.

    Facebook tests ‘buy button’ to let people shop on site

    Facebook is testing a “Buy” button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world’s biggest online social network. The company said the button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook.

Life & Entertainment

    Blake Shelton brings The Ten Times Crazier Tour with Dan + Shay, The Band Perry and Neal McCoy to Wrigley Field in Chicago at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

    Weekend picks: Blake Shelton to rock Wrigley Field

    Country star Blake Shelton headlines The Ten Times Crazier Tour with Dan + Shay, The Band Perry and Neal McCoy at Wrigley Field. Celebrated comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town to perform standup material this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Musician and vocalist Ralph Covert takes to the Ravinia stage with a children's concert Saturday morning.

    As part of their Mind Over Masses television show, National Geographic divided a one block-long sidewalk into two sections; one for cell phone users and the other for those not using a cell phone in downtown Washington, Thursday, July 17, 2014. The walkway warnings were put there by the brains behind a National Geographic television show as part of a behavioral science experiment.

    TV show puts cellphone lanes on DC sidewalk

    Pedestrians walking along sidewalk in the nation’s capital Thursday found themselves with a choice. “No cellphones,” said lettering on one side of the sidewalk. “Cellphones,” the other lane said. “Walk at your own risk.”

    The glove from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” outfit.

    Beyonce exhibit to debut at Rock Hall of Fame Museum

    A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section, next to iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

    Josh Duhamel, left, and Dean Winters speak onstage during the “Battle Creek” panel at the CBS 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    ‘Battle Creek’ turns Michigan city into star magnet

    The Michigan city of Battle Creek is becoming a star magnet. CBS’ new police series “Battle Creek” is being filmed in Los Angeles, but its cast is making pilgrimages to Battle Creek to soak up the atmosphere. Kal Penn visited and Josh Duhamel planned to gather his own impressions of Battle Creek, he told a TV critics’ meeting Thursday.

    Dylan McDermott, left, and Kevin Williamson speak onstage during the “Stalker” panel at the CBS 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    ‘Stalker’ Kevin Williamson creator says show doesn’t cross a line

    Kevin Williamson says if you think his new CBS series, “Stalker,” crosses a line, “change the channel.” The show stars Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q as a pair of LAPD detectives investigating stalking cases.

    Tea Leoni plays the U.S. secretary of state with Tim Daly as her husband in the upcoming CBS show “Madam Secretary.”

    Tea Leoni gets go-ahead from kids for TV return

    Tea Leoni got the go-ahead from her kids to get back to work. The 48-year-old actress has worked sparingly in recent years while being at home with her two children. “I turned to my 12-year-old son and I said, ‘It’s going to be a little tricky. I’m not going to be around as much. Are you cool with that?”’ Leoni said Thursday at the summer TV critics’ meeting.

    The boutique Kinzie Hotel offers cool packages this summer for bike riders, families, club scenesters, and Lollapalooza goers.

    Going to Lolla? Book a hotel package!

    Attending Lollapalooza? Experience the ultimate VIP weekend at The James Chicago or the Kinzie Hotel. Millennium Park offers Thursday-night jazz concerts through August. And Grayslake hosts the Lake County Fair.


    Rieslings struggle to get past sugary stigma

    Tell friends you favor Riesling and you're likely to get a shake of the head and a dismissal of sweet wines. For many consumers, Riesling remains saddled with that stigma, a vestige of the insipid, sugary wines from Germany that flooded the market in the 1970s and their cloying American counterparts. Yet that's not the full Riesling story, and it's exceedingly popular among the most dedicated wine fiends.

    “Transcendence,” starring Johnny Depp, comes to DVD July 22.

    DVD releases for Tuesday, July 22

    A boy glimpses a world beyond in "Heaven is for Real." Johnny Depp builds an army of cyborg zombies in "Transcendence." And Michael Pena portrays the title icon in "Cesar Chavez." All three are coming to DVD July 22.

    “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast members Melissa and Joe Gorga won’t be able to move back into their Montville mansion just yet. A judge on Thursday ruled the tenant who is renting it may stay for 17 more days provided he makes a $25,000 payment.

    Eviction delayed from ‘Real Housewives’ mansion

    “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast members Melissa and Joe Gorga won’t be able to move back into their Montville mansion just yet.

    A single roll of wallpaper energizes an entire, once-dull white wall. Better yet, no pasting was required.

    Landlord-friendly ways to unleash your imagination

    Q. We are grad students renting a nondescript little house for a year. I’ve always loved decorating, but my artsy hands are tied. Maybe you have some suggestions that won’t compromise our security deposit?


    Real estate pricing websites can’t be perfectly accurate

    Q. How reliable are websites such as Zillow and others that list an estimated value of my home? I purchased my home in 2013, which was new construction for $185,000. On websites, they say my home is worth about $160,000.

    More interior designers are being asked to come up with plans for “multispecies living.”

    Keep pets in mind with these home renovations

    As pet ownership hits an all-time high, pet-friendly remodeling has gone far beyond the basic doggy door. It now includes features like dog-washing stations and customized kitty litter cabinets.


    Maintain safeguards with association accounts

    Q. The treasurer of our self-managed association pays all association bills and performs the reconciliation of the association’s checking account. Is this a good idea?


    A new challenge to the HECM reverse mortgage program

    The United States today faces a retirement funds crisis: a rapidly growing number of persons who are retiring without the financial capacity to support themselves during ever-increasing life spans. The HECM reverse mortgage program, which allows older homeowners to convert some or all of the equity in their homes into cash, ought to be a major policy tool for dealing with the crisis.



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