Daily Archive : Sunday July 20, 2014


    Carpentersville firefighters, dive teams and rescue personnel from several surrounding departments searched the Fox River for a man who disappeared in the water Sunday morning.

    Man dies while swimming in Fox River

    Rescue teams from across the suburbs helped Sunday to recover the body of swimmer in the Fox River in Carpentersville. According to a news release late Sunday, the man's body was recovered round 5 p.m. near Angelina Place after hours of searching. The identification of the man is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

    Flowers and cards placed at the base of a tree in front of the home of Mildred “Dodie” Darrington serve as a memorial to the 85-year-old woman, who police say was stabbed to death Friday night.

    Shocked neighbors recall East Dundee murder victim

    The neighbors of an 85-year-old East Dundee woman who was stabbed to death Friday night remembered her as a sweet woman who will be dearly missed. Mildred “Dodie” Darrington lived alone at her home on the 100 block of Aldis Drive until she was killed.

    Mihirtej Boddupalli, 21, of Lisle, and fellow Northwestern University student Caroline Koppel attend a conference earlier this month with their summer employer, Accenture. Koppel said Boddupalli, who was killed in a crash early Saturday morning in Naperville, was always telling jokes and trying to cheer up friends who were stressed.

    Naperville quarry crash victims remembered for humor, confidence

    A Geneva man accused of driving drunk into a Naperville quarry early Saturday morning, causing a crash that killed two of his friends, is being held on $250,000 bail, authorities said Sunday. Meanwhile, friends of the two people who died are remembering Mihirtej Boddupalli, 21, of Lisle, and Sajaad Safiullah Syed, 21, of Naperville for being funny, confident and optimistic.


    No arrests in slaying of 11-year-old Chicago girl

    The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet fired into her friend’s home during a slumber party didn’t allow the girl or her twin brother to play outside because she was so afraid of Chicago’s street violence, the girl’s great-grandmother said Sunday. A police spokeswoman, Janel Sedevic, said Sunday afternoon that nobody has been arrested in...

    Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn, above left, says the jobs outlook in the state has only improved since he took office in 2009. Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says Quinn’s time in office has hurt the jobs outlook in Illinois not helped.

    Quinn, Rauner use jobs claims as campaign weapons

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican rival Bruce Rauner have both sought to use the state’s jobs situation as a political weapon. But their claims and the numbers behind them demonstrate that the picture isn’t nearly as clear as either Quinn or Rauner suggests. Many of those claims center on one set of numbers in particular: How many people are employed in Illinois and what that...


    Geneva-area farmer killed when tractor rolls over

    An Elgin man was found dead under his tractor Sunday afternoon on his family farm in unincorporated Geneva Township.

    A woman walks past a message board for victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Separatist rebels in Ukraine have recovered the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a rebel leader said Sunday.

    Bodies from downed jet piled in boxcars in Ukraine

    ro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation from Western leaders that the rebels were tampering with the site. The United States, meanwhile, presented what it called “powerful” evidence that the rebels shot...

    Israeli soldiers mourn over the grave of Sgt. Bnaya Rubel during his funeral at the military cemetery in Holon, Israel, Sunday. Rubel was killed while fighting Palestinian militants in Gaza on Saturday.

    Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

    The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the offensive would continue “as...


    Quinn OKs cannabis use for kids with epilepsy

    Minors with epilepsy would be allowed to use medical marijuana under a measure Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed Sunday. The measure adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in the state’s medical cannabis program and allows children with seizures from epilepsy to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent’s consent.

    In this June 12, photo, Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn listens to a question at a news conference in Chicago. Quinn, who fighting to hold onto his seat and his reputation as a reformer who’s cleaned up state government, is facing questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election after a state audit found funds were misused.

    Quinn anti-violence spending didn’t pull big votes

    An analysis shows that Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, which critics have called a “political slush fund,” didn’t do him much good in his 2010 campaign. The Chicago Sun-Times, which analyzed the numbers, reported that in Chicago neighborhoods where the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative’s $54 million was spent, voter turnout in 2010 was 2...


    Fox Lake man killed in motorcycle crash

    A 65-year-old Fox Lake man was killed Sunday morning after his motorcycle collided with a minivan in northern McHenry County, officials said. David Stoll was pronounced dead at 11:08 a.m. at Centegra Medical Center — McHenry, about 90 minutes after the crash at Route 173 and Winn Road in Spring Grove.

    Children scramble to pick up candy thrown by marchers in the annual Alpine Fest Parade on Sunday in downtown Lake Zurich. The parade kicked off the last day of the annual summer event Alpine Fest.

    Alpine Fest Parade a sweet tradition in Lake Zurich

    The Alpine Fest Parade, which organizers say is the largest parade in Lake County, marched through downtown Lake Zurich in front of a clapping, cheering and candy-hungry crowd on Sunday. Hundreds of people lined Main Street to watch the marching bands, bagpipers, civic organizations and local businesses that participated in the annual parade.


    Off-duty police officer killed in crash

    The Illinois State Police says an off-duty Chicago police officer has been killed in a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the city’s South Side.

    Danielle Engel begins to tear up as she thanks the crowd for support Sunday in the Blue Ribbon livestock arena at the Kane County Fair. Her 1,305-pound steer won grand champion and she sold it for $3.30 a pound in her last 4-H competition.

    Fair brings sights, sounds of rural days back to Kane County

    The sights and sounds of the Western suburbs’ more rural days came alive again Sunday as the Kane County Fair wrapped up in St. Charles with the culmination of the 4-H Blue Ribbon Sale. “Their animal will bring more than market value, then they use it to support their projects, save for college and that kind of thing,” said Anne Carson, a member of the Kane County 4-H...

    Candy Wong of Ontario, Canada, prepares for the start of the women’s elite marathon on Sunday at the Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Sports Festival in Hoffman Estates. Sunday’s races were organized into recreational and elite categories with participants completing a 10k, half marathon or full marathon. Organizer Peter Starykowicz of Hoffman Estates says “position is most important” for marathon skaters who rely on drafts from the other skaters.

    Top in-line skaters race through Hoffman Estates

    Some of the world’s best in-line skaters, along with plenty of local weekend warriors, rolled through Hoffman Estates on Sunday during the Alexian Brothers Fitness for America Festival’s in-line skating marathon. The marathon, along with shorter races for skaters of all ability levels, took off from the former AT&T campus and traveled and 8.7-mile loop that wound through north...

    Bill Lambert holds a sign as he joins demonstrators outside the Mexican Consulate on Friday in Houston. The sharp contrast in how Americans are reacting to the immigrant influx mirrors the divisiveness seen in Congress as the nation’s leaders attempt to find solutions to an issue that could worsen in the coming months.

    How a flood of kids upended immigration debate

    The nation’s yearlong deliberation over immigration has taken a head-snapping detour. What was once a debate over how to fix a broken system and provide a path to citizenship for millions has become a race to decide how to increase border patrols and send people back quickly to their country of origin.


    Mundelein Arts Festival

    The 4th annual Mundelein Arts Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., downtown Mundelein.


    Car event in Lincolnshire

    Lincolnshire officials are hosting the town’s first cruise night on Aug. 1.


    Touch a truck in Island Lake

    Island Lake will host a “touch the truck” event on Saturday, July 26.


    Hanover Twp, Greater Elgin Family Care Center team on back-to-school fair

    Hanover Township and the Greater Elgin Family Care Center will hold a back-to-school fair where students can receive health checkups on July 30.


    Former Woodstock streets employee gets diversion program for rock salt theft

    A former Woodstock streets employee enters a pretrial diversion program for a rock salt theft; an Elgin wrongful cremation lawsuit drags on; applications are being accepted for the Aurora Police Department's fall Citizen Police Academy, now in its 20th year.

    An Ukrainian paramedic walks amongst charred debris at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday. Armed rebels forced emergency workers to hand over all 196 bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines crash site and had them loaded Sunday onto refrigerated train cars bound for a rebel-held city, Ukrainian officials and monitors said.

    U.S. outlines case against Russia on downed plane

    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site. “A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence ... it’s powerful here,” said Secretary of State John Kerry, a former prosecutor, and it holds...


    Railroad work in Des Plaines to close part of Lee Street

    A portion of Lee Street in Des Plaines will be closed for more than a week in August for railroad crossing repairs.


    Des Plaines fire hydrants to receive markers

    Some 700 fire hydrants in Des Plaines will be getting fire hydrant markers and flags before the winter to make it easier for firefighters to locate hydrants buried in snow, officials said. The reflectively-striped poles with reflective flags will be installed primarily in cul-de-sacs and 4-lane roads where it’s common for snow piles to cover hydrants, said Fire Chief Alan Wax.


    Conservation club hosts youth event

    The Northern Illinois Conservation Club hosts an event for kids aged 5 to 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at its headquarters a half-mile south of Route 173 and a quarter-mile east of Route 83 in unincorporated Antioch Township.

    The staff poses on the lawn at the old Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates.

    Staffers remember Poplar Creek Music Theatre summers 20 years after closure

    The time Frank Sinatra forgot his sheet music, or the day Neil Diamond played softball with the staff, or when Joe Cocker's crew lost a piano leg. Those who worked at the Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates have plenty of memories of the venue 20 years after it closed. “There was just something special about the place. It touched a lot of people’s lives,” said Sue...

    Members of the Egyptian security forces attend the funeral for a police officer who was killed by unknown gunmen Friday, while marching on a street in Abou Khalifa in the Ismailia governorate, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 19, 2014. According to officials, the officer was shot dead by unknown gunmen in el-Arish, a city in the Sinai, where Egypt is fighting Islamic extremists. (

    Death toll rises to 22 in Egypt border post attack

    The death toll from a brazen attack on a border post in Egypt’s western desert along the border with Libya has risen to 22 troops, including three officers, the military said Sunday.


    23 killed as Libyan militias fight over airport

    Rival Libyan militias battled for control the capital’s international airport Sunday, fighting that killed at least three people, a security official said.

    In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, a vehicle sits under a collapsed building after landfall of typhoon Rammasun in Haikou, capital of south China’s Hainan Province. The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed more than a dozen people, the government said Sunday.

    Strongest storm in decades in south China kills 18

    The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 18 people, the government said Sunday, while in the Philippines the death toll from the storm’s earlier destruction rose to 94. Typhoon Rammasun killed nine people and left five missing after hitting Hainan island.

    The Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates offered shows from 1980 until 1994. This Sept. 21, 1991 image highlights the marquee with an upcoming show by Rod Stewart.

    Images: Remembering Poplar Creek Music Theatre
    Twenty years after the gates shut for the last time, we recall the storied list of acts that graced the stage at Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates.

    That Maine South High School senior in the lower left was “pretty attractive,” says classmate Gary Koca, who had one date with her. Koca went on to a career with the federal government, and so did his date, Hillary Rodham.

    Composed Maine South song, wrote book, and BTW, dated Hillary

    Gary Koca of Pingree Grove wrote the Maine South High School fight song, broadcast games with radio partner Steve Goodman years before "Go, Cubs, Go," and would rather talk about his book, "Forgotten Movie Stars of the 30's, 40's and 50's." But it's hard to look past that he went on a date with classmate Hillary Rodham.

    Members of the North Carolina-based All Veteran Parachute Team make a jump Friday into Cantigny Park in Wheaton. The team works with Lisle-based Operation Support Our Troops America to provide tandem sky-dives to veterans and Gold Star families.

    Local veterans heal with skydiving, land at Cantigny

    It’s not just another jump when Mike Elliott does a tandem skydive with a veteran or a person who has lost a loved one in combat. “It’s transformational,” he said. “It’s all about freedom and changing lives.” Elliott did a tandem jump with Korean War veteran John Crowden of Woodstock landing at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.


    Winning the rat race not all it’s cracked up to be

    Our Ken Potts says winning the rat race isn't all it's cracked up to be. Before you count your possessions, he says, you might want to take a minute to check out all the love around you.


    Cubs starter Travis Wood has taken a big step backward this season.

    No quantity of quality for Cubs starters

    The Cubs are 2-11 since the July 4 blockbuster trade that sent pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles says there's a good reason for that record: The Cubs have only 3 quality starts since the trade, and all 3 have been authored by Jake Arrieta.

    The Bears defense will be a mix of new faces and familiar this season. Clockwise from upper left, Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen, Tim Jennings, Lance Briggs, and Charles Tillman are some key the players for the Bears.

    5 key questions facing the Bears defense

    There are plenty of questions and room for improvement on the Bears' defense as the team reports for training camp on Wednesday. The addition of of several new players should give Mel Tucker's crew a much different look this year.

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza heads to the dugout after he was pulled from the baseball game against the Washington Nationals during the first inning Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Washington.

    Some uniform advice for Brewers, Padres from Len Kasper

    Len Kasper freely admits he is a sports uniform and logo nut. And he says he has thoroughly enjoyed this season’s decade-to-decade journey of the Cubs’ outfits as part of Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday celebration, particularly the Gabby Hartnett-era uniform. He shares some of his sartorial opinions regarding other teams, including the Brewers, Royals, Blue Jays and Padres.

    The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo makes a diving catch into the photo well on a foul ball hit by Arizona’s Aaron Hill during the sixth inning Sunday in Phoenix.

    D-backs benefit from Rizzo’s catch

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made a remarkable catch, tumbling into the photo well to snag a foul ball. And it might have cost the Cubs the game. Josh Collmenter threw seven sharp innings, David Peralta drove in a pair of runs and the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

    Outfielder Dayan Viciedo is the kind of player a team could eventually regret trading, says Chris Rongey.

    Some help for questions that need answers

    Here are a couple of questions White Sox fans wish they had the answers for right now. Instead, the uncertainty is causing acid reflux because of the anxiety. Chris Rongey will try to help.


    Red Stars rally for 1-1 tie

    The Chicago Red Stars pulled off one of their classic come-from-behind efforts in tying host Seattle Reign FC late in the game with an 82nd-minute Christen Press goal assisted by Jen Hoy.

    Rory McIlroy holds the claret jug after finishing his wire-to-wire British Open victory, his third major in the career grand slam. McIlroy already is thinking about next year’s Masters.

    Golf’s next big thing might already be here

    Golf enthusiasts can quit worrying about the future of competitive golf. The next big thing will come along to replace Tiger Woods. Maybe he already has in Rory McIlroy.

    Matt Lindstrom

    Lindstrom could be back in bullpen soon

    Out since May 20 with an ankle injury, White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom is very encouraged after throwing 30 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. Lindstrom says he's close to going on a minor-league rehab assignment.

    White Sox catcher Adrian Nieto talks to relief pitcher Daniel Webb during the seventh inning, when the Astros scored 4 runs after the Sox had finally battled back to tied the game at 7-7.

    White Sox again show their bad side

    Looking for a very rare three-game sweep, the White Sox came up short yet again on Sunday as starting pitcher John Danks and reliever Daniel Webb were torched in an 11-7 loss to the Astros.


    Cougars fall 9-5 to Loons

    Great Lakes used 9 straight runs Sunday to guarantee a series victory over the visiting Cougars. With the 9-5 victory, the Loons (14-15, 48-51) handed the Cougars (19-10, 64-35) their first series loss of the second half.

    Norway’s Alexander Kristoff crosses the finish line Sunday to win the 15th stage of the Tour de France in Nimes, France.

    Kristoff wins stage, Nibali keeps Tour de France lead

    Almost at the line, Jack Bauer and Martin Elmiger were exhausted but could see it coming — their first Tour de France stage victory. Those last 50 meters, however, got in the way. A bunch of sprinters leading the pack came speeding like a runaway train and plowed past the huffing breakaway duo in the final milliseconds. Stage 15 belonged to Norwegian speedster Alexander Kristoff, his second stage victory in this Tour.

    White Sox catcher Adrian Nieto, left, talks to relief pitcher Daniel Webb during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Chicago on Sunday, July 20, 2014.

    Astros beat White Sox 11-7

    Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking RBI double, and the Houston Astros tied their season high with 17 hits in an 11-7 win over the White Sox on Sunday that prevented a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field.Chicago fell behind 4-0 early and tied the score 7-all in the sixth on Alexei Ramirez’s RBI double, Jose Abreu’s run-scoring single and a run-scoring two-out grounder by Dayan Viciedo that went through the legs of All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve for Houston’s second error of the inning.Daniel Webb (5-3) allowed RBI doubles in the seventh to Dominguez and L.J. Hoes, and Marwin Gonzalez followed with a two-run single. Dominguez had three hits and four RBIs.Tony Sipp (2-1) pitched 1-1 scoreless innings as Houston stopped a three-game skid. Josh Fields and Chad Qualls got three straight outs each.Houston’s Jarred Cosart allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in five innings. John Danks (8-7) last a season-low 4 1-3 innings, giving up a season-high 12 hits and seven runs.NOTES: Hoes filled in for Astros OF George Springer, who was held out because of soreness in his right knee and quadriceps. ... Chicago manager Robin Ventura was non-committal about the closer role, which Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam shared in recent weeks. Matt Lindstrom (left ankle surgery) could return next month, while Thompson also was a potential candidate. Prior to the game, Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, where he converted all six of his save chances. RHP Felipe Paulino was transferred to the 60-day DL. ... Ventura had a rooting interest in the upcoming Hall of Fame induction of Frank Thomas, his former teammate. “He was a dominant player in his era, and that will stand the test of time as far as his place with the White Sox,” Ventura said. ... White Sox LHP Chris Sale is to make his first post-All-Star game start versus the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

    Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland holds the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014.

    McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major

    HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy had to work a little harder, sweat a little more. No matter. Just like his other two majors, this British Open was never really in doubt.Staked to a six-shot lead going into the final round, McIlroy turned back brief challenges with key birdies around the turn and a majestic drive at just the right moment to close with a 1-under 71 and complete a wire-to-wire victory at Royal Liverpool.In another major lacking drama over the final hour, what brought the British Open to life was the potential of its champion.McIlroy won the U.S. Open by eight shots. He won the PGA Championship by eight shots. And with his two-shot victory over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, the 25-year-old from Northern Ireland joined some elite company beyond the names on that silver claret jug. Jack Nicklaus (23) and Tiger Woods (24) are the only other players since 1934 to win three majors before age 25.Boy Wonder is back. Or maybe he’s just getting started again.“I’ve really found my passion again for golf,” McIlroy said. “Not that it ever dwindled, but it’s what I think about when I get up in the morning. It’s what I think about when I go to bed. I just want to be the best golfer that I can be. And I know if I can do that, then trophies like this are within my capability.”McIlroy put an end to this major with a powerful drive down the fairway at the par-5 16th, setting up a two-putt birdie to restore his lead to three shots. He finished with two pars, the last putt from inches away. McIlroy simply smiled, shared hugs with his caddie and Fowler, and then waved mother Rosie onto the green. She was not at the other two majors he won. He turned and applauded the fans in the horseshoe arena around the 18th green, and then returned to collect the oldest trophy in golf.This could have been another romp except for a shaky stretch early for McIlroy, and solid efforts from Garcia and Fowler.Garcia pulled within two shots with four holes to play until he put his tee shot in a pot bunker just right of the 15th green. His first shot failed to get over the 4-foot sodden wall and rolled back into the sand. He made bogey, and two birdies over the final three holes were not enough. Garcia shot 66 and was runner-up in a major for the fourth time.“I think that we gave it a good effort,” Garcia said. “And there was someone a little bit better.”Fowler, playing in the final group for the second straight major, didn’t do anything wrong. He just didn’t do enough right to make up a six-shot deficit. Fowler played without a bogey and shot 67.All that’s left for McIlroy to become the sixth player to win the career Grand Slam is a green jacket from the Masters.“I don’t have any doubt he’ll win there,” Fowler said. “I just hope I get that one before he does.”It was the first time two straight majors were won wire to wire. Martin Kaymer did it last month at Pinehurst No. 2, winning the U.S. Open by eight shots.McIlroy, who finished at 17-under 271, wasn’t the only big winner Sunday. Ten years ago, his father and three of his friends each put up 100 pounds ($170) at 500-1 odds that McIlroy would win the British Open before he turned 26.The kid made good on the best with a brand of golf that had him marked early as golf’s next great player.“He’s never reminded me. I knew that he’d done it,” McIlroy said. “I’m not sure if it will pay out. If it does, it’s a nice little bonus.”McIlroy moved up to No. 2 in the world, perhaps on his way to regaining the No. 1 ranking that once looked as if it would be his for years. He ended the 2012 season by winning his second major and capturing the money title on the PGA Tour and European Tour.

    For Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, the fight to keep under the salary cap is unrelenting.

    Salary cap problems? Blackhawks could have worse problems

    The fight to stay under the NHL salary cap is unrelenting, especially when you’re the Blackhawks and you have a core of extraordinary players taking up so much of the payroll. It’s a much better situation than having a dearth of great players and paying mediocrity to reach the cap floor and miss the playoffs, like in 2010.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for July 20

    Joe Kristufek's selections for July 20 racing at Arlington International.


    Detroit retirees Mike Shane, left, and William Davis protest near the federal courthouse in Detroit July 3. Ballots submitted by city workers, retirees, pensioners and other creditors likely will determine how quickly Detroit exits its historic bankruptcy. A major piece of the bankruptcy puzzle could fall into place Monday with the expected release of the results of a vote by creditors, including more than 30,000 retired and current city workers, on whether to accept millions of dollars in cuts.

    Detroit seeing upgrades ahead of bankruptcy trial

    Detroit neighborhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts. In the little more than a year since state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr made Detroit the largest U.S. city to seek bankruptcy protection, it has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into Judge Steven Rhodes’ decisions during next month’s bankruptcy trial.

    A seven-story modern modular apartment building called the Stack, left, is shown next to a decades-old residence in New York City. The Stack’s 28 apartments were formed from 59 modules of rectangular components all 12.5 feet wide and 50 to 60 feet long. It’s billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the city.

    Building shows how mod design stacks up as cool

    In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It’s billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation’s apartment capital. Called the Stack, the building near Manhattan’s northern tip aims to show that while stackable apartments can save builders time and money, modular doesn’t have to mean monotonous. Its chunky front embraces its building-block roots, but the apartments’ interiors defy their boxy components with varied floor plans and stylish fixtures and finishes.

    A new study by researchers in Norway, published recently in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, surveyed more than 11,000 employees about their views on cyber-slacking at work. It found that top-level managers were more likely to disapprove of looking at social media sites during office hours, despite research that has shown its advantages.

    Study: Bosses use social media at work more than employees

    Anyone who’s ever tried to hide their Facebook use at work should take heart in this news: Your boss may be looking at social media during office hours more than you are. A new study found that top-level managers were more likely to disapprove of looking at social media sites during office hours, despite spending significantly more time on such sites at work than those who sit lower on the pecking order.

    Women activists representing the National Women’s Law Center, left, and Planned Parenthood, right, stand outside the Senate chamber after Senate Democrats’ effort to proceed on the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act,” was thwarted, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

    Companies dropping birth control have to tell workers, U.S. says

    Closely held companies that decide to drop insurance coverage of birth control for religious reasons have 60 days to tell their employees after they end the benefits, the Obama administration said.

    Obese workers may be able to sue for work-place discrimination, a legal adviser to the European Union’s top court said in a case that could pave the way for the extremely fat to be treated as disabled. Advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen said the EU Court of Justice should rule that if obesity “has reached such a degree that it plainly hinders participation in professional life,” it should be treated as a disability.

    Firing fat staff may be discrimination, EU court aide says

    Obese workers may be able to sue for workplace discrimination, a legal adviser to the European Union’s top court said. Advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen said the EU Court of Justice should rule that if obesity “has reached such a degree that it plainly hinders participation in professional life,” it should be treated as a disability.

    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket. They’d like to see labels on the front of packages and a clearer statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided.

    Health officials: Food label changes not enough

    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket.

    Tesla Motors Inc., a month after starting Model S deliveries in the U.K., said its flagship electric sedan is among the cars being considered for purchase by the government there to transport officials.

    Tesla Model S Considered as U.K. government eyes greener fleet

    Tesla Motors Inc., a month after starting Model S deliveries in the U.K., said its flagship electric sedan is among the cars being considered for purchase by the government there to transport officials.


    Work Advice: When to speak up if you see problems down the line

    I am reluctant to begin my relationship with the new director by complaining about my immediate superior. However, the associate director has created an unbearable work environment. How do I handle this without coming across as a snitch or malcontent?

    The wheel arch of a Smart ForFour electric automobile, manufactured by Daimler AG, is seen during the compact vehicle’s world premiere in Berlin, Germany. Daimler’s Smart brand unveiled a new version of its two-seat city car and revived a four-seat model as the sister division of luxury-vehicle maker Mercedes-Benz resumes a push to attract urban buyers.

    Daimler launches new version of tiny Smart car

    Germany’s Daimler AG unveiled a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model in hopes the car won’t just get admiring glances with its unusual design — but make a bigger contribution to profits as well. The new version is the same length as its predecessor at 8 feet 10 inches but has a short front hood where the old model had none, the front end sloping directly down from the windshield.

    Some currency exchange tables in airports and tourist areas offer bad rates, taking more of your money. And some credit cards and banks can add fees when you buy something with your card. Your best bet is to bring a credit card that doesn’t charge currency exchange fees and some cash for backup.

    5 money saving tips for exchanging currency

    Headed overseas for summer vacation? It’s easy to get hit with extra fees and expensive exchange rates when switching currencies. Some currency exchange tables in airports and tourist areas offer bad rates, taking more of your money. Here are five tips to maximize your dollars.

    Part of the reason that religion is playing a greater role in the U.S. workplace is that people are spending more and more time at work. As a result, the workplace has become for some people, a source of emotional connectivity. Workers are searching for a deeper meaning for life at work. In addition, workers increasingly perceive that greed (and subsequently poor ethical choices) is a dominant characteristic of U.S. business leaders.

    Career Coach: Bringing religion spirit to work

    Talking about God at work is no longer taboo. In recent years, leaders seem to feel more and more comfortable mentioning spirituality in the workplace. By spirituality, we refer to the force that gives meaning to our lives (our private activities) contrasted with religion, which is often seen as the organized, institutional membership. So what does that mean for leaders?

    Hospital employees are increasingly using mobile devices — tablets, smartphones, and occasionally wearable computers such as Google Glass — to access electronic medical records, both at the patient’s bedside or in the operating room. Sometimes they use the devices to show patients their X-rays or other images.

    Doctors, nurses relying more on tablets in hospitals

    Hospital employees are increasingly using mobile devices -- tablets, smartphones, and occasionally wearable computers such as Google Glass -- to access electronic medical records, both at the patient’s bedside or in the operating room.

    Journalists tour the first Starbucks the day before its public opening in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The three-floor coffee house in Bogota is the first of 50 that the Seattle-based company plans to open here in the next five years.

    Starbucks sees more Apple-like stores after Colombia debut

    Starbucks Corp.’s new three-story cafe in Bogota could be the type of location the coffee-shop chain’s customers see more often. “We are designing and opening flagship stores around the world,” Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said after the chain opened its first location in Colombia -- a 2,700-square-foot store with a heated patio, concrete columns, mirrors on the ceiling and walls of colorful plants.

    Developers, in the biggest U.S. apartment-construction boom in almost a decade, are shrinking the size of units so they can command luxury rates without narrowing the pool of potential tenants.

    Renters living large in small apartments fuel building boom

    Young professionals are paying top-market rents to live in new upscale apartment towers sprouting in downtowns across the country. They’re sacrificing living space for a prime urban location and extras such as cooking classes, dog-wash stations and poolside Wi-Fi. Developers, in the biggest U.S. apartment-construction boom in almost a decade, are shrinking the size of units so they can command luxury rates without narrowing the pool of potential tenants.

Life & Entertainment

    From left, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam of the legendary comedy group Monty Python. Their London farewell show, “Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five to Go,” is screened at select movie theaters on Sunday, July 20 and on Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 and 24.

    Sunday picks: Monty Python, silly walks not included

    If you couldn't get a ticket to see the London farewell shows of “Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five to Go,” then catch the famed British comedy troupe via movie theater screenings of the sold-out event on Sunday at select participating movie theaters. Celebrated comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town to perform standup material this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

    Actor James Garner, left, smiles as he holds up the Purple Heart medal presented to him in a ceremony in this Monday, Jan. 24, 1983 file photo taken Los Angeles, Calif. Garner was wounded in April 1951 while with U.S. Forces in Korea, but his medal was never presented to him. Actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV’s “Maverick” who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, died Saturday July 19, 2014 according to Los angeles police. He was 86.

    Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies

    Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.News: James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point. This portrait of fleeting disquiet could be understood, and identified with, by every member of the audience. Never mind Garner was tall, brawny and, well, movie-star handsome.

    In the sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” Caesar’s followers go on the offensive against newly discovered humans.

    ‘Apes’ swings to second week atop the box office

    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” topped the box office in the U.S and Canada for a second week, outselling three new releases. The summer sequel from 21st Century Fox Inc. generated ticket sales of $36 million, bringing its total domestic gross so far to $139 million, researcher Rentrak Corp. said today in an e-mailed statement. Horror producer Jason Blum’s “The Purge: Anarchy” placed second with $28.4 million in its debut, while Walt Disney Co.’s “Planes: Fire and Rescue” was third.

    The old town of Split, Croatia, formed in and around Diocletian’s Palace. From a hillside opposite, it’s nearly impossible to discern where the ruins of the palace end and the town begins.

    Hidden gems of the Dalmatian Coast: Stunning scenery, rich culture make these Adriatic ports worth a stop

    Mention the Dalmatian Coast and many travelers think of Dubrovnik, that popular tourist city heavily shelled following the breakup of Yugoslavia and since restored. But while this big sister steals the spotlight — and the drama — other ports continue to display their quiet charm through historic old towns, lovely landscapes and colorful folklore.

    This Aug. 1, 1973, file photo shows host Dick Cavett of “The Dick Cavett Show,” center, on location in the Senate Watergate Committee hearing room in Washington with Committee Vice-Chairman, Sen. Howard Baker, left, and Sen. Lowell Weicker. PBS is marking the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation by running a documentary on the Watergate scandal seen through the prism of Cavett’s late-night talk show at the time.

    Seeing Watergate through Dick Cavett’s eyes

    PBS is marking the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation by running a documentary on the Watergate scandal as seen through the prism of Dick Cavett’s late-night talk show at the time.

    Cameron Diaz graces the cover of the August issue of Esquire magazine.

    Cameron Diaz bares all in ‘Sex Tape’

    Cameron Diaz does something she’s never done before in her movie, “Sex Tape,” now in theaters. She gets naked on camera. It’s a first for the 41-year-old actress, who described the experience to Esquire magazine as “just a part of the role.”

    Maxi Priest, “Easy to Love”

    First-class selection from Maxi Priest

    There’s no time like summertime when it comes to releasing a collection of smooth reggae songs full of fire and soul, and Maxi Priest has just done that with the eagerly awaited “Easy to Love.” Almost a decade since his last studio album, the timing of this drop is perfect and will delight fans across the globe.

    A judge in Washington state has granted Casey Kasem’s daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host’s wife from cremating or removing his remains from a funeral home. Kasem, the radio host of “American Top 40” and voice of animated characters like Scooby-Doo’s sidekick Shaggy, died June 15 at a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash.

    Lawyer: Whereabouts of Casey Kasem’s body unclear

    A judge has granted Casey Kasem’s daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host’s wife from cremating his remains, but it’s unclear where those remains are or whether they’ve already been disposed of. A lawyer for Kasem’s daughter Kerri Kasem said Friday that when he went to give a Tacoma funeral home a copy of the restraining order, he was informed it no longer had the remains.

    Nothing is more important than family. That’s what the stoic Hollywood fixer played by Liev Schreiber tells his wife in the second season of “Ray Donovan.”

    Liev Schreiber balances fatherhood, ‘Ray Donovan’

    Nothing is more important than family. That’s what the stoic Hollywood fixer played by Liev Schreiber tells his wife in the second season of “Ray Donovan.” While it’s unclear whether his character believes his own words, Schreiber says that principle has shaped his career in recent years.

    Shading is always important. In super-tight spaces, utilize the half umbrella style that stands right next to an exterior wall of your house.

    Small improvements to your outdoor space

    Warm weather beckons that we spend more time outdoors. This is the time of year when you suddenly, and often desperately, notice you have inadequate accommodations in your yard, deck or balcony area.

    Crate & Barrel’s Bowery queen bed has drawers underneath for storage. Retailers are capitalizing on the demand for storage beds, a type of furniture previously relegated to children’s rooms and dorms.

    It’s rather fashionable to hide things under the mattress

    Restoration Hardware’s catalogs might be getting bigger, but its furniture is shrinking. Among the many limitations of living in a smaller home or apartment is the lack of storage options. To accommodate, retailers are capitalizing on a piece previously relegated to children’s rooms and college dorms: the storage bed.


    Aim to keep frost at bay when insulating basement walls

    Q. I have a concrete block foundation that ranges from fully exposed to totally below grade. The basement area is dry, and I intend to finish the space. What method of insulation would you recommend for the walls, and would you recommend a vapor barrier?



    Editorial: Our take on Rauner’s plan to get Illinois moving

    A Daily Herald editorial lauds Bruce Rauner's "blueprint" for fiscal reform and business growth as a good starting point for a serious discussion of the most important issues facing Illinois. But the editorial questions several aspects of the plan including Rauner's proposed property tax freeze.

    Police investigate the scene of a car and motorcycle crash Friday morning at the intersection of routes 72 and 31 in West Dundee.

    Heroic cabbie, oil change guys and COD

    DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis gets on his Soapbox about heroes who drive cabs and work at Jiffy Lube -- and the war of words at College of DuPage.


    Corrupting citizens for fun and profit

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Two of the larger social trends of our time — the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana — have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an expanding government.


    Criticism of president was fantastical
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Steve Morrissey’s July 8 letter presents us with a fantasy astonishing in the depth of its paranoia and complete disconnect from reality. He implies that President Obama is an agent of the Taliban for doing everything he can to get us out of our insane and ruinous war in Afghanistan.


    Employers shouldn’t cover cost of abortions
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: There seems quite a bit of confusion regarding the Hobby Lobby ruling on the distinction between a public company and a private family business, and also judicial review. Hobby Lobby is not a public corporation; it is privately owned. Hence, the owner’s rights are the same as any citizen’s.


    Durbin helped cause flood of immigrants
    A Huntley letter to the editor: As a member of the “Gang of Eight” U.S., senators who are pushing for “immigration reform,” Dick Durbin has played a major role in encouraging the current flood of Central American illegals across our border. He has done everything within his power to erase our border with Mexico and make sure existing immigration laws are not enforced.


    Never let a good crisis go to waste
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: I can’t help but notice just how many crises keep coming around every corner of this administration, and around many of the democratically controlled areas of the country. We have to many shootings here in Chicago, we have the middle east exploding in violence and we have borders that leak like a 100 year old faucet.


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