Daily Archive : Tuesday July 22, 2014


    The Taylor Family YMCA in Elgin offers a variety of programs to help participants achieve greater health and well-being, nurture youth, and inspire individuals to give back to better their community.

    Joining Taylor YMCA connects individuals to a community

    When dealing with life's daily demands, people need a place to go where they can feel supported and receive help in trying times. By becoming involved with the Taylor Family YMCA in Elgin, individuals have the opportunity to improve their health and well-being and connect with the community, all while participating in their favorite program or activity at the Y.


    Eight suburban drownings in 2014
    Personal floattation devices should always be worn by swimmers - no matter how experienced - if they want to jump in the middle of a lake from a boat, says the head of dive rescue team for Lake and Mchenry counties.

    Gurnee Fire Battalion Chief John Skillman discusses the importance of having a personal flotation device that fits properly and won’t come up over the persons head while in the water. Skillman heads the dive team for Lake and McHenry Counties Specialized Response Teams.

    Experts: Wear flotation devices away from shore

    Personal flotation devices should always be worn by swimmers — no matter how experienced — when in the middle of a lake, the head of a regional dive rescue team and other experts say. “You know nothing can go wrong with a (flotation device),” said Gurnee Fire Department Battalion Chief John Skillman, a rescue diver since 1988. “You can relax.”


    Officials share tips for staying safe in the water
    Personal floattation devices should always be worn by swimmers - no matter how experienced - if they want to jump in the middle of a lake from a boat, says the head of dive rescue team for Lake and Mchenry counties.


    Instagramming the Kane County Fair

    As newspaper photojournalists we are bound by a set of standards and ethics. We document what we see without distorting the truth and try to make images that tell the story of the event we're covering. Sometimes it's fun to just set that stuff aside and make some pictures the way we would if we weren't working.

    Foot and shoe assessment will be among the free services provided at the Kids 1st Health Fair on Aug. 6. The upcoming fair will be the last, as Lake County Health Department officials say the changing health care landscape has made better options available for families in need.

    Lake County ending annual health fair for kids

    An annual program that has offered free immunizations and other health-related services for Lake County children since 1993 has run its course. The Kids 1st Health Fair Aug. 6 at Juarez Middle School in Waukegan will be the last. Officials cited the changing health care landscape for ending the annual fair.

    Alexander Dominguez of Naperville helps put tablecloths on picnic tables in preparation for Wednesday’s opening of the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.

    DuPage County Fair opening Wednesday in Wheaton

    For five days every July, DuPage County residents get a chance to step into a world dominated by monster trucks, bucking broncos and guys who like to smash their cars into other guys who like to smash their cars. It’s the DuPage County Fair and it opens its five-day run Wednesday and continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton.

    Workers remove a car from a Naperville Park District quarry where two passengers drowned in an crash early Saturday. Naperville-based 360 Youth Services is offering free “healing sessions” for anyone who wants help coping with the deaths of the two 21-year-old men killed in the crash.

    Group offers help after Naperville quarry deaths

    A Naperville-based youth services organization is offering “healing sessions” in the wake of an alleged drunken driving crash that killed two young men over the weekend. “We truly believe our place in the community is to respond to the needs of the community,” Clinical Director Margot Smith said. “It's times like this that we want to step up and make ourselves...

    Selena Groh, an incoming senior at Buffalo Grove High School, with “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.

    Arlington Heights teen advances on 'Jeopardy'

    On the strength of a $6,000 gamble and faith that she knew something about the 1889 Paris World's Fair, Arlington Heights teen Selena Groh earmed a spot in the "Jeopardy" Teen Tournament semi-finals Tuesday. “It was a weird twist of fate that the final answer was about that,” Groh said Tuesday from her home in Arlington Heights.

    Matt Reed, 16, of Grayslake

    Friends gather at Grayslake Central to honor teen who drowned

    Friends of 16-year-old Grayslake Central High School student Matt Reed who drowned in Third Lake honored the teen Tuesday by releasing green and white helium-filled balloons matching the school’s colors. Reed’s basketball coach, Brian Moe, described the teen as “a funny, outgoing, caring kid who always had a smile on his face.”

    Congressman Peter Roskam joins other community leaders, including DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, center, and West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda to call for more federal money to finish the environmental cleanup of the former Kerr-McGee factory site in West Chicago.

    DuPage leaders on W. Chicago thorium cleanup funds: ‘Pay it now’

    DuPage County officials are calling on the federal government to provide roughly $30 million to complete an environmental cleanup at the former Kerr-McGee factory site in West Chicago. The hope is to get the money from the Department of Energy’s Title X program. “If this were a football game, we’re on the five-yard line,” said Kurt Stimpson, who manages the West...


    Northwest Community looks to add rehab facility

    Northwest Community Healthcare hopes to open 17-bed rehabilitation facility at its Arlington Heights hospital. The $3 million project was the subject of a public hearing Tuesday in front of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

    Jim Larsen

    Larsen resigns Rolling Meadows City Council seat

    Jim Larsen, alderman of Rolling Meadows' 7th Ward, announced Tuesday that he is moving out of the city and must resign his position on the city council.

    Northern Illinois Barbershop Chapters, a 100-man mass chorus, performs in the band shell at Wing Park Tuesday night as part of the Harmony Fest 2014.

    Men sing 100-part harmony in Elgin park

    Northern Illinois Barbershop Chapters, a 100-man mass chorus, will perform "Harmony Fest 2014," the fourth annual summer program of old, new and patriotic songs, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Wing Park band shell, 1000 Wing Park in Elgin. Performers from Elgin, Rockford, Aurora, DeKalb and Schaumburg barbershop chapters will sing popular ballads and up-tunes in four-part a cappella harmony.

    Hafiz Faraaz, left, recites the Quran on Tuesday during an iftar gathering — the breaking of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan — at Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg. Seated next to him is keynote speaker Iman Abdul Malik Ryan, and at right is Dr. Khalid Abdus Sami.

    Interfaith iftar held at mosque in Schaumburg

    Religious and civic leaders gathered Tuesday night to take part in the breaking of the fast for Ramadan at the Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg. The iftar, which traditionally marks the end of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan, is annual interfaith event at the mosque that features recitation of the Quran, a lecture followed by a q-and-a session and dinner.

    A folding chair that a neighbor brought out as a woman who was stabbed waited for paramedics to arrive Monday remained on the driveway Tuesday.

    Warrant issued for Elgin man accused of stabbing wife

    Authorities issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of stabbing his spouse, after which he injured himself on Monday evening at their home in Elgin’s Valley Creek subdivision. The warrant was issued for Rigoberto Catalan, 56, of the 600 block of Shenandoah Trail, for one count of aggravated domestic battery, a Class 2 felony, Elgin Police Cmdr. Ana Lalley said in a news release.

    A Malaysian air crash investigator takes pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday. Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the shooting down of the flight.

    U.S.: Russia ‘created the conditions’ for shoot-down

    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for “creating the conditions” that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

    A pro-Russian rebel holds a gun passing by plane wreckage as members of the OSCE mission to Ukraine arrive for a media briefing at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday. A team of Malaysian investigators visited the site along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine for the first time since the air crash last week.

    Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

    A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.

    Alaina Moran, 12, of Lake in the Hills, left, tries to keep the “SS Starbucks” craft afloat with her sister Alyssa, 9, during the Cardboard Boat Regatta juniors race as part of Algonquin Founders' Days festivities on the Fox River.

    Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders' Days

    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town's founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders' Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.

    President Barack Obama speaks about the My Brother’s Keeper initiative at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington Monday. Within hours of each other, two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue of the health care law Tuesday.

    Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    President Barack Obama’s health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. But the split rulings don’t necessarily mean another trip to the Supreme Court for the Affordable Care Act.

    Barbara Kruser, assistant director of the Niles Public Library, has been named the new director of the Helen Plum Memorial Library in Lombard. She starts Aug. 18.

    Niles librarian excited to start as director of Lombard’s Helen Plum

    After spending her entire career thus far at the Niles Public Library, Barbara Kruser will take over as the director of the Helen Plum Memorial Library in Lombard Aug. 18. She hopes to work with staff to get more input from patrons and rearrange the current shelving and furniture. "The library used to be a place that you walked in and took something home with you," she said. "Now it's a place you...

    Khaled Sharmi, 67, left, walks inside the Al Aqsa Martyrs mosque destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike in Gaza City Tuesday. Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief across the Gaza Strip early on Tuesday, a Gaza police official said.

    Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

    A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel’s main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot down over Ukraine. Israel declared that Ben-Gurion Airport was safe and said there was no reason to “hand terror a prize” by halting flights.

    Ulises C. Bibriescas

    Elgin teen who accosted woman on trail gets probation

    A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 18 months probation after admitting to accosting of a woman walking on the Fox River Trail. As part of a plea agreement reached last week, Ulises C. Bibriescas, of the 500 block of Raymond Street, Elgin, also must pay $2,090 in fines and fees. He was arrested on April 25 on misdemeanor charges he slapped the buttocks of a 45-year-old woman from Elgin as she...

    There’s a chance of storms tonight, but it’s not looking like it’ll be as bad as this earlier this month in Palatine.

    Chance of storms tonight, then it gets cooler

    After temperatures hit 90 earlier today, the National Weather Service is saying we’ll have a chance of storms tonight, perhaps as soon as 9 p.m. The weather service has issued no warnings this evening, and rain is not certain. It says there’s a 40 percent chance in the suburbs.


    Rolling Meadows McDonald’s being rebuilt

    One of the McDonald’s restaurants in Rolling Meadows has been demolished and will be replaced with a new prototype featuring two drive-through lanes. The restaurant at 1775 Algonquin Road at New Wilke Road also will be a little larger, Valerie Dehner, director of community development for the city, said Tuesday. The project is expected to take up to four months, Dehner said.


    Boomers host ‘Human Interaction Night’ July 26

    Leave the phone at home (or at least turn it off) for the Schaumburg Boomers’ “Human Interaction Night” at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26 when the defending Frontier League champions square off against the Traverse City Beach Bums.

    Randi Meyer, 17, of Wadsworth cleans her goat on Tuesday while preparing for the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. The fair kicks off Wednesday with livestock competitions, carnival rides and a performance by a BMX stunt team.

    It’s move-in day at the Lake County Fair

    It was move-in day for vendors, livestock contestants and others Tuesday as the final preparations took place for Wednesday’s launch of the 86th annual Lake County Fair. The fair kicks off at 9 a.m. with 4-H dairy cattle and swine judging, followed by a day of food, carnival rides, live music and fun activities for kids.

    Lucy Francis, of Lynn, Mass., center, displays a placard and chants slogans during a rally Tuesday in Lynn, Mass., held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English nor Spanish as their first language.

    Senate, House on collision course on border money

    Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in South Texas with lawmakers preparing to leave Washington for their annual summer recess at the...


    Police: Armed robbers take $2,000 from business near Aurora

    A man and woman armed with rifles took $2,000 Tuesday from an auto repair shop near Aurora, tying up their victims and forcing them into a bathroom, police said. Kane County Sheriff Lt. Pat Gengler said no injuries were reported and detectives were interviewing the couple that owns Technically Automotive, at Farnsworth Avenue and I-88.

    A new runway that opened last fall has changed the way O’Hare air traffic lands and departs.

    Suburban officials: O’Hare noise monitors not enough

    In the wake of multiple complaints from communities in flight paths, Chicago announced it will install more noise monitors in the city and suburbs. This comes as new data indicates a surge in noise concerns.


    Waukegan police make arrests in recent burglaries

    Two Waukegan 18-year-olds have been charged in a burglary on the city’s west side. Quinton Crider of the 1900 block of North Lewis Avenue was charged with five counts of residential burglary, one count of attempted robbery and one count of resisting a police officer, according to a news release. Jaquan S. Anderson of the 1700 block of Golf Road was charged with one count of residential...

    Former Procter & Gamble Chief Executive Officer Bob McDonald said Tuesday he would use the skills he developed during three decades in the private sector to overhaul the troubled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Obama nominee McDonald pledges to ‘transform’ VA

    President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that “systematic failures” must be addressed. Robert McDonald, who grew up in Arlington Heights, cited problems with patient access to health care, transparency, accountability and integrity, among other issues.


    “Stories of War” at Warren-Newport library

    Daughters of a heroic veteran will be featured in a free presentation on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Road in Gurnee. The presentation is part of a series organized by the Lake-McHenry Veterans and Family Services program, which is affiliated with the Lake County Health Department.

    Century Walk Corp. is teaming with the Naperville Area Humane Society to install this sculpture of a cat and dog by artist Dale Rogers east of Centennial Beach along the Riverwalk. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.

    Landscapers to dress up Naperville humane society sculpture

    A sculpture to honor the founders of the Naperville Area Humane Society is getting a boost from a Naperville organization with a strong past in public art. “We had the money to buy the sculpture and buy a plaque,” Gail Diedrichsen, a humane society member, said. “Century Walk stepped in and they are really giving it a beautiful environment, beautiful surroundings.”

    This undated photo provided by the Will County Sheriff’s Department in Joliet, Ill., shows semi-truck driver Francisco Espinal Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Ind., who was involved in a crash Monday, July 21, 2014, on Interstate 55 that killed four people near Channahon, southwest of Chicago. Quiroz was charged with failure to reduce speed to prevent an accident and willfully making false entries in his logbook.

    Semi driver in I-55 crash faked logs, authorities say

    A semi-truck driver involved in crash that killed four people southwest of Chicago on I-55 was driving too fast and falsified entries in a logbook tracking the number of hours he spent behind the wheel, authorities said Tuesday. Last year, a Vernon Hills state trooper was killed by a truck driver who fell asleep after driving 18 hours.

    Katherine “Skeleton” Keyes of the Barbed Wire Betties, DeKalb’s Roller Derby League, fits a helmet on Vinnie Ridolfi, 7, of Aurora during the Safety Camp for Kids at Elburn Lions Club on Tuesday. The two-day camp was free for kids ages 7-10 and taught them about how to stay safe in a variety of situations, including roller skating.

    Elburn girl, 11, aims to stop future tragedies with safety camp

    When a 13-year-old was killed while inline skating last year, Aubrey Broz of Elburn wanted to do something proactive. After getting support from local groups, she and her mom Lara now run a two-day safety camp. “It was so sad, and I just felt so bad for her, and I didn’t want it to happen to anybody else,” said Aubrey, 11.


    School districts 70, 68 expand sharing program

    Libertyville Elementary District 70 and neighboring Oak Grove District 68 are expanding a shared management services agreement to include an art teacher.


    Libertyville summer music showcase celebrates Broadway

    Liberty Town Productions, Libertyville’s not-for-profit entertainment company, will host its 6th annual Musical Summer Showcase featuring the Best of Broadway on Saturday, Aug. 2, in The Fuel Room of Austin’s Saloon & Eatery, 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville.


    Police searching for Oswego home invasion suspects

    Oswego police are searching for four masked men who invaded a home on the 300 block of Hemlock Lane early Tuesday. Authorities said the four black suspects brandished handguns as they entered the home at about 6:02 a.m., and took the phones and keys from a 40-year-old female victim and five other male victims, ranging in age from 21 to 17.


    District 21, library partner to help students

    Teachers in Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 will have expanded access to resources in the coming school year, thanks to a partnership with the Indian Trails Public Library District.


    Policy council coming for Cook forests

    Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle introduced an ordinance Tuesday that will create a Conservation and Policy Council. In February, the county adopted the Next Century Conservation Plan to guide the Forest Preserves for the next 100 years.

    Des Plaines will allow its first chickens in town — at the Methodist Campgrounds on the Des Plaines River.

    Des Plaines to allow chickens at Methodist Campground

    Staff at the Historic Methodist Campground in Des Plaines now have permission from the city council to raise chickens as a 4-H project. Aldermen stopped well short of allowing chickens citywide.

    Arthur E. Triplett

    Man charged with shooting at Round Lake Beach home

    A Waukegan man is being held in Lake County jail on $100,000 bail on allegations he shot at a Round Lake Beach house just after midnight Saturday, authorities said.

    Alaina Moran, 12, of Lake in the Hills, left, tries to keep the “SS Starbucks” craft afloat with her sister Alyssa, 9, during the Cardboard Boat Regatta juniors race as part of Algonquin Founders’ Days festivities on the Fox River.

    Carnival, crafts, competitions featured at Algonquin Founders’ Days

    By Lauren Rohr

    Algonquin residents will come together this weekend to commemorate the town’s founding fathers in a festival of food, activities and live entertainment. The independent Algonquin Founders’ Days festival began in 1960, when business owners and community leaders wanted to celebrate their community, said festival board secretary Sue Bazdor.


    Paddle board fans sought for Founders’ Days competition

    Returning to the Algonquin Founders’ Days festival for the second year in a row is the stand up paddle board competition. The challenge will begin at Riverfront Park, and competitors will race down the Fox River in two separate timed events. Prizes will be given out to the winners in each division.

    Caden Weiland, 6, of Sugar Grove, throws his arms up in the air on the dragon ride at last year’s Sugar Grove Corn Boil. This year, although the festival officially begins on Friday, July 25, the carnival will open from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 24.

    Corn Boil organizer: Events will be ‘fresh’

    Sugar Grove may be a small community, but it knows how to put on a big festival. “We have the best fireworks show,” said Sugar Grove Corn Boil volunteer Pat Graceffa. “People are always amazed; they can’t believe that a little town like this can present something as fantastic.”

    The home at 306 Columbia Ave. in Des Plaines is a finalist in the “best curb appeal” category of the Curb Appeal Challenge.

    Four finalists battle for best curb appeal in Des Plaines

    Des Plaines residents have a week left to choose who, among four of their neighbors, has the best looking front yard in town. Here’s a closer look at each of the finalists in the best curb appeal category of the Curb Appeal Challenge.

    Robert Eberhardt

    Lake Villa man, 75, gets 4 years for sex abuse

    A 75-year-old Lake Villa man was sentenced to four years in prison after pelading guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing a person under the age of 18. A Lake County judge three months ago rejected a plea deal for the man that included only a 30-day sentence.


    Enter your recipe in Sugar Grove Corn Boil Challenge

    Corn may not be a common ingredient in your everyday meal, but at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil’s annual Cooking Challenge, using corn can give competitors an edge.


    Prairie circuit riders among early homeless in Arlington Heights

    It was basically circuit riders who brought the Methodist Church to the Arlington Heights area. Not all circuit riders were homeless, but many were. They traveled their “circuits,” going from one “station” to the next, with never a letup until they dropped — most before they were 40 — “into the arms of the Lord.”

    Jean Draper of Arlington Heights competed in Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon. She is a below-the-knee amputee. Here, she is competing in Ironman Arizona last November in Tempe.

    Lost leg inspires Arlington Heights woman to run

    Jean Draper of Arlington Heights was one of more than 19,000 athletes who competed in Sunday's Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon at Grant Park. As a below-the-knee amputee, she says she knows she's down more races "than I would have if I hadn't lost my leg.”

    An artist’s rendering of the $150 million Town Center planned for the site on Dundee Road that once held Wickes Furniture.

    Deal reached to save Town Center in Wheeling

    An agreement announced Monday between Wheeling and four other governing bodies apparently will save the $150 million Town Center planned for the site that once held Wickes Furniture.

    Michael G. Platt

    Palatine man accused of punching 26-year-old outside bar

    A Palatine man accused of punching a 26-year-old man late Friday night, leaving him critically injured, faces a felony aggravated battery charge. Mchael G. Platt, 35, is due back in court Aug. 14.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals broke into a vacant warehouse at 1600 Wall St. in Mount Prospect and broke two exterior doors and door lights, interior drywalls, heating and air conditioning ducts, drop ceiling, office lights, two bathroom mirrors, a toilet, skylight, table, carpeting and concrete floor. Damage was estimated at $5,000.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole two handguns, power tools and copper couplings between 7:45 and 9:45 p.m. June 29 out of a 2001 Chevrolet Express van in a driveway on the 0-100 block of Edgewood Drive in Streamwood.

    The first definitive history of “Aurora’s East-West Football Rivalry,” written by Steve Solarz, will be released Aug. 1.

    New book explores Aurora’s long-running prep football rivalry

    The first definitive history of the oldest football rivalry in Illinois, “Aurora’s East-West Football Rivalry” by Steve Solarz, will be released Aug. 1 as part of an Aurora Historical Society event. Solarz will sign copies of the book from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars entered an apartment in Palatine through an unlocked sliding patio door and stole a handbag, leather work bag, purse, leather wallet with ID and credit cards and cash. Value was estimated at $500.

    Bruce Beach, left, president-elect of the Texas Bandmasters Association, congratulates Ron Keller, director of the Naperville Municipal Band, on being invited to perform at the prestigious Texas Bandmasters Association convention in 2015.

    Naperville Municipal Band to perform in Texas

    The Naperville Municipal Band will perform at the prestigious Texas Bandmasters Association convention next July in San Antonio, Texas, band officials said Tuesday. “This is quite an honor for the band and the city of Naperville,” said Ron Keller, director of the Naperville Municipal Band.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole a laptop computer valued at $500 between 7:30 p.m. July 16 and 6:30 a.m. July 17 out of an unlocked 2008 Honda CR-V on the 2200 block of Kennicott.


    Wisconsin GOP files complaint over Trek ad
    The Wisconsin Republican Party has filed a complaint with the state elections board over a full-page newspaper ad by Trek Bicycle Corp., saying it amounts to an illegal contribution to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.She is the sister of Trek president John Burke. Their father started the company in the 1970s and Mary Burke previously worked there as a top executive.

    A combination of images of Russian nationwide weekend dailies’ front pages on downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Moscow Russia, some of them reading “298 Victims of Someone Else’s War,” and “Kick From Behind.” An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine’s east. A botched mission to commit mass-murder against Russian citizens. Russian news consumers are getting plenty of explanations for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298 people. While they vary wildly in content, they share one thing in common: All point the finger at Ukraine. None admits the possibility that Russia may bear responsibility.

    Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash

    An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine’s east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens. Russian news consumers are getting plenty of explanations for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298 people. While they vary wildly in content, all point the finger at...

    Alexander Litvinenko

    U.K. announces inquiry for Russian spy death

    The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. The decision, which comes at a time of rising tensions with Russia, is a breakthrough in the much-delayed probe because it means investigators can look into whether the Russian state was involved in Litvinenko’s death.

    Some of the parents of the kidnapped school girls sit outside a compound during a meeting in Chibok, Nigeria. At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is under siege from the militants, residents report.

    11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die

    Nearly a dozen parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again.Since the mass abduction of the schoolgirls by Islamic extremists three months ago, at least 11 of their parents have died and their hometown, Chibok, is under siege from the militants, residents report. Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among 51 bodies brought to Chibok hospital...

    Jordie L. Callahan

    Man accused of enslaving woman to be sentenced
    A man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in northeast Ohio could receive life in prison when he’s sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Youngstown. Jordie Callahan was found guilty in March of forced labor, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and a drug charge. While federal guidelines call for a sentence of 30 years to life, the judge can give him a lesser sentence.


    Obama alone will decide immigration dispute

    President Barack Obama doesn’t control Vladimir Putin, climate change or an opposition party dedicated to thwarting his every move. But he has extensive influence over the status of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and the course of the political battle about their fate. The Obama administration’s bumbling response to the influx of migrant children from Central America has...


    Hospitalized Nazi guard suspect, 89, gets bail

    A judge in Philadelphia has granted bail to an 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect who’s been hospitalized while awaiting extradition to Germany. The ruling Monday reverses a decision that denied bail to Johann Breyer of Philadelphia. Breyer can now await the outcome of his extradition fight at home on $100,000 personal recognizance bail.

    A new obstacle race coming Aug. 2 to Naperville will be just for kids — including those with special needs — teens and their parents. The course will be under the umbrella of the popular Spartan Race series, which includes an event each year in Marseilles.

    New Naperville obstacle race to help families ‘get active together’

    The first Spartan Kids Race for Kids, Teens and Families is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in Frontier Park in Naperville. “Families are able to participate in this themselves as a family group. You can train with your kids,” said Sean Hastings of Naperville, who is organizing the race. “Your kids can actually rip you off the couch and get you away from Facebook...


    Iowa filmmaker to make Lincoln Tomb documentary

    An Iowa filmmaker plans to make a documentary about Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Illinois.The State Journal-Register reports that filmmaker Chris Ryder is partnering with the Lincoln Monument Association on the project to mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death.


    Springfield parks consider fixing wind turbine

    The Springfield Park District is taking steps to fix a dysfunctional wind turbine in Southwind Park. The district director tells the State Journal-Register the district has asked companies to submit proposals for repairing and upgrading the issue-prone turbine that is currently not working.


    Chicago gets $10M in grants for at-risk youth

    Chicago efforts to foster education of at-risk children are getting $10 million in federal help. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says the funding will aid more than 3,100 students during the next school year and help expand the “Becoming a Man” and Match programs.

    A worker blows insulation into ceiling spaces of the former Dillon horse barn in Normal.

    Horse barn finds new life as apartment building

    A 125-year-old former horse barn near uptown Normal is getting a face-lift inside and out. Crews recently completed tuck-pointing the brick on the east side of the former Dillon horse barn, 102 W. Phoenix Ave., and have gutted and started remodeling the largest of the two units in what now is an 11-unit apartment building owned by Ralph Endress and Ken Verkler. Work is expected to be finished by...


    Illinois board seeks volunteers for bilingual council

    The Illinois State Board of Education is looking for seven new members to serve on its advisory council for bilingual education.


    Fire closes Illinois state building in Springfield

    The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has closed its Howlett Building in Springfield for the day because of a small fire. Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker says the fre happened about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in a mechanical room at the building, which is part of the Illinois State Capitol complex.


    Arizona man charged with killing half-brother in Western Illinois
    Associated PressPETERSBURG — An Arizona man is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his half-brother in western Illinois.


    Menards, former executive reach legal settlement

    Court records and attorneys say the Menards home improvement company has settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former executive. Attorneys representing Menards and Dawn Sands say they are prohibited from commenting on the settlement, which averts a lengthy civil trial.


    Report: More Illinois children living in poverty
    A new report says the number of Illinois children living in areas of high poverty has increased by about a third since 2000. The annual survey released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation estimates 347,000 Illinois children live in areas of concentrated poverty. That means more than 1 in 10 children live in neighborhoods where the poverty rate is 30 percent or higher.


    Schizophrenia’s roots tied to complex web of genetic switches

    A decade-long effort by hundreds of scientists worldwide has uncovered 128 genes involved in the brain disorder schizophrenia, findings that point to new research avenues while suggesting a cure may not be achievable with a single treatment. The roots of the illness are scattered among genes involved in learning, memory, brain signaling and even the immune system, according to a study reported...

    Mike Fishbein, a U.S.-born soldier from Los Angeles who fought for the Israel Defense Forces with a photo of himself from when he served in the IDF.

    American Jews, other ‘lone soldiers’ serve Israel

    The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel. Israel calls them the lone soldiers: They are men and women in the prime of their lives who have left their parents and often comfortable lives behind in places like Sydney, London, Los Angeles and elsewhere to join the Israel Defense...

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois’ corn crop is maturing faster than normal and faring well.

    USDA: Illinois corn, soybean crops faring well

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois’ corn crop is maturing faster than normal and faring well. The USDA says in its weekly crop-status update that 81 percent of the state’s corn is rated as either good or excellent. Eighty-two percent of the crop is silking, 12 percentage points better than the average of the previous five years.

    Dale Alvin, right, tightens the strap holding a cigarette butt recycling container to a lamp post in New Orleans’ Warehouse District.

    New Orleans putting smoked butts in a better place

    In New Orleans, discarded butts are being turned into something useful. The first of 50 cigarette butt recycling receptacles was installed at a downtown intersection Monday. Developers of the program say New Orleans is the first U.S. city to participate in a large-scale recycling effort launched in Canada last year.

    As Derek Jeter winds down his baseball life, part of his attention already is turning to his future business career.

    Jeter turns small part of attention to business

    Pedestrians craned their necks as Derek Jeter stood in front of a food truck parked across the street from Central Park.As the New York Yankees captain winds down his baseball life, part of his attention already is turning to his future business career.He announced the launch of Jeter Publishing, a partnership with Simon & Schuster, last November and became a partner and brand development officer...


    Dawn Patrol: Teen’s body found in Third Lake; no to U-46 charter

    Grayslake Central student's body found in Third Lake; police say speeding truck plowed into cars on I-55; U-46 board rejects Elgin charter school proposal; police say man stabbed woman in Elgin; Mount Prospect man identified as Fox River drowning victim; driver's blood alcohol was .142 in Naperville quarry deaths; Sale helps Sox beat Royals

    Naperville Unit District 203 resident Rodd Elges tells school board members Monday night that they should reject a proposal from AT&T to install cell towers at Kennedy and Lincoln junior highs.

    Dist. 203 residents don't want cell towers at schools

    Naperville Unit District 203 residents who said they would rather see their taxes increase than have cellphone towers installed on district property shared their concerns about the towers' potential health effects with school board members Monday night. “To expose a growing child's health for the purpose of revenue I don't think is a reasonable choice,” Lisle resident Sudha Srinivas...

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the Barrington White House renovation will be held at noon today at 145 W. Main St.

    Barrington White House renovation project approved

    The Barrington village board approved the final fiscal plan for the Barrington White House renovation project Monday night, less than 24 hours before organizers will break ground on the $6.1 million project. Beth Raseman, project coordinator, said organizers have raised more than $4 million through large donations and grants. Beth Raseman, project coordinator, said organizers have raised more...


    Holy Family Ministries to open resale shop in Arlington Hts.

    Arlington Heights will soon have a third resale store in the same area along Rand Road. Holy Family Ministries, a Chicago based church, will open a 9,800-square-foot resale shop at 1101 E. Rand Road near a Salvation Army and Goodwill store following approval from the village board on Monday night.

    Residents of the Blackhawk Estates mobile home park near Des Plaines on Monday protested what they said was mistreatment by management.

    Mobile home park residents protest after manager removes belongings from yards

    Residents of a mobile home park near Des Plaines are upset with their property manager for taking belongings from their yards and levying fines on them — an apparent enforcement of the fine print in their leases. Some 200 residents of the Blackhawk Estates at 400 W. Touhy Ave. in an unincorporated area near Des Plaines held signs and chanted Monday afternoon during a protest over what they...

    Lake Zurich’s Paulus Park on Rand Road, just north of Route 22, will be the venue for the village’s first craft beer festival. Village board members approved the proposal Monday night.

    Craft beer festival coming to Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich trustees Monday night agreed to expand the village's fun portfolio. Lake Zurich's first craft beer festival is set for Paulus Park on Rand Road in October.


    Jerry Reinsdorf, Tony La Russa and Ozzie Guillen visit before a game in 2006.

    Harrelson a big part of Thomas, La Russa's careers

    With Frank Thomas and Tony La Russa being inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, there will definitely be a strong White Sox presence in Cooperstown. Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson will both be there to enjoy it.

    STEVE LUNDY PHOTO/slundy@dailyherald.com Greg Maddux says he can’t remember ever giving a speech, so he’s a bit apprehensive about Sunday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

    Maddux admits he’s nervous for HOF weekend

    I’ve never known Greg Maddux to be nervous about anything, but he admitted Tuesday that he’s nervous because he’s about to do something he’s never done before. “I have to give a speech,” Maddux said. “I’ve never given a speech before.”

    The White Sox’s Adam Dunn hits a home run off Kansas City Royals’ Bruce Chen during Tuesday’s game at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox lost 7-1.

    White Sox struggle and fall 7-1 to Royals

    Adam Dunn went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for the White Sox, but the Southsiders still lost to Kansas City 7-1 Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Ackerman solid in Boomers’ victory

    The 2013 Frontier League Champion Schaumburg Boomers opened a road series at Florence with a 5-1 win on Tuesday night.Hunter Ackerman bounced back in a big way, working 7 shutout innings. Ackerman did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and finished with 5 strikeouts. Jordan Dean handed Schaumburg a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly in the second to score Tyler Sciacca, who finished with 2 hits in the contest. Joe De Pinto drilled a 2-run homer in the seventh to extend the lead, his first with the team. De Pinto tallied 3 hits as the Boomers collected 11.


    Struggling Sky gets much-needed win

    The Chicago Sky wants to put an end to what has been a painful and frustrating season thus far. Tuesday's 60-57 win over arch-rival Indiana is a good start.

    The Cubs removed veteran Darwin Barney from their roster, designating the second baseman for assignment as they activated Emilio Bonifacio off the disabled list.

    Cubs say Barney, Baez moves not connected

    The move of minor-league prospect Javier Baez from shortstop to second base and Tuesday's cutting of Darwin Barney from the big-league roster are not connected, said Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer. The GM said the organization wants all of their young players to become more versatile.

    In this multiple exposure photo Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Wesley Wright (53) delivers a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The Cubs won the game 6-0.

    Cubs cut ties with Barney, then take it to Padres

    The Cubs made another break with their recent past Tuesday, when they designated second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment. They also committed to their future by affirming that Arismendy Alcantara would see a lot of playing time, both at second base and in center field.


    Fowles helps Sky edge Fever 60-57

    Sylvia Fowles had 21 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots to help the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 60-57 on Tuesday night, snapping a six-game losing streak. Epiphanny Prince added 13 points for the Sky, who had lost 13 of 16.

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) watches his solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Chicago, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

    Rizzo hits 2 homers as Cubs beat Padres 6-0

    Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings in his return from the minor leagues on Tuesday night, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres that snapped their five-game losing streak. Rizzo staked Hendricks to a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a solo homer.


    Bullington grabs 1-stroke lead after 67

    Another University of Iowa golfer is showing the way in the Illinois Open heading into the final round.

    Cubs manager Don Zimmer, left, approaches pitcher Greg Maddux, right, and catcher Rick Wrona (1) with the bases loaded and San Francisco Giants Will Clark at bat during the fourth inning, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1989. Clark hit a grand slam homer, leading the Giants to an 11-3 win over the Cubs to take the first game of the NL championship series.

    Who knew Maddux would be such a freak?

    Sunday encapsulates the Cubs' 106 years of futility when Greg Maddux joins Lou Brock in baseball's Hall of Fame. Maddux is a physical freak and this franchise always bets on the wrong freak.

    Stacy Lewis, above, will represent the United States in the first International Crown tournament this weekend. The four-member U.S. team includes Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr.

    Mistwood ready for Illinois Women’s Open

    A sold-out Sunday Pro-Am will kick off the 20th staging of the Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood in Romeoville. Len Ziehm also provides a look at the upcoming International Crown.


    Prospect earns state semifinal berth

    Prospect is proving to be a tough out in the Lawler Summer Classic. The Knights got a measure of vengeance against the team that dealt them a first-round loss in the double elimination tournament by beating St. Laurence 4-2 Tuesday afternoon at Benedictine University in Lisle. The win puts the Knights (26-6-1) into the state semifinals of the tourney run by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association.


    Conant’s Smith takes softball stars overseas

    Cathyann Smith, who piloted the Conant softball team to a Mid-Suburban League and regional championship this spring, is coaching another talented team this summer. Smith was selected by the America’s Team Sports and the American Council for International Studies (ACIS) to coach this summer’s 2014 America’s Team Fast Pitch Softball in Germany.

    Point guard Aaron Brooks, who finished last season in Denver, averaging 11.9 points and 5.2 assists, has signed with the Bulls.

    Bulls sign backup point guard Brooks

    Aaron Brooks is the next point guard looking to revive his career under Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Brooks officially signed with the Bulls on Tuesday for a one-year deal likely worth $1.15 million.

    ESPN broadcaster Mike Tirico is well versed in a variety of sports as he anchors coverage for the NFL, World Cup soccer, and golf.

    ESPN’s Tirico at the top of his game

    There have been plenty of top sports TV announcers over the years, but Mike North thinks ESPN’s Mike Tirico just might have a corner on being one of the best ever.


    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon speaks at The Tie Bar.com office in Naperville in 2013 with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a star on ABC’s “Modern Family,” and his fiancee Justin Mikita, left, to launch “Bow Tie Lobby Day” to support marriage equality.

    Tie Bar to close Naperville warehouse, plans to increase Chicago staff

    The Tie Bar, an Internet only business that sells ties, is closing its warehouse in Naperville and plans to increase its workforce at its Chicago headquarters. About 35 workers in Naperville will be laid off. The warehouse operations will be outsourced to a Texas-based company, who will handle the warehouse in Kentucky.


    Awards honor CFOs’ evolving role in business

    Twelve suburban business financial officials were honored Tuesday evening duiring the third annual Daily Herald Business Ledger's CFO of the Year awards.

    Workers use equipment to manufacture custom computer hardware at the new headquarters of Aimtron on Vermont Street in Palatine.

    Palatine welcomes electronics maker

    More than one hundred customers, business associates and well-wishers gathered at the new world headquarters for electronics manufacturer Aimtron Tuesday morning, as company executives and local politicians celebrated the company’s move to Palatine.

    Solid earnings for a range of big companies helped nudge the stock market higher on Tuesday. The restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill and the cable giant Comcast surged after reporting better results than Wall Street expected.

    U.S. stocks climb as earnings reports roll in

    Solid earnings for a range of big companies helped nudge the stock market higher on Tuesday. The restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill and the cable giant Comcast surged after reporting better results than Wall Street expected.

    Customers have a meal at a McDonald’s restaurant in Tokyo, Tuesday. Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp. said Tuesday its restaurants in Japan stopped using chicken from the Shanghai company Husi Food Co. McDonald’s said Husi, whose parent company is based in Aurora, provided about 20 percent of the meat of expired chicken used in its chicken nuggets in Japan.

    China meat scandal hits Starbucks, Burger King

    A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald’s said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. Chinese authorities expanded their investigation of the meat supplier, Shanghai company Husi Food Co. A day after Husi’s food processing plant in Shanghai was sealed by the China Food and Drug Administration, the agency said Tuesday that inspectors also will look at its facilities and meat sources in five provinces in central, eastern and southern China.

    Associated Press Verizon is reporting that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after securing full ownership of Verizon Wireless. Profit jumped to $4.32 billion from $2.25 billion, or 78 cents per share.

    Verizon 2Q profit rises 93 percent

    Verizon is reporting that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after securing full ownership of Verizon Wireless. Profit jumped to $4.32 billion from $2.25 billion, or 78 cents per share. Net income per share grew, but at a lower rate, to $1.01 per share from 78 cents per share. That’s because Verizon issued shares in February to pay Vodafone shareholders for their share of Verizon Wireless.


    Mcdonald’s profit trails estimates as sales slump persists

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp., the largest restaurant chain by sales, posted second-quarter profit that trailed analysts’ estimates after a U.S. sales slump lingered.Net income fell less than 1 percent to $1.39 billion, or $1.40 a share, from $1.4 billion, or $1.38, a year earlier, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in a statement. The average of 24 analysts’ projections compiled by Bloomberg was $1.44 a share. Revenue rose 1.4 percent to $7.18 billion, trailing the estimate for $7.29 billion.

    U.S. stocks rose, with benchmark gauges rebounding from yesterday’s slide, as data showed inflation has failed to gain a toehold and investors assessed earnings from Travelers Cos. to Comcast Corp.

    U.S. stocks rise on inflation, home data amid corporate earnings

    U.S. stocks rose, with benchmark gauges rebounding from yesterday’s slide, as data showed inflation has failed to gain a toehold and investors assessed earnings from Travelers Cos. to Comcast Corp. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. jumped 12 percent after reporting earnings and sales that beat projections. Comcast added 1.8 percent after profit topped estimates on higher revenue from Internet customers.


    Coca-Cola misses sales estimates amid juice, Diet Coke slide

    Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest beverage company, reported second-quarter sales that missed analysts’ estimates amid sluggish demand for drinks such as juice and Diet Coke in North America. Revenue fell 1.4 percent to $12.6 billion in the period ended June 27, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola said today in a statement. Analysts had estimated $12.8 billion on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.


    Harley sinks as annual shipment outlook cut on slower U.S. Sales

    Harley-Davidson Inc., the biggest U.S. motorcycle maker, fell the most in almost two years after saying it expects to ship about 9,000 fewer bikes this year. Harley now forecasts shipments of 270,000 to 275,000 this year, compared with an earlier outlook of as many as 284,000. The shares declined 5.3 percent to $63.55 at 10:06 a.m. New York time, after dropping 6.4 percent in their biggest intraday plunge since August 2012.

    Attorney Willie Gary, left, listens as Cynthia Robinson speaks during an interview in New York. Gary represented Robinson in a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

    Widow: Jury sent tobacco company a $23B message

    A Florida widow awarded $23.6 billion in the death of her chain-smoking husband o called the massive verdict a message to Big Tobacco, even though she likely won’t see much if any of the money. The punitive damages — $23,623,718,906.62, to be precise — almost certainly will be significantly reduced on appeal, if not thrown out entirely, legal experts and industry analysts said. In another major tobacco trial, a $28 billion verdict in a 2002 case in Los Angeles turned into $28 million after appeals.

    Yahoo! Inc. is adding to its mobile lineup with the acquisition of analytics company Flurry Inc.

    Yahoo acquiring analytics company Flurry to boost mobile lineup

    ahoo! Inc. is adding to its mobile lineup with the acquisition of analytics company Flurry Inc. Yahoo said today it is buying the San Francisco-based startup, which analyzes data from mobile-phone users to help developers better understand their audiences, because “mobile is at the center of everything we do.” Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

    Comcast Corp.’s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace than a year ago and video subscriber losses moderated.

    Comcast 2Q earnings top views on Internet hookups

    Comcast Corp.’s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace than a year ago and video subscriber losses moderated.Its adjusted earnings topped Wall Street estimates, and Comcast shares rose in early premarket trading.The nation’s largest cable provider said Tuesday that net income rose to $1.99 billion, or 76 cents per share.

Life & Entertainment

    The judging panel for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent gave advice to performers at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Sunday, July 13.

    Top 10 named for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent

    The Top 10 finalists for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent have been announced. The 10 acts in the summer competition are set to perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, and then at the Taste of Arlington Heights on Saturday, Aug. 9, when the grand prize winner and Fan Favorite will be announced.

    Shania Twain says she’ll end her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at resort.

    Shania Twain’s Vegas residency to end in December

    Country superstar Shania Twain says she’ll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace. Twain announced 16 “Shania: Still the One” shows in October and December, in addition to summer performances running through July 26 at the Colosseum.


    Grandma should give up special name to keep the peace

    Reader's granddaughter has given her a special name that she loves. But now her daughter-in-law doesn't want her child to say it anymore. Carolyn Hax says let it go to keep the peace.

    Shawn Schatteman, right, enjoys homemade pizza with his son, Blake, and neighbor Will Bosholdat. Schatteman makes his pizza dough from scratch.

    Cook of the Week: Raising interest in homemade pizza

    When a friend asked Shawn Schatteman how to make pizza dough, the Hawthorn Woods dad was happy to share. It didn’t matter that it was a Saturday afternoon and Shawn was walking through the Target parking lot giving instructions over his cellphone. Shawn seems to have patterned his cooking style after his grandmother’s. “Back then, she did not use measuring cups. It would be a little bit of this and a little bit of that and make it up as you go,” he said.


    Second City’s Chicago comedy school to expand

    The training center for Chicago’s famous Second City comedy group is expanding. The Second City Training Center announced Tuesday that it will lease a former movie theater next to its location on the city’s North Side.

    Six seconds isn’t a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the short time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform. The teen singer says he would strategically pick the hits he would cover, and sections of the tracks, and post them to Vine, aiming to showcase his talents and grab positive attention.

    Vine star Mendes finds breakthrough on pop charts

    Six seconds isn’t a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform. The teen singer says he would pick the hits he would cover — and the sections of the tracks — and post them on Vine to showcase his talents and grab positive attention. "There’s an art behind getting people to be intrigued because you only have six or six and a half seconds to impress people,” he said.

    Shawn Schatteman serves up a piece of homemade pizza at his home in Hawthorn Woods.

    Sausage Pizza
    Shawn Schatteman’s tops his homemade pizza with finely ground Italian sausage that reminds him of the pizzas he enjoyed as a child.

    Martin Freeman played Lester Nygaard in FX’s “Fargo.” The network announced Monday it has renewed the series for a second season with a new cast, time period and crime.

    ‘Fargo’ gets 2nd season on FX with new cast, crime

    FX is taking another trip to “Fargo,” where the cast is changing, but some of the characters are not. The network announced Monday that it has renewed the series for a second season with new actors, time period and crime. Executive Producer Noah Hawley told a TV Critics’ panel that season two will be set primarily in North Dakota in 1979 with a younger version of the Lou Solverson character (played by Keith Carradine in season one.)

    The Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Monday canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino because of what it called the rocker’s “racist and hate-filled remarks.”

    Citing ‘racist views,’ tribe cancels Nugent show

    A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker’s “racist and hate-filled remarks.”

    Billy Joel will receive the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in November.

    Library honors Billy Joel with U.S. pop music prize

    The Library of Congress is honoring Billy Joel with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian James Billington said Tuesday the singer-songwriter, whose hits include “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” will receive the prize in Washington in November. The Gershwin Prize honors a living artist’s lifetime achievement in music.

    Selena Groh, a 17-year-old junior at Buffalo Grove High School, with “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek.

    Arlington Heights teen on 'Jeopardy!' today

    An Arlington Heights teen who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, twice, and double 800s on her SAT, will make her debut appearance on Jeopardy's Teen Tournament on Tuesday afternoon. Selena Groh, who is now 17, but was 16 when the show filmed in March, just finished her junior year at Buffalo Grove High School, but took a few days off to fly to Los Angeles with her mom and brother to film the show.

    With her kitchen torn up for remodeling, Penny Kazmier turned to her crockpot to “bake” a Italian sausage lasagna.

    Culinary adventures: Too hot to turn on the oven? Slowcooker rescues dinner

    Faced with no oven or stove during a remodeling project, Penny Kazmier found herself turning to an electric skillet, hotpot and microwave to get dinner on the table. When she got he craving for comfort food, she broke out her slow cooker and crafted a four-layer cheese lasagna.


    Buffalo Chicken Dip
    Use celery sticks or chips to scoop up spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip.

    Jerry Yang stands in front of “The Thousand-Character Classic,” by Wen Peng (1498-1573), an album of 85 double leaves with ink on paper. “The Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy — Selections From the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang” exhibition runs until Aug. 17 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

    Out of character: Chinese calligraphy at the Met

    Large public exhibits of ancient Chinese calligraphy are rare in the United States, as are major shows that can be appreciated by kids as well as adults, novices as well as experts. “Out of Character” is both. It’s the first public showing of highlights from the extensive Chinese calligraphy collection of former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki. “It’s meant to be fun and casual,” Yang said of the exhibit, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Aug. 17.

    Children swing during the Park of the Little Prince’s opening day in Ungersheim, in the Alsace region of eastern France. The park is themed on one of French literature’s most beloved characters, “The Little Prince,” from the 1943 novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The park offers gentle attractions for young children.

    Little Prince park, like book, delights in small

    Tucked into a corner of eastern France where overseas tourists rarely venture, the Park of the Little Prince takes its name from one of French literature’s most beloved characters — and takes its cues from a time when roller coasters didn’t set out to terrify and theme parks were scaled for the small. The park, which opened July 1, is perfect for visitors looking for a way to entertain small children who might have had their fill of the French, German or Swiss countryside.

    For those hot days when you don’t want to turn on the oven, try Penny Kazmier’s lasagna that cooks in a crockpot.

    Slow Cooker “Rustic” Four-Layer Lasagna
    This hearty four-layered sausage and cheese lasagna cooks in a crockpot.

    Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt opens in Bloomingdale Saturday, July 26.

    Dining events: Free froyo Saturday at Menchie’s in Bloomingdale

    The newest Menchie’s frozen yogurt opens Saturday, July 26, in Bloomingdale. A grand opening weeklong celebration kicks off Saturday with free yogurt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rookies All-American Pub and Grill serves up $1 burgers and hot dogs all day everyday throughout July ($1.50 at the Elgin location).

    Trent Reznor and his band, Nine Inch Nails, shown here performing at the Vive Latino music festival in Mexico City, Mexico, in March, are currently on a North America tour co-headlining with Soundgarden. The tour comes to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Thursday, July 24.

    Trent Reznor reinvents tour coming to Tinley Park

    Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics. Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails is co-headlining a tour with Soundgarden that heads to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Thursday, July 24. Reznor has reinvented the show to offer Internet-savvy fans something new. “This will be the fourth kind of radically different production we’ve pulled off this cycle," he says.

    David Rosenfelt deftly works in wry humor, a love of dogs and New Jersey gangsters in “Hounded.”

    Humor, dogs and gangsters all in the mix of Rosenfelt’s ‘Hounded’

    David Rosenfelt deftly works in wry humor, a love of dogs and New Jersey gangsters in “Hounded,” his highly entertaining 12th legal thriller featuring attorney Andy Carpenter. Andy, who lives comfortably but not outlandishly on an inheritance, likes to joke that he doesn’t take on new clients, preferring to spend time with his girlfriend and business partner Laurie Collins, and their golden retriever, Tara. But this case becomes personal.

    Karma’s Korean barbecue-glazed rib-eye comes with sticky sesame rice and wilted ginger spinach.

    Karma’s Asian-fusion continues to delight in Mundelein

    Though chefs and menus have changed at Karma since the Mundelein restaurant opened in 2002, it essentially maintains its strong Asian-fusion culinary orientation. Building on that base is executive chef Paul Choi, who brings a multicultural contemporary food sensibility that combines an Asian background with classical French cooking techniques. Diners will find Karma’s menu explores the cuisines of Korea, China and Japan mingled with American influences in a serene setting.

    Several toy makers and publishers are offering collectible toys and books at the annual Comic-Con, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego.

    Comic-Con offers toy designers a chance to go wild

    When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel. Inside the colorful design center, the designers have spent the past year working on 10 toys created especially for the Comic-Con crowd, including a replica of the Batmobile from the upcoming game “Batman: Arkham Knight” and a 9-inch-tall action figure of Superman killer Doomsday.

    Models walk in a pool wearing swimwear designed by Poko Pano during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim show Frida in Miami Beach, Fla.

    Swimwear on Miami Beach runway goes sporty chic

    Surf’s up next summer. From rash guards to zipper-brief bottoms, sporty-chic looks made waves on the runway in Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which celebrated its 10th year with more than a dozen shows ending Monday. The shows previewed summer 2015 swimwear. “Sport luxe is making a big impact into swimwear,” said Sue Di Chio, creative director of Suboo.


    The Blues Mobile makes its way down Phil’s Beach in Wauconda during filming of the “The Blues Brothers” 35 years ago.

    Editorial: Memories add strength to fabric of suburbs

    A Daily Herald editorial underscores the importance of the memories of places and events that have long since past. They are woven into the suburban fabric and are a big part of who we are as a community.


    America the heartless

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Before it’s too late, Americans need to turn their attention back to the children. The lost children of Central America have themselves gotten lost in the fog of debate over what should become of them. Americans started off talking about the kids, but quickly meandered into distracting conversations about politics, blame, history, ideology and government funding.


    Our safety must come before compassion
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: The breaking of our immigration laws by illegal aliens is not the same thing as legal immigration of all those noncitizens who seek a better life for themselves by going through the legal application process.


    Vote for candidates who oppose gambling expansion
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: After the November elections, there will be a post-election session of the General Assembly when members, feeling either safer or having nothing to lose, create the most mischief. Then Illinois citizens will be put in jeopardy by two likely legislative actions: (1) making the hated 67% increase in the state income tax permanent; and (2) gambling expansion. Many legislators and scads of lobbyists will push for gambling expansion and assert, as did Senator Robert Rita, that gambling expansion "offers great benefits to the state and to local communities."


    End the bull running and other inhumanities, too
    A Glenview letter to the editor: It’s unfortunate that a Chicago native was injured while running with bulls in Spain, but the event is atrociously inhumane to the bulls. They are tormented, abused and traumatized animals that are ultimately and savagely bludgeoned to death in a bullfight.


    Reid owes Justice Thomas an apology
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Sen. Harry Reid does not appear to be very bright; however, there may be a legitimate reason for his mendacious claims. In addressing the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, Mr. Reid stated that the decision for the women of the United States had been made by five white males.


    Editors shouldn’t decide who’s right, wrong
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The July 1 letter from Jeff Slepak was very interesting. His statement at the end in which he urges everyone to use logical arguments, verifiable facts and state opinions as opinions is nice in theory, but impractical. I disagree with everything else.


    Incoming kids would burden our schools
    A letter to the editor: I hear on TV that as many as 60,000 kids have come across the border in Texas, and about 1,200 more are coming every day from Central America. Some people say let them come, we should welcome them all and care for them. Other people say, is there a cost to that?


    Chicago only studies O’Hare noise woes
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: With all due respect to Arelene Mulder of the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission, the only thing the commission is doing and has done over the many years is dole out soundproofing.


    Baffling high court ruling on benefits
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: How could six of seven Illinois Supreme Court justices rule that state retiree health benefits are protected when the constitution is silent on such a benefit? The unprecedented ruling was founded on the premise that it was not the intent of constitution drafters to protect “only” core pension benefits.


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