Daily Archive : Thursday July 24, 2014


    A project to replace the crumbling brick pavers outside the Barrington Metra station with colored, stamped concrete finished last month.

    Barrington Metra station just got more colorful

    The project to renovate the exterior of the Barrington Metra station, a significant focal point in the village, has been completed. At the end of May, work began to replace the brick pavers that serve as walkways around the station with colored and stamped concrete.

    Participants in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy learn business lessons from professionals. The program returns to Prospect High School this fall.

    Mt. Prospect teens learn to be entrepreneurs

    The Youth Entrepreneur Academy, which turns young people into thriving business owners, returns this fall to Prospect High School."It's hugely important to reach young people these kinds of lessons," said Susan Dozier, a vice president of American Chartered Bank who has served on the program's investor panel.

    Miss Lake County Fair 2014 Julia Bauschke, 19, talks with summer camp kids from A Children’s Place Thursday at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake.

    Images: Thursday at the Lake County Fair
    The Lake County Fair continued on Grayslake on Thursday, July 24. Thursday's events included Veterans Day, sheep shearing demonstration, animal judging, Great Lakes Naval Band performance, livestock costume constest, goat milking demonstration and the Pro Rodeo Stampede.

    Wayne Catalano

    Arlington trainer Catalano hospitalized with pneumonia

    Longtime Arlington Park trainer Wayne Catalano is hospitalized in critical condition after being diagnosed with pneumonia, his wife said Thursday. Catalano was admitted Tuesday to the intensive care unit at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.

    A makeshift memorial was set up Thursday morning outside the Bensenville house where a 4-year-old boy died Wednesday in a fire.

    How to help Bensenville family who lost son to fire

    The Bensenville community is rallying to support the family of a 4-year-old boy who was killed Wednesday afternoon in a tragic house fire. By Thursday morning, flowers, stuffed animals and a balloon had been placed next to a tree in front of the house where little Martin Pletz died. Bensenville Fire Protection District officials said they were fielding phone calls from residents wanting to help...

    Karen Wessel, 47 of Arlington Heights, was a “great mom,” say friends and neighbors.

    Arlington Heights mom dies saving boy in Wisconsin lake

    An Arlington Heights single mother of two died Tuesday after saving the life of a 9-year-old boy in a northern Wisconsin lake. Karen Wessel, 47, was vacationing with her son, her sister, a friend and two other children in Star Lake, Wisconsin, this week. The three children were swimming from a sandbar back to the shore of Star Lake when they started to struggle. “It’s a horrible...


    Gas leak slows traffic in Palatine

    A gas leak at a major intersection in Palatine slowed traffic during the Thursday evening rush hour. Traffic was moving slowly through the intersection of Lake-Cook Road and Rand Road about 4:30 p.m., when reports of a gas leak surfaced.

    First lady Michelle Obama, shown at the White House on Tuesday, attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday in Chicago.

    Michelle Obama attends Chicago fundraiser for Democrats

    First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday told about 100 people who donated between $500 and $20,000 each to “dig deep” in giving to the Democratic National Committee.

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, center, is seen with Guatemalan President Otto Molina, right, and Honduran President Juan Hernández on Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. At the same time, the administration said it is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras.

    U.S. weighs refugee status for youths from Honduras

    The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would involve screening youths in Honduras, one of the world’s most violent nations, to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. Similar in-country...

    From left, Luna Ventura, 13, Enzo Ventura, 10, and Nora Maihack, 14, all of Grayslake, ride the Cliff Hanger Thursday at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake.

    Veterans, rodeo highlight Day 2 at Lake County Fair

    A tribute to veterans, cowboys doing their best to hang on to buckin’ broncos and a fireworks show that lit up the skies over Grayslake highlighted Day 2 of the Lake County Fair on Thursday.

    Frederick H. Platt Jr.

    Former Lake County reserve deputy dies in skydiving accident

    A former volunteer reserve deputy for the Lake County sheriff’s office killed in a skydiving accident in Wisconsin is being remembered for his service in law enforcement and the U.S. military. Frederick H. Platt Jr., 44, of Racine, died Sunday after his parachute became tangled midair with the chute of another jumper, authorities said.


    Missing Palatine man found in California

    A missing Palatine man turned up safe and unharmed Thursday in Santa Monica, California, after police say he left an assisted-living facility the night before and boarded a flight at O’Hare International Airport.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Quinn Freyer, 3, of Mokena enjoys a hotdog at the second day of the 2014 DuPage County Fair in Wheaton. The fair runs through sunday and has something for everyone to enjoy.

    County fair’s Education Day provides all sorts of lessons

    It was Education Day at the HYPERLINK "http://www.dupagecountyfair.org/"DuPage County Fair Thursday and visitors at the Wheaton fairgrounds had the chance to learn all sorts of lessons.

    Alexander Mackenzie Williams

    Fremd graduate killed in California motorcycle crash

    A funeral is planned for this weekend for a 22-year-old Palatine native who died in a California motorcycle crash. Alexander Mackenzie Williams, a Fremd High School graduate, was killed in a two-vehicle crash July 20 about a half-hour north of San Diego.

    Steven Riggio helps Ellie, 12, and Sam Delihant, 9, of Carpentersville with their cardboard boats Thursday in Algonquin. His building restoration company has donated all the duct tape for the last 14 years.

    72 try to stay afloat in Algonquin cardboard regatta

    When it comes to building and racing a cardboard boat, they keep it simple in Algonquin. The annual Founders’ Days Cardboard Boat Regatta started Thursday afternoon at Riverfront Park on the western shore of the Fox River, with all 72 competitors using the same number and size of sheets of donated cardboard, three rolls of 2-inch duct tape, a utility knife and black marker.

    A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday. Israeli tank shells hit the compound, killing more than a dozen people and wounding dozens more who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.

    U.N. school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in the courtyard. Palestinian officials blamed Israel for the shelling, which wounded dozens and came on the deadliest day so far of the...


    Lobbying activity falls to 4-year low in Cook County

    Lobbyists were paid almost $1.2 million for reaching out to officials in Cook County during the first half of 2014, but lobbying activity during that six-month period was the lowest in four years, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr.

    William J. Ross

    McHenry man charged with murder

    A 62-year-old McHenry man was charged with murder Thursday after authorities say they gathered additional evidence that connects him to last year’s discovery of a body in his house. William J. Ross was taken into custody on the 600 block of Country Club Road about 1:30 p.m. by McHenry County sheriff’s officers and U.S. marshals

    This photo taken May 16 shows an MD-83 aircraft in the livery of Swiftair. An Air Algerie MD-83 carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital crashed, killing all aboard, early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported.

    Wreckage of Air Algerie jet found in Mail

    An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, and its wreckage was found near the border of neighboring Burkina Faso — the third major international aviation disaster in a week. The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria’s flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off from Burkina...

    This rendering shows possible long-term expansion ideas for Grand Victoria Casino in downtown Elgin, including more parking, a hotel and building an entertainment structure at nearby Festival Park.

    Elgin agrees to lower rent as casino talks of adding entertainment venue

    After grilling Grand Victoria Casino representatives on their long-term plans, Elgin City Council members agreed to lower the casino’s rent. “It’s been 20 years and our (current) agreement doesn’t reflect the conditions of the market today," casino General Manager Jim Thomason said. The casino is considering adding a hotel and an entertainment venue in Festival Park.

    Arizona Republic justice reporter Michael Kiefer describes what he saw as a witness to the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, which took nearly two hours at the state prison on Wednesday in Florence, Ariz.

    Arizona execution: Lawyer said inmate not in pain

    The nearly two-hour execution of a convicted murderer prompted a series of phone calls involving the governor’s office, the prison director, lawyers and judges as the inmate gasped for more than 90 minutes. A transcript of an emergency court hearing reveals the behind-the-scenes drama as the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood unfolded.


    Man held in 1992 strangling death of Niles West student

    More than two decades after the strangling death of a Niles West student, a 71-year-old man was arrested in California in connection with the case, authorities in Illinois said Thursday. The mother of 15-year-old victim David Chereck tells the Chicago Sun-Times she got a call Wednesday from Cook County investigators.

    Jenelle Brodzik, president of the Lake County Fair Junior Board, right, prepares T-shirts for sale Thursday during Veterans Day at the fair. Fellow board member Luke Speer and his sister, Hannah are seated.

    Young Lake County Fair leaders behind effort to honor vets

    Military in uniform always are admitted free to the Lake County Fair, but on Thursday the courtesy was extended to all veterans as part of the inaugural Veterans Day at the fair. "Overwhelmingly, everyone wanted to honor the veterans," said Sheri Vyfvinkel, fair business manager.


    South Barrington AMC to screen new movie about wild horses

    A new 3-D movie about America’s wild horses will be shown in a special screening at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the AMC South Barrington 30 theater — if enough tickets are sold. “HYPERLINK "www.americanmustangthemovie.com"American Mustang,” already shown at several film festivals, is the story of a girl, a cowboy and the wild horses of the American West.

    Kimberly Jones

    Kimberly Jones named to Maine Township board

    Former Park Ridge alderman Kimberly Jones has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Maine Township board. Jones fills the seat left by Susan Moylan Krey of Des Plaines, who was appointed township assessor after the death of longtime assessor Tom Rueckert.


    Des Plaines business offers free yogurt for a year

    A business coming to downtown Des Plaines is offering free yogurt for a year to the winner of a logo design contest. Veronica Ricci and her husband, Riccardo, plan to open a Forever Yogurt location this fall in a Metropolitan Square storefront between Potbelly and Panera Bread.

    The Hough-Main redevelopment project is expected to get underway around Labor Day.

    Barrington development on track, despite new criticism

    The retail development at Hough and Main streets in downtown Barrington is moving ahead, despite a fresh outburst of criticism, village officials said this week. Raynette Boschell, who owns a building near Cook and Station streets, said it hurts enterprises like hers when the village helps another a competitor.

    In this aerial photo, people inspect damage at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County, Va., Thursday, after a severe storm swept through the area. Softball-sized hail and rain toppled dozens of trees and flipped recreational vehicles at the campground Thursday, killing two people and injuring more than two dozen.

    Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

    Albert Thorn awoke in his rental cottage Thursday to the sound of heavy rain and wind. Then, there was screaming. Within minutes, the sky turned dark, cellphones pinged with emergency messages and a tornado tore through a popular campground, ripping awnings from trailers and flipping RVs on their sides. A couple from New Jersey was killed when a tree fell on their tent. Their 13-year-old son, in...


    Event honors Streamwood volunteers

    Streamwood residents are invited to a gathering honoring five longtime volunteers Aug. 3. Park District Commissioner Rich Janiec will act as emcee for the ceremony outside the village's 110-year-old schoolhouse at Hoosier Grove park. Several state lawmakers also are expected to attend.


    Vernon Hills hosts National Night Out

    The Vernon Hills Police Department will host a variety of free family activities for National Night Out from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Hartmann Park, 292 Oakwood Road. Activities include an inflatable playground, sand volleyball games against the police, a live DJ, face painting, games and a barbecue.


    Lake Co. Sheriff seeks national accreditation

    Lake County Sheriff’s police say the department is beefing up its credentials in hopes of becoming an elite law enforcement agency. Sheriff Mark Curran Jr. said a contract has been signed to seek accreditation through an organization called the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, of CALEA.


    New video systems for Libertyville police

    Libertyville police will be getting new in-car video systems for its fleet. The village board this past week recommended approval of the purchase of 12 in-car systems, from CDS Office Technologies in Itasca, for a total of $112,362.

    The Fox Valley Park District’s Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora. The park board will change from being appointed to being elected, under changes to state law.

    Fox Valley Park District board to be elected, not appointed

    Commissioners for the Fox Valley Park District, the second-largest in the state, will be elected rather than appointed by county board chairmen. "I would never argue against democracy," Kane chairman Chris Lauzen said, while expressing some misgivings about the change, which takes effect in 2017.

    Settler’s Hill Golf Course in Geneva is on the verge of seeing major upgrades begin as the Kane County Forest Preserve District will use several million dollars socked away by the county to make the course more competitive.

    Kane Co. edges closer to cash deal for Settler’s Hill revamp

    Details of an agreement that will send more than $800,000 from Kane County to the Kane County Forest Preserve District for Settler's Hill Golf Course improvements met the liking of commissioners Thursday. The money is just part of more than $4.25 million that may eventually flow to the forest preserve district for the Geneva facility, not including the cost of building a new clubhouse.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.comCalifornia fiber artist John Marshall shows one of his pieces of fiber artwork during the first of a two-day introductory workshop in the traditional Japanese technique of katazome (stencil dying) at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles on Thursday. Marshall, an expert in the field for forty years, travels the country and world showcasing his work and teaching classes.

    St. Charles arts center hosts California fiber artist

    John Marshall of California, an expert katazome (a traditional Japanese stenciling dying techniqu) teaches a guest workshop class on katazome at Fine Line in St. Charles.


    Illinois receives 305 migrant children

    New federal data show Illinois received 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border this year. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released a state-by-state list on Thursday showing the total released to sponsors from Jan. 1 to July 7.


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    New Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce speaks during his introductory news conference, Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Champaign, Ill. Groce is replacing the fired Bruce Weber after compiling a 85-56 overall record and 34-30 in MAC games at Ohio. (AP Photo/Herald & Review, Stephen Haas) MANDATORY CREDIT

    U of I gives basketball coach a raise

    University of Illinois trustees have boosted the size of the budget for the State Farm Center renovation and given basketball coach John Groce a raise and contract extension. Groce’s annual pay was increased by $100,000 a year to $1.7 million. The coach’s contract was extended by a year through 2018-19.


    Elgin rushes to buy road salt

    With prices climbing and competition for supplies likely to be keen, the city of Elgin swiftly approved spending nearly $1 million to buy about 10,000 tons of road salt for next winter.“This has been a true emergency, and in this case we want to make sure we’re beating our partners to the salt supply line,” City Manager Sean Stegall said.

    Stephen Bero

    Leaving on top: Gurnee library boss wins state honor just before retirement

    Warren-Newport Public Library Executive Director Stephen Bero is heading into retirement next week on a career high. Bero has been named the state's librarian of the year. "I just feel good about the way I’m leaving now,” Bero said. “Leaving at the top of my game with honors.”

    Michael S. White III

    Lake County man charged with striking police dog

    A 30-year-old Lake County man faces multiple charges after authorities say he struck a Waukegan Police K-9 and struggled with its handler earlier this week while trying to avoid arrest in connection with a domestic altercation.


    Round Lake Beach, Spring Grove men face child pornography charges

    Two suburban men have been snared in a statewide initiative seeking those who download and trade child pornography online, authorities said Thursday.


    Aurora cops battling string of west side burglaries

    Burglars are targeting vehicles parked on Aurora’s west side and have stolen almost $9,000 worth of electronics, purses, wallets, jewelry and other valuables since July 1, police said Thursday. Of the 21 vehicles that have been hit, police said, 17 were unlocked and 15 were parked in residential driveways.

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, is running for re-election against Republican Bruce Rauner.

    Rauner’s campaign ad uses made-up headlines

    A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring — and even making up — headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about his opponent.


    Quinn tends to teen who fainted

    A Chicago teenager has been released from the hospital after appearing to faint at a campaign event where the Illinois governor ended up kneeling over him and holding his hand before an ambulance arrived.

    Mary Cadigan

    Friends mourn loss of advocate for suburban homeless
    The suburbs have lost a major advocate for homeless residents with the death of Mary Cadigan, one of the original board members of Journeys The Road Home, in Palatine. “Many of our core values today are in large part due to Mary Cadigan and the team that was part of the original board.,” Beth Nabors, executive director of Journeys, said.

    Monica Tipperreiter talks with her fellow actors before a rehearsal for her dream role in the musical “The Secret Garden” at Mundelein High School. Monica was set to star in the production in the spring before the discovery of a brain tumor. The school is restaging the production for a one-time encore performance Friday.

    Mundelein teen gets second chance at play after surgery to remove brain tumor

    Mundelein High School senior Monica Tipperreiter had her heart set on playing one of the leads in the school's spring musical until the discovery of a brain tumor dashed her hopes. Now the school is restaging the production Friday night to give her another go at the role of a lifetime. “I'm very grateful for the second chance,” she said.

    Tevin Lee

    Teen charged in 11-year-old’s murder

    A Chicago teenager accused of shooting dead an 11-year-old girl was aiming his gun at members of a rival gang when a stray bullet struck the girl as she was making s’mores during a sleepover, police said Thursday.

    A newly-stamped gold coin of President John F. Kennedy is examined at the U.S. Mint at West Point in West Point, N.Y. Kennedy is getting a new look on the new coin that is being made by the mint to mark the 50 years since the slain president debuted on a half-dollar.

    JFK coins to go on sale in Rosemont Aug. 5

    President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors’ coins. The slain president’s profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the U.S. Mint is producing collectors’ coins that restore the original 1964 design. The gold proof coins go on sale Aug. 5 at the World’s Fair of Money in...


    Quinn backs county ballot measure on gun laws

    Gov. Pat Quinn has thrown his support behind a Cook County ballot measure that asks voters to weigh in on Illinois gun laws. The Democrat called on county residents Thursday to support tougher gun laws through what he called “the power of the ballot box.”


    Jobless rates fall in all Illinois metro areas

    The state Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates dropped in June in all 12 Illinois metro areas. It was the third straight month of across-the-board decreases. Department Director Jay Rowell said Thursday in the agency’s monthly report on metro unemployment that the trend of encouraging employment data shows real economic improvement.


    Coalition ways state must move faster on fracking

    A coalition of business and labor groups wants the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to move faster in implementing hydraulic fracturing rules.The group calls itself “Growing Resources and Opportunity for the Workforce in Illinois.” The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the coalition held a news conference Thursday to call on Gov. Pat Quinn’s...

    Chris Keyes poses for photographers outside the convention center during preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego.

    Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

    Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line.The lineups began as soon as the San Diego Convention Center opened its doors. Fans with four-day passes to the sold-out pop-culture spectacular gained early admission to the showroom floor Wednesday night, where they were the first to see a 10-foot-tall...

    Elgin Fire Chief John Fahy, left, and Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda will become members of the city's board of fire and police commissioners if the Elgin City Council finalizes its preliminary decision made Wednesday night.

    Elgin looks at changing fire, police board makeup

    A proposal to change the makeup of Elgin's board of fire and police commissioners — with city staff members outnumbering residents — narrowly moved forward Wednesday night. Elgin Mayor David Kaptain and councilmen John Steffen, Toby Shaw, John Prigge and Terry Gavin voted at the committee of the whole meeting in favor of adding the city's police chief, fire chief and director of human...


    State ends hunt for snake in New Jersey lake
    A 16-foot-long exotic snake reportedly slithering around New Jersey’s largest lake is apparently a suburban legend. Or the snake just isn’t hungry.The state has stopped looking for the reptile after scientists failed to find any evidence of it in Lake Hopatcong and traps baited with chicken were left untouched.


    Elgin looks at legalizing small scooters

    Registered scooters with small motors will soon be legal to drive in Elgin. The city council’s committee of the whole approved Wednesday moving forward with an ordinance that would legalize scooters smaller than 150 cc, as long as they are titled and registered with the state. That would align Elgin’s ordinance with state law.


    Illinois farmers benefit from manure share program
    Illinois gardeners and livestock owners have formed mutually beneficial relationships through a free online manure exchange program.The Illinois Manure Share introduces farmers who have an abundance of livestock manure to those who need it, The (Decatur) Herald and Review reported.


    Porch shooter was surprised by firing of gun

    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch told police that he didn’t know there was a round in the shotgun. Prosecutors on the second day of trial Thursday played a recording of Theodore Wafer’s remarks to officers made immediately after they arrived at his Dearborn Heights home last Nov. 2.


    Mother, daughter die after Philly food truck blast

    A mother and teenage daughter have died of injuries they suffered in a fiery explosion inside their food truck earlier this month, authorities said Thursday. Jaylin Steffany Landaverry Galdanez, 17, died Tuesday and Olga Galdanez, 42, died Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office. The mother owned the truck.


    How much influence do parents really have on their children?

    With all the influences on kids these days, our Ken Potts wonders how much impact parents really have. The answer may surprise you.


    United to resume flights to israel as other airlines plot return

    Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. and Alitalia SpA are resuming flights to Tel Aviv as other airlines weigh their options following an almost two-day halt in service to Israel because of concern about rocket fire.American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and Deutsche Lufthansa AG are among the carriers assessing the security and have yet to announce a decision on restoring...

    Bloomingdale Park District has plans to replace the playground equipment at Seasons Four Park in Roselle. The replacement is scheduled to begin in late summer or early fall.

    Bloomingdale Park District seeks feedback on playground improvements

    A new playground at Seasons Four Park in Roselle will reflect the preferences of the children and parents who use it. That’s because Bloomingdale Park District is sponsoring an open house next week to get feedback from the community about what color schemes and activity panels should be used when the park’s playground structures are replaced later this year.

    Bureau of Land Management cave specialist Bryan McKenzie rappels into Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming during a cleanup expedition.

    Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

    For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.Natural Trap Cave in north-central Wyoming is 85 feet deep and almost impossible to see until you're standing right next to it. Over tens...


    Cook County to cut buildings’ carbon emissions

    Cook County buildings will be getting greener.The county’s Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance aimed at making public buildings more energy efficient — with the goal of sharply cutting greenhouse gases emitted by county-owned buildings.


    2 children injured in Milwaukee shooting

    Two Wisconsin children are recovering after being shot inside a vehicle.A 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the Milwaukee shooting Wednesday night.Deputy Inspector Stephen Basting says the children were in a vehicle being driven by their mother.


    Construction worker hurt at Kenosha Amazon site

    An accident at the construction site of an Amazon distribution center in Kenosha has sent a worker to the hospital.The Kenosha News reports the man was pinned between a beam and an aerial lift Wednesday.


    Hayward Wisconsin hosts Lumberjack World Championships

    International competition begins in Hayward where the very best lumberjacks are gathering. The U.S. Lumberjack World Championships get underway Thursday with log rolling, pole climbing and chopping events. The championships started in 1960. Organizers say it’s a way to acknowledge the rich history of the logging industry across the United States.


    Insurance company compensates wrongly convicted

    A central Wisconsin man who spent three years in prison for a crime he did not commit has been compensated by his insurance company. The amount of the compensation for Joseph Awe, of Friendship, has not been disclosed. Awe says there’s no way to compensate him for the three years he lost while in prison for arson.


    Facebook page helps musicians find stolen gear

    A Chicago woman has created a Facebook page to help musicians find their stolen gear.Tracy Kreuser tells the Chicago Sun-Times she hopes the page she created last month will generate tips and help musicians get their lost equipment back. She envisions the site as a central hub for people to post photos of missing instruments and facts about the thefts. The site already has photos of a half-dozen...


    Chicago lawyer named ambassador to Czech Republic

    A Chicago attorney has been confirmed as the United States’ ambassador to the Czech Republic.


    Insurers owe more than $8M in refunds in Illinois

    The federal government says more than 108,000 Illinois health insurance customers will benefit from more than $8 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation’s health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday.


    Illinois man freed after 2 decades in prison

    A suburban Chicago man who insisted during two decades in prison that police framed him for a slaying he did not commit walked out of jail Wednesday morning, hours after a jury in his retrial found him not guilty. Rodell Sanders, 49, said after Tuesday’s verdict that although he will continue to pursue a lawsuit against the Chicago Heights Police Department, detectives and others, he would...


    Asian carp cooking demonstrations part of tourney

    BATH — Several well-known chefs will be traveling to central Illinois to offer demonstrations on how to cook Asian carp. The invasive fish has infested the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in recent years.


    Last chance for Illinois State Fair discount pass

    Time is running out to snag the best discount for carnival rides at the Illinois State Fair. In an announcement made Wednesday, fair officials said the price of the carnival Mega Pass will increase from $65 to $75 on Monday. The Mega Pass is good for unlimited rides at the Carnival Midway and Adventure Village for all 11 days of the fair.


    Online system to offer pheasant hunting permits

    Illinois officials say permits for controlled pheasant hunting in Illinois will soon be available. In a Wednesday news release, state officials say 16 of 20 pheasant hunting sites are operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The others are operated in a private-public partnership.


    Illinois 7-year-old dies after bike, car collision
    Illinois officials say a 7-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car while riding his bike. The Peoria County coroner tells the (Bloomington) Pantagraph Blake Seifers died Monday of multiple injuries.


    Another suburb returns to ComEd, drops alternative supplier

    In a move reflecting the changing power market, ComEd will once again supply Hanover Park with electricity, a reversal expected to add an extra $12 to $17 on the average homeowner's monthly electric bill. As Addison, Antioch and Lombard have found, prices with an alternative provider would have been higher. “The tide is changing every year,” Hanover Park Trustee Bill Cannon said.


    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    he Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. The decision was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday. “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed...


    Dawn Patrol: Boy killed in fire; gentleman’s club sued over drowning

    A 4-year-old boy died in a fire in Bensenville; family of drowned Elk Grove Village man sues gentleman's club; giant wooden soldier dismantled in St. Charles; Carpentersville woman accused of violating probation on murder plea; Palatine police seek missing ill man.

    Des Plaines hopes to extend a new water pipe from its pumping station at 877 Central Road to the Northwest Water Commission about a mile north if the agency accepts the city as a water customer.

    Des Plaines hopes to save money if new water deal approved

    Des Plaines is close to finalizing a deal for a new water source that officials say would save the city $7,000 a day by weaning itself off Chicago's water. Mayor Matt Bogusz and City Manager Mike Bartholomew believe they may have found residents and businesses a cheaper, alternative water source in the Northwest Water Commission, which provides water to Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine...

    Annie Petersen, in her 62nd year working at the fair, awards the first place and best in show ribbon for paintings on Wednesday. Petersen first fell in love with the fair as a 10-year-old.

    Lake County Fair fan working it for 62nd year

    Arvilla “Annie” Petersen fell in love with the Lake County Fair as a 10-year-old when she had the grand champion steer in a 4-H livestock competition. Now 2014 marks her 62nd year working at the fair. “It's been a learning experience, plus I have made many, many great friends, so I've stuck with it,” Petersen said.

    Adam Brodersen stands with Police Chief Steven Casstevens, left, and Cmdr. Jim Newton after being sworn in as a police officer for a day with the Buffalo Grove Police Department.

    7-year-old gets to be a Buffalo Grove officer for a day

    A first-grader from Palatine who was born with a heart defect lived out his dream of being a police officer thanks to the generosity of the Buffalo Grove force. "I'm going to catch the bad guys!" the delighted 7-year-old exclaimed. (With adorable video and picture gallery!)

    A sign marks the main road of Horizon Farms, a 400-acre equestrian estate in Barrington Hills, which the Cook County Forest Preserve District owns. The previous owners have filed a lawsuit against the district and several others alleging fraud in the sale that gave the forest district ownership.

    Former owners launch second suit over sale of Horizon Farms

    The former owners of Horizon Farms have sued a local bank and others, disputing the legality of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's purchase of the nearly 400-acre Barrington Hills equestrian estate, and claiming the forest preserve paid almost double the appraisal price.

    Seven-year-old Adam Brodersen, of Palatine, being sworn in for “Cop For A Day” by Buffalo Grove Chief of Police Steven Casstevens.

    Images: Cop for a Day
    Seven-year-old Adam Brodersen, of Buffalo Grove, who was born with a heart defect, lived out his dream of being a police officer on Wednesday, thanks to the generosity of the Buffalo Grove Police Department.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan greets those in attendance Wednesday the Centre of Elgin during discussion about how to identify and avoid major consumer scams.

    Attorney general talks scams at Elgin roundtable

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her staff discussed how to identify and avoid major consumer scams, including identity theft and home repair fraud, as well as schemes that target seniors, during a roundtable held Wednesday in the Heritage Ballroom at the Centre of Elgin.



    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for July 25

    Joe Kristufek's selections for July 25 racing at Arlington International.

    Atlanta Braves fan Mark Fuller snaps a photo of the Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Friday, July 25, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    Maddux reflective as Hall induction nears

    As he looked around the hotel the last 24 hours, running into Hall of Famer after Hall of Famer, Greg Maddux was struck by the comparison. He never threw 97 mph and never employed the devastating breaking pitch that could leave hitters buckled and beaten. Maddux did it with his mind.

    Chicago White Sox veteran Frank Thomas kisses the World Series trophy in the clubhouse after the White Sox swept the Houston Astros with a 1-0 win of Game 4 Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, in Houston.

    35 special things about Frank Thomas

    White Sox beat writer Scot Gregor lists 35 facts, moments and Memories for No. 35, White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas. The Big Hurt is going to be inducted into the Hall on Sunday.

    Mark Welsh/2006 Cubs Greg Maddux takes a moment before 2006 Chicago White Sox and Cubs game.

    31 special things about Greg Maddux

    Did you know Greg Maddux led the National League in innings pitched for five consecutive seasons? With Maddux heading into the baseball hall of fame this weekend, we look back at his career with 31 thoughts, facts, moments and memories of No. 31.

    Bears linebacker Jon Bostic, grabbing an interception in front of Ravens tight end Dallas Clark last season, will get reps this preseason at middle linebacker and on the strong side.

    Bears have 4 position battles worth watching

    Several critical position battles will be worth watching, including linebacker and safety, when the Bears' training camp practices begin Friday morning. By the time the Bears break camp Aug. 13, some outcomes may be decided, while others could go right up until the season opener. Following are four of the more entertaining competitions.

    Bears guard/center Roberto Garza (63) arrives for the team’s NFL football training camp at Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday, July 23, 2014., in Bourbonnais, Ill.

    Cutler knows he can trust O-line

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has every right to feel secure behind an offensive line that returns every starter from last year's group that showed substantial improvement in pass protection.

    Chicago White Sox' Adam Eaton (1) and Alexei Ramirez celebrate after they defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-2 in a baseball game on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Noesi, Eaton lead White Sox past Twins, 5-2

    An impressive start from Hector Noesi was just a couple of pitches away from being something really special. Noesi allowed three hits over 7⅔ innings, and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.


    Cougars hold on for 5-3 win

    Despite owning the lead for basically the entire game, the Cougars pulled out a close victory over the Silver Hawks by a score of 5-3 in front of 10,163 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Thursday evening. The Cougars (21-11, 66-36) guaranteed another series victory at home and can sweep South Bend (19-13, 59-42) on Friday.


    Boomers take 11-10 victory

    The host Schaumburg Boomers secured a wild 11-10 victory over the Traverse City Beach Bums in the opener of a series on Thursday night.

    Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson leaves a game as manager Rick Renteria, right, watches during the sixth inning Thursday night.

    Cubs' struggles continue in 13-3 loss

    Things went from bad to ridiculous for the Cubs on Thursday night at Wrigley Field. Facing the worst-hitting team in baseball, Cubs pitchers allowed 14 hits in a 13-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. Before the game, manager Rick Renteria talked of needing veteran pitchers Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood to step up in the wake of the July 4 trade of starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland. The Cubs are 3-13 since that trade.


    Renteria says Castillo miscue out of character

    Cubs catcher Welington Castillo heard boos from the Wrigley Field crowd Wednesday night, when he failed to run out a ground ball back to the pitcher in the sixth inning. The pitch jammed Castillo and seemed to startle him, but it also looked like he gave up once it went to the pitcher. Castillo has not been a player known for those kinds of plays.

    In this photo provided by the Edmond, Okla. Police Department, Justin Blackmon is pictured in a booking photo dated July 23, 2014. Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession.

    Suspended NFL WR Blackmon arrested on drug complaint

    The Jacksonville Jaguars have no plans to part ways with troubled receiver Justin Blackmon.Owner Shad Khan made it clear Thursday that Blackmon will remain on the roster despite his latest arrest.“We want to keep him as a player,” Khan said following a charity kickoff luncheon at EverBank Stadium.

    Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one. The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can’t be finalized for at least 30 days.

    Cavs sign Wiggins, who can’t be traded for 30 days

    Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one.The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days.Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can’t be finalized for at least 30 days.

    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence. Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Ravens RB Rice receives 2-game suspension from NFL

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged. Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check “for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”Despite the court’s decision not to impose criminal punishment, “the Commissioner determined, as he advised Rice, that the conduct was incompatible with NFL policies and warranted disciplinary action.”In a letter to Rice, Goodell wrote: “As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”Rice’s suspension will begin on Aug. 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement Sept. 12 after the Pittsburgh game. Rice may participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement issued by the Ravens. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.”Rice is the team’s career leader in total scrimmage yards and ranks behind only Jamal Lewis in total yards rushing. Bernard Pierce is expected to start for Rice in Baltimore’s first two games.Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement: “We appreciate the thorough process the league office used to evaluate the incident with Ray Rice. The time the Commissioner spent with Ray and Janay is typical of the extra steps the NFL takes when making decisions regarding discipline issues. While not having Ray for the first two games is significant to our team, we respect the league’s decision and believe it is fair.”He added, “We also respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.”Rice’s teammates were not stunned by the news of the suspension.“You knew something was going to happen,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. “I’ll be glad when those two games are up.”Coach John Harbaugh said, “It’s part of the process. There are consequences when you make a mistake; we’ll move forward.”Rice participated Thursday in Baltimore’s first full-squad practice. Before that session began, the Ravens lost cornerback Aaron Ross for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, a mishap that occurred during his conditioning

    With three stages to go, Vincenzo Nibali has a 7-minute, 10-second lead in the Tour de France.

    Nibali wins Stage 18 of Tour de France

    Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days.


    Mike North video: Wrong about Rizzo and Castro
    Mike North admits he was wrong about Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo and says Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein might have been right to sign them to 6 year deals.

    Padres first baseman and Hampshire grad Jake Goebbert makes a line-drive out in the second inning Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Goebbert was called up when San Diego's regular first baseman, Yonder Alonso, went on the disabled list in mid-June.

    Hampshire star's major-league dream comes true with Padres

    There's talking about living the dream, and then there's actually doing it. Jake Goebbert is doing it. After over 2,000 at-bats in the minor leagues the Hampshire graduate finally got his opportunity to wear a major league baseball uniform a little over a month ago wtih the San Diego Padres. “For every child who has a dream I can say chase it and believe in yourself,” said Goebbert.

    Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman listens to questions at a news conference during the team's NFL football training camp at Olivet Nazarene University on Wednesday, July 23, 2014., in Bourbonnais, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    No way Bears avoid injury bug a second straight season

    Can the Bears' offense stay remarkably healthy and remarkably effective for a second straight season? History advises to believe it only when you see it.


    FinalRoadMap.com offers you a “digital vault” filled with your last wishes on a number of things, if something should happen to you. It goes beyond what’s in your will, and gives your executor or other loved one guidance on how you want things done. You can also leave behind a message to family and friends.

    FinalRoadMap.com offers more than final bucket list

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Darien-based FinalRoadMap.com, which offers consumers a digital vault filled with documents that can indicate what they want as final wishes. It goes beyond what typical wills or other legal documents provide by offering your final wishes for even the most smallest thing.

    Major U.S. stock indexes ended roughly where they began Thursday, despite investors having to work through a busy day of corporate earnings and two economic reports.

    After much movement, stocks end where they began

    Only Wall Street could make the buying and selling of more than 3 billion shares look like nothing happened. Major U.S. stock indexes ended roughly where they began Thursday, despite investors having to work through a busy day of corporate earnings and two economic reports.

    The former Caribou Coffee in Rolling Meadows is being re-fitted for Bigby’s Pour House.

    Popular craft beer bar coming to Rolling Meadows

    Bigby's Pour House, a popular craft beer bar in Addison, will open a Rolling Meadows site next month where the Caribou Coffee used to be on Algonquin Road.


    Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.13 pct.

    Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan was 4.13 percent, unchanged from last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, edged up to 3.26 percent from 3.23 percent last week.

    Google Inc. risks a fresh round of criticism after its attempts to apply a court ruling giving citizens the right to be forgotten backfired, Ireland’s data watchdog said ahead of an industry summit with European Union privacy chiefs.

    Google risks ire on jogging memories meant to be forgotten

    Google Inc. risks a fresh round of criticism after its attempts to apply a court ruling giving citizens the right to be forgotten backfired, Ireland’s data watchdog said ahead of an industry summit with European Union privacy chiefs. The world’s biggest search engine’s policy of telling media when it had pulled links to some stories has resulted in outlets flagging such articles. That may mean more publicity for a person who had asked for a removal from search results in the first place, said Billy Hawkes, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

    Mark Zuckerberg is staring down naysayers who hammered Facebook Inc.’s stock after its debut two years ago. Facebook shares are poised to reach a new high today after the social network topped its record close from March of $72.03 in early trading. Fueling the rise: The company showed again that mobile advertisements are powering revenue and profit.

    Facebook poised to hit record high as mobile ads fuel gains

    Mark Zuckerberg is staring down naysayers who hammered Facebook Inc.’s stock after its debut two years ago. Facebook shares are poised to reach a new high today after the social network topped its record close from March of $72.03 in early trading. Fueling the rise: The company showed again that mobile advertisements are powering revenue and profit.


    GM sets aside at least $400 million for ignition recall victims

    General Motors Co., posting a second-quarter profit that missed analyst estimates, said it will spend at least $400 million to pay victims of the 2.59 million compact cars with potentially faulty ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. Profit excluding one-time items was 58 cents a share, helped by redesigned pickups and large sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. and improved sales in China, Detroit-based GM said today in a statement. That compared with an average estimate of 59 cents from 14 analysts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    American Airlines says it will pay its first dividend since 1980.

    American Airlines to pay first dividend since 1980
    American Airlines says it will pay its first dividend since 1980. The company announced Thursday that shareholders will get a quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per share. American will also spend up to $1 billion to buy back shares, which raises the value of remaining shares. American Airlines Group Inc. made the announcement as it reported net income of $864 million in the second quarter, up from $220 million a year earlier.

    Caterpillar’s second-quarter net income rose 4.1 percent even as revenue slipped.

    Caterpillar 2Q profit rises, revenue declines
    Caterpillar’s second-quarter net income rose 4.1 percent even as revenue slipped. The construction equipment company’s adjusted profit topped Wall Street’s view, but revenue fell short. It also boosted its full-year earnings forecast. Caterpillar earned $999 million, or $1.57 per share, in the quarter. A year earlier it earned $960 million, or $1.45 per share.

    An electronic screen shows the safety record of Shanghai Husi Food Co., a meat supplier owned by an Aurora company for McDonald and KFC, in Shanghai, China.

    Aurora-based supplier of expired beef in China apologizes

    The chairman of an Aurora-based meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald's and KFC. Fast food chains in China suspended use of products from Shanghai Husi Food Co. after a television station reported last weekend it repackaged and sold meat past its use-by date. “What happened at Husi Shanghai is completely unacceptable. I will not try to defend it or explain it,” said Sheldon Lavin, chairman and chief executive of Aurora-based OSI Group, which owns Husi Food.

Life & Entertainment

    John Malkovich, left, and Benedict Cumberbatch attend the “DreamWorks Animation” panel on Day 1 of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego.

    Malkovich, Cumberbatch make Comic-Con debuts

    John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch each made their Comic-Con debuts — as themselves and as their first animated characters. The two actors were in San Diego Thursday to offer an early look at DreamWorks Animation’s “Penguins of Madagascar,” a sequel to 2012’s “Madagascar 3.”

    The band Rise Against, which has members from the suburbs, will play Riot Fest this year.

    Daily Riot Fest tickets on sale

    One-day tickets are now on sale for Chicago’s Riot Fest, and the daily lineup for the music fest has been announced. The fest runs Friday, Sept. 12, to Sunday, Sept. 14, in Humboldt Park. Daily ticket sales start at $64.98.

    Classical Blast plays July 31 in Hoffman Estates.

    Hoffman Estates wraps up concert series

    Hoffman Estates wraps up the final concerts of its 7 p.m. Thursday concert series with rock, jazz and blues.

    Johnny Winter performed at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this past May and was slated to appear with his brother, Edgar, next month at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Now, the Aug. 10 concert will be a tribute to Johnny Winter, who died last week.

    Genesee concert will be tribute to late Johnny Winter

    Due to the recent death of blues guitarist Johnny Winter, who was slated the appear at the upcoming Rock N' Blues Festival Concert at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, the show at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, has instead been reconfigured to be a tribute to the late musician.

    In “Lucy,” Scarlett Johansson plays a woman with the ability to see wireless cellphone signals showering the skies.

    Sci-fi thriller 'Lucy' a breathless mix of silliness, smarts

    "Lucy,” Luc Besson's cautionary thriller about the dangers of being too smart, is a breathless piece of stylized sci-fi action inspired by graphic novels, M-rated video games and car chases from “The Blues Brothers” and “To Live and Die in L.A.” Any movie with a gun-toting Scarlett Johansson touting super powers, taking names and kicking butts (more latter than former) can't be tedious.

    Shia LaBeouf and Alec Baldwin never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them in a distinctly less celebrated venue on Thursday: Manhattan courts.

    Baldwin, LaBeouf share a role — defendant— in NYC

    Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf never ended up sharing a Broadway stage as planned last year, but real-life dramatics landed both of them Thursday in a distinctly less celebrated venue: Manhattan criminal courts. Both stars appeared in courtrooms a few blocks apart for separate disorderly conduct cases. LaBeouf is charged with disrupting a Broadway performance, while Baldwin was accused of getting belligerent with police who said they stopped him for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street.

    Magician Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) tries to debunk a psychic (Emma Stone) in Woody Allen's comic drama “Magic in the Moonlight.”

    Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight' is just that

    Woody Allen continues his Euro-streak with his mirthful “Magic in the Moonlight,” a whimsical, gimmicky comedy that contemplates the possibility that God and other spiritual mysteries might just be delusional coping mechanisms for the masses. Colin Firth plays Allen's gruff protagonist Stanley Crawford, a popular London magician who in 1928 performs as an Asian magician named Wei Ling Soo.

    A hard-drinking German spy (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) seeks redemption in “A Most Wanted Man,” based on a 2008 novel by John le Carre.

    Hoffman's performance, complex tale make 'Most Wanted' thriller

    “A Most Wanted Man” exudes the cold, damp and gritty feeling of its port setting, dotted with nothing but dive bars. Although the cast is uniformly fine, Philip Seymour Hoffman shines in a role that demands not showmanship, but a kind of complexity and contradiction that can be rendered only through the kind of dull character details that he excelled in, accumulating them from inside out.

    Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The Spider-Man franchise will detour next with a “Sinister Six” spinoff in 2016, pushing “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” to 2018.

    ‘Sinister Six’ spinoff to come next for Spider-Man

    The Spider-Man franchise will detour next with a “Sinister Six” spinoff in 2016, pushing “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” to 2018, Sony’s Columbia Pictures said Wednesday in announcing an updated schedule. By ordering “Sinister Six” ahead of the next “Spider-Man” movie, the studio hopes to expand the franchise with the group of Marvel super-villains.

    Fans like Chris Keyes were ready in costume for Wednesday’s preview night at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention that officially opens today in San Diego.

    Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

    Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after waiting in line. The lineups began as soon as the San Diego Convention Center opened its doors. Fans with four-day passes to the sold-out pop-culture spectacular gained early admission to the showroom floor Wednesday night, where they were the first to see a 10-foot-tall Transformer, a Lego Spider-Man and a life-sized, road-ready Hot Wheels car inspired by Darth Vader.


    Science, spirituality meet in Mike Cahill's 'I Origins'

    So, what would really happen if something spiritual and mystical came along that defied scientific explanation? “I Origins” marks the second movie from Mike Cahill, whose first sci-fi feature “Another Earth” marked the debut of a fresh, original voice in the now-CGI-stuffed genre. In “I Origins,” Cahill addresses a smorgasbord of big issues: afterlife, reincarnation, God, predestination, even true love. Or is all this a bunch of coincidental hooey?


    Two apps help oenophiles keep track of what they drink

    Wine lovers are notorious note-takers. Modern technology to the rescue. Two smartphone apps, Vivino and Delectable, are going head-to-head in competition for the wine geek market. Both use a photo of a wine bottle label (either taken through the app or imported from your photos) to identify the wine and enter the relevant information for you.

    Clematis are available in just about every color of the rainbow.

    Plant undemanding clematis and enjoy the show

    Clematis are simple to grow; they are available in a broad range of colors, forms and sizes; and they boast one of the longest periods of bloom of any garden perennial. They are also among the least demanding plants.

    Amanda Smit-Peters shows an example of painted window screens in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore. Smit-Peters, Main Street manager for the neighborhood, is working with local artists to bring back the urban folk art of painted screens. They were popular in the 20th century as a way to keep people walking by on the street from seeing inside Baltimore's row house windows.

    Baltimore: Poe, painted screens, vintage treasures

    It's not the TV shows “Homicide” and “The Wire” that come to mind when I think of Baltimore. Instead, I went looking for old things connected to the city's history and quirky local culture — everything from Edgar Allan Poe to row houses and painted window screens, a utilitarian folk art that's being revived. Here's what I found.

    French filmmaker Karim Ouret is interviewed on Skype by J. Spencer Greene, left, at the opening night of the Blue Whiskey Film Festival in Arlington Heights.

    Reel life: Five years of Blue Whiskey fest

    The fifth annual Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival got off to a strong start Sunday night at the Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights with the Illinois premiere of James Ward Byrkit's smart and inventive science-fiction thriller “Coherence,” about a group of friends whose dinner gets interrupted by a massive collision of alternate realities. Always a party buzz-kill, I say.Did anyone at Palatine-based Blue Whiskey ever think the fest would make it to five years? “Actually, yes,” managing director J. Spencer Greene told me.

    Instead of one large master bathroom, designers today are suggesting two smaller ones to avoid conflict.

    Designing a bathroom, or two, for marital bliss

    Next to sharing a bed, sharing a bathroom is the most intimate experience two people can have. Bathrooms host activities ranging from the physiological to those of personal hygiene. While many couples do not mind sharing space, others cannot abide by a “yours, mine, ours” space concept. Different organizational habits have a lot to do with disagreements about bathrooms between people who otherwise love each other.

    Michael Douglas plays a crusty old codger, Sterling Jerins his granddaughter and Diane Keaton his tenant in Rob Reiner’s generic comedy “And So It Goes.”

    Blandly plotted ‘And So’ just a so-so comedy

    “And So It Goes” goes through its so-so plot motions, blandly directed by Rob Reiner without any of the crispness and dramatic sparks he brought to his earlier movies such as “Stand By Me,” “Princess Bride,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “A Few Good Men.” The characters, played by Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas, feel generic and lifeless, as if stuck in a film like “Daters of the lost AARP.”



    Editorial: Parents need to talk about HGH, steroids
    Citing a new study, a Daily Herald editorial says parents, and regulators, need to watch carefully to avoid teen abuse of steroids and HGH.


    Angry impasse threatens border solution

    Columnist Byron York: After more than a year of contentious debate, could Congress be any more divided over the issue of immigration? The answer is yes.

    Catherine Rampell

    Limousine liberalism’s good works

    Columnist Catherine Rampell: Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?


    The case for driverless cars
    An Elgin letter to the editor: When I read the Daily Herald article on driverless cars on April 29, I had to think about that one for a while. In case nobody has noticed, we have had driverless cars on the streets for several years now.


    Educate, don’t force workers to save for retirement
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: In the July 14 Your Views section, state Sens. Daniel Bliss and Michael Frerichs tout the Secure Choice Savings Program as the answer for people who do not save for retirement. What they neglect to recognize or share with the readers is that payroll deduction retirement savings plans already exist.


    Let immigrants call White House home
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: President Obama is scrambling to find places to billet all the children swarming illegally across our Southern border. My suggestion: Give them lodging in the White House.


    Don’t ignore tips on water safety
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: The lure of a refreshing swim on a hot day is hard to resist; however, swimming off a boat has unique and often unforeseen dangers.


    Administration ineptitude won’t end
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: When are Americans going to wake up to this administration, led by the president? I can only hope he is naive and/or inexperienced.


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