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Daily Archive : Saturday July 26, 2014

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    An investigator examines a heavily damaged SUV before it is towed from the scene of a fatal accident in North Philadelphia, Friday July 25. Two children were killed and three people critically injured when a hijacked car lost control and hit a group of people near a fruit stand, according to police.

    Police hunt for 2 who carjacked SUV, killed 3 kids

    Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.

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    Daniel Cates, superintendent of Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, in his office as he prepares for the upcoming school year.

    New Dist. 211 leader eager for start of new year

    Daniel Cates has spent his entire 22 years in education working for Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, and is about to start his 23rd as its new superintendent. But his passion for education was lit among much humbler surroundings than the five technology-savvy suburban high schools he now leads.

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    Hart Road construction update

    Officials say a Hart Road construction project in Round Lake is nearing completion.

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    Palestinians and members of the media walk on the rubble of houses, destroyed by Israeli strikes, as they visit the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets.

    Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours
    Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war.Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel's Cabinet decided to extend a truce for 24 hours, until midnight Sunday. However, it warned that its military would respond to any fire from Gaza and would continue to...

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    Battery charge after fight at Sugar Grove Corn Boil

    A 40-year-old Sugar Grove man faces a misdemeanor battery charge after a fight Friday night at the village’s annual Corn Boil, authorities said. George Kerns, of the 900 block of Oak Street, is accused of striking a person across the face with a chair after a couple of family members and their significant others got into a scuffle.

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    Alicja Lubowicka, left, and Della Parise, both of Arlington Heights, were among the first 130 patrons to receive copies of “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger on Saturday.

    Arlington Hts. library reveals book for community to read

    Not an overly literary book, but not a fluff piece either. A book with plenty of themes for discussion, appealing to teens — and definitely a page-turner. In a nutshell, that's “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger, the book picked by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for its inaugural “One Book One Village” community read initiative unveiled Saturday, said...

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    Benedicto T. Rodriguez

    Lake in the Hills man in jail after standoff

    A suicidal Lake in the Hills man who barricaded himself in his house is being held in McHenry County Jail, authorities said. Benedicto T. Rodriguez, 49, of the 100 block of Deerpath Road, was arrested early Thursday and was being held on charges of endangering the life/health of a child and violating an order of protection, authorities said.

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    Heinz and Trish Koch and the rest of their group of friends and family party in the Streamwood Summer Celebration parade on Saturday.

    Streamwood parade calls for a party

    Heinz and Trish Koch celebrated the Streamwood Summer Celebration parade by throwing their 16th annual party for family and friends. Trish said the “good food, family and the community” bring them together year after year. The festival continues until 8 p.m. Sunday at Hoosier Grove Park, 700 W. Irving Park Road, with a carnival, food, entertainment, a business expo, kids crafts and...

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    Ryan N. Vette, 23, of Crystal Lake

    Crystal Lake police arrest two on burglary charges

    Crystal Lake police said have arrested men from Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills in connection with acts of trespass and burglary to vehicles in a residential area of the town.

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    One hurt in Batavia three-vehicle crash

    The driver of a van suffered minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash at Randall Road and Fabyan Parkway in Batavia Saturday night, fire officials said.

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    Gas leak cleared in subdivision near Cystal Lake

    A gas leak in a subdivison near Crystal Lake prompted police to warn residents to stay indoors and close the windows Saturday night, authorities said. By 10:15 p.m., NICOR crews contained the leak, McHenry County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Ellis said.

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    In this Wednesday photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent keeps watch in Roma, Texas, across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

    Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

    With one week left before Congress’ August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow. GOP leaders are working against time to find a consensus within their party to...

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    The Walgreens Dragon Boat team Pharma-Seas outrows other teams for a victory Saturday at the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Arlington.

    Colorful dragon boats compete on Lake Arlington

    Dragon boating, the world’s fastest-growing water sport, returned to Lake Arlington on Saturday. Aaron Soroka from Toronto, Canada, who oversees the event, said the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival, presented by PepsiCo., was “overjoyed to be back for a third year at Lake Arlington.”

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    This photo provided on Friday, by the Burkina Faso Military shows a man at the site of the plane crash in Mali. French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn’t been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all onboard is bad weather. At least 116 people were killed in Thursday’s disaster, nearly half of whom were French.

    UN finds second black box of Air Algerie jet

    French President Francois Hollande said Saturday he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the site of this week’s catastrophe marked with a memorial to the 118 who died. U.N. peacekeepers in Mali found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane at the remote disaster site in the north, and the...

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    A DC-10 Air Tanker makes a drop on the Sand Fire at the middle fork of the Cosumnes River in Northern California as firefighters standby to protect a home on Saturday. Hundreds of firefighters are working in rugged terrain and triple-digit temperatures.

    California wildfire spurs evacuation of 700 homes

    A rapidly spreading wildfire in Northern California forced the evacuation of about 700 homes Saturday as it raced through Sierra Nevada foothills turned tinder-dry by drought. Evacuation orders were expanded in and around the River Pines Estates community in Amador County. Previous orders had covered about 250 homes about 40 miles east of Sacramento.

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    In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan’s Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. On Saturday, the North Carolina-based aid organization said Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia.

    American doctor in Africa tests positive for Ebola

    An American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia has tested positive for the deadly virus, an aid organization said Saturday. North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse issued a news release saying that Dr. Kent Brantly tested positive for the disease and was being treated at a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly is the medical director for the aid organization’s case...

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    DNA of Christ band singer Julisa Chapa of Aurora performs at Aurora’s Puerto Rican Heritage Festival Saturday at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

    Puerto Rican fest unites Aurora community

    It took the DNA of Christ to jump-start the 43rd annual Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival Saturday morning, and the Aurora-based band hit the mainstage with such joy and exuberance, it coaxed a bashful sun from its hiding place among the clouds. The festival continues Sunday with the annual parade at noon at the RiverEdge Park facility at 360 N. Broadway.

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    Karen Wessel

    Fund set up for children of hero mom

    Mourners of an Arlington Heights mom who died saving a young boy from drowning during a vacation to a Wisconsin lake have opened a fund to support her own two children. The fund honors Karen Wessel's "all-consuming work" to raise her 9-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter, family friend Don Bussey said.

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    Competitors from 10 states participate in the pre-race parade Saturday during the “Mow Down Showdown” lawn mower races at Lake County Fair in Grayslake.

    ‘Mow Down Showdown’ dazzles at Lake County Fair

    In a new contest at the Lake County Fair, competitors don full-body racing suits and helmets. Their rides? Lawn mowers -- you know, the machine used to cut grass. The U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association put on the display at the Grayslake fairgrounds Saturday.

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    This April 7, 2010 file photo shows a Federal Express delivery truck traveling north of Fremont, Neb. FedEx Corp. is under criminal indictment and facing $1.6 billion in penalties on allegations the company failed to police the activities of illegal online pharmacies that use the shipping service to deliver prescription drugs.

    FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues

    FedEx Corp., the latest company accused in a federal probe involving illegal online pharmacies, says it will fight the charges that it knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions. The company says it would have to invade the privacy of customers to stop such deliveries. By contrast, UPS Inc. paid $40 million last year to resolve similar allegations and vowed to overhaul its...

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    Nate Powell of Dansville, New York, competed in the steer wrestling competition Saturday during the Latting IPRA Rodeo at the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton.

    DuPage County Fair wraps up Sunday in Wheaton

    The Latting IPRA Rodeo took over the grandstand on Saturday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. On Sunday, demolition derby drivers will roar into the grandstand area — and each other — for the ever popular event at 1 and 7:30 p.m.

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    Gloria Stevens of Homer Glen scoops out samples of her Sedona Red Chili to hungry patrons at the State Championship Chili Cook-Off Saturday in Batavia. Her husband, Mike, right, has competed since the beginning, while Gloria started a few years later.

    Chili fans attend cook-off championship in Batavia

    The 22nd annual State Championship Chili Cook-Off along the Batavia Riverwalk on Saturday featured 34 entrants. The event was hosted by the Batavia Park District and the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.

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    The “Mickey Molar” balloon floats down Algonquin Road during the Founders’ Days parade in Algonquin on Saturday. “Mickey Molar” was part of the parade entry for Dr. Tim Stirneman’s All Smiles Dental office in Algonquin.

    Founders’ Days parade draws large crowds

    Algonquin’s Founders’ Days parade drew large crowds of families and children with candy-collecting bags in hand along Routes 62 and 31 on Saturday morning. Eighty entries marched in the annual parade, ranging from groups like the Lions Club and Boys Scouts, to local businesses and politicians.

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    Picture this: The St. Charles Municipal Center and police station being removed to make way for sparkling riverfront retail locations and restaurants built as part of a riverwalk mecca with water taxis shuffling customers from location to location. That’s just one suggestion sent to Dave Heun after he asked readers for ideas about what St. Charles’ biggest headaches are.

    Readers share ideas for improving St. Charles

    Dave Heun readers offer their thoughts on how St. Charles can overcome challenges it faces and spur development.

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    This July 19 file photo shows pro-Russian fighter guarding the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine said the passenger plane was shot down as it flew over the country, killing all 298 people on board. A series of unanswered questions about the downing of the flight shows the limits of U.S. intelligence-gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March.

    US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

    A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence-gathering even when it is intensely focused.

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    Aurora men in critical after pair of drive-by shootings

    A pair of drive-by shootings in Aurora late Friday critically injured two men, authorities said today. A 33-year-old man was shot in the neck, and about an hour later, a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest on Aurora's near southeast side.

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    Shivam Patel, 16, of Des Plaines had the best job on a hot summer day, manning the dunk tank Saturday at the 15th annual Mount Prospect Downtown Block Party. He took a break after a series of kids with major-league arms continued to make his life more on the wet side than dry side.

    Mt. Prospect holds 15th Downtown Block Party

    The 15th annual Mount Prospect Downtown Block Party concluded Saturday with music from a variety of bands, food and beverages, and fun activities.

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    Illinois State board picks new chairman

    Illinois State University’s trustees have elected veteran board member Rocky Donahue as their the new chairman. He replaces Michael McCuskey, who retired this month.

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    This July 17 photo shows people walking among burning debris at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine said the passenger plane was shot down as it flew over the country, killing all 298 people on board. A series of unanswered questions about the downing the flight shows the limits of U.S. intelligence-gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March.

    AP Essay: Air tragedies bring grief without order

    When air travel goes wrong, the modern world has given us a script to follow. The bereaved, and the rest of us, take solace in science, logic, investigation, the gradual restoration of order. It’s a process that organizes tragedy into a shape the mind can process and the heart can grieve. Whether it was mechanical failure, human error or terrorism, we are reassured by the notion that...

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    Soldiers load coffins into cars under a Ukrainian flag during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base Wednesday After being removed from the planes, the bodies are to be taken in a convoy of hearses to a military barracks in the central city of Hilversum, where forensic experts will begin the painstaking task of identifying the bodies and returning them to their loved ones.

    MH17 victims’ family: Airline lacking compassion

    The family of two brothers killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 called the carrier rigid and bureaucratic Saturday, saying it has offered them no professional grief counselling in more than a week and refused to organize a flight home to Houston for the boys’ grandmother.

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    This undated file photo provided by Seminole State College of Florida, shows Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha. Abu-Salha, the American man who launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops on May 25, 2014, grew up in Florida and attended several colleges before dropping out and moving abroad. On Friday, the media arm of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front released a video of Abu-Salha, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.

    Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country’s civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.

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    Men read newspapers Saturday on a street with headlines about Ebola Virus killing a Liberian in Lagos, Nigeria An Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to the continent’s most populous nation after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an airplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said Friday. The 40-year-old man had recently lost his sister to Ebola in Liberia, health officials there said. It was not immediately clear how he managed to board a flight, but he was moved into an isolation ward upon arrival in Nigeria on Tuesday and died on Friday.

    Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

    Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa’s largest city with 21 million people. The fact that the traveler from Liberia could board an international flight also raised new fears that other passengers could take the disease beyond Africa due to weak...

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    In this undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections, an unidentified Arizona Corrections Officer adjusts the straps on the gurney used for lethal injections at the Arizona State Prison at Florence, Ariz. The prolonged execution this week of an Arizona death row inmate with a new, two-drug combination highlights the patchwork approach states have been forced to take with lethal injection drugs, with the types, combinations and dosages varying widely.

    Arizona execution renews debate over methods

    A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it’s even worth looking for one.Death penalty opponents say any killing is an unnecessarily cruel punishment. Proponents may favor the most humane execution method possible, but many reject the idea...

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    In this Sunday, July 13, 2014 file image made from video by The Associated Press, smoke rises from the direction of Tripoli airport in Tripoli, Libya. The United States shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said.

    US closes embassy, evacuates diplomats in Libya amid clashes

    The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said “free-wheeling militia violence” prompted the move. American personnel at the Tripoli embassy, which had already been operating with limited staffing, left the...

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    A silver Mitsubishi SUV crashed into a purple minivan Saturday afternoon on Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights.

    Two-car crash in Arlington Heights injures three

    A crash involving a minivan and an SUV on Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights injured three people this afternoon, police said. They were taken to Northwest Community Hospital with minor injuries.

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    Kirk again calls for removal of VA hospital head

    Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk continues to call for the removal of upper management at Hines VA Hospital outside Chicago. Kirk met Friday with Hines director Joan Ricard, whose removal he has repeatedly recommended.

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    Elgin man sentenced to 38 years in knife attack

    An Elgin man has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for attacking and injuring a couple with a knife while they slept. Jimmy Bell, 31, must serve about 32 years before being eligible for parole in the July 2013 attack.

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    Gov. Walker concerned about costs of housing children

    Gov. Scott Walker said Friday, July 25, he is not entirely opposed to Wisconsin providing temporary shelter for unaccompanied children coming across the Mexican border, but he is concerned they would linger in the U.S. and eventually “drain the entire system.”

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    School custodian sentenced for sex with student

    A former custodian in a western Illinois school district has been sent to prison for having sex with a 15-year-old student.

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    In 2012 Ric Gillespie, right, founder of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, watches equipment testing alongside Wolfgang Burnside from aboard a ship at port in Honolulu. A federal judge has dismissed a Wyoming man’s lawsuit claiming a group secretly found the missing airplane of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue to raise funds for the search.

    Judge dismisses lawsuit over Amelia Earhart search
    A federal judge on Friday, July 25, dismissed a Wyoming man’s claims that an aircraft recovery group secretly found wreckage of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart’s missing airplane in the South Pacific but kept it quiet so it could continue raising funds for the search.

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    Illinois firm uses lasers to restore Fort Wayne statue

    An Illinois company is using lasers to clean a nearly century-old statue of Fort Wayne’s namesake. The bronze statue of Revolutionary War Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne has been damaged by time and vandals. Its last makeover was in 1993.

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    Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski whose daughter, 25-year-old Fatima, was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, look over the wreckage of the crashed aircraft in Hrabove, Ukraine, Saturday, July 26. The couple who live in Perth, Australia, crossed territory held by pro-Russian rebels to reach the wreckage-strewn farm fields outside the village of Hrabove. They last spoke to Fatima shortly before she boarded the flight for Kuala Lumpur in Amsterdam on July 17. Rudhart-Dyczynski said, “We have promised our daughter we will come here.”

    Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday, July 26, in hopes of retaking the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.

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    A workman quickly slides a dust mop over the floor at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va., near Washington, in this file photo. About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement. Then, on Friday, July 25, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all.

    Some in ‘torture’ report denied chance to read it

    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement. Then, on Friday, July 25, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all.

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    1 dead, 6 others wounded on Chicago street

    Chicago authorities are reporting that a 13-year-old was killed and six others wounded while standing on West Side street corner. A Chicago Fire Department spokesman said Friday, July 25, the boy was declared dead at the scene of the shooting in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

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    Bombing kills 4 Afghan civilians; vote count halts

    A bomb blast in southern Afghanistan killed four civilians Saturday, July 26, an official said, as a recount in the country’s presidential election halted before a major holiday.

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    Activists: Syrian rebels shoot down helicopter

    Activists say Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people.

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    North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

    North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, July 26, a South Korean defense official said. It was the latest in a slew of weapons tests by Pyongyang, and came on the eve of the 61st anniversary of the signing of an armistice that ended the rivals’ war.

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    Egypt to try 20 suspected in terrorist attacks

    Egypt’s chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants Saturday with carrying terrorist attacks that killed seven people and wounded more than 100, amid new clashes between soldiers and insurgents in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

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    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak walks away after a media conference at a hotel at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia. Najib will travel to the Netherlands on July 30, to discuss the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. The two leaders also will discuss securing full access to the crash site, the statement said on Saturday, July 26, adding that Najib will visit the forensic center.

    Malaysian prime minister to travel to Netherlands

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to discuss the downed Malaysia Airlines jet with his Dutch counterpart.

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    Drinking water agency overcharges Streamwood in billing error

    A consortium of Cook County towns that buys Lake Michigan drinking water from Chicago overcharged the village of Streamwood roughly $80,000 on its May bill. Officials traced the error to a valve left open in a pumping station on the village's northeast side. "We've taken steps to make sure everything is properly secured and labeled," Village Manager Gary O'Rourke said.

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    Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning of Small Potatoes perform Friday during Irish Fest in Arlington Heights.

    Irish Fest gets warm welcome, continues today

    Irish Fest in Arlington Heights opened Friday night to a crowd ready to party. The annual two-day festival on the grounds of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum pulls together Irish song, dance, entertainment, food and vendors from around the Chicago area. The festivities resume at 4 p.m. today

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    The Illinois Department of Transportation has a target bid letting of November 2015, pending necessary land acquisition and funding availability, to install a stop light at Route 72 and Big Timber Road outside Pingree Grove. Right now, there’s just a four-way stop sign.

    Route 72 project near Pingree Grove moved up

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has once again changed its timeline for the reconstruction of Route 72 and Big Timber Road near Pingree Grove, whose residents mounted an email campaign to push for the project. IDOT area programmer Marnie Hooghkirk said the project — which includes a traffic light to replace four-way stop signs — now has a target bid letting of November 2015,...

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    A townhouse development has been proposed to replace Bolander Park in Libertyville

    Proposal for Libertyville park envisions Craftsman-style townhomes

    The long-envisioned sale of Bolander Park in Libertyville for $2.05 million appears to be nearing a conclusion. Lake Forest developer Rick Swanson has proposed a 56-unit Craftsman-style townhouse development. The 5 acre park is about a quarter mile from downtown Libertyville. "We're committed to moving forward,” he said.

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    When Naperville Park District’s Knoch Knolls Nature Center opens this fall, there will be seven signs to assist those with visual and hearing impairments. The signs were donated by the Naperville Noon Lions Club.

    Signs, audio to assist Knoch Knolls Nature Center visitors

    The new Knoch Knolls Nature Center property will have seven signs and audio tours designed to help people with vision or hearing difficulties thanks to a $35,000 donation from the Naperville Noon Lions Club. “These signs are to assist visually impaired and hearing-impaired individuals who will be visiting Knoch Knolls park,” said Bob Hull, the club’s publicity chairman.

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    Anna Payton, the new executive director of the Naperville Area Humane Society, visits with Babs, a 2-year-old pit bull terrier, who was rescued from Oklahoma after a tornado.

    New Naperville humane director loves ‘seeing the animals go home’

    Anna Payton, new executive director of the Naperville Area Humane Society, says she wants the organization to become even more well-known as the community's primary resource for animal welfare. Payton, 33, of Plainfield, said she loves "seeing the animals go home" to families where the pet "is going to make a difference in their life."

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    Sen. Kirk’s office challenges Illinois migrant figures

    CHICAGO — Recent data released by the federal government may reflect only a fraction of how many unaccompanied children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border are in Illinois, with state officials saying hundreds more could be at shelters.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole the catalytic converter between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 22 from a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier in a lot at 2000 W. AT&T Center Drive, Hoffman Estates. Value was estimated at $1,000.

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    Illinois food processing plant loses license

    A central Illinois food processing plant has had its license revoked after being cited for repeated violations of the state’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Act. Illinois Department of Agriculture officials say Parks Locker Service of Greenfield was ordered to close following a July 16 hearing in Springfield.

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    Israel, Hamas weigh truce proposal after Wast Bank protests

    Israel and Hamas are considering a U.S.-backed proposal for a temporary cease-fire as the conflict in the Gaza Strip intensified and spurred major Palestinian protests in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with senior ministers in Jerusalem today to consider a week-long truce plan endorsed by U.S Secretary of State John Kerry. UN Secretary General...

Sports

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    White Sox fans have flocked to Cooperstown to watch the best hitter in franchise history, Frank Thomas, be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.

    Thomas a true fan favorite

    White Sox fans have flocked to Cooperstown to watch the best hitter in franchise history, Frank Thomas, be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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    More of same for Fire
    The Chicago Fire took a break from Major League Soccer play, but it couldn’t stop the MLS calendar. Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur at Toyota Park gave the home team a much-needed break from league play after Wednesday’s disheartening 5-1 loss at San Jose. “It was welcome, because it was a tough few days after the last result we had,” said Fire coach/director of soccer Frank Yallop, adding he was just getting over Wednesday’s loss.

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    Cougars plagued by errors in 7-5 loss to Michigan

    Errors plagued the Kane County Cougars on Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in front of a season-high 10,741 fans as the West Michigan Whitecaps pulled off a 7-5 victory. A run for the Cougars (67-37, 22-12) started the night in the bottom of the first as Shawon Dunston Jr. was hit by a pitch and went to second on a wild pitch against West Michigan (63-41, 22-12) starter Austin Kubitza (9-1). Dunston scored on a base hit by Carlos Penalver to put the Cougars on top.

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    Fans visit displays of Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. The former Major League Baseball players will be inducted to the hall on Sunday.

    It’s a Brave new world in Cooperstown

    It's an Atlanta celebration in upstate New York this weekend as Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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    Catcher A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 against the Cubs on Saturday in his debut with the Cardinals.

    Pierzynski adds to Cubs’ woes again

    Not only did the Cubs drop a 6-3 decision to rival St. Louis on Saturday, they lost in part due to a successful Cardinals debut by free-agent acquisition A.J. Pierzynski, the active player Cubs fans love to hate more than any other.

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    Frank Thomas again addressed the steroids era — and his disdain for it — during a news conference Saturday in Cooperstown, N.Y. Thomas will be inducted to the Hall of Fame on Sunday.

    Thomas always driven to be great hitter

    Frank Thomas was always driven to become one of the greatest hitters in major-league history. He accomplished that goal over 19 major-league seasons, 16 spent with the White Sox, and the Big Hurt's next accomplishment is entering the Hall of Fame.

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    Cubs’ Ramirez to get a breather in minors

    The Cubs optioned effective reliever Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to avoid overusing the right-hander, manager Rick Renteria said. Ramirez boasts a 0.96 ERA in 28 innings over 33 appearances this season, including 9 appearances since July 1 capped by a key hold in the eighth inning of Friday’s 7-6 victory over St. Louis.

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    Reinsdorf out of hospital after fainting scare

    White Sox/Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was resting comfortably Saturday, a day after fainting at a Hall Of Fame dinner in Cooperstown, N.Y. Reinsdorf plans on attending Sunday's ceremonies, when former Sox slugger Frank Thomas and manager Tony La Russa are inducted into the Hall.

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    Boomers complete 3-game sweep of Beach Bums

    The Schaumburg Boomers finished off a three game home sweep of the Traverse City Beach Bums with the sixth shutout of the season, a 4-0 whitewash on Saturday.Starter Seth Webster kept Traverse City at bay the entire contest. Webster worked around a bases-loaded jam in the top of the third and the Boomers responded with 4 runs in the bottom of the frame.

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    The White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th home run during Saturday’s game against the Twins in Minneapolis.

    Sale shuts down Twins in White Sox’s 7-0 win

    Chris Sale tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer, and the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins. Sale (10-1) scattered five hits — all singles — and became the first White Sox starter to win 10 of his first 11 decisions in a season since Mark Buehrle in 2005. It was also Sale’s 15th career game with 10 or more strikeouts, moving him into a tie for second on the team’s all-time list with Juan Pizarro.

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    Former Cubs and Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux speaks during a news conference Saturday in Cooperstown, N.Y. Maddux will be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

    Thomas, Maddux overcame PEDS to reach HOF

    As the six newest Hall of Famers sat in one room Saturday afternoon, meeting the media together for the first time this weekend, it was hard to avoid the contradiction that was the men who got here despite steroids in baseball -- and those who profited so much from it.

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    Nose tackle Stephen Paea, forcing a fumble by Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton last season, understands this is an important season for him and his future with the Bears.

    The time is now for Paea, Bears defense

    Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea has started 24 games the previous two seasons and has had off-and-on success, but the team invested second- and third-round draft picks in defensive tackles this year, so the 2011 second-round draft choice has plenty of competiton to keep his job.

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    The St. Louis Cardinals’ Jon Jay, left, scores past Cubs catcher Welington Castillo during Saturday’s game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost 6-3.

    Cubs can’t pull off 2nd straight comeback win

    The Chicago Cubs tried to follow the same script that produced a comeback win the day before. They just couldn’t pull off a similar finish.The Cubs fell behind St. Louis early and tied it with an unlikely home run, but the Cardinals ended up with a 6-3 victory on Saturday in front of a big crowd divided by fans of the rival clubs.Matt Adams drove in four runs, A.J. Pierzynski had three hits in his St. Louis debut, and the Cardinals snapped a four-game skid.

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    A fan wears one of the misspelled Tulowitzki jerseys given to attendees of Saturday’s Pirates-Rockies game in Denver.

    Tulowitzki’s name bungled in giveaway gaffe

    Troy Tulowitzki has a tough name to spell, even at his own ballpark. The Colorado Rockies handed out 15,000 jerseys with the All-Star shortstop’s name misspelled in a giveaway gaffe Saturday night at Coors Field.

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    Jordan Palmer, right, talks to fellow quarterback Jimmy Clausen during Bears training camp Saturday at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill.

    Trestman no fan of training-camp fights

    For the second time in as many practices, a brief skirmish erupted during the Bears' Saturday morning practice, this time involving defensive end Lamarr Houston and offensive tackle Jordan Mills. Coach Marc Trestman realizes scuffles are inevitable, but he also cautions his players on the dangers of losing control in game situations.

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    Barrington joins Arlington, Northwest in Legion state tourney

    Barrington’s Daniel Kubiuk really knows how to close things out. Kubiuk, who was the closer on his high school team this spring, demonstrated in Barrington on Saturday that he can start and close in the same game. Kubiuk threw 8-plus innings of 4-hit baseball as Barrington rolled past Elgin 7-1 in the Division 2 American Legion title game in Barrington. It was the 29th win in the last 30 games for Barrington Post 158 (37-7) and the outcome sent them to the state tournament for the first time since 2009. They will play host Arlington Heights, which won the Division 1 tournament, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Recreation Park; Northwest Legion, featuring players from Elk Grove and Palatine, also earned a spot in the state tourney field.

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    Former Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine, left, and Greg Maddux, right, pose with Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas after a news conference announcing their election to the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class in New York. Induction ceremonies are Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    Numbers posted by Thomas and Maddux truly amazing

    Frank was the best hitting slugger I’d ever seen. There wasn’t a pitch he could not destroy, not one spot in the strike zone he couldn’t reach. He made even good pitchers nervous. I watched them twitch and walk off the mound to regroup. Greg was the smartest dominant pitcher I’d ever seen. He toyed with batters, controlling sport’s most direct 1-on-1 matchup with wisdom and creativity. He froze good hitters with called strikes, based on sequence and ingenuity. I watched them shake their heads on the way back to the dugout.

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    The Green Bay Packers’ Jordy Nelson was signed to a contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

    Pack signs Nelson to extension after 1st practice

    Jordy Nelson had a secret on the way to the first practice of Packers training camp.It didn’t take long for the rest of his teammates to find out.Green Bay’s leading receiver now has a deal commensurate with his production after signing a contract extension just before taking the field Saturday morning.

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) passes during the first practice at the NFL football team’s training camp in Berea, Ohio Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    Browns fans flock to see Johnny Football

    There were No. 2 jerseys everywhere, ringing the practice fields in various shapes, sizes and colors. On the first day of training camp, Browns fans came out by the thousands, many of them to get their first live look at the popular and polarizing quarterback who electrified college football and who may one day lead Cleveland back to pro football glory. They all came to see Johnny Manziel.

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    Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the twentieth stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time-trial over 54 kilometers (33.6 miles) with start in Bergerac and finish in Perigueux, France, Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    Nibali set to win Tour, with 2 Frenchmen on podium

    Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday.Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks to winning the last mountain stage on Thursday.

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    Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA

    With no idea where he will be playing in the NBA next season, Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer’s Team USA basketball roster. Love is in limbo while the Minnesota Timberwolves field offers for their three-time All-Star, a process that was complicated and likely lengthened when Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins signed his contract this week.

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    Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, right, is shown here in 2008 walking with his son and quarterback coach Jay Paterno, who has written a new book titled “Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father.” Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn’t informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in his new book.

    Son: Joe Paterno feared wrongly accusing Sandusky

    A son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno writes in a new book that his father said he hadn’t informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky might be a child molester because he wasn’t sure whether they were true.Jay Paterno writes in “Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father” that Joe Paterno said he didn’t want to accuse somebody of something he didn’t witness or know as fact. He says he had the conversation with his father the day after Joe Paterno was fired.

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    Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday. The Hall of Fame’s board cut a player’s eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers’ ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, shunned so far along with other Steroids Era stars, can be considered up to eight more times each by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

    Baseball HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday.The Hall of Fame’s board cut a player’s eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers’ ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, shunned so far along with other Steroids Era stars, can be considered up to eight more times each by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, dropped from 37.6 percent to 35.4 last year in his second ballot appearance, well short of the 75 percent needed for election. Bonds, a seven-time MVP and baseball’s career home runs leader, fell from 36.2 percent to 34.7.McGwire dropped from 16.9 percent to 11, down from a peak of 25.6 in 2008. Sosa, who hit 609 homers, dropped from 12.5 percent to 7.2 — close to falling below the 5 percent threshold for remaining on the ballot.Three players with 11-15 years will remain eligible: Don Mattingly (15th year in 2015), Alan Trammell (14th) and Lee Smith (13th).This is just the second change in voting rules since 1985, when the 5 percent threshold for remaining on the ballot was instituted. In 1991, players on baseball’s permanent ineligible list were barred from the ballot, a move that prevented career hits leader Pete Rose from being considered. Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an investigation by Major League Baseball concluded he bet on the Cincinnati Reds to win while managing the team.Members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point are eligible to vote. Under another change announced Saturday, eligible voters will be required to complete a registration form and sign a code of conduct, and their names will be made public, but not their individual votes.Dan Le Batard, an ESPN host and Miami Herald columnist, was kicked out of the BBWAA for one year and barred from future Hall votes in January after he turned over his 2014 ballot to a website that allowed readers to choose the selections.

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    The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander and former White Sox Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.

    Giants acquire righty Jake Peavy from Red Sox

    SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander and former White Sox Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner will start Sunday night’s series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants held a half-game division lead in the NL West against their rival going into Saturday night’s middle game at AT&T Park.The Giants have plenty of familiarity with Peavy, who pitched for manager Bruce Bochy with the San Diego Padres in the playoffs in 2005-06.“It’s great to be reunited with Jake,” Bochy said by text message. “Look forward to working with him again.”San Francisco missed the playoffs in 2013 after winning the World Series in 2010 and ‘12, and the club is committed to making another special October run.The 33-year-old Peavy pitched one of his best games last Aug. 25 at Dodger Stadium. He tossed a three-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk in an 8-1 Red Sox victory. San Francisco received cash from Boston and is sending right-hander Heath Hembree and lefty Edwin Escobar to the World Series champion Red Sox in the swap. Both players were optioned by the Red Sox to Triple-A Pawtucket.Peavy (1-9, 4.72 ERA) has been hurt by poor run support this season, receiving two runs or fewer of support in each of his past eight starts. He is in the final season of a $29 million, two-year contract.Peavy is earning $14.5 million this season, with the Red Sox paying more than $3 million of his remaining salary for the year — $5.15 million.Six weeks on the disabled list last year with a rib injury cost him a chance to have a conditional $15 million option for 2015 if he had reached 400 innings over 2013-14. He is at 268 2-3 heading into Sunday’s outing.Yusmeiro Petit had been scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Giants with right-hander Matt Cain on the disabled list.The Giants made the deal without having to give up their top pitching prospect, Kyle Crick.It’s been a busy week for Giants general manager Brian Sabean and assistant GM Bobby Evans. On Friday, they promoted second baseman Dan Uggla from Triple-A Fresno only four days after they signed him to a minor league contract Monday. Uggla was released by Atlanta on July 18.Escobar went 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 20 games for Triple-A Fresno, while Hembree went 1-3 with a 3.89 ERA and 18 saves with 46 strikeouts in 41 appearances for Fresno this year.

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    Chicago White Soxs' Jim Thome leaps in the air as he celebrates with A.J. Pierzynski after scoring on an RBI single by Jermaine Dye during the seventh inning of an MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins' Monday, April 7, 2008 in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Cardinals sign veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski

    For A.J. Pierzynski, the opportunity for a fresh start with a perennial contender was too good to pass up.Pierzynski on Saturday signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, choosing them from among several suitors, 10 days after being released by the Boston Red Sox.

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    There was plenty of off-the-field drama when it came to Frank Thomas, but time has had a way of healing those wounds. When the Big Hurt enters the Hall of Fame on Sunday, White Sox fans will remember what he did for the team on the field as the franchise's best hitter ever.

    Off-the-field headlines rarely pretty for Thomas

    Frank Thomas was the best hitter in White Sox history - and one of the best to ever play major-league baseball. But looking back on his ride to the Hall of Fame, Thomas experienced more than a few bumps.

Business

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    In this May 22, 2014 file photo, protesters gather outside of the McDonald's Corp. headquarters in Oak Brook, the annual shareholders meeting demonstrating for higher wages and the right to unionize. Organizers are holding what they're calling the first national convention of fast-food workers. They'll be discussing how to move forward with the protests and other actions calling for higher wages that have been taking place in cities around the country since late 2012.

    Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

    Fast food workers from across the country have voted in Villa Park to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation by including civil disobedience. More than 1,300 workers gathered Saturday in Villa Park. Some workers say they're prepared to engage in sit-down strikes and organize more workers in their campaign to win $15-an-hour wages and a union.

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    Nissan expands recall prompted by faulty air bag

    Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that Nissan North America Inc. is recalling certain lines of its Infiniti, Maxima, Pathfinder and Sentra cars for the model years 2002 to 2004.

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    Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers.

    Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

    Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last week, pays users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers. Another company, Bonzo Me, has been doing something similar since early July. “I just feel like everyone on social networks has been taken advantage of for long enough,” says Michael Nusbaum, a Morristown, New Jersey surgeon who created Bonzo Me.

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    A study by Dutch economist Bart Bronnenberg of Tilburg University and three colleagues from the University of Chicago found the more informed you are, the more likely you are to choose store brands. Pharmacists, for example, are especially likely to buy store brands drugs.

    Smart shoppers choose cheaper store-brand aspirin

    At CVS, a 100-tablet package of store-brand aspirin costs you $1.99. Bayer aspirin is three times that much. Nonetheless, millions of people end up buying Bayer. When it comes to headache remedies, salt, sugar and hundreds of other important products, many people choose national brands even when a cheaper store brand is at hand. Why?

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    Customers try out Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Tab S tablet computers. The Lee family has held sway over Samsung Electronic’s 74 companies, but the younger Lee will have to loosen the family’s hold and ease protections against outside shareholders just as Samsung Electronics faces rising challenges to its position at the top of the smartphone market.

    Samsung family struggles to keep grip on conglomerate

    Lee Kun Hee, 72, took over Samsung from his father 27 years ago and outmaneuvered Sony and Nokia to surpass Apple in the mobile-phone business. His son, 46-year-old Lee Jae Yong, will struggle to keep the same influence due to inheritance taxes that could exceed $5 billion and waning support in Korea for conglomerates controlled through crossholdings.

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    Identity theft incidents are especially troubling to consumers as online and mobile shopping continues to grow. People aren’t likely to stop using their credit and debit cards any time soon, and as data breaches become increasingly common, consumers don’t often know what to do when a company they’ve done business with experiences a breach.

    5 tips to protect yourself from identity theft

    People aren’t likely to stop using their credit and debit cards any time soon, and as data breaches become increasingly common, consumers don’t often know what to do when a company they’ve done business with experiences a breach. Here are five ways you can avoid becoming a victim of identity theft—even if your data has been compromised.

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    The new Amazon Fire Phone’s Firefly feature, which lets the user take a photo of objects, numbers, artwork or books and have the phone recognize the item, is demonstrated. Firefly also can recognize songs, TV shows, and movies.

    Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

    Many of the Amazon Fire phone’s features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices. But in a number of cases, Amazon’s technology is more comprehensive and reliable, showing that innovation is often about rethinking old ideas.

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    Large chains such as Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling virtual tools — sensors, Wi-Fi enabled appliances and software — to help those customers monitor and control their homes from their smartphones.

    Home Depot, Lowe’s bring the Internet of Things to DIYers

    Large chains such as Home Depot and Lowe’s are selling virtual tools — sensors, Wi-Fi enabled appliances and software — to help those customers monitor and control their homes from their smartphones. It’s an attempt to tap into the Internet of Things — technologists’ term for a network of connected sensors, devices and objects.

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    Jetpack Joyride is not for the serious-minded, on-task workers of the world.

    App Reviews: Jetpack Joyride, Mindly

    You don’t need a lot of time to understand Jetpack Joyride. That doesn’t mean that you won’t spend a lot of time playing it. Mindly offers a simple tool that lets users lay out their thoughts in a more visual way, using a three-tiered map of circles.

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    Albert Shum, who heads interaction design across a range of Microsoft products including personal computer operating systems, Xbox game consoles, and phones, poses with a Windows phone in front of a whiteboard used to brainstorm ideas, at the Windows Design Studio in Redmond, Wash. A former designer for shoemaker Nike, Shum was part of the team that revolutionized the Windows Phone design to feature the boxy, so-called “live tiles” that are central to the touch-based interface in Windows 8.

    Microsoft makes design central to its future

    Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, he designed food — or “food concepts,” he says, for people on the go. “In a way, we’ve designed Surface with very similar principles,” Groene said on a recent tour of the Surface lab on Microsoft’s sprawling campus in Redmond, Washington. “Surface is trying to dissolve into your day.”

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    Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There’s a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

    Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

    Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There’s a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.

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    Microsoft said it will eliminate as many as 18,000 jobs, the largest round of cuts in its history, as Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella integrates Nokia Oyj’s handset unit and slims down the software maker.

    Microsoft’s latest earnings totally explain its mega-layoffs

    Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella may not have addressed the massive round of layoffs the tech giant is planning to finish by the end of the year in the company’s Tuesday earnings call. But he didn’t have to — the explanation for his decision to slash Microsoft’s mobile hardware division was right there in the numbers.Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella may not have addressed the massive round of layoffs the tech giant is planning to finish by the end of the year in the company’s earnings call. But he didn’t have to — the explanation for his decision to slash Microsoft’s mobile hardware division was right there in the numbers.

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    The silhouette of Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., as he watches a demonstration of the Fire Phone during an event at Fremont Studios in Seattle, Washington,.

    Amazon falls as loss widens, ceo alarms investors with spending

    Amazon remains one of the most highly valued companies in the U.S., yet the business is losing some of its sheen as profits are dragged down by investments that Jeff Bezos, the co- founder and chief executive officer, is making in cloud computing, warehouses and gadgets such as the new Fire smartphone. While shareholders have been patient, they’re increasingly seeking signs that the long-term strategy will work.

Life & Entertainment

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    Clockwise, from top left: agastache varieties Grape Nectar, Raspberry Nextar, Orange Nectar and Apricot Nectar. Given a hot sunny site, they will bloom until fall.

    An elusive summer perennial named hyssop

    One of the things a gardener misses about the spring is the vibrant color of young leaves. The lime greens of certain hostas, deutzias and Japanese maples add accents of vitality so emblematic of April, a month that now feels distant in the sullen lushness of summer. In northern gardens, these colors remain as strong echoes; in round-the-clock heat they are much fainter cries. A few, sited with just enough light or shade, remain strong. Now settled from their spring planting, the five hyssops are robust, upright and, at 4 feet and growing, twice the height they were six weeks ago.

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    In this May 29 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin looks up while seated onstage during Harvard University commencement ceremonies, in Cambridge, Mass., where she was presented with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. Franklin has some harsh words for a New York server at a Johnny Rockets restaurant in Lewiston near Buffalo who told the Queen of Soul she wasn’t allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant. A spokesman for Franklin says on Tuesday, July 22, Franklin ordered a hamburger after performing a sold-out show. But he says the server screamed at Franklin, saying she couldn’t sit down to eat because she had ordered takeout. A Johnny Rockets spokeswoman says the franchise owner is sorry for the actions of “a new and very young employee.”

    Aretha Franklin slams server’s disrespect at New York eatery

    Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a New York server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn’t allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant.

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    Hope Clarke, 16, left, wraps yarn soaked in craft glue around a balloon while Hadley Hagemann, 16, works on a giant tissue pom-pom at a crafting night hosted at Clarke’s house in Arvada, Colo. After the glue dried, Clarke popped and removed the balloon to reveal a colorful orb for hanging.

    Teen craft nights boost creativity, family ties

    A few months ago, I launched a diabolical plan to entice my teenage daughters to spend more time with me, and to semi-shelter them from the maddening world. I started a Friday Crafting Night for my two girls and their friends.

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    Book notes: Meet ‘Twilight’ screenwriter Chris Weitz in Naperville
    Meet author and screenwriter (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”) Chris Weitz as he discusses and signs copies of his teen novel “The Young World” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville.

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    Some scientists believe that summer thunderstorms might make asthma worse.

    Why summer thunderstorms can trigger asthma attacks

    Allergy sufferers often wish for rain, hoping it will wash away all the pollens and molds that stuff up their noses. While rain can indeed provide relief, a violent thunderstorm may have just the opposite effect: An unlucky few may experience a little-known threat called thunderstorm-related asthma.

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    How to avoid thunderstorm asthma

    Here are a few ways experts suggest to minimize the risk of thunderstorm asthma.

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    Wall-mounted lanterns at a door leading to the patio or outdoor space will provide a warm, welcoming look.

    The best backyard lighting schemes start with a plan

    Outdoor living spaces require lighting for functionality and safety. Most homeowners, though, arrive at a lighting showroom with a long shopping list and bigger dreams.

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    Groupings of furniture arrangements make an enormous living room feel almost cozy.

    Too much space? Divide to conquer

    Q. Our great room really lives up to the name — it’s nearly 30 feet long and 20 feet wide. How should we arrange the furniture in such a large space?

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    Meet the Brat-meister during Brat Days in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, July 31-Aug. 2.

    On the road: Immerse yourself in the bratwurst experience

    Brat Days is a one-of-a-kind brat experience in — where else? — Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Entertainment includes lots of live bands, a brat-eating contest, a brat trot race, and more food than you can shake a sausage at. Closer to home, the 12th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest serves up plenty of tasty food and beverages from local eateries, music courtesy of Chicago bands, and a Kids Zone with interactive games and family-friendly activities.

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    Sheriff Quinn Colson is faced with a decades-old crime and more in Ace Atkins’ “The Forsaken.”

    Compelling characters populate Atkins’ ‘The Forsaken’

    Sheriff Quinn Colson has been working to clean up corruption and injustice in Ace Atkins’ compelling crime fiction series, but he can’t change the past of Jericho, Mississippi, when he’s faced with a decades-old crime that leads to scrutiny of his own past in “The Forsaken.”

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    Director Woody Allen, center, discusses a scene with actors Emma Stone, left, and Colin Firth on the set of “Magic in the Moonlight.”

    Woody Allen back in spotlight, promoting ‘Magic’

    Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he’s explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in “Scoop,” sending Owen Wilson on time travel in “Midnight in Paris,” or pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in “The Purple Rose of Cairo.” And though one might think, with the wave of terrible publicity he went through earlier this year, that a bit of magician-like escape into a bygone era or a movie screen is just what he might prefer, Allen is doing anything but disappear.

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    Woody Allen on magic, movies and life’s meaning

    Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” stars Colin Firth as a stage magician and Emma Stone as a young medium whose self-proclaimed powers he’s trying to debunk. Allen shared some thoughts with The AP about magic, filmmaking, and the meaning of life — or, in his view, the utter lack thereof.

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    Noah (Russell Crowe) braces for the great flood in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” coming to DVD July 29.

    DVD previews: ‘Noah,’ ‘The Other Woman’

    In the film "Noah," Darren Aronofsky has avoided predictable, literalist retellings of beloved Sunday school stories by inserting new characters, bringing parenthetical figures to the fore and making one of history’s most enduring and universal myths his own. The result is a movie -- coming to DVD July 29 -- that is clearly deeply respectful of its source material but also at times startlingly revisionist, a go-for-broke throwback to Hollywood biblical epics of yore that combines grandeur and grace, as well as a generous dollop of goofy overstatement.

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    Violinist Joshua Bell will perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

    Weekend picks: Violinist Joshua Bell plays with CSO

    Celebrated American violinist Joshua Bell joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a gala fundraising concert at the Ravinia Festival Saturday. Watch Irish dancing, taste Emerald Isle foods and learn about Irish traditions at the 15th Annual Arlington Heights Irish Fest this weekend. The 43rd Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival features food vendors, domino competitions, lots of music and a Sunday Puerto Rican Day Parade.

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    Pink flowers are beautiful partnered with chartreuse foliage.

    Plant your landscape pretty in pink

    This weeks 'Art in the garden' column by The Planter's Palette tells you how to plant your landscape pretty in pink.

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    How to buy brother’s share of parents former home

    Q. My mother passed away in December. I am the executor of the estate. She owned her house outright. I want to buy my brother’s share.

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    Townhouse and condominium associations are governed by different laws

    Q. I currently live in a townhouse association. My question is this: Are there different rules governing a condominium association, and a townhouse association? And if so what is the name of the Illinois statutes for both?

Discuss

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    Saturday soapbox

    Daily Herald editors express a variety of thoughts about issues in the suburbs, including a community meeting on a Bloomingdale park, the shadow of Chicago in Cooperstown and a decline in lobbying in Cook County.

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    Coyotes are wild, unpredictable animals
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: When will Mr. Coyote graduate from little doggies to human beings? Who will protect us? When will the rhetoric stop and real action be taken?

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    Durbin will fight for equality in wages
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Despite being 2014, women still earn 77 cents to every man’s dollar. America has come a long way in gender equality over the past 50 years, but for some reason women still can’t break through the glass ceiling. How can this be?

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    Treat people of all races with respect
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: In the July 2 front-page article marking 50 years after the Civil Rights Act, I zeroed in on the part about the black lawyer checking on details of her current case, and “the clerk cut her off and told her, ‘Go sit down with the rest of the defendants.’”

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    U.S. finally united — against Obama
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: As he said he would, President Obama has united Democrats and Republicans. Within the last six months, both liberals and conservatives have started to speak with one voice against the way he’s running the country.

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