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Shocking increase of homeless students in suburbs
Since 2007, the number of homeless students has risen by more than 70 percent, most alarmingly in the suburbs. But federal and state funding hasn't kept up - and as a result more students are falling through the cracks, advocates say. “These kids are dealing with a lot,” said Deb Dempsey of the Kane County Regional Office of Education. “
Lisle man killed in Ogden Avenue motorcycle crash
A 28-year-old Lisle man died Sunday after being thrown from his motorcycle along a Naperville road shortly before midnight Saturday. Erik P. Lat was traveling east on Ogden Avenue when he lost control of the 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle he was riding, left the roadway on the southeast corner of Columbia Street and struck two trees, Naperville authorities said.
Firefighter hurt in Bartlett house fire
One firefighter was injured by falling debris while battling a Bartlett house fire Sunday afternoon and had to be transported to Central DuPage Hospital. Officials at the Bartlett Fire Protection District did not release the name of the firefighter, nor any further information on his or her condition.
Shipwrecked Concordia completes last voyage
The shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner has completed its final journey. Pulled by tugboats and nudged by brisk winds, the wreck was eased Sunday into Genoa’s port — where it will be scrapped.
Tentative deal reached on VA reform
The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, scheduled a news conference Monday to talk about a compromise plan to improve...
Demolition derby again a big hit at DuPage County Fair
The cars roared. The mud flew. The crowd cheered. Hundreds filled the grandstand at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton Sunday afternoon for the first of two demolition derbies.
Israel, Hamas hold out for more gains in Gaza war
Israel and Hamas are holding out for bigger gains in the Gaza war, helping explain the failure of the world’s most influential diplomats to broker even a precursor to a lasting cease-fire. In a further complication, regional rivals have lined up on opposite sides and no trusted mediator has emerged. Here’s a look at what each player wants.
Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges
Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated the difficulties in securing a more permanent truce as the sides remain far apart on their terms.
Seeking Putin Achilles’ heel on Ukraine
Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.
Teen bands battle for prime gig at Algonquin Founders’ Days
Five teen bands from Chicago and the suburbs hoping for a chance to play at the Illinois State Fair took to the stage at Algonquin Founders’ Days for the regional finals of the Illinois Teen Battle of the Bands. The competition was among the highlights Sunday of the final day of the 54th annual Founders’ Days, which ended with a fireworks show over the Fox River.
Beer, demolition derby close out Lake County Fair
Visitors at the Lake County Fair’s final day Sunday were able to enjoy libations in a new way — the fair’s first craft beer festival. Fair organizers invited 25 craft breweries from the Chicago area and elsewhere to serve their finest selections Sunday.
Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site
Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. The U.S. State Department, meanwhile, released satellite images that it says back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists...
Images: Weekend at the Lake County Fair
Fairgoers had plenty to see and do over the weekend at the Lake County Fair in Grayslake. Professional lawnmower races, Radio Disney Roadshow, live competitions, a craft beer festival and a demolition derby were some of the highlights.
Study: Western drought worse than thought
Seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River basin for valuable water are drawing more heavily from groundwater supplies than previously believed, a new study finds, the latest indication that an historic drought is threatening the region’s future access to water.
Music highlights last day of Streamwood Summer Celebration
The Streamwood Summer Celebration wrapped up Sunday with musical acts covering country music hits and the Beatles. The festival marked its 20th year in 2014, something reflected in the theme“A Roaring Good Time — Celebrating 20 Years of Summer Celebration.”
Agency to issue housing report on Hanover Park
Hanover Park joins two other DuPage County towns for a regional housing study expected to kick off this fall. Glendale Heights and West Chicago also are on board with the "Homes for a Changing Region" analysis.
Des Plaines officials scoop out free ice cream
Des Plaines city officials and special events commission volunteers are scooping out ice cream at a number of city parks this summer at the commission’s Sunday Scoop events. The first free ice cream event was held July 20 at Apache Park.
Trial in salmonella outbreak to start in Georgia
Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.
Lake in the Hills man gets second chance after drug arrest
A Lake in the Hills man accused of dealing drugs out of his home gets a second chance when prosecutors let him plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge; Aurora police and support personnel will volunteer at an Illinois Special Olympics fundraiser Aug. 6; a wrongful death lawsuit filed after a fatal February 2013 crash in Batavia has been settled.
Suicide prevention fundraiser walk in Waukegan
The second annual “Waukegan Cares Walk for Awareness” 5K event fundraiser for the Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force will be held Saturday, Aug. 9. Check-in time is 10:30 a.m. at the People’s Choice Family Fun Center, 2411 Grand Ave., Waukegan.
CLC planning for Lakeshore expansion
College of Lake County continues to plan for an expansion of its Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan.
Kudzu that ate South heading north as climate changes
As the climate warms, the vine that ate the South is starting to gnaw at parts of the North, too. Kudzu, a three-leafed weed first planted in the United States more than 100 years ago for the beauty of its purple blossoms, has been spotted in every county in Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina. It chokes young trees, brings down power lines and infests abandoned homes. Now the plant, which can...
NASA: Earth narrowly missed crippling solar storm
Earth missed a potentially catastrophic encounter with a solar storm by one week in 2012, physicists report. “I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that the 2012 eruption happened when it did,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado said in a NASA Science online release. “If the...
Official: Ebola kills senior doctor in Liberia
One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, as an American doctor was treated in the West African country after contracting the disease, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat the spread of the deadly virus.
Eagle Scout candidate plants geocaches in Mundelein parks
Geocachers use GPS coordinates to find containers containing log books, allowing geocachers to write down how they found the container, along with trinkets that geocachers refer to as “swag.” Eagle Scout candidate Jack Readdy of Mundelein recently started a geocaching program through the Mundelein Park & Recreation District so families can find a fun way to get outside and explore...
Police: 1 man charged in Chicago train robbery
Police say a 20-year-old man has been charged with boarding a Chicago Transit Authority train, pulling out a gun and robbing passengers of wallets, phones and jewelry.
Chicago gets rare chance to bask in Hall of Fame glory
Baseball is supposed to distract us from the wars, chaos and tragedies. Sometimes, especially for Chicago fans, baseball merely adds to our burdens. But Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa gave us something special. And today, they'll all enter the Hall of Fame.
Free fishing trip a way of thanking veterans
Jerry Van Bladel, a Navy veteran and a resident of Cary, has never had an experience quite like the fishing trip he shared with nearly 130 other veterans. Funded and organized by Bartlett-based nonprofit Take a Vet Fishing, the trip honored the veterans for their service. "I realized that people appreciated us," Van Bladel said. "They appreciated what we did."
Minneapolis to New York City flight diverted to Milwaukee
A Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to New York City has landed safely in Milwaukee after it was diverted. Delta spokeswoman Kate Modolo says the crew chose to divert the flight Saturday morning out of an abundance of caution after the pilots detected a smoky odor on board.
Slain Chicago girl mourned amid new shootings
Mourners said farewell Saturday to an 11-year-old Chicago girl who was killed by a stray bullet during a slumber party, a day after an attack at a church event in which a 13-year-old boy was gunned down and six other people were wounded.
Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing
Though his game was more refined in his prime than perhaps any pitcher in history, Greg Maddux never pretended to be as much off the field or in the clubhouse. Stripped of polish and pretense, Maddux — wearing a tie he said was still knotted from his daughter's party months ago — was Sunday just as he always has been. Quiet and resolute.
'Emotional' Thomas takes his spot in Cooperstown
An emotionally charged Frank Thomas thanked his parents to open his Hall of Fame speech on Sunday. By the time he was finished talking in Cooperstown, Thomas offered his thanks to countless coaches, teammates, trainers and even clubhouse attendants.
Bears’ Williams small player with big-play potential
Chris Williams is the littlest player on the field, but his big-play potential makes him a leading candidate for the Bears' job of return specialist that has been vacant since Devin Hester left for the Atlanta Falcons. Williams also brings another dimension to the Bears' wide receiver depth chart with superior speed and quickness to anyone else on the team.
Bears’ rookie punter wows ’em
On the first day of practice in full pads, it was Bears rookie punter Pat O'Donnell's booming boots that got the crowd of 9,500 most excited.
Atlanta’s Cox pays tribute to division dynasty
While Frank Thomas, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were essentially alone, it was clear that the Atlanta group led by Bobby Cox was very much together in Cooperstown.
Glavine stays true to his past
Tom Glavine left little doubt about how he wound up in the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. Said Glavine, “I was just taught certain things by my mother and father that stayed with me. Particularly, my mother.”
Rockies bring offense to town
The Rockies are coming, the Rockies are coming. The Colorado Rockies come to Wrigley Field this week, and Cubs pitchers will have to be ready because the Rockies lead the National League in many key offensive categories. They'll also start four left-handed pitchers against the Cubs.
Cubs’ Hendricks continues to impress
Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks matched Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright almost pitch for pitch Sunday. Hendricks gave up a first-inning homer to Matt Holliday, and enabled the Cardinals to get out of Wrigley Field with a 1-0 victory and two of three in the series.
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France
Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling’s greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains. The 29-year-old Sicilian, who called himself “a flag-bearer of anti-doping” during the race, finished in a bunch behind Marcel Kittel, who won the 21st stage in a sprint finish.
La Russa’s managerial roots started with White Sox
Tony La Russa, who got his start managing the White Sox in 1979 and currently ranks third in all-time wins, was inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday.
Cougars edged 2-1
West Michigan became the first team to defeat the Cougars (22-13, 67-38) in a series at home with a 2-1 victory Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. A well-pitched matchup between the two top teams in the Midwest League ended with the potential tying run at third base.
Boomers top Crushers 9-4
The Schaumburg Boomers opened a three-game set against the Lake Erie Crushers with a 9-4 victory Sunday.
Thomas, Maddux, 4 others inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Three men who made their mark on the baseball diamond and three who made theirs from the dugout were inducted Sunday into baseball’s Hall of Fame. The six men, three of whom have ties to the Cubs and White Sox, addressed the thousands who gathered in Cooperstown, thanking those who helped them along the way.Frank ThomasThomas, the most accomplished slugger in White Sox history, was nicknamed “The Big Hurt” for his bat prowess, He won AL MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 and finished his 19-year career with a .301 batting average, 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs. He’s also the only player in major league history with seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 walks, and the first Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter. Thomas played 16 years for the White Sox and established himself as the best hitter in franchise history. He holds the team record for homers (448), doubles (447), RBIs (1,465), runs (1,327), extra-base hits (906), walks (1,466), total bases (3,949), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.427).Greg MadduxMaddux won 355 games over a 23-year major league career. Nicknamed “Mad Dog,” Maddux had stints with the Braves, Cubs, Padres and Dodgers and won four straight Cy Young Awards, leading the NL in innings each season. Known for his pinpoint control, Maddux walked just 999 in 5,008 1-3 innings and ranks 10th in strikeouts with 3,371. He also was a sharp fielder, capturing 18 Gold Gloves, and was an All-Star eight times.Maddux and fellow inductee Tom Glavine were mainstays of the Braves staff, helping Atlanta win 14 division titles in a row starting in the 1990s. Tom GlavineGlavine is the rare athlete drafted by two professional leagues in different sports. He won 305 games and two Cy Young Awards, and posted five seasons with 20 or more victories. Only three left-handers have more wins — Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton and Eddie Plank.Drafted by the Braves in 1984, Glavine also was taken by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft that year but chose to focus on baseball.Glavine was on the mound when the Braves won Game 6 to clinch the 1995 World Series and give the city of Atlanta its lone major sports title.Tony La RussaLa Russa, third all-time in victories as a manager, 2,728 times in his long career, behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw. He was picked as manager of the year four times and won 12 division titles, six pennants and World Series titles in 1989, 2006, and 2011.Signed by the Kansas City Athletics in 1962, La Russa’s six-year major league career as an infielder was forgettable. He batted .199 with no home runs in 132 games.But after earning a law degree at Florida State University and giving managing a try in the minor leagues, he found his niche, was elevated to manage the White Sox in 1979, and his managing career took off. He won two championships with St. Louis and one with Oakland.Joe TorreTorre, the managerial mastermind of the resurgence of the New York Yankees, excelled as a player — in 1971 he won National League MVP honors with a signature season that included 230 hits and a .363 average, 97 runs, and 137 RBIs for the St. Louis Cardinals — but he became something special in the Yankees dugout. Despite mediocre stints managing the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals (five winning seasons in 15 years), Torre was hired by the Yankees prior to the 1996 season. In 12 years with Torre at the helm, the Yankees won 10 division titles, six AL pennants, and four World Series.Torre is the only man to amass more than 2,000 hits (2,342) as a player and win more than 2,000 games (2,326) as a manager, according to STATS.
Twins edge White Sox 4-3
MINNEAPOLIS — Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins defeated the White Sox 4-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins, who won for just the 11th time in their last 30 games.Chicago led 2-1 in the seventh when Minnesota loaded the bases against Ronald Belisario (3-7) on walks to Josh Willingham and Eric Fryer around a single by Chris Parmelee.Guerra relieved and retired Eduardo Escobar on a foulout, and Santana hit a tying sacrifice fly just deep enough to left-center field. Fuld followed with a line-drive single up the middle and was thrown out at second when he tried to advance.Adrian Nieto homered in the eighth off Casey Fien, Nieto’s first in 76 career big league at-bats. All-Star Glen Perkins retired Gordon Beckham on a bases-loaded flyout for his 25th save in 28 chances.Jared Burton (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Yohan Pino, who didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the fifth and wound up giving up two runs and four hits in six innings.Chicago rookie Jose Abreu had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, and drove his 79th run, second in the major leagues behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera,White Sox starter Scott Carroll allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving after just 78 pitches.When Minnesota’s Oswaldo Arcia struck out ending the sixth, he snapped his bat over a knee, sending wood splinters flying around the batter’s box that were picked up by a batboy.Santana’s RBI triple in the third gave Minnesota its first lead of the series. Chicago went ahead in the sixth on Alexei Ramirez’s sacrifice fly and Abreu’s RBI double.NOTES: Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) is to take batting practice at Target Field this week. Manager Ron Gardenhire wasn’t worried about setup for a Paul McCartney concert scheduled for Saturday getting in the way. “He’s going to hit it right through the drums,” Gardenhire joked. . Twins SP Kyle Gibson (back) is expected to start Tuesday against Kansas City. While Phil Hughes took a line drive off a knee on Thursday he doesn’t expect to miss a start. ... Ricky Nolasco (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Sunday. . Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.15 ERA) is slated to starts for the White Sox on Tuesday against Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (7-4, 3.45). . Gibson (8-8, 4.19) faces James Shields (9-5, 3.58) as the Twins open a three-game series in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Cubs shutout by Cards at Wrigley
Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit a solo homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Cubs on Sunday.The Cardinals won two of the three games at Wrigley Field in the weekend set. The Cubs have not won a home series since taking two of three from the Miami Marlins June 6-8.Wainwright allowed five hits and walked three during his seven innings. It was a far cry from his previous outing when he allowed six runs (four earned) in 4? innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Tuesday.Kevin Siegrist worked the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks (1-1) allowed just one run on seven hits in 6? innings. With the wind blowing out to right field, the conditions seemed ideal for a classic Wrigley slugfest -- a feeling seemingly confirmed when Holliday, the third batter of the game, lifted a drive to center field that landed in the batter’s eye for a solo homer and a 1-0 Cardinals lead.But that’s where the score stayed as the starters took control.On paper, the matchup seemed a huge mismatch, but Hendricks was able to stay competitive with the perennial All-Star, with the only essential difference being Holliday’s blast. Hendricks benefited from two double plays and Matt Carpenter was thrown out at second attempting to stretch a single, but the rookie never faced a true jam.The only time he was close to giving up a run after the first inning came after he was lifted in the seventh inning with a runner on first base and one out. Left-hander Wesley Wright loaded the bases with two out, but got Wainwright to line out softly to first base.NOTES: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a former catcher, on former Cubs great Greg Maddux, who was inducted into the hall of fame on Sunday: “I would have enjoyed catching him, for sure. I would have enjoyed trying to understand how he thought about the game. The things I saw him do. I remember one time here, he put one right down the middle. ‘Hit it as hard as you want because the wind was screaming in.’ I smashed it as hard as I could smash it, and it went nowhere. He just gave a grin.”... As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Wrigley Field, both teams wore replica uniforms from 1978. The Cardinals uniforms were only slightly different than ones from today (no belts and pullover jerseys being the main change), but the Cubs wore powder blue pinstripes, which were the road uniforms then. ... The Cardinals are off on Monday, while the Cubs begin a four-game home series with the Colorado Rockies, with LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 5.00) facing LHP Yohan Flande (0-2, 7.20).
Kristufek’s Arlington selections for July 27
Joe Kristufek's selections for July 27 racing at Arlington International.
U.S. meat supplier in China withdraws products
OSI Group, an Aurora-based company at the center of a food scandal in China, said that it was pulling all of the products produced by its Shanghai Husi unit from the marketplace.
Home-rental firms Wall Street built say grow or go
The U.S. home-rental industry, transformed over the past two years by Wall Street-backed companies that were built on the rubble of the housing crash, is poised to be reshaped again as landlords like Philips get out. Corporate owners with limited capital or deadlines to repay investors are now selling houses in bulk, or one by one, after a 26 percent surge in prices from a March 2012 low.
Obama tax changes reduced income gap
If you’ve wondered whether Obama has made any headway at reducing income inequality, here’s evidence that he has. Based on tax policy alone, he has slightly increased the income of the poor and more significantly reduced the income of the rich. That’s according to a new, exclusive analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center that compared today’s income distribution with what it would look like if President George W. Bush’s tax policies were still in place.
Work Advice: What to do when maxed on raises
At my last annual review, my boss told me that I make too much money and that I would no longer be given a raise, no matter how long I stay or what kind of work I do. Is this a common practice?
Women business owners face gender gap, report says
Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday. The report by Democratic staffers of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee found that while businesses owned by women account for 30 percent of small companies, they receive only 4.4 percent of the total dollars in conventional small-business loans.
Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers
Government officials say consumers who have received different subsidy amounts — probably made some mistake entering personal details such as income, age and even ZIP codes. The Associated Press interviewed insurance agents, health counselors and attorneys around the country who said they received varying subsidy amounts for the same consumers.
Q&A on conflicting health care rulings mean?
Some questions and answers about what's next for the Affordable Health Care Act after contradictory rulings this week.
Fair Trade brings big sales and a clear conscience
Brooklyn Roasting Co. has a booming business based on helping people thousands of miles away. Ninety percent of the coffee the New York-based company sells is Fair Trade — certified as produced by people who are treated and paid well. “In a thoughtful urban center like New York City, I think it’s a smart business decision to be the company known for responsible coffee sourcing,” co-owner Jim Munson says.
Recession haunting recent grads as economy mends
Students entering the job market in 2010 and 2011 took a 19 percent pay cut from what they could have expected without a recession, according to economists at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut -- about double the penalty in prior downturns.
5 tips for selling your home for the best price
The rebound in U.S. home values over the past couple of years has placed many homeowners in a better position to sell their home for a profit. Still, getting a home sold can be challenging, even in markets where tight supply favors sellers. Here are five tips on how to get your home sold for the best price.
No-fly order for U.S.-Israel flights shows balancing act
Crafting no-fly orders for U.S. flights into Israel or over Ukraine requires as much deftness in politics as it does in assessing terror threats. The FAA tends to err on the side of safety, while other agencies “might want to massage things a little bit differently.”
Career Coach: Job search follow-up
I noticed that the position I applied for in June was still available, with a new July listing date. Should I re-send my resume?
Money-market funds get new regime aimed at preventing runs
The riskiest money-market mutual funds will be required to abandon their stable, $1-share value and allow their prices to float under rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Today’s reforms will fundamentally change the way that most money-market funds operate,” SEC Chair Mary Jo White said before the vote.
Atlantic City doomed by glut of casinos in region
The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City’s casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. In the 36th year of casino gambling in New Jersey, which not too long ago had a monopoly on the East Coast, the casino industry is crashing with a suddenness and a fury that has caught many people here by surprise. It started the year with 12 casinos; by mid-September, it could have eight.
Life & Entertainment
Images: Comic Con 2014
All our favorite superheroes and villians showed up for Comic Con 2014.
'Avengers' cast reunites at Comic-Con
Several members of “The Avengers” descended on Comic-Con on Saturday to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr. were on hand with other cast members from “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” including Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. “It just keeps getting better,” Downey told the boisterous crowd of 6,500 in the San Diego Convention Center. “I'm so excited we're all here.”
‘Lucy’ tops ‘Hercules’ with $44M at box office
Luc Besson’s “Lucy” proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of “Hercules” by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend.
Working late in life, directors refuse to say cut
Clint Eastwood, who at 84 just released the musical “Jersey Boys” and wrapped shooting on the Navy SEAL drama “American Sniper,” isn’t the only filmmaker blowing past conventional retirement age. Woody Allen, 78, like clockwork, released his latest, the French Riviera romantic comedy “Magic in the Moonlight,” on Friday. He’s also already on to the next one, shooting in Rhode Island this summer.
Scientists make love, war weapons in ‘Manhattan’
Writer-producer Sam Shaw was grappling with how to craft a TV drama about the war on terror and the price it exacts from those who keep its secrets. He found the answer by looking back to the early 1940s, when U.S. scientists and others working in isolation created the first atomic bombs. The result is “Manhattan,” debuting at 8 p.m. Sunday on WGN America. The drama is set in a makeshift, desolate Southwestern desert community, one of several that sprang up as part of the Manhattan Project.
Be sure the results of your pedicure are pretty, not painful
It’s sandal season, which means that nail salons are busy clipping, buffing and polishing toes galore. Tending those colorful toes, though, poses some health risks that should be considered, doctors say.
Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker
No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changes ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat.
Add vegetables to your healthy eating plan
Eating a variety of fresh foods is a great way to ensure your body is getting well-rounded nutrition. If your vegetable preparation relies on the microwave, it’s time to expand your options to get more out of these powerhouse foods.
In Chicago, colorful Pilsen broadens its palate
Today, a stroll through the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen brings a wondrous sense of cultural whiplash, both artistic and culinary. Creativity thrives here, especially between 6 and 10 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, when most small businesses — plus studios and galleries — stay open late. While here, explore the expanded National Museum of Mexican Art and Thalia Hall, where you can sip a punch cocktail in the basement bar, eat in the ground-floor restaurant and enjoy live music upstairs.
FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless
It’s a rite nearly as old as television: the morning after a new show premieres, network executives wait impatiently for the Nielsen company’s estimate of how many people watched, and rush to report the first sign of a hit. Leaders at the FX network are trying something new: They’re no longer talking publicly about how their programs do on opening night, believing those numbers don’t accurately reflect how many people see their shows. Instead, they’re waiting a few days to see how many people catch up via time shifting.
Clapton says thank you to Cale with ‘The Breeze’
For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music. Singer-songwriter JJ Cale rescued him and gave him a direction, though the man known as the main architect of the highly influential Tulsa Sound didn’t know Clapton at the time. Cale died a year ago this week at 74. Cale’s music continues to inspire and push Clapton in powerful ways, something Clapton marks with the release this week of “The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale,” a 16-track thesis study in Cale’s career.
Disorganized remotes? Here are 7 creative solutions
Remote controls, designed to make life easier and more convenient, have become so numerous in many homes that keeping track of them is a challenge all its own.
Sunday picks: RiverEdge hosts Puerto Rican Heritage Festival, parade
The 43rd Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival features food vendors, domino competitions, lots of music and a Sunday Puerto Rican Day Parade. Learn about a secretive 20th century Chicago street photographer during “An Afternoon with Vivian Maier,” which features an exhibit, a lecture and a screening of the British documentary “The Vivian Maier Mystery” at the College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center. And more than 700 craft brewers from across the U.S. have joined the Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America tour, which arrives locally at Navy Pier.
Boundary issues with loved ones not just about the dogs
Q. I have two serious dog lovers in my life and feel imposed upon regularly by them both, and get veiled hostility from them when I resist.
Attract hummingirds to your garden
How to attract hummingbirds to your garden, turning your grass into a small prairie and saving your sedum plants from dying out.
Brave new gardening for brave new climates
Mowing and watering a traditional lawn requires a lot of time, money, water and fertilizers. Increasingly, many home gardeners want to focus instead on edible gardens, and rethink the rest of their landscaping in a more environmentally sustainable and low-maintenance way.
Cabinets are no longer contained to the kitchen
Cabinet makers are responding to the consumer demand for design flexibility and decorative utility with unique door styles and new finishes, expanded cabinet sizes and pullouts, open shelves, and collections of embellishments.
Issues arise when sellers possess home after closing
Q. Someone told me we might be able to negotiate staying in our house for some time after the closing. Is this possible? What issues must we consider when discussing this with our prospective purchasers?
Powerful odor is intermittent, difficult to pinpoint
Our problem is an odor that smells much like a dead animal outside, although sometimes a bit like propane. The odor began suddenly late last fall. The smell is intermittent and there seems to be no correlation between heat or cold, wet or dry. It is most prominent on the north side, which is the driveway side, and it existed even during subzero Chicago winter, so dead animal unlikely.
Editorial: No alarm, but concern is appropriate at Metra
A Daily Herald editorial says an increase in discipline cases at Metra deserves to be watched, but is no sign of alarm.
Never too late to enter our fave letters sweepstakes
Getting a spot to watch a Glen Ellyn parade. Bemoaning how we abound with "driverless cars." A "coward" who peppered a yard with mothballs to harm a dog. All are topics for our annual favorite letters feature, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.
Fed policies weigh on working families
A Palatine letter to the editor: Good article on July 7 about Mr. Ben Bernanke (the ex-Federal Reserve chairman) and the Federal Reserve policies. Just a couple of things not mentioned.
Businesses’ merger threats are ludicrous
An Elgin letter to the editor: American corporations, which as a result of decisions by activist, right-wing Supreme Court justices, have been granted rights that the Founding Fathers intended to protect individuals not companies, are now emboldened to blackmail the taxpayer by threatening to engage in a scheme to merge with overseas companies in order to evade U.S. taxes.
Hobby Lobby flap really war on women
A Medinah letter to the editor: It seems that people do not understand birth control, even the ones Hobby Lobby objects to; it does not cause abortions, it is not medically possible; it merely prevents fertilization, or implantation.