Daily Archive : Sunday July 27, 2014


    Alex Fulton spent the last year of high school living in a friend’s basement, but things are looking up for the Hampshire High School graduate.

    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.

    The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship is towed by tugboats towards Genoa’s harbor, Italy, Sunday. The luxury liner struck a reef when its captain sailed too close to Giglio Island off Tuscany’s coast Jan. 13, 2012, and capsized, killing 32 people.

    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.

    House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, seen here, and Sen. Bernie Sanders 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.

    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...

    Jay Oppenheim of Wheaton, right, puts a hit on Patrick Wyller, also of Wheaton, Sunday during the demolition derby on the final day of the DuPage County Fair.

    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.

    Israeli soldiers check their weapons following the funeral of Staff Sgt. Amit Yeori, 20, at the Mount Herzel military cemetery in Jerusalem Sunday. Yeori was killed on Friday in the fighting in Gaza.

    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.

    Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip Sunday.

    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.

    A protester wears a mask depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin , during a a protest against Russia’s behavior in the Ukraine conflict, in front of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday July 27, 2014. .(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    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.

    Cesar Salceda, 18, tunes his bass guitar as his band The Choice prepared to take the stage Sunday at the Illinois Battle of the Bands regional competition during the Algonquin Founders’ Days Festival. The experimental indie rock band is from Chicago.

    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.

    Pato Thornycroft of Lake Bluff Brewery Co., talks with Victor and Pam Dobrogowski of Mundelein during the Craft Beer Festival at the Lake County Fair at the fairgrounds in Grayslake. Sunday’s other fair events featured the demolition derby, wool spinning demonstration, talent shows and more.

    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.

    A Donetsk People’s Republic APC travels in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday. 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.

    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...

    Competitors in the “Mow Down Showdown” lawn mower races speed around a turn at Lake County Fair in Grayslake Saturday.

    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.

    Russ Lake, a field inspector for the California Department of Transportation, right, looks over a remote water management controller just installed by Lionel Flores along Highway 4 in Stockton, Calif. From these control units, Caltrans can monitor water flow from a central office looking for excessive water usage caused by leaks or breaks in the system.

    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.

    Ricardo Arroyo of Elgin, with his 9-month-old child Leymar on his shoulders, strolls the midway Sunday during the final day of the 20th annual Streamwood Summer Celebration.

    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.

    Jury selection is to start Monday in Albany, Ga., for Peanut Corporation of America’s president Stewart Parnell, seen here, and two other people are 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.

    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.

    A curtain of kudzu covers a tree in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park outside Middlesboro, Ky. The kudzu vine was promoted by the federal government in the 1930’s for erosion control and for providing shade, hence the name “porch plant.” It’s a vigorous perennial, capable of growing 60 to 100 feet per season. It soon lost favor around the South, where it grew out of control — covering trees, buildings and yards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared it a pest weed in 1953.

    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...

    ASSOCIATED PRESS/NASA Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory This is a view of a coronal mass ejection on the sun from July 2012. On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.

    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...

    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.

    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.

    Jack Readdy of Mundelein, 16, started a geocaching program with the Mundelein Park & Recreation District for his Eagle Scout project.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Jay Garstecki, founder and president of Take a Vet Fishing, wants to “make a difference on individual soldiers’ lives.”

    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.


    Former Cubs pitching great Greg Maddux, center, takes in the spectacle of Cooperstown on Sunday with fellow Hall of Fame inductees — and Atlanta Braves World Series winners — Tom Glavine, left, and Bobby Cox.

    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.

    National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas speaks during Sunday's induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    '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.

    Wide receiver Chris Williams, right, is a primary candidate to take over as Bears kick-return specialist now that Devin Hester has moved on to the Atlanta Falcons.

    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.

    Cornerback Tim Jennings (quad) attempted to practice Sunday but took himself out early

    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.

    National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Bobby Cox, left, and Tom Glavine talk during an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday.

    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.

    Tom Glavine fights back his emotions as he takes the podium for his speech during the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    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 starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks gets a round of applause after being relieved during the seventh inning Sunday at Wrigley Field. He took the 1-0 loss, giving up only 7 hits and no walks.

    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.

    Race winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, second placed Jean-Christophe Peraud of France, left, and third placed Thibaut Pinot of France stand on the podium Sunday of the Tour de France in Paris.

    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.

    National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tony La Russa speaks during Sunday’s induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    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.

    National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux hold their plaques after an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

    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.

    Minnesota Twins’ Eduardo Escobar, right, makes it safely to second base on a double to right as Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez gets the late throw during the third inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, July 27, 2014.

    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.

    St. Louis Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski and relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal celebrate after defeating the Chicago Cubs in a baseball game on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Chicago. The St. Louis Cardinals won 1-0.

    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.


    An “Out of Stock” sticker is displayed on a menu picture of chicken nuggets at a McDonald’s store in Hong Kong last week. McDonald’s restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and chicken filet burgers off the menu after an Aurora-based supplier in mainland China was accused of selling expired meat.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles on Thursday July 24, 2014.

    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 receive only 16 percent of all conventional small-business loans, and 17 percent of loans backed by the Small Business Administration.

    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.

    The Associated Press interviewed insurance agents, health counselors and attorneys around the country who said they received varying subsidy amounts for the same consumers.

    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.

    About 4.7 million people in states with a federal exchange received subsidies in the law’s first enrollment period, essentially allowing them to buy coverage at a discount of about 75 percent, according to federal figures.

    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.

    Jim Munson, owner of Brooklyn Roasting Company, poses for photos in New York. Sales of the company’s Free Trade coffee have soared from $900,000 in 2011 to $4.4 million last year, and are expected to reach $6 million in 2014.

    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.

    Nickole Gambrill, a paralegal and 2010 graduate from Towson University with a degree in Law and American Civilization, stands for a photograph at the Towson University library in Towson, Maryland. Gambrill and other students who earned diplomas in the aftermath of the deepest U.S. recession since the 1930s are experiencing an earnings hangover that could last a lifetime, even as the labor market heals.

    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.

    Getting a home sold can be challenging, even in markets where tight supply favors sellers.

    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.

    Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.

    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.

    Hotels and casinos in Atlantic City, N.J. are reflected in the water early in the morning. Now that the shock over the prospect of losing three Atlantic City casinos in the coming months is starting to wear off, many workers and their union are mounting a growing effort to keep them open by attracting new bidders and offering flexibility in contract negotiations with any potential buyer.

    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

    Actors Mark Ruffalo, left, and Chris Hemsworth compare biceps during the Marvel panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday in San Diego, Calif.

    Images: Comic Con 2014
    All our favorite superheroes and villians showed up for Comic Con 2014.

    Actors Mark Ruffalo, left, and Chris Hemsworth compare biceps during the Marvel panel at Comic-Con International on Saturday in San Diego, Calif.

    '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.”

    Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson star in “Lucy.”

    ‘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.

    Hollywood may be an industry driven by youth, but this summer has brought a rush of releases from directors working well into their late 70s and early 80s. Director/producer Clint Eastwood released “Jersey Boys” earlier this summer.

    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.

    Rachel Brosnahan, center, plays Abby Isaacs in the WGN America series “Manhattan.” The show debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27 The drama is set in a makeshift, desolate New Mexico desert community, one of several that sprang up as part of the Manhattan Project aiming to beat Nazi Germany to the bomb.

    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.

    Getting a pedicure for colorful toes can pose some health risks, so doctors warn to be careful.

    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.

    Dr. Eduardo Marban, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, led the work toward creating a biological pacemaker.

    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 more vegetables to your diet to improve your health.

    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.

    The most happening new spot in Chicago’s emerging Pilsen neighborhood is Thalia Hall, where you can sip a cocktail in the throwback basement bar, dine in a ground-floor restaurant and enjoy live music upstairs.

    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.

    Mia Maestro and Corey Stoll in a scene from “The Strain.” 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.

    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.

    Eric Clapton performs at Madison Square Garden in New York. Clapton says singer-songwriter JJ Cale rescued him and gave him a direction.

    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.

    The “X1 Remote Voice” is a voice-enabled app so customers can control the TV via Comcast’s X1 set-top box with their voice (change the channel, find movies and TV shows, etc.). Comcast says its Xfinity TV Remote app has been downloaded 10 million times.

    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.

    The 43rd Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Festival is set at RiverEdge Park in Aurora Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27.

    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.

    Ann Savageau’s sustainable drought-tolerant garden has baby plants that have not fully grown in yet in Davis, Calif. As many parts of the country struggle with drought, heavy downpours and rising water bills, the move toward sustainable gardening is picking up steam, experts say.

    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.

    Full-access cabinetry makes it easier to access large items like pots and pans.

    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.


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