Daily Archive : Wednesday July 30, 2014


    Peggy Kinnane, 75, namesake of the Arlington Heights restaurant and mother of owner Derek Hanley, chats with Chip Iuorio, left, and Karin Weizel, both of Palatine, while posing for photos Wednesday night during a visit from Ireland.

    Arlington Heights pub offers up 'Pint with Peggy' night

    Peggy Kinnane, namesake of the Arlington Heights restaurant, will be visiting from Ireland on Wednesday night for a special event. The Irish pub is named after the owner's mother. From 7 - 9 p.m. the restaurant will be giving out t-shirts that say "I had a pint with Peggy," having photo opportunities with the 75-year-old namesake and raisign money for a hospice organization.

    Daily Herald file photo The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education approved a four-year contract Wednesday with Jeffrey Schuler to serve as the district’s new superintendent. Schuler, 42, comes from Kaneland Community Unit District 302, where he has served as superintendent since 2010.

    District 200 selects Kaneland leader as new superintendent

    The Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education approved a four-year contract Wednesday with Jeffrey Schuler to serve as the district’s new superintendent. Schuler, 42, comes from Kaneland Community Unit District 302, where he has served as superintendent since 2010. “We’re just absolutely thrilled,” said board of education President Barbara Intihar.

    Colin Collette and his partner got engaged in Rome last week, just outside St. Peter's Basilica. As congratulations messages mounted on Facebook, Collette also received word the pastor of Holy Family parish wanted to meet with him. “He said, 'I know this is something you've longed for your entire life.' I said yes. He said 'in light of that, I'd be happy to accept your resignation,'” said Collette.

    Inverness church music director fired after engagement to longtime partner

    The popular longtime music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness says he was fired this week after posting on Facebook that he was marrying his longtime partner. “There's no way to describe how horrible this has been,” Colin Collette said. In a written statement Wednesday, Archdiocese officials said they were aware of the action taken by the leadership at Holy Family.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole the catalytic converter valued at $700 between 3 p.m. July 15 and 8 a.m. July 16 from a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier in an apartment lot on the 100 block of Boardwalk Street in Elk Grove Village. During the same time, thieves stole the catalytic converter valued at $600 from a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier in a lot on the 800 block of Wellington Avenue. and a catalytic converter valued at $500...


    Body found in Waukegan forest preserve

    Lake County Forest Preserve police discovered the body of a woman Wednesday at Lyons Woods in Waukegan, police said.

    Buffalo Grove hopes to shift hearing over minor traffic and ordinance violations from the courthouse to village hall, beginning in January. Officials say the move will save the village money, save police officers time and make the process easier for those who have been ticketed.

    Buffalo Grove shifting minor offenses out of court system

    Buffalo Grove hopes to hold its first administrative adjudication hearings for parking, nonmoving traffic and ordinance violations, as well as building and zoning violations, in January, Police Chief Steven Casstevens said this week. But a lot of groundwork still needs to be performed before the rollout. The process would divert cases involving minor offenses from the court system, and put them...

    In this frame grab from a surveillance video, two women run down a railroad track ahead of a freight train coming toward them Thursday, July 10, in Monroe County in Indiana. The women survived the incident, but authorities are reviewing the video for potential criminal charges.

    2 women survive ordeal along Indiana rail bridge

    A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women as a freight train bore down on them as they walked along an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana. The women lay down on the tracks as the train went over them and survived the July 10 incident, which happened just before sunrise on a bridge northeast of Bloomington.

    Hugo Fernandez, Traci Fernandez, and Will County Circuit Judge Robert Livas are three of the four founders of 3C Compassionate Care Centers, which plans to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Naperville and Joliet.

    Batavia couple planning Naperville marijuana dispensary

    Traci and Hugo Fernandez already fight the pain and paralysis of chronic spinal cord injuries through a nonprofit organization they created, the United Paralysis Foundation. Now the Batavia couple are coming at spinal cord injuries from another angle as they aim to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Naperville and Joliet. “People are constantly looking for relief from the chronic pain...

    Voters in Bensenville, Itasca and Wood Dale are expected to be asked to weigh in on a series of advisory ballot questions related to the noise from O'Hare International Airport.

    Towns pursue O'Hare noise ballot questions

    Several towns near O'Hare International Airport want to send a loud and clear message about their concerns with noise caused by flight pattern changes. The communities, including Bensenville, Itasca and Wood Dale, are acting to place advisory questions on the Nov. 4 ballot about the level of noise at O'Hare.

    Route 120 west of Route 83 in Grayslake will be closed for 10 days beginning Monday for railroad crossing repairs.

    Railroad crossing work to close Route 120 in Grayslake

    Busy Route 120 just west of Route 83 in Grayslake will be closed for 10 days beginning Monday, Aug. 4, for rail crossing repairs. The lengthy detour for drivers will be Alleghany Road to Peterson Road to Route 83. "I usually try to avoid 120 anyway," said Grayslake resident Amy Shriberg.


    Arlington Heights cyclist hit by car in Crystal Lake

    An Arlington Heights bicyclist was struck by a car Wednesday night near the southern border of Crystal Lake, police said.

    John Gutgsell and Melissa Madden, both of Chicago, are the first to take the grassy dance floor as The Hat Guys perform at Island Park in Geneva on Wednesday evening as part of the “Concert in the Park” series. The duo, along with a group of friends, have been following the band for the past two years.

    The Hat Guys wrap up Geneva’s Concert in the Park series

    Families and friends gathered on blankets and lawn chairs on a beautiful summer night at Island Park in Geneva Wednesday night for the final performance in the Geneva Park District’s Concert in the Park series.

    Stephanie Vargas, 18, of Algonquin is crowned Miss McHenry County by her predecessor, Savannah Keiner, Wednesday night at the McHenry County Fair Queen Pageant at the fairgrounds in Woodstock.

    McHenry County Fair crowns a new queen

    The 66th McHenry County Fair kicked off its five-day run Wednesday with Stephanie Vargas of Algonquin being crowned the fair's queen. Vargas, 18, who was one of 11 contestants, earned a $2,000 scholarship and will have other duties throughout the year. “Pageants help bring out the confidence in young women,” she said onstage during the question portion of the pageant. “They...

    Palestinians grieve the death of their relatives who were killed in an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at a hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday.

    Deadly Israeli strikes hit U.N. school, market area

    Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against Gaza’s Hamas rulers claimed at least 116 Palestinian lives.

    Lois Lerner, a former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s Tea Party controversy called Republicans “crazies” and more in newly released emails.

    Ex-IRS official called conservatives ‘crazies’

    A former IRS official at the center of the agency’s tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny.

    House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions leads the panel on procedural steps to authorize the House to seek a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for, as the resolution charges, failing to carry out his duties as required by the Constitution regarding the Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol on Tuesday.

    Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

    The McHenry County Board is expected to vote Tuesday on a new ordinance restricting horse racing.

    McHenry County might restrict horse racing

    Horse racing soon may be allowed only in a few places in McHenry County. The county board is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposed unified development ordinance that includes new restrictions for horse racing events in unincorporated areas. The change would mean races won’t be allowed in farm areas where they are typically held. The move has riled area stable owners who have spent years...

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

    Quinn gets more teacher union support

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn won the backing of another teachers union Wednesday over Republican opponent Bruce Rauner. The Illinois Federation of Teachers announced it would support Quinn even though the union was one of the harshest critics of Quinn’s effort to cut its members’ pension benefits.


    Aurora man gets 15 years for sex assault

    An Aurora man was sentenced to prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting a young child he knew, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said.

    Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, seen here in 2004, may initially have been kept in the dark by the CIA regarding harsh interrogation techniques and secret prisons that the U.S. was employing.

    Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

    A Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff.

    In this photo taken July 13, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, left, talks with former Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance John Oponjo Benjamin at an Ebola center in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Khan, praised as a national hero for treating the disease, died from Ebola after having been hospitalized in quarantine.

    Liberia’s president closes schools amid Ebola

    Liberia’s president late Wednesday ordered the nation’s schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as an Ebola outbreak that already has killed more than 130 people in the country deepened. Meanwhile, the U.S. Peace Corps said it was evacuating its volunteers from Liberia as well as neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone as the regional death toll topped 670 people. The...

    Equipment on a construction site in Rolling Meadows where trees were cut down last week was defaced with messages calling for the developer to save the trees.

    Vandals target Rolling Meadows site where trees removed

    Vandals spray-painted graffiti on a vacant house and landscaping equipment at a construction site in Rolling Meadows where neighbors last weekend protested the razing of old trees to clear the way for new homes. The graffiti includes statements such as “Save the trees” and “Rolling Meadows — City of Trees.”

    The gigantic Muon g-2 electromagnet is moved — slowly — into its new building Wednesday at Fermilab in Batavia.

    Gigantic magnet moved to permanent home at Fermilab

    The gigantic Muon g-2 electromagnet, which traveled from the East Coast to Fermilab in June 2013, moved into its new building in Batavia on Wednesday. “It's fantastic. The whole crew has been working on this for a very long time and this is the exclamation point,” said Aria Soha, Fermilab installation manager.

    Pro-Russian rebels travel past a convoy of the OSCE mission in Ukraine outside the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Wednesday.

    Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

    Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives desperate to recover the bodies of their loved ones. Fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels has kept away international police charged with securing the site.

    Jennifer Nere

    DuPage’s second drug-induced homicide trial to begin

    The trial of a south suburban woman accused of supplying a fatal dose of heroin to her friend in Wheaton is set to begin Thursday afternoon. Jennifer Nere, 34, of Summit, is charged with one count of drug-induced homicide and one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

    Jose Rebollar

    Round Lake gang member sentenced to 38 years in Zion murder

    A gang member convicted of being responsible for the killing of a Zion teen for the way he wore his hat in 2012 was sentenced to 38 years in prison in Lake County court Wednesday. Jose Rebollar, 26, of Round Lake, will have to serve 100 percent of the sentence handed down by Judge Daniel Shanes.


    Conant H.S. to celebrate 50th Sept. 20

    Conant High School’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner is open to staff, retirees, alumni and adult community members affiliated with the school in Hoffman Estates. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg.

    Michael Platt

    Palatine man charged in ‘one punch’ killing appears in court

    A Cook County judge on Wednesday left in place the $2 million bail for a Palatine man accused of throwing an unprovoked punch that fatally injured a 26-year-old man during a July 18 dispute outside a bar. Michael Platt, 35, appeared in court for the first time since authorities filed a first-degree murder charge against him alleging he killed Ryan Flannigan with a punch thrown during the...

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago mayor proposes $13 minimum wage

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour. The proposal would increase the current $8.25 minimum wage by 45 percent over the next four years.

    Epinephrine auto-injectors are used to treat life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.

    Quinn signs epinephrine law for schools

    A new bill signed into Illinois law says trained personnel at schools statewide will be able to administer injectable epinephrine for those appearing to have strong allergic reactions.

    Sovaldi, a medication to fight hepatitis C, costs $1,000 per pill.

    Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug

    Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois’ Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.


    Batavia may increase developers’ school fees

    Mayor Jeff Schielke has suggested the city increase the amount of land or cash developers give to school districts to offset the cost of educating the new students spawned by development. The city values land at $100,000 per acre, but in Geneva it's $185,000, and St. Charles uses $240,500 or $175,000. “I don’t like being at the bottom of the Tri-Cities,” Schielke said.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn: State will ‘prevail’ in Shakman lawsuit

    Gov. Pat Quinn says attorneys representing the state will be ready to defend their position in a lawsuit scrutinizing hiring in his Department of Transportation.

    Rolando Hernandez

    Antioch man faces charges in identity theft and burglary

    An Antioch man faces charges of burglary and unlawful use of a credit card for burglarizing vehicles in Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach. Rolando Hernandez, 21, remains held in Lake County jail on $25,000 bail after his arrest Monday.

    People walk down a stairway leading to a parking structure across from Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus after flooding from a broken 30-inch water main under nearby Sunset Boulevard inundated a large area of the campus in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

    Century-old pipe break points to national problem

    The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky swamp points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed decades ago. Much of the piping in the country dates to the first half of the previous century, with some installed even before...


    New Grayslake library service:

    The Grayslake Area Public Library now provides patrons with mobile and online access to thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks through a new partnership with hoopla digital.


    Alan Mann Tribute recipients:

    Woodland Elementary District 50 has announced the recipients of this year’s Alan Mann Tribute to Excellence in Education Award: Lydia Campbell (fourth grade, Intermediate); Katie Howell (first grade, Elementary East); and Carrie LaPorte (sixth grade, Middle School).


    River Road to close for four months:

    River Road will be closed in Lake Barrington for four months beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11.


    White Alps basement fire in Lake Zurich:

    No injuries were reported from a basement fire Wednesday at White Alps restaurant in Lake Zurich, officials said.


    Wheeling teen gets 180 days in jail for fatal accident

    A Wheeling teenager pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless related to an accident that claimed the life of an 86-year-old pedestrian last December. Melissa Salgado, 19, was sentenced to two years probation and 180 days in Cook County Jail in exchange for her guilty plea.

    Chris Lauzen

    Kane Co. hires consultant with financial ties to Lauzen

    Kane County officials have announced the hiring of an Aurora-based architectural consulting firm. The firm will act as second opinion to another company the county has a long-standing relationship with. The new company is a long-time financial supporter of Lauzen's campaigns and has a history of winning contracts at organizations where Dick Hawks is involved. Hawks is Lauzen's unofficial chief of...

    Krisada M. Cheung

    3 years in prison for North Aurora drug dealer

    A 20-year-old North Aurora drug dealer was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday by a Kane County judge. Krisada M. Cheung could have received probation for his July 2012 arrest for dealing marijuana, but violated probation and tested positive on a June drug test, which was administered after he pleaded guilty in May to the marijuana charge.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Three rings were stolen from a home on the 39W300 block of East Curtis Square near Geneva between 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday after its rear patio door was pried open, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Rachel M. Saez, 31, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with retail theft and contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor, according to court records.


    Construction worker hurt on I-90 near Rosemont

    A construction worker was injured Wednesday afternoon when a piece of concrete fell on him in a construction zone on I-90 near Rosemont, the Illinois State Police said.


    Hoffman Estates fire lieutenant charged with battery

    A Hoffman Estates fire lieutenant is scheduled to return to court Friday, Aug. 1, on a misdemeanor charge of battery, stemming from an allegation he pushed and punched a Bartlett man last month during a traffic altercation in Hoffman Estates. Anthony M. Butler, 47, of the 700 block of Lancaster Lane in Geneva was charged June 12.


    Batavia man accused of ID theft, forgery

    A Batavia man has been charged withaggravated identity theft and forgery, accused of using a stolen credit card to obtain more than $1,500 in goods and cash.

    Four men broke into the store on the 2000 block of Irving Park Road in Hanover Park early Monday and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cellphones.

    Hanover Park police investigating break-in at strip mall

    Hanover Park police are searching for four men they say broke into a store on the 2000 block of Irving Park Road and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cellphones. Police were called to the business about 2:20 a.m. Monday after the burglary tripped off a store alarm.

    Mark Wetzel

    District 300 names two new principals

    The Community Unit District 300 school board recently appointed two new principals for Lincoln Prairie Elementary School in Lake in the Hills and Parkview Elementary School in Carpentersville. Mark Wetzel, formerly an assistant principal at Hampshire Middle School, takes the helm at Lincoln Prairie, while Jorge Almodovar, the district’s Title I facilitator, is the new principal at Parkview...

    Kids can take a close look at Bartlett police department rides during the village’s National Night Out celebration.

    Bartlett police mix entertainment with crime-fighting tools for National Night Out

    A Bartlett business that opened its doors to Metra commuters left stranded by a derailment last fall is one of the honorees at a sprawling National Night Out celebration. Police will pay tribute to good Samaritans during a picnic expected to draw thousands. "Bartlett has a lot to be proud of," Sgt. Geoff Pretkelis said. "This is one of the ways Bartlett can show its pride."


    National Night Out in the Northwest suburbs

    Here’s a look at how several Northwest suburbs are celebrating National Night Out.


    Cook Memorial Public Library in Libertyville reopens after morning power outage

    The Cook Memorial Public Library in Libertyville reopened about 1 p.m. Wednesday after a power outage closed the building at Milwaukee and Park avenues during the morning hours, officials said.

    Israeli left-wing activists hold signs during a demonstration against Israel’s operation in Gaza, as right-wing activists hold the Israeli flag in support of the offensive, in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 19.

    Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

    Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government’s conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders’ moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on Hamas rocket and tunnel attacks, the minority of local voices that do agonize over Gazans’ suffering...


    Man accused of holding wife against her will

    An armed standoff in Fond du Lac has ended with the arrest of a man accused of holding a gun to his wife’s head and refusing to let her leave their home. Police say the 37-year-old man was arrested shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday after the 28-year-old woman fled from the house. Authorities say two children in the home were not harmed.


    Oral arguments set in Wisconsin John Doe appeal
    Oral arguments are set for Sept. 9 in the appeal of a federal judge’s ruling halting an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign and other conservative groups.The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago set the argument date late Tuesday. It comes exactly two months before Walker faces re-election.


    Wisconsin court refuses to grant new trial for killer
    A Beloit man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend should not have been granted a new trial based on his argument that a prescription medicine made him temporarily insane, the Wisconsin Supreme Court said Wednesday.The court overturned a state appeals court ruling from last year that gave Donyil Anderson a new trial. He was sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 killing of Stacey...


    Police search for trucker after fatal I-70 wreck
    Illinois State Police are searching for a tractor-trailer driver who they say drove off after being involved in an accident that left another motorist dead.Police did not immediately identify the motorist killed in the wreck shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday on westbound Interstate 70 near Troy in Madison County.


    Officials say Wheaton garage fire likely started by fire pit embers

    Authorities believe a Wheaton fire that caused extensive damage to a garage Tuesday evening may have been caused by the disposal of embers from a fire pit, according to a news release. Firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 1200 block of Lowden Avenue around 5 p.m.

    Children unable to attend Kenya Children’s Fund’s Kinyago-Dandora School look through the fence with longing.

    Church’s giant secondhand sale to help children living in a Nairobi slum

    All Souls Anglican Church in Wheaton will hold a gigantic yard sale July 31 to Aug. 2 to provide vocational training for young people living in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

    Gary Sinise

    Gary Sinise, Arlington Park to host event for veterans

    When Gary Sinise signed on to act in Forrest Gump 20 years ago, he didn't know his character, Lt. Dan, would still be meaningful to so many people all these years later. "There was no way I could predict that playing that character would evolve into something that's much bigger than a movie.” Sinise will be in Arlington Heights on Sunday for a full day of fundraising for veterans through...


    Wheeling might build small parks; puts dog park on hold

    Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris proposed building five small "gathering places" on village-owned property inside neighborhoods, but the village board decided that the Wheeling Park District should undertake a dog park if it is to be built.

    Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer’s field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.

    Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

    Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer’s field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.


    Sometimes we have to overlook fear and be courageous

    Brave men and women know that courage is an attitude of the heart, regardless of how they feel. I always thought that you had to feel courageous to be courageous. But that is not true, columnist Annettee Budzban says.


    ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed.


    Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in couple’s bed

    A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed. Investigators say 30-year-old Freddy Shelby of Albuquerque was arrested Sunday after the homeowners called police to report their unwanted mystery guest.


    Pipe bomb found in downtown Springfield

    Federal agencies are investigating after a pipe bomb was found outside a downtown Springfield restaurant.A Secretary of State Police bomb squad on Monday evening used a high-powered water cannon to safely disable the 7-inch-long pipe filled with explosives.

    Authorities raid a hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled kids as young as 11 from dingy motel rooms, truck stops and homes.

    Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

    When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. Among the 168 juveniles recovered was a population that child welfare advocates say especially concerns them: children who were never reported missing in the first place.


    5 things to know about child sex trafficking

    The 168 minors rescued last month during a nationwide FBI crackdown on child sex trafficking included juveniles who never had been reported missing in the first place. It’s a population that law enforcement encounters often and that especially concerns child welfare advocates.


    Landslide hits Indian village; 150 may be trapped

    Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India Wednesday, sweeping away scores of houses and possibly trapping more than 150 people, officials said.

    For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say U.S. law should be changed so they can be sent home quickly, without a deportation hearing.

    Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

    Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.


    Illinois businessman found guilty of murder seeks new trial

    A Cook County judge is expected to schedule a hearing on whether a suburban Chicago businessman convicted of killing his wife should get a new trial.The Southtown Star reports Allan Kustok is set to appear in court Friday. In March, a jury found the 63-year-old guilty of first-degree murder for the 2010 death of his wife, Anita “Jeanie” Kustok.


    Peoria Library lands on National Register
    Peoria’s 104-year-old Lincoln Library has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.The (Peoria) Journal Star Reports library officials learned last week that the facility was awarded national registry status as a historic place worthy of preservation. The library joins about 20 other Peoria properties on the National Register.


    Decatur carousel gets touch-up from specialists

    A carousel at a central Illinois zoo is getting a touch-up from the same Ohio company that hand-carved the ride’s animal figures more than a decade ago.The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports the carousel at Scovill Zoo is being restored this week by Mansfield, Ohio-based The Carousel Works.


    Illinois officials identify man killed by police
    llinois authorities have identified a man who shot and wounded a police officer before being killed by troopers during an exchange of gunfire.The Christian County Coroner says 25-year-old Josh Edwards of Pana was killed Tuesday morning at a home just west of the city.


    Chicago teen charged as adult in shooting of 16-year-old

    A Chicago teenager charged as an adult has been ordered held without bond in the fatal shooting last month of another teen who was watching television at home.A Cook County judge on Tuesday called 15-year-old Rasaan Price “a danger to society” after prosecutors explained how he allegedly fired a shot through a bedroom window, killing 16-year-old Darren Foggey. Assistant...


    3 men rescued after capsizing in Lake Michigan

    Chicago fire authorities say three men have been rescued after their sailboat capsized in Lake Michigan. A fire department spokesman tells the Chicago Sun-Times two 63-year-old men and a 50-year-old man were bound for Monroe Harbor on Tuesday night. A 46 mph gust capsized the 19-foot sailboat around 8 p.m.

    This 2013 file photo shows fans reacting while Mumford & Sons performs at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago.

    Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

    Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.“We are very into the idea of being an international music event,” Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a recent interview. “But I would have to acknowledge...


    Indianapolis man buys 2 $1M tickets in 3 months

    An Indianapolis man is celebrating his second $1 million Hoosier Lottery prize in the past three months. Lottery officials say Robert Hamilton won a $1 million prize from a scratch-off ticket he bought last week at a convenience store on the south side of Indianapolis. He bought his other big winner in April in the Greene County town of Jasonville while traveling to a conference.


    Fort Wayne GM plant lacks parts, cancels shifts
    An auto parts shortage has caused the cancellation of several shifts at the General Motors truck assembly plant in Fort Wayne.GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen says a breakdown at a supplier caused the problem that has affected shifts since Monday night. The factory with about 4,000 workers assembles Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.


    Wisconsin parents didn’t suspect kidnapped boy’s aunt

    The parents of a baby boy who was taken from his Wisconsin home and later found in sub-zero temperatures say they trusted the relative now accused of taking him so much that they initially didn’t suspect her.Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colorado, is charged with kidnapping 4-day-old Kayden Powell Feb. 6 and abandoning him in Iowa. The boy survived.


    Milwaukee archdiocese owes millions in legal fees

    Is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee too broke to pay its legal bills?That’s the question Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley will be asked to answer Wednesday. Kelley agreed more than a year ago that the archdiocese would not have to pay legal fees while its bankruptcy case was pending so it could keep enough cash on hand to cover at least one month’s bills. Bankruptcy law requires the...

    The Gathering Lighthouse, a nonprofit supporting independence and self reliance, opened this summer at 26 N. Park Ave. in downtown Naperville.

    New downtown Lombard businesses include jewelry store, salons

    Five businesses have opened their doors this year in downtown Lombard to help give the area a new look. “I’m just very pleased with who’s coming down here,” said Sarah Richardt, executive director of Lombard Town Centre, a group that promotes downtown. Here's a quick look...


    Manager of home physician service accused of fraud
    Federal prosecutors say Streamwood registered nurse who runs a service that sends doctors to patients’ homes has been arrested on health care fraud charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said Tuesday that 45-year-old Diana Jocelyn Gumila of Streamwood is charged with running a scheme to defraud Medicare.

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants. The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that the world’s biggest hamburger chain could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald’s Corp. to liability for management practices in those locations.

    McDonald’s could be liable for labor practices

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants.The National Labor Relations Board said Tuesday that the world’s biggest hamburger chain could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald’s Corp. to...

    Maddy and Kyle Beck get Bam Bam ready for last year’s North Aurora Days pet parade. Bam Bam was a crowd favorite dressed as The Cat in the Hat.

    North Aurora Days ready for family fun

    North Aurora Days, which runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3, offers reasonably priced fun and a chance to get reqcquainted with neighbors.

    Starlin Castro hits a sacrifice fly to score John Baker in the 16th inning and give the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Rockies early Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

    Dawn Patrol: Boy, rescuers reunite; Murder charge in punching death

    Boy, 9, reunites with Coast Guard rescuers. Palatine man charged with murder in punching death. Suspect arrested in Round Lake Beach shooting. Hoffman Estates man accused of firing at ex's new boyfriend. Man on motorized bike dies after hitting parked car in Waukegan. Three injured in Aurora home invasion. Illini hope for better days. Starlin Castro gives Cubs a 4-3 win in 16 innings.


    Kane County facility for criminal psychological exams called unsafe

    Kane County’s five clinical forensic psychologists tasked with evaluating the ability of criminal defendants, including alleged sex offenders, to stand trial perform their work in an isolated building with no security. And there is no plan to address that safety hazard.

    Members of the Route 53/120 finance committee meet Tuesday in Libertyville to discuss funding possibilities for a proposed Route 53 extension into Lake County.

    How the Route 53/120 extension could be funded

    The education portion is over and the hands-on work of securing numbers for potential ways to pay for a Route 53/120 extension is underway. A panel charged with making recommendations to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority designated three groups to deal with questions involving new tolls or a gas tax in Lake County, for example, raising funds from new development and paying for a required...

    Sarah Richardt, executive director of Lombard Town Centre, says she’s pleased with progress the downtown business promotion organization has made since she assumed her role last August.

    Lombard Town Centre leader pleased with progress in village’s downtown

    Since taking over as executive director of Lombard Town Centre last August, Sarah Richardt has brought what she feels is a “kinder, gentler attitude” to the village’s downtown business arena. “I’m not above calling code enforcement on somebody if they’re not complying with things that need to be done, but it’s an attitude shift,” she said.

    Elgin police officer Mike Kata plays basketball with Aris Johnson, 14 (obscured), and Darius Hill, 15, on Tuesday night during the Elgin Police Department’s Kids United program at Abbott Middle School. This is the first year Darius and Aris have been in the program. Kata, who has been with the police department for 11 years, will be the new school resource officer at Abbott Middle School this fall.

    Sports, activities bring kids and police together in Elgin

    Perhaps not unlike most kids, 13-year-old Alisha Ramos always found police officers a little intimidating. That all changed after she participated in Kids United, the Elgin Police Department’s summer program. “At first it was a little strange,” Alisha said. “Then I started getting more comfortable with them. You see they are normal people.” Helping youth become...


    Prospect Hts. clerk and treasurer could be appointed

    The Prospect Heights City Council has voted to put referendums on the Nov. 14 ballot where voters will decide if the city clerk and city treasurer positions should be appointed rather than elected. Mayor Nick Helmer says the change would save money.


    This July 20, 2014 photo provided by the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wis., shows a massive swarm of mayflies captured on radar as they emerge from the Mississippi River and drift north with the wind. A NOAA spokesman says they know the images show insects when the swarm appears over the river with no warning, but they don’t know what kind of bug it is until people start calling _ mayflies in this case.

    Mayfly madness on the upper Mississippi

    Midsummer mayfly emergences caused their usual mayhem along many areas in the upper and lower Midwest, and particularly along the upper Mississippi River drainage recently. Mike Jackson has more in this week's outdoors notes, which includes a local fishing update.

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall runs past cornerback Tim Jennings during a training-camp workout.

    Bears’ Marshall touts Cutler as MVP candidate

    Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall says Jay Cutler is a changed man, and he considers the quarterback an MVP candidate because of his dedication and commitment to the team. “This is a different person. I don’t know this new guy," Marshall said. "I don’t know this new Jay Cutler. Maybe his new name is like Joshua or something, just a totally different guy.”

    Bears safety Danny McCray blocks a ball during Wednesday's training-camp workout, when he was paired on the first team with fellow newcomer Ryan Mundy.

    Bears trying different combinations at safety

    The competition for the starting spots at free safety and strong safety on the Bears' defense is wide open, and on Wednesday former Cowboy Danny McCray got a chance to work with the first team, paired with Ryan Mundy, who started nine games for the Giants last season. McCray replaced rookie Brock Vereen, who teamed with 14th-year veteran Adrian Wilson on the second team, but coach Marc Trestman said it was too early to read much into the day's moves.


    Some good (shutout), some bad (another tie)

    Clearly, a drastic move had to be made. Another might be coming. The Chicago Fire went to a new pairing at central defense Wednesday night, getting a 0-0 draw against Vancouver as a result at Toyota Park.

    The Cubs’ Luis Valbuena watches his 2-run, game-tying homer in the eighth inning Wednesday night. The Rockies won 6-4 in 10 innings.

    Cubs keep dealing, acquire lefty Doubront from Boston

    The Cubs did not wait for Thursday's nonwaiver trading deadline to continue wheeliing and dealing. The acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named. They also acquired a minor-league pitcher from the Dodgers to complete the trade for Darwin Barney.

    The nonwaiver trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, but the only rumor involving the White Sox has left-handed starting pitcher John Danks possibly going to the New York Yankees or the Miami Marlins.

    No trades yet, but plenty of White Sox news

    With the nonwaiver trade deadline looming, Wednesday was a quiet day on the trade front for the White Sox. But there was plenty of other news involving Avisail Garcia and Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and Carlos Rodon.


    Cougars drop fifth straight

    For the first time all season, the Cougars saw a losing streak reach five games. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers handed the visiting Cougars their 11th shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory Wednesday night at Fox Cities Stadium.

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham completes a double play as he tags Detroit Tigers’ Austin Jackson and throws to first for the out on Ian Kinsler during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    White Sox allow 6 in 1st, lose 7-2 to Tigers

    Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night.Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scherzer (13-3) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one.


    Ludwig leads Barrington past Arlington

    Ahern Ludwig and Barrington tamed Arlington 3-1 in the opening round of the Illinois American Legion baseball state tournament at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights on Wednesday. Ludwig kept Arlington Post 208 off balance with his fastball, and Barrington Post 158 came up with just enough offense to move into Thursday’s semifinals of the winner’s bracket in the double-elimination tournament.


    Boomers rally for 7th straight win

    The Schaumburg Boomers established a franchise record Wednesday night by claiming a seventh consecutive victory, rallying past the host Traverse City Beach Bums 12-9.


    Conference realignment coming to NSC?

    The North Suburban Conference could take on a very different appearance soon, as the current two-division format may not be viable with the possible addition of Grayslake North and Grayslake Central.

    The Sky’s Elena Delle Donne could return for Thursday night’s game against New York at the Allstate Arena.

    Sky’s Delle Donne could be back Thursday night

    Sky star forward Elena Delle Donne could make a return to the WNBA on Thursday in a home game against the New York Liberty. Delle Donne, who has missed 17 of 26 games while battling a flare-up of her Lyme disease, has been practicing for the last week and will be a game-time decision.

    Chicago Cubs back up catcher John Baker, pitches in relief during the 16th inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, early Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Chicago. Baker score the winning run off a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro, in the bottom of the inning giving the Cubs' a 4-3 victory. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Cubs’ Baker enjoys his moment in historyc

    Cubs catcher John Baker was still enjoying the attention he received for being the winning pitcher in Tuesday night's marathon against the Rockies. Baker came on in an emergency role and acquitted himself well. He said the text messages kept pouring in long after the game was over.


    Collins rolls after brief hiccup

    Emily Collins shows she’s ready for the LPGA after record-setting victory in the Illinois Women’s Open.

    FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2010 file photo, Pat Riley, the President of the Miami Heat basketball team, speaks with the media in Miami. Miami Heat President Pat Riley is speaking out at length for the first time since LeBron James left the franchise, saying that he wants the team “to be as good as it’s ever been” going forward, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

    Riley speaks out, insists Heat will be competitive

    One of the last things Miami Heat President Pat Riley told LeBron James before free agency began this summer was that he would be selling potential players on the notion of playing alongside a four-time NBA MVP.And James never made him think otherwise, Riley said — until roughly the same moment that the entire world was made aware of his plan to go home.

    FILE - In this July 1, 2014 file photo, Rafael Nadal of Spain loses a point to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their men’s singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. Nadal is withdrawing from hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting his status in doubt for a title defense at the U.S. Open. His manager announced the withdrawals Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    Nadal out of 2 tournaments because of right wrist

    Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.


    Bosh signs 5-year, $118 million Heat deal

    Chris Bosh has signed his $118 million, five-year contract to stay with the Miami Heat.The team says Bosh signed the deal Wednesday. The sides agreed on the terms earlier this month, but the paperwork could not be completed because Bosh was on a lengthy international vacation and needed to undergo a physical before signing.

    Worker Ruben Monter mops up the floor at Pauley Pavillion Wednesday July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California's worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball court less than two years after a major renovation. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)

    UCLA’s storied Pauley Pavilion under water

    The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged. Pauley Pavilion, UCLA’s storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after its court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood.

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro hits a game winning sacrifice fly off of Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Tyler Matzek during the 16th inning early Wednesday morning at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 4-3.

    7 things to know about Cubs' longest game ever

    Cubs pitcher John Baker is believed to be the first Cubs position player, at least as we tradtionally think of them, to earn a victory as a pitcher. Baker was the unlikely hero in Tuesday night's 16-inning victory over the Rockies in the longest game in terms of time in Wrigley Field history.

    The Cubs' John Baker, left, scores the game winning run off a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro, as the ball gets past Colorado Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario during the 16th inning Wednesday in Chicago. The Cubs' won 4-3 and Baker got the win for pitching the 16th inning.

    Cubs catcher/pitcher gets beer shower after longest game

    “I got beer, chocolate milk, I got hair gel, I got shampoo, I got body wash and I got some more beer,” Cubs backup catcher and winning pitcher John Baker said after Tuesday night's 16 inning marathon win over the Colorado Rockies. “Best shower I've ever taken.” It's the longest game by time in Cubs history.

    The Wrigley Field scoreboard reflects the completion of the other Major League Baseball games and the time in which a Tuesday baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies finished on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Chicago. At six hours and 27 minutes, a record for the longest game by time for both teams.

    Who's played longer than Cubs record game? (Hint: Look south)

    Ever feel like you've been to a game that just won't end? That's what it felt like last night for Cubs fans, who sat through 6 hours and 27 minutes at the Cubs battled the Rockies in 16 innings until 1:27 a.m. But that's not the longest game in Chicago history. See who else has kept fans up late at night.

    Chicago Cubs back up catcher John Baker, pitches in relief during the 16th inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, early Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Chicago. Baker score the winning run off a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro, in the bottom of the inning giving the Cubs’ a 4-3 victory.

    Cubs win with catcher as a pitcher in record long game

    Both the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies ran out of relief pitchers in a marathon game. The Cubs used a catcher — and won. “It’s really cool to get a chance to do this,” said John Baker, who scored the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning after pitching a scoreless top half.


    Mike North video: Should Rose skip playing for U.S. basketball team
    So many NBA players who are worried about getting hurt are sitting out of playing for team USA, Mike North wonders if Derrick Rose should too.


    Collins cruising at Illinois Women’s Open

    Mistwood’s recently renovated course has proven a tough challenge for the players in the 20th Illinois Women’s Open — with the exception of Emily Collins, that is.


    McBride scores 16 as Stars beat Sky 92-74

    Kayla McBride scored 16 points to lead a balanced offense and the San Antonio Stars rolled to a 92-74 victory over the Sky on Tuesday night.Danielle Adams had 14 points, Sophia Young-Malcolm added 12 and Shenise Johnson 11 for San Antonio (13-14). Jia Perkins scored 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting in her first game in a month.


    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen

    Fed offers a dual message on health of economy

    Federal Reserve offered a mixed message on the U.S. economy Wednesday: Growth is strengthening, and the unemployment rate is steadily falling. Yet by some measures, the job market remains subpar. A statement the Fed issued after a two-day policy meeting suggested it wants to see further improvement before it starts raising its key short-term interest rate. It offered no clearer hint of when it will raise that rate.

    U.S. stocks were little changed Wednesday as data showing better-than-forecast economic growth was offset by weaker earnings and the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep trimming asset purchases.

    Stocks little changed as Fed offsets economy data

    U.S. stocks were little changed Wednesday as data showing better-than-forecast economic growth was offset by weaker earnings and the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep trimming asset purchases.

    Wintrust Financial Corp. said it has signed a long-term lease for space at 231 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago’s Loop, where it plans to consolidate its downtown operations.

    Wintrust to lease space in Loop building

    Rosemont-based Wintrust Financial Corp. has signed a long-term lease for space at an iconic building in the LaSalle Street financial district of Chicago’s Loop. “This building will allow for further collaboration amongst our commercial and retail bankers, financial advisers and home loan officers to ensure each customer gets the resources and service they’ve come to expect from Wintrust,” Wintrust President and CEO Edward Wehmer said.

    Bloomberg News Shoppers take escalators painted with the logos of Nintendo and Super Mario characters at an electronics store in Tokyo. Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales.

    Super Mario can’t spark Wii U as Nintendo posts another loss

    Super Mario upgraded to a Mercedes- Benz in the newest version of his racing game, yet that wasn’t enough to keep Nintendo Co.’s Wii U from looking like a lemon.Sluggish sales of the console triggered Nintendo’s third loss in the past four quarters as gamers continue their exodus to smartphones and rival players from Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. Nintendo lost $97 million in the three months ended June 30. Its American depositary receipts fell.


    Snapchat said in funding talks with Aalibaba at $10 billion

    Snapchat Inc., the company that makes a mobile application for disappearing photo messages, is in talks with investors including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. for a round of financing that may value the company at $10 billion, people with knowledge of the situation said.The talks are ongoing and the terms of the funding may change, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.Snapchat’s popularity has continued to grow, with people sending more than 700 million disappearing “snaps” a day and more than 500 million stories viewed daily, the company has said. It now competes with Facebook Inc., which tried to buy Snapchat for $3 billion last year and started its own product to send ephemeral photos and videos after being rebuffed.Snapchat said in May it was adding an option for users to chat with text, joining an increasingly crowded mobile-messaging market that also attracted Facebook. The social network agreed to pay about $19 billion for WhatsApp Inc. in February.Tech StartupsJim Wilkinson, a spokesman for Alibaba, declined to comment, as did Mary Ritti, a spokeswoman for Venice, California-based Snapchat.Technology companies including house-sharing app Airbnb Inc. and file-sharing company DropBox Inc. have both recently raised money at $10 billion valuations. In June, car-booking app Uber Technolgies Inc. raised $1.2 billion at a record-breaking valuation of $17 billion.Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce company is building a presence in the U.S. as it prepares to go public with a listing on the New York Stock Exchange this year, in what could be the biggest IPO in U.S. history.Last year, Alibaba started a U.S.-based fund to invest in e-commerce and emerging technologies, led by Michael Zeisser, who previously led Liberty Media Corp.’s Internet strategy.In April, the Hangzhou-based company led a $250 million round of financing in ride-sharing app Lyft Inc. In October, it led a $206 million investment in ShopRunner, a subscription- based shipping service for U.S. retailers, as well as a $50 million investment in Quixey Inc., a search engine for mobile apps, and messaging app TangoMe Inc.Snapchat, born in 2011 in a fraternity house, provides tools that let users easily draw on photos, to put a mustache on a selfie, for example. The images are deleted seconds after they are accessed. The company has already raised more than $100 million of financing from investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Benchmark, Institutional Venture Partners, General Catalyst Partners and SV Angel.Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel recently had to apologize for profanity-laced e-mails he sent when he organized Stanford University fraternity parties for Kappa Sigma in 2009 and 2010. He also had to apologize in January for a data breach.

    The websites for Flipkart, bottom, and Myntra.com on an Apple Inc. iPad and iPhone 5c respectively .

    Amazon to invest $2 billion to expand in India

    The world’s largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion. Launched last year, Amazon’s India division has been making a big push into the country’s small but fast-growing online retail market. It has been running front-page advertisements in newspapers and touting one-day delivery.

    The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter’s stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.

    Twitter 2nd quarter results soar, stock flies high

    The little bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter’s stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter. Twitter also grew its user base more than expected, alleviating concerns, at least for now, that it doesn’t hold appeal for a broad swath of people. Its larger rival, Facebook, also posted strong results last week and its stock is trading near a record high.


    5 food writers subpoenaed in ‘pink slime’ lawsuit

    Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network’s coverage of a beef product dubbed “pink slime” by critics. The subpoenas were issued to five writers — three reporters for the online Food Safety News, Times reporter Michael Moss and noted food writer Michele Simon — asking each to supply copies of any communications they had with ABC in 2012.

    Mortgage applications fell last week as fewer Americans refinanced their homes.

    U.S. mortgage applications index fell amid refinancing drop

    Mortgage applications fell last week as fewer Americans refinanced their homes. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index dropped 2.2 percent in the period ended July 25, the fifth drop in seven weeks, after rising 2.4 percent in the prior period, the Washington-based trade group reported today. The refinancing gauge declined 4 percent, the biggest drop in more than a month, while the measure of purchase applications rose 0.2 percent.


    Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone

    Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K.The company’s corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app in an update to Windows Phone 8.1 that will begin rolling out to developers next week and to users in the coming months.

    Sign reading ‘Bank of Moscow” is installed on the headquarters of Russian Agricultural Bank in downtown Moscow, The European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties. Among the targets were three Russian banks: the Bank of Moscow, Russian Agricultural Bank and VTB Bank, Russia’s second largest bank.

    Russia’s central bank supports sanctions targets

    Russia’s central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.In an online statement, the bank promised to “take adequate measures” to support targeted institutions. Russia’s state-owned VTB bank — Russia’s second-largest — was down 0.5 percent on Wednesday morning. Other major banks that were left unscathed by sanctions — such as the country’s largest, Sberbank — were trading higher. Russia’s MICEX benchmark index added 2.3 percent from its previous closing.

    Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta in the Hilton Tysons Corner Hotel in McLean, Va. When Nassetta took over as CEO in 2007, Hilton lagged behind other hoteliers. Today, Hilton Worldwide is the largest hotelier in the world, by rooms, with 679,000 rooms.

    The man responsible for Hilton’s grand turnaround

    Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family’s oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer. These aren’t small meals. Between his wife, six daughters, friends, neighbors and relatives, there are often 40 people dining. “I’m not a gourmet chef,” Nassetta says. “I tend to cook what the kids beg for: my grandmother’s old recipes of spicy red sauces, some sausage and ziti.” Most of the time, Nassetta is on the road. In his day job as CEO of Hilton hotels, he has about 732,000 guests per night to make happy.

    Jeweler Murray Cadenhead works on repairing a piece of jewelry at Perry’s Fine Jewelers on Independence Boulevard in Wilmington, N.C. After a dismal start to the year reflecting a harsh winter, the U.S. economy showed signs of rebounding in the spring, with many forecasters expecting growth to be even stronger in the second half of the year.

    U.S. economy likely showed big rebound last quarter

    After a dismal start to the year reflecting a harsh winter, the U.S. economy showed signs of rebounding in the spring, with many forecasters expecting growth to be even stronger in the second half of the year. The government on Wednesday will provide its first estimate of how much the gross domestic product — the economy’s total output of goods and services — grew in the April-June quarter. The consensus forecast is that the economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.9 percent, according to a survey of economists by data firm FactSet.

    Sarah Casanova, chief executive officer of McDonald’s Holdings Co. Japan Ltd., speaks during a news conference in Tokyo Tuesday.

    Mcdonald’s Japan pulls profit goal on China food safety scandal

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s Corp.’s Japan business withdrew its forecast for the first gain in profit since 2011 after halting sales of chicken nuggets supplied by a company that admitted to food safety problems at its Shanghai plant.“We are losing 15 percent to 20 percent of our daily sales projection” following the sales suspension of chicken nuggets processed at the Shanghai unit of Aurora,-based OSI Group Inc., Row Imamura, vice president of the Tokyo-based chain, said at a press conference today. “It is highly difficult for us to achieve our earnings forecast.”

Life & Entertainment

    In this 1986 file photo, comic-book writer Harvey Pekar poses with a copy of “American Splendor” in his Cleveland Heights, Ohio, home. Pekar’s comic was made into a 2003 film starring Paul Giamatti.

    Comic-book movies aren’t all capes and aliens

    The Marvel Studios juggernaut is taking a bit of a risk with Friday’s release of "Guardians of the Galaxy,” an astronomically budgeted adaptation of a comic book most of us had never heard of. Not all offbeat, lesser-known comics and graphic novels make for great or successful movies. Most of us would like to forget duds like “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Jonah Hex” or “Barb Wire.” But sometimes risks pay off.

    In Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, leader of a band of aliens.

    Comic cosmic ‘Guardians’ fun in fits and spurts

    The exquisitely visual, effects-crammed Marvel space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy” isn’t nearly as smart and cutting-edge as the filmmakers believe it to be. Sure, the film, directed and cowritten by James Gunn, is funny in fits and starts, injecting bold silliness into scenes pleading for a comic payoff. But this is a movie with a confused purpose. Does Gunn want it to be a blistering genre parody or a lighthearted, yet sincere love letter to outer space action movies?

    Mexican Zucchini Soup gets a kick from pepper jack cheese.

    Soupalooza: Zucchini soup so good you'll look forward to more zucchini

    Just when you think you can't handle any more zucchini comes a recipe that will have you roaming the neighborhood looking for squash ready for harvest. M. Eileen Brown's chowdery Mexican Zucchini Soup is that recipe.

    Jo Dee Messina

    Country star headlines Raue Center

    Country star Jo Dee Messina performs at the Raue Center in Crystal Lake in October. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.


    Five local restaurants make OpenTable’s top barbecue list

    Five Illinois restaurants — including a couple in the suburbs — made OpenTable’s list of the Top 30 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America.

    When the band Gemini Club formed in Chicago a few years ago, the members set playing Lollapalooza as a goal. This year, they will do just that on Sunday.

    Local Gemini Club brings mix of rock, electronica to Lolla stage

    Electronic music has been on the rise to the extent where it can almost challenge good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll for ascendancy at Lollapalooza, the annual alternative rock festival that has made Chicago its home since 2005. So perhaps it's fitting that no band better reflects that shift than Gemini Club, a band with suburban members that sits on the cusp between rock and electronica, with a date to play at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Grove on the last day of the three-day fest starting Friday.

    “Embers” Red from Bonfire Wines in California pairs well with grilled foods and is Mary Ross’ wine of the week.

    Good wine: Dry Rosť, sweet whites friends with flame-cooked summer fare

    Summer is time for finger-lickin’ good grilling and barbecues with wines that require minimum effort to enjoy. In general, avoid cellar-worthy reds with firm tannin that tastes hard and bitter against the smoke, sugar and spice flavors of summer. Turn instead to fruit-forward reds, including domestic Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes, and regions including southern France, southern Italy and the Iberian Peninsula.

    Tom Leavitt of White Oak Gourmet in Arlington Heights soaks chicken in buttermilk before it hits the hot oil.

    Five steps to great fried chicken

    When it comes to summer picnics, fried chicken frequently finds itself on the table. It's one of those foods that tastes great hot, and maybe even better cold, so as long as food safety rules are followed, it's a great option for forest preserve gatherings and post-softball game parties. Our experts tell you the five things you need to know to make perfect fried chicken.

    Food Network chef Alex Guarnaschelli says home cooks have started looking for new sources to heighten flavors. To help them out, she recently shared the five ingredients she thinks Americans should use more often.

    The five things chef Guarnaschelli says you should try

    Salt and acid. Americans want more of those flavors in their foods, and Alex Guarnaschelli is ready to deliver. When it comes to developing big, bold flavors, salty and acidic ingredients are among the most basic of building blocks. It’s why salt and vinegars are such go-to items in the American kitchen; a small amount of either can heighten the flavors — and particularly the natural sweetness — of all the other ingredients.

    After one taste of this spicy zucchini soup you’ll look forward to more green squash showing up unannounced at your doorstep.

    Mexican Zucchini Soup
    Looking to use up all the zucchini in your garden? Try this spicy Mexican Zucchini Soup.


    Night life events: DJ rocks Addison’s JD Muggs in August
    Friday’s throughout August, a DJ rocks the house at JD Muggs Still-n-Grill in Addison. Join the summer bags tournament at Cadillac Ranch in Bartlett on Wednesdays. Winners earn $50. Not bad for a fun night out.

    Kyle Lucia at his forge.

    Artisan couple forges ahead together

    Johannah Willsey’s first mosaic was on a trivet forged by her husband. That first creation was the beginning of a “collaborative process,” Willsey said. Whether it’s running their business or home schooling their two children, Willsey and her husband, Kyle Lucia, work as a team. The artists are the co-owners and founders of Phoenix Handcraft, a Richmond, Virginia-based studio where Lucia and Willsey create handmade furniture, railings, frames and more.

    Tobias Menzies, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in “The Honorable Woman,” an eight-hour miniseries premiering at 9 p.m. Thursday on SundanceTV.

    Maggie Gyllenhaal glows as ‘The Honorable Woman’

    An eight-hour miniseries premiering at 9 p.m. Thursday on SundanceTV, “The Honorable Woman” is a virtuoso effort by Hugo Blick, who wrote and directed it. And in the lead role of Baroness Nessa Stein, an Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who wants to span a raging divide with communication cables laid between Israel and the West Bank, Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers the most nuanced yet full-bodied performance you could hope to see.

    Timers and soaker hoses can be used to keep your garden healthy while you’re on your vacation.

    Going on vacation? Prepare your garden first

    We pamper our gardens all year but then desert them to go on vacation during what’s often the hottest, driest time of the year. A little planning can soften the blow. Ideally, a neighbor or fellow gardener could handle watering and other tasks while you’re away. But if that’s not possible, here are some easy ways to keep your plants and flowers alive while you sip Mai Tais on the beach.

    Tom Leavitt of White Oak Gourmet in Arlington Heights soaks chicken in buttermilk before it hits the hot oil.

    Chef T’s Fried Chicken
    Tom Leavitt of White Oak Gourmet in Arlington Heights soaks chicken in buttermilk before it hits the hot oil.

    Synth-pop “Trouble in Paradise” is the second album from La Roux.

    La Roux returns with sexy, sassy second

    Coming off an artistic hiatus after a widely acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning debut, La Roux returns in force with an off-beat, electrifying and synth-pop second album. “Trouble in Paradise” showcases the new La Roux, singer-songwriter Elly Jackson minus producer Ben Langmaid. The result is a nine-track collection that adds a sexy edge.

    Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship released a web-based, GPS-enhanced app for mobile devices to honor the 150th anniversary of the historic Battle of Atlanta. The app is a tour of the 12 most significant battle events that began July 22, 1864.

    Civil War battle sites: There’s an app for that

    Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour. “We developed the Battle of Atlanta mobile application in order to provide a 21st-century version of the historical markers that mark sites of the Battle of Atlanta,” said Dr. Daniel Pollock, a physician, Civil War scholar and co-developer of the program.

    Zucchini salsa is a different way to use the prolific summer vegetable.

    10 ideas for eating all that zucchini

    Zucchini bread is fine and all, but when you're staring down a mountain of summer abundance, how much of it can you really eat? Convinced we could find more — and more creative — ways to use up a bounty of zucchini, we decided to explore out-of-the-box ideas for summer's most notorious love-hate vegetable.


    Dining events: Jackson Avenue Pub’s new specials
    Jackson Avenue Pub offers new food specials; NafNaf Grill's opens a downtown Naperville location; Buca di Beppo has some delicious summer flavors.


    This may be the worst construction season ever in Chicago — and that’s saying something. We’ll need patience and an eye on safety to get through it.

    Editorial: Stay calm, alert through road construction

    A Daily Herald editorial says we'll get through this worst-ever season of construction on Chicago roadways, but only with patience and an eye on safety.


    Me Inc. would bring plenty of dividends

    Columnist Cathering Rampell: If companies are claiming the rights and privileges of people, maybe people should start claiming the rights and privileges of corporations. Rights harmonization, in other words, should flow in both directions, since we’re now all indistinguishable, equally protected “persons” — in the court’s eyes, anyway.


    Demand accountability in state spending
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Considering voter anger over a tax increase, it seems doubtful the state income tax will remain at 5 percent. While Illinois is not the poorest state it has to be one of the poorest-run states in the union. Michael Madigan’s smoke screen of taxing the millionaires is good for getting votes, but looking at the numbers it does not make a big difference — it will only relieve his party of the need to vote on this tax increase until after the election.


    Many liberals just don’t know the facts
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: In response to James Prescott’s remarks about my June post on the “gifts” of liberalism. I have insufficient space to show that his every criticism was wrong. So I’ll focus on the DDT claim. Mr. Prescott has company. Mr. Andy Lego replied online with this: “50 million people have died because DDT was banned? That nuts! How could the bugs become immune if DDT has been banned? How delusional is that?


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