Daily Archive : Thursday July 31, 2014


    Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler

    Kaneland begins planning to replace superintendent

    The Kaneland school board will meet Monday to accept the resignation of Superintendent Jeff Schuler,and begin work on finding a replacement.


    Body found in forest preserve identified as Waukegan woman

    A body found Wednesday at the Lyons Woods Forest Preserve was that of a 52-year old Waukegan woman, police said.

    Left to right, Patton School third graders Claire Hackmann, 8, Maddie O'Dell, 9, and Brooke Martin, 8, talk about their recent presentation before the Illinois State Legislature urging them to pass a bill outlawing puppy mills in Illinois.

    Arlington Heights girls eager for signing of puppy mill bill

    Three Arlington Heights girls who lobbied state legislators in March about strengthening state law that punishes puppy mill owners will be on hand Saturday when Gov. Pat Quinn signs the bill into law. Claire Hackmann, Brooke Martin and Maddie O'Dell have been waiting all summer for the signing of House Bill 4410. “It really seemed to take a long time, but we're so excited it's finally...

    Tony DeFrances of Tower Lakes shot his boss, the CEO of ArrowStream in Chicago, on Thursday and then killed himself.

    Man who shot CEO was from Tower Lakes

    A demoted worker from Tower Lakes shot and critically wounded his company’s CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday, police said. Friends of Tony DeFrances expressed shock at his role in the shooting. "They’ve been our neighbors for 25 years. We’re praying for them. It’s very sad,” said next-door neighbor Carol Rolfs.

    Jenna Temme, 16, of Palatine waits for her dog Fin, a Yorkie mix rescue dog, to go through the “Tunnel of Fun” at the dog carnival in Palatine Thursday.

    Dogs get carnival all their own in Palatine

    All across the suburbs this month hometown festivals offered seemingly something for everyone, from well-known bands for music lover and carnival rides for thrill-seekers, to games and activities for kids and booths featuring fare from some of the area’s favorite eateries for foodies. On Thursday, it was the dogs’ turn for fun.


    Victim identified in bike-train crash

    Cyclist Amy Carolyn Thier was killed on Thursday night after being hit by a Metra train near the Cumberland stop in Des Plaines. The accident happened shortly before 6 p.m. and involved a train that was outbound from Chicago, said Michael Gillas, spokesman for Metra.

    Gwendall Stewart of Elgin

    Man charged in Elgin burglary, attempt on same street

    An Elgin man has been charged in connection with a home burglary and an attempted one on the same street, authorities said. Gwendall Stewart, 51, of the 1300 block of Abbott Drive, Elgin, has been charged with one count each of residential burglary and attempted residential burglary, both felonies, according to a news release from the Elgin Police Department.

    Heidi and Teagan Vanderstappen of Hebron snuggle as they wait their turn onstage during the Mother/Daughter Look-Alike contest in the Hansen Pavilion Thursday at the McHenry County Fair. Teagan, 4, often puts her hair up like her mother’s, she said.

    Moms, daughters compete in McHenry fair look-alike contest

    Never was a mother’s love for her daughter more evident than Thursday night at the McHenry County Fair when 20 mom/daughter teams crowded the Hansen Pavilion stage for the Look-Alike contest. The top three duos won cash prizes.

    CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.

    CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

    The CIA’s insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency’s internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist behavior by CIA officers.

    House Speaker John Boehner leads a Republican-majority House that has often been gridlocked with the Democratic-controlled Senate and White House. Congress, still having major unresolved issues, leaves for a five-week summer vacation this week.

    Congress OKs VA, highway bills, not border measure

    Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States. Faring far better, a bipartisan, $16 billion measure to clean up after a scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs and a second bill to prevent a...

    Vera Coking is now 91 and, at last, ready to sell her boardinghouse, which sold for $530,000 at auction Thursday.

    Home owned by Trump holdout auctioned for $530,000

    The woman who became a folk hero for resisting decades-long efforts by big-name developers like Trump to displace her Atlantic City boardinghouse is now 86 and, at last, has sold. The 29-room property Vera Coking and her husband bought for $20,000 in 1961 and fought to hold onto went at auction Thursday afternoon for $530,000 plus 10 percent commission, said Joshua Olshin of AuctionAdvisors,...

    This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.

    U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

    NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year.

    Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, right, demonstrates to people how to wash their hands properly in order to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, during Independence Day celebrations in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday.

    West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    The death toll from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa as security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone’s capital Thursday looking for patients and others exposed to the disease. Fears grew as the United States warned against travel to the three infected countries — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

    Barrington firefighters and police officers place roses on the casket of 7-month-old Mya Edwards during her burial Thursday at Evergreen Cemetery.

    150 strangers, 1 uncle lay starved Barrington baby to rest

    Mya Edwards, the 7-month-old from Barrington who starved to death in January, was laid to rest Thursday in a tiny white coffin with a Minnie Mouse doll and surrounded by more than 150 strangers and just one person that knew her during her short life. “I am grateful for this service for my niece,” said Joaquin Edwards. Mya’s parents have been charged with involuntary...

    Cars wait for a freight train to pass on Route 14 in Barrington.

    Durbin wants feds to check out Canadian National delays on EJ&E

    Sen. Dick Durbin wants federal railroad regulators to scrutinize delays along the CN tracks through the suburbs, saying traffic problems caused by blocked crossings on the former EJ&E line recently were the worst since CN took over.

    A new stone monument and a memorial that was relocated from the Des Plaines tollway oasis now sit at the O’Hare oasis.

    POW memorial moves to O’Hare tollway oasis

    A solemn ceremony marked the arrival of two memorials at the O'Hare tollway oasis Thursday. The closing of the Des Plaines oasis forced one of the memorials, honoring missing soldiers, to make the move to the rest stop near the airport. "With the nostalgia that went with the Des Plaines oasis, we also have a new beginning here," tollway board Chair Paula Wolff said.

    Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine, left, his colleagues and a pro-Russian rebel, second from left, examine a map as they try to estimate security conditions outside the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Wednesday.

    Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

    As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out of the sky. For the families of the 298 victims, it was an important start in locating and recovering bodies still out in the open and...

    Jennifer Nere

    Trial begins in Wheaton drug-induced homicide case

    Augustina Taylor had just more than 24 hours to celebrate her newfound freedom from prison on June 26, 2012, before she again succumbed to her drug addiction demons, authorities say. Prosecutors say it was Taylor’s first “fix” of heroin and cocaine since her release from prison that killed the 32-year-old Wheaton woman. And now the friend who brought it to her, 34-year-old...

    Palestinian Abdel Aziz Jendiyah, 4, walks past a six-story building, destroyed by an Israeli strike earlier during the war, adjacent to his family house, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday. The Jendiyah family building houses 21 members of the extended family, and now with several rooms destroyed, they try to go about their lives, without electricity and without running water for several hours a day.

    Sides agree to another Gaza cease-fire

    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday, though Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned there were “no guarantees” the lull in violence would bring an end to the 24-day-old Gaza war. The announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to destroy Hamas’ tunnel network “with or without a...

    This undated photo combo provided by the journal Cell and taken with a bright field camera, shows a mouse with its skin removed during various stages of examination. Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice and rats, a step that should help them study fine details of anatomy for basic research. The left image shows the mouse with the skin removed. The right image shows the mouse after one week of the process.

    See-through mice reveal details of inner anatomy

    Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won’t find these critters scampering in your kitchen. The transparent rodents aren’t alive and they’re for research only, to help scientists study fine details of anatomy.


    Secretary of state’s mobile driver unit visits Buffalo Grove Aug. 8

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Mobile Driver Services unit will be in Buffalo Grove next week providing a Rules of the road review class, driver’s license renewals and other services. The unit will be at Buffalo Grove Park District’s Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8.

    This rendering shows how dinosaur lineage evolved into birds as its body size shrank continuously over 50 million years. From left are the ancestral neotheropod, the ancestral tetanuran, the ancestral coelurosaur, the ancestral paravian and Archaeopteryx.

    Study traces dinosaur evolution into early birds

    Scientists have mapped how a group of fearsome, massive dinosaurs evolved and shrank to the likes of robins and hummingbirds. Comparing fossils of 120 different species and 1,500 skeletal features, especially thigh bones, researchers constructed a detailed family tree for the class of two-legged meat-eaters called theropods. That suborder of dinos survives to this day as birds, however...


    Schaumburg looking for Miss Septemberfest 2014

    All the musical acts, carnival rides and food vendors are booked, but Schaumburg’s annual celebration of summer’s final days still needs its Miss Septemberfest to represent the three-day event. Applications are due by next Friday, Aug. 8. The scholarship pageant is running a little late this year with too few applications so far, Miss Septemberfest Chairperson Cara Mohr said.


    Rockford legislator’s replacement named

    Winnebago County Democrats have named a replacement for state Rep. Chuck Jefferson, who resigned. Jefferson’s former chief of staff, Litesa Wallace, won the nod among 11 candidates.

    Latoya M. Baines

    Batavia murder suspect says she’s bipolar

    A 26-year-old woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death at a Batavia apartment complex in April 2012 told police she has a bipolar disorder — after she was informed by authorities she had been charged with murder, a detective testified Thursday. Latoya M. Baines' mental condition was an issue at the Kane County court hearing in which she sought to have statements she made to police...

    Tourists walk out of the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield. More than 1.3 million people visited historic sites in Springfield and nearby Petersburg last year.

    Agency could cut hours at Illinois historic sites

    Budget cuts will force the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to consider cutting hours at some state historic sites after the Labor Day holiday weekend, agency director Amy Martin says.

    Glen Ellyn-based Teen Parent Connection offers support through its Doula Program for parents-to-be ranging in age from 12 to 22.

    How agency tries to help young parents-to-be

    When Kassidie Baldwin discovered she was pregnant last year, she was very afraid. But Baldwin, 19, and her boyfriend had someone looking out for them during this crucial moment in their lives: a “doula” from a Glen Ellyn-based nonprofit group called Teen Parent Connection.

    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner talks to farmers Thursday in downstate Lincoln.

    Rauner says he’ll be ‘champion’ for farmers

    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he would work to reduce taxes and regulatory burdens on farmers and would travel the globe on his own dime to promote Illinois products if elected.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago mayor defends welcoming immigrant kids

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says bringing to Chicago some 1,000 immigrant children who have fled Central America is simply the right thing to do.


    Chicago ordinance requires permits for pot shops

    Chicago aldermen have approved an ordinance requiring medical marijuana retailers to obtain a special use permit before setting up a shop.


    Three-vehicle crash in Buffalo Grove seriously injures man

    A three-vehicle crash in Buffalo Grove seriously injured a man driving a pickup truck Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.The man was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with injuries that are believed to be life-threatening.


    DNA of Elgin hires promotions coordinator

    Putting in an unsolicited day of volunteering at the city's Fourth of July parade paid off big for the new promotions coordinator hired by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin. Keith Weatherspoon started work Monday after being selected from about 25 applicants, Executive Director Deirdre White said.

    Kane County Board Finance Committee Chairman John Hoscheit, left, and County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen discuss the $2 million budget deficit the county faces heading into 2015.

    Kane County facing $2 million deficit for 2015

    The first look at Kane County's 2015 budget shows a $2 million deficit. Costs are rising much faster than new income as raises and new hires in 2013 will take their toll for a full fiscal year. Officials will look at ways to both boost income and cut costs to create a balanced budget before the plan is locked in this fall.


    Hoffman Estates recycling event Aug. 9

    Hoffman Estates and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County will host a free recycling collection event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Susan H. Kenley-Rupnow Public Works Center, 2305 Pembroke Ave. The event is for residents of SWANCC-member communities only, and proof of residency is required.


    Mancino head municipal league:

    Hawthorn Woods Village President Joseph Mancino has been elected president of the Lake County Municipal League, the village said in a news release on its website.


    Recycling, shredding event:

    An electronics recycling and document shredding event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Lake Villa Township Hall, 37908 N. Fairfield Road, Lake Villa.


    Retired teachers meet:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Lambs Farm restaurant at Route 176 and I-94 near Libertyville.


    Lake Villa Township fall ball:

    Registration for Lake Villa Township Baseball League fall baseball begins Friday, Aug. 1.

    Danlie Cuenca, right, and Danielle Clark entertain the crowd Wednesday night as The Great Lakes naval band Horizon rocked out at Engle Memorial Park in Lindenhurst.

    Great Lakes Naval band Horizon entertains crowd at Lindenhurst’s Concert in the Park

    The Great Lakes Naval band Horizon rocked out the band shell Wednesday night at Engle Park in Lindenhurst.

    Justin Pfizenmaier, left, and Mark Vander Bent of Excel Electric in Frankfort, finish electrical floor boxes Thursday on the new worship platform at the First Baptist Church of Geneva’s east campus. New track lighting was installed and chandelier fixtures updated. Renovations at the east campus started in April and are set to be completed by September.

    Ministry expansion project underway at First Baptist Church of Geneva

    Renovations under way at both east and west campuses of the First Baptist Church of Geneva.

    Tabitha Irvin, 9, of Downers Grove, right, raises the hand of her friend Alyssa Bonheyo, 10, of Downers Grove during “Harry Potter” trivia Thursday at a party at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville to celebrate the fictional wizard’s birthday.

    Naperville shop celebrates wizard with ‘Potter’ birthday party

    Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville twice has hosted “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and even has gathered as many as 70,000 people to celebrate the release of the seventh book in the popular series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Thursday’s event was much smaller, but the shop hosted roughly 75 people for a Harry Potter party to...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Jorge Soto Jr., 24, of Elgin, was charged Wednesday with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance containing cocaine, according to court records.

    Ivan V. Dimitrov

    Palatine man pleads not guilty to allegations of indecent solicitation of child

    A Palatine man who police say solicited sex from an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old boy pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent solicitation of a child Thursday in Lake County court. Ivan V. Dimitrov, 26, is due back in court Aug. 14, authorities said.


    Elgin switching municipal energy supplier

    Residents and small business owners who take part in Elgin’s electricity aggregation program will see prices increase as the city switches energy suppliers. The city has entered into a 10-month agreement with Constellation Energy Resources starting Oct. 1. ComEd will supply electricity in August and September.


    Former Algonquin homebuilder sentenced for bank fraud

    A Colorado home builder formerly from Algonquin was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty earlier this year to charges of bank fraud. Bruce Hawkins, 64, the former owner of Aspen Homebuilders Inc., was also ordered to repay more than $1 million following the collapse of his company and a project known as Riverside Square in Algonquin. He was ordered to begin...

    Eric “Rick” Brunson

    Ex-Bull Brunson pleads not guilty to sex assault charges

    Eric "Rick" Brunson pleaded not guilty in Lake County court early to accusations he sexually assaulted a massage therapist at a Vernon Hills fitness center. The ex-Chicago Bulls player and coach faces a maximum of seven years in prison if found guilty on the most serious charge. He is due back in court Sept. 9.

    Red Robin’s A.1. Peppercorn “Monster” burger meal with steak fries and salted caramel milkshake has 3,540 calories.

    Is your favorite restaurant meal on worst-calorie list?

    If you’re trying to eat healthy, what is the worst thing you could put in your mouth right now? Sadly, the answer may be some heavenly but calorie-laden meals at your favorite suburban restaurants. See which meals at local resturants make the Extreme Eating Awards list and how many calories you're downing when you indulge in gastrointestinal bliss.

    Displaced Palestinian Hajar Muharram, 5, looks on in a classroom where the family of seven now lives, at a U.N. school, in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on Thursday.

    Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel, senior officials said Thursday. Abbas hesitated in the past because such a step would transform his relations with Israel from tense to openly hostile and could put him on a collision course...


    Men charged with stealing student loan money from suburban colleges

    Four Chicago area men are accused of bilking federal student loans from Harper College in Palatine, Elgin Community College and Joliet Junior College. Prosecutors said the men attempted to obtain $240,000 worth of student loans, but were successful in receiving about $135,000 from 40 fraudulent applications. The men face maximum prison sentences of 20 or 30 years if convicted.

    Alan Lavelle Ross

    Two men charged in shooting that injured Addison mom, daughters

    Two men have been charged with shooting an Addison mother and her two daughters who traveled Sunday to Hammond, Indiana, to purchase cellphones. The mon and daughters still are being treated for their gunshot wounds.

    Long Grove Village President Angie Underwood was among the top elected officials to speak at Thursday’s Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast With the Villages at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

    Long Grove mayor says village might seek funding to repair covered bridge

    Long Grove’s need to repair or replace a venerable covered bridge was among the topics that emerged Thursday at the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Breakfast With the Villages. “It’s in need of serious repair and, frankly, replacement,” Long Grove Village President Angie Underwood said.

    Siblings Ejike, left, and Adaora “Daisy” Okpa of Schaumburg were among 50 students selected — from hundreds of applicants nationwide — to participate in the annual Four Star Leadership program offered by the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum in Oklahoma.

    Schaumburg teens invited to prestigious leadership program

    Those who know Ejike and Adaora “Daisy” Okpa say what makes them stand out is how they make others stop and pay attention to them. That’s among the reasons Ejike, 18, and Daisy, 17, of Schaumburg were among 50 students selected — from hundreds of applicants nationwide — to participate in the annual Four Star Leadership program offered by the General Tommy Franks...

    Ronald J. Wendt

    Gurnee man pleads not guilty child porn posession charges

    A 76-year-old Gurnee man pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Thursday to multiple counts pf possessing child pornography. Ronald J. Wendt is free from Lake County jail after posting the required 10 percent of his $500,000 bail. He faces up to 7 years in prison if found guilty of the most serious charge.


    Work needs to be positive part of who we are

    Our Ken Potts says finding balance in life is a key to happiness. And having a job that we enjoy is a key part of finding that balance.

    A University of Florida study has found that as the Florida panther population has rebounded, ranchers are losing more cattle to panther attacks. The study will help determine how to compensate ranchers for their losses.

    Study blames lost calves on Fla. panther resurgence

    Since Florida’s frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state’s vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction. But with Florida’s panther population recovering, some farmers complain the protected 6-to-7-foot long predators are once...

    A silver 2006 Honda Coupe is towed out of a pool on Longmeadow Court in Barrington Hills on Thursday morning. A Schaumburg man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police say he drove the car into the pool at about 4 a.m.

    Man charged with DUI after driving into Barrington Hills pool

    A Schaumburg man escaped injury but was charged with drunken driving after his car plunged into the swimming pool behind a Barrington Hills home early Thursday morning. Bikramjit S. Sian, 30, was pulled from the water by the home's owner after crashing into the pool, police said.

    Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.

    Immigration courts speed up children’s cases

    Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard. The courts are now giving each child an initial court hearing within three weeks, according to the Justice Department’s Executive...

    Once-forgotten plaques placed by Portland police officer Mark Kruger in a city park to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers have come back to haunt the city. Kruger threatened to sue the city last year over texts sent by a top police official to an officer characterizing him as a Nazi sympathizer. Instead of going to court, the city settled, agreeing to give Kruger 80 hours of vacation and $5,000.

    Portland settles suit by officer who honored Nazis

    Once-forgotten plaques placed by a Portland police officer in a city park to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers have come back to haunt the city. The officer, Capt. Mark Kruger, threatened to sue the city last year over texts sent by a top police official to an officer characterizing him as a Nazi sympathizer. Instead of going to court, the city settled, agreeing to give Kruger 80 hours of...


    Divided House moves toward vote on border crisis

    A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.

    Traffic backs up on westbound Grand Avenue as crews prepares for Des Plaines River bridge reconstruction this week in Gurnee. Warren Township High School officials are encouraging parents to not drive their children to the O’Plaine Road campus for freshmen and sophomores.

    Warren Township High School to parents: Don’t fight construction traffic to bring students to school

    Parents are being advised to skip driving their children to Warren Township High School’s freshmen-sophomore campus because of traffic jams expected from nearby road work in Gurnee. Officials say they expect it’ll be difficult getting to the O’Plaine Road campus because of the building’s proximity to reconstruction of the Grand Avenue bridge over the Des Plaines River.

    A Northwest Community Hospital physician hosts a lecture at the Arlington Heights hospital tonight for mothers and daughters about how to stay healthy and safe in college.

    Arlington Hts. doctor offers college safety, health lessons for mothers and daughters

    As kids get ready to head back to school, one Northwest Community Hospital doctor is giving parents tips for sending their daughters off to college, and making sure they stay safe while they are there. Dr. M. Susan Scanlon will host a free lecture, “Making Healthy Choices Away from Home: a Mother/Daughter Lecture,” at 7 p.m. tonight.


    Teen charged in slaying of mom found dead in trunk

    A 17-year-old girl has been charged with murder in the death of her mother whose body was found in her car’s trunk in a wooded area of Gary a few weeks ago. The charges filed by Lake County prosecutors on Wednesday follow the July 11 arrest of the girl’s 18-year-old boyfriend on a count of murder in the death of 54-year-old DeCarol Deloney-Cain of Crown Point.

    Then-Secretary of State Colin Powell. A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept Powell and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons.

    State Dept.: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA tactics

    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. “This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” says the four-page...

    Indian women wail after seeing the body of a relative, victim of a landslide, in Malin village in Pune district of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed the entire village, killing more than two dozen and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.

    Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 30 dead

    Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 30 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.

    Mary Brubach, of Garden Prairie, Ill., holds up a basket of tomatoes picked to sell in the Belvidere Farmer’s Market.

    Family continues on at farmers markets

    Mary Brubach’s Saturday mornings in the summer have been the same since as long as she can remember.Mary’s mother, Susie, ran Susie’s Garden Patch in Garden Prairie, and 31-year-old Mary said “for the past 27 or 28 years” they’ve been bringing fresh produce to the Belvidere Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday from early June...


    Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court. Thursday’s ruling has no immediate impact given that the law was struck down in April by a federal judge in Milwaukee. His ruling is under appeal, and a federal appeals court would have to overturn it for the law to take effect.


    Jury deliberations to begin in kidnapped-baby case

    Jurors are set to begin deliberating in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures.The testimony phase finished Wednesday. The prosecution and defense will give closing statements Thursday, and jurors will begin considering a kidnapping charge against 31-year-old Kristen Smith.


    Coroner: Indiana motorcyclist in crash identified
    Fort Wayne area authorities have identified a speeding motorcyclist who died in a fiery crash with a pickup truck while doing a wheelie.The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that Christopher Burcham of Fort Wayne died Tuesday from blunt force trauma. The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.


    Court filing details carnage of fatal bank robbery
    A man accused of killing two Illinois bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery attempt — stabbing one of them more than 50 times — told officers he “made sure” they would die, investigators say in an unsealed court filing. In an application for a search warrant, made public Tuesday and first reported by St. Louis’ KMOV-TV,...


    Notorious Chicago officers top misconduct list

    Two members of a notorious unit of Chicago Police officers that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers were the subject of dozens of citizen complaints between 2001 and 2006. However, they were never disciplined beyond a single reprimand for one of them.


    Girl Scouts to get new campground in Litchfield

    The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois are getting a new camp ground.The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports real estate moguls Loretta and Joe Scott, Sr. are donating the Honey Bend Campground and Resort in Litchfield, which is located about 130 miles southwest of Champaign. Girl Scouts officials say they will officially become owners of the site Sept. 29 and plan to begin using the property as soon...


    Chicago man gets 20 years for attempted murder

    A Cook County judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 20 years in prison for attempted murder by choking and stabbing a flower shop employee. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 26-year-old Alexander Hampton pleaded guilty to the February 2012 crime and was sentenced Wednesday.


    18-year-old Deerfield man lost in Oregon wilderness

    BEND, Ore. — Authorities are searching for an 18-year-old Deerfield man who was reported missing from a wilderness program in a remote area of Lake County in central Oregon.State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings says Kevin Mulert was last seen Wednesday morning at about 4:30 a.m. He was reported missing from the therapeutic nature camp at about 8 a.m.


    Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal

    Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday. The newspaper component, Journal Media Group, will be headquartered in Milwaukee and operate in 14 markets, according to news releases from the companies.


    Evanston approves partial ban on plastic bags

    Evanston is joining other U.S. cities that have proposed bans on plastic bags because of environmental concerns.The City Council on Monday approved an ordinance barring stores larger than 10,000 square feet from distributing plastic shopping bags at the point of sale. Plastic bags for wrapping produce and meat inside stores will be allowed. Shoppers can bring any type of bag to a store for their...


    Consumer advocates watching Exelon-Integrys deal

    Energy watchdog groups are worried that Exelon’s Corp.’s plan to buy one of its business competitors will be bad for northern Illinois electricity customers.Exelon said Wednesday that it’s buying the retail business of Integrys for $60 million. Integrys Energy Services sells electricity and natural gas to about 1.2 million customers in 22 states and Washington DC.

    A house on property where developers cut down trees was defaced in Rolling Meadows. Jesus Serrato of Construction Technology & Services of Palatine works to erase the bright orange spray paint saying “Rolling Meadows, City of Trees and Save the Trees.”

    Dawn Patrol: Body found in woods; same-sex engagement leads to firing

    Body found in Lake County forest preserve. Inverness church music director fired over same-sex engagment. Tree cutting sparks vandalism in Rolling Meadows. Construction worker hurt by falling concrete near Rosemont. Round Lake gang member sentenced. Aurora molester gets 15 years. Delle Donne could play tonight. Cubs keep dealing as deadline approaches.


    Mt. Prospect parks building new playground near Dara James Road

    The Mount Prospect Park District is moving forward with plans to create a new playground just west of Dara James Road in Des Plaines. The playground will replace an existing one located about two blocks away on land owned by ComEd. The Dara James site is owned by the park district.


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

    Sky prevails in Delle Donne's return to action

    The Chicago Sky got back on the winning track Thursday with an 87-74 win over New York and also got back one of its most important players, as leading scorer Elena Delle Donne returned after missing 17 of the previous 26 games to treat a flare-up of her Lyme disease.

    Lance Briggs, here defending a pass against the Steelers last season, is excited about getting back on the field after missing seven games in 2013.

    Briggs' past animosity towards Bears a distant memory

    Entering his 12th season with the Bears, seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs is looking to bounce back from the disappointment of 2013, when the defense struggled mightily, partly because he missed seven games with a shoulder injury. “This is Year 12. I’ve given my blood, sweat and tears, and my heart to this city playing for this team," Briggs said. "When it’s all said and done, I’ll retire a Bear.”


    Among trade deadline days, MLB is king

    What a week it’s been for baseball, huh?The weekend in Cooperstown, the heartwarming response to the announcement in L.A. that the incomparable Vin Scully would return for another year, and then gets capped off with a great day of deadline deals.Better soak it in though, because football is right around the corner.


    Forte looking for even more production this season

    Bears Pro Bowler Matt Forte wants to reverse the trend of NFL running backs who have seen their production plummet after the age of 29. Forte turns 29 in December, but he's coming off the most productive season of his NFL career, and quarterback Jay Cutler says the workhorse running back looks like a much younger player.


    Mixed results for local teams

    Area teams went in three different directions on the second day of the Illinois State Legion tournament at Recreationan Park in Arlington Heights on Thursday.Barrington Post 158 was a winner and stayed unbeaten in the winner’s bracket of the double elimination tournament.Northwest Post 690 dropped a 1-run decision and moved into the loser’s bracket while Arlington Post 208 lost for the second time in two days and was eliminated.Northwest pitcher Dylan Roskin went 8 strong innings, allowing only 4 hits. But the Schaumburg graduate was let down by his teammates in key moments as Galesburg Post 385 won 4-3.“It was just a dogfight out there until the end,” said Roskin, who will be attending Miami of Ohio and hopes to walk on to the baseball team. “My teammates had me and were making plays. We just had a couple of small mistakes and they made us pay for them.”Roskin had trouble locating the strike zone to start the game, throwing six of his first seven pitches for balls. So co-head coach Kevin Miller trotted out to the mound to talk to the left-hander.“I just told him to breath,” Miller said. “I stood in front of him and had him take a deep breath. I then told him that his game was no different from any other.”Roskin got the message, retiring the next 12 batters. Meanwhile, Northwest (25-8-1) was able to build a 2-0 lead as Patrick O’Malley singled twice, stole two bases and scored once on a RBI single by his brother Adam and the other time on a wild pitch.“I was able to get on base and move around a bit,” Patrick O’Malley said. “I was just trying to scrap ways to score.”Galesburg (35-15), which will meet Barrington in the winner’s bracket game at 3 p.m. today, came back to tie the game in the sixth inning. Drew Claeys had a 2-run single scoring Logan Davis, who reached on an error and Todd Matz, who reached on an infield single.Northwest regained the lead in the seventh when Brandon Cortez doubled to lead off the inning. He moved to third on Adam O’Malley’s ground out to third and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-2.But another error by Northwest in the bottom of the seventh led to Galesburg’s final 2 runs. Todd Matz reached on an error and Drake Sykes was intentionally walked. With two outs, Carson Cheesman tripled to the right field wall, putting Galesburg up for good.Northwest will play Swansea/Fairview Heights Posts 2007/978 at 11 a.m. today. The winner of that game will play the loser of Barrington-Galesburg at 7 p.m.“Dylan pitched hard for us today,” Miller said. “We are just going to have to come back tomorrow and win in the morning and then again later.”Fairview Hts. 6, Arlington 4: Host Arlington was eliminated after losing its second game in less than 16 hours.“We needed more pressure games and I think it showed up in the tournament,” said Arlington coach Lloyd Meyer, whose team finished 35-6 for the year. “We just didn’t hit very well.”Joe Silva and Alex Niecikowski each had 2 hits for Arlington.Barrington 14 Mattoon 3: Barrington took care of business in just seven innings to advance in the winner’s bracket to play Galesburg at 3 p.m. today.Barrington, which has won 13 in a row and 31 of its last 32 games, knocked out 10 hits. Six of them were for extra bases. Mitch Pfeiffer doubled and scored 2 runs, Dan Kubiuk had a triple and scored 3 times, Jared Ludwig, Anthony Lombardi and Quentin Sefick each had a double. Scott Nelson struck out three while picking up the win, and he also had a 3-run triple.Friday’s Games:Northwest Post vs. Swansea/Fairview Heights Post 11 a.m.; Barrington Post 158 vs. Galesburg Post 385, 3 p.m.; Winner Game 1 vs. loser Game 2, 7 p.m.


    Boomers’ win streak hits 8

    The Schaumburg Boomers extended a franchise record winning streak to eight by rallying to a 5-3 road win over the Traverse City Beach Bums on Thursday.

    John Danks tosses a ball after allowing back to back solo home runs to Detroit Tigers’ Torii Hunter and J.D. Martinez in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, July 31, 2014.

    Sox stand pat on trade front

    While multiple major-league teams were making trades in advance of Thursday afternoon's nonwaiver deadline, the White Sox stood pat and settled for beating the Tigers 7-4. The Sox won the three-game series against first-place Detroit.

    Thursday was a day of mixed emotions for James Russell. The Cubs traded the veteran left-handed reliever to the Atlanta Braves along with infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio. In return, the Cubs got catching prospect Victor Caratini.

    Russell leaves Chicago with warm Cubs memories

    James Russell saw a little of everything during his tenure with the Cubs. Russell and infielder Emilio Bonifacio were traded to the Braves Friday, and Russell cited playing for former manager Lou Piniella and with teammates such as Derrek Lee, Kerry Wood and Ryan Dempster as highlights.

    Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Another strong Arrieta outing pitches Cubs past Rockies

    Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta has been down this road a few times this season. He starts off by throwing perfect or no-hit ball and winds up with a victory. It was that way again Thursday in a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. Arrieta didn't give up a hit until two were out in the fifth inning. He lasted 7 innings and gave up 3 hits and 1 run as he improved to 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA. “Going in, I felt a little off,” he said. “In the pen, I realized it. I didn't feel like I had a lot of life on my fastball today, but I was able to come out with a good mix of off-speed pitches for strikes below the zone for swings and mixed in some change-up."


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Aug. 1

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.

    Emilio Bonifacio, who hit .279 and drove in 42 RBI for the Cubs, was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday along with reliever James Russell. The Cubs will get catcher Victor Caratini in return.

    Cubs swap Russell, Bonifacio for catching prospect

    Assumptions always run rampant anytime a team makes a trade or reaches a milestone moment. The Cubs traded off some of their past again Thursday with an eye toward the future. They sent veteran left-handed reliever James Russell, speedy infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and a cash consideration to the Atlanta Braves for catching prospect Victor Caratini.

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (10) and Adam Eaton (1) celebrate their 7-4 win against the Detroit Tigers after a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    White Sox take series, top Tigers 7-4

    Moises Sierra had four hits, and Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton added three apiece to lift the White Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

    The Tampa Bay Rays traded pitcher David Price to the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with the trade, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced yet.

    Rich get richer as Tigers acquire ace Price from Rays

    The Detroit Tigers have added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Tampa Bay's David Price in a blockbuster deal Thursday. The Rays received left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames from the Tigers. Tampa Bay also got infielder Nick Franklin from Seattle, with Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson going to the Mariners.

    The St. Louis Cardinals traded Allen Craig, left, and Joe Kelly for Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither club announced the trade.

    Lackey goes from Red Sox to Cards for Kelly, Craig

    BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday’s deadline.The deal leaves the Red Sox without their top two starters. Both teams announced the move a few hours after the struggling Red Sox said they had sent their No. 1 starter, left-hander Jon Lester, to the Oakland Athletics with outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a 2015 draft pick.The Red Sox also sent cash and minor league left-hander Cory Littrell to St. Louis.Lackey is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in the fourth year of a five-year, $82.5 million deal.Kelly is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts. He has made four starts since being activated from the disabled list on July 11. Craig is batting .237 with seven homers and 44 RBIs.Lackey has had two strong seasons since being sidelined for all of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.He was 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA last year when he pitched his second World Series-clinching game, allowing one run in 6 2-3 innings in a 6-1 win over the Cardinals in Game 6. In 2002, he won Game 7 for the Anaheim Angels over the San Francisco Giants, a 4-1 victory in which he gave up one run in five innings.The Cardinals, in a tight race with the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central, had obtained right-hander Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.Kelly joins a Red Sox rotation with a much different look than the one that began the season.Lester, Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront all are gone. Peavy was traded to the San Francisco Giants last Saturday and Doubront was sent to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Only Clay Buchholz, an inconsistent right-hander, remains from the original group.The 26-year-old Kelly was 5-7 with a 3.53 ERA as a rookie in 2012 and 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA last season.Craig brings more power to a weak-hitting outfield that was bolstered by the acquisition of Cespedes. In the past two seasons, Craig totaled 35 homers and 189 RBIs, hitting .307 in 2012 and .315 in 2013.The 30-year-old Craig has been in a season-long slump after batting a major league-best .454 with runners in scoring position in 2013. He’s gotten days off to help emerge from his slide with little success. He hasn’t been the same since missing the last month of regular season with a left mid-foot strain but came back for the World Series, playing some designated hitter and first base.Kelly and Craig both were hurt running to first, Craig when he landed awkwardly rounding the base and Kelly injuring his hamstring sprinting to beat out a bunt.While the Cardinals make their playoff push, the Red Sox are in last place in the AL East and looking ahead to next season. With the departure of four veteran starters, several of their top prospects should get a long look the rest of the season.

    The Oakland Athletics traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for Jonny Gomes, middle, and Jon Lester.

    A’s get Lester, Gomes from Red Sox for Cespedes

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline.Oakland, with the best record in baseball at 66-41, also received cash from Boston in another blockbuster deal by A’s general manager Billy Beane. The Red Sox also get a draft pick in a deal confirmed by both teams.“I believe that the deliberations leading to the two trades we did today were deeply analyzed, thoughtful and value-added,” A’s owner Lew Wolff said in an email. “The best trades are when all parties have potential benefits, and what Billy accomplished is an example of such a win-win. The calls I have received from other owners were very complimentary.”A few hours later, the Red Sox traded their No. 2 starter, right-hander John Lackey, to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because neither club announced that trade. Lester is having an outstanding season with a 10-7 record and career-best 2.52 ERA in 21 starts. He has allowed seven earned runs in his last eight games with 54 strikeouts and nine walks. But the Red Sox put him on the trading block because he can become a free agent after the season.He was sought by many teams, including Pittsburgh and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 30-year-old, three-time All-Star originally was scheduled to start Wednesday night for the slumping Red Sox, who instead scratched Lester ahead of the trade deadline.After winning their third World Series in 10 seasons last year, with Lester getting two of the four wins with a 0.59 ERA against St. Louis, the power-poor Red Sox are last in the AL East with a 48-60 record. They had Thursday off after losing for the eighth time in nine games to drop 13 games behind first-place Baltimore.While the Red Sox look toward next season, the A’s are determined to take the next step after losing in each of the past two Octobers in five-game division series to Detroit. Oakland was off Thursday before returning home to begin a weekend series with Kansas City on Friday night.It’s unclear what day Lester would start, though it’s likely to be Saturday. Sonny Gray (12-3) is scheduled for Friday. Manager Bob Melvin has discussed the idea of giving some pitchers extra days between outings to keep them fresh in the second half.“Well I am awake,” Gray posted on Twitter when the trade news broke early Thursday. Oakland later sent lefty Tommy Milone to the Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.Beane believes in starting pitching depth, and the A’s sure have it. Lester joins Gray, Scott Kazmir and recently acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, each dealt by the Chicago Cubs on July 4.Gomes, a fan favorite who grew up in nearby Petaluma, provides Oakland with a veteran presence that proved invaluable during the A’s run to the AL West title in 2012. The A’s reached the playoffs for the first time in six years.He also was a respected clubhouse leader in Boston, which signed him as a free agent before last season. Gomes is hitting .234 with six homers and 32 RBIs in 78 games this season.For Boston, this marks another big move of a starting pitcher to the Bay Area after Jake Peavy was traded to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday for two solid pitching prospects.The 28-year-old Cespedes won the past two Home Run Derby titles at the All-Star game. The Cuban left fielder is in the third season of a $36 million, four-year contract he signed before spring training 2012. Cespedes is batting .256 with 17 homers and 67 RBIs, 26 doubles and three triples.


    1,000th win at Arlington for Catalano

    Veteran trainer Wayne Catalano recorded his 1,000th victory at Arlington International Racecourse on Thursday.

    Mike Jackson displays the kind of bluegill frequently available in suburban retention ponds.

    Industrious anglers will find fly rod rewards

    Using a fly rod to pursue bluegills in retention ponds can be a delightful angle on suburban fishing, as Mike Jackson explains in his weekly outdoors column.


    Mike North video: Why couldn’t Tebow be a backup QB for Bears?
    Mike North thinks Tim Tebow would make a better backup quarterback in the league than several of the second string players out there.


    Sisters and co-founders of e-commerce site, Moxie Jean, are Sandra Pinter, at left, and Sharon Schneider. They each live in Mount Prospect and the resale site is based in Arlington Heights.

    MoxieJean.com grows by selling used kids clothing
    Arlington Heights-based Moxie Jean, an online resale shop, helps busy parents but or sell used children's clothing. Business has been so brisk that the company plans to double its staff by the end of the year.

    Kim Mikus

    Business Ledger receives three Inland Press awards

    The Daily Herald Business Ledger received a number of awards in the 2014 Inland Press Association New Business Development contest.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 317 points Thursday, wiping out July’s gains, in the worst single day for the index since February.

    Stocks plunge, wiping out July’s gains

    The stock market on Thursday had its worst one-day drop since February, driven down by a confluence of worries, from weak company earnings to the looming end of stimulus from the Federal Reserve. But it wasn’t just stocks that suffered; oil fell to its lowest level since March, gold dropped and even Treasury notes edged lower.

    Sue Zanayed-Cerulli, owner of Bri'Zan Couture in Naperville, says the store moved to a strip mall on Washington Street just south of Ogden Avenue, even though it “needed a facelift” because the business needed more space.

    Downtown Naperville dress shop moves to strip mall with 'facelift'

    A designer dress shop has moved from downtown Naperville to a location that would have seemed unlikely a few months ago, a vacant strip mall on Washington Street just south of Ogden Avenue that needed some work. "Yes, it needed a facelift, but as you can see with the new facelift it's brought life to the whole building,” said Sue Zanayed-Cerulli, owner of Bri'Zan Couture.

    Women wearing masks during a polluted day walk outside a KFC restaurant in Beijing, China, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Already China’s biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC the Louisville, Kentucky-based chain is reeling after a Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired beef and chicken to it, McDonald’s and possibly other restaurant chains. Just 18 months earlier, KFC’s sales plunged in China after a supplier violated rules on drug use in chickens.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

    Already China’s biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day. That dramatic growth comes with a big catch: KFC’s quality control is struggling to keep up.

    Vernon Hills-based CDW Corp. said strong business in its education and health care segments drove its second quarter 2014 net sales up by almost 12 percent.

    CDW sales rise 12 percent in second quarter

    Vernon Hills-based technology services provider CDW Corp. said net sales for the second quarter of 2014 rose almost 12 percent on strong sales in its education and health care segments.

    Neverland Ranch, the Los Olivos, California, property where the late entertainer Michael Jackson lived, may soon get a new owner. Thomas Barrack Jr.’s Colony Capital LLC is readying the estate for a sale as high-end home values return to peak levels in the area.

    Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch being readied for sale

    For sale: California estate once home to the King of Pop, named for the island of the Lost Boys. Spacious Tudor-style mansion ideal for entertaining. Chimpanzee not included. Neverland Ranch, the Los Olivos, California, property where the late entertainer Michael Jackson lived, may soon get a new owner. Thomas Barrack Jr.’s Colony Capital LLC is readying the estate for a sale as high-end home values return to peak levels in the area.


    EU blacklists Russia tycoons as U.S. mulls anti-Putin moves

    The U.S. is considering further punitive measures on Russian business after Europe blacklisted tycoons close to the Kremlin to pressure President Vladimir Putin to halt backing for separatists in east Ukraine.

    Petroleos de Venezuela SA is seeking a buyer for Citgo Petroleum Corp., its U.S. refining company.

    Venezuela is seeking buyer for Citgo Petroleum

    Petroleos de Venezuela SA is seeking a buyer for Citgo Petroleum Corp., its U.S. refining company. PDVSA, the state-owned oil company, “is currently seeking to monetize its ownership interest in us,” Citgo said in a bond prospectus document. “There can be no assurance as to whether a transaction will occur or as to the nature or timing of any potential transaction.”

    Wall Street banks face heightened scrutiny from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission over their latest tactic to escape U.S. trading rules for overseas derivatives. The regulator sent letters yesterday to JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., and Morgan Stanley seeking further information about the practice of removing parent-company guarantees from overseas trades.

    Wall Street faces new scrutiny of tactic to evade swaps rule

    Wall Street banks face heightened scrutiny from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission over their latest tactic to escape U.S. trading rules for overseas derivatives. The regulator sent letters yesterday to JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., and Morgan Stanley seeking further information about the practice of removing parent-company guarantees from overseas trades.


    Target chooses former PepsiCo executive Cornell as next CEO

    Target Corp., struggling to fix a botched expansion in Canada and undo the lingering damage of a holiday hacker attack, hired former PepsiCo Inc. executive Brian Cornell as chief executive officer. Cornell, 55, also will become chairman, the Minneapolis- based company said today in a statement. The executive most recently led PepsiCo’s Americas Foods unit and previously had been CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Sam’s Club and craft-goods seller Michaels Stores Inc.

    Chicago-based Boeing said final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of this “Dreamliner” aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.

    Boeing will handle final assembly of 787-10 in SC

    Chicago-based Boeing said final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its “Dreamliner” aircraft, will take place in South Carolina. The company says the work will be done in North Charleston, South Carolina, because the plane is too large to efficiently transport it from North Charleston to a facility in Washington state.


    U.S. Index futures slide as Whole foods, Kraft fall on earnings

    U.S. stock-index futures declined, signaling the Standard & Poor’s Index will trim its monthly gain, amid earnings at companies from Whole Foods Market Inc. to Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc., while Argentina missed a debt payment.

    T-Mobile US Inc. added more customers than analysts estimated and raised its forecast for subscriber growth as the carrier continues to challenge rivals with cheaper plans and promotions.

    T-mobile adds more subscribers than estimated as forecast raised
    to challenge rivals with cheaper plans and promotions.The company added 908,000 monthly branded customers, which exceeded the 717,000 estimated in a Bloomberg survey of eight analysts. The company now projects it will add as many as 3.5 million postpaid subscribers this year, according to a statement today.

    Glen Ellyn’s new women’s clothing and jewelry store, e & e aubé Designs, is located at 477 Forest Ave.

    New Glen Ellyn store showcases handmade jewelry

    Shoppers have a new option for jewelry and trendy clothes with the opening of e & e aubé Designs in downtown Glen Ellyn. The store at 477 Forest Ave. is a few steps from the downtown Metra station and opened Wednesday.


    Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix

    Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency.Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan says the passenger was a woman in her 50s. Santillan says the woman lost consciousness while the plane was in the air. He says she had no pulse and was pronounced dead by responders after the plane arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

Life & Entertainment

    The new Templeton Reserve community of 20 homes near Spring Road will be part of the Fullersburg Woods area of Oak Brook.

    New Templeton Reserve subdivision planned in Fullersburg Woods

    Fullersburg Woods offers gracious living in beautiful older homes and exquisite estate homes to be built in Templeton Reserve, a new subdivision primarily in Oak Brook where lots range from $2.3 to $3.9 million.

    Dwayne Johnson stars as “Hercules” with perfect white teeth, something presumably only demigods had in ancient times.

    Reel life: Did 'Hercules' surpass studio's expectations?

    Did the studio screw up by burying the "Hercules" screenings until it was too late for positive reviews? Dann offers up his assessment. He also reveals the five hackneyed lines of dialogue he would like to never hear for the next five years.

    Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup artist who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Linda Blair in “The Exorcist” died of natural causes Wednesday in California. He was 92.

    ’Godfather of Makeup’ Dick Smith dead at 92
    Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning “Godfather of Makeup” who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” and Linda Blair in “The Exorcist” among many others, has died. He was 92.

    Alicia Keys announced Thursday that she is pregnant with her second child. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thursday, which also marked her fourth wedding anniversary to producer-rapper Swizz Beatz.

    Alicia Keys pregnant with 2nd child

    Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant.

    NBC announced Wednesday that Allison Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC’s new staging of “Peter Pan Live!” The live telecast of this musical classic will air Dec. 4.

    Allison Williams headed skyward as NBC’s Peter Pan

    NBC has picked its Peter Pan: “Girls” star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC’s new staging of “Peter Pan Live!” The live telecast of this classic musical will air Dec. 4.

    Kunal Nayyar, left, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Simon Helberg star in “The Big Bang Theory.” Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors.

    Contract dispute delays ‘Big Bang’ production

    Production on a new season of “The Big Bang Theory” is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors. The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television’s most popular comedy, said that Wednesday’s scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There’s no word on when “The Big Bang Theory” team will be back at work.

    College students should participate in the selection of new furnishings for their dorm room.

    Back to school brings dorm-room dilemmas

    Millions of households in America are sending a child off to college next month. The student leaving home for the first time can experience anxiety mixed with excitement. Most dorm rooms are empty shells that are purposely designed to adapt to any color scheme. At the very least, students are encouraged to participate in the selection of new furnishings. Resist the impulse to decorate your child's room.

    Patti Muller of New Orleans, right, is making a stained-glass quilt in remembrance of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut. Here, she works with Eric and Markay Suevel at their Arlington Heights glass studio.

    Arlington Hts. glass studio helps woman finish Sandy Hook tribute

    When 26 children and adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, Patti Muller, who lives in New Orleans, was inspired to teach herself a new form of artwork to create a stained glass “quilt” remembering the victims. Now, she is in Arlington Heights finishing her artwork at a local stained glass studio and hoping it will motivate others to make a change. “This was a horrific tragedy, but I tried to create something beautiful out of it,” Mueller said.

    Stone Brewing Co. CEO and co-founder Greg Koch, center, toasts the crowd on July 19 after announcing that the Escondido, Calif., brewery plans to build a brewery and bistro in Berlin.

    Brewers feed growing thirst for American craft beers overseas

    Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States’ largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs. It’s the latest phenomenon in the flourishing craft beer industry, which got its start emulating the European brews that defined many of the beer styles we drink today.

    Lester (Scott Haze) lives a depraved life in “Child of God.”

    'Child of God' a horrifying look at darkness

    As Lester, an angry, violent homeless man who may be borderline developmentally disabled, mad, or both, Scott Haze is both riveting and revolting in "Child of God." Adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel by the filmmaker and actor James Franco, "Child of God" is a deeply disturbing film centered on a murderous, animal-like necrophiliac. Yet Franco keeps viewers' attention, mainly by harnessing the power of Haze.

    Bonnie Green, of Des Moines, Iowa, walks her brother’s dog Sammie across a bridge in Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa. A metropolis that’s experienced a popularity surge in recent years thanks to new businesses and housing opportunities, Des Moines has plenty of activities that will be kind to your wallet.

    5 free things to do in Iowa capital of Des Moines

    Nestled in the middle of Iowa, surrounded by miles of rolling hills green with corn and soybeans, is the capital city of Des Moines. A metropolis that’s experienced a popularity surge in recent years thanks to new businesses and housing opportunities, Des Moines has plenty of activities that will be kind to your wallet.

    Chadwick Boseman stars as the electrifying James Brown in “Get On Up.”

    'Get On Up' captures James Brown's charisma — and moves

    Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic "Get On Up" features "42" star Chadwick Boseman, in a thrillingly magnetic performance, as the singer with the growling vocals and the thrilling dance moves. If Boseman was impressive as the dignified Jackie Robinson in that movie, he's electrifying as Brown.



    Editorial: The real goal of the millionaire tax referendum

    An advisory referendum asking whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed at a higher rate might sound like a straightforward way to gauge the will of the voters. But a Daily Herald editorial points out there’s a lot more to it than that.


    Darth and taxes: Assumptions can be misleading

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes, assumptions are so embedded in our consciousness that not only do we take for granted their universal acceptance but we forget there could even be an alternative view.


    The GOP as the party of reform

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Democratic cast of mind — in the midst of multiple failures — manages to be complacent, culturally polarizing and bereft of policy innovation. For all its disadvantages, the GOP is suddenly the party of reform — and our politics are richer for it.


    Show you disagree; don’t shop at Hobby Lobby
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: I respect the right of Hobby Lobby ownership to disagree with, and not personally use, any form of contraception they feel goes against their religion. I do have deep reservations against them imposing their views upon employees, however.


    Obama’s words ring hollow 7 years later
    A Wauconda letter to the editor: An excerpt from President Obama’s June 3, 2008, speech to accept the Democratic nomination for president: ” ... this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal;


    Tragedy reminds us to cherish our loved ones
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Life can change in a heartbeat. This week, my young neighbor, Ryan Flannigan, died as the result of a senseless tragedy. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but it is especially difficult to process when the loss could have been avoided.


    Show compassion for parents of baby, too
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Today, the charity organization Rest in His Arms will hold a funeral at St. Anne Catholic Church in Barrington for a 7-month-old baby who died from starvation. Whether you can attend or not, say a prayer — for the soul of the baby, and for the parents.


    President has shown his lack of experience
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: In a letter to the editor in December 2009, I wrote that I feared we had elected a president that lacked the experience to deal with both domestic and foreign polices.


    Elgin’s 311 system an initial success
    An Elgin letter to the editor: A few days ago, we noticed our streetlight wasn’t on. In the past, we would call and report it along with pole type (metal or wooden) and number.


    Why not ban alcohol, tobacco, too?
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: The St. Charles City Council has refused to allow consideration for video poker approval for charitable causes because of the objections of two disgruntled aldermen who oppose even discussing it.


    Is a memorial appropriate here?
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: Naperville Park District suggests a plaque at the quarry following the death of two people. While I have sympathy for those who lost loved ones, the article goes on to tell about the fact that these people were intelligent and had potential. But a memorial?


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