Daily Archive : Sunday August 3, 2014


    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner speaks at a June news conference in Chicago. Rauner funneled part of his wealth to a Caribbean territory long considered a tax haven, according to a report. None of the holdings involved expenditures of Rauner's personal funds, spokesman Mike Schrimpf said.

    Report: Rauner funneled money into Caribbean tax haven

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner funneled part of his wealth to a Caribbean territory long considered a tax haven, a business practice the venture capitalist defended on Sunday, stressing there was no impact on his personal tax rate. Rauner spoke with reporters the same day a published report detailed how three of five of Rauner's Cayman Island holdings are tied to GTCR, a...

    Smoke billows from Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border Saturday in eastern Lebanon. Rebels fighting in Syria’s civil war crossed into Lebanon and raided a border town Saturday, killing and capturing security force members in the most serious incursion into the tiny country during its neighbor’s 3-year-old conflict.

    Syrian rebels kill 10, capture others in Lebanon

    Syrian rebels killed 10 Lebanese troops and likely captured over a dozen more in a raid on a Lebanese border town, the country’s military chief said, the most serious spillover of violence yet into the tiny country from its neighbor’s civil war.The capture of Lebanese soldiers and police raised fears that the country could become further entangled in the Syrian civil war and could...

    In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown.

    American nurse with Ebola to leave Liberia Tuesday

    A second American medical missionary stricken with the often deadly Ebola virus is expected to be flown Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit. Top American public health officials continue to emphasize that treating Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly in the U.S. poses no risks to the...

    Dancers perform the “Welcoming Dance” during the 10th anniversary celebration of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett on Sunday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Members from around the country filled the arena to celebrate the “Shanti” (peace) event.

    Dance, music, food highlight 10th anniversary celebration of Bartlett mandir

    Hindus from across the region celebrated the 10th anniversary of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett on Sunday. The temple has been a "second home" for suburban Hindu families with its beautiful architecture and spirituality.


    One dead in shooting outside nightclub

    Chicago authorities say one man is dead and another wounded after a shooting outside a nightclub on the Near North Side. Police say officers on patrol heard gunshots around 4 a.m. Sunday.


    Quinn signs water-related laws in Chicago

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation aimed at protecting water supplies. One of the three bills Quinn signed Sunday creates the Urban Flooding Awareness Act. The new law forms a working group to evaluate research urban flooding policies.

    Democratic comptroller candidate Sheila Simon, currently Illinois’ lieutenant governor, thinks the comptroller’s office and the treasurer’s office simply need to communicate better.

    Illinois comptroller rivals differ on merger idea

    The two candidates seeking the job of writing checks in a state notoriously behind in paying bills differ on a big issue hovering over the state comptroller’s office — whether to eliminate it by merging it with the treasurer’s office. Republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka said it’s a no-brainer, since combining offices saves money, but her Democratic challenger, Lt.


    Driver struck by Metra train in Round Lake Park expected to recover, while police await toxicology results

    Round Lake Park police said a driver who was critically injured after he drove around crossing gates and in front of a Metra commuter train early Saturday is now in stable condition after surgery and is expected to recover.

    Raghuvinder Singh, left, and Jaspreet Singh, right, pose with their mother, Kulwant Kaur, and a photograph of their father, Punjab Singh at Jaspreet Singh’s home Friday in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Punjab Singh was severely wounded in a mass shooting at his Sikh temple in 2012, and his family says his lifelong teachings of optimism and hope have sustained them through his long, slow recovery.

    Sikh temple shooting victim’s lessons sustain family

    Punjab Singh spent a lifetime preaching the Sikh principles of optimism and hope — the very principles that his family now rely upon to sustain them during his slow recovery from being shot in the head two years by a white supremacist. Singh, 66, can neither move nor speak. Doctors say his injuries were so severe that he may never recover further. But his family refuses to give up hope,...

    A Ukrainian government army soldier rests on his tank Friday at a block-post in the village of Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine. Fighting raged Sunday on the outskirts of Donetsk as the Ukranian Army tried to seize control of the rebel stronghold.

    Ukraine’s army on outskirts of rebel stronghold

    Fighting raged Sunday on the western outskirts of Donetsk as the advancing Ukrainian army tried to seize control of the rebel stronghold. In danger of being encircled, the separatists renewed their calls for Russia to send troops to their aid. To support their operations, the pro-Russian fighters have been confiscating vehicles and food from residents and businesses in Donetsk. The center of the...

    Evacuees from Libya carry their baggage upon arrival Saturday at a port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. Greek navy frigate Salamis carrying embassy staff and nearly 200 people from Greece, China and other countries evacuated from the conflict in Libya returned early Saturday to the port. The Greek Defense Ministry the ship transported 77 people from Greece, 78 from China, 10 from Britain, seven from Belgium, one each from Russia and Albania.

    22 killed in day of clashes over Libyan airport

    A day of militia fighting over control of the international airport in Libya’s capital killed 22 people, the country’s interim government said Sunday, part of the worsening chaos gripping the country. Libya is seeing its worst violence since the 2011 civil war that toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi, as militias made up of the rebels who overthrew him largely run wild in the country,...

    This satellite image provided by NOAA shows the algae bloom on Lake Erie in 2011, which according to NOAA was the worst in decades. The algae growth is fed by phosphorus mainly from farm fertilizer runoff and sewage treatment plants, leaving behind toxins that have contributed to oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can’t survive. The toxins can kill animals and sicken humans. Ohio’s fourth-largest city, Toledo, told residents late Saturday not to drink from its water supply that was fouled by toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie.

    Ohio’s 4th largest city has no drinking water

    Long lines formed at water distribution centers and store shelves were quickly emptied of bottled water after Ohio’s fourth-largest city told residents not to drink from its water supply that was fouled by toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie. The warning effectively cut off the water supply to 400,000 people in Toledo, most of its suburbs and a few areas in southeastern Michigan.

    In this July 24 file photo, an officer walks near the scene of a shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. The deadly shooting at the suburban Philadelphia hospital is serving as yet another illustration of the hazards mental health professionals face on the job, and, experts say, the need for hospitals to do more to protect them.

    Hospital killing shows safety gap in mental health

    Nurses, social workers, aides and other mental health providers are at far greater risk of assault than workers as a whole, an occupational hazard at the best of times and one that’s been made worse by a persistent lack of funding for mental health services, the loss of thousands of inpatient psychiatric beds and the increasing use of hospitals to temporarily house criminals with mental...

    This June 30 file photo shows the Supreme Court building in Washington. No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used to kill him. Nor did any of the justices try to stop the deaths of inmates in Florida and Missouri by lethal injection. Even as the number of executions annually has dropped by more than half over the past 15 years and the court has barred states from killing juveniles and the mentally disabled, no justice has emerged as a principled opponent of the death penalty.

    Justices silent over execution drug secrecy

    No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used to kill him. Even as the number of executions annually has dropped by more than half over the past 15 years and the court has barred states from killing juveniles and the mentally disabled, no...


    School zone enforcement

    Mundelein Police will conduct increased traffic enforcement in school zones from Aug. 12 through Sept. 5, officials said in a news release.


    Kids 1st Health Fair returns

    Kids 1st Health Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Miguel Juarez Middle School, 207 N. Butrick St., Waukegan.

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

    Israel withdraws most troops from Gaza

    Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1,800 Palestinians and 60 Israelis dead. Even as Israel said it was close to completing its mission, heavy fighting raged in parts of Gaza, with at least 10 people killed in what U.N. and Palestinian officials said was an...


    Convicted murderer faces stalking charge in Kane County

    Kane County prosecutors turn up the heat on a murder parolee accused of stalking a stripper.


    CLC hires athletic director

    The College of Lake County has hired Nic Scandrett of Story City, Iowa, as its new athletic director, officials said in a news release.

    Hoopla Digital, a new streaming service for libraries, allows cardholders to stream or download movies, music and audiobooks for free.

    Suburban libraries now offering Netflix-style streaming service

    Think of it as the library version of Netflix: More and more suburban public libraries are providing a service called Hoopla Digital, which allows library patrons to stream or download movies and television shows for free using their library cards. Librarians say getting into the streaming game is just the latest example of how libraries must stay current with emergent technologies.


    Chicago’s examination of red-light cameras grows

    The investigation is widening into whether Chicago’s red-light camera system resulted in traffic tickets to motorists who didn’t deserve them, with an official saying the city is nearly doubling the number of questionable tickets it is examining. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Mayor Rahm Emanuel spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said the number of tickets under review for possible...

    In this photo taken by cellphone and released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, men at rubbles of buildings look for survivors after an earthquake Sunday in Ludian County of Zhaotong City in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. A strong earthquake rattled southwest China on Sunday, knocking out communication and power lines and causing people to rush out of buildings, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

    Strong quake kills 381 in southern China

    A strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 381 people and injuring more than 1,800. About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a densely populated county located around 277 miles northeast of Yunnan’s capital, Kunming, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. at a...


    Fire displaces Elgin apartment residents

    Residents of an apartment building unit were displaced Saturday evening after a fire caused by an overloaded electrical outlet in the building in the 1100 block of Birch Drive in Elgin.


    Man charged in 3-year-old’s shooting death

    A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl who was sitting on a front porch when an argument broke out, police said Saturday.


    Virginia teen gets probation in sexting case

    A Virginia teenager has been given a year on probation in a sexting case that once included a search warrant for a picture of his genitals.

    A 20-person handcrew from JC Orozco Reforestation conducts a burn out operation on the western flank of the Oregon Gulch Fire burning south of Highway 66 in the area of the Soda Mountain Wilderness in Oregon. Officials said the fire was started by lightning on Thursday.

    California governor declares emergency amid fires

    A fast-growing wildfire along the Oregon-California border spurred evacuation notices even as California’s governor declared a state of emergency to help fight blazes raging in the state. Gov. Jerry Brown’s order Saturday night came as fires in other West Coast states burned through parched forests, brush and terrain, destroying some homes, threatening many others and forcing...


    Police: Man, 2 girls die in Arizona crash

    Authorities say a man and two children are dead following a single-vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix. Scottsdale police officer David Pubins says a pickup truck carrying the three along with the children’s father went out of control and rolled about 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Gwen Carr, left, mother of Eric Garner, speaks Saturday as Rev. Al Sharpton looks on during a rally in New York. The rally was held to address the medical examiner’s report that came Friday saying Garner’s death was caused by a chokehold, a banned police maneuver.

    Mom thanked Jesus after chokehold homicide ruling

    After her son was placed in a police chokehold and died saying, “I can’t breathe,” Gwen Carr would wake up screaming, “Let him go! Give him air!” she said Saturday. When she heard his death had been ruled a homicide, she said, her first words were, “Thank you, Jesus!”

    An ambulance arrives Saturday with Ebola victim Dr. Kent Brantly, right, to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Brantly, infected with the Ebola virus in Africa, arrived in Atlanta for treatment Saturday, landing in a specially equipped plane at a military base, then being whisked away to one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country, officials say.

    Atlanta hospital deemed 1 of safest for Ebola care

    The Ebola virus has killed more than 700 people in Africa and could have catastrophic consequences if allowed to spread, world health officials say. So why would anyone allow infected Americans to come to Atlanta? The answer, experts say, is because Emory University Hospital is one of the safest places in the world to treat someone with Ebola. There’s virtually no chance the virus can...

    Pepper, a 4-year-old black Labrador, is at the center of a bitter divorce, which attorneys say is not unusual when marriages dissolve. In the eyes of the law, pets are considered property, not family.

    Palatine business mediates who gets dog in divorces

    The letter of the law still says pets, like lamps and tables, are property to be owned, not sentient beings with rights. But experts in animal law say attitudes are changing.

    Naperville city council members are planning to discuss possible restrictions to downtown bars to keep the night life scene safe.

    Downtowns search for balance between rousing, rowdy

    During the day, a vibrant downtown is a blessing, an economic boon, a destination — something that puts a suburb on the map. But at night, even the most pleasant of downtowns can take a turn toward the chaotic because of its bar scene. “The challenge is to strike a balance between a vibrant downtown and a rowdy downtown,” says Naperville City Council member Joseph McElroy, who...

    Audrey Nilsen, a member of the Mount Prospect-based Green White soccer club, gets ready to kick the ball during a recent game. The club, which features teams for girls, boys and men, dates back to the mid-1950s.

    Popular Mt. Prospect soccer club still alive, kicking

    It began as a small German soccer club in Chicago. Today, it's a large and sophisticated soccer program, based in Mount Prospect, that has produced a number of elite players, including some who made the professional ranks. As it approaches its 60th birthday, the Green White Soccer Club is kicking as hard as ever.

    Cpl. Bill Wynne, a World War II Air Force veteran, tells stories Saturday about his wartime companion, a Yorkshire terrier named Smoky, who since has been recognized as “the unofficial war dog of World War II.” Wynne spoke and signed copies of his memoir “Yorkie Doodle Dandy” during Dog Days at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Veteran tells of ‘incredible’ World War II dog in Wheaton

    The owner of "the unofficial war dog of World War II" and the first recognized therapy dog told war stories of Yorkshire terrier Smoky's heroics Saturday during the Dog Days event at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. “She was found in a foxhole in New Guinea by a buddy of mine who didn’t like dogs,” Cpl Bill Wynne said about the beginning of his 14 years with Smoky.

    Round Lake High School Principal Donn Mendoza discusses the addition of trailers that’ll house six classrooms for 2014-15. The new trailers will bring to 12 the number of mobile classrooms.

    As mobiles increase, referendum planned for Round Lake High

    More students than ever will attend class in trailers outside Round Lake High School starting in the 2014-15 academic season, officials said. The school's portable classroom total will double to 12 when an estimated 2,000 students return Tuesday, Aug. 19. “With the addition of the mobiles, we will essentially have a third of the student population at Round Lake High School receiving their...



    Resurgent Sky thinking playoffs

    Delle Donne-led Sky is "thinking playoffs" after second straight win, a 76-65 victory over the Washington Mystics.


    White Sox bullpen hits new low in loss to Twins

    The White Sox' bullpen has struggled for much of the season, and the unit hit rock bottom Sunday. In a 16-3 loss to the Twins, Sox relief pitchers matched a franchise record by allowing 15 runs.

    White Sox center fielder and leadoff man Adam Eaton scores a run against the Twins.

    Eaton a bright spot at top of White Sox order

    It's been another trying season for the White Sox, but there are a couple of bright spots. One is Adam Eaton, who has plugged a longtime hole at the top of the Sox' lineup.

    Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker says his players will “prove it on the field” that this is a new unit eager to enter a new season.

    New Bears defense eager to turn the page

    Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and his players are looking forward to an improved defense in 2014, and not dwelling on the memory of last year's disappointing and injury-ravaged defense, which was one of the worst in franchise history.


    Cougars complete sweep of Quad Cities

    The Cougars used 17 hits to finish off a three-game sweep over the visiting Quad Cities River Bandits and give Daury Torrez his 10th win. Offense was present all three games for the Cougars (22-17, 70-42) as they connected for double-digit hits for the entire three-game set and finished with a 9-5 victory Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.


    Boomers fall 11-3 at Joliet

    The Schaumburg Boomers dropped an 11-3 contest to the Slammers on Sunday in Joliet.

    Chicago Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz, right, beats the throw to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Drew Butera, left, from center field, to score with Cubs’ Chris Valaika on a single by the Cubs’ Starlin Castro in the eighth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Los Angeles.

    Coghlan’s HR leads Cubs over Dodgers

    LOS ANGELES — Edwin Jackson pitched six innings for his first victory in six weeks and Chris Coghlan hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, leading the Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.Jackson (6-11) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked none. The right-hander was 0-4 with a 7.39 ERA in his previous seven starts since beating Pittsburgh 6-3 on June 20 at Wrigley Field.The Dodgers dropped two of three to the team with the third-worst record in the majors. Los Angeles’ NL West lead was trimmed to 2 1/2 games over San Francisco, which won 9-0 at the New York Mets.Matt Kemp trimmed Chicago’s lead to 3-2 in the sixth with his fifth homer in six games and No. 13 on the year. But Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo helped preserve the lead in the seventh, making a leaping grab of Carl Crawford’s line drive and turning it into an inning-ending double play by trapping Drew Butera off second.The Dodgers got a run in the eighth off Pedro Strop, but Luis Valbuena responded in the ninth against Chris Perez with his 10th homer.Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett (6-6) gave up three runs and six hits in four-plus innings in his fifth straight start when he failed to get past the fifth. The three-time All-Star is 3-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 starts since his no-hitter on May 25 at Philadelphia.Beckett, facing the Cubs for the first time since Aug. 28, 2005, struck out Ryan Sweeney with the bases loaded in the third. But he surrendered a leadoff double by Jackson in the fifth, and Coghlan followed with his sixth homer.The Cubs made it 6-2 in the eighth with John Baker’s RBI groundout and a two-run single by pinch-hitter Starlin Castro, who was rested after starting each of the team’s first 109 games.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Newly acquired left-hander Felix Doubront had a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium while continuing his rehab from a left calf strain.Dodgers: Catcher A.J. Ellis missed his second straight game because of a sore right knee, which was struck by a foul tip off Rizzo’s bat in the sixth inning of Friday’s series opener. ... Butera was struck in the groin by a foul tip off the bet of Nate Schierholtz on the fourth inning and was given as much time as he needed to collect himself before going back behind the plate.ON DECKCubs: Left-hander Travis Wood (7-9, 5.10 ERA) matches up against Colorado lefty Brett Anderson (1-3 3.12 ERA) Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field.Dodgers: Their next four games are against the Angels, with right-hander Zack Greinke (12-6, 2.65 ERA) opposing Garrett Richards (11-4, 2.74 ERA) on Monday night at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers have won only one season series from the Angels in the previous 14 years, going 4-2 in 2006.

    Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Ronald Belisario reacts during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.

    Sox surrender 16 runs to Twins in loss

    Rookie Danny Santana had five hits and four RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins scored nine runs in the eighth inning of a rain-delayed 16-3 victory over the White Sox on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.Santana had two hits and two RBIs in the Twins’ big inning, when they sent 14 batters to the plate and had nine hits against three relievers. The five hits set a season high for the rookie center fielder, who was one off his best for RBIs set June 7 against Houston.Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for the Sox, who were hurt by poor bullpen work. Relievers Javy Guerra (1-3), Taylor Thompson, Ronald Belisario, Eric Surkamp and Andre Rienzo allowed a total of 15 runs and 18 hits over the final four innings.Kyle Gibson (10-8) was the beneficiary of Minnesota’s big day at the plate. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings while improving to 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in his last four starts.Chicago starter Jose Quintana struggled through three errors and two rain delays (for a total of 45 minutes) in the first two innings. He managed to get through five innings on 116 pitches, leaving with a 3-1 lead thanks to a three-run fourth for the White Sox.Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double and scored on Viciedo’s 13th homer.Minnesota responded three runs in the sixth. Eduardo Nunez had a run-scoring single before Santana’s two-run double gave Minnesota a 4-3 lead.

    Tiger Woods hits from the lip of a fairway trap on the second hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Woods withdrew from the tournament after eight holes due to back pain.

    Back pain knocks Woods out of Bridgestone

    Tiger Woods suffered more back pain Sunday and withdrew after eight holes at the Bridgestone Invitational, struggling to even take off his golf shoes before being driven away to an uncertain future. In his third tournament since returning from back surgery, Woods injured himself playing a shot from the lip of a bunker on the par-5 second hole.

    This undated photo provided by Microsoft shows Surface tablets that will be allowed for the first time on the sideline of NFL football games starting with Sunday’s Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, though they won’t exactly be running the most cutting-edge apps.

    NFL sideline tech inches forward, still no video

    NFL teams use an automated camera that delivers images to a printer on the sideline, creating that familiar sight of a quarterback staring at a sheet of paper to figure out what went wrong on an interception. Tablets will be allowed for the first time starting with the Hall of Fame game, though they won’t exactly be running the most cutting-edge apps. The devices will replicate the old system of transmitting still photos to the field — but faster, clearer and in color. No surfing the Web. No selfies or tweets. And more important from a football standpoint: no watching replays of the last snap.

    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose has looked like the Derrick Rose of old during his workouts with Team USA.

    Pick Bulls’ Rose for MVP? Not here

    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose appears healthy and has every bit the motivation he had a year ago, once again looking to make everyone pay who has burned and buried him.


    In this July 8 photo, William Kistler, right, goes over a clients' information with support specialist Ronald Smith at Kistler's office in Denver. Sixty-three-year-old Kistler views retirement like someone tied to the tracks watching a train coming: It's looming, it's threatening and there's little he can do.”There is not enough to retire with,” said Kistler, a Golden, Colorado, resident who said he is unable to build up a nest egg for his wife with his modest salary helping seniors navigate benefits. “It's completely frightening to tell you the truth. And I, like a lot of people, try not to think about it too much, which is actually a problem.”

    Not so golden: Wealth gap lasting into retirement

    With traditional pensions becoming rarer in the private sector, and lower-paid workers less likely to have access to an employer-provided retirement plan, there is a growing gulf in the retirement savings of the wealthy and people with lower incomes. That, experts say, could exacerbate an already widening wealth gap across America, as more than 70 million baby boomers head into retirement — many of them with skimpy reserves. Because retirement savings are ever more closely tied to income, the widening gulf between the rich and those with less promises to continue — and perhaps worsen — after workers reach retirement age.

    George Limperis, a realtor with Paragon Real Estate Group, walks in the backyard of a property in the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. In the souped-up world of San Francisco real estate, where the median selling price for homes and condominiums hit seven figures for the first time last month, the cool million that would fetch a mansion on a few acres elsewhere will now barely cover the cost of an 800-square foot starter home that needs work and may or may not include private parking.

    In San Francisco real estate, $1M won’t buy much

    San Francisco Association of Realtors President Betty Taisch has two words of advice for those who want to live here and think $1 million will buy them their dream house: Think again. It will barely cover the cost of an 800-square foot starter home that needs work.

    Liliana Aranda, owner of Faces by Liliana, prepares to apply molecular rice mask to Dr. Austin Davis at his chiropractic office in San Francisco. Aranda’s four-year-old company gives facials, massages and other spa treatments in homes or offices in the San Francisco area.

    Small businesses see revenue gains, hire workers

    The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway. Owners who resisted hiring after the recession are taking on workers to keep up with rising demand for products and services. Companies began stepping up their hiring pace in the spring.

    People use ATMs at a branch of Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo in Lisbon. The Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe’s last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, and a police investigation.

    Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

    Portugal’s Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe’s last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, record losses at the family bank and a police investigation.

    Tom Matsuda, interim executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector, the state’s health insurance exchange, speaks at board meeting in Honolulu. The state’s Prepaid Health Care Act _ the only law of its kind in the country — risks being undercut by the federal health care overhaul unless lawmakers come up with a solution to a financial problem threatening the system.

    Hawaii health care faces federal threat

    Janice Nakamura knows the financial burden of going without health care, and she’s thankful for the Hawaii law that strictly mandates expansive, employer-provided coverage for her and her family. The Nakamuras are among the 763,000 Hawaii residents — more than half the state’s population — who rely on a unique, longstanding system that has been jeopardized by the federal health care overhaul.

    A specialist woks at the post that handles Trulia on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Zillow topping Realogy shows Web surge in housing

    Zillow’s purchase of Trulia makes the online company such a force in U.S. real estate that its market value now surpasses that of Realogy, owner of renowned brokerage brands from Coldwell Banker to Century 21.

    The number of borrowers awaiting approval for the Home Affordable Modification Program nearly doubled in the six months that ended May 31

    Approvals for mortgage relief take too long, watchdog says

    Troubled homeowners are facing unacceptable delays when they turn to the Obama administration’s flagship foreclosure prevention program for help, the watchdog agency that oversees the initiative reported. The analysis found that the number of borrowers awaiting approval for the Home Affordable Modification Program nearly doubled.

    Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino towers over Vera Coking’s three story rooming house in Atlantic City, N.J.

    Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on

    She once called Donald Trump “a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb.” This week, he remembered her as “an impossible person.” 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 91 and, at last, ready to sell. But it remains to be seen if anybody still wants to buy.


    Career Coach: Too busy to shape your own future?

    In our hyper-dynamic and complex world, it is easy to confuse means with ends, activity with progress, efficiency with effectiveness, and busyness with importance. We are living and working on a high-speed roller coaster, hanging on, experiencing the thrill of the ride, yet becoming oblivious to our surroundings and our sense of direction.


    Work advice: Is my boss breaking the law?

    Welcome to the Work Advice lightning round, answering one question: Is what my employer is doing legal? A yes answer means the described situation is generally legal. The reader can protest or refuse to participate, but not on legal grounds. A no answer means the situation seems to violate at least one labor law.

    Federal health officials were responsible for the problem-pocked start of HealthCare.gov last year because of poor planning and lax oversight of outside contractors, according to government investigators who warned that “significant risks remain” that some Americans could again have trouble buying coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace this fall.

    Contractors to blame for HealthCare.gov problems, probe finds

    Federal health officials were responsible for the problem-pocked start of HealthCare.gov last year because of poor planning and lax oversight of outside contractors, according to government investigators who warned that “significant risks remain” that some Americans could again have trouble buying coverage in the federal health insurance marketplace this fall.

Life & Entertainment

    Fans pose for photos during Lollapalooza on Friday in Chicago. Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago.

    Images: Lollapalooza 2014
    Fans flocked to see some of music's biggest stars (and some of its rising stars) at Lollapalooza on the 10-year anniversary of the festival's Chicago debut.

    Carly Meyer, 12, performs an operatic piece Sunday at the talent show in Schaumburg.

    Final 10 wow Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent judges

    The top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent wowed the crowd at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Sunday. They'll perform again at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Taste of Arlington Heights, where the grand prize winner and the Fan Favorite will be announced.

    In “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill.

    Marvel’s ‘Guardians’ rockets to top of box office

    "Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office. Marvel Studios' cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista as members of an intergalactic band of rebels earned $94 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Analysts initially projected that the comic book adaptation would earn between $60 million and $75 million in North America.

    Warm up the kitchen by combining cabinets with different finishes and modern chandeliers in a transitional kitchen.

    Wine storage, clever cabinetry top 2014 kitchen trends

    Bold cabinet choices and textures, chic lighting and wine refrigerators are among the top trends for kitchens in 2014.

    Meg Caswell, designer and host of HGTV’s Great Rooms, painted the walls red then added a clear glass cover to create a chic, vibrant backsplash in this kitchen. Elements like this, as well as stools, countertop appliances and textiles are great ways to inject color into a kitchen that may have more traditional bones for a look that’s unexpected and modern.

    Cooking up a color-happy kitchen

    Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine.

    Skulls are the newest interior design trend. Their traditional ‘scare’ factor has been reworked into beautiful images adorning pillows, candles and even cabinet pulls.

    No bones about it — skulls are making their way

    It seems the latest trend in interior design is the skull as a motif and decorating theme. Interior design has always been influenced by fashion and art, and the skull emblem is the perfect example.

    A recent campaign stressed how much protein a glass of milk provides. Recent trends show people want to eat more protein.

    Protein: Why it's so popular right now

    Protein has never been more popular. Enticed by the promise that it can help you lose weight, get stronger and avoid age-related muscle loss, some 71 percent of consumers say they want more of it in their diets.

    Activities like white-water rafting such as at Sacandaga River in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., ziplining, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding often appeal to teenagers, even when they’re at the age where they’re not all that excited about vacationing with their parents. Being flexible about itineraries, letting teens help plan outings and including activities that they’ll enjoy can make traveling with teens more fun for everyone.

    5 tips for making family trips with teens more fun

    When it comes to family trips, the teenage years can be nearly as challenging as the toddler years — because to a teen, any place a parent wants to go is by definition uncool. It’s tempting to fantasize about leaving them home, but they might throw wild parties in your absence, so you’ll have to bring them along. Here are five strategies — crowdsourced and from personal experience — to help you survive. It may not be cool for teenagers to travel with their parents, but you can definitely make it more fun.

    Actor Jude Law feels his work options are widening as he gets older and there’s “less emphasis on playing romantic leads.”

    Jude Law: With maturity comes complication

    Jude Law feels his work options are widening as he gets older, and he revels in the complications. The 41-year-old British actor says there is now “less emphasis on playing romantic leads.” “You get over a certain age, and you’re more complicated anyway,” he said in an interview. “So, I guess characters written for that age are more complicated, you know.”


    Got a beef with television? Why not sue somebody?

    How does this suit you? Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives say they want to sue President Barack Obama. Without taking sides, I want to say I find this Beltway brawl’s latest round to be inspiring. It serves as a reminder that when something doesn’t suit you, sue somebody. If the leader of the free world is fair game, then who isn’t? It may not make sense, but it will make you feel better. No wonder I may be seeking legal remedy for certain pet peeves in the TV universe!

    The title sequences that usher audiences into each new installment of their favorite television shows are often as compelling, visually inventive and worthy of deep analysis as the original dramas and comedies they introduce.

    Title sequences: Credit where credit is due

    At multiple points during a hard-core TV binge-watch, the binger has the option to press fast-forward, scoot past the opening titles and immediately continue consuming episodes. Yet even after barreling through, say, seven hours of “Game of Thrones” and immediately settling in for an eighth, viewers often don’t bother to push that button. That’s because those intros are often as compelling, visually inventive and worthy of deep analysis as the original dramas and comedies they introduce.


    Use no-kids wedding invite as teachable family moment

    My nephew is getting married on New Year’s Eve. Kids are not allowed. My children were so excited they were going to a family wedding, but I had to tell them they were not invited.

    This small kitchen is designed with windows positioned high in order to lower the counters and cabinetry.

    Many families are housing multiple generations

    Many baby boomers find themselves sandwiched between aging parents and boomerang kids who come home to live again. A larger percentage of college-educated progeny have returned home.


    Sun shining through your window can cook rice

    Q. I like to do things the natural way when cooking. Since my kitchen gets really hot when I cook, I would like to try a solar oven. Is it really possible to cook with solar and how can I make an oven?


    Additional insulation may not be worth it in some cases

    Q. My house is a 50-year-old, two-story colonial. The attic already has blown-in insulation up to the top of the joists with an attic blanket over that. I have no trouble with ice dams, etc., on my roof. Should I blow foam into the walls?

    The Marshall Tucker Band appears in concert with other music groups at Festival Park in Elgin on Sunday, Aug. 3.

    Sunday picks: Elgin has your classic rock fix

    Get your fill of classic rock when the Marshall Tucker Band, right, The Artimus Pyle Band, Molly Hatchet and The Outlaws perform in concert on Sunday at Festival Park in Elgin. Comedian Finesse Mitchell has one more standup show Sunday night at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.


    ASSOCIATED PRESS The pension crisis that resulted in protests such as this in Springfield by teachers and government workers is just one of the issues affecting the public’s lack of faith in Illinois government. A history of corruption, a dismal climate for work and business, and political bickering are all reasons Illinoisans give for wanting to live elsewhere.

    Editorial: Faith is the forerunner of prosperity

    A Daily Herald editorial says that the historic depths of public cynicism in Illinois pose a challenge to politicians and voters alike. Life in Illinois can improve, but believing it can is the first step.


    Sick? Some of you can stay home.

    Columnist Catherine Rampell: Something strange happened in New York last week: Lots of workers who’ve never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that’s a good thing.


    Let’s return to stricter immigrant requirements
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: On the July 11 Opinion page there was a letter from Mike Junge regarding immigrants. It interested me because I remember my father relating the requirements to enter the United States when he emigrated in 1907, and I’ll list them


    NFL not doing enough about domestic violence
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: I just read Barry Rozner’s column today about domestic violence and the professional football player, Ray Rice, of the Baltimore Ravens, who was accused of “knocking out” his then-fiancee. The National Football League suspended Mr. Rice for two whole games.


    Democrats have made a mess of Illinois
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: If you like your state being $100 billion in debt because of Mike Madigan and Rod Blagojevich, then vote for the Democrats and make our state, what, $200 billion dollars in debt.


    Why permit building in flood-prone areas?
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: It never ceases to amaze me that every time we have moderate to heavy rain, we see and hear about homes being flooded and residents clamoring for relief.


    Just say ‘stop’ to Israel
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The Israelis say that they are bombing Hamas, but we know from our news reports that they are slaughtering mothers and dads, grandmas and small children. They are using the most sophisticated, the deadliest, weapons that American money can buy.


    Surely, God is neutral in sports
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The July 26 Daily Herald sports section has a picture of Cubs’ Luis Valbuena crossing home plate after hitting a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals, looking skyward, and raising his arms toward the heavens “celebrating” his home run.


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