Daily Archive : Monday August 4, 2014


    Salveo Health & Wellness CEO Alex R. Thiersch said Monday a marijuana dispensary at 1330 Crispin Drive in the Fox Bluff Corporate Center in Elgin would be discreet, professional and secure.

    Elgin commission OKs marijuana dispensary

    Despite pleas from neighboring business owners, Elgin’s planning and zoning commission gave the thumbs-up to plans for a marijuana dispensary in the city’s southwest side. Commissioners voted 6-1 to recommend allowing Chicago-based Salveo Health & Wellness Ltd. to open a dispensary at 1330 Crispin Drive, Unit 215, in the Fox Bluff Corporate Center on the northeast corner of Bowes...

    Nick Ryan, 20, who grew up in Naperville and Oswego, died Friday morning of a heroin overdose in Hinsdale, his father said.

    Former Naperville heroin addict’s son dies from overdose

    Tim Ryan’s oldest son wanted to follow his father’s career footsteps into a job as an executive recruiter. Instead, 20-year-old Nicholas “Nick” Ryan wound up following his dad down another path, toward drug addiction. Early Friday morning, at a friend’s house in Hinsdale, Nick overdosed on heroin and died, his father said Monday.


    Lake County forest ranger lauded for reviving baby

    A Lake County forest Preserves ranger revived a baby who apparently had a seizure Saturday while at an event at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago.

    Wauconda residents and business owners are thirsty for a deal that would bring Lake Michigan drinking water to town.

    Wauconda officials review proposed water deal with Volo

    A long-awaited -- and once-scuttled -- deal to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to Wauconda moved one step closer to completion Monday night.

    Heart transplant patient Melody McIntosh, left, hugs Kelly Swart — mother of Ashley Swart, who donated her heart — during a meeting Monday at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Swart was a 20-year-old Purdue student who died suddenly in 2013; she donated several organs including the heart that saved McIntosh.

    Death of a young woman leads to gift of life for another

    Heart transplant patient Melody McIntosh, living at Great Lakes, met Monday with the Swart family of Cedar Lake, Indiana. Their daughter, Ashley, 20, died of a brain aneurysm last fall. Ashley was an organ donor and allowed McIntosh to receive a lifesaving heart transplant. "I'm going to live every day of my life honoring her memory," McIntosh said.

    An Israeli solder looks Sunday on the site near the Israeli-Gaza border, where a man was injured from a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip.

    Cease-fire takes effect to end Gaza war

    A brief cease-fire declared by Israel and troop withdrawals slowed violence in the Gaza war Monday, but an attack an Israeli bus that killed one person in Jerusalem underscored the tensions still simmering in the region as Israeli airstrikes resumed late in the day.

    Chris Cohen

    Still no contract, no firing for Des Plaines hearing officer

    Chris Cohen is staying put for now as Des Plaines’ city hearing officer, tasked with judging guilt or innocence for red-light camera tickets and parking violations. And even though he has been working without a contract since Jan. 1, a proposed deal that would have given Mayor Matt Bogusz the power to fire Cohen was tabled by the city council on a 6-2 vote Monday night.

    A 2009 Stevenson yearbook photo of Adam Rubin

    Long Grove man dies base jumping in Idaho

    The first time Adam Rubin went sky diving, he was hooked. That love grew to include other extreme sports, such as base jumping. Rubin, 23, of Long Grove, died Friday after his parachute failed to open properly during a base jump in Idaho.

    If you want to party, Wheaton College is not the place for you.

    Wheaton College among most ‘stone-cold sober’ schools

    Wheaton College was named second-most sober school in the country, behind Brigham Young University, by The Princeton Review’s nationwide survey of 130,000 students.

    Basketball fans celebrate after Syracuse defeated Duke on Feb. 1 at home. The Princeton Review’s annual rankings, released Monday, put the New York university at No. 1 on the list of the nation’s top party schools.

    Syracuse ranks as No. 1 party school

    Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation’s top party school. The No. 1 ranking was revealed Monday by The Princeton Review. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was ranked fifth. Wheaton College, meanwhile, ranked second among “stone-cold sober” schools.

    Jennifer Nere

    Summit woman found guilty in Wheaton heroin death

    A DuPage County jury deliberated for nearly four hours before finding a Jennifer Nere of Summit guilty of supplying Augustina Taylor of Wheaton with a fatal dose of heroin in 2012. Nere is just the second person to be charged with, tried and convicted on drug-induced homicide charges in DuPage County. “(Taylor) was alive all these hours, then an hour after (Nere) shows up, she’s...


    Lake Barrington sets hearing on gas station

    A public hearing regarding a proposed Speedway gas station at Northwesy Highway and Kelsey Road will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Lake Barrington village hall, 23860 N. Old Barrington Road.


    Milwaukee District North train kills pedestrian

    An outbound Metra train on the Milwaukee District North Line struck and killed a pedestrian just before 5 p.m. between the Morton Grove and Golf stations, Metra officials said.

    Jeremy Writebol holds a photograph of his mother and father Sunday before an interview with a reporter in Wichita, Kan. Jeremy is the son of Nancy Writebol, a missionary stricken with Ebola. Nancy Writebol is expected to fly Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital’s infectious disease unit.

    U.S. gov’t had role in Ebola drug given aid workers

    Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military. The workers, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, are improving, although it’s impossible to know whether...

    Dirty pots and pans linger in the background as this sorry-looking apple pancake with the lone candle greets my wife on her birthday.

    Why Burt can’t rescue wife’s birthday from clutches of summer

    Burt Constable: My wife has celebrated 30 birthdays with me at her side, and I'm still struggling to give her a great celebration. Her birthday competes with my relatives' reunion, summer vacations and even Lollapalooza.


    District 93 set to complete 1:1 technology roll-out

    Carol Stream Elementary District 93 is moving forward in creating its classrooms of the future. This school year will mark the first time every student in every grade level in District 93 will be able to use a technological device provided by the district in their classes.

    Bethany McKee

    Trial of double homicide suspect begins

    The 2013 slayings of two men in Joliet were carried out as part of a plot to steal money, alcohol and cigarettes, a Will County prosecutor told jurors in the trial of one of the suspects on Monday.

    State Rep. LaShawn Ford speaks to reporters at the federal building Monday in Chicago after pleading guilty to misdemeanor tax fraud.

    State lawmaker pleads guilty to misdemeanor

    An Illinois lawmaker from Chicago who faced nearly 20 federal bank-fraud charges that could have landed him in prison for decades pleaded guilty Monday to a single misdemeanor tax charge for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782. State Rep. LaShawn Ford’s case was a rare instance of government attorneys backing away from felonies at the core of their case and letting a...

    “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary: Fifth Edition,” out next Monday, has 5,000 new words.

    Scrabblers rejoice: 5,000 new words are on the way

    To Scrabble fanatics, big gifts sometimes come in small packages. The word “te” as a variant of “ti,” the seventh tone on the musical scale, is a hardworking little gem among 5,000 words added to “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” out Aug. 11 from Merriam-Webster. The dictionary’s last freshening up was a decade ago.

    Glenn Ryback, left, and David Stolman are candidates for Lake County treasurer.

    Democrats choose Wadsworth’s Ryback as candidate for Lake County treasurer’s race

    Wadsworth Village President Glenn Ryback recently was selected by the Lake County Democratic organization to challenge Republican David Stolman for Lake County treasurer.

    Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk dances with prekindergarten teacher Brittany Ankney on Monday in Lindenhurst

    Blackhawks mascot TommyHawk wows children at Lindenhurst Early Childhood Center

    Children laughed and screamed as Chicago Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk sprayed plastic aerosol string and exploded confetti around them at the Lindenhurst Early Childhood Learning Center on Monday during its “Chicago Week” celebration.

    Former White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was left paralyzed in the Reagan assassination attempt, looks at his wife, Sarah, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting. A Brady family spokeswoman says Brady has died at 73.

    Former White House press secretary, Illinois native Jim Brady dies

    James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73. Brady was born in Centralia, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins raises a glass of tap water before drinking it during a news conference in Toledo, Ohio, Monday. A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, Collins announced Monday.

    Toledo mayor lifts water ban in northwest Ohio

    A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water was lifted Monday, yet some residents still weren’t ready to take a sip. Mayor D. Michael Collins called the drinking water safe and lifted the ban at a Monday morning news conference.

    A car is lodged in the debris Monday, where a body swept into the rain-swollen water course was found Sunday, in Mount Baldy, Calif. About 2,500 people were stranded early Monday after thunderstorms caused mountain mudslides in Southern California.

    Flash floods damage more than 30 California homes

    Flash floods in the Southern California mountains Sunday afternoon stranded thousands of people, destroyed several cars and damaged about 30 homes, including a dozen that were uninhabitable in the tiny communities of Mount Baldy and Forest Falls.


    Lombard man sentenced to prison for murder plot

    A Lombard man convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill a Texas businessman to avoid paying him more than $8 million has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison.


    Elgin BMX track reopens this week

    Elgin’s BMX track, which closed after its operators lost the governing body’s sanction, will reopen this week under the guidance of an Indiana-based operator. Jackie Altizer, who runs BMX tracks in Portage and Hobart, said races will resume Saturday after a practice night Wednesday. The full schedule for the rest of the season, which ends in mid- to late- October, is to be...

    Enrique Torres

    Convicted Aurora murderer on trial for 2nd shooting

    A 31-year-old Aurora man went on trial Monday on attempted murder charges in Kane County. Enrique L. Torres, who is already serving a 60-year sentence for a 2007 murder in DuPage County, is accused of firing seven shots into a car in April 2007, hitting one man in the leg. Torres believed the men in the vehicle were in a rival gang, prosecutors said.


    Mount Prospect man pleads guilty to third DUI

    A Mount Prospect man with two past DUI convictions pleaded guilty Monday to a third. Lorenzo Gomez, 42, of the 600 block of West Dempster Street, was sentenced to three years in prison.


    Waukegan walking tour in Spanish:

    The Waukegan History Museum of the Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society will have its first free guided walking tour conducted in Spanish on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 10 a.m.


    District 128 budget talk:

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board will meet Wednesday in a committee-of-the-whole session to discuss the proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year.


    Women’s equality event:

    Lake County Women’s Coalition’s annual Women’s Equality Event presents “Leveling the Playing Field, Do the unwritten rules hold women back?” on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Cultural and Civic Center of Round Lake Beach, 2007 Civic Center Way.

    Visiting MP Henry Smith, center, walks the hallway with Bill Dussling, president of the District 214 school board, left, Principal Angela Sisi and Lazaro Lopez, associate superintendent for teaching and learning.

    Wheeling High STEM program gets international attention

    Wheeling High School was visited by a member of the British Parliament on Monday, who is interested in helping create a national career planning initiative in England.

    Joseph G. McHale

    Wheaton man charged with sexual assault

    A 27-year-old Wheaton man is facing criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery charges following an incident that happened Saturday morning at his ex-girlfriend's apartment in Glen Ellyn.


    Northwest suburban police blotter



    Fox Valley police reports
    Rodolfo F. Tapia, 42, of Elgin, was charged Monday with aggravated battery of a victim older than 60 and driving with a suspended driver’s license, court records show.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Someone shot out three windows at a storefront on the 700 block of Montgomery Road near Aurora between 9 p.m. July 29 and 1 p.m. Wednesday with a BB gun, causing $1,050 damage, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Republican Kirk Dillard made official his resignation from the Illinois Senate as he moves on to be chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority board.

    Dillard resigns; officials name Nybo replacement

    Longtime state Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, announced his resignation from the post as he moves on to be chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority board. Local Republican leaders appointed Chris Nybo, an attorney from Elmhurst and former state lawmaker, to serve the rest of Dillard’s term.


    DuPage to decide whether to keep lobbyists

    A county board committee on Tuesday is expected to recommend whether DuPage should spend $284,000 to continue using four lobbying firms to push its legislative agenda. Two of the firms — All-Circo Inc. and V.A. Persico Consulting Inc. — are working with state lawmakers on the county’s behalf. Another firm, BGR Government Affairs LLC, focuses on federal initiatives.


    Illinois historic sites to cut hours

    Here's a list of 13 state historic sites that will reduce their operating hours after Labor Day.


    Former Boys and Girls Club counselor sentenced

    A former counselor for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in Chicago who was convicted earlier this year of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl has been sentenced to 40 years in state prison.


    Man falls 56 stories to his death

    Police say the death of a man who fell from the 56th floor of a downtown Chicago high-rise building appears accidental. Police say the 27-year-old man fell to his death from a balcony of the Aqua building about 3 a.m. Monday.


    Lake Park marching band seeking Tag Day donations

    Members of the Lake Park High School marching band will go door to door from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in District 108 asking for monetary donations to support its activities as part of the annual Tag Day fundraiser.

    Naperville wants to widen the North Aurora Road underpass at the Canadian National Railway to be two lanes in each direction. The city is seeking $5 million in federal surface transportation funding for the project.

    Naperville seeking federal funding for road projects

    Naperville is pursuing federal funds for three road projects to improve safety and traffic flow. The city is seeking surface transportation program money to widen the North Aurora Road underpass at the Canadian National Railway, pay for a new traffic management system for Washington Street and add new streetlights as part of intersection improvements at Ogden Avenue and Columbia Street.

    Guitar masters Tom Griesgraber and Bert Lams will open their Midwest tour at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry.

    Guitarists kick off Midwest tour at McHenry Tree of Life Congregation

    Internationally-touring guitarists Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber are slated to perform Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry. This concert will be the first of their 2014 Midwest tour.

    Dyanne Earley

    Friends, family to honor former Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre director Dyanne Earley

    A former artistic director of the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre will be honored during a public memorial next week. Dyanne Kathleen Earley, 76, of Mundelein, died July 24, at her home after a short illness. Her family was with her.

    Grachelle Linton, of St. Charles, points out butterflies to her daughter Violet, 14 months, in the Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park Interpretative Center in Geneva on Monday.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a lot of outdoor activities, including running, dancing, and butterfly hunting

    Women from different religious groups in Monrovia, Liberia, pray Saturday against the spread of the Ebola virus. An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than efforts to control the disease, the head of the World Health Organization warned as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Guinea’s capital.

    Death toll from Ebola in W. Africa hits 887: WHO

    The doctor who treated a man who flew to Nigeria and died of Ebola now has contracted the disease, authorities said Monday, presenting a dire challenge to Africa’s most populous nation as the regional toll for the outbreak grew to 887 dead.

    Former Reagan Press Secretary James Brady gives Clinton s gun-control record a poignant thumbs-up Monday night, Aug. 26, 1996 onstage at the Democratic National Convention Chicago’s United Center in front of a video image of his wife, Sarah Brady. Democrats opened their 42nd national convention Monday with a forceful anti-crime message that echoed from President Clinton s campaign train to the festive hall. The appearance by former Republicans James and Sarah Brady provided a powerful punch to opening night of a convention designed to make the Democrats case for another term in the White House and a return to power in Congress. Woman is unidentified.

    Images: James Brady, 1940 - 2014
    James Brady, the White House press secretary gravely wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Monday, his family announced. Brady was 73. Brady, an Illinois native and University of Illinois graduate, undertook a personal crusade for gun control after suffering the devastating bullet wound to his head.

    Christopher Whetstone

    Aurora man wants murder trial moved out of Kane County

    A 46-year-old Aurora man accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend in January wants his trial moved outside of Kane County. Christopher Whetstone argues news articles detailing his criminal past will prejudice a jury against him. He faces between 45 and 85 years in prison if convicted of gunning down Rachel Taylor, 22.

    From left, Jerry Seiling of Palatine, Nikki Padron-Glass of Glenview, Kevin Goss of Palatine, and Brett Baleskie, front, of Naperville, rehearse a scene from Gershwin’s “Crazy for You.”

    ‘Crazy for You’ coming to Palatine next 2 weekends

    One year after the driving force behind the Fremont Street Theater Company, Elroy Sandquist, passed away, his cast and crew are remaining true to their promise: The show must go on! "Sandy and I always loved the old classic musicals, with lots of singing and dancing, and this one ("Crazy for You") fits the bill beautifully,” says Colleen Sandquist, who took over after her husband’s...

    John Nava

    Trial delayed for 2 of 3 men accused in Wauconda home invasion

    The trial date for two of three men accused of invading a Wauconda apartment and shooting a 26-year-old man was delayed in Lake County court Monday. Attorneys for Jose Alfredo Dominguez-Eleperez, 27, of Wheeling, and John Nava, 19, of Niles, requested more time, claiming more investigation needed to be done on the case. Prosecutors said the trial for the third man, Noe J. Brito-Ramirez, 22, of...

    U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three African countries, hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

    5 things to know about Ebola outbreak in West Africa

    Three West Africa nations are struggling to control an outbreak of Ebola. The virus was first discovered nearly four decades ago in Congo in a village near the Ebola River. Since then there have been sporadic outbreaks.Five things to know about Ebola and how it is spread.


    Prospect football coaches plan community night

    Prospect High School football coaches are planning a Community Night, 5 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, at George Gattas Memorial Stadium, 801 W. Kensington Road, Mount Prospect.


    Palatine library announces new streaming service

    Palatine Public Library District is pleased to announce a new streaming video and audio service for library cardholders.

    Mount Prospect Fire Chief John Malcolm

    Firehouse Subs gives grant to Mt. Prospect Fire Department

    The Mount Prospect Fire Department has received a grant totaling nearly $22,000 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Fire officials said the funds will be used to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to faith-based organizations in the Mount Prospect community.


    Busy I-65 exit near Indianapolis draws concerns

    ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — Leaders of two northern Indianapolis suburbs say they’re worried about the safety of an Interstate 65 intersection and are asking state officials to make changes.Commuter traffic from Indianapolis often backs up at the I-65 exit for Indiana 334 into the growing suburbs of Zionsville and Whitestown.


    2-hotel tower planned near Indianapolis arena

    INDIANAPOLIS — A developer is looking to build two high-end hotels in a single 15-story building near Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.Plans filed with city officials say Minneapolis-based CSM Corp. is planning the hotels totaling 286 rooms at what is now a surface parking lot across the street from the arena.


    Lower northern Indiana lake poses boating danger

    MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — Boaters on a northwestern Indiana reservoir are facing more dangers with lower water levels.The state Department of Natural Resources says Lake Freeman near Monticello has fallen below its normal level because of low rainfall in the area recently.


    Pilot makes emergency landing on Illinois roadway

    HARTSBURG, Ill. — Authorities say a Springfield pilot flying home from a Wisconsin air show made an emergency landing on a highway in Logan County.


    Bail hearing set in needles in packaged meat case

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A 68-year-old southwestern Illinois man accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat is to learn whether he’ll be eligible for bond.A detention hearing was scheduled for Monday morning in East St. Louis for Ronald Avers of Belleville.Avers was charged last week with seven felony product-tampering counts.


    18 Illinois Air National Guardsmen to return

    PEORIA — Eighteen members of the Illinois Air National Guard Security Forces are returning from a seven-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.The Illinois National Guard says men and women of the 182nd Airlift Wing are scheduled to return Monday. They were responsible for law enforcement and security missions overseas.


    Police finish search in Dwight killings

    SHERIDAN, Ill. — Illinois State Police said Monday that they’re processing evidence found during a large-scale ground search in northern Illinois connected to shootings that left a Dwight mother and daughter dead.


    Work closes bridge linking Davenport, Rock Island

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — One of the Mississippi River bridges linking the Quad Cities has closed to allow work on the span.The Quad-City Times reports the Centennial Bridge linking Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, closed Sunday. The contractor can keep the bridge closed up to 35 days, with traffic resuming by Sept. 6.


    Motorcyclist dies in collision with bear

    ANTIGO, Wis. — Authorities say a motorcyclist has died in a collision with a bear on a northern Wisconsin highway. The accident happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 64 near Antigo in Langlade County.


    Man struck and killed on Sauk County highway

    BARABOO, Wis. — Sheriff’s officials say a man walking on a highway in Sauk County has been struck and killed. Authorities say the 31-year-old man was walking in the lane of traffic on county Highway BD early Sunday near the Baraboo-Wisconsin Dells Airport and Ho-Chunk Casino.


    Shawano County deputies looking for man who took semi

    SHAWANO, Wis. — Shawano (SHAW’-noh) County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect accused of stealing a semi and hitting a squad car during a pursuit.

    Bangladeshi woman Munni, whose daughters are missing, cries Monday as rescuers search the River Padma after a passenger ferry capsized in Munshiganj district of Bangladesh. A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized Monday in central Bangladesh, and at least 44 people either swam to safety or were rescued but the number of missing passengers is not yet known.

    Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh

    A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized Monday in central Bangladesh, killing at least two people and probably many more as horrified villagers watched from the shore, authorities said. It was unclear exactly how many people were on board the M.V. Pinak because ferry operators in Bangladesh rarely maintain passenger lists.

    This photo released Monday by China’s Xinhua News Agency shows the quake-hit Longtoushan Town of Ludian County in Zhaotong City in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Rescuers dug through shattered homes Monday looking for survivors of the strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province that toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing hundreds and injuring more than a thousand people.

    Death toll from quake in south China rises to 398

    Rescuers dug through shattered homes Monday looking for survivors of a strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province as the death toll rose to at least 398 people, with more than 1,800 injured. About 12,000 homes collapsed when the quake struck Sunday afternoon in impoverished Ludian county, around 230 miles northeast of Yunnan’s capital, Kunming, China’s official...


    Interfax: Ukraine soldiers desert in Russia

    More than 400 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed the border into Russia and deserted the Kiev government, news agency Interfax quoted a border security official as saying Monday. Ukraine confirmed the crossing but said the soldiers were forced into Russian territory by rebel fire.


    West Chicago man faces charges after running onto Soldier Field

    A West Chicago man has been charged with feony criminal tresspass for jumping onto Soldier Field Saturday night during the Chicago Bears Family Fest, the Chicago Tribune reports.


    Applications open for Illinois ‘Hometown Awards’

    SPRINGFIELD — State officials say the deadline to submit applications for the “Governor’s Hometown Awards” competition is approaching. The contest is in its 32nd year. It recognizes volunteers who improve communities.


    Man denied diploma to receive it 55 years later

    GALESBURG, Ill. — A school district in western Illinois will give a high school diploma to an African American man 55 years after he was denied one because he attended a picnic at a park where blacks weren’t allowed to go to at the time.


    Sheriff: Wisconsin pair, dog rescued from boat

    RACINE, Wis. — The Racine County water patrol has rescued two people and a dog from a flooding boat on Lake Michigan.


    Wisconsin police search for driver after chase

    SHAWANO, Wis. — Shawano County officials are looking for a man who they say was involved in a police chase and multiple vehicle thefts.


    Milwaukee mayor says police to increase patrols

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s mayor says the city’s police force will increase its street presence in August.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Mayor Tom Barrett announced the change Sunday following a violent weekend. He didn’t specify how many more officers would be present on patrols.


    Chicago man charged with fatally throwing kitten

    A Chicago man has been charged with killing a kitten by throwing it three stories into the air.The Chicago Sun-Times reports 43-year-old Lamar Rogers was charged Sunday with one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals.


    2 Chicago teens arrested in photographer death

    Authorities say two teenagers have been arrested in Wisconsin in connection to the Chicago shooting death of a 28-year-old freelance photographer.


    Police remind drivers to be aware of school buses

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police are reminding drivers to be alert for school buses as summer vacation comes to an end.State police say they receive numerous complaints about drivers failing to stop for school buses with red lights flashing and stop arms extended. On one day in April this year there were 2,577 stop arm violations reported in Indiana.


    Indiana city considers golf carts on streets

    BOONVILLE, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana city is considering allowing golf carts and all-terrain vehicles that are properly registered on city streets.


    4 hit by careening truck at southern Indiana camp

    SEYMOUR, Ind. — Police say an Indianapolis boy was badly hurt when he was hit by an out-of-control truck at a southern Indiana church camp.


    Evansville-area arrests net 14 pounds of meth

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Authorities say investigators seized 14 pounds of methamphetamine after two men tried to flee officers by driving between houses in a neighborhood near Evansville.


    Indiana students make small gains in ISTEP scores

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana students made modest improvements across the board in last year’s ISTEP tests.


    Nature Conservancy sweepstakes offers Honda hybrid

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Nature Conservancy of Indiana is teaming with Honda to give Indiana residents with a love of exploring the state’s natural wonders a chance to win a new hybrid car.

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

    Dawn Patrol: Driver hit by train to recover; Mandir marks 10 years

    Driver struck by train expected to recover; 10th anniversary celebration of Bartlett mandir; suburban libraries offer Netflix-style streaming service; fire displaces Elgin apartment residents; Sox bullpen hits new low in loss to Twins; Coghlan’s HR leads Cubs over Dodgers; new Bears defense eager to turn the page

    Matt Shultz of Cage The Elephant performs Sunday on the last day of Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park. For more from the music festival, check out the photo gallery.

    10 things you may have missed this weekend
    What you may have missed this weekend: Suburban Chicago's Got Talent's top 10 performed; libraries are turning to a Netflix type service; violence has surged in Aurora; Arlington Heights woman who saved boy laid to rest; Elgin's Riverside Drive officially open for business; driver in critical after his car was struck by a Metra train; and a busy downtown is a good thing until it isn't Naperville...

    From left, Army Col. Paul J. Hettich, left, Tom McAvoy, former Army Staff Sgt. John Trinca, Thomas Bateman Jr. and Army Cpt. Zachariah Fike at the conclusion of Sunday's ceremony at the College of Lake County Veterans Memorial.

    World War II vet connects with family of man who died on his shoulder

    A Sunday ceremony at College of Lake County in Grayslake to present a Purple Heart medal to the family of a soldier who died in World War II marked closure for some and new doors for others. Former Army Staff Sgt. John Trinca of Antioch Township finally had the chance to connect with the family of the man who died on his shoulder in 1945.

    Marissa Lesperance took the new, electronic version of the GED test. Unlike many others recently, she passed and will continue her education at Harper College in Palatine.

    Fewer students taking, passing new GED test

    Suburban counties have seen steep drops in the number of people taking GED exams in 2014. The test changed to an electronic version that is both more difficult and more expensive, experts say. Fewer people taking the exam may mean a larger pool of local residents with poor long-term job prospects. “Somebody is profiting significantly, and it's not our students and our state,” Regional...

    One thing the state's executive inspector general and Metra agree on — the safe operation of train is paramount.

    Metra opposed release of report on fake work logs

    Despite committing to transparency, Metra opposed making public the state inspector general's probe into fake work logs. The state watchdog's report would only confuse the public, the agency argued. Meanwhile, Metra's hiring of one of the attorneys who investigated it is raising some eyebrows.

    A sample glass of Lake Erie water is photographed near the city of Toledo water intake crib Sunday in Lake Erie. More tests are needed to ensure that toxins are out of Toledo’s water supply, the mayor said Sunday, instructing the 400,000 people in the region to avoid drinking tap water for a second day. Toledo officials issued the warning early Saturday after tests at one treatment plant showed two sample readings for microsystin above the standard for consumption, possibly because of algae on Lake Erie.

    10 Things to Know for Monday

    World and nation stories you should know: Growing gulf of wealth gap hits retirement; Israel draws down troops; quake kills more than 300 in China; second American with Ebola heading home; Ukrainian army makes gains in Donetsk; mental health providers at greater risk of assault; and algae toxins in Lake Erie leave 400,000 without water.


    5 things to know about secret infiltration in Cuba

    The U.S. Agency for International Development secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using health and civic programs to provoke political change. The traveler’s program posed significant risk for its young recruits as well as for USAID itself. Its effectiveness is unclear. Here are five things to know.

    In this April 1, 2014, photo, the headquarters for the U.S. Agency for International Development is seen in Washington. Six days after Cuban police arrested Alan Gross, an American contractor working on a clandestine operation, the U.S. government agency that paid for his trip was at it again, signing up a young Costa Rican for another secret mission to the island. The project was part of a larger USAID program to “renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society” and usher in a political Cuban spring. At the helm was Creative Associates International, a Washington-based company that earns tens of millions of dollars in USAID contracts. From an office in San Jose, Costa Rica, Creative Associates ran both the traveler’s program and a secret “Cuban Twitter” project, known as ZunZuneo.

    US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

    Over at least two years, the U.S. Agency for International Development — best known for overseeing billions of dollars in U.S. humanitarian aid — sent nearly a dozen neophytes from Venezuela, Costa Rica and Peru to gin up opposition in Cuba. Their assignment was to recruit young Cubans to anti-government activism, which they did under the guise of civic programs, including an HIV...


    White Sox starting pitcher Hector Noesi got the victory in Monday night’s rain-shortened victory over the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox win but are still looking for some relief

    Thanks to a solid outing from starter Hector Noesi and bad weather Monday night, the bullpen was not a factor in the White Sox' rain-shortened 5-3 win over the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Jose Abreu hits an RBI single against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning Friday night. In July he hit .374.

    Abreu’s numbers add up to awards

    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu continues to pile up the awards this season. Abreu is the American League Player and Rookie of the Month for July. He is the first player in major-league history to win Player of the Month honors twice as a rookie.

    Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter entered Monday tied for 10th in the National League with 51 appearances.

    Cubs’ bullpen needs some relief

    If ever a team needed a day off, it's the Cubs, who enjoyed Monday off in Denver before opening a three-game series Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies. Cubs manager Rick Renteria has used and used and used his relief pitchers, working them especially hard during a recent stretch of 13 games in 13 days.

    Martellus Bennett, here catching a pass against the Giants’ Terrell Thomas last season, threw Kyle Fuller to the ground Monday.

    Bennett’s body slam of Fuller irks Trestman

    An altercation between tight end Martellus Bennett and cornerback Kyle Fuller led an aggravated Bears coach Marc Trestman to end a hot, steamy practice early Monday.


    Williams, Bostic both listed as Bears’ starting MLBs

    The Bears' first unofficial depth chart lists Shea McClellin as the starter at strong-side linebacker and D.J. Williams and Jon Bostic as co-starters at middle linebacker, but defensive coordinator Mel Tucker says it's too early to put anything in stone.

    Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre wrote on his official website that it will be an honor to have his name placed among others such Bart Starr, Curly Lambeau, Ray Nitschke and Vince Lombardi, to name a few.

    Favre headed to Packers Hall of Fame in 2015

    Brett Favre, estranged from the franchise he helped resurrect during his 16-year career, will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and have his number retired next July 18. Favre’s No. 4 will be unveiled on the Lambeau Field north end zone facade at halftime of a yet-to-be-determined game during the 2015 season.

    New Alabama offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Lane Kiffin speaks to the media before practice Sunday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    SEC suddenly has a fresh feel

    Presumed top contenders like Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and LSU are breaking in new quarterbacks. Those factors — and the wild, unpredictable 2013 season — are giving other teams around the Southeastern Conference hope.

    Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson was in position to win a spot as the No. 3 wide receiver until he fractured a clavicle in practice on Monday.

    Bears lose No. 3 receiver Wilson to injury

    Marquess Wilson, whose impressive play early in camp had given him the lead in the battle for the Bears' No. 3 wide receiver position, suffered a fractured clavicle while diving for a pass during Monday's practice. The Bears did not offer a timetable for Wilson's return, but he is expected out for at least several weeks.

    The Chicago Cubs will have infielder Javier Baez join them for their three-game series starting Tuesday at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies.

    Highly touted prospect Baez to join Cubs

    The Cubs will bring up infielder Javier Baez to join them for Tuesday's game at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. The 21-year-old Baez posted 23 home runs, 80 RBI, 34 walks and 130 strikeouts in 388 at-bats for Class AAA Iowa this season.


    Baseball's unwritten rules not worth the trouble

    Baseball seems to have a lot of unwritten rules when it comes to things like showboating, stealing bases and bunting with large leads. Len Kasper, in his weekly Cubs Insider column, considers these unwritten rules as mostly ridiculous and not worth the stress they seem to cause.


    Mike North video: Why is Cutler only No. 15 in fantasy football?
    Mike North wants to know why Jay Cutler is only ranked 15th in fantasy football leagues.

    White Sox starter John Danks is more likely to be moved during the off-season than sometime before September, as Chris Rongey sees it.

    Just how do the White Sox fix their deficiencies?

    With the team four games under .500 and with almost two months to play, the White Sox' deficiencies are clear. Going about making corrections are a bit more complicated, though, unless they wait until the winter.


    Solid earnings from Berkshire Hathaway and a bank rescue in Europe gave investors enough encouragement to send stock prices higher Monday. The market was coming off its worst week since 2012.

    Stocks rise after selloff amid earnings

    U.S. stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from the biggest weekly loss in two years, as Portugal announced a bailout for Banco Espirito Santo SA and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. beat earnings estimates.


    What is the deal with fuzzy dice?

    A walk around any suburban cruise night or local car show will reveal a common auto accessory: fuzzy dice. These fun, retro throwbacks have been swinging from rearview mirrors for decades.

    Superdawg in Wheeling will have a free tasting Thursday night of a special beer brewed to pair with its famous dogs.

    Superdawg to serve craft beer creation in Wheeling

    Superdawg in Wheeling will obtain a temporary liquor license to host a public tasting Thursday of Superbier, a beer created collaboratively between Superdawg and Lake Effect Brewery. “It’s a cool and refreshing summer beer,” Superdawg owner Scott Berman said.

    Walgreen’s top financial officer is leaving the largest U.S. drugstore chain as it nears a key decision about its future that could involve a politically touchy overseas reorganization.

    Walgreen CFO leaves, replaced with Kraft exec

    Walgreen’s top financial officer is leaving the largest U.S. drugstore chain as it nears a key decision about its future that could involve a politically touchy overseas reorganization.News: Walgreen said Monday it will replace Wade Miquelon with former Kraft Foods executive Timothy McLevish as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately.

    The Tribune Co. on Monday completed the spinoff of its newspaper business and changed its name to Tribune Media Co. The Tribune Tower in Chicago is seen in this photo.

    Tribune completes spinoff, changes name

    The Tribune Co. on Monday completed the spinoff of its newspaper business and changed its name to Tribune Media Co. The move had been expected. Tribune first announced plans to separate its television and print businesses a year ago. The company has said the move will let one company take advantage of growth in broadcasting and allow the other to focus on newspapers, an industry where revenue has been declining for years.

    Airfare is up 10.7 percent in the past five years, after adjusting for inflation, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket transactions for airlines and more than 9,400 travel agencies, including websites such as Expedia and Orbitz.

    U.S. airfares on the rise, outpacing inflation

    Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.News: The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Domestic airfare continues to outpace inflation, rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in the Consumer Price Index. Airfare has gone up 10.7 percent in the past five years — after adjusting for inflation — according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket transactions for airlines and more than 9,400 travel agencies, including websites such as Expedia and Orbitz.

    Michael Kessler is the owner of Orangetheory Fitness Wheaton.

    Orangetheory Fitness Wheaton works with clients heart rates
    An interview with Michael Kessler, owner of Orangetheory Fitness Wheaton.Q: Describe your business. What do you do?A: The idea of Orangetheory Fitness is simple. Our science backed 60-minute workout is designed to push individuals into the “Orange Zone,” which utilizes 84 to 91 percent of one’s maximum heart rate, in order to create an “Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption” effect. This EPOC ensures that clients continue to burn calories for 24 to 36 hours after their workout. The workout itself, composed of treadmill, water rowing, and weight training /resistance training blocks, is different each day in order to ensure that clients never get bored or plateau.Q: What made you start your business?A: I’ve always wanted to own my own business. Something to call my own. Something that I can say that I built from the ground up.I opened up my first business to provide a good lifestyle for my family and, eventually, have more flexibility with my schedule so I can be there to witness all of my children’s “firsts.”Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business?A. Finding and retaining talented staff. We have a great staff now, but it has not been easy getting to this point. There are also little unexpected problems that come up on a daily basis. You have to be a good juggler.Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?A: Seeing personal growth in our members as they start to see results from the program. Their newfound confidence and pride in their achievements makes the countless late nights worthwhile. Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?A: Not exactly. I always imagined being some type of international business man flying on planes and wearing suits. Not sure why I thought that was appealing when I was young. I have the business art right, but staying close to family and wearing workout gear everyday has its perks.Q: What keeps you up at night?A: Making sure that our clients are receiving the best quality of service/experience that my staff and I can deliver.Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Embrace mistakes and turn them into a positive. When you are just getting started it is very easy to get overwhelmed and to get down when things go wrong. You just realize that every business has struggles no matter the size, just keep your head down and turn the mistakes into a positive any way that you can. • Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact us at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

    Doug Whitley

    Whitley to head Supply Chain group

    Doug Whitley's retirement didn't last long from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He plans to be executive director of Supply Chain Innovation Network in Chicago.

    Trader Gregory Rowe checks a monitor in a booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday.

    Stocks slip, declining for third consecutive day

    U.S. stocks were losing momentum in late-morning trading Monday, adding to a major sell-off last week that put caution back into the market. The losses were held in check by two pieces of positive news: a decent earnings report from Berkshire Hathaway and the announcement of a bailout package for a struggling Portuguese bank.


    Lockout continues at Illinois Honeywell plant

    METROPOLIS, Ill. — A lockout will continue at least for a couple more weeks over a labor dispute at a southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel.WSIL-TV reports that bargainers for Honeywell and the union that backs about 130 affected workers at the Metropolis plant won’t resume talks until Aug. 18.The lockout was put in place early Saturday. It comes after the company and the United Steel Workers union failed to reach a deal before the latest contract expired Friday. Honeywell spokesman Peter Dalpe says the plant will continue operating with federally trained salaried workers until a deal is reached.Union workers at the plant also were locked out of the site in 2010 for more than a year during a contract dispute.

    A man walks past posters Monday with the face of Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo’s former chief executive Ricardo Salgado depicting him wearing a mask and reading in Portuguese: “It’s hard to be a banker nowadays,” in Lisbon, Monday. Portugal’s biggest banking scandal, which compelled authorities Sunday to put up euro 4.9 billion ($6.6 billion) to prevent the collapse of ailing Banco Espirito Santo, raised key questions about how regulators were apparently hoodwinked and focused minds on the European banking system stress tests, whose results are due in October.

    Portugal bank collapse and rescue raises questions

    A new Portuguese bank appeared Monday, born from the ruins of a collapsed business empire, and declared on its website that it was now “stronger and safer.” Investors rattled by the eurozone’s latest financial drama will, however, need more reassurances.


    HSBC warns on global risks as profits drop

    HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, warned Monday that fragile growth in the global economy and rising geopolitical tensions will keep it from taking on greater investment risks. In its earnings update, HSBC said its net income fell 5.4 percent to $9.46 billion in the first half of the year.

    Wal-Mart is rolling out a feature that will enable its website to show shoppers more products that they may like, based on their previous purchases. It also will customize Wal-Mart’s home page for each shopper based on where that customer lives, showing local weather and events, as well as the customer’s search and purchase histories.

    Wal-Mart’s website to personalize shopping

    Wal-Mart, in its latest bid to compete with nemesis Amazon.com, is rebuilding its website to further personalize the online shopping experience of each customer. Wal-Mart is rolling out a feature that will enable its website to show shoppers more products that they may like, based on their previous purchases.


    How many bird houses can a retiree make?

    With retirement scheduled for year-end 2015 and son-in-law Colin Murphy apparently in good position to take over management of Simmons Engineering Corp., a Wheeling manufacturer of cutting blades, a smooth transition to retirement seems a sure thing for Bruce Gillilan. Except ...“I’ve assumed that I’ll set up a small woodworking shop in my new Door County home and start doing things with wood,” Gillilan says. “My Dad was quite a woodworker, and I have a long list of projects.“Now, though, I’m starting to appreciate that there might be a limited number of bird houses that I’ll want and can give away. The point,” Gillilan continues, “is that I don’t have a plan. I should have been working on this earlier. I’ve not really looked down the barrels of this topic.”Nonetheless, Gillilan’s big picture seems OK:• The Wisconsin home was built with retirement in mind.• Gillilan and Murphy seem compatible. “I’ll be as available as he’s comfortable with,” Gillilan says, recalling that “my father-in-law wouldn’t go away.”• Gillilan has given thought to “what 40 years of work might do — maybe programs to help veterans.”Still, many entrepreneurs have a bird house issue, which led me to conversations with two thoughtful transition pros: Joel Goldberg and Harry McCabe.Goldberg is principal of G2G Strategies, Northbrook, and half of Goldberg-Heinze Business Advisors, a duo that helps business owners with transition. McCabe is ownership transference adviser, Harry McCabe Advisors, Westmont.“People end up in this predicament because they don’t think about what they’re going to do next,” says Goldberg, who suggests planning for the post-working life should begin five years before it arrives. Among Goldberg’s considerations:• Your spouse. “You’re meeting on a different level,” Goldberg says. “Thirty years have passed, and you’re different people. Try date nights. Know that it’s OK some days for you to go one way and your spouse another.”• Inventory your interests. “Look at the things you’ve always been interested in but didn’t have the opportunity to pursue.”• Develop conversations with people in your age group. “The whole group has issues,” Goldberg says. “Join a men’s (or women’s) group. Play cards at the park district. Put together a group that gets together for lunch.”McCabe suggests a more structured “re-engagement plan — an outline, written in pencil so it is easy to change — that crafts the next chapter.”One suggestion: Use business skills to build onto a hobby. Bird houses, for example, might morph into bird baths and feeders — perhaps “donated to a cause you really believe in” that can use the proceeds from selling the products.Another McCabe idea: “Help someone. Give time, not just money. Pack school lunches” for needy kids.There’s more to discuss, of course, because McCabe, Goldberg and their emphasis on transition planning make sense — especially if, like me, you’re all thumbs in the wood shop.• Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn, Twitter and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at Jim@kendallcom.com. 2014 Kendall Communications Inc.

    Randall Burggraf

    Geneva optometrist focuses on new technology

    Kukec's People features long-time Geneva optometrist who is now offering genetic testing to his patients.

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    Baked pork tenderloin comes with horseradish mash potatoes at Qulinarnia Modern Polish Cuisine in Mount Prospect.

    Explore modern Polish cuisine at Mount Prospect's Qulinarnia

    With the densest Polish population outside of Poland right here in the Chicago area, we are lucky to have the upscale restaurant Qulinarnia Modern Polish Cuisine in Mount Prospect. The restaurant boasts a traditional Polish authenticity in ingredients, but with a modern accent on seasonal produce and locally sourced meat. That translates into all good stuff: beets, pork, sauerkraut, mushrooms and cream with a distinctly European, minimalist flair and American-sized portions.

    Naperville native and actress Colleen Miller credits her curly hair as one of her assets.

    Naperville native snares scares in B-horror flicks

    Colleen Elizabeth Miller grew up in Naperville, moved to Oklahoma at the age of 9, then returned to graduate from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb where she majored in theater. Now she makes a living acting in horror movies such as “The Leaf Blower Massacre 2.” “Movie of the Dead.” “Ovulation.” “Howling Moon.” “Dr. Spine.” “Walk, Zombie, Walk.” “I guess I found my niche,” she said.

    Sylvester Stallone, center, with his wife, Jennifer Flavin, second right, and daughters, Sophia Stallone, Sistene Stallone and Scarlet Stallone, arrive for the world premiere of “The Expendables 3” in London Monday.

    Stallone: It’s hard to get men to like you

    Sylvester Stallone may come across as the ultimate guy’s guy. But he says action stars like him are “the hardest characters to sell” to other men. “Men are very competitive,” Stallone said ahead of Monday’s world premiere of “The Expendables 3.”

    Keke Palmer will be stepping into the title role in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” starting Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre.

    Keke Palmer to be Broadway’s 1st black Cinderella

    Like many girls, actress and singer Keke Palmer grew up dreaming of meeting a prince who would whisk her away to a life of love and happiness. In her case, it’s going to happen — eight shows a week on Broadway. Palmer said she’ll be stepping into the title role in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” starting Sept. 9 at the Broadway Theatre. She will become the first African-American to play the part on the Great White Way.

    1967 Ford Mustang owned by Lou Vassos of Mount Prospect.

    'Tame' pony still pleasing to original owner

    By his own admittance, Lou Vassos of Mount Prospect is a “practical guy.” He sees no reason to upgrade his beige Ford Mustang. After all, it drives just as well as the day he bought it in 1967.


    Women on ‘drug holiday’ for bone loss should be tested

    Q: I am currently on a bisphosphonate “drug holiday.” How will I know if, or when, I should go back on the drug?


    Vitamin D deficiency causes concern

    A recent article in the Southern Medical Journal indicates that the incidence of vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency in this country is significantly higher than previously thought. This is of serious concern because low levels of vitamin D seem to increase the risk of not just osteoporosis but many other diseases as well.

    Lupita Nyong’o accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for “12 Years a Slave,” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Few roles for Hispanics in top Hollywood movies

    A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen. The study of the top 100 grossing films in 2013, by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg school, found that the make-believe world of movies generally does not reflect what America looks like in real life.


    Tracking devices give assisted living a boost

    A senior living facility in Connecticut has a pilot program using wearable devices to track residents, most of whom have been diagnosed with dementia, memory impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Upon moving in, each resident is given a “pendant”: a device, worn around the neck that uses Wi-Fi to signal location in real time. The facility's staff each carry an iPod Touch that can track residents on a map of the facility.

    Watercress packs a huge dose of vitamins and minerals.

    Your health: Watercress packs a nutritional punch
    A recent study at William Paterson University in New Jersey ranked the top “powerhouse fruits and vegetables,” based on the nutrients they provide per calorie.What topped the list? No, not kale or spinach (though they didn’t do too badly). The most powerful of the powerhouses was watercress.

    This lifelike dinosaur is part of the “Walking With Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular,” which is currently touring the U.S. and Canada.

    Updated dinosaurs stalk America in arena show

    What does a man who spends his work days creating animatronic dinosaurs do on his day off? If you’re Sonny Tilders, you go see the real thing in person at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. “I wanted them to move. Just one of them,” Tilders says. In his day job, they do: Tilders is the driving force behind the “Walking with Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular,” which has returned for a North American tour with 20 updated lifelike dinosaurs, including many sporting feathers, the ability to reach up and eat leaves, and three new babies.

    Charlotte Le Bon, left, is Marguerite and Helen Mirren plays Madame Mallory in DreamWorks Pictures’ film “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” The film releases Aug. 8.

    Could Helen Mirren forget how to act? She worries

    When Helen Mirren has a really good time making a movie, as she did on “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” she fears: “Oh my God, is it going to stink?” Never mind that the 69-year-old Dame of the British Empire who won an Oscar for playing the Queen just said that. Mirren also said that when she takes time off work, she worries that she has forgotten how to act altogether. Of course, her 45-year career says otherwise.

    “Days of Rage” by Brad Taylor

    ‘Days of Rage’ is fast-paced thriller

    The world of Special Ops seems to be a new trend in publishing, but author Brad Taylor, a former Delta Force operative, knows how to unveil the behind-the-scenes action. Taylor’s main characters Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill work for a unit called The Taskforce, a secret group of elite men and women who work outside all normal government channels. The team has lost two operatives in what appears to be a routine car crash, but Pike is doubtful.

    Parents should understand that the Internet can be dangerous for children and take appropriate precautions.

    Protect your children from the dangers of the Internet

    With a click of a mouse or a touch on a screen, children can be exposed to predators, “cyberbullies” and inappropriate material. The following tips can help parents provide a safer Internet environment.

    Stephen, left, and Alex Kendrick pose outside The Gem Theater after shooting several car scenes along the main drag in downtown Kannapolis, N.C., for their fifth movie. The theater manager thought it be cool to put all their previous films on the marquee to serve as background and they agreed.

    Bible Belt filmmakers expand box office horizons

    It’s the Hollywood ending every studio wants: Low-cost production and high returns at the box office. Filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick seem to have the formula down — grossing nearly $80 million on four films made for less than $4 million combined. Only thing is the Kendrick brothers work far from Hollywood and, outside the world of Christian-themed cinema, many have never heard of their films. That could change.

    More people in their 40s, 50s and early 60s are getting their hips replaced, unwilling to live with pain and give up activity.

    You’re not too young for hip replacement

    More people in their 40s, 50s and early 60s are getting their hips replaced, unwilling to live with pain and give up activity.Overall, the annual number of total and partial hip replacements jumped 56 percent, from 263,000 to 411,000, between 1998 and 2011, according to the latest figures compiled by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The portion of patients ages 45 to 64 having this procedure jumped from 27 percent in 1998 to 42 percent in 2011.



    President’s critics unfairly labeled racist
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Being of only average intelligence, it took me a long time to realize that a black Democrat should never be president of the United States. Before I explain why I came to this conclusion, I assure you that I am not a bigot or a racist. Born Jewish and growing up in the 1930s, I was a recipient of blatant bigotry (such as being called hateful slurs and being exposed to signs in Lake Geneva that stated, “Jews and dogs keep off the grass”) and the legal restriction of employment of Jewish people to a single digit percentage.


    Pension savings plan just another scheme
    A Wilmette letter to the editor: You printed a HYPERLINK "http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140714/discuss/140719657/"letter on July 14 from a state senator touting and explaining a bill now working its way through Springfield. The bill would require certain employees to make contributions to a pension fund run by the state. What could possibly go wrong with this?


    Israel leaves Gaza residents with few options
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: The majority of the Palestinians are very anti-violence. True, it is unfortunate that Hamas is in power, but they were voted in democratically with the hope that Hamas would do something for their cause. And what is that cause? Freedom!


    Phrases hide truth about abortion
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Regarding “Health decisions belong to women” by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon published on July 7, in my opinion health decisions should not include the taking of a human life. Sanitized jargon like “birth control” and “a private medical decision” mask the truth that abortion and drugs and devices that cause abortions kill babies.


    Priest was right to uphold policy
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: God bless Father Terry Keehan, a living example of a true shepherd to his flock at Holy Family Catholic Church in Inverness. Father did that with his proper response to the music director of Holy Family, Colin Collette a practicing homosexual.


    Choir director knew he was violating policy
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: Sorry, I don’t have much sympathy for Colin Collette, the worship leader who lost his job for “love.”


    Rauner supports these GOP tactics?
    An Addison letter to the editor: Libertarians turned in almost 44,000 signatures to get their candidates on the ballot this November, and Republicans challenged us at the State Board of Elections.


    Not border crisis, but humanitarian
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: The recent influx of children immigrants from Central America was inevitable. These are innocent minors who are not bringing violence into the United States, but rather escaping the dangers of their country.


    Boehner, resign to stop gridlock
    John Boehner’s statement that “The White House needs to get its act together” when commenting on President Obama’s efforts to solve the immigration problem really is beyond laughable since the speaker is the one not allowing an up-or-down vote on the Senate-passed bill over a year ago.Does Boehner really think the American people are that stupid as to not see the con game he is playing? Boehner and the House Republicans are destroying our ability to get anything done in order to discredit President Obama, all for political reasons.Please, Mr. John Boehner, please resign and give your job to someone who can stop this gridlock.Ted PacutBloomingdale


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