Daily Archive : Wednesday August 6, 2014


    Adam Rubin, coming in after a jump.

    Services Friday for Long Grove man who died base jumping

    Services have been set for Friday in Mundelein for Adam Rubin, a 23-year-old Long Grove native who died last week in a base jumping accident in Twin Falls, Idaho. “He loved his family and treated everyone as if he was their best friend,” his obituary reads. “He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”

    Chris Nybo, who was appointed Monday to serve as state senator of the 24th Senate District of Illinois, gets a hug from Linda Russo of Ingleside Wednesday during his swearing in ceremony at the Sunken Garden Memorial in Lombard.

    Elmhurst Republican Nybo sworn in to Illinois Senate

    Attorney Chris Nybo, an Elmhurst Republican, was sworn in to take a seat in the Illinois Senate Wednesday after being appointed to serve the rest of departing Kirk Dillard’s term.


    Russia to block U.S. agricultural imports

    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hit back hard against countries that have imposed sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, ordering trade cuts that an official said would include a ban on all imports of agricultural products from the United States.

    A NATO soldier, right, opens fire Tuesday near the main gate of Camp Qargha, west of capital Kabul, Afghanistan. A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on foreign troops at a military base, causing casualties, an Afghan military spokesman said.

    Afghan official: General’s killer hid in bathroom

    The Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. two-star general and wounded other top officers hid in a bathroom before his assault and used a NATO assault rifle in his attack, an Afghan military official said Wednesday. The investigation into the killing of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranked U.S. officer to be slain in combat since 1970 in the Vietnam War, focused on the Afghan soldier.


    North Aurora motorcyclist hurt in crash

    A North Aurora motorcyclist was injured Wednesday afternoon after he rear-ended a vehicle on Route 25 near the Aurora and North Aurora border.

    Emergency personnel respond to a collision between two double-decker buses on New York City’s Times Square, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. The Theater District accident injured 13 people, three of them seriously.

    Police: Bus driver may have been high at time of Times Square crash

    One of the drivers involved in a double-decker tour bus crash that injured 14 people in Times Square has been arrested.

    In this July 22 photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during a bill signing ceremony in Chicago. Chicago attorney Michael Shakman, who has a 40-year history of opposing illegal patronage hiring in Cook County, sued Quinn last spring over political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation. The Quinn administration responded to the suit that it had already taken action, reviewing and reclassifying jobs and assuring that they wouldn’t be subject to political considerations in the future. But, asked to explain what it did, the administration now refuses to identify which jobs were redefined or how state officials determined whether anti-patronage rules applied.

    Quinn administration refuses to explain hiring fix

    When a good-government campaigner sued Gov. Pat Quinn in April over political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, the administration responded that it had already taken action by reviewing and reclassifying jobs, which wouldn’t be subject to political considerations in the future. But asked to explain what it did, the Quinn administration has refused to identify which jobs...


    Illinois State Police troopers to help Chicago

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Wednesday that 40 State Police troopers will be dispatched to Chicago to help the police department round up dangerous fugitives as part of an effort to combat an annual rise in violent crime during the summer. “The state of Illinois will do whatever is necessary to protect public safety — in Chicago and every community across Illinois,”...

    In this 2013 file photo, concertina wire surrounds the buildings of the Pontiac Correctional Center in Pontiac, Ill. Treating and housing mentally ill prisoners is costing more in Illinois. State documents show Illinois taxpayers will be billed more than $17.8 million to turn existing prison space into mental health care facilities.

    Mentally ill prisoners costing more in Illinois

    Treating and housing mentally ill prisoners is costing more in Illinois. State documents show Illinois taxpayers will be billed more than $17.8 million to turn existing prison space into mental health care facilities, the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reported. The Illinois Department of Corrections has asked architectural firms for proposals to convert a dining hall at Pontiac...

    A car hit a home on Helen Court in Streamwood Wednesday morning, causing a gaper’s block along Bartlett Road.

    Car hits house in Streamwood, mother and toddler escape injury

    A Streamwood mother and her 2-year-old toddler escaped injury Wednesday morning when a car slammed into her house after being hit by another vehicle, officials said. The woman driving the Explorer was taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates for treatment of minor injuries.

    In this Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, a Bank of America sign is photographed in Philadelphia. A person familiar with the matter says Bank of America has agreed to pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis.

    Bank of America to pay at least $16 billion in Justice Department settlement

    WASHINGTON — Bank of America is nearing a $16 billion to $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

    A Nigerian port health official uses a thermometer on a passenger Wednesday at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. A Nigerian nurse who treated a man with Ebola is now dead and five others are sick with one of the world’s most virulent diseases, authorities said Wednesday as the death toll rose to at least 932 people in four West African countries.

    How does Ebola spread, and can it be stopped?

    LONDON — As a deadly Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, health officials are working to calm fears about how the virus spreads, while encouraging those with symptoms to get medical care. Typically, outbreaks of the disease have been in other parts of the continent, not in West Africa. HOW IS EBOLA SPREAD?


    U of I suspends Sierra Leone programs amid Ebola outbreak

    The University of Illinois announced it has suspended study-abroad programs in Sierra Leone and plans extra screening for students arriving from West Africa in response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

    President Barack Obama, joined by Prime Minister of Algeria Abdelmalek Sellal, left, and President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, center, speaks Wednesday during the opening session at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

    Obama: Public health focus can curb Ebola outbreak

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the Ebola virus is controllable with standard public health measures and the U.S. is working with allies to send additional medical workers to West Africa.


    New York hospital patient tests negative for Ebola

    NEW YORK — A man who recently visited West Africa and then was hospitalized in New York City with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms does not have the Ebola virus.Mount Sinai Hospital said Wednesday the man tested negative for the deadly disease, which has erupted in West Africa.The man was ill when he arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital early Monday.

    A Nigerian port health official speaks to a passenger Wednesday at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. A Nigerian nurse who treated a man with Ebola is now dead and five others are sick with one of the world’s most virulent diseases, authorities said Wednesday as the death toll rose to at least 932 people in four West African countries.

    5 more Ebola cases in Nigeria; death toll reaches 932

    Nigerian authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents Wednesday in anticipation of more Ebola infections as they disclosed five more cases of the virus and a death in Africa’s most populous nation, where officials were racing to keep the gruesome disease confined to a small group of patients. The five new Nigerian cases were all in Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people in a country...

    Guinea Police secure the area around a man who collapsed in a puddle of water on the street Wednedsay in the city of Conakry. People would not approach him as they fear he may be suffering from the Ebola virus. The man lay in the street for several hours before being taken to an Ebola control centre for assessment. The World Health Organization has began an emergency meeting on the Ebola crisis, and said at least 932 deaths in four countries are blamed on the virus, with many hundreds more being treated in quarantine conditions.

    Ethical issue: Who gets experimental Ebola drug?

    WASHINGTON — The use of an experimental drug to treat two Americans diagnosed with Ebola is raising ethical questions about who gets first access to unproven new therapies for the deadly disease. But some health experts fear debate over extremely limited doses will distract from tried-and-true measures to curb the growing outbreak — things like more rapidly identifying and isolating...

    The Bartlett International Chorus joins the Chicago Hakka Chorus at Bartlett’s village hall to officially open a photo exhibit featuring Taiwanese photographers.

    Bartlett kicks off photo exhibit with Chicago Hakka Chorus

    Bartlett Mayor Kevin Wallace joined Taiwanese dignitaries Wednesday to welcome a new photo exhibit that plays off the village's ties to its sister city in Taiwan. The ceremony featured a concert of traditional folk songs and an exchange of gifts at village hall.

    Caleb Watson of Wheaton shoulders a rocket launcher Wednesday as students ages 11 to 14 learned about military rockets and how they were used in the nation’s wars during a summer program at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Students learn about missiles, rockets at Cantigny

    Middle school students got the chance to handle real, but nonfunctioning, rocket and missile launchers Wednesday during the First Division Museum’s Military Science Rocket Class at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. After learning the history of rockets in the Army, the youngsters, ages 11 through 14, each were given a model rocket to assemble and launch at the end of class.

    Saia Inc., a Georgia-based trucking firm, plans to build a terminal on 33 acres at the southwest corner of Midlothian and Peterson Roads in Grayslake.

    Grayslake annexes land, gives approvals for truck terminal

    Grayslake extended its boundary by annexing 33 acres at the southwest corner of Midlothian and Peterson Roads. The intended development by Georgia-based Saia Inc., for a truck terminal to collect and deliver freight.


    Lake in the Hills man charged with child porn

    A Lake in the Hills man faces child pornography charges as part of a statewide initiative to punish offenders who download and trade child pornography, Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office said.


    Hanover Park police shuffles department leadership

    Hanover Park Deputy Police Chief Tom Cortese is stepping down after 27 years with the department. With Cortese's departure, Lt. Andy Johnson, who currently heads investigations, will be promoted to deputy chief.

    Baltazar G. Contreras-Gonzalez

    $1 million bail for Aurora man on drug charges

    A 22-year-old Aurora man is being held on $1 million bail after an arrest on charges of manufacture/distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. Baltazar G. Contreras-Gonzalez faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Authorities declined to specify the amount of drugs seized, yet drugs could be worth $1 million, as bail in significant drug arrests usually is set at the estimated...

    It’s been almost a year since construction began on widening a 3.5-mile stretch of Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora, and permanent paving has just begun with crews now installing the rebar for the west portion of the southbound lanes near North Aurora Road.

    Paving starts on Route 59 in Naperville

    After nearly a year of work on Route 59 in Naperville and Aurora, paving has begun. Contractors recently laid the first stretch of permanent pavement on two southbound lanes north of North Aurora Road, and the work is a sign of what’s to come. "The project is where we anticipated it to be," said Bill Novack, Naperville's director of transportation, engineering and development.


    Hanover Park man charged with luring teenage girl

    A Cook County judge on Wednesday set bail at $300,000 for a Hanover Park man who authorities say followed a 13-year-old girl and tried to lure her into his car. Jose Trejo-Huerta, 34, faces charges of luring a minor and unlawful restraint, prosecutors said.

    Big Timber Road from Todd Farm Drive to McLean Boulevard will be closed for about five days starting Aug. 18 for work on the railroad track spur.

    Big Timber Road to close Aug. 18 in Elgin

    A portion of Big Timber Road in Elgin will close later this month, city officials said in a news release. Big Timber Road from Todd Farm Drive to McLean Boulevard will close for at least five days beginning Aug. 18 for work on the railroad track spur at 1600 Big Timber Road.

    Angela Concha of Pingree Grove helps her children, Devin, 7, and Alexiana, 5, identify butterflies while holding their brother, Camden, 5 months, Wednesday at Peck Farm Park’s Butterfly House in Geneva. The Concha family, including father Joe, wandered around the enclosure spotting more than 15 varieties of butterflies. Alexiana is a big fan of butterflies, and says her favorite species is the Queen butterfly, which was on display at the house.

    Geneva’s Peck Farm Park draws a crowd

    The Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park in Geneva crowded with butterflies and visitors Wednesday afternoon.


    Community tent sale:

    Lambs Farm’s Cedar Chest Thrift Shop hosts its first community tent sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Sept. 5 through 7, in the parking lot at 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville.


    Out to lunch in Libertyville:

    The final two Out to Lunch events sponsored by MainStreet Libertyville are planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 15, downtown in Cook Park.


    Advice on car shows:

    The organizer of Wauconda’s summertime cruise nights urged village officials on Monday not to allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the street during the public events.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    A resident of the 2S100 block of Harter Road near Kaneville reported to authorities that six unauthorized ATM withdrawals totaling $1,850 were made between Saturday and Monday, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Tutors, mentors, drivers sought:

    The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program sponsored by Community Action Partnership is looking for volunteers to provide one-on-one assistance to children 3-5 years old in literacy, math, reading and social/emotional development for at least two hours one or two days a week during the 2014-15 school year.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Antonio O. Neal Jr., 25, of Elgin, was charged Tuesday with retail theft, according to court records. While at Wal-Mart, 1100 S. Randall Road, Elgin, he put two air mattresses into a cart and purchased one of them, police said. After bringing the purchased air mattress to his car, Neal went back into the store and returned the air mattress he didn’t purchase at the store’s customer...

    Gavyn Baker, 11, of Wauconda, receives an immunization Wednesday during the final Kids 1st Health Fair in Waukegan. Organizers are ending the program after 21 years.

    About 1,000 kids expected at final Kids 1st Health Fair

    About 1,000 kids were expected to participate in Lake County's final Kids 1st Health Fair on Wednesday in Waukegan. Some parents and volunteers said they were disappointed the annual program is ending after 21 years.

    Demetrice Tompkins

    Chicago man gets 22 years in Lombard attempted murder

    A Chicago man found guilty in June of severely beating and stabbing the mother of his two young children was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison. Demetrice Tompkins, 49, faced 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilt, in June, of attempted murder, aggravated domestic violence and armed violence in the December 2011 attack on Crystal Ward, 43, of Lombard.

    Latoya M. Baines

    Judge: Batavia murder suspect statements allowed in court

    A Kane County judge ruled Wednesday that statements made by a 26-year-old Batavia woman accused in the April 2012 stabbing death of her boyfriend are admissible at trial. The attorney for Latoya M. ,Baines, who faces murder charges in the death of her boyfriend Gerald J. Jackson, 25, argued Baines did not voluntarily talk to police. Baines has been held on $750,000 bail since her arrest and faces...

    Juan Guajardo

    Waukegan man pleads not guilty to accusations in stabbing death

    A Waukegan man accused of stabbing another to death outside of a Waukegan home in June pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder in Lake County court Wednesday. Juan Guajardo, 39, faces 20 to 60 years in prison if convicted at trial. He was also charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery.

    DuPage County has announced the end of its electronics recycling program because a vendor is no longer providing the service.

    DuPage pulling plug on electronics recycling program

    A vendor problem has caused DuPage County to pull the plug on its electronics recycling program. County officials this week announced the company that collected and recycled electronic equipment for DuPage is no longer providing the service. “We are obviously unhappy that the program has ended,” said Joy Hinz, an environmental specialist.

    Mike L (Michael Lueck), of Des Plaines, here doing the reggae hit “Rude,” is one of 10 finalists who will perform Saturday before the grand prize winner of Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent is announced.

    Arlington Hts. gets ready to party, with Mane Event and Taste

    Two of August’s biggest celebrations in Arlington Heights — the Mane Event Block Party and Taste of Arlington Heights — are back Friday and Saturday to kick off the International Festival of Racing at Arlington International racetrack.


    Video: Aussie commuters tip train car to help trapped man

    Dozens of people helped rescue a fellow commuter in Australia by pushing against a train car to free the man whose leg slipped between the platform and the train. Closed-circuit footage released by the Western Australia State Public Transport Authority showed the man lost his footing while boarding the train at a station in the city of Perth on Wednesday.

    Renee Ryan of the Light Heart Center, located in Winfield, leads a Tai Chi class in the Peg Bond Center at last year’s Batavia Green Walk, which is now the Batavia Green Fair on the Fox.

    Batavia Green Fair aims to inspire eco-friendly lifestyles

    The Batavia Green Fair on the Fox, formerly known as the Batavia Green Walk, is returning for its seventh annual event with more than just a new name. Fair co-chairman Keith Line said this year, the fair will be more interactive and will reach a wider audience with various new activities, events and entertainment.

    Devan A. Bald

    Round Lake man pleads not guilty to child sex soliciting charges

    A Round Lake man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four counts of indecent solicitation of a child. Devan Bald, 18, is accused by sheriff deputies of trying to meet with a 9-year-old girl to engage in sex. He is free from Lake County jail after posting the required 10 percent of his $200,000 bail.

    The Batavia Overseas Post 1197, Veterans of Foreign Wars, is asking Batavia to rescind its ban on video gambling.

    Batavia mayor promises to veto video gambling

    Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke on Tuesday promised to veto any effort to overturn the city’s ban on video gambling. He cited concerns about how the state regulates the industry, saying promised oversights — such as instant online monitoring of terminals and “deep” criminal background checks on licensed operators — have not come through as promised.

    The Lombard Police Department has launched a monthlong enforcement campaign focused strictly on ticketing people who use hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel.

    Lombard police begin campaign to enforce hands-free cellphone law

    Drivers who ignore the state’s hands-free cellphone law may want to reconsider, especially if they travel through Lombard. Police last week launched their first monthlong enforcement campaign in Lombard, focusing strictly on ticketing people using hand-held cellphones while behind wheel. Sgt. Joseph Grage said this is a good time to start the campaign because most schools begin classes in...

    Emily Gray, executive director of World Relief DuPage/ Aurora, discusses the immigration crisis of children from Central America coming to the United States.

    World Relief leader: U.S. at fault on immigration problems

    The debate over unaccompanied children from Central America crossing into the U.S. is in large part a problem of our own making, says Emily Gray, executive director of World Relief DuPage/Aurora and a former missionary to Central America. Gray said the escalating violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador has driven many children and teens across the border.


    Laziness can creep in and destroy us

    Have you ever realized laziness destroys us? It comes to steal our motivation and ruin our lives.

    One home was destroyed and 27 others were evacuated after a landslide early Tuesday struck an upscale suburban Salt Lake City community, where officials had worried for nearly a year about cracked soil on the hillside above the houses.

    Family prayed in vain for home to withstand storms

    A family in a mountainside Salt Lake City suburb huddled late at night with neighbors and a local Mormon leader, praying in vain that a fractured ridge above their home would hold steady during a storm and prevent boulders and gravel from crashing through the back door. Three generations of the Peruvian family awoke at dawn Tuesday to the sounds of snapping and rumbling as the rain-soaked swath...


    Police kill gun-wielding man at Ohio Wal-Mart

    Authorities in southwest Ohio say a man brandishing a gun inside a Wal-Mart store has been shot to death by police.

    Kentwood police investigate a stabbing that occurred in a playground in Pinebrook Village, in Kentwood, Mich., on Aug. 4, 2014.

    12-year-old charged in fatal Mich. playground stabbing

    The giggles and innocence neighbors associated with the playground at the Pinebrook Village mobile home park vanished in the screams of a 9-year-old boy, who witnesses and authorities said was stabbed in the back by a 12-year-old. The older boy now faces a murder charge, and authorities say they are still investigating what led to the attack.

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a 74-year-old incumbent, is seeking to fend off challenger Joe Carr in Tennessee’s primary election Thursday. Carr has cast Alexander as out of touch with an increasingly conservative electorate.

    Lamar Alexander looks to fend off Tenn. GOP challengers

    After roughly four decades in office — two terms as governor and two in the U.S. Senate, with two runs for president mixed between — Lamar Alexander faces a challenge in the state’s Thursday primary from a pair of Tea Party-styled primary challengers who have tried to cast the 74-year-old incumbent as out of touch with the state’s increasingly conservative electorate.

    A child holds a bowl of porridge cooked by volunteers in front of temporary tents set up at the quake-hit area in the town of Longtoushan in Ludian county in southwest China’s Yunnan Province Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Some 10,000 troops and hundreds of volunteers have rushed to Ludian to clear roads and dig out survivors from the debris, but landslides and bouts of heavy rains have complicated the efforts. (

    Volunteers step up in China’s response to quake

    Minutes after a deadly earthquake shook western China, disaster teams were on the move. Within hours, food, tents, and even a 4G cellphone network were in place, showing how a fast-developing China can bring its plentiful experience and enormous resources to bear in handling natural disasters. Yet while the military is leading the relief operation, growing numbers of volunteers are a prominent...

    Associated Press/Courtesy Steinfeld family Former U.S. Surgeon General Jesse Steinfeld, who became the first surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after campaigning against the dangers of smoking during the Richard Nixon era, has died in Southern California. He was 87.

    Surgeon general who fought tobacco dies at 87

    Dr. Jesse Steinfeld, who became the first surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after he campaigned hard against the dangers of smoking during the Richard Nixon era, died Tuesday. He was 87.

    Associated Press File Photo, 2011 Maj. Gen. Greene, the two-star Army general who on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in either of America’s post-9/11 wars, was an engineer who rose through the ranks as an expert in developing and fielding the Army’s war material. He was on his first deployment to a war zone.

    General killed in Afghan attack was engineer on first war zone deployment

    Harold J. Greene, the two-star Army general who became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in either of America’s post-9/11 wars, was an engineer who rose through the ranks as an expert in developing and fielding the Army’s war material. He was on his first deployment to a war zone.

    Granite City Food & Brewery, led by CEO and former McDonald’s executive Rob Doran, plans to open new restaurants this fall in Naperville and late this year in Schaumburg.

    ‘Polished casual’ restaurant and brewery coming to Naperville

    A restaurant and brewery with Minneapolis-area roots and a suburban CEO is coming to join an area of Naperville already well-known as a dining destination. Granite City Food & Brewery, led by CEO and St. Charles resident Rob Doran, plans to open Oct. 15. “Granite City started really as a dinner house that happened to have a brewery,” Doran said about the restaurant’s roots in...

    Robert Berlin

    Berlin: DuPage drug-induced homicide cases will only increase

    DuPage County States Attorney Robert Berlin and his prosecutors are now 2-0 when it comes to prosecuting the relatively new charge of drug-induced homicide. Unfortunately, Berlin said, these first two cases are likely only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nabbing those peddling heroin in the suburbs.


    Gov’t to sell $67B in Treasurys next week

    The government says it will sell $67 billion in Treasury securities next week as part of its regular quarterly refunding auctions. The Treasury Department also announced Wednesday that it will buy back a small amount of securities from market dealers in the fourth quarter to test the computer systems for such transactions.

    Republican David Trott, a candidate for Michigan’s 11th congressional district, stands next to his wife, Kappy, Tuesday during an interview at his election night party in Troy, Mich. Trott defeated incumbent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio.

    News Guide: Primary election highlights

    Highlights from Tuesday’s primary elections in Missouri, Kansas, Michigan and Washington.Top Of The TicketRepublican Sen. Pat Roberts beat back a primary challenge from radiologist Milton Wolf in his bid for re-nomination in Kansas, as Senate incumbents continued their unbeaten streak in this year’s midterm elections.

    Michael Worthington’s execution was the first since Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air in July in Arizona during a lethal injection process that took nearly two hours to complete.

    Missouri inmate executed for raping, killing woman

    A Missouri man was put to death Wednesday for raping and killing a college student in 1995, making him the first U.S. prisoner executed since a lethal injection in Arizona last month in which an inmate took nearly two hours to die. The Missouri Department of Corrections said Michael Worthington was executed by lethal injection at the state prison south of St. Louis and was pronounced dead at...

    U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts embraces a supporter Tuesday after making his victory speech at an election watch party in Overland Park, Kansas. Roberts defeated tea party-backed challenger Milton Wolf.

    GOP establishment on a roll over tea party

    Three-term Sen. Pat Roberts dispatched tea party favorite Milton Wolf on Tuesday, adding Kansas to the list of states where tea partyers have tried and failed to knock out Republican Senate incumbents this year. The Senate GOP establishment is now basking in a solid string of wins following triumphs in Texas, Kentucky, South Carolina and Mississippi.

    Palestinians shop Wednesday at a market in Gaza City. A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that ended a month of fighting is holding for a second day, ahead of negotiations in Cairo on a long-term truce and a broader deal for the war-ravaged Gaza Strip.

    Cease-fire in Gaza holds for second day

    A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas that ended a month of war was holding for a second day Wednesday, ahead of negotiations in Cairo on a long-term truce and a broader deal for the war-ravaged Gaza Strip. In the coming days, Egyptian mediators are to shuttle between delegations from both sides to try to work out a deal.

    Duane Lewis, left, and his partner, Rex Van Alstine, both of Finneytown, Ohio, join hundreds of others Tuesday along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park in Cincinnati. Federal appeals courts soon will hear arguments in gay marriage fights from nine states, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict.

    Court hearing gay marriage arguments from 4 states

    A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in six gay marriage fights from four states — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — in the biggest such session on the issue so far. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will consider arguments Wednesday that pit states’ rights and traditional, conservative values against what...

    Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is pictured from a distance of 285 kilometers. A mission to land the first space probe on a comet reaches a major milestone when the unmanned Rosetta spacecraft caught up with its quarry on Wednesday. It’s a hotly anticipated rendezvous: Rosetta flew into space more than a decade ago and had to perform a series of complex maneuvers to gain enough speed to chase down the comet on its orbit around the sun.

    Rosetta space probe catches up with comet

    After a journey of 4 billion miles, Europe’s unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination Wednesday, a milestone in mankind’s first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet. The decade-long trip was successfully completed with a seven-minute thrust that allowed Rosetta to swing alongside comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

    A woman walks by a destroyed outlet Wednesday after night shelling on a local market in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Air strikes and artillery fire between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops in the eastern city of Donetsk have brought the violence closer than ever to the city center, as Kiev’s forces move in on the rebel stronghold.

    Air strike injures 2 in key Ukrainian rebel city

    Air strikes and artillery fire between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops in the eastern city of Donetsk have brought the violence closer than ever to the city center, as Kiev’s forces move in on the rebel stronghold.


    Green Bay-area village blocks sex offenders

    ALLOUEZ, Wis. (AP) — A village in the Green Bay metropolitan area is making it harder for registered sex offenders to move into the community.


    Police nab man suspected of trying to hit trooper

    ALBION, Ind. — Police say officers have arrested a man who they believe tried to run over a state trooper in northeastern Indiana.


    Interrupting lawyer gets rare sanction

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A lawyer who angered an Iowa federal judge by repeatedly raising objections has received an unusual punishment: an order to produce a training video that denounces such tactics.U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett issued the sanction last week to attorney June Ghezzi, who works in the Chicago office of the law firm Jones Day.


    Grassland Dairy to pay $300,000 to Wisconsin

    GREENWOOD, Wis. — Grassland Dairy Products Inc. has been ordered to pay a $300,000 penalty to Wisconsin for violating state water pollution laws.Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the settlement Tuesday. Grassland Dairy is one of the world’s largest butter producers.


    Hearing to address poverty in 3 Illinois counties

    KANKAKEE — A public hearing this week will gather feedback on Illinois poverty issues.The (Joliet) Herald-News reports the hearing is set for Thursday evening in Kankakee.


    HUD seek $300,000 reimbursement from Moline

    MOLINE, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wants the Moline Housing Authority to repay $300,000 found to have been inappropriately used.


    Police: Illinois men charged with gunrunning

    Illinois State Police say two men from suburban Chicago have been charged with gunrunning.The State Police announced in a news release Tuesday that they arrested 42-year-old Thomas J. Burke and 72-year-old Daryl J. Mrkvicka on Friday after serving warrants at their homes. Both men live in Tinley Park.


    Northern Indiana firefighter dies at business fire

    NEW CARLISLE, Ind. — Authorities say a firefighter was killed and another injured while battling a large blaze at a northern Indiana business.


    Paralympic medalist to lead Illinois State Fair parade

    SPRINGFIELD — A member of the U.S.’s gold medal-winning Paralympic sled hockey team will serve as grand marshal of the Illinois State Fair twilight parade.Kevin McKee is a member of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago hockey team. He’s skated on Team USA’s international squad since 2010.


    ISU prepping for large incoming freshman class

    NORMAL — Illinois State University is expecting a large incoming freshman class this year.


    Wisconsin man shoots self after fleeing police

    KENOSHA, Wis. — A southeastern Wisconsin man is recovering after fleeing from Kenosha police and shooting himself.The Kenosha Police Department says an 18-year-old shot himself Tuesday after officers responded to a disorderly conduct complaint. Police say he was taken to an area hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.


    Veterans mental health summit planned for Chicago

    Veterans groups, elected officials and others will gather for a summit in Chicago on veterans’ mental health. According to a news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the event will take place Wednesday at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago.


    Chicago mayor calls for summit on drinking water

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reacting to reports Lake Erie has became tainted with a toxin that prevents water consumption by calling for a summit of Canadian and U.S. mayors. He says a meeting is needed to discuss ways of protecting and preserving the Great Lakes.


    Chicago man sentenced for sex trafficking

    A federal judge has sentenced a 27-year-old Chicago man to 30 years in prison for forcing four young women into prostitution through a combination of threats and psychological manipulation.


    2 Indiana cities get $500,000 in EPA water grants

    GARY, Ind. — The federal government has awarded two northern Indiana cities $500,000 for projects to improve Lake Michigan’s water quality by filtering the runoff from city life.


    Buffett grants fund 3 Macon sheriff’s positions

    DECATUR, Ill. — Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider says he can’t thank Howard G. Buffett enough.


    University of Wisconsin-Madison expects second-largest class in 9 years

    MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison is expecting its second-largest class of state-resident freshmen in nine years this fall.The university saw its largest class of resident freshmen since 2005 last year, when 3,843 enrolled. The school is expecting about 3,700 to enroll this fall.


    Panel to select next Indiana Supreme Court leader

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court is about to get its second new leader since 2012.The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Wednesday to interview Justices Loretta Rush, Mark Massa, Steven David and Robert Rucker before selecting a new chief justice to succeed Brent Dickson.


    Interior secretary to visit Carmel to support fund

    CARMEL, Ind. — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is scheduled to visit central Indiana in support of a federal fund that is used for urban parks, clean water and outdoor recreation.The Land and Water Conservation Fund is scheduled to expire next year unless reauthorized by Congress. The money comes from revenues from offshore oil and gas development.


    Southern Illinois teachers file strike notice

    HIGHLAND, Ill. — Teachers in a southern Illinois school district have filed a notice of intent to strike as contract negotiations are ongoing.


    Illinois man gets 20 years for 4th burglary

    SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2013 burglary of a garage.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports a circuit judge on Tuesday sentenced 31-year-old Walter Cunningham.


    Chicago Fire Department employee sues city over harassment

    A Chicago Fire Department employee is suing the city after a federal commission upheld her sexual harassment charge against a former fire commissioner.


    Dawn Patrol: Mt. Prospect settles with inn; Walgreen staying put

    Mt. Prospect settles with Ye Olde Town Inn for $6.5 million. British report: Walgreen HQ to stay in U.S. County delays vote on ordinance, new horse racing regulations. Woodfield P.F. Chang’s on card data breach list. Hanover Park ‘getting close’ to deal with Hanover Square buyer. Man convicted of 2005 Aurora murder seeks juvenile court. Lombard cover band singer to be new...

    PAUL VALADE/pvalade@dailyherald.com The Winter Wonderland holiday light show in Vernon Hills will be held at least one more time at the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens.

    Holiday light show gets another year on former Cuneo grounds in Vernon Hills

    The well known Winter Wonderland holiday light show at the Cuneo property in Vernon Hills will be held at least one more time. Loyola University Chicago owns the property but potential development remains in the conceptual stage. "Loyola indicated they are willing to do another (light show) with us, which is awesome," Village Manager John Kalmar said.


    Fewer people filing complaints against Elgin Police Department

    Complaints filed by residents against the Elgin Police Department have decreased steadily in the last five years. There were just nine complaints since Jan. 1, 2013. Officer Lawrence Dickman received the stiffest discipline with a three-day suspension after alcohol was served to minors at a party at his house. “We believe we do have a lot of good officers," Deputy Chief Bill Wolf said.

    Big Ten-JV level coach Art Fiumetto offers encouragement a during Mount Prospect Youth Football Association practice at Lions Memorial Park in Mount Prospect.

    Concussion fears not hurting youth tackle football numbers

    As concussion news from the NFL and NCAA continues to dominate sports headlines, suburban leagues report enrollment in their tackle football programs is flat or slightly lower. Many attribute any decrease to a variety of factors, not just concussion fears. Suburban flag football leagues report slight increases in enrollment. “There are so many different options for the kids now,” one...

    Despite pension reform attempts by the Illinois legislature, average public pension amounts continue to grow and are rapidly catching up to the average public salary.

    Average public pension catching up to average salary

    The average pension for a retired public employee in Illinois is quickly approaching the average salary of those still working, a Daily Herald analysis shows. That doesn't bode well for the financial health of those retirement systems, some analysts say. “More and more people are making more in retirement than they did when they were working, and I just don't see how you can do that,”...

    District workers prepare to replace the exterior sign at Barrington High School.

    District 220 continues sign replacement plan

    Four Barrington Area Unit School District 220 schools will have new exterior signs installed over the summer, according to a release by the district.


    Cook County prosecutor, associate judge nominated to federal court

    President Barack Obama has nominated the lead prosecutor in a high-profile terrorism trial of three NATO protesters to fill one of two vacancies on the federal bench for northern Illinois. Sen. Dick Durbin’s office announced Cook County prosecutor John Blakey’s nomination Tuesday. Cook County Judge Jorge Alonso was nominated for the other vacancy at the Chicago-based court.

    A Bangladeshi woman Mahomuda, right, cries for her missing mother, victim of a ferry capsize, in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

    125 presumed dead in Bangladesh ferry sinking

    Families of scores of people presumed dead after their ferry capsized in central Bangladesh accused authorities on Tuesday of launching a feeble rescue effort and leaving their loved ones trapped inside the vessel for more than 24 hours.


    Quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen, left, Jordan Palmer are expected to see plenty of action Friday when the Bears host the Eagles in their preseason opener as they battle for the role of backup to starter Jay Cutler.

    Bears QB Jimmy Clausen claims a veteran's mentality

    The competition between Jimmy Clausen and Jordan Palmer for the Bears' No. 2 quarterback job moves into its next phase in Friday night's preseason opener, when both veterans should see plenty of playing time. “I don't feel like a rookie,” Clausen said. “That was a long time ago, and I've learned a lot about the game; how the game in the NFL is played."

    White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton slams into the fence in right-center chasing a 2-run homer by the Rangers’ Adam Rosales during the second inning Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox’ Adam Eaton may be hurt for a few games after wall slam

    The White Sox lost another game Wednesday, this time a 3-1 decision to the Texas Rangers. The Sox also lost sparkplug center fielder Adam Eaton, who left with a bruised lower back after slamming into the fence in the second inning.


    Cougars claim win, series over Chiefs

    In their final regular-season game at Dozer Park, the Kane County Cougars beat the Peoria Chiefs 4-2 in Midwest League action to take the series 2-1.

    The promotion of prize prospect Javier Baez on Tuesday appears to be a watershed moment for the Cubs, according to Bruce Miles.

    Cubs moving on and doing it quickly

    With this week's call-up of second baseman Javier Baez, the Cubs' roster of the future is taking shape. Baez joins Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Arismendy Alcantara and Kyle Hendricks as key young players. Jorge Soler probably isn't far behind, and Kris Bryant may be on the roster on Opening Day 2015. The picture wasn’t such a pretty one Wednesday night in a 13-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, but the Cubs are moving on fast.


    Boomers fall 5-1 in 10 innings

    The Schaumburg Boomers opened a nine-game homestand on a down note, dropping a 5-1 decision to the East Division-leading Washington Wild Things in 10 innings Wednesday night. Three of the four meetings between these two teams have gone into extra innings.

    Bears coach Marc Trestman has been in contact with suspended tight end Martellus Bennett, but Trestman didn’t have much to divulge on their Tuesday night conversation. “It was a very positive conversation,” Trestman said. “We just touched base with each other, and I think I’ll just leave it at that. We did what we said that we would do, and that was talk.” In Bennett’s absence, eighth-year veteran Dante Rosario continued to take most of the first-team reps

    Trestman says Rosario ‘in the mix’ at tight end

    With suspended tight end Martellus Bennett currently out of the picture, Dante Rosario and a trio of additional veterans are getting more practice reps and should see more snaps in Friday night's preseason opener, as they battle for spots on the depth chart.


    Dunn has a little fun despite 15-0 shellacking

    Adam Dunn tried making the most of a bad situation when he pitched 1 inning of relief for the White Sox Tuesday night. The designated hitter claims he once threw 188 pitches in a high school game.

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks at the 2014 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities World Series luncheon, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Grapevine, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Selig expects vote next week on his successor

    Commissioner Bud Selig expects baseball owners to vote next week from a list of three candidates for his successor.“Yes, there will be a vote in Baltimore,” Selig said Wednesday, referring to the owners’ meeting next week.Selig said the seven-member panel appointed earlier this year, and headed by St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., worked independently to get to this point.

    White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton slams into the right center field fence chasing a two-run home run by Texas Rangers' Adam Rosales during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday.

    Sale tagged again by Rosales, Sox fall to Texas

    Adam Rosales homered twice in a game for the first time in his career and Nick Tepesch pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, leading the Texas Rangers over Chris Sale and the White Sox 3-1 Wednesday.The Rangers, who began the day with baseball's worst record, have won consecutive games for the first time since June 27-28. They routed the White Sox 16-0 on Tuesday night.

    Coach Lovie Smith will bring his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to his old stomping ground — Soldier Field — to play the Bears on Nov. 12.

    What if? Trestman-Cutler vs. Smith-McCown competition alive and well

    Phil Emery has had a nice run as Bears' general manager but his two biggest moves will come under scrutiny when the Bears play the Bucs in Soldier Field on Nov. 12


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Aug. 7

    Joe Kristufek's selections for Aug. 7 racing at Arlington International.

    Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the second hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Wednesday in Louisville, Ky. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday.

    Woods ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barely able to tie his shoes three days ago, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up in the PGA Championship.Woods caused the biggest sensation of the week Wednesday afternoon simply by driving his silver SUV into the parking lot at Valhalla. He has never arrived so late for a major championship and had so little time to prepare — just nine holes at Valhalla, which he had not seen since winning the PGA Championship in 2000.But at least he’s playing.That much was in doubt Sunday when he withdrew from the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational because of back pain that made it a chore to switch out of his golf shoes. Woods said he suffered a pinched nerve, but that it was not at all related to back surgery he had March 31 that kept him out of golf for three months.He said his trainer adjusted the area above the sacrum.“Once he put it back in, the spasms went away,” he said. “And from there, I started getting some range of motion.”The latest injury occurred when Woods tried to play a shot from just above a deep bunker on the second hole at Firestone, and his momentum caused him to land hard in the sand. He kept playing, and hit some horrific shots before deciding to withdraw after a tee shot on the ninth hole.That was only his third tournament since his return from surgery, leading to concern that he might be done for the year.“It was a different pain than what I had been experiencing,” Woods said. “So I knew it wasn’t the site of the surgery. It was different and obviously it just the sacrum.”His arrival put some life into what had been an ordinary week. Dozens of cameras captured Woods putting on his shoes with ease at his car. He got a big cheer just walking onto the practice range and the crowd was six-deep down the first hole, about like it was for the Ryder Cup at Valhalla six years ago.In the nine holes he played with Steve Stricker, Davis Love III and Harris English, Woods looked the same as he did last week.He drilled his driver down the first fairway. He badly pulled his tee shot on the third hole. It was a mixture of good and bad, about what can be expected from someone who has played only nine rounds in the last five months.“Nothing great,” Woods said. “It’s only Wednesday.”Woods tees off Thursday alongside Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington. He simply said, “Yes,” when asked if he expected to win, which seemed to be a tall order considering his return from surgery. Woods missed the cut by four shots at the Quicken Loans National, had his worst 72-hole finish in a major at the British Open and was in the middle of the pack at Firestone when he withdrew.Barring a victory, this likely will be his last tournament for at least six weeks.Woods is not eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs, and he hasn’t given U.S. captain Tom Watson much reason to pick him for the Ryder Cup. Woods said he would have to “play well” to give reason for Watson to take him.“That’s the only thing I can control,” Woods said. “Try to go out there and win this event. That’s all I’m focused on.”Watson has said he wanted Woods on the team if he was healthy and playing well. About the time Woods arrived at the course, Watson was successfully dodging questions about his chances of making the team.“It’s speculation what’s going to happen,” Watson said. “I can’t tell you what’s going to happen with Tiger.”


    Mike North video: Spurrier wrong to take shot at Big Ten
    Mike North thinks University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier is wrong to take a shot at the Big Ten since nonconference foe East Carolina is 0-4 against Illinois — a Big Ten team.

    Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez looks skyward as he crosses home plate after his solo home run in the 12th inning Tuesday night.

    Javier Baez made his moment memorable

    Javier Baez began his career with a strikeout and many more firsts were destined to follow. When a player is this hyped, everything he does is historic. This was Baez's moment, and he made it memorable, though it took nearly until midnight Chicago time.

    Ernie Banks hit his first homer on his fourth day with the Cubs, and he clearly is part of Cubs history.

    Baez making history? 9 notable Chicago Cubs firsts

    Did Javier Baez make Cubs history Tuesday night with his first home run in his first game in the big leagues? Will he compare to notable Cubs firsts by Frank Chance, Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Starlin Castro? Here are 9 notable Chicago Cubs firsts.


    Walgreens headquarters will remain in Deerfield.

    Walgreen’s decision to stay raises more questions

    While Walgreen Co. cleared up speculation Wednesday when it announced its headquarters would stay in Deerfield, a number of other questions remain. Exactly where will the new Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. holding company be based? Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel push hard for a city vs. suburban location?

    Mondelez International Inc. reported quarterly sales Wednesday that fell short of Wall Street expectations. The Deerfield-based company also trimmed its sales forecast for the year.

    Mondelez says price hikes scared off customers

    Deerfield-based Mondelez said price increases scared off some customers in its second quarter, and the company trimmed its sales forecast for the year. The maker of Oreo, Cadbury and Trident on Wednesday reported lower sales that fell short of Wall Street expectations. Cost-cutting helped push up profit by 3.5 percent, however. Like many other packaged food companies, Mondelez has been slashing costs wherever it can to offset weak sales.

    Win Butler of Arcade Fire. Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin, who represents Arcade Fire, that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations.

    Pandora cuts first direct deal with artists

    Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations. That means Merlin-represented artists like Arcade Fire, Bad Religion and Lenny Kravitz could get more rotations as their representatives will be able to lobby Pandora to place their songs earlier in playlists where they fit.

    Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world’s two largest smartphone makers.

    Samsung, Apple agree to drop lawsuits outside U.S.

    Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world’s two largest smartphone makers. However, Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday that it and Apple will continue to pursue existing cases in U.S. courts. The two companies did not strike any cross-licensing deal.

    A court has ruled that Hong Kong tycoon Albert Yeung can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. In a judgment released Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, the court dismissed the Internet search giant’s objections to the defamation lawsuit.

    Hong Kong court: Tycoon can sue Google over autocomplete

    A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. In a judgment released Wednesday, the court dismissed the Internet search giant’s objections to tycoon Albert Yeung’s defamation lawsuit.

    Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. On Wednesday, a regulator said Chrysler and Germany’s Audi will be punished for violating anti-monopoly rules. Mercedes-Benz and Japanese companies also are under scrutiny.

    China anti-monopoly probe targets automakers, tech firms

    Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. On Wednesday, a regulator said Chrysler and Germany’s Audi will be punished for violating anti-monopoly rules. Mercedes Benz and Japanese companies also are under scrutiny. A probe of Microsoft was announced last week.

    The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum, and cars. The trade deficit fell 7 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted $41.5 billion, from $44.7 billion in May, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

    U.S. trade gap narrows to lowest level in 5 months

    The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum, and cars. The trade deficit fell 7 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted $41.5 billion, from $44.7 billion in May, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

    Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corporation

    21st Century Fox abandons pursuit of Time Warner

    Rupert Murdoch cited a decline in the New York company’s stock price since the takeover bid was announced as one of the reasons for the change of heart. Fox’s shares have dropped 11 percent. They rose $2.50, or 8 percent, to $33.80 in after-hours trading Tuesday.

Life & Entertainment

    Yellowjackets are attracted to sweet things, so practice good sanitation techniques at picnics and barbecues.

    Protect your picnics, and yourself, from wasps

    Yellowjackets are unwelcome visitors to picnics and barbecues. Their populations tend to build up during the summer.

    Chef Gale Gand is among five 2014 inductees into Chicago’s Chefs Hall of Fame.

    Pastry chef Gand headed to Chicago’s Chefs Hall of Fame

    Dessert diva Gale Gand, of Riverwoods, is among five restaurant professionals who will be inducted into the Chicago Hall of Fame this year. Gand, will be joined by chefs Stephanie Izard and Michael Kormick and restaurateurs Phil Stephani and Larry Levy at the October ceremony.

    Spoon, “They Want My Soul”

    Spoon shines on ‘They Want My Soul’

    The Austin, Texas-born band Spoon is out with its eighth album, “They Want My Soul.” It’s a lush jangle of guitars, smart lyrics and catchy refrains that continues to set the band apart from, well, other bands you’re not quite sure you’ve heard of.

    Billy Joe Shaver, “Long in the Tooth”

    Country music alive and well on Shaver’s newest

    Old cowboys love to lament that contemporary country music’s in a sorry state and guilty of casting aside sage singers and songwriters — like Billy Joe Shaver. The crusty Texan trots out that trope at the start of his new album, and then spends the rest of the record showing he still has plenty to say.

    Marc Summers heads up the judging panel each week on Food Network’s “Rewrapped,” which returns for a second season next month.

    ‘Rewrapped’ back for another season on Food Network

    From Sno Balls to Ho Hos, and Thin Mints to potato chips, the second season of Rewrapped is stuffed with more iconic snack foods than ever. The show, hosted by Joey Fatone, challenges three competitors to recreate popular snack foods, including Hostess Ho Hos, Lays “Do Us a Flavor” potato chips, Girl Scouts Thin Mints and more.

    Clive Owen, center, and Eric Johnson star in “The Knick,” a 10-episode hospital drama premiering at 9 p.m. Friday on Cinemax.

    Soderbergh, Owen team for a 1900-era medical drama

    No rubber gloves. No high-tech instruments. No medical-malpractice lawyers. Welcome to the Knickerbocker Hospital, aka the Knick, a bloody citadel of healing in circa-1900 Manhattan where great strides are made (soon, an X-ray machine!) even as its routine procedures seem borrowed from the butcher shop and its mortality rate isn’t much better. This is the setting for “The Knick,” premiering at 9 p.m. Friday on Cinemax.


    Dining events: Wine Spectator grants Rosewood excellence nod
    Rosewood Restaurant wins Wine Spectator excellence award; CityGate Grill's lunch specials; Claim Jumper offers freebies.


    Man arrested at Rhode Island Woody Allen movie set

    A man accused of throwing furniture on the set of a Woody Allen movie in Rhode Island’s capital has been arrested and charged with assault.


    Wesley Snipes: ‘You can’t take life too seriously’

    U.S. action star Wesley Snipes is back on the big screen for the first time since his release from prison as he joins Sylvester Stallone and the cast of “The Expendables 3.” Speaking ahead of the movie’s world premiere Monday, Snipes joked that Stallone had him in mind for the first “Expendables” movie but he was “just a little occupied at the time.”


    Jay-Z fan charged with biting off fingertip

    A San Diego man has pleaded not guilty to biting off a man’s fingertip during a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.

    Ariana Grande’s sophomore album, “My Everything,” will be released Aug. 25.

    Success no ‘Problem’ for pop princess Ariana Grande

    Ariana Grande is the new princess of pop, topping the charts with her addictive single “Problem,” impressing critics with her thick, gliding vocal range and maintaining an image that her young Nickelodeon fans can vibe with, signature ponytail and all.

    A little Dijon mustard goes a long way in adding flavor to nut-crusted tilapia. The dish can be made with other varieties of domestic, sustainable white fish as well.

    Eat right, live well: Mustard dazzles at the dinner table

    There are three main types of mustard seeds, somewhat unique to specific cuisines, and each with its own unique flavor. The familiar yellow prepared mustard found on picnic tables across the country, well that starts with white seeds originally from the Mediterranean. Toby Smithson shares other ways to use this common condiment.

    Peach Carnival Parfait coral bells have with flashy leaves from which emerge rather dainty and subdued flowers.

    Coral bells’ beauty lies in leaves, blossoms alike

    Coral bells (Huechera spp.) are plants that earn their keep even when not in bloom. Here is a perennial, especially some of the newer hybrids, that is loved as much for its leaves as for its flowers. And in many regions the leaves put on their show year-round, although in northern climes they are apt to be ragged or covered with snow in the coldest weather.

    Australian comedian Josh Thomas, 27, creator, writer and star of “Please Like Me,” speaks at the Pivot panel during the Summer TCAs. His half-hour comedy-drama begins a 10-episode sophomore season on the Pivot network at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

    ‘Please Like Me’ lets its comic creator be himself

    “I float around,” says Josh Thomas, “and I’ve just been very lucky.” The 27-year-old Australian comedian is trying to account for his success in what he’d argue is the absence of ambition or strategy. Still, look at him: a star Down Under and the leading man, writer and executive producer of his own half-hour comedy-drama, “Please Like Me,” which begins a 10-episode sophomore season on the Pivot network at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

    Director Lasse Hallstrom works on the set of DreamWorks Pictures’ new film “The Hundred-Foot Journey.”

    Hallstrom accepts Spielberg invite 12 years late

    Steven Spielberg asked Lasse Hallstrom to work with him more than a dozen years ago, but the Swedish filmmaker only recently accepted the invitation. Hallstrom said he experienced “traumatic suffering” when he had to decline the chance to direct 2002’s “Catch Me If You Can.” The trauma was finally resolved, Hallstrom said, when the two filmmakers joined forces on “The Hundred-Foot Journey.”

    Skiers and snowboarders enjoy clear skies at The Remarkables ski area near Queenstown, New Zealand. The Remarkables is one of several large ski areas that has been making snow at record rates following the warmest start to winter ever recorded. Scientists said New Zealand’s glaciers and ice are melting at alarming rates due to climate change.

    Missing from New Zealand’s ski slopes? Snow

    Winter has rolled into its third month in New Zealand, and Nick Jarman says he’s going stir crazy as he stares out at the driving rain on the small ski area he manages in the Southern Alps. The Craigieburn Valley Ski Area is one of several areas that haven’t opened for a single day this season, and some fear there may not be enough snow to open at all this year — something Jarman says has never happened during his 30 years carving turns on the mountain’s slopes.

    Jack Kent, 8, watches movers load his family belongings for a move from Las Vegas to Montgomery, Ala., for a new Air Force assignment. Jack’s parents rent out their home in Florida as the family moves around the nation, and they have become experienced at finding good tenants and maintaining their house from a distance.

    So you’ve decided to rent out your home? Some tips

    Cynthia Kent and her husband, John, didn’t set out to be landlords, but career choices made it necessary. “We have rented out our home in Florida for nine years because we move all over with the military,” says Kent. Here's some advice for those taking on the challenging new role of landlord.

    Coat tilapia (or other domestic, sustainable white fish) with pistachios and crushed tortilla chips for a lean and protein-filled dinner.

    Pistachio & Whole-Grain Tortilla Crusted Tilapia with Chili Lime Sauce
    Serve pistachio- and tortilla-crusted tilapia with chile-spiked lime sauce.

    Looking for a fun summer read? Consider any of these cookbooks.

    11 cookbooks for summer and beyond

    Besides quirks of preparation, Washington Post writer Bonnie Benwick looks for cookbooks with resource value. Although she won’t dive into “The Freekeh Cookbook” every other day, she might remember from flipping through it that lasagnas, a shrimp dish and even a spicy meatless burger are among her options. And finding an engaging, thoughtful writer like Sunday Telegraph columnist Diana Henry is a bonus. Henry's “Change of Appetite” cookbook has spent as much time on the bedside table as it has on the kitchen counter.

    Freekeh, a grain, and black beans combine for a moist burger that’s packed with protein and light on fat.

    Freekeh Burgers with Chipotle Mustard
    These burgers use the grain freekeh; try them with chipotle honey mustard.

    Have mint in your garden? Use some of it to make Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Sekenjabin.

    Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Sekenjabin
    Butterflied Leg of Lamb gets served with Sekenjabin, a Persian mint syrup, often spelled sekanjabin. This version is not as sweet and thick as it is traditionally made in Iran.

    Peach and Pine Nut Tarts pair well with a triple-cream cheese like Explorateur.

    Peach and Pine Nut Tarts With Triple-Cream Cheese
    Peach and Pine Nut Tarts With Triple-Cream Cheese will make a cheese lover's night.

    Blueberry and Gin Gelatins are a refreshing adult dessert.

    Blueberry and Gin Gelatins
    Blueberry and Gin Gelatins are a refreshing adult dessert.



    Editorial: Keep clamps on rowdy downtown behavior

    Naperville needs to clamp down on rowdy late-night behavior in the city's downtown by working together with the downtown businesse, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Bet on Africa rising

    Columnist Michael Gerson: As more than 40 African leaders gather in Washington for an unprecedented summit, Africa’s brand problem in America has grown significantly worse.


    Follow laws before creating news ones
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The state of Illinois has a program to offer automobile driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Wait just a minute, does that read illegal? If they are illegal, what are they doing in this country?


    Those who criticize should look in the mirror
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Mr. Robert Harris wrote July 28 how the GOP is nothing but haters and warmongers, and anyone who disagrees with President Obama is wrong to do so. This is far from the truth. While Mr. Harris goes on about how the left is always right, that they do not hate and are not warmongers, and about the great things the president has done.


    ‘Trust funds’ not what they appear to be
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Recently there have been more newspaper articles about the alleged threat to Social Security, Medicare, disability and other benefits from the depleting levels of the so called “trust funds” for each of those benefits. These are no more than big lies being foisted upon us poor citizens who are presumed to not know any better. There may be some writers and some senior federal elected and appointed public officials who actually believe these lies, but most of those people do know the truth.


    There’s a deeper truth on climate change
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Sunday’s Opinion page had a letter from a lawyer who tried to show that humans have nothing to do with global warming.


    Cartoon was offensive distortion of facts
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I am very offended by an editorial cartoon published in the Saturday, Aug. 2, Daily Herald.


    Easy to see how Tea Party has all answers
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In a letter that appeared in the Daily Herald on Aug. 2, after labeling the Democratic Party as being like a “rabid skunk,” George Kocan of Warrenville enlightened us with the blurb that “single women face economic distress with pregnancy.”


    Catholic Church not known for tolerance
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The Catholic Church has never been tolerant of anybody that has their own take on God.


    Tattoos used to be a rare sight
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Am I the only person bothered by newspaper or Internet pictures of athletes with tattoos festooning exposed body parts?


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