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Elgin police form fundraiser to help ex-sergeant stricken by stroke
It was all about that slow, heartbreakingly poignant caress. That’s the exact moment Dawn Linder knew her faith in her husband Tom’s recovery wouldn’t waver after he suffered a major stroke in May 2012. The police department has organized a fundraiser Aug. 28 to help with the former sergeant's medical bills. “Tom was so active and did so much for so many...
Wheaton native Bob Woodward still wonders about Watergate
Forty years later after Richard Nixon's resignation, Wheaton native Bob Woodward, The Washington Post reporter who helped break the Watergate scandal. still worries about transparency in government. At his 2011 50th high school reunion, he said, “When I get up in the morning, my first thought, quite frankly, is 'What are the (people in power) hiding?'”
Glenbard parents upset with athlete suspensions after drinking party
A group of Glenbard West parents are expected to attend the District 87 board of education meeting Monday to express concerns about what they feel is an unfair application of the district's athletic code. The complaints arose after roughly 30 students were disciplined for attending one or more parties this summer where alcohol was present, according to parents.
Owner: Puppy stolen from Naperville pet store
A 3-month-old female boxer named Precious was taken from the Naperville Petland, the store's owner said Saturday. A man walked away with the puppy, while two women distracted the store's employees, owner Adam Stachowiak said.
Naper Settlement plays host to Hometown Picnic
An old-fashioned picnic, complete with games, contests and even an apple pie competition, greeted visitors Saturday when Naper Settlement played host to its annual Hometown Picnic in the midst of bustling downtown Naperville.
Lindenfest parade features ‘The Great Outdoors’ theme
Featuring a “The Great Outdoors” theme and grand marshal Dean Parkman, the Lindenfest parade stepped off Saturday.
Prairie Fest continues four-day run in Wood Dale
Wood Dale’s four-day Prairie Fest celebration, now in its 12th year in the city’s downtown, is expected to draw more than 16,000 people before it closes its run Sunday night at Town Square, Wood Dale Road and Commercial Street. Long noted for its food, the festival also includes music, carnival rides, activities for kids and more.
Lakemoor Fest celebrates 19 years
A horseshoe tournament, bands, food, carnival rides, a fishing derby, games and fireworks were all part of the fun Saturday during the 19th annual Lakemoor Fest.
Fox River fans promote vision for ‘underutilized’ asset
While hundreds of runners, some as young as 13, raced for the finish line of the eighth Bob Leonard River Run/Walk, an enthusiastic group of Fox River fans used the event to promote their vision of how the river can be home to white water rafting, decorative pedestrian bridgesr, floating gardens, splash pads for kids and rowing clubs for teens and adults
Digital wallet coming to Geneva High
Geneva High School will introduce PushCoin accounts this fall, from which students can pay for lunch by scanning their finger. The payment method will eventually be used in all District 304 schools.
Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action
President Barack Obama on Saturday refused to give a time limit on America's renewed military involvement in Iraq, saying he doesn't think "we are going to solve this problem in weeks" as the country struggles to form a new government. "I think this is going to take some time," he said at the White House before departing for a vacation on Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast.
Washington teenager arrested in 6-year-old’s death
A 17-year-old was arrested Sunday in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found near the Washington state mobile home park she vanished from last weekend, authorities said.
Veggie Fest draws plant-strong throngs to Naperville
Billowy shirts, yoga pants and hiking sandals were in fashion Saturday as crowds visited vendors, noshed on falafel and learned about meatless meals at Veggie Fest in Naperville. Now in its ninth year, Veggie Fest, which continues 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the center, 4S175 Naperville Road, presents to visitors an opportunity to learn about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, explore...
Thousands from Iraq minority flee to Syria
The displacement of at least tens of thousands of Yazidis — Kurdish speakers who practice an ancient Mesopotamian faith — meant yet another Iraqi minority was peeled away as the Islamic State extremists continue their sweep of Iraq, seizing territory they brutally administer. The Islamic State group fighters already forced the expulsion of Iraqi Christians, Shiite Muslims and...
Women stoned to death in Syria after adultery charges
A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress.None in the crowd stepped forward, so the jihadi fighters,...
Notable deaths last week
This week’s notable deaths included Ronald Reagan’s press secretary, who was gravely wounded during an assassination attempt on the president and went on to devote his life to advocate for stricter gun controls; and a surgeon general in President Richard Nixon’s administration, who said he lost his job because he took on the tobacco industry.
Myanmar rules stack cards against Suu Kyi party
Suu Kyi has faced international criticism for not being vocal enough about the treatment of the Rohingya, a stateless minority in Myanmar’s west who aren’t recognized as citizens or an ethnic group by the government. She has also come under fire at home, including when villagers near a copper mine berated her on a visit aimed at persuading them to stop fighting for its closure.
Hawaii’s storms now more a scare than a threat
After Hawaii cleared Tropical Storm Iselle largely without deterring sunbathers and surfers, the state looked toward Hurricane Julio, which was expected to pass roughly 160 miles northeast of the islands at its closest point early Sunday and linger near the state into Monday.
Tiger Woods leaves PGA Championship with back pain
Tiger Woods left the PGA Championship after two days as his ailing back prevented him from qualifying for weekend play for just the fourth time in a major tournament as a professional.
Truck driver, 50, dies after hitting tree in Warrenville
The driver of a cement truck who died after striking a tree in Warrenville has been identified as a 50-year-old man from Earlville, Illinois, authorities said Saturday. Police believe Jon Swanson had a medical emergency before he veered off Winfield Road and struck the tree Friday afternoon.
Wanted: Repeat bank robber with fondness for hats
Police say the man donned a range of wacky headpieces as he committed eight bank robberies in New York's Nassau County over the course of 2 ½ months ending July 23.
Was Ebola reaction too slow?
Ghanaian authorities are carrying out tests on the body of a man from Burkina Faso who died near the border between the two West African countries after showing symptoms of Ebola, Accra-based Citi FM reported today, without saying when the man died. Canadian medics are also testing a patient in Ontario who has flu-like symptoms after recently traveling to Africa, health officials said.
Crystal Lake motorcyclist dies after early-morning crash
A Crystal Lake man has died after crashing his motorcycle into a Mercedes on Rakow Road in Lake in the Hills early this morning, police said. The man, who police are not naming, was airlifted to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he died.
Car burglaries continue in Arlington Hts.
The rash of vehicle burglaries continued late this week in Arlington Heights, as police Friday released a list of two more, adding to the 13 reported earlier in the week.
Ukraine troops surround Donetsk, rebel leader says
Ukrainian forces have seized a key town and are surrounding Donetsk, the largest insurgent-held city in eastern Ukraine, a top rebel commander said Saturday.
Tibet tour bus with 40 people falls into valley
A tour bus carrying about 40 people fell off a 10-meter (30-foot) cliff in southwest China’s mountainous region of Tibet on Saturday, causing some fatalities, the country’s official news agency reported.
FAA lectures man over drone use at Lollapalooza
Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration say charges won’t be filed against a man who used an unmanned aircraft to transmit videos of the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School
Dozens of residents who violated their strict rations of water in the drought-stricken California beach town of Santa Cruz are taking a seat at Water School.
Chicago men charged in South Side shootings
Murder charges have been filed against two men in connection with separate December shootings in Chicago’s South Shore community that left a church deacon and a musician dead.
Dept. of Aging hosts senior activities at fair
Illinois’ Department of Aging is hosting a number of activities for seniors and their families at the State Fair in Springfield.
EIU’s 300-year-old oak coming down
A bur oak tree on the Eastern Illinois University campus that could be as old as 300 years is coming down after part of it broke away.
Car crashes into bedroom of Urbana home
An Urbana man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed his car through the wall of a home.
Last segment of Washington Street to be widened next year
Lake County officials are set to approved measures associated with plans to widen Washington Street and build an underpass at the rail crossing in Grayslake. That project and one immediately west will be done simultaneously as the last remaining sections of Washington for its length trhough central Lake County to be widened. "It's a very important roadway for us," said Al Giertych, assistant...
Here’s what’s going on during rest of Gurnee Days
Gurnee Days 2014 is in its 42nd year with activities for all ages. The festival, which began Thursday, continues through Sunday, Aug. 10, with the theme “’Lil Bit Country, ’Lil Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll!” The event is packed with concerts, entertainment, food, contests, open houses, fireworks, a parade and other activities.
Duchossois: Nixon was gifted, honest and ‘brilliant’
Richard Duchossois supported Richard Nixon "down to the very end," the Arlington Park chairman says on the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation from the presidency. While not close friends, Duchossois, who was a major contributor to the Nixon presidential library, admired Nixon throughout his public life and believes one day history will treat him more kindly.
Elgin’s idea for police/fire board may be a first in Illinois
If the city of Elgin moves forward with changing the makeup of its board of fire and police commissioners, it would likely be an unprecedented move, experts say. “I’m not saying this is going to be wrong. I’m saying it’s certainly going to be different — and there’s reasons why they had the old way in place," attorney John Broihier said.
Treasurer candidate late on property taxes
The Democratic candidate for Illinois treasurer is being asked to explain why he didn’t pay more than $1,800 in back taxes and interest to the Illinois Department of Revenue.
NASCAR’s Stewart hits, kills driver on NY track
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York on Saturday night. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department’s investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was “fully cooperative” and appeared “very upset” over what had happened.
White Sox beat Mariners 2-1 in 10 innings
Conor Gillespie’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning helped the White Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.With Jordan Danks on second base, Gordon Beckham reached when Seattle shortstop Chris Taylor booted his grounder. Danks advanced to third and scored when Gillespie, who entered as a pinch hitter in the eighth, hit a hard single to right off Fernando Rodney (1-5).
Cougars lose a close one
The Kane County Cougars' 3-2 loss Saturday to the host Cedar Rapids Kernels was the third straight game decided by 1 run between two of the top teams in the Western Division.
Boomers rally for 4-3 win
The Schaumburg Boomers scored twice in the eighth inning to rally past the visiting Rockford Aviators 4-3 on Saturday night.
Cubs’ Alcantara looks right at home in center field
Cubs rookie Arismendy Alcantara made a couple of nice catches in center field during Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Rays. So far, it's a smooth transition from second base to center for Alcantara, who has played the outfield since the call-up of second baseman Javier Baez.
Challengers aplenty for McIlroy at PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy may be leading the PGA Championship at Valhalla, but he has more challengers in the final round than he's had in most of his previous victories.
Cubs’ loss to Rays comes with conditions
On a Saturday when the shadows were prominent at Wrigley Field, the Cubs were left pretty much in the dark during a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Ray. Cubs batters struck out 15 times, and right fielder Justin Ruggiano battled the elements and lost.
Bears defense already looks much better
Initial indications from Friday night's preseason opener are that the Bears' defense, much maligned in 2013, could be much improved with an influx of new talent.
Odorizzi dominates as Rays beat Cubs 4-0
The Chicago Cubs at least are sprinkling hints of better days to come even though they keep piling up losses. Never mind that they fell 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday and got shut down by Jake Odorizzi, there were a few good signs. Javier Baez fought off nine pitches before driving a double in an otherwise rough game for him, and Arismendy Alcantara made several sparkling plays in center field. “Things are definitely headed in a positive direction,” Cubs starter Edwin Jackson said.
Rio organizers: 1st Olympic test event successful
Rio organizers say the sailing competition that marked the first test event for the 2016 Games was “a great success.” Organizers said all objectives were “successfully reached” in the seven-day event that ended Saturday. Nearly 330 athletes from 35 countries participated in the regatta, the biggest ever held in Brazil. In a statement, local organizers made no direct reference to water pollution at the bay, a topic that has attracted a lot of negative attention after officials admitted they will not be able to completely clean the site until 2016.
NFL dynasties disappeared; could Seahawks be one?
The NFL does what it can via the draft, salary cap, free agency and, coming soon, expanded playoffs to engineer a sense of parity, making each team and each fan base believe it has a chance to win on any given Sunday — and to reach any season’s Super Bowl. Those efforts might finally have brought about the death of dynasties: It’s been a decade since the New England Patriots won the 2003 and 2004 titles, the longest stretch without a repeat champion in nearly a half-century of Super Bowls.
Ambrose wins Nationwide race at Watkins Glen
With The King atop the pit box at Watkins Glen International, Marcos Ambrose wasn’t about to disappoint. The aggressive Australian dueled early with Kyle Busch to fall off the pace in the NASCAR Nationwide race, then was flawless the rest of the way Saturday, holding off a hard-charging Busch at the end to win the race for the fourth time in his last four starts. “It’s just something special. I’m just so thrilled for the guys,” Ambrose said. “I had my tongue hanging out the whole day. There was nothing left. I tried to hold him back. Another lap and I would have been in trouble.”
Marquez’s domination continues with Indy Moto GP pole
INDIANAPOLIS — Marc Marquez’s march to perfection stayed on course at Indianapolis.The seemingly unbeatable 21-year-old Spaniard put himself in prime position Saturday to make history again after claiming his second straight Indianapolis Grand Prix pole. Marquez completed Indy’s newly reconfigured 2.591-mile, 16-turn road course in 1 minute, 31.619 seconds, more than two-tenths of a second ahead of Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso. Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo qualified third for Sunday’s race.Marquez has won eight of the 10 poles this season and is the first back-to-back pole winner in this race’s seven-year history. If he wins again Sunday, Marquez would become the youngest rider in series history with 10 straight wins and the first to ever win back-to-back at Indy.“I feel good, especially for the race because I’ve got a good rhythm going,” the defending world champ said.If he keeps this up, the young Repos Honda star could clinch another championship in his home country Sept. 28 with four races left — regardless of how anyone else does.He’s also become rather comfortable in Indianapolis’ famed Victory Lane. Marquez won Moto2 races here in 2011 and 2012, giving him a rare shot to win four straight at one of racing’s most venerable venues.But this one came with a few flaws. During the morning practice, Marquez made a rare miscue and wobbled on his bike in the 16th turn before regaining control. And qualifying, he drove past the first turn because he said he was going too fast.Even a couple of small mistakes couldn’t derail Marquez.Dovizioso, the Ducati Team rider was clocked at a record-breaking 214.5 mph in the track’s speed trap in the morning, found enough speed late in qualifying to challenge Marquez with a 1:31.844. Lorenzo, the 2009 Indy winner who rides for Moister Yamaha, was next at 1:31.869. Nobody else cracked 1:32.And Marquez would like to keep make things look that easy one more time Sunday.“Confidence is important tomorrow,” he said. “I hope it’s a normal race, good race and I’ll fight for the victory.”LATE CRASH: England’s Bradley Smith was the only rider injured Saturday. He fell during qualifying and skidded down the pavement with his bike trailing just before the checkered flag came out. Smith was taken to the infield medical center where he had scans taken on his chest and fingers. Series officials said he was treated for an undisclosed injury to the fifth finger on his left hand and that he was cleared to compete Sunday. Smith will start ninth, the inside of Row 3, for Monster Yamaha Tech 3. TOUGH DAY: Danni Pedrosa, Marquez’s teammate, has been one of the most consistent riders at Indy. But he’ll have some serious work to do Sunday, after he fell out of the front row and all the way back to the No. 8 starting spot — matching his worst ever in seven Indy races. The Spaniard has four straight top-two finishes here, winning in 2010 and 2012, a streak that could be broken Sunday. He and Marquez are the only two-time pole winners, too.AMERICAN STRUGGLE: Colin Edwards is the only American racing Sunday, and it looks like he won’t have a chance. The soon-to-be retired Texan will start 15th, the inside of Row 5, in his final race on home soil. It’s been a tough season for the 40-year-old Edwards, whose NGM Forward Yamaha team threw a farewell celebration for him at the track following qualifying.THE FUTURE: Speedway President Doug Boles and series officials continue to talk about a contract extension. Boles issued a statement Saturday that read in part: “The conversations are ongoing and a high priority and we will make an announcement about the future as soon as possible.”
Nebraska loses its 3rd defensive player in 3 days
Nebraska middle linebacker Michael Rose will undergo knee surgery next week, making him the third key member of the defense in three days to be ruled out for the season.Coach Bo Pelini said Saturday that Rose injured his knee in a non-contact drill Friday.
Venus tops Serena in all-Williams semifinal
Venus beat Serena in an all-Williams semifinal in the Rogers Cup. Venus topped Serena 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday in the hard-court event for her first victory over her sister since 2009 in Dubai. “I think for both of us, what’s so unique about the situation is that we’re both very good players,” Venus said. “I think typically you may have some siblings, one is quite good, one is not as good so you kind of know what the result is. I think we both know when we walk out there, it’s not like you’re guaranteed a win. I think that’s what makes it challenging for both of us.”
Ever-elusive Vick an option as Jets’ wildcat
Michael Vick and the wildcat package could be the perfect pairing for the New York Jets. Sure, the mere mention of the formation might cause some Jets fans to break out into sweats after how it was so unsuccessfully executed with Tim Tebow two years ago. But with this quarterback and in this offense, it could make a whole lot of sense. “It’s Mike Vick,” linebacker Calvin Pace said Saturday. “Anytime you see that name on the back of the jersey, as a defensive player you are aware of what he could do with his legs and also with his arm. It puts pressure on the defense.”
Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Aug. 10
Joe Kristufek's selections for Aug. 10 racing at Arlington International.
Notre Dame looking for more from receiving corps
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame will be without receiver Torii Hunter Jr. to start the football season.Coach Brian Kelly announced Saturday that Hunter is expected to be out four to six weeks after tearing his left groin. Hunter, whose father plays for the Detroit Tigers, sat out his freshman year after breaking his leg in a high school all-star game.The Irish are looking for a go-to receiver to replace T.J. Jones, who graduated. The only returning receiver with more than 15 catches is DaVaris Daniels, who had 49 catches for 745 yards. But he was suspended for the spring semester for an academic violation and he’s been limited in preseason camp with a groin injury.Kelly is hoping players such as Chris Brown and Corey Robinson can help fill the void.
Aging Illinois bridges hinder soybean harvest
National and state soybean trade groups are spending millions — $1.5 million in Illinois over three years, for example — to make their case and present solutions beyond asking government agencies in charge of the bridges for money that they often don’t have.
Symantec first quarter sales top estimates on security tools
Symantec Corp. is getting a boost as demand picks up for anti-hacking tools, with revenue and profit topping estimates in the latest quarter.
App reviews: Packpoint, Poptile
Packpoint lets users set the length of their trip, the destination and the type of trip — leisure or business.
Navdy HUD is ‘Google Glass on your windshield’
Navdy, a San Francisco-based company, aims to let drivers access information on their smartphones while keeping their eyes on the road. The Navdy HUD (Head-Up Display), announced by the company Tuesday, is an aftermarket console that combines a projection display with voice and gesture controls. The system will sit between your steering wheel and the windshield, and projects a transparent image that appears to float six feet in front of the windshield.
Amazon makes deals with brands in ‘pay to play’ strategy
Amazon.com is giving special privileges to companies that sell their wares directly through its online store, according to a new study. Companies such as Burberry and Levi Strauss & Co. that partner with Amazon have scored unusual deals that let them control how their merchandise is sold through the world’s largest online retailer, according to a study by market researcher L2 to be released this week.
7 ways to create better, stronger passwords
This week’s news that a Russian crime ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations makes now a good time to review ways to protect yourself online. If there’s reason to believe any of your passwords might have been compromised, change them immediately. One of the best things you can do is to make sure your passwords are strong. Here are seven ways to fortify them.
How to secure your phone without passcodes
Passcodes are outdated. They’re a pain to use, and they aren’t secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don’t bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes.
OpenStax looks at revamping the one-size-fits-all textbooks
OpenStax will spend two years developing the personalized, interactive books and then test them on Houston-area students. The idea is to make learning easier, so students can go on to more successful careers and lives.
How to pack like a pro, if you have patience
Packing Pro is a popular Apple devices app that can help families and frequent travelers avoid overpacking or facepalm-inducing slip-ups, such as arriving at the mountaintop cabin with wine but no opener. In addition to offering several ways to enter or select items to pack, a new feature in the five-year-old app allows you to set alerts for tasks to complete before, during and after your trip.
Review: Amazon phone better for info than shopping
The idea behind Firefly is a smart one: Use it to keep track of what you see and hear around you, and then buy the things that interest you on Amazon. But it’s mostly a novelty as a shopping tool. Even with Amazon’s huge database, Firefly often couldn’t make a match.
Free app guides nursing women on safe fish to eat
A new iPhone app can help women who are pregnant or nursing safely eat seafood. Purdue University says professor of food toxicology Charles Santerre created the free app called Fish4Health. It’s available at iTunes and Purdue Extension’s The Education Store.
Four low-tech tips for your high tech habit
Supporting a tech habit is expensive, but you can always save some dough on the accessories. Here are three cheap, easy tech accessories you can make with things that are likely already in your house.• Binder clips are kind of the heroes of the DIY tech accessory world, but there’s a brilliant method to turn two of them into a really simple stand for your smartphone. First, take two clips. Then, bend the end of one wing into a “J” to act as the stop for your stand. Finally, position the second binder clip so that it fits around the bottom of the clip with the bent wing. You should end up with a contraption that has one long flat edge. The bent wing should be in front, and another should lie at just the right angle to prop up your smartphone. (I first saw this from a friend, but he credited his genius to Lifehacker.com, where there is also a helpful video.)• A big rubber band can act as a holding case for your tablet or e-reader. You’ll need a pretty sturdy rubber band, such as the kind they use in gardening. Just loop the rubber band diagonally across the back of the tablet, and you can slide your hand underneath to keep a good grip on your gadget.• Have an old membership or credit card hanging around? Cut off the bits with the personal information, cut two notches at 45-degree angles into each end and — voila! — you have your own earbud holder.• A reader recommended taking a picture of a ruler to set as your lockscreen picture, so you have a quick measuring tool on hand at all times. Yes, you may have to futz a bit with the photo to make sure that it matches up against your real ruler. But, all in all, it’s a pretty ingenious recommendation. — — — Cruising around for a good tip, I recently stumbled across a gem from the Emily Post Institute: “Email Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts.” It may surprise you to hear that I still get a lot of questions on email etiquette, when dealing with personal and professional business, and I found this to be a particularly good list to live by.
Life & Entertainment
Caravello wins Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition
After wowing the crowd with his rendition of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and wowing the judges with his musical evolution over the past several weeks, Dennis Caravello of Mount Prospect was named the winner of Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent for 2014. “This is just surreal,” said Caravello who started playing guitar at age 5 and dropped out of college a bit over a year ago to pursue music.
Florida preserve brings wolves, people together
At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans — and for a $25 fee, they even let visitors mingle with a wolf pack. It lets wolves become ambassadors for their species, they say, and helps people become advocates for wolves.
Miranda Corbie confronts her own ‘City of Ghosts’
A love of San Francisco — its flaws, strengths and eccentricities — permeates Kelli Stanley’s intriguing novels about private detective Miranda Corbie. Stanley’s novels capture San Francisco — and the United States — in the years just before World War II.
Explore Maine’s scenic Vinalhaven Island by ferry and bike
Take a ferry to picturesque Vinalhaven Island in Penobscot Bay off the Maine coast for great biking, good food, beautiful coastal scenery and a few surprises: the eye-catching home of a famous artist, a connection to the beloved children’s book “Goodnight Moon” and old granite quarries now used as quiet swimming spots.
DVD previews: ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ ‘Railway Man’
Kermit and company reunite for "Muppets Most Wanted." But the gang's would-be road manager and his accomplice -- an evil Kermit look-alike -- provide plenty of complications in this tale, which heads to DVD Aug. 12.
On the road: Ed Paschke Art Center opens in Jefferson Park
There’s a new museum in Chicago, and what a doozy it is: The Ed Paschke Art Center includes a permanent Paschke collection showcasing the distinct, in-your-face style that the artist explored, as well as the work of other Chicago artists. Get in on a one-time special event from Chicago Detours that will tour artist studios, a factory, warehouse, church and artisanal bakery in the Bridgeport neightborhood. And bring your young conductor to the Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine at the Illinois Railway Museum.
Vegetables blossom on dessert menus
Eat your veggies or no dessert? How about eat your vegetables AS dessert? And we’re not talking grandma’s zucchini bread. The trend is a natural outgrowth of the emphasis on eating fresh and local, says Kelly Liken, who runs her eponymous restaurant in Vail, Colorado. Serving the same fruit over and over can get a little monotonous and if you have lots of vegetables at your disposal it only makes sense to experiment a little.
Weekend picks: Comedian Steve Byrne plays Improv
Comedian Steve Byrne ("Sullivan and Son") takes the mic this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Food demonstrations, health booths, an art show and music are part of VeggieFest Chicago 2014 at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in Naperville. And find out the grand prize winner and online Fan Favorite of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent on Saturday as part of the outdoor Taste of Arlington Heights.
Glowing recommendations for outdoor lighting
If you find yourself in this kind of dark place, don’t despair: We talked to professionals for some simple ideas on outdoor lighting that will make a big, bright impact. First, a few basic rules.
Stepfather’s reverse mortgage will reduce inheritance
Q. My stepfather took out a reverse mortgage loan last year for $130,000. His home is probably worth $250,000 and has long been paid off. He is 91 years old, and I know the reverse mortgage will let him keep the house and die at home.
Only the board has authority to hire, or fire, a manager
Q. I live in a condominium association. We have had the same management firm and manager for the last nine years. Most of the residents are not happy with this arrangement, but the board of managers refuses to consider a change.
Should seniors buying a house do it with a HECM reverse mortgage?
Many home purchasers are seniors. They may want a house that has no stairs, or one that is closer to family or friends, or in a warmer climate. In many cases, they want to downsize.
Daily Herald editors reflect on items from around the suburbs ranging from a Wheaton reporter's influence in the Watergate affair to food donations in Elgin. Some opinions require lots of words and elaboration. Some don't. This is Saturday Soapbox, briefly stated commentary from the Daily Herald's editors.
COD president should be commended
A Naperville letter to the editor: I retired from College of DuPage 20 years ago after having the honor of serving as president for 16 years. During my tenure, the college’s board and administration worked to have several million dollars that had been allocated but not released made available so we might proceed to build the library/administrative building.
Time for compromise on marriage is past
A Barrington letter to the editor: Your editorial, “Time to talk, not judge,” is cynical and naive, disgusting in its blatant ahistoric context. A beloved choir director loses his job because he does what every lover wants to do, affirm in a public way his commitment to his lover. The church affirms this for heterosexual couples, but finds homosexual unions a scourge, not because of a clear biblical mandate, but because of its patriarchal beliefs.
Unlicensed, uninsured drivers cost us all
A Niles letter to the editor: Gun control and illegal immigration have gotten so much attention in recent months, but why aren’t we addressing the problem of unlicensed/uninsured drivers? This too is a major law enforcement issue. Check the police blotter in the paper and you’ll commonly see two or three such arrests following minor accidents or routine traffic stops.
Simply pity these pathetic creatures
A McHnery letter to the editor: Observe perennial malcontents Ward Churchill, Bill Ayers and Michael Moore, spoiled brats living large off the same free market capitalistic system they detest, vilify, openly undermine; wanton hypocrisy on parade.