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Water main break in Arlington Hts.
Arlington Heights public works employees were working late Sunday afternoon and into the early evening to fix an apparent water main break at the intersection of Arlington Heights Road and Golf Road, Arlington Heights Police said. According to police, they began receiving 911 calls about water flooding the northbound lanes of Arlington Heights Road and the eastbound lanes of Golf Road at around...
Killing of unarmed Missouri man draws criticism
An 18-year-old black man shot multiple times by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed when he died, police said Sunday, as hundreds of local residents protested and a civil rights leader expressed outrage at the killing. Michael Brown had graduated from high school and was about to enter a local college, said his mother, Lesley McSpadden.
90 years on, push for ERA ratification continues
Drafted by a suffragette in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment has been stirring up controversy ever since. Many opponents considered it dead when a 10-year ratification push failed in 1982, yet its backers on Capitol Hill, in the Illinois statehouse and elsewhere are making clear this summer that the fight is far from over.
Images: The Week in Pictures
This edition of The Week in Pictures features photos of parades, festivals, mud races and corvettes
Naperville triathlon draws first-timers and veteran competitors
First-time triathletes mingled freely with more experienced competitors Sunday at the Orbea Naperville Sprint Triathlon held at Centennial Beach. Race Director Bill Burke said the event, now in its 14th year, is the perfect entry-level triathlon for anyone looking to get into the sport.
Crystal Lake man killed in Lake in the Hills crash
Authorities on Sunday identified Justin Blanco of Crystal Lake the motorcyclist who died early Saturday after a crash in Lake in the Hills. Blanco, 25, was thrown from his 2004 Suzuki motorcycle about 3:40 a.m. after rear-ending a 1998 Mercedes while heading east on Rakow Road near Pingree Road, Lake in the Hills police said.
Cantigny Park celebrates its ‘French Connection’
Mimes were alive and well Sunday and roaming the grounds of Cantigny Park in Wheaton to greet, however silently, visitors to the annual French Connection Day celebration. The daylong festival celebrates all things French.
Musical parade a highlight of Gurnee Days
It wouldn’t be Gurnee Days without the annual parade, which stepped off Sunday featuring more than 50 entries down Old Grand Avenue.
Voting by mail for November election
All Lake County registered voters, including students away at school and traveling snowbirds, who choose to vote by mail in the Nov. 4 election can visit LakeVoterPower.info to complete an electronic request or download a paper ballot application.
Mundelein board meets
The Mundelein village board will meet today to discuss a financial report transportation issues and other matters. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at village hall, 300 Plaza Circle.
McHenry prosecutor up for anti-DUI honor
A McHenry County prosecutor will be honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and an Aurora police officer receives special recognition for going above the call of duty to solve a cellphone robbery.
Hoffman Ests. Platzkonzert to include 5K race
The Village of Hoffman Estates annual Platzkonzert Germanfest on Saturday, Sept. 13, this year will include competitive 5K race through the scenic Prairie Stone Business Park.
Des Plaines to help pay for Metra station coffee shop
Des Plaines aldermen last week approved providing up to $15,000 to help fund construction of a coffee shop inside the city’s downtown Metra station. The money, to be provided through proceeds from the city’s downtown tax increment financing district, is part of the city’s business assistance program.
Dist. 128 board talks budget
The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board will hold a public hearing tonight regarding the proposed 2015 fiscal year budget.
Kurdish forces retake 2 towns from Sunni militants
Reinvigorated by American airstrikes, Kurdish forces retook two towns from Sunni militants Sunday, achieving one of their first victories after weeks of retreating, a senior Kurdish military official said. Kurdish peshmerga fighters were able to push the militants of the Islamic State group out of the villages of Makhmour and al-Gweir, some 45 kilometers from Irbil, Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih said.
Tony Stewart pulls out of NASCAR race after fatal accident
Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen Sunday, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York. Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart “feels...
California debates ‘yes means yes’ sex assault law
College students have heard a similar refrain for years in campaigns to stop sexual assault: No means no. Now, as universities around the country that are facing pressure over the handling of rape allegations adopt policies to define consensual sex, California is poised to take it a step further. Lawmakers are considering what would be the first-in-the-nation measure requiring all colleges that...
Israel, Hamas accept Egyptian cease-fire proposal
Israel and the Hamas militant group accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal Sunday, clearing the way for the resumption of talks on a long-term truce to end a month of heavy fighting in the Gaza Strip that has taken nearly 2,000 lives. The announcement marked the second time in less than a week that the bitter enemies had agreed to Egyptian mediation. A similar three-day truce last week...
National Scrabble Championships start in New York
Scrabble fanatics from around the globe have come to Buffalo, New York, to compete for the $10,000 top prize at the 25th National Scrabble Championships. The Buffalo News reports that the event has attracted 525 players from 11 countries. It started Saturday. Contenders will each play 31 games over five days, with winners based on number of victories and point totals.
Japan remains on flood, landslide alert in wake of Halong storm
Japan maintained flood and landslide warnings covering much of the nation after Typhoon Halong moved out to the Sea of Japan this afternoon.Halong crossed Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, and western Honshu earlier today, with winds gusting as high as 100 miles per hour.
25 years ago, a different Ebola outbreak in Va.
The return of two Americans infected with Ebola is reminding residents of a northern Virginia community about a scare 25 years ago that permanently linked their town’s name to the virus. In 1989, a monkey house in the town of Reston was the site of an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Dozens of monkeys died, and several workers at the facility tested positive with the virus.
Illinois postal worker gets probation in theft case
EAST ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis woman has been sentenced to six months of home detention as part of five years of probation for opening and stealing packages while working as a supervisor at a southwestern Illinois post office.
Voter ID ruling creating confusion for primary
Voters do not have to show photo identification to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s primary election. Yet, poll watchers say they are still concerned there could be confusion thanks to a state Supreme Court ruling less than two weeks ago that said the photo ID law is constitutional.
As bombs fall over Iraq, old emotions rise in US
It was supposed to be over, America’s war in Iraq. So all the old emotions boiled up anew as Americans absorbed the news that U.S. bombs were again striking targets in the nation where the United States led an invasion in 2003, lost almost 4,500 troops in the fight to stabilize and liberate it and then left nearly three years ago.
Appeal to recognize Pullman district reaches Obama
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is appealing to President Barack Obama for help in granting National Park status to Chicago’s Pullman Historic District. Durbin said in a letter sent Friday to Obama that the area is significant for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the labor movement.
Hawaii’s governor ousted in stunning primary loss
A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent.
Recycling options part of Lake County waste management plan
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County wants to boost the recycling rate from 47 percent to 60 percent by 2020. Several recycling options are included in the proposed 2014 solid waste management plan update.
Some camp out all night for school supplies at ECC
Some people camped outside overnight to get backpacks filled with school supplies that were handed out Saturday at Elgin Community College. “These families wait as long as it takes because they are in need,” ECC Student Life Coordinator Katie Storey said.
Couple's video follows as joy turns to dread — and back
The happy time-lapse video chronicling her pregnancy and the birth of their son was nearing the finish line for Arlington Heights native Rob Marshall and his wife, Erin, when a life-threatening heart defect changed everything.
White students no longer a majority
Non-Hispanic white students are still expected to be the largest racial group in the public schools this year at 49.8 percent. But according to the National Center for Education Statistics, minority students, when added together, will now make up the majority.About one-quarter of the minority students are Hispanic, 15 percent are black and 5 percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders. Biracial...
Ukraine rebel leader asks for aid, cease-fire
“We are prepared to stop firing to bar the spread of the scale of the humanitarian catastrophe in Donbass (eastern Ukraine),” Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the so-called prime minister of the Donetsk separatists, said in a statement on a rebel website.
Sometimes the slow, measured response is the right one
We all sometimes say and do things we wish we hadn't. Our Ken Potts says we can avoid that -- at least sometimes -- by taking a slower and more measured response.
Latest auto racing tragedy impossible to comprehend
Of all the ways auto racing places people in jeopardy -- crashes for drivers, flying auto parts into the crowd for fans, sideswipes for pit crews -- the weekend's fatality was the least expected. Kevin Ward Jr. essentially jaywalked across a dirt track to confront fellow driver Tony Stewart and died when Stewart's car struck him.
Bears lift suspension; Bennett returns to practice
Tight end Martellus Bennett is back with the Bears after serving a team-mandated six-day suspension, which was the result of his body-slamming rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller during a practice on Aug. 4 Bennett is scheduled to participate in today's 3 p.m practice.
Big second half as Sky dominates Atlanta
The Sky stays in the playoff hunt with a gritty 80-69 victory over the fading Eastern Conference leaders, the Atlanta Dream (2-9 in last 11 games). It was a big day for rookie poiint guard Jamierra Faulkner, who collected 14 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in the game and also picked up her college diploma in a halftime ceremony.
Fire thrilled with 1-0 win over New York
A victory, a shutout, and smiles all around Toyota Park as Chicago Fire pulls out a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls Sunday night.
Conte, Steltz back to battle for Bears’ DB jobs
Several previously injured Bears were back at practice Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 17,500 in Bourbonnais and, while some of the returning players stepped into their old starting positions, others face a battle for playing time and roster spots.
McIlroy wins riveting PGA Championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever Sunday to win the PGA Championship.On a back nine filled with clutch shots and as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man race to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness at Valhalla to capture his second straight major.McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and became only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at 25 or younger. The others were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, three of the game’s greatest players.Boy Wonder appears on his way to belonging in that group.“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d have a summer like this,” said McIlroy, only the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year. “I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today.”But one of the greatest shows on soggy turf came with a most peculiar ending.Three shots behind going to the back nine, McIlroy rallied to take the lead and then hit a 9-iron from the fairway bunker to 10 feet for birdie on the 17th hole for a two-shot lead going to the par-5 18th. Because of a two-hour rain delay earlier, darkness was falling quickly and it wasn’t certain McIlroy would be able to finish.McIlroy was allowed to hit his tee shot before Mickelson and Rickie Fowler had reached their drives. Both were only two shots behind, still in the game. McIlroy came within a yard of hitting in a hazard right of the fairway.Then, the PGA of America allowed McIlroy to hit his second shot. Mickelson and Fowler had to stand to the side of the green.“We were cool with hitting the tee shot,” Fowler said. “We weren’t expecting the approach shots.”Fowler had a 50-foot eagle attempt to tie for the lead. He was well off the mark, and missed the short birdie putt attempt that cost him his third straight runner-up finish in a major. Mickelson was short of the green, and his chip came within inches of dropping for an eagle that would have tied him for the lead.Mickelson appeared upset that they had to wait to finish the hole not standard procedure in a PGA Tour event and he made two references in a TV interview that this is the only championship the PGA of America runs all year.“It didn’t affect the outcome of the championship at all, I don’t think,” Mickelson said. “It’s not what we normally do. It’s not a big deal either way.”Mickelson closed with a 66 and was runner-up for the ninth time in a major.Fowler became the first player in history to finish in the top five at all four majors without winning one. He closed with a 68 and tied for third with Henrik Stenson, who fell out of a share of the lead by missing a 3-foot par putt on the 14th hole. Stenson shot a 66.McIlroy hit his second shot into a bunker, and he had to two-putt from 35 feet for the win. He lagged the first one to tap-in range, and the major was his. McIlroy repeatedly pumped his fist before letting out a scream above the gallery that had been treated to one of the best shows ever in a major.He won his first two majors by eight shots at the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship. Only a month ago, McIlroy took a six-shot lead into the final round of the British Open and completed a wire-to-wire win with only a brief scare.This was his first big test, and it took some of his best golf to come through.“I think I showed a lot of guts out there to get the job done,” he said.The winning shot turned out to be that 9-iron from the bunker and the birdie putt on the 17th hole that gave him a two-shot lead, the largest margin for anyone on a day when as many as five players claimed a share of the lead.It might not have been possible without a 3-wood on the par-5 10th hole.
Boomers rally again to defeat Rockford
For the second consecutive contest, the Schaumburg Boomers rallied to defeat the Rockford Aviators 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.
Rizzo rescues Cubs in 12th for 3-2 win
Making contact at the plate was a challenge for the Cubs this past weekend. They struck out 44 times and walked just twice in the three games against the Rays. But Anthony Rizzo managed to make contact, hitting a game-winning single Sunday to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory in 12 innings.
White Sox can’t muster a comeback in Seattle
SEATTLE — Even though they no longer play in the same division, White Sox starter John Danks is still being haunted by Austin Jackson.The former Detroit Tigers outfielder went 3 for 4 with a career-high 4 RBI against Danks as the Seattle Mariners beat the White Sox 4-2 on Sunday.Jackson, acquired by Seattle in a trade before the deadline, has been a constant thorn in Danks’ side. Jackson entered the game as a career .400 hitter against Danks and continued to hammer him.“I can’t escape him,” Danks said. “I’ve thrown everything I know how to. I thought about taking my glove off and firing one in there right-handed just to give him another look.”Logan Morrison began a two-out rally for the Mariners in the second inning off Danks (9-8) with a hard line drive single off the wall in right field. Infield singles by Chris Taylor and Jesus Sucre loaded the bases for Jackson.Jackson doubled down the left field line to give the Mariners a 3-0 lead.“I thought Johnny pitched well enough to win a game,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s just that we didn’t get anything going (offensively).”Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez was pulled mid-batter in the fifth inning as Dominic Leone entered to face Gordon Beckham with a 2-1 count. Leone got Beckham to ground into a double play to end the inning.Leone (5-2) picked up the victory and Fernando Rodney earned his 33rd save.Taylor drew a leadoff walk in the seventh inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sucre. Jackson singled to left as Taylor beat the throw home from Alejandro De Aza to give Seattle a 4-0 lead.Jackson raised his career average to .429 (21 for 49) against Danks.“He’s hit some good pitches off of me and definitely made me answer to some mistakes I made,” Danks said.Tyler Flowers homered off Tom Wilhelmsen to lead off the seventh for Chicago.Rodney allowed the first two runners to reach in the ninth. After two strikeouts, Conor Gillaspie singled to center to drive in Alexei Ramirez. Rodney then hit Flowers to load the bases before striking out Jordan Danks to seal the victory.Beckham web gem:Beckham made a diving stop of a grounder from Dustin Ackley to end the second inning. The second baseman laid out to his left and likely saved a run as Jackson was set to score from second if the ball had made its way into right field.Lindstrom ready:White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom is set to return after nearly three months on the disabled list. Lindstrom will be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte for Tuesday’s game against San Francisco. Lindstrom has been on the 15-day DL since May 20 with a dislocated tendon in his right ankle. Chicago optioned reliever Eric Surkamp to Triple-A after the game to clear space for Lindstrom.Sale up next:Left-hander Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14 ERA) is set to open the White Sox two-game series with San Francisco on Tuesday. Sale took the loss for only the second time this season in his last outing against Texas on Aug. 6.
Quietly, Gillaspie making some noise for Sox
In a season in which 27-year-old Cuban rookie Jose Abreu has dominated, Conor Gillaspie has put together a quiet but nice season. Chris Rongey shares his perspective in this White Sox Insider report.
Cubs activate relievers Turner and Ramirez
The Cubs made a flurry of roster moves Sunday affecting their bullpen. They activated Neil Ramirez off the disabled list and placed reliever Brian Schlitter on the DL with right-shoulder inflammation. Pitcher Jacob Turner also joined the Cubs after his trade from Miami. The Cubs optioned lefty Chris Rusin to Class AAA Iowa to make room for Turner.
Rizzo’s single gives Cubs the win in extras
Anthony Rizzo hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field.The last-place Cubs struck out 17 times, running their total to 44 for the weekend series, but Rizzo and touted rookie Javier Baez had two hits apiece to key a 13-hit attack. Carlos Villanueva (5-6) pitched a scoreless inning to earn the victory.Baez struck out in the 12th, but reached on a wild pitch that moved Ryan Sweeney to third. Baez moved to second on another wild pitch by Cesar Ramos (2-4) before Rizzo lined a single to right-center field.The Rays lost for only the fifth time in their last 23 road games.
Cubs front office steps on the accelerator
Bob Dylan’s anthem “The Times They Are a-Changin’” would be an appropriate theme song for the current state Chicago Cubs. Roster moves have been coming at a fast and furious pace. While the talent-compiling process had gone on at a rather slow and steady pace, Cubs Insider Len Kasper says it feels like the Cubs have suddenly shifted from second to fifth gear in a snap of their fingers.
Allmendinger wins Watkins Glen Sprint Cup race
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — AJ Allmendinger beat Marcos Ambrose on a two-lap dash to the finish to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International on a somber Sunday.The victory made his one-car team for JTG Daugherty Racing eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title. Allmendinger held off Ambrose through the first two turns and opened a lead after both cars bumped and won going away.Three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart pulled out of the race 12 hours after he struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car during a race in nearby Canandaigua, New York. Allmendinger offered his condolences to the Ward family after he won, saying “we’re a community here, we’re thinking about you.”In a statement released during the race by a spokesman, Stewart said: “There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. It’s a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason I’ve decided not to participate in today’s race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”Regan Smith drove Stewart’s car instead and finished 35th after having to start from the back of the 43-car field and getting caught in a late accident.It was the second straight time Stewart missed the race at The Glen, where he has a NASCAR-record five victories. He suffered a broken leg in a sprint car accident in Iowa days before the Cup race and missed the rest of the season.There were three restarts in the decisive closing laps. Allmendinger got the jump on Ambrose in the first one with nine laps to go, but Jimmie Johnson was bumped in the first turn and his No. 48 spun around, collecting two other cars and precipitating a caution.The race restarted again with five laps left and both Ambrose and Allmendinger were side-by-side through the esses, banging against each other before Ambrose took the lead in the chicane as he’s done so many times in the past, dirt flying as both cars hit the grass.Allmendinger wasn’t done, regaining the lead on the next lap as he outbraked the Australian into turn 1 before a crash involving Denny Hamlin caused another red flag with four laps left.The 90-lap race on the 2.45-mile layout was red-flagged for 1 hour, 21 minutes just past the midpoint after a violent crash involving Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell that involved three other cars.Newman’s Chevrolet spun hard into the Armco barrier lining the track, ripping a big hole in the barrier’s metal. The car then spun around twice and went back across the racing surface, collecting McDowell in his No. 95, which incurred heavy damage in the rear. Newman, McDowell and Alex Bowman were treated in the infield care center and released.Allmendinger gained the lead on lap 64 after pit stops, with Kurt Busch and Ambrose close behind. Ambrose outbraked Busch into Turn 1 for second two laps later and set his sights on Allmendinger, who had a 2-second lead that was wiped out by the late stoppages.Jeff Gordon started from the pole and led the first 29 laps, holding Ambrose at bay. But Gordon’s engine died on lap 50 as he lost all power and couldn’t get it refired, spoiling a promising day. Gordon was second to Ambrose after the first round of pit stops and slightly faster when his car stalled.Defending race winner Kyle Busch had to do a pass-through penalty after a fuel can stuck in his No. 18 Toyota. Back on the track, he shredded his left front tire after contact with Martin Truex Jr. and had to pit again and was out of contention.Brad Keselowski, who was second the previous three races at The Glen, had contact early and brake problems and finished five laps back.
Matt Spiegel: For Baez, the song has just begun
Matt Spiegel likes to think of Cubs second baseman Javier Baez as a really exciting new band. He swings as hard as any young punk guitarist thrashes. Time will tell if he can keep it up, and whether he will add the nuance needed to be a more complete hitter. Maybe that guitar player has a decade of mature songs in him he doesn’t even know about yet.
North Suburban Conference to undergo changes
The North Suburban Conference is officially breaking up, and both Grayslake high schools are directly involved. Grayslake Community High School District 127 and Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 have announced the formation of a yet-to-be-named new athletic conference planned to commence no later than the 2016-2017 school year.
Farms are focus of studies on drinking water toxin
Scientists and farmers agree that phosphorus from agriculture runoff is feeding the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Erie linked to a toxin found in the drinking water of 400,000 people in Ohio and southeastern Michigan last week. But how much of a role do the farms play? Researchers already know some of the answers, yet there are still many unknowns.
Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured
The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes. The U.S. estimates didn’t take into account that the added oil from the pipeline would drop prices by about $3 a barrel, spurring consumption that would create more pollution, the researchers said.
Iran plane crashes outside tehran airport, dozens dead
A regional carrier flying from Tehran to Tabas in central Iran crashed shortly after takeoff today into a residential area outside Mehrabad airport, leaving dozens dead. The morning crash of the Iran-140 turboprop killed 40 passengers and 8 crew, Reza Dehghanpour, head of Tehran Emergency Services, told Iranian state television. Three with severe burns were hospitalized, he said. State-run Mehr news agency reported 40 were dead and eight injured; the Iranian Students News Agency said the confirmed death toll was 38.
Career Coach: Win that job with non-verbal cues
Several career experts spoke with me recently about factors that separate out successful job search applicants from those that aren’t. One thing we all agreed on: the value of effective nonverbal behaviors. The way you come across to the interviewer or employer sends a powerful message about you and how much you care about the job search process.
Pew: Split views on robots’ employment benefits
A new survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center found that, when asked about the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs, nearly 1,900 experts and other respondents were divided over what to expect 11 years from now.
Red Wings owner, needing hockey-arena neighborhood, builds one
Billionaire Mike Ilitch and his family plan to create an instantaneous neighborhood around Detroit’s new hockey arena and jump-start an economic recovery where other sports ventures fell short. The 250-acre project near downtown sets the arena apart from other U.S. stadiums where little or no related development occurred, or arose long after construction.
How a housing shortage is reshaping parts of Appalachia
Rent is famously skyrocketing in North Dakota oil boom towns. Appalachia has gotten a lot less attention. But what’s happening there provides some fascinating points of comparison and contrast with housing shortages in big cities like San Francisco. Rural shale country communities don’t have a lot of excess housing stock to start with. Where fracking sites are located far from big cities, commuting in isn’t really an option for new workers.
Barbara Corcoran on her 2nd life with ‘Shark Tank’
Barbara Corcoran expects entrepreneurs to listen to what she says, and then do what they want. Even when they’re using her money to build their companies. Corcoran, now one of the investors on the ABC program “Shark Tank,” made her name running New York real estate brokerage Corcoran Group.
Funds are going smaller-game hunting for dividends
Big, blue chip stocks are often the first stop for many dividend investors. Companies like Exxon Mobil or Procter & Gamble have long histories of paying dividends and higher yields than the market’s average. But smaller companies pay dividends too, and some mutual-fund managers count them among the best opportunities to find dividend growth.
5 tips for sensible back-to-school spending
The average family with kids in kindergarten through 12th grade will spend $669.28 on clothes, electronics and other school-related needs this back-to-school season, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. That amounts to a 5 percent increase from last year. To help gin up sales, many stores roll out discounts and some states even get in on the act, offering sales tax holidays for clothing, backpacks, even computers.
4 questions, answers on changes coming to FICO scores
There are changes coming to FICO, a broadly used credit score, that may mean higher credit scores for many consumers. Banks, credit card issuers, auto lenders and other businesses use those scores to decide whether to lend to consumers and how much interest to charge them. A higher score could get you better terms on loans for cars and homes.
Ag tourism touted as way to boost rural economies
Ag tourism refers to working farm enterprises geared to visitors, encompassing farm stands, pumpkin patches, barn dances, zip-line rides, pick-your-own berries, corn mazes and even weddings. Farms engaging in ag tourism generated roughly $700 million in 2012 — a 24 percent increase over five years, according to the most recent U.S. Agriculture Department statistics.
Work Advice: Sticky political wickets
Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.
Life & Entertainment
Design comes from the heart, not the wallet
How can something as instinctive as the need to create your own nest or space be so unimportant to so many people?
Images: Teen Choice Awards
Stars of the small screen including Nina Dobrev, Lucy Hale, Ian Somerhalder and Lea Michele along with stars from the big screen including Josh Hutcherston, Shailene Woodley, Kevin Hart, Donald Sutherland and Ansel Elgort turned out for the Teen Choice Awards.
‘Fault in Our Stars’ actors winners at Teen Choice Awards
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of “The Fault in Our Stars” rode a victorious wave at the Teen Choice Awards. The actors were honored with several prizes at Sunday’s fan-favorite extravaganza, including choice drama movie actor and breakout movie star for Elgort and choice drama and action movie actress for “Divergent” star Woodley. The pair was also awarded the surfboard-shaped trophy for choice movie lip-lock for their “Fault in Our Stars” smooch.
Cowabunga! ‘Ninja Turtles’ bring box-office power
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office. Paramount Pictures’ comic-book adaptation featuring Megan Fox alongside computer-generated renditions of the pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling superheroes lunged into first place in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The action film’s totally tubular result prompted the studio to announce plans Sunday for a sequel set for June 3, 2016.
Silent retreats: Tradition finds 21st-century fans
A very pregnant Juliana Berger took a five-day trip with her husband and didn’t speak to him once. They weren’t fighting. They were attending a silent retreat. Like so many people these days, the New York-based couple wanted a break from the stress of daily life. “I thought the stillness would help me connect with my baby,” said Berger. Silent meditation transcends most religious traditions, and can be traced back thousands of years. Today’s retreats last from a day to several weeks and take place at monasteries, colleges, spas, hotels and even hospitals.
New ‘trashy’ reality TV show focuses on recyclers
A new show wants to redefine the meaning of trashy television. “Human Resources,” which debuts Friday on the Pivot network, will focus not on hard-partying beachgoers but on a socially conscious recycling company.
Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch
Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home décor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art décor plays well off the vintage vibe and yet also makes contemporary furnishings, well, pop.
‘All About That Bass’ gives singer a breakthrough
Not everyone was initially “All About That Bass.” Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old who is having a pop culture moment with the song about body acceptance, said she initially wrote the track and pitched it to other artists, but was turned away. Things changed when record executive L.A. Reid heard the doo-wop pop song and told Trainor she should be the voice behind it.
Sunday picks: Rock with the Goo Goo Dolls, Plain White T's
Rock out on the shores of Lake Michigan when the Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry share the bill with guests Plain White T's today at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion in Chicago. Comedian Steve Byrne ("Sullivan and Son") takes the mic one more night 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.
LA porn permits fall, but films keep being produced
It has been known as the nation’s porn capital for years, but if recent film-permit records are to be believed, fewer than three adult movies a month are being made in Los Angeles County this year. So where are those hundreds of films available for instant download on the Internet coming from?
Billy Joel, Maria Shriver featured in PBS doc
Billy Joel, Maria Shriver and Samuel L. Jackson — baby boomers all — will be among those featured in an upcoming PBS documentary about the post-World War II generation. PBS announced Thursday that “American Masters: The Boomer List” will air Sept. 23 on member stations. The 90-minute production, directed by filmmaker-photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, will include 19 notable public figures.
Kansas City emerges as a creative crossroads
He hated art museums, saying he'd rather have his work hanging in a brothel, but he became Missouri's most renowned 20th-century artist. So what would Thomas Hart Benton think of Kansas City's arts scene in his hometown on this, the 125th anniversary of his birth?
Buying a foreclosure from the bank requires caution
Q. We have been looking at bank-owned properties to purchase our first home. We have had some people tell us not to buy these types of properties because the banks are not fair when dealing with buyers and take advantage of buyers. Is this true?
The battle between cluttered and contemporary can be won
A lean look can be sleek and modern. Many contemporary homes are sculptural and include an open floor plan. Yet, such a sparse look can be ruined by clutter and therefore the style isn’t for everyone.
Editorial: Even in the dark, a school's anniversary matters
A Daily Herald uses District 214's centennial to argue that we shouldn't be preoccupied with 'bad news,' that life is a balance of good and bad and that balance should apply to what gets our attention too.
In health crisis, erosions of trust in science are dangerous
Columnist Michael Gerson: A prominent AIDS researcher recently recalled for me the panic at the start of the pandemic in the 1980s. Her superiors asked her not to publicize her work because they didn’t want their institution to be known as an “AIDS hospital.”
GOP creating its own nightmare over ‘dreamers’
Columnist Ruben Navarrette: I once used the term “spoiled brats” to describe “dreamers,” those young undocumented immigrants brought here by their parents.Yet now I think the real spoiled brats are those House Republicans who -- with no skill for leading the downtrodden -- settle for punishing the defenseless.
Town shuts down; school boss quits; horse racing ban
Soapboxing: A reporter's busy week runs the gamut from a town shutting down to horse racing in McHenry County; the heroin epidemic rages on; pension payouts approach salaries. Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director, tackles these topics.
Durbin’s legislation needs support
A letter to the editor: Last week, Walgreen officially announced it will not move its corporate headquarters overseas. Citizen Action/Illinois applauds this decision. We have been a vocal opponent of the proposal to move Walgreen overseas as part of a tax-dodging process known as corporate inversion. It is heartening that in these days of overt corporate greed, we see an American-grown company take heed to what the people care about, which is investments in our own communities.
Obama part of problem of immigration
A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: In their wisdom, our forefathers passed legal immigration laws. There is a reason the immigration laws are the way they are. One reason was to prevent the country from being overwhelmed!
‘Worst’ president label doesn’t fit
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Much is being made of a recent Quinnipiac University poll that rated President Obama the “worst” president since World War II. On July 29, Dennis Johnson’s letter said “ ...the majority of the people in the U.S. think Barack Obama is one of the worst presidents ever.”
Herald missed big picture in this story
A Wheaton letter to the editor: I commend the Daily Herald for wanting to encourage harmony in all contexts of human relationship. But there is a bigger picture to this story than what the Daily Herald portrayed.
He supports smaller McHenry Co. Board
A McHenry letter to the editor: The choice for McHenry County Board in District 4 is crystal clear after the board held its last meeting.