Daily Archive : Wednesday August 13, 2014


    Colin Collette found lots of support Wednesday at a meeting of the Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness. He was fired as music director after he revealed he was engaged to be married to a man.

    Fired music director finds support at Holy Family meeting

    The firing of Colin Collette, the longtime music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, was the subject of a special Wednesday meeting attended by a crowd both largely supportive of Collette and described as being “bigger than at Christmas.” Collette himself spoke at the end. "I realized I love Holy Family more than I love myself," he told the Daily Herald.

    Wheaton Rotary Club and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce members filled more than 150 donated backpacks for kids in need Wednesday following a luncheon at Arrowhead Country Club in Wheaton. Angela Adkins, second right, and Heather Coulter, right, grab donated supplies for their backpacks.

    Wheaton Rotary Club, Chamber fill backpacks for kids in need

    More than 150 students in need in DuPage County won’t have to worry about getting some basic school supplies this year, thanks to donations gathered by the Wheaton Rotary Club and Wheaton Chamber of Commerce. Members from both organizations came together Wednesday for a luncheon at Arrowhead Country Club in Wheaton, where they also spent time filling the donated backpacks with pens,...

    Sloan Bentley, second from right, president and chief executive officer of Lifespace Communities, and some residents take part in a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a $15 million expansion at Beacon Hill senior living community in Lombard.

    Lombard’s Beacon Hill celebrates anniversary, addition

    A groundbreaking was held Wednesday at Beacon Hill senior living community in Lombard for a $15 million expansion. The project, which is scheduled to be complete in 2016, will include the addition of an auditorium, multiple dining venues, a dining preparation space and a kitchen for the community’s more than 500 residents.


    Elgin bar found guilty of 1 of 2 liquor violations

    The Gasthaus Zur Linde bar in downtown Elgin was found guilty of one of two liquor license violation allegations by the city’s liquor control commission, which ruled the Gasthaus did not exceed the scope of its liquor license on March 3, 2013, when the bar hosted a private birthday party during which a fight broke out and a shot was fired. The bar, however, was found guilty of serving...

    Schaumburg firefighters extinguish a house fire on the 900 block of Walpole Lane on Wednesday in Schaumburg.

    Fire causes $100,000 damage to Schaumburg duplex

    Fire caused an estimated $100,000 damage to a duplex unit in Schaumburg on Wednesday. Firefighters arrived about 12:10 p.m. to find smoke coming from the roof soffits and vents. No injuries were report.

    Paul Vallas, who is running for lieutenant governor as the running mate to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, campaigns and participates in Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair, Wednesday in Springfield.

    State Democrats make play for unity, push referendums

    Faced with a crucial mid-term election where Republicans are seeking to reclaim the governor’s mansion, Illinois Democrats used an annual party gathering Wednesday to provide an early look at their strategy for victory this fall.


    Shots fired in Round Lake Park likely gang-related, police say

    Round Lake Park police issued a community alert after a report of shots being fired Tuesday night. Police say five to eight shots were fired in what is regared as a gang-related activity. No one was injured. "You can't continue sweeping gang and drug problems under the carpet," said Police Chief George Filenko.

    This image provided by Platon/Wired shows the cover of the September 2014 issue of Wired magazine, featuring former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden gave an exclusive interview with Wired, in the issue scheduled to hit newsstands on Aug. 26.

    Report: NSA eyed preset strikes in cyberattacks

    The National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, creating the risk of accidentally starting a war, according to a new report based on interviews with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

    Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather for humanitarian aid at Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria, Tuesday.

    Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

    President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, the White House said. A small team of U.S. troops secretly scouted the site Wednesday.

    Marcos Antonio Perez-Velasco

    St. Charles man charged with aggravated battery

    A 27-year-old St. Charles man was charged with aggravated battery in connection with a report of a man found injured Monday evening.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks to the American Veterans national convention Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn.

    VA referrals to private doctors on rise

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is significantly increasing its referrals of veterans to private doctors following a scandal over lengthy patient waiting times at many VA hospitals and clinics and falsified appointment records, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Wednesday. McDonald spoke to a few hundred people at the American Veterans national convention. He is scheduled to visit the...

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds her memoir “Hard Choices” at a bookstore in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Wednesday, during a book signing event.

    Clinton and White House try to shrug off split

    In yet another twist in their complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered on Martha’s Vineyard following a foreign policy split. Obama’s spokesman said the White House “is looking onwards and upwards,” while Clinton joked she was planning on...


    Waukegan movie walking tour:

    The Waukegan History Museum of the Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society have a free guided walking tour titled “Waukegan and the Movies” on Friday, Aug. 15 at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m.


    Parking lot improvements at Allstate Arena

    Paving improvements will be made to the 4,000-vehicle capacity Allstate Arena parking lot in Rosemont. The village board Wednesday approved a $466,325 contract with Orange Crush LLC to do paving, crackfilling, and other upgrades.


    Two finalists for Lake County judgeship:

    Two finalists remain for a Lake County circuit court associate judge position.


    Mt. Prospect library to add teen, study space to second floor

    Mount Prospect Public Library leaders are moving ahead with a plan to renovate the second floor of the library to create additional study/meeting rooms and an enclosed area for teens. The library plans to solicit bids for the project early in 2015. It's expected to cost a little less than $800,000.

    A demonstrator throws back a tear gas container after tactical officers try to break up a group of bystanders Wednesday in West Florissant, Mo. Ferguson has been the site of nightly protests and unrest since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed during a confrontation with an officer on Saturday.

    ID of officer who killed teen festering issue

    The police chief of a St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death said Wednesday he won’t be pressured into publicly identifying the officer despite mounting demands from clergy, protesters and even hackers. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who has been the public face of the city torn by Saturday’s death of...


    Antiques sale benefits infant welfare:

    The Lake Forest Chapter of Infant Welfare Society of Chicago will sponsor the 46th annual Antiques & Treasures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Deerpath Middle School, on Deer Path Road, one mile east of Route 41 in Lake Forest.

    Libertyville Trustee Jim Moran is resigning from the village board because he’s moving outside of the village. He’s moving his family into the house his grandfather built, just outside the Libertyville border in Green Oaks.

    Libertyville trustee resigns because he’s moving

    Libertyville Trustee Jim Moran is resigning from the village board because he’s moving outside of the village. He’s not going far, just a few miles, but it’s so he can move his family into the house his grandfather built.


    Suit: Arlington Hts. facility ignored rules, training

    A Carpentersville man is suing Clearbrook, a not-for-profit agency that serves developmentally disabled people, arguing he was fired in retaliation for questioning what he says is the facility's practice of disregarding training and state requirements. Darren Buchanan seeks unspecified damages and lost wages after his termination in March from the Mozart House in Arlington Heights.

    People wait to cross into Sierra Leone on the border that separates Guinea and Sierra Leone. Guinea has closed its border with Sierra Leone in an attempt to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

    Doctors: Ebola drug poses ‘impossible dilemma’

    Doctors treating a Sierra Leone physician with Ebola defended their decision not to give him an experimental drug, saying Wednesday they feared it was too risky. Calling it “an impossible dilemma,” Doctors Without Borders explained in detail last month’s decision in response to a New York Times story on the case. It would have been the first time the experimental drug was...

    A convoy of white trucks carrying humanitarian aid passes along the main road M4 (Don highway) Voronezh region, Russia, Tuesday. The Russian trucks carrying aid intended for rebel-held eastern Ukraine were parked Wednesday in the southern city of Voronezh as doubts grew over the convoy’s final route.

    Ukraine death toll spikes as attacks intensify

    A rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine came under intensified shelling Wednesday as the U.N. revealed that the death toll from the fighting between government troops and separatists has nearly doubled in the last two weeks. A spokeswoman for the U.N.’s human rights office, Cecile Pouilly, said the organization’s “very conservative estimates” show the overall death toll...

    Displaced Palestinian children play on the balcony of the U.N. school where their family sought refuge during the war, in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced in the Israel-Hamas war that began July 8, at least 10,000 housing units have been destroyed and many have found refuge at U.N. schools turned into shelters.

    Egypt: Israel, Hamas to extend temporary truce

    Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary cease-fire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials announced Wednesday, permitting the sides to continue to negotiate a substantive deal to end the war in Gaza. Yet even as the extension was announced just minutes before a previous truce was set to expire at midnight, violence spiked, with Palestinian militants firing five rockets at Israel...

    Edwin Paniagua

    Trial begins for defendant in 2010 Mount Prospect murder

    Edwin Paniagua goes on trial for the murder of Mount Prospect resident Jean Wattecamps.

    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners are considering whether to move ahead with a roughly $16 million improvement project at Oak Meadows Golf Preserve in Addison.

    Decision nears on $16 million upgrade of Oak Meadows Golf Preserve

    DuPage Forest Preserve commissioners need to decide next week whether they want to move ahead with a proposed $16 million project to improve the Oak Meadows Golf Preserve property. Some commissioners say they need more info about finances.

    Six-year-old Charlie Gurgone of Lisle is front and center with Chicago Bulls rookie Doug McDermott, right, and Larry Stewart of the Bulls/Sox Academy, left, during McDermott’s first visit to the camp on Wednesday.

    Bulls rookie McDermott meets young hoop fans in Lisle

    Things have changed quickly in the life of Bulls rookie forward Doug McDermott. From the way he was drafted and immediately traded to the Bulls -- to almost quitting the sport in high school but winning two state championships. “Even if things aren’t going your way, there’s always change and there’s always hope,” McDermott said Wednesday at Bulls/Sox Academy in...

    A large international study challenges the advice for most people to cut back on salt. Unless they have high blood pressure, the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health, and too little may be as bad as too much, the study suggests.

    Study questions need for most people to cut salt

    A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health — and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists.


    Round Lake Beach officer accused of theft pleads not guilty

    A Round Lake Beach police officer pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday to multiple counts of theft, identity theft and official misconduct for using police department money to purchase more than $3,700 in gasoline. Kenneth Rydz, 41, of McHenry, is set to go to trial Nov. 4.


    Former Naperville bank executive pleads guilty to tax evasion

    A former Naperville international bank executive has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion charges and faces up to three years in prison at sentenced later this year. Aamir H. Khan, 43, was the managing director of a Middle Eastern bank based in Bahrain when he filed false income tax returns from 2006 through 2008 and failed to file a 2009 return, resulting in a $1.3 million loss to the U.S.


    Des Plaines teen to carry flag onto Soldier Field before Bears game

    A Des Plaines teen will carry the Bear Down flag onto Soldier Field before kickoff of Thursday night’s Bears' preseason game. Peter Branick, a 16-year-old heart patient, was chosen as recognition for being a role model to other patients.


    Bartlett police to ramp up traffic enforcement around schools

    Bartlett police will add extra patrols around schools as students return to classes next month. Police urge drivers to slow down, refrain from using cellphones and take caution around school buses when students are back in school, beginning Monday, Aug. 18.


    Elk Grove Dist. 59 board approves $118 million budget

    The Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board has approved a $118 million budget for the upcoming school year. The spending plan includes $16 million in capital projects, among them an addition to Holmes Junior High School in Mount Prospect to house a new early childhood learning center.


    Learn about Dist. 121 technology at open house

    Warren Township High School District 121 invites the community to discover how students use technology at informational nights during fall open house events Aug. 21 and 28.

    Kane County Environmental Resources Director Ken Anderson, center, showed updated renderings of the proposed cross country track at Settler’s Hill to a county board committee Wednesday. The track is designed to meet NCAA specifications in hopes of drawing regional meets. The track would be open to the public when not in use for meets.

    Kane to spend $200,000 on cross-country track before study

    Kane County officials agreed to a somewhat risky move Wednesday by pushing forward with the second phase of engineering on a proposed cross country facility before learning the results of a financial feasibility study. The engineering will cost $200,000 and could be lost funds if the study turns up red flags. Not expecting any bumps in the road, a board committee decided its better to not delay...

    Conrad Bassett-Bouchard reacts after he won the title at the National Scrabble Championships Wednesday in Buffalo, N.Y. He led for most of the match, outscoring his opponent 477-350.

    Oregon man crowned Scrabble champ

    Conrad Bassett-Bouchard started his championship Scrabble game Wednesday with the word “zilch” and finished with the opposite — the $10,000 prize and the title of national Scrabble champion. The 24-year-old player, from Portland, Oregon, beat 29-year-old Jason Li, of Montreal, in the final round of the five-day 25th National Scrabble Championships played in Buffalo, New York.

    More than 200 fans waited to get an autograph and snap pictures Wednesday afternoon with former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal at the Sears store in Woodfield Mall.

    Former NBA big man Shaq draws big crowd to Woodfield Mall

    More than 200 fans filled the Sears store at Woodfield Mall on Wednesday afternoon for a chance to meet, get an autograph or take a picture with former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. “He's freakishly tall,” said 18-year-old Nathan Cualoping. “He still dominates the game.”

    North Central College is developing plans for a park and plaza at 430 S. Washington Street along the Riverwalk just north of the Burger King in downtown Naperville.

    College's park plans progressing in Naperville

    The first phase of engineering on a future plaza at 430 S. Washington St. intended to highlight North Central College's history in Naperville has gotten under way. “We're all waiting to see how the engineering process goes before we take further steps,” said Jim Godo, the college's assistant vice president for external relations.

    A new Moretti’s restaurant is planned for the west side of a strip mall on Higgins Road west of River Road in Rosemont. Restaurant owner Ala Carte Entertainment is buying the plaza from the village for $3.4 million.

    New Moretti’s to open by spring in Rosemont

    The Schaumburg-based restaurant group that operates the chain of Moretti’s restaurants throughout the suburbs is bringing its newest location to Rosemont, and paying the village $3.4 million to buy the strip mall where the eatery will be built. Ala Carte Entertainment “had extra money and wanted to buy the whole center,” Mayor Brad Stephens said.

    Brian Burke, president and CEO of LinksTechnology Inc. of Schaumburg, reacts as his ball heads toward the second hole but falls short. Roy Picciuca of Wintrust Bank in Des Plaines and Mike Radek of Max Packaging Inc. of Mokena wait their turn.

    Links Technology Cup raises money for Schaumburg Park Foundation

    Hundreds of golfers were at Schaumburg Golf Club Wednesday to compete for the Links Technology Cup in a fundraiser for the Schaumburg Park Foundation. The seventh annual event featured perfect weather for a day of golf. “This is one of the foundation’s best fundraisers of the year,” said Tony LaFrenere, executive director of the Schaumburg Park District.

    A crowd gathered at the Fox River in Algonquin in 2012 for the unveiling of a firefighter memorial that features a beam from the World Trade Center. Wauconda officials are discussing creating a heroes memorial with a beam in a local park.

    Wauconda may display World Trade Center beam at park

    A beam from one of the fallen World Trade Center buildings could be put on display in Wauconda. Mayor Frank Bart mentioned the plan in a recent electronic newsletter to residents. Now local park district officials are getting involved, saying they want to develop an appropriate display for the historical relic if it's going to be added to one of their sites.

    Antuoine Adams

    Charged in 3 Radio Shack stick-ups, pair found guilty of one in Lombard

    Two Chicago men accused of targeting Radio Shack stores were found guilty Wednesday of the armed robbery of one last year near Lombard. It was the third such Radio Shack robbery the pair was charged with; the others occurred in Des Plaines and Elgin.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Joseph E. Spears, 48, of Batavia, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty at 11:30 p.m. Sunday at his residence, according to a sheriff’s report. Spears is accused of throwing a dog against a wall and TV during a domestic dispute.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A resident of the 3N800 block of Hawthorn Drive near St. Charles reported to police at noon Aug. 7 that $4,500 was withdrawn from her checking account at a Grand Rapids, Michigan, bank by a person who used a fake identification and signed a withdrawal form almost exactly like the victim’s signature.


    Elgin caregiver accused of identity theft of Barrington woman

    An Elgin woman was charged with stealing from a resident of The Garlands of Barrington, authorities said. Vanessa Williams, 35, was charged with theft and aggravated identity theft for using the victim’s debit card without authorization from April 25 to July 27, said Cynthia Vargas, spokeswoman for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    A suburban businessman says his company was unfairly placed on an Illinois Tollway list of “super scofflaws.”

    Lake in the Hills firm sues over toll scofflaw list

    Name recognition is great when you're a business but not when you're known as a tollway "scofflaw," says John O'Hara of Specialty Contractors. The company is suing the Illinois tollway over mistakenly including it on an infamous list of debtors.

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, gave the keynote speech at Democrats’ annual breakfast during the Illinois State Fair Wednesday.

    Duckworth: Company that leaves U.S. is a ‘deserter’

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, Wednesday compared companies that want to move some operations overseas to lessen their tax burdens to soldiers that abandon their units. “I’m an old soldier at heart and let me tell you, we have a word for people who abandon their nation, who change their allegiance. and there’s nothing worse than a deserter,”...


    Carpentersville police investigating armed robbery at cellphone store

    Carpentersville police are investigating a Tuesday armed robbery at a Verizon wireless store on Binnie Road. Authorities said two men got away with an unknown amount of currency, driving away in an unknown direction in a silver or gray vehicle.


    Nonprofit group asks to use St. James Farm near Warrenville

    A nonprofit group that provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with physical, emotional, cognitive or social challenges would like to conduct its program at St. James Farm near Warrenville. But building code issues and questions about how the proposed arrangement could make it impossible for the DuPage County Forest Preserve to support the group's request.

    Mundelein High School District 120’s new superintendent, Kevin Myers, talks to a group of students on the first day of school. Mundelein High School is giving each student a Chromebook laptop to work with this year as part of a new program.

    New superintendent, laptops greet Mundelein High students

    Mundelein High School students were greeted by new superintendent Kevin Myers as they moved through the halls during a change of classes on the first day of school Wednesday. “I’m very proud to be here as the superintendent,” said Myers, who welcomed students and staff.

    Costco, which opened July 2004 along Randall Road in Lake in the Hills, received a $1.6 million reimbursement from the village from sales tax revenues as an incentive to build the 136,000-square-foot store. The incentive helped offset costs associated with preparing the site for development, including significant grading work and construction of a large retaining wall.

    Lake in the Hills offers incentive to draw new business

    Lake in the Hills officials are offering a carrot to draw new businesses to town that are looking to locate in areas where existing buildings require upgrades or remodeling. “The incentive is open to retrofitting and (new) construction of retail space,” said Gino DeVivo, village economic development representative. “It is designed to improve the competitive advantage of the...

    Owner Karin Furio and Angela Aldaz display quilt blocks made by volunteers at Sew Generously.

    Women’s shelter benefits from Sew Generously’s all night sew-a-thon

    Sew Generously in St. Charles is sponsoring an all-night Sew-a-thon on behalf of Mutual Ground Women and Children's Domestic Violence Shelter in Aurora.

    Emotion researcher Christine Harris, a professor of psychology at the University of California-San Diego, poses with her border collie in San Diego.

    Study drops hints that dogs could get jealous

    A psychology professor decided to study for the first time whether the human emotion of jealousy really happens in dogs. The nine-month study published in July in the science journal PLOS ONE hints that it could be possible, but other experts aren’t so sure.


    One injured, road closed following accident on Route 31 near St. Charles

    Route 31 was closed for 90 minutes near St. Charles Wednesday after a vehicle hit a utility pole and knocked down power lines, authorities said. The driver was taken to a hospital for nonlife threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation.


    What impact are you making with your life?

    Each one of us has an opportunity to make a difference in the life of another. We don’t have to do anything outstanding in order for it to stand out to the person we are helping. It’s the little things that add up and make a significant difference.

    Grayslake Summer Days returns Friday, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16, carnival rides and games.

    Grayslake Summer Days one of the last festivals of the season

    Grayslake Summer Days returns with music, food and a night parade this weekend.

    Three train cars derailed and 11 people were injured Wednesday after a Swiss mountain train ran into a landslide in the Alps. One carriage slid off the tracks onto a steep slope and was halted by trees.

    11 injured as train cars derail in Swiss Alps

    Three train cars derailed and 11 people were injured Wednesday after a Swiss mountain train ran into a landslide in the Alps. One carriage slid off the tracks onto a steep slope and was halted by trees.

    Palatine resident George Serena, aka “Mr. Blood Drop,” holds his 151st blood donation at LifeSource in Arlington Heights. Phlebotomist Jennifer Sava, right, performed the procedure Tuesday.

    69 years, 151 pints: ‘Mr. Blood Drop’ keeps on giving

    If there was one thing that made the blood donation Palatine resident George Serena gave Tuesday morning different from the 150 he’s given in the past, it would probably be the puffy red costume paired with a pointy hat that make him look like a drop of blood. Serena, 86, said the costume has earned him many nicknames, including Mr. Blood Drop.

    Marine biologist Sylvia Alice Earle prepares to survey the corals off the coast of Islamorada, Fla. U.S. government scientists hope people will soon be able to go online and get a 360-degree view of reefs and other underwater wonders, much like Google Map’s “street view” lets people look at homes.

    ‘Street view’ goes undersea to map reefs, wonders

    It’s easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders. Some of the rotating and panoramic images will be available online as early as this week, including a selection on Google Maps.

    Nicolas Holzer. Holzer, 45, told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

    Authorities: California man admits killing family

    A Southern California man told authorities he stabbed his parents, his two young sons and the family dog to death in their home because he believed it was his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.

    Firefighters cross a flooded intersection on Route 110 in Farmingdale, N.Y., on New York’s Long Island, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Stranded Long Island drivers have been rescued after a storm slammed Islip, N.Y., with over 12 inches of rain — an entire summer’s worth.

    New York town gets entire summer’s worth of rain

    A storm has slammed a New York town with over 12 inches of rain — an entire summer’s worth — and flooded roads on Long Island. Islip, New York, got a foot of rain. Joe Pollina of the National Weather Service says the Long Island town’s normal total for June, July and August is 11.75 inches.


    DuPage County approves contracts with lobbyists

    DuPage County Board members have agreed to spend $284,000 to continue using four lobbying firms at the state and federal levels. “I can tell you firsthand how important it is to have advocates on the ground representing the county,” said Cronin, a former state lawmaker.

    Denis Lavrienko is a 36-year-old TV director who devotes his free time to his wife and young daughter. Since a separatist insurgency broke out in eastern Ukraine in March, entire swaths of Ukrainian society have suddenly been thrust into battle, many of them with little or no combat experience.

    Ordinary Ukrainians become unlikely warriors

    Denis Lavrienko is a 36-year-old TV director who devotes his free time to his wife and young daughter. Vladislav Matelsky is a 28-year-old part-time truck driver who lives with his girlfriend. Vyacheslav Konstantinovsky is the multimillionaire owner of a fast-food chain. All have been rousted from peaceful lives in settings that wouldn’t stand out in Western Europe — and are going...

    A supporter of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki chants slogans during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014. Tanks and Humvees were positioned on Baghdad bridges and at major intersections on Wednesday, with security personnel more visible than usual as pro-Maliki demonstrators took to Firdous Square in the capital, pledging their allegiance to him.

    Iraq PM warns of more turmoil if replaced

    Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday he will not relinquish power until a federal court rules on what he called a “constitutional violation” by the president to replace him with a member of his own party.

    Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. Camilli, 35, was killed in an ordnance explosion in the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 together with Palestinian translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash and three members of the Gaza police.

    AP video journalist, translator killed in Gaza

    An Associated Press video journalist and a freelance Palestinian translator working with him were killed Wednesday when ordnance left over from Israeli-Hamas fighting exploded as they were reporting on the aftermath of the war in the Gaza Strip.

    An Indonesian police officer escorts Tommy Schaefer, left, as he is brought Wednesday to a police station for questioning in relation to the death of his girlfriend’s mother, in Bali, Indonesia. The body of a 62-year-old American woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Police arrested Schaefer and Heather Mack, the victim’s daughter, in relation to the death. Sheila von Wiese Mack’s body was found Tuesday inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of an upscale hotel in Bali’s Nusa Dua area.

    Chicago woman killed in Bali; daughter, boyfriend charged

    he body of a 62-year-old Chicago woman was found stuffed inside a suitcase on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, and authorities on Wednesday arrested her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend in relation to the death, police said. Von Wiese-Mack’s 19-year-old daughter, Heather Mack, and her 21-year-old boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were arrested Wednesday morning at a hotel in...


    Judge quits case over share in Israel stores

    A Detroit federal judge withdrew Tuesday from the case of a Palestinian immigrant accused of lying about her role in a fatal terrorist attack, saying he just learned his family had an investment in the Jerusalem supermarket she helped bomb in 1969.


    Quinn signs law for veterans’ handicapped parking

    A plan that aims to make it easier for veterans with disabilities to get a handicapped parking designation is now law. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday in Villa Park.


    Chicago plans watch party for Little League team

    Chicagoans will be watching when a team of young baseball players competes in the Little League World Series, especially residents of the boys’ south and southwest side neighborhoods. City officials and the Chicago White Sox say they’ll host a watch party for the Jackie Robinson West All Stars, an all-black team of 11- and 12-year-olds.

    Daily Herald transportation columnist Marni Pyke received the DuPage Railroad Safety Council's Public Awareness Award last week during an international conference on crossings.

    Daily Herald reporter receives railroad safety award

    Daily Herald transportation columnist Marni Pyke won an award from the DuPage Railroad Safety Council. The award was presented during an international symposium on railroad crossing safety last week.


    Doctors say condition of wounded CEO improving

    Doctors at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital say the condition of the businessman who was severely wounded by a disgruntled employee has improved. The hospital announced Tuesday the condition of ArrowStream CEO Steven LaVoie has been upgraded to serious from critical condition. Doctors credit his recovery to his excellent health prior to the shooting.


    Illinois pilot dies in helicopter crash

    Central Illinois authorities say a helicopter pilot has died after hitting power lines and crashing in a soybean field. The Piatt County Sheriff’s Office says 47-year-old Paul Reynolds of Mansfield was pronounced dead Tuesday.


    Quinn wants Springfield building named for Dixon

    Gov. Pat Quinn is calling for the Illinois State Museum Building in Springfield to be named after the late former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon. Quinn’s office says the governor will announce it on Wednesday. He’s working with the Illinois General Assembly to make the designation official.


    Unions against troopers hunting Chicago fugitives

    Police unions are speaking out against a plan to deploy Illinois State troopers to Chicago to help hunt down wanted criminals. Beginning this week, 40 state troopers will join teams of Chicago police officers serving warrants in high-crime neighborhoods for a month. Mayor Rahm Emanuel requested the extra help.

    The amount of cargo moving through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is increasing, as the city expands runway capacity and builds new cargo facilities.

    O’Hare sees increase in cargo volume

    The amount of cargo moving through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is increasing, as the city expands runway capacity and builds new cargo facilities. City aviation officials say cargo volume rose 8 ½ percent for the first half of the year, compared with the same period in 2013, when it totaled more than 738,000 tons.

    Warehouseman Harry Michael operates a narrow aisle fork lift retrieving boxes for a fork truck driver to load into a semi-trailer at Parke Warehouse in Decatur.

    Reinvention keeps Decatur business going

    The railroad has been a driving force over the long history of Parke Warehouses. Indeed, construction of the Illinois Central was why Gus Hardy practically gave away his Decatur livery business to Virgil Parke, then 21, early on a Monday in 1854.

    A large crowd gathers to watch the truck pull at last year’s Elburn Days Festival.

    Elburn Days festival brings the community together

    With its truck and tractor pull, livestock judging and pie baking contest, Elburn Days is something like a mini county fair. Although the festival reflects the village's agricultural roots, organizers are quick to point out it offers "something for everybody," including live music, a 5K run, mud volleyball, carnival rides, a beer garden and a parade.


    Dawn Patrol: District 87 taking policy feedback; Sun City cleanup

    Glenbard District 87 taking feedback on athletic code. Screen, stage actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89. Chicago man gets life in prison for 1994 murder of Waukegan store owner. Sun City lake cleanup underway; thousands of fish killed. Missing Elgin man has been found. Hoffman Estates man pleads guilty to beating mother. Former Elgin, South Elgin police chief dies at 88. Bears' Miller happy to find...


    Batavia school to ask voters for permission to borrow $15 million

    Batavia school district voters will be asked in November whether the district should borrow $15 million to speed up its capital-improvement works list, which includes items such as installing artificial turf in the Batavia High School stadium.

    Arts in Barlett is moving its headquarters into the Town Center development in the village's downtown. Village officials say the move, along with the addition of two new restaurants, points to a resurgence of the once struggling commercial development.

    New restaurants, Arts in Bartlett breathing life into Town Center

    A nonprofit group behind art classes and a summer festival in Bartlett will move its headquarters to a bigger space downtown. Coupled with new restaurants, the arrival of Arts in Bartlett is ushering in a turnaround for Town Center, a retail and condo development that has struggled to fill vacancies, village officials say.

    Karen Sullivan, new superintendent of Indian Prairie Unit District 204, says the district is prepared for the switch to a new standardized test that measures mastery of Common Core standards.

    Dist. 204’s new superintendent heading into first year

    As new Indian Prairie Unit District 204 Superintendent Karen Sullivan counts down until the first day of school Aug. 26, the Daily Herald sat down with her to discuss her outlook for the year. “We’re excited,” she said about the new school year. “We’re in the midst of lots of initiatives that we’ve been working on for a number of years.”

    Jack Franks

    State agency is ignoring salary database law

    An Illinois law requiring the state to keep a salary database of most local government employees is being disregarded because no money was every appropriated to pay for it. Department officials claim they were never given funding to create the database and so didn't have to. “It's nice to know these progressive bills we pass to increase transparency are being ignored,” said Susan...

    William Kushner

    Rifles missing from Des Plaines Police Department

    Two missing rifles on loan to the Des Plaines Police Department from the Department of Defense have failed to turn up following an internal investigation, authorities said Tuesday. The weapons, both M-16A1 rifles, were given to the department in 2002 under a federal program that supplies local law enforcement agencies with surplus military equipment.


    Experts: District 87's strict alcohol policy keeps teens out of trouble

    Experts on the risks of underage drinking are applauding Glenbard High School District 87's alcohol policy, as well as the strict enforcement that's been called into question by dozens of parents and students in recent days. “I applaud a school that enforces their policy, but it is not a simple thing — not a simple thing for the students,” said Robyn Block of Students Against...


    Strict: Policies meant to eliminate peer pressure
    Experts on the risks of underage drinking are applauding Glenbard High School District 87’s alcohol policy, as well as the strict enforcement that’s been called into question by dozens of parents and students in recent days.

    DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba tells county board members Tuesday why pay should be increased for supervisors within his department.

    DuPage sheriff wants higher pay for supervisors

    Because deputies in some instances are making nearly as much money as their bosses, the DuPage County sheriff’s office is requesting extra funding to increase the salaries of the department’s supervisors. But with the sheriff’s office and the county’s human resources department providing conflicting salary information, county board members say they can’t decide...


    White Sox manager Robin Ventura kicks dirt over the plate Wednesday after being ejected for arguing a call on San Francisco Giants’ Gregor Blanco, who was originally ruled out at home but then ruled safe after review, during the seventh inning in San Francisco.

    White Sox’ Ventura has epic reaction after call overturned

    The Giants scored seven runs in the seventh inning after a video review led umpires to overturn an out call at home because Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers illegally blocked Gregor Blanco, and San Francisco went on to beat the White Sox 7-1 on Wednesday.With out in the seventh, Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu fielded Joe Panik’s broken-bat grounder to easily throw out Blanco. Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged the play, and umpires ruled Flowers’ left leg was illegally blocking the plate before the ball arrived.White Sox manager Robin Ventura argued the call and was immediately ejected, setting off an epic protest in which he repeatedly kicked dirt on the plate.


    Sounders beat Fire 6-0 in US Open Cup semifinal

    Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper each scored two goals and the Seattle Sounders routed the Chicago Fire 6-0 in their U.S. Open Cup semifinal Wednesday night. Major League Soccer-leading Seattle will face the Philadelphia Union on Sept. 16 in the final in Chester, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia advanced on the road Tuesday night, beating FC Dallas on penalty kicks.


    Boomers win second straight over Evansville

    The Schaumburg Boomers earned a second consecutive victory over the Evansville Otters with a 6-1 decision on Wednesday afternoon.


    Cougars topple Quad Cities 6-3

    The Kane County bullpen retired 19 of the last 20 Quad Cities hitters as the Cougars (31-21, 76-45) guaranteed a series victory over the River Bandits (25-26, 60-60) with a 6-3 win Wednesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

    Javier Baez celebrates after hitting a home run, his first at Wrigley Field, during the third inning Wednesday night.

    Cubs’ Baez shows some Wrigley power

    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer visited with the media before Wednesday night's 4-2 win over the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Naturally, the subject of rookie Javier Baez came up. Baez then went out and hit his first Wrigley homer, a booming drive onto Waveland Avenue in the third inning.


    Mundelein baseball, Carmel basketball announcements
    BaseballMundelein feederMundelein feeder baseball tryouts for the 2015 season will be held this Saturday at Mundelein High School’s varsity field. Seventh-graders will try out from 10 a.m.-noon, while eighth-graders will try out from noon-2 p.m. For additional information, contact Jeff Sweno: jeffsweno@comcast.netBoys basketballCarmel Catholic fall leagueCarmel Catholic High School will hold its skill night/fall league on the following Sundays: Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. The league is designed to welcome future Carmel players to sessions of skill development and competitive games. The league, which is for boys grades 3-8 as of the 2014-15 school year, is run by the Carmel boys basketball staff and current student/athletes. Skill development is 4:30-5:30 p.m. and games are 5:30-7 p.m. All sessions will take place in Salvi Arena and the auxiliary gym at Carmel. Price is $100, which includes all five nights and a Carmel Corsairs reversible jersey. Please direct any questions to: Zack Ryan at zryan@carmelhs.orgCarmel Catholic feeder tryoutsCarmel Catholic High School will hold feeder tryouts for the 2014-15 winter season on Sunday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 19 in Salvi Arena and the auxiliary gym at Carmel. Grades 5 and 6 will try out from 4-5:30 p.m. Grades 7 and 8 will try out from 5:30-7 p.m. Please direct any questions to: Zack Ryan at zryan@carmelhs.org

    Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez follows through on a home run off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse during the third inning Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 4-2.

    Baez, Rizzo go deep, help Cubs beat Brewers 4-2

    Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back home runs as the Chicago Cubs roughed up Kyle Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Wednesday night.Starlin Castro, Rizzo and Baez, the nucleus of Theo Epstein’s rebuilding effort, drove in all four runs against the NL-leading Brewers. Castro and Chris Coghlan contributed three hits each.

    Tiger Woods removed himself from consideration for the Ryder Cup team Wednesday evening with a clear message that he is not healthy enough to play.

    Woods pulls out of US Ryder Cup consideration

    Tiger Woods removed himself from consideration for the Ryder Cup team Wednesday evening with a clear message that he is not healthy enough to play. One day after U.S. captain Tom Watson said he trusted Woods to give him the “straight skinny” on the condition of his back injury and his game, Woods said he called the 64-year-old captain to say he would not be available. “I have already spoken to Tom about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I took myself out of consideration,” Woods said in a statement on his website. “The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best.”


    Kranitz honored by Maddux’s Hall mention

    When Greg Maddux went into the Hall of Fame, one of the people he thanked was current Milwaukee Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz. Maddux worked under Kranitz in 1984 at Rookie League Pikeville in his first year of pro ball. Kranitz was touched Maddux remembered him.


    Magician looks to do the trick with win in Million

    A compact field of seven horses entered for Saturday's showcase event of the day — the 32nd running of the Arlington Million — where Aiden O’Brien trainee Magician, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf champion, has been installed as the 7-5 morning-line favorite.

    Derrick Rose and the Bulls will open the season against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks in New York Knicks on Oct. 29.

    Big games vs. big names to start Bulls season

    The Bulls will waste no time saying hello to a couple old friends this season. They'll open in Madison Square Garden on Oct. 29 against the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony. The home opener two days later will feature LeBron James, now back with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Shea McClellin, putting the pressure on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning last season as a defensive end, is adjusting to his new position at strongside linebacker.

    Defense continues to be main focus for Bears

    A Bears defense that is under construction gets an opportunity to demonstrate how well the rebuilding job is coming along Thursday night at Soldier Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second preseason game for both teams. Several individuals in key positions will be worth focusing on for the Bears.


    Good things do happen on Chicago’s South Side

    Finally, a positive story comes out of the South Side of Chicago for all of America to digest. Jackie Robinson West plays on national television this afternoon in the Little League World Series.


    Basore, Potter headed for Hall of Fame

    Warrenville's Dan Basore is among the inductees to the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.


    Fishing’s magic hour well worth waiting for

    Magic hour in fishing - late in the day, when there's often a flurry of feeding activity - is well worth the wait.

    Sky center Sylvia Fowles (34), and guard/forward Elena Delle Donne (11), celebrate over guard Epiphanny Prince (10), as they come off the court for a timeout during Wednesday’s game against the Washington Mystics Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 in Washington. The Sky won 72-69.

    Fowles scores 21, leads Sky past Mystics 72-69

    Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and 16 rebounds and Elena Delle Donne scored 18 to lift the Chicago Sky past the Washington Mystics 72-69 on Wednesday.The win pulled Chicago into a second place tie in the Eastern Conference with Washington. “It has been interesting in the East and thankfully so,” Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. “We’ve been through a lot, but we’re still right there.”


    Mike North video: Is baseball season over yet?
    Mike North thinks most Cubs and White Sox fans don’t really care much about what is going on with their teams at this point in the season, and are looking toward the Bears and the Bulls.

    Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot has been cleared to play today against the Washington Mystics.

    Sky guard Vandersloot cleared to play against Mystics

    Sky point guard Courtney Vandersloot will be available for today’s road game against the Washington Mystics. Tip-off is set for 10:30 a.m. CT on NBA TV. Vandersloot has missed the last 16 games after suffering a Grade III sprain of the medial collateral ligament in her left knee in a road win over the New York Liberty on June 27.

    If Sammy Sosa didn't define the 1990s for the Cubs, who did?

    Cubs' 1990s celebration awkward with or without Sosa

    The Cubs' "party of the century" is approaching the 1990s at Wrigley Field, which raises the question of whether Sammy Sosa will be invited. Or is it simply to awkward to wonder that out loud, Mike Imrem asks. If past sentiments are any indication, the Cubs will continue to deny the existence of Sammy Sosa.

    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale worked 8 scoreless innings Tuesday night but got a no-decision when the Giants tied the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth.

    Sale sharp again for Sox, but bullpen falters
    White Sox ace Chris Sale didn't get the win against the Giants Tuesday night, but the left-hander was back on his game in a 3-2 victory over San Francisco in 10 innings.


    A modest gain for the stock market on Wednesday tugged the Dow Jones industrial average back into the black for the year as investors set aside concerns about Ukraine, Iraq and earnings, at least for a day. Amazon led the gains in light trading, despite a mixed batch of economic and corporate news.

    U.S. indexes move higher; Amazon gains, Macy’s drops

    A modest gain for the stock market on Wednesday tugged the Dow Jones industrial average back into the black for the year as investors set aside concerns about Ukraine, Iraq and earnings, at least for a day. Amazon led the gains in light trading, despite a mixed batch of economic and corporate news. The gains were broad but thin. Three companies rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, and all 10 sectors in the S&P 500 ended higher.

    Alexian Brothers Women’s and Children’s Hospital, pictured here in 2012, is part of Alexian Brothers Health Systems, which will partner with Loyola University Health Systems to provide pediatric specialists.

    Alexian, Loyola team up on expanded pediatric services

    Alexian and Loyola health systems will team up to expand their services for pediatrics specialists and services.


    Developer buys ex-Dominick’s distribution site

    Chicao-based Bridge Development Partners has purchase a 55-acre business park that was used by the former Dominick’s grocery chain in Northlake.

    Retail sales were little changed in July, the worst performance in six months, as car demand slowed and tepid wage growth restrained U.S. consumers.

    Retail sales unchanged for slow start in third quarter

    Retail sales were little changed in July, the worst performance in six months, as car demand slowed and tepid wage growth restrained U.S. consumers. The slowdown in purchases followed a 0.2 percent advance in June, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington.


    Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

    Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.


    Google’s hold on Perion runs deep in 41% selloff

    Josef Mandelbaum, the chief executive officer of Perion Networks Ltd., has been pushing hard to end his company’s reliance on Google Inc. His efforts have worked. And they haven’t. The successful part is this: Google is no longer “material” to the software company’s sales, Mandelbaum said Aug. 6, less than two years after it represented 80 percent of revenue.

    Mortgage applications in the U.S. declined as fewer Americans refinanced their homes.

    Mortgage applications decrease as refinancing declines

    Mortgage applications in the U.S. declined as fewer Americans refinanced their homes. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index decreased 2.7 percent in the period ended Aug. 8 after a 1.6 percent advance in the prior week, the Washington-based trade group reported today.


    Russia sanctions spur drive for Shariah funding

    Sanctions on Russia over the crisis with Ukraine are leading banks to call for the development of Islamic finance as they seek alternatives to European and U.S. pools of funding. The expansion of the Shariah-compliant industry would let the country attract fresh capital from the Middle East and Asia.

    Deere’s third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker thinks the same weak sales in the U.S., Canada and abroad will cut into earnings for the year.

    Deere 3Q profit falls as equipment sales decline

    Deere’s third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker thinks the same weak sales in the U.S., Canada and abroad will cut into earnings for the year. The farming equipment maker earned $850.7 million, or $2.33 per share, which beat expectations of $2.20 per share, according to a poll by FactSet.

    Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has revised upward its estimate of this year’s corn harvest to 14 billion bushels.

    Record crops predicted; farmers market carefully

    Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has revised upward its estimate of this year’s corn harvest to 14 billion bushels. That exceeds last year’s 13.9 billion bushel record.

Life & Entertainment


    Weather, soil conditions determine when to start planting

    Q. Now that it is spring, is it safe to start working in the garden? When can I begin to move my houseplants outside?


    It’s not easy to get Cyclamen to re-bloom

    Q. How can I keep my cyclamen alive year to year?


    Terrariums are making a comeback

    Q. I received a terrarium as a gift. How should I care for it?


    Norfolk Pine can be saved as a house plant

    Q. I bought a Norfolk Island pine for Christmas. Can I plant it outside in the spring?


    Ask a Master Gardener: Fall-planted mums considered annuals

    Q. Why do mums that I plant in the fall fail to survive our winters?

    Watermelon can handle a bit of spicy and partners well with feta and basil for a refreshing salad.

    Think beyond the slice with refreshing watermelon

    Watermelon is one of those foods you really don’t need to overthink. But, no matter how delicious watermelon is, one really can eat only so much straight up watermelon. So J.M. Hirsch shares a few of his favorite alternative uses for watermelon. This isn’t rocket science, but it is delicious.

    The U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, will take to the skies again for the Chicago Air & Water Show.

    Free Chicago Air & Water Show returns this weekend

    The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are back and ready to amaze spectators at this year's Chicago Air and Water Show along North Avenue Beach and Lake Michigan. “We're very excited to have them back,” said Mary May, spokeswoman for the Chicago Air and Water Show. Plus, they're joined by new aerial attractions like the Marine MV-22 Osprey and Team AeroDynamix, the largest aerobatic team in the world flying 12 aircraft equipped with white smoke generators.


    When studying retail prices, don’t forget they’re just suggestions

    That recent letter questioned about how much wines cost at retail, especially in small specialty stores. The prices published in newpapaer wine columns are suggested retail, provided by distributors. They are not advertised prices, and stores are under no obligation to honor those prices.

    Theresa Caputo, from TLC's “Long Island Medium,” will appear at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan in October.

    Smokey Robinson, Long Island Medium coming to Genesee

    R&B singer Smokey Robinson and Theresa Caputo, the star of TLC's hit show, “Long Island Medium,” will both appear at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan this fall. Motown legend Robinson performs in concert Friday, Oct. 3, while Caputo will return to the area Saturday, Oct. 25, to communicate with the dead before a live audience at the Genesee.


    Auditions and art shows
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.

    Daily Herald columnist Barbara Vitello speaks with actor Michael Patrick Thornton at the Gale Street Inn in Chicago during a Daily Herald subscriber event. Thornton is the co-founder of The Gift Theatre in Chicago and portrayed Iago in their production of “Othello.”

    Daily Herald subscribers treated to special visit from ‘Othello’ villain

    Daily Herald readers attending the Gift Theatre’s modern take on “Othello” last weekend as part of a special subscriber event in Chicago were treated to a surprise when actor and theater co-founder Michael Patrick Thornton stopped by for an impromptu question-and-answer session.

    Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest charges seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race.

    Justin Bieber pleads guilty in deal in Florida

    Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor careless driving and resisting arrest charges seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race. The 20-year-old pop star’s plea deal with prosecutors detailed at a Wednesday hearing includes a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 charitable contribution and court fines.

    Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda has abandoned her online social media accounts following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages sent to her following her father’s death.

    Daughter of Robin Williams faced online abuse

    Robin Williams’ daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called “cruel and unnecessary” messages sent to her following her father’s death. Zelda Williams, 25, wrote that she was deleting her Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram applications from her mobile devices and stepping away “for a good long time, maybe forever.”

    Celine Dion answers has cleared her calendar of all performances, saying she needs to focus on her health, her husband’s health and raising their three young children.

    Celine Dion cancels all shows, cites family health

    Celine Dion has cleared her calendar of all performances, saying she needs to focus on her health, her husband’s health and raising their three young children. The superstar vocalist is cancelling shows that were slated through March 22, 2015, including a tour of Asia planned for the fall and regular shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    Robin Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday. He was 63.

    Big question about Robin Williams’ death: Why?

    Although police have now revealed that Robin Williams died by suicide, the Oscar-winning actor’s fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living. Williams, who made no secret of his decades-long struggles with depression and substance abuse, died Monday, authorities said.

    Lauren Bacall, the sultry-voiced actress and Humphrey Bogart’s partner off and on the screen, died Tuesday in New York. She was 89.

    Bacall’s legend more than just acting and Bogart

    Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives. The wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart. A Tony Award-winning actress. A National Book Award-winning author. A giant of fashion. A friend of the Kennedys. One of the last survivors of Hollywood’s studio age. A star almost from the moment she appeared on screen to the day she died, Tuesday, at age 89, at a New York City hospital. “Stardom isn’t a career,” Bacall once observed, “it’s an accident.”

    Associated PressWatermelon can handle a bit of spicy and partners well with feta and basil for a refreshing salad.

    Spicy Watermelon Salad with Feta and Basil
    Spciy Watermelon Salad with Feta and Basil can be made with other fresh summer herbs.

    Students enter Ridge Family Center for Learning on the school’s first day back in session recently after a break.

    End summer with positive back-to-school routines

    Many school-aged youngsters and their families are preparing for the annual ritual of returning to the classroom. Both parents and teachers agree a smooth transition from summer to school life is key to a great first day.

    Littlest Pet Shop's free app. Ages: 4 and up Your child will wash, feed, and play with pets at the shop through educational and fun mini-games.

    Apps for kids: Virtual pets teach life lessons

    Are your kids begging for a pet, but you don't think they are ready? Try getting them a virtual pet in the meantime. Here are three iPad apps that will teach your children about the responsibilities of pet care.

    Rylan Williams, 9, background, his brother Caden, 5, left, and friend Lily Anderson, 6, created a homemade mini golf course made out of boards, a basketball hoop, tubes, buckets, and other items.

    Take items from around house to create your own mini-golf course

    You’ve probably done lots of fun things with your family so far this summer, but have you built your own miniature golf course yet? Recently, our neighbors invited my 6-year-old daughter, Lily, to play golf in their backyard.

    Jack Antonoff performed at Chicago’s Lollapalooza this year minus the band fun. The 30-year-old guitarist created his own music in a project called Bleachers and recorded the album “Strange Desire,” released last month.

    Project Bleachers: Jack Antonoff spins off from fun.

    Jack Antonoff is spinning off from his chart-topping band fun., but he’s recruited some big-time backup for his solo side project: Yoko Ono and Lena Dunham. The 30-year-old guitarist has taken a break from the Grammy Award-winning pop-rock trio for his project Bleachers, releasing the album “Strange Desire” last month. Ono makes an appearance on the record, and his “Girls”-starring girlfriend directed the music video for lead single “I Wanna Get Better,” currently No. 1 on Billboard’s alternative songs chart.

    Dan Konopka, of Elmhurst, and his band OK GO will perform at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on Friday, Aug. 15.

    Music notes: OK Go brings quirky pop back home

    Offbeat alt-pop band OK Go, which formed in Chicago and includes a member from Elmhurst, will perform this Friday at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Meanwhile, Chicago rapper Twista heads out to HOME Bar in Arlington Heights Friday to celebrate the release of his new album, "The Dark Horse."

    For a fun, festive and seasonal dessert spread, create a watermelon grill and fruit kebabs.

    Baking secrets: Add a touch of whimsy to your fresh and festive summer meals

    Fruit salads bring the cool to summer menus, but whimsical or uniquely carved watermelon elevates the dessert table into a sensational and unforgettable party centerpiece. The secret to success lies in selecting the best watermelon for carving and scooping. Look for one that is even in size, color and blemish free. Press melon at sides and if rind easily gives away, the fruit is over ripe.

    Easy Steak and Cheese Pasta is a quick meal for back-to-school season.

    Steak and cheese grinder recast as a pasta dinner in less than 30 minutes

    Most parents have a love-hate relationship with back-to-school season. It gets the whole family back on a schedule, but can leave little time to get dinner on the table. J.M. Hirsh has come up with a quick and meaty dinner that can be served over pasta, rice, or with a bowl of steamed or roasted vegetables.

    With a simple homemade sauce Steak and Cheese Pasta can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

    Easy Steak and Cheese Pasta
    A steak and cheese grinder gets re-imagined as a pasta salad.

    For his role as Leonardo in the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” former St. Charles resident Pete Ploszek donned a skintight gray get-up, a shell-shaped backpack and a helmet equipped with cameras to capture his facial expressions. His performance guides the digital animators who produce the finished product.

    Former St. Charles resident shell-shocked by 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' role

    Pete Ploszek was born in Hinsdale and graduated from St. Charles East High School before he took his first acting class during his sophomore year at Princeton University. “It was a real sort of synergistic Aha! moment when I started acting,” Ploszek said. “This was it!” Ploszek stars as Leonardo in the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” an experience he said was physically challenging.


    Paul Sellers of Elgin, who served in the 3rd Army during World War II salutes as the colors are presented Sunday at the “Remembering ‘45,” event in Gilberts.

    Editorial: Thank a WWII vet while you still can

    With the remaining 1 million World War II veterans passing away at the rate of 555 per day, there is no time like the present to thank them for their service, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Smacked by reality in the Middle East

    Columnist Michael Gerson: So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his re-election campaign).


    The left’s own slippery slope

    Columnist Richard Cohen: How did the moral center of the American left get so isolationist and selfish? Why does it see no difference between a moral obligation to save lives by avoiding murder — not just with humanitarian measures — and a kind of militarist lust for yet more adventure? A pressing humanitarian calamity was facing the region. A reported 500 Yazidis had already been murdered.


    Ads don’t tell Rauner’s whole tax story
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: As the campaign for Illinois governor heats up, those paying attention are already being bombarded by radio and TV spot ads. A principal thesis of the Quinn campaign is that Bruce Rauner is obviously unqualified because he is a smart, successful businessman who has money. No sir, we don’t want a skilled business professional messing up state government; and, obviously, he must be a conniving cheater because he’s amassed wealth.


    Only the candidates themselves will bring change
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Your plea for belief in government (Our View, Aug. 3) is entirely misplaced. It may be well to be enthusiastic about one’s convictions. However, those convictions reside in the individual himself, and not in a legal mechanism for human control of the social environment.


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