Daily Archive : Saturday August 16, 2014


    Protesters march down the middle of a street, Friday, Aug. 15, in front of a convenience store that was looted and burned following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police nearly a week ago in Ferguson, Mo.

    Governor declares emergency, sets Ferguson curfew

    State statute gives the governor broad powers when he declares a state of emergency, but he hasn’t indicated that he plans to do anything other than imposing the curfew and empowering the state highway patrol to enforce it.Nixon’s curfew announcement came after tensions again flared in Ferguson late Friday night. Earlier that day, local police identified the officer who shot Brown...


    Lake safety on agenda

    The Wauconda village board’s police committee will meet Wednesday to discuss safety on Bangs Lake, towing regulations and other issues.

    Tristan Gottstein, 13, of Grayslake, throws a 54 mph pitch at Grayslake Youth Baseball Association’s pitching booth on Saturday at the second day of Grayslake Summer Days festival.

    Games pitch-perfect for Grayslake Summer Days festival

    Music, food and Lake County’s only night parade are the highlights of the annual Grayslake Summer Days festival this weekend.


    Fire damages Gurnee donut shop, neighboring retailer in strip mall

    A fire gutted a Gurnee donut shop and caused smoke damage to a neighboring storefront in a strip mall on Grand Avenue Saturday, authorities said. The blaze left Gurnee Donuts with an estimated $100,000 in damage, Gurnee Lt. Heath Graham said.

    Rick Perry

    Perry latest 2016 hopeful facing troubles

    “From a personal standpoint, this is a tragedy for Perry,” said Matt Mackowiak, a Texas-based Republican strategist. “This new uncertainty about Perry’s future will stall his positive political momentum for 2016 until this is resolved, which could take a year.”


    Minor damage in roof fire at Oak Brook office building

    Roofers using a propane torch on tar sparked a small fire Saturday morning at a 15-story Oak Brook office building, authorities said. The blaze, contained to the roof, damaged some construction materials, Oak Brook Battalion Chief Tom Stanfa said.

    Allison Harris, left, and Brianna Yarwood, both of Bartlett, wait to show off their pretty hats and dresses during a contest at the Arlington Million at Arlington International Racecourse Saturday.

    Fans enjoy racing, fashion at Arlington Million

    Stephanie Slinger enjoyed the best of both worlds at the Arlington Million at Arlington International Racetrack Saturday. In between riding in two races, the apprentice jockey sported a dress and judged a Best Dressed Lady Contest. "This is one of the premier events in the world, so it's great to be here and be part of it and to ride today," she said, adding, however, that she also enjoys the...


    Passengers flee one-vehicle crash in Palatine

    A Ford Explorer damaged in a rollover crash in Palatine was abandoned in the road by its driver Saturday, police said. Shortly after the one-vehicle crash at Capri Drive and Gardenia Lane, two or three occupants fled the wreck, police said.

    The BND monitoring base in Bad Aibling, near Munich, Germany.

    Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

    Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

    Michael L. Taylor

    Elgin man charged in Aldi, Family Dollar robberies

    A 52-year-old Elgin man has been charged in connection with a string of robberies after a police officer recognized him from surveillance video, police said Saturday. Michael L. Taylor is due in Kane County bond court Sunday morning.

    Supporters of Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan wave their party flags Saturday at a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan.

    Tens of thousands of protesters demand re-vote in Pakistan

    Tens of thousands of protesters thronged the streets of Pakistan’s capital Saturday, defying pouring rain to answer the call of a fiery cleric and a cricket star-turned-politician who are both demanding the government step down immediately.

    A Liberian woman holds up a pamphlet Thursday with guidance on how to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading.

    Liberia expands Ebola treatment in capital

    Liberian authorities expanded Ebola treatment centers in the capital Saturday to cope with increasing numbers of patients, while two more airlines announced they were halting flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone amid the deepening crisis.

    Pope Francis is greeted by the faithful Saturday upon his arrival for the beatification mass of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and his 123 martyr companions.

    Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

    The main figure in the group that was beatified is Paul Yun Ji-Chung, who was born in 1759 and was among the earliest Catholics on the peninsula. He was beheaded in 1791 — the first Korean martyr — after he violated the traditional Confucian funeral rites for his mother. In all, the Joseon Dynasty killed about 10,000 Catholics for refusing to renounce their faith.

    Aactor and comedian Robin Williams

    Notable deaths last week

    This week’s notable deaths include the Oscar-winning actor best known for his rapid-fire impressions and improvisational humor and the sultry-voiced actress who was an old-style Hollywood movie star and won Tony Awards for her work on Broadway.

    Magic the horse plants a kiss on Michelle Tuozzo of Huntley at the Festival of the Horse and Drum at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles Saturday. Magic and her owner, Peggy Gower of Wayne, were walking around the grounds showing off tricks and doling out kisses.

    Horses, pageantry take center stage in St. Charles

    The Festival Of The Horse & Drum is 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. The country’s only multicultural, multimedia equestrian festival. festivalofthehorseanddrum.com.

    The Fox Valley United Way launched its fundraising campaign with the 12th Annual Cardboard Boat Race at Phillips Park. More than 300 people came to cheer on the boats.

    Aurora’s cardboard boat race goes swimmingly for United Way

    It was batten your hatches and full-speed ahead at Aurora’s 12th Annual Cardboard Boat Race Saturday. Contestants at Mastodon Lake in Phillips Park raced aboard 25 handmade cardboard boats, competing in heats for the chance to advance to the finals and win prizes at the event, which raised money for the Fox Valley United Way.

    Rustin Angerola, 3, of Elburn reacts as a truck in the 6,500 AS 4 x 4 class takes off from the starting line at the truck and tractor pull at Elburn Days Saturday. His friend and neighbor, Hayden Deutsch, 3, is on the right.

    Elburn Days festival features new events, old favorites

    Elburn Days Friday through Sunday at Elburn Lions Park near Stetzer Avenue and South Street. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. 5K Run and 1M Fun Run/Walk 7 a.m. Saturday, livestock judging at 8 a.m., rummage and bake sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Gall Church and Town and Country Library. ... Sunday highlights: 10 a.m. Pie Baking Contest judging, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. craft show, 11:30 a.m. mud volleyball...

    Chef Andrew Zika makes omelets in the dining room at All Chocolate Kitchen along Third Street in Geneva on a recent Sunday morning.

    All Chocolate Kitchen serving up Sunday brunch

    Dave Heun says something special is going on Sundays at the All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva ... and it's something besides chocolate.

    Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters leads the band in “Carmen Ohio” following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

    Ohio State trustees won’t reinstate band director

    Ohio State University’s trustees have rebuffed a bid by the fired band director to get his job back.Board Chairman Jeffrey Wadsworth wrote Friday to Jonathan Waters’ attorney, saying the trustees stand firmly behind President Michael Drake’s decision to oust him.

    Richard Goodson, right, and his 12-year-old son, Matthew, hold a promotional poster from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Goodson says he enjoys sharing his vast collection related to the 1946 movie.

    Grayslake collector adding to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ museum

    Richard Goodson has lassoed many “It’s a Wonderful Life” collectibles, but he’s willing to part with some to help a museum dedicated to the classic Christmas movie. “I began collecting in 1998,” Goodson told the Daily Herald. “My wife purchased a still signed by Jimmy Stewart as a gift. The reaction I received displaying the piece was surprising. The...


    Illinois increases penalties for drug crimes

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed three drug-related pieces of legislation Saturday. One bill makes it illegal for anyone under 18 to buy or possess products containing the herbal stimulant Kratom.

    Chicago is using computerized data analysis in its efforts to kill rats.

    Chicago gets high tech in hunting, killing rats

    A new program predicts where rodents will turn up in Chicago based on 311 complaints about things like overflowing trash bins, stray animals and vacant lots.


    State law limiting medical marijuana locations

    As Illinois’ new medical marijuana program gets up and running, state restrictions on where the plants may be grown and sold mean large portions of some communities are off-limits.

    Minnie Minoso

    Sox great Minoso hospitalized after fall from boat

    White Sox legend Minnie Minoso has been hospitalized in Chicago after falling from his boat. Team spokesman Scott Reifert told WMAQ-TV the 88-year-old was pulled from the water Friday and taken to St. Joseph Hospital for tests.

    Attorney Paxton Guymon holds a photograph of Jim and Jan Harding during a news conference Thursday in Salt Lake City.

    Woman who drank chemical-laced tea shows imnprovement

    A woman who unknowingly drank iced tea laced with an industrial cleaning solution at a Utah restaurant has improved for the first time since being rushed to a hospital nearly a week ago.

    Tony L. Brannon, Murray State University’s agriculture dean, stands near a hemp crop at the school’s research farm in Murray, Ky.

    Hemp homecoming: Rebirth sprouts in Kentucky

    Hemp’s roots in Kentucky date back to pioneer days and the towering stalks were once a staple at many farms.“We’ve got an excellent climate for it, excellent soils for it,” Adam Watson, the state's hemp program coordinator, said. “It’s a good fit for Kentucky producers. The ultimate question is going to come down to economics. Is there a market and can...

    Associated Press Stephen Howells II, 39, ,left, and Nicole Vaisey, 25

    Sheriff: Pair may have plotted to kidnap more kids

    A couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters were prowling for easy targets and may have also planned to abduct other children, a sheriff said Saturday.Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey, both of Hermon, were arrested Friday on charges they snatched the 7-year-old and 12-year-old girls from a roadside farm stand in front of their home near the Canadian border.

    Gwen Lagasca’s puppy Pepper was one of a dozen dogs to receive a special blessing from the Rev. Timothy Mitchell of the First United Methodist Church of West Chicago.

    Furry, feathered friends receive blessings in West Chicago

    West Chicago’s First United Methodist Church hosted it’s first Blessing of the Pets service Saturday morning. And you thought keeping a child entertained in church was rough. More than a dozen dogs, including the Rev. Timothy Mitchell’s two Small Munsterlander hunting dogs, two guinea pigs, some monarch caterpillars and a parakeet all received a special blessing and thanks...

    In this July 10 photo, Eli Suzukovich III, left, explains the different plants the group will put in the ground during a gardening exercise with the American Indian Center in Chicago. The center is using gardens to teach urban Native American youth about the importance of their connection to the land.

    Native Americans connect to past through city gardens

    The American Indian Center in Chicago has developed an Urban Ecology program designed to help Native American children reconnect with nature. The program provides gardens for the youths to grow edible and medicinal plants while also learning about cultural relevancy.


    Watch party Sunday for Jackie Robinson West game

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District are teaming up to host a second watch party as Jackie Robinson West takes on the Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The game will be shown live in Jackie Robinson Park in Chicago.

    In this July, 12, photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention in Nashville, Tenn. Christie came into office declaring “a new era of accountability and transparency.” In a report released Friday, Aug. 15, it’s clear New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

    Taxpayers on hook for $6.5 million to Bridgegate law firm

    New Jersey taxpayers are on the hook for more than $6.5 million to the law firm Gov. Chris Christie hired to represent his office in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.


    Cops: Drunken subway rider stabs 3 on NY platform

    Police say a drunken straphanger has stabbed three men on a subway platform in New York City. The altercation happened early Saturday, Aug. 16, as an uptown No. 6 train arrived at Grand Central Terminal.

    An Iraqi woman and her son from the Yazidi community sleep at a park near the Turkey-Iraq border at the Ibrahim al-Khalil crossing, as they try to cross to Turkey, in Zakho, 300 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15. The U.N. this week declared the situation in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency” — a decision that came after some 45,000 members of the Yazidi religious minority were able to escape from a remote desert mountaintop where they had been encircled by Islamic State fighters. The extremist group views them as apostates and had vowed to kill any who did not convert to Islam.

    ‘Massacre’ in Iraq as strikes hit near key dam

    Islamic extremists in Iraq killed 80 Yazidi men and abducted their wives and children, officials and eyewitnesses said Saturday, Aug. 16, insisting the religious community is still at risk after a week of U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes on the militants.


    Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

    German weekly Der Spiegel reports that the country’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton.


    Girl, 16, shot in head on Chicago’s South Side

    A 16-year-old girl has been fatally shot in the head on Chicago’s South Side. Police say she was shot early Saturday, Aug. 16, in the West Englewood neighborhood.


    Mayor: 34 killed in C. African Republic attacks

    A local official says Muslim rebels in Central African Republic have killed at least 34 people over the last week in a series of attacks on remote villages.


    UK councils field queries on dragons, ghosts

    Is your town safe from dragon attack? Inquiring minds want to know. A list of the top 10 strangest questions posed by Freedom of Information Act petitioners has been published Saturday, Aug. 16, by England’s Local Government Association.

    Dawn Linder comforts her husband, Tom Linder, a retired police officer, in their Elgin home. He suffered a stroke three months after retiring in February 2012.

    Elgin police form fundraiser to help ex-sergeant stricken by stroke

    By Elena Ferrarin

    It was all about that slow, heartbreakingly poignant caress. That’s the exact moment Dawn Linder knew her faith in her husband Tom’s recovery wouldn’t waver after he suffered a major stroke in May 2012. The police department has organized a fundraiser Aug. 28 to help with the former sergeant's medical bills. “Tom was so active and did so much for so many...


    5 aid workers abducted in western Afghanistan

    The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan is trying to secure the release of five of their staff members who were abducted in the western Herat province, a spokesman said Saturday. The employees were traveling by road on Friday when they were detained by a local armed group, said Marek Resich, an ICRC spokesman.

    Pope Francis blesses a child who is planned to be adopted by a family, during his visit to the rehabilitation center for disabled people at Kkottongnae in Eumseong, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 16.

    Pope in South Korea makes silent statement about abortion

    Pope Francis in South Korea Saturday, Aug. 16, stopped to pray at a monument for aborted babies in a community dedicated to caring for people with the sort of severe genetic disabilities that are often used to justify abortions.

    In this December 2013 file photo, Arapahoe High School students hug at a tribute site for fatally-wounded student Claire Davis, who was shot by classmate Karl Pierson during a school attack six days earlier at Arapahoe High School, in Centennial, Colo. School disciplinary documents obtained Associated Press show that less than a week after Pierson shouted a death threat against his debate coach in a school parking lot, school officials determined that he was “not a high-level of threat” and allowed him to return to his classes.

    Teen gunman’s threat deemed low-level

    Documents show that a teen who fatally shot another student at a Colorado school last year had been deemed “not a high-level of threat” after shouting a death threat against his debate coach three months earlier.


    Aurora man killed, girlfriend wounded in early morning shootings

    A 20-year-old Aurora man was killed and his girlfriend wounded in an early morning shooting Saturday, Aug. 16, that police believe was gang related. Nathan Gonzalez, of the 700 block of Superior Street, was shot in the back of his head and pronounced dead on the scene, according to Aurora police. His girlfriend, also 20, was taken by paramedics to a hospital with gunshot wounds to her knee and...

    The Butterfield Park District is going to ask voters to approve a property tax increase so it could buy and improve a parcel at the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road. A request to raise nearly $3 million will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

    Voters to be asked for $3 million to buy ex-gas station site near Glen Ellyn

    The Butterfield Park District will ask voters to approve a $3 million property tax increase to buy and improve a parcel at the northeast corner of Route 53 and Butterfield Road near Glen Ellyn. The move would cost the typical taxpayer about $55 per year. “My neighbors have asked me for years if there was any way we could acquire this property for public use,” said Michael Kryger,...


    St. Charles-based Boy Scouts council searching for new CEO

    A St. Charles-based Boy Scouts council is seeking several new leaders, including a top executive, who can help the organization rebound from a precipitous drop in local membership. In the meantime, the executive board of the Three Fires Council named Area 7 Director Matt Thornton interim scout executive following the July 23 resignation of Matt Ackerman.

    Michael Earl

    Lake Zurich ready to start aggressive removal of village-owned ash trees in parkways

    Lake Zurich officials are ready to make a significant financial commitment to rid the village of public trees infected by the emerald ash borer. “We think that for several reasons — the unsightliness of the dead or diseased trees, and the hazardous nature of the trees should limbs fall and cause damage to person or property — it makes sense to expedite the removal portion of...

    Michael Woods, 32, a 13-year Navy veteran, is starting an art project to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder. The project will also help raise funds for the Lake in the Hills Veterans Memorial.

    Veteran project promotes awareness through artwork

    Navy veteran Michael Woods, 32, of Huntley knows how difficult it is to transition from the military back to civilian life. To bring awareness to what many soldiers experience during that transition, Woods partnered with Veronica Juncer of Mount Prospect to jumpstart a project that showcases veteran-related artwork.

    President Barack Obama approaches a podium before facing reporters Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass.

    Obama takes step to improve government technology

    The White House recently announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government’s technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle that marred the rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation last year.

    Magician, an Irish thoroughbred, is the 7-5 morning line favorite for the Arlington Million. Here he gallops Friday morning at Arlington International Racecourse.

    International racing fans eager for Arlington Million today

    As the suburbs gear up for the 32nd annual running of the Arlington Million at Arlington International on Saturday, for the first time viewers will be tuning in all over the world. The biggest day in Illinois racing is also a big day in Europe, home to 12 of the horses who will race in Saturday’s four major races. “This is great news for the fans back at home,” said Alistair...

    Newly promoted Elgin Fire Capt. Dan Rink looks at his wife, Jennifer, after she pinned his badge at his promotion ceremony Friday at The Centre of Elgin. Their children are, from left, Kendall, Kevin and Alex.

    Two promoted within Elgin Fire Department

    Elgin Fire Department Capt. Dan Rink and Lt. Dave Gartrell were promoted to those ranks in a ceremony held Friday in Elgin. “Both men have high moral character,” Elgin Assistant Fire Chief Tim Maroder said. “They’re exactly the type of people that we look to promote, that we look to be our leaders.”


    Mundelein High open house:

    Mundelein High School will hold its annual open house for parents and guardians of students Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.


    Late journalist remembered:

    A memorial for a journalist and author with roots in Lake County was held Thursday at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville.


    Car Fun on 21 in Libertyville:

    MainStreet Libertyville hosts Car Fun on 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, on Church Street in downtown Libertyville.


    Chicago Animal Care site getting $8.2M makeover

    The city says it plans to spend $8.2 million to upgrade its animal care and control facility. The announcement comes three months after wealthy donor Donald Levin demanded sweeping reforms to the city pound as a condition for his continued support.


    Jockey Ryan Moore rides Adelaide toward the outside to win the Secretariat Stakes.

    Adelaide takes path less followed to victory

    Turning for home in the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes, Adelaide was taking the lead from Tourist in the four path of the Arlington International turf course. By the time he reached the finish line, Adelaide had drifted out to the nine or 10th path. But not to worry. Maybe the three-year-old Irish-bred son of Galileo was just in a hurry to get closer to the winner’s circle. Because that’s exactly where he landed moments later with a 1½-length victory over Tourist.

    Jockey Florent Geroux celebrates after winning the American St. Leger aboard the Pizza Man during the International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday.

    Pizza Man wins St. Leger

    The Pizza Man and jockey Florent Geroux were back at it Saturday at Arlington, winning the $400,000 American St. Leger, the marathon 1 11/16ths mile turf race which officially kicked off a highly entertaining International Festival of Racing.


    Boomers fall to Grizzlies 2-1

    The visiting Schaumburg Boomers left 11 men on base in Saturday night's 2-1 loss to the Gateway Grizzlies.

    Longtime White Sox starter Mark Buehrle, now with the Blue Jays, salutes the cheering crowd Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox bullpen crashes the party

    It was quite a night at U.S. Cellular Field Saturday, highlighted by Mark Buehrle's return in an opposing uniform and Avisail Garcia's return from the disabled list. But another bad showing from the White Sox' bullpen resulted in a 6-3 loss to Toronto.

    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose passes during the first half of Team USA’s exhibition game against Brazil on Saturday night at the United Center.

    Bulls’ Rose still getting into swing of things

    Derrick Rose scored 7 points and gave the local fans a couple nice highlights as Team USA eased past Brazil 95-78 in an exhibition at the United Center on Saturday. Chicago native Antony Davis, a center for the New Orleans Pelicans, was the star of the night, scoring 20 points.

    Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo, right, tosses his bat after hitting a pop fly as New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud points to the ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in New York.

    Straily unravels in Cubs debut, loses 7-3 to Mets

    Dan Straily was well aware his first stint with the Chicago Cubs was going to be brief. After a strong stretch in the middle innings, it ended all too quickly.The right-hander was pulled after two walks and a hit batter in the sixth, and the Cubs lost 7-3 to the New York Mets on Saturday night.

    United States’ Derrick Rose (6), of the Chicago Bulls, drives between Brazil’s Anderson Varejao (11), of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brazil’s Raulzinho Neto (5), as Brazil’s Rafael Hettsheimer, (6) watches, during Saturday’s exhibition game in Chicago. The United States won 95-78.

    Rose hears cheers as US beats Brazil 95-78

    Derrick Rose heard the cheers and showed some of his old explosiveness, fellow Chicago product Anthony Davis scored 20 points, and the U.S. beat Brazil 95-78 on Saturday night in a tuneup for the World Cup of Basketball.

    Euro Charline, with jockey Ryan Moore, is the winner of the Beverly D. during the International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday.

    Euro Charline makes history in Beverly D.

    The young lady made a real catch on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse. Racing seventh on the final turn, Euro Charline caught up to the pace-setting La Tia and I’m Already Sexy at the top of the stretch and went on by to grab a 3/4-length victory over favored and hard-charging Stephanie Kitten’s in the $750,000 Grade I Beverly D.


    Thibodeau’s focus no surprise to Team USA players

    Team USA got a good taste of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau at Friday's practice, when he spent nearly an hour going over defensive details. Golden State guard Steph Curry said the players were ready for it, since they know all about Thibodeau's reputation.

    Hardest Core, with jockey Eriluis Vaz aboard, wins the 32nd running of the Arlington Million on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Hardest Core one in a Million

    Longshot Hardest Core provided his version of the Miracle Million on Saturday, beating favorite Magician to capture the 32nd running of the Arlington Million.

    Jockey Eriluis Vaz, aboard Hardest Core, blows a kiss skyward Skyward after winning the Arlington Million.

    For a day, Arlington Park as great as ever

    After a gorgeous day Saturday, another year has passed. Another Arlington Million concluded. Another racing season headed for the wire. You just have to wonder how many are left at the palace known as Arlington International Racecourse.

    The Montreal Impact’s Matteo Ferrari, left, and Chicago Fire’s Quincy Amarikwa vie for the ball during Saturday’s match in Montreal. The Impact won 1-0, breaking a 7-game losing streak.

    Impact beat Fire 1-0 to end 7-game losing streak

    Marco Di Vaio scored in the 84th minute and the Montreal Impact ended a seven-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.The Impact (4-14-5) won for the first time since June 29 in Houston. They remained 10th and last in the MLS Eastern Conference behind the ninth-place Fire (4-6-13).

    Chicago White Sox’s Avisail Garcia watches his double against the Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

    White Sox bullpen breaks down in 6-3 loss to Jays

    There were plenty of highlights in Saturday night’s White Sox-Blue Jays game at U.S. Cellular Field. New Hall of Famer Frank Thomas — the most prolific hitter in Sox history — was honored in a pre-game ceremony. Mark Buehrle also got a rousing reception from the crowd of 29,420 when he took the mound in the opening inning and pitched against the White Sox for the first time in his career.


    Catchings scores 25 to lead Fever past Sky, 71-67

    Tamika Catchings scored 25 points and Briann January added 14 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Chicago Sky 71-67 Saturday night, securing the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.


    Garcia back in right field for White Sox

    Avisail Garcia came off the disabled list and returned to the White Sox on Saturday. To make sure he stays healthy, the Sox want Garcia to slide, instead of dive, for balls when he's playing right field.

    Bears coach Marc Trestman said “we’ve got to do better” when asked to assess the team’s kick and punt returns through the first two preseason games.

    Bears not getting much in returns

    Some phases of the Bears' special teams showed improvement in the second preseason game, but kickoff and punt returns continue to falter, making the decision to let Devin Hester walk away in the off-season seem ill-advised.


    Holmes up for Bears’ No. 3 receiver slot

    The Bears reportedly signed talented but troubled, free-agent wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Saturday, Aug. 16, to compete for the No. 3 spot behind Pro Bowlers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

    Green Bay Packers quarterback and Fremd alumni Scott Tolzien, right, is sacked for a 1-yard loss by St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Ethan Wesbrooks during Saturday’s preseason game in St. Louis. The Packers won 21-7.

    Bradford, Rodgers sharp; Packers beat Rams 21-7

    All of those months of injury rehab paid off for Sam Bradford, who showed no sign of a season-ending knee injury last November. Aaron Rodgers looked pretty polished, too. Bradford and Rodgers each threw a touchdown pass in their preseason debuts in the Green Bay Packers’ 21-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

    Associated Press/2013 Hardest Core won the Arlington Million on Saturday.

    Hardest Core comes from behind to win Million

    Hardest Core came charging down the stretch Saturday to win the 32nd running of the Arlington Million.The gelding, ridden by Vaz Eriluis, posted a wining time of 2:01.51.Magician, a pre-race favorite, finished second, followed by Side Glance.Up With the Birds, Finnegans Wake, Smoking Sun and Real Solution made up the rest of the field.

    Michael Phelps starts the men’s 200-meter individual medley final Aug. 10 at the U.S. nationals in Irvine, Calif

    Phelps dealing with defeat in comeback

    Michael Phelps has always fed off adversity. Not that the most decorated Olympian has faced much in the pool. Until now. Phelps lost all four of his races at the recent U.S. national championships. Hardly shocking for a guy who is four months out of retirement, but somewhat surprising for someone who already owns 53 national titles.

    Football coach Brian Kelly said he’s proud that Notre Dame has high standards.

    Coach: No change needed in how Notre Dame recruits

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Saturday dismissed talk that he needs to do a better job of recruiting players who are better students to avoid the academic problems that have plagued the football program for the past 15 months. “I think we’ve brought in the right young men,” he said. “I think we have to continue to do a better job educating them. We have to do a better job of providing the resources.”

    Bennett Lester

    Will thoroughbred bring incredible ending to family’s incredible story?

    The story of Beverly D entrant I'm Already Sexy is a story with so many chapters, some uplifting, some potentially tragic, but most of which have yet to be written.

    Photo courtesy of Chicago Blackhawks ¬ In honor of his 25 years of covering the team, Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald was presented with a Blackhawks jersey by broadcaster Eddie Olczyk, left, and hockey legend Denis Savard during Friday’s home game.

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    Although he has struggled since the all-star break, Mark Buehrle will be seeking his 12th win of the season when he faces the White Sox tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.

    An emotional return as Buehrle faces Sox tonight

    Mark Buehrle was a popular and productive pitcher for the White Sox from 2000-11. Saturday night, the 35-year-old lefty makes his first start at U.S. Cellular Field in an opposing uniform (Toronto Blue Jays).

    James E. Moore

    Longtime Evans Scholars supporter Moore dies

    James E. Moore, who dedicated his career to helping thousands of deserving caddies attend college through the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholars Program, died Tuesday at the age of 73.


    Yahoo! Inc. was ordered to face claims it illegally shared the content of emails in the latest ruling to hold Internet companies accountable for how they convert users’ personal data into advertising dollars.

    Yahoo ordered to face privacy claims over scanned e-mail

    Yahoo! Inc. was ordered to face claims it illegally shared the content of e-mails in the latest ruling to hold Internet companies accountable for how they convert users’ personal data into advertising dollars.

    This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide. Williams was 63.

    Twitter reviews policies after Robin Williams’s daughter abused

    Twitter Inc. is reviewing its policies on privacy and support for family members of deceased users after Robin Williams’s daughter was sent abusive messages following his death. Twitter has suspended “a number of accounts” related to the incident.

    In this April 19, 2011 file photo, Apple iPhones from AT&T, left, and Verizon, are posed together at an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif. Whether or not you’re still on an unlimited plan, you’ll have similar things to consider when your phone contract expires.

    Three key questions to ask when your phone contract ends

    Your current cell phone contract is about to end and your carrier is offering you all kinds of discounts to extend your contract. Before you sign up for another two years, there are three key questions you should consider.

    This screen shot taken from a Samsung Galaxy S5 demonstrates the device’s Multi-Window function, which lets you run multiple apps side by side.

    Android lets you multitask on mobile devices

    Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. That’s starting to change with Android devices, though. Here's a look at what you can do on what devices.

    While you may not think you have time to exercise four times a week, Timeful is looking at your quiet hours to find those minutes to get you to the gym.

    App reviews: Life management tools Timeful, Trello

    Timeful sets itself apart from the calendar app pack by not only keeping all your calendars -- Outlook, Google iCal -- in one place. Trello has all the standard to-do and task assignment features you’d expect from group project software, but its generally open form means that it’s easy to adapt to your tastes.

    Facebook’s fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users’ postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians.

    Other social media back Facebook in search warrant fight

    Facebook’s fight against prosecutors over nearly 400 search warrants for users’ postings and other data is drawing support from other social media companies and civil libertarians.

    Lindsay Dole, human resources director of Tumblr, is shown inside their offices in Manhattan, N.Y., on July 18. “We look for people who can contribute in areas not just in their roles, î she says.

    Want a tech job? What to study in a fast-moving field

    Mozilla, Reddit and Tumblr say students should consider schools that not only will teach them traditional skills like coding, but also the softer skills that aren’t listed in the course guide but are essential to the 21st-century workplace: working with others, problem-solving, the ability to pick up enough from disciplines other than their own to create products users believe are indispensable to their lives.

    Twitter Inc. is introducing video advertisements, seeking to broaden its revenue sources after finding that clips embedded in tweets are effective at attracting views and engaging users.

    Twitter testing video-advertising service to expand sales

    Twitter Inc. is introducing video advertisements, seeking to broaden its revenue sources after finding that clips embedded in tweets are effective at attracting views and engaging users.

    Facebook separate messaging app is an opportunity for Facebook to tap into a younger audience without forcing them into contact with the older generation but lets them easily keep in touch.

    Why I’m not using Facebook’s messenger app

    When a major company does something its customers hate -- and persists, despite their anger -- there must be a serious business reason for it. But regardless, this columnist isn't going to use it.

Life & Entertainment

    The Dutch Colonial brick home has modern updates and is in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Listing of the week

    Old World charm oozes from this Dutch Colonial brick home, built in 1929 in the historic district of Arlington Heights.

    Rod Stewart performs in concert with Santana on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Rod Stewart, Santana bring the tunes

    Get ready to swoon at the romantic song stylings of Rod Stewart and Santana in concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. See which horse comes out on top at the Arlington Million and International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights. And humans and their canine pals are invited to the Dog Days of Summer at Knupper Nursery & Landscape in Palatine for grooming, training demos and activities.

    Actor-singer Michael Cera released an 18-song indie folk album, “True That,” on his Bandcamp website. “It went largely overlooked until his acting buddy Jonah Hill tweeted a link Thursday.

    Michael Cera releases album he calls ‘honest’

    Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week — quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself. “I would record a lot of the songs in the middle of the night just at home. I never thought anyone would ever listen to them,” he said in an interview Thursday. “It’s really nice that people are paying any attention to it because there’s a lot of stuff to listen to.”

    This Barrington home sits on 7 acres with a private lake.

    Listing of the week

    Aficionados of Frank Lloyd Wright and the architectural styles he fostered will instantly fall in love with this Barrington home, built in 1978 by Don Erickson, one of Wright’s protégés.

    A runner traverses Gettysburg Military Park on the second leg of the 200-mile 2014 American Odyssey Relay. Running is usually seen as a solitary pursuit, but relay races are helping to change that perspective.

    Relay running: 200 miles long and 36 legs

    Running isn’t an activity usually seen as quest-worthy or a shared experience. A run is a solitary pursuit, one step and one breath at a time. Earbuds in, exertion out. Relay races, however, are helping to change that perspective. Whatever the preference, a 200-mile trek through rural back roads or a slice of the marathon course, local race organizers are capitalizing on the running boom and athletes’ desire to take on a challenge.

    Midwife Claudia Booker places pieces of cooked placenta on a food dehydrator. This is one of the steps to turning a placenta into pills.

    More women opting to ingest placenta after birth

    Over the past several years, there has been a dramatic rise in women choosing to ingest their placentas after giving birth, often with the support of doulas or midwives who promote the healing benefits of a practice scientifically known as placentophagy.

    Make mine matchless: A mix of different woods and cabinet styles adds eye appeal to an elegant kitchen.

    Matching? A decorating idea that died of boredom
    Q. When we remodel our kitchen, is it OK to mix cabinet woods and colors? I want white- or cream-painted cabinets and an eat-on island. Can I choose a different wood or color for it?


    Book notes: Tawni O’Dell talks ‘One of Us’ in Gurnee
    "One of Us" author Tawni O'Dell discusses and signs copies of her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee.

    Andrew Garfield returns in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

    DVD previews: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Quiet Ones’

    “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a strenuously chipper but nonetheless saggy, baggy and mostly ho-hum addition to the Spider-Man canon. It swings onto DVD Aug. 19.

    In addition to wooden decks, spray from a power washer can be used to clean and rinse siding and the windows of a house. Use a low pressure to avoid damage.

    Pros and cons of power washing

    It’s not just national monuments like Mount Rushmore than could benefit from a good power wash every now and then. Is there grime on your siding that good old-fashioned elbow grease won’t take away? Stains on your concrete driveway? Is the deck looking dirty?

    Actor Kellan Lutz said he grew up watching Williams’ movies, and always admired “the kind of person he portrayed.”

    Kellan Lutz says Robin Williams was role model

    “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz teared up when he talked about the death of Robin Williams, saying he saw the actor-comedian as a model for how to be a dad. “I love my dad, (but) kind of grew up with my mom and always wanted a father figure there, and I’m a huge fan of his movies and always just wished he was my dad,” an emotional Lutz said Thursday.

    Ripe berries and crisp apples await you in eight farms clustered around Woodstock in McHenry County.

    On the road: It's almost time for apple season

    Opportunities for family fun picking apples still exist in McHenry County, and the time for early-season apples is right around the corner. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chicago's Fashion Fest takes over Division Street next weekend, with all kinds of fashion and shopping.

    Homeownership is very attainable now as compared to the past 20 years, says Realtor George Seaverns of RE/MAX Experts in Buffalo Grove.

    Door is open to affordable homes

    During his more than 30 years in real estate, George Seaverns of RE/MAX Experts in Buffalo Grove has seen many different types of markets. And right now he is pleased and excited by what he sees.


    Association board is legally obligated to enforce rules

    Q. Our single family homeowners association receives complaints from homeowners about rules violations by their neighbors. Is the board required to act on these complaints and is the board required to reveal the name of the complainant to the violator?


    Housing bubble differed from buildup in subprime car loans

    In a long front-page article in the NY Times last month, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery answer this question affirmatively. Their article cites numerous parallels to the conditions that led up to the crisis in the subprime mortgage market in 2007-8. The similarities include:


    The view from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco last week of the Tiburon Peninsula, top right, where Robin Williams lived.

    Editorial: Robin Williams and our response to despair

    A Daily Herald editorial reflects on the loss of actor Robin Williams with a reminder that the consequences of an erroneous response to despair can be fatal and tragic. And a reminder also that there is help.


    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors offer quick-hit opinions on suburban topics.


    Taxes should be based on ability to pay
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: The political attack ads that focus on how much money Bruce Rauner made last year and what he paid in taxes, etc., only highlight the underlying problem with our tax system. I’m sure Mr. Rauner paid what he was required to pay in federal and state taxes and no more. This is no different from you or I or Gov. Pat Quinn. No one wants to pay more than he or she has to in taxes.


    USO rules leave disabled veterans shut out
    A Long Grove letter to the editor: Having devoted more than five years and 3,000 service hours at USO O’Hare, I know the good that USO’s dedicated volunteers do year-round in support of our active duty military and their families. I also know from bitter experience that this good is mitigated by USO of Illinois rules


    U.S. unjustly holding back Ebola medication
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: No valid reason exists for keeping the medication that stopped the deadly Ebola virus in two Americans from the people of West Africa. This trial drug has not been approved by the FDA. So what? That it prevented two deaths from Ebola should be enough evidence that it works. Most people afflicted with this deadly virus will die, so the U.S. must cut through its red tape and get that medication to the people infected with Ebola. In this case, the benefits of this not-yet-approved drug far out weigh the risks. This outbreak is a global emergency that demands emergency measures.


    Please show some respect, David
    A Cary letter to the editor: Not too long ago, David Muir on ABC nightly news was interviewing a doctor on the news. He repeatedly called him by his first name. which I believe was Rich. How inconsiderate.


    Can’t afford yet another tax increase
    An Elburn letter to the editor: I was shocked to see that once again our taxes are going up. When is enough enough already? Our property taxes are high enough. Three St. Charles school board members that voted against were Corinne Pierog, Jim Gaffney and Judith McConnell.


    What took so long to hear from congressman?
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Congressman Schneider has been my representative for nearly two years. Until recently I have not been aware of any communications from the congressman to his constituents.


    Ruling’s implications scary to contemplate
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: It is disturbing that Christian corporations seem to be given special treatment to exemption from existing law by the Supreme Court.


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