Daily Archive : Saturday August 23, 2014



    Naperville council denies senior living in 'second downtown'

    When Naperville officials were envisioning a “second downtown” at Route 59 and 95th Street about a decade ago, space for a senior living center was part of the plan. But if the "second downtown" plans fall through and a senior living facility still wants to build there, what happens next? “It's an attractive concept, but the concept didn't work,” Len Monson, who...

    Joshua Paul, front, pictured here with his fiance, Jeff Bolek, is being remembered for his outgoing demeanor and caring personality. Paul died Aug. 18 after being involving in a traffic stop with Carpentersville police.

    Carpentersville man dead after traffic stop by police

    A 31-year-old Carpentersville man is dead following a traffic stop by police there last Sunday. An investigation has been launched by state police at the behest of local authorities who remain tight-lipped regarding the circumstances surrounding Joshua Paul's death. Both police officers involved in the traffic stop remain on duty, village officials said.

    Des Plaines fire officials requested extra manpower and ambulances from Northwest suburban departments to respond to a three-vehicle crash Saturday at Golf and Rand roads.

    Driver cited in Des Plaines crash that injured 11

    A 23-year-old McHenry County woman has been ticketed following a three-vehicle crash in Des Plaines that sent nearly a dozen people to the hospital Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

    Top Table will be opening soon in the location formerly occupied by restaurants Erik & Me and Sage Bistro along the Fox River near downtown St. Charles.

    Roadwork testing Dave’s patience

    Traveling between Geneva and West Chicago leads to congestion seemingly no matter which route is taken, says columnist Dave Heun.


    Fire caused by lightning damages Palatine home

    A lightning strike caused a roof fire on a two-story Palatine house Saturday afternoon, authorities said. Three people were inside the home at the time of the strike but were not injured, Palatine Fire Cpt. Jeff Bober said.


    Police: Man charged after hitting pedestrian in Round Lake Park

    A 38-year-old Round Lake Park man faces drunken driving charges after police said he struck an 18-year-old woman walking along Washington Street Friday night, authorities said. Witnesses reported Domingo Rios swerved his blue Chevy off the road and hit the teen, who was released from the hospital Saturday, police said.

    Sondra Fifer, of St. Louis, voices her disagreement with the rally Saturday for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, at Barney’s Sports Pub in St. Louis. “I’m not against officers, I’m against police brutality,” Fifer said. Ferguson’s streets remained peaceful, though, as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside.

    Records shed some light on officer in Ferguson shooting

    The small city of Jennings, Missouri had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that...

    Storm clouds loom over Libertyville Saturday afternoon.

    Muggy, hot weather staying put with ‘persistent system’

    Forecasters predict a dry, but muggy end to the weekend after severe weather produced torrential rains Saturday. In just 10 minutes, more than an inch fell in Des Plaines this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

    Engine failure forced the pilot of a helicopter to make an emergency landing Saturday on a Hanover Park youth football field, village officials say.

    Hanover Park football field damaged after emergency helicopter landing

    A pilot flying a helicopter made an emergency landing on a Hanover Park youth football field Saturday, authorities said. Engine failure triggered the landing on the Hurricanes field along Barrington Road, Mayor Rodney Craig said.


    West Chicago barn fire sparked by lightning

    West Chicago fire investigators believe lightening struck the roof of a barn on Prince Crossing Road and sparked a fire that caused minor damage Saturday, authorities said. The barn's owner was able to extinguish much of the blaze before firefighters arrived.


    Bannockburn mayor resigns after molestation investigation

    Bannockburn Village President James Barkemeyer has resigned after a police investigation into claims he sexually abused two teenage boys working in his Wilmette hardware store. Trustees have appointed Frank "Bud" Rothing to complete the remainder of Barkemeyer's term.

    Announcer Don Pardo on the set of “Saturday Night Live.”

    Notable deaths last week

    This week’s notable deaths include a veteran NBC television announcer whose voice introduced “Saturday Night Live” each week and a former Irish prime minister who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland.

    Police mounted on horses ride Saturday through counter-demonstrators protesting against an election meeting arranged by the neo-nazi party “Svenskarnas Parti”, at a square in central Malmo, Sweden.

    Police on horseback charge protesters

    Swedish media published photos of people on the ground as police horses raced over them down a street.

    Iraqi firefighters hose down burning cars after an attack Saturday involving three bombs took place in Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad.

    Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

    One witness said he heard “an explosion between the cars, and then we started carrying out the dead bodies from there while people were burning inside the shops and cars.”

    Volunteer Amanda Barrie plays hoops and graces Saturday during the Lombard Historical Society’s three-day Peckapalooza celebration, honoring the completion of the Peck Homestead’s construction.

    Lombard families celebrate abolitionist

    Sheldon Peck’s accomplishments were celebrated this weekend with a special three-day “Peckapalooza” event at his homestead in Lombard. Members of the Lombard Historical Society decided to host the celebration to mark the 175th anniversary of the completion of the Peck Homestead, located at 355 E. Parkside Ave.

    Christine Reyes of Chicago performs during the annual Elgin iFest Saturday at Riverside Drive Promenade. The International Festival features music and other entertainment, ethnic cuisine, children’s activities, a world market and cultural arts and crafts.

    Storm cuts short Elgin’s iFest

    Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at Elgin’s third annual iFest, bringing an international flavor to the recently opened Riverside Drive promenade. But a thunderstorm in the early afternoon cut the event short.

    Noah Fuller, 15 of Tinley Park poses for a photo with Lou Ferrigno, aka the “Hulk” from the 1970s TV show during his visit to the Comic Con convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Fuller said his dad used to watch the TV show when he was a kid.

    Little bit of everything at Rosemont Comic Con

    The Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in Rosemont will continue through Sunday offering a little bit of anything for every kind of comic and science fiction fan. And people come from across the country to be part of the scene. “This is what I really enjoy doing,” said Matt Moews from Portland, Oregon.

    Darsheta Epting of Oak Park tosses blue colored cornstarch powder on a young runner who tries to avoid the toss Saturday during the 2nd annual Active Care ColorBlast 5K in Arlington Heights to support Clearbrook.

    ColorBlast 5K returns to Arlington Heights

    The streets of downtown Arlington Heights were splattered red, yellow, blue and everything in between Saturday morning, thanks to the Active Care ColorBlast 5K. The run, like many popular “color runs” around the country, blasts participants with many hues of a chalky substance as they make their way through the course.

    Taylor Henske, 13, center, and her brother Michael Henske, 10, right, put on a karate demonstration at the Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 back-to-school celebration Saturday at Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village.

    Dist. 59 back-to-school event could become annual

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 hosted a back-to-school celebration Saturday with about 100 families throughout the district gathering at Grove Junior High School in Elk Grove Village.

    Scott Janess, president of Inplay Events, which has organized the 12th annual Naperville Wine Fest, delays the start of this CityGate Centre event two hours to 5 p.m. due to bad weather.

    Naperville wine fest opening delayed by weather

    The opening of the second day of the 12th annual Naperville Wine Festival was delayed two hours by the threat of lightning, but by 6 p.m. the event was packed, one of the organizers said Saturday evening. The event at CityGate Centre featured 59 wineries, cooking and wine pairing demonstrations, 12 restaurants or food trucks, a Belgian beer cafe and musical entertainment.

    About 20 members of Occupy Elgin and the Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice protest along Kimball Street and North Grove Avenue in Elgin Saturday during a rally calling for justice in the death of Michael Brown, who was killed in Ferguson, Mo., in a confrontation with police.

    Elgin protesters seek justice for Brown

    About 20 members of the Occupy Elgin and the Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice rallied on Saturday for justice in the death of black teenager Michael Brown.


    Quinn signs legislation requiring transit review

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a mass transit reform law intended to make the operations of transit agencies serving metropolitan Chicago more transparent and accountable. The legislation requires advance transit board and House and Senate committee review for any proposed mass transit employee contract exceeding $100,000.

    Panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree Saturday in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington on her first birthday.

    National Zoo celebrates panda’s first birthday

    The next year will bring many changes. Bao Bao will stop drinking her mother’s milk and, like wild pandas of the same age, at between a year and a half and two years old she’ll start living independently in her own enclosure. Eventually keepers will also teach her to present her paw to get blood drawn and lie down in order to get an ultrasound.


    Chicago boy, 3, shot in head, critically wounded

    A 3-year-old Chicago boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head Friday night at a home on the city’s West Side.


    Federal subpoena seeks email of ex-Quinn advisers

    A federal grand jury has subpoenaed the emails of three former top advisers to Gov. Pat Quinn, including a onetime chief of staff, as part of a criminal investigation into the governor’s $54.5 million Chicago anti-violence program.


    State renews Get Covered Illinois PR contract

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has renewed its contract with the public relations firm that handled promotion of Get Covered Illinois in the first year of greatly expanded health insurance coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    Wichita State University Libraries shows the Koch family photo on a holiday card. They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks.

    A closer look at the rich, mysterious Koch brothers

    They’re all fabulously wealthy, all donate lavishly to charity, all tall — Frederick is the shortest at 6-foot-2 — and all are prostate cancer survivors.Two of them, Charles and David, have defined the public notion what it means to be a “Koch brother.”

    Esaw Garner, left, arrives at the spot where her husband Eric Garner died with The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, and Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr, right, at the start of a march and rally Saturday in the Staten Island borough of New York.

    Thousands march in N.Y. protest of police tactics

    The Rev. Al Sharpton, called for an investigation into the July 17 death of Eric Garner, 43, a father of six. A video showed officers applying what New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said appeared to be an illegal choke hold while arresting Garner on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. The city Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.

    A ball of fire rises from an explosion Saturday on al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.

    Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

    Elsewhere in Gaza, an airstrike on a car killed a man and wounded 11 people, said Ayman Sahabani, head of the emergency room at Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine later identified the man killed as a field commander.


    Reports: Officers ignored man’s breathing problems

    After he was handcuffed, Jorge Azucena told officers he couldn’t breathe and had asthma.Azucena had to be held up to take him to a patrol car, and one officer recalled he appeared to be wobbly, according to the inspector general’s report.At one point, he began yelling to onlookers: “‘Help me, help me, help me. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. Help me,...

    A sign welcomes visitors to the East Hampton Town Airport. Residents across eastern Long Island are complaining about the noise generated from jets, helicopters and other aircraft that land at the small municipal airport, which is situated in the heart of the summer playground for the rich and famous.

    Noise from the sky is buzzkill in ritzy Hamptons

    It’s summertime in the Hamptons and the biggest buzz is coming from the sky. Complaints about noise coming from aircraft ferrying visitors and locals to and from one of America’s best-known playgrounds for the rich and famous have more than tripled over last year, due in part to a new service that lets people book 40-minute chopper rides from Manhattan for relatively cheap prices.

    It was reported Aug. 19 that thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country’s volcanoes may be close to erupting. Iceland has raised its aviation alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange -- the second-most severe level.

    Iceland volcano activity increases

    Iceland put the Coast Guard on alert after the Met Office warned that one of the country’s biggest volcanoes is showing increased levels of unrest.

    Long irrigated rows that once held 11,500 marijuana plants are spread over two acres near Raymondville, Texas on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Authorities found the hidden pot farm while attempting to capture immigrants who fled into it on Aug. 13, 2014.

    Texas marijuana farm a rare find near border

    On land once used to grow watermelons and grain, 8-foot tall marijuana plants swayed under a canopy of mesquite. White pipes and a pump diverted water from a canal, delivered to the 60-foot long rows by carefully excavated trenches.

    Police stand watch in front of a market in Ferguson, Missouri. Life in this working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments hasn’t been the same since the shooting of Michael Brown by police.

    Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights

    Ferguson’s streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

    The Pullman neighborhood’s ornate brick homes were built in the 1800s by industrialist George Pullman as a blue-collar utopia to house workers from his sleeping-railcar factory in Chicago. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis tells The Associated Press that he plans to recommend that the Interior Secretary ask President Obama to declare the southeast Chicago neighborhood a unit of the national park system.

    Chicago’s Pullman site could become national park

    It was a different kind of company town. Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, built by industrialist George M. Pullman in the 19th century, was a sort of blue-collar utopia for people who worked at his state-of-the-art factory, where they built luxurious railroad sleeping cars.


    Purdue balks at use of its brand in panned film

    Purdue University lawyers are looking into a new movie that makes frequent references to the school even though the university refused to grant permission to use official trademarks and logos.


    Section of Interstate 70 named for Jerry Costello

    A section of Interstate 70 in southwestern Illinois has been named in honor of former Congressman Jerry Costello.


    Chicago man gets 40 years in fatal 2009 crash

    A Chicago man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for a 2009 crash that killed a woman and critically injured her young son.

    Wheaton Park District Commissioner Ray Morrill and Bill Farley assistant superintendent of Community Unit District 200, are cheered by Wheaton Wings youth soccer players after officially dedicating the installation of a new synthetic turf at Wheaton’s Graf Park.

    New turf field installed at Wheaton’s Graf Park

    Young soccer, football and lacrosse players in Wheaton now have a new field to play on. Wheaton Park District played host to a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday evening for the recently installed synthetic turf field at Graf Parat 1701 Manchester Road, behind Monroe Middle School.

    Glenbard West High School Class of 1952 graduates Cal Smith, left, and Joan Woods look at photos in her yearbook during a reunion Friday in Winfield. Roughly 25 classmates came to a luncheon at Cooper’s Corner restaurant to celebrate their 80th birthdays.

    Glenbard W. grads celebrate 80th birthdays together

    A private room at Cooper’s Corner in Winfield was filled Friday afternoon with guests attending a big birthday party. The celebration wasn’t just for one person though — it was for more than two dozen graduates of Glenbard West High School’s class of 1952, who are all turning, or have already turned, 80 this year. “We have a good camaraderie in our class,” said...

    Grayslake village board trustees have approved a $100,000 economic development incentive agreement with Nage One LLC to revitalize what’s commonly known as the Cupola building, 2 S. Lake St.

    Grayslake OKs renovation of 98-year-old building

    Grayslake’s downtown is expected to receive a dramatic appearance boost through the renovation of a 98-year-old building. Village board trustees have approved a $100,000 economic development incentive agreement with Grayslake-based Nage One LLC to revitalize what’s commonly known as the Cupola building at 2 S. Lake St.

    Buffalo Grove High School’s new natatorium, shown here, would provide a blueprint for one at Prospect High School.

    Prospect High excited about pool plans

    Prospect High School students could be diving into a pool of their own within a few years, under a proposed capital projects plan for Northwest Suburban High School District 214.

    The profit margin for the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin continues to shrink amid increased competition.

    Kane County to rely less on riverboat money

    Kane County Board members showed they’ll take a precise look at the reliance of internal programs on riverboat gambling proceeds Friday afternoon even as Riverboat Committee members doled out more than $1 million in grants. The current grant cycle might be the last time local nonprofits and municipalities compete for a seven-figure pool of grant money.

    A new law could bring more transparency to the Chicago area transit system.

    New law could shed light on transit employment

    The Regional Transportation Authority will eventually have to include on its website information about worker salaries and spending at Metra, Pace and the Chicago Transit Authority under a new law signed Friday.

    A Campbellsville Fire Department truck with the ladder extended remained at the scene Thursday where two firefighters were injured during an ice bucket challenge during a fundraiser for ALS.

    Firefighter still critical after ice bucket stunt

    Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an “ice bucket challenge.”


    South Elgin’s Andrew Kamienski, left, and Nick Menken, right, celebrate a Menken touchdown reception against St. Charles North last season. Both return for the Storm in 2014.

    South Elgin has some firepower

    Considering South Elgin coach Pat Pistorio and his staff had little time to prepare the team after being hired in July of 2013, it’s remarkable how close the Storm came to making the playoffs last season. The final record was 3-6, including one-sided losses to playoff qualifiers Benet and Waubonsie Valley, but South Elgin was competitive in most games until the end. Of its 6 losses, 4 came by a total of 19 points.


    Motivated Stevenson could be even better

    So just how close was Stevenson to playing in the Class 8A state championship game last fall? “Inches…and minutes,” Stevenson coach Bill McNamara said. The Patriots lost in the final moments of the semifinals to Loyola, 15-14. Stevenson took a 14-7 lead with about five minutes left but then Loyola answered with a touchdown with about a minute to play. The Ramblers then took the lead by making good on a 2-point conversion.

    Chicago’s Joshua Houston, right, embraces Ed Howard after a 7-6 win in the U.S. final against Las Vegas on Saturday at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

    Jackie Robinson West inspires hope, Chicago pride

    The success that a baseball team from Chicago’s South Side has had in the Little League World Series is giving the city something to cheer about. But there’s more than baseball at stake for some in a part of Chicago that has grappled with poverty, gang violence and the negative media attention those problems have drawn.

    Chicago’s Ed Howard celebrates after his team won the U.S. championship against Las Vegas on Saturday at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

    Chicago Little League team advances to title game

    Joshua Houston survived a rocky start to pitch five innings and also brought in the tying run with a line single in the fifth to lead Chicago past Las Vegas 7-5 on Saturday in the U.S. final at the Little League World Series. The Great Lakes Region champions from Jackie Robinson West advanced to meet South Korea in today’s championship game.


    Boys golf: Saturday’s results
    Results of boys golf meets from Saturday, Aug. 23.

    Simone Biles captured her second straight national gymnastics title Saturday in Pittsburgh.

    Biles easily defends U.S. women’s gymnastics title

    Simon Biles easily captured her second straight U.S. women’s gymnastics national title on Saturday night to set the stage for an even bigger title defense this fall at the world championships in China.

    Chris Coghlan hits a 3-run triple in the second inning Saturday to give the Cubs a 4-2 lead before the rain hit at Wrigley Field.

    Renteria goes by what he sees, likes results

    Cubs manager Rick Renteria made a couple of surprise choices, Saturday, and they paid off in a 7-2 victory over the Orioles at Wrigley Field in game delayed more than three hours by rain. Outfielder Chris Coghlan and reliever Justin Grimm may not have been conventional choices, but they got their jobs done.

    John Lentz of Mundelein tees off during the Huntley boys golf sectional at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.

    Boys golf / Scouting Lake County

    Here's what to expect from the boys golf teams of Lake County this fall.


    Rain turns attention to Little League World Series

    Some of the best baseball viewing Saturday around Wrigley Field came on TVs around the park. During a lengthy rain delay, fans were able to watch Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team win the national championship.


    Boomers blank Greys 9-0

    The Schaumburg Boomers improved to a season-high 18 games over .500 with a 9-0 blanking of the visiting Frontier Greys before 5,788 on Saturday night.


    Cougars’ winning streak at 13

    The host Kane County Cougars (41-20, 86-45) picked up a 2-1 victory over the Clinton LumberKings on Saturday night for their 13th consecutive victory.

    The Cubs’ Chris Coghlan hits a three-run triple during the second inning Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field.

    Coghlan sparks Cubs to win over Orioles

    Chris Coghlan finally solved Bud Norris with a bases-loaded triple in a four-run second inning, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on a soggy Saturday at Wrigley Field. Justin Grimm (4-2) pitched 3 1-3 hitless innings after a long rain delay as the last-place Cubs won their second straight against the AL East leaders.

    The Seahawks’ Earl Thomas, left, nearly returns a punt for a touchdown Friday night before Bears punter Pat O’Donnell makes the tackle.

    Bears’ D must bear down

    The Bears' defense failed in several areas Friday night, most notably in third-dowm situations in the first half, when they allowed the Seahawks to convert all 7 of their opportunities.

    South Korea players celebrate after defeating Japan 12-3 on Saturday in the International final at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

    Next up for Chicago Little Leaguers: South Korea

    South Korea walloped Japan 12-3 on Saturday to take the International title, setting up the matchup with Chicago's Jackie Robinson West team on Sunday in the Little League World Series.

    St. Charles North’s Jake Muehlschlegel tees off during the McChesney Cup at the Geneva Golf Club in Geneva.

    Scouting Tri-Cities boys golf

    A preview of the 2014 Tri-Cities boys golf season

    Metea Valley’s Jeremy Forbes tees off during the Vern McGonagle Memorial High School Golf Championship at the Naperville Country Club.

    Scouting DuPage County boys golf

    What to look for this season in DuPage County boys golf.


    Movistar wins team time trial to start Vuelta

    Movistar won the team time trial to start the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, giving Nairo Quintana an early edge over the other candidates to win the three-week grand tour.

    Roger Federer is hoping for a deep run in the U.S. Open, which begins Monday in New York.

    Federer’s confidence soaring before U.S. Open

    With Rafael Nadal out, the U.S. Open draw is looking mighty friendly to Roger Federer. The Swiss great wouldn’t meet Novak Djokovic until the final. David Ferrer — 0-16 against Federer — is a potential semifinal opponent. There might never be a better chance to seize an 18th Grand Slam title.

    Carlos Beltran gave the Yankees’ struggling offense a jolt with a home run in his return to the lineup, Martin Prado had another go-ahead hit and New York beat the White Sox 5-3 on Saturday. Hiroki Kuroda (9-8) worked in and out of trouble for six innings, allowing two runs and five hits in helping New York to its third straight win after a 2-7 stretch.

    White Sox keep sliding with 5-3 loss to Yanks

    Carlos Beltran gave the Yankees’ struggling offense a jolt with a home run in his return to the lineup, Martin Prado had another go-ahead hit and New York beat the White Sox 5-3 on Saturday. Hiroki Kuroda (9-8) worked in and out of trouble for six innings, allowing two runs and five hits in helping New York to its third straight win after a 2-7 stretch.

    FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2012, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love, left, and Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah battle for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers completed a blockbuster trade sending Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland for 2014 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, a person familiar with the trade said. The Timberwolves are getting Wiggins and former top pick Anthony Bennett from Cleveland and veteran forward Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia. The 76ers get a 2015 first-round draft choice from Cleveland, and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

    Lovefest: Kevin Love traded to Cavs, joins LeBron

    On the first day they were able to complete the long-discussed blockbuster trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves sent Kevin Love to the Cavaliers, who capped a spectacular summer on Saturday by acquiring the All-Star power forward as another running mate for James and becoming instant title contenders

    Green Bay Packers’ Davon House breaks up a pass intended for Oakland Raiders’ James Jones during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

    What will losing Raji do to Packers D?

    After a nice showing by the starters, the Packers appear as if they will need to move forward this season without a key defensive lineman.Nose tackle B.J. Raji left Green Bay’s 31-21 win Friday night over Oakland in the first quarter with an arm injury, and later stayed on the sideline for a while with a sleeve protecting his right arm. Coach Mike McCarthy said after the game that Raji was optimistic, although more tests were needed.

    As he gathers his clubs, Elgin’s Josh Hegel reacts to sinking a 35-foot putt during the Upstate Eight Conference boys golf tournament at St. Andrews Country Club last season.

    Scouting Fox Valley boys golf

    Scouting the 2014 boys golf season in the Fox Valley.


    Boys golf: Scouting Northwest

    Here's what to expect from boys golf teams in the Mid-Suburban League this fall.

    Joey Batliner, left, and Tom Calbi give Barrington a pair of proven varsity standouts heading into the boys golf season.

    Batliner, Calbi enjoy the ride at Barrington

    Barrington teammates Joey Batliner and Tom Calbi have each been involved in their share of high profile, pressure-packed tournaments and dual meets over the past couple of years. But instead of letting the stress of performing at a top level get to them, both of these talented golfers understand that one of the keys to excellence is to enjoy yourself on the links.

    New Dundee-Crown head football coach Mike Steinhaus directs drills during the first day of practice.

    Steinhaus, Dundee-Crown eye return to playoffs

    The coach who led Dundee-Crown to the postseason for the first time in 19 years has moved on, but the desire to be a playoff football team remains ingrained. Coach Vito Andriola led the Chargers not only to a 6-4 record and a playoff berth before he left to take the vacant Grant job, he led the program back to respectability. New coach Mike Steinhaus, a proud D-C graduate who served as Andriola’s offensive coordinator, aims to keep the program in the thick of the playoff race on an annual basis.


    Libertyville’s numbers are way up

    Injuries and a small senior class gave Libertyville a numbers problem last year. The Wildcats’ lack of depth was a big reason they could muster just a 4-5 record. “We had 46, 48 guys on varsity last year and we fought that all season,” said Libertyville coach Mike Jones, who had to play at least five players both ways last season. “That won’t be an issue for us this year. I’m excited about our depth.”

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) tries to escape the grasp of Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston. The defensive unit was able to pressure Wilson, but it only sacked him once in Friday night's 34-6 loss to Seattle.

    Three positive signs in Bears' lopsided loss to Seahawks

    The Bears actually did a few positive things in Friday night's 34-6 loss to the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks in Seattle, but it's not easy to find them, as Bob LeGere explains in this analysis.


    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Aug. 22

    Joe Kristufek's selections for Aug. 22 racing at Arlington International.


    A tactical trucks moves down the street last Sunday through tear gas in Ferguson, Mo.

    Officials: White House reviewing military equipment program

    The examination comes in the aftermath of the police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police killing of an unarmed black man.Two senior administration officials said Saturday that the review will examine whether the programs are appropriate; the amount of training provided for using military equipment; and how well the government audits the use of the money and equipment by local police departments.

    Medium-lift VS07 Soyuz rocket lifts off Friday from its launching pad in Kourou, French Guiana.

    Two Europe navigation satellites in the wrong orbits

    The European Space Agency and launch company Arianespace say the satellites ended up in off-target orbits after being launched Friday from Kourou, French Guiana, aboard a Soyuz rocket.

    A Saleen Automotive Inc. Tesla Motors Inc. Foursixteen automobile is displayed during the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

    Report: Tesla building I-80 supercharger station

    Assistant Truckee town manager Alex Terrazas confirmed Tesla had pulled required permits and paid appropriate fees for the station.Tesla will pay the Truckee Donner Public Utility District to supply electricity to the station as part of a development agreement, said Steven Poncelet, conservation manager for the district.

    An elderly man and woman look at trucks, marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine, as they return Saturday to Russia on the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine.

    Russian convoy leaves Ukraine; Merkel in Kiev

    ussia said the trucks carried only food, water, generators and sleeping bags to the hard-hit rebel stronghold of Luhansk.Ukraine and others — including the U.S., the European Union and NATO — denounced the Russian move as a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Kiev and Western countries also suggested the convoy could be smuggling in supplies and reinforcements to the pro-Russian separatists fighting the government.

    A column of ash rising from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano. Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.

    Airlines on alert as eruption begins in Iceland

    Scientists were monitoring a hydrological station downstream from the volcano for flooding, a common result of volcanic eruptions in Iceland. Vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said the amount of ash produced by the new eruption would depend on the thickness of the ice.“The thicker the ice, the more water there is, the more explosive it will be and the more ash-rich the eruption will be,” she said.

    Jill Courtney, right, shops for school supplies for her sons, Will, left, and Reid, not seen, at a Target store in St. Joseph, Mo. This season, stores have focused even more on offering new services and apps to cater to increasingly time-starved smart-phone, savvy parents to help them save time and money for the annual shopping ritual.

    Deals only a click away for back-to-school season

    It’s mid-August, and parents are scrambling to outfit their kids with backpacks, gadgets and jeans as the clock winds down toward the first day of school. But don’t fret. This season, stores are offering new services and apps to cater to time-starved, smartphone-savvy parents to help them save time and money during the annual shopping ritual.

    A television camera stands near the Toronto Blue Jays’ on deck circle during a baseball game between the Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles, in Baltimore. Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: Television dominates and limits the Internet’s potential.

    Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online

    Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

    Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. rose up by riding consumer demand for their products. Now the companies are trying to keep their growth streaks going by tapping another type of customer: businesses.

    Apple-Google rivalry moves to companies

    Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. rose up by riding consumer demand for their products. Now the companies are trying to keep their growth streaks going by tapping another type of customer: businesses.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled a plan to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies in all new passenger cars. Adopting these technologies, the agency says, could prevent nearly 600,000 car crashes every year once the rollout is complete.

    Cars talking to cars could cut crashes

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled a plan to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies in all new passenger cars. Adopting these technologies, the agency says, could prevent nearly 600,000 car crashes every year once the rollout is complete.

    This product image provided by United Airlines shows a Caprese on Asiago Baguette sandwich, one of a variety of the airline’s new first class food options. The Chicago-based airline on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 announced that it’s upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

    United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal

    To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs. The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it’s upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

    The “second screen” feature on the Amazon Fire Phone when connected with a compatible television, in Seattle. Apple and Amazon have ways to encourage you to buy more of their products: Offer bonus features that work only with gadgets from the same company.

    Should you keep your gadgets in same tech family?

    It's smart to consider the devices you already own when you buy a new gadget since as these devices become more powerful when combined. Here’s a closer look at how the Apple TV and the Fire TV work with other gadgets from Apple and Amazon.

    Donny Moore poses for a photo in front three computer screens he uses to rate NFL football players for the Madden NFL video football game at EA Sports in Orlando, Fla. Moore is the “ratings czar” for “Madden NFL,” the man responsible for making sure the popular video game’s virtual avatars accurately reflect their real-life counterparts.

    Madden ratings guru has the players’ attention

    Donny Moore can be the most reviled man in NFL locker rooms. He’s not a coach, a referee or a drug tester. Still, NFL players — and millions of fans — can’t wait to see what he has to say. Moore is the “ratings czar” for “Madden NFL,” the man responsible for making sure the popular video game’s virtual avatars accurately reflect their real-life counterparts.

    Wasim Ahmad and his wife, Lakshmi Ramsoondar-Ahmad, with their newborn son in Merrick, N.Y. Two days after his son was born, Ahmad bought the website domain with his son’s name. “I’m going to make it a private website with a password so family can log in” to see updates, he says. “When he gets old enough, I’ll probably give him the keys.”

    Why some parents are keeping kids off Facebook

    At a time when just about everyone and their mother — father, grandmother and aunt — is intent on publicizing the newest generation’s early years on social media sites, an increasing number of parents are bucking the trend by consciously keeping their children’s photos, names and entire identities off the Internet.

    Google co-founders Larry Page, left, and Sergey Brin pose for photos at their company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google’s IPO 10 years ago launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

    Google’s pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets

    Google’s IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further with driverless cars, smart appliances and robots.

    Google Inc. is buying Jetpac Inc., a software developer for analyzing digital pictures, as it seeks to organize the world’s information and deliver it alongside advertisements on desktops and mobile phones.

    Google buying photo-analysis startup Jetpac to expand tech tools

    Google Inc. is buying Jetpac Inc., a software developer for analyzing digital pictures, as it seeks to organize the world’s information and deliver it alongside advertisements on desktops and mobile phones.

Life & Entertainment

    With a boost in popularity as a food and juic, kale has made its way into the beauty industry, such as with Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, left, and Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Masque made with kale.

    Niche, mainstream sellers carry kale into beauty

    Kale has crept out of salads and juicers into beauty products from niche and mainstream sellers. The leafy superfood that many love and others love to hate can now be had in face masks, skin-brightening serums, creams and nail polish, pushed along by the march to healthier living and the frenzy to fend off aging.


    Book notes: Susanna Calkins discusses her book at Vernon Hills B&N
    Author Susanna Calkins discusses her book "A Murder At Rosamund's Gate" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Barnes and Noble in Vernon Hills.

    High, wide and handsome (till the energy bill comes), bare windows beg for smart cover-ups, such as eco-film and new contemporary shadings.

    When windows dare to go bare

    Q. Our living room is two stories high, with windows up to the ceiling. We like the light, but we’re in a new development and feel overexposed to our neighbors. Is it OK if we only curtain the lower window?

    Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is caught between two worlds in “Belle.”

    DVD previews: ‘Belle,’ ‘Blended’

    et in 1769, “Belle” announces its intentions straightaway with a heartfelt reunion between an English admiral and his biracial daughter, followed by an exceedingly tearful separation. But even the melodrama can’t put a damper on the remarkable history behind this true story. "Belle" is one of several movies coming to DVD Aug. 26.

    Keb' Mo' performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Saturday, Aug. 23.

    Weekend picks: Keb' Mo', G-Love play the Arcada

    Celebrated blues musician Keb' Mo' shares a concert bill with G-Love and Special Sauce Saturday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Fans of all things fantasy and sci-fi won't want to miss the Wizard World Convention Comic Con 2014 starting Thursday in Rosemont. Meet and get autographs from actresses Patricia Rodriguez Vonne, Crystal McCahill and Rosario Dawson before screenings of “Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Die For” at the Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville. And check out the Color Aloft Balloon Festival at Central Park in Grayslake.

    It’s an easy trip to Poland via Taste of Polonia Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Chicago.

    On the road: Chicago’s massive Artopia Fest fetes art, music, culture

    Artopia Fest says it’s Chicago’s largest indoor and outdoor music and art festival, completely filling the Chicago Urban Art Society with art, music and culture. Expect to see the works of more than 100 artists plus visual performances by Redmoon Theater. Or head to Chicago's Taste of Polonia, the largest Polish festival in the U.S., to experience nonstop live entertainment courtesy of 30 bands playing rock, blues and polka music.

    Host Kathy Griffin on stage at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 53-year-old comedian said after watching the eye-popping, rump-shaking music video for Nicki Minaj’s new hit single, “Anaconda,” she wants to go toe-to-toe with the rap diva.

    Kathy Griffin to Minaj: I want a booty challenge

    While most people are inviting friends to complete the ice bucket challenge, Kathy Griffin has another proposal for Nicki Minaj: a booty challenge. The 53-year-old comedian said after watching the eye-popping, rump-shaking music video for Minaj’s new hit single, “Anaconda,” she wants to go toe-to-toe with the rap diva. “Of course, everyone’s talking about that ‘Anaconda’ video and it’s fantastic. It’s a lot of boo-tay, and I would like to challenge Nicki to a boo-tay-off,” Griffin said in an interview this week.


    Policy should govern the bidding process

    Q. Is it necessary for a board to obtain multiple bids for every project?


    Tenant proposes a deal that shortchanges owner

    Q. I own a townhouse, which I am still paying a mortgage on. The current tenant is interested in doing a rent-to-own option. They have stated they are interested in this option only if 100 percent of the monthly payment went toward the purchase price.


    Manage your credit score to get the best possible mortgage

    How does one manage credit cards so as to generate the highest possible credit score? Credit scores are calculated using a variety of models that have small differences between them and generate similar, but not identical, scores.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors praise two female sports role models, lament the troubles of a local university and sound off on a number of other suburban issues.


    Be considerate to ‘outsiders’ on bicycles
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I was appalled to read about the battle between residents of Barrington Hills and bicyclists. All bicyclists in Spandex are not professionals. We are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.


    Saying ‘bless you’ an act of kindness
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I’m very concerned for this young girl in Tennessee who got sent to the principal’s office at her school for just saying “bless you” when someone sneezed.


    Where’s the patriotism of corporate leaders?
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Citizens, 100 years ago the only people who paid income tax were the very rich and the most they paid was 8 percent. As a result, the majority of the people who worked for them made 20 cents an hour, which amounted to about $700 a year.


    District didn’t want to give up school
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: I found the article in the paper today regarding Round Lake Area Unit District 116 and their use of Joseph J. Pleviak School in Lake Villa as a Kindergarten Center very informative and encouraging. However, I also found that a caption with a picture of children entering Pleviak very inaccurate and discouraging.


    Choir director needs to consider others
    A Palatine letter to the editor: In Greek there are three words that express degree of love: eros, or physical love (I love cupcakes/my girlfriend.); philia, or brotherly love (My friend has an illness; I will put his needs before mine.) and agape, the purest form (sacrificing one’s self for the good of another, love shown by those who would risk even death for us — our military, our God himself).


    Require bicycles to have horns
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: This comment is in response to the article, ‘Bicyclists vs. bucolic suburb’. It is about time that someone addressed this issue.


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