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How to build I-290 bridge with 80,000 cars a day?
Building a bridge is a serious undertaking, especially when it’s going up in an area that sees more than 80,000 vehicles drive through each day. Yes, the work is creating some traffic headaches, but even tired commuters are likely to wonder a bit when they drive by — how do they do that?
U.S. carries out counterterrorism strike in Somalia
The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear whether the operation was successful.
Lawrence calls for investigation into stolen pictures
Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of the Oscar winner online, a publicist for the actress said. Intimate images of Lawrence, who stars in “The Hunger Games” film franchise and won an Academy Award for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” began appearing online Sunday. Naked images purporting to be of other...
South Carolina political campaign goes to the dogs
In some ways, political campaigning has gone to the dogs in South Carolina. With almost half of American households owning dogs, a number of South Carolina politicians are featuring their dogs — but nary a cat — in ads, on websites and on Facebook pages.
Obama: ‘Revving’ economy calls for higher wages
President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.
Americans detained in North Korea call for U.S. help
North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what...
Pakistan’s premier challenged by raging protests
Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif again vowed he would not step down under duress, even as protesters briefly took over the country’s state-run television broadcaster and...
Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants
Iraq’s outgoing prime minster pledged Monday to turn his country into “a big grave” for Sunni militants from the Islamic State group and commended security forces who achieved a rare victory over insurgents by ending the siege of a Shiite town. Nouri al-Maliki made the comments during an unannounced visit to the northern community of Amirli, where he was greeted with hugs. A...
Sandy-hit towns wrestle with eminent-domain choice
On a tiny spit of land off Long Island, the wealthy village of Asharoken faces a dilemma borne of Superstorm Sandy. Either it accepts millions of dollars in federal aid to build a protective sand dune and for the first time in its nearly 90-year existence allows the public to use its beach or it rejects the aid and retains its privacy, potentially worsening an erosion problem that saw part of its...
Cicero police arrest bank robbery suspect
Cicero police have arrested a 31-year-old man they believe is the “No Boundaries Bank Robber.” A news release issued Monday said officers arrested Rodrigo Medellin Sunday afternoon following a short car and foot chase.
Images: Labor Day in the suburbs
Suburban residents had plenty of Labor Day events to choose from including Long Grove Irish Days, Naperville’s Last Fling, Buffalo Grove days, the Schaumburg Septemberfest parade and the Fox Valley Folk Festival in Geneva. The rain moved out in time for folks to take rides in the WWII B-17 Bomber at the Aurora Airport and stroll through the 60th Annual Art Fair on the Square in Lake Forest.
Republican family picnic Sept. 14 in Busse Woods
The Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic 2014 will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in Busse Woods, Grove 27, in Elk Grove Village.
Paradise Park hosts fundraiser:
Paradise Park Assisted Living & Memory Care in Fox Lake hosts its free Annual National Grandparent’s Day Picnic in the Park on Sunday, Sept. 7, to promote awareness and raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Association.
Retired teachers luncheon, meeting:
The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Lambs Farm restaurant at Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway near Libertyville.
Get out and play:
Day of Play, a free, family event encouraging families to get outdoors will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Century Park North on Indianwood Drive, Vernon Hills.
Iraq veteran U.S. Rep. Duckworth ‘thrilled’ to be pregnant
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she is six months pregnant and expecting a daughter. The Hoffman Estates Democrat, Iraq veteran and double amputee broke the news this morning on NBC’s “Today.” “It’s a high-risk pregnancy,” Duckworth said. “I am deathly terrified I’m going to lose the baby."
Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks
Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents’ platform, released at the start of Monday’s negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, represented a significant...
Study: Action-packed TV might make you snack more
Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That’s the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.
U.S. eating habits improve a bit — except among poor
Americans’ eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found. On an index of healthy eating where a perfect score is 110, U.S. adults averaged just 40 points in 1999-2000, climbing steadily to 47 points in 2009-10, the study found.
Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?
As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana’s effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But...
5 things to know about driving on marijuana
The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What’s not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes.
Patients to start applying for medical marijuana Tuesday
One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is just how many Illinois residents will actually ask for permission to use it. The extent of the demand should start to become clearer on Tuesday.
Chicago police say murders down, shootings up
The Chicago Police Department says there were fewer murders in the first eight months of 2014 than in the same period last year. But they also indicate there were more shootings.
Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014
Indiana voters who’d hoped to decide whether to place the state’s gay marriage ban in the constitution won’t find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.
Inbound Kennedy Expressway lanes reopen after semi crash
The inbound lanes of the Kennedy Expressway have been reopened after an overturned semi completely shut down traffic and injured one person, ABC 7 Chicago is reporting.
Rival suburban bridal shops face off in reality show airing Tuesday
A new suburban reality series featuring two competing bridal shops in the East and West Dundees debuts Tuesday. Viewers can get a sneak peek at the “Best in Bridal” reality series 9 p.m. Tuesday on FYI Network — a contemporary lifestyle network that debuted in July — and locally on Comcast Channel 275. The series, by Half Yard Productions, showcases the rivalry between...
No one hurt in Buffalo Grove townhouse fire
No one was hurt in a structure fire at Buffalo Grove townhouse complex Sunday afternoon. Two townhouses in a four-unit residential building were left uninhabitable. The fire started shortly after noon in a clothes dryer inside one unit in the 1044-1050 block of Pine Tree Circle North.
Lawmakers: Islamic State groups want to hit USA
Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants’ future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say.
Obama seeks to do no harm to Democrats in midterms
Hampered by low approval ratings and an unfriendly electoral map, President Barack Obama enters the fall campaign as a liability to some vulnerable Democrats and a target for Republicans trying to fire up conservatives and appeal to disillusioned independents.
Tennis study finds unusual bet patterns in 3 Wimbledon matches
Swings in betting odds suggest an average of 23 professional tennis matches might be fixed each year, according to a study that found suspicious patterns in three matches at Wimbledon.
SIU hoping enrollment doesn’t fall again this year
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Officials at Southern Illinois University say they’re “guardedly optimistic” new figures will show an end to a trend of dropping enrollments.The Southern Illinoisan reports (http://bit.ly/1vARBUV) that official enrollment numbers for the Carbondale school are expected to be released on Tuesday.
Boy finds body in northwestern Indiana pond
Authorities say a boy out fishing found a man’s body in a northwestern Indiana pond.
Cubs to host Jackie Robinson West little leaguers today
A championship team will be at Wrigley Field on Labor Day: The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars.
Illinois to spend another $102M on high-speed rail
The state of Illinois will spent $102 million to build a bridge over the Kankakee River along with other improvements as part of high-speed rail upgrades between Chicago and St. Louis.
Roosevelt move part of 'tectonic shift' in education
The market forces prompting Roosevelt University to significantly scale back programming at its Schaumburg campus are being experienced throughout Illinois in higher education, experts say. “We're seeing a tectonic shift in higher education,” said James Applegate, executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. “The collar counties of Chicago are suffering a bit,...
Images: The Week in Pictures
This edition of The Week in Pictures features Daily Herald staff photos of a blind skydiver, toilet bowl races in the street, and a kid-produced movie featuring a robot.
Quinn announces opening of Algonquin bypass
Associated Press Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has announced that the Algonquin bypass will be opening Sept. 4 after three years of construction on the project.
Winfield’s Good Old Days features music, food, games
Winfield’s Good Old Days is more than a four-day party to celebrate the end of summer, Tony Reyes says. It’s also a link that connects generations of residents, something that brings friends and neighbors together and gives them a chance to meet new people. Better still, he says, it’s the kind of event that lures former residents back to town — even if it’s only...
‘Shrek the Musical’ comes to ECC
Everyone’s favorite upside-down fairy tale comes to Elgin in September when the Fox Valley Theatre Company presents “Shrek the Musical,” a song-and dance-filled stage adaptation of the award-winning animated film. Performances will be at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College.
Be aware of poisons in your house, take steps to keep them away from young children
“What is poison and what does it taste like?” asked a young patron at Grayslake Library.
Mount Prospect teacher honored at MLB All-Star Game
Regina Kinasz, a math teacher at St. Emily School in Mount Prospect, was showcased in July as one of 30 All-Star teachers at the All-Star game in Minneapolis. It is part of a new program designed to honor teachers and promote the importance of education. “We were treated like royalty," she said.
Images: I290 and Route 53 Interchange Aerials
Aerial images of the bridge expansion section over the Route 53 and Interstate 290 interchange.
Meet Naperville North offensive lineman Jake Bashaw and other nuggets on DuPage County football.
Another big comeback keeps Sky going
The Comeback Kids were at it again Monday. The Chicago Sky overcame another significant second-half deficit in an elimination game, this time forcing a Game 3 against the Indiana Fever in the WNBA's Eastern Conference Finals.
Cougars finish with 91 wins; playoffs next
Despite falling to the Peoria Chiefs in the finale Monday, the Kane County Cougars (91-49) finished the regular season with the best record in all of minor-league baseball and the best record in Cougars franchise history. Visiting Peoria edged the Cougars 6-5 in 12 innings.
Big chance for Bears’ defense to prove itself
The Bears' new-and-improved defense has yet to make an appearance in 2014, but Sunday's regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field would be a great time for a successful debut.
Bears raise Cain to be long snapper
Veteran Jeremy Cain was signed Monday as the Bears' long-snapper, just six days before the start of the regular season, but he's not worried about stepping into the job with minimal training since he's played eight previous seasons in the NFL, including three with the Bears.
White Sox’ grand plan: Dump now, contend later
As the August trades of Gordon Beckham, Alejandro De Aza and Adam Dunn indicate, the White Sox continue shedding players that are not in their future plans as they continue reshaping the roster.
Cubs treat Jackie Robinson West players like stars
Last week, the Jackie Robinson West Little League team enjoyed a parade for winning a national championships. On Monday, Cubs player after Cubs player paraded past the JRW players during a special day at Wrigley Field to honor the Chicago sensations.
Soler’s Wrigley debut big hit for Cubs
Monday was a day for youth to be served at Wrigley Field. The Cubs honored Chicago's national-champion Little League team before their 4-2 victory over the Brewers. During the game, rookie Jorge Soler continued piling up extra-base hits.
Cubs won’t rush Rizzo back to lineup
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo missed his seventh straight game Monday with lower-back tightness, and he may be headed for an MRI. Rizzo pulled up lame last week in a game at Cincinnati.
AP Top Ten: How they fared in Week 1
Here’s how the AP Top 10 teams in each class fared in their football openers this past weekend.
Rozner: If Schwarber catches on, Cubs have big options
Cubs boss Theo Epstein is starting to see spots occupied on the puzzle board and he drools at the possibility of putting Kyle Schwarber’s bat behind the plate.
Record-setting Kane County Cougars on a roll
The Kane County Cougars, long a staple of good minor-league baseball in the suburbs, have enjoyed a record-setting year on the field this season. The Midwest League affiliate of the Cubs has established a franchise record for victories, and they're headed to the playoffs this week.
3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling.
Fewer drug overdose deaths in states with medical marijuan
States that allow medical marijuana have 25 percent fewer prescription drug overdose deaths, a team of researchers reports in a newly released academic paper, suggesting that expanded access to marijuana, often used for its purported pain-alleviating qualities, could have unintended benefits.
Atlantic City’s Revel starts closing after 2 years
The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel. Its casino will close early Tuesday morning.
Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure
Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant’s U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure. Alibaba’s online and mobile commerce businesses will be controlled by a “variable interest entity,” an arrangement meant to allow investors to buy into Internet and other businesses in which Beijing bans or limits foreign ownership.
Would you wear a FitBit so your boss could track your weight loss?
Companies, facing rising health expenses, are increasingly buying or subsidizing fitness-tracking devices to encourage employees and their dependents to be more fit. The tactic may reduce corporate health-care costs by encouraging healthier lifestyles, even as companies must overcome a creepy factor and concerns from privacy advocates.
Abercrombie loses cool, tries to reinvent
Some of the hippest retailers of the not-too-distant past are struggling to adapt to a new era in which technology makes it possible for their competitors to respond more nimbly to teens’ fickle tastes. Abercrombie & Fitch, formerly the epitome of teen cool, is fighting along with rivals American Eagle and Aeropostale to lure back the legions of teenagers who abandoned them in recent years for trendier stores.
The U.S. regions with a shortage of young people
A major demographic trend in the past 40 years has been decline of the Heartland and the Rust Belt. Between 1970 and 2010, the United States added 100 million more people — but not in these areas of the country, which have seen sluggish population growth, and in some areas, population loss. As the nation continues to grow, it’s leaving behind states like Nebraska, which only grew 15 percent between 1970 and 2010.
Rural areas struggle to attract lawyers as grads leave
Rural Nebraska needs lawyers. Young, single, college-educated people keep leaving the Heartland, enticed elsewhere by more money or exposed brick lofts or mimosa-drenched brunches. The young have long fled small towns for big city lights, but the trend has been worse in recent years, aggravated by recession and a historic concentration of resources in urban areas. Nearly 60 percent of America’s rural counties lost residents last year. That’s up from 50 percent in 2009 and 40 percent in the late ‘90s, according to census data.
Tribe’s casino plan roils quaint Martha’s Vineyard
On the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town’s scenic overlook. But the leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoags, the federally recognized American Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited the island, envision a new destination. They’ve proposed transforming an unfinished tribal community center a few miles inland into a high-stakes bingo and poker hall filled with electronic betting machines.
TiVo to make version for those without cable
Here’s a sign more households are going without cable or satellite TV: TiVo Inc. is making a digital video recorder just for so-called cord-cutters.
CDC: e-cigarettes more cause youths to smoke
Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes, according to a study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Beach, sun & surfing are the focus of Lake Zurich business
Jeff Urso opens Beezer’s Bungalow, a shop that offers beach, sun and surfing products in Lake ZUrich.
Schaumburg CEO takes health seriously in, out of office
Kukec's People features Cathy Kenworthy, CEO of Interactive Health in Schaumburg, who walks the walk to health every day. She has done as many as 20,000 steps in Scotland and watches her diet, just as the company oversees others.
Will stressing positives fix a negative situation?
Got a sales team that’s floundering, or a once-promising employee whose progress has stalled? Call a consultant, or a coach, who can fix the problem. Just be aware that not everyone fixes problems the same way, columnist Jim Kendall says.
Baltimore adds to urban gambling jackpot with new casino
The inside of the new Horseshoe casino looks like any gambling palace on the Las Vegas Strip, filled with blinking slot machines, blackjack tables, cocktail waitresses and crystal chandeliers. But one glimpse of the Royal Farms convenience store across the street is enough to remind you: This is not the Bellagio. This is Baltimore.
Life & Entertainment
Kanye, Juanes enliven LA’s Made in America fest
A major outdoor music festival in downtown Los Angeles reflected the city’s diversity with a lineup that included rap, rock, punk, blues and Latin music. Kanye West, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Rise Against, John Mayer and Juanes were among Sunday’s performers.
Cannabis cuisine rises in wake of legalizations
Cannabis cuisine, a small niche in the culinary world, is drawing more interest as the legalization movement moves pot closer to the mainstream.“When I sell books personally at events like Seattle Hempfest and Denver County Fair, response has been huge in those states that have newly legalized, and I will sell hundreds of copies over a weekend,” says Elise McDonough, author of the “The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook.”
Your health: Study finds breakfast may not be crucial
It has long been hailed as the most important meal of the day, vital for getting the body going and preventing overeating later on. But breakfast may not be so vital after all, if new research is to be believed. Contrary to popular belief, the study found the first meal of the day had little impact on snacking or portion sizes later in the day. It also had no effect on metabolism.
‘Dirty Work’ is nuanced, thoughtful story
At the start of Gabriel Weston’s “Dirty Work,” Nancy Mullion, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has choked during surgery and left her patient in a coma. She now faces four weeks of intense scrutiny from a medical tribunal that will decide whether she should continue to practice medicine. “Dirty Work” is a nuanced, intelligent and thoughtful story told from a perspective not often heard from, that of an abortion provider.
How to manage your child’s headaches
In a comprehensive article in Pediatrics in Review, Dr. Heidi Blume reports that in any given year, 58 percent of children will complain of some type of headache. Tension headache, often described as an episode of “band-like” or tightening pain, is the most common type of childhood headache.
Checker cab is nearing 60 and is built to last
“I’ve loved Checkers ever since I was a little kid,” Joe Fay says. The Naperville resident isn’t referring to the board game. Fay has a passion for the Kalamazoo, Michigan, taxi-building company. In 2000 he purchased a 1957 Model A8 from a collector in Ohio.
Take some simple steps to lower cancer risk
Q: Is it possible to prevent, or at least reduce, your risk of cancer?
Want to keep your home, independence as you age? Prevent falls
Falls are a significant danger as we age. They cause serious injuries that can limit mobility, diminish quality of life and increase risk of premature death. They also are eminently preventable. The ease with which you can decrease someone’s risk of falling makes it a “public health no-brainer,” said Rita Wong, a professor of physical therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.
House calls: Effort to improve care for frail Medicare patients may also save money
Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams’ daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses. Then Adams found a doctor who makes house calls, and the 89-year-old hasn’t needed ER care in the nearly two years since.The old-fashioned house call is starting to make a comeback as part of an effort to improve care for some of Medicare’s most frail and expensive patients. While it may sound like a luxury, bringing team-based primary care into the homes of patients like Adams, according to a new study, actually could save Medicare money by keeping them from needing pricier specialty or hospital care.
Comedian wants to have fun with food
Max Silvestri has always been a food guy. The Brooklyn comedian grew up in a large, Italian family where “entire lives” were planned around meals, and he spent much of his early 20s cooking fantastically ambitious dishes for unsuspecting dinner guests. Silvestri has also extensively covered the TV food scene, recapping cooking shows for the Web sites Eater and Grantland. This summer, he stepped up his culinary game even further: On top of releasing a stand-up album “King Piglet," he’s also co-hosting “The Feed,” a comedic cooking show on the FYI network.
Dustin Diamond returns again to his inner Screech
Samuel “Screech” Powers of the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell” has become almost an icon. He was adorkable before there was such a thing. He even had a catchphrase: “Zoinks!” For Dustin Diamond, Screech has been a curse and a career. He played the character for a decade and then tried to run away from Bayside High as fast as he could. But Diamond is back this Labor Day weekend mining familiar territory.
Chase Rice has clever take on new country sound
“Do It Like This” from Chase Rice's new album “Ignite the Night” opens with the sound of a scratching turntable, a vocoder-altered voice track, and an electronic drum pattern. Those conventions put Rice on the side of those country artists currently pushing a crossover style of country music that openly draws on pop and contemporary R&B.
Arlington Hts. denial of term limits not a pretty picture
Letter to the editor: Stanley P. Szott of Arlington Heights isn't happy that the electoral board turned away the term limits petition from the November ballot.
Scholarship group has great first event
Letter to the editor: Donna Epton says the new scholarship organization, Excel Beyond 211 Dollars for Scholars, had a great first fundraising event at Wolff's flea Market in palatine.
Arlington Hts. board should put term limits to voters
Letter to the editor: Frank J. Biga III of Arlington Heights urges the village board to devise their own term limits referendum and "let the citizens decide. This would go a long way toward redeeming the board’s stature with many of us," he writes.
Energy company is making strides
A Libertyville letter to the editor: NRG Energy and its President David Crane recently decided, after being convinced by local Waukegan residents (over 3,000 petitions), community groups (15 or so) and government officials (city, county, state, federal), that they should “clean up their act” by installing “scrubbers” on their 80-year-old coal-fired power plant smokestacks.