Daily Archive : Monday September 1, 2014


    Crews continue to work on the bridge expansion section over the I-290/Elgin-O’Hare Expressway. Workers Mike Strange and Darnell Little work on the underbelly of the bridge expansion.

    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?

    In this photo taken Sunday, African Union soldiers from Uganda prepare to advance on the town of Kurtunwarey in Somalia. Somali government and AU troops have been engaging al-Shabab militants as part of their military offensive dubbed “Indian Ocean” aiming to oust al-Shabab from its last major hideouts in the southern parts of the Horn of Africa nation.

    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.

    Jennifer Lawrence, seen here in the film “Silver Linings Playbook,” was one of many actresses victimized this past weekend by an apparent hacker who posted private images of her to the Internet.

    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...

    This political ad shows Boots McMaster, the bulldog owned by Henry McMaster, who is running for South Carolina lieutenant governor. With dogs in almost half of American homes, a number of South Carolina political candidates this year are featuring the family pet dog in ads, on web sites and on Facebook pages.

    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.

    President Barack Obama tried to rally working-class voters Sunday in Wisconsin, a political swing state where Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a union foe and possible 2016 presidential candidate, is in danger of losing re-election.

    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.

    From left to right, Mathew Miller, Jeffrey Fowle and Kenneth Bae — all Americans being detained in North Korea — were permitted foreign media access Monday.

    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...

    Pakistani troops stand guard as supporters of anti-government Muslim cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri stage a sit in protest close to Prime Minister’s home in Islamabad Monday.

    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 security forces hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured during an operation outside Amirli, Iraq, Monday. Aid began flowing into the small northern Shiite town in Iraq Monday, a day after security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege by insurgents in a rare victory by government forces.

    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...

    A private property sign in the village of Asharoken, N.Y., marks beachfront and stairs leading to the beach. Property owners without waterfront property in Asharoken can buy beach property for access to the water. Many owners have built boardwalks, walkways and other routes to the beach, which are often marked with private property signs.

    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...

    Authorities say this man is responsible for robbing a dozen banks in the Chicago area between May 16 and Aug. 31.

    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.

    Caleb Talley, 4, of Crystal Lake chases bubbles Monday afternoon at the Fox Valley Folk Festival in Geneva. Ben Jimenez of Evanston, in the background, provided the bubbles.

    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.

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, announced she is expecting a daughter.

    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."

    A little girl walks the stairs of the bomb shelter in Petrovskiy district in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday. Petrovskiy district of Donetsk is currently a frontline and one of the districts which suffered the most from the artillery fights between Ukrainian army and Pro-Pussian rebels.

    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...

    A new study suggests that, if you don’t want to gain weight, you should watch Charlie Rose — or any more leisurely paced talk show.

    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.

    A 12-year study released Monday shows a steady improvement in American’s eating habits, but food choices remain less than ideal.

    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.

    This is the wrecked Subaru Impreza in which four people died on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after and early-morning accident Oct. 8, 2012. At the wheel was a New York teenager, Joseph Beer, who had smoked about $20 worth of marijuana before getting into the car with four friends and driving over 100 mph before crashing into trees with such force that it split the car in half.

    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.

    Starting Tuesday, patients with last names beginning with letters “A” through “L” can apply for permission to use medical marijuana.

    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.

    Tow trucks on the scene of a rollover accident along the Kennedy Expressway Monday, causing travel headaches on Labor Day.

    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.

    Shiite militiamen patrol in Amirli, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, following U.S. airstrikes against the Sunni militants’ positions, officials said.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Officials at Southern Illinois University say they’re “guardedly optimistic” new figures will show an end to a trend of dropping enrollments.

    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.

    Members of the Jackie Robinson West All Stars Little League baseball team participate in a rally celebrating the team’s U.S. Little League Championship Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Chicago.

    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.

    In this July 9, 2007, file photo Amtrak’s Lincoln Service train passes Illinois cornfields en route to Chicago. 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.

    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 University recently announced that the changing market in higher education was prompting it to move most of the programs at its Schaumburg campus to Chicago. The Schaumburg campus will remain home to the university's successful College of Pharmacy.

    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,...

    Maia Cordova, 7, of Wauconda, front, captains the boat as Austin Miller, 7, of Grayslake, left, front row of the boat, Max Testa, 9, of Cary, and Laindy Cordova, 7, back row right, paddle the boat to first place in the children’s division of the 13th Annual Labor Day Cardboard Boat Races at Lindy’s Landing on Saturday in Wauconda. Not shown in photograph in the boat is Sophia Testa, 11, of Cary.

    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.

    The Winfield Good Old Days parade will step off at 1 p.m. Sunday.

    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...

    The Children’s Theatre of Elgin and Fox Valley Theatre Company will present “Shrek the Musical” at Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theatre.

    ‘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.

    Children learn about medication safety from an Illinois Poison Center display. Call the free hotline at (800) 222-1222 if you are concerned about a possible poisoning.

    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.

    Regina Kinasz, a junior high math teacher at St. Emily school in Mount Prospect, was one of 30 teachers to be recognized at this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star game.

    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.

    The bridge expansion section over 53/290 interchange is in full swing with the another section being added in October.

    Images: I290 and Route 53 Interchange Aerials
    Aerial images of the bridge expansion section over the Route 53 and Interstate 290 interchange.


    Naperville North offensive lineman Jake Bashaw.

    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.

    Bears cornerback Tim Jennings knows it’s time for the defense to come together and show that last year’s troubles are a thing of the past.

    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 starter Chris Sale likes how the team is going about trying to be a contender in the near future.

    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.

    Members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, which won the national championship, were honored Monday at Wrigley Field as they posed with the Chicago Cubs.

    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.

    Cubs slugger Jorge Soler (68) celebrates with teammate Chris Valaika, right, after scoring on a Welington Castillo single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.

    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.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Zach Bennema and Kurtis Chione lead the Warriors into Friday night football action.

    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.

    If Kyle Schwarber stays behind the plate, it will open all sorts of lineup possibilities for the Cubs for years to come.

    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.

    The 2014 Kane County Cougars broke the franchise record for most wins in a season and enter the Midwest League playoffs as league leaders.

    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.


    In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an infusion drug to treat cancer is administered to a patient via intravenous drip at a cancer center hospital in Durham, N.C. Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but patient advocates still see wiggle room for companies to avoid covering the sickest and costliest patients. An Associated Press survey in 2014 found that some of the nation's top cancer centers were excluded from the networks of insurance plans sold on state exchanges.

    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.

    People line up to enter Connecticut's newest medical marijuana dispensary after a grand opening ceremony by the licensed operator, Prime Wellness of Connecticut.

    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.

    Revel employees remove letters from a sign at the Revel hotel-casino Monday in Atlantic City, N.J. The hotel closed Monday and the casino will close on Tuesday.

    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.

    A chef walks in the headquarter campus of Alibaba Group in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. 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 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.

    Fitbit Flex wearable electronic fitness devices. FitBit Inc. has a sales force dedicated to pitching employers and insurance companies, and touts software to make it easier to log the activity of workers, down to specific individuals if a company wants, said Amy McDonough, who coordinates deals for FitBit with companies. I

    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.

    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 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.

    John Thomas, 61, an attorney in Center, Nebraska, teaches rural law lessons to his intern, Alissa Doerr. A second-year student at the Nebraska College of Law, she was Thomas’ first law clerk applicant in 20 years.

    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.

    Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, former chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe and current chairwoman of the tribe’s gaming corporation, speaks during a rally at the Statehouse in Boston. Andrews-Maltais said the tribe’s proposal to turn an unfinished community center into a high-stakes bingo and poker hall represents the best chance for the financially struggling tribe to tap into tourist dollars that flow into the island each summer.

    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.

    This image provided by TiVo Inc. shows a TiVo Roamio DVR, one of the companies new digital video recorders.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Jeff Urso, owner of Beezer’s Bungalow, brings beach, sun & surfing gear to Lake Zurich.

    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.

    Cathy Kenworthy, president and CEO of Interactive Health, operates in Schaumburg.

    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.

    Horseshoe Casino sees long lines on its opening night Tuesday in Baltimore.

    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

    Juanes performs on stage during the Made In America Festival at Grand Park on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Los Angeles.

    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.

    “The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook”

    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.”

    Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? A new study says maybe not.

    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.

    This book cover image released by Little, Brown and Co. shows “Dirty Work,” by Gabriel Weston. (AP Photo/Little, Brown and Co.)

    ‘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.

    1957 Checker Model A8 Drivermatic Special

    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?

    Maxine Kitts of Glenview takes a tai chi class at Taoist Tai Chi Center last year in Arlington Heights. Exercise programs such as tai chi can increase strength and improve balance.

    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.

    Dr. Eric De Jonge conducts a Medicare house call at the home of patient Beatrice Adams.

    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.

    Max Silvestri is one of three hosts of the new FYI food show, “The Feed,” which debuted Aug. 21 on the FYI Network.

    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, who played Screech on the television series “Saved by the Bell,” is jumping back into the fray with Monday’s Lifetime TV movie, “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story,” which Diamond executive produced.

    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, “Ignite the Night”

    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.


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