Daily Archive : Tuesday September 2, 2014


    Ashya King’s parents were arrested Sunday in southeastern Spain after a European arrest warrant was issued by Interpol at the request of British police. Their son is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor and after his parents’ arrest he was admitted to a Spanish hospital.

    Jehovah’s Witness’ family of ill UK boy accuse officials of cruelty

    The grandmother of a British boy with a severe brain tumor has accused UK authorities of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice.


    Arlington Hts. OKs water rates, police study, new apartments

    The Arlington Heights village board on Monday formally approved several large items that have been up for discussion within the past month including a new downtown apartment tower, increased water and sewer rates and a study about building a new police station.

    People flocked to Main Street in Wauconda last month for a car show, but some business owners were upset the street was closed for the event.

    Cruise Night Car Show prompts new road closure in Wauconda

    A section of a second street in downtown Wauconda will be closed to motorists for this month’s Cruise Night Car Show.

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

    Pregnancy rare for member of Congress

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s pregnancy is rare for a member of Congress as the Hoffman Estates Democrat is set to be the 10th sitting federal lawmaker in history to give birth.

    A picture and flowers honoring the late Des Plaines Alderman Joanna Sojka, who died Aug. 18 of an apparent stroke, was placed on the city council dais Tuesday night.

    Des Plaines honors 29-year-old alderman who died

    A photo and bouquet of flowers were set up Tuesday night on the Des Plaines city council dais in honor of former 7th Ward Alderman Joanna Sojka, as city leaders publicly remembered one of their own. Tuesday marked the first city council meeting since the death of Sojka, a 29-year-old first-term alderman who died Aug. 18 of an apparent stroke.

    The Kane County Cougars have announced several changes as part of a capital improvement project to further modernize Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, beginning next season, the 25th anniversary of the franchise.

    New high-definition video scoreboard, some special seating for next season

    The Kane County Cougars Tuesday announced a major capital improvement project that will include a new high-definition video board, special seating and a music pavilion in time for next season at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the franchise, the Cubs’ Class A affiliate.

    Patty Sorenson, owner of P.S. Flowers & Interiors, arranges silk flowers on a mantle display in her new store, which opened last month in downtown Wheaton.

    Downtown Wheaton vacancy rate drops as new businesses move in

    Several new businesses are moving into downtown Wheaton, including a record store, a hair salon, a quilting shop and an art and glass studio. Two new businesses — home decor shop P.S. Flowers at 125 W. Front St. and a Subway at 105 E. Front St. — also opened in the last two weeks, according to Downtown Wheaton Association Executive Director Paula Barrington.

    Shaun Wild’s parents, Jami, being hugged at left, and Bruce Wild, center, attended a community gathering at Naperville’s North Central College the night after Shaun’s death.

    Family frustrated by trial delays in Naperville man’s death

    The parents of a Naperville teacher stabbed to death in February 2012 say they are growing more frustrated with each passing day their son’s accused killer is not brought to justice. Shaun Wild was a 24-year-old North Central College graduate and Spring Brook Elementary School teacher when he was killed in the early morning hours of Feb. 4, 2012, in a downtown Naperville bar.

    Michael R. Vucic

    Cops: 2 more possible victims in teacher sex abuse case come forward

    Lake County authorities say they are now investigating whether a Gavin South Middle School teacher sexually abused up to three girls. An arrest warrant was issued last week for Michael R. Vucic, 41, of Lake Forest, in connection with what authorities say was his sexual assault of a student. He's charged in the warrant with five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and five counts of...


    First medical marijuana tally expected next week

    Illinois officials say they expect to get the first indications next week of how many patients are applying for special ID cards allowing them to use medical marijuana. Authorities began accepting applications for medical marijuana Tuesday from patients whose last names start with letters A through L. Patients whose last names begin with M through Z will have to wait until Nov. 1 to apply.

    Ben Ditowsky District 220 director of data

    District 220 appears to have moved beyond class size issue

    The first day of class enrollment numbers have been tallied and it appears that parents’ concerns about class sizes at Barrington Area Unit School District 220 Elementary schools have been satisfied.


    Kaneland unanimously OKs hiring 2nd interim superintendent

    The Kaneland school board hired its second interim superintendent Tuesday night, after hiring and then losing one in short order last week. Former Deerfield superintendent Renee Goier will take the helm Tuesday.


    New reality show to feature St. Charles company

    In recent years, all the drama surrounding St. Charles-based Aquascape involved the collapse of the roof on its headquarters and the subsequent $13 million lawsuit with contractors. But all that will change when the largest pond building company in the world focuses its drama into its own reality TV show. Aquascape CEO Greg Wittstock announced the show NatGeo Wild channel show “Pond...

    Bartlett Mayor Kevin Wallace

    Bartlett mayor’s veto on employee health care plan sticks

    Bartlett Mayor Kevin Wallace's veto of a plan to join a consortium of towns to provide health insurance for village employees faced no challenge from trustees Tuesday night. In a 5-0 vote, trustees agreed to let the mayor's veto stand. Instead of enrolling in the Intergovernmental Personnel Benefit Cooperative, the village will now seek offers from other brokers.

    Dr. Kent Brantly admitted that, at one point after contracting the Ebola virus, he felt as if he was about to die.

    Ebola survivor: ‘I felt like I was about to die’

    A U.S. doctor who survived after contracting Ebola while doing missionary work in Liberia is “very close” to the doctor most recently diagnosed with the disease and has spent time in “tearful prayer” for him, according to an interview with NBC News aired Tuesday.

    An armed al-Shabab member attends a rally in support of the merger of that group with al-Qaida, on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, Feb. 13, 2012. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday in Somalia, the Pentagon said.

    U.S. strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

    U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died. The leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has no heir apparent. If he has been killed, it would be a “significant blow” to al-Shabab’s organization and abilities, said U.S. Navy Rear Adm.

    Traditional Russian Matryoshka wooden dolls depicting, from left, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, U.S. President George W. Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Barack Obama and Stalin again and are seen on a display in Tallinn, Estonia, Tuesday ahead of Obama’s visit there.

    Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

    Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO’s security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border. Ahead of a high-stakes NATO summit that begins Thursday, Obama will also make a symbolic show...


    Waukegan man charged with heroin-related crimes

    A Waukegan man has been charged with possessing and delivering heroin. Clifton D. Johnson, 21, of the 100 block of South Genesee Street, was arrested Aug. 27, according to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office news release. He was charged with unlawful delivery of heroin, unlawful possession of heroin and resisting a police officer.


    Arlington Heights man charged with shooting at vehicle

    A man who admitted he was a street gang member was charged after shooting at a vehicle Sunday in Waukegan, authorities said. Jose Guzman, 18, of the 1500 block of North Windsor in Arlington Heights, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member and aggravated discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, according to a...


    Lake County sheriff to hold roadside checks this month

    The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting roadside safety checks designed to get DUI offenders off the road through September.


    Palatine Township Republicans hold pig roast fundraiser Sept. 7

    The Palatine Township Republican Organization (PTRO) is holding its annual pig roast fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, at Plum Grove Reservoir in Palatine. Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and/or his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, as well as U.S., Rep. Peter Roskam, will be attending the event.


    Palatine Legion hosts casino night fundraiser Sept. 12
    The Palatine American Legion Post 690 is holding a casino night on Friday, Sept. 12, to raise funds for Legion Family Charities. The fundraiser takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight at the newly renovated American Legion Hall, 122 W. Palatine Road in Palatine.


    Veterans urged to attend VA meeting

    Veterans Assistance Commission Superintendent Michael Peck is urging all interested veterans to attend the Lovell Federal Health Care Center Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Burke Hall, Building 4, on the North Chicago Campus.


    Long Grove Strawberry Fest appears on Food Network

    People who attended the Long Grove Strawberry Festival in June may see themselves on the Food Network on Monday when an episode of “Eating America with Anthony Anderson,” which was taped at the fest, airs at 9:30 p.m. According to TV Guide, Anderson “chats with competing chefs, challenges kids to a berry-eating contest and tries his hand at balloon art,” during the...


    Hoffman Estates to hold 9/11 anniversary memorial

    The Hoffman Estates village board and the Celebrations Commission invite residents and guests to a memorial service for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This year’s Ceremony of Remembrance will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 at village hall, 1900 Hassell Road.


    Grayslake Historical Society to mark WWI anniversary

    The Grayslake Historical Society begins its fall season of monthly programs with a session about letters from a Grayslake soldier as the world marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

    Ricardo Romero of Champion Fencing, Inc., removes some temporary fencing Tuesday as he and many others worked to clean up after the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling celebration.

    ‘Fantastic’ Last Fling weekend concludes in Naperville

    It was a “fantastic” and “flawless” Labor Day weekend at the Last Fling in Naperville, at least as far as Family Fun Land is concerned. Mary Cooke-Hall, chairwoman for Family Fun Land, said the kid-friendly zone drew roughly 15,000 visitors throughout the four-day festival. “The rain held at bay,” Cooke-Hall said. “We were really worried about that...

    Demetries Thorpe, 27, at his sentencing hearing at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan on Tuesday. Thorpe, who admitted to killing 5-month-old Joshua Summeries, then dumping his body into a garbage can, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    Zion man sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing 5-month-old baby

    A Zion man who pleaded guilty to murdering a 5-month-old boy and placing the body in a refuse container in 2013 was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday. The baby's body was never found. Demetries Thorpe, 27, apologized during the hearing. “I am truly remorseful that this happened,” he said.

    College of Lake County student Nancy Antonio of Waukegan, gets a close look at “The Day of the Dead Dedicated to Julia Pastrana,” from the “Esperanza Gama: A Series of Memories” exhibit at the College of Lake County’s Robert T. Wright Gallery in Grayslake.

    College of Lake County hosts “Esperanza Gama: A Series of Memories” art exhibit

    The art show “Esperanza Gama: A Series of Memories” is on display at College of Lake County’s Robert T. Wright Gallery in Grayslake. Gama, an artist based in Chicago, was born and educated in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Courtesy of Illinois tollway Ramps connecting I-57 and the Tri-State Tollway will open in October.

    Tollway offers I-PASS incentives, discounts

    It's an I-PASS sale bonanza. The Illinois tollway is temporarily lowering the cost to start an I-PASS account in order to attract more customers for the new Tri-State/I-57 interchange. Unfortunately, toll rates stay the same.

    John Lapinski

    DuPage forest board may have violated law in hiring executive director

    DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners will vote again next week to hire John Lapinski as executive director after a resident questioned the legality of their original action. Commissioners voted unanimously Aug. 19 to name Lapinski executive director — the same day they announced Arnie Biondo was stepping down from the top administrative post.

    Michael Palazzetti

    DuPage forest preserve picks interim directors

    Two longtime employees with the DuPage County Forest Preserve will share the district’s top administrative post for less than a month until their new boss starts work. District commissioners on Tuesday appointed Micheal Palazzetti and Robert Vick as interim executive directors until John Lapinski assumes his responsibilities as executive director on Oct. 1.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Karlos Wright, 31, of Aurora, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery and one count of interfering with the reporting of domestic battery at 4:50 a.m. Thursday after authorities were called to the 1100 block of Dawes, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Six impact guns valued at $300 were stolen between 12:01 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 26 from a trailer on the 36W900 block of Wildmere Drive near Elgin, according to a sheriff’s report.


    Lake Zurich police identify boy hit by freight train

    A 15-year-old Lake Zurich boy was in a hospital intensive care unit Tuesday after being struck by a freight train. The teen was struck around 5:30 a.m. Monday on Canadian National Railroad’s tracks near the Rand Road overpass.

    This image made from video purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff moments before his murder. He had last been seen in Syria in August 2013, but then appeared in a video released online by the Islamic State group on Aug. 19 that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. The Arabic text at the bottom of the frame translates to “Now is the time for my message.”

    Video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist

    Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” The footage — depicting what the U.S. called a sickening act of...

    Carnival rides once again will play a big role in Villa Park’s annual Oktoberfest celebration that opens Friday and continues through Sunday in Lions Park.

    Villa Park’s Oktoberfest features music, talent competition and an alligator

    Forget for a moment that Villa Park's Oktoberfest celebration is in September and instead focus on all the cool things it features: bands, a talent contest, kids' activities and, yes, even an alligator named Bubba.

    West Chicago Park District residents can get a sneak peek at their new ARC Center (Athletics, Recreation, Community) during grand opening ceremonies from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in Reed-Keppler Park. The 70,000-square-foot recreation center will open for good at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8.

    West Chicago Park District ready to show off 70,000-square-foot, $15.5M indoor rec center

    West Chicago Park District residents will get a sneak peek Sept. 6 at their sparking new 70,000-square-foot, $15.5 million ARC Center in Reed-Keppler Park. Officials say it's the first indoor recreation center in the district's history -- and they're hoping it will knock the socks off everyone who walks in the door.

    President Barack Obama departs Washington on Tuesday to visit Tallinn and Estonia, on his way to this week’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in the United Kingdom.

    Russia’s gains cloud Obama’s assurances to Baltics

    For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia’s backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West’s inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics.

    FILE - This Jan. 10, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. side of Niagara Falls in New York beginning to thaw after the “polar vortex” visited and affected millions in America and Canada.

    Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice

    Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it. A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of that cold air. Researchers say that’s because of shrinking ice in the seas off Russia.


    Aurora closing Highland Avenue for three weeks

    A stretch of Highland Avenue in Aurora will be closed for roughly three weeks beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3, between Prairie Street and Kensington Place as crews work to replace storm sewers.


    Districts host childhood resource fair

    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 and Naperville Unit District 203 will co-host the sixth annual Early Childhood Community Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20 at Prairie Children Preschool, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.comKen Erickson of Northbrook at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling on Wednesday after flying in the front set of a 1942 Boeing Stearman.

    Vets get flights on WW II aircraft at Chicago Executive Airport

    Eight Covenant Village of Northbrook residents, ranging in ages from 80 to 88, took to the skies last week at Chicago Executive Airport in a 1942 Boeing Stearman ­­— the airplane used to train military aviators in the late ’30s and ’40s.

    Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling through a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and more than half of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.

    32 teens escape from Nashville detention center

    Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and nine of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said. The teens — ages 14 to 19 — left their rooms and went into a common area, where they overwhelmed 16 to 18 staff members, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services spokesman Rob Johnson said.

    Keith Stephens stands at a rally in support of policeman Darren Wilson, in St. Louis. Wilson is the white officer who shot unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Like many Americans, Stephens has formed strong opinions about the case.

    Many see no gray area in killing of Michael Brown

    Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. Stephens was wearing a T-shirt printed with a police shield bearing the phrase “OFFICER DARREN WILSON I STAND BY YOU.” Jones was across the street, holding up a sign that said, in blood-red letters: “Darren Wilson is a Murderer.” Like...

    People are seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Gun range instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun.

    Police report: Girl said Uzi was too much for her

    Police reports released Tuesday say a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder.

    Former Blackwater Worldwide guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington after the start of his trial. After 10 weeks of argument and testimony, the case goes to the jury on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

    Blackwater legacy: a faint memory of Nisoor Square

    The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war. After 10 weeks of arguments and testimony, the case goes to the jury Tuesday.

    A Pro-Russian rebel prepares arms for the assault on the positions of Ukrainian army in Donetsk airport, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.

    Ukraine: Russian forces in major rebel cities

    Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists.

    Jim Irsay

    Change of plea hearing set for Colts owner Irsay

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is scheduled to appear in court for a change-of-plea hearing on drug-related charges he faces from a traffic stop in March. Irsay was due to appear in a Hamilton County court in Noblesville on Tuesday morning. The 55-year-old Irsay has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body.


    Police: Chicago man throws infant from vehicle

    Chicago police have arrested a man who they say threw an infant out of a moving vehicle after beating his girlfriend and her son.

    Taniasha Perkins, center, and Willie Wilson, second from right, are comforted as Rev. Malachi Walker, left, makes a plea for the return of the couple’s missing 6-week-old son, Delano Wilson.

    Police search home of missing Indianapolis baby

    Police investigators have been searching the Indianapolis home of the parents of a 6-week-old boy whose father says was taken from him last week. City police crews arrived Monday night with a search warrant at the house of Delano Wilson’s parents.


    Illinois trooper SUV crashes with car, rolls over

    An Illinois State Police trooper has been taken to a hospital after a car crashed into his SUV and caused it to roll over. The State Journal-Register reports 32-year-old Trooper Bryce Benton and a 59-year-old female driver weren’t seriously injured in the Monday crash.

    Katherine Hryniewicki, right, of Sycamore, kicks a bag held by Victor Perez during a class at Bill Cho’s United Taekwondo Center in Sycamore.

    Women improve fitness with self defense

    Before DeKalb resident Kim Rodr-Luzzi began taking a kickboxing class in DeKalb, she used to walk with her keys tucked between her knuckles.Instead of planning to use her keys in self defense, Rodr-Luzzi now is trained to throw jabs, hooks, uppercuts and even a roundhouse kick to ward off would-be attackers.


    Illinois agency promoting disaster preparedness

    The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging people to be more prepared for disasters. The agency will team up with local emergency management agencies, as well as local, state and federal agencies across the U.S., throughout September to observe National Preparedness Month.


    Coroner: 1 person dies in Illinois house explosion

    LaSalle County authorities say at least one person has died after a house explosion in north-central Illinois. The LaSalle County Coroner’s Office confirmed the death following the explosion late Monday in southwest Streator. It didn’t provide details on the person’s age or gender.

    Chicago Police patrol the neighborhood at Gresham Elementary School on the first day of classes in Chicago.

    School to begin in Chicago with more safety guards
    Chicago children will walk past even more guards on their first day of school than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.

    Iraqi security forces hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured during an operation outside Amirli, some 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Aid began flowing into the small northern Shiite town in Iraq on 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.

    Group accuses extremists of war crimes in Iraq

    An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of carrying out a systematic campaign of “ethnic cleansing” in northern Iraq that includes mass killings, abductions and other war crimes.

    Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang shows reporters where Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights have been repositioned during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Sunday Aug. 31, 2014. Catapang said more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels.

    Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops

    Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group’s removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday.

    U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said.

    6 militants killed in US Somalia strike

    Al-Shabab’s top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday. The spokesman would not say whether al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was among the six militants killed.

    Debbie Pawlowicz of Lisle started the First Full Day of School Party when her youngest child started first grade and her daughter, Kristi, and son, Michael, were in middle school and high school. Michael was ordained last year as a Catholic priest.

    Party helps Lisle parents celebrate start of school

    As a mom with four children, Debbie Pawlowicz knew her youngest's first full day of school was something she should celebrate -- with her friends. The event has grown into Lisle's annual First Full Day of School Party, still hosted by Pawlowicz. Our Joan Broz says the event is a chance for parents to celebrate, to reconnect after the summer and to share advice between the more experienced parents...

    A German taxi organization won a fast-track ruling that may halt the use of Uber Technologies Inc.’s ride-hailing application in the country.

    Uber faces ban across Germany as taxi group wins court order

    A German taxi organization won a fast-track ruling that may halt the use of Uber Technologies Inc.’s ride-hailing application in the country. Uber drivers don’t have the necessary permits to carry passengers under German law, a Frankfurt court said in the emergency ruling dated Aug. 25, citing evidence provided by Taxi Deutschland Service Gesellschaft fuer Taxizentralen eG.


    Dawn Patrol: Local reality show; medical pot permitting begins

    Dawn Patrol: Labor Day festivals close out summer, medical marijuna applications to begin, East Dundee and West Dundee bridal shops will square off on reality TV show, Jorge Soler helps Cubs bump the Brewers.

    Greg Zanis of Aurora places white crosses with the names of the four members of Stack family outside the family’s Elmhurst home Sunday morning. Francis, Joan, Mary and Francis Stack Jr. died in what police are calling a triple murder and suicide.

    10 things you may have missed this weekend in the suburbs
    10 stories you may have missed over the weekend: Triple murder and suicide in Elmhurst; Lake County middle school teacher accused of sexual assault, believed fled to Germany; when police dogs retire; Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she's pregnant; the bridge built over the Elgin-O'Hare at I-290 is a huge undertaking (with great pictures).

    Rich Schmelzer

    East Dundee slaying shows how police merge when rare violent crime hits

    The July stabbing death of an 85-year-old East Dundee woman, and her grandson's arrest last week, underscore the fear that can grip a small town when such rare violence occurs. But it also shows how police and other law enforcement sources are quick to mobilize their resources. "Every agency that is in a position to provide some manpower to us, does," said St. Charles police Cmdr. Jerry Gatlin.

    Vicki Maturo, of Culver City, Calif., protests against the government shutdown outside the federal building in Los Angeles on Oct. 2, 2013. The election of 2014 is an election of contradictions. A surly electorate holds President Barack Obama in low regard and gives Congress even worse marks, yet for all their anger, a historic few are motivated enough to vote and those that do are poised to “keep the bums in.”

    2016ers jockey even before congressional elections

    One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House. With control of the Senate at stake, the months leading up to the mid-term elections offer a clearer window on a crowd of potential presidential candidates already jockeying for position from Nevada to New Hampshire. Their cross-country...



    Scouting DuPage County girls swimming

    Here's a qucik look at high school girls swimming in DuPage County this fall.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com ¬ Phoebe Havenaar of Naperville Central goes up for a block during the Naperville North at Naperville Central girls volleyball gameThursday.

    Big money, big smarts and a summer’s worth of success

    We’ve got some catching up to do. Here’s an effort at due diligence on some things that went down during the summer.

    Former Bears head coach Mike Ditka talks with George McCaskey, chairman of the board of the Bears, at Soldier Field.

    Imrem: It’s easy these days to appreciate the McCaskeys

    Recent embarrassments involving Jim Irsay and Jerry Jones inspire a new appreciation of the McCaskeys as people, and maybe even as owners of the Bears.


    Girls tennis: Tuesday’s results
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Tuesday, Sept. 21.


    Girls volleyball: Tuesday’s results
    Here are high school girls volleyball results from Tuesday, Sept. 2.


    Girls golf: Tuesday’s results
    Results of girls golf meets from Tuesday, Sept. 2.


    Girls cross country: Tuesday’s results
    Here are high school girls cross country results from Tuesday, Sept. 2.


    Boys soccer: Tuesday’s results
    Here are high school boys soccer results from Tuesday, Sept. 2.


    Boys golf: Tuesday’s results
    Results of boys golf meets from Tuesday, Sept. 1.


    Boys cross country: Tuesday’s results
    Here are high school boys cross country results from Tuesday, Sept. 2.

    The White Sox’s Tyler Flowers, right, is congratulated by Marcus Semien following his two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Lester Oliveros in the 10th inning of Tuesday night’s game in Minneapolis. The White Sox won 6-3.

    Flowers’ 2 homers lift White Sox over Twins 6-3

    Tyler Flowers’ first career multi-homer game lifted the Chicago White Sox to a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in 10 innings on Tuesday night. Dayan Viciedo broke a 3-all tie in the 10th with a solo homer off reliever Lester Oliveros (0-1). Flowers followed with his second two-run shot of the night later in the inning as the White Sox won for just the fourth time in their last 14 games. After rookie slugger Kennys Vargas gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead in the first with a 423-foot homer, Flowers tied it in the second with his first longball of the night.

    Fremd’s Carly Roberts sets the ball at the net in front of Hersey’s Liz Fuerst during Tuesday’s volleyball match at Fremd in Palatine.

    Hersey heats up, edges Fremd

    Due to the humidity outside, the Fremd gymnasium was awfully hot. So was the action on the volleyball floor. In a decisive third game that was tied at every point to 10, and a total of 13 times, the final point came when junior Liz Fuerst leapt high near the outside pole and put down a kill to clinch a 26-24, 20-25, 25-23 victory for the Huskies.

    Luke Donald, who was not one of the captain’s picks for the upcoming Ryder Cup, has been on Europe’s last four winning squads, and he has won 70 percent of his matches.

    Donald fails to make cut

    These are not the best of times for Luke Donald even though his last tournament round was a great one — a 67 to conclude the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday in Boston.“A nice round but a disappointing season on the PGA Tour,” the former Northwestern star and former world No. 1 said via Twitter. “Have never worked harder, so hopefully that was a glimpse of things to come.”

    Jorge Soler watches his RBI single during the Cubs’ 4-run first inning Tuesday night. Starlin Castro sprained his left ankle scoring on the play.

    Cubs’ call-ups don’t include Bryant

    Tuesday brought a mixed bag of news for the Cubs' "core" players. First baseman Anthony Rizzo may miss the rest of the season with a back strain, and shortstop Starlin Castro sprained his ankle in the game against the Brewers. Top prospect Kris Bryant was not among September call-ups, but team president Theo Epstein was stressing the long term.


    High expectations again for North Central College

    Many of the names may be different, but the results are expected to be more of the same in the CCIW this year.


    Girls golf / Lake County roundup

    Coming off a 16-3 season a year ago, Carmel Catholic’s girls golf team continues to show no letup.Juniors Alexa Amato and Kayla Ryan each shot a 41, as the Corsairs improved to 3-0 by posting a 175 in beating Palatine (214) at Palatine Hills Golf Course on Tuesday.Carmel also counted Erin Kehoe’s 45 and Daniella Savovich’s 48.Libertyville d. Highland Park: At Highland Park Golf Course, the visiting Wildcats shot a 178 to edge the Giants by 1 stroke.Simone Mikaelian led Libertyville with a 40, followed by Megan Sturonas (43), Jessica Lovinger (47) and Katherine Stegman (48).“Can’t get any closer,” coach Greg Pedersen said after his Wildcats improved to 5-0. “Our kids have been doing what it takes to get victories. Highland Park’s kids are really improving.”Kelli Ono of Highland Park was the medalist with a 38.Stevenson d. Warren: At Bittersweet, the Patriots shot a 186 to defeat the host Blue Devils (207).Olivia Stomberg’s 44 paced Stevenson, which also counted 46s from Surya Vijayasankar and Alexia Fidman and a 50 from Stephanie Namkoong.Warren’s Erica Price was the medalist with a 38.Lake Forest d. Mundelein: At Countryside, Emily Young’s 39 led the visiting Scouts (180 to victory.Mundelein (199) received a 43 from Megan Wiese and a 49 from Jennifer Dimitriou.Lake Zurich d. Lakes: At Countryside, Aine Mattera shot a winning 43 and the Bears (200) defeated the Eagles (269).Lakes got a 55 from Gretchen Metzger.


    Gomez, Mundelein handle Carmel

    Armando Gomez scored 3 goals and added an assist, as Mundelein’s boys soccer team defeated Carmel 6-2 on Tuesday.


    Parola powers a Mundelein victory

    Brett Parola fired an even-par 36, and Mundelein’s boys golf team counted four scores in the 30s in posting a pair of wins at Steeple Chase Golf Club on Tuesday.


    Boomers blast their way to 8-3 win

    The Schaumburg Boomers set a league record for home wins by rallying for an 8-3 victory Tuesday night over the visiting Normal CornBelters, while also setting a single-season attendance record.


    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, Sept. 2

    Boys soccer: Fox Valley roundup Tuesday, Sept. 2


    Meet Montini offensive lineman Grant Branch and a look at other aspects of DuPage County high school football.


    Prairie Ridge brushes aside Jacobs

    It was a night Jacobs girls volleyball coach Lisa Dwyer would like to forget ever happened. Sluggish and mistake-prone throughout the entire evening, the Golden Eagles were overpowered by Prairie Ridge 25-17, 25-18 in Fox Valley Conference action in Crystal Lake Tuesday night.


    Curylo, Palatine produce against Glenbrook S.

    Goals from Tyler Curylo and Colin O’Meara had host Palatine leading 2-0 up within the first 12 minutes. It didn’t get much easier for the visitors. The Pirates (2-0-0) went on to completely dominate the first period in handing Glenbrook South a 5-1 nonconference loss Tuesday night on the turf at Chic Anderson Stadium.

    St. Charles North’s Audrey Ernst leads and wins the girls varsity run at the Elgin Invite cross country meet at Lords Park in Elgin on Tuesday.

    St. Charles North freshman Ernst excels at Elgin meet

    The rest of the field at the Elgin City Classic cross country meet may not have known much about St. Charles North freshman Audrey Ernst before Tuesday, but they certainly do now. Ernst made quite a splash in her varsity debut at Lords Park, exploding onto the scene to win the girls’ individual title by more than 27 seconds over second place finisher Gabby Juarez from Streamwood with a time of 18:02.4.

    Carmel’s Mamie Kenar dives for a ball against Lake Zurich on Tuesday in Mundelein.

    Schofield, Kepski key for Carmel

    Two of the key players in Carmel Catholic’s lineup will be playing at the next level. Slugger Gracie Schofield will be headed to Drake University, while libero extraordinaire Sierra Kepski will be off to IUPUI in Indianapolis. On Tuesday night, both seniors hit 13 on the nose in their specialties — 13 kills for Schofield and 13 digs for Kepski. It’s early in the volleyball season, but Carmel may have served notice that this Corsairs team is built for the long haul. Carmel blitzed a young Lake Zurich squad 25-14, 25-19 to improve to 2-0.


    St. Charles East handles West Chicago

    Depending on how long St. Charles East lasts in the postseason — judging by the impressive early returns it could be awhile — the Saints should end up playing somewhere around 35 to 40 matches this year. Somehow only five of those will take place on their home court, which is a bit of a shame considering the number of fans the Saints draw and the raucous atmosphere. St. Charles East made the first of those five home games count Tuesday, sweeping West Chicago 25-16, 25-18 in front of a large and loud home crowd.


    Marmion, St. Edward’s Mattas shine at Elgin Country Club

    The Elgin Country Club golf course played nicely to one of its members and to a bunch of first-timers on Tuesday at the 18-team Country Club Invite, hosted by South Elgin. St. Edward junior Michael Mattas, an ECC member, shot a career-low 69 to win the individual title while Marmion, which didn’t have a single player who had ever seen the 6,500-yard layout, captured the team championship with a 318 on a perfect day for golf.


    Rodon won’t be joining White Sox — for now

    Before Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, the White Sox added seven minor-league players to their expanded September roster, and pitcher Carlos Rodon — the team's first-round pick in June — isn't among them even though he has breezed through three levels of the minor leagues after signing on July 11.

    Neuqua Valley’s Kaelan Haag, left, and Anne Botos, right, attempt to defend a Metea Valley spike during girls volleyball action in Naperville.

    Neuqua gets to Metea early this season

    We have a ways to go before we learn whether Metea Valley can indeed defend its Upstate Eight Conference Valley title, but it took just one match this season to make it clear the Mustangs’ path to a repeat will not be an easy one.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comGlenbard West's Ben Marcus wraps up Wheaton Warrenville South's Keishawn Watson.

    Week 1 showed why high school football is so much fun

    Yes, folks, that big blast of craziness was only Week 1. The question is, can Eyes on Five handle eight more of these things? It sure will be fun finding out!


    Fremd extends winning momentum

    Fremd’s girls cross country team is banking on a strong track season to spring the Vikings forward this fall. Senior Ayaiko Higuchi took third in the 1,600 at the Class 3A state meet last spring, and the Vikings’ 3,200 relay team also captured an eighth-place medal. Fremd picked up where it left off, running to an easy 18-43 Mid-Suburban Crossover duel victory over visiting Buffalo Grove at Harper College on Tuesday.

    Khaila Donaldson leaps for a kill during regional play against Conant at Buffalo Grove during her playing days at Stevenson. Donaldson is now excelling at Howard University.

    Donaldson quickly delivers at Howard

    Former Stevenson star Khaila Donaldson, a freshman outside hitter for Howard University, has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women’s volleyball rookie of the week.

    Roger Federer, of Switzerland, pumps his fist after winning the second set against Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Roger Federer back into US Open quartefinals

    NEW YORK — Pushing forward whenever possible, Roger Federer got back to the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 10th time in 11 years with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain on Tuesday night.The one exception in that run of Flushing Meadows quarterfinals came in 2013, when Federer lost to Tommy Robredo in the fourth round. That was part of a stretch in which the 17-time Grand Slam title winner was bounced before the quarters three times in the span of four majors. But things are different these days for the 33-year-old Federer. He’s no longer bothered by a bad back. And he’s no longer fiddling with trying to find the right racket, having settled on a new model with a larger head that he seems to be enjoying.At Wimbledon in July, he got to his first Grand Slam final in two years, and even though he lost that match to Novak Djokovic, it signaled a real resurgence. On a windy evening against Bautista Agut, Federer moved well and won the point on 35 of 52 trips to the net.“I’m happy I’m able to come forward now because ... coming to net requires a lot of agility and explosivity and all that stuff — and I have it back,” said Federer, a five-time champion at Flushing Meadows. “I’m happy I’m feeling good at net, too, because you’ve got to anticipate some and read some and it’s working really well. So I hope I can keep it up.”Federer was broken only once, part of a three-game run for Bautista Agut that took the score from 5-1 to 5-4 in the first set. But Federer had no trouble the second time he tried to serve out that set, which he ended with a pair of aces.In all, the second-seeded Federer needed less than two hours to improve to 25-1 in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium. This was Bautista Agut’s first such occasion in the imposing, 23,771-capacity arena.“Night session is very, very special here in New York,” Federer said in an on-court interview.Federer is 71-9 overall at the U.S. Open, tying Pete Sampras and Bill Tilden for the fifth-most match wins in tournament history behind Jimmy Connors’ 98. Federer’s .888 winning percentage is second behind the .910 of Tilden, who went 71-7 and won seven championships in the 1920s.In Thursday’s quarterfinals, Federer will play 20th-seeded Gael Monfils of France.Federer has won seven of their nine past meetings, including at a hard-court tuneup tournament in Mason, Ohio, last month.“He’s one of the most exciting and entertaining players out there,” Federer said, “so I think we can get ready for some good points — some good retrieving by him, some attacking by me.”


    Smooth smart for confident BG

    Buffalo Grove’s boys cross country team had its share of adversity last year, so this year the Bison are looking for a smoother ride. BG had no problems Tuesday in its Mid-Suburban League opener, a divisional crossover against Fremd. The Bison cruised to a 19-42 victory at Harper College.


    Dundee-Crown blanks Kaneland

    Early in the second half, Kaneland trailed Dundee-Crown, 1-0. Felippe Speraggi had a wide-open shot that would have tied the game, but hit the crossbar. A couple minutes later, Julian Ajroja scored at the other end, giving the Chargers a 2-0 lead. D-C made it stand up for the nonconference boys soccer victory in Carpentersville Tuesday.

    Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jordan Mills (67) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Cleveland. Chicago won 38-31. (AP Photo/David Richard)

    Mills eager to get back at it for Bears

    Second-year offensive right tackle Jordan Mills missed the entire preseason with a foot injury, but he's confident he will make a smooth transition back into the starting lineup Sunday in the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field.


    Source: Broncos’ Welker banned 4 games for amphetamines

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was suspended for the first four games of the National Football League season after testing positive for amphetamines, a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy, according to a person with direct knowledge of the penalty. Welker, 33, is a five-time All-Pro entering his second year with the Broncos.

    Cubs first-baseman Anthony Rizzo could be knocked out for the rest of the season by a bad back. “We’re going to be cautious with him,” said Cubs President Theo Epstein.

    Bad back could knock Rizzo out for rest of season

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was diagnosed Tuesday with what the team said is a mild low-back strain. Rizzo could miss up to 10 more days, and it's even possible he could not play for the rest of the season.

    Gael Monfils, of France, reacts after defeating Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Monfils beats Dimitrov, into quarters of U.S. Open

    Gael Monfils, a flashy Frenchman known more for his shot-making than results, beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010. The 20th-seeded Monfils pounded his chest and extended his arms after the seventh-seeded Dimitrov double-faulted on match point.

    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay enters Hamilton County court in Noblesville, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Irsay is scheduled to appear in court for a change-of-plea hearing on drug-related charges he faces from a traffic stop in March. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    NFL suspends Colts owner Irsay for 6 games

    The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop.

    Rice quarterback Driphus Jackson is tackled by Notre Dame defensive end Sheldon Day during an NCAA football game with Notre Dame Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Irish look to improve secondary play vs. Michigan

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is sounding a bit this week like the prison warden in the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke,” who famously said: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”Fighting Irish safeties Max Redfield and Elijah Shumate failed to make sure the Notre Dame secondary was lined up correctly against Rice, leading to several big plays by the Owls last week before Notre Dame won 48-17.“We’ve got to get these guys communicating better back there,” Kelly said.

    Appalachian State defensive back Treyon Garnett (16) fails to stop Michigan running back Derrick Green (27) in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Michigan won 52-14. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

    Michigan power running game looks like glory days

    Michigan might have a running attack again. One game isn’t enough to make anything official, especially against an Appalachian State team that is a shadow of the 2007 Mountaineers who stunned the Wolverines at the Big House. Still, there are promising signs that coach Brady Hoke might have found a tailback combination that is going to give Michigan the sort of power rushing game that was a staple under Bo Schembechler and Lloyd Carr.

    Michigan State defensive end Demetrius Cooper chases Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins Friday in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State visits Oregon Saturday in the first matchup of top 10 teams this season.

    Big week for Big Ten to strengthen playoff resumes

    It’s a marquee week for the Big Ten. Michigan State visits Oregon, Michigan goes to Notre Dame and Ohio State hosts Virginia Tech. The three high-profile matchups give the conference a good chance to make a statement early in the season, which may be more important than ever with the new playoff format. A 13-person committee will select the final four teams who get a chance to play for the national championship at the end of this season. So getting quality wins before a conference season that is perceived to be not as competitive as those in the SEC, Big 12 and PAC 12 will be crucial. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he is rooting for all the Big Ten teams this weekend.

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly looks at the scoreboard late in an Irish victory over Rice in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame faces Michigan on Saturday.

    Kelly: 5 Notre Dame players remain out for now

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says there is no change in the status of five players who were investigated by the university for possible cheating. Kelly said Tuesday the status of those five players could change quickly if he receives word they are eligible to play. Kelly said last week that the investigation is complete and the cases were in the hands of the school’s code of honor committee.

    Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, hands a towel back to a ball person after wiping sweat from his face during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York.

    Take my sweat, please: Tennis’ gross ritual

    In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness: the passing of the sweat-soaked towel. Players call for a towel in the middle of a game, and they quickly wipe the sweat from their faces, necks, arms and legs. And then they casually toss the sweaty rag back to the barehanded ballkid. Take my sweat, please. Longtime observers of the sport say it’s enough to put the eeeewwww in U.S. Open.

    Is quarterback Jay Cutler finally ready to lead to Bears to a long playoff run this season?

    Imrem: Time for Bears' Cutler to show he's all grown up

    Jay Cutler isn't a kid anymore. If the Bears' want to fulfill their championship aspirations anytime soon, their quarterback will have to play like he's all grown up, Mike Imrem says. And why not? Cutler has the right head coach in Marc Trestman, a talented supporting cast and a franchise quarterback's contract.


    Rows of slimline seats await installation aboard a Southwest Airlines 737 at the carrier’s headquarters in Dallas. “Seats are getting closer together,” says Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents 60,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines.

    It’s no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

    Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging into tray tables, every inch counts.

    Intimate photos of Jennifer Lawrence were apparently stolen and posted online. It has made people reconsider the safety of cloud services.

    Celebrities’ nude shots removed from some websites

    Apple said Tuesday its engineers have determined that hackers breached individual accounts, stealing some celebrities' intimate photos, but didn’t obtain general access to a pair of its services, iCloud and Find my iPhone. While the tech giant released the results after it said it conducted 40 hours of investigation, law enforcement inquiries likely will take days or weeks to complete.

    Concerns over weaker global economic growth appeared to outweigh a pair of strong reports on the U.S. economy Tuesday, nudging stocks to a tiny loss.

    U.S. stock market ends slightly lower

    Concerns over weaker global growth appeared to overshadow strong reports about the U.S. economy Tuesday, nudging the stock market to a tiny loss. Crude prices sank 3 percent, pulling down stocks of oil producers. Small-companies, which have fewer ties to the world economy, made gains. Meanwhile, the dollar reached a one-year high against the euro.

    What do you do if you're a celebrity and nude pictures you happened to store in the cloud are suddenly all over the Internet? There's denial, as in former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice's tweet: “Those so-called nudes of me are FAKE people.” It's irrelevant: morons on this Reddit thread will still salivate over the pictures. For their purposes, there's no such thing as fake porn.

    Apple isn't responsible for your nude selfies

    What do you do if you're a celebrity and nude pictures you happened to store in the cloud are suddenly all over the Internet? We've seen the full spectrum of possible reactions, only one of which makes sense.There's denial, as in former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice's tweet: “Those so-called nudes of me are FAKE people.”


    Aircell Rebrands as Gogo Business Aviation

    Lisle-based Gogo Inc., a global aero-communications service provider, announces that Aircell, the company’s business aviation division, has rebranded as Gogo Business Aviation.

    U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. The moderating price increases could help support sales.

    U.S. home prices rose at slower pace in July

    U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. The moderating price increases could help support sales. Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices rose 7.4 percent in July from July 2013. That was slightly below June's year-over-year increase of 7.5 percent and far below a recent peak of 11.9 percent in February.

    Revel Casino Hotel opened with a bang a little more than two years ago amid high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market.

    Revel casino goes dark after just 2 years

    Revel Casino Hotel opened with a bang a little more than two years ago amid high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market. But the $2.4 billion resort went out with a whimper in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday, as its casino closed one day after the hotel checked out its last guest.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon has pledged billions of dollars to improve compliance and cybersecurity. That’s not stopping regulators from treating the bank as if it were riskier than ever.

    Regulators treating JPMorgan as riskier than ever

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon has pledged billions of dollars to improve compliance and cybersecurity. That’s not stopping regulators from treating the bank as if it were riskier than ever.

    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a judge with the start of the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.

    Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a judge with the start of the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved. The trial begins Tuesday in federal court and comes just over 13 months after Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy. Bill Nowling, spokesman for Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, said the city expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion.

    Chinese women walk past a McDonald’s sign in Beijing. McDonald’s Corp. appointed a China food safety chief and is stepping up surprise audits of suppliers after an expired meat scandal led it and other restaurant chains to pull products.

    McDonald’s steps up surprise checks to lure back china diners

    McDonald’s Corp. appointed a China food safety chief and is stepping up surprise audits of suppliers after an expired meat scandal led it and other restaurant chains to pull products. The newly created position has authority to veto food sourcing or production decisions upon any concerns,

    Dollar General Corp. raised its offer for smaller rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. after an initial proposal was rejected in favor of a lower bid on antitrust concerns.

    Dollar General increases Family Dollar offer in takeover tussle

    Dollar General Corp. raised its offer for smaller rival Family Dollar Stores Inc. after an initial proposal was rejected in favor of a lower bid on antitrust concerns. Dollar General offered to pay $80 a share in cash, it said today in a statement, compared with an initial $78.50 bid.

    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor landed a $1.2 million job at the investment bank Moelis & Co., pulling down more money than his Tea Party-backed opponent spent defeating him in a Republican primary.

    Ex-Republican leader Cantor lands $1.2 million job at investment bank

    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor landed a $1.2 million job at the investment bank Moelis & Co., pulling down more money than his Tea Party-backed opponent spent defeating him in a Republican primary. The base salary for “providing strategic counsel” to the firm: $400,000. He’s set to receive an “initial cash payment” of $400,000 and $1 million in stock, according to the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Life & Entertainment


    Baby’s name won’t change family’s sad past

    She is pregant with her first child and her family wants the baby named after a relative who committed suicide. Carolyn Hax says this baby won't change the guilt family feels.

    Nigel Bennett, guitarist and singer, will perform with the veteran U.K. punk group the Members this weekend in Lombard.

    Weekend picks: U.K. punks Members still 'sound of the suburbs'

    The Members, a witty and energetic punk band from England, toured incessantly and put out a number of records, including the famous anthem, “The Sound of the Suburbs,” before breaking up in 1983. The Members re-formed eight years ago, but they're back in the U.S. for the first time in decades. Come hail Chicago native and comedian Denise Ramsden for a series of standup performances at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Grammy Award-winning country mega star Garth Brooks is back in a big way with his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood, which launches at the Allstate Arena. Catch the Moody Blues in concert Friday at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

    Reuven Gershon performed “Come Together” as John Lennon in the rock musical “Let It Be” on Broadway in 2013. The musical celebration of the Beatles, currently playing in London’s West End on a return engagement, plays the Rosemont Theatre for two shows at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21.

    Beatles tribute bound for Rosemont

    "Let it Be," a London and Broadway tribute to the music of The Beatles, comes to the Rosemont Theatre for two shows on Saturday, Feb. 21. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

    Hungry? A full slab of ribs with sides of cornbread and macaroni and cheese at Rock 'n Ribs BBQ in Lake Zurich will fill you up. Not that hungry? Order a third of a rack.

    Barbecue hogs the spotlight at Rock 'n Ribs in Lake Zurich

    Rock 'n Ribs BBQ's recent arrival in Lake Zurich handily fills an underserved segment in the town's dining scene. This is the first restaurant for owners Alice and Terry Banach, whose rib recipe has earned top marks at a couple of local rib competitions. On a recent visit, the baby pork ribs and beef briskey sandwich were rave-worthy.

    Canadian police say Justin Bieber has been charged Tuesday with dangerous driving and assault after a collision between a minivan and an ATV led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police say that the incident happened Friday afternoon near Bieber’s hometown of Stratford.

    Ontario police: Bieber charged with assault over photo incident

    Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after he was arrested on charges of dangerous driving and assault following a collision Friday between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation involving a photographer, his lawyer said Tuesday. Ontario Provincial Police would only say the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan “engaged in a physical altercation,” Friday afternoon near Bieber’s hometown of Stratford.

    Joan Rivers’ family confirmed Tuesday that the comic is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor’s office.

    Family: Joan Rivers on life support

    Joan Rivers’ family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor’s office. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Tuesday that her mother is on life support “at this time.” Melissa said the family is extremely grateful for the public support.


    Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, dead at 63

    Jimi Jamison, who sang lead on Survivor hits such as “Burning Heart” and “Is This Love,” has died. He was 63. Booking agent Sally Irwin said Tuesday that Jamison died last weekend of an apparent heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Producer Chris Moore, left, talks with Point Park University Cinema Arts Associate Professor Nelson Chipman, on the set of Anna Martemucci’s film, “Hollidaysburg,”in Carnegie, Pa., on March 15. Television network Starz debuts a TV reality series “The Chair” on Sept. 6. The series documents the production of two separate movies using the same script. “Hollidaysburg” is Martemucci’s version, and the other version directed by Shane Dawson, is called “Not Cool.” Those two Pittsburgh-shot movies will then subsequently have theatrical and digital releases. “The Chair” will air in one-hour installments each Saturday through mid-November.

    Different movies, same script? ‘The Chair’ focuses on directors’ views

    Viewers of a new reality show will soon find out what happens when two fledgling directors are given $850,000 to direct their own movies from the same script. “The Chair” debuts Sept. 6 on the cable network Starz and documents the making of both movies. The show will be followed shortly after by the theatrical and digital releases of the two movies at the center of the docuseries. The 10-week series will air in one-hour installments each Saturday through mid-November.

    Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in Washington, where he was accused of punching a man who tried to join a picture the singer was taking with two women outside a hotel.

    Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington

    Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in Washington, where he was accused of punching a man who tried to join a picture the singer was taking with two women outside a hotel. Brown was sentenced to time served on Tuesday. He had been in jail for two days in the case.

    Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher announced Monday that they are expecting their first child.

    Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

    Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child. Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood’s publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring.

    Salting and draining the eggplants and tomatoes removes excess water, which not only makes for a meatier texture, it also concentrates the flavors in this crostini appetizer.

    Tangy Tomato-Eggplant Crostini
    Tangy Tomato Eggplant Crostini is an easy way to eat more vegetables.

    A slice of Heavenly Chocolate Cake has less than 200 calories and a smidgen of cholesterol.

    Heavenly Chocolate Cake
    Heavenly Chocolate Cake uses olive oil, sugar substitute to get calories below 200 per slice.

    A slice of Heavenly Chocolate Cake has less than 200 calories and a smidgen of cholesterol.

    Eat right, live well: Best oil for baking isn't the best for sauteing

    You want to eat healthier, but how do you choose an oil to incorporate into your diet? According to the science, there is no one “best” oil. All oils have 9 calories per gram (45 calories per teaspoon), and all contain different ratios of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fat. Oils consisting primarily of mono and/or poly unsaturated oils still are favored for heart health.

    Salting and draining the eggplants and tomatoes removes excess water, which not only makes for a meatier texture, it also concentrates the flavors in this crostini appetizer.

    An easy 2-step process to get more from veggies

    Want to get the most out of your late summer tomatoes and eggplants? Try the simple two-step prep we use for these easy crostini. Start by salting and draining the eggplants and tomatoes. This removes excess water, which not only makes for a meatier texture, it also concentrates the flavors. After the draining, the vegetables are roasted, which caramelizes their natural sugars, further deepening the flavors. The result is incredibly rich and naturally sweet.

    American country singer-songwriter and musician Brad Paisley cranks up the fun and avoids controversy on his new album “Moonshine in the Trunk.”

    Brad Paisley turns up the fun on latest album

    Brad Paisley is taking control of the conversation about Brad Paisley with the release of his new album, “Moonshine in the Trunk.” The unexpected criticism he and rapper LL Cool J received over the song “Accidental Racist” still stings, and Paisley says he still feels betrayed. “I’m not going to take it when they tell me, ‘You shouldn’t have done that.’ I’m a musician. Don’t tell me I shouldn’t have done that. I am going to say what I want to say, and this album is what I want to say right now.”


    From one once bullied, how not to raise a bully today

    While Carolyn Hax is away, readers give advice on how not to raise a bully, and siblings who don't help with an eldery parent's care.


    Dining events: Free kids’ meal at Francesca’s

    Prove that you’re not a fool with pickup carryout meals at Francesca’s Restaurants. Now through next Tuesday, get a free kids’ meal with purchase of an adult entree.

    Dana Delany and Ron Perlman star in “Hand of God,” where Perlman plays a judge who believes God is guiding him after his family is attacked. Amazon started streaming it online on Aug. 28.

    Amazon seeks to reach viewers with ‘Hand of God’

    The gutsy drama, "Hand of God," with Ron Perlman playing a judge who believes God is guiding him after an attack on his family, is among the latest batch of potential series that Amazon started streaming online Aug. 28. The Internet retail giant took a cue from Netflix last year and started producing its own shows. Which shows become full series will depend on audience response.

    Kayjanet Moore, 18, is currently pregnant with a boy and considering future options for birth control. Colorado officials believe a sustained effort to offer low-income women low-cost long-acting reversible contraception has led to a sharp drop in teen pregnancy.

    Colorado’s policy leads to stunning drop in teen births

    Between 2007 and 2012, Colorado saw the highest percentage drop in birth rates among teens 15 to 19 in the country, according to a report released recently by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. During that time, its teen birth rates dropped 39 percent compared to 29 percent nationwide. Abortion rates in the state among teens fell 35 percent between 2009 and 2012 and are falling nationally, as well.

    If your running is slowing down as you get older, it may have more to do with biomechanics than your age.

    Older runners can see how they run — and then fix it

    Every runner slows some over the years. But people tend to chalk up all plummeting performance to age, when often much of the problem is biomechanical — and fixable.

    In “Bad Feminist: Essays,” Roxane Gay argues that she needn’t fit a mythologized image of a feminist in order to fight against institutional sexism, pay inequity, the cult of beauty, attacks on reproductive freedom and so on.

    ‘Bad Feminist’ essays are sharp, funny

    Roxane Gay may call herself a bad feminist — she cops to loving pink and dancing to misogynist music — but she is a strong writer. In her new collection of essays, “Bad Feminist,” Gay argues that she needn’t fit a mythologized image of a feminist in order to fight against institutional sexism, pay inequity, the cult of beauty, attacks on reproductive freedom and so on. The essays range from the humorous — an account of her unwitting entry into the cutthroat world of competitive Scrabble — to the weighty issue of acknowledging privilege.

    Regular eye exams can help catch vision issues. Especially with glaucoma, it’s important to catch some eye conditions early.

    How to protect your vision as you age

    Our eyes provide us with a window on the world, but that window gets a little foggy and fragile as we age. Close-up vision blurs, and cataracts lie ahead for many. So what can you do to keep your eyes working? Doctors say you can do a few things to lower your risk for — or at least slow the progression of — some age-related problems.

    “Pretty Little Liars” star Sasha Pieterse posted an Instagram photo of hairstylist Kim Ferry, a Gurnee native, styling her hair.

    'Pretty Little Liars' stylist started her career in Lake County

    Gurnee native Kim Ferry has styled the hair of some of Hollywood's biggest stars, on some of the most popular TV programs. She's now the head of the hair department on ABC Family's “Pretty Little Liars.” Off the set, the Warren Township High School alumna and mother of two runs her own business, is active in the union, and volunteers for the St. Baldricks cancer charity in memory of her mother.


    Barrington High School became the latest suburban school to change its calendar to end the first semester before, not after, winter break.

    Editorial: The shift to a school calendar that makes sense

    In an editorial, the Daily Herald says the shift to an academic calendar that ends first semester before winter break makes sense and should be implemented at all high schools.


    Show concern for what’s more important
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The Sept. 1 letter by Laurel Anderson (“Police have right to defend themselves”), in which Ms. Anderson so flippantly dismisses the death of an 18-year-old young man, but then goes on at length mournfully describing and condemning the destruction of property, is almost a perfect example of white privilege.


    It’s not the protesters, it’s drivers who gawk
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: I am not a big fan of persons or groups that choose to use the highways and overpasses to promote their cause or political agendas, but they should be no more distracting than the signs or electronic billboards we see every day. Let’s put the blame for traffic congestion and backups in these cases where it belongs.


    The troubling new slant on story of Israel

    Columnist Michael Gerson: In a recent essay, Matti Friedman, a reporter for The Associated Press in Jerusalem between 2006 and 2011, recalls being forced to weave a different story: of Israeli oppression and Palestinian victimhood.


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