Protesters storm embassy in Yemen
Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East. Full story.
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Lake Forest teachers strike over salaries, benefits
As Chicago teachers continued their strike for a third straight day yesterday, teachers about 30 miles north in Lake Forest started their own strike. Lake Forest District 115 instructors walked out Wednesday less than a month after an impasse was declared for contract negotiations. The strike is over salary and benefit disputes that would be part of a three-year contract. About 1,700 students and 150 teachers are affected. Both the Lake Forest and Chicago strikes are expected to continue today. Full story.
Suburbs don't want to play train derailment odds
Daily Herald research after the July 4 train derailment in Glenview that killed Burton and Zorine Linder indicates that freight derailments occur on main line tracks an average of 13 times a year in Chicago and the suburbs. Although the region has been lucky not to have suffered a derailment involving a hazardous materials spill, some officials are calling for higher standards on tank cars. "There are enough (derailments) and we recognize how devastating they can be," Barrington Mayor Karen Darch said. "So many tank cars can be together in the same train, if they hit the wrong thing or happen to be in the wrong place and you've got a wall of fire ..." Full story.
Bail lowered for one suspect in 2011 Arlington Heights murder
A 20-year-old Chicago man who was charged in connection with the brutal murder of 55-year-old Arlington Heights resident George Nellessen has had his bail reduced to $20,000. Azari Braden remained in jail yesterday but could be released if he posts 10 percent of the bail. Nellessen's son, Mathew, Braden and two other Chicago men remain behind bars awaiting trial on charges related to the 2011 murder. Full story.
Vernon Hills man killed in motorcycle crash
A 27-year-old Vernon Hills man died yesterday after a motorcycle crash in Chicago. Police say a vehicle turned left in front of Alex Vilk's motorcycle, and Vilk was thrown from the bike after striking the side of the vehicle. Vilk is the second suburban man in his 20s to be killed in a motorcycle crash this week. Full story.
Former Lisle track coach charged with molesting Naperville boy
A former Lisle High School track coach has been charged with molesting a teenage boy at his most recent job as a trainer at Lifetime Fitness in Warrenville. Robert Theodore is accused of buying his young athletes expensive gifts and inviting them to sleepovers at his homes in Woodridge and Colorado, according to prosecutors. The 60-year-old Woodridge man was arrested Tuesday after a seven-month investigation. Full story.
Was Libya embassy attack planned for 9/11?
The Obama administration is investigating if the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador to Libya was orchestrated to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and not spontaneous outrage over an anti-Islam YouTube video. The U.S. is moving two warships to the Libyan coast carrying Tomahawk missiles to give commanders flexibility to conduct any mission the president might order. A U.S. intelligence official said the list of possible culprits in the attack "is narrowing." Full story.
Cloudy and cool with a high temperature of only 67 degrees this afternoon. Rain is expected to begin falling after noon, causing temperatures to drop this afternoon. It will be cloudy and only 64 when you head out the door this morning, then dip back to 54 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.
Construction continues in Crystal Lake on Pingree Road between Cog Circle and Grandview Drive. The road will remain closed until mid-October, and people are asked to use IL Route 31 between US Route 14 and Crystal Lake Avenue as a detour. Full story
Sox lose to Tigers
The White Sox lead in the A.L. Central dropped to a single game after dropping the third of four games to Detroit by a score of 8-6. If they lose again today, the Tigers and Sox will be in a tie for the division lead. Full story.
Soriano, Wood lead Cubs past Astros
Alfonso Soriano finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in two runs and Travis Wood allowed one run in 7 innings to lead the Cubs to a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros Wednesday night. Full story.
Cutler finally armed with weapons to duel Rodgers tonight
While the Bears offensive explosion last week might have been merely a tuneup versus a weak Colts defense, tonight is the night for Jay Cutler and his new weapon Brandon Marshall to prove they are contenders in the NFC. Tonight's nationally televised game at Lambeau Field pits Cutler against NFC North rival Aaron Rodgers, and for the first time the two gunslingers have a similar set of offensive talent around them. Cutler is 1-5 vs. the Packers. Full story.