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  • World Cup fandom that's beyond rose-colored glasses Jul 1, 2014 4:56 AM
    The success and hopes for the U.S. team has Americans seeing the World Cup through new eyes this time around. But will any fans see matches through red-white-and-blue contact lenses? Online shoppers can buy USA lenses featuring some white stars on a blue background with a few red and white stripes for about 25 bucks.

  • Barrington swimmer helps others achieve dreams Jun 29, 2014 10:09 AM
    After coming close to swimming the English Channel, Barrington's Don Macdonald had to scale back his goals due to a nearly fatal heart ailment. Instead, he merely kayaked around Manhattan Island on Saturday.

  • Gambling U.S. soccer fans put money where mouth is Jun 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    You know soccer is making gains in the United States when gamblers treat a World Cup match as if it were a NBA playoff game. Vegas is rooting for the U.S. team to advance but is praying for the team to stop short of winning the whole thing. “There have been lines,” says David Pemberton, director of specialty games for Caesars Entertainment, explaining how World Cup gamblers flock to the betting windows a half-hour before each match. “There is a ton of action on the day.”

  • Foster kids finally find love, family with their two dads Jun 22, 2014 8:03 AM
    After bouncing from one traditional family foster home to another as wards of the state, Braiden and Michael finally found a permanent home with foster parents who adopted them. The kids celebrated Saturday as their dads got married. “Before I lived with my two dads, my life was horrible,” Braiden wrote in her journal. “I moved five times until my dad and daddy found me.”

  • When contest fails, friends come through for disabled Schaumburg child Jun 19, 2014 5:32 AM
    After their contest entry didn't win Jeff and Stacy Fulkerson a handicap-accessible van they need for their son, James, friends and loved ones organized a benefit. Wednesday, a new van arrived for James, who also is the 2014 face for the Epilepsy Warriors Foundation. “The Fulkersons are a wonderful family,” says Nikki Weiland, client relations manager for Mobility Works. “These families deserve any help they get.”

  • World Cup won’t be mocked among fans in Schaumburg Jun 17, 2014 5:21 AM
    In 1994, Burt Constable wrote a front-page column mocking the World Cup under the headline, "Does anybody care?" Twenty years later, not only is the World Cup a big deal in the suburbs, but he cares enough to get updates on Iran vs. Nigeria just to get me pumped up for that U.S. vs. Ghana match, for which fans cheered in Schaumburg.

  • Being a good dad may start with a Band-Aid, suburban father says Jun 16, 2014 10:09 AM
    Having researched, studied and practiced proven, long-term strategies in pursuit of molding better dads, fatherhood guru David Hirsch of Barrington still has a soft spot for the Band-Aid approach. “Carry a Band-Aid in your wallet,” says Hirsch.

  • For Goldman’s family, trial always more than O.J. ‘circus’ Jun 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    The riveting low-speed chase starring the white Bronco; the sensational cable TV news coverage; the trial spectacle; the birth of the Kardashians -- the O.J. Simpson case changed our world. But for the sister of victim Ron Goldman of Buffalo Grove, "it was just about my brother.”

  • How Hinsdale single mom’s food pantry visit led to college degree Jun 10, 2014 1:37 PM
    A single mom with two daughters, one with life-threatening disablities, Ellen Tucker went to a mobile food pantry in Hinsdale for help. She came home with a meal, a mentor and the help that led her to her college degree, grad school and plans for a career. “I’m in a much better place now than when I met them,” Tucker says of the people she connected with through that trip to the pantry.

  • Suburban women work to restore famous trotter Greyhound's glory Jun 8, 2014 8:10 AM
    A legendary horse during the Great Depression, the trotter Greyhound died in 1965 and was buried in St. Charles. Two local women, who want to make sure the horse gets his due, lovingly dismantled Greyhound's stall in Maple Park board by board so it could be rebuilt for a museum display. “It's a great story of true passion and dedication beyond the wonderful story of Greyhound,” says Janet T. Terhune, director of the museum.

  • Radio move from WGN fouls up 'Go, Cubs, Go' anthem Jun 4, 2014 5:47 PM
    Like all Cubs changes in my lifetime, the radio move from WGN to WBBM doesn't change the team's sorry record. It does, however, mess up they lyrics to my second-favorite Cubs song.

  • Graduations or playoff losses, end signals fresh start Jun 3, 2014 5:12 AM
    While we parents talk about graduations being bittersweet moments that surely will make us cry, it seems that few of us actually do. We don't have time to get too sentimental about the past because we are focused so much on the future. For many suburban graduates, commencement is merely the next step toward college, employment, military service or the life lesson that will follow high school.

  • Golf buddies aim to break 100 — at 103 and 98 Jun 1, 2014 6:45 AM
    The numbers on this golf course run together. The thermometer pushes 90. The scores approach 100. And the golfers soaking it all in are doing fine at ages 103 and 98. “Putters are good as canes, too,” says Dick Breeden, the 98-year-old, even if he doesn't need any help striding off the green at Arlington Lakes Golf Club in Arlington Heights after rolling in a 12-foot putt for a par. Veteran golfers get together every Tuesday and see if they can shoot their age. They are 103 and 98 years old.

  • Remembering Gina inspires suicide-prevention efforts May 29, 2014 4:48 PM
    This should have been a time of graduation parties for Gina Giancola of Arlington Heights. Instead, her family and friends work on Gina's Gallop, a day of running events in the girl's memory to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.

  • Tombstone in woods near Northbrook leads to tale of early suburbanite May 25, 2014 11:04 PM
    The body of George S. Schnabele was lowered into its final resting place 130 years ago. The tombstone marking that spot recently turned up in a forest preserve near Northbrook, causing its finder to wonder how it got there. “There’s a good likelihood the guy was buried there before the forest preserve bought it.”

  • A victim of war on drugs, hemp poised for Illinois comeback May 22, 2014 6:43 AM
    In every war, there is "collateral damage." In our war on drugs, hemp fell under attack. Now the Illinois legislature is moving toward revitalizing the plant once seen as patriotic. The tall, agricultural hemp once grown by farmers in Illinois is not the same as the leafy pot plants grown for medical marijuana or by illegal drug producers.

  • Champagne and caviar, heels and late nights: It's this Mount Prospect mom's job May 18, 2014 8:35 AM
    While many of us have gone from shoveling snow to mopping up flooded basements, Mount Prospect native Shari Duffy has been sipping champange, dancing the night away and hob-nobbing with beautiful people. Columnist Burt Constable writes that it's her job.

  • What happens in elevators doesn’t stay in elevators May 15, 2014 10:48 AM
    When Elisha Graves Otis sold his first elevator in 1853, he probably never envisioned that his invention would spawn viral videos of celebrity spats. But elevators are the perfect setting for the ups and downs of life.

  • 16 lives lost, but Everest still calls May 13, 2014 11:17 AM
    The avalanche of massive ice blocks crushed 16 sherpas a short walk from his tent, and mountain climber Joel Schauer of Hawthorn Woods says he's still working through the emotions of that morning.

  • Perfect Mother's Day gift? How about a breast-milk bank May 11, 2014 6:12 AM
    The suburbs boast the world record-holder for breast-milk donations, grieving moms who donate breast milk to premature infants in memory of their dead babies and a team of activists intent on opening the state's first breast-milk bank.

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