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  • First-class selection from Maxi Priest Jul 20, 2014 5:00 AM
    There’s no time like summertime when it comes to releasing a collection of smooth reggae songs full of fire and soul, and Maxi Priest has just done that with the eagerly awaited “Easy to Love.” Almost a decade since his last studio album, the timing of this drop is perfect and will delight fans across the globe.

     
  • Mundelein Arts Festival Jul 20, 2014 3:39 PM
    The 4th annual Mundelein Arts Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., downtown Mundelein.

     
  • Cameron Diaz bares all in ‘Sex Tape’ Jul 20, 2014 5:00 AM
    Cameron Diaz does something she’s never done before in her movie, “Sex Tape,” now in theaters. She gets naked on camera. It’s a first for the 41-year-old actress, who described the experience to Esquire magazine as “just a part of the role.”

     
  • Doctors, nurses relying more on tablets in hospitals Jul 20, 2014 7:32 AM
    Hospital employees are increasingly using mobile devices -- tablets, smartphones, and occasionally wearable computers such as Google Glass -- to access electronic medical records, both at the patient’s bedside or in the operating room.

     
  • Hidden gems of the Dalmatian Coast: Stunning scenery, rich culture make these Adriatic ports worth a stop Jul 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    Mention the Dalmatian Coast and many travelers think of Dubrovnik, that popular tourist city heavily shelled following the breakup of Yugoslavia and since restored. But while this big sister steals the spotlight — and the drama — other ports continue to display their quiet charm through historic old towns, lovely landscapes and colorful folklore.

     
  • Liev Schreiber balances fatherhood, ‘Ray Donovan’ Jul 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Nothing is more important than family. That’s what the stoic Hollywood fixer played by Liev Schreiber tells his wife in the second season of “Ray Donovan.” While it’s unclear whether his character believes his own words, Schreiber says that principle has shaped his career in recent years.

     
  • Sunday picks: Monty Python, silly walks not included Jul 20, 2014 5:00 AM
    If you couldn't get a ticket to see the London farewell shows of “Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five to Go,” then catch the famed British comedy troupe via movie theater screenings of the sold-out event on Sunday at select participating movie theaters. Celebrated comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town to perform standup material this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

     
  • Seeing Watergate through Dick Cavett’s eyes Jul 20, 2014 5:00 AM
    PBS is marking the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation by running a documentary on the Watergate scandal as seen through the prism of Dick Cavett’s late-night talk show at the time.

     
  • Images: Remembering Poplar Creek Music Theatre Jul 20, 2014 8:29 AM
    Twenty years after the gates shut for the last time, we recall the storied list of acts that graced the stage at Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates.

     
  • 5 money saving tips for exchanging currency Jul 20, 2014 7:33 AM
    Headed overseas for summer vacation? It’s easy to get hit with extra fees and expensive exchange rates when switching currencies. Some currency exchange tables in airports and tourist areas offer bad rates, taking more of your money. Here are five tips to maximize your dollars.

     
  • Health officials: Food label changes not enough Jul 20, 2014 7:37 AM
    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket.

     
  • Firing fat staff may be discrimination, EU court aide says Jul 20, 2014 7:40 AM
    Obese workers may be able to sue for workplace discrimination, a legal adviser to the European Union’s top court said. Advocate General Niilo Jaaskinen said the EU Court of Justice should rule that if obesity “has reached such a degree that it plainly hinders participation in professional life,” it should be treated as a disability.

     
  • Career Coach: Bringing religion spirit to work Jul 20, 2014 7:32 AM
    Talking about God at work is no longer taboo. In recent years, leaders seem to feel more and more comfortable mentioning spirituality in the workplace. By spirituality, we refer to the force that gives meaning to our lives (our private activities) contrasted with religion, which is often seen as the organized, institutional membership. So what does that mean for leaders?

     
  • ‘Apes’ swings to second week atop the box office Jul 20, 2014 1:48 PM
    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” topped the box office in the U.S and Canada for a second week, outselling three new releases. The summer sequel from 21st Century Fox Inc. generated ticket sales of $36 million, bringing its total domestic gross so far to $139 million, researcher Rentrak Corp. said today in an e-mailed statement. Horror producer Jason Blum’s “The Purge: Anarchy” placed second with $28.4 million in its debut, while Walt Disney Co.’s “Planes: Fire and Rescue” was third.

     
  • Film, TV legend James Garner, reluctant hero, dies Jul 20, 2014 3:29 PM
    Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety.News: James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point. This portrait of fleeting disquiet could be understood, and identified with, by every member of the audience. Never mind Garner was tall, brawny and, well, movie-star handsome.

     
  • Composed Maine South song, wrote book, and BTW, dated Hillary Jul 20, 2014 8:08 AM
    Gary Koca of Pingree Grove wrote the Maine South High School fight song, broadcast games with radio partner Steve Goodman years before "Go, Cubs, Go," and would rather talk about his book, "Forgotten Movie Stars of the 30's, 40's and 50's." But it's hard to look past that he went on a date with classmate Hillary Rodham.

     
  • Small improvements to your outdoor space Jul 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    Warm weather beckons that we spend more time outdoors. This is the time of year when you suddenly, and often desperately, notice you have inadequate accommodations in your yard, deck or balcony area.

     
  • It’s rather fashionable to hide things under the mattress Jul 20, 2014 12:01 AM
    Restoration Hardware’s catalogs might be getting bigger, but its furniture is shrinking. Among the many limitations of living in a smaller home or apartment is the lack of storage options. To accommodate, retailers are capitalizing on a piece previously relegated to children’s rooms and college dorms: the storage bed.

     
  • Fair brings sights, sounds of rural days back to Kane County Jul 20, 2014 5:45 PM
    The sights and sounds of the Western suburbs’ more rural days came alive again Sunday as the Kane County Fair wrapped up in St. Charles with the culmination of the 4-H Blue Ribbon Sale. “Their animal will bring more than market value, then they use it to support their projects, save for college and that kind of thing,” said Anne Carson, a member of the Kane County 4-H subcommittee that plans the annual auction.

     
  • Staffers remember Poplar Creek Music Theatre summers 20 years after closure Jul 20, 2014 1:35 PM
    The time Frank Sinatra forgot his sheet music, or the day Neil Diamond played softball with the staff, or when Joe Cocker's crew lost a piano leg. Those who worked at the Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates have plenty of memories of the venue 20 years after it closed. “There was just something special about the place. It touched a lot of people’s lives,” said Sue Syslo-Baran, of Streamwood.

     
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