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  • Not all concrete floors need to be sealed, but some do Mar 1, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q: I regularly read your column in the Daily Herald and have been following with interest the recent inquiries about sealing concrete. We had our garage floor totally replaced with new concrete seven years ago. Is it too late or impractical to seal it now?

  • 4th of July help sought Mar 1, 2015 5:58 PM
    The Vernon Hills July 4 Parade Committee is seeking members to assist with the coordination, set up and launching of the annual parade.

  • Shaving heads for charity Mar 1, 2015 5:59 PM
    Middleton’s on Main in Wauconda is hosting a St. Baldrick’s fundraising event Sunday, March 15, to help in the battle against pediatric cancer.

  • Believe Project: $100 for a friend whose husband left her in the lurch financially Mar 1, 2015 7:45 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Mark Kurland of Carol Stream, who wants to help a friend whose husband left her - and left her in the lurch financially.

  • Apple expert shares tips on growing trees Mar 1, 2015 6:48 PM
    Warm weather and planting season might seem like a pipe dream as we come out of one of the coldest Februarys in history, but green thumbs were thinking spring Sunday at the Garfield Farm Museum’s 28th annual Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar. Apple tree expert Dan Bussey led the seminar, which taught participants hoping to grow apple trees in their yards the important grafting process that is key to having any success.

  • Pope prays with thousands for kidnap victims in Syria, Iraq Mar 1, 2015 6:05 AM
    Pope leads silent prayer at Vatican for all those abducted by IS militants in Syria and Iraq

  • Spacewalking astronauts finish extensive, tricky cable job Mar 1, 2015 7:39 PM
    Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA. It was the third spacewalk in just over a week for Americans Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore, and the quickest succession of spacewalks since NASA’s former shuttle days. The advance work was needed for the manned spacecraft under development by Boeing and SpaceX. A pair of docking ports will fly up later this year, followed by the capsules themselves, with astronauts aboard, in 2017. Once safely back inside, Virts reported a bit of water in his helmet again for the second time in as many spacewalks. He stressed it was “not a big deal” and said there was no need to hurry out of his suit. Virts and Wilmore installed two sets of antennas Sunday, as well as 400 feet of cable for this new communication system. They unreeled 364 feet of cable on Feb. 21 and last Wednesday. It was complicated, hand-intensive work, yet the astronauts managed to wrap up more than an hour early Sunday, for a 5 ½-hour spacewalk. Their three outings spanned 19 hours. “You guys have done an outstanding job,” Mission Control radioed, “even for two shuttle pilots.” Sunday’s 260-mile-high action unfolded 50 years to the month of the world’s first spacewalk. Soviet Alexei Leonov floated out into the vacuum of space on March 18, 1965, beating America’s first spacewalker, Gemini 4’s Edward White II, by just 2 1/2 months. Leonov is now 80; White died in the Apollo 1 fire on the launchpad in 1967. “It’s amazing ... to see how far we’ve come from the very first steps outside,” Virts said. On Sunday — just like Wednesday — a little water got into Virts’ helmet once he was back in the air lock and the chamber was being repressurized. Virts said it seemed to be about the same amount of water, maybe slightly more, but dried quickly. He didn’t need any towels this time when his helmet came off. “I couldn’t feel it on my skin. I could just see the thin film on the visor,” he told Mission Control. Engineers concluded last week it was the result of condensation during the repressurization of the air lock, and a safe and well understood circumstance that had occurred several times before with the same spacesuit. Virts was never in danger either day, according to NASA, and no water leaked into his helmet while he was outdoors. Wilmore’s much newer suit functioned perfectly during the first two spacewalks, but on Sunday morning, a pressure sensor briefly malfunctioned before he floated out. A mechanical gauge, however, was operating fine. Mission Control instructed Wilmore to pay extra attention to how his suit was feeling. Wilmore is due to return to Earth next week following a 5 1/2-month mission. Virts is midway through his expedition. Russian Soyuz spacecraft carried them both up, with NASA paying for the multimillion-dollar rides. To save money and stop being so reliant on the Russian Space Agency, NASA has hired Boeing and SpaceX to develop spacecraft capable of transporting astronauts to the space station. The two contracts are worth nearly $7 billion. SpaceX already is delivering cargo under a separate agreement with NASA. NASA expects to buy Russian Soyuz seats for its astronauts through 2018 in case the two companies miss their promised 2017 launch deadline. As many as four more U.S. spacewalks will be conducted this year — beginning this summer — to make way for the Boeing and SpaceX capsules.

  • Ways to make a kitchen more germ-free Mar 1, 2015 12:17 PM
    Even the tidiest kitchens might be harboring harmful bacteria, and often where they’re least expected. Paying more attention to a few often-overlooked places can help keep your household safer, experts say.

  • Must you have bookshelves? Mar 1, 2015 1:01 AM
    Changing times create changing furnishing needs. If you don’t read hardcover books any more, do you still need bookshelves in your home?

  • How to keep from being fleeced on a trip Mar 1, 2015 5:30 AM
    Before going touring on a vacation in a foreign country, check with the concierge about safe places to walk. Ask about any events that might be happening. Don’t be taken in by the quaint and picturesque village, because there are thieves looking for easy targets there, too.

  • After a heart attack, well-managed exercise is key to rehabilitation Mar 1, 2015 7:00 AM
    Over the past 25 years or so, the treatment of cardiac diseases has improved to the point where it’s really one of the success stories of modern medicine.

  • GOP senators pledge help if SCOTUS bars health law subsidies Mar 1, 2015 10:58 PM
    Three leading Republican senators are promising to help millions of people who may lose federal health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates a pillar of President Barack Obama’s health care law. But in a Washington Post opinion article posted online late Sunday, GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah provide no detail on how much assistance they would propose, its duration or how they would pay for it. Nor do they address how they would overcome GOP divisions or Democratic opposition to weakening the law. The article appeared days before Wednesday’s oral arguments in a case brought by conservatives and Republicans that could upend the functioning of the 2010 health care law by invalidating the subsidies that help millions afford required health coverage. A decision is expected in June. The senators’ article is the latest political salvo that seems aimed as much at the court’s nine justices as at the public. Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said nullifying the subsidies would cause “massive damage to our health care system.” Congressional Republicans unanimously opposed the law’s creation and have long worked on plans to weaken and replace it. They have not united behind a specific proposal. In their column, the three senators acknowledge that if their side prevails in court, 6 million Americans could lose subsidies and many would no longer afford coverage. They call the case “an opportunity” to reshape the law and say they “have a plan to protect these people and create a bridge away from” the statute. “First and most important, we would provide financial assistance to help Americans keep the coverage they picked for a transitional period,” they wrote. Without saying how, they wrote that they would also give states more flexibility to create their own health insurance marketplaces. And they blame the health law for problems like forcing many Americans to surrender their previous insurance and doctors. “People do not deserve further disruption from the law,” they wrote. Democrats say the law has forced insurers to cover more benefits and cite figures showing a dramatic reduction in the number of uninsured Americans. Plaintiffs in the case say the Obama administration has unlawfully given federal tax credits to Americans who have bought health coverage from federal insurance marketplaces serving 37 states, which are mostly run by Republicans. They say the law as written only permits that aid in the 13 states running their own marketplaces. Democrats say people in all states qualify for assistance. Alexander chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, Hatch heads the Senate Finance Committee and Barrasso is in the Senate Republican leadership.

  • Senators: Our plan for fixing health care Mar 1, 2015 10:55 PM
    Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about whether the Obama administration used the IRS to deliver health insurance subsidies to Americans in violation of the law. Millions of Americans may lose these subsidies if the court finds that the administration acted illegally. If that occurs, Republicans have a plan to protect Americans harmed by the administration’s actions. When the court rules in King v. Burwell, we anticipate that it will hold the administration to the laws Congress passed, rather than the laws the administration wishes Congress had passed, and prohibit subsidies in states that opted not to set up their own exchanges, as the language in the law clearly states. Such a ruling could cause 6 million Americans to lose a subsidy they counted on, and for many the resulting insurance premiums would be unaffordable. Republicans have a plan to create a bridge away from Obamacare. First and most important: We would provide financial assistance to help Americans keep the coverage they picked for a transitional period. It would be unfair to allow families to lose their coverage, particularly in the middle of the year. Most of these people have gone through the wringer to get this insurance. Millions lost their previous health care plans because those plans didn’t meet Obamacare’s requirements; others no longer have access to the doctors or hospitals they were accustomed to; millions spent weeks trying to purchase insurance on the flawed website rolled out by the administration; and many have seen their out-of-pocket health costs or premiums skyrocket. People do not deserve further disruption from this law. Second, we will give states the freedom and flexibility to create better, more competitive health insurance markets offering more options and different choices. Republicans understand that what works in Utah is different from what works in Tennessee or Wyoming. We want to give states the time and flexibility to design health care systems that work for them, not for the bureaucrats in Washington. People who live in states that have state exchanges will continue to be subject to Obamacare’s costly mandates and rules, along with the subsidies. But their states could also have the benefit of our solution. Every state would have the ability to create better markets suited to the needs of their citizens. We have had many discussions with our Senate and House Republican colleagues on this issue, and there is a great deal of consensus on how to proceed. Many of our colleagues have good ideas, and we look forward to working together. We all agree Obamacare is a mess. But Wednesday, Obamacare will not be the key issue before the court. The key issue is whether the administration can unilaterally rewrite laws passed by Congress to meet its political objectives. We hope the court will protect the delicate balance of powers between the three branches of government. Such a ruling would also give Congress an opportunity — to stop Obamacare’s damage and create a pathway to reforms that move our health care system in the direction of freedom, choice and lower costs. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) chairs the Senate Finance Committee. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) chairs the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

  • Hundreds chill out in Palatine for Special Olympics Mar 1, 2015 6:43 PM
    sThey arrived dressed as garden gnomes, superheroes and even bananas. And if that wasn’t enough to make you question their sanity, they then plunged into the icy waters of Palatine’s Twin Lakes in 20 degree weather. Although that might appear crazy, they were “freezin’ with a reason,” as the saying goes.

  • Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines Mar 1, 2015 6:10 PM
    Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many shots recommended for children younger than age 2. Nearly all doctors said that at least some parents had requested vaccine delays in a typical month.

  • Inside Tumblr's teen suicide epidemic Mar 1, 2015 12:19 PM
    In the past two months, at least three transgender teenagers have committed or attempted suicide after scheduling suicide notes on the blog platform Tumblr. Public health experts fear that the spread of the notes -- and their attendant memes, photo collages, and highly idealized portraits -- could actually present a very warped, romanticized narrative on suicide to the exact group of kids who need to hear the opposite.

  • Believe Project: $100 for man in danger of losing home Feb 28, 2015 8:00 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Cathy Jackson of Buffalo Grove, who works at a food pantry and would like to help out a man in danger of losing his home.

  • A good night’s sleep is crucial to your health Feb 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Lifestyle choices are critically important for long-term good health. We often hear about diet, exercise and stress reduction as being the key to health. However, there is one lifestyle choice that most Americans ignore and yet is indispensable. It is sleep.

  • Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care Feb 28, 2015 7:31 AM
    That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioral changes or medication before you land in the emergency room. They also might be able to monitor how you’re healing from surgery or whether you’re following a treatment regimen.

  • Midwest travel: Art abounds at Radisson Blu Aqua Feb 28, 2015 5:00 AM
    One of the big trends in hotel amenities over the last few years has been on-site art and art galleries that often exhibit local and well-known artists. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago kicks it up more than a notch with its first hotel art tour mobile app: The Art of Blu. Guests can experience the hotel’s excellent art gallery space with a curated, self-guided tour — something previously offered only by museums.

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