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  • Journal Communications, Scripps Co. announce deal Jul 31, 2014 8:11 AM
    Journal Communications Inc. of Milwaukee and E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday. The newspaper component, Journal Media Group, will be headquartered in Milwaukee and operate in 14 markets, according to news releases from the companies.

     
  • Game. Set. Match. Taking a Tennis Lesson at the Schaumburg Park District Jul 31, 2014 7:36 AM
    The most athletic thing I’ve ever done was band. And here I am, working for the Schaumburg Park District in the Communications Department. After covering and writing about the District’s tennis program, I became intrigued. Each week I would photograph lessons, drills, friendly matches and competitions. Now, it was my turn to make tennis my racquet (ok, bad pun, but I couldn’t resist).

     
  • U.S. Index futures slide as Whole foods, Kraft fall on earnings Jul 31, 2014 8:04 AM
    U.S. stock-index futures declined, signaling the Standard & Poor’s Index will trim its monthly gain, amid earnings at companies from Whole Foods Market Inc. to Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc., while Argentina missed a debt payment.

     
  • Target chooses former PepsiCo executive Cornell as next CEO Jul 31, 2014 8:05 AM
    Target Corp., struggling to fix a botched expansion in Canada and undo the lingering damage of a holiday hacker attack, hired former PepsiCo Inc. executive Brian Cornell as chief executive officer. Cornell, 55, also will become chairman, the Minneapolis- based company said today in a statement. The executive most recently led PepsiCo’s Americas Foods unit and previously had been CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Sam’s Club and craft-goods seller Michaels Stores Inc.

     
  • Chicago man gets 20 years for attempted murder Jul 31, 2014 9:07 AM
    A Cook County judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 20 years in prison for attempted murder by choking and stabbing a flower shop employee. The Chicago Sun-Times reports 26-year-old Alexander Hampton pleaded guilty to the February 2012 crime and was sentenced Wednesday.

     
  • Court filing details carnage of fatal bank robbery Jul 31, 2014 9:11 AM
    A man accused of killing two Illinois bank workers and critically wounding a third during a botched robbery attempt — stabbing one of them more than 50 times — told officers he “made sure” they would die, investigators say in an unsealed court filing. In an application for a search warrant, made public Tuesday and first reported by St. Louis’ KMOV-TV, investigators say James Watts slashed the throats of the three women during the May 15 attack at a First National Bank branch in Cairo, Watts’ hometown along the Ohio River in southern Illinois.

     
  • Coroner: Indiana motorcyclist in crash identified Jul 31, 2014 9:12 AM
    Fort Wayne area authorities have identified a speeding motorcyclist who died in a fiery crash with a pickup truck while doing a wheelie.The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that Christopher Burcham of Fort Wayne died Tuesday from blunt force trauma. The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

     
  • Jury deliberations to begin in kidnapped-baby case Jul 31, 2014 9:13 AM
    Jurors are set to begin deliberating in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures.The testimony phase finished Wednesday. The prosecution and defense will give closing statements Thursday, and jurors will begin considering a kidnapping charge against 31-year-old Kristen Smith.

     
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law Jul 31, 2014 9:14 AM
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls, but the law remains blocked in federal court. Thursday’s ruling has no immediate impact given that the law was struck down in April by a federal judge in Milwaukee. His ruling is under appeal, and a federal appeals court would have to overturn it for the law to take effect.

     
  • Girl Scouts to get new campground in Litchfield Jul 31, 2014 9:09 AM
    The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois are getting a new camp ground.The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports real estate moguls Loretta and Joe Scott, Sr. are donating the Honey Bend Campground and Resort in Litchfield, which is located about 130 miles southwest of Champaign. Girl Scouts officials say they will officially become owners of the site Sept. 29 and plan to begin using the property as soon as this fall.

     
  • Notorious Chicago officers top misconduct list Jul 31, 2014 9:10 AM
    Two members of a notorious unit of Chicago Police officers that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers were the subject of dozens of citizen complaints between 2001 and 2006. However, they were never disciplined beyond a single reprimand for one of them.

     
  • Mt. Prospect parks building new playground near Dara James Road Jul 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Mount Prospect Park District is moving forward with plans to create a new playground just west of Dara James Road in Des Plaines. The playground will replace an existing one located about two blocks away on land owned by ComEd. The Dara James site is owned by the park district.

     
  • Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix Jul 31, 2014 1:01 AM
    Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency.Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan says the passenger was a woman in her 50s. Santillan says the woman lost consciousness while the plane was in the air. He says she had no pulse and was pronounced dead by responders after the plane arrived at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

     
  • EU blacklists Russia tycoons as U.S. mulls anti-Putin moves Jul 31, 2014 8:09 AM
    The U.S. is considering further punitive measures on Russian business after Europe blacklisted tycoons close to the Kremlin to pressure President Vladimir Putin to halt backing for separatists in east Ukraine.

     
  • Consumer advocates watching Exelon-Integrys deal Jul 31, 2014 7:36 AM
    Energy watchdog groups are worried that Exelon’s Corp.’s plan to buy one of its business competitors will be bad for northern Illinois electricity customers.Exelon said Wednesday that it’s buying the retail business of Integrys for $60 million. Integrys Energy Services sells electricity and natural gas to about 1.2 million customers in 22 states and Washington DC.

     
  • Dawn Patrol: Body found in woods; same-sex engagement leads to firing Jul 31, 2014 5:50 AM
    Body found in Lake County forest preserve. Inverness church music director fired over same-sex engagment. Tree cutting sparks vandalism in Rolling Meadows. Construction worker hurt by falling concrete near Rosemont. Round Lake gang member sentenced. Aurora molester gets 15 years. Delle Donne could play tonight. Cubs keep dealing as deadline approaches.

     
  • Mudslide swallows Indian village; at least 30 dead Jul 31, 2014 9:25 AM
    Rescuers using earth-moving equipment and their bare hands dug through heavy mud and debris Thursday after a landslide engulfed an entire village in western India, killing at least 30 people and leaving about 100 missing and feared dead.

     
  • Be prepared when traveling with your feline Jul 31, 2014 9:42 AM
    The last time I visited with you at The Buddy Beat, I addressed feline air travel in general regarding preparations and the tedious details the airlines require. I don’t believe in the space allowed I did justice to the necessary preparations.

     
  • Evanston approves partial ban on plastic bags Jul 31, 2014 8:00 AM
    Evanston is joining other U.S. cities that have proposed bans on plastic bags because of environmental concerns.The City Council on Monday approved an ordinance barring stores larger than 10,000 square feet from distributing plastic shopping bags at the point of sale. Plastic bags for wrapping produce and meat inside stores will be allowed. Shoppers can bring any type of bag to a store for their own use.

     
  • Study blames lost calves on Fla. panther resurgence Jul 31, 2014 10:55 AM
    Since Florida’s frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state’s vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction. But with Florida’s panther population recovering, some farmers complain the protected 6-to-7-foot long predators are once again killing their calves.

     
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