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Vintage World War II 'warbirds' land in Wheeling
Three vintage World War II planes — a B-24 Liberator, a P-51 Mustang fighter and a B-17 Flying Fortress — landed Saturday at Wheeling's Chicago Executive Airport as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour. Aviation major Alex Kwiatkowski, 20, of Wheaton, got to ride the Mustang as a birthday gift. For others, such as Beach Park resident Jim Brahos, 90, the war planes held too many bad...
Batavia electrical fire blamed on water tank
An electrical fire caused an estimated $20,000 damage to a building at a Batavia retirement community, authorities said. The blaze was reported about 10:45 p.m. Friday at the Holmstead, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway. An electrical panel had ignited, according to a news release from the Batavia Fire Department. A firefighter put out the blaze with a portable extinguisher.
People at Elgin rally call for 'justice for Trayvon'
Fourteen-year-old Myaana Rogers held a sign saying “Justice for Trayvon” on Saturday, and chanted along with other protesters in Elgin who demanded the repeal of stand-your-ground self-defense laws. Myaana was among about 30 people who gathered at the protest organized by the group Occupy Elgin. “The message is, 'Stop racial profiling,'" she said.
New Fashion Outlet Mall in Rosemont
Rosemont's new upscale outlet mall opens Thursday, Aug. 1.
World War II Wings of Freedom Tour
Images of The Wings of Freedom Tour Saturday at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.
Police: Gunman in Fla. standoff lived in building
A man set fire to his South Florida apartment, killed six people and held another two hostage at gunpoint before a SWAT team stormed the complex and fatally shot him Saturday, according to police and witness accounts.
Dozens of Morsi backers killed in Egypt violence
Security forces and armed men clashed with supporters of Egypt's ousted president early Saturday, killing at least 65 people in mayhem that underscored an increasingly heavy hand against protests demanding Mohammed Morsi's return to office. In chaotic scenes, pools of blood stained the floor and bodies were lined up under white sheets in a makeshift hospital near the site of the battles in...
Syrian troops capture historic mosque in Homs
Syrian government forces captured a historic mosque in the central city of Homs on Saturday, expelling rebel forces who had been in control of the 13th century landmark for more than a year and dealing a symbolic blow to opposition forces.
St. Charles working on getting its own official song
Jim Masters never got to finish high school in St. Charles because his family moved to Ohio two years before he would have graduated with the Class of 1972. But it’s possible he’s leaving his childhood home something it can have forever — an official song.
Driver in Hudson River boat crash charged
The driver of a speedboat that slammed into a construction barge on the Hudson River — hurling a bride-to-be and her fiance’s best man into the water — has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, authorities said Saturday.Jojo John, 35, of Nyack was also charged with three counts of vehicular assault at his hospital bedside as he recovers from Friday night’s crash, Rockland County Sheriff’s...
Three dead when bus carrying teens crashes in Indianapolis
A bus carrying teens coming home from a church camp crashed Saturday on a busy Indianapolis thoroughfare, killing three people and sending others to hospitals, officials said.
Heavy rains flood homes, roads in North Carolina
A system of thunderstorms across western North Carolina stalled on Saturday and dumped about a foot of rain on the area, causing power outages and flash floods that swamped homes and washed out roads and bridges.
Dragon Boat Festival held in Arlington Hts.
The Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival was held Saturday at Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights. The event, which was scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a high-spirited celebration of culture, sport and community that features an ancient Chinese sport that has been gaining popularity in North America over the past 20 years and has become the world’s fastest growing water...
Lawyer: Cyanide suspect will OK extradition to Pennsylvania
A University of Pittsburgh medical researcher accused of fatally poisoning his neurologist wife with cyanide will agree to be transported back to Pennsylvania to face charges, his attorney said.
More than 1,000 inmates escape Libyan prison
More than 1,000 detainees escaped from a prison near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in a massive jailbreak Saturday, officials said, as protesters stormed political party offices in Libya’s main cities.
Illinois to allow online voter registration
In a step supporters hope will propel more young people to the polls, Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday to make Illinois the 18th state to allow online voter registration. “Democracy works best when as many voters as possible raise their voices at the ballot box,” the governor said Saturday.
Notable deaths last week
Chicago actor Farina; oil industry innovator Mitchell; renowned sex therapist Johnson among deaths of note this past week.
Pitchman in contempt for not paying $37 million fine
A federal judge has found author and infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau in contempt of court for failing to pay a more than $37 million fine imposed over misleading ads for one of his wildly popular weight-loss books. Friday’s ruling was the latest round in more than a decade of legal battles that began with a suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission. The regulatory agency alleged some of...
‘Loving’ mom dead after domestic incident in Addison
A woman who died as a result of a domestic incident early Friday morning in Addison was remembered as loving and caring by a relative on Saturday. An official from the Cook County medical examiner’s office said Martha Worley’s autopsy was being conducted Saturday morning.
Waukegan man dies in Libertyville crash
A 63-year-old man who died in a two-vehicle, head-on collision Friday afternoon near Libertyville was a member of a prominent Gurnee area family. Alex Petropoulos was a huge Blackhawks fan who had a passion for stock car racing, relatives said.
Henry Laseke held important place in Arlington Hts. history
The name of Henry Laseke, the 89-year-old man who died tragically Thursday when his SUV careened into a retention basin in Arlington Heights, resonates with longtime village residents. They remember how he and his father, also named Henry Laseke, ran Laseke Disposal in Arlington Heights for more than a half-century.
Garage fire in Palatine
No one was injured during a Saturday morning fire that heavily damaged a garage on the 600 block of South Warren Avenue in Palatine, authorities said.
Political oddsmakers diverge on Weiner’s chances
Anthony Weiner’s improbable recovery from political punch line to leading New York City mayoral contender has been imperiled by revelations that he continued to have illicit online correspondence with women after leaving Congress. Now he faces serious questions as to whether he can still win — or even keep his campaign afloat until Election Day. “I think it hurts him very badly, but I’m not sure...
Law allowing expungement creating legal confusion
A northeastern Indiana judge is cautioning those with criminal records to use caution before attempting to have their records expunged under a new state law, saying the measure as approved by lawmakers is complex and that offenders only have one chance at shielding their records from public view.
Carbondale minister charged with felony theft
A southern Illinois minister is facing charges after authorities say he stole more than $100,000 from a Carbondale church. Thirty-two-year-old Joshua D. Swain was charged Friday with two felonies for theft and aggravated identity theft.
Can superhero parodies rescue the porn business?
We all know he can leap tall buildings in a single bound and bend steel in his bare hands. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that during a time of crisis even the porn industry turns to Superman.
Pope tells bishops to get out of their churches
Pope Francis took his message to shake up the Catholic Church to bishops from around the world on Saturday, challenging them to get out of their churches and go to the farthest margins of society to find the faithful and preach.
Obama honors Korean War veterans
President Barack Obama marked the 60th anniversary of the end to the Korean War, honoring veterans of the “Forgotten War” fought where tensions continue today over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. “Here today, we can say with confidence that war was no tie,” Obama said in a speech at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, along with a wreath laying and tributes honoring U.S. and...
Driver in Spain train derailment released from hospital
The injured driver of the Spanish train that derailed at high speed, killing 78 and injuring dozens more, was released from the hospital Saturday, but he was still being held in a police station as authorities increasingly focused on his culpability.
Thousands of bees attack Texas couple, kill horses
A swarm of about 30,000 bees has attacked a North Texas couple as they exercised their miniature horses, stinging the animals so many times they died. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports 44-year-old Kristen Beauregard was stung about 200 times and her boyfriend about 50 times.
Wisconsin gets $11 million in Race to Top grants
Wisconsin has been awarded $11 million in Race to the Top federal grants to be used for early childhood education. Gov. Scott Walker’s office announced the grants, which are on top of nearly $23 million the state received last year.
Amusement park regulations, inspections vary in US
From Six Flags to Walt Disney World, there’s no federal oversight of permanent amusement parks, and regulations vary from state to state. The death of a woman who fell 75 feet from Six Flags Over Texas’ Texas Giant roller coaster is reinvigorating discussion among safety experts about whether it’s time to create more consistent, stringent regulations for thrill rides across the nation.
Michigan AG on pensioners’ side in Detroit bankruptcy
Michigan’s attorney general says he’s joining the Detroit bankruptcy case on behalf of pensioners. According to a statement released Saturday by his office, Bill Schuette will file an appearance in federal bankruptcy court on Monday.
JJ Cale dies; wrote Clapton, Skynyrd hits
Influential musician JJ Cale, whose best-known songs became hits for Eric Clapton with “After Midnight” and Lynyrd Skynyrd with “Call Me the Breeze,” has died. He was 74. Cale’s manager Mike Kappus has told The Associated Press that the architect of the Tulsa Sound died Friday of a heart attack at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.
Villa Park teen charged in robbery
A 17-year-old Villa Park resident has been charged as an adult in connection with the robbery of another teenager on Friday afternoon, authorities said. Villa Park police say a 14-year-old boy was robbed about 12:39 p.m. Friday. The victim told officers that the offender, who was armed with a handgun, stole his iPhone, pocket knife and $10.
Waukegan man dead in crash near Libertyville
A two-vehicle, head-on collision left a 63-year-old Waukegan man dead Friday afternoon near Libertyville. The victim was Alexander Petropoulos. The accident took place at 12:46 p.m. on Route 21, south of Route 120, and just north of Egidi Lane, according to Sgt. Michael Keller of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Foreclosure mediation plan pushed again in Kane
Chief Judge Judy Brawka made her formal pitch to bring a foreclosure mediation court to Kane County Friday. The plan has been pitched before, but this time actual budget numbers and Illinois Supreme Court guidelines are attached. The idea is to move thousands of foreclosures through the legal system more efficiently by bringing homeowners and lenders into a face-to-face meeting to renegotiate the...
DuPage forest preserve seeks stormwater fee exemption
The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is asking Gov. Pat Quinn to prevent the county from imposing a possible stormwater fee on the district. They want the governor to revise legislation that will give the county the authority to charge the fee on every property owner in the county, including those who are tax exempt. Forest preserve commissioners argue stormwater fees shouldn’t apply to the...
Barrington-area agency needs help helping others
Every so often, a helper needs help. For 47 years, Family Service of the Barrington Area has provided counseling and referral services. But now, because it charges only what its clients can afford, the agency needs some financial angels to help out.
Researchers say full moon disrupts your sleep
Scientists at the University of Basel, Switzerland say they have found the first reliable evidence that sleep patterns are influenced by lunar changes. The study, published in Current Biology, shows brain activity related to deep sleep in volunteers dropped by 30 percent around the full moon.
Schierholtz's HR in 9th caps wacky win for Cubs
Nate Schierholtz's recent power surge might not be enough to turn the Cubs' season around. It sure is making the year a lot easier for the slugging outfielder to handle. Getting a game-winning home run against his former club? Well, that's just icing on the cake. Schierholtz homered off ex-teammate Sergio Romo with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Cubs to a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night."I can't really describe it, but it felt good," Schierholtz said. "I always loved playing here."
Fire, Dynamo finish in 1-1 draw
Cam Weaver scored for the Houston Dynamo and Mike Magee scored two minutes later for the Chicago Fire as the teams played to a 1-1 tie Saturday night. The Dynamo (8-6-6) are unbeaten in three straight games, while the Fire (7-9-4) are unbeaten in two consecutive games after losing two straight.
Naperville's Parker scores 23; All-Star MVP
Candace Parker put on a show in her All-Star debut. The Naperville native scored a record 23 points to lead the West to a 102-98 victory over the East on Saturday. "I didn't know what to expect," Parker said. "I hadn't been to one, and this was really special. Being with all these great players and share stories, that's why I'll remember from this All-Star game more than what happened on the court."
Bandits complete series sweep, win 9th straight
The host Chicago Bandits took game four of their series with the New York/New Jersey Comets in a 12-5 decision Saturday to complete a series sweep, winning their ninth straight game in the process. Monica Abbott was the winning pitcher. She improved to 13-1.
Bears TE Bennett loves to talk the talk
If Martellus Bennett plays half as well as he talks, the Bears will indeed have their best tight end since Mike Ditka. Bennett had a 55-catch, breakout season last year with the Giants after playing his first four years in Dallas in the shadow of Cowboys stud tight end Jason Witten. But anyone with Bennett’s gift of gab who stands 6-foot-6, weighs 265 pounds and catches the ball like a wide receiver isn’t going to remain in the shadows very long.
Boomers rally past Grizzlies
The host Schaumburg Boomers put the brakes on a five-game losing streak by rallying from a 3-run deficit to take down the West Division-leading Gateway Grizzlies 6-5 on Saturday night.
Another Sox loss that’s tough to stomach
Alex Rios' baserunning blunder in the ninth inning was costly for the White Sox in a 1-0 loss to the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field. Rios could have scored the tying run on Jeff Keppinger's line drive to right field, but he failed to tag up.
Sunday could be final home game for some Sox
The losses keep piling up for the White Sox, and Saturday night's 1-0 decision vs. the Royals dropped their record to 40-61. It's been a miserable season on the South Side, but captain Paul Konerko is trying to make the best of it.
Rough start too much for Cougars
After grabbing a brief advantage in the top of the first inning, the visiting Kane County Cougars gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the first, and the Peoria Chiefs waltzed from there to a 4-1 victory on Saturday night.
Blanchard, third-teamers getting their chances
In years past, a third-team quarterback like Matt Blanchard might spend an entire practice as a spectator, but not this year. The Lake Zurich High School graduate and other third-stringers got a healthy dose of action for the second straight day at Bears training camp Saturday.
Sale pitches complete game; Sox still fall to Royals
Wade Davis pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 1-0 Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory. Davis (5-9) allowed four hits — all singles — and walked three in his longest outing of the season.
Experienced Elk Grove tops Arlington
With five college players in the starting lineup, Elk Grove used its experience to bounce Arlington 10-5 Saturday in the American Legion Division 1 championship bracket finals at Recreation Park in Arlington. Elk Grove (29-5) is now just one win from advancing to the state finals. The Red Sox will need a victory Sunday at 3:05 against the winner of Arlington vs. Northbrook, who play at noon on Sunday in the double-elimination tournament.
Birthday gathering slated for Arlington legend Attis
Integrity, honesty and loyalty. That always defined Russ Attis, whose name is forever linked to the history of 62-year-old Arlington High School. Attis, a man whose industry and sincerity earned him tremendous respect and many friends during his career in education at Arlington, will enjoy a birthday milestone on Saturday, Aug. 10 that will give some of those friends a chance to shake hands and say thanks once again to an area legend. Attis will celebrate his 90th birthday back at the school he served for 34 distinguished years and now is the home of Christian Liberty Academy. The reception is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon in the air-conditioned former home economics room in the hallway that borders the south wall of Grace Gymnasium. There will be a cake-cutting and brief ceremony at 11 a.m.
Cubs’ Soriano era ends with whimper
Alfonso Soriano came to Chicago and did just what the Cubs should have expected of him. He was a streaky home run hitter who didn’t have a position on the field he could play or a spot in the batting order in which he was comfortable. For that, the Cubs gave him $136 million.
U.S. hopes to claim Gold Cup on Sunday
How good are things going for U.S men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann? Even when Klinsmann makes a mistake now, it’s not so bad.
Browns linebacker Ryan Miller taken to hospital
Browns offensive tackle Ryan Miller was being treated at a hospital after being carted off the field during practice.Miller, who is in his second season with Cleveland, was taken to the Cleveland Clinic by ambulance. A team spokesman said Miller was “awake, alert and has movement in all four extremities.” The team hadn’t released any other information about Miller’s injury or illness.
Jeter could return to slumping Yankees Sunday
It’s no mystery the slumping New York Yankees could really use their captain.They could get him back Sunday. Derek Jeter passed one final test of his strained right quadriceps Saturday, playing a simulated game at a location the Yankees kept secret until after they lost 1-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx.
Eagles WR Maclin tears ACL, could miss season
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during practice Saturday and could miss the season.Maclin went down at the end of a non-contact drill and appeared to be in pain while he was on the ground for several minutes. He was helped onto the cart and needed assistance getting off it and going into the team's practice facility.
Newman knocks Johnson off of Brickyard pole
Ryan Newman snatched the pole away from Jimmie Johnson with a blistering lap of 187.531 mph around Indianapolis Motor Speedway to set a track record for NASCAR races at the Brickyard.
Soriano gave us something to smile about
When Cubs fans talk about Alfonso Soriano, they'll always talk about "the contract." But there is so much more than numbers when it comes to a ballplayer's legacy. Soriano wore a smile every day with the Cubs and was generous with teammates, fans and media members.
Bowman gives new goalie high marks
In a question-and-answer session with fans on Saturday, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman painted a glowing picture of goalie Antti Raanta, who was signed to a one-year contract.
Big summer continues for Hawks’ Bickell
Nobody needs to remind Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell how fortunate he has been the last few months.Bickell parlayed a huge playoff performance in which he scored 9 goals and 17 points into a four-year, $16 million contract as an unrestricted free agent and now is considered one of the Stanley Cup champs’ core players. “It’s been an amazing year,” Bickell admitted. “From the season we had to winning the Cup to getting the extension to getting married. It’s going to be a year to remember. It’s been unbelievable. It still hasn’t sunk in and we’re almost halfway through the summer.”
Beckham hits ball hard in return
Gordon Beckham returned to the White Sox' lineup Friday night after missing five games with a sore left wrist. The second baseman hit the ball hard his first two trips ot the plate but had nothing to show for it.
Federal fee for air show miffs pilots
One of the nation’s largest air shows begins Monday in Wisconsin, and for the first time, the federal government is charging it an air traffic control fee that amounts to about $45 for each of the 10,000 planes flying in.
China, EU reach settlement on solar panels
In Europe and the United States, the price drop in the solar panels market in recent years has wreaked havoc among EU and U.S. manufacturers, forcing several out of business.
NBC developing Hillary Clinton mini-series
NBC is developing four mini-series, including a four-hour show based on Hillary Clinton, who will be played by Diane Lane, Bob Greenblatt, chairman of entertainment, said.
A smartphone physical in your future
How can doctors wielding smartphones make a physical exam more effective? Technologies such as CellScope are often smaller and less unwieldy than otoscopes, stethoscopes and ultrasounds. So while the traditional physical exam may be hands-on, it’s probably time to find ways to improve it; to me, smartphones offer that possibility.
Facebook mobile-ad success shows model to Twitter, Snapchat
Facebook Inc.’s success in mobile advertising, which is making it a stronger rival to Google Inc., is also providing a model for other social-networking sites such as Twitter Inc., Pinterest Inc. and Snapchat Inc. Facebook’s mobile ads generated 41 percent of revenue last quarter, up from 14 percent a year earlier, helping the company top second-quarter profit and sales estimates this week.
NeverWet? More like Oftenkindawet
In 2011, LancasterOnline, a news website covering Lancaster, Pa., published a story about a seemingly magical invention by a local company. The product was called NeverWet, and it did exactly what its name suggested: When you sprayed the coating on any item, the object would be rendered practically immune to water and other liquids. There was only one downside to NeverWet — you couldn’t buy it.
Why Instagram is even more depressing than Facebook
So far, academic studies of Instagram’s effects on our emotional states are scarce. But it’s tempting to extrapolate those effects from the Facebook studies, because out of the many activities Facebook offers, the three things that correlate most strongly with a self-loathing screen hangover are basically the three things that Instagram is currently for: loitering around others’ photos, perfunctory like-ing, and “broadcasting” to a relatively amorphous group.
Bill Raduchel on getting into Harvard and the future of newspapers
Ted Leonsis calls Bill Raduchel “a technology guru, a thought leader and an evangelist for all things digital.”Raduchel, 67, is little known to the general public, but he is very well known among decision makers who span the worlds of economics, defense analysis, computers and Silicon Valley. “I was starting high school just after the launch of Sputnik,” Raduchel says. “So I was sent to a summer science institute where I learned mathematics and computers.”
DuckDuckGo founder on trying to fly with Google, Microsoft
Gabriel Weinberg is one of the few entrepreneurs who have managed to gain some traction in the search-engine market. His site, DuckDuckGo, touts industry-leading privacy features and “zero click info” boxes, which show information pulled from sites like Wikipedia and Wolfram Alpha.
Tech Tips: New phone upgrade plans akin to renting
Over the past few weeks, three major U.S. wireless providers unveiled plans to combat phone envy. The phone companies call them installment plans, but I think of them as phone rental. Before you pay off the cost of the phone, you’re entitled to hand it back in to get a new one. Here’s a closer look at the three plans to see if they are right for you.
Leap Motion controls PCs with wave of a hand
Imagine being able to control your computer and manipulate on-screen objects not with a mouse, keyboard or even your voice, but with a wave of your hand. Now meet what makes it possible: the Leap Motion Controller, an $80 device that connects to your Windows PC or Apple Mac via a USB cable, that creates a bubble within which your hands’ motions and gestures are sensed and translated into actions on the screen.
Life & Entertainment
Weekend picks: Woodstock Mozart Fest returns
Pianist Vassily Primakov and conductor Donato Cabrera perform the opening weekend of the 2013 Woodstock Mozart Festival Saturday. Watch traditional Chinese dragon boat race through the waters of Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights during the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival. Celebrate Puerto Rican culture with a parade, food, music, games and more at the Aurora Puerto Rican Heritage Fest in RiverEdge Park.
OWN execs talk up Lindsay Lohan series
The upcoming Lindsay Lohan series on OWN will be more documentary than reality show. OWN and Harpo Studios Presidents Erik Logan and Sheri Salata told journalists attending the annual Television Critics Association press tour that filmmaker Amy Rice will direct the series.
‘Blackfish’ doc dives into plight of SeaWorld’s whales
What the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove” did for dolphin slaughter in Japan, “Blackfish” may do for killer whales living in captivity while performing at marine parks. “Blackfish,” explores what may have caused Tilikum, a 12,000-pound orca, to kill three people, including veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.
A novelist’s pub crawl across the Muslim world
Looking to deal with a serious drinking problem, British novelist and travel writer Lawrence Osborne decides to traverse the Muslim world to gain a different perspective on alcohol. Out of this quixotic adventure comes the book “The Wet and The Dry: A Drinker’s Journey” that examines the role and history of strong drink, its impact on the author’s life and the availability of beer, wine and distilled spirits in Islamic countries from Egypt to Indonesia. The colorful characters and fascinating situations Osborne encounters during his travels provide much of the book’s allure.
Brooks weaves strong themes into ‘Witch Wraith’
Terry Brooks has written a slam-bang conclusion to his “The Dark Legacy of Shannara” trilogy with the stellar “Witch Wraith.” The magical barrier that keeps hideous evil demons from the known lands is deteriorating, and soon they will be able to escape.
DVD previews: ‘Filly Brown,’ ‘Teen Beach Movie’
Tuesday's DVD releases feature two very different movies: Sundance favorite "Filly Brown" and perky Disney musical "Teen Beach Movie."
U.S. designers take trunk shows to China
Rag & Bone, Marchesa and Proenza Schouler, among the top in their class of cool, youngish New York-based fashion houses, took a field trip to China recently to start a dialogue with consumers there as they all have their eye on expansion. What they learned: Customers want something unique.
Portugal’s Pena Palace a kaleidoscope of color
With sunshine bathing its multicolored facades against a backdrop of deep blue sky, the Pena Palace in Sintra is like a castle seen through a kaleidoscope.
Art in the garden: Plant a garden for the birds
It’s easy to plant a garden to attract birds if you provide their basic needs of food, shelter and water. A wide variety of trees and shrubs will encourage the greatest diversity of birds.
Color, creativity run riot at contemporary furniture fair
NEW YORK — From a giant vertebra lamp to lights that look like cotton balls, the cornucopia of creativity was overflowing during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair’s 25th-anniversary show and Design Week in New York City this spring.
What’s a tourist to do on a Sunday in Paris?
A great debate rages in France over whether more shops should open on Sundays. In the meantime, here are some ideas of what to do in Paris on a day when much is closed.
Outdoor seating and shade get an upgrade
It used to be that everyone had an outdoor patio table with an umbrella in the middle and four or six chairs around it. The materials varied, but they were primarily dining sets. “It’s a whole different outdoor world today,” said Steve Olson, manager of Viking Ski and Patio in Barrington.
Four-year board term acceptable
Q. The declaration of covenants for our common interest community association provides that the term of office for each board member is four years. That seems like a long time. Is a four-year board term permitted?
Fun finds and family should fill your second home
A bungalow on the beach. A cabin for weekend getaways. Second homes, designed for relaxation, are often decorated with hand-me-down furniture and other castoffs from the owner’s main living space.
Editors sound off on sports as a business, a possible change in a voting law and other topics, but they also offer some well-deserved praise and congratulations.
Illinois gas taxes already among highest
A letter to the editor: The July 23 “Our View” editorial concerning gas taxes leaves me with some questions. According to GasPriceWatch.com’s listing dated May 2012, our gas tax totals 62.8 cents per gallon. This puts Illinois fourth-highest in taxation of fuel, surpassed only by New York, California and Hawaii.
Choice of Trayvon photo creates division
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Can anyone tell me why our unbiased media keep showing an old picture of Trayvon where he actually looked like the innocent child instead of the real Trayvon? I’m sure if President Obama had seen a recent picture he never would have made his “if I had a son” comment.
Expedite permit process for natural gas exports
A letter to the editor: There must be tens of thousands of Illinoisans who recognize the enormous economic benefits to be derived from the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States to the rest of the world. It would be nice if every one of us wrote to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and encouraged him to speed up his department’s export-permit approval process.
Pension assumptions on returns unrealistic
A Palatine letter to the editor: While we often hear the primary reason for the massive unfunded liability of the pension funds is due to “underfunding” by the state, that answer masks the primary cause — unrealistic investment return assumptions by the pension funds.
Ex-state rep should get prison time
A Gurnee letter to the editor: Wow! I was shocked to read that another Illinois politician had pleaded quilty to fraud.
Is Florida tourism safe after verdict?
A Geneva letter to the editor: One aspect of the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict that I have not heard about is the potential impact on Florida’s all-important tourism. More specifically, I wonder if families of any color are asking themselves, “Is it safe for us to go there?”
Guns don’t insure a safer community
A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Much has been written about the right of George Zimmerman to stand his ground and defend himself, thus justifying his shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin when Martin held him down. Less has been said about Martin’s right to defend himself when stalked by an unknown assailant. Had he no right to stand his ground and defend himself when being approached?