Daily Archive : Sunday August 4, 2013


    Amer Kahn

    Naperville boy's death ruled a drowning

    An autopsy on Sunday confirmed the death of a 6-year-old Naperville boy was caused by drowning.

    This 1962 photo provided by Freemanís auction house in Philadelphia shows one of a limited-edition portfolio of 10 photos of Marilyn Monroe that is scheduled to go on the block Sept. 10.

    Photos of Marilyn Monroe's last sitting for sale

    A rare portfolio of photographs from Marilyn Monroe's last sitting is up for grabs to the highest bidder. Freeman's auction house in Philadelphia estimates the limited-edition portfolio of 10 photos, made from fashion photographer Bert Stern's original negatives from his June 1962 assignment for Vogue, could fetch $10,000 to $15,000 when it goes on the block Sept. 10.

    James “Whitey” Bulger is accused of committing a litany of crimes while leading the Winter Hill Gang in the 1970s and '80s.

    Jury to hear closing arguments Monday in Bulger trial

    After listening to nearly eight weeks of testimony, jurors in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger are set to hear closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys as each side lays out its view of the case. Closing arguments in the nearly two-month trial are scheduled Monday in U.S. District Court, where jurors have heard sometimes gruesome testimony about 19...

    In this March 21, 2013, photo provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, a technician from BOSH Technologies prepares to launch a remotely piloted aircraft during the first test flight at Hyde County Airport in Engelhard, N.C. A little-noted provision in North Carolina’s budget bans police and other government agencies to buy surveillance drones for the next two years as state lawmakers study the balance between security and privacy. Varied legislation involving drones was introduced this year in more than 40 states

    States consider regulation of drones in US skies

    Thousands of civilian drones are expected in U.S. skies within a few years and concerns they could be used to spy on Americans are fueling legislative efforts in several states to regulate the unmanned aircraft. “Right now police can’t come into your house without a search warrant,” said Ohio Rep. Rex Damschroder, who has proposed drone regulations. “But with drones, they...

    New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, center, listens during a meeting \Friday with leaders from the South and East Asian communities in Queens.

    Pundits ask: Why won't Weiner just leave NYC race?

    Why doesn't Anthony Weiner just quit? It's a question angry voters, pundits and fellow politicians have been asking almost nonstop in the nearly two weeks since the New York City mayoral candidate's latest sexting bombshell, which has sent his poll numbers plummeting and turned his campaign into a chaotic sideshow.

    Soldier Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse on July 30 in Fort Meade, Md.

    Bradley Manning’s mother: My son is ‘Superman’

    In a rare interview, the British mother of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning has urged her son not to give up hope, even as he faces up to 136 years in prison for disclosing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. documents. In comments published by the Mail on Sunday, Susan Manning says she may never see her son again but that he should know she still considered him her “Superman.”

    Michael Cardenas shows medical marijuana he purchases outside Arizona Organix, the first legal medical marijuana dispensary to open in Glendale, Ariz. Illinois has become the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana,

    Implementing medical marijuana law will take time

    Illinois has become the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana with some of the strictest standards nationwide. But the proposal will take many months to set into motion because of complex rules and regulations.

    The lowering of Rollins Road beneath the Canadian National railroad adjacent to Route 83 in Round Lake Beach is expected to eliminate a longtime traffic bottleneck.

    Construction to begin on massive Rollins Road project

    Cnstruction on a long-sought solution to traffic tie ups at Rollins Road and Route 83 in Round Lake Beach is about to begin with an emphasis on keeping the public informed. "This is the largest and most complicated projects we've ever undertaken. It warrants that outreach," said Al Giertych, assistant county engineer.

    Kimberley Wells wins Stage 3 of the ComEd Women Pro Circuit Race on Sunday during the Tour of Elk Grove.

    Tour of Elk Grove ‘gets better and better’

    Perfect weather, a huge turnout and exciting finishes for both the men’s and women’s final races made for a flawless third day at the eighth annual Tour of Elk Grove cycling event. Commentator Bob Roll said events like the Tour of Elk Grove sustain American cycling. “The riders succeed here the next step is racing in the biggest races in Europe,” he said.

    San Sanberg sings as the top 10 finalists of Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent perform at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights Sunday.

    Images: Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent, Top 10
    The Suburban Chicago's Got Talent top 10 perform Sunday at the MetropolisPerforming Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Juan Lara-Ramirez

    Hoffman Estates man charged after recording under girl’s skirt

    A Hoffman Estates man was held on $70,000 bond on Sunday after police said he made a recording under a little girl’s skirt.

    Kimberley Wells is the winner of stage 3 of the ComEd Womens Pro Circuit Race during the Tour of Elk Grove Sunday.

    Images: Tour of Elk Grove, Day Three
    Cyclists from all over the country finished up three days of racing on Sunday as the 8th Annual Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove came to an end.

    Police and firefighters assist an injured pedestrian at the scene where a car drove through a packed afternoon crowd along the Venice Beach boardwalk Saturday in Los Angeles. One woman was killed.

    Video shows driver accelerated through boardwalk crowd

    The driver parked outside a hotel and surveyed the leisurely summer scene at the Venice Beach boardwalk: Hundreds of people were sitting at cafes, walking along the seashore or shopping at vendors selling jewelry or art. Then, according to surveillance video, the man got into a large black car, swerved around a vehicle barrier and accelerated mercilessly through the crowd, hitting one person...


    Buffalo Grove debates where to make budget cuts

    During a Buffalo Grove Village Board committee meeting, Deputy Village Manager Jennifer Maltas presented possible staffing reductions, department consolidations and revenue increases that would result in savings of approximately $1.5 million. The goal, Village Manager Dane Bragg said, is to chip away at a projected deficit of $1.6 million in 2014.


    Lawsuit filed in Aurora Township hopeful’s I-88 death

    A lawsuit has been filed in response to the April death of an Aurora Township Board candidate. Carmen Cantu, 61, of Aurora, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination, died after her car was rear-ended by a car and later struck by a semitrailer on Interstate 88 near the border between Kane and DeKalb counties.

    Daniel Varas of the Chilean electro-pop band Astro performs at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. The more than two-decade-old festival opened Friday in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park.

    Images: Lollapalooza, Day Three
    Lollapalooza continued to rock Grant Park in Chicago Sunday on the third day of the music festival that featured Wild Belles, Chilean band Astro, Lianne La Havas and other bands.

    A hiker stands at the entrance to an ice tunnel that collapsed Saturday, trapping a snowboarder, at Oregon’s Mount Hood.

    Rescuers recover body of man buried in ice tunnel

    A dozen rescuers armed with chain saws and other tools chipped away at tons of ice and snow Sunday to the recover the body of a 25-year-old snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon's Mount Hood.

    Lauren Miller, 3, of Grayslake, gets a balloon animal made by Amber Burkey, of Winthrop Harbor, as Grayslake held it’s weekly farmers market.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features summer band camp, farmer's markets, and life-size chess pieces on a board game in a courtyard.

    A wounded woman still in shock leaves Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, last September. The civil war has laid waste to the country’s cities, shattered its economy and killed more than 100,000 people since March 2011.

    Syria’s war splits nation into 3 distinct regions

    More than two years into Syria’s civil war, the once highly-centralized authoritarian state has effectively split into three distinct parts, each boasting its own flags, security agencies and judicial system. In each area, religious, ideological and turf power struggles are under way.

    Silvio Berlusconi talks to his supporters Sunday during a demonstration in front of his residence in Rome.

    Berlusconi tells thousands he is innocent

    Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi pledged his support for Italy’s fragile coalition government to a gathering of thousands of supporters on Sunday, but he remained defiant in the face of a supreme court ruling confirming his tax fraud conviction and four-year prison sentence, declaring: “I am innocent.”


    Explosive goes off at Buddhist temple in Indonesia

    A low-powered explosive detonated at a Buddhist temple in Indonesia’s capital as devotees inside were praying, injuring one person while another bomb that was set failed to go off, police said Sunday.

    Todd Parfitt

    NTSB: Pilot error caused fatal plane crash

    Pilot error caused a southeastern Wisconsin plane crash last November that killed a father and daughter from Antioch, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report.

    A Bahraini armored vehicle and personnel reinforce U.S. Embassy security just outside of a gate to the building, surrounded in barbed wire, in Manama, Bahrain, on Sunday.

    Senator says increased ‘chatter’ led to embassy closings

    The weekend closure of nearly two dozen U.S. diplomatic posts in the Muslim world resulted from the gravest terrorist threat seen in years, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

    President Barack Obama leaves Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Saturday for a weekend in Camp David, Md. Obama turned 52 today.

    Obama turns 52

    Instead of “Hail to the Chief,” President Barack Obama is most likely hearing strains of “Happy Birthday” this weekend. Obama turned 52 today and is spending part of the day at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.


    Prospect Heights to mark National Night Out

    The Prospect Heights police and fire departments and park district are teaming up to host this year’s National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 6.


    Property tax presentation on Aug. 14

    House District 59 State Rep. Carol Sente said she is hosting a bipartisan property tax presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Sullivan Community Center, 635 North Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills.


    Grayslake park rededication next Saturday

    The Grayslake Community Park District will rededicate Cullen Park on Saturday, Aug. 10, at noon.


    WINGS to host Salsa Night fundraiser

    Women in Need Growing Stronger (WINGS) is hosting a Salsa Night from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 7, to support ALAS, the organization’s Suburban Latina Outreach Program. The event, for ages 21 and older, will take place at Atlantis Banquets, 1273 N. Rand Road, in Arlington Heights. Tickets are $45 per person and include dinner, a cash bar, salsa lessons, a dance performance and raffles.


    Fun run combines with obstacle course

    The Libertyville Sports Complex will host an outdoor 2K and 4K fun run/obstacle course event at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11


    Free trees with Arbor Day membership

    Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit organization with a $10 donation will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees through the foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

    Triathletes run the final portion of the 5K course during Sunday's Naperville Sprint Triathlon.

    Athletes, officials favor new Naperville triathlon course

    A new course could not slow down some of the area's best athletes at Sunday's 13th running of the Naperville Sprint Triathlon. Some participants, even think the new route may have helped their speed. The race consists of a 400-meter swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run through downtown Naperville and the surrounding area, beginning and ending at Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave.

    Pardeep Kaleka, left, and Arno Michaelis talk at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis. A year ago a white supremacist shot and killed six temple members, including Kaleka’s father.

    Unlikely alliance emerges from Sikh temple shooting

    Six weeks after a white supremacist gunned down Pardeep Kaleka’s father and five others at a Sikh temple last year, Kaleka was skeptical when a former skinhead reached out and invited him to dinner. But Kaleka accepted, and he’s grateful he did.


    Springfield honors Civil War’s black soldiers

    Hundreds turned out to celebrate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on Saturday at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Saturday’s events honored the role of black soldiers in the Civil War.


    Joliet man charged in restaurant shooting

    A Joliet man faces a murder charge in a restaurant shooting that left a 29-year-old man dead. Authorities allege 31-year-old Christopher L. Thompson opened fire in Louis Family Restaurant Saturday, killing Gerardo Franchini.


    Bra drive helps world’s sex-trafficking victims

    An unusual donation drive is gaining momentum in Bloomington, Ind., as part of an effort to help women rescued from sex trafficking reestablish their lives. The Free The Girls initiative collects gently used bras that are shipped abroad and sold by sex trafficking victims in places including El Salvador, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique.


    Moderate quake rattles Vancouver Island

    A moderate earthquake struck off Canada’s southern Pacific coast early Sunday, rattling parts of Vancouver Island. Earthquakes Canada said the 5.7-magnitude quake hit about 6:20 a.m. local time.


    Condemned killer found hanged in cell

    A man condemned to death for fatally stabbing a neighbor during a Cleveland burglary was found hanged in his cell Sunday just days before his Wednesday execution. Billy Slagle, 44, was found hanging in his cell about 5 a.m. at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution south of Columbus.

    New Iranian President Hasan Rouhani waves after his swearing-in at the parliament Sunday in Tehran.

    Iran’s new president takes oath of office

    Iran’s new president on Sunday called on the West to abandon the “language of sanctions” in dealing with his country over its contentious nuclear program, hoping to ease the economic pressures now grinding its people. President Hasan Rouhani spoke after being sworn in as president in an open session of parliament.


    Powerball jackpot rises to $400 million

    No one hit the Powerball jackpot on Saturday, so the money will roll over: a cool $400 million for the next drawing. While hefty, the prize for Wednesday’s drawing is still well below the record $590.5 million jackpot won in May by an 84-year-old Florida woman.


    Resident slightly injured in Hoffman Estates fire

    One resident suffered minor injuries in a house fire Saturday night in Hoffman Estates.


    FBI: No community immune from child prostitution

    A push to save children who are forced into prostitution led FBI agents to partner with their suburban law enforcement counterparts last month to look for potential victims on neighborhood streets, in area hotels and even on websites, authorities said.

    Rob Komosa died this year, 14 years after the Rolling Meadows High School football accident that left him paralyzed.

    Quinn to require schools insure athletes

    Gov. Pat Quinn today will sign legislation requiring Illinois high schools to carry insurance covering catastrophic sports accidents, making law a cause Rob Komosa fought for from his 1999 paralyzing football injury until his death earlier this year.

    Trainer Jillian McAfee leads Genie Przybylski of Oswego, Diane Reiter of Aurora, and Kim Tremblay of Bolingbrook in a circuit training class at Downsize Fitness’ new gym in Naperville. One of four locations of “the world’s first overweight-only gym,” the Naperville facility opened July 1 at 1960 Springbrook Square Drive, Suite 104.

    New Naperville gym for overweight exercisers only

    Diane Reiter of Aurora would notice two types of people every time she started a membership at a gym — the people with a few pounds to lose and the athletes. She's neither. With a significant amount of weight to lose, Reiter is among clients at Downsize Fitness in Naperville.

    Seth Gasick of Wheaton captured his winning image in the Rockies near Breckenridge, Colo.

    Wheaton photographer ‘peaks’ with mountain goat photo

    Wheaton's Seth Gasick is studying accounting and finance in college, but it was an image he captured of a mountain goat in Colorado that captured first prize in this month's Photo Finish contest.

    In this image take from a security camera, pedestrians scatter as a car drives through a packed afternoon crowd along the Venice Beach boardwalk Saturday in Los Angeles. At least a dozen people were injured, and one of them died later at the hospital, according to police.

    1 killed, suspect detained in LA beach crash

    A driver plowed into a crowd walking along one of the most popular beach boardwalks in Southern California Saturday evening, killing one person, injuring 11 others and leaving behind a chaotic scene strewn with bleeding victims, officials and witnesses said. The victim died at a hospital a few hours after the crash at the Venice Beach boardwalk, Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Neiman said.



    Northern Illinois Lightning tryouts scheduled

    The Northern Illinois Lightning has scheduled travel softball tryouts for Aug. 6, 7, 10 and 11.

    White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham makes a sliding, over-the-shoulder catch of a Prince Fielder popup in the eighth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Tigers.

    There are still good reasons to watch White Sox

    With the nonwaiver trade deadline passed, Jake Peavy, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton gone, and the possibility Alex Rios is dealt before the end of this month, the most important thing the White Sox now can do is move forward.


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. New York Yankees


    In support of a one-of-a-kind sport

    This week, for all those who doubt that baseball is the most tried-and-true, most intellectual, quirkiest and simply greatest game on earth, I have a few questions for you. How many other major pro sports leagues have histories that date to the Ulysses S. Grant administration? Where else can you blatantly steal something and not only avoid being arrested but be cheered for it? Or earn millions of dollars and wide acclaim for failing to do your job between 60-70 percent of the time?

    Enjoying their experience at Doug Bruno’s basketball camp this summer were, from left, Brooke Karpinske, Liz Schram, Kelsey McGraw, Gabby Rogalovich and Mercedes Uribe.

    Doug Bruno Camp a rite of passage for generations of basketball players

    The Doug Bruno girls basketball camp is essentially a Chicago institution, a rite of passage for multiple generations of young area players. Bruno, the longtime women’s basketball head coach at DePaul, has been running his summer basketball camps for 37 years now with his business partner David Rosengard, the athletic director at Niles West High School.


    Even bigger chance for Frey to impress Bears coaches

    After spending his rookie season on the practice squad, Bears cornerback Isaiah Frey has made an impact in his second training camp, earning significant playing time, which will increase following the week-to-week hamstring injury suffered by nickel cornerback Kelvin Hayden Saturday night.

    Third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to be in the lineup Monday night when the Yankees visit U.S. Cellular Field.

    A-Rod brings baseball’s circus to Chicago

    The Bronx Zoo becomes the South Side circus Monday night with the Yankees in town. Expectations are that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended earlier in the day but be eligible to play after filing an appeal.

    Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva allowed only 1 run and 2 hits in 6 innings Sunday but still took the loss against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs’ offense keeps coming up empty

    The Cubs ended a disastrous homestand Sunday with a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Cubs pitchers held L.A. batters to just 2 hits, but the offense was shut out for the second straight game. Now, the Cubs have to make sure they don't start a downward spiral like the one that happened last year, when they lost 101 games.


    Cubs’ Watkins gets hit in major-league debut

    Logan Watkins made his major-league debut for the Cubs Sunday after being called up from Class AAA Iowa. Watkins replaces the injured Luis Valbuena on the roster. Watkins didn't even answer his phone the first time it rang, with his minor-league manager on the line to give the good news.


    Webster, Boomers win 3-1

    Seth Webster pitched the third nine-inning complete game in franchise history in a 3-1 victory for the Schaumburg Boomers over the Rockford Aviators on Sunday. Webster allowed just 4 hits and an unearned run.


    Cougars fall 11-1 at Clinton

    Scott DeCecco worked 8 innings for the host Clinton LumberKings and allowed just 1 run as the Kane County Cougars fell 11-1 on Sunday.

    White Sox right fielder Alex Rios chases a ball hit for an RBI double by Detroit Tigers’ Alex Avila during the seventh inning Sunday in Detroit.

    Sox lose their 10th straight

    Paul Konerko’s ninth-inning homer sent the game into extra innings. All that did was prolong another defeat for Chicago — these White Sox are reaching new lows. Torii Hunter’s RBI single in the 12th inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday, extending Chicago’s losing streak to 10 games. It’s the team’s first double-digit skid since June 1976.

    Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva throws a pitch in the first inning Sunday against the Dodgers.

    Dodgers continue road streak, beat Cubs 1-0

    A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single, Stephen Fife pitched into the sixth inning in his return from the disabled list, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their franchise-record road winning streak to 14 games with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Dodgers also swept the Cubs in a series of four or more games at Wrigley Field for the first time since 1988.

    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees talks to teammates during overtime against Stanford on Oct. 13 in South Bend, Ind.

    Rees excited about 2nd chance as Notre Dame’s starting QB

    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees is excited about opening practice Monday knowing he will be the starter for the opening game against Temple. Although Rees has started 18 games for the Fighting Irish over the past three seasons, the senior has never started the season opener.

    Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the Sunday’s round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

    Woods coasts to 8th win at Bridgestone

    Tiger Woods played safe and smart with a big lead, parring 16 holes in an even-par 70 Sunday to coast to a seven-shot victory at the Bridgestone Invitational for his eighth win at the event — matching the PGA Tour record he shares for victories in a single tournament.

    Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

    Kahne holds off Gordon at Pocono Raceway

    Kasey Kahne got the jump on Jeff Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway.

    American Stacy Lewis poses with the trophy after winning the Women’s British Open golf championship Sunday on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland.

    Lewis wins Women’s British Open

    American Stacy Lewis finished with a pair of exquisite birdies on the Old Course on Sunday and closed with an even-par 72 at the Women's British Open. It’s her second major on the LPGA Tour, and it ends a record streak of 10 straight majors won by Asian players.

    Michelle Wie tees off on the 13th during the third round of the Women’s British Open golf championship Saturday on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland.

    Wie, Piller added to Solheim Cup team

    The U.S. Solheim Cup team was completed Sunday at St. Andrews when Morgan Pressel tied for fourth and bumped Jennifer Johnson from the last of two spots through the world ranking. Mallon took Michelle Wie and Solheim Cup rookie Gerina Piller as her captain’s picks.

    Alex Rodriguez, the biggest name in the Biogenesis case, throws to second base Saturday during a Class AA game in Trenton, N.J.

    As PED-Day looms, will it deter drugs in baseball?

    Major League Baseball was poised to levy significant drug suspensions Monday, with three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez and All-Stars Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta facing the stiffest penalties in the Biogenesis case. But will the upcoming penalties serve as a deterrent?

    The U.S. women’s 4x100 medley relay team, from left, Jessica Hardy, Missy Franklin and Dana Vollmer celebrate after Megan Romano, not in the photo. anchored them to the gold medal Sunday at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

    Missy Franklin wins record 6th gold

    Missy Franklin has become the winningest female swimmer at the world championships. Franklin claimed her sixth gold medal Sunday night, swimming the leadoff leg for the Americans in the 400-meter medley relay.

    The Cubs’ Luis Valbuena is on the DL with a strained muscle.

    Cubs put Valbuena on DL, recall Watkins

    The Cubs placed infielder Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday because he strained a muscle on his right side. Chicago recalled infielder Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa to take his place.

    Bobby Petrino was fired by Arkansas for a “pattern of misleading” behavior after he was hurt in a motorcycle accident with his mistress as a passenger.

    Petrino starts over with Hilltoppers

    Bobby Petrino can’t wait for the first day of his second chance Western Kentucky has given him. The disgraced former Arkansas coach will begin a new chapter of his coaching career when he opens practice Monday with the Hilltoppers.

    South Korea’s Inbee Park putts on the 9th green during the fourth round of the Women’s British Open golf championship Sunday on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland.

    Park ends bid for 4 straight majors

    Inbee Park’s bid for a Grand Slam ended long before she walked up to the 18th green at St. Andrews, giving her plenty of time to find perspective. “I’ve done something amazing this season,” she said. “I won three straight majors. I don’t know if I can do that again.” Park closed with rounds of 74-78, more than a dozen shots out of the lead at the Women's British Open.



    Work Advice: Is the photo in your email G-rated?

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

    This combination image of Associated Press file photos shows from left, Philip Falcone testifying in Washington on Nov. 13, 2008, Raj Rajaratnam leaving Federal Court in New York on Thursday, March 10, 2011, Kenneth Griffin testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, and Steven Cohen attending a benefit on Dec. 10, 2009, in New York. Hedge funds, once the rock stars of the financial industry, have had their public image bruised in recent years. Including the Justice Department's decision Thursday, July 25, 2013, to accuse the once-high-flying SAC Capital of making hundreds of millions of dollars illegally and allowing insider trading. (AP Photo/File)

    Hedge funds: from rock stars to fallen stars?

    The hedge fund industry’s performance has been spotty in recent years; its public image, bruised. SAC Capital Advisors became the latest high-flyer brought low when the Justice Department on Thursday accused it of allowing insider trading and making hundreds of millions of dollars illegally.

    A National Association of Realtors survey of people who bought a home between July 2011 and June 2012 showed that nearly 80 percent of first-time homebuyers were 32 years-old or younger.

    Financial considerations for homebuyers over 40

    Tackling that first home purchase after 40 can be easier in some ways than when you’re just staring out in your career, but it also brings its own set of financial factors. “It’s important to consider the financial work you have left,” says Eleanor Blayney, consumer advocate for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards based in Washington D.C.


    More leasing fuels highest U.S. sales since 2007

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Toyota is using $199-a- month leases on its Camry to keep it the top-selling car in the United States, much as it did to recover from record recalls and Japan’s tsunami. Now it’s pulling the rest of the industry with it.Once primarily a tool for selling luxury vehicles, leasing is becoming common among hot-selling family sedans, such as Ford’s Fusion and Honda’s Accord. Supported by high used-car prices, low interest rates and Americans’ tendency to buy vehicles based on the monthly payments, U.S. auto leasing is at the highest levels in at least a decade and pacing the industry’s best year since 2007.“It’s a great way to present a product at very affordable monthly prices,” Peter DeLongchamps, a vice president for Group 1 Automotive Inc., the fourth-largest U.S. auto dealership group and one of the nation’s biggest Toyota retailers, said by telephone. “There’s absolutely no question” Toyota is using leasing to contend in an increasingly competitive mid-size car segment.Leasing’s share of U.S. new-vehicle sales has been at least 22.5 percent in every month this year, according to J.D. Power & Associates. The four top months for lease penetration in the last decade, the extent of Power’s data, were in 2013, and each of the year’s first six months rank among the top nine, the Westlake Village, Calif.-based researcher said.The momentum for leasing is driving U.S. car and light truck sales to a six-year high. Deliveries may climb 15 percent for July to 1.33 million, the average estimate of nine analysts in a survey by Bloomberg News. The annualized industry sales rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, may climb to 15.8 million, the average of 15 estimates, from 14.1 million a year earlier.The industry sales pace for the month keeps the U.S. on track for its best year since 16.1 million vehicles were sold in 2007. It’s also further evidence of the disparate paths of the American auto industry and the city of Detroit, which filed the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy in history this month.The reasons for leasing’s strength extend beyond the race for the top-selling U.S. car. Industrywide gains in product quality and strong used-car prices allow automakers to project higher values for their vehicles when leases expire. This trend is combining with record-low interest rates in allowing the companies to offer cheaper monthly payments.Leasing has historically tended to be more common on high- end models, accounting for roughly half of sales for some. David Welch, a product manager for a technology company in San Jose, Calif., signed a two-year lease on a Mercedes E350 4Matic during the Fourth of July weekend.“Moving into luxury cars, it made so much more sense to rent them than to buy them,” Welch said in a telephone interview. “For two years, I’ve got a car where I’ve only got to put gas and insurance into it.”Leasing’s expansion into more mainstream segments also can cultivate loyal customers who can move up into higher-priced vehicles for their future purchases, said Kevin Tynan, an auto analyst for Bloomberg Industries in Skillman, N.J.“It does create move-ups,” he said. “Instead of being in a compact car and having to lease, you’ll get people up from compact cars into mid-size cars by being aggressive there.”Buyers are showing “growing acceptance” of leasing in more segments, including mid-size cars, said Bill Fay, a Toyota group vice president. The prices paid for Toyota’s vehicles at the end of their lease, known as resale or residual values, tend to rank among the highest in the industry.“We’re going to leverage a good position we have from resale values to use that as an advantage,” Fay said in a phone interview. “It allows us to offer very competitive monthly payments.”

    New Audi cars are seen at an automobile dealer in Baghdad, Iraq. A spike in violence is spilling over to Iraq’s struggling economy, with an increasingly murky future making customers reluctant to spend and the re-emergence of sectarian threats forcing costly changes to the way business is done.

    Iraq’s worsening security woes hit local economy

    A spike in violence is spilling over to Iraq’s struggling economy, with an increasingly murky future making customers reluctant to spend and the re-emergence of sectarian threats forcing costly changes to the way business is done. The wave of violence is the deadliest since Iraq teetered on the edge of civil war half a decade ago.


    Following Bernanke means using precedent of unprecedented policy

    At the Fed, Chairman Ben Bernanke engineered the most unconventional experiment in U.S. monetary-policy history using trillions of dollars in direct bond purchases to lower long-term interest rates and expanding the central bank’s role as lender of last resort. “The unconventional policy is going to have to become conventional,” said Adam Posen, former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member who is now president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.

    University of Pennsylvania professor Peter Struck, accompanied by teaching assistant Cat Gillespie, teaches a mythology class during a live recording of a massive, open, online classes (MOOC), in Philadelphia. Recent financial pressures and new technologies are opening cracks in traditional, age-old structures of higher education. Terms like ‘credit hour’ and even the definition of what it means to be a college are in flux. Higher education is becoming ‘unbundled.’ Individual classes and degrees are losing their connections to single institutions, in much the same way iTunes has unbundled songs from whole albums, and the Internet is increasingly unbundling television shows and networks from bulky cable packages.

    Education innovation blooms in recession’s wake

    Major innovations — forged by the struggles of the Great Recession and fostered by technology — are coming to higher education. Investment dollars are flooding in — a record-smashing 168 venture capital deals in the United States alone last year, according to conference host GSV Advisors. The computing power of “the cloud” and “big data” are unleashing new software. Public officials, desperate to cut costs and measure results, are open to change.

    Ken Anderson, vice president for sales and business development at Universal Synaptics, a company that manufactures computer systems to help the military do maintenance work on planes, vehicles and other equipment, is shown Tuesday holding a Navy aircraft weapon replaceable assembly as he sits at a desk at his office in Roy, Utah.

    Uncle Sam a tougher customer for small businesses

    Ken Anderson usually goes to 20 or more trade shows a year to meet with hundreds of Department of Defense employees who are interested in buying the technology made by his company, Universal Synaptics. But federal agencies’ travel budgets were slashed in the so-called sequestration cuts that took effect March 1, so many of the shows were canceled. Now Anderson is spending more time and money flying to meetings at government facilities. Instead of going to one show, he has to make as many as 10 trips.


    When a mutual fund says it doesn’t want your money

    The market is at a record high, and more than 300 mutual funds have closed their doors to anyone who wants to put money in the fund for the first time. The funds run a wide range, specializing in everything from short-term U.S. bonds to dividend-paying Asian stocks. Of the 315 funds closed to new investors, 56 made the move during the first seven months of 2013, according to data from Morningstar.

    U.S. households plan to spend an average 7.8 percent less for this year’s back-to-school shopping season because of the bumpy economic recovery, the National Retail Federation says.

    Back-to-school shopping likely to be less this year

    U.S. households are planning to shell out an average of 7.8 percent less for this year’s back-to-school shopping season because of the bumpy economic recovery, the National Retail Federation says. The potentially lackluster spending is one more signal that consumers are conflicted about the strength of the recovery and the stability of their buying power.

Life & Entertainment

    Glasgow-born actor and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi, as he appeared in London in this file photo dated May 12, 2013. Peter Capaldi is named late Sunday Aug. 4, 2013, as the next lead star for the long-running British science fiction TV series “Doctor Who.”

    Meet the new star of 'Doctor Who'

    Peter Capaldi is going from spin doctor to “Doctor Who.” The BBC announced Sunday that the Scottish actor, best known as venom-spitting political fixer Malcolm Tucker in the sitcom “The Thick of It” and its film spin-off, “In the Loop,” is the new star of “Doctor Who,” the famed science fiction series soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

    Trench (Denzel Washington) and Stig (Mark Wahlberg) don’t know they both are working as undercover agents in “2 Guns.”

    ’2 Guns’ shoots to No. 1 at box office

    The action-packed “2 Guns” is No. 1 at the weekend box office. The Universal film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg pulled the trigger to capture the top spot with $27.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

    Jillian Mueller performs the iconic “Water Dance” in “Flashdance The Musical,” coming to the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.

    'Flashdance' obsession comes full circle with dancer's lead role

    As a 7-year-old, Jillian Mueller was so enamored of dancing that her New Jersey parents got her all kinds of movies for Christmas that dealt with dance. One of those was the 1983 film “Flashdance,” which stars Jennifer Beals as Alex Owens, a spunky 18-year-old Pittsburg welder by day and an exotic dancer by night who has aspirations of becoming a ballerina. “I became obsessed with it,” said Mueller, who is starring as Alex in the national tour of “Flashdance — The Musical,” which comes to Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre for a 16-performance run Tuesday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 18.


    Equip sedentary daughter for life beyond TV

    Q. I am the father of a 13-year-old daughter who is not very active. She would rather sit on the couch and watch TV than do anything else, whereas most of her friends play sports or do other exercise-related activities.

    Sean and Karen Slavin of Woodstock sing “Over the Rainbow” during Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. They will be competing against the other nine finalists on Sunday, Aug. 4.

    Sunday picks: It's Suburban Chicago's Got Talent time

    See the top 10 finalists and vote for your favorites in the next round of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent on Sunday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Real cannons are featured today in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” at Ravinia. The tweens will be screaming when Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice take the stage tonight at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

    Catedral de Santiago on the main square in Antigua, Guatemala, the country’s former capital. The church is considered a symbol of the city, which boasts one of the best collections of Spanish colonial buildings in the Americas and is a popular destination for tourists.

    Safe Guatemala visit requires careful planning

    Everyone told me not to go. Even a friend who lived in Guatemala for six months advised me against going. I planned the trip and canceled it twice. But in the end I let my traveler’s instincts persuade me that it couldn’t be that bad. And for the most part, Guatemala seemed safer to me than what I expected. With common-sense precautions and careful planning, I minimized risks and was able to enjoy one of the most fascinating and affordable countries I’ve ever visited.

    The Sorlandet is an international vessel from Norway, sailing in fresh water for the first time in 80 years.

    Tall Ships festival sailing into Navy Pier

    Whether you’re a nautical nut or just like to admire beautiful boats, Tall Ships Chicago will once again be docking at Navy Pier. During the five-day event, Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 7-11, which occurs once every three years, visitors can explore the festival grounds, view 14 Tall Ships — including the Unicorn, owned by a Naperville native and the world’s only tall ship with an all-female crew — board a vessel for a dockside tour, get a taste of life at sea with a sail-away cruise and watch more than 100 match races.

    "Light of the World" by James Lee Burke

    Burke’s latest novel is a superb crime story

    “Light of the World” begins with James Lee Burke’s most popular protagonists, Sheriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux of New Iberia, La., and his menacing sidekick, Clete Purcel, vacationing in Montana with their grown daughters, Alafair and Gretchen. But when someone tries to kill Alafair with an arrow, it’s clear that trouble followed them there.

    Tons of free, hot, buttered, sweet corn will be the highlight of the 66th annual Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota, Ill.

    On the road: Sweet on corn festival

    It’s August and the kids are getting grumpy about their waning summer freedom so sow some fun in Mendota, Ill., a town that may have the corner on kernels during its Sweet Corn Festival. Tons of free, hot, buttered Del Monte sweet corn will be the highlight of the of the 66th annual celebration. Also, Retro on Roscoe, a flashback weekend of pure fun, features six full blocks of entertainment in Roscoe Village.


    Book notes
    Amy Gail Hansen reads from and signs copies of her debut novel, "The Butterfly Sister," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.


    Skip a tip and you might pay for it later

    Tipping has really heated up. Tip jars grace the counters of fast-food restaurants and coffee shops. Tips are expected. It’s no longer an arbitrary thing subject to the discretion of the guest. Even for poor service, you better cough up 15 percent to 20 percent or you might have an angry waiter chasing you down the street.

    In Rock Island, the bike path passes along the Mississippi River levee.

    Exploring the Quad Cities by bike

    Sure you can drive along the riverfront while visiting the Quad Cities. But what's the fun in that? Instead, how about pedaling along on a bike and taking in the scenery and sights. On a bike we can get some exercise and learn a bit about the Quad Cities by visiting places like Rock Island Arsenal, Lock and Dam No. 15, John Deere Commons, the Colonel Davenport House and Government Bridge. Oh, and there’s shopping in the boutiques of the village of East Davenport, concerts at LeClaire Park and baseball games at Modern Woodmen Park.

    Musician Buddy Guy has released a new album “Rhythm & Blues.”

    Buddy Guy pushing for blues on radio

    Buddy Guy knows that blues music isn’t the taste of today’s youth, but the Chicago guitar legend wants to show directors at radio stations and aspiring musicians that the classic sound is still alive with his new album, “Rhythm & Blues.” “I’m not saying play the blues every day like everything else,” said Guy, who released the album last week on the same day he turned 77. “Just play the blues two or three times a week and I’ll be happy with that.”

    Fall crops, such as cabbage, can be planted now.

    Monitor soil, provide water as needed

    Although there was lots of rain in spring and early summer, conditions now have become warmer and drier. Monitor the soil in your garden and provide supplemental water to plants installed over the last three years as needed.

    This Victorian home in Barrington won a grand prize in the Schaumburg-based Chicago Paint and Coatings Association’s annual Painted Ladies competition in 2009.

    What manner of manor is this?

    Victorian or Colonial revival? Modern or contemporary? Even if you’re just curious, knowing the style of a home can be helpful for buying, selling, remodeling or decorating.


    Tips on balancing room temperatures

    Q. We have central air-conditioning, but have a problem keeping all the rooms evenly cool. Someone is always too hot or too cool. What are some simple methods to balance the temperatures throughout the house?


    Try an easier option to stop leak before digging up yard

    Q. I need your opinion please. Last fall, we had a tornado sighting in Palatine. My finished basement had water coming in due to the heavy downpour. We called a large, well-known waterproofing company we had used before to fix three leaks in the foundation. It looks like the water is now coming from the window where it once did before.


    U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston has taken 23 privately funded trips in the past six years.

    Editorial: Roskam, Schakowsky and Congressional travel

    Citing examples by Jan Schakowsky and Peter Roskam, a Daily Herald editorial questions the traditions of Congressional travel.


    Will GOP faction rescue fading Obamacare?

    Columnist Michael Gerson: There are a few bold, determined public officials who may rescue Obamacare. Among them are Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Mike Lee, R-Utah.


    Pope has a message for all

    Columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez: It was hard not to be moved by the scenes this past week of the pope visiting the favelas -- slums -- of Varginha. Beautiful children, delighted mothers, beaming fathers -- they all held out their hands, hoping for a word and a prayer.


    If gay marriage OK, why not polygamy?
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: With all the hoopla about same-sex marriage I am surprised not to hear or read anything about polygamy.


    Response is needed to stem gun crime
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: Gun violence is an issue that will not be solved simply.


    Political hand-waiving on junk car lot?
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I am a retired ComEd lineman with 37 years of experience. I am writing in response to the article that appeared in the July 23 paper regarding East Dundee’s mayor, Lael Miller, and IAA, a junk yard dealer who wants to auction junk cars. IAA wants access across ComEd’s easement to move their junk cars. This would not be one or two cars, but possibly hundreds.


    St. Charles runner, Lombard walker should inspire us all

    A St. Charles man running across the country; a Lombard man walking to Atlanta; people using their cellphones on a carousel in North Barrington. All embody the same thing: Doing good for humanity, writes Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.


    Time to move on with Obamacare
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The biggest single driver of health care costs in America is uninsured Americans. None of us actually pay for our health care. We couldn’t afford it. We pay for health insurance.


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