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Interfaith group hosts Buffalo Grove walk to feed the hungry
Summer can be a tough time for local food pantries, as supplies garnered during year-end holiday drives start to run low. On Sunday, a group of suburban churches and synagogues did something about that.
Chicago Gay Pride Parade even more festive this year
About a million people packed Chicago streets Sunday for the first Gay Pride Parade since Illinois legalized gay marriage last month. Many who came early to grab a good spot along the route said the new law makes this year’s parade more festive — not a political statement.
Suspect in Gurnee woman’s murder turns himself in
The man accused of killing a Gurnee woman in a Kenosha, Wisconsin, bar turned himself in Sunday evening to police.Kenosha Police said M.L. Dale turned himself in at the Kenosha Police Station around 6 p.m. Sunday.
For sale: Small South Dakota town, bar included
A businessman looking to invest more time in his traveling concession business is seeking a buyer for his rural, southwestern South Dakota town — for the price of $400,000.
Al-Qaida splinter declares new Islamic caliphate
The al-Qaida breakaway group that has seized much of northeastern Syria and huge tracts of neighboring Iraq formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state on Sunday and demanded allegiance from Muslims worldwide.
Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs
President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. An administration official said Obama would announce McDonald’s appointment Monday.
Pistorius trial to resume after psychiatric tests
The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius resumes Monday after one month during which mental health experts evaluated the athlete to determine if he has an anxiety disorder that could have influenced his actions on the night he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Cats resuscitated after Hoffman Estates house fire
No one was injured early Sunday morning when fire broke out in a home on the 400 block of West Berkeley Lane in Hoffman Estates. Though the home’s residents were able to evacuate safely, two cats had to be rescued by firefighters.
Kline Creek Farm offers old-fashioned patriotic fun
Visitors celebrated the 4th of July the old-fashioned way — with 1890s games, music, speeches and more — at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago on Sunday. Children could be seen running through a field, chasing a handmade, tissue paper hot air balloon and playing baseball the way it would have been played more than 100 years ago.
Despite the grousing, voters rarely fire lawmakers
Congress is wildly unpopular. In fact, two-thirds of Americans want their own House member booted. And the tea party is dogging longtime Republican lawmakers. So incumbents are sweating out this year’s election, right? Nope. Mostly they’re not. People talk about throwing the bums out, but voters keep sending the same bunch back in.
The water flies at annual Fox Lake fire fest
As in past years, things got soaking wet at the 56th annual Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Department Festival. The two-day fest, held Saturday and Sunday outside the Bingo Hall on Washington Street, included plenty of food, beverages and live entertainment. But the traditional water fights were the highlight once again.
Schaumburg police seek help after bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run
Schaumburg police are seeking the public’s help in locating a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash Saturday afternoon that left a 52-year-old man hospitalized with serious head injuries. Authorities said the crash occurred about 2:43 p.m. when the car collided with the Schaumburg man’s bicycle near the intersection of Wise Road and Cranbrook Drive.
Border Patrol has lots of agents — in wrong places
Remote video processing by agents in one location of people arrested elsewhere along the border reveals a perpetual predicament that has long bedeviled the Border Patrol. Many agents wind up stationed in places where crossing activity is slowest because the agency struggles to keep up with constantly shifting migration patterns.
NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss
Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy — this time on a different rocket. The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes. Some of the carbon dioxide is sucked up by trees and oceans, and the rest is lofted into the...
One dead, one injured in Waukegan crash
One person was killed and another critically injured when their vehicle slammed into a utility pole in 1700 block of North Lewis Avenue in Waukegan just after 3 a.m. Sunday. According to Waukegan police, the passenger of the vehicle, C.J. Allen McGill, 24, of Beach Park, was killed instantly.
Wauconda board meets
The Wauconda village board will meet Tuesday to discuss installing an emergency siren at the Wauconda Park District’s Cook Park, as well as other issues.
Book drive in Vernon Hills
In partnership with the Summer of Service Day Camp and Bernie’s Book Bank, the Vernon Hills Park District will host a children’s book drive from July 7 to July 21.
Island Lake to review fines
Prompted by a discussion about the fines for uncut grass, Island Lake officials said they’re going to review the local ordinances and prepare a new list of fines.
Kane County Bar Association, volunteers help with legal advice
Thanks to volunteer attorneys, the Kane County Bar Association offers programs that act as a starting point for people who must navigate the legal system; Geneva mourns the loss of a police department records specialist.
Good Shepherd entrance, lobby to close July 1
As part of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s ongoing modernization project, on Tuesday, July 1 the main hospital entrance and lobby will close for approximately 18 months, as they too undergo a complete renovation.
Stay off the grass, Arlington Hts. paradegoers
Once again, Arlington Heights is reminding people not to “reserve” their spots for the Fourth of July parade until 7 p.m., July 3, the night before.
Des Plaines teacher wins national award
Anne Beranek, a physical education/health teacher at Iroquois Community School in Des Plaines, is among 39 teachers nationally who will receive the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence.
Woodland charity golf outing
The Woodland Educational Foundation is sponsoring its 8th annual golf outing on July 17, at the Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Benghazi case unfolds against political backdrop
The first prosecution arising from the Benghazi attacks is playing out in the federal courthouse blocks from both the White House and Capitol Hill, an appropriate setting for a case that has drawn stark lines between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress.
Ukraine president talks to Putin, Merkel, Hollande
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tried to keep his peace plan to settle the conflict with pro-Russian separatists on track in a four-way phone call Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Germany. The two-hour conversation came ahead of a Monday deadline that European Union leaders set for Russia and the separatists to take steps to ease the violence,...
Police investigating deadly Cahokia shooting
Police in southern Illinois say they’re investigating the shooting death of a 45-year-old Cahokia woman. Police say Cassandra Holman was found shot several times on Friday. On Saturday the Major Case Squad of St. Louis said it is looking for two persons of interest in her death.
9 injured in New Orleans shooting
Nine people were injured, including one critically, after a shooting on touristy Bourbon Street in New Orleans’ celebrated French Quarter. One person was in critical condition after the early Sunday shooting, said New Orleans police spokesman Frank Robertson. Seven others were hospitalized in stable condition. The remaining victim’s condition was not available.
Man sets self on fire in apparent protest in Tokyo
A man set himself on fire at Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku railway station on Sunday in what appears to be a rare violent political protest. The man, who appeared in his 50s or 60s, was taken to the hospital after suffering serious injuries, said Daiji Kubota, an officer at the Shinjuku police station. He said the man’s identity and the reason for the self-immolation was under investigation.
Soccer fan hospitalized after lightning strike
Lightning struck outside a soccer stadium before an MLS game, sending an off-duty firefighter who went into cardiac arrest to the hospital and forcing the postponement of the Columbus Crew’s game against FC Dallas. The lightning strike was in the parking lot of Crew Stadium on Saturday night, but it’s not known if the off-duty lieutenant was struck directly, Columbus Fire Department...
Moderate quake felt in Arizona, New Mexico
A moderate earthquake struck in Arizona near the New Mexico line that was widely felt across the region, but no injuries or damages were immediately reported. County sheriffs’ offices on both sides of the state line reported receiving numerous phone calls after Saturday’s magnitude 5.2 quake shook the largely rural region.
Barrington swimmer helps others achieve dreams
After coming close to swimming the English Channel, Barrington's Don Macdonald had to scale back his goals due to a nearly fatal heart ailment. Instead, he merely kayaked around Manhattan Island on Saturday.
Cruise ship returns to Seattle following fire
Officials say a fire aboard a cruise ship carrying nearly 3,000 people prompted the vessel to return to port in Seattle. Holland America says that there were no injuries among the guests and crew of the MS Westerdam following the blaze Saturday night.
Mars ‘flying saucer’ splashes down after NASA test
NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft — and one day even astronauts — safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down. Saturday’s $150 million experiment is the first of three involving the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator vehicle. Tests are being conducted at...
Hillary Clinton struggles in discussing her wealth
Hillary Rodham Clinton is a hardworking champion of women, children and the poor. Or she’s a wealthy elitist more comfortable in Davos, Switzerland, than Davenport, Iowa. Which is it? If Clinton decides to again run for president, how voters answer that question could play a role in whether she’s able to win the White House.
How Hillary Clinton has talked about family wealth
A look at how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton have discussed their family’s wealth in recent interviews.
Vernon Hills mom starts Girl Scout troop for deaf
Lake Villa resident Kim Olsen couldn't help but smile as she looked out a window to watch her daughter participate in a Girl Scout troop flag ceremony. Olsen's 5-year-old daughter, Emily, is deaf. And what's making Olsen smile is seeing Emily having fun like other children her age because she's in Girl Scout Troop 40735 in Lake County, which caters to deaf and hard of hearing children.
For Cubs' Epstein, connections with Boston are real
The Cubs are in Boston for an interleague series this week against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. For Cubs president Theo Epstein, the series is personal. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles sat down with Epstein recently for a question-and-answer session that touched on all things Boston and Chicago.
Pattern says White Sox a .500 team
Barely past the midpoint of the season, the White Sox have displayed again just how quickly things can change, as White Sox Insider Chris Rongey explains in this week's column.
Fast start lifts Boomers to 10-1 win
The Schaumburg Boomers scored 8 runs in the first inning and erased a five-game losing streak with a 10-1 victory over the host Evansville Otters on Sunday. The Boomers sent 13 men to the plate in the first inning
Brockmeyer hits for cycle in Cougars’ win
When Cael Brockmeyer sent a flyball to right-center, the main focus was if the ball was going to be caught or not. The idea of the Cougars catcher completing a cycle was an afterthought, but it turned out to be the highlight and difference in the game. Brockmeyer’s 2-run homer gave the Cougars (8-2, 53-27) a 9-7 victory over the Beloit Snappers (2-8, 32-48) Sunday at Pohlman Field.
Good time to revisit All-Star Game and festivities
With the All-Star Game and its surrounding activities approaching in a couple weeks in Minneapolis, Cubs Insider Len Kasper shares a few thoughts on the format, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby, and why he wants to see an Old Timers All-Star Game in the mix.
This pendulum has swung Rizzo’s way
In the latest update on the Anthony Rizzo-Andrew Cashner trade, the pendulum has swung in favor of Rizzo, the Cubs and Theo Epstein. Stay tuned for futher developments.
Justin Rose wins Quicken Loans National in playoff
BETHESDA, Md. — Justin Rose got his mistake out of the way early and won the Quicken Loans National in a playoff Sunday over Shawn Stefani.Tied for the lead on the 18th hole, Rose tried to hit through the trees and put it into the water. He atoned for the mistake by making a 15-foot bogey putt and got into a sudden-death playoff when Stefani made bogey on the 17th hole.In the playoff, Stefani punched out from the trees and repeated Rose’s mistake by hooking his shot into the water. Stefan made double bogey, and Rose won with a par.Both finished at 4-under 280.It was Rose’s first win since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion. Congressional made it feel like he won another U.S. Open.
Costa Rica beats Greece with penalty kicks
RECIFE, Brazil — Ten-man Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.Theofanis Gekas saw his penalty saved by Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas for the only miss in the shootout. Costa Rica had taken the lead early in the second half of regulation time through captain Bryan Ruiz but then had defender Oscar Duarte sent off in the 66th minute. Greece equalized in injury time of regulation time when Sokratis Papastathopoulos smashed in a rebound and finally made the team’s numerical advantage pay.Costa Rica will play the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.
Quintana gets win, Sox blank Blue Jays
TORONTO — Moises Sierra hit a solo home run, Jose Quintana won back-to-back starts for the first time this season and the White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Sunday for their third straight win.Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single as the White Sox posted their first shutout of the season and won three straight for the first time in more than a month. Chicago swept a home series against Cleveland from May 26-28. They’d gone 8-17 since before Friday’s 5-4 victory began the current streak.Quintana (5-7) allowed three hits in seven innings, improving to 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts against the Blue Jays. Quintana walked two and struck out seven.Eric Surkamp worked the eighth and Jake Petricka finished.Facing his former team for the second time, Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle (10-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing two runs and six hits in eight innings. He walked two and struck out five.Buehrle lost four straight decisions for first time since losing four in a row for Miami from June 1-19, 2012. He has not won since June 1 against Kansas City.Buehrle, who spent the first 11 seasons of his career with Chicago, beat the White Sox in Toronto on April 15, 2013.Gordon Beckham hit a two-out double off Buehrle in the third and scored when Abreu followed with a first-pitch single to left.Sierra, who began the season with Toronto but was designated for assignment on May 1, doubled Chicago’s lead with a one-out blast in the fourth.Toronto’s Jose Reyes hit a one-out double in the eighth and, one out later, Edwin Encarnacion walked. Jose Bautista, who hadn’t played since leaving last Sunday’s game at Cincinnati with a strained left hamstring, pinch hit for Dioner Navarro, but grounded into a fielder’s choice.Tyler Flowers capped the scoring with a two-run single off former White Sox closer Sergio Santos in the ninth.NOTES: Bautista ran in the outfield before the game and said his leg was still sore. He hopes to be able to DH Tuesday. ... The Blue Jays are off Monday before opening a two-game series against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Brewers RH Marco Estrada (7-4) faces Toronto RH Drew Hutchison (5-6). ... The White Sox return home to begin a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. Angels RH Garrett Richards (8-2) faces Chicago RH Hector Noesi (2-5).
Late penalty gives Dutch 2-1 win over Mexico
FORTALEZA, Brazil — Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Wesley Sneijder scored late goals Sunday to give the Netherlands a 2-1 victory over Mexico and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.Huntelaar, who came on as a 76th-minute substitute, scored the winning goal from the penalty spot deep in injury time after Rafael Marquez brought down Arjen Robben in the area.“You don’t know when your chance will come, but it was today, and so you grab it with both hands,” said Huntelaar, who was making his first appearance at this year’s World Cup. “And it was fantastic.”Giovani Dos Santos gave the Mexicans the lead in the 48th minute, but Sneijder equalized for the Dutch in the 88th. It was the first time Sneijder, who scored five goals at the last World Cup in South Africa, has found the net in Brazil.Robben has already scored three goals for the Dutch at this year’s tournament, but after earning the late penalty, he handed the ball to Huntelaar.“Klaas is a great penalty taker. He was fresh, had just come on and I had faith in him,” Robben said. “I asked him if he wanted to take it and he was very sure of himself.”Huntelaar and Sneijder scored the goals at the hot and steamy Arena Castelao, but it was Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal that may just deserve the credit for making a crucial tactical change during the second of two official cooling breaks.As he did earlier against Australia, the master tactician again switched his team around in the second half, changing from the more defensive 5-3-2 system to the traditional Dutch attacking 4-3-3 formation. “Yes, we escaped,” Van Gaal said. “But we showed that we could create more chances with 4-3-3, and the players handled this shift very well.”Van Gaal said he made his critical switch during the second-half break, huddling with his players as they drank from bottles on the sideline.“I moved to ‘Plan B’ at the cooling break after (Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo) Ochoa made an amazing save,” said Van Gaal, soon to be the manager at Manchester United. “That is a good way to take advantage of those breaks.”Ochoa had kept his team in the match with two great saves in the second half, but he was beaten by Sneijder’s powerful drive and guessed wrong when diving in an attempt to stop Huntelaar’s penalty.The Mexicans had conceded only one goal in three group matches and looked like they would keep another clean sheet until the late collapse.It was heartbreak again for Mexico, which has now reached the second stage of the World Cup six straight times without winning. The last time the team made the quarterfinals was when it hosted the tournament in 1986.After the final whistle, the Mexican players collapsed, distraught on the turf while many of their fans were in tears.Mexico coach Miguel Herrera blamed the referee for the loss, saying Robben dived to earn the penalty.“Today it was the man with the whistle who eliminated us from the World Cup,” Herrera said.“If a referee invents a penalty, you’re out of the World Cup,” Herrera added. “I hope they have a look at what happened and that this gentleman goes home just like we are.”It was the fourth straight win for the Netherlands at the World Cup after routing defending champion Spain 5-1 and beating Australia 3-2 and Chile 2-0 in Group B.The Dutch will next face either Costa Rica or Greece in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Salvador.“Unbelievable,” Robben said. “Five minutes from full time, we were out.”
Reinsdorf's cheap? What a bunch of Bull
The Bulls and Jerry Reinsdorf continue to fight the narrative that they are cheap. But it's always wrong and intrinsically damaging to both Reinsdorf and the Bulls.
U.S. getting ready for Belgium World Cup clash
Highly physical, probably defensive and anxiety-ridden for sure. Not exactly the kind of happy football that fans have enjoyed so far at the World Cup, but it's the likely scenario for Tuesday's second-round clash between Belgium and the United States. The stakes certainly are high enough. Belgium has not reached the quarterfinals since 1986 and the U.S. team has already exceeded expectations by emerging from a tough opening group and wants to ride that momentum.
Breaking down Cubs, Sox standouts so far
By the time the All-Star Game comes, on Tuesday, July 15, the White Sox will have played 96 of their 162 games, and the Cubs 94. You’ll be inundated with midseason reports. So since the Sox have played 82 and the Cubs 80, allow me to get the jump. This week we look at upside since Opening Day.
Kristufek’s Arlington selections for June 29
Joe Kristufek's selections for June 29 racing at Arlington International.
Harley helps put electric motorcycles in spotlight
While startups like Zero, Brammo and Mission are producing state-of-the-art electric motorcycles on the West Coast, Harley-Davidson has decided to jump into the fray. The Milwaukee-based manufacturer announced its LiveWire this month and plans to offer demo rides to gauge interest nationwide before going into production.
Despite Food Network win, food court taco stand struggles
Taco in a Bag may have had the good fortune to appear on a national reality TV show, but for the two men who run the West Dundee eatery, reality hit once the afterglow wore off and profits went south. “We're definitely committed to being here and trying to make this work," said Tim "Gravy" Brown, one of the partners, citing efforts to market the place to a bigger clientele.
Websites can take some hassle out of car-buying
Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet. Auto Web sites — once filled mostly with reviews and advice — are getting more sophisticated, connecting potential buyers with dealers and offering instant price guarantees.
$4,750 plus three years is price of debt-free life in Ireland
Bankruptcy is increasingly becoming the route of choice for some Irish individuals trying to cope with the legacy of the worst real-estate crash in Western Europe. Under new laws that made the process easier, borrowers can exit bankruptcy after three years with a clean financial bill of health instead of 12 years previously.
Yoplait Light changing artificial sweeteners
The maker of Yoplait Light is hoping a sweetener change can help bring back customers. General Mills Inc. plans to remove aspartame from its popular reduced-calorie yogurt and instead use another artificial sweetener, sucralose. Aspartame is better known by the brand names NutraSweet and Equal, while sucralose is the sweetener used in Splenda.
Fund manager Q&A: Sticking with China
China's stumbling stock market has spooked many investors, but Justin Leverenz isn't one of them. He runs Oppenheimer's Developing Markets fund, the largest actively managed mutual fund specializing in emerging-market stocks, and he still sees big opportunities for stocks from China and developing economies in general.
Review: How to follow World Cup beyond live video
Every World Cup game is being shown on television and online in the U.S., but many will require a cable or satellite TV subscription, even for Internet streaming. What if you don't have one? Good news: In 2014, there are more apps and other options than ever before. Here's a look at how to keep up on everything to do with the tournament in Brazil.
Minimum wage issue pits franchisees against cities
Hundreds of franchisees are learning they’re not small businesses, at least in the eyes of city government. In Chicago, lawmakers have proposed a measure that would exempt small businesses but not franchise restaurants from paying higher minimum wages. Franchise owners say the laws will sharply increase their payroll costs, and threaten to make them less competitive with independent businesses that won’t have to comply — and that they could be forced to raise prices and cut jobs.
Career coach: Advice for first-time bosses
I walked away from a toxic situation -- still believe it was the right decision -- but, boy, is it true that it’s easier to look while you’re employed!
Who put sleeping pills into Wall Street’s water?
Is the lack of fear on Wall Street something to fear? In a world suddenly more dangerous, you’d think fund managers and traders would be selling and buying and selling again in a frenzy of second-guessing. Instead, they’re the picture of calm and contentment.
Expect record gas prices over July 4 holiday
Motorists in the U.S. may pay the most for gasoline in six years over the July 4 Independence Day holiday as the escalating conflict in Iraq pushes oil prices higher during the peak driving season.
Mexican chicken king seeks deals north
Mexico’s biggest chicken producer is scouring the United States for acquisitions to gain a bigger share of the world’s largest poultry market. While Industrias Bachoco has 35 percent of the Latin American nation’s poultry market, it has just 2 percent in the U.S. after buying OK Industries Inc.
Work Advice: How women can hack into the programmer culture
I am a software developer who participates in various industry events and online chats. As a woman, I’m assumed not to know much. How can I better deal with know-it-alls and harassers who believe women don’t belong in these forums?
Life & Entertainment
'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67
Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom “Designing Women” and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on “Designing Women” from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on another successful comedy, “Dave's World,” as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series' star, Harry Anderson.
‘Transformers’ unearths $100M at box office
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is ruling the box office. The fourth installment of filmmaker Michael Bay’s morphing robots series earned $100 million in its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for a movie in 2014, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Sunday picks: Art in the park in Bartlett
More than 50 juried artists display and sell their work for the 12th Annual Arts Festival this weekend at Bartlett Park. See comics, tabletop gaming items, art, retro toys and more at the Lake Count-I-Con pop-culture expo at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.
Drury Lane's 'Spelling Bee' a winner
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is most definotely a winner in Drury Lane Theatre's grand take on the hilarious 2005 Broadway musical that is also filled with suspense and a surprisingly emotional core.
Tips for a high-impact, budget-friendly remodel
The kitchen was eye-popping for all the wrong reasons, remodeler Dan Kradzinski recalls. Dark brown oak cabinets with medieval-style handles. Birch-colored counter. White appliances. The backsplash was rust-colored brick, the walls the color of an overripe nectarine.
Ex-GalleyCat ed Jason Boog on raising bookworms
Jason Boog was immersed in publishing for five years as editor of the MediaBistro blog GalleyCat. When he became a dad, he was curious how best to foster a love of books in his newborn daughter. His solution was writing a book about raising bookworms.
Summer TV: It should come with danger warnings
It’s a frightful world on TV these days. A rash of scripted summer thrillers cautions viewers to batten down the hatches. Watch out who you let nibble on your neck! Hold your loved ones tight before they vanish into thin air! And with all the deadly viruses at large, you better bathe in Purell! A certain brand of TV drama has always kept its audience on high alert. But these days viewers are sitting ducks for the titillation of dramatized threats to offer welcome distraction from the real thing.
Anna Wood returning to her roots in new TV series
Charleston, South Carolina, is in the spotlight in the new CBS series “Reckless,” starring Anna Wood and Cam Gigandet. Wood plays Jamie Sawyer, a beautiful litigator transplanted to the Deep South from Chicago. She hides a mutual attraction with a charming Southern attorney as a police scandal threatens to tear Charleston apart. The series premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Summer bucket list: Make the most of those hot July days
What's on your summer bucket list? Have you made one yet? If not, here are 31 ideas of fun things to do in the suburbs and Chicago in July. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are enough events going on this summer that you could plan a few activities every day and still have many more unique options to choose from. So, get started. What are you waiting for?
Yellowstone: Old Faithful visit is just the start
Old Faithful likely comes to mind when you think of Yellowstone National Park. And it's certainly worth seeing, along with other geysers. But the geysers are just the start of what Yellowstone offers: hiking, biking, camping, fishing, wildlife-spotting and more. With stops along the way, it can take two full days to drive the 142-mile Grand Loop. Here are some Yellowstone basics, starting with the geysers.
Panel: Flu spray better than shots for young kids
When it comes to flu vaccines, a federal panel says a squirt in the nose is better than a shot in the arm for young children. The advisory panel voted to advise doctors that FluMist nasal spray is a bit better at preventing flu in healthy young kids. The recommendation is specific to ages 2 through 8 only.
No red carpet, but 5 free things to do in Cannes
This jewel of the French Riviera was a sleepy fishing village when 19th-century English aristocrat Henry Brougham began encouraging his friends to visit. These days the place is packed with millionaires year-round, though the famous Cannes Film Festival held each May is the designer-gowned cherry on top of that pricey sundae. But you don’t have to be a movie star to enjoy this beautiful resort. Here are five ways to live like a blueblood on the Cote d’Azur without spending any green.
Weather, clean surface key to asphalt sealant application
Q. My problem is my blacktop sealer won’t stay on. Originally, I thought this was because it was sprayed on and not brushed in, so last summer I cleaned the drive and applied Sealbest 400 to the drive when dry on a nice sunny day.
Editorial: Honoring Dirksen’s courage on Civil Rights Act
A Daily Herald editorial recalls the instrumental role Sen. Everett Dirksen of Pekin played in the passage 50 years ago of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was, the editorial says, an example of a courageous statesman putting country above partisanship.
The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal
Columnist Lee Hamilton: Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of Congress. Finally, major reform bills get introduced, debated, then put aside when the heat dies down, or the target agency gets more money thrown at the problem. With the VA, we’re at the reform part of the cycle.
Hillary Clinton’s immigration misstep
Columnist Ruben Navarrette: We already knew the immigration issue was a tough one for Republicans. They have a hard time opposing legal status for the undocumented without sounding anti-Hispanic. They insist their leaders take loyalty oaths to oppose an “amnesty,” alienating them from the mainstream. They have to balance supporting a business community that wants more immigration with coddling a nativist wing that wants less.
Cutting coal emissions a reachable goal
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The EPA’s aim is to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels. This can be accomplished by refitting existing power plants to capture carbon, by reducing the share of power from coal-fired plants, by using more renewable energy and by decreasing demand by increasing efficiency.
Obama’s academic credentials are solid
A Naperville letter to the editor: Dushan Lipensky’s letter of June 24 implying that President Obama is not educated demands a correction. President Obama received his undergraduate degree in political science with a specialization in International Relations from Columbia University in 1983. Columbia is an Ivy League school currently ranked ninth in the country
Support the campaign for safe drinking water
A Deer Park letter to the editor: I was shocked to learn from a recent Environment Illinois report that toxic chemicals and pollutants can be legally dumped into our drinking water reservoirs, Lake Michigan especially. This is happening because of loopholes in the Clean Water Act.
We need better answers from administration
A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: George Bush was responsible for everything, but the smartest president of all times knows nothing about anything until he watches CNN?
Resentment builds on illegal immigration
A Round Lake Beach letter to the editor: Regarding the border Patrol Twitter feed: “baby-sitting”: What ever you want to call it I don‘t believe it’s racist.