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'I prepared myself to die.' Survivors recall Flight 232 crash
Twenty-five years ago, Chicago-bound United Flight 232 cartwheeled across a runway in Sioux City, Iowa, burst into flames and shot into a cornfield. "It was like a roller coaster in pitch darkness with smoke and fire," survivor Sumit Roy of Naperville recalled. Miraculously, 184 of the 296 people on board lived.
Top 15 perform in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition
The performances by the Top 15 contestants in this year's Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition impressed guest judge Ron Onesti so much that he wondered aloud what was in the local drinking water. “I need to get out here to Schaumburg more often,” said Onesti, president and CEO of Onesti Entertainment, which runs the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.The performances took place...
Glen Ellyn roof collapse leaves apartment uninhabitable
A partial roof collapse at Parkside Apartments in Glen Ellyn has left one unit uninhabitable until work crews can replace the eight-by-six foot section of ceiling that fell in early Sunday evening, officials said. Glen Ellyn Police Department Deputy Chief Bill Holmer said the collapse, which happened at the Parkside Apartments, 25 N. Main St., was likely caused by water damage.
Analysis: Mideast crisis a strategic stalemate
If the Israel-Hamas fighting feels like a rerun, that’s because it is. This is the third round of Hamas rockets and Israel airstrikes since the Islamic militant group seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007. And issues each time seem much the same: How can Hamas be compelled to stop firing rockets? Does Israel really have the will to reconquer a Hamas-ruled Gaza and oust the militants?...
Thousands of Palestinians flee northern Gaza
Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shelters, heeding warnings from the Israeli military about impending plans to bomb the area in the sixth day of an offensive against Hamas that has killed more than 160 people. The fighting showed no signs of slowing, despite international calls for a cease-fire and growing concerns...
Pacific island of Niue hit by exodus
It was a school once, but there are no children here anymore. The lonely building on this remote Pacific island now contains only a punching bag that someone has strung from the classroom rafters, and a note scrawled on the chalkboard in Niuean: “Keep this place clean,” it says, “so it stays beautiful.” While much of the world worries about how it will accommodate...
South Carolina town rallies for fired gay police chief
When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as “questionable,” she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled.
How influence is shaping railroad safety rules
A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules. Billions of dollars are riding on how these rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at...
Governors group skirts ‘radioactive’ Common Core
Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government’s intrusion into the classroom.
Fox BBQ competition heats up in St. Charles
The Fox Valley was the site of some smoking hot competition Sunday.More than 50 grilling teams put their backyard reputations on the line during the Firin’ Up the Fox BBQ Competition and Festival, held in St. Charles.
Massachusetts Sen. Warren hits road for Democrats
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November. Since March, the Massachusetts Democrat has stumped for candidates in Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky and has trips planned this week for West Virginia and...
5 things to know not to believe
It’s considered bad form for politicians to say things that are not true. When they talk about their own ambitions, though, deception pretty much comes with the territory and no one seems to mind.
Parade celebrates West Chicago’s railroad tradition
Railroad Days has been a tradition in West Chicago for more than four decades, and for most of those years longtime resident Barbara Toney has had a front-row seat to the festival’s parade as it marched past her home. Though her children who watched alongside her over the years are now grown, a new generation of young parade watchers have taken their place in front of Toney’s...
Rosemont adds new haunted house operator
Rosemont is contracting with a new operator for the annual Halloween haunted house in the village’s entertainment district. The village board last week approved an agreement with Disturbing Productions, LLC, which will produce and operate the haunted house in the basement of the parking garage of MB Financial Park at Rosemont.
Hart Road construction in Round Lake
Drivers in Round Lake will need to beware of Hart Road construction again this week.
Book club in Mundelein
Mundelein’s human relations commission has launched a book club. Local residents can pick up free books at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road.
Heart of Community Awards
The Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for the 2014 Heart of the Community Awards.
Car show benefits melanoma research
A classic car show and melanoma benefit will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in Lake Forest Market Square, just north of Deerpath Road at Market Square and Western Avenue in Lake Forest.
Revisiting Elk Grove’s dairy past
From making cheese to playing old-fashioned games, kids and their parents had the chance to travel back in time and visit the Northwest suburbs from a bygone era on Sunday during the annual Dairy Day celebration at the Elk Grove Historical Museum. Children even were even able to bottle-feed a calf with fresh milk gathered from its mother.
Buffalo Grove clears way for golf dome update
The Buffalo Grove village board has approved an ordinance amending the special-use permit allowing the park district to operate its golf dome. The move will enable the park district to upgrade the Golf and Sports Center, 801 McHenry Road.
Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications
Michelle Knight has discovered that the fame that followed her escape from Ariel Castro’s house of horrors cuts both ways. “I’m not a celebrity,” said Knight, 33. “I don’t want to be. I want to be me.”
Obama seeks governors’ support on immigrant kids
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met privately with dozens of governors Sunday as the Obama administration tried to get support from the leaders of states that will host thousands of the Central American children who have crossed the Mexican border on their own since Oct. 1.
Images: The July Supermoon
A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon was seen all ove the world Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. The next supermoon will be August 14th.
Five charged with shooting gun outside Hanover Park home
A police tactical unit responded to a Hanover Park home early Saturday morning after a report of shots fired ended with five men in custody on felony charges alleging they shot multiple bullets from a handgun into the ground. All five men remained behind bars Sunday.
Early morning crash closes I-90 in Schaumburg
The eastbound lanes of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway were blocked for approximately an hour early Sunday morning, following a crash involving a semitrailer and a passenger vehicle. The car's driver was hospitalized with nonlife threatening injuries, authorities said.
Visitation for ex-US Sen. Dixon set for Sunday
Visitation is Sunday for former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lindenwood University’s auditorium in Belleville.
Storms rumble through area
Heavy rains soaked the suburbs late Saturday night. Storms were expected to dump as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. A tornado watch for most of the Northwest suburbs expired at 1 a.m. Reports of damage so far were minimal
Dead body falls out of coroner van, lands in road
A dead body on a gurney fell out of a coroner's van when a door malfunctioned, sending the corpse into the middle of a busy roadway in Pennsylvania. The Bucks County Courier Times reports the accident happened around noon on Friday near a shopping center in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.
O’Hare halting train service to economy lots
Some travelers flying in and out of O’Hare International Airport are being advised to give themselves extra travel time starting this week. The Chicago Department of Aviation says the “people mover” train that takes travelers and employees between economy parking lots and the terminals will be shut down beginning Monday.
For 2nd day, lightning kills 1 in Colorado park
For the second day in a row, lightning has been blamed in the death of a visitor at Rocky Mountain National Park. Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson says officials were notified late Saturday afternoon of four people being struck by lightning near Trail Ridge Road. The four were rushed to a hospital in Estes Park but Patterson says one man died of his injures.
Ordinary users outnumber foreigners in NSA intercepts
Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.
Teen driving book offers 'not-so-common' knowledge
Two Naperville men have compiled tips about vehicle maintenance, parking, surviving the unexpected and even navigating the court system into a book called “What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road.” “I've driven through the worst of the worst across the country as far as weather conditions go, traffic conditions, everything,” said John Harmata, the...
Batavia woman epitomizes triumph over death
A 57-year-old Batavia woman and heart transplant recipient is vying for a swimming medal today at the Transplant Games in Houston. “I was lying in a hospital bed near death, and look at me now,” she says. “It's such an amazing feeling as a nonathlete to walk in and walk around that stadium like real Olympic athletes do.”
Images: United Flight 232 Disaster- 25th Anniversary
Images of the United Airlines FLight 232 disaster. The jet, which crashed on Wednesday, July 20, 1989, in Sioux City, Iowa, was en route to Chicago from Denver when it developed mechanical difficulties and tried to make an emergency landing when it crashed and burned. While the efforts of St. Charles pilot Dennis Fitch were attributed to saving lives, Schaumburg-native and flight attendant...
With cooperation, everyone wins
Some of us are wired - either through biology or culturalization - for competition, our Ken Potts says. And while the drive to win can help us succeed in some aspects of life, he says, often we realize too late that our competitiveness has driven a wedge between us and our loved ones, family and coworkers.
Why the Bulls didn't hit the Carmelo Anthony jackpot
Going back to the infamous summer of 2000, the Bulls have made a habit of missing out on free agent targets and landing a consolation prize. This year, Pau Gasol is a strong back-up plan, but could the Bulls have closed the deal with Carmelo Anthony?
No more frequent flier miles for Teravainen
Since we last saw Teuvo Teravainen following a short stint with the Blackhawks late in the regular season, the 19-year-old has added a “couple of kilos” to his frame, got some much-needed rest after a long, long year, and probably most important, relocated to Chicago this summer to cut down on all those round-trip flights to his native Finland as he focuses on making next year’s roster.
Mirotic, Hinrich set to sign with Bulls
The Bulls continued to move forward after missing out on free agent Carmelo Anthony. The team secured agreements to bring back Kirk Hinrich and bring forward Nikola Mirotic over from Spain. Meanwhile, ex-Bull Luol Deng found an interesting new home.
Quigley hits career-best 27, but Sky falls to Dream in OT
ATLANTA — Angel McCoughtry matched a season high with 33 points, Tiffany Hayes hit the clinching free throws with 29 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 81-79 in overtime Sunday for its fourth straight victory.The Dream (15-5) looked sluggish after winning Saturday night at Indiana, shooting a season-low 35 percent from the field and finding it difficult to put away a Sky team that has lost five straight and 12 of 15.Allie Quigley finished with a career-high 27 points in a reserve role, and Sylvia Fowles, who missed a layup at the regulation buzzer that would have won the game, had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Sky (8-13).“Stupid stuff gets you beat,” said Sky coach Pokey Chatman. “We literally have a segment of video that says that. Until we stop aiding in our demise, the hole is going to get deeper.”Sancho Lyttle scored 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Erika de Souza added 8 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.Hayes, who had a season-high 21 points the night before, finished with 17. She hit the winning foul shots after Sky forward Jessica Breland threw the ball away with 40.6 seconds left in overtime.The Sky, which lost by 38 on the road in Atlanta last month, took its biggest lead at 11 on Fowles’ 3-point play with 6:23 left in the second quarter. But the Dream came back to lead by a point on McCoughtry’s layup at the 8:38 mark of the third.McCoughtry had 9 points in the third to help the Dream outscore the Sky 17-9. A technical foul on Chatman led to McCoughtry hitting the ensuing free throw and scoring her 20th point one possession later on a fastbreak alley-oop pass from Celine Dumerc.The Dream didn’t trail in regulation after de Souza’s layup made it 50-49 at the 6:17 mark of the third, but a free throw by Tamera Young put the Sky up by 1 early in OT.
Tall order? Not for JDC champion Harman
Local heroes Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker were in the hunt and the weather couldn’t have been better. That assured the John Deere Classic of its best year for attendance and revenue since tournament director Clair Peterson invited Michelle Wie to spice up the field eight years ago.
Bandits rally to top Rebellion
Amber Patton scored the winning run on an error as the host Chicago Bandits rallied for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings and a series sweep over the Pennsylvania Rebellion on Sunday in Rosemont.
Candelario’s blast boosts Cougars to sweep
Jeimer Candelario capped off a doubleheader sweep with a walk-off home run — his second of the game — as the Kane County Cougars beat the visiting Beloit Snappers 3-1 and 6-5 in Midwest League action at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Sunday.
Scout’s honor: The crystal ball’s always cloudy
The Braves right fielder and a new book combined Sunday to indicate just how difficult it is to project the careers of baseball prospects. Cubs and White Sox fans should take note.
Cubs showing cracks in the Wood?
With all of the negative attention directed at Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, it seems only fair to raise concern about lefty Travis Wood. In Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Braves, Wood was cuffed around for 7 runs over the first three innings. He made it through 6, but he fell to 7-8 with a 4.96 ERA.
Castro, Rizzo excited about all-star trip
Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro packed up after Sunday's Cubs game and headed to Minneapolis for the All-Star Game. The two players have enjoyed bounce-back years and now will be counted on as team leaders, despite their young age of 24.
Another tough loss for White Sox
CLEVELAND — The White Sox staggered into the all-star break with yet another tough loss.Javy Guerra gave up a 2-run homer in the eighth inning to Yan Gomes that erased the Sox’ comeback in the top of the inning, sending Robin Ventura’s squad to a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.After winning five of six, the White Sox have dropped four of their past five and are 45-51 on the season.It’s easy to see why Ventura wants to see more consistency from his team after the break.“I’d like it to be better,” Ventura said of the record. “We’ve had spurts where we play well, we’ve had spurts where we didn’t. You wish you were in a better spot but you come back and try to clean that stuff up.”Gomes drove in all 3 Cleveland runs. His home run to right off Guerra (0-2) came after the White Sox scored 2 runs in the top of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.Nick Swisher led off with a single before Gomes, who also had an RBI single in the second, hit a 1-1 pitch into the Sox’ bullpen.“A slider, came out, wasn’t a very good one,” Guerra said. “(Gomes) did what he was supposed to.”Trevor Bauer, whose 10 strikeouts were a career high, blanked the White Sox for 6⅔ innings. In the eighth, though, with Bryan Shaw (4-1) on the mound, Conor Gillaspie singled with one out, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Gordon Beckham’s single up the middle. After a groundout, Leury Garcia sent a roller to the right side. Second baseman Jason Kipnis tried to make a backhand stop near the bag, but the ball went under his glove and rolled into center field, allowing Beckham to score.White Sox starter John Danks gave up only 1 run and escaped trouble often in his 7 innings, as the Indians loaded the bases twice on the left-hander. In the second, Danks struck out the last two batters after a Carlos Sanchez error loaded the bases. He got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground out to end the sixth.After an uneven first half of the season, Danks sees a promising team that needs to learn to win consistently.“We know what we need to do,” Danks said. “We need to go out there and play better baseball all the way around. This is a good group of guys that plays hard, plenty talented, but just gotta put it all together.”The White Sox offense wasn’t without chances against Bauer. He allowed eight hits and had at least one base runner in every inning, but pitched out of trouble each time. The right-hander was pulled after All-Star Jose Abreu’s two-out single in the seventh, but Marc Rzepczynski retired Adam Dunn.• OF Adam Eaton (jammed left wrist) was out for the second straight day. ... With 3 hits on the day, Abreu, who leads the majors with 29 homers, has hit safely in 26 of his past 27 games, going 38-for-107 (.355). He also extended his hitting streak to eight games.
Braves beat Cubs 10-7 at Wrigley
Chris Johnson can rest easy during the All-Star break. He earned a couple days off. Johnson had three hits, including his third homer in two days, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 10-7 on Sunday at Wrigley Field to keep pace with Washington at the top of the NL East.Johnson hit a long drive to straightaway center field for a three-run shot in a four-run third inning against Travis Wood (7-8). Johnson also went deep twice in the Braves’ 11-6 victory at Wrigley on Saturday.“The biggest thing for me is the fact I’m swinging at strikes,” he said. “When I swing at strikes, I can do some good things.”Atlanta (52-43) has won three of four since a four-game losing streak. It heads into the break one percentage point behind the division-leading Nationals, who won 10-3 at Philadelphia.“We had a pretty good first half, better than pretty good,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Now we’ve got to enjoy this break and come out in the second half and keep firing.”The Braves played without struggling second baseman Dan Uggla, who was suspended by the team for the series finale at Chicago. Atlanta announced the punishment on its Twitter feed, with no further explanation, and Gonzalez called it an “internal matter.”The last-place Cubs (40-54) have lost eight of 10. Arismendy Alcantara and Chris Coghlan each hit a two-run homer off All-Star Julio Teheran (9-6).It was the first career shot for the 22-year-old Alcantara, who also had a bloop double in the first and is batting .391 (9 for 23) in his first five major league games.“With my ability, I’m having fun,” Alcantara said. “It can be fast. I’m having fun.” Chicago scored three times in the eighth, highlighted by John Baker’s two-run double, but Jordan Walden got Junior Lake to fly out to center with a runner on second for the final out of the inning.All-Star Craig Kimbrel then worked the ninth for his 29th save in 33 opportunities.“We put ourselves in a position potentially to even edge closer, and we just fell a little short,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.Teheran pitched seven innings in his first start since a rough outing against the Mets. The right-hander lasted just 3 1-3 innings in an 8-3 loss at New York on Tuesday.Teheran retired 12 in a row after Chicago put runners on first and second with two out in the first. He allowed seven hits while improving to 2-0 in four career starts against the Cubs.“I know that my last outing I didn’t have a good outing,” said Teheran, who is ineligible for the All-Star game because he started on Sunday. “Just trying to come back like I did twice this year.”Wood was charged with seven runs and seven hits in six innings. The left-hander is 0-3 with a 6.49 ERA in his last five starts.Wood issued leadoff walks in the second, third and fourth innings, and the first two were costly. Gerald Laird had a two-run double in Atlanta’s three-run second, and Jason Heyward singled home a run before Johnson connected in the third.Johnson’s sixth homer was part of his 30th multihit game of the season. The third baseman was walked intentionally in the seventh to get to Tommy La Stella, who doubled home three runs to give the Braves a 10-2 lead.The 34-year-old Uggla has played sparingly since La Stella was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett on May 28. The three-time All-Star is batting .162 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 48 games.Gonzalez said he expects Uggla to be with the team when it resumes play on Friday night against the Phillies. He also isn’t worried about the effect of the suspension on his team.“I don’t think so. I got a pretty good pulse of our clubhouse,” he said. “If anybody wants to talk to me, my door is always open. And they know that.”
Deng agrees to 2-year, $20 million deal with Heat
Free agent and former Bulls forward Luol Deng agreed Sunday to a $20 million, two-year deal with the Miami Heat, said Herb Rudoy, one of Deng’s agents.The deal includes a player option for the 2015-16 season, Rudoy said.Deng is entering his 11th NBA season, having spent almost his entire career with the Bulls. He appeared in 40 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers after a trade last season. He fills a need in Miami, which lost LeBron James last week after the four-time NBA MVP said he would leave the Heat after four seasons and return to the Cavaliers.Deng has averaged 16.0 points per game in his career, after being chosen No. 7 overall from Duke in the 2004 draft.His contract should be signed early this week.
Germany wins World Cup on late goal
RIO DE JANEIRO — With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of individual skill. Goetze, who wasn’t born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post. It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title. Goetze had come on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose at the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder’s fresh legs made the difference. Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich player did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta’s four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra time win over the Netherlands. For Germany, the win ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil and lost in the semifinals in both 2006 and 2010. It is Germany’s first World Cup title as a unified nation. It was also the third World Cup final between these countries and had been billed as a matchup between the perfect team and the perfect individual, pitting Germany’s machine-like unit against the brilliance of Messi, the four-time world player of the year. But in the biggest game of his career, Messi came up short. He had one good chance to score when he was sent free in the area just after the halftime break, but sent his shot wide of the far post. It was a difficult angle, but still the type of chance he so often scores from. Messi threatened intermittently throughout the match, but was effectively neutralized for long stretches. When he did try to break forward with one of his quick dribbles, he was surrounded by the German defense. His free kick in the 120th minute went well high. When the final whistle blew, Germany players collapsed in a pile in the middle of the pitch, while Messi walked with his hands on his hips toward the center circle. Up until the winning goal, the game was more notable for top-class defending than creative attacking, but both teams had their share of chances. Gonzalo Higuain wasted an opportunity by firing wide when gifted a chance in a one-on-one with Neuer, and later had a goal ruled out for offside. Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes hit the post just before halftime with a header from a corner, and ineffective finishing plagued both sides the rest of the way.
All-too-familiar story for Bulls
The Bulls have become quite familiar with missing out on the best players available, and this time they wind up with Pau Gasol instead of Carmelo Anthony.
Rules vague on sharing the news when a CEO gets sick
JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon has been commended for being honest this week about having throat cancer. Investors were less gracious about word of Steve Jobs' cancer. There are no specific guidelines from the SEC on what boards must disclose, leaving some investors nervous.
Work Advice: Leaving a job, by decree and by design
I was laid off nearly a year ago. When I left, I received quite a few warm messages from my colleagues, but such messages soon ended. Except for requests for help, which bother me.
U.N. climate proposal leaves open option of rich-poor firewall
The United Nations left open the option for rich and poor nations to remain divided in their obligations on climate change, setting up a conflict over exactly who should cut greenhouse gases.
Want contracts? Work harder, women’s org. CEO says
Pamela Prince-Eason isn’t letting women business owners off the hook — if they want more contracts with big corporations or the government, they have to work harder to get them than they do now. The CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, an organization that helps women-owned companies win those contracts, says it’s not just corporations standing in women’s way.
Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming
When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month’s international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years.
10 business books for your summer reading list
Planning on doing some summer reading? Throw one of these books into your beach tote at the suggestion of the experts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. These reads are meant to help you get ahead in your career, better manage teams, sharpen your leadership skills or just learn something new.
More precious than gold, heroin, cocaine: Rhino horn
More previous than gold, heroin and cocaine, Rhino horns add up to $8 billion to $10 billion annual global illicit trade in wildlife. “It is threatening the existence of species which have roamed the Earth since pre-historic times,” said Tony West, the U.S. Justice Department’s associate attorney general.
Who pays your doc? Info will be available online
When many of us have a medical appointment we’re concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What’s our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. This fall, all that info will be available to you online.
In Silicon Valley, no unpaid internships
Landing top talent is getting so tough in Silicon Valley that technology companies are trying anything for an edge -- including hiring interns out of high school and boosting new recruits’ perks. Facebook said it just started wooing interns before their freshman year of college, while LinkedIn opened its summer program to high schoolers two years ago. Startups including Airbnb have nabbed interns as young as 16.
High-speed trading risk blamed on short-sighted regulations
WASHINGTON — A technology arms race that risks destabilizing U.S. stock markets was triggered by regulations intended to promote competition among the exchanges, Wall Street executives told a Senate committee.The Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules for a national market system have come under scrutiny as lawmakers examine whether high-frequency traders have exploited changes introduced by regulators, exchanges and brokers. The SEC’s rules require all exchanges and brokers to connect to one another to ensure that investors receive the best available prices when they buy shares.The Senate Banking Committee’s hearing could intensify pressure on the SEC to change rules it enacted over the past decade. SEC Chair Mary Jo White has said the agency will examine whether its rules have pushed trading away from public markets in favor of private venues such as dark pools.“The costs associated with maintaining access to each venue, retaining technologists and regulatory staff, and developing increasingly sophisticated risk controls are passed on to investors and result in unnecessary systemic risk,” exchange operator Intercontinental Exchange Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Sprecher told lawmakers.Executives from Citadel, Invesco, Nasdaq OMX Group and BATS Global Markets also testified at the Banking Committee’s session, which follows other congressional hearings on high-speed trading triggered by publication of Michael Lewis’s book, “Flash Boys.” The book said that stock markets are plagued by conflicts of interest that benefit high-frequency traders and harm long-term investors.“Many of the concerns raised by market participants and investors are the outgrowth of SEC Regulation NMS and the overall patchwork approach to market trading infrastructure and stability taken by the SEC in the past,” Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said Tuesday.Citadel Chief Executive Kenneth C. Griffin, Nasdaq Executive Vice President Thomas A. Wittman and KOR Group President Dave Lauer also fault regulation for failing to keep pace with changes in market behavior. The SEC should, for instance, remove long-standing privileges allowing dark pools to discriminate against some customers to the benefit of others, according to Griffin. Dark pools now account for 14 percent of total share volume, according to estimates by Rosenblatt Securities Inc.“Regulation has created this monstrosity of a market, and it is only by peeling back some regulations and refining others that we can hope to simplify market structure and increase market efficiency,” Lauer told lawmakers in prepared remarks.The committee also heard calls to simplify the pricing model used by exchanges, which Sprecher has said should be banned. The so-called “maker-taker” model pays rebates to traders who stand ready to buy or sell shares as needed, while charging those on the other side of the transaction. Exchanges profit off the difference between those fees.“It’s great that we compete for those commission dollars but we’ve lost track of getting the best price for a company that’s trying to raise capital and an investor like me,” Sprecher said.The SEC should revisit its rules while being careful to avoid changes that would impose speed limits on traders or create new advantages for some market participants, according to BATS Chief Executive Joseph Ratterman.“Whether it is banning the current maker-taker fee structure, limiting payment for order flow generally, or other attempts to alter the fundamental economics of trading, price controls are a blunt instrument likely to cause disruptions and consequences that are unforeseeable and potentially detrimental to all types of investors,” Ratterman said in his prepared testimony.
Life & Entertainment
‘Planet of the Apes’ roars to $73 million opening
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” roared to $73 million on its opening weekend, one of the summer’s best debuts, according to studio estimates Sunday. The 20th Century Fox sequel easily surpassed the $54.8 million opening to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” the reboot of the fabled chimp franchise.
Contestants compete tonight for spot among Top 10
The Top 15 finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent perform at 7 p.m. tonight (Sunday, July 13) at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. Tickets are just $10 for this contest co-sponsored by the Daily Herald, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie Center for the Arts.
Agastache plants star as a summer perennial border
Let me introduce a star of the summer perennial border — Agastache — a group of plants in the mint family. They all have lovely scented foliage. Most are upright plants with sturdy stems that rarely need staking. They are rarely bothered by pests or diseases.
Kids learn ABCs of potty training at Booty Camp
An unconventional play date 12 years ago at Wendy Sweeney’s West Chicago home resulted in two toddlers potty trained in one day. Word soon spread throughout the neighborhood that Sweeney’s house was the place to go when little ones were ready to ditch their diapers.
Garden Conservancy Open Days features area gardens
Horticultural delights like hydrangeas producing both pink and blue blooms, a grass labyrinth, a bed of Italian figs and even a tunnel of petunias are just a sampling of the sights to be enjoyed when six breathtaking private gardens in the area will be open as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.
Life after five-year ‘death’ a bit confusing for teen
What happens when a teen dying from cancer agrees to an experimental treatment and ends up coming back to life five years later, cancer-free and still 16, and finds his freinds have moved on?
County fairs offer old-fashioned treats, offbeat attractions
It’s that time of year again when you can eat almost anything deep-fried on a stick, watch wacky races from pigs to professional lawn mowers and appreciate agriculture in all of its glory. With each of our local county fairs running at least five days, there is enough time to catch it all.
John Walsh returns to TV with CNN’s ‘The Hunt’
To get back into television, John Walsh had to relinquish some of the control that he’d grown used to. Walsh, who chased fugitives for 26 years, first on Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” and a short postscript on Lifetime, returns at 8 p.m. Sunday on CNN with a new show, “The Hunt.” “The hardest thing is the letting go," Walsh said. “The Hunt” will feature only one or two cases an episode in an effort to tell a story.
Corey Stoll enjoys ‘The Strain’ of series stardom
This looks dire. An airliner has landed in New York with everyone onboard apparently dead. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s troubleshooter, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), is summoned to investigate. Welcome to “The Strain,” the creepy new FX thriller about a viral outbreak threatening the human race that premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday picks: Deborah Voigt teams up with CSO at Ravinia
Wheeling native and opera star Deborah Voigt crosses over to the Great White Way for the concert “Something Wonderful: An Evening of Broadway” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Sunday at the Ravinia Festival. Get family or friends together to drive and compete in The Big Sunday Summerrallye today at the Woodfield Mall Shopping Center, Schaumburg. Head back in time with large-scale re-enactments of famous Civil War battles at Civil War Days at the Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda.
Living comfortably with less air conditioning
Q. I want to lower my electric bills by running my central air conditioner less, but I don’t want to be uncomfortable. What are some low-cost tips to cool the house with less air-conditioning?
Stylish storage ideas for shelves and cabinets
Open storage in any room can be both practical and dazzling fun. Granted, you need to exercise a sort of discipline when you intend to expose stored things to public view in your home, but it is possible to create attractive arrangements that serve a purpose.
How to remodel a kitchen for $5,400
Laurie Parman envisioned the type of home she ultimately wanted. It would be a fixer-upper, much smaller than the 3,500-square-foot Algonquin home where she reared her five children.
Chimney leaves black stains on bricks
Q. Please help! We have a wood-burning stove in our basement. Last fall, my husband put a chimney cap on and now we have creosote on our chimney brick and vinyl siding. What can we use to clean this off?
Editorial: Choosing gratitude and courage over pain and sorrow
A Daily Herald editorial reflects on the perspectives we bring to our lives, whether we choose to define ourselves by joy or sorrow. Quoting Epictetus: "It's not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters."
Are we doomed to polarization?
Columnist Lee Hamilton: We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ideologically and politically.
Rulings give too much power to religions
A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I am sadden by the recent Supreme Court rulings. The latest in a misguided zeal to protect religious freedom has now injected religion into the Constitution.
Noise from O’Hare expansion the new reality
An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I would like to take a moment to address the editorial that was published in the Daily Herald on July 2. The Daily Herald supported O’Hare expansion, as did a number of local leaders. Chicago wanted additional and reconfigured runways with different areas being affected. What did they expect would happen with all of this new noise?
Quinn park handouts are political ploy
The state of Illinois is billions in debt and Patrick Quinn plays Santa Claus handing out millions in grants to area park districts.Planning for the Naperville Park District’s recreation center had been complete. Now the park board commissioners must give “additional thought” to how the free millions thrown their way can be used for the center.Hopefully voters will see through Quinn’s vote-buying charade and, in the future, reporters will do their job and challenge Quinn’s reckless spending of taxpayer dollars at a time when Illinois is in a fiscal crisis.Len PrazakNaperville
Cut taxes, regulation for a stronger economy
A St. Charles letter to the editor: Our system has been so strong that it has been able to keep its head above water even though taxes and regulations have been significantly increased. Our economy was great in the 1980s and 1990s when taxes and regulations were cut, and it can be that way again.
Letter was wrong on agitation, Obama
A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: I would like to take issue with the letter to the editor regarding “agitation” and “playing for the other side” from Mr. Steve Morrissey on July 8.
California worth watching on CEO pay
A Lake Villa letter to the editor: The gap between CEOs and their employees is growing at exponential rates.