Day: July 3, 2017

Los Angeles jury finds man guilty of killing movie executive

LOS ANGELES — A jury found Monday that a drug dealer crushed the skull of a movie studio executive who had been having an affair with his wife, burying him in a shallow desert grave that would go undiscovered for two years, authorities said. The Los…

Soy ‘milk’? Even federal agencies can’t agree on terminology

NEW YORK — Dairy farmers want regulators to banish the term “soy milk,” but documents show even government agencies haven’t always agreed on what to call such drinks. The USDA “fervently” wanted to use the term “soy milk” in educational materials, according to emails released in…

Six hurt in Vernon Hills crash

Six people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Vernon Hills. The accident occurred about 2:45 p.m. on Milwaukee Avenue north of Route 60. A Honda CR-V turning from northbound Milwaukee Avenue into the Hawthorn Mall was struck by a Toyota Highlander headed south,…

Ziehm: Two LPGA tournaments in six days at French Lick

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which ended Sunday at Olympia Fields Country Club, was a success by most every account. This week, women’s golf moves in a new direction at a longtime destination. Indiana’s French Lick Resort offers both the historic Donald Ross Course and the…

Enrollment decline means fewer teachers at Woodland 50 next year

Because of steadily declining enrollment, Woodland Elementary District 50 will cut 16 positions — 14 teachers and two support staffers — as part of a proposed budget offered by administrators for approval in September. Associate Superintendent Bob Leonard said there will be about 150 fewer students…

COD to name Homeland Security center after Wheaton soldier

College of DuPage officials will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday to officially name the Homeland Security Education Center on the Glen Ellyn campus after U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Miller, a Wheaton native killed in Afghanistan nearly a decade ago. It’s a fitting tribute…

Aurora man gets 11 years in check fraud scheme

Knowingly writing bad checks and setting up fraudulent bank accounts has gotten an Aurora man an 11-year prison sentence. Matthew A. Young, 37, of the 700 block of Grove Street, agreed to the sentence last week. He pleaded guilty to two counts of continuing financial crimes…

Schneider hosts small business forum Thursday in Waukegan

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield will team with U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York to host a forum about small businesses Thursday. The forum, aimed at small business owners or prospective entrepreneurs, will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the College of Lake…

Prospect Heights police start community garden for community outreach

Near apartment complexes once notorious for crime and gang activity, Prospect Heights police have started a community garden. It’s filled with peppers, corn, tomatoes and other vegetables planted by about 20 families primarily from the apartments, each divvying up a small section to call their own.…

District 15 to study how it handles students with food allergies

Palatine Township Elementary District 15 plans to look for ways to improve how schools handle students with life-threatening food allergies. District 15 has had a food allergy policy based on an Illinois State Board of Education initiative since 2010. However, officials said, the district’s 21 buildings…

Town of Newtown asks judge to throw out wrongful death suit

HARTFORD, Conn. — The town of Newtown and its Board of Education asked a judge to throw out the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of two children killed during the Sandy Hook shootings in December 2012. The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court in…

Cyprus peace talks still awaiting breakthrough

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Peace talks to reunify the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus intensified Monday as rival negotiators pored over documents outlining each side’s stances on a raft of issues, including the thorny issue of security. As a second week of talks began Monday at a…

Emanuel to build $95M police and fire training academy

Chicago’s cramped and antiquated police and fire academies will be replaced by a new $95 million “public safety training” campus in West Garfield Park, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. The new shared training academy — with two buildings and outdoor training space — will have the…

Rolling Meadows aldermen want higher salary for business advocate

Rolling Meadows aldermen want someone who can “hit the ground running” to attract businesses to town — and they’re willing to pay a little more to get the right person. Since mid-June, the city has been advertising for its new “business advocate” position with a starting…

Campana apartment project opponents’ campaign grows

Opponents of a plan to convert the Campana building in Batavia to mostly apartments have picked up the pace of protest, distributing handbills Saturday to houses in Batavia. The flyers reiterate what’s posted on notocampana.com. Among the points: • That the developer is asking for a…

Elgin’s Middleby acquires two more companies

ELGIN — The Middleby Corp. announced the acquisition of two companies. It acquired CVP Systems, a Downers Grove-based manufacturer of high-speed packaging systems for the meat processing industry. Middleby also acquired Sweden-based Sveba Dahlen Group, which develops and manufactures ovens and baking equipment for the commercial…

Sound check: Face Time Police, Villains take on Anime Midwest

Police and Villains, together again Two sets of brothers from the ‘burbs lead the local entertainment at this weekend’s Anime Midwest in Rosemont. Brian and James Serra of Schaumburg will be decked out in their Face Time Police gear as they sling original metal-speckled rock and…

Small airplane fell apart in the air in Wisconsin, killing 6

PHILLIPS, Wis. — A small airplane that went down in northern Wisconsin fell apart in the air, killing the six people onboard, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. The Cessna 421 that crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday left from Waukegan, Illinois, and…