Day: July 16, 2017

Itasca Fest wraps up with traditional mix of fun

You know how some festivals specialize in something? Maybe it’s ribs or maybe it’s hot air balloons or maybe it’s rock ‘n’ roll. Itasca Fest is different. Sponsored by the Lions Club in cooperation with the village, the four-day celebration that ended Sunday tries to provide…

Oakton Community College remains closed because of flooding

Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus will remain closed for classes and all other activities Monday because of flooding from the nearby Des Plaines River, college officials announced Sunday. The college’s Skokie campus is scheduled to be open, officials said. The college has been closed since…

Strong pitching lifts Kane County Cougars

The Kane County Cougars (51-40, 12-12) served up a strong pitching performance in a 2-1 victory over the visiting Dayton Dragons (49-45, 8-16). Right-hander Sam McWilliams (9-3) worked 6 innings with 6 strikeouts in another quality start. The Cougars were no-hit by left-hander Scott Moss (10-5)…

George A. Romero, father of the zombie film, dead at 77

NEW YORK — George Romero, whose classic “Night of the Living Dead” and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday following a battle with…

Governor declares Cook County a disaster area

Cook County is joining Kane, Lake and McHenry counties as state disaster areas due to widespread flooding, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Sunday after touring flood damage along the Fox River in Algonquin. “With floodwaters impacting communities in Cook County, I’m adding the county to the state…

Nurse turned entrpreneur shows creative side with handmade jewelry

Dana Mitchell of Downers Grove had a fulfilling career as a nurse for about 15 years. She worked in labor and delivery and other areas at North Shore Rush, Illinois Masonic and Good Samaritan hospitals. She didn’t think that one day she would become an entrepreneur.…

Mariners complete three-game sweep against White Sox

The Chicago White Sox have the worst record (38-52) in the American League, but manager Rick Renteria insists his team is not OK with losing. “These kids pick each other up, these men pick each other up pretty well,” manager Rick Renteria said. “They keep fighting.…

Who’s next: Jodie Whittaker 1st female star of ‘Doctor Who’

LONDON — The BBC says Jodie Whittaker is the next star of the long-running science fiction series “Doctor Who” – the first woman to take the title role. Whittaker, who starred in detective drama “Broadchurch,” will replace Scottish actor Peter Capaldi. Whittaker is the 13th incarnation…

Quintana dazzles in Cubs debut, fans 12 to beat Orioles 8-0

BALTIMORE — Jose Quintana dazzled in his debut for the Chicago Cubs, striking out a season-high 12 in seven sharp innings to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Acquired by the World Series champions during the All-Star break from the Chicago White…

Flooding focus turns to the Fox River

Beneath Fox Lake’s massive blue water tower Sunday afternoon, volunteers shoveled sand from a hill piled near the village’s public works facility. Beneath the hill, an assembly line worked diligently, funneling the sand through orange traffic cones and into white bags for home and business owners…

Singer Aaron Carter, girlfriend arrested in Georgia

CORNELIA, Ga. — Authorities say singer Aaron Carter and his girlfriend have been arrested on DUI and drug charges in Georgia. Habersham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Floyd Canup says the 29-year-old Carter and Madison Parker were arrested Saturday. Carter is accused of drunken driving and…

The Latest: 71-year-old woman killed in Honolulu fire

HONOLULU — The Latest on a deadly high-rise apartment building fire in Honolulu (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Family members of a 71-year-old woman say she is the third victim killed in a high-rise fire in Honolulu. Jayne Matsuyama tells The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/2tZe2GC) that her…

Widescreen: Six essential ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes

Ahead of Sunday’s Season 7 premiere, here are the greatest episodes from the first six seasons of “Game of Thrones,” available on demand from HBO, HBO GO and HBO NOW: Season 1: “A Golden Crown” Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) finds an ally in sword-for-hire Bronn (Jerome…

Filipino church feeds expansion by buying ghost town in US

EAST HADDAM, Conn. — Over two decades, one prospective buyer after another passed over the abandoned village in the Connecticut countryside. There were requirements to preserve its historical character and problems with the septic system, not to mention rumors that it was haunted. So when a…

Divers find missing Indiana man’s body in lake

BOONVILLE, Ind. — Authorities have recovered the body of a man who vanished while swimming with his wife in a southwestern Indiana lake. Divers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources retrieved the body of 41-year-old Jeremy D. Bunker early Sunday after an underwater mobile device…

At least 4 dead in flash floods at Arizona swimming hole

PAYSON, Ariz. — A rural fire chief says at least four people were found dead and about a dozen more are missing after flash flooding poured over a popular swimming area inside the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona. Water Wheel Fire and Medical District Fire…

Nats get Madson, Doolittle from A’s for Treinen, prospects

CINCINNATI — Looking to fortify a bullpen that has blown more than a third of its save chances, the Washington Nationals acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Blake Treinen and a pair of prospects. Left-hander Jesus Luzardo and infielder…

Foundation helping flooded Round Lake schools recover

The Round Lake Area Schools Education Foundation is accepting donations to help pay the costs of repairing damage and replacing supplies and materials lost as a result of flooding last week in District 116 schools. Ellis Elementary and Murphy Elementary schools, both in Round Lake, were…

Syria says shells hit Russian embassy compound

BEIRUT — Syrian state media say shells have hit the Russian embassy in Damascus causing material damage. State news agency SANA said two shells were fired at the Russian embassy Sunday, one hitting the compound while the other fell nearby. Syrian rebels in the suburbs of…