Daily Archive : Sunday May 21, 2017




    Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson opens the final show of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Uniondale, N.Y. Ringling's circus began its final show Sunday evening after 146 years of wowing audiences with its "Greatest Show on Earth." (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    The Latest: Ringling Bros. shuts down the big top

    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has shut down the big top


    Schools using smart phone technology against sex assaults

    The same technology that keeps kids glued to their smart phones is being used by some schools as protection against sexual assaults


    Feder: The most powerful women in media
    Every three years I survey the local media landscape, stick my neck out, and offer up my list of the most powerful women in Chicago journalism. I first did it in 2011. Then again in 2014.It’s that time again.The idea grew out of a conversation I had with Ann Marie Lipinski, the former editor of the Chicago Tribune who now runs the Nieman Fellowship program at Harvard University. Lipinski defined power as the personal influence of a “strong, singular voice” such as that of a columnist, while I argued that power rested with those who set the agenda for their newsrooms — and ultimately for the rest of us.I believe this year’s ranking reflects both points of view.No. 1 on the list is Jennifer Lyons, news director of WGN Television and CLTV. Under her admirable leadership, WGN has strengthened and expanded its news operation day and night. It now produces more than 70 hours of live, local news each week (including the immensely successful WGN Morning News, which airs from 4 to 10 a.m.). And that’s not counting the additional output on CLTV.Lyons, 49, a 24-year veteran of the Tribune Media station and onetime executive producer of the morning show, was named news director in July 2014.How will the sale of Tribune Media affect WGN, Lyons and Chicago’s busiest broadcast news department? Stay tuned.You won’t find any newsreaders on this list. Plenty of anchorwomen may be more famous than some of the people here, but celebrity is not the same as clout.Here’s one man’s opinion. As always, I welcome yours.The top tenJennifer Lyons, news director, WGN Television and CLTVJennifer Graves, vice president and news director, ABC 7Julie Mann, managing editor, WBBM NewsradioCarol Marin, political editor, NBC 5; correspondent, WTTW “Chicago Tonight”; director, Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence at DePaul UniversityAnn Dwyer, managing editor, Crain’s Chicago BusinessMary Field, executive producer, WTTW “Chicago Tonight”Cate Cahan, senior editor, Chicago Public Media WBEZMichael Sneed, columnist, Chicago Sun-TimesSusanna Homan, editor-in-chief` and publisher, Chicago magazine and SplashSusan Smith Richardson, editor and publisher, The Chicago ReporterThe next tenJen Sabella, deputy editor and director of social media, DNAinfo.com ChicagoTracy Baim, publisher and executive editor, Windy City TimesAmy Carr, associate managing editor, Chicago TribuneMary Schmich, columnist Chicago TribuneKerry Lester, columnist, Daily HeraldMary Mitchell, columnist, Chicago Sun-TimesNatasha Korecki, reporter, politico.comLynn Sweet, Washington bureau chief, Chicago Sun-TimesDiane Dungey, senior deputy managing editor, Daily HeraldSusy Schultz, president, Public NarrativeFor more Feder or to comment on his columns, check his active blog at robertfeder.com.


    Immigration uncertainty clouds strategic options
    The daily swirl of events that comes with the Trump administration has pushed immigration lower on the hot topic lists. However, there are at least two immigration issues that should be on business owner radars.

    John Rukel, creator of Pillow of Health, looks over some pillows being made at the St. Charles headquarters.

    St. Charles businessman aims to help refugees
    John Rukel, founder of St. Charles-based Pillow of Health, is a refugee from Croatia and now aims to help others get a job and find the American dream.

    Getting rid of your car can reduce your monthly bills by hundreds of dollars a month once gas, insurance costs and loan payments are factored in. Of course, this may not be feasible if you live somewhere with limited public transportation. But couples with two cars may consider downsizing to one car if they can pull it off.

    5 tips for millennials who want to buy a house AND keep their avocado toast

    Australian millionaire Tim Gurner offered some controversial advice to millennials struggling to save for a home: Give up your avocado toast. His words were not well received. Here are some tips for people trying to save a down payment for a house. (None of them require you to abandon your avocado toast completely, though of course it may be smart to enjoy it in moderation.)

    Parents of daughters, beware: The age-old tradition of the brides’ parents funding the wedding is still very much alive.

    Who pays for a wedding? It’s still mostly the parents of the bride

    Parents of daughters, beware: The age-old tradition of the brides’ parents funding the wedding is still very much alive. According to the 2017 Newlywed Report — the largest survey of 2016 weddings, conducted by WeddingWire — parents of both the bride and groom paid for 67 percent of the total wedding cost; of that number, parents of the bride paid 43 percent, while parents of the groom paid only 24 percent. Generally, the couple themselves picked up the rest of the tab.

    Preschool teachers, who earn an average of $35,000 annually, can’t be replaced by the machines of today or the near future.

    The worst-paying jobs also least likely to be replaced by bots

    Researchers at the Hamilton Project found that students who studied finance, engineering and computer science tend to make the most money after graduation, while those who majored in counseling, social work and early childhood education saw the lowest wages — but in fields computers aren’t likely to dominate. “The hardest activities to automate with the technologies available today are those that involve managing and developing people,” noted the authors of a recent study.

    (AP File Photo, 2013/Mel Evans) Former United Airlines CEO Jeff Smisek speaks at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., in 2013. In 2015, Smisek parted ways with the airline in connection with a federal probe into whether it improperly tried to sway officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    Yes, more CEOs are getting forced out for ethics violations

    If it seems like more CEOs are getting cast aside amid ethical blunders or corporate scandals, they are. According to a new report on CEO succession from Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business, the percentage of CEOs getting pushed out for questionable behavior — lapses including environmental disasters, insider trading, resume fraud, accounting scandals and sexual misconduct — is up over the past five years.


    Sun’s rays dim lenses over time
    The headlight lenses on my 2001 Honda Odyssey have clouded over the years, and I have had them professionally restored/polished to make them clear. I have also done the restoration polishing twice myself.

Life & Entertainment

    FILE - In this June 1967 file photo, Paul McCartney, from left, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon of The Beatles appear backstage during a break in rehearsals for the live broadcast on the "Our World" program at EMI studios in London. Half a century after the Beatles’ psychedelic landmark, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, it stands as just one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now. (AP Photo, File)

    Not just 'Sgt. Pepper': Many 1967 musical firsts echo today

    'Sgt. Pepper' was only the beginning: 50 years after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark and other astonishments of 1967, much of the music we listen to remains shaped by that year

    FILE - In this June 1967 file photo, Paul McCartney, from left, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon of The Beatles appear backstage during a break in rehearsals for the live broadcast on the "Our World" program at EMI studios in London. Half a century after the Beatles’ psychedelic landmark, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, it stands as just one of many musical astonishments of 1967 that shaped what we listen to now. (AP Photo, File)

    Not just 'Sgt. Pepper': Many 1967 musical firsts echo today

    'Sgt. Pepper' was only the beginning: 50 years after the Beatles' psychedelic landmark and other astonishments of 1967, much of the music we listen to remains shaped by that year

    Billy Bush, who was fired after an old video emerged of him engaging in offensive sex talk with then "Apprentice" host Donald Trump, says he's a better man now and ready to get back into television.

    Billy Bush breaks his silence on Donald Trump

    Former "Today" co-host Billy Bush says he's a better man and ready to get back into television seven months after being fired from his job at NBC following the release of a videotape in which he can be heard engaging in lewd talk with Donald Trump.

    Finches love a buffet of sunflower seeds.

    Sunflowers attract birds to your yard
    Birds love sunflowers as much as gardeners. If you don’t mind sharing seeds, enjoy the show as feathered friends devour tasty treats.

    Steinhafels Furniture design consultant Andrea Odishoo likes to recommend furniture made with Sunbrella fabric, like the Malibu Navy sectional here, because it’s washable and dyed all the way through, so it won’t fade.

    Creating a comfortable space outdoors

    Merging indoors and outdoors has become increasingly popular over the past few years as residents of the Chicago area seek to spend as much time as possible enjoying their outdoor spaces when the weather cooperates. Dining areas, comfortable seating areas and kitchens are all being replicated outdoors.

    Independence Grove Beach offers a place to swim on a hot summer day.

    Grab your swimsuit and hit a suburban beach

    Looking to spend some quality time outside this summer? Head to a suburban beach. Along with giving you the chance to splash around, these spots offer a variety of activities so you can take advantage of a beautiful day.

    "Alien: Covenant" bested "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" in the weekend box office.

    'Alien: Covenant' edges 'Guardians' at weekend box office

    "Alien: Covenant" edges "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" in weekend box-office space fight.


    'I’m NEVER in a hurry when I’m on my bike'

    When I took my Motorcycle Rider Safety Course years ago, the instructor told us within the first 15 minutes that he’d been riding for 20 years without any accidents. He attributed that to practicing the many safety rules we were about to learn, and to one other personal creed he lived by: “I’m NEVER in a hurry when I’m on my bike.”

    U.S.A. Football, the national governing body for amateur football, announced that they will implement changes this fall in select pilot programs to make the game safer.

    Should I let my child play contact sports?

    A local sports medicine doctor talks about balancing the benefits of a child participating in team sports with the risks of injuries such as concussions.

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh is a guest soloist with the Lake Forest Symphony.

    Sunday picks: CSO’s John Bruce Yeh plays with Lake Forest Symphony

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetist John Bruce Yeh plays with the Lake Forest Symphony at College of Lake County’s Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. More on this and other weekend events.

    FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is back in “Twin Peaks,” which Showtime is reviving for 18 episodes starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 21.

    Kyle MacLachlan on returning to ‘Twin Peaks’ after decades

    In April 1990, “Twin Peaks” arrived with a bang on ABC but was canceled a year later. At 8 p.m. Sunday, an 18-episode revival, helmed by David Lynch and Mark Frost, will premiere on Showtime with Kyle MacLachlan back as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper.

    Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich serves its own take on the daiquiri with Copper Fiddle Silver Rum and raspberry infused syrup.

    Specialty cocktails, tropical drinks spur suburban rum revival

    Rum fell out of favor for a few years, but it's staging a comeback at suburban bars. Think sweet daiquiris, minty mojitos and plenty of new ways to use an old favorite.

    Mark the territory with an area rug, as represented here, to define a sitting area.

    How to carve out a cozy place

    One big room can be boring. You could feel that way whether you live in a studio apartment, a micro-unit or even a more generously sized loft because there is no definition of space.

    Cobalt blue can add a splash of bold color to any room.

    Cobalt blue transforms a room

    Cobalt blue is a fascinating color and the only color listed in the periodic table. It is a vibrant color that is familiar to most as the accent color used in blue and white Delft and Oriental export porcelain of the 16th through the 20th century.

    Latrille Freres produced porcelain in Limoges, France.

    Porcelain vase stars Grecian maidens

    Q. Enclosed is a photo of a porcelain Limoges vase that has been in our family for well over 50 years. Each side is decorated with a young woman with blond hair wearing a Grecian-like gown. It is in good condition; there are no chips or cracks, but there is some wear on the handles. In current years, we have wondered about its origin, background and approximate value. Any information would be most appreciated.


    It’s fairly uncommon for seller to stay past closing

    Q. My husband and I are buying our first home. We have agreed on everything with the sellers except for one thing. They are an older couple and need extra time to move out.

    Seating in Louisa Bargeron’s living room is arranged around the original fireplace and mantel.

    Five savvy solutions for tight spaces
    Small spaces demand a more imaginative approach to storage and decorating. Designers Kiera Kushlan and Jessica Centella of Residents Understood had lots of creative ideas for Louisa Bargeron’s 835-square-foot co-op. We asked them for some pointers based on the issues they faced.

    The dining room in Louisa Bargeron’s apartment in Washington, D.C., retains two original corner cabinets with leaded glass. The walls were painted a warm green.

    A small, turn-of-the-century co-op gets a big dose of girlie glam

    Louisa Bargeron, originally from New York City, moved to the District in 2009 and bought her co-op in December 2014. The Ontario reminded her of Brooklyn brownstones and Harlem prewar buildings.


    How to care for stainless steel utensils

    Q. My problem and question is that my Wallace stainless knives have developed a discoloration on the knife blades. I have tried a number of cleaners, etc., but nothing takes the discoloration away and restores them.


    Readers happy to see motorcycling stories return
    Dear Readers, I love getting your letters, and we’ll try to print them if space is available. Many are edited for brevity, but I never edit any criticism.

    Fluffy, aerated soil is key to growing healthy plants. Use a bed-forming rake to keep the soil smooth.

    You’ll be walking on air if you keep your soil loose and light

    There are many ways to make a garden bed, but one thing is constant: The soil within it should have the lightness of a fluffed-up pillow and the loft of a down-filled duvet. Adding plenty of organic matter is key to building a plant-friendly soil like that. But the bed’s design has much to do with keeping it that way.

    Rotating a vegetable garden is key to produce healthy and organic cabbage and parsley like this.

    Rotation key to organic vegetable gardening

    Rotate the crops in your vegetable garden to help control pest and disease problems. This is the easiest way to practice organic, integrated, pest-management gardening.

    Connie and Howard Reicheneker have lived in their Carpentersville home for 27 years. they say their backyard could use a rejuvenation.

    Smaller deck can still be fabulous

    We have lived in this house for 27 years, have a big back yard, but it is in need of love and attention. It could be a wonderful outdoor space, but with all the trees we have there are bare spots with no grass and no cover from the sun on our deck.

    After two mature trees had to be removed from the yard, this patio now lacks shade, says Jean Johnson of Mount Prospect.

    Loss of trees removes shade from patio

    This homeowner has an aging patio that lacks any kind of shade. Depending on what you want and how much you have to spend, a nice paver or a new cement patio would be ideal because your back door is so close to ground level.

    Margaret Rhodes believes her deck’s narrow layout makes it difficult to find the right patio furniture.

    Difficult to work with odd shapes

    We love to entertain and hang out outside with our kids, friends, neighbors and extended family, but because of our deck’s odd shape it is difficult to know how to best use it.


    Father reverts to eating habits that almost killed him

    Q. Three years ago, my father had a heart attack and needed triple-bypass surgery. He almost died. He is now full-blown back to his old diet. I know it is ultimately up to him to change, but after all he has done for me, I will regret not trying to help him if he ends up having another heart attack. Do I try to talk to him, or should I respect that he would like to make his own life decisions?

    The Shark Evoline 3 can be worn with the face shield down, or as an open-faced helmet.

    Shark Evoline Series 3 modular helmet

    I got my first Shark Evoline Series 2 helmet in 2011 and it quickly became my favorite all-season modular helmet. The Evoline 3 is an improved model.

    The Octane’s low, 25.9-inch seat height makes it easy for shorter riders to flatfoot the pavement.

    Victory scores with its sporty, mid-size cruiser

    Last year Victory came out with its first mid-size sporty cruiser, the Octane. I rode out to Randy’s Cycle in Marengo last fall to test the new bike, to see how it stacked up against the competition.

    COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM The Harley-Davidson WLA was primarily used for courier service during the war, running messages on bases and in the field. Visit www.nationalmcmuseum.org.

    ‘The Liberator’ helped troops defeat the Nazis

    The Harley-Davidson WLA is known as the “motorcycle that won the war.” Also known as “The Liberator,” a 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA is proudly displayed among other military motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.



    Words and the future of Donald Trump
    Columnist Fareed Zakaria: For most of his life, Donald Trump has found words to be his friends.


    First Amendment lives
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Last November the political left witnessed the loss of their candidate,


    ‘Helicopter’ parents source of school pressure
    A Lisle letter to the editor: As a former school principal of over 20 years, the only surprising thing about the issue of “pressure” at Naperville North and other high schools is that it’s taken this long to come to the forefront.


    100-foot-wide anihilation of trees in Elgin
    An Elgin letter to the editor: NICOR’s recent clear-cutting on their in-holding parcel in Burnidge Forest Preserve just west of Elgin is incomprehensible. This wasn’t just an access path they cleared — this was a 100-foot wide annihilation of every single plant, bush and tree down to bare earth.


    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
    Today’s Daily Herald Opinion page editorial cartoon


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