Struggling BlackBerry releases new phone

Daily Herald - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:00
BlackBerry launched a new smartphone this week as the embattled Canadian company hopes for a comeback. Chief executive John Chen unveiled a large-screen, square sized phone called the Passport to a Toronto audience. London and Dubai also hosted launch events. No event was held in the U. S. where analysts say there is little demand or carrier interest.

Is iOS 8 causing mobile apps to crash more?

Daily Herald - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:47
Apple Inc.'s latest software update for the iPhone and iPad tablet is causing popular applications made by Facebook Inc., Dropbox Inc. and others to crash more frequently. Apple's iOS 8 operating system causes apps to crash about 3.3 percent of the time, or 67 percent more.

Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones

Daily Herald - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:47
The Talko app sends the equivalent of text messages in the form of a spoken word. Talko users can record a voice message and send it over the Internet to anyone else with the app. Recipients listen to the recording when it's convenient, rather than being interrupted by a traditional phone call.

Twitter parodies, politicians and police raids

Daily Herald - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:47
For as long as there has been Twitter, there have been parody accounts. From Rep. Paul Ryan to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the pope. Most have come to accept them as an annoying but inevitable side effect of life in the public eye. But not the mayor of Peoria.

The one big problem with the enormous new iPhone

Daily Herald - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 09:47
Just as I was getting ready to plunk down $399 for Apple's new iPhone iPhone 6, I freaked out. What if it's too big to fit in my pants? Turns out, that wasn't what I should have been worried about. There's another big flaw.

A Cyclist's Paradise---For a Price

Wall Street Journal Real Estate - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 05:25
Bicycle valets, dedicated wash areas and special parking facilities—developers are bulking up on bike-friendly amenities.

‘Small explosion’ outside Riverdale steel mill

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:14

No one was injured in a small explosion at a steel mill Thursday night in south suburban Riverdale.The explosion happened about 11 p.m at ArcelorMittal, 13500 S. Perry, Riverdale Police said.

Bedbugs take bite out of Chicago Ridge Library schedule

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:11

It wasn’t bookworms but an infestation of bedbugs that caused the Chicago Ridge Public Library to shut its doors for two days, according to a statement issued Thursday by the library and a notice posted at the front entrance. The statement says a “bedbug incident has been isolated and resolved.” The library, 10400 Oxford Ave., reopened Thursday morning after being closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Before Thursday, library officials had declined to explain the closing, saying only via two signs posted on the front door and a posting on the library’s website that the library was closed “due to unforeseen circumstances.” …

Family of boy crushed during alleged theft in Alsip files lawsuit

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:11

The family of a boy who was crushed to death when police say he was stealing metal rods at an Alsip construction business has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed by Nilas Harden on Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, claims The Lombard Co. and Lombard Architectural Precast Products Co. were negligent in Harden’s death. Dallas Harden, 16, was with two friends attempting to steal metal rods at The Lombard Co. at 4245 W. 123rd St. on Aug. 20, authorities said at the time. The steel rods were “instrumental” in keeping 34,000-pound concrete and brick walls in place, …

Accused killer says he tried sex near bodies, but ‘it was weird’

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:10

Joshua Miner and Alisa Massaro had previously joked about necrophilia so when the opportunity presented itself, they decided to give it a whirl, Miner says in a videotaped interview with police that was played Thursday at his murder trial. Miner is charged with first-degree murder in the January 2013 slayings of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, at Massaro’s father’s house on Hickory Street in Joliet. It was Massaro who first suggested having sex after the men were killed, Miner says on the video. “She’s like, ‘Let’s have sex,’” Miner says. “And I was like, ‘Let’s have sex on …

Oak Lawn may be reaching limit on video gambling

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:10

Times are tough for many locally owned, small fast-food restaurants. Just ask John Kattos, owner of Mr. Gyros, 9229 Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn, who sells gyros sandwiches on a 2-for-1 deal to boost sales. He’s looking to boost his income by adding video gambling machines. Having a village liquor license would allow Kattos to apply for a license to offer video gambling. So he plunked down a $250 application fee at the village hall and went to Tuesday night’s village board meeting hoping for good news. He’s still hoping. “Everybody else has them. Why not me?” Kattos said Wednesday after …

14 decades and counting — Oak Lawn church celebrates

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:09

It’s been a long run of serving spiritual needs of the area for Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn. The church was founded in 1874 and is celebrating it’s 140th anniversary this year. To put that into perspective, folks who started the church had memories of the Civil War, which concluded nine years earlier. Those early years saw Sunday services held in a schoolhouse on 95th Street and 55th Avenue. The first church building opened on Oct. 9, 1881, on the north side of 95th at Brandt Avenue, seven years later. “Then, in 1939, they decided they needed a …

NBC 5: Witnesses subdue suspect after Oak Lawn carjacking, crash - Dallas Morning News

Oak Lawn Home Inspector News Feed - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 02:05

Dallas Morning News

NBC 5: Witnesses subdue suspect after Oak Lawn carjacking, crash
Dallas Morning News
A man is shaken after his car was stolen right in front of him and crashed just a few feet away at a Walgreens on the corner of Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn in Dallas. Jerry Norvell was getting candy at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached ...
Witnesses Subdue Man Suspected in CarjackingNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Good Samaritans tackle Dallas carjacking suspectFOX 4 News

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A Master of Prehistoric Oak

Wall Street Journal Real Estate - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:27
Woodworker Adrian Swinstead crafts contemporary pieces from 5,000-year-old bog oak, blending new and old materials.

A Bouquet Inspired by a Richard Diebenkorn Painting

Wall Street Journal Real Estate - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 00:10
Floral designer Lindsey Taylor translates an abstract 1955 canvas by the American artist into a bountiful fall arrangement.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be in Joliet Saturday

Plainfield News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:35
JOLIET – The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Saturday at Rock Run Forest Preserve in Joliet.

Bad news for group seeking to develop site on I&M Canal

Plainfield News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:31
JOLIET – It took massive chains and earthmoving equipment to remove an 8,000-pound derrick crane from the mud and muck in what a local man believes is a staging area on the Illinois & Michigan Canal.

Community unites to help Morris family following fire

Plainfield News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:30
MORRIS – First Presbyterian Church of Morris and Carpenters Local 916 have come together to help one of their own.

Teaching local teens lessons beyond 'buckle up'

Plainfield News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:22
Drive for Tomorrow aims to get students to embrace safe driving culture

Syria’s Islamic rebels fear U.S. could hit them

Plainfield News - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:08
Syria's Islamic rebels fear U.S. could hit them


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