The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 4
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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PAGE 4 SECTION 1 DAILY HERALD ContfiNNNl Irani PAQO 1 SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Reach: Getting music online has been a challenge Continued firm Page 1 trapped in my head as I was writing lyrics, and I thought it would be a great hook line in the chorus," Ramaker said. After about an hour, Ramaker had finished the lyrics that became "Hey Love, (Gayle'sSong)." "I just prayed that God would put the right words in my mouth," he said. When he arrived in town for Gayle's memorial services two days later, Ramaker and the Balogis went to Chicago's Gravity Studios where George works as an engineer to put the whole song together as a surprise for Gayle's parents. "It was very, very special," Laurel Dubowski said. "It encouraged my heart." The cousins called the experience cathartic and therapeutic. "If it wasn't for that song, I don't know what state I'd be in now," Alisha said. "The one thing that ties this family together is music, and it's been so healing." To Russia, with love The creative end of the process has gone smoothly. Getting the song online for people to buy is a challenge. Major online music stores like iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster don't take just anything that comes along. "For someone who's never done something like this PHOTOS COURTESY OF THK DUBOWSKI FAMILY Gayle Dubowski had been learning Russian at NIU so she could communicate with children at orphanages in Moscow and Kiev where she hoped to volunteer some day with her brother Ryan, father, Joe, and mother, Laurel. Left, Gayle's cousin Christian Ramaker, right, wrote most of the lyrics to a tribute song created in her honor following her death Feb. 14 at NIU. before, it's extremely hard," Alisha Balogi said. Enter Hinsdale native Derek Sivers' The Oregon-based online music store will be the original distributor of "Hey Love (Gayle'sSong)." "We do these a lot," Sivers said. "After Sept. 11 we got no less than 100 albums with the proceeds going to various charities, so much so that we created an entire section on the site for them." Gayle's song will cost $1 to download from CDBaby and should be available this week. Sivers' company takes nine Gayle's song Here are some Web sites affiliated with ong: This site will go live this week where visitors can buy the song for $1 per download. owsklmemorial: This site features a version of the song, news about other sites selling downloads of the song and updates on charity funds "Hey Love." generated by the sales.. Home page for HOPE Worldwide, the charity that runs operational and educational programs at the Russian and Ukrainian orphanages where Gayle had hoped to work. Visitors can make donations in her name directly through the site. cents from each download to cover administrative costs. His company will eventually distribute the song to the other major Web-based music stores. The profits will all be sent directly to HOPE Worldwide in Pennsylvania. The money will be funneled to the orphanages Gayle had hoped to work at. "This isn't simply operations for orphanages," HOPE'S Blenko said. "We provide life-skill programs for the children in these orphanages." Gayle's father said their family became aware of the cause through their church, Chicago Church of Christ. "Many orphanages in the former Soviet Union have a UUllG OUlllCllilllfi lllVt Li 11O *jiv \sL& \s\jiHLJUliy LClJ\.\^o m-iiVs \j\j v \si UUAAAA*AAW'-M.V.I*«^ \^wu*.u« v**uwij.i_«vi.t^ V.LJ. i_> u v ** ^ t. v/ «.»»« »^^»»*,*^*. w • .» w w ~~* » «.» ~~**.»- —. j— ^ Internet domain prospectors try to capitalize after tragic BY JON CAMPBELL graph of a black-jacketed tions or other contributions, on them. ter a domain for as little as Contac I-....-A. ,.r.~..u r , /„„ coroner standing behind Although it's eood to be cau- Domain prospecting, and $10, leaving plenty of room Tavare: reputation as warehousing these children until they're 18 and then dumping them onto the streets with little to no education," Joe Dubowski said. "HOPE orphanages have social work programs and education programs. Gayle really wanted to go abroad and do social work and help out." The cousins have no expectation on fundraising. "This song wasn't written for charity, it was written for our cousin Gayle," Alisha said. "We don't have any idea what will happen now. We just hope." events BY JON CAMPBELL Doit/ Herald Correspondent Less than 24 hours after the shootings at Northern Illinois University, "domain prospectors" went to work registering various Web site addresses they hoped to sell later for a profit. Among the addresses snapped up just after the 'attacks were severaf sites using words in conjunction with NIU that could d'ome up through Google or another search engine. One of them currently features several paid advertisements and a photo- graph of a black-jacketed coroner standing behind police tape. Such sites can compete with or often be confused with sites endorsed by people actually involved with the university. NIU has a memorial page on its Web site at The page features photographs, biographies of the victims and links 'to support services for students and their families. Because it's difficult to know who owns a Web site, authorities stress that official memorial pages like NIU's are the best place to make dona- tions or other contributions. Although it's good to be cautious, simply visiting a Web site will typically not contribute materially to the site's owner, as long as visitors don't click on any paid advertisements that might be posted there. Domain prospectors live anywhere in the world, and they often try to mask their identities. The sites usually attract so-called "placeholder ads" placed automatically by the hosting service before a domain is fully developed, though the ads don't generate revenue unless a user clicks on them. Domain prospecting, and its more malicious and often illegal cousin "cybersquat- ting," have been around since the earliest days of the Internet. Initially, speculators began registering domain names that were likely to become valuable as the Web took off. Some early pioneers actually became very wealthy through this practice. In 1999, Congress passed a law making it illegal to deliberately purchase domains that contain registered trademarks or proper names. But otherwise, anyone can regis- ter a domain for as little as $10, leaving plenty of room for profit. After the school shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, dozens of domain names were registered and subsequently auctioned off. A few of these domains became memorial sites, including, which became a home for an organization promoting gun control. Arizona resident Warner Tavares registered a domain name related to the Virginia Tech killings on April 16,2007, the same day of the attacks. Contacted for this story, Tavares acknowledged he originally hoped to profit from the purchase, but he said he soon regretted his decision. "It all happens very fast, but that one definitely bothered me a little bit," he said. "I decided to let it expire. I mean, we're human, too." Nonetheless, the domain name remains available for sale at a price of $1,300. The Web site contains a notice that a portion of the proceeds would go to the families of victims, but it doesn't specify how much. Profits down at Elgin's riverboat casino BY HARRY HITZEMAN The state's smoking ban could be a bust for Elgin. For the second straight month, receipts from the Grand Victoria Casino were down nearly 20 percent. According to figures released Friday, the Elgin casino's revenues were about 18.5 percent lower than city leaders expected. For February, that's $325,000 less from gambling receipts, although the city still received $1.56 million. January casino receipts also were down. If this drop continues, it could mean about $4.3 million less for the city in 2008. Sue Olafson, city spokeswoman, said Elgin leaders are very concerned about the past two months. "If it continues, there's going to be serious consideration of what programs have to be cut back," she said. The city received about $24.3 million from the casino last year. At this year's pace, it will take in about $19.7 million. The city has traditionally used casino revenue for large, one-time expenses or capital projects instead of paying for rank-and-file staff. Elgin Mayor Ed Schock believes a combination of poor weather, the economy and the Jan. 1 smoking ban have led to the drop in business. But most of all, he believes the smoking ban has had the greatest effect on the bottom line. "I still hold out hope that a casino (smoking) exemption could go forward," Schock said. "When we lose money, the state is losing more money. Earlier this week, an Illinois House committee voted down two proposals aimed at easing the no smoking law, including one that would have allowed businesses to buy smoking licenses from local governments. Grand Victoria Casino representatives could not be reached for comment. Officials from the Illinois Casino Gaming Association, which represents riverboat owners, have said business is down about 17 percent since the ban took effect Jan. 1. Hardy souls take in St. Patrick's Day parade BY NANCY GIER ngier&iUiilyhfrHhI.coiH Despite snow flurries, temperatures in the low 20s and a stiff breeze that could bring tears to the eyes of a leprechaun, the St. Patrick's Day parade went off Saturday afternoon in St. Charles without a hitch. More than 80 units — including veterans groups, Cub Scout packs, dancing Irish lasses and bagpipe veterans — showed up to march briskly down Main Street. One high school marching band begged off because of the cold. Miss Illinois Ashley Hatfield rode under blankets on the Chamber of Commerce float, while Grand Marshall Rob Johnson, CBS co-anchor, rode on a float sponsored by McNall/s Irish Pub. Because of an early Easter this year, the parade was moved up a week, increasing the chance for wintry weather. Some celebrants avoided the cold by watching from inside. LAURA STOKCKKR/lstocckcr (a daily herald.cum Grace Quinn, 8, of St. Charles sits curbside Saturday with siblings and friends on Main Street in downtown St. Charles for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. "We all had a craving for coffee," joked Heather Mendel, 14, who was with her sister Lauren, 10, and a group of friends from Wredling Middle School in St. Charles. They had staked out a window table at Starbucks at First Avenue, where a crowd was buying coffee and hot choco- late. Kay Delaney of St. Charles, who had dyed her hair green, was with her neighbor Kathy Pulelo and Kathy's daughter Jill inside the coffee shop before the start of the parade. Delaney said she was definitely watching the parade outside, but she couldn't help 4. thinking of last year. "It was so gorgeous," she said wistfully. Sean Bench, 30, a resident of St. Charles since October, didn't let the cold stop him from watching the parade in a tartan plaid kilt, which he had ordered online. "I had to wear it; it's just a couple of hours," he reasoned. Bench is of Irish descent, and he watched the parade in Sedona, Ariz., last year. "It was a little warmer," he said. Michael Hahn of Geneva was the sole member of his family present to watch his 9- year-old daughter march with her cheerleading group. "She was really thrilled, but I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her," Hahn said. The parade was dedicated to the memory of Vaughn Olson, who was a 15-year member of the St. Charles police force when he died last year from injuries suffered in a car crash. Olson had helped organize other St. Patrick's Day parades. Settled: Man, 9 family members came from Mexico in 1923 Continued from Ftige 1 work ethic. "He was a very hard worker and wanted to make sure he provided for his family and he did," Bob said. In 2006, the Aurora Historical Society and the Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board paid tribute to Nila on his 105th birthday for his role in shaping the ethnic makeup of the city. Visitation for Nila will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized. COURTKSY OFJ1MI ALLEN I'HOlOC.RAI'm Senobio Nila, one of the first Mexican immigrants to make a home in Aurora, died Friday at age 106. DailyHeralcl FOUNDED 1872 Daily Herald (USPS 032020) is published daily by Paddock Publications Inc. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Carrier home delivery rate, daily and Sunday: $4.95 per week; 8 weeks/$39.60 Sunday only: $1.50 per week; 8 weeks/$12.00 Mail delivery in Cook County: 8 weeks/$40.00 Mail zone 1 (DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry counties) 8 weeks/$47.60 Mail zone 2-4: 8 weeks/$52.00; Mail zone 5-8: 8 weeks/$59.60 Back issues available by phone order only. All back issue orders must be prepaid. 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