Daily Archive : Wednesday August 31, 2011


    These still photos from a state trooper’s dash camera show motorcyclists traveling at 92 mph as he trailed them on Friday along I-88, officials say.

    State police dispute claims arising from fatal accident

    Illinois State Police are disputing claims that a trooper may have caused an accident that resulted in the death of an Aurora motorcyclist along I-88 near Naperville.

    Seniors using Pace Metra or the CTA are switching to a new ID card system in September.

    Free rides for suburban seniors end on mass transit

    Regional Transportation Authority officials have beefed up its customer support this week, and through the next, in anticipation of problems expected with the change to the seniors ride free program on the area's mass transit systems.

    President Barack Obama gestures after a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday, when he urged Congress to pass a federal highway bill.

    Obama jobs speech creates conflict with GOP

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his intention to lay out a new jobs plan in a prime-time speech to Congress next week that strategists hope will set a new tone for his tenure. But the announcement provoked an instant confrontation with Republicans.


    Woman dies after being struck by train near Rolling Meadows

    Three Metra trains on the Union Pacific Northwest Line were stopped for more than an hour after a woman was struck and killed in Rolling Meadows between the Arlington Park and Palatine stations.


    Elgin council tours golf course

    The Elgin City Council got a tour of Bowes Creek Country Club complete with a ride around the golf course, a look at the maintenance building and a sample of food from Porter’s Pub.

    Though confined to a wheelchair, Devin Davis, 19, of Elmhurst, will compete in the National American Miss Illinois state pageant this weekend in St. Charles.

    Wheelchair-bound Elmhurst teen in state pageant

    Devin Davis was diagnosed with a rare muscle disorder when she was a baby and uses a wheelchair, and now she's a state finalist in the National American Miss Illinois pageant at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

    Pat Richard tries to make her way along what remains of East Beach Road in Westport, Mass., Wednesday. The beach-front road was shattered by high surf and winds when Tropical Storm Irene swept the area on Sunday.

    Crews reach last of cut-off Vermont towns

    Swollen rivers began falling Wednesday in much of the Northeast, allowing relief crews to reach the last of the tiny Vermont towns that had been entirely cut off from help by Hurricane Irene’s fast-moving floodwaters.

    Associated Press Traffic leaves through the main gate at Scott Air Force Base in Mascoutah, Ill., Wednesday after a suspicious package was found on the base. Three people from the base in southwestern Illinois were hospitalized, and about 100 were evacuated.

    Tests turn up nothing at Air Force base

    Environmental tests at an Air Force base in southern Illinois failed to pinpoint what caused three people to fall sick while handling mail Wednesday, the Air Force said. Two workers for the U.S. Postal Service and an Air Force serviceman at Scott Air Force Base developed respiratory or skin reactions around 9 a.m. in reaction to something in the mail room, according to base commander Col. Michael...

    The Buffalo Grove Fire Department responded to a fire on Farrington Drive Wednesday afternoon. One dog died due to smoke inhalation.

    Buffalo Grove fire kills 1 dog, injures another

    A fire that started in the kitchen of a Buffalo Grove home and spread into the attic Wednesday afternoon killed one of the family’s dogs and inured another. The blaze broke out about 2 p.m. on the 700 block of Farrington Drive.

    Robyn Kove of Midtown Athletic Club makes a throw from second base.

    Images: Buffalo Grove Charity Softball Game
    Images of the annual Buffalo Grove charity softball gameat Emmerich Park Wednesday. Elected officials and Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce members and staffers played a friendly softball match to lead into Buffalo Grove Days.


    Cronin: Let's look at scaling back government

    DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin asked two dozen independent boards and commissions that he appoints to help save taxpayers money. With 372 taxing bodies in DuPage, county board member Paul Fichtner said, “Ideally, everybody will consider how to get rid of their job.”

    Area lakes and waterways have been infested by zebra mussels, an invasive species believed to have been transported from the Great Lakes by unwitting recreational boaters

    Great Lakes, Mississippi split sought

    Six attorneys general in the Great Lakes region called for a multistate coalition Wednesday that would push the federal government to protect the lakes from invasive species such as Asian carp by cutting off their artificial link to the Mississippi River basin.

    Despite their questionable health benefits, sodas remain an enduring favorite with Americans.

    CDC: Half of Americans have a sugary drink daily

    Health officials say half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day and some are downing an awful lot.

    After a couple weeks of jagged volatility, Wall Street has settled down, posting its fourth positive finish on Wednesday, as the Dow turned positive for 2011.

    Dow up for a fourth day

    Stocks edged higher Wednesday on a report that factory orders surged in July. The Dow Jones industrial average turned higher for the year. The Dow’s four-day winning streak ended a tumultuous August that had the most 400-point swings in the history of the index.

    Chicago Alderman Daniel Solis of the city council’s Hispanic caucus said Wednesday a casino would bring millions of dollars to the city annually and would help finance infrastructure improvements.

    Chicago aldermen press Quinn to sign gambling bill

    Hispanic and black aldermen have added their voices to calls Gov. Pat Quinn sign legislation expanding the number of casinos in Illinois.

    Rob Russell announced his candidacy for Kane County coroner Wednesday in St. Charles.

    2 GOP challengers for Kane County coroner

    With Rob Russell's announcement Wednesday, there are officially two candidates running for Kane County coroner so far. Both have messages about the office needing major reforms and an image upgrade.


    Huntley 158 to consider NIU partnership

    Huntley Area District 158 school board will discuss a partnership agreement with Northern Illinois University to share educational resources as it prepares to implememnt its medical academy. The district is also working with NIU on its student teacher training.


    No compromise in Lombard soccer field dispute

    Three teams of soccer players who split from the club affiliated with the Lombard Park District can’t play on park district land, but that doesn’t mean they lack a home field. About 50 teenage girls on newly-formed Infinity Soccer Club will play on fields rented from the Butterfield Park District, which serves unincorporated areas near Lombard, founder Stefano Durdic said.

    Construction worker Bob Sawall looks over a hole as backhoe operator Steve Booker carefully watches for the primary water main as they begin work on renovating Eagle Pool in Palatine. A $3.8 million project will add a water slide, three-meter diving board and zero-depth wading pool at the facility.

    Palatine’s Eagle Pool getting modern makeover

    A lot has changed in the way of pool design since Palatine's Eagle Pool was built in 1976. With that in mind, a $3.8 million makeover is underway at the facility, which will feature a new bathhouse, three-meter diving board, water slide and spray features.

    Melinda Bush

    Grayslake Democrat entering state senate primary

    Lake County Board member Melinda Bush of Grayslake plans to seek statewide office in the spring primary. Bush announced Wednesday that she'll run in the Democratic primary in Senate District 31, which is represented by Republic Suzi Schmidt of Lake Villa.


    Palatine’s Hot Dog Richies gets new look

    Hot Dog Richies, a staple in Palatine since 1975, recently remodeled and expanded into an adjacent garage. To celebrate, the establishment at 220 N. Northwest Highway will hold a grand reopening ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9.


    Judge again dismisses Sherman suit against library

    A Cook County judge last week dismissed Buffalo Grove resident Rob Sherman’s motion to reconsider a lawsuit against Indian Trails Public Library that sought to nullify a property tax increase narrowly approved by voters in April.

    Cathleen Koch

    Mom of beaten toddler wants interviews disallowed

    Cathleen Koch, who faces prison time on charges she allowed her boyfriend to severely beat her 2-year-old daughter at a St. Charles hotel, wants statements she made to police thrown out of court. Koch's attorney argues she was kept against her will and not read Miranda rights before several taped interviews.


    Fox Valley police reports

    A 50 year-old Elgin man told police that while he was detained at both the Elgin and Kane County lockups on domestic battery charges between last Wednesday and Friday, one of the alleged domestic battery victims stole a 44-inch television, vehicle titles to a Mazda RX7 and a Mazda 300, between three and four debit cards, CDs, food and $150 cash from his home in the 200 block of Healy Street,...


    Buffalo Grove firefighters rescue worker from underground vault

    Buffalo Grove firefighters rescued a 54-year-old man Wednesday after he fell, struck his head and lost consciousness while examining an underground vault.


    Tri-Cities police reports

    A Batavia man turned himself in to police Tuesday to face a charge of unlawful use of and possession of a weapon by a felon. The man also faces several misdemeanor charges.


    No name yet for Schaumburg baseball team

    The name of Schaumburg’s new baseball team will not be announced during the village’s Septemberfest celebration over Labor Day weekend after all, due to a recent change of ownership.


    Hawthorn Woods fun fest

    Hawthorn Woods hosts its Fall Family Fun Fest on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Aquatic Center.


    Volunteer reserve deputies sought

    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced Wednesday his office is seeking volunteers for the reserve deputy unit.


    District 79 tentative budget

    The Fremont Elementary District 79 school board has tentatively approved a $27.7 million budget for the 2011-12 school year.


    Kankakee mayor battles RTA lawsuit

    Kankakee’s mayor vowed Wednesday to fight lawsuits by the Regional Transportation Authority and the city of Chicago over a program that encourages businesses to come to her northeastern Illinois community to avoid higher sales taxes in other counties. Mayor Nina Epstein traveled to Chicago to wage a public relations defense of the tax-incentive programs, which she credited with bringing companies...


    Batavia schools’ busing woes resolved, superintendent says

    Batavia public schools have had some problems with school busing the first week of school, including a lack of busing for special education students last week, without notice to parents. The district has a new bus company this year and things have since improved, Superintendent Jack Barshinger said Wednesday.


    Quinn gives out grants for suburban health centers

    Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday announced a series of grants to community health centers, including ones in Carpentersville and Streamwood.


    Illegal immigrants in Indiana see big jump in college tuition

    Hundreds of college students around Indiana have admitted to being illegal immigrants and are being forced to pay out-of-state tuition rates that can triple their bills. They’re facing those big jumps under laws approved by the legislature this year taking away in-state tuition eligibility from students “not lawfully present” in the country.


    North Chicago teen killed in Waukegan crash

    A 16-year-old North Chicago resident was killed after crashing his vehicle into a tree in Waukegan during the early morning hours Wednesday, according to police.


    Bartlett man charged in auto burglaries

    A 20-year-old Bartlett man on parole for a 2010 felony residential burglary conviction was charged with burglary after Hoffman Estates police say he and a co-defendant broke into cars. Douglas Schwartz must post 10 percent of his $50,000 bail to be released from custody.

    Robert 'Bobby' L. Bostic in a 2011 police mug shot.

    Bostic trial witnesses deny police accounts of stories

    Police said earlier this year their big break in the Carlton Richmond murder case came when witnesses to the shooting identified Robert Bostic as the prime suspect. Those witnesses testified Wednesday that they had no idea what the cops were talking about.

    Skip Ottolino patrols Lake Arlington, pulling in the hundreds of dead fish.

    Hundreds of fish die in Lake Arlington

    Arlington Heights Park District officials are investigating the sudden deaths of hundreds of fish in Lake Arlington. The dead fish, believed to be Gizzard Shad, were never stocked in Lake Arlington and authorities are speculating whether they were introduced to the lake as baitfish.

    Deb Seyller

    Details expected Friday in Kane circuit court clerk settlement

    Attorneys on Friday expect to wrap up the settlement on the lawsuit that Kane County Circuit Court Clerk Deb Seyller filed against the county board last fall after the board rejected her request for some $550,000 for 11 more employees to help run her office. Both sides arrived at a tentative settlement on Tuesday.

    James F. Jackson

    Lisle cops: Thief was really cleaning out library

    A Glen Ellyn man charged with stealing thousands of books and DVDs apparently was cleaning out the Lisle Public Library in more ways than one, authorities said Wednesday.

    Prep work for the widening of Milwaukee Avenue north of Route 137 in Libertyville is posted to start Thursday but likely will be delayed.

    Tree impact may delay Libertyville road project

    Trees are marked for removal and signs have been posted notifying drivers that the Milwaukee Avenue widening project in Libertyville will begin Thursday. But the Lake County Forest Preserve District won't let that happen until it receives payment from the Illinois Department of Transportation.


    Hanover Park man charged in Schaumburg crash

    The Hanover Park motorcycle driver seriously injured last week in a collision with a van in Schaumburg has been charged with causing the crash. Byron D. Griffin, 34, was charged Wednesday with disobeying a red light, not having the proper license classification to operate a motorcycle and having illegal handlebars on his vehicle.


    Buffalo Grove debater earns national honor

    Emma Bueso, a senior at Buffalo Grove High School, has earned the National Forensic League’s degree of Premier Distinction, the highest student rank in the honor society and a reflection of sustained excellence in speech and debate activities.


    Mundelein memorial features beam from World Trade Center

    A steel beam from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers will be the centerpiece of a Mundelein memorial to the people killed on Sept. 11. “The honor of receiving a symbol of one of the most horrific days in our nation's history can't be described,” Mundelein Fire Chief Tim Sashko said.


    Naperville cops probe arson at North Central
    Naperville police are investigating an arson that caused $10,000 damage to the east end of North Central College’s artificial turf football field.

    Joshua Holmes

    Police: Warrenville mom catches burglary on video

    A Warrenville mom is being credited for the arrest of a man she caught on video burglarizing her son's car outside a recreation center, authorities said Wednesday. "She took matters into her own hands," said Diane Dillow, executive director of the Warrenville Park District.


    Naperville police: Aurora motorcyclist clocked at 111 mph

    An Aurora motorcyclist with a history of having a lead foot added another speeding citation to his rap sheet Sunday morning.Bradley Smith, 26, was charged with speeding more than 40 mph over the posted limit after a Naperville police officer observed Smith’s 2009 purple Yamaha traveling 111 mph in a 45 mph zone at 7:23 a.m. as he headed north on Route 59 near 95th Street.


    Workbooks late to arrive in Cary schools

    Students in some Cary Elementary District 26 classrooms are working off photocopied pages from math and spelling workbooks because not all of their materials arrived before the start of the school year.

    An inscription is seen on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington. Poet and author Maya Angelou is taking issue with the paraphrased quotation.

    Angelou: Memorial makes King look like ‘arrogant twit’

    Poet and author Maya Angelou is taking issue with a paraphrased quotation from Martin Luther King Jr. inscribed in his new memorial in Washington, saying the shortened version makes the civil rights leader sound like an "arrogant twit" because it's out of context.

    Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens is one of 10 members of the village's founding family who received a combined $950,329 in compensation for their work at the village.

    Family connections in Rosemont net $2 million in pay

    Ten Stephens family members, including Mayor Bradley Stephens, got almost $1 million in pay from Rosemont last year. Five other Rosemont elected officials and their 13 family members were paid another million dollars in 2010.


    Dist. 204 readies for overhaul of math, language arts

    In anticipationof an overhaul of the math and language arts curriculum in Indian Prairie District 204, officials are developing exrcises that touch on many different lessons — from math and working with money to critical thinking to communication and global awareness.


    Search leads Peoria police to historic find

    PEORIA — The search for a robbery suspect in Peoria led police to an underground tunnel that a church apparently once used to harbor runaway slaves.


    Former Wisconsin legislator accused of altering prescription
    CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. — Former state legislator Jeff Wood has been jailed after being accused of altering a prescription. Chippewa Falls police Capt. John Liddell says police called Wood in Monday after the Chippewa Valley Veterans Administration Clinic reported he may have changed a prescription dosage. Liddell didn’t know the medication’s name.


    Wisconsin union leaders ask Gov. Walker for meeting

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin State Employees Union is asking state lawmakers to put pressure on Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to negotiate with the union over salary increases.The union sent letters to lawmakers on Wednesday to follow up on its request made to Walker’s administration on Aug. 18.

    Dan Ferraro of Carol Stream checks out an all-electric car called N.m.G. (no more gas) made by Myers Motors. It was on display at the Green Car Show at the Naperville Test Track Tuesday in Naperville.

    Latest automotive technology on display at Naperville Test Track

    U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert will sponsor a Green Car Show to highlight innovative automotive technologies from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Naperville Test Track.


    New Route 60/Peterson Road intersection to open in Lake County

    Drivers who use Peterson Road near Grayslake and Round Lake Park will soon see a different intersection at Route 60 starting Sept. 1. The intersection has been moved slightly to the southeast and new turn lanes and traffic signals have been added.


    Medical center, AVON team up for mammograms

    This September, women will be adding something new to their beauty routine- a mammogram. Holy Family Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center (WIC) and AVON-Morton Grove, are joining forces to offer “Wednesdays are for Women” in September to bring women in for their screening mammograms.


    Obama urges congress to pass extension of transportation bill

    President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to extend legislation to fund highways and mass- transit projects, saying a failure to do so will cost thousands of construction jobs and delay needed infrastructure repairs.“It’s inexcusable to put more jobs at risk in an industry that’s already been one of the hardest hit in the last decade,” Obama said at the White House today.


    U.S. crackdown on wasteful war contractors urged by panel

    The U.S. government should prohibit wasteful and corrupt companies from receiving federal contracts in war zones, a commission authorized by Congress said.“Suspensions and debarment can be powerful tools to protect the government’s interests,” said an eight-page summary of the Commission on Wartime Contracting’s final report, released today.


    Wildfires destroy dozens of homes in Texas, Okla.
    Associated PressPOSSUM KINGDOM LAKE, Texas — Wildfires sweeping through parts of Texas and Oklahoma have destroyed dozens of homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate, and although officials don’t yet know what ignited the blazes, a summer heat wave and drought have left both states with the perfect fuel: parched ground and dry vegetation.


    Instrument company shutting South Bend call center

    INDIANAPOLIS — A musical instrument retailer says it will close its 100-worker call center in South Bend and move the operations to Indianapolis by the end of this year.


    Ivy Tech planning expansion in C. Indiana city

    CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College officials are planning a new instructional building that would be the first tenant in a central Indiana city’s business park.Plans between Ivy Tech and Crawfordsville officials call for the school to lease the building near the Interstate 74 and U.S. 231 interchange from the city’s redevelopment commission.


    Indiana State’s president gets contract extension

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Indiana State University’s trustees have given the school president a new contract that runs until 2016.The contract approved by the Board of Trustees on Tuesday keeps President Dan Bradley’s base salary at about $271,000 and calls for him to receive raises similar to those given other university employees.


    Indiana fair leader to discuss victim relief fund

    INDIANAPOLIS — The head of the Indiana State Fair Commission is to discuss how it will handle the relief fund set up for those injured in this month’s deadly stage collapse.That fund has collected more than $240,000 since it was established in the days after strong winds blew the outdoor stage rigging onto fans waiting to see country band Sugarland perform on Aug. 13.

    Naper Elementary School fifth-grader Madison Hubbard won the Naperville Jaycees contest to name the Last Fling mascot. She will have the chance to walk in the Labor Day Parade with Frank E. Fling.

    Introducing Naperville's Mr. Frank E. Fling

    For the first time, the Naperville Jaycee's Last Fling will have a larger than life mascot. His name? Frank E. Fling, courtesy of Naper Elementary fifth-grader Madison Hubbard.


    Walsh to speak at Palatine Twp. GOP meeting

    The Palatine Township Republican Organization (PTRO) will feature Congressman Joe Walsh, a McHenry Republican, at its regular monthly meeting Saturday, Sept. 3.

    Jeff McIntire will show off his clock collection during the Historic Elgin House Tour.

    Gifford Park shows off for Elgin Historic House Tour

    Many old-house fans collect antiques or decorate with furniture styles inspired by the periods of their homes.Visitors to the 30th Annual Elgin Historic House Tour will notice this right away when they see Pat and Jeff McIntire's 1872 Italianate and the Carmen and Michael Howard's craftsman bungalow built a half-century later.


    Retrial starts in killing of 4 at NW Ind. house
    Testimony began Tuesday in a Lake County court in the trial of 36-year-old Antonio Jones of Gary on four murder counts.

    Children’s book author and illustrator Rosemary Wells discusses and signs copies of her new book “Hands Off, Harry!” on Monday, Sept. 12, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

    Wells’ newest children’s book series tackles behaviorial issues

    Children's book author Rosemary Wells takes a look at common children's behavior problems in school with the new "Kindergators" series. Wells visits Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville -- which she describes as one of her "favorite bookstores in the world" -- to discuss and sign "Hands Off, Harry!"


    Bank worker accused of stealing, fleeing

    The FBI says an assistant bank manager is being held in the Dominican Republic after allegedly stealing nearly $40,000 from a suburban Chicago bank .


    Suburban art museum promotes young artists

    How do you keep young artists from leaving the Chicago area for more glamorous venues? The Art Museo inside the InterContinental Hotel in Rosemont is giving those artists a venue to display their work starting Sept. 16

    Des Plaines Police officers lead a previous Tour De Des Plaines Bike Ride. This year’s nine-mile, police escorted, family friendly ride will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, leaving from Lake Park, at Howard and Lee streets, in Des Plaines.

    Family bike tour of Des Plaines

    Bicycle enthusiasts are invited to join the Tour De Des Plaines Bike Ride, being held in conjunction with Des Plaines Fall Fest, Saturday, Sept. 17. This family-friendly event will start and end at Lake Park, Howard and Lee streets.

    The rail crossing on Kreutzer Road in Huntley will be reconstructed and the road will be closed for five days in mid-September.

    Huntley roadwork to come on Kreutzer, Rt. 47

    By mid-September, motorists driving through Huntley will have another road project to contend with: the railroad crossing at Kreutzer Road. And IDOT hopes to finish most of the lane widening project on Route 47 this year.


    Dawn Patrol: Quick hits to start your day

    News you need as you walk out the door today: Guns in Barrington, Senate talks to Sears, heat returns.

    Neighborhood activist Amy Zinga, of Bartlett, looks up at an ash tree being treated for emerald ash borer at Redwood Lane and West Country Road in Bartlett.

    Bartlett woman rallies neighbors to fight emerald ash borer

    A Bartlett woman, upset that ash trees in her neighborhood are dying, has launched a two-pronged campaign to get the village to act and her neighbors to treat their own trees.

    Maribel Aguilar, a junior, practices with a punching bag during boxing club practice at Wheeling High School. This fall marks the fourth year of the club started by Mike Burke, who is also an English teacher at the school.

    Wheeling's student boxing club fights hard for charities

    From helping charities to building self-esteem in students, Wheeling High School's boxing club knows how to make an impact.


    Elgin task force discusses vehicle stickers, program cuts

    Cutting grant programs and reintroducing vehicle stickers made the list of ideas Elgin's Budget Task Force discussed. “If you spread it out with all the people that would need a vehicle sticker, it’s a small amount for each person but a huge amount for the budget,” Jen Carr said.

    Patsy (Matthew Crowle, center), the king's faithful servant, advises his sovereign to “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” in Drury Lane Theatre's production of the Eric Idle-John Du Prez musical, “Monty Python's Spamalot.”

    Drury Lane, Marriott dominate Jeff musical categories

    Lincolnshire's Marriott, Oak Brook's Drury Lane and First Folio, and Skokie's Northlight are among the theaters earning multiple Jeff Award nominations. What's surprising are the nominations the Marriott's “The Music Man” didn't get.


    Kane County animal control employees to help pick new boss

    A county board subcommittee began the task of finding the next Kane County Animal Control director and found a willing group of internal experts: the staff. “You all need help,” said Lynne Ellberg, an administrative assistant.


    Winfield second-grader locked out of school

    Two years after being found asleep on the wrong school bus, a Winfield second-grader was locked out of Pleasant Hill Elementary School when the youngster failed to keep up with classmates going to lunch after outdoor recess.


    White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy returns to the mound after giving up a 2-run home run to Luke Hughes during Minnesota's 6-run first inning Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Dunn, Rios and Peavy trip up Sox again

    The White Sox' three most disappointing players - Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy - were all on display during Wednesday afternoon's 7-6 loss to the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Vernon Hills edges Libertyvile

    Eric Swanson's winning 38 lifted Vernon Hills to a boys golf victory over Libertyville on Wednesday.


    Grayslake North tops Vernon Hills

    Carson Klarck scored early in the first half and set up Baruk Perez-Vera’s second-half goal that helped Grayslake North top Vernon Hills 3-1 in boys soccer Wednesday.


    Wednesday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s girls swimming scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls swimming meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s girls cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Wednesday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Wednesday’s boys cross country scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's boys cross country meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Kane County Cougars clinch playoff berth

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — For the seventh time in nine seasons and 13th time in 21 years, the Kane County Cougars have reached the Midwest League playoffs.They beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 4-3 on Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium to clinch a postseason berth.The Cougars have five games left in the regular season and hold the wild-card spot. They are 2½ games behind Clinton for the top spot and host the LumberKings for three games this weekend to close out the regular season. The Cougars never trailed Wednesday. Brett Eibner tripled and scored in the second and singled and scored in the fourth off Brian Diemer (9-11) to make it 2-0. Geulin Beltre tripled and scored on an error in the sixth for a 3-0 lead. Winning pitcher Jason Mitchell (3-0) dominated in his return to the starting rotation. He tossed 5⅔ innings of 3-hit shutout ball and has not allowed a run in his last 21⅓ innings. Mitchell (3-0) walked one and fanned four in the win.

    Erik Peterson of Barrington finishes ahead of Grayslake Central’s Luke Zygmunt, left, at the boys cross country meet at Lakewood Forest Preserve.

    Barrington wins Lake County meet

    Led by senior Erik Peterson, Barrington delivered a convincing victory in the Lake County Invitational on Wednesday at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

    St. Edward senior Sarah Norman takes a shot against Aurora Christian’s Taylor Knauf Wednesday in Elgin.

    St. Edward sweeps Aurora Christian

    The competitor in St. Edward girls volleyball coach Jaime Dovichi was less than thrilled initially when she learned her team was being dropped to the less-competitive Gold Division of the Suburban Catholic Conference for the 2011 season.

    Ryan Gundersen (24) helped spark Rolling Meadows' huge comeback and amazing 50-49 victory over York in Friday's season opener.

    Memorable shootout for Rolling Meadows

    A look back at Rolling Meadows' wild 50-49 victory in its football season opener over York and a look at how it could impact the Mustangs down the road.


    Barrington, WW South play to draw

    Barrington and Wheaton Warrenville South played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night in a fast-paced boys soccer match to earn a point in group play of the 23rd annual Barrington Classic.


    New Trier meets Prospect’s challenge

    Defending Class AA girls golf state champ New Trier topped Prospect 149-159 in Winnetka on Wednesday.

    Sam Schrenker of York during the York at Benet girls volleyball game in Lisle Wednesday.

    York hands Benet first loss

    Caroline Rose had 10 kills and Melissa Deatsch 8, as No. 1 York avenged a loss to Benet at the Benet Invite with a 25-23, 25-21 win over the No. 6 Redwings on Wednesday in Lisle.

    Aurora Central Catholic’s Katilyn (cq) Rosa smacks the ball toward Rosary’s Briana Flagg in the second match on Wednesday, August 31.

    Rosary rolls by Aurora Central

    Aurora Central played its first conference match in the tougher of the two Suburban Christian Conference divisions Wednesday night, quite an accomplishment in of itself for Jeanne Czipri’s program.


    Batavia’s serving dooms Wheaton Academy

    Before the match even started, Wheaton Academy was docked a point for an illegal uniform.It did not get much better for the Warriors in their nonconference girls volleyball match Wednesday night against Batavia.The Bulldogs, behind a lethal one-two serving combination of captain Mary Nilles and fellow senior Meghan Fabian, manhandled Wheaton Academy with 8 team aces in racing to a straight-sets 25-8 and 25-20 victory in Batavia.“(Batavia coach) Lori (Trippi-Payne’s teams) always serve tough,” Wheaton Academy coach D.A. Nichols said. “They’re obviously very good at it. We just didn’t execute.”


    Carmel tops Libertyville in 3

    Caitlin Barry slammed 10 kills, Jessie Wayland added eight, and Carmel outlasted Libertyville 25-16, 13-25, 25-21 in nonconference girls volleyball action Wednesday night.


    Last round of Beck-Grossman as Redskins host Bucs

    WASHINGTON — It’s been nine years since the Washington Redskins had this kind of suspense entering the final preseason game.In 2002, Steve Spurrier’s first season, the coach waited until the final exhibition was over to declare that Shane Matthews had won the starting quarterback job over Danny Wuerffel. Neither one had played well. Matthews came out on top despite throwing five interceptions in six quarters during the preseason. It’s worth noting that Matthews, Wuerffel and Patrick Ramsey all ended up starting before the 7-9 season was over.Mike Shanahan is letting the race go down to the wire this year, but at least his charges have proved worthy of the competition. Both John Beck and Rex Grossman have played well. Any slip-up in the preseason finale Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be decisive.“It’s very close,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “They both have done a good job and had good numbers. When we review the tape, it’s pretty neck-and-neck.”The Buccaneers and Redskins are taking totally different approaches to the game that, under normal circumstances, is the most meaningless one on a team’s NFL schedule. Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris says his defensive starters will play “absolutely not one snap” against the Redskins. Quarterback Josh Freeman will sit out as well. Other starters will play sparingly, if at all.The only suspense from the Buccaneers’ standpoint concerns the players on the bubble, who get a final chance to earn a spot on the 53-man roster that will face the Detroit Lions in the regular season opener on Sept. 11.“We’re stacking the bottom of our roster in Washington,” Morris said. “After we get the bottom of our roster stacked and our team put together and our practice squad filled out, then the coaches will already be ready to deal with Detroit and moving on to what we’ll be going to do in Week 1.”Mike Shanahan took that approach last year. The Redskins sat all 22 starters for the final exhibition game and gave them a head start studying the Week 1 opponent. For 2011, he’s done a 180. He feels his starters need the extra work to make up for the lost offseason practices caused by the NFL lockout. He’s treating this week the same as last week — as another dress rehearsal for all.“It’s different than usual,” Kyle Shanahan said. “It’s the fourth preseason game, and we have not been playing football that long. The more playing time (for starters) is where I think it changes a little bit.”Plus, there’s that quarterback competition to decide. The entire team is anxious to know the outcome, although it’s a story line they’re happy to follow. After all, this time last year the team was dealing with something more disconcerting — the various misadventures of Albert Haynesworth.“We had plenty of drama last year,” receiver Anthony Armstrong said, “so trying to figure out who’s our quarterback is, is really not too much. But it’ll be good to know.”


    Running back tells fake Titans’ fans to shut up

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans running back Chris Johnson seems to be finding out about the downside of Twitter during his contract holdout.Johnson tweeted Wednesday to “fake Titan fans” to shut up. Fans are calling him greedy and saying his demands are too high.Johnson went on to write, “I don’t have a regular job so don’t compare me to you and I can care less if uthink I’m greedy.”He earlier tweeted his thanks to people praying for him through his “situation.”Johnson has more than 441,000 followers on Twitter. He has refused to report until he gets a new contract. The Titans say they are willing to make him the highest paid running back in NFL history, but no deal has been reached.The Titans’ opener is Sept. 11 in Jacksonville.Johnson’s comments made almost immediate headlines on the Internet and became a hot topic on talk radio. The running back returned to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to defend himself, writing that he was targeting fake fans because real fans wouldn’t be upset with his comment. “My titan fans taking it all wrong I’m talking to the ones writing me racist Comments. I’m not call the Titan fans fake at all. (hash)LUV,” Johnson tweeted.


    Bengals LT Whitworth gets contract extension

    CINCINNATI — Left tackle Andrew Whitworth got a two-year contract extension on Wednesday that could keep him with the Cincinnati Bengals through 2015.The deal recognizes his standing as the team’s best offensive lineman and one of its leaders. He’s the first Bengals player to get a contract extension since the NFL lockout ended.“You want to extend the guys who you know are committed to the program,” Whitworth said. “It’s good to see the hard work you put in and to be able to get it to work for both sides.”Whitworth was a second-round draft pick in 2006, when he moved into the starting lineup. He emerged as one of the league’s best tackles the last two seasons, when he started every game.He was a team captain and a representative to the players’ union. He assumed a leadership role during the NFL lockout, helping to organize workouts in Cincinnati.“Whit is a very fine player and also a team leader, so this is obviously good news for our team,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “It’s good to get this done before the regular season begins.”


    Frank Gore signs 3-year extension with 49ers

    SAN FRANCISCO — Frank Gore has long tried to pattern himself after Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, who played his entire 10-year career with the Detroit Lions.Gore has seen other great running backs move from team to team while evolving into NFL stars — and he never wanted to be one of them.Loyal to the San Francisco 49ers since the day they drafted him in 2005 in the third round out of Miami, Gore hoped to stay put with the same franchise for the long haul, for his career.That’s what he plans to do now.Gore signed his three-year contract extension with the Niners on Wednesday, keeping the two-time Pro Bowl running back with the team through 2014. He acknowledged it’s a relief to no longer have the future weighing on his mind as he prepares for the regular season.“The team stepped up and showed they wanted me to be here for my whole career,” Gore said. “You rarely see running backs get to finish their career with the team that drafted them. I can say I’m one of them. ... It’s a blessing that I’m a Niner, and I’m happy.”Gore agreed Tuesday to the $21 million deal, with $13.5 million in guaranteed money. In what was to be the final year of his contract, Gore had hoped to land a new deal before the Niners’ Sept. 11 season opener at home against the defending NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks — and he got it.He has flourished in San Francisco, all the way across the country from his Miami home.The 28-year-old Gore missed the final five games of 2010 after fracturing his right hip in a Monday night game at Arizona on Nov. 29. He is fully healthy and begins his seventh NFL season third on San Francisco’s all-time rushing list, needing 931 yards to become No. 1.While Gore has said it is one of his goals to pass the late Hall of Famer Joe Perry as San Francisco’s career leader in yards rushing (7,344), he is determined to first do all he can to help turn the franchise back into a contender under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh.The 49ers finished 6-10 last season after a surprising 0-5 start, failing to reach the playoffs or post a winning record for the eighth straight year.“We haven’t been having winning seasons but the fans have been 100 percent behind us,” Gore said. “I see Coach Harbaugh and this coaching staff, they’re football guys. I have no doubt, I know we can get it done. I know we have talent in that locker room, probably more than any NFL team.”Harbaugh on Tuesday called Gore a “true 49er.”Gore’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, met face to face with the 49ers brass at team headquarters for much of the day Monday. Gore considered that progress, not to mention the fact general manager Trent Baalke and team President Jed York had said they wanted Gore to be a “49er for life.”Gore said he even spoke to Baalke about working for the organization when he’s done playing.During this process, when Gore clearly became anxious at times, he took his bosses on their word — that they did indeed want No. 21 to stick around.“Just knowing they wouldn’t say anything unless it’s true,” Gore said. “I knew (Baalke) wouldn’t say it if he didn’t mean it. Since I’ve been here, they’ve been true to me.”Gore didn’t play in last Saturday’s 30-7 loss to the Houston Texans, and Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether he would play in Thursday night’s exhibition finale at San Diego. It’s nothing new for him to sit, as Gore has rarely played during the preseason in the past.Gore held out for the first four days of training camp, but hasn’t shown any signs of being behind or hindered by the hip. He insists he is ready to go and feels like the “22-year-old Frank Gore” again.Gore had sought a contract comparable to the $43 million, five-year deal running back DeAngelo Williams — 20 days older than Gore — recently received from the Carolina Panthers. That includes $21 million guaranteed. Williams missed the final 10 games last year with a sprained right foot.


    Some Lions down to their last chance to make team

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Detroit Lions receiver Derrick Williams seems to be down to his last chance to stick around.Williams, a third-round pick in 2009, has struggled more than he’s stood out for much of his career.His nine receptions for 82 yards over two seasons aren’t impressive and he hasn’t had success as a returner in the kicking game. His four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown this preseason have been hurt by dropped passes.Williams is well aware of what is at stake for him in Detroit’s preseason finale Thursday night in Buffalo.“Guys in my position have to show some things,” he said. “A lot of people say preseason games are like auditions, giving you and opportunity to add some tape to what you’ve done in the regular season.”Williams isn’t the only Lion hoping to hang on.Veteran Nick Harris and undrafted rookie Ryan Donahue will compete for one spot, getting another opportunity to show what they can do against the Bills.“It’s going down to the wire,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. “Both of those guys have punted very, very well.”The Lions plan to play quarterback Matthew Stafford and the first-string offense briefly. “They won’t play that much,” Schwartz said.Stafford, though, insisted the exhibition will be meaningful when backups Shaun Hill, Drew Stanton and perhaps fourth-string quarterback Zac Robinson are playing with other reserves.“It’s a big game for our team to mold our roster,” he said. “There are some position battles that are going down to the fourth game.”Starting running back Jahvid Best is expected to return after getting knocked out of the second preseason game, but reserves such as Aaron Brown will get an extended chance to play.The Ndamukong Suh-led defensive front, likewise, will likely be on the sideline shortly after breaking a sweat. That’s when defensive end Willie Young hopes to make the most of his opportunity to secure his place on the roster.“I don’t feel like I have a spot on the team yet,” Young said. “The last preseason game might be meaningless for the guy who plays a snap or two. But for a guy like me, every snap on the field is critical. I have to take advantage of the opportunity I’ll have in Buffalo.”Schwartz said it’s not just jobs, but roles, that will be on the line when starters sit and backups play.“There’s still some guys that need to get looked at,” he said. “Those guys are competing for a job on this roster, those guys are competing for a job on other roster, they’re competing against other people’s rosters. That’s a very real dynamic as you get late into training camp.”


    Jets visit WTC site after holding annual luncheon

    NEW YORK — Rex Ryan and the Jets visited the World Trade Center site and met surprised construction workers there a little less than two weeks before the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.Several team members viewed the site for about a half-hour Wednesday after attending the Jets’ annual kickoff luncheon at Cipriani’s Wall Street.“Very humbling experience,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie wrote on his Twitter page. “Just walked out to see Ground Zero. A really heart felt experience. God Bless everyone.” Added linebacker Aaron Maybin: “Visiting the World Trade Center site with the rest of the D. Powerful experience.”The Jets looked out at part of the site from a viewing stand and spoke to several construction workers who are there rebuilding the area.“It was a welcome surprise for the workers there, and a nice morale boost for them,” said Jamie Loftus, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.The Jets, whose luncheon raised more than $750,000 for the Alliance for Lupus Research and the New York Jets Foundation, open the regular season at home on Sept. 11 against Dallas in a nationally televised game.“Man speechless,” offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse tweeted. “Was at the World Trade site, unbelievable.”New York closes its preseason schedule on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium against Philadelphia. Notes: The Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, N.J., was transitioning back to full power Wednesday night after running on generator power since Hurricane Irene hit the area Sunday morning. Many players and coaches live in the surrounding neighborhoods and said they also lost power, but had avoided the water damage that many residents in places such as Morristown experienced. Areas critical to team operations have been working out of the training facility, while the majority of the Jets’ business support staff has been working at the stadium since Tuesday.


    Vikings LB Brinkley mending after hip surgery

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings will be without backup linebacker Jasper Brinkley for a while.Head coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Wednesday in an e-mail message that Brinkley had surgery Tuesday on his hip. Brinkley has been bothered by the injury for much of training camp and hasn’t been at full speed. Frazier said he’d elaborate on Brinkley’s condition and status after Thursday’s preseason game against Houston. Reached by phone Wednesday, Brinkley declined to comment.The Vikings have two standouts at linebacker, Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson, and an emerging starter in Henderson’s younger brother, Erin. But their depth has taken a hit this month, with Brinkley, Heath Farwell, Kenny Onatolu and Ross Homan all getting hurt. The damage was enough to prompt the Vikings to use defensive end Everson Griffen at linebacker in some packages in practice this week, and defensive coordinator Fred Pagac said Griffen would play both positions Thursday against the Texans.Farwell has been slowed by a strained hamstring. Onatolu recently returned from a stress fracture in his foot. Homan suffered a concussion. The Vikings signed David Herron last week and also have undrafted rookie Larry Dean in reserve at that position, with the spate of injuries making Dean a strong candidate to make the roster. Dean was the NCAA Division II Defensive Player of the Year at Valdosta State.Brinkley is the only true middle linebacker behind Henderson, and the fifth-round draft pick from South Carolina took over as the starter in December 2009 when Henderson broke his leg. Brinkley held that spot during the playoffs that season, and he has appeared in all 32 regular-season games of his career.Brinkley led the Vikings with 15 solo special teams tackles last season and was second behind Farwell with 17 combined stops on kick coverages. He was in line to compete with Onatolu and Erin Henderson for the starting weak-side linebacker spot, but the injury ruined his audition.


    Venus Williams withdraws from U.S. Open

    NEW YORK — Her 2011 U.S. Open done and tennis future in doubt because of an immune system disease, Venus Williams rode away from Arthur Ashe Stadium in the back seat of a car a little before 5 p.m. Wednesday.Inside, one young American, Christina McHale, was preparing to speak at a news conference about reaching the third round with a surprise victory over a past Grand Slam finalist. Another, Irina Falconi, was on court, starting a match that would end with her waving a giant U.S. flag to celebrate her own upset.As those events unfolded — the most stunning, of course, being seven-time major champion Williams’ withdrawal shortly before her second-round match because of an illness she hadn’t previously disclosed — it was possible to see a symbolic shift for U.S. women’s tennis.Williams revealed she recently was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, which doctors say is usually not life-threatening. The most common complaints are dry eyes and dry mouth; in rare cases, it can cause joint pain.“I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon,” said Williams, who has played only 11 matches in the last 11 months.Lately, as the 31-year-old Williams and 29-year-old sister Serena have dealt with health problems and played less frequently, people have wondered when — and perhaps whether — another American woman would make an impact in the sport. For one day, at least, McHale and Falconi did just that.McHale, a 19-year-old from Englewood Cliffs, N.J., delivered a 7-6 (2), 6-2 victory over eighth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, the runner-up to Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2007. Falconi, a 21-year-old who went to Georgia Tech, followed that up by beating 14th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.“I think there’s a lot of American players — young American players — right now that are all kind of pushing each other. So I think it’s exciting,” said McHale, who knocked off top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki at hard-court tuneup tournament in Cincinnati in August.“We all push each other to want to do better,” McHale.She next meets No. 25 Maria Kirilenko of Russia, while Falconi will play No. 22 Sabine Lisicki of Belgium. Lisicki was supposed to play Venus Williams on Wednesday afternoon.Lisicki said she saw Williams on the practice courts and in the locker room and expected to play their match — until the tournament referee passed along the news of the withdrawal.“She’s a tough girl, and I think she’ll come back. You know, it would be unfortunate if she couldn’t,” Lisicki said. “Serena and Venus both are amazing players, and it’s nice to have them in the women’s sport. I hope she comes back.”McHale and Falconi both advanced to the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.Falconi ended her match in style — and unbridled exuberance — running way wide of the court and nearly stumbling into a changeover chair to get to a ball that she whipped back for a cross-court forehand winner. She hopped in the air and pumped her left fist, then bounded onto the court yelling, “Come on! Come on!”Yet another — and even younger — U.S. player almost joined them. But 16-year-old Madison Keys of Boca Raton, Fla., couldn’t quite pull it off, wasting a big lead and losing to 27th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.Among Wednesday’s other winners were U.S. men John Isner, Jack Sock, Robbie Ginepri and Alex Bogomolov Jr., along with 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, who didn’t try to defend his title last year because of a wrist injury. Two-time French Open semifinalist Robin Soderling of Sweden, meanwhile, pulled out shortly before his first-round match Wednesday, citing stomach pain and a headache.No. 4 Andy Murray and No. 12 Gilles Simon advanced, while No. 10 Nicolas Almagro became the highest-seeded man to lose.


    Warren gets to it, handles Marmion

    Warren’s boys soccer team wasted little time getting to work Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Devils (5-1-1) struck in the fifth minute, then threw all their firepower forward against Marmion Academy in a 3-0 victory as play continued at the 23rd annual Barrington Classic.

    Stevenson freshman Kya Suzuki heads for victory in the girls cross country meet at Lakewood Forest Preserve on Wednesday.

    Stevenson’s Suzuki accelerates to victory

    Stevenson freshman Kya Suzuki showed what a huge impact she is going to have this girls cross country season, winning easily on Wednesday in the Lake County Invitational at Lakewood Forest Preserve.


    Group effort lifts Grayslake Central

    Four players scored for Grayslake Central as the Rams picked up a 4-0 boys soccer victory over visiting Antioch on Wednesday.


    Bartlett wins 1st match of season

    Bartlett d. Hoffman Estates: Elizabeth Arco had 7 kills while Lekie Mason added 6 kills and 4 digs as Bartlett won its first match of the season, defeating Hoffman Estates 25-18, 25-23. Tori Burke had 19 assists and 12 digs for Bartlett (1-3), while Katie Hrbacek added 8 digs and Amy Hurban 7.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Josue Chavez scored an unassisted goal in the first half and Tony Benitez made 12 saves in goal as the Elgin boys soccer team defeated St. Patrick 1-0 Wednesday at the St. Patrick tournament, the Maroons’ third win in a row.“We’re excited,” said Maroons’ coach Dave Borg. “We’re playing real well right now.”Larkin 2, South Elgin 1: Roberto Torres scored off a Tony Hernandez assist in the first half and Danny Valdez found the back of the net on an assist from Erik Rodriguez late in the second half as Larkin (2-2-1) downed South Elgin in an Upstate Eight crossover. Bret Hildebrandt scored South Elgin’s goal on an assist from Danny Fry. Santiago Guerrero had 4 saves in goal for Larkin and Jarod Schieler stopped 7 shots for South Elgin.Huntley 2, North Chicago 0: Alexs Ryks and Eduardo Gonalez scored goals and Austin Emery made 2 saves in the net as Huntley (3-0-1) won in the Wauconda tournament.


    Battle of Crystal Lake featured on NBC 5

    After a record 16,198 votes online, this week’s crosstown showdown between District 155 rivals Crystal Lake South and Crystal Lake Central at Metcalf Field will be featured as NBC 5’s “Prep Destination of the Week.”

    Tyler Flowers, left, talks with starting pitcher Mark Buehrle earlier this season.

    Flowers blossoming for White Sox

    Catcher Tyler Flowers is showing the White Sox hoe valuable he can be. When A.J. Pierzynski comes off the disabled list Friday, don't expect Flowers to disappear on the bench.

    Northwestern wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, left, and quarterback Kain Colter (14) sit on the bench late in the fourth quarter during the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 1, 2011. Colter figures to lead the Wildcats in the season opener at Boston College on Saturday.

    Northwestern QB Colter not one to give in

    As Northwestern's opener at Boston College nears, it becomes increasingly clear sophomore QB Kain Colter will have an outsized role for the Wildcats. What traits does Colter bring to the field?

    Rodrigo Lopez lost his third straight start. Lopez has never beaten the Giants in eight career starts against San Francisco.

    Castro gets another hit, but Cubs fall

    Starlin Castro was one of the NL's top rookies last season. Now, the All-Star shortstop is one of the league's best players period. Castro collected a two-out single in the third inning for his National League-best 173rd hit of the season.

    Defensive end Nick Reed chases Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker during the Bears' third preseason game on Aug. 27. Reed is hoping for a good showing Thursday against Cleveland to secure a spot on the team's 53-man roster.

    Whose bubble will Bears burst?

    Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli doesn't agree with anyone who says the final preseason game is meaningless. “People kind of look at it like, ‘Awww, I don't even want to go,'” Marinelli said. “It's not meaningless."

    Chicago Cubs starter Randy Wells throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in Chicago.

    Cubs need OBP, not history lesson

    The Cubs don't need a GM who understands the wonderful Cubs tradition. Jim Hendry worked here for 17 years. You think he didn't get it? They need someone who can get better players and believes in on-base percentage.

    Jake Peavy llowed six runs on eight hits over five innings Wednesday.

    White Sox rally comes up short

    Jake Peavy's one bad inning was enough to send the Chicago White Sox to a costly loss. Jason Kubel and Luke Hughes homered during Minnesota's six-run first inning, and the Twins snapped Chicago's five-game winning streak with a 7-6 victory on Wednesday.

    DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell will open the Big East season at home with a Jan. 1 game against Syracuse at Allstate Arena.

    New Year’s Day at Allstate: DePaul vs. Syracuse

    DePaul's men's basketball team will start the New Year with its Big East opener against Syracuse on Jan. 1 at Allstate Arena. The conference revealed the dates and opponents for the 2011-12 Big East slate on Wednesday.

    Senior safety and team captain Harrison Smith, here intercepting a pass last season against Miami, is one of eight returning defensive starters for Notre Dame.

    Irish captain Smith says full speed ahead for team

    Harrison Smith expects his fifth season at Notre Dame to be different from all the others. This time the ND captain believes the Irish will break through and match the hype that always surrounds them.

    University of Miami head coach Al Golden sexpected a challenge at Miami. But this? Eight Miami players have been ordered by the NCAA to sit out at least one game for receiving extra benefits.

    Golden: ‘Clearly, this was the first obstacle’

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami coach Al Golden says he “felt helpless to defend” players on his team whose involvement with a former booster resulted in eight of them having to miss at least one game.Golden also said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that having already engineered one rebuilding project at Temple has him fully prepared for the challenges ahead at Miami.The NCAA says 12 players must pay restitution and eight will miss Monday’s season-opener at Maryland because of things they accepted from former booster Nevin Shapiro. Of the eight suspended players, five will return after a one-game absence.Golden says he was “bewildered” when the scandal broke. He adds that the Hurricanes are going to try to move on quickly.

    With preseason workouts all but finished, Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell is pleased with how hard the Buckeyes have played so far.

    Buckeyes not changing style much

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — For almost a decade, Ohio State fans have loved and loathed “Tresselball.”The button-down, conservative approach of former head coach Jim Tressel relied on defense and special teams winning games, with the offense doing just enough to not mess it up.When the Buckeyes won the 2002 national championship at the Fiesta Bowl by running the less-than-mobile quarterback Craig Krenzel and playing field position against top-ranked Miami, the faithful adored it and its architect. But after narrow losses fans ranted for weeks about Tressel’s inability to open up and let his talent take over.Now, Tressel is gone; Tresselball is not.“I wouldn’t say Tresselball; he’s no longer around,” tight end Jake Stoneburner said. “It’s the Ohio State offense. We’re going to run the ball, because that’s what we do (with) simple pass plays to start off the season. It’s basically the same Ohio State offense you’ve seen the last 10 years.”With the 2011 season about to kick off Saturday against Akron, everyone’s eager to check out interim head coach Luke Fickell.Fickell, who has been on the Buckeyes’ defensive staff for the past nine years, said he has no plans to dabble with the offense or create “Fickellball.”“I’m going to stick with my strengths,” he said. “I have the utmost confidence in (offensive coordinator Jim) Bollman and everybody on that side of the ball. They’ve been doing this a long time and know what they’re doing.”Tressel — and his style of play — was a big winner. Even subtracting the vacated 12-1 record from 2010, Tressel was 94-21 on the Ohio State sideline.He played keep-away with the ball on offense with high-percentage passes and straight-ahead running plays, picking his spots when he might take a chance. The rest of the time, he was content to settle for field goals and to pin opposing teams deep in their own territory with punts — which he called the most important play in football.The rest he left up to his annual rock-hard defense.A different approach might seem to be required this year because leading tailback Dan Herron and top returning receiver DeVier Posey will miss the first five games for accepting improper benefits. Also missing: three-year starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who jumped to the NFL.With Pryor’s understudy, Joe Bauserman, and true freshman Braxton Miller sharing time at quarterback, it’s unlikely the 2011 play-calling will vary much from previous seasons.“Our philosophy hasn’t changed,” quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano said. “We’ve been together a long time. And we’re still on the same mission as an offense.”One of the holdovers on the offensive staff is running backs coach Dick Tressel, Jim’s older brother. He concedes that anyone expecting a wild, wide-open attack will be disappointed.“The punt is absolutely the most important play in football,” he said with a grin. “But there’s a close 1-A, and that’s the next play: Whatever play it is. That’s a very important one.”

    LSU head football coach Les Miles addresses the media about the arrests of Jordan Jefferson and Joshua Johns during a news conference Friday on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, La.

    Lawyer expects more arrests in LSU bar fight

    The lawyer for four men injured in a brawl involving LSU football players expects more arrests for the beating of one client who suffered three fractured vertebrae.“Other arrests could be made in this case that are just as serious as the two already made,” attorney Michael Bienvenu said. “This isn’t over.”LSU starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and reserve linebacker Josh Johns turned themselves in to the East Baton Rouge Parish jail after police obtained warrants charging them with felony second-degree battery for the Aug. 19 melee outside Shady’s bar.Jefferson and Johns are accused of beating Andrew Lowery, who is one of Bienvenu’s four clients. Bienvenu has declined to make public the names of the three other injured men he represents, including the man with the broken vertebrae. He was allegedly pulled from a pickup truck after honking his horn at an agitated crowd of people blocking his way.“This wasn’t just Jordan Jefferson and Josh Johns,” Bienvenu said. “We’re still looking for those guys that started that initial beating of the driver, and it is undeniably curious that nobody on that football team can come forward and say who was involved in that.”LSU has barred players from discussing the case publicly. Police have interviewed an undisclosed number of players, but have not discussed what was said.Police chief Dewayne White said he is no longer commenting on the facts of the case because the investigation is ongoing. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore, who is reviewing the evidence and will decide whether to prosecute, did not immediately return a phone message.Attorneys for Jefferson and Johns have said their clients are innocent and that witness accounts in a police report that implicated the players are unreliable.Still, for the players, the arrest warrants have already damaged their careers as both have been suspended indefinitely and will miss fourth-ranked LSU’s season opener Saturday night against No. 3 Oregon in Dallas.Jefferson’s lawyer, Lewis Unglesby, has formally requested that LSU coach Les Miles lift the quarterback’s suspension.“The punishment he’ll get from the legal system is nothing compared to punishment suffered as result of his suspension,” Unglesby said.LSU vice chancellor for communications Herb Vincent acknowledged Wednesday that LSU had received Unglesby’s request and accompanying package of evidence, but had no comment. However, Jefferson remains suspended.Meanwhile, Unglesby provided The Associated Press on Wednesday with a signed, written statement from Shady’s employee Sean Berrigan, who said there was no fighting amid the crowd outside the bar until Lowery threw the first punch at another man who had asked him to leave the area.Berrigan also stated he never saw Jefferson hit or kick anyone. His statement matched what another employee, Jordan Neldare, told the AP in an interview last week. However, like Neldare, Berrigan also said he did not see the entirety of the fight.Another man, Chris Conroy, who is not a football player, also provided Unglesby a written and signed statement that the lawyer provided to AP. Conroy said he was struck in the face by Lowery inside the bar while he was dancing with a woman.Unglesby said the woman to which Conroy referred is Elizabeth Siadous, who on Aug. 24 filed a petition in East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court seeking protection from Lowery.Lowery has told police he was beaten a kicked in the face by Jefferson and Johns in the parking lot outside the bar. Another witness, 19-year-old Victoria Long has given police a similar account, including a statement that she saw Jefferson kick Lowery in the face.Bienvenu said Lowery’s injuries included a fractured bone in his upper jaw, called the maxilla, along with fractured teeth and a concussion. He said his other client, who had the fractured vertebrae, had been knocked unconscious and concussed, and also had fractured teeth.


    3 hospitalized Iowa players quit the team

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — A University of Iowa report says three of the 13 football players hospitalized after intense weight-lifting workouts in January have quit the team.A committee appointed by President Sally Mason says one injured player who was a walk-on quit before spring practice to concentrate on academics. A second who was on scholarship completed spring practices but left Iowa for unrelated personal reasons.A third player quit before spring practice, considered transferring and then stayed at Iowa but decided not to play football. The report does not identify the players, who were hospitalized for several days with a muscle disorder that caused discolored urine and extreme soreness.The report says all 13 appear to have completely recovered and it’s considered unlikely they will develop long-term problems.


    Houston AD mum on contact with Big 12

    HOUSTON — Houston athletics director Mack Rhoades would not say if he has been in contact with the Big 12 in the wake of Texas A&M’s plans to leave the league.Houston began competing in Conference USA in 1996. Last summer, two Houston-based lawmakers wrote a letter asking Big 12 officials to consider adding Houston after Colorado and Nebraska announced they were leaving. Texas A&M said Wednesday it plans to leave by July.Rhoades said he’s focused on improving Houston’s athletics program, adding that “we’re always going to look to get better.” He thinks A&M’s exit will prompt more realignment, but he wouldn’t speculate on how it may affect the Cougars.

    Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno, right, shown here with dancer Julianne Hough, will run in the Chicago Half Marathon this month to prepare for a full marathon in New York in November.

    Apolo Ohno to join Chicago Half Marathon runners

    World champion speed skater Apolo Ohno will participate in the Chicago Half Marathon on Sept. 11 as part of his training for the New York City Marathon next fall.

    Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman, shown here during the recent Big 12 Media Day conference, could be leading the Aggies in the SEC next fall. Texas A&M officials have told the Big 12 Conference they will leave next July if they are allowed to join another conference.

    Texas A&M tells Big 12 Conference it’s leaving next July

    Texas A&M has told the Big 12 Conference it plans to leave the league by July 2012 if it is accepted by another conference. The Aggies have made it clear they want to join the SEC.


    Size matters in fishing, but so does the frying pan

    Sure, size matters when it comes to fishing. But finding a nice mess of fish for the frying pan is equally important, as Mike Jackson explains in his outdoors column.

    Carlos Marmol celebrates Tuesday after getting the last out of the game against the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs won 5-2.

    Soriano helps Garza get a win over Giants

    Alfonso Soriano knew it was gone the moment he hit it. He was too busy running the bases to admire it or see how far it went. Soriano drove in two runs and hit one of the longest homers at AT&T Park, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.


    Chicago Fire advances to Open Cup finals

    The Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals struggled but won 2-1 over the third-division Richmond Kickers at Toyota Park. “We moved on to the next stage and we got it done,” rookie Jalil Anibaba said.



    Microflex exam gloves get fire association certification

    Microflex Corporation, a subsidiary of BarrierSafe Solutions International, said its Supreno SE standard cuff nitrile disposable examination gloves has received certification from the National Fire Protection Association.


    Ford to supply vehicles to Zipcar for university campus fleets

    Ford Motor Co. said it reached a two-year agreement establishing it as Zipcar Inc.’s largest supplier of cars for the college market.Zipcar will add as many as 650 Fords, mostly Focus compacts and Escape small sport-utility vehicles, to its lineup during this academic year and as many as 1,000 vehicles during the agreement. The short-term rental-car company will discount its $35 annual membership fee by $10 for 100,000 new university student members as part of the accord.The program exposes new drivers to Ford models “while helping them reduce their cost of living and help relieve congestion on campus,” Executive Chairman Bill Ford said in a statement.Zipcar rose 74 cents, or 3.6 percent, to $21.10 at 9:52 a.m. in the Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The shares gained 13 percent from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company’s initial public offering in April through yesterday.Ford, based in Dearborn, Michigan, gained 29 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $11.16 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.


    Conference Plus, Cancer Society team up to develop volunteer portal
    Conference Plus Inc., a subsidiary of Westell Technologies Inc., will collaborate with American Cancer Society California Division Inc. to develop a unique web portal solution designed to educate and empower the ACSCD volunteer staff.


    Allstate assisting homeowners After Hurricane Irene

    Allstate has set up 17 mobile claims centers to help residents in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut following Hurricane Irene.

    Corn and soybean farmer Marty Kirbach of downstate Jerseyville talks about his worries for the country’s overall economy while visiting the Farm Progress Show on Wednesday in Decatur, Ill. Tens of thousands of farmers from the Midwest and beyond are gathering for the agricultural trade show that shifts each year between Decatur and Boone, Iowa.

    Farmers flush but worried economy not recovering

    More than 600 companies set up tents and booths at the annual Farm Progress Show, but a list of the companies that didn’t get in gives you an idea of the strength of the country’s farm economy.

    Otto Heisner exits the Esmond Post Office on Tuesday, one of three offices in the county on an evaluation list that possibly will close.

    Small Illinois post offices could close

    At the tiny post office in Clare Illinois, about an hour west of Arlington Heights, postal workers greet customers by name.

    A movie selected from among Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” titles begins to download on a home computer screen.

    Figuring out the new Netflix plans

    SAN FRANCISCO — The toughest choice most Netflix customers usually face is figuring out which movie to put at the top of their queues.But millions of Netflix subscribers will be wrestling with a new dilemma as they decide how to respond to price changes that will hit the video service’s existing customers beginning Thursday.The new system will impose substantially higher rates on customers who want to keep renting DVDs through the mail and enjoying the more immediate gratification of streaming video over high-speed Internet connections. A small number of Netflix Inc.’s nearly 25 million U.S. subscribers will be unaffected because they had already limited their usage to Internet video streaming. Others will have to pay as much as 60 percent more unless they are prepared to wean themselves from one of Netflix’s entertainment options or just close their service entirely.Here’s a few factors for Netflix subscribers to consider:— Find out which day of the month Netflix bills you.Click “Your Account & Help” on the top right, then look for the next billing date in the center. That is when the new rates take effect. For example, if Netflix doesn’t charge you until the 22nd of each month, you still have another three weeks before being charged more to have both DVD rentals and Internet video. If you usually get billed on the second day of each month, you will need to make a change promptly to avoid being charged more.— Know the new prices. For the first time since it introduced Internet streaming in 2007, Netflix is offering DVD-only plans. For $8 per month, customers can rent an unlimited number of DVDs per month, with a maximum of one disc out per time. DVD-only plans allowing two discs out at time will cost $12 per month and three DVDs at a time will go for $16 per month. The cheapest package that combines Internet video and DVD rentals (one disc at a time) will cost $16 per month — up from $10 per month under the old system.The price for an Internet-streaming only plan remains $8 per month. — If you’re among the customers who want to keep just one of Netflix’s entertainment options, assess what you like to watch on the service and how you watch it.Internet streaming is more convenient because there’s no waiting for video to be delivered by the U.S. postal system. It also enables viewing on personal computers, tablet computers and phones, besides television sets. The negatives: It requires high-speed Internet access, which isn’t cheap, and Netflix’s streaming library is about one-fifth the size of the 100,000 selections in the DVD section.DVDs remain the best way to see the latest movies after they have ended their run in theaters. In some cases, Netflix must wait four weeks after DVDs go on sale in stores before they can mail them to customers, but that’s far better than Internet streaming where the wait can last several years. Internet streaming is better for watching good documentaries (which sometimes are available at the same time as the DVDs), catching up on past seasons of TV shows and enjoying older movies.If you like to watch series such as “The Wire” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” that have previously been shown on HBO, stick with DVDs because those titles have never shown up in Netflix’s streaming library. — Before abandoning Internet streaming, remember it is probably going to keep getting better because it is Netflix’s top priority. Netflix has left no doubt that it intends to spend big bucks to make its streaming library more compelling. The company already has secured the exclusive rights to a series starring Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey. That series, “House of Cards,” initially will be available late next year only to Netflix’s streaming customers.

    The U.S. government sued to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market.

    Government sues to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger

    The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T’s $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA on grounds that it would raise prices for consumers.


    Baxter sues Teva to enforce liability pact over hepatitis cases

    Lake Couny based Baxter International Inc., the maker of blood products and intravenous drugs, sued Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. to enforce an indemnity agreement over claims the drugmakers sold the anesthetic propofol in a way that led some patients to develop hepatitis.


    Cleanup starts at burned SW Indiana plant site

    FORT BRANCH, Ind. — A crew hired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has started removing asbestos from a former meat packing plant in southwestern Indiana that burned for several days last year. Officials expect it will take four to six weeks to complete the cleanup work at the former Emge plant near the Gibson County town of Fort Branch.EPA project manager Kevin Turner tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the $400,000 cleanup will leave the site environmentally clean but that agency isn’t demolishing the building.The asbestos was exposed when part of the plant was torn down in June 2010 so the fire could be put out after four days of smoldering inside the concrete walls.The plant was closed in 1999 after 90 years of operation.


    Nalco clears hurdle in merger with Ecolab

    Nalco Holding Company said the Federal Trade Commission has ended the waiting period for its planned merger with Ecolab.


    US stock futures rise at end of volatile August

    U.S. stock futures are rising at the end of a wild month in the stock market.


    Aeroports de paris profit rises on passenger numbers, retail
    Aeroports de Paris, operator of the French capital’s Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, said first-half profit rose 6.3 percent as traffic increased and passengers spent more on duty-free goods.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization rose to 459 million euros ($662 million) from 432 million euros a year earlier, Paris-based ADP said today in a statement. Analysts had expected earnings of 461 million euros, the average of seven estimates compiled by Bloomberg.Profit was boosted by a “general recovery in traffic” and retail spending per passenger, which rose 10 percent, Chief Executive Officer Pierre Graff said in the statement. Overall revenue advanced 1.8 percent to 1.34 billion euros on a 7.4 percent traffic gain to 42 million passengers.Even without disruption in April 2010 from an Icelandic volcano eruption, traffic would have risen 3.7 percent in the first half of this year, Graff said. Full-year figures will show “slightly lower” growth than the 4 percent revenue gain and 5 percent increase in Ebitda recorded last year, the company predicted.Net income, which rose 31 percent to 180 million euros in the first half, was boosted by one-time gains including a 50 million-euro compensation payment for the 2004 collapse of the Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2E building, ADP said.


    Stocks rally, u.S. Futures jump on fed outlook; bonds decline

    Stocks rose for a fourth day on speculation the Federal Reserve will stimulate economic growth as U.S. unemployment stays above 9 percent. European government bonds fell and the Swiss franc strengthened.The MSCI All-Country World Index gained 0.6 percent at 6:07 a.m. in New York, trimming the biggest monthly drop since May 2010. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index advanced 1.3 percent and futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed 0.9 percent. The Swiss franc appreciated against all 16 of its major counterparts tracked by Bloomberg. Copper rose for a sixth day while oil headed for its biggest monthly drop since May.U.S. companies probably added fewer jobs in August than July even as factory orders climbed, data may show today. Some Fed officials favored a “more substantial move” beyond an Aug. 9 pledge to hold rates at record lows for two years, according to minutes of policy makers’ latest meeting published yesterday. German unemployment fell in August for a 26th month and retail sales unexpectedly held steady in July, reports showed.“Most people will be glad to say goodbye to this month,” Russ Koesterich, the San Francisco-based global chief investment strategist for the IShares unit of BlackRock Inc., told Susan Li on Bloomberg Television’s “First Up.” “Investors are well aware that it’s going to be a slow, stubborn recovery. We’re hoping we remain in positive growth mode. The good news is that a lot of the bad news is already reflected in the price.”Stocks GainThe Stoxx 600 advanced for a third day, paring this month’s decline to 12 percent. Bouygues SA, the French construction company that also runs telecoms and media operations, jumped 12 percent after announcing a buyback and raising its sales target. UPM-Kymmene Oyj, Europe’s second-biggest papermaker, rallied 8.5 percent after saying it will close mills in Finland and Germany.The gain in S&P 500 futures indicated the gauge will climb for a fourth day. It has tumbled 5.8 percent this month, the most since May 2010. The MSCI World Index has lost 7.7 percent.U.S. factory orders probably rose 2 percent in July after a 0.8 percent decline the prior month, according to a Bloomberg survey of analysts before today’s Commerce Department report. Data from ADP Employer Services may show companies added 100,000 workers this month, down from 114,000 in July. The private release comes two days before the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report, which is forecast to show payrolls climbed by 70,000 in August after an increase of 117,000 in July.Thirty-year notes led declines in Treasuries today, adding two basis points to 3.55 percent. European government bonds dropped, with the yield on 10-year German bunds rising three basis points to 2.18 percent and the yield on French securities advancing four basis points to 2.86 percent.Treasury ReturnsSlowing growth has boosted demand for the relative safety of government debt, even after Standard & Poor’s cut the U.S. credit rating on Aug. 5. U.S. government debt returned 3.05 percent in August, the biggest monthly gain since December 2008, based on Bank of America Merrill Lynch data. While speculation the Fed will enact more stimulus to safeguard the recovery has pushed the MSCI World Index up 6.3 percent since Aug. 22, the benchmark for global stocks is still down 6.1 percent in 2011.The cost of insuring government debt fell to the lowest in two weeks as German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet ratified an expansion of the European Financial Stability Facility to help tackle the euro-area debt crisis. The Markit iTraxx SovX Western Europe Index of credit-default swaps linked to 15 governments dropped eight basis points to 291.Swiss FrancThe Swiss franc appreciated 1.5 percent against the euro and 1.6 percent versus the dollar, snapping three days of declines. The Dollar Index was little changed.


    Franc rises as snb refrains from weakening measures; euro falls

    The franc rose versus all its major peers as the Swiss National Bank refrained from announcing any new steps to curb its gains, after intervening or referring to the currency’s strength on the first three Wednesdays of August.Switzerland’s currency rallied from near a five-week low versus the dollar and extended gains versus the euro this year to 7.1 percent, hurting Swiss exports’ competitiveness. The euro weakened versus 15 of 16 major counterparts as data showed euro- area unemployment held at 10 percent for another month. The yen headed for a third monthly gain versus the dollar as a report said U.S. company payrolls increased less than forecast.“People were speculating that maybe they were expecting some sort of announcement by the SNB, and the fact that they didn’t come out helped the short dollar-Swiss trade,” said Boris Schlossberg, director of research at the online currency trader GFT Forex in New York. Short positions are bets a currency will fall. “It’s really a more anti-dollar trade than anything else, and Swissie is the prime beneficiary of that.”The franc climbed 1.7 percent to 1.1645 per euro at 8:43 a.m. in New York, snapping three days of declines. Switzerland’s currency advanced 1.6 percent to 80.69 centimes per dollar. The yen strengthened 0.2 percent to 110.56 per euro, and gained 0.2 percent to 76.59 versus dollar.The euro was little changed at $1.4436, from $1.4441 yesterday. It’s up 0.3 percent versus the dollar this month.Companies in the U.S. added 91,000 workers to payrolls in August, according to data from ADP Employer Services. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for an advance of 100,000. The government reports jobs data Sept. 2.Three WednesdaysThe SNB declined to comment on currency intervention when contacted by Bloomberg News today. Authorities have announced measures to halt gains in the franc or released statements calling it “overvalued” on three Wednesdays this month. The currency has surged 11 percent in the past year against a basket of its nine major peers, according to Bloomberg Correlation- Weighted Currency Indexes.The Swiss government said on Aug. 3 it welcomed measures to curb franc gains, while the central bank boosted supplies of the currency on Aug. 10 to erode its value. Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf also said Aug. 17 that she supported “any” measure deemed appropriate by the central bank, including a possible currency peg.There is “always a chance the SNB might offer further policy, but they are probably content with euro-Swiss at its current levels in the short term,” Chris Walker, a currency strategist at UBS AG in London, wrote in an e-mail.Time will show whether the SNB’s foreign currency purchases over the past two years to restrain the franc have been successful, governing board member Thomas Jordan wrote in a paper published on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s website.‘Happy’ With FrancIn June 2010, the SNB had suspended 15 months of currency interventions that led to a $21 billion record loss last year.“They’re probably happy with where the franc is for now,” said Elizabeth Gregory, a market strategist at Swissquote Bank SA in Geneva. She forecast the currency will strengthen to an average of 75 centimes per dollar and about 1.10 to the euro over the next year.The euro weakened versus most major peers as data showed euro-region unemployment held at 10 percent in July from the previous month, when adjusted for seasonal swings, the European Union’s statistics office in Luxembourg said in a statement today. At 21.2 percent, Spain had the highest jobless rate.European InflationEuropean inflation stayed above target in August, even as the region’s economy shows signs of faltering. Inflation remained at 2.5 percent, the statistics office said in an initial estimate.


    Treasuries set for steepest monthly gain since 2008 on economy

    Treasuries headed for their biggest monthly gain since December 2008 before reports this week that are forecast to show employment and manufacturing slowed.U.S. government debt returned 3.05 percent in August, Bank of America Merrill Lynch data show. Minutes of the Federal Reserve’s Aug. 9 meeting yesterday raised speculation the Federal Open Market Committee will debate further stimulus options at their September gathering. “QE3 is coming,” Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said in a report, advising investors to prepare for a third round of Fed asset purchases, also known as quantitative easing.“Bernanke has basically flagged the fact that we’ll have to wait until the next FOMC meeting to see if there is indeed some further stimulus in the offing, and we’re still profiting from the pledge of the Fed to keep rates on hold towards mid-2013,” said David Schnautz, a fixed-income strategist at Commerzbank AG in London. “That obviously very much underpins the structural low-yield environment for Treasuries.”Benchmark 10-year notes yielded 2.18 percent at 7:04 a.m. in New York, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader prices. The 2.125 percent note maturing in August 2021 traded at 99 17/32.Yields have fallen about 1 percentage point since the end of June, and dropped to a record 1.97 percent on Aug. 18. They declined 62 basis points in August.Best Since 2008Treasuries had rallied 7.35 percent in 2011 as of yesterday, while an index of bonds around the world returned 4.4 percent, Bank of America figures show. The MSCI All Country World Index of stocks handed investors a 4.9 percent loss this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.The last time Treasuries advanced this much was in 2008 as falling stocks and frozen credit markets drove U.S. government debt to a 14 percent gain for the year.Companies in the U.S. added 100,000 jobs this month, compared with 114,000 in July, a Bloomberg News survey shows before ADP Employer Services reports the figure today.The Institute for Supply Management will say tomorrow that its factory index fell, and Labor Department figures Sept. 2 will show hiring in the U.S. slowed, according to separate Bloomberg surveys of economists.“Until confidence returns to the labor market, intermediate- and longer-dated Treasuries will muster an underlying bid into tactical weakness,” Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets strategists including Eric Wand in London wrote today in an e-mailed note.Fed MinutesTreasuries rose yesterday as minutes of the Fed’s most recent meeting indicated that a few policy makers favored more aggressive action to stimulate the economy and cut unemployment.The report raised bets policy makers will consider further steps to bolster the economy when they convene on Sept. 20 for a two-day meeting that was originally scheduled to last a day.“Minutes from the Aug. 9 FOMC meeting were consistent with our view that QE3 is coming,” Goldman Sachs economists led by Jan Hatzius wrote to clients following the minutes. The company, based in New York, is one of the 20 primary dealers authorized to trade directly with the Fed.The central bank decided in November to buy $600 billion of Treasuries through June, following the $1.7 trillion first round of debt purchases that concluded in March 2010.Treasuries outperformed most bond alternatives in the past few months, Bill Gross, who runs the world’s biggest debt fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., wrote on Twitter yesterday.Gross Outlook“Wish I had owned more!” wrote Gross, who is based in Newport Beach, California.The comment reiterated remarks the Pimco head made in the Financial Times on Aug. 29, in which he said he made a mistake betting against U.S. government debt.


    European stocks gain after fed minutes, trimming monthly slide

    European stocks gained for a third day, trimming the Stoxx Europe 600 Index’s biggest monthly drop since 2008, as Federal Reserve minutes showed some policy makers wanted to add to economic stimulus measures. Asian shares and U.S. index futures rose.Bouygues SA soared 11 percent after announcing a buyback. Smith & Nephew Plc, Europe’s biggest maker of artificial hips and knees, rallied 2.9 percent amid takeover speculation. Carrefour SA declined 3.8 percent after the world’s second- largest retailer cut its forecast for annual profit.The Stoxx 600 advanced 0.2 percent to 231.13 at 8:13 a.m. in London. The index has still tumbled 13 percent this month, the biggest drop since October 2008, as European and U.S. economic reports trailed forecasts, adding to concern that the recovery is at risk. The decline has left the measure trading at about 9.7 times estimated earnings, near the cheapest since March 2009, data compiled by Bloomberg show.The minutes were “taken as a good signal because the majority agreed and the Fed said it has tools that it hasn’t yet used,” said Arnaud Scarpaci, a fund manager at Agilis Gestion SA in Paris, which oversees about $110 million. “Everyone thinks the Fed will put some sort of buying program into action to help the economy.”Fed MinutesFed policy makers debated ways to invigorate the recovery and hiring this month, potentially laying the groundwork for fresh action at their next gathering in September, according to minutes of their latest meeting released late yesterday. A few members of the Federal Open Market Committee favored a “more substantial move” at the Aug. 9 meeting beyond the pledge adopted by the panel to hold rates at record lows for the next two years.Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures advanced 0.3 percent today and the MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.9 percent.U.S. Factory orders rose 2 percent in July after a 0.8 percent decline the prior month, a report from the Commerce Department will show today, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists. Data from ADP Employer Services may show companies added 100,000 workers this month, two days before the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report, which is forecast to show payrolls climbed by 75,000 in August after an increase of 117,000 in July.“Economic numbers haven’t been too good, but there still is growth,” said Scarpaci. “It’s too early to anticipate a double dip.”Bouygues BuybackBouygues rallied 11 percent to 25.52 euros, the biggest gain since 2008. The French building, television and telecommunications company said it plans to buy back 1.25 billion euros in stock to take advantage of equity declines to lift earnings per share.Smith & Nephew gained 2.9 percent to 614 pence. Newspapers including The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Independent said companies from Stryker Corp. to Biomet Inc. may be interested in bidding for the company.Carrefour slid 3.8 percent to 17.93 euros. The retailer cut its forecast for current operating income this year, saying the profit measure will decline by around 15 percent. Carrefour will implement a new commercial strategy in France, its biggest market, to boost growth in an “increasingly challenging economic environment.”Vivendi SA climbed 4.1 percent to 16.85 euros as the owner of the world’s largest video-game and music companies reported second-quarter profit excluding one-time gains and costs of 884 million euros ($1.28 billion). Analysts had predicted earnings of 780 million euros, according to the average of seven estimates compiled by Bloomberg.L’Oreal SA, the world’s largest cosmetics maker, declined 2 percent to 75.44 euros. The cosmetics maker said operating profit rose 2 percent to 1.7 billion euros in the first half, missing the median estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News for profit of 1.78 billion euros.


    U.S. Stock-Index Futures Maintain Gains After ADP Jobs Report c.2011 Bloomberg News

    Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stock futures advanced, indicating the Dow Jones Industrial Average may erase its 2011 loss, after a report showed that American companies added 91,000 workers to payrolls in August.Ford Motor Co. and Caterpillar Inc. added at least 1.5 percent, pacing gains in companies most-tied to economic growth. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. jumped 1.4 percent as copper climbed on speculation the economy is strong enough to boost raw materials demand. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. sank 5.2 percent as billionaire Carl Icahn agreed to sell his shares for $7 each to end a battle for control over the company.Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures expiring in September rose 1.1 percent to 1,217.80 at 8:50 a.m. in New York. The benchmark gauge added 4.6 percent over the last three days. Dow futures advanced 105 points, or 0.9 percent, to 11,597. The index was down 0.2 percent this year through yesterday.“The economy is not falling off a cliff, and at the same time, policy makers are aware that growth is slow and they are prepared to do something to accelerate it,” Peter Jankovskis, who helps manage about $2.6 billion at Oakbrook Investments in Lisle, Illinois, said in a telephone interview. “Much of the selling that we’ve experienced was overdone and left the market poised for a rally when sentiment began to change.”The S&P 500 has fallen 6.1 percent from the end of July through yesterday and was headed for its fourth straight monthly decline, the longest streak since March 2008. U.S. stocks rose yesterday after the Federal Reserve said some policy makers wanted to take more action to stimulate the economy during their meeting this month.ADP Jobs ReportStock futures maintained gains after the ADP jobs report. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for an advance of 100,000. Over the previous six reports, ADP’s initial figure was closest to the Labor Department’s first estimate of private payrolls in February, when it understated the gain in jobs by 5,000. The estimate was least accurate in June, when it overestimated the increase in employment by 100,000.U.S. factory orders probably rose 2 percent in July after a 0.8 percent decline the prior month, according to a Bloomberg survey of analysts before today’s Commerce Department report.Some companies whose earnings are most-dependent on economic growth rallied. Ford gained 1.7 percent to $11.06, while Caterpillar added 1.5 percent to $91.20. Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer, gained 1.4 percent to $47.26.Lions Gate slumped 5.2 percent to $7.13. The accord ends a standoff between the company and Icahn. The investor dropped a $7.50-a-share buyout offer in December, after Lions Gate marshaled enough investors to block his bid for five board seats. Board member Mark Rachesky, an ex-Icahn protege, agreed to buy some of the stock.--Editors: Joanna Ossinger, Will HadfieldTo contact the reporter on this story: Rita Nazareth in New York at rnazarethbloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Nick Baker at nbaker7bloomberg.net


    German stocks pare worst month in nine years on fed speculation

    German stocks advanced, with the benchmark DAX Index trimming its biggest monthly drop in almost nine years, as unemployment fell and Federal Reserve minutes showed some policy makers wanted to add to stimulus measures.Allianz SE gained 4 percent as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. recommended buying the shares of Europe’s biggest insurer by market value. ThyssenKrupp AG and Salzgitter AG, Germany’s largest steelmakers, rallied with metal prices. Deutsche Lufthansa AG jumped 4 percent as the airline increased fares.The DAX rose 1.3 percent to 5,718.1 as of 2:35 p.m. in Frankfurt. The gauge has still tumbled 20 percent in August, its biggest monthly retreat since September 2002, as European and U.S. economic reports that trailed forecasts added to concern that the global economic recovery is at risk. The broader HDAX gained 1.4 percent today.“There’s hope politicians will put in place measures to help the economy and the Fed will do the same,” said Markus Huber, head of German sales trading at ETX Capital in London. “The German data are certainly a surprise and should support German economic growth in the third quarter.”German unemployment declined in August for a 26th straight month. The number of people out of work fell a seasonally adjusted 8,000 to 2.95 million in August and the jobless rate held at 7 percent, the lowest since records for a reunified Germany began in 1991, the Nuremberg-based Federal Labor Agency said today.Retail SalesA separate report showed German retail sales unexpectedly held steady in July after surging the most in more than three years the previous month. Sales, adjusted for inflation and seasonal swings, were unchanged from June, when they jumped 4.5 percent, the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden said. Economists had forecast a 1.5 percent decline, the median of 20 estimates in a Bloomberg survey showed.U.S. Federal Reserve policy makers debated ways to invigorate the recovery and hiring this month, potentially laying the groundwork for fresh action at their next gathering in September, according to minutes of their latest meeting released late yesterday. A few members of the Federal Open Market Committee favored a “more substantial move” at the Aug. 9 meeting beyond the pledge adopted by the panel to hold rates at record lows for the next two years.Data from ADP Employer Services showed companies added 91,000 workers this month, two days before the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report, which is forecast to show payrolls climbed by 70,000 in August after an increase of 117,000 in July.Allianz AdvancesAllianz advanced 4 percent to 70.85 euros as Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to “buy” from “neutral.”“Allianz has been sold off on what we see as excessive concerns over the sustainability of life earnings owing to the fall in German 10-year yields,” Goldman Sachs analysts, including Vinit Malhotra and Kent Choi, wrote in a report. “The Allianz German life spread is secure given the investment mix. Underlying profitability in non-life businesses is improving, both in mature and faster-growth markets.”ThyssenKrupp climbed 2.5 percent to 23.01 euros, while Salzgitter gained 3.2 percent to 42.65 euros as aluminum, copper, nickel, tin and zinc all rallied on the London Metal Exchange.Lufthansa, Europe’s second-biggest airline, advanced 4 percent to 11.60 euros. Lufthansa will increase business-class fares and also lift inter-continental ticket prices by 100 euros ($144) for first-class travel and by as much as 40 euros in coach, spokesman Boris Ogursky said today by telephone. Increases on U.S. routes will be lower, he said.Continental ClimbsSchaeffler Group, the roller-bearing maker that controls Continental AG, said first-half profit rose 20 percent as higher demand for carmakers boosted sales. Continental shares surged 2.8 percent to 50.37 euros.


    Report: U.S. companies added 91,000 workers in August

    Companies in the U.S. added 91,000 workers to payrolls in August, according to a private survey.The increase followed a revised 109,000 gain the prior month, according to data from ADP Employer Services. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for an advance of 100,000.

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    Saab auto said to be close to securing loan to avert bankruptcy

    Saab Automobile, the cash-starved Swedish carmaker, is close to securing a loan of about $157 million to pay overdue salaries and avert a looming bankruptcy.

    A model shows an $800 HMZ personal 3-D viewer at Sony headquarters in Tokyo Wednesday. The head mounted display provides a 3-D theater of music videos, movies and games, Associated Press

    Sony shows wearable 3-D personal theater

    Sony says it will start selling a head mounted display that provides a 3-D theater of music videos, movies and games, targeting people who prefer solitary entertainment rather than sitting in front of a TV with family or friends.

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    Drive safe, sober this holiday weekend

    Alcohol-related fatalities in Illinois have dropped by almost 50 percent in the last three years on the Labor Day weekend, according to Secretary of State Jesse White. But the deaths of two Rolling Meadows woman in a DUI crash along with a spate of other DUI arrests this week make clear that there is still lots of work to do to make our roads safer, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Planet of the godly

    Rick Perry knows he has to make clear that God is his wingman. He understands that his base cares more that the president is clear on his ranking in the planetary order than whether he can schmooze with European leaders. And this is why Perry could easily steal the nomination from Romney.


    Our interests to intervene

    To hearken back to the Nazi era might seem extreme since there have been few regimes like it in all of history. However, it did not start with Auschwitz but with the steady contraction of freedom and the application of violence, some of it seemingly spontaneous. As the situation worsened, the State Department stuck to its guns.


    Suit an affront to village, atheists
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Robert Sherman’s latest lawsuit is ill conceived at best. As a fellow atheist, I’d remind him that reason, intellect, honesty, and respect for human dignity are at the core of what should inspire our actions. His lawsuit demonstrates none of these.


    Prescription denial is just the beginning
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Imagine my surprise upon arriving at the pharmacy to pick up my monthly supply of glucose testing strips only to be told that Medicare rejected my request for a refill of my script.


    Dispel misconceptions about mental illness
    Letter to the Editor: Kudos to the Daily Herald for the recent editorial calling attention to the need for better public understanding of individuals who commit violent crimes and who may be suffering from depression, a mood disorder or other serious mental illness. The insensitive remarks openly expressed about tragic stories are reactions from an uninformed public where the stigma that surrounds mental illness still exists and misconceptions prevail.


    ComEd excuses get me charged up
    Letter to the Editor: I was told by ComEd that my home is on a line with 60 other homes and that the line has a weakness. I say they jury-rig it each time instead of fixing the real problem. They dumb me down by blaming the tree canopy. This is not good service. Every thunderstorm should not be met with dread.


    Stand up against toll rate increases
    Letter to the Editor: Now that the toll/tax is going up by as much as 85 percent in January, you have gotten mad. The question is, are you mad enough? You might think that it’s too late, but it’s not.


    Get the word out about Perry
    But with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas gaining ground every day, I do wonder (as do others in my huge retirement community) how a man who once said that Social Security was a “Ponzi scheme” and who governs a state with the very lowest rate of health and welfare care for the poor, elderly and minorities gets away with no publicity or newspaper awareness?


    Get facts right when seeking reforms
    A Fence Post letter contained some erroneous information. The writer proposed some laws that he believes would contribute to congressional reform. There is much room for reform in Washington, but it is important to focus on those concerns that have not already been addressed.


    Term limits would benefit the people
    This is not a lifelong job. Senators should have a maximum of two terms and congressmen three terms. These people get elected to office and then forget their loyalty is to the people who voted for them and not a political party.


    On Edward’s appeal of tax-exempt ruling
    Edward Hospital does not take the privilege of our tax-exempt status lightly. We plan to appeal the state's decision. Edward provided nearly $77 million in community benefits last year, including $12.3 million in direct charity care. We treat patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of their ability to pay.


    Reasons to be proud of our government
    The U.S. government, since the FDR administration, has provided tremendously good services to the American people. The national government made possible the 30-year mortgage, caused the workplace to be safer, made the air and water cleaner, improved our health care system, brought us a national retirement system, invented the Internet (the U.S. Army), explored our solar system ...


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