Daily Archive : Saturday September 3, 2011


    An antique Gypsy fortune teller machine sat for decades in this Virginia City, Mont., restaurant, which now is receiving a multimillion dollar offers from curators including magician David Copperfield. Collectors say the 100-year-old machine that speaks your fortune may be the last of its kind.

    Collectors offering millions for 100-year-old fortune teller machine

    An antique Gypsy fortune teller machine sat for decades in restaurant with no one knowing it was worth millions. Collectors say the 100-year-old machine that speaks your fortune may be the last of its kind.


    Man crashes car near Streets of Woodfield

    A man was hospitalized Saturday night after he lost control of his car and drove off the road near the Streets of Woodfield, the Schaumburg Fire Department confirmed.


    Order mix-up leads to charges against Wendy's employee in Gurnee

    A mix-up at the drive-through window at Wendy's in Gurnee led to the arrest of a teenage employee who police say fought with the customer who was seven months pregnant.

    Jacob Rigby went missing after a hike on August 28 in the Glacier National Park, where he was a seasonal worker.

    Johnsburg man's body found in national park

    Glacier National Park officials say search crews have found the body of a 27-year-old seasonal employee from Illinois who didn't return from a personal day hike.


    Elgin factory's machine catches fire, no one hurt

    A fire at an Elgin factory did at least $25,000 in damages Friday night, fire officials said.

    The Rev. Kevin Kinder and his wife Quilla sing during a prayer meeting at Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Fired-up volunteers have started gathering signatures for a ballot referendum that would repeal the nation’s first law requiring public schools to include gay rights milestones in school lessons.

    Anti-gay history referendum faces long ballot odds

    Fired-up volunteers have started gathering signatures for a ballot referendum that would repeal the nation’s first law requiring public schools to include prominent gay rights’ milestones in school lessons.


    Strauss-Kahn bound for France?

    Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn was believed to be heading to his native France on Saturday.


    Study: Toxins left after dry cleaning
    The research team found that perchloroethylene, a dry cleaning solvent that has been linked to cancer and neurological damage, stayed in the fabrics and that levels increased with repeat cleanings, particularly in wool.

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Pedro Robledo, 29, of Bakersfield, Calif., stands next to a cable Saturday used by insurgents to cross the Kunar river, in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

    Troops kill ex-Gitmo detainee in Afghanistan

    NATO and Afghan forces have killed a former Guantanamo detainee who returned to Afghanistan to become a key al-Qaida ally, international officials said Saturday.


    Study: Men, women have different reasons for cheating

    Why do men cheat? And for that matter, why do women?

    Septemberfest is in full swing with an array of rides and food. The three-day event runs through Monday.

    Schaumburg’s Septemberfest brings big crowds

    Hot, humid temperatures and the threat of thunderstorms didn’t deter people from the grounds of Schaumburg’s Septemberfest Saturday. About 250,000 people attend Septemberfest over three days.

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to Tea Party members Saturday during the Restoring America event in Indianola, Iowa.

    Campaigns heat up as choices become clearer

    For President Barack Obama and the Republicans seeking to defeat him, the month of September will be the moment when the 2012 campaign takes shape.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Streamwood woman was tricked into sending $4,400 to an individual in the Dominican Republic. The caller told her he was a police officer and her son-in-law had been arrested on charges of marijuana possession. Her son-in-law was at a picnic in Illinois.

    Part of a secret document dated June 19, 2003 was discovered by Human Rights Watch in Tripoli, Libya. It details a meeting regarding a CIA visit to investigate Libya’s WMD programs.

    Documents link Libyan spy chief, CIA

    The CIA and other Western intelligence agencies worked closely with the ousted regime of Moammar Gadhafi, sharing tips and cooperating in handing over terror suspects for interrogation to a regime known to use torture, according to a trove of security documents discovered after the fall of Tripoli.

    A firefighter keeps a lookout on the roof of a house as the Wallow fire approaches Eagar, Ariz. Nature is pummeling the United States in 2011 with extremes.

    Disasters in U.S.: An extreme and exhausting year

    Unprecedented triple-digit heat and devastating drought. Deadly tornadoes leveling towns. Massive rivers overflowing. A billion-dollar blizzard. And now, unusual hurricane-caused flooding.

    Jim Oberweis

    Jim Oberweis enters state senate race

    Dairy magnate Jim Oberweis confirmed Saturday he’ll be a candidate in the 25th District State Senate seat race. He'll face at least one challenger and possibly more in the GOP primary.


    Overcooked food triggers Lake in the Hills apartment fire

    Overcooked food on a stove triggered a fire early Saturday morning at a Lake in the Hills apartment complex. No in juries were reported but authorities said the damage is expected to be significant.


    District 128 board approves operating budget

    The Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board has approved a budget for the 2012 fiscal year, which began July 1.“We realized savings through the retirement of veteran teachers and the hiring of teachers new to the district,” noted Yasmine Dada, assistant superintendent for business.


    Mt. Prospect 9/11 remembrance at 11 a.m. Sunday

    The Village of Mt. Prospect will hold a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, on the Village Green at Village Hall. The village will also participate in Stop and Remember, a nationwide initiative asking everyone to pause their activity at noon Sunday for one minute.

    The MacAfee Family — Danny Hollander, left, Harold LeBoyer, Linda Browne, Shannon Corey and Jordan Radis — stars in TesserAct Theatre Ensemble’s “Bye Bye Birdie.”

    ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ opens Sept. 16 at Cutting Hall

    Ever wonder what it was like when Elvis Presley got drafted? Visit Cutting Hall in Palatine in September for TesserAct Theatre Ensemble's performances of "Bye Bye Birdie," the musical comedy that tells the story of a rock 'n' roll superstar who finds himself heading into the Army.


    UN: Thousands reported fleeing Sudan clashes

    The U.N. refugee agency says thousands of people are believed to be fleeing to Ethiopia to escape fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres appealed Saturday for an immediate end to the clashes.


    Activist says Syrian forces kill 23 in protests

    Syrian security forces killed 23 people in several cities and towns across the country, and arrested scores of others during a crackdown on protests Friday, Mahmoud Merhi, head of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, said by phone from Damascus Saturday morning.


    Chicago offered app to help speed CPR to victims
    An iPhone application that allows people trained in CPR to get text messages when someone nearby is undergoing cardiac arrest is being considered in Chicago. The Chicago City Council’s public safety committee is expected to vote next week on a measure urging the city to launch the program.


    Obama says jobs at risk in ‘gamesmanship’ over transportation

    President Barack Obama renewed his call for Congress to extend legislation to fund highways and mass-transit projects he said would save “hundreds of thousands” of jobs. Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address that while “there’s a lot of talk in Washington these days about creating jobs,” many are being put at risk “just because of political gamesmanship.”


    Indiana court employees face limit to social networking

    Delaware County, Ind. court employees face strict new limits on social media use, even when they’re off the clock. The Star Press reports the new policy bars court employees from posting photographs of themselves in intoxicated conditions.


    Teachers at 3 Chicago schools vote longer day

    The Chicago Teachers Union is crying foul over a decision by teachers at three public schools to add 90 minutes to their school day this year. Union vice president Jesse Sharkey says the decision Friday has nothing to do with improving kids’ education. He calls the action supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard “political football school reform at its worst.”


    Families: Indiana’s 9/11 victims aren’t forgotten
    Family members of Indiana residents who died on Sept. 11, 2001, are feeling mixed emotions as they prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The widow of Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude says she made a choice about how to live her life after her husband was killed in the Pentagon attack. Teri Maude has moved from Indianapolis to Beaufort, S.C., and will speak at a Sept. 11 service...

    Anna Yackle

    Buffalor Grove teen earns national honors

    Buffalo Grove High School senior Emma Bueso of Arlington Heights earned the National Forensic League’s degree of Premier Distinction, the highest student rank in the honor society.

    Senior Jenny Wolan, 17, of Algonquin talks with Nina Massion, 16, left, and Katie McDonnell, 17, center, of the Youth Labor Committee in a classroom at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville about unfair trade practices. They have been circulating a petition and have already gotten thousands of signatures.

    District 300 students protest Sears

    Seems school district leaders aren't the only ones upset with Sears. Students at Dundee-Crown High School in Community Unit District 300 are demanding Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. pull out of orders with a Jordanian factory, where managers have been accused of human rights violations.

    Martin Johnson

    Four accused of scamming Lincolnshire investment firm

    An Arlington Heights woman and three Chicagoans have been charged with money laundering and identity theft after stealing $330,000 from retirement accounts in Lincolnshire, authorities said.


    Bail set for Schaumburg man charged with hit-and-run

    A Schaumburg man who police say was responsible for a hit-and-run that seriously injured a teenage skateboarder last week kept driving only because he thought he had struck a construction barricade, his lawyer said Friday. A Cook County judge set bail at $25,000 for Adrian Perea, 29, charged with failure to report an accident involving an injury or death.

    St. Charles Unit District 303 high school students Friday shared moments of kindness showed to them by teachers that made a difference as well as their thoughts on having the permission to be creative at the district’s annual kickoff celebration to the school year at Christ Community Church.

    Creative thinking, kindness encouraged in D303

    St. Charles Unit District 303 kicks off the school year with a pep rally for teachers at cavernous Christ Community Church. The message of the rally was not to sacrifice creativity and confidence in pushing students to score better on tests.

    The Rev. Cyndi Gavin, pastor at St. John United Church of Christ in Aurora thumbs through the church’s original constitution and minutes beginning when the church was established in 1886 and lasting until 1915.

    Aurora church rejoices after 125 years

    What happens when 12 German men walk out of a church? Why, they start a new one, of course. At least, that’s what they did in 1886 in Aurora, founding St. John United Church of Christ, which celebrates its 125th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday with a worship service and reception.

    Construction equipment works to clear land across the road from the Kentucky Speedway as Gov. Steve Beshear addresses a news conference about added parking and infrastructure improvements at the track. The track’s first Sprint Cup race was marred by massive traffic jams in July.

    Kentucky to spend $3.6M on roads near motor speedway

    SPARTA, Ky. — A Kentucky racetrack is turning some farmland into parking to avoid a repeat of the gridlock that marred an inaugural Sprint Cup Series event and shifted attention from the roaring racecars to the idling cars as irate fans missed the race.

    Austin Mitchell walks away from an oil derrick outside of Willisburg, N.D. With what many are calling the largest oil boom in recent North American history, temporary housing for the huge influx of workers, known as “man camps,” now dot the sparse North Dakota landscape.

    Life on an oil field ‘man camp’ — not for everyone

    With what many are calling the largest oil boom in recent North American history, temporary housing for the huge influx of workers, known as “man camps,” now dot the sparse North Dakota landscape. Long hours and hard work mean some can take home as much as $5,000 a week.

    A San Marcos salamander, an endangered species, is measured for research at the National Fish Hatchery & Technology Center, in San Marcos, Texas. As rivers and lakes are being sucked dry across drought-stricken Texas, wildlife experts are considering a move to new waters to save some of the state’s endangered fish.

    Texas drought could threaten endangered species

    Eight animal and plant species found nowhere but Texas may need rescuing from the state’s largest springs if the blistering drought continues to diminish stream flows. The state’s second worst drought has wildlife officials readying plans to evacuate some endangered species.

    ick King, who was assistant fire chief of Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001, stands near a cross made from steel from the World Trade Center, outside the fire station in Shanksville. “I remember walking through the woods, walking through the hemlocks, and I remember seeing tennis shoes lying on the ground ... empty,” King says, his voice cracking. “I couldn’t imagine what it was like there.”

    Shanksville sees responsibility to honor 9/11 dead

    Shanksville, Pa., wasn’t a target of the 9/11 hijackers, but fate and the fighting tenacity of the passengers aboard Flight 93 left the small town irrevocably part of the fabric of the calamity. The town has embraced its status as a sudden American landmark, and it takes seriously the responsibility to honor the dead.

    Tatyana Gryazeva, right, a criminalist at the office of chief medical examiner, gives a demonstration on extracting DNA at a training lab of the OCME Forensic Biology Lab in New York in August.

    10 years, 21,000 bone fragments, no 9/11 closure

    Numbers tell the story in the decade of search and recovery of the remains of Sept. 11 victims — one of the largest forensic investigations ever, marked by a Supreme Court appeal of families who wanted a more thorough search, and discoveries years after the attacks of even more remains in manholes and on rooftops around ground zero.

    Casey Owens, 17, is an Army recruit and was 7 years old when the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks happened. He said the event was one of the things that inspired him to join the military.

    9/11 an inspiration to young military recruits

    The tens of thousands of young men and women who have enlisted in the military this year grew up in the shadow of 9/11. Some say they want to serve a country that’s been at war against terrorism since early childhood; others say they want to find control in a world that’s seemingly spun out of control.

    A small monument in memory of those killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor stands on Ford Island, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

    How the U.S. marked the 10th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

    As the nation prepares for the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, a look at how Americans marked the same milestone for Pearl Harbor shows that the way people commemorate events sometimes says more about their own times than a bygone era. “Each generation will give different meaning to the same historical events based on the issues that they’re concerned about,” says Michael Slackman, who has written...

    Ivy Preparatory Academy sixth-graders Simin Savani, left, and Hannah Baker, right, watch a news reel of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in school in Norcross, Ga. Educators are finding it more difficult each year to teach about Sept. 11, 2001, as students remember less and less — or nothing at all — about the terrorist attacks.

    Schools find lessons in 9/11

    It’s etched forever in the minds of their teachers, but for the majority of schoolchildren, Sept. 11, 2001, is a day of infamy they don’t remember. This year’s high school seniors were in second grade a decade ago. Their memories of the day of the attacks are fuzzy at best.

    Alignn Edwards pauses during an interview at Four World Trade Center in New York. Edwards, takes special pride in rebuilding this piece of land. “Thereís nowhere like New York,” he says. “We drop, we fall, we come right back up. That’s who we are.”

    The post-9/11 decline and rebirth

    For some, especially in the parts of the country most hard-hit by these past years of war, loss and economic hardship, 9/11 seems the moment that everything started to go wrong. But talk to New Yorkers about Sept. 11, and many will offer a different perspective. In New York, the memory of smoky devastation remains vivid, but the apocalyptic moment has already come and gone.

    David Rand, 31, an ex-Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, is a single dad twho admits that he’s overprotective. Rand cites Sept. 11 as part of the reason, saying he couldn’t live with himself if something terrible happened and he wasn’t with his daughter, 5-year-old Emma.

    For parents and kids alike, 9/11 left its imprints

    There’s no question that Sept. 11 continues to impact our national psyche, and some of that can be seen in how we raise our children. The Associated Press spoke with a number of families around the country and found that for some parents, the broader sense of insecurity and shaken confidence that accompanied the disaster has manifested itself in very concrete ways: Tightening curfews, giving...

    A patron of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Springfield, Ill., reads a copy of the “The 9/11 Commission Report,” a 585-page road map to create an America that is “safer, stronger, wiser.” Many of the commission’s recommendations are now reality. But in some cases, results haven’t lived up to expectations. And other proposals still are just that, ideas awaiting action.

    U.S. is safer, but not safe enough

    In the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks, the government has taken giant steps to protect the nation from terrorists, spending eye-popping sums to smarten up the federal bureaucracy, hunt down enemies, strengthen airline security, secure U.S. borders, reshape America’s image and more. Still, the effort remains a work in progress

    Pfc. Naser Abdo is accused of plotting a solo attack on Fort Hood with a backpack stashed with explosives. He was caught only when a Texas gun shop clerk alerted authorities after finding the suspect acting strangely in his store.

    ‘Lone wolf’ terror now seen as biggest threat

    After 9/11, it was the men who went to radicalized mosques or terror boot camps who were seen as the biggest terror threat. Today, that picture’s changed: Authorities are increasingly focusing on the lone wolf living next door, radicalized on the Internet — and plotting strikes in a vacuum.

    Gene Elkins, with Duncan Windows and Exteriors, replaces a window on the turret of the landmark Snyder’s Dry Goods building during renovation on the building in downtown Alton, along with the remaining half of the adjacent Sears building. John and Erin Frew will move their Godfrey business, Carole Frew’s Bridal World and Bestbridalprices.com, into the newly renovated building by next year.

    Couple rehab historic Alton buildings

    The 110-year-old Snyder’s and remaining half of the adjacent Sears building slowly are getting their vintage character back, but with a modern flair for new uses in downtown Alton.

    President George W. Bush talks to former New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Van Essen, right, wearing helmet, during a tour of the World Trade Center in New York.

    For presidents, the legacy of Sept 11 has no end

    The ramifications of the worst terrorist attack in American history live on, bridging the decade from George W. Bush to Barack Obama. Two wars. Huge debt. The Guantanamo Bay quandary. The evolving threat of terrorism. The end of Osama bin Laden. The hardening of executive power.And the remains of fallen soldiers still coming home in flag-covered cases.

    Biloxi native Karen Bunch looks over the list of Coast residents killed or missing during the Hurricane Katrina Memorial Observance on the sixth anniversary of the storm in Biloxi, Miss. Monday marked the passage of six difficult years of rebuilding for the region, which is showing signs of a strong recovery from the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

    Katrina's 6th anniversary finds Gulf Coast on mend

    The Gulf Coast mixed somber ceremonies with New Orleans' signature flair to mark the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and honor those killed during the catastrophic storm that drowned much of the region's dominant city and devastated coastal towns in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.


    Darius Millines celebrates his touchdown on a long pass with offensive linesman Jack Cornell (73) during the second quarter of Illinois' 33-15 victory over Arkansas State.

    Illini QB Scheelhaase shows he can do more than run

    The Big Ten's most-prolific rushing team took to the air in Saturday's opener and Nathan Scheelhaase's pair of long touchdown passes sparked Illinois' 33-15 victory over Arkansas State at Memorial Stadium.

    Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead, foreground center, avoids a tackle by Chattanooga's Chaz Moore as Nebraska's Kyler Reed (25) handles Chattanooga's Robert Harrison, left, in the first half Saturday.

    Martinez leads No. 10 Huskers to 40-7 win over Mocs

    The offense is new, but there's no doubt Nebraska relies on the same guy to make it go. Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns out of the no-huddle system and the No. 10 Cornhuskers beat Chattanooga 40-7 Saturday in their first game as Big Ten members.

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase drops back to pass during the first half Saturday.

    Illinois starts slow but tops Arkansas State 33-15

    Illinois started slow but used 100-yard receiving days from A.J. Jenkins and Darius Millines to open the season with a 33-15 win over Arkansas State on Saturday.

    Indiana running back Matt Perez crosses the goal line for a touchdown under pressure from Ball State linebacker Travis Freeman during the first quarter Saturday.

    Ball St. gives new coach 27-20 upset over Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS — Ball State’s players pumped their helmets in front of the student section at Lucas Oil Stadium, then walked to the sideline and did it again in front of their parents.Hey, there was good reason to celebrate Saturday night.Keith Wenning threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, leading the Cardinals to a 27-20 victory over Indiana in coach Pete Lembo’s debut. Ball State has now won two in a row against Indiana. It also beat the Hoosiers in 2008.Wenning was terrific after holding off Kelly Page in the offseason quarterback competition. He finished 23 of 29 for 173 yards, including a perfect throw on the go-ahead score. He also ran eight times for 61 yards and scored on a 1-yard plunge midway through the second quarter.Indiana lost its season opener for the first time in eight years, and this one ruined the head coaching debut of Kevin Wilson, the former Oklahoma offensive coordinator who was hired in December.Wilson was aggressive from the start.His team rarely huddled, barely slowed down on play calls and gambled twice on fourth-down calls, getting a touchdown on the first one and turning the ball over on downs at the Ball State 9 in the fourth quarter.But running plays at a breakneck pace backfired on a defense that was worn down by game’s end.Ball State rushed for 210 yards in the game, and controlled the ball for the vast majority of the second half.It certainly didn’t start out that way.Indiana went 76 yards in 15 plays on its opening drive, scoring on Matt Perez’s 9-yard run when Wilson went for it on fourth-and-1 from the Ball State 9.Ball State tied the score when Barrington Scott caught a 1-yard TD pass early in the second quarter.Indiana then appeared to turn the game on a two-play sequence when Ball State linebacker Tony Martin dropped an interception that could have been returned for a score. On the next play, Edward Wright-Baker hurled a perfect deep ball to Demarlo Belcher, who made a twisting catch on the sideline, spun inside of the only defender that deep and jogged the final 20 yards for a 65-yard TD catch to make it 14-7.The Cardinals were just getting started.They tied the score on Wenning’s plunge and again at 17 when Steven Schott connected on a 38-yard field goal early in the third quarter.Then, after forcing a three-and-out, Wenning threw a beautiful 20-yard lob to Connor Ryan in the back corner of the end zone. The play stood up to replay review and gave Ball State a 24-17 lead with 3:38 left in the third quarter.The team’s traded field goals in the final 2½ minutes of the game, and Ball State recovered Indiana’s late onside kick to seal it.Wright-Baker was 20 of 32 for 272 yards and one touchdown for the Hoosiers.


    Kane County Cougars to meet Burlington in playoffs

    After a 2-hour, 20-minute rain delay and a 6-1 loss to the Clinton LumberKings at Elfstrom Stadium on Saturday night, the Kane County Cougars know their playoff opponent. As the wild card, the Cougars meet first-half division champion Burlington on Wednesday in the opener of a best-of-three series.Jason Adam (6-9) worked 4 innings and took the loss, allowing 5 hits. The Cougars’ run came in the fourth when Kevin David singled home Brett Eibner.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Sergio Santos walks off the field after giving up the game-winning home run to Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning Saturday in Detroit.

    How much worse can it get for Sox?

    It was a fitting end to a frustrating week for the White Sox on Saturday. The first-place Tigers rallied from an 8-1 deficit and beat the Sox 9-8 on Miguel Cabrera's home run with two outs in the ninth inning.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    A solid team effort led St. Edward’s girls volleyball team to third place Saturday at the Timothy Christian tournament.The Green Wave went 4-1 for the weekend, defeating Round Lake, Harvest Christian and Westmont before losing in straight sets to Immaculate Conception in the semifinals. St. Edward then beat Westmont 21-25, 25-20, 25-15 in the third-place match.Rena Ranallo had 24 kills and 25 digs and Katie Ayello contributed 6 kills, 6 aces, 78 assists and 29 digs to lead the Wave (8-4). Other contributors included Allison Kruk (52 digs), Sarah Normal (26 kills, 12 aces, 28 digs), Katie Swanson (33 kills, 7 aces, 27 digs) and Callie Johnson (15 kills, 10 digs).South Elgin at West Aurora: The Storm went 1-3-1 for the weekend and took third place in the Silver Division at the West Aurora tournament. South Elgin tied Wheaton Academy, beat Romeoville and lost to Sycamore, Bartlett and Glenbard South. Ashley Oandasan had 16 kills and 14 digs in the tournament for the Storm, while Rachel Murray had 24 digs and Maggie Jakaitis added 38 assists.Westminster 3rd at Somonauk: Westminster Christian defeated Kankakee, Somonauk and Hinckley-Big Rock while losing to Seneca and Herscher as the Warriors finished third at the Somonauk tournament. Cara Tyrell (31 kills), Claire Spewiek (32 kills) and Whitney Vanden Bos (46 digs) led the Warriors.At Christian Liberty: Elgin Academy went 2-2 Saturday and took fifth place at the Christian Liberty tournament. Clare Fluegel had 13 kills for the Hilltoppers while Bridget Keslinke added 22 kills and Maggie Veltri had 26 assists.Women’s volleyballJudson splits: Judson (1-4) won its first match of the season, defeated Clarke University 25-20, 25-19, 25-20. Cassie Oelke had 11 kills and 12 digs to lead the Eagles, while Kristen Kohlstedt had 22 assists, Taylor Lesner 12 digs and Molly Studer 11 digs. Judson then lost to Cornerstone 19-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-17. Oelke had 12 kills and 18 digs, Lesner had 15 digs and Kohlstedt added 37 assists.


    Harnish's 5 TD passes to help NIU top Army 49-26

    Chandler Harnish helped give new Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren a win in his debut. Harnish tossed a career-high five touchdown passes and rushed for another to lead the Huskies to a 49-26 victory over Army in his head coaching debut on Saturday.

    Cary-Grove?s Jess Bartczyszyn returns a shot against Stevenson during the 2011 Jacobs Volleyball Invitational in Algonquin Saturday. The Trojans won the tournament championship.

    Cary-Grove rolls to Jacobs crown

    Losing the likes of Kelly Lamberti, Colleen Smith and Allison Whimpey to graduation and the Division I ranks, you might think Cary-Grove, the Class 4A runner-up a year ago and state champion in 2009, might struggle to start the 2011 season.

    Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint breaks away from the pocket after taking a handoff in the first quarter Saturday.

    Michigan beats Western Michigan 34-10 in cancelled game

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In the days leading up to his debut as Michigan's coach, Brady Hoke worried about getting his team ready for everything.Dealing with weather delays wasn't a part of his checklist.The Wolverines beat Western Michigan 34-10 Saturday in a game stopped late in the third quarter because of lightning-filled storms."It was kind of wild," Hoke said. "Wet and wild."Both schools agreed to cancel the game with 1:27 left in the third during a second weather delay, which included evacuating Michigan Stadium that had 110,056 fans in it before the inclement weather moved into the area."We really thought about the safety of the fans and the safety of the players," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said. "If this was a close game that was into the fourth quarter, I think we would've waited it out."Fitzgerald Toussaint had 11 carries for 80 yards and ran for two TDs for the Wolverines, whose new offense was a mix of spread-like plays run by former coach Rich Rodriguez and old-school runs up the middle.Michigan linebacker Brandon Herron returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown, the longest such return in school history, and scoring again on a fumble return, becoming the first player on defense to score twice in a game in school history."It's always fun to score on defense," Hoke said. "But there are 100 different things in that tape that we'll address."As lopsided as the score was, the game started off shaky for the traditional Big Ten powerhouse against the solid Mid-American Conference team."In the first half, we gave them a seven and threw away 10 points for our side," Broncos coach Bill Cubit said.Alex Carder was 22 of 31 for 183 yards for the Broncos with one interception and two fumbles, both of which came in the third quarter. Jordan White had 12 receptions for 119 yards for Broncos.Carder got off to a strong start, leading a 15-play, 74-yard possession capped by Antoin Scriven's 1-yard run on fourth down to cap the first drive in the opener for both teams.Michigan answered with Toussaint scoring on a 1-yard run on the ensuing drive.Western Michigan had chances to score on each of its next two possessions, but missed a field goal and had a pass tipped by linebacker Jake Ryan that Herron returned for 94 yards in the longest interception return for a go-ahead score."That was a 14-point swing," Cubit said.Denard Robinson was 9 of 13 for 98 yards and ran eight times for 46 yards. He was the team's third-leading rusher in the game, a year after he did it all and became the NCAA's first player to run and throw for 1,500 yards in a season.Toussaint's second TD was followed by Brendan Gibbons' extra point that was blocked, putting the Wolverines ahead 20-10 late in the first half.The game was delayed for the first of two times early in the third quarter.Following a 30-plus minute delay, Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs blitzed to force Carder to fumble and Herron scooped it up for a 29-yard return to make it 27-10.Michael Shaw's 44-yard TD that was set up by Toussaint's 43-yard run proved to be the final score.The Wolverines were driving for another score when the game was suspended because of lightning. Nearly an hour later, the game was called with the result and statistics standing in what school officials say is the first weather-shortened game in the 132-year history of college football's winningest team."When coach Hoke told us we won the game, everybody got quiet and was like, 'Seriously?'" Robinson recalled.Michigan's next game is a prime-time matchup at home against Notre Dame.

    Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig looks to pass under pressure from Northwestern linebacker Ben Johnson (35) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

    Colter, in for Persa, leads N'western by BC 24-17

    Backup Kain Colter threw for 197 yards and ran for 71 more with a touchdown on Saturday to lead Northwestern to a 24-17 victory over Boston College in the season opener. Northwestern won for the first time since Dan Persa ruptured his Achilles tendon last Nov. 13.

    South Florida wide receiver Victor Marc is tackled by Notre Dame cornerback Robert Blanton in the third quarter Saturday.

    South Florida upsets Irish in wild game

    Skip Holtz returned to a place that educated and shaped him. As soon as he reached campus, his memories from Notre Dame jumped out. And now he's created an even more vivid one. Holtz and the South Florida Bulls came to South Bend and upset the 16th-ranked Irish 23-20.


    Opels sees fine effort from Meadows

    Rolling Meadows girls volleyball coach Janet Opels returned from knee surgery just in time to see her team deliver a fine performance in the Early Bird Invitational on Saturday at Fremd.

    Antioch’s Austin Klotter runs the ball at Waukegan on Saturday, September 3.

    Arden’s ardent effort lifts Antioch

    Dan Arden, a senior fullback, rushed for 182 yards on 28 carries and scored 2 touchdowns as Antioch earned a 17-7 nonconference victory over visiting Waukegan.

    White Sox pitcher Chris Sale heads for the dugout as pouring rain caused a delay Saturday.

    White Sox blow 7 run lead, lose 9-8

    Amid an uneven season for the Chicago White Sox, Sergio Santos has been consistently good. Even Santos couldn't hold off the Detroit Tigers, who dealt the White Sox perhaps their most devastating loss of the year.


    Chicago Sky scouting report

    Indiana Fever (19-11) at Chicago Sky (14-16)

    Rendering of the new stadium being built at South Elgin High School. The stadium is on course to be opened Saturday, Sept. 17 when the Storm host Metea Valley.

    South Elgin football stadium nearly ready for debut

    While taking refuge from the lightning and rain that eventually caused the cancellation of the football game between South Elgin and host Metamora Saturday, some members of the South Elgin High School administration reflected on a major construction milestone reached this week.


    Cubs reward Oneri Fleita with contract extension

    One down, one to go? Still to be determined. After profusely praising the work of Oneri Fleita and Tim Wilken recently, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts finally put his money where his mouth is this week by awarding a four-year extension to Fleita.


    Weather bumps Aurora Central’s game to Monday

    Hold the barbecued ribs and pass the pigskin. Aurora Central Catholic’s football team has something different cooking on Labor Day.

    Steve Ferguson of Willowbrook runs the ball while Kendell Kimble of Glen Ellyn chases during the Willowbrook at Glenbard West Football game Saturday.

    Glenbard West doesn’t lose focus

    Any thoughts of a letdown disappeared on Glenbard West’s first offensive play from scrimmage. And its third play. And its fourth and ninth plays, too. With 4 touchdowns by the end of the first quarter, the Hilltoppers were well on their way to Saturday’s 49-0 nonconference football win over visiting Willowbrook in Glen Ellyn.


    A ‘Stormy’ day in Metamora

    South Elgin athletic director Jim Szymczak said it best as rain and lightning peppered this downstate town for over five hours Saturday as afternoon turned to evening.

    Cubs catcher Geovany Soto talks to closer Carlos Marmol after Derrek Lee hit a grand slam in the ninth inning Saturday to give the Pirates the lead at Wrigley Field.

    Another weird, wild, wacky day at Wrigley

    Why is it not surprising that there was an abundance of weird, wild stuff going on Saturday at Wrigley Field? I guess when it’s the lowly Pirates and even lowlier Cubs going at it in the final month of the season, any kind of distraction is welcome.


    Illini QB O’Toole bruises shoulder

    Reilly O'Toole's first appearance as an Illinois quarterback came during Saturday's opener. The 2011 Wheaton Warrenville South graduate came away with his first completion, his first successful scramble...and his first injury.


    Naperville North wins BG invite

    Naperville North surprised a talented field by winning the Buffalo Grove boys golf invitational.


    Glenbard North devours Fenger

    Glenbard North waited out a two-hour lightning delay, then gobbled up Fenger 48-0 at Gately Stadium in Chicago to improve to 2-0 this season.

    St. Charles East?s Mallory Abel is the first to cross the finish for the Saints varsity team in the Leavey meet at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles on Saturday, September 3.

    St, Charles East's Abel glad to be back

    After a junior year filled with way more bad luck than anyone should find, St. Charles East's Mallory Abel is ready for a fresh start as a senior.So far, so good.


    Clutch ‘D’ does it for Glenbard South

    Despite yielding more than 350 yards of offense, it was Glenbard South’s defense that proved to be the safety net for the Raiders in Saturday’s nonconference battle at Bloom Township. After enduring a weather delay of an hour and 45 minutes, South persevered for a 30-28 victory.

    Robert Morris University player Lyle Cox takes a hard hit by Minnesota State’s Kwame Bailey and Andrew Pitman on this pass play in Morris University’s first ever home football game in Arlington Heights on Saturday.

    Koch’s homecoming spoils Robert Morris’ home debut

    Robert Morris University played the first home football game in its inaugural season but Immaculate Conception product Kevin Koch had a happy homecoming by throwing 4 touchdown passes to lead Minnesota State Moorhead to a 28-17 win in Arlington Heights.


    Cary-Grove cruises to Grant title

    Cary-Grove’s boys soccer team wanted to be sure they’d win the Grant Invitational on Saturday afternoon. And they did so with emphasis. The Trojans captured the title with a 5-0 shutout over host Grant in the championship game in Fox Lake. Cary-Grove (3-1) won all three games in the round-robin format and didn’t allow a goal.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 9, North Boone 0: Chris Gousios and Cameron Leberecht each scored 2 goals to lead the Rockets (3-0-2, 1-0) to an easy Big Northern East win. Also scoring for BC were Moter Deng, Omar Awad, Cole Dougherty and Josh Lung. BC also had an own goal. Riley Jensen made 1 save in goal for the Rockets.Elk Grove 3, CL South 1: Roberto Albuquerque scored the Gators’ lone goal in this nonconference loss. Steve Follmer had 8 saves in goal for CL South.Huntley 2, Marian Central 2: Christian Ramos and Lucas Baker scored goals for the Red Raiders (3-1-2) in this nonconference loss. Austin Emery had 1 save in goal for Huntley.Niles West 2, Streamwood 1: Armin Dizdarevic scored Streamwood’s goal in this nonconference setback. Aldo Ramirez had 10 saves in goal for the Sabres (1-6-1).Men’s soccerJudson 3, Mid-American Nazarene 0: Corey Burke, Eddie Philpot and Noah Price scored goals and Neil Thompson was called upon to make just 1 save as Judson (2-1) recorded its second shutout of the season.


    Good showing from West Chicago

    West Chicago beat Wheaton Warrenville South in three sets to win the championship of the Willowbrook Invite for the second straight year.


    Rockford Christian Life shuts out Christian Liberty

    After last week’s loss to North Shore in which they turned in an incomplete effort, Rockford Christian Life came into Saturday’s contest at Christian Liberty looking for a more complete game. Thanks to dominant rushing performances by seniors Jeff Polsean and Jamar Ellis, the Eagles scored in every quarter on their way to a 35-0 victory in Northeastern Athletic action.


    Cubs, Sox making news for all the wrong reasons

    The Cubs and White Sox provided Chicago baseball fans with another dumbfounding day.

    Bears wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher is making quite an impression with the Bears.

    WR Dane Sanzenbacher plays his way onto Bears roster

    Five undrafted rookies made the Bears' 53-man roster, including Ohio State wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher.

    Antioch’s Austin Klotter runs the ball at Waukegan on Saturday, September 3.

    Images: Waukegan vs. Antioch football
    The Waukegan Bulldogs host the Antioch Sequoits for Saturday afternoon football action September 3 at Weiss Field.


    Striking performance lifts Loyola past Montini

    The lightning flashes in the skies just south of Loyola Academy seemed lethargic compared to the offensive strikes supplied by both Montini and the Ramblers on Saturday afternoon at Hoerster Field. After Montini converted a recovered fumble into a 1-play, 22-yard scoring drive 40 seconds into the game, Loyola struck back with 28 unanswered points and Montini couldn’t recover. Loyola won the nonconference game 41-24.


    Joliet Catholic tops Geneva for title

    After earning a hard-fought semifinal victory over rival Batavia, Geneva’s girls volleyball team ran into a familiar and formidable opponent in the championship of its own tournament Saturday afternoon.Perennial power Joliet Catholic emerged with the tourney title after handing the Vikings (6-2) a 25-20, 25-14 defeat.


    St. Francis wins Early Bird again

    Despite losing a lopsided Set 2 and then falling behind 6-1 in Set 3,St. Francis rebounded to beat St. Charles East in the championship match of the 16-team Early Bird girls volleyball tournament at Fremd.


    Big day for Prospect golfers

    It was a big day for Prospect golf as its boys and girls teams won titles at the Homewood-Flossmoor/Providence Invitational. The girls shot a school-record 312 and Christine Garmoe tied the school's 18-hole mark with a 1-over-par 73 and the boys shot 302 to win by 4 shots.

    Purdue’s Antavian Edison, left, runs away from Middle Tennessee’s Norman Washington to score the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter Saturday.

    Purdue edges Middle Tennessee 27-24

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Three quarters of mediocre play didn’t shake Caleb TerBush’s confidence.He engineered a nearly perfect fourth quarter in his first start and threw the game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute to help Purdue beat Middle Tennessee State 27-24 on Saturday in the opener for both teams. Purdue, trailing 24-20, got a late defensive stop to earn a shot at the win, and TerBush led the Boilermakers 85 yards in 11 plays. His 35-yard touchdown pass to Antavian Edison came with 49 seconds left. Though TerBush was promoted because of ACL injuries to Rob Henry and Robert Marve, he had earned the team’s confidence.“He’s not a rookie,” Edison said. “He’s a very mature quarterback. He knows what he’s doing back there.”The Boilermakers scored 17 points and gained 192 of their 420 yards in the fourth quarter. “I think we all kind of settled down and got in a groove,” TerBush said. “We ran the things that were working for us and it worked for us clearly.”Middle Tennessee went for the tie in the closing seconds, but Purdue’s Ricardo Allen blocked a 47-yard field-goal attempt by Alan Gendreau. Allen had fumbled on a punt return early in the game that led to a Blue Raiders score. “I knew I had to make a play,” Allen said. “That was my chance and I took advantage of it.”The close loss was difficult for Middle Tennessee to handle. The Sun Belt Conference member fell to 0-4 all-time against the Big Ten, including a 24-17 loss to Minnesota in last season’s opener. “It kicks you in the gut right now, you’re sick to your stomach that you lost the game, and it’s hard to find a positive right now because of that,” MTSU coach Rick Stockstill said. Logan Kilgore passed for 330 yards and two touchdowns, Malcolm Beyah caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown and Benny Cunningham had 105 yards from scrimmage for MTSU. Ralph Bolden ran for 120 yards after missing last season with a torn ACL and Justin Siller had five catches for 55 yards for the Boilermakers.TerBush passed for 219 yards and two touchdowns, but Purdue coach Danny Hope wasn’t entirely complimentary of his performance. TerBush completed 9 of 11 passes for 117 yards in the fourth quarter, but just 10 of 22 before that.“He could do a lot better,” Hope said. “We missed some checks, we didn’t get some signals, they didn’t line up right at times. The bottom line is we found a way to win and that’s the important thing. I think Caleb grew up a lot today along with other guys around him.”Purdue trailed 17-10 when running back Akeem Shavers went 30 yards up the middle for a touchdown to tie the score with 11:44 to play.Middle Tennessee came right back with a 60-yard touchdown drive. Tavarres Jefferson made back-to-back outstanding catches for first downs, then two plays later, Cunningham finished the drive with a 2-yard scoring run to give Middle Tennessee a 24-17 lead with 9:26 to go.Purdue had a third-and-1 at the MTSU 21 before getting called for a false start. TerBush was sacked on the next play, so Purdue settled for a 47-yard field goal by Carson Wiggs that trimmed MTSU’s lead to 24-20 with 5:57 remaining.The first break for either team came when Allen fumbled and Middle Tennessee recovered at the Purdue 22. On third-and-14, Kilgore found Beyah for a 26-yard touchdown pass to put the Blue Raiders up 7-0.Wiggs made a 50-yard field goal later in the quarter, his fifth of at least 50 yards during his career, to cut MTSU’s lead to 7-3.Eric Russell intercepted a pass by TerBush early in the second quarter and returned it 34 yards to the Purdue 45, but the Blue Raiders couldn’t take advantage. The Boilermakers responded with a 12-play, 98-yard drive. TerBush rolled right and found running back Jared Crank in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown pass to give Purdue a 10-7 lead with 7:32 left in the second quarter.

    The Bears cut running back Chester Taylor, shown here running past Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard Thursday night.

    RB Taylor, TE Clark, DT Harrison among those cut by Bears

    The Bears parted ways with three veterans — running back Chester Taylor, tight end Desmond Clark and defensive tackle Marcus Harrison — on Saturday, getting down to the 53-man limit.


    Rosary grad Schalz on the way back

    As a college senior-to-be, Kylie Schalz is many years removed from writing those “What I did on summer vacation” papers.


    Leavey Invite called off

    With six runners already being either treated by paramedics or taken away in ambulances, race officials decided to cancel the boys varsity race Saturday morning at the Jeff Leavey Invitational at LeRoy Oakes

    Southern California wide receiver Robert Woods catches a touchdown pass as Minnesota defensive back Kim Royston defends during the first half Saturday.

    USC’s Woods sets record in 19-17 win over Gophers

    LOS ANGELES — Robert Woods caught a school-record 17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 25 Southern California hung on to spoil Jerry Kill’s coaching debut for Minnesota in a 19-17 victory Saturday.Matt Barkley completed a school-record 34 passes for 304 yards for the Trojans, who still couldn’t score in the second half of their 14th consecutive season-opening victory.Freshman quarterback Max Shortell came off the Gophers’ bench in the fourth quarter and threw a 12-yard TD pass to Brandon Green with 8:03 to play, but Torin Harris intercepted his pass near midfield with 53 seconds to play.Until USC’s offense sputtered and collapsed in the second half, the Trojans opened their second season under coach Lane Kiffin with a display of dazzling aerial chemistry between Barkley and Woods, the sophomore receiver with sticky hands and burning speed — and now a place among the great receivers in Trojans history.Woods tied the school record first set by Johnnie Morton with his 15th catch late in the third quarter, and he surpassed it early in the fourth. But the rest of USC’s offense sputtered, with an inexperienced offensive line struggling to establish a running game.Barkley, who went 34 for 45, surpassed Todd Marinovich’s 1989 record for completions in the fourth quarter.Although freshman tailback D.J. Morgan rushed for 70 yards, not much worked consistently for the Trojans beyond Woods. After Green’s score for Minnesota, the Trojans converted two long third-down plays on their ensuing drive before a punt left Minnesota at its own 9 with 2:04 to play.MarQueis Gray passed for 94 yards and rushed for 48 more in his first collegiate start at quarterback for the Gophers. Kill, who left Northern Illinois to take over a program with just one winning season in its last five, likely was more impressed by Shortell, who backed up his impressive camp with a 7-for-13 performance for 98 yards in the fourth quarter.Duane Bennett rushed for 53 yards and a score for Minnesota, which hadn’t visited the Coliseum since 1979 and hasn’t won a game in California since 1964. Minnesota already knew all about the perils of Woods, who returned a kick for a touchdown in the Trojans’ win at Minneapolis last year.After catching passes for most of his first two seasons at Minnesota, Gray took over the Gophers’ offense this year, starting his first game at quarterback since 2007 at his Indianapolis high school. Gray’s debut wasn’t exactly a stunner, featuring missed receivers and few impressive runs.USC opened with a deliberate 13-play scoring drive capped by a beautiful fade pass to Woods, who achieved his goal of seeing himself score on the Coliseum’s new 6,000-square-foot video board. He did it again early in the second quarter, hauling in a 43-yard throw in the end zone with a Minnesota defensive back draped all over him.The Trojans failed on 2-point conversion attempts after both of their first two scores. Kiffin went back to the old-fashioned single-point kick after Woods’ third TD catch, a quick 2-yard grab 49 seconds before halftime to cap another steady drive.When USC headed to the locker room with a 19-3 halftime lead, Kill gathered the Gophers around him on the sideline for a few pointed words before they went up the tunnel. Minnesota came out stronger in the second half, stopping USC’s opening drive with a 32-yard loss when a fourth-down snap sailed over Barkley’s head, followed by a quick Gophers drive ending with Bennett’s 9-yard TD run.Barkley completed 16 straight passes before tight end Xavier Grimble dropped a throw in the third quarter. Grimble was among three freshmen starting at offensive skill positions for the Trojans, joining Morgan and receiver Marqise Lee, who went to high school with Woods in nearby Gardena, Calif.

    Iowa's Keenan Davis (6,), Marvin McNutt, Jr. (7), Marcus Coker (34) and James Vandenberg (16) celebrate after a long reception by Davis in the second quarter Saturday.

    Iowa pounds Tennessee Tech 34-7

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The only thing that could slow down Iowa in its impressive season opener was the weather, which only delayed the inevitable.James Vandenberg threw for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Marvin McNutt and Iowa pounded Tennessee Tech 34-7 on Saturday for its 11th straight win in a home opener.McNutt had 140 yards receiving for the Hawkeyes, who along with Tennessee Tech had to wait through an 84-minute delay because of lightning."We're pleased to get the win. Needless to say it was pretty unusual circumstances," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "I give our players credit for doing a good job of handling that."Iowa overwhelmed the Golden Eagles of the FCS with 24 points during a dry second quarter. McNutt took a Vandenberg pass 88 yards for a touchdown, and Shaun Prater returned an interception 89 yards for a TD late in the first half to put the Hawkeyes ahead 27-0.Vandenberg's 19-yard TD pass to McNutt gave Iowa a 34-0 lead with 6:19 left in the third quarter, as McNutt wove through Tennessee Tech's defense off a screen pass. The game was delayed shortly thereafter and the stadium was cleared — but by then all that was left to do was run out the clock."It was nasty out there," Vandenberg said. "I remember gripping down the laces and ... just kind of shot-putting it out there to make sure I wasn't messing it up."Dontey Gay rushed for 108 yards for Tennessee Tech, including a 1-yard TD run with 5:02 left.The game kicked off in a driving rain, which led to three first-quarter fumbles.The clouds parted to start the second, allowing the Hawkeyes to impose their will on the overmatched Golden Eagles.Wide receiver Keenan Davis, who the Hawkeyes are counting on to take pressure off of McNutt, leapt over Tennessee Tech's Richmond Tooley, tipped the ball and caught it at the 1-yard line. Vandenberg's plunge put Iowa up 10-0 early in the second quarter.Vandenberg then floated a pass to McNutt in coverage, and McNutt sprinted past the Golden Eagles' secondary for the sixth-longest TD reception in school history, making it 17-0 just over three minutes later.Tech quarterback Tre Lamb, whose interception to Iowa linebacker James Morris set up Mike Meyer's 20-yard field goal, tried to force the ball to the sidelines late in the first half. Prater, an All-Big Ten pick in 2010, was waiting for it, and he saw little resistance on an 89-yard TD return that gave the Hawkeyes a 27-0 lead with 10 seconds left in the second quarter.Lamb finished 14-of-24 passing for 128 yards and those two costly picks.Vandenberg, a junior in his first start since taking over for Ricky Stanzi, was 13-of-21 passing, including a few drops from his receivers.The rain returned right around the time Vandenberg and McNutt hooked up for their second touchdown. It brought some hail and the threat of lightning with it, and Kinnick Stadium was cleared as officials and players waited out the weather."We hadn't had one drop of rain in preseason, and I am just dumb enough to never work with a wet football. Well, we don't have to worry about it the rest of the year. We got plenty of wet football work (Saturday)," Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown said.About the only hiccup for Iowa besides the conditions came from its running backs — a source of considerable consternation for the Hawkeyes of late.Coker, last seen ripping apart Missouri's defense for 219 yards and two TDs in the Insight Bowl, fumbled the ball away on Iowa's opening possession. He put it on the ground again in the first quarter and was subbed out for freshman Mika'il McCall — whose debut was impressive but brief.McCall, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Oliver McCall, rushed for a team-high 61 yards on nine carries before breaking his ankle late in the first quarter. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said after the game that McCall will miss the rest of the season.

    Penn State receiver Shawney Kersey is tackled by Indiana State defender Larry Carter after making after a catch during the third quarter Saturday.

    Penn State overwhelms Indiana State 41-7

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State's season opener featured the unusual sights of a two-quarterback rotation and Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno calling the shots from the press box.The running attack and an aggressive defense, though, were trademark Penn State.Chaz Powell set the tone by returning the game's opening kickoff 95 yards for a score and Silas Redd led an overwhelming ground game with two rushing touchdowns in a 41-7 win Saturday over Indiana State.Paterno coached from the press box more than three weeks after suffering shoulder and pelvis injuries from an accidental collision in practice, though the Nittany Lions didn't miss a beat against the Sycamores — an FCS team."Overall, it was a good effort. Obviously, Indiana State is not a great team, but they're a bunch of kids that did a good job scrapping," Paterno said afterward, clutching a crutch. "Overall, I thought it was a good day for us."Redd ran for 94 of his 104 yards by the second quarter, including a 4-yard score for a 28-0 lead. Rob Bolden started at quarterback, splitting time with Matt McGloin.Indiana State managed 170 yards of total offense. They got brushed past and pushed around by a Penn State team anxious to rebound from last year's 7-6 campaign."We knew they were going to be big and physical, but we just didn't do what we said we were going to do, and that's what it comes down to," Sycamores defensive end Ben Obaseki said. "We knew that they'd be running the ball hard, we just didn't tackle well, we didn't get our blocks and that's why things turned out the way it did."Indiana State returned home with at least one highlight after Justin Hilton caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ronnie Fouch to break the shutout with 2:16 left in the game.Otherwise, it was all Penn State.Michael Zordich displayed the Nittany Lions' early physical superiority on back-to-back plays in the first quarter, throwing a devastating block up the middle to spring Redd loose for the tailback's first score, from 9 yards.On the ensuing kickoff, Zordich leveled Sycamore return man Leonard Riston near the sideline for a violent end to a 21-yard return."I just kind of went back to the second grade, just go where the ball's at and run through it," Zordich said. "That's what you're taught from game 1. Just go where the ball's at and make a play."Paterno, who made "toughness" the keyword for preseason camp, surely relished what he witnessed from the press box. He had pronounced himself "50-50" this week to coach from the sideline.The Nittany Lions got a nice warmup for next week's considerably tougher game — a visit from No. 2 Alabama.Both Bolden and McGloin got equal shots in what may well have been an extended audition for the starting gig against the Crimson Tide. Bolden, who started his second straight season-opener, finished 6 of 12 for 37 yards. He could have thrown for more had a couple of nice throws downfield not bounced off the hands of receivers Derek Moye and Justin Brown, respectively.McGloin was 6 of 8 for 77 yards, with the offense looking crisper at times under his watch, especially in the 14-point second quarter.Both players expressed frustration afterward, but accepted the situation.And Paterno didn't give in when pressed for clues afterward on whether one quarterback would emerge for the Alabama game."I think both of them are going to play, both of them can play," Paterno said. "Again they've been under an awful lot of pressure ... I think they're fine, they'll get better."Fouch, a Washington transfer, spent much of the afternoon on the run. Sacked on his first play by Gerald Hodges and intercepted on his second series by Drew Astorino, Fouch finished 11 of 23 passing for 102 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown."You have draft choices on that defense. I don't think I have any draft choices on my O-line right now," Sycamores coach Trent Miles said.

    Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner carries Akron linebacker Brian Wagner with him into the end zone for a touchdown reception during the second quarter.

    No. 18 OSU shuts out Akron 42-0

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Even missing eight players suspended for breaking NCAA rules, No. 18 Ohio State had more than enough talent left behind.Joe Bauserman, a quarterback starting his first game in eight years, ran for a touchdown and threw for three to tight end Jake Stoneburner to lead No. 18 Ohio State to a 42-0 win over Akron on Saturday in a sweltering season opener."We're going to focus on the guys we have here," Luke Fickell said after his first game as head coach since taking over for the scandal-ridden Jim Tressel. "That's the most important thing. If it changes week to week, we're going to continue to have guys step up."Against overmatched Akron, the no-name Buckeyes had a bevy of stars.Bauserman, who last started when he was a senior in high school, ran for a 15-yard score and threw TD passes of 28, 11 and 2 yards to Stoneburner — who became the first Ohio State tight end to catch three scoring passes in a game. And the defense, led by linebacker Andrew Sweat — who had an interception — completely throttled the Zips.Already missing five players because of the cash-for-memorablia scandal that cost Tressel his job, three other Buckeyes — two starters and a backup — were suspended indefinitely this week for accepting under $300 from a charity. Instead of being stunned by yet another body blow, the rest of the players picked up the slack."That's the thing that I might be most excited about and this team might be most excited about, is that they didn't whine about it, they didn't bat their eyes about it," Fickell said. "They just said, 'Next man up.' That's the amazing thing."First-year players also had a big day for the Buckeyes. Heralded freshman quarterback Braxton Miller tossed a TD pass to another true freshman, Devin Smith, and classmate Rod Smith ran for a score.Bauserman, who spent the last two years on the sidelines watching Terrelle Pryor play, completed 12 of 16 passes for 163 yards and the three scores with no interceptions."Just waiting around all morning. Just waiting. That was the only thing," said Bauserman, when asked the hardest part of his day. "I just wanted to get on the field."Akron's offense managed just 90 total yards. The Zips, 1-11 a year ago, came closest to scoring when a 41-yard field goal just before the half went wide."I just know that their line of scrimmage controlled our line of scrimmage today," Zips coach Rob Ianello said.In addition to the final score, every stat was lopsided in Ohio State's favor, including first downs (27-5), rushing yards (224-35) and sacks (5-0)."Although we don't have some big names like in the past, we have a lot of young guys who are fully capable of getting the job done," said Sweat, who also had two tackles for minus yardage and forced a fumble. "We had a competitive camp at each position and we were ready to play today."The nearby Ohio State Medical Center reported around 20 people were treated for heat-related illnesses.Almost half the crowd was gone by halftime as the temperature soared to the high 90s with high humidity. A referee had to leave the game due to dehydration. One Red Cross volunteer said his station had run out of baggies to put ice in and that all of the medical personnel were "swamped.""It was smoking," said Akron quarterback Clayton Moore, who completed just 6 of 16 passes for 54 yards with the one interception. "I went in at halftime and I couldn't feel my legs. They were just dead."The Buckeyes took control early.Bauserman, a 25-year-old former Pittsburgh Pirates prospect as a pitcher, completed passes for 9 and 28 yards on the opening drive, capped by an Akron misplay. On a blown play, Bauserman turned to hand off the ball to a back but there was no one there. He sidestepped a defender and zigzagged through several more potential tacklers on a lumbering 15-yard touchdown — his first in college.

    Serena Williams won her third-round match, 6-1, 7-6 (5) over fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, but not before losing her first four match points and getting pushed to the limit in the second set.

    Williams wins a wild one at US Open

    Serena Williams won her third-round match, 6-1, 7-6 (5) over fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, but not before losing her first four match points and getting pushed to the limit in the second set by the Belarussian, who suddenly found her footing in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

    Alfonso Soriano waits for first base coach Bob Dernier after hitting a two-run double during the seventh inning Saturday.

    Ex-Cub Lee hits go-ahead slam for Pirates

    Derrek Lee came off the disabled list and hit a go-ahead grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Saturday.Lee's shot to left through the rain at Wrigley Field came off former teammate Carlos Marmol (2-5), who had his NL-high ninth blown save. Marmol gave up a single and three walks in the inning.Batting cleanup, Lee had three hits and five RBIs in the game. He had been sidelined since Aug. 10 with a broken bone in his left wrist after getting hit by a pitch from Marmol on Aug. 3.Lee was acquired from Baltimore on July 30 and is 8 for 23 (.348) with three homers, a triple and eight RBIs in six games with Pittsburgh.Chris Resop (5-4) threw two scoreless innings in relief and Joel Hanrahan got three outs for his 34th save.Alex Presley had three hits and scored a run for the Pirates.Chicago's Alfonso Soriano matched his season high with four RBIs, hitting a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh. Aramis Ramirez reached base four times and scored three runs, while Carlos Pena reached in all five of his plate appearances.Cubs starter Casey Coleman threw six strong innings, allowing six hits and two runs — one earned — while striking out six.Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf allowed seven hits and three runs in four innings.The game was delayed for 91 minutes in the seventh because of rain.The Cubs stranded runners in each of the first five innings and went 2 for 15 with men in scoring position. They've hit just .176 in those situations since the beginning of August, but Soriano provided some clutch hitting.He tied the score at 1 in the third. Ramirez singled with one out, went to third on Pena's double and scored on Soriano's sacrifice fly.The Pirates grabbed the lead back in the fourth when Ryan Doumit's RBI double eluded Soriano in the left-field corner, scoring Neil Walker.Soriano's single and Marlon Byrd's fielder's choice drove in runs in the fifth, putting Chicago up 3-2.The Pirates drew even against Kerry Wood in the seventh when former Cub Ronny Cedeno bounced a groundball triple into right-center and scored on pinch-hitter Garrett Jones' sacrifice fly.Coleman entered 0-4 with an 11.44 ERA in six outings this season at Wrigley Field and his struggles continued in the first inning. Presley's one-out double and Lee's RBI single were sandwiched around Andrew McCutchen's walk.McCutchen has reached base in his last 30 games against the Cubs.It could have been worse for Coleman, but he escaped when Walker flied out on a hit-and-run play, with Soriano doubling McCutchen off second base to end the inning. Coleman settled in for his best home outing of the season.Ramirez singled and Pena walked to start Chicago's seventh-inning rally. Both scored when Soriano laced a double down the left-field line into the corner. The rain fell heavier through the inning and after Byrd was hit by a pitch, the umpires called for the field to be covered.NOTES: September has been kind to Presley, who had a double and two singles. In three games since the calendar turned, the swift left fielder has gone 8 for 13 with four extra-base hits, two RBIs and four runs scored. ... McCutchen was in Pittsburgh's starting lineup. He left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch on his left hand in his first at-bat. ... Resurgent RHP Randy Wells will start for the Cubs in Sunday's series finale. Wells has won his last four starts and is coming off a two-hit shutout of San Francisco. RHP Charlie Morton goes for the Pirates.


    Prospect produces win over Mundelein

    Prospect has started the season much the way its fans had expected: Solid, resilient, and tough to beat. The Knights defeated visiting Mundelein 1-0 in a Saturday afternoon nonconference contest in Mt. Prospect to further strengthen their portfolio as the start of the Mid-Suburban League season nears.

    Prospect pitcher Jack Landwehr will take his winning delivery to Illinois State next school year.

    Prospect’s Landwehr picks ISU

    Prospect all-state baseball pitcher-third baseman Jack Landwehr will get a chance to be a two-way player at Illinois State University.

    Auburn running back Michael Dyer reacts after their 42-38 win over Utah State Saturday.

    Dyer’s TD lifts No. 23 AU past Utah State 42-38

    AUBURN, Ala. — Mike Dyer bulled through the line for a game-saving touchdown with 30 seconds left and defending national champion Auburn escaped with a 42-38 win over Utah State on Saturday.The 23rd-ranked Tigers (1-0) scored twice in the final 2:07, just when it seemed like the Aggies (0-1) were poised for a stunning victory.First-time starter Barrett Trotter hit Philip Lutzenkirchen for a 15-yard touchdown to start a Cam Newton-like comeback. Then wide receiver Emory Blake collected the onside kick to set up the game-winning drive. Trotter completed three passes and Onterio McCalebb had runs of 10 and 14 yards to push the ball near the goal line.BCS title game MVP Dyer did the rest, ducking his head and powering through the Utah State defenders.Poised freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton couldn’t muster a threat in the final seconds for the Aggies, who also tested Oklahoma in last year’s opener.Utah State twice led by double digits against a team clearly feeling the effects of the departures of numerous starters from last year’s national champions, including defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Newton, who repeatedly led the Tigers out of big holes during their 14-0 run last season.Only that 24-point deficit against Alabama might have been a more improbable comeback than this one from 10 points down in the final 3:38. The Tigers came in as three-touchdown favorites, but also as a question mark with 19 new starters. They managed to avoid an embarrassing opening loss against a team that has now lost 44 straight road games against Top 25 teams.Trotter completed a solid, if otherwise unremarkable starting debut with a huge finale. He was 11 of 14 for 170 yards and two touchdowns.Trotter marched the Tigers downfield quickly before hitting an open Lutzenkirchen to keep them alive. He followed a 13-yard completion to Travante Stallworth with a 9-yarder to McCalebb and a 7-yarder to Lutzenkirchen, one of Newton’s favorite red zone targets last season.Then, Blake came up with another big play with his midair scoop after catching a 56-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Auburn still wound up trailing 21-7 in the second quarter but one of the many youngsters the Tigers are relying on came up big.Freshman Tre Mason returned a kick 97 yards to close the gap. Dyer added an 11-yard touchdown to tie it midway through the third quarter.Josh Thompson added a 34-yard field goal and the Tigers didn’t take the lead until Trotter’s 39-yard touchdown to Stallworth late in the third quarter, making it 28-24.It didn’t last. Keeton faked a handoff, went left and got the nose of the ball across the goal line for a 31-28 lead with 11:20 left.Robert Turbin then scored a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:38 left to push the lead back to 10 after Utah State coach Gary Andersen rolled the dice in a big way.Facing fourth down deep in Auburn territory, the Aggies successfully faked a field goal, completing a pass by holder Stanley Morrison, before Turbin capped the 14-play drive.Keeton completed 15 of 21 passes for 155 yards and ran for 24 in his debut after beating out junior college transfer Adam Kennedy. Andersen didn’t announce a starter before the game.

    The Breeders’ Cup announced in mid-July that it will ban all race-day medications — principally Lasix — from its 2-year-old races in 2012 and from all of its races in 2013.

    Movement afoot to ban horse drug

    The drug Lasix is legal in every U.S. racing jurisdiction, with almost all owners and trainers using it on their horses. But suddenly a movement calling for its ban, particularly in top-level competition, has gathered momentum.

    A standout safety with the Arizona Cardinals, Pat Tillman became a national symbol when he left behind a huge contract and a new bride to join the Army eight months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    Tillman’s memory sparks action, not words

    In the seven years since Pat Tillman's death, those who knew or met him, and even people who only heard his story, have been pushed past their comfort levels to do things they never thought they could.“He was just one of those guys who was in the moment, and people connect with that,” said Marcy Wojtulewicz, deputy director of the Pat Tillman Foundation. “He just impacts you.”



    Lafite-Rothschild fetches $540,000 as $8.3 million wine sale starts

    A 300-bottle collection of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild spanning every year from 1981 to 2005 fetched $540,000.


    German party chief calls on Greece to embrace reforms

    Greece needs to renew its commitment to budget revisions to retain continued financial backing from Germany, said Christian Lindner, general secretary of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Free Democratic Party coalition partner.


    CNN gets more personal, buys iPad magazine Zite

    SAN FRANCISCO — CNN has acquired Zite, a personalized digital magazine for the iPad tablet computer.Zite learns about its readers’ tastes and tries to appeal to them with a package selected from hundreds of different websites. CNN, a cable news channel owned by Time Warner Inc., has no plans to change Zite’s format. The technology may be used to help CNN customize its news on the iPad and other mobile devices.Financial terms of the deal announced Tuesday weren’t disclosed.Zite, which is based in San Francisco, started a specialty search engine called Worio six years ago. Its magazine for the iPad came out five months ago.


    KU study: Search data can predict stock returns

    Looking for a fresh place to collect stock tips? A University of Kansas research team suggests looking at data from online search engines.


    Social media fuels college megaparty in Colorado

    An apartment complex near Colorado State University that used Facebook to advertise “the biggest pool party of the year”’ got more than it bargained for — at least 2,000 people, most of them college students, showed up. It wasn’t long before the police followed.


    WA prisons ask Facebook to disable inmate accounts

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington prison officials have asked social media giant Facebook to disable inmate accounts.Department spokesman Chad Lewis says inmates are not allowed to have Internet access. He says Facebook accounts are sometimes set up by relatives or by inmates with contraband cell phones.Lewis tells Northwest News Network that so far the communications have mostly been with friends and family and not for criminal activity. But the department is asking Facebook for the same deal the company recently struck with California prisons, where some sinister activity had been alleged.California officials say they found an inmate who used social media to track down his victim.


    Facebook kills off Groupon competito

    Facebook is ending its Deals program, which offered the site’s 750 million users discounts similar to those offered by daily deals site Groupon.

    Netflix is giving Redbox a golden opportunity to gain some ground. Netflix, the largest U.S. video subscription service, hit its nearly 25 million U.S subscribers this week with rate increases of as much as 60 percent. The sticker shock is expected to make Redbox, which rents DVDs for $1 per day through kiosks, even more enticing to movie lovers.

    Netflix gives Redbox a golden opportunity

    Netflix is giving Redbox a golden opportunity to gain some ground. Netflix, the largest U.S. video subscription service, hit its nearly 25 million U.S subscribers this week with rate increases of as much as 60 percent. The sticker shock is expected to make Redbox, which rents DVDs for $1 per day through kiosks, even more enticing to movie lovers.

    The Tablet P is small enough to fit in a purse and opens like a book to reveal two screens. It will be compatible with AT&T’s cellular broadband network.

    Sony tablets aim to stand out in a crowd

    Sony Corp. revealed its first two tablet computers this week, with some features that aim to set them apart from the herd of iPad competitors.

    Padmapper’s listings aren’t comprehensive, but they’re a great tool to start narrowing the field when you’re looking for a new apartment.

    An app to give you a handle on rentals

    If you’re in a tough rental market, it can be a pain to keep up with all the real estate sites regularly enough to jump on places that match your criteria.

    The HomeWork app lets you organize assignments by color-coded subject to give you an easy at-a-glace way to manage your schedule.

    This app helps manage homework

    Getting back into the swing of school is always tough as the pressure of keeping track of deadlines and assignments looms. HomeWork is a decent app that lets you keep track of all your assignments, practices and rehearsals.

    Det. Todd Sessa keeps his eye on commuters entering and exiting the subway system at Grand Central Station in New York as part of “Operation TORCH,” funded by a grant to help beef up 2,600 police officers from the New York Police Department’s transit bureau.

    Costs of 9/11 attacks still haunt U.S. economy

    It took just a few hours for the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center to destroy a symbol of U.S. capitalism. A decade later, the financial damage still ripples through the economy, as businesses, consumers and the government continue to pay terrorism’s toll.

    The GAEMS G155, a rugged game console case with a built-in high-definition display, is displayed Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 in Atlanta, Ga. The GAEMS case allows the user to take an Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation system and accesories on the road.

    Tech test: Video game console case offers gaming on the go

    Console gaming on the go just got easier thanks to a mobile gaming kit that comes with a built-in high-definition display screen to connect to your Xbox 360 or Sony PlayStation system.

    Mitch Galbraith, CEO of flickme.com is shown at the companies’ office in San Mateo, Calif. Digital movies might not yet have the equivalent of a theater experience, with roaring crowds chomping on popcorn, but they are getting more social. Studios have increasingly looked to social media and Facebook, in particular, as a distribution platform. The early inroads have been experimental, but social streaming is a bright new hope for a Hollywood looking to counter sagging DVD sales.

    Startup tries to make moving streaming more social

    Digital movies might not yet have the equivalent of a theater experience, with roaring crowds chomping on popcorn, but they are getting more social. Studios have increasingly looked to social media and Facebook, in particular, as a distribution platform. The early inroads have been experimental, but social streaming is a bright new hope for a Hollywood looking to counter sagging DVD sales.

    The earthquake on the East Coast gave the Quake-Catcher Network, a “citizen science” project that’s distributing the tiny seismometers, a chance to prove itself. The goal: a dense mesh of inexpensive detectors to augment the much sparser network of research-grade seismometers deployed by the government, which can cost $100,000 each.

    Quake-catcher network taps home seismometers

    The earthquake on the East Coast gave the Quake-Catcher Network, a “citizen science” project that’s distributing the tiny seismometers, a chance to prove itself. The goal: a dense mesh of inexpensive detectors to augment the much sparser network of research-grade seismometers deployed by the government, which can cost $100,000 each.

Life & Entertainment

    GreenRoom Productions brings its family-friendly improv comedy to The Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

    Weekend picks: Improv comedy at the Hemmens

    The Hemmens Cultural Center and GreenRoom Productions bring a series of monthly performances featuring family-friendly improv comedy and music to Elgin.

    Giving a child a sense of ownership in that space can really define who they are for the rest of their life, designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey says.

    Creative kids should take some ownership of their rooms

    renowned interior designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey believes the most important area of a home is the child's bedroom. "Giving a child a sense of ownership in that space can really define who they are for the rest of their life," she says.


    Mortgage Professor: Better credit score doesn’t guarantee cheaper loan

    One of the unusual features of the U.S. mortgage market is that borrowers are obliged to select a lender before they know the price. They have a price quote from the lender they select, and the quote may be instrumental in their selection decision, but the price is preliminary. It is not final until it is locked by the lender.


    On homes and real estate: What’s worth doing

    Q. I am contemplating selling my home in the spring. I would like your opinion on whether or not I should have painting done, carpeting replaced and possibly new sliding glass doors installed before I put it up for sale. Otherwise, should I make allowances for buyers to do their own decorating? My colors are blue and white, which I love, but others may not.

    This 7-year-old Wauconda home is located across from a nature preserve.

    On the Market: Wauconda two-story home

    The lake community of Wauconda has been known as an idyllic retreat for more than 100 years. Now, thanks to modern transportation, those who work in Chicago each day are able to return home there every night.

    Dream Homes USA co-owner Carma Yoder is developing Four Seasons, a manufactured home community managed by Glenn Terrell.

    Community appeals to seniors

    Retirees and others looking to live affordably in a high-quality ranch home are finding their way to The Four Seasons, a manufactured housing community in Belvidere, located 12 miles east of Rockford.


    Today's open houses have one goal: attracting buyers

    Many view open houses as essential to help promote a listing, attract buyers and appease sellers, many of whom still consider open houses critical to a well-conceived marketing plan. “They give buyers an opportunity to see a lot of inventory and compare similarly-priced properties and neighborhoods,” says Barb St. Amant, of Harry Norman, Realtors in Atlanta.

    Joan Baez performs “We Shall Overcome” on the National Mall in 1963.

    Where have all the protest songs gone?

    Even with unpopular wars quietly raging overseas and end-times economic panic blaring at home, protest songs seem to have lost their power, potency and appeal.

    Michael Pea portrays Will Jimeno, left, and Nicolas Cage portrays John McLoughlin in a scene from “World Trade Center.”

    Essay: Filmmakers struggled with towers after 9/11

    Approaching entertainment was a tricky proposition in the weeks and months following 9/11. Studios debated how to be respectful in releasing films that featured images of the twin towers. They wanted to strike the right tone, but there didn’t seem to be a right answer.

    The Bingo Rug from CB2 boasts a black, white and yellow graphic resembling city lights at night.

    Urban edge designs lead the way in trends for fall

    To keep track of this fall’s decor trends, we headed into the urban jungle, then to the Great Continents. Designers have also set the Wayback Machine for the 1970s.

    Since Sept. 11, 2001, scores of books, films and plays have narrated and analyzed the terrorist attacks, the causes, and the emotional, cultural and political effects. But no fictional character or invented story has forced itself into our minds like the events themselves.

    Writers are still trying to out-imagine 9/11

    Since Sept. 11, 2001, scores of books, films and plays have narrated and analyzed the terrorist attacks, the causes, and the emotional, cultural and political effects. But no fictional character or invented story has forced itself into our minds like the events themselves.

    The ASPCA set up an emergency shelter in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado that killed 160 people and thousands of pets. The shelter round up over 1,300 dogs and cats.

    Disaster preparedness plans should include pets

    A poll released by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that 35 percent of dog and cat owners have no plan for dealing with their pets during a disaster that forces them to evacuate.

    Many commercial real estate companies offer prizes and incentives at broker events. Here Leroy Watkins accepts a gift certificate from Eric Fuhrman, a broker for Investec Realty Services.

    Open houses dangle door prizes, food to draw brokers

    When most people drop by a real estate open house, they might be offered a cookie or something to make them feel welcome. But at two of the recent open houses Brian Califf attended, he left with a $500 iPad 2 and a $25 gift certificate to Cafe Med. Not to mention free lunches and thank-you cards stuffed with $50 cash.



    The Soapbox

    The Daily Herald gets on its soapbox this week to talk about the Bears, Labor Day ironies, a new AT&T app, Sen. Keith Farnham's unusual giveback and much more.


    Buying American leads to job creation
    Your “buying American” is so important now. Don’t let the appearance of a dashboard or a 2 MPG advantage make a difference in your buying American.


    Who has gotten us in deeper debt?
    Letter to the Editor: The conservative forces are blaming Obama for a huge increase in the national debt. But is he really so bad? Historically, it seems that the people who do the screaming on this subject were the people who were responsible for the biggest debts.


    Buck up, kids; we had it worse
    Letter to the Editor: Some U-46 parents are complaining about how their child has to walk up to a mile and a half. What? When I rode the bus to high school we only had three stops in my entire neighborhood.


    Pro-life/pro-war belies hypocrisy
    While anti-choice proponents profess to value life, it is only as a fetus, after which the conservative or right wing group opposes life survival social programs, care for governmental programs like universal health care, day care as in Europe and public education for all by home schooling, vouchers and charter schooling, which removes funds from public schools.Right wing conservatives also work to cut off the poorer kids from Head Start and college funding.Therefore, anti-choice is more a hypocritical political strategy aimed to split most adherents of anti-choice in order to lure them into anti-Democratic parties.In stark contrast, these anti-choice (pro-lifers) do not typically object to sending soldiers to war, whereas pro-choice advocates favor bringing our troops home from wars like Iraq and Afghanistan.Saving soldiers is utmost humane, and should be a right wing conservative goal.Bernice RussellCrystal Lake


    Raise taxes on million-buck salaries
    Letter to the Editor: Imprecise language is used to fool hardworking taxpayers into accepting the imbalance of pay in this country and cheat those who pay their fair share of taxes. Taxes should be raised on those who make more than $1 million a year.


    Animal control story showed bias
    Letter to the Editor: I have never known Kane County Public Health Executive Director Paul Kuehnert to be anything but an honest, honorable man who takes his job and responsibilities very seriously. The recent article about Kuehnert read as if it was written with a personal bias against him.


    Thanks to all who helped Brainerd festival
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: On behalf of Libertyville’s Brainerd Community Center board of directors, I would like to extend a very heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who helped make this past weekend’s Wine, Beer, Cigar and Food Festival a resounding success, for a second year in a row.


    What is the tea party doing for our troops?
    I want to believe in the tea party, and I will believe in the tea party if and when they exhibit concern for our military in the Mideast. What are your plans for bringing our troops home? Quickly. In line with your loud promises to establish a new America.


    Recession causes real suffering
    We continue to have nearly 14 million workers officially unemployed in America; more than 20 million by an alterative definition. Economic recessions and depressions are bad and cause suffering to real human persons.


    Extremists give bad view of Christians
    I think you give a bad impression of the Christians of the area by giving credence to those with extremist views, like the Illinois Family Institute. Most Christians I know are not hate mongers and bigots. Reading your paper’s letters though, one would assume that Christians who are judgmental and intolerant were in the majority in our community.


    We should just surrender to Israel
    Israeli presidents have made it verbally clear in statements that they rule America. Just look up Sharon’s statements. The problem is, the Americans are never allowed to debate or even to discuss openly the sins of Israel.


    Sunday high school football is progress?
    Recently, the public schools in DuPage County have scheduled high school football games that conflict with the traditional 11 a.m. church hour. Our tax money is being used against, if you will, “religion.” This is progress? We need to re-think this one.


    Why are faith, reason mutually exclusive?
    Why must we insist that faith and reason are “mutually exclusive”? Why must columnist Kathleeen Parker insist that “intelligent design” is unreasonable? Many good scientists believe it.


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