Daily Archive : Sunday September 4, 2011


    Kirk and Cassie Moore of Warrenville enjoy wraps during the Last Fling in Naperville Friday.

    Images: Naperville's Last Fling
    Images from the Naperville Jaycee's Last Fling


    Naperville deaths prompt the tough calls

    Confirmation that two Naperville teens died earlier this summer from drug overdoses prompted the calls we dread, but have to make.

    Mariyanna Santiago, left, and Aryana Cintora, both 14 and from Elgin, sing along as the Ragdoll Rock Band performs Saturday at Fiesta Salsa in Elgin.

    Elgin's Fiesta Salsa gets taste buds dancing

    Fiedo you like your salsa? Spicy? Sweet? Mild? No matter your tastes, local salsa connoiseurs say the freshest ingredients are key.

    Holly Kennedy holds her dog as she watches the waves crash over the flood wall Sunday at the Mandeville, La., lakefront from Tropical Storm Lee. The vast, soggy storm system spent hours during the weekend hovering in the northernmost Gulf of Mexico. Its slow crawl to the north gave more time for its drenching rain bands to pelt a wide swath of vulnerable coastline, raising the flood threat.

    Lee weakens to depression with 35 mph winds

    Lee dumped more than a foot of rain in New Orleans and spun off tornadoes elsewhere Sunday as its center came ashore in a slow crawl north that raised fears of inland flash flooding in the Deep South and beyond.

    Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, left, tags out Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios trying to steal second base in the second inning Sunday in Detroit.

    Tigers rout White Sox 18-2 to finish sweep

    Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers finished a three-game sweep of Chicago in emphatic fashion, routing the White Sox 18-2 on Sunday night.

    In this image released by ABC, host Barbara Walters is pictured on the new set for the daytime talkshow “The View.” The show will start it’s 15th season on Tuesday.

    ‘View’ primed to step into Oprah’s shoes

    “The View” plans to compete aggressively for displaced Oprah Winfrey viewers with a more topical feel, aggressive booking of guests and a few pages ripped from Oprah’s playbook.


    Fire severely damages Lake Zurich home

    A Lake Zurich family was displaced from their home Sunday night after a fire severely damaged a large portion of their house.


    United Express flight from Chicago skids off runway

    Authorities said a United Express plane from Chicago carrying 44 people skidded off the runway Sunday afternoon at Ottawa International Airport.

    As the share of women with jobs falls and older Americans age into retirement, the shrinking workforce will weaken economic activity for decades, some experts say. Above, job seekers line up for interviews at a jobs fair Thursday in San Mateo, Calif.

    Shrinking workforce may dampen expansion for decades

    Women and baby boomers entering the American workforce after 1950 helped to supercharge expansions in 1975 and 1983 by filling an increasing number of jobs and purchasing more goods and services. But that workforce pool is dwindling and it will weaken economic activity for the next two decades.

    Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, who grew up in Barrington before moving to Michigan, throws a pass against Youngstown State during the Spartans’ season opener Friday night.

    Perfect spiral of words from Barrington native Cousins

    Michigan State University quarterback Kirk Cousins, who grew up in Barrington before moving to Michigan, gives Chuck Goudie a reason to be a proud MSU alum.

    Jeffrey Ferrigan

    Hanover Park murder suspect dies in hospital

    Jeffrey Ferrigan, named a person of interest in the slaying of his wife in Hanover Park last month, died Sunday in a Joliet hospital, authorities said. Ferrigan had been recovering from wounds suffered when shot by police in South suburban Lockport.

    Miss Septemberfest Ali Roller, from left, and her court Jackie Keegan, Natalie Chakeres, Erin Corcoran and Michelle Klages were announced by the Rotary Club of Schauamburg-Hoffman Estates.

    Images: Weekend Festival Review
    There were no shortages of festivals in the suburbs over the weekend. The festivals we photographed this weekend were September Fest in Schaumburg, Bartlett Street Fest, Taste of Serbia in Lake Forest, Kline Creek Country Fair in Winfield, Batavia MainStreet, Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival in Geneva, Skip's Graffiti Gold Car Show in Grayslake and Buffalo Grove Days.

    More than 30 teams competed in a Baggo tournament Sunday at the Lake in the Hills Summer Sunset Festival at Sunset Park. The annual three-day festival ended with fireworks at dusk.

    Sunny skies makes for perfect finish to Lake in the Hills fest

    The 11th annual Summer Sunset Festival in Lake in the Hills drew big crowds this weekend – and even some hardcore fans with umbrellas and raincoats braved Saturday’s rain. Sunday’s practically perfect weather gave no excuses for missing the end of the three-day festival.

    Mike Capra, singer for the band Rolling Thunder, belts out a rock classic while accompanying the Buffalo Grove Park District float Sunday during the Buffalo Grove Days parade.

    “Perfect” day for Buffalo Grove parade

    With Saturday's heat and humidity gone, residents had a cool and comfortable time watching the annual Buffalo Grove Days parade on Sunday afternoon. The parade is part of the Buffalo Grove Days weekend festival, which wraps up Monday.

    Folk music fans and families enjoyed sitting in front of the main stage Sunday afternoon during the 35th Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival at Island Park on the Fox River in Geneva. The two-day event, which continues Monday, regularly draws 10,000 people to Geneva.

    Geneva Folk Festival packs Island Park

    The Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival, which regularly draws close to 10,000 people to Geneva every year, proved popular Sunday with musicians and families alike.

    Jack Sullivan, 8, of Chicago holds a model 1795 Springfield rifle as he talks with Civil War re-enactor Pete Kiefert of Coal City. A Civil War Encampment was set up at the Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook this weekend, on the 150th anniversary of the war.

    Graue Mill turns the clock back to 1863

    Joe Duran of Carol Stream, believes he missed his true calling in life — to be a Union soldier in the Civil War. He was among hudreds of Civil War buffs to visit the annual Civil War Encampment at Graue Mill and Museum in Oak Brook this weekend.

    Chicago Cubs starter Randy Wells pitches during the first inning Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago.

    Wells solid again, Cubs avoid sweep, beat Pirates

    Randy Wells pitched six strong innings and Marlon Byrd drove in two runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

    University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students, Amber Brukardt, left, 19, and Mike Huberty, 18, move in to their dorms Thursday.

    College rankings draw adherents and detractors

    The U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges guide, is the oldest and best-known publication to rank America’s premier colleges. Some call it the academic equivalent of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.


    Multigenerational homes surge in U.S.

    The United States is experiencing a surge in the multigenerational households that were once a common feature of American life, and Hispanic and Asian families are driving the trend, according to Census Bureau data.

    U.S. employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession.

    Unemployed face tough competition: underemployed

    The job market is even worse than the 9.1 percent unemployment rate suggests. America’s 14 million unemployed aren’t competing just with each other. They must also contend with 8.8 million other people not counted as unemployed part-timers who want full-time work.

    Chuck Middleton of Dallas and his dog, Bam Bam, compete in the Ashley Whippet Invitational World Qualifier dog disc competition Sunday during Naperville’s Last Fling.

    Disc dogs fly into Naperville seeking world championship bids

    The Last Fling enters its third day Sunday with traditional fest activities as well as a spaghetti eating contest, apple pie bake off and wine tasting.


    Elgin police blotter
    A Chicago man was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital after being robbed just after 9 p.m. Saturday while walking in the 100 block of Peachtree Court in Elgin, according to police reports. The man was punched in the back of the head then kicked in the face before his two attackers took his wallet and ran away, reports said.


    Charges dropped against three in Aurora fight

    Prosecutors have dropped charges stemming from an August 2010 altercation on Aurora's west side. Amisha Chenault and two of her friend had faced prison time for mob action and aggravated battery. "I'm happy it's all over," said Chenault, who maintained she and her friends were trying to stop a fight.

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, looks around upon his arrival at Roissy airport n Paris France, Sunday. Dominique Strauss-Kahn has returned home to France for the first time since a New York hotel maid accused him of attempted rape, unleashing a scandal that dashed his chances for the French presidency.

    Strauss-Kahn arrives in French capital

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned home to a mixed welcome in France on Sunday, for the first time since attempted rape accusations by a New York hotel maid unleashed an international scandal that dashed his chances for the French presidency.

    In this Feb. 18, 2011, file photo AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, right, talks with retired postal worker Judy Bukowski of Madson, Wis., outside of the State Capitol in Madison, where union members, students, and others protested against the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. the early days of the Obama administration, organized labor had grand visions of pushing through a sweeping agenda that would help boost sagging membership and help revive union strength, but frustration with President Barack Obama reached new heights this summer as Trumka accused him of working with tea party Republicans on deficit reduction instead of "stepping up to the plate" on jobs.

    Labor unions adjust to new reality under Obama

    WASHINGTON — In the early days of the Obama administration, organized labor had grand visions of pushing through a sweeping agenda that would help boost sagging membership and help revive union strength.


    Fire officials warn about danger of gel fire pots

    Fire officials are warning consumers about the hazards of gel fire pots.The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal issued an alert about the potential for fires and explosions caused by the alcohol-fueled gel fire pots.Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis says gel pots should be used “with extreme caution.”


    Fishing risks lost on many Indiana anglers

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Indiana anglers who are eating the fish they catch in state waterways could be facing potential health risks because they either don’t have a fishing license or haven’t checked out warnings issued by the state.


    Newborn screening urged for sickle cell disease

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois health officials are reminding families about ways to reduce the impact of sickle cell disease.September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.The Illinois Department of Public Health says newborn screening, parental education and comprehensive care can help.


    Memorial pays tribute to former factory employees

    OTTAWA — A northern Illinois city has paid tribute to former factory employees who worked under dangerous conditions.


    Gov. Daniels works to maintain national profile

    INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mitch Daniels may have opted against running for president, but he is still maintaining a strong presence on the national stage.


    Lt. Gov. Simon kicks off southern Ill. blood drive

    DU QUOIN, Ill. — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has kicked off a drive to replenish southern Illinois blood supplies hurt in part by the summer’s hot temperatures. The weather has made it difficult to recruit new blood donors.Simon donated blood herself at the Du Quoin State Fair on Saturday.


    Wis. special election set to replace assemblywoman

    MADISON, Wis. — Just when you thought elections were finally over in Wisconsin, a new one is just two months away.Gov. Scott Walker has set Nov. 8 as the date for a special election in the 95th Assembly district. The election is to replace Jennifer Shilling in the Wisconsin Assembly.


    Bus falls into swollen Indian river, killing 12

    LUCKNOW, India — An official says a bus has fallen into a river swollen by monsoon rains in northern India, killing 12 passengers.Government spokesman Amit Chandola says 29 people were rescued from the Tons river and hospitalized with injuries near Dehradun, the capital of Uttrakhand state.


    Obama to inspect flood damage in New Jersey

    WASHINGTON — A week after Hurricane Irene caused massive flooding as it barreled up the East Coast, President Barack Obama is getting a firsthand look at the damage in New Jersey.In Paterson, the state’s third-largest city, the Passaic River swept through the once-booming factory town of 150,000, flooding its downtown and forcing hundreds to evacuate.


    Tea party bulling its way into 2012 GOP race

    BERLIN, N.H. — Bulling its way into 2012, the tea party is shaping the race for the GOP presidential nomination as candidates parrot the movement’s language and promote its agenda while jostling to win its favor. That’s much to the delight of Democrats who are working to paint the tea party and the eventual Republican nominee as extreme.


    Typhoon Talas kills at least 15 as it passes Japan

    TOKYO — Heavy rains and mudslides from powerful Typhoon Talas killed at least 15 people in Japan as the storm moved northward Sunday past the country’s western coast. At least 43 others are missing, local media said.Evacuation orders and advisories were issued to 460,000 people in western and central Japan, Kyodo News agency reported.


    Katia regains hurricane status far off in Atlantic

    MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Katia has regained hurricane status in the open Atlantic.Hurricane specialist Robbie Berg said Sunday that Katia has cycled on and off between tropical storm and hurricane status. He says the storm strengthened recently and now has maximum sustained winds of about 75 mph (121 kph), the lowest-level Category 1 storm.


    Wave of deaths, arrests as ICRC visits Syria

    BEIRUT — Syria saw a wave of violence and arrests Sunday as the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross visited Damascus to address issues including caring for the wounded and access to detainees during the government’s crackdown on a 5-month-old uprising.


    Fountain in Rome’s Piazza Navona vandalized

    ROME — Italian police say a man has vandalized a fountain in the city’s famed Piazza Navona, detaching two big chunks off a marble statue.The damaged statue was a 19th-century copy. A Rome culture official, Umberto Broccoli, said the pieces were recovered and can be reattached to the Moor Fountain.


    Aussie bodyboarder dies after shark bites off legs

    SYDNEY — A shark bit the legs off a bodyboarder at a popular surfing spot in western Australia on Sunday, killing the man, police said. Authorities were searching for the shark as well as the man’s missing limbs.The man in his early 20s was bodyboarding with five friends when the shark attacked, a police spokesman said.

    Ria Ramkissoon is rebuilding her life after following a cult leader who ordered her not to feed her toddler son, who eventually died of starvation and was discovered more than a year later by investigators. Now living and working at the treatment center, Ramkissoon freely uses the word “crazy” to describe her actions, which were set in motion by her desire to provide a better home for her son.

    AP Exclusive: Slain boy’s mom breaks silence about cult

    Ria Ramkissoon is rebuilding her life after following a cult leader who ordered her not to feed her toddler son, who eventually died of starvation and was discovered more than a year later by investigators. Now living and working at the treatment center, Ramkissoon freely uses the word “crazy” to describe her actions, which were set in motion by her desire to provide a better home for her son.

    El Nino is to be blamed for the drought and wildfires hitting Texas right now. And a new study say you can also blame it for some cases of civil unrest.

    Study finds link between El Nino, civil unrest

    El Nino weather conditions cause torrential downpours, wildfires and crop-killing droughts in the United States, but a study theorizes that this hot-climate cycle can contribute to far deadlier outcomes in parts of the developing world.

    Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, is viewed more as a mild-mannered technocrat than a charismatic visionary.

    Analysis: New Japan premier must unify party

    Like his five predecessors, Japan’s new prime minister is unlikely to last much more than a year unless he can unify his divided party and persuade the opposition to help solve the country’s myriad problems.

    In this Wednesday, June 8, 2011 photo, portraits of ancient physicists and mathematicians hang on a wall in a school in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine, some 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities.

    Images: Japanese and Ukrainian Radioactive Towns
    Associated Press photographer Sergey Ponomarev documented life inside the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 2006 and June 2011. Last April, as the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl approached, he was on assignment in quake-stricken Japan, and photographed life in the city of Futaba, in the evacuated zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.Chernobyl and...

    A close up of a model of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at the local history museum in Futaba, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Chernobyl and Fukushima are some 5,000 miles apart but have much in common. The towns nearest to each of these stricken nuclear power stations, in Ukraine and Japan, whose disasters struck 25 years apart, already reveal eerie similarities.

    Photos tell the story of two nuclear ghost towns

    Associated Press photographer Sergey Ponomarev documented life inside the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in April 2006 and June 2011. Last April, as the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl approached, he was on assignment in quake-stricken Japan, and photographed life in the city of Futaba, in the evacuated zone around the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

    This image published in 1913 in The American Magazine shows a “map” of those with “hereditary defects” in Alma, Wis.

    Wisconsin river town was focus for eugenics campaign

    Alma could be any Wisconsin river town. But for a brief while in the early 1900s, Alma became notorious as the centerpiece for the misguided and now-discredited campaign to better society through eugenics, or the improvement of the human race by encouraging so-called desirable genetic traits.

    Seventy-eight mussels from nine species were found by a survey group in the Kilbuck Creek near Sycamore, Ill. The group was documenting the presence of mussels in Illinois creeks, rivers and waterways.

    Mussel health a clue to river health

    Mussels are often called the livers of rivers because they filter out toxins and chemicals from the water. Their presence also offers clues about aquatic biological diversity.

    Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will perform 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Forest View Education Center Theater, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, in Arlington Heights.

    Maxwell Street Klezmer Band to perform in Arlington Heights

    The Northwest Suburban Community Concert Association, in partnership with District 214 Community Education, announced its opening concert of the 2011-2012 Season will feature the local, ever popular, Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.

    Grayslake Lions Club members and friends will be serving the club’s 48th annual Steer Roast dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Grayslake Middle School, 440 N. Barron Blvd., between Washington and Center streets, Grayslake.

    Grayslake Lions Club to host its Steer Roast

    Grayslake Lions Club members and friends will be serving the club's 48th annual Steer Roast dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Grayslake Middle School, 440 N. Barron Blvd. (Route 83) between Washington and Center streets, Grayslake.


    Be creative when finding toys for your cat
    Our felines always want to play, and play with things they aren't supposed to. Here are some ideas how you can keep your cats active and safe, too.


    Most U.S .Muslims feel targeted by terror policies

    WASHINGTON — More than half of Muslim-Americans in a new poll say that government anti-terrorism policies single them out for increased surveillance and monitoring, and many report increased cases of name-calling, threats and harassment by airport security, law enforcement officers and others.

    Mike Love, left, and Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys will remind you of summer when they perform this October at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall.

    North Central College to welcome The Beach Boys

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Beach Boys will rock North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall with the sounds of summer during two performances on Oct. 15 and 16.

    Relaxing with a reclining Buddha she brought home from one of her many adventures, Ginger Blossom has turned her Gauger family farm in Richmond into the Ginger Blossom import business that sells fair-trade products from around the globe.

    Richmond woman's import business brings peace to infamous farm

    Running her successful and unique business from the McHenry County farmhouse where she grew up, Ginger Blossom discovered her new career as an importer when she was a ski instructor in Argentina and the economy collapsed.


    ACT scores
    Average ACT scores for Northwest suburban high schools


    Most Northwest suburban schools improve on ACT

    While schools in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 set an overall district record for ACT scores in the class of 2011, administrators at Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 saw composite scores drop in three of their five schools.

    Metea Valley High School Athletic Director Tom Schweer says the days of rushing an athlete who has “had his bell run” back on the playing field are long gone.

    Aurora school exemplifies concern about concussions

    Perhaps Metea Valley High School in Aurora is a microcosm for what’s going on in pro football, and now, high schools throughout Illinois. Even cheerleaders are required to take a cognitive test aimed at rooting out whether they're ready to return to action after a concussion.


    Carpentersville trustees to get iPads?

    Those hefty paper village board packets Carpentersville trustees receive twice a month for village business soon could become a thing of the past. On Tuesday, trustees will consider whether to buy eight iPads that they and Village Clerk Terri Wilde would use to view electronic board packets.

    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez traded tinkering stories with fellow classic car buffs Saturday at his annual car and motorcycle show for charity. Perez is the proud owner of a yellow Ford Torino.

    Kane Co. sheriff’s car show supports Special Olympics

    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez raised about $6,000 for Illinois Special Olympics with his annual classic car and motorcycle show in Elburn.

    The College of Lake County has suggested this farm field north of Center Street and west of Route 45 in Grayslake for a local food learning center. It’s owned by the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

    Lake County could become home to food learning center

    The College of Lake County and others are exploring the possibility of establishing a local food learning center in Grayslake as a multidimensional operation to teach, produce food and provide opportunities to enterpreneurs.


    The Fever’s Tamika Catchings, left, battles the Sky’s Sylvia Fowles for a rebound in the third quarter Sunday at the Allstate Arena.

    Chicago Sky can’t fight off Indiana Fever

    Sunday wasn't a good day for the Sky. Before tip-off against the visiting Indiana Fever, Sky players and coaches learned that the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference was going to Atlanta. If that weren't enough the Sky lost to the Fever 88-80.

    Dayne Crist makes a throw under pressure during the first half Saturday in South Bend, Ind. Crist completed just 7 of 15 passes and threw an interception in the end zone during Notre Dame’s 23-20 loss to South Florida.

    Kelly trying to figure out who Notre Dame QB will be vs. Michigan

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and his coaching staff were sorting through tape Sunday, trying to figure out if it’s time to make a permanent QB switch after one week.

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase is surrounded by Arkansas State defensivemen as he runs out of the pocket during the first half Saturday.

    Illinois’ offensive line far from perfect

    Illinois rolled up 33 points and 473 total yards in its opening-day victory over Arkansas State, but the offensive line and the coaches believe it wasn't a particularly great efffort.


    NASCAR race postponed until Tuesday

    NASCAR postponed its Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night because of heavy rain. The AdvoCare 500 will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

    Sean Marshall, left, celebrates with Carlos Pena after the Cubs defeated the Pirates on Sunday. It was Marshall’s fourth save of the season.

    Wells says 2010 ‘was just a tough year’

    Cubs pitcher Randy Wells improved his winning streak to a career-best five games Sunday in a 6-3 win over the Pirates. Wells says he's been no different from his breakout 2009 season through a tough 2010 to now.

    Starlin Castro makes a play on a grounder against the Giants on Aug. 30, 2011. Castro is a big feather in the cap of Cubs farm director Oneri Fleita, who was given a four-year extension last week.

    Cubs shouldn’t feel embarrassed about signing Fleita

    The Cubs haven't exactly trumpeted the fact that they've extended the contract of farm director Oneri Fleita by four years. They don't have a GM in place, but Fleita's presence will affect the organization for years to come.

    Dane Sanzenbacher has heard all kinds of variations when it comes to people attemtping to pronounce his last name.

    Bears WR Sanzenbacher not a no-name anymore

    It's time to learn how to pronounce Dane Sanzenbacher's last name, since the undrafted free agent wide receiver from Ohio State is officially a Bear.


    New Bear Brandon Meriweather has 12 interceptions in last 3 seasons

    The Bears added two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather to thier roster after he was cut by the Patriotei


    Bottom line: Can Meriweather play?

    The Bears were happy to acquire safety Brandon Meriweather on Sunday, but the Patriots were just as happy to be rid of them. It will be interesting to see which team is happier by the end of the season.

    A vendor sells Old Style beer to a fan during a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Pabst Brewing Company is thinking about pulling Old Style from Wrigley after 61 years.

    Cubs fans worry about losing — Old Style beer

    Last call for Old Style at Wrigley Field? Pabst Brewing Co. might pull this workingman’s brew that is as much part of the lore at the home of the Chicago Cubs as bricks, ivy and the billy goat curse blamed for the team’s long championship drought.

    Matthew Marston of Glen Ellyn on the run during the Willowbrook at Glenbard West Football game Saturday.

    Images: Glenbard West at Willowbrook football
    Willowbrook plays Glenbard West in high school football action Saturday.

    Naperville Central QB Ian Lewandowski of Naperville fires downfield during the Redhawks’ 28-14 victory over Neuqua Valley on Friday.

    Momentum flips Naperville Central’s way

    Naperville Central's decision not to defer after winning the coin flip against Neuqua Valley has the Redhawks at 1-1 heading into DuPage Valley Conference play. Likewise, there was good Week 2 news for Antioch, Fremd, Geneva and Streamwood.


    It’s an awful feeling when you open your suitcase after a long flight and notice that something’s missing. But it doesn’t have to happen to you. If you have to check your bag, you might try using a cheap bag because thieves assume there’s little of value in it.

    Protect your luggage from being pilfered

    It’s an awful feeling when you open your suitcase after a long flight and notice that something’s missing. But it doesn’t have to happen to you. One tip is that you should use a cheap bag because thieves assume there’s little of value in it.


    Living on fringe become common for some

    For millions the recession has become permanent, no longer a crisis to endure so much as a reality to accept. The average length of time a person is unemployed rose to 40.4 weeks last month.

    Warren Buffett, the self-made billionaire and son of a former Republican congressman, has widened the rift with his father’s party by pressing for tax increases on the wealthy and reinforcing ties with President Barack Obama.

    Buffett widens rift with GOP by faulting Tea Party

    Warren Buffett, the self-made billionaire and son of a former Republican congressman, has widened the rift with his father’s party by pressing for tax increases on the wealthy and reinforcing ties with President Barack Obama.

    Larry Buckley leaves a Dollar Tree store in Batavia, N.Y. Last month, Dollar Tree Stores Inc. reported a 22 percent jump in quarterly earnings.

    Discount retail stocks offer safety in down market

    Top fund manager Chuck Akre sees lasting value in the stocks of three discount retailers, each with a gain more than 20 percent this year. Periods of economic stress play to the strengths of stores that cater to shoppers looking to curb spending.

    Learning partners at work provide a formal relationship structure to help individuals practice new skills, stay motivated, remain focused on specific goals and persist when the going gets rough.

    Getting candid feedback is key for professional growth

    Who among your peers or colleagues can help you recognize your sharp edges or annoying habits and attain a higher level of self-awareness and career success? Here are some of the attributes of such a "learning partner."

    UnCollege’s Dale Stephens says that “there are over 19 million college students in the United States, each graduating with an average of $24,000 in debt.”

    UnCollege: The advantages of creating your own education

    UnCollege is a social movement that challenges the conventional wisdom that a college education is the surest path to success.

    Associated Press Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin surveys the damage to Jon Graham’s house on Wednesday in Rochester. Graham’s house was destroyed by waters from Hurricane Irene.

    What to expect when you file a homeowner’s claim

    To file a claim, you’ll need to explain what sort of damage your house sustained. If it is safe to do so, walk around and through the house and make a list of all visible signs of damage, and any affected contents. Pictures are helpful for illustrating the extent of the damage, especially if they can be compared with “before” photos.

    A house rests in mud after it was destroyed by Hurricane Irene last weekend in Pittsfield, Vt. Many homeowners who suffered damage from Tropical Storm Irene will have to hire a contractor to help them make repairs and clean their homes. They’re a vulnerable group and easy prey for scam artists.

    Rebuilding after a disaster? Watch for contractor scams

    Be aware that disasters often attract unscrupulous contractors who will prey on those trying to put their lives back together. One common scheme is for scam artists to ask for an upfront payment and never show up to do the work. Here are some tips to avoid getting burned.

Life & Entertainment

    Country music singer Carrie Underwood returns to the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

    Weekend picks: A little country, a little rock 'n' roll

    Country singer Carrie Underwood is playing Ravinia Sunday night, but don't miss Elvis Presley impersonator Rick “Elvis” Saucedo as he rocks the band shell at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.


    The Sensible Home: How to update bathroom lighting

    Q. The existing lighting in our bathrooms is not adequate. I am going to remodel the master and the children’s bathrooms myself. What type of efficient lighting do you recommend for both bathroom projects?


    Doug McAllister/Under the Hood: Mildew can grow in A/C system

    Q. The ventilation system on my G35 smells like a musty basement when I start the car and occasionally smells when the air conditioning is on. Under the Hood columnist Doug McAllister answers car repair questions.

    A new shower door can change the look of your bathroom — and protect its floor.

    Ask the plumber: Shower doors can save bathroom floors

    Q. I presently use a shower curtain and my floors end up wet, especially after my children use the tub and shower. After my upcoming remodel, I want to protect my new bathroom floor. Can you give me some basic information on choosing a shower door for the new multipiece unit?

    Kim Hildreth, left, holds a package of home drug tests she ships to customers as she talks about her own home drug test experience with her daughter Linzy Hildreth, 25, at their home-based office in Farmers Branch, Texas. Kim Hildreth conducted home drug tests on her two daughters when they were teens and now sells the testing kits online with her daughters marketing the tests.

    Parental dilemma: Whether to spy on their kids

    In the 21st century, parenthood and paranoia often walk hand in hand. There's a diverse, multi-billion-dollar industry seeking to capitalize on parents' worst fears about their children.

    Update an old lamp by simply covering the shade with a DIY design. Colored burlap embellished with a felt design is attached to the lamp’s existing shade with spray adhesive.

    How to update your furniture and flea market finds

    For many homeowners, autumn brings the itch for change but not the money to do much about it. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with Aunt Edna’s floral couch another year.

    Matthew Meche, left, Dana Zolli and Noga Pnueli compare notes in one of the galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a “Murder at the Met” scavenger hunt.

    Plot thickens in museum scavenger hunts

    A murder-mystery scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is one of a series of interactive games offered at 27 U.S. museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago.


    Booze on planes fueling some bad behavior

    Some airplane passengers are blaming their bad actions on alcohol. Seriously inebriated passengers have started food fights, broken bottles over flight attendants heads and stormed cockpits.


    Religion news recap: Vatican suit dismissed

    VATICAN CITY — A federal judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit against the Vatican concerning rights to reproduce images from treasures in the Vatican Library.U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf ruled Aug. 24 that the plaintiffs failed to show they couldn’t get a fair hearing in the Vatican courts, where contractual disputes for the images are supposed to be heard. Magi XXI, Inc. of Long Beach, N.Y. sued the Vatican and two other co-defendants in U.S. district court in Brooklyn in 2007, alleging they had breached a 2001 agreement granting Magi access to images from the Vatican Library to market candles, chocolate, wrapping paper and other materials.Mauskopf rejected Magi’s objections to having the case heard by the Vatican, ruling that the company could get an adequate hearing here even though the pope is supreme legislator, executive and judge; appoints the judges who sit on Vatican courts and can overturn court decisions if they’re unjust.“This court shall not presume that the Vatican courts would act in a biased or corrupt manner toward plaintiff because the Vatican state is a defendant,” Mauskopf ruled.Magi chief executive Claire Mahr said she would likely appeal the decision in U.S. courts rather than pursue the case in the Vatican, given it would cost too much to fly Magi’s 50-odd U.S.-based witnesses to Rome and that the amount of damages that could be awarded by the Vatican is paltry. Magi’s suit against the two other defendants is continuing in federal court.The Vatican’s U.S. attorney Jeffrey Lena said Mauskopf’s ruling was appropriate given the contract Magi XXI signed.Ind. vouchers prompt thousands to change schoolsSOUTH BEND, Ind. — Weeks after Indiana began the nation’s broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Roman Catholic institutions that were only recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils. It’s a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them tax dollars that often end up at parochial schools. Opponents say the practice violates the separation of church and state. “The bottom line from our perspective is, when you cut through all the chaff, nobody can deny that public money is going to be taken from public schools, and they’re going to end up in private, mostly religious schools,” said Nate Schnellenberger, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association. Attorneys for the state say the voucher system is legal because the state isn’t directly funding parochial schools. Instead, it gives scholarship vouchers to parents, who then choose a school. Under a law signed in May by Gov. Mitch Daniels, more than 3,200 Indiana students are receiving vouchers to attend private schools. That number is expected to climb significantly in the next two years as awareness of the program increases and limits on the number of applicants are lifted. Turkey to return properties confiscated from Christian, Jewish minoritiesANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s government is returning hundreds of properties confiscated from the country’s Christian and Jewish minorities over the past 75 years in a gesture to religious groups who complain of discrimination.The move is also likely to thwart possible court rulings against the country.A government decree published last Saturday returns assets that once belonged to Greek, Armenian or Jewish trusts and makes provisions for the government to pay compensation for any confiscated property that has since been sold on.

    Cardinal Edward Egan, 79, who had been appointed New York’s Roman Catholic archbishop the year before 9/11 and now retired, recalled his role in the aftermath of the attacks. “What I was asked to do was keep walking everywhere. Keep praying,” Egan said.

    On 9/11, cardinal consoles a city

    Cardinal Edward Egan was eating breakfast when then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani called to say there was a tragedy and the churchman was needed. A police car would soon be outside the chancery to take the leader of New York’s Roman Catholics downtown. The day was Sept. 11, 2001.

    The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin's theories of evolution and natural selection after he landed there in 1835 on the HMS Beagle.

    Discovering the world of the Galapagos

    The remote Galápagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin's theories of evolution and natural selection, draw an estimated 100,000 visitors a year eager for a glimpse of the unique creatures and flora that Darwin called “a little world within itself.”


    Art in the garden: Overwinter container favorites indoors

    If you took the time to create fabulous container gardens last spring, fall’s cooler temperatures probably cause you mixed emotions. While you may have grown tired of the routine watering, pinching and grooming required by container gardens, it is hard to say good-bye to the plants you’ve fussed over the last several months.

    Old World Wisconsin will host “Saturdays in September” featuring a variety of activities including cow milking.

    On the road: Renegade Craft Fair

    Summer’s abundance brings the harvest, change of seasons and “Saturdays in September” at Old World Wisconsin starting Sept. 10. The fun includes making cheese 19th-century style, milking cows and taking horse-drawn omnibus rides.

    Bee balm is a plant susceptible to powerdy mildew. If the powder appears, consider moving the plant to an area with better circulation.

    September in the garden: Make notes on the changes you’d like in your garden next year

    Now is the time to document any changes you have thought about making to your garden as you watched the season go by. It is easy to forget these observations over late fall and winter. Good garden notes will make you more efficient and your garden better looking.


    Treasures in your attic: Hard to tell from photo, but tankard could be quite valuable

    Q. This tankard or stein has been in the family for more than 60 years. On the body there are the initials “AD” and the number 1514. Please let us know what you can about this piece and how much it is worth.


    Wisdom from those that have been there, done that

    If you really want every year to be “a gift of extraordinary value,” try meeting your responsibilities to others, even at the expense of your own convenience. On my deathbed, I will reflect on a life that was not glamorous and exotic, but I will be surrounded by a loving family, knowing I have done my best to raise decent, loving human beings.



    Stephens family nepotism thrives in Rosemont

    A Daily Herald editorial challenges nepotism practices in Rosemont, where relatives of Mayor Bradley Stephens and five other elected officials rake in $2 million from the village payroll.


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