Daily Archive : Saturday October 1, 2011


    Pranav Koshiya of Hanover Park dons the pharmacist’s white coat with assistance from Roosevelt faculty adviser Ravikiran Panakanti, an assistant professor of pharmaceutics.

    Roosevelt University welcomes first pharmacy class

    Sixty-six students — members of the inaugural class at Roosevelt University’s new College of Pharmacy — donned white coats and took the American Pharmacists Association’s official oath at the college’s first White Coat Ceremony last month. A time-honored tradition in the pharmacy profession, the White Coat Ceremony formally marks one’s entry into the field of...

    Glenn Beck speaks during dinner at TeaCon 2011, the tea party convention in Schaumburg Saturday.

    Beck rouses crowd at tea party convention in Schaumburg

    Media commentator and lightning rod Glenn Beck delivered a sermon of love and service Saturday night at the Midwest tea party convention, with attacks on President Obama and liberals tucked inside. “American people are good,” said Beck. “That’s why America will be great again. I sense a hunger in America, a hunger for any reason to come together and be good together again.”

    The motion picture “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is shown Saturday night at Wrigley Field in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the film in Chicago.

    ‘Bueller’ sets record at Wrigley Field

    Ferris Bueller has returned to Wrigley Field, though this time he didn’t have to cut class. And he helped set a world record. The 1986 film was screened Saturday night to mark the film’s 25th anniversary and more than 900 viewers sang “Danke Schoen” before the screening.

    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks Sept. 24 in Florida.

    Cain gets 77% of straw poll votes at TeaCon in Schaumburg

    Herman Cain was the decisive winner in a straw poll at TeaCon 2011 Saturday in Schaumburg, picking up 77 percent of the vote. “I like that he's a businessman. He doesn't come off as a politician,” said Wauconda independent Glen Rowe, one of those wowed by Cain's speech, which drew a rousing response.


    Police say no foul play in Hoffman Estates infant death

    Hoffman Estates police said Friday that foul play is not suspected in the death of a 3-month-old girl who was found unresponsive in her home early Wednesday. On Thursday, an autopsy was inconclusive, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

    Glenn Beck speaks during dinner at TeaCon, the Tea party Convention in Schaumburg Saturday.

    Images: The Midwest Tea Party Convention in Schaumburg
    The Midwest Tea Party convention, know as TeaCon 2011, took place Saturday at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. Joe Walsh and Glenn Beck were the featured speakers.


    Assault arrest is Northbrook man’s 65th, police say

    A Northbrook area man, who police say has been arrested 65 times in the last decade, is being held on $300,000 bond after he was charged with beating and choking a woman, holding a knife to her throat, and spitting on and threatening to kill her children, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Saturday.

    Suzi Schmidt

    Lake GOP leader says it’s premature to talk about replacing Schmidt in Senate

    With questions swirling about state Sen. Suzi Schmidt’s political future, Lake County’s Republican Party leader on Friday denied a list of potential successors has been compiled. “It would not be right to start doing that before Suzi even had a chance to make a decision,” local GOP Chairman Bob Cook said.

    Aaron Bassler, 35, is suspected of killing a city councilman on Aug. 27 and one other person several weeks before. Police say a massive manhunt ended Saturday when the man was killed by a sheriff’s deputy.

    Manhunt ends with fugitive’s death

    A man suspected in the fatal shootings of a Fort Bragg councilman and a county land trust official was shot and killed Saturday after a massive manhunt in the redwood forests of Northern California.

    The flea-sized ants are called crazy because each ant in the horde seems to scramble randomly, moving so fast that videos look as if they’re on fast-forward. They’re called hairy because of dense fuzz that, to the naked eye, make them look less glossy than their larger, slower cousins.

    Hairy, crazy ants on the move

    They’re on the move in Florida, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. In Texas, they’ve invaded homes and industrial complexes, urban areas and rural areas.


    U.S. issues travel aler

    The Obama administration says the killing of a U.S.-born cleric in Yemen has raised the risk of anti-American violence worldwide.

    Bob Dold

    Dold faces tough questions at Wheeling town hall meeting

    While some of his Republican colleagues were at TeaCon 2011, U.S. Rep. Bob Dold spent Saturday morning in a spirited-debate at a town-hall meeting in Wheeling.


    TeaCon organizer skips Schaumburg event after arrest revealed

    One of the key organizers of TeaCon 2011 in Schaumburg skipped the event Saturday after a political gossip website reported he was arrested more than a year ago in Chicago on charges of soliciting a prostitute. Steve Stevlic, director of the Chicago Tea Party Patriots, released a statement saying the charges were dropped.

    NBA players continued to meet past the six-hour mark Saturday, with a union executive offering some optimism about the process

    No NBA deal after day of salary cap talks

    NEW YORK — NBA owners and players failed to reach a new labor deal after about seven hours of talks Saturday, mostly about the salary cap structure.The sides will meet again Monday, though time is getting short to save the start of the regular season, scheduled to begin on Nov. 1.

    Twelve-year-old Casey Larson of the Norge Ski Club launches himself Saturday during the trial runs of the U.S. National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships at Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove.

    Olympic hopefuls take flight at Norge Ski Club

    Clear blue skies and sun made it a good day to fly Saturday at the U.S. National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships at the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove.


    Moo & Oink stores close

    The Chicago Sun-Times reports that all four Moo & Oink stores closed Friday after a judge placed the company in Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The stores located primarily on Chicago's South and West sides employed 200 people.

    A line of people wait outside the Jonesville Baptist Church before the funeral of Troy Davis in Savannah, Ga on Saturday. Over a thousand people mourned the death row inmate’s execution at his funeral Saturday,

    Over a thousand people mourn executed inmate at funeral

    Sent to death row 20 years ago as a convicted cop killer, Troy Davis was celebrated as “martyr and foot soldier” Saturday by more than 1,000 people who packed the pews at his funeral and pledged to keep fighting the death penalty.


    Illinois charters school panel gets 9 members

    The Illinois State Board of Education has approved nine members of the newly created State Charter School Commission.

    Two men and their ultra-light plane hang from a Ferris wheel while two children sit in a carriage near the top of the ride at a country festival Saturday at Old Bar, Australia. The four people were trapped in the tangled wreckage for hours after the plane crashed into the ride.

    Plane hits Ferris wheel in Australia; no injuries

    An ultra-light plane crashed into a Ferris wheel at a rural festival in eastern Australia on Saturday, trapping two children on the ride and two adults in the aircraft for hours. There were no serious injuries.


    5K run/walk in Palatine to benefit cancer patients

    The public is invited to join Arlington Resources and Casey Accounting and Finance for a 5K run/walk on Oct. 15 to raise money for the Northwest Community Hospital Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. The fund provides short-term emergency aid to patients being treated for cancer.

    Kevin Briody performs live at the Sing! competition at Deer Park Town Center.

    Voting closes Oct. 5 for Sing! finalists

    Six finalists remain -- three groups and three soloists -- in Sing!, a national vocal competition hosted regionally by the Deer Park Town Center. Go online to hear the finalists and then vote -- often! Voting closes Wednesday, Oct. 5, so get cracking.

    Family and Consumer Science Teachers, Sheila Saccomanno, left, Kristie Welke, Courtney Young, Christi Parsons, Jennifer Mertins, Erin Fasse and Katie Fedota.

    Fremd dances to music of the last 50 years

    As part of a yearlong 50th birthday celebration at Fremd High School, the school held a retro fashion and music flashback party during September, where students and staff dressed up in attire representative of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and listened to popular music between classes and in the cafeteria. “I was absolutely amazed at the number of students who were familiar with the pop hits from...

    This is believed to be a photo of Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a Saudi militant the U.S. military says was killed in the U.S. drone strike in Yemen. Officials say he’s the terrorist who constructed the bombs for the al-Qaida branch’s most notorious attempted attacks.

    Underwear-bomb maker believed killed in Yemen strike

    The 29-year-old al-Asiri was one of the first Saudis to join the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch and became its key bombmaker, designing the explosives in two attempted attacks against the United States.


    Mormon church announces plans for new temples

    The church will also reconstruct as a temple an historic tabernacle in Provo, Utah, which was destroyed in a fire in December.


    Online gaming machines may expose Indiana loophole

    New electronic machines that allow players to make bets are raising concerns about a possible loophole in Indiana's gambling laws. The so-called “sweepstakes machines” allow users to buy Internet time and connect to online games like video poker and slots and place bets. Beth White, owner of Wrigley Field Bar and Grill in Fort Wayne, said the games are legal, unlike the slot-like...


    Frenchwoman kidnapped on Kenyan coast

    An elderly and disabled French woman was kidnapped from a private house on the northern coast of Kenya early Saturday morning, said Andrew Mwangura, a hostage negotiator for the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program. “It's believed a group of people came into the house in the middle of the night, people heard gunshots and then she disappeared,” Mwangura said by phone from the...


    Lincoln Library gives Lech Walesa leadership prize

    Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation say they've chosen former Polish President Lech Walesa as the winner of the Lincoln Leadership Prize. Walesa will accept the award Feb. 9 in Chicago. Foundation CEO Carla Knorowski says the award recognizes people whose “lives and actions exemplify Lincoln's legacy of leadership.”

    The nine justices of the Supreme Court, who serve without seeking election, soon will have to decide whether to insert themselves into the center of the nation's presidential campaign next year. The high court begins its new term Monday, and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, which affects almost every American, is squarely in its sights.

    Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term

    The nine justices of the Supreme Court, who serve without seeking election, soon will have to decide whether to insert themselves into the center of the presidential campaign next year.

    U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, the top U.S. Commander for Africa, told The Associated Press the military mission in Libya is largely complete and NATO's involvement could begin to wrap up as soon as next week, when allied leaders meet in Brussels. He said U.S. intelligence and surveillance assets, such as drones, will likely stay in the region for some time once the NATO mission ends.

    US general sees end to Libya mission

    The military mission in Libya is largely complete and NATO's involvement could begin to wrap up as soon as next week after allied leaders meet in Brussels, according to the top U.S. commander for Africa.


    No change seen from Obama on gay marriage for now

    President Barack Obama has said his stand on gay marriage is "evolving," but don't look for any change when he addresses a leading gay rights group.


    Woman dies in fire near Indiana U. campus

    A coroner says a 19-year-old woman has died in a fire at an apartment complex near the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.


    Iconic Chicago meat store closes after 150 years

    An iconic Chicago meat store is in bankruptcy and has shut its doors after 150 years.


    Ferris Bueller returns to Wrigley Field

    Ferris Bueller is returning to Wrigley Field, though this time he won't have to cut school to make it. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," a 1986 film about three truant teens' adventures around Chicago, is being screened Saturday night at Wrigley Field.

    Former Batavia resident Robert Marincic is on a 2,500-mile bike trip from California to Florida to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. He's pictured before leaving San Diego on Sept. 21.

    Former Batavia resident wants to bike 2,500 miles for a good cause

    Robert Marincic, 61, formerly of Batavia, is on a 2,500-mile journey on his bike from California to Florida to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The death of his cousin and biking buddy, John Prazen, inspired him to tackle the trip, Marincic said.

    Lisle’s village hall was built with green practices in mind, including landscaping with native plants and reusing office furniture. Such efforts have earned the village several honors for being environmentally friendly.

    Lisle earns Earth Flag with ongoing efforts, new initiatives

    There is a new flag flying over Lisle Village Hall - a pristine planet Earth centered on a blue field representing the universe. The village earned the Earth Flag in recognition of its community-wide recycling, sustainability and environmental projects and practices.


    Man flees Libertyville accident, hides in house

    Libertyville police said they are investigating why a man barricaded himself in a home after fleeing from a hit-and-run accident. A negotiating team was brought in as police feared he might have a gun.

    Pakistani protesters burn a representation of the U. S. flag and an effigy of U. S. Adm. Mike Mullen during an anti-American rally Thursday in Multan, Pakistan.

    In Pakistan, many blame U.S. for surge in violence

    If Pakistan had never allied with the United States, Muhammad Irfan Malik surmises, suicide bombings such as the one that killed his daughter might never have occurred. “The government is siding with the United States,” Malik said, his eyes damp. “The people are not.”

    Russian President Vladimir Putin pats President George W. Bush on the back in Crawford, Texas in this Nov. 15, 2001, file photo. But when he moves back to the Kremlin in May, Putin likely will bring a tougher tone to Moscow's engagement with the Obama administration.

    Putin expected to set tougher tone on U.S. relations

    Vladimir Putin, the former and next president of Russia, has long had a sharp-tongued prickliness about the United States. “Hooligan,” he snapped at one time. “Parasite” was his most recent description. When Putin, currently Russia's prime minister, makes the very short trip back to the Kremlin next May from his current digs, he will likely bring a tougher tone to Moscow's...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a lock and wallet from a locker in a men’s locker room at Xsport Fitness in Arlington Heights on Sept. 28, then later that day broke into a car in the lot and stole a purse. They also took a purse from a chair inside the front door at Vik Nail Salon that evening while the female victim was getting her nails done. A police dog tracked the offender for a ways, but officers did not...

    Caption for picture: Treasures of all kinds can be found at the Annual Barrington United Methodist Church Rummage Sale. Submitted by: Linda Osikowicz,

    Your news Treasure hunt at Barrington United Methodist Church rummage sale

    One never knows what treasures will be found at the annual Barrington United Methodist Church Rummage Sale! The sale will take place from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Rd., Barrington.

    Actress and author Carrie Fisher brings her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking” to Chicago starting Tuesday, Oct. 4.

    Fisher lays it on the line in ‘Wishful Drinking’

    Carrie Fisher's one-woman show "Wishful Drinking" comes to Chicago's Bank of America Theater for a two-week engagement. Dann Gire talks the erstwhile Princess Leia about the appeal of telling it like it is.

    Suzi Schmidt

    Lake GOP leader says it’s premature to talk about replacing Schmidt in Senate

    With questions swirling about state Sen. Suzi Schmidt’s political future, Lake County’s Republican Party leader on Friday denied a list of potential successors has been compiled. “It would not be right to start doing that before Suzi even had a chance to make a decision,” local GOP Chairman Bob Cook said.

    Vladimir Putin, an officer in the Soviet-era KGB who says economic-policy makers must avoid liberal “experiments,” could struggle to combat challenges that threaten Russia’s long-term growth prospects.

    Putin must overhaul economy or risk Brezhnev-era stagnation

    Vladimir Putin must overhaul Russia’s public finances and wean the economy from its dependence on oil while staving off social discontent. If he doesn’t, his return to the presidency, which may overtake Leonid Brezhnev’s 18-year rule, risks an era of stagnation.

    A worker in the 12-mile exclusion zone around Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station undergoes a screening test for possible radiation in Minami Soma City. Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami rocked the eastern seaboard of Japan and caused the reactor meltdowns, the government has maintained an exclusion zone around the plant, with only workers being allowed inside.

    Fukushima desolation worst since Nagasaki
    What’s emerging in Japan six months since the nuclear meltdown at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant is a radioactive zone bigger than that left by the 1945 atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While nature reclaims the 12-mile no-go zone, Fukushima’s $3.2 billion-a-year farming industry is being devastated, and tourists that hiked the prefecture’s mountains and surfed off its beaches have...

    The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life will present a one-person performance of the popular memoir “The Glass Castle” Saturday, Oct. 1, at Elgin Community College.

    See play ‘Glass Castle’ brought to life at ECC

    The astonishing story of a young woman’s childhood growing up in a dysfunctional, yet uniquely vibrant family is depicted in The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life stage presentation of “The Glass Castle” at Elgin Community College on Saturday, Oct. 1.


    Deaths blamed on winds in Wisconsin

    Powerful winds that knocked out power across Wisconsin were blamed Friday for possibly one death and forced the closure of a county’s state parks because of toppled trees and power lines.


    Rescuers find bodies in Indonesian plane crash

    Rescuers say they have found the bodies of 18 people who were aboard a plane that crashed in the mountains of western Indonesia.



    Oduro scores Fire’s lone goal in 1-1 draw

    HOUSTON — The Chicago Fire’s Dominic Oduro scored against his former team to lift the Fire into a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.Colin Clark scored for Houston (10-9-13, 43 points), which extended its unbeaten streak to three games, but missed an opportunity to reclaim first place in the Eastern Conference. The Fire (7-8-16, 37 points) extended its unbeaten streak to four games, but also failed to pick up ground in the playoff race. With three games left, the Fire is seventh in the Eastern Conference and 2 points behind New York for the final playoff spot.After Clark made it 1-0 in the 33rd minute, Oduro tied it up in the 43rd minute after taking a pass from Baggio Husidic on the upper right box, getting past Bobby Boswell and nailing a right-footed shot into the lower left net.Bobby Boswell missed a chance to put Houston up in the 13th minute as his header from inside the 6-yard box was saved by goalkeeper Sean Johnson (5 saves).


    Saturday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls volleyball matches, 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 swimming scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls swimming 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 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.


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

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price, rear, pats starting pitcher James Shields on the back during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of baseball's American League division series playoffs, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Bad game by ‘Big Game James’ sinks Rays in Game 2

    Tampa Bay Rays starter James Shields cruised through the first three innings Saturday night, then got himself into all sorts of trouble in the fourth and wound up leaving without getting an out in the sixth. He was tagged for a total of seven runs in an 8-6 loss to the Texas Rangers that evened this AL division series at a game each.

    Hoffman Estates shortstop Kevin Grudzinski has his sights on a bright future on and off the baseball field at Holy Cross.

    Grudzinski recovers to achieve goal

    Back problems and surgery caused Hoffman Estates senior Kevin Grudzinski to have doubts about his baseball future. But now he's healthy and the top-notch player and student has committed to Holy Cross.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Christian Liberty Academy 4, Westminster Christian 3: The Warriors (7-3-1, 3-1) carried a 2-1 lead into halftime, but were unable to secure a victory. Josh Beachler scored 2 goals for the Warriors while Will Woodhouse also added a tally. John Jannick and Robert Kleczynski each recorded an assist. Sam Carani turned away 18 shots on goal.Dundee-Crown 0, McHenry 0: The Chargers (7-7-1) drew a tie in their first game of the day at the McHenry Invite against the host as neither team was able to find the back of the net. Christian Martinez recorded 4 saves in goal for Dundee-Crown.Harlem 3, Dundee-Crown 1: In their second game of the day, the Chargers (7-7-1) came up just short as they fell to Harlem at the McHenry Invite. Ozzy Ramirez scored the Chargers’ lone goal while Javier Fernandez turned away 6 shots on goal.St. Charles North 5, Bartlett 2: The Hawks (6-8-1, 0-2-1) found themselves down 3-0 before scoring 2 goals, but their comeback effort fell short as they were defeated by the North Stars in Upstate Eight crossover action. Charlie Sordini and Anthony DiNuzzo provided the offensive spark as they each recorded a goal and an assist for the Hawks. Cristian Alva stopped 8 shots on goal.Hiawatha-Kirkland 7, Harvest Christian Academy 0: The Lions were unable to get on the board as they fell to Hiawatha-Kirkland on the road. Patrick McGuire recorded 3 saves in the loss.Burlington Central 1, Genoa-Kingston 0: Bryce Warner scored the game-winner on a penalty kick as he led the Rockets (9-4-4) to a victory at home. Riley Jensen preserved the shut out as he recorded 4 saves.Hampshire 4, Huntley 3 (PK’s): The Whip-Purs fell behind 1-0 at halftime, but clawed their way back in as they defeated the Red Raiders via penalty kicks at their own Hampshire Tournament. Ismael Morales scored the first goal for the Whips off an assist from Andrew Obmalay. Obmalay then found the back of the net as he knotted the game at 2-2 to force overtime. Bryan Contreras recorded 15 saves in goal.


    Marian C. tops Jacobs for Hampshire title

    It took three games, but Marian Central was crowned the champion of the Hampshire girls volleyball tournament Saturday, defeating Jacons in the title match. The Hurricanes (17-4) defeated the Golden Eagles 25-22, 18-25, 25-18 to secure the championship.


    Boys soccer / Lake County roundup

    Boys soccerCarmel 5, Joliet Catholic 0: Todd Holup scored twice, and the Corsairs captured the East Suburban Catholic Conference match.Carmel also received goals from Michael Scheer, Christian Avalos and Ian Heinrich. Keeper Steve Sliwa made 3 saves.Waukegan 6, Grant 1: Grant trailed only 1-0 at halftime of the nonconference game, before allowing 5 second-half tallies.Andres Velarde scored for Grant (10-8).


    Stevenson wins own invite

    Stevenson’s girls volleyball team welcomed back Rachel Baader to its lineup, and the veteran hitter helped lead the Patriots to the championship of their own invitational Saturday.Stevenson went 5-0 on the day, defeating Libertyville 25-22, 25-17 for the title, as Baader slammed 10 kills.Baader, Liza Pflugradt and Michelle Schroeder represented Stevenson (21-5) on the all-tournament team.Libertyville (19-6, 4-1) didn’t drop a set in its first four matches, before meeting up with Stevenson. The result was the same as the two teams’ North Suburban Conference Lake Division match last week.Coach Greg Loika said his Wildcats “passed tight, and the offensive flow that had been present all day, disappeared.”Libertyville had won the last two Stevenson invites.“We made a valiant effort in Set 1 after being down 23-18 to push four straight points to force the Stevenson timeout at 23-22,” Loika said. “Nicole Kruckman appeared to have a block in the middle, but the Pats covered it in dramatic fashion and were able to scrap out the big point on a hitting error.”Stevenson bolted to an 11-1 advantage in Set 2.“They just seemed to have our number today,” Loika said. “I thought we actually played better than our first matchup (even though that match went 3). We just need to handle the ball better on our side of the net.“Twice now we’ve passed poorly against them, and it definitely determines our efficiency at the net. We gave away way too many points in the match, and Stevenson really made us work for our points. When we passed well, I felt we had pretty good control of the points.”Libertyville’s Kristen Webb and Kerry Risley were chosen to the all-tourney team.Lake Forest invite: Led by all-tournament selections Heidi Sierks and Tori Lanzillotti, the host Scouts captured the championship with a 25-20, 29-27 win over Carmel Catholic.Lake Forest went 5-0 on the day, while Carmel finished 4-1. The Corsairs placed Taylor Pippen and Megan Mowery on the all-tournament team.Grayslake North (7-17) went 1-4, defeating Deerfield 31-29, 25-15 and also playing well in a 25-14, 25-20 loss to Lake Forest. Katie McGrath had 23 kills, 41 digs, 4 blocks and 3 aces for the Knights. Kayla Huck (68 digs) earned a spot on the all-tourney team for Grayslake North.The Knights had 50 and 60 digs against Lake Forest and Deerfield, respectively. They rang up 214 (42.8 per match) on the day.Vernon Hills (15-10, 3-2) took fifth and was led by all-tournament choice Megan Meline (33 kills, 6 blocks). The Cougars received 29 kills from Shannon Nugent and 25 from Jenn Claussen.


    Oken-Maxson combo helps Naperville North tie for title

    Naperville North tied Hinsdale South for the Naperville North Invitational championship Saturday.


    Lake Park’s Flanagan wins at Wheaton N.

    The girls cross country state finals are more than a month away, but there was a possible sneak preview of the large-school individual title on display Saturday morning in Warrenville. Lake Park junior Kaylee Flanagan and Naperville Central senior Amanda Fox had yet to taste defeat this fall at a major invitational, and the Wheaton North Falcon Classic pitted the two in the marquee event of the seven-flight meet at St. James Farm Forest Preserve. Flanagan, hoping to harness the magic that made her older sister Lindsay one of the most dominant cross country performers in recent memory, captured her sixth major title of the season with her triumph in 16 minutes, 48.2 seconds. Fox was 10 seconds behind as the two state championship contenders were the lone athletes to break 17 minutes at the 3-mile layout.

    Bartlett senior Haley Videckis (22) has made a verbal commitment to Indiana University.

    Bartlett’s Videckis verbals to Indiana

    Bartlett senior Haley Videckis had her pick of schools at which to play college basketball. After visits to three schools on the east coast Videckis chose to stay closer to home. A 6-foot guard/forward with a deadly shooting eye and driving ability as well, Videckis on Saturday made a verbal commitment to Indiana University and sixth-year coach Felisha Legette-Jack.


    Red-hot Prospect reigns in Champaign

    The Class AA girls state tourney kicks off with regional play on Wednesday. State contender Prospect warmed up in splendid fashion on a chilly Saturday in Champaign. The Knights posted a 311 score on the par 74, 5,800-yard University of Illinois Blue Course to easily defeat runner-up New Trier (324) in the 18-team field for the John Macek Memorial tournamant hosted by Champaign Centennial High School.

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, top, pushes through the Northwestern defense to score the game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds Saturday.

    Illinois prevails over Northwestern

    In one of the wildest and most wide-open Illinois-Northwestern games ever, the 24th-ranked Illini score last to come away with a 38-35 triumph in a Big Ten opener at Memorial Stadium.


    Despite 0-3 day, Huntley feeling golden

    It was a mixed bag for area volleyball teams against elite competition at the Asics Challenge at Mother McAuley. Huntley went 0-3 in the Gold Playoffs for eighth place, St. Francis was 2-1 in the Silver for 10th and defending invite champ Cary-Grove 1-2 in the Silver for 12th.

    Hawks center Brandon Pirri scores on Red Wings goalie Ty Conklin in a shootout earlier this preseason.

    Pirri has good shot to make Hawks’ roster

    Rookie center Brandon Pirri has a lot of things going in his favor as he tries to make the Blackhawks' opening night roster.


    South Elgin wins Hampshire tournament

    Time of possession was the key for the South Elgin Storm boys soccer team. The Storm (7-4-4) defeated the Hampshire Whip-Purs 4-2 to win the Hampshire tournament on Saturday. The Storm had the ball in its possession almost the entire game, but still trailed by a goal at halftime. The Storm would eventually adjust to the intense defensive scheme of the Whip-Purs and get the victory.


    St. Viator rallies for first victory

    A big fourth-quarter comeback led St. Viator to its first victory of the season 26-15 over St. Ignatius in a nonconference game at the University of Chicago.

    Bartlett running back James Butler (32) finds a hole during the Hawks’ win at South Elgin Saturday.

    Bartlett enjoys first visit to South Elgin

    If you’ve ever thrown a party in a new home only to have the annoying neighbors come over and wreck everything, you know how South Elgin felt after Bartlett ran roughshod in a 45-10 Upstate Eight Conference victory Saturday. Bartlett, the second team to visit South Elgin’s new football stadium, became the first road team to win at the venue by stuffing the South Elgin running game and capitalizing on Storm turnovers.


    Fremd schools young New Trier

    Fremd's boys soccer team took advantage of an uncharacteristically young New Trier squad on Saturday to claim a 2-0 victory in conference play in Palatine.


    Everything’s falling into place for Naperville N.

    Life is good for the Naperville North boys soccer team. Saturday was a beautiful fall day, it was senior day with a pregame ceremony to honor the team’s senior players, and nonconference foe Downers Grove South was in town to take on the Huskies. A couple of hours later, the day got was better as the Huskies powered up their offense in the second half for 3 unanswered goals and a 3-0 victory to move their record to 15-0-1.


    Warren goes 3-0

    Lauren Chibucos/Avani Patel, state doubles qualifiers a year ago, won all three of their matches – two at No. 1 doubles, one at No. 2 – as Warren went 3-0 in duals in the meet hosted by Warren. The Blue Devils beat St. Charles North, Antioch and Machesney Park Harlem by a combined 17-1 in brisk, sunny Gurnee.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Domico Failla catches a pass during Saturday's game against North Dakota Science.

    Late momentum shift sinks Harper

    It looked like things were starting to turn around for the Harper College football team Saturday afternoon. And turn around they did — but not in a way that favored Harper. North Dakota College of Science earned a come-from-behind 24-21 win over host Harper, the first in the program’s history.Early on, it looked promising for the Hawks (1-4), who drew first blood on the opening kickoff with a 76-yard return from Warren product Greg Kennedy for a touchdown.


    Marstons, Glenbard West pick up another win

    Glenbard West overwhelmed Proviso West on both sides of the ball to keep its undefeated season alive. Quarterback Justice Odom threw for a touchdown and rushed for 73 yards as the Hilltoppers routed its West Suburban Silver foe 51-13 Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn.


    Cent. Michigan holds on to beat N. Illinois 48-41

    Ryan Radcliff threw for 387 yards and four long touchdowns, Paris Cotton added 110 yards and a score on the ground, and Central Michigan escaped with a wild 48-41 victory Saturday over Northern Illinois.

    Ryan Howard’s big homer helped the Philedelphia Phillies overcome a shaky start by pitcher Roy Halladay and take Game 1 of the NLDS as they topped the St. Louis Cardinals 11-6.

    Howard’s homer backs Halladay, Phils take Game 1

    Ryan Howard didn’t go down looking in a clutch spot this time, and Roy Halladay overcame a shaky start to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-6 Saturday night in the opener of their NL division series.

    Marmion’s Dan Wedge and Wheaton Academy’s Nate Martinez chase after a fumbled pass in the second quarter on Saturday, October 1.

    Marmion mows down Wheaton Academy

    Marmion moved a step closer to another state football playoff berth with a 24-6 Suburban Christian Blue victory over Wheaton Academy during Saturday’s homecoming clash in Aurora.

    Wide receiver Roy Williams talks with Bears head coach Lovie Smith the day after joining the team in late July.

    No Cutler-Williams connection so far for Bears

    In his third year as the Bears' quarterback, Jay Cutler hasn't yet had the luxury of a go-to receiver. Free agent Roy Williams was advertised as that type of player when he was signed in the off-season, but the two have yet to develop any kind of chemistry.


    Addison Trail reaches first goal

    Addison Trail beat Proviso East in Saturday's West Suburban Gold Conference football game in Maywood.

    Manager Terry Francona is available after parting ways with the Boston Red Sox.

    Cubs, White Sox should be fighting over Francona

    The Cubs and White Sox should be fighting over which wins the services of Terry Francona starting next season. Heck, maybe he could manage both of them and then be allowed to tell us which is a worse job.


    Stuenkel, St. Charles N. take titles

    After Saturday, St. Charles North's Sydney Stuenkel is at three victories and counting. Her victory at the St. Charles North Invitational at LeRoy Oakes followed her earlier wins this season at the Elgin City and last week’s Bartlett Invite.


    Buffalo Grove boys team picking up speed

    Buffalo Grove’s boys cross country team continues to impress. BG won its first ever Mid-Suburban East division title on Wednesday, and came back on Saturday to take second to Neuqua Valley at the Lockport Invite in the 20-team field. Neuqua Valley, ranked second in the Illinois Cross Country Coaches poll, took first with 80 points, followed by No. 8 Buffalo Grove (88 points), No. 13 Hinsdale Central (99 points), and No. 4 Naperville North (114 points).


    Think fast: Warren edges Maine West

    Daniel Szczepanek scored the winning goal in the 69th minute on a quick restart kick as Warren's boys soccer team edged Maine West 2-1 on Saturday during nonconference play in Gurnee.


    Christian Liberty makes gains in defeat

    Sometimes winning the games within the game are more important than the final score. Christian Liberty Academy was able to come away with two of those small wins as they fell to North Shore Country Day 53-7 in a Northeastern Athletic Conference football game Saturday afternoon in Arlington Heights.


    Peterson, Barrington set the pace at Harland Invitational

    The Barrington boys cross country team has enjoyed a lot of success this fall against Lake County competition. After winning the Lake County meet at the end of August to open the 2011 season, the Broncos displayed a similar winning attitude Saturday morning at the 38th Annual Harland Invitational hosted by Antioch. Led by senior standout Erik Peterson once again on the hilly 3-mile Fox River State Park course, the Broncos easily toppled runner-up Crystal Lake Central by a 44-89 margin to capture the championship of the large 20-team meet.


    Marengo, Benet, Jacobs lead Harland team finish

    Heading into the 38th Annual Harland Invite hosted by Antioch, girls country runners knew they were going to have some major obstacles to overcome. Those "road blocks" on the 3-mile Fox River State Park course would also be referred to as very large, steep hills which can get the best of even the experienced runners. Two who conquered the course where Marengo teammates Katie Adams (17:19) and Allie Sprague (17:20) as that duo placed 1-2 to carry the Indians to the championship of the 19-team meet by a narrow 42-56 margin over Benet Academy. Jacobs' young squad continued to impress Saturday with a third-place score of 81 points as the Golden Eagles rolled past fourth-place squad Lakes (132 points).


    Stevenson enjoys Conant’s pool party

    Conant’s girls swimming team was having fun hosting Saturday’s invitational meet, which featured festive ribbons and other colorful decorations. Stevenson, in particular, was among the guests who thoroughly enjoyed the party. The Patriots took the team title with 285 points, followed by Hersey (206), Schaumburg (156), the host Cougars (133.5), Crystal Lake Central (122) and South Elgin (60.5). “It’s a good opportunity for us to change things up a little bit, see some of our girls in other events,” said Stevenson coach Karl Milkereit. “I thought they had fun with the meet and came up with some really nice races.”

    Lakes’ Trevor Ray, 19, chases a loose ball with Grayslake North’s Claudio Guerrero during Saturday’s soccer match in Grayslake.

    Lakes retains bragging rights

    The streak was on the line Saturday morning. And Lakes soccer coach Kevin Kullby made sure to remind his players before they even took the field at Grayslake North. “Every time we play them, I always say, ‘They haven’t beaten us yet, and I don’t want this to be the first time,’” said Kullby, who got his wish. Lakes maintained its dominance over Grayslake North by posting a 4-2 nonconference road win.

    Week 6 - Images from the Wheaton Academy vs. Marmion Academy football game Saturday, October 1, 2011.

    Images: Wheaton Academy vs. Marmion Academy football
    Wheaton Academy takes on Marmion Academy at the home of the Cadets Saturday.

    Northwestern tight end Drake Dunsmore holds onto a pass as Illinois defensive back Supo Sanni defends during the first half Saturday in Champaign.

    No. 24 Illini catch Northwestern, 38-35

    Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa threatened to steal the show, but Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase owned the last act. Scheelhaase squirmed his way into the end zone from a half-yard out with 13 seconds left Saturday to lead No. 24 Illinois back — for the second time — to beat Northwestern, 38-35.

    Milwaukee Brewers' Prince Fielder celebrates Saturday with teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Milwaukee.

    Gallardo, Fielder lift Brewers to Game 1 win

    Yovani Gallardo emerged from the shadows, outpitching Arizona ace Ian Kennedy as the Milwaukee Brewers kept winning at Miller Park, beating the Diamondbacks 4-1 in their NL division series opener on Saturday.

    South Elgin defensive end Darien Ghostone (21) can not catch Bartlett running back James Butler (32) as he goes in for a touchdown during Bartlett at South Elgin football Saturday, October 1, 2011.

    Images: Bartlett vs. South Elgin football
    The Hawks of Bartlett take on South Elgin on the Storm's new home turf Saturday.


    McGloin leads Penn State past Indiana

    Matt McGloin threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye late in the third quarter, leading Penn State to a 16-10 victory Saturday at Indiana.


    No. 19 Michigan beats up Minnesota

    The Wolverines (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) had their most lopsided win since beating Indiana by the same score in 2000.

    Week 6- Palatine’s John Serio runs to the outside while Barrington’s Sam Handler pursues.

    Images: Palatine vs. Barrington football
    The Barrington Broncos fell to 4-2 with a 35-24 loss at Palatine. The Pirates improved their record to 5-1 in the Mid-Suburban West match-up.

    Week 6- Batavia’s Robbie Bowman tries to keep Geneva’s Connor Einck and Nick Caruso at bay in the second quarter.

    Images: Batavia vs. Geneva football
    The Batavia Bulldogs travelled to Geneva and were victorious over the Vikings in a clash of previously unbeaten conference rivals. Batavia won 46-34.


    Gaspari’s injury not believed serious

    Batavia made Dennis Piron smile with its play throughout a 46-34 victory at Geneva Friday night, then the first-year coach got even better news early Saturday morning.


    Chinese police and paramilitary police officers stand watch near a giant portrait of Mao Zedong, the founder of the People’s Republic of China, during a flag raising ceremony Saturday at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing.

    U.S. might answer Chinese currency manipulation

    Sens. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, along with others, have tried for at least six years to pass legislation making it easier to impose higher tariffs on Chinese goods.


    Ghana may increase producer price for cocoa

    Ghana, the world’s second-largest cocoa producer may increase the producer price for the nation’s farmers, said President John Atta Mills.


    Mercury in face cream prompts recall

    Mexican health officials are recalling a face cream linked to cases of mercury poisoning in the U.S. and Mexico.

    Canadian Ranger Samson Ejanqiaq looks along the length of one of the gaping new cracks in the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf left in the Arctic. Oil companies think oil will be flowing from Arctic drilling by the year 2020.

    Alaska to BP to Conoco count on Shell’s Arctic bounty

    The offshore fields Shell is seeking U.S. permission to develop may contain oil valued at as much as $2.4 trillion.

    Minifigure spinners from the new Lego Ninjago collection are very popular.

    Collectible toys and games top most-wanted list

    NEW YORK — Most children love to collect things, and this year toy makers are banking on it.Taking a cue from last year's toy hits, many of this year's holiday offerings are toy sets or figures that kids can collect. But unlike last year, when Squinkies figures or Cepia's toy hamster Zhu Zhu pets mostly were collect by girls, this year's collectible toys are targeting boys.Among this year's collectibles are Hasbro's Beyblade Metal Fusion, a battling spinning top game for $5.99 to $39.99; Spin Master's Redakai, a trading card game, for $5.99 to $19.99; Cepia's DaGeDar collectible rolling balls for $4.99 to $19.99; and Lego's Ninjago construction sets for $3.49 to $119.99.Jim Silver, an analyst at Time to Play Magazine, which offers an influential list of hot toys each year, says the wide price range of the collectible toys is important since many families are remaining cautious in their spending because of worries about the global economy. At the same time, he says, toy makers want to be able to offer more expensive toys to parents who can afford it“Take Ninjago, they have $100 sets, but basic sets start at under $10,” Silver said. “It's important affordable for all families.”Here's a complete look at the toys that made Time to Play Magazine's 2011 “Most Wanted” toy list, out Tuesday.Ÿ Cepia's DaGeDar, $4.99 to $19.99: Collectible decorated balls that come with track sets.Ÿ Hasbro's Beyblade Metal Fusion, $5.99 to $39.99: A battling spinning top game.Ÿ Hasbro's Nerf Vortex Line, $12.99 to $49.99: Foam dart guns.Ÿ iStar Entertainment's FyrFlyz, $10: A yo-yo like toy that glows in the dark.Ÿ Jakks Pacific's Spy Net Stealth Video Glasses, $39.99: Sunglasses that record video.Ÿ LeapFrog's LeapPad Explorer, $99.99: A tablet for tots, with games, e-books and a camera.Ÿ Lego's Alien Conquest and Ninjago Lines, $3.49 to $119.99: Popular construction sets with alien and ninja themes.Ÿ Mattel's Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game, $16: A block game based on the popular smartphone app.Ÿ Mattel's Fisher-Price Big Action Construction Site, $59.99: A construction site play set.Ÿ Mattel's Hot Wheels Wall Tracks, $29.99: A car track set that can attach to walls.Ÿ Mattel's Monster High Dead Tired Line, $14.49: Dolls that are the offspring of different monsters.Ÿ Mega Brands 3D Breakthrough Puzzle, $19.99: 3D Jigsaw puzzles.Ÿ MGA's Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Doll, $34.99: A rag-like doll with bendable hair.Ÿ Spin Master's Logo Board Game, $24.99: A board game that tests player's knowledge of popular brands.Ÿ Spin Master's Redakai, $5.99 to $19.99: A collectible trading-card game.Ÿ Thinkway Toys' Lazer Stunt Chaser, $39.99: A remote-control car that follows a laser.Ÿ Vtech's Innotab, $79.99: Another tablet device for kids that lets them, play games, color and read books. WowWee's Lite Sprites, $19.99: Dolls that light up different colors with the touch of a wand.


    U.S. the most competitive country for technology

    The U.S. remains the world's most competitive nation for information technology companies, while the country's IT infrastructure still ranks behind other nations', according to a study. With an overall score of 80.5 out of 100, the U.S. placed 12.5 points ahead of second-ranked Finland, to maintain the top spot it held in 2009. Singapore, Sweden and the U.K. rounded out the top five.

    The HTC Amaze 4G will cost $259.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate, with a two-year service contract

    T-Mobile unveils new smartphones

    T-Mobile USA unveiled two new smartphones this week, the HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II, that the company says will be its fastest on its 4G network.

    The Telo Air is a flat black box that looks vaguely like an answering machine. It’s actually a special-purpose computer that connects phone service over a Wi-Fi network

    Review: Ooma cuts cord as free phone calls go Wi-Fi

    There’s always been one drawback to Ooma Inc.’s Telo “Free Home Phone Service” box: the need to hook it directly via Ethernet cable to your Internet router. Now Ooma has upgraded the Telo with an adapter called the Telo Air, letting it connect over a Wi-Fi network and finally making it convenient as well as cost-effective.

    Enrique Iglesias performs during his Euphoria U.S. Tour at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Starting Tuesday, “CityVille” players on Facebook will be able to interact with Iglesias’s character when he visits their cities.

    Enrique Iglesias spices up Zynga’s ‘CityVille’

    Next week, an avatar of singer Enrique Iglesias will join “CityVille,” Zynga’s most popular title. Starting Tuesday, “CityVille” players on Facebook will be able to interact with Iglesias’s character when he visits their cities. They’ll get to collect items the singer is known for and watch previews of his newest music video.

    The $70 Kyocera DuraMax is designed for the construction workers and other outdoorsy types who use Nextel phones.

    Sprint finds walkie-talkie solution

    Sprint Nextel Corp. will start shutting down the Nextel part of its network in little more than a year. So what are the folks who use Nextel’s walkie-talkie-like push-to-talk function going to do? Sprint says it has the solution in the shape of phones that replicate push-to-talk but operate on the Sprint network.

    A model poses with Samsung Electronics’ new smart phones Galaxy S II LTE, right, which features the 4.5-inch Super Amoled Plus screen and runs on the Android 2.3, and Galaxy S II HD LTE, which features the 4.65 HD Super Amoled screen and runs on the Android 2.3, during an unveiling ceremony in Seoul, South Korea.

    Microsoft, Samsung expand smartphone partnership

    Microsoft and Samsung Electronics have agreed to cross-license one another’s patent portfolios, with Microsoft getting royalties for the mobile phones and tablets Samsung sells that run Google Inc.’s Android operating system. Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. said that they also will work together to develop and market Microsoft’s Windows Phone software, which is likely to increase exposure for the Windows Phone.

    The guidance security experts give travelers to high-risk countries is extensive: Assume any wireless device will be compromised. Change passwords regularly. Back up information. Do not accept thumb drives as gifts. Do not assume you’re too insignificant to be targeted.

    Business travelers should be on alert for cyber-spying

    Packing for business in China? Bring your passport and business cards, but maybe not that laptop loaded with contacts and corporate memos. China’s massive market beckons to American businesses -- the nation is the United States’ second-largest trading partner -- but many are increasingly concerned about working amid electronic surveillance that is sophisticated and pervasive. Security experts also warn about Russia, Israel and even France

    Yahoo has introduced a new way for friends in different locations to simultaneously browse through pictures on Flickr.

    Yahoo touches up Flickr amid internal turmoil

    It isn’t a pretty picture at Yahoo Inc. right now, but that’s not stopping the beleaguered Internet company from touching up its popular photo-sharing service, Flickr. Yahoo made that clear with the introduction of a new way for friends in different locations to simultaneously browse through pictures. The company also unveiled its first official application for the millions of devices running on Google Inc.’s Android software.


    Asian neighbors woo Japan’s businesses

    Businesses in Japan are receiving much-needed offers of help, with a chance to reduce rent, pay fewer taxes and cut utility costs. The problem for Japan is that these offers are coming from its neighbors, particularly China. Delegations from across Asia have spent recent months trying to pluck away Japanese business by offering incentives that companies find increasingly difficult to resist.


    In North Korea port, investment starts to flow

    Twenty years ago North Korea designated Rason as a special economic zone, but the leadership in Pyongyang spent the subsequent 19 years ignoring Rason’s potential. Only this year have North Korean officials delivered a new message, touting Rason as their mini-Singapore -- a business-friendly hub with cheap labor, low taxes and a soon-to-arrive Internet connection for foreigners.

    PlayLater, which bills itself as “the DVR for online videos,” costs $5 per month, or $50 per year. New users can try it free for two weeks before paying.

    Review: Software for recording now, playing later

    If the idea of being stuck on a plane for hours without access to the movies in your Netflix queue fills you with dread, software that lets you record streaming videos from the Web and watch them later on your laptop may be an appealing solution. That’s the idea behind PlayLater, which bills itself as “the DVR for online videos.” But while it’s a potentially useful product, it needs a lot of improvement, according to one reviewer.

Life & Entertainment

    August Larsen, 9, makes a crayon rubbing of the name of his father, Scott Larsen, engraved on the bronze parapet overlooking the south pool of at the National September 11 Memorial in New York. Scott Larsen, a firefighter at Ladder 15, never met his son, who was born just a few days after Scott's death in the terrorist attacks.

    9/11 memorial rubbings help preserve loved ones' memories

    At the Sept. 11 memorial in New York, the bronze bearing the thousands of names of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks was specially processed to turn it a somber, matte black. Now, with the public opening of the plaza, those names have been transformed into a rainbow of colors as mourners and those paying their respects have used crayons of every shade to make rubbings of the names of the lost.

    Yo-Yo Ma is set to perform a solo cello concert at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Saturday, Oct. 1.

    Weekend picks: Yo-Yo Ma graces Naperville's Wentz Concert Hall

    Don't miss the chance to see multiple Grammy Award-winner and world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma closer to home when he performs a rare solo concert Saturday at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. Or for a truly different experience, stop by the Marriott Chicago O'Hare to be mesmerized by Braco the Gazer. In his sessions, he silently gazes at the audience, in the hopes of alleviating their stress, health problems and more.

    Red Wing Potteries of Red Wing, Minn., made this vase.

    Treasures in your attic: Is this Red Wing vase valuable?

    Q. The vase in the enclosed pictures has been in my possession for a long time. Unfortunately, I cannot remember how or when I obtained it. It is 10 inches tall and is marked “Red Wing” on the bottom with the number 784. The color is a lovely light shade of green, and the vase is in perfect condition. My friend tells me it is an antique. When was it made and what is its value?

    From grunge to mod to preppy, the basic turtleneck— one of those wardrobe workhorses — can morph into almost any look you want it to be.

    Turtlenecks rethought as fall’s must-have item

    From grunge to mod to preppy, the basic turtleneck one of those wardrobe workhorses can morph into almost any look you want it to be.

    Now other women can be more like “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara thanks to the Colombian star’s new clothing line at Kmart. The line features the kind of outfits that have made Vergara so popular on the red carpet and beyond.

    Sofia Vergara launches clothing line

    Now other women can be more like Sofia Vergara or Gloria thanks to the Colombian star's new clothing line at Kmart. The line features the kind of outfits that have made Vergara so popular on the red carpet and beyond figure-hugging dresses, tight pants, bright colors and short skirts.

    Efforts by the jewelry industry to voluntarily limit the toxic metal cadmium in children’s trinkets, like the ones listed above, are finally coming together, but because the limits are voluntary, there is no automatic penalty if jewelry exceeds them. Federal regulators will, however, use the limits in deciding whether to pursue recalls.

    Jewelers want states to replace limits on cadmium

    The U.S jewelry industry wants states to overturn laws that limit the toxic metal cadmium in children’s trinkets and adopt new voluntary guidelines it helped create, saying stricter rules in several states create chaos for manufacturers and importers.

    Lauren Henry trains hundreds of animals for TV and film appearances every year and often teaches classes for other trainers and animal owners.

    The half-dozen commands every dog should know

    Your mutt isn’t destined to be a movie star, therapy dog, bomb-sniffing expert, AKC champion or working K9? No worries. He or she can still be a well-behaved pet. A basic obedience class is one way to do it. But a little home schooling can do wonders. Three veteran trainers were asked by The Associated Press to share the first five or six things they think every dog should know.

    This Feb. 7, 2010, photo provided by Jake Hug shows him, center, with fellow students Brahim Mellouli, left, and Toshiro Baum from the International Institute of Higher Education in Morocco, in the Djemma el-Fna square in Marrakech, Morocco during a road trip. Hug, a recent graduate of Elmhurst College in Illinois, was looking for a “big change from Chicago.”

    American students abroad pushed out of ‘bubbles’

    After decades of laissez-faire and faith that just breathing the air in foreign lands broadens horizons, American colleges and international programs are pressing students harder to get out of their comfort zones. It’s happening in popular destinations as well as more exotic spots in Asia and Africa, where there are fewer Americans, but language and culture barriers make them even more tempted to stick together.

    Golden sequins, lame, embroidery and plating set the tone for Cavalli’s decidedly sexy collection. Cavalli’s vision for next summer’s womenswear is indeed gilded, from the golden plating on pleated skirts to the golden sequins on matching tuxedo jackets.

    On Milan runways, all that gliiters is gold

    Milan fashion designers are investing heavily in gold, despite the recent, unexpected dip in gold prices. Gold lame, golden sequins, golden embroidery and golden baubles figured prominently in styles for next spring and summer presented during a week of womeswear previews that ended Monday as if to impart the Midas touch at a moment of economic uncertainty.

    Rap acts like Kanye West and Lil Wayne and singers like Smith and Bieber have taken to wearing women’s clothing. This latest trend in hip-hop isnít a new one. Celebrity stylist June Ambrose says she remembers seeing similar happenings in the 1980s with rappers like Grandmaster Flash, Kool Moe Dee and the Ultramagnetic MCs.

    Male hip-hop acts embrace womens’ fashions

    The latest fashion trend in hip-hop has its male stars raiding the women’s clothing department for inspiration. Lil Wayne jumped around in skinny women’s pants during his performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Kanye West wore a multi-print shirt designed for women at the Coachella music festival.

    Until the 1960s, when Americans snacked, they snacked on blandness. Graham crackers. Potato chips. Peanut butter on an apple. Ants on a log. The Dorito changed all that.

    Doritos inventor shaped the Age of the Snack

    The invention of the Dorito in 1964 represents the moment at which Americans decided to just embrace it all, our crassest, grossest selves. Let’s get fat, here on the sofa, all together now, on one of the 23 flavors doing $5 billion worth of business for Frito-Lay around the world.

    Andy Konovodoff, who learned the building trades while working with his father, is now president of the Chicago division of K. Hovnanian Homes. This model townhouse is at K. Hovnanian’s Regency Estates in St. Charles.

    Industry Insider: Andy Konovodoff, K. Hovnanian Homes

    Change is a constant in life. You can lament that fact and be negative for the rest of your life, or you can accept the new normal and move on with your life and your work. Andy Konovodoff, president of the Chicago division of K. Hovnanian Homes, based in Lombard, is philosophical about the current state of the new home construction business.

    An open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today at this Inverness colonial.

    Ont the market: Inverness colonial
    :Live the “House Beautiful” lifestyle in this lovely colonial home located on a quiet cul-de-sac in upscale Inverness. The home is beautifully appointed, fastidiously maintained and has recently been updated with all new mechanicals, roof, siding, gutters, fascia, soffits and windows.


    Mortgage Professor: Late-stage mortgage rejections on the rise

    Some lenders today are rejecting 50 percent or more of their mortgage loan applicants after the applicants have paid for an appraisal, and in some cases after they have paid a nonrefundable upfront fee to the lender. While the rejection rate varies widely from lender to lender, the overall rate is far higher than it was before the financial crisis, when rejections late in the approval process were a rare occurrence.


    On homes and real estate: A natural for a reverse mortgage

    Q. I don’t have a close relative and I’m now reaching age 90. I don’t want to enter a nursing home. I own my home with a large equity. I’m going to need some additional funds in a couple of months. Should I take a reverse loan, a regular loan or a line of credit at the bank that holds my mortgage?



    The Soap Box

    Daily Herald Editorial Board members take a dim view of distracted drivers, unnecessary tollway perks and ageist labels but laud pink sock-clad athletes and a standout WNBA player from Stevenson High School.


    Housing bust has a trail of blame
    President Bush may be responsible for many things, but the market and housing crash of 2008 has enough fingerprints on it to call it a Disaster of Good Intentions.


    A president’s loyalty to country is No. 1
    How have we become a country that requires loyalty oaths (public or secret) from our politicians to a specific religion, or to anything else for that matter, other than to our Constitution? How can anyone possibly think this is a good thing?


    Religion is not about harsh judgments
    Religion should be a vehicle to help us be more compassionate human beings. Please stop using it to clone your own spiritual experiences, which you then use to judge others who do not agree with you.


    Will taxes go up or not?
    Separate items reported in your publication are statements by various elected representatives regarding an increase in taxes in this legislation. Is the president not coming clean or the opposition floating propaganda on the public?


    Attending speech is about respect
    Dear Rep. Walsh,Please do not pretend to be representing me by having disrespected the president. I am one of your constituents. There is too little respect shown to authority figures by our young people (and “grown-ups”) in today’s world without our representatives showing such utter and complete disrespect to the leader of our country.


    Learn from recent history on taxes
    Yes, some tax sanity was uttered when Mr. Warren Buffett made very clear that he and other wealthy Americans are undertaxed. This supports the notion that when taxes for the wealthy were higher during the 1980s and ’90s, millions of jobs were created.


    Let counties oversee pool safety
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: There is no reason that the local health department and the county could not be responsible for the modification review of swimming pools.


    Compare Rt. 45 planning on safety
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: In the Rt. 45plan, there are no tunnels for pedestrian safety, no stoplights or crosswalks with push button lights at Haven Lane , no thought to safety with a planned 45 mph speed limit through residential neighborhoods.


    It’s disgusting to smear Payton
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: In football, it’s known as being “blindsided.” I hope the Walter Payton book collects the amount of dust appropriate to cover the unnecessary, and unappreciated, ”dirt.”


    Buehrle deserves thanks from Sox fans
    As I watched Mark Buehrle’s news conference following what many say was his last game as a member of the White Sox, I could not help reflecting on his rare combination of talent, character and humility. Many role models are often recognized as such as they prepare to leave us when, in fact, they have be right in our midst all along. Mark Buehrle has been quietly and steadily performing with excellence for over a decade. He represents a true role model in an era when celebrity is often created by spotlight-seeking narcissists and publicity gambits. His body of work speaks for itself: 11 consecutive seasons during which he recorded at least 10 wins, 30 starts, 200 innings pitched, a no-hitter and a perfect game. While his athletic achievements alone warrant kudos, what sets him apart are his admirable personal qualities foremost of which are commitment, character, and humility. Over 12 years with the White Sox, Buehrle always showed up in shape and prepared to go the distance. He was a quiet leader whose work ethic kept him focused on improving himself rather than critiquing others. That his behavior both on and off the field never allowed us to be distracted from the enjoyment of the game speaks to his character. In a nutshell, he showed up prepared, did his job beyond expectations, acted in a professional manner and lived a life of character. This is an admirable resume in any field of endeavor. In a city that has had its share of renowned athletes, few are exemplars in all aspects of their life. How fortunate we were to have had the example of his life prominently displayed for us over the past 12 years. Drop him a note and thank him. Ron Bearwald Northbrook


    Legalization is answer, not testing
    A Chicago letter to the editor: Yes, most of drugs are dangerous, but that is the very reason to make them legal and take their production, distribution and consumption out of the illegal underground market.


    Illegal immigrant flow not under control
    Froma Harrop’s column in the Aug. 25 Daily Herald was a surprising piece for me to read. Her claim that enforcement of illegal immigration laws has reduced significantly the flow of illegal immigration is in direct contrast to the flood of mail I have been receiving, reporting on the lax control of our southern border resulting in a constant stream of immigrants coming into our southwestern states.


    Sense of entitlement is too much to bear
    Is there any wonder where this entitlement culture has come from? We have bureaucrats spending 16 dollars for a muffin, we have other taking trips on the taxpayers money, we have politically connected union leaders along with the politicians engaging in boosting taxpayer-funded pensions for political donations.


    Cost of maintaining natural areas worth it
    Thanks for Deborah Donovan’s article and Bob Chwedyk’s photographs in the Sept. 25 Home and Garden section about the 80-acre conservancy area that enhances the Estates of Inverness Ridge. Thanks, too, for correcting the puzzling error about the cost of maintaining it.


    Blame the terrorist, not the religion
    In reference to a Sept 28 Fence Post letter, “What else is one to think?”, terrorism is violent extremism. The radical extremist is to blame for the act, not religion.


    How do they sleep at night?
    How do the people who rule American industry and investment sleep? They claim that government regulations make it excessively burdensome to expand their businesses and create new jobs. Apparently it’s not important that a lack of regulation led us into the Great Depression and now the Great Recession.


    New approach needed to win war on drugs
    A few years ago, I took part in a program to help inmates at Dwight Correctional Center express their feelings by writing and then acting out what they had written. I shall never forget what I heard as we got ready to leave.


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