Daily Archive : Saturday August 25, 2012



    Carpentersville woman victim in I-90 rollover crash
    One woman is dead following a rollover crash on I-90 near Roselle Road on Saturday morning, state officials said. A silver SUV was traveling inbound on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway when it overturned about 11:30 a.m. near Roselle Road, Illinois State Police Sgt. Tim Moore said. One lane of the roadway was closed for several hours, but reopened Saturday afternoon.

    Workers prepare the stage for the Republican National Convention inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Officials from the Republican Party announced Saturday that the first day of the convention would be scrapped due to the weather.

    Ahead of Isaac, GOP scraps convention's first day

    Republican officials abruptly announced plans Saturday night to scrap the first day of their national convention, bowing to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac as it bore down menacingly on Florida. "The safety of those in Isaac's path is of the utmost importance," tweeted Mitt Romney, his formal nomination as presidential candidate pushed back by a minimum of 24 hours from Monday night to Tuesday.

    Island Lake Mayor Debbie Herrmann watches as Wayne L. Pierce, managing director at Stern Brothers & Co., explains how the village can financially swing a loan to pay for a new municipal center.

    Island Lake municipal complex plan under fire

    Island Lake trustees and Mayor Debbie Herrmann unveiled plans Saturday for a proposed municipal complex and new police department. Officials said the village must choose between the cost of renovating the current buildings, constructed in 1955, and the cost of constructing new facilities.


    Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82

    Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the feat, died Saturday. He was 82.

    Protesters from the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois march outside the Des Plaines Goodwill Store and Donation Center for what they say are unfair wages paid to some employees.

    Group protests wages outside Des Plaines Goodwill

    NewsWhile holding signs and chanting "disabled workers from Goodwill cannot pay their bills," about 10 people from the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois marched outside the Des Plaines Goodwill store on Saturday morning, protesting what they said are unfair wages for disabled workers.

    Keith Rich and Catherine Martin of Sugar Grove and Cindy Vacek, right, of Geneva, say cheers before taking a taste at the Naperville Wine Festival on Saturday at the CityGate Centre.

    Thousands take a sip at Naperville Wine Fest

    Thousands of people basked in the sun and sipped on some reds, whites and pinks at the 10th annual Naperville Wine Festival this weekend. "It's a great event," said Yumiko Damashek, who was visiting from Japan. "It's a nice variety of wines."

    Mark Butler, from left, Danielle Butler and Wendi Butler work to fill sandbags Saturday at the Tiger Point Recreational Facility in Gulf Breeze, Fla., in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac.

    Isaac heads toward Florida

    Tropical Storm Isaac's center made landfall just before midday Saturday near the far-eastern tip of Cuba, downing trees and power lines. It's expected to hit Florida as a Category 2 hurricane early Monday.

    Attendees browse the silent auction offerings at the Paul Ruby Foundation’s sixth annual Concert for a Cure at Tanna Farms Golf Club in Geneva Saturday. Proceeds benefit Parkinson’s disease research.

    Geneva foundation’s Concert for a Cure benefits Parkinson’s research

    Joanie Fisher, of Elgin, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nine years ago and four years ago, she heard about the Paul Ruby Foundation. She's been a part of the group ever since and volunteers for its annual fundraiser, Concert for a Cure, held Saturday at Tanna Farms in Geneva.

    Visitors gather Saturday around the Apollo 11 command module ìColumbiaî that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to the Moon and back on July 16 to 24, 1969, at the Smithsonian Institutionís National Aiur and Space Museum in Washington.

    Armstrong called humble hero who served country

    When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon all those years ago, he made his country believe that anything was possible with ingenuity and dedication — and in the process became of America's greatest heroes, his friends, colleagues and admirers said Saturday after news that the former astronaut had died.

    Officials examine the body of gunman Jeffrey Johnson, who was killed Friday by police gunfire after he fatally shot Steven Ercolino, an executive at his former company, outside the Empire State Building.

    Ballistics show victims hit by police gunfire

    All nine people wounded during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were struck by bullets fired by the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.


    Kidney for transplant put in trash

    A nurse accidentally disposed of a kidney from a living donor this month at an Ohio hospital, and doctors tried unsuccessfully for at least two hours to resuscitate the organ in what medical experts describe as a rare accident, health officials said.

    In this Spring 2012 photo provided by a woman identified as Avital and made available to the blog Jezebel, Avital poses for a picture at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, showing what she was wearing after she says a Southwest Airlines gate agent approached her, alleging she was showing too much cleavage.

    Some fashions just won’t fly

    Airlines give many reasons for refusing to let you board, but none stir as much debate as this: How you're dressed.A woman flying from Las Vegas on Southwest this spring says she was confronted by an airline employee for showing too much cleavage.


    Grizzly bear kills hiker in Denali National Park

    A grizzly bear has killed a hiker at Denali National Park — the first fatal attack in the park's history, officials said Saturday.

    Pallbearers carry the casket of Lombard Village President William “Bill” Mueller through Knights of Columbus guards after his funeral Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lombard on Saturday.

    Hundreds attend Lombard village president’s funeral

    About 400 people attended a funeral Mass Saturday for Lombard Village President William "Bill" Mueller at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Saturday morning. Mueller, 76, who had been battling the cancer multiple myeloma, died Aug. 18 from complications of West Nile virus.

    The grand opening of the Dundee Township Park District’s Randall Oaks Recreation Center in West Dundee drew nearly 3,500 people, officials said.

    West Side library branch grand opening a smash

    The new west side branch of the Fox River Valley Public Library District welcomed more than 1,700 visitors, who were eager to check it out during its grand opening on Saturday."It's very exciting, everyone has been waiting a long time to have services out this way," said Nancy Kendzior, the branch's manager.

    A Navy truck blocks the road near the site where an armored U.S. embassy vehicle, not in the picture, was attacked Friday by unknown assailants on the highway leading to Cuernavaca, near Tres Marias, Mexico.

    Mexico probes U.S. embassy car shooting

    Mexican authorities are trying to sort out why a U.S. Embassy vehicle was ambushed by federal police on a rural back road in mountains south of the capital, leaving two U.S. government workers wounded.

    Associated Press/May 17, 1999 Emmy award winning game show host, Alex Trebek greets actress and comedian Phyllis Diller before receiving his newly-dedicated star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

    Notable deaths last week
    Long before Kathy Griffin was languishing on the D-list, Roseanne Barr was calling herself a domestic goddess and Joan Rivers was asking audiences if they could talk, wild-haired housewife-turned-comedian Phyllis Diller was dishing one-liners about her husband, Fang.

    In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn’t say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of “one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972.

    Images from the life of Neil Armstrong
    Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent...

    Associated Press A spray of sand-laced water shoots out from the Dredge Jadwin, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers vessel that is clearing out some of the silt and leftover mud and debris from last year’s record flood on the Mississippi River and cutting a deeper channel for barges and their towboats to navigate.

    Dredge operators fight to keep Mississippi open

    The Mississippi River is fed by the third-largest watershed in the world — a large chunk of the U.S. and part of Canada — and drought in that area means lower water along the river.


    Ferry runs aground in Boston Harbor; no injuries

    Authorities say a fast ferry traveling to Cape Cod ran aground in a foggy Boston Harbor, but none of the 149 people and one dog who were onboard was injured.

    An 1858 view of Aurora looking west across the island on Downer. The large building in front is Woolen Mills.

    Stolp brought Aurora together on common ground

    On May 17, 1837, Joseph G. Stolp set out from his home in Marcellus, N.Y., to seek his fortune in "the West" — Illinois. Stolp, just short of 25 years old, had completed an apprenticeship, learning the wool manufacturing trade. He had invested in machinery and intended to start his own woolen mill operation. Stolp was headed for a little village on the Fox River that recently had acquired...

    Gary Smith is president of Josselyn Center in Northfield.

    Northwest suburban mental health agencies say they’re hurt by state cuts

    While the impact of state budget cuts on mental health clinics in Chicago and Tinley Park has received a lot of attention, smaller, community-based services in the Northwest suburbs say they are also feeling the impact.The Josselyn Center in Northfield in fiscal year 2009 received $850,000 from the state; in fiscal year 2012, it received $450,000.

    Daily Herald staff writer Susan Sarkauskas has logged many hours this summer in her plot at the Community Garden in Geneva.

    Corn smut, drought and insects: tales from a community garden

    Smut. Drought. Wind. Ravenous insects. I've fought them all this summer in my plot at the Geneva Community Gardens, and still find the experiment worthwhile.


    Secret to a healthy marriage: finding the time

    What's the secret to having a healthy marriage? Our Ken Potts says there are many factors, but perhaps none more important than making the time for each other. It's not, of course, as easy as it sounds.


    Sandusky victim sues Penn State

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — The young man whose 2009 allegations of sexual abuse led to the Penn State scandal and criminal convictions of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is asking a court to find the university also at fault.

    Large plumes of smoke rise from the Amuay refinery as national guards soldiers watch near Punto Fijo, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 25. A huge explosion rocked Venezuela's biggest oil refinery, killing and injuring dozens, an official said.

    Refinery blast kills 24 in Venezuela, dozens hurt

    CARACAS, Venezuela — A huge explosion rocked Venezuela's biggest oil refinery early Saturday, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 50 others in the deadliest disaster in memory for the country's key oil industry.Balls of fire rose over the Amuay refinery, one of the largest in the world, in video posted on the Internet by people who were nearby at the time.


    Isaac passes Haiti, heads toward Cuba, Florida

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Haiti's southern peninsula early Saturday, dousing a capital city prone to flooding and adding to the misery of a poor nation still trying to recover from the terrible 2010 earthquake.


    Michigan couple killed in powered parachute crash

    GOLDEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police in West Michigan say a couple died when their powered parachute crashed into sand dunes.According to the Oceana County sheriff's office, 66-year-old Henry Austin was flying the aircraft and his wife, Carol Austin, was riding in the passenger seat during the crash Friday evening at Silver Lake State Park.


    Romney turns to Ohio amidst distractions

    POWELL, Ohio — Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan are telling Ohio voters that President Barack Obama still doesn't have any idea how to salvage the tough economy he inherited.


    Suspect arrested in shooting of ISU student

    NORMAL, Ill. — Police in central Illinois have arrested a 23-year-old suspect in last week's shooting of an Illinois State University student.WGLT-FM reported Friday that Marshall Smith, of Bloomington, is being held on $1 million bond. He has been charged with aggravated battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm near a school.


    Eureka, Knox to play in Abe Lincoln Bowl

    EUREKA, Ill. — There are no bowl games for the Division III colleges but a couple of Illinois schools have created one for themselves based on their ties to Abe Lincoln.Eureka College and Knox College will play the Abraham Lincoln Bowl starting this season and every year through at least 2015.


    Chicago area warned of air pollution on Saturday

    Chicago-area residents are being warned about high levels of air pollution Saturday. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says another day of hot weather prompted an Air Pollution Action Day in the metro Chicago because it expects elevated levels of ground-level ozone.


    4 killed, 12 wounded in separate Chicago shootings

    CHICAGO — Four people are dead and at least a dozen wounded following shootings that started Friday afternoon in Chicago.Police say a gunman firing from a mountain bike killed a 17-year-old boy and injured a woman on the city's South Side. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the teen as Lucian Dreux.

    Mark Allen heads Black Wall Street Chicago, an organization that works to promote economic growth on the South Side of Chicago. He is frustrated that the federal stimulus program did little to help that area.

    Ex-Obama supporters disillusioned on South Side

    President Barack Obama's much ballyhooed 2009 stimulus package has failed to touch ordinary South Side residents who are frustrated by the lack of jobs, economic growth and their influence. The disillusionment of once fierce Obama admirers may hamper the president's reelection chances by subtly dampening black voter turnout. "His people should've done something more about it by now," activist...

    If illegal immigrants qualified for the federal program, volunteers helped them assemble the application paperwork Friday afternoon.

    Hundreds apply for Deferred Action program in Wheaton

    Samuel Carrasco was only 6 when his parents put him in the trunk of their car and drove across the U.S. border into Texas. Carrasco, 23, of Wheaton, was one of several hundred people who stood in line for hours Friday at World Relief DuPage/Aurora headquarters in Wheaton to participate in a workshop to ensure he successfully qualifies for the recently announced Deferred Action for Childhood...


    Aurora cops raising money for Special Olympics

    Officers from the Aurora Police Department, in association with Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia, are staging a motorcycle ride with proceeds going to Special Olympics Illinois and Suicide Prevention Services. The "Ride for the Athletes" Motorcycle Poker Run will be Sunday, Sept. 9, starting at AMVETS Post 103, 1194 Jericho Road. Registration opens at 9 a.m. with the first motorcyclists...



    Cougars creep closer to playoff berth

    Ks:The Kane County Cougars netted a must-win Saturday night. With their 4-3 victory over the Burlington Bees before 11,359 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, the Cougars moved within 2 games of the West Division's final playoff spot.

    White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski knows hitters are fooled by some of Chris Sale’s pitches, but they’re not alone. Pierzynski said he doesn’t know whether Sale’s fastball is going tail in or out, or what speed it will come at him.

    The phenom in our midst – Chris Sale

    The first time I was conscious of the baseball phenomena was Doc Gooden in 1985, when he won pitching's triple crown and laid claim to one of the best season's anyone has ever seen. Here, we all recall the feeling when Kerry Wood arrived with a 20-strikeout bang. Maybe Mark Prior in 2003 did it for you, though the stains of history can disfigure the memories. Chris Sale is bringing more pitching joy and awe to this baseball town than anyone since Kid K.


    Boomers blast 5 homers in romp

    Schaumburg blasted a franchise-record 5 homers — including the first grand slam in Boomers history — to outslug the Rockford RiverHawks 15-1 on Saturday night.


    Girls volleyball/Scouting the Fox Valley

    Bartlett HawksCoach: Michele Ehrlich (first season)Conference: Upstate Eight (Valley)Last year: 15-20, 2-4 FVC ValleyTop players: seniors Elizabeth Arco (MH), Cara Carrion (DS), Haley Hasenstein (RS), Katie Hrbacek (OH), Claire Krohn (RS), Gianna Miceli (MH/RS); juniors Kristina Arns (MH), Lexi Cazzato (DS), Rachel Hartford (OH), Hannah Senne (DS); sophomore Danielle Santucci (S)Outlook: Only outside hitter Katie Hrbacek and middle Elizabeth Arco return from a team that lost to St. Charles North in the first round of last year’s Class 4A playoffs. With so many new players on the roster, including sophomore setter Danielle Santucci, it could take some matches before the Hawks spread their wings fully. “We are a fairly young team,” said Bartlett coach Michele Ehrlich, a former Daily Herald all-area selectee when she played for the Hawks. “We have been working on playing as a team and communicating better on the court. The girls are still learning how to jell on the court together. We have been focusing on defense.”Burlington Central RocketsCoach: Marv Leavitt (23rd season overall, eighth at Central)Conference: Big Northern (East)Last year: 21-14Top players: seniors Karrington Bell (L/DS), Lexie Bouza (OH), Courtney Cox (S), Jess Emrich (S), Lauren Peltonen (MH), Tori Settanni (MH), Hannah Yoder (OH); juniors MaKenna Jensen (MH), Allie O’Reilly (DS), sophomore Lauren Wiltsie (OH)Outlook: The Rockets were dealt a blow in warm-ups for the preseason opener when four-year varsity player and captain Hannah Yoder sprained her ankle. She’ll be out a month. Central is a strong team with Yoder, but the Rockets proved by beating Hampshire without her that the team has diverse talent. “I’m very impressed with our team,” Rockets coach Marv Leavitt said. “It’s a very good practice team. They work hard every day and have a nice focus.” The Rockets don’t possess overwhelming height. Yoder is the team’s tallest player at 5-11. Hitter Lexie Bouza and middle MaKenna Jensen are 5-10. Bouza, a strong left-handed hitter from the right side, was one of the team’s leading scorers last year (140 kills). Emerich did not set last year after tearing an ACL. She’s back healthy and playing strong, according to Leavitt. Sophomore Lauren Wiltsie is 5-6, but the strong leaper was effective on the outside as a freshman. Junior Allie O’Reilly returns to her natural position on defense after setting last season out of necessity. She and sophomore Karrington Bell protect the back row. The Rockets will rotate three middles: seniors Lauren Peltonen and Tori Settanni and Jensen.Cary-Grove TrojansCoach: Patty Langanis (18th season)Conference: Fox Valley (Valley),Last year: 37-4, 12-0 FVC Valley, Class 4A state runner-upTop players: seniors Jess Bartczyszyn (S), Mallory Wilczynski (MB), Alex Larsen (OH), Micah Duzey (5-4),


    Kaneland rallies for 1-point win

    Starting with the long bus ride to Chicago's South Side, a two-hour wait in and around Gately Stadium and continuing with the football played on the artificial turf, Saturday's game between Kaneland and Brooks hardly resembled last season's Knights blowout.

    Umpire crew chief Jim Joyce, center, keeps Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura, right, from home plate umpire Lance Barrett after Barrett ejected catcher A.J. Pierzynski and Ventura from the game during the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Ejections don't faze red-hot White Sox

    On Saturday night, White Sox starter Jose Quintana barely made it out of the first inning and catcher A.J. Pierzynski and manager Robin Ventura received back-to-back ejections from home-plate umpire Lance Barrett in the third. But it wasn't a problem. Not a problem. “These guys are great,” bench coach Mark Parent said after taking over for Ventura and piloting the White Sox to a 5-4 win over Seattle at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Peavy’s only luck has been bad

    The past few seasons, health issues hampered Jake Peavy. This year, bad luck has been the White Sox starting pitcher's main nemesis. Heading into Friday night's outing against the Mariners, Peavy was 3-8 over his last 12 starts. The right-hander deserved much better, as his 3.16 ERA over the stretch indicates, but the Sox scored just 28 total runs.


    Cary-Grove has strong showing at county meet

    Over the last few years, the Cary-Grove girls haven’t had the individual standouts Capable of finishing in the Top 10 in big invitational meets.That might change this season.With a fifth-place finish from sophomore Talia Duzey and a 14th place finish by freshman Sarah Riley, the Trojans performed well at Saturday’s McHenry County Meet.“Talia and Sarah really ran well and they are capable of finishing near the top in every meet,” said Cary-Grove coach Mark Anderson. “We have the chance to have a very good team. We need to develop our fourth, fifth and sixth runners to finish high in big meets.”The Trojans’ No. 3 runner was senior Sarah Englund, who was 18th. Tash Geiger-Powell placed 21st and Gretchen Price was 22nd and Maddie Lundon finished 38th.Lauren Van Vlierbergen led Jacobs with a second-place finish. Sam Baran (8th) and Alex Lorenz (10th) also cracked the Top 10. Kayla Guiliano was 19th while Tiffany Johnson placed 28th and Elizabeth Berry was 29th.Huntley’s Katie Mitchell placed 13th followed by Amanda Easley, who was 53rd.Crystal Lake South’s Gabriella Garay, Kiley Britten and Malgorzata Waz placed 24th, 25th and 26th respectively. Laura Biederwolf was 35th and Katie Davis was 47th for the Gators.Marengo’s Katie Adams was the county champion with a time of 18:13.8.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward at Chicago Christian tournament: The Green Wave went 3-2 on the day, taking ninth place. Katie Swanson (31 kills, 7 aces, 51 digs) was named to the all-tournament team. Rena Ranallo (32 kills, 55 digs, 6 aces), Shannon Igelski (24 kills, 17 digs), Allison Kruk (65 digs) and Mallory Gross (4 aces, 73 assists) led the Wave (3-3), who beat Mt. Assisi, Queen of Peace and Reavis and lost to Payton and Aurora Central Catholic.Huntley at Plainfield North: The Red Raiders went 2-3 in the tournament, beating Jones Prep and Oswego East and losing to St. Charles North, Hinsdale South and Crystal Lake South. Kelsey DeWulf had 80 assists, Hailey Vitacco 23 kills, Rachel Kisten 14 kills and Rachel Shores 43 digs to lead Huntley.CL South at Plainfield North: The Gators were 3-2 in the tournament, beating Rosary, Huntley and Bolingbrook and losing to Marian Catholic and Plainfield North. Kylie Portera (6 aces, 7 blocks), Nicole Jurkash (6 aces, 32 digs) and Katie Meyers (40 digs) led CL South.

    Chicago White Sox’s Dewayne Wise hits an RBI-single, scoring Alexei Ramirez and breaking a 3-3 tie, off Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Charlie Furbush during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in Chicago.

    Fill-in Flowers leads Sox to fifth straight win

    Tyler Flowers hit a tying homer and Dewayne Wise delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the Sox' two-run sixth inning, lifting the White Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.


    Doyle, Benet stand tall at invite

    Sheila Doyle is proof that more than size matters on the volleyball court.Benet opponents will soon find that out.Doyle, Benet's 5-foot-4 fireball of a libero, epitomized her team's gritty defense as the No. 10 Redwings beat Lauren Carlini and No. 5 West Aurora 28-26, 25-23 to win the Benet Invite championship on Saturday in Lisle.

    Antioch’s Austin Klotter catches a pass for a second-quarter touchdown during Saturday’s game against Lake Forest Academy.

    Antioch meets Lake Forest Academy’s big challenge

    Antioch eventually brought Lake Forest Academy's larger-than-life team down to size under the hot sun Saturday afternoon. Despite falling behind early, Antioch outlasted the host Caxys Saturday in a 35-26 shootout in the season opener for both teams.


    Bandits one win away from NPF Championship

    With superstar pitchers Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman locked in a pitching duel, the Chicago Bandits captured Game 1 of the NPF Championships Series with a 2-1 victory over the USSSA Pride. Game 2 is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday. If the Pride wins Game 2, the two teams will meet for a decisive Game 3 at 6 p.m. Sunday.


    Eitelbach shoots record 75 for Hersey

    She speaks English, German and a little bit of French. Her golf game spoke volumes on Saturday at the Arlington Lakes Golf Course in Arlington Heights.Junior Flo Eitelbach, a foreign exchange student from Germany, wrote a new chapter in Hersey girls golf history when she fired a seven-over 75 in the Huskies' Orange & Brown Throwdown. Eitelbach's round of 75 is the lowest 18-hole score in Hersey history. The previous low round was held by Megan Rogowski, who shot a 79 on a par-72 course two years ago.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown 3, Deerfield 1: Jose Angeles, Eduardo Arellano and Malik Washington scored goals as the Chargers (2-1) took fifth place at the North Shore Shootout. Christian Martinez had 4 saves in goal for Dundee-Crown.Jacobs 2, Harvard 0: Kenny Finn and Anthony Moscatello had goals for Jacobs in this win at the Jacobs tournament.Jacobs 7, CL Central 0: Eric Soto scored the hat trick for Jacobs as the Golden Eagles won their own invitational. Kyle Klatka scored twice and Kenny Finn and Tommy Gallagher added goals for Jacobs.Burlington Central 4, Freeport 1: Bryce Warner, Christian Moring, Sean Fitzgerald and Ian Graffagna scored goals and Nolan St. John had 3 saves in goal for the Rockets (2-1-1) in this win at the DeKalb tournament.St. Edward 4, Harvest Christian 1: Joe French scored twice with Alex Semler and Johnny Shepard each adding a goal to lead St. Edward (2-1) at the St. Edward tournament. Matt Hesch had 2 saves in goal for the Green Wave. Stuart Wolff scored Harvest’s goal and Chris DeSous awas in the net for the Lions (0-2-1).Westminster Christian 2, Christian Liberty 0: Robert Kleczynski and Collin Sudis scored goals for the Warriors (3-0) in this win at the St. Edward tournament.Larkin 2, Oak Park-River Forest 1: Erik Rodriguez scored both goals for the Royals (2-1) in this nonconference win. Aldair Dominguez had 3 saves in goal for Larkin.South Elgin 3, Taft 1: Quinn Uveges, Matt Padron and Alberto Bustamante scored goals to lead South Elgin to a win at the Maine West tournament. Tyler Shipon (7 saves) and Michael Cortez (6 saves) were in goal for the Storm.

    Matt Forte is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka (94) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Bears’ Cutler: We have to get Matt going
    The Bears have yet to get their running game going in the preseason, and Matt Forte and Michael Bush aren't expected to play much in Thursday's final tuneup.


    Vernon Hills twins twice to capture own tourney

    Vernon Hills' boys soccer team captured the championship of its own Cougar Classic Saturday, rallying to edge Grayslake Central 3-2 and then nipping Zion-Benton 2-1 for the title. Vernon Hills, which improved to 4-0, won the tournament for the first time.


    A Stevenson sweep at New Trier Invite

    Lizzy Ettleson and Michelle Tulchinskaya didn't lose a match, and neither did Stevenson's girls tennis team in winning the New Trier invite Saturday. The Patriots dominated Moline 5-0 and captured 3-2 decisions over Highland Park, Lyons Township and New Trier.

    Glenbard West running back Devante Toney runs up the middle against Wheaton Warrenville South at Glenbard West on Saturday, August 25.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South at Glenbard West football
    The Glenbard West High School football team hosted the Wheaton Warrenville South High School football team Saturday afternoon, August 25th and beat the Tigers 28 to 7.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Glenbard West tight end Nathan Marcus sacks Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Ryan Graham in the third-quarter on fourth down with 13-yards to go at Glenbard West on Saturday, August 25.

    Glenbard West sacks WW South

    After Saturday's mighty impressive showing against Wheaton Warrenville South, Glenbard West football coach Chad Hetlet did his best to temper his team's enthusiasm."You know, it's one game," he said. "We beat them last year and they went to the state championship game, so we've got to take it week by week."Still, it's tough to ignore the strength Glenbard West showed in a 28-7 season-opening win over the rival Tigers on a steamy day at Glen Ellyn's Duchon Field.All three phases contributed for the Hilltoppers. Joe Zito and juniors Scott Andrews and Devante Toney combined for 191 rushing yards, Joe Marconi and third-string linebacker Eric Farley snared interceptions for a defense that produced 6 sacks, and Hayden Carlson's 69-yard third-quarter punt return set up Glenbard West's final touchdown.

    Week -1- Photos from the Antioch at Lake Forest Academy football game on Saturday, August 25.

    Images: Antioch vs. Lake Forest Academy football
    Lake Forest Academy hosted the Antioch Sequoits for football action on Saturday, Aug. 25. Antioch beat Lake Forest Academy 36-35.

    Week -1- Photos from the Downers Grove South vs. South Elgin football game Saturday, August 25, 2012.

    Images: Downers Grove South vs. South Elgin football
    South Elgin hosted Downers Grove South in their home opener of the 2012 high school football season. The Storm beat Downers Grove South 48-35.

    West Aurora’s Miranda Gollwitzer, left, and Waubonsie Valley’s Ashley Bruner make their way past the abbey during the Aurora girls cross county meet at Marmion Saturday August 25, 2012.

    Waubonsie snaps West Aurora’s city streak

    Waubonsie Valley senior Ashley Bruner defended her Aurora City title Saturday at Marmion and in the process helped the Warriors end West Aurora's reign on top of the team standings. Bruner's 19:55 time put her 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Miranda Gollwitzer from West Aurora. Bruner also won this race as a junior, took second her sophomore season and finished 16th when the City meet was held at Oakhurst her freshman year.

    Aurora Centra’s Matt Meyers takes third in the Aurora boys cross county meet at Marmion Saturday August 25, 2012.

    Marmion climbs to the top

    Marmion coach Dan Billish has seen West Aurora win the Aurora City Meet so many times in recent years he was just about ready to focus on second place.


    Jacobs’ Estell has big day at county meet

    For Jacobs senior Tyler Estell, a year has made a big difference. Mired in 50th place at last season's McHenry County Meet, Estell displayed vast improvement Saturday with a solid fifth-place effort.

    South Elgin running back Jeff Broger turns the corner on a long run in the first half against Downers Grove South Saturday in South Elgin.

    South Elgin outlasts Downers Grove South

    The South Elgin football team showed Saturday afternoon its offense can be multi-dimensional. Jeff Broger rushed for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first quarter and Robert Cuda threw 4 second-half touchdown passes as the Storm beat Downers Grove South, 48-35, in the season-opener in South Elgin.


    Viator, BG wrap up Wheaton N. tourney at 2-3

    The St. Viator and Buffalo Grove girls volleyball teams each finished with 2-3 records at the Wheaton North Invite on Saturday. The Lions got a win on Wednesday over Buffalo Grove (25-21, 25-18) and one on Saturday over Andrews 26-28, 25-22, 22-11. For the five-match tourney, Viator was led on attack by Mary Cleary, who was 80-of-102 with 32 kills. She was followed by Megan Mueller (27 kills) and Kristen Abrahamson (22).

    The Cubs’ Brett Jackson right, celebrates with Welington Castillo after hitting a 2-run homer against the Rockies in the fourth inning Saturday. Jackson homered for the second straight game and had his third multihit game.

    Roster already features key call-ups

    Looking ahead to September call-ups for the Cubs? You won't have to look far. Many of them already are here. For that reason, the Cubs are expected to call up just a few players from the minor leagues after Sept. 1, when rosters may expand.

    The Cubs’ Joe Mather throws his helmet after being caught stealing at second base in the seventh inning Saturday at Wrigley Field, a play that manager Dale Sveum said proved extremely costly.

    Latest loss has Sveum scratching his head in disbelief

    There have been days like Saturday for the Cubs and there will be more. Manager Dale Sveum found a few more "teachable moments" in the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.

    Alpha, second from left, with Ramon Dominguez aboard, and Golden Ticket, right, with David Cohen aboard, finish in a dead heat, edging out Fast Falcon, left, with Junior Alvarado aboard, and Atigun, third from left, with Mike Smith aboard, as they both win the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday.

    Historic horse race histroy: Travers finishes in tie

    Alpha and long-shot Golden Ticket finished in a historic dead heat in the $1 million Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.


    IC lets loose in opener

    Quarterback Demetrius Carr had touchdown runs of 23, 16 and 25 yards and threw touchdown passes of 48, 4 and 31 yards to wideout Tim Hipskind in a 77-6 victory against visiting Noble Street Charter on Saturday.


    Girls volleyball: Scouting Northwest

    Here's a preview of the girls volleyball teams in the northwest suburbs.

    Abby Fesl’s setting talents could help Hersey to another banner season.

    Hersey’s Fesl a big success story

    Hersey's Abby Fesl is extending a family tradition of setting excellence the Huskies' girls volleyball program for coach Nancy Lill.


    Warren tops Stevenson for Glenbrook South title

    A simple cross turned into an important goal for Sean Kirwan and Warren's boys soccer team. Kirwan ended up with the game-winning goal to lift Warren past rival Stevenson 2-0 for the championship of the Glenbrook South Invitational in Glenview Saturday.


    Lakes nets come-from-behind North Shore Shootout title

    It's early, but you can start to believe in Lakes' boys soccer team. The Eagles netted the North Shore Shootout title in their second year in the tournament with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Round Lake at Lake Forest Saturday.

    Libertyville cross country coach Mark Buesing.

    Brooks recognizes Buesing’s inspirational impact

    Libertyville boys cross country coach Mark Buesing is one of 25 finalists from across the country for the Most Inspiring Coach Award, presented by shoe and apparel company Brooks Running.


    Palatine, St. Viator on even terms

    Palatine and St. Viator have waged some classic early-season boys soccer battles through the years. Saturday's match in Arlington Heights saw the teams end in a 1-1 draw.


    Wheeling winds up in win column

    Wheeling's boys soccer team had already given up a couple of leads in losses earlier this week. The Wildcats didn't let it happen again as the got their first victory 2-0 over Mundelein in the Glenbrook South tournament.


    Cary, Barrington net a draw

    Cary-Grove and Barrington battled for 80 minutes but neither team could find the net in a scoreless nonconference draw.


    Christian Liberty shows improvement

    Christian Liberty didn't play like the team that finished 1-8 a year ago and was blown out by Luther North. In the rematch Saturday, Christian Liberty rallied with two fourth-quarter TDs but fell short 26-21 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference opener.

    Sergio Garcia, of Spain, hits his second shot on the fifth hole during the third round of The Barclays golf tournament at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

    Garcia builds a 2-shot lead at Barclays

    FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Sergio Garcia survived the fast, slippery greens of Bethpage Black for a 2-under 69 and a two-shot lead in The Barclays.Garcia was three shots behind Nick Watney after 10 holes Saturday and had the lead three holes later when Watney struggled off the tee. The Spaniard played bogey-free over the final eight holes, and stretched his margin to two shots when Watney three-putted the 18th for a 71.Garcia was at 10-under 203 as he goes for his second straight PGA Tour win.Players described the greens as being difficult to hold and even harder to putt. Tiger Woods three-putted four times and had a 72 that left him six shots behind. Also six behind was Phil Mickelson, who played in the morning and had a 67.

    Associated Press Lance Armstrong negotiates the route on his way to a second-place finish in the Power of Four mountain bicycle race at the base of Aspen Mountain in Aspen, Colo., on Saturday. The race is the first public appearance for Armstrong since the U.S. Anti-Doping Association stripped him of his seven Tour de France championships and banned him for life from professional cycling.

    Armstrong says he’s at peace after controversy
    ASPEN, Colo. — Lance Armstrong was feeling just fine even after being beaten by a lanky teenager in a grueling 36-mile mountain bike race.Better than fine, even. He’s more at ease now than he has been in a decade.In his first interview since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency disciplined Armstrong with a lifetime ban from professional cycling and vacated his seven Tour de France titles, he said, “Nobody needs to cry for me. I’m going to be great.”Armstrong couldn’t catch Keegan Swirbul at the Power of Four bike race Saturday, finishing nearly five minutes behind the hard-charging kid.\“It’s cool to get your butt kicked by a 16-year-old when you know he has a bright future,” Armstrong said, smiling.For a few hours, Armstrong was back in his element — on a bike and in a race.No controversies weighing him down, either.The escape into the mountains around Aspen was almost refreshing. He took the time to enjoy a bright, blue day and soak in the scenery.As for what lies ahead, Armstrong wasn’t thinking that far — only toward lunch. Armstrong chatted for a few minutes before saying, “OK, I’m going to go eat a cheeseburger.”Before leaving, though, he posed for pictures with the throng of fans that gathered at the base of a ski lift to watch the racers finish.Asked if there was anything he would to say to his fans, the ones who’ve supported him through the controversy, he said: “I think people understand that we’ve got a lot of stuff to do going forward. That’s what I’m focused on and I think people are supportive of that. It’s great to be out here.”Decked out in black and gold and sporting a Livestrong emblem on his jersey, Armstrong tinkered with his bike and gave a kiss to girlfriend Anna Hansen before pedaling off. Hansen was waiting at the finish, too.So were plenty of other members of the Armstrong entourage.His busy weekend was supposed to include a trail marathon Sunday. But he told The Associated Press two hours later he was going to skip the race.This competition simply took that much out of him. With good reason, given all the climbing the cyclists had to do.And while Armstrong may be banned from cycling, it certainly hasn’t diminished his passion for competition.Only now, these weekend races may have to suffice.“It’s not so much about racing anymore for me,” Armstrong said. “For me, it’s more about staying fit and coming out here and enjoying one of the most beautiful parts of the world, on a beautiful day, on a very hard course. Some may say you’re a little sick to spend your free time doing stuff like this. I had a good time.”So did Swirbul — beating his idol was the highlight of his burgeoning career.Or so he thought. Then came this: Armstrong saying Swirbul was a rider to keep an eye on down the road. Swirbul beamed as he stood next to Armstrong.Swirbul hardly had the heart to tell Armstrong that he won with only one gear — the rest going out early in the race.“I’m so psyched right now,” said Swirbul, who turns 17 on Sept. 2. “I wanted to win this race so bad.”How come?“To beat the 7-time Tour champ,” he said, grinning.To riders such as Swirbul, Armstrong will always be champion of those Tour de France titles, no matter what rulings are made.“It’s just a bunch of bureaucrats causing trouble,” said Max Taam, who trains with Armstrong and finished third Saturday. “I think he’s just happy to move on and be out on his bike.”Armstrong, who retired a year ago and turns 41 next month, said Thursday he would no longer challenge USADA and declined to exercise his last option by entering arbitration. He denied again that he took banned substances in his career, calling USADA’s investigation a “witch hunt” without any physical evidence.

    Roger Federer, from Switzerland, hits a return against Stanislas Wawrinka, from Switzerland, during a semifinals match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Mason, Ohio. Federer won 7-6 (4), 6-3. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Federer, Djokovic, Williams sisters highlight Open

    Just look at Rodger Federer now. Wimbledon champion, once again, stretching his record total to 17 Grand Slam championships. Ranked No. 1, once again. And — heading into Monday's start of the U.S. Open — the favorite to reach the final, once again.

    Boston Red Sox's Adrian Gonzalez, left, singles and drives in a run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Baltimore. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (32) looks on. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Bosox send Gonzalez, Beckett & Crawford to Dodgers

    The Boston Red Sox sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Carl Crawford to the Dodgers on Saturday, parting with the high-priced stars in a nine-player trade that was the biggest swap in Los Angeles' history.

    Chicago Cubs starter Brooks Raley delivers a pitch to the Colorado Rockies in the first inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday.

    Cubs can't muster enough O against Rockies

    Carlos Gonzalez used his speed to beat out a potential double-play ball in the seventh inning and drive in the go-ahead run in the Colorado Rockies' 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Saturday.

    Wheeling’s Noah Ihde hauls in a 32-yard pass in the second quarter for the touchdown against Mundelein.

    Images: Wheeling vs. Mundelein football
    The Wheeling High School Wildcats football team hosted and won 23-22 over the Mundelein High School Mustangs in the opening game of the 2012 high school football season Friday night, August 24th.

    Joey Rhattigan of Neuqua Valley, right, holds off Eric Montgomery, left, of Naperville North.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Naperville North football
    The Naperville North High School football team lost 43-20 to the Neuqua Valley High School football team in the opening game of the 2012 high school football season Friday night, August 24th.

    Fremd running back Jeff McGlade protects the ball from Lake Zurich’s Tanner Kiser.

    Images: Fremd vs. Lake Zurich football
    The Lake Zurich High School Bears football team hosted and were victorious 21-0 over the Fremd High School Vikings in the opening game of the 2012 high school football season Friday night, August 24th

    The Dundee-Crown band opens the 2013 football season with the National Anthem in Carpentersville.

    Images: Elgin vs. Dundee-Crown football
    The Dundee-Crown Chargers hosted and won 54-12 over the Elgin Maroons in opening-night action of the 2012 high school football season in Carpentersville.


    Leyden shuts out Fenton

    Leyden rode the running of Mickey Gulo and the opportunistic passing of Michael Smith in ruining Fenton's home opener, winning going away 34-0 in a nonconference battle.


    Willowbrook edges Glenbard East

    After suffering through a winless season last year, Willowbrook showed heart in its first game this season as it hung on for a 42-41 victory over Glenbard East on Friday night. But that win didn't come easy for the Warriors.


    McHenry rolls up the points vs. Larkin

    Larkin and McHenry were locked in a good battle until the second quarter of Friday's season opener at Memorial Field in Elgin. Then the visiting Warriors capitalized on 3 second-quarter Larkin turnovers and the Royals' porous run defense to turn a 12-10 deficit after a quarter into a 60-20 blowout.


    St. Francis rolls past R-B

    With 2011 Suburban Catholic Conference Blue Division offensive co-MVP Jack Petrando sidelined after a with a knee injury, there may have been a bit of trepidation as St. Francis opened its season Friday night against Riverside-Brookfield. However, a combination of a veteran offensive line and sophomore running back T.J. Jackson quelled any notions of uncertainty as the Spartans ran all over Riverside-Brookfield en route to a 57-12 victory Friday night in Riverside.


    Final drive thwarts Huntley

    At the 3:42 mark in the fourth quarter, new Huntley football coach John Hart looked primed to get his first coaching victory for Huntley after 27 years and 2 state championships in the state of Indiana. And all Huntley had to do to preserve a 26-21 win was hold onto the football to pull off quite an upset in the Fox Valley Conference crossover. Instead, a costly fumble inside the Crystal Lake Central 10-yard line with under 2 minutes remaining opened up the worst case scneario for the Red Raiders and one last chance for the Tigers.


    Addison Trail comes back, beats West Chicago in 2nd OT

    Addison Trail overcame 6 turnovers, including 2 interceptions returned for scores, 12 penalties, and a 21-13 fourth-quarter deficit, eventually leading to a 28-27 double-overtime victory at West Chicago.


    Blocked punt propels Cary-Grove

    Holding a slim 21-13 lead late in the second quarter, Cary-Grove was seeking a big play to take control of Friday's nonconference game with St. Charles East. Mickey Duncan provided the spark Cary-Grove needed. With the Saints' Chris Segretto, punting from the end zone, Duncan blew through St. Charles East's interior front, blocked the punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.


    Metea Valley rallies to hand Kleinhans first win

    No matter the outcome, Friday was going to be a memorable night for Metea Valley's Ben Kleinhans as he coached his first game as a head varsity football coach. The memories will be fonder as Kleinhans watched the Mustangs come from behind three times to post a 24-22 victory over visiting Plainfield East.


    Wheaton North blanks Bartlett

    Last year, it took till the final play for Wheaton North to beat Bartlett in its season opener.It didn’t take as long to secure the victory this year as the Falcons defeated the host Hawks 49-0 in nonconference football play Friday night at Millennium Field in Streamwood.“We knew that they were going to be hungry because we kind of stole one last year,” said Falcons’ coach Joe Wardynski. “But we thought our kids prepared really well this week for them and it showed.”The young Wheaton North offense struggled on the first drive of the game as Bartlett’s defense forced a three-and-out.On the Hawks’ first possession of the game, Aaron Everson broke two big runs of 17 and 27 yards, but on the fourth play from scrimmage Wheaton North’s Beau Martin sacked Bartlett starting quarterback Steve Hrbacek forcing a fumble at midfield which Martin scooped up and ran back 50 yards for the game’s first score two minutes into play.“The defense scoring for us, that was huge,” said Falcons’ starting QB John Peltz. “Our defense came out and did a great job, and the offensive line did a great job protecting me. To put 49 points on the board in the first game, it gives us a lot of confidence.”Hrbacek broke his collar bone on the play and missed the rest of the game as sophomore Jordan Flint took over, and from there it was all Wheaton North.Clayton Thorson caught a 53-yard touchdown pass from Peltz (7-for-11, 103 yards) as the Falcons led 14-0 after the first quarter.Thorson had a big game with 102 rushing yards, 64 receiving yards and 32 passing yards as he took the snaps in the second and fourth quarters. Thorson threw a 16-yard TD pass to Tom Colletti in the second, and Thorson ran for a 57-yard TD in the fourth.“He’s a very talented kid,” Wardynski said. “On any other team, he’s probably their starting QB.”The Falcons led 35-0 at halftime with 6-yard and 2-yard TD runs by Patrick Sharp, and Colletti caught a 2-yard pass in the end zone from Peltz in the third quarter.Bartlett’s offense stuck on the ground with 128 rushing yards led by Everson’s 98.“We wanted to make sure we could run the ball,” said Bartlett coach Tom Meaney. “We were happy with the running game.”


    Manczko, Conant topple Lake Park

    Senior Tim Manczko scored 4 touchdowns to lead Conant past Lake Park 47-28 in a season-opening nonconference game.

    Dundee Crown’s JT Beasley (10) is greeted by his teammates after scoring in the first quarter against Elgin Friday night in Carpentersville.

    Dundee-Crown rolls over Elgin to end streak

    Nearly three years of frustration came out Friday night. The Dundee-Crown football team ended a 26-game losing streaking by routing an undermanned Elgin team, 54-12, in the season opener for both teams in Carpentersville.

    Geneva’s Bobby Hess fumbles the ball near the goal line, leading to an Oswego recovery and return for a touchdown to end the first half .

    Images: Oswego vs. Geneva football
    The Geneva Vikings lost 47-21 to Oswego on opening night of the 2012 high school football season, and the first game on their new home turf at Burgess Field.


    Ritchie, Burlington knock off Hampshire

    Ryan Ritchie helped Burlington Central with his arm and with his legs. In the end, it was just too much for Hampshire. Ritchie ran for 2 touchdowns and set up a field goal with his passing, as the Rockets defeated their rivals, 16-7, in nonconference action in Hampshire. He finished with 105 yards passing and 94 yards rushing.


    Jason Bartlett, outside counsel attorney for Apple, center, leaves the United States Courthouse and Federal building Friday after a jury reached a decision in the Apple Samsung tria.

    Apple’s victory could mean fewer phone options

    Apple Inc.'s $1 billion legal victory could mean fewer smartphone options for consumers to choose from, analysts said.

    The Texas Public Utility Commission listens to a speaker Tuesday during a hearing examining the use of smart meters, in Austin, Texas. As of July 1, nearly 6 million smart meters have been installed in homes with private utilities across Texas since a 2005 law was passed requiring the Public Utilities Commission to develop a smart meter plan.

    Smart meter movement stirs rowdy debate

    Some angry residents are building steel cages around their electric meters, threatening installers who show up with new ones and brandishing Texas flags at boisterous hearings about the utility conversion.

    The problem is that much of the Web is just too overcrowded for tablet displays. When you load up a site on your iPad, you’re often presented with a crush of text, pictures and videos that are jammed up together. It’s time for that to change. The iPad is three years old, and its rise seems unstoppable.

    Web designers should forget the desktop

    Every morning I wake up too early, reach for my iPad, and scan the morning's tech headlines. This is a pathetic enough existence, but the websites I frequent aren't helping. The problem is that much of the Web is just too overcrowded for tablet displays. When you load up a site on your iPad, you're often presented with a crush of text, pictures and videos that are jammed up together.

    These days, when tragedy strikes — children orphaned, adults beaten close to death, students starving in schools — Chinese citizens are increasingly depending not on their government nor officially sanctioned nonprofits, but on Twitter-like microblogs called Weibo for donations.

    Chinese turn to microblogs for donations

    These days, when tragedy strikes — children orphaned, adults beaten close to death, students starving in schools — Chinese citizens are increasingly depending not on their government nor officially sanctioned nonprofits, but on Twitter-like microblogs called Weibo for donations. The emergence of Weibo philanthropy has been spurred on by widespread suspicion and exasperation among Chinese with their government's decades-long stranglehold over the social assistance and charity sector.

    Barnes & Noble Inc., the U.S. bookstore chain working to navigate a shift to digital content, fell after posting a second straight quarterly sales decline in Nook devices.

    Barnes & Noble falls after second consecutive Nook sales drop

    Barnes & Noble Inc., the U.S. bookstore chain working to navigate a shift to digital content, fell after posting a second straight quarterly sales decline in Nook devices.

    Twitter recently announced changes that basically make impossible to build or run an app that relies on Twitter in any significant way without approval from Twitter itself.

    Twitter stomping on potential competitors

    Nothing says "We're ready to compete with Mark Zuckerberg" like smushing legions of seemingly friendly collaborators beneath your feet to prevent them from becoming competitors. That's essentially what Twitter did last week with a blog post announcing a new set of rules for how developers can use its API, or application programming interface.

    Mamfakinch.com won an award from Google and the website Global Voices for its efforts “to defend and promote freedom of speech rights on the internet.” Eleven days after that recognition, however, Mamfakinch’s journalists received an email that was not exactly designed to congratulate them for their work.

    How a fake scandal duped journalists

    An email claiming to reveal a political scandal will grab the attention of almost any journalist. But what if the email was just a ruse to make you download government-grade spyware designed to take total control of your computer? It could happen — as a team of award-winning Moroccan reporters recently found out.

    This product image provided by OnLive Inc, shows tablets displaying a variety of games using the OnLive game controller. OnLive, the video game streaming startup that was full of promise when it was unveiled three years ago, has reorganized its business and cut roughly half of its staff amid financial difficulties. But it says it will continue to operate under the same name and users should not see a change in their service.

    OnLive game streaming company says it will live on

    OnLive, the video game streaming startup that was full of promise when it was unveiled three years ago, has reorganized its business and cut roughly half of its staff amid financial difficulties. But it says it will continue to operate under the same name and customers should not see a change in their service.

    Samsung’s new music service tries to combine four things into one: an all-you-can-listen streaming plan like Spotify, a download store like iTunes, an Internet music storage service like iTunes Match and a radio service like Pandora.

    Review: Samsung’s Music Hub muddies song ownership

    Samsung's new music service tries to combine four things into one: an all-you-can-listen plan like Spotify, a pay-per-song store like iTunes, an Internet music storage service like iTunes Match and a radio service like Pandora. That's a great premise at a great price: At $10 a month, Music Hub promises an affordable, ad-free listening experience.

    On Monday, Apple set a new record for the most valuable company at $621 billion, beating Microsoft’s 1999 high.

    Apple big, but still has room for growth

    Apple, already the most valuable U.S. company in history, has room to grow further as its stock trades at a discount. Investors' attitudes toward Apple in the coming months will hinge on the success of the next iPhone. The company will unveil a revamped version of the handset on Sept. 12.


    PayPal to offer in-store payments thru Discover

    PayPal is expanding its brick-and-mortar payment services to more than 7 million stores across the U.S. in a partnership with Discover Financial Services.

Life & Entertainment

    A Hinsdale home recently placed on the market has an interesting swimming pool.

    Bat symbol graces pool in Hinsdale home

    Usually the Bat signal is spotted in a dark sky over Gotham City. But in one Hinsdale home listed for$2.55 million, the symbol is found under water on the bottom of the pool.

    The All-American Rejects rhythm guitarist Mike Kennerty, right, said fans at Saturday’s show at Benedictine University in Lisle will hear songs from their new album, “Kids in the Street,” which expounds upon the band’s signature sounds.

    Weekend picks: All-American Rejects headlines Benfest

    What better way to start the school year than a concert by rockers The All-American Rejects tonight at Benedictine University's annual BenFest in Lisle? For art lovers, check out the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts or the Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park. Enjoy Broadway favorites and more courtesy of The Symphonic Pops Orchestra of Chicago at the outdoor Summer Breeze Concert in Schaumburg. And don't miss Michael McDermott in concert at the Montrose Room.

    Patient Kim Nguyen, right, and her husband Quang Nguyen at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV.

    New AIDS-like disease appearing in Asians

    Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV. The patients' immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do. What triggers this isn't known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious.

    Terri Rosenthal of Purcellville, Va., and her husband decided to save this 18th-century colonial, built on the old Boston Post Road in North Attleborough, Mass. Rosenthal had it dismantled and moved to Virginia.

    Family hopes to rebuild a historic house for price of new construction

    Terri Rosenthal decided to save an old house after she lost hers. Her family’s three-story Victorian was gone in moments, burned to ashes last year in a fire. She wanted to send a message — that it doesn’t take new construction to get a fresh start. So she’s in the midst of dismantling an 18th-century house in Massachusetts piece by careful piece, packing the house into a tractor-trailer and moving it to the Rosenthals’ contemporary home in Purcellville, Va.

    Exhibition project manager Travis Suazo helped put together the exhibition “100 Years of State and Federal Policy: The Impact on Pueblo Nations,” which will be on display through February at The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

    New exhibit tells history from pueblos' perspective

    For the first time, New Mexico's pueblos have come together to offer their own historical perspective on the effects of 100 years of state and federal policy as part of an exhibit at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Simple black-and-white designs meant to represent turkey feathers form the basis of a timeline that runs through the museum.


    Use of fees determined by condominium association

    Q. We purchased a condo last year. Now there's this thing called association fees we didn't know about when we purchased. We are worried about how much they will charge in the future.


    U.S. would benefit from Danish-style mortgage system

    The first article in this series examined the two obvious strategies for expanding private sector lending as a replacement for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Both are impractical. What is needed is a more robust secondary market. The good news is that a tested model exists in Denmark.


    Resources to help new association board members

    Q. All of the board members of our association are first time owners in an association. Are there resources out there that we can take advantage of which provide education and other information to associations?

    Designer Nicole Richie isn’t an industry novice. She already has gained recognition for her lines Winter Kate and House of Harlow, but the Nicole Richie for Impulse collaboration is her greatest exposure yet.

    Nicole Richie fashions collaboration with Impulse

    You know her by the sunglasses she always has with her. You know her from TV, and you might know her from the tabloids, too, but Nicole Richie isn't convinced any of it works for or against her when it comes to building her design career. Now she is banking on a big fall season. That's when her limited-edition collection for Macy's contemporary department debuts, and she also stars in the ads.

    When a couple becomes serious in their relationship, discussing the possibility of children should be addressed.

    Serious couples should have the kid discussion

    Whether it's having children at all or how many to have, divorce attorneys and therapists said the issue rears regularly, but it's often unrealistic to think couples can close the negotiation on kids before heading to the altar. Talking about it, at the very least, is a good idea before the rings are on.

    This English-inspired country home in South Barrington is located on a cul-de-sac.

    South Barrington home is listing of the week

    This stately, English country home sits amid 2.6 rolling acres in South Barrington, bounded by woods and lowlands. Still owned by the family that built it in 1988, the house has been impeccably maintained and periodically updated.

    Tom Zander, co-owner of Picket Fence Realty in Mount Prospect, believes the real estate market has hit bottom and is on the way back up.

    Housing market experiences noticeable uptick

    The real estate business in the Chicago area has taken a significant spike since March, finally picking up steam, according to Tom Zander of Picket Fence Realty in Mount Prospect.



    The Soapbox

    Our Soapbox opinions are about fans at high school games, gambling expansion and a homeowner whose improvement project just wouldn't quit, among other topics.


    Strikes are form of blackmail
    A Kildeer letter to the editor: How have strikes remained legal all these years, when they are really a form of blackmail — negotiations only if they can strike to get their way.


    Some Romney records must be telling
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Mr. Romney: At least show us these tax records.


    Tougher, quicker sentences are solution
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Want effective gun laws? The only trouble with an effective gun law is that you and many others would be beating your chests and crying that it is unfair to the criminal.


    Roskam ignores need for health law
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I wonder if Peter Roskam has ever gone to the many hospitals in the 6th Congressional District and talked to patients and families who might be scared to death that this illness may mean loss of job or insurance, or wonder how they will be able to pay over $20,000 per year for Cobra.


    A decoding of Walsh’s statements
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I can't figure out if Joe Walsh is just not very smart or if he suffers from "foot-in-mouth" disease. Or does he think we're so dumb that we don't understand that he's talking to his base in code?


    Roskam has integrity, wisdom
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Peter Roskam is one of the wisest and most articulate members of Congress and is fighting hard to spur job growth, balance the budget and combat excessive federal regulations.


    Look beyond the Obama distractions
    A letter to the editor: The real issue is that we have a whiner-in-chief who refuses to accept any responsibility or accountability for any of the disastrous financial policies that have decimated employment, housing values and investments.


    National debt needs our attention now
    A Palatine letter to the editor: We need fewer politicians and more statesmen in Washington. Some have outsourced their legislative duties to lobbyists by signing the no-tax Norquist pledge, and the dialogue on "tax the rich" is misleading.


    Don’t politicize Chicago murders
    A Geneva letter to the editor: On Aug. 6, The Daily Herald printed a letter to the editor by James A. Wagner of Barrington that is irrational, uninformed, misguided, and slightly prejudiced. Mr. Wagner begins discussing the troublesome murder rate in the city of Chicago this year. However, how taxation and regulation relates to homicide is anyone's guess because a large majority of these murders have been linked to gang activity.


    Ryan values don’t match all Christians
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I am ashamed that Paul Ryan should claim to share my Catholic Christian values. His economic plan has been condemned by the American bishops, campaigned against by the American nuns, and is distasteful to those of us who put a high value on helping the poor, the needy, the victims of corporate and social and governmental injustice.


    Thanks to many on storm cleanup
    A Winfield Township letter to the editor: The July 1 microburst ravaged approximately 20 miles of road in unincorporated Winfield Township, leaving residents with huge amounts of tree debris that needed to be removed. This amount of debris was out of the scope of a typical storm damage pickup and Winfield Township found it necessary to seek additional help.


    Democrats don’t get their own ideology
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: No. No. No. I will not let Richard Cohen get away with this one. On Aug. 8, he wrote a column about Jewish success, in Europe, in America and in Israel.


    Do your research on vaccines
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: In his Aug. 13 Fence Post letter, "Now is the time for immunization check," Dr. William Werner cites a recent uptick in whooping cough (pertussis) cases and encourages adults and children who are in contact with babies to get the DTaP vaccine. He fails to tell the whole story.


    A movie to see before election
    A Lombard letter to the editor: I recently saw the movie 2016 and am convinced all voters ought to view this before the November election. The movie, based on the book, is well done and thought-provoking and answers many questions as well as raises many more.


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