Daily Archive : Friday August 31, 2012


    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    Pluses, minuses for the Republican convention

    The Republican convention propelled Mitt Romney into the fall campaign on a high note, thanks to his well-received acceptance speech, an appealing cast of future party leaders and a relentless drumbeat of criticism of President Barack Obama. Yet the proceedings also were clouded by troubling images of Hurricane Isaac and a bizarre performance by actor Clint Eastwood

    Jack Wooldridge of Naperville Central pulls down Ryan Kuhl of Neuqua Valley during Friday’s nonconference game hosted by the Wildcats, who prevailed 41-28.

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    Joseph Berenyi, an Aurora native now living in Oswego, took the gold medal in the 3-kilometer individual pursuit cycling race Friday at the Paralympic Games in London.

    Suburban cyclist wins gold at Paralympics

    A local Paralympian has struck gold in London. Cyclist Joseph Berenyi, an Aurora native now living in Oswego, won the gold medal in the 3-kilometer individual pursuit on Friday.

    Bloomberg News Robert Litan, director of Research for Bloomberg, speaks during the Bloomberg/2012 Tampa Host Committee Economic Development Series Panel: Regulation and Restraint inside the Bloomberg Link during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Fla.

    Number of governments in U.S. shrinks for first time since ’70s

    As a debate rages in Washington over the growth of federal power, the nation's local governments have halted their upward spiral for the first time in four decades.

    Delegates react as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addresses delegates Thursday before speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

    An estimated 30 million watch Romney’s speech

    An estimated 30.3 million viewers watched Thursday's coverage over 11 networks, Nielsen Co. said Friday.


    Dist. 204 teachers OK contract

    Members of the Indian Prairie Education Association voted Friday to approve a two-year contract that would give them raises while also reducing some benefits. The deal was approved by a vote of 1,061 to 582 during balloting that took place at all 34 school buildings in Indian Prairie Unit District 204.

    Nicholas Puccio

    Two men held in Wheeling home invasion

    Wheeling police charged two men, including a cable company employee accused of posing as a service technician, with home invasion after police say they entered a Wheeling woman's apartment and demanded money. A Cook County judge set bail at $100,000 for Nicholas Puccio, 23, of Prospect Heights, and $200,000 for Kevin Summers, 32, of Wheeling.


    Batavia parks invites skateboarders to competition

    Local skateboarders are invited to show off their skills at the Batavia Teen Center's third annual Skateboard Competition on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Blackard Skate-n-Bike Park, 411 S. River St. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. on site, and the competition will begin at noon.

    Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) speaks Friday during a ceremony at which the Federal Electoral Tribunal declared he won the majority of votes in last July’s presidential election, in Mexico City.

    PRI declared winner of Mexico’s presidential vote

    Mexico's highest electoral authority declared Friday that Enrique Pena Nieto was the legitimate winner of the July 1 presidential election, formally opening the transition to a new government despite continuing claims of fraud by the left's second-place finisher.

    An Israeli woman talks on the phone Wednesday after collecting gas masks for her family in a shopping mall in Jerusalem.

    Israelis say U.N. report strengthens Iran warnings

    Israeli officials said on Friday that a new United Nations report adds credibility to their warnings about Iran, as tensions grow between the Jewish state and its allies over how to tackle Tehran's suspect nuclear program.

    Pakistani rescue workers and investigators look at a vehicle Friday where a bomb was planted at Mattani, outside Peshawar, Pakistan.

    Eleven killed in car bombing in Pakistan

    The explosion in Mattani bazaar near the city of Peshawar injured another 20 people and damaged 30 shops, senior police official Abdul Sattar Khan said.

    Farmer Chris Wise stands in one of his fields Friday just south of Champaign and holds an ear of corn hurt by weeks of drought. Wise was scrambling Friday to harvest ahead of the heavy rain expected from the remnants of Hurricane Isaac.

    Illinois braces for heavy rain as Isaac plods north

    Forecasters say that what's left of Hurricane Isaac could pour up to 7 inches on drought-parched central Illinois, with smaller totals to the north and south.

    Tony Miranda takes a break from clearing out his home Friday after it was flooded by Hurricane Isaac in LaPlace, La.

    Waters recede in Louisiana, leaving sopping mess

    Crown Point, Lafitte and other nearby settlements that jut inland from the Gulf are accustomed to high water driven by hurricanes. But Isaac, a relatively weak storm by the standards of Betsy and Katrina, pushed in much more water than expected when it stalled after making landfall.


    Woodstock man arrested in Texas

    A Woodstock man wanted in connection with an aggravated stalking case and on five other arrest warrants for violations of an order of protection was arrested in Texas this week, authorities said Friday. Joseph L. Szpak, of the 300 block of Ridgeland Ave., had been a fugitive since September 9, 2011, when he is believed to have fled to Florida from Woodstock, McHenry County sheriff's department...

    Bartlett Fire Protection District firefighters extinguished a truck fire Friday on Route 59.

    FedEx truck catches fire in Bartlett

    The Bartlett Fire Protection District extinguished a truck fire Friday on Route 59 north of West Bartlett Road. The fire occurred about 4 p.m., and the scene was cleared two hours later.


    Prisons will stay open during negotiations

    Two major Illinois prisons that Gov. Pat Quinn wanted shuttered by Friday will stay open at least another month after an arbitrator ordered the administration to properly negotiate with state workers over the impact of the closures.


    Rolling Meadows molester sent to prison

    A Rolling Meadows man pleaded guilty to molesing an 11-year-old girl. A Cook County judge sentenced Alberto Osorio-Balbuena, 31, to one year in prison and ordered that he register as a sex offender for 10 years.

    Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Schultz retired Friday after 46 years in law enforcement, the last 18 at the Rolling Meadows courthouse.

    Arlington Heights resident bids farewell to law enforcement after 46 years

    Cook County Sheriff's Deputy Stan Schultz of Arlington Heights retired Friday after 46 years in law enforcement, 28 years as a Skokie police officer and 18 as a deputy at the Rolling Meadows courthouse.


    Barrington man’s death due to natural causes

    A 49-year-old Barrington man found dead in a vehicle on the shoulder of Route 53 Thursday died of natural causes, Cook County medical examiner's office officials said Friday.


    Scammer threatens to deport Prospect Hts. man

    Prospect Heights police report a scam with a different twist: the caller threatens to have the victim deported. According to police reports, a male resident purchased an English tutorial through a TV advertisement. Even though he had paid in full, he received a scam phone call last week from a man demanding a supposed balance of $880.


    Judge rejects appeal in Illinois 27th Senate District

    Democrat David Page will appear on the ballot in his bid for the 27th Senate District seat, currently held by Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine. A Cook County judge Thursday ruled that an earlier decision by the Cook County Electoral Board, which overruled a challenge by Tea Party member Beatrice Sutton of Palatine to Page's nominating petitions, couldn't be appealed in the courts.

    Michael L. Listy

    St. Charles man admits sex abuse

    A St. Charles man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a woman who occasionally baby-sat for his infant son. Michael L. Listy, 32, of the 1000 block of South Second Street, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Murder suspect wrote about new life in Canada

    Will County prosecutors say emails written by an Oswego man accused of murdering his family indicate he was planning to fake his own death start a new life in the Canadian wilderness.

    This undated publicity photo released by Rocky Mountain Pictures shows a poster for the documentary film, “2016: Obama’s America.”

    Movie audiences discovering anti-Obama documentary ‘2016’

    Despite the unconventional release of "2016: Obama's America," the movie is now among the most successful political documentaries of all time — and it doesn't show signs of cooling down ahead of the presidential election.

    An Illinois State Police vehicle is parked in front of a trucking business at 412 E. North Ave. in Streamwood, where Adylbek Kozubaev was arrested Friday morning. Authorities say Kozubaev threatened to blow up a mall in Davenport, Iowa, Wednesday.

    Bomb threat suspect caught in Streamwood

    A man who authorities say threatened to blow up a mall in Davenport, Iowa, was arrested outside a Streamwood business Friday. Adylbek Kozubaev, 22, was taken into custody without incident about 10:30 a.m. at 412 E. North Ave. by members of the FBI, Cook County sheriff's office and Streamwood Police Department.


    Arlington Heights to discuss Lutheran Home project Tuesday

    The Arlington Heights Village Board will take up a controversial Lutheran Home remodeling proposal at its Tuesday night meeting and officials said they are expecting a big crowd.

    Schaumburg’s Miss Septemberfest 2011 Ali Roller, left, crowns Mariah Ghant of Conant High School as Miss Septemberfest 2012 at Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club in Hoffman Estates Friday.

    Schaumburg’s Miss Septemberfest 2012 crowned

    Mariah Ghant of Conant High School was named Schaumburg's Miss Septemberfest 2012 Friday at a special luncheon held by The Rotary Club of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates. Ghant was selected from among five semi-finalists to serve as Miss Septemberfest throughout the three-day festival this Labor Day weekend.


    Probation for Des Plaines man charged with possession, battery

    A Cook County judge sentenced a Des Plaines man to 24 months probation in exchange for his guilty pleas to aggravated battery to a police officer and possession of a controlled substance, Devon McKenzie, 23, must also pay $1,189 in fines, court records show.

    Stevenson High School students set a world record for largest robot dance in 2010.

    Stevenson High aiming for second Guinness record with salsa dance

    In what's become an annual tradition, Stevenson High School students will try to set a third world record with an upcoming fundraising stunt. This time, participants will gather Sept. 15 to attempt to set a Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of people salsa dancing with glow sticks. The current record is 418 people.

    St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte

    DeWitte decides not to seek re-election in April

    St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte announced Friday he will not seek re-election in the spring, ending 20 years as an elected official.

    This series of booking photos, released by the Epping, N.H., Police Department, shows Joyce Coffey, arrested four times in 26 hours Tuesday and Wednesdsay, three times for playing loud music.

    New Hampshire woman arrested 4 times in 26 hours

    Authorities say a New Hampshire woman has been arrested four times in 26 hours for blasting the AC/DC song "Highway to Hell" and other loud music from her home and for throwing a frying pan.

    Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, announces at a news conference Friday at his Atlantic City, N.J., casino, that the casino will let gamblers cash in nearly $1 million worth of chips they won at card games in which the cards were not shuffled.

    Casino to pay winners in unshuffled card case

    The Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City says it will let gamblers cash in nearly $1 million worth of chips they won in a card game where the decks were unshuffled.

    Corey Grotefendt, right, and colleague Don Baykowski drive pears into the ground Wednesday in an effort to stabilize the foundation of Carl DeVaughan’s settling Missouri home.

    Homes cracking due to drought-parched soil

    Drought-related home damage is reported in 40 of the 48 contiguous states, and experts say damage to homes could exceed $1 billion.

    Associate Press Evan Jager celebrates after winning the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Thursday. The Jacobs High School grad advanced to the Olympics but finished sixth in the event.

    Algonquin Olympian to meet fans, sign autographs

    Evan Jager, the Jacobs High School graduate who represented the United States at the London Olympics, will return to his hometown of Algonquin on Wednesday to greet fans.

    From left, director Ramin Bahrani, actor Zac Efron, actress Maika Monroe, an unidentifird guest, and producer Justin Nappi arrive Friday for the premiere of the movie ‘At Any Price’ at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice.

    ’At Any Price’ transports Iowa to Venice

    The movie 'At Any Price' premiers in competition at the Venice Film Festival and stars Dennis Quaid as Henry Whipple, a fourth-generation farmer faced with the dilemma `'expand or die" and his second son, Dean, played by Zac Efron, who sees his future behind the wheel of a race car, not a tractor.


    $100,000 bond for Rolling Meadows man on drug charges

    Cook County Sheriff's Police charged a Rolling Meadows man with delivery of a controlled substance, a class X felony, after they say he tried to sell undercover officers a kilogram of cocarine. A Cook County judge ordered Inez Lopez-Mendoza, 44, held on $100,000 cash bond, meaning he has to post the entire amount to be released from custody

    A vertebra from an extinct Harlan’s muskox is on display at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

    Springfield man finds muskox vertebra from Ice Age

    The vertebra of an extinct Harlan's muskox from the Ice Age went on display Friday at the Illinois State Museum after a Springfield man made the rare discovery in the drought-shallowed Sangamon River.


    Farmers can transport hay on Illinois interstates

    A new policy put into effect due to drought conditions in Illinois means farmers will be able to transport hay loads on interstates. Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider on Friday announced that workers will be able to transport hay loads up to 12 feet wide on all state routes and interstates.


    Costs rise to fix Grant Park after Lollapalooza

    Promoters of the Lollapalooza music festival have increased the amount of money they say is needed to restore Grant Park after this year's event.


    SIU student hospitalized after 4th-floor fall

    A student at Southern Illinois University's campus in Carbondale is in the hospital after he fell from a fourth-floor residence hall window.

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined Thursday by Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, waves to delegates. For the first time since 1952 the top candidates didn’t talk of war in their acceptance speeches.

    First since ’52: No talk of war in GOP speech

    WASHINGTON — With America embroiled in its longest armed conflict, Mitt Romney became the first Republican since 1952 to accept his party’s nomination without mentioning war.

    Construction workers finish up work Tuesday on the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington.

    Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool reopens in D.C.

    The reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall reopened Friday after a two-year, $34 million reconstruction, completing the largest National Park Service project funded by President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package.

    The family of a man who drowned in August 2011 while saving a child from drowning has sued the city of Geneva for wrongful death, arguing the city has not done enough to restrict access from the dam on the Fox River.

    Geneva seeks to dismiss lawsuit over 2011 dam drowning

    A judge will decide next week whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by relatives of a Naperville man who drowned in August 2011 trying to save a boy who fell in the water near the Geneva dam.


    Downtown Aurora bookstore aims to ‘cultivate community’

    A used book shop that plans to double as a cultural programming space is gathering the inventory, volunteers and furnishings it needs to open by Oct. 15 in downtown Aurora. Culture Stock bookstore, operated by the nonprofit L.I.F.T. Aurora, will use proceeds from used book sales to host book talks and other community gatherings. "We're aiming for it to be a civic space for cultivating community...

    University of Illinois employee Ron Luna grooms the artificial turf Friday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign Illinois is scheduled to open the NCAA college football season on Saturday against Western Michigan. Forecasters say there could be a soaking that produces 6 to 8 inches or more of rain. But school officials say the brand-new turf can drain about 10 inches of rain an hour.

    Isaac promises drought relief, lousy holiday

    The remnants of Hurricane Isaac will move straight through some of the hardest hit drought states: Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

    Glenn Dean, a National Parks Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, inspects tent cabins Tuesday for mice entry points at Curry Village at Yosemite National Park.

    Thousands call Yosemite hotline to ask about virus

    At least six rangers staffed phones this week at Yosemite National Park as visitors frightened about a growing outbreak of a deadly mouse-borne virus flooded lines seeking answers.


    Arrest made in gruesome case of burned Ohio woman

    A young woman was charged with murder Friday in the gruesome death of a woman found covered in burns and wailing in agony on the side of a rural Ohio road last weekend.

    Ni Hao, the stowaway kitten from Shanghai at the Los Angeles County Animal Care Control Carson Shelter in Gardena, Calif.

    Stowaway cat from China adapting to new home

    A stowaway kitten who survived a three-week ocean voyage from China to California trapped in a storage container without food or water has found a new home.


    Government ending Wyoming wolf protections

    The federal government will end protections for wolves in Wyoming, where the effort to revive the predator from near extinction in the United States began about 20 years ago.


    Ohio woman first death linked to new swine flu

    The death of a 61-year-old Ohio woman is the first in the nation associated with a new swine flu strain, the state Department of Health said Friday.

    Allison Niemela

    Batavia Park District goes in-house for new director

    The Batavia Park District has promoted its marketing director, Allison Niemela, to executive director. Niemela has been filling in as interim executive director since February.

    Piper Van Wagenen, one of Neil Armstrong’s 10 grandchildren, waits Friday prior to a memorial service celebrating the life of Neil Armstrong.

    Astronauts, family mourn humble hero Armstrong

    Hundreds of people attended a closed service for Neil Armstrong Friday at a private club in suburban Cincinnati. A national memorial service has been scheduled for Sept. 12 in Washington.


    New D50 assistant principal

    Trina Metz has been hired as assistant principal of Woodland Middle School in Gurnee.


    Two pedestrians struck by car

    Two pedestrians were struck by a car while walking across O'Plaine Road near Gurnee village hall, police said.


    MHS college planning night

    Harrison Andes, the assistant director of admissions at Northwestern University is the featured speaker at the Mundelein High School Senior College Planning Night on Thursday, Sept. 6.


    D76 election packets

    Petition packets for those wishing to run for the Diamond Lake Elementary District 76 school board are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the district office at West Oak Middle School, 500 Acorn Lane, Mundelein.

    John Aprile

    Fox Lake man charged with heroin posession, sale

    John Aprile, 53, of the 100 block of Nippersink Drive, Fox Lake, is held in lieu of $50,000 bail after being busted for selling heroin to undercover police officers, Fox Lake police said.

    The main floor of Time Warner Cable Arena is shown Friday during the public unveiling of Democratic National Convention’s facilities in Charlotte, N.C.

    Democrats hit bumps on the road to Charlotte

    When Democrats from around the country gather next week in Charlotte to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term, some may not feel completely at home despite the Southern hospitality.


    Fox Valley police briefs
    Several men tried to cash fraudulent checks Aug. 23 at The Associate Bank, 2001 Larkin Ave., in Elgin, according to police reports. All the checks had valid numbers but were made out to different people in different amounts by Morgan Harbour, a Chicago area general contracting company, reports said. Two men successfully cashed checks for $2,358 and $2,953 the morning of Aug. 23 and two other men...


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jordan P. Matzen-Campise, 18, of Geneva, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery at 9:45 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of Eagle Brook Drive, according to a police report. She was also given a ticket for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.


    Lakemoor selects new police chief

    A veteran of the Lake County sheriff's office has been named Lakemoor's new police chief, Mayor Todd Weihofen announced Friday. David Godlewski replaces William Kushner as chief. Kushner resigned in August to become Des Plaines' top cop.


    Mediation sought in Geneva teachers’ contract talks

    A federal mediator has been requested to resolve contract negotiations between the Geneva Education Association and the Geneva school district. The teachers' contract expired Aug. 15.

    The Palatine Historical Society is erecting several plaques at sites of historical significance. Director Marilyn Pedersen, from left, watches as historian David Hammer and American Data Center Vice President Ronald Blum install a plaque on Blum’s building at 25 W. Palatine Road.

    Palatine Historical Society erecting plaques downtown

    The Palatine Historical Society is erecting several plaques throughout the downtown area at sites of historical significance. "We've wanted to do this for years, especially because so many of the buildings have come down," said Marilyn Pedersen, coordinator of the Clayson House Museum. "We want people to know and appreciate what used to be there."

    Officials investigate the scene of a shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. At least three people have died in the shooting. A law enforcement official briefed on the shooting says the person believed to be the shooter is among the dead.

    Official: 3 dead in NJ supermarket shooting

    A New Jersey supermarket employee opened fire at the closed store early Friday as a dozen or more colleagues worked inside, killing two of them and himself, a prosecutor said.

    DuPage County now has seen 10 confirmed cases of West Nile virus this summer and one West Nile-related death, the county health officials said Friday.

    West Nile total climbs to 10 cases in DuPage

    DuPage County officals are reporting 10 confirmed cases of West Nile virus this summer and one West Nile-related death. People affected by the virus range in age from their 20s to 70s and live in Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville and Villa Park.


    Finalists named for Lake County associate judge position

    Christen L. Bishop and Elizabeth M. Rochford have been named finalists for the associate judge vacancy in the 19th Judicial Circuit created by the appointment of George Bridges to circuit judge.

    A parachute demonstration during the EAA Oshkosh Airshow on July 28.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 27th.

    Ray Kincaid

    Kincaid weighing run for Hoffman Estates mayor

    Hoffman Estates Trustee Raymond Kincaid confirmed Thursday he will run for municipal office next spring, but he is not sure whether it will be formayor or trustee. "I'm weighing my options," he said Thursday.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Hanover Park police executed two traffic stops that ended with multiple charges and multiple warrants served on Hanover Park men. One was charged with several traffic violations including aggrvated DUI, and held on three warrants. The other was charged with driving while license revoked and held on six warrants.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a 2005 Volvo tractor out of a business lot at 2100 Busse Road in Elk Grove Village between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Value was estimated at $80,000. And thieves stole a 2005 TLM Trailmobile Alumvan trailer out of a lot at 1200 Busse Road, between May 25 and Aug. 20. Value was estimated at $50,000.


    Elgin screening of Latino Film Festival favorite

    Elgin will host a movie screening by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago next week and some hope the connection won't stop there. "Alguien Ha Visto a Lupita?/Has Anyone Seen Lupita?" was a fan favorite in the Latino Film Festival in Aprill. People can see the comedy at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Marcus Theatres, 111 S. Randall Road, in Spanish with English subtitles. A reception will...

    Renato Solidum, head of the Philippine seismology agency, points to an area on a Philippine map where the epicenter of the earthquake happened during a press conference in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines on Friday Aug. 31, 2012. A 7.6-magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday, killing at least one person in a house collapse and setting off small tsunami waves about 0.1-foot-high. Most coastal residents fled to high ground and power was knocked out in several cities.

    Quake off Philippines spurs small tsunami; 1 dead

    MANILA, Philippines — A 7.6-magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday, killing at least one person in a house collapse, knocking out power in several towns and generating negligible tsunami surges.

    Ann Romney, wife of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. “Ann is doing it right,” said Stylesight’s Sharon Graubard, who calls it “an expensive suburban look.”She added: “She’s humanizing her husband, and she looks clean and friendly. Someone in our office said she looks like the Million-Dollar Mom.”

    Ann Romney’s fashion: tasteful, conservative, appropriate

    Ann Romney's tasteful, conservative and appropriate wardrobe largely reflects the image that she has carved for herself this week at the Republican National Convention. She wore dresses in bright red, pretty pink and, on Thursday, light blue — a gesture at reaching across the political aisle? But she might have to go deeper into the White House — all the way into Michelle Obama's...

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.

    Oops! Florida Sen. Rubio endorses more government?

    Tea party favorite Marco Rubio had one of those did-he-just-say-that moments by jumbling words in his Republican National Convention speech to accidently advocate for bigger government at the expense of liberty.

    President Barack Obama walks from the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, to Marine One, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, en route to El Paso, Texas.

    Obama visits Texas to mark Iraq war anniversary

    President Barack Obama is serving up an election-year reminder that he ended the Iraq war, visiting a Texas military base two years to the day that he formally declared the end of the U.S. combat mission.

    Actor Clint Eastwood addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.

    Ann Romney: Eastwood is ‘a unique guy’

    Ann Romney says she appreciates the support Clint Eastwood gave her husband's presidential bid, even if the actor's bizarre monologue at the GOP convention isn't earning rave reviews.

    Ann Romney talks to the crowd about husband presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a departure rally after the Republican National Convention, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla.

    Romney to visit storm-damaged Louisiana

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney ordered a detour to hurricane-damaged Louisiana on Friday as he campaigned his way out of the Republican National Convention on the final leg of his quest for the White House.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in Lakeland, Fla.

    Romney begins fall campaign with economic pledge

    Mitt Romney is making the first stop of his fall campaign for the White House a visit to hurricane-damaged Louisiana, hoping to convince Americans he is not just the right man to fix the economy but an all-around leader for the nation. President Barack Obama, for his part, served notice that he will use his powers of incumbency to make Romney's mission hard.

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney waves to delegates after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.

    Not in Romney speech: Afghanistan, Social Security

    Social Security. Medicare. Iraq. Afghanistan. Illegal immigration. They're all costly to taxpayers and the next president presumably will have to address them to one degree or another. Yet GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made no mention of those issues Thursday in his wide-ranging acceptance speech that closed the Republican National Convention.

    Erin Brumfield Grima hugs a client who is being stepped down to a foster home after completing his therapy at Larkin Center in Elgin. Brumfield Grima is a therapist and administrator at Larkin Center. The kids in her residential unit are 8 to 15 who have had sexually problematic behavior.

    Moving Picture: Larkin counselor never gives up on kids

    Erin Brumfield Grima works at Larkin Center in Elgin with kids who have issues with past sexual abuse. "When you work with kids for awhile you can see that the idea that somebody would be invested in them when nobody has been invested in them in their life ever does make a difference," she said. "They might not ever tell you, but you can see that it makes a difference for them. They'll make...


    Iran pushes to blunt UN nuke agency powers

    VIENNA — Under pressure from a U.N. nuclear agency probe, Iran is urging member countries to revamp the agency in a way that would dilute the power of nations that fear it may be trying to make atomic arms, while giving its allies more authority.


    Activists: Rebels, Syrian troops clash in Aleppo

    BEIRUT — Syrian rebels have begun a major operation in the Aleppo region, aiming to strike at security compounds and bases around Syria’s largest city, activists said Friday.

    In this 2007 file photo, former Soviet Defense Minister, Marshal Sergei Sokolov, left, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right. Sergei Sokolov, the Soviet defense minister fired by the Politburo after a German teenager landed his plane on Moscow’s Red Square in the 1980s, has died. He was 101.

    Russian marshal fired over Red Square landing dies

    MOSCOW — Sergei Sokolov, the Soviet defense minister fired by the Politburo after a German teenager landed his plane on Moscow’s Red Square, has died. He was 101.Russian media reported Sokolov’s death without specifying the date or place where he died.


    IDOT suspends routine road work for holiday

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is suspending nonemergency road work during the holiday weekend to ease traffic congestion. Officials also released locations of lanes under construction that will remain closed.


    Two charged, one injured in Naperville garage fight

    Two Aurora women have been charged on counts of aggravated battery to a police officer after they were spotted damaging cars in a Naperville parking garage. Sgt. Gregg Bell of the Naperville Police said one of their friends also was injured in a fight with another group of people, and that the incident remains under investigation.


    Isaac: 2 found dead in La. home in flooded area

    BRAITHWAITE, La. — Authorities say the bodies of a man and a woman have been found in a home in the flood-ravaged Louisiana community of Braithwaite.

    Tony Rodriguez, right, carries his baby daughter Nicole as they and his wife Jodi Clelland leave their flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac in Slidell, La., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Isaac is now a tropical depression and the center was on track to cross Arkansas on Friday and southern Missouri on Friday night, spreading rain as it goes.

    Misery in La. as Isaac flooding leaves power out

    Isaac sloshed northwards into the nation's midsection Friday after flooding stretches of Louisiana and knocking out power, leaving entire water-logged neighborhoods without lights, air conditioning or clean water. It will be a few days before the soupy brown water recedes and people forced out of flooded neighborhoods can return home. And the damage may not be done.


    Celebs tweet about Eastwood at RNC

    A sampling of celebrity tweets in response to Clint Eastwood’s odd conversation with an invisible President Barack Obama in an empty chair before the Republican National Convention on Thursday:— “This seat’s taken.” — President Barack Obama, accompanied by a photo of the back of Obama’s chair with him sitting in it.


    Ind. pharmacist sentenced for $3.5M Medicaid fraud

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A central Indiana pharmacist has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for submitting $3.5 million in Medicaid reimbursements for drugs that doctors had never prescribed for patients.


    3 banks robbed in St. Louis area

    St. Louis-area police are investigating a busy day of bank robberies and believe two of them may be related.Three robberies occurred Thursday. A man robbed a U.S. Bank branch inside an Edwardsville, Ill., Schnucks grocery store about 1:30 p.m. About 45 minutes later, a similar-looking man robbed the U.S. Bank in Collinsville, Ill.


    Deal reached to keep NE Ind. military museum open

    AUBURN, Ind. — A military museum in northeastern Indiana will remain open under an agreement to end a bank’s foreclosure lawsuit.


    Illinois gets $1M for consumer insurance help

    Illinois has received a $1 million federal grant to improve how it helps consumers who have complaints about insurance industry practices.Illinois Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron announced the award Thursday. The funding comes through the Affordable Care Act, the national health care law.


    Most residents back after Evansville tower’s fire

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Most residents have been allowed to return to a 10-story apartment building in Evansville after two days of repairs from a smoky fire that killed one person.


    Public should be wary of disaster-donation scams

    The Better Business Bureau is warning Illinoisans to be wary of scam artists pretending to be charities collecting money to help people affected by Tropical Storm Isaac.


    Expert says Vaughn’s jacket has suspicious bullet pattern

    An expert’s testimony in the trial of a man accused of killing his wife and three children indicate bullet holes show someone wrapped a jacket around the handgun allegedly used in the shooting.


    Dawn Patrol: Mitt Romney’s promise; charges in school bus crash

    Romney accepts GOP presidential nomination. Charges pending against man who fled Bartlett crash with school bus. Barrington man found dead in vehicle along Route 53. Hundreds gather for drug overdose vigil. West Chicago man guilty in 2010 St. Charles DUI crash that injured woman. Bears finish preseason with a win.

    Pat Benatar performs with Neil Giraldo Sunday, Sept. 2, at Naperville’s Last Fling.

    Naperville Jaycees’ Last Fling sends summer off in style

    If you had a good friend who was leaving town until late next spring, you'd throw a goodbye party to send your pal off in style and let them know they'll be missed. That's just how the Naperville Jaycees club feels about summer, and the Jaycees and their volunteers are throwing that party — the annual Labor Day weekend Last Fling festival. The fest runs Friday through Monday, Aug. 31 to...


    Elk Grove H.S. trying to help 'at risk' students

    Elk Grove High School is making an extra effort to catch potential dropouts and unsuccessful students, by inviting some sophomores who are struggling into a program all their own. "Rather than resting on the fact that most students are doing well, we want to make sure we are serving the needs of all of them," said Glenn Simon, associate principal for instruction.

    The Kane County Forest Preserve commission's utilization and planning committee agreed to allow such hunting, during the state's deer hunting season, at Freeman Kame and Brunner forest preserves in Gilberts and Dundee Township, respectively.

    Kane forest panel OKs deer culling by hunting

    Kane County bow hunters could help reduce the deer population in two forest preserves this fall under a plan a committee approved Thursday. The preserve commission's utilization and planning committee agreed to allow such hunting, during the state's deer hunting season, at Freeman Kame and Brunner forest preserves in Gilberts and Dundee Township, respectively.

    David Northern

    Lake County housing agency joins suit against U.S. government

    Lake County Housing Authority officials have agreed to join similar agencies across the country in a lawsuit against the federal government over the loss of funding for operations. Specifically, the legal fight stems from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development withholding nearly $550,000 in operating subsidies from Lake County this year, citing excess money in reserve, officials...



    Defense sets tone for Elk Grove

    D' was the key for Elk Grove on Friday night at Hoffman Estates. Senior Grenadiers defensive back Kishan Patel grabbed a clutch first-half interception, linebacker Mike Bishoff had two blitzing sacks, and the rest of the defense excelled in a 31-0 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory over the Hawks.


    Lisle comes back for win

    Trailing 17-13 at halftime, something clicked for Lisle.The Lions used a dominant second half en route to a 27-17 Interstate Eight Conference crossover victory against Herscher Friday night at Benedictine University in Lisle.


    Clemons, Larkin run past West Chicago

    After Larkin's 24-7 nonconference football win Friday at West Chicago nobody should have any doubt about how Royals' junior running back/safety Damion Clemons feels about the responsibility of carrying the ball. "I like getting the ball," said Clemens with a confident smile on his face. Clemons carried the ball for 181 yards on 12 carries and 2 long touchdowns. The two-way player also returned an interception for a touchdown. His three scores came on plays of 70, 66 and 65 yards respectively.

    Glenbard North quarterback Brian Murphy scrambles with the ball against Carmel defenders on Friday in Mundelein.

    Big plays favor Glenbard North

    Considering there were two fast, swarming defenses on the field, Friday's Carmel-Glenbard North clash didn't figure to include so many fireworks. On the second play of the game, Carmel wingback Tim Serio swept right for a 70-yard touchdown run, but the host Corsairs finished the first half with just 3 first downs. Glenbard North's workhorse tailback, junior Justin Jackson, was tackled for a safety, and was stopped for negative gains five times before halftime. He would eventually finish with 162 rushing yards on 26 carries. The Panthers' defense made the biggest plays. A 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior Mario Rodriguez changed the momentum in the second quarter and Glenbard North went on to win 31-16.


    St. Francis defeats Vernon Hills

    St. Francis quarterback Michael Robinson outdueled Vernon Hills quarterback Brett Peterson in the Spartans' home opener Friday night, winning on a Chris Smith 5-yard touchdown run with 1:06 remaining in the game 28-21. "We knew they were a good team," said Vernon Hills coach Tony Monken, "We knew they could score. We had our opportunities. They just made a few more plays than we did." Monken just shook his head when reminded of the game these two teams played last year, in which St. Francis (2-0) won on a 2-point conversion with three-seconds left.


    Glenbard South makes opening night one to remember

    Just when it seemed Bloom Twp. had put Glenbard South in a hole for good, the Raiders climbed out and stole a victory away.A Zach Smith touchdown with 58.8 seconds to play ended a 9-play, 97-yard drive and gave the Raiders a 31-27 victory in the first game on their new FieldTurf.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Justin Markham of Naperville Central pulls down Reggie Ervin of Neuqua Vally during the Naperville Central at Neuqua Valley football game Friday.

    Neuqua Valley overcomes Naperville Central

    Neuqua Valley, an eight-time playoff qualifier since it began varsity football in 1998, had never started a season 2-0. The Wildcats finally got it done Friday night at home in south Naperville, beating Naperville Central 41-28 on the heels of their first nonconference win over Naperville North.


    Crystal Lake S. bests Crystal Lake C.

    Lake Larson dreamt of this day since he was a little kid. In some ways, some still might look at him as that little kid, The Crystal Lake South defensive back, who features a 5-foot-7, 175-pound frame that seems even shorter in person, might be one of the shorter kids on the field. But don't let that size fool you. He's the perfect example of what to do when your number gets called when a teammate goes down. Larson, who filled in for an injured Brandon LaPak and looked for redemption in his senior season return after not playing his junior year, played more like Brian Urlacher on Friday and was instrumental in South's 16-6 Fox Valley Conference crossover win over crosstown rival Crystal Lake Central at Ken Bruhn Field in front of roughly 4,000 fans

    A bronze sculpture by Brian Maughan and Douglas Kwart of Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker is unveiled outside Miller Park on Friday.

    Uecker statue dedicated at Miller Park

    Bob Uecker, affectionately dubbed "Mr. Baseball" by Johnny Carson in the 1970s, joined Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig as the fourth person to have a statue outside the main gates at Miller Park.

    St. Edward’s DaVontae Elam is wrapped up by Aurora Christian’s Noah Roberts as he dives for extra yards to set up a touchdown run during the first half Friday night in Elgin.

    Aurora Christian shows its mettle

    After coaching in the Suburban Christian Conference for several years, St. Edward head coach Mike Rolando knows a thing or two about facing powerful state champions and what makes those teams champions. The Green Wave faced defending Class 3A state champion Aurora Christian Friday night at Greg True Field in Elgin and they had a plan — defend against the combination of Chad Beebe and Ryan McQuade. That duo combined for 4 touchdowns last week so St. Edward did all it could to stop the Eagle passing game and it worked — kind of. McQuade struggled throwing 4 interceptions this week but the Eagles showed what makes a champ as they changed gears and rushed for 4 TDs and gained 295 yards on the ground to pull away for a 42-10 victory.

    Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes struggled late in the game Friday against San Jose State.

    No. 21 Stanford holds off San Jose State

    Jordan Williamson kicked a career-long 46-yard field goal and the go-ahead score from 20 yards, and No. 21 Stanford survived a 20-17 win over San Jose State on Friday night in its first game since Andrew Luck left.


    Waubonsie goes coconuts for win

    Waubonsie Valley may have discovered a new secret weapon in Friday's 54-28 nonconference win at Oswego: it's called coconut water.There's no doubt that on a hot, humid night when at least half a dozen players needed to be helped off the field with leg cramps the coconut water paid dividends for Waubonsie's Austin Guido. The senior running back scored a personal-best 5 touchdowns, ran for 213 yards and even stepped in to snap on an extra-point attempt because the regular snapper was sidelined with cramps.

    Oakland’s Brandon Moss scores as Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia waits for the ball in the second inning Friday in Oakland, Calif.

    A’s demolish Red Sox 20-2

    Brandon Moss had career highs of four hits, four RBIs and four runs, Josh Reddick hit his first career grand slam, and the Oakland Athletics routed the Boston Red Sox 20-2 on Friday night to match their best winning streak of the season at seven.


    Turnovers don’t stop Fenton

    Fenton limited the damage of 5 turnovers and scored 21 unanswered points in the second half for a 47-18 nonconference victory at Maine West.

    Ryan Kuhl of Neuqua Valley is pulled down by Kevin Nowak of Naperville Central.

    Images: Naperville Central at Neuqua Valley football
    Neuqua Valley hosted and won over Naperville Central 41-28 for football Friday night, August 31.

    Mariners catcher Jesus Montero watches as the Angels’ Kendrys Morales singles in a run in the fourth inning Friday in Seattle.

    Morales, Hunter help Angels end Mariners’ streak

    Kendrys Morales drove in four runs and Torii Hunter had four hits, helping the Los Angeles Angels snap the Seattle Mariners' eight-game home winning streak with a 9-1 win Friday night.


    Batavia dominates more than score shows

    Batavia junior Anthony Scaccia rushed for three times as many yards as the entire Plainfield East team did during Friday's home opener. He also had twice as many receiving yards as the Bengals. Despite such statistical aberrations, the Bulldogs found themselves in a dogfight with the guests before finally caging them with three second half touchdowns to win, 30-14.


    WW South falls to 0-2 again

    It's a rerun Wheaton Warrenville South's football team would prefer not to watch.But here it is again: A winless Tigers team after Friday's 19-13 loss to Maine South in Wheaton. While there's solace in losing Glenbard West, perhaps the top team in Class 7A, and the Hawks (2-0), arguably the best team in 8A, repeating last year's 0-2 start was not the plan for WW South. Even though the Tigers eventually advanced to last year's 7A final, they know they've got a tough road ahead entering DuPage Valley Conference play.


    Wheaton North rolls past Geneva

    Johnny Peltz, a senior, and Clayton Thorson, a junior, each threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and No. 10 Wheaton North rolled to a 34-7 win over Geneva on Friday at Wheaton's Rexilius Field.

    Aurora Christian’s Brandon Walgren comes close to an interception in the second quarter as St. Edward’s Andrew Yarwood pulls him down.

    Images: Aurora Christian vs. St. Edward football
    Aurora Christian visited Elgin and won 42-10 over St. Edward in week two of prep football action Friday night in Elgin.


    Schaumburg takes big second step

    Schaumburg was looking for big improvement from Week 1 and the mission was accomplished with a 35-7 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory over Wheeling.

    Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell, right, rushes against Boise State’s Jeremy Ioane during the first quarter Friday in East Lansing, Mich.

    No. 13 Michigan St. grinds out win over No. 25 Boise St.

    Le'Veon Bell ran for a career-high 210 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 8:12 remaining in No. 13 Michigan State's 17-13 victory over No. 24 Boise State on Friday night.


    Hampshire beats DeKalb on final play

    With 40 seconds left and Hampshire tied with DeKalb 27-27, Hampshire coach Dan Cavanaugh was thinking about his plays for overtime. But the Whip-Purs had other ideas. Kyle Anderson found Brendan Waterworth for 52 yards to the 2-yard line and, after a penalty, Anderson took it in himself with .4 seconds left as the Whips won their first game of the season, 33-27, in nonconference action in DeKalb.

    Tennessee wide receiver Zach Rogers (83) celebrates his first quarter touchdown reception with teammate Justin Hunter against North Carolina State on Friday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

    Vols open with 35-21 win over NC State

    Cordarrelle Patterson scored two first-quarter touchdowns — one a 41-yard catch, the second a 67-yard run — and Tennessee beat North Carolina State 35-21 on Friday night in the opening game for both teams.


    Meadows rolls again

    Jack Milas has new targets to work with this year and Andre and Matt Campbell delivered as Rolling Meadows beat Barrington 41-0 in a Mid-Suburban League crossover.


    Defense lifts St. Viator

    A year ago, St. Viator's defense was near the bottom in the state in points allowed. After two games this season, the Lions rank near the top of the state after shutting down Deerfield on Friday night. The Lions put together another stellar performance with a 21-3 victory in a nonconference game in Deerfield.


    No slowing Palatine

    Good luck trying to slow down Palatine. The Pirates revved up and never let up Friday night, rebounding from their demoralizing overtime loss to Montini by lashing host Buffalo Grove in a Mid-Suburban League crossover football game 42-7 at Grant Blaney Stadium.

    The Brewers’ Corey Hart breaks his bat as he hits a single during the sixth inning Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Milwaukee.

    Ramirez, Hart lead Brewers to 9-3 win over Pirates

    Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez both went 3 for 4 with home runs, and Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens left for the second consecutive time with an injury as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pirates 9-3 on Friday night.


    Throwback victory for Fremd

    Fremd is sporting flashy new uniforms this year, but the Viking opted for throwback tactics Friday night at Hersey.---- Fremd (1-1) used a smothering defense and just enough offense in securing its first victory of the season with a 14-7 Mid-Suburban League crossover win at Roland Goins Stadium in Arlington Heights.

    Prospect’s quarterback Devin O’Hara dives for a second-quarter touchdown during the Knights’ victory over visiting Conant on Friday.

    Prospect shows its offensive arsenal

    Prospect knew it had to show it was more than the Devin O'Hara show offensively. O'Hara accounted for 5 touchdowns but Stevan Isteefanos, Jack Tuttle and Nikko Gountanis also were big parts of a 42-21 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory over Conant.

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez acknowledges the crowd after getting celebratory shaving cream smeared in his face. Gonzalez pitched a complete-game shutout Friday at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Gonzalez dominates slumping Cardinals

    Gio Gonzalez was pretty close to perfect Friday night, earning his 17th win with his first career shutout as the Washington Nationals routed the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0.

    The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre hit two doubles and two singles Friday night in Cleveland.

    Rangers roll past reeling Indians 5-3

    Adrian Beltre's four hits for Texas was only one fewer than the entire Cleveland Indians team. Beltre also scored twice as the Rangers rolled to their 10th win in 13 games and handed the reeling Indians their sixth straight loss.


    Two straight for Dundee-Crown

    Dundee-Crown football coach Vito Andriola said people laughed when he told them his team had a chance to compete at a playoff-caliber level this season. No one's laughing now. A week after the young, improving Chargers ended the school's 26-game losing streak, they stamped themselves as a legitimate playoff contender by defeating 2011 playoff qualifier Streamwood 27-7 at Millennium Field Friday for their second straight win.

    San Diego’s Cameron Maybin steals second as Colorado Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge covers during the second inning Friday in Denver.

    Padres knock off Rockies 5-4

    Clayton Richard pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Quentin homered and the surging San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Friday night.


    Waukegan edges Antioch

    Waukegan 6, Antioch 3: The Bulldogs scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to stun the Sequoits and spoil their home opener.Antioch got its only points on Wes Zegan’s 25-yard field goal in the second quarter.Waukegan, which had only 9 wins in the last four years coming into this season, had lost to North Chicago in Week 1.Antioch fell to 1-1.


    Warren tops New Trier

    Warren 21, New Trier 6: The visiting Blue Devils avenged last season’s 21-7 defeat to the Trevians to even their season record at 1-1.

    The Rays’ Elliot Johnson, left, is laid out by Blue Jays catcher Jeff Mathis after attempting to score in the ninth inning Friday in Toronto.

    Toronto mows down Tampa Bay

    Moises Sierra homered and threw out Elliot Johnson at home plate for the final out, preserving Brandon Morrow's first win since June 6 and leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Rays on Friday night.

    Philadelphia’s John Mayberry connects on his go-ahead three-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the 10th inning Friday in Atlanta.

    Late homers boost Phillies over Braves

    Erik Kratz homered in the ninth inning off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel and John Mayberry Jr. hit a three-run shot off Cristhian Martinez in the 10th to help the Philadelphia Phillies rally for an 8-5 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez struck out a career-high nine Friday night against the Yankees in New York.

    Orioles beat Yankees 6-1 behind rookie Gonzalez

    Miguel Gonzalez and the surprising Orioles are doing all they can to crash the Yankees' party in the AL East.


    St. Charles North’s comeback bid falls short

    St. Charles North and Plainfield Central know how to keep the fans on the edge of their seats all the way until the clock hits 0:00. For the second straight year the teams headed to the final minute of their nonconference matchup with the outcome in doubt, and for the second straight year the North Stars left on the short end of the score, this time 14-7 Friday night in Plainfield.

    Reds right fielder Jay Bruce (32) is met at the plate by teammates Ryan Ludwick, left, and Chris Heisey after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning Friday in Houston.

    Reds down Astros 9-3

    Jay Bruce had a three-run homer and Zack Cozart added a two-run shot to help the Reds beat the Houston Astros 9-3 on Friday night.

    Andy Roddick returns a shot to Australia’s Bernard Tomic on Friday at the U.S. Open in New York.

    Roddick extends career with easy win at U.S. Open

    Andy Roddick was discussing his retirement-postponing victory during a TV interview when a group of fans interrupted by chanting, "One more year! One more year!" How about one more match? That, at least, is a given now.


    Kaneland holds off Huntley

    Huntley knew it needed to make some defensive adjustments going into the second half against Kaneland Friday night. The Red Raiders did, starting with an increased pass rush and after trailing 35-7 at halftime came as close as 35-28. The Knights composed themselves and left Huntley with a 52-35 nonconference victory.


    Grant takes to the air in victory

    Grant, known for its staunch commitment to the run, suddenly looked like a passing team Friday against Grayslake Central. A couple of high-spiraling, third-quarter bombs from quarterback Kyle Whitman to Keion Miller, including a 43-yard touchdown, put the Bulldogs in firm control. Having stretched out the Grayslake Central defense with the pass, Grant then turned to its relentless running game to finish off a dominating 31-14 victory.


    Smith, H-F measure up vs. Stevenson

    The contest between visiting Stevenson and Homewood-Flossmoor came down to a battle between the youngest player on the football field in Stevenson sophomore Willie Bourbon, and the smallest in Homewood senior Raje Smith. Friday night, the smallish Smith came up large for the Vikings. Smith, who stands all of 5-feet-7, carried the ball 23 times for 150 yards, including a 28-yard scoring run with 1:46 left in the game to help seal a wild 35-27 win for the Vikings.

    Anthony Sciarrino (13) and the St. Charles East defense celebrate after collecting a West Aurora fumble during Friday’s game in St. Charles.

    St. Charles E. denies W. Aurora

    After giving up 49 points to Cary-Grove last weekend, St. Charles East's defense was burned a few times for big plays against West Aurora Friday night.


    Everson’s 5 TDs power Bartlett past Elgin

    Aaron Everson put on a show in the first half for Bartlett as the Hawks visited the Elgin Maroons for Upstate Eight Conference crossover football action on Friday night. The Hawks' senior running back ran for 269 yards and found the end zone 5 times in Bartlett's 49-7 win over Elgin at Memorial Field. Everson also kicked all seven of the Hawks' extra points of the game.


    Libertyville rolls to victory

    Libertyville 62, Urban Prep 14: Connor Simpson scored 4 touchdowns and rushed for 133 yards on 10 carries, as the host Wildcats improved to 2-0 with the nonconference win.Libertyville led 14-0 after one quarter and was up 35-14 at halftime. The Wildcats blew the game open in the third quarter, twice recovering fumbled kickoffs by Urban Prep and returning them for touchdowns. Pat McKiernan and Hunter Van Wagner scored the special-teams TDs.Libertyville quarterback Jack Deichl completed 6 of 9 passes for 84 yards. He had a 22-yard TD pass to Austin Williams.The Wildcats had 384 yards of total offense.


    Surprise: Cary-Grove surpasses Lake Zurich

    Cary-Grove's tradition of football excellence, like Lake Zurich's, starts with its triple-option offense. Friday night against visiting Lake Zurich, Cary-Grove started with ... a pass. Which worked excellently en route to a 21-6 win. Trojans senior Zach Marszal squeezed quarterback Quinn Baker's sideline screen, a borderline lateral, and gained 7 yards. "Every time we complete a pass it's really exciting," Baker said with a smile. "I can't remember the last time we (opened a game with a pass). I'm pretty sure we did not do it last year."

    White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy looks at a ball after giving up a 2-run homer to the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera in the first inning Friday night. Peavy fell to 9-10 with the loss.

    White Sox continue to struggle at Detroit

    Comerica Park continued to be a house of horrors for the White Sox Friday night. The White Sox lost their fifth straight at Detroit and are 3-16 over their last 19 at Comerica. Equally concerning, the Tigers are now only 2 games behind the Sox after a 7-4 win.


    Lakes pops for convincing win

    The Lakes football program paid tribute to all of the football dads at Polley Field on Friday night. Those dads roamed the Lakes sideline in Eagle uniforms and were given a close-up view of the action. They were all smiles afterward as their sons paid them the ultimate tribute with a 21-7 victory over Woodstock North in a nonconference matchup.


    Prairie Ridge basks in one-sided win over Mundelein

    Friday night was "Fun in the Sun" night for Prairie Ridge, and the Wolves made the most of it. PR rolled to a 65-7 win over Mundelein after building a 51-0 halftime lead. The reigning Class 6A state champs outgained the Mustangs 369-47 in total yards after two quarters.


    It’s a keeper for Fish, Grayslake N.

    Visiting Grayslake North and senior quarterback AJ Fish were almost unstoppable Friday night in their nonconference football game at Round Lake. The Knights scored on their first six possessions, all on touchdown runs by Fish, before a 2-yard TD run by Titus Booker as time ran out gave Grayslake North an insurmountable 49-0 halftime lead. The Knights (2-0) added a TD midway through the third quarter before posting a 55-13 victory as the entire second half was played with a running clock.


    Mooney, Jacobs roll over Johnsburg

    Johnsburg never had a chance. With Jacobs junior quarterback Bret Mooney throwing for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns, the Golden Eagles thumped the undermanned Skyhawks 41-7 in a Fox Valley Conference crossover game at Jacobs Athletic Field in Algonquin Friday night.

    Conant’s Tim Manczko turns a pass play into a 21-yard gain as Prospect’s Eric Garmoe tries to stop him in the second quarter .

    Images: Conant vs. Prospect football
    The Prospect Knights football team hosted and won 42-21 over the Conant Cougars Friday night, August 31st in Mount Prospect

    Anthony Sciarrino and the St. Charles East defense celebrate after collecting a West Aurora fumble.

    Images: West Aurora vs. St. Charles East football
    St. Charles East hosted and was victorious over West Aurora 26-21 in week two of prep football action Friday night in St. Charles.


    Cougars slammed 8-2

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Gary Apelian’s grand slam in the eighth inning busted open an 8-2 victory for the Quad Cities River Bandits over the Kane County Cougars on Friday night at Modern Woodmen Park.Quad Cities grabbed the early lead as Nick Martini singled with one out against Jason Mitchell (4-7) in the first inning. Two batters later, Stephen Piscotty punched home Martini to give the River Bandits a 1-0 lead.Sam Gaviglio (9-9) kept the Cougars (66-71, 32-35) off the board in the first two innings, but Gaviglio gave up the lead in the inning.Chris Elder doubled with one out and scored on a Justin Trapp double, tying the game at 1-1. Trapp scored when Jack Lopez doubled down the third-base line.Quad Cities quickly evened the score in the bottom of the third as Colin Walsh’s RBI single brought home Matt Williams.Mitchell kept the game tied until the sixth, when the River Bandits scored a pair. David Medina’s double to left scored Juan Castillo, and Medina scored on an error by Trapp after a lined smash up the middle by Jordan Walton.Quad Cities put the game away in the eighth as Cole White walked two batters around a Luis Mateo single before Apelian’s slam.Dixon Llorens (second save) recorded the final six outs for the River Bandits.

    Glenbard North quarterback Brian Murphy scrambles with the ball.

    Images: Glenbard North vs. Carmel football
    The Carmel Corsairs hosted and lost to the the Glenbard North Panthers 31-16 for Friday night football action on Aug. 31 in Mundelein.


    Ritchie injured in Burlington C. loss

    Things started poorly Friday night for the Burlington Central football team. And it only got worse. The Rockets lost senior starting quarterback Ryan Ritchie on the second play from scrimmage and then gave up 40 unanswered points in a 40-6 loss to Stillman Valley in a Big Northern Conference crossover game at Rocket Hill.

    The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano celebrates with Anthony Rizzo after hitting a 2-run homer in the third inning Friday at Wrigley Field. Rizzo later added a solo shot of his own.

    Cubs enjoy playing role of spoiler

    The Cubs are relegated to playing the role of spoilers these days. But the way they see it, they might as well play the role well. They did so Friday in a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field, beating the NL West leaders.

    Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder (28) talks with Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, left, after being hit by a pitch from Matt Thornton in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Wiith loss, Sox only two games up on Tigers

    Delmon Young hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the White Sox 7-4 Friday night, pulling within two games of the AL Central-leading team.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Mario Rodriguez scored twice and Nestor Ascencio added a goal as Streamwood downed South Elgin 3-2 Friday in Upstate Eight crossover boys soccer action. Christian Balbino added an assist for the Sabres.Phil Lewy made 4 saves in goal for Streamwood, which moved to 5-2 on the season with the win.Harvest Christian 2, Schaumburg Christian 1: Stuart Wolff and Chris DeSouza scored goals for the Lions (1-2-2) in this nonconference win. Jake Thome and Zach Harbaugh had assists and Patrick McGuire made 6 saves in goal for Harvest Christian.


    Cubs get busy with September call-ups

    The Cubs' September call-ups will begin coming Saturday, and they'll coming in waves through Tuesday with a handful of players being recalled from Class AAA Iowa as rosters expand.


    Girls tennis/Elgin Academy preview

    Elgin Academy HilltoppersCoach: Greg RepedeConference: Independent School League2011 dual meet record: 13-6-2Top returning players: Seniors Jordan Kaufman, Sedona Georgescu; Juniors Sofia Skok, Makena Barickman, Jordan Yavari; Sophomore Kayla SchwanTop newcomers: Freshman Emma May; Junior Hanna IvanovichSeason outlook: The Hilltoppers return some experience to the court this season to threaten for state berths. “This year we’ll be looking to again finish over .500,” said coach Greg Repede. “Yavari and Schwan return at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively. Yavari will look to use her experience at No. 1.” Schwan returns as one of EA’s best No. 2 players, currently second in all-time wins to Yavari. Kaufman was one half of last year’s state finals qualifying doubles team. She will finish her career as EA’s all-time leader in doubles wins. She will team with Barickman at No. 1 doubles this season. Veterans Skok and Georgescu will play No. 2 and Ivanovich and May No. 3. The ISL is very strong top to bottom with a number of returning state finals qualifiers including the two-time defending state singles champion. “Once again we have a good-sized program for a small school — 21 players,” Repede said. “We have a good group of newcomers, outstanding senior leadership and great girls to work with.”


    Iowa hopes climb to top starts with win over NIU

    Iowa is out to prove it is better than simply average. The Hawkeyes figure to be tested right from the start when they meet Northern Illinois in the season opener Saturday at Soldier Field, the first step on a path they hope will lead to the top of the Big Ten.

    Tiger Woods waves to the crowd Friday after making a birdie putt on the second hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

    Woods 2 strokes back in Boston

    Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round in three years Friday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. It still wasn't enough to be low man in Sean Foley's coaching stable. Seung-yul Noh, a rising star from South Korea in his first season on the PGA Tour, ran off four straight birdies early in his round and closed with back-to-back birdies on the TPC Boston for a 9-under 62.

    Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano, top, celebrates with Anthony Rizzo after Soriano hit a game-winning RBI single to score Starlin Castro during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. The Cubs won 12-11. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Soriano powers Cubs past Giants

    While Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants are fighting for the NL West title, Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs have their own magic number. Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer that landed on Waveland Avenue and Rizzo added a solo shot, helping Chris Volstad and the Cubs beat the weary Giants 6-4 on Friday. The Cubs, practically locked into fifth place in the NL Central, are hoping to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1966.

    Center Sylvia Fowles has missed the last two games for unspecified “personal” reasons, and Sky coach Pokey Chatman has not provided any additional details.

    Mystery swirls around ‘Big Syl’s’ absence

    Women's Watch on what it means to the Sky that all-star center Sylvia Fowles has missed the last two games becaues of personal reasons that haven't been explained. Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry missed two games because of perosnal reasons and then on Monday Atlanta's coach was suddeny fired.

    It appears the Chicago Bears will open the NFL season with two quarterbacks as the team waived third-string QB Josh McCown (12), who led them to a preseason win against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

    Despite preseason win, Bears cut QB McCown

    Josh McCown's solid performance in Thursday night's final preseason game wasn't enough to earn him a spot on the Bears' final 53-man roster. The 10-year veteran was waived Friday. The Bears also traded Tyler Clutts to Texas for a former Northwestern cornerback, and sources tell Bob LeGere that running back Armando Allen will be waived later today.

    Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman's team opens the season against Western Michigan at 11 a.m. Saturday in Champaign.

    For Illini football, the Beckman era begins

    A new era beckons in Champaign. At least, that's the slogan offered by Illinois to welcome new coach Tim Beckman. He took over after the school released Ron Zook and the former Toledo boss has brought plenty of enthusiasm to his new home.

    Notre Dame is preparing for their season opener in Ireland against Navy.

    US fans take over Dublin for Navy-Notre Dame game

    Saturday's game in Dublin between Navy and Notre Dame has brought an estimated 35,000 Americans to the Irish capital for a road game like no other, and the novelty of the event has captured the Irish imagination. The U.S. Navy docked an amphibious-assault warship in Dublin and their fans have rallied in the city's central park, St. Stephen's Green.

    Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been suspended for the Wolverines’ game against Alabama.

    Michigan, Alabama aiming to make big statements

    The Michigan Wolverines have reclaimed their confidence, something Alabama did shortly after Nick Saban landed in Tuscaloosa and started winning national titles. The eighth-ranked Wolverines have already earned some preseason acclaim going into Saturday night's opening showdown with the similarly pedigreed and second-ranked Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


    Chicago Sky scouting report

    The Chicago Sky travels to Indianapolis today to take on the Indiana Fever, a team they haven't beat then season. Patricia Babcock McGraw provides this scouting report before tonight's game.

    Julio Jones is poised for a huge season in Atlanta. Fantasy football writer John Dietz believes Jones will finish second among wide receivers when the season is over.

    Fantasy owners should salivate at depth at WR

    Calvin Johnson is obviously the No. 1 receiver in the NFL ... and for your fantasy team. But who does Daily Herald fantasy writer John Dietz believe is 2nd? 3rd? 4th? Where does the Bears' Brandon Marshall fall? Click to find out.


    Ou shoots Libertyville past Lake Zurich

    Camilla Ou shot a 41, and Libertyville’s girls golf team remained undefeated in duals Thursday.The Wildcats (4-0) carded a 178 to defeat Lake Zurich (219) at Village Green Golf Course in Mundelein. Lauren Dohse and Paige Webb both shot 43 for Libertyville, while Izzy Alesna added a 51.Lake Zurich was led by Lindsey Moritz’s 50.Mundelein d. Palatine: At Countryside Golf Club, the host Mustangs got a 41 from Courteney Fabbri, and their 187 was good for a comfortable win over the Pirates (209).Mundelein also counted the scores of Hannah Thompson (45), Holly Gotlund (49) and Becky Koeller (52).Johnsburg d. Grant: At Antioch Golf Club, the Skyhawks (220) were paced by Symone Seyler with a 47.Sadie Contreras had a 60 for Grant (255).


    Boomers lose crucial game to Miners

    The Schaumburg Boomers found themselves in an early hole, trailing 5-0 before even coming to bat Thursday and they fell to the Southern Illinois Miners 9-1 in the last regular-season home game of the season.Heading into the last series of season, the Boomers sit a game out of the final playoff spot looking up at Florence and Southern Illinois in the wild-card race and 2 games behind the Gateway Grizzlies in the West Division. Rivers Bandits 2, Cougars 1:While only managing 2 hits, the Kane County Cougars kept the Quad Cities River Bandits even all the way until the 12th inning when host Quad Cities pulled off a victory at Modern Woodmen Park.The Boomers head to Pennsylvania to take on the Washington Wild Things for three games.The Miners (54-38) dealt a blow to the Boomers (53-40) playoff hopes after racing out to an early lead and rallying behind starter Daniel Calhoun. The Minersrighty improved to 7-4 on the season with a miniscule 2.52 ERA as he held the Boomers to six hits with five strikeouts over his seven innings of work. Jake Kaase paced the Miners attack with a 4-5 performance including his 12thhomer of the season in the second.Despite a total of nine hits off the Miners pitching staff, the only run for the Boomers crossed the plate when Steve McQuail doubled home Chad Mozingo in the fourth. Mozingo and Nate Baumann each contributed a pair of hits for Schaumburg in a losing effort. Alex Rivers took the loss for the Boomers to fall to 4-4 on the season after allowing six earned runs on ten hits in seven innings. To the Schaumburg starter’s credit, Rivers kept the Miners off the board over his final five innings but the Boomers were unable to chip away against Calhoun.


    Donald Lawson, a 44-year-old Lapeer, Mich. resident, talks at a news conference Friday in which he claimed the $337 million Powerball prize as his mother, left, laughs. Lawson’s mother asked to remain anonymous.

    Michigan ‘hillbilly’ claims $337 million Powerball prize

    The 44-year-old father of two and self-described "hillbilly" from Lapeer, Mich., claimed his prize Friday — the third largest in the game's history — in a lump-sum, $224.6 million payment that works out to $158.7 million, after taxes.

    Associated Press This aerial photo shows the Industrial Canal Friday, after Isaac hit earlier in the week in New Orleans. Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina broke through the flood wall, right, seven years ago, covering the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood.

    Isaac renews old debate about Louisiana levees

    As the cleanup began Friday, an old debate grew more urgent: Is it worth billions of dollars to build better levees in areas that are sparsely populated and naturally flood-prone?

    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday.

    Stocks give up some gains on Bernanke remarks

    he Standard & Poor's 500 index closed up by 7.10 points at 1,406.58. The Nasdaq rose 18.25 points to close at 3,066.96. The Dow finished the month of August up by 0.8 percent. The S&P 500 rose more than 2 percent for the month, and the Nasdaq rose more than 4 percent.

    The former Dominick’s building in Vernon Hills will soon house the Hobby Lobby now located in Mundelein.

    Hobby Lobby to replace Dominick’s in Vernon Hills

    Hobby Lobby in Mundelein is planning a crafty move down the street to Vernon Hills, filling the vacant storefront that housed Dominick's for more than three decades. Hobby Lobby signed a lease for 46,984 square feet at 290 Hawthorn Village Commons, according to Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Corp.

    A new pizza restaurant, Fiamme, is open on Washington Street at Van Buren Avenue in Naperville. It’s the site of an old Union 76 gas station.

    Fiamme Pizzeria heating up downtown Naperville

    Once the go-to place for fuel and candy in downtown Naperville, 19 N. Washington St. is now the place for Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza. Owners of the new believe they have transformed a local eyesore into a small piece of Italy at the site of a long-vacant Union 76 service station. "It would have been so much easier to tear it down and start from scratch but we wanted to restore and recycle the building," operations manager Rebekah Lydon said.


    A breakfast drink with that burrito

    Taco Bell said Friday that it's adding Mtn Dew A.M — a mix of Mountain Dew soda and Tropicana orange juice — to its breakfast menu.


    A.M. Castle sets plan to fend off takeover bid

    Oak Brook-based A. M. Castle & Co.'s board of directors have adopted a shareholders rights plan for shareholders to fend off a potential hostile takeover bid.

    A worker checks the saw-tooth depth of individual steel lengths for manufacturing band saw blades with their micrometers at DoALL Company’s Contour Saws Inc. facility in Des Plaines.

    U.S. factory orders rose 2.8 percent in July

    Orders to U.S. companies rose in July, reflecting a surge in demand for autos and commercial aircraft. But in a troubling sign of manufacturing weakness, a key orders category that tracks business investment plans fell by the largest amount in eight months.

    Warren Buffett’s birthday this week was good news for Berkshire Hathaway investors who could celebrate another year of the Oracle of Omaha’s leadership. But the milestone also reminded shareholders they need to think about who will run the evolving company after Buffett is gone.

    Buffett’s firm relying less on insurance units

    Warren Buffett's birthday this week was good news for Berkshire Hathaway investors who could celebrate another year of the Oracle of Omaha's leadership. But the milestone also reminded shareholders they need to think about who will run the evolving company after Buffett is gone.

    The parent company of American Airlines has entered a nondisclosure agreement with US Airways that will allow the companies to discuss combining the companies. AMR Corp., which is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, and US Airways Group Inc. said Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, that they’ve agreed not to talk to other parties about any potential combination while they are evaluating their situation with each other.

    American Airlines, US Airways merger talks start

    American Airlines and US Airways are one step closer to a potential merger. The companies said Friday they signed legal documents allowing them to confidentially exchange information. But a deal is still far from reality. "It does not mean we are merging — it simply means we have agreed to work together to discuss and analyze a potential merger," US Airways CEO Doug Parker said.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, left, and Stanley Fischer, right, Governor of the Bank of Israel, walk together outside of the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyo.

    Bernanke: With unemployment high, Fed can do more

    Chairman Ben Bernanke made clear Friday that the Federal Reserve will do more to boost the economy because of high U.S. unemployment and an economic recovery that remains "far from satisfactory." He also argued that the Fed's moves so far to keep interest rates at record lows and encourage borrowing and spending have helped bolster the economy. Bernanke stopped short of committing the Fed to any specific move, such as another round of bond purchases to lower long-term rates.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Navistar International can sell engines that do not meet EPA standards, but will be fined for each engine.

    EPA rule allows Navistar to sell noncompliant engines

    Lisle-based truck manufacturer Navistar International got a reprieve from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on a ruling that would have restricted the company from selling truck engines that didn't meet EPA standards.


    Work starts on food ingredients plant in SW Indiana

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Construction is starting on a plant near Evansville that will produce ingredients used in food products and animal feed.Officials of California-based food manufacturer PGP International took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the 70,000-square-foot facility in the Vanderburgh Industrial Park. The Evansville Courier & Press and WFIE-TV report the plant is expected to start production next summer with about 20 workers and grow to about 40 workers over the next two years.The company says the new plant will make rice crisps used in cereal, energy and nutritional bars and an ingredient that for specialty animal feed.County Commissioner Marsha Abell says the estimated $21 million project will be the first new construction in the industrial park since 2008, when three companies built facilities.


    Wisconsin’s Brillion Iron Works downsizing, 200 jobs cut

    BRILLION, Wis. — Nearly 200 people will soon be out of work in Brillion. Executives at Brillion Iron Works say the economy is forcing them to cut 198 positions, including 184 hourly jobs.The year began with the company hiring about 200 workers to keep up demand for automotive castings. But, company officials say that demand has slowed down in the last two months. Iron Works spokesman Timothy Weir says the company is on record pace for revenue and profitability this year. WLUK-TV reports Weir says it’s been disappointing to see their core markets begin to soften.


    World markets mixed ahead of Bernanke speech

    World stock markets were mixed on Friday ahead of a speech by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke that investors hope will show the central bank is still considering new stimulus for the U.S. economy.


    India disappoints with 5.5 percent growth

    India's economy grew a disappointing 5.5 percent in the last quarter ending June, marking a sharp slowdown from the 8 percent growth in the same period a year ago.

    Demonstrators hold placards as they protest in front of a Deutsche Lufthansa AG aircraft at Frankfurt’s Rhein-Main airport in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday, August 31, 2012. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second-largest airline, dropped more than half its flights today at Frankfurt airport as flight attendants staged an eight-hour strike at the carrier’s main hub in a wage dispute.

    Lufthansa cancels flights as cabin crews strike

    Lufthansa flight attendants walked off the job Friday at Germany's busiest airport, causing more than 100 flight cancelations, and their union warned of more stoppages to come unless the airline gives in to its demands. Lufthansa, Germany's largest airline, said it canceled about 110 short and medium-haul flights from and to Frankfurt airport after some 1,000 cabin crew went on strike.

    Apple Inc. iPhones, left, and Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy smartphones are displayed at an electronics store in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Apple Inc. lost a patent lawsuit in Japan as a Tokyo judge ruled that Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones and a tablet computer didn’t infringe on an Apple invention for synchronizing music and video data with servers.

    Tokyo court: Samsung didn’t infringe Apple patent

    A Tokyo court on Friday dismissed Apple Inc.'s claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent — the latest ruling in the global legal battle between the two technology titans over smartphones. The Japanese court case addressed only the synchronizing technology that allows media players to share data with personal computers and was not comparable in scope to the much larger victory that Apple won in the U.S. last week.

    Ford Motor Co. said Friday Aug. 31, 2012 its Focus small car is on track to become the best-selling car in the world this year, trumping the Toyota Corolla.

    Ford expects top-selling Focus to keep selling

    Ford Motor Co., the second-largest U.S. automaker, said it expects to maintain the sales pace for its Focus compact car, which outsold the Toyota Corolla to be the world's best-selling car in the first six months this year.

    The unemployment rate across the 17 countries that use the euro remained at a record high of 11.3 percent in July, official figures showed Friday, underscoring the huge task leaders face to restore confidence in the continent’s economy.

    Eurozone jobless rate stuck at record high in July

    he unemployment rate across the 17 countries that use the euro remained at a record high of 11.3 percent in July, official figures showed Friday, underscoring the huge task leaders face to restore confidence in the continent's economy. The European Union's statistical agency, Eurostat, said 88,000 more people were without a job in July — for a total of 18 million.

    Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky arrives at the high court in London, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Berezovsky lost a High Court battle against Roman Abramovich in a multibillion-dollar legal battle waged between the two Russian tycoons in a London courtroom.

    Russian tycoon loses battle of billionaires

    Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has lost his multibillion-dollar legal battle against fellow oligarch Roman Abramovich in a London courtroom. Judge Elizabeth Gloster ruled the 66-year-old self-exiled tycoon was not as reliable as a witness as the 45-year-old Abramovich, the billionaire owner of the Chelsea soccer club.

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    Darilyn Burtley

    Naperville native lives her dream in Marriott debut

    Naperville native Darilyn Burtley, once homeless, persevered to pursue her dreams of performing professionally. Those dreams come true this month when the Columbia College Chicago student makes her professional debut in Marriott Theatre's "Dreamgirls."

    Marriott Theatre's “Dreamgirls” are, from left, Rashidra Scott, Raena White, Britney Coleman, and Naperville's own Darilyn Burtley.

    Marriott Theatre's revival of 'Dreamgirls' a grand slam

    Perhaps no other musical has a first-act finale with the impact of the one in “Dreamgirls,” the 1981 Tony Award-winning show biz parable about a 1960s, female R&B trio's rise to pop superstardom and the artistic and personal compromises they make to get there. Raena White, star of Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire's stylish, sophisticated and superbly sung revival, knocks it out of the park.


    TV’s ‘Starsky’ to fight drug charge in Ky.

    The actor who played David Starsky in the 1970s police drama "Starsky & Hutch" is fighting a drug charge in Kentucky for what he says is medical marijuana from California.The Daily News in Bowling Green reports an attorney entered a not guilty plea on Thursday on behalf of 69-year-old Paul Michael Glaser of Venice, Calif.

    Atlanta artist Nancy B. Westfall painted this floor in her daughter's room.

    Paint can be a dramatic, low-cost floor covering

    When it became clear that allergies would prevent Nancy B. Westfall's infant daughter from having a rug in her room, the Atlanta-based artist turned instead to paint, a few stencils and a plan. Westfall used the baby's bedroom floor much like she would a canvas, painting on it a diamond-shaped pattern that gave the space a custom look you simply can't achieve with a kid's area rug.


    Simplicity warms the cottage kitchen

    "Cottage style" implies light and airy, charming and casual. It is no longer relegated only to summer homes, but chosen for year-round decorating. Cottages evoke vacations at the beach or cabins tucked in the woods. The mood is relaxed.


    Mother of ‘GMA’ co-host Robin Roberts dies

    The mother of "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts has died. Jeffrey W. Schneider, senior vice president of ABC News, said 88-year-old Lucimarian Roberts died Thursday night. ABC's Facebook page said Robins traveled "home to Mississippi just in time to see her."

    Eddie Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for the digestive disease diverticulitis and is canceling his tour in Japan to recover.

    Eddie Van Halen has emergency surgery for digestive disease

    Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery for a digestive disease and is canceling his tour in Japan to recover. His representative said Thursday that the guitarist had a "severe bout of diverticulitis," a painful condition that involves the formation of pouches on the outside of the colon. He is expected to recover in four to six months.

    Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty died of an apparent gunshot wound on Thursday at his home in the Bronx borough of New York. He was 44.

    Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, 44, dies in NYC

    Chris Lighty, a hip-hop mogul who helped the likes of Sean "Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent and Mariah Carey attain not only hit records, but also lucrative careers outside music, was found dead in his New York City apartment Thursday in an apparent suicide. He was 44.

    Actress Tori Spelling has given birth to her fourth child, a son named Finn, on Thursday.

    Tori Spelling welcomes 4th child

    There's a new baby in Tori Spelling's house. The actress gave birth Thursday to a boy named Finn Davey. His stats? Six pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches from head to toe. Spelling made the announcement on her website and on Twitter.

    Sylvester Stallone, left, arrives at the 1996 world premiere of “Daylight” with his girlfriend Jennifer Flavin, center, and his son Sage Stallone, who co-starred in the film. Coroner officials determined Thursday that Sage Stallone died from a heart condition that causes blockage of the arteries.

    Sage Stallone died from heart condition, coroner rules

    Sylvester Stallone's son Sage died at age 36 from natural causes due to a heart condition, coroner's officials said Thursday. Sage Stallone's death on July 13 was attributed to a condition that causes blockage of the arteries, and no other factors were involved. It has been classified a natural death.

    iLLest Vocals featuring Sanu John, 25, of Skokie and Shawn Kurian, 25, of Wheeling, performing as one of the five finalists of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent for the judges and fans at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    iLLest Vocals humbled to win both legs of talent competition

    Shawn Kurian of Wheeling and Sanu John of Skokie make up the hip-hop and R&B vocal a cappella duo iLLest Vocals, which emerged doubly triumphant in the recent Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition. As a result of the wins, iLLest Vocals made a recent appearance on WGN's Jonathon Brandmeier Show and they're set to appear again at the Metropolis as part of a “Suburban Showcase” concert.

    Plenty of hype has already hit NBC's “Animal Practice,” starring Justin Kirk.

    Networks roll out primetime diet of family sitcoms and juicy dramas

    Here's a fearless prediction for the new fall TV season: “Animal Practice” will be either a comedy game-changer for NBC or a punch line for its ratings desperation. NBC has heavily hyped this sitcom about a veterinarian and his monkey sidekick. It's anyone's guess if it will pan out. So what else is in store? Two Chicago-set dramas, a few doctor shows, some family sitcoms and a number of fantasy-fueled adventures.


    Theater events: Writers’ Theatre revives ‘Hamlet’

    Writers' Theatre artistic director Michael Halberstam teams up with his longtime friend Scott Parkinson (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) for "Hamlet," which inaugurates Writers' 21st season starting Tuesday, Sept. 4. Parkinson plays the grieving prince who desires to avenge his father's death but is unable to do so.

    Tamia's “Beautiful Surprise”

    R&B singer Tamia is consistent on 5th CD

    Tamia, whose voice is one of music's most powerful — and underrated — should be among the ranks of divas like Aretha, Chaka, Mariah and Beyonce. But her 17-year career hasn't translated to chart-topping songs and multiplatinum album sales. Tamia's fifth release, "Beautiful Surprise," is another consistent effort, filled with soulful ballads and midtempo grooves.

    “Heritage” by Lionel Loueke

    Loueke hits right grooves on ‘Heritage’

    Lionel Loueke's distinctive blend of African rhythms and modern jazz has already impressed such jazz legends as Herbie Hancock, who has prominently featured the guitarist on his recent recordings and in his touring bands. On "Heritage," his third release for the Blue Note label, Loueke teams with another innovative, genre-stretching musician, keyboard player Robert Glasper, whose richly textured music combines jazz with hip-hop, R&B and soul.

    Bob Odenkirk portrays scene-stealing attorney Saul Goodman on “Breaking Bad,” which concludes this summer's run at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2.

    Bob Odenkirk lays down the law on 'Breaking Bad'

    In the twisted world of AMC's "Breaking Bad," it was inevitable that schoolteacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White would cross paths with shady attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). For several seasons of the drama (which concludes this summer's run at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2), he has represented the depraved business interests of Walt (series star Bryan Cranston) and Walt's partner-in-crime Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).

    “Power Chord: One Man’s Ear-Splitting Quest to Find His Guitar Heroes” by Thomas Scott McKenzie

    Book details author’s ‘crazy guitar hero quest’

    Thomas Scott McKenzie, a software project manager and lifelong hard rock fan from middle America, embarked on a cross-country expedition to meet and learn from the guitar gods of his youth — guys like Ace Frehley of KISS, Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest and Phil Collen of Def Leppard. The result is "Power Chord: One Man's Ear-splitting Quest to Find His Guitar Heroes," an entertaining travelogue of sorts that hits all the right notes.

    Free-spirited Ben (Nat Faxon) comes to live with his sister (Dakota Johnson) in Fox's “Ben and Kate.”

    10 new fall TV shows worth a look

    With the arrival of fall, a flurry of new shows descends from the five broadcast networks. Many will be gone by next spring's thaw. Here are 10 worth a look.


    Next ‘Showcase’ will dig deeper into talent pool

    iLLest Vocals performs at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's "Suburban Showcase," which features other acts from the judges' top 40 list of the competition Suburban Chicago's Got Talent.


    Warning signs that a remodeling contractor may not be on the level

    Q. We are planning a large remodel and have interviewed several contractors for the job. One contractor says he will do the work for a price that is about 40 percent below all of the other bids, but only if we are willing to pay him for the entire job upfront in cash.


    Association probably can’t help with questionable inspection

    Q. Before I bought my home, I hired a professional home inspector, but he did not do a very thorough job. This week I asked him to show proof that he is in good standing as a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors. He has refused to provide any documentation.


    Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to ease short sale requirements

    If you're underwater and facing financial distress, what might Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's new short sale reform policies mean for you? Potentially a lot, even if you are current on your mortgage payments and never imagined that a short sale and principal reduction could be in the cards.

    The newer, spacious townhouses in Cantera Village attract a range of buyers.

    Bustling business corridor is home to Cantera Village

    Eight years ago, Sean Fraser purchased a townhouse at Cantera Village because of its location just off I-88, near forest preserves and close to Naperville where he grew up. When he later married, his wife Michelle moved into the Warrenville neighborhood. "We're really spoiled with being so close to the expressway," Michelle Fraser said.


    Here’s how to clean up as you drill and enjoy your hard work sooner

    Drilling is just part of the standard fun involved in a wide variety of home projects. Depending upon what you are drilling into, you can create quite a bit of debris while you're at it. Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping the mess to a minimum.



    Editorial: The GOP’s task: assurance amid Americans’ discontent

    Seizing on post-convention enthusiasm, Republicans now face the task of demonstrating they have the vision and leadership needed to move the country forward, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Paul Ryan’s speech bubble

    Columnist Susan Estrich: Truth counts. You can spin it however you want, but you can't win the trust of voters by lying to them about the day a GM plant closed.


    We need more, not fewer, unions
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: My goodness, by the sound of the recent Fence Post letter calling for strikes to be illegal (Aug. 25), you would think Ms. Andres wants us to return to unpaid slavery.


    Why is gas price up when oil is down?
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Can someone, anyone, please explain to me why we are paying the same for gasoline when oil is trading at less than $90 per barrel as we were when oil was trading at $130 a barrel?


    Ryan budget is not un-Christian
    A letter to the editor: In "How can Christians back Ryan budget?" Aug. 24, Cathy O'Brien asks how the Christian right can, in good faith, support either Paul Ryan's candidacy or the GOP budget


    Good teachers deserve good salaries
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Who is the winner when your teen smiles happily about a good grade in calculus because his teacher took the time to help him understand? We all like winners — should we then complain about teachers' salaries?


    Headline showed bias on economy
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: On Aug. 4 on the front page I read in huge bold letters, "Big day in jobs news." This very positive headline would make one think that the economy is on a huge upswing.


    Give Obama time to fix Bush’s mess
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: I figure it took W. Bush eight years to run our U.S. ship of state so far aground on a rock pile that it is firmly stuck. Therefore I believe Obama deserves eight years to work on this mess.


    Public pension end should be on table
    A Naperville letter to the editor: We shouldn't be discussing public pension reform. We should be discussing public pension elimination. We should pay public employees today for the services they provide today, and stop promising future compensation.


    One giant leap for humankind?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Neil Armstrong indeed was famous for being the first person to set foot on the moon. But a lady friend of mine who is an ardent feminist considers him to have been gender-discriminatory when he said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."


    Trying picking up your own trash
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: In writing this letter, I may be upsetting the apple cart. But many other people in West Chicago have, in effect, turned the garbage can upside down that it hardly matters that apples are rolling with the trash on the ground.


    Roskam’s plan to get debt under control
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: Congressman Peter Roskam is serious about getting our debt under control. Roskam supports serious deficit reduction measures like fighting Medicare fraud. Roskam also supports health care changes like tort reform and allowing trading across state lines.


    Beware the ‘progressives’
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I'm a product of the Great Depression, and I remember how popular the Communist Party was in America. I remember going to see one of their parades in Chicago and I also remember how popular the term, "progressive," was.


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