Daily Archive : Friday September 7, 2012


    Bradley Stephens

    Rosemont’s Stephens to run for reelection in April

    Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens reflects on his first term in office after announcing that he will seek reelection to a second term in April. He points to the development of the village's entertainment district as his main accomplishment of the last four years.

    The Queen Anne-style home at 331 Griswold St., built in 1893, was part of the Gifford Park Association’s 31st annual Historic Elgin House tour Saturday.

    Fans flock to Historic Elgin House Tour

    A beautiful September Saturday helped put Elgin's past in its best light during the Gifford Park Association's 31st annual Historic Elgin House Tour. Though the tour has taken in many parts of the city over nearly a third of a century, this was the first year the South West Area Neighbors area was highlighted.

    Lorenzo Cain hit two home runs, including a tie-breaking, two-run shot in the ninth inning, as the Kansas City Royals beat the White Sox 7-5 on Friday night.

    Missed chances cost Sox in 7-5 loss

    Several missed opportunities resulted in another frustrating loss to a non-contender for the White Sox. Lorenzo Cain hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the ninth inning, as the Kansas City Royals triumphed 7-5 on Friday night.

    Five human cases of West Nile virus have been reported this year in Lake County, health department officials announced Friday.

    Fifth West Nile case reported in Lake County

    Five human cases of West Nile virus have been reported this year in Lake County, health department officials announced Friday. The infected people were identified as a 60-year-old Mundelein man, a 68-year-old Buffalo Grove man, a 65-year-old Grayslake woman, a 42-year-old Libertyville woman and a 69-year-old Lake Zurich man. None of the cases has been fatal.


    Two hurt in Mt. Prospect collision

    Two victims were transported to the hospital following a crash in Mount Prospect Friday afternoon. A plumbing truck and SUV collided on Busse Road south of Lincoln Street, near the Mount Prospect Golf Club, about 4:30 p.m.


    Truck accident in Des Plaines delays Metra trains

    A 30-foot box truck carrying office furniture overturned on train tracks in Des Plaines Friday night, causing Metra trains to be delayed and traffic in the area to be diverted. The truck lost its load as it crossed the Union Pacific Northwest Line tracks at River Road about 7 p.m., police said.

    Adam J. Moyers

    Septemberfest carnival worker charged with assault of child

    Schaumburg police have accused a carnival worker at last weekend's Septemberfest with the sexual assault of a 3-year-old child in the festival's fun house. Adam J. Moyers, 19, whose last known address was in Franklin Park, was charged with with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, both felonies.

    Luis Barajas

    Cops: Woman attacked by Addison man in clown mask

    Police say an Addison man was wearing a clown mask when he attacked a woman getting out of her car Thursday in unincorporated DuPage County. Luis D. Barajas, 19, of the 200 block of Michael Lane, faces charges of aggravated battery, unlawful restraint, obstructing justice and violation of an order of protection, police said Friday.

    Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow speaks outside the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, after a jury convicted former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson of murdering his wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He faces a maximum 60-year prison term when sentenced on Nov. 26. Illinois has no death penalty.

    Jurors give Stacy Peterson's comments heavy weight

    Jurors said Friday that comments Stacy Peterson made before her 2007 disappearance played the decisive role in convincing them to convict her husband, former police officer Drew Peterson, of killing his ex-wife. Peterson was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder after a six-week trial that was the first of its kind in Illinois history. Prosecutors based their case on normally barred hearsay,...

    Eric Harris

    Police: Wheeling couple left daughter home to steal

    Police say a Wheeling couple left their 22-month-old daughter at home alone while they and an accomplice went out to burglarize cars this week. Eric Harris, 21, and Emeline Vernillet, 22, of the 500 Block of South Milwaukee Avenue were each charged with two counts of burglary and one count of endangering the life of a child after being arrested at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. attends ceremonies in May 2011 for Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in Chicago. An aide to Jackson says the congressman is home in Washington after treatment for depression at Mayo Clinic.

    Aide: Rep. Jackson home after depression treatment

    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has returned to his home in Washington after treatment for depression at Mayo Clinic, Jackson's chief of staff in suburban Chicago said Friday. "He's at home in Washington convalescing with his wife and children," Jackson aide Rick Bryant said. "Let's hope he returns to work on Monday."


    Fire damages 35 units at Park City storage facility

    A fire at a self-storage facility in Park City Friday morning left the contents of 35 units damaged, authorities said. The blaze broke out about 9 a.m. in one of the outdoor storage buildings at Public Storage, located at 3501 Belvidere Road.

    Jason Cassidy

    Lombard arson victim released from hospital

    He's walking. He's talking. He's home. More than a month after a deadly house fire left Jason Cassidy with severe burns to nearly 40 percent of his body, the Villa Park man was released from the hospital Friday, his father said. "He knows what's ahead of him but he's determined," Bob Cassidy told the Daily Herald.

    This photo provided by Louisville Metro Corrections shows Mahmoud Hindi. Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says the suspect is in custody after being subdued by a retired Louisville police officer who was attending the homeowners’ meeting. Hindi, 55, is charged with murder, first-degree assault and seven counts of wanton endangerment, according to Louisville Metro Corrections, where he has been jailed.

    One dead, 1 wounded during homeowners meeting

    A neighbor says people were intimidated by the man accused in a fatal shooting at a Louisville homeowner's association meeting because he was unpredictable and threatening.

    Members of the jury that heard the murder trial of former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson from left, alternate juror, Patricia Timke, 68, Teresa Mathews, 49, jury forman Eduardo Saldana, 22, and Jeremy Massey, 26, smile during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 in Joliet, Ill. The jurors convicted Peterson Thursday of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He faces a maximum 60-year prison term when sentenced on Nov. 26. Illinois has no death penalty. The jurors were smiling about a question regarding coordinating their dress during part of the trial. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    Peterson jurors matched clothes out of boredom

    Some of theDrew Peterson jury cleared up the satatorial mystery Friday, a day after the jury convicted the 58-year-old former Illinois police officer of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio: They say they weren't trying to say anything by matching their clothes. They were just bored.

    Mary Marra

    DuPage woman apologizes for $500,000 theft

    Mary Marra had been convicted of theft-related offenses seven times, but she said she didn't think of the consequences when she stole more than half a million dollars from her boss. "It doesn't make sense but it's the truth," she told a DuPage County judge Friday. "I wasn't thinking."

    Emily Jordan, left, feeds her 6-day old daughter, Elle Cynthia Jordan, carried by Jordan’s mother, Cindy Reutzel.

    Grandma’s gift to Naperville couple: Their daughter

    Emily and Mike Jordan thought they'd never have their own child after Emily was diagnosed with cervical cancer and underwent a radical hysterectomy. But Emily's own mother provided the Naperville couple with a child by serving - at age 53 - as a surrogate.


    Grant funding debate delays Aurora vote on library loan

    An Aurora City Council vote that had been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11 about borrowing $22.4 million to finance construction of a new main library has been postponed, officials said Friday. The matter, which sparked debate among aldermen earlier this week, now is likely to be brought for a vote Tuesday, Sept. 25.

    The ghostly remains of an old wooden ship rest Wednesday along a private beach at Fort Morgan, Ala.

    Shifting sands from Isaac reveal 1923 shipwreck

    The pounding surf and currents from Hurricane Isaac on a remote spit of Alabama shoreline has again revealed the wreckage of a schooner that ran aground in 1923, delighting curious tourists and locals.

    In this photo provided by Leah Dermody, a piece of metal that appears to be a landing gear door from an airplane is lying on the street Friday.

    Plane panel falls on Washington neighborhood

    A piece of metal that appears to be a landing gear door from an airplane fell to the ground Friday morning in a Kent, Wash., neighborhood.


    Arizona woman swept away in flooding

    Rescuers were searching for a 52-year-old woman who was apparently swept away in a flooded southern Arizona wash as heavy monsoon rains led to flooded roadways in several parts of the state.

    Blackjacks Gentlemen’s Club between St. Charles and Elgin.

    Blackjacks owners sentenced for tax evasion, must repay $1.7 million

    Dominic and Anthony Buttitta, the father and son operators of Blackjacks Gentlemen's Club near Elgin, are sentenced to prison Friday after pleading guilty to illegal gambling and tax evasion on "house fees" charged to dancers.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Forensic expert casts doubt on accused man’s story

    Will County prosecutors presented evidence indicating an Oswego man accused of killing his family was in their SUV at the time of the slayings. Christopher Vaughn claims he wasn't in the vehicle at the time he says his wife shot and killed their three children and then turned the gun on herself.

    Kristina Kovarik

    Court fight continues over Heroes of Freedom Memorial Park construction in Gurnee

    Attorneys are arguing in court documents about whether the Gurnee village board had authority to reject a tentative lawsuit settlement that would require public money to be spent for a memorial to soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.


    Train to resume service to New Orleans on Monday

    Amtrak says the City of New Orleans passenger train will pull into its namesake city on Sept. 11 — the first time since Aug. 27, when service was suspended because of Hurricane Isaac. It says daily service from Chicago will start and end in Memphis until then.


    A closer look at the teacher contract dispute

    The Chicago Teachers Union and district officials said they will negotiate through the weekend, if necessary, to try to avoid a strike on Monday. Teachers are ready to walk off the job for the first time in 25 years over issues that include pay raises, job security and teacher evaluations.

    Christopher Ludovice

    Funeral for Elgin father, daughter to be held Saturday

    Alyssa Ludovice, 16, and her father, Christopher Ludovice, 54, of Elgin, who were killed earlier this week in a motorcycle accident in Woodstock, will be laid to rest after a service at their East Dundee church.


    Waukegan police officer alerts residents to fire

    A Waukegan police officer out on patrol who noticed smoke coming from a house early Friday morning helped wake the house's five occupants and get them out, police said.


    Batavia woman seeks District 10 seat

    Maggie Soliz of Batavia is a write-in candidate for Kane County Board District 10. She tried to run as an independent on the ballot, but her petition was invalid.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Julie B. Welch, 48, and Ami N. Hampel, 29, both of St. Charles, were charged with retail theft at 7:28 p.m. Wednesday at Wal-Mart, 1509 Smith Road, according to a police report.

    People run Friday as rocks fall near their vehicles after the area was hit by an earthquake in Zhaotong town, Yiliang County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

    Quakes kill at least 64 in China; 100,000 evacuated

    Twin earthquakes and a spate of aftershocks struck southwestern China on Friday, toppling thousands of houses and sending boulders cascading across roads. At least 64 people were killed and hundreds injured in the remote mountainous area, and more than 100,000 residents were evacuated.


    U.S. suspends anti-drug radar support in Honduras

    he United States has suspended sharing of radar intelligence with Honduras because the Central American nation's air force shot down two suspected drug planes in violation of agreements with Washington, the State Department and U.S. military confirmed Friday.

    People wait at the door of the Iranian embassy Friday in Ottawa to collect passports. The Canadian government says it is shutting its embassy in Tehran and severing diplomatic relations.

    Canada closes Tehran embassy, kicks out diplomats

    Canada shut its embassy in Tehran on Friday, severed diplomatic relations and ordered Iranian diplomats to leave, accusing the Islamic Republic of being the most significant threat to world peace.

    Ukrainian women, dressed in white wedding gowns, take turns sleeping on display in the museum for a couple of hours every day during a new art project called ‘Sleeping Beauties’ created by a Canadian-Ukrainian artist Taras Polataiko.

    Sleeping Beauty recreated in Kiev museum

    A Ukrainian-Canadian artist is presenting an interactive art project called "Sleeping Beauty," in which five attractive young women take turns sleeping under dim lights in Kiev's top gallery, each under a pledge to marry the visitor who wakes her with a kiss.


    Grayslake Historical Society events:

    Grayslake Historical Society and Museum will begin its fall programs and events with Measuring Avon Township at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.


    Route 60/83 to close in Mundelein:

    Route 60/83 will be fully closed at the Canadian National Railroad in Mundelein for 11 days beginning at 6 a.m. Monday through 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 for repairs at the grade crossing.


    D118 special ed meeting:

    Wauconda Unit District 118 will host a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 11, to discuss plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who live within the district and who have an active IEP and who attend parochial/private schools and home schools for the 2012-13 school year.

    A Downers Grove woman was sentenced to three years in prison for this Jan. 10 DUI crash into a home at Farnham Road and Huntleigh Court in Wheaton.

    3 years for DUI driver who crashed into Wheaton house

    A Downers Grove woman who was drunk when she drove into a Wheaton family's living room has been sentenced to three years in prison.Authorities said the crash happened after Allison Smolinski was involved in at least two other traffic accidents.

    Emily Jordan, left, examines the pregnant belly of her mother Cindy Reutzel on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 in Naperville. After Jordan underwent a radical hysterectomy, she and her husband took up an offer from Reutzel to act as a surrogate for their child.

    Images: Surrogate Grandmother
    Setting foot in a hospital again, Emily and Mike Jordan of Naperville couldn't help but feel anxious. More than two years before, at age 29, Emily had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. But just before she was to undergo a radical hysterectomy, she was told that she was pregnant. Faced with saving her own life or their unborn child's, the young couple made the excruciating decision to go...

    A Kmart store in New York.

    Kmart removes layaway fees to boost holiday shopping

    Free layaway at Kmart will be available online and in stores today through Nov. 17, said Jai Holtz, vice president of financial services at Sears, adding that the company will consider extending the program past the holidays.


    Former D103 administrator dies:

    Former Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 teacher and administrator Darryl Handcock died Friday morning after a two-year fight with cancer, officials have announced.


    Student confesses to setting fire at Island Lake school, cops say

    A student at Island Lake's Cotton Creek Elementary School confessed to starting a fire Friday that led to the school's evacuation and some classes being canceled, police said. No one was hurt. The youth, whose name or age were not released by police, ignited toilet paper with a match in a boys bathroom stall, police said.


    Schaumburg business group to host state candidates forum

    The Schaumburg Business Association will present a state representative and state senator candidates forum from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court in Schaumburg. All candidates in the 44th and 56th District state House races and the 22nd and 28th District state Senate races are confirmed.

    Nick’s Pizza and Pub on Randall Road in Elgin will be one of two locations raising money for literacy funds for schools on Wednesday.

    Pizza restaurant to raise money for literacy programs

    Nick's PIzza and Pub in Elgin and Crystal Lake will host a fundraiser Wednesday supporting literacy programs at Elgin Area School District U-46, Central Unit District 301, Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 and Cary Elementary District 26.


    Fox Valley police reports
    DeShonta Hill, 38, of the 1000 block of Byron Lane in Elgin, was charged with felony retail theft Thursday after police said she stole less than $300 in merchandise from Wal-Mart on Randall Road in Elgin, according to a police report.

    Elsa Maust of Wheaton takes a look at some items for sale at Allured Business Media in Carol Stream.

    Carol Stream business raises funds for seniors

    A Carol Stream business is holding a two-day garage sale — all to do something for humanity. The company, Allured Business Media at 336 Gunderson Drive, began the sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. It continues Saturday at the same hours.

    Will the addition of wide receiver Brandon Marshall put the Bears over the top this season?

    Poll Vault: How many games will the Bears win?

    Will Sunday's game against Indy be the start of a 16-0 regular season for the Bears? OK, seriously, how many games do you think the Bears will win this year? Is 11 or 12 a reasonable guess?

    In this image made out of film “Comrade Kim Goes Flying,” released by Another Dimension of An Idea/Koryo Group, Comrade Kim Yong Mi played by Han Jong Sim acknowledges applause from her comrades for her acrobatic performance.

    Filmmakers to debut N. Korea romantic comedy

    The idea for "Comrade Kim" was dreamed up one winter's night more than six years ago over glasses of whiskey. The directors tinkered with the script for three years before a North Korean studio was willing to take it on.

    This Nov. 8, 2007 file photo taken from video shows the grave site of Kathleen Savio at the Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, Ill. Savio was the third wife of former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson who was convicted of her murder Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet.

    Peterson juror: Hearsay testimony ‘crucial’

    The jury foreman in the Drew Peterson murder trial says hearsay testimony was "extremely critical" in jurors' decision to convict the former police officer of killing his third wife. Jury foreman Eduardo Saldana spoke at a news conference in Joliet on Friday, the day after jurors found Peterson guilty in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio.

    Birders traverse a grassy path at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia. The Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicagoland is having its first event there Saturday. The group plans to clear brush, plant trees and then have lunch.

    Veterans Conservation Corps hopes to heal people, land

    An ex-Marine has started the Chicago chapter of the Veterans Conservation Corps, and has organized its first event, Saturday at a Batavia forest preserve. The goal is let nature help heal veterans' war-wounded spirits.


    More work vans burglarized in Arlington Hts.

    Burglars broke into three work vans in the same area of south Arlington Heights overnight Sept. 4, stealing tools valued at more than $2,000. This follows eight similar thefts in the same area reported a couple of weeks ago.


    Hotel guest robbed by man dressed as a woman

    A man from Saudi Arabia was the victim of a robbery by two men, one dressed as a woman, at the Prospect Heights hotel where he was staying, police said. The man had met the two men outside while smoking a cigarette, revealing information, including his room number.


    Bow hunting approved for deer in Kane preserves

    Bow hunting of deer will be allowed in two Kane County forest preserves starting Nov. 1. The forest preserve commission's executive committee approved the plan Friday.


    Drew Peterson panelist: Judge OK’d matching attire

    An alternate juror at Drew Peterson's murder trial says the presiding judge gave jurors permission for their unusual practice of coordinating clothes during testimony.

    Darryel J. Garner

    Judge tells suspect to work with court attorneys or hire his own

    A 40-year-old man awaiting trial in the murder of a cabdriver in Zion in 2010 was told to work with his court-appointed defense attorney or spend the money to hire his own lawyer. Lake County Associate Judge James Booras told Darryel Garner of Waukegan that he will not receive a new court-appointed attorney and that he needs to learn to work with the ones he has.

    Samantha Stautz, left, watches her cousin Grace Reblin try bean bag toss during the Kids Carnival in Grandwood Park near Gurnee that raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Samantha started the carnival in honor of Grace, who has Type 1 diabetes.

    Gurnee-area Kids Carnival juvenile diabetes research fundraiser returns Sunday

    Although she's just 16 years old, Samantha Stautz is staging her seventh fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation just outside of Gurnee. Her Kids Carnival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Grandwood Park baseball diamond at 36753 N. Hutchins Road in unincorporated Lake County.


    No more dog registration fee in Lombard

    Dog owners of Lombard now have one less yearly fee to pay. The village board on Thursday night voted to remove the $5 annual dog registration fee and move to an online system of canine registration. Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick said her environmental concerns committee began evaluating the dog tag program and found it to be inefficient and ineffective.

    Dan Schweers

    Community invited to help Dist. 59 find new superintendent

    With the approaching retirement of Superintendent Daniel Schweers, the Elk Grove Township District 59 board of education has begun the search for a new superintendent. Community members are invited and encouraged to assist in this process by participating in one of three focus groups Sept 13 at Friendship Junior High School.

    Paul Bhatti, center, an advisor to the prime minister of Pakistan on minorities affairs, flanked by lawyers of a Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, addresses a news conference Friday in Islamabad, Pakistan.

    Pakistan Christian girl in Quran case to be freed

    The girl's plight has drawn new attention to Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, which critics claim are used to persecute minorities and settle personal vendettas.


    Airport supervisor admits using dead man’s ID

    An illegal immigrant from Nigeria admitted Friday he assumed the identity of a murdered man so he could work at Newark's airport, where he was a security supervisor for 20 years. He now faces possible deportation.

    President Barack Obama, left, is joined on stage Thursday by first lady Michelle Obama, left, their children Sasha and Malia, right, on the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Obama approval hits 15-month high

    President Barack Obama's job approval hit a 15-month high during the Democratic National Convention this week, according to a Gallup Poll.


    District 59 invites community input on superintendent search

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 will conduct focus group meetings allowing district residents to weigh in on the search for a new superintendent Thursday, Sept. 13, in the auditorium at Friendship Junior High School, 550 Elizabeth Lane, Des Plaines. There will be a 6 p.m. session open to all; a 7 p.m. session for parents and guardians of current students; and an 8 p.m. session for...


    Student in custody after shots fired in downstate school

    NORMAL — A 14-year-old male student is in custody after shots were fired Friday morning into a classroom ceiling at a central Illinois high school, police and school officials said.No one was hurt in the incident at Normal Community High School in Normal, school officials said. The town is adjacent to Bloomington, about 135 miles southwest of Chicago.


    Aurora cops: Man wasn’t abductor, but a neighbor

    An apparent misunderstanding about an Aurora man's intentions led to charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct being filed after he was questioned about a report of attempted child abduction.


    Finding hope in the little things

    Our Ken Potts had stopped off for lunch at one of those classic family restaurants — the ones with a hundred and one menu items from every possible culinary heritage. People came and went, a United Nations of patrons all intent on getting a decent meal and probably totally unaware of the scene they painted. If there is any reason to hope for humanity, he finds it in murals such as this one.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com An egret flies in to form a cluster of the water-wading birds near Tekakwitha Woods in St. Charles at sunset. Low water levels have great egrets and great blue herons gathering in large groups to feed.

    Egrets and herons fish in the Fox River

    They stand motionless in the river, statues of pure white, pillars of slate gray. Eyes fixed on the water. Watching. Waiting. These still-as-stone creatures are egrets and herons — great egrets and great blue herons, to be exact. Many people have asked me about them this month, as the birds are convening conspicuously in the Fox River.


    U.S. Marshals selling horses in Dixon fraud case

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Marshals Service will auction the first 93 horses owned by a former Illinois city official charged with stealing public funds.The online auction will run from noon Friday until Tuesday for 46 of the horses and until Wednesday for 47 horses.


    Chicago officer pleads guilty in fatal DUI crash

    A former Chicago police detective has pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence in a crash that killed two men when the officer slammed his car into a stalled vehicle on an expressway.


    Body found nearly 2 weeks after downstate fire

    RANTOUL — Investigators in east-central Illinois are trying to figure out what caused the death of a man whose body was found in the rubble of a mobile home nearly two weeks after a fire.The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports a Rantoul police detective found the body after noticing a foul odor during a follow-up visit to the fire scene.


    2 in custody after shots fired at Normal school

    NORMAL — Authorities in central Illinois say police have taken two people into custody at Normal Community High School after gun shots were fired into a ceiling inside the school. No one was injured.School officials locked down the campus immediately after Friday morning’s incident.Students later were taken to a nearby church, and they’re now being dismissed.


    Downstate judge rules in favor of GOP in paper clip flap

    MURPHYSBORO — A southern Illinois judge has ruled in favor of three Republican candidates booted off the November ballot for using paper clips instead of staples on their filings.


    Trial on schedule for Wis. John Doe defendant

    MILWAUKEE — A former associate to Gov. Scott Walker will face a jury trial next month on charges that he embezzled about $42,000 from veterans’ groups.Kevin D. Kavanaugh of Cudahy has pleaded not guilty to felony theft and fraud charges.

    Hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations poured in from around the world and temple officials are treading carefully as they figure out how to distribute the money. Aware of arguments that flared among victims’ families after previous mass shootings in the U.S., Sikh leaders are relying on an outside expert to figure out the fairest way to share the funds.

    Not easy to divide Sikh temple-shooting donations

    Officials at the Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee are treading carefully as they figure out how to distribute hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that have poured in from around the world after a deadly shooting rampage last month. The Sikh community in suburban Milwaukee has always been close-knit, and the members drew even closer after the shooting. But temple leaders know even the...

    Matthew Herran listens closely to his digital audio recorder after conducting an EVP session at a Montgomery Cemetery. Herran will often spend three or more hours at a location on his hunts.

    Aurora ghost hunter has fascination with the paranormal

    Matthew Herran of Aurora is a paranormal investigator, hunting for EVPs, or electronic voice phenomena. Or you could just call him a ghost hunter. But despite the uneasiness of family members who think he's opening himself up to demonic spirits, Herran says his passion for information about the afterlife is just his personal quest for answers. "I honestly don't know what happens to someone after...


    Obama adviser: President’s speech had specifics

    A senior adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign says the Democrat's convention speech offered plenty of specifics that show voters where he wants to take this country.


    Romney launches new ad campaign

    On the same night Democrats conclude their national convention, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney released plans to launch a television advertising campaign across eight swing states.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane for an event in Iowa on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 in Portsmouth, N.H.

    Romney: Jobs report a hangover after Obama speech

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the latest disappointing jobs report shows President Barack Obama's policies are not working and the country deserves new leadership. Romney says news that employers created only 96,000 jobs last month is giving Americans a hangover the morning after Obama's closing speech to the Democratic National Convention.

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx, left, as first lady Michelle Obama, right, greets Foxx’s children Hillary, and Zachary, before leaving leave Charlotte, N.C., after the Democratic National Convention, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Foxx’s wife Samara Foxx is second from left.

    Obama’s task: Keep the race a choice

    President Barack Obama's fall mission: Remind voters why they chose him in the first place, hope the economy doesn't get worse — and paint Mitt Romney as an unacceptable alternative. "On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America," the Democrat said Thursday as he accepted his party's...

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, wave as they board Air Force One before their departure from Charlotte International Airport, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C.

    Convention over, Obama hit with weak job report

    His convention over, President Barack Obama ran smack into the harsh reality of a bleak new report on the nation's unemployment outlook Friday. Republican rival Mitt Romney pounced on the disappointing jobs figures as fresh evidence that it's time to put someone new in the Oval Office. The candidates both campaign in New Hampshire and Iowa, improbable battleground states in the too-close-to-call...

    In this 1998 photo, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant group the Haqqani network, speaks during an interview in Miram Shah, Pakistan. The Obama administration has formally designated the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, U.S. officials said Friday, in a complicated political decision as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan and pushes for a reconciliation pact to end more than a decade of warfare.

    U.S. designating Haqqani network as terrorists

    The Obama administration has formally designated the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, U.S. officials said Friday, in a complicated political decision as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan and pushes for a reconciliation pact to end more than a decade of warfare.


    Prince Harry in Afghanistan flying Apache copters

    Britain's Ministry of Defense says Prince Harry has returned to Afghanistan to fly Apache attack helicopters during a four-month tour of combat duty. The 27-year-old who is third in line to the British throne looked relaxed, if slightly tired Friday, and gave a thumbs-up after a long journey on a standard troop flight from England.


    3 attacks in northern Iraq kill 4 people, injure 62

    An Iraqi police commander says three separate attacks against Shiite mosques in a volatile northern city have killed four civilians and injured 62 others. Kirkuk police commander Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir says Friday's attacks took place in different areas as worshippers were leaving the mosques.


    Dawn Patrol: Durbin introduces Obama again; mall protests persist

    Sen. Dick Durbin again introduces Barack Obama at a Democratic National Convention. Protests persist for a proposed commercial development between North Barrington and Hawthorn Woods. Lombard fails to pick an acting mayor. How many games will the Bears win? How many will the Cubs lose?

    Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama wave to the delegates at the conclusion of Presdident Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

    Fact Check: Obama and the phantom peace dividend

    President Barack Obama laid claim to a peace dividend that doesn't exist when he told the nation he wants to use money saved by ending wars to build highways, schools and bridges. The wars were largely financed by borrowing, so there is no ready pile of cash to be diverted to anything else. The claim was one of several by Obama in his acceptance speech Thursday.

    Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

    Biden: ‘Conviction. Resolve. Barack Obama’

    Joe Biden stepped forward Thursday as Barack Obama's chief character witness, link to middle class voters and potentially the most biting critic of Republican rival Mitt Romney. Speaking candidly about his front-row seat to Obama's presidency, Biden used his speech to Democrats' convention to paint his friend as a gutsy leader who helped the nation turn the corner on its dour economy.

    A polar bear plays with an empty bucket under the water on August 23rd at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

    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 September 3rd.


    Royals’ Lorenzo Cain cross home plate in front of White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers after hitting a 2-run homer in the ninth inning Friday night.

    Royal pain for White Sox continues

    Forget about the Tigers coming to town for four games next week. The White Sox have to figure out a way to beat the Royals. Another poor start by Francisco Liriano and a lack of clutch hitting stuck the Sox with a 7-5 loss to Kansas City Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.


    Huntley stuns Prairie Ridge

    The sledgehammer Huntley brought to Prairie Ridge was a perfect symbol for what took place in Friday night's Fox Valley Conference Valley Division football opener in Crystal Lake. The Red Raiders didn't let two losses to start the season stop them from pounding and pounding away at the Wolves. Big pass plays, tough running and a punishing and opportunistic defense gradually chipped apart and dismantled the defending Class 6A state champions. And when it was over, Huntley displayed what it is capable of in its reconstruction project under first-year coach John Hart with a stunning 30-7 victory.

    George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Stevenson quarterback Willie Bourbon scrambles after attempting to pass the ball against Libertyville defender Kevin Thompson at Libertyville on Friday, September 7.

    Stevenson wins one for Geppert

    A multi-tasking Stevenson coach Bill McNamara was talking to reporters on Libertyville's football field when he ordered an exhausted Chris Geppert to take a knee. Geppert's opinions on Friday night's North Suburban Lake Division opener/thriller had also been requested. " Gep' played very good on defense," McNamara said of the defensive end, who batted down a pass and made a tackle for loss on third-and-4 on the game's first series. Geppert and all of his Stevenson teammates on defense played well, and, following the Patriots' 14-9 win, finally, they could rest. But they had to survive a scare from the host Wildcats, who nearly authored their second come-from-behind win in the season's first three weeks.

    Rashad Crosby of Naperville North,left, gets ready to hit Matt Biegalski of Wheaton North Friday night in Naperville.

    Wheaton North overcomes Naperville North

    It was tough to find a rhythm Friday night.For Wheaton North's football team, though, a snail's pace was better than no pace at all.Overcoming a sometimes sluggish outing, Wheaton North opened DuPage Valley Conference play with a 21-7 victory at Naperville North. While the Falcons' defense bent but didn't break until a 21-0 lead narrowed in the fourth quarter, the offense struggled for consistency except for a third-quarter burst of 2 touchdowns. Regardless, Wheaton North (3-0, 1-0) is simply happy with starting DVC play on the right foot.

    Larkin players celebrate with the jug following their win over Elgin during Friday’s game at Elgin High School.

    Larkin tops Elgin to keep Town Jug

    Larkin made sure this year's Town Jug game against rival Elgin wasn't a nail biter. In the 2011 meeting, Larkin's 1-point victory wasn't decided until 12 seconds remained. However, the Royals took all the suspense out of Friday's contest by striking for 2 touchdowns in the first 4:09 of the game and scoring 4 touchdowns in the first half overall en route to a 40-12 Upstate Eight River victory at 50-year-old Memorial Field.

    Batavia's Anthony Scaccia is denied a touchdown in the second quarter due to a holding call on Batavia on Friday, September 7. Teammate Jason Toth on right.

    Batavia runs away from Geneva

    As big of a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan as you will meet, it seemed odd to hear Batavia assistant coach Mike Gaspari use a phrase associated with Chicago Bears star Devin Hester when describing Bulldogs junior running back Anthony Scaccia. "Anthony Scaccia, you are ridiculous!" Gaspari told the team at practice Thursday. An overflow crowd on a crisp Friday night at Bulldogs Stadium saw just how ridiculous the shifty Scaccia can be as he cut and wove his way through Geneva's defense for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns in Batavia's 35-21 victory.

    Batavia’s Adam Hunger hugs Anthony Scaccia after a second quarter touchdown.

    Images: Geneva vs. Batavia football
    Rivalry week in the Tri-Cities is in full swing as Geneva visited Batavia for a week-three prep football clash. Batavia won 35-21.

    Larkin players celebrate with the jug.

    Images: Elgin vs. Larkin football
    The cross-town rivalry game for the town jug is back on Friday night this year. The Elgin Maroons lost 40-12 to the Larkin Royals at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    The Brewers’ Ryan Braun, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ed Sedar while rounding the bases on a solo home run during the 13th inning early Saturday in St. Louis.

    Braun boosts Brewers past Cardinals 5-4 in 13

    Ryan Braun homered off Lance Lynn with one out in the 13th inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Friday night. Braun's shot gave him his fifth straight 100-RBI season and further frustrated the few hundred fans still around nearly seven hours after the scheduled start.

    Oakland’s Josh Donaldson crosses home just ahead of a tag by Mariners catcher John Jaso in the fifth inning Friday in Seattle.

    A’s get to Hernandez early in 6-1 win

    George Kottaras hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and the Oakland Athletics chased Felix Hernandez early in a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

    The Giants’ Marco Scutaro drives in two runs with a bases-loaded single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning Friday in San Francisco.

    Scutaro delivers for Giants in win over Dodgers

    Marco Scutaro hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning that broke his bat, and the San Francisco Giants beat the rival Dodgers 5-2 on Friday night to extend their NL West lead to 5½ games over Los Angeles.

    Utah State tight end Kellen Bartlett scores as Utah linebacker Dave Fagergren pursues during the second half Friday in Logan, Utah.

    Utah State beats Utah 27-20 in OT

    Chuckie Keeton threw two touchdown passes, Kerwynn Williams scored on 1-yard run on the first possession of overtime and Utah State beat Utah 27-20 on Friday night to snap a 12-game losing streak against the Utes.


    WW South edges West Aurora

    Wheaton Warrenville South was on the ropes as West Aurora was attempting to snap its 15-game losing streak against the Tigers.

    Patrick Kunzer/pkunzer@dailyherald.com St. Charles East's quarterback Jimmy Mitchell scrambles with the ball during a varsity football game at St. Charles North on Friday night.

    Hoscheit lifts St. Charles E. over rival

    About the only thing that St. Charles East's Joe Hoscheit didn't do Friday night was participate in the annual Kick-A-Thon.


    Kaneland pummels Sterling

    Kaneland coach Tom Fedderly predicted a tough four quarters of football Friday night when undefeated Sterling came into town for a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover game. How about a tough four minutes? After allowing Sterling (2-1) to march about 46 yards before the Golden Warriors' first possession stalled at the Kaneland 36-yard line, the Knights took over and never looked back in thrashing their foes 42-0.


    Aurora Christian takes control early

    With the wind blowing steadily from the west goalpost to the east, passing the ball didn't appear like it was going to be an option. Then again, not many teams have the passing attack of the Aurora Christian Eagles. Lead by five first-half touchdown passes by Ryan McQuade, the Eagles defeated Suburban Christian Conference rival Walther Lutheran 56-0.


    Immaculate Conception blanks ACC

    Aurora Central was able to move the ball at times and convert its fair share of first downs on Friday night, but the Chargers proved unable to get the ball into the end zone.They also could not stop the very potent offense attack of Immaculate Conception and dropped their Suburban Christian Gold Conference opener, 33-0.


    Lake Park overcomes Metea Valley

    Receiver Kevin Teglia says Lake Park’s passing game has yet to find rhythm, but the senior has 9 touchdown receptions in three games.Three of them helped the Lancers beat Metea Valley 35-23 Friday in an Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division game in Roselle.Lake Park (2-1, 1-0) got first-half rushing touchdowns by Curtwan Evans and Zach Thomson and 2 interceptions by linebacker Niko Daniello. That stymied the Mustangs until Lake Park quarterback Zach Gehant hit Teglia twice for a 33-9 lead early in the fourth quarter.“That’s what I think opened up the pass game for us later on in the game. The linemen (Zach Smith, Ian Smith, Justin DiCiolla, Dan Borre, Vince Fallico) are great. A lot of seniors, a lot of experience,” said Teglia, whose fourth-quarter 95-yard catch and run is Lake Park’s longest in history, by 1 yard over his Week 1 touchdown jaunt.Scott Filip keyed two scores, returning the opening kick 40 yards to preface a 13-yard Teglia touchdown catch. Filip ran a sweep 73 yards, followed by Zach Thomson’s 9-yard touchdown run for a 14-3 Lancers lead early in the second quarter.Metea Valley (1-2, 0-1) pulled within 14-9 on Cameron Wilcox’s 2-yard touchdown run and quickly got the ball back. Only Daniello, making his first prep interceptions, picked off his second pass deep in Mustangs territory. Right tackle Fallico caved in the line for an Evans 4-yard score, among his 104 yards rushing.“We’re pretty set on being the more physical team right now,” said Lake Park coach Chris Roll.“They’re probably better up there (on the line) than we gave them credit for coming in, so that was definitely the game plan for them early,” said Metea coach Ben Kleinhans. “But when it came down to it, they went to their guy, the receiver, No. 2.”Teglia and Gehant had the rhythm on a 9-yard touchdown play. Later, penalties backed Lake Park to its own 5-yard line. Teglia sped down the right sideline, Gehant hit him at the 40 and Teglia went the record-setting distance.“Things are starting to come together for us,” he said.Wilcox, who finished with 158 yards on 29 carries, applied some pressure with touchdown runs of 7 and 5 yards. Alex Hagemaster caught 6 passes from Blaise Bell for 143 yards.“We have to learn from it and keep going, keep pushing through and grow together as a team and really work harder and harder each week as it goes on,” said Mustangs linebacker Jake Murawski.


    Isaac, Joliet Catholic meet St. Viator’s challenge

    Ty Isaac's doctor may have won a football game on Friday night at Forest View Stadium in Arlington Heights. Isaac sure won one for his Joliet Catholic football team against a St. Viator team that was persistent to the end. Isaac, a senior tailback committed to USC, wasn't expected to play while still recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in the season opener. "The biggest surprise tonight was when the doctor gave Ty the clearance," said Joliet Catholic coach Dan Sharp after his team survived 33-20 in the East Suburban Catholic opener. "He wasn't going to play at all, but obviously he was in my ear when he got the OK." And then he was in the Lions' backfield, seemingly rushing effortlessly for 100 yards on 9 carries, the first coming late in the second quarter.


    Adams, Willowbrook intercept big win

    Hayden Adams hopped on crutches to join in serenading the Willowbrook fan section.His Warriors teammates wouldn't think of leaving him behind.Adams caught 2 touchdown passes from Brian Johnson and intercepted 3 York passes — the second pick setting up a go-ahead touchdown — and Willowbrook won a wild one 28-23 on Friday night in Elmhurst.


    Athletic Niles West too much for Maine West

    Coming into Friday night's game with Niles West, Maine West coach Chris Hare knew his squad was up against an athletic team and talked about how difficult it was to simulate that kind of speed in practice. And after Niles West built a 40-6 halftime lead and eventually won 53-6 in the Central Suburban crossover, Hare echoed those same sentiments. "They have a nice squad with good speed and athleticism," said Maine West coach Chris Hare. "That's a very good team."

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer walks to the dugout after giving up two runs against the Los Angeles Angels during first inning Friday in Anaheim, Calif.

    Tigers fall to Angels 3-2

    Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo drove home pinch-runner Peter Bourjos with a two-out single in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Friday night for their ninth win in 10 games.


    Mucha fills the bill for Montini

    On most nights Montini senior Tucker Mucha focuses his game on trying to knock down ball carriers. But on Friday against Wheaton Academy, he did most of his damage running with the ball himself. Filling in for injured starter Dimitri Taylor, Mucha ran for 182 yards and a touchdown as the Broncos (2-1, 1-0 Suburban Christian Blue) shook off a slow start to defeat the visiting Warriors 35-0 in Lombard.

    Chase Headley hits a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning Friday in San Diego.

    Headley’s 2 HRs, 4 RBIs lead Padres to 6-5 win

    Chase Headley drove in four runs on two home runs, including a solo shot leading off the eighth inning that lifted the San Diego Padres to their seventh straight victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-5 on Friday night.


    St. Francis cruises past Chicago Christian

    Leading only 7-0 after the first quarter, some might think St. Francis was looking ahead to a showdown with conference rival Montini next week. Those thoughts may have been erased as the Spartans used a 28-point second quarter to catapult themselves to a 49-0 Suburban Christian Conference crossover victory against Chicago Christian Friday night at College of DuPage.


    Glenbard North rolls past West Chicago

    Glenbard North quarterback Brian Murphy passed for 2 touchdowns and running back Justin Jackson ran for 2 more touchdowns and caught a third as Glenbard North defeated West Chicago Wildcats 48-6 Friday night in West Chicago in the beginning of DuPage Valley Conference action for both teams.


    Focus issues aside, it’s all good for Schaumburg

    Ingredients for success in high school football would include athletes, depth, size, all-important chemistry and, oh yeah, focus. Lots of focus. No less than two of Schaumburg's stars and its head coach referenced that Friday night after its hard-fought 37-21 Mid-Suburban divisional crossover win at Hersey. It wasn't until the Saxons (3-0) got their focus back that they finally pulled away from the gritty Huskies (1-2).


    In the long run, it’s Grant

    Grant and Wauconda proved it's never too late for a game to turn completely crazy.Trailing 29-3 at the end of three quarters, visiting Wauconda scored 36 points in the fourth before falling 46-39 in Fox Lake.


    Barrington’s big effort grounds Prospect

    Keeping Prospect off the scoreboard has been a tall order for any defense this season. The Knights came into Friday night's crossover showdown at Barrington unbeaten after having averaged 48.5 points in their first two games. That didn't seem to bother Barrington. The Broncos (1-2) kept the Knights (2-1) off the scoreboard for 45 minutes and 26 seconds to earn a decisive 42-6 win.


    Mistakes costly to Lisle

    Costly mistakes, including a game-winning kickoff return, kept Lisle off the winning end of the scoreboard Friday night.


    Cloe helps close the deal for Antioch

    Being especially effective on special teams really can make a big difference. Anthony Cloe set the standard with a 78-yard kickoff return midway through the first quarter. Antioch's football team never let up after that, scoring 22 unanswered points. That spurt was enough to get the Sequoits past host Vernon Hills 22-10 Friday night in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division opener.


    Glasgow, Marmion handle St. Edward

    Have fun trying to stop Marmion Academy's Jordan Glasgow on the first play from scrimmage. That was the recurring theme throughout for the Cadets, as Glasgow, a 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore managed 2 scores on first plays alone Friday, which for the most part gave Marmion Academy a 49-16 Suburban Christian Blue Division win over St. Edward at Greg True Field in Elgin for the Cadets' 11th win over the Green Wave (1-2, 0-1) in 14 meetings.


    Naperville Central stymies Glenbard East

    Good thing Ben Andreas listens to his mother. Andreas put mom's advice to work to score 3 touchdowns in Naperville Central's 41-7 victory at Glenbard East on Friday night.


    Dundee-Crown can’t sustain lead

    Dundee-Crown dominated McHenry during the first half of Friday night's game. Despite being the most physical team that the Chargers have faced this season, D-C was able to come out as the aggressor. Led by 147 yards from Cody Lane, the Chargers rushed for 191 yards in building a 17-14 halftime lead. But D-C failed to sustain the push, eventually falling 40-30 in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division opener for both teams at McCracken Field in McHenry. The loss denied the Chargers their first 3-0 start to a season since 1987.


    Another big night for Fish, Grayslake North

    It was another great first half for host Grayslake North on Friday night when the Knights met Jacobs in a Fox Valley Conference crossover football game. And once again it was senior quarterback AJ Fish doing most of the damage offensively for Grayslake North as he rushed for 4 touchdowns and threw for 2 TDs, helping the Knights roll past the Golden Eagles 56-21 after falling behind 7-0 early on.


    Defense lifts Cary-Grove past Crystal Lake S.

    Crystal Lake South gained 250 yards. The Gators marched inside the Cary-Grove 20-yard line three times. In the end, the Trojans bend-but-don't-break defense didn't allow a touchdown and Cary-Grove produced enough offense for a 17-3 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win at South's Ken Bruhn Field Friday night.


    Lake Forest takes full advantage, tips Lakes

    In a tightly played contest with a playoff feel to it, Lake Forest took its first and only lead of the night on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Clifford to David Glynn with 5:01 left in the game. The Scouts edged Lakes 20-13 handing the Eagles their first loss of the season.

    Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist, center, rounds third after hitting an 11th-inning, walk-off home run against the Rangers on Friday night at home.

    Zobrist’s homer in 11th gives Rays win over Rangers

    Ben Zobrist's home run in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. Zobrist's 16th homer came off Mark Lowe (0-1) after a leadoff walk to B.J. Upton.


    Complete effort powers Leyden past Addison Trail

    The Leyden defense made its point Friday night with some bruising, old-school hitting. The Eagles offense got their points with a solid mixture of the run and the pass. It all led to an impressive 27-0 West Suburban Gold victory over visiting Addison Trail in Northlake. "Our defense has been awesome all season," said Leyden senior running back Mickey Gulo, who rushed 18 times for 62 hard-nosed yards.


    Everson scores 6 TDs, Bartlett routs E. Aurora

    Friday night was the perfect opportunity against the perfect opponent for the Bartlett football team to work on its passing game. Sophomore Jordan Flint threw just 2 passes in two games since replacing injured starter Steve Hrbacek early in the season opener. The Hawks called passing plays on their first eight snaps, Flint was forced to scramble on one play, to get the ball inside the 5 before scoring the first of 9 touchdowns in a 67-0 Upstate Eight Valley victory Friday over East Aurora at Millennium Field.

    Cleveland’s Michael Brantley hits an RBI-single against Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Alex Burnett during the seventh inning Friday in Minneapolis.

    Indians edge Twins 7-6

    Russ Canzler hit his first major league homer, reliever David Huff won his first game this season and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Friday night.


    BG gets on winning track with shutout victory

    There were plenty of smiles for Buffalo Grove on Friday night, and for good reason. Mike DiMatteo earned his first victory as Bison head coach, BG ended a 10-game losing streak that stretched back to the 2011 opener, and the defense — which had given up 70 points in the first two games — came up with 3 turnovers and pitched a shutout. It all added up to a 14-0 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory for Buffalo Grove (1-2) over Hoffman Estates (0-3) at Grant Blaney Stadium.


    Record showing from Fremd’s offense

    Big plays piled on top of big plays, and Fremd ran away with a 56-7 victory against visiting Wheeling in Friday night's Mid-Suburban League crossover game. The Vikings' offense fed off a sensational defensive and special teams effort to score the most points in a game in the history of the program. The previous high was 52, in a game 40 years ago.

    Libertyville running back Brian Swift looks for an opening.

    Images: Libertyville vs. Stevenson football
    The Libertyville Wildcats hosted and lost 14-9 to the Stevenson Patriots in Friday night football action on Sept. 7.

    Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion rounds second base on a solo home run in the third inning Friday in Boston.

    Encarnacion homers as Blue Jays top Red Sox 7-5

    Edwin Encarnacion hit one of Toronto's three homers, Henderson Alvarez broke his six-game winless streak and the Toronto Blue Jays prolonged the misery of the Boston Red Sox with a 7-5 win on Friday night.

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg wipes his face on the mound during the second inning Friday at home against Miami Marlins. Stasburg allowed two runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third, giving up six hits.

    Strasburg pulled after 3 IP as Nats lose in 10

    Stephen Strasburg matched his career low by lasting only three innings in what likely was his final home start this season, allowing five runs Friday night in the Washington Nationals' 9-7, 10-inning loss to the Miami Marlins.


    Anderson leads Hampshire past Grayslake C.

    The Hampshire High School football team earned a 46-20 win over host Grayslake Central in each team's Fox Valley Conference Fox Division opener Friday on the first night of the season where the temperature dipped under 60. The weather and the win started to bring back a familiar feeling for Hampshire coach Dan Cavanaugh. "Yeah, it's starting to feel like football," said Cavanaugh.

    Kendall Veluvolu of Naperville North drives with the ball.

    Images: Wheaton North at Naperville North football
    Naperville North High School hosted and lost 21-7 to Wheaton North for Friday night football, Friday September 7.


    Burlington Central rolls to easy win

    Once the Rockets stopped shooting themselves in the foot, Burlington Central's offense got rolling. Their defense was a constant throughout. Led by tailback Reilly Marino, the Rockets exploded for 4 third-quarter touchdowns and rolled past Rockford Christian, 36-3, in the Big Northern East opener for both teams Friday night.

    Brett Jackson scores as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Rod Barajas loses the ball on the throw from first baseman Gaby Sanchez in the sixth inning Friday.

    Cubs take advantage of 7 errors, beat Pirates 12-2

    Travis Wood gave up just one hit over six innings and the Cubs stopped a six-game losing streak Friday night with a 12-2 win over the mistake-prone Pittsburgh Pirates, who made seven errors in their worst defensive night in over a quarter-century.


    Prince scores 30 to lead Sky past Liberty, 92-83

    Epiphanny Prince scored 30 points to lead the Sky to a 92-83 win over the New York Liberty on Friday night. Tamera Young added 19 points for the Sky (11-16), which moved one-half game past New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points and Swin Cash added 10 points and seven rebounds. Prince, who also had five rebounds, scored 30 for the fourth time in 19 games this season.

    Houston’s Justin Maxwell celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning Friday in Cincinnati.

    Astros rally to beat Reds 5-3

    Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Friday night that broke Aroldis Chapman's streak of 27 consecutive saves and powered the Houston Astros to a 5-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

    Kevin Harvick celebrates his win Friday in the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va.

    Harvick wins Nationwide race at Richmond

    Kevin Harvick took the lead by dodging a caution caused by race leader Kurt Busch, then pulled away on a restart with 17 laps to go and won the Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway. The victory snapped a 30-race winless streak in the series for Harvick, whose last victory came in this race two years ago.

    Braves catcher David Ross shakes hands with relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel after Atlanta beat the Mets 3-0 Friday in New York.

    Braves pitch 3rd straight shutout, defeat Mets

    Paul Maholm and the Braves bullpen combined to give Atlanta three straight shutouts for the first time in exactly a decade, and the NL wild-card leaders beat the New York Mets 3-0 Friday night.

    The Yankees’ Russell Martin follows through on a three-run home run in the fourth inning Friday in Baltimore.

    Yankees triumph over Orioles 8-5

    Alex Rodriguez hit his 300th home run with the Yankees, Russell Martin and Steve Pearce also homered, and New York regained sole possession of first place in the AL East by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 on Friday night.

    Notre Dame’s Theo Riddick, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against Navy last Saturday in Dublin, Ireland.

    Boilermakers seek upset in South Bend

    Purdue is seeking its first win in South Bend since 2004 and a 2-0 start for the first time since 2007. It could be a program-turner. "It would certainly show we were strong-willed and strong-minded," Hope said of winning at Notre Dame Stadium. "It would be a confidence builder for our football team and a confidence builder for our fan base."


    Olique strain forces Sox’ Dunn back to bench

    Adam Dunn missed two games at Detroit last weekend with a strained right oblique. The White Sox' DH/first baseman was able to play vs. the Twins earlier this week, but Dunn sat out Friday night's game against the Royals with more oblique pain.


    White Sox’ Pierzynski calls rumors ‘a shame’

    Contrary to Internet and radio reports, A.J. Pierzynski was not suspended for PED use. And the White Sox catcher was not at all happy about the rampage of rumors.


    Jamaica beats U.S. 2-1 in World Cup qualifier

    Rodolph Austin and Luton Shelton scored on free kicks as Jamaica rallied to beat the United States 2-1 Friday night in a World Cup qualifier, giving the Reggae Boyz their first win over the Americans.


    McHigh’s late goal helps Christian Liberty net draw

    Connel McHigh rescued Christian Liberty Academy's boys soccer squad from a defeat at home with his 71st-minute equalizer to give the Chargers a 1-1 draw with visiting Morgan Park Academy on Friday afternoon in Arlington Heights.

    The Nationals’ Bryce Harper is restrained by home-plate umpire Jerry Lane and Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger, and benches and bullpens emptied Thursday night at Washington.

    Some silliness as Cubs’ season winds down

    While former Cub Adam Greenberg's major-league career was short-lived because of a serious beaning, efforts to petition the Cubs to get him an official at-bat with the Cubs are misguided and all wrong for baseball reasons. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles weighs in on that and Thursday night's fracas in Washington.

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) set an NFL rookie record with 4,051 yards last season and accounted for 35 touchdowns.

    QB Newton faces different challenge in Year 2

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just when you think you have him pinned down, bam!There Cam Newton goes racing for a first down.Or throwing a touchdown pass.Or doing something else spectacularly.Of all the talented players in the NFL, the toughest for defensive coordinators to figure out might be the Panthers quarterback.That’s because Newton can hurt you in so many ways.Newton threw for an NFL rookie record 4,051 yards in 2011. And when he wasn’t burning folks with his strong arm, he was making them look foolish with his feet, rushing for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns — the most ever by a quarterback.His 35 combined touchdowns were more than what half the teams in the league scored last season. If Newton wasn’t on opponents’ radar coming in as a rookie, he certainly is now after the Panthers went from 32nd in league scoring in 2010 to fifth.So what does the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year expect teams will try now?“I was hoping you were going to tell me,” he said coyly.Newton told The Associated Press he’s not spoken to any other quarterbacks around the league about what to expect this season. Nor does he feel the need to. He’s not going to change his approach when the Panthers open the season Sunday at Tampa Bay.“I’m going in with the same mindset as last year: very, very hungry,” Newton said. “There’s only one goal for every week when we play and that’s to win. .”Some NFL quarterbacks have struggled in Year 2 after successful rookie seasons. Others have avoided that so-called sophomore slump. Panthers coach Ron Rivera and others around the league see a multitude of challenges ahead for his young QB. A year ago, folks didn’t know to expect from Newton — or from the Panthers new coaching staff, for that matter. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski spent part of last offseason researching what Newton did well at Auburn and borrowed pages from the Tigers’ playbook, particularly how they employed the zone read option.Newton felt comfortable running it, and it translated to success in the NFL. He ran for 51 first downs in 2011, fifth most in the league and by far the most among quarterbacks.But Rivera said teams will be better prepared this year.“Probably the first three or four teams we play have already started looking at the zone read concept,” Rivera said. “They’ve probably looked at some of what the college teams are doing to stop it and trying to get a better understanding of it. They’ll look at it and say `This is how they handle it.”’Of course, knowing how to handle it and actually stopping it are two different things.At 6-feet-5 and 245 pounds, Newton is one of the biggest and strongest quarterbacks you’ll ever come across, not easy to bring down even when you know he’s coming your way. Combine that with outstanding speed and quickness and you have a dynamic player at the most important position on the field.Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano called Newton one of the elite athletes in the league.“Someone asked me the other day, ‘How do you shut him down?’ I don’t think you can,” Schiano said.

    Devin Hester wants to break the NFL career record held by Deion Sanders for return TDs.

    Bears’ Hester has eyes on Sanders’ record

    Bears wide receiver Devin Hester admits he thinks about needing just 1 more return touchdown to tie Deion Sanders for the all-time NFL record of 19.

    FILE - From left are NFL football players Jonathan Vilma, in 2011; Anthony Hargrove, in 2010; Will Smith, in 2011; and Scott Fujita, in 2011. The suspensions of four players in the NFL's bounty investigation have been lifted by a three-member appeals panel. The league reinstated those players a few minutes after Friday's, Sept. 7, 2012 ruling. While the ruling allows Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove to play immediately, it does not permanently void their suspensions (AP Photo/File)

    Panel vacates bounty suspensions for 4 Saints players

    The suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and three other players in the NFL's bounty investigation were lifted Friday by a three-member appeals panel and the league reinstated those players a few minutes later. While the ruling allows Saints linebacker Vilma, banned for the 2012 season, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove to play immediately, it does not permanently void their suspensions.

    With a healthy Jay Cutler at quarterback and a favorable schedule, the Bears have a shot at the playoffs this season.

    After further review, Bears should finish 10-6

    Bob LeGere takes a game-by-game look at the Bears' opponents this season, and believes a 10-6 record is in the cards. Check out why he believes they'll start about the season at 5-5 before a late surge.

    Missouri’s Marcus Murphy, left, is congratulated by teammate T.J. Moe for running a punt back 72 yards for a touchdown last Saturday at home against Southeastern Louisiana.

    No. 7 Georgia is SEC debut game for eager Missouri

    A new era has dawned at Missouri, which makes its Southeastern Conference debut on Saturday night against No. 7 Georgia, and there's no denying the excitement. Even coach Gary Pinkel failed to stick to his usual "it's the next game" script for more than a sentence or two on media day before gushing about the historic relevance.

    Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Samardzija will make last start of season Saturday

    The Cubs are shutting down starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija following Saturday's start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 25-year-old Samardzija is 8-13 with a 3.91 ERA in 165 2-3 innings this season, the former Notre Dame receiver's first as a starter. Manager Dale Sveum says Samardzija will be replaced in the rotation by right-hander Jason Berken, claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Friday.

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last month erased 14 years of Armstrong’s competitive results and banned him for life, saying it had evidence that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

    Armstrong banned from running Chicago Marathon

    Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will keep him from running next month's Chicago Marathon. Race officials said Friday that Armstrong never formally registered for the Oct. 7 event. But he was considering running with Livestrong's charity team, which does the marathon as a fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

    Vijay Singh watches his tee shot on the eighth hole Friday during the second round of the BMW Championship PGA golf tournament at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.

    Singh takes 1-shot lead over McIlroy, Woods

    Vijay Singh keeps giving himself chances to end four years without a PGA Tour victory. He made four birdies around the turn Friday for a 6-under 66 in the BMW Championship, putting his name atop the leaderboard for the second time in his last four tournaments.

    Maria Sharapova reacts after losing her match against Victoria Azarenka on Friday during the semifinals of the U.S. Open in New York.

    Azarenka surprises Sharapova in 3 sets

    Normally so good, so gritty, in the crucible of the third set, Maria Sharapova finally met her match against Victoria Azarenka. Coming all the way back from a set and a break down, the top-seeded Azarenka prevailed in a stirring third, beating four-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday to reach her first U.S. Open final.

    Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase runs with the ball last Saturday against Western Michigan in Champaign.

    Illini QB a game-time decision against Sun Devils

    The Illini may be playing Arizona State without their usual starting quarterback, Nathan Scheelhaase. Even if he does go, he could be hobbled by the left ankle he injured in last weekend's 24-7 victory over Western Michigan.

    Northwestern’s Venric Mark returns a kick for a touchdown against Syracuse’s during last Saturday’s road game.

    Vanderbilt, Northwestern to meet after wild starts

    Strong academic institutions in top athletic conferences, Vanderbilt and Northwestern have a few things in common. Put wild openers on the list, too.

    Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell gets past Boise State’s Jerell Gavins to score the game-winning touchdown last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich.

    11th-ranked Spartans head up the road to CMU

    Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio figures his Spartans could benefit from a road trip not many teams would agree to. On Saturday, the 11th-ranked Spartans will play at Central Michigan. It's the type of game Mid-American Conference schools rarely have a chance to host, but Michigan State is playing it as part of a decade-long series with three in-state opponents.

    Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson passes during the first half of last Saturday’s loss to Alabama at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

    No. 19 Michigan looks to bounce back against Air Force

    Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been cleared to play after a one-game suspension for pleading guilty to drunken driving. The 19th-ranked Wolverines are expected to have Toussaint in the starting lineup Saturday in their home opener against Air Force.

    Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez throws a pass to C.J. Zimmerer during last Saturday’s home win against Southern Mississippi.

    Martinez comes home when Nebraska visits UCLA

    Taylor Martinez's dream of playing in the Rose Bowl is about to come true, even if it's in scarlet instead of blue. Martinez leads the No. 17 Cornhuskers (1-0) against UCLA (1-0) on Saturday, with both schools hoping to build on their strong starts to the season.


    NPF makes ‘heartbreaking’ decision to cancel series

    For the first time in nine seasons, there will not be a National Pro Fastpitch champion crowned. Game 2 of the best-of-three NPF Championship Series was officially canceled late Sunday after a day of rain and delays made the field unplayable. League officials later ruled it was not possible to continue the tournament between the Chicago Bandits and the USSSA Pride of Florida, and declared no champion would be crowned.

    Penn State’s Shawney Kersey is tackled by Ohio’s Keith Moore during last Saturday’s game in State College, Pa. Ohio won 24-14

    Cavaliers are wary of Penn State

    From afar, the Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) can only tip their helmets to the Nittany Lions. "Those guys stuck by the school and the program they love, and that's something that's pretty awesome," defensive tackle Jake Snyder. That said, Virginia still wants to keep Penn State's on-field misery going for another week.


    NPF’s swing and miss costly to Bandits players, fans

    Women's Watch, with columnist Patricia Babcock McGraw, explores the debacle that ended the National Pro Fastpitch season and deprived the Chicago Bandits of a possible second straight championship.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller drops back to pass against Miami of Ohio during the first quarter last Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

    No. 14 Ohio State preps for big challenge from UCF

    Quarterback Blake Bortles believes that his Central Florida team has athletes to play on even terms with No. 14 Ohio State on Saturday. A famous former Floridian agrees. "They're a Big Ten talent," Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said. "There's no question there's people on that team at certain positions that are as good or better than our (guys).

    Wisconsin’s Montee Ball breaks away from Northern Iowa’s Wilmot Wellington for a 16-yard pass reception during the second half last Saturday in Madison.

    Ball, No. 13 Wisconsin primed for Oregon State

    Montee Ball says he shook off the offseason in Wisconsin's opener. That doesn't bode well for Oregon State. A Heisman Trophy finalist last season, Ball ran for 120 yards and a touchdown in the No. 13 Badgers' 26-21 win over FCS-level Northern Iowa last Saturday.

    Marching band director Amy Knopps, left, shows off the Huron and Normalite logos embedded in a new marching band uniform worn by uniform manager Maria Eloff.

    E. Michigan brings back Indian logo despite criticism

    When the Eastern Michigan University football team takes the field for its home opener this weekend, members of the school marching band will be sporting uniforms emblazoned with two of EMU's former logos, including one the school dropped 21 years ago amid criticism it was demeaning to American Indians.

    Tiger Woods paired against Rory McIlroy in the singles matches on the final day of the Ryder Cup this month at Medinah is the wish of Mike Spellman.

    At last, Cubs' Sveum utters something that's eminently quotable

    From eyeballs to mustaches, Urlacher to Bobby V., Mike Spellman's Scorecard has a take on it all.

    While Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, here talking with Cubs manager Dale Sveum before this year's City Series with the White Sox, is only in Year One of the rebuilding process, Mike North contends next season is a critical one for Sveum's future.

    Just how bad are the Cubs this season?

    Mike North has big concerns over the Chicago Cubs play this year and where they are headed. With Notre Dame winning their season opener in Ireland, he thinks they might have a bright future this season. Mike also offers up a few picks for the NFL's first week, and bids so long to Jilly's, a former hotspot on Rush Street closing its doors .


    Buffalo Grove edges Elk Grove

    For your best entertainment dollar of the evening, Buffalo Grove was the place to be. The high-flying Bison (7-0-0, 2-0-0) overcame an early deficit, then fired back with 4 unanswered goals before holding off upstart Elk Grove (2-1-3, 1-1-1) 5-3 in an a MSL East contest at Grant Blaney Stadium.

    Things have not been easy for manager Dale Sveum and the Cubs this season.

    Cubs look like sure bet to lose 100 games

    The more the Cubs keep losing, the more they assure themselves of their first 100-plus loss season since 1966. Several factors make 100 losses seem inevitable. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles takes a look at a few.

    Offensive coordinator Mike Tice says he wants to put players in position to have the confidence to make plays.

    Bears’ Tice just wants to help his players

    Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice has a simple goal: To put all of his players in the best positiion to succeed.

    Defensive end Israel Idonije, here running down Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III during the preseason, will be a key factor in the pass rush.

    Defense will still have to win some games for Bears

    The Bears need a healthy Brian Urlacher and a better pass rush this season if their defense is to perform at a playoff-caliber level. They'll get an early evaluation of both situations Sunday against the Colts in the season opener.


    New-look Schaumburg steps it up

    Schaumburg's girls cross country team may be young, but the Saxons are showing some fight. Sophomore Caroline Kurdej and sophomore Erin Falsey set the pace on Thursday at Macnider Cross Country Course at Hoover School. Kurdej (19:40) and Falsey (19:49) went 1-2 in helping Schaumburg nip Barrington 26-29 for a Mid-Suburban West victory. Sophomore Ali Gutt (20:16) took fourth to put some bite in a young Saxons attack. Barrington freshman Lauren Conroy (19:57) took third to pace the Fillies.


    Barrington reloads

    Barrington's boys cross country team placed eighth in the state in Class 3A last season, and the Broncos look like they will be in the state mix once again this season. Barrington keeps rolling despite losing two-time all-state runner Erik Peterson to graduation. For the moment, the Broncos are also missing top returning runner Ryan Burgoon, who also made all-state last season with a 23rd-place finish in Class 3A. But thanks to a tight pack, Barrington has found early success this season. The Broncos continued to surge with a 24-33 Mid-Suburban League West victory over host Schaumburg at Macnider Cross Country Course at Hoover School on Thursday.


    In this photo released by APEC, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao Friday during the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia.

    Putin: Asia can count on Russia for energy

    President Vladimir Putin promised Asia and Pacific leaders meeting in the seaport of Vladivostok on Friday that they could count on Russia to be a reliable energy supplier and provide a bridge to Europe that can help revitalize regional trade.

    Trader John Santiago, left, works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks mostly flat after weak jobs report

    Stocks on Wall Street made small gains following news that the U.S. economy added fewer jobs than expected in August.

    American Airlines airplanes are at parked at the gate at JFK International airport in New York.

    Creditors expect decision on AMR by year-end

    In Friday's filing, the creditors committee supported new labor contracts between American and its flight attendants and ground workers.

    Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, delivers the keynote address at the 100 Influential Women Breakfast at Harper College.

    ComEd CEO: Women are gaining momentum

    When Anne Pramaggiore was named the CEO of ComEd earlier this year, she became the first woman to hold both the title of president and chief executive officer at the energy giant. "Reject the expected," the Barrington resident told the 100 Influential Women breakfast at Harper College Friday morning. "Be bold and take some risks."

    U.S. economist Nouriel Roubini, center, speaks during a meeting Friday on the world economy in Cernobbio, Italy.

    Weak job growth makes bold Fed action more likely

    "If there was any lingering doubt within the Fed about announcing a new round of quantitative easing next week, this should surely push them over the edge," said Tom Porcelli, an economist at RBC.

    J.J. O’Connor, who was paralyzed during a high school hockey game, will talk about his inspiring journey at the Schaumburg Business Association “Good Morning Schaumburg” forum Tuesday.

    Paralyzed athlete to talk to SBA

    J.J. O'Connor, whose life was forever changed after a hockey accident left him paralyzed at age 16, will speak about his path of recuperation and rediscovery of self at the Schaumburg Business Association "Good Morning Schaumburg" forum.

    Gary Dollinger

    Libertyville’s Adalyze launches new fantasy sports game, could go international

    Kukec's eBuzz column features Libertyville-based Adalyze Technologies, which is launching a new fantasy sports game for online players.

    Passengers wait in front of Lufthansa counters as flight attendants of German Lufthansa airline went on an 24-hour-strike for higher wages at the airport in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

    Lufthansa flight attendants launch 24-hour strike

    Lufthansa canceled hundreds of flights Friday after flight attendants walked off the job at airports around the country in an escalating battle with Germany's largest airline, but signs emerged that the two sides may be prepared to return to the negotiating table.

    Economist Nouriel Roubini speaks during a meeting on the world economy in Cernobbio, Italy, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Experts and leaders gathered in Italy to discuss the global financial crisis.

    Experts warn of ‘perfect storm’ for global economy

    Experts and leaders gathered in Italy may disagree on the cure, but the malady seems clear: the world economy faces a "perfect storm" of risks that include prolonged crisis in a structurally flawed Europe, political paralysis pushing America off a "fiscal cliff," a slowdown in the emerging economies drying up the last of global growth, and the spectacularly destabilizing prospect of war over Iran's nuclear program.


    Calif. man close to settling mortgage fraud charge

    WASHINGTON — A California businessman says he is close to resolving federal civil charges that he falsely promised to help at-risk homeowners lower their monthly payments.Abraham Michael Pessar said that he is in talks to settle the case, the first of its kind brought by the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.The agency last month accused Pessar and Chance Gordon, another businessman, of misleading homeowners about their chances of negotiating lower payments. It said the two charged illegal fees and implied to clients that their business was endorsed by the government.A lawyer for Gordon disputed the charges and said Pessar was responsible for the illegal contacts with borrowers.The case is seen by attorneys and businesses as a bellwether of the new agency’s approach to enforcing consumer laws.


    Kroger profit dips as costs rise

    NEW YORK — The Kroger Co. said Friday that its profit dipped slightly in the second quarter, as the nation’s largest traditional grocer faced higher expenses and an increased tax rate.The Cincinnati-based company said a key sales figure rose during the period as its loyalty program helped attract shoppers. But merchandise costs — which includes advertising, warehouse and transportation expenses — also rose 4.3 percent. Like other supermarkets, Kroger has been paying more to stock its shelves as a result of rising commodity costs. The company has tried to offset the impact by introducing more store-brand items, which lessens its need to stock up on brand-name products.Kroger is also fighting to hang onto shoppers as it faces intensifying competition from big-box retailers, drugstores and specialty grocers. To hang onto customers, Kroger’s loyalty program offers customers discounts based on their past purchases.Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer, noted that the company is also working to improve other parts of the shopping experience. For example, he said the company has whittled the checkout wait time to an average about 30 seconds. In the past, McMullen said the average wait time was as long as 4 minutes.The efforts seem to be paying off, with sales at supermarkets open at least a year up 3.6 percent, when excluding fuel. The metric is a key gauge of health because it excludes the impact of newly opened and closed locations.In the current quarter so far, CEO Dave Dillon the figure is “gently down” in part because of a result of shoppers switching to generics on some prescription drugs.For the full year, the company expects the figure to rise 3 percent to 3.5 percent.Despite the efforts, Kroger is also facing higher costs. Its tax rate in the latest quarter rose to 34.5 percent, from 27.6 percent a year ago. In the third and fourth quarters, it expects the rate to be about 36 percent.The company’s stock fell 57 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $22.53 in midday trading. Its stock has still risen 7 percent since hitting a 52-week low of $20.98 in late July. Kroger traded as high as $24.83 in January.For the three months ended Aug. 11, the company reported net income of $279.1 million, or 51 cents per share. That’s down from $280.8 million, or 46 cents per share, a year ago when there were more outstanding shares.Revenue, including fuel, climbed 3.9 percent to $21.73 billion.Analysts expected earnings of 49 cents per share on revenue of $21.89 billion.Kroger now anticipates fiscal 2012 earnings of $2.35 to $2.42 per share, up from $2.33 to $2.40 per share.Analysts predict $2.38 per share.


    Oil fluctuates after disappointing jobs report

    The price of oil fluctuated Friday as a disappointing U.S. employment report gave traders another reason to both worry about the economy and to expect the Federal Reserve to take action to spur growth.


    How big will Fed go after weak August jobs report?

    Will the Federal Reserve go big next week? Some economists expect a new bond-buying program to be announced. Others aren't so sure.

    Job seekers fill out applications at a construction job fair in New York. U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, a weak figure that could slow any momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech to the Democratic National Convention.

    Why unemployment rate fell: Fewer people seek jobs

    U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs in August, a tepid figure that points to the economy's persistent weakness and slowing prospects for the unemployed. The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in July. But that was only because more people gave up looking for jobs. People out of work are counted as unemployed only if they're looking for a job.


    Completion nears for Amazon’s southern Indiana warehouse

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — Contractors are in the final push to complete construction of a $150 million warehouse and distribution center for Amazon.com in southern Indiana.Seattle-based Amazon has been hiring workers for the center in Jeffersonville that it said this spring could have some 1,000 employees by 2015. Paul Wheatley of the River Ridge Commerce Center tells The Courier-Journal that Amazon officials anticipate opening the center by the Oct. 1 construction deadline. That would allow it to process orders for the Christmas season with perhaps hundreds of seasonal workers.Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore tells WDRB-TV that the city has been talking with other companies about moving to the industrial park on the site of the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant.Amazon currently has four distribution centers in central Indiana.


    Company says it has money for Ind. recycling plant

    A company says it has lined up the money it needs to build a $350 million waste-recycling plant in northeastern Indiana.


    World markets remain reassured by ECB bond-buying

    A bond-buying plan from the European Central Bank continued to buoy financial markets on Friday while worse-than-expected U.S. jobs data lifted expectations that the Federal Reserve will back another monetary stimulus.

    Campbell’s new Green Thai Curry Skillet sauce is poured over fresh produce and tofu at the Campbell Soup Company headquarters in Camden, N.J. Last year the company began a quest that led executives to trendsetting cities including Portland, Ore. and London to figure out how to make soups that appeal to younger, finicky customers. In the year ahead, the 143-year-old company plans to roll out 50 new products such as Moroccan Style Chicken and Spicy Chorizo.

    Soup’s On: Campbell Soup looks beyond iconic cans

    If your lunch still consists of a bowl of Campbell's tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, chances are you grew up using a typewriter. Generations of Americans have moved on from Campbell's condensed chicken noodle and tomato soups in search of heartier varieties with more exotic flavors. Now, the world's largest soup company is racing to do the same.

    Kraft says its new North American food company will be poised to deliver long-term profit and revenue growth, while also returning cash to its shareholders.

    Kraft expects long-term growth at new N. American foods company

    Northfield-based Kraft says its new North American food company will be poised to deliver long-term profit and revenue growth, while also returning cash to its shareholders. Kraft Foods Inc. is set to split into two companies next month. One will keep the Kraft name and focus on North American grocery brands such as Velveeta and Oscar Mayer.


    Coca-Cola’s newest drink is just a few drops

    Coca-Cola's newest drink won't come in a bottle or a can. And people will only need a squirt or two to quench their thirst. The world's largest beverage company is introducing its Dasani Drops in coming weeks, which can be squeezed into water for some on-the-spot fruity flavor. And Coca-Cola is betting that there's big potential for growth.


    GM to hire up to 500 for Texas computer center

    General Motors is opening a new computer center in Austin, Texas, where it plans to hire up to 500 people. The automaker said Friday that it will hire software developers, project managers, database experts and business analysts to run the first of several information technology innovation centers it plans to open in the U.S.


    Intel cuts 3Q revenue outlook on softer demand

    Intel is cutting its third-quarter revenue forecast due to softer-than-expected demand for its chips amid difficult economic conditions. Intel chips go into about 80 percent of personal computers and into a vast number of servers as well, making it a bellwether for spending on computers.


    Building for new Huntley business gets initial approval

    Huntley officials gave preliminary approval Thursday night to an addition for the Huntley Corporate Park that would house an engineering firm, with its eye on relocating to the village.

Life & Entertainment

    Rita Christian, left, and Stacy McSpadden relax in a pair of U.S.-made, matching aniline dyed leather recliners from Hancock and Moore. Also shown are Christian’s Labradoodles, Napoleon and Josephine

    Buyers often look for American-made home decor

    When Rita Christian was a little girl, her father was such a proponent of American-made products that she remembers him checking labels on items before he bought them. Her dad was the product of a different era, but the more Christian thinks about it, the more she thinks he had the right idea.

    Craft fairs dot the suburbs from now through the December holidays — a perfect place to go shopping for some creative, handmade gifts.

    Our 2012 fall arts and craft fair guide

    Arts and craft fairs are held throught the year in the suburbs, but autumn is a particularly busy time heading into the holiday season. Here's a 2012 list of area fall craft fairs.

    Look for our Fall Festival Guide inside today's Daily Herald.

    Our guide to the fall festivals of 2012
    Welcome to the Daily Herald's Fall Fest Guide — family-friendly activities that stretch from September to mid-December. There's no excuse to sit home this autumn!


    Local theater: Arboretum hosts Shakespeare
    Theatre-Hikes stages "The Tempest" at Morton Arboretum; "Grease" comes to Aurora's Paramount Theatre and Next Theatre opens its season with Charles Mee's modernized Greek tragedy, "Iphigenia 2.0."


    What’s new
    Here's what's happening on the Chicago area theater scene.

    More than a week after Clint Eastwood delivered a speech to the Republican National Convention, the veteran Hollywood actor-director continues to be mocked for his peculiar, rambling conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama in an empty chair onstage.

    Eastwood talks about convention chat with chair

    Clint Eastwood said the idea to use an empty seat as a prop at the Republican National Convention was a spur-of-the-moment decision when someone backstage asked him if he wanted to sit down. In his first interview since he attended the convention to pledge his support for Mitt Romney, Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone, a small California weekly newspaper, that his speech was not only unscripted, it was pretty much spontaneous. "There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down," Eastwood told the newspaper.

    Though Rebel Wilson is a fresh face for American audiences, she’s no stranger to performing. She’s currently starring in “Bachelorette.”

    Rebel Wilson brings quirky comedy to film and TV

    Get ready to notice Rebel Wilson. She may have already caught your eye with her brief appearance in "Bridesmaids," playing the freeloading roommate who reads Annie's (Kristen Wiig) diary. The 28-year-old Australian actress' scene-stealing turn in the 2011 hit certainly got Hollywood's attention. "Basically, the week 'Bridesmaids' came out, I booked up for the rest of the year," Wilson said. Now she's starring in the dark comedy "Bachelorette."

    Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are separating after 9 years of marriage, their publicist Lewis Kay confirmed Thursday.

    Amy Poehler, Will Arnett separate after 9 years

    Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are splitting up. Publicist Lewis Kay says the couple is separating after nine years of marriage. The breakup was first reported by Us Weekly.

    Kristin Stewart poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the gala for the movie “On The Road” during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Thursday.

    ‘Twilight’s’ Kristen Stewart back in the spotlight

    "Twilight's" newest vampire re-emerged in public Thursday night at the Toronto Film Festival. Kristen Stewart made her first public appearance in nearly two months. The 22-year star went into lockdown mode after she publicly apologized for having a tryst with the married director of her last film, "Snow White and the Huntsman."

    Taylor Swift, at the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday, will debut a new song at the “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon.

    Taylor Swift to debut song for cancer victim

    Taylor Swift will pay tribute to a young cancer victim with a special song on Friday's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. "Ronan" is dedicated to a 4-year-old boy who died last year of neuroblastoma. Swift wrote the song after reading the blog of Ronan's mother, Maya Thompson, who is credited as a co-writer.


    'Lincoln,' Bond give fall films a renewed license to thrill

    Presenting the annual Daily Herald preview to the fall movies scheduled to open through Nov. 21. So sit back and get ready for a barrage of 3-D movies coming at ya, the really absolutely final ending of the "Twilight" saga, some horror films that sound as if they will not be screened for critics, and a few cutting-edge animated features that just might bring out the kid in all of us.

    Janet Ulrich Brooks plays Dr. Katherine Brandt, a music scholar trying to unlock the mystery of why Beethoven spent years composing variations on a mediocre theme in TimeLine Theatre's Chicago-area premiere of Moises Kaufman's “33 Variations.”

    TimeLine's '33 Variations' hits all the right notes

    Janet Ulrich Brooks is outstanding as Dr. Katherine Brandt, a music scholar trying to unlock the mystery of why Beethoven spent years composing variations on a mediocre theme in TimeLine Theatre's Chicago-area premiere of Moises Kaufman's smart “33 Variations.” The play has humor and heart, and it contains some wonderfully moving moments.

    Open floor plans do away with full walls that separate spaces into formal rooms. This dining area flows right into the kitchen in the Manchester model at Highland Woods in Elgin.

    Today’s homes have ‘great’ rooms for entertaining

    The Fall Home Show kicks off with "great" rooms for gathering. Whether it's a bonus room on the second floor, a main-floor great room or a theater room downstairs ... homebuyers are investing in spaces to gather family and friends.

    Bartender Cheryl Yu serves up mongo margaritas at Adobe Gila’s in Rosemont.

    Adobe Gila’s a nonstop party oasis in Rosemont

    Didn't make it to Key West this summer? Cancun and Manzanillo still a bit out of reach? No matter, you can catch the feel-good island vibe at Adobe Gila's, which opened up earlier this year at The Park at Rosemont. Beach combers' paradise pretty much sums up the setting. And with its tequila-heavy drink menu and island-inspired cuisine, it attracts a young and boisterous crowd.

    “Duos III” by Luciana Souza

    Souza explores different musical worlds

    Brazilian-American singer Luciana Souza has made up for a three-year maternity break from recording by simultaneously releasing two CDs that explore the different but occasionally overlapping musical worlds in which she feels right at home. "Duos III" is the finale in a series of recordings of classic Brazilian songs that pair her with guitarists from her native country.

    Two Door Cinema Club’s “Beacon”

    No slump for Two Door Cinema Club

    Two Door Cinema Club blasted onto the airwaves in 2010 with its debut "Tourist History." With its second album "Beacon," the Northern Ireland trio keeps that flame alive. The band continues its shoe-gazing style but with added twists.

    Britney Spears, second from left, makes her judging debut Sept. 12 on Fox’s “The X Factor.” Also at the judge’s table will be L.A. Reid, left, Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell.

    Britney Spears hopes to boost career on ‘X Factor’

    Beginning its second season in the U.S., the British hit "The X Factor" returns with two intriguing new factors of its own: judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. For music superstar Spears — who started out under similar circumstances as a "Star Search" contestant — "The X Factor" provides a major opportunity for her to redefine herself. And she knows it.


    Inspector scares buyers off with asbestos, lead assumptions

    Q. Our home was built in 1864 and recently fell out of escrow because of the home inspector. When he arrived at our home, he stated that "because the house is old, it must have lead and asbestos." The inspector's comment caused the buyer to cancel the deal.


    If you’re selling a home short, expect a credit score hit

    WASHINGTON — With generous new guidelines from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac likely to stimulate large numbers of short sales by underwater homeowners, what impacts can these sellers expect to see on their credit scores?


    Here’s how to do drywall right

    Most homes are finished with drywall inside. It's fairly easy to install, and can be cut to fit just about anywhere. Once in place, you need to patch it and seal the seams. It takes a little practice, but you can do it yourself and be proud of your work.


    Feds expected to require lenders to offer ‘no-fee’ mortgages soon

    Buyers and refinancers could save thousands of dollars in cash closing costs, but would have to pay a higher interest rate, under a new federal plan that is likely to take effect early next year.

    This home once owned by Zsa Zsa Gabor was rented by the Beatles, who hosted a pretty trippy party there.

    Beatles and Zsa Zsa Gabor: House comes with real trippy guest list

    Try to imagine a dinner party at this house that puts Cary Grant, Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Rolling Stones, Peter Fonda and the Beatles around the tiki bar. It might be just our imagination, but the cocktail-hour conversation might be just a little bit wild and loopy — even by Los Angeles standards.



    Editorial: Time is short for candidates, voters

    Now that the conventions are over and both Presdient Obama and challenger Mitt Romney have made their cases to the party faithful, time is short for them to make their case to the rest of the country. A Daily Herald editorial urges voters to keep paying attention, listen carefully and vote.


    Ambivalent in Charlotte

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: What's a liberal to do when the person you voted for has taken up policies that you've railed against or been leery about? It's no wonder that the Democratic base — union members in particular — are less than enthusiastic about Obama's re-election.


    Forward? Not this race

    Columnist Susan Estrich: I don't think the word "optimism" is ever going to be associated with this presidential campaign. Negative, ugly, a total turnoff, a triumph of tactics over strategic vision, an endless parade of negative ads, many of them out there with no clue as to who paid for them.


    Apology was not called for
    A Fox Lake letter to the editor: I can't believe you gave a formal apology to Tammy Duckworth.


    Fire sprinklers needed more than ever
    A letter to the editor: How prepared would you be if fire struck where you live? Fire sprinklers save lives and property.


    Put a name on blame for gas prices
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: We should look at the way we name hurricanes. I believe they should be named after CEO's of the oil companies.


    Speaker Madigan has too much power
    A Palatine letter to the editor: He is the one who controls what goes on. That's a violation of our constitutional rights, because we can only elect people who are subject to someone else's calling.


    Sanitary district has broad, diverse mission
    A Lake County letter to the editor: Recent articles about the North Shore Sanitary District's annexation procedures and how residents pay for the district's services painted an incomplete picture of the NSSD's mission.


    Charter school a good thing for Elgin
    An Elgin letter to the editor: When established with community support, charter schools offer options to children and families, resulting in true achievement gains.


    Constitution backs marriage equality
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: If a same-sex couple wants to marry and form a family, they should also have every right to do so. If someone is invited to the wedding who does not support marriage equality, that person has every right to decline and do something else that day.


    Health care law a great help to women
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: These services, as part of the new ACA, will not only benefit women, but will benefit their families as well, as more wives and mothers receive proper care.


    Just who gets credit for my success?
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: President Obama indicated that if I'm successful, the government that built the roads that I used to get to work is responsible for my success. However, didn't the gasoline and property and taxes on my wages actually finance the road construction projects?


    One thing liberals fail to acknowledge
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The Fence Post submission by Kristin Aye-Guerrero of Wheaton called Cal Thomas' idea of the Romney-Ryan ticket inviting successful business persons to speak at campaign stops "propaganda." She then regurgitates the liberal mantra "they didn't build that."


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    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I was stunned by two Fence Post letters of Sunday, Aug. 26. I've been carrying the section since then. The Condoleezza Rice speech at the Republican convention motivated me to write.


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