Daily Archive : Saturday September 15, 2012



    FBI: Operation tracking area teen took months

    The investigation started months ago, when the FBI noticed an email message: A Hillside sman was using an account to distribute chatter about violent jihad and the killing of Americans. Two undercover agents reached out and began to talk to him online. In May, they introduced him to another agent who claimed to be a terrorist living in New York.

    Striking Chicago school teachers rally at Union Park Saturday. Union president Karen Lewis reminded the crowd that although there is a "framework" for an end to their strike, they still are on strike.

    Will it end? Chicago teachers to vote on strike

    After a weeklong strike over job security and evaluation procedures, it all comes down to this: Are Chicago teachers satisfied enough with a proposed contract deal that they will vote to end their walkout? Parents and striking teachers are waiting to learn whether students in the nation's third-largest school district will return to the classroom on Monday after a week of tense negotiations...

    A pile of rubble and the scent of smoke were all that remained late Saturday morning of a house destroyed hours earlier in Warrenville.

    Neighbors rescue burned man from Warrenville fire

    Neighbors who pulled 33-year-old Will Lowe out of a burning house early Saturday morning are hoping for the best for the Warrenville man, whom family members say suffered third-degree burns on 40 percent of his body. "I just booked it outside, and two girls were screaming, Someone's in there!'" said neighbor Lionel Martinez, who helped pull Lowe from the home. "We...


    Ann Maine challenged by Arlene Hickory in Lake County Board District 21

    Lincolnshire resident Ann Maine, who hasn’t faced an opponent in the general election since being easily elected to the Lake County Board in 2002, says her record of fiscal responsibility and availability to constituents speaks of for itself. Democratic challenger Arlene Hickory, a nurse from Lake Bluff who is making her first run at public office, says protecting Lake County from...

    The annual Tour Des Plaines Bike Ride, which drew about 300 participants Saturday morning, leaves West Park, the first rest stop on the ride. The Tour is nine miles, ending with a beautiful ride up the bike trail around Lake Opeka on its return to the starting point at the Lake Park Clubhouse.

    Tour Des Plaines draws 300 bike riders

    The 9-mile Tour Des Plaines Bike Ride Saturday morning drew about 300 participants. The ride began at 9 a.m. and lasted about two hours. It was organized by Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan, the Des Plaines Police Department and the Des Plaines Park District.

    John Lawson, a 1976 graduate of Larkin High School in Elgin, center, greets coach Ray Haley, who was Larkin High School’s first athletic director and longtime varsity football coach. With them is current varsity coach Mike Scianna, left. The group took part in Larkin’s 50th anniversary open house on Saturday.

    Larkin’s open house brings back memories in Elgin

    Larkin High School in Elgin hosted an open house to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and it was the proverbial trip down memory lane for alumni who visited their old school on Saturday. Priti Amin of Aurora and friends Cindy Mogler Myroth, of Roscoe, Ill., and Brian Lawrence, now an Elgin police officer, said they enjoyed running into old classmates, and reminiscing about how different things used...

    Mikey Morel, 13, of Hampshire, tries deep fried Oreos on Saturday during Heritage Fest in West Dundee.

    Food, music and more at Heritage Fest in West Dundee

    There are two clear things about the annual Heritage Fest in West Dundee, says John Blomquist of Pingree Grove — the food and the music are always great. Blomquist, a teacher at Dundee Middle School who attended the fest on Saturday, said he made sure to catch a performance by Garage Orchestra, in which several of his students play. "Corn is the number one thing about fest food," he said.

    Kids of all ages thrill to 17 different rides in the carnival at Fall Fest 2012, September 14-16 at Lake Park. The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Lake Park in Des Plaines.

    Fall Fest continues through Sunday in Des Plaines

    The three-day Fall Fest at Lake Park in Des Plaines continues through 11 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. It includes a carnival, live bands, kids activities, arts and crafts show, and a wide variety of other activities.


    Cook County gets $500K to fight human trafficking

    A half-million dollars in federal grant money means a program to combat human trafficking can continue in Cook County.

    Typewriters from IBM and Smith-Corona were going for $1 at the St. Peter Barn Sale on Saturday at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. The sale ends at 2 p.m. Sunday.

    Act quickly for good deals at St. Peter Barn Sale in St. Charles

    Any other time, it may have seemed odd that someone would take time to examine an old drum in a box with sheet music on a sunny Saturday. But at the St. Peter Barn Sale fundraiser at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, the drum and a variety of other merchandise including books, clothing, electronics, antiques and furniture were available at rock-bottom prices.

    An Egyptian family walks by riot police Saturday standing guard during a campaign to clear Tahrir Square in Cairo after days of protests near the U.S. embassy.

    Al-Qaida calls for more attacks on embassies

    Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida’s most active branch in the Middle East called for more attacks on U.S. embassies Saturday to “set the fires blazing,” seeking to co-opt outrage over an anti-Muslim film even as the wave of protests that swept 20 countries this week eased.


    Sudan balks at Marine troop mission

    Objections by Sudan's government have held up the security mission of an elite Marine team that the U.S. planned to send to Khartoum, a U.S. official said Saturday.


    Google says it won’t take down anti-Muslim clip

    Google is refusing a White House request to take down an anti-Muslim clip on YouTube, but is restricting access to it in certain countries.

    Associated Press/Courtesy of the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI meets religious authorities Saturday at Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon.

    Pope tells Syrians he admires their courage

    Pope Benedict XVI told Syrians at a rally for young people Saturday that he admired their courage and that he does not forget those in the Middle East who are suffering.

    Associated Press/1969 Kathryn MacDonald shows Jeffrey MacDonald, right, and his wife Colette in Fort Bragg, N.C.

    ‘Fatal Vision’ case back in court

    Jeffrey MacDonald, a clean-cut Green Beret and doctor convicted of killing of his pregnant wife and their two daughters, is getting another chance at trying to prove his innocence — more than four decades after the slayings terrified a nation gripped by his tales of Charles Manson-like hippies doped up on acid slaughtering his family in their own home.

    Wreckage burns Saturday after a small helicopter crashed in a cornfield, killing the pilot in West Windsor, N.J.

    Pilot dies in fiery N.J. helicopter crash

    The pilot of a small helicopter was killed when it crashed Saturday in a central New Jersey cornfield, authorities said.


    Five die in small plane crash in Missouri

    A small plane crashed early Saturday in southwest Missouri, killing the pilot, his three children and a businesswoman.


    Three found dead after small plane crashes in Arizona

    A small plane that belonged to an Arizona flight school was found crashed in a canyon in the mountains east of Phoenix on Saturday, and all three men on board were confirmed dead.


    Woman to lead Air Force training after sex scandal

    The Air Force has chosen a woman to lead its basic training unit where dozens of female recruits have alleged they were sexually assaulted or harassed by male instructors in the past year.


    Superbug kills 7th person

    A deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics has killed a seventh person at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland.

    Flanked by his mother, Betty Douglas, left, and wife, Janna, right, U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president, takes the stage Saturday to speak to the crowd during a campaign stop in Oldsmar, Fla.

    Obama, Romney square off on China, jobs

    Competing for white working-class voters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney squared off Saturday on China and accused each other of backing policies that would move American jobs overseas as the U.S. economy struggles to recover.

    Associated Press/ Jan. 10, 2007 A British armored vehicle patrols on the periphery of the camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan.

    Insider attack blamed for two NATO deaths

    Two troops belonging to the U.S.-led military coalition were killed Saturday when an Afghan policeman turned his weapon on them in southern Afghanistan, NATO said.

    Police officers detain opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, in sunglasses, after a protest rally Saturday in Moscow.

    Anti-Putin opposition shows popular force

    The first major protest against President Vladimir Putin after a summer lull drew tens of thousands of people, determined to show that opposition sentiment remains strong despite Kremlin efforts to muzzle dissent.

    Associatewd P{ress/Courtesy of Xinhua News Agency Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, front right, attends an activity Saturday to mark this year’s National Science Popularization Day at China Agricultural University in Beijing.

    China’s vice president finally appears in public

    Despite Xi's reemergence Saturday, the secrecy and feeling of crisis that had built up around him shows the need for greater transparency, many experts said.


    Mexican deputy-elect shot to death

    Law enforcement officials say assassins have shot to death a deputy-elect in the northern Mexican state of Sonora two days before he was scheduled to take office.

    The 27th annual Naperville Fine Art Fair features about 140 booths displaying paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and other forms of art. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Naperville.

    ‘Little surprises’ abound at Riverwalk Fine Art Fair in Naperville

    Green porcelain plates and vases with intricate crystals like snowflakes and egg-shaped sculptures of Humpty Dumpty sparkled along the Naperville Riverwalk on Saturday during the first day of the Naperville Art League's 27th annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair. "It's so much fun to look around the booths and see little surprises," said Deborah Venezia, executive director of the fair.

    Stephen Colbert

    Colbert:‘I love my church’

    In a rare public moment out of character, actor Stephen Colbert told students at the Jesuit Fordham University on Friday that he loves the Roman Catholic Church no matter its human flaws.

    Four of the first 10 whooping cranes brought to southwest Louisiana under a federal-state project stand in a rice field.

    More whooping cranes to join Louisiana flock

    More than a dozen young whooping cranes are expected to arrive this fall in southwest Louisiana, doubling the number in a flock being reintroduced near the area where the state's last wild flock lived in the 1930s, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says.

    The McGuire Sisters, from left, Christine, Phyllis and Dorothy, pose outside Radio City Music Hall in New York.

    Notable deaths last week

    WASHINGTON — Jaylee Mead, a NASA astronomer who married into a paper manufacturing fortune and with her husband, Gilbert, helped transform Washington’s cultural scene by donating more than $50 million to local theaters, has died at 83.

    Attorney Steve Seiden speaks to reporters outside at a home believed to belong to the filmmaker associated with an anti-Muslim film, that has caused controversy and violence throughout the Middle East and elsewhere.

    Authorities interview anti-Islamic movie director

    A Southern California filmmaker linked to an anti-Islamic movie inflaming protests across the Middle East was interviewed by federal probation officers at a Los Angeles sheriff's station but was not arrested or detained, authorities said early Saturday. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was interviewed at the station in his hometown of Cerritos, Calif., Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Don Walker...

    Lucas Oldham, 6, of Geneva, has lift off with his biplane kite on Saturday during Geneva Park District’s Kite Festival at Peck Farm Park. Lucas attended the event with his father, Michael, and mother, Tania, for the first time.

    Kites fill the sky at Peck Farm Park in Geneva

    It's unlikely anyone objected to being told to go fly a kite Saturday at Peck Farm Park in Geneva. That's because adults and children descended on the property from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Geneva Park District's second annual Kite Festival. While the sky was sunny and the temperature warm, it wasn't a prime kite-flying day because of a lack of wind.

    Former “American Idol” contestant Leslie Hunt with her band District 97 will play at the Arcada Theatre.

    Her band, District 97, will join other progressive bands

    If you want to see another facet of St. Charles' Leslie Hunt's music passion, you'll have to see her band, District 97, perform during ProgNight, a show featuring progressive rock bands, Oct. 12 at the Arcada Theater.


    Des Plaines man hurt in Evanston gang shooting

    A 20-year-old Des Plaines man was shot early Saturday morning in what Evanston police are calling a gang-related shooting. The victim, who isn't being named, sustained two nonlife threatening gun shot wounds to the lower extremities while walking with three other individuals at about 12:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Lyons Street.


    Tip led to ‘Bucket List Bandit’ arrest

    Authorities knew they would need a lucky break to catch a middle-aged bank robber who pulled off a dizzying number of heists in a three-month crime spree that spanned across nine states, including robbing a bank in Bloomington, Ill. The break came when a confidential informant gave police a name: 54-year-old Michael Eugene Brewster. Then police in the small eastern Oklahoma town of Roland...

    An Amish man leaves the United States Court House in Cleveland Wednesday.

    Amish shunning is central to Ohio hate crime trial

    At the root of Amish hair-cutting attacks in Ohio and the federal hate crime trial that followed, prosecutors say, was a dispute over religious differences and a decision by Amish bishops to overrule the leader of a breakaway group who had shunned his former followers. Amish scholars say taking away a bishop’s edict was unheard of and stunned communities far and wide.


    Feds investigate Ford police car steering problem

    DETROIT — Government safety regulators are investigating Ford's Crown Victoria police cars due to complaints about defective steering columns.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe affects about 195,000 cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and GOP Ohio Sen. Rob Portman talk to reporters on board the campaign charter plane as it flies Friday to Bedford, Mass.

    Poll: Strong support for campaign spending limits

    WASHINGTON — Americans don’t like all the cash that’s going to super political action committees and other outside groups that are pouring millions of dollars into races for president and Congress.

    The Belmonte family — seated, Adrian, twins Alexis and Will, and Bill — started the Will B Foundation with family and friends to support cystic fibrosis research.

    Bloomingdale teen starts foundation to help others with cystic fibrosis

    It'd be easy for Will Belmonte of Bloomingdale to spout excuses and decide there's so much he just can't do. After all, he has cystic fibrosis. Just breathing can be difficult for him, and maintaining his weight is a challenge. But that's not how Will sees things.He sees his cystic fibrosis not as a disease that will keep him from life, but as a chance to help others live a better life.


    Will B Foundation vital info
    The Belmonte family of Bloomingdale thought they had a lot to be thankful for back in 1999. Their twins, Will Alexis, born three months prematurely and delivered by paramedics, had survived and were home from the hospital in time for the family to celebrate Thanksgiving. But more challenges lay ahead. After struggling with frequent sickness for years, Will was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when...


    DuPage Children’s Museum exhibit lets kids take a train through their imaginations

    The DuPage Children's Museum's new train exhibit creates an abstract journey limited only by a child's own imagination. "It's a very traditional children's museum activity, and we've given it a very unique twist," said Peter Crabbe, the museum's director of exhibits. The revamped exhibit, "Trains — All Aboard Art!" opens Monday, Sept. 17.


    Irish newspaper publishes topless Kate pix

    ROME — An Irish tabloid has published topless photos of Prince William's wife Kate that drew outrage in Britain when they appeared in a French magazine.The Irish Daily Star ran the pictures Saturday over two inside pages.Editor Mike O'Kane told the BBC the photos did not feature in the edition distributed in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.


    Al-Qaida calls for more attacks on embassies

    CAIRO -- Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has praised the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Libya and called for more attacks to expel American embassies from Muslim nations.


    Obama makes fresh push on economy in key states

    BOSTON — Sensing an opening on the economy, President Barack Obama launched an aggressive new effort Saturday to convince voters in the most competitive states that Republican rival Mitt Romney is risky for the nation's recovery with a plan that caters to multimillionaires over the middle class.

    Mishawaka, Ind., residents receive instructions at a Red Cross emergency shelter on Sept. 14 at the St. Joseph's School in Mishawaka. Police and firefighters evacuated a large area of Mishawaka after a reported chemical fire at an abandoned factory.

    Hundreds evacuated after Indiana chemical fire

    Hundreds of people in northern Indiana have been evacuated following a fire at a factory that left a chemical cloud in the air, a fire official said.



    St. Charles North blanks Elgin

    The St. Charles North football team came into Elgin needing a confidence builder, and the North Stars got it. Behind a strong ground attack and a defensive effort that produced 5 turnovers, the North Stars defeated the Maroons 49-0 in Upstate Eight Conference River Division play on Friday night at Memorial Field.

    Notre Dame's John Goodman, left, and Tyler Eifert celebrate Goodman's touchdown reception during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    Notre Dame gets big win over Mich. State, 20-3

    Everett Golson made plays with his arms and legs, and an inspired Manti Te'o helped Notre Dame's defense smother Michigan State. The Fighting Irish are off to their best start in 10 years, with the type of marquee victory that's eluded them for almost as long. Golson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score in the first half to help the 20th-ranked Fighting Irish dominate the 10th-ranked Spartans 20-3 Saturday night.


    Benet’s stamina staggers Wheaton Classic field

    Endurance is a key component of many sports, including volleyball. The Benet girls team started Saturday at the Wheaton Classic Invitational at Wheaton Warrenville South with a two-set quarterfinal victory over Naperville Central. Next came Sandburg in a Gold Division semifinal. The Redwings and Eagles went three sets, with Benet prevailing. There was no time to savor that win. The Redwings rehydrated, perhaps got a quick snack and went right back to work in the championship final. Their energy level stayed high as they finished off East Suburban Conference rival Marist 25-20, 25-16 to win the tournament title. It's Benet's fourth title at the competition in the last five seasons. The Redwings have yet to be beaten after playing 14 opponents.


    Saturday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls swimming scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls swimming meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Saturday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Saturday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


    Saturday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Saturday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


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


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

    Montreal Impact midfielder Felipe Martins, right, is tripped by Chicago Fire defender Austin Berry, center, as defender Jalil Anibaba goes for the ball Saturday in Bridgeview.

    Fire’s ‘ridiculous’ goal actually within reach

    Life is good at Toyota Park these days, and Fire players are enjoying it.The Fire earned its sixth victory in its last seven games, coming from behind to beat expansion Montreal 3-1 Saturday night in front of 17,691 fans in Bridgeview.The Fire (15-8-5) hit a milestone with the win, reaching 50 points in the standings. Not bad for a team that missed the playoffs the past two years.


    Hersey serves up another title

    With her team trailing Lake Zurich 23-18 in Set 2 of the championship match of the 38th annual Hersey girls volleyball tournament, Katie Krebs stepped to the service line. "I was just trying not to look at the scoreboard," said the Huskies junior defensive specialist. "I didn't want to choke. I was just trying to serve to the zone my coaches gave me." When it comes to Hersey invites, the Huskies are in a zone.After Krebs got the tourney hosts to within 23-22 of Lake Zurich, moments later Carly Pisano served the final the 3 points to give the Huskies a fourth straight tourney title with a 25-23, 26-24 triumph.


    Sparkling effort from Wauconda

    Wauconda's girls volleyball team has its star back, and the Bulldogs are shining. Wauconda won its own five-team invitational Saturday, going 5-0 to improve to 12-5. The Bulldogs captured wins over Round Lake (25-17, 25-21), North Chicago (25-9, 25-12), Grayslake Central (25-19, 25-17), Marengo (25-18, 25-19) and Lake Forest Academy (25-19, 25-21).

    Northwestern running back Mike Trumpy runs for a touchdown Saturday during the fourth quarter against Boston College in Evanston. Northwestern won 22-13.

    Northwestern's Budzien kicks 5 field goals in win

    This one hardly satisfied Northwestern. Sure, the Wildcats remained unbeaten with another win over a BCS team, but there's plenty of room for improvement. Mike Trumpy ran for 106 yards with a late touchdown, and Northwestern beat Boston College 22-13 on Saturday. Jeff Budzien tied a school record with five field goals and the Wildcats (3-0) made it three wins over three BCS teams to start the season, ringing up 560 yards while running 100 plays in the process.

    Without a contract extension, Lovie Smith will go into next season on a one-year deal. As far as Barry Rozner’s concerned, that’s perfectly fine.

    Bears’ Cutler, Smith have lot to prove

    It may be hard to imagine at the moment, but the Bears were certain they'd be 2-0, resting on the couch and watching everyone else play football Sunday. Visualize that and understand what it would have meant. Not only would Super Bowl parade plans have been drawn, but the calls for a new Lovie Smith contract would have followed in short order.

    Bartlett’s Ryan Wolfe watches his ball on No. 5 during the Charger Classic boys golf invite, hosted by Dundee-Crown High School, at Randall Oaks Golf Club in West Dundee on Saturday.

    Comfortable Jacobs takes Charger Classic title

    Consider it an inside job. Course knowledge gave the Jacobs boys golf team enough confidence to snap Fremd's title streak at the 39th Annual Dundee-Crown Charger Invitational at Randall Oaks Golf Club in West Dundee Saturday. Fremd won the previous three Charger Invitationals and the Vikings were poised for a four-peat after carding a team score of 298. However, the Golden Eagles, playing on their home course, edged Fremd by 4 strokes to win the in the 17-team event for the first time in school history.


    Prospect comfortably wins Guilford Invite

    It's to the point where Prospect's girls golfers seem to have the home course advantage when they play at Ingersoll Golf Course in Rockford. For the fifth straight year, the Knights won the Rockford Invite on the par-72, 5,600- yard layout, this time scoring a season-low 310 for 18 holes to outdistance runner-up Stevenson by 18 strokes. Two years ago, the Knights won a sectional crown at Ingersoll.


    Junior Parola tops at Steeple Chase

    Derek Parola looked right at home playing on his home golf course. The Mundelein junior, whose dad is Mundelein coach Todd Parola, shot an even-par 72 to earn medalist honors in the Mundelein invitational at Steeple Chase Golf Course on Saturday. Huntley — which received 75s from Ryan Craig, Gage Jerab and Tyler Ross — won the championship with a 302. Mundelein (305) finished three shots back in the seven-team field, while Vernon Hills (323) was third. Grayslake Central (329) was fourth and Lakes (340) fifth.


    Girls v olleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    CL South 2nd at Asics: Crystal Lake South couldn’t get past Lincoln-Way East, losing to the tournament champions twice, but the Gators did go 3-2 and finish second at the Asics Preview tournament at Mother McAuley. South beat Hononegah, Marian Catholic and Chicago Christian, each in straight sets. Nicole Slimko had 34 kills and 13.5 blocks, Avalon Nero had 30 kills and 45 digs, Lindsey Murphy contributed 30 digs and 99 assists and Katie Meyers had 68 digs to lead the Gators (11-5).Harvest wins at Westminster: Harvest Christian defeated Woodstock North, Morgan Park Academy, Chicago U-High and Westminster to win the Westminster Christian tournament. Sydney Doby (27 kills, 9 blocks, 9 aces, 9 digs), Jordan Sollars (29 kills, 17 assists, 15 digs, 13 aces), Katelyn Floyd (4 kills, 43 assists, 11 digs, 6 aces) and Chloe Corbett (6 kills, 18 digs, 11 aces) led the Lions (13-3). Elgin Academy finished fifth in the tournament, going 2-2. The Hilltoppers beat Kirkland Hiawatha and Waukegan and lost to Westminster and Woodstock North. Bridget Keslinke (25 digs, 20 kills, 15 aces), Claire Fugiel (22 digs, 17 kills, 5 aces) and Trennedy Kleczewski (44 assists, 11 digs, 10 kills) led the Hilltoppers (5-8).At Maine East: South Elgin went 3-2 at the Maine East Blue Demon Invite, beating Warren, Deerfield and DeLaSalle but losing to Stagg and Riverside-Brookfield. Corbin Kehe (88 assists, 24 digs), Bri Ream (25 kills), Ashley Oandasan (23 kills), Rachel Murray (42 digs) and Adriana Loiacodo (17 kills) led the Storm (7-3-3).At. St. Viator: Larkin went 3-2 at the St. Viator Invite, beating Carmel, Aurora Central Catholic and Von Stueben (by forfeit) and losing to Rock Falls and Conant. Olivia Kofie (38 kills, 12 blocks, 6 aces, 25 digs), Brianna Stewart (30 kills, 9 blocks, 26 digs, 3 aces, 8 assists), Alyssa McGhee (80 assists, 3 blocks, 4 kills, 18 digs), Anna Gaston (21 kills, 15 digs, 2 aces) and Natalie Gill (21 digs) carried the Royals (12-11).


    Miller matchless at Guilford Invitational

    Stephanie Miller's stellar golf season continued Saturday. The Stevenson senior fired a 5-under-par 67 to win the Rockford Guilford invitational at Ingersoll Golf Course.


    Cool-under-pressure Fremd wins at Hersey

    Fremd got heroics from two sophomores as the Vikings notched a first-place finish in the Hersey Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Vikings coach Lauren Hall tweaked her lineup to pair sophomore Alice Zhang with Caroline Freeman. They ended up winning the decisive match against Prairie Ridge 6-1, 7-6 (8-6), allowing Fremd beat the Wolves 3-2 and take home the winner's plaque.


    Huntley wins Mundelein Invite

    The Huntley boys golf team fired a 302 Saturday to win the Mundelein Invitational at Steeple Chase.Gage Jereb, Tyler Ross and Ryan Craig each shot 75s for the Red Raiders, the third best score of the day. Trent Craig added a 77. Derek Parola of Mundelein won the event with a 72 and the Mustangs’ Grant Heelan was second with a 74.Mundelein finished second in the team standings with a 305 and Vernon Hills was third with a 323.


    Lyons stops St. Viator’s run

    Three first-half goals sent Lyons Township's fans into orbit while visiting St. Viator spun off track in a 3-0 victory for the hosts in the second semifinal match of the Ninth Annual Pepsi Showdown on Saturday afternoon in LaGrange. Lyons (8-2-1) will face defending state champion Morton (13-0-0), a 3-0 victor against Larkin, in the tournament's championship match next Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

    Warren’s Martin Martinez wins the boys’ race during the Warren cross country invite in Gurnee on Saturday. His effort was key to the Blue Devils winning the team competition.

    Martinez leads Warren to invitational triumph

    Things are really looking up for senior Martin Martinez and the Warren boys cross country team. Martinez had to battle it out for the better part of the 2.9-mile race Saturday morning on the grounds of Warren High School's O'Plaine campus in Gurnee. But in the end he was able to narrowly pull away from the competition to win the race in 14:58.03. Martinez' effort led the Blue Devils to the team championship as they were able to topple runner-up Glenbrook South 77-94 for the title of their own 18-team invitational.

    Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Paul Konerko homered and drove in three runs Saturday, and the White Sox stayed on top of the AL Central with a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

    Liriano allows only one hit, Sox top Twins

    Francisco Liriano is a difficult pitcher to figure out. When the Chicago White Sox pitcher is throwing strikes, his changeup-slider combination makes him a lefty who can dominate lineups. But when he is can't find the plate, it is often only a matter of time until the opposition scores runs in bunches.

    Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen takes fourth place overall in the girls varsity race at the Kaneland Eddington Invitational in Elburn on Saturday, September 15.

    Jacbos ends drought, wins Eddington invite

    All Lauren Van Vlierbergen and her Jacobs teammates wanted to do Saturday at Kaneland's Larry Eddington Invitational was run their best individual races. Turns out all that personal success worked wonders for the Golden Eagles' team results. Van Vlierbergen led Jacobs with a fourth-place finish at Elburn Woods while it was the team's fourth and fifth runners who made the difference in a 20-point win over runner-up Marengo.

    Batavia’s Michael Gates brings down Streamwood quarterback Mason Polich Friday. The Bulldogs blanked the Sabres and allowed just 4 first downs.

    Batavia’s defense getting better each game out

    Whatever you want to say about Batavia's senior middle linebacker Micky Watson, you can't accuse him of setting his goals too low.


    Larkin falls to Morton in Pepsi semis

    Reigning state champion Morton ended Larkin's hopes of reaching the finals of the prestigious Pepsi Showdown boys soccer tournament with a convincing 3-0 victory in the semfinals Saturday morning in LaGrange. The highly anticipated contest between two highly skilled, and technically advanced clubs never came when the Mustangs struck twice within 60 seconds to all but finish the Royals (8-2-0), who weren't able to fight back following the lightning-quick strikes.

    Kaneland’s Kyle Carter takes fourth place overall in the boys varsity run at the Kaneland Eddington Invitational in Elburn on Saturday, September 15.

    Records fall at Eddington Invitational

    Chad Clarey has seen enough Eddington Invitationals to know how good the competition will be. It was no different Saturday at Elburn Woods where Crystal Lake Central's Alex Baker shattered the course record with a 15:27 to win by 26 seconds over DeKalb's Marc Dubrick.


    Prairie Ridge title within Round Lake’s grasp

    Mauricio Salgado and the rest of Round Lake's boys soccer team had a good time grabbing hold of the Prairie Ridge Tournament title for the first time. The entire team was handed the plaque, and each player wanted his fingerprints on it — fitting for a group showing great teamwork. Over the three games Friday and Saturday, Salgado scored 5 goals. "We've been able to get along better," said Salgado, who has 17 goals and 12 assists in 13 games this fall. "We've had some sophomores come up, but we have some good chemistry.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Carlos Avina scored a first-half goal off an assist from Zack Audy as Bartlett’s boys soccer team won its first game of the season Saturday, beating Lisle 1-0 in the final round of the Pepsi Showdown.Justin Busch made 3 saves in goal in registering the shutout for the Hawks (1-10).Streamwood 3, Leyden 2: Ivan Rosales scored twice in the second half as the Sabres came back from 1 2-1 halftime deficit to beat Leyden in the Pepsi Showdown. Rosales’ game-winner came with 25 minutes left to play. Mario Rodriguez scored the other goal for Streamwood, which won its third straight. He also had an assist, as did Alajandro Avalos and Christian Vences. Bryan Contreras made 6 saves in goal for the Sabres (8-4).Metea Valley 2, Huntley 1: Lucas Baker scored Huntley’s only goal in this Pepsi Showdown loss. Tommy Helm made 3 saves in the net for the Red Raiders (9-2).Hampshire splits: After winning Friday night, the Whip-Purs came back and beat Rockford Christian 2-1 before falling to Champaign Central 4-0 in the Hononegah Invite. Daniel Rodriguez and Robert Lucio scored the goals in the overtime win over Rockford Christian and Andy Pederson had 9 saves. Against Champaign, Cesear Gomez had 5 saves for the Whip-Purs (2-6-1).Jacobs splits: Tommy Gallagher scored Jacobs’ only goal in a 3-1 loss to Dunlap at the Hononegah Invite. Johan Wolf had 5 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles, who then came back and beat Hononegah 1-0 in overtime on a goal by Mike Mamola. Wolf had another 5 saves in goal for Jacobs (11-2) in the win.CL South wins 2: The Gators registered a pair of 2-1 wins on PKs, one against Herset and the other against East Moline United and had a 3-0 record at the Hononegah Invite but missed out on the championship round by 1 point. Michael Conley scored the pre-PK goal for Crystal Lake South in the win over Hersey and Steven Follmer had 5 saves. Sam Murdock scored against East Moline United and Follmer (5 saves) shared time in the net with Gus Alvarez (4 saves) for the Gators (9-5).St. Edward loses 2: St. Edward fell 3-0 to Noble Street Charter and 2-0 to Belvidere North at the Hononegah Invite. Matt Hesch (8 saves) and John Gotheridge (7 saves) worked the net for the Green Wave (4-10).Elgin 8, Harvest Christian 1: Edgar Zavala had a hat trick and Juan Flores added 2 goals to lead Elgin to a nonconference win. Emanuel Sanchez, Josue Chavez and Marco Contreras each had single knocks for the Maroons (5-3-1), who had Flavio Jaimes, Jorely Carnargo and Eleno Montes each make 3 saves in goal. Stuart Wolff scored for Harvest Christian and Patrick McGuire made 9 saves in goal for the Lions (3-5-2).Westminster Christian 1, Cornerstone Christian 0: Nick Gnan scored the only goal of the game off an assist from Joey Tyrell to lead the Warriors to a nonconference win. Sam Carani made 3 saves in goal for Westminster (7-2-1).John Radtke contributed to this report

    Northern Illinois’ Tommylee Lewis runs for a touchdown past Army’s Justin Trimble Saturday during the first half in West Point, N.Y.

    Northern Illinois squeaks by Army 41-40

    Needing yet another rally with a seesaw road game up for grabs, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch knew just who to look for. He found him — and just in the nick of time. Down 40-35 with 4:29 to play, Lynch connected with a streaking Martel Moore from eight yards out — their second touchdown on the afternoon — and the Huskies sent Army to its fifth straight home-opening defeat 41-40 on Saturday.


    Illinois State beats Eastern Illinois 54-51 in OT

    Matt Brown accounted for seven touchdowns, and his fifth scoring pass of the game, a 25-yarder to Tyrone Walker in the second overtime period, capped a career-high 473-yard performance and gave Illinois State a wild 54-51 victory Saturday over Eastern Illinois.

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura, left, has been busy in September, using an average of five pitchers a game compared to three per contest through August.

    With too many relievers, Ventura making too many changes

    It's been a rough month for Robin Ventura. He's had a terrific first season as White Sox manager, especially in the parts of that job which are difficult to quantify. His calm demeanor transformed, and then maintained, what was once a fractured and tense clubhouse. The resiliency of his ballclub is a credit to the man — and a confirmation of excellence on GM Kenny Williams' informed hunch.


    The No Hockey League — again

    Tim Sassone gives his take on the NHL lockout.


    Prospect puts its best foot forward

    If the Prospect girls cross country team was looking for a boost, it certainly got one on Saturday at the Bill Dortch/Harry Carlson Libertyville Invitational. Senior Brooke Wolfe (18:09) and senior Lauren Poplawski (19:00) finished third and sixth, respectively, in helping Prospect nip defending Class 3A state champion New Trier 40-45 in the 10-team field at Adler Park


    Schaffer, Prospect strut their stuff at Libertyville

    Prospect's Quentin Schaffer is definitely a star on the rise. The Knights senior, a virtual unknown last year, has exploded on to the scene this year and seems to be shining more brightly each week. Schaffer battled Highland Park senior Jonah Hanig and Fremd junior Harry Winter for the first 2 miles of the Bill Dortch/Harry Carlson Invitational at Adler Park in Libertyville on Saturday before it became a two-man race between Schaffer and Hanig in the final mile. Schaffer used a surge with just under a half-mile left to pull away and secure the title in 15:25. His effort led Prospect to the team title with 53 points.

    Buffalo Grove’s Kaitlyn Ko leads Fremd’s Kelly Breen on her way to victory at the Warren cross country invite in Gurnee on Saturday. Breen finished second and led the Vikings to the team title.

    Watch Ko go: Buffalo Grove frosh wins at Warren

    Youth was served well Saturday morning at the Warren Invitational for girls cross country runners. Buffalo Grove freshman Kaitlyn Ko did not mind the bright lights of the big 20-team meet as she posted a winning time of 17:37 on the 2.9-mile course on the grounds of Warren High School's O'Plaine campus in Gurnee. Ko was able to outdistance Fremd runner-up Kelly Breen (17:45) under some pretty warm late-morning running conditions. The Vikings walked away with the big prize as they held off a late surge by second-place Mundelein to capture the championship 68-77.


    Bears resign RB Bell after Forte injury

    The Bears have signed Kahlil Bell to a one-year contract, bringing back the running back with Matt Forte's status uncertain.

    Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes, top, forces out Chicago Cubs' Joe Mather left, at second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 in Chicago. The Cubs' Darwin Barney was safe at first. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Cubs can’t finish rally, fall to Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen homered and reached base four times, and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off a late rally to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Cubs on Saturday.

    Reilly O'Toole threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns and receiver Ryan Lankford had 97 yards and two scores to lead Illinois to a 44-0 win Saturday over Charleston Southern.

    O'Toole leads Illini by Charleston Southern, 44-0

    Trailing 13-0 Saturday in the second quarter of its first game against a Big Ten school, Charleston Southern had a chance to strike back. Taking the snap at his own 8-yard line, Buccaneer quarterback Briar Van Brunt broke through the middle of Illinois' defensive line and all the to the Illini 38. But three plays later the Buccaneers were punting and, within minutes the Illini (2-1) were up by 20 and on their way to a 44-0 win.

    Wheeling’s Jack Ferguson tees off on No. 5 on his way to a stellar 68 during the Wheeling Invitational at Chevy Chase on Saturday.

    Wheeling’s Ferguson in fine form at Chevy Chase

    Wheeling senior Jack Ferguson's score was the first one posted on the results board at Saturday's 24-team Wildcats Invitational. It also proved to be the winning one. In what coach Mark Menich called "possibly the best 18-hole round in Wheeling school history," Ferguson rocked the Chevy Chase course with a 4-under par 68 to earn individualist medalist honors. Glenbrook North took home the team trophy with a 288, the first time any squad has shot in the 280's in the well-established tourney.

    Northwestern’s Venric Mark celebrates a touchdown against Vanderbilt during the second half of last Saturday’s win in Evanston.

    BC stands between Northwestern and 3-0 start

    Northwestern has a chance to start the season with three wins against BCS teams. Just don't tell coach Pat Fitzgerald that the Wildcats are carrying the flag for the Big Ten. Fitzgerald saw plenty of room for improvement heading into today's home game against Boston College, despite a 2-0 start.

    Backup Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman looks downfield for a receiver as Massachusetts defensive lineman Charles Thompson converges last Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. Coffman replaced the injured Tre Roberson and will start today against Ball State.

    Hoosiers ready to see new quarterback vs. Ball St.

    Cameron Coffman is getting the first crack to be Indiana's new starting quarterback. Keeping the job for the rest of this season might take some work.

    New Hampshire quarterback Andy Vailas, left, gets off a pass before being hit by Minnesota linebacker Spencer Reeves during the fourth quarter last Saturday in Minneapolis. Six sacks in two games against overmatched opponents would be expected for most teams from the power conferences. For Minnesota, it’s cause for celebration.

    Gophers putting more heat on QB early this season

    Opposing quarterbacks have rarely had to look across the line of scrimmage at the Minnesota defensive line with anything to fear. The Golden Gophers have for years fielded an undersized group that couldn't find a sack in a grocery store. Ra'Shede Hageman is changing all that.

    Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson makes a touchdown catch last Saturday in a loss to Virginia.

    Winless Navy, Penn St. look to get offenses going

    Penn State istrying to avoid its first 0-3 start to a season since the Nittany Lions began 2001 with four straight defeats. While there might be urgency to win, there's no sense of panic. "We're right where we've always been. We're taking one practice at a time," quarterback Matt McGloin said. Navy (0-1) visits Happy Valley today.

    Michigan State tight end Charlie Gantt celebrates as he scores the game-winning touchdown on a 29-yard pass reception off a fake field goal during the Spartans’ victory over Notre Dame in 2010.

    Spartans host Notre Dame amid memories of fake FG

    Aaron Bates threw the pass, Charlie Gantt made the catch, and at that moment, everything seemed to change for Michigan State. The fake field goal two years ago that beat Notre Dame in overtime has taken on an almost mythical significance for Spartans fans. Tonight, 20th-ranked Notre Dame (2-0) returns to Spartan Stadium to face 10th-ranked Michigan State.

    Ohio State’s Jake Stoneburner, right, celebrates his touchdown against Central Florida with Corey Brown last Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes host Cal today.

    Meyer wants Ohio St. players to make crowd louder

    Forget about satisfying poll voters, administrators, alumni and fans. Even coach Urban Meyer says there's a lot of things about the Ohio State Buckeyes that haven't met his lofty expectations so far. Now he's calling out his players — and to a lesser degree, the team's scarlet-and-gray clad faithful — to turn things around.

    Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini calls timeout during the second half of last Saturday’s road loss to UCLA. Arkansas State (1-1) visits Lincoln today.

    Younger, faster defenders set to play for Nebraska

    The reality hit Nebraska defensive coordinator John Papuchis while he watched his charges run a step behind the UCLA Bruins and miss an alarming number of tackles. The Cornhuskers have a need for speed.


    Nebraska guarantees $1 million to Arkansas State

    Nebraska is paying Arkansas State $1 million for playing at Memorial Stadium today — the highest amount ever guaranteed to an opponent for a game in Lincoln.Athletic director Tom Osborne said that the price is the "going rate" for many teams to play an away game with no return engagement.


    Glenbard West down, but not out

    How would Glenbard West's football team react to trailing an opponent for the first time this season?The answer came in the third quarter Friday night.Rallying from a pair of 10-point deficits, the Hilltoppers took control in the second half of a 28-23 West Suburban Silver Conference win at previously-unbeaten Hinsdale Central.The Red Devils (3-1, 1-1), however, made it interesting late. An 18-yard touchdown pass from Brian Owens to John Claussen narrowed the gap to 28-23 with 2:49 left following a failed 2-point attempt.Hinsdale Central got the ball back and drove to the Hilltoppers' 26-yard line, but Glenbard West's Nathan Marcus tipped a fourth-and-1 pass at the line of scrimmage to end the threat and seal the win.


    Lake Zurich nets forfeit victory

    Lake Zurich 2, Lake Forest 0: Due to the Lake Forest teachers strike, the Bears won the North Suburban Lake Division game by forfeit. Lake Zurich improved to 3-1 and 2-0 in the NSC Lake. Lake Forest fell to 3-1 and 0-1.


    Dundee-Crown shocks Prairie Ridge

    Homecoming celebrations don't come any happier than Friday's festivities at Dundee-Crown High School. In front of a standing-room crowd on the home side, the D-C defense forced and recovered 4 fumbles, and the offense played turnover-free in lighting up the scoreboard for a 35-21 victory over Prairie Ridge in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division contest in Carpentersville.


    Broger’s return boosts South Elgin

    South Elgin Storm senior halfback Jeff Broger showed no signs of discomfort with his hamstring in the Storm's lopsided 41-6 Upstate Eight Valley victory over the East Aurora Tomcats Friday evening. Broger galloped for 3 touchdowns over the Tomcats (0-4, 0-2), which was more than enough to break the Storm (2-2, 1-1) from their two-game slide. Two of Broger's touchdowns were from over 20 yards out, while only registering 7 carries for the night.


    Cary-Grove runs past Hampshire

    Cary-Grove quarterback Quinn Baker revealed a new goal the Trojans conceived last week after their 17-3 win at Crystal Lake South that wasn't revealed until Friday night. The goal Baker alluded to was that since the Trojans didn't execute well offensively in the win over South, they had to score on 75 percent of their possessions against Hampshire. Was the goal achieved against in Hampshire? Scoring on your first 6 possessions and 7 of your 8 overall says so.


    IC passes the test vs. St. Edward

    It was easy to see how Immaculate Conception's receiver duo of Clark Brinkman and Dakota Baker did on their homework assignment from Knights' coach Bill Krefft. "Straight As," Baker said. "Coach has us writing papers on what their guys are going to do. We knew we were going to have to put it in the air against (St. Edward)." Quarterback Demetrius Carr was 8 for 8 for 240 yards and 4 touchdowns on IC's homecoming as the Knights defeated St. Edward 49-22 in Suburban Christian Conference play Friday night.

    Danica Patrick checks her helmet during practice Friday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

    Patrick back near home, ready for Sprint Cup run

    Danica Patrick is back in the Chicago area and looking forward to another Sprint Cup race at what is essentially her home track in Joliet.“It’s good to be close to home. There’s quite a few people coming out to the track. I have family members coming from Canada,” she said Friday. “So, there’s going to be a few people here. I just love Chicago. I love being in the city. I don’t have a lot of happy feelings from last night’s football game, but other than that it’s good to be in Chicago.”Patrick grew up in Roscoe, about 116 miles from Chicagoland Speedway — hence the disappointment with the Bears’ 23-10 loss to Green Bay on Thursday night. This will be Patrick’s sixth Cup start this year in the No. 10 Chevrolet. She hasn’t finished higher than 29th.She’s in 11th place in the Nationwide Series standings.Patrick has raced nine times at Chicagoland — six times on the IndyCar Series. She finished 10th in a Nationwide race at the track in June 2011 and took 14th on that circuit at Chicagoland in July.“I know it’s going to be different in the Cup car for sure. Everything is more difficult in the Cup car,” she said. “I think the weather will help. Six or so weeks ago, whenever we were here it was very hot. I think the cool weather will hopefully help with the grip and make things a little bit easier, a little less slippery and greasy. When I say that I guess I’m thinking of somewhere like Atlanta where it just gets really slippery and you’re kind of fighting for grip.”Patrick says although she has people in from out of the country for the race, that won’t be too much of a distraction.“My mom’s side of the family is like right across the border from Minnesota. They saddled up and headed on down a few days ago,” she said. “I think when you have people that are coming to the track, they are coming to support you of course but they are coming to see you too. You want to make time for them for making the effort ... In my situation, which is trying to create realistic expectations, low expectations for the people coming to the track, basically you are not going to see me until after race. Something like that, so they don’t get their hope up and think they are going to spend an hour hanging out with me knocking back beers before the race. That’s just not how it goes.”


    Jacobs outlasts McHenry

    In a game where there 91 points were scored and over 1,000 yards of total offense rolled up, tt is ironic a defensive play was the key to victory. Here is the scenario. McHenry marched to the Jacobs 3-yard line facing a fourth-and-goal with 13 seconds left in the game. Warriors quarterback Kyle Snedeker fired a pass into the end zone intended for Korey Partenheimer, but Jacobs sophomore defensive back Ryan Sargent broke up the pass to preserve the Golden Eagles' exhilarating 49-42 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over McHenry in Algonquin Friday night.

    Clint Bowyer looks at his car in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. Michael Waltrip Racing is finally experiencing a breakthrough. Two drivers, Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr., have given the organization two berths in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Waltrip riding high with pair of drivers in Chase

    Last weekend it was a win for Clint Bowyer. On Friday, it was the announcement of a new sponsor. This Sunday, the Chase for the Sprint Cup will begin — for the first time with a driver from Michael Waltrip Racing. Two, in fact.


    Police arrive Saturday as residents burn tires in Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa.

    S. African police crack down on mining camp

    Officers first fired tear gas at hundreds of miners who refused to disarm at the hill of granite boulders that has become the strikers' headquarters.Police then moved into the Wonderkop shantytown.

    Right-wing protesters march Saturday after lighting flares during a demonstration against austerity measures applied by the Spanish government, in Madrid.

    Spain anti-austerity march draws tens of thousands

    The Interior Ministry's regional office said it expects more than 500,000 people to reach a square in central Madrid, where union leaders would make speeches.

    Associated Press/Aug. 31, 2012 Alan Mulally, the Global CEO of Ford Motor Co., answers reporters’ question during news conference in Seoul, South Korea.

    Safety regulators looking at Ford police cars

    The probe affects about 195,000 cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years.


    Colors, prices, dates on new iPhone

    Apple Inc. unveiled the new iPhone 5 on Wednesday. It will have a taller screen and can work with faster, fourth-generation, or 4G, cellular networks. Here are some details on its availability.


    Top 5 makers of tablets, led by Apple; Amazon 3rd

    On Thursday, Amazon.com Inc. unveiled a new Kindle Fire tablet computer, the latest effort to compete with Apple’s dominant iPad.Apple had extended its dominance in tablet computers in the second quarter, shipping nearly seven out of every 10 tablets, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. A new model came out a few weeks before the April-June quarter began.Apple’s 69.6 percent share in the April-June quarter is up from about 58 percent in the first quarter. It’s the highest since the first quarter of last year, when Apple had 70 percent in a market with fewer competitors then.Here are the top five manufacturers of tablets in the second quarter, as released by IHS iSuppli:Ÿ Apple Inc., maker of the iPad, 17 million shipped worldwide, 69.6 percent shareŸ Samsung Electronics Co., maker of Galaxy line, 2.3 million, 9.2 percent.Ÿ Amazon.com Inc., maker of Kindle Fire, 1 million, 4.2 percentŸ AsusTek Computer Inc., maker of Transformer line, 688,000, 2.8 percentŸ Barnes & Noble Inc., maker of Nook Tablet, 459,000, 1.9 percentŸ Other, 3 million, 12.3 percentSource: IHS iSuppli

    Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks Wednesday during an event in San Francisco, California, U.S. Apple Inc. unveiled the iPhone 5 in an overhaul aimed at widening its lead over Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc. in the $219.1 billion smartphone market.

    Review: iPhone 5 blends beauty with versatility

    As I played around with the iPhone 5, I wondered what the late Steve Jobs would have thought about the latest twist on Apple's best-selling device. It didn't take long to conclude that Jobs would have been delighted with the iPhone 5's blend of beauty, utility and versatility.

    The ‘’Angry Birds’’ mobile-phone game, designed by Rovio Mobile Oy is seen on an Apple Inc. iPhone 4 smartphone in this arranged photograph in London. Nokia and Motorola revealed new smartphones last week in hopes of generating interest before Apple announced its new iPhone Wednesday.

    Worldwide market share for smartphones

    Android and Apple devices dominate in smartphones, with 85 percent of the worldwide market combined, according to IDC. Companies making Android devices include Samsung Electronics Co., HTC Corp. and Motorola Mobility, which Google now owns. Samsung also makes phones running Bada, which is based on Linux.


    Slate: No, this is not the best iPhone ever

    All over the Web, churls and haters are claiming that Apple didn't unveil anything really innovative or surprising at the company's iPhone launch event in San Francisco today. That's just not true. For one thing, it's the first iPhone to be called the iPhone 5. Indeed, this is the first iPhone whose name includes a number greater than 4. Tell me that's not progress.

    Makers of consumer electronics are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season. Apple’s rivals are hoping that a head start on the buzz will translate into stronger sales. Nokia and Microsoft, in particular, are trying to generate interest in a new Windows operating system out next month.

    Gadget makers jockey for edge in holiday lineups

    Think of it as the opening act at a concert: Nokia, Motorola and Amazon are expected to unveil new mobile devices this week before attention turns to a new iPhone and possibly a smaller iPad from Apple. Makers of consumer electronics are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season. Apple's rivals are hoping that a head start on the buzz will translate into stronger sales. Nokia and Microsoft, in particular, are trying to generate interest in a new Windows operating system out next month.


    iPhone 5 would be Apple’s 6th iPhone model

    The new iPhone 5 is actually the sixth iPhone model.Apple unveiled it at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.Here are Apple’s iPhone releases since its debut in 2007: — iPhone, June 29, 2007, starting in the U.S. (announced Jan. 9) — iPhone 3G, July 11, 2008, starting in the U.S., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K. (announced June 9) — iPhone 3GS, June 19, 2009, starting in the U.S. (announced June 8) — iPhone 4, June 24, 2010, starting in the U.S., France, Germany and Japan and the U.K. (announced June 7).— iPhone 4S, Oct. 14, 2011, starting in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K. (announced Oct. 4).— iPhone 5, Sept. 21, 2012, starting in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. (announced Wednesday).


    How new iPhone compares with Samsung Galaxy S III

    Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 on Wednesday and will begin selling it next week. Here’s a look at the key differences and similarities between the iPhone 5 and its closest competitor, Samsung’s Galaxy S III, which was released in Europe in May and the U.S. in June.iPhone 5 tech specs: — Display: 4-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels. — Memory capacity: 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes, depending on price. There’s no way to expand it with memory cards. — Price: Starting at $199, for 16 gigabytes of memory. — Size: height: 4.87 inches; width: 2.31 inches; depth: 0.30 inch (124 x 59 x 7.6 mm) — Weight: 3.95 ounces (112 grams) — Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 1.2-megapixel on front. — Video recording: high-definition (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV) up to 30 frames per second with audio — Battery life: talk time is up to 8 hours on 3G. Internet works for up to 8 hours on LTE and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Up to 10 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by service personnel only. — U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and others. — Network compatibility: 3G networks worldwide, plus 4G LTE networks in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany, U.K., Australia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. — Operating system: Apple’s iOS 6 (will also be available for download to older iPhone models) — Near-field communications: None.Samsung Galaxy S III tech specs: — Display: 4.8 inches (diagonal) with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. — Memory capacity: 16 or 32 gigabytes. Can be expanded by up to 64 gigabytes with a memory card. — Price: As low as $99 for basic model — Size: height: 5.4 inches; width: 2.8 inches; depth: 0.34 inch (137 x 71 x 8.6mm) — Weight: 4.7 ounces. (133 grams) — Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 1.9-megapixel on front. — Video recording: high-definition (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV) up to 30 frames per second with audio. — Battery life: Up to 9 hours of talk time (depends on network). Battery replaceable by user. — U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and others. — Network compatibility: 3G networks worldwide, plus 4G LTE networks in the U.S., Canada, South Korea and some other countries. — Operating system: Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google’s Android — Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.

    Eddy Cue, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services, speaks Wednesday about EarPods during an Apple event in San Francisco.

    New Apple accessories could be blessing and curse

    Along with a new iPhone 5, Apple unveiled accessories Wednesday that could prove to be a blessing and a curse for customers: a set of earbuds that are meant to fit comfortably in more people's ears, and a new adapter that will be needed to plug the new phone into older car dashboards and speaker systems.

    Nintendo’s Wii U GamePad is set to go on sale in Japan in December.

    Nintendo to sell Wii u in Japan from Dec. 8 to revive growth

    Nintendo Co., the world's biggest video-game machine maker, will sell its new Wii U console in Japan beginning in December for at least 26,250 yen ($338) as the company tries to recover from its first annual loss. Nintendo also will sell a premium version for 31,500 yen starting Dec. 8, President Satoru Iwata said in a webcast today. The Kyoto, Japan-based company will offer games including "New Super Mario Bros. U" and "Nintendo Land," Iwata said.

    The new Droid Razr M is one of three new smartphones unveiled by Motorola since it became a part of Google.

    Phone makers try to get ahead of new iPhone

    Nokia and Motorola unveiled five new smartphones between them, while Amazon announced a new Kindle Fire last week before attention turned to the new iPhone from Apple. Makers of consumer electronics are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season. Apple's rivals are hoping that a head start on the buzz will translate into stronger sales.

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    Flags flap under blue skies in a gentle Blue Ridge Mountain breeze.

    Historic N.C. mountain lodge reborn

    Not long after he and his brother bought the derelict Green Park Inn at auction, Steve Irace learned something that astonished him. "If you looked in the lobby or the dining room or the bar, you saw the columns," the Long Island, N.Y., native says. "Those columns are single pieces of solid American chestnut that run from floor to ceiling and beyond." With American chestnut selling for $12 a board foot on the collector lumber market, he realized the hotel "was worth more dead than alive."

    In this June 9, 2012 file photo, actor Ben Feldman poses at the 11th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles. Feldman is nominated for a 2012 Emmy Award for his guest-starring role on “Mad Men.”

    How stars endure the 5-hour Creative Arts Emmys

    The makeup artists, art directors, sound mixers and cinematographers behind the year's top TV shows will be honored Saturday at the television academy's Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, a five-hour marathon that covers more than 70 categories.

    Karen Nichols walks her cat Skeezix in Castro Valley, Calif. If you are going to walk your cat, you’ll have to keep it on a tight leash. More than 6 feet is too dangerous for you and the cat, according to experts who warn the harness has to fit snugly too.

    For some owners, cat walks may not be a stretch

    If you are going to walk your cat, you'll have to keep it on a tight leash. More than 6 feet is too dangerous for you and the cat, according to experts who warn the harness has to fit snugly too.

    From left, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Wyck Godfrey, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Jackson Rathbone speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles.

    Where did all of MTV’s viewers go?

    What a difference a year makes for MTV's "Video Music Awards," and not in a good way. MTV's annual big event last week was seen by 6.1 million viewers, less than half of the 12.4 million who watched in 2011, when the show was believed to be MTV's most-watched program ever, according to the Nielsen Co., which measures media consumption.

    A model presents a design by Jean-Pierre Braganza during his Spring/Summer 2013 show at London Fashion Week in London, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

    Bold looks at NY Fashion Week turn up the volume

    The designers previewing spring collections at New York Fashion Week may not have had a single voice, but they all spoke loudly. "Bold" was the word that buzzed around the tents at Lincoln Center after eight days of previews came to an end. Between saturated color, sexy cutouts, statement-making stripes and mixed-up prints, the clothes had something to say.

    A model wears a design from the Rachel Zoe Spring 2013 collection at Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.

    Zoe tailors her bohemian muse for new look

    Rachel Zoe showed that the relaxed glam she is known for doesn't always have to mean a bohemian maxi dress. She presented a collection at New York Fashion Week that was a bit more of a tailored take on "effortless cool."

    Customers having dinner at Muru Pop Down restaurant at Tytyri mine in Lohja, Finland. The award-winning chef, Niklas Ekblom, is opening a new restaurant in Finland that turns the idea of “pop-up” eateries upside-down: it’s located 80 meters (260 feet) underground.

    Finns open ‘pop-down’ restaurant down in mine

    An award-winning chef has opened a new restaurant in Finland that turns the idea of "pop-up" eateries upside down: it's located 80 meters (260 feet) underground. Discerning food lovers are being served salted salmon, veal tenderloin, snails cooked in Pernod and apple crumble in the "pop-down" restaurant in a limestone mine in the small, southern town of Lohja (LOU-ya), 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of Helsinki.

    New York City health officials approved an unprecedented 16-ounce (limit on sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, delis and movie theaters.

    NYC bans big, sugary drinks at restaurants

    New York City cracked down on the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary drinks this week in what was celebrated as a groundbreaking attempt to curb obesity but condemned as a blatant intrusion into people's lives by a busybody mayor. Public health experts around the nation — and the restaurant and soft-drink industry — will be watching closely to see how it goes over among New Yorkers, a famously disputatious bunch. Barring any court action, the measure will take effect in March.

    Michel Sasso, replenish’s food items along the lunch line of the cafeteria at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. The leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students.

    Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules

    One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub. Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays.

    Tea carts were once popular in American homes, but now are out of fashion.

    Tea carts are not everyone’s bag

    Q. I think this tea cart is more than 100 years old. What is your opinion of its age and value?

    A border collie wiggles his way through the weave poles in an agility course. See if your own dog can do the same at the K9 Trace & Pace Fundraiser in Waukegan.

    Weekend picks: Dogs have their day in Waukegan

    Dog lovers won't want to miss the dog parade at the K9 Trace & Pace Fundraiser at Bevier Park in Waukegan. In the market for unique, high-quality art? The 27th annual Riverwalk Fine Art Fair in downtown Naperville is a good place to start. Live Chicago Music presents 44 bands on four stages as part of a Music Fest to Benefit Autism this weekend at Port of Blarney in Antioch. Or check out the National Civil War Show and Sale in Wheaton today.

    Two women sunbathe at the Porto Montenegro resort next to the town of Tivat in Montenegro.

    Montenegro a travel diamond in the rough

    A newly developed luxury resort village called Porto Montenegro may finally be helping Montenegro's image catch up with its overly glamorous portrayal in the 2006 James Bond film "Casino Royale." Porto Montenegro — sometimes called the Monte Carlo of the Adriatic — has upgraded this tiny Balkan state from a favorite destination of average Russian and Serbian tourists to a mecca for some of the world's wealthiest people.

    In addition to its own designs, Buckeridge Doors is a distributor of garage doors made by Haas.

    Local company creates classy garage doors

    Buckeridge Doors of Arlington Heights keeps its in-house crew busy constructing, installing and servicing garage doors and openers throughout the Northwest and North suburbs of Chicago. In business since 1948, the family firm is now run by Charlie Buckeridge, son of the founder.


    Several suggestions to look at a home’s sale differently

    Q. We have a beautiful home that has been on the market four months, one that our Realtor referred to as "a shiny penny." People say: "It's beautiful ... but ..."


    How to care for cedar siding

    Q. We are negotiating to buy a house with cedar siding. It has a fairly new paint job, but the paint is peeling badly. We have heard you never should pressure-wash cedar siding. Any truth to that?

    Laura Jofre and her daughter, shown here, enjoy the time they spend collaborating on the child’s dollhouse, currently an eclectic collection of Barbie furniture, painted wood furniture, fabric floors and “doodle wall.”

    Decor dreams take flight when dollhouse decorating

    In a kids' entertainment world of expensive game systems and disposable plastic toys, there is an alternative: Make something. Play with it. For girls, dollhouses are a do-it-yourself trend that can embrace electronics, engineering, crafts and interior design.

    A map of Boston is shown from Atlanta-based City Prints Map Art. There’s art in cartography: Street grids, the curve of a shoreline and topographic details offer visuals that lend themselves to wall art, rugs and textiles.

    Directions to find map-themed decor

    In a GPS world, physical maps are becoming quaint relics for travelers. But decor with a map theme is hot. There's art in cartography: Street grids, the curve of a shoreline and topographic details lend themselves to wall art, rugs and textiles.


    How to combine two condo units into one

    Q. I own two side by side condominium units. The doors to the two units are also side by side, in a small vestibule set back from the common hallway for all of the units on the floor. I would like to combine the two units into a single large unit.

    There will be an open house Sunday at this Inverness home, which was built in 2000.

    Brick Georgian is on secluded Inverness cul-de-sac

    This brick Georgian home with a wood shake shingle roof exudes elegance and luxury. It is situated on a 1.03-acre, cul-de-sac lot in Inverness. Built by renowned Barrington builder Evan Harris of Harris Custom Builders in 2000, the home features unique touches like architectural pillars, skylights and extensive built-ins.


    Let teens make their own decor decisions

    Teenagers need their own space for so many reasons. Yes, they should be watched over and guided, but during the teen years, a need for independence sprouts. As parents, we can help them feel comfortable in their own, personal independent space.



    Sisters’ story offers hope for future
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: What a wonderful story about these two amazing sisters from Long Grove! Beautiful, brilliant and passionate about life, they are truly inspiring to senior citizens as well as their peers.


    Medicare cuts endanger nursing facility
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I know the great success we have in improving the health of our patients, boosting their ability to return home as quickly as possible, and helping to reduce costly rehospitalizations. However, much of the critical work we do is in jeopardy because of looming budget cuts from Washington.


    Romney, Roskam understand debt
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Our national debt is now over $16 trillion. If you took all the money from all the billionaires in this country, this would add up to about $305.1 billion — less than 2 percent of the current national debt.


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