Daily Archive : Sunday September 16, 2012



    Home for the High Holidays? Not for college students this year

    Rachel Cohen, of Buffalo Grove, admits it will be strange being away from home Monday, on Rosh Hashana. "It's just a very big family event," she said. But like many other college freshmen, Cohen will be taking advantage of the Hillel at University of Illinois, to step in for her family for the High Holidays.

    Smaller, more subdued groups of teachers picket outside Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Monday,as a strike by Chicago Teachers Union members heads into its second week. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will seek a court order to force the city's teachers back into the classroom.

    City: No ruling on teacher strike filing Monday

    The city of Chicago's law office says it doesn't expect a judge to rule Monday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's request for an order forcing striking school teachers back to work. Law department spokesman Roderick Drew says a judge won't address the matter until later this week. He says it still isn't clear if it could be Tuesday, Wednesday or even later.

    Max Paton, 7, digs for a Popsicle stick in the haystack to win some candy during the annual Prairie Days Sunday at Terrace View Park in Lombard.

    Lombard’s Prairie Days mixes fun, learning

    Lombard's annual Prairie Days event held Sunday at Terrace View Park included family-oriented fun like games and music as well as educational exhibits about conservation and the environment.

    This film image released by The Weinstein Co. shows Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scene from “The Master.” The film, which was released in only five theaters made an average of $145,949 per screen, follows Hoffman who plays a charistmatic cult leader and Phoenix his protege and is loosely based on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology.

    ‘Resident Evil’ is No. 1, but ‘The Master’ smashes records

    The No. 1 film at the box office was "Resident Evil: Retribution," which took in an estimated $21.1 million in its debut. This is the fifth film in the Sony Screen Gems action franchise, starring Milla Jovovich. But the Paul Thomas Anderson's cult drama "The Master" commanded a huge following in its opening weekend, smashing records on just a handful of screens. "We knew we would do a lot of...

    This photo combination shows musicians Nicki Minaj, left, and Keith Urban. The “American Idol” judges’ panel is now complete with the naming of singer-rapper Minaj and country crooner Urban. The Fox network officially tapped the pair with an announcement Sunday just hours before the first round of judging for next season was due to begin in New York. Minaj and Urban will join singer Mariah Carey and longtime “Idol” judge Randy Jackson at the judges’ table for the show’s 12th season.

    Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban named new ‘Idol’ judges

    The "American Idol" judges' panel is now complete with the naming of singer-rapper Nicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban. The Fox network officially tapped the pair with an announcement Sunday, confirming rumors surrounding them both just hours before the first round of auditions for next season was due to begin in New York.

    Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, traveled to Malaysia over the weekend.

    Palace to file criminal complaint over photos

    LONDON — Lawyers for Britain’s royal family will make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took pictures of Prince William’s wife Kate sunbathing topless in the south of France, William’s office said Sunday.


    Credit trouble is costing state of Illinois money

    SPRINGFIELD — The state of Illinois is running into credit trouble, just like anyone else who pays bills late and owes lots of money. Two major credit-rating agencies have lowered their ratings for Illinois this year. That generally means the state pays higher interest rates when it borrows money for road construction, school improvements and other public works.

    In an ongoing debate with GOP rival Mitt Romney over China’s trade practices, President Barack Obama intends today to announce new trade guidelines aimed at stemming what the White House calls China’s unfair trade practices.

    Obama to detail new China trade rules

    President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are embarking on a week heavy with travel through battleground states and appeals to key constituencies, with both campaigns wrangling over unrest in the Middle East and who is best equipped to rejuvenate the economy.

    Thousands of supporters of a Pakistani religious group Jammat-Ud-Dawa Tehreek-e-Insaf or Movement for Justice take part in a demonstration in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world over a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

    Multiple personalities of the Muslim rage

    At the height of the latest Islamic rage, one of the Muslim world's first media-celebrity imams told worshippers they were indeed witnessing a clash of civilizations. But just not the kind you think.

    Sailors marched in uniform during a gay pride parade in San Diego on July 21, the first time U.S. service members had done so.

    Furor fades a year after military’s gay ban lifted

    It's been a year now since the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, enabling gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly, no longer forced to lie and keep their personal lives under wraps.

    Ken Kolman of Ken’s Burnt Ends cooks ribs in a smoker during the third annual Downtown Rib Throwdown on Sunday in Grayslake. Ken’s team took first place in the rib competition, which benefitted the Oasis-Grayslake Youth Center.

    Rib lovers, youth served at Grayslake Rib Throwdown

    Visitors at the third annual Downtown Rib Throwdown in Grayslake were well served Sunday afternoon. As a result, youth also was served, since proceeds from the event go to the Oasis-Grayslake Youth Center."This is the best year ever," said Joyce Campbell, volunteer organizer.

    Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl performs Sunday during the third annual Fiestas Patrias in celebration of Mexican independence in Aurora. The three-day festival celebrates the region’s diversity.

    Thousands celebrate Hispanic heritage at Aurora’s Fiestas Patrias

    Aurora's Fiestas Patrias, which started three years ago as a celebration of Mexican independence, has come to mean much more to the area's Latinos. It brings together children and adults to celebrate the diversity of Aurora's Hispanic community.

    With a record-setting time, Justin Gillette of Goshen, Ind., finishes the Fox Valley Marathon in first place Sunday in St. Charles. The first 30 finishers qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon.

    Record-breaking day at Fox Valley Marathon

    Justin Gillette says his secret to winning marathons is tuning out the pain. He did it well enough Sunday to set a new record for the Fox Valley Marathon in St. Charles, and in the process earned himself a spot in next year's Boston Marathon.

    Border Collie “Cap,” from Heatherhope Farm in Sycamore, works sheep for spectators Sunday during the CSBarks Dog Festival at the Town Center in Carol Stream.

    Dogs get the spotlight at annual Carol Stream fest

    Hundreds of four-legged friends happily enjoyed a day in the sun at Carol Stream's annual CS Barks Dog Festival Sunday. This was the first year the event was held at the Town Center site, and organizers said attendance exceeded expectations.


    Policemen awarded for saving three lives

    North Aurora police officers will be recognized Monday for saving three people in 2011. Officers Mike Quinn, Randy Voss and Ryan McKiness each will receive the Lifesaving Award from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police at the North Aurora village board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at village hall, 25 E. State St.

    Helen Westlake

    Longtime Wheaton educator made her mark

    Helen Gum Westlake, a staunch Democrat and dedicated educator for more than 50 years, helped shape thousands of young minds across the country not just in the areas of family living and child development, but in life and love. The 84-year-old died surrounded by her family Sunday, Sept. 9, after a brief hospitalization.


    Barrington holds meeting on emerald ash borer

    Barrington officials are inviting village residents to a community informational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 to discuss the emerald ash borer. The meeting will be held at Barrington village hall, 200 S. Hough St.


    Voters must register by Oct. 9

    Residents who are new to Lake County, moved to a new address in Lake County, turned 18 on or before Election Day, or have changed one's name need to register to vote with local deputy registrars by Tuesday, Oct. 9.


    Improv Playhouse radio in Libertyville

    Lake Improv Playhouse Radio Players will perform episodes from "The Lone Ranger" (1939) and "Gunsmoke" (1956) on Sept. 29 at the Improv Playhouse Theater, 735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.


    Walk for Literacy in Wadsworth

    The 16th annual Walk for Literacy is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, at Shelter A at Van Patten Woods, Route 173 East of Route 41 in Wadsworth.

    Afghans burn the U.S. flag in Herat, west of Kabul, Sunday during a protest against an Internet video mocking the Prophet Muhammad that many fear could further aggravate Afghan-U.S. relations.

    Afghan insider attack kills 4 US troops

    Afghan police killed four American soldiers coming to their aid after a checkpoint attack Sunday, the third assault by government forces or insurgents disguised in military uniforms in as many days.


    Rosemont police discover body, foul play not suspected

    Rosemont police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found early Sunday in the 5300 block of River Road, but say foul play is not suspected. Officers discovered the body about 1 a.m. when responding to a call about a man down.

    His transgender status had no effect on the unanimous vote to hire Rev. Sean Parker Dennison as the new minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation that recently moved from Woodstock to McHenry.

    Gender change gives McHenry pastor unique insight

    Facing the challenges of moving from their old church in Woodstock to new digs in McHenry, parishioners at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation unanimously voted to hire Rev. Sean Parker Dennison as the pastor to lead them through the transition. An ordained minister since 2000, Dennison is uniquely equipped to handle whatever transitions come his way. He not only understands...

    Battlefield of Antietam (MD), Signal Section on Elk Mountain

    Did battle, and U.S. future, hang on thread of fate?

    When dawn broke along Antietam Creek on Sept. 17, 1862, cannon volleys launched a Civil War battle that would leave 23,000 casualties on the single bloodiest day in U.S. history and mark a crucial pivot point in the war. And yet it might never have occurred - if not for what a historian calls a "freakish" twist of fate. Days earlier, a copy of Gen. Robert E. Lee's detailed invasion orders,...

    Rotolo Middle School in Batavia has to offer students the option of attending other schools because some of its student subgroups failed to make adequate progress on standardized tests.

    Kaneland, Batavia schools must offer attendance choice

    Two more local schools are giving their students the option of attending other schools this fall.Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn and Rotolo Middle School in Batavia must offer the so-called “school choice” because of the results of standardized tests students took in the spring.School choice is required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which sets passing...

    The asphalt in front of Dundee Automotive has buckled more than five inches in the last few days. Employees spray painted the crack when it was even.

    Who's to blame for East Dundee sinkhole?

    It started innocently enough at Dundee Automotive with a small dip in the parking lot eight weeks ago. But it since has developed into heaving pavement and a large sinkhole that threatens to pull the East Dundee mechanic shop down with it, owner Randy Klemm said. Klemm suspects that an old pipe that once connected the area to a spring is under his parking lot and is to blame for his situation.He...

    Steven Dills with Athletic Fields of America, foreground, pulls and stretches artificial turf Wednesday for a new indoor athletic training facility in Rosemont.

    Rosemont installs turf, dome for athletic training facility

    A seven-story dome is rising in Rosemont for sports fans. The village last week began installing the artificial turf for a new athletic training facility on village-owned property adjoining The Ballpark at Rosemont, north of Balmoral Avenue and west of the Tri-State Tollway. The facility will offer local and regional athletic teams, including the Chicago Bandits professional women's softball...

    Bonnie Quirke

    Round Lake-area District 116 health clinic plan drawing objections

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116’s plan to start a school-based health clinic is drawing opposition from an organization opposed to abortion. Lake County Right to Life President Bonnie Quirke said her group has come out against the District 116 clinic proposal, which first surfaced in 2010. She questioned the potential of students obtaining birth-control pills or abortion referrals without...

    Certain birds can stop you in your tracks, like this tree swallow, photographed at Cantigny Park. It’s a common species in DuPage County during spring and summer.

    List-keeping is fine, just be sure to enjoy the birds

    A funny thing happened a few weeks ago. On a hot late-summer day, our Jeff Reiter added a bird to his life list without ever going birding. He owes this to a couple of sharp-eyed readers, including one in Florida. They noticed that in his August column he'd mentioned seeing and hearing a winter wren during a trip to the Olympic Peninsula. In fact, they said, what he'd found was a Pacific wren.


    There are many remedies for your feline’s stress

    How can you tell if your feline is under stress? If you acknowledge your cat is under stress, can you identify the source of stress to eliminate it or lessen it? The source of the anxiety will often dictate the remedy.


    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith drops back to throw during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions in San Francisco.

    Stingy 49ers defense denies Detroit in 27-19 win

    SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s stingy defense denied Matthew Stafford another milestone, Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 21 and 23 yards from Alex Smith, and the 49ers beat the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night in a September showdown of NFC powers.Smith completed 20 of 31 throws for 226 yards and extended his franchise-record streak of passes without an interception to 216, leading the NFC West favorite Niners (2-0) to their ninth straight win in the series. Smith took a hard hand to the helmet from John Wendling late and bloodied his nose. The 49ers ran their home winning streak against the Lions (1-1) to 12 — and there was no heated greeting afterward this time. Coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz met before the game with a friendly hello and handshake.


    White Sox scouting report
    Scouting report: White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers

    Jose Quintana gets the call to start Monday’s makeup game against the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Quintana or Floyd would have been fine for Sox vs. Tigers

    Gavin Floyd has been outstanding in his career against Detroit, which includes this season. It should be noted that Floyd's success against the Tigers this year came mostly in a pair of early-season starts, at a time when Detroit wasn't all that good. Floyd's outing against them last week was certainly respectable considering it was his first start in 2½ weeks.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looked strong in the season-opening rout of the Colts, but against the Packers four nights later ... not so much.

    Bears more than accommodating to Cutler, so now what?

    Bears management has empowered Jay Cutler to be what he is, for better or worse.


    Cubs have decision to make at third base

    Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates threw a left-handed pitcher at the Cubs Sunday, manager Dale Sveum sat rookie third baseman Josh Vitters in favor of journeyman Luis Valbuena. Sveum talked again about Vitters needing to improve on defense.

    The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo celebrates with Bryan LaHair at home plate Sunday after hitting his first career grand slam.

    Powerfully successful day for Cubs’ Rizzo

    Of all the questions surrounding the Cubs and their young players for next year, Anthony Rizzo is not one of them. The rookie first baseman hit 2 homers, including his first career grand slam, as the Cubs came from behind Sunday to beat the Pirates 13-9 at Wrigley Field.

    Steven Jackson spikes the ball after coming up short of the end zone during the second quarter Sunday. Jackson did not return after drawing a 15-yard penalty.

    Bears offense may get untracked vs. Rams

    The Bears are reeling after the loss to the Packers, but they catch a break this week with another home game against a team coming off a 2-14 2011 season.

    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) makes a catch for a touchdown in front of New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) in the third quarter in Pittsburgh. The touchdown call was confirmed after replay.

    Roethlisberger shines as Steelers rip Jets 27-10

    PITTSBURGH — So much for those high-powered New York Jets. Or those creaky Pittsburgh Steelers.Ben Roethlisberger passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns and the Steelers smothered the lifeless Jets in the second half of a 27-10 victory on Sunday.Roethlisberger completed 24 of 31 passes. He hit Heath Miller for a 1-yard score to give the Steelers (1-1) the lead late in the first half, then found Mike Wallace for a 37-yard strike early in the third quarter to break the game open.Isaac Redman added a late 2-yard touchdown run for Pittsburgh, which had little trouble avoiding its first 0-2 start in a decade.The Jets (1-1) did little offensively after a pair of early scoring drives. Mark Sanchez passed for 138 yards and a touchdown, but New York hardly looked like the offensive juggernaut that piled up points in a 48-28 opening-week blowout win over Buffalo.Tim Tebow appeared on just one drive early in the second half for the Jets, running for 22 yards on his first carry. It wasn’t nearly enough against a defense that did just fine without injured stars James Harrison and Troy Polamalu.Keeping the New York offense off the field for long stretches certainly helped. So did a handful of dropped passes by Jets receivers and missed tackles.With Roethlisberger expertly running new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s versatile system, he picked apart a Jets secondary that looked exposed without injured star cornerback Darrelle Revis. Roethlisberger completed passes to 10 different receivers as Pittsburgh converted 8 of 15 third downs and held the ball for more than 36 minutes.The Steelers led 13-10 early in the third quarter when Roethlisberger needed just five plays to lead them 59 yards. Facing third-and-16 at New York’s 37, Roethlisberger stepped up in the pocket and heaved it to Wallace. The Pro Bowl wide receiver let Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie fly by, then snatched the ball out of the air while keeping both feet in bounds.Trailing by 10, the Jets went to Tebow, who engineered a 29-23 upset win by the Denver Broncos over the Steelers in the playoffs last January. He needed just two plays to put the Jets in Pittsburgh territory, but the drive soon stalled.After a 6-yard loss by Shonn Greene, Sanchez ran back into the huddle. Two incompletions later, the Jets were punting and didn’t take another meaningful snap in Pittsburgh territory the rest of the game.Sanchez completed just 10 of 27 passes and was a miserable 6 of 17 in the second half, with two of those completions coming on a last-second stat-padding drive.By then, the Steelers had regained the sense of urgency they lacked in an opening week loss to the Broncos. Taking over at their own 25 with 13:47 remaining, Pittsburgh took more than 10 minutes off the clock on a 75-yard touchdown drive, with Redman capping it by surging off right tackle for the score.The one-sided ending was far different than a mostly even first half.A meeting of two of the league’s better defenses lacked considerable star power due to injuries. Pittsburgh sat Harrison (right knee) and Polamalu (strained right calf) while Revis didn’t make the trip due to a concussion sustained last week.With the three perennial Pro Bowlers sidelined, the offenses took advantage, trading a series of sustained scoring drives during a back-and-forth first half.The Jets took leads of 7-3 and 10-6 behind steady play from Sanchez. He hit Santonio Holmes for a 14-yard touchdown pass to cap a 90-yard drive then put together a 12-play, 61-yard march that was capped by Nick Folk’s 38-yard field goal.The Steelers climbed back in front late in the half, with Roethlisberger leading them 80 yards in 11 plays, the last one a simple lob to Miller that put the Steelers up 13-10.

    San Diego Chargers tight end Dante Rosario makes a touchdown catch in the end zone as Tennessee Titans strong safety Robert Johnson, right, and cornerback Alterraun Verner, center, watch during the first quarter in San Diego.

    Rosario has 3 TD catches in Bolts’ 38-10 win

    SAN DIEGO — Tight end Dante Rosario had three touchdown catches for the first time in his NFL career and San Diego’s defense harassed Jake Locker all afternoon as the Chargers beat the Tennessee Titans for the ninth straight time, 38-10 Sunday.Before the game, the Chargers (2-0) retired Junior Seau’s No. 55. Seau, the hard-hitting, first-pumping leader of the Chargers for 13 seasons, committed suicide May 2.With Antonio Gates inactive due to sore ribs, the Chargers turned to Rosario. He responded with TD catches of 11, 4 and 15 yards from Philip Rivers. He had only five career scoring catches coming in, including a game-winner against San Diego in the 2008 season opener while with Carolina.San Diego’s winning streak against the Titans (0-2) dates to 1993, when the franchise was still the Houston Oilers.Rivers was 24 of 32 for 284 yards. Malcom Floyd had six catches for 109 yards and Rosario four catches for 48 yards.

    Seattle Seahawks’ Jeron Johnson, right, celebrates his touchdown with Chris Maragos against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday.

    Lynch rumbles, Seattle stymies Romo, Dallas 27-7

    SEATTLE — Marshawn Lynch ran for 122 yards and a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, Seattle’s special teams came up with two huge first-quarter plays that led to 10 points, and the Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys 27-7 on Sunday.Michael Robinson forced Felix Jones to fumble on the opening kickoff that led to a short field goal, and Malcolm Smith blocked Chris Jones’ punt which Jeron Johnson returned for a touchdown to give Seattle (1-1) a 10-0 lead in less than 5 minutes. Rookie Russell Wilson threw for 151 yards and directed a 90-yard scoring drive in the third quarter capped by a 22-yard touchdown strike to Anthony McCoy to give Seattle a 20-7 lead. Tony Romo threw a 22-yard TD to Miles Austin in the second quarter, but that was the only sustained drive the Cowboys (1-1) could mount on the Seahawks stout defense.


    Football: Top 20 rankings
    Glenbard West, Montini and Wheaton North have the top three rankings in the Daily Herald's football Top 20 rankings.

    Cubs starter Chris Volstad delivers a pitch in Sunday’s first inning at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs outlast Pirates in 13-9 marathon

    Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and drove in six to lift the Cubs to a 13-9 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Rizzo hit a two-run shot in a four-run fifth inning, then capped a five-run sixth with his first career grand slam to seize the lead for Chicago. The six RBI are a career-high, and it was also the 23-year-old's first multihomer game.

    Brad Keselowski drives during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

    Keselowski takes Chase opener, points lead

    JOLIET — Brad Keselowski began the season with a bit of goofiness, posting on Twitter during a red-flag stoppage at the Daytona 500.He’s ending the year with a far more serious pursuit — for his first Sprint Cup championship.Keselowski is off to a fine start after an impressive victory over Jimmie Johnson on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. In the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the 28-year-old Keselowski outlasted Johnson for the first Chase win of his career. Keselowski also took over the lead in the points standings for the first time.“There’s no better place to start than in the lead, right?” Keselowski said. “It feels like Round One of a heavyweight title bout. It’s a 10-round bout, and Week One’s done. We might have won the round, but didn’t by any means knock `em out.”Keselowski and his No. 2 Dodge got ahead of Johnson after a crucial pit cycle with about 35 laps remaining and led the final 26 laps in the 400-mile race. Johnson finished 3.171 seconds behind, and he said he thought Keselowski crossed a restraining line too early when exiting after that pit stop near the end.The incident was reviewed and there was no infraction called, and Johnson never made much of a run at catching Keselowski during the final laps.“He did cut up early. It did impede my progress,” Johnson said. “But it didn’t affect the outcome, I don’t believe. The way he made quick work in traffic and stretched it out on me, I’m not sure I would have held him off. At the time it messed me up, but I don’t think it played an outcome in the race.”All 12 of the Chase drivers finished in the top 18, with the exception of Jeff Gordon, who went into the wall with about 80 laps remaining. Gordon barely qualified for the Chase to begin with, and his championship hopes are already in serious jeopardy after his 35th-place showing Sunday.It was Keselowski’s fourth victory of the season. The Michigan driver leads Johnson by three points — and gave Penske Racing a reason to feel good after Will Power’s failed bid for the IndyCar championship Saturday night in California.“It’s a great day for us,” owner Roger Penske said. “It cools me down a little bit after being hot last night.”Kyle Busch finished fourth, the best performance of any driver not in the Chase. Among other Chase qualifiers, defending champion Tony Stewart was sixth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was eighth, Martin Truex Jr. was ninth and Clint Bowyer was 10th. Kevin Harvick finished 12th, one spot ahead of Greg Biffle.Denny Hamlin, the top seed coming in, fell all the way to 16th in the race while low on fuel at the end, and Matt Kenseth finished 18th.Stewart is third in the standings, followed by a three-way tie among Hamlin, Kahne and Bowyer. Earnhardt is seventh, followed by Biffle, Truex, Harvick, Kenseth and Gordon — who is 47 points behind the leader.There were only four cautions for 23 laps, the last coming when Gordon needed to return to the garage with damage to the right side of his car. He said his throttle became stuck, causing the crash.“Disappointing,” said Gordon, who started the race in 19th position. “We had to fight hard to come from 19th up there in the top five, and the car was feeling good.”Keselowski has finished in the top 10 in 10 of the last 11 races. He began the year poorly with a late accident at Daytona. Earlier in that race, he caused a bit of a stir when he posted on Twitter during the red flag. Afterward, NASCAR said it was OK for Keselowski to keep his cellphone in his car during events, and that all drivers were encouraged to use social media.Lately, Keselowski’s driving has been drawing the attention. He’s showing the consistency and maturity needed to make a run at the title.“I just think Brad does a nice job. I think he prepares for the races, he knows what he has. He works really well with his team,” Kahne said. “As far as the championship, I don’t think anyone knows that until you actually win it.”

    Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) reacts after running for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter in Charlotte, N.C.

    Newton leads Panthers past Saints 35-27

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton threw for 253 yards and ran for a career-high 71 yards as the Carolina Panthers defeated New Orleans 35-27 on Sunday to hand the Saints their first 0-2 start since 2007.One week after tying a franchise low with 10 yards rushing in a 16-10 loss to Tampa Bay, the Panthers rediscovered their running game against a porous Saints defense. The Panthers ran for 219 yards and Newton, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert all scored on short touchdown runs. Steve Smith overcame a sore knee to finish with 104 yards receiving — the 39th 100-yard receiving game of his career — and Jonathan Stewart hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception for the Panthers (1-1).The Saints’ defense is truly a mess, having surrendered 924 yards and 75 points in two games.Drew Brees had won his previous five starts against Carolina. He threw for 325 yards, but was intercepted twice, including once by Charles Godfrey, who returned it 9 yards for a touchdown.The Panthers only sacked Brees once but pressured him into getting rid of the ball early several times and into a pair of intentional grounding penalties.Carolina’s defense gained revenge on the Saints for their loss in Week 17 last season when Brees threw for 389 yards and five scores while pursuing NFL single-season records. The Panthers lost that game 45-17 and several players, including Godfrey, said earlier this week that was “a slap in the face.”The last time the Saints started 0-2 was five years ago, when they finished 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs.Brees got off to a good start Sunday by completing all six passes for 55 yards on the Saints’ opening drive, including a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham.After converting just two of 11 third-down conversions last week, the Saints seemed to rectify that problem on the game’s opening drive. Brees completed third-down passes of 18 and 15 yards to Darren Sproles before connecting on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Graham to complete an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive.It was the second straight week the Panthers gave up a touchdown on the opening drive.But the defense would redeem itself on the next possession when Godfrey stepped in front of a rollout pass by Brees and returned it 9 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7.After two field goals by Garrett Hartley, the Panthers found their stride in the second quarter with Newton engineering a pair of eight-play touchdown drives.Running the zone read option to perfection, Newton kept the Saints off balance running eight times for 66 yards in the opening half and coordinator Rob Chudzinski used a variety of well-designed plays to confuse the Saints.Newton’s previous high single-game high was 65 yards rushing set last season at home against Tampa Bay, but he broke that mark before the end of the first half with his eighth carry of the game.Pierre Thomas had 110 yards rushing for the Saints and Sproles had 13 receptions for 128 yards receiving.

    Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck runs during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings in Indianapolis.

    Vinatieri, Luck lead Colts past Vikings 23-20

    INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck did a pretty good impersonation of Peyton Manning on Sunday.He threw a couple of touchdown passes and set up Adam Vinatieri for a game-winning, 52-yard field goal with 8 seconds left that gave the Indianapolis Colts a 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.Not even Manning was able to win in his Colts’ home debut back in 1998.The Colts (1-1) have now won three straight home games dating to last season and improved to 10-0 in home games against the Vikings.This one took more than Luck after Christian Ponder rallied the Vikings (1-1) for two touchdowns in the final 5½ minutes.The Colts rookie finished 20 of 31 for 224 yards on a solid, not spectacular day. He was more impressive eluding pass rushers and throwing on the run than he was with his arm. Yet time after time, Luck escaped trouble, and he even rolled out of the pocket on the two completions that put Indianapolis in position for the winning kick.He was helped by a defense that held Minnesota to two field goals in the first 54 minutes.Minnesota finally tied the score on Kyle Rudolph’s 6-yard touchdown catch with 31 seconds to go.That proved to be too much time for Luck, who completed a 20-yard pass to Donnie Avery and called timeout. He completed a 20-yard pass to Reggie Wayne, then called another timeout. Then he got the Vikings to jump offside, putting the ball at the Vikings 35, and spiked the ball.New Colts coach Chuck Pagano quickly sent in Vinatieri, the best clutch kicker in league history, who lived up to his nickname by knocking the 53-yarder through the uprights.Indy didn’t look anything like the team that got blown out by Chicago last week.Instead, it started fast, took control just before halftime and kept Minnesota at an arm’s distance for most of the second half.But Ponder got the Vikings in sync late.Minnesota made it 20-13 on a bizarre fourth-down TD pass that was tipped twice before winding up in the hands of Stephen Burton with 5:07 to play. The Vikings then forced a quick Indy punt, and Ponder again drove the Vikings down the field. This time, he found Rudolph for the tying score.Luck answered by moving the Colts 45 yards in 23 seconds to set up the Vinatieri field goal.Ponder was 27 of 35 for 245 yards with two TDs, but was sacked four times. Adrian Peterson ran 16 times for 60 yards, and Percy Harvin caught 12 passes for 104 yards.Avery caught nine passes for 111 yards.

    From left to right, Philadelphia Eagles’ Danny Watkins, Michael Vick and Demetress Bell and LeSean McCoy celebrate after Vick’s rushing touchdown in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens.

    Vick rallies Eagles to late 24-23 win over Ravens

    PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles followed a similar script for another comeback win.Vick scored on a 1-yard TD run with 1:55 left, helping the Philadelphia Eagles overcome a slew of turnovers to beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-23 on Sunday.Rookie kicker Justin Tucker made field goals of 56, 51 and 48 yards for the Ravens, but Joe Flacco couldn’t get Baltimore (1-1) in his range in the final minute.Flacco overthrew Ray Rice on fourth-and-1 from the Ravens 46, and the Eagles ran out the clock.Vick threw four interceptions at Cleveland last week, but rallied the Eagles (2-0) to a 17-16 win.He did it again, though the replacement officials almost made a costly mistake.Down 23-17, the Eagles started at their 20 with 4:43 left. Vick threw passes of 24 and 13 yards to Brent Celek. A 19-yard pass to Clay Harbor coupled with a roughing-the-passer penalty put the ball at the 3.Vick then threw incomplete as he was being hit by Haloti Ngata, but the play was ruled a fumble. It was recovered by the Ravens, but replay overturned the call and Vick scored on the next play.The Eagles committed three turnovers in the red zone in the first half and lost two starting offensive linemen in the second.Vick finished 23 of 32 for 371 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Celek had eight catches for 157 yards and DeSean Jackson had seven receptions for 114 yards.This was a homecoming of sorts for Flacco and Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Flacco grew up in nearby Haddon Township, N.J. Harbaugh spent 10 seasons as an assistant under Andy Reid before going to Baltimore in 2008.Tucker almost made them winners.An undrafted rookie out of Texas, Tucker beat out veteran kicker Billy Cundiff in the preseason and has made all six of his field goals in the first two games.Tucker’s 56-yarder at the end of the first half sent the Ravens into the locker room up 17-7. His 51-yarder early in the fourth made it 17-14. Cundiff was 1-for-6 from beyond 50 yards last year, and missed a potential game-tying, 32-yarder against New England in the waning seconds of the AFC championship game. Two plays after center Jason Kelce sprained his right knee and was carted back to the locker room, the Eagles got within 17-14 on Vick’s 23-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin. Vick scrambled to his left and threw on the run to Maclin, who slipped behind coverage and went to his knees to make a nifty catch. Philadelphia lost two more starters on its next drive. First, King Dunlap left with a hamstring injury. Maclin was then carted off with a hip pointer after making a block on Celek’s 24-yard catch. Still, the Eagles reached the 5 before settling for Alex Henery’s tying 23-yard field goal.The starting quarterbacks were coming off opposite performances in Week 1. While Vick struggled against the Browns, Flacco was near-flawless in a dominant 44-13 win against Cincinnati last Monday night.Flacco was 22 of 42 for 232 yards, one TD and one interception against the Eagles.Using the no-huddle from the start, the Eagles moved the ball effectively to the Ravens 12. But Vick made another errant throw and was intercepted in the end zone by Bernard Pollard. Vick scrambled out of the pocket and had space, but he fired opposite his momentum. Trent Cole stripped Flacco on Baltimore’s second play and Cullen Jenkins recovered at the Ravens 15. McCoy ran in from the 1 for a 7-0 lead.Vonta Leach scored on a 5-yard TD run to tie it at 7.After the Ravens failed to convert on a fake punt — Sean Considine ran 3 yards on fourth-and-4 — the Eagles took over at Baltimore’s 45. The drive ended in another turnover. Rookie Bryce Brown fumbled a handoff on third-and-1 at the 20, and Albert McClellan recovered at the 30. Flacco connected with Jacoby Jones on a 21-yard TD pass to give the Ravens a 14-7 lead.

    Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) is tackled by Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch (33) and linebacker Rolando McClain (55) during the first half in Miami.

    Reggie Bush leads Dolphins past Raiders 35-13

    The Miami Dolphins had a home opener worth celebrating for a change Sunday. Reggie Bush ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and the Dolphins won a home opener for the first time since 2005 by beating the Oakland Raiders 35-13. Ryan Tannehill threw his first NFL touchdown pass, ran for another and avoided any turnovers

    New York Giants’ Hakeem Nicks (88) runs away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mark Barron (24) for a touchdown during the second half in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Manning throws for 510 as Giants edge TB, 41-34

    Eli Manning threw for 510 yards, and Andre Brown's 2-yard run with 31 seconds left lifted the New York Giants from a 14-point deficit to a wild 41-34 victory Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manning was the first-half goat and the second-half star in the second-best passing day in team history

    New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, right, talks to quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals.

    Cards upset Patriots 20-18

    Kevin Kolb took advantage of mistakes the Patriots made. Stephen Gostkowski failed when the Cardinals gave him one last chance. Kolb threw for one touchdown and ran for another, Gostkowski missed a potential winning field goal in the final seconds, and Arizona upset New England 20-18 on Sunday.

    Dayan Viciedo, right, is greeted in the dugout by his White Sox teammates after hiting a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond in Sunday’s sixth inning at Target Field.

    Sox ride six-run sixth to victory

    Jake Peavy baffled Minnesota again, Dayan Viciedo and Adam Dunn homered, and the White Sox beat the Twins 9-2 on Sunday. The White Sox scored six runs in the sixth inning to support Peavy (11-11) and stay ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. The Tigers were playing Cleveland on Sunday and travel to Chicago for a makeup game on Monday. It will be the final time the two teams meet this season.


    Dalton throws 3 TDs, Bengals beat Browns 34-27

    CINCINNATI — Not even a breakout game by Cleveland’s rookie playmakers could change the outcome of Ohio’s intrastate series.Adam “Pacman” Jones returned Cleveland’s first punt 81 yards for a touchdown Sunday, and Andy Dalton matched his career high with three touchdown passes, leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a 34-27 victory in their one-sided rivalry.The Bengals (1-1) have won 13 of the past 16 against the Browns (0-2), who got breakout performances from their rookie quarterback and running back but still couldn’t get a win.Jones put the Bengals ahead to stay with his fifth career punt return for a touchdown. Dalton threw three TD passes for the second time in his career, including a short throw that Andrew Hawkins turned into a 50-yard score in the fourth quarter.Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden rebounded from one of the worst debuts in NFL history — four interceptions against the Eagles and a 5.1 passer rating — by throwing a pair of touchdown passes. Trent Richardson became the first Browns rookie to run for 100 yards and score on a run and a pass, according to STATS LLC.Not enough to stop Cleveland from falling to 0-2 for the fifth time in the past seven seasons. Cincinnati improved to 42-36 in the 44-year series, the biggest lead by either team.The Browns had linebacker Scott Fujita back after his three-game bounty suspension was overturned on appeal. Cleveland missed top cornerback Joe Haden, who served the first week of his four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Cornerback Sheldon Brown also was out of the lineup with a shoulder injury.Dalton took advantage of the depleted secondary by completing 24 of 31 for 318 yards with six sacks and an interception.The Bengals’ defense got shredded during a 44-13 loss in Baltimore on Monday night that matched the most lopsided opening defeat in franchise history. They let Weeden get some confidence and Richardson slip through their fingers, keeping it close.Weeden completed 26 of 37 for 322 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and two sacks for a passer rating of 114.9. Richardson carried 19 times for 109 yards, the first Browns rookie to top 100 yards since Lee Suggs ran for 187 against Cincinnati in 2003.Phil Dawson’s 25-yard field goal with 20 seconds left cut the lead to 34-27, but receiver A.J. Green recovered the onside kick to seal it.Jones put Cincinnati ahead to stay by slipping away from three Browns and avoiding two others during his fifth career touchdown off a punt return and his first since 2003. He celebrated by jumping and wrapping himself around the padding on the goal post, holding on tightly for several seconds.Weeden settled down with quick, short throws in the second quarter, when he completed 5 of 7 passes. Richardson, the third overall pick, turned a run up the middle into a 32-yard touchdown for Cleveland’s first TD on offense this season.Dalton made one mistake that kept Cleveland in the game. He sailed a pass that got tipped to linebacker D’Qwell Jackson at midfield late in the third quarter. Weeden threw a short pass to Richardson, who slipped through several tackles on his way to a 23-yard touchdown that cut it to 24-17.Dalton avoided the rush and threw a short pass that Hawkins turned into the 50-yard touchdown and a 31-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. Weeden responded with a 24-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Greg Little midway through the quarter.


    Spiller sparks Bills’ 35-17 rout over Chiefs

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Thanks to C.J. Spiller and an opportunistic defense, the Buffalo Bills suddenly didn’t look anywhere near as bad on Sunday as they did in their season-opening dud.The same can’t be said for Kansas City, after the Chiefs were even worse in being routed for the second time in two weeks. Spiller scored twice and finished with 123 yards rushing in a 35-17 win in Buffalo’s home opener. Spiller, who also had 47 yards receiving, picked up where he left off last week, when he took over for injured starter Fred Jackson and enjoyed a career-best 169 yards rushing in a 48-28 loss against the New York Jets.The Bills’ high-priced Mario Williams-led defense then did the rest Sunday. Kyle Williams had two of the team’s five sacks, and Buffalo forced three turnovers.That included linebacker Nick Barnett forcing Peyton Hillis’ fumble at the goal line to snuff out a scoring drive late in the first half. Mario Williams also recovered quarterback Matt Cassel’s fumble, which led to Scott Chandler’s 10-yard touchdown catch in a first half during which the Bills took control by building a 21-0 lead.Fitzpatrick shrugged off last week’s three-interception outing by going 10 of 19 for 178 yards and two touchdowns, including a 49-yarder to Stevie Johnson. And Buffalo’s special teams contributed: Leodis McKelvin returned a punt 88 yards to make it 35-3 with 3:46 left in the third quarter.It was a complete reversal for the Bills who against the Jets turned the ball over four times, failed to get any pressure on Mark Sanchez and allowed Jeremy Kerley to return a punt 68 yards for a score.For Kansas City, it was the same-old sloppiness by a team coming off last week’s 40-24 loss to Atlanta.Kansas City opened a season 0-2 for the sixth time in seven years. That includes last season, which they opened with a 41-7 home loss to Buffalo.Cassel finished 23 of 42 for 301 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, with much of that production coming after the Bills had built a 35-3 lead. Dwayne Bowe scored both touchdowns on 33- and 2-yard catches in the final seven minutes.The Chiefs’ running attack sputtered. Hillis had 66 yards rushing, and Jamaal Charles just 3 yards on six carries.Kansas City managed just four first downs and 71 yards on its first five possessions. The Chiefs then came up empty on their sixth possession, and after Cassel marched them 77 yards on eight plays. Facing second-and-goal at the 1, Hillis took the handoff, but was tripped up immediately by Barnett and then lost control of the ball as he fell forward.Safety Bryan Scott jumped over a pile of players to get control of the ball before Hillis could recover.The Chiefs were so thoroughly outplayed on both sides of the ball in the first half that Spiller’s 139 yards from scrimmage nearly matched Kansas City’s 148 yards net offense. The Chiefs defense struggled despite welcoming back two regulars. Star pass-rushing linebacker Tamba Hali returned after serving an NFL-imposed one-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and cornerback Brandon Flowers returned after missing the opener with a foot injury.With Jackson expected to miss another three weeks with a sprained right knee, Spiller was unstoppable in scoring on the Bills’ second and third possessions.He accounted for 48 of Buffalo’s 84 yards in scoring on a 17-yard run 13 minutes in. Spiller then scored on a 3-yard run on the Bills next drive, which he helped set up with a solid 38-yard run, when he burst through the middle before being tackled at the Chiefs 12.Spiller became the fourth Bills player to reach 100 yards in the first two games of a season, joining Fred Jackson, Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson, who did that twice.


    Texans use fast start to dominate Jaguars 27-7

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Houston Texans didn’t need a barrage of turnovers to get rolling this week.Arian Foster ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, Ben Tate added 74 yards and two scores and the Texans dominated from the opening kickoff in a 27-7 win at Jacksonville on Sunday.The Texans improved to 2-0 for the third consecutive season by winning their fourth in a row against the AFC South rival Jaguars, who started 0-2 for the third time in the last five years.Jacksonville, which has never had a winning record after dropping its first two games, was far from competitive in the latest meeting.The Texans gained 242 yards in the first half while building a 17-0 lead. Foster ran for 69 yards and a score. Tate added 49 and a touchdown. Matt Schaub, using mostly short throws, picked apart Jacksonville’s defense.The Jaguars were even worse on offense, finishing with a franchise-low 117 yards.Blaine Gabbert played like he did as a rookie, hurrying throws, missing open receivers and showing little pocket presence. Gabbert completed 4 of 11 passes for 13 yards in the first half, was sacked twice and had two balls batted down at the line of scrimmage — both by J.J. Watt.Gabbert finished 7 of 19 for 53 yards — his fewest passing yards as a starter — and ended the day standing on the sideline with an ice pack on his left thigh. He played one series in the fourth quarter before giving way to backup Chad Henne.Jacksonville had 43 yards in the first half, the third-fewest in franchise history.The Jaguars showed some life to open the second half, turning good field position into a touchdown. Gabbert hooked up with Laurent Robinson for 32 yards, and then found Maurice Jones-Drew in the flat for a 5-yard score. Jones-Drew had Bradie James all sorts of turned around on the play.It was Jones-Drew’s 75th career touchdown. He joined Randy Moss, Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates as the only active players with at least 75 TDs.But the Texans answered, driving 80 yards in 17 plays. Tate’s 2-yard plunge made it 24-7 in the third quarter.Houston was sluggish to start its opener against Miami and even got booed before converting three consecutive turnovers in the second quarter into 24-3 lead.The Texans had no such problems in Jacksonville.The Jaguars played without cornerback Derek Cox and linebacker Daryl Smith, but more pressing injuries came on the other side of the ball. They were without left guard Eben Britton and right tackle Cam Bradfield.With four offensive linemen already on injured reserve, Jacksonville turned to veteran Herb Taylor to start at left guard. Taylor practice just three times this week — none in full pads — and hadn’t played in a game since 2008.With Taylor and Guy Whimper starting, it was obvious the Jaguars wanted to try to run the ball early and often. Of course, that got thrown out the window as soon as Houston built its early lead.

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of an NFL football game last weekend in Denver. The Broncos won 31-19. Manning got his first touchdown as a Bronco and the 400th of his career with a 71-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas during the third quarter.

    Manning vs Ryan an intriguing Monday night matchup

    ATLANTA — Matt Ryan did his best not to rile up Peyton Manning.No need to give No. 18 any bulletin-board material.“I think he was drafted when I was in ...,” Ryan said, catching himself. “I don’t want to make him sound TOO old.”For the record, Ryan was in seventh grade when Manning was the top overall pick in 1998. Now, two elite quarterbacks from different football generations will be on the same field, facing off in a most intriguing Monday night matchup.There’s Ryan, on the cusp of establishing himself as one of the best at his position for the Atlanta Falcons (1-0). There’s Manning, his legacy secure but still with something to prove as he jump-starts his career for the Denver Broncos (1-0). “I remember watching him at Tennessee. Unbelievably talented,” Ryan said. “Then when he got into the NFL, he was carving people up and has been doing it for a long time. It’s fun to play against the very best, and he’s obviously one of the best quarterbacks of all time.”After four neck surgeries wiped out his final season with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning signed with the Broncos intent on showing he wasn’t washed up at age 36.One week into this new adventure, he’s largely put aside any doubts. With a performance reminiscent of his glory days, the four-time MVP guided Denver’s hurry-up offense with his usual skill, precision and arm gyrations, leading the Broncos to a 31-19 win over Pittsburgh in the season opener.“From what I saw, it looked the Peyton I remember from Indianapolis,” Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson said. “He was throwing the ball all over the place, directing the offense, reading the defense and putting his team in the best possible situation to execute. That’s what Peyton Manning does.”Led by Ryan, the Falcons looked equally impressive in their first game, blowing out the Chiefs 40-24 in Kansas City. New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter seemed intent on weaning Atlanta off its reliance on a power running game so the quarterback could take advantage of his many skills and myriad weapons.Julio Jones hauled in six passes for 108 yards, including a couple of touchdowns. Roddy White had six receptions. Tony Gonzalez had a TD among his `five catches. In all, the Falcons passed the ball 31 times and handed it off to the running backs only 20.That was at odds with Atlanta coach Mike Smith’s philosophy the last four seasons. He always put an emphasis on controlling the line of scrimmage and the clock, but that’s not necessarily a winning formula against Manning. The Steelers dominated time of possession — and look how much good it did them.That said, don’t expect the Falcons to totally abandon Michael Turner and the running game.“It’s become more of a passing league,” center Todd McClure said. But, he quickly added, “There’s going to be games this season where we have to run it down people’s throat or, if we get up early, we’re going to have to pound it to eat up some clock. We’ve got the same guys in this locker room we had when we were tops in the league in rushing. There’s no reason we can’t do it now.”Despite a most successful debut in the Mile High City, Manning keeps insisting that he’s still learning the ropes with a new team and it may take all year to truly find his comfort zone. The Broncos certainly like what they’ve seen so far, on and off the field.“He challenges everyone in the building every day because of the standard he sets for himself,” offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. “It’s great for the organization, the younger players, and a lot of the veterans. They think they’ve worked extremely hard, but then they see the way he is. He makes everyone better — coaches, players, the organization, everyone around him.”In a sense, that’s what Ryan does for the Falcons. No one worked harder during the offseason, all those long days of lifting weights and studying film spurred on by another playoff flop.


    Demonstrators affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement march through the streets of the financial district Nov. 17, 2011, in New York.

    Occupy Wall Street hits 1-year anniversary

    The trouble with Occupy Wall Street, a year after it bloomed in a granite park in lower Manhattan and spread across the globe, is that nobody really knows what it is anymore. To say whether Occupy was a success or a failure depends on how you define it.

    Complaints to the government are up sharply about unwanted phone solicitations, raising questions about how well the federal “do-not-call” registry is working.

    Complaints about automated calls up sharply

    Complaints to the government are up sharply about unwanted phone solicitations, raising questions about how well the federal "do-not-call" registry is working. The biggest category of complaint: those annoying prerecorded pitches called robocalls.

    Why is Wall Street so happy, when it looks as if so many economic indicators suggest the recovery continues to frustratingly slow? The answer may be Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman.

    In a crummy economy, why are stocks soaring?
    So why is the Dow Jones industrial average, that trusty gauge of corporate America's strength, just 4 percent shy of an all-time record? And why are the smaller public companies measured by the Russell 2000 index almost there already? Start with two words: Ben Bernanke.

    The government’s monthly jobs report is an important barometer of the nation’s economy. But it is not the only one. Voters may look at far more indicators.

    GOP focuses on monthly jobs report, but do voters?

    The government's monthly jobs report has become Washington's most anticipated and studied economic indicator. But in the real world, most everybody else just looks around and figures things out for themselves.


    Work advice: Disability reassurance for returning to work

    Most of us don't have to think about how a disability could pre-empt or derail a career — but anyone could end up in thatr position. And someone in that position could end up anywhere. Just ask Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary for disability employment policy at the Department of Labor, who aided in this response.

    People walk by the Hanoi Stock Exchange in Hanoi, Vietnam. Once seen as an emerging Asian dynamo racing to catch up with its neighbors, Vietnam’s economy is mired in malaise, dragged down by debt-hobbled banks, inefficient and corrupt state-owned enterprises and bouts of inflation. Vietnam’s one-party Communist government has promised reforms, but it appears unwilling to give up the reins of an economy that has delivered fortunes to top officials and their business partners.

    Vietnam’s economy loses its roar

    Four years ago, Le Van Tho borrowed $200,000 to build a new ceramic factory on rice fields bordering Hanoi. But with the economy slowing, orders have slumped this year and she recently laid off almost half her workers. Once seen as an emerging Asian dynamo racing to catch up with its neighbors, Vietnam's economy is mired in malaise, dragged down by debt-hobbled banks, inefficient and corrupt state-owned enterprises and bouts of inflation.

    A bartender fills a glass with rum at a bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico Small producers in countries such as Antigua, Guyana and Jamaica complain they are being punched by unfair trade and marketing advantages for global beverage corporations operating in U.S. territories, and say U.S. rum subsidies threaten to drive some beloved top-shelf Caribbean labels out of business, or force them to sell out.

    US rum subsidies hammer Caribbean producers

    Small rum producers in countries such as Antigua, Guyana and Jamaica complain they are being punched by unfair trade and marketing advantages for global beverage corporations operating in U.S. territories, and say U.S. rum subsidies threaten to drive some beloved top-shelf Caribbean labels out of business, or force them to sell out. "The amounts that are being doled out now are staggering," said Frank Ward, chairman of the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers' Association.

    President Barack Obama speaks during a round-table discussion with small business owners at Grand Central Bakery in Seattle. In an election year when the economy and small business have combined to form a huge campaign issue, advocacy groups like the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council step up their own campaigns on behalf of the company owners they represent.

    Small business leaders talk about election issues

    Small business owners' concerns about government policies that affect their businesses have intensified after the deep recession and a recovery that doesn't feel much better. Karen Kerrigan serves the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council as president and Raymond Keating is the group's chief economist. The SBEC, an 18-year-old group with 100,000 members, takes a stand similar to other groups: Small businesses are struggling because they have to contend with too many taxes and regulations.


    Apple’s smartphone and tablet shipments by quarter

    Apple has sold some 244 million iPhones since the first one launched in 2007, and it's expected to get a boost from the new iPhone 5 out next week. Apple Inc. has also sold more than 84 million iPads since the device's 2010 debut. Here's a look at Apple's smartphone and tablet shipments for the past several quarters.

    Pradeep Kumar puts on his security guard uniform as he gets ready to go to work at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital in New Delhi, India. Kumar and 20 other bouncers have been hired to protect doctors as well as keep the emergency and labor rooms from filling up with patients’ often agitated relatives and friends.

    Indian hospital hires bouncers to deter attacks

    Pradeep Kumar, a muscular man in shades and tattoos, pulls up on a motorcycle, ready for his job as a bouncer. Not at a nightclub, but at another workplace where violence is common in India: a hospital. "These guys look like they walked right out of an action movie," Pawan Desai said.

    More than 60 percent of all credit-card offers include some type of reward, according to Brian Riley, a senior research director at research and consulting firm CEB TowerGroup.

    7 things worth knowing about reward credit cards

    This has truly been a golden era for credit card rewards programs. Card issuers have been dangling rich offers of points, miles and cash back for the past year and a half or so in the quest to improve revenue and profit. The targets of this fierce competition: customers with good to excellent credit records. They are the best kind to have in a stodgy economy, especially in the wake of the CARD Act that cut back on the fees that companies can pocket. More than 60 percent of all credit-card offers include some type of reward, according to Brian Riley, a senior research director at research and consulting firm CEB TowerGroup.

    This combination image shows French financier Edouard de Rothschild in an undated file photo released by the Rothschild office, left, and French luxury goods group LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault in 2010. The tycoon stakeholder of French newspaper Liberation has defended his rag’s stinging criticism of another tycoon: Europe’s richest man, Arnault, who’s seeking citizenship in Belgium, where taxes are lower. Edouard de Rothschild said on the night of his paper’s controversial headline Monday which told Arnault, who is worth an estimated $41 billion to ‘Get lost, rich jerk,’ amounted to a ‘beautiful marketing operation.’ It’s thought Arnault is trying to dodge the new Socialist government’s tax of 75% for the highest earners, a charge he vehemently denies. Arnault is suing the paper for ‘public injury.’

    French tycoon’s threat shakes Socialist tax plan

    Bernard Arnault — the richest man in Europe — has ignited an uproar in France over taxes, citizenship, patriotism and what policies the government needs to promote growth.It’s a pretty impressive achievement for one little statement. Arnault — the CEO of French fashion giant LVMH, owner of houses like Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior — is the symbol of France’s treasured luxury fashion industry. So when the face of “Made in France” confirmed Sunday that he had applied for dual citizenship in Belgium it struck deep chord in France’s national pride. Despite his protests, many thought it was an attempt to dodge the new Socialist government’s planned 75 percent tax on the country’s wealthiest.

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    Dancers perform in the background of the presentation space moments before the Thom Browne Spring 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

    If you’re a top designer, you gotta have a theme

    The luna moth. Oscar Wilde. Eighteenth-century Japanese scrolls. An obscure Bauhaus artist. Antique porcelain. Quick, what do these things have in common? Each of these things was a declared "inspiration," or theme, for fashion designers this year as they plied their wares at New York Fashion Week.

    In this file photo released by Columbia Pictures, Rachel McAdams, left, and Channing Tatum are shown in a scene from “The Vow.”

    A look at Channing Tatum’s 5 films this year

    If it seems like Channing Tatum is everywhere, it's probably because he is. He's appeared in five films this year alone, with the latest being this weekend's ensemble comedy-drama "10 Years." The roles have come in every imaginable genre, each strikingly different from the last. And hey, what do you know? Five is a magic number around here. So let's rank Tatum's 2012 performances.

    Singer Lady Gaga arrives at a “Lady Gaga Fame” fragrance launch event at the Guggenheim Museum on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 in New York.

    Lady Gaga gets live tattoo at perfume launch

    Lady Gaga launched her debut perfume while being inside a giant-sized perfume bottle. The avant garde pop star was in a large bottle — a replica of her "Fame" fragrance — appearing in the transparent glass where attendees took photos and watched the singer get a tattoo on her neck.

    This image released by FOX shows Jordana Spiro as Dr. Grace Devlin, left, and Floriana Lima as Nurse Rosa “Ro” Quintero in a scene from “The Mob Doctor,” premiering Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

    Dual lives for Jordana Spiro as ‘The Mob Doctor’

    "The Mob Doctor" focuses on Dr. Grace Devlin, a respected surgeon at Chicago's Roosevelt Medical Center who supplements her day job with an underground practice: To pay off her brother's gambling debt and save his life, Grace has sworn to give private medical care to the Southside mobsters she grew up with. "When I first heard the concept of the show, I wondered if this was just a gimmicky way to have a medical procedural," says Jordana Spiro, who stars as Devlin. Soon enough, she concluded otherwise.

    Car exhibitors compete for more than 90 awards at the Seventh Annual Cantigny Car Show at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Sunday picks: Coast into the Cantigny Car Show

    The Seventh Annual Cantigny Car Show isn't just for car enthusiasts. It's fun for the whole family. Celebrate the traditions of Mexican Americans and Latinos at the Fiestas Patrias Aurora Festival today. Don't miss the parade at 10:30 a.m. Today is your last chance to celebrate the oyster at the Guinness Oyster Festival in Roscoe Village. Experience the illusionary and comedy skills of magician Mike Super at CLC in Grayslake.

    This 1859 Greek Revival home was once owned by James Lewis, an early mayor of St. Charles.

    Tri-Cities house tour to feature Greek Revival, Italianate styles
    Early Greeks and Romans were builders of masterpieces. Their work still inspires the architecture found in the great homes of today. This year, the treasures of the Tri-Cities house tour will focus on the splendid local examples of Greek Revival and Italianate design in homes, dating from 1850 to 1870.

    The walls of Fort Adams loom behind visitors at the site in Newport, R.I.

    Fort Adams works to rebrand itself

    Fresh off $2 million in construction work, Fort Adams in Newport, R.I., is working to rebrand itself as a destination for adventure, with plans to weave in more hands-on activities, like geocaching and a zip line. “Instead of giving you a lecture and telling you how soldiers would move about the battlefield, (we'll) give you GPSs and let you walk around the battlefield itself,” Nagele said. “We want to present programming that’s more edgy education.”

    Ancestral Puebloans built vast cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde starting about 1200 AD and then abandoned them 100 years later.

    Four Corners rich in Indian culture, history

    A road trip to the Four Corners region of the Southwest offers a window into Native American culture, from ruins older than any other man-made structure in the U.S., to glimpses of contemporary life amid the Navajo and Hopi. Named for the spot where the borders of four states — Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona — intersect, the Four Corners region is also home to surreal landscapes like the Painted Desert and Monument Valley.

    Miguel Zenon is one of the headlining performers featured at this year’s Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

    On the road: Move and groove at Hyde Park Jazz Fest

    Get ready for hours of moving grooves, melancholy meditations and improvised tunes during the sixth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. World-class headliners and local emerging artists converge upon 17 stages. Also coming up is the sixth annual Galena Oktoberfest and the German Fest in Guttenberg, Iowa.


    Congregation hopes to dry out church basement

    Q. We are members of an old church. The basement is concrete block and is sunk three-fourths of the way underground. We have a sump pump but the basement remains damp. The windows are left open 24/7, rain or shine, to let in fresh air, but the problem is getting worse. Help!


    Tenant claims flat paint made cleaning walls impossible

    Q. We recently moved out of a rental apartment after two years.Now the property management company wants to keep $200 of the security deposit for painting. They say we are responsible for one-third of the cost of the repainting because we didn't stay in the apartment for a full three years.

    Having a toilet/bidet combo can save you some room since you’re installing only one plumbing fixture. But consult a licensed plumber before you start.

    Separate bidet fixture can offer you some nice features

    Q. I've read some of your articles on bidet-style personal washing toilet seats. While these seats did get me interested in adding a bidet to my new bathroom, I'm looking for a bidet that is separate from the toilet. Can you please give me some advice?

    Modernize your lighting to give your rooms an easy makeover.

    Modernize your home’s interior in a few simple steps

    Consider injecting new energy into your home by making a few high-impact changes without a high-roller budget. Clever use of colors in combination with smart lighting can enliven rooms so they give off a more compelling, modern vibe without the need for costly remodeling projects or expensive furniture.

    Fremont Township Supervisor Pete Tekampe looks over tomatoes in the township’s garden, which supplies the food pantry.

    Community turns out to grow, harvest for Fremont Township food pantry

    They say it takes a village to raise a child. In the case of Fremont Township in Lake County, it takes a community to grow a garden. For the third year, township officials have turned nearly a half-acre behind their building into a vegetable garden for the families and individuals who visit their food pantry.


    Many factors contribute to a dead battery

    We all have these scenarios that play out in our minds which we hope will never happen! I have one that I, as the owner of an auto repair shop, have thought about many times.


    Mom sees the narrow way when teen comes out as atheist

    I am a stay-at-home mother of four who has tried to raise my family under the same strong Christian values that I grew up with. Therefore I was shocked when my oldest daughter, "Emily," suddenly announced she had "given up believing in God" and decided to "come out" as an atheist. She said she was "happy" in her decision and that it just "felt right."



    Close the mortgage-deduction loophole

    Columnist Froma Harrop: Someday our political leadership may summon the courage to do the rational thing and treat real estate like any other possession.


    You made a veteran’s day
    A Huntley letter to the editor: Just a note of thanks to all those wonderful people who put together a salute to Veterans Day at Prairie Isle Golf Club. More than 240 veterans had a day to remember — golf, food and most of all was the wonderful letters of thanks from the students at Beardsly School in Crystal Lake.I am truly proud to be a veteran.


    Creatures great, small deserve respect
    A Glenview letter to the editor: Many bugs and insects are virtual godsends for the well-being of ecosystems, biodiversity and most importantly pollination. Insects should not be demonized and treated like enemies of the human race.


    Facts show Obama made gains on jobs
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Jobs were lost in the months prior to the president's inauguration and the first few months he was in office (he couldn't impact anything in the first few months). We have had job growth for 27 straight months,


    Nekritz shouldn’t claim independence
    A letter to the editor: If Elaine Nekritz or any career politician, regardless of party, wants to make the case that they didn't contribute to the demise of our once great state, please do so in an honest manner that doesn't try to make a fool out of the taxpayer.


    Don’t knock a wise investor
    A Cary letter to the editor: Why do those who make poor choices with their money berate those who don't? Why aren't we praising the successes of people who become wealthy and learning from their example? I, for one, want someone who knows how to manage money well in our government. We need them now more than ever.


    As goes Illinois, so goes Obama
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Gov. Pat Quinn in a recent interview said that the Democratic Convention would consist of "truth slinging" to combat the Republican Convention's "mud slinging" about President Obama's job performance and economic policies. One needs only to look at Democrat controlled Illinois' record so see the "truth" of what Obama's plans for his second term might look like.


    Grateful for GOP ‘intransigence’
    An Aurora letter to the editor: This is in response to your editorial of Aug. 30. You say that the electorate is "beaten down" by "the partisan lockjaw" and "the debilitating appeasement of special interests." For one, I am glad that there is partisan lockjaw.


    One who eschews special interests
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Leslie Coolidge is challenging Peter Roskam this November for his seat in the 6th Illinois Congressional District. A retired partner from KPMG LLP, she brings to the campaign 28 years of experience as an auditor and an executive at an international accounting firm.


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