Daily Archive : Tuesday September 18, 2012



    Palatine’s Salute Inc. launches new campaign

    For nearly a decade, Palatine-based Salute Inc. has tried to meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. To meet the growing demand for assistance, the nonprofit organization has launched an 11th Hour Campaign with the goal of raising $50,000.


    Hanover Park seeks candidates for youth award

    The village of Hanover Park is seeking candidates for the 2012-2013 Michael H. Coleman Youth of the Year Award. The honor, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship, is awarded to a class of 2013 high school senior who resides in Hanover Park. Four $500 scholarships and one $150 scholarship also will be awarded to runners-up.

    BridgeCare LLC of McLean, Va., proposed a 64-bed facility to serve Alzheimer’s patients on the former Leikam’s Tap on Route 45 in Vernon Hills.

    Vernon Hills offiicals support need, question price of proposed Alzheimer’s facility

    Vernon Hills officials agree with the need but questioned the affordability of a proposed 64-bed facility to house seniors with Alzheimer's disease on the former Leikam's Tap property on Route 45. BridgeCare LLC of McLean, Va., says there is a need for facilities of this type in the Chicago area.

    Actor Chaske Spencer, an actor who played a werewolf in the Twilight movies “Breaking Dawn” and “New Moon,” is member of the Lakota Sioux tribe and will take part in presentations at the Harvest Pow Wow.

    Native American actor to take part in Harvest Pow Wow

    The animated wolves in the "Twilight" movies look familiar to Naperville resident Denise Kinsey. She and her wolf dog, Suka, are ambassadors for Wolf Mountain, a wolf sanctuary in Southern California used for the blockbuster movies. Kinsey, Suka, and Twilight actor Chaske Spencer will connect the dots between this wild animal and its connection to Native Americans at Naper Settlement's Harvest...


    Hanover Park forum aims to better know community’s Muslim neighbors

    In the days and weeks following the Sikh Temple shooting that killed six worshippers near Milwaukee Aug. 5, the Muslim community — though its members practice a different faith — faced violent and hateful acts. Believing a dialogue should take place to form a deeper understanding of Hanover Park's own Muslim residents, and hopefully prevent them from becoming future targets, village...


    Union Pacific warns Illinois hunters about railroad dangers

    Union Pacific Railroad is urging hunters to resist the temptation of hunting near railroad tracks.The company says its tracks often run through newly harvested farm fields that attract wildlife. That can make railroad property attractive to hunters.

    Mary Edmonds, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates, celebrates Tuesday after the delegates voted to suspend the strike against the school district. The city's teachers agreed to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines, ending a spiteful stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that put teacher evaluations and job security at the center of a national debate about the future of public education.

    Chicago teachers vote to return to classroom

    The city's teachers agreed Tuesday to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines, ending a spiteful stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security, two issues at the heart of efforts to reform the nation's public schools. Union delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike after discussing a proposed contract settlement that had been on...


    Accused drunken driver charged in fatal Wisconsin crash

    A Madison man is accused of driving drunk and causing a fatal crash near Sun Prairie.Forty-two-year-old Lawren Prisk is charged with homicide by drunken driving. Prosecutors say Prisk was driving on county Highway N last month when he hit a Volkswagen Beetle from behind. A passenger in the Beetle, 20-year-old Conor Dunleavy, died at University Hospital later that day.


    100 sworn in as citizens in Chicago

    New U.S. citizens took their oath on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the nation's Constitution. Secretary of State Jesse White on Monday presided over the ceremony in which 100 people born in 32 different countries were sworn in as citizens.

    Paul DiRienzo was sworn in as Lombard fire chief Sept. 6. One of his first goals is to increase the department’s capacity for responding to medical emergencies.

    New chief brings family focus to Lombard Fire Department

    Family, firefighting and Lombard run deep in the life of Paul DiRienzo. The Lombard Fire Department's new chief has two brothers, a sister, a niece and his mother all living in town and 29 years of experience with the department. "Being here as long as I have shows stability," said DiRienzo, whose first day as chief was Friday, Sept. 7. "I had a part-time job in town for 30 years, so I don't fly...

    An inactive artillery piece is one of the public attractions at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve near Highland Park.

    Calabresa, Parra talk about Fort Sheridan’s future

    The candidates running for the Lake County Board's 15th District seat have very different visions for the future of the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. Republican incumbent Carol Calabresa believes preserving the 250-acre site's natural resources should be a priority. Democratic challenger Del Parra would like to see a dog park and an artistic or educational pavilion added to the land, which is...


    Draft budget shows bigger tax levy in Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows is doing better financially, but a proposed city budget calls for raising the tax levy 4.3 percent to deal with underfunded pensions for police officers, firefighters and other employees.

    The Bartlett village board unanimously approved the annexation of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple property Tuesday.

    Bartlett annexes Hindu temple

    A Hindu temple in unincorporated DuPage County was annexed into Bartlett Tuesday with unanimous approval from the village board. The northwest corner of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple property, located near the intersection of Army Trail Road and Route 59, is contiguous to the village.


    McDonald’s gets another month to reconfigure Naperville proposal

    McDonald's officials believe that, given another month, they can have neighbors lovin' their proposal for the Naperville's sixth location. And city council members were willing to give them the time. Despite pleas from a couple Naperville City Council members for McDonald's to resubmit their new proposal and start the process over, a majority of council members voted Tuesday to give McDonald's...


    ‘Democracy Schools’ named

    Six area high schools have been named Democracy Schools by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition for providing "high-quality civic learning opportunities" for students.


    Batavia restaurant closed due to salmonella

    Aliano's Ristorante in Batavia has been closed since Friday as the Kane County Health Department investigates six cases of salmonella poisoning likely connected to the restaurant. The Italian restaurant located at 90 N. Island Ave. voluntarily shut down after the cases of salmonella were confirmed, said health department spokesman Tom Schlueter.


    Schaumburg considering new entertainment district

    Having opened the Schaumburg convention center six years ago, village officials are now aiming at its becoming the anchor of a gradual but comprehensive redevelopment of the area around the intersection of Algonquin and Meacham roads. The village wants to build an entertainment and residential district on the north side of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.


    Aurora approves library plan

    Aurora Public Library leaders on Tuesday took the controversy out of their request for city funding to support a new downtown library. By pledging to put an entire $10.8 million state grant toward project costs, the library received approval of the sale of $19.2 million in bonds to support constuction of a new main library downtown and systemwide improvements. "We're proposing that the entire...


    McHenry County puts moratorium on electronic billboards

    The McHenry County Board established on Tuesday night a moratorium on issuing permits for electronic billboards, heeding requests from several municipalities.

    Curt Bradshaw

    Dist. 204 board president appointed to state board of education

    Indian Prairie School District 204 is looking to fill a vacant seat on its school board following Tuesday's resignation of its president, Curt Bradshaw, who has accepted an appointment to the Illinois State Board of Education.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

    Obama jabs at Romney over his ‘47 percent’ remarks

    President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night the occupant of the Oval Office must "work for everyone, not just for some," jabbing back at Mitt Romney's jarring statement that as a candidate, he doesn't worry about the 47 percent of the country that pays no income taxes.


    Family says missing man may have fallen from train

    LINCOLN, Neb. — The family of a retired California firefighter who disappeared from an Amtrak train says it now appears that he may have fallen from the train somewhere in eastern Colorado or western Nebraska.


    High school coach fired for writing sex book

    A suburban high school girls basketball coach has lost his job for writing a self-published book that includes graphic sexual content. The Rich Township High School District 227 board on Tuesday dismissed Bryan Craig, who was also a guidance counselor at the Olympia Fields school.


    District 203 toughens policy on reporting suspected abuse

    Naperville Unit District 203 officials are planning to strengthen a district policy on abused and neglected children, in light of recent allegations that administrators in a neighboring school district may have failed to report a possible sex abuse case immediately. One of those administrators — current District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges — was principal of West Aurora High School...

    Using street theater, Grant Youngman holds a sign as he protests outside the hotel hosting a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Dallas, Tuesday.

    In video, Romney strays from GOP points
    For many conservatives, the idea is government has divided America into makers, who work hard and pay taxes, and takers, who don't do enough of either; there are too few of the former and too many of the latter.This is the talking point Mitt Romney bungled.

    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park Tuesday released a video saying bipartisan action is needed to correct the state’s recent credit downgrade.

    Kirk’s new video focuses on policy, not his health

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk releases a video urging "decisive bipartisan action" to improve the state's credit rating. It's his first video release since his January stroke that doesn't mention his health and recovery.

    A motorcycle goes up in flames during a protest in front of the U.S. embassy in Chennai, India. Saudi Arabaia, in attempt to avoid this sort of protests over the anti-Islam film that ridicules Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, blocked YouTube on Tuesday to prevent the film from being seen.

    YouTube blocked in Saudi to stop anti-Islam film

    YouTube said Tuesday it was stopping users in Saudi Arabia from viewing an anti-Islam video that has sparked protests across the Muslim world, after the kingdom's press agency reported that the ruler had banned all access to the film and the site appeared to be blocked there.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may not have put it delicately, but he was right about what percentage of Americans paid no federal income taxes last year.

    Half avoid taxes, get US help, but many not poor

    Mitt Romney got the math about right. But when he said 47 percent of Americans pay no income taxes and are "dependent on government," he blurred together half or more of the entire country, ranging from the nation's neediest to its middle class, and even some of its richest families.


    Diocese reverses decision to reinstate priest

    Last week, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon returned the Rev. F. Lee Ryan to limited ministry because the allegation he had relationship with a teenager in the 1970s did not meet the criteria of a crime under church law at that time. Conlon said Tuesday he again placed Ryan on leave because of the need of the Catholic Church to restore trust after the child abuse scandal.

    Ed Rafferty

    Rafferty retiring as Dist. 54 superintendent, DuRoss likely successor

    Ed Rafferty, superintendent of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 for the past eight years, will retire at the end of the school year. On Thursday night, the school board will vote on the appointment of current Assistant Superintendent Andy DuRoss to succeed Rafferty next year. If the board approves DuRoss' appointment, it will offer him a five-year contract paying him $195,000 in its...


    Lincolnshire town hall

    A Lincolnshire town hall meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, will feature Lake County Board Member Ann Maine, Lincolnshire Mayor Brett Blomberg, Green Oaks Village Trustee Dan Sugrue, and state Rep. Sid Mathias.


    Gurnee parks fall fest

    The Gurnee Park District invites the community to celebrate fall's splendor with the first Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event is noon to 4 p.m. at Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee.


    University Center open house

    The University Center of Lake County hosts an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at its Grayslake facility, 1200 University Center Drive.


    Coroner’s office helps arrange burials

    The Lake County coroner's office on Tuesday announced it has cleared a backlog of eight bodies that had been stored at the coroner's office, some for several years.


    Lincolnshire town hall features government officials

    A Lincolnshire town hall meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, will feature Lake County Board Member Ann Maine, Lincolnshire Mayor Brett Blomberg, Green Oaks Village Trustee Dan Sugrue, and state Rep. Sid Mathias. Attendance is free and open to the public. The meeting will be at Lincolnshire Village Hall, One Olde Half Day Road.


    Group: More than half in 39 states will be obese

    We Americans already know how fat we are. Can it get much worse? Apparently, yes, according to an advocacy group that predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in the vast majority of states will be obese.

    Carol Sente

    Legislation would eliminate assessor bonuses

    Following a Daily Herald report that township assessors can get a $3,000 annual bonus for making accurate assessments that are already required by law, legislation has been proposed to block those payments in the future.


    Fundraiser planned for Warrenville fire victims

    Neighbors of seven Warrenville residents who lost everything in a fire that destroyed their home are planning a fundraiser to help with immediate expenses. A potluck dinner with raffles and a silent auction is set for 6 p.m. Friday at VFW Post 8081 at 3S373 Mignin Drive in Warrenville.

    Christopher Vaughn

    Testimony ends in Vaughn murder trial

    Testimony has ended in the case of an Oswego man accused of killing his family. Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday in Joliet. On Tuesday, defense blood stain expert Tom Bevel of Oklahoma testified his analysis of what happened in Christopher Vaughn's SUV doesn't match the Vaughn's story.


    St. Charles grandmother tricked into sending $5,000 to “grandson”

    St. Charles police are warning residents to be aware of a telephone scam, after a woman was tricked into sending more than $5,000 to who she thought was her grandson.

    Kane County Board member Mike Donahue Tuesday explained how a volunteer group of local fans of the Fabyan Woods will take over the vision planning for the east branch of the woods. The woods are part of a 700-acre campus on Fabyan Parkway and shown in the left corner of the map.

    Volunteers to get near autonomy on Fabyan Woods plan

    The future of the east branch of Fabyan Woods will now be in the hands of the folks who opposed the segment being part of the redevelopment of the 700-acre Fabyan Parkway campus. A volunteer working group will soon be appointed to oversee restoration of the woods. However, part of that still involves the installation of a paved trail connection to the larger Fabyan campus. It might be an aspect...


    Gangs topic of discussion at upcoming library event

    Gail Borden Library in Elgin will present a series of discussions on gangs and violence in an effort to engage the community about the topic of gang-related violence . Elgin Police Sgt. James Lullo will speak on Sept. 23.

    Mike Frost plays sax while Tim Green plays keyboards in the Mike Frost Duo. They will perform Sunday at Bistro One West in St. Charles as part of the St. Charles Jazz Weekend.

    St. Charles set to swing with Jazz Weekend

    St. Charles' first Jazz Weekend starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 20-23. It'll be a treat for both jazz junkies and those new to the scene, with top jazz performers from the Chicago area performing in a variety of downtown venues. "Jazz aficionados can choose to tune in and listen intently to the duet interplay, while casual listeners will find the music nonintrusive and recognizable...


    Antioch man wants bond reduction in sex assault case

    A former Antioch-area volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician who is charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl is asking that his bail be reduced from the current $250,000. Matthew Bielecki, 40, of the 43000 block of Mary Avenue in Antioch, faces charges of criminal sexual assault of a person between the ages of 13 and 17 and criminal sexual abuse after he allegedly gave the...


    Truck terminal draws concerns from Elgin neighbors

    Residents near a proposed truck terminal just outside Elgin are mounting opposition to the project, citing outdated zoning laws and safety concerns. The Northfield Block Co. wants to park about 15 trucks and trailers on a property formerly used as a concrete and brick yard near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Coombs Road. Some nearby residential neighbors are opposing the plan.


    Arlington Heights offering flu shots next week

    The village of Arlington Heights will be offering flu shots by appointment next week at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road. Professionals will be giving the flu vaccine from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28. Both residents and nonresidents are eligible.

    The Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments over whether the state’s way of paying for schools is legal.

    School funding debate goes to Supreme Court

    A group representing business professionals argued before the Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday that how the state pays for public schools is unfair. The plaintiffs in the case say it's not fair that taxpayers in wealthy school districts in areas like the suburbs pay lower tax rates for schools than homeowners in poorer districts. A decision won't come for a while.


    2 groups support teacher fired over in vitro

    Two national groups are supporting a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Indiana parochial school teacher who claims she was fired for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American Civil Liberties Union filed friends of the court briefs Monday in support of Emily Herx.

    Mike Frost plays sax while Tim Green plays keyboards in the Mike Frost Duo. They will perform Sunday at Bistro One West in St. Charles as part of the St. Charles Jazz Weekend.

    St. Charles set to swing with Jazz Weekend

    This weekend will be a treat for both jazz junkies and those new to the scene, with top jazz performers from the Chicago area performing in a variety of venues in downtown St. Charles. The city's first Jazz Weekend starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 20-23. "Jazz aficionados can choose to tune in and listen intently to the duet interplay, while casual listeners will find the music...

    Solar panel installation is seen at the Mesquite Solar 1 facility in Arlington, Ariz. Even as renewable power projects get a boost from the federal government, there’s a tangle of complications preventing states like New Mexico and Arizona from converting the obvious potential into real watts.

    Southwest needs power lines to become solar hub

    Even as renewable power projects get a boost from the federal government, a lack of transmission lines prevent states such as New Mexico — where the sun shines more than 300 days a year — from converting the obvious potential into real watts.


    New radar gives weather office a 3-D look at storms

    The National Weather Service office that tells central Illinois when it needs to be wary of the weather is getting a radar upgrade this fall that will give forecasters a detailed, 3-D look at storms headed across the region.


    Teen gets 16 years for Palatine sex assault

    A Chicago teen pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a Palatine jogger last year. In exchange for his guilty plea, a Cook County judge sentenced Ja'Juan A. Junior, 17, to 16 years in prison and ordered him to register as a sex offender.. Junior, who was 16 at the time, was tried as an adult for the class X felony.


    Police briefs
    On Sunday, a 14-year-old Algonquin boy was charged with unlawful restraint and criminal sexual abuse, police said. He was taken into custody at the Algonquin Police Department, petitioned into juvenile court and released to his parents.

    Krisann Henderson

    Arlington Heights nurse assistant accused in jewelry thefts

    A nurse's assistant from Arlington Heights is facing residential burglary charges after being accused of stealing more than $25,000 worth of jewelry from suburban clients, according to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's office. Krisann Henderson, 42, is accused of pawning the jewelry at an Arlington Heights pawnshop.

    Jeffery Weaver receives a certificate of appreciation from the Pediatric Unit at St. Alexius Medical Center.

    Fleece blankets help Boy Scout reach Eagle rank

    Jeffery Weaver of Roselle coordinated a blanket making project in an effort to achieve Eagle Scout status with his Boy Scout Troop.


    Oktoberfest coming to Lake Villa

    The American Aid Society and Chicago Kickers Soccer Club hold their 13th annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6 at the German Cultural Center in Lake Villa.

    This photo provided by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department shows Shaun White. A police report says the two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder was charged with vandalism after an employee at a Nashville hotel saw him break a phone there.

    Shaun White: ‘Truly sorry for my poor behavior’

    Olympic snowboard champion Shaun White apologized Tuesday for "unwise choices," saying he got "carried away" after police accused him of pulling a hotel fire alarm that forced guests to evacuate.

    Rulon Gardner holds his gold and bronze Olympic medals after giving a motivational talk to students and faculty at the Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., on Feb. 27, 2007.

    Rulon Gardner’s latest setback is bankruptcy

    In another setback for one of the world's most decorated wrestlers, Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner has filed for bankruptcy.


    Nominees sought for Barth Award

    TriCity Family Services is seeking nominations for the 28th Annual William Barth Award. Established in 1985, the Barth Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and positive impact through community service on the central Kane County area.

    These civilian volunteers played a key role during World War II, running rescue missions and even sinking enemy submarines. Now the Civil Air Patrol is trying to get Congress to honor that effort.

    Quest to honor World War II civilian aircrews needs help

    Our nation still makes the effort to recognize those World War II heroes who were slighted by racism, sexism or time. But one group still fights for respect: The Civil Air Patrol. Formed by civilian airplane enthusiasts six days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the volunteer group played a key role in patrolling U.S. shores. “We want to get the same recognition for our veterans,”...

    Jack Hosey, of Elgin, addresses the crowd during Carpentersville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5915’s 20th annual ceremony of honor and remembrance on National POW/MIA Recognition Day in 2007 at Veterans Garden in Carpenter Park.

    POW/MIA Day ceremony Friday in Carpenter Park

    Unlike Memorial Day and Veterans Day, National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day isn't a federal holiday. But that doesn't mean it's any less important, said Jack Hosey, of Elgin, who is organizing its 25th annual ceremony, which will be held Friday night in Carpentersville.


    Study suggests tie between BPA and child obesity

    A provocative new study suggests a connection between the BPA chemical used in food packaging and childhood obesity, but the researchers say their findings don't prove it's the cause. While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with the highest levels in their urine were twice as likely to be obese as those with the lowest.

    A news stand worker checks copies of Closer magazine in Nice, southern France, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. The magazine published 14 photos of a partially clad Kate Duchess of Cambridge in its pages on Friday. A French court ordered the magazine publisher to hand over all digital copies of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge within 24 hours and blocked further publication of what it called a “brutal display” of William and Kate’s private moments.

    French court backs UK royals on topless photos

    A French court ordered a magazine publisher to hand over all digital copies of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge within 24 hours and blocked further publication of what it called a "brutal display" of William and Kate's private moments.

    Ronald Post. Post, 53, scheduled to die Jan. 16, 2013, for the 1983 shooting death of hotel desk clerk, wants his upcoming execution delayed. At 480 pounds, Post says heís too heavy for the stateís lethal injection process.

    Lawyers: Obese Ohio inmate faces ‘torturous’ death

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs 480 pounds and has a history of difficulty losing weight argues he would face a “torturous and lingering death” if executed in January.

    Anti-Japan protesters hold portraits of the late Communist leader Mao Zedong, Chinese national flags, and a poster that reads: “Sept. 18, National Humiliation Day,” while marching on a street outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. The 81st anniversary of a Japanese invasion brought a fresh wave of anti-Japan demonstrations in China on Tuesday, with thousands of protesters venting anger over the colonial past and a current dispute involving contested islands in the East China Sea.

    China protests mix colonial anger, modern dispute

    BEIJING — Old wounds amplified outrage over a burning territorial dispute Tuesday as thousands of Chinese protested Tokyo’s purchase of islands claimed by Beijing and marked the 81st anniversary of a Japanese invasion that China has never forgotten.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters about the secretly taped video from one of his campaign fundraising events in Costa Mesa, Calif., Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

    Romney video: Palestinians not interested in peace

    GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told donors in a newly released video clip that Palestinians "have no interest" in peace with Israel and suggested that efforts at Mideast peace under his administration would languish.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole more than $10,000 in jewelry and other items in each of two separate breakins on the south side of Arlington Heights.

    Captain Brett McBride streams seawater over the gills of a nearly 15-foot, 2,292-pound great white shark on the research vessel Ocearch in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Chatham, Mass. A crew of researchers and fishermen are tagging great white sharks off Cape Cod in an unorthodox way.

    Researchers tag great white sharks off Cape Cod

    The scientists and fishermen on board the Ocearch, a repurposed crabbing vessel, received word that their scouting boat had hooked a great white shark, sparking a flurry of activity. They were about to get up close and personal with the animal, more than 2,000 pounds and nearly 15 feet long. "I'm nervous," said state shark expert Greg Skomal.


    Coptic Christians, Muslims denounce film, violence

    California Coptic Christian and Muslim leaders on Monday denounced an anti-Islamic movie that has sparked violence in the Middle East, as the filmmaker and his family left their suburban home and went into hiding.


    Blast kills 8 South Africans, 4 Afghans in Kabul

    A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a mini-bus carrying foreign aviation workers to the airport in the Afghan capital early Tuesday, killing at least 12 people including eight South Africans. A militant group claimed the attack aimed to avenge an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad.


    UK opposition: Afghanistan exit strategy in doubt

    LONDON — NATO’s decision to scale back operations with Afghan soldiers and police amid a spike in insider attacks risks undermining the entire international mission in Afghanistan, British lawmakers warned Tuesday.

    Myanmar opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi left Sunday on her first U.S. trip since she was put under house arrest in1990. She will be feted in Washington this week and presented Congress’s highest award, the latest milestone in her journey from political prisoner to globe-trotting stateswoman. The Nobel Peace laureate’s 17-day U.S. tour, starting Monday, comes as the Obama administration considers easing its remaining sanctions on the country also known as Burma.

    Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets Clinton in Washington

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has welcomed Aung San Suu Kyi to the State Department at the start of the Myanmar democracy leader’s landmark tour of America.They are expected were to discuss the political changes in the country, also known as Burma, and whether Washington should ease its remaining economic sanctions in response to the reforms.

    In this file photo, family members of Myanmar prisoners wait in front of Myanmar’s notorious Insein prison in Yangon, Myanmar, as they hope their relatives and colleagues will be freed. Myanmar’s government said Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 it has granted amnesties for 514 prisoners, including some foreigners, on humanitarian grounds.

    Myanmar called insincere on political prisoners

    YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s limited releases of political prisoners show the government is insincere in its much-lauded democratic reforms and is using its hundreds of detainees to gain further concessions by Western nations, activists said Tuesday.


    Demonstrate ample caution when purchasing prescription drugs

    Stephanie Penick says caution always should be the byword when purchasing prescription drugs, either online or at your pharmacy.

    Peoria Regional Museum Society president John Parks, left, laughs with Kelly Kolton as the Duryea Trap, an early gas-powered car built in 1898 in Peoriamade a brief visit back to the place of it’s creation.

    Peoria museum shows historic automobile

    PEORIA — In 1898, Charles Duryea built an automobile in a barn behind his house on Barker Street. The barn’s long gone, but that vehicle returned to the Barker house Sept. 10, posed for pictures recreating a famous one taken in the early 20th century, then traveled by trailer to its new permanent home, the Peoria Riverfront Museum.


    Wiconsin council rejects rezoning for Hudson dog track

    The Hudson City Council has rejected a request to rezone the former St. Croix (kroy) Meadows dog racing track. The Hudson School District wanted the property rezoned from commercial to public use so it could buy the property and build a new school. Voters approved the $8 million purchase in April.


    Contract issues in the Chicago teachers strike

    Delegates representing Chicago’s teachers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to end a strike after reviewing a proposed contract settlement that includes revised job security measures and revamped teacher evaluations. A breakdown of the issues on the table:


    Dawn Patrol: Giant python in Waukegan; 1:30 a.m., Cubs lose

    Massive Burmese python discovered in bushes near Waukegan Harbor. Sen. Dick Durbin expects the House and Senate to remain under control of their current majority parties. Buzz Aldrinn visits Schaumburg elementary school. 18-year-old sentenced to 20 years in Elgin murder. White Sox take 3-game lead in AL Central with win.

    Pakistani protesters burn a representation of a U.S. flag during a demonstration that is part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, near the US consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.

    Al-Qaida threatens attacks on US diplomats

    Al-Qaida's branch in North Africa on Tuesday called for attacks on U.S. diplomats and an escalation of protests against an anti-Islam video that was produced in the United States and triggered a wave of demonstrations in Muslim countries.


    The Angels’ Vernon Wells, left, and Alberto Callaspo celebrate after they scored on a single by Chris Iannetta in the fourth inning Tuesday at home against the Rangers.

    Angels rough up Rangers 11-3

    Jered Weaver earned his 100th victory, Chris Iannetta had a two-run single and scored on a wild pitch during a crazy eight-run rally in the fourth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels moved up in the AL playoff race with an 11-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

    Former Cincinnati Reds star Barry Larkin was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July. Next he’ll manage Brazil’s team in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic.

    Brazil announces Barry Larkin as manager for WBC team

    Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin will manage Brazil during a qualifying round for next year's World Baseball Classic. The Brazilian baseball federation said Tuesday it will be "an honor and a privilege for Brazilian baseball" to have Larkin as its manager for the qualifier in Panama City from Nov. 15-19.

    San Francisco starting pitcher Tim Lincecum improved to just 4-8 with a 3.67 ERA at home this season, but he sure looked like his old stellar self Tuesday against Colorado.

    Lincecum pitches Giants past Rockies, 6-3

    Tim Lincecum pitched San Francisco one win closer to an NL West crown, and the Giants lowered their magic number to clinch the division to seven with a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Lincecum (10-14) struck out six and walked two in 6 1-3 scoreless innings on a day the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers were postponed by rain in Washington.

    Seattle ’s Tina Thompson lines up to take a shot against the Chicago Sky during the first half Tuesday in Seattle. Thompson, the all-time scoring leader in the WNBA, became the first player to reach 7,000 career points.

    Thompson hits milestone in Storm’s win over Sky

    Tina Thompson scored 10 points to become the first WNBA player to reach the 7,000 for her career and help the Seattle Storm beat the Chicago Sky 75-60 on Tuesday night. Epiphanny Prince had 21 points and Shay Murphy 12 to lead Chicago (13-19). The Sky remained one game behind New York for the fourth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.


    Boys soccer/Top 20
    Naperville Central, Benet and West Chicago hold the top three spots in the Daily Herald's most recent ranking of area boys soccer teams.

    In addition to pitching seven scoreless innings, the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse hit an RBI double Tuesday in a victory over Houston in St. Louis.

    Lohse wins 15th as Cardinals beat Astros 4-1

    St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny believes Kyle Lohse belongs in the NL Cy Young conversation. Helping the World Series champions get to the postseason will do for now.


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

    Minnesota’s Alexi Casilla and Indians catcher Carlos Santana look toward third base after Casilla scored on a single by Pedro Florimon in the 12th inning Tuesday in Cleveland.

    Twins top Indians 6-5 in 12 innings

    Darin Mastroianni and the Minnesota Twins hustled to an extra-inning win. Meanwhile, Matt LaPorta and the Cleveland Indians stood and watched another disheartening loss.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria sits in the dugout during the eighth inning of the Rays’ 7-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at home.

    Red Sox hand struggling Rays 4th straight loss

    The Tampa Bay Rays are running out of explanations for a skid that has them sliding out of playoff contention. "I don't have anything brilliant to say," manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday after the Boston Red Sox rallied for a 7-5 victory that dealt another blow to his team's bid to earn a postseason berth for the fourth time in five years. "We're just not playing well and we've got to figure it out relatively quick — not relatively quick, very quickly."


    Naperville North falls to West Aurora

    Lauren Carlini had 13 kills and 14 assists, and West Aurora edged host Naperville North 25-23, 26-24 in a matchup of DuPage Valley Conference leaders and defending co-champs.At 23-23 in the first set, Carlini had back-to-back kills for set point. Tied 24-24 in the second, Peyton McKenzie and Nerissa Vogt put down kills to give West Aurora (15-1, 5-0 DVC) its 11th straight win since a loss to Benet. Corinne Gajcak had 6 kills, Maddi Henry 5, Colleen Larson 8 digs and Emily Kwak 21 assists for Naperville North (11-5, 4-1), which plays at Naperville Central on Thursday.Waubonsie Valley d. Neuqua Valley:A Noelle Linden ace and Caroline Cordes block at match point capped off a dramatic Waubonsie Valley rally, as the Warriors came back from down 20-15 in the third set to beat Neuqua Valley 25-21, 22-25, 25-22 on Tuesday in Naperville. Kills by Lauren Lindell and Rachel Minarick tied the third set at 22-22, setting up the dramatic finish.Minarick had 13 kills, 11 assists, 7 digs and 2 blocks and Lindell 9 kills for Waubonsie (9-8, 2-0 Upstate Eight Valley), which beat Neuqua for the second time this season. Kaylyn Hugdahl led Neuqua (9-11, 1-1) with 11 kills, 6 digs, 2 blocks and 2 aces. Brooke Antenen and Taylor McKeown each added 8 kills.Benet d. Nazareth:Cara Mattaliano had 14 kills and 7 digs as the visiting Redwings (15-0, 1-0 East Suburban Catholic Conference) breezed past Nazareth 25-22, 25-12. Nicki Barnes put down 7 kills and Brittany Pavich 6, Hannah Kaminsky had 32 assists and Sheila Doyle 10 digs.Glenbard South d. Ridgewood:Kenzie Watterson had 6 kills and 2 aces, Meg Schmalandt 6 kills and the Raiders rolled past Ridgewood 25-11, 25-14. Tomei Ball added 5 kills and an ace, Alex Laponte 21 assists and 2 kills Sydney Bauman 3 kills and 3 blocks for Glenbard South (16-6, 5-0 Metro Suburban Conference).Metea Valley d. South Elgin:Lexie Lobdell had 10 kills in leading the Mustangs past South Elgin 25-13, 25-15. Alyssa Ensminger added 12 digs and Katherine Gilmore 3 kills for Metea (9-3, 2-1 Upstate Eight Valley).


    Glenbard South remains undefeated in MSC

    Glenbard South moved to 3-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference with a 3-1 home victory against Ridgewood on Tuesday.Thomas Gkotse scored twice and assisted on a goal by Jonny Gutierrez, who also had an assist for the Raiders (4-4-2). Matt Patterson assisted on the other Gkotse goal.


    Prospect shoots 146, tops Fremd

    Jeff Blethen and Ryan Maloney shot 36 to help visiting Prospect (146) pick up a victory over Fremd (156) in boys golf on Tuesday at Hilldale.Zach Schutz led the effort for the Vikings with a 37.Ÿ Seniors Ryan Curran and Zach Piepho shared medalist honors with 38s as host Conant (161) topped Hoffman Estates (172) at par-35 Bridges of Poplar Creek.Jason Girard (39) led the way for the Hawks.Ÿ Dan Wojtowicz led the way with a 1-over 36 as Rolling Meadows (158) delivered a strong score in a victory over Schaumburg at Schaumburg Golf Course.Jake Hill shot 38, and Matt Kuzniar and Pat O’Neill had 42s for the Mustangs.Carmen Valerio (39) had Schaumburg’s low score.Ÿ Elk Grove’s Ryan White earned medalist honors with a 37, but Barrington’s Greg Conrad and Mike Ross both shot 38s as the host Broncos (157) topped the Grens (177).

    The Diamondbacks’ Adam Eaton steals second base as San Diego’s Logan Forsythe waits for a late throw during the first inning Tuesday in Phoenix.

    D-backs finally win at home against Padres, 3-2

    Ian Kennedy gave up one run in eight innings for his 14th victory, Miguel Montero drove in two runs with two doubles and the Arizona Diamondbacks finally got a home win over the San Diego Padres, 3-2 on Tuesday night.

    Buffalo Grove’s Alberto Eloyza, left, leaps for a header in front of Barrington’s Dylan Nelson.

    Barrington passes BG’s test

    With Barrington and Buffalo Grove near the top of the Mid-Suburban League boys soccer standings, each knew there was plenty at stake when two of the best in the conference came together Tuesday night. Connor Hennelly's second-half double was enough to earn the visiting Broncos (8-2-0, 4-1-0, 12 points) a hard-fought 2-0 victory to secure 3 vital points in an entertaining encounter with the Bison (8-3-0, 3-2-0-9 points) on Senior Night at Grant Blaney Stadium.

    Toronto’s Yunel Escobar pauses during a news conference Tuesday at Yankee Stadium in New York. Escobar was suspended for three games Tuesday by the Blue Jays for wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish during last Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

    Escobar suspended 3 games for slur on eye-black

    Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games Tuesday by the Blue Jays for wearing eye-black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish during a game last weekend against Boston. Escobar apologized to his team and "to all those who have been offended" for what he said was meant to be "just a joke."

    The White Sox’ Alex Rios celebrates with third-base coach Joe McEwing after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning Tuesday night at Kansas City.

    Ventura pushing right buttons for White Sox

    At roughly this time last week, Robin Ventura's strategic skills as a rookie manager were being widely questioned for the first time in an otherwise seamless season. With 13 relief pitchers in a bullpen bloated by September roster expansion, Ventura was accused of making too many pitching changes in a critical home series against the second-place Detroit Tigers.

    Cubs center fielder Brett Jackson right, chases down a 3-run double by Cincinnati Reds’ Ryan Hanigan as right fielder David DeJesus left, watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.

    Baker focused on one thing: NL Central title

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday there would be no special meaning if his team can clinch the NL Central title this week at Wrigley Field. Baker, who managed his 3,000th career game Tuesday, led the Cubs from 2003-06.

    White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski celebrates Tuesday with Alex Rios after Rios hit a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals.

    Floyd helps White Sox edge Royals 3-2

    Gavin Floyd pitched seven crisp innings, Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive win. Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham also went deep for AL Central-leading Chicago, which maintained a three-game advantage over Detroit and improved to 6-10 against the Royals. Chicago had lost seven of eight against Kansas City.

    Cubs starter Justin Germano delivers a pitch Tuesday during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

    Reds beat Cubs 3-1 behind Bailey

    Homer Bailey pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run double and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Tuesday night to move closer to the NL Central title. The Reds' Dusty Baker managed his 3,000th major league game, and Cincinnati reduced its magic number to four over the Cardinals to clinch the division.

    St. Charles North’s Tessa Masa in the first singles match vs St. Charles East’s Sarah Church on Tuesday, September 18.

    St. Charles e. shuts out SCN

    Like an experienced prizefighter, Sarah Church has experienced her fair share of shots to the chin.


    Geneva sweeps St. Charles N.

    KC Johnsen has the type of team any coach would want — one that makes his life easier. "This is a very bright group of kids," Johnsen said. "They solve problems well. I just hang out and have fun." Johnsen was indeed having fun again Tuesday night at St. Charles North where he watched his Vikings rally from a 22-17 deficit in Game 2 for a 25-22, 25-23 victory to stay perfect in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division.


    Carey shocks West Chicago twice

    Initially, Wheaton Warrenville South senior Max Carey stunned West Chicago. Then he completely ruined the Wilcats' night.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Jared Brownridge committed Tuesday to play basketball at Santa Clara University in California next year.

    Brownridge opts for Santa Clara

    Microsoft operates in California's Silicon Valley. Google also. Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo, Apple.So too will Waubonsie Valley senior Jared Brownridge, who after school Tuesday gave his verbal commitment to play basketball at the Division I college right in the Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University, of the West Coast Conference.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central’s girls volleyball team fought off match point four times Tuesday night before finally losing a tough marathon match to Richmond-Burton on the road in a battle for first place in the Big Northern East, 26-28, 25-19, 25-23.“We played great team defense,” said BC coach Marv Leavitt, whose team had 72 digs in the match. “That led a valiant effort in an epic battle on the road. We kept fighting back in the third set, trailing at one point 19-10.”Senior Lexie Bouza had 15 kills and 14 digs for Central (11-6, 3-1), while Lauren Wiltsie added 7 kills and 3 aces and Allie O’Reilly had 22 digs and 3 aces. Karrington Bell (9 digs, 2 aces, Jenna Schudel (10 kills) and Jess Emrich (36 assists, 14 digs) also contributed for BC.Prairie Ridge d. Jacobs: In another battle for first place, this one in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division, the Golden Eagles fell 26-28, 25-21, 25-17. Alyssa Ehrhardt had 17 kills and 9 digs for Jacobs (13-4, 3-1), while Taylor Lauder (18 assists), Maris Smith (8 kills, 9 digs), Mackie Traub (13 assists, 3 digs), Jenna Bilgrien (3 kills) and Bridget Wallenberger (4 kills) also contributed.CL South d. Dundee-Crown: Avan Nero had 10 kills and Lindsey Murphy added 21 assists and 3 aces to lead the Gators to a 25-11, 25-12 win in FVC Valley play. Kylie Portera added 5 kills for Crystal Lake South (12-5, 4-1). Steph Magsamen had 3 kills and 5 digs to lead Dundee-Crown (5-7, 0-4).South Elgin d. Metea Valley: Ashley Oandasan and Corbin Kehe had 5 digs each to lead South Elgin to an easy 25-13, 25-15 Upstate Eight Valley win. Amanda Nadler had 3 kills for the Storm (7-4-3, 1-1).Cary-Grove d. Huntley: Mallory Wilczynski had 4 kills, 6 blocks and 4 aces as the Trojans (8-7, 2-2) won 25-22, 27-25 in FVC Valley action. Rachel Kisten had 9 kills and Elish Regan 7 digs for Huntley. Rachel Shores added 10 digs and Kelsey DeWulf had 12 digs for the Red Raiders.Bartlett d. East Aurora: Katie Hrbacek had 7 kills and Rachel Hartford added 5 to lead Bartlett to a 25-15, 25-20 UEC Valley win. Lexi Cazzato had 10 assists and Danielle Santucci added 9 for the Hawks (4-14, 1-2).Westminster Christian d. Mooseheart: Emma Kovachevich had 6 aces, 10 assists and 6 digs and Cara Tyrell added 7 kills and 4 digs to lead Westminster to a 26-24, 25-19 Northeast Athletic Conference win. Claire Speweik added 5 kills and Savannah Dutcher had 7 kills and 2 blocks for the Warriors (13-4, 3-1).Elgin Academy d. St. Benedict: Bridget Keslinke had 8 digs, 7 kills and 9 aces and Claire Fugiel added 9 digs, 10 kills and 7 aces to lead the Hilltoppers to a 25-12, 18-25, 25-19 nonconference win. Trenndy Kleczewski added 19 assists, 4 kills and an ace for Elgin Academy (6-8).

    Larkin’s Diana Castillo, left, Anna Gaston and Brianna Stewart, right, thank the band for their support after beating Elgin Tuesday at Larkin High School in Elgin.

    Larkin finds the right beat to down Elgin

    The event-like atmosphere surrounding Tuesday's girls volleyball match between Elgin and Larkin initially threw the host Royals off their game. With the school's band playing at a volleyball match for the first time — during homecoming week no less — Larkin came out jittery and made 6 service errors that contributed to inspired Elgin winning the first game 25-23. Then the Royals took a collective deep breath, settled down and recorded only 2 more service errors the rest of the match while offsetting their early mistakes with 8 aces. Larkin won the final 2 games against their Upstate Eight River rivals 25-16, 25-18 to improve to 12-10 overall, 2-1 in the UEC River. Elgin slipped to 1-19-2, 0-2.


    Salgado leads Round Lake barrage

    Mauricio Salgado’s 4 goals in an 11-minute span highlighted a second-half explosion, as Round Lake’s boys soccer team blitzed Zion-Benton 8-1 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Tuesday.Round Lake led only 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Eddie Ramirez assisted by Freddie Ramirez.Salgado then scored the next four goals, with Edgar Rodriguez assisting on the first two. When Miguel Salgado finished a pass from Rodriguez, the Panthers led 6-0. Rodriguez’s fourth assist of the game resulted in Lorenzo Cortez’s goal. Rodriguez then finished the scoring for Round Lake, as Fermin Martinez picked up the assist.Eddie Ramirez had an assist, as well, while Jose Martinez made 2 saves in goal for the Panthers.Stevenson 1, Libertyville 1: Libertyville’s Austin Bitta scored the equalizer with about 11 minutes left in the North Suburban Lake Division match, with Alex Prillaman earning the assist.Alec Schory made 7 saves in net for Libertyville (5-2-1.Stevenson (8-2-1, 2-0-1) led 1-0 at halftime thanks to a goal by Toshiki Niimi, who was assisted by Jared Moelart. Patriots keeper Quentin Low had 6 saves.Warren 2, Mundelein 0: Nick Haas and Auner Solis scored for the visiting Blue Devils in North Suburban Lake action.Sean Kirwan assisted on Solis’ insurance goal. Keeper RJ Hill made 1 save in earning the shutout for Warren (10-3).Grayslake Central 3, Crystal Lake Central 2: Ryan Spradlin scored in overtime to lift the host Rams in their Fox Valley Fox Division opener.John Moroney and Ben Sizclore scored in regulation for Grayslake Central (5-7, 1-0). Rams keeper Steven Anderson made 4 saves.Johnsburg 4, Grayslake North 1: The Knights got their lone goal from Jake Hensley, whose first-half strike was assisted by fellow senior Sintayehu Meyer.The Skyhawks scored a pair of goals in each half of the Fox Valley Fox Division match.


    Gotlund, Fabbri pace Mundelein victory

    Holly Gotlund shot a 41 and Courteney Fabbri added a 42 on the back nine at Countryside Golf Course, leading Mundelein’s girls golf team to a 174 and nine-stroke win over Carmel Catholic on Tuesday.Cristina Loverde carded a 43, and Hannah Thompson had a 48 for Mundelein.Carmel (183) was paced by Bella Bagshaw’s 43 and Taylor Smith’s 45.Vernon Hills tri-meet: At Vernon Hills Golf Course, Libertyville’s Camilla Ou earned medalist honors with a 39, as Deerfield (176) claimed wins over Libertyville (192) and Vernon Hills (201).Vernon Hills received matching 49s from Fayth Kim and Katherine Koczwara.Deerfield was led by the 42s turned in by Lauren Kelsey and Anna Cohen.


    Lake County roundup

    Grayslake Central d. Woodstock North: Alex Dahlstrom delivered 8 kills and 6 aces, as the Rams rolled 25-8, 25-9 in Fox Valley Fox Division action.Grayslake Central (15-7, 3-2) also received 5 kills and 3 aces from Gabi Casper, while Anna Basten had 4 kills and a pair of blocks. Meghan Brewster lofted 24 assists on 43-of-43 setting and had 2 aces, as well. Marina Treato and Casper chalked 10 and 9 digs, respectively.“We played very well tonight at the net and serving,” Grayslake Central coach Jason Janczak said. “It was a total team effort.”Crystal Lake Central d. Grayslake North: The Tigers won the Fox Valley Fox match 25-20, 25-11.Grayslake North (5-11, 1-3) was led by Joanna Guhl, Melanie Aikin and Alaina Geissberger with 3 kills apiece. Knights setter Lisa Lowry dished out 11 assists (39 of 40) and also had 2 kills.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Prairie Ridge 2, Crystal Lake South 0: The Gators (9-6, 0-1) were unable to find the back of the net as they were defeated in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play. Steven Follmer turned away 3 shots on goal for the Gators.Neuqua Valley 3, South Elgin 1: The Storm (4-5-1) fell behind 2-0 heading into half and were unable to recover as they fell to the Wildcats in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division action on the road. Quinn Uveges recorded the Storm’s lone goal. Tyler Shipon stopped 8 shots on goal in the first half while Michael Cortez recorded 5 saves in the second half.McHenry 1, Jacobs 0: Johan Wolf recorded 5 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (11-3, 0-1) as they were defeated in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game.Westminster Christian 1, Kirkland-Hiawatha 0: The Warriors (8-2-1, 2-1) scored their lone goal in the first half and held on for the Northeast Athletic Conference victory at home. Nick Gnan converted on a penalty kick for the game-winning goal while Sam Carani preserved the shutout with 12 stops in goal.Harvest Christian 3, Romeoville Christian 1: The Lions (4-5-2) were tied 1-1 at the half and used a second-half surge to defeat Romeoville Christian at home. Adam Salowitz recorded the first half goal to get the Lions on the board. Zach Harbaugh recorded a goal off an assist from Stuart Wolff while Chris DeSouza rounded out the scoring off a feed from Basilio Salazar. Patrick McGuire turned away 1 shot on goal.Elgin 2, Streamwood 1: Tony Escamilla found the back of the net twice as he led the Maroons (1-10, 1-3) to their first victory of the season in this Upstate Eight River Division match. Edgar Zavala turned in 2 assists while Flavio Jaimes recorded 9 saves in goal.Lake Park 3, Bartlett 2: The Hawks (1-11, 0-5) carried a 2-1 lead into halftime but they were unable to hold on as they dropped this Upstate Eight Valley Division matchup at home. Matt Seidle recorded both of the Hawks’ goals while Alex Smith added an assist. Justin Busch stopped 5 shots on goal.Burlington Central 6, Genoa-Kingston 0: The Rockets (9-1-2, 6-0-1) scored early and often as they easily defeated Big Northern East foe Genoa-Kingston. Alan Camarena (2 goals), Sean Fitzgerald, Christian Moring, Matt O’Connor, and Chris Leberecht all recorded goals for the Rockets while Bryce Warner, Brad Yarwood, Austin VanAcker, Fitzgerald, A.J, Gouriotis, and Paolo Sespene all added 1 assist each. Brett Rau recorded 4 saves in goal while Drew McMahon also played goal, but was not tested in the victory.Larkin 4, Batavia 3: After falling behind 2-1 in the first half of play, the Royals (10-2, 4-0) came from behind to remain undefeated in Upstate Eight River Division play. Erik Rodriguez recorded 2 goals while Chris Villalobos and Tony Hernandez each recorded a goal. Aldair Dominguez turned away 7 shots on goal.Northridge Prep 2, Elgin Academy 0: Liam Phalen recorded 13 saves as the Hilltoppers (3-3-2) were defeated at home.

    Carmel goalie Michael Zucco blocks a shot by St. Viator midfielder Jackson Owens.

    St. Viator strikes late to edge Carmel

    St. Viator's boys soccer team scored late — twice — and edged host Carmel Catholic 2-1 in Mundelein on Tuesday. Jackson Owens and Nick Winter came up with the clutch goals for St. Viator, which improved to 8-1-2 and 3-0 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, despite playing short-handed.


    Hersey’s perfect halfway through MSL East slate

    Hersey senior Abby Fesl has never lost a Mid-Suburban League East match as the Huskies setter. Tuesday night at Rolling Meadows, she helped her team get to the halfway point of another season with a perfect mark. The North Florida-bound senior was 50-of-51 setting with 23 assists as Hersey posted a 25-14, 25-18 triumph over the Mustangs.

    Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has won three Gold Gloves, and a case can be made that the Cubs’ Darwin Barney deserves one this year.

    Cubs’ Barney, Reds’ Phillips in Gold Glove conversation

    You can debate all day whether the Cubs' Darwin Barney or the Reds' Brandon Phillips should win the Gold Glove at second base. More important is Barney's future with the Cubs. Manager Dale Sveum said is part of the future "core."


    Reyes helps Marlins beat Braves 4-3 in 10

    MIAMI — Jose Reyes hit a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning Tuesday night, and the Miami Marlins overcame an awful ninth inning to snap the Atlanta Braves’ four-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory.With one out in the 10th, pinch-hitter Rob Brantly was walked by Cory Gearrin (0-1), and Gorkys Hernandez was hit by a pitch. Following a strikeout, Reyes hit a blooper that fell in front of a diving Jason Heyward in right field, and Brantly scored without a play.Atlanta lost to Miami for only the fourth time in 14 meetings.The Braves rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the ninth to tie the game. Heyward doubled to start the inning against Steve Cishek, and Chipper Jones walked on a 3-2 pitch. With one out, Dan Uggla singled home a run, and Brian McCann followed with a two-run double off Mike Dunn to tie the score.Dunn struck out Michael Bourn with runners at the corners to end the inning.The Braves’ rally spoiled a career-best outing by Nathan Eovaldi of the Marlins. He allowed no runs and only four hits while pitching eight innings for the first time.Eovaldi, a 22-year-old rookie, had lost his last four starts and came into the game with the lowest winning percentage of any NL pitcher at 4-12. But he permitted just two runners to reach second base. The Braves were so flummoxed by Eovaldi that slugger Heyward bunted with two outs and none on in the sixth. He reached on a single but was stranded.John Buck hit a two-run homer, tripled and scored twice for Miami. But he grounded out against Gearrin to end the ninth, when the Marlins put runners at the corners with no outs but failed to score.Heath Bell (3-5) pitched a perfect 10th.Atlanta’s Paul Maholm allowed four hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings.The game began with the retractable roof open for the eighth time this season, and the first since June 13. The roof was closed when light rain began to fall in the fifth inning.Buck hit his first triple of the season in the third inning and scored on a two-out single by Hernandez. Center fielder Bourn misplayed Buck’s deep drive, pulling up short of the wall near the 418-foot sign and then leaping in vain for the ball.The Marlins added two runs in the seventh. Austin Kearns doubled with two outs, and Maholm was replaced by Peter Moylan, who gave up Buck’s 11th homer.The Marlins played without slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who missed his second consecutive game with a strained muscle in his side. He’s expected to rejoin the starting lineup Friday.Notes: Braves SS Paul Janish dislocated his left shoulder diving for an infield single in the ninth inning. ... McCann was back in the lineup after missing two starts with right hamstring tendinitis. ... RHP Josh Johnson, scheduled to start Wednesday against Atlanta, is 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA in 18 games against the Braves. ... OF-1B Logan Morrison is the Marlins’ nominee for the Clemente Award, which recognizes the player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field. ... Rob Brantly, a rookie C who threw out a base stealer for the first time in his career Monday, sheepishly admitted he missed a pickoff sign from the dugout before the pitch. “He’s a kid,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He does stuff that makes you laugh.”


    Gallardo shuts down Pirates as Brewers cruise 6-0

    PITTSBURGH — Yovani Gallardo gave up just two hits over 6 2-3 innings and the surging Milwaukee Brewers dropped the weary Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 on Tuesday night.Gallardo (16-8) struck out six and walked four to win his eighth straight decision as Milwaukee moved in front of fading Pittsburgh in the jumbled National League wild-card race. The teams entered the day 2 1-2 games back of the Cardinals, who played Houston later.Ryan Braun had two hits, drove in a run and stole three bases for the Brewers, who have won six of seven. Milwaukee’s seven stolen bases were the most by the franchise since it moved to the National League in 1998. Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy had three hits apiece for the Brewers.A.J. Burnett (15-8) gave up two runs in six innings but couldn’t stop Pittsburgh’s late season swoon. The Pirates are 4-12 this month.While the Pirates have stumbled, the Brewers have surged. Milwaukee trailed Pittsburgh by nine games during its last visit to PNC Park in late August, though Pittsburgh appeared to at least get some stability on Monday night during a 3-0 win in Chicago.The Pirates waited out rain delay of more than three hours before taking care of the Cubs and didn’t get home until 5:40 a.m.Manager Clint Hurdle let his players arrive later than usual to the ballpark after the long night. The extra rest didn’t help.Gallardo has thrived as the team’s No. 1 starter since Zack Greinke was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander had little trouble extending his hot streak against the Pirates, who appeared only eager to get back home and crawl in bed.The Brewers escaped a bases-loaded two-out jam in the second when Gallardo got Burnett to ground out to second.Pittsburgh didn’t get another base runner until the seventh, and by then Milwaukee had raced to a 4-0 lead.The night followed a similar theme. The Brewers would get on base with a single — all 13 of their hits were singles — then get into scoring position by taking off for second at the first opportunity.Eventually, the greed turned into runs.During one sequence in the seventh, Weeks singled with one out then stole second and raced home on a single by Braun. The reigning NL MVP then stole second and came home on a single up the middle by Lucroy to make it 4-0.Pittsburgh briefly had a chance to get back in it in the bottom of the inning, using a single, an error and a walk to load the bases. Gallardo gave way to reliever Jonathan Henderson, who got pinch-hitter Mike McKenry to pop to shallow right field.Milwaukee tacked on two more runs in the eighth, sparked by a single and stolen base by Gomez. It was the seventh of the night for the Brewers, the most since the club joined the NL and the second most in team history. The team record for stolen bases in a single game is eight set against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 28, 1992.That’s the same year the Pirates won the NL East, the last time the franchise finished with a winning record.Six weeks ago, it appeared Pittsburgh’s streak of 19 straight losing seasons would end when the Pirates moved 16 games over .500 on Aug. 6. They’re just 12-27 since.Burnett did his part but failed in his bid to become the first Pittsburgh starter to win 16 games since 1991. He overcame some early command issues — he hit two batters — to give the Pirates six serviceable innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.NOTES: The series continues on Wednesday with Milwaukee’s Marco Estrada (3-6, 3.77 ERA) facing Pittsburgh’s Kyle McPherson (0-0, 1.54 ERA), who will be making his first major league start ... The Pirates reached a two-year agreement with the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. ———Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP


    Maine West tops Wheeling in dual

    Maine West earned 1-2-3 finishes in the 200-yard IM and 100 free, plus a 1-2 placement from its 200 freestyle relay on its way to a 111-69 victory over visiting Wheeling on Tuesday in a nonconference girls swimming meet.

    Kansas head coach Charlie Weis reacts to a penalty Saturday during the second half against TCU in Lawrence, Kan. TCU won the game 20-6.

    Weis using Huskies' comments as motivation

    When Northern Illinois hosts Kansas and ex-Notre Dame coach Charlie Weiss on Saturday, two streaks will be on the line. The Jayhawks have lost 13 straight road games, while NIU has won 16 straight in DeKalb. Weiss wasn't at the game, but he reached back to last year's meeting between these teams for potential motivation.

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly stands on the sideline Saturday during the first quarter against Michigan State.

    Kelly working on keeping Notre Dame grounded

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is trying to make sure the 11th-ranked Fighting Irish don't get caught up in the hype of their best start in a decade. Moments after telling his 3-0 team to enjoy their 20-3 win at Michigan State, he quickly reminded the Irish they had to start to focus on No. 18 Michigan. He reminded them again when they met Monday, telling them the pats on the back they're getting will quickly turn to criticism if they don't keep winning.

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews remains hopeful that the players and owners can come to an agreement to get the NHL season started at some point sooner than later.

    Toews keeping his options open to play in Europe

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will weigh his options before making a decision whether or not to join the growing number of NHL stars who are heading to Europe to play during the lockout."That's something I've been thinking about that's in the back of my mind right now," Toews said. "It's definitely an option."

    The Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera runs the bases Tuesday after hitting a grand slam against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning.

    Cabrera drives in 6, Tigers rout A’s 12-2

    Miguel Cabrera homered twice, including an eighth-inning grand slam, and the Detroit Tigers had no trouble overcoming an early injury to right-hander Max Scherzer in a 12-2 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.


    Dundee-Crown’s winning streak hits 11

    It took a penalty kick to get Dundee-Crown going. The Chargers had several chances in the first half against Huntley, but couldn't find the back of the net until Eduardo Arellano converted a penalty kick 3 minutes into the second half. The Chargers followed with 2 more goals, defeating the Red Raiders, 3-1, in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys soccer opener for both teams Tuesday in Carpentersville. Paul Buch and Francisco Nava added goals for the Chargers (11-1, 1-0), who won their 11th in a row.


    Walsh, Prospect edge Fremd to keep MSL streak alive

    Prospect junior Kiley Walsh has certainly saved her share of pars throughout her high school career.On Tuesday, she helped save a dual meet and one of the all-time longest winning streaks in Mid-Suburban League sports.Walsh's round of 35 helped lift the Prospect girls golf team to a 160-162 victory over Fremd as both teams went into the match undefeated in the MSL.


    Armada, Carmel sink Fenwick

    Carmel volleyball coach Dave Pazely doesn't want this knowledge spread around the state, but it's too good not to point this fact out: That transfer student on Carmel's roster is one special player. Alyssa Armada can certainly set a fine ball, but how many times do you see a setter lead her team in hitting? And by a large margin, at that. Armada, a junior, certainly showed Fenwick what she had going on Tuesday night in Mundelein. She blasted, get this, 11 kills in just two sets, adding 14 assists as the Corsairs (13-7, 2-0) rolled past the Friars 25-14, 25-20.

    Naperville North’s Raymond Knoll tees off during the Vern McGonagle Memorial High School Golf Championship, held at the Naperville Country Club.

    Naperville North gets comfortable

    There is no such luxury as home-course advantage when Naperville Central hosts Naperville North in a DuPage Valley Conference boys golf dual match. "I feel like it's one of our home courses, too," Naperville North coach Ryan Hantak said after his squad extended its conference winning streak to 34 matches with a 146-150 victory over the Redhawks Tuesday at Naperbrook Golf Club.


    St. Francis defeats Wheaton Academy

    St. Francis headed to Wheaton Academy in West Chicago on Tuesday afternoon with the Spartans and the Warriors both 4-0 in Suburban Christian Conference play.The Spartans prevailed 4-1 in a meet that included two three-set matches and a singles match that needed a second-set tiebreaker. What pleased St. Francis coach Marcia Bussey is that her team is winning the tight matches of late.


    IHSA, disabled swimmer reach deal over lawsuit

    An advocacy group and a disabled high school swimmer said Tuesday that they have reached a settlement with the organization that oversees high school sports in Illinois that will allow a 16-year-old student and other disabled swimmers to compete this year.

    The biggest mistakes Bears quarterback Jay Cutler made in Green Bay didn’t involve his attitude. It was his 4 interceptions.

    Cutler will be likable if he makes big plays

    Jay Cutler said Tuesday what really needed to be said. No, he didn't publicly apologize for bumping teammate J'Marcus Webb on the sidelines last week. None of this means all that much anymore anyway, or as Cutler put it, "It's in the past" "We're moving on" "It's behind us." So on and on the episode goes. What mattered during Cutler's radio gig was that he mentioned he has to play better. Bingo!

    As the No. 1 player in the world, Rory McIlroy, left, is a marked man at the Ryder Cup, says Jim Furyk, center. Furyk also says fans will want to see McIlroy and Tiger Woods, right, go head-to-head in Sunday singles at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

    Two big weekends ahead for world’s best golfers

    The golf season is reaching a climax, with The Tour Championship concluding the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs this week and the 39th Ryder Cup coming next week to Medinah Country Club. Medinah, though, will open its gates to the public on Saturday and Sunday. There won't be any PGA Tour players there, but spectators can check out the Ryder Cup merchandise offerings, meet some celebrities, and watch the conclusion of the PGA Youth Skills Challenge, a summer-long competition for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 17. Len Ziehm has more in his golf column.

    Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was arrested for drunken driving and speeding in metro Atlanta just hours after he scored a touchdown in the team’s win over the Denver Broncos.

    Falcons’ Turner faces DUI charges

    Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was jailed on charges of drunken driving and speeding early Tuesday, just hours after he scored a touchdown in the team's win over the Denver Broncos.

    Thanks to replacement officials constantly huddling to talk things over, NFL games are dragging on and on, says Bob LeGere, who wants Commissioner Roger Goodell to settle the contract dispute with union officials.

    Time for Goodell to make the right call on officials

    A Sunday without the Bears left plenty of time for our NFL writer, Bob LeGere, to follow the rest of the league, but too much time waiting for replacement officials to do their jobs, a situation that reflects poorly on the league and especially commissioner Roger Goodell, he says. Bob has more on the NFL and Jay Cutler in this report.

    A fan sits all alone in the bleachers during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. It was a Monday night game going into Tuesday morning by then.

    Rain men: Pirates beat Cubs 3-0 after 3½-hour wait

    With the Pirates still in playoff contention, the teams waited out two storms at Wrigley Field that pushed back the start for 3 hours, 37 minutes. The first pitch was thrown at 10:42 p.m. CDT, and Joel Hanrahan delivered the final one at 1:28 a.m. on Tuesday. Starling Marte's two-run triple put the Pirates over the Cubs in the end.

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose, shown here with his mother Brenda after unveiling his new shoe the adidas D Rose 3, shows the kind of emotions that endear him to Chicagoans, says Mike North.

    Rose vs. Cutler no contest with Chicago fans

    Jay Cutler needs to take a few lessons from Derrick Rose. The MVP superstar gets it and expresses his emotion for a city he loves and the fans who love him back. Mike North wonders if Cutler would be lucky enough to get the time of day from most Bears fans. North also checks in on the Heisman status of USC's Matt Barkley, and the rise of Notre Dame football after its big upset over Michigan State.

    Waubonsie Valley’s Katie Drone keeps a sharp eye on the ball during her tennis match against St. Charles East’s Sarah Church Wednesday in Auroroa.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from tennis, soccer, golf and volleyball.

    Palatine’s Nia Pappas

    Happily, Palatine’s Pappas pointed toward IUPUI

    As a freshman, there was a time when Nia Pappas didn't believe in her abilities as a point guard. "It got pretty bad," she said. But now it's pretty good. Make that pretty great. Pappas will become the first female from Palatine High School since 2003 to play Division I basketball. The 5-foot-7 point guard has committed to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, nearly 13 years since former Pirates standout Karen Hagberg signed with Illinois.

    Outfielder Dave Sappelt, who came over to the Cubs in the Sean Marshall trade, has shown signs that he can be a contributor as early as next season.

    Marshall trade now looking good for Cubs

    With the Cincinnati Reds coming to town for a three-game series, it's a good time to take a look at the Sean Marshall trade again. Last Christmas, the Cubs sent popular and effective setup man Marshall to the Reds for pitcher Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and minor-league infielder Roni Torreyes. Marshall was due to hit a big payday, which he did with the Reds after the trade, and the Cubs were beginning a rebuilding project under president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report


    AMR, the parent company of American Airlines, is sending out thousands of layoff notices.

    AMR layoffs include 900 in Chicago

    American Airlines is sending layoff warning notices to more than 11,000 employees — including 900 in Chicago — although a spokesman says the company expects job losses to be closer to 4,400.


    PhilHaven developer sues Wheeling, claiming it’s biased

    Developers have filed suit against the village of Wheeling over the village board's rejection of a 50-unit apartment building to house low-income residents with mental or physical disabilities. The suit asks a judge to order the village to approve the controversial PhilHaven project.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has announced plans to close its store in East Dundee and to build a new one in Carpentersville two miles away. “We were hoping that this day would not come,” East Dundee Village President Jerald Bartels said.

    Wal-Mart leaving East Dundee for Carpentersville

    Wal-Mart Inc. has announced plans to close its East Dundee store and to build a new one in neighboring Carpentersville, a move East Dundee Village President Jerry Bartels called "a huge blow" to the town. "We were hoping that this day would not come, so we've been working hard to prepare us for that day," Bartels said.


    Kohl’s hiring more than 52,000 holiday employees

    Kohl's Department Stores says it plans to hire more than 52,000 holiday employees nationwide this season, up more than 10 percent from last year. Kohl's expects hiring an average of 41 employees per store.

    Katie Marks attends a demonstration at Westlake Park in Seattle on Monday. The Occupy Wall Street movement, which started in New York on Sept. 17, 2011, celebrated its one-year anniversary with nationwide events.

    Indexes down after FedEx gives a glum outlook

    Glum economic news from FedEx left stocks mixed on Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average posted a slight gain, but other indexes fell. Declining stocks outnumbered those that advanced. And seven of the 10 industries tracked by the Standard & Poor's 500 index declined.

    Marissa Mayer, Google vice president of search products and user experience, attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications in New York. Yahoo on Tuesday announced closing a $7.6 billion deal that includes selling half its stake in rapidly growing Chinese company Alibaba Group.

    Yahoo closes $7.6 billion deal with Alibaba Group

    Yahoo has completed a long-awaited $7.6 billion deal with China's Alibaba Group, generating a windfall that either will be used to ease the pain of Yahoo's long-tormented shareholders or finance the turnaround plan of recently hired CEO Marissa Mayer.


    Broadest US trade deficit fell in Q2 to $117.4 billion

    The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed in the April-June period, pushed lower by an increase in American exports and cheaper oil imports.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the deficit in the current account decreased 12.1 percent to $117.4 billion in the second quarter. That's down from a deficit of $133.6 billion in the January-March quarter, which had been the largest in three years.


    Oil falls to $96 a day after sharp drop

    NEW YORK — The price of oil fell further Tuesday, after taking a sharp and largely unexplained plunge the previous day. Benchmark crude lost 51 cents to $96.11 around 12:30 p.m. in New York. It fell $2.38, or 2.4 percent, to finish at $96.62 on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Monday, marking its biggest percentage decrease since July 23.Oil at one point Monday dropped more than 3 percent during a rapid sell-off that mystified traders. Some analysts suggested the price of oil had gotten too high given continued weakness in the global economy.The decline wiped out gains made last week when the Federal Reserve unveiled new steps to boost the U.S. economy.Brent crude is down $1.15 to $112.64 a barrel in London.


    Alpha closing 8 mines, cutting 1,200 jobs in all

    Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said Tuesday it's cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide, including 400 with the immediate closing of mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    A sports bar and grill called Twin Peaks will open in March in this Wheeling building that housed Claim Jumper.

    State’s first Twin Peaks restaurant will open in Wheeling

    Twin Peaks, a chain of sports bars and grills that features provocatively-dressed young women as servers, will open in March in Wheeling. The restaurant will be where Claim Jumper operated at 781 N. Milwaukee, near the Westin Chicago North Shore.

    Apple’s stock reached $700 for the first time on Tuesday, the day after it announced that orders for its iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours.

    Apple shares hit $700 for first time

    Apple's stock reached $700 for the first time on Tuesday, the day after it announced that orders for its iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours. The stock traded as high as $701.44 in the morning, up a quarter of a percent from Monday's close. It later fell slightly. It had come within 20 cents of $700 on Monday. The rally in Apple's stock price puts the company's market value at $656 billion.

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose this month to its highest level in six years and many expect the housing recovery will strengthen in the next six months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday increased to 40 in September. That’s up from 37 in August and the highest reading since June 2006, just before the housing bubble burst.

    U.S. homebuilder confidence surges to 6-year high

    Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose this month to its highest level in six years and many expect the housing recovery will strengthen in the next six months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday increased to 40 in September. That's up from 37 in August and the highest reading since June 2006, just before the housing bubble burst. Any reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment about the housing market.


    Sony Bank implements Vasco’s authentication technology

    Sony Bank Incorporated said it has implemented Vasco Data Security International's Digipass and Vacman authentication technology to enhance the security level of its Internet banking service.


    Nanotechnology textbook available on Amazon

    NanoProfessors textbook, "Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology," is now available for purchase on Amazon.com.


    CNH Global CFO resigns

    Agricultural and construction equipment manufacturer CNH Global N.V. said Chief Financial Officer Camillo Rossotto will resign on December 31 to pursue other interests.

    The German government agency overseeing IT safety is warning of a security breach in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and recommending people use other browsers until the problem is fixed.

    German watchdog warns of Internet Explorer breach

    The German government agency overseeing IT safety is warning of a security breach in Microsoft's Internet Explorer and recommending people use other browsers until the problem is fixed. The browser's "weak point is already being used for targeted attacks," the Federal Office for Information Security warned, adding that the code behind the attack is freely available online and might therefore spread rapidly.


    Ameren pledges to hire 200 veterans in 5 years
    Ameren Corp. says it's proud that more than 600 of its 9,300 workers in Illinois and Missouri once were in the armed forces. And the utility hopes to increase that number under a program pushed by first lady Michelle Obama.


    Spain hesitation over aid unnerves markets

    Global markets mostly fell Tuesday as investors worried about the global growth outlook and Spain's apparent delay in accepting a financial aid package.Spain's markets have improved in recent weeks on expectations that the government will get some form of rescue loan from the 16 other eurozone countries. But Madrid has not made any formal request yet, likely wary of the policy conditions that would come attached.

    Chinese workers assemble cars at a plant of Dongfeng Honda, a joint venture between China’s Dongfeng Motor and Japan’s Honda Motor in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province.

    WHY IT MATTERS: China’s auto parts industry

    The U.S. government has challenged Chinese policies it says improperly subsidize exports of auto parts in violation of World Trade Organization free trade rules. The issue is politically sensitive at a time when Western governments are trying to boost exports, especially of higher-value industrial goods, to cut high unemployment. China is the world's biggest auto market but rapid sales growth is slowing, increasing pressure on Beijing to avert the loss of manufacturing jobs.

    Rail workers protest as police riots stand guard at Atocha station, Madrid, during a partial national rail strike, Monday. Hundreds of Spanish train services have been canceled as rail and subway workers staged strikes to protest wage cuts and reforms.

    Spain pays lower interest rates in debt auction

    Spain raised (euro) 4.5 billion ($5.9 billion) in short-term debt auctions Tuesday that saw it paying sharply lower interest rates amid speculation that the country will eventually seek aid to manage its finances.The Treasury said it sold (euro) 3.5 billion in 12-month bills at an average interest rate of 2.84 percent, down from 3.07 percent in the last such auction Aug. 21. It sold (euro) 1.01 million in 18-month bills at a yield of 3.07 percent, down from 3.35 percent.

    9 Cans of Dole Food Co. sliced pineapple in front of cartons of the company’s fruit juice in Soka City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

    Itochu to buy Dole businesses for $1.7 billion

    Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to buy Dole Food Co.'s worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses for $1.7 billion. Dole's packaged foods business includes products ranging from canned and frozen fruit to bagged salads — product lines that fit with Itochu's ambitions to become the biggest food distributor in the increasingly affluent Asian market.

    FedEx says the global economy is worsening and it’s again cutting its forecast for the fiscal year ending in May.

    FedEx says economy is worsening, cuts outlook

    FedEx says the global economy is worsening and it's again cutting its forecast for the fiscal year ending in May.The package delivery company also expects net income for the current quarter ending in November to fall well below last year's quarter. The stock lost about 2 percent. For the full year, the Memphis, Tenn. company now expects to earn between $6.20 and $6.60 per share, compared with a previous forecast of $6.90 to $7.40 per share.

    People line up in front of the Apple Inc. store on Fifth Avenue in advance of the sale of the iPhone 5 in New York, U.S. Monday.

    Apple: iPhone 5 orders topped 2M in 24 hours

    Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in their first 24 hours, more than double the amount of its predecessor over the same period.Since Apple started taking iPhone 5 orders on its website at 3 a.m. EDT on Friday, buyers who have a two-year service agreement with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless have been able to order the phone for $199 (16 gigabyte model), $299 (32 GB) or $399 (64 GB model).

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. has completed its $438 million purchase of a regional drugstore chain that operates in several states under the USA Drug, Super D Drug and Med-X names.

    Walgreen finishes $438M deal for drugstore chain

    Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. has completed its $438 million purchase of a regional drugstore chain that operates in several states under the USA Drug, Super D Drug and Med-X names.The company announced the deal in July and then said Monday afternoon that it closed. The deal involves the purchase of 144 stores in a chain focused on the mid-South from the privately held Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc.

Life & Entertainment

    A banner depicting a tombstone for Tiny the Spider, hangs on the side of the American Eagle roller coaster with one of her babies this Halloween season at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Six Flags released an “obituary” Monday for Tiny the Spider, who has been an icon for the amusement park’s Fright Fest event for the past 21 years.

    Tiny the Spider couldn’t escape Father Time

    One thing Tiny couldn't escape was Father Time. Tiny, a 40-foot giant inflatable spider that hung annually from the side of the American Eagle roller coaster, perished this week while stuffed inside a shed at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, authorities said. "Her three babies will remain on the side of the Eagle to pay tribute to her," a park spokesman said.

    Nelly Furtado’s “The Spirit Indestructible”

    Nelly Furtado has uber flavor on ‘Spirit’

    Nelly Furtado's been putting out an album every three years like clockwork since the turn of the century. Her newest release, "The Spirit Indestructible," is her first English record since 2006, and it's a welcome return from the Canadian songstress. Her small voice emerges like a towering life force throughout the album, whose themes revolve around nostalgia and celebration of the human spirit.

    Grocery store websites are filled with recipes, like the one for this Apple Pecan Crisp we spotted from Jewel-Osco.

    Culinary adventures: Not my mother’s grocery store

    How do you decide where to do your grocery shopping? Do you shop at the same store every week, or do you find yourself stopping frequently at whatever store is in your path? With so many stores in the suburbs, it took me a while to answer those questions myself, and it wasn't easy.

    Butter and orange-flavoring make this frosting a good fit for after-school cupcakes or a tiered wedding cake.

    Baking secrets: Butter makes frosting better

    Most wedding bakers spend the bulk of their time focused upon design and decor for the cake. Understandable, but this approach misses a unique opportunity to capture attention and ignite anticipation through the most powerful of human senses: our keen sense of smell. For a wedding cake I made for my niece this summer, I set out to design a frosting that would create an enticing aroma that would elevate the typical wedding cake experience.

    Butter and orange-flavoring make this frosting a good fit for after-school cupcakes or a tiered wedding cake.

    Designer Frosting
    Designer Frosting: Annie Overboe

    Fremd High School graduate Robert Lorenz directs Clint Eastwood in a scene from Lorenz's directorial debut “Trouble With the Curve.”

    Fremd grad partners with Dirty Harry for directorial debut

    Fremd High School grad Robert Lorenz makes his directorial debut with Clint Eastwood's "Trouble With the Curve" opening Friday. "I used to see movies at the Music Box Theatre and the Biograph in Chicago," the Rolling Meadows native said. "I lived at the Woodfield Mall. They had these big, giant theaters, at least they felt big and giant to me... I would go there all the time with friends."

    Jon Stewart, left, from “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and political pundit Bill O’Reilly from “The O’Reilly Factor” will face off for a special 90-minute debate online about the 2012 presidential race on Oct. 6.

    O’Reilly, Stewart to debate on presidential race

    Pick your pundit when Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart face off for a special 90-minute debate about the 2012 presidential race. The host of Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" and the anchor of Comedy Central's fake newscast "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" have announced they will clash in the event, dubbed "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium."

    Pink’s “The Truth About Love”

    Pink has another winner with sixth album

    Listening to Pink's new album, "The Truth About Love," is like watching a reality show about the ups and downs of her relationship with her husband, motorcycle racer Carey Hart: She's over him at times, under him at others. There are fights, and makeups, and then more breakups. There are "I hate yous" and "I love yous." And all of it makes for good listening.

    “Winter of the World” by Ken Follett

    Follett’s family saga of WWII engages, educates

    It's hard not to like a Ken Follett book. Even when you find flaws, they are overshadowed by a sense of engagement and even education. Follett's newest offering is "Winter of the World," book number two in The Century Trilogy. The books tell of the world wars and other great events of the 20th century via the members of five interlinked families. Follett's writing is not especially dazzling, but he is so good at plotting a story, which makes this book so hard to put down.

    “American Idol” judges Mariah Carey, left, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson say they’re getting along well so far.

    Mariah Carey: No feuding with Minaj on ‘Idol’ yet

    Mariah Carey says there's no feud between her and fellow new "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj at the moment. Carey tried to quell rumors about her quarreling with Minaj by saying they've only been together two days and "a feud takes a little longer to happen."

    Usher and Shakira are joining “The Voice” as new coaches next spring, when Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green take a break from the show.

    Usher, Shakira to join NBC’s ‘Voice’ in spring

    Usher and Shakira are joining "The Voice" as new coaches next spring, when Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green take a break from the show, NBC said Monday. Original coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will remain on board in season four, the network said. The singing contest began airing its third season last week.

    Carrie Underwood is on the road for her “Blown Away” tour. She plays the United Center Dec. 12.

    Underwood aims to leave fans 'Blown Away'

    It's getting harder and harder for Carrie Underwood to leave home. She just started the 50-plus-date U.S. leg of her "Blown Away" tour — which will bring her to Chicago's United Center Dec. 12. "I feel like the album, the 'Blown Away' album, was really visual, really dramatic, and we definitely carry that into the show," Underwood said recently.

    “Frozen Heat” by Richard Castle

    Castle’s ‘Frozen Heat’ is a delicious mystery

    Richard Castle has become one of the best murder mystery novelists in the business, and that’s great for a man who doesn’t exist. He’s a TV character played by Nathan Fillion on ABC’s “Castle.” “Frozen Heat,” the fourth novel featuring NYPD homicide detective Nikki Heat, is the best yet.

    Playing as a young mercenary named Zael in the Wii’s “The Last Story” is often more exhausting than exciting.

    Wii goes out quietly with ‘Last Story’

    As Nintendo gears up for the holiday release of the Wii's successor, the Wii U, new games for the old system have been nearly nonexistent. "The Last Story" couldn't have a more appropriate title because it does indeed appear to be the Wii's last gasp. It's an ambitious adventure that struggles constantly against the limitations of the underpowered console. And it's quite a letdown, considering the track record of its creator.

    The Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival will feature 100 different wines at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Best bets: 100 wines on tap at Waterleaf Food & Wine fest

    The Waterleaf Food & Wine Festival features 100 wines, beer, hors d’oeuvres and more Saturday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Also, the Christian rock quartet Anthem Lights and singer/songwriter Becky Johnson will perform Friday at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles. For something a little eerie Saturday, try the Oakwood Cemetery Walk in Waukegan.



    Editorial: RTA needs to be fair to Metra, Pace

    A dispute over funding between the CTA, Metra and Pace is potentially renewing old rivalries bewteen the city and suburbs. Suburban members of the RTA want an amount that is fair and a Daily Herald editorial agrees with them.


    The tangled web of conflicting rights

    Columnist George Will: In the name of tolerance, government declares intolerable individuals such as the Huguenins, who disapprove of a certain behavior but ask only to be let alone in their quiet disapproval. Perhaps advocates of gay rights should begin to restrain the bullies in their ranks.


    In it for himself or for America?

    Columnist Donna Brazile: At a time of mourning, there is no big picture, only pain. And resolve. And the closer we come to silence, the more eloquent we are.


    4 years of Obama has weighed on us
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Without President Obama over 17 million more people would be employed. Over $400 billion earned by these missing employees would have been there to stimulate our economy.


    MSNBC, Fox ‘News’ dividing the country
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Now MSNBC is not perfect, but the Fox "News" network is an embarrassment. My issue is that many people who watch Fox "News" actually believe it is factual reporting, rather that a twisted, biased, hatemongering network.


    Organic diet can’t be discounted
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: I am writing in response to the article in the Sept. 4 paper about the Stanford University research suggesting that organic food might not be any healthier than nonorganic. I'm not challenging the research, which is probably the best available. But I do have another point of view and an opinion of my own.


    Labels amount to hate mongering
    An Elgin letter to the editor: L. Dean Hufsey has every right to his opinion about President Obama's policies, and he can gush about the film, "Obama 2016," to his heart's content, but when he labels all those who voted for Obama as a collection of "the liberal leftist socialists, welfare recipients, illegal immigrants" and others who merely wanted to vote for the first black president, he betrays the kind of demonizing and division that is truly tearing apart the fabric of American society.


    Time to be part of Lake Ellyn planning
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Those who missed the public meeting at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse on Aug. 28, presenting the beginning of a master plan for Lake Ellyn Park maintenance and enhancement, didn't get to hear the Glen Ellyn Park District's consultant call the park "as good as it gets in DuPage County."


    Income tax cuts don’t help growth
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Economic history shows that cutting income taxes has never led to economic growth and job creation. On the other hand, government spending (particularly on infrastructure and education) has.


    ‘Would-chopping’ would help us all
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I recommend would-chopping as a healthy exercise for many public speakers. Eliminating would or want when expressing gratitude improves conciseness, precision and clarity.


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