Daily Archive : Saturday September 22, 2012


    Salvatore, right, and his brother Valentino, left, are getting used to their new home at the new bobcat exhibit at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton.

    Bobcats take up residence in Cosley Zoo’s new exhibit

    A pair of bobcats are taking center stage this week in Wheaton following the unveiling of Cosley Zoo's first new wildlife exhibit since the late 1990s. The 10-year-old bobcats, Salvatore and Valentino, arrived in August from a humane society in California and moved into their 20-foot-high exhibit — the tallest in the intimate, 5-acre zoo. Zoo officials had coveted the elusive hunters since...

    Louisiana Tech turned six Illinois turnovers and a 284-yard, four-touchdown night from quarterback Colby Cameron into a 52-24 road upset of Illinois Saturday. Cameron's favorite target was Quinton Patton who caught six balls for 164 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

    Louisiana Tech stuns Illinois, 52-24
    Louisiana Tech turned six Illinois turnovers and a 284-yard, four-touchdown night from quarterback Colby Cameron into a 52-24 road upset of Illinois Saturday. Cameron's favorite target was Quinton Patton who caught six balls for 164 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

    Manti Te'o had two interceptions as No. 11 Notre Dame picked off five Michigan passes and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Fighting Irish offense in a 13-6 win over the 18th-ranked Wolverines Saturday night.

    Notre Dame beats Michigan, moves to 4-0

    No crazy comebacks this year by Michigan against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish didn't even let Denard Robinson and the Wolverines get into the end zone this year. Manti Te'o had two interceptions as the 11th-ranked Fighting Irish picked off five Michigan passes and forced a fumble and backup quarterback Tommy Rees sparked the Notre Dame offense in a 13-6 win over the Wolverines Saturday night.


    Harper hosts fundraiser to help students

    For the first time in two years, members of Harper College's Educational Foundation held a formal gala to raise money for student scholarships, calling it the President's Ball. Dr. Kenneth Ender, Harper's president, called it something different. He described the gathering of 300 guests from across the Northwest suburbs as a "great example of a public-private partnership."

    Rocco Cataldo of Elk Grove Village brandishes his first place prize from the fourth annual Elgin Short Film Festival for his black comedy “Wednesday’s Child.”

    Elk Grove Village man wins big at Elgin Short Film Festival

    An Elk Grove Village movie director and his team of filmmakers won first prize and $1,000 Saturday night at the fourth annual Elgin Short Film Festival at the Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin. Rocco Cataldo, 35, took first prize for his black comedy short "Wednesday's Child," a darkly comic look at a little girl who begins her story with the sentence, "I didn't mean to kill my parents."

    Chris Rolfe scored two goals in a little more than 3 minutes in the first half to lead the Fire to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

    Rolfe scores twice as Fire beat Crew 2-1
    Chris Rolfe scored two goals in a little more than 3 minutes in the first half to lead the Fire to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.


    Campaign is in high gear, but White House is quiet

    It's awfully quiet at the White House these days. President Barack Obama is spending lots of time campaigning in the most competitive states, and the White House press corps that normally occupies space in the West Wing is out there with him or covering Republican challenger Mitt Romney.


    GOP’s Ryan courts Miami’s Cuban-American voters

    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is courting Cuban-American voters with promises to be tougher on the Castro government than President Barack Obama. Ryan campaigned Saturday morning in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. He'll hold a town hall in the afternoon at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.


    Chicago Symphony Orchestra on strike, Saturday performance canceled

    A Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance scheduled for Saturday night was canceled because CSO musicians went on strike. The concert was to begin at 8 p.m. at Symphony Center on Michigan Avenue but was canceled after musicians went on strike, according to a news release issued by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.


    Houston police officer kills double amputee in wheelchair

    HOUSTON — A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair Saturday inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and aggressively waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen.

    Ex-CIA agent Edwin Wilson, center, leaves federal court after a day of jury selection accompanied by U.S. Marshals in Houston. Wilson, a former CIA operative who was branded a traitor and convicted of shipping arms to Libya but whose conviction was later overturned after he served 22 years in prison, has died. He was 84.

    Former CIA operative Edwin Wilson dies at 84

    Edwin P. Wilson, a former CIA operative who was branded a traitor and convicted of shipping arms to Libya but whose conviction was overturned after he spent two decades in prison, has died. He was 84.

    Despite occasional recent rain, many suburban lawns are still suffering from the summer drought.

    Trying to resurrect your lawn? Hit the gym first

    Not happy with those big brown patches in your lawn thanks to the summer drought? Try renting a slit-seeder to help replenish the grass. Just don't ask Dave to help.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney meets with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. It is a taboo for Israeli leaders to give even the slightest hint of favoritism in politics in the United States, Israel’s closest ally. So some Israelis are squirming over a perception that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is siding with Republican Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential race.

    Israelis fear Netanyahu is meddling in US politics

    It is a taboo for Israeli leaders to give even the slightest hint of favoritism in politics in the United States, Israel's closest ally. So some Israelis are squirming over a perception that their prime minister is siding with Republican Mitt Romney in the U.S.


    Syrian rebels move command from Turkey to Syria

    The leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army said Saturday they moved their command center from Turkey to Syria with the aim of uniting rebels and speeding up the fall of President Bashar Assad's regime. Brig. Gen. Mustafa al-Sheikh, who heads the FSA's Military Council, told The Associated Press that the group made the move last week.


    Iran’s navy aims to extend its reach

    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran plans to expand its naval presence in international waters as part of efforts to boost its military and extend its reach as far as Antarctica, the head of the country’s navy said Saturday. The comments from Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari reflect Iran’s aspirations to transform its navy into a force capable of sustained operations in the open ocean.


    Why cyanide deaths might go unsolved
    This story originally ran Sept. 20, 2002Jamie Sotonoff Daily Herald Staff WriterPolice officers and firefighters drove through neighborhoods using loudspeakers to warn people: “Don’t take Tylenol!”In some places, they went door to door with bags, collecting bottle after bottle of the pain reliever.

    Soldiers from the Libyan National Army get ready Saturday to enter Rafallah al-sahati Islamic Militia Brigades compound, one of the compound buildings can be seen behind the wall, in Benghazi, Libya.

    Anti-militia protests show frailty of Libyan state

    Residents of Libya’s second-largest city warned on Saturday of a “revolution” to get rid of armed militias and Islamic extremists after protests spurred in part by the killing of the U.S. ambassador left four dead in an unprecedented eruption of public frustration. The state news agency said four protesters were killed and 70 injured in the overnight violence.

    President Barack Obama campaigns in Virginia on Sept. 21.

    Obama out to squash GOP hopes for Wisconsin pickup

    President Barack Obama worked to squash GOP aspirations for a resurgence of support in pivotal Wisconsin on Saturday as campaign rival Mitt Romney pinned his hopes of making inroads there on an argument that hard-pressed middle-class voters would do better with a Republican in the White House.

    Former Chicago Bears Hall of Fame defensive lineman Dan Hampton signs an autograph for Guy and Genie Bush of Bloomingdale during the Ryder Cup pre-sale Saturday at Medinah Country Club.

    Shoppers score Ryder Cup gear, glimpse of course at Medinah pre-sale

    For those who don't have a ticket to next week's Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, the public pre-sale Saturday offered a way in. Volunteers working the course throughout the week got a chance to grab gear like polo shirts, sweatshirts, umbrellas, hats and towels before all the prime picks are sold out. "I know a lot of the good stuff sells out early," Pam Hynes of Naperville said. "I learned if...

    Denise Kinsey of Naperville presents “Twilight” actor Chaske Spencer with a framed photo of the wolf on which his character, Sam Uley, was based. Spencer spoke to fans Saturday at the annual Midwest SOARRING Foundation Harvest Pow Wow at the Naper Settlement.

    ‘Twilight’ actor adds to energy of Naperville pow wow

    The energy of a pow wow and the chance to meet "Twilight" actor Chaske Spencer brought a few hundred people to the first day of the Midwest SOARRING Foundation's annual Harvest Pow Wow on Saturday at the Naper Settlement. Before Spencer made an appearance to the entire crowd, he held a meet-and-greet with about 35 fans who paid for the privilege, discussing his youth on a Native American...

    About 190 participants joined in Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice’s sixth annual Hike for Hospice 5K on Saturday in Batavia.

    Loved ones remembered at Batavia 5K event

    Almost 200 people took part on Saturday in Hike for Hospice, a 5K walk and fundraiser for the community-based, nonprofit organization that provides free hospice care to people with life-threatening illnesses and their families, and bereavement care to families.


    No injuries in Sugar Grove house fire

    No one was injured when the flames in a fireplace grew out of control Friday at a two-story house in Sugar Grove, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the home on the 600 block of Wildwood Drive about 7:30 p.m.


    Rash of vehicle burglaries in Arlington Heights

    Arlington Heights police are investigating a rash of 13 vehicle burglaries that took place over the course of three days this week. A majority of the burglarized vehicles were left unlocked, though in some cases the burglars smashed windows to gain access.


    Drowning report prompts search of Naperville pond

    Rescue crews searched a Naperville pond Saturday after someone reported seeing an arm waving in the water, but they came up empty-handed.

    David Denofrio

    Naperville man gets probation, jail for child porn

    A Naperville man has been sentenced to jail and probation for aggravated child pornography. David Denofrio, 39, also must register as a sex offender.


    Bartlett police charge four juveniles with burglary

    Bartlett police have arrested and charged four juveniles with residential burglary.

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin reads to preschoolers at the Palatine Opportunity Center.

    Sen. Durbin visits Palatine Opportunity Center

    U..S. Sen. Dick Durbin spent about an hour at the Palatine Opportunity Center last week, greeting clients, congratulating Harper College GED students for their dedication to their studies and reading to preschoolers.


    Sarcastic criticism isn’t constructive

    Just dumping our negative viewpoints on someone else does nothing to spark improvement. It tears down a spirit rather than building constructive grounds to motivate a change, says columnist Annettee Budzban


    Successful marriage takes combination of optimism, realism

    Most couples in premarital counseling with our Ken Potts are optimistic about their chances for marital bliss. That's good. If we don't go into our marriage with such a positive attitude, we'd better think twice about our decision to get married in the first place. On the other hand, many of these couples are somewhat surprised to talk so much about the time and effort that goes into building a...


    Unproductive Congress skips town until November

    WASHINGTON — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory has skipped out of Washington so lawmakers can make their case for voters to re-elect them.


    Daniels tackles skeptics, prepares for Purdue job

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is meeting skeptics head-on as he educates himself about the challenges he'll face as the next president of Purdue University.


    Ill. teacher pension system lowering expectations

    SPRINGFIELD — The pension system for thousands of Illinois teachers is officially lowering the forecast of how much money it will make on investments.Instead of assuming an 8.5 percent rate of return, the Teachers' Retirement System will now base its plans and projections on 8 percent growth.


    Man charged in theft of checks from Obama offices

    CHICAGO — A suburban Chicago man has been charged with continuing a financial crimes enterprise in connection with the theft of two checks totaling more than $50,000 from President Barack Obama's national campaign headquarters.

    Meryl Streep meets a guest Friday during a VIP cocktail hour at a fundraiser for The Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy, held at Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale.

    Streep attracts hundreds to suburban epilepsy benefit

    More than 350 guests flocked to Bloomingdale on Friday for a fundraiser staring Meryl Streep. The actress was in the suburbs to support The Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy. She touted the ketogenic diet, which supporters like Streep say can treat the disease, making symptoms drastically improve or disappear. "That people aren't being told about this, I find that really...

    Peter Roskam

    When will Coolidge and Roskam go head-to-head?

    Will Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Leslie Coolidge, two candidates running for the 6th Congressional District, meet face-to-face before voters this election? Maybe. Maybe not.

    Don Castella

    Gambling divides 30th Senate District hopefuls

    The candidates running for the 30th state Senate seat are miles apart when it comes to legalized gambling. Incumbent Democrat Terry Link has been a very public proponent and has pushed for casino expansion in Lake County and elsewhere. Republican challenger Don Castella says he opposes casino expansions here "on economic and moral grounds."

    Maria Martinez, left, and Alana Ferry care for children in the infant room at the recently opened Educare of West DuPage facility in West Chicago.

    Preschool aims to help low-income children in West Chicago

    Educare of West DuPage, a state-of-the-art preschool, recently opened across the park from West Chicago Elementary District 33's Pioneer Elementary School, which has the highest percentage of low-income students of any elementary school in DuPage County. On Friday, state and local leaders celebrated the opening of the $10 million facility that serves children ages 5 and younger who are at risk of...


    Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, left, celebrates with shortstop Erick Aybar after they defeated the Chicago White Sox in their baseball game, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Sox lose to Angels 6-2, drop 3rd in a row

    The Sox have dropped three in a row and their AL Central lead is down to 1½ games. So they're more interested in forgetting the past than rehashing what went wrong.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Fire overcomes early gaffe
    It says a lot about the Chicago Fire these days that it can spot the Columbus Crew a howler of a goal and still win 2-1.


    Stevenson rebounds, wins at Elk Grove

    Stevenson’s girls volleyball team didn’t lament its Wednesday loss to North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville.On Saturday, the Patriots won the Elk Grove tournament by going 5-0.Stevenson capped the invite with a 25-17, 25-20 win over Barrington. Jenna Radtke had 6 kills and 4 aces, and Liza Pflugradt added 4 kills, as the Patriots improved their overall record to 17-2. Khaila Donaldson contributed 3 kills, 3 solo blocks and 3 aces for Stevenson, while Elizabeth Shancer had 10 digs.The Patriots also captured wins over Willowbrook (25-16, 25-15), Lakes (25-16, 25-16), Crystal Lake South (25-22, 25-20) and Elk Grove (25-16, 25-7). Pflugradt slammed 10 kills against Willowbrook and added six against Lakes.Harvard invite: Antioch went 4-1 to finish second, losing only to Oregon in three sets.Marissa Grant led Antioch (12-7), totaling 55 assists, 30 digs, 15 aces and 7 kills in the Sequoits’ five matches.


    South Elgin’s big plays do in Metea Valley

    Big-play capability separated South Elgin from visiting Metea Valley in a 28-21 Upstate Eight Valley victory Saturday. South Elgin scored 3 of its 4 touchdowns from well beyond the red zone, including what proved to be the game-winning pass early in the fourth quarter of its homecoming game.

    Grant defensive back Joe Sadausakas celebrates his touchdown against Vernon Hills after making it to the sidelines at Grant on Saturday. Sadauskas returned a fumble 98 yards for the score.

    Whitman, Grant stuck on winning

    All patched up — and glued — Grant quarterback Kyle Whitman was back. And in black."Sweet surprise," Whitman said of the new black uniforms with white numerals and piping that coach Kurt Rous unboxed two hours before the Bulldogs' homecoming kickoff against Vernon Hills. "It was perfect for the homecoming atmosphere, coming in, excited all week, all the silly days and stuff with the teachers," Whitman added. "And then coming out here and finding out we got new uniforms — this was like Christmas for us, man." It will have to be a particularly great Christmas for it to top Grant's Saturday. The Bulldogs' stunning blowout, 43-7, over its divisonal rival included the return of Whitman and even junior cornerback Chris Gomoll, who made his first appearance on a sideline since nearly suffering paralysis after he absorbed a hit against Wauconda two weeks ago. Gomoll, wearing a neck brace and his new black No. 81 jersey under his letterman's jacket, watched the game from the end zone with his parents and little brother.

    St. Charles East’s Joe Hoscheit runs through a gaping hole in the Elgin defense for a second-quarter touchdown during Saturday’s game at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    St. Charles East marches past Elgin

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elgin High School football at Memorial Stadium, on Saturday scores of Maroons athletes, band and choir members, high school administrators and even Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain assembled to honor more than 20 local war veterans. And then the Saints came marching in. St. Charles East added solemnity to the occasion, winning the Upstate Eight Conference River Division game 58-14.

    Christian Liberty running back Marcus Silva runs for yardage in the second quarter against the defensive line of Alden-Hebron in Saturdays’s game in Arlington Heights. yardage in the first half during Saturday’s game in Arlington Heights.

    Images: Christian Liberty vs. Alden-Hebron football
    Christian Liberty looks for their first win of the season against Alden-Hebron Saturday in Arlington Heights.


    Stevenson endures in Prospect’s Fall Classic

    It took 9½ hours to complete the 16-team Prospect Fall Classic and when it was over on Saturday, Stevenson took home the championship with 71 points. New Trier was second with 64 points and Glenbrook North (50) third."Playing Deerfield, New Trier, Oak Park-River-Forest, Glenbrook North and a slew of other schools is a good measuring stick for us," said Stevenson coach Tom Stanhope. "This win just shows the depth of our team because we have a lot of people out with injuries."


    Adams, Marengo hold off Grayslake Central

    The Grayslake Central girls cross country team knew it was going to be tough to catch state-ranked Marengo Saturday morning at the 14th Annual James "J.T." Taylor Invitational hosted by Grant. And that proved to be the case as the runner-up Rams put up a valiant effort against individual champion Katie Adams (18:17) on the new 3-mile Camp Henry Horner course only to see the Indians take the team championship of the 14-team meet by a final score of 39-71. Adams placed seventh in Class 2A last fall. Chilly running conditions in the high 40's and a lot of wind were not typical for this late September meet, but Grant's Lindsey Lewis still finished strong with a second-place clocking of 19:18 for the Bulldogs.


    Boys golf: Scouting the MSL meet

    Here's a look ahead to Monday's Mid-Suburban League boys golf meet.


    Girls golf/Scouting the MSL meet

    Here's a look ahead to Monday's Mid-Suburban League girls golf meet at the Buffalo Grove Goklf Club.


    Palatine produces in Pifer Invite

    Cassie Chaplinsky and Casey Dolen, co-captains for Palatine girls volleyball team, walked up together to receive the championship trophy of the Pifer Invite at Prospect High's School Jean Walker Field House on Saturday afternoon.Often, it's Chaplinsky, Dolen and Kayla Kendzior serve receiving for the Pirates.That's Cassie, Casey and Kayla _ say those names fast three times in a row."Oh my God," said Pirates senior setter and all-tourney selection Sarah Schiffner. "I'm yelling the wrong name all the time. They all start with that same sound."The Pirates were sound in all phases of the game Saturday, going 5-0 and improving to 15-4.

    Christian Liberty running back Dan Glad catapults his way over the Alden-Hebron defensive line for first-half yardage Saturday afternoon in Arlington Heights.

    Alden-Hebron grounds Christian Liberty

    It's been no secret that Christian Liberty likes to run the football. But after the Chargers exploded for 404 rushing yards against Mooseheart last week, Alden-Hebron coach John Lalor had his players prepared for Christian Liberty's run-oriented attack. Though Christian Liberty did perhaps take the first step to creating a balance between the pass and the run in the fourth quarter, it was too little and too late for the Chargers as they dropped a 29-12 Northeastern Athletic battle with the Giants.

    St. Charles East’s Joe Hoscheit runs through a gaping hole in the Elgin defense for a second quarter touchdown during Saturday’s game at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Images: St. Charles East at Elgin football
    The Elgin Maroons hosted the St. Charles East Saints in football action on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Elgin. East beat Elgin 51 to 14.

    Vernon Hills running-back Ilya Fedorovich is tackled by Grant defender Dan King on Saturday, September 22.

    Images: Grant vs. Vernon Hills football
    The Grant Bulldogs hosted the Vernon Hills Cougars in football action on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Fox Lake. Grant beat Vernon Hills 43 to 7.


    Crystal Lake S. 2nd at Elk Grove

    At Elk Grove: Carly Nolan had 31 kills, 22 digs and 4 aces while Katie Meyers had 59 digs and 3 aces to lead Crystal Lake South to a second-place finish at the Elk Grove tournament. The Gators (17-6) defeated Elk Grove, Barrington, Willowbrook and Lakes before falling to Stevenson 25-22, 25-20 in the championship match. Avalon Nero (22 kills, 21 digs, 5 aces) and Nicole Slimko (19 kills, 7.5 blocks) also contributed for CL South.

    Northwestern running back Venric Mark (5) celebrates a touchdown with teammates Saturday during the first half against South Dakota.

    Northwestern cruises, eyes future in Big 10

    Venric Mark ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northwestern to an easy 38-7 victory over South Dakota on Saturday afternoon. This one figured to be a breather for the Wildcats (4-0), and that's exactly what it was. They barely broke a sweat against a FCS opponent after tight victories over Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Boston College, building a 28-0 halftime lead.


    Willowbrook settles another score

    Another week, another shot at redemption for Willowbrook's football team.Saturday in Maywood it was time to turn the tables on Proviso East. Taking advantage of six turnovers, Willowbrook rolled to a 53-14 victory to remain unbeaten in the West Suburban Gold Conference and inch a step closer to a playoff berth.Last season the Pirates (0-5, 0-2) pounded the Warriors (4-1, 2-0) 48-6. The memories of that game stayed with Willowbrook — which went 0-9 last year — as the touchdowns kept coming on Saturday.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com ¬ Chicago Bears running back Michael Bush finds an opening during the Bears season opener against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Bears won 41-21 ¬ ¬

    Rushing spotlight on Bush today

    With Matt Forte out with a sprained ankle, Michael Bush steps in today as the Bears' featured ball carrier.


    Cary-Grove tops Lakes to stay unbeaten

    Kevin Wilde netted a couple of goals and Cary-Grove's boys soccer team captured its second tournament title this fall on Saturday morning. The Trojans bounced past Lakes 2-0 in the final game of the Carmel quadrangular in Mundelein.


    Hart, Gosselin shine at Rosary invite

    As young as they are — and there's no denying that Rosary's girls swim team is youthful this fall — there's also no doubting that the Beads have some talent in the water. Rosary finished fourth in its own Rosary Invitational on Saturday, but deeper than the team placing was the race-by-race dynamic exhibited by the Beads' swimmers.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Emanuel Sanchez scored two unassisted goals and then Elgin won in PKs, defeating Marmion 3-2 Saturday to take third place at the St. Charles East boys soccer invitational. Flavio Jaimez had 7 saves in goal for the Maroons (3-11).Hampshire 7, Christian Liberty 1: Tyler Koppie and Paul Vovacovici each scored twice to lead the Whip-Purs to an easy win in the opening round of the Hampshire tournament. Zack Suthers and Daniel Rodrigues also scored for Hampshire. Andy Pederson made 3 saves in the first half for the Whip-Purs and Cesear Esparza stopped 2 shots in the second half. Hampshire will take on Burlington Central in the semifinals next Saturday.Burlington Central 3, Rockford Jefferson 1: Bryce Warner scored twice and Brad Yarwood added a goal to lead the Rockets to a win in the opening round of the Hampshire tournament. Brett Rau made 5 saves in goal for Burlington Central (10-2-2). South Elgin 6, Rockford Auburn 1: Owen Bolt had 2 goals with Jake Hicks, Quinn Uveges and Phil Saccameno adding one each to lead South Elgin at the Hampshire tournament. Michael Cortez (6 saves) and Tyler Shipon (3 saves) shared time in goal for the Storm (5-5-1). South Elgin will play Woodstock North in the semifinals next Saturday.Huntley 0, DeKalb 0: Auston Emery had 9 saves in goal for Huntley (10-3-1) in this nonconference tie.Prospect 1, CL South 0: Gus Alvarez made 2 saves and Steven Follmer stopped 2 shots but Crystal Lake South (9-8) couldn’t score in this nonconference loss.Streamwood 5, Hoffman Estates 0: Mario Rodriguez had a hat trick, while Alajandro Avalos and Luis Rodriguez also scored in Streamwood’s nonconference win. Phil Lewy had 5 saves in goal for the Sabres (9-5).Men’s soccerJudson 2, Olivet Nazarene 2: Jason Mock and Walter Lopez scored Judson’s goals in the Eagles’ homecoming tie. Judson is now 3-3-2 for the season.


    Downers Grove North wins Warrior Blast

    No matter how tough the road beforehand, Downers Grove North sure seems to find a second home at Waubonsie Valley.In their third Warrior Blast volleyball tournament final in four years, the Trojans matched their 2009 championship by beating Batavia 25-21, 25-10 on Saturday in Aurora.In two days Downers Grove North (7-10), at one point this season 0-5, surpassed its win total leading up to the weekend.


    Elgin Academy, host Royals share Larkin Invite crown

    Elgin Academy junior Makena Barickman turned out to be blissfully unaware of the stakes in her final No. 2 singles match in Saturday afternoon's Larkin Invitational girls tennis tournament in Elgin. Barickman and Elgin's Melissa Wu had split their first two sets and were headed to a 10-point super tiebreaker in the final match of the day. And Elgin Academy was a point behind Larkin in the standings of the four-team round-robin event.


    Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen takes Bartlett title

    Jacobs' Lauren Van Vlierbergen has only been running cross country for a year. So with the cool and windy conditions Saturday at the Barlett Invitational, she sought out head coach Kevin Christian for advice. "He said to stay with the pack and let them block the wind for me," Van Vlierbergen said. "And I did that until the last half-mile. I broke free then and sprinted in." With plenty of energy left, Van Vlierbergen broke from the pack and raced down the stretch at Sunrise Park to finish first with a time of 18:07.2.


    Snedeker makes a push for FedEx Cup

    Brandt Snedeker gave himself the opportunity he wanted in the FedEx Cup. He also has the company he expected. Snedeker played one of his best rounds this year at just the right time Saturday, making a collection of tough putts and relying on his short game to pick up a couple of other birdies on his way to a 6-under 64 that gave him a share of the lead with Justin Rose in the Tour Championship.

    Devin Hester has just 7 catches in his last 11 games.

    Bears’ Hester has become invisible man
    The Bears' offense must do a better job of finding alternative weapons in the pass game when ooponents focus on stopping Brandon Marshall, but Devin Hester hasn't had much of an impact as a receiver in more than a year.


    Fast start leaves Glenbard West smiling

    Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet really likes fast starts by his football team. That's why he was smiling early and often Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn.


    No. 21 Michigan State puts away E Michigan, 23-7

    Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown to help stagnant Michigan State avoid a major upset with a 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.


    No. 25 Nebraska rolls to 73-7 win over Idaho State

    Rex Burkhead ran for 119 yards and two touchdowns and No. 25 Nebraska made quick work of Idaho State in a 73-7 victory Saturday. The Cornhuskers (3-1) led 35-0 after the first quarter and 45-0 at half.


    Northern Illinois rallies to beat Kansas 30-23

    Northern Illinois rallied from a 23-13 fourth quarter deficit to defeat Kansas 30-23 Saturday afternoon. The Huskies (3-1) victory moved its home field winning streak to 17 games, while the Jayhawks (1-3) lost their 14th straight road contest.


    Wauconda’s effort comes up just short vs. North Chicago

    The North Chicago lead had swelled to 13 points in the third quarter of homecoming day at Wauconda on Saturday afternoon. And the Warhawks kicked off following their score to Wauconda senior Bruce Pearl. And for a few seconds, it looked like Pearl was standing around waiting for something to happen. "I wanted to follow my blockers," Pearl said after his Bulldogs fell 27-14 in an NSC Prairie Division matchup. And then Pearl turned on the jets. He was on his way to an 81-yard kickoff return that eventually would die out at the North Chicago 5-yard line. "It was a fun game," Pearl said. "I can't believe I didn't score. Let's call it a yard away."


    In the long run, Carmel hangs on at Nazareth

    Long runs — a 69-yarder by Josh Walinski and a 40-yard jaunt by quarterback Nick Grandolfo — propelled Carmel Catholic over East Suburban Catholic rival Nazareth Academy 13-7 at Nazareth's Valenta Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

    The Cubs' Dave Sappelt drives in run with a single against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field.

    Beltran tags Marmol, Cards beat Cubs in 10 innings

    Carlos Marmol met his match in Carlos Beltran. Marmol yielded a tying solo homer to Beltran in the ninth and Jon Jay doubled in the winning run an inning later as the St. Louis Cardinals bolstered their bid for another playoff appearance with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. "I made one mistake and I paid for it," he said. "That's the game. He made a good swing. I take my hat off."


    Cabrera and Fister help Tigers blank Twins 8-0

    Miguel Cabrera hit his 42nd homer, putting him in Triple Crown position, and Doug Fister pitched his first career shutout to help the Detroit Tigers beat Minnesota 8-0 Saturday, keeping their hopes high in the AL Central race.


    Lake Park’s Flanagan emerges with record Palatine effort

    There was no stopping Lake Park senior Kaylee Flanagan at the Palatine Invitational on Saturday. Again. The Lancers senior shook off a loaded field with an explosive first mile and never looked back in cruising to the title in a course record 16:49 at Deer Grove East. It was Flanagan's fourth consecutive major invite win, all of them in course-record times, including her victory last weekend at the Richard Springs Invitational on the state meet course.

    St. Charles East’s Kevin Kurtz battles to keep the ball in bounds and away from Plainfield Central’s Mike Giocolo in the first half on Saturday, September 22.

    St. Charles East breaks through

    At first, St. Charles East boys soccer coach Paul Jennison didn't know what to do. After all, the fifth-year Saints coach isn't accustomed to receiving title trophies from his own tournament. St. Charles East (10-2-1) earned the first-place hardware following its 3-1 triumph over Plainfield Central (6-7-1) in Saturday's championship match of the Saints' 19th annual tournament.


    Lakes’ Prais sets the pace at Taylor Invitational

    The 14th Annual James Taylor Invitational was a great test for Lake County boys cross country runners in more than one way Saturday morning at Camp Henry Horner. Lakes senior Ryan Prais continued to shine for the Eagles with a winning time of 16:17 as he finally pulled away from runner-up Kyle Whitney (16:30) of Vernon Hills, and third-place finisher Peter Audrain (16:32) of Grant down the stretch. Richmond-Burton edged Vernon Hills to win the team race.


    Dickey wins 19th, Mets top Marlins again

    For eight innings, the only real drama that filled pumped-up Citi Field was whether R.A. Dickey would get a shutout to go along with his 19th win.


    Thome, Orioles win 16th straight in extra innings

    Jim Thome hit a go-ahead double in the 12th in his first game in nearly two months and the Baltimore Orioles won their 16th straight extra-inning game, beating the Boston Red Sox 9-6 on Saturday. The Orioles won their sixth in a row overall. They began the day one game behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.


    Gonzalez wins 20th, Nationals beat Brewers 10-4

    Gio Gonzalez became the majors' first 20-game winner in 2012, and the first pitcher for a Washington baseball team with 200 strikeouts since Walter Johnson in 1916, taking a shutout into the sixth inning Saturday to help the Nationals close in on their first NL East title by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4.


    Kentucky’s St. Xavier edges York, Jones for title

    York is aiming for its 28th state title this season in Class 3A, and Chicago Jones Prep is hoping to secure its first state title in Class 2A. But Louisville's St. Xavier, the defending Class 3A Kentucky champion, proved to rise above that class struggle at the Palatine Invitational on Saturday at a windy Deer Grove East. St. Xavier placed five runners in the top 27 to take first place with 84 points in a close three way battle, with York nipping Chicago Jones Prep for second 96-97. Barrington (165 points) made quite an impression by taking fourth, followed by Ohio's Hilliard Davidson (229 points) and host Palatine and St. Ignatius (230 points apiece).


    Southern Illinois drops Missouri State 14-6

    Southern Illinois got big first-quarter plays from Emmanuel Souarin and Mulku Kalokoh to beat Missouri State 14-6 Saturday in a defensive game that featured 20 punts for 738 yards. In the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams, the Salukis (2-2) prevailed despite going 0 for 13 on third-down conversions and managing just 198 yards of offense.

    There will be lots of flag waving this week at Medinah Country Club, just as there was in 2008 when fans welcomes Team USA at the Ryder Cup opening ceremonies (above) at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. In golf, it’s the biggest event of the year.

    As a sports draw, Ryder Cup a major factor

    The Ryder Cup is often called the Super Bowl of golf, but don't go comparing it to the NFL championship game, at least as far as Las Vegas experts are concerned. Nothing tops the Super Bowl, but the Ryder Cup compares favorable other golf majors, NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup Finals. And the Ryder Cup also does quite well with other factors such as star attractions, entertainment events, box office power, television pull and more.


    Central Michigan stuns Iowa 32-31

    Central Michigan's David Harman drilled a 47-yard field goal with three seconds left, and the Chippewas scored nine points in the final 45 seconds and stunned Iowa 32-31 on Saturday. Central Michigan (2-1) pulled within 31-29 on Ryan Radcliff's 13-yard TD throw to Titus Davis.


    Jacobs puts it all together at Bartlett Invite

    Jacobs boys cross country coach Kevin Christian has been waiting for his Golden Eagles to soar. And in the windy and cool conditions at the Bartlett Invitational, his team did just that. Jacobs had 5 of the top 18 finishers to easily win the 13-team invitational at Sunrise Park Saturday with a score of 45 points. The Eagles finished well ahead of Lincoln-Way Central, which was second with 101 points. Conant was third with 122, followed by Schaumburg's 128 and Bartlett's 142.


    Hersey churns to victory at Buffalo Grove

    A season in which just about everything has fallen into place perfectly for Hersey's girls swimming team continues to line up nicely. The Huskies, already virtually assured of a sixth straight Mid-Suburban East title, are looking toward other goals, such as competing well in championship formats. Their first real test came at the invitational hosted by Buffalo Grove on Saturday afternoon. Things got off to a great start as divers Hannah Bovino, Megan Nocita and Anne Johnson delivered a 2-3-4 finish. Subsequent victories in the first three swimming races — the 200-yard medley relay, the 200 free and the 200 IM — put the Huskies in command, and they stayed there. Hersey (491 points) held off an impressive Jacobs/Hampshire co-op team which had no divers but still amassed 400.5 points for second place. Led by sophomore diver Dana Liva's meet record-breaking effort of 415.65, Prospect took third (218), just ahead of the host Bison (213.5), Rolling Meadows (208.5) and Huntley (205).


    Braxton Miller’s TD helps No. 16 Buckeyes beat UAB 29-15

    Braxton Miller ran for two touchdowns and No. 16 Ohio State overcame a lethargic, mistake-filled effort to hold off UAB 29-15 on Saturday in the Buckeyes' final tune-up before Big Ten play.


    James White’s 2 TDs lead Badgers to 37-26 win over UTEP

    James White and Melvin Gordon picked up the slack for Montee Ball and the Wisconsin Badgers. With the Heisman Trophy finalist sidelined by an early head injury Saturday, White rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Gordon sealed Wisconsin's 37-26 victory over UTEP with a 26-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter.

    Losing yet another series to the Kansas City Royals has put the White Sox in a difficult position as they try to hold off Detroit and win the AL Central.

    For Sox fans, that sinking feeling takes hold

    White Sox fandom's feeling of impending doom isn't based on much proof this season. While Matt Spiegel doesn't share it, he admits it's getting hard to shout down as the White Sox continue to have too many moments when they don't look much better at the basics than one of the worst defensive teams in baseball, the Detroit Tigers.


    Glenbard South falls to Elmwood Park

    When the play was called, Elmwood Park quarterback Patrick McNulty liked his chances. When he saw wide receiver Mitch Cervantes get open beyond the Glenbard South defense, he loved his chances.


    Addison Trail can’t come back for win

    Morton scored 3 touchdowns in the first quarter against Addison Trail on Friday night in a West Suburban Gold battle at Morton's West Stadium, holding on to win 20-6.

    Ervin Santana struck out 11 while pitching seven innings of two-hit ball and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 on Friday night to gain ground in the playoff race.

    Sox fall to Angels, lead cut to 1½

    Ervin Santana struck out 11 while pitching seven innings of two-hit ball and the Los Angeles Angels beat the White Sox 6-2 on Friday night to gain ground in the playoff race.


    The Place De La Musique at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills.

    New McHenry Co. visitors bureau director eager to start

    Jaki Berggren, of Huntley, the new executive director of the McHenry County Convention & Visitors Bureau has quite a few ideas brewing, including a McHenry County smartphone app, a geocaching scavenger hunt and even paying prominent bloggers to come and check out the county. But for now, she is focusing on the agency's immediate goals — increasing its membership and its visibility within the county itself.

    Philip “Phil” Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks during an event in San Francisco. Apple’s basic new iPhone costs the company just more than $200 to make, according to a preliminary component report from analysis firm IHS iSuppli.

    Apple’s iPhone 5: What does it cost to make?

    Apple’s basic new iPhone costs the company just more than $200 to make, according to a preliminary component report from analysis firm IHS iSuppli.The materials in the 16GB model of the phone, the firm said, cost Apple $199 while manufacturing shakes out to about $8 per phone. The iPhone 5’s materials come to a slightly higher total than the iPhone 4S. Andrew Rassweiler, IHS’s senior principal analyst for teardown services, said that the lowest-end iPhone 4S had a bill of materials of $188.The 32 GB version costs Apple $209 to make, while the 64 GB is estimated to cost $230. With carrier subsidies, the iPhone 5 retails at $199, $299 and $399. While there’s no unlocked version of the iPhone 5 for sale, carriers list the full prices of the device at $649.99, $749.99 and $849.99 without a contract.The phone’s costliest component, unsurprisingly, is its screen. The screen is almost always the most expensive part of a phone, and the new iPhone has a particularly sophisticated panel that integrates the touch sensor and the display panel. And, of course, the iPhone 5’s display is a half-inch larger than the screen on the iPhone 4S. It costs Apple around $44 per phone.Another part of the new iPhone that makes it more expensive for Apple to produce is the inclusion of LTE chips, which the firm said added $10 to the cost of the phone’s cellular components.In his analysis, Ressweiler said that the iPhone 5’s LTE chips are meant to run on as many of the world’s LTE networks as possible. That’s no easy feat, since LTE networks across the globe -- even within the United States -- run LTE networks at different frequencies. That, for example, is why Apple’s new iPad was flagged by British and Australian consumer protection agencies for advertising “4G” speeds when the device wasn’t capable of running that quickly in those countries.Apple’s A6 processor also costs a bit more to make than its A5 processor, but the company was able to dramatically decrease the price for NAND flash memory -- both because the price of the components are dropping and because the company buys the memory chips at such a scale.The teardown fun continued at iFixit, a site that performs surgery on devices to try and show people how to fix their gadgets themselves. In a teardown of Apple’s new earbuds, dubbed EarPods, the site found that the new EarPods are quite durable and have a cleaner design -- but, in the end, are pretty much like most headphones on the market.A switch to a paper speaker cone instead of a plastic one, the site said, could be the explanation for the headphones’ advertised improvement in the mid- and lower-ranges. It also highlighted that the remote casing is well-protected from the elements and that the cable is built to stand up to wear and tear.Still, the site said, users shouldn’t try tearing down their new EarPods at home.“They will never be the same once taken apart,” the site concluded.

    Zoe Shyba, 3, and Aidan Lain, 7, play “Kinect Sesame Street TV” at the Sesame Street Workshop in New York. “Kinect Sesame Street TV”, launched Tuesday, uses Kinect, a motion and voice-sensing controller created by Microsoft, to give Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street crew a chance to have a real two-way conversation with their pint-sized audience. The effort represents the next step in the evolution of television, adding an interactive element to what’s still largely a passive, lean-back experience.

    Sesame Street’s next chapter: Elmo talks back

    The "Sesame Street" crew has been talking to kids for more than four decades. Now they're offering a way for their pint-sized audience to interact with characters on the other side of the TV screen, using Kinect, the motion and voice-sensing controller created by Microsoft. "Kinect Sesame Street TV," out this week, is not exactly a video game, though it runs on Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 video game system.

    Google Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc. and 11 other Internet companies have joined to form a lobbyist group as issues such as online privacy and security become a growing focus for lawmakers in Washington.

    Google joins Facebook, Amazon in new internet lobbying group

    Google Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc. and 11 other Internet companies have joined to form a lobbyist group as issues such as online privacy and security become a growing focus for lawmakers in Washington. The Internet Association, based in Washington, will advocate for economic growth and job creation in the Internet sector, it said in a release today.

    Robert Madison talks about receiving automated marketing calls, outside his office in Overland Park, Kan. Complaints to the government are up sharply about unwanted phone solicitations, raising questions about how well the federal ìdo-not-callî registry is working.

    Complaints about automated calls up sharply

    So much for silence from telemarketers at the cherished dinner hour, or any other hour of the day. Complaints to the government are up sharply about unwanted phone solicitations, raising questions about how well the federal "do-not-call" registry is working. Robert Madison, 43, of Shawnee, Kan., says he gets automated calls almost daily from "Ann, with credit services," offering to lower his interest rates.

    The iPhone 5 lives up to its looks in the sense that it’s the best iPhone yet. It’s also the biggest overhaul to the line since the release of the 3G, four years ago. Compared to other high-end smartphones, however, it’s more of a catch-up move.

    Review: iPhone evolves into jewel-like ‘5’

    If you run your finger over one of the joints where plastic and metal meet on the rim of the iPhone 5, you feel just the slightest hint of the seam. The materials have been machined to blend into one another with astonishing, jewel-like precision. This is the essence of Apple: creating a product that looks and feels so good, you just know it has to be good.

    Mike Lazaridis, inventor of the BlackBerry smartphone, is opening the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre in Waterloo, Ontario, aiming to re-create the conditions that made AT&T’s Bell Labs a hive of technological innovation in the early 1960s and laid the groundwork for the success of Silicon Valley.

    With new research center, BlackBerry creator seeks brightest minds

    Mike Lazaridis, whose invention of the BlackBerry smartphone more than a decade ago redefined the way people send e-mail, is drawing inspiration from the early days of computing for his next act. Backed by his $100 million donation, the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre opens Friday in Waterloo, Ontario, aiming to re-create the conditions that made AT&T's Bell Labs a hive of technological innovation in the early 1960s and laid the groundwork for the success of Silicon Valley.

    Apple’s potential entry into Internet radio is poised to put online music pioneer Pandora Media on the takeover wish lists of companies from Google and Amazon.com to Clear Channel Communications.

    Apple seen putting Pandora in play amid online shift

    Apple's potential entry into Internet radio is poised to put online music pioneer Pandora Media on the takeover wish lists of companies from Google and Amazon.com to Clear Channel Communications. Pandora is projected to increase revenue by 214 percent in the next two years, almost triple the median for U.S. Internet media companies valued at more than $1 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    Signs of a shift in attitudes toward plus-size women are rife in popular culture. Singer Adele urges fans to embrace their shapes, and many young women now are demanding that retailers cater to them with “fatshion.” Adele is shown at the 2009 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles where she was chosen as best new artist.

    Demand from plus-sized women spawns fatshion category

    For years, fashion advice for larger women has come in one size: wear black and avoid stripes. Now, many women are embracing their curves and demanding that retailers cater to them, not the other way round. "For so long, women have been told by the fashion elite that they can't wear horizontal stripes, everything they wear should be loose and they should steer away from anything that's form-fitting and tailored," said Catherine Moellering, executive vice president of Tobe, a New York-based fashion retail consulting firm. "This younger generation isn't interested in their rules."


    Will homebrew manufacturing revolutionize the economy?

    If you live in a tech-hipster haven like Berkeley or Brooklyn, there's a good chance you know super-dads like Chris Anderson, or perhaps you're one yourself. To the extent that you've considered the rise of geek dads at all, you probably haven't thought of them as being an especially powerful force in society or the economy. But Anderson argues that he and other makers like him — not just geek dads but the larger community of enthusiasts who go gaga for things like 3-D printers, the open-source hardware platform Arduino, and the Maker Faire — aren't mere weekend hobbyists.

    Some people use LinkedIn to connect to people by joining groups such as alumni groups or professional colleagues. Basically, you are building a connection with a variety of people either in your professional field or just people who went to similar schools or have similar professional interests.

    Career Coach: Using LinkedIn to your best advantage

    Some people use LinkedIn to connect to people by joining groups such as alumni groups or professional colleagues. Basically, you are building a connection with a variety of people either in your professional field or just people who went to similar schools or have similar professional interests. Others I know use LinkedIn to find people to learn more about their work backgrounds. So, there are plenty of different professional uses for it.

Life & Entertainment

    Trainers tend to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy after he was hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison in a game last December. McCoy sustained a concussion.

    ‘Hoop Dreams’ director takes on concussion issue

    The concussion crisis that has engulfed the NFL and NHL came to the big screen Friday with the release of "Head Games," a documentary by "Hoop Dreams" director Steve James. Inspired by Chris Nowinski's book by the same name, the film blends a stark, sometimes graphic portrayal of the science of concussions with personal stories of parents and athletes struggling with head injuries' potentially devastating effects.

    IndyCar driver and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Helio Castroneves

    Helio races from IndyCar finale to the dance floor

    Ask Helio Castroneves how rehearsal is going for "Dancing with the Stars" and he whips out his cellphone to show a video of him practicing a routine. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner is playing catch-up on the competition for the All-Star edition of the ABC show. While the other couples were working on their first routine, Castroneves was completing the final race of the IndyCar season. The season premiere of the reality show premieres Monday night.

    Visitors take in the view during a media preview of “Discovering Columbus” by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi on Wednesday in New York’s Columbus Circle.

    Lofty NYC art venue is not for the fainthearted

    Most New Yorkers can only dream of an apartment like this. Spectacular views of midtown Manhattan. An iconic work of art in the living room. Prime Columbus Circle location. That 70-foot climb from the ground floor could be a problem, though. And it couldn't be a long-term lease, or any lease actually, because it's not even a real residence. It's the latest creation by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, turning the Columbus Monument into a piece of conceptual art.

    A model wears a floral creation that’s part of the Prada Women’s Spring-Summer 2013 fashion collection in Milan.

    Everything coming up flowers on Milan runway

    Floral references during the Milan Fashion Week womenswear previews ranged from the graphic motif to romantic bouquets or jungle foliage. It's not a sexy season. Collections for next summer are more romantic than racy and sheer fabrics suggest more than they show. The silhouette is loose and flowing — with skirt lengths both baby-doll short and granny-dress long.

    An international film festival opened Thursday in the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Letters on the poster written in Japanese read: “Great king of Comedy, Chaplin Film Screening Week.”

    Film festival opens in movie-crazy North Korea

    An international film festival opens earlier this week in what may seem the unlikeliest of places: North Korea. Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival offers North Koreans their only chance to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen — from Britain, Germany and elsewhere (but not America). And it's the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean theaters to watch movies alongside locals.

    Brenda Strong, left, and son Zakery Henri arrive at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmys last Saturday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. While temperatures topped 100 degrees, Strong said that it’s all an act to look cool and admitted that she was boiling up.

    Lights, camera, sweat? Emmy fashions make it work

    LOS ANGELES — Each year, the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony presents a steamy challenge for the red carpet’s most fashionable, since September is typically LA’s hottest month. Sunday should be no exception. The mercury is expected to soar into the 80s midday, when nominees parade inside the Nokia Theatre. Add hundreds of spotlights and a dose of nerves, and maintaining a cool, camera-ready appearance can be a challenge. But the stars have strategies.Emmy-winning animator Kevin Shinick, for example, has a powerful plan.“Battery-operated tux,” he said. “I have little mini fans all throughout, except on my groin. So you know, that was extra, I couldn’t afford all that!”Actress Lake Bell suggests minimizing movement.“If you do not move that much, you will not sweat. So I am trying to exercise restraint,” she said at last week’s Creative Arts Emmy celebration, where temperatures topped 100 degrees. “But the dress is helping me because it’s very serre, as we say in French, very narrow.”“Dancing With the Stars” choreographers Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini agreed with the no-movement policy.Plus “pit pads,” Lazzarini said, and chilled champagne in the car on the way to the ceremony.Stylists offer some more practical solutions.Opt for light fabrics and minimal undergarments, suggests celebrity stylist and costume designer Tanya Gill. That means choosing looks that allow for a Spanx-free approach: “If you can avoid all those undergarments that a lot of people tend to rely on for these events — maybe a little Pilates, a little juice the week before — you’ll feel so much more comfortable not to have all that on.”A spray tan can help, too.“If they can spare a couple of hours and get a spray-on tan, they’ll feel amazing,” she said. “It also makes you feel slimmer, so then you might not have to wear all those undergarments.”Men should consider light fabrics as well — and mind the lining of their tuxedos.“Avoid anything polyester, even the lining,” Gill said. “Cotton, fabulous. Linen, fantastic.”When it comes to hair, ladies should skip the side-swept ponytails and half-up/half-down `dos popular in seasons past, says celebrity stylist and global creative director for Alterna Professional Haircare Michael Shaun Corby.“This season it’s all about the beehive, topknots and super-sleek ponies,” he said. “What I like about these styles is they keep your hair off the neck, keep you cool and keep you right on trend.”Men should avoid the “shaggy, hipster look” in the heat, says Corby, because “when you start to sweat, the ends will start to curl, and that will be a red-carpet miss.” He suggests opting for shorter cuts — and don’t forget the sunscreen. For guys who must rock longer styles, “try putting dry shampoo close to the scalp, because that will dry up excess oil and keep you from looking shiny on those HD-close-ups,” Corby said.Since many of the nominees are actors, there’s always the option of acting cool. At last week’s Creative Arts ceremony, Brenda Strong worked her skills to beat the heat.“I’m not beating anything. It’s beating me, very slowly,” she said. “I look cool. Thank you. It’s an act, it’s all an act. I’m not cool at all, I’m boiling up.”Of course, there’s always Maya Rudolph’s advice for beating the heat while dressed to the nines.“You don’t beat it,” she said. “You try to gently lay next to it.”

    Hailey Fink gets acquainted with a corn snake in the first-grade classroom of Dawn Slinger in Farmington, Minn.

    Groups lend a hand to teachers with classroom pets

    For many children, their first pet is a virtual one. Experts say many children who enter the first grade can play video games but few have a pet to play with. And teachers say that's a shame, considering how animals can enrich a child's upbringing. So for a quarter of a century, educators such as Dawn Slinger in Farmington, Minn., have paid out of their own pockets to provide one for their classrooms. Only in the past few years have groups stepped in to help with the financial burden.

    George Lopez brings his brand of humor to the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 22.

    Weekend picks: Get ready to laugh with George Lopez

    Comedian and TV star George Lopez returns to standup for a Saturday night show at the Chicago Theatre. Vote for your favorite films from the Elgin Short Film Festival Saturday when comedian Mike Toomey presents the top five films at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. Enjoy a green fashion show, musical performances by the Radio Disney crew, cooking demonstrations and more Saturday at the Fourth Annual Cantigny Green Fair.

    Jeffery Peterson of Potomac Services performs a visual inspection of a chimney flue in Sterling, Va.

    Chimney care is often ignored, yet critically important

    People are drawn to a fire, whether they're roasting marshmallows around a campfire during the summer or cuddling up near the fireplace in the dead of winter. And just as you take precautions outdoors, there are things you should do to make sure your fireplaces and chimneys are safe.

    Trius is one of more than two dozen wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the fall harvest season is a busy time of year for tourism.

    Niagara-on-the-Lake flows with wine, theater

    Mention Niagara and most travelers think of the famous falls, which deserve their reputation as the mother of all tourist attractions. But there’s another place with Niagara in its name just a half-hour drive from the falls that should be part of any visit to the area: Niagara-on-the-Lake, a lovely town known for wineries, an annual theater festival and a charming downtown.

    Sunlight falls on remaining bright foliage as the snow-capped ski trails of the Stowe ski resort are seen on the side of Mt. Mansfield.

    5 free things to do in Burlington, Vt.

    Mountain and lake views along with fall foliage can be had for free in Vermont's largest city of Burlington, which feels more like a big town than a city. The college town, home to the University of Vermont and a number of other schools, sits on the shores of Lake Champlain, a 120-mile lake between Vermont and upstate New York, with spectacular views of the Adirondack Mountains.

    This Hawthorn Woods home sits on 2½ wooded acres.

    Large wooded lot surrounds Hawthorn Woods home

    Privacy and tranquillity await the buyer of this traditional stone home, built on a 2½-acre wooded lot in Hawthorn Woods in 2003. This gorgeous home, featuring three levels of finished living space, two patios, an in-ground pool and a hot tub, is listed for $850,000.

    There are many varieties of Hull’s Little Red Riding Hood cookie jar. Some are more valuable than others

    Little Red Riding Hood cookie jar not a rare specimen

    Q. I have a "Little Red Riding Hood" cookie jar that has been in my family since the early 1900s. It is in mint condition and I would love to know what it is worth. It is marked on the bottom, "Hull-ware Little Red Riding Hood Patent Applied For U.S.A."


    Condensate leaks can cause major damage

    Q. I have a combination furnace/air conditioner with a pump near the bottom of the furnace that collects the condensate water from the air conditioner and pumps it across the basement to the laundry drain. I failed to notice that the pump had stopped working and the water flooded to the finished basement. The repairman said e can install an alarm to let us know if the pump fails again.



    The Soapbox

    Spiders, Cougars and the "13th Man" are some of the things Daily Herald editors are talking about this week.


    Use Americans for customer service calls
    A Tower Lakes letter to the editor


    Stipends are a big deal to taxpayers
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: This is done all over the country, I am sure, though probably not to the extent it is done in Cook County. So my comment is: If all those "no big deals" are added up, one might find they significantly impact the huge budget deficits.


    White House pushing propaganda
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: For this administration to be pounding away with the mantra that the violence on 9/11 was caused solely by some film is just not true, and President Obama knows it, but he believes that if he keeps repeating this rhetoric eventually the public will buy it.


    Facts belie claims in Obama’s speech
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: In the Daily Herald on Sept. 7, the day after Democratic National Convention ended, the front-page headline quoted President Obama's speech: "The nation will recover." But flip to front-page of the Business section and you saw "Navistar lays off 700."


    Let’s ban strikes and limit terms
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Until these two changes occur we will not get the representation we deserve from politicians and government employees will hold us, their employers, hostage.


    Walsh’s behavior at parade objectionable
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Those who march with Joe Walsh should be aware that his radical views and irresponsible comments are going to spark a difference of opinion.


    Real solutions based on reality
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: We are living in very precarious times, where selfish desires and attention-seeking behavior seem to take precedence in Washington. Humility and principled behavior just don't seem to be qualities many of our public officials possess. And the consequences are costly on many levels.


    Competence over charisma
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: After America elected Barack Obama — possibly the most charismatic, "cool" president in recent history and after four years of unfulfilled promises and dismal economic performance, have we not learned that the selection of our leaders needs to be based on anything but charisma?


    Lombard trustees lack leadership
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Politics has again trumped common sense with their steadfast refusal to appoint trustee Greg Gron acting president. Lombard voters need to remember this come election time in next April.


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