Daily Archive : Friday September 28, 2012



    West Aurora school salaries report available

    The West Aurora schools' compensation report, for teachers and administrators, will be certified by the school board Monday night. It shows what the workers were paid in fiscal year 2011-12.

    Keewon Taylor

    Suspect in custody in Streamwood kidnapping

    A 20-year-old Streamwood man suspected of kidnapping an acquaintance earlier in the day surrendered to authorities Friday night. Streamwood police said Keewon Taylor turned himself in at the Cook County courthouse in Maywood. Charges of kidnapping and armed robbery were pending, police said.

    Tammy Duckworth, left, opposes Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Walsh says he’d compromise more in a second term

    Congressman Joe Walsh, the McHenry Tea Partyer who has made national headlines for his caustic admonitions to those with whom he disagrees, says if re-elected, he may dial it down a few notches and work on more of a bipartisan basis.

    Donald J. Williams

    Waukegan man accused of burglary

    A Waukegan man was arrested and charged with residential burglary — about a month after he was released on parole for another burglary -- police said Friday. Authorities said Donald J. Williams, 31, of the 1100 block of Grove, stole items from a house in the 1900 block of Western Avenue about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

    Dan Schmitt

    5th Congressional District candidates debate high speed rail

    With work under way to build a high-speed rail route from Chicago to St. Louis, two of the three candidates seeking Illinois’ 5th Congressional District seat disagree on whether the work should be expanded to explore other routes connecting Chicago to other major cities.

    Jeff Werfel

    Lake county board candidates address transparency, ethics

    Voters will select between two veteran Grayslake politicians seeking a Lake County Board seat in the Nov. 6 election. Republican Jeff Werfel is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Pat Carey in county board District 6. The district covers all of Grayslake and Hainesville, most of Round Lake Park and sections of Round Lake Beach and Third Lake.

    Associated Press A woman prays Thursday under a statue depicting Jesus and Mary, in the cathedral of Frankfurt, Germany.

    No tax, no blessing: German church insists on levy

    The road to heaven is paved with more than good intentions for Germany’s 24 million Catholics. If they don’t pay their religious taxes, they will be denied sacraments, including weddings, baptisms and funerals.


    Amber Alert follows search of fire debris

    Authorities in Tennessee issued a statewide Amber Alert on Friday for two children missing since their home was destroyed by an intense fire.

    Central Lake YMCA assistant child care director Melinda Agosto of Mundelein wipes away a tear as she talks about the closing of the facility in Vernon Hills.

    YMCA sites in Vernon Hills, Waukegan to close Oct. 31

    Just months after celebrating its centennial, the Lake County Family YMCA will close its two facilities next month because of financial problems, officials announced Friday. The Vernon Hills and Waukegan centers will essentially shut their doors Oct. 31. Childcare programs at both facilities will remain operational until Nov. 21 to give parents more time to find replacement services.

    In this video grab provided by Fox 10 News, a vehicle involved in a police car chase Friday is followed on an interstate highway by a television station helicopter west of Phoenix.

    Man fatally shoots self on TV

    A man fatally shot himself in the head Friday on live national television at the end of a high-speed carjacking chase that began in Phoenix and ended about 90 minutes later within 80 miles of the California border.

    Robert Roth

    Lake Villa police chief’s son pleads not guilty to aggravated DUI stemming from crash

    The son of the Lake Villa police chief pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he was drunk when he injured three passengers after slamming his SUV into a tree in Lake Villa in June. Robert Roth, 23, of the 20000 block of San Rem Avenue in Venetian Village, could spend up to 12 years behind bars if found guilty on any of the six charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol that...

    This undated photo provided by Kenya’s Ministry for Defence on Friday,shows Kenya Defence Forces troops at an undisclosed location in Kenya, engaged in recent preparations for an assault on the Somali port city of Kismayo.

    Kenya attacks last stronghold of Somali militants

    African Union troops pushed al-Shabab out of Mogadishu in August 2011, ending more than four years of control of the capital by the fighters. The Ugandan and Burundian troops that make up the bulk of the African Union force in Mogadishu have slowly been taking control of towns outside of Mogadishu.

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said former Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg truly made his mark as a labor lawyer of the same caliber as the late civil rights lawyer and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

    Scalia dedicates courtroom in honor of Goldberg

    It was an odd choice to bring in Antonin Scalia, one of U.S. Supreme Court’s most conservative justices, to help dedicate a courtroom to a decidedly liberal justice who served on the court about a half-century ago. Nobody saw that more clearly than Scalia himself.


    Autopsy shows Northwestern student drowned

    Autopsy results released Friday showed a Northwestern student found in a harbor drowned, but the medical examiner could not determine whether the death was accidental. The body of 18-year-old Harsha Maddula was found Thursday night in Wilmette Harbor, a few miles north of Evanston, six days after he disappeared.


    City appeals judge’s ruling on Occupy Chicago arrests

    The city of Chicago has appealed a Cook County judge’s ruling that it unconstitutionally arrested Occupy Chicago protesters for overstaying curfew in Grant Park last fall. The city filed the appeal Friday, saying its park curfew law is a reasonable restriction.


    Cougar-like cat spotted in Schaumburg

    A resident's sighting of a large animal with a long tail and a cat-shaped head was reported to Schaumburg police Friday. The resident said he was driving west on Schaumburg Road near Friendship Village about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when he saw a 60-pound animal cross the street.

    Associated Press/Jan. 13, 2009 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger brings the sword he used in the movie “Conan The Barbarian,” to the conference table before the start of budget negotiations with legislative leaders at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.

    Schwarzenegger felt snubbed by Rove

    Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says in his new autobiography that Republican political guru Karl Rove predicted the 2003 California recall election that put the muscleman-actor in office would never happen.

    Associated Press Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan speaks Friday during a news conference at a church near the scene of a mass shooting at Accent Signage Systems. Reuven Rahamim, 61, the owner of Accent Signage Systems was among those killed.

    Minneapolis office gunman was fired day of attack

    A man fired from his job at a Minneapolis sign-making business pulled out a handgun and began shooting up its offices, fatally wounding the owner and four others before turning the gun on himself, police said Friday.

    A 60-year-old man was injured when a Bobcat machine rolled out the back of a truck Friday at a construction site in Wheeling.

    Construction worker hurt in Wheeling

    A 60-year-old construction worker was injured when a Bobcat truck he was inside rolled out of the back of a semi-truck in Wheeling Friday, authorities said. The accident occurred just after noon at the Prairie Park condo development, located west of the intersection of Wolf Road and Milwaukee Avenue, according to Deputy Police Chief John Peevans.

    William Tinkler

    No warning signs of animal cruelty in Elgin home

    The Elgin property where house where cops found 43 dead cats in an old van Wednesday was inspected the day before for an ongoing problem with tall weeds. This property has been on Elgin’s watch list for years for weeds, peeling paint, holes in the garage roof, etc.

    Batavia’s Nathan Podraza hits out of the sand on the second hole during the Upstate Eight boys golf tournament Wednesday at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago. The course is open to the public.

    Poll Vault: What’s your favorite suburban golf course?

    In the spirit of this week's Ryder Cup, this one's "fore" you golfers. Where do you love to tee off in the suburbs?


    Spring Grove couple charged with animal cruelty

    A Spring Grove couple face animal cruelty charges after authorities say they discovered 17 Great Danes suffering from disease and malnutrition in their house. The animals were removed from the residence by McHenry County Animal Control personnel after sheriff’s officers served a search warrant at 7206 S. Solon Road on Thursday.

    Those who dare can tour the Mausoleum of Terror when Frightfest opens today at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two Streamwood men were charged by Streamwood police with felony residential burglary. They were Marlon A. Hernandez, 17, of the 400 block of East Streamwood Boulevard, who was arrested around 1 p.m. Sept. 14 on the 800 block of Surrey, and Gerardo Ramirez, 18, of the 100 block of Washington Avenue, who was arrested at the same time on the 1100 block of Meadow Lane.


    Palatine teens charged with armed robberies

    A Cook County judge set bail at $20,000 each for three Palatine teenagers charged as adults with two armed robberies that occurred within 10 minutes of each other in Palatine on Sept. 24. Charged with the class X felony of armed robbery is Qua'son Parker, 17, Kenneth Smith, 16, and Justis Wilson, 15.

    Elk Grove police officer Ed Thomas swears in Conant High School students Kazuki Morita, 17, left, and Keith Keppler, 16, at the Celebration of Character.

    Elk Grove celebrates building character

    The Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove held its fourth annual Celebration of Character Sept. 21 at the Elk Grove Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village, featuring live entertainment, free grilled food and beverages and a split-the-pot raffle.


    Elgin teen charged with striking a police officer

    An Elgin High School senior has been charged with resisting a peace officer, aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated assault after prosecutors say she struck and threatened the high school resource officer during an altercation Thursday at the school. A Cook County judge set her bail at $15,000 Friday and ordered her to stay away from the school.


    Illinois sets benchmark for health coverage

    Illinois officials chose a relatively lean small-group policy Friday as the benchmark plan for essential health benefits in the state, another milepost in implementing President Barack Obama’s health care law. Gov. Pat Quinn’s health care council approved Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue Advantage plan as the benchmark at a meeting in Chicago.


    Huntley police stepping up patrols in response to survey

    As a result of a recent survey in which Huntley residents were asked to rate their police department, police will increase neighborhood foot, bike and vehicle patrols, as well as conduct a DUI awareness program.

    Associated Press Tom Paquin of North Bennington, Vt., poses Friday with a 1950 Saturday Evening Post cover illustration by Norman Rockwell for which he modeled, at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vt.

    Americana revisited: Rockwell’s models reuniting

    The former models have gotten together before, but this weekend is special. They have been invited to view a new gallery of Rockwell prints and memorabilia that is taking the place of a recently closed Rockwell museum. The new owners are treating them to a turkey lunch presented in the style of Rockwell’s famous painting of an excited family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner.


    Green Lake Zurich festival:

    Green Lake Zurich's fall festival is set for the village's downtown from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.


    Save on flood insurance:

    Property owners residing in unincorporated Lake County may be eligible to save an average of more than $200 a year on their flood insurance policies.

    Jason Barnes

    State wants lawsuit tossed from acquitted North Aurora dad

    Kane County prosecutors want a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a North Aurora man who was acquitted on charges that he scalded his toddler son in 2009. Jason Barnes argues authorities violated his civil rights and fed his kids information to get the result they wanted. A hearing is set for Oct. 4.


    Schaumburg PTAs host state candidates’ forum

    The Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs will host a candidates’ forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Addams Junior High School, 700 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. Both the Democratic and Republican contenders in the 44th and 56th state House races and the 22nd and 28th state Senate races have been invited.

    Darielle Davis

    Warrenville police speak to missing girl

    Warrenville police said Friday they spoke on the phone with a 16-year-old girl who has been missing for almost two weeks, but they were unsuccessful in persuading her to return home. The missing girl, Darielle Davis, was last seen by her mother at 6:45 a.m. Sept. 17 as she left for school at Wheaton Warrenville South.

    Tony LaRussa will be signing copies of his memoir, “One Last Strike,” at 7 p.m. Monday at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville.

    Tony LaRussa talks baseball, vegetarianism and statues

    Longtime baseball manager Tony LaRussa says it may be fun trying to predict the winner of this year’s World Series, but your chances of being right are about the same as seeing him sit down to a steak dinner: not very good. LaRussa, who retired last year after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an improbable World Series victory over the Texas Rangers, recently talked about baseball, steroids,...

    Heidi Till

    Troubled Westmont woman charged with shooting at cops

    A Westmont woman has been charged with opening fire on two police officers who shot back, striking her in the head and chest. Heidi Till, 45, surrendered on attempted murder charges Friday, nearly four months after the June 1 shooting at her home on the 300 block of South Lincoln Street.

    The major creative team of the Broadway-bound world premiere musical “Kinky Boots” made an appearance at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre Friday. From left is composer/lyricist Cyndi Lauper, director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell and playwright Harvey Fierstein. “Kinky Boots” runs at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago from Tuesday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Nov. 4.

    ‘Kinky Boots’ team puts ‘fierce’ foot forward

    Playwright Harvey Fierstein and composer/lyricist Cyndi Lauper, the major creative team of the Broadway-bound world premiere musical "Kinky Boots," made an appearance Friday at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. "Kinky Boots" runs at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago from Tuesday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Nov. 4.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Divonne L. Banks, 17, of the 200 block of Center Street in Elgin, has been charged with armed robbery with a firearm and theft control intent under $500 in connection with a Sept. 16 robbery, according to a police report.


    Geneva school budget approved

    The Geneva school board adopted a $93.77 million budget Monday, including $15.9 million in debt payment.


    Appeals courts weigh asylum for sex kidnapping targets

    They were two young women living alone and in fear in Albania, where they say they were ripe targets for sex traffickers notorious for kidnapping their victims and forcing them into prostitution in other countries. Both fled to the United States, and now appeals courts in Chicago and New York are confronting a vexing question about their fate: Should their claim that all young single women living...


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole a catalytic converter from a 2004 Toyota SUV in a Palatine parking garage, 251 W. Colfax, between 6:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Value was estimated at $1,875. Thieves also stole a catalytic converter from a 2006 Toyota SUV in the same garage between 9 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. Sept. 22.

    William Tinkler

    Van had 43 dead cats, birds, squirrels and other animals

    Forty-three dead animals, mostly cats but also squirrels, birds, opossums and other animals, were found in a van parked in the yard of an Elgin man this week, according to court records. William Tinkler, 60, is due in court on Nov. 2 on animal cruelty charges. Authorities also have moved to seize the four living cats that were taken from his rented home. They are being cared for at an animal...


    Madigan announces $1.4 million to help Illinois renters

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced that nearly $1.4 million from a recent settlement will go toward legal help for renters. The funding is part of a $25 billion national settlement in February with the nation’s five largest bank mortgage servicers.

    This undated handout image provided by the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) shows an orange card, the only record the museum has that a Renior painting was stolen from the BMA, Nov. 17, 1951.

    Baltimore police uncover 1951 Renoir theft report

    Police have located a 60-year-old theft report from the day a Renoir painting disappeared from the Baltimore Museum of Art that matches the description of an artwork that sold for $7 recently at a flea market. Now an art theft expert says the museum has a strong case to get it back.

    Susan Miller led a volunteer effort to provide about 1,000 pairs of donated jeans at no cost to those in need who visited the ministry center Thursday night at Lake Zurich’s St. Francis de Sales Parish.

    Lake Zurich church distributes 1,000 jeans to needy

    About 1,000 pairs of jeans were distributed to those in need Thursday night at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lake Zurich. Parishioner Susan Miller led the volunteer effort to collect the donations. Visitors received at jeans at the weekly St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry in the parish's ministry center.

    President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event Thursday at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach, Va.

    Obama, Romney to break from road to prepare for debate

    President Barack Obama travels to Henderson, Nev., on Sunday for a mission far more important than the usual swing state campaign rally: He will huddle privately with senior aides for an intensive three-day boot camp to prepare for the first presidential debate. On Monday, Mitt Romney will do the same with his advisers in Denver, Colo.

    Former President Bill Clinton speaks to reporters Wednesday on the U.N. Commission on Life-Saving Commodities and Contraceptive Implants. Clinton is comfortable in a debate setting, and it helped him in his campaign against President George H. Bush.

    Some debate lessons

    From Richard Nixon’s five o’clock shadow to George H.W. Bush’s glance at his watch, lasting images inevitably emerge from presidential and vice presidential debates. And lines from historic contests can have far more longevity than the speakers’ political careers: Lloyd Bentsen’s “You’re no Jack Kennedy.” Ronald Reagan’s “There you go again!”

    Corey Johnson

    Woodridge robber gets probation, stab wound to the buttocks

    After he robbed a man at knife point, Corey Johnson found himself on the other end of a blade, courtesy of a woman who pulled a knife out of her bra and stabbed him in the buttocks. The former Aurora man was sentenced Friday to three years of probation for the March 27 robbery in Woodridge. He also must get a job or go to school, a judge ruled.


    Mental fitness exam ordered for man facing murder charge

    A Vernon Hills man accused of smothering his wife to death will be tested to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial, authorities said. Ronald Stolberg, 48, may suffer from issues that hinder his ability to understand the charges against him, Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Scheller said.

    Mold was found in the north wall of racquetball court #3, which was part of an addition in 1981 to the original 1974 building. The rec center is connected to St. Charles East High School, which was the site of a major mold problem in 2001.

    Cheapest St. Charles E. rec center mold fix: Raze it

    The site of recent mold on the St. Charles East High School campus may be demolished if Unit District 303 school board members choose the cheapest option presented to them Thursday night. “If we’re looking over the next 5 or 6 years at spending over $4 million, that’s a considerable amount of money,” Jim Gaffney said about some options. “And some of these expenditures have caught us a little bit...

    John S. Gates Jr.

    Power struggle over transit continues

    It was the fastest RTA meeting on record Friday. It took just minutes for officials to announce no resolution between the CTA, Pace and Metra on 2013 budget issues and adjourn. But they promised a solution soon.

    Jack Tatooles

    Tatooles to seek fifth term as Inverness village president

    Citing his desire to continue a path of financial soundness as the economic recovery inches along, Inverness Village President John “Jack” Tatooles said this week he’ll seek a fifth term. A win would make the 69-year-old attorney, whose general law practice also is based in Inverness, one of the longest-serving mayors in the Northwest suburbs.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Streamwood man was arrested around 6:25 p.m. Sept. 23 at Woodfield Mall and charged with criminal damage to property after he reportedly bumped a gum ball machine several times at the Gum Ball Gourmet kiosk. The plastic bubble on the machine broke, the top came off and the coin box was compromised.

    Roseville Police Department detectives carry soil samples Friday removed from a shed floor of a Roseville, Mich., home.

    No sign of remains in new Hoffa search

    Authorities drilled through concrete and removed two samples of wet soil and clay in a modest Detroit-area neighborhood Friday in the latest effort to find the remains of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared in 1975.

    A family member, left, watches as Annie Dookhan, right, is escorted to a cruiser Friday outside her home in Franklin, Mass.

    Chemist in police lab flap arrested

    The Massachusetts attorney general says authorities have no idea why a lab chemist would have faked test results except that she wanted to be seen as a good worker.Thirty-four-year-old Annie Dookhan was arrested Friday.

    The bridge from the island to the west bank of the Fox River in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva has been deemed unsafe, and closed this week.

    Bridge closed at Geneva forest preserve

    Fox River Trail users are facing an unexpected detour in Geneva, as a bridge over the river in the Fabyan Forest Preserve has started to collapse and so was barricaded this week.

    Irbin Rocha

    Lisle teen pleads guilty in West Chicago picnic stabbing case

    A Lisle teen was sentenced to a year in prison Friday for his role in the attempted robbery and stabbing of a man picknicking at Pioneer Park in West Chicago. Irbin Rocha, 18, of the 2900 block of Burlington Avenue, pleaded guilty in DuPage County court to mob action and was sentenced by Judge Blanche Hill Fawell.

    Harper President Kenneth Ender speaks to the more than 400 people at the President’s Ball gala fundraiser for the Harper College Educational Foundation on Sept. 22.

    Harper President’s Ball raises $390,000 for scholarships

    An annual dinner-and-dancing gala raised nearly $390,000 last weekend to support Harper College scholarships and programs.

    Citizens for Conservation volunteers gather seeds.

    Help collect native plants seeds

    Citizens for Conservation restoration volunteers have launched their fall seed collecting schedule. Join them 9-11 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, and 3:30-5 p.m. Sundays. This schedule runs through October. Seed of a wide variety of native plants is collected, used in CFC preserves in the Barrington area and shared with other nonprofits.


    Halloween House Decorating Contest in Schaumburg

    The Schaumburg Park District is inviting residents to view the best Halloween-decorated houses in the community — or to count their own among them. The park district’s annual Halloween House Decorating Contest will take place the evening of Monday, Oct. 22.

    Glass artist Peter Patterson works with hot glass during a class at his workshop in Mundelein.

    Moving Picture: Glassmaking in Mundelein shop

    Glass artist Peter Patterson of Mundelein was drawn back to that medium after studying different kinds of art in college. His aquatic-inspired works keep him busy in his studio, but he also finds time to teach the craft to others. "The thing I like about glass so much is that it is very fluid," Patterson says. "When it's hot it moves and you can shape it the way you want. It's very lustrous."


    Odor: Homeowner agreeing to clean home
    Correction: William Tinkler does not own the home. He merely rents it.By Tara García Mathewsontgarciamathewson@dailyherald.comFamilies living next door to William Tinkler on the 200 block of Villa Street in Elgin definitely noticed the smell of dead animals — but no one imagined the scenario police discovered Wednesday.

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds a baby after making a campaign stop at American Legion Post 176, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in Springfield, Va.

    As debate looms, Romney looks to Pennsylvania

    PHILADELPHIA — His path to victory narrowing, Mitt Romney is looking to Pennsylvania to help slow President Barack Obama’s momentum ahead of a high-stakes meeting on the debate stage next week.The Republican presidential nominee was to campaign Friday in the Philadelphia area, first courting donors at a high-dollar fundraiser and then meeting voters at a midday rally.

    Authorities say actor Johnny Lewis fell to his death after killing an elderly Los Angeles woman. Lewis appeared in the FX television show “Sons of Anarchy,” for two seasons. The woman killed is identified as 81-year-old Catherine Davis.

    Warning signs seen before actor’s violent end

    Probation officials openly worried about actor Johnny Lewis' mental health and his danger to others in recent months, and this week their worst fears came true. The man who died a violent death on "Sons of Anarchy" three years ago apparently beat and strangled his landlady and attacked neighbors before falling or leaping to his own death in neighborhood near Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon.


    2 more Somali journalists murdered; one was beheaded

    MOGADISHU, Somalia — One Somali journalist was shot dead by gunmen on Friday while a second journalist was beheaded and his body dumped in the street, officials and residents said, two attacks that bring the number of Somali journalists killed this year to 15.


    World powers to urge Syria’s opposition to unite

    UNITED NATIONS — Western nations and allies in the Middle East meet Friday to urge Syria’s fractured opposition to unite, seeking a new path for ending the country’s conflict amid deadlock between major powers on the U.N. Security Council.


    Kenya attacks last stronghold of Somali militants

    MOGADISHU, Somalia — Kenyan troops invaded al-Shabab’s last stronghold in Somalia, coming ashore in a predawn assault Friday. Other African Union forces were traveling overland to link up with the Kenyan forces in the port city of Kismayo.


    Iraqi convicts riot, escape from prison; 12 killed

    BAGHDAD — Prisoners seized weapons and set off hours-long clashes with security guards at a prison in Saddam Hussein’s hometown that left 12 dead, including 10 guards, before dozens of inmates managed to escape from the facility, Iraqi officials said Friday.

    In this file photo, Pope Benedict XVI, flanked by his butler Paolo Gabiele, delivers his blessing. Pope Benedict XVI’s trusted butler, who dressed the pontiff each morning, attended his daily Mass and helped serve him his meals, stands accused of stealing the pope’s private correspondence and giving it to a journalist who wrote a blockbuster book about the secrets of one of the most secretive institutions in the world. Paolo Gabriele, a 46-year-old father of three, goes on trial Saturday Sept. 29, 2012 in the most sensational crime committed on Vatican territory since the 1998 double murder of the Swiss Guard commander and his wife. That case never came to trial because the suspect killed himself.

    Did the butler do it? A Q&A on the Vatican trial

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has never seen anything like it.Pope Benedict XVI’s trusted butler, who dressed the pontiff each morning, attended his daily Mass and helped serve him his meals, stands accused of stealing the pope’s private correspondence and giving it to a journalist who wrote a blockbuster book about the secrets of one of the most secretive institutions in the world.


    Palace won’t complain over naked Harry photos
    Royal officials say they won't complain to Britain's press watchdog about naked pictures of Prince Harry partying in Las Vegas that appeared in a British tabloid.

    State Trooper Matt Losh emerges from the backyard of a home on Meeting House Hill Circle in New Fairfield, Conn., where a fatal shooting took place, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. A Connecticut man fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense during what appeared to be an attempted burglary early Thursday morning, then discovered that he had killed his son, state police said. (

    Conn. man kills masked teen, learns it’s his son

    During what appeared to be an attempted late-night burglary, a man fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense outside his neighbor's house and then discovered it was his son, state police said.

    A tipster said a driveway in Roseville, Mich., could be the final resting place of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. Authorities plan to take soil samples from under the driveway. Hoffa’s mysterious disappearance, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades.

    Newest search for Hoffa is under Mich. driveway

    Michigan investigators plan to take soil samples from underneath a residential driveway Friday in the latest effort in a decades-long investigation to figure out where missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa may be buried. Could this search be the one that solves the mystery? Don't get excited: Authorities have already said they don't think the timeline adds up and that it's unlikely Hoffa's body is...

    Sept. 30, 1957: Jimmy Hoffa waves to delegates at the opening of the Teamsters Union convention at Miami Beach, Fla. Hoffa’s mysterious disappearance, assumed death and myriad searches for his body have been the stuff of urban legends for more than three decades and continue with the most recent report that the former Teamsters chief’s remains are buried beneath a concrete driveway just north of Detroit.

    IMAGES: Hoffa mystery endures for decades

    Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance more than 30 years ago has been the stuff of urban legend, prompting numerous theories about what happened to the former Teamsters leader. Now authorities are investigating a tip from a man who claims he saw a body buried behind home in the Detroit suburb of Roseville, Mich., about 35 years ago.

    American wild gingseng.

    Wisconsin ginseng poachers take to the woods as prices soar

    Money might not grow on trees, but it comes pretty close with wild ginseng.Police say more people are combing the woods from the upper Mississippi River to Appalachia searching for the increasingly rare plant as prices soar and the economy sputters. Coveted in Asian markets for its medicinal properties, wild ginseng roots are selling for as much as $500 a pound.


    Deadly new virus is not easily spread between humans

    A deadly new virus that killed one man in Saudi Arabia and left a Qatari national in a critical condition does not seem to be easily transmitted from person to person, the World Health Organization said.


    Report: Fewer domestic violence homicides in Wis.

    A new report says the number of deaths involving domestic violence is down in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence says there were 37 homicides and 3 suicides in 2011. That compares with 51 homicides and seven suicides related to domestic violence in 2010.


    New artifacts on display at Lincoln Museum

    SPRINGFIELD — New artifacts are on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum that mark the 16th president’s ties to agriculture and higher education.

    Tracie Cook, right, of Petersburg, Ill., and Tracy Cooley, of Springfield, Ill., head down Highway 36 on their motorcycles outside Niantic, Ill.

    Women on wheels in central Illinois

    DECATUR — If you watch the TV show “Sons of Anarchy” on FX, you see women are never invited to meetings and don’t wear the patch. They’re relegated to the background at best. Granted, the show is about over-the-top outlaws, but basically, that part is accurate.


    Some object to possible tribal casino in N. Ind.

    Some people are speaking out against an American Indian tribe possibly building a casino on land it owns in northern Indiana.


    Schneider explains comments on tax cuts in 10th District race

    In a questionnaire for the Daily Herald, Democratic 10th Congressional District candidate Brad Schneider said he supports extending the Bush-era tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 annually. But when asked about those same cuts earlier this year, Schneider supported letting them expire at all income levels.

    During May, Mark Rothko’s “Orange, Red, Yellow” sold for $86.9 million at Christie’s in New York, pacing the largest-ever postwar and contemporary art auction,

    Newsprint baron Brant pledges Warhols to revive family business

    Peter Brant, a one-time billionaire and an early patron of artist Andy Warhol, is using part of his contemporary art collection to help recapitalize the family newsprint business, according to state regulatory filings and people familiar with the matter. Brant, chairman and chief executive officer of White Birch Paper Co. in Greenwich, Connecticut, pledged 56 works of art to the lending arm of...


    Palatine’s Little City tapped for Hot Chocolate Walk

    Once again, Little City Foundation has been chosen to benefit from one of the sweetest fundraisers around. The Palatine-based nonprofit agency, which serves people with autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities, is teaming with RAM Racing for the second Hot Chocolate Walk for Little City Nov. 4 in Chicago's Grant Park.

    The park center at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights was built as a WPA project in the 1930s.

    Arlington Heights Park District launches information campaign on referendum

    The Arlington Heights Park District is launching an aggressive information campaign to educate residents about the $39 million parks improvement referendum that will be on the ballot in November."It's important for the community to understand that it's their decision," said district Executive Director Steve Scholten. "We want to inform as many people as we can regarding what the referendum will...


    Dawn Patrol: Tee time in Medinah; animal odor in Elgin van

    Ryder Cup golfers tee off this morning. Elgin neighbors smelled odor, never suspected dead animals. 20 Glenbard East student-athletes suspended over drinking photos on Facebook. Boy, 4, with lighter sparked Carpentersville house fire. Adam Greenberg to finally get second major league at bat. 23-year-old charged in connection with Willowbrook murder.

    I took this photo on may way home from work one evening as I was driving through Cary, IL.

    Image: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of September 24th.

    An officer secures the area as police investigate a shooting Thursday that left at least two dead and four others wounded at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis.

    Police: Minnesota office shooter among ‘several’ dead

    The shooter who opened fire inside a Minneapolis sign company Thursday was among "several" people found dead inside the building, according to police officials who won't specify how many people were killed.



    Conant’s firepower humbles Hoffman Estates

    Conant’s offense has plenty of weapons, and on Friday night the full arsenal was on full display. Conant (5-1, 2-0) exploded for 41 first quarter points en route to a 48-20 Mid-Suburban West victory over visiting Hoffman Estates at Charles O. Feutz Field. Conant dominated the first quarter with 309 total yards, with the Cougars scoring on the first play and four consecutive drives.

    Tiger Woods got off to a rough start in Friday's Ryder Cup at Medinah, dropping his opening match with teammate Steve Stricker. He bounced back with five birdies in the afternoon session, but rookie Nicolas Colsaerts was hotter and carried Lee Westwood to a 1-up victory over the Woods-Stricker team.

    USA’s afternoon surge restores Medinah roar

    At least for an afternoon, U.S. captain Davis Love looked like a genius, engineering a course that fit his team, and picking a roster that fit the course, as the U.S. came to life in Session II four-ball and threatened to blow out Europe.

    Lakes’ T. J. Edwards (3) gives Wauconda’s Elliot Hill a shove as he runs a play Friday in Lake Villa.

    Lakes rumbles past Wauconda

    Flanked and escorted by a protector, No. 20 in the white football jersey legged toward Lakes’ north end zone.Homecoming queen Michelle Verga moved nearly as briskly as the guy wearing Lakes’ blue No. 20 jersey.Homecoming king Direll Clark was too busy to partake in halftime festivities Friday night in Lake Villa. Instead, the senior running back was busy talking second-half strategy with his team — and resting, no doubt.Behind 140 rushing yards from Clark and 274 passing yards from quarterback T.J. Edwards, the Eagles dropped 41 points on visiting Wauconda — in the first half.When it was over, Lakes had itself a 69-20 victory that moved the Eagles to 5-1 and 3-0 in the North Suburban Prairie Division and gave them, if they needed it, plenty of confidence going into next Friday’s showdown with Grant.“(The Wauconda win) is just another football game to us,” said Eagles offensive tackle Dillon Falotico, who along with JJ Lochan, Ryan Mullen, Troy Kincaid, Ty Summers and tight end Jon Gomulka gave the offense plenty of time to execute. “We play every game like it’s our first game. We play as hard as we can. Every team in our conference is a tough team. There’s never an easy game.”Wauconda (3-3, 1-3), which entered the game missing bruising running back David Starkey as well as defensive standouts Nate Magiera and Erik Fuller, lost wide receiver Austin Piekarski, middle linebacker Keith Blomberg and outside linebacker Joey Pausa to injuries during the game.“Down eight starters,” said Wauconda coach Dave Mills, who’s hoping to have Starkey (knee) back next Saturday at Round Lake.“(Lakes) is a big, strong, physical team. They’re the best team we’ve seen all year. They got all the makings to go a long way (in the state playoffs). I don’t know who’s better.”Clark finished with 196 yards on the ground on 23 carries. He scored on runs of 6, 6, 1 and 10 yards. As he typically does, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder was running over tacklers almost every time he carried the ball.“He’s a great player. There’s no doubt about that,” Mills said. “He’s hard to tackle. If you tackle him high, he’s going to punish you. If you’re going to tackle him, you have to tackle him down around the knees and ankles. That’s the only way to stop him.”Edwards, Lakes’ first-year starter at QB, finished 11-of-15 passing for 342 yards. He fired touchdown passes of 32 yards to Gomulka, 35 yards to wide receiver Andrew Spencer and 33 yards to wide receiver Justin Bergeron. A scrambling Edwards scored from 6 yards out in the closing seconds of the third quarter to extend Lakes’ lead to 55-20.“He reads the D-ends well,” Clark said of Edwards, who showed both an accurate and strong arm. “He knows when to pull it (and run) and when to throw it on target. He can do it all.”When Edwards hit Gomulka in the end zone with 4:19 left in the opening quarter, one play after linebacker Mike Brey intercepted Wauconda quarterback Austin Swenson at midfield, Lakes led 21-0.But behind Swenson (17 of 33, 220 yards, 2 TDs), Wauconda fought back.Swenson’s 20-yard scoring pass to Piekarski with 2:03 left before halftime got the Bulldogs within 34-14. But the Eagles needed just 2 plays to answer. Edwards and Clark hooked up on a 40-yard pass play, and then Edwards threw a bullet in the end zone to Bergeron from 33 yards out.“We knew that (Wauconda) had an explosive offense and that they could score a lot of points quickly,” Lakes coach Luke Mertens said. “They did it against Grant, which is a very good team. We warned our players (at halftime). We said, ‘Guys, this game is far from over. This is a new game in the second half. We’re playing a dangerous opponent.’ ”But Lakes shut out Wauconda after halftime. On Lakes’ first possession, Spencer had a catch-and-run covering 68 yards, and Clark capped the two-play drive with his fourth TD to make it 48-20.Backup running back Cameron Johnson busted off touchdown runs of 16 and 19 yards in the fourth.


    Breaking down Saturday’s Ryder Cup pairings

    Here’s a glance at Saturday’s four Ryder Cup foursomes matches (alternative shot), with the first group teeing off at 7:20 a.m. at Medinah’s Course No. 3 and the final grouping going off at 8:05 a.m. The afternoon fourball pairings will be announced after the morning matches.

    Laura Stoecker/lstoecker@dailyherald.com Kaneland's Jesse Balluff shakes off DeKalb's Jake Young in the first quarter as he makes his way to the end zone on Friday, September 28.

    Kaneland strikes early and often

    Kaneland has an offense that can put up big numbers on the scoreboard and sometimes it even overshadows what the team does defensively. The Knights scored touchdowns on their first six possessions of Friday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference game against DeKalb. They added a field goal on their seventh possession and missed another on their eighth and final first half possession, which would’ve turned on a running clock. It made little difference in a 66-23 thumping of the Barbs.

    Purdue defensive back Taylor Richards, left, breaks up a pass to Eastern Michigan tight end Garrett Hoskins on Sept. 15 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers face Marshall today.

    Purdue making strong push with better defense

    Quarterbacks Kawann Short and Caleb TerBush see the difference in Purdue’s defense every day at practice. Players are bigger, faster, more aggressive and certainly more confident. For the first time in seemingly forever, the Cradle of Quarterbacks has a defense that is every bit as good — and perhaps better — than its high-scoring offense.


    Wheaton North finishes off West Aurora

    Wheaton North celebrated its homecoming in victorious style Friday night, defeating DVC rival West Aurora 41-28 behind outstanding special teams play, a great kicking performance from Lake Bachar, and two touchdowns each from quarterback John Peltz and running back Patrick Sharp.


    St. Charles E. snaps Geneva’s streak

    In a game of monkey-see, monkey-do, in which St. Charles East and Geneva kept duplicating each other’s feats Friday night, the host Saints finally took advantage of two key Geneva mistakes to tally touchdowns and land a 34-27 Upstate Eight River victory.

    Iowa fullback Mark Weisman tries to break a tackle by Central Michigan defensive back Taylor Bradley during last Saturday’s game in Iowa City. The 2-2 Hawkeyes play 4-0 Minnesota at home today.

    Iowa stumbling as Big Ten play arrives

    Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz shook up his staff in the offseason because he believed back-to-back 4-4 finishes in the Big Ten simply weren’t good enough. Right now the Hawkeyes don’t look like they can finish anywhere near .500 in the league.


    Victory reflects well on Deerfield

    For Maine West and Deerfield on Friday night, it was like looking into a mirror. Both 1-4 squads were nicknamed Warriors, riding four-game losing streaks looking for their first wins since opening night. Both teams also came in running the same option offense and base defense. But it was Maine West who failed to mirror Deerfield in all facets of the game. Deerfield (2-4, 0-2) rolled to a 35-7 Central Suburban North victory against Maine West (1-5, 0-2) to pick up its first win in over a month.

    San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is assisted by a trainer, pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and manager Bruce Bochy after being struck in the throat by a pitch during the second inning Friday in San Diego.

    Giants get scare from Posey in 3-1 win over Padres

    Ryan Vogelsong pitched six strong innings and Buster Posey increased his lead in the NL batting race, but not before giving the playoff-bound San Francisco Giants a big scare in a 3-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

    Indians interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. talks with Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur during batting practice before Friday’s game in Cleveland.

    Alomar wins managerial debut for Indians

    Jason Kipnis drove in three runs and Cleveland beat Kansas City 8-5 on Friday night in Sandy Alomar Jr.’s debut as the Indians’ interim manager.


    Bauer is Palatine’s man of the hour

    Bradley Bauer found himself in the right place for the second time this year, and gained a little personal redemption in the process. Bauer picked off a deflected pass with just under a minute to play at the Palatine 16-yard line and helped the host Pirates hold off crosstown rival Fremd 24-17 Friday before a raucous crowd of 5,000 in a key Mid-Suburban West game.

    A’s third base coach Mike Gallego congratulates Stephen Drew, right, on his home run off Seattle’s Blake Bevan in the third inning Friday in Oakland, Calif.

    A’s gain on Rangers with 8-2 win over Mariners

    Stephen Drew hit a two-run homer, Coco Crisp had a leadoff shot and the Oakland Athletics gained ground on the first-place Texas Rangers in the AL West with an 8-2 win against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.


    Aurora Christian overtakes Marmion in 2nd half

    Having not won a game by fewer than 27 points this year, the No. 1 ranked team in Class 3A Aurora Christian found itself in an unusual position at halftime at Marmion Friday night.


    Aurora Central clinches 1st winning season since ‘97

    Behind a running attack as blistering as it was balanced, Aurora Central Catholic became football playoff-eligible Friday night for the first time in 15 years. Blitzing visiting Walther Lutheran with a pair of touchdowns in each of the first three quarters, the Chargers dominated on both sides of the ball in their 42-7 Suburban Christian Conference Gold victory in Aurora.


    Battaglia does it all in Willowbrook win

    Dom Battaglia’s job description on the football field is a lengthy one.“Little punt, wide out, running back, quarterback, safety,” was how Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth described his senior, “and he’s been that way for three years now.”Wherever he touched the ball Friday, Battaglia made a big play.


    Huntley hangs on to down Jacobs

    Jacobs had the late momentum and the Huntley defense on its heels in the final seconds. Then the Red Raiders took a deep breath and dug in those same heels. The Golden Eagles thrilled their homecoming crowd with 2 touchdowns in a span of 1:15, drawing within a point on quarterback Brett Mooney’s 5-yard keeper to the left side with 11.4 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.


    Benet gets fifth win in shutout of St. Viator

    Last year, the playoffs were just a far-off dream for Benet’s football team. Following the Redwings’ 17-0 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory over host St. Viator on Friday, they realized that dream and became playoff eligible with their fifth win of the season. “Five and one feels great,” Benet quarterback Jack Beneventi said. “The team made it clear after 1-8 last year that we wanted to have a huge season.”


    Metea Valley can’t stop Neuqua Valley

    Metea Valley coach Ben Kleinhans called it his “worst nightmare.” Neuqua Valley made it come true.


    Waubonsie Valley holds off South Elgin

    South Elgin didn’t take a loss kneeling down. Waubonsie Valley (6-0, 3-0), behind 217 rushing yards from senior running back Austin Guido, kept its record undefeated during a 35-20 Upstate Eight Valley Division Homecoming win over the visiting Storm on Friday night.


    Bozin’s big play leads the way as Stevenson rolls to victory

    Stevenson’s Anthony Bozin scored on a 48-yard punt return in the first three minutes of the first quarter, and that was just the beginning. The host Patriots scored 33 points in the first quarter and ran past Mundelein 40-7 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division football game Friday night.

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw fanned at least 10 for the 18th time in his career Friday at home against Colorado.

    Dodgers beat Rockies 8-0 behind Kershaw’s 10 Ks

    Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings, Shane Victorino hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-0 on Friday night to remain three games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card with five games to play.

    NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is 25th in the points standings and has only one top-five finish in the Sprint Cup series this season.

    Kurt Busch set to drive No. 78 in Charlotte

    Kurt Busch is so confident in his new ride he’s starting to sound a bit like LeBron James. “I’m going to bring my talents to Denver,” Busch said, “and bring the championship out there.” Busch is taking his talents to the No. 78 Chevrolet for Furniture Row Racing — his third team in three years — and he paraphrased the NBA star’s famous line in announcing his plans.


    Marist defense steps forward against Carmel

    Marist forced 4 Carmel turnovers, including a fumble in the redzone off a strip by lineman Shannon Smith. The RedHawks also held Carmel’s rushing attack to just 173 yards, and its offense in general to a total of only 187 yards in a decisive 28-7 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory.

    Martin Truex Jr. gets into his car during practice Friday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Dover International Speedway, in Dover, Del.

    Truex looks to rediscover winning ways at Dover

    Martin Truex Jr. waited a lifetime for the triumphant feeling of winning a Cup race. When he took the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway in June 2007, Truex’s boyhood dream came true — at a spot he considers his hometown track. More than five years later, in what only seems like a lifetime in NASCAR, Truex is still waiting for his second win.


    Baker, Cary-Grove roll over McHenry

    It seemed whatever defensive scheme McHenry devised to stop Cary-Grove senior quarterback Quinn Baker just plain didn’t work. The Trojans’ senior signal caller was simply unstoppable.Baker’s scampered 129 yards on 20 carries and scored 5 rushing touchdowns to lead the Trojans to an easy 42-3 win over McHenry in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play in McHenry Friday night.


    Defense does it for Grant at N. Chicago

    Grant's defenders spent most of the night chasing North Chicago quarterback Amos Mays. The 6-4 junior made some big plays, but was also sacked seven times and gave up a fumble that was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by sophomore Jake Lostroscio. Grant stayed even with Lakes for first place in the North Suburban Prairie with a 34-14 win, handing North Chicago its first loss.


    Crystal Lake Central makes first-half edge hold up

    A famous shampoo brand taught us many years ago that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That theory was certainly on display at Owen Metcalf Field in Crystal Lake Friday night. Grayslake Central outplayed and outscored Crystal Lake Central in the second half. However, the first-half events proved that the host Tigers were head and shoulders above the Rams as they ran away with a 38-14 homecoming and Fox Valley Fox divisional victory.


    Batavia embraces its dark side in win over Larkin

    Batavia football players traded their crimson-colored home jerseys for black Friday in celebration of Batavia Youth Football Night. And then the Bulldogs left Larkin in the dark. Scoring touchdowns on its first 5 offensive possessions, Batavia (6-0, 3-0) rolled to a 35-0 halftime advantage on the way to a convincing 48-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over the Royals (2-4, 1-3) at Bulldog Stadium.


    Red-hot Wilmington shuts down Lisle

    Running into an opponent that is on a hot streak usually isn’t a fun experience. That proved true for Lisle Friday night when it ran into the buzzsaw known as Wilmington. The Lions lost their Homecoming game 24-0 at Benedictine University in Lisle.


    Naperville North strong-arms Glenbard East

    Too big, too strong and for too long.That’s what the Glenbard East defense was up against Friday night at Naperville North. The Huskies’ big offensive line — not to mention a slew of speedy running backs — just kept going at the Rams and eventually wore down the smaller defenders.


    Elgin beats E. Aurora for first win

    Jaylen Clemons established real quick that he was going to run the ball. The Elgin running back had 113 yards on his first 5 carries and along with speedy Malik Dunner never quit, combining for 221 yards on the ground. Clemons (16 carries, 205 yards) scored twice and Dunner (14 carries, 116 yards) added a touchdown as the Maroons spoiled East Aurora’s homecoming with a 35-0 Upstate Eight crossover victory Friday night, the Maroons’ first win of the season.

    Baltimore’s Ryan Flaherty doubles in the fifth inning Friday at home against the Boston Red Sox.

    Tillman, Flaherty carry Orioles over Red Sox 9-1

    Chris Tillman pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, Ryan Flaherty hit his first career grand slam and the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Friday night remain a game out of first place in the AL East.

    Nick Swisher high-fives Andruw Jones (22) as they celebrate the Yankees’ 11-4 win over the Blue Jays Friday in Toronto.

    Yankees beat Blue Jays 11-4, keep AL East lead

    Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Eric Chavez added a two-run shot and New York maintained its one-game lead atop the AL East by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Friday night.


    Even-keeled Lakes Forest impresses against Libertyville

    The momentum of the North Suburban Lake Division contest at Lake Forest between the Scouts and visiting Libertyville had swung to the Wildcats in all of 12 seconds. That’s how long it took for Libertyville senior Justin Guarnaccio to take a Lake Forest kick and return it 100 yards for a touchdown, tying a school record for longest return. But momentum can be a fickle thing, and the usually stoic and somewhat unflappable Scouts seemed to gain it back by never wavering after Guarnaccio’s amazing effort. Led by junior running back Hub Cirame and a defense that held the high-powered Wildcat offense to only a touchdown, Lake Forest showed why it is a threat for the conference title after an impressive 33-13 win over Libertyville.

    Miami’s Mark Buehrle pitched eight innings Friday at home against the Phillies, allowing one run and six hits. He struck out eight as he surpassed the 200-inning mark for the 12th consecutive season.

    Marlins knock Phillies out of playoff contention

    With the way the season was shaping up, it was going to be a long shot for the Philadelphia Phillies to make the playoffs. Their hopes came to a halt Friday following a 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins eliminating them from playoff contention.

    Astros catcher John Castro tags out the Brewers’ Jean Segura at home plate Friday in Milwaukee. Looking on to make the call is umpire Rob Drake.

    Astros’ 7-6 victory dims Brewers’ playoff hopes

    Edgar Gonzalez allowed one hit before tiring in the sixth and Brett Wallace, Jason Castro and Jose Altuve all homered and the Houston Astros beat Yovani Gallardo for the first time in three seasons, dousing the Brewers’ faint playoff hopes with a 7-6 victory Friday night.


    Wild finish as Warren wins

    The way Friday night’s North Suburban Conference divisional crossover game went, it looked like host Vernon Hills and Warren both had full moon fever. Things started off competitively enough with the teams playing to a scoreless first quarter. But then the visiting Blue Devils (3-3) took command as they scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a commanding 27-0 lead into halftime. Things got even worse for the Cougars (1-5) as Warren scored again early in the third quarter to take a 34-0 lead before many reserve players started to enter the game for Warren. Before all was said and done, Vernon Hills put a real scare in the Blue Devils as the Cougars scored 26 straight points in the fourth quarter to cut the gap to 34-26 with 2:55 to play.


    Grayslake North is playoff-bound

    Grayslake coach Steve Wood exclaimed on Friday night that his Grayslake North Knights are headed to the playoffs. After six games of the regular season schedule? Yep, it’s true. With an electrifying offense spearheaded by quarterback AJ Fish, the Knights put away a pesky Woodstock team 42-21 in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division play by scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Those Knights are now 5-1.


    Elk Grove lights it up against Wheeling

    A pregame fireworks show for Elk Grove’s homecoming was just the start for the Grenadiers. The display continued into the first quarter and all the way through the third quarter as Elk Grove rolled to a 48-0 victory over Wheeling at Robert Haskell Stadium in Mid-Suburban East action. Elk Grove (3-3, 1-1) scored on six of its first seven possessions and mixed in a defensive touchdown to lead 34-0 at half and 48-0 after three quarters, snapping a 3-game losing streak.


    Dundee-Crown comeback falls short

    The Chargers’ comeback came up 5 yards short. With Dundee-Crown driving and a chance to tie, the Chargers were stopped at the Woodstock North 5-yard line on third down. They settled for RJ Schmidt’s 22-yard field goal. D-C got the ball back with a chance to go ahead, but a holding penalty killed the momentum and quarterback Garrett Ryan was sacked on fourth down. The Thunder took over and ran out the clock, holding on for a 25-20 Fox Valley Conference crossover victory in Woodstock Friday night.

    Burlington Central’s Trevor Davison moves the ball during the Rockets’ game at Rod Poppe Field in Marengo on Friday night.

    Burlington C. makes adjustments, wins No. 5

    There’s an old saying that lack of preparation leads to great perspiration, but after host Marengo scored a touchdown in the first two minutes of Friday night’s Big Northern East conference match-up, Burlington Central coaches may have felt as if they over-prepared for the host team. The Rockets’ coaching staff made adjustments after that initial drive and Burlington Central came back to capture a 28-6 victory and become playoff eligible for the second straight year.

    Alex Rios hit his career-high 25th homer and the White Sox gave their fading playoff hopes a boost, beating Tampa Bay 3-1 on Friday night to end the Rays’ eight-game winning streak.

    Sox top Rays, 1 out of first

    Alex Rios hit his career-high 25th homer and the White Sox gave their playoff hopes a major boost, beating Tampa Bay 3-1 on Friday night to end the Rays' eight-game winning streak.

    Prospect’s Andrew Hajek walks away as Rolling Meadows Matt Campbell celebrates his touchdown with teammates in the second quarter.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. Prospect, football
    The Rolling Meadows High School Mustangs improved to 5-1 with a 49-28 win over the Prospect High School Knights Friday, September 28. Prospect dropped to 3-3.


    Leyden salts away victory over Morton

    Leyden improved to 5-1 overall and maintained its lead in the West Suburban Gold by stopping visiting Morton 28-0 on Friday.The division leaders, now 4-0 in the Gold, next travel to Villa Park for a contest against Willowbrook next Friday. The Warriors (5-1, 3-0) picked up their first divisional win by edging Downers Grove South 29-27 on Friday.

    Mitch Siver,left, and Ethan Hernandez of Glenbard North celebrate after a touchdown.

    Images: Naperville Central at Glenbard North football
    Glenbard North hosted and won 23-0 over Naperville Central for Friday night football, September 28.

    Starting pitcher Jered Weaver on Friday became the Angels’ first 20-game winner since Bartolo Colon had 21 in 2005.

    Weaver, Trout power Angels past Rangers 7-4

    Jered Weaver became the American League’s first 20-game winner, Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 7-4 Friday night to prevent the Rangers from clinching a playoff berth.

    Twins designated hitter Ryan Doumit gives a shout after hitting a two-run double against Detroit relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal during the eighth inning Friday in Minneapolis.

    Doumit’s 4 RBIs lead Twins past Tigers 4-2

    Ryan Doumit had four RBIs for Minnesota, including the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to help the Twins beat Detroit 4-2 on Friday and cut the Tigers’ lead in the AL Central to one game.

    The Cardinals’ Shane Robinson, right, is congratulated by Allen Craig in the St. Louis dugout after hitting a two-run home run Friday at home against the Washington Nationals.

    Cardinals reduce magic number to 3

    Allen Craig matched his career best with four hits to go with two RBIs, Yadier Molina hit a two-run home run and the St. Louis Cardinals punished Edwin Jackson and the Washington Nationals early in a 12-2 victory Friday night to win a matchup of teams on the cusp of clinchers.


    Hersey thinks big, drives past Buffalo Grove

    Hersey’s first drive of the second quarter is where Friday’s Mid-Suburban East contest between the visiting Huskies and Buffalo Grove really broke open. Starting at his own 4-yard line, it took just 3 plays for Hersey quarterback Quinn Orlandi to take his team down the field for a touchdown. There was a 1-yard rush by Orlandi, a 23-yard pass from Orlandi to receiver David Jackowski (with a 15-yard penalty tacked on), and then a 57-yard touchdown pass from Orlandi to receiver Ed Miklasz. That made it 23-0, and Hersey rolled from there to a 44-0 victory.

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey celebrates getting the final out of a no-hitter Friday in Pittsburgh.

    Bailey pitches no-hitter for Reds

    Homer Bailey had a certain milestone on his mind when he walked to the mound Friday night. He wound up pulling off an even bigger feat. Bailey pitched the seventh no-hitter in the majors this season, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right-hander began the night with 195 innings pitched this season and was eager to reach 200 for the first time in his six-year career.

    Kaneland’s Jesse Balluff shakes off DeKalb’s Jake Young in the first quarter en route to the end zone for a touchdown.

    Images: Kaneland vs. DeKalb, football
    DeKalb visited Kaneland to take on the Knights in Friday night football action.

    Team USA's Bubba Watson tees off on Hole No. 1 to start his afternoon fourball match Friday. Watson and Webb Simpson didn't take long to take control of the match and give the U.S. a lead it never relinquished.

    Mickelson, Bradley lead USA charge

    Welcome to the Madhouse at Medinah. Welcome to the 39th Ryder Cup, where the U.S. team came into the day the slightest of favorites against a formidable group of Europeans, but now look to be in the drivers’ seat courtesy of a 5-3 opening day highlighted mainly by the performance of the young guns, but by one wily veteran as well.

    Keegan Bradley, left, and Phil Mickelson congratulate each other after Mickelson’s drive on the 17th hole land just feet from the cup. That drive clinched the match for their round and gave the US team another point Friday afternoon at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    USA grabs early lead in afternoon Ryder Cup matches

    After a 2 to 2 tie in the morning matches, Team USA grabbed the early lead in the fourballs competition in the afternoon, leading in three of four matches and the final match of the day all square through 5 holes Friday at Medinah Country Club.


    College football previews
    Indiana (2-1) at Northwestern (4-0)Where, when: At Ryan Field, 11 a.m.TV: BTN; Radio: WGN 720-AMOutlook: NU has a chance to start 5-0 for the third time in five years. Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten in total offense, despite losing QB Tre Roberson to a broken leg in Game 2 vs. UMass. His replacement is junior college transfer Cam Coffman, son of former Green Bay Packers TE Paul Coffman. Among the Hoosiers with suburban ties, C Will Matte (Wheaton Warrenville South) is on the Rimington Trophy watch list, while kicker Mitch Ewald (Waubonsie Valley) is on the watch list for the Groza Award. Indiana had last week off after losing to Ball State on Sept. 15.Penn State (2-2) at Illinois (2-2)Where, when: At Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m.TV: ESPN; Radio: WIND 560-AMOutlook: The last time these teams met on Oct. 29, 2011, it was the last game coached by Joe Paterno. The Illini lost 10-7 after missing a late field goal on a snowy field in State College. Both teams have had rough times this season. Illinois lost 5 fumbles in last week’s 52-24 loss to Louisiana Tech. QB Nathan Scheelhaase is expected to resume full-time duties after recovering from an ankle injury, but anything is possible. Penn State QB Matt McGloin leads the Big Ten in passing yards with 251.5 per game. The Lions started 0-2, then beat Navy and Temple.Central Michigan (2-1) at Northern Illinois (3-1)Where, when: At Huskie Stadium, 2:30 p.m.TV: ESPN3; Radio: WSCR 670-AMOutlook: Coming off last week’s victory over Kansas, Northern Illinois will try to stretch its winning streak at Huskie Stadium to 18. NIU hasn’t lost a MAC game at home in four years. The Huskies did lose to Central Michigan on the road last season 48-41. CMU is coming off a last-second win at Iowa, which beat NIU 18-17 at Soldier Field in Week 1. Senior QB Ryan Radcliff threw for 283 yards for the Chippewas, who scored 9 points in the final 45 seconds to beat Iowa. NIU has 13 quarterback sacks, good for 15th in the nation, led by Alan Baxter (Buffalo Grove) with 5. — Mike McGraw

    Tiger Woods hangs his head in disbelief after narrowly missing a birdie putt on No. 18 during Friday's Ryder Cup at Medinah.

    Woods-Stricker to sit out morning matches

    Late Friday night the lineups for Saturday morning’s foursomes matches were unveiled, and for the first time in his Ryder Cup career Tiger Woods’ name was not on the card.

    Bubba Watson waives to the Ryder Cup crowd on the 14th hole after winning his afternoon match Friday at Medinah Country Club.

    USA ends Ryder day up 5-3

    Friday’s Ryder Cup matches at Medinah Country Club ended with Team USA taking a 5-3 lead over Europe.Saturday will feature four more foursome matches (alternative shots) and four more fourballs matches, with 8 more points at stake before Sunday’s 12 singles matches. The U.S. needs 14.5 points to win the Ryder Cup. Europe needs 14 to keep it.

    Teammate Phil Mickelson, left, says no one handles pressure better than Keegan Bradley. The two teamed up to win two matches and give the United States a lead after Friday's Ryder Cup matches at Medinah.

    When it comes to pressure, Bradley’s in control

    Keegan Bradley certainly didn’t feel a shred of pressure Friday as the Ryder Cup rookie teamed with Phil Mickelson to thoroughly trounce two of Europe’s best squads at Medinah Country Club. ““I love, love playing with this man,” Mickelson said. “There’s a simple reason Keegan’s perfect for the Ryder Cup,” he said. “The more pressure the situation, the better he plays … the better he sees the shot … the better he focuses … the better the result. And there’s no bigger pressure situation than the Ryder Cup. And that’s when he’s at his best.”

    USA rookie Keegan Bradley reacts to missing a putt on the 14th hole, but he didn't miss much else on the day as he earned 2 points with partner Phil Mickelson in Friday's Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    Ryder Cup rookies show their mettle

    The new blood helped the Americans draw first blood in the Ryder Cup on Friday.Thanks largely to rookies Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Jason Dufner, the U.S. finds itself in a good spot after the first day of matches at Medinah Country Club.

    Nicolas Colsaerts, a captains pick for Team Europe, pumps his fist after sinking a birdie putt on 17 during fourball matches Friday at Medinah Country Club.

    Poulter, Colsaerts help Europe defeat Woods

    Opening day at the 39th Ryder Cup didn’t go well for Team Europe on Friday, but the gang that won four of the last five competitions did win one battle. The two captain’s picks made by European captain Jose Maria Olazabal were twice as productive as the four captain’s picks made by U.S. captain Davis Love III. England’s Ian Poulter and Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts both played big roles in taking down Tiger Woods on Friday.


    NHL, locked-out players talk, but little progress

    The NHL and the players' association seemingly had a good day on Friday as they returned to the negotiating table. It just wasn't good enough to bring the sides all that much closer to the end of the lockout that threatens the start of the hockey regular season.

    Baylor center Brittney Griner figures to be taken by the Phoenix Mercury with the top pick in the WNBA draft next year. But the Chicago Sky could move up if the Mercury decides to go in another direction.

    Sky could be poised to finally walk down the aisle next year

    Will the Sky get a top-tier player in the 2013 draft who can facilitate that walk down the aisle and into the playoffs next summer?

    Bears defensive end Shea McClellin gets some advice from all-pro standout Julius Peppers.

    Marinelli trying to pace rookie McClellin

    Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli wants to maximize the production from rookie defensive end Shea McClellin without overusing him.


    New life for Hersey — at BG’s expense

    Charlie Davenport was Hersey’s hero as the Huskies marched into Buffalo Grove on Friday and emerged with a 2-1 victory to pull even with the Bison in the Mid-Suburban East standings with one week to go in the regular season.


    Scouting the Fire-Sporting KC game
    A scout of Saturday's Fire-Sporting KC game

    Keegan Bradley, left, and Phil Mickelson congratulate each other after Mickelson’s drive on the 17th hole land just feet from the cup. That drive clinched the match for their round and gave the US team another point Friday afternoon at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    Images: Friday at the Ryder Cup
    Images from Medinah Country Club at the 39th Ryder Cup tournament. Team USA came out on top of Team Europe 5-3.


    Goodell: Fans ‘deserve better’ than distractions

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tells fans “you deserve better” than games worked by replacement officials. In an open letter released by the league Friday, a day after the regular officials returned to the field, Goodell says: “I regret we were not able to secure an agreement sooner in the process and avoid the unfortunate distractions to the game.”

    Northwestern wide receiver Tony Jones runs past South Dakota defensive back Chris Lundy during last Saturday’s game in Evanston.

    Up next for unbeaten Northwestern — Indiana

    Now, Northwestern can see how it stacks up against the rest of the Big Ten. The Wildcats open conference play against Indiana on Saturday with a perfect record through four games that includes three wins over BCS opponents. In a conference that’s taken its share of hits so far, Northwestern is standing tall with the Hoosiers (2-1) up next.

    Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole is tackled by Louisiana Tech linebackers Antonio Mitchum and Solomon Randle during the second half last Saturday in Champaign.

    On-field drama ahead for Illinois-Penn State

    The Penn State and Illinois camps seem to agree on one thing ahead of their Big Ten opener Saturday: Last summer’s visit by Illinois coaches to talk to players interested in leaving Penn State doesn’t matter much now.

    Wisconsin’s Jake Stengel (82) celebrates after recovering a fumble on a kickoff against UTEP last Saturday in Madison, Wis.

    Huskers, Badgers bracing for emotional Big Ten opener

    The 22nd-ranked Cornhuskers (3-1) are looking to pay back the two-time defending champion Badgers (3-1) for the beat-down they got last year. A little more spice was added to the budding rivalry when Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert offered up some game-week trash talk.

    Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller throws a pass against Alabama-Birmingham last Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

    Ohio State just another rival now for Dantonio

    For years, Mark Dantonio and Ohio State were on fairly cozy terms. Dantonio was a defensive coordinator there — a protege of coach Jim Tressel — before moving on and eventually taking over at Michigan State. He grew up an hour from the Buckeyes’ home field, and his wife is an Ohio State graduate. Times change, though.

    Miami Heat players LeBron James, left, and Ray Allen wait for their turn to have their pictures taken Friday during the team’s NBA media day in Miami.

    LeBron James: Champion Heat can be better

    LeBron James looked at the assembled talent in the Miami Heat locker room, and one word came to mind. "Scary," he said. Translated, that means James thinks the Heat will be even better than they were a season ago. Oddly, James' teammates expect the same from him. After a season where he won just about everything, James is going back to work.

    Line judge Jeff Seeman tips his cap as he walks on the field Thursday before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns in Baltimore.

    Officials gather for contract ratification vote

    NFL officials on the verge of approving a new contract say they’re excited to get back to work. Officials started arriving Friday at a Dallas-area hotel to discuss and vote on an agreement reached with the league late Wednesday. Some planned to fly directly to their assigned cities for Sunday’s game.


    Cubs scouting report
    Cubs scouting report

    Hunter Wark,11, of Glen Ellyn shares a laugh with World Golf Hall of Famer Billy Casper as he signs his book for him at the Ryder Cup golf pro shop on Sunday. Fans have flocked to the merchandise tent since it opened.

    Unwrapping the Ryder Cup shopping experience

    The action might be more intense in the merchandise tent than on the course during the Ryder Cup this week at Medinah. Mike Imrem offers his shopping perspective.

    NFL referee Gene Steratore was picked to lead a seven-man crew of regular officials in calling Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. The union and league agreed to a new deal at midnight Thursday.

    For NFL, mistake-free officiating not possible

    Mike North believes the NFL game will still experience plenty of mistakes in officiating. Mike Pereira, former NFL honcho for officials, has cited numerous errors over the last couple of years made by the regular referees. The NFL, however, couldn't afford to keep up the inconsistencies occurring week to week. That and more on the White Sox in this week's column.

    White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy reacts Thursday after being called for a balk against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning at U.S. Cellular Field. At left is first base umpire Chad Fairchild, who did not make the balk call. At center is Adam Dunn.

    White Sox’ hopes continue to fade

    The White Sox aren’t quite ready to make a concession speech.But they are running out of time and running out of excuses while continuing to play like it’s the first week of spring training instead of the last week of the regular season.“You can’t feel sorry for yourself,” Paul Konerko said. “Sometimes in the game it’s cruel and sometimes what you get out of it isn’t what you put into it. But you know that going in. We know that. It’s tough. There’s nothing else to say.”The Sox are not guilty of slacking off. They prepare for games as hard as any team in baseball, and the collective attitude is sound.They just can’t seem to string big hits together, and it really came back to bite them Thursday night in an agonizing 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field.“Sometimes guys just try a little too hard and it doesn’t work because baseball is not a game like football where you can try harder and get a better effort,” A.J. Pierzynski said. “You’ve just got to do what you got to do. It’s tough, but it’s part of the game and tomorrow’s a new day.”When they hit the sack after their eighth loss in nine games, the White Sox were 2 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central with six to play. Detroit’s magic number is 5.The latest slip really hurt because Sox starter Jake Peavy pitched his heart out and the offense squandered three prime opportunities.“There ain’t nobody to blame,” Peavy said after pitching 7 innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. “I think everybody in here will take accountability for the way we’ve played.“We had it right there in front of us a lot tonight and throughout the last week-and-a-half. We just haven’t been able to capitalize on either side of the ball.”Facing one of the hottest starting pitchers in the game, Rays right-hander James Shields, the White Sox had back-to-back shots at breaking the game open.They loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning and scored only 1 run — when Dayan Viciedo was hit by a pitch.The Sox again loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth and came away with 1 run — when Konerko grounded into a double play.“James Shields is pretty tough, but we should be better there,” Konerko said. “He made some pitches on some guys. He is good, and the good ones ramp it up in those situations. But having said that, you’d like to get more.”Manager Robin Ventura was not at all happy with coming up virtually empty in the fourth and fifth innings, and he was even more perturbed with the eighth.With the score tied at 2-2 and Joel Peralta on in relief for the Rays, Pierzynski led off the inning with a single.Ventura had Jordan Danks pinch run for Pierzynski and Dewayne Wise pinch hit for Viciedo. Wise twice failed to get a bunt down and struck out swinging.Danks got a great jump on a hit-and-run call as the Sox’ next batter, Alexei Ramirez, flied out to deep center field. With plenty of time to retreat back to first base, Danks failed to touch second base on his way back and the White Sox were doubled up.Evan Longoria homered off Brett Myers with one out in the ninth inning, and that decided the outcome.“Tonight, you don’t execute you’re not going to win, it’s that simple,” Ventura said. “We had opportunities, even late, and we didn’t do the fundamental things to win the game.”sgregor@dailyherald.com


    Fremd, Palatine still tied in West

    Fremd's girls volleyball team remained tied for first place with Palatine in the Mid-Suburban West with a 25-11, 25-15 victory over host Conant. The Vikings (16-4, 6-1) received 4 kills apiece by senior Claire Brady and sophomore Lane Hindenburg while senior setter Marilyn Lortz handed out 16 assists with 3 blocks.Plus the rest of the actiion in MSL volleyball on Thursday night.


    Associated Press/June 19, 2012 President Barack Obama speaks as he attends a bilateral meeting with Chinaís President Hu Jintao during the G20 Summit, in Los Cabos, Mexico.

    Obama blocks Chinese purchase of U.S. wind farms

    Citing national security risks, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base where the U.S. military flies unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.


    Bank failure in Illinois brings 2012 total to 43
    Regulators say they have closed a small bank in Illinois, bringing to 43 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday seized First United Bank, based in Crete.

    Associated Press/Sept. 20, 2012 Traders check the prices to begin trading last week on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks lower for week, up for quarter

    Investors got some more iffy economic data on Friday. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose a half-percent last month, compared with July. That was a big jump — but it was driven by higher gas prices, rather than by spending on clothing, electronics and general merchandise.

    General Motors Corp. headquarters in Detroit.

    GM’s 3Q stock rise surprises industry

    GM stock has outperformed all other major automakers in the U.S. including rival Ford Motor Co., which saw its shares rise only 5.5 percent.


    Wal-Mart makes first move to build in Carpentersville

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has taken the first step in the lengthy process of building a Super Center in Carpentersville, a store that will supplant the Walmart store in neighboring East Dundee. On Friday morning, the world’s largest retailer submitted a development application to Carpentersville, provided site maps of its proposed store and $1,000 to pay for the review, Assistant Village Manager Joe Wade said.


    UK regulator outlines LIBOR overhaul

    LONDON — Britain’s financial regulator on Friday laid out a 10-point plan to overhaul the handling of a key global interest rate that has been the subject of a scandal involving major banks across multiple countries.Barclays bank agreed in June to pay a $453 million fine to U.S. and British agencies after admitting it had submitted false information for the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, which is used to price trillions of dollars in financial contracts, including mortgages. Other firms are being probed in the scandal, which has undermined public trust in banks and damaged the reputations of British financial regulators.The new plan proposes that bankers convicted of manipulating the rate face criminal penalties and that a new agency take over management of LIBOR. It also calls for tougher controls on banks involved in the rate’s calculation.“Although the current system is broken, it is not beyond repair,” said Martin Wheatley, managing director of the Financial Services Authority, the main regulator, as he announced recommendations from the review of LIBOR ordered by the British government.The FSA said Friday that the rate-fixing scandal was an industrywide problem which tore “the very fabric that our financial system is built on”.The British Bankers’ Association, a trade group, sets the LIBOR every morning after about a dozen international banks submit estimates of what it costs them to borrow. Regulators in the U.S., Britain, Switzerland and other countries allege some banks, including Barclays, purposefully submitted fake numbers to have the LIBOR set at a rate that better suited them.Wheatley recommended that the handling of LIBOR be stripped from the British Bankers’ Association, which “clearly failed” in administering the rate He accused the BBA of being careless in policing LIBOR, putting too much trust in a system lacking “the right level of checks and balances.” Wheatley said he is setting up an independent panel to lead the appointment process for a new group to run Libor, inviting other groups to apply to take over the role and that he wants the new managing body to draw up a code of conduct and carry out regular audits.The BBA said the review was an “essential step” toward reforming Libor and signaled it would accept Wheatley’s recommendation to hand oversight to a new administrator.Wheatley also proposed that banks submitting rates be subject to formal approval. More banks should be encouraged to submit rates to make the LIBOR benchmark more representative, while the publication of individual submissions should be held back for three months to help prevent manipulation, he said.He proposed that the FSA continue to be the main regulator.Britain’s Treasury expressed support for the “comprehensive and practical recommendations” laid out in the review, while Bank of England governor Mervyn King called for a swift implementation of the proposals.So far, Barclays is the only bank which has been identified as submitting false reports of the rates it expected to pay to borrow from other banks, although several other banks — including Citigroup Inc., Royal Bank of Scotland and JPMorgan Chase & Co. — are known to be under investigation.


    Kodak plans to end consumer inkjet printer sales

    Kodak said Friday that it plans to stop selling consumer inkjet printers and will eliminate 200 more jobs than previously projected as it requested more time to submit its framework for emerging from bankruptcy protection.

    Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have millions of users in China, the world’s largest Internet market, where the social networking services are banned, according to the results of a survey released yesterday.

    Facebook has 63.5 Million users skirting China ban

    Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have millions of users in China, the world's largest Internet market, where the social networking services are banned, according to the results of a survey released yesterday. Facebook grew to 63.5 million users in China in the second quarter of this year from 7.9 million in 2009, London-based researcher GlobalWebIndex said in a blog post. Twitter users tripled to 35.5 million in the same period.


    Bank of America to pay $2.43B in settlement

    Bank of America says it has agreed to pay $2.43 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit related to its acquisition of Merrill Lynch at the height of the financial crisis. In the lawsuit, shareholders alleged that Bank of America and some of its officers made false or misleading statements about both companies’ financial health.


    U.S. consumers more confident in September

    Higher stock prices and rising home values boosted a measure of consumer confidence in September to its second-highest level in nearly five years.

    Americans spent at the fastest pace in six months in August but much of that increase went to pay their higher gas bills, the Commerce Department announced Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

    Higher gas costs push U.S. consumer spending up

    Americans boosted their spending in August even though their income barely grew. Much of the spending increase went to pay higher gas prices, which may have forced consumers to cut back elsewhere. The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose 0.5 percent in August from July. It was the biggest jump since February.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is “extremely sorry” for the frustration that its maps application has caused and it’s doing everything it can to make it better. Cook said in a letter posted online Friday Sept. 28, 2012 that Apple “fell short” in its commitment to make the best possible products for its customers.

    Apple CEO on new maps app: ‘Extremely sorry’

    Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is "extremely sorry" for the frustration its Maps application has caused and it's doing everything it can to make it better. In the meantime, he recommended that people use competing map applications to get around. Cook said in a letter posted online Friday that Apple "fell short" of its commitment to make the best products for its customers.

    Richard Gonzalez

    Abbott executive named to head drug group has no college degree

    Abbott Laboratories' executive Richard Gonzalez, named to take the top spot at the pharmaceutical spinoff once the drug and medical device maker splits in two, never graduated from college although the company previously reported he held bachelor's and master's degrees.


    WTO agrees to probe U.S. Anti-subsidy duties on Chinese imports

    The World Trade Organization will decide whether U.S. anti-subsidy duties affecting $7.3 billion of Chinese products such as solar panels, thermal paper, wind towers and steel wire violate global commerce rules.


    AMR cash, short-term investments fell by $805 million in August

    AMR Corp.'s unrestricted cash and short-term investments fell by $805 million in August, the parent of American Airlines Inc. said in an operating report. The net loss for the month was $82 million, according to the report filed yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.

    Robusta coffee demand will exceed supplies in the season starting Oct. 1 in most countries, with global usage increasing and a smaller crop in Vietnam, the world’s biggest grower, according to Amtrada Holding BV.

    Amtrada sees world Robusta coffee shortage in 2012-13 season

    Robusta coffee demand will exceed supplies in the season starting Oct. 1 in most countries, with global usage increasing and a smaller crop in Vietnam, the world's biggest grower, according to Amtrada Holding BV. Production of robusta beans, used in instant coffee and espresso, will lag behind consumption by 300,000 bags of 60 kilograms (132 pounds), according to the Amsterdam-based holdings company, which owns coffee trader Nedcoffee BV.


    Oil prices march upward for second day

    Hopes that the global economy might see some improvement after Spain announced far-reaching steps to fix its ailing economy helped keep oil prices on the upswing for a second day. Benchmark oil for November delivery was up 61 cents to $92.46 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.87 to finish at $91.85 per barrel on the Nymex on Thursday.

    An investor looks at the stock price monitor at a private securities company .

    Markets falter as focus remains on Spain

    Markets stuttered Friday as investors continued to fret over the economy of Spain, which this week announced big spending cuts it hopes will convince potential bailout creditors and investors it has a rock-solid plan to heal its public finances.The positive momentum generated by Thursday's Spanish budget has ground to a halt as investors await more news out of the country, including stress test results into 14 banks that are due after European markets close.

    Office workers leave the headquarters of Sony Corp. in Tokyo. Sony and Olympus have agreed on a business alliance that will see Sony invest 50 billion $640 million for an 11 percent stake in the embattled medical equipment and camera company.

    Sony to buy Olympus stake as hirai seeks revival from losses

    Sony Corp., Japan's largest consumer-electronics exporter, will invest 50 billion yen ($645 million) in Olympus Corp. as part of its strategy to move into the medical-equipment business. The two companies will form a joint venture to make endoscopes and other medical devices, according to finance ministry filings today. Olympus is the world's largest endoscope maker with a 70 percent market share.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Merkel’s spokesman: Germany leaving euro ‘absurd’

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has dismissed the idea of Germany abandoning the euro as "absurd." Steffen Seibert was asked Friday about comments by Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi that a German exit from the currency would be "no tragedy."

    R.K. Krishankumar, vice chairman of Tata Global Beverages, left, along with John Culver, president of Starbuck China and Asia Pacific, meet the media in Mumbai, India.

    Starbucks to open first India store in October

    Starbucks will open its first outlet in India by the end of October in an upscale neighborhood of Mumbai and has appointed a chief executive to head its India joint venture, the company said Friday.The store will be in Mumbai's Horniman Circle neighborhood, which boasts an Hermes store and a stately neighborhood park. It will feature coffee sourced locally, through an arrangement with Tata Coffee Ltd.

    A man begs for money on the Sisto bridge in downtown Rome, Thursday.

    Eurozone inflation in surprise rise in September

    Inflation in the 17 countries that use the euro rose unexpectedly to a six-month high in September, official figures showed Friday, weakening expectations of another interest rate cut from the European Central Bank.Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said prices in the eurozone were 2.7 percent higher in September than the year before, up from the previous month's 2.6 percent rate. The consensus in the markets was for a decline to 2.4 percent.

    Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore retailer, reported a decline in fiscal fourth-quarter earnings after the loss of customers to rivals hurt sales.

    Walgreen fourth-quarter profit declines after losing customers

    Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore retailer, reported a decline in fiscal fourth-quarter earnings after the loss of customers to rivals hurt sales. Net income in the quarter ended Aug. 31 fell 55 percent to $353 million, or 39 cents a share, from $792 million, or 87 cents, a year earlier, the Deerfield-based company said today in a statement. Sales dropped 5 percent to $17.1 billion.

    The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public that most Internet pharmacies are fraudulent, selling drugs that likely are counterfeit and could harm or even kill people.

    FDA warning public of risks of online pharmacies

    The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public that most Internet pharmacies are fraudulent, selling drugs that likely are counterfeit and could harm or even kill people.So the FDA has just launched a national campaign, called BeSafeRx, to alert the public to the danger.

Life & Entertainment

    Damian Lewis, with Jamey Sheridan playing the Vice President of the United States, recently won an Emmy for his portrayal as Nicholas “Nick” Brody on Showtime’s “Homeland.”

    Damian Lewis an appealing terrorist on ‘Homeland’

    It could be, no TV drama has ever given viewers such a damaged pair of protagonists as Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis as a terrorist turncoat) and Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes as a former CIA agent who had a mental breakdown) in Showtime's “Homeland.” At 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, “Homeland” begins its second season, boasting a haul of Emmys that includes the best drama award and trophies for best actress and actor.

    Judge Patricia Schnegg has ordered a further review of Chris Brown’s community service and travel to determine whether he has violated the terms of his probation for the 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna.

    Sweat log: How Chris Brown spent community labor

    After Chris Brown pleaded guilty to beating then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, a judge ordered the R&B singer to do six-months’ worth of what was described as “community labor.” The singer was allowed to perform the service in his home state of Virginia under the supervision of Richmond’s police chief, who this week submitted documents to a Los Angeles judge indicating that Brown had finished his service.Not so fast, say a judge and prosecutor, who have ordered more documentation be produced to prove that Brown worked the more than 1,400 hours he claims to have performed. A third of the hours were recorded at the Tappahannock day care center, where Brown spent time as a child and where his mother once served as director.The Associated Press analyzed records filed on Brown’s community service, showing how he and Richmond officials say he cleaned up. The following are some of the tasks documented in Brown’s service log:— 371 hours logged picking up trash in various locations around Richmond.— 346 hours of “general cleaning,” all logged at Tappahannock Children’s Center.— 82 hours painting.— 79 hours spent washing police cars and fire trucks.— 77½ hours spent stripping and waxing floors, all but 4.5 of which were done at Tappahannock Children’s Center.— 56 hours destroying old police files.— 41½ hours cleaning and organizing storage rooms, kitchens and other areas at police and fire stations.— 41 hours tending stalls at the Richmond Police Department stables.— 19 hours doing inventory of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.Where Brown’s logs say he worked:— 647 hours — Richmond Police Department stations and facilities.— 508 hours — Tappahannock Children’s Center.— 97.5 hours — Richmond Fire Department stations and headquarters.— 16 hours — Richmond Parks and Recreation department.— 133.5 hours — various other sites, including street cleanup and painting student residences at Virginia Union University.When Brown logged hours:— 2009 (Sept-Dec.) — 116½ hours.— 2010 (Jan.-Nov.) — 464½ hours.— 2011 (June-Dec.) — 120 hours.— 2012 (Feb.-Aug.) — 701 hours.

    Hanging pendant lights and chandeliers have moved outside the dining room and kitchen and into other areas of the home. This fixture lights up a desk in the den of the Edgar model at River Hills in Bolingbrook.

    Model homes reveal popular colors, decor trends and lighting choices

    The excitement of change comes with each new season. Is it time to make changes to your home? We asked designers whose work is seen in furnished model homes in the suburbs to dish on the latest trends in home decor. People should be aware of all the new products, colors and styles that might make life more comfortable or more exciting for them.

    Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers perform at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards show Thursday in Nashville.

    Bluegrass Awards salute Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson

    t was a hard year in the bluegrass world and the loss of icons such as Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson hung over the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday night. The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year and joined Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice as the only multiple winners at the ceremony at Ryman Auditorium. But the attention of most was turned toward the pioneers no longer able to attend.

    Veal is a seasonal favorite at Waterleaf restaurant at the College of DuPage’s culinary center.

    College of DuPage's student-run restaurant a charmer

    The polished, carpeted and white tablecloth-adorned Waterleaf restaurant is an extension of the building created specially for the College of DuPage's Culinary and Hospitality Center — a school previously housed in the basement. The new building is not only a modern, gleaming home to the elegant Waterleaf, it features a cafe and even a six-room hotel, Inn at Water's Edge that delivers room service from the restaurant.

    Recently fired Margy (Mariann Mayberry) catches up with her old flame Mike (Keith Kupferer), a successful fertility specialist, in Steppenwolf Theatre's Chicago-area premiere of “Good People,” David Lindsay-Abaire's blistering examination of class and success.

    Steppenwolf flexes muscles in season-opening 'Good People'

    The taboo American topics of class and, to a slightly lesser extent, race get a full workout in the season-opening Steppenwolf Theatre production “Good People.” This very realistic drama, from playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, nonetheless finds a way to make powerful points about economics and opportunity, and its abundant natural comedy only serves to cover up a barely veiled mean streak that runs through all the characters.

    Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock play a couple of Tennessee Williams' “monsters” in Goodman Theatre's sumptuous but unwieldy revival of “Sweet Bird of Youth.”

    Gimmicks weigh down Goodman's 'Sweet Bird of Youth'

    Sometimes more is less. For confirmation look no further than Goodman Theatre's highly anticipated revival of “Sweet Bird of Youth,” Tennessee Williams' second-tier play from 1959 about lost love, fading beauty, vanishing youth and last, desperate chances. Unfortunately, it's a gorgeous but overstuffed, uneven show that threatens to overshadow the intriguing performances of Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock.

    The leading actors of the pre-Broadway world premiere tryout of the new musical “Kinky Boots” include Annaleigh Ashford, Billy Porter (standing) and Stark Sands.

    'Kinky Boots' to step off for Broadway after Chicago debut

    Can a failing shoe factory in Northampton, England, turn business around by pursing the unconventional niche market of fetish footwear for drag queens? That's the based-upon-a-true story premise that inspired the Broadway-bound musical adaptation that plays a world premiere engagement at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre starting Tuesday, Oct. 2. But will the high-pedigree show become a smash?


    Theater events: Radio Players stage live radio drama double-bill

    Improv Playhouse in Libertyville presents an Old West radio drama double-bill while the Metropolis in Arlington Heights stages an Irish love story this week in suburban theater.

    A group of unemployed and average guys put on a Chippendales-style strip show in the 2000 Broadway musical "The Full Monty," an adaptation of the 1997 British film of the same name. Pictured here are the leading men in the 2008 production staged by the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

    ‘Kinky Boots’ next in quirky British genre

    For the past 15 years, a certain kind of British film has helped inspire a few big Broadway and London theatrical adaptations. The films all have this basic premise: A down-and-out individual or group (typically Northern English) becomes inspired by an out-of-the-way idea that brings about a change for a vital moment (or in some cases, a lifetime) of success. The 2005 British film Kinky Boots is the latest film to inspire a Broadway or West End show, but let's look at a few of its predecessors:

    Deadmau5’s “ album title goes here ”

    Deadmau5 doles out lackluster EDM

    Deadmau5's new anti-titled electronic dance music album, " album title goes here ," is a lot of things. It's a thumping dance tapestry. It's pockmarked with features from the likes of Cypress Hill and Imogen Heap. And it also underscores Deadmau5's global reach and feel.


    Book notes: Jamie Lee Curtis comes to Anderson’s

    Actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis reads from and signs copies of her newest children's book, "My Brave First Year," at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Also, legendary professional baseball manager Tony La Russa signs copies of his book “One Last Strike” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Anderson’s Two Doors East in Naperville.

    Ben Folds Five — Robert Sledge, left, Darren Jessee and Ben Folds — make a stop at the Chicago Theatre Sunday, Sept. 30. The band’s latest album, “The Sound of the Life of the Mind,” was released last week.

    Ben Folds brings his Five back together again

    Until his epiphany in a photographer's darkroom, Ben Folds used to have nightmares about a reunion with his old group, Ben Folds Five. Seriously. Those days are over, with the combustible trio of singer-songwriter and pianist Folds, bass player Sledge and drummer Jessee a unit again. Their first album since 1999, "The Sound of the Life of the Mind," was released last week and they're touring this fall, including a stop Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Chicago Theatre.


    Homeowners can be sued, jailed for ‘attractive nuisances’

    An owner who has someone trespass on their property can still be sued and held liable for an injury, whether it's a youngster or an adult-age thug.


    Give your front door a quick, inexpensive facelift

    If you could give your front door a facelift in one weekend, would you do it? Of course you would! Here are some of our favorite inexpensive upgrades for the front entry of your home.


    Negotiating repairs is a test of wills

    Q. We just accepted a purchase offer on our home. The buyers' home inspection report says the carport roof and many of the framing members under the roof need to be replaced. We agreed to pay for $1,700 for these repairs, but now the buyers wan to tear down the carport and build a garage in its place, and are requesting a credit of $1,700.


    Avoid costly repairs to your home’s septic tank system

    If you own a home and are not on a public sewage system, chances are you have a private septic system. Septic systems have to be used and maintained properly in order to prevent major repair costs. A septic system is composed of a septic tank and a leaching field that are connected together via large pipes.



    An attack on free speech

    Columnist George Will: Did Ann Landers and Dear Abby conduct 50-year crime sprees by offering unlicensed psychological advice? Is personal advice as constitutionally unprotected as child pornography?


    Not many better off than 4 years ago
    A Geneva letter to the editor: I'm happy columnist Froma Harrop is better off than she was four years ago. However, her memory isn't as strong as her bank account.


    Flag at half staff a sign of the times
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I hope that in the future I will proudly see our flag waving at full staff the majority of the time as it did in the past. I will then know that our country and the world are going in a more positive and peaceful direction.


    Many socialistic countries are thriving
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: We already have socialist programs in the United States: national parks, public libraries, government subsidies to the oil and gas industries (which the Republicans refuse to eliminate), Medicare and Social Security.


    If Democrats stay in power, then what?
    A Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Throw in human nature (something Democrats always seem to misunderstand) when a percentage of former private sector producers say, "Forget it, I'm tired of fighting to succeed, where's mine?" Then what?


    ‘Last Ounce’ review missed mark
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I have a problem with Dann Gire's very slanted opinion and review of "Last Ounce of Courage." How can an objective film reviewer give such a slanted and condescending half-page writeup of this wonderful movie?


    Herald’s high standards evident in reporting
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Over the last several years the paper has applied higher standards to its reporting, replacing sensation with good sense, eschewing the salacious for responsibility to the entire community it serves.


    A lost wallet, a happy ending
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: The cart pushers the night before found it and turned it in. After thinking the worst that someone had taken my wallet I was very happily surprised.


    Need to overhaul schools, healthcare
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Our representatives in Congress haven't a clue about not having insurance and they have paid not a dime to get coverage. I think that those who are against universal coverage should lose their own coverage and suffer like the rest of us.


    Fliers weren’t church’s idea
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The Congregational United Church of Christ celebrated its second annual United Fall Fest Sept. 8. Unfortunately, the event was marred when fest goers returned to their cars and found fliers discussing the possible use of the Glenwood School property as a residential treatment center.


    We don’t apologize for our freedoms
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans including two former Navy SEALS were brutally killed in a planned terrorist attack on Sept. 11. Our ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice goes on national TV and lies to the American people saying that this attack and the attack on the American embassy in Cairo were in response to a video. Rubbish.


    Offended by Obama sign trashing
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Those who do not support the re-election of President Obama in my community just don’t know how to play fair. Apparently, they feel a need to vandalize private property to get their political message across and to vent their frustrations over the democratic electoral process and the Bill of Rights.


    McDonald’s good idea, but not here
    A Naperville letter to the editor: McDonald’s would be a great addition to downtown Naperville — but the proposed location is wrong.


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