Daily Archive : Monday October 1, 2012


    Visitors to Thursday's Mobility Expo and Conference in Villa Park will be able to collect information on a variety of resources to improve accessibility and even check out a motorcycle designed for people in wheelchairs.

    Villa Park expo to help physically disabled improve accessibility

    More than 40 vendors and organizations serving people with physical disabilities will be featured Thursday at the Mobility Expo and Conference in Villa Park. Roughly 300 people attended last year's event and nearly twice as many have registered for this year. "Most of the time we can find a way people can stay independent," one vendor representative said.

    Frank Scarpelli

    E. Dundee official allowed to stay on plan commission

    An effort Monday, to remove the co-chairman of an East Dundee commission over a perceived conflict of interest that involves Wal-Mart's plans to build a bigger store in neighboring Carpentersville, fell flat. By a 5-2 vote, Village President Jerald Bartels' move to kick Frank Scarpelli off the planning and zoning commission failed. "I'm still happy to serve," Scarpelli said Monday. "I've been...

    Tammy Duckworth opposes Joe Walsh in the 8th Congressional District race.

    Why Walsh wants more joint appearances, and Duckworth doesn’t

    Monday's Schaumburg Business Association breakfast was the latest event displaying the contrast in campaign strategies between 8th District congressional candidates Tammy Duckworth and Joe Walsh. Walsh, a McHenry Republican known for his flamboyant style, complained that he and his opponent once again spoke separately - a setup Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, prefers.

    Ryan J. Bloom

    Mt. Prospect police bust suburban burglary ring

    Authorities say they've broken up a burglary ring led by three Elk Grove Village residents accused of stealing thousands of dollars of property during more than 60 break-ins in Mount Prospect and other parts of the Northwest suburbs, North Shore and Lake County. On Wednesday, police said, Mount Prospect investigators conducted surveillance of the suspects' Elk Grove Village residence on the 400...

    Christine Radogno

    Supreme Court won’t hear Illinois redistricting complaint

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal from Illinois Republicans on newly drawn legislative boundaries, a move that state Democrats said affirmed that the map is fair.


    Key statehouse battles take shape in suburbs

    With a lot at stake in the upcoming election, several key suburban legislative races are receiving extra attention from Republican and Democratic leaders. If issues including cutting teachers retirements and gambling expansion aren’t settled this fall, they’ll land in the laps of lawmakers elected in November.


    Frank Lloyd Wright home sold to nonprofit group

    A nonprofit group that already owns two other Frank Lloyd Wright houses on one Milwaukee block has bought a third. Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin hopes to turn the block of six Wright homes on Milwaukee's south side into an interpretive site for visitors. There are four duplexes and two bungalows.

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev shakes hands with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, at the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

    Russia pushes Facebook to open research center

    Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg was in Moscow on Monday, where top officials were pressing him to expand the company’s operations in Russia. Russia’s communications minister tweeted that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev urged the social media giant’s founder to abandon plans to lure away Russian programmers and instead open a research center in Moscow.

    In an Aug. 9, 2000 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson, President Bill Clinton, right, awards former Johnson & Johnson CEO James E. Burke the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in Washington. Burke, who helped the company expand dramatically around the world and steered it through the Tylenol poisonings in the 1980s, died on Friday, Sept. 28. He was 87.

    Former Johnson & Johnson CEO Burke dies at 87

    Former Johnson & Johnson CEO James E. Burke, who steered the health care giant through the Tylenol poisonings in the 1980s that resulted in the first tamper-resistant product packaging, has died.


    ISU student suffers severe burns at barn dance

    An Illinois State University student is hospitalized after falling into a bonfire during a weekend barn dance near Lexington. Lauren Bucaro was transferred to the burn unit at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood.

    St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte and the city council are poised to approve a new $7.50 fee on residents who want to pay their utility bills by telephone.

    St. Charles to implement big fee on utility bills paid by phone

    St. Charles will begin charging residents who want to pay their utility bills over the phone a $7.50 fee beginning Dec. 1. But not all aldermen are happy with the change.


    U-46 OKs contracts with two more unions

    The Elgin Area School District U-46 is expected to approve a contract with its transportation union, as well as with its support staff.


    E. Dundee OKs video gambling by 4-3 vote

    Wal-Mart's plans to open a super center in nearby Carpentersville was enough for two East Dundee village board members to change their minds about keeping video gambling out of town. Village President Jerald Bartels and Trustee Paul VanOstenbridge noted that Wal-Mart's intention to leave East Dundee was a determining factor in their decision to welcome video gambling.


    Palatine hires contractor for sidewalk snow removal

    Convinced an outside contractor will do a better, quicker and more cost-effective job, Palatine is relinquishing its sidewalk snow removal responsibilities.


    Rolling Meadows garage destroyed in fire

    Quick firefighters were able to prevent a blaze from spreading from a Rolling Meadows garage to two nearby homes Monday afternoon.

    Mario Moore

    Elgin man charged in Bartlett kidnapping, sexual assault

    An Elgin man is being held on a $500,000 bail on charges he abducted a woman he had followed from a Bartlett nightclub Saturday and sexually assaulted her in his car. Mario Moore, 33, of the 0-100 block of Willard Street in Elgin, faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and kidnapping stemming from the early morning assault along Devon Avenue in Bartlett.

    Robert Kudlicki

    Former Hampshire mayor, county board member more than a politician

    Robert Kudlicki may have been in politics, but he wasn't a politician, according to his eldest son. Although the Hampshire resident's public service record included two terms as Hampshire's village president and two others on the Kane County Board, he was also known as a businessman who owned a dry cleaning business and a men's store. Kudlicki died Monday morning a week shy of turning 84.

    Rescuers check on a half-submerged boat after it collided Monday night near Lamma Island, off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Authorities in Hong Kong have rescued 101 people after a ferry collided with a tugboat and sank. A local broadcaster says eight people died.

    36 bodies found after Hong Kong ferry crash

    HONG KONG — A boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, authorities said.


    Wheeling truck driver dies from crash injuries

    A Wheeling man died Friday, four days after his semitrailer truck rolled down an embankment in rural Maryland near the Pennsylvania border, police said Monday.


    State officials urge hunting safety

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources's tips include always being aware of surroundings and knowing what is beyond the target. State officials say there were 26 hunting incidents last year and one was fatal. There have been six incidents so far this year.


    How looming tax hikes would hit typical families
    A variety of tax cuts enacted during the tenures of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama expire at the end of December. Expiring provisions include Bush-era cuts on wage and investment income and cuts for married couples and families with children. Also expiring is a 2 percentage point temporary payroll tax cut. A look the tax increases facing typical families:


    If tax cuts expire, most of us will feel big pinch

    A typical middle-income family making $40,000 to $64,000 a year could see its taxes go up by $2,000 next year if lawmakers fail to renew a lengthy roster of tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, according to a new report Monday.


    ‘Historical’ bones found in West Chicago

    Human remains found in West Chicago have been classified as "historical" and were accidentally excavated from an Aurora-area cemetery and deposited in West Chicago, according to police.

    Linda Fleming

    Palatine Twp. trustees cut officials’ pay but boost own stipends

    Palatine Township trustees this week voted to cut compensation for four elected positions while giving themselves the capacity for a small bump in pay. The board's unanimous decision will save the township about $15,000 annually during a four-year period starting after the April election. "It was extravagant pay for what we're doing," Trustee Sharon Langlotz-Johnson said.


    Oakton to host forum for 9th District candidates

    Candidates for the U.S. 9th Congressional District will speak at a forum Sunday, Oct. 7, hosted by Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, and Republican challenger Timothy Wolfe of Arlington Heights are scheduled to appear at the event


    Lake Barrington to vote on electric aggregation

    Lake Barrington officials have changed their minds about the merits of electrical aggregation and will put a referendum on the village's Nov. 6 ballot. Among the few Northwest suburban communities who sat out last spring's wave of aggregation referendums, village officials say seeing rates come in lower than expected led them to reverse course.

    Firefighters from Cary and Fox River Grove Fire Protection District coordinate their efforts while at the scene of a fire at the Tru-Cut factory in Cary Monday afternoon.

    Cary factory fire quickly extinguished

    A fire inside a Cary factory damaged machinery and filled the building with smoke Monday afternoon but was quickly extinguished.

    Alex Robinson

    Cops: Aurora man caught with cocaine at courthouse

    An Aurora man nearly slipped by security at the Kane County courthouse last week, but on his second trip through the metal detectors a guard spotted a small bag of cocaine in his bin, authorities said.


    Loose seats spur inquiry by FAA, American Airlines

    The Federal Aviation Administration and bankrupt AMR Corp.’s American Airlines are investigating how a row of seats came loose on a flight, forcing an emergency landing.


    Fatal shooting mars Venezuela election campaign

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Jason Valero was so excited about the possibility that Henrique Capriles could unseat President Hugo Chavez that he took a few weeks off from his job as a dump truck driver to work on the opposition presidential candidate’s campaign.


    Attorney: Dad who shot masked son is devastated

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — An attorney says a popular Connecticut teacher who fatally shot a knife-wielding prowler in a ski mask and then learned it was his 15-year-old son says he’s devastated and filled with questions about what the boy was doing.

    Ten percent of the sales price of SKIL’s pink cordless screwdriver will go toward the fight against breast cancer. The Mount Prospect-based company will donate at least $100,000.

    Screwdriver sale raises funds to fight cancer

    SKIL Power Tools, based in Mount Prospect, is selling a pink screwdriver to help the fight against breast cancer. Ten percent of the price of every pink iXO Palm-Sized screwdriver sold through Dec. 31 will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the company said. The company's minimum donation will be $100,000.

    Paul R. Duke

    Schaumburg man charged with soliciting child

    Authorities have charged a 77-year-old Schaumburg man with indecent solicitation of a child after he reportedly approached a 9-year-old girl in a park Sunday afternoon. Bail was set at $50,000 Monday for Paul R. Duke, whose last known address is on the 2200 block of Pennview Lane in Schaumburg.

    An American Airlines flight was diverted en route to Dallas after a pilot fell ill.

    Pilot’s illness diverts American Airlines flight

    A pilot's illness diverted an American Airlines flight from O'Hare International Airport to Dallas this morning. The plane landed at St. Louis for the medical emergency.

    Richard A. Kellogg

    Teen charged in Grayslake home invasion

    Richard A. Kellogg, 18, of Waukegan has been charged in connection with a home invasion late Friday in Grayslake, authorities said. Two other suspects initially detained by police were not charged. Kellogg was charged with armed robbery, unlawful restraint and residential burglary. Authorities said an arrest warrant will be obtained for a fourth suspect.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Derek T. Schmitt, 30, of Batavia, was charged at 5:19 p.m. Friday with several crimes, after being pulled over in the 400 block of North Kirk Road, according to a police report. Schmitt was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, as well as operating a motor vehicle with expired registration, operating a motor vehicle without...


    LongHorn Steakhouse opens in Schaumburg

    A new LongHorn Steakhouse — the 10th in Illinois — opened Monday at 1901 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg. "Schaumburg is excited that the Darden Restaurant Group has added yet another of their successful brands, LongHorn Steakhouse, to our community," Mayor Al Larson said.

    Michael J. Kochan

    Wheaton man facing child porn charges

    A 28-year-old Wheaton man is facing possession of child pornography charges following an undercover investigation conducted by Wheaton police and the DuPage County sheriff's office.

    Organizers say it will take at least three months before Medinah Country Club is fully back to normal after the Ryder Cup.

    Medinah dazzles during its moment in spotlight

    Team USA may have faded down the stretch, but fans and organizers of the 39th annual Ryder Cup say Medinah Country Club dazzled from start to finish. Nearly 50,000 people jammed the course for Sunday's historic match. "The golf course looked so beautiful on screen. The city of Chicago, DuPage County, Medinah — we all delivered the deal," Mike Scully, Medinah's director of golf.

    Saving money for college through the state-run program offers tax advantages.

    Troubled college savings program resumes business

    An Illinois college savings program is back in business after a management overhaul. College Illinois lets parents lock in a price for their children's future tuition and save money to pay it.

    The University of Chicago swimming test required students to be able to go 100 yards using any stroke with no time limit.

    University of Chicago to get rid of swimming requirement

    Students in the Class of 2016 at the University of Chicago won't have to prove that they know how to swim. For almost 60 years, U of C students had to pass a swim test or take a swimming course during their freshman year.


    Lake Zurich fire open house:

    The Lake Zurich Fire and Rescue Department hosts its annual Fire Prevention week open house on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Station 1, 321 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich.


    Dimucci land proposal up again:

    The Lake County Board's planning, building and zoning committee meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to review an agreement that would pave the way for the Dimucci family's land near Hawthorn Woods to be rezoned as commercial property.


    Save on flood insurance:

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


    Schaumburg to open 1981 time capsule

    A Schaumburg time capsule sealed on March 7, 1981 to mark the village's 25th anniversary will be opened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Court.The capsule's contents include U.S. currency, a U.S. flag, a silver anniversary T-shirt, photos taken by the Schaumburg High School Camera Club


    Algonquin man killed in hit-and-run in McHenry County

    A 22-year-old Algonquin man was killed in a hit and run accident Monday morning in unincorporated Algonquin Township. Police say John Fennessy was struck on East Main Street, west of Newbold Road. The car was headed eastbound within the 600 block of East Main Street. The driver of the vehicle did not stop.

    Anthony Cechini

    Round Lake man charged in Fox Lake crash that killed passenger

    A 23-year-old Round Lake man faces felony charges in connection with an alcohol-related crash in downtown Fox Lake that killed a passenger in his vehicle, police said. Anthony Cechini, of the 200 block of Havenwood Drive, was charged with aggravated DUI involving death and aggravated DUI involving great bodily harm following the crash in the 100 block of Nippersink Drive, Fox Lake Police Lt.

    Crowds mingle outside a shop during a previous Aurora ArtWalk. The eighth ArtWalk will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at several locations along North Broadway Avenue.

    Fire-eater to heat up Aurora ArtWalk

    A transportation hub, three restaurants, a hotel and a museum in downtown Aurora all will become art galleries Friday night for the eighth Aurora ArtWalk, called "Some like it HOT!" A fire eater, a communal art project featuring melted wax and a demonstration of a physics apparatus called a flame tube will bring the heat to the event, which lasts from 7 to 10 p.m. along North Broadway Avenue.

    Will the train of transit unity reach the station? Pace, Metra and the Chicago Transit Authority are in a standoff over discretionary revenues.

    Chicago, suburbs at impasse over transit funding

    Are the CTA, Metra and Pace on a collision course? Is the Chicago versus suburbs feud alive again? And, what fab transportation events can I go to this week? Columnist Marni Pyke answers these and other transportation questions.


    Fire tears through Algonquin home Saturday

    A fire caused major damage to a single-family home in Algonquin Saturday while the residents were away. No one was home when the fire started. A passer-by noticed the fire and alerted emergency responders, reports said.


    Warren Township High School Theatre presents “The Cause” this weekend

    Warren Theatre presents a world premiere production this weekend at the O'Plaine Campus. The Cause, by Chicago playwright Warwick Johnson is about a group of students at the James School, a prestigious American boarding school, and their discovery of the sinister nature behind the school's intentions.


    Dist. 303 survey: 52% of students feel school connection

    St. Charles Unit District 303 failed to meet several of its goals this past school year, according to a new report. Gains in ACT scores, Advanced Placement participation and moving on to first-choice colleges and universities is tough to improve on for the already high-performing district. But the district also missed goals of reducing the number of suspension days and expelled students after...

    Pat Fee

    Two newcomers vie for open 84th House seat

    As a legislative area without an incumbent, the state's 84th House District centered around Aurora offers an opportunity for new blood to step into state government after the Nov. 6 general election. The two candidates seeking to represent the newly drawn district are capitalizing on the opportunity to run for the open seat, but for different reasons.

    Marie Handley, 88, holds up a keepsake photograph gifted by co-workers upon her retirement Wednesday after working 26 years at the Elk Grove Township Community Day Care Center.

    Mt. Prospect woman’s retires from ‘grandmother’ role at day care center

    Marie Handley, 88, of Mount Prorpect started working at the Elk Grove Township Community Day Care Center after retiring from Heinemann's Bakery 26 years ago. "For so many of our kids, she has been their grandmother figure," says Annette Capuaini, center director.

    Carol Calabresa

    Calabresa, Parra talk priorities in Lake County Board District 15 race

    The two candidates running for the 15th District seat on the Lake County Board cite economic issues as their top campaign concerns. Beyond that, the issues they listed as priorities on recent Daily Herald questionnaires are very different. Republican incumbent Carol Calabresa is focused on road improvements and protecting green space, while Democratic challenger Del Parra wants to boost...

    Afghan police secure the site of a suicide bombing in Khost, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. The suicide bomber was driving a motorcycle packed with explosives and rammed it into a patrol of Afghan and international forces, killing over a dozen people, including three NATO service members and their translator, an official said.

    Afghanistan: Bomber kills 14 including 3 U.S. troops

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber driving a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed his bike into a joint Afghan-American patrol on Monday morning in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 people including three U.S. troops and their translator, officials said.

    Traffic backs up along a busy road in Lagos, Nigeria. In the metropolis of 17.5 million, the traffic jams that Nigerians call “go-slows” can strike at any moment. Here, drivers are hostage to a road network that hasn’t been upgraded since the 1970s.

    In Nigerian mega-city, gridlock is a great unifier

    The traffic begins long before dawn in Nigeria's largest city. The poor crowd onto benches welded inside dented, clattering buses. The middle classes sit behind the steering wheels of used imports. As the first sunbeams cut through the exhaust fumes, the wealthy thumb tablet computers in cars with blaring sirens, chauffeured by moonlighting policemen. They will almost certainly end up jumbled...


    Tickets on sale for Tammy McCann at Charlie’s in St. Charles

    The St. Charles Arts Council recently announced that jazz vocalist Tammy McCann will be the headlining act at "Charlie's Center for the Arts at the Charlestowne Mall," a pop-up arts event, on Saturday, Oct. 6. Student musicians from St. Charles Unit District 303, the opening act for McCann, will begin the show at 7 p.m., followed by McCann's headlining performance at 7:30 p.m.

    Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina, left, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass cage at a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, on Monday. A Russian court is set to hear an appeal filed by three jailed members of the rock band Pussy Riot, who have been sentenced to two years for performing a “punk prayer” against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s main cathedral.

    Moscow court postpones Pussy Riot appeal

    A Russian court postponed an appeal Monday by three members of the jailed rock band Pussy Riot after one of them fired her lawyers. Prosecutors criticized the move as a delaying tactic, while one defense lawyer said the women were under tremendous pressure, with the government threatening to take away their children.

    Cambodian supporters of Mam Sonando, one of Cambodia’s most prominent human rights defenders, protest in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday. Some 300 supporters gathered to demand the release of local radio station owner Mam Sonando, who is accused of leading a secession, and has been held in pretrial detention for almost two months. His verdict is scheduled to be announced at the court on Monday.

    Cambodian broadcaster sentenced to 20 years

    A Cambodian court on Monday sentenced a dissident radio station owner to 20 years in prison on insurrection charges that critics claim are part of a political vendetta by the government. Judge Chaing Sinat of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said 71-year-old Mam Sonando was convicted and sentenced on four counts related to an alleged secessionist movement in eastern Cambodia. He was charged with...

    Rada Hallabi, 4, who is sick with diabetes, lies on a blanket in a refugee camp on the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria, on Sunday.

    Splits among rebels an obstacle in Syria conflict

    The large number of deeply divided rebel groups is one of the main obstacles to a U.N. mission's efforts to broker an end to Syria's 18-month crisis, the Damascus representative of the new international envoy said Monday. Activists reported an air raid on a northern town killed at least 21 people.


    Candidates for McHenry Co.’s District 1 talk about the issues

    Four Republicans — Yvonne Barnes, Robert "Bob" Bless, Anna May Miller and Robert Nowak — and a lone Democrat, Nick Chirikos, are running for McHenry County's District 1.


    U.K. man wrongly charged with rape after DNA error

    Britain's forensics watchdog says an innocent man spent months in jail on a rape charge because of a DNA technician's "avoidable" mistake. Adam Scott was arrested after a plastic tray containing a sample of his DNA was re-used in the analysis of a swab from a rape victim by private firm LGC Forensics.

    Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, left, and his wife, Sandra Roelofs cast their ballots as their son Nikoloz stands beside them at a polling station in Tbilisi, Georgia, Monday. Voters in Georgia are choosing a new parliament in a heated election that will decide the future of Saakashvili’s government.

    Voters in Georgia deciding fate of government

    Voters in Georgia are choosing a new parliament in a heated election Monday that will decide the future of the pro-Western government of President Mikhail Saakashvili. Emotions are running high in an election that is competitive not only for Georgia but for much of the former Soviet Union. If Saakashvili's party loses, it would be the first time in Georgia's post-Soviet history that a government...


    Pipeline fire in southeast Nigeria kills 20

    A government spokesman says 20 people in southeast Nigeria died when a broken gasoline pipeline caught fire, burning alive those gathering the fuel. The fire happened in a remote village in Abia state, near Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta. Abia state government spokesman Ugochukwu Emezue said Monday that the fire happened Sept. 23, but it took days for the information to reach officials.

    Dan Duffy and Amanda Howland

    Duffy, Howland vie to be seen as independent

    Republican state Sen. Dan Duffy of Lake Barrington and his Democratic challenger Amanda Howland of Lake Zurich both tout what they see as their independence from the political structure of Springfield as what makes them the best choice for voters of Illinois’ 26th District. While Duffy said his differences with the controlling Democratic Party of House Speaker Michael Madigan are obvious, Howland...

    Phil Mickelson reacts after a bad chip on the 17th hole Sunday during the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.

    Dawn Patrol: Miracle at Medinah; McHenry man killed in crash

    Europeans make miracle comeback at Medinah. Ryder Cup brings millions to local businesses. McHenry man, 21, dies in Fox Lake crash. Des Plaines garage destroyed in fire. McHenry SWAT team shoots offender with bean bag rounds. White Sox all but out of contention.


    Ikea deleted women from Saudi version of catalogue

    Ikea is being criticized for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its furniture catalogue, a move the company says it regrets. Comparing the Swedish and Saudi versions of the Ikea catalogue, Sweden's free newspaper Metro on Monday showed that women had been airbrushed out of otherwise identical pictures showcasing the company's home furnishings.


    New bounty offer in Pakistan for prophet filmmaker

    A former Pakistani legislator has offered a $200,000 bounty for anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam film that has angered Muslims around the world.

    A tourist bus is engulfed in flames on an expressway near Tianjin, China, Monday. Five Germans and a Chinese citizen were killed when the bus burst into flames after hitting the back of a truck, the Xinhua News Agency said.

    Fiery crash in China kills 5 Germans, 1 Chinese

    A bus carrying many German tourists hit the back of a truck and burst into flames Monday on an expressway in northern China, killing five Germans and a Chinese citizen, state media reported. The accident happened near Tianjin on an expressway that links that port city with the capital Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The bus was engulfed in flames and black smoke, and was a...


    Pastor leads march against violence in Chicago

    Leading nearly 200 people on a prayer march through city neighborhoods, the pastor of a Chicago megachurch on Sunday challenged public officials and others to do more to curb violence. "The city has gone wild. It's no longer just gang killing, it's random killing," said Bishop Larry Trotter of Sweet Holy Spirit Church. "We have to try and channel that energy and put it in another direction."


    Chicago airports to host art exhibit on nature

    Travelers through Chicago's airports will get a chance to take in some art depicting the area's natural beauty. A new photo exhibit features very 250 photographs. The Chicago Park District last year asked local people to send in their best photographs in several categories. Those include pictures of native plants and the city's waterfront.


    Devoted dad visits son at nursing home

    Meat Loaf is in the house, today and every day. His 51-year old son, Kelly Curry, who calls his dad Meat Loaf — as do friends and other family — is in Helia Healthcare of Champaign. The son, who looks like a linebacker, requires medical care for a major head injury he sustained in a driving accident more than three decades ago.


    Report: Cook Co. judges sealed hundreds of cases

    A published report says Cook County judges have sealed hundreds of files since 2000, some of them improperly or without reason. The Chicago Tribune reports Sunday that judges have hid entire cases when only sensitive information needed to be removed and often times they gave no reason in why they sealed the file.


    Former NW Ind. drag strip’s fans talk of reopening

    It's been 28 years since the "great ones" raced at the U.S. 30 Dragstrip in Hobart. Interest in the former dragstrip remains full speed ahead, fueling an annual reunion in Schererville with hundreds of fans and the possibility of a new area track being opened, David Heacock said.

    Kelly Clark, attorney for the Portland man who filed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America, is shown using a chart during his closing statements in the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Ore., in 2010. The Boy Scouts of America plan to begin doing what critics argue they should have done decades ago — bring suspected abusers named in the organization’s so-called perversion files to the attention of police departments and sheriff’s offices across the country.

    Boy Scouts to report pedophiles missed previously

    The Boy Scouts of America plan to begin doing what critics argue they should have done decades ago — bring suspected abusers named in the organization's so-called perversion files to the attention of police departments and sheriff's offices across the country. The Scouts have, until now, argued they did all they could to prevent sex abuse within their ranks by spending a century tracking...


    Calif. first to ban gay teen ‘conversion’ therapy

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that makes California the first state to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy that's aimed at making gay teenagers straight. Effective Jan. 1, mental health practitioners are prohibited from performing sexual orientation change efforts — known as reparative or conversion therapy — for anyone under 18.


    Philly police expect charges against child driver

    Police expect to charge a 10-year-old Philadelphia boy with auto theft and related charges after they say he swiped a van then crashed it into five parked cars.


    2 dead, 1 injured in shooting at Fla. VFW post

    Authorities in central Florida say two members of a motorcycle club died and a third was critically injured when gunfire erupted in the parking lot of a Veterans of Foreign War post as a charity ride was getting under way.

    Chicago White Sox’s A.J. Pierzynski reacts as he wipes his face in the dugout after striking out during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Chicago. The Rays won 6-2. Though the White Sox have not been officially eliminated from the postseason, they know land a postseason slot is going to be a long shot.

    Weekend in Review: Ryder success for suburban businesses; iffy Sox
    What you may have missed over the weekend: DC sniper says, "I was a monster"; Europeans not shocked by their come-from-behind Ryder Cup win; Bears ready to tackle Cowboys; Lake Marie closes; head of Elgin's Boys and Girls Club steps down; US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000; 26 killed in series of bombings across Iraq; Sox's pennant race likely over and Cubs snap losing streak.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Drum Major Maggie Inman directs the Wheaton Warrenville South High School marching band's song selection of Class of Dreams at the Chicagoland Marching Band Festival at Wheeling High School on Saturday.

    Images: The Week In Pictures
    This edition of The Week In Pictures features a soldier's welcome home surprise, 911 dispatcher meets young rescuer, Korean vets honored, and a memorial to 79 K-9 police dogs, and of course, Ryder Cup hoopla.


    Families, docs key in getting elderly to quit driving
    Families may have to watch for dings in the car and plead with an older driver to give up the keys — but there’s new evidence that doctors could have more of an influence on one of the most wrenching decisions facing a rapidly aging population. A large study from Canada found that when doctors warn patients, and tell driving authorities, that the older folks may be medically unfit to...


    Hersey girls volleyball coach Nancy Lill is on the verge of joining a very exclusive club: 800 varsity coaching victories.

    Hersey girls volleyball coach goes for 800th win tonight

    It was 1983 when Nancy Lill won her first IHSA varsity match as a coach. Twenty eight seasons later, the Hersey coach is approaching 800 wins, a plateau only five others have reached in Illinois girls volleyball. "I blinked," Lill said of how fast the time has gone. Time goes fast when you're having fun. "People will say when are you going to quit?" said Lill, who will go for No. 800 today at 6 p.m. at Buffalo Grove.

    Wheeling’s Jack Ferguson is among the competitors competing in Tuesday’s boys golf regional at Old Orchard Country Club.

    Scouting boys golf regionals, Northwest

    Here's a look at Tuesday's boys golf regional meets involving the Mid-Suburban Lake, St. Viator, Leyden and Maine West.


    Bears 3-1 with lots of room for improvement

    The Bears have finished the first quarter of the season at 3-1, and while the first three games were far from complete, they played a good football game Monday night on national TV, which has hardly been a comfortable spot for Jay Cutler in the past.

    U.S. captain Davis Love III is applauded by his players including Jim Furyk, left, and rookie Keegan Bradley, after Love's remarks Sunday during the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup.

    Love’s colossal blunder cost USA the Ryder Cup

    The United States losing the Ryder Cup to the Europeans on home turf created one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. Mike North says Davis Love III should the MVP for the Europeans because his choices drained the momentum from Team USA.

    Colorado’s Josh Roenicke and Wilin Rosario high-five after a 13-inning win Monday night over the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

    Rockies get 4 in 13th to beat Arizona 7-5

    Chris Nelson drove home Tyler Colvin to start a four-run rally in the 13th inning, and the Colorado Rockies hung on for a 7-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.


    Bears pass all tests on big night

    The Bears turned a tough test into an easy victory at Dallas on "Monday Night Football."

    Bears strong safety Major Wright celebrates his interception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half Monday in Arlington, Texas.

    Cowboys easy pickings for Bears’ defense

    Once again, the Bears' defense came up with some huge plays Monday night, and they were more than enough to lead the visitors to a 34-18 victory over the Cowboys. With the defense picking off 5 passes, the Bears' offense simply went along for the ride, doing more than enough on its end to help lift the winners to a 3-1 mark and into a first-place tie with the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. Dallas fell to 2-2.

    Bears strong safety Major Wright celebrates his interception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half Monday in Arlington, Texas.

    Bears shut down Dallas with big ‘D’

    Those 30-something defenders for the Chicago Bears showed Tony Romo how much they can still play. Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, two of the five defensive starters for Chicago in their 30s, returned interceptions for touchdowns, and the Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-18 on Monday night. Though Romo was sacked just once, on the Cowboys' opening series, he was pressured relentlessly and threw five interceptions.

    The Angels’ Mike Trout hits an RBI single against the \Mariners in the fourth inning Monday in Seattle.

    Angels win but won’t make postseason

    Mike Trout had four hits and drove in three runs in Los Angeles' 8-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night, but it was not enough to keep the Angels in the playoff chase.


    Grading the Bears: A for Cutler
    Jay Cutler gets an A. Receivers get an A. The offensive line even got itself a B.

    The Athletics’ Coco Crisp scores past the tag of Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli in the fifth inning Monday in Oakland, Calif.

    A’s back in playoffs for first time in 6 years

    Coco Crisp's latest big hit helped put Oakland back in the playoffs for the first time in six years, and the Athletics beat the first-place Texas Rangers 4-3 on Monday night to remain in contention for a division crown.

    The Dodgers rip off teammate Elian Herrera’s shirt after his game-winning hit Monday night at home against San Francisco.

    Dodgers down Giants 3-2 for 6th straight victory

    Elian Herrera singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night that kept their postseason hopes alive.

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, center fielder Bryce Harper, starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez and left fielder Michael Morse celebrate with teammates after clinching the National League East division title on Monday night.

    Nationals wrap up NL East title despite loss

    Despite being beaten 2-0 by the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, the Nationals earned their first division title since moving from Montreal in 2005, because the second-place Atlanta Braves lost 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran congratulates Jaime Garcia on his solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning Monday in St. Louis.

    Cardinals secure at least a tie for 2nd wild card

    Jaime Garcia is in fine form for the postseason, winning his last three starts and homering off Bronson Arroyo, too. The St. Louis Cardinals are almost there, clinching a tie for the second NL wild card and spoiling Dusty Baker's return from a mini-stroke with a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

    The Yankees’ Robinson Cano embraces Melky Mesa after Mesa drove in a run on his first major-league hit Monday in New York.

    Yanks rout Red Sox 10-2, open 1-game AL East lead

    Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira homered in a nine-run second inning, and the New York Yankees routed the Boston Red Sox 10-2 Monday night to open a one-game lead over Baltimore in the AL East with two games to play.

    Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney flips the ball to first base to get Baltimore’s Endy Chavez and end the game Monday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Rays remain alive with 5-3 win over Orioles

    Alex Cobb allowed two hits over seven innings Monday night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

    The Detroit Tigers celebrate their road win against the Kansas City Royals that clinched the AL Central crown on Monday.

    Tigers beat Royals 6-3 to clinch AL Central

    Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including a homer during a five-run sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers held off the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Monday night to clinch the AL Central title.

    The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton crosses the plate after hitting a home run in the sixth inning Monday in Miami.

    Marlins edge Mets 3-2

    Giancarlo Stanton went deep yet again, Rob Brantly got a big hit and the Miami Marlins managed not to waste nine walks against the Mets on Monday.


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


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


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


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


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


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

    The Blue Jays’ Adeiny Hechavarria, center, celebrates scoring on Anthony Gose’s hit a game-winning single against the Minnesota Twins during the 10th inning Monday in Toronto.

    Jays beat Twins 6-5 in 10th

    Anthony Gose singled home the winning run in the 10th inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Monday night.


    Girls volleyball / Top 20
    Undefeated Glenbard West takes over the No. 1 spot in this week's Daily Herald girls volleyball Top 20. West Aurora moved up to No. 2 and Benet slips to No. 3.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Claire Speweik had 8 kills, 5 aces and 3 digs, while Savannah Dutcher registered 6 kills and 2 blocks Monday to lead Westminster Christian to a 25-11, 25-23 Northeastern Athletic Conference girls volleyball win over Alden-Hebron.Cara Tyrell (3 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces), Cassidy Finnegan (10 digs) and Emma Kovachevich (8 assists, 3 aces) also contributed to the win for the Warriors (15-5, 5-1).St. Edward d. Walther Lutheran: Katie Swanson had 6 kills and Allison Kruk 5 digs as St. Edward rolled to a 25-12, 25-11 Suburban Christian win. Mallory Gross (12 assists), Shannon Igielski (4 kills), Mary Kate Nastali (3 kills) and Rena Ranallo (3 kills) also contributed for the Green Wave (9-12, 4-2).


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Larkin 3, Prairie Ridge 3: Tony Hernandez scored twice and Erik Rodriguez netted a goal as Larkin (10-4-2) played to a nonconference draw. Aldair Dominguez had 2 saves in goal for the Royals.Keith School 3, Harvest Christian 0: Patrick McGuire had 9 saves in goal for the Lions (8-6-2).

    Carmel Catholic singles player Brienne Minor returns a shot against Warren’s player Karyna Bihel during action Monday in Mundelein.

    Girls tennis roundup / Lake County

    New Trier d. Stevenson: New Trier took two of three singles matches en route to the win. On the bright side for Stevenson, Kaylin Dong and Alexxis Kiven won the No. 1 doubles match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.Vernon Hills d. North Chicago: The Cougars shut out North Chicago, 4-0. Elizabeth Borgman won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.Wauconda d. Waukegan: Maggie LePage and Nicole Egorov teamed up to get a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the No. 1 doubles match to lead Wauconda to a 7-0 victory over Waukegan.

    Houston Astros’ Fernando Martinez center, crosses home plate safely as Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo left, misses the throw and home plate umpire Ron Kulpa looks on in the fourth inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Houston won 3-0.

    Cubs not happy about joining century club

    The Cubs had the perfect foe at Wrigley Field Monday night as they sought to avoid a 100-loss season: the Houston Astros. The Astros came into the final series having lost 106, and the Cubs sounded dead serious about wanting to avoid the century mark in losses.

    Henry Melton moves in to sack Tony Romo during the first half of the Bears’ victory Monday. For Melton, it was his team-high fourth sack.

    ‘Athletic rushers’ needed in this day and age

    Regardless of what position they play, Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli stresses rushing the passer to all of his linemen.

    Chicago Bears’ Jay Cutler hands off to running back Matt Forte in the first half.

    Images: Bears vs. Cowboys
    The Chicago Bears visited Cowboys Stadium and handily beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-18 in week four on Monday Night Football. The Bears' winning effort featured five interceptions.

    Gordon Beckham stretches for a single hit by Cleveland Indians’ Shin-Soo Choo in the third inning of a baseball game Monday in Cleveland.

    Too little, too late for White Sox

    The White Sox finally helped themselves Monday night, beating the Indians 11-0 at Progressive Field. But they didn't get any needed help from the Royals, who lost at home to the Tigers, 6-3. With the win, Detroit clinched first place in the AL Central. The White Sox, who looked equal parts tight and tired while losing 10 of 12 before pounding Cleveland, are finished for the season after Wednesday night's game against the Indians.


    Cifaldi leads Wheaton Academy to win

    Bianca Cifaldi crushed 14 kills, carrying Wheaton Academy to a 25-20, 25-23 win over Montini on Monday. Brianna Tellschow added 7 kills, 2 blocks and 3 digs and Samantha Krill 5 kills, 3 blocks and 2 digs for the Warriors (23-7, 6-2 Suburban Christian Conference Gold). Sarah McClain set 24 assists with 5 digs.St. Francis d. Immaculate Conception:Becca Shearer had 6 kills, Molly Haggerty 5, and the No. 2 Spartans cruised to a 25-8, 25-13 win in Elmhurst. McKenna Kelsay had 22 assists and Lexie Riccolo 10 digs for St. Francis (25-5).


    Wheaton Academy showing signs of progress

    If D.A. Nichols were to coin a theme for his Wheaton Academy team it might read "ahead of schedule." And that's just fine with him. The Warriors have just one senior, but are 22-7 with three weeks left in the regular season. Wheaton Academy's win total is its most since the 2007 team went 25-12 and won the school's last volleyball regional. "I thought the potential was there, but I didn't think it would come this early," said Nichols, whose teams also won 34 and 30 matches, respectively, in 2005 and 2006. "We've done really well.

    Chicago’s Dayan Viciedo hits a grand slam in the ninth inning Monday night in Cleveland.

    Sox eliminated after routing Indians

    Their collapse complete, all the White Sox could do was watch from afar as another team celebrated winning the AL Central. About an hour after they routed Cleveland, the Sox, who stumbled down the stretch after being in first place for 63 straight days, saw their postseason hopes vanish as the Tigers won 6-3 in Kansas City. "It hurts," said designated hitter Adam Dunn. "It stinks, but we have to look in the mirror and realize we did it to ourselves."

    Fremd senior Breanna Anderson is poised to finish a standout career with her best efforts yet.

    Fremd’s Anderson focusing on fine finish

    It's hard to imagine a swimmer more perfectly suited to be a leader for the Fremd girls swimming team this fall than senior Breanna Anderson. The standout freestyler has been the model of consistency for a team loaded with young, talented competitors. And Anderson is leading the way in the pool by demonstrating how to harness perhaps the most valuable skill a swimmer can possess. "I've never had somebody who closes races out quite as well as Breanna," said Fremd coach Andrew Kittrell. "She swims with such heart and such passion. That's a difficult thing to teach, and it's something she's always had."

    Starlin Castro reacts to striking out in the fourth inning Monday at home against the Houston Astros.

    Cubs two-hit by Astros to reach 100 losses

    The Cubs got their 100th loss of the season when Lucas Harrell threw six shutout innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-0 win Monday night. The Cubs lost 100 games in a season for the first time since 1966 and were shut out for the 14th time this season. They have dropped 12 of their last 14.

    The Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich records an in-house video Monday during the Nteam’s media day at the Bulls practice facility in Deerfield.

    Rose likes having Hinrich back with Bulls

    Derrick Rose used to say if LeBron James wanted to join the Bulls as a free agent in 2010, nothing Rose could tell him would effect the outcome. Then on Monday, Rose volunteered that he actively recruited Kirk Hinrich to re-join the Bulls this summer.

    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose poses for pictures during the NBA basketball team’s media day Monday in Deerfield.

    Bulls’ Rose looking forward to his return
    Derrick Rose will be sitting on the sideline when the Bulls begin the new season. On Monday at the Berto Center, he looked forward to that to-be-determined date and what he'll be able to do when he once again steps on an NBA court.

    New England Revolution's Kevin Alston, left, defends as Chicago Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco moves the ball upfield during the first half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, in Bridgeview, Ill. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

    Fire excited to celebrate team’s 15th anniversary

    It was a sunny October day on Navy Pier in Chicago in 1997 when then-general manager Peter Wilt announced the nickname of the club that would bring professional soccer back to Chicago.Over the next week the Fire and its supporters groups will be celebrating the past 15 years and that big day.

    St. Charles North senior volleyball player Alex Busch, pictured with Marklund client J.D., helped organize a team-bonding trip two years ago.

    Volunteering at Marklund a win-win for area athletes

    A huge sports fan myself, I'll admit there are times when I can get emotionally charged while watching one of my favorite teams play — just ask my wife.

    GEORGE LECLAIRE/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Former Stevenson standout Michael Martin won MVP honors in the California Collegiate League over the summer.

    Stevenson’s Martin’s a hit in California Collegiate League
    Michael Martin's summer in the California Collegiate League could not have gone much better. The Stevenson graduate was selected as the league's Most Valuable Player and he won the award for the top hitting prospect. Playing for Team Vegas, Martin led the CCL in batting average (.426), hits (60) and on-base percentage (.509) and was second in runs (36), third in stolen bases (21) and fourth in slugging percentage (.532). Martin will be a sophomore at Harvard this spring. As a freshman in college, he batted in the leadoff spot and played centerfield. Martin hit .270 with 3 home runs and 12 stolen bases.

    St. Edward shortstop Kali Kossakowski, left, has verbally committed to accept a softball scholarship from Northern Illinois University.

    St. Edward’s Kossakowski commits to NIU

    Kali Kossakowski will continue the family tradition. Kossakowski's dad, Jim, and mom, Shelly, as well Jim's brother Anton all received their college educations from Northern Illinois University. Jim and Anton Kossakowski were both scholarship wrestlers at NIU. Jim Kossakowski will be inducted into the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame at this year's ceremony on Nov. 4. Now Kali Kossakowski will become a Huskie, too. The St. Edward senior shortstop has verbally committed to accept a softball scholarship from NIU.

    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau received a four-year contract extension Monday.

    Bulls give Thibodeau 4-year extension

    The Bulls didn't rush into a new deal for coach Tom Thibodeau, but finally announced an extension at Monday's media day. The new deal kicks in after this season and is worth a reported $17.5 million over four years. Thibodeau won 100 games faster than any coach in NBA history. "Obviously, I'm glad we've gotten the contract part done," Thibodeau said at the Berto Center.

    Wade Maisto

    Maisto named new softball coach at Burlington Central

    The first coach to guide any Burlington Central sports team to an IHSA Elite Eight state final tournament is returning to the game. Wade Maisto, an Illinois Coaches Associaton Hall of Famer, was officially announced Monday as the Rockets' new head softball coach. He replaces Cray Allen, who stepped down after two years on Rocket Hill to become the head coach at Harper Junior College.


    Football: Top 20 rankings
    Glenbard West, Montini and Wheaton North continue to hold the top three spots in the Daily Herald rankings of the top area football teams.

    St. Viator’s Dana Gattone will be part of a star-studded regional field Wednesday at Bonnie Dundee Golf Course in Carpentersville.

    Scouting girls golf regionals, Northwest

    Here's a look at Wednesday's girls golf regionals featuring the teams from the Mid-Suburban League, St. Viator and Maine West.


    Mike North video: The Chicago White Sox collapse

    The Sox ran out of steam during the last month of the season, but it doesn't seem like anyone cares that much. The fans never expressed much support for the team even though they were winning. The players seem to be content with their finish. Mike North thinks the disappointing results might reflect a prevailing attitude within the organization.


    Eagles beat Giants 19-17

    PHILADELPHIA — Given a second chance, Lawrence Tynes couldn’t make the Philadelphia Eagles pay for a tactical gamble that nearly backfired.Tynes missed two field-goal tries from 54 yards with 15 seconds left and Philadelphia held on for a 19-17 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.Tynes missed wide left on his first attempt, but the Eagles had called timeout to ice him. He was short on his second attempt.“When you’re surrounding by 66,000 people that probably wanna rip your head off, yeah,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said when asked if he regretted the timeout.With LeSean McCoy leading the way on the ground, Michael Vick guided Philadelphia (3-1) to another comeback.Alex Henery kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:49 left and the Eagles overcame two pass interference penalties on New York’s final drive.The defending Super Bowl champion Giants (2-2) have struggled against Philadelphia, losing eight of the last nine meetings.McCoy had 121 of his 123 yards rushing in the second half. The All-Pro had six carries for 2 yards at halftime.“It’s just the Giants and Eagles, this is what it comes down to,” McCoy said. “Eventually our running game would crack it and that’s what we did.”Vick threw TD passes in the final two minutes in consecutive 1-point wins over Cleveland and Baltimore the first two weeks before a 26-7 loss at Arizona.After Eli Manning tossed a go-ahead 6-yard TD pass Bear Pascoe, Vick drove the Eagles to the Giants 2 before Osi Umenyiora sacked him for a 6-yard loss on third down. Henery then hit his fourth field goal to put the Eagles ahead to stay.Henery also connected from 48, 35 and 20 yards.A pass interference penalty on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie kept the Giants’ last drive alive and put the ball at the Eagles 35 after Manning threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-1. Another pass interference call on Nnamdi Asomugha on third-and-10 moved it to the Eagles 27. Then Ramses Barden got called for offensive pass interference to move it back to the 36. After an incomplete pass, the Giants sent out Tynes to try for the winning kick on third-and-18 because they didn’t have any timeouts remaining.“I don’t believe in icing the kicker. Let him step up there and do what he does,” Vick said.Vick was 19 of 30 for 241 yards and the turnover-prone Eagles protected the ball. The Eagles led the NFL with 12 turnovers through three games, but didn’t commit any.Manning completed 24 of 42 passes for 309 yards, two TDs and one crucial interception.He threw a pick in the end zone after a 30-yard pass to Victor Cruz on fourth-and-1 got the Giants to Philadelphia’s 10 on the final play of the third quarter.Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted Manning’s underthrown pass into triple-coverage and returned it 14 yards to the Eagles 9. The Eagles slowly moved the ball on the ground to set up Henery’s 35-yarder that made it 16-10. Manning redeemed himself on New York’s next possession. He completed passes of 31 yards to Barden and 41 yards to Domenik Hixon. He then found Pascoe wide open over the middle for a 17-16 lead with 6:45 left. McCoy finally broke loose by running for 56 yards on consecutive carries in the third. He was stopped at the 1 on a 22-yard gain, and then couldn’t get in on three straight carries. The Eagles settled for a 20-yard field goal by Henery that made it 10-3.“The O-line found themselves as the game wore on,” Reid said. “They were able to block well enough to where McCoy had big yards.”The Giants answered after David Wilson ran the kickoff back 45 yards to the 43. Mixing run and pass effectively, the Giants moved to the 14. On third-and-3, Manning threw a TD pass to Cruz, who celebrated with his trademark salsa dance in the stadium where it all started. Cruz burst on the scene with a breakout performance in a 29-16 win at Philadelphia last September.



    Caterpillar plans late-year shutdown in Decatur

    Days after saying it is worried about the slow pace of the global economy Caterpillar Inc. says it will shut down parts of its operations in Decatur for a week in November and all of December as demand for some products drops.

    Red Lobster’s Chicken with Portobello dish is among the new menu items that debut this month. The chain that brought seafood to the masses is hoping to broaden its appeal by revamping its menu on Oct. 15 to boost the number of dishes that cater to diners who don’t want seafood, including lighter options such as salads. Red Lobster also is increasing the number of dishes that cost less than $15 to attract customers who have cut back on spending.

    Red Lobster expands non-seafood menu

    Red Lobster isn’t just for the seafood lover in you. It’s also for that picky eater in every group who just wants a simple chicken dish. The chain that brought seafood to the masses is hoping to broaden its appeal by revamping its menu on Oct. 15 to include more dishes that appeal to diners who don’t want to eat seafood. The chain, which is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc., also is boosting the number of dishes that it offers for less than $15 to appeal to customers who have cut back on spending.


    Prospect Hts. leaders to meet with business owners

    Prospect Height's inaugural Business Forum meets at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Rob Roy Golf Course Clubhouse, 505 Camp McDonald Road. Mayor Nick Helmer and members of the city's Economic Business Development Committee will talk about programs designed to help Prospect Heights business owners.


    Chicago locks in 2 major trade shows at McCormick

    Two major trade shows have extended their commitments to Chicago's mammoth McCormick Place. The National Restaurant Association has signed a multi-year agreement that will keep its show at McCormick Place through 2021. And the International Manufacturing Technology Show has renewed its commitment for 2018 and 2020.

    Bacon lovers can relax. They’ll find all they want on supermarket shelves in the coming months, though their pocketbooks may take a hit.

    Bacon shortage ‘baloney,’ but prices to rise

    Bacon lovers can relax. They'll find all they want on supermarket shelves in the coming months, though their pocketbooks may take a hit.The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent. But U.S. agricultural economists are dismissing reports of a global bacon shortage that lent sizzle to headlines and Twitter feeds last week. Simply put, the talk of scarcity is hogwash.


    Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies

    Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a sharp defense Monday of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions. The Fed needs to drive down borrowing rates because the economy isn't growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment, Bernanke said in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana. The unemployment rate is 8.1 percent.


    Amex paying $112.5M in late-fee settlements

    American Express is paying $112.5 million in refunds and fines to settle regulators' accusations that it charged unlawful late fees and deceived customers to pressure them to pay off old debts or buy extra credit card services.The company agreed to the settlements announced Monday by four federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Utah regulators.


    Dollar falls on growth in U.S. manufacturing

    The dollar is falling against the euro after U.S. manufacturing grew in September for the first time in four months.Riskier currencies such as the euro tend to rise when investors think economic conditions are getting better.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, says that its index of factory activity rose to 51.5 from 49.6 in August. A reading above 50 signals growth.


    Stocks jump following expansion in manufacturing

    U.S. stocks jumped on Monday as growth in manufacturing provided evidence that the economy may be picking up, or at least not getting any worse.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 118 points to 13,554 as of 1 p.m. Eastern.

    U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders and more jobs. The increase is a hopeful sign that the economy may be improving after a weak stretch.

    U.S. manufacturing grows for 1st time in 4 months

    U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders and more jobs. The increase is a hopeful sign that the economy may be improving after a weak stretch. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of factory activity rose to 51.5. That's up from 49.6 in August. A reading above 50 signals growth and below indicates contraction. The index had been below that threshold from June through August.

    Karen Curtiss, President, PartnerHealth, and author of Safe & Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools for Your Loved One's Care

    Personal experiences drive Lake County health care handbook business
    Karen Curtiss, president of PartnerHealth in Lake Forest, started her business when several family members experienced serious complications in the hospital. Curtiss now wants to help others through what she learned.


    Motorola Solutions completes Psion acquisition

    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions, which sells communications equipment to government and corporate customers, has completed its buyout of Psion for about $200 million .The companies announced the deal in June. Motorola Solutions said at the time that Psion would help to boost its mobile-computing portfolio and deepen its presence in its current global markets.


    European markets rise but Spain downgrade looms

    European stocks edged higher on Monday as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain's banks. But the threat that Moody's might downgrade the country's debt rating to junk status limited gains.The results of an independent audit of 14 Spanish banks were released after the market close on Friday and showed the lenders need an extra (euro) 60 billion ($77.6 billion) in capital.


    Eurozone unemployment stuck at record 11.4 pct

    Unemployment across the 17 countries that use the euro remained at its record high rate of 11.4 percent in August, official data showed Monday, renewing concerns that efforts to slash debts have sacrificed jobs. While European leaders have managed to calm financial markets in recent months with promises to cut spending and build a tighter union, they have been unable to halt the rising tide of joblessness.


    Oil falls as gloom pervades economic outlook

    Oil prices fell on expectations for weaker demand after two closely watched surveys underscored enduring global economic weakness.Benchmark oil for November delivery was down 12 cents to $92.07 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 34 cents to finish at $92.19 per barrel on the Nymex on Friday.Brent crude was down 21 cents to $112.18 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

    Chinese residents take photos of a smashed Japanese brand car during an anti-Japan protest in Xi’an in northwest China’s Shaanxi province as protests against Japan for its control of disputed islands spread across more than a dozen cities in China and turned violent.

    Survey shows China manufacturing contracting

    A new survey shows Chinese manufacturing contracted again in September in a sign of enduring economic weakness. An industry group, the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, said its monthly purchasing managers' index stood at 49.8 points on a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate a contraction. That was up 0.6 points from August's numbers.

    As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama’s health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money.

    Medicare fines over hospitals’ readmitted patients

    If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service.As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama's health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money.

    The outlook for the airline industry is improving, with profits expected to reach $4.1 billion this year and $7.5 billion in 2013, the International Air Transport Association said Monday.

    Airlines’ profit outlook recovering

    The outlook for the airline industry is improving, with profits expected to reach $4.1 billion this year and $7.5 billion in 2013, the International Air Transport Association said Monday.The industry group raised its forecast for 2012 from $3 billion, saying passenger numbers so far this year were robust. "Airlines are keeping their heads above water better than we expected," IATA Chief Executive Tony Tyler told reporters.

    Half of all adult Americans now own either a tablet computer or a smartphone, and one-third use their mobile devices to view news stories and video clips at least once a week.

    Pew: Half of US adults own tablet or smartphone

    Americans' news habits are on the move. Half of all adult Americans now own either a tablet computer or a smartphone, and one-third use their mobile devices to view news stories and video clips at least once a week.That's according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, which polled more than 9,500 adults from late June to early August.

    Volle Halthen

    Volle’s owner turns 90

    Kukec's People features Volle Halthen, the 90-year-old owner of Lake Zurich-based Volle's Bridal & Boutique.

Life & Entertainment

    Chef Sean Patrick Curry has settled in at Artisan Table, the restaurant inside Naperville’s new Marriott.

    Chef du Jour: Sustainability, education on Naperville chef’s platter
    Chef Sean Patrick Curry's culinary career has taken him from Philadelphia, his home town, to Atlantic City, to Baltimore and as far away as Chambery, France. He's even done a stint on a "food truck," albeit a 54-foot model that catered to movie stars and music idols. Now, however, chef Curry, his wife and their two children call Naperville home.

    Chef Sean Patrick Curry tucks slow-cooked short rib meat into fresh pasta at Artisan Table in Naperville.

    Short Rib Tortellini
    Short Rib Tortellini:Chef Sean Curry

    Chef Sean Patrick Curry tucks slow-cooked short rib meat into fresh pasta at Artisan Table in Naperville.

    Pasta Dough
    Pasta Dough: Chef Sean Curry


    Is newly single mom destined to be alone?

    This 36-year-old, soon-to-be-single mom of two daughters is having a difficult time with friends and family telling her that she should not and won't be able to start over. But, she really doesn't want to end up alone for the rest of her life. Are guys really that tough on single moms?

    Country singer Jason Aldean has apologized to fans after pictures of him acting “inappropriately” last week popped up.

    Jason Aldean apologizes after photos released

    Country star Jason Aldean has apologized to fans after pictures of him acting "inappropriately" last week popped up. Aldean tweeted Sunday that he wanted to talk to fans directly instead of letting gossip web sites tell his story. The tweet comes after photos appeared showing Aldean and former "American Idol" contestant Brittany Kerr together at a bar last Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    Seth MacFarlane, here presenting an award at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, will host the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24, on ABC.

    ‘Family Guy’ creator MacFarlane to host Oscars

    "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. First-time Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement Monday. Zadan and Meron said they're "thrilled" about their choice. "His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh," the producers said in a statement.

    Norah O’Donnell, new host of “CBS This Morning,” jumped to CBS last year after more than a decade at NBC News.

    Norah O’Donnell awake and ready for CBS mornings

    Norah O'Donnell understood the cultural differences that led Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to shake her hand before their "CBS This Morning" interview last week, and to request that she not cross her legs. But his references to her as "the lady" were almost too much. Wise decision. It would not have resulted in the kind of publicity a rookie morning-show host needed during her first month on the job. O'Donnell, who jumped to CBS last year after more than a decade at NBC News, replaced Erica Hill within the trio of "CBS This Morning" hosts that also include Charlie Rose and Gayle King.


    Surgical long-term relief available for facial pain

    Trigeminal neuralgia causes pain in the face. You have two trigeminal nerves, one on each side of your face. These nerves detect touch, pain, temperature and pressure. In trigeminal neuralgia, a nerve starts to malfunction, registering pain when there's no apparent reason for it. People suddenly have intense “stabbing” or electrical shock-like facial pain. But there are treatment options for it.

    British singer George Michael is canceling Australian shows so he can get treatment for major anxiety.

    George Michael seeking help for anxiety
    George Michael is canceling Australian shows so he can get treatment for major anxiety he's suffered since a serious health scare last year. The singer said on his website he had hoped making music and performing would be enough to work through it but that he underestimated how hard his recovery would be.

    After getting sick twice onstage Saturday in Phoenix, Justin Bieber was fine for his performance Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

    Bieber sick twice on stage in Ariz. tour kickoff

    It wasn't just Justin Bieber's fans who had "Bieber Fever" as the teen idol kicked off his national tour in suburban Phoenix. Video posted on KTVK-TV's website shows the pop music star vomiting twice onstage Saturday night during his sold-out concert at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

    1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Dean Tarkowski, Palatine

    Discovery leads to restoration of 1966 Corvette

    Dusty attics have a magical way of revealing long forgotten, and in some cases, unexpected, treasure. In Dean Tarkowski's case, it's where he unearthed some startling discoveries that spurred him to overhaul his father's 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

    A law enforcement official says a 25-year-old man got into an argument with Lindsay Lohan Sunday in her New York City hotel room over photos on a cellphone and she was physically grabbed or thrown. Authorities confirm that Christian LaBella of Valley Village, Calif., was taken into custody around 6 a.m.

    Official: Man’s NYC arrest in Lohan dispute voided

    NEW YORK — A 25-year-old man initially arrested Sunday on an assault charge after Lindsay Lohan claimed he grabbed her in her New York hotel room in an argument over cellphone images was freed hours later and his arrest voided when the charge could not be substantiated, law enforcement officials said.Instead, Christian LaBella of Valley Village, Calif., and Lohan filed harassment complaints with police against each other after they were interviewed by police about their run-in, law enforcement officials said. Afterward, Lohan publicist Steve Honig expressed outrage that police did not charge LaBella.“We think it’s both distressing and outrageous,” he said in a telephone interview. “Lindsey was assaulted and there needs to be a consequence for that.”LaBella could not be reached for comment.LaBella was taken into custody about 6 a.m. after a 911 call came from the swank W Hotel in Manhattan’s Union Square where Lohan apparently pulled the fire alarm, the two officials said. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. A former congressional aide, LaBella was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge but released later Sunday. The charge could not be substantiated so the arrest will be voided, the officials said.The paperwork was being completed on cross-harassment complaints, which are considered a violation, and no other legal action would be taken, the officials said.Lohan and LaBella met hours earlier at a night club, though it was unclear whether they previously knew each other, the officials said. They went back to her room, when she noticed the cellphone photos of her on his phone and grabbed the device, the officials said. She claimed LaBella grabbed her and threw her, but later he said she had forcefully taken his phone, the officials said. Lohan was injured but not hospitalized, Honig said in a statement.“Lindsay has spoken with police and is fully cooperating with the investigation,” he said after LaBella’s arrest.This is Lohan’s second run-in with law enforcement in as many weeks in New York City. The 26-year-old was accused last week of clipping a pedestrian with her car outside a nightclub and driving away. She was given a ticket and was scheduled to appear in court Oct. 23. Honig has said he expects those allegations to be proven false.The actress was also involved in a car accident in California this summer that sent her and an assistant to a hospital, but didn’t result in serious injuries for anyone. The accident remains under investigation.In May, she was cleared of allegations that she struck a Hollywood nightclub manager with her car.Lohan remains on informal probation for taking a necklace from a jewelry store without permission last year. That means she doesn’t have to check in with a judge or probation officer but could face a jail term if arrested again.Lohan recently filmed “The Canyons,” an indie film written by “Less Than Zero” and “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis.Steve Tomaszewski, a spokesman for Illinois Rep. John Shimkus, confirmed Sunday afternoon that LaBella has worked for the congressman in his Washington office. Tomaszewski said no one from the Republican’s office had been contacted by LaBella.

    Vampire Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) shares a “zing” with Jonathan (Andy Samberg) while Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) watches in “Hotel Transylvania.”

    ‘Hotel Transylvania’ checks in with $43M debut

    Adam Sandler's monster mash-up "Hotel Transylvania" has brought the weekend box office back to life after a late-summer slump. The animated comedy from Sony Pictures debuted at No. 1 with $43 million, one of the strongest starts ever for a movie opening in September, according to studio estimates Sunday. This weekend's box office was further strengthened by a solid No. 2 debut for another Sony release, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's time-travel thriller "Looper," which took in $21.2 million.

    Robyn Miller surveys a new apartment for her grandparents and mother with landlord Linda Gilbert, right. She is moving them all to a rental in Sacramento, Calif., so they will be closer.

    Long-distance care questions loom as boomers age

    If living a few counties away from aging relatives is enough to cause anxiety, imagine living several thousand miles across the country. How do people take care of their parents and other elderly relatives from afar? The answers, as more than 5 million long-distance caregivers have already learned, can be hard to find but they’re increasingly crucial in a rapidly aging nation.

    New research is finding how bonding between baby and a parent can impact the growth of brain cells.

    Early isolation may impair brain connections later

    During the 1980s, thousands of infants in Romanian orphanages spent up to 20 hours a day lying untouched in their cribs, deprived of human contact. As they grew up, neurological and psychological tests confirmed a haunting phenomenon observed in other species, such as mice and rhesus monkeys: Early isolation and neglect can produce lasting cognitive damage, ranging from severe emotional instability to mental retardation. Now, researchers say they have discovered a possible explanation for why early neglect wreaks such havoc isolation may stunt the growth of the brain cells that insulate neurons, resulting in slower communication between different areas of the brain.

    Samantha Hiller arranges the fresh fruit at Quaker Valley’s Anthony Wayne Middle School. New federal school lunch regulations are changing how cafeteria workers prepare and present food, such as creating eye-catching display to entice students.

    New approach to the way school lunches are made

    Following new federal school lunch regulations that took effect in July, school districts around the country are taking on simultaneous roles of chefs, salespeople and amateur food designers. Food-service directors at schools participating in the federally subsidized National School Lunch Program spent much of the summer crafting menus to accommodate the changes.

    Lee Sneller, left, follows his wife Pat Sneller to their car so Pat can drive him to an appointment in Flower Mound, Texas. Families may have to watch for dings in the car and plead with an older driver to give up the keys — but there’s new evidence that doctors could become more of an influence on one of the most wrenching decisions facing a rapidly aging population.

    Families, docs key in getting elderly to quit driving

    Families may have to watch for dings in the car and plead with an older driver to give up the keys — but there’s new evidence that doctors could have more of an influence on one of the most wrenching decisions facing a rapidly aging population. A large study from Canada found that when doctors warn patients, and tell driving authorities, that the older folks may be medically unfit to be on the road, there’s a drop in serious crash injuries among those drivers.


    Study links high-calorie diet with cognitive impairment

    If you’re 70 or older and you eat more than about 2,200 calories per day — slightly more than a man needs to maintain his weight — you increase your risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, which often precedes Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. And the more calories you consume, the higher your risk.


    WHO urges doctors to watch for new SARS-like virus

    Global health officials have alerted doctors to be on the lookout for a virus related to SARS but said there were no signs the disease was behaving like the respiratory syndrome that killed hundreds in 2003. The World Health Organization has announced a new coronavirus had been found in a critically ill Qatari man who was being treated in London as well as in a Saudi Arabian man who died several months earlier.


    This year’s flu vaccine guards against new strains

    Time to get your flu vaccine. And remember: Last year’s shot won’t protect you this year. Federal health authorities said that this year’s vaccine contains protection against two different strains that have begun circling the globe. And just because flu was mild last winter, doesn’t mean it won’t bounce back with its usual ferocity this winter.

    Dr. Richard Schlegel, left, and research associate Dr. Aleksandra Dakic, of Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., work on growing “mini tumors” from a patient’s cancer in a lab dish, which will then be tested with various drugs to see which works best.

    Bizarre tumor case may spur custom cancer care

    It’s a medical nightmare: a 24-year-old man endures 350 surgeries since childhood to remove growths that keep coming back in his throat and have spread to his lungs, threatening his life. Now doctors have found a way to help him and in turn holds promise for millions of cancer patients. The bizarre case is the first use in a patient of a new discovery: how to keep ordinary and cancerous cells alive indefinitely in the lab.


    Concierge medicine has its pros and cons

    Would you pay an additional $1,000 or $2,000 per year to have unlimited access to your doctor, office visits that last over an hour and an individualized medical approach rather than simply treating symptoms as needed? If you would, you have entered the new world order of concierge medicine.

    You can improve your memory by following a routine and slowing down.

    Your health: Don’t forget
    Learn a few helpful tips on how to improve your memory, along with the benefits of wet dry cleaning.

    Chicken with the skin, bone and tissue is a good source of collagen protein.

    Make collagen protein part of a balanced diet

    Protein is an undeniably important part of our makeup. Protein is the foundation for enzymes, hormones, organ tissue, muscles, bones and many other facets of the body. So, it would seem logical that dietary consumption of protein is important for someone wanting to maintain optimal health. The largest and most abundant protein in the body is collagen. It makes up roughly 65 percent or our total protein.

    A doctor (Mindy Kaling) juggles her professional and personal issues in the new Fox comedy “The Mindy Project.”

    Fox's 'Mindy Project' succeeds as snarky yet sweet sitcom

    If the network television industry brimmed with confidence these days — if it were firing on all cylinders and not chronically worried about its weakening business model — I suspect we would have a lot more shows like Mindy Kaling's larky and easygoing new Tuesday night comedy for Fox, “The Mindy Project.” As it is, the show feels like one of those rare but commercially outre treasures that surface online and are discovered by a relative few viewers.


    Cancer, not heart disease, top killer among Hispanics

    Cancer is now the leading killer of Hispanics in the U.S. — the latest sign it’s beginning to displace heart disease as the nation’s top cause of death. The rest of the country may not be far behind, “probably in the next 10 years,” said Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer Society. She is the lead author of a study reporting the new findings.

    The average human nose can pick up 10,000 different odors.

    Sense of smell impacts who we are

    Our sense of smell has a lot to do with who we are. The average human nose can pick up 10,000 different odors. It accounts for 80 percent of what we taste. So powerful is our sense of smell that we can detect a skunk from of an ounce of scent, according to the Fragrance Foundation’s Sense of Smell Institute in New York City. But despite this high level of sensitivity, smell ability is frequently disrupted by nasal congestion, a cold or other virus, allergies and other conditions.



    Editorial: A sad lack of leadership in Lombard

    Lombard village president Bill Mueller died Aug. 18, and trustees still have not selected an interim replacement. A Daily Herald editorial says they must end the bickering and manuevering for political advantage and get the job done.


    It’s debatable

    The spectacles we persist in dignifying as presidential “debates” — two-minute regurgitations of rehearsed responses — often subtract from the nation’s understanding. But beginning Wednesday, these less-than-Lincoln-Douglas episodes might be edifying if the candidates can be inveigled into plowing fresh ground. Concerning the Judiciary Although the average age of the Supreme Court justices (66) is less than that of the Rolling Stones (68), three justices will be in their 80s before the next presidential term ends, so the next president probably can solidify today’s conservative majority or create a liberal majority. For Mitt Romney: Many conservatives advocate “judicial restraint.” They denounce “judicial activism” and define it as not properly deferring to decisions by government’s majoritarian branches. Other conservatives praise “judicial engagement” and define it as actively defending liberty against overbearing majorities. Do you favor “restraint” or “engagement”? Do you reject the Kelo decision, in which the Supreme Court deferred to governments’ desire to seize private property and give it to wealthier private interests who would pay higher taxes? For Barack Obama: You deplore the court’s Citizens United decision. What is your constitutional basis for rejecting the decision’s principle that Americans do not forfeit their First Amendment rights when they come together in corporate entities (mostly nonprofit advocacy corporations such as the Sierra Club) to speak collectively? You say you would “seriously consider” amending the First Amendment to empower Congress to regulate political speech. Explain why you choose to make the Bill of Rights less protective. For Romney: The Republican platform endorses using “whatever legislative method is most feasible” to ban flag desecration. Can you distinguish this from the anti-blasphemy laws in some Islamic countries? Should we criminalize expressive acts that offend? Concerning Foreign PolicyFor both: On Oct. 7, we begin the 12th year of the war in Afghanistan, and 51 recent NATO fatalities have been at the hands of our supposed Afghan allies, causing U.S. commanders to indefinitely suspend many joint operations. Why are we staying there 27 more months? For Romney: You envision “countervailing duties” to punish China for manipulating the value of its currency. Do the “quantitative easings” by Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve, which vastly expanded the money supply, constitute currency manipulation? Would duties increasing the prices Americans pay for Chinese imports violate your vow to not raise taxes? For Obama: Your campaign boasts about increasing the number of unfair-trade charges against China. How would Americans’ welfare be enhanced by raising the prices they pay for consumer goods and production materials from China? For both: You are correct that China subsidizes politically connected businesses. Does not our Export-Import Bank do this? For Obama: Are GM and Chrysler subsidized? Are they politically connected businesses? Concerning Domestic PolicyFor Obama: Your opponent proposes cutting income tax rates 20 percent and implies paying for this partly by means testing some deductions (e.g., mortgage interest payments and charitable giving). Do you oppose his plan for making the income tax more progressive? For Romney: You say “redistribution” has “never been a characteristic of America.” You’re kidding, right? Is not redistribution one purpose of progressive taxation? Is not most of what government does — from agriculture subsidies to subsidized student loans to entitlements — the redistribution of wealth from one cohort or region to another?


    Still leaving our kids behind

    Columnist Michael Gerson: The new movie “Won’t Back Down” is to public education what Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” was to the meatpacking industry — a needed spotlight, but not for the squeamish.


    The femininity factor

    Columnist Susan Estrich: The fact that looks play a role in politics is nothing new. But for women especially, the tendency to make judgments based on looks distorts the issues that should govern, creating not simply a glass ceiling but also a mirrored one.


    Give ComEd ability to move ahead
    A letter to the editor: If the Illinois Commerce Commission does not reverse its May ruling upon rehearing on Oct. 3, ComEd will be forced to postpone implementation of the “smart grid” until 2014 or later. The Chicago region — and state of Illinois — cannot afford to delay any longer.


    Government cannot create wealth
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: What the government can do is create the regulatory and taxing environment conducive to incite risk-takers to take the risk. Of course, the opposite can happen, too.


    Point fingers at House Republicans
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: A money bill can originate only in the House of Representatives. Knowing that, why do the Republicans continue to blame President Obama for everything from our high unemployment rate to poor graduation rates in our nation's public schools and high gasoline prices?


    Fire sprinklers are a ‘mandate for waste’
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Most residential fire deaths are caused by careless smoking and the misuse of portable space heaters. Seemingly more than half could have been prevented with a simple smoke alarm.


    No easy way to evaluate teachers
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: [No Paragraph Style]Newsx BTO body copyEvaluating teachers based on student test scores is like evaluating school counselors by the number of students on their caseload who suffer from depression or evaluating PE teachers by the number of students in their classes who are overweight.


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