Daily Archive : Saturday October 6, 2012


    Harry Zeeck says the firepit is his wife Sharon’s favorite feature of the Prospect Heights couple’s new backyard.

    Backyard contest winners toast success in new digs

    On a chilly afternoon with a touch of fall in the air, the winners of the Daily Herald's "Get Your Summer On" contest threw a party for dozens of friends and family as they showed off the new custom firepit, patio, pond and landscaping that came with their backyard makeover prize package. "They did a wonderful job," Sharon Zeeck gushed Saturday about the quality of the work while her husband,...

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Left to right, Greg and Chris Vanhauter of Elk Grove Village and Lisa Augustine chat during the Schaumburg Business Association gala and awards Saturday at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel.

    Schaumburg businesses toast of town

    The Schaumburg Business Association presented awards to three local businesses at its annual celebration held Saturday night at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center.


    Truth check: Is Duckworth violating uniform rules?

    A video on Tammy Duckworth's congressional campaign website is being called into question because it lacks a required disclaimer for showing the Iraq War veteran in her Army uniform. Duckworth's campaign, however, said the video used a proper disclaimer when originally aired on television and that the campaign complies with Department of Defense rules.

    Charlie Fox’s Pizzeria owner Lou Morelli, right, manager Heather Remington and general manager Mike Lawless will be participating in a fundraiser to fight breast cancer, donating 10 percent of the St. Charles restaurant’s Friday sales to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation.

    Charlie Fox’s steps up to fight breast cancer

    Charlie Fox's Pizzeria & Eatery in St. Charles wants to sell lots of pizzas Friday on National Pizza Party Day, a designation created by Slice of Hope. The restaurant hopes to raise thousands to help fight breast cancer.

    Gregory Arthur Weiler II

    Elk Grove man accused of plot to bomb churches

    Police in Miami, Okla., have arrested an Elk Grove Village man after they found alleged bomb-making materials and notes about destroying dozens of area churches.

    Shakira, a 6-year-old female Siberian husky, was reunited with her owner, Heather Jackson of Chatsworth, Ga., on Saturday after being missing for nearly five years. Jackson drove from Georgia with her brother to take Shakira home.

    After 5 years, Georgia woman reunited with dog in Harvard

    Being reunited with her Siberian husky in McHenry County after five years was a joy unlike few she's ever experienced, a Georgia woman said Saturday. But Heather Jackson, of Chatsworth, Ga., said the real shocker wasn't the reunion itself, as moving and tear-filled as it was, but that it took so long. Her 6-year-old dog, Shakira, had been implanted with a microchip.


    2 US troops, 2 Afghan policemen killed in fighting

    Insurgents on Saturday killed two American troops in eastern Afghanistan, an area that has seen heavy fighting in recent months, the U.S. military said. No other information about the deaths was disclosed, pending notification of family members.


    Wisconsin store sells 40-year-old cheddar for $10/oz

    Cheese lovers sampled 40-year-old cheddar cheese and loved it — not batting an eye that it had been on this earth longer than some of them. Ashley and Ryan Mikkelson drove from Minneapolis for the tasting at Wisconsin Cheese Mart in Milwaukee on Saturday.

    Visitors attend the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest on Saturday.

    Scarecrows delight families in St. Charles

    What better way to spend your third birthday than checking out all kinds of creative and intricately built scarecrows? That's probably what twins Brynn and Grady would have said, had they not been too busy staring — mouths literally agape — at moving scarecrow cheerleaders on Saturday at Scarecrow Fest in downtown St. Charles.

    Angelo Sprovieri, 4, and sister Annabell, 6, roll pumpkins in the patch at South Elgin’s annual Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival on Saturday. This was the third year the Sprovieri family has attended the event.

    Harvest Hustle runners support good cause in South Elgin

    Runners in the South Elgin Harvest Hustle were met with a cool, sunny Saturday morning and then hot chocolate and doughnuts, all while supporting youth scholarships and a new playground project. Twelve-year-old twins Haley and Emily Gallagher of South Elgin said they were very happy at how they chose to spend their Saturday morning after running their first 7K race.

    Police tape cordoned off entrances to the Bank of America at 600 W. Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn after it was robbed just before 11 a.m. Saturday.

    2 held after Glen Ellyn bank robbery

    A man who allegedly robbed a Glen Ellyn bank at gunpoint Saturday morning and another person accused of being involved in the robbery are in FBI custody awaiting charges, authorities said Saturday. They were arrested in Lombard after fleeing the scene of the 11 a.m. robbery at the Bank of America, 600 W. Roosevelt Road, east in a vehicle.

    Miguel Rico

    Rico guilty in Lake Villa home invasion, kidnapping

    A former Antioch man was found guilty late Friday night on three charges related to a 2010 kidnapping and home invasion in Lake Villa. About 11 p.m., a jury found Miguel Rico, 20, formerly of the 1100 block of McKenzie Road, guilty on charges of home invasion to commit injury, aggravated kidnapping and residential burglary in connection with the break-in on the 800 block of Longwood Drive in...

    Michael Axtell

    Man charged with killing Antioch woman after domestic argument

    A domestic argument in Antioch left a woman dead and the father of her 19-year-old daughter charged with her murder. Michael S. Axtell, 41, is being held in Lake County jail on $3 million bond on charges that he murdered Tammy L. Stone, 40, during an argument at their home in Antioch. The couple had been in a long-term relationship, sheriff's police said.

    Arieanna Ziegler, 11, of Minooka works on a cardboard project Saturday during the Global Cardboard Challenge at the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville.

    Cardboard spurs kids’ creativity at children’s museum

    Cardboard brought creativity to life Saturday as the DuPage Children's Museum participated in the ninth annual Worldwide Day of Play and the Global Cardboard Challenge. Kids who visited the Naperville museum's art studio joined in the far-reaching events by playing with cardboard and turning it into drums, space ships, Halloween masks, "Star Wars" characters or whatever their minds could imagine.


    Questions surround case of girl restrained in Addison school bathroom

    Addison police released no new information Saturday about the girl found restrained Friday morning inside a bathroom at Indian Trail Junior High School. As students began a three-day weekend because of Monday's observance of Columbus Day, Addison Elementary District 4 Superintendent John Langton said counselors will be available Tuesday.


    California gas prices equal all-time high

    It's a record, though just barely. The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market. The record was set by a fraction of a penny, according to AAA spokesman Michael Green. The previous high was $4.6096 on June 19, 2008.

    The GeorgiaRep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks on Sept. 27 that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell” meant to convince people that they do not need a savior. The Republican lawmaker made those comments during a speech at a sportsman’s banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell. Broun, a medical doctor, is running for re-election in November unopposed by Democrats.

    Congressman calls evolution lie from ‘pit of hell’

    Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior. Broun, a medical doctor, is running for re-election in November unopposed by Democrats.

    This image made from video released Saturday by the Israeli Defense Forces shows the downing of a drone that entered Israeli airspace in southern Israel. Israeli jets scrambled to intercept a drone that crossed into Israeli airspace Saturday from the Mediterranean Sea, bringing it down without incident in the south of the country, a military spokeswoman said.

    Israeli jets down drone that entered airspace

    Israel scrambled fighter jets to intercept a drone Saturday that crossed deep into Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, shooting the aircraft down over the country's southern desert, the military said.

    About 150 employees at Northrop Grumman Corp. stuff USO care packages at the company’s Rolling Meadows operation on Saturday.

    Care packages connect Northrop volunteers with troops

    About 150 Northrop Grumman employees in Rolling Meadows prepared hundreds of care packages to send to overseas troops through the USO. When employees work on laser technology, “you really don’t get many opportunities to say, ‘Here is a finished product,’” said Evon Grant-Nixon, business manager of Northrop’s Infrared Countermeasures division. “This...


    Extradited terrorism suspects appear in US courts

    A partially blind extremist Egyptian-born preacher charged in multiple terrorism plots entered a U.S. court for the first time Saturday without the use of his arms, complaining that prosthetic hooks he uses were taken away as he and four other terrorism defendants were flown to New York overnight from London.


    Mormon church lowers age limit for missionaries

    Mormon church president Thomas S. Monson says that the faith will lower its minimum age requirement for missionaries from 19 to 18 for men and from 21 to 19 for women. Monson made the announcement Saturday at the faith's 182nd Semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City.

    French children go to school four days a week with about two hours each day for lunch. And they have more vacation than their counterparts almost anywhere in the West. As a candidate, President Francois Hollande promised to change things by adding a fifth day of classes on Wednesday while shortening the school day and his education minister, Vincent Peillon, will decide this month how to carry out the reform.

    France looks to upend school year traditions

    PARIS — French children go to school four days a week. They have about two hours each day for lunch. And they have more vacation than their counterparts almost anywhere in the West. It may sound a bit like the famously leisurely work pace enjoyed by their parents, most of whom work 35 hours per week as dictated by law.


    Learning to relax tougher than it seems

    Our Ken Potts says it can be tougher than it looks to just kick back and relax -- especialy in a culture that demands we're always on the go.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad greets military officers Saturday in a ceremony marking the anniversary of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war in Damascus, Syria.

    Syria vows to ‘crush’ rebels, launches new attacks

    BEIRUT — Syria’s military will “crush” armed rebels, President Bashar Assad’s defense minister warned Saturday, as the regime shelled rebel positions in two cities and near the Lebanese border in a widening offensive.


    CDC: Meningitis outbreak death toll rises to 7

    Health officials say the death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak across several states has risen to seven. In updated figures posted to its website Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has spread to more than 60 people across nine states. The latest cases have been confirmed in Minnesota and Ohio.

    Lael Miller

    Miller says he’s runing for village president

    Lael Miller, a first-term trustee in East Dundee, has confirmed his intention to run for village president against the incumbent, Jerald Bartels. Miller, 53, says he's running to bring a "different style of leadership" to the board, one he says will focus on team building and on being proactive — things he says are lacking.

    Larry Pearlman of Naperville won our September Photo Finish contest with this image that he calls “Polished Rails — Sunset in Tolono, Illinois.”

    Naperville photographer wins monthly Photo Finish contest

    When you ask avid shutterbug Larry Pearlman where he takes his camera these days, he matter-of-factly rattles off the hot spots. Rio, of course. A stop in Alberta's oil sands. Oh, and Equatorial Guinea. No big deal. Yet it's an image he snapped in Tolono, Ill., about a month ago of a mundane subject that really makes him smile. And that's something, considering the self-described "picky"...

    A closer look at lichen at Tekakwitha Woods in St. Charles. The gray-colored lichen is called Physcia millegrana, the orangish-greenish is Candelaria concolor. They are known only by their scientific names.

    Why you should like lichens

    They're friends with benefits. They lead unassuming lives, and their living arrangement goes largely unnoticed. They get along famously, and they're committed to each other for life. This odd couple is called lichen, a partnership of algae and fungi.


    Officials reject conspiracies on unemployment rate

    WASHINGTON — When conspiracists suggested Friday that the Obama administration had engineered a sharp drop in unemployment to aid President Barack Obama's re-election, the response was swift.Career government officials, economists and even some Mitt Romney supporters issued a collective sigh.


    Elgin man dies Friday from crash injuries suffered in Sunday accident

    A 57-year-old Elgin man died Friday afternoon from injuries he suffered in a single-vehicle accident on Sunday, Sept. 30, Elgin police said Saturday. Police said alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.


    Police seek information in Northwestern student's death

    EVANSTON — Police are fanning across Evanston seeking information in the death of a Northwestern University student whose body was found in a harbor near the school's suburban Chicago campus.

    The moon sets over central Illinois trees showing their fall colors. Fall started last week and the leaves are trying to catch up. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the drought and heat caused some trees to lose their leaves early. But now with cooler temperatures, the fall colors could last through October.

    Drought, early spring affect Illinois fall color

    Brilliant red, yellow and orange fall colors are popping up over Illinois but state horticulture experts aren't sure how long leaves will hold the hues this season after a summer drought.


    CTA to increase service for Chicago Marathon

    CHICAGO — Tens of thousands of runners are expected to hit the streets for this weekend's Chicago Marathon.

    Northwest Suburban Boy Scout Council President Marie Diffley, former state Rep. Terry Parke and distinguished citizen award winner John Rippinger attend the Northwest Suburban Council banquet in Palatine on Friday.

    Scouts honor suburban businessmen at Palatine banquet

    Some Northwest suburban businessmen joined an elite group on Friday when they were singled out as distinguished citizens by officials with the Northwest Suburban Boy Scout Council. John Rippinger of Schaumburg, Bill Walsh of Barrington and Dave Donovan of Park Ridge all received the distinguished citizens award, while David Sheppard of Barrington earned the council's Outstanding Eagle Award.

    Sue Klinkhamer opposes Chris Lauzen for chairman of the Kane County Board in the November election.

    Kane chairman candidates on ending lawsuits

    Republican candidate for Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen believes swallowing egos is the path to improving relationships between the county board and other elected officials. But Democrat Sue Klinkhamer believes the only answer is to take the politics out of those relations by hiring a county administrator.

    John Lawson and Michelle Mussman

    Lawson again disputes Mussman’s attacks in 56th House mailer

    Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman latest campaign mailer repeats the accusation of an earlier one that Republican challenger John Lawson would hold three government jobs simultaneously for $186,475 a year if he is elected. Lawson, however, has said in Mussman's presence that he intends to resign his jobs as a Roselle police officer and Schaumburg Township assessor.


    The Cary-Grove Trojans hosted the Huntley Red Raiders in a marquis prep football match-up Saturday in Cary. Cary-Grove beat Huntley 41-14.

    Images: Cary-Grove vs. Huntley

    Images: Cary-Grove vs. Huntley -- The Cary-Grove Trojans hosted the Huntley Red Raiders in a marquis prep football match-up Saturday in Cary. Cary-Grove beat Huntley 41-14.

    North Carolina State’s Bryan Underwood (80) is congratulated by teammates after his touchdown to tie the game late in the second half Saturday against Florida State in Raleigh, N.C.

    NC State stuns No. 3 Florida State 17-16

    Mike Glennon found Bryan Underwood for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 16 seconds left, helping North Carolina State rally to beat third-ranked Florida State 17-16 on Saturday night.

    South Carolina’s Ace Sanders, right, breaks away from Georgia’s Connor Norman on a kick return during the second half Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

    No. 6 South Carolina dominates in 35-7 victory over No. 5 Georgia

    All the things that worked so well on offense for No. 5 Georgia in its first five games made little dent on the sixth-ranked Gamecocks. "We got our tails whipped," Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said after a 35-7 defeat Saturday night, the Bulldogs' third straight in the series.

    Ohio State wide receiver Corey Brown (10) celebrates after returning a punt 76 yards for a touchdown against Nebraska Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

    Ohio State lights up Nebraska, 63-38

    Braxton Miller rushed for 186 yards, zig-zagging 72 yards for one score and passing for another, to lead No. 12 Ohio State past No. 21 Nebraska 63-38 on Saturday night before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium.


    MacDonald nets both goals in Fire victory

    Sherjill MacDonald scored two second-half goals, lifting the Chicago Fire to a crucial 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. The Fire (17-10-5) jumped three points ahead of the Red Bulls (15-9-8) in the Eastern Conference, with two games remaining, and moved closer to earning a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs.

    Barrington’s Zoe Kasiurak returns a shot during MSL No. 1 doubles play Saturday at Prospect. Kasiurak teamed with Lucia Stumbras against Rolling Meadows’ Jackie and Allie Kemph on Saturday morning in the semifinals.

    Barrington nets 18th straight MSL title

    Weather forced postponement of Thursday's start for the Mid-Suburban League girls tennis meet. But once action got under way on Friday, no team could postpone another Barrington championship. The Fillies extended their streak to 18 consecutive MSL conference championships on Saturday with 56 points. Just like a year ago, Buffalo Grove earned a second-place finish with 42 points, while Rolling Meadows (34 points) netted third place followed by Prospect (33) and Fremd (32).


    Lake County roundup

    Libertyville’s girls volleyball team cruised through pool play in Glenbrook North’s invite, until falling to New Trier 25-23, 25-21 in Saturday’s gold bracket final.Libertyville (18-4) opened leads of 17-11 in Set 1 and 18-11 in Set 2, but coach Greg Loika said his Wildcats “didn’t have the finishing touches, getting caught in a tough rotation in Set 1 and being unable to side out efficiently” when right side Taylor Zant got hurt.Zant came down on a Trevian defender at the net and had to leave the game. The momentum swung quickly, Loika said, as New Trier went on runs of 3, 4 and 5 points in Set 2 with the score going from (Libertyville leading) 18-12 to (New Trier leading) 24-21.“Obviously a talented team like New Trier can put you in tough spots, but our team needed to make better decisions as the match tightened,” Loika said. “We were out of system a lot, which is not a place to be with New Trier’s size and power. It was frustrating to have such control for two-thirds of the match and not see it through to the end.”In the finals, Libertyville’s Kristen Webb contributed 22 digs, while Cindy Zhou and Brooke Donovan added 9 and 7, respectively. Zhou also added 11 assists, 4 aces and 2 kills. Rhiannon Prentiss led Libertyville with 4 kills, while Alex Basler added 3 kills and a block.Libertyville rallied to defeat Nazareth 23-25, 25-20, 25-20 in the semifinals. Webb had a season-high 45 digs, while Zhou lofted 40 assists. Julia Smagacz (13) and Prentiss (11) posted double-digit kills. Zhou added 8 kills.In pool play Friday, Libertyville defeated Evanston (25-15, 25-16), Maine South (25-22, 25-20) and Glenbrook North’s JV (25-9, 25-19).Antioch tournament: In the inaugural Elaine Lonergan Memorial tournament, the host Sequoits split four matches and also claimed a forfeit win over Michigan City Christian.Antioch defeated Southland College Prep (25-2, 25-7) and Tinley Park (26-24, 22-25, 15-10). The Sequoits fell to DeKalb (25-23, 25-12) and Crystal Lake Central (25-10, 25-17).The Sequoits’ statistical leaders for the tournament included Madeline Johnson (13 kills), Marissa Grant (43 assists, 14 aces, 6 blocks), Sam Falco (6 blocks) and Abbi McIlhany (29 digs).“It was an OK tournament for us,” said coach Glen Heitman, whose Sequoits are 16-10. “We played well at times, finishing with a win against Tinley Park. We lost to DeKalb in two playing strong in the first set, and then we came out flat in the second set. We didn’t pass well the first set (against Crystal Lake Central) and played out of system the entire set. We passed and played better in the second set.”

    Round Lake quarterback John Ridley absorbs a hit by Wauconda’s Graham Miller, left, and Elliot Hill on Saturday.

    Special day for Keeton, Wauconda

    Suddenly playing running back, Wauconda's Garrett Keeton - normally a special-teamer - wasted no time seizing the moment. His first carry turned into a 27-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that gave Wauconda its first lead en route to a 37-16 come-from-behind victory that spoiled Round Lake's homecoming.


    Northwest roundup

    Schaumburg’s girls volleyball team (16-11) went 2-3 in its own invite on Saturday as senior Marissa Christy (51 assists) and sophomore Jada Blackwell (49) set the attack for the five matches.Their top targets were Kelly Koutnik (62 kills), Kiana Lewis (40), Deanna Murphy (6) and Laura Desautels (4).Blackwell also had 7 kills of her own while serving 30-of-31 with 19 digs and 2 blocks.Lewis collected 46 digs in the back row while Sarah Stuehm had 36 and Koutnik 24.Glenbrook North Invite: Leyden went 1-4 and placed 14th. The Eagles notched their win over the Glenbrook North junior varsity.


    Only state champs ahead of St. Charles E.

    From the moment they came on-deck through their time huddled in the water around coach Joe Cabel who spoke from the starting block area to his team — the St. Charles East girls swim team were one Black-and-Orange unit. And that didn't just happen by accident. This is how the Saints are approaching the season, and that approach is paying huge dividends. Saturday, St. Charles East hosted its annual College Events Meet, and finished second to defending state champion New Trier.


    Neuqua Valley goes toe to toe with the best

    Facing some of the best girls swimming talent in Illinois didn't faze Neuqua Valley at all. The Wildcats competed from start to finish against Normal U-High and Glenbrook South in Saturday's St. Charles North Invitational and finished third in a tough 13-team meet.


    Lake Park hangs on to down South Elgin

    There are much easier ways of becoming eligible for the football playoffs than the one Lake Park is attempting to pull off for the second straight year. Last season the Lancers won their last four games to finish 5-4 but didn't have enough playoff points to make the 256-team field. On a cold and windy Saturday afternoon, they brought a 2-4 record, a three-game losing streak and a must-win mentality into their Upstate Eight Valley matchup at South Elgin. And Lake Park overcame three first-half deficits to keep their postseason hopes as Zach Gehant threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for another and Scott Filip reached the end zone three times in a 35-26 victory.

    Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood and running back George Atkinson III, celebrate Woods touchdown Saturday during the second half at Soldier Field.

    No. 9 Notre Dame runs over Miami 41-3

    Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III gave Notre Dame its first 100-yard rushing duo in a decade, and Everett Golson came off the bench to lead the No. 9 Irish to a 41-3 victory over Miami on Saturday night in what was a very tame sequel to the famed “Catholics vs. Convicts” rivalry.Wood rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and Atkinson added 123 yards and another score. Golson, who sat the first series as punishment for violating team rules, completed his first six passes and finished 17 of 22 as Notre Dame improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2002. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for Miami, which was held to just 285 yards after piling up 1,260 yards and 86 points in its previous two games. The Hurricanes (4-2) were hurt by at least a half-dozen drops by their receivers.


    Lake Forest nets NSC title

    Top-seeded in four of the five flights, Lake Forest’s girls tennis team did not disappoint in reclaiming the North Suburban Conference championship Saturday.The Scouts finished with 38 points to comfortably defeat runner-up and 2011 NSC champ Stevenson (29). Libertyville (22.5), Warren (18) and Lake Zurich (17.5) rounded out the top five.Lake Forest received titles from top seeds Elizabeth Zordani (No. 1 singles), Catherine Orfanos (No. 2 singles), Victoria Falk/Colleen Morris (No. 2 doubles) and Emily Kuchman/Margaux Miller (No. 3 doubles).Stevenson’s team of Alexxis Kiven/Kaylin Dong topped Lake Forest’s Christina Zordani/Taya Zoubareva 6-2, 7-5 in the No. 1 singles final.At first singles, Zordani captured a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Mundelein’s Ari Dechter. Warren’s Karyna Bibel took third. Orfanos was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Warren’s Max Mella in the No. 2 singles final, while Stevenson’s Vinaya Rao took third.The second-doubles final saw Falk/Morris outlast Stevenson’s Michelle Tulchinskaya/Caroline Kelmis 6-3, 6-2. Stevenson’s duo of Elizabeth Ettleson/Gwendolyn Heidkamp fell to Kuchman/Miller 6-2, 6-3 with the No. 3 doubles title at stake.


    St. Charles E. wraps up River title

    St. Charles East completed its season sweep of its Tri-Cities rivals and won the Upstate Eight Conference River Division at the same time on Saturday evening, breezing past St. Charles North, 3-0, at Norris Stadium.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Luis Rodriguez, Alejandro Avalos, Nestor Ascencio and Ivan Rosales scored a goal each Saturday as the Streamwood boys soccer team defeated Geneva 4-1 in Upstate Eight Conference River Division action.Edwin Rueda had two assists for the Sabres, while Christian Vences and Edwin Rueda added one each. Phil Lewy made 2 saves in goal for Streamwood (11-6, 3-3).Burlington Central 2, Harvard 1: Bryce Warner and Ian Graffagna scored goals for the Rockets as they won in the Big Northern East. Matt O’Connor had both assists for Burlington Central (15-3-2, 9-1-1), while Nolan St. John and Brett Rau made 4 saves each in goal.Westminster Christian 3, Rockford Christian Life 0: Will Woodhouse scored twice and Tim Rodgers added a goal to lead the Warriors to a Northeastern Athletic Conference win. Nick Gnan had 2 assists and Robert Kleczynski one for Westminster (10-3-1, 4-1-0) and Sam Carani made 2 saves in goal.Larkin 2, Glenbard North 2: Matthias Warren and Jazael Medina scored goals and Medina and Tony Hernandez had assists for Larkin in this nonconference tie. Aldair Dominguez made 3 saves in goal for the Royals (11-5-3).East Aurora 3, South Elgin 0: Michael Cortez made 14 saves in goal for South Elgin in this Upstate Eight Valley loss.

    Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton runs against Washington State’s Damante Horton during the first half Saturday in Corvallis, Ore.

    No. 14 Oregon State beats Washington State 19-6

    Jordan Poyer had three interceptions, Sean Mannion passed for 270 yards and No. 14 Oregon State survived a shaky start with a 19-6 win over Washington State Saturday.


    Wheaton Academy has answer for St. Edward

    You've seen it before: A football team scrapes and claws, overcomes turnovers to take a lead. Then it allows a kickoff return to negate all that work.

    TCU wide receiver Brandon Carter and Iowa State defensive back Jeremy Reeves jump for a pass that fell incomplete during the first half Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Iowa State ends No. 15 TCU’s 12-game streak, 37-23

    Jared Barnett threw three touchdowns to Josh Lenz, who later had a scoring toss of his own on a trick play, and Iowa State beat No. 15 TCU 37-23 on Saturday, two days after the Horned Frogs suspended quarterback Casey Pachall.

    Oklahoma’s Javon Harris returns an interception for a touchdown against Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

    No. 17 Oklahoma upends Texas Tech, 41-20

    Landry Jones threw two touchdowns in a 41-20 win over Texas Tech on Saturday. Blake Bell ran for two scores to help the Sooners avenge a home loss to the Red Raiders last season.

    Stanford’s Chase Thomas, front with ball, celebrates with teammates Trent Murphy, Barry Browning and Kodi Whitfield after making an interception against Arizona in overtime Saturday in Stanford, Calif.

    No. 18 Stanford rallies past Arizona 54-48 in OT

    Josh Nunes bailed out Stanford's defense for a change and started to erase doubts about whether he's the right man to replace Andrew Luck. Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and two touchdowns and ran for three more scores, rallying No. 18 Stanford from a two-touchdown deficit to stun Arizona 54-48 in overtime Saturday.

    Rutgers running back Jawan Jamison drags a Connecticut defender along as he gains yardage during the second half Saturday in Piscataway, N.J.

    No. 22 Rutgers thumps UConn 19-3

    Grinding offense and suffocating defense, with a big play or two sprinkled in here and there. That's the Rutgers way, and it worked to perfection in a 19-3 victory Saturday against Connecticut that was anything but pretty, but totally effective.


    St. Charles N. sees best at own invite

    If he wanted to, St. Charles North girls swim coach Rob Rooney could surely have put together an invitational meet his team could have hosted and easily won year after year. But Rooney likes to see his team compete against top competition — so he's gone about organizing one of the top early-season invitationals in the state. Based on what was in the water on Saturday, Rooney's met his goal.


    Chinn knocks off Gates for Valley title

    Metea Valley's Kelsey Chinn saw to it that there would be a new singles champion atop the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division this fall, but no one could do anything about dethroning the team champion. Chinn avenged a loss to Bartlett's Jen Gates in last year's final at No. 1 singles by knocking off the Hawks junior 7-5, 6-2 in the championship match Saturday in Bartlett. But when all was said and done on a chilly day of tennis, Neuqua Valley had claimed its 12th straight league crown.

    Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins dives between Georgia Tech defenders Daniel Drummond, left, and Louis Young to the 1-yard line during the first half Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

    No. 15 Clemson runs and passes over Ga. Tech, 47-31

    Tajh Boyd threw for a career high 397 yards and DeAndre Hopkins had 173 yards receiving as No. 15 Clemson beat Georgia Tech 47-31 on Saturday.

    Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein throws a pas during the first half Saturday against Kansas in Manhattan, Kan.

    No. 7 Kansas State blows out Kansas, 56-16
    The No. 7 Wildcats scored four touchdowns in the third quarter, Collin Klein and John Hubert leading the way, and the big surge carried unbeaten Kansas State to a 56-16 victory and its fourth straight win against its biggest rival.

    Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell hands the ball off to running back LaDarius Perkins on a second-half run against Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington, Ky..

    No. 20 Mississippi St. rolls past Kentucky 27-14

    The injuries keep piling up for Kentucky. So do the losses, the latest of which was Saturday's 27-14 defeat to No. 20 Mississippi State.


    UT Martin beats EIU 51-37

    Derek Carr threw four touchdowns and Tennessee-Martin racked up 616 yards of total offense in the Skyhawks' 51-37 win over Eastern Illinois on Saturday.


    NIU outlasts Ball State 35-23

    Jordan Lynch accounted for 402 yards and gave Northern Illinois the lead for good with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Akeem Daniels, and the Huskies defeated Ball State 35-23 on Saturday.


    Another tournament, another title for Benet

    An unexpected, unfamiliar opponent didn't affect Benet a bit Saturday.Winning tournaments have become all too familiar.Top-seeded Benet repeated as champion of the Mizuno Cup at Aurora's Great Lakes Center, handling Lincoln-Way Central 25-5, 25-19 in the championship match.

    Keisha Clousing of Wheaton Warrenville South plays Tiffany Chen of Naperville (she is not pictured) during the DuPage Valley Conference girls tennis at Naperville North Saturday.

    Clousing holds off Chen for DVC title

    Two years ago Wheaton Warrenville South's Keisha Clousing was the freshman who could play with no pressure in the DuPage Valley Conference tennis championship match because she was the new kid and she had "nothing to lose." On Saturday Clousing, who finished second and fourth at state in her first two years of high school, was challenged to the maximum before defeating the newest freshman star Tiffany Chen of Naperville Central 7-5, 6-4.


    Harper stays close but falls short against Anoka-Ramsey

    On paper, Saturday's men's soccer game between Harper College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College seemed to be a mismatch. The Rams (7-2-1) entered the contest ranked ninth in the NJCAA Division III poll. The mismatch, though, never materialized as the Hawks were able to stay within reach before falling 2-0.


    Girls golf / Sectional scouting, Northwest

    A preview of the Carmel girls golf sectional a t Bonnie Dundee in Waukegan from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator.

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws Saturday during the second inning of Game 1 of the American League division baseball series against the Oakland Athletics.

    Verlander overpowers A’s in Detroit’s 3-1 win

    DETROIT — Justin Verlander shut down Oakland after a leadoff homer, and Alex Avila went deep in the fifth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Athletics 3-1 in the opener of their AL playoff Saturday night.Verlander allowed three hits in seven innings and matched his career postseason high with 11 strikeouts. As usual, he seemed stronger in the later innings, striking out the side in the sixth and the first two hitters of the seventh. That made up for Coco Crisp’s home run that quieted the Comerica Park crowd just one batter into the game.Joaquin Benoit pitched the eighth and Jose Valverde finished for the save.Oakland’s Jarrod Parker allowed two earned runs in 6 1-3 innings.Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera went hitless.


    Terry Francona hired as Cleveland manager

    Terry Francona is getting back with one of his baseball families. Francona, who guided the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles, has been hired as manager of the Cleveland Indians, a team that collapsed in the second half this season after a promising first four months. The sides continued working Saturday night on the length of Francona's contract.


    Bulls’ Thibodeau gets more time to teach this summer

    We can only imagine how much happier Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was this summer, with no lockout to ruin his gym-time interaction with players. Second-year forward Jimmy Butler talked about Thibodeau's enthusiasm for summer workouts.

    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon runs against Illinois linebacker Ashante Williams Saturday during the first half in Madison, Wis.

    Stave, Ball lead Wisconsin over Illinois 31-14

    A couple of missed opportunities in the first half. A tough penalty. A shanked punt. Illinois coach Tim Beckman said he needs his team to shrug it off when things don't go the Illini's way. Instead, the misfortune piled up in a 31-14 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. "We've just got to be able to respond when something doesn't occur the way we want it to occur," Beckman said.

    Cary-Grove’s Kasey Fields comes around a block with Huntley’s Josh Sepsey waiting for him in the third quarter on Saturday at Cary-Grove.

    Cary-Grove tops Huntley to make it 7 straight

    One statistic told the tale of Cary-Grove's 41-14 homecoming victory over upstart Huntley Saturday afternoon: the Trojans won the turnover battle 6-0. Huntley fumbled the opening kickoff, which led to Kyle Norberg's 15-yard touchdown run 4 plays later. The Red Raiders fumbled twice more in the first quarter, and the Cary-Grove defense intercepted 3 Kam Sallee passes, highlighted by senior Zach Marszal's 32-yard touchdown return that gave the Trojans a 20-0 lead with 8:55 left in the second quarter.


    Scull, Breen return to form at Stampede

    A couple runners who have been battling various injuries returned to top form Saturday at the West Aurora Stampede hosted by Marmion. St. Charles East sophomore Torree Scull ran an 18:32 to finish second to Yorkville freshman Skyler Bollinger's 18:11. Yorkville also won the team title with 40 points.

    Geneva’s Kirby Einck won the No. 1 singles title.

    Batavia wins 3rd straight River title

    Batavia’s Lauren Herrmann wasn’t going to just quit Saturday morning, especially when every match meant so much.Herrmann injured her left ankle in the second game of the first set of the No. 3 doubles championship match at the Upstate Eight Conference River Division tournament at Elgin High School.“I was thinking that I wouldn’t be able to play the match and we would have to forfeit,” Herrman said. “I really didn’t want to let down my partner Morgan (Hess). I wasn’t going to give up. I was at least going to try.”After a visit with the trainer, Herrmann was able to continue. Herrmann and Hess rallied from a set down to beat St. Charles East’s Meghan Gauthier and Kellie Sciurba, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.“It was an adjustment,” Hess said. “I was at the baseline a lot, which is a new thing for me. We’ve played a certain way the entire season. After the first set, we started to get more momentum as we started to figure things out.”“It’s feeling pretty good now. Better than it was before,” said Herrman, who even took a picture with the trainer after the match.The extra point was important as the Bulldogs entered the tournament with a one-point lead, 35-34, over the Saints. Batavia ended up winning four titles to claim the UEC River title for the third consecutive season. The Bulldogs finished with 69 points. STC East finished second with 65. Geneva was third with 58, followed by St. Charles North (48), Elgin (27), Larkin (22) and Streamwood (5).Batavia also got first-place finishes from Liza Fruendt (No. 2 singles), Nora McClure (No. 3 singles) and the team of Jenny Mizikar and Amelia Cogan (No. 1 doubles). Miranda Grizaffi was third at No. 1 singles as well. But it was Herrmann and Hess’ effort that really impressed Bulldogs coach Brad Nelson.“The third doubles match was amazing,” Nelson said. “What those girls did in that match, I haven’t seen anything like it since I’ve been coaching. And I’ve been coaching since 1999.”The Saints had teams in all four doubles championship matches, but were only able to win one. Carly Huskisson and Alexa Huskisson beat Geneva’s Margo Hess and Joannie Educate, 6-1, 6-3, in the No. 2 doubles title match. Hayden Jones and Kelsie Roberton (No. 1 doubles) and Lauren McNally and Emmy Russell (No. 4 doubles) also took second for East. Jaci Spoerl finished third in No. 2 singles for the Saints.St. Charles North earned one tournament title as freshmen Morgan Rerko and Brittany Rohrsen rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) victory over McNally and Russell in the No. 4 doubles championship match. The North Stars finished third in the other three doubles bracket. Ashley Randazzo and Faith Oehlerking (No. 1), Alex Duncan and Kaity Wolfe (No. 2) and Abby Kloberdanz and Lianne Anderson (No. 3) all helped the North Stars finish fourth.Geneva sophomore Kirby Einck enjoyed the chilly conditions and cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Elgin’s Dahlia Keonavongsa at No. 1 singles.“I would prefer to play in colder weather. It’s a personal preference,” said Einck, who took second last year at the conference meet. “You have to constantly be moving. You just want to keep your blood flowing.”Emma Hazel (No. 2) and Shannon Foster (No. 3) each finished second in their respective singles bracket for the Vikings.


    Glenbard West works quickly against Addison Trail

    One look at Glenbard West's football scores and the proof is clear.The Hilltoppers take no one lightly.They proved it again on Saturday with a 43-0 West Suburban Conference crossover win over Addison Trail at Glen Ellyn's Duchon Field.Breaking out to a 22-0 lead eight minutes into the game, Glenbard West (7-0) scored 5 touchdowns in its first five possessions while running only 21 plays. By halftime, with the Hilltoppers holding a 36-0 lead, many of the starters were on the bench.


    Villa, Glenbard West stop Glenbard South

    Glenbard West avoided Glenbard South's bid for an upset during Saturday's boys soccer match, dominating the flow of play from beginning to end in a 3-0 victory. Senior Gonzalo Villa led the way for the Hilltoppers, scoring twice in the first half.

    Matt Spaeth has just 44 receptions in his seven-year NFL career. But that’s OK with him because the primary job of the Bears’ tight end is run blocking and protecting QB Jay Cutler.

    Bears TE Spaeth shines under the radar

    Bears tight end Matt Spaeth doesn't get a lot of credit for doing the dirty work in the offense, but his teammates and coaches appreciate his efforts.

    Round Lake’s Chris Washington carries the ball during Saturday’s game against Wauconda.

    Images: Wauconda vs. Round Lake football
    The Round Lake Panthers hosted the Wauconda Bulldogs for football action on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Round Lake.


    Scouting sectionals meets, Northwest

    Here's a look at Monday's Barrington and New Trier sectionals from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator and Maine West.


    Close win for Warren at Hersey’s Jamboree

    Warren produced a winning effort in the 200-yard medley relay and got a victory in the 100 breaststroke from Megan Delfeld on the way to taking top team honors in the Hersey Jamboree on Saturday at Olympic pool in Arlington Heights. The Blue Devils finished at 261.5 points to edge runner-up Maine South (256). The host Huskies placed third (214), just ahead of Mundelein (211), which had the meet's only quadruple winner in Erin Falconer.

    Adam Dunn hit just .204 and finished with an OPS of .800, the lowest ever for someone who hit 40-plus HRs in a season.

    Now that season's Dunn, a look back

    In his final column of the baseball season, Matt Spiegel sprays to all fields with thoughts on the values of Adam Dunn and Starlin Castro, plus Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera and the always colorfu Oakland A's.

    Florida head coach Will Muschamp walks off the field Saturday after defeating LSU 14-6 in Gainesville, Fla.

    Florida uses stifling defense to upend LSU 14-6

    Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing No. 10 Florida to life in the second half as the Gators beat fourth-ranked LSU 14-6 Saturday. Led by Gillislee and a dominant defense, Florida's grind-it-out victory provided a signature win for coach Will Muschamp in his second season in Gainesville.

    Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell is tackled by Indiana safety Drew Hardin Saturday during the first half in Bloomington, Ind.

    Michigan State rallies to beat Indiana 31-27

    For 30 minutes against Indiana, Michigan State's defense looked like anything but one of the nation's best units. The Spartans regained their normal footing in the second half, shutting out Indiana in the final two quarters of a 31-27 victory on Saturday. "They were just fast," Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough said. "A fast-paced offense, that's tough for a defense, no matter what type of defense it is."

    Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson gets past Purdue defensive end Ryan Russell as he picks up 38 yards Saturday during the first half in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Robinson leads Wolverines past Boilermakers 44-13

    Denard Robinson rushed for 235 yards and Fitzgerald Toussaint scored twice to help Michigan rout Purdue 44-13 on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) have won three straight over Purdue.

    Penn State running back Zach Zwinak dives into the end zone past Northwestern linebacker David Nwabuisi (33) for a touchdown during the second quarter.

    Penn State races past No. 24 Northwestern 39-28

    Northwestern failed its first big test of the season. A week after returning to the Top 25 for the first time since 2008, the No. 24 Wildcats wasted an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing three touchdowns in the final 9:49 in a 39-28 loss Saturday to Penn State. "It was tough," safety Ibraheim Campbell said about the fourth quarter. We've just got to find a way to make a play."

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez speaks Saturday during a news conference in St. Louis. Gonzalez is scheduled to start for the Nationals in Game 1 of the National League division series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

    Wainwright set to oppose Gonzalez in series opener

    Adam Wainwright was a glorified spectator last fall, cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals from the bench as they rose from wild card to World Series champions. It's a lot more fun being part of the action.

    New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda takes part in practice Saturday in Baltimore. The Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to play Game 1 in the American League division series on Sunday.

    Orioles, Yankees rekindle playoff memories of 1996

    Orioles rookie third baseman Manny Machado was a 4-year-old when Baltimore and the New York Yankees last met in the postseason. In case the kid needs a quick history lesson, left-hander David Wells won a game for Baltimore, Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry homered for the Yankees, and a youngster named Jeffrey Maier stuck his glove in the middle of the whole thing.


    Southern Illinois defeats Illinois State 17-0

    Anthony Thompson returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, and Southern Illinois intercepted four passes en route to a 17-0 victory against Illinois State on Saturday.


    Western Illinois tops South Dakota 24-17

    Wil Lunt connected with Fredson Salomon on a 66-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter Saturday and Western Illinois held on to beat South Dakota 24-17.


    Barrington, Burgoon have burgeoning hopes

    Barrington's Ryan Burgoon is ready for a big finish, and Lake Zurich is also coming on strong. Burgoon was slow to start the season while coming off an injury, but the senior put it in high gear on Saturday taking fourth place in 15:29 at Wheeling's boys cross country invitational on the Allstate Campus in Northbrook. Lake Zurich also showed it will be a force in the state series by taking third place with 92 points in the 19-team field. Seniors Garrett Lee (15:20) and Tyler Yunk (15:21) went 1-2 in leading three-time defending Class 2A state champion Belvidere North to the title with 46 points.


    Conroy, Barrington take the lead at Wheeling

    The Barrington girls cross country team is far from a finished product, but the Fillies are continuing to put the pieces together. The puzzle definitely started to get a little bit more clear on Saturday. Freshman Lauren Conroy led from start to finish, winning in 18:10 leading Barrington to the team title with 39 points at the Wheeling Invitational on the Allstate Campus in Northbrook. Barrington dominated the 21-team field with five runners in the top 15, and Conroy cruised to the title with a 16-second cushion over St. Viator junior Meghan Carroll (18:26).

    NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., wipes his brow after qualifying Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. The drivers were qualifying for the Sunday running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race.

    Kahne leads Chase drivers in Talladega qualifying

    Ride or race was the question NASCAR's title contenders are considering as they prepare for Talladega Superspeedway. The fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup could be the one that shuffles the 12-driver championship field. The use of restrictor plates bunches the field, and the unpredictability of drafting and relying on partners usually creates a chaotic race that can end a drivers' title hopes.


    NLDS preview: Reds vs. Giants
    NLDS scout: Giants vs. Reds

    Oakland starting pitcher Jarrod Parker throws during batting practice Friday in Detroit. The A’s meet the Tigers tonight in Game 1 of their American League divisional series.

    A’s rookie Parker to face star-laden Tigers

    The Detroit Tigers have the reigning MVP and another player who just won the Triple Crown. The Oakland Athletics will try to counter all that by sending — who else? — a rookie to the mound. "We've been the `David' all year," A's right-hander Jarrod Parker said.

    This Sunday, Schaumburg High School graduate Patrick Rizzo is hoping to improve upon his best Chicago Marathon time of 2:13:42.

    Schaumburg’s Rizzo hoping to run personal best

    Schaumburg native Patrick Rizzo will be one of the elite athletes in the hunt during Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. He looks to continue his progress and set a new personal record. “Anyone who has ever gotten to compete against me knows I am not a very fast runner,” Rizzo said. “Thankfully I don’t need to run very fast in a marathon. I just need to outlast people.”

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker supervises practice Friday in San Francisco. The Reds play the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the National League division series tonight.

    Dusty Baker back in Bay Area managing Reds

    Minus his old signature toothpick, Cincinnati's Dusty Baker leaned against the batting cage intently watching his players just as he did for a decade managing the Giants. Baker is back in the Bay Area for the playoffs, 10 years after he came so close to winning a World Series with San Francisco.


    Hess, Geneva run past Elgin

    Geneva coach Rob Wicinski was so happy to see his stellar running back Bobby Hess show up for practice this week after limping off the field at St. Charles East last weekend, he greeted him with a hug. Hess earned a few more of those after running wild over the visiting Elgin Maroons Friday night, tallying 6 touchdowns and piling up 228 yards rushing in 16 carries. It made the candy-themed homecoming game for Geneva (2-5, 2-3) all the more sweet in a 49-6 Upstate Eight River rout.


    Burlington Central can’t stop Richmond

    It was no secret what the Richmond-Burton offense was going to run. Burlington Central just couldn't stop it. R-B ran plenty of jet sweeps, counters and inside handoffs, plays that had been scouted and prepared for in practice by Central coach Rich Crabel and his staff. However, Crabel's Rockets were unable to match the physicality of the three-time defending league champions in a 28-0 defeat on brisk Rocket Hill Friday night.


    Glenbard South comes from behind to beat Fenton

    Glenbard South running backs Clark Gary and Matt Loos each scored 3 touchdowns and Justin Gjerazi added one of his own as Glenbard South ruined the Fenton homecoming Friday night in Bensenville 53-22.



    Private space station delivery to launch Sunday

    A private company is on the verge of launching another cargo ship to the International Space Station. On Sunday night, California-based SpaceX will attempt to send a Dragon capsule to the orbiting lab. Liftoff is scheduled for 8:35 p.m.

    Portugal is scrapping its long-standing rent controls in one of the government’s most radical economic and social reforms since the ailing country needed a euro 78 billion bailout last year, when it was engulfed by Europe’s financial crisis. Critics say the anticipated rent hikes from next month could price thousands of families out of their homes. At the very least, the change aimed at boosting and modernizing the economy, will add to the financial burden on those struggling to cope with pay cuts and tax hikes designed to ease the country’s crippling debt load.

    Portugal scraps rent controls, alarms low-earners

    LISBON, Portugal — The peaceful retirement of Teresa Dourado is about to be shattered.The 77-year-old widow raised two children with her husband in their fourth-floor apartment behind Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno bullring. It has been the family home since 1966. Living alone there now among black-and-white photographs of her children and with her husband’s framed paintings, she pays a controlled rent of (euro) 100 ($128) a month. That just about allows her to get by on her monthly pension of (euro) 414.But Portugal is scrapping its long-standing rent controls in one of the government’s most radical economic and social reforms since the ailing country needed a (euro) 78 billion bailout last year, when it was engulfed by Europe’s financial crisis. Critics say the anticipated rent hikes from next month could price thousands of families out of their homes. At the very least, the change — aimed at boosting and modernizing the economy — will add to the financial burden on those struggling to cope with pay cuts and tax hikes designed to ease the country’s crippling debt load.“I’m already having trouble paying (euro) 100,” says Dourado. “I don’t want charity. I’ve worked all my life. I shouldn’t have to beg for anything.” The new rent law casts aside protections that date from the early 1900s, and are seen as one of the reasons for Portugal’s economic decay. It’s all part of a plan to jettison a way of life that has been handcuffed to the past, holding back the dynamism needed to put the nation on the path of growth. The measure, long delayed due to its political toxicity, also illustrates how Europe’s financial crisis is snatching away old certainties and expectations — in this case, over something as basic as having a roof over your head. The change in rent laws was one of the steps demanded in return for the financial lifeline provided by foreign lenders. They identified rent controls as one of the handicaps keeping Portugal mired in stagnation. Similarly, their insistence on labor reforms is taking away long-standing entitlements, such as jobs for life, which choked development, consigning Portugal to low growth and mounting debt. These are precisely the kinds of measures that have triggered massive protests across Europe in recent years, raising questions about the viability of the European project. The goal of the new law is to free up rental accommodation, making it easier for workers to seek jobs around the country. It also aims to help people avoid racking up mortgage debt; put prime real estate to more productive uses; encourage owners to renovate buildings that are crumbling because they don’t earn enough rent money; and provide work for hard-up construction companies. Rent controls have long enabled those on a low income to live cheaply in one of western Europe’s poorest countries. The minimum salary, earned by more than 600,000 workers, is (euro) 485 ($624) a month before tax. The average salary is around (euro) 800 ($1,030). That compares with the U.S. minimum wage of $1,317 a month and an average monthly wage of $3,500. Portugal’s rent controls aren’t unique in Europe. Germany and the Netherlands, for example, also place some modest limits on rent increases. But their laws are nowhere near as old, comprehensive and rigid as in Portugal, where lifelong contracts with minimal, inflation-linked rent hikes have been handed down through generations.The government says the new law contains safeguards for low earners. Increases in the rents paid by people like Dourado will be limited to between 10-25 percent over the next five years before full liberalization.Even so, the scale of the threat to many residents is huge. Last year’s national census showed about 250,000 families are in houses with old contracts, which will now come up for price review. That’s about 1 million people — or almost 10 percent of the population.

    Passengers use self-service check-in kiosks to board the first flight by Peach Aviation at Kansai Airport in Osaka, Japan. Japan has a reputation for loving expensive things like overpriced real estate, gourmet melons and luxury brands. But the nation is finally discovering the joy of flying cheap, with the arrival this year of three low-cost carriers. The takeoff of AirAsia Japan, Peach Aviation and Jetstar Japan could change lifestyles.

    Low-cost flying arrives in luxury-loving Japan

    Japan has a reputation for loving expensive things like overpriced real estate, gourmet melons and luxury brands. But the nation is finally discovering the joy of flying cheap, with the arrival this year of three low-cost carriers. Twenty-two-year-old graduate student Chie Kodama recently used Jetstar for an urban-planning research trip to Okinawa, and was surprised at how the planes were “normal,” like any other airline’s. “And it is so cheap you forgive any shortcomings,” she said

    These screenshots show Apple’s maps app on an iPhone, left, and Google’s on an Android device during a drive in Dearborn, Mich. Both have voices guiding motorists to upcoming turns, in this case onto Southfield Road in about two miles. An AP review finds the Google app, on the right, having more features, though Apple’s app does a good job for the most part getting people to their destination.

    Review: Apple’s maps app lets you follow the voice

    Apple's new maps app came out the day I started a 2,243-mile road trip through four states. As complaints about it trickled in and Apple's CEO apologized, I was left wondering whether people were using the same app I was. Although it's not flawless or as good as Google's maps app on Android phones, Apple's new offering on the iPhone got me where I needed to go — for the most part.

    Choi Yong-bae, Chungeoraham Film CEO and Producer, poses with posters produced by his company during an interview with The Associated Press at his office in Seoul, South Korea. After being turned down by many investors over the last four years, Choi said it feels strange and exciting that his revenge film about a notorious South Korean president blamed for the massacre of democracy protesters is finally coming to life through online donations.

    Crowdfunding rescues provocative South Korean film

    After being turned down by many investors over the last four years, South Korean film producer Choi Yong-bae said it feels strange and exciting that his revenge film about a notorious South Korean president blamed for the massacre of democracy protesters is finally coming to life through online donations. “Some said their companies can’t invest in such a politically sensitive movie ahead of the presidential election this year. Others initially said yes but then changed their mind without giving any reasons,” he said.


    Slate: The world’s best thermostat just got better

    The Nest, which was built by a start-up co-founded by Tony Fadell, the guy who designed the iPod, is not just the most beautiful thermostat in the world. A minimalist orb that resembles HAL, the Nest may well be one of the most beautiful objects you install in your home — it looks like something from the future, if the future were ruled by people with impeccable taste in Scandinavian furniture.


    I bought 27,000 Twitter followers

    I’m a selfish Twitter user. I love scrolling through, letting it alert me to vital news, opinion and baby mammal GIFs. But, like some 40 percent of all people on Twitter, I prefer consuming tweets to contributing them.Cultivating a horde of Twitter followers would be a great move for me professionally. It would extend my influence as a journalist and bolster my — yes, ick — personal brand. I’ve long envied the hefty follower counts of Slate colleagues like Farhad Manjoo (25,000), Dave Weigel (77,000), and John Dickerson (a teeming mob of 1.38 million).How to augment my small, proud band of 1,100 tweeps? I could have won new acolytes by offering links to timely content. By engaging in sharp intellectual battles. By crafting 140-character bon mots. But, much as I wish I could get jazzed about doing all that stuff, I don’t find it spiritually rewarding. To the freelance writer in me, this feels more like unpaid work.So instead, I bought 27,000 followers from some sketchy Internet sites. Total cost: $202.I’m not trying to fool anyone. I’ve laid bare my trickery here for the world to see. I just wondered what all the fuss was about. In July, when the Romney campaign denied accusations that it had bought followers, it was the first time I even realized that buying followers was possible, let alone a thing anybody would wish to do. By August, the New York Times was revealing that in fact everybody does it, including “celebrities, politicians, start-ups, aspiring rock stars, reality show hopefuls — anyone who might benefit from having a larger social media footprint.”To figure out where my newly purchased followers were coming from, I called up Al Delgado, sole proprietor of the Brooklyn-based FanMeNow.com. Delgado explained that there are two different types of Twitter followers you can buy. “Targeted followers” are actual people who seem likely to be interested in the topics you tweet about. Marketing companies charge hefty fees to identify these compatible tweeps and then persuade them to follow you (by tweeting at them and through other means). Makes sense. But that’s not what I bought. Instead, I acquired fake “created accounts” — mass-produced zombies that do nothing but pad the numbers of your follower count.Delgado told me he buys these fake accounts in bulk from suppliers in India. Techies on the subcontinent cook up all these nonexistent personas, making sure the accounts look just real enough to pass as nonrobots. In a typical day, Delgado says he fields 30-35 orders, most requesting between 1,000 and 5,000 zombie followers. “Sometimes someone will buy a million,” he says, “which costs $1,300. Some of these are people you’ve heard of. I mostly sell to musicians but also lots of models, comedians and porn stars.”To be clear, the zombie tweeps just sit there, inert. I tweeted at several of them to see if I could stir them awake and was met with total silence. Buying these fake followers doesn’t get you more retweets, more responses to your witticisms, or more traffic for the articles you link to. It just gets you a bigger number next to your name.So why do people do this? I assume it’s in part to create an illusion of success that people hope will be self-perpetuating. It’s like showing up to a date in a rented Mercedes drop-top when in real life you drive a dinged-up Kia. To the casual observer, your numerous fake Twitter followers suggest you’re a social media powerhouse — a person of influence not be ignored.


    ZolaBooks.com delves into one-stop shopping for e-reading

    With physical books being overtaken in the marketplace by their digital counterparts, dozens of companies are scrambling to secure their share of attention — and revenue — in the lucrative e-book market.Much of the battle is being waged by retailers competing with proprietary e-reading technologies such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Apple’s iPad and iPhone and Kobo’s range of e-reading apps and devices. Another corner of the playing field is curation — the process of recommending books, usually with the help of algorithms that identify titles similar to the ones you’ve already browsed or purchased; online booksellers such as Amazon and BN.com are finding their turf encroached upon by non-retailers such as Goodreads.Then there’s the parallel world of book-related discussion on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social-networking sites (not to mention blogs and the digital arms of traditional print media such as newspapers and magazines), most of them competing for hits and advertising dollars.Joining the literary scrum this month is ZolaBooks.com, a venture whose strategy is to combine all three of the e-book world’s major market functions — retailing, curation and social-networking — in an ambitious bid to become a one-stop destination for book lovers on the Web.“So far, no one has translated what readers do in the real world — drawing on a wide network of friends, institutions and trusted tastemakers — in an online environment,” says Zola chief executive Joe Regal, a former New York literary agent who co-founded the site a year ago with Michael Strong, a key architect of Sotheby’s online. “Our question was: What do people want to do in terms of seeking out and buying books, and how do we help them do that online?“We know that people want to network with their friends around books, and so we’re creating the first social network that only does books. We also know that people are influenced by tastemakers who can lead them to the next good book to read. There are a lot of places to get that information, but nobody’s put them all together in one place — a place where, by the way, you can also buy the book.”Consumers will be guided by Zola’s trademarked “curation engine” that uses rating and purchase-based algorithms along with expert input from book critics, bloggers, authors, publishers and booksellers, whom they can “follow” a la Twitter. “If you read a book that you like and then see that Ron Charles of The Washington Post gave it a good review, then you can follow Ron Charles to see what else he recommends,” Regal says. “If you’re a fan of crime novels, and notice that [the owner of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York] Otto Penzler blogs about those books, you can follow him. Or you might follow the recommendations of your local indie bookseller, or your local library or NPR.”Previewable in beta form, Zola plans a soft launch Wednesday, offering e-book exclusives including “Making Mavericks,” a memoir by the Northern California surfing legend Richard “Frosty” Hesson (a movie version starring Gerard Butler opens Oct. 26), and Gordon Dahlquist’s “The Chemickal Marriage,” the conclusion of a fantasy trilogy. Subsequent exclusives will include the first e-book edition of Audrey Niffenegger’s mega-selling “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” with a new chapter by the author, who is also a Zola investor.E-books from hundreds of publishers, including the Big Six (Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Group, Random House and Simon & Schuster), are scheduled to be available in a phased rollout over the next few weeks. (E-books sold on Zola will be the same as those from other e-retailers, and will be priced roughly the same, with bestsellers costing an average of just over $11.)Another keystone of Zola’s strategy is to sidestep the proprietary e-reader problem — which forces readers to choose a particular device — by marketing digital books that can be read on all e-readers, not just one.

Life & Entertainment

    A model wears a creation by designer Elie Saab as part of his ready to wear Spring-Summer 2013 collection, in Paris.

    Louis V, Miu Miu and Elie Saab wrap French fashion week

    Paris Fashion Week designers are often described as show-stopping, but none more than Elie Saab. Trends on the ninth exhausting day of the season included prints — both graphic and colored — as well as sheer transparencies and cutouts.

    This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo shows actress Christina Applegate, a cast member in the television series “Up All Night,” taking part in a panel discussion on the show at the NBC Universal summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Applegate, 40, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 and underwent a double mastectomy.

    Applegate putting on pink for a good cause

    Christina Applegate says she hopes a few flashes of hot pink might turn heads. Pink isn’t her color, she says, but to help raise money during Breast Cancer Awareness month for her Right Action for Women charity, she’ll wear — with pleasure — the sneakers, headbands and jog bra that sportswear brand ASICS has made as fundraising items in a special-edition partnership.

    Spokesperson and model Elizabeth Hurley poses on the observation deck after lighting the Empire State Building pink in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 in New York.

    Hurley still gets dressed in pink each October

    After nearly two decades, Elizabeth Hurley still finds herself dressed in pink in October to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She’s been the face of the Estee Lauder Cos.’ breast-cancer awareness and fundraising efforts for 18 years.

    The world’s most luxurious designer brands are abandoning Argentina rather than complying with tight new government economic restrictions, leaving empty shelves and storefronts along the capital’s elegant Alvear Avenue, where tourists once flocked to see the latest in fashion.

    Top designer labels abandon Argentina over new regulations

    The world's most luxurious designer brands are abandoning Argentina rather than comply with tight new government economic restrictions, leaving empty shelves and storefronts along the capital's elegant Alvear Avenue, where tourists once flocked to see the latest in fashion. Kenzo is the latest to go. The Japanese label's owner, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, issued a statement Tuesday blaming Argentina's "complex economic context" for the closure of its store on Oct. 10. Government trade restrictions kept Kenzo from importing its spring and summer clothing lines, store employee Stella Christianopol said.

    Former ABBA band member Bjoern Ulvaeus, centre, arrives for a news conference, at the ABBA museum construction site in Stockholm., Sweden, Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012. A traveling ABBA exhibit is to get a permanent home in a new museum dedicated mostly to the Swedish quartet that has sold nearly 400 million records since its heyday in the 1970s. Former band member Bjoern Ulvaeus said Wednesday that “ABBA The Museum” will be part of a Swedish music hall of fame to be inaugurated in Stockholm next spring.

    ABBA museum to open in Sweden

    A traveling ABBA exhibit is to get a permanent home in a new museum dedicated mostly to the Swedish quartet that has sold nearly 400 million records since its heyday in the 1970s.

    This undated file photo shows Sean Connery as James Bond in “Never Say Never Again.” The film “Never Say Never Again,” a 1983 remake of “Thunderball,” has its ironic title because it brought Connery back as Bond after a 12-year hiatus.

    Bond movies have beat do-or-die odds for 50 years

    Over the last 50 years, the owners of the James Bond movie franchise have had heart-stopping crises as thrilling as the ones that face their fictional secret agent. They’ve nearly gone bust more than once and have come close to losing all of their rights in court. But the franchise has survived and thrived.

    This Aug. 13, 2012 file photo shows country music singer Jerrod Niemann in Nashville, Tenn. Niemann’s “Free The Music,” released on Oct. 2, 2012, is another re-imagining of what the modern country music album can be.

    Jerrod Niemann takes new tack on ‘Free the Music’

    Some things have changed for Jerrod Niemann since he finally scored a couple of hit songs after years of disappointment. And some things haven’t. In the change category, the rising country singer-songwriter has been on the road constantly the last two years and has finally found the stardom he’s been seeking.

    This May 2, 2012 file photo shows paralyzed former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand answering a question during a news conference in Piscataway, N.J. Hurdler Lolo Jones trash-talked about head injuries to former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, after he jokingly challenged her to a race on Twitter. Jones didn’t know the defensive tackle was paralyzed in a game.

    Lolo Jones causes stir over Eric LeGrand tweets

    Hurdler Lolo Jones trash-talked about head injuries to former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand after he jokingly challenged her to a race on Twitter. What she didn't know was the defensive tackle was paralyzed in a game.

    Amy Grant will perform at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on Saturday, Oct. 6.

    Weekend picks: Raue Center hosts pop star Amy Grant

    Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Christian pop star Amy Grant takes the stage Saturday at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. Fox Lake celebrates Oktoberfest Saturday with music from the Alpiners, a beer tent, hay rides, German food and more in Lakefront Park. If you prefer the blues, blues legend Lonnie Brooks performs with his sons Ronnie Brooks and Wayne Baker Brooks at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

    Molly Peters and Sean Connery in a scene from the James Bond 1965 film, “Thunderball.” Initially, Bond girls were part of the aesthetic of the series. They had more transient roles. The film is included in the MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Blu-Ray “Bond 50” anniversary set.

    Images: 50 years of Bond girls
    Always glamorous and sophisticated, yet uniquely susceptible to James Bond’s flirtations, the Bond girl over the years has become as compelling as Agent 007 himself — and not just for the way she fills out a swimsuit. Here’s a look at the Bond girls during the 50-year history of the franchise.

    Daffodils are shown blooming in midspring among hostas. The developing foliage of the hostas will later hide the yellowing foliage of the bulbs.

    Complement garden plants with bulbs

    Achieve season-long beauty in your landscape by including bulbs as companions for existing plants. Bulbs that bloom in early spring bring an end to a gray winter. Later in spring, bulbs are pleasing neighbors to perennials and spring-blooming trees and shrubs. When planted among summer-blooming annuals and perennials, they add another layer of interest in the garden.

    The trees are beginning to change color on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County, Tenn. The fall foliage season is expected to be colorful in much of the Southeast.

    Autumn colors beginning to show in Southeast

    As days get shorter and nights become chillier, the annual fall foliage show is getting under way in the Southeast. The first colors are beginning to show in the higher elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is a popular draw for tourists in October.

    This Inverness home was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Inverness home was designed by a student of Wright

    Lovers of Frank Lloyd Wright-style architecture will feel their breath catch when they tour this midcentury contemporary Inverness home designed by Don Erickson, a student of Wright. Interior meets exterior for those living in this brick and frame home, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lovely 1.6-acre parcel.


    Home equity line of credit is basically a second mortgage

    I paid off my house, but I have a home equity line of credit for $40,000. The balance I owe is about $3,000. The county clerk won’t give me the deed because the $40,000 shows up in the records as a lien against the house.


    Election time prompts many questions about assciation boards

    It is annual meeting time of year in many associations, so I have compiled a list of questions related to annual elections. One reader wants to know if his spouse can run for the board, even though she is not on the deed as a unit owner in the association.

    Hardscaping is the permanent yard features that complete your landscaping.

    Landscape design makes the most of your yard

    Just like an interior designer looks at all aspects of a home’s interior and the way a family might use it before offering possible designs and furniture choices, Ryco Landscaping of Lake-in-the-Hills takes into account all aspects of a home’s exterior and the way a family might use it before suggesting landscaping and special features for a home’s outdoor environs.

    Sharon Read, founder of Seattle Tiny Homes, places dishes in the dining area in the Ballard model home that she created.

    Woman believes in big market for tiny houses

    After years spent as a private contractor drawing floor plans for regular-sized homes, Sharon Read started Seattle Tiny Homes, a company that specializes in eco-friendly, high-end miniature homes.

    Planting several daffodil varieties with a range of bloom times can yield three to five weeks of steady bloom.

    Summer drought may still be affecting some plants

    As the weather cools down, it is easy to stop paying attention to watering. But after a long, hot, dry growing season, it is a good idea to keep providing supplemental water to your garden, especially if dry conditions continue throughout the fall. Focus your watering on plants you have installed over the last three years so that they do not go into winter with drought stress. It especially important to water newly planted evergreens all the way through October and November.



    The Soapbox

    Warnings about coyotes and burglars, praise for people who reconcile, and a grateful goodbye to a very special person.


    Home sprinklers worth the cost
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: According to the National Fire Protection Association 62 percent of all reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes without smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.


    Obama inherited his own mess
    Naperville letter to the editor: Liberals like to propagate the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s fault.” On Jan. 3, 2007 the Dow Jones closed at 12,621.77. The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5 percent. The unemployment rate was 4.6 percent. Bush’s economic policies set a record of 52 straight months of job growth. It was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.


    All about pettiness and jealousy
    A Carol Stream lettter to the editor: Well, now that Mitt Romney released his tax returns we all get what we expected from the left. Harry Reid claimed a few times over the past month that Romney paid no taxes, proves to us just how reliable and honest Reid is.


    Immigration reform can’t wait
    An Oak Brook letter to the editor: The immigration debate took center stage on Sept. 20 as President Barack Obama participated in a forum broadcast live by the Spanish-language network Univision. The debate took place four years after President Obama pledged to push immigration reform during his first year in office — an empty pledge that toyed with the hopes of many Latino Americans living in this country.


    Why doesn’t he get right first time?
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: How is it that Governor Romney only rarely manages to say the first time what he later says he really meant?


    Roskam marches to different drummer
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I’m compelled to reply to a recent Fence Post contribution entitled “Real solutions based on reality” and suggesting that this applies to Peter Roskam. Really? This may well be the impression of 6th Congressional District people who only know him through taxpayer supported robo calls or glossy mailed literature.


    As went Carter, so goes Obama
    A Geneva letter to the editor: When President Carter was voted out and President Reagan became the new Commander in Chief, it was because Carter had failed miserably as president. Well, Obama has failed as well and we need a man in office who knows and understands business.


    Don’t tax me for charter school
    An Elgin letter to the editor: We have had to spend enough taxpayer dollars defending this ridiculous class action lawsuit in U-46. Elgin Charter School Initiative, please use your own dollars for a charter or private school and keep your hands out of our taxpayer pockets.


    Professional vs. political management
    A Crystal Lake letter to the editor: The county executive form of government has been available to Illinois' 102 counties for nearly 40 years, but to date only Will County has opted to choose this form of government. I do not want to see that become a reality in McHenry County.


    Your chance to limit corporate influence
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Americans just don't seem to agree on much these days. However, the one thing they can agree on is the need to get all this unregulated, unlimited and anonymous money out of politics.


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