Daily Archive : Sunday October 7, 2012


    People walk past one of the competition scarecrows on display on the Riverwalk Sunday during the Scarecrow Festival in St. Charles.

    New locations spread out St. Charles Scarecrow Fest

    Tens of thousands of people swarmed downtown St. Charles this weekend for the 27th annual Scarecrow Fest, which filled three different locations on both sides of the Fox River. Some complained about the extra locations along First Street and the Riverwalk but others enjoyed the new format.

    Lawmakers sent to the Illinois Capitol in the November election will determine the fate of the state’s income tax before their terms are up.

    Tough tax call for newly elected lawmakers

    The big decision is still likely years away, but the class of Illinois lawmakers elected in November will hold office when the state's 2011 income tax hike expires — perhaps leaving them with some tough choices toward the end of their terms in office.

    Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Asheville, N.C., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Pressure growing on Biden, Ryan ahead of debate

    Both sides are offering sky-high predications for the Oct. 11 vice presidential debate. Vice President Joe Biden must not only avoid making any gaffes but also try to puncture his Republican opponent’s arguments on taxes, entitlement reform and deficit reduction.

    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann campaign at Tradition Town Square in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Obama, Romney trying to leverage momentum

    Fresh off his strongest fundraising month this year, President Barack Obama is looking to raise millions of dollars from celebrities and wealthy donors in California with just one month left in a tightening race. His Republican rival, Mitt Romney, campaigning in up-for-grabs Florida, sought to build on the momentum from a debate performance last week that even Democrats conceded was...

    In this Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, executives of two major Chinese technology companies, Charles Ding, Huawei Technologies Ltd senior vice president for the U.S., left, and Zhu Jinyun, ZTE Corp. senior vice president for North America and Europe, are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, before testifying before the House Intelligence Committee as lawmakers probe whether their expansion in the U.S. market poses a threat to national security.

    China tech giants pose security threat?

    American companies should avoid doing business with China’s two leading technology firms because they pose a national security threat to the United States, the House Intelligence Committee is warning in a report to be issued today. The panel says U.S. regulators should block mergers and acquisitions in this country by Huawei Technologies Ltd. and ZTE Corp, among the world’s leading suppliers of...


    Union: Border agents fired on each other

    The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire, the head of the Border Patrol agents’ union said Sunday.

    A voter looks for his name on a list, which covers an election campaign sign of President Hugo Chavez, at a polling station during the presidential election in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday. President Hugo Chavez is running for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.

    Wait begins after huge turnout in Venezuela vote

    A huge voter turnout swamped polling sites across Venezuela on Sunday as a united, well-organized opposition candidate gave President Hugo Chavez the race of his life. Tensions rose in the bitterly divided country while an undetermined number of voting stations remained open after the official 6 p.m. closing time, with not a single result announced nearly three hours later.

    In this Sept. 5, 2012 file photo, Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks during a campaign event at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel, Iowa. On Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, Ryan told supporters in President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois, their contributions will help Republicans define the “very clear choice” for voters in the final weeks before Election Day

    Ryan stumps in Rosemont

    Even though he was speaking in President Barack Obama’s home state, Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan told supporters in a Rosemont that their backing is critical in the campaign’s final weeks. During his fundraiser Sunday at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ryan accused the president of distorting Mitt Romney’s record and trying to “muddle and confuse” voters.

    Stations like this CTA Red Line near State and Washington may see some changes as the Federal Transit Administration looks to implement federal safety standards for the first time.

    Feds looking at subway safety standards

    Federal officials have begun drafting safety standards for the nation’s subway and light-rail systems, three years after a deadly crash on a line operated by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority exposed vast gaps in oversight of trains that transport millions of people a day. “It’s important that nationally we all play by the same rules,” said Richard Sarles, general manager of the...


    Arrest made in slaying of local Bears fan in Jacksonville

    Authorities say they plan to release details Monday regarding the arrest of a suspect accused of fatally stabbing a Lake Villa Township man who was in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend to watch the Bears play.

    The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The rocket is carrying supplies to the International Space Station.

    SpaceX Dragon capsule launched to space station

    A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit Sunday in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with NASA.The Dragon capsule by the California-based SpaceX company, carried 1,000 pounds of key science experiments and other precious gear. There was also a personal touch: chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream tucked in a freezer for the three...


    Schakowsky, Wolfe spar over health care

    The candidates for the 9th Congressional District race talked about jobs, health care and even the future of Big Bird during a forum held Sunday at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, and her Republican challenger, Timothy Wolfe of Arlington Heights, shared their positions on many of the big topics that have been debated during this...


    New Oakton Jewish studies program recalls Kindertransport

    The Kindertransport saved nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from the Nazi threat. Learn about the extraordinary rescue operation during "Imagined and Guilty Identities: Remembering the Kindertransport," featuring Phyllis Lassner, professor with The Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies Writing Program and Gender Studies at Northwestern University.


    Dist. 79 to hold meeting on special education services

    Fremont School District 79 will host a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9, to discuss plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who live within the district but who attend private orparochial schools or are home-schooled.


    Incarcerated man wants to change guilty plea

    A 51-year-old man who was sentenced to three years in prison for stabbing his co-worker in a Batavia parking lot has changed his mind about his guilty plea. Calvin M. Hayes, of Chicago, pleaded guilty in September to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, but now wants a hearing to withdraw his plea and vacate his sentence.


    K-9 Rescue holiday party in Libertyville

    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue will host its annual holiday shopping party from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. r 4, at the Adler Park – Bob Davis Lodge (behind the pool), 1500 Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Doors open at noon to 1 p.m. for early-bird shoppers for a $5 donation, and from 1 to 4 p.m. for everyone. There is no charge. Handmade and one-of-a-kind items will be available by local artisans.


    Oak restoration topic of talk in Highland Park

    Restoring Lake County’s oak woodlands to improve oak regeneration and bird habitat is the subject of a program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park.

    Kim McLaughlin plays an old fashioned game with her daughter Riley, 10, at Sunday’s Fall Festival and 35th anniversary of the Garfield Farm Living History Museum and working farm west of Geneva.

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    Harvest Days at Garfield Farm Museum 11:30a-4p at the 374-acre living history farm and inn museum to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the museum’s founding, 5 miles west of Geneva, off Route 38 on Garfield Road, in Campton Hills. (630) 584-8485.

    In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 photo, Wahidullah, 32, whose spine was pierced by a bullet during the civil war that left him crippled, poses for a photograph in front of Darul Aman Palace which was damaged during the civil war in Kabul, Afghanistan. Wahidullah was a teenager when he fought in west Kabul during the civil war.

    Afghan war enters 12th year
    Nobody wants a repeat of the bloody ethnic fighting that followed the Soviet exit from Afghanistan in the 1990s. Yet as the Afghan war began its 12th year on Sunday, fears loom that the country will again fracture along ethnic lines once international combat forces leave by the end of 2014. “Unfortunately in Afghanistan, we do not have any political unity,” said Gen. Sayed Hussain Anwari, a...

    Runners leave the starting line during the 2012 Chicago Marathon Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

    Images: Chicago Marathon
    Cool weather helped elite runners break records as they were joined by a record high 38,535 running in the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday morning. Tsegaye Kebede, of Ethiopia, crossed the finish line at Grant Park in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds. That shattered the previous record set last year by Kenya’s Moses Mosop of 2:05:37.


    Libya parliament votes to remove PM

    Libya’s parliament on Sunday passed a no-confidence vote in the newly elected prime minister, removing him from his post, in the latest blow to stability in the war-ravaged country. Mustafa Abushagur was Libya’s first elected prime minister after last year’s overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi that ended eight months of civil war.

    Israeli Army vehicles and helicopters are seen in an open area as they search for the remains of a drone in the Negev southern Israel, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. 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 fly mock raids over south Lebanon

    Israeli warplanes swooped low over Lebanese villages Sunday in a menacing show of force apparently aimed at the Hezbollah guerrilla group after a mysterious raid by an unmanned aircraft that was shot out of Israeli skies over the weekend. Israel was still investigating Saturday’s incident, but Hezbollah quickly emerged as the leading suspect because it has an arsenal of sophisticated Iranian...

    South Korean mock missiles are silhouetted at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. South Korea said the U.S. has agreed to allow it to develop longer-range missiles that could strike all of North Korea.

    S. Korea to have longer-range missiles under US pact
    South Korea will be able to possess longer-range missiles capable of hitting all of North Korea under a new agreement with the United States that is likely to draw an angry response from the North. Under a previous 2001 accord with Washington, South Korea had been barred from deploying ballistic missiles with a range of more than 186 miles and a payload of more than 1,100 pounds because of...

    Women check the list of candidates before voting in municipal elections in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. Voters across Latin America’s biggest country are electing mayors and municipal council members.

    Brazilians voting in ‘Clean Record’ elections
    Brazil’s nationwide municipal elections Sunday may be most notable for who won’t be taking office. The “Clean Record,” good-governance law bars people convicted of a wide range of crimes from serving in political office and this is the first full nationwide election held under the measure since it was upheld by the supreme court. “It’s a radical change of culture, vision and moral compass,” said...

    Employee Leslie Thomas of Elgin says his work with the program has opened his eyes to how many seniors live, and he gets satisfaction from the connections he makes.

    Golden Diners program gets boost with Elgin partnership

    When Salvation Army Major Ken Nicolai had to consider starting a waiting list for seniors interested in daily hot meals from the Golden Diners program, he decided a program overhaul was a better option. The Salvation Army Golden Diners Program now cooks its own meals out of a central kitchen at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, saving $200,000 per year, allowing it to serve more seniors in...


    Chicago to funnel unused NATO funds to parks

    Millions of leftover dollars from the spring’s NATO summit in Chicago will go toward improving the city’s parks, constructing boathouses along the Chicago River and other recreational projects.

    In this 2004 photograph of some Max Achium hockey players, founder Dick Glassford reclines at center ice.

    Oldest old-timer for decades, Downers Grove hockey player retires at 81

    Hockey is a young man's game and takes its toll on aging bodies. In the oldtimers hockey league in Carol Stream and Downers Grove, Dick Glassford has been the oldest player for the last three decades. Now, at age 81, Glassford is finally hanging up his skates.


    Car bomb explodes near police headquarters in Damascus

    A Syrian government official says a car bomb has exploded near police headquarters in central Damascus. It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties or damage from the explosion. Syrian TV described the blast as a “terrorist” attack.

    This is a Turkish military station at the border gate with Syria, across from Syrian rebel-controlled Tel Abyad town, in Akcakale, Turkey.

    Turkey exchanges more fire with Syria

    Turkey’s military on Sunday fired artillery on targets inside Syria for a fifth consecutive day, immediately responding to a Syrian shell that landed on Turkish soil. The exchange kept tensions along the volatile border running high and stoked fears of a regional conflagration.

    An Iranian man tries to sell carpets Sunday at the main entrance of the Tehran’s old main bazaar in downtown Tehran. Iran’s parliament on Sunday abandoned its planned impeachment of a cabinet minister over the free-fall of the country’s currency, opting instead to look for more effective economic measures, like cutting spending.

    Iranian rulers eye currency mess from protected perch

    The top end of Iran’s economy remains fully in the hands of the Revolutionary Guard and its networks, which span from oil to aerospace. And the lifeblood for the ruling clerics and the Guard still comes from Iran’s oil exports that — on paper at least — bring in tens of millions of dollars a day to buffer against the blows hitting the rest of the country: a tanking currency, skyrocketing prices...

    The sale of Thomson prison could bring up to 1,600 inmates and just as many jobs to struggling Thomson, where fewer than 600 people reside. The prison was built in the 1990s but never fully opened due to state budget shortfalls.

    Thomson eager to push forward after prison sale

    Residents of a small northwest Illinois village say they’re eager for economic opportunities after the sale of a prison to the federal government. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons will pay $165 million for the facility and convert it into a maximum security prison estimated to generate about $200 million annually in economic activity.


    France boosts security at religious sites

    France is boosting security at Jewish and other religious sites after blanks were fired at a synagogue west of Paris amid renewed concerns about anti-Semitism around the country.

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino III makes an announcement on national television Sunday at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila. Aquino said Sunday that his government has reached a preliminary peace agreement with the nation’s largest Muslim rebel group.

    Philippines, Muslim rebels forge peace pact

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino III announced Sunday that his government has reached a preliminary peace deal with the nation’s largest Muslim rebel group in a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long insurgency.

    A voter inks her thumb during the presidential election Sunday at a polling station in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela. President Hugo Chavez is running for re-election against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles.

    Venezuela vote a critical test for divided nation

    President Hugo Chavez’s crusade to transform Venezuela into a socialist state, which has bitterly divided the nation, was put to the stiffest electoral test of his nearly 14 years in power on Sunday in a closely fought presidential election. If Chavez wins a new six-year term, he gets a free hand to push for an even bigger state role in the economy, further limit dissent and continue to befriend...

    A giant Russian President Vladimir Putin billboard reading “Good that you came. Happy Birthday” hangs on a building in downtown Moscow early Sunday.

    Russia celebrates Putin’s 60th birthday with fanfare

    Kremlin officials like to insist Russian President Vladimir Putin does not care for big birthday bashes and that he will be spending his 60th on Sunday quietly celebrating with close friends and family in his home city, St. Petersburg. However, the president’s supporters don’t appear to have received the memo.

    Olgita Blackwood watches her daughter, Malaysia, 7, while waiting for her son to return from school at their apartment in the Drew House in New York.

    Arrested N.Y. moms stay with kids, don’t go to jail

    Drew House allows mothers to live with their children in a private New York apartment instead of prison while they serve out court mandates. It’s apparently the only program like it in the country — and has been lauded as a successful, more supportive and cheaper alternative to prison.

    James Bedell

    Ex-Naperville police commander resigns amid downstate investigation

    The police chief in Edwardsville has resigned, and city officials said federal agents have subpoenaed department documents as part of their investigation. Police Chief James Bedell had been with the department since 2007, when he transferred from Naperville.


    Family relieved at bomb plot arrest

    Relatives of an Elk Grove Village native who authorities say wanted to destroy several Oklahoma churches say they're relieved he was arrested.


    Tuesday last day to register to vote

    Tuesday is the last day to register in Illinois to vote in time for the November general election. Cook County Clerk David Orr says his office is "seeing a surge in registrations," and he hopes it will continue.

    Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky likely will be sent to prison for life when a judge sentences him Tuesday for child sex abuse.

    What Jerry Sandusky can expect in prison

    Jerry Sandusky will walk into state prison with little more than a watch and wedding band. He'll be able to work a 30-hour week to make a few dollars. He'll be able to watch Penn State football, but not violent movies. If the former Penn State defensive coach is sentenced Tuesday to a long state prison term, he will find himself far removed from the comfortable suburban life he once led, placed...

    Joe Lundvick, left, chief operating officer of Perfection Global in Elk Grove Village, took photos with Team USA fans during the 39th annual Ryder Cup last weekend at Medinah Country Club.

    Fans basking in Ryder Cup afterglow

    It's been a week now and still fans are comparing pictures, sharing stories, and showing off souvenirs from the 39th annual Ryder Cup that came to Medinah County Club.Few people can put their finger on the one thing that made the golf tournament so special, but many agree it was the experience of a lifetime.

    Lisa Freeman and her husband, Gary, and her son, Matthew, and in Meridian, Miss. where Matthew finished his jet training. Matthew Freeman excelled at everything he set his mind to. Eagle Scout, honor roll, student council president. So no one was surprised when he won an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, following in his father’s footsteps.

    Mother mourns ‘grim milestone’ in longest US war

    Lisa Freeman was cradling her 6-day-old grandson in her left arm and watching the news on her iPad while her daughter and son-in-law caught some much-needed sleep. The retired teacher was taking notes with her free hand when she heard the news: The nation had suffered its 2,000th casualty in the Afghan war. As the announcer droned on, all Freeman could do was shake her head and stare at little...

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama speak during their first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Colo. In a September Pew Research Center poll 48 percent of registered voters said Obama was more ‘honest and truthful,’ to 34 percent who felt Romney was. And a CBS News/New York Times survey earlier in September asked separately whether each candidate was honest and trustworthy: 58 percent of likely voters described Obama that way while 53 percent said that of Romney.

    SPIN METER: An improbable reach for the high road

    Suddenly it's all about honesty. Seriously? President Barack Obama, who's been peddling a nonexistent peace dividend for a year, and Mitt Romney, who's misrepresented "Obamacare" at every turn, are after each other for not being straight with the people. To the left and to the right, people who live in glass houses are throwing stones.

    University of Texas at Austin senior Kristin Thompson on the campus in Austin, Texas. Although the University of Texas is one of the most diverse in the country, Thompson says sheís one of just two black female civil engineers in her class, despite aggressive recruiting. She’s found her community outside class, but her academic experience has been lonely. “At UT we talk about what starts here changes the world, but I think we’re doing a disservice to students by not preparing them for a world that doesn’t have these demographics,” she said.

    ”Critical mass” key to affirmative action case

    As the Supreme Court revisits the use of race in college admissions in October 2012, critics of affirmative action are hopeful the justices are poised to roll back the practice. A new report out Wednesday offers a big reason for their optimism: evidence the nine states where leading public universities don't use affirmative action have succeeded in bringing diversity to their campuses through...

    After two years of trying, Bensenville’s Skylar Dolecki says she finally was able to capture a picture of a hummingbird. “This little ruby-throated hummingbird was flying around the zinnias at the Chicago Botanical Garden,” she says.

    This week’s contest entries have a high-flying theme
    Each week’s DuPage County Neighbor section includes at least one entry in our Photo Finish contest. Our photo staff picks some of their favorite submissions to run each week and then one overall monthly winner. This week’s entries have a distinct birdie theme — both the kinds that fly and the kinds that golfers hope for.


    Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, top, catches a pass for a 10-yard touchdown as he is tackled in the end zone by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis, left, during the second half, Sunday, in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Images: Bears vs. Jaguars
    The Chicago Bears visited EverBank Field and the Jacksonville Jaguars in week five on Sunday. The Bears won the game 41-3 over the Jaguars.


    Could this Bears team silence echoes of ’85?

    After Notre Dame awakened some echoes in Soldier Field over the weekend, the Bears awakened a few of their own down in Jacksonville.

    Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, center, celebrates with teammates defensive tackle Henry Melton (69) and strong safety Major Wright (21) after intercepting a pass and scoring a 36-yard touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Tillman’s thievery an art form

    Neither of Charles Tillman’s touchdown returns after his interceptions the past two weeks have been especially difficult — at least for him. But he said Sunday’s 36-yard return that made him the highest scoring defensive player in Bears history was easier than six days earlier when he picked off Tony Romo and went 25 yards for a score.

    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman intercepts a Jacksonville Jaguars pass before running it back for a 36-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Bears’ tenacious D does it again

    Maybe this Bears offense needs the defense to get it rolling. For the second straight game an interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Charles Tillman jump-started a sluggish offense and provided the turning point in a 41-3 victory over Jacksonville that was close for a while but turned into a rout.

    Boston Celtics’ Nate Robinson goes to the basket against Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, in Miami.

    Bulls’ Robinson says he’s mellowing out

    New Bulls point guard Nate Robinson is small (5-feet-9), offensive-minded and carries a loud personality. So it’s easy to think that maybe he’s not a coach Tom Thibodeau's type of guy. Not true.

    Bears head coach Lovie Smith watches play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. Chicago won 41-3.

    Jaguars fall right into a Bear trap

    The Bears had all the excuses in the world to lose a trap game Sunday, but they did enough to get by on offense and the defense showed up in the second half and won the game in a big way.


    49ers set franchise yards record, beat Bills 45-3

    SAN FRANCISCO — Alex Smith threw for a season-high 303 yards and three touchdowns, Frank Gore ran for 106 yards and a score, and the San Francisco 49ers amassed a franchise-record 621 yards in blowing by the Buffalo Bills 45-3 on Sunday.Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis each eclipsed 100 yards receiving to back Smith, who threw TD passes of 43, 28 and 10 yards and surpassed 300 yards passing for only the third time in his career.Rian Lindell kicked a 31-yard field goal in the first quarter before San Francisco scored the final 42 points to hand Buffalo (2-3) its second straight embarrassing loss.Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 126 yards and an interception, and the Bills rushed for only 89 yards, most with the game well out of hand once again.


    Patriots beat Broncos 31-21

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady won his latest showdown with Peyton Manning with the help of a career-high 151 yards rushing from Stevan Ridley and the New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos 31-21 on Sunday.In the 13th meeting between the star quarterbacks, and first since Manning left the Indianapolis Colts, Brady directed four scoring marches of at least 80 yards and the Patriots rushed for 252 yards.Brady improved to 9-4 against Manning, He completed 23 of 31 passes for 223 yards and one touchdown and ran for another. Manning was 31 of 44 for 345 yards and three touchdowns but lost a fumble on a third-quarter sack. The fumble led to Ridley’s 8-yard run that put the Patriots (3-2) ahead 31-7 with about five minutes left in the third quarter.Manning then threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Eric Decker and 5 yards to Brandon Stokley but Denver (2-3) lost a fumble with 3:42 remaining.


    Vikings trounce Titans, improve to 4-1

    MINNEAPOLIS — Percy Harvin pounded his way through Tennessee’s defense for one touchdown rushing and another receiving in helping the Minnesota Vikings to a 30-7 victory over the Titans on Sunday.Harvin caught eight passes for 108 yards for the Vikings (4-1), who have given up a combined 33 points in winning three straight games. Christian Ponder threw his first two interceptions after 143 attempts without one, but he still finished 25 for 35 for 258 yards and two scores against the reeling Titans (1-4).Matt Hasselbeck, starting in place of the injured Jake Locker, went 26 for 43 for 200 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Most of those gains came near the end with the outcome no longer in doubt.

    Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, center, celebrates with teammates Henry Melton and Major Wright after intercepting a pass and scoring a 36-yard touchdown in Sunday’s second half.

    Bears win big in Jacksonville

    Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs returned interceptions for touchdowns — their second in six days — and the Bears used stifling defense to overwhelm the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-3 Sunday. The Bears (4-1) scored 38 unanswered points, including 35 in the second half, to win their third consecutive game. The streak has everything to do with defense.


    Seahawks top Panthers 16-12

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Russell Wilson threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 35 seconds left in the third quarter to help the Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers 16-12 on Sunday.Wilson shook off two third quarter interceptions — including one that was returned for a touchdown — and outperformed Cam Newton on a struggle-filled day for the Carolina offense.Wilson threw for 221 yards, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 85 yards for the Seahawks (3-2). Newton threw for 141 yards on 12-for-29 passing, while the Panthers managed just 190 total yards. Their only touchdown came on Captain Munnerlyn’s 33-yard interception return early in the third quarter.Carolina started the season with plenty of optimism with the return of Newton to lead a high-scoring offense, but the Panthers (1-4) struggled against the tough Seahawks defense all afternoon.

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen, right, and catcher Kurt Suzuki celebrate their 3-2 win Sunday over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of baseball’s National League division series.

    Nationals win first playoff game in team history

    Pinch hitter Tyler Moore blooped a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals won in their postseason debut, beating the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in 3-2 Sunday in an NL playoff opener.


    Top American finisher comes in 9th

    Dathan Ritzenhein knows a good race when he see one. His performance at Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon certainly fits in that category. Ritzenhein was the top U.S. finisher with a ninth-place finish in 2:07:47, more than two minutes faster than his personal best set in the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon on Jan. 14, 2012, when he finished fourth in 2:09:55.

    Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia celebrates winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday.

    Kebede wins Chicago Marathon in course record

    Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia set a course record in winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning. Kebede pulled away late and crossed the line in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds. The women’s race was also a thriller, with Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia edging Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo by about a step.

    Matt Kenseth stands on his car in victory lane Sunday after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.

    Kenseth wins at Talladega

    Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth won Sunday at Talladega Superpeedway, where a last-lap crash turned defending NASCAR champion Tony Stewart upside down.

    Colts quarterback Andrew Luck dives for a first down as he is tackled by Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward during the second half Sunday in Indianapolis.

    Luck rallies Indianapolis past Green Bay 30-27

    All Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne wanted to do was honor coach Chuck Pagano the best way they knew how — by winning. The two biggest playmakers on Indy’s offense teamed up in the second half, wiping out an 18-point halftime deficit and hooking up on a 4-yard TD pass with 35 seconds left that gave the Colts a stunning 30-27 victory over Green Bay.

    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson passes between Miami defensive linemen Darius Smith, left, and Anthony Chickillo during the first half Saturday at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

    Golson grows up for Notre Dame

    he poised play of Everett Golson has Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly pleased with the quarterback’s development heading toward a tough stretch of schedule. The sophomore quarterback was 17 of 22 for 186 yards and ran for another 51 in a 41-3 victory against Miami on Saturday.

    Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Roddy White during the second half Sunday against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md.

    Falcons go 5-0, knock RG3 out with concussion

    After the Atlanta Falcons knocked Robert Griffin III out of the game, Matt Ryan kept throwing and throwing and throwing until he finally scraped up enough points to give his team its first 5-0 start in franchise history.

    Runners start Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. One runner suffered cardiac arrest around the 21st mile.

    Runner suffers cardiac arrest during marathon

    Officials with the Chicago Marathon say one man suffered a cardiac arrest near the end of the race and nine others were also hospitalized.

    Detroit’s Omar Infante scores the winning run in the ninth inning Sunday on a sacrifice fly by teammate Don Kelly in Game 2 of their American League Division Series against Oakland in Detroit.

    Tigers take 2-0 lead in series with A’s

    Don Kelly scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, then hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Detroit Tigers over the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Sunday for a 2-0 lead in their AL playoff series.

    Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith tackles Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton after a short gain in the second half Sunday in Cincinnati.

    2 INTs help Dolphins beat Bengals 17-13

    Reshad Jones picked off Andy Dalton’s overthrown pass at midfield with 1:22 left on Sunday, preserving a 17-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that ended two weeks of miserable finishes for Miami.

    Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham boots 34-yard field goal to beat Philadelphia as time runs out Sunday in Pittsburgh.

    Suisham drills winner as Steelers top Eagles 16-14

    Shaun Suisham hit a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 16-14 victory over the Eagles on Sunday. The Eagles (3-2) took the lead on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Brent Celek with 6:33 remaining, but the Steelers responded by driving 64 yards to set up the winning kick, including a pair of key third-down conversions by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz catches a pass for a touchdown during the first half Sunday against the Cleveland Browns in East Rutherford, N.J.

    Giants rally to keep Browns winless, 41-27

    Victor Cruz danced behind the Cleveland Browns in the end zone, while Ahmad Bradshaw showed his best footwork all over the field. Cruz made a career-best three touchdown catches and Bradshaw surpassed his yardage on the ground for the season with a career-high 200 as the New York Giants kept Cleveland winless, 41-27 Sunday.

    Trainers assist Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel during the second half Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Ravens defeated the Chiefs 9-6.

    Tucker’s field goals lift Ravens over Chiefs, 9-6

    he Baltimore Ravens had relied on their offense through the first four games of the season. This time, their fearsome defense decided to show up. Justin Tucker made all three of his field goal attempts, and the Ravens kept the Kansas City Chiefs out of the end zone late to preserve a 9-6 victory Sunday.


    Grace wraps up 2-shot win at Dunhill Links

    Branden Grace won his fourth European Tour event of the season Sunday by shooting a 2-under 70 to protect his lead and win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots.


    Bears WR Bennett inactive for Jaguars game

    Chicago Bears receiver Earl Bennett will miss his second consecutive game because of a hand injury. Also inactive for the Bears: running back Kahlil Bell, fullback Evan Rodriguez, guard/center Edwin Williams, offensive lineman Chris Williams, defensive tackle Nate Collins and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu.

    Lance Armstrong crosses the finish line of the Rev3 Half Full Triathalon on Sunday in Ellicott City, Md. Armstrong joined other cancer survivors in the event that raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

    Armstrong competes in triathlon in Maryland

    Lance Armstrong competed in a triathlon Sunday after organizers dropped USA Triathlon sanctioning so he could take part in a race that raises money for cancer. Armstrong is banned from events that follow World Anti-Doping Agency rules after he chose not to fight USADA charges of doping.

    Last season Nick Leddy flashed his skills with the Chicago Blackhawks, but the NHL lockout means he'll be on the ice next weekend with the Rockford Icehogs when they come to Rosemont to play the Chicago Wolves.

    Hawks-Canucks rivalry alive and well in AHL

    The Chicago Wolves will open their season next weekend with games Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in Rosemont. And guess what? Both are against the Rockford IceHogs. Coincidence? Probably not. The geographical rival also features the Canucks against the Hawks.

    West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey leaps for a touchdown pass as Texas’ Carrington Byndom defends during the third quarter Saturday in Austin, Texas.

    No. 8 West Virginia edges No. 11 Texas, 48-45

    Geno Smith passed for four touchdowns, Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns and No. 8 West Virginia came away with another wild victory, this time taking down the 11th-ranked Longhorns 48-45 on Saturday night.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs wins Huntley tournament: With a 5-0 record, Jacobs notched first place at the Huntley Invitational. Alyssa Ehrhardt had 72 kills and 47 digs to go along with 15 aces to lead the Golden Eagles. Maris Smith added 36 kills and 38 digs, while Mackie Traub had 60 assists and 20 digs. Taylor Lauder added 83 assists and 25 digs, Kassie Kasper had 62 digs, Bridget Wallenberger added 19 kills, Jenna Bilgrien had 17 kills and Katie Mahoney and Rachel Arceneaux had 14 kills each. Jacobs (25-6) beat St. Edward, Johnsburg, Montini, Huntley and St. Ignatius to win the title.Huntley 4th: The host Red Raiders took fourth place at their own invite, beating Round Lake, Harlem and Belvidere and losing to Jacobs and Richmond-Burton. Erin Lyman (41 digs, 27 kills, 11 aces), Emily Westermeyer (40 kills, 20 digs), Rachel Shores (39 digs), Haley Vitacco (24 kills, 9 digs), Kelsey DeWulff (101 assists, 9 kills) and Elish Reagan (36 digs, 10 aces) led Huntley (10-15) in the tournament.St. Edward 2-3: The Green Wave beat Johnsburg and Harlem but lost to Jacobs, Montini and Joliet Central at the Huntley Invite. Rena Ranallo (31 kills, 21 digs), Katie Swanson (37 kills, 5 blocks, 5 aces, 23 digs), Cory Kelly (8 kills, 4 blocks), Shannon Igielski (15 kills, 5 aces), Casey Gredzieleski (82 assists, 6 aces), Allison Kruk (30 digs) and Ciara McDowell (19 digs) led St. Edward in the tournament.Streamwood goes 1-4: The Sabres beat Winnebago but lost to St. Ignatius, Marian Central, Johnsburg and Glenbard North at the Huntley tournament. Hannah McGlone and Brittany Kemp led Streamwood in the two-day event.At Schaumburg: Cary-Grove finished second at the Schaumburg tournament, beating Larkin, St. Charles North, East Peoria and Schaumburg before losing to Hononegah in the championship match. Alex Larsen (44 digs, 7 aces, 43 kills) and Mallory Wilczynski (16 blocks) led the Trojans (16-13).Larkin took third in the tournament, beating East Peoria, St. Charles North and Schaumburg but losing to Cary-Grove and Hononegah. Brianna Stewart (46 kills, 19 blocks, 27 digs), Olivia Kofie (39 kills, 7 blocks, 24 digs), Alyssa McGhee (64 assists, 10 digs), Anna Gaston (16 kills, 25 digs), Amelia Gill (7 kills, 27 digs, 8 aces), Natalie Gill (21 digs), Diana Castillo (23 assists, 7 digs) and Paige Grantham (10 blocks) led Larkin (17-14) for the tournament.Elgin Academy wins title: Brigitte Keslinke had 20 kills, 23 digs and 8 aces and Claire Fugiel added 14 kills, 22 digs and 17 aces as Elgin Academy defeated South Beloit, Harvest Christian’s JV and Faith Lutheran to win the Faith Lutheran tournament. In her first varsity appearance, Maggie Veltri added 5 kills, 8 digs and 42 assists for the Hilltoppers (12-11), while Alysson Wittmeyer had 18 kills and 8 aces.Westminster Christian d. Luther North: Cara Tyrell had 5 kills and 2 aces and Claire Speweik added 3 kills and 7 aces as Westminster (16-5, 6-1 won its homecoming match Friday night in Northeastern Athletic Conference action.


    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Springfield, Va. Eventually, the economic recovery will improve — whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is in the White House. That’s what many economic outlooks project. History is on their side. And the president — and the party — occupying the Oval Office in 2016 will reap the benefits. But first, Obama or Romney, together with Congress, will have to pull back from the universally unacceptable, politically created fiscal abyss facing the nation at year’s end.

    Economy recovery likely — benefiting election winner

    Eventually, the economic recovery will pick up steam — whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is in the White House. That’s what many economic outlooks project. And the president — and the party occupying the Oval Office — will reap some of the benefits. But first, Obama or Romney, together with Congress, will have to pull back from the widely deplored “fiscal cliff,” the politically created budget abyss facing the nation at year’s end.

    Trader Peter Tuchman, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. The financial reporting season begins Tuesday.

    Can stocks continue to rise as earnings fall?

    The financial reporting season begins Tuesday, when Alcoa announces third-quarter results. Brace yourself: For three months, stock prices have risen while, in seeming contradiction, Wall Street analysts have slashed estimates for earnings.

    A woman holds a banner reading “Without fighting, what would you get?” during a demonstration against austerity measures Sunday in Madrid, Spain.

    Anti-austerity protests grip 56 Spanish cities

    Tens of thousands of people marched in 56 Spanish cities Sunday to protest punishing austerity cuts they say will only increase unemployment and job insecurity in a country experiencing its second recession in three years and record high unemployment. Trade union leaders said the marches warned the government that tempers were rising and a general strike was brewing.

    The Associated Press talked with Judith Martin, aka “Miss Manners,” to give readers some pro tips to deal with the evolving etiquette of expressing sincere sentiments in an increasingly impersonal, digital world.

    Social media among threats to greeting card makers
    Say it's your birthday or you've just had a baby, maybe got engaged or bought your first house. If you're like many Americans, your friends are texting their congratulations, sending you an e-card or clicking "Like" on your Facebook wall. But how many will send a paper greeting card? Once a staple of birthdays and holidays, paper greeting cards are fewer and farther between — now seen as something special, instead of something that's required.

    Carpenter Nick Rossi, of Newton, Mass., a contractor who does home remodeling and renovations, uses a hammer while completing a door installation at a home in Watertown, Mass. Sales of previously occupied homes are up more than 9 percent this year, and spending on residential construction has risen 16 percent. People who track housing trends see signs that remodeling is on the rise, and that the improvement will continue. Some of the uptick is coming from new homeowners fixing up and some is coming from people who put off work during the recession.

    Remodeling resurgence boosts sales for contractors

    Glenn Bridges can tell that the market for home remodeling is picking up — when he’s hanging cabinets or laying a floor in a customer’s house, a next-door neighbor is bound to knock on the door and ask if he’s available for another project. They’ll look at his handiwork and then say, “we have something we’re interested in doing,” Bridges says. “It’s quite uplifting.” Many contractors are seeing business improve as home sales slowly recover and homeowners who had put off projects during the recession are feeling better about the economy.


    Work advice: Detail-oriented, yes; obsessive, no

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers. This week's question deals with how an employee should deal with a disrespectul email sent by a boss to a prospective client. The employee accidentally received the email and isn't sure if she should confront her boss.


    Vanguard move highlights little-known index costs

    Index mutual fund investors are a cost-conscious bunch. Rather than seek out managers with a good shot at beating the market, they parse tiny differences in fund expenses. Index funds are cheaper because no one is being paid to pick stocks. Every cent that doesn't end up in someone else's pocket counts, the thinking goes. If that's your mindset, you'll want to pay attention to an aspect of index fund expenses that's drawing greater scrutiny: fees that fund companies pay to license benchmark indexes.


    Career Coach: You should veto talking politics at work

    Talking politics can be awkward at times. It can be particularly tricky in the workplace, where such conversations can lead to conflicts among colleagues, getting them distracted from their duties and leading to major rifts among co-workers. This is even true for co-workers who are voting for the same candidates. They still might disagree about specific ballot issues.


    5 tips for dealing with looming cap gains tax hike

    The impending jump in capital gains taxes has prompted a flood of nervous calls to financial advisers in recent months. Less than three months remain until the maximum rate of 15 percent on long-term gains rises to 20 percent unless Congress extends the Bush-era tax cuts. The looming increase poses a tempting reason to sell now for anyone who's sitting on large unrealized gains in stocks, property or other assets. But pulling the trigger on a sale hastily could be a mistake.

    A receptionist takes a call at the front desk of the Sankara Nairobi hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. International hotel developers are planning nearly 40,000 new rooms across Africa in the coming years, the continent’s business travel is increasing, and Africa’s middle class will soon begin leisure travel en masse.

    Africa in the middle of a hotel building boom

    The rooftop pool at Nairobi’s newest high-rise hotel juts out over the edge so swimmers can peer through the glass bottom eight stories down. A new champagne bar sits nearby. IPads with detailed wine descriptions serve as menus. This is the face of new, high-end hotels in Africa. Nairobi has seen the construction of several upscale properties in recent years, as developers eye an increase in business travel to a continent with rising business prospects.

Life & Entertainment

    Northwest Metalcraft contributed the patio set for the backyard makeover.

    A new yard for Prospect family struck by fire

    The firepit is still Sharon Zeeck's favorite part of her new backyard, but her 4-year-old grandson, Vincent, might have thrown that over for the pond rippling with two small waterfalls. "He likes to throw rocks in the pond," said his grandmother. The Zeeck family of Prospect Heights won the backyard makeover through a Daily Herald contest.

    In this March 29, 1976 file photo, actress Louise Fletcher holds the Oscar for “Best Actress” which she won for her performance in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest” at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Fletcher says she's no longer able to watch the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” because the character she won an Oscar for, Nurse Ratched, is so cruel.

    Nurse Ratched actress can't stand 'Cuckoo's Nest'

    Louise Fletcher says she can't bear to watch "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" because the Nurse Ratched character she won an Oscar for is so cruel. "I find it too painful," said Fletcher, 78. "It comes with age. I can't watch movies that are inhumane."


    Good news even at age 42; husband disagrees

    Found out few weeks ago that I am pregnant at 42! Have one kid, almost 8, who is a complete joy. Husband has made quite clear he does not want this baby because it was not planned and he doesn't want to work forever. I am feeling like it is a miracle after four years of fertility treatments and finally giving up two years ago.

    In this April 14, 1939 file photo, painter and surrealist Frida Kahlo, who was the wife of noted Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, poses at her home in Mexico City. A full collection from Kahlo’s wardrobe will go on public display Nov. 22 in Mexico City after being locked for nearly 50 years in her armoires and dressers: jewelry, shoes and clothes that still carry the scent of the late artist’s perfume and cigarette smoke or stains from painting.

    Frida Kahlo, her real look, on display in Mexico

    The women on the cocktail circuit of the late 1930s were all curve-hugging dresses and gelled curls. Not Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo. She graced dinner parties and theaters from Paris to New York in ribbons, full skirts and loose peasant blouses embroidered with vividly colored flowers, and her uni-brow was a bold contrast to the pencil-line eyebrows of the time.

    Bobby Hogg recently passed away aged 92. Hogg was the last person fluent in the dialect once common to the Scottish seaside town of Cromarty, about 175 miles (280 kilometers) north of Edinburgh.

    Fisherman dies, taking Scottish dialect with him

    In a remote fishing town on the tip of Scotland’s Black Isle, the last native speaker of the Cromarty dialect has passed away, taking with him a little fragment of the English linguistic mosaic.

    R&B and pop star Dionne Warwick headlines North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville on Sunday, Oct. 7.

    Sunday picks: Dionne Warwick in Naperville

    Catch celebrated Grammy Award-winning star Dionne Warwick Sunday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville. If you're in the mood for a fest, check out the Bonner Country Fair at Bonner Heritage Farm in Lindenhurst. And don't forget that today's the last day for the St. Charles Scarecrow Festival. For a laugh, the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre presents “Do Not Push,” a show that combines clowning and comedy.

    This book cover image released by Quirk Books shows “Thomas Jefferson’s Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America,” by Thomas J. Craughwell.

    How Jefferson brought creme brulee to America

    And we thought we owed Julia Child a word of thanks for bringing creme brulee and champagne to American palates. According to author Thomas J. Craughwell's new book, it was Thomas Jefferson in the 1780s who was responsible for such then-exotic delights.

    This Oct. 31, 2010 image provided by Sue Subkow shows Andra Lew’s golden retriever, Kalani, dressed as a witch at the San Diego Golden Retriever Meetup Group’s Halloween Pooch Party in San Diego, Calif. As Halloween has grown in popularity across the country, real party animals have been a big part of it, experts say.

    Animals get wild at doggy Halloween parties

    As Halloween has grown in popularity across the country, pets haven't been left out. In 2010, 9 percent of dog owners surveyed by the American Pet Products Association said they bought a Halloween costume for their dog. PetSmart Inc., one of the largest pet costume retailers, won't divulge how many they sold last year, but dog and cat apparel buyer Reyna Jew said they more than doubled their assortment this year. The most popular costumes are bees and pumpkins.

    This Sept. 11, 2012 image released by Yfat Reiss Gendell shows Alicia Ybarbo, left, and Mary Ann Zoellner, two of four authors of “Sh*tty Mom,” posing with their book in New York. The latest in irreverent parenting books is part parody and part painful truth. It’s written by four very busy, often tired working moms looking to offer some overdue LOLs as counterpoint to today’s parenting-to-perfection mania.

    New book finds humor in worst mom moments

    The latest in irreverent parenting books, "Sh*tty Mom" is part parody and part painful truth. It's written by four very busy, often tired working moms looking to offer some overdue LOLs as counterpoint to today's parenting-to-perfection mania.


    You don’t want to stand out when traveling abroad

    With anti-Americanism flying higher than most aircraft and world economy at it’s lowest, international travelers dressing to the nines are asking to be the target of jokes or something more serious. There are ways to avoid not standing out in a crowd.

    This Oct. 25, 2010 file photo shows actor Colman Domingo attending a special screening of “For Colored Girls” at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Domingo can currently be seen in Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer” and he will be in Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s upcoming “Lincoln” in November with Daniel Day-Lewis. Not to mention the comedy “HairBrained” with Brendan Fraser. He also just directed two one-man stage shows.

    Who’s a busy boy? Actor-playwright Colman Domingo

    Colman Domingo is finishing a new play that he also stars in. That might be enough work for some. But not Colman Domingo. He can be seen in Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer," and next month he will be in Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner's "Lincoln" with Daniel Day-Lewis. There's also the comedy "HairBrained" with Brendan Fraser. And he just directed two one-man stage shows.

    A bag sewn by Ellen Baker in a Ladybug print fabric she designed for the Japanese company, Kokka, is now in quilt shops in January 2013. Baker used a brown paper bag as a template for this design. She is the author of the book, “1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects.”

    Lunch sacks with DIY character

    A desire to recycle, save money and add that personal, imaginative touch is what entices many crafty people to create what easily can be bought. This time of year, that includes crafting a lunch sack so the simple lunch sack is being reinvented with zippers, snaps or flaps.

    The ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” are shown on display during a media tour of the “America’s Smithsonian” exhibition in Kansas City, Mo. The ruby slippers are leaving the U.S. on their first international journey to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Smithsonian to lend Dorothy’s ruby slippers to UK

    Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are leaving Washington on their first international journey to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Visit the historic Clarke House on Family Day, Saturday, Oct. 13.

    On the road: A glimpse of old Chicago

    Discover the sights, sounds, and scents of Chicago in the 1850s at Clarke House Museum. Converse with costumed interpreters at the city of Chicago's landmark house museum and try hands-on activities including candle dipping, butter making and constructing your own period political rosette. All things German takes over the Athenaeum a main attraction in Indianapolis during Germanfest on Saturday, Oct. 13.


    Covering dirt floor will reduce mustiness

    Q.We have an old home with a dirt basement and stone foundation. For energy efficiency, we had the foundation walls spray-foamed, including foaming over the little windows. Now, of course, there is no ventilation, so we have constant moisture and mugginess.

    Actors portray zombies at an attraction based on the AMC show “The Walking Dead” at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, Fla.

    Halloween attractions more than a fright night

    Too old to trick-or-treat? Busy the night of Oct. 31? That’s OK, because Halloween has become a seasonal holiday, with attractions and activities for all ages from late September through early November. Many cities now have local haunted house attractions, community zombie walks and ghost tours. Amusement parks like Six Flags Great America, Disney and Universal revamp for the month of October with faux graveyards, haunted trails and actors dressed like freaks.

    Custom shower stalls can include multiple showerheads and body sprays, so not only can the construction of the stall be a little tricky, the plumbing can be complicated as well.

    Work with a professional to create a custom shower

    Q. I'm getting ready for a bathroom remodel that will include a custom shower stall with body sprays on the shower wall. Can you please give me some additional advice on installing a custom shower stall?

    A variety of fall picks and sprays was chosen for this mantel.

    Hunting scenes are ideal for fall mantel makeovers

    Maybe I should have been born in England a few centuries ago because I just love, love, love British hunting imagery and always look for ways to weave it into my interior designs. A richly layered mantel can succeed in celebrating fall while also imparting the thrill of the hunt.

    FILE — In this Sept. 26, 2010 file photo, Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain is driven past the 541 foot tall ìSingapore Flyerî Ferris wheel during the driverí parade prior to the start of the Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore. The proposed New York Wheel in the Staten Island borough of New York is planned to be 625 feet tall, and expected to open by the end of 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

    NYC to round out skyline with Ferris wheel

    The Big Apple is getting another "biggest": the world's tallest Ferris wheel, part of an ambitious plan to draw New Yorkers and tourists alike to the city's so-called "forgotten borough." The 625-foot-tall, $230 million New York Wheel is to grace a spot in Staten Island overlooking the 305-foot-tall Statue of Liberty and the downtown Manhattan skyline


    A do-it-yourself energy audit

    Q. I don't have a huge budget to work with, but I would like to make my house more energy efficient. Instead of spending some of it on a professional energy audit, how can I do an energy audit myself?


    Autumn safety checks for your auto

    Car safety might feel like a no-brainer all year round, but as another class of student drivers gets behind the wheel, maybe we all could benefit from a quick refresher course. First and foremost, whether you're dropping your kindergartner off in the morning or begrudgingly handing the keys over to your high schooler, it's best to make sure your vehicle is in good working order and to remind yourself of safe driving habits.


    Owner cannot turn off tenant’s utilities during eviction process

    Q. We have a tenant in our house who has broken the lease by having a pet, not paying rent and not moving out despite an expired lease. Though she is not paying rent, we are paying her utility bills as per the lease. Can we shut off her utilities?

    A view of the living room from the front of the Washington home of Catherine and Nick Swezey shows the staircase to the new second story. Zebra-patterned armchairs and an ottoman made of woven banana leaves, purchased on a trip to Bali, add exotic touches to the otherwise traditional decor of the space. Illustrates PREFAB (category l), by Deborah K. Dietsch, special to T. Moved Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by.)

    Modular construction expands houses in a day

    Nick and Catherine Swezey recently watched a crane lift the three sections of a new second story into place over their existing house. This type of construction, made off-site and transported to a property, is still a rare sight in most neighborhoods. Called modular, manufactured or systems-built, it accounts for only about 1 or 2 percent of the national residential and commercial construction markets.



    Editorial: A word about our political endorsements

    A Daily Herald editorial argues that a newspaper's obligation to endorse is similar to a citizen's obligation to vote.


    Romney’s trifecta

    Columnist George Will: Before Denver, Obama's campaign was a protracted exercise in excuse abuse, and the promise that he will stay on the statist course he doggedly defends despite evidence of its futility. After Denver, Romney's campaign should advertise that promise.


    ‘Big business’ as troubling as big government
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Many people these days choose to see "big government" as the source of all ills while remaining comfortably blind to the damage caused by "big business" to the environment, to society and individuals.


    ‘Free cellphones’ notion misinformed
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: James Wagner of Barrington's recent letter to the editor about President Obama giving free cellphones to the poor is simply factually incorrect.


    Foreign policy failures adding up
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: We were told that Obama's new smart diplomacy was going to cause the world to live in harmony after his inauguration. How is that all working out for us now?


    ‘Going forward’ should include God
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: A society that does not have a firm foundation in faith, that does not recognize a higher power guiding us, that gives way to the notion that we will be guided solely by the "wants" of the day and that one person knows more what's best for our future, will most certainly find itself on a ruinous path.


    No logic to teacher evaluations
    An Inverness letter to the editor: How can one be evaluated by someone who knows nothing of the subject? Why not be evaluated by a supervisor of that particular subject?


    Press shows bias in Romney tax flap
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Several weeks ago, Sen. Harry Reid, majority leader, stood in the well of the Senate chamber and claimed that a secret source whose name he was not free to reveal had told him with certainty that Gov. Mitt Romney had paid no taxes for the past 10 years.


    Federal government is hardly evil
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Before you cast your vote this fall, pause to think how many ways the federal government has provided services where the private sector has failed or cannot meet the demands of a modern society. Then vote for those electorates who will strengthen the central government, not destroy it.


    Enough with lies about Obama’s background
    A South Elgin letter to the editor:There is no longer any excuse for false accusations about President Obama's background and experience. People who are interested don't even have to read the two books he has written or the biography of his mother, "A Singular Woman." You can read articles about his mother, Ann Dunham, and his grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, on Wikipedia.


    Obama short on leadership, compromise
    An Elgin letter to the editor: President Obama has sadly been a complete failure, so much so that he now says that compromise can't be reached inside Washington. President Clinton, the Democrat, got entitlement reform and balanced the budget with a Republican majority in both houses. It's called leadership and compromise.


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