Daily Archive : Thursday October 11, 2012



    Danada festival showcases equestrian center

    Don’t be fooled by the name — the Danada Fall Festival is a hoofed-filled celebration at the Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton. Festivities run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14. The festival offers explanations of horse care and grooming, hayrides and demonstrations by local riders and groups, including the Danada volunteer musical horseback drill team. “It’s a day in the country, and we’ve...

    Deborah Allan, left, and Jeffrey Meyer

    Kane Dist. 17 candidates talk board transparency

    The candidates seeking a seat on the Kane County Board in District 17 have different views on ways to encourage transparency on the county board. While challenger Jeffrey Meyer says the county should hold its meetings at night to encourage more public participation, incumbent Deborah Allan would rather reach a broader audience by televising the committee meetings.

    Campanelli Elementary School kindergartners in Angela Kuo’s Chinese immersion class show Chinese language learning cards Thursday to Joe Zhao, deputy division chief with the Bureau of Science and Technology of Guangzhou Municipality as he and other government visitors from Guangzhou, China visit the Schaumburg school.

    Schaumburg school welcomes Chinese visitors

    A delegation of city officials from Guangzhao, China visited the Mandarin language immersion program at Schaumburg’s Campanelli School Thursday as part of a four-day tour of the village. The six visitors are taking part in an exchange program that includes an intensive view of a suburban community.

    Audience members listen during a general election forum at Elgin High School on Thursday night.

    State hopefuls debate education at U-46 forum

    Pension reform, teacher evaluations and unions were among the topics candidates during an election forum at Elgin High School. The 22nd District race features incumbent Democrat Michael Noland of Elgin and challenger Cary Collins, a Republican from Hoffman Estates. Fred Crespo, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates and incumbent in the 44th District race, took on Republican challenger Ramiro Juarez of...

    Margaret and Wesley Martin of Palatine celebrate getting their $3.75 million check from the Illinois Lottery on Thursday with employees at Meijer in Rolling Meadows.

    Palatine couple wins $3.7 million Lotto from ticket bought at Meijer

    Wesley and Margaret Martin say their life won't change much, even though their bank account just went through the roof. The Palatine couple, both disabled, were awarded $3.75 million on Thursday from the Illinois Lottery. “If we both have to end up in a nursing home, this will help,” Wesley said. “It’s just going to help us live a more comfortable life.”

    Families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death will hear their babies' name read and receive a white rose during a memorial ceremony at A Walk to Remember.

    Walk to Remember honors babies lost too soon

    Every expectant parent longs for The Moment — the instant the nurse nestles your tiny newborn into your waiting arms. But that tender hello is also a devastating goodbye for parents who experience pregnancy loss or infant death. They pack a lifetime of love and emotion into a matter of minutes or hours. They bury their baby and then must figure out how to go on. Saturday's A Walk to...

    Democrat Deb Conroy, left, opposes Republican Dan Kordik in the 46th State House District in the Nov. 6 general election.

    Sex offender ad ‘total fabrication,’ candidate says

    Democrat Deb Conroy is running TV commercials and sending out mailers suggesting her Republican opponent Dan Kordik believes schools shouldn’t be required to check if potential employees are child sex offenders. Kordik says the ads aren’t only a stretch, but a fabrication. The candidates are running to represent the 46th House District.


    More Illinois River sediment on its way to Chicago

    Ninety thousand tons of Illinois River sediment is on the way to Chicago for the creation of a new park. Sediment is slowly choking the river. Fourteen million tons a year fills shipping channels and ruins habitat. So environmentalists thought of dredging up some of the sediment and shipping it to places where it can be used in construction.

    Drew Peterson

    Drew Peterson pays respects to late mother

    Convicted murder Drew Peterson was allowed to attend a private visitation Thursday at a suburban funeral home for his 84-year-old mother, who died earlier this week.

    Northern Illinois University President John Peters announced Thursday that he will step down from his post, effective June 30, 2013.

    NIU’s Peters stepping down after 13 years

    Longtime Northern Illinois University President John Peters is stepping down at the end of the school year. The 67-year-old Peters' retirement comes after 13 years at the helm of the DeKalb-based university. Peters will be remembered for the growth of the college during his tenure as well as his leadership in the wake of a deadly shooting rampage on Feb. 14, 2008.

    Fire truck ladders are used to hoist an American flag along the route of last year’s Silent Parade, honoring fallen firefighters and victims of fire. This year’s event includes representatives from 30 departments and begins at 7 p.m. Friday, running along Maple Avenue from Hinsdale to Lisle.

    DuPage County firefighters gathering for Silent Parade

    Once a year, red lights flashing in the night don’t necessarily mean danger. There’s no fire. Nobody’s dying. Instead it’s a time for area firefighters to gather in a Silent Parade to honor and remember fallen comrades and other victims of fire. This year’s procession will feature representatives from as many as 30 area departments. It begins at 7 p.m. Friday and...

    Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin participate in the vice presidential debate at Centre College on Thursday in Danville, Ky.

    VP Debate: Biden, Ryan at each other on everything

    At odds early and often, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled debate.


    Dist. 15 to tackle postponed capital projects

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 officials in recent years have been kicking most capital projects down the road, waiting until the district found firmer financial footing. Now, officials say, it’s time to play catch up.

    Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, shown on Aug. 22, has stepped down. His replacement is Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

    Chicago schools boss quits

    Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard stepped down Thursday after a little more than a year in the post, a spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. Brizard’s departure comes weeks after the school district endured its first strike by teachers in 25 years.


    Man in critical condition after head-on Bartlett crash

    A man remains in critical condition after a head-on crash Thursday morning in Bartlett. Police say a van driver swerved in to oncoming traffic to avoid hitting vehicles that had stopped or slowed in front of him.

    Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan of Wisconsin face off during the vice presidential debate at Centre College Thursday in Danville, Ky.

    Fact check: Slips on Libya, Syria, auto bailout

    Vice President Joe Biden has mangled a heaping helping of facts over the years. Despite being newer to presidential-campaign politics, Republican Paul Ryan has already earned something of a reputation for taking flying leaps past reality. How’d they do Thursday night?

    Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and wife Janna Ryan talk to Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, after the vice presidential debate Thursday.

    War zones, body language off-camera at debates

    Most voters watching the debate from home didn’t get to see what happened before and after Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan went on stage Thursday. Even then, some exchanges were lost in broadcast. Here’s what those voters missed.

    Jennifer Curtis

    Palatine woman accused of stealing $200K from grandmother

    A Palatine woman has been charged with stealing more than $200,000 from her grandmother. Jennifer Curtis, 43, was arrested Wednesday. Bail was set at $100,000.

    President Barack Obama does the sign of “The U” as he arrives a campaign event at the University of Miami Thursday in Coral Gables, Fla.

    In Miami, Obama plays odd role: Warm-up act

    For one day of the campaign, at least, President Barack Obama was just the warm-up act.

    Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is flanked by House Speaker John Boehner, left, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee before speaking Thursday at a campaign rally in Asheville, N.C.

    Mitt Romney meets with Rev. Billy Graham

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney met Thursday with Rev. Billy Graham, and the aging evangelist pledged to do “all I can” to help the GOP nominee win the presidency.

    Turkish state-run television TRT reported Thursday that a Syrian passenger plane intercepted by Turkey’s air force was carrying military communications equipment, as Damascus branded the incident piracy amid growing tensions between the two countries.

    Turkey: Syrian plane was carrying ammunition

    Escalating tensions with Russia, Turkey defended its forced landing of a Syrian passenger jet en route from Moscow to Damascus, saying Thursday it was carrying Russian ammunition and military equipment destined for the Syrian Defense Ministry.

    Two men stand guard outside the entrance to Ameridose LLC in Westborough, Mass., a separate pharmaceutical firm with common ownership of New England Compounding Center, the source of steroid shots suspected in the outbreak of rare fungal meningitis.

    CDC: Meningitis outbreak growing, 14 people dead

    Federal health officials have tracked down 12,000 of the roughly 14,000 people who may have received contaminated steroid shots in the nation’s growing meningitis outbreak, warning Thursday that patients will need to keep watch for symptoms of the deadly infection for months.

    A customer places first class stamps on envelopes at a U.S. Post Office in San Jose, Calif. The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service will raise postage rates on Jan. 27.

    Mailing a letter to cost a penny more next year

    The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service said Thursday that it will raise postage rates on Jan. 27, including a 1-cent increase in the cost of first-class mail to 46 cents.

    Dogo Ndiaye strokes ram Papis General as competitors await the judges’ final decisions, in a regional final of the Khar Bii competition in Dakar, Senegal. The nation is conducting an American Idol-style nationwide televised search for the most perfect specimen.

    Senegal reality TV show features prettiest sheep

    In Senegal, sheep are given names and kept inside homes as companion animals. So, it's not surprising the nation's most popular television show is an American Idol-style nationwide search for Senegal’s most perfect specimen.

    Chinese writer Mo Yan

    Chinese writer Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize

    Novelist Mo Yan, this year’s Nobel Prize winner for literature, is practiced in the art of challenging the status quo without offending those who uphold it.

    This handout photo provided by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, taken June 23, 2008 in Washington, shows an example of a tattoo of the gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).

    Violent street gang: US targets finances of MS-13

    The Obama administration declared the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 to be an international criminal group on Thursday, an unprecedented crackdown targeting the finances of the sprawling U.S. and Central American gang infamous for hacking and stabbing victims with machetes.

    A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration technician holds several pounds of Mexican meth confiscated in the St. Louis area.

    Cartels flood US with cheap meth

    Mexican drug cartels are quietly filling the void in the nation’s drug market created by the long effort to crack down on American-made methamphetamine, flooding U.S. cities with exceptionally cheap, extraordinarily potent meth from factory-like “superlabs.”

    Andrew J. Kubicz

    Three Elmhurst men accused of harassment, computer tampering

    Three Elmhurst men face criminal charges, accused of computer tampering and electronic harassment. Police say they hacked females' email and photo storage accounts, and posted photos of the victims on a website without their permission.


    Naperville web systems to be down another week

    Naperville's email and website to be down at least another week as the criminal investigation into the hacking continues

    Daily Herald file photo Accidents like this August 2010 fatal collision with a car and Metra train in Des Plaines can be prevented, experts say.

    Experts say rail crossing safety costly but crucial

    Improving safety at railway crossings not only saves lives, it can save money, experts said at a DuPage Railway Safety Council forum. But paying for less hazardous conditions is a challenge.

    Adam Hearn

    Lombard man acquitted of attempted murder, faces lesser charge

    A Lombard man previously convicted of attempted murder was acquitted of the very same charge Thursday by a DuPage County judge. The judge said prosecutors lacked evidence to prove Adam Hearn intended to kill when he knifed a bouncer at a Naperville bar.


    Elgin becomes sister city to Cauquenes, Chile

    When fire departments have gear that is still functional but no longer in compliance with industry standards there’s not much they can do with it. Elgin Fire Lt. Robert Bedard said the gear has no value. Same with medical equipment that could still help people, just not in the United States where regulations prohibit its use. A new sister city arrangement with Cauquenes, Chile — a community...


    Accused Elgin hoarder misses court, forfeits 4 cats

    An Elgin man accused of hoarding cat carcasses was a no-show in court, meaing he automatically forfeited four adult cats seized from his rented home last month. William Tinkler is next due in court on misdemeanor animal cruelty charges on Nov. 2 could face up to a year in jail. The state also wants to increase his bond as authorities say he tampered wtih two traps set up at the home to capture...


    Circus worker died of drugs, alcohol overdose, coroner says

    The August death of a worker at a circus at the Kane County Fairgrounds has been ruled accidental, caused by ingesting cocaine, heroin and alcohol, according to St. Charles police. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has suggested the worker was injured by an elephant, and that the man had previously abused the animal.

    In this Sept. 17 courtroom sketch, Adel Daoud, 19, appears before a judge at federal court in Chicago.

    Suspect in Chicago car-bomb plot pleads not guilty

    A West suburban teen has pleaded not guilty to trying to set off what he thought was a car bomb next to a Chicago bar. Hillside resident Adel Daoud looked cheerful during Thursday’s arraignment. He even joked to Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman about the maximum life sentence he faced, telling her it couldn’t be longer.


    Court: Bribes not high enough for conviction

    An appeals court has reversed the bribery conviction of a Chicago zoning inspector on grounds the value of two $600 payoffs he received weren’t high enough.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Emanuel vows full court press on pensions

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will expend as much political capital as necessary to push for pension reforms, but that lawmakers in Springfield need to “get in gear.”


    Last chance to weigh in on District 62 future

    Residents and businesses within Des Plaines Elementary District 62 boundaries have until Monday, Oct. 15, to provide feedback to the school board on Master Plan renovations and the future of the district’s academic, technology, and communications plans.


    Police reports
    A pair of men were charged with criminal damage to property for causing more than $300 worth of damage to a Toyota Camry on Wednesday, police said. Police say two teenagers used baseball bats to vandalize the car’s rear window, the window frame and the side of the car, police said.

    A water tower rises over homes along Gilmer Road in Wauconda.

    Should Wauconda get water from Lake Michigan?

    Wauconda residents can learn about a plan to get drinking water from Lake Michigan at a public forum next week. The session, set for 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Wauconda High School, will be staged less than three weeks before the Nov. 6 election, when voters will determine if the proposed $50 million project moves forward.

    Larry Hartwig

    Addison Mayor Hartwig won’t seek re-election

    Saying he thought "long and hard' about it, Addison Village President Larry Hartwig announced this week he will not seek a fifth term in April. "(My wife and I) still intend to stay here in Addison and we still intend to remain active members of our community. There have been no great changes in our lives to prevent me from seeking reelection," Hartwig said in a written statement. "So the real...

    Boguslaw “Bob” Czapla

    Man in Cubs-Sox fan brawl seeks new trial

    A man found guilty for his part in a drunken Cubs-Sox brawl in Huntley deserves a new trial because one of witnesses who pointed the finger at him was never called to the stand, his attorney argued Thursday. Boguslaw “Bob” Czapla was sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated assault and mob action in 2011 for his role in the 2008 fight over which team was better.


    Library hosts teen zombies

    Teens in grades 6 through 12 can transform themselves into zombies beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.


    Wellness fair, craft show

    The public is invited to a free health and wellness fair and resident craft show from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 13 at Grand Dominion by Del Webb in Mundelein.


    Voter information guide

    Lake County voters who visit LakeCountyClerk.info can view the Voter Information Guide for Nov. 6 General Election.


    Libertyville fire hosts open house

    The Libertyville Fire Department will host its annual open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the main station, 1551 North Milwaukee Ave

    Antonio L. Alexander

    Naperville robber gets 15 years for 10th felony

    A Naperville man is going back to prison for the fifth time after robbing a local gas station -- his 10th felony. Antonio Alexander, 35, of the 30W000 block of Valencia Court, was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison by DuPage County Judge Kathryn Creswell.

    Aneta M. Marsek

    Volo woman, two children reported missing since Saturday

    The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help in locating a 33-year-old Volo woman and her two children. Aneta M. Marsek, along with Chevelle, 2, and Macenzie, 4 months old, have not been seen or heard from since Saturday, authorities said in a news release Thursday. Police have no evidence of foul play.


    Lawsuit: Elburn woman gets concussion at Aurora haunted house

    A 52-year-old Elburn woman argues that she got more than just a scare when she visited an Aurora haunted house. Elizabeth Teevans has sued "The Basement of the Dead" haunted house, saying she sustained a concussion when she was hit by a worker in October 2010.


    Lacquer fumes ignite, contractor injured in Libertyville basement fire

    A construction worker was injured when a fire sparked in the basement of a Libertyville home where he was working, authorities said. Firefighters were summoned to the 700 block of E. Rockland Road in Libertyville at 5:14 p.m. Tuesday for the fire, Libertyville Deputy Fire Chief Ken Komers said.

    Elizabeth Escalona, 23, sits in a courtroom to be sentenced, in Dallas, Monday. She pleaded guilty July 12 to injury to a child and is facing up to life in prison.

    Glued toddler’s mother admits to drug, alcohol use

    A young mother of five facing prison time for beating her 2-year-old daughter and gluing the toddler’s hands to a wall admitted Thursday to using drugs and alcohol while out on bond after her arrest.

    This image provided by the Westminster Colorado Police Department shows Jessica Ridgeway. The multiagency search for the 10-year-old Colorado girl continued in Denver’s suburbs Thursday, nearly a week after she disappeared on what should have been a short walk to school.

    Police: Search continues for missing Colorado girl

    Colorado police looking for a 10-year-old girl who disappeared on her walk to school have found a body in a park, but are not saying whether it is linked to the case and noted Thursday that officers are still searching for her.


    Is this a good time? Five words that can help your marriage

    "Is this a good time?" Our Ken Potts says those five simple words can play a key role in communication between a husband and wife and -- who knows? -- maybe even help keep your marriage on track.

    Organist and choirmaster Charles Snider leads the choir as he celebrates his 25th anniversary at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn.

    Glen Ellyn church organist provides gift of song

    The longtime organist and choirmaster at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Charles Snider, recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with the congregation. “He’s a wonderful musician. He’s served the church for 25 years and seen it through thick and thin,” said Marsha Webster, a choir member and Snider’s music associate. “From a choir member perspective, I’ve learned a tremendous amount...


    Cops search for man in Huntley carjacking

    A man accused of carjacking and injuring a cab driver at a Huntley mall Thursday morning fled with the cab to Rockford and remains on the loose in that city, authorities said. The fare originated in Hoffman Estates.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago mayor to hit campaign trail for Obama

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hitting the campaign trail for his friend and former boss, President Barack Obama. In a meeting with reporters Thursday, Emanuel said he will do "whatever it takes" to get Obama re-elected. The mayor said at a Bloomberg event that individual organizations have asked him to campaign in other states. His staff couldn't immediately confirm the times and places.


    Palatine Twp. building briefly evacuated due to smoke

    The Palatine Township building at 721 S. Quentin Road and an attached day care center was briefly evacuated Thursday morning when a meeting room filled with “a small amount of smoke," Palatine Fire Capt. Jim Conn said.


    Lombard police seek armed robbery suspect

    Lombard police are searching for a suspect in the armed robbery of a currency exchange Thursday morning on Roosevelt Road. At 8:47 a.m., a female employee had just unlocked West Suburban Currency Exchanges, Inc., when a partially masked black man displaying a black semi-automatic handgun forced her into the employee work area, authorities said.


    Important safety tip: Keep your Chicago bribes under $5,000

    An appeals court has reversed the bribery conviction of a Chicago zoning inspector on grounds the value of two $600 payoffs he received wasn't high enough. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued the ruling Thursday. Dominick Owens was arrested in 2009 for allegedly accepting $1,200 to issue certificates permitting owners to occupy their homes after construction. He allegedly...

    Melinda Willen Bush

    State Senate candidates in District 31 cite jobs, budget woes as priorities, differ on income tax hike rollback

    Creating jobs and addressing budget woes are priorities for candidates running for the 31st state Senate seat covering most of northern and parts of central Lake County. Democrat Melinda Willen Bush and Republican Joe Neal each cite needed reforms but differ on whether to end the state's increased taxes on individuals and companies or let them run their course. They are running to replace...

    Curtis and Debra Collins of Woodridge held their son, Elias, all night after he was born prematurely due to complications in the pregnancy.

    Debra Collins, Woodridge: ‘We didn’t get to hear his first cry or see him open his eyes’

    Nov. 22, 2011, 11:48 p.m., is the exact moment in time Debra Collins of Woodridge felt a love so pure, infinite and breath-taking. A love so unreal it triumphed over any expecting parent’s worst nightmare — losing their child. This was the moment her son, Elias Randall Collins, was born.

    Elizabeth Quinn

    Elizabeth Quinn, Naperville: ‘For one day every year, our babies are very much alive’

    When Elizabeth Quinn of Naperville was younger, she saw a picture of a man holding a newborn, not in his arms but in his hands. It was a sweet and romantic poster that made women swoon with delight, maternal instincts kicking in full force. Yet, on the night of Aug. 4, 2009, lying there in the delivery room, the image of her husband holding their son, Maddox, in his hands was nothing but...

    Republican vice president candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, speaks Monday in Swanton, Ohio. Ryan is preparing for his debate against Vice President Joe Biden, a man who has been sparring over public policy since the Wisconsin congressman was learning to talk.

    Ryan prepares to take on skilled debater Biden

    To prepare for his biggest test yet on the national stage, untested debater Paul Ryan has been hauling two thick briefing books around the country and intently studying up on Vice President Joe Biden, who has been sparring over public policy since the Wisconsin congressman was learning how to talk. “I really think that because they had such a bad debate that Joe is just going to come flying...

    Vice President Joe Biden speaks Oct. 2 in Asheville, N.C. Four years ago, Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14-year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully.

    Biden likely to play ‘hardball’ in debate

    Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14-year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully. “I think he is going to play hardball,” said former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm,...

    Bishops attend a mass celebrated by Pope Bemedict XVI marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. Benedict, after celebrating mass, will greet churchmen, including a dozen original Vatican II participants, re-enacting the great procession into St. Peter’s that launched the council in 1962.

    Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II

    Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council — the church meetings he attended as a young priest that brought the Catholic Church into the modern world but whose true meaning is still hotly debated.

    A presidential commission says new protections to ensure the privacy of people’s genetic information are critical if the nation is to realize the enormous medical potential of gene-mapping.

    Bioethics panel urges more gene privacy protection

    It sounds like a scene from a TV show: Someone sends a discarded coffee cup to a laboratory where the unwitting drinker’s DNA is decoded, predicting what diseases lurk in his or her future. A presidential commission found that’s legally possible in about half the states — and says new protections to ensure the privacy of people’s genetic information are critical if the nation is to realize the...

    Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. An Army appeals court will hear arguments Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 about whether Hasan will be required to have his beard shaved before his court-martial, an issue that has indefinitely postponed his murder trial. Hasan argues that the order violates his religious rights.

    Fort Hood suspect’s beard case at appeals court

    FORT WORTH, Texas — An Army appeals court will hear arguments Thursday about an issue that has indefinitely postponed the murder trial for the suspect in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation: his beard.

    A banner made by a local middle school depicting Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at left, and Vice President Joe Biden, at right, hangs on the wall inside the media center ahead of Thursday’s vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

    Team Obama hopes veep debate halts GOP momentum

    Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan pull up a couple of chairs for a vice presidential debate that has mushroomed in importance since Mitt Romney’s strong showing in the first presidential faceoff. This time, it’s the Obama team looking to put the brakes on the other guy’s momentum.

    Fire Rescue officials work to remove a victim from the collapsed parking garage at the Miami Dade College West campus in Doral, Fla. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2012. A section of a parking garage under construction at a community college collapsed killing three people.

    Police: 3rd victim of Fla. garage collapse dies

    A man who was pulled early Thursday from the rubble of a collapsed parking garage at Miami Dade College has died, police said, bringing the death toll to three. One person was still missing, Miami-Dade police said.


    Officials: U.S. strike kills 10 Pakistani militants

    PARACHINAR, Pakistan — Pakistani security officials say a U.S. drone has fired four missiles at a compound of militant commander in a northwestern tribal region, killing 10 militants.The officials said at least 15 insurgents were wounded in Thursday’s strike in Orakzai tribal region.


    U.S. targets violent, Central American street gang

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has labeled a violent Central American street gang as an international criminal organization subject to U.S. government sanctions, the first time this designation has been given to such a group, The Associated Press has learned.


    Superior of troubled Legion of Christ steps aside

    The superior general of the troubled Legion of Christ religious order has stepped aside unexpectedly, saying he simply doesn’t have the energy to oversee the radical reform of the congregation ordered by the Vatican.

    Firefighters from Barrington and several other area departments were on the scene of a large barn fire Wednesday morning on Ridge Road in Barrington Hills.

    Barn fire that hurt two firefighters under investigation

    The Barrington Hills barn fire Wednesday that injured two firefighters remains under investigation Thursday.

    Amy and Jason Murphy of Woodridge, with their daughters Kassidy, 19 months, and McKenzie, 7, will Walk to Remember Kiley, who was stillborn two weeks before her due date.

    Amy Murphy, Woodridge: ‘All we heard was silence, pure silence’

    It was March 20, 2009, a day that should have been one of her happiest moments ever. Amy Murphy of Woodridge was excited to bring her daughter McKenzie to her doctor’s appointment that morning to listen to her baby brother or sister’s heartbeat. Instead of hearing a heartbeat on the Doppler that morning, all they heard was silence, pure silence.

    Co-owner Anthony Patti says many of Wednesday's lunch customers gambled in his Rosati's of Lakemoor restaurant because of the “novelty” of the new video gambling terminals that launched across the state. But he's hoping his five machines generate a “little extra” income to justify his expenses, which including hiring several part-time employees.

    Some win, some lose, some come for the pizza

    On the first day when lunch patrons at Rosati's of Lakemoor can legally gamble at video game terminals, some win, some lose and some just come for the half-price pasta special. “That's the way it goes with video poker,” said regular customer Todd McCarthy. “I'm glad I didn't bring a lot of money in here. I didn't know these things were open yet.”

    Serendipity band members Josie Treffy, 15, of South Elgin, Haley Blomquist, 15, of Elk Grove Village, Daniella Ballarino, 16, of Mount Prospect, and Anneliese Schulz, 15, of Elk Grove Village, with Lizzy Petitt, 15, of Arlington Heights, get ready to hit the stage.

    Good timing, good time for suburban all-girl band Serendipity

    It's been an exhilarating summer for the all-girl band Serendipity, what with playing more than 40 local shows since May — once doing three shows in a day. The five teen musicians from South Elgin, Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights and Elk Grove Village say they've had the summer of their lives — and intend to have plenty more.


    Visitors can get sneak peeks of Chicago sites

    The Chicago Architecture Foundation is planning an event that will offer behind-the-scenes looks at some of the city’s most popular places that are normally open “by invitation only.”


    Ind. grave of Medal of Honor recipient fixed up

    Volunteers have spruced up the forgotten headstone of a Medal of Honor recipient from the Civil War in a northern Indiana cemetery.


    U. of Illinois names new top fundraiser

    The University of Illinois has named a former University of Chicago executive as president of its fundraising operation.

    The Wienermobile made a recent stop in Batavia and people immediately came to see the iconic promotional vehicle.

    ‘Miles of smiles’ when Wienermobile stops in town

    Sammi King says some things never get old, including a recent stop by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Batavia. King says she remembers going to see the vehicle when she was a kids.And this time, neighbors of all ages came out of their homes, not just to get the iconic wiener whistle but to have the opportunity to recapture a moment from their youth.

    First United Methodist’s second building constructed in 1866 was demolished in 1923 to make way for its current structure.

    First United Methodist of Elgin celebrates 175 years

    First United Methodist Church of Elgin has been proudly celebrating its 175th anniversary this year and will host a special service at 3 p.m. Sunday. According to church records and early newspaper accounts, the church’s roots can be traced to what is probably Elgin’s first sermon, which was one preached by a Methodist minister in 1835.

    Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery defeneded QB Jay Cutler and his sideline demeanor.

    Dawn Patrol: Strike in Grayslake 46? Suzi Schmidt not guilty

    Grayslake District 46 teachers union president says strike vote might come next week. State Sen. Suzi Schmidt found not guilty. Huntley teachers show solidarity as new contract talks begin. Defense calls stabbing justified in Naperville case. GM has Jay Cutler's back.


    Palatine's Jeremy Velinski and his teammates erupt in excitement after evening up the score last in the second period in the Mid-Suburban League championship game at Buffalo Grove High School on Thursday. The Pirates later claimed victory in penalty kicks.

    Palatine tops Buffalo Grove in shootout for MSL title

    Three years after its most recent Mid-Suburban League championship, Palatine was at it again Thursday night. After 100 minutes of soccer could not separate the Pirates and MSL East champ Buffalo Grove, penalty kicks finally did. The Pirates lifted the conference trophy for an MSL-record eighth time after beating the Bison 4-1 in kicks, and 2-1 in the 36th annual MSL Cup played at Grant Blaney Stadium.

    Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick (6) celebrates with teammates Saturday after scoring on a one-yard run during against Miami at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    Notre Dame line prepares for physical Stanford

    Notre Dame’s offensive linemen want to prove something against No. 17 Stanford after being pushed around by the Cardinal the past two seasons. “We’ve watched the tape against us the last two years and everyone they’ve played, and they’ve just beaten them up upfront,” Martin said. “It’s an opportunity for us to go out and prove to everyone we’re a tough, physical line that can be consistent and not get pushed around. That’s what we’re shooting for.”

    First-year Illinois basketball coach John Groce talks to reporters Wednesday during the team’s media day in Champaign. Groce, who replaced Bruce Weber earlier this year, says he plans to play a fast-paced style but isnÌt yet sure how much of that up-tempo game the teamÌs current roster can handle.

    Groce learning about Illini with season month away

    With just a few weeks until the season begins, Illinois John Groce doesn’t know how much of the up-tempo basketball he says is his trademark will work for his new team. “That remains to be seen,” Groce said during the team’s media day Wednesday. “We’re going to get some information this weekend as we practice back-to-back-to-back days as a team for the first time.” With a couple of additions, the roster Groce is working with is essentially the same one Bruce Weber coached to a 17-15 finish last season, averaging 65 points a game, before he was fired.


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


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


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


    Waubonsie Valley strikes back against Batavia

    Waubonsie Valley coach Kristen Stuart hoped her young team would be playing its best volleyball by the end of the year. This should fill the bill. Turning the tables on a three-set loss to Batavia at its own tournament three weeks ago, Waubonsie handled the Bulldogs 25-20, 25-22 on Thursday in Aurora.


    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Amanda Nadler had 12 kills and Ashley Oandasan added 8 kills and 6 digs Thursday to lead the South Elgin girls volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-19 Upstate Eight crossover win over Larkin.Allison Osborne and Bri Reum added 6 kills each for the Storm (14-8-3) and Corbin Kehe dished out 28 assists.Brianna Stewart had 8 kills, 2 blocks, 4 digs and 3 aces for Larkin, while Olivia Kofie added 6 kills, 3 blocks and 8 digs. Anna Gaston had 7 digs and 3 kills for the Royals (17-16) and Diana Castillo added 18 assists.Huntley d. Cary-Grove: Emily Westermeyer had 10 kills and Rachel Shores added 9 digs to lead the Red Raiders to a 26-24, 29-27 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Ellish Reagan added 3 aces and 5 digs and Kelsey DeWulf had 18 assists for Huntley (12-15, 4-5).Hampshire d. Woodstock: Jenny Dumoulin had 4 aces, 5 kills and 7 digs and Arianna Rominski added 4 kills, 13 digs and 2 aces to lead Hampshire to an FVC Fox win. Julianna Gass added 19 digs and Brittany Laffin had 15 assists for the Whip-Purs (8-15, 5-5).CL South d. Dundee-Crown: Crystal Lake South got 4 kills and 4 blocks from Nicole Slimko and 9 digs from Katie Meyers to power to an FVC Valley win. Nicole Jurkash added 4 kills for the Gators (23-6, 10-1). Steph Magsamen and Lauren Lococco had 3 kills each for Dundee-Crown, while Cori Eischen added 9 assists and Lococco 8 digs. Franki Scarpelli had 6 digs for the Chargers (9-14, 1-9).Harvest Christian d. Schaumburg Christian: Sydney Doby had 7 kills, 4 blocks and 3 aces and Jordan Sollars added 4 kills, 7 assists and 2 aces as the Lions won for the 16th straight time, 25-14, 25-17. Katelyn Floyd added 7 assists for Harvest Christian (21-3).Keith Country Day d. Westminster Christian: Claire Speweik had 8 kills and 2 blocks and Savannah Dutcher added 6 kills and 4 blocks for Westminster in a 25-23, 26-24 Northeastern Athletic Conference loss. Cara Tyrell (3 kills, 8 digs, 2 aces) and Elizabeth Farwell (7 assists, 3 digs) also contributed for the Warriors (16-7, 6-2).Prairie Ridge d. Jacobs: Alyssa Ehrhadt’s 22 kills and 7 digs weren’t enough for Jacobs in a 23-25, 28-26, 25-15 FVC Valley loss. Taylor Lauder had 18 assists and 5 digs for the Golden Eagles (25-8, 6-4) and Mackie Traub added 16 assists. Katie Mahoney, Jenna Bilgrien and Bridget Wallenberger had 4 kills each and Kassie Kasper had 8 digs.

    Libertyville players surround Ryan McKenzie, center, after he scored the first goal of Thursday’s North Suburban Conference championship game between Round Lake and host Libertyville.

    A hands-on triumph for Libertyville

    Ryan McKenzie demonstrated a deft touch. And afterward, as he and his Libertyville soccer teammates celebrated their 3-1 win over visiting Round Lake in Thursday night’s North Suburban Conference championship game, McKenzie held the Wildcats’ prize and provided the perfect touch. “Touch the trophy, guys!” he said to his teammates. McKenzie and Connor McNeir headed home corner kicks, while Liam O’Connell scored the other Wildcats goal. The NSC title was Libertyville’s first in almost 10 years.


    Football/Scouting Week 8 in the Fox Valley

    Scouting Week 8 football games in the Fox Valley.


    Bailon, Fenton come back against Lake Park

    Lake Park started well. Fenton finished better. The Bison fought back after allowing an early goal to take a 2-1 boys soccer nonconference victory at Lake Park on Thursday night.


    Hersey puts finishing touches on sixth straight East crown

    Hersey's system for winning Mid-Suburban East championships is functioning just fine, as evidenced by the Huskies' division-clinching win over Wheeling on Thursday.

    Grayslake North quarterback A.J. Fish has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Virginia.

    Fish is a keeper at QB for Grayslake North

    Grayslake North quarterback A.J. Fish is one of the best quarterbacks in Lake County. Funny thing is, he almost wasn't a quarterback.

    Central’s Lauren Wiltsie goes for a kill against Richmond-Burton Thursday night.

    Richmond denies Burlington piece of BN-East

    Ali Frantti wore No. 17 instead of the No. 5 listed on the roster. If she was trying to stay inconspicuous, she failed miserably. In fact, Richmond-Burton’s all-everything outside hitter seemed to be everywhere Thursday night, leading R-B past Burlington Central, 25-19, 25-18, in Big Northern East action in Burlington, denying the host Rockets a share of the BN-East championship.


    Seniors serve up win for Grayslake North

    Seniors delivered on senior night for Grayslake North’s boys soccer team in its Fox Valley Conference Fox Division finale Thursday.The result was a 2-0 win over McHenry for the Knights, who improved to 8-14, while finishing 4-2 in the FVC Fox.A pair of seniors, Sean Blashe and Sintayehu Meyer, scored for Grayslake North. Two other seniors, Arnaud Laroche-Bataille and Dennis Biesiada, had assists. Sophomore keeper Dean Jones made 3 saves in earning the clean sheet.The Knights honored 10 seniors.“The entire team stepped up and played a complete game, from start to finish, to help give the seniors a great game to look back upon,” Grayslake North coach Adam DeCaluwe said. “The boys have really played with tremendous confidence lately, and it really showed tonight. We moved the ball with great purpose, and it allowed us to create several great scoring chances.”The lone goal of the first half came after the Knights had what DeCaluwe called “one of our best possessions of the year.” Meyer eventually played a ball across the face of the goal, where Laroche-Bataille used his head to knock the ball down so Blashe could finish with his first touch.Meyer provided an insurance tally in the second half, redirecting a shot from Biesiada.Grayslake North will next play next Wednesday, when it hosts Grayslake Central at 6:30 p.m. in a Class 2A regional semifinal.Huntley 4, Grayslake Central 0: Lucas Baker scored twice for the Red Raiders, who improved to 15-6-1.


    St. Viator seniors make Providence battle for victory

    The Providence-New Lenox girls volleyball team came into St. Viator’s Cahill Gymnasium with an impressive record of 20 wins. The Celtics were impressive again reaching 21 victories on Thursday night but the Lions made the visitors work hard to the final point of Set 3. A kill by senior co-captain Alyssa Maloney finally gave Providence a 25-20, 20-25, 25-20 triumph in the East Suburban Catholic match which began by honoring the Lions’ Beth Romano (defensive specialist), Caroline Young (libero) and Miranda Gall (manager) for Senior Night.


    Best MSL football season ever? Hard to argue against 2002

    Prospect celebrates the 10th anniversary of its 2002 football state championship as Brent Pearlman, now coaching Wheeling, makes his return. That 2002 season was special for the Mid-Suburban League in many ways, and quite possibly the greatest in the history of the league.


    Vilsoet nets win No. 300 in Harper triumph

    The Harper College women’s volleyball team defeated College of DuPage 25-15, 25-20, 25-23 in Glen Ellyn on Thursday, getting a milestone victory for its coach in the process. The win was No. 300 for Bob Vilsoet, now in his 11th season leading the Hawks. Harper is 27-9 overall and in second place in the North Central Community College Conference. Harper sophomore outside hitter Sara House (Crystal Lake South) led the Harper attack against COD with 9 kills and 6 digs. Sopohmore setter Kelly Sommer (Buffalo Grove) had a solid contribution, going 9-for-10 at the service line with 2 aces; she also had a stellar night defensively with 8 digs and set her teammates up for 20 kills.


    IHSA fails geography, fails to do right by volleyball

    It is the question Naperville-area volleyball coaches and fans are asking this week. Has the IHSA simply failed geography? Or does the state’s governing body have a girls sports problem?

    Alyssa Buddle

    South Elgin’s Buddle chooses James Madison

    Alyssa Buddle figured there was no time like the present to make her college decision. With college softball coaches locking up the class of 2014 at a rapid pace Buddle, a junior catcher at South Elgin, didn’t hesitate to say yes last weekend when James Madison University coach Mickey Dean made her an offer of a full-ride scholarship.


    Football: Week 8 previews, Northwest

    Here's a look at Week 8 of the high school football season from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Maine West, Leyden and Christian Liberty.

    West Aurora’s Kaitlyn Richter spikes the ball over the net toward Naperville North’s Corinne Gajcak, left and Becky Welch, right, in the second game on Thursday, October 11.

    West Aurora storms past Naperville N.

    West Aurora’s volleyball team doesn’t normally head off its court and into the hallway after the first game, but the Blackhawks also don’t typically get smoked like they did by Naperville North Thursday night.


    Scouting this weekend’s Tri-Cities football games
    By Dave Oberhelmandoberhelman@dailyherald.comAurora Central Catholic (6-1, 4-1) at Marmion (2-5, 2-3)Suburban Christian Conference crossoverGame time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.Last week: ACC 55, Guerin 0; Marmion 14, St. Francis 6.Last year: Did not play.Outlook: Marmion holds a 16-10-1 advantage in this rivalry contest. Continued improvement by ACC could become make this as frenzied as their annual basketball games. As it is the Chargers achieved a landmark by securing their first playoff slot since 1997. Coach Brian Casey quipped that the early qualification has ACC “playing with the house’s money,” but the Chargers still need wins to lock an SCC Gold title over Immaculate Conception and Wheaton Academy. Last week Julian Rios and Brian Bohr each swept through the Guerin defense for 100 yards. They’ll again deliver the mail should Steven Amoni not be able to play with a sore ankle and add to his 832 yards rushing. The key on both sides of the ball for teams that run similar offenses (also similar to St. Francis’ Wing-T), will be sustaining blocks and not allowing line penetration. Its own playoff hopes gone, Marmion showed trademark toughness with its win over St. Francis. The score could have been higher had the Cadets not gotten a touchdown called back and ended the game deep in St. Francis territory. Jordan Glasgow, Jake Ruddy, Mike Montalbano and quarterback Charlie Faunce paced a 213-yard ground game, Ruddy returning from injury to join Montalbano with 10 tackles. Middle linebacker Sam Breen’s 11 tackles and 2 pass knockdowns earned defensive player of the week honors — all a credit to Matt Smith and his defensive line mates. Marmion and ACC will both place an emphasis on forcing the pass. That is out of each team’s comfort zone, yet both Faunce and Blake Krueger have improved passing the ball and ACC’s Matt Rahn has completed 52 percent of his limited (23) attempts. Faunce and Tom Jude each picked off St. Francis passes as did ACC’s Zach Kavcar against Guerin. “We’ve got to get them to go three plays and punt and keep their offense off the field,” said Marmion coach Dan Thorpe. “They’ll be very content to go on 12-, 15-play drives. I’m concerned they’ll pound it right at us.” Should the Chargers succeed in this against one of the SCC’s “Big Four,” Casey said it could put the Chargers “back in the conversation...to where ACC was when it was playing great football in the SCC.”Next week: ACC at Montini (5-2, 4-1), Oct. 19; Walther Lutheran (2-5, 2-3) at Marmion, Oct. 19.Aurora Christian (7-0, 5-0) at Montini (5-2, 4-1) Suburban Christian Conference Blue DivisionGame time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.Last week: Aurora Christian 47, Immaculate Conception 20; Marian Central 49, Montini 24.Last year: Montini 55, Aurora Christian 14.


    St. Charles East finding its groove

    It’s become one of the great moments in St. Charles East-St. Charles North rivalries that after the two school’s girls swim teams compete against each other, they shake hands, hug, talk and otherwise converse with competitors who they mostly swim with as teammates on the city’s club team.


    Victory wears well with Warren

    A good cause. A good win for Warren’s girls volleyball team.With both teams sporting cancer awareness jerseys to support the fight against breast cancer, Warren outlasted host Deerfield 26-24, 25-19 in a competitive nonconference match Thursday night.Paige Jespersen pounded 5 kills to lead Warren (11-13). The Blue Devils received 3 kills apiece from Kendall Farmer and Heidi Doden. Farmer also had 2 blocks and 2 aces, while Rachel Ziegler contributed 12 assists, 3 aces and 2 kills. Jaime Dickinson also had 2 kills for Warren.Grayslake Central d. Woodstock North: Alex Dahlstrom and Lexi Beckman each pounded 6 kills, leading the Rams to a 25-10, 25-13 win in Fox Valley Fox Division action.Hannah Thomas and Marina Treto registered 11 and 10 digs, respectively, for Grayslake Central (19-10, 7-4). Meghan Brewster set 53 of 53 with 18 assists, and Gabi Casper chipped in 5 kills and 9 digs.“It was a total team effort for us,” Rams coach Jason Janczak said. “Everyone stepped up and contributed.”Crystal Lake Central d. Grayslake North: Kelsey Klausner had 4 kills and 2 blocks for the Knights, who fell 25-17, 25-17 in the Fox Valley Fox Division match.Joanna Guhl and Melanie Aikin had 3 kills apiece for Grayslake North (8-20, 2-8).Benet d. Carmel: The visiting Redwings won 25-15, 25-19, as Cara Mattaliano slammed 14 kills in the East Suburban Catholic Conference match.Carmel (20-15, 2-6) received 5 kills from Gracie Schofield and four each from Caitlin Barry and Alyssa Armada.“We fought hard against a great Benet team, but despite some early leads, we weren’t able to fight off a relentless Benet attack,” Corsairs coach David Pazely said.


    Football / Scouting Week 8, Lake County

    Here's a look at the matchup of teams in Week 8 of the high school football seaosn for the teams of Lake County.


    Boys golf / State tournament scouting, Northwest

    Preview of the Class 3A boys golf state meet for teams of the Mid-Suburban League, plus St. Viator and Maine West.


    Pearlman returns to Prospect sideline

    Technically, last week was homecoming for Prospect. But with so much going on aside from the game against visiting Wheeling, tonight will certainly feel like it, too. Wheeling coach Brent Pearlman will be back to Prospect for the first time as a head coach since leaving the school in 2010 after 12 seasons, which included state championships in 2001, 2002 and 2005. Current Prospect coach Mike Sebestyen was an assistant on Pearlman’s staff for 10 seasons.

    Alex Ramirez (6) has been a key part of Dundee-Crown ’s 17-3-1 soccer season. The Chargers take on Barrington Tuesday at the Class 3A Barrington regional.

    Burlington, Dundee-Crown put together stellar seasons

    The Burlington Central and Dundee-Crown boys soccer teams are case studies on how team unification can lead to a payday at the wins window. The Rockets currently sport a 16-3-2 record and won the Big Northern Conference East Division title with a 10-1-1 mark. Central also took home the Hampshire tournament title. Dundee-Crown is 17-3-1 and finished third in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division with a 4-2 mark. The Chargers owned a lengthy unbeaten streak and win streak earlier this year.


    Girls golf / State tournament scouting, Northwest

    Preview of the Class AA state girls golf meet in Decatur, where Prospect is trying to defend its championship.


    Girls tennis / Sectional scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at what to expect from this weekend's girls tennis sectional meets involving teams from the Mid-Suburban League.

    Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi, left, blocks the shot of Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) as Grizzlies’ Quincy Pondexter (20) defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    New role a transition for Bulls’ Butler
    Trying to replace Ronnie Brewer won't be an easy task for second-year Bulls foward Jimmy Butler. He learned from plenty from Brewer last season, but the two also became best friends. In order to grab the new role, Butler had to say goodbye.

    Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, top left, leaps toward home plate Thursday after hitting the game-winning solo home run in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Werth’s homer for Nationals forces Game 5 against Cards

    The Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to show them how to win. His game-ending homer Thursday night extended their surprising season. Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning by driving Lance Lynn’s 13th pitch into the left-field stands to give the Nationals a 2-1 victory over the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and force a Game 5 in their NL division series.

    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Chicago. The Bulls won 92-88. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Veteran guard eager to prove he’s still got game

    Marko Jaric made more than $40 million as an NBA player. He’s married to supermodel Adriana Lima and could continue to have a nice career in European basketball.Instead, the veteran shooting guard, who turns 34 Friday, is in Bulls training camp, trying to earn a job in the NBA.

    Erienne Barry is finishing off a stellar four-year career at St. Charles East.

    Barry brings refreshing perspective to volleyball court

    It’s hard to believe an athlete who says, “I’m happy that I tore my ACL.” But when St. Charles East senior Erienne Barry says it with such sunny enthusiasm, it must be so.

    Quarterback Dylan Warden hopes to lead Waubonsie Valley to a bounce-back win against East Aurora on Friday night in Aurora.

    Scouting this weekend’s DuPage County football games
    Taking a look at Week 8 football games in DuPage County.

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain, center left, fist bumps catcher Buster Posey, right, as Cain was taken out Thursday during the sixth inning of Game 5 of the National League division baseball series.

    Giants beat Reds 6-4, win NLDS on Posey’s slam

    CINCINNATI — Buster Posey insisted all along — even after San Francisco lost the first two at home — that his team was far from done, no matter how long the odds.Turns out, he was right. And the NL batting champion had a lot to do with this most Giant comeback.Posey hit the third grand slam in Giants postseason history on Thursday, and San Francisco pulled off an unprecedented revival, moving into the championship series with a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.They'll play either Washington or St. Louis for the NL pennant starting Sunday."We could go up against anybody at any time," shortstop Brandon Crawford said. "Being down 2-0 and coming back and winning three at their place, it's an unbelievable feeling."The Giants became only the eighth team to win a five-game playoff series after falling behind 2-0. Major League Baseball's changed playoff format this season allowed them to become the first to take a best-of-five by winning the last three on the road.With one swing, Posey made it possible."I don't think anybody gave up," he said.Posey's second career grand slam off Mat Latos put the Giants up 6-0 in the fifth and sparked a joyous scrum in the San Francisco dugout. The ball smacked off the front of the upper deck in left field, just above Latos' name on the video board."That gave us some breathing room," reliever Jeremy Affeldt said. "We were all excited."Will Clark, in the 1989 NLCS, and Chuck Hiller, in the 1962 World Series, hit the other Giants slams in the postseason.Matt Cain and the bullpen held on, with more help from Posey. The All-Star catcher threw out Jay Bruce at third base to snuff out a sixth-inning rally that cut it to 6-3. The Giants also had a pair of diving catches that preserved the lead in the eighth.Ryan Ludwick singled home a run in the ninth off Sergio Romo. With two runners aboard, Romo fanned Scott Rolen to end it. The Giants raised their arms, hugged and huddled by the side of the mound, bouncing in unison.Then they were off to the visiting clubhouse to start spraying some bubbly.In Cincinnati, the home-field meltdown that felt sickeningly familiar. The Reds haven't won a home playoff game in 17 years. After taking the first two on the West Coast, all they needed was one more at home, where they hadn't dropped three straight all season."You get tired of the disappointments, but then you get over it," manager Dusty Baker said. "It hurts big-time."Once Posey connected, the Reds were the ones facing an unprecedented comeback. They've never overcome a six-run deficit in the playoffs, according to STATS LLC.Couldn't do it this time, either.The Giants won it all in 2010, when they never trailed in any of their three postseason series. They beat the Braves 3-1 in the division series, knocked out the Phillies 4-2 for the NL title, then took four of five from Texas for their sixth World Series title and their first since they moved from New York to San Francisco in 1958.They really had to scramble this season to get another shot at it.The bullpen took a huge hit when closer Brian Wilson blew out his elbow, and that was just the start. All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera got a 50-game suspension in August after a positive testosterone test, taking a .346 hitter out of their lineup. The Giants have decided not to bring him back, even though he's eligible to return for the NL championship series.Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum pitched so poorly — 15 losses — that he got relegated to the bullpen for the division series.And don't forget that Posey was coming off a broken leg that wiped out most of his 2011 season, making a great comeback of his own.

    ESPN host Chris Berman, left, and college football commentator Carroll “Beano” Cook are shown discussing the NFL Draft. Cook died in his sleep Thursday, the University of Pittsburgh announced. The 81 year-old commentator had worked for the sports network since 1986 and was the sports information director at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, from 1956 to 1966.

    ESPN college football guru Beano Cook dead at 81

    Beano Cook, the college football commentator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport he dearly loved, has died. The 81-year-old Boston native had worked for ESPN since 1986 and was the sports information director at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, from 1956 to 1966. The school announced Thursday that Cook had died in his sleep.

    Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skates Thursday during an informal workout with teammates at the Iceoplex in Canonsburg, Pa. The NHL would’ve opened the regular season on Thursday if it weren’t for the current lockout.

    Sidney Crosby optimistic NHL season will be salvaged

    Sidney Crosby wanted to spend Thursday watching the NHL drop the puck on the 2012-13 season while prepping for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ opener the following night. Instead, the most recognizable face in hockey planned to flip on the Pittsburgh Steelers and wonder when the NHL lockout will end so he can get back to work. “It’s not something you want to be doing in October, you’d rather be starting the season,” Crosby said.


    With loss of Jauss comes reminiscing

    Another glorious sports writer from the glory days of newspapers left us Wednesday when Bill Jauss died.

    This 2004 Tour de France photo shows U.S. Postal Service team leader Lance Armstrong, third from right, framed by his teammates. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong's former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

    Armstrong report includes 200 pages, 26 witnesses

    Page after page of damning details. They came from computer records, books, media reports and, maybe most significantly, the people Lance Armstrong used to train alongside and celebrate with. The people he used to call his friends.Hit with a lifetime ban and the loss of all seven of his Tour de France titles, Armstrong challenged the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to give him the names of all his accusers. The agency obliged, listing 26, including 11 former teammates.

    The Urso family Sandy, Kirk Urso’s mother, Kyle (brother), Erica (Kyle’s girlfriend) and Mike (father) stand under the shadow of the statue of Lamar Hunt as they read an inscription on a boulder dedicated Sunday to Columbus Crew player Kirk Urso during a ceremony at Founder’s Park in the Crew Stadium. Kirk Urso of Lombard died suddenly on Aug. 5 of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy at the age of 22.

    MLS club steps up to honor Lombard’s Urso

    When the Columbus Crew decided to make youth heart health a part of its philanthropic work, the Major League Soccer club’s executives never could have known the cause would hit so close to home. But here the Crew is, starting the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund to honor Lombard’s own, a 22-year-old midfielder who died of a congenital heart defect Aug. 5.


    Mike North video: Time to sit A-Rod

    New York Yankee Manager Joe Girardi sits A-Rod for Raul Ibanez who delivered big time. Mike North thinks Joe Girardi showed a lot by making this move. Is Girardi questioned if it didn't work out so well? He shouldn't be since A-Rod is hitting so poorly.


    Armstrong’s doctor could face criminal charges

    The Italian doctor at the center of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal could be about to face criminal charges.

    Oakland Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp, right, celebrates Wednesday after hitting a single to score Seth Smith and win the game 4-3 in Game 4 of an American League division baseball series against the Detroit Tigers in Oakland, Calif.

    A’s rally past Tigers 4-3 to force Game 5

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Seth Smith, Coco Crisp and the never-say-die Oakland Athletics forced a Game 5 of their AL division series against the Detroit Tigers with their most memorable comeback yet.Smith hit a game-tying two-run double off closer Jose Valverde in the ninth inning and Coco Crisp capped Oakland’s most dramatic comeback yet with a two-out RBI single as the A’s staved off elimination for a second straight night with a 4-3 victory in Game 4 Wednesday night.“There’s a confidence,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve done it so many times so there’s always going to be that confidence until we make that last out.”The A’s rode 14 walkoff wins in the regular season to an improbable AL West title. Those paled in comparison to No. 15, which set up a win-or-go-home Game 5 against Justin Verlander and the Tigers.Josh Reddick started the rally with a single just under the glove of diving second baseman Omar Infante. Josh Donaldson followed with a double off the wall in left-center and both runners scored on Smith’s double. Two outs later, Crisp lined a single and Smith scored easily when right fielder Avisail Garcia couldn’t handle the ball.“It’s amazing,” Crisp said. “The guys in front of me did a fantastic job getting on base.”That set off a raucous celebration near first base as the A’s poured out of the dugout to mob Crisp, who was the recipient of a whipped cream pie that became a regular occurrence in this remarkable season in Oakland. This marked the second time the A’s erased a two-run deficit in the ninth inning to win a postseason game, the other coming in Game 5 of the 1929 World Series.The A’s, who have the lowest payroll in baseball, need just one more surprising result to win their second postseason series since 1990. Rookie Jarrod Parker will take the mound in Game 5 on Thursday night against Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young winner and MVP.“That’s why this is the greatest game of all,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “It looked like we were going to get it. We didn’t do it. We didn’t quite get the 27 outs, that’s part of the game. You get tested all the time in this game. And this is a good test.”The Tigers looked to be in prime position to advance to their second straight ALCS and have a rested Verlander for Game 1 when they took a 3-1 lead into the ninth behind a strong start from Max Scherzer and a homer from Prince Fielder.Now the A’s are one win away from repeating last week’s three-game sweep of Texas that gave them the AL West title on the final day of the regular season. After losing the first two games in Detroit, the A’s won 2-0 in Game 3 and are looking to become the eighth team to rally from two games down to win a best-of-five series.Scherzer, who was dealing with shoulder, deltoid and ankle injuries late in the season, looked in top form against the A’s. He allowed just one baserunner in the first four innings and struck out seven of the first 15 batters before running into his first trouble in the fifth. Smith worked a two-out walk and went to third on Derek Norris’ opposite-field blooper down the right-field line. But Scherzer responded by getting Cliff Pennington to chase an off-speed pitch in the dirt for his eighth strikeout.The A’s finally got to Scherzer for an unearned run in the sixth. Crisp reached when Fielder misplayed a hard grounder to first base into a two-base error. Crisp advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Stephen Drew’s double to right-center. But the A’s ran themselves out of a potential big inning when third-base coach Mike Gallego waved Drew around to third, where he was easily caught on the relay for the first out.


    Lake County roundup

    Boys soccerWarren 6, Grant 0: Tony Severini and Adam Nielander each had 2 goals and an assist for the Blue Devils in the North Suburban Conference crossover.Nick Wegrzynowicz and Jon Villamil also scored for Warren (15-5-3).Stevenson 1, Antioch 0: Max Kleber scored the NSC crossover’s lone goal off an assist from Ross Comitor.Quentin Low and Chris Boutros shared the shutout in goal for Stevenson (14-3-1).Lakes 2, Lake Zurich 2: Brian Werchek scored both goals for Lakes (13-4-4) in the NSC crossover.Wauconda 1, Zion-Benton 1: Brandon Morales finished a penalty kick for the lone goal for Wauconda (8-9-4) in the NSC crossover.



    Illinois Q3 foreclosures up 31 percent over 2011

    Illinois’ third-quarter home foreclosure activity rose 31 percent compared to the same period last year.A report released Thursday by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac shows Illinois with 42,176 foreclosure filings from July through September. That represents one in every 126 housing units — the fourth-highest rate in the nation.

    Rich Kelly

    Dreyer doctors move ahead with eVisits

    Wish you could "meet" with your doctor and get treatment online? Aurora-based Dreyer Medical Clinic offers eVisits so busy people can get attention for their simple symptoms. Each online visit costs $30, about the amount of a co-payment, Anna Kukec says in her eBuzz column.

    Wendy's pigtails are getting a tweak. For the first time since 1983, the Dublin, Ohio-based fast food company is updating its logo in a move intended to signal its ongoing transformation into a higher-end hamburger chain.

    Wendy's pigtails get first touchup since 1983

    For the first time since 1983, Wendy's is updating its logo in a move intended to signal its ongoing transformation into a higher-end hamburger chain.

    In this file photo from Sept. 20, over 200 American Airline pilots march on a picket line at O’Hare International.

    American Airlines stumbles on path to recovery

    Just weeks ago, American Airlines was working its way through bankruptcy court, on schedule for one of the fastest turnarounds in aviation history. Planes were full. Revenue was pouring in. Then seemingly overnight, American became the butt of jokes from Facebook to late-night TV.

    U.S. stocks erased gains as optimism about a drop in jobless claims faded and a slump in Apple Inc. dragged down technology shares.

    Market flatlines, pulled by jobless claims, Europe

    The market closed roughly flat Thursday, underwhelmed by encouraging jobs news but unrattled by worrisome developments in the global economy.

    Sprint Nextel Corp. said it’s in talks with Softbank Corp. for a “substantial” investment from the Japanese carrier, potentially shifting the balance of power in the U.S. telecommunications industry.

    Sprint confirms talks with Softbank

    Sprint Nextel Corp. on Thursday said Japanese cellphone company Softbank Corp. is in talks about making a potential substantial investment in the U.S. company.


    Carl Icahn plans to offer $3B to buy Oshkosh

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn plans to make an unsolicited bid for truck maker Oshkosh Corp. that values the company at almost $3 billion. Icahn says he also plans to nominate his own slate of directors in a bid for control of the company.

    Toyota first learned in 2008 about a defect in power-window switches that Wednesday prompted it to recall 7.43 million vehicles worldwide for fire hazards, according to documents filed with U.S. regulators.

    Toyota undaunted by latest massive global recall

    Toyota executives were unfazed Thursday by the overnight recall of 7.43 million vehicles over faulty power window switches that can cause fires, calling it a sign the Japanese company had learned from its mistakes and was becoming quicker and more transparent.

    Delta was the most efficient major network airline, with an on-time rate of 83.9 percent. United was the worst.

    No long US airline delays at close of summer

    U.S. airlines closed the summer travel season without any lengthy tarmac delays in August, the government said Thursday, a sharp reversal from a month earlier.


    Walgreen sues U.S. over suspension of oxycodone distribution
    Walgreen Co. sued the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, seeking to lift a ban on the company's distribution of controlled substances from a Florida facility that was ruled to be a threat to public safety. Walgreen, in a filing today in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, said the DEA relied on “outdated data” involving of oxycodone to justify suspending distribution of the drugs from its Jupiter, Florida, facility. The company asked the court to lift the suspension order.

    U.S. foreclosure filings dropped to a five-year low in September as fewer homes were on track to be seized by lenders. It was the second-consecutive monthly decline in filings, although there remains a sharp divergence along state lines, according to a report Thursday by foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc.

    U.S. foreclosure filings hit 5-year low in September

    U.S. foreclosure filings dropped to a five-year low in September as fewer homes were on track to be seized by lenders.It was the second-consecutive monthly decline in filings, although there remains a sharp divergence along state lines, according to a report Thursday by foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc.On a national level, overall foreclosure filings last month — including home repossessions — fell 7 percent from August and 16 percent from September 2011. There were 180,427 foreclosure filings reported for September, the fewest since July 2007 in the midst the housing market bust.


    FP Mailing Solutions supports breast cancer awareness

    Addison-based FP Mailing Solutions, a manufacturer and distributor of postage meters and mailing equipment, recently began a broad campaign comprising seven activities and events that raise funds and awareness of the fight against breast cancer.


    BMW adds Experian’s AutoCheck to its BMW, Mini programs

    Schaumburg-based Experian Automotive said BMW of North America has named it as a provider of vehicle history reports for its BMW Certified Pre-Owned and Mini Next programs.


    Sears Holdings receives EPA award

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings has been honored with a SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy effici


    MFRI announces changes in top management

    Niles-based MFRI Inc. announced that Bradley E. Mautner will become the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2013 as part of the company’s management succession plan.

    A sign advertising fuel prices along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Middletown, Pa.

    Oil prices up amid escalating Turkey-Syria tension

    Oil prices rose Thursday as growing tensions between Turkey and Syria caused worries about the reliability of Middle East crude supplies.Benchmark oil for November delivery was up 48 cents to $91.73 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.14 to finish at $91.25 per barrel on the Nymex on Wednesday after some mixed economic signals.


    Alaska Airlines inks deal for 50 new Boeing 737s

    Alaska Airlines is buying 50 of Boeing Co.’s new 737s in a deal worth $5 billion at sticker prices. Alaska, operated by Seattle’s Alaska Air Group Inc., won’t pay full price. Major airline customers commonly get discounts. The order is the largest-ever for Alaska. The order includes 37 of Boeing’s redesigned 737, which it calls the Max. It’s a new version of the classic plane with a redesigned engine aimed at improving fuel efficiency.

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday that financial reforms and other actions in response to the global crisis are yielding results, helping the U.S. economy to grow at a pace better than there was reason to expect.

    Geithner: U.S. economy growing despite headwinds

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday that financial reforms and other actions in response to the global crisis are yielding results, helping the U.S. economy to grow at a pace better than there was reason to expect.Speaking at a financial conference in Tokyo on Thursday, Geithner said the Obama administration would strive to resolve by the end of the year the impasse with the Congress that threatens to impose a so-called “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and deep spending cuts if the two sides do not reach agreement.


    U.S. trade deficit rose to $44.2 billion in August

    The U.S. trade deficit widened in August as exports fell to the lowest level in six months, a worrisome sign that a slowing global economy is cutting into demand for U.S. goods. The deficit increased to $44.2 billion in August, the biggest gap since May and a 4.1 percent increase from July, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The sharp drop offered a hopeful sign that the job market could pick up.

    U.S. jobless claims fall to 339K, fewest in 4½ years

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week to seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The sharp drop offered a hopeful sign that the job market could pick up.The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the fewest since February 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped by 11,500 to 364,000, a six-month low.


    Union leader expects Cummins cutbacks in Indiana

    A union leader says he expects engine maker Cummins Inc.’s Indiana operations to be affected by the company’s plans to cut up to 1,500 jobs worldwide by year’s end.

    A man walks in front of the electronic stock board of a securities firm showing Japan’s Nikkei 225 index falling 173.36 points to 8596.23 in Tokyo, Wednesday.

    Markets brush off Spain downgrade on bailout hopes

    Financial markets steadied Thursday ahead of another round of U.S. corporate earnings and despite a downgrade of Spain’s sovereign credit rating.Standard & Poor’s downgraded Spain’s government debt late Wednesday from BBB+ to BBB-, the lowest investment grade level. That’s important because it potentially makes it more expensive for the Spanish government to borrow money.

    Eastman Kodak Co. said Wednesday it has asked a bankruptcy court judge to allow it to end retiree medical and some other benefits at the end of the year as part of its restructuring.

    Kodak asks court to end retiree medical benefits

    Eastman Kodak Co. said Wednesday it has asked a bankruptcy court judge to allow it to end retiree medical and some other benefits at the end of the year as part of its restructuring.The company said it reached an agreement with the court-appointed committee of retirees to pay a total of $650 million in claims and $7.5 million in cash into a fund that could be used for future payments in exchange for eliminating its current $1.2 billion liability for medical, dental, life insurance and survivor income benefits.

    The world now has nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as inhabitants. The U.N. telecom agency says there were about 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011 — roughly one for 86 of every 100 people.

    UN says world has 6 billion cell phone subscribers

    The world now has nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as inhabitants.The U.N. telecom agency says there were about 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011 — roughly one for 86 of every 100 people. In a report Thursday, the International Telecommunication Union said China alone accounted for 1 billion subscriptions, and India is expected to hit the 1-billion mark this year.

    People hang out at the venue of the IMF meeting in Tokyo. When global finance ministers meet this week in Tokyo, they’ll confront a triple challenge: Economic troubles in three major regions are threatening the world’s economy.

    IMF chief urges action in tackling euro crisis

    The head of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday called for urgent action to tackle Europe’s debt problems and an approaching fiscal crisis in the U.S., warning that the struggling world economy is already falling short of even pessimistic expectations. IMF chief Christine Lagarde, speaking to reporters as the IMF and World Bank held annual meetings in Tokyo, praised recent steps taken by the European Central Bank and European governments, but said “more needs to happen, and faster.”

Life & Entertainment

    Gym manager Rick Limitone demonstrates a workout machine at Snap Fitness Rolling Strong Gym. a truck stop gym in Dallas. From trucking companies embracing wellness and weight-loss programs to gyms being installed at truck stops, momentum has picked up in recent years to help those who make their living driving big rigs get into shape.

    Push for healthier truckers gains momentum

    From trucking companies embracing wellness and weight-loss programs to gyms being installed at truck stops, momentum has picked up in recent years to help those who make their living driving big rigs get into shape. Tere’s an additional incentive for truckers to stay in shape — their job might depend on their health. Every two years, they must pass a physical exam required by U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


    Theater events: Fox Valley Rep stages ‘Woman in Black’

    Fox Valley rep remounts the ghost tale, "The Woman in Black;" Shattered Globe revives Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" and Todd Logan's courtroom drama "Defamation" comes to Palatine for one performance this week in theater.

    The Wallflowers, from left, Rami Jaffee, Jakob Dylan, Greg Richling, Jack Irons and Stuart Mathis, released “Glad All Over,” their first new album in seven years, this month.

    The Wallflowers make it up as they go on new album

    As producers are known to do, Jay Joyce called Jakob Dylan to discuss plans before they were scheduled to start recording The Wallflowers’ first album in seven years. Joyce was surprised when Dylan said he really didn’t have anything. “We had a couple of songs, nothing but a bunch of stuff on a laptop that I said, ‘This might sound like this. This might sound like this,’” Dylan recalled.

    Marty (Colin Farrell), left, and Hans (Christopher Walken) listen to nutty Billy (Sam Rockwell) spout violent fantasies in Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths."

    'Psychopaths' a sadistically hilarious crime comedy

    For Martin McDonagh, an Irish playwright whose first movie “In Bruges” won critical praise and popular appeal, “Seven Psychopaths” represents a collision of trashy, 1970s American exploitation movies with high-minded, socially critical stage plays. Where else would you find a pacifist as the main character in a quirky, ultraviolent crime comedy? Or a serial killer who kills serial killers?

    British singer Sarah Brightman is to become the first global recording artist to take a spaceflight, teaming up with Space Adventures for a journey to the International Space Station.

    New blastoff for Sarah Brightman: Flight to space

    Sarah Brightman’s voice, beloved by audiences and renowned for its three-octave range, rocketed to fame more than two decades ago as the heroine of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Now the world’s biggest-selling soprano is heading to outer space. On Wednesday, Brightman told a news conference in Moscow that she has booked a trip to the International Space Station.

    Justin Bieber, here performing at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., Monday, had some of his belongings stolen during a show in Tacoma, Wash.

    Bieber says items stolen during Wash. show

    Justin Bieber says some of his belongings were stolen during a show in Washington state. The pop star tweeted to his nearly 29 million followers that he and his tour manager were victimized during the show Tuesday night at the Tacoma Dome.


    CBS makes ‘Made in Jersey’ fall’s first victim

    The fall TV season has claimed its first victim: the CBS series “Made in Jersey.” CBS announced Wednesday the legal drama had been pulled from the Friday lineup after just two airings.

    Dot Dot Dot performs a mix of original tunes and covers from the 1980s and 1990s at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine Friday, Oct. 12.

    Music notes: Dance to Dot Dot Dot at Durty Nellie’s

    Looking to have some fun this weekend? Consider stopping by Durty Nellie's in Palatine on Friday to see the energetic suburban party band Dot Dot Dot when they perform a mix of original tunes and covers from the 1980s and 1990s.

    A science teacher (Kevin James) enters the ring as a mixed martial arts fighter to earn money for his cash-strapped school in “Here Comes the Boom.”

    ‘Boom’ embraces silly story, falters on serious notes

    “Here Comes the Boom,” with Kevin James as a tubby high school science teacher who becomes a mixed martial-arts sensation, is every bit as ridiculous as it looks. That’s not such a bad thing for the movie, whose makers embrace the fact that they’re essentially doing a live-action cartoon.

    Writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) tries to burn away his troubles by destroying old Super-8 movies in the horror film "Sinister."

    ‘Sinister’ a disappointing horror tale with a slow fuse, minimal payoff

    Scott Derrickson, the writer/director of the indie mini-hit “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” laces this slow-fuse project with lots of explosive noises and flash-glimpses of murder and mayhem to keep us awake. But there’s not much here in the way of sympathetic characters and well-constructed suspense to keep us interested. Not that interested. You can leave the Depends at home for this film.

    KISS’ “Monster”

    Kiss’ new album, ‘Monster,’ is scary good

    Nearly 40 years after first slapping on the makeup, donning the costumes and changing forever the way a live concert is performed, Kiss can still bring it. "Monster” is the caped crusaders’ 20th studio album, and one that fans of old school ’70s classic rock will be just as comfortable with as those who cut their teeth on later material.

    American intelligence officer Tony Mendez (director Ben Affleck) walks into harm's way to rescue six U.S. embassy workers in "Argo."

    Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ a white-knuckle trip to 1979 Tehran

    Ben Affleck’s fact-based drama “Argo” hits such a suspenseful nerve that it doesn’t matter we already know the embassy workers get out alive. The movie’s last 15 well-crafted minutes create such a storm of threat, tension and menace that you become convinced anybody can die at any moment! “Argo” marks Affleck’s third movie as a director, and he doesn’t just hit his stride, he clobbers it.

    Ashley (Caitlin Gerard) comes face-to-faceless with a killing entity only known as "Smiley."

    ‘Smiley’ overdoes it with horror conventions

    Dann chats with “Seven Psychopaths” director and playwright Martin McDonagh about the role of violence in entertainment. He also reviews two films: the ineptly made horror tale “Smiley” and the controversial political documentary “The Prosecution of an American President.” Finally, Dann answers a reader who contends that “Taken 2” has to be a good movie because it’s No. 1 at the box office.


    It’s never too soon, only too late to visit ill loved one

    Carolyn Hax answers reader's question about when to visit a dying relative saying it is never too soon to visit and to visit a loved onew more than once if you can. There is only too late in this case.



    Endorsement: Hatcher over Bernard in 50th House District
    Endorsement for the state's 50th House District


    Endorsement: Dillard over Ghani for 24th Senate District
    State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Republican from Hinsdale, receives the Daily Herald's endorsement over Democrat A. Ghani of Oak Brook in the Illinois 24th Senate District.


    Endorsement: Harris for re-election in Illinois House District 53
    The Daily Herald endorses incumbent GOP state Rep. David Harris over Democrat Curt Renz in Illinois House District 53.


    Endorsement: Moylan over Sweeney for House 55th District
    Experience counts. And while neither Martin Moylan or Susan Sweeney has ever been elected to the Illinois Legislature, the Daily Herald endorses Moylan as being best prepared to serve the 55th House District.


    Endorsement: Mathias over Sente in House District 59
    The Daily Herald endorses Republican Sid Mathias in the race for the newly drawn 59th District of the state House of Representatives.


    Endorsement: Mayfield over Burleson in 60th House District
    The Daily Herald endorses Rita Mayfield to return the House in District 60.


    Endorsement: Osmond over Erwin in 61st House District
    JoAnn Osmond, a Republican from Antioch, receives the Daily Herald's endorsement over Democrat Ed Erwin of Lindenhurst in the Illinois 61st House District.


    Disruption and the pain of unmet expectations

    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the wake of the Daily Herald printing center's power outage and subsequent late deliveries, Jim muses on the curious irony of our age that technology can do so much to make our lives easier but can also disrupt us with its own peculiar standards of operation, defying even the backup strategies we have in place. It's the emergencies we can’t imagine that hurt most.


    Desperately seeking the real Obama

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The right awaits the Freudian slip that will reveal President Obama’s trueness, a lapse into possibly Russian or, worse, French. Liberals long ago realized they had idealized Obama. Only conservatives still hope he is a different man.


    Title IX series should be required reading
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: On June 23, 1972, Title IX was signed into law. Suddenly funds were available for girls sports. Since then girls sports has grown like “Topsy.” How wonderful for all those girls. My husband and I often wondered what would have happened with Vicki and all the other girls if there had been the opportunities for them as there are today for all the students — girls and boys.


    Romney’s speech got too much space
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I am writing this email to let you know that I am very disappointed in your reporting on the presidential campaign. In your Sept. 19 Daily Herald, I do not understand how you could have 3½ pages, one of these the front page, on the speech Romney gave about the 47 percent.


    Lottery windfall missing in action?
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: With schools wanting more money, teachers striking, pension debt rising and property taxes continuously increasing, I was wondering what ever happened to that $31 million windfall Illinois schools supposedly got back in April from the Mega Millions lottery winings in downstate Red Bud?


    We’ve become a greedy people
    An Elgin letter to the editor: There are far too many strikes these days — teachers, airlines, orchestras. This is nuts. Even a small child can understand the words, “We can’t afford it.”


    Rally for Ralph did the trick
    A Geneva letter to the editor: For all the hope I was given this past year I can only say I am humbled by this outpouring of love and generosity by everyone who touched my life. I will be forever grateful.


    Not enough jobs? Congress to blame
    A Huntley letter to the editor: The fiscal and economic policies of the last four years have not been defined by Democratic ideas but by Republican stonewalling.


    Returning veterans are heroes
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: An apology to all our American veterans and their families for the misinformed comments in the Sept. 29 Fence Post: “But everyone who dies in the military on foreign soil is not a hero.” Shameful.


    GM and outsourced phone calls
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I was talking with a young lady from General Motors this week, you know the same General Motors that Obama bailed out with our money. I asked her where she was located and she told me that their phone calls were routed through the Philippines.


    Estrich unfairly attacks Romney
    A Lombard letter to the editor: Susan Estrich, in her Sept. 24 column, attacked Mitt Romney on “the video” in which he supposedly said there are 47 percent of the voters whom he “won’t worry about.” Her inane response to questions on “how his advisers could have been so stupid as to allow him to stand by his comments” is that, “The fish rots from the head.” Apparently she knows more about rotting fish than decency.


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    Refinance program not fair for allWhat do you call it when the majority is favored and the minority is left out? Discrimination and bias might come to mind. What would you think if that is what the federal Home Affordable Housing Refinance Program is doing?HARP was established to assist homeowners during the downturn of the economy, which caused a steep rise in home foreclosures. To be eligible, the mortgagee must have a loan backed by Freddie Mack or Fannie Mae, which back up to 80 percent of home loans. The 20 percent group of mortgagees who don’t qualify don’t get any help in qualifying for mortgage refinancing. Instead they are faced with stringent, inflexible banking regulations that could most likely prevent them from refinancing.So in effect, this minority group is being discriminated against and is at risk of suffering the hardship of foreclosure. They can be denied historically low interest rates even though they currently are struggling to make what could be significantly lower mortgage payments.All this seems absurd, that it’s happening in America, the land of equal opportunity.Please help by contacting your U.S. Senators, Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin, and U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam asking them why this has to be.Paula McGowenGlen EllynAmerica sure has been transformedIn regard to Fence Post rants about “tax breaks for the rich” being so terrible, with no factual justification for the negative slant, I submit the following facts:In the 3.5 years of the Obama presidency GDP has grown only 6.7 percent, 1.6 percent in first half of 2012, deficit spending has increased, total debt exceeds $16 trillion, Treasury bonds have a negative yield for the first time in history, bond ratings have been reduced by S&P, Egan-Jones and, soon, Moody’s. The Federal Reserve’s low interest policy has virtually eliminated positive returns on individuals’ savings accounts.All this because of Obama administration policies built on deficit spending and government control over the economy, which includes control over energy and health.By contrast, during Reagan’s presidency, 1983-85, GDP grew 18.5 percent. based on policies of low tax rates, a sound dollar and limited government. Subsequently, the country enjoyed 20 years of unprecedented prosperity. Why the profound differences being wrought by the party currently in power are not apparent to all is mind-boggling. And, I do recall Obama’s vow to “fundamentally transform America.” He certainly is doing a great job of it.Don BuckWheatonHow did we let this happen?What is going on in our country during this election season? When did we all lose respect for anyone who doesn’t agree with us? When did think we were so arrogant as to think anyone one of us — or group of us — has the only right answer? When did we stop listening to reason and facts? When did compromise become a bad word? When did Christian ethics get so turned upside down? All we all have to do is look in the mirror and ask ourselves: How did we let this happen?Steve OddenNaperville


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