Daily Archive : Sunday October 14, 2012


    Candidates for the 10th Congressional district, incumbent Republican Robert Dold, left, and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider, right, debated Sunday at Lake Forest High School in a forum organized by three chapters of the League of Women Voters.

    Dold, Schneider discuss bipartisanship, health care reform

    Republican Rep. Robert Dold told a packed auditorium Sunday he has been one of the most independent members of Congress since he was elected in 2010. Democratic challenger Brad Schneider argued he was the candidate who would work with both parties to get things done in Washington. The 10th Congressional candidates debated in a League of Women Voters forum Sunday at Lake Forest High School.


    District 300 teachers vote to strike, but it’d be a while

    Teachers in Community Unit District 300 voted Sunday to authorize a strike, but it looks as if it will be a while before an actual walkout could occur. Union and district leaders are scheduled to meet with a mediator at the negotiating table this week, and a spokesman for the school board said, despite the strike authorization vote, they are making progress.


    Questions and answers on the state pension referendum

    After a period of dire warnings and scandal, voters will decide next month whether to change the Illinois Constitution so that it’s harder to improve retirement benefits for public employees. The amendment would require a three-fifths vote instead of a simple majority when legislators want to increase retirement benefits.

    Dee Beaubien opposes David McSweeney in the 52nd state House District race.

    Key matchups in state legislature races

    These six legislative races are among the most hotly contested in the Nov. 6 election.

    Republican Bill Albracht and Democratic incumbent Mike Jacobs, candidates in the 36th state Senate District, answer questions during a recent forum at Black Hawk College in Moline.

    GOP facing long odds for gains in legislature

    The state’s unemployment rate is above 9 percent, Democrats in the Illinois Capitol have been in charge as budget and pension deficits soared, and Republicans are energized by Mitt Romney making it a close race against President Barack Obama. Still, the odds are stacked against the Illinois GOP when it comes to challenging Democrats for control of the General Assembly.

    Sen. Arlen Specter shakes hands with Victor Cazzone, 7, of Exton, Pa., during a campaign rally in May 2010. Specter was a longtime Senate moderate.

    Specter dies as Congress is at its most polarized

    Two years after Arlen Specter was voted out of office, his death Sunday coincides with a finding by political scientists that Congress is more polarized than at any point since Reconstruction.


    Barrington library seeks board candidates

    Petition packets are available for Barrington Public Library District residents interested in running for library trustee in the April 9, 2013 election. Three library trustee seats are up for election, each with a six-year term.


    Thief steals trailer from portable church in Carol Stream

    Bloomingdale church, one week after its one-year anniversary, is robbed of $100,000 in sound and lighting equipment.

    Felix Baumgartner, of Austria, pumps his fist to the crowd after successfully jumping from a space capsule lifted by a helium balloon at a height of just over 128,000 feet above the Earth’s surface Sunday in Roswell, N.M. Baumgartner came down safely in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth.

    Skydiver lands smoothly after daring 24-mile leap

    In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier Sunday while making the highest jump ever — a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert.

    Aneta Marsek

    Volo woman, daughters safe near Wisconsin Dells

    The Lake County sheriff’s department said Sunday evening that a missing Volo woman and her two young daughters were found safe and vacationing near the Wisconsin Dells. Aneta Marsek and her daughters, Chevelle, 2, and Macenzie, 4 months went missing Oct. 6 after leaving her parents’ Wauconda home. The news release said more information would be coming.

    Tim Boundy of Deer Park, rides toward the finish line in the Carpentersville Cyclocross bicycle event Sunday at Oktoberfest. Boundy finished first in the age 30-plus group.

    Rain adds to fun at Carpentersville cyclocross race

    Tim Boundy planned to sleep well Sunday night. He followed up a third place cyclocross finish Saturday in Wauconda with first place at Carpenter Park Sunday in the two-race weekend of the Chicago Cross Cup series. “The Chicago series is so great,” Boundy said. “Every year it’s more and more professional.”

    U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was among four Americans killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

    Ambassador death no political football, father says

    The father of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed in the attack in Benghazi last month, said his son’s death shouldn’t be politicized in the presidential campaign.

    President Barack Obama makes phone calls to volunteers at an Organizing for America field office with Suzanne Stern, right, Sunday in Williamsburg, Va.

    Debate preparation trumps 2012 campaigning Sunday

    As Mitt Romney’s campaign claimed new momentum in the race for the White House, President Barack Obama’s political advisers on Sunday promised the incumbent would unleash his more aggressive side in Tuesday’s debate to prevent their Republican rival from delivering another “magical and theatrical performance.”

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis on April 13. His prior support of weapon-control proposals now in the past, Romney is favored by those who oppose renewing a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons, additional regulations on gun shows and other federal gun registration requirements.

    Fewer qualms for gun-rights groups over Romney now

    Gun-rights groups perceive President Barack Obama as a threat to unfettered access to firearms. They once had qualms about Mitt Romney, too. But times and circumstances have changed for Romney.

    Eric Fey and his son Nolan, 3, make a hobby horse while visiting the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s annual Danada Fall Festival Sunday in Wheaton.

    Spirits high despite weather at Danada festival

    A healthy crowd was on hand during the annual Danada Fall Festival Sunday, despite some less-than-ideal weather. The festival at the Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton, included horse-drawn hayrides, pumpkin and face painting. “Nicer weather would have been great, but we’re still having a fun time,” said Naperville resident Tina McCarty, who brought her 7-year-old son, Billy.


    Free Ironman workshop:

    Is there an Ironman® or triathlon in your future? The Mundelein Park & Recreation District is offering a free workshop at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 to find out what it takes.


    Lincolnshire leaf collection:

    Lincolnshire’s annual residential leaf collection program has begun.


    Presidential debate watch party in Mount Prospect

    The Republican Organization of Elk Grove Township is hosting a presidential debate watching party starting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, 1799 S. Busse Road, Mount Prospect. Free pizza and pop will be provided with a cash bar. Roughly 100 people are expected to attend.

    Fans watch Endeavour slowly move down Martin Luther King Blvd. in Los Angeles Sunday.

    Endeavour finally reaches permanent LA museum home

    After a 12-mile weave past trees and utility poles that included thousands of adoring onlookers, flashing cameras and even the filming of a TV commercial, Endeavour arrived at the California Science Center Sunday to a greeting party of city leaders and other dignitaries that had expected it many hours earlier.

    U.N. envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, left, talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday. An unidentified interpreter sits at center.

    Syria accused of cluster bomb use in civil war

    The Syrian regime was accused Sunday of dropping cluster bombs — indiscriminate scattershot munitions banned by most nations — in a new sign of desperation and disregard for its own people.

    Pakistani Christians pray for the recovery of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot last Tuesday by a Taliban gunman for speaking out in support of education for women, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday.

    Thousands rally for Pakistani girl shot by Taliban

    Tens of thousands rallied in Pakistan’s largest city Sunday in the biggest show of support yet for a 14-year-old girl who was shot and seriously wounded by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education and criticizing the militant group.

    David O. Dodd was a teenage spy who chose to hang rather than betray the Confederate cause.

    Long after death, Confederate spy honored

    The story of David O. Dodd is relatively unknown outside of Arkansas, but the teenage spy who chose to hang rather than betray the Confederate cause is a folk hero to many in his home state. But should he be commemorted by his state?

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

    'Taken 2' edges out 'Argo' in close weekend

    Liam Neeson's “Taken 2” has defended its box-office title with a narrow win over Ben Affleck's “Argo.” Sunday studio estimates put 20th Century Fox's action sequel “Taken 2” at No. 1 with $22.5 million in its second weekend. “Taken 2” raised its domestic total to $86.8 million. Affleck's “Argo,” an Iranian hostage thriller from Warner...

    In this photo provided by Red Bull Stratos, Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria celebrates after successfully completing the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M., Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.†Baumgartner came down safely in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes about nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth.

    Images : Supersonic Skydiver
    Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria celebrates after successfully completing the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, N.M., Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. Baumgartner came down safely in the eastern New Mexico desert nine minutes after jumping from his capsule 128,097 feet, or roughly 24 miles, above Earth.


    No more tornado threat in Cook, DuPage

    The National Weather Service has cancelled a tornado warning for Chicago-area suburbs as a severe thunderstorm system moved through the area this afternoon.


    St. Charles crash hospitalizes four

    Alcohol and faulty equipment are suspected of playing a part in a head-on crash in St. Charles Sunday morning that sent four people to the hospital, St. Charles police said. Police and firefighters responded just before 11 a.m. to the two-vehicle crash on Route 31, just north of Wildrose Springs Drive.

    Sen. Arlen Specter is seen here in November 1995 when he announced he was dropping out of the 1996 presidential race. Specter, longtime Senate moderate and architect of one-bullet theory in JFK death, died Sunday. He was 82.

    Longtime GOP Senate moderate Arlen Specter dies

    For most of his 30 years as Pennsylvania’s longest-serving U.S. senator and prominent moderate in Congress, Arlen Specter was a Republican, though often at odds with the GOP leadership. He died Sunday at age 82.

    A cyclist relaxes near the Fox River on a gorgeous fall day in South End Park in West Dundee, beneath the brilliant red and yellow maple leaves.

    Catching autumn’s colors: A fall FAQ

    Autumn’s annual art exhibit — the changing color of the leaves — is upon us now. The rich red, yellow, purple and golden trees around us become a living patchwork quilt that can take one’s breath away. But the artwork is only temporary. The leaves must fall as the trees prepare themselves for winter. We asked local experts about the fall foliage viewing window —...

    A studio shot of Kerri Branson, of North Aurora, dressed as Sonya Blade from the Mortal Kombat 3 video game. Branson, then known as Kerri Hoskins, enjoyed a 9-year career in the modeling industry in which her likeness was used to create several video game characters, including Blade. Branson’s career also involved nude, lingerie and swimsuit shoots for Playboy newsstand specials. The 42-year-old mother of four is now running for a board seat in Kane County’s 18th district.

    Kane board candidate embracing past as pinup

    Kerri Branson may be running for office in Kane County’s 18th District, but she isn’t hiding from her past. More than 20 years ago, the North Aurora Democrat, now 42, enjoyed a brief career as a nude, lingerie, swimsuit and video game model. She appeared in about a dozen Playboy-produced newsstand specials in the 1990s and 2000s, but never shot for the main magazine.

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

    Less glitz, glamour in local debate prep

    Before their first debate, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney hunkered down for last-minute preparations, with standins for their opponents. On a local level, there's less glitz and less opportunity to practice for debates for congressional and state offices. Still, candidates and their staffs have some strategies up their sleeves.

    FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012 file photo, Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel speaks at a campaign rally in Cincinnati. Friends of coal are certain they know the enemy. They point to President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency, arguing that the administrationís new clean air rules dealt a devastating blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that has been the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations. The standards imposed earlier this year tightened limits on existing coal powered-plant emissions; agency guidelines on restricting greenhouse gases could affect new plants as early as 2013. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

    Democrats in coal states diverge on Obama policies

    Friends of coal are certain they know the enemy. They fault President Barack Obama and his Environmental Protection Agency for new clean air rules they deride as a devastating blow to a multibillion-dollar industry that has been the lifeblood of Appalachia for generations. Barb Swan is a registered Democrat and daughter of a coal miner. She won’t be voting for Obama. “If you have a district...


    Be watchful for indications your cat may be sick

    Did you ever wonder why one day your cat can’t show you enough attention and the next, he’s hiding under the bed? Finicky, independent cat? Or is something else brewing?

    Viana Oliver of Winfield says this Cooper’s Hawk landed on the awning right outside her bedroom window.

    The eyes have it in this week’s contest
    Each week’s DuPage County Neighbor section includes at least one entry in our Photo Finish contest. Our photo staff picks some of their favorite submissions to run each week and then one overall monthly winner.

    A maple leaf is split by colors in Algonquin Wednesday.

    Images: Fall colors are blazing
    Autumn’s annual art exhibit - the changing color of the leaves - is upon us now. The rich red, yellow, purple and golden trees around us become a living patchwork quilt that can take one’s breath away. But alas, the artwork is only temporary. The leaves must fall, as the trees prepare themselves for winter.


    Quarterback Everett Golson (left), forced out of Saturday’s victory over Stanford after a helmet-to-helmet hit, provides Notre Dame with spark ... and some anxiety. Tommy Rees, meanwhile, offers stability, which he displayed by helping to deliver the overtime win that pushed the Irish to a 6-0 record and a No. 5 ranking.

    Kelly likes what both Golson, Rees give Notre Dame at quarterback

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Fifth-ranked Notre Dame has used two quarterbacks in almost every game this season. It could be a different duo Saturday against Brigham Young.Everett Golson sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the fourth quarter against Stanford, but Irish coach Brian Kelly thinks the starting quarterback will be able to play against the Cougars.Golson still had some concussion symptoms Sunday and will undergo further tests today, Kelly said.Kelly expects Golson to be cleared to practice by Tuesday. But if he can’t play, the coach said Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix could see time.“I wouldn’t rule it out,” Kelly said. “But as I said earlier, we’re probably putting too much on this. We’re really confident that we think Everett is going to be cleared.”So far this season Golson and Rees have provided the fifth-ranked Irish (6-0) with an unbeatable 1-2 punch, although not a knockout punch.Just enough to get by in a 3-point victory over Purdue, a 7-point win against Michigan and the 20-13 overtime win against Stanford on Saturday. Rees also made a cameo start against Miami, and Hendrix played against Navy.The tag-team quarterback hasn’t always been part of Kelly’s plan, especially against the Cardinal. But it has worked, with Golson providing Notre Dame with spark and some frustrating anguish, while Rees provides stability.With Golson struggling against Stanford, many Notre Dame fans began looking at the sidelines before halftime to see if Rees, last year’s starter, was warming up — and at one point he was.But Kelly said he had no intention of pulling Golson until Golson was knocked woozy by a blow to the head with 3:27 left in regulation.Rees came in and completed all 4 of his pass attempts. He directed the Irish to the tying field goal with 20 seconds left in regulation, then tossed a 7-yard TD pass to TJ Jones in overtime.“He can manage difficult situations,” Kelly said of Rees. “And he comes in and he can close games, if we need him — if we need him. He’s an incredible young man that he can stay so focused in the game.”The frustrating play of Golson was epitomized on one play in the third quarter, a first-and-15 from the Stanford 37. He dropped back to pass, but no one was open. He narrowly avoided a sack, cut to his left to elude more pressure, then escaped the tackle attempt of diving linebacker A.J. Tarpley before being hit hard by cornerback Alex Carter and fumbling. Ben Gardner recovered for the Cardinal.It was the third fumble of the game for Golson, who is responsible for all 7 turnovers by the Irish this season and has several other fumbles that were recovered by Notre Dame.Kelly, who cited the 14 interceptions thrown by Rees and 5 fumbles lost for opening up the quarterback competition in the spring, said he is concerned by Golson’s turnovers.“It’s something that obviously we cannot continue to have,” he said. “He’s got to take better care of the football, and he’s got to do it in practice, and he’s got to be smarter.”Kelly was pleased, though, by how Golson played in the second half, completing 6 of 8 passes for 80 yards, including a 24-yard TD strike to Tyler Eifert on a third-and-18 at the start of the fourth quarter that tied it at 10-10.“His confidence was a bit shaken, and he came back with a great drive and did some really good things,” Kelly said of Golson. “I was really proud of the way he overcame a little bit of adversity during the game.”Kelly also praised Rees for accepting his role and working with Golson.“At halftime I’m talking with him and Everett and he’s pointing out some things about the outside coverage that we should maybe think about running, as well. He’s just a very smart football player,” Kelly said.Rees said he was brought in so quickly against Stanford he didn’t have time to think. He said he’s motivated by not letting his teammates down.

    Trainer Steve Donohue, right, and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, help Yankees’ Derek Jeter off the field after he injured himself during Game 1 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in New York.

    October not the same without Derek Jeter

    NEW YORK — A player stood at shortstop at Yankee Stadium, yet the shortstop was missing.For 16 years and 158 consecutive games, Derek Jeter had been in the New York Yankees’ postseason lineup, the Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken of October.“When you think of postseason, you think of Derek Jeter,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.And now Jeter was absent for Game 2 of the AL championship series against the Tigers on Sunday, off undergoing tests after his left ankle cracked during another stressful moment in another sapping game. Taking the captain’s place was Jayson Nix.Jeter’s body gave out Saturday on one of those autumn nights that has defined him, transformed him from a strong-willed student to revered statesman.Trailing one game to none, the Yankees faced the troublesome task of regrouping without their longtime leader. And it just got tougher after Detroit headed home with a 2-0 series lead after Sunday’s 3-0 victory.First Mariano Rivera, who tore his knee during batting practice in May. Then Jeter. Not since Game 6 of the 1981 World Series had the Yankees played in the postseason without both Jeter and Rivera.“We had to move on from a lot of different things this year,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve lost the greatest closer of all time, where people left us for dead.“People left us for dead in August and September, said we were panicking. And we laughed at it, and we said no, we’re going to be fine. We won more games in the American League than anyone.”Moving on minus the slumping Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees did that.But this is Jeter, as much a part of Yankee Stadium as the pinstripes, monuments and 27 World Series banners. Not since rookie Mickey Mantle’s knee buckled during Game 2 of the 1951 World Series had such an integral part of the team gotten hurt so severely during a postseason game.“He’s indestructible,” former Yankees manager Joe Torre said in front of Detroit’s dugout.Maybe at 25. Maybe at 30. But not at 38, when more gray can be seen around the temples, when the muscles get more sore and the bones become more brittle.Jeter had scans Sunday, which confirmed the fracture. He was in a splint and on crutches and will soon see foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. Jeter will not accompany the Yankees to Detroit, and his recovery is expected to take three months.Jeter also texted Nix, hoping he would produce in this unexpected opportunity.“He just said good luck,” said the understudy, thrust into a lead role. “He said he believes in me, and go get ’em.”This wasn’t the first time Jeter had trouble with his left leg in the last month or so.Girardi pulled him from a game at Boston on Sept. 12 because of what Jeter said was a sprained ankle. Jeter was a designated hitter for the next four games. Jeter fouled a ball off his left foot in Game 3 of the division series, again was taken out early, and was at DH the next day before returning to shortstop.Without Jeter, there’s little core left in the Core Four, with only Andy Pettitte still in uniform and Jorge Posada watching from retirement.Jeter’s injury literally changed the sound at Yankee Stadium, and not just because he caused a collective gasp when he sprawled on his stomach, immobile on the infield dirt.His ankle broken, he yelled out in pain. He also had some words for Girardi when the manager and a trainer rushed out to check him. “Even when I went to the field and I was going to carry him in, and he said, ‘No, do not carry me.’ That is the kind of guy he is,” Girardi said.Instead, with one arm draped around Girardi and the other around trainer Steve Donahue, Jeter hobbled off the field on his good ankle as fans chanted his name.And because Jeter was absent Sunday, so was the voice of Bob Sheppard, the public-address announcer who died two years ago at 99. His recording is used to introduce Jeter for all of his at-bats.Jeter has 200 postseason hits. Nix started Sunday with 4 postseason at-bats.


    Fever stings Lynx in WNBA Finals Game 1

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Lynx entered the WNBA Finals with a banner already hanging in Target Center and a loaded roster that had visions of becoming the league’s next dynasty. The Indiana Fever hasn’t backed down from a fight all postseason, and it’s clear the Fever doesn’t plan to start now.Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the Fever stunned defending champion Minnesota with a 76-70 victory over the Lynx in Game 1 on Sunday night. “We’ve made it to this point, what’s there to fear?” Larkins said. “We know they’re the defending champions and they’re going to bring their ‘A’ game. … So what, they’re the defending champs? We’re here to take one.”That’s exactly what the Fever did.Tamika Catchings scored 20 points for the Fever, which played without leading scorer Katie Douglas because of a sprained left ankle. Indiana scored 15 points off 17 Minnesota turnovers and outscored the Lynx 38-24 in the paint to become just the second visiting team this season to win at Target Center. “We came in here without any fear,” coach Lin Dunn said.Briann January added 11 points and 6 assists, and Erin Phillips scored 13 for Indiana. Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Wednesday night in Minneapolis.Seimone Augustus scored 23 points and Rebekkah Brunson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx which is looking to become the WNBA’s first repeat champion in 10 years.Maya Moore had 14 points and 10 boards but made just 4 of 14 shots and Lindsay Whalen managed 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting. Now they’ve lost homecourt and trail in a series for the first time since their title run started last year.“For some reason we didn’t come out ready to play and they were,” Augustus said. Indiana led by 10 in the second quarter and withstood a furious opening to the second half by the Lynx. Minnesota looked to be taking control with an 8-0 run midway through the third that gave them a 54-50 lead and put the Fever on their heels. But it takes more than a few jumpers in a row to shake this resilient Fever. Indiana pulled it off without Douglas, who severely sprained her left ankle early in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in Connecticut and didn’t make the trip. There is some question whether Douglas will be available at all in this series. Losing a leading scorer normally would mean curtains for a title run, but the Fever have already shown they can overcome problems like this. They trailed each of the first two series 1-0 before rallying to win the last two games as they chase after their first title. The Fever even played their best game of the postseason after Douglas went down with the ankle injury five minutes into the game against the Sun, burying Connecticut with a barrage of 3-pointers to cruise to a 16-point victory. They were just as strong in the finals opener early, using superior ball movement to find wide open shots on the perimeter and cutters to the basket for easy layups. Indiana opened up a 10-point lead in the second quarter and some hard-nosed play had the Lynx flustered. Catchings leveled guard Monica Wright with a screen and Augustus picked up a technical foul after Wright was called for a foul on the play. “We are not here to just be in the finals,” Catchings said. “We are here for a great opportunity, and both teams, we both want it bad. So every game is going to be just like this game. It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be hard-nosed.”Just the way Larkins likes it.The 6-foot-1, 205-pound center bullied her way around the paint all night, outmuscling the Lynx frontcourt for position and keeping possessions alive grit and hustle. Her putback with 3:20 to play gave the Fever a 72-62 lead, and now the Fever have the view from the driver’s seat for the first time this postseason as they go for their first title.“She is exactly the type of player we’ve been looking for, what I call a warrior,” Dunn said. “She does all the dirty work.”

    Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) runs back an interception to set up the game-winning field goal against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half Sunday in Glendale, Ariz. The Bills won 19-16 in overtime.

    Byrd’s picks help Bills survive Arizona 19-16

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jairus Byrd was limited in practice last week with a chest injury. He was full speed with an interception that made all the difference Sunday.Byrd’s second interception of the game set up Rian Lindell’s 25-yard field goal 3:50 into overtime that gave the Buffalo Bills a 19-16 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.The loss ended Arizona’s eight-game home winning streak.Byrd picked off a pass from John Skelton, who had replaced the injured Kevin Kolb, and returned it 29 yards to the Arizona 6 to set up the winning kick.Arizona’s Jay Feely made a franchise-record 61-yard field goal with 1:09 left in regulation to tie it 16-16. But his 38-yard attempt to win it as the fourth quarter was tipped by Buffalo’s Alex Carrington and careened off the left upright. The Cardinals (4-2) lost their second in a row after a 4-0 start. The Bills (3-3) won after allowing 1,201 yards and 97 points in their previous two games.The Cardinals went into overtime for the sixth time in their last nine home games and had won all of them until Sunday.It looked like another stunning Arizona comeback when Feely, whose previous long was 55, nailed the 61-yarder, the third 60-yard plus kick in the league this season — an NFL record.The big kick came moments after Kolb, whose scrambles had been the biggest plays for Arizona’s as-usual sputtering offense, was hit for his fifth sack and left with a rib and chest injury.Enter Skelton, active for the first time since he sprained his left ankle in the season opener, clearing the way for Kolb to reclaim the starting job. Skelton’s fourth-down pass to Larry Fitzgerald got Arizona close enough to try the record kick, which cleared the crossbar with room to spare.The Bills then punted, and in an attempt to keep the ball away from Arizona returner Patrick Peterson, Shawn Powell’s 30-yard kick went out of bounds at the Cardinals 47. Skelton’s 28-yard pass to Fitzgerald set up the 38-yard try. But Feely, who earlier made two from 49, was thwarted by Carrington’s tip.The Bills took the overtime kickoff, advancing to the Arizona 35 with the help of a pass interference penalty against Sam Acho. But Buffalo chose to punt. The ball nearly was downed at the 1-yard line, but was ruled a touchback, setting up the ball at the 20.From there, Skelton’s pass into traffic was intercepted by Byrd. Two plays later, Lindell had just his third field goal of the season — and the Bills had gained some redemption following to miserable weeks.Ryan Fitzpatrick, who grew up in nearby Gilbert as a Cardinals fan, completed 18 of 32 for 153 yards, but the Bills did most of their damage on the ground. C.J. Spiller carried 12 times for 88 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run. Fred Jackson gained 53 yards in 16 attempts, with a 1-yard scoring run.Kolb was 14 of 26 128 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He scrambled five times for 66 yards. Arizona’s sputtering ground game, without Ryan Williams after he was knocked out for the season with a shoulder injury, got a surprising day from William Powell, who gained 70 yards on 13 carries.Fitzgerald caught six passes for 93 yards, including a 9-yarder for a touchdown. Skelton, who beat out Kolb for the starting job in the preseason, was just 2 of 10 for 45 yards.The Bills gave Arizona a quick opportunity when linebacker Daryl Washington stripped the ball from Fred Jackson on the first play from scrimmage and William Gay recovered. That set up Feely’s 49-yard field goal.The score went to an odd 3-2 when Kolb’s offensive line collapsed — again — and he was sacked in the end zone for a safety. The Bills went 49 yards in 10 plays, converting three third downs, to go up 9-3 on Spiller’s touchdown.Arizona finally got going in the second quarter, and Kolb threw over the middle to Fitzgerald for a 9-yard touchdown that put the Cardinals ahead 10-9.

    Detroit Tigers’ Phil Coke, left, and Alex Avila celebrate after beating the New York Yankees 3-0 in Game 2 of the American League championship series Sunday in New York.

    Sanchez, Tigers beat Yanks for 2-0 lead in ALCS

    Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers made the plays, got a favorable call from an umpire and took advantage of their few chances at the plate. The reward: a commanding lead in the AL championship series, and a trip home with their ace ready to start.

    It can’t be easy for Cubs fans to watch players like Daniel Descalso coming up with big hits for the Cardinals in the postseason.

    Cardinals just make it all the tougher for Cubs fans

    For Cubs fan, baseball’s most entertaining postseason in years must be like watching a sequel to their worst nightmare. No, not the nightmare with black cats and Billy goats. Nor the one with the Bartman ball, Bull Durham’s Gatorade glove and the Saminator’s corked bat. Look at the team smack dab in the middle of the baseball playoffs. The Cardinals … again.

    Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman (25) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday in Seattle. The Seahawks won 24-23.

    Wilson leads Seattle past Patriots 24-23

    SEATTLE — Tom Brady and the best offense in the NFL got upstaged by an undersized rookie. In the final minutes, it was Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks making all the big plays. Wilson found Sidney Rice behind the secondary for a 46-yard touchdown with 1:18 remaining, and the Seahawks rallied for 14 points in the final 7:31 to stun the New England Patriots 24-23 Sunday. The matchup between the Patriots’ No. 1 ranked offense and Seattle’s No. 1 defense instead turned in to a starring performance for Wilson, and a shocking rally. Wilson hit Braylon Edwards on fourth down for a 10-yard TD to get the Seahawks within 23-17. After a pair of holds by Seattle’s defense, Wilson found Rice streaking open on a double move for his third touchdown pass of the game. Steven Hauschka’s extra point gave Seattle (4-2) the lead with 78 seconds remaining. Brady had a final chance to make up for all the opportunities the Patriots (3-3) squandered. Starting at his 20 with 1:14 left, Brady missed Brandon Lloyd, then was sacked by Jason Jones, the first sack all day by Seattle. His pass for Aaron Hernandez, back after being out since Week 2 with an ankle injury, was incomplete, and Wes Welker was stopped short on fourth down.That gave former Patriots coach Pete Carroll one of his biggest pro victories.Wilson finished 16 of 27 for 293 yards, the best day of his young career. He added Brady to an impressive list of quarterbacks he’s topped this year: Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton. Brady finished 36 of 58 for 395 yards and touchdown passes of 1 yard to Hernandez and 46 yards to Welker in the first half. Welker had 10 catches for 138 yards, his fourth straight game over 100. Brady topped 300 yards passing for the 49th time, but was intercepted in the second half by Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas after going 179 attempts without being picked off. One of Brady’s interceptions came in the end zone, yet another squandered chance by the Patriots.

    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) holds the ball against his helmet while catching a pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22) during the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday.

    Giants force 3 INTs, rout 49ers 26-3

    SAN FRANCISCO — The New York Giants gave the San Francisco 49ers another reason to simmer.Antrel Rolle intercepted two passes by Alex Smith, Prince Amukamara picked off another and the Giants shut down San Francisco in a 26-3 victory over the 49ers on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s NFC championship game.After outscoring the Bills and Jets by a combined 79-3 the last two weeks, the 49ers (4-2) met their match again with Eli Manning and New York’s top team. No overtime needed this time, and not much of Manning either.Manning threw for 193 yards and one touchdown, Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 116 yards and a score and New York (4-2) rode a dominant defense and four fields by Lawrence Tynes to hand outspoken 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh the most lopsided loss of his tenure.What a San Francisco treat.The Giants grinded out a 20-17 overtime win at rain-soaked Candlestick Park on Jan. 22, capitalizing on two fumbles by fill-in returner Kyle Williams en route to another Super Bowl title over the Patriots. All week some San Francisco players talked about “unfinished business,” and Harbaugh added to the hype when he fired back a strongly worded statement criticizing Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride for saying All-Pro defensive end Justin Smith often “gets away with murder” holding linemen.For all the hoopla, the rematch was never close.Amukamara’s interception in the second quarter started a surge of New York offense. Smith, who wore tape around his sprained middle finger, lofted the pass too high and allowed Amukamara to leap underneath the ball before tight end Delanie Walker even had a chance at the Giants 33.At one point in the first half, Manning completed eight consecutive passes for 142 yards and had the usually stout San Francisco defense out of sorts. Domenik Hixon caught passes of 39 and 16 yards on consecutive third downs, and Victor Cruz followed with a 6-yard touchdown catch and his usual salsa dance in the end zone to give the Giants a 7-3 lead in the second quarter.New York’s next drive stalled and Tynes kicked a 34-yard field goal to go ahead 10-3. Tarell Brown blocked a 40-yard attempt by Tynes, San Francisco took over with 8 seconds left before half and wildcat quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed a 36-yard pass to Mario Manningham — the former Giant — before David Akers missed wide left from 52 yards as time expired.Akers, who tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in a Week 1 win at Green Bay, also hooked a 43-yard field goal wide right on San Francisco’s first drive. He made a 42-yarder from the same right hash mark. The All-Pro kicker is 11 of 16 this season.Once the break was over, the Giants sent San Francisco spiraling down and out in a New York minute.David Wilson returned the second-half kickoff 66 yards to set up Bradshaw’s 1-yard TD run. That extended New York’s lead to 17-3 and quieted the Candlestick crowd — except for the Giants fans that sprinkled the stands blue on a sun-splashed day along the bay.On San Francisco’s next two possessions, Rolle intercepted Smith’s passes to foil any 49ers rally.The first came on an overthrown pass intended for Manningham that Rolle returned 20 yards to the San Francisco 12. And on the next possession, he stepped in front of a pass to Williams and ran 22 yards to the San Francisco 5.The only downside for New York is it settled for field goals both times.Then again, not many points were needed.The Giants had Smith under constant pressure, made worse when left tackle Joe Staley left with a concussion in the third quarter. Smith finished 19 of 30 for 200 yards, and the 49ers were held to 80 yards rushing.It was the seventh time in Smith’s career the 2005 No. 1 overall pick threw three interceptions. The last time came in a 27-13 loss at Philadelphia on Dec. 20, 2009.San Francisco seemed primed to atone for last-season’s devastating defeat.

    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice reacts after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Baltimore, Sunday.

    Cowboys blow 2 chances at end, lose to Ravens

    Eight yards deep in the end zone when he caught the kickoff, Jacoby Jones had an instant to decide: take a knee or run. He ran — all the way into the record book. “You know when you get that itch? I wanted to scratch it,” Jones said. “So I took it.” Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return, and the Baltimore Ravens held off the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 Sunday.

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) waits for the ball while being defended by Oakland Raiders cornerback Michael Huff (24) during the second half Sunday in Atlanta.

    Bryant’s kick pushes Falcons past Raiders 23-20

    The Falcons hardly looked like one of the NFL’s best teams Sunday. The result was the same: another Atlanta victory. Overcoming three interceptions by Matt Ryan, the Falcons remained an unbeaten 6-0 when Matt Bryant kicked a 55-yard field with 1 second remaining to give Atlanta a sloppy 23-20 win over the Oakland Raiders.

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is pushed out of bounds by Philadelphia Eagles free safety Kurt Coleman (42) at the one-yard line during the second half an NFL football game, Sunday in Philadelphia.

    Lions rally to beat Eagles 26-23 in OT

    PHILADELPHIA — Jason Hanson kicked a 45-yard field goal in overtime and the Detroit Lions rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 on Sunday.Held in check most of the game, Matthew Stafford led Detroit to 17 points in the fourth quarter. He threw a TD pass and ran for a score. Detroit had two shots from the Eagles 1 after a pass interference penalty on Colt Anderson with 13 seconds left in regulation. But Stafford misfired on both passes and Hanson kicked a 19-yard field goal to send it to overtime. The Lions (2-3) sacked Michael Vick on the first two plays of the extra quarter, forced a punt out of the end zone and started at midfield. Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for a 17-yard gain to the Eagles 27 on first-and-20. A few plays later, Hanson nailed the game-winner.The Eagles (3-3) head into their bye week with two straight losses.

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn, left, throws a pass as tackle Eric Winston (74) blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Dekoda Watson (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

    Buccaneers shut down Quinn-led Chiefs 38-10

    TAMPA, Fla. — Josh Freeman threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns and Ronde Barber scored on a 78-yard interception return to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the struggling Kansas City Chiefs 38-10 on Sunday.Freeman’s inconsistency has been an issue in a slow start for Tampa Bay, but the fourth-year pro is developing a touch on deep passes that’s sparked a sputtering offense over the past two games.Freeman teamed with Mike Williams on a 62-yard scoring play in the first quarter and threw TD passes of 19 and 17 yards to Vincent Jackson in the second half as the Bucs (2-3) stopped a three-game losing streak.The Bucs intercepted Brady Quinn twice in the Kansas City quarterback’s first start in nearly three years. They also limited NFL rushing leader Jamaal Charles to 40 yards on 12 carries.

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden passes against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday in Cleveland.

    Browns end losing skid, 34-24 over Bengals

    Rookie Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes and the Cleveland Browns snapped an 11-game losing streak that dated to last season, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 34-24 Sunday. Cleveland had not won since Nov. 20, matching a franchise record for consecutive losses. But for the first time this season everything fell into place for the Browns (1-5).

    St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday. The Dolphins defeated the Rams 17-14.

    Tannehill helps Dolphins edge Rams 17-14

    MIAMI — Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes and the Miami Dolphins withstood a late rally by the St. Louis Rams to win 17-14 Sunday.The Rams faced a fourth-and-8 at the Miami 49-yard line with 30 seconds left, and rather than go for a first down, coach Jeff Fisher sent out rookie Greg Zuerlein to try a 66-yard field goal, which missed wide left.Zuerlein made two field goals to improve to 15 for 15 this season, but then missed three times in a row, including from 48 and 32 yards in the first half.The Rams outgained the Dolphins 461 yards to 209.Both teams are 3-3. Fisher lost to the team that courted him in January, when he chose the Rams job instead.

    New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won the game 35-9.

    Greene powers Jets to 35-9 runaway over Colts

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Shonn Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns to power a rejuvenated “Ground-and-Pound” offense that rushed for more than 250 yards, Mark Sanchez was efficient and Tim Tebow made a few big plays in a 35-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.Even the Jets’ maligned defense was able to shut down Andrew Luck and the Colts’ offense as New York snapped a two-game losing streak that had many wondering if the season was about to spiral out of control.For a week, at least, Sanchez was in total control and the Jets (3-3) had their best overall performance — save for a handful of personal foul penalties — since an opening-week rout of Buffalo. Indianapolis (2-3) trailed 21-6 at halftime and couldn’t erase a big deficit for the second straight week after coming back from 18 points and beating Green Bay last Sunday.

    Bears head coach Lovie Smith's team was 2-3 a year ago after losing a Monday night game to Detroit. Now the Bears are 4-1 heading into next week's game against the Lions.

    Bears look better compared to last season

    After five weeks last season, the Bears were stumbling along at 2-3, fresh on the heels of a 24-13 Monday night loss to the Lions in Detroit. They already trailed the unbeaten Green Bay Packers and Lions by 3 games in the NFC North and were ahead of only the 1-4 Minnesota Vikings. A lot has changed in a year.

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts after injuring himself in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers early Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in New York.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya )

    Jeter done for year, Tigers take ALCS opener

    The New York Yankees lost the AL championship series opener and their captain when Derek Jeter broke his left ankle moments after Detroit's Delmon Young doubled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, giving the Tigers a 6-4 win Saturday night.


    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Sunday that recent research, including studies by the IMF, “does not support the view that advanced-economy monetary policies are the dominant factor behind emerging market capital flows.”

    Bernanke says Fed easing won’t destabilize emerging market
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke tried to refute arguments the U.S. central bank’s record stimulus is causing destabilizing flows of capital to emerging-market economies. “It is not at all clear that accommodative policies in advanced economies impose net costs on emerging market economies,” Bernanke said Sundayy in prepared remarks for a seminar in Tokyo on the last day of International Monetary Fund annual meetings.

    Social Security recipients shouldn’t expect a big increase in monthly benefits come January. Preliminary figures show the annual benefit boost will be between 1 percent and 2 percent, which would be among the lowest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975.

    Expect small '13 Social Security benefit increase

    Social Security recipients shouldn’t expect a big increase in monthly benefits come January. Preliminary figures show the annual benefit boost will be between 1 percent and 2 percent.

    Whether the tax rates paid on investment income rise or fall could affect the prices of some dividend-paying stocks, experts say. Some, mainly Republicans, believe that lower rates would boost the economy and lift markets.

    How would candidates’ tax plans affect investors?

    With the outcome of next month’s presidential election increasingly hazy, here’s a shred of clarity that investors can cling to: The tax rates they pay on investment income like stock profits and dividends are almost certain to change.

    Chrysler Chairman and chief executive Bob Nardelli arrives for a meeting with members of the Obama administration’s auto task force at the automaker’s Warren Truck Assembly in Warren, Mich., in 2009. The task force met with General Motors Corp. executives earlier in the day. The government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler is one of the most polarizing issues of the presidential campaign.

    Why it matters: Auto bailout

    The government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler is one of the most polarizing issues of the presidential campaign. Many Americans wonder why $62 billion in tax dollars went to keeping the two automakers afloat in 2008 and 2009.

    This jewelry, containing high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, was purchased by The Associated Press at small shops in Los Angeles during a 19-month period ending in March 2012. Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep such toxic trinkets out of children’s hands, an AP investigation shows.

    Feds muff kid jewelry cadmium crackdown

    Federal regulators failed to pursue recalls after they found cadmium-tainted jewelry on store shelves, despite their vow to keep the toxic trinkets out of children’s hands, an Associated Press investigation shows.

    The Quadski, a one-person motor boat that also drives on land, is tested in Oxford Mich. The vehicle is being billed as the first commercially available, high-speed amphibious vehicle by its makers, Michigan-based Gibbs Technologies.

    Amphibious vehicle to go on sale soon in US

    Amphibious vehicles could soon be zooming out of James Bond’s garage — or pond — and into yours.


    Koch sued by executive for false imprisonment at Aspen ranch

    William Koch allegedly held a senior executive of his Oxbow energy company captive after discovering his concerns with a plan the official claimed in a lawsuit sought to evade U.S. taxes on $200 million in profit.

    The main window with an original Christmas tree display is seen in front of the Neiman Marcus department store in Dallas. Dallas-based Neiman Marcus is known for featuring expensive and often outrageous “fantasy gifts” in its Christmas Book. The 86th edition includes a red special edition McLaren 12C Spider for $354,000, a hen house inspired by France’s Versailles palace for $100,000 and a walk-on role in Broadway’s “Annie: The Musical” for $30,000.

    Neiman Marcus offers hen house, Spider for holidays

    Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus rolled out its annual holiday catalog Tuesday, and the priciest gift this year is a pair of “his and hers” timepieces for just over $1 million from Van Cleef & Arpels. Dallas-based Neiman Marcus is known for featuring expensive and often outrageous “fantasy gifts” in its Christmas Book. The 86th edition also includes a red special edition McLaren 12C Spider for $354,000, a hen house inspired by France’s Versailles palace for $100,000 and a walk-on role in Broadway’s “Annie: The Musical” for $30,000.

    Shipyard workers watch as the lower bow section of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is lowered into position at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., due to be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2015. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are dueling over the size of government and defense cuts, pouring tens of millions of dollars into this crucial battleground, a state where military spending adds enormous sums to the local economy. The winner will claim Virginia’s 13 critical electoral votes — and most likely, better odds for capturing the White House.

    Virginia escapes worst of recession but new fears ahead

    While Virginia escaped the worst of the recession — unemployment peaked at 7.3 percent — uneasiness about the future is in the air. For good reason: The state’s fortunes are tied to the outcome of the deficit debate on Capitol Hill and its outcome could dramatically alter its economy. By one account, more than 200,000 jobs could be vulnerable — more than those lost in the recession. “This would be a punch in the face for the whole state,” says James Koch, an economist at Old Dominion University


    Work Advice: If you played, you should get paid

    I was offered a low-paying job at a small business. Does the business owner still need to pay me? The owner asked me to stay for a year but said she’d understand if I left sooner than that for my “dream job.” on Wednesday of my third week at work, I received an offer from my actual dream job, which I’d interviewed for six weeks earlier. In that interview, I had said I could start ASAP, so I didn’t want to tell them I’d taken a survival job. I gave notice the next day that Friday would be my last day I went to work without a contract. I was paid at the end of my first week, and the next pay period ended on my last day. I really don’t know whether I deserve to be paid for those two weeks.

    Andy Asbury, owner of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Area Lenders, is shown at his office in Edina, Minn. Asbury, who has the business to support more agents, hired a full-time employee just last Friday. Asbury said his sales are up 25 percent from a year ago and he’s expecting them to rise further next year.

    For small business, hiring depends on the industry

    If you are trying to figure out if small businesses are hiring, it depends on where you look. Just last Friday when the government was raising suspicious eyebrows with its report of a sudden drop in the unemployment rate so close to a presidential election, Andy Asbury was hiring a full-time employee to work at his Minneapolis real estate brokerage. Small businesses employ about half the nation’s work force, or about 60 million people, so keeping track of how small business owners like Asbury are faring is key to figuring out if the economy is getting better or worse.


    Career Coach: Tips for improving your public speaking

    It’s amazing how many higher-level people have the attitude that they don’t need to improve. But self-perceptions don’t always reflect reality. Executives are often not nearly as good as they think. Many executives spend their days running from one engagement to the next — from meeting to presentation to event — and inadvertently think because they speak to audiences often, then they must been good at it. They are confusing frequency with quality.

    Two percent of homes in America rely on wood for heat. East of the Rockies, weather is expected to be about 2 percent warmer than normal but 20 percent to 27 percent colder than last year. In the West, temperatures were closer to normal last year, so the expected increase for this winter is just 1 percent.

    As cold returns, tips for saving on heating costs

    The price for heating oil, natural gas and other fuel will be relatively stable. But customers will have to use more energy to keep warm, according to the annual Winter Fuels Outlook from the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration. “It’s two different worlds. For most families this is still going to be an affordable year, except for those who use oil heat,” says Mark Wolfe, the Executive Director of the National Energy Assistance Director’s Association. “For them, it’s going to be very difficult.”

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    Ryan Fletcher plays Cammy in the National Theatre of Scotland's riveting drama "Black Watch," playing through Oct. 21 at Chicago's Broadway Armory.

    ‘Black Watch’ a riveting tribute to Scotland’s warriors

    The National Theatre of Scotland’s “Black Watch” begins with a soldier defending his choice of profession, and it ends with a haunting, hypnotic depiction of exactly what that profession entails. “I’m no knuckle-dragger. I wanted to be in the army,” says Cammy, a former member of Scotland’s celebrated Black Watch regiment and our guide through director John Tiffany’s transfixing production taking place at Chicago’s Broadway Armory.

    Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) shore up defenses for the new season of AMC's “The Walking Dead,” returning at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

    'The Walking Dead' takes a bite out of pop culture

    In the first five minutes of the third-season premiere of “The Walking Dead,” which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, former sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes and his battered and beaten band of zombie apocalypse survivors remain completely speechless. It's a hauntingly stark opening for the popular AMC undead drama that no one's been quiet about since it first debuted.

    Paws and Stripes rescue dog, Battle, stands with Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran Lawrence Montoya†during a training session in Albuquerque, N.M. Through the help of the nonprofit group, dogs are trained to help meet the fast-growing demand for free or affordable assistance dogs for vets like Montoya who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Explosion of groups training dogs for veterans causes tension

    A growing list of small nonprofits involved in training affordable assistance dogs for veterans has created a Wild West-type atmosphere in the service dog world, creating tension between mom-and-pop groups trying to fill what they call a crucial void and the Veterans Administration and more traditional service dog groups.

    In this June 14, 2012 file photo, Barbra Streisand arrives at the dedication of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute at her home in Malibu, Calif. Streisand’s latest album, “Release Me,” is a collection of songs she recorded in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

    Streisand’s yields on perfectionism with new album

    Back in the day, if Barbra Streisand made one vocal error or found one problem while recording a song, she’d toss the whole thing. Now, because of her perfectionism, she has a case full of unreleased material, and she’s decided to share it with the world. “If I didn’t like that one word, I wouldn’t release the record,” she said.

    When it comes to big kids with pillow cases begging for candy on Halloween, there seems to be three camps. The sure, why nots say they overbuy and are happy to let teens scarf up the leftovers at the end of the night so they don’t eat it all themselves. The no’s find it overly cynical when older kids aren’t in costumes that took some planning. And the middle-grounders believe some teens aren’t in it just for the loot and still truly enjoy the ritual of dressing up and going door to door.

    Should teens be allowed to trick-or-treat?

    When it comes to big kids with pillow cases begging for candy on Halloween, there seems to be three camps. The sure, why nots say they overbuy and are happy to let teens scarf up the leftovers at the end of the night so they don’t eat it all themselves. The no’s find it overly cynical. And the middle-grounders believe some teens still truly enjoy the ritual of dressing up and going door to door.

    Saying something to coax a laugh from Bill Kurtis was one of Walter Jacobson’s talents when the two anchormen first were paired on CBS 2 News, which dominated the market from 1973 until 1982. Reunited in 2010, the pair plan to step away from their anchor duties in February, but Jacobson says he’d love to continue reporting his award-winning “Walter’s Perspective” commentaries.

    Naked truth of how Jack Mabley started Jacobson’s career

    As a young legman for legendary columnist Jack Mabley, Walter Jacobson earned his first byline fulfilling Jack's assignment to visit a nudist colony. The next 50 years proved equally as interesting. “I earned my first newspaper byline after visiting a nudist colony whose naked female proprietor told me that if I wanted the story, I would have to take off my clothes,” reads the first line of Jacobson’s new memoir.

    This Oct. 6, 2012 photo shows cosmetics from the Andy Warhol Silver Factory/Holiday 2012 collection by Nars cosmetics in New York. Francois Nars’ company has taken on Andy Warhol’s silvery Factory, silkscreened superstars and avant-garde films in a limited-edition cosmetic collection, exclusive to Sephora stores until Nov. 1.

    Warhol Foundation takes on cosmetics with Nars

    Francois Nars’ company has taken on Andy Warhol’s silvery Factory, silkscreened superstars and avant-garde films in a limited-edition cosmetic collection, exclusive to Sephora stores until Nov. 1 “There was something very, very free (in the '70s). Today, everything is so much more controlled and so much more prepared,” Nars said.

    This image released by Berkley Trade shows “Reflected in You,” an erotic romance by Sylvia Day. Day says sales of her “Crossfire” series and other erotic romance novels are on the rise. She partly attributes the increase to the prominence of E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades” trilogy.

    Sylvia Day: ‘Twilight’ fans migrating to erotic romance
    Best-selling novelist Sylvia Day says sales of her “Crossfire” series and other erotic romance novels are on the rise in part because of maturing fans of the “Twilight Saga” young adult romance books.

    This product image released by Starbucks shows the Rodarte design Starbucks gift card, part of a series of limited-edition products for the holiday season. The card is one of several Rodarte-designed items including tote bags, cup sleeves and mug. The signature pattern features a pixelated checkerboard of gray, white and silver set against different shades of green.

    Unlikely Starbucks-Rodarte duo team for holiday

    Not expecting the indie fashion darlings of Rodarte and the in-every-neighborhood coffee retailer Starbucks to be in the same sentence, let alone the same stores? Starbucks Corp. tapped sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy as its next design partners for a series of limited-edition products for the holiday season.


    Octavia Spencer writing books for middle schoolers

    Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is looking to make some magic in the book world. The actress best known for “The Help” has a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for a pair of detective novels for middle school students.

    This Sept. 19, 2012 photo shows actress Claire Holt posing for a photo in New York. Holt is a cast member on “The Vampire Diaries,î which premieres its fourth season on The CW Thursday, Oct. 11.

    Aussie actress Holt finds ‘dream job’ in Georgia

    Australian actress Claire Holt knew her career choice would take her to Hollywood, but the small town of Covington, Ga., was a different story.The 24-year-old is a cast member of “The Vampire Diaries,” which films in Covington, about 45 miles outside Atlanta, most of the year. The show premiered its fourth season on The CW on Thursday.

    Bill Maher gives his political perspective at Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 14.

    Sunday picks: What will Bill Maher say at the Genesee?

    Outspoken political comedian Bill Maher is bound to share his thoughts on the current election season in a performance Sunday at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The annual Danada Fall Festival in Wheaton celebrates all things equine with free equestrian performances all day, or spend time with the family painting pumpkins and making crafts. Today's the last day for the 10th annual Fox Valley Oktoberfest in Batavia. Get out and enjoy autumn!

    A polar swimmer takes part in the new year swim in the Vltava river in front of the Charles Bridge in Prague.

    5 free things to do in Prague

    Prague is a vibrant city, with a lively nightlife that attracts lots of young tourists. But while cafes, busy streets and good beer draw plenty of visitors, among the most beautiful and appealing attractions in this trendy capital are its historic and cultural sites, in the Old Town, in churches and castles dating back centuries. And many of them can be enjoyed for free.

    Kalama Cabigon, a kahu, or caretaker, leads a chant on Waikiki beach outside the Moana Surfrider hotel in Honolulu.

    Nix the tiki bar, Hawaii tourism gets authentic

    Coconut bras aren’t Hawaiian. Neither are grass skirts. Tiki bars? They’re from California. Yet they’re all among the most recognizable symbols of a Hawaiian vacation. Now, many resorts in Hawaii are hoping to change those images, edging away from these kitschy marketing inventions and toward real-life Hawaiian traditions that can make the trip to the islands more special for travelers.

    Witness 13 Terrors at Theater on the Lake in Chicago Oct. 19-21 and 26-28.

    On the road: Creepy times at 13 Terrors on the lake

    Scare your pants off at 13 Terrors at Theater on the Lake, the annual Halloween event that involves evil clowns, a spinning vortex, crazed costume ball and creepy mausoleum filled with the undead. There's also the McHenry County Conservation District’s 24th annual Trail of History. The two-day event is a hands-on, interactive living history experience.

    Designer Missie Bender in her shop in Glencoe called Vignette Home, with an early American telephone cabinet picked from Indiana, and hand-carved American folk art birds from Michigan.

    Vignette Home offers the details for a personal design

    When Missie Bender decided to expand her interior design practice to include a retail boutique, she considered naming it Wink. “If it winks at you, that means you need to have it,” says Bender, whose storefront shop along the Park Avenue in Glencoe’s quaint downtown features an eclectic array of art, pottery, accessories and furnishings in a variety of styles as a complement to the core business. In the end, she decided on an easier name: Vignette Home.


    Metal valleys on roof replacements are the best option

    Q. Do you have an opinion on open vs. closed valleys of roofs? I’ve had six estimates done, and all of the higher estimates cite open valleys (with a metal flashed valley), while the lower estimates cite a woven “California cut” valley.

    Antiques collector Linda Buehrer of Downers Grove holds a Hopi seed basket she bought at a previous Fox Valley Antiques Show. The next running of the Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show will be Oct. 20 and 21 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

    Fox Valley show offers networking, knowledge about antiques

    A well-curated trip back in time is what suburban antiques collector Linda Buehrer is expecting from the 38th Fall Fox Valley Antiques Show. A Windsor chair, a wood carrier, a Hopi seed basket, a cherry tea table and several watercolor paintings are among the antique finds Buehrer has brought home from shows past.


    How to bring long-term tenants up to market rents

    Q. My husband and I have been managing a five-unit apartment building for more than three years. One tenant is still paying approximately $260 less than the other tenants because she was already living in the unit before we took over.


    Engine oil vapor may cause problem

    Q. I own a 2008 GMC Acadia with a 3.6-liter engine. My mechanic noticed oil pooled underneath the air filter. He told me it appeared to come up the air intake hose from the engine to the air filter.


    Art in the garden: Colorful shrubs contribute to autumn scenery

    Autumn is alive with the color of changing leaves. Maples and oaks may be at the top of the list but there are also many shrubs with outstanding fall color whose size allows them to fit into most suburban gardens.


    No place for nastiness, stubbornness in a relationship

    Q. My boyfriend of two and a half years loves to push my buttons. We are both incredibly stubborn, hate to be wrong, and love to be right. About once a week, a normal disagreement. He says things that really get under my skin, and in my anger I call him every name in the book.

    Utility sinks combine the larger work area needed for things like cleaning, gardening and laundry, but they also are designed to add beauty and color to a space.

    An upscale utility sink can clean up any room

    Finished home utility rooms have become very popular. It makes perfect sense to install a utility sink. However, don't consider the commercial mop-type sink that you may see in an office building. I would recommend an upscale residential utility sink.



    Endorsement: Ives over Adams in House District 42
    The Daily Herald endorses Republican Jeanne Ives of Wheaton in the Illinois House District 42 race over Democrat William Adams, also of Wheaton.


    Endorsement: Bush over Neal in 31st Senate District
    In the 31st Illinois Senate District, the Daily Herald endorses Democrat Melinda Bush of Grayslake over Republican Joe Neal of Wadsworth


    Endorsement: Pankau over Cullerton in Senate District 23
    The Daily Herald endorses Republican Carole Pankau of Itasca over Tom Cullerton of Villa Park in the race for state senator from the 23rd District.


    Endorsement: Noland over Collins in Senate District 22
    The Daily Herald endorses Democrat Mike Noland of Elgin over Cary Collins of Hoffman Estates in the race for state senator from the 22nd District.


    Endorsement: Holmes over Hurtado in Senate District 42
    Incumbent Democrat Linda Holmes receives our endorsement in the state's 42nd Senate District over GOP challenger Peter Hurtado.


    Biden to the rescue

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: Biden didn’t do anything fancy. But I think his performance will be enough to snap Democrats out of their funk — for now, at least.


    Label genetically engineered foods
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: GE foods are becoming more prevalent in our food supply, yet no long-term studies have been done about their effects on human health. What’s even more concerning is that these foods were introduced into our food supply without labels,


    Bring God back into our nation
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: This is a sad time for our country, and I think God is angry with the world and it’s time he is brought back in the lives of all of us. I realize there are a number of good people who love our God and country, but our government never mentions his name and what’s happening to our patriotism.


    Know rules of road and follow them
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Why do vehicles stop on Rand Road for a school bus that is making a drop-off or a pickup in the opposite direction. Could this ignorance be a result of not having taken a driving test and being oblivious to the rules of the road?


    Advice, with tongue firmly in cheek
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: I want to encourage Americans not to register to vote or vote. But if they do vote, remember that party label is more important than the candidate running and voters should cast a straight ticket.


    Joe Walsh is his own man
    An East Dundee letter to the editor: Here in the Northwest suburbs, there is a critical race in the 8th Congressional District that pits fiscally conservative and outspoken Republican Joe Walsh against disabled veteran Tammy Duckworth. I enthusiastically support Joe Walsh.


    Libya cover up won’t be forgiven
    A Wheaton leter to the editor: No wonder Hilary and Barack made sure those four murdered members of our State Department in Libya got a proper burial. Blood is on their hands. They know they blew it.


    Endorsement of Duckworth puzzling
    A Roselle letter to the editor: I’m a little puzzled with your endorsement of Duckworth in the 8th Congressional District, just as I was puzzled when you endorsed her over Roskam in 2006 and again over Raj Krishnamoorthi in the primary. Your non-endorsement of Walsh seemed more positive than endorsements you gave Biggert, Roskam and Dold but yet you still supported Duckworth.


    Local candidates stretch the truth, but do voters care?

    Stretching the truth is a well-documented fact of political contests. DuPage Editor Jim Davis cites some recent and close-to-home examples reported by the Daily Herald.


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